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Pickin' Party

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The way the world often imagines banjo music isn't exactly what happens at the Banjo Rally, which celebrates its 40th year in Eureka Springs this weekend.

Listen Here! : A tall, proud endeavor

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Exactly 50 years ago Aug. 30, Bob Dylan released one of his masterpieces, "Highway 61 Revisited." It chronicles an important juncture in Dylan's career. Just more than a month before the landmark album dropped, Dylan received a chorus of boos when he opted for an electric backing band at the Newport Folk Festival. Many folk musicians and other critics chastised their beloved political poet for abandoning his folk beginnings.

COMING MOVIES Northwest Arkansas

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(opening dates are tentative) The Perfect Guy, PG-13 Michael Ealy plays a guy, fueled by rage and jealousy, seeking revenge against the woman (Sanaa Lathan) who ended their budding relationship. With Morris Chestnut, Charles S. Dutton, Kathryn Morris; directed by David M. Rosenthal. Sept. 11

PREVIEWS Northwest Arkansas

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New this week A Walk in the Woods 89 R Robert Redford plays a celebrated travel writer who, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife (Emma Thompson) and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the rugged Appalachian Trail, accompanied by his long-lost former friend (Nick Nolte), a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before it's too late.

MOVIESTYLE: American Woman

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It’s clear writer-director Noah Baumbach is smitten with both Greta Gerwig and the borough of Manhattan — and that these twin muses inspired the neo-screwball concoction Mistress America, which Philip Martin writes about in Friday’s Style section. Meanwhile, Dan Lybarger checks in with Glen Campbell’s wife and caregiver Kim on the occasion of the DVD release of the documentary Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, and Piers Marchant debriefs Memphis native Robert Gordon on his new doc, Best of Enemies, now playing in local theaters. And Karen Martin contributes a review of the German thriller Phoenix and her weekly round up of home video releases.

Names and faces

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Alek Skarlatos, the National Guard specialist who made headlines for being one of three friends who overpowered a gunman on a train from Amsterdam to Paris, will be partnered with Lindsay Arnold for the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars. ABC released its latest list of cast members Wednesday.

THE WEEKEND TEN

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1 COWBOYS Horses will run, weave and plunge across the Bar Of Ranch near Clinton during the annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races.

Skinny J's choices are wide

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The "J" in Skinny J's is chef James Best, whose first eatery, opened in 2009 in the Jonesboro "suburb" of Cash, was such a hit that the Johnson and Wales Culinary School graduate moved it about a year later to downtown Jonesboro and reopened it as a private club.

Weekend Calendar

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Events are free unless otherwise noted. Art & Exhibits Central Arkansas ARKANSAS ARTS CENTER MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets. “Start With Building,” a talk by Alex Gilliam, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

Fast Forward

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Things to do next week and next month Next week Murder and mayhem: Ambition and prophesy lead to treachery and murder in Shakespeare's Macbeth. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's first production of the 2015-16 season starts with preview performances and pre-show talks with Director Bob Hupp at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 10.

The TV Column: Former co-host Behar, 2 newbies to share View

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Time to clean out the overstuffed "in" box with a passel of TV tidbits.

Special Event: Chuck wagon races give a taste of the old days

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Attending the annual National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton is like entering a time warp, or stepping into an old Western movie, surrounded by horses and mules rattling by in wagons and buggies or racing across natural landscapes.

Music scene: Clarkson to deliver hits; Cohen kicks off jazz series

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Pop singer Kelly Clarkson will bring her "2015 Piece by Piece Tour" for a 7 p.m. show today at Verizon Arena that will open with sets by Pentatonix, Eric Hutchinson and Abi Ann.

ENTERTAINMENT NOTES

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Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts: Hispanic heritage Norteno band Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Timberwood Amphitheater at Magic Springs Water & Theme Park, 1701 E. Grand Ave. (U.S. 70 East), Hot Springs.

ARE WE THERE YET?: Wisequacks set tone of Hot Springs Duck tour

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In his boyhood hometown, Bill Clinton gets no respect on a sunny summer day as 15 tourists take a Hot Springs Duck Tours ride across the Spa City and on Lake Hamilton.

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