Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans
THE DREAMING/ AVI GHOSH
9 p.m., Juanita's. $7.
Pull out the eyeliner and black shoes/shirt/pants/lipstick/fingerless gloves. It's time to get angst-y. First up, from Hollywood, it's the Dreaming, a new group led by Christopher Hall, the former lead singer of Stabbing Westward. The band may look like the Lost Boys, but even with lyrics like, “you're nothing, you're no one, you're dead to me,” the band favors less of the industrial punch of Stabbing Westward and more straightforward melodic, sing-along alt-rock. (Everyone, even the eye-shaded, likes to sing along.) In the opening slot, Avi Ghosh makes his local debut. The 23-year-old moved to Little Rock last year to work for Acxiom, all the while continuing to write, record, perform and produce new material in his bedroom. You wouldn't guess that “Severing the Tie,” Ghosh's new album, was recorded at home. There's a crispness, a big sound and a strong sense of melody in his music that stands out in the mix of industrial, aggro alt-rock. This marks Ghosh's first album released under his own name — he previously recorded and released under dEFY and claims to have sold upwards of 4,000 CDs independently. He seems to be popular in Germany. It might be time for hometown crowds to catch up. All ages welcome.
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
Arkansas culture hounds will remember this Neil LaBute play for launching the career of Little Rock native and Hendrix alum Ashlie Atkinson, who played the main character in the play's original run. A funny, scathing dramatization of the way in which our culture discriminates against the obese, “Fat Pig” centers on a good-looking guy, Tom, who falls for a plus-size woman, Helen. Scenes of the couple's blossoming relationship contrast with scenes of Tom amidst his co-workers: Carter, a cynic in the standard LaBute sadist mold, and Jeannie, Tom's ex, who's not afraid to unleash scorned-woman wrath on Helen's physique. The play, like most of Labute's, is darkly humorous, but might, in spots, make you feel bad about laughing. Duane Jackson directs. “Fat Pig” runs Fridays and Saturdays through April 12.
DESIGNER'S CHOICE FASHION PREVIEW
7 p.m., Clear Channel Metroplex. $20-$35.
Isn't Little Rock fashion-forward all of a sudden? Wasn't it just last season that the biggest stage local designers saw was the front porch of Ciao Baci? Now, just months after the Delta Style fashion show at the Arkansas Arts Center drew several hundred folks out on a rainy night, the Designer's Choice Fashion Preview aspires to an even larger audience. Mychael Knight, a former “Project Runway” contestant who's gone on to date Brandy and design clothes for Ciara and Queen Latifah, hosts the showcase of the latest from eight local designers: Georgia Ashmore, Andrea Jenkins, Missy Lipps, Erin Lorenzen, Marcus Lewis, Korto Momolu, Natasha Rawls-Dixon and Stephanie Thomas. A fashion expo will precede the preview at 5:30 p.m. Admission is steep, relative to past events, but a model I know from around the way says that preparation for this has been on a whole other level, so bring high expectations with your nice pair of jeans.
LORENZEN'S LAST DAY
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Lorenzen and Co. Booksellers. Half price books.
Full disclosure: I spent more than a year loitering behind the cash register, dusting bookshelves and reading thousands of back cover book blurbs at Lorenzen and Co. Booksellers not too long ago. It was a great job, even if it didn't fit my post-collegiate-haze aspiration to land a job where I could read all day long. Still, just surveying shelves and catching fleeting glimpses of sold books on their way into paper sacks expanded and provoked my literary interests immeasurably. Who could envision a cozier store in which to browse, full of tight bookcase passageways, tiny rooms, worn Oriental rugs and sun-bleached armchairs? Then, of course, there's Rod Lorenzen, the store's owner and namesake, who's been a force in the Little Rock book business off, but mostly on, for more than 30 years. He opened the Paperback Writer (which later became WordsWorth) in 1975 and Lorenzen in 1990. You'd be hard-pressed to find a bookseller with more encyclopedic knowledge or an easier smile. After Saturday, when all of the store's remaining books will be half off, there will be no local major retailer of used books. Who cares if you can buy a used copy of “Go Down, Moses” on Amazon for a dollar? I want the unexpected. Go tell Rod you'll miss him and pick up something strange for the road. It goes to a good cause: All proceeds from the last day's sale will go to local literacy projects.
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