- CAST AND CREW: Of 'Slumberland."
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“Slumberland,” the surprise winner of the Charles B. Pierce Award for Arkansas Film at the Little Rock Film Fest, is coming back to the big screen. It'll show Aug. 5 and 6 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Riverdale, probably for the last times in theaters. The screenings are free, but donations are welcome, particularly as the filmmakers try to find funding for their next project, tentatively titled “Ten Years Gone” and scheduled to begin shooting in February.
Thick Syrup records is collaborating with Pearl Jam's Mike Cameron on an upcoming compilation. The local label's Travis McElroy is currently at work on two compilations: one that'll feature bands that influenced McElroy in his youth, like Teenage Fanclub, the Posies, Mudhoney and Sebadoh (or at least side projects featuring members from those acts), and another that'll serve as the follow-up to McElroy's Arkansas compilation of the best in local rock and folk. This double-CD comp will feature no acts from the first release. The Cameron material could go on the former comp or might go on a 7”, McElroy said. Additionally, Thick Syrup recently put out the double CD “I'll Be Moe,” the latest from David Fair (of Half Japanese fame). It's available via lastchancemusic.com
Celebrity Attractions has announced its 2009/2010 season. The ABBA sing-along musical “Mamma Mia!” kicks things off, Oct. 6-8. Then, Melissa Gilbert, all grown up, takes on the role of “Ma” in a new stage musical adaptation of “Little House on the Prairie,” Nov. 3-5. In the new year, “Stomp,” Feb. 16-18, supplies an eight-member troupe with garbage cans, hubcabs, wooden sticks and such and asks them to go crazy, percussively. “The Wizard of Oz,” June 21-23, closes the season, hopefully, with Nigel, a former Arkansas shelter pooch that we've written about in the past, still starring as Toto. All shows are at Robinson Center Music Hall.