Douglas A. Blackmon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II," speaks at Pulaski Technical College as part of the grand opening events for the college's Center for Humanities and Arts, 6 p.m., free. All-male dance troupe BalletBoyz, based in the UK, performs at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 7 p.m., $10. Comedian Shane Mauss 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). Grindcore band Full of Hell plays at Vino's with Colour Design, Terminal Nation and Raw Head, 8 p.m., $7. Texas singer-songwriter Hayes Carll plays at South on Main, 8 p.m., sold out. The Pretty Things Peep Show comes to Revolution at 8 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Self-proclaimed "hillbilly soul" band Hooten Hallers plays at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Instrumental funk ensemble Funkanites plays at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.
"Doktor Kaboom!", a blend of theater and scientific demonstrations recommended for grades 3-5, is at the University of Central Arkansas's Reynolds Performance Hall at 6 p.m., $5-$10. Comedian Paula Poundstone, known for her HBO specials and appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me," performs at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville at 8 p.m., $20-$40. Local comedy group The Main Thing performs its original production, "Little Rock and a Hard Place," at The Joint, 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., $22. Dikki Du & The Zydeco Krewe perform at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $7. Oklahoma country artist Stoney LaRue plays at Revolution, 9 p.m., $17 adv., $20 day of. Locals Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass play at White Water with Tyler Childers, 9:30 p.m.
"Little Rock School Desegregation: From Then to Now," a panel discussion featuring Dr. John Kirk, Dr. James Ross, Dr. Felicia Hobbs and Rep. John Walker (D-Little Rock), is at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 10 a.m. Reggae artist Kool Johnny Kool appears as part of the Bob Marley Birthday Bash Revolution, 9 p.m., $15. Nashville indie rock group Bully plays at Stickyz with Diet Cig and Little Rock's The Uh Huhs, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $13 day of.