Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
9 p.m., Revolution. $10.
Thanksgiving is a perfect holiday. You eat amazing once-a-year foods. You see family you haven't seen in a while. You fall asleep watching football. That's it. Once you've gone through all that,
Emily Post the To-Do List says you can leave or kick everybody out. Once freed, if you don't get sucked into “Home Alone 2” or some other commercial-laden movie you'd never watch if you weren't incapacitated by double-stacked dressing sandwiches, consider stepping out. There's that new Coen Brothers movie, with the soulless cattle-killer-wielding assassin, whom our David Koon called the best onscreen villain since Hannibal Lecter. But that doesn't exactly scream Thanksgiving. Or you could step down to Revolution, where the One Stone reggae band will be playing not just reggae, but all kinds of jams custom-fitted to put your turkey-fattened butt on the dance floor. Get a head start on that fevered Christmas-to-Thanksgiving exercise plan you're already anxiously worrying over. LM.
SMOKE UP JOHNNY/ THE REDS/SAN ANTOKYO
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
Every year, come holiday time, local music steps up its game. Bands that have been inactive spark into action. Acts that would normally headline share the bill with other would-be headliners. Long lost scene kids come home from faraway places. Everyone is merry. And so it should be the night after Thanksgiving. Few local acts inspire as much smoking and drinking and general misbehavior as Smoke Up Johnny. The barroom rockers just put out their debut release on Thick Syrup; it's surely got to be in contention for local album of the year. Another contender: The Reds, who released “Economy of Motion” several months back. Led by local singer/songwriter Johnny Mac, the band specializes in hook-heavy pop that gets lodged in your head for weeks. Josh Kerby leads San Antokyo, a smart, raw rock outfit. Expect a CD out of them on Thick Syrup soon. LM.
LITTLE ROCK LOVE
9 p.m., Village. $7 adv./$10 d.o.s.
Local hip-hop is nothing if not a collaborative endeavor. There are cliques, sure, but for every act's CD project, you're bound to find five or six other locals helping out with guest spots. At “Little Rock Love,” local rapper Rockst*r shows love to all those who've worked with him over the years. Rockst*r's been busy: A full dozen acts perform. Co-headliners include Conduit head dude Epiphany performing with local diva Gina Gee, local stage star 607 and Rockst*r (it's his party after all). They'll all be performing for a full 20 minutes. Putting it down in support: multimedia superstar Razormack (whose song “Little Rock Love” inspired the concept), Conway collective Arkatext, rapper/DJ Dirtbag, Dat Heat's Bware, rap/dance collective the 4X4 Crew, as well as Mayhemm, Clint G, Sean West, Kwestion and the Cliquestars. The concert will be filmed, so make sure you wear your YouTube best. LM.
9 p.m., Revolution. $8 adv./$10 d.o.s.
Like the band's namesake, Machina appeared at what seemed to be the darkest hour for Phil Taylor of Future Leaders of the World. After two hit singles and a major label debut on Epic, they were unceremoniously dropped while on tour. Taylor, far from dissuaded, formed a new band with other Arkansas hard rock cast-offs from Evanescence and Morningside. With a Latin name, you might be expecting weighty stuff, and you'd be right — they play hard, driving rock not far removed from the members' past work. And if that's not enough, like Evanescence, Machina uses spirituality as a frequent lyrical theme. It's tough, electronically tinted music for tough, electronically mediated times, at Revolution. FB.