Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
7 p.m. Verizon Arena. $37.50-$77.
On a 2010 episode of "CMT Cribs," we are allowed a rare glimpse into the 4,000-square-foot Nashville home of country star Eric Church, who will stop at Verizon Arena on Friday on his "Outsiders" world tour (alongside Dwight Yoakam and Brothers Osborne). At the door, we are introduced to his wife, Katherine, and to his dog, Quincy Jones, and shown into the living room. "I love the size of it," Church says of his fireplace. "And I like to have TVs everywhere. Some people disagree." He shows us to the kitchen — "one of my favorite parts of the house" — as Katherine emphasizes the importance of being environmentally friendly. Church demonstrates that he keeps Jack Daniel's, curiously, in the freezer, below four stacked frozen pizzas. "I like the size of it," he says of his bed and, later, his shower. In the garden he grows fresh jalapenos. He takes a bite from one and smiles. Outside his bedroom there is a portrait of Quincy, his dog. "This is funny," he says, holding the dog next to the painting. "This is Quincy, and this is Quincy," he says, gesturing from one to the other, indicating the resemblance. Then he sets Quincy down by his painting and we never see him again. WS
'40 YEARS OF THE ARKANSAS TIMES' and more
5-8 p.m., 2nd Friday Art Night. Historic Arkansas Museum and downtown galleries. Free.
For Friday's after-hours gallery stroll, first you'll want to head to the Historic Arkansas Museum to see the exhibit of Arkansas Times covers celebrating this paper's 40th anniversary, right? The candidates for the show were taped up on the newsroom wall for judging and they're still there — Hillary Clinton and Johnny Cash and Nolan Richardson, the counter-culture '70s, the true-crime '90s, football, punk. It's a kind of visual timeline, a secret history of Arkansas's last several decades, and anyway it's free. Then, check out the other exhibits at HAM, Hearne Fine Art, the Butler Center Galleries in the Arkansas Studies Institute and Gallery 221 and hear music by Big Silver on the lawn of the Old State House Museum. This month's new shows: the fifth annual "Juried Exhibition of the Arkansas League of Artists' (Butler Center); new works by Tyler Arnold (Gallery 221); "All That I Am: A Retrospective," artworks by Aj Smith (Hearne), and "Disciplined Inspiration," photographs by Jack Kenner and art glass by Ed Pennebaker (HAM, where Finger Food will play). LNP
KABF GIRLS! NIGHT
9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
Accurately titled KABF program "GIRLS!," a "radio show about girls, for girls and by girls," has for a while now served as a much-needed corrective to the dull and onerous masculinity of the local music scene. This weekend they're taking it to the stage at White Water, with a truly great and uniformly all-female lineup that will restore your faith in Little Rock culture as more than just a safe haven for self-serious men. The program includes Jamie Lou Thies, an indie-folk singer-songwriter and Yonder Mountain Harvest Music Fest veteran; Divorce Horse, the horror-punk band and self-proclaimed "ritualistic goat slaughter" enthusiasts intent on resurrecting "the dead on Planet Jupiter"; Bonnie Montgomery, the opera composer and country singer who released her fantastic self-titled debut this summer, and Kari Faux, one of the hardest working and most exciting rappers to emerge locally in a long time, whose two 2014 mixtapes, "Spontaneous Generation" and "Laugh Now, Die Later," are, taken together, among the best local albums of the year. WS
LATINO FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
6 p.m. 6th and Main streets, Argenta. $15-$20.
The second annual Latino Food and Music Festival, hosted by El Latino in partnership with the Arkansas Times, will bring plenty of home-cooked food and Cuban soul music to the Argenta Farmers Market Plaza on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eight families representing five countries — Argentina, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico and Venezuela — will serve authentic recipes to the tune of Calle Soul, a salsa band founded by Cuban percussionist Fernando Sanchez and Colombian percussionist Fernando Valencia. A mix of "classically trained artists and some who learned on the streets," according to the band's website, the Fayetteville-based Calle Soul won an NWA Music Award in 2012. They'll go on at 8, following Mariachi Viva Jalisco, who will play for the first couple of hours. Expect great food, great music and plenty of beer and sangria. Not a bad way to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, observed on Sept. 16. The event benefits the Argenta Arts District and is presented by Edwards Food Giant. Tickets — $15 in advance, $20 at the door — can be purchased at arktimes.com/latinofood. Kids 12 and under get in free. Email festival organizer Luis Garciarossi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Times at 501-375-2985 for more information. CG
DOUBLE FEATURE: 'NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE'/'DEATH: LIVE IN L.A.'
9 p.m. Riverdale 10. $5.
William Dear would go on to become the director of "Harry and the Hendersons" and "Angels in the Outfield," but in 1976 he was the director of "Northville Cemetery Massacre." A cheap, glorious grindhouse epic full of sudden violence and sloppy camerawork, it's a film about police brutality, long-haired bikers (featuring members of an actual Detroit motorcycle club) and vengeance, with an original score by The Monkees' Michael Nesmith. The movie will be followed by a screening of "Death: Live in L.A.," a concert film by the pioneering Orlando death metal band Death (est. 1983). WS
4 p.m. Ron Robinson Theater. $8.
Several years ago there was this widely accepted idea that Wes Anderson films were gorgeously art directed but fundamentally empty, not sufficiently differentiated and maybe even politically reactionary (or racist, according to one Slate article I read half of in 2007); it wasn't unusual in those days to see reviews with titles like, "Defending Wes Anderson." In the past few years, though, this seems to have died down. His movies are accepted again on the only terms they ever set for themselves, as deeply stylized comedies made by a visually exacting director with good casting instincts. And this feels right, because movies like his are rarer now (for economic, not artistic reasons) and because he's good at this. "Rushmore" is among other things a great Southern film — written by Texans and set in Houston. It has a tone that is specific to itself, and it's the only reason most millennials know about Hal Ashby or The Faces. It's also genuinely and oddly funny; Bill Murray's contempt for his children is funny, as is the idea of centering a movie on an annoying high school student's weird ambition. WS
TONY JOE WHITE
7:30 p.m. Juanita's. $10.
Once he turned 19, Tony Joe White left the family cotton farm in Goodwill, La., for south Texas and Corpus Christi. "I was really into it," he told Texas Monthly in 2002. "I mean barefoot all the time and brown and fishing out on Padre Island. And playing in the clubs at night." Soon he had some songs, and he drove through the night to Nashville, where a bouncer gave him a number for a label owner who, despite his tequila hangover, agreed to hear his songs. Two weeks later, he recorded "Black and White," a delightfully mellow country soul album that includes "Polk Salad Annie," a swamp rock ode to a Louisiana girl who "made the alligators look tame." It signaled the beginning of a whirlwind of productivity and success for White: He released an album per year from 1968 to 1973; toured with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone and Steppenwolf, and saw his songs covered by Tom Jones, Brook Benton (who made White's "Rainy Night in Georgia" a hit) and Elvis. The hustle got to be too much for White, so he packed his family up and moved to a deeply rural part of the Ozarks in Arkansas. He was living there when Elvis flew him out to Las Vegas to hear the King record White's "Poke Salad Annie." "I told Elvis, 'You know, when you get tired of all this, I've got a place up in the Ozark Mountains that is so far back in the woods ain't nobody even heard of you there. We can go up and fish and relax.' " That must be where Elvis has been all these years. LM
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