When Ken Goodman survived a car wreck at age 4, his parents feared that his nearly severed tongue would never speak again. After a complicated surgery and months of healing, they found he could not only speak but sing. Years later, he nabbed lead roles in musical-theater classics such as Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man. His lengthy list of performances also includes operas, pageants, and a concert for the Austrian ambassador to the United States. These days, Ken flaunts his melodious vocals at the Vienna Theatre, the 75-seat performance space he owns with his wife, Stephanie. Here, he adds his tuneful spin to renditions of Broadway standards and folk duets with humming radiators. Nestled within the century-old Simon Mendel building, the theater is one of the few structures to survive the fire of 1928 and the man versus building tickle war of 1987.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Bar Louie's casual atmosphere, marked by indoor and outdoor seating sprinkled with flat-screen TVs and artistic photography, surrounds a menu full of classic American cuisine. Kick-start lunch, available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Italian Stallion pizza, where double sausage and pepperoni bathe in a marinara lake ($9.99). Turn midday munchies into an excuse to stamp flavor passports with the Four Tacos Plato served with black beans and rice ($12.49) or an exotic burger, such as the Southsider, topped with crumbled fried potatoes, sharp cheddar, Guinness mustard sauce, grilled onions, and bacon ($10.49). Bar Louie's brunch offerings, available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include the Hangover Helper, a smattering of tater tots, chorizo, bacon, and queso sauce mixed and served with two eggs ($8.99), as well as elusive pancakes ($7.99) that are only available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or during simultaneous solar and lunar eclipses.
Sporting 4,000 Christmas lights and conversation-sparking quotes upon its freshly black interior, this Little Rock stalwart has been rechristened with an abbreviated name and a Prohibition-themed ambiance. Choose from a creamy cornucopia of American, cheddar, pepper jack, or swiss cheeses to top your house burger served with potato chips ($5.95) while rocking to the racket of local bands, which appear on select nights. Subterranean patrons can savor Welsh chicken served atop a hoagie roll, which comes smothered in hot pepper cheese sauce and further accosted with fried onions ($6.95). The balance of the bar menu proffers myriad other fried fare, not to mention a guarantee of tasty times and absolutely no attacks from sentient flatware.