For the Birds

We are all birdwatchers, casually looking at a cardinal visiting a bird feeder just outside the window or watching mallards bobbing on a pond. There’s something about the feathered set that attracts our attention—their color, their freedom, their diversity. But to be a birder, says Dr. Dan Scheiman, bird conservation director for Audubon Arkansas, “it…

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Stick a Fork in It

For the past 12 years, Mary Twedt has taken listeners behind the scenes at a host of local culinary institutions, from Brave New Restaurant and 1620 Savoy to Doe’s Eat Place and the Arkansas State Fair. And in the process, she’s become something of an institution herself: Anyone who cares anything about food in Arkansas…

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February Best Bites

Power Reuben The Pedaler’s Pub, Bentonville The old-world, wood-fired pizzas aren’t the only thing to love at this downtown Bentonville eatery. The Power Reuben—actually, it’s a cross between a Reuben and a Rachel, with pastrami and corned beef—is the perfect way to fuel up after tackling the hills on two wheels. (410 SW A St.;…

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Designing Woman

Checking the zipper on the dress of one of her models, Linda Rowe Thomas tells another to strip quickly, as she needs to make a last-minute change. As the model slips out of the knee-length maroon dress, Thomas picks up a spool of thread and begins unraveling it, using her right hand to thread the…

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Shreds of Winter

At a certain point each winter, diners start to dread the words “roasted winter vegetables.” The seasonally appropriate side is a quick way to fill our stomachs with extra veggies, and restaurants love to pair it with every comfort dish on the menu. But we all have our limits. And after dinner after dinner of…

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Fact to Fiction

In the seventh grade, Suzi Parker watched as Barbara Walters made someone cry during an interview. It changed Parker’s life. She turned to her parents and told them she knew what she wanted to do. From that moment forward, she had one goal: to become a journalist. And as anyone who knows her will tell…

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Beyond the City Lights

Visiting Shreveport, Louisiana, for the first time, what first captures your attention are the lights. Bright reds and yellows, ceruleans, fuchsias and tangerines—all the shades of a neon rainbow—spill out from the casinos lining the Red River and form fingerlike reflections on the water’s surface. It’s amazing, really, what those lights do to the river.…

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  Going, um, Cold Turkey: One intrepid reporter’s foray into vegetarianism By Shea Stewart   Being a vegetarian for a week was going fine until the morning of Day Four. That’s when the TV started speaking, enticing me with a hamburger smothered in a creamy cheese sauce loaded with portobello mushrooms. Brilliant, I thought. Even…

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Hometown: Russellville

[maxgallery name=”hometown-russellville”] The store is bigger than I remember. Bigger. That surprises me, because the places that loom large in our memories are most often diminished in the light of adulthood. So why does C&D Drug Store in Russellville seem so big and bright? It can’t be the same 1950s-era pharmacy I visited during my…

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February Culturalist

  2/13 ASO Pops Dancing & Romancing at Connor Performing Arts Center LITTLE ROCK | In the mood for love? We thought so. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Broadway greats Joan Hess and Kirby Ward channel Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers alongside the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in an evening of Old Hollywood-inspired song and…

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