Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
9 p.m. Club Elevations.
Nobody liked it much when T.I. started calling himself the "King of the South" in the early aughts, but one person who really genuinely, particularly didn't like it was Houston's Lil Flip. Born Wesley Eric Weston on the southside of Houston, in the Cloverland neighborhood, Flip made a name for himself around the turn of the millennium with a tape called "The Leprechaun," which featured one of the great, goofy Southern rap album covers in the history of the form: Flip in a shiny green suit (complete with a top hat) smiling over a huge bowl of Lucky Charms. He was championed by DJ Screw (who called him the "Freestyle King") and went platinum with a major label debut called "Undaground Legend," "The Way We Ball" being the celebrated, briefly omnipresent lead single. It was a couple of years later that the T.I. beef started getting out of hand. Flip said Texas rapper Scarface was the true king of the South, and T.I. enlisted Scarface to go on record claiming Flip wasn't actually from Cloverland. Then he blew up photos of Flip's "Leprechaun" album art and brought them out on stage to laugh at. "Being lame is a curse you can never undo," he said to the crowd. Flip never entirely recovered from the slight. T.I.'s next record was called "King," and was nominated for three Grammy's. So it goes. WS
9 p.m. Pizza D'Action. $3.
Because there is only so much family time most of us can endure, Pizza D'Action and Mostar Records have started a tradition, now in its second year: a night of music played loud for a low, low cover price. This year's lineup includes two of Little Rock's finest purveyors of rock 'n' roll: Peckerwolf and The Dangerous Idiots. The former is a collection of hirsute dudes who play a riff-heavy, fist-pumping brand of stoner rock (or the band's preference: "precious metal"). The latter is a playful, hook-heavy outfit fronted by prolific singer/songwriter Aaron Sarlo. Guaranteed to be better than family time in front of the TV. LM
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
9 p.m. Revolution. $20.
Jim Dickinson, the Little Rock-born musician and record producer known for his work with Big Star, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and a hundred others, used to say he was a fifth-generation piano player, "with one fiddle player in between." When his own sons, Luther and Cody, expressed an interest in music, he would later claim, "I tried to discourage them at first — because y'know, it is a pretty terrible life." At this, he was unsuccessful. Luther and Cody's band, the North Mississippi Allstars, which also features Duwayne Burnside, the son of R.L. Burnside, has been nominated for Grammys, played network TV and toured with John Hiatt and Robert Plant. They play a rollicking, atmospheric folk-rock that appeals to jam band fans and living blues acolytes both, a kind of fusion that allows for slide guitar and feedback and whatever else. Their latest record, released last year, was named after a favorite blessing of their father's (Jim died in 2009): "World Boogie Is Coming." WS
8 p.m. Juanita's. $25.
Sebastian Bach, born Sebastian Bierk, auditioned for the Ontario metal band Kid Wikkid at the age of 14. That was 1983. Four years later, the front man for Skid Row, a New Jersey outfit featuring David "The Snake" Sabo on lead guitar, quit the band and Bach was recruited as his replacement, having been discovered by the group singing at a wedding. "The Snake" was old friends with Jon Bon Jovi, who recruited the band to Atlantic Records for its self-titled debut, which ultimately went platinum five times over. The next few years were challenging for Bach. There was the incident in 1990, called "The Bottle Incident" by the band, in which someone in the crowd pegged Bach with a bottle; Bach responded by tossing it back just as hard. He hit a girl, who hadn't thrown the bottle, and a fight started. Not long after that, Bach was criticized for wearing a T-shirt that read "AIDS Kills Fags Dead." He explained that a fan had given it to him — he hadn't noticed what it said. Shortly after the release of Nirvana's "Nevermind," hair metal's Battle of the Bulge, Skid Row went on extended hiatus. "Subhuman Race," considered by fans to be their worst album, arrived in 1995 and Bach was fired the following year. Since then he's made solo records, starred in "Gilmore Girls" (a recurring role) and performed on Broadway. Not long ago he was even in the touring company for "Jesus Christ Superstar." He played Jesus. WS
CALS ARTISAN WORKSHOP SERIES: HOLIDAY CRAFTING
6:30 p.m. Arcade Events Room, Ron Robinson Theater. $30
Is there anything more frustrating than enviously watching those "Decorate for the Holidays!" shows on cable, where some perfectly coiffed host shows you how — with just a glue gun, a handful of pinecones, a few sprigs of holly and some glitter — you can turn your home into a holiday extravaganza that will have everyone who walks into the joint weeping with the spirit of Christmas? In our experience, craft projects like that usually wind up less of a winter wonderland and more of a "wads of tinsel glued to the cat and blood pressure at stroke level" experience. Now, however, there's a place you can get professional help for the holiday decorating blues. The latest in the Central Arkansas Library System's series of "Artisan Workshop" events, this two-hour "Holiday Crafting" class will feature instruction by crafter Christen Byrd of camplovely.com on creating unique holiday gifts and decorations. There's a workshop materials fee of $30, but isn't that a small price to pay to make your artsy-fartsy sister-in-law insanely jealous of your Martha Stewart-like skills? Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the workshop or to register, contact Kristen Cooke at 918-3016, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. DK
'CHAINED FOR LIFE'
7:30 p.m. Vino's. Free.
Between 1925 and 1951, Harry L. Fraser directed more than 80 films — John Wayne westerns ("Randy Rides Alone," "'Neath the Arizona Skies"), Rin Tin Tin serials ("The Wolf Dog"), comic book epics (1943's "Batman" and 1944's "Captain America") and many less easily categorized efforts, like 1944's scared-straight cautionary tale, "I Accuse My Parents" (later featured on an episode of "Mystery Science Theater 3000"). One of the greatest of this latter group was his 1951 exploitation melodrama "Chained for Life," starring the British conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton (who also appeared in Todd Browning's "Freaks"). The trailer advertises "the strangest marriage the law has ever permitted, and the strangest of all bridal nights," and the whole thing ends in murder. WS
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