Weekend To-do: May 21-23

Something weird is going on here on earth. Last night, at around 7:00 p.m., thinks like “something just shook the foundation” and “WTF was that big boom?” started appearing on Twitter.

Turns out, a 2.6 magnitude earthquake struck Benton County with an epicenter near Cave Springs, the second one in the last month. A 2.5 magnitude earthquake hit the same area on April 29. Did any of you guys feel it? What the heck is going on?

Barring the eruption of Mount Sequoyah, typhoons over Beaver Lake, or a larger earthquake that swallows up Dickson Street, this weekend is looking pretty awesome. Sunny skies, and near 90° weather are on the way, and there are a ton of things going on in town. Weekend!

For example, let’s say you wanted to see some live theater. You could head to the UARK Bowl where Arts Live Theater will present some really cute kids doing their own rendition of the Wizard of Oz.

You could also check out two brand new plays at Nadine Baum Studios during the first night of a three-day Arkansas New Play Festival. More on that is here.

You could even take in a puppet show (sort-of), with The Man Who Planted Trees at the Walton Arts Center, performed by Puppet State Theatre Company of Edinburgh, Scotland. Something tells me this one’s a little higher quality than your average puppet show.

Wanna check out some classic cars and sweet motorbicycles? Bikes, Blues & Hot Rods Too is going down at The AMP. There’s a classic car parade rolling in at around 6:00 p.m., and Charliehorse, LaFuSo, and Oreo Blue will provide the tunes.

There’s a big old dance party at Mojo’s with DJ’s Domewrekka, Merl, and Bizar.

Also, does anyone know anything about Derek and Ricky, playing at Savor Friday night? I’d like to think that that’s their band name, and not the names of the dudes playing. We’ll find out.

Saturday is supposed to be absolutely beautiful. You can spend a good portion of it with your dog, too.

Start with the Farmers’ Market, which is finally getting itself some good Farmers’ Market weather after two straight rainy Saturdays.

Then, you could go to the Dogwood Walk on Old Main Lawn. After that, your dog should be pretty much exhausted.

If you’re still ready to party, get ready for more cowbell than you can handle at The AMP with Blue Oyster Cult, and the Georgia Satellites.

There’s a sweet show at The GROJ with Hosta and Megamatt.

If you feel like shaking your bootie (and by bootie, I mean butt) E.Q., FRED T and Mr. “CitI-BoI”, Marquis, Ceephor, Lucio, and R.A.V.E.N. at Grown Folks Night at Smoke and Barrel.

There’s more. Actually, there’s tons more. What are you guys doing this weekend?

Friday, May 21
AMP: Bikes Blues and Hot Rods Too
Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Fest
Ella’s: William Reyes
George’s: Steppin Stone / Mo Brothers / Peter, Paul & Pelphrey
Greenhouse Grille: Drew Packard Trio
Fayetteville Town Center: Pel’s Pals Whole Hog Roast
Savor: Derek and Ricky
Jose’s: Strange Heroes
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Jamie Wolfe
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Arts Live Theatre presents: The Wizard of Oz
Walton Arts Center: The Man Who Planted Trees
Mojo’s: Mojo Mixdown with Domewrekka / Merl / Bizar
Boom Boom Room: Guda / Workhorse
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Pope County Bootleggers
Teatro Scarpino: Friday Night Salsa (Dancing & Lesson)
La Huerta – Crossover: Darren Ray
Saturday, May 22
AMP: Bikes Blues and Hot Rods Too
Jammin’ Java: East of Zion
Walton Arts Center: The Man Who Planted Trees
UA Old Main / Giffels Auditorium: 18th Annual Dogwood Walk
Nightbird Books: Mimi Mathis Reading & Reception
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Arts Live Theatre presents: The Wizard of Oz
Ella’s: Raja
Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Fest
Mickey Finn’s: Jones’n Leah
AMP: Blue Oyster Cult / The Georgia Satellites
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Jovan Arellano
Walton Arts Center: Jim Brickman’s Beautiful World Tour
Rogue: Fayetteville Funk Ensemble / Randall Shreve
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Reese Neil
George’s: Cousin Eddie
The GROJ: Hosta, Megamatt
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Lucio presents: Grown Folks Night
Mojo’s: Justin Leflar Roadhouse
Sunday, May 23
Emelia’s Kitchen: Drew Packard/Garrett Jones Duo
Greenhouse Grille: Clarke Buehling Banjo
UARK Bowl & Ballroom: Arts Live Theatre presents: The Wizard of Oz
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst
Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared’s Arkansas New Play Fest
LIT: Jody’s Living Room Open Mic
Mellow Mushroom Pizza: Tiffany Christopher
Louie’s Bar & Grill: Jones’n Leah
George’s: Fayetteville Funk Ensemble
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Giant Monster MST3K Movie Night
Boom Boom Room: 2Me / Damn Bullets