Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
8 p.m., Dickson Street Theater,
Art Amiss, the Fayetteville-based arts collective, seems to have an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink philosophy. On its website (artamiss.org), the group promotes Arkansas art of just about every stripe — film, music, painting, poetry, literature, mixed media and digital art. Twice a year, a committee selects choice works from all those different mediums and throws a big party. This year, artists will be on hand to talk about their work (casually, no podium-style speechifying), which will be hung throughout the theater. Local DJs and musicians Luminfire, Carpet Bagger, Shortfuze and Christopher Burn will provide a soundtrack, and outside, in an adjacent parking lot, organizers will set up a projection screen and show about an hour's worth of Arkansas-related film clips. Derek Jenkins, who wrote this week's cover story and debuted his new sports column (he's multi-talented), curated the film collection. It'll include clips from “The Hand of Fatima,” the new documentary by Augusta Palmer about her father, the legendary music critic Robert Palmer, and his obsession with a Sufi band in Morocco; the Renaud brothers' documentary on Central High (see page 77); stop-motion animation and various other independent film projects. The first 200 people at the event get a complimentary chapbook filled with poems and short stories along with a companion CD, featuring the Good Fear, Storm the Castle and more.
8 p.m., Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. $35-$250.
She was born in Lake Charles, La., but we claim her as our own. Tonight, Lucinda Williams will honor her father, Miller Williams, one of Arkansas's most distinguished poets. (All proceeds from the concert go to endow a poetry prize at the UA Press named in his honor.) For half her career, Williams wallowed in relative obscurity before breaking out with 1998's Grammy-winning “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” Her songs are confessional, always rich in detail and largely rooted in the South (her best song, “Pineola,” name-checks a “Subiaco cemetery”). She's been called the female Bob Dylan, both as a nod to her songwriting and in reaction to her voice, a gravely warble that she uses to maximum effect. Earlier this year, she put out “West,” a soul-deep downer of an album that almost rivals “Car Wheels.” This'll be Arkansans' last chance to see Williams here, or anywhere even close; she's set to finish the year with a tour throughout Europe. Charlie Louvin, late of the Louvin Brothers (“Satan Is Real”), opens the show with songs from his self-titled comeback album.
JEFF COLEMAN AND THE FEEDERS
10 p.m., White Water. $5.
With a self-described range from “honky-tonk to hair bands,” Jeff Coleman and the Feeders celebrate the release of their new album, “AmericanB,” with a big concert that, if their previous material is any indication, will feature a lot of songs about drinking. Take “Drinking Coming On,” a song from the band's 2005 release, “Done to Death”: Thick with heavy Southern guitar riffs, it's a classic woman-done-me-wrong tune (this time, with a woman with “hips that could start a war”) that climaxes with a bar-busting drunk. Or “All the Whiskey in Texas,” another song that finds solace from heartbreak in booze. Featuring longtime veterans of the local music scene — Stan James on drums, Jerry Cordova on bass and Mark Chiaro on guitar — the Feeders are sure to summon a rollicking barroom jam to support Coleman's throaty wail. A prediction: lots of bottles will be raised.