- THE MUNKS: Paying tribute.
Enjoy music and stories about one of the state’s treasures at the 10th annual Louis Jordan Tribute on Thursday, July 6, at Cornerstone Pub in North Little Rock. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $6 is requested. The tribute funds go to a Jordan memorial to be placed in Brinkley.
Founded by Stephen Koch, a local music writer and historian, the event will include such performers as The Honkies, a Fayetteville band; Nasty Abbott; John Lefler and the Good Time Ramblers, and members of the Bug Tussle Boys and the Munks. Also, Little Rock writer Bill Jones will speak, along with Eugene Porter, formerly of Arkansas Baptist College, where Jordan attended college.
Jordan, who was born July 8, 1908, in Brinkley, was a rhythm and blues pioneer, and he had more than 50 top-ten hits during the 1940s. B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley and James Brown all credit Jordan with influencing their style. Jordan died in 1975.
For more on Jordan, read Stephen Koch’s “Arkansongs” on page 30.
The International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) All Star Pro Fitness Championships will be held Saturday, July 8, at Robinson Center Music Hall. Competitors will battle for an $8,000 purse, and the top three finishers in Little Rock move on to the 2006 Olympia. The event is expected to draw bodybuilders from throughout the country.
Preliminaries will be staged at 11 a.m., with the finals starting at 7 p.m. Tickets for the finals are $20 and $28 and available through Ticketmaster or the Robinson box office. Admission to the prelims is $10 and $13.
The Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott will take visitors back in time to the pioneer era with its annual Homespun Day on Saturday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Artisans from the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View and around the state will spin, weave, make baskets and demonstrate other traditional skills from the pioneer days. Indoor demonstrations include spinning by Genevieve Dawson, weaving by Martha Laster, basket making by Gary Richeson, corn shuck doll making by Erlene Carter, and paper folding by Mary Lou Kosmeder. Folk Center musicians will perform in the museum gallery. Visitors can make paper dolls, paper quilts, homemade butter, take part in traditional games and cook old-fashioned recipes in a Dutch oven. Cobbler and ice cream will be made on site.
Tours of the museum’s Dortch Cotton Gin are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The museum is at the junction of Highways 165 and 161, five miles from Interstate 440. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and all outdoor activities are free. Indoor museum activities cost $3 for adults and $2 for children. Call 961-1409.
‘Rocky Horror’ held over
Sellout crowds for three weekends have led the Weekend Theater to hold over “The Rocky Horror Show” another week. Showtime for the gender-bending, glam-rock musical is 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and admission is $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors.
Call 374-3761 for reservations.
Youth musical at Arkansas Rep
The Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Summer Musical Theater will present performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday on the Rep’s Main Stage at 601 Main St.
The intensive two-week program, in its second year, gives young actors the chance for professional training to enhance their acting, vocal and dance skills. Participants perform language and movement exercises, learn choreography and musical selections, attend regular daily rehearsals and perform in front of live audiences.
Tickets for the Saturday performances are $10. Call 378-0445.
Cruisin’ in the Rock is back at the River Market pavilions on Friday, July 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Perfect for the hot weather are some of the coolest cars you’ll see: muscle cars, street rods, classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Rock ‘n’ roll music blares and participants and spectators have a chance to win prizes. The event is free. Anyone with a classic car, truck or motorcycle that they’d like to show off can call Carol Dolan at 370-3201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The monthly Sandwiching in History program will visit First Presbyterian Church at 800 Scott St. on Friday, July 7. The noon tour is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and is free; bring a sack lunch.
The church, considered an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture, was designed by John Parks Almand and constructed in 1921.
The Little Rock Zoo will feature its barnyard animals in a Saturday breakfast on July 8 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Zoo keepers and docents will offer special presentations. The $12 admission ($9 for children) includes the buffet breakfast and admission to the zoo.
Call 666-2406 for more information.
Kabin Thomas performs benefit
Kabin Thomas, the former professor of music at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is hoping to raise money to continue teaching classical music and the arts to children, and he’ll put on a benefit show, “Falling Flat on My Grace,” on Friday in Fayetteville.
The show is at 7 p.m. at the Clapp Auditorium at Mount Sequoyah Methodist Retreat Center, 150 Northwest Skyline Drive. Any amount of donation will be accepted. Thomas — joined by the Claudia Burson Jazz Trio, pianist Lyndon Meyer, and Fayetteville High music teacher Robert Neralich — will sing, dance and play the jazz tuba, while reminiscing about his 10 years at the UA, he says. The show will also include portions of Thomas’ favorite music appreciation lectures about the power of music, thinking alternatively and “the joy of living outside the box,” he said.
For more information call 479-422-8908 or visit www.kabinthomas.com/donate/.