'A Celebration for Mason Mauldin' at Revolution 

THURSDAY 2/7

'A CELEBRATION FOR MASON MAULDIN'

7 p.m. Revolution. Donations.

With the passing of Mason Mauldin, Little Rock lost a sharp and funny friend, a thoughtful and serious (without taking himself too seriously) musician, a skilled and enthusiastic pilot and so much more. Those who knew him will always have their memories, and everyone will have his music. His friends created a website (masonmauldin.bandcamp.com) as a growing repository for the music he created and collaborated on. I just listened to an EP of his called "Middle Ground." In just three songs, it shows off Mauldin's sophisticated grasp of pop music, his understanding of atmospherics and the breadth of his songwriting abilities. It's clear how deeply Mauldin loved music. So after Saturday's beautiful memorial service, what better way to remember him and celebrate his life than with a big, raucous all-ages rock show? His friends in The See, Mad Nomad, Whale Fire and Amasa Hines will be performing. Donations will be taken at the door, and all proceeds will go towards the Mason Mauldin Aviation Scholarship Fund at Pulaski Technical College. RB

SATURDAY 2/9

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 'NIGHT AT THE MOVIES'

8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $18-$58.

This weekend, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has lined up a billing of favorites from the silver screen. As ASO Conductor Philip Mann put it, the production has "everything from the classics all the way up to new releases." Audiences can thrill to sounds from "Titanic," "West Side Story," "The Wizard of Oz," "Harry Potter," "Indiana Jones" and "The Pink Panther," among many others. Mann promises the orchestra has some tricks up its sleeve as well. "Hear music for fight scenes, love scenes, car chases — we've got it all," he said. The ASO will perform the show again on Sunday at 3 p.m. RB

SATURDAY 2/9

SOUTH MAIN MARDI GRAS

Noon. SoMa. Free.

So if you're reading this, odds are better than OK that you won't be in The Big Easy for Mardi Gras this year. (If you are going to be there, good for you. Have fun, get a Po' Boy at Parkway, breakfast at Mother's and bring some Advil.) For the rest of us, there are still options to be had for Mardi Gras revelry, including the Krewe of Barkus Parade starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Argenta (see calendar), and there's this one on the other side of the river, the South Main Mardi Gras celebration. The parade starts at noon at 24th and Main streets, with beads and music and good times. Be sure to come by Bernice Garden at 12:30, where judging will begin for the first Root Cafe/Arkansas Times Beard-Growing Contest. There's gonna be more hirsute faces than you can shake a razor at, all vying for the win in several categories, including "Most Original" and "Best Abraham Lincoln," among others. Though there isn't a category for it, I think there should be some acknowledgment of the "Totally Gnarliest" beard. The judges are KARK anchor Jessica Dean, "Arkansas Cooks" host Mary Twedt and food columnist and blogger Rex Nelson; Nathanael Wills is going to emcee this shindig. Each winner (provided that winner is 21 or older) will receive an engraved flask full of whisky and an individual prize that will vary for each category. There will also be live music courtesy of Mark Currey and Nathaniel Greer. Our own Jeff Borg is in the contest, so while we're completely impartial and all that, we'd like to wish him luck. RB

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