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Time's tickin' for those of you considering hopping on the Arkansas Times Blues Bus to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena-West Helena.

Once again, we're hauling busloads of blues-lovers to the Saturday portion of the festival, and once again, it's a hell of a bargain, at $99 a person for round-trip transportation, free booze and entertainment on the bus, plus a stopover in DeValls Bluff for barbecue at Craig's.

The bus leaves Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10 a.m. from the parking garage at 2nd and Main streets downtown and returns that evening. The headliner for Saturday night is Keb' Mo'. Other performers include Marcus "Mookie" Cartwright, Lonnie Shields, Tommy Castro and the Stax Review with Eddie Floyd, Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper, plus many more.

Call 501-375-2985 to order tickets, or send check or money order to: Arkansas Times Blues Bus, Box 34010, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Fort Smith native Brad Neely is the creator of a new show on the cartoon network's Adult Swim. It's called "China, IL" and it brings together characters from his cult "Neely Comics" series of web videos on the campus of a fictional university. It premieres at 11 p.m. Oct. 2 on Cartoon Network. Neely provides the voices for Frank and Steve Smith (the Professor Brothers) and Babycakes. Indie film star Greta Gerwig voices Steve's assistant, Pony, and Hulk Hogan provides the voice of the university's dean.

Walton Arts, which purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville in February, recently announced a major overhaul of the venue, which will see it move from the middle of a parking lot to a grassy space. The new capacity will be around 6,400, with expanded seating, much of it covered. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2012.

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who Pollstar named the top-grossing comedian in 2009, is bringing a new show called "Controlled Chaos" to Verizon Arena next year. The show's slated for 8 p.m., Friday, March 9, and tickets, which run $43.50, are available via the Verizon Box Office and Ticketmaster.

Dunham is bringing along several new characters, according to Pollstar. "Two new characters will be making their Dunham debut. 'Achmed Junior' is described as the 'not-as-equally skeletal son of Achmed the Dead Terrorist' while 'Little Jeff' is a mini-version of Dunham himself."

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