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Bloodworth Thomason signs book at benefit n TV producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, wife of Arkansas native Harry Thomason, will make her first stop on a national booksigning tour the Central Arkansas Main Library. Bloodworth Thomason has authored “Liberating Paris,” a novel about a year in the lives of six friends. She will read from the book and sign books at the library’s Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and special guests include Jimmie Lou Fisher and Barbara Pryor. Tickets are $50 and the price includes a personally autographed hard cover copy of the book; limited additional copies may be purchased at the reception. All proceeds benefit the Claudia Foundation and the Butterfly Community. Call 834-0034 for more information. The event is being cosponsored by Brentano’s Bookstore, Waldenbooks, the North Little Rock Public Library, CALS and Kudzu Productions. ** Hot Springs turns bluesy during Labor Day weekend with its eighth annual Blues Festival, with music events held in clubs throughout the historic district while the two big outside events are free. The now-almost-legendary, Arkansas-bred rhythm and blues act the Cate Brothers kick off Friday pre-festival festivities with a concert on the Arlington Park lawn at 6:30 p.m. That precedes a pub crawl through six clubs down Central Avenue (see “In the Clubs” on page 28). The pub crawl has a $10 total cover charge (or $5 at each venue) that goes to keep the rest of the festival free each year. The festival officially gets under way at noon Saturday, Sept. 4, at the downtown Transportation Depot with Murfreesboro-based Jeff Guerin and the Community Band. Other acts are Blue Blazes with vocalist John Talley, Charlotte Taylor and Gypsy Rain, and John Weston and Carla Robinson during the afternoon, leading up to a tri-headliner show beginning at 5 p.m. and starring harmonica player Gary Primich of Chicago via Austin, Texas; Philadelphia guitarist Sean Costello, and longtime Chicago-style blues favorite Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin. The festival is sponsored by the Spa City Blues Society, in conjunction with Coco Beverage, the Hot Springs Advertising and Promotion Commission and Powell Broadcasting. For more information on the event or joining the Blues Society, call 501-623-8425 or 501-767-1143. Pop music at the Peabody Columbia recording artist Avion and local singer-songwriter Sara Thomas will perform at the Peabody Rooftop Party, organized by the Peabody Little Rock and KURB-FM, 98.5, on Thursday, Sept. 2. Thomas kicks off the music at 6 p.m. The cover charge is $5 and the party is for people 21 years ands older. Snacks will be available along with a cash bar. The event will be held on the lower terrace on the first level, next to the business center. Avion’s “Seven Days Without You” is Top20 Hot adult-contemporary hit. The band’s lead singer, Steve Bertrand, is the former frontman of the Tories. Avion’s website is avionmusic.com. All-day bluegrass at Magic Springs Bluegrass fans can enjoy a full day of music as Magic Springs concludes its summer concert series on Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Hot Springs area theme park. The Magic Springs Bluegrass Festival, featuring seven bluegrass bands and a clogging troupe, begins at noon with performances throughout the park and concludes that night at the 10,000-seat Timberwood Amphitheater. Park admission ($20 after 6 p.m.) gets you into the shows. Posey Hill, the Ouachita Mountain Boys and Something Blue are slated to perform during the afternoon. The Old School Bluegrass Band headlines the amphitheater concert, which also includes the Wooten Brothers, the Keisler Brothers and Cedar Hill, along with the Crowley’s Ridge Cloggers. The nighttime portion starts at 7. Call 501-624-0100 for more information. Magic Springs is on U.S. Highway 70 east of Hot Springs. The park’s season ends Sept. 26.

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