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THURSDAY 1/16

'HELLO, DOLLY!'

7:30 p.m. Robinson Center Music Hall. $26.50–$64.50.

Thursday night is your last chance to see the latest national tour of the 10-time Tony Award winning musical "Hello, Dolly." This incarnation stars Sally Struthers, famous as Meathead's wife in "All in the Family" and for stumping for the Christian Children's Fund, in the titular role. You know the basic pitch: Some of Broadway's best loved songs highlight the musical misadventures of the vivacious Dolly as she sets her sights on the gruff half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, a client she quickly decides is her perfect match. JG

FRIDAY 1/17

RON ROBINSON THEATER GRAND OPENING

7 p.m. Arcade Building. Free.

It's only fitting that the grand opening of the Central Arkansas Library System's 315-seat Ron Robinson Theater in the new Arcade Building in the River Market district celebrates one of our state's greatest native sons, Levon Helm. The night starts with a screening of the documentary "Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm." It's a must-see for fans. As Lindsey Millar wrote of it during the Little Rock Film Festival, where it screened this year, "it's a portrait of a warm, gregarious man with a gift for telling stories and singing songs. It's filmed almost entirely in Woodstock, but Levon's Turkey Scratch roots always show." Helm's daughter, Amy Helm, will be on hand for a question and answer session following the screening. After that, she and her band, The Handsome Strangers, will perform. Expect the folk-rockers to play at least a few songs you know. JG

FRIDAY 1/17

DON'T STOP PLEASE

9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern. $6.

The Conway band Don't Stop Please is hard to pin down in the best possible way. Fusing folk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, chamber pop and various Latin styles, Don't Stop Please seems gleefully oblivious to any labels. Crowded with multi-instrumentalists, the band's self-titled album bounces from genre to genre. Anna Horton's voice shines with a very in-the-moment quality and delivery. "Luca" is the perfect showcase for her voice — jazzy and tropical with plenty of space for her words to bleed out. Album highlight "Missed Echo" plays like a funeral dirge full of sorrow and misplaced optimism. A gently plucked, wandering guitar line accompanies a mournful cello before Joel Ludford details the universal themes of loss and longing, with some drinking thrown in for good measure, "sing me the song, the one you know about, how it all went wrong in your head and made you useless." The night gets started with opener Joe Sundell, formerly of popular local band Damn Bullets, as well as a slew of Austin, Texas, bands, including Sad Daddy and the Austin Steamers. Sundell's Americana sound is steeped in folk, bluegrass, hot jazz, and a jaunty shade of country. JG

SATURDAY 1/18

BENEFIT FOR FREDDY SOLLEDER FEATURING HOLY SHAKES

8 p.m. Delucas Pizzeria, Hot Springs. $10.

You might remember that Holy Shakes won the 2012 Arkansas Times Musician Showcase with a raucous set of Dischord Records-era punk rock. Soon after, Holy Shakes released the terse, menacing album "Feast or Famine" and then, like so many bands are wont to do, they suddenly broke up. They come together one more time this Saturday night at a benefit show for frontman Bill Solleder's brother, Freddy Solleder. A staple of Maxine's and the Hot Springs music scene, Freddy has recently been diagnosed with cancer. All proceeds from the show will go to pay for his medical bills. If you have never seen them live, Holy Shakes traffic in a swaggering, often ferocious strain of punk. Little Rockers take note: This is a one-off show with no future plans for any more Holy Shakes shows, so a weekend trek to the Spa City to see a great live band and support a mainstay of the local music scene is in order. Rounding out what's sure to be a special night are White Glove Test, Brian Martin, Healer, Opportunist and Amanda Avery. JG

Saturday 1/18

FOURTH ANNUAL REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE RALLY

1 p.m. Arkansas State Capitol.

Here is the hard truth of the fight to keep abortion legal in Arkansas: all the signs, rallies and speeches in the world are never going to change the minds of the entrenched gang of zealots at the state Capitol who are intent on pushing women's right to reproductive choices back to the 1950s, a time when this writer's father could recall a dark old house down near Sweet Home where pregnant, unwed teenagers disappeared in shame for six or seven months. That said, what a rally can do is make people understand that they're not alone; that, even in a state that seems sometimes to be teetering on the edge of theocracy (we're looking in your direction, Sen. Rapert), there are still those who will fight for a woman's right to make choices about her own body. If that person is still you, brave soul, be sure to turn out and shout loud this Saturday at the Arkansas Coalition for Reproductive Justice's fourth-annual Reproductive Justice Rally, to be held on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. Those scheduled to appear include Bowen School of Law prof. Adjoa Aiyetoro, state Rep. Fred Love, ACLU staff attorney Holly Dickson, Rabbi Barry Block of Temple B'nai Israel, and UCA Feminist Union president Greer Williams. There will be an after-party and silent auction at Vino's (923 W. 7th St., Little Rock) from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Seriously: Show up. Bring a sign. If you've got them, bring your kids. Show them what bravery and determination in the face of adversity looks like. It's important. DK

SATURDAY 1/18

WAKA WINTER CLASSIC

8 p.m. Stickyz. $5.

The fate of a band's spot on the 2014 Wakarusa Music Festival lineup is in your hands. Well, you and however many other people who attend the Waka Winter Classic. This is the Little Rock edition of a series of shows taking place throughout the South and Midwest where each attendee is given a raffle ticket to vote on one of five bands you want to see on Mulberry Mountain playing to the dancing, unwashed masses. The lineup, which leans decidedly to the jam band side of good-time rock, includes Ice Cold Fatty, American Lions, Little Buffalo River Band, Freeverse and The Sound of the Mountain, the 2013 Arkansas Times Musician Showcase Winners. There will be a drawing at the beginning of the night to see the order of the bands playing, so get there early if you have a favorite. JG

SUNDAY 1/19

'GEN SILENT'

2 p.m. Darragh Center, Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library. Free.

It's hard enough growing old without having to deal with a system that remains mostly unsympathetic to gay, lesbian and transgender folks. The film "Gen Silent" follows six elder LGBTQ people as they face a hostile system of caregivers, family members and fellow seniors that may force them back into the closet in order to have a more livable existence. A discussion will follow with doctors from UAMS who are interested in the issue. The film will be preceded by refreshments at 1:30 p.m. A support group has also been set up on Facebook, Arkansas LGBTQ Elders. JG

TUESDAY 1/21

THE DIRTY STREETS

10 p.m. White Water Tavern.

There's been a steady proliferation of bands coming out of Memphis in recent years that capture the early spirit of rock 'n' roll. The Dirty Streets have carved out their niche as a band well-versed in all of the permutations of classic rock. Their recent third album "Blades of Grass" has a blues backbone, a soulful stride, and psychedelic flourishes that push toward the dance floor. Tuesdays at White Water Tavern have traditionally been a night for things to get rowdy enough to disrupt your Wednesday. This night should be no different with The Dirty Streets holding court. JG

TUESDAY 1/21

BROADWAY ON ICE

7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $30-$40.

Reynolds Performance Hall promises that even its Steinway grand piano will be on ice for the venue's first-ever figure-skating program. Champion skaters will perform some of Broadway's greatest productions, such as "Rent," "Gypsy," "Cabaret," "Chicago," "A Chorus Line" and "West Side Story" on the ice. This event is tailor-made for families looking for an escape from the winter doldrums. The show also comes to Baum Walker Hall in Fayetteville's Walton Arts Center Jan. 17-19. JG

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