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WEDNESDAY 7/27

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD

9 p.m. Juanita's. $10.

Jessica Lea Mayfield is one of those wise-beyond-her-years singer/songwriters who might cause nonbelievers to reconsider reincarnation. Ruling out the influence of past lives, Mayfield must have either had a string of painful breakups by the tender age of 21, or else she has a powerful imagination and the ability to synthesize real, grownup heartache to a degree so convincing that it doesn't matter whether it really happened. A native of Kent, Ohio, Mayfield kicked off her recording career with a homemade EP that fell into the lap of Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. Auerbach helmed both of her full-lengths, enveloping her songs in a sparse yet rich production, particularly her most recent album, "Tell Me," a set dominated by ruminations on relationships that border on the morose. On lead single "Our Hearts Are Wrong," Mayfield feigns aloof circumspection, but reveals her underlying vulnerability over simple acoustic guitar strumming and a gently thudding Casio beat. She's got a smoky, restrained voice and an appealing Midwestern twang (yeah, Ohio folks can have an honest-to-God drawl; have you ever heard Robert Pollard talk?) Her music is a sort of gothic country-pop that, while not exactly bleak, is pretty dark. Ferraby Lionheart opens the show.

SWAY'S FIRST ANNIVERSARY

5 p.m. Sway. $5.

Across Central Arkansas there are approximately 547 million sports bars — loud, smoky places where you can watch the game, devour a giant stack of hot wings and quaff cheap domestic beer gallon by watery gallon. But there aren't nearly as many clubs that cater to the discerning urban sophisticate. Along with a handful of other newer venues, Sway has helped to fill a niche, offering a club atmosphere that's considerably more refined than most other bars in the region. Think dress codes, high-end mixed drinks and DJs playing modern R&B, electronic and dance music. To celebrate its first year, Sway hosts a party with live music from Jason Greenlaw, Buddafli and Shea Marie, specialty cocktails, floral arrangements and a dressed-up atmosphere. Business casual attire is required.

FRIDAY 7/29

'SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR'

7:30 p.m. The Lantern Theatre. $5-$12.

While the Conway Community Arts Association has been producing theatrical performances since the early '70s, the group has not had a permanent venue to call its own until now. A former storefront space at 1021 Van Ronkle is now home to The Lantern Theatre, a black box venue that seats about 75. For its debut performance in the new space, CCAA is producing "Same Time, Next Year," a romantic comedy about an adulterous couple who meet up at a cottage in northern California for an annual tryst. The play — which portrays the two over the years of their relationship — opened in 1975, starring Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin. A 1978 film version starred Burstyn and Alan Alda. The production runs through Aug. 7, with 7:30 shows on Friday and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

SATURDAY 7/30

ARKANSAS TRAVELERS, TYRANNOSAURUS CHICKEN

7:30 p.m. Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$12.

Now this right here is what you call a recipe for the perfect summertime evening: baseball, beer, salty snacks, live music. Combine all four in liberal helpings and enjoy. Hell, you don't even necessarily have to love baseball to have a good time at a Travs game. At $6 to get in, and with inexpensive beer and food, it's one of the best cheap dates in town. After the Travs get done whuppin' up on the Tulsa Drillers, Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner Tyrannosaurus Chicken will be playing a set of shambling, psychedelic blues at the Hookslide Corner Beer Garden. Sounds like this is a surefire bet for a memorable summer night.

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