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click to enlarge 'EARTH SUITE,' PERFORMED VIRTUALLY: Fingerstyle guitarist Ian Ethan Case's colleagues join him at The Joint this Thursday via video projection.
  • 'EARTH SUITE,' PERFORMED VIRTUALLY: Fingerstyle guitarist Ian Ethan Case's colleagues join him at The Joint this Thursday via video projection.

THURSDAY 11/15

IAN ETHAN CASE

7:30 p.m. The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse. $25.

When fingerstyle guitarist Ian Ethan Case composed his latest album — a suite for cello, percussion, flute, strings and trombone — he found himself in a bit of a logistic conundrum. Tours are expensive. Even though Case performed the double-neck guitar/live looping compositions as a solo act, and even though it was a family affair, with his wife, Stephanie Case, as his live sound engineer, the idea of performing "Earth Suite" with all 12 musicians live in listening rooms across the globe was daunting. "But I really wanted people to hear these incredibly unique, one-of-a-kind instrumentalists," Case said in his bio. "I also really want people to hear these songs the way they're meant to be heard, with the full orchestration." And, invention's mother being who she is, the Cases invented. The product of their ingenuity is "Portals," in which Case is joined by his colleagues via large video projections, each musician playing their part in synchronicity with Case. I can't think of a more intimate listening room for this sonic experiment; The Joint is designed in such a way that there's not really a bad seat. Case stops in Arkansas as a guest of the Argenta Acoustic Music Series; grab tickets at argentaacoustic.com. SS

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 11/16-11/17

ARTS CENTER MUSEUM SCHOOL SALE

6-9 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Hall of Industry, Arkansas State Fairgrounds. Free.

This annual sale of artwork in all mediums by members of the Arts Center's faculty and their students is Little Rock's biggest pre-Christmas shoppapalooza, with more than 100 folks selling. There are pots, there are paintings, there is stained glass. Textiles, jewelry, woodwork. Pastels, photographs. You name it. Candy, too. An elbow-to-elbow crowd turns out for this and no one goes away empty-handed. Go on Friday night (if you're not a member, you can buy a membership at the door), when the sale is made more festive with wine and light hors d'oeuvres. That way, you buy more, thanks to the vinous-inspired lubrication of your wallet; you get first dibs on those earrings you know your sister (or brother) will adore; and when you buy more, more local artists are supported. If you can't make it Friday night, or if you did and you want to go back for more, luckily there is Saturday shopping, too. To make it easy on folks, there will be ATMs on site; some artists will take credit cards, too. The parking is free. LNP

click to enlarge From Gregory Moore's "Found Objects"
  • From Gregory Moore's "Found Objects"

FRIDAY 11/16

ARGENTA ART WALK

5-8 p.m., downtown North Little Rock.

Yes, you can see artwork at the venues of the monthly after-hours gallery stroll, but you can make it, too, at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. There, for $15 (advance) or $20 (at the door) you can go to town thanks to the Hub's equipment. Make Christmas totes and T-shirts and gift tags. Paint on laser-cut or clay ornaments. Make wrapping paper and gift boxes. Play a virtual reality Christmas game! That's all happening at the Hub. The gallery scene includes work by iconoclastic Fayetteville artist Gregory Moore, whose "Lost Cat" series told the story of a cat haunted by memories of its past and whose "Portraits of Courage" series highlighted U.S. soldiers who refused to fight in Iraq on moral grounds, sales of which benefited Iraq Veterans Against the War. His show "Found Objects" opens at the Argenta Gallery (413 Main St.). Musician/photographer Joshua Asante's show, "My Selves in Constant Dissonance/My Selves in Perfect Harmony," continues at the Thea Foundation (410 Main St.). Greg Thompson Fine Art opens its "Holiday Show" of works by Arkansas and regional artists and the Argenta Branch of the Laman Library features works by Little Rock figurative painter Greg Lahti. Impressionist Barry Thomas will be painting in his studio (711 Main St.) for art walkers; refresh yourself with a beer at Core Brewery (411 Main St.) and check out the Latino Art Project show. LNP

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FRIDAY 11/16

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA: FLORENCE PRICE'S 'LOST' CONCERTO

7:30 p.m. Woolly Auditorium, Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. $10.

Mark 2009 down as the year a major edit was made to the already-astonishing story of composer Florence Price. Until that point, Price — the 1903 valedictorian of Capitol Hill School in Little Rock and the first African-American woman to pen a composition that would be played by a major orchestra — was thought to have penned only one violin concerto. While restoring an abandoned house in St. Anne, Ill., a couple named Vicki and Darrell Gatwood unearthed Price's second concerto, the discovery of which has generated a revival of enthusiasm for Price's legacy. Enter violinist and University of Arkansas at Fayetteville educator Er-Gene Kahng who, this weekend, will reprise her world premiere performance of Price's "Violin Concerto No. 2" with the up-and-comers of the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra. Expect to see firsthand what it looks like when a throng of aspiring musicians plays a piece that affirms for them that there's still mystery to be excavated from classical repertoire, and expect to be surprised at the level of student musicianship in the ASYO ensemble; the top group is audition-only and is made up of the best young string, woodwind, brass and percussion players in the state. And, in further celebration of the classical music world's Rosie the Riveters: Joan Tower's answer to Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man — titled "Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman" — is also on the program, along with Jose Pablo Moncayo's "Huapango" and George Gershwin's "Lullaby" for strings. SS

click to enlarge 150 PIECES: David Morrison's hyperrealist "Rusted Leaf Series 3" and Melissa Zexter's embroidered "Leopard" are part of the "50th Collectors Show and Sale" at the Arkansas Arts Center.
  • 150 PIECES: David Morrison's hyperrealist "Rusted Leaf Series 3" and Melissa Zexter's embroidered "Leopard" are part of the "50th Collectors Show and Sale" at the Arkansas Arts Center.
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FRIDAY 11/16

'50TH COLLECTORS SHOW AND SALE'

Arkansas Arts Center.

The tab for the artworks at the Arts Center's annual Collectors show is a bit more dear than the items you'll buy at the Museum School Sale — prices range from $750 to $115,000 — but that's because the New York galleries that supply the show and sale send such items as Old Master drawings, mid-century famed folk to contemporary works, including wearable jewelry. The work was chosen by the members of the Arts Center's Collectors Group, who selected the 150 pieces in the exhibition after viewing more than 1,000 works of art from galleries in the Big Apple. Fans of hyperrealism will enjoy David Morrison's drawing of a brown leaf in colored pencil; Orientalist-style fans will want to check out Frederick Arthur Bridgman's study of an Assyrian archer. Susan Grossman's minimalist black, white and gray paintings have gotten write-ups in "Art News" and the Wall Street Journal. Center members will be welcome at an exclusive show viewing and brunch from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 1; the show runs through Jan. 6. LNP

The Salty Dogs
  • The Salty Dogs

SATURDAY 11/17

SONGS FROM 'THE LAST WALTZ': KABF FUNDRAISER

9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $10 suggested donation.

At 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, 5,000 people were served turkey dinners at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. Traditionalist prelude notwithstanding, the evening would progress into The Band's "last waltz" of a swan song — a marathon bacchanale of rock 'n' roll with Martin Scorsese and a helm (!) of acclaimed cinematographers there to document the whole cocaine-fueled affair. In a fundraiser for 88.3-FM, KABF community radio, a host of Little Rock's own rock 'n' rollers pay tribute to the (in)famous concert: Amy Garland, The Salty Dogs, Gil Franklin, John Good, Charlotte Taylor, Justin Booth, Bluesboy Jag & The Juke Joint Zombies, Trey Johnson & Jason Willmon, RJ Looney, Mark Currey, The Going Jessies, Jason Lee Hale & The Personal Space Invaders and (full disclosure) this writer. Come join us and lend a few dollars to keeping the 91,000-watt, vital, listener-supported KABF programming on the air. While you're at it, pregame with a screening of "The Last Waltz" — complete with Levon Helm's definition of rock 'n' roll, dizzying amounts of Robbie Robertson and angelic cameos from Mavis Staples, Joni Mitchell and Emmylou Harris — at CALS Ron Robinson Theater Friday, Nov. 16, as part of the Arkansas Sounds series, 7 p.m., $5. SS

click to enlarge TWO WHEELS, TWO THOUSAND ACRES: IMBA Trails Solutions contractor Josh Olson demonstrates a jump feature along the Northwoods bike trail system in Hot Springs, opening to the public this weekend. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • Brian Chilson
  • TWO WHEELS, TWO THOUSAND ACRES: IMBA Trails Solutions contractor Josh Olson demonstrates a jump feature along the Northwoods bike trail system in Hot Springs, opening to the public this weekend.

SATURDAY 11/17

NORTHWOODS TRAILS GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION

Noon. Cedar Glades Trailhead, 461 Wildcat Road, Hot Springs National Park. Free.

Move over, Northwest Arkansas: The first 14 miles of a planned 44.6-mile mountain biking trail system in northern Hot Springs is opening to the public this Saturday. The new trails sit on the 2,000 acres that make up the Northwoods property north of Whittington Avenue — owned by the city, largely untouched and closed to the public since Sept. 11, 2001. Tom and Steuart Walton and the Walton Family Foundation partnered with Visit Hot Springs to construct the first 16-mile segment of the project, and when phase two of that project comes to completion, the trails in the Northwoods Urban Forest Park will wind past three lakes originally built as drinking-water reservoirs: 13-acre Lake Bethel, 24-acre Lake Dillon and 28-acre Lake Sanderson. Along with the IMBA-certified-"epic" Womble Trail, Ouachita National Recreational Trail and Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, it's expected to draw mountain bikers from afar. Lucky for you, you get first dibs: This Saturday at noon, a public ribbon cutting opens the park, followed by a group ride through the Northwoods, live music by Brian Martin of Sad Daddy, food trucks, vendors, family-friendly activities and workshops in bike skills and maintenance. At 8 a.m. Sunday morning, an Attila the Hun Bike Race kicks off from the Cedar Glades Trail Head. A pre-grand opening party happens at 4:30 p.m. Friday evening at Spa City Cycling (873 Park Avenue), followed by a 5:30 p.m. "slow roll" through Park Avenue and Whittington Boulevard and a BBQ after-party at Low Key Arts, 6 p.m. SS

click to enlarge Yautja
  • Yautja

SUNDAY 11/18

YAUTJA, TERMINAL NATION, CRANKBAIT, BONES OF THE EARTH

7 p.m. Vino's. $10.

Things I love about Nashville heavy rockers Yautja include, but are not limited to, the following: three-person band, six-person magnitude. Every single band member sings. Like the alien race of "Predator" lore from which they take their name, Yautja possesses super-advanced technology (here, cabinets upon cabinets, amps upon amps, effects upon effects). They employ sudden math-y time signature pivots and manage to stay surgically precise about them. Lastly, these dudes are cobbling a living out of performing music and still manage to dedicate 100 percent of digital sales from Yautja's 2017 album, "Dead Soil," to Community Advocates and Women's Centers of Milwaukee and Nashville, with the number for The National Domestic Violence Hotline listed in its digital liner notes. The trio's bound to slay at this Vino's show, and the fact that Little Rock heavy hitters Crankbait and Terminal Nation (along with a new Fayetteville trio called Bones of the Earth) open the show makes it pretty much mandatory that you don't wait 'til Yautja takes the stage to arrive. SS

click to enlarge RAMEN WESTERN: Juzo Itami's fourth-wall breaking 1985 food masterpiece "Tampopo" is next up in our Arkansas Times Film Series.
  • RAMEN WESTERN: Juzo Itami's fourth-wall breaking 1985 food masterpiece "Tampopo" is next up in our Arkansas Times Film Series.

MONDAY 11/19

'TAMPOPO'

7 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema. $9.

Juzo Itami's 1985 "ramen Western" — perhaps the best food movie of all time — is next up in our Arkansas Times Film Series. It's a gorgeous paean to the twin desires of hunger and lust, a takedown of culinary elitism and a hymn to care of craft all wrapped in a package of loosely related vignettes. I love this movie because it's simultaneously goofy and transcendent — a hymn to human appetite and a cinematic Michelin Star meal that goes down the gullet so easily its two-hour runtime feels like a fleeting moment. The Arkansas Times Film Series is presented in partnership with Film Quotes Film and Riverdale 10 Cinema, and you can buy advance tickets at riverdale10.com. SS

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