Weekend Flyer: Juneteenth, Route 358, and more

DJ Derrick will perform via livestream as part of the UA’s African-American Resource Group and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Juneteenth celebration this weekend


In case anyone has lost track, we’re still keeping up with days around here. Turns out, it’s almost time for a weekend again.

Friday is Juneteenth, the day set aside to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S., which has taken on added significance this year in light of recent nationwide protests of systematic racism and police brutality. There are a few local events to commemorate the occasion in Fayetteville on Friday, including a livestream by the University of Arkansas African-American Resource Group and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion featuring performances by DJ Derrick, speakers and more at 7 p.m. There’s also a virtual event from Let’s Talk NWA that will be streamed from the George Floyd Mural at the Spring Shop featuring several performers. Finally, an in-person Juneteenth rally organized by the local chapter the Democratic Socialists of America is planned for 6 p.m. Friday at the fountain outside the Student Union on the University of Arkansas campus.

Also this weekend, local non-profit Music Moves continues its series of events celebrating African American Music Month with performances on Friday night featuring Rapper Zo Max, a “Tribute to the Legends: Blues Edition” on Saturday night by Ocie Fisher and friends, and a “Sunday Service” performance featuring singer Marcia E. Smith.

Prairie Street Live will continue its Friday night movie nights with a showing of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure this week. Also, the venue is planning to host an actual live music show on Saturday, with a socially-distanced performance on their stage by local band Route 358.

The 112 Drive-In will show two classics this weekend with Jaws and Jurassic Park. On Thursday and Friday, Jaws is at 9 p.m. with Jurassic Park showing afterwards, and on Saturday and Sunday they’ll flip it and show Jurassic Park first. Here’s more info.

Local private suite karaoke bar Big Box Karaoke is open for reservations, and has plenty of extra safety measures in place with limited occupancy. Plus, you can have your own room with just a few quarantine buds.

Sunday is Father’s Day, so raise a glass or a hot dog or something to all the dads out there.

Try to get some takeout from a local restaurant if you can. They all need the support.

That’s all we can think of for now, but feel free to let us know about anything we’ve missed in the comments.