Favorite

To-do list, Dec. 18 

THURSDAY 12/18

 

THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Alltel Arena. $25-$59.

 

The Rockettes call what they do precision dance for a reason. Every one of the 186 members worldwide, 24 of whom will perform at Alltel, stands between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10. All wear 3-inch heels. All dress identically in things like sequined puff squirts, candy-striped corsets and giant bows. All maintain toothy smiles. When they kick —approximately 300 times per show — two-dozen legs snap up precisely waist high. This is the 76th anniversary of the founding of the dance troupe, and in routines that involve chorus lines and sassy hats there's an obvious sense of that history. But those leg kicks, with their whiplash-inducing thrust and straight-line symmetry, will always be modern. Plus, there's “snow” falling on the crowd, an “immense” LED screen that projects all sorts of holiday scenes and, at one point, Santa somehow flies over in his sleigh. Read more on the Rockettes in the Dec. 11 A&E feature on-line at arktimes.com. LM.

 

 

FRIDAY 12/19

 

ARKANSAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA YULETIDE SPECTACULAR

8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$72.

 

In his final Yuletide Spectacular — we're up to number five for those keeping score at home — Maestro David Itkin mines old favorites from his past 15 years at the helm of the ASO. Songs like “Santa's Gonna Rock and Roll,” “I Want a Hippopotamus for Chrismas,” “I'm Getting Nuttin' for Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “White Christmas.” As usual, the concert is chock full of guest performers, including dancers from the Shuffles and Ballet II, the Central Arkansas Youth Choir, the Old School Bluegrass Band and vocalists Mary Ann Robinson, Matt Newman, Leslie Harper and Mary Katelin Ward. The ASO reprises the spectacular with two Saturday performances, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. LM.

 

 

PM TODAY/

SCHOOL BOY HUMOR

8:30 p.m., Vino's. $8.

 

What do you get when you cross three Brogans and a Morgan? A band with not two, but three brothers and a fourth who has to endure them. I'm just guessing, but the band's name probably isn't the natural extension of PM Dawn. “We started out not in a band and then we got in one,” says PM Today on its web site, which is about as cool and funny a band quote as any I've read lately. Actively preparing for a road stint in early 2009, the fellas have three road shows in January before burning through the final half of March from Minnesota to Fort Smith. They're joined by fellow kings-of-the-local-emo-punk scene School Boy Humor, who not long ago made an album on Vagrant Records and who, at least on their MySpace page, count Vitamin Water and Crunk!!! Energy Drink among their sponsors. Don't Call Me Shirley and Tristan Betrayal also perform. PP.

 

 

COOL SHOES

9 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.

 

There's a regular, inevitable conversation between past movers and shakers in the local scene who've done got old. Or rather less active. It goes like this. Q: Where are all the kids doing what we did? A: They don't exist. Of course, that's how nostalgia works: the halcyon days are always in the past. Unless, that is, you're in your teens or 20s and like to dance. Because those hundreds are buying digital turntables, they're buying samplers, they're downloading more music in a week than most of us heard all year in the '80s and they're throwing some really live parties. Perhaps none more so than Cool Shoes, the monthly get-down at Downtown Music that's lately been packing in somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 folks. Last month, when the headlining DJ, a skinny kid from Conway who speeds up and glitches out Southern rap, took the stage, the crowd went berserk. On Friday, the lineup includes the experimental, beat-heavy instrumental act Western Meds (9 p.m.), Discovery regular Kecia (10 p.m.), event organizers and DJs Shawn Lee and Risky Biz (11 p.m.), impressive young MC Maxx and event curator and resident old dude (he's young at heart) Deeter (12:15- 2 a.m.). LM.

 

 

JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE ONE, FOUR, FIVES

10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.

 

John Paul Keith rediscovered music on Beale Street. After a decade that saw him quit the heralded alt-country band the Viceroys (over a shift in the band's musical direction), signed to Sire Records (only to have his band's record shelved) and backing Ryan Adams in the studio (only to have his band tour with Adams without him), Keith moved to Memphis in 2005 with all intentions of hanging it up. But when he needed money, he still had the chops and a friend hooked him up with a gig on Beale Street, and that's all it took. He's been part of Memphis' thriving roots-punk scene since, touring and recording with the likes of Harlan T. Bobo and Jack Oblivian and, of course, leading the One, Four, Fives. Keith leads that band to town on Friday to celebrate the release of their debut LP, “Spill and Thrills.” If it's anything like the band's live show, an infectious throwback to the good ole days of rock 'n' roll, it might make a nice from-me, to-me early Christmas present. Local singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilkins opens with a full band. LM.   

 

 

SATURDAY 12/20

 

KEVIN KERBY AND BATTERY / THE REDS

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

 

It's the holidays. Or close enough that its time for local power bills. Friends are home from distant cities. Everyone stopped working (or at least, you know, working). So look out for big crowds and mass drunkenness. Supplying the soundtrack: prolific local singer/songwriter Kevin Kerby previews songs from his forthcoming album with his band Battery, which, lately, is Geoff Curran (guitars), Joshua Bentley (bass) and Marcus Lowe (drums). The Reds, who last year released an excellent debut album, “Economy of Motion,” have played out far less frequently this year. They have jobs and babies. So treasure their spare, but hook-heavy new wave. Also on the bill, the little heard trio Drunken Angels, made up of Last Chance Records head honcho Travis Hill, Mikey Hayes and Tracy Sanchez, all of whom play guitar and sing a little. LM.

 

 

MACHINA

9:30 p.m., Juanita's. $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.

 

Rumors of Machina's demise have been greatly exaggerated, despite a lack of presence on the road and a relatively silent 2008. The lineup includes Jacksonville-born, former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray, who's been a staple on the Arkansas metal scene since the early 1990s and also played lead guitar for Living Sacrifice. Guitarist John LeCompt, also formerly of Evanescence, began collaborating in 2005 with Future Leaders of the World lead singer Phil Taylor and bassist Thad Ables, eventually becoming Machina. Last year, the alt-metal band released an EP and toured extensively. Currently in Nashville crafting its debut album with hit-making guru Toby Wright, Machina's performance with supporters Brookroyal and Altus Project should make for quite a heavy and memorable show. P.S., it's open to ages 18 and up. PP.

 

 

TUESDAY 12/23

 

ISAAC ALEXANDER / LOCH NESS MONSTER / GRAND SERENADE

9 p.m., Vino's. $6. 

 

And yet another seasonal excuse to spend time away from your family. As it does every year, local label Max Recordings bookends Christmas with at least two seasonal showcases. On Christmas Eve eve, the label puts forth three acts that have relatively recently put out new albums. A member/leader of bands like the Easys, Big Silver and the Boondogs, Isaac Alexander earlier this year released a classic study in contradictions, a lush pop album filled with somber themes. Live, he's likely to recruit familiar players from the local scene. In the fall, Loch Ness Monster released “Eleven Traditional Songs,” a sardonic, wildly experimental record that's likely to sound even more so live. Grand Serenade's latest, “Lean Times,” came out last year, but its soaring melodies and hook-y arrangements are ripe for rediscovery. LM.

 

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Lindsey Millar

  • High school MVP

    An Academic All-Star who approaches perfection.
    • May 25, 2017
  • The Jerry Jones at the Ethics Commission Edition

    A potential constitutional amendment from the state Bar Association; the city of Little Rock and homelessness; and Jerry Jones, ethics and the North Little Rock Police Department — all covered on this week's podcast.
    • May 19, 2017
  • The Deafening Silence Edition

    The emerging scandal surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and the silence from Arkansas Republicans, the defeat of the Little Rock millage and more — on this week's podcast.
    • May 12, 2017
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Latest in To-Do List

  • Africa Day Fest at Bernice Garden

    Also, ZZ Top, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, Potluck & Poison Ivy, Liverfest, Patio on Park Hill and more
    • May 24, 2017
  • International Greek Food Festival returns

    Also, Legends in Argenta, Clive Carroll, 'The Barber of Seville,' Charlotte Taylor, Most Endangered Places Bike Ride, Miles Davis/Marcus Miller tribute and more
    • May 17, 2017
  • Mini Maker Faire on North Shore Riverwalk

    Also, Tacos & Tianguis, Big Dam Horns, Second Friday Art Night, Shonen Knife, 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me' and more
    • May 11, 2017
  • More »

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Event Calendar

« »

May

S M T W T F S
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31  

Most Viewed

  • Post-season promise

    What the coaching staff has done in 2017 constitutes a minor miracle and it likely represents the best work of Dave Van Horn's accomplished tenure.
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation