The Culturalist

ZELLA DAY AT JUANITA’S  | SEPT. 14 LITTLE ROCK | Before the music videos and nationwide tours, there was a 9-year-old Zella Day singing and strumming at a coffee shop owned by her grandmother in the map-dot town of Pinetop, Arizona, population 4,000-ish. Day’s hometown, with its arid topography and Southwestern cowboy culture, would come…

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All Squared Away

The year was 2002. Robert Ford and his wife, actor Amy Herzberg, found themselves in the audience of a touring production of Michael Frayn’s play Copenhagen—essentially, a long conversation pinging around German physicist Werner Heisenberg—at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville. It’s a sophisticated and demanding play, far different in tone from Frayn’s well-known comic…

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Style Setters

    [maxgallery name=”style-setters3″]         GETTING-DRESSED-IN-THE-MORNING ROUTINE? “I usually start picking out my outfit Sunday night, ‘cause I have to wake up at 3 o’clock every morning. I like to steam all of my clothes. It saves you about ten minutes of getting out the door.” WHEN YOU PICK YOUR OUTFIT, YOUR…

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Good Tasting

BARDSTOWN SOUR Local Lime, Little Rock Something funny happened on the way to work this morning. We saw leaves falling. And there’s no better way to celebrate the return of our favorite season than by sipping on a nip of single-barrel Bourbon. Doubly so when it’s all dressed up with lemon juice, simple syrup, egg…

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Geared Forward

In 2006, the inauguration of the 4,226-foot, Arkansas River-spanning Big Dam Bridge brought with it the Big Dam Bridge 100—a grueling, meandering century ride and a cyclist’s yardstick of ability. A decade later, thousands of riders from across the country now come together each September to grind out 100 miles, heading west from town, winding…

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Casting a spell

Walking down Birmingham’s tree-lined avenues or driving past its youthful restaurants, boutiques and breweries, it’s strange to think that, for many reasons, this city shouldn’t exist. In fact, for much of Alabama’s storied history, it didn’t. There was no river flowing through the city’s heart to give it life, no harbor to attract the nation’s…

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Eureka Springs

I am a cheater. When given the opportunity to follow Zeek Taylor—award-winning watercolorist, published author and the first gay man to be legally married in the state of Arkansas—around Eureka Springs for a day, I sneak up the night before to stay in a treehouse. Online, these little homes on stilts are so gosh-darn adorable, I…

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“Plumbing”

Early on they were dark like this, had more grays and blacks and darker hues. Then over time, making a sharp break maybe about two-thirds the way in or so, they changed, got lighter and larger and whiter and seemed almost iridescent along the edges. And though there’s nothing that says an artist can’t change…

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Water Work

It’s a perfect day to be on the water. The June sun is bright and cheerful and has yet to take on midsummer’s ferocity. By all accounts, Lake Norrell, just north of Benton, should be full of fishermen and pleasure boaters. Instead, the water is quiet and still. The only things moving are two boats,…

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Curb Appeal

I’m walking through Ashley and Brian Bailey’s master suite in south Fayetteville, and even though I should probably be focusing on things like passive-solar techniques as Ashley and architect Lisa Skiles lead me on a nickel tour of the space, I can’t help but gawk at the gleaming midcentury highboy in front of me. “An…

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