Argenta Film Series hosts 'Smokey and the Bandit' 



7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

This month, the Argenta Film Series pays tribute to Arkansas native and film legend Hal Needham. The stuntman auteur passed away last month, so AFS will screen one of his greatest gifts to the world: "Smokey and the Bandit." The fourth-highest grossing film of 1977 (behind only "Star Wars," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Saturday Night Fever"), "Smokey" was basically a 90-minute car chase with the ever-charming Burt Reynolds smirking his way across the South in a Trans Am on a mad-dash round-trip bootlegging jaunt to smuggle 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana to Georgia in only 28 hours. (Apparently it was illegal to sell Coors east of Texas back in the day; its regional scarcity must've had some sort of inverse effect on the actual taste of the stuff. Nowadays people smuggle much better stuff out of Colorado). Along the way, Reynolds picks up a bride-to-be (Sally Field) who doesn't want to marry the son of Buford T. Justice, a pugnacious Texas sheriff played by Jackie Gleason. They high tail it across several states to get the beer back to Georgia in time for a big party. That's about it for the plot, and really, it's all you need. So just take off your thinking cap, put on your killer-car-chase-appreciating cap, crack open a cold smuggled-in Coors and enjoy!

FRIDAY 11/22


9 p.m. The Afterthought.

Texas native Steve Howell became entranced by the blues when, as a youngster, he heard the warm, laid-back singing and supremely deft fingerpicking of the great Mississippi John Hurt. According to Howell's bio, that initial spark led the way to a lifelong obsession with country blues and early jazz. Howell has honed his considerable guitar-playing skills over several decades of playing solo and with other performers, plying his trade for some time in the Shreveport scene. He's got a new CD out called "Yes, I Believe I Will" that features Howell and some veteran backing players who'll be familiar to many Central Arkansas observers: Dave Hoffpauir on drums, Jason Weinheimer on keys and Chris Michaels on guitar. The new CD includes 10 covers, ranging from blues and folk classics ("I Know You Rider," "Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning") to doo wop ("Mr. Blue") and more recent numbers ("Wasted Mind" by bluegrass great Danny Barnes). Isaac Alexander opens the show.



9:30 p.m. George's Majestic Lounge. $20.

Guitarist Steve Kimock has long been hailed as one of the heirs to Jerry Garcia's melodic fretboard wizardry. Garcia himself once described Kimock as his favorite guitarist. Kimock played in the Bay Area group Zero for many years, as well as with various members of the Grateful Dead, including a stint with the short-lived Heart of Gold Band with Keith and Donna Godcheaux and post-Dead outfit The Other Ones (he's touring early next year with Bob Weir and Ratdog). Since 2000, he's headed up his own band and has built up a major following on the jam circuit in general, Fayetteville in particular and that town's late great venue Chester's Place even more particularly. That was where he played many sold-out shows over the course of the late '90s and '00s. This weekend sees Kimock returning for his first Fayetteville shows in a few years, so it's safe to say these will likely sell out, especially considering that Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard legend Bernie Worrell is among the players. Also performing with Kimock are his son John Morgan on drums, Reed Mathis of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Tea Leaf Green, Tulsa keyboardist Steve Pryor and more.




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