A&E News, June 24 

> Marcus Pinkney, former owner of The Factory and pharmaceutical rep by day, is returning to familiar real estate. In July, he and a silent partner plan to open Sway, an "upscale" dance club, at 412 Louisiana, the former home of The Factory and, most recently, SpeakEasy.

Elements of Design and Lighting Innovations have been contracted to help transform the 3,500 square-foot space into what Pinkney said is the sort of dance club you'd see in a larger city. The floor plan sounds promising: A dance floor in the middle of the room, framed by seating raised four to six feet and looking down into the floor. The rear of the building will offer a 600-square-foot patio — the only place where smoking will be allowed.

Initially, Sway will be open Thursday through Saturday, though Pinkey says he's already talking with a promoter about doing live music for Wednesday happy hour. Thursday tentatively is '80s and '90s night. Otherwise, the soundtrack will largely tilt towards house music.

It'll be open, to those 21 and up, until 2 a.m. except on Friday, when it'll close at 1 a.m.

Jeff Nichols, the Little Rock native who wrote and directed "Shotgun Stories," is currently at work on a follow-up in northern Ohio. Michael Shannon, the Oscar-nominated actor who starred in "Shotgun Stories," is again in the lead. Jessica Chastain, who stars in Terrence Malick's forthcoming (fingers-crossed) "Tree of Life," co-stars along with Kathy Baker. Ohio native Tyler Davidson is producing. And Adam Stone returns as director of photography.

After bringing old school kings Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh to Revolution this April, local promoter Chris Bowen has booked hip-hop godfathers Whodini to play Revolution on Friday, July 2. Tickets went on sale this Tuesday.

Mary Steenburgen is slated to star (and sing) in "Outlaw Country," a new FX pilot drama placed in the precarious world of Nashville music and Southern crime.

MovieMaker magazine has named Little Rock Film Fest among its 25 festivals worth the entry fee.


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