Weekend Flyer: Dec. 7-9

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News Briefs

Bret and Jen Bielema

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

New Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema and his wife, Jen, were introduced in front of hundreds of media and fans during a news conference inside the Broyles Athletic Complex Wednesday afternoon. Here are some photos and quotes from the press conference.

Ozark Natural Foods announced Wednesday that they plan to pay off their mortgage on Dec. 10 at a media event outside the co-op.

Our reviewer Tobias Wray checked out Billy Elliot on opening night at the Walton Arts Center. Here’s what he thought. There are still several chances to see the show this weekend .

Just when you think your collection of Arkansas gear is complete, Daisy goes and releases an Arkansas Razorback Red Ryder BB gun.

Anyone who stops by Adventure Subaru this Saturday might assume that the dealership has gone to the dogs. In a round-a-bout way, we suppose they’d be right. In a good way, though. Check out the “Love-a-Pet” adoption event.

Friday events, Dec. 7

Benjamin Del Shreve

After work, local favorites Big Uns and Lafuso kick off Happy Hour at George’s. Later on, Benjamin Del Shreve will celebrate the release of his new album, The Diamond. It’s got a more acoustic feel to it, but he’s playing with a full band. Here’s some more info on that.

It’s been a while since Hot Shot Karate has played in town, but they’ve reunited for a show at Smoke & Barrel Tavern on Friday night. They’ll perform with Damn Arkansan, who they share a member with (It’s Caleb Rose.) Double duty!

There’s a rock show at LaLaLand with Perpetual Werewolf, Suzi Trash, New Madrid, and Shook Yang. It’s gonna be loud.

If you feel like a musical, there’s a good one at Walton Arts Center with Billy Elliot. If you haven’t already, you can read a review here.

Also in show business, Friday is opening night for TheatreSquared’s Period of Adjustment at Nadine Baum Studios.

Full Friday list:

8 a.m.  Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center: Free skin cancer screening
5 p.m.  Fayetteville Underground: Holiday Art Show
5:30 p.m.  Fayetteville Town Center: Cheers for Art
7 p.m.  George’s Majestic Lounge: Big Uns / Lafuso / Ben Del Shreve
6 p.m.  Greenhouse Grille: Dave Gesualdo
6:30 p.m.  Fresco Cafe & Pub: Christmas Jazz with Claudia Burson
7:30 p.m.  Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Community Music School: Student Recital
7:30 p.m.  Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared – Period of Adjustment
7:30 p.m.  Herbal Simplicity: Likely Stories
8:30 p.m.  JJ’s Grill: Them Balsams featuring Jerrod Mounce
8 p.m.  Bear’s Place: Foley’s Van
7 p.m.  Walton Arts Center: Billy Elliot The Musical
8 p.m.  Mojo’s Pints & Pies: RJ Mischo
9 p.m.  LaLaLand: Perpetual Werewolf / Suzi Trash / New Madrid / Shook Yang
9 p.m.  Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Damn Arkansan / Hot Shot Karate
10 p.m.  Legacy Blues Lounge: Cadillac Jackson

Saturday events, Dec. 8

Merry Little Christmas at Mount Sequoyah

The last local holiday market of the year is set for Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. It’s called Merry Little Christmas at Mt. Sequoyah, and it features local arts and crafts, and alternative gift market, live music and performances, and a lighting of the grounds ceremony. Here are more details about the event.

The kids from the School of Rock in Bentonville will be back at The Lightbulb Club for an all-ages, non-smoking show on Saturday. Everyone who’s seen these kids perform has been blown away by them.

Local instrumental band Eyes of Iron are at Smoke & Barrel Tavern with Russellville-based, Sound of the Mountain.

There’s an awesome sounding show at Rogue on Saturday. On the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, locals Michael Tisdale & The Union, Surf De Soleil, Jeff Kearney, Gabe Edmonson, Teddy Sablon, Candy Lee & The Sweets, Penny & Lane, The Swoops, Klint Bohannon and Jackson Gibson will pay tribute to the legendary musician.

Full Saturday list:

9 a.m.  Mt. Sequoyah: Merry Little Christmas
10 a.m.  Adventure Subaru: Love-a-Pet Adoption Event
10 a.m.  Fayetteville Animal Shelter: Holiday Open House
10:30 a.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Harp Music by Beth Stockdell
12 p.m.  Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Various recitals
1 p.m.  Crystal Bridges Museum: Glow Boxes Youth Workshop
2 p.m.  Walton Arts Center: Billy Elliot The Musical
3 p.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Sharon Killian Artist Reception
5 p.m.  Fayetteville Underground: Holiday Art Show
5 p.m.  Rogue: Jeff Kearney
7 p.m.  Mt. Sequoyah: Fayetteville Jazz Collective
7 p.m.  Holiday Inn Springdale: 16th Annual Kappa Ball
7 p.m.  The Lightbulb Club: School of Rock charity show
7:30 p.m.  University Baptist Church: Winterfest: Holiday in Song
7:30 p.m.  Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared – Period of Adjustment
7 p.m.  Fresco Cafe & Pub: Vikki Cunningham
8:30 p.m.  JJ’s Grill: Left of Center
8 p.m.  Rogue: John Lennon Tribute
8 p.m.  Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Savi & Lisa
9 p.m.  George’s Majestic Lounge: Dimebag Darrel Tribute
9 p.m.  Speakeasy: Blacklight Costume Party
9 p.m.  Scarpino: Salsa Night
9 p.m.  Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Eyes of Iron / Sound of the Mountain
10 p.m.  Legacy Blues Lounge: Mr. Blue

Sunday events, Dec. 9

Black Irish Texas

The Fayetteville Half Marathon begins at around 7 a.m. on Sunday. You might want to be aware of these temporary road closures.

With the Walking Dead on a brief holiday hiatus, rock and roll returns to Smoke & Barrel Tavern on Sunday night. This weekend, they’ve got Black Irish Texas and Rhythm Dragons.

Full Sunday list:

11 a.m.  John McDonnell Field: Fayetteville Half Marathon
11 a.m.  Common Grounds: Jones & Leah
11 a.m.  Greenhouse Grille: Melody & Morty
1 p.m.  Terra Studios: Mike Bewley
2 p.m.  Nadine Baum Studios: TheatreSquared – Period of Adjustment
2 p.m.  Walton Arts Center: Billy Elliot The Musical
3 p.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Ozark Bellringers
3 p.m.  Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall: Guitar Studio Recital of Dr. Greeson
5 p.m.  Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Christmas for Critters
7 p.m.  Mojito’s Mexican Grill: Walter Savage
9 p.m.  Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Black Irish Texas / Rhythm Dragons

Friday Public Meetings

8:00 a.m.Fayetteville Forward Green Economy GroupChamber of Commerce

Weekend Birthdays

Cyd King, Kristen Davis, Brett Ralston, Shannon Field, Jenelle Markland, Holland Hayden, Debi Reyes, Anita Bacon, Paul Earp, Jacqueline Manhattan, Ryan Bancroft, Trudy Renna, Sherry Sparks, Sarah Hughes, Heather Cox, Katie Pares, Marta Wolfe, Hannah Neyens, Michelle Stockman-Hood, Kat Struble, Dion Baker, Stacey Spurlock, Karen Stewart, Denise Garner, Eric Hobbs, Crissy Hancock, Chris Pappas, Bo Elkins, Lesa Bement, Cara Hinkles, Buddy Kelly, Huong Nguyen, Brandon Dorsey, Johnny Arredondo, James Giczkowski, Rob Shaunfield and Ambra Bruce.

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