Thursday To-Do: Sept. 9

Judging by what transpired during yesterday’s Walton Arts Center facilities committee meeting, these to-do posts could be getting a little more interesting.

Maybe it’s just me, but I have a hard time imagining a Walton Arts Center event in the mall parking lot. The neon lights of a JCPenney sign aren’t really what come to mind when I think of an arts center.

Ted Nugent? Totally. M.C. Hammer? Maybe. Blue Man Group? Not so much.

Seriously, though. I’m sure they know what they’re doing. The AMP already brings in lots of great music and with even more support, maybe the lineups will get even better.

I just hope this decision doesn’t interfere with that other thing they’re supposed to be working on right now.


Speaking of the AMP, whether you make it out to the Luke Bryan show or not, you should certainly consider stopping by George’s later in the evening to see Cory Branan for free. That’s right. Free show.

I got a sneak peek at Cory’s latest album a few months ago and a new song was immediately added to my deserted island list. “Survivor Blues” is the best written song I’ve heard in years. There’s a live version at the bottom of the profile we published in January. Or you could just request it tonight.

There’s other stuff happening, too. TheatreSquared and Walton Arts Center are back in action and there’s a handful of other live music options.

From the calendar

Arts & Entertainment
George’s: Cory Branan
UA Student Union: John Well-Off-Man opening reception
Mill District Lot: Music at the Mill w/ 3 Penny Acre
Whole Earth Organic Lounge: Organic Wine Tasting & Music by Pura Vida
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Darren Ray
Nadine Baum Studios: (T2) Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
AMP: Luke Bryan / Jon Pardi
UA Student Union: Poetry Slam w/ Jessica Lohafer
Walton Arts Center: Blue Man Group
Powerhouse: The Steve Dimmit Band
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: some guy named robb
Public Meetings
City Hall: FFEAC Inclusion Group – 11:45 a.m.
Airport Conference Room: Airport Board – 1:30 p.m.
City Hall: Planning Agenda Session and Tour – 4:00 p.m.
New Design School: FFEAC Creative Economy Group – 5:30 p.m.
City Hall: Environmental Action Committee – 5:30 p.m.