Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
To get you in the holiday spirit, there are two opportunities to catch Handel's “Messiah” — at First Baptist Church in Little Rock with the Arkansas Choral Society and the NLR High School Chorus, 7:30 p.m., $12, and at Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall as the UALR Community Chorus performs, 8 p.m., $10. Meanwhile, at the Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig Trio serves up jazz, New Orleans-style, 8 p.m., $5. Local honky-tonk heroes the Salty Dogs play their last show of the year with Austin's Stevie Tombstone at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $5. At Revolution, singer/songwriter Chris Henry headlines a benefit for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation, 8 p.m. Local rockers Six Strings Down play at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. At Juanita's, local prog-rockers Strange as Fiction perform with Karnaim, 9 p.m., $6.
Austin, Texas, country-rockers Reckless Kelly barnstorm into Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv./$12 d.o.s. At Downtown Music, KABF's “Radio Free Arkansas” hosts a benefit featuring girl-group garage-rockers the Chicklettes, alterna-rapper Mad Trucker and new wave outfit Kyoto Boom, 9 p.m., $6. Blueswoman Charlotte Taylor performs at Cornerstone, 9 p.m. At Flying Saucer, Cooper's Orbit plays rock, 9 p.m. Roots jam band Parachute Woman plays at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5.
The luckiest of tweens will get to see pop sensation Miley Cyrus and her alter ego Hannah Montana at Alltel Arena, 4 p.m. Noted trumpeter Michael Ray returns to the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. New Orleans alt-rockers Cowboy Mouth come to Revolution with Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, 9 p.m., $12 adv./$15 d.o.s. Former “American Idol” contestant Sean Michel celebrates the release of his new CD with a show at Juanita's, with Green River Ordinance, 9:30 p.m., $7. At White Water, Fayetteville's Sarah Hughes Band performs at 9 p.m., $5. Cornerstone hosts a benefit for the Arkansas River Blues Society with Brethern, Jelly Brown, Dan & Al and Cosmic Biscuit, 8:30 p.m., $5.
The Detroit sextet Electric Six mixes disco, garage, new wave, metal and punk in silly, consumer-culture-skewering dance floor jams. They come to Revolution at 8 p.m. $12 adv./$15 d.o.s.
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