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THURSDAY 8/2

LUDO

9 p.m., Juanita's. $7.

St. Louis power-pop band Ludo makes a stop in Little Rock at Juanita's on Thursday night. Formed four years ago by singer-guitarist Andrew Volpe and guitarist Tim Ferrell, the band got its name from the giant Muppet in the movie “Labyrinth.” Later expanding to a five-piece group with the addition of Tim Convy (keyboard), Marshall Fanciullo (bass) and Matt Palermo (drums), Ludo has toured extensively for the past two years, picking up a large fan base (made up of kids who call themselves “ninjas.”) After winning contests to appear at SXSW, having a video produced by MTV-like Fuse, playing the Winter X Games and performing on the Warped Tour, the band recently recorded their second full-length album “You're Awful, I Love You,” out now on Island Records. Known for their rambunctious — often themed — live shows, they're throwing a luau on Thursday night and welcome audience members to dress up in grass skirts and leis.

FRIDAY 8/3

GURU

9 p.m., Revolution. $15.

Go to a concert to see your favorite radio rapper, and you're likely to leave disappointed. Most of today's MCs don't take the time to hone their stage show. They rap over — or more often than not, under — a vocal track, usually with at least a couple hype-men screaming along with them. If giving a quality performance is an old-school ethic, Guru comes fully equipped with bona fides. Half of the legendary Brooklyn duo Gangstarr, the MC helped create two of the seminal early '90s hip-hop albums, “Step in the Arena” and “Daily Operation.” Over producer DJ Premier's jazz samples, the rapper usually delved into socially conscious territory with his lyrics, yet always managed to sound hard. The duo hung up the Gangstarr name in 1999, but both remain active, if not downright prolific, Premier as a big-time producer and Guru with Jazzmatazz, his series of collaborations with a star-studded collection of jazz and soul musicians. His latest, “Jazzmatazz Vol. 4,” came out on Tuesday and features Common, Damian Marley and Bobby Valentino. You can bet he's been around long enough to know how to work a stage. At the other end of the spectrum, Blockade, the teen-aged rap collective, has only performed twice before, but as the first graduates of TJ Deeter's Hip-Hop school, they've been well-versed in the subtleties of stage presence. Another local collective, Goon Squad, also opens.

“SNOW WHITE AND THE MAGIC MIRROR”

10 a.m., Reynolds Performance Arts Center, UCA, Conway. $5.

Children's Theatre To Go Inc. presents two performances of “Snow White and the Magic Mirror,” an original script by the theater's award-winning playwright and director, Bob May. In this adaptation of the classic story, Snow White's evil stepmother is determined to destroy her because of her beauty and innocence, but the kind-hearted huntsman comes to her aid and helps her escape. While seeking refuge with dwarf children, she soon realizes that escaping the vain queen is not so easy, and she must rely on help from her new friends. In the adult roles are Eric Harrison as the magic mirror, Daisy Owings as Snow White's mother, Brent Wood as the king and Karen Owings as the evil queen. Child actors include Jeni Fuller as Snow White, Ben Scheuter as the huntsman and Col Schott, Dylan Barber, Julius Cornett, Andrew Gillespie, Jacob Webb, Marshall Bellando and Abby Shourd as the dwarf children. A second showing is set for 2 p.m. Saturday.

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