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Bush-bashing Ministry visits Metroplex

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MINISTRY: Not the fundamentalist kind.
  • MINISTRY: Not the fundamentalist kind.

Industrial metal band Ministry has never pulled punches, and takes on the Bush administration hard and heavy in its newest album, “Rio Grande Blood,” which includes the Grammy-nominated song “The Great Satan.”

Ministry’s long tour in support of “Rio Grande Blood” winds its way to the Clear Channel Metroplex on Wednesday, July 19.

Also on the bill for the 8 p.m. show are Revolting Cocks and Pitbull Daycare.

Tickets are $25 in advance through Seventh Street Tattoo or www.ticketalternative.com, and $28 at the door.

Ministry unapologetically attempts to take on the demagoguery, conformity and complacency brought on by the current administration with its aural assault led by group founder Al Jourgensen, who is also a member of Revolting Cocks.

“It is a very focused record,” Jourgensen says in press material about “Rio Grande Blood. “There’s an agenda to this record. Other records I’ve sang about personal demons in my closet which I don’t expect other people to share. But this record, like ‘Houses of the Molé,’ has an obvious purpose.”

Jourgensen says that on election night in 2004, he was in total shock and ready to move with his wife to Canada. Instead, he decided to express his displeasure with guitars and electronica.

Jourgensen assembled an all-star list of heavy metal musicians for the tour: Killing Joke bassist Paul Raven, Prong guitarist Tommy Victor, longtime Ministry guitar virtuoso Mike Scaccia, keyboardist John Bechdel (who has played with Fear Factory, Prong and Killing Joke) and drummer Joey Jordison.

Famed for “Psalm 69” in 1992, probably the band’s peak in its 25-year career, the Grammy-winning group (they’ve had three nominations, winning in 2000) has shown the ability to cross genres from alternative to metal to rock while never shying away from political discourse. “The Great Satan,” an indictment of the Iraqi war, was nominated for this past Grammys for Best Metal Performance. The film “The Matrix” also gave the band a boost with the single “Bad Blood” in 1999.



Classic rockers at Magic Springs

The next two Saturdays, July 15 and July 22, will feature two of the biggest names in 1970s-1980s rock at Magic Springs and Crystal Falls Theme Park: Foreigner and Kansas.

The Mick Jones-led Foreigner, back after two years off the road, has the Timberwood Amphitheater stage in Hot Springs this Saturday, beginning at 8 p.m. Kansas, known for such hits as “Carry On My Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind,” plays the following week.

Admission to the shows is free with a regular park admission, either through a season pass ($49.95), a one-day pass ($39.99 for adults, $29.99 for seniors over 55 and children under 52 inches tall), or an after-5 p.m. pass ($29.99).

Concessions are available at the amphitheater, which is located in the back of the park next to the Arkansas Twister rollercoaster. General admission seating is on the grass lawn, and a $5 upgrade for reserve seats is available. Magic Springs parking is $8. A picnic dinner is available before the shows next to Timberwood Amphitheater beginning at 6 p.m.

Along with Jones, Foreigner’s lineup is Jason Bonham, Kelly Hansen, Jeff Jacobs, Jeff Pilson and Thom Gimbel. Foreigner’s hits include “Feels Like the First Time,” “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent” and “Head Games.”

The music style shifts to hip-hop on July 29 with B5 on July 29.

Call 501-624-0100 for more information.



Gay film fest at Easy Street

Movies with both a regional and national focus will be shown at “Reel Attractions,” the second annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Film Festival on Friday and Saturday at Easy Street Cabaret.

Easy Street is at 307 W. 7th St.

Some of the films scheduled are “Pink Houses,” a documentary about Conway Pride founders John Schenck and Robert Loyd; “Left Lake: On the Road With Folk Poet Alix Olson”; “Keep Not Silent: Ortho Dykes”; “100 Percent Woman”; “Rainbow Pride,” and “Drag Queen High.”

The shows start at 6 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday. A one-day pass is $3 for students and $5 for general admission; a pass for both days is $5 for students and $8 for general admission.

The festival is sponsored by the PRISM Gay Straight Alliance, Center for Artistic Revolution and Easy Street.

For more information, visit www.reelattractions.org on the web, or call 844-5285 or 244-9690.



Travs home for weekend

The Arkansas Travelers baseball club, playing better ball during the second half of the Texas League season, wrap up a home stand on Thursday with the San Antonio Missions, then entertain the Corpus Christi Hooks on Friday and Saturday.

Saturday features a doubleheader at Ray Winder Field between the teams starting at 6:30 p.m. Start times on Thursday and Friday are 7:10 p.m.

The team’s 2006 baseball card set will be given to the first 500 paid kids on Thursday. Travs tailgate stools will be given to the first 1,000 paid kids on Friday. Commemorative Ray Winder Field caps will be given to the first 1,000 paid adults at Saturday’s doubleheader, and kids can run the bases between games.

Following Saturday’s games, the Travs are not home again until July 28.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. A box-seat upgrade is $2. Various sponsors offer discount tickets nightly. Call 664-1555.



Hart and Kaufman in Spa’s ‘Pocket’

The Hot Springs Pocket Theatre will present the Kaufman and Hart comedy “You Can’t Take It With You” beginning Thursday, July 13. Shows are Thursday through Sunday for two weeks, ending July 23. Showtimes are 7:20 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees.

The play revolves around the Sycamore family and their “unusual” friends, and the arrival of more “normal” people in their lives.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for students. Call 501-623-8585 or visit the theatre’s website at www.pockettheatre.com. The Pocket Theatre is at 170 Ravine, just off Park Avenue at the intersection of Ramble and Ravine Streets.



‘Godfather of Gospel’ appears in NLR

Rev. Timothy Wright, known as the “Godfather of Gospel Music,” will present a workshop this week, culminating with a Workshop Choir Concert at 6 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

Wright will lead the 150-voice choir of vocalists and musicians from around the state in a diverse array of traditional and contemporary music. The composer-singer has recorded with choirs across the country, and recorded an award-winning song with Myrna Summers, “We’re Gonna Make It.” Another project, “Come Thou Almighty King,” was recorded with a 500-voice choir made up of New York’s leading gospel artists.

His gospel hits include “Troubles Don’t Last Always,” “I Won’t Go Back,” “Master, Can You Use Me?” “Leaning on Everlasting Arms” and “Yes, I’m a Believer.”

The concert is free. First Baptist is at 811 Scipio A. Jones Drive. Call 374-9394 for more information.

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