El Dorado Film Festival returns 


The 2nd annual El Dorado Film Festival, which this year received submissions from 14 different countries, will be held at the South Arkansas Arts Center Sept. 17-19, $45. Comedian and hypnotist Doug T is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $7 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). The United Way Campaign Kick-Off Concert at Dickey-Stephens Park will feature Barrett Baber and Backroad Anthem, 6 p.m., $15. Burn Halo plays at Juanita's with Heartist and Courage My Love, 7 p.m., $10. Guitarist Stevie Coyle performs at The Joint as part of its Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series, 7:30 p.m., $20. The Vondoliers play at White Water at 8:30 p.m., $5.


Mark Christ, community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will give a lecture, "An eagle on his button and a musket on his shoulder: Black Regiments in Civil War Arkansas," at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 11:30 a.m. Amasa Hines, Mulehead, the Good Time Ramblers and Jeff Coleman will play a special show at the River Market pavilions in honor of Little Rock native and cancer survivor Jakob Mueller, 6 p.m. Tickets are $20; all proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House of Arkansas. Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre presents its production of "Puss in Boots" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (through Oct. 4), $10-$12.50. Comedian Randy Liedtke performs at Juanita's, 7 p.m., $12. Bonnie Montgomery plays with Doug Strahan at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $7.


Little Rock Baconfest comes to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, with bacon-themed cooking contests, live music, a 5K and more, 11 a.m., $5 adv., $10 day of. The Hot Springs Blues and BBQ Festival is at Oaklawn, with headliners Los Lonely Boys and Keb' Mo', 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, $20 adv., $30 day of. Bryan Adams plays at the Walmart AMP in Rogers, 7:30 p.m., $30-$295.


U.K. indie rock band The Dreaming Spires headlines an all-ages Last Chance Records showcase at White Water that also features Little Rock's Adam Faucett and Winnipeg's Scott Nolan, 7 p.m., free. Neo-soul singer-songwriter Bilal, who has worked with Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Common and countless other rappers and R&B singers, performs at Juanita's at 7 p.m., $20 adv., $30 day of.



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