Picks Sept 16-22 

Rock the Vote at Hendrix A free bi-partisan festival with several up-and-comers in pop/rock music will be on hand Sunday, Sept. 19, when MTV's "Rock the Vote" tour bus stops at Hendrix College in Conway. Tyler Hilton, Dan Dyer, Sarah Hudson and the Wylde Bunch will be riding in, with Fayetteville's jamming B Side joining in for noon-7 p.m. event at the college's intramural fields on Harkrider Street. Games, the John Lennon Education Tour Buss with a mobile recording and multimedia studio, voting and nonprofit information booths and voting registration also will be part of the festival. A crowd of 5,000 people is expected to attend. Directions and a schedule are available on the web at www.hendrix.edu/rockthevote. Hudson, the 23-year-old daughter of one of the Hudson Brothers from 1970s fame and the cousin of actress Kate Hudson, has a release CD, "Naked Truth." Hilton is a guitarist and pianist with a debut CD, "Tyler Hilton: The Tracks of." Austin's Dyer is a bluesy-style artist who has released "Of What Lies Beneath." The Wylde Bunch is a 14-member hip-hop and rock band from Los Angeles. The Rock the Vote bus tour kicked off Sept. 10 at Kent State University in Ohio and culminates its trip on Election Day, Nov. 2. For more information, call 501-450-1136. Jazz in Eureka Springs Los Jazz Vatos will highlight the 20th annual Eureka Springs Jazz Festival this weekend with an 8 p.m. show Friday, Sept. 17, at the City Auditorium. Saturday's featured show is B and the Buzz with the Richard Bruton Quintet and a tribute to Art Porter at 8 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets for Saturday's show are $25. With music throughout the city at clubs and smaller venues, jazz fans should get their fill. For more information, visit the website at eurekajazz.com or call 1-888-855-7823. Burks brings the blues outdoors Little Rock will have blues on the Old State House Museum lawn on Friday, Sept. 17, with powerhouse blues guitarist Michael Burks, a W.C. Handy Award nominee. Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain are also on the bill beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the museum, 300 W. Markham St. Burks' most recent recording is "I Smell Smoke," where reviewers rave about his lightning-like guitar licks. A portion of the proceeds benefits the "Send You Back to Arkansas: Our Own Sweet Sounds II" exhibit at the museum. Call 324-8641. Getting Cheek to Cheek Pianist John Cheek and his sister, Julie Cheek, will perform Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19, in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Masterworks series program, "Playing Cheek to Cheek," at Robinson Center Music Hall. The concert will feature Liszt's "Les Préludes," Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 4." John Cheek debuted as a 13-year old with the ASO and has soloed here several times. The Stamford (Conn.) Advocate says of John Cheek, "An excellent pianist with a rare understanding of ensemble playing." The concerts are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18-19. Call 666-1761 for tickets. Theater watch The Children's Theatre in the Arkansas Arts Center opens its 2004-05 season with "Charlotte's Web" on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The theater has added a show each week this season to go with its regular Friday and Saturday night and Sunday afternoon performances. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. The Weekend Theater attempts to give its audience a better understanding of the casualties of war with the Vietnam War drama, "Tracers," opening Friday, Sept. 17. Frank O. Butler directs the play, which features a collage of interrelated scenes involving six "grunts" and their Vietnam experiences. The cast includes Jason Willey and Duane Jackson. Due to subject matter and language, it is recommended for mature audiences. A representation of the Vietnam Memorial is displayed at show's end, and Butler is asking the public to submit names of Vietnam KIA and MIA, which will be placed on the walls as a reminder to never forget those who answered the call of duty with the ultimate sacrifice. Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for students and seniors 65 and up. Call 374-3761 for reservations. The play continues Saturday, Sept. 18, and on Sept. 24-25 and Oct. 1-2. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Nutt joins Central Historic Site benefit Arkansas Razorback head football coach Houston Nutt will be the special guest at a benefit for the Central High School National Historic Site on Friday, Sept. 17. The event will be held at from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Little Regional Chamber of Commerce building, at the northeast corner of Markham and Scott streets. Tickets are $50.



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