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Miranda July comes to UCA 

THURSDAY 2/13

MIRANDA JULY

7:30 p.m. UCA College of Business, Room 107. Free.

Miranda July has published fiction in the New Yorker and The Paris Review, recorded music for the Pacific Northwest labels K Records and Kill Rock Stars, directed and acted in films like "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and "The Future," and worked in multimedia performance art — interactive online projects and video installations — since the mid-'90s. She also, according to a New York Times profile from a few years ago, was once paid $25,000 for coining the doomed brand name Coke II in the early '90s. There are things both good and evil we can learn from her, in other words, and so it's our good luck that she'll be in Central Arkansas this week. After performing at Hendrix College on Feb. 11, she'll be at UCA Thursday night for a public reading and book signing at the College of Business in Room 107. WS.

FRIDAY 2/14

JEFF DUNHAM

8 p.m. Verizon Arena. $44.

According to Forbes, Jeff Dunham has been one of the top five highest-paid comedians in the country for the past several years, and can claim the most-watched special in the history of "Comedy Central." Time magazine raves: "... politically incorrect, gratuitously insulting and ill tempered." Whatever your stance on mean-spirited puppetry in comedy (or in general), there is no question that Dunham is the most famous ventriloquist in the world, and for a little under $50 you can catch him onstage as part of his worldwide "Disorderly Conduct" tour, interacting with elaborately outfitted puppets including (possibly) Walter, Peanut, Jose Jalapeno on a Stick (a jalapeno pepper wearing a sombrero), Bubba J, and Achmed the Dead Terrorist. A jalapeno pepper wearing a sombrero! Doors open at 7 p.m. WS.

FRIDAY 2/14-SUNDAY 2/16

LANTERNS! FESTIVAL

6 p.m. Wildwood Park. $5-$10.

Arkansas's annual deep-winter outdoor festival returns for its sixth year, celebrating the first full moon of the year with lights, entertainment, and themed food and beverages from Asia, Jamaica, Mexico, New Orleans, Rome, and Shakespeare's England. What kind of food did they eat in Shakespeare's England? This was my first question after reading the LANTERNS! flyer. I'm guessing a lot of cakes and stews. Regardless, there will be plenty of other options. It will be beautiful, with fire pits and floating lights and so, so many lanterns. Also, it's family-friendly. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and younger. WS.

FRIDAY 2/14

FOR THE LOVE OF THE WU

10 p.m. White Water Tavern.

There's probably no less appropriate or more fun way to spend your Valentine's Day than going to see a tribute to the Wu Tang Clan, and it just so happens that this is an option this year. The night will feature MCs 607, Osyrus Bolly, Bobby, and Bolly Black Star, with live instrumentation provided by the Funkanites and a DJ set by Joshua Asante of Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines. I imagine it will be something like the video for "I Can't Go To Sleep," where the Wu all live and party together in that huge mansion, and Isaac Hayes is there wearing a wizard's robe, and nobody can go to sleep. Also, I heard a rumor that actual third-tier member U-God might be in attendance, but then again I also started that rumor. WS.

SATURDAY 2/15

THE CEDRIC BURNSIDE PROJECT

10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10.

The grandson and longtime drummer of the great North Mississippi blues icon R.L. Burnside, Cedric Burnside plays jagged electric blues alongside lead guitarist and fellow Hill Country native Trenton Ayers. The two of them, who perform as The Cedric Burnside Project, play a kind of scraping, shuffling reincarnation of the reckless, up-tempo Hill Country sound R.L. brought to Fat Possum records in the 1990s, but the Project isn't about historic preservation: Burnside is an incredibly accomplished guitarist and drummer (proof: He's won Drummer of the Year at the Memphis Blues Awards three times) and Ayers' approach to slide guitar is ecstatic and sensitive and cool. They are natural collaborators and, for a guitar-and-drums duo, louder than the sum of their parts. WS.

SUNDAY 2/16

SEBADOH

8:30 p.m. Stickyz. $12 adv., $15 day of.

A good introduction to Sebadoh is a video you can find on YouTube of the band making their "network television debut" on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in 1994. Conan stumbles over the pronunciation of their band name and says their album "Bakesale" has spent several weeks atop the college radio charts (people used to notice these). Frontman Lou Barlow, the only remaining founding member after Eric Gaffney left a couple of years before, looks like an unkempt Daniel Radcliffe and is wearing a Seventeen magazine T-shirt, while behind them there's a strange video projection of close-ups of children's faces. It takes them two songs to fill their three-minute slot, and both sound absolutely terrible. This is a major part of their legacy, this consistent willingness to sound terrible. Their earliest releases, made while Barlow was in the process of being kicked out of Dinosaur Jr., were vast collections of very short and poorly recorded indie rock, and even when they stepped up the production values in the mid-'90s, they were loose, disinterested and funny. If they lack the name recognition or selling power of peers like Pavement or Guided By Voices, they are as important and as influential as either. WS.

SUNDAY 2/16

GOOD VIBES HIP-HOP SHOWCASE

9 p.m. Juanita's. $8.

Following up on December's Trill Clinton showcase, the Natural State of Mind crew will host another event at Juanita's Sunday night highlighting the best of Arkansas art-rap's youngest generation. The Good Vibes lineup will include Reggie Gold, Rodney Cole, KD, Caleb Stephens, Vile Pack, Blimp, Youngin 10X and BJ Cole, with live production by King Boom and axxxxgxxx. That sounds almost overwhelming, but there's a lot of energy around this scene at the moment, and between Rodney Cole's stoner boom-bap and Vile Pack's aggro, Odd Future-like group attack, there should more than enough good local hip-hop here to be worth your eight bucks. NSOM is doing God's work for the state's hip-hop community, and if you haven't already, you should check out their site at nsomblog.com. WS.

TUESDAY 2/18

'THEY CALL ME TRINITY'

7:30 p.m. Vino's. Free.

Vino's continues its great spaghetti western screening series with E.B. Clucher's "They Call Me Trinity," a 1970 comedy starring Terence Hill and Bud Spencer, who made 20-something films together and earned a reputation as Italy's own action-comedy Laurel and Hardy. Hill and Spencer, a.k.a. Mario Girotti and Carlo Pedersoli, a.k.a. the right and left hands of the devil, respectively, here play gun-slinging brothers who team up to take on bounty hunters, scorpions, beautiful Mormons and Farley Granger. It's a really well-made and enjoyable mess, complete with awkwardly dubbed dialogue, slapstick fight choreography, and weird insults like "chicken thief" and "horse rustler." This is an educational, culturally necessary screening, and I applaud Vino's for performing this public service. No word yet on whether they plan to show the 1971 sequel, "Trinity is Still My Name." WS.

TUESDAY 2/18

HOOPS FOR KIDS' SAKE: ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE HOOPS GAME

7 p.m. Jack Stephens Center $10

The Ledge-ends of the game are back! The Senate will try to avenge last year's loss to the House of Representatives at Hoops for Kids' Sake, the second annual legislative charity hoops game. All fans of high-quality basketball should come out to the game. OK, that's not true, but political junkies should enjoy a chance to see newsmakers trade in the slacks for gym shorts and huff and puff up and down the court. Supposedly the Senate has recruited former Razorback Scotty Thurman as a celebrity ringer to try to counteract the built-in advantage on the House side: Rep. Fred Smith, a former Harlem Globetrotter. Key questions: Will hyper-competitive House Speaker Davy "The Baby-Faced Killah" Carter take things too seriously and pick up a technical foul? Will Sen. Jeremy "The Round Mound" Hutchinson injure himself, another player or both? Will there be a side bet on the private option so we can wrap the session up early? Get in the spirit for the game with our "Ledge-ends of the Game" basketball cards from last year: arktimes.com/ledgehoops. All proceeds from the game will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA), Boys & Girls Club of Bryant and Boys & Girls Club of Saline County. DR.

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