Weekend: Oct 16, 17, 18

If you don’t do anything else this weekend, slap yourself in the face or spray some water on yourself or pinch yourself and realize that we are experiencing one of the best times of the year to live in Fayetteville.

The leaves are already starting to change, the Farmers’ Market is still going and the weather is cool and brisk. Plus, there is football on TV, Halloween is just around the corner, holiday stress is at least a few weeks away, the World Series is about to begin and there are about a million other reasons to snap out of whatever Fall funk you might find yourself in. Just take all of this stuff in, Fayetteville. Because soon enough, it will be freezing out there and the holidays stress will take over. Enjoy this while it lasts.

Also, it’s the weekend. Celebrate. Here’s the haps.

Wanna see a movie tonight? Maybe you should head over to the UARK Bowl for Dinner and a Movie with Young Frankenstein and German food by Ella’s Sous Chef Jason Werner.

Wanna check out some tunes? There’s a good house show at Ameroplace tonight with Church of the Snake (Hot Springs),Color Club, and Railcars (San Francisco Electro-Pop). It will be awesome.

You could also check out Guta at Smoke and Barrel Tavern. They groove.

There are tons of bands at George’s on Friday with Joe Giles and the Homewreckers and Lafosu for happy hour, and Fade to Fall, The Plaid Jackets, A Good Fight, Even Heroes, Hidden Element, and SilverStone late-night.

Saturday is going to be awesome. We’re in the waning weeks of the Farmers’ Market, so get down there while you still can. You can get yourself a pumpkin.

There are two really fun-sounding non-profit fundraisers this weekend. First is Golftoberfest, a mini-golf tournament at Gator Golf to raise money for Single Parent Scholarship Fund.

The other one is a mini grand-prix at the NWA Mall. There, you can check out teams of amateur racers driving mini-cars around a one-third-mile track. The NWA Mini Grand Prix benefits the Care Initiative, and the mini-cars look really fun/hilarious.

The Chili Pepper Festival is Saturday at Agri Park. Men’s and women’s cross country teams from all over the country will be in town competing to become the Chili Pepper champion. It’s a big deal.

Also on Saturday, the Razorbacks take on the Florida Gators at 2:30 pm. The game will be televised on CBS.

There is a Native American art show called Diverse Nation at Ultra Studios on Saturday from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Flamenco guitarist Raja Khoury and gypsy violinist Ryan Cockerham will provide the tunes, and Troy Anderson, Jay Benham, Benjamin Harjo, Jr., Merlin Little Thunder, Robert Taylor and Tony Tiger will be showing work.

Tunes-wise Saturday night, you’ve got some options.

If you like swing, bluegrass, folk, and traditional music, you could check out the Hogeye Ramblers at Arsaga’s on Crossover.

There’s a sweet show at Smoke and Barrel with Deadman Flats. Acoustic Death Metal Cow Punk from Lawrence. Seriously.

Another show worth checking out is the Kopecky Family Band at the new Rogue Pizza Co. on Dickson. They’re from Nashville and judging by the tunes on their Myspace page, they will be really freaking good.

Also Saturday night, Little Feat, Speakeasy, and the Ben Miller Band are at George’s. Yup. that Little Feat. (The famous ones).

On Sunday, you can have some music with your brunch at Greenhouse Grille with Matt and Gus Smith, or at Common Grounds with Tiffany Christopher.

Sunday night, there’s a women’s open mic night at Nightbird Books, and you can check out Pope County Bootleggers at George’s for Monster Mug Night. Or both.

What are you doing this weekend?

Friday, October 16
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Keith Nicholson 
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Kevin Fuglseth 
Drifters: Jesse Dean 
George’s: Lafuso, Joe Giles, Fade to Fall, The Plaid Jackets, A Good Fight, Even Heroes, Hidden Element, SilverStone 
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Guta 
Teatro Scarpino: Adele & The Matts 
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Dinner and a Movie-Young Frankenstein 
Walton Arts Center: Luna Negra Dance Theater 
Bordino’s: 8 Foot Jump 
Ella’s: Timothy Paul 
Rogue Pizza Co.: Kopecky Family Band (more info)
Ameroplace: Church of the Snake, Railcars, Color Club 
Greenhouse Grille: Alex Lewis Jazz Trio 6 pm
Qdoba Mexican Grill: Luda 
Fayetteville Public Library: Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil’s Highway 12 pm
Saturday, October 17
Wasabi: Jovan Arellano 
Ella’s: Matt Smith 
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Hogeye Ramblers 
George’s: Little Feat Speakeasy, Ben Miller Band 
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Deadman Flats 
Soul: Claudia Burson Trio 
Walton Arts Center: Luna Negra Dance Theater’s Mi Familia/My Dance 
Bordino’s: Jones n’ Leah 
Gator Golf: Golftoberfest (more info)
Randal Tyson Park: Washington Co. Democratic Women’s BBQ (more info)
NWA Mall: NWA Mini Grand Prix (more info)
Sunday, October 18
Common Grounds: Tiffany Christopher 
George’s: Pope County Bootleggers 
Nightbird Books: Howl – Women’s Open Mic 6:30pm
Greenhouse Grille: Matt and Gus Smith