The Eureka Springs Blues Weekend kicks off Thursday. The annual festival features Ruthie Foster, Tommy Castro, Kenny Neal, The Cate Brothers, Lazy Lester and many more, including a tribute to the late, great Arkansas bluesman Michael Burks, who passed away suddenly in early May. The main venue is The Auditorium, but there will be shows all over town through Sunday, $15-$75.
The Lantern Theatre in Conway opens its production of the Sam Shepard classic "True West." It runs through Saturday, with performances at 8 p.m., $10. It's recommended for adult audiences.