September Mourning blends hard rock, “dark culture” and visual theater at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $10-$13. Won Run takes the stage at the White Water Tavern, with an opening set from Reade Mitchell, 8:30 p.m. Foul Play Cabaret performs a burlesque show with torch singer Sylvia Stems at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $10. Opera in the Rock’s “Divas in the Rock II: The Queen of Soul Tribute” pays homage to Aretha Franklin, featuring LaSheena V. Gordon and Off the Cuff, 6 p.m., South on Main, $15-$20. The Lewd Awakening Revue gives a ghoul-themed burlesque show at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $10. The Gil Franklin Project brings the blues to Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come earlier, when Chris DeClerk plays for happy hour, 5:30 p.m., free. Comedian Ricky Reyes goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Country chanteuse Bri Bagwell entertains for the Thursday Night Live Series at El Dorado’s Griffin Restaurant, 8 p.m., free.
Forty paintings by Longhua Xu fill the north concourse of the Hot Springs Convention Center for “Soul of Arkansas,” through Feb. 1, 2019, free. Four Quarter Bar hosts an evening of ska punk from The Big News, 10 p.m., $7. Bluesman Gil Franklin performs at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. Indie Music Night showcases local hip-hop at the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Author Joe David Rice gives a talk at the Clinton School of Public Service titled “Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of the Natural State,” noon, free. North Carolina rock sextet The Nude Party performs at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12. Destroyer of Light, Celestials and Baker share a heavy bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Austin rock quintet The Sun Machine shares a bill with Billy Ruben & The Elevated Enzymes and Avery Lee (of The Phlegms) at Maxine’s, 9 p.m. Venice Catherine Andrews hosts an Open Stage Night at Sway, 9 p.m. Ben Byers entertains for happy hour at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, or come later and catch Rock Candy, 9 p.m., $5. The Saint Mark Baptist Sanctuary Choir brings its acclaimed gospel set to Christ Church Episcopal, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings take their sultry mountain rock to Kings Live Music in Conway, with Tyler Grady, 8:30 p.m., $5. Mayday by Midnight entertains at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Arkansas Arts Center Drawing & Painting Department Chair Robert Bean gives a talk at Hendrix College, Art Building A, 3 p.m., free. The 50th Annual Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair kicks off at the Garland County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Legendary Shack Shakers frontman J.D. Wilkes takes his trademark country blues to the stage at the White Water Tavern, with Faulkner County minstrel Jim Mize, 9 p.m., $10. Arkansas Cinema Society screens Robert Scott Wildes’ “Poor Boy” at CALS Ron Robinson Theater, followed by a Q&A with Wildes and producer Kristin Mann, 6:30 p.m., $20 screening ticket includes afterparty at Copper Grill. Songwriter Kate Campbell performs at Hibernia Irish Tavern as a guest of the Little Rock Folk Club, 7:30 p.m., $15. The 8th Annual Paranormal Expo kicks off at 9 a.m. Sat.-Sun. at the MacArthur Museum of Military History, see arkansasparanormalexpo.com. In Perryville, the Arkansas Goat Festival celebrates all things Capra, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Perryville City Park, 801 Arkansas Highway 10, free. Nashville duo The Smoking Flowers takes its stellar rock set to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Magic Springs Theme & Water Park extends its hours for “Magic Screams” attractions through the Halloween season, see magicsprings.com for details. The Mempho Music Festival kicks off at Shelby Farms in Memphis, with sets from Janelle Monae, Nas, Post Malone, Beck, Phoenix, Lucero and more, see memphofest.com for tickets and details. Tenth Mountain Division takes an electrified bluegrass mix to Stickyz, with Maybe April, 9 p.m., $8-$10. Lipstyck Hand Grenade takes its dance mix to Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Kings Live Music hosts a show from folk rockers Dawson Hollow, with Brother Bera, 8:30 p.m., $5. The High Cotton on the Bayou Festival at the Scott Plantation Settlement features sorghum-making, crafts, farm-produce vendors and more, 10 a.m., $3. In Bentonville, the Forest Concert Series continues with a show from Orchestral Pow Wow Project, with Cherokee singer Kalyn Fay, 7 p.m., $10. The Big Dam Horns take the stage at the Griffin Restaurant in El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District, 9 p.m., $10.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star, pot-stirrer and country singer Trixie Mattel takes her “Now with Moving Parts” tour to the Robinson Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $41-$166. Fall Out Boy brings its emo pop to the stage at Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $31-$71. CALS Ron Robinson hosts a screening of “The Exorcist” (1973) with a book signing by the film’s stuntwoman Ann Miles, 6 p.m., $5. Architect Johanna Hurme gives a talk in the Arkansas Arts Center lecture hall as part of the Architecture + Design Network’s June Freeman Lecture Series, 6 p.m., free. Houndmouth takes its infectious pop harmonies to the Rev Room with Family of the Year, 8:30 p.m., $21-$25.
“Artist as A Catalyst” features 10 silkscreens from work from Ida Applebroog, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Leon Golub, Luis Jimenez and others, donated to the closed Alternative Museum in New York City to protest cuts in public funding, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Gallery III, UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building, free. South on Main hosts a show from Belle Camino for its “Sessions” series, curated this month by Philip Rex Huddleston, 8 p.m., $10. KUAR-FM, 89.1’s “Arts & Letters” celebrates its 50th episode at Stickyz, with music from Brian Nahlen, 7:30 p.m., free. A Killer’s Confession takes nu metal riffs to the Rev Room with Nothing and Archaic Dawn, 8 p.m., $12-$14. Save the Parks campaign director Ben Combs gives a talk on efforts to create and maintain the Big Dam Bridge, Two Rivers Bridge and other public parks and trails, noon, Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, free.