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by John Tarpley

THURSDAY 5/5

'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.

'PRESERVATION CRUSTACEANS'

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.

FRIDAY 5/6

'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.

STEPHEN PEARCY

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.

SATURDAY 5/7

'A DANDY DAY IN THE PARK'

2 p.m., North Shore River Walk, NLR. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.

How's this for an experiment: For $15, you get a family-friendly day busting at the seams with Southern rock, fried food, cheap beer and a playground where you can drop off the kids for a few hours while you take in, well, a day of cheap beer, fried food and Southern rock. Consider it a warm-up session for Riverfest, if you will. Music kicks off at 4 p.m. with 2011 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase champs Tyrannosaurus Chicken, local debauchery rockers Sweet Eagle, Memphis outlaw rockers Joecephus & the George Jonestown Massacre, Crowes-lovin' Jonesboro outfit Zach Williams & the Reformation, young blues guitar wunderkind Wes Jeans, prolifically-touring roots rockers Judge Parker and, headlining, the namesake of the event: Jim Dandy and his Southern cock-rock 'n' rollers, Black Oak Arkansas (more on page 22). With organizers aiming to make this the first of many regularly scheduled all-day events, it's the Little Event That Could. Seeing how Central Arkansas is sorely lacking in things like this, we're hoping it'll be the Big Series That Does. And for the brave, the festivities continue into the late night at Midtown Billiards. Advance tickets and more information available at BlueCollarConcerts.com. Ankle-biters 10 and under get in free.

CODY BELEW & THE MERCERS

7 p.m., Wildwood Park. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s., $50 V.I.P.

Belew, that blue-eyed crooner/soul shouter/southern rocker/gospel wailer/country charmer/all-around musical chameleon is getting ready to pack it up and move to Nashville, Tenn., the one and only Music City, U.S.A. And after spending years as a steady-gigging staple in local clubs, he's bowing out with a big one. This concert — branded, a la "The Last Waltz," as "Never Can Say Goodbye" — also kicks off Wildwood Park's year-long "Emerging Artists" concert series, which will showcase some more of the extra-extraordinary musical talents around the state. Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers open the night with horn-driven soul/jazz fusion.

KANIS BOWL BASH

11:30 a.m., Kanis Park. Donations.

In some admittedly misguided effort to either recapture a piece of my youth or, heck, to have another excuse to sweat in the sun, I bought a skateboard last month. Ten years ago, I could ollie — maybe not with the best of 'em, but I sure could bring my board into the air and back down again nonetheless. Once, a sloppy ollie morphed into a kickflip: the highlight of my summer of 2000. Now, I'm a bit taller, a pudge rounder and a lot more rickety, so I have nothing to show for my JT & Skateboard Summer Reunion Tour other than a couple dozen bruises and a loud pop in my elbow. I should leave it to the pros. But I, for one, don't plan on missing out on the chance to see some of Little Rock's best skaters do their thing at the Kanis skatepark. The annual benefit, to raise funds for the skatepark's maintenance, will feature locals tackling the park's bowl (the refurbished swimming pool) and a day packed with indie, punk and hip-hop acts from the area. The lineup: Jungle Juice, Cucurbits, 9th Scientist, Shoplift, Veridium, Well Well Well, Stone Goat, Winston Family Orchestra and Wicked Good. The Kanis Bash wraps up with an after-party at the Enjoy Life skate shop, indoor park and arts space in North Little Rock.

QUAPAW QUARTER SPRING TOUR OF HOMES

5:30 p.m., 16th and Center Sts.

A local tradition returns this weekend when the 47th Annual Spring Tour of Historic Homes returns to the Quapaw Quarter. Highlighting a few of the neighborhood's most remarkable homes, the weekend kicks off with Saturday's Evening Candlelight Tour, the annual champagne stroll through five featured houses, before taking to Trinity Episcopal for cocktails, dinner, silent auctions and live music from the Jellies. Tickets for Saturday night go for $100, but for the architecture lover with a budget in mind, the Quapaw Quarter Association will host a Sunday afternoon tour, starting at 1 p.m., with tickets at $20. This year's featured houses include the Ragland House at 1617 Center St., the Urquhart Bungalow at 1623 Center St., the Turner-Mann House at 1711 Center St., the Rogers House at 400 W. 18th St. and the Bowman House at 1415 S. Broadway, which recently wrapped up an intensive restoration.

TUESDAY 5/10

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND

8:30 p.m., Revolution. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.

Robert Randolph took up the pedal steel — the single most stubborn instrument this writer has ever tried to coax a sound out of — at an African-American Pentecostal Church in his native New Jersey. Long used in House of God services, the pedal steel (or, as it's called in the church, the "sacred steel") is used in place of a traditional church organ. After cutting his teeth with praise music, Randolph took his piece from the church to the clubs and everything since is history. And what a history it is: one that includes world tours, collaborations with the other God (Clapton), being named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone and putting on the best concert in Harding University history.

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