Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
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SATURDAY 1/5-SUNDAY 1/6
THE YOUNG RAPSCALLIONS
10 p.m. Juanita's. $8 adv., $10 day of.
OK, so I suppose the first thing to get out of the way regarding The Young Rapscallions: McLovin' plays drums for the band. Yessir, I refer to none other than actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse, known for his memorable roles in "Superbad," "Role Models," "Kick-Ass" and others. Which, hey, that's kinda cool. And that's all it would be if the band sucked. But the band does not suck. I was kind of expecting some whiny teenybopper stuff, but was pleasantly surprised by muscular guitar rock that wears its influences well. After listening to the band's solid recent EP "it is what it is," I'm convinced that these dudes might just have a really good record, or even several, in 'em. Influences from the rock canon abound, such as on "it is what it is/Quit Milling About," which boasts some really satisfying Radiohead/Floyd guitar heroics on. "Ideas" is a heavily Smashing Pumpkins- and Nirvana-inspired 3-minute rager with just a hint of Sabbath worship. The band plays Saturday with The Revolutioners and The Supporting Cast and Sunday at 8 p.m. with JT Woodruff (of Hawthorne Heights), Mark Rose and Boom the Wheel.
7 p.m. Central Theatre. $7.
The great thing about short film festivals is that if you find yourself watching a sucky film, hey — no big deal, it'll be over in probably five to seven minutes. Of course, you probably won't have to worry about any stinkers at the sixth annual Arkansas Shorts, which is organized by the folks at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs. This year, they had more than 50 submissions that were whittled down to 16, so as to fit into an 80-minute program. Genres include documentaries, narrative works, experimental films and music videos. Some of the intriguing titles include "Commercial Suicide" (dir. Bob Nagy), "The Wanted Fly of the FBI" (dir. Sallie Colbert and Kian Tyler) and a music video from the Ginsu Wives (dir. Tracy Parker). Two films created through Low Key Arts' "Inception to Projection" after-school film program will be screened, along with a best-of collection of last year's films. Should be a fun night for film lovers.