Big John Miller.
The Rep's hugely impressive Young Artists' program continues with "If You SING It, They Will Come," a musical revue of songs from the cinema, 7:30 p.m., $15.
Local soul shouter Big John Miller belts songs you know at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
At White Water Tavern, the American Princes side-project Magic Hassle performs with local pop-rockers the Evelyns and local MC and man about town Dirtbag, 10 p.m., $5.
At the Metroplex, as part of the Delta Literacy Classic Weekend, rising R&B talent, like Avant and Meant 2 Be, performs, 10 p.m., $15.
Jonesboro blues act Jess the Mess headlines at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5.
As usual, the Ted Ludwig Jazz Trio plays a free show at the Capital Hotel Bar, 8 p.m.
At Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, UALR's opera program presents “Sleeping Beauty,” 7:30 p.m., $15-$25.
The three-day FOCAL book sale kicks off in the basement of the Main Library, 10 a.m. There's always a large supply of Studs Terkel. Know you're recently deceased legends!
For spoken word enthusiasts, the Arkansas Grand Slam competition at the Poet's Loft in Hot Springs offers prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000, 10 a.m. Admission is free, but the competition costs $50 to enter.
SATURDAY 11/8 David Higginbotham
, well known among jazz fans for playing bass in the Bob Boyd Sounds, celebrates the release of his new album, “This is My Heart,” with a show at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
At Juanita's, jazz standout Rodney Block
headlines at Juanita's with Selya and Jeron, 9:30 p.m. The Sarah Hughes Band
, a folk-rock outfit from Fayetteville, returns to White Water, 9 p.m., $5.
Armed with new material from a forthcoming album, the Goodtime Ramblers
share the stage with Fayetteville country-rockers Charliehorse
at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $5.
Seven-string guitar whiz Ted Ludwig
and his jazz trio return to the Capital Hotel Bar, 8 p.m., for a free show.