A&E news, July 2 


For those Kris Allen fans who didn't snatch up tickets to see Kris and the rest of the “American Idol” top 10 in concert at Alltel on July 25, the Times has your back. In “Idol” fashion, we're inviting readers to submit a video of them performing any one of the songs Kris Allen performed on “Idol.” At least one talented performer will win a pair of tickets to see the Idols live in concert (and maybe more if the talent pool bears it).

To enter, upload a video of yourself performing a Kris Allen song to any online service (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and send a link to lindsey@arktimes.com. Beyond singing the song, contestants are free to do anything they deem appropriate in the video. Deadline for entry is July 10. Soon thereafter, we'll post the top videos and let our readers, via online balloting, declare the winner.


The Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute is teaming with Low Key Arts to put on the First Annual Arkansas Underground Festival on July 17-19 at the Malco in Hot Springs. The idea, according to a recent release, is to showcase films too bizarre for mainstream festivals.

Dan Anderson, newly hired as technical director and outreach program assistant, is programing the fest.

“For the most part, the film world is still very narrow, very closed minded,” he said in the news release. “The most innovative and radical film and video art rarely gets seen by the general public. Here is a chance for people to see what is being made on the fringe.”

At press time, the schedule hadn't been released, but the three days of the festival will be divided into three themes: surrealist, which will showcase the work of George Melies and Salvador Dali; pop cultural and outsider film, which will feature films by Warhol and William Burroughs and experimental, with special attention paid to Stan Brakhage.


Alltel Arena is officially no more. Late last week, the Alltel sign came down and earlier this week, the Verizon Arena sign went up in its place.

? Mark your calendars: Slobberbone, the best terribly named band Texas ever birthed, is playing White Water Tavern on Aug. 11 during a mini reunion tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 3 via lastchancemusic.com and at WWT. They're $12 and limited to 150, so it'll probably sell out. Kevin Kerby and Battery will open.





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