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THURSDAY, MAY 15
Before the Little Rock Film Festival begins, join fellow moviegoers for entrees, appetizers and $5 martinis at the Arkansas Times Patio Party at Copper Grill, 4-8 p.m. Post-punks Lochness Monster wild out at White Water with Nashville's Sound and Shape, 10 p.m., $5. Soprano Allison Stanford joins local opera students during “A Night of Opera and Musical Theatre,” First Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., free. The networking party Big Downtown Thursdays carries on with its third installment at the River Market Pavilion, 5-8 p.m. Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio maintains its regular gig at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5.
FRIDAY, MAY 16
Country rocker Bleu Edmonson is at Sticky Fingerz with the Dirt Drifters, 9 p.m., $8. Up-and-coming local rockers Plu headline at Juanita's with Farewell Flight, Ethan Durelle and Radio Sky, 10 p.m., $7. Rhythm junkies can get their tempo fix at the Drum Addict Dance Party at Downtown Music, 8 p.m. Local rock heroes Go Fast bring the noise at White Water, 9 p.m., $5. Country singer/songwriter Cliff Hudson is at Cornerstone, 9:30 p.m., $5. Molten Lava oozes from atop the hotel at the Peabody River Top Party, 8 p.m., $5. Muscle cars, street rods, classic rides, trucks and motorcycles are on display in the River Market pavilions for Cruisin' in the Rock, 6-9 p.m., free. Poets, acoustic musicians and storytellers perform at “Stanza Extravaganza,” an open mic event at Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.
SATURDAY, MAY 17
Smooth, hugely talented sax man J. White performs with up-and-coming R&B singer Jordan Atwater at the Riverfront Park West, the outdoor stage behind the Peabody, 6:30 p.m., $10. Local roots-rock heroes the Munks play the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Set your alarm clocks early and shop for locally grown produce at the farmers markets in the River Market (7 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Fifth and Main in North Little Rock (7 a.m.-noon). At Cornerstone, the Arkansas River Blues Society Jam features local guitar legend John Craig, 8 p.m., $5. Local roots rockers Hwy 5 headline at Vino's with singer/songwriter Mandy McBride, 8:30 p.m., $8. Musicians Showcase favorites Brian Martin and the Circulators play Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Donna Massey and Blue-Eyed Soul headline at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5.