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WEDNESDAY 10/31-SATURDAY 11/3

65th ANNUAL OZARK FOLK FESTIVAL

Various times, venues and cover charges in Eureka Springs.

For the folk fan, this annual weeklong shindig is a must-do, and this year's lineup keeps that tradition rolling. It got started Monday and continues through Saturday. On Wednesday, the Basin Park Hotel hosts this year's Barefoot Ball, with a "Hillbilly Halloween" theme and music from old-time country and bluegrass trio The Carper Family ($10 adv., $15 door). On Thursday, there'll be a screening of "Deliverance" at the Carnegie Library Annex, followed by a Q&A with actor and musician Ronny Cox, who starred in the classic film (free, donations accepted). Friday boasts a performance at The Auditorium from longtime folk duo Trout Fishing in America, with openers Karen Mal and Jack Williams ($20 adv., $25 door). Saturday has a full lineup, with a singer/songwriter contest at 11 a.m. at Basin Spring Park followed by a free performance from Trout Fishing in America at 1 p.m. and a parade through downtown starting at 2 p.m. That night, Cox will perform at The Auditorium with Mal and Radoslav Lorkovic, Jack Williams and Michael Cockram ($25 adv., $30 door).

THURSDAY 11/1

THE SWORD, GYPSYHAWK, EAGLE CLAW

7:30 p.m. Downtown Music Hall. $15 adv., $17 day of.

Gary slammed the door shut on his now ex-girlfriend and strode across the parking lot of the fleabag motel they'd been crashing at. He opened the back doors of his purple '71 Ford Econoline and tossed a satchel containing two kilos of pure, uncut Plutonian Nyborg into the hidden compartment he'd cut out of the panel above the back passenger wheel well. The Nyborg's street value was 20 large. Just gotta boogie out to Albuquerque, hook up with Stash to make the sale and then head down to San Miguel for an extended holiday. Stay down there long enough to sort things out, forget about the last year and get his head straight. With that in mind, he pulled out the jernt he'd tucked into his bandana and fired it up as he was passing the city limits, endless highway stretching out before him. Adios, Wichita. Vaya con Dios. Some tunes, man — that was what he needed now. He reached into the glove box and rifled around for an 8-track, pulling out one after another. James Gang? Good stuff, but eh, not right now. "Houses of the Holy?" Nah, been playing that one too much lately. The next one hadn't been opened for some reason. "The Sword," he said aloud, eyeing the outer space warrior chick on the cover. "Huh, don't remember picking this up." He bit into the shrink wrap, tore it off and ka-chunked the tape into the player. As the sun faded from the sky, Gary cranked the stereo. The Sword's bitchin' riffs and cosmic grooves washed over him. "Yeah man," he thought as the darkness fell around him, "things are gonna be all right."

THURSDAY 11/2

STRFKR

8:30 p.m. Revolution. $12 adv., $15 day of.

That right up there is the slightly sanitized shorthand for the band's name. You might think that sort of handle would preclude things like record deals and having your tunes used in Target commercials, but you'd be wrong. You see, Starfucker's sparkly, psychedelic, electro-tinged pop is so catchy and appealing that they can have a career despite the mildly risque name. The band's latest, "Reptilians," is 10 tracks of the type of thing that is the ideal accompaniment to youthful revelry. Need a soundtrack for next weekend's pharmaceutically enhanced night out? Dial up "Reptilians" or maybe the band's previous album "Jupiter" and blast off. The opener at this all-ages show is Onuinu.

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