It's mid-September, and despite devastating weather aftermath for our neighbors to the South, Little Rock is about to have a lovely, warm fall weekend, the kind that organizers of the Turkish Food Fest and Legends of Arkansas were probably hoping for when they pinpointed this Saturday on their planning calendars.
Here are a handful of suggestions for how to spend it soaking up some music and art.
Little Rock Violin Shop: 10th Anniversary Garden Party 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Little Rock Violin Shop, 316 E. 11th St. Donations.
If you didn't know Little Rock had its own violin shop: we do! The shop, owned and managed by violist Joe Joyner, is celebrating its tenth year in business, and they're throwing a garden party tonight with music from the Little Rock String Quartet and Bonnie Montgomery; a concerto competition with a $100 gift certificate to the shop as a prize; a cello-shaped pinata;* Scottish music for cello and violin; and food and drink with donations benefiting the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock and the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival. Organizers suggest parking on the street or at the MacArthur parking lot at 11th and Commerce streets. Check out our summer story on LRVS here.
Ian Moore 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. White Water Tavern. $10.
Speaking of violins, this former violinist is a seasoned rocker who's made the rounds with his band The Lossy Coils and as a sideman to Joe Ely, and his latest record, "Strange Days," manages to be effervescent and biting at the same time. Check out the title track below.
For the 7th year in a row, the Turkish Raindrop House has been quietly holding an undersung food festival in West Little Rock off of Rodney Parham Road, and this year's menu includes kebabs, yaprak sarmasi (stuffed grape leaves), a cracked wheat salad called kisir, phyllo and cheese pies, Turkish spinach and cheese pastries, Central Asian dumplings called manti, Turkish potato salad, baklava, Turkish semolina pudding, honey cake and a lot more. You can observe ebru, a type of water marbling done on paper, get a henna tattoo or check out some whirling dervishes, Turkish folk dance or hear some Türk Sanat Müziği, a type of Ottoman classical music. Admission is free, but bring along some folding money for food and art.
Legends of Arkansas 2 p.m.- 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. North Shore Riverwalk. Free-$5.
This year, the outdoor festival is partnering with The Van to bring you an afternoon of crafts, food and tunes from Knox Hamilton, Rodney Block,Dazz & Brie, The Brian Nahlen Band, Mandy McBryde, Mark Currey and others. Admission is $5 for adults, and kids can come for free. There's a pop-up dog park for your canine companions, too. All proceeds benefit The Van, and founder Aaron Reddin will have a drop-off station set up for attendees to donate coats, blankets and socks to distribute to our homeless neighbors. Afterparty features Freeverse at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m.
Phillip Rex Huddleston
Katherine Strause and Phillip Rex Huddleston 7 p.m. Gallery 26, 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite 1.
If you caught any of Katherine Strauses's "Take Your Purse With You" at ESSE Purse Museum this summer, or if you've admired Phillip Rex Huddleston's "Southern Writers" series, this is the place to be tomorrow evening. Strause and Huddleston share a show on Kavanaugh through October 28. My current favorite of Huddleston's is posted above, an extrapolation of seven girls from a single girl, forthright and unguarded.
Attagirl Record Release Show, Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, Shoplift 9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
One of Little Rock's tightest, loudest punk rock bands has a new record, "Cootie Catcher," and a show celebrating its release threatens to be similarly tight and loud. You're going to need something to regret Sunday morning, so too-many-beers-at-this-show may as well be it. Plus, they have a song called "Boxwine Supernova."
*A previous version of this post stated that Little Rock Violin Shop's 10th anniversary garden party would feature a "cello-shaped pinata." It was, in fact, an actual cello, hollowed out, filled with candy and made the subject of a brutal thrashing.