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Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival kicks off

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  • Brittany McDonald
  • Recognizer



9 p.m. White Water Tavern. $5.

Recognizer's debut album is killer clean, with a crisp Perry Farrell-meets-Trent Reznor delivery and diction that's intelligible without being obnoxiously front-and-center, coupled with a nine-track case study in all the different ways guitars can function — as crunchy staccato percussion, as shimmering atmosphere or as riff-peeling diva. The band paired the frontrunner track, "License to Kill," with a crushing animated short from Marsha Onderstijn that'll leave you feeling like you did after you saw "Bambi," and it's bringing the new record to the White Water Tavern with the inimitable Adam Faucett and New Motto. SS

KING BISCUIT TIME: Larry McCray (above), JJ Grey & Mofro and Gov't Mule (below) are among the performers at this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival.
  • KING BISCUIT TIME: Larry McCray (above), JJ Grey & Mofro and Gov't Mule (below) are among the performers at this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival.



Noon Thu., 9 a.m. Fri.-Sat. $40-$80.

There's a hole in the lineup at this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival on Friday night at 8 p.m. That's where CeDell Davis was slated to play. No doubt that time will be spent remembering the late slide guitarist and juke joint legend, who died last Wednesday at age 91. Davis' longtime bandmate Greg Binns plays earlier that day, along with Morrilton up-and-comers The Akeem Kemp Band, North Carolina powerhouse Nikki Hill and a late but potent bloomer, Mississippi bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch. Tyrannosaurus Chicken brings its "psychedelta" to the mix, along with Tab Benoit, The Legendary Pacers (remembering another late bluesman, Newport's Sonny Burgess), Larry McCray, The Ben Miller Band and headliners JJ Grey and Mofro and Gov't Mule. There's loads of craft beer and a Thursday night "Biscuit Bash" that pairs craft beer with biscuits and gravy and, if you need to counterbalance some of that consumption, the Flour Power 5K Run and the "Tour da' Delta" Bike Ride. See kingbiscuitfestival.com for tickets and a full schedule. SS

MASTER CLASS: German filmmaker and opera director Werner Herzog gives a master class, Q&A sessions and a screening of his film "Grizzly Man" at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.
  • MASTER CLASS: German filmmaker and opera director Werner Herzog gives a master class, Q&A sessions and a screening of his film "Grizzly Man" at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival.

FRIDAY 10/6-SUNDAY 10/15


Various times. Central Avenue, downtown Hot Springs. $25-$300.

When the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival closes the books on 2017, it'll have as many years of HSDFF behind it as there are letters in the alphabet, and the "Z" year boasts a rich lineup. For one thing, the names on the marquee are big ones: Kathleen Turner ("Romancing the Stone," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit") will be in attendance, as will Werner Herzog, the prolific German filmmaker and opera director responsible for wonders like "Fitzcarraldo" and "Grizzly Man," the latter to be screened with a Q&A with Herzog. The opening night film is "LADDIE: The Man Behind the Movies," a tribute to Alan Ladd Jr., the producer of classics like "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Star Wars," "Braveheart," "Young Frankenstein," "Chariots of Fire" and "Police Academy." Beneath those headlines, though, there are some 90-minute treasures: a film about a woman who quit her workaday life to pursue her dream of building a cat circus ("Samantha's Amazing Acro-Cats"); an examination of food waste with chef Anthony Bourdain ("Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"); a biography of a blind magician ("Dealt"); a look at the backstories of the young men who box in the tournament that turned out Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson ("Cradle of Champions"); the tale of an Illinois city official who embezzled almost $53 million over 20 years ("All the Queen's Horses"); the glittering pirouettes of a New York-based all-male drag ballet company ("Rebels on Pointe"); a glimpse at people all over the world who shine shoes for a living ("Shiners"); and a portrait of the brilliant actor and scientist who invented "frequency hopping," a technology that paved the way for WiFi and GPS ("Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story"). Single screenings start at $10 a ticket, $300 will buy an all-inclusive pass with priority admission. Visit hsdfi.org for more information. SS

HOT WATER HILLS: Claire Morales (pictured) joins Itchy-O, Dazz & Brie, Walker Lukens and more on the lineup at Low Key Arts' Hot Water Hills Music & Art Festival.
  • HOT WATER HILLS: Claire Morales (pictured) joins Itchy-O, Dazz & Brie, Walker Lukens and more on the lineup at Low Key Arts' Hot Water Hills Music & Art Festival.



4 p.m. Fri., noon Sat. Hill Wheatley Plaza, 629 Central Ave., Hot Springs. Free-$15.

Itchy-O created a spectacle when the 32-plus member percussion group closed out a 2013 David Byrne and St. Vincent concert at the Botanical Gardens in the group's native Colorado, as a band with no fewer than four cymbal players tends to do anywhere it performs. It will bring its onslaught of vocoders, Taiko drums, masks, sombreros, theremins and "lion dancers" to this year's Hot Water Hills Festival, where you'll also find food trucks, handmade crafts, workshops for kids and a ton of music — local and otherwise, including sets from Walker Lukens, Dazz & Brie, Vodi, Nervous Curtains, May the Peace of the Sea Be With You, Ryan Sauders, Claire Morales and Couch Jackets. SS

  • Venture Center



6 p.m. Fri., 7:30 a.m. Sat.-Sun. $500 per team.

The JOLT Hackathon will be "fun for hard core developers as well as novice tech nerds." If the word hackathon is foreign to you, imagine teams of carpenters competing to see who can build a birdhouse in the least amount of time. Now, replace the hammers and saws with laptops and coffee. Participants will be put through a gauntlet of technical challenges, "some code heavy, while others focus on logic, strategy & problem solving," according to details on the event website. After being given a task, teams made up of varying technical disciplines will have to "collaboratively code a unique solution from scratch." The event is put on by The Venture Center in the Little Rock Technology Park; its goal is to "bring awareness and expose vulnerabilities of cyber security, as well as gamify the networking and training of Arkansas's local tech community." One of the most difficult parts about learning to code is finding projects on which to hone your skills. Hackathons are an excellent way to gain experience, network with other programmers and sponge up the strategic conversations of more senior developers. A $500 team fee includes six full meals, energy drinks, soda, access to mentors, parking and the chance to try out "new concepts, tools and skills." Student and early bird rates are available. JL




10 a.m.-7 p.m. Perryville City Park. Free.

Well, it's come to this. We have a goat festival now. I guess we should have seen it coming, too; the mammal is practically an ambassador for our locally-headquartered Heifer International and the upcoming state fair has no less than four divisions devoted to showing off exemplary goat specimens. It's not even that bizarre, as festivals go: Prairie Du Sac, Wis., holds an annual Cow Chip Throw and Coarsegold, Calif., has a festival to promote tarantula awareness. Our very own Arkansas Goat Festival features "a goat parade, costume contest for goats, goat races, 'Nannies at Night' Goats in Lingerie fashion show, live music, food for any palate, vendors, and goats, goats and more goats," the festival's website says. Door prizes are awarded to anyone who comes with a goat, dressed as a goat, or with goat-themed clothing, and organizers issued a reminder to keep all goats on a leash and to not bring breeding males to avoid barnyard reenactments of scenes from "Eyes Wide Shut" right there in broad daylight. "This is mating season," the website warns, and "it's not that kind of festival." They also remind visitors that Arkansas state law requires in-state goats to have a USDA tag or tattoo, and that any out-of-state goats are required to have a certificate of health. SS

  • Downtown Little Rock Partnership



11 a.m.-5 p.m. Main Street and Capitol Avenue. Free.

Spanning six downtown Little Rock blocks, the Main Street Food Truck Festival returns for a seventh year with 50 food trucks, dozens of craft vendors, a variety of entertainment buskers and more. A collaboration between the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and its Main Street Revitalization Committee, the Main Street Food Truck Festival began in 2010 with the goal of helping bring people back to Main Street, and saw a record turnout last year of nearly 50,000 people. What once was storefront after storefront of empty buildings and boarded-up windows has become, in the years since the Food Truck Festival began, Samantha's Tap Room & Wood Grill and Bruno's Italian Restaurant, not to mention the notable offices and residential buildings that have also sprung up. HS

"Something in the Woods," screening at the Arkansas Paranormal Expo
  • "Something in the Woods," screening at the Arkansas Paranormal Expo



9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10.

With subjects like UFOs, cryptozoology, the supernatural, psychic phenomena, and ghost hunting, who wouldn't want to attend the seventh annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo? Situated in and benefiting the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, the Paranormal Expo has grown to be the biggest and most popular event of its kind in all of Arkansas. Guest speakers such as author, folklorist and ghost hunter Alan Lowe (known for co-founding the Spirit Seekers Paranormal Investigation Research and Intervention Team, consulting on the Discovery Channel television series "A Haunting," and guest-performing on the radio program "Tales From the South"); psychic Carol Pate (known for her appearances on "The Geraldo Rivera Show," MSNBC's "Abrams Report" and "Larry King Live," and for the "ESP and the Paranormal" course she taught through the University of Arkansas's continuing education program for five years); and Bigfoot field researcher Robert Swain (known for co-founding Arkansas Primates Evidence Society and directing the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers) make the measly $10 pass for the whole weekend more than worthwhile. And kids under 12 are free! There also will be spooky movies showing in the "Haunted" Tower Theater; free health screenings provided by the UAMS College of Pharmacy; psychic/medium readings among the vendors; and a raffle with a variety of prizes, like a ghost hunt at the museum and tickets for Haunted Tours of Little Rock. HS

Phillip Mann and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra - KELLY HICKS
  • Kelly Hicks
  • Phillip Mann and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra



7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. Robinson Center Performance Hall. $15-$65.

When the dignitaries of Hogwarts laid an orphaned child on the steps of his guardians' home, they didn't have the privilege of hearing a crescendo of sound — the strings' bustling line and the heavy-hitting horns — that announced to movie-goers the arrival of the one that would finally defeat Voldemort. For those of you still waiting for your letter, settle for hearing the ASO perform the music from all eight films and replay scenes of magic and mischief in your head. Audience members are encouraged to dress up as their favorite characters — no polyjuice potion allowed. Tickets are available at arkansassymphony.org/magic. LG

NASHVILLE NIGHT: East Nashville folk outfit Humming House (above) shares a bill with Becca Mancari (below) at South on Main Tuesday evening.
  • NASHVILLE NIGHT: East Nashville folk outfit Humming House (above) shares a bill with Becca Mancari (below) at South on Main Tuesday evening.



8 p.m. South on Main. $10.

Go for the sweet ukelele strums and the two-step melodies of East Nashville's folk outfit Humming House, but by all means, don't be late for the opening act, Becca Mancari. The sometimes-colleague of Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard (in a loose side project called Bermuda Triangle) has a solo album on the horizon, "Good Woman," and the premiere tracks are captivating. Mancari's toured with Margo Price, but she couldn't be any more different in her approach to "country" music, if "Arizona Fire" is any indication. It's an impressionistic five minutes that mimics its title, reading as a desert mirage and built from sparse, shimmering guitar, timpani-like bass drums that sound as if they're booming from deep under the earth: "Wide-eyed and so very sad/Scratch me anywhere and I'll catch fire." Check it out, and then pair it with the Instagram-ready "Summertime Mama," Mancari's twangy ode to sundresses, fly-fishing and fleeting infatuation, complete with cameos from the singer's girlfriend, dog and Howard sporting a safari hat and Hawaiian shirt. SS


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