Red Octopus Theater is back with its signature sketch comedy for “Straight Outta Coffin,” a Halloween show, 8 p.m., also 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Oct. 27, $8-$10. Funkanites and The Rios make a Thursday feel like a Saturday at the White Water Tavern, 8:30 p.m. Heights institution Ozark Outdoor Supply screens selections from the Telluride, Colo., Mountainfilm festival at CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $15. Brass player Russell Scott and his outfit The Russ Liquid Test fuse funk with electronic production at the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $16-$20. Comedian JR Brow goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. National Parks Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss gives a presentation on Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne for the Old State House Museum Associates “Annual Supper” fundraiser, 6-9 p.m., $125. Telecaster master Daniel Donato takes his “cosmic country” to Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $8-$10. Memphis Yahoos land at Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, after a happy hour set from Brian Ramsey, 5:30 p.m., free.
Vocalist Bijoux joins forces with J.Phil for a show at South on Main, 10 p.m., $12-$15. Tim Anthony & Fela Vibez, Rodney Block and Katrice “Butterfly” Newbill pay homage to Fela Kuti with Afro-Jazz Night at Ira’s Restaurant, 9:30 p.m. Arkansas Circus Arts takes its cirque and sideshow theatrics to Argenta Community Theater for “Carnival Bizarre 2018,” 6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $25-$50. Bluesboy Jag & The Juke Joint Zombies play a free show at the Park Avenue Food Court in Hot Springs, 6 p.m., 910 Park Ave. Big Red Flag and Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo share a bill at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Songwriter Bonnie Bishop takes the stage at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $15. Jerry Redd & The Snowmen return to White Water, 9 p.m. The Electric 5 rocks at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. Death Bells, The Rios, Fabulous Minx and Joe Myside share a bill at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $7. Richie Johnson plays a happy hour set at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, or come after dinner for a set from Just Sayin, 9 p.m., $5. Clusterpluck jams at Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. Hearne Fine Art will host a reception from 5-8 p.m. for Marjorie Williams-Smith, whose metalpoint show, “The Messangers,” is up at the gallery.
Blues heir and beast-of-a-drummer Cedric Burnside releases “Benton County Relic” with a show at White Water, 9 p.m., $10. Over at Four Quarter, it’s stellar pub grub and Jim Dandy to the rescue with Black Oak Arkansas, 9 p.m., $20. The Minks, Adam & The Figurines and Nightingail perform at Maxine’s, 9 p.m., $5. Rustenhaven returns to Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5, or catch the I-30 Ramblers before dinner, 5:30 p.m., free. Waterseed performs at Kings, 8:30 p.m., $5. The B-Flats entertain at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m.
David Eshelman’s “Helaine and the Little War,” a new play set during Reconstruction-era Arkansas, premieres with a staged reading at the Old State House Museum, with a post-presentation Q&A and reception, 2-5 p.m., $15. John Fullbright, a star of a lyrist from the same town as Woody Guthrie, charms at South on Main as part of the Oxford American Concert Series, 7 p.m., $25-$34. New Chinese Acrobats fly high at UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall, $27-$35.
Stef Bright, Kayla Esmond, Bair and Robyn Adair champion repro rights with fierce humor at The Joint for Arkansas Abortion Support Network’s Stand Up for Access Comedy Show, 8 p.m., $25. Randi Romo celebrates the release of her debut collection, “Othered,” at White Water as part of Dive Bar Poetry Night, 7 p.m.
Puerto Rican ambassador/superstar Rita Moreno appears at Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $15. Seraph Brass, a renowned women’s brass quintet, performs at Staples Auditorium at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m. Pissin Comets, Stifft Beat, Shoe and Pumpkinseed share a bill at White Water, 9 p.m.
Appalachia-inspired rockers The Black Lillies perform at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $15. California quartet Mom Jeans performs at Vino’s with Just Friends, awakebutstillinbed and Retirement Party, 7 p.m.