Argenta Film Series screens 'Warrior Champions' 

WEDNESDAY 8/15

IRON TONGUE, PALLBEARER, WINDHAND

10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

In case you missed it, the Times last week published a feature about Iron Tongue and their forthcoming record, produced by metal maestro Billy Anderson for release on Neurot Recordings. The album won't be out until February, but it'll be worth the wait. But until then, you can enjoy the Iron Tongue live show, which is killer. Pallbearer's incredible "Sorrow and Extinction" is one of 2012's best albums of any genre and is sure to top many critics' year-end lists come December. It's getting a vinyl release Aug. 28 on 20 Buck Spin. In a couple weeks, they'll hit the road as the headliner for an 11-day tour sponsored by Scion A/V, with Seattle's Samothrace and Atlanta's Royal Thunder. This show is Pallbearer's first with drummer Mark Lierly, who's played in a number of bands, including Soophie Nun Squad, Sugar and the Raw and R.I.O.T.S. Windhand is a killer five-piece out of Richmond, Va. They conjure up smoked-out doomy atmosphere and bitchin' riffs aplenty on their self-titled album, released back in March.

THURSDAY 8/16

ARGENTA FILM SERIES: 'WARRIOR CHAMPIONS'

7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

The Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series recently got a boost with a grant from the William F. Laman Public Library System, which means attendance will be free at the series. "The grant is $1,000 per showing so essentially that covers the cost of admission and the cost of the theater," said Jeff Baskin, director of the library. The grant covers the entirety of the current season, he said, adding that the library wanted its "patrons to go there and not pay anything, because we think it's an important series and we're pleased to be a part of it." This season kicks off with "Warrior Champions: From Baghdad to Beijing," directed by LRFF founders Brent and Craig Renaud. The film follows several wounded American soldiers as they refocus their lives from the ravages of wartime to the rigors of training for the 2008 Paralympic Games (the 2012 games begin Aug. 29 in London). The film won Best Documentary at the 2010 Naples International Film Festival and Best Political Feature at the 2010 Staten Island New York Film Festival. Its television debut was June 10 on the Documentary Channel. Attending the screening will be wounded Iraq war veteran Anthony Smith, Mark Leonard from Arkansas Freedom Fund, producer Vincent Insalaco and director Craig Renaud.

THURSDAY 8/16

KEEP THE GARDEN GROWING

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

Anyone who has stepped outside in recent weeks can tell you that 2012 has been a brutal year for farmers in Arkansas and across much of the South and Midwest, as the region suffers through one of the hottest prolonged periods and one of the worst droughts in decades. That goes double for anybody who's attempted to raise a garden. Dunbar Community Garden Project Coordinator Damian Thompson said irrigation has been a constant concern, and that much of the fruit this year has come in weeks early and smaller than usual. This show is a fundraiser to help ensure that the "two-acre outdoor classroom" has the resources it needs to continue educating the community about where food comes from. This show includes performances from Peckerwolf, Tsar Bomba and Winston Family Orchestra, as well as a raffle for a basket filled with honey, a dozen eggs, a Dunbar Garden shirt and a package of threshed sunflower seeds. The White Water's kitchen will be serving up food made with some of Dunbar's produce, including pear ice cream from Loblolly Creamery (to be served, I'm told, atop a bread pudding from WWT chef Jonathan Wilkins) and eggplant fries.

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