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BENJAMIN DEL SHREVE
8 p.m., the Village.
In the early part of the decade, Hatfield native Benjamin Del Shreve crisscrossed the country as the lead singer in GS Megaphone, a hugely popular Christian hard rock act. Frustrated by what he has characterized as the greed in the Christian music industry, the band dissolved, and shortly thereafter, Del Shreve started writing music in transit — in far-flung spots like Key West, a hippie commune in Northern California, New York City, France. Last year, he lived in a cabin and worked as migrant labor in Maine, where he wrote the lyrics for “Brilliant and Charming,” an album he'll release in Little Rock on Thursday night. Now settled in Fayetteville, with a sharp, tuneful four-piece backing band, Del Shreve has become one of Northwest Arkansas's biggest draws. Featuring a self-described songwriting style that is “a constant wrestling match between the lover and the poet and the asskicker,” Del Shreve and his band play punchy rock ‘n' roll that owes a debt to Led Zeppelin and Pete Yorn. They'll be joined by Kingsdown, a local modern rock quintet that recalls early ‘90s alt-rock; rising local pop-rockers Cities and Thrones, and singer/songwriter Adam Hambrick. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation. LM.
‘FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO'
7 p.m., Market Street Cinema. $7.50.
A devout Christian, Mary Lou Wallner, 62, of North Little Rock reacted with anger and shame when Anna, her college-age daughter, came out to her in a letter. Convinced that homosexuality was a sin, Wallner shot back a letter of her own, telling Anna, “I will continue to love you, but I will always hate that.” Though mother and daughter continued to see each other for years, that wedge remained between them. The relationship soured in 1996 after Anna wrote a scathing letter to her mother, accusing her of “colossal damage” to her soul for her hateful words. Six months later, Anna committed suicide. Since then, Mary Lou and her husband, Bob, have been ministering to church groups around the country, urging parents to accept their gay children. The Wallners are one of five Christian families (former House majority leader Dick Gephardt's family is another) featured in the documentary, “for the Bible tells me so,” which debuts on Friday at Market Street Cinema. Through the families' experiences and with the help of a number of academics and theologians, documentarian Peter Karslake aims to demonstrate that the Bible and homosexuality are not mutually exclusive. LM.
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
There's an element of the fabulous to North Little Rock native Chris Denny's songs. Not in the pink pumps way, but in the etymological way, one that gives you “fable” and leads quickly to “folk tale.” It's music out of time, sung by an uncommonly soulful 22- year-old in a startling, showman's tenor, far removed from the mewling and moping of most current folk practitioners. A Localist reviewer compared them to old WPA photographs, which seems a nice touchstone, minus the poverty. The music is nothing if not rich in spirit and craft. That he's named his backing band the Old Soles is a bit on the nose, but no matter, it suits them. His 2006 debut has received scads of positive press from local and national (including a choice pick on NPR) outlets, so why not stop in and witness the next American phenomenon, just as good as the old American phenomenon? He'll be performing on Friday, along with his band, and on Saturday, with Giant Bear, a self-described “orchestral funkabilly” band. Shows start at 9 p.m. both days. FB.
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