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The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Returns 

THURSDAY 9/20

RON WHITE

7 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $55-$66.

Best known for his trademark Gauloises, snifter of Courvoisier L'Esprit, blueblood upbringing and snappy catchphrase, "You can't fix stupid, but you can use a leveraged buyout to acquire it, strip it of its assets, fire all the workers, sell off the pieces and make a killing," famous private equity manager — wait a minute, I think I got the wrong press release. Aha, I accidentally grabbed the bio for Douglas "Waldorf Salad" Huntington IV. I've got the right one now. Ron "Tater Salad" White is best known for his ever-present stogie and bottomless glass of scotch, his role in the Blue Collar Comedy tour and his motto "You can't fix stupid." If you live in Arkansas, the odds are better than OK that you have a copy of one of his DVDs wedged in between "Shrek 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" somewhere in the vicinity of your 84" flat screen. If you'd like to see White perform some of his jokes in person, here is your chance. RB

THURSDAY 9/20

ARGENTA FILM SERIES: 'CHRYSTAL'

7 p.m. Argenta Community Theater. Free.

This month, the Little Rock Film Festival's Argenta Film Series screens "Chrystal," starring Billy Bob Thornton, Lisa Blount and Ray McKinnon, who also wrote and directed the film. The story concerns a convict who returns to his small hometown after a long stretch in prison, seeking atonement for his past misdeeds. I don't want to give away too much, so I'll just say that it's a beautifully shot film that is strange and strangely affecting. All three stars turn in fine, nuanced performances, particularly Blount, who passed away nearly two years ago. Her character, despite bleak surroundings and raw deals from life, emanates a damaged backwoods grace. Walton Goggins and Harry Dean Stanton are also enjoyable. The film has also got great music, and it was shot right here in Arkansas, specifically, up in my neck of the woods, outside of Berryville, a.k.a. Burvul. RB

FRIDAY 9/21

REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

7 p.m. Peabody Hotel. Free.

The folks behind the Little Rock Film Festival have certainly been making good on the promise to host year-round programming. In addition to the LRFF itself, you've got the ongoing Argenta Film Series (see above), the Little Rock Horror Picture show (now accepting submissions) and the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, presented in conjunction with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. As the 55th anniversary of the Central High desegregation crisis approaches, this festival showcases several films that examine civil rights issues. Among the honorees are members of the Little Rock Nine, Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith, and singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte. Screenings take place at the Peabody, Argenta Community Theater and the Oxford American (full schedule at nps.gov/chsc). The festival kicks off with a screening of "Miss Representation" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Conway Room of the Peabody, and winds down Tuesday at ACT with a ceremony honoring Belafonte and the Little Rock Nine and a screening of the Belafonte doc "Sing Your Song." All events are free, but require tickets, available at lrff.eventbrite.com. RB

SATURDAY 9/22

HARVESTFEST

11 a.m. Kavanaugh Boulevard in Hillcrest. Free.

Well here's a delightful way to spend a Saturday: Hillcrest's HarvestFest, the annual all-day celebration of one of the most downright charming neighborhoods in the city. The early risers and birdwatchers will get the whole thing started with the Audubon Bird Walk in Allsopp Park, starting at 7:30 a.m. The Run 4 Shelter Hillcrest 5K ($30) starts at 8 a.m., and afterward there'll be a chance for some post-run carb-loading (that's a thing, right?) with a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church (it's $5). The food and retail vendors will unveil their wares at 11 a.m. all along Kavanaugh Boulevard. There will be many more activities, including a Corvette show, a cheese dip competition, a dog show, the Box Turtle Fashion show and music from Runaway Planet, Parachute Woman, Bad Years, Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu of Big Smith, Mayday by Midnight, Astromice, Kevin Kerby, Adam Faucett and Amasa Hines. RB

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