KABF celebrates 30th anniversary 

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT: KABF FM 88.3 will celebrate its 30th anniversary 7 p.m. Saturday.

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT: KABF FM 88.3 will celebrate its 30th anniversary 7 p.m. Saturday.

click to enlarge LOVE AND GHOSTS: Splice Microcinema will screen "Ugetsu" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, $5 suggested donation.
  • LOVE AND GHOSTS: Splice Microcinema will screen "Ugetsu" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, $5 suggested donation.



9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.

On "The No-Hit Wonder," his fourth record since his 2002 debut, "The Hell You Say," Nashville's Cory Branan tries out an accordion, a ukulele and a stable of guest vocalists: Jason Isbell, Caitlin Rose, The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Steve Selvidge, and fellow White Water Tavern staples Austin Lucas and Tim Easton. It's upbeat, smirking country rock — cow-punk with an emphasis on the cow. He sings about highways, shadows, "a red dog standing in a halo of kudzu." He sings things probably meant to sound romantic, like "When I get lonely, sure, she'll do/But you're the only you." On the title track, "The No-Hit Wonder," which not coincidentally sounds closer to a hit than anything else on the album, Branan sings about "years of living hand-to-mouth," and offers an ambivalent tribute to life on the road in the shadow of Nashville. It closes with a repeated chorus that sums up Branan's perspective, "It is what it is." WS



7 p.m. South on Main. $10.

One thing I've long admired about Neil Young is that unlike most of his early contemporaries (Crosby, Stills, Nash and the rest of them), he always remained interested and engaged in the shifting currents of pop music, was always more than willing to abandon everything about his persona and, say, jam with Devo (in his 1982 film "Human Highway"), sing through a vocoder (on "Trans"), go rockabilly or trad-country or proto-grunge. He's an authentically strange guy — an epileptic, '50s car-obsessive who once collaborated with Phish and Jim Jarmusch in the same year. "Powderfinger" is one of my favorite songs ever, and I don't even know what it's about.

This is all to explain why I think it's perfectly fitting that community radio station KABF FM, 88.3 has chosen to host a Neil Young tribute concert for its 30th anniversary fiesta. Like Young, KABF is and has always been weird, and has adapted to the times better than anyone. How do you pin it down? The station is filled with stalwart LGBT activists, champions of obscure jazz, ridiculously unprofessional talk show hosts, tireless advocates for local music, experimental music, great music. What does "Rural War Room" have to do with "The Real Underground Show" or "The Big Gay Radio Show"? Nothing.

The concert, called "Never Too Young," will feature birthday cake (natch), commemorative posters, raffle tickets and performances of Young songs by local favorites like Good Time Ramblers, Adam Faucett, Amy Garland, Isaac Alexander, Aaron Sarlo, Spero, Fret and Worry (RJ Looney and Joe Meazle), Mark Currey, the Stephen Compton Band and plenty of others. WS




Exhibits and accompanying lectures at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock grapple with how art and artifacts can influence how we perceive unfamiliar cultures, sometimes dramatizing them, other times degrading them.

The artifacts and documents on exhibit in the J.W. Wiggins Gallery of the Sequoyah National Research Center — "Toy Tipis and Totem Poles: Native American Stereotypes in the Lives of Children" — portrays the ways American material culture has influenced a generation's idealization of native life, from big-nosed rubber Indians with tomahawks to sports memorabilia. There are 1,500 objects in the collection, donated to the Sequoyah Center by educators Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette Molin. There will be a reception at the opening of the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 in the gallery of the University Plaza on the south end of campus.

In conjunction with the exhibit "Piranesi and Perspectives of Rome" in the main gallery of the Fine Arts Center, three historians will give talks throughout September about ancient Rome and the ways in which the etchings of 18th century artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi formed the way the Western world envisions the period. Dr. Heather Hyde Minor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne talks at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 on "Piranesi's Afterlife" in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall; on Sept. 25, Dr. Carol Mattusch, professor emerita from George Mason University, will give the talk "Pompeiian Dreams: Myths and Realities about the Ancient Romans" and Dr. Richard S. Mason of the University of Maryland will lecture on "Rediscovering Herculaneum and Pompeii."

The Piranesi exhibition includes UALR's Thompson-Cromwell Portfolio, etchings printed in the Vatican in the first half of the 20th century from plates engraved in the 1700s. The perspective and mood of the complex linear etchings of Roman buildings and interiors portray a dark and somber majesty. The late architect Edwin Cromwell found the works in the attic of his father-in-law, Charles Thompson, also an architect; Cromwell's daughters donated them to UALR. LNP



7 p.m. 6th and Main streets, Argenta. Free.

Under the terms of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, otherwise known as the "Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies," the moon is and will always remain free to all nations and persons for exploration and any nonmilitary use. This is only fair: The most commonly accepted and poetic of all the countless scientific explanations for the moon's existence states that the Earth's only natural satellite, the body singlehandedly responsible for the ocean's tides, was formed from a chunk of the Earth itself after some mysterious and ancient space collision. Like Adam's rib, this discharged wreckage was, according to the "giant impact hypothesis," shaped into its own distinct being, the second brightest object in the sky after the Sun. The earliest portrait of the moon was carved into a rock in Ireland 5,000 years ago, and since then 12 old white men have even walked on its surface. Saturday night, thanks to the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the UALR Physics and Astronomy Departments (I don't know why it requires this many hosts), we can all watch the moon together with telescopes and food trucks. WS



8 p.m. Few. $5 suggested donation.

"Ugetsu," a soft and sinister film by an arthritic former actor named Kenji Mizoguchi, won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1953, signaling (along with Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon," released a couple of years before) the international emergence of Japanese cinema — even if, in Japan, Mizoguchi and his film weren't particularly well liked. "It's hard work," the critic and curator Dave Kehr once wrote, "but learning to watch a Kenji Mizoguchi film affords one of the great pleasures of the cinema." He also admitted helpfully, "Before a Mizoguchi film, I always try to sneak a cup of coffee. It may not be a substitute for a degree in Japanese Studies, but it helps." Kehr works at MoMA; there's no shame in coffee. There's no contradiction there either: "Ugetsu" is brilliant, and it is slow. Like a spiritual successor to F. W. Murnau's "Sunrise," it's a film about love and ambition and betrayal told in lengthy, dreamlike tracking shots. The long, creeping takes — often one per scene — are always mentioned in discussions of the film, and for good reason: They add a beautiful and scary physicality to a story steeped in ghosts and lust, everyday horror in real time. "Mizoguchi's camera could move through space and time," Geoffrey O'Brien has written, "insinuating a passageway between their seams and reversing them, like a pocket turned inside out." WS



Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Leslie Newell Peacock

  • Big Ideas for Arkansas 2014

    Readers and experts suggest ways to change Arkansas for the better.
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Kim Kardashian, a Christmas playlist, local poetry and more

    Tonight, is the Arkansas Times annual holiday party. As usual, I've been asked to DJ. That means putting together a playlist on iTunes and Spotify that starts with not-lame Christmas music, gradually transitions into mid-tempo party music, moves to Stax and Motown so the boomers on staff will dance and then, maybe after Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, is just "Back That Azz Up" played on a loop.
    • Dec 12, 2014
  • More »

More by Will Stephenson

  • A guide to New Year's Eve

    Amasa Hines, Cory Branan, The Big Dam Horns, DJ Sno White and more.
    • Dec 25, 2014
  • Holiday Staff Picks: 'Lilyhammer,' The Dream Scene, Christmas gift ideas, recipes and more

    Perfect for the season: The Netflix series "Lilyhammer," starring Steve Van Zandt as a protected witness mobster living in Norway. Lots of snow. Van Zandt brings his felonious ways to prim and proper Norway in slapstick fashion as a nightclub operator with Norwegian good fellows. Great scenery. A good dose of information on Scandinavian socialism and folkways.
    • Dec 19, 2014
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Humanists sue over Baxter County nativity scene. Looks like another winner

    The Baxter Bulletin reported today on a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Baxter County resident over the Nativity scene that has been erected on the Baxter County Courthouse lawn for decades by local lawyer Rick Spencer.
  • Opinions split within GOP on "law and order" issues. Where will Asa stand?

    The New York Times reports that some Republicans are trending away from the lock-em-up-and-throw-away-the-key approach to criminal justice embraced by the party's old guard, in part out of a recognition that minority votes matter now more than ever. Asa Hutchinson wants to reach out to black voters — what better place to start?
  • U.S. growth rate highest in ten years; Arkansas economy also looking up

    National GDP grew by 5 percent in the third quarter, according to a revised figure by the U.S. Commerce Department. Arkansas Business reported yesterday that forecasters also predict a strong year of growth ahead for Arkansas. We're still waiting for Obamacare to deliver its promised economic implosion.
  • Here's to Hutchinson, McCain and American revulsion at torture

    On Nov. 16, 1776, Gen. George Washington stood on the Jersey Palisades and peered across the Hudson River through his telescope as the British tortured American militiamen who had surrendered and then put them to the sword. Hearing the screams of his men, according to an aide, Washington turned and sobbed "with the tenderness of a child."
  • Easy on the pay raises

    An independent commission appointed by the governor, legislative leaders and the chief justice began work last week to fulfill part of Issue 3, the constitutional amendment that eased term limits, banned lobbyist gifts to legislators (sort of) and provided a mechanism for pay raises.

Latest in To-Do List

  • American Princes return to White Water

    Also, Holiday Art Shows at Gallery 26, Hayes Carll at Revolution, Fresco Grey at Vino's, Big Boss Line at White Water and W. Kamau Bell at Juanita's.
    • Dec 25, 2014
  • "Blue Velvet" at Ron Robinson Thursday

    Also, 'Texas Love Letter' Listening Party at South on Main, Celebrity Karaoke at Verizon Arena, Jimbo Mathus at White Water, Improv at the Public Theater and Rick Ross at Barton Coliseum.
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Kindred the Family Soul at Juanita's

    Also, "Mythbusters" at Walton Arts Center, 2nd Friday Art Night, Garth Brooks at Verizon Arena, "Art of the Bar" at South on Main and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at White Water Tavern.
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Event Calendar

« »


  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: A guide to New Year's Eve

    • Lighten up. Reflect on all the blessings and fun times shared with others during 2014,…

    • on December 27, 2014

© 2014 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation