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'Deepsouth' at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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THURSDAY 11/29

SUPER WATER SYMPATHY

9:30 p.m. Stickyz. $5.

Super Water Sympathy of Shreveport, La., bills its sound as "water pop," i.e., "a synthesis of classic symphonic ambience with modern ethereal anthems." After listening to a few songs from the band's 2011 debut, "Vesper Belle," and their new single, "Uh Oh!," I'm still struggling a bit with that description. I suppose there are some ambient elements around the edges of the songs, and there are certainly references to H2O throughout, but for the most part, the band's sound isn't too far from the terrestrial pop of Coldplay or maybe The Fray. One key difference: Singer Ansley Hughes has a big, bold, sultry voice that gives Super Water Sympathy a big, bold edge over a lot of similar young outfits. The five-piece has had a pretty big 2012, playing the Vans Warped Tour and recording its sophomore album in the U.K. with producer Cam Blackwood, who's worked with Brazilian dance mavens CSS and handled live sound for Florence + The Machine, among other notables. Opening the 18-and-older show are local indie folk-rockers Free Micah and standout indie rock quartet Whale Fire. Super Water Sympathy and Free Micah play again Saturday at Maxine's (see calendar). RB

THURSDAY 11/29

'DEEPSOUTH'

6 p.m. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. Free.

The documentary "deepsouth" explores the HIV/AIDS epidemic in — you guessed it — the Deep South, specifically Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. The film follows four people, including a 24-year-old, HIV-positive gay black man from Mississippi, two organizers of an HIV support network in Louisiana and an Alabama activist who travels the region advocating for more HIV funding for Southern states. The film has done well since its debut this summer, earning critical accolades and awards from the Shout! Gay and Lesbian Film Festival of Alabama and Outflix Film Festival. Director Lisa Biagiotti told the Oxford American that "it's the same virus, but HIV is a different disease in the South, therefore the lessons of the last thirty years and successes in urban areas cannot be replicated in a place where culture and society are so different. It might be better to look at the best practices in the developing world because some of the challenges are the same." The film is presented by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission in recognition of World AIDS Day and as part of a broader mission to de-stigmatize HIV/AIDS and help end the disease. RB

FRIDAY 11/30

'THE OUTSIDERS'

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.

S.E. Hinton was only 17 in 1967 when her first novel, "The Outsiders," was published. The book was widely credited with expanding the scope of young-adult fiction and would go on to sell millions and millions of copies, inspiring the 1983 film of the same title. Hinton has said that she wrote the book out of frustration with much of what was marketed to young readers at the time. Her tale of switchblades and gang fights was informed from her real-life experiences and was probably fairly shocking to the square community at the time. In 2012, the idea of "rumbles" between Greasers and Socs seems pretty quaint, especially compared to the inner-city warfare we've witnessed in the intervening years. But many of the book's themes — class rivalry, dysfunctional families and relying on literature and art to escape the grind of daily life — are evergreen. This stage adaptation, by Christopher Sergel, breaks the book into two acts and hews closely to the original. The Weekend Theater is back up and running again after a car smashed into the front of it earlier in the month. This production runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 15. RB

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