- WARHOL: At the Arts Center.
‘ANDY WARHOL: 15 WEEKS OF FAME'
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center. $8-$12.
Only 44 years after Andy Warhol exhibited his first “Brillo” box, the Arkansas Arts Center opens on Friday the state's first comprehensive show of art by the pop genius. With his “Brillo” box replicas in cardboard and wood, Warhol declared that if an artist makes it and intends it to be art, it is art. Serigraphs of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell's split pea soup, paintings, drawings, screen tests from his films, the “Silver Clouds” installation of silver mylar pillow-shaped balloons and screen tests — they're all in the show, thanks to a partnership between the Arts Center and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Penn. The exhibit runs through Feb. 1; for a preview, check out “recent videos” at www.arktimes.com. LNP.
BLACK JOE LEWIS AND THE HONEY BEARS
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.
Contemporary blues and soul acts often fail similarly: they're watered-down or, even worse, cleaned-up imitations of their forbearers. Aus-tin's Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears have a healthy sense of the past. The blues/soul act features a three piece horn section, and the band's mixture of soul beats and horns with blues riffs often recalls Stax greats like Albert King. As a vocalist, too, Lewis' soul bark has a visceral strength that brings to mind the likes of Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Long an Austin standout, the band's starting to crossover nationally — they've been out on tour with Spoon and they recently attracted a massive crowd at the Austin City Limits. They come to Little Rock in support of their forthcoming debut, produced by Spoon's Jim Eno. Get a taste of the group's raucous energy (“DC Killer”) and slow-burn soulfulness (“Bitch, I Love You”) on Rock Candy. LM.
‘FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF'
7:30 p.m., Weekend Theater. $10-$14.
An Obie award-winning stage play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” takes the form or a “choreopoem,” a series of 20 prose poems that touch on abortion, domestic abuse and love. Written by Ntozake Shange, the play first debuted outside of a women's bar in 1975 in Berkeley, but quickly made it to New York, first off Broadway and, then, in 1976, on Broad-way. Writing in the New Yorker, theater critic Hilton Als said that “... all sorts of people who might never have set foot in a Broadway house — black nationalists, feminist separatists — came to experience Shange's firebomb of a poem. ... [T]he disenfranchised heard a voice they could recognize, one that combined the trickster spirit of Richard Pryor with a kind of mournful blues.” Directed by Felicia Richardson, the play runs through Saturday. LM.
THE CHEETAH GIRLS
4 p.m., Alltel Arena. $33.25-$43.25.
Grown concertgoers will always have something to bitch about. Why didn't we get the Police? Where's Tom Petty? But tweens in Central Arkansas don't have any room to complain. In the last two years, they've gotten Raven Symone, the Jonas Brothers twice, Hannah Montana and now, for the second time, the Cheetah Girls. (Pity the parent who's seen all those.) While not quite as huge as Hannah or the Jonases, the Cheetah Girls still sit on a rarefied perch in the Disney Empire. More than six million viewers tuned in to see the girls latest TV movie, “The Cheetah Girls: One World,” a Bollywood-esque musical that, like the Cheetah Girls' books that inspired the movies that led to the soundtracks, teaches the value of friendship, self-respect and elaborately choreographed dancing. Ex-pect more of the same from the Cheetah Girls onstage. LM.
8 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $17-$52.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra returns to its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks series with selections by Samuel Barber, Niccolo Paganini and Robert Schumann. Barber's “Second Essay” opens the performance. Composed during WWII, the Neo-Romantic piece opens with a quiet passage featuring solo and wind instruments, before building to a climax featuring the full orchestra. Italian violinist Franco Mezzena was originally scheduled to accompany the orchestra in Paganini's “Violin Concerto No. 1,” but he's had to cancel due to illness. Now, prodigy Shannon Lee steps in to perform Paganini's showcase for the violin. The final piece, Schumann's “Symphony No. 2,” follows a dramatic, emotional path from conflict to victory. The ASO reprises the show on Sunday at 3 p.m. LM.
6 p.m., Revolution. $15.
“Keep it country, son.” That's what Junior Brown heard from his idol early in his career. Nearly two decades later, Brown's still work-ing in blues, Western swing, surf, Tex-Mex and rock 'n' roll into his music, but he remains country to the core. Always in a suit, with a cowboy hat tipped high and his “guit-steel” (a combination six-string guitar and lap steel) in hand, the man's got a reputation for putting on a mean show. As a picker, his dexterity is almost unrivaled (he regularly moves between six-string and steel several times during a song). His voice, too, a deep, rich twang that belies his Indiana roots, can sell sentiment just as well as irony. Look for plenty of the latter in classics like “Highway Patrol,” “My Wife Thinks You're Dead” and “My Baby Don't Dance to Nothing But Ernest Tubb.” Little Rock's honky-tonk heroes the Salty Dogs open the show, which because of local blue laws will be over some-time before 10 p.m. LM.
7:30 p.m., Reynolds Performance Hall, UCA, Conway. $23-$35.
Jazz fans know him as the eldest son in the country's pre-eminent jazz families, as a saxophonist who's collaborated with the likes of Art Blakely, Miles Davis and Sting. Regular folks remember him as the leader of Jay Leno's band in the early '90s. Now, classical music enthu-siasts are getting a taste, as the Grammy Award winning saxophonist tours with the Philharmonia Brasileira in a tribute to famed Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, who famously joined Brazilian folk music with the European classical tradition. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the composer's death, the concert includes Villa-Lobos' “Fantasia for Soprano Saxophone,” “Suite for Strings” and “Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5.” LM.
8 p.m., Afterthought. $12 adv., $15 d.o.s.
Almost exactly a year after the famed contemporary jazz act played the Windsong Performing Arts Center, Astral Project returns for an even more intimate set. Though firmly rooted in Bebop, the four-piece keeps it true to the original spirit of jazz, mixing genres as far flung as rock, world and classical and always working in a healthy amount of their funky hometown of New Orleans. Together since 1978, the group, which includes saxophonist Tony Dagradi, guitarist Steve Masakowski, bassist James Singleton and drummer Johnny Vidacovich, has long been regarded as the Crescent City's premier modern jazz act. Venerable jazz mag OffBeat even called them “one of the most unique jazz groups pe-riod.” With bona fides like those, and a sure guarantee for a unique, highly improvised show, this is a concert for which you'll want to get tick-ets early.