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T TAURI FILM FESTIVAL
7 p.m., Independence Hall, University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville. Free.
“Suddenly one day some fat girl in Ohio is going to be the next Mozart and make a beautiful film with her father's camera and for once the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever, and it will really become an art form,” said Francis Ford Coppola, famously, years ago. The director was riffing on 8mm recorders. Now, of course, preteens own Flip cameras and edit footage better than their parents. The work of those budding filmmakers, or at least those in grades six to 12, will be on display all weekend at the fifth annual T Tauri Film Festival. An outgrowth of the Ozark Foothills Film Festival, the festival opened, earlier in the week, with a series of workshops on topics like screenwriting, using a camera, documentary film and hand-drawn animation. The public program starts on Thursday with a discussion of animation by instructor Wes Obrigewitsch and a screening of animated entries. Friday's program, also free and kicking off at 7 p.m., is dedicated to comedy and drama entries. Documentaries will screen beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, with an overview of the winners and an awards ceremony to follow. Admission on Saturday is $1-$8. For a fuller schedule visit www.ttauri.org. LM.
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
Once upon a time, this was supposed to be a celebration of the release of Frown Pow'r's debut album, “Don't Doubt It, Shout It.” But duplication goes slow, artwork takes forever and here we are with what the boys are billing as a pre-release show. You know, to whet your appetite. Any excuse to see this shambolic five-piece, which specializes in a sort of deconstructive garage-folk that sounds like Hasil Adkins gone pop or the Black Lips with a tambourine fixation. Either or all ways, it makes for a fine, freewheeling live show. Co-headliners the See recall power trios of yore, before, as I think I've said previously, indie rock got all weepy. The band recently put out a fine EP, “Bars of Gold,” and already has a number of new tunes. Look out, in particular, for one the band does with the dudes from Frown Pow'r offering an assist with harmonies. It's epic. Opener Winston Family Orchestra blends Girl Group harmonies with punk urgency. LM.
8 p.m., Vino's. $7.
For those (like me) who worry local hip-hop is, at best, treading water and, at worst, sinking quickly, a rejoinder. Or at least that's the idea behind the Arkansas Hip-Hop Showcase. Organized by believers Max Farrell, Conduit Entertainment and OnthaGrind.net, the contest pits 10 mostly up-and-coming local acts against each other. Much like the Times Musicians Showcase, judges will score on originality, showmanship, lyrical cohesiveness and production. An audience vote factors in, too. The contestants include a lot of rappers who could use better names — Koop Da Villain, Lunchroom Bullies, Duke, L. Capo, Bobby, Rah hoWard, J3, K2 the Goon, Mista Mayhem and Cat Daddy. The winner gets $200, a feature on local DJ Discipline's forthcoming “Disciplinary Actions” mixtape, a $50 gift certificate to Rock City Kicks and a feature in NuSouth Online Magazine. There are cash prizes for first and second runners up, too. Farrell and SJ from the 4X4 Crew emcee and DJ Discipline works the ones and twos. LM.
Congratulations Tara, beautifully written!