- MUSICIANS SHOWCASE: Kicks off Jan. 28 at Sticky Fingerz.
The schedule of the annual Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase has been finalized. The showcase will kick off Thursday, Jan. 28, at Sticky Fingerz and continue at the club through the next three or four Thursdays. The finals shift to Revolution on Friday, March 5.
As usual, the contest is open to any act in Arkansas that specializes in original material.
Each week, four acts square off before five judges (four regular judges and one weekly guest judge), and each week a winner moves onto the finals.
The entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 8. Online, via arktimes.com/showcase, is the easiest way to enter. All you have to do is fill out an online form and upload four mp3s. We've also got an entry form on page 9 that you can fill out and mail in with a CD.
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Conduit president Epiphany is back in the studio. The local rapper just released the first of a planned four-part digital mix series. Download the first, “Respect,” from the Rock Candy blog at www.arktimes.com.
In other Conduit news, the label's Suga City features in the soundtrack to the massively popular new video game “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2.” The previously unreleased song is called “New New.” Local producer/rapper Kwestion produced it and Maria V features. The duo also will release a new mixtape, “Black Friday,” on, appropriately enough, Friday, Nov. 27. Look for a link on Rock Candy.
North Little Rock-born director Jay Russell (“My Dog Skip,” “The Water Horse”) has signed on to direct “Whole Lotta Sole,” a comedy starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kevin Bacon. Rhys Meyers stars as a thief who tries to rob a fish market and takes Bacon's character hostage in the process. “Hotel Rwanda” screenwriter Terry George co-wrote the screenplay. The film will shoot in Belfast in 2010.
If you haven't happened onto a link for “Dwight David Honeycutt for Conway School Board,” make sure you check it out on Rock Candy. It's a video parody on the homespun political ad. You won't find their names on the credits, but it's the work of Graham Gordy (“War Eagle”) and Ray McKinnon (“The Accountant,” “Randy and the Mob”). Conway's Dave Parker stars.