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Arts & Entertainment News, Oct. 4 

Thick Syrup Records has struck a deal to release music by post-punk hero Jad Fair, according to label head Travis McElroy. Sometime next year, the local label will release a DVD with audio tracks recorded in 5.1 surround sound and video footage of live performances. McElroy struck up a correspondence with Fair, who's a founding member of the primitive punk-rock duo Half Japanese, some five years ago. A few months back, he asked the musician if he'd be interested in putting out an album. Now McElroy and Fair are discussing a possible CD release to follow the DVD. If all goes to plan, look for the first ever appearance by Jad Fair or Half Japanese in Little Rock next year.

“Randy and the Mob,” the new comedy from director/writer/actor Ray McKinnon, of Little Rock, had its local debut on Tuesday, but will open to the public on Friday at Market Street on two screens. On Saturday, at the 7 p.m. show, McKinnon will introduce the film and answers questions following the screening. “Randy” also stars McKinnon's wife Lisa Blount, who's a Fayetteville native.

Little Rock based author Suzi Parker (“Sex in the South”) will be on “Dr. Phil” on Thursday to talk about suburban swingers. The show airs at 3 p.m. on KTHV Channel 11.

Big Silver is putting the finishing mixes on its fourth record, “Tributary.” Scheduled to come out sometime this fall or early winter, the album is “more of a down to basics sort of thing,” says lead singer Isaac Alexander. Meanwhile, next weekend he'll go to Nashville to finish mixing his debut solo album, which he says he's waiting to finish until he decides how to release it. Once released, though, the plan, he says, is to assemble a band to perform behind the album.

“The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep,” a family-oriented origin story about the Loch Ness Monster, will debut around the country on Christmas Day. North Little Rock native Jay Russell directed the film, which stars Brian Cox, Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. Harris has previously helmed “Ladder 49” and “My Dog Skip.”

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