Weekend To-do: March 26-28

Old Flippy is a frog. He lives in my basement. I don’t know where he came from, or how he got in there, but since I moved in, Old Flippy has been huddled in the same spot in the same damp corner, just kicking it.

My dogs would walk over and sniff him occasionally, but that didn’t phase Old Flippy. Nothing much does.

He very rarely moves. Sometimes, I walk over and poke him to make sure he’s still alive. When I do, he moves his fat self up one step, only to eventually slink back into his familiar spot in the corner.

About a month ago, Old Flippy disappeared. At first I wasn’t concerned. I thought, “Good for Old Flippy. He’s out on an adventure.” Time passed. Weeks passed. Still, no sign of Flippy (or Flip Dog, or Flip Frog, for short).

After he’d been gone for more than two weeks, I considered putting up signs around the neighborhood. “Lost Frog. Green. Answers to…well, his name is Old Flippy.” I didn’t have a very clear picture of him, though (it’s dark in my basement).

After three months of sitting in the same spot, Old Flippy had finally moved on. He’d been gone for more than three weeks when I started fearing the worst. And then, last week, he was back. Good Old Flippy.

The moral of this story? Old Flippy is a great name for a Frog. Or a Dolphin.

Friday night, there is a Help Haiti benefit at the Walton Arts Center, featuring tunes by Brock Short and the Fire, Groovement and Band Earl and Them, and comedy by Jay Dee and Marcus Lane. Tickets are $15, and proceeds will benefit the Lambdi Fund of Haiti.

Theatre Squared opens their new production “Mauritius” at Studio Theatre, inside Nadine Baum Studios this weekend as well. More info on that is here.

The Razorback Baseball team opens a three game series with Alabama at Baum Stadium this weekend. The first game starts tonight at 6:30.

The Goddess Festival is winding down. Friday night, you can see Jorian Oxygen at East Square Plaza.

George’s has Tiffany Christopher and the Bel Aires for happy hour, and the After Party Allstars closing out the night, featuring members of the Fayetteville Jazz Ensemble, and 1 Oz. Jig.

Crazy Neighbor is at Smoke and Barrel Friday night, who I still contend has the best band name, ever.

Saturday night, there is an awesome show at The Groj. Dinosaur Feathers (Brooklyn) are in town, and DJ Sweetnes will close out the night with a dance party. Dinosaur Feathers = highly recommended.

Lucio will debut his new band, The Sample Platters at Grown Folks night at Smoke and Barrel Saturday night, featuring members of 1 oz Jig, Hardaway and the Commoners, Kory Montgomery Band, and “the best hip hop samples dating from 1990 to present day.”

The Hogeye Ramblers, featuring a different kind of all-star lineup of musicians from around town, is at Arsaga’s on Crossover. Emily Kaitz, Drew Pierce, Dennis Collins, Denise Lanuti and Bob Holland are all incredible musicians, and they are all in the Hogeye Ramblers.

Big Smith is in town for a show at George’s, and Randall Shreve and the Sideshow are at Rogue.

There’s more stuff below. As always, fill us in on anything we’ve missed in the comments. What are you guys doing this weekend?

Friday, March 26
Nadine Baum Studios: Mauritius
Baum Stadium: Arkansas Baseball vs. Alabama
Greenhouse Grille: Walter Savage
The Wine Cellar: Jovan Arellano
Ella’s: Matt Smith
JJ’s Grill n Chill: TJ Scarlett
East Square Plaza: Jorian Oxygen – (Goddess Festival)
Jose’s: Robert Hatfield
Walton Arts Center: Help Haiti Comedy & Music Relief Show
George’s: Bel Airs / Tiffany Christopher / Afterparty Allstars
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Crazy Neighbor
Saturday, March 27
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Edible Landscaping Presentation
Nadine Baum Studios: Mauritius
Baum Stadium: Arkansas Baseball vs. Alabama
Qdoba Mexican Grill: Mellow Fellows
Ella’s: Matt Smith
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Will Brand
Jose’s: John D. Levan
Walton Arts Center: Joe Bonamassa
Boom Boom Room: The Revolving Doors
Rogue: Randall Shreve and The Sideshow
The GROJ: Dinosaur Feathers / DJ SweetNES
George’s: Big Smith
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Lucio Presents: Grown Folks Night
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Hogeye Ramblers
Sunday, March 28
Greenhouse Grille: Raja
Common Grounds: DJ SoulFree / Ocie, Derek & Ricky
Nadine Baum Studios: Mauritius
Baum Stadium: Arkansas Baseball vs. Alabama
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Movie Night: Alfred Hitchcock Presents
George’s: 1 Oz. Jig