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Watch the pilot episode of “The Bloodstone Diaries,” the new web series written by the Times' David Koon, directed by local filmmaker Gerry Bruno and starring Katy Allen (wife of Arkansas' “Idol”). Roland Gladden, also from the Times, has a song featured in the episode, too.
A newly identified bird, which lived 71 million to 75 million years ago, has been named in part for Lucero, the Memphis-based band fronted by Little Rock's Ben Nichols. According to Alyssa Bell, a researcher in the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County quoted in Discovery News, the new species — Hollanda luceria — most closely resembles the modern Southern Screamer, a bird with a call that's been compared to a blaring trumpet. Seventy million years ago a blaring trumpet probably would've sounded like a voice ravaged by booze and cigarettes and hollering, right?
Willie Nelson is headed to Summit Arena in Hot Springs on Sunday, Feb. 21. Tickets, available via Ticketmaster, range from $55 to $35.
Preview a track off the Salty Dogs' new album, “Brand New Reason,” which Max Recordings will put out on Jan. 23 at an album release party at White Water Tavern. More on Max's 2010 agenda: New albums from Dave Raymond and Present Company, Dragoon, the Reds, the Moving Front, Grand Serenade and Magic Hassle.
Look for a list of the semi-finalists for the 2010 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase in next week's paper and as early as Monday, Jan. 18, online. The competition kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Sticky Fingerz.