A & E news, June 12 

For the first time since his co-headlining concert with Willie Nelson at Ray Winder Field, Bob Dylan returns to Little Rock, this time at the Riverfest Amphitheatre on Aug. 26. According to his web site, tickets go on sale June 21, with a pre-sale starting June 16.


Little Rock native Jeff Nichols' acclaimed first feature is coming to DVD. “Shotgun Stories,” filmed in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, will be available for purchase on July 1.


Localistmagazine.com and the River Market are teaming to host a free summer concert series in History Pavilion in Riverfront Park. The diversely curated series kicks off on June 21 with rappers Razormack and Maxx and singer/songwriters Sara Thomas and Kevin Kerby. Future dates include performers like the Moving Front, Suga City, Kyoto Boom and 607. See Rock Candy at www.arktimes.com for a complete schedule.


Jonesboro native Wes Bentley will star in a new film with American Idol alum Katherine McPhee, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In “The Storyteller,” Bentley plays “a writer who goes on a downward spiral when his father dies, causing his assistant (McPhee) to start investigating whether his muse as well as the narrator for his stories is a figment of his imagination.”


North Little Rock native Jay Russell is moving away from family fare like “My Dog Skip” and “The Waterhorse.” Variety reports that the director is slated to helm “Wake the Dead,” a modern retelling of “Frankenstein” based on Steve Niles' graphic novel of the same name.


As previously reported in this space, Billy Bob Thornton's new band put out an album on June 10. The Boxmasters, a three-piece featuring Thornton on drums and vocals, J.D. Andrew on guitar and Mike Butler on lead guitar, lap steel and dobro, play what they call “electric hillbilly music.”


Everyone's favorite pneumatic rapper/dancer/provocateur has returned from Houston/Atlanta/Miami and all the other places one goes to make it big in the rap game. North Little Rock's XXzotic is back. “First Among Equals,” her long gestating debut album, will not be coming out, due to an apparent beef between the rapper and her label Next Page Entertainment. But she does have a new project coming out July 4 on her new imprint, XO South. It's likely to feature some of her own productions.



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