Weekend To-do: April 1-3

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The 2011 Fayetteville Farmers’ Market season opens Saturday on the downtown square.

As much as we try to assure you otherwise, some of you guys aren’t gonna believe anything we say today.

It’s April Fools’ Day, and several of us have already been duped by Google Motion, the “silent movie” button on YouTube, or one of today’s other shenanigans.

We can assure you that everything on the list below is really happening in Fayetteville this weekend. You’re just gonna have to trust us on this one.


George’s Majestic Lounge is celebrating its 84th birthday this weekend. The party kicks off at happy hour with Big Smith, who’ll also play a late night show. Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi will take the stage afterwards.

Flipoff Pirates will be melting faces at Smoke & Barrel Tavern Friday night. They’ve been appearing on our calendar a little more frequently lately, which is awesome if you like funkiness.

If you haven’t seen Real Live Tigers in a while, consider checking out their new(ish) lineup at the Lightbulb Club Friday night. Swimming and Taifas are playing, too.

According to a Facebook event created by Speakeasy, the club is becoming a gay bar. Their official “Coming Out Party” is happening tonight.

There’s a big comedy show at the UARK Ballroom, featuring local comedians Troy Gittings, Ryan Abshire, Brett Robinson (Expendables of Comedy), and Christy Hall (Phunbags). Tulsa funnymen Jack Maerrywell, and Steven King are also on the bill. Cover is $5.


Several of you have been waiting for this one. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market returns on Saturday, and there’s a big celebration announcement planned for 9 a.m. on the Fayetteville Square. The free Wi-Fi network will be up and running, too.

The second night of George’s birthday weekend celebration features former Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s 7 Walkers, which includes an unbelievable all-star lineup of players. Great American Taxi will play again Saturday night.

April is National Poetry Month, and there’s a big reading at Nightbird Books on Saturday to celebrate. Readers include Ashley Anna McHugh, Kaveh Bassiri, Adele Fournet, Autumn Tolbert, Martin Bemberg, Roger Barrett, Sabine Schmidt, Erin Michelle Davis and Brock Mitchell.


Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway concludes its run at Walton Arts Center on Sunday, and Goose is at George’s for Monster Mug Night.

There’s a lot more below. As always, feel free to add to the list in the comments.

Happy April Fools’ Day weekend, everyone. Trick somebody.

Friday, April 1
Fayetteville Country Club: Fabulous Fayetteville Fashion Show & Ladies Lunch
Greenhouse Grille: Stevie Tombstone
Hjem Restaurant: Walter Savage / Yanive Taubenhaus
Savor: Candy Lee
Pratt Place Inn & Barn: St. Jude Signature Bash
George’s Majestic Lounge: Big Smith / Vince Herman’s Great American Taxi
GoodFolk: Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group
Rogue Pizza Co.: Ingram Hill / Jon Shorter Band
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Flipoff Pirates
Teatro Scarpino: FFEAC Creative Economy Group April Fool’s Ball
Walton Arts Center: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
UARK Ballroom: Fool & The Gang Comedy Show
LIT: DJ Derrick
Speakeasy: Coming Out Party
The Lightbulb Club: Real Live Tigers / Swimming / Taifas
Saturday, April 2
Fayetteville Square: Fayetteville Farmers’ Market Opening Day
Fayetteville Public Library: Mayor’s Trail Tour
Ozark Natural Foods: “Love Your Heart” Lunch & Learn
Fayetteville Public Library: Community Read Discussion of The Blue Zone by Dan Buettner
Walton Arts Center: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
Jammin’ Java: Lightnin’ Resphonics Road Show
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Tyrannosaurus Chicken
Maxine’s Tap Room: Justin Riley
Savor: Teddy & Jody
George’s Majestic Lounge: 7 Walkers / Great American Taxi
Nightbird Books: Poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month
Rogue Pizza Co.: Friday Maybe Saturday / Well well well
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa & Latin Dancing with DJ Tony
Arsaga’s on Crossover: The Rusty Plow Band
Hjem Restaurant: Sweet Wednesday
Sunday, April 3
Greenhouse Grille: Pat Pathoumthong
Walton Arts Center: Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Guest Artist Concert, Michael Burritt – Marimba
Terra Studios: Jesse Dean
LIT: Cadillac Jackson
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst
George’s Majestic Lounge: Goose