WEDNESDAY 4/13

The Arkansas Literary Festival takes to Pulaski Academy to conclude another year with the much-anticipated return of David Sedaris, the author of contemporary classics “Naked” and “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and just about the most famous humorist in the world, 7 p.m., $40-$50.

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THURSDAY 4/14

Self-described “Ozarkansas” act 3 Penny Acre offers its rustic take on bluegrass and roots music for a free concert at Laman Library, 7 p.m. If you’ve been sleeping on Tyrannosaurus Chicken, it’s time to wake up: They take their ramshackle “psychedelta” party to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m. The last time the Canadian trio of Elliott Brood came to Maxine’s, we went on a blind whim and were treated to one of the best surprises we’ve had in years. The band brings its Tom Waits-styled, multi-instrumental carnival back to the Hot Springs venue, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.

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FRIDAY 4/15

Uber-poppy indie act The Blue Party visits Town Pump, 10 p.m. Revolution hosts its regular “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” returns for its second week at The Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $14. Hungry? The annual Cook’s Tour returns for another year, offering house tours and signature dishes from local chefs in the Chenal district, 1 p.m., $20 adv., $25 d.o.e., and, at Christ Episcopal Church, the Root Cafe teams up with us here at the Times for “Dinner for Change: An Evening With the Arkansas Times,” a local foods dinner with publisher/founder Alan Leveritt and associate editor Lindsey Millar discussing the past, present and future of the best alt-weekly in the universe, 6 p.m., $15 or a pint jar of change.

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SATURDAY 4/16

In Maumelle, Lucky’s Sports Bar and Grill offers the sly, sharp songs of Angelyn Jolly, 8 p.m. Cody Belew visits Cajun’s Wharf to continue his unofficial “farewell tour” before his move to Nashville, 9 p.m., $5. And Hot Springs offers two amazing shows for the “Derby Day” crowds: Folk-punk cabaret act Hellblinki and mountain music from Legendary Shack Shakers spin-off The Dirt Daubers come to Low Key Arts, 9 p.m., $5, and singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon (whose songs have been recorded by Keith Richards, Levon Helm, Lucinda Williams and Irma Thomas) plays a rare show with a full band at Maxine’s, 8 p.m., $8.

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