THURSDAY 8/29- MONDAY 9/2
Various times. Dickey-Stephens Park. $4-$12.
It is a sure sign that summer's winding down: the end of the regular season of minor league baseball. The Arkansas Travelers will finish the 2013 regular season with a seven-game home stretch that started Tuesday and continues through Labor Day. If the Travs make the playoffs, there will be home games on Sept. 6 and, if needed, Sept. 7 and 8. The home team faces off against the Springfield Cardinals through Friday at 7:10 p.m. Starting Saturday, they'll take on their in-state rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, starting at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, 2:10 p.m. Sunday and 1:10 p.m. Monday. Sunday is the day when kids can run around the bases after the game. That right there sounds like some very wholesome fun.
THURSDAY 8/29- SUNDAY 9/1
HOT SPRINGS BLUES FESTIVAL
Various times and venues. $10 per day or $15 for full pass.
Blues fans, y'all probably will want to head down to The Spa City this weekend for the 17th Annual Hot Springs Blues Festival. Things kick off with Samantha Fish at The Ohio Club. Friday will see performances from The Ghost Town Blues band at Big Chill; Little G Weevil at the Ohio Club; Bart Walker Band at Fat Jack's, and Youngblood Blues Jam (all-ages) at Classics Bar & Grill in the Clarion hotel. Saturday has workshops at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs from noon-3 p.m. (including one from Bluesboy Jag on how to build your own cigar-box guitar — it's $40). Gates open at 2:30 p.m. at Hill Wheatley Plaza and the headliners are Shakura S'aida and Zac Harmon. After-parties kick off at 9 p.m. There are more workshops Sunday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., after which the gates open up again, with music kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Headliners are Bart Walker Band and Southern Hospitality, and after-parties start up again at 9 p.m. Should be a great time for blues lovers and at $15 for a full pass, it's a helluva deal.
9 p.m. Stickyz. $6.
There are far, far too many bands out there that decide on a name, write a handful of songs and then release their debut album or EP approximately 30 minutes after their first practice. Not The Bloodless Cooties. This Dogtown crew has been honing its off-kilter racket off and on for 20 years, gleefully rampaging through the history of rock 'n' roll like a screaming drunk dude in a record shop, stumbling all over the place and sweating and bleeding all over the rare garage rock 45s. The trio is made up of father-son duo Jerry and Jeremy Colburn on drums and guitar, respectively, and bassist Louisa Rook. Jerry Colburn was in Psychotic Car Woman and does solo and experimental music under the banners of Herding Kittens and Empty Boat People. Rook played guitar for my all-time favorite Little Rock band, The Stranger Steals. The Cooties mostly play cover tunes, ranging from '60s pop hits to '50s country weepers to rockabilly rave-ups to garage-psych classics to obscure numbers from the oddest of oddball outsiders. While it took 20 years to arrive, this album-release show will no doubt prove to have been worth the wait. Oh yeah, the cover art for the album was created by none other than Raymond Pettibon, who created some of the most iconic punk album covers ever for the likes of Black Flag, Minutemen and Sonic Youth. Pretty awesome. Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth open this 18-and-older show, and Selector Fast Weapons helms the steel wheels to crank out the jams.
THE HOOD INTERNET
9 p.m. Revolution. $15.
Were you ever, like, listening to a song while you were walking to class or Pinterest-ing or raging at a killer party or something and you thought, "Dog, this whole thing would be so much more mega if it was like, another song, but while also still being the first song, like for instance if this Vampire Weekend song had Ghostface rapping over it instead of dude singing whatever, it'd be more, uh, dope? Or whatever?" Yeah, me neither. Call me old-fashioned, but I still like to listen to one song at a time. BUT, and this is important: It does not matter if this whole mashup thing is vexing to you or me (and it is to me, primarily because I'm skeptical of nearly all music recorded after about 1993 and also, "Damn kids! Get off my lawn!"). If you too find mashups to be, like, huh?, then all that probably means is that you're most likely 31-35 years old or older (this is not always the case, only most of the time). So face it, Gramps, your time is over! Now step aside! For the record, that Girl Talk guy is largely responsible for this whole situation, so you can blame him in your angry letter to the editor about how they're not even making their own songs anymore. (Side note: remember that Album Tacos Tumblr that was a thing a while back? These dudes in The Hood Internet, that's their thing.) It's 18-and-older, by the way.
FRIDAY 8/30-SATURDAY 8/31
'PREGNANT BY THE PASTOR: THE AFTERMATH'
Various times, prices and venues.
You'll recall that nearly two years ago, we witnessed the premiere of the film "Pregnant by the Pastor," from author and filmmaker SaTonya Ford. The film, shot in Central Arkansas, was "a story of betrayal, deceit and sin," and how "one man's faith gets twisted and leads him down a path of confusion and unrighteousness." See, it turns out that Pastor Norman was maybe tending some of the members of the flock a little too closely, if you catch my drift. Or as the first film put it, "We've got a player in the pulpit." As with the original, the sequel is filled with drama and intrigue, as private investigators and other concerned parties try to get to the bottom of the situation. But don't come to the film with a judgmental attitude. Remember: we all have our weaknesses. This weekend is packed with events centering around the film. On Friday, you can mingle with the creators at the red-carpet premiere at the Grand Ballroom of the Doubletree. It's from 7 p.m. to midnight and it's $20 for singles or $35 for couples. Then on Saturday, there'll be a live taping of The SaTonya Ford Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. She'll interview a number of people about their personal travails and the importance of their faith. Then there'll be screenings of "Pregnant by the Pastor: The Aftermath" at 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets at $10.
9 p.m.-5 a.m. Discovery Nightclub. $10-$15.
Wanna get hella hedonistic this Labor Day Weekend? Here is your surest bet: Three 6 Mafia co-founder DJ Paul's gonna be at Discovery Saturday, doing a set of Triple 6 classic hits as well as an extended DJ set. Now, as you might've noticed, despite the rumblings about a reunion of the groundbreaking Memphis outfit, we've still yet to see anything for certain. Vibe caught up with Paul last month to chat about the album he's working with Yelawolf. At this point, it looks like the Three 6 reunion will happen sans Juicy J (who you'll likely recall was in town a few weeks back for a show at the Metroplex). He told Vibe: "For the reunion, it's going to be Lord Infamous, Gangsta Boo and Crunchy Black. That's the main group. We have just been recording records so I just got to see what direction I'm going to take it but it'll definitely be something that will come out within the year." Dude stays very busy, so don't miss this chance to catch him. He'll probably go on around late-ish o'clock.