Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
‘SHOTGUN STORIES' AFTER PARTY
10 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $15-$20.
Cinephiles, kids from around the way, proud parents and your friends from the Arkansas Times will all mingle and get down at Sticky Fingerz for the after party of the premiere of “Shotgun Stories” (7 p.m., Market Street). The film's director, Jeff Nichols, will be in the house for you to backslap, as will his brother, Lucero lead singer Ben Nichols. Hugely popular in these parts (the band sold more than 600 tickets at the Village last year) and increasingly so nationally, Lucero has made its bones on literate songwriting about, as the band says, “life, love and drinking while on the road.” Ben Nichols, who provided the ambient, alt-country-tinged score to “Shotgun Stories,” will help celebrate the film with a solo show — just his guttural voice, a guitar and songs Lucero fans know by heart. This might be one of Smoke Up Johnny's last shows. The local barroom rockers just released their debut album and have a huge local following, but once “Shotgun Stories” gets out there a little more, SUJ lead singer Alan “Disaster” Wilkins, who very nearly steals the movie as a meth dealer named Shampoo Douglas, is surely bound for bright lights and big cities. In the meantime, expect pure, deeply infectious rock 'n' roll from his band in the headlining spot. A combo ticket to the premiere and after party is $20. The movie alone is $10; after party alone is $15.
8 p.m., Revolution. $10 adv./$13 d.o.s.
Keoki Franconi is a man of many (mostly self-dubbed) nicknames. “The Bad Boy of Techno.” “The It Boy.” “The Pied Piper.” “The Mixmaster.” “The God of Techno.” But it's Superstar DJ Keoki, a name Franconi gave himself before he even had DJ experience, that's stuck. As a member of the Club Kids, the outlandishly costumed New York-based partygoers and throwers, Keoki came to fame as a frequent DJ for the crew. He also dated, on and off, Michael Alig, the head of the Club Kids, who's now in jail for murder. The film “Party Monster” captured the whole sordid story, with Macaulay Culkin starring as Alig and Wilmer Valderrama as Keoki. Still riding the “Party Monster” wave, Keoki comes to Revolution for Zodiac Sagittarius, the club's monthly DJ showcase. Trance vet Vicious Vic co-headlines with locals Platinumb vs. Kinkade, the Tony Danzas and Die Theory.
SECOND FRIDAY ART NIGHT
5 p.m., downtown. Free.
See art; give food. That's the theme for this Friday's 2nd Friday Art Night event at downtown galleries, to be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Collection boxes for canned food will be placed at each of the venues for donations to the Arkansas Foodbank Network, which distributes to relief agencies across the state.
The evening's lineup: River Market ArtSpace, 301 President Clinton Ave., will open “Baubles, Bangles, and Beads,” a holiday jewelry show and sale of work by Kathleen Bearden, Jeff and Judy Goodwin, Nancy Brillos Henderson and Burke Johnston on Friday. Hearne Fine Art, 500 Clinton Ave., will present “2007 in Retrospection,” featuring ceramic work by Chukes; mixed media sculpture by Kevin Cole; mixed media on paper and canvas by Rex Delony, Mr. Imagination, W. Earl Robinson and Artis Lane; silverpoint by Marjorie Williams-Smith; etchings, oils and watercolors by Dean Mitchell, and acrylics by Sylvester McKissack and Dianne Smith. Artists showing in the Delta Exhibition will be on hand at the Arts Center, where the Museum Shop and Best Impressions Restaurant will be also open. At the Cox Creative Gallery, 120 Commerce St., the 3rd annual Holiday Market continues with work by more than 30 artists in its second and third floor galleries. The Historic Arkansas Museum at Second and Cumberland will host its “Third Ever Nog-Off” competition of historic recipes and a reception for the exhibit “Dominique Simmons and Sammy Peters: Geography Lessons.” Ten Thousand Villages at 305 President Clinton Ave. will also be open.