Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR
7:30 p.m. Walton Arts Center. $10-$25.
The Grammy Award-winning, 24-member Soweto Gospel Choir will find its way to Fayetteville this week in a stop on its 2014 American tour. In recent years, Soweto, an area of Johannesburg, has gotten recognition as a fairly forward-thinking music scene, one of the sources of dance genres like Kwaito. This will be nothing like that. This tour, the choir says, is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, at whose 46664 Concert it memorably performed in 2003 along with U2 and Beyonce. Also note that it collaborated with Peter Gabriel on the soundtrack to "WALL-E."
10 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.
Thomas Pynchon has argued that "recluse" is a journalism code word meaning "doesn't like to talk to reporters." In the same way, I think "enigmatic," as applied to young musicians nowadays, mostly just means "doesn't offer easily Google-searchable biographical details." J Fernandez is from Chicago, and that's the only factual thing I can tell you about him off-hand, but he makes soft, mellow, imaginative pop in the tradition of R. Stevie Moore and Ariel Pink, and that should be enough. An Internet source says he is an enigma, but I'll bet he's just shy. His video for "No Luck" is a collage of old game show clips that is sad and touching. He will share the bill with Little Rock's Sea Nanners.
7 p.m. Ron Robinson Theater. $5.
If it's true that there are no real anti-war movies, that even films that attempt to protest war end up making it look compelling just by photographing it, then how do you explain "Stripes"? Ivan Reitman's 1981 comedy finds Bill Murray and Harold Ramis joining the Army essentially out of boredom, an idea that seems even more hilarious and subversive in hindsight. Bill Murray is beautiful here — when his girlfriend is leaving him at the beginning, he tells her, "You can't go, all the plants are gonna die." His co-star Ramis passed away last week, the motivation for the Little Rock Film Festival's screening. Judge Reinhold, who made his feature-acting debut in the film, will give a Q&A afterwards.
8 p.m. Walton Arts Center. $29-$49.
In her feature for the Oxford American's Tennessee Music issue last year, Rosanne Cash wrote briefly about living in Nashville in the late 1980s. She remembers tour buses regularly stopping in front of their house and pointing out her big black fence, which the tour guides attributed to her father, the Man in Black, who they'd say bought it for her to thank her for recording one his songs. Nothing about this was true. The fence wasn't even black, it was green. It would be hard to have a famous parent. That story is probably one of her more innocuous illustrations of this truth, but it stuck with me, maybe because it's such a strange and specific thing for a tour guide to make up. Didn't they notice the fence wasn't black?
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
Adam Faucett's voice has powerful and unexpected dimensions. This isn't an issue of volume, it's about pitch and strength and resonance, if that makes any sense. I've seen him play in front of crowds having a hundred different conversations, completely indifferent to the stage, and yet his voice is still the only thing anybody can focus on. Also there is the matter of his beard. It suggests some "Jeremiah Johnson"-like past life filled with tragedy and mountains. Faucett has a new album now, he's reemerged with it, and he will celebrate its release at White Water. Note: He'll also be performing at South on Main the following Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m., as part of the restaurant's Local Live series.