August Culturalist

Watermelon Festivals (Cave City & Hope) | Aug. 6-8 As anyone familiar with the festival circuit of Arkansas-grown produce and products can attest, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate around these parts. Pink tomatoes. Catfish. Peas. And with roughly a million other small-town festivals, each with its own decades-long legacy, you don’t have to…

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I Can’t Believe This is About Butter

As Julia Child once said, “With enough butter, anything is good.” And really, who could argue with Julia? Particularly if said butter has a little extra zip. Compound butters—that is, butter blended with herbs, spices or other flavorings—are an easy way to add flavorful depth and richness to fish, steak, corn on the cob and,…

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More than Amazeum

Do you ever get the sense that descriptions of a place just can’t do it justice? Like, even remotely? Like, understatements across the board? Whelp, funny thing. Because if there were any reason to doubt that notion, it’s only necessary to hear someone such as Sam Dean, executive director of the soon-to-open Scott Family Amazeum,…

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Swing State

I was canvassing a quiet street in Lonoke in the terminal days of what everyone knew would be a dismal election for Arkansas Democrats. That morning at the party’s makeshift election headquarters, a warehouse turned war room, I had been handed a list of houses to visit, each scattered along a twist of streets and…

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Trip Everlasting

At the beginning of a journey, there’s always a moment when our minds and bodies relax and unwind. Tension and worries unfurl. Cares drift away like talcum powder in a soft breeze. Whether we’re jetting to Europe or off to float the Buffalo River, the act—and the physical motion—of putting our workaday world behind allows…

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Portrait of the Artist

The music idling and ebbing and filling the spacious room wasn’t violin. It was cello. Cello and orchestra. And as the music rose and fell, you could see that it was having an impact on the artist, who was sitting in the dark, illuminated by just one light, the music’s quickening pace accelerating her movements…

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July Arkansas Sketchbook

There are a great many memories, and most of them are soft around the edges, somewhat frayed, somewhat obscured by the expressive quality of Mesilla Camille Smith’s work. There are pool tables illuminated by the rough and garish light of a late night at the bar. The sprawl of a Waffle House and the turned…

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July Best Bites

Lobster Roll Blu Fresh Fish Marketplace, Bentonville As classic as it is simple—it’s just fresh-caught lobster, diced celery, mayo and lemon on a brioche roll—the best part about this Maine-style roll is that those mouthwatering chunks of lobster are flown in fresh every day from American fishing ports. (Home cooks take note: The same goes…

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Tennessee Two Step

Welcome to the jungle. In the heat of summer, the lush Appalachian ridges that hem in Chattanooga are so dense with vegetation that the city seems to rise along the banks of the Amazon rather than the Tennessee River. It’s no wonder, then, that you could spend a weekend—heck, a week—here partaking in nothing but…

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Natural Exposure

Trent Sugg talks a lot about the “comfort zone,” even though it’s not a place where he spends a lot of time. Capturing fresh, striking shots of nature in its full, raw glory, he says, means not being afraid to hang 10 on a rocky crag or shiver overnight in freezing rain. But the Fayetteville…

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First Taste: Deluca’s Pizzeria

[maxgallery name=”delucas”] It’s hard to escape pizza in Arkansas right now. Specifically, that of the wood-fired, pseudo-Neapolitan, gourmet-toppings-laden variety. The slightly chewy, lightly charred pies have nearly become the standard all over Little Rock, popping up at The Pizzeria at Terry’s Finer Foods, ZaZa Fine Salad and Wood-Fired Pizza Co., Bruno’s Little Italy, Piro Brick…

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