Businesses in the South Main area stay open late for SoMa Open House, 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m., which includes the Bernice Garden Tree Lighting, with carolers from Washington Elementary, Forest Heights STEM Academy and Dunbar Middle School. Little Rock native and lyric soprano Leslie Darwin O’Brien sings for the benefit of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and the Central Arkansas Library System for “Latitude: An Evening of Stories and Song” at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $100. The Little Rock Wind Symphony and guest soprano Mary Winston Smith present a concert of holiday favorites, “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” 7:30 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, $12-$15. Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville hosts a high-flying show from the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, 7:30 p.m., $14-$35. Collin Moulton delivers stand-up comedy to The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. All That Remains brings Massachusetts metal riffs to George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $18-$20. Jocko kicks off the evening with a set at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, Mayday by Midnight performs, 9 p.m., $5.
Ballet Arkansas opens its annual production of “The Nutcracker” with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Robinson Center Performance Hall, $23-$73. CosmOcean brings its funk-forward grooves to Four Quarter Bar for the annual Toys for Tots Party, 7:30 p.m., free admission with the donation of a toy. Steve Boyster kicks off the weekend with a happy hour set at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free. The Big Dam Horns perform at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $8. The Community Theater of Jacksonville performs Joe Landry’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., Jacksonville Community Center, $10-$15. Tyler Kinchen & The Right Pieces return to South on Main with Ponchatoula R&B vibes, 9 p.m., $15. Gospel vocalist Erica Campbell performs at El Dorado’s Griffin Music Hall, $25. Local celebs take the microphone for the benefit of Youth Home at 103.7 “The Buzz” FM’s Christmas Celebrity Karaoke at Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $23-$43.
The infectious and perfectly blended pop refrains of Repeat Repeat return to Maxine’s in Hot Springs, with New Motto and the ethereal, shapeshifting sounds of Landrest, 9 p.m. The Tyrannosaurus Chicken-enhanced Ben Miller Band entertains with Travis Kish at Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. Torch the Beast, Guilty and Us on Fire make for a heavy bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. Join the young professionals of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s 601 Club for the Toddy Trolley and brewery stops along the 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl, beginning at The Rep Annex (518 Main St.), 3 p.m., $10, call 387-0405 to RSVP. Arkansas Circus Arts and Bespoke Studio showcase local circus performers, photographers, musicians and other makers with Signature Art Series, 2211 Cantrell Road, 9 p.m., $12-$15. Top of the Rock Chorus, Acapella Rising and the Crystal Chimes Chorus entertain with “Dear Santa, I Can Explain,” 3 p.m., Pulaski Technical College’s Center for Humanities and Arts, and also 3 p.m. Sun., Woodlands Auditorium, Hot Springs Village, $10-$20, tickets at arkansasacapella.com. The 5th Annual Christmas Karaoke throwdown at Stickyz benefits The Van, 8 p.m., $10. Aaron Kamm & The One Drops brings their reggae-forward jams to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $10. Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler entertain with a country take on Christmas classics at Murphy Arts District’s Griffin Music Hall in El Dorado, 8 p.m., $35-$45.
The River City Men’s Chorus kicks off its “Holiday! 2017” program with a 3 p.m. concert at Second Presbyterian Church, to be repeated 7 p.m. Mon. and Thu., free. Celtic ensemble Danú celebrates Irish heritage with “A Christmas Gathering: Féile na Nollag,” 7 p.m., Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, $18-$30. Mike Lewis signs his book “Calling the Wild,” a history of Arkansas duck calls, at WordsWorth Books, 4-5:30 p.m.
Go absorb the stellar and often structure-bending songwriting of Cory Branan at the White Water Tavern, 8:30 p.m., $10. Country superstar LeAnn Rimes performs at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville for “This Is Christmas,” 7 p.m., $45-$75.
Revolution Taco & Tequila Lounge continues its month-long Best Christmas Song Karaoke Competition, 8 p.m. It’s “Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree” with a concert at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville from Robert Earl Keen, 7 p.m., $25-$55. The Joint Venture, an improv comedy group, takes the stage at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $8.