The Meditations bring time-tested reggae harmonies to the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10-$15. The Studio Theatre kicks off its production of “A Christmas Story,” 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 16. Author and community advocate Kathy Izard gives a talk, “The Hundred Story Home,” about her work with the homeless, 6 p.m., Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, free. Hendrix College Choir’s Candlelight Carol Service enchants at the Conway campus’ Greene Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., free. Jocko plays a happy-hour set at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, Jet 420 takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. The Pocket Community Theatre in Hot Springs stages “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat. 2:30 p.m. Sun. through Dec. 9, $15.
YouTube mogul/comedian Kountry Wayne goes for laughs at Robinson Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $28-$48. “A True Definition of a B.A.D. Chic” goes up at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., $34-$50. Maxine’s in Hot Springs gets loud with straight-ahead rock sets from DeFrance and Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, 9 p.m. The Big Dam Horns entertain at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill in Hot Springs, 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. Comedian Reno Collier lands at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $12. Groovement takes the stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $8. Kent Skinner conducts soloists Suzanne Banister, Diana Salesky, Drew Seigla, Gregory Pearson and the Arkansas Choral Society in excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah,” 7:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church (5700 Cantrell Road), $20. The Main Thing continues its sketch comedy musical “A Fertle Holiday” at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Jan. 12, $24. Critical Mass opens for Behind the Noise at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $6. Adam Tilley kicks off the weekend at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, or come later for a set from Tragikly White, 9 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presents “Jack Frost in Santa Land,” 7 p.m. Fri. and 2 p.m. Sun., through Dec. 16. South Carolina rockers The Artisanals take the stage at Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. The UA Little Rock Wind Ensemble performs “Under the Cover of Night,” 7:30 p.m., Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.Brae Leni & The Evergreen Groove Machine kick off the weekend at Smoke & Barrel in Fayetteville, 10 p.m., $5. The Randy Rogers Band takes its anthemic country set to George’s Majestic Lounge, Fayetteville, 9 p.m., $20-$23. The Cody Martin Band plays a set at Kings Live Music in Conway with Chris Tarkington, 8:30 p.m., $5. Against the Grane plays a free show at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. The Matt Treadway Trio takes its jazz fusion set to Bar Louie, 8 p.m., free. The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff holds its fundraiser for student art programs, “Beers and Cheers,” 7 p.m., $60.
The Ben Miller Band takes its signature gadgetry and stomp to the stage at Stickyz, with Big Red Flag, 9 p.m., $10. Catch Groovement at Kings Live Music, with Ryan Hinman, 8:30 p.m., $5. The B-Flats Band entertains for a dinner at the Little Rock Club (400 W. Capitol St., top floor) in support of the Arkansas Chamber Singers, 5:30 p.m., $125. John Patitucci and his electric guitar quartet give a concert at Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $30-$50. The Federalis share a bill with Turtle Rush and Fort Defiance at Maxine’s, 9 p.m. The UCA Reynolds Performance Hall hosts a holiday swing show, “Rat Pack Christmas,” 7:30 p.m., $27-$40. Five Finger Death Punch and Breaking Benjamin share a bill at Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $25-$80. The Rev Room hosts “The Depeche Mode Experience” with tribute outfit Strangelove, 9 p.m., $15. Deltaphonic performs at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. TJ Ashley & The Backroad Band take the stage at Thirst N’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., $6. Vocalist/saxophonist Pamela K. Ward returns to Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5.
Kalu and The Electric Joint mesh neo-soul and boogie at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $8. Over at Four Quarter Bar, the Robert Mabe Band gives a free performance, 9 p.m.
Design collective Few screens Gary Hustwit’s new feature-length documentary, “Rams,” CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m., $25-$100.
The Diamond Empire Band kicks off the dance party at Stickyz, 8 p.m., free. The Conway Men’s Chorus gives a Christmas Holiday Concert at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus in Conway, 7 p.m., free. Saxophonist Merlon Devine takes his smooth sounds to South on Main, 8 p.m., $15 advance, $20 at door. Ron Robinson Theater screens “Edward Scissorhands” as part of its Not Quite Holiday Film Fest, 6:30 p.m., $5.
“Untold Arkansas: An Anthology” gets a book launch party at the White Water Tavern, 6 p.m. Sketch comedy troupe Red Octopus Theater puts up its for-adults-only holiday show “Pagans on Bobsleds XXVII: Pre-Existing Tradition,” 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat., $10. Authors Mel and Joan Gordon discuss the life of Gen. Casimir Pulaski in “The Forgotten Hero,” noon, Ron Robinson Theater, free. Bottoms up: Dizzy 7 provides the soundtrack to South on Main’s prohibition Repeal Day Bash, part of a month of “Sessions” concerts curated by pianist/songwriter John Willis, 8 p.m., $8-$10.