Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.
9 p.m., Revolution. $10.
Everyone's favorite possibly-soon-to-blow-up local rockers return to Little Rock for the second time in a month. Even with guitarist and vocalist Collins Kilgore living in New York, the band convenes at home with just about seasonal regularity. With shows booked through April at all the clubs in New York you would go to if you lived in New York — Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Arlene's Grocery — best count on this being your last opportunity to catch the Princes until it's sweaty hot outside. They're back in town after a week at SXSW (where, undoubtedly, it is already sweaty hot), where they played an early gig sponsored by buzzy music blog Aquarium Drunkard, a nighttime showcase, a bill with 14 other bands you've definitely never heard of and the It-tent of the whole shebang, the Fader Fort (they opened it; Kanye closed it). So they should be ready to rock. The See, fresh from an impressive showing in the Times Musicians Showcase, opens the show. Despite earlier promises, the trio won't celebrate the release of its debut CD, recorded, incidentally, by the Princes Will Boyd. Look for a headlining gig for that in the near future. The show's open to ages 18 and older. LM.
OZARK FOOTHILLS FILM FEST
12 p.m., Independence Hall, University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville. $5-$25.
In its eighth year, the Ozark Foothills Film Fest continues to draw diverse fare from places far flung: the narrative short “Dolls and Houses” (Israel); a survey of the neighborhood where jazz was born, “Faubourg Treme: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans,” and the doc “Throw Down Your Heart,” about Bela Fleck's search for the roots of the banjo in Africa. But, perhaps more so than in years past, the festival's program embraces Arkansas filmmakers. The drama “The River Within,” directed by Zach Heath and shot mostly along the Spring River, makes its world premiere. Alex Karpovsky's narrative feature “Woodpecker,” about the fanatical birdwatchers who've descended on the Arkansas bayou in search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, debuts regionally. Additionally, on Saturday, there'll be a panel discussion, “Whither the Newspaper Critic?” featuring Philip Martin and the Onion A.V. Club's Noel Murray, and a concert with New Orleans vocalist John Boutte. The festival continues through Sunday. For a complete schedule, visit www.ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. LM.
PICKIN' AND WINNIN'
5 p.m., Arlington Hotel, Hot Springs. $25-$40.
The brainchild of Memphis singer/songwriter Keith Sykes, long a regular presence in Central Arkansas, this two night-showcase gathers 10 acclaimed songwriters for some pickin' and some grinnin' and some songs you probably know by heart. Sykes, who's penned songs for the Judds, John Prine and Jerry Jeff Walker might be best known for “Volcano,” which Jimmy Buffett made a hit. Those sharing the spotlight with Sykes include Richard Leigh (Crystal Gayle crossed over with his “Don't It Make Your Brown Eyes Blue”) and Susan Gibson (she penned the Dixie Chicks' biggest hit, “Wide Open Spaces”), popular Texas songwriter Larry Joe Taylor, Michael Hearne, Jimmy Davis, Jed Zimmerman, Nancy Apple, Blair Combest and Delta Joe Sanders. The event kicks off on Friday with a meet-and-greet reception with the songwriters, followed by a songwriters-in-the-round concert at 8 p.m. The finale, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, features individual sets by each songwriter. Tickets for Saturday only are $25; it's $40 for both nights. Proceeds benefit the Tim Mathis Memorial Scholarship Fund. Special room rates are available at the hotel. LM.