The Main Thing continues its holiday comedy “A Fertle Holiday” at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Jan. 12, $24. At Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, “Elf” kicks off a run, 7:30 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 12:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Sun., $25-$37. Comedian Steve Poggi lands at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sat., $12. Monsterboy plays a set at Dugan’s Pub, 9 p.m. Synrg Band and DJ Nick Hud perform at the Doubletree Little Rock for the Little Black Dress & R&B Party, 8 p.m., $15-$30. Weakness for Blondes turns up the volume at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Bluesboy Jag & The Juke Joint Zombies perform at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. Steve Boyster kicks off the weekend with a happy hour set at Cajun’s, 5:30 p.m., free, or come later and catch White Chocolate, 9 p.m., $5. The Going Jessies take the stage at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Brandon Riley, 8:30 p.m., $5. Hwy. 124 kicks off a set at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming in Hot Springs, 10:30 p.m., free. Also in Hot Springs, Kentucky rockers Waterbird join Laith and Nick Flora for a concert at Maxine’s, 9 p.m. The Body takes its trademark noise metal to the stage at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $8-$10. Also in Fayetteville, the Canada Royal Winnipeg Ballet stages “The Nutcracker” at the Walton Arts Center, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., $19-$52.
Rocktown Revival takes the stage at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7 p.m., $5. Chucky Waggs and the Company of Raggs kick off a post-holiday set at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Danny Tate performs at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $6. Lucky Rooster performs at Kings in Conway, with an opening set from Cullum Dootson, 8:30 p.m., $5. Holiday music, craft booths, food trucks, face painting and Christmas carolers fill the Argenta Arts District for the tree lighting and Northern Lights Festival in North Little Rock, 5-7 p.m., free. Dirty Fuss plays a late-night set at Midtown Billiards, 2 a.m. Rodney Block and Dee Davis give a free concert for “A Jazzy Holiday at Starbucks,” 11:30 a.m., 2815 Cantrell Road. Ozark Folkways in Winslow hosts “Merry Makerspace on the Mountain,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m., see ozarkfolkways.org for full schedule. In Fayetteville, Mouton joins The Chads and Jess Harp & The Harp Breakers at Smoke & Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. YK entertains at Empire for Get That Bag Saturday, 9 p.m. Morty Russell, north Louisiana songwriter, radio personality and grandson of Leon Russell, lands at El Dorado’s Griffin Restaurant in the Murphy Arts District for two sets, 11:30 a.m., 7 p.m., free. Kassi Moe entertains at Core Public House’s SoMa location, 7 p.m., and at Core’s Argenta location, Christopher Fulmer performs, 7 p.m. DJ Nick Hud and Memphis band PC provide accompaniment for the “Noir: All Black Affair,” Little Rock Marriott, 8 p.m., $25-$55. Jay Holmes and Cripple Creek play sets at Rodney’s Handlebar & Grill, 8 p.m., $5.
South on Main hosts a Sunday Soul Brunch with vinyl spinning from Control Little Rock, doors open at 10 a.m., music at 11 a.m. The Stardust Big Band entertains at the Crystal Ballroom in Hot Springs’ Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa, 3 p.m., $10. Sharon Turrentine gives a holiday concert at Garvan Woodland Gardens’ Anthony Chapel in Hot Springs, 4 p.m.
Daniel Campbell and Graham Gordy’s film “Antiquities” screens at Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Northern Ireland vocal trio The Priests give a concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., $40. University of Chicago Law School professor Justin Driver gives a talk, “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for America’s Constitutional Rights,” at the Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free. Stone’s Throw Brewing hosts a pre-holiday Uno Night, 6 p.m., free. Jade Cicada and Detox Unit take synth electronica and chillpop tunes to George’s Majestic Lounge, 8 p.m., $20. The Village Chorale gives a holiday concert at Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens, 6:30 p.m. “A Christmas Story” screens at Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m., $9.
KABF-FM, 88.3, hosts a benefit show in honor of KABF voice Big Griff, 7:30 p.m., White Water Tavern. Author Joy Moore gives a talk on her book “The Power of Presence” at the Clinton School of Public Service, noon, free. Filmmaker/photographer Matika Wilbur is spotlighted at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, where docushorts from her “Project 562” — a documentation of over 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States — are screened as part of the “Native Voices” series, 7 p.m., free.