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FRIDAY 3/11

SECOND FRIDAY ART NIGHT

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Galleries downtown. Free.

There's a lot going on for the March edition of the monthly gallery stroll and troll (via rubber-wheeled trolley), most historically at the Historic Arkansas Museum, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary with the opening of "Diamond in the Rough: 75 years of the Historic Arkansas Museum," works from the permanent collection. The Delta Brass Combo will toot HAM's horn and a vintage mid-century cocktail, Millionaire No. 1, will be served. The Old State House celebrates an anniversary as well: The 800th of the Magna Carta, an exhibit from the Library of Congress sponsored by the Arkansas Bar Association; the museum will also have music, by Erin Enderlin, and refreshments. Arkansas Capital Corp.'s gallery opens "Complete Spaces," panoramic paintings by Matthew Lopas, and the Butler Center opens two shows: "Twists and Strands: Exploring the Edges," ceramics by Barbara Satterfield and jewelry by Michele Fox, and "Jeanfo: We Belong to Nature," sculpture by the former Hot Springs artist. Lark in the Morning will perform at the Butler Center, which also features ongoing exhibits "Painting 360: A Look at Contemporary Panoramic Painting," curated by Lopas, and "Photographic Arts: African American Studio Photography." Gallery 221 & Art Studios 221 features "80/20," a retrospective of work by George Chlebak, work by Salvador Dali in the Collector's Gallery, and works by gallery artists. Rock Region Metro's rubber-wheeled trolley will ferry folks from gallery to gallery. LNP

FRIDAY 3/11

MTCC AFTER DARK: DELITA MARTIN

6 p.m. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.

Delita Martin, whose exhibit "I Walked on Water to My Homeland" is on view at the Mosaic Templars, will talk about her work in this new evening series at the museum. The Little Rock artist combines printmaking with stitched fabric and other media to make larger-than-life narrative portraits of African-American women; she was one of just a handful of Arkansas artists selected to show work in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's contemporary show "State of the Art: Discovering American Art." The exhibition runs through March 26. The MTCC After Dark series will feature persons working in all forms of art, from poetry to music to film. LNP

SATURDAY 3/12

'THE FLY'

7 p.m. Ron Robinson Theater. $5

Tales of scientific overreach and mortal hubris are as old as the story of Icarus and Daedalus: Man creates wings for a noble purpose! Wings get misused for selfish ends! The selfish misuser dies, horribly. The end. "Frankenstein," "Blade Runner," "The Matrix," "The Terminator," you name it, movies about science gone wrong inevitably have the same basic plot: "Don't dick around in God's sandbox, mortal!" Stir a heaping gruel ladle of director David Cronenberg's trademark body horror (and an R-rating) into that basic bouillon, and you wind up with the 1986 sci-fi instaclassic "The Fly." Jeff Goldblum (at his Goldblumiest) stars as Seth Brundle, a brilliant scientist who achieves the dream of anyone who has ever flown coach: linked pods that can instantly teleport animal, vegetable or mineral across space. After a common housefly gets in the chamber during a test, however, Brundle's DNA gets a little wonky, and he soon finds himself transforming into something a lot more interesting than the douchiest guy in "Jurassic Park," with plenty of gross shit ensuing. Like the woman said: Be afraid. Be very afraid. DK

SATURDAY 3/12

NICK LOWE AND MAVIS STAPLES

8 p.m. Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. $33-$53.

Nick Lowe's debut solo album had two perfect names: "Jesus of Cool" and, because his U.S. distributor didn't think that such blasphemy would fly stateside, "Pure Pop for Now People." Both were apt. A veteran of the boy-band turned seminal pub-rock group Brinsley Schwarz, Lowe became the flagship artist and in-house producer for Stiff Records in the late '70s, producing The Damned's "New Rose" (perhaps the first British punk record; The Damned called Lowe "granddad" during the recording; he was 26) and Elvis Costello's debut, "My Aim Is True." Lowe's own debut was sardonic and playful and weird and deeply infectious. It's filled with jokes that are easy to miss because the music is so damned tuneful — I listened to "Marie Provost," a song inspired by Kenneth Anger's apocryphal story about the grisly fate of an early silent film actress, about 1,000 times before I realized the hook was "She was a winner/Who became a doggie's dinner." Later, Lowe married Carlene Carter (and became son-in-law to June Carter and Johnny Cash), played in the great cult pop-rock band Rockpile, divorced Carlene Carter, got stuck on alcohol, and licensed his song "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love And Understanding" to be covered on the soundtrack to "The Bodyguard." It sold a kajillion copies, and with his sizable royalties, Lowe staged a late-career resurgence with a series of well-received albums from the label Yep Roc. He's less of a prankster these days, but he still knows his way around a hook. Mavis Staples is one of the greatest Stax-era soul singers ever. My wife saw her when she was at Pulaski Tech and said, even at 76, her voice was still strong. Look for her and Lowe to share the stage on at least one number. LM

SATURDAY 3/12

'THE CARAVAN'

6-9 p.m. Audubon Arkansas. $25.

Hearts & Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center in Sherwood, where children and adults with disabilities gain physically, emotionally and cognitively thanks to horse-related activities, is hosting the documentary "The Caravan" at Audubon Arkansas, 4500 Springer Blvd., as a fundraiser. The documentary is about a group led by Michael Muir, great-grandson of naturalist John Muir and a sufferer from multiple sclerosis, that journeys on horseback and by horse-drawn carriage across the United States. The trip is a challenge to its participants, a reviewer said, "to take chances, look ahead, live life to the fullest. ... Hard roads, worn horseshoes, traffic, personality conflicts, weather, make the audience wonder if they will succeed past the first week." The film won best of festival at the 2015 Equus Film Festival in New York. There will also be a silent auction; all proceeds will go toward facility repairs. LNP

TUESDAY 3/15

'TOUCH OF EVIL'

7 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema. $7.50.

The Arkansas Times Film Series returns Tuesday with a screening of Orson Welles' 1958 film noir classic "Touch of Evil" at Riverdale 10 Cinema on Cantrell. Starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Marlene Dietrich and Welles himself, the film is a fast-paced and suspenseful thriller set on the Mexican border, and is one of Welles' best and most beloved late-career achievements. It has been called "the apotheosis of pulp" by the New Yorker's Anthony Lane, and it claims one of the all-time great opening sequences in the history of film, a bravura tracking shot following a car with a bomb in its trunk (unbeknownst to its drivers) — a shot that's been consciously imitated by directors from Martin Scorsese to Paul Thomas Anderson. If nothing else, the film definitively puts to rest the lame narrative that Welles' career peaked with "Citizen Kane." Like "Chimes at Midnight," "F for Fake" and others, "Touch of Evil" proves that far from losing his touch, Welles only matured as a filmmaker as he aged. "Expressionistic in the extreme, filled with shadows, angles and cinematic flourishes," wrote the Los Angeles Times, "the film raises the usual brooding nightmare ambiance of film noir to a level few other pictures have attempted." WS

WEDNESDAY 3/16

'HOW TO DECIMATE A CITY'

6 p.m. Sturgis Hall, Clinton School for Public Service. Free.

As Little Rock prepares to bow to the will of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department to widen Interstate 30 and further alienate the east side of downtown, the Clinton School presents Alana Semuels, who will talk about the devastating impact of elevated I-81 in downtown Syracuse that she called attention to in an article in The Atlantic. Interstate 81 is of the same vintage as I-30 and, also like I-30, highway builders blew away a neighborhood to build it, thinking the neighborhood was of no consequence. Now, Syracuse's City Council and the New York Transportation Commissioner are thinking of I-81 with a boulevard. The AHTD has rejected such a plan here. LNP

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