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Charlie Hunter @ McBride Studio

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Jazz fusion guitarist Charlie Hunter will perform with Deep Banana Blackout drummer Eric Kolb at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday at the Walton Arts Center’s intimate McBride Studio. Photo: Michael Weintrob

Road Trip Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs will be happening this weekend. There’s free music in Basin Spring Park in downtown and several special events.

On Friday and Saturday at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks there will be a banjo rally with jam session and workshops. The cost is $5 a day.

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At 7 p.m. Saturday night at The Auditorium there will be an adult-oriented show “Story of A Heart” that features modern dance and “obscure theatrics.” The performance will present the dark sides of love and the crazy things love makes one do. Performers are dancers Melanie Linker, Tasha Blehm, Megan Miller former soloist for the Tulsa Ballet and Liana Riley of Portland, Ore. Also contributing are puppeteer George Meyer, artists Travis Lawrence, J.D. Davis and Amanda Van Sickle and videographer Mark Fredric. Tickets are $12. Prior to the show at 6 p.m. drummer Yao Angelo will perform a free show across the street at Basin Spring Park.

At 5 p.m. Sunday, The Artery, the outdoor art gallery on Main Street, will unveil 30 new 8-foot by 4-foot panels, including panels by Fayetteville artists Cindy Arsaga, Steve Holst and Jon Schader. There will be a meet and greet for the artists and music by the Tiffany Christopher Band. At dusk, the final outdoor movie of the Lucky 13 Starlight Cinema season “Bedtime Stories” will show at the same location. Come dressed as your favorite book character and you may win the costume contest. But know, that the town folks go all out for the costume contests. This is a fun event for all ages. Bring your chair or blowup bed. $3 adults, $1 child admission to the movie.

Indie Film ‘Cook County’ Coming To Fayetteville

ffw-0903-cook-countyGreenwood Films is bringing their award-winning feature film “Cook County” to Fayetteville for a one-night showing at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Center for Continuing Education at Center Street and East Avenue adjacent to the Fayetteville Square.

Former Fayetteville resident Leah Alter acted as line producer on the film, which captured several film festival awards, including Best Feature at the Hollywood Film Festival and Audience Awards at SXSW Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

The fictional southern gothic tells the story of three generations of meth addicts in rural Texas and the struggle of the youngest of the trio to kick his addiction. It is a raw story that offers an inside look into this national epidemic and, on a more intense level, the situation created when crystal meth dictates the family dynamic.

The film stars veteran actor Xander Berkeley (“24,” “Boston Legal,” “ER,” “Gattica,” “Leaving Las Vegas”), Anson Mount (“In Her Shoes,” “Law and Order,” “Sex and the City”) and Ryan Donowho (“Broken Flowers,” “The Mudge Boy,” “A Home at the End of the World”).

After the screening, film director David Pommes, who also wrote the original screenplay and produced the film, will host a question and answer session.

Tickets are $8 at the door.

First Thursday

The monthly celebration in downtown Fayetteville centered around the town square, First Thursday, is happening tonight. The event will feature gallery tours, a film, music and fun. From 5 to 8 p.m. the Fayetteville Underground galleries and artists’ studios will be open for tours. The ddp gallery, which has mounted a new show of encaustic art that includes work by Cindy Arsaga and Kathy Thompson’s studio, will be open for tours, too.

Honored at receptions at the Fayetteville Underground galleries will be four outstanding local artists, Jan Gosnell, Thomas Krapausky, Steve Moore and Kelley Hatfield Wilks.

Gosnell, the award-winning Free Weekly cartoonist, is an expert painter having shown at The Mid-South in Memphis and The Delta in Little Rock. He is also the author and illustrator of the book “Shape Makes the Man.”

Krapausky will show his photographs in an exhibit titled “Supremacy and Myth.” He describes the exhibit as exploring the strains of human activity on a constantly recovering natural world, emphasizing the “hidden worlds” that we pass everyday, but rarely notice.

Moore will be showing his manipulated photographs in which familiar landmarks are dramatically presented in a compelling manner.

Imaginative potter Kelley Hatfield Wilks is calling the collection of her new work “Let’s Party.” Wilks combines handbuilding and wheel techniques to create functional stoneware and porcelain dishes as well as larger architectural pieces such as sinks and tiles. Wilks will present a gallery talk at noon Sept. 10 at the Fayetteville Underground.

At 6 p.m. on the Town Center Plaza, the local duo, Chase Missy will perform. If you haven’t heard these two, you should. They are talented, upbeat and play a variety of instruments. Following the music, there will be an improv performance at 6:45 p.m. and at 8 p.m. Alfred Hitchcock’s film classic “North by Northwest” will be shown. Everything is free. All you have to bring is seating for the movie.

Army Of Birds

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Army of Birds, which garnered a 2009 NAMA nomination for Best Pop Rock Band, will throw a birthday bash for guitarist Tom McFetridge Friday night at Restaurant on the Corner on Arkansas 112 just north of I-540. Doing a mix of originals and covers as varied as Radiohead to Prince and Kings of Leon to Jimi Hendrix, the band says they are 100 percent danceable and draws a crowd that “loves to put away the grains.” In other words … good music, good dancing, big party. Together since 1996, these guys know how to please their audiences. In addition to McFetridge, the band is Chris Shelby on guitar, Gentry Collier on drums and David Shelby on bass.

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‘The Compleat Works of Wllm Shakespeare (Abridged)

John Goza (top), Liam Selvey and Jordan Haynes will perfrom 63 roles in TheatreSquared’s production of the comedy “The Compleat Works of Wllm Shakespeare (abridged).” The play opens Friday. See 8 Days a Week for dates and times. Photo: M. Taylor Long.

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