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REASON IN THE ROCK
9:30 a.m. CALS Main Library. Free, but donations accepted.
Out of the way, religious folk! Step aside, and let those who don't believe in talking snakes and a 6,000-year-old earth have a shot at the microphone! The Arkansas Society of Freethinkers is hosting its first "Reason in the Rock" conference on secular thought and atheism, during which rationality and science are sure to hold sway over superstition. At the top of the bill: "The Thinking Atheist" podcast host Seth Andrews, former Pentecostal preacher-turned-infidel Jerry DeWitt, Texas Chapter of American Atheists president Aron Ra, Skepticon co-founders Lauren Lane and J.T. Eberhard, Arkansas Society of Freethinkers founder Tod Billings and others. Also, please note: Contrary to what many here in the hinterlands might think, the "Reason in the Rock" afterparty won't include "Rosemary's Baby"-style cavorting with Satan. Why? Because they don't believe in him, either. Duh. DK
ARKANSAS VS. OLE MISS
11:21 a.m. War Memorial Stadium. $65.
For the first time since 1997, Arkansas and Ole Miss will square off in a football game that does not include Houston Nutt. Yes, the Razorbacks will square off against the Whatever-They're-Called-Nows and HDN will be nowhere close. He will not be clowning around and chewing his fingernails on the sidelines. He will not be doing that weird, eyes-darting-all-over-the-place thing, nor will he be diving into the stands. He will not be running it up the middle over and over and &*(%#$! over again. Now, I'm not prepared to use the term "closure" for what this game represents for either team or their fans, but still, something about this just feels like starting over. OK, back to the game: basically, if either the Hogs or Ole Miss are to get a bowl bid this season, they need to win this game. I'm sure Beau Wilcox has some cogent observations on the game over at Pearls About Swine (page 8), so I'll just say WPS! and leave it at that. RB
PREMIERE OF '45RPM'
7 p.m. Landers Theater in Batesville. $8-$10.
"45RPM" was written and directed by Arkansas native Juli Jackson and funded in part by the Ozark Foothills FilmFest in Batesville. It's the first of three films that have been awarded grants by the festival as part of the Arkansas Indie Film Initiative. The film is Jackson's feature-length debut and was shot in Arkansas (including a scene in Arkansas Record & CD Exchange). The story concerns Charlie (Liza Burns), an artist living in New York who's seeking for a connection between her work and the music of her deceased father. That yearning turns into an actual search, for the extremely rare 45 her dad's band cut back in Arkansas during the heyday of '60s garage rock. To help her track it down, Charlie recruits an obsessive record collector (is there any other kind?) named Louie (played by Red Octopus alum Jason Thompson). The two of them hit the road in a vintage Pontiac, scouring the South in search of the elusive wax. Based on the trailer, "45 RPM" seems like a sharp (and sharp-looking) road comedy that will appeal to both record geeks and normal folks alike. RB
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