The Fountains of Youth

  Charles Graham is a man with a message. In a baritone both calm and convincing, Graham delivers the script-worthy story of his life with diction so perfect and accent-free that it belies any hint of his rural Arkansas upbringing. But with his powerful gospel voice describing cotton stalks rising from sandy loam and days…

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First Taste: Boulevard Bistro & Bar

[maxgallery name=”0415boulevard”] It’s a dangerous game, messing with a good thing. And by all accounts, Boulevard Bread Co. is a very good thing. It’s a consistent thing, too. The small cafe-bakery-deli-gourmet-grocery combo on Grant Street is the flagship location of the trio of Little Rock eateries that first launched in 2000. For 15 years, diners…

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go

By all appearances, Jones Elementary School in Springdale is typical of any public school in the United States. The playground buzzes with the energy emanating from dozens of unleashed kindergartners through fifth-graders. Interior walls display primary-colored signage and student work in a variety of shapes and sizes. Caricatures of a team mascot—a jaguar, in this…

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Spring Cleaning

[maxgallery name=”0415utility”] Last summer, as we photographed the master bathroom in a stunning Craftsman in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock for a home feature, designer Kevin Walsh pulled at my elbow. “Pssst,” he said. “You’ve got to see this.” We rounded the corner and entered an airy, light-filled space clad in crisp whites and…

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Scaling Down Dallas

Arkansans know Dallas. At just shy of five hours from Little Rock to the metro, we’re always finding a reason to hit Interstate 30: a big show. The big game. A girls’ weekend capped by a spree at IKEA. But look beyond the big tickets and big labels, and you’ll find The Big D is…

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Rising of the Plains

[maxgallery name=”okc-gallery”] In fairness, it was difficult for Oklahoma City to fulfill expectations in the snow. Where there should have been the effects of burgeoning change brought on by swells of money and influence from oil and gas, or the still-clanging reverberations of the boom-town mentality made manifest in weathered leather goods and the pungency…

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Flora

Among the detritus of Mount Vesuvius, whose 4,000-foot twin peaks loom large over all of Naples, more than 10,000 plant species make their home in the rich volcanic soil. Until my family and I landed in Italy in 2010, relocating from the Fort Smith River Valley to the near-constant spring of the Mediterranean so that…

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April Culturalist

4/2 Bennie Wallace Quartet at South on Main LITTLE ROCK | In Bennie Wallace’s music, you might not hear every last thing the tenor sax player’s heard—say, the far-flung melodic intervals he first picked up from hearing Thelonius Monk in the ’70s—but in every note there are decades of influence from old masters and innovators…

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Remade in America

When Jesse Weegens drove past a heap of old, battered wood lying next to a dumpster in Springdale in the fall of 2013, he felt compelled to pull over. When he realized that the heap was a pile of dilapidated piano parts, he single-handedly loaded up every wood scrap and ivory key and hauled them…

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