In brief, March 20 


From noon until 2:55 p.m. and then again from 4:25 p.m. to 7:20 p.m., Alltel Arena will host open practices for the eight teams playing in North Little Rock in the NCAA Tournament, free. Later, at White Water, Orange County's Limbeck plays catchy pop-rock with North Carolina balladeers House of Fools and John Ralston, 8 p.m., $5. The Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio plays a special gig with trumpet whiz Rodney Block at the Afterthought, 8 p.m., $5. Jeff Coleman plays the piano at Sonny Williams', 7 p.m., free. Local cover band Mr. Happy performs at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt will read from and sign her book “The Devil's Knot” at the Faulkner County Library in Conway, 7 p.m., free. Comedian Leo DuFour is at the Looney Bin, 8 p.m., $6.


Cruisin' in the Rock, the monthly showcase of muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, is in Riverfront Park, 6 p.m., free. At Revolution, the Randy Rogers Band, a popular Texas country act, performs, 9 p.m., $12 adv./$15 d.o.s. Studio Joe hosts Ricko Donovan, who'll play Irish and hammer dulcimer music, 7:30 p.m., $10. Local party band Tragikly White plays the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. At Cajun's Wharf, Texas blues sensation (and protege of Bo Diddley) Hamilton Loomis performs, 9 p.m., $5. It's a night of metal at the Village with Bombay Black, Wishtribe and Land of Mines, 9 p.m., $6.


Acoustic-pop singer/songwriter Matt White is being heralded as the next big thing by the likes of Rolling Stone and, gulp, Perez Hilton. You can see his video for “Best Days” on TRL, too. He performs at Juanita's for anyone 18 and older, 9:30 p.m., $8 adv./$10 d.o.s. Former P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby plays a solo set of songs from his popular Little Rock band Living Sacrifice. At Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $8. Rockers CRISIS! perform in the River Market Pavilion, 5 p.m., free. Singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilkins plays the UUCLR Coffee House on Reservoir Road with John Willis, 7 p.m., $5-$10. Blues lady Charlotte Taylor leads her band Gypsy Rain in a show at Parrot Beach Cafe, 8 p.m., $5. Fayetteville cover band Molten Lava performs at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $5. Piano man William Staggers puts its down at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.


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