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Counterpoint, the North Little Rock late-night club (3605 MacArthur Drive), remains open past 2 a.m. despite a recently enacted North Little Rock ordinance that requires it to close at 2. So far, according to operator Cheryl Drennan, the club has been fined four times at $500 a pop. Those fines came on four consecutive days soon after the ordinance went into effect. Drennan and club manager Michael Heitman are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 6 to contest the fines.

Drennan says she's tried to restructure, but can't find a viable alternative. “This has been known as a late-night club for over 20 years,” she said. “In order to change the hours, we'd have to move to a new location.”

At least until Jan. 6, the club is open from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. seven days a week.

 

Bishop Allen, the sugary Brooklyn-based pop band, will release a new album, “Gr…,” in the spring on Dead Oceans. Little Rock native Christian Rudder plays guitar and sings in the band. They'll make a stop at either Sticky Fingerz or Revolution on St. Patrick's Day, 2009.

 

Little Rock native Josh Lucas is slated to play Thurman Munson in an upcoming biopic called “Keeper of the Pinstripes.” He'll star alongside real players like Daryl Strawberry and Bernie Williams.

 

Al Bell, the Little Rock native and former owner of Stax Records, recently launched Al Bell Presents (albellpresents.com), a website that features photos, videos and artist bios of classic and up-and-coming mostly soul performers. The major draw is an “American Soul Music” streaming radio channel, programmed by Bell with more than 2,000 classic soul songs.

 

You can now enter the 2009 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase online via arktimes.com/showcase.

The semi-finals begin Friday, Jan. 30, and run three Thursdays — Feb. 5, 12, 19 — and, if the number of entries demands it, on Friday, Feb. 27. All at Sticky Fingerz.

As usual, the contest is open to any act in Arkansas that specializes in original material.

The entry deadline is Jan. 8.

Send questions to lindsey@arktimes.com.

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