by Robert Bell
Celebrate Chris B's Celebrity Birthday with R&B singer Tank and Nicky Parrish, Montego Cafe, 8 p.m., $30-$50.
Juanita's has all your punk-rock needs covered, with Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, The Bad Years, Glittercore and Crooked Roots, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.
The Third Annual Spa City Metal Fest kicks off at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, check here for full schedule.
Stickyz has an evening of raucous, whiskey-fueled country rock for y'all, with The Trey Hawkins Band and Swampbird, 18-and-older, 9:30 p.m., $5.
The truth is out there, and you might just find it at the 2013 Ozark UFO Conference up in Eureka Springs. It kicks off Friday and goes through Sunday at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 8 a.m., $90 for a full pass.
The Scimitar Shrine Circus has it all: tigers, bears, clowns, "The BMX Cage of Death" and more. Coupon for free child's ticket with a paid adult ticket available at scimitarshrine.com, Scimitar Shrine, 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., $10 for adults, $5 for 13 and younger.
The Clinton School for Public Service hosts Sen. John McCain at Robinson Center Music Hall, 6 p.m., free.