Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $22-$47.
You know the push broom beats, the trashcan lids, the italicized red font. “Stomp” has become so ingrained in the collective pop culture consciousness since its explosion in the mid '90s that it's easy to forget just why, 16 years later, it's still so pervasive: It's all pretty cool. A spectacle in the truest sense of the word, the 14-member “Stomp” crew re-imagines tribal music with found sound instruments, playing with the vigor of a gang of toddlers on pots and pan. Thursday's performance marks the last of the local run. JT.
TED LUDWIG TRIO
5 p.m., Capital Bar and Grill. Free.
Ted Ludwig is no stranger to people who frequent our town's more upscale drinking and dining establishments. He's provided music for the Capital Bar & Grill and Afterthought for several years and, in the process, established himself as nothing short of a Little Rock institution. But just why should you swing by the Capital Bar to hear Ludwig's trio this week? Because Ludwig and co. began recording a live album at the Capital Bar yesterday, and they'll wrap it up today. Even more of a draw? Saxophonist Tony Dagradi from the New Orleans-based modern jazz quintet, Astral Project, is sitting in. This is your chance to get a clap — or even a dignified “woot woot” — captured in recording forever. Definitely recommended. JT.
6 p.m., Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, free.
10 p.m., White Water Tavern, $10.
Manager of the MC5, co-founder of the White Panther Party, marijuana martyr, Delta blues scholar, subject of a John Lennon song — John Sinclair may just be one of the most interesting people to live the '60s to the fullest and still have the grey matter to talk about it. That he can, and in an engaging, lucid manner, may just make him a bona fide national treasure. Pulling double duty Friday night, Sinclair, David Kimbrough Jr. and Dwayne Burnside (sons of Junior and R.L., respectively) visit the Clinton School for a lecture and Q&A entitled “North Mississippi Blues: Reflections from the Hill Country” (full disclosure: I'm moderating this event) before hightailing it to White Water for a Sinclair/Kimbrough/Bluesboy Jag triple bill that's sure to sell out. JT
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
Coming off of a hugely well-received, constantly sold-out run of “Sordid Lives,” the Weekend Theater returns with another provocative chamber piece. It's a political psychodrama revolving around two days in the life of a young therapist, widowed during the Iraq War, and her husband's gay identical twin. Their grieving processes play out on a tapestry of Abu Ghraib, “The Daily Show” and William Faulkner. Written by Christopher Shinn, a student of Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) and one of the most acclaimed young playwrights today, the tension and tautness of “Dying City” should translate well to the Weekend Theater's intimate space. Ralph Hyman directs. The drama runs through Feb. 27. JT.
ERIC ROBERSON/ ALGEBRA BLESSETT
6:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $25-$40.
Increasingly the local spot for touring R&B and soul acts, Juanita's brings in a formidable trio for a Friday night double-header. Neo-soul crooner Eric Roberson AKA Erro, fresh off of a Grammy nomination for his (pretty fantastic) single “A Tale of Two,” enjoys a sizeable following not only for his solo albums, but his collaborations with giants of the field like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Algebra Blessett comes off as a combination of Whitney Houston and Feist, which works better than you might imagine. They're joined by the brassy hums of Sherwood trumpeter Rodney Block. Should be a goody. Shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to get in, $40 for reserved seating and appetizers. JT
REEL CIVIL RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
2 p.m., Market Street Cinema. Free.
It's year four for this annual free documentary festival, jointly sponsored by the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and Market Street Cinema. The first film in the festival begins at 2 p.m., the last starts at 9 p.m. On Sunday, the first film is at 1 p.m. and the last is at 9 p.m. Several that look promising: “The Souls of Black Girls” (4 p.m. Saturday), about the “self-image disorder” women of color may be suffering because of media focus; Spike Lee's documentary “4 Little Girls” (7 p.m., Saturday) on the four Alabama girls killed in a 1963 Birmingham church bombing; “Interracial Dating in America” (9 p.m. Saturday), and “Black Gold” (7 p.m. Sunday), a documentary that unravels the tangled, and often exploitative, web of coffee production. LM.
QUEER PROM: CASH BASH 2010
9 p.m., Henson's Warehouse. $10.
The Queer Prom's event page on Facebook makes a good case: “Really, if you ask yourself or anyone else ‘Did you have fun at your high school prom?' the answers are pretty much the same. A sigh, maybe a derisive snort, a laugh and a FUCK NO.” The organizers of the prom, who include supporters of the local LGBQT community, aim to right the wrongs of past proms with a big blowout at a warehouse owned by Henson Flye at 2301 Arch St. There'll be a lot of ironic celebrating of prom tradition — a photo backdrop, a vote for prom queen and king, a kissing booth (no one ever did that in high school outside of the movies, right?) — plus complimentary PGA punch and beer and food from Boulevard and Lilly's. And perhaps an even bigger draw, a sterling local line-up that includes Seth Baldy and Erin Lang, Blackbird Pie (C. Murdock Jones, Mike Motley and Ryan Hitt), erstwhile Soophie Nun Squader Anna Newell's band Physical Science, Showcase finalist Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, Chris Denny and DJ Michael Inscoe. The proceeds benefit Cash Ashley, a local transgender man who's celebrating his 25th birthday and looking to get surgery. The idea is that this will be an annual event that benefits someone or some cause in the LGBQT every year. LM.
9 p.m., Revolution. $7.
The big picture on G-Eazy's MySpace page was shot last month at Verizon Arena, when he was the first performer on Lil Wayne's packed bill. That tour association might be the biggest thing G-Eazy has going for him in his bio. But maybe not for long. Raised in the Bay Area and currently enrolled at Loyola in New Orleans, he sounds like Drake rapping over Cool Kids-style Rick Rubin rip-off beats, with a lil' bit of West Coast levity on top for good measure. In other words, he's catchy as hell and bound to be even more so with a live band backing him. At least in pictures, he looks a lot like Maxx, our own young, great white rap hope — skinny and awkward. But here's betting he's got a way with this 18 and older crowd. And that 607 out-raps him in the opening spot. DJ Shawn Lee spins, too. LM.
7:30 p.m., Summit Arena, Hot Springs. $35-$55.
Real talk: no one has to tell you to go see Willie Nelson. You'll either be a level-headed, appreciative human who drives to Hot Springs to see him or you'll stay at home like a jerk. He's an — if not the — American icon and arguably the greatest songwriter of the late 20th century. I mean, this man wrote “Night Life” and “Crazy” 50 years ago, and he's still more relevant than any other country singer in the game. I mean, did you hear “Mendocino County Line” a few years back? It's amazing, for God's sake! He's completely worthy of every plaudit. Go see the man. Oh, and by the way, for $10 you can buy a double-dip DVD of (upcoming Verizon Arena performer) George Strait's “Pure Country” and Willie Nelson's awesome “Honeysuckle Rose” at the Kroger in the Heights. JT