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To-do list, Aug. 14 

THURSDAY 8/14

 

CLUNKER CAR NIGHT

7:10 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10.

 

Though lots of things have changed in the Travelers promotions department since the move to Dickey-Stephens Park — bingo night is a thing of the past, Captain Dynamite is dead, lucky scorecard numbers are now shown on the scoreboard rather than announced over the PA — Clunker Car Night remains the marquee event on the team's calendar. The concept is simple: Every inning Bill Valentine's boys will roll out some ancient jalopy, each more decrepit than the last, and give it away to one dubiously lucky fan. If you don't want to drive it — assuming it's street legal, that is — then you can at least mine it for parts. That will be a more palatable prospect this year — each car comes with free installation of a sound system, keyless entry and remote ignition. There's a baseball game to boot, against the Corpus Christi Hooks. -JCW.

 

BLACK CROWES

7:30 p.m., Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville. $30-$65.

 

There was a two-year hiatus and then a two-year period of line-up changes and general tumult. Let's call them the Kate Hudson days. With the release of “Warpaint,” the band's seventh album, earlier this year, things have calmed down a bit for the Crowes. Luther Dickinson, son of Jim and member of the North Mississippi All-Stars, officially joined up as a second guitarist. They brought their Southern-fried pyschedelia to Australia, New Zealand and Europe. They launched liveblackcrowes.com, a download site that offers current and archived concerts. They sued Gretchen Wilson for copyright violation. Ho-hum. Maybe playing a show close to Wal-Mart HQ, which refused to carry the pube-bearing album cover of the band's third album, “Amorica,” will inspire some deep-down angst to resurface. Northwest Arkansas, long a dead zone for live shows from big name acts, needs a jolt of wildness. Tickets, available via arkansasmusicpavillion.com, were still available at press time. LM. 

 

FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE': GRIDIRON 2008

8 p.m., the Rep. $35.

 

There will be skewering. And prodding and poking fun and satire anyway you like it. Gridirion, the Pulaski County Bar Association's biennial stage show, returns this weekend to take on local and national politics. The actors? Local litigators from all walks of law. Early word suggests that among the cast there are passable look-alikes for all the big national players — Bush, McCain, Hillary, Obama. But it's the local ones who're sure to make the crowds howl. Surely, Lu Hardin will get roasted, and the ever-fertile Duggars promise to figure in. This year, too, as the title suggests, dancing will get top billing in the show. Longtime cast stand-out Kathryn Pryor promises again to be an audience favorite. The show also runs again on Friday and Saturday, at 7 and 9 p.m., same price.

 

FRIDAY 8/15

 

MAXXIMUM IMPACT: THE HIP HOP SEND OFF

9 p.m., Downtown Music. $7.

 

Maxx, AKA Maxx the Great, AKA Max Farrell, who as you might've figured out is the impetus behind the Maxximum Impact concert series, is lucky that he's young and has high-school age friends, who still think going to all ages shows at clubs is a novelty. Because the grown folks' hip-hop audience in Little Rock is jaded, y'all. Last weekend, three of the state's most bona fide acts — 607, Suga City and XXzotic — played to an embarrassingly slim crowd at Downtown. Undeterred, 607 and Suga City are back for more to help Farrell, who's soon off to start his freshman year at Grinnell, celebrate his last show for a while. Here's betting that the line-up, which also features Epiphany, Osyrus with the live band SolFude and 4X4 Crew, will play to a full (or at least fuller) crowd. Farrell has a lot of friends and an impressive way with the mic that belies his age. LM.

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