Arts & Culture

Family fun and insight in sprightly 'Incredibles 2'

"The Incredibles" writer/director Brad Bird has said that his characters' powers are all born of stereotypes. Dad is strong, mom is stretched in a million directions, teenage girls put up shields, little boys are full of boundless energy and babies are unpredictable. It's why he decided that for the sequel, "Incredibles 2," a buoyant and quick-witted romp, he'd pick up right where we left off, in that parking lot after Dash's track meet where a new threat emerges from underground. No matter that in reality, 14 years had actually passed. Animation is not bound by time or aging actors.

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Little Miss Arkansas

The 39th annual Little Miss Arkansas pageant was held recently at the Hotel Hot Springs & Spa. The contestants competed in causal wear, pageant dress and on-stage interview.

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'Star Wars' Chewbacca actor fights for Venezuelan children

BOGOTA, Colombia -- He fought in epic battles against the galactic empire. Now an actor who portrayed "Star Wars" legend Chewbacca is fighting for Venezuela's poor with an online fundraising campaign whose proceeds will benefit a charity feeding underprivileged children in the crisis-wracked South American nation.

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Woman finds ways to mend lost dream of motherhood

DEAR ABBY: I have some suggestions for "Longing to Be a Mom" (Feb. 27), whose husband doesn't want a child. If you talk your husband into it, are you prepared to do all the parenting while he sits staring at the TV or starts working longer hours or worse? Are you prepared for the lack of connection that child might have with his/her father?

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Monday Datebook

Civic clubs Greater Hot Springs Kiwanis Club will meet from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Hibachi Grill, Temperance Hill. Call Donna Lawrence, 501-463-9396 or 727-410-1516, for information on membership or if interested in giving a presentation to the club. Oaklawn Rotary Club meets at noon Mondays at Hotel Hot Springs. Visiting Rotarians are welcome to join members for lunch. Call President Candace Young, 321-1215 or 276-2336 for information. Hot Springs Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday at Embassy Suites. Visiting Rotarians are welcome to join members for breakfast. Call Lisa Wood, 870-260-5882, for information.

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Tick season in Arkansas

Warm weather arrival in Arkansas also means arrival of tick season. Cold harsh winters in Arkansas have little effect on tick populations. Tick species found in Arkansas are adapted to survive harsh winters. Some species survive the winters in leaf litter, soil and other protected sites while a few others may survive the winter on their host.

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Smithsonian exhibit highlights mega star Oprah

WASHINGTON -- One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: "I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!" The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah.

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The hype is justified for horror hit 'Hereditary'

In Ari Aster's intensely nightmarish feature-film debut "Hereditary," when Annie (Toni Collette), an artist and mother of two teenagers, sneaks out to a grief-support group following the death of her mother, she lies to her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) that she's "going to the movies."

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Best-Mannered Teachers announced

The National League of Junior Cotillions, Hot Springs Chapter, announced those who have been named "Best-Mannered Teacher" for 2018. The recipients of the award are Lakeside Intermediate teacher Janet Franks, nominated by student Michael Ball, Lake Hamilton Middle School teacher Ron McHone, nominated by student Zane Pike, and New Beginnings Christian Academy teacher Regina Smith, nominated by Bella Smith.

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