T TAURI FILM FESTIVAL
7 p.m., Independence Hall, University of Arkansas Community College, Batesville. Free.
“Suddenly one day some fat girl in Ohio is going to be the next Mozart and make a beautiful film with her father's camera and for once the so-called professionalism about movies will be destroyed forever, and it will really become an art form,” said Francis Ford Coppola, famously, years ago. The director was riffing on 8mm recorders. Now, of course, preteens own Flip cameras and edit footage better than their parents. The work of those budding filmmakers, or at least those in grades six to 12, will be on display all weekend at the fifth annual T Tauri Film Festival. An outgrowth of the Ozark Foothills Film Festival, the festival opened, earlier in the week, with a series of workshops on topics like screenwriting, using a camera, documentary film and hand-drawn animation. The public program starts on Thursday with a discussion of animation by instructor Wes Obrigewitsch and a screening of animated entries. Friday's program, also free and kicking off at 7 p.m., is dedicated to comedy and drama entries. Documentaries will screen beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, with an overview of the winners and an awards ceremony to follow. Admission on Saturday is $1-$8. For a fuller schedule visit www.ttauri.org. LM.
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $5.
Once upon a time, this was supposed to be a celebration of the release of Frown Pow'r's debut album, “Don't Doubt It, Shout It.” But duplication goes slow, artwork takes forever and here we are with what the boys are billing as a pre-release show. You know, to whet your appetite. Any excuse to see this shambolic five-piece, which specializes in a sort of deconstructive garage-folk that sounds like Hasil Adkins gone pop or the Black Lips with a tambourine fixation. Either or all ways, it makes for a fine, freewheeling live show. Co-headliners the See recall power trios of yore, before, as I think I've said previously, indie rock got all weepy. The band recently put out a fine EP, “Bars of Gold,” and already has a number of new tunes. Look out, in particular, for one the band does with the dudes from Frown Pow'r offering an assist with harmonies. It's epic. Opener Winston Family Orchestra blends Girl Group harmonies with punk urgency. LM.
8 p.m., Vino's. $7.
For those (like me) who worry local hip-hop is, at best, treading water and, at worst, sinking quickly, a rejoinder. Or at least that's the idea behind the Arkansas Hip-Hop Showcase. Organized by believers Max Farrell, Conduit Entertainment and OnthaGrind.net, the contest pits 10 mostly up-and-coming local acts against each other. Much like the Times Musicians Showcase, judges will score on originality, showmanship, lyrical cohesiveness and production. An audience vote factors in, too. The contestants include a lot of rappers who could use better names — Koop Da Villain, Lunchroom Bullies, Duke, L. Capo, Bobby, Rah hoWard, J3, K2 the Goon, Mista Mayhem and Cat Daddy. The winner gets $200, a feature on local DJ Discipline's forthcoming “Disciplinary Actions” mixtape, a $50 gift certificate to Rock City Kicks and a feature in NuSouth Online Magazine. There are cash prizes for first and second runners up, too. Farrell and SJ from the 4X4 Crew emcee and DJ Discipline works the ones and twos. LM.
7 p.m., the Village. $15 adv., $20 d.o.s.
With neckties, sweater vests and library outfits from the 1970s, Emery's appearance sure doesn't match its post-hardcore sound, full of screams and breakdowns, catchy hooks and melodies. Steering clear from being labeled a Christian band, although all members are open about their faith, Emery attempts with its latest album, “… In Shallow Seas We Sail,” to continue mixing themes of spiritual missions with those of inner turmoil in relationships (yawn). This Seattle crew, originally from South Carolina, comes to town with Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Kiros and Secret and Whisper on the “Thee Summer Bailout Tour.” PP.
DIVING BELL BALL.
8 p.m., Revolution. $7.
There are a number of access points to the Diving Bell Ball. It doubles as a CD release party for the local indie act Free Micah. “We Sure Do Get Around to Living” is the six-piece's debut. It's filled with big boy-girl harmonies, lush, layered instrumentation and earnest lyrics about love, God and Little Rock (what else is there, really?). It's also another chance to celebrate the latest release from Chase Pagan. “Bells & Whistles” finds the Wynne-born musician applying his sweeping falsetto to bounce-y pop arrangements, a fairly stark departure from his more somber prior work. It's not been long either since local troubadour Kevin Kerby put out his latest, “Beautiful and Bright.” It's as full of cheek and wit as anything the former Mulehead front man has released. Ditto, at least it seems, for Damn Bullets, whose aptly named “Electric Folk Boogie” remains in regular rotation. But, more than anything else, the reason these four acts are grouped together and Diamond Bear and others are sponsoring the event, is to support the Northwest Arkansas-based nonprofit Overlooked. The group raises funds for the poor and oppressed through the sale of artsy, message-driven T-shirts. They'll, of course, be on-sale at the show. LM.
CASPIAN HAT DANCE
9 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
And now for something completely different: From Amsterdam come five shirtless, be-wigged, funny-sunglass-wearing multi-lingual multi-instrumentalists. Who dabble in gypsy music, klezmer, “misbehaved village wedding music” and Southern Italian pizzica (Italian folk dance). Who sing in Dutch, English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romani, Spanish and languages of their own creation. But, mostly, at least based on their material available online, who play instruments like the accordion, bass, guitar, washboard and a slew of more exotic ones — the darbuka, daf, dum-dum, charango and quena. In its web bio, the band prides itself for hard, indiscriminate touring, boasting that it plays everywhere from bars to squats to your rooftop. All sounds like the perfect mix for White Water, where stomping is always encouraged. LM.
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
9 p.m., Juanita's. $18 adv., $20 d.o.s.
Since the debut of its platinum “Vegas” in 1997, the Crystal Method has continuously raised the bar for electronic music. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, both born in the City of Lights, met in L.A., where they discovered they had a crush on the same girl — Crystal. They revealed their dilemma to a confidant, who replied, “Ah, the Crystal method.” Although this is the true source of the name's origin, it unmistakably also serves as a snide reference to speed, as do several song titles. Since “Vegas,” CM has released three additional albums, “Tweekend,” “Legion of Boom” and this year's “Divided By Night,” darker and with more guest vocalists. Reminiscent of its pioneered sound, the album's hip-hop direction can't be ignored. With local beatmasters Justin Sane, Jared Lawler and Ewell on the bill, this all-ages show should bring out everyone not quite old enough to throw down at Discovery. PP.
9 p.m., Juanita's, $5, 18 and up.
Really funky, heavy beats, trade-off vocals and instrumentally complex arrangements have attracted fans across the country to Oklahoma's psych-pop pranksters Starlight Mints. This five-person group, bonded together by a love of archetypal pop music and AM radio, has turned out three acclaimed albums as well as the brand-new “Change Remains.” Songs definitely worth checking out before the show include “Zoomba,” “Submarine No. 3,” “Rinky Dinky” (which has a T-Rex strain in its DNA) and “Rhino Stomp.” JP Inc. and Little Rock's Natural State complete the triple bill. PP.