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FRIDAY 1/18-SATURDAY 1/19
7:30 p.m. Verizon Arena. $7-$37.
Most of the stuff I thought was cool when I was 10 seems pretty lame now. G.I. Joe, Thundercats, M.A.S.K., baseball cards, baseball ... I don't know, they just don't hold any appeal for me anymore. I guess you just outgrow some stuff. But one thing holds me in thrall still, lo these many years later: monster trucks. That's right, Bigfoot, Black Stallion, Grave Digger and their colleagues are all still every bit as killer-rad now as they were in 1988. Mainly, I think this is because these drivers actually get to do what we all secretly want to do, which is use a gigantic truck to demolish stuff and do massive jumps and flips and wheelies and so forth. And it's their job. How cool is that? RB
RALLY FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE
1 p.m. Arkansas State Capitol.
To be certain, there are enormous challenges facing progressive folks in 2013 and beyond. But I really do believe that overall, things are better in the United States than they were in 1973. Still, though, it's extremely worrisome that, 40 years after the Supreme Court established that the right to privacy under the 14th Amendment includes a woman's right to have an abortion, there's such a concerted movement to keep women from exercising control over their own bodies. In recent years, state legislatures across the South and Midwest have passed draconian laws aimed at curtailing women's autonomy. Candidates for office last year uttered some of the most contemptible — not to mention scientifically specious — garbage about a host of reproductive issues. That's why it's so critical to stand up to the knuckle-draggers among us (and they are legion in Arkansas) who want women to be subservient, second-class citizens. Ironic that so many of these yahoos scream 'til they're blue in the face about keeping the government out of our lives, unless you're a woman, that is, and then no intrusion is too egregious. Enough soapboxing, though. Here's a chance for progressives to get together to let themselves be heard. Speakers at this rally include Jessica DeLoach Sabin, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Sen. Joyce Elliott, Dr. Jay Barth and Rev. Marie Mainard O'Connell giving an invocation. Your attendance at this rally is important, as the anti-choice crowd will be gathering the next day. RB
9 p.m. Discovery Night Club. $10.
Eliot Lipp has spent the last decade-plus hopping around the country, honing his craft in some of the happening-est cities for electronic dance music. Over that time, Lipp has released seven albums and collaborated with a grip of other hot names in the EDM milieu. His most recent album, last year's "Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake," was released on Pretty Lights Music, which is, perhaps not surprisingly, operated by hugely popular DJ Pretty Lights, a.k.a. Derek Vincent Smith. In addition to having one of the best album covers I've seen in a while, the record showcases Lipp's smorgasbord approach. It's still largely sample-based fare steeped in hip-hop and techno, but all sorts of other influences — drum & bass, jazz fusion, '80s pop — bubble to the surface, seamlessly meshing with the other sounds. In October, Jay Z's Life + Times blog premiered Lipp's new single "Wonderland." Lipp's been at it for a minute now and has a considerable following. But with this latest long-player, it seems like he's on the verge of breaking out in an even bigger way. Don't let this be one of those "should've-seen-him-back-then" shows you'll be kicking yourself for skipping after he's blown up. In addition to the Discovery show, he performs Thursday at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, with Wookie Disco, Tilly Time and Carson Smith, 9 p.m., $13. RB
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