Knowing Knoxville

Full disclosure: I am a Vols fan. It’s not my fault. Having been born and raised in Knoxville, and having graduated from the University of Tennessee, it’s not really like I had much of a choice. My blood runs orange, and each autumn, you’ll hear me singing “Rocky Top” at the top of my lungs. But…

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The Great Migration

Of The Natural State’s many autumnal delights, perhaps the most anticipated is the annual changing of the foliage, when Arkansas’ mountains and forests come afire with a thousand shades of ochre. But before the trees don their fall colors, another metamorphosis wends its orange-winged way across Arkansas’ hills and fields: the annual migration of the…

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Jonesboro

The dangerous side of traveling to all of Arkansas’ amazing towns, being shown around by fabulous people in the know, is that I often want to move to wherever I’m visiting. (Like, as soon as possible.) Luckily, this month, I’m traveling to Jonesboro, a place I’m quite certain I will not want to reside in.…

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Arkansas Sketchbook

Before anything else, there was a chair. There were roses and a broken vase drawn with what seemed like white chalk. The tile was visible, small squares that looked like gray slate. There was the raw outline of a red sweater near the top right and a pair of pants in the bottom right corner.…

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Good Tasting

Pahd Kra Pow With Barbecue Duck Zangna Thai Cuisine, Little Rock After spotting Buffalo duck wings on the menu at a tired old bar, we were beginning to think the flavorful fowl was played out. Good thing, then, that an order of this pahd kra pow, which sees the bird paired with asparagus, sweet basil,…

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Park’s Pants

      PARK’S By Mariam Makatsaria | Photography by Nancy Nolan PANTS Twenty years ago, photographer Nancy Nolan began charting her eldest son’s life, year by year, in a series of photos that showed him slowly growing into a pair of his father’s faded 501s. In a new exhibition this month at Wildwood Park…

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Sounding Board

Every Tuesday, about 80 people trickle into one venue or another around the state. There’s food. There’s music. Chatter. To get Tales From the South going, Paula Martin Morell welcomes everyone gathered, as any good host would. “How’s everybody doing tonight? Are y’all ready for some Southern-style storytelling?” Three raconteurs step up to the microphone,…

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For Gourd Measure

In addition to being a borderline superfood (they’re packed with protein, fiber, nutrients and omega-3s), perhaps the best thing about pumpkin seeds is that they don’t taste like pumpkin-spiced anything. But while baking the seeds with a little oil and a hint of salt creates a savory snack perfect for recovering from one too many…

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So Restaurant

Of all the hard-to-spot restaurants in all of the Little Rock restaurant world, So may be the most difficult find. Tucked between a recently shuttered clothier and a garden center, So’s brick facade is ultrasubdued. No marquee—just a wrought iron door surrounded by cement planters leading down a narrow hallway. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair on a…

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