A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
Little Rock native and Lucero front man Ben Nichols will release “The Last Pale Light in the West,” a seven-song mini-album, in early 2009. Fans who want the album now can either pre-order the CD or limited edition T-shirt and CD combo at luceromusic.com to receive a download link to get an mp3 version of the album. Nichols returns to Little Rock, for a solo show, at Juanita's on Nov. 13.
The Boondogs have set a release date for their fifth full-length, “Take Shelter”: Nov. 15. We hear it's pop-ier than previous records.
Fox has picked up a pilot of an animated show written and executive produced by Little Rock-born director David Gordon Green (“Snow Angels,” “Pineapple Express”). The half-hour comedy is called “Good Vibes”; Variety says it's about “two high school surfer dudes living near the beach in California.” No word, yet, on when it'll air.
Legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Salesmen”) will appear at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Oct. 17-26. A retrospective of his films will also be shown. Dates and times are not yet available.
It's the 27th Annual Banned Books Week. The American Library Association uses this week to rally against censorship. Last year, the ALA received 420 formal “challenges,” written complaints that books be removed because of content or inappropriateness. Stamps native Maya Angelou's memoir, “I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings,” placed eighth among the 2007 most challenged list. It perennially ranks, though maybe the would-be censors are starting to see the light. From 1990 to 1999, it placed third, and from 2000 until 2007, fifth.
Because no news update is complete without a mention of local fashion designer Korto Momolu, who's currently starring on “Project Runway” on Bravo, here's a tidbit: For those who can't wait to see Momolu's collection on the show's finale on Oct. 15 (which, incidentally, you're probably going to want to Tivo, since it coincides with the third and final presidential debate), Rock Candy has video from Bryant Park and a clip of Momolu at Harvest Fest in Hillcrest. Go to arktimes.com/blogs/rockcandy.
On Oct. 14, I Heart Comix will release the self-titled debut of Cabot native Totally Michael. In advance of the release, you can stream the album on Rock Candy.