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'Towncraft' tops the bill.

  • PRINCELY REVOLUTION: Post-film music.

Performances and screenings of a documentary film on the Little Rock underground music scene will be held Thursday through Saturday at various venues.

Nostalgia fiends spill out of the woodwork all week in celebration of “Towncraft,” the film that documents the late-’80s, early-’90s Little Rock punk scene. On Thursday, old punks (who’re not so punk-ish anymore) will reappropriate the Belvedere, the gazebo in Riverfront Park that used to be one of the go-to underground venues in town. Clicking Beetle Bad Omen Band, which as a depleted unit has been performing lately as Bad Omen Band, reforms to play glass-cutting post-punk with Loch Ness Monster and the Magic Cropdusters, skewed longtime local rockers who’ll be playing new songs off their album, “The Apartment.” Lately ubiquitous, Chris Denny and the Old Soles finish off the bill with folk-rock as good as you’ll find anywhere.

“Towncraft” has its world premiere Friday at Riverdale 10. You’ll have to have an all-access pass to attend (they’re available at www.towncraftmovie.com). Later, two seminal local bands reform at Vino’s: country-rockers Mulehead and Ashtray Babyhead, the late-’90s alt-pop quartet. Smoke Up Johnny, Little Rock’s (and, I’ll venture to say, the whole mid-South’s) best bar-band, rounds out the line-up.

“Towncraft” screens again on Saturday as part of the Little Rock Film Festival. Later, three of Little Rock’s most important bands headline the culmination of Towncraft Week at Revolution. Singer/songwriter Jason Morphew joins national recording artists American Princes; perhaps the most prolific local rock group, Ho-Hum; and a re-formed Trusty, which was probably the most widely beloved act of the Towncraft era.

7 p.m. Thursday, May 17,

the Belvedere, Riverfront Park. $5.

7 p.m. Friday, May 18, Riverdale 10.

All-access pass-holders only. $40.

9 p.m. Friday, May 18, Vino’s. $5. 375-8466.

6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 19,

Riverdale 10. Donations.

9 p.m. Saturday, May 19,

Revolution. $8. 823-0090.


A stage adaptation of the classic novel runs at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre all weekend.

The adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic novel “The Secret Garden” follows Mary Lennox, a sickly, recently orphaned British girl who’s put in the care of a distant relative who lives in a sprawling, isolated country estate. When Mary finds a secret garden, everything changes. Ten-year-old Riley Knight stars.

7 p.m. Friday, May 18;

3 p.m. Saturday, May 19;

2 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. $11-$14. 372-4000.


The best in pop-country

perform at Alltel on Saturday.

No one does pop-country like Kenny Chesney. And certainly, no one sells it like Chesney. “She’s Got It All,” “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” “The Good Stuff” and “There Goes My Life” are just a few of his Number 1 hits off albums that went platinum two, three and four times over. While he’s been likened to Tim McGraw and Brad Paisley, both family men, the Knoxville native’s songs follow more of a single-and-free-to-mingle path. To add to that cocktail, Chesney is well on his way to becoming this generation’s Jimmy Buffett, mining the beach-bum persona for all it’s worth. In most of his music videos, you’ll find him barefooted and bare-chested, drinking and sunning on some Caribbean getaway. Seeing him live might be cause to don your Hawaiian shirt and scare up a margarita. Country crooner Pat Green and singer/songwriter duo Sugarland play in support, but might draw just as big of a share of the crowd. Green, a three-time Grammy nominee, released “Cannonball” last year and has steadily developed a strong following from ceaseless touring through the years. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are Sugarland, a Nashville duo who write stripped-down yet somehow still anthemic country-tinged pop hits.




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