Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned
7 p.m., Market Street Cinema. $7.50.
As “Andy Warhol: 15 Weeks of Fame” draws near its conclusion at the Arts Center, the Times is teaming with the museum and Market Street to host a mini, three-week film festival. There'll be silver Mylar balloons, Campbell's soup cans, a red carpet and, possibly, people dressed as Edie Sedgwick and Warhol at the opener, “Factory Girl.” I can see how people could manage the film's subject: blonde hair, raccoon eyes and something slinky. But who to play the gaunt, bloodless zombie? I declined, thanks. In this biopic, Guy Pearce, famous mostly for playing a by-the-book cop in “L.A. Confidential,” dusts his face in baby powder and turns up the fey to inhabit the pop artist. Sienna Miller, who you'll remember from the gossip magazines, stars as the gaunt zombie's number one muse, convincingly, if reviews are to be believed, thanks, in large part, to her distinct physical resemblance. Then there's Hayden Christensen, no one's favorite Darth Vader, as an unnamed, but unmistakable Bob Dylan. Love triangle! Next week it's “Basquiat,” followed by “I Shot Andy Warhol.” LM.
OFF CENTER OPENS
8 p.m., Off Center, $5.
Last night was the grand opening, but the hits keep coming at Off Center, the latest incarnation of the space on Seventh Street that previously housed Easy Street. Established local musicians, a wall devoted to consigned artworks by visual artists, a healthy happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday), special events and cozy theater space should inspire the throngs. Cover charges, which go entirely to performers, are $3 Monday and Tuesday, $2 Wednesday, $5 Thursday and Saturday, and $4 Friday. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Tonight and all Thursdays in the near future offer jazz with saxophonist Gerald Johnson. General manager Jordan VanNess invites visual artists with works to display to contact him at 374-4699. PP.
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
Never one to shy away from difficult subject matter, the Weekend Theater opens the New Year with a tragicomedy from British playwright Mike Nichols. Based on his own experiences, Nichols weaves an intimate portrait of a couple struggling to raise their only child, a severely handicapped girl, who's incontinent and unable to communicate. Since her birth, her care has dominated the couple's marriage, and it's taken a toll. But even within such a grim set-up, there's levity. To escape the pain, the father, Bri, has become a perpetual clown, parodying the world around him. The escape is well needed in a work that includes serious arguments about euthanasia. Duane Jackson directs the play, which runs through Jan. 31. LM.
7:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $32-$46.50.
Brad Paisley's on quite a roll. Last year, the West Virgina-born picker and grinner took home both the Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year Awards. Earlier this year, he garnered his ninth consecutive number one single with “Start a Band,” a duet with Keith Urban. It's a record unmatched in the 20 years Nielsen's been keeping track of such things. The fresh-faced performer might be the biggest star in country music these days. Adding to the appeal, Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker appear as openers. Look for Bentley, who's a rising star in country music with a neo-traditionalist streak, to debut some new songs. He's got an album coming out in February. Rucker, of course, is the former front man of Hootie and the Blowfish, who's found new life on the twangier side of things. LM.