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 patrons can dive into a lunch and dinner menu bursting with salads, sandwiches, burgers, and American entrees, or sneak in on the weekend to sample eclectic brunch fare. At lunch or dinner, fork tines can frolic through the pear and blue cheese salad’s verdant field of greens studded with candied pecans, blue cheese, and craisins ($9.49), and hands can wrestle a fried Louie burger slippery with melted cheddar and cheered on by crunchy bacon, a fried egg, and several big-haired boxing promoters ($9.49). Alternatively, at brunch (Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.), use incisors to excavate chorizo, scrambled egg, and potato fillings from the breakfast burrito’s flour-tortilla crust ($9.99).
At The House, it’s always time for a good meal. The brunch, lunch, and dinner menus feature many variations on same delicious food, always starring the joints signature burgers, made with local, organic ingredients. Classic beef patties sport bourbon glazes and slices of black apple or a dusting of Guillermo’s espresso combined with thick mole sauce. The mac and cheese burger offers a unique set of double patties, the bottom beef and the top a lightly browned cake of breaded elbow noodles and cheese. Signature spicy bloody marys and a selection of craft beers wash down every meal.
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.