The To-Do List, 10/25-10/31 



7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $14-$44.

Four years after his death, Johnny Cash remains as vibrant as ever. For his “Man in Black” persona, for his songs of sin and salvation, for his booming, inimitable baritone, Cash continues to be one of the most widely beloved entertainers of all time. The new Broadway musical “Ring of Fire” celebrates his legacy through song. Without overtly delving into Cash's life story, the musical follows three couples at different stages of life. Each, at some point, suggests a period in the lives of Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash — from flirting at the Grand Ole Opry to staring down death together. Nearly 40 songs will be featured over two acts, both old classics like “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Five Feet High and Rising” and “Jackson” and new standards such as “Hurt” and “The Man Comes Around.”


7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $10-$35.

Three classically trained female vocalists will cover a 400-year range of music stretching from Bach to Beyonce in “Three Mo' Divas,” the latest production from acclaimed Broadway writer/director Marlon J. Caffey. A spin-off of the popular “Three Mo' Tenors” production, itself a take on “The Three Tenors,” “Divas” features Broadway veterans Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer, Laurice Lanier and Jamet Pittman working their way through eight different musical styles, including opera, Broadway, jazz, blues, soul, R&B, spirituals and gospel.

FRIDAY 10/26


8 p.m., Arkansas Repertory Theater, $20-$35.

One of Neil Simon's most indelible plays, “Barefoot in the Park” tracks the lives of two newlyweds — Corie, a free spirit, and Paul, a strait-laced lawyer — who are trying to adjust to marriage in a tiny fifth-floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. Adding to the craziness, the couple must contend with a skylight that leaks snow, a lack of heat, oddball neighbor Victor Celasco and Corie's well-meaning but overbearing mother. Inspired by the early days of one of Simon's marriages, the Tony Award-winner was the playwright's third play and first major hit. Whitney Kirk, a former Miss Arkansas, stars as Corie, while stage and soap veteran Christian Pedersen plays Paul. The stage comedy runs through Nov. 11.


7:30 p.m., City Auditorium, Eureka Springs. $116.50.

Willie Nelson is 74. When he was here several years back for a concert at Ray Winder Field, he still looked pretty spry in tight jeans and a sleeveless shirt (no old-man sagging arms for Willie). In interviews, he talks about jogging daily and regularly playing 54 holes of golf. But unless he's found the fountain of youth in high-grade marijuana, there's no way he can keep up this pace for too many more years. So, yeah, $116.50 is pretty high for a ticket price, but the odds are against too many more opportunities to see Willie, pig-tailed and bandanaed, doing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “Always on My Mind.”


3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Alltel Arena. $15.75-$42.75.

The Doodlebops look like evolved Muppets. On psychotropic drugs. But the kids can't get enough. The Canadian pre-school-focused “rock” band has a TV show on the juggernaut Playhouse Disney morning schedule, where they sing, dance, act silly and teach basic social lessons. Deedee Doodle, with a boufed-up, pink '50s flip hairdo, plays the keytar and usually sings lead. Drummer Moe Doodle, the mischievous one, is yellow and orange with a Bon-Jovi-in-the-'80s 'do. Rooney Doodle, the eldest Doodle sibling, invents things when he's not playing guitar. He's got a flattened blue afro. Their songs — tracks like “Let's Get Loud” and “Doodlebop Hop” — encourage lots of little kid jumping around and hollering. Expect a relentlessly upbeat set.


Noon, Market Street Cinema and the Statehouse Convention Center, $15-$150.

Horror fans will be deep in their element at the first annual Full Moon Convention and Film Fest. Through Sunday, the event will feature dozens of celebrities, scores of films, a 3,000-square-foot haunted house and live rock 'n' roll. Brought to you in part by Charles Band, the direct-to-DVD horror king behind such classics as “The Horrible Dr. Bones,” “Evil Bong” and “Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000,” the convention will include appearances by Linda Blair (“The Exorcist”), PJ Soles (“Halloween” and “Carrie”), Michael Berryman (“The Hills Have Eyes”) and famed critic/comedian Joe Bob Briggs, who was raised in Little Rock. The film festival will highlight horror films from aspiring filmmakers vying for cash and a deal with Band's Full Moon Features. The original, uncut print of “The Re-Animator” will screen at 12:15 a.m. Sunday at Market Street Cinema.


8 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $10-$15.

As part of UCA's homecoming weekend, Demetri Martin of “The Daily Show” and Seth Myers of “Saturday Night Live” come to campus for a comedy double-header. Martin, a veteran of the comedy circuit since the early part of this decade, more recently jumped into the spotlight with his “Trendspotting” segments on “The Daily Show.” With shaggy hair, prep-school clothes and a faux-naif persona, Martin looks at various “hip trends,” like hookahs and Myspace, for “The Daily Show.” Myers, who's long been a member of the cast of “SNL,” took over last year as the show's head writer and as a co-anchor on “The Weekend Update.”



9 p.m., the Civitan Amphiteater, Little Rock Zoo. $5.

Birthed by advocates of the zoo and Max Recordings' Burt Taggart, Rock 'n' Roar is a series of planned concerts at the zoo's criminally underused Civitan Amphiteater. Last month, rained forced the event to the zoo's new Cafe Africa, which didn't seem to bother anyone too much. Kids still buzzed around, and the taco truck Taggart had arranged to come managed to find its way down the path. Still, I've got my fingers crossed for blue skies and crisp fall air — if, for nothing else, a chance to see the monkeys in between songs. The Little Rock act the Boondogs always manage to frame lyrics of inner turmoil and troubled relationships in sumptuous pop-rock. The young Arkadelphia-based trio the Running Back, which specializes in ethereal indie-pop, is also featured on the bill.


8:30 p.m., Vino's. $6-$7.

For the last half-dozen years or so, the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative has owned Halloween, or at least the weekend before. Every year, the non-profit presents four local acts dressed up as and covering big name acts. This year, roguish punkabillies Josh the Devil in the Sinners bring out their inner-hair-metal as Poison; garage-band miscreants the Bloodless Cooties channel glam rock heroes T. Rex; hip-hop vets Juggernaut Glitch do their best Public Enemy; and blue-eyed soul sensation Nathan Browingham doesn't need to take much of a leap to cover Prince. The costumed get a dollar discount off the cover charge.

SUNDAY 10/28


8 p.m., Revolution. $10-$12.

Known for its searing live show, Austin, Texas' Explosions in the Sky specialize in experimental instrumental rock that swells and sprawls, crashes into a wall of noise, and then circles back again. Carefully orchestrated melodies ride on top of dissonant noise. “Cathartic mini-symphonies,” the quartet calls its music. Fans of “Friday Night Lights,” take note. The band provides the TV show's wonderfully atmospheric soundtrack.



7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $10-$35.

Oh, man, does this sound great. Twenty-two Shaolin monks, who study or have studied in the real-deal Shaolin monastery in China's Henan Province, will kung-fu fight for show for one night at UCA. Each monk trains in the martial arts daily, working to perfect the art of hand-to-hand and weapons combat. All are required to be highly proficient in 18 traditional weapons — things like the rope dart, double tiger swords, the monk's spade — and master of one. For the more high-minded, the performance will also delve into the philosophical theory of the cycle of Chinese Buddhism, with an artistic conception of the four seasons. UCA's website advises that “children should be at least 6 years of age to understand and enjoy the show.” The monks will also kung-fu fight for two nights, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.



9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $3-$5.

The ACAC cover-up is always fun, but rarely does it fall on Halloween, which leaves us day-of-Halloween adherents in the lurch. So, it's good of the Libras to step into the void. Lately the house band for White Water, the all-star group, composed of members of the Boondogs, Big Silver, the Easys and the Greg Spradlin Outfit, typically takes on members of the canon, covering songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Elvis Costello. But this time out, they'll dress up and play as guilty pleasures, like Foreigner, Backstreet Boys and Phil Collins. The costumed get $2 off the cover price.


8 p.m., Gusano's. $5.

Never one to pass up a chance to delve into the dark side of things, local rapper 607 is hosting “Misfits in the Market,” a show where he'll unveil several new tracks. It's probably a safe bet, too, to expect the gothic-obsessed MC to don the bondage attire — a pantyhose-style mask and manacled wristlets — he's worn at his last several concept shows. Despite his offbeat style, 607 enjoys surely the most diverse audience in town. Expect everyone from tucked-in businessmen to skater-style kids to street dudes with big coats.




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