Weekend Flyer: May 11-13

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News Briefs

I-540 from Wedington to MLK will soon be widened

There’s a new music and camping festival coming up this weekend, May 11-12, called MusicFest: Spring on the Mountain. It’s on a farm just south of Fayetteville. Check it.

The library will host a series of free concerts in the Walker Community Room every Sunday in June. It’s called the Mountain Street Stage Music Series, and it kicks off June 3.

A widening project that will expand Interstate 540 from four to six lanes between Wedington Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is set to begin this summer.

This week, J.T. “Wampasaurus-Rex” Wampler (not a real nickname) checked out Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California in his latest installment of “It’s All About The Beer.” It’s one of his favorite beers (and he knows beer).

Dan Coody officially announced his plans to run for mayor of Fayetteville in 2012 in front of about 100 supporters near his Mount Sequoyah home Wednesday afternoon.

Friday events, May 11

Dreamfast. Photo: Jerry Perez

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will issue a proclamation at 5:30 p.m. Friday on the Fayetteville Square to kick off Bike to Work Week. After that, there’s a group ride on the city’s trail system from downtown to the uptown area.

Tunes-wise, Big Uns and the Odds kick off the weekend at George’s for Happy Hour. Later on, local DJ’s will square off for a chance to perform at Wakarusa during the Waka DJ Classic.

Speaking of DJ’s, there are some good ones at Smoke & Barrel Friday as well, with Shortfuze and Bizar. Bafdads Little Rock rapper 607 is also on the bill.

Dreamfast is celebrating the release of their long-awaited album My Wounds, My Weapons at Rogue with their friends Inner Party, Radio Sky, and The Supporting Cast. We caught up with them recently.

Have you checked out the new Kingfish backyard yet? Tonight might be a good night to do it. Damn Arkansan and Joe Sundell are playing.

Have you ever heard of the Graffiti Light Project? It’s a “light painting” project by local photographer Chris Look, and he’ll be doing it live tonight at Scarpino with music by DJs Infamous, Nemi, and Dubspeak.

Full Friday list:

Fresco Cafe & Pub: Steve Emery
Fayetteville Town Center: Bike to Work Week Kick-Off Proclamation & Ride
Greenhouse Grille: Matt Smith Jazz
JJ’s Grill: Darryl Brooks &Taken
UA Global Campus: Honk! The Family Musical!
Foghorn’s on College: Russ Hutchinson
GoodFolk: Mark Bilyeu
Jose’s: Boston Mountain Playboys
Legacy Blues Lounge: Roby Pantall Trio / Keith Nicholson
Walton Arts Center: Diavolo Dance Theater
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Loose Change
Speakeasy: Grady Mathews
Kingfish: Damn Arkansan / Joe Sundell
George’s Majestic Lounge: Waka DJ Classic / Big Uns / The Odds
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Shortfuze / 607 / Bizar
The Wine Cellar: Clint Scrivner
Rogue: Dreamfast / Inner Party / Radio Sky / The Supporting Cast
Scarpino: Graffiti Light Night
LIT: Groove Connection

Saturday events, May 12

Cutthroat Shamrock

Go to the Farmers’ Market on the Fayetteville Square on Saturday morning and get some vegetables or something.

Saturday is also graduation day at the University of Arkansas, so keep that in mind. There will be a lot of extra people in town.

Nightbird Books is hosting another installment of the Improved Lighting Reading Series, featuring literary readings by Aran Donovan, Zac Henderson and Katy Henriksen.

Good old Cletus Got Shot is back at Smoke & Barrel Tavern Saturday night, along with “Appalatian Punk” outfit, Cutthroat Shamrock. Grab a copy of the new Cletus Got Shot double album, “Working Songs for the Drinking Class” while you’re there.

George’s Majestic Lounge has Ben Miller Band, and DJ’s Eckobase and K!NG are at LIT.

Full Saturday list:

Fayetteville Square: Farmers’ Market
Fresco Cafe & Pub: Steve Young
UA Global Campus: Honk! The Family Musical!
Nightbird Books: Improved Lighting Reading Series
Foghorn’s on College: Smith & Reed
Jose’s: Another Fine Mess
Legacy Blues Lounge: The Tim Paul Duo / Lagniappe
Walton Arts Center: Diavolo Dance Theater
Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Jovan
George’s Majestic Lounge: Ben Miller Band
JJ’s Grill: Chester P. & the Vinyl Kings
Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Cletus Got Shot / Cutthroat Shamrock
Scarpino: Salsa Night
LIT: Eckobase / K!NG
Rogue: Groove Connection / Cadillac Jackson

Sunday events, May 13

First of all, Sunday is Mother’s Day. Hi Mom. Love you.

Fayetteville Public Library will host an artist forum on TheatreSquared’s 2012 Arkansas New Play Fetsival in the Walker Community Room Sunday at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Sunday night, the UARK Bowl will host another installment of their Sunday night stand up comedy series with Mike Merryfield.

Full Sunday list:

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks: Farmers’ Market
Common Grounds: Sarah Hughes
Greenhouse Grille: Beth Stockdell
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Community Music School: String Coalition Spring Concert
Fayetteville Public Library: T2 Artists’ Forum: 2012 Arkansas New Play Fetsival
Tanglewood Branch Beer Co.: Bluegrass jam
UARK Bowl: Mike Merryfield
UA Global Campus: Honk! The Family Musical!
Pesto Cafe: Shannon Wurst

Friday Public Meetings

10:00 a.m.Pre-Bid Meeting: Bid 12-43, Construction – HWY 16 Water & Sewer ImprovementsCity Hall, Room 326
2:00 p.m.Bid Opening: Bid 12-42, GeneratorCity Hall, Room 326
3:00 p.m.Off Street Parking Development District *City Hall, Room 111

Weekend Birthdays

Lisa Hinrichsen, Shane Halvorson, Kyle Judkins, Tammy Cain, Joey Darling, Jonathan Story, Caitlin Briggs, Kandus Mayberry, Lisa Hendricks, Sherri Austin, Joyce Richards, Roger Thomas, Amanda Lee Gaither, Aaron Nickell, Alexandra Hughes, and Holli Greening.
*Send us your birthday shout-outs.