Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
2 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center and River Market Pavilion. $20-$40.
If you have or aspire to have multiple tattoos or piercings, most likely you've had the second annual Arkansas Inksplosion! on your radar for a minute now — if not, gawkers welcome. For three days, tattoo artists from across the country will gather to tattoo people, compete for best tattoo and give tattoo seminars. Musicians will perform in the late afternoon and evening. Eve 6, the L.A.-based pop-punk trio, headlines on Friday. On Saturday, Michale Graves, who gained fame as the lead singer of the second incarnation of the Misfits, continues to wear face paint and sing about the macabre. Green Jelly has admitted to “disguise their lack of ability with stupid props.” Still, after 15 years, the band's metal and visual weirdness has kept a cult flame burning. They also perform on Saturday night. On Sunday, Machina, the latest project from former Evanescence guitarist John Le Compt, plays just before popular post-grunge act Theory of a Deadman. Also on the weekend's bill: More thematically in-line performers like Enigma, a completely jigsaw-betatted sideshow performer with horn nubs and altered ears, and the SR3K Suspension Team, a group of masochists who allow themselves to be suspended in the air, with hooks through their skin. Oww.
8 p.m., Revolution. $12-$18.
Yes, OK, Marky Ramone was not the Ramones' original drummer, but it wasn't like he was at home ironing his hair, obsessively listening to “Leave Home” and waiting for the day. He was busy drumming for kickass first generation punk band Richard Hell and the Voidoids. When Tommy Ramone (RIP) got tired of touring, the remaining Ramones (RIP) asked Marky to come on board. Maybe he missed the band's fertile period, but he got to play on “Road to Ruin” and “End of the Century.” He appeared in “Rock 'n' Roll High School.” And even though he was replaced, briefly, by Richie Ramone (later replaced by Elvis Ramone), Marky was the longest-tenured Ramones drummer by more than a dozen years. Now the most prominent living connection to the first and arguably greatest punk band comes to Revolution, not with a band, but to DJ. Ramone hosts a show on Sirius called “Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,” so that's probably what you should expect. Two of Little Rock's best and most unpredictable DJs open. Ettiem usually mixes old and new school and Bryan, who for years owned the record store Anthro-Pop, can never be pinned down.
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
The critically lauded and award-winning one-woman drama “Golda's Balcony” tells of the life and times of one of the 20th century's towering figures: Golda Meir, the 75-year-old Russian-born, Milwaukee-raised prime minister of Israel. The action swirls around the Yom Kippur War, the nearly month-long conflict in October 1973 between Israel and a coalition of Arab states lead by Egypt and Syria. During the war, Meir very nearly initiated a nuclear holocaust. Bombs were loaded on planes awaiting her signal to take off when Kissinger and Nixon placated Israel with additional aircraft to defend itself. There's obviously a lot of drama implicit in that history, but William Gibson's play (he also wrote “The Miracle Worker”) doesn't linger too long on the war. Instead, it flashes back to other, earlier significant moments in Meir's life — her journey from Russia to Milwaukee; her development into a socialist Zionist; her immigration to Palestine; the breakup of her marriage; her rise to power in Israel. Samantha Porter stars and artistic director Ralph Hyman helms the production. Unlike most Weekend Theater performances, the show runs only through Saturday.
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