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The Cow Paddy Run

Photo: Facebook.com/CowPaddyRun

Get your running shoes on, everyone. Racing season is upon us.

There are several chances to get out, compete and get active coming up in Northwest Arkansas over the next few months, and we’ve compiled a list of all the upcoming races in the area we could find from now through the end of April.

If you notice that we’ve forgotten anything in NWA during that timeframe, feel free to add that info in the comments below.

Happy running.


Beer & Bagel Off Road

Date: March 5
Time: 10 a.m.
Distance: 4 miles
Location: Saddlebock Brewery, Springdale, AR
Cost: $40-45
More info: Nebraska-based race the Beer & Bagel is back for a second year for a March 5 run at Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale. It’s an off road race, and there will be bagels, beer (obviously), and homemade chili. Click here to register.


Sign.Speak.Run.

Date: March 5
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Distance:5k run and 1 mile fun run
Location: Lake Fayetteville
Cost: $20-25
More info: A new 5K run benefiting Arkansas Hands & Voices. Click here to register.


Irish 5k/10k

Date: March 5
Time: 7 a.m.
Distance: 5k/10k
Location: Bentonville Community Center Bentonville, AR
Cost: $25 for either race
More info: A St. Patrick’s Day-themed race in Bentonville. Click here to register.


Cow Paddy 5K/1K

Date: March 11
Time: 5:45 p.m.
Distance: 5K/1K
Location: Gulley Park, Fayetteville, AR
Cost: $20-25
More info: The Cow Paddy run is an annual 5k and 1k fun run benefitting the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation. Runners are encouraged to dress up, and there are prizes for the best cow costume, and craziest costume. Click here to register.


Down and Dirty 5k

Date: March 12
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5K/1 mile fun run
Location: University of Arkansas Agri Park
Cost: $20-25
More info: The Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Graduate Student Club at University of Arkansas is hosting the 6th annual Down & Dirty 5K on March 12, 2016. Proceeds will benefit University of Arkansas’s Full Circle Food Pantry. Click here to register.


Fight Back 5k and Fun Run

Date: March 12
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Distance: 5K/1 mile fun run
Location: Mercy Family YMCA (5214 Village Parkway, Rogers)
Cost: 5k is $20-25, fun run is $10
More info: The Fight Back 5K and Fun Run includes a chip timed 5K race and a 1 mile Fun Run. Race proceeds benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Benton County! Medals will be awarded to the top 3 male and female overall, plus the top 3 male and female in each 5 year age division. Click here to register.


Nutty Runner 5k

Date: March 12
Time: 12 p.m.
Distance: 5K
Location: Columbus House Brewery
Cost: $20-$35
More info: Columbus House Brewery is behind this new race, that will feature a “Nutty Runner Division” requiring participants to drink a pint of their signature beer of the same name after each mile of the race. Click here to register.


Iron Pig Festival Duathlon

Date: March 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Distance: Duathlon (5k run, 18 mile bike ride), 5k Run, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk
Location: Fayetteville Executive Airport, Drake Field
Cost: $55-70
More info: The Iron Pig Festival is four events in one. There’s a duathlon, a 5K run, a 1 mile fun run/walk, and a bike time trial. Click here to register.


Bentonville Half Marathon

Date: April 2
Time: 7 a.m.
Distance: Half marathon (13 miles), Half marathon relay, 5k
Location: Downtown Bentonville, AR
Cost: Half marathon is $70, half marathon relay is $45/person, 5k is $30.
More info: A half marathon, half marathon relay, 5k, and fun run sponsored by Run Bentonville. Click here to register.


Hogeye Marathon

Date: April 10
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Distance: Marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon, 5k, and 1 mile fun run
Cost: Marathon is $85, half marathon is $70, 5k is $30, and the marathon relay is $160 ($40 per person).
Location: Downtown square, Fayetteville, AR
More info: A 40-year-old event, the Hogeye Marathon begins on the Fayetteville square and runs through several historic areas of the city before finishing up on Dickson Street. There’s also a half marathon, 5k, and relay marathon. Proceeds from the event benefit several local charities. Click here to register.


SpringFest 5K

Date: April 16
Time: 8 a.m.
Distance: 5k
Cost: To be determined
Location: Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR
More info: A fun 5K run as part of the annual Fayetteville Springfest street festival on Dickson Street. Proceeds from the event benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Registration will open soon.


Race for the Cure

Date: April 30
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Distance: 5K/10K
Location: Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall, Rogers AR
More info: A 5K run benefitting the Ozark Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Click here to register.


This article is sponsored by First Security Bank. For more great stories of Arkansas food, travel, sports, music and more, visit onlyinark.com.
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30th annual Trout Unlimited Conservation banquet set for Saturday http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/11/30th-annual-trout-unlimited-conservation-banquet-set-for-saturday/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/11/30th-annual-trout-unlimited-conservation-banquet-set-for-saturday/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:37:47 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=148107

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The 30th annual Trout Unlimited Conservation Banquet and Auction is set for this weekend.

The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the groups conservatioin efforts for cold water fisheries (particularly on the White River below Beaver Dam), is set for Friday, Feb. 12 at Fayetteville Town Center.

The event includes a live and silent auction, dinner by Spring Street Grill, a raffle, AN awards program, and more.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $85 for couples, $50 for single adults, and $20 for a youth tickets (16 and younger). Tables are also available to purchase in advance by calling Ron Blackwelder at 713-819-6980.

Single tickets can be purchased at the door and at McLellan’s Fly Shop in Fayetteville.

For a bit more information, check out the Facebook page for the event.

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Jason Aldean, Sammy Hagar added to 2016 AMP lineup http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/11/sammy-hagar-jason-aldean-added-to-2016-amp-lineup/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/11/sammy-hagar-jason-aldean-added-to-2016-amp-lineup/#respond Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:50:49 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=148100

Jason Aldean / Sammy Hagar

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The folks at the Walmart AMP continue to add to their 2016 summer lineup.

Officials this week announced two new shows, including country star Jason Aldean coming to the venue on May 19, and classic rocker Sammy Hagar and his new band, The Circle set to perform on July 2.

Tickets to the Jason Aldean show go on sale on Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m., and range from $35.50-$68.50. Aldean is a three time American Country Music Award Male Vocalist of the Year, and entertainer of the year nominee. Special guests at the show include Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses.

The Sammy Hagar show goes on sale on Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m., and tickets range from $36-81. Hagar is obviously best known as the front man for Van Halen, where he sang hits I Can’t Drive 55, Right Now and Why Can’t This Be Love. His new band, The Circle, features an all-star lineup of musicians, including Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. He also owns his own tequila company.

Tickets to both shows will be available at amptickets.com, or by calling the Walton Arts Center Box Office at 479-443-5600.

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Man dies after falling near Clear Creek Trail in Fayetteville http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/10/man-dies-after-falling-near-clear-creek-trail-in-fayetteville/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/10/man-dies-after-falling-near-clear-creek-trail-in-fayetteville/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=148090

Map: City of Fayetteville

A man died Wednesday after falling from a downed tree near Clear Creek Trail in Fayetteville, according to multiple reports.

Fayetteville police told reporters the man’s head hit a rock after falling from the tree which was leaning over Clear Creek just north of the Northwest Arkansas Mall.

Reports indicate the man’s shoes were hanging from the tree, and that he may have been relaxing or walking across the tree when he fell.

Police do not suspect foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

Reports: KFSM / KHBS / NWAOnline

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Fault has its cracks but showcases best parts of Northwest Arkansas, too http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/10/fault-has-its-cracks-but-showcases-best-parts-of-northwest-arkansas-too/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/10/fault-has-its-cracks-but-showcases-best-parts-of-northwest-arkansas-too/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:16:25 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147904

“Fault,” a brand new work by TheatreSquared resident playwright Robert Ford being staged by that company, takes us to a place Northwest Arkansans know well.

We see a world where an Arkansas Razorback football player, having ascended to national glory, looks fondly over his days as a local resident. And in his sojourn he immerses himself in the local culture – that of Pope County, Arkansas, specifically – milking the cows and crunching fall leaves underfoot. Nearly everything we see in “Fault,” minus a pair of quick stopovers in Japan, takes place either inside this absolutely beautifully staged Pope County homestead or just outside its doors. The fall foliage draped behind the stage and the leaves quite literally under the feet of patrons look like Arkansas’ best version of itself. It’s gorgeous, and TheatreSquared should be commended.

But not everything is pretty. “Fault” also takes us to a place we don’t know, and don’t want to know.


What: TheatreSquared’s “Fault”
When: Wed-Sun through Feb. 28
Where: Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville
Cost: $15-$45
Tickets: 479-443-5600 or theatre2.org

An incident at a nuclear power plant in the River Valley has created chaos in the form of death, destruction and the establishment of a do not enter zone. The nuclear reactor in question isn’t labeled as such, but it’s fairly clear the inspiration comes from the Arkansas Nuclear One near Russellville, Arkansas’ only nuclear power plant.

While the incident in question causes nationwide panic, Ford’s script instead focuses on the narrowest slice of the fallout, the dynamic of one family and those who seek to protect or harm it. That family finds its voice through Monk (played by Ryan George), a former Razorback who is now a star for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL.

He’s only allowed access into his homestead courtesy of a family friend, but a stranger, Molly (played by Rebecca Hirota), has found her way inside, too. Assigning blame for a national disaster realized locally becomes a central tenant to the action of “Fault.” With a runtime of 90 minutes, and without an intermission, viewers get into the meat of the show quickly. Everyone, including that family friend, Kemp, (played by Brian Lee Huynh), have something to conceal.

There’s an ominous tone to “Fault,” with a low industrial hum often running as background noise. Near the climax, gunshots ring throughout the hillside. There is reason to be worried. During its best moments, “Fault” layers on tension.

There’s a scary world lying underneath the surface of the world with think we love, and “Fault” reminds us of that. At every NFL game, there’s a concussion risk for the players. For each low heating bill, there are earthquakes caused by fracking. We’re also reminded of the Japanese internment camps during World War II – two of which were in Arkansas – and the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan at the conclusion of that same war. Consequences and decades-old loose threads may be the end of us, and our uncertainty is certain. You’ll want to call your mother after this show.

And you’ll likely be left wondering after this show, too.

Wondering how life goes on, wondering if any of the characters remain friends and wondering what lesson “Fault” attempts to teach.

One of the lessons rings true for Northwest Arkansas, if we choose to turn the focus locally again. “Fault” won’t rank near the top of my list of favorite TheatreSquared productions, but the organization must be admired for developing new works and giving us an opportunity to see them before the rest of the world does. No wonder Monk is compelled to come back to this part of the world – we’re lucky here.

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Fair trade red roses from Ozark Natural Foods

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Roses are Red. Violets are blue. If you haven’t found a Valentine’s Day gift yet, don’t worry. You’re not screwed.

We’ve compiled a list of more than 30 gift ideas for you.

On top of that, we found a couple date-night things to do.

(Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Enjoy)



Gift ideas


The Mustache Goods & Wears

1. You’re Blushing Pouch, $14.99 (view image of 1, 2 and 3)
2. Knock Knock Pads (You+Me, XOXO), $4
3. Blue Q Soap (I Love You), $4

4. Paper Straws, $8 (view image) (view image of 4, 5 and 6)
5. Break Up Activity Book, $14.95
6. Blue Q Socks (Men Ruin Stuff), $10


Garden Living

1. Red Roses (shop online)
For: Anyone
More info: Red Roses are the quintessential Valentine’s Day gift. Drop in to pick-up a single stem to go with a Nest Fragrances’ candle to set the mood, or a few dozen to really express your love. PIGMINT arrangements will also be available.

2. Orchids (shop online)
For: Anyone
More info: Exotic, sophisticated, and long lasting, they’re a great choice for anyone. When placed in a bright room and watered twice each week, their blooms will last for weeks (even months!). Paired with a Rilfe Paper Co. card, you can’t go wrong. Dark pink and solid white available in several sizes.

3. DeWitt Hand Tools (shop online)
For: Gardeners, anyone
More info: A large, extensive shipment of our DeWit Hand Tools just arrived and make perfect gifts for the gardener. Every DeWit tool has been beautifully handcrafted in Holland and comes with a Lifetime Warranty.


Little Bread Co.

1. Naughty/Nice Valentine’s Cookies
For: Anyone
More info: Make your Valentine blush with a naughty cookie from Little Bread Co. Customize your cookie, or call for a list of too-sexy-for-the-public (and most definitely not safe for work) ideas. Nice versions are also available.


Something Urban

1. Crystal Clear Necklace Set (View image)
For: Her
More info: $18

2. Emerald Wishes Earrings (View image)
For: Her
More info: $16

3. Red-y Wrap Dress (View image
For: Her
More info: $58.99

4. Men’s Brick Button-Up (View image
For: Him
More info: $48.99


Underwood’s

1. 14 Karat White and Rose Gold Ring
For: Her
More info: This 14 karat white and rose gold ring has a .33 carat round diamond center and graduated round diamonds beadset into the shank. The graceful rose gold gallery under the center stone on the side is a sweet surprise!

2. 14 Karat Rose Gold Ring
For: Her
More info: This ring is made of 14 karat rose gold and has a .54 carat round diamond plus .26 carats total weight of diamonds.

3. 14 Karat White Gold Engagement Ring
For: Her
More info: This 14 karat white gold engagement ring features a .41 carat round brilliant center with an additional .25 carats of fully cut diamonds in a simple infinity design. Matching wedding band available!


Maids in Red

1. Rest and relaxation
For: Anyone
More info: Give your sweetheart the gift of a clean house, and give yourself the weekend off by letting Maids in Red take care of the cleaning. Purchase a gift card at maidsinred.com.


Vintage Cargo

1. Moravian Cookies (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: Moravian Cookies baked with rich melted caramel and a hit of gourmet sea salt are dipped in rich artisan blend chocolate for the perfect blend of sweet and salty.

2. Lastra Heart Dish (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: Show a little love with a special edition, signed Lastra Heart Dish presented in VIETRI’s signature gift box. Handcrafted in Italy of Italian stoneware, these pretty boxed hearts are signed by artisan Stefano Roselli.

3. Red Currant candle by Votivo (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: A savory blend of tart red currants and golden fruit glaze ladled over coarsely ground vanilla bean ice cream and served along side of raspberry filled sugar cookies. The original Red Currant candle by Votivo.


Dead Swanky

Forget the candy, give her what she really wants. All packages served with complimentary wine/champagne.
1. Blow Her Away: Blow Out, Brow Wax + Tint
For: Her
More info: $65

2. My Sweetheart: Makeup, Brow Wax + Tint
For: Her.
More info: $100

3. Love Of My Life: Oxygen Facial, Makeup, Brow Wax + Tint
For: Anyone
More info: $250


Ozark Natural Foods

1. Fair Trade Roses (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: Surprise your sweetie on Valentine’s Day with beautiful fair-trade roses from One World Flowers. Show your loved one how much you care with these fragrant roses from one of the few floral companies dedicated to environmental responsibility and social justice!

2. Blue Q Socks (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: Nothing says “I love you” more than a nice pair of warm, cozy socks. Right? With colorful graphics and whimsical messages, these 100% cotton socks are sure to delight! And best yet, Blue Q Socks donates a percentage of their profits to Doctors without Borders.

3. Vday Cards (View image)
For: Anyone
More info: Say “Bee Mine” and complement your Valentine’s Day gift with one of our perfect handmade or fair-trade cards, all printed on beautiful recycled paper! We have a variety of romantic cards to choose from, all designed to make your special Valentine feel loved and adored.


Walton Arts Center

1. Abba Tickets (Get tickets)
For: Anyone
More info: Looking for the ABBA-solutly perfect way to spend Valentine’s (or GALentine’s) Day? Celebrate with the world’s best-loved musical, MAMMA MIA! at Walton Arts Center Feb. 9-14. Best seats available on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

2. Cinderella Tickets (Get tickets)
For: Anyone
More info: Treat your special someone like royalty this Valentine’s Day! Buy tickets to Cinderella at Walton Arts Center March 1-6.

3. A Night with Janis Joplin Tickets (Get tickets)
For: Anyone
More info: What’s the best way to give a “Piece of Your Heart” to the one you love? Buy them tickets to A Night with Janis Joplin March 17-18 at Walton Arts Center.


Ozark Escape

1. Ozark Escape Gift Card (Buy online)
For: Anyone
More info: Buy your sweetheart a gift card to Ozark Escape, and get a FREE box of chocolates. Offer good with any gift card purchased in store through Feb. 14th.

Or, bring in your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day and one of you plays for free! Walk-in rate of $20 per person for any available game. Check online for room availability and schedule.



Valentine’s specials / Date nights


The Jones Center

Looking for a unique “date night” outing this Valentine’s weekend? Join us for two special “Couples Skate” sessions:

Saturday February 13th Noon-3pm and 7pm-10pm
Sunday, February 14th 2pm-4:45pm

Couples skate for a reduced fee of $10 per couple (includes skate rental).

Visit thejonescenter.net for a complete schedule or call (479) 756-8090 for more details.


David Adams Fine Jewelry

David Adams Fine Jewelry is having a sale of a lifetime this month just in time for Valentine’s Day. Everything in the store (excluding bridal) is 50% off!


Greenhouse Grill

Greenhouse Grill is serving a four course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu on Feb. 14. Just $50 per person. Reservations strongly recommended. Call 479-444-8909. View the menu.


Bordinos

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days late with a wine dinner that will be worth the wait. Bordinos is hosting a wine dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

Explore French Wines with Colette Comeau of Aquitaine Wine Company, and enjoy a decadent five-course meal with a wine pairing for each. The dinner is $120/person (tax & gratuity included).

View the menu here. Call 479-527-6795 to reserve your spot.


Taziki’s

Taziki’s is offering a Valentine’s feast this year! Get an appetizer, two meals, dessert, and a bottle of house wine for just $39.99.

Offer is good at both their Fayetteville and Bentonville locations! For a bit more information, visit their Facebook page.


Paid AdvertisementThis post paid for by Pigmint. If you’d like to advertise your business in a future promotion similar to this, call Dustin at 479-387-1002 or send us a message.

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Common Grounds to close on Dickson Street http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/common-grounds-to-close-on-dickson-street/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/common-grounds-to-close-on-dickson-street/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 21:59:42 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147956

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Longtime Fayetteville espresso bar and restaurant The Common Grounds will permanently close this month after 18 years in business on Dickson Street.

Owner Kari Larson said the restaurant’s last day of business is Sunday, Feb. 21.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Larson thanked former co-owner Julie Sill, along with Common Grounds’ staff and all the customers who’ve visited the restaurant since it first opened in 1997.

“It’s been an amazing experience, a wild ride and one I am so very proud of,” she said.

Larson said the property at 412 W. Dickson St. was listed for sale on Jan. 15 and was under contract within a few days. County records indicate Larson and Sill bought the building in 2004 for $1.2 million.

While Larson would not disclose the identity of the new owners, she said they have “a very successful business they will be bringing to Dickson Street.”

Larson said she’ll spend her time focusing on a new venture called Simply Meticulous Mowing.

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Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday festivities in Fayetteville http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/mardi-gras-fat-tuesday-festivities-in-fayetteville/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/mardi-gras-fat-tuesday-festivities-in-fayetteville/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:59:44 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147932

Crescent City Combo / Photo: Jeremy Scott Photography

It’s Fat Tuesday, y’all. Who’s ready to revel?

There are a handful of Mardi Gras-themed events set for tonight (Feb. 9) in Fayetteville for those who are looking to celebrate, New Orleans-style.

Here’s what we know about them.

Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl

The annual Fat Tuesday Pub Crawl is set for tonight on Dickson Street.

Revelers will meet up at 7 p.m. at Farrell’s Lounge on Dickson Street, and will crown the royalty of the Demented Krewe of Dickson at around 8 p.m.

After that, a pub crawl led by Billy Zydeco Band will visit several bars along the street starting at 8:30 p.m. It’s free to participate (well, you gotta buy your own drinks), and it’s pretty informal. Anyone can join the fun.

Crescent City Combo

Fayetteville’s favorite (only?) New Orleans-style horn band Crescent City combo will perform a free Fat Tuesday show at Maxine’s Tap Room Tuesday night.

The band features an all-star lineup of local musicians including Jeff Gray (trumpet) Matt Beach (trombone), Drew Packard (guitar), Isayah Warford (guitar), Jeremy Irving (bass), Anthony Ball (drums), Johnny Arredondo (drums) and Clare Starr (bass).

The bar will also serve classic New Orleans cocktails, and a portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss a Pig fundraiser.

There’s no cover, either.

Chase the Blues Away Mardi Gras celebration

Mermaid’s restaurant hosts a Mardi Gras celebration tonight.

The event is a fundraiser for the Chase Family Foundation, and will include music by Mojo Trio, prizes, a wine pull, silent auction and more.

A $60 ticket includes a Cajun dinner, wine, and a champagne bar until 6:30 p.m. (A cash bar will be available after that).

Tickets are available at chasefamilyfoundation.com. The event will take place from 6-10 p.m.

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Video: Construction continues on Rupple Road extension http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/video-construction-continues-on-rupple-road-extension/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/video-construction-continues-on-rupple-road-extension/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:34:31 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147916

A new video posted by city officials this week offers a bird’s-eye view of the progress on the first phase of the Rupple Road Improvement Project in southwest Fayetteville.

Once complete, the 1.5-mile southern extension of Rupple Road will give west Fayetteville residents an easier way to get to Walmart, Lowe’s and the other businesses on the west side of Interstate 49.

» Enlarge map / Flyer Staff

Design plans include a landscaped median with roundabouts at three intersections and a 5-foot sidewalk on the east side of the road. Aside from giving drivers a new route to the businesses along MLK, a planned 12-foot trail on Rupple will one day connect Fayetteville’s trail system to the recently acquired Mount Kessler land that includes over eight miles of hiking and mountain biking paths near the planned 200-acre regional park.

Officials believe the project will drive economic development in southwest Fayetteville. Once Rupple Road is extended, the fields and pastures that separate MLK Boulevard and Wedington Drive are expected to flourish with commercial and residential developments.

The existing roadway on Rupple from Persimmon Street to Wedington Drive will also be widened to four lanes, along with a short stretch on the north side of Wedington to Congressional Street.

The $7.3 million project is being funded using transportation bonds approved by voters in 2006.

Rupple Road southern extension

» Download plans / City of Fayetteville

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Being Bret Bielema expands focus of radio personality’s company http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/being-bret-bielema-expands-focus-of-radio-personalitys-company/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/being-bret-bielema-expands-focus-of-radio-personalitys-company/#respond Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:19:21 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147895

(From left) Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly executive producer Bart Pohlman, host Bo Mattingly, and production director Sawyer Radler.

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Broadcaster Bo Mattingly is celebrating his 18th year in the Northwest Arkansas market by introducing one of his company’s most innovative ideas with the forthcoming web docu-series “Being Bret Bielema.”

The web series features the Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach in all his gregarious and outgoing glory. Bielema is not one to put on airs. However, he generally speaks his mind, and more often than not, he’s pretty funny.

“It’s a behind-the-scenes snapshot at what being the head coach of the Razorbacks is like,” said Mattingly, the host of the statewide radio show Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly. “What I think people will find is that behind the scenes, Bret is absolutely the same as he presents himself in public. He’s a great guy to be around.”

The first five-minute episode of the series is set to premiere this month on YouTube, but the co-produces of the program, Sports Personality LLC and co-producer JM Associates of Little Rock, has released three entertaing trailers that can also be found on YouTube.

“In the course of the production, we liked what we were seeing so much that we wanted to give everyone a taste,” Mattingly said in a recent phone interview. “It’s been incredibly well received. We just released a third trailer and to already have 350,000 views in less than a day is so gratifying.”

Mattingly said the idea from the show began in discussions with Chris Freet, University of Arkansas associate athletics director for external affairs about increasing the UA’s brand exposure.

Mattingly, who interviews regional and national sports broadcasters and analysts on a daily basis for his talk show, felt that Bielema’s lightning-rod personality coupled with the coach’s genuine affection made him the UA’s most marketable asset.

“What I hear about Bielema from people around the area and media figures from around the country is that he is so real. ‘Genuine’ is the word almost everyone uses. I feel the exact same way, and what I’ve learned working even more closely with him on this project is that he’s the same all the time and with everyone.”

Now, there are a lot of genuine people in the world, but few could carry a web series that will compete in a similar space as Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Being Bret Bielema most likely won’t reach that rarified air, but to Razorback and college football fans alike, it offers a candid look at the life of a prominent coach that most never see.

Mattingly said there are plans for the possible expansion of the “Being” brand, but made it clear that the series is going to work because of who Bielema is.

“I thought people would find it fascinating to see how he is in his everyday life,” Mattingly said. “The more we can show him not coaching football and show more of his personality, his idiosyncrasies, his music, his flip flops, his jokes, and superstitions, the better. He’s just a unique guy.”

The show is not scripted, and while Mattingly acknowledges it will be characterized as a reality show, he sees it as more of a episodic slice-of-life. The current plan is for five, five-minute episodes on YouTube, but with the production still shooting, there could be more. Mattingly said making a lengthier cut of the material available for other platforms was a good possibility.

“We didn’t want it to be in a box,” Mattingly said. “Who knows where else it will go. This really happened fast. There are other possibilities with the Being brand both inside and outside of sports.”
Mattingly also praised JM Associates, a production company that has provided content to the likes of ABC, ESPN and the Weather Channel for 25 years, for their role in the producing the series.

“They are a co-partner in every sense of the word and have given us great material,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly spoke highly of Freet, the UA and most of all Bielema for being open to doing something different, but credit must also go to Mattingly for fostering relationships with the UA and its personnel. The UA wouldn’t trust just anyone with the access granted to Mattingly and his co-producers.

While producing a web series is a step in a new direction for Sports Personality LLC, Mattingly said it is totally in line with the business plan he and his partner Steve Graves developed when Mattingly stepped away from television broadcasting in 2007.

Mattingly credits Graves as mentor inside and outside of the business world.

“We are a content-development company,” Mattingly said. “We’re more known for the radio show because it’s out there each day but we see possibilities for more projects of this nature in the future.”

Mattingly praised the expertise of his team at Sports Personality LLC for allowing time for such projects. Mattingly leans on his executive producer Bart Pohlman and production manager Sawyer Radler daily to make the radio show not only run smoothly but also be topical and engaging.

“We discuss a plan for the show every morning, and bounce ideas off each other” Mattingly said. “We want to be as topical and engaging as we can.

Hawgs Illustrated publisher Clay Henry and recruiting editor Dudley Dawson add expert insight and give a first-hand view on the ins and outs of the Razorbacks program. Mattingly and his crew balance the program by seeking national and regional guests to give listeners an idea of how their beloved Hogs and the Southeastern Conference are viewed from a national perspective.

“We pride ourselves on being a content-driven show that’s informative but also entertaining,” Mattingly said. “We have a plan each day. We endeavor to be fresh and insightful and to give our listeners a perspective or different take than they might get somewhere else.

Mattingly, who moved to Fayetteville in 1998 when hired to the KHBS-KHOG 40/29 team by sports director Mike Nail and news director Craig Cannon, said he did not plan to stay in Northwest Arkansas at first.

“When I moved to Arkansas, I thought I would be here for a year and then move on to a bigger market,” Mattingly said. “I was close to taking a job with a sports radio network out of Las Vegas a few months after arriving, but I wanted to stay in TV at the time and frankly was scared to move to Vegas.”

Mattingly said the passion of Razorbacks fans has always made covering and commenting on sports in Northwest Arkansas interesting.

“Being a part of something that matters to people is the most gratifying part of the job,” Mattingly said. “It’s fulfilling to put in a lot of hard work and effort to give people something they appreciate and to know that you’ve done your best.”

Mattingly’s marriage to his wife Ashley, a Northwest Arkansas native, and their children — King, 19, Payton, 16, Ty, 9, and Lenon, 5 — kept him in Northwest Arkansas. Spending more time with them was the impetus behind forming his partnership with Graves.

In 2005 Mattingly coordinated the rebranding of KNWA and KARK television sports news as The Razorback Nation. The two NBC affiliates for Northwest and Central Arkansas pooled their resources to focus primarily on Razorback coverage.

Bo Mattingly / Courtesy photo

It was bold to move from a tried-and-true format that spread its resources thin in an attempt to cover all levels of sports in each region to deeply focusing on the subject that meant the most to the most people.

While Mattingly said he sees the value in both formats, he is happy to The Razorback Nation format still working almost a decade later.

However, in 2007 Mattingly decided to step away from the format he not only created but also championed to spend more time with his family.

“The Razorback Nation was and I know still is a time-consuming effort for everyone involved,” Mattingly said. “There is a ton of travel and really crazy hours for a family.”

Mattingly loved the work when he was single, but once he married Ashley and became father to her two sons and then added a third son to the mix a year or so later, his view was different.

“I went from being a single guy with no obligations other than myself to being a husband and father of three in little more than a year,” Mattingly said. “I had a wife and children that not only needed more of my time but deserved it.”

One of the wishes on his 5-year-old son Payton’s Christmas list in 2006 was for Mattingly to be home from work earlier each night.

A unique opportunity arose for Mattingly in 2007 when the UA hired talk radio host Chuck Barrett as Paul Eells’ replacement as voice of the football Razorbacks. Barrett could not continue his Sports Rap radio show that he had produced for the better part of two decades and be the Razorbacks’ play-by-play man due to a conflict of interests.

“Chuck let me and a few others know what his plans were and that there would be an opportunity in the radio market when he ended his show,” said Mattingly, who had operated talk radio shows in the area previously. “My wife and I prayed about the decision. It was probably the toughest professional decision of my life, but I haven’t regretted a day since I made it.”

While Mattingly’s workday is still full, gone are 10 p.m. sportscasts and a great deal of the travel. Mattingly is able to structure his work so that he can keep more traditional hours most of the time.

That freedom has also allowed his creative juices flow into other areas such as Being Bret Bielema, which could lead to further business growth.

“We have more ideas and there is interest,” Mattingly said. “We don’t want to be in a box. We think this is just a start.”


This article is sponsored by First Security Bank. For more great stories of Arkansas food, travel, sports, music and more, visit onlyinark.com.
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Ad: Flowers Make Her Heart Skip A Beat http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/09/ad-flowers-make-her-heart-skip-a-beat/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:46:41 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147910

Photo: Courtesy, PIGMINT

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Weekly deals & more: Feb. 8-14, 2016 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/weekly-deals-more-feb-8-14-2016/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/weekly-deals-more-feb-8-14-2016/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:15:28 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147881 Weekly deals content comes from our sponsors. For more info, call Dustin at 479-387-1002.

Arts & Events

TheatreSquared’s latest, now playing at Nadine Baum

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Maxine’s Tap Room has Crescent City Combo for Fat Tuesday this week, and more.

ONF is hosting an owner equity drive this month! Become an owner or renew in Feb., and be entered to win a $100 gift card!

JJ’s Grill has live music this week with Jeff Fox, Ashley McBryde, Jon Dooly, Lazy Daisy, and Clint Scholz Band.

TheatreSquared’s new show “Fault” opens Feb. 4! Get tickets.

Walton Arts Center has the Broadway hit Mamma Mia playing this week! Get tickets.


Drink Specials and Beer News

Buster’s has $2 domestic bottles and wells, and $2.50 drafts and imports every day from 4-7 p.m. for happy hour!

Farrell’s Lounge has 35 beers on tap at any given moment. Here’s a list of their newest additions.

Try Foghorn’s new specialty drinks, the Pucker Up or the Lovebird. Just $5 all month long!

Kingfish has a great local beer selection, plus plenty of $1.50 cans, every day!

Sunday is half price night at Mickey Finn’s. It’s the best night of the week.

Thursday is martini night at Wasabi. Try one of their signature creations for just $5!


Food & Dining

Some ‘nice’ cookies from Little Bread Co. Some of the others are too racy to post.

Bordinos will host a five course French wine dinner with Colette Comeau of Aquitaine Wine Company on Feb. 18. Just look at this menu!

Is there anything more romantic than dining beneath the glow of the ‘typewriters’ sign at Hugo’s?

Hungry and in a hurry? Eureka Pizza has Better Ready pizzas waiting for you for just $4.99 each.

Get a chicken burrito, medium queso, and a drink for just $8.99 at Greenhouse Grille’s Valentine’s Day menu is out, and it looks awesome. Four courses for $50/person.

The sexiest cookies ever created are at Little Bread Co. for Valentine’s Day. Call for a list of naughty options.

Wednesday is wing night at Lucky Luke’s BBQ. Great smoked wings, just 69¢ each, with $1 drafts to wash them down.

Penguin Ed’s on Mission boulevard has a new homemade cheesecake this week. Yum.

How many ribs can you eat? Find out Thursday nights at Sassy’s. (They’re all-you-can-eat.)

You can always get your tenders grilled at Slim Chickens. Just ask!

Taziki’s has a great Valentine’s Day special! Get an appetizer, two meals, a dessert, and wine for just $39.99!

Wood Stone Craft Pizza has a brand new winter menu! Check out the new craft, traditional, and build your own pizza options!


Health & Beauty

Austin Vision Care has Acuvue Oasys and Air Optix Aqua contacts in stock!

The Jones Center just launched an Ironman challenge! Complete an Ironman triathlon in six weeks! More info.


Real Estate and Home Services

Specialized Real Estate Group is helping to develop two new homes for Habitat for Humanity!

The latest listing from Flyer Homes has a walk-in gunite swimming pool with an attached hot tub and stone waterfall. Look.


Services

Did you resolve to start saving more money in 2016? Bank of Fayetteville can help!

Need IT help at the office, but not ready to hire someone full-time? GCM Computers can keep you up and running!

How does your website work on mobile devices? Mockingbird Creative can help you get with the times.

Get $20 off a brake service at The Grease Pig!

Free yourself from high credit card rates. UARK Federal Credit Union Visas are as low as 6.9% APR. Learn more.

Give the gift of a spotless house to your Valentine this year! Maids In Red has gift cards!


Shopping & Retail

Heirloom seeds are arriving at Garden Living

Visit Adventure Subaru during their True Love event, and get an amazing offer on a new Subaru! Now through Feb. 29!

Garden Living has unique orchids, veggie, flower & herb seeds, blooming house plants, and more in stock, just in time for V-Day!

Does your pharmacist deliver? For free? Collier Drug Stores does!

It’s cold out there. Get a free scarf with your purchase of $100 at Something Urban this week. Check out the new $10, $20, $30 racks!

Shop the new Made in the USA collection from Fayettechill!

The Mustache is once again killing it with the awesome t-shirt designs. Look at their latest creations.

What are you wearing for Valentine’s Day? Have you seen Riffraff’s V-Day w/ Bae collection?

Razorback Baseball season is right around the corner. Get outfitted with great gear from the Razorback Shop!

Gearing up for a Valentine’s Day engagement? Underwood’s is where you buy the very best.


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On the Map Q&A: Tristen, March 25 in Fayetteville http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/on-the-map-qa-tristen-march-25-in-fayetteville/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/on-the-map-qa-tristen-march-25-in-fayetteville/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:10:19 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147871

Photo: Kristy Benjamin

Nashville singer-producer Tristen describes her music as neo-traditionalist synth folk pop. Besides writing her own music, Tristen is also Jenny Lewis’ touring keyboardist. Like Lewis, Tristen writes gorgeous folk songs inside of whimsical pop music. Her newest record CAVES contains an astonishing amount of emotion and variety of styles. Tristen’s songs are anchored by ethereal vocals and flourishes of strings.

Tristen makes her first appearance in Fayetteville at the On The Map Festival on Friday, March 25.

We asked her some questions between tours, here goes…


Who: See lineup at OnTheMapFest.com
When: March 24-25, 2016
Where: Fayetteville Town Center
Cost: $25-$35 / Purchase online

What are you working on right now?
I’ve just been on the road in the Midwest opening for Those Darlins on their farewell tour, and directed a couple of music videos for my new record. I’m currently working on string arrangements for the record.

You’re a touring musician and a songwriter – can you tell us how the two worlds affect one another? Are you able to write on the road? What do you need to write a song?

I don’t really separate them into worlds. I feel pretty lucky to be able to do both on a daily basis. Traveling broadens your perspective, it’s a privilege and an education. It allows you to see how different people live, what the country looks like. Flying is a strange idea, you go to sleep on the plane and wake up somewhere else. Touring involves driving through the vast landscapes of our country. You have a concept of the space between each city and it’s people. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your little fishbowl, but traveling keeps you hypnotized with discovery and how insignificant you really are. Writing requires this. Wisdom requires this.

What’s the last thing you read, or watched that seeped into a song of yours?
David Lynch’s ‘Quinoa’– I desperately want to make a show about cooking and storytelling, set in real time, and also shot beautifully like this video.

Also, Taschen’s Book of Symbols. Human mythology is a great source of wisdom and often the reason people like astrology. What patterns in human behavior and what symbols show up in all stories, art, and religions, over all periods of time?

What is your strangest influence? Anything you want to share for the first time?
Nothing strange. I’m influenced by life, by my friends, films, poetry, and music. I’m interested in paradoxes and contradictions. Lately, I’m very interested in how our every day lives play out, Jean Baudrillard’s predictions in Simulacra and Simulation, where society prefers the simulated version of the object, over the real thing. I’m interested in the things that make my existence, the time period I live in, unique, like technology, and also the things that make my life just the same as those that came before me.

We’re in the beginning of a crazy election cycle. Has that worked its way into new songs? Does it make you want to write?
The great political activists and thinkers like James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr, Noam Chomsky, Gore Vidal, and Bertrand Russell inspire me. Elections do not inspire me. The kids protesting in Ferguson inspire me. Those who sacrifice their lives for truth inspire me.

American politicians mostly just spew hot air, with the exception of few. Bernie Sanders is the first politician that has excited me during my lifetime. The mainstream media, an entertainment business, learned long ago that selling fear increases ratings and that people make fear-based decisions instead of data-driven decisions. Candidates use these tactics to inspire votes. It’s sad that more folks aren’t aware of the game.

After the first democratic debate, I was in an airport flying from L.A. back to Nashville. The night before I was playing in Jenny Lewis’s band and we had just opened up for Neil Young, who played his beautiful tunes “Monsanto Years” and “People Want To Hear About Love”. But it was clear to me how the echo chamber of music media had seeped into my brain – I went in thinking “Neil Young and his crazy Monsanto rants”. I wonder what this show will be like. I heard these songs and cried. They were beautiful and understandable, relevant, poetic political songs. Duh. It was Neil Young after all.

Ok, back to the airport. I grabbed a New York Times to see what folks were saying about the debate. I turned to Page 5 to read about it, and there was no mention of Bernie Sanders. Not one mention of a man who clearly dominated the debate. It’s been thrilling to watch the mainstream media ignore Bernie Sanders, despite his message and momentum.

You recently played a set of David Bowie songs – are those covers going to pop up in your live sets this year? What’s your favorite Bowie song?
For years we’ve had a saying in our band, whenever we are stuck, we ask: ‘What would Bowie do’ (wwdbd)? Then we immediately know the answer. ‘Man Who Sold the World’ has been a part of our set for years. For me, asking which song is my favorite Bowie song, is like asking me which way I prefer eating chocolate – a cake (Starman), ice cream (Oh You Pretty Things), candybar (Drive-In Saturday), hot (Moonage Daydream), with mint in it (Queen Bitch), cookie (Modern Love), mousse (The Prettiest Star). So hard to put a hierarchy on art. He broke the mold and we are forever grateful for him.

Is there a new record coming soon? What can we expect?
There is a new record coming soon. I’m still working on it. No expectations necessary. Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. ;)

Have you been to Fayetteville Arkansas before? What are your plans for the show and your visit?
I’ve only driven through, but I’m taking suggestions.

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Anderson gets response he wanted from Kingsley http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/anderson-gets-response-he-wanted-from-kingsley/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/anderson-gets-response-he-wanted-from-kingsley/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:09:04 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147867

Photo: Walt Beazley, ArkansasRazorbacks.com

I know Mike Anderson must get tired of being compared to his mentor Nolan Richardson. He’s been a successful head coach for years now. He’s won more than enough and proven over and over that he is his own man.

However, last Saturday, the Arkansas Razorbacks head basketball coach pulled a classic Nolan move out of his bag of tricks, and it worked splendidly.

Anderson knows the greatest power a coach possesses in his arsenal is playing time and along with the pride that player’s take in being a starter. Those are meaningful commodities when attitudes need to be adjusted.

Anderson started senior Willy Kouassi in place of Moses Kingsley last Saturday in the Hogs’ 85-67 rout of Tennessee. The shakeup energized Kouassi, who had played little in recent games, and it sent the message to Kingsley that he needs to cool his jets just a bit to be as effective as he needs to be for the Razorbacks.

Kingsley’s frustration from being pushed, hacked and double-teamed in SEC play has been more and more noticeable as the season has rolled along. You could see it on his face and in his body language every time a call did not go his way. Evidently, those around him could hear it too because the junior, who has made great strides in his play over the last year, picked up technical fouls during crucial moments in close losses at LSU (76-74) on Jan. 16 and at Florida (87-83) on Feb. 3.

Now, Arkansas did not lose those games because of Kingsley’s technical fouls. The Razorbacks made other critical mistakes in those games and failed to capitalize on opportunities that were in their grasp.

However, when a player gets so noticeably frustrated as Kingsley has done, it becomes part of his reputation with officials, and it becomes part of opponents’ scouting reports.

Kingsley is a presence on defense, and he’s developed into a potent weapon on offense. Teams are going to do whatever they can in an attempt to neutralize him.

Just as Razorback offensive tackle Dan Skipper saw opposing players get in his face and antagonize him more and more when he drew a couple of personal fouls during his sophomore season, no doubt opponents have made a point of being extra physical with Kingsley because they know it takes him out of his game.

Officials are human, and if a player shows a negative tendency, they are going to be more aware of it. The awareness could result in less leeway for the big man during the course of the game. It’s like when you notice an imperfection in anything, it tends to draw your eye.

By bringing Kingsley off the bench, Anderson sent a direct message to the young man. Once he entered the game, the junior scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a smooth 21 minutes on the court. He didn’t pout; he just went to work. It was the perfect response.

Officials around the SEC, no doubt, noticed the move, too. It sent the message them that Anderson realized there was an issue, and that he was addressing it. Kingsley must continue to channel his frustration in constructive ways on the court, but at least the officials know it’s something he and his coach are working to improve.

The lineup shakeup also sends a message to the Razorbacks across the board. All the Hogs need to play the game with the right attitude. Arkansas has other big men, but none bring the combination of offensive and defensive firepower to the floor that Kingsley does. If Anderson will bench Moses, he’ll bench anyone.

It also lets a role player like Kouassi know that Anderson respects what he brings to the team, and that he could call on him at any time to get the job done. Kouassi did respond as a defensive presence and by grabbing four rebounds and tipping in a bucket.

Anderson noted following the blowout of Tennessee that his backups played well and that their play would make the difference in the outcome of this season one way or another. Anderson’s program is built on nine to 11 players making key contributions. How well the bench plays down the stretch will be pivotal to Arkansas’ success or lack there of this season.

The victory moved the Hogs to 12-11 on the season and 5-5 in SEC play with eight regular-season games to play. The Hogs are mired in the middle of the SEC pack, three games out of first place behind league leading LSU, which holds an 8-2 record.

Texas A&M, South Carolina and Kentucky are a game behind the Tigers at 7-3. Florida and Georgia are 6-4. The Hogs, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt are all 5-5, just ahead of Tennessee and Alabama at 4-6.

If the Hogs are going to make a move forward in the league race, now is the time to do it. The outcome of these next four games may very well determine if the Razorbacks can work their way onto the NIT bubble.

The Razorbacks make a tour of Mississippi this week, starting with a trip Tuesday to Starkville, Miss. to play the Bulldogs at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Hogs defeated Mississippi State, 82-68, at Walton Arena on Jan. 9, but we know that the outcome of that game means very little going into this one.

From there the Hogs move on to face Ole Miss at 1 p.m. Saturday in Oxford for an ESPNU-televised game. The following week Auburn (Feb. 17) and Missouri (Feb. 20) visit Walton Arena.

Winning outside of Walton Arena has proven difficult for the Hogs thus far this season. They are 1-9 in games away from Walton Arena, but smarter more disciplined play could have yielded victories in any number of those games.

The Razorbacks are talented, but not talented enough to survive lazy passes, mental mistakes and an overall lack of focus.

The season has come to the point where the Razorbacks will have to crank their level of play up a notch or two or they will begin to fade away. A .500 record down the stretch probably won’t get them into any form of postseason play, and considering LSU (Feb. 23) and South Carolina (March 5) have dates with the Razorbacks in Walton Arena, the likelihood of winning out at home isn’t great.

Two victories this week on the road would be a huge step forward for this team, and would set them up for a very interesting stretch run. A split would be a decent week; however, if the Hogs drop both games? Well, let’s not even consider that.

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Fayetteville public meetings: Feb. 8-12 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/fayetteville-public-meetings-feb-8-12/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/08/fayetteville-public-meetings-feb-8-12/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:22:44 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147861 The following is a list of public meetings obtained from the City of Fayetteville’s website, and through emails or press releases received from city staff.

For questions about any of the following meetings, please contact the city’s administration office at 479-575-8323.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Time Meeting Location
5:30 p.m. Energy Improvement District * City Hall, Room 326
5:30 p.m. Planning Commission ** (agenda) City Hall, Room 219

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Time Meeting Location
4:30 p.m. City Council Agenda Session ** (agenda) City Hall, Room 326
5:15 p.m. Equipment Committee * City Hall, Room 219
5:30 p.m. Water and Sewer Committee * (agenda) City Hall, Room 326

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Time Meeting Location
2 p.m. Bid Opening: Bid 16-20, Forklift Truck Re-Bid City Hall, Room 326
4 p.m. Urban Forestry Advisory Board * City Hall, Room 111
6 p.m. Fayetteville Arts Council * City Hall, Room 111

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Time Meeting Location
9 a.m. Subdivision Committee * City Hall, Room 111
5:30 p.m. Historic District Commission * City Hall, Room 326

Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

Time Meeting Location
  No meetings listed  

* To be shown on the Fayetteville Government Channel
** To be televised live

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Job listing: Feb. 5, 2016 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/job-listing-feb-5-2016/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:13:56 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147856

Something Urban

Job Title: Sales Associate for Local Boutique
Job Type: Part time – Retail
Location: 643 W. Dickson St.
Job Description: Something Urban is a specialty boutique offers a mix of affordable, trendy fashions with a broad customer base. Located on Dickson Street, this store welcomes men, women and pets! We are seeking a strong, passionate sales person with dedication, a desire to succeed and a goal oriented attitude to work on our team.

Year round, part time hours needed including weekends and game days. Must be available to open at 10am.

Customer Focus:
Providing an exceptional shopping experience that will encourage customers to return by demonstrating excellent product knowledge, friendly personable presentation and professional handling of difficult situations.

Utilizing current fashion trends to create fashionable outfits for customers.

Implementing attractive eye catching displays.

Understanding and exceeding expectations.

Qualifications:

You must demonstrate a professional sales focused mindset, exceptional service, a personal style and knowledge of fashion trends and interactive social skills to effectively communicate.

Must be 18 year of age or older.

How to apply: Please email resumes to 643urban@gmail.com


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Chamber to host candidate forums for local primary races http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/chamber-to-host-candidate-forums-for-local-primary-races/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/chamber-to-host-candidate-forums-for-local-primary-races/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:15:46 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147836

The candidate forums will be held in the conference room at the Chamber’s former location at 123 W. Mountain St.

The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will host a series forums for candidates in the upcoming Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Judicial General Elections over the next three weeks, according to Jennifer Irwin, the chamber’s director of communications.

The forums will take place in the conference room at the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce’s former office building, at 123 W. Mountain St. near the downtown square.

Each forum will be conducted in a panel format, with candidates giving opening statements, followed by questions from those in the audience, before final closing remarks.

Forums are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – County Collector: Teresa Soares and Angela Wood
    6:45 – 7:45pm – County Judge: Josh Mahoney and Alderman Mark Kinion
  • Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – State House District 89: Jeff Williams and Charles Gaines
    6:45 – 7:45 p.m. – State Senate District 7: Sharon Lloyd and Representative Lance Eads
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    6 – 7 p.m. – Nonpartisan Judicial Offices, District Court, Division 2: Judge Graham Nations and Casey D. Copeland

Primary elections are scheduled for March 1. Early voting begins on Feb. 16. For more information, and a list of polling places, visit co.washington.ar.us.

For more information, call the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce at 479-521-1710.

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Coen brothers hit the mark with love letter to Hollywood ‘Hail, Caesar!’ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/coen-brothers-hit-the-mark-with-lover-letter-to-hollywood-hail-caesar/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/coen-brothers-hit-the-mark-with-lover-letter-to-hollywood-hail-caesar/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:46:32 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147822

Hail Caesar / Screen capture, YouTube

To borrow a phrase, a Coen Brothers movie is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get, but with rare exceptions, it’s pretty tasty.

Their latest film, Hail, Caesar!, is a satiric romp couched as an old timey film noir, the kind Hitchcock might have directed and would have starred Ray Milland or Fred McMurray. In actuality, there’s nothing really dark about the film at all, past the opening scene. It has more in common with the Coens’ 2008 film Burn After Reading than their more serious and violent fare.

Hail, Caesar! is not quite the kind of spoof Mel Brooks popularized in the 1970s. The laughs are more subtle and the comedy not nearly as broad or slapstick. In fact, some of the humor will fly right by you if you’re not alert.

Hail, Caesar! is not as much a movie about movies as it is love letter to the latter days of Hollywood’s studio system of the late 1940s and ‘50s. You don’t have to be a film historian to get the movie, but the more you know and love old movies and the star-factories that created them, the richer the experience might be.

The movie centers on Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), a studio chief pressured by the craziness of his job and demands from home. When a communist clique of screenwriters kidnaps his meal-ticket star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), the gruff but endearing Mannix turns up the heat to find his leading man while attempting keep a number of spinning plates from crashing to the ground.

Movie poster / Courtesy

If Brolin and Clooney, playing a Charlton Heston-type, aren’t enough star power for you, Scarlett Johansson plays a knocked-up bathing beauty reminiscent of Esther Williams, and Jonah Hill cameos as the common-man lawyer, who runs off to Vegas with her.

Channing Tatum is a toe-tapping, song-and-dance man, loosely modeled on Gene Kelly. Tatum pulls off some dance moves in a hilarious movie-in-the-movie scene set in a bar named the Swinging Dinghy.

Rafe Fiennes plays the prominent but fussy director Laurence Laurentz, who is struggling with his new leading man, a singing cowboy Hobie Doyle, who is foisted upon him at the last minute when a deal for another actor falls through.

As Doyle, Alden Ehreneich shines bright among the other stars, and his humble, marble-mouthed cowboy is one of the best parts of the film. Ehreneich plays Doyle as a cross between Audie Murphy and Will Rogers Jr., in a winning performance that’s sure to garner him more prominent roles in the future.

In a duel role, Tilda Swinton scores in two scenes as rival gossip columnists who happen to be twins. The roles were loosely based on Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper, the self-described Queens of Hollywood Gossip, that waged a bitter war for scoops for decades. An almost unrecognizable Frances McDormand steals one of the funniest scenes in the movie as an eccentric film editor.

The movie is fast, funny and smart and even tugs at the heartstrings as Mannix struggles with his place in the world.


Kung Fu Panda 3

(PG) 1hr. 35 min.

Kung Fu Panda 3 / Screen capture, YouTube

With movies, the third time around is rarely a charm, but if anything, the third time out with Po (Jack Black) and his pals in Kung Fu Panda 3 is charming.

If you and your family enjoyed either or both of the first two movies in the franchise, the third film won’t disappoint. The animation is visually stunning and inventive as portions of the film delve into a spiritual realm that’s under siege by a powerfully built bull-of-a-villain Kai (J.K. Simmons). Kai had a falling out with Grand Master Oogway (Randall Duk Kim) after being comrades-in-war. Kai is out to defeat Oogway and his successor Po.

The crux of the story is Po preparing to battle Kai by training with his biological father Li Shan (Bryan Cranston) and his panda tribe. The film is entirely family friendly. Kids will love it, and adults shouldn’t be bored.


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Classic Corner

With Super Bowl Sunday just a couple of days of way, here are three football-themed suggestions for your viewing pleasure. Coincidentally, all three films were released in the 1970s, the very same decade when NFL football surpassed baseball, horse racing and boxing as America’s preeminent sport.

North Dallas 40, based on a novel of the same name by retired NFL receiver Peter Gent, is a very loosely disguised satire of the Dallas Cowboys of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. The 1979 film is a raucous, ribald comedy that pulls no punches about a game that became big business before some of the player even realized it.

Nick Nolte stars as disillusioned veteran receiver Phil Elliot, who is tired of playing the game on the field and in the meeting room. But, he just can’t walk away. Mac Davis is his best friend, star quarterback Seth Maxwell, who empathizes with Elliot, but needs his buddy to take the game more seriously.

There’s not a better or more truthful film about the NFL.

Heaven Can Wait is a charming 1978 romantic comedy starring Warren Beatty as a Los Angeles Rams quarterback who dies before his time in a cycling accident and is given a chance to occupy the body of another recently deceased man to live out his remaining years.

The movie is a remake of the 1941 classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan, which originally adapted from Harry Segall’s stage play, and reunites Beatty for the third time with his lovely co-star Julie Christie. They previously co-starred in McCabe and Mrs. Miller in 1971 and Shampoo in 1975.

The film hits all the right notes and benefits greatly from fine supporting turns by Jack Warden, Dyan Canon and Charles Grodin. This one would be a good date-night movie as warm up to Valentine’s Day.

Brian’s Song may be 1made-for-TV movie, but if you can find a better film about friendship and brotherhood, let me know. I’d love to see it. The 1971 movie details the true story of Chicago Bears teammates Brian Piccolo (James Cann) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and how their bond reached beyond the football field. This is a five-hanky movie, wrenching enough to bring the strongest man to his emotional knees, but it’s worth every minute.

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Weekend Flyer: Frost Fest, Fault, Stories from the Inside Out, and more http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/weekend-flyer/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/05/weekend-flyer/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:47:24 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147812

Friday, Feb. 5

Paula Poundstone

Courtesy photo

Comedian, author, and actress Paula Poundstone is in town for a performance at Walton Arts Center Friday night. It starts at 8 p.m. Here’s ticket info.

Feel like a dance party? The place for you is probably Cannibal & Craft, then. That’s where DIO, Purp Loder, and Special Guest will be playing their best house music mixes all night at the PURE dance party. There’s no cover.

How about a show? Local troupe TheatreSquared has a new show called Fault making its debut this weekend at Nadine Baum Studios. It’s an original show written by local playwright and T2 artistic director Robert Ford. Here’s more info.

UA Theatre will also debut a new show this weekend at UA Global Campus on the square. The Motherf**ker With The Hat was a 2011 Tony Award winner for best play, and UA Theatre will be performing the show through the weekend. Here’s more.

The Arkansas Brewers Guild’s Winter Tap Takeover is Friday night at Apple Blossom Brewing Company with at least a dozen Arkansas beers on tap beginning at 5 p.m. Here’s the brew lineup.


Full list

5:00 pm

Arkansas Brewers Guild Tap Takeover

Apple Blossom Brewing
5:00 pm

Arkansas women’s tennis vs. Tulsa

Billingsley Tennis Center
Sports
6:00 pm

The Odds / The Bel Airs

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
7:00 pm

Justin Driggers

Nomads Music Lounge
Music
7:00 pm

Melody Pond

Arsaga’s at The Depot
Music
7:00 pm

Razorback Hockey

Jones Center
Sports
7:00 pm

Sierra Scott

Foghorn’s on 15th
Music
7:30 pm

TheatreSquared: Fault

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
7:30 pm

UA Theatre: The Motherf**ker With The Hat

UA Global Campus
Performance
8:00 pm

Frank Foster

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
8:00 pm

Paula Poundstone

Walton Arts Center
Comedy
8:00 pm

PURE dance party

Cannibal & Craft
Music
8:30 pm

Wes Hart

JJ’s Grill
Music
9:00 pm

Destroyer of Light / Iron Iris

JR’s Lightbulb Club
Music
9:00 pm

Matt Smith

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music
10:00 pm

Pagiins / Meatsweat

Ryleigh’s
Music

 

Saturday, Feb. 6

Event poster

It’s Mardi Gras time! The annual Fat Saturday Parade of Fools is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. on Dickson Street. Here’s our story, including info on the parade route.

Prison Stories Project’s Stories from the Inside Out is set for Saturday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The show features actors performing real stories from inmates in the local women’s correctional facility, and they are typically compelling, powerful, and heartbreaking all at the same time. The show starts at 7 p.m., and there’s a $10 suggested donation at the door.

The symphony is also back in town. SoNA will be performing their Valentine Pops show at Walton Arts Center Saturday night. Ticket info is here.

There’s a big EDM show at George’s on Saturday night with Wick-It the Instagator and Manic Focus. Tickets.

Ryleigh’s also has a big show with Denver electro-hip-hop act, Krooked Drivers. Locals Galaxy Tour Guides are also on the bill.

Frost Fest, the state’s first winter beer festival, kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at 603 W. Ash Street, just around the corner from Fossil Cove Brewing where owner Ben Mills plans to soon build his new brewery. At last check, 24 breweries from around the region will be on hand to deliver samples of their beers for the first-year event. Here are the details.


Full list

9:00 am

Fayetteville Farmers Indoor Winter Market

Jefferson Center
Community
10:30 am

Black History Month Story Time

Fayetteville Public Library
Family
2:00 pm

Fat Saturday Parade of Fools

Dickson Street
2:00 pm

TheatreSquared: Fault

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
3:00 pm

Frost Fest

Fossil Cove Brewing
Activity
5:00 pm

Paul Price – Harp guitar

Emelia’s Kitchen
Music
5:30 pm

Omni Center’s 15th Anniversary Dinner

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Community
7:00 pm

Arkansas men’s basketball vs. Tennessee

Bud Walton Arena
Sports
7:00 pm

Snake Girty Turncoat / Aaron Smith / The Coalbiters

Backspace
Music
7:00 pm

Stories From the Inside Out

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Performance
7:00 pm

Whyte Noyse

Nomads Music Lounge
Music
7:30 pm

SoNA Valentine Pops: American Songbook

Walton Arts Center
Performance
7:30 pm

TheatreSquared: Fault

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
7:30 pm

UA Theatre: The Motherf**ker With The Hat

UA Global Campus
Performance
8:30 pm

Maud Crawford

JJ’s Grill
Music
9:00 pm

Luna Jamboree

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music
9:00 pm

Manic Focus / Wick-It The Instigator

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
9:30 pm

Krooked Drivers / Galaxy Tour Guides / DJ Mikey Rodge

Ryleigh’s
Music

 

Sunday, Feb. 7

The Good Fear

Longtime Fayetteville band The Good Fear (featuring Flyer co-founders Dustin Bartholomew and Todd Gill) will be the featured performers at Singled Out, the interview/performance series held at Maxine’s Tap Room at broadcast on KUAF 91.3 FM. It starts at 7 p.m., and there’s no cover.

It’s also Super Bowl Sunday. Panthers or Broncos?


Full list:

1:00 pm

Arkansas men’s tennis vs. Oklahoma State

Billingsley Tennis Center
Sports
2:00 pm

TheatreSquared: Fault

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
3:00 pm

Guest Artist Recital: Peggy Moran

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Performance
6:00 pm

Arkansas men’s tennis vs. Oral Roberts

Billingsley Tennis Center
Sports
7:00 pm

Singled Out: The Good Fear

Maxine’s Tap Room
Music
7:30 pm

UA Theatre: The Motherf**ker With The Hat

UA Global Campus
Performance
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First Fayetteville Gumbo Cookoff set for March 5 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/04/first-fayetteville-gumbo-cookoff-set-for-march-5/ http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2016/02/04/first-fayetteville-gumbo-cookoff-set-for-march-5/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:14:25 +0000 http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/?p=147805

It’s hot. It’s spicy. It’s delicious. It’s gumbo, and next month, some of the best cooks in town will be cooking it up by the potful at the first ever Fayetteville Gumbo Cookoff.

The event, set for Saturday, March 5, at Fayettechill’s warehouse (formerly the Ozark Mountain Smokehouse) at 1725 S. Smokehouse Trail, will feature 15 teams cooking up their best version of the classic Louisiana dish.

There will also be craft beer from local breweries Fossil Cove, Core, and Ozark, and cider from Black Apple Crossing. Live music is also planned, with Clifford Todd and the Sharp Elevens, and Rachel B Table for Three providing the soundtrack for the event.

According to a Facebook post on the official page Thursday, only about 4 cooking spots are left.

Attendees came come and taste gumbo for a $25 ticket, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, to help the organization make good on their commitment to raise $300,000 to help offset the city’s cost to purchase the 328 acres known as the Kessler Mountain Reserve.

Tickets to the event are on sale here, and a bit more information including the official rules for the cookoff are available at the event Facebook page.

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