Weekend Flyer: July 3-6, 2014

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Thursday events, July 3

First Thursday Fayetteville

If you’re fortunate enough to get a three-day weekend, Thursday is your Friday. Congratulations to you, and to America for having another birthday.

The best way to get this party started is by heading to the Fayetteville square for this month’s installment of First Thursday. Aside from live music, a charity beer garden and tons of artists set up around the square, there are events planned at several of the surrounding businesses and organizations this evening.

Fayetteville Underground hosts an opening exhibition featuring local sign painter Joe Alexander. The event is a fundraiser to help eventually publish a book highlighting Alexander’s work over the last 40 years.

After a few laps around the square, it’s time to head north (across the new flyover bridge) to the NWA Mall for the Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks Display. Expect live music from Boom Kinetic and kid’s activities starting at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at around 9:20 p.m., or as soon as it’s dark enough.

Of course, there are four other fireworks displays across the region tonight, if hanging out in Fayetteville is not on your agenda.

Full list:

7 a.m.  Fayetteville Square: Farmers’ Market
4 p.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Free Flix Presents: Red Dawn Double Feature
5 p.m.  sUgAR gallery: Fundamento exhibition
5 p.m.  Fayetteville Square: First Thursday Fayetteville
5 p.m.  Fayetteville Underground: Joe Alexander Exhibition
6 p.m.  JJ’s Grill: Tim Meitzen
7 p.m.  Jose’s: Leah and the Mojo Doctors
7 p.m.  Speakeasy: Comedy open mic night
7 p.m.  Foghorn’s on Green Acres: Micheal Shaw
7 p.m.  NWA Mall: Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks Display
7 p.m.  Arvest Ballpark: Great American Blast
7 p.m.  Parsons Stadium: Rodeo of the Ozarks
7 p.m.  Parsons Stadium: Rodeo of the Ozarks
8 p.m.  Powerhouse Seafood: Top Culture
8:30 p.m.  Byrd’s Adventure Center: Highberry Festival
8:30 p.m.  Kingfish: Zack Bramhall
9 p.m.  21st Amendment: Rooftop Revival
9 p.m.  Arsaga’s at The Depot: Sam Thompson
10 p.m.  Club Push: The Beat

Friday events, July 4

Photo: Steven Young, CC 2.0

Happy birthday, America. It’s time to watch some cardboard hens lay firecracker eggs and light some sparklers on fire. Here are some tips from the city on how to be safe tonight (bonus points for whoever coined the term “designated igniter”).

The Fayetteville and Rogers fireworks displays were all on Thursday night, but anyone wanting an encore can head up to Orchards Park in Bentonville. Music begins at 7 p.m with Breaking Silence followed by the Arkansas Winds Orchestra’s Tribute to America. After that, Bentonville officials are promising to deliver “the largest fireworks show in Northwest Arkansas.”

Other fireworks displays are also scheduled in Siloam Springs, Garfield, and at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.

If you want to get out of town this weekend, the annual Highberry Music Festival at Byrd’s Adventure Center will be in high gear by Friday. Tickets cost $50 for a one-day pass or $80 for the weekend.

Full list:

12 p.m.  Byrd’s Adventure Center: Highberry Festival
6 p.m.  Greenhouse Grille: Bossa Screwanova
7 p.m.  Foghorn’s on Green Acres: Beaux Dandy
7 p.m.  Arvest Ballpark: Great American Blast
7 p.m.  Parsons Stadium: Rodeo of the Ozarks
7:30 p.m.  Crystal Bridges Museum: First Friday Concert w/ La Calle Soul Band
8:30 p.m.  JJ’s Grill: Jim Mills
9 p.m.  Kingfish: Swampbird
9 p.m.  George’s Majestic Lounge: Jesse Dean / Left Of Center
9 p.m.  JR’s Lightbulb Club: Peace Of The Sea / Monsterheart / Brothel Sprouts / Fiscal Spliff
10 p.m.  LIT Lounge: 4th of July Party

Saturday events, July 5

Summer Saturdays always start on the Fayetteville Square for the Farmer’s Market, so wake up early and hang out with all your buddies. Oh, and then take some kids (your kids, your neighbors’ kids, all the kids everywhere) to the Fayetteville Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for a magic show with Magician Scott Davis.

Saturday is your last chance to hang out at Parsons Stadium for this year’s Rodeo of the Ozarks. Gates open at 6 p.m., followed shortly by some Mutton Bustin’ (kids riding on sheep), and a full-on rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Can’t get enough rodeo in one night? There’s a parade at 10 a.m. from the rodeo grounds through downtown Springdale.

There’s plenty of live music Saturday night, too, including the return of surf rock band Daikaiju at Smoke & Barrel Tavern, and a big metal show at George’s Majestic Lounge with four bands.

Full list:

7 a.m.  Fayetteville Square: Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.  Jammin’ Java: Emily Kaitz
10:30 a.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Magician Scott Davis
12 p.m.  Byrd’s Adventure Center: Highberry Festival
4 p.m.  Ozark Natural Foods: Art Reception for Steven Kraghmann
6 p.m.  Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Silo
7 p.m.  Jose’s: Gary Hutchison Band
7 p.m.  Arvest Ballpark: Great American Blast
7 p.m.  Parsons Stadium: Rodeo of the Ozarks
8:30 p.m.  Backspace: Happy Place Fun Time
8:30 p.m.  Kingfish: Whiskey Grin
8:30 p.m.  JJ’s Grill: BottleRocket
9 p.m.  JR’s Lightbulb Club: Hikes / Captain Nowhere
9 p.m.  Smoke & Barrel Tavern: Daikaiju / Round Eye
9 p.m.  George’s Majestic Lounge: As Shadows Collapse / Chemical Discipline / Antarctichrist / Day After Mourning

Sunday events, July 6

Full list:

11 a.m.  Emelia’s Kitchen: Live jazz
1 p.m.  Terra Studios: Richard Burnett
2 p.m.  Fayetteville Public Library: Summer Music Series – Mood Indigo
4 p.m.  Arend Arts Center: Opera in the Ozarks Presents Sondheim’s Into the Woods
8 p.m.  Dickson Street Pub: Silo
8 p.m.  Mojo’s Pints & Pies: Teddy Sablon
9 p.m.  George’s Majestic Lounge: Junktrain / The Graycees

Thursday Public Meetings

6 p.m.Partners for Better HousingCity Hall, Room 111

Weekend Birthdays

Beth Bobbitt, Devonta Dickerson, Caleb P. Rose, Dara Sanders, Brad Dutton, Rob Storms, Robert Rhoads, Bret Schulte, Darcy Jackson, Adrian Tillman, Maylon Rice, Desiree Garnier, Jennifer Bryant, Tiffany Mayes, Sue Thompson, Wayne Smith, Kim Coats, Alain Pumphrey, Wade Cunningham, Richard Schoe, Joni Bilhartz, Keith Kelley, Heron Bruhin, Katie Graham, Bekah Schneider, Ashley Tennant, Jenna Cox, Hershel Hartford, Christopher Allred, Jeffery Massey, Karen Idlet, Mark Martinez, Erin Leahy Box, Dianna Blaylock, Kelly DuAcre, Philip Kealy, Melissa John, Sue Campbell, Janet Lancaster, Vanessa Logan, Steve Pollino, Jordeano Costa, Sam Swanson, Robin Ibershoff, Angie Mounce, Sherry Harger, Grant Gullett, Mitch Langston, Everett Coonfield and Amber Daniels.
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