The 24th Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival continues this week with screenings, panels and parties in downtown Hot Springs through Sunday, Oct. 18, $7.50-$250. The team behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's new production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" present a panel discussion at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall, noon. The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau launches its new "Locally Labeled" campaign highlighting local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries with a kickoff event at the River Market pavilions featuring a performance by one of the state's best bands, Amasa Hines, 5:30 p.m., free. Comedian Jersey 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). Fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken performs at The Joint at 7:30 p.m., $20. Memphis singer-songwriters Amy LaVere and Will Sexton return to the White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m., $7.
MC Lars, self-proclaimed "post-punk laptop rap" pioneer, performs at Stickyz with Koo Koo Kanga Roo, 9:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. Seventies rock favorites Grand Funk Railroad, who immortalized seedy Little Rock in their biggest hit, "We're an American Band," perform at the Arkansas State Fair at 8 p.m., $15.
Studio Ghibli's Academy Award-nominated "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" screens at Ron Robinson Theater at 2 p.m., $5. Chili Fights in the Heights, the year's biggest and most competitive chili cook-off, returns to the Heights at 2 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorkak's Symphony No. 8 at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. (and at 3 p.m. Sunday), $19-$58. Josh Oppenheimer's acclaimed documentary "The Look of Silence," produced by Werner Herzog and Errol Morris and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival, screens at the Ron Robinson Theater, 8 p.m., $5. Nashville anti-folk duo Birdcloud plays at Juanita's at 10 p.m., $5. Colour Design plays at Vino's with Lifer and Terminus, 8 p.m.
Cult-ish and uplifting indie rock band The Polyphonic Spree plays at Stickyz with Telegraph Canyon, 8:30 p.m., $20. Alt-country icons Drive-By Truckers play at Revolution with Brent Best, 8:30 p.m., $25.