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Beloved by hipsters and pop-culture fiends the world over, writer Chuck Klosterman is coming to UCA Nov. 18-19 to lecture on his “published works” and teach two master classes. Klosterman is the author of “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto,” “Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story” and a novel, “Downtown Owl.” He's contributed to Esquire, GQ, The Believer and Spin.

The reading and public talk will be Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the ballroom of McCastlain Hall with a book signing after.

 

Local promoter Butch Stone has organized a benefit in memory of Anne Pressley. All proceeds will be donated according to the wishes of Pressley's parents. The event, which the Times is co-sponsoring, begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in the grand ballroom of the Peabody Hotel. Local cover band CRISIS, blue-eyed soulman Big John Miller, rising talent Cara Martin and the gospel act Glory Land Mass Choir will headline. Also performing are Randall Eller the Magician, Kassi Kimmons, Sherry Haywood, Kasi Lunsford, Barrett Baber and Heather Bennett. A number of local radio personalities, including Tom Wood, Jeff Allen, Heather and DC, will also be on hand. Tickets are $25 at the door and include two free drink tickets.

 

Inching ever closer to creating a sustainable film community, Little Rock now boasts its first ever dedicated film and gear rental outlet. The just-launched Filmgearrentals.com offers professional packages, including a grip truck, camera equipment, cranes and lighting kits.

 

Lil' JJ, the Little Rock-born comedian and star of Nickelodeon's “Just Jordan,” spent months following the presidential campaign as part of the network's coverage. As luck would have it, he turned 18 the day before the election. In a couple of months, he'll assert his new grown man status and head out on tour with Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony under the name “Funny Bone.”

 

You can download a longtime staple of American Princes' concerts, a cover of Big Star's “Don't Lie to Me,” at barackrock.iwroteyouasong.org, a website aimed at raising awareness and funds for (let's hope) President-elect Obama.

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