The Old State House Museum hosts a free Brown Bag Lunch lecture on Clara McDiarmid, the Little Rock lawyer and suffragist, noon. Don Doyle, a history professor at the University of South Carolina, gives a talk at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall, "The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the Civil War," 6 p.m. Comedian Alex Ortiz is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $7 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). Mary Tucker performs at The Joint at 8 p.m., $10. Little Rock garage punk band Bombay Harambee plays at the White Water Tavern with Whale Fire and Monster Furniture, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet speaks at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall at 12:30 p.m. Vino's hosts the first night of the metal showcase Fall Fest II, featuring Madman Morgan, Solid Giant, Napalm Christ, Jungle Juice and more, 6 p.m., $12-$24. The original 1933 "King Kong" screens at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $5. Jayke Orvis plays at Maxine's in Hot Springs with Gary Lindsay and My Graveyard Jaw. Rodney Block & The Love Supreme play at South on Main with Funkanites, 9 p.m., $15. Local R&B singer Sean Fresh plays at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $10.
Alt-rock band Shinedown plays at Verizon Arena with Breaking Benjamin, 7 p.m., $51.50-$57. Engine plays at Maxine's with The Ex Optimists and A Sundae Drive. John Neal Rock N Roll plays at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Vegas-based one-man band That 1 Guy performs at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $15.
University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara gives a talk called "Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century" at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. Pop-punk band Plain White T's play at Juanita's with Matt McAndrew, 8 p.m., $17.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music program "Merry Pranks" is at the Clinton Presidential Center, 7 p.m., $23. Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith of Glossary play at White Water, 9:30 p.m.