Weekend To-do: May 20-22

Joan of Arc, Air Waves, and Swimming will be at The Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville on Saturday, May 21.

Wanna hear a joke? If you said, “Not really,” you’ve come to the right place. I don’t know any jokes.

Instead, lets have a look together at all of the cool things that are happening in Fayetteville this weekend. As it happens, there are a ton of them below.


Pretty much every good weekend starts with happy hour, and George’s has bad butt blues-man Michael Burks, and The Bel Airs beginning at 6 p.m. Later on, Austin singer/songwriter Patrice Pike will take the stage along with Sarah Hughes.

Local country-rockers Charliehorse are at Smoke & Barrel Saturday night, and they’re selling their CDs for half price ($5), FYI.

Denton, Texas band New Science Projects are back at The Lightbulb Club along with locals Real Live Tigers and David’s Pegasus.

An Horse

Australian indie band An Horse is at Rogue Friday night. They’ve played on Letterman. Pitchfork gave their 2009 record Rearrange Beds a 6.7 (not bad.) Locals Brothel Sprouts and Little Rock indie/folk band Free Micah will open the show. Update: Basement Brew will open instead of Free Micah.

Wanna see a play? Arts Live Theatre’s The Jungle Book is playing all weekend at the UARK Ballroom. Here’s the schedule of performances.

Seven local fashion designers, and seven local poets will be showing off their work at the Ozark Couture Fashion Show at the Walton Arts Center Friday night, all to the sounds of the Artosphere Symphony Orchestra. If it’s not raining, it will be in the Rose Garden. Otherwise, it will be in the lobby.

TheatreSquared’s 2011 New Play Fest is happening at Nadine Baum Studios all weekend. On Friday night, you can check out staged readings of new plays They Want by Alan Berks, and In The Book Of by John Walch.

The Diamond Hogs lost their Thursday night matchup with Ole Miss on Thursday, meaning that the Friday and Saturday games are even more important. There’s a firework show after Friday night’s game at Baum Stadium, and it’s also ‘Find it in Fayetteville’ habitote night.


Elephant Revival

Of all the animals in the universe, none are more amazing than dogs (not even monkeys). A whole bunch of the furry little balls of awesome will be running around, licking people in the face at the The 19th Annual Dogwood Walk at Gulley Park on Saturday. The actual “walk” is at noon.

A really good Hot Springs band, Holy Shakes, is a Smoke & Barrel Saturday night with a really good local band, Egyptr. It’s also a free show.

Colorado quintet Elephant Revival has been to town a few times before, but if you’ve never seen them, you’ll get another chance at George’s Saturday night. They have a new record out.

Joan of Arc is at The Lightbulb Club on Saturday night. Did you read the interview with singer Tim Kinsella we posted (thanks Roger) recently? Locals Swimming and Brooklyn band Airwaves will open the show.

Local comedy improv troupes Phunbags and Dan’s Party will perform during an improv showcase at TheatreSquared’s New Play Fest on Saturday night. The show will take place at Nadine Baum Studios, and will also serve as a benefit for the family of Sean Phillip Mabrey, the local actor (and co-founder of Dan’s Party) who was killed in a car accident early Sunday morning.


The Grillenium Falcon

There’s a 20 percent chance of rain on Sunday, and a 100 percent chance of awesome at the first ever Block Street Block Party on Block Avenue. The street will be closed off and full of over 75 vendors, four music stages, two beer gardens, and one Grillenium Falcon. Here’s a guide we put together earlier this week, and here’s a link to a full list of participants.

If you want to hear some world class musicians, maybe you should head down to the Walton Arts Center for the Fulbright Concerto Competition Finals. The top three musicians from two-days of competition will perform beginning at 5 p.m., and it’s free to attend.

The 2011 New Play Fest concludes on Sunday with the annual 24 Hour Play-Off at Nadine Baum Studios. Six teams of five artists each will write, rehearse, and perform a new 10 minute play in the span of 24 hours, and perform them beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There’s more below, feel free to add to the list in the comments, and have an awesome weekend, weirdos.

Friday, May 20
Foghorn’s on College: Scott Young
Walton Arts Center: Ozark Couture Fashion Show
Nadine Baum Studios: They Want – 2011 New Play Fest
Savor: Dolan Sanderson
Hjem Restaurant: Antoine & The Nightcrawlers
George’s Majestic Lounge: Michael Burks / The Bel Airs / Patrice Pike and Sarah Hughes
Greenhouse Grille: Stevie Tombstone
UARK Ballroom: The Jungle Book – Arts Live Theatre
Hooters: The Dirty Dogs
Jose’s: Cadillac Jackson
Nadine Baum Studios: In The Book Of – 2011 New Play Fest
GoodFolk: 3 Penny Acre
JJ’s Grill: Barett Baber
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Honeyshine
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Shane Logan
Teatro Scarpino: Salsa Night
The Lightbulb Club: New Science Projects / Real Live Tigers / David’s Pegasus
Rogue Pizza Co.: An Horse / Brothel Sprouts / Free Micha
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Charliehorse
Saturday, May 21
Fayetteville Square: Fayetteville Farmers’ Market
Jammin’ Java: Hogeye Ramblers
Gulley Park: 19th Annual Dogwood Walk
Nadine Baum Studios: Arkansas Playwrights Workshop – 2011 New Play Fest
UARK Ballroom: The Jungle Book – Arts Live Theatre
Nadine Baum Studios: Readings, National Writing Project – 2011 New Play Fest
Savor: Tiffany Christopher
Foghorn’s on College: Jon Knox
Jose’s: Chester P & the Vinyl Kings
Rogue Pizza Co.: Army Of Birds / The Plaid Jackets
Walton Arts Center: Artosphere Festival Orchestra Italian Soundscapes
George’s Majestic Lounge: Elephant Revival
JJ’s Grill: Ocie & the Hear
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Holy Shakes / Egyptr
Nadine Baum Studios: Improv Night w/ Dan’s Party, Phunbags, and Black & Tan
Arsaga’s on Crossover: Kathy Cole / Buddy Shute
The Lightbulb Club: Joan of Arc / Swimming / Airwaves
Sunday, May 22
Maxine’s Tap Room: David’s Pegasus
Common Grounds: Sarah Hughes
Block Street: Block Street Block Party
UARK Ballroom: The Jungle Book – Arts Live Theatre
Walton Arts Center: Fulbright Concerto Competition Finals
Nadine Baum Studios: The 24 Hour Play-Off – 2011 Arkansas New Play Fest
Greenhouse Grille: Madame Ren Lovely
George’s Majestic Lounge: Tony Furtado Cancelled
Rogue Pizza Co.: Runner Runner (Unplugged) / Jarris / Noiseletter


Friday, May 20
Men’s Baseball vs. Ole Miss, 6 p.m., Baum Stadium
Saturday, May 21
Men’s Baseball vs. Ole Miss 2:05 p.m., Baum Stadium