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Highlights Nov. 29-Dec. 6

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Music, Music, Music
NWA will be bursting at the seams with great music this weekend. For the complete list of club events check out the music listings on page 10, because we’re only going to mention a few here. Here ya’ go:
Texas guitarist and showman Chris Duarte will be at The Bayou in Rogers tonight. Friday night is a really big night. Start off with happy hour at George’s with Earl Cate, Jimmy Thackery, R.J. Mischo and friends to get pumped up for the evening show at George’s with Leon Russell. Folk music fans won’t want to miss Mary McCaslin at GoodFolk. McCaslin has had songs recorded by artists ranging from Kate Wolf to David Bromberg. For a night of metal, head to the Music Hall for Amy’s Night of Metal Madness: Hounds of Hades, Weeping Prophetic and Mook. Saturday night you’ll want to ramble from venue to venue. Nick Masullo fans can hear a cast of local musicians performing Masullo’s songs and reading from his essays at Arsaga’s Crossover, while Zac Bramhall will showcase at the Green Door and W.B. Reid and Bonnie Zahnow will play GoodFolk. The husband and wife duo play old-time country songs and fiddle tunes, string blues and Mexican dance tunes.

Benefit for Baby Eleanor
Get out for a good cause on Tuesday night and have some fun at the same time. A benefit for Baby Eleanor will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at George’s. All proceeds will benefit Eleanor Rose Suttle. Eleanor, the 10-month old daughter of Greenhouse Grille co-owners Clayton and Meredith Shuttle, has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer.  Eleanor has been receiving chemotherapy treatments from St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Those treatments and travel can be terribly expensive.

There will be musical performances on two stages, with Mark Bilyeu of Big Smith, Mountain of Venus, Joseph Israel, Charliehorse, DJ Jod-I, Tiffany Christopher, and Speakeasy.

There will be a silent auction and Greenhouse Grille will have a food bar set up for small donation. Eleanor’s dad, Clayton, is a founding member of the band Eckobase and along with Greenhouse Grille co-owner Jerrmy Gawthrop founded the Great Unknown Music Festival.

By participating in this wonderful evening of great music and delicious food, you can truly help a young lady receive the quality treatment she requires. I plan on going and I hope that many of you can join in the festivities. It would make a fantastic date night paired with the Lights of the Ozarks, or simply a great chance to enjoy live music. Hope to see you there!

Doors at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30, admission $10. More info at georgesmajesticlounge.com.    Wayne Bell

Taste of the World
Enjoy food and wines from around the world at the annual Red Cross benefit, Taste of the World, Saturday night at the U-Ark Bowl on Dickson Street. The event is a fundraiser for the local Red Cross chapter and will feature food from Picasso’s Italian restaurant, Kosmos Greek Café, BBQ from Lucky Luke’s, new American cuisine from Greenhouse Grille, French fare from Ella’s at Carnall Hall, Mexican food from Osegueras, Asian food from Far East and special treats from A Fare to Remember and Mimi’s Café. There will be music by the award-winning band, The Odds, and a chance to win food related items like cookware as well as books and posters signed by Chef Anthony Bourdain. Tickets are $35 by calling 306-4688 or at nwarkansasredcross.org.

Limo shopping
Head to downtown Fayetteville, Dec. 6 for a night of shopping and fun.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m., hop in a limo that will run between Dark Star Visuals, Dragon’s Lair, Heartwood Gallery, Nightbird Books and Something Urban for a progressive shopping party. You can catch the limo at any of these stores. The shops will be decked-out for the holidays and have goodies galore. This is the third year for this event and we can tell you that it’s big time fun and a great way to do your holiday shopping and support locally owned businesses. The limousine ride is free, but the driver will treat you like you’re as special as Paris Hilton.

That same night, head to Mountain Street, a half block east of the Square, for an artist reception from 5 to 8 p.m. for the 12 artists in the Small Works show at ddp gallery. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 19. Next door, the Kathy P. Thompson Studio and Studio 3 will also be open for holiday shopping.

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