To-Do List, Aug. 6 




7:30 p.m.,Verizon Arena. $20-$76.75


 Keith Urban's got a lot of things going for him. He's Australia's biggest musical export since, I don't know, INXS? The Wiggles? He's Nicole Kidman's main squeeze, and a proud parent, with her, of a 1-year-old. And earlier this year, for the first time in his career, one of his albums topped the Billboard 200. That album, “Defying Gravity,” which blends country-pop and rock and redemptive themes, is bound to inspire a stuffed crowd ready to get uplifted. Urban's multi-instrumental chops and big, smooth voice should deliver. Ditto for the Atlanta duo Sugarland, who marry country, rock and sharp songwriting in the opening spot.




8 p.m., UBU. $5.


It's an appropriate fund-raiser for a neighborhood whose chosen acronym shares the name of a hallucinogenic drug in “Brave New World.” To raise money for its annual Mardi Gras parade, SoMa (that's Southside Main Street) has recruited a host of neighborhood celebrities to strut their stuff in drag. Maybe you know some of them: Danny Sullivan of the Quapaw Home and Garden Club; Lee Fleming, Little Rock emergency room doctor; Dana Minton, treasurer of SoMa; Maggie Henson, owner of Midtown Billiards; Jim King, referee extraordinaire of the Roller Derby Girls; Stephanie Richards, the reigning Miss Gay Arkansas; Chlamydia Champagne, neighborhood celebrity; Linda Tanner, former Miss Legs Arkansas, and Gerald Turner, of Little Rock Housing Authority. UBU is located at 823 Capitol Ave.



7 p.m. and 9 p.m., Riverdale. Donations.


If you miss one of these screenings for “Slumberland,” the breakout Arkansas film at this year's Little Rock Film Festival, you've probably missed the boat. The filmmakers likely won't screen it again in theaters. Another incentive: The screenings are free, though donations are encouraged — there's another film to make. See “Slumberland” and you might be inspired to make your own flick. The collaborators behind the film came to it without what you might think of as prerequisites — skill, experience, money. Some of that lack, as director John Schafer has acknowledged, shows through. There's a fair amount of shaky camera work and several stunted or overlong scenes. And the ultra-lo-fi aesthetic might be jarring to some. But the essentials are there in this story of drifting 20somethings struggling to relate. At the center, playing slightly fictionalized versions of themselves, are Zach (Zach Turner) and Rhett (Rhett Brinkley). Somehow, the pair — a local lothario and ne'er do well and a hapless romantic, respectively — are best friends. Comedy ensues.






10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.


“The human heartbeat is not regular. It's not perfect metronome time and music shouldn't be either,” John Paul Keith said recently in a Knoxville newspaper. “Memphis' garage/punk scene wants to destroy that stuff, and I'm more than happy to participate.” Yeah, buddy. Keith's only been a Memphian for a handful of years — before, he'd kicked around Knoxville and Nashville, playing with, among others, the V-Roys and Ryan Adams and the Pink Hearts — but he's more than earned his Bluff City merit badge. There are few as active in the scene. You might find him working with scary-clown-faced rocker Harlan T. Bobo one night, Jim Dickinson's garage rock project Snake Eyes another and with Jack Oblivian and the Tearjerkers still another. Lately, though, Keith's been spending most of his time out in front of the mic, leading John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives, a throwback garage band that sounds like a '50s version of the Replacements. On Friday, the band celebrates the release of a limited edition 7-inch on Last Chance Records (it's the first in a planned series). Memphis legend Jack Oblivian opens, in what'll serve as a warm-up gig, before Oblivian and JPK and the One Four Fives head out on tour with Lucero.



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