Ellis Marsalis at Wildwood 



6-9 p.m. Old State House Museum. $50.

Four questions: Do you or your significant other take "Garden & Gun" magazine? Do the folks at the front desk of the dry cleaners greet you by name? Are you able to swirl a tumbler-full of Pappy Van Winkle's 73-Year-Old Extra Expensive Bourbon and hold forth convincingly and at some length on its intricate subtleties — oily nutmeg and burnt coriander and wet burlap and so forth — even though we all know deep down that Four Roses is the better whiskey? Are you ever-so-slightly perturbed by this plainly silly line of questioning? If you answered "yes" to any or all or none of those questions, then if I may be so bold, I would request that you kindly consider attending the 2nd Annual Seersucker Social, to be held this very Thursday eve on the palatial grounds of the Old Statehouse Museum. It promises to be a fine occasion of recreation and revelry, live music and libation, festivities and merriment (it also benefits the museum). Do come decked out in your very finest vestments and finery (seersucker, naturally), as there will be awards granted for Most Dashing in the Ladies and Gentlemen categories. The winners will each receive a $50 gift card to The Container Store. There will be swing jazz music as well as delectable nourishment from Trio's. There will be lawn croquet for you competitive types. It is a 21-and-older event. RB



8 p.m. Wildwood Park for the Arts. $15-$100.

Here are some exciting developments for jazz lovers in Central Arkansas: Wildwood Park for the Arts is bringing in acclaimed pianist Ellis Marsalis for a performance this Friday, and at the show, they'll be announcing a new series of jazz concerts. Marsalis, of course, is the father of six sons, four of whom are big players on the national and international jazz scenes: Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, all incredibly gifted musicians. They come by it honestly. Ellis Marsalis has been a respected fixture in New Orleans circles since the 1950s. In 2011, he and his family were named Jazz Masters by the National Endowment for the Arts, joining the ranks of such greats as Miles Davis, Count Basie and Max Roach. They were in fact the first family ever to win the award. The proceeds from this concert will support the new Wildwood Jazz Series. Reserved seats are $60 or for $100, you can attend the post-show reception. There are a limited number of student tickets available for $15. RB



2 a.m. Discovery Nightclub. $15.

Is there a more appropriate way to mark the occasion of April 20 than listening to the man who crafted the highly influential sonic template behind the ultra-stoned, platinum-selling hip-hop pioneers Cypress Hill? Together, B Real, Sen Dog and DJ Muggs created a sound unlike anything else. If you haven't put on "Black Sunday" since 1993 or so (or if you were, uh, born in 1993 or so), go back and give that album a spin and appreciate Muggs' brilliant production — the hazy, eerie atmospherics, the blunted beats, the choice samples, the overall vibe that veers between scary and delirious. It holds up as well or better than any of the other great hip-hop records from that storied year. Of course, Muggs also made other classic albums, e.g. "Soul Assassins," his critically acclaimed album "Dust" and "Grandmasters," his collaboration with GZA, among many others. Seriously folks, one of the all-time greats of hip-hop is in town on 4/20. Plus, there'll be all the usual late-night Disco good times as well. RB




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