- SOUL MEN: The Bo-Keys play at South on Main 10 p.m. Friday as part of the ACANSA Arts Festival.
'DAYS OF HEAVEN'
7 p.m. Ron Robinson Theater. $5.
This month in the Arkansas Times Film Series, we're screening Terrence Malick's 1978 masterpiece "Days of Heaven," starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Sam Shepard, the last film Malick directed before his legendary 20-year hiatus. The Village Voice has called it "almost incontestably the most gorgeously photographed film ever made," and Variety has called it "one of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s." The Guardian recently judged it one of the top 10 arthouse films of all time, calling it "one of the most mesmerisingly beautiful evocations of the past ever laid on celluloid." The film will be introduced by Hendrix College film studies professor Dr. Kristi McKim. WS
9 p.m. Vino's.
Punk scene veterans reared in the heady marshlands of Savannah, Ga., Black Tusk prefer the term "swamp metal" for their music, which is otherwise often described as thrash or stoner or sludge. They are usually grouped with fellow Savannah bands Kylesa and Baroness, whose collective dedication to apocalyptic gloom reminds me that city's most famous literary export, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," would have made a fantastic title for a metal LP. Black Tusk's album titles are similarly evocative: "The Fallen Kingdom," "Passage Through Purgatory," "Taste the Sin." Last November, the band's founding bassist, Jonathan Athon, died after a motorcycle accident. He was 32. The whole metal community stepped up to pay tribute — local favorites Rwake dedicated a 2015 vinyl release to Athon's memory. This fall, the band is touring the U.S. for the first time since the tragedy, and we're extremely lucky it's decided to stop in Little Rock. Black Tusk shares the bill with Athens, Ga., experimental metal trio Lazer/Wulf and Madrid-based black metal group Wrong. WS
THURSDAY 9/17-SUNDAY 9/20
ACANSA ARTS FESTIVAL
Various venues, downtown Little Rock.
The 2nd annual ACANSA festival of the performing and visual arts, which began Tuesday, continues through Sunday. Thursday's events include a reception for an exhibition of paintings by Angela Davis Johnson at Argenta Gallery in North Little Rock, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and performances by acrobatic dancers PUSH Physical Theatre, 7 p.m. at North Little Rock Middle School; The Hot Sardines jazz group, 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center; "Blood at the Root," a play about six black teens convicted of beating a white student in Louisiana, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater in North Little Rock (also Friday and Saturday, same time); and "The Dork Knight," impersonations of Christian Bale and Jack Nicholson in "Batman" by Jason O'Connell, 9 p.m. at The Rep's Black Box Theater (also Friday, same time). Friday's events include a reception for the exhibition "The Art of Alonzo Ford," 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Arkansas Arts Center, and performances by The Exchange a capella group, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple, and beloved Memphis soul band The Bo-Keys at 10 p.m. at South on Main. Saturday's events include two for children: a puppet, music and dance show from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and the Children's Public Art Project from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Argenta Plaza in North Little Rock. Evening events include the dance troupe Urban Bush Women, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Little Rock Middle School, and ACANSA Avant-Garde Late Night with local band Amasa Hines, 9 p.m. at Rocktown Distillery. Sunday wraps things up with an 11 a.m. Gospel Brunch at Wildwood Park for the Arts, featuring the choir of St. Mark Baptist Church. There will be two "Lunch and Learn" events: a tour of the Albert Pike Memorial Temple from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and a talk by David E. Gifford about Arkansas art pottery from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Argenta Branch of the Laman Public Library in North Little Rock. Go to acansaartsfestival.org for tickets. LNP
6 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center. Free, but reservations required.
The Clinton School of Public Service's public lecture series — the regular speaker series and the Kumpuris lectures — have brought to Little Rock men and women from the world over to talk about economics, science, literature, climate, theater, sports, politics and other topics of import. Bob Dole, Clinton's opponent in his run for his second term in office, inaugurated the series. Now, for the 1,000th talk, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, the author of "It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Going," will talk about how people of any age can change the world for the better. As the vice chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, Clinton has focused on issues related to health, girls and women. She'll sign her book after the talk. Call 683-5239 to reserve a seat. LNP
- HAVE MERCY: Wynonna & The Big Noise play at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall, $27-$40.
WYNNONA & THE BIG NOISE
7:30 p.m. Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA. $27-$40.
Wynonna Judd was born in Ashland, Ky., a hometown she shares with Billy Ray Cyrus and Charles Manson. As with Cyrus (and Manson), the notion of family was always at the center of her career. Wynonna, whose half-sister is the actress Ashley Judd, began her professional life as one half of a duo with her mother, Naomi. They moved to Nashville together in the late '70s and became famous there, earning five Grammys and 14 No. 1 singles on the country charts. They did commercials for Kmart and halftime at the Super Bowl. More recently they had a reality show, "The Judds," on Oprah's network. Naomi retired due to illness — she contracted Hepatitis C — in 1991, and Wynonna went solo with an album called "Wynonna." It was led by a single called "I Saw the Light," a beautiful song that (you could be forgiven for not noticing) is about a cheating boyfriend. Many of her songs have this effect — their glossy likeability masking some deep inner scar. Judd, of course, has known great personal turmoil, having married men with names like Cactus Moser and D.R. Roach, the latter of whom was arrested for child molestation in 2007. Other traumas have been mined by tabloids and daytime talk shows. Asked by Rolling Stone about her dysfunctional family life, she said, "If you had to share a bus with your mother for 10 years, wouldn't you be that way too?" Probably we would. WS
SIX BRIDGES REGATTA
8 a.m. Arkansas Boathouse Club. Free.
The Six Bridges Regatta was launched last year as a kind of revival, 78 years after the fact, of the Arkansas Boathouse's popular annual race, held from 1882 to 1936 (the original Boathouse burned down in 1938). The race's return is the brainchild of oil executive Mike Coulson, who says, "It's a pretty elegant way to have some good exercise." The 5K will start near the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport and finish at the Junction Bridge. WS
LEGENDS OF ARKANSAS FESTIVAL
Noon. Riverfront Park. Free.
Legends of Arkansas is a crowd-funded, family-friendly music and arts festival that began two years ago with the noblest of intentions: to celebrate all things local. This year's event will feature two stages. At the First Security Amphitheater, Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass will headline (8:30 p.m.) after the Whole Famn Damily (1:15 p.m.), Big Piph (2:35 p.m.), Stephan James (3 p.m.), Collin vs. Adam (4:10 p.m.) and Barrett Baber (7 p.m.). The lineup at the History Pavilion will range from Mothwind (5 p.m.) and Duckstronaut (6 p.m.) to Groovecluster (7:45 p.m.) and Sick Numbles (9:15 p.m.). ReCreation Studios will bring the pyrotechnic circus tricks, and there will be an array of food trucks and craft vendors. Stickyz will host an after-party at 9:30 p.m., featuring FreeVerse's tribute to the Grateful Dead, and Midtown Billiards will host the after-party's after-party at 1:30 a.m., with Black River Pearl. WS