A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
HOT SPRINGS DOCUMENTARY
10 a.m., Malco Theatre. $5-$150.
You've only got four more days to gorge yourself on documentaries in Hot Springs, but that's more than enough time. Here are a handful of flicks and events that deserve special attention: On Thursday, the Golden Rock Award winner from this year's Little Rock Film Festival “The Way We Get By” (10:05 a.m.) tells the story of senior citizens greeting returning soldiers at airports. Later, you've got a tough choice. Decorated Texas troubadour Michelle Shocked makes a rare stop at Maxine's (9 p.m., $10), just before “tallhotblond” (9:10 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. on Sunday) screens; the film is a true crime story about an Internet love triangle. Friday, Hot Springs musician and artist Chuck Dodson's doc on acclaimed Little Rock born jazz pianist Walter Norris premieres; it's called, simply, “Walter Norris” (2:25 p.m.). Later, Dodson premieres another music doc, made with Peter Carlson. “Bobby Rush: Standing the Test of Time” (6:25 p.m.) follows the legendary bluesman as he travels to China. After the film, Rush shares the bill at Maxine's with legendary Pine Bluff bluesman CeDell Davis (7 p.m., $20), who rarely performs these days; Brian Martin opens. “Food Inc.” (7:25 p.m. and 12:50 p.m., Saturday), a polemic aimed at the corporate food culture, might be the big draw of the festival, particularly with filmmaker Robert Kenner in attendance. Cult film fans will be all over “Best Worst Movie” (9:25 p.m.), an examination of the revered cinematic failure “Troll 2,” which screens at midnight at Low Key Arts. Saturday, “Ghost Bird” (4:35 p.m.) delves into the mystery surrounding the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Famed street artist Ron English (6:15 p.m.) screens “Abraham Obama” (6:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday), his film about traveling across the country with an image of Lincoln and Obama merged. Fans of “Dancing Outlaw” will want to catch “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” (7:35 p.m.), a further look at Jesco White and his unhinged brood. Sunday offers more counterculture. “Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry” (4:35 p.m.) digs deep into the origins of American tattooing, and “Skatopia” (6:30 p.m.) tells the story of an anarchist/utopian (depending on your perspective) skate commune in Ohio. LM.
THE FOLK REUNION
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $30-$32.
Nostalgia knows no bounds. The folk celebrated in this reunion itself emerged from a revival that started more than 50 years ago in what was, itself, only the latest exploration of music that has roots that reach back thousands of years. Better believe in the enduring power of song because, as is often the case in these nostalgia tours, few of the original members in the trio of folk-revival acts performing remain. The Kingston Trio, the astoundingly popular folk-pop group perhaps most responsible for ushering in the folk revival in the late '50s, features two members who joined the band in the '70s and one who's only been around for the last four years. Bet they still know how to play “Tom Dooley,” though. The Limeliters, formed in part by an arranger for the Kingston Trio, might be the most likely folk revival act to show up on “Mad Men.” One of their most enduring songs is “Things Go Better with Coke,” a jingle for the soda company. Alas, the current line-up of the band is barely gray. Only the Brothers Four, famous for songs like “Greenfields,” includes an original member. LM.
STACEY EARLE AND MARK STUART
7:30 p.m., Prost. Free.
This gig was originally scheduled for Studio Joe, but something got in the way. Now, it's free at a bar that's just carving out its place among local venues (Prost is attached to Willy D's in the River Market, but with its own entrance around the corner). Look for it to be fuller than usual on a Thursday night. Acoustic folk's first couple is passing through on their farewell tour. For the last 17 years, Earle and Stuart have made literate, harmony-rich music together, together releasing a handful of albums and touring ferociously (they come on the “Drive Her Till She Drops” tour, an effort to drive a 2000 Chevy Suburban with more than 400,000 miles on it into the ground). But after this tour wraps up sometime next year, the married couple has said they'll each return to the solo work they've pursued intermittently over the years (both, early in their careers, spent time in Stacey's brother Steve Earle's backing band, the Dukes). In other words, this is your last chance to catch them together in Little Rock. LM.