“AfriCOBRA NOW: Respect — Celebrating 50 Years,” curated by Garbo Hearne, honors co-founder Jeff Donaldson and all contributors to the AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) artist collective and, with live music from Afrodesia, kicks off Mosaic Templars Cultural Center’s 10th anniversary festivities with an opening reception, 6 p.m., free. The ACANSA Arts Festival continues with performances from guitarist Laurence Juber at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m., $25, a cappella group Voiceplay at Pulaski Technical College’s Center for the Humanities and Arts, 8 p.m., $25, The Upright Citizens Brigade at Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $30, and comedian Kevin James Doyle at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre Annex, 9:30 p.m., $20, see acansa.org for a full schedule. Comedian Michael Mack brings “the faces of rock” and other song parodies to The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. MacArthur Museum of Military History hosts Arkie Pub Trivia at Stone’s Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m. Soul singer Charlotte Taylor takes her sultry voice to the stage at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Zoo Brew at the Little Rock Zoo pairs local brews with “Bear Pong,” live music, food trucks and more, 6 p.m., $30-$35. An airplane hangar at Drake Field in Fayetteville is home to three nights of runway shows for Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week, see nwafw.com for details. Elsewhere in Northwest Arkansas, a drumming circle at Springdale’s Turnbow Park kicks off Africa in the Ozarks, a partnership between Arts Center of the Ozarks and Afrique Aya Dance Company to include West African opera “Tradition of the Mask,” see acozarks.org for details. Stuttgart’s Grand Prairie Center hosts a visit from scientist Kevin Delaney, 6:30 p.m. In El Dorado, Charley Crockett performs for Murphy Arts District’s Thursday Night Live series at The Griffin Restaurant, 8 p.m., free. The Gold Show Drag Show struts its stuff at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. The Little Rock Folk Club hosts a show from Claude Bourbon at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7:30 p.m., $15. The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa hosts “A Step Back in Time” with torch singer Sylvia Stems, 7:30 p.m.
Pianist Tatiana Roitman Mann plays at the New Deal Salon, 2003 S. Louisiana St., as a guest of the ACANSA Arts Festival, 7 p.m., $20, and the first of two performances of “Warriors Don’t Cry,” based on the life of Melba Patillo Beals, goes up at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sun., $20. Kevin Kerby-fronted barroom rock outfit Mulehead plays a set at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. The Rodney Block Collective and vocalist Bijoux perform for an end-of-summer party at South on Main, 9:30 p.m., $15. Go for Gold, Slick Grip and Vera Forever share a bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. Pipe organist Kimberly Marshall plays works by Bach, Andre Raison, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and others, 8 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, free. Willi Carlisle and Dazz & Brie join barroom baritone Dylan Earl & The Reasons Why at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Literacy Action of Central Arkansas hosts The Bee, an adult spelling bee at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, 6:30 p.m., $20-$40. Randall Shreve takes center stage for “The Fabulous Freddie Mercury Tribute” at the Rev Room, 10 p.m., $15-$25. Mister Lucky entertains at Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5, or come early and catch Richie Johnson’s happy hour set, 5:30 p.m., free. John Oates & The Good Road Band perform at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Finish Line Theater, 7 p.m., $40-$55. Flatland Cavalry takes fiddle and Lubbock, Texas, tales to Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. The Kris Lager Band returns to Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. Psychedelic Velocity plays a free show at Markham Street Grill & Pub, 8:30 p.m.
The Toadies take post-“Possum Kingdom” tunes to the Rev Room, with Recognizer and Illusionaut, 8 p.m., $20-$25. At the White Water Tavern, Royal Thunder shares a bill with Headcold and Or, 9 p.m. The Heifer International Campus hosts Barnaroo, with international food, crafts and barnyard animals, 10 a.m., free. The Buh Jones Band entertains at Stickyz, with Dad Bod, 9 p.m., $5. Henry and the Invisibles take the stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $8. Jason Lee Hale & The Personal Space Invaders jam at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8 p.m. The 2018 Arkansas Walk for Apraxia kicks off at Laurel Park in Conway to benefit children with apraxia of speech, 10 a.m. Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, George Lopez and D.L. Hughley share the stage at Verizon Arena for The Comedy Get Down, 8 p.m., $49-$75. The ACANSA Arts Festival concludes with Big Piph’s stage play “The Glow” at Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, 8 p.m., $20, jazz pianist Chuchito Valdes at The Rail Yard, 8 p.m., $25, and dance illusionists Momix at Pulaski Tech’s CHARTS, 8 p.m., $40. Sam Pace & The Gilded Grit share a bill with Adam Faucett and Kill Vargas at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $7. The I-40 Ramblers perform at Cajun’s on the deck, while LLC entertain on the indoor stage, 9 p.m., $5.
Jonathan Brown, author of book/vinyl record “Aggressively Vulnerable,” speaks as a guest of the Argenta Reading Series at 421 Main St. (Argenta United Methodist Church), with Erin Wood, 6 p.m., see argentareadingseries.com for more.