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Thursday 9/5


7:30 p.m. Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall. $25.

Let's be honest, it hasn't exactly been Hog heaven lately. Razorback diehards are still a bit bummed over the indignity of getting dumped from the Thanksgiving showdown with LSU. Can Coach Bret Bielema restore Arkansas football to its once-great heights this season? We'll see. In the meantime, here's a chance to remember the glory days when the Razorbacks — and their rivalry with Texas — dominated the football world. The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival will host a kickoff in Little Rock, and in addition to various festival announcements, there will be a special advance screening of "The Big Shootout: The Life & Times of 1969," a look back at college football's "Game of the Century" between Texas and Arkansas and the tumultuous times in which it was played. Director Mike Looney will be in attendance, as well as players and coaches that participated in the game, including former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles and former Longhorn QB James Street. Might want to show up early for some mingling. Call 661-1037 for ticket information. DR



Various times and venues. $5-$50.

So there will be a big motorcycle rally in Hot Springs this weekend. It kicks off Thursday. There will be a parade through downtown, as well as vendors, an indoor bike show and more. No doubt that there also will be much racking of pipes and wearing of classy T-shirts with witty messages printed on them. This whole Baby Boomer outlaw biker dress-up thing is ultra-weird and continues to confound me. It seems to have really gotten rolling about 10 years ago, and while I thought it would've gone out of fashion by now, it persists like a gnarly case of leather rash. I mean, dude, just because you paid $28,000 for a brand-new Harley and you grew out a goatee and bought a doo-rag and a leather vest, you're still a paunchy, middle-aged orthodontist from Bryant. But hey, you know, whatever. This is the U.S.A. and freedom and etc. You're all "Born to be Wild," and whatnot. I don't know, just try to be safe and courteous. Anyways, for entertainment, country singer Lee Brice performs Friday night. The main attraction on Saturday night — Grand Funk Railroad. Of course, Grand Funk coming to town begs the question: Will you-know-who be there? A certain legendary Little Rock groupie of story and song? The one who was immortalized in Grand Funk's most enduring hit, "We're an American Band"? Will she get a shout-out from the band? There's only one way to know for sure. RB



7:30 p.m. South on Main. Free.

Have you been watching the Oxford American's monthly SoLost video series? An admission: I had not until recently. But after having watched several of the National Magazine Award-winning short videos, I can say that I have been sleeping on these in a major and inexcusable way. These pieces range from, I don't know, 4-10 minutes? And in those fleeting spans, each one tells a Southern story that is funny or fascinating or illuminating or bizarre or sweetly sad or some mixture thereof. This event is billed as a celebration of SoLost filmmaker and notable photographer Dave Anderson, who will unveil his newest OA series, SoLit, which I am assuming will be related to literature and not to being super drunk. Guests include SoLost Editor Jonathan Childs and several folks profiled in the series, including Augusta's Jimmy Rhodes, the mortician, magician and politician who was the subject of the most recent installment, which is, of course, excellent. This will be some good times right here. RB




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