Weekend To-do: Sept. 17-19

Not to be a Dustin Downer (that’s the male version of Debbie Downer) or anything, but as they say in France, “It’s been a really long week, s’il vous plait.”

I’m not sure what that means (especially the second part), but if you translate that from French to Estonian, from Estonian to Yiddish, Yiddish to Greek, and back to English using the popular online translator Babblefish, you get the phrase “Who poured this taco in my sock, refrigerator.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

There’s quite a bit going on in town this weekend. There’s music, there’s theatre, there’s food, there are three kid-related charity events in town, and the Razorbacks open SEC play at Georgia.

We finally made it, everyone. Do something awesome.


After a week like this one, it’s usually a good idea to start with a happy hour somewhere. George’s has the Nace Brothers and Joe Giles & The Homewreckers starting at 6 p.m., and Big Smith returns to town for the late night show.

In other tunes news, Smoke & Barrel has Tyrannosaurus Chicken and Mojo’s Pints & Pies has Beans & Cornbread Friday night.

You could be one of the first people ever to order a mixed drink at Maxine’s Tap Room this weekend. They were approved for a liquor license this week, and the plan was to begin serving the hard stuff as early as Friday. Also, Jed’s playing.

If you’d rather catch a flick, you could head over to the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour stop at the UA Global Campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the movies start at 6:30 p.m. Here’s more.

There are only two weekends left to see TheatreSquared’s The 39 Steps at Nadine Baum Studios if you haven’t seen it already.

Finally, if you’re feeling charitable, or if you’re just feeling like dancing, there’s a benefit for the Children’s Safety Center called “Dream Big” at the Town Center. Boom Kinetic will provide the booty shaking incentive.


There are only a few months left to enjoy the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. As nice as the weather has been in the mornings lately, there’s really no excuse not to start your Saturday on the square.

The Razorbacks will be in Athens taking on the Georgia Bulldogs at 11 a.m. Saturday. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if the Hogs can get past the Dogs this week, the sky is the limit for what they’ll be able to achieve this year. This one’s huge, dudes. It will be televised by ESPN.

There’s another benefit on Saturday morning at Masons on Joyce Blvd. United Way of NWA is hosting a Storybook Runway Fashion Show, benefiting a local version of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Basically, $25 gets you admission to the show, and that money will buy a local child a new book each month for a year.

The third and final (as far as we know) children’s charity related event takes place at George’s on Saturday night. This one’s for , and it has a Jimmy Buffet/Beachhouse theme. $5 gets you a night of music with Clarence Perry (former guitar player for Roy Orbison), Wes Loper, and Maud Crawford, and $15 gets you the tunes, a goodie bag, and a cheeseburger (in paradise?).

The NWA Center For Equality is hosting an Equality Ball at the Walton Arts Center’s Starr Theatre. This one has food, drinks, music by DJ Wav, a silent auction, special guest speaker Kathy Webb, and a bachelor and bachelorette auction. All of the proceeds go to benefit the NWA Center for Equality.

Benjamin Del Shreve will play his first show in town since becoming crazy famous when his music was featured in a television ad for Fayetteville recently. He’ll be at Rogue with Auto Metric and HH.


You’ve probably already heard by now, but Lucinda Williams is in town to visit her father for a few days, and she booked a show at George’s Sunday night. The show sold out in less than 24 hours, so she added a second date on Monday, FYI.

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks has another food-related event called Local Fresh & Pasta: A Taste of the Mediterranean. NWACC executive chef Lou Rice will offer cooking demonstrations and tastings, including seasonal recipes using produce from the BGO vegetable garden and the Farmer’s Market combined with pasta. This event is free if you’re a BGO member.

There’s a ton more below, and as always, feel free to add to the list in the comments. Happy weekend, everyone.

Friday, Sept. 19
Maxine’s: Jed Clampit
George’s: Nace Brothers / Joe Giles / Big Smith
UA Global Campus: Banff Mountain Film Festival
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Keyla and Kemp
Foghorn’s on College: Midnite Noon
Greenhouse Grille: Luda
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Ouachita River Band
Nadine Baum Studios: (T2) Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
Jose’s: Cassette
Fayetteville Town Center: “Dream Big” fundraiser for Children’s Safety Center
Teatro Scarpino: RetroSixReunion
Drifters: Quinntalkin
Mojo’s: Beans & Cornbread
Boom Boom Room: Lafayette Lounge Players
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Max Sailings
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Tyrannosaurus Chicken
Rogue: DJ Derrick
Saturday, Sept. 18
Maxine’s: Jed Clampit
Fayetteville Farmers’ Market: TerraNova Tribal
Masons on Joyce: Storybook Runway
Fayetteville Public Library: LakeSmart Educational Seminar
Nadine Baum Studios: (T2) Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
Gulley Park: Time Banking Potluck
George’s: Beach House NWA Children’s Shelter Benefit
El Sancho Mexican Grill: Darren Ray
Walton Arts Center: Equality Ball
JJ’s Grill n Chill: Daryl Brooks & Taken
UA Student Union: Friday Night Live Redeye
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: MSG
Boom Boom Room: Tiffany Christopher
Rogue: Benjamin Del Shreve / Auto Metric / HH
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa Night w/ Neta Band
Sunday, Sept. 19
Greenhouse Grille: Beth Stockdell
Common Grounds: Tiffany Christopher / DJ SoulFree
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Local, Fresh & Pasta: A Taste of the Mediterranean
Nadine Baum Studios: (T2) Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Mozart and Beethoven in the Garden
George’s: Audible Chocolate
George’s: The Fizz
LIT: Jody’s Living Room open mic
Walton Arts Center: Kenny G
George’s: Lucinda Williams