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.
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.
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.
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.
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