Metal behemoths Rwake headline a show at Maxine's, with Sound of the Mountain and Mainland Divide, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 door.
The Weekend Theater's production of the musical comedy "A ... My Name is Alice" returns, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $12-$16.
Douglas Blackmon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Slavery by Another Name," will discuss his work at CALS Main Library, 6:30 p.m., free.
Exhale at RiverTop returns to The Peabody, with DJs g-force and Tre' Day, 9 p.m., $8.
Singer/songwriter Eric Sommer has been building a real following in the area, with dexterous playing and great original tunes. He's back at Midtown, 12:30 a.m., $5.
Ken Golatt plays with the Porter's house band at Porter's Jazz Cafe, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Emo-flavored pop-punkers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus come to Downtown Music Hall, with local rockers Se7en Sharp and Belair, 7:30 p.m., $14.