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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.
9 p.m., Juanita's. $10.
In the mid-1990s, local barroom heavyweights Big Boss sold T-shirts bearing the motto “Legalize Heroin and Murder.” It sounds like a slogan for the survivors of G.G. Allin's Murder Junkies (this is the third incarnation), a band that pays tribute to all that is decadent and depraved. Allin died, predictably, in 1993, but with his brother Merle “Pinky” Allin on bass, the Junkies continue the tradition of shocking punk rock, rife with blistering riffs and aggressive rhythms and embedded with the sleaziest lyrics imaginable. Expect numbers off the 1991 debut “Feed My Sleaze,” especially “Waking Up In a Pool of Piss.” Regardless of lyrical content, the band is a well-seasoned batch of pros that can really lay down the goods. True to the night's theme, the Nasties and Russellville's nihilistic Dirt Cheap Drugs open the 18-and-up show. PP.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
8 p.m., Village. $20 adv., $25 d.o.s.
On the road supporting the album “War Is the Answer,” Five Finger Death Punch has made quite a name for itself in a relatively short amount of time. Since its 2005 birth, the groove metal merchants' three releases include the EP “Preemptive Strike” and two full-length CDs, “The Way of the Fist” and the aforementioned “War.” Vocalist Ivan “Ghost” Moody delivers songs of rebellious angst and despondency with strong, deep vocals that follow the trend of melodic verses before giving way to what's become an all-too-common growling chorus. Rounding out this four-act bill are Shadows Fall, OT3P and 2 Cents. PP.
8:30 p.m., Revolution. $25.
What a coup for Chris King at Revolution. The Drive-By Truckers may've come to town years back, but not since they emerged as one of the most respected rock 'n' roll acts around. Since 2001's “Southern Rock Opera,” a brilliant concept album that explores what singer/guitarist Patterson Hood calls “the duality of the South,” the band's released an unbroken string of literate, widely acclaimed albums built around a formula that's bound to translate well to the stage — three decidedly different vocalists rotate lead duties while three guitars propel everything along. Expect super-fans, possibly including Little Rock's Ray McKinnon, to be singing along. His Oscar-winning film “The Accountant” apparently inspired “Sink Hole” from “Decoration Day.” In the opening slot, Austin's James McMurtry (son of novelist Larry McMurtry) specializes in literate country-rock that often delves into the political. LM.
ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER
10 p.m., Arkansas Queen. $15.
The booze cruise is back again. After successful outings with Afrobeat/funk standouts Velvet Kente and Eclipse Glasses and, a few weeks later, jazz standouts Rodney Block and J. White, the Arkansas Queen inaugurates its fall music cruise season with a nice selection of local rock 'n' roll. The See is Little Rock's favorite new band. The three-piece specializes in an unironic, anthemic brand of indie-rock that usually inspires fist pumping. Local trio Big Boots, featuring former Sugar and the Raw members Mason Maudlin (vocals, guitar) and Michael Motley (drums) and former Grand Serenade member Trevor Ware (bass), blends Radiohead-style experimentation with Southern pop-rock. Jonathan Wilkins, backed by a full band, writes confessional and confrontational songs that sound really good loud. There'll be a DJ on the upper deck, too. If this cruise is like earlier ones, it'll sell out in advance. Tickets are available by calling the boat's box office at 372-5777 or at the Station Deli or the House. LM.
7 p.m., Verizon Arena. $42-$82.
Two years after her “Best of Both Worlds” wreaked havoc on arenas around the continent (scalping complaints pushed Attorney General Dustin McDaniel into the mix), Miley Cyrus is back. A lot's happened since we last saw her: She's made a second album under her own name, provided a voice on the animated movie “Bolt,” filmed “Hannah Montana: The Movie,” appeared semi-nude in Vanity Fair, released a best-selling memoir, pole danced awkwardly on the Teen Choice Awards, created a clothing line for Wal-Mart, released an EP exclusively through Wal-Mart and earlier this month, to the horror of millions, quit Twitter (she explained in a rap released to YouTube, “The reasons are simple/I started tweeting about pimples/I stopped living for moments/and started living for people”). She's not just Twitter-free this time around. She's also alter-ego-less; no Hannah Montana costume changes. Instead, if recent shows are any indication, she'll cover Joan Jett, preview her new Nicholas Sparks-penned movie and ride a motorcycle over the audience. Somewhat shockingly, at press time, tickets were still available. LM.
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