- AWAY THEY GO: Rock Candy 500 returns!
It's a mere two weeks away: On Thursday, May 6, the second annual Rock Candy 500 pinewood derby returns to the River Market Pavilion. Like last year, we'll have a 40-foot track, beer and race-themed music. Unlike last year, we'll have non-beer drinks and we're requiring advance registration (only so making the bracket won't be such a hassle). All ages are welcome.
The registration deadline is April 29, slightly more than one week before the race. You can find a registration form this week on page 18. The entry fee is $10.
All of this year's proceeds benefit the Centers for Youth and Families Boy Scout Troop 726, a troop of highly at-risk boys who, according to the Center for Youth and Families Dawn Prasifka, have "one foot in the gang and the other in Boy Scouts." Every week, CYF picks up the 10- to 16-year-olds and takes them to a center, where they get help with homework, dinner and have Boy Scouts meetings.
CYF is the state's oldest continuously running nonprofit. It serves 8,000 children and families with a continuum of care that includes intervention, prevention and treatment, according to Prasifka.
Back to the derby: You can get pinewood car kits, which come with a block of wood, wheels and axles, at just about any hobby store in town. Or you can order all kinds of pre-cut car shapes and slick add-ons — decals, fenders, speedier axels — from pinewoodderby.com. If you mention the Rock Candy 500, they'll give you free shipping. Remember, that you don't have to be handy to enter. A paint job will do.
Call Lindsey Millar at 375-2985 with questions.
Riverfest has announced all of its headliners save one that it can't reveal until May 3. The latest additions include the headliners for the Arkansas Music Tent: Blues guitar hero Michael Burks on Friday, blues legend CeDell Davis on Saturday and alt-country star Hayes Carll on Sunday.
Here's the best time killer we've come across in weeks: The Johnny Cash Project is a crowd-sourced video for Cash's song "Ain't No Grave" that's constantly evolving. The project invites participants to redraw, using a custom tool on the site, hundreds of frames of archival footage. As more people contribute, the video continually changes, though each contribution, even if it's redrawn by someone else, remains on the site archivally. Which allows you users to do things like select a version of the video that includes only drawings that employ pointillism or those highest rated by the community.
Check out a new music video from Bryan Frazier, “Angelene and the Alpha Ray.” It's about a girl, who, while Frazier is wooing her, surreptitiously builds a rocket and then uses it to blast off into space on her scooter. We think. David Fowlkes directed and Bryan Stafford shot and edited it.