The Main Thing kicks off “A Fertle Holiday” at The Joint, 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28, $20.

Former Secret Service agent Bill Carter will recount his experiences in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, Oxford American, 5 p.m., free.

CruzWay (featured on the cover of last week’s Times) plays Salsa Night at Juanita’s, beginning with a one-hour salsa lesson, 9 p.m., $8.

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It’s time for another installment of Indie Music Night at Downtown Music Hall, with Bobby Tillman, Ricky Pleasants, Lil Van, Pimp T, Doe Boi, Khris Brown, April MsGlamorous Carruth, Ashely Desi J, Kinfoke Clique and more, 9 p.m.

Noisem, Snakedriver, Jungle Juice and Severe Headwound bring the noise to Vino’s, 7:30 p.m., $5.

Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra presents “Selections from ‘Swan Lake’,” with Ballet Arkansas’s Youth Division and dancers from Ballet Arkansas, Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 7:30 p.m., $10-$20.

For some late-night trance-blues, don’t miss Tyrannosaurus Chicken at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5.