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Thursday, June 7, 2007

Weekend To-Dos

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9 p.m. The Village. $7.

Six is back from a jaunt to Russia (he globetrots), ready to release his 27th album, "La Vida Local." Last time he played the Village, he wore some sort of pantyhose-looking bondage mask, did several songs with a live band (featuring a fiddle player and a long keyboard solo from 607) and took requests for about an hour and a half. This time he says we can expect a lot of "pretardation" and some "hip-hop meets Cirque de Soleil shit."


8 p.m. Robinson Music Hall. $48-$58.

Easy does it: Fresh from Cannes, Norah Jones comes to town with M.Ward. The cherub-faced Grammy-winner is touring behind her third album, "Not Too Late." Folk-pop troubadour Ward put out the acclaimed "Post-War" last year. He writes woozy, melancholic ballads made for late night, windows-down summer driving or...opening up a Norah Jones concert.

Dickey-Stephens Park. $3-$10.

The Travs are in town through next Tuesday. Thursday and Friday they'll play Wichita (soon to be interstate rival the Springdale Naturals); Saturday through Tuesday, they're playing the Springfield Cardinals.

ALSO: The pre-party for Edgefest starts two days early. Exies, Monoxide Project and more play Revolution Room, 8 p.m., $10. Blues-rockers Jeff Coleman plays Juanita's with Dan Dyer and Dean Agus. Introspective rockers Sophia play Vino's with Strike the Choir and Heart for Hand. In Hot Springs, the annual Harley Owners Group Rally kicks off at 2 p.m. Eddie Money and Peter Frampton will play for registered attendees over the weekend.

After the jump: the rest of the weekend


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4 p.m. Arkansas Fair Grounds. Free.

More than 4,000 g-ed up cars roll into the the fair grounds for the final stop on the Hot Rod Power Tour. Among the highlights, Jay Leno's eco-jet (above), a 650-HP concept car that runs entirely on biodeisel; the 2009 Camaro; and a clothtop Hummer. Blue Oyster Cult kicks off the festivities. On Saturday, the show opens up again at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m., when cars will begin to make their way east on Roosevelt, north on Broadway, then east on Markham on their way to Cruisapalooza in the River Market. More car nuts, including legendary ccar creator Norm Grabowski, who'lll have his Kookie II car on display. Texas rockabillies Pushrod will perform.

8 p.m. The Rep. $30-$50.

The stage adaptation of the popular British film opens. It's a musical, and this version is set in Buffalo and the dancers are laid-off steel workers. So: singing, dancing, comedy and nudity? It plays until July 1.

8 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $27.50-$32.50.

Southern comic Rickey Smiley, the host of the Dallas radio show "Rickey Smiley and Deez Nuts" brings his self-avowed clean comedy routine to town. The star of "Friday After Next" and a former host of BET's "ComicView," Smiley's maybe best known for his prank phone calls. Like calling Church's Chicken in a grandmother voice and asking  “who is y’all pastor?” Ced Delaney, Lavar Walker and “Special K” Douglas will also perform.

ALSO: An amalgm of country, blues and rock with Stoney Larue and Travis Linville at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $8. Ohio rockers Two Cow Garage play White Water Tavern. Recent Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners Cooper’s Orbit play Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Party rockers Tragikly White do the weekly RiverTop party series on the roof of the Peabody, 8 p.m., $5. Walk it out to some trance with DJ Micro, Chaos and Xcell, 9 p.m., $10 adv./$12 d.o.s.


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8 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

Members of the Boondogs, Easys, Big Silver and Western Meds join forces to play covers of  folks like Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, the Kinks and R.E.M. The lineup: Jason Weinheimer (vocals, guitar), Greg Spradlin (vocals, guitar), Charles Wyrick (guitar), Chris Michaels (bass), Isaac Alexander (drums) and for one night only, dudes' friend from New Orleans Dave Easely (pedal-steel). For the occasion, WWT chef Seth Baldy is boiling up some shrimp and making gumbo.

2 p.m. North Shore Riverwalk. $35.

Come get angsty: Metalheads Godsmack headline annual Edgefest along with neo-grunge outfit Puddle of Mud, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Breaking Benjamin and Skillet and Red

8 p.m. Alltel Arena. $18.25-$73.25.

The biggest mixed martial arts event to come to the state jumps off at Alltel. Three divisions of amateur fighters — novice, sub-novice and open — will square off against each other steel-cage octagon. Could be a chance to see tomorrow's stars today. Also: ring card girls.
To the dogs: The Super Retriever Series kicks off at Oaklawn Park.  Free and open to the public, the event features dog competitions, duck and goose calling and, on Sunday, the Ducks Unlimited Super Fly Competition. 8 a.m., free. Weezer acolytes Ozma play power-pop at Vino’s with the Actual and Eastern Conference Champions, 8:30 p.m. Rising Alabama-based country stars Heartland play Magic Springs, 8 p.m., free with park admission.

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