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.
by John Tarpley
'THE STORY OF ADELE H.'
7 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. Free.
No doubt, the celluloid legacy of 1975 belongs to a flesh-eating shark, a pair of Brooklyn bank robbers and a sweet transvestite. But the high-water year, rounded out by intimate, contemporary dramas, saw three Greats make a turn for the uncharacteristic by plucking themselves out of their familiar modern-day settings to release ambitious, comedic period pieces: Stanley Kubrick with "Barry Lyndon," Woody Allen with "Love and Death" and, across the pond, New Wave spearhead Francois Truffaut with "The Story of Adele H." The French icon spent six years researching and adapting the diaries of Adele Hugo (daughter of Victor), written as the teen-ager falls obsessively in love with a British lieutenant and stalks him across the globe, adopting a series of pseudonyms along the way so as not to freak-out the officer any more than he already, rightly, is. The screening is the next-to-last installment of the Arkansas Arts Center and UALR Department of World Languages' "Fete du Film" series.
6 p.m., River Market Pavilions. $20.
The Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is getting a toe in on summertime crawdad madness this week when it takes to downtown for "Preservation Crustaceans," an evening of all-you-can-handle bugs 'n' brews to benefit the conservation group. For 12 years, the Alliance has compiled an annual list of "endangered historic places" throughout the state with the goal of raising funds to preserve the threatened spaces. A $20 donation gets you a bottomless helping of crawfish, shrimp, sausage, veggies, beer and/or drinks that won't get you drunk. For tickets, visit PreserveArkansas.org.
'CRAWS FOR A CAUSE'
7 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $44 adv., $55 d.o.e.
n And here, back for a fourth year, is, no doubt, the biggest crawfish boil of the year. The numbers are astronomical: somewhere in the vicinity of 5,000 people, gutting eight tons of crawfish and draining just under 90 kegs of beer. That's something like a quarter of a million crawfish and 11,000 pints of beer. As always, the Bacchanalian benefits Baptist Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), raising money for top-of-the-line incubator beds, which run $70,000 apiece. This year, the live entertainment duties are handled by acoustic bar-rocker Barrett Baber and always-popular pop-rock party band Boom Kinetic.
'GOOD BOYS AND TRUE'
7:30 p.m., The Weekend Theater. $14
The Weekend Theater is set to close out its 2010-2011 season with a blunt look at sex, shock and controversy. Think Paris Hilton, Pam Anderson/Tommy Lee, Screech and, the O.G., Rob Lowe. Yep: it's sex tape time on 7th and Chester. Penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (staff writer for HBO's "Big Love," now patching up the whole "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" wreck), the drama follows a prep-school hullabaloo that arises in the wake of someone discovering a tape that shows the high school Adonis getting rough with an undisclosed girl. Arguments, controversies, hypocrisies and taboos rise to the surface. Think "Tape," "Another Country," Neil LaBute and Todd Solondz. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays through May 21.
10 p.m., Juanita's. $25 addv., $30 d.o.s.
One of the gnarliest hair metal acts to thrust its way into the national spotlight, Ratt spent the mid-'80s turning Aqua Net and sonic sleaze into radio gold and strip club anthems with songs like "Round and Round" and "Lay It Down." Last year, the band made a noble attempt at a 21st century comeback with "Infestation," its first full-length since 1999. Since, the band has filed their "indefinite hiatus" paperwork and, now, Ratt founder and frontman Stephen Pearcy is taking to the road with ex-members of White Lion, W.A.S.P. and Anthrax to showcase his solo material. All indications point towards him bringing the sinister pop-metal riffs and high metal yowl that set his band off so well decades ago.