The fifth annual Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival kicks off at the historic Central Theater, 1008 Central Ave., full schedule at hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com. The Buh Jones Band entertains for Downtown Little Rock Partnership's Alley Party, 5:30 p.m., 409 Main St., free. Saxophonist and vocalist Michael Eubanks plays a concert for the Live @ Laman Series, 7 p.m., Laman Public Library, free. Bikes, Blues & BBQ descends on Fayetteville, and George's Majestic Lounge hosts a show from Arkansauce, Mountain Sprout, Vintage Pistol and Groovement, schedule at georgesmajesticlounge.com. The Studio Theatre gives its last four performances of Alison Bechdel's "Fun Home," 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., $20-$27. The River City Men's Chorus gives a revue-style concert, "Sea to Shining Sea," at Second Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m. Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore, Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) and others form a panel discussion for "Victory Over Violence: Impact of Crime on Education," 7 p.m., Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, free. Comedian Tim Gaither brings his stand-up set to The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. The Brian Nahlen Band takes the stage at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Country singer and alum of "The Bachelorette" Luke Pell lands at Revolution, 8 p.m., $15. Brian Ramsey performs for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and at 9 p.m., Canvas takes the stage, $5. The Arkansas Arts Center screens AETN's "Dreamland: Little Rock's West 9th Street," 6 p.m., $10. The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff opens the 2017 "Irene Rosenzweig Biennial Juried Exhibition" with a reception, 5-7 p.m. The Eureka Springs School of the Arts screens documentary films about Arkansas Arts Council's Living Treasures, 6 p.m.
"Trumphouse," the newest album from trumpeter Rodney Block, gets a release show at South on Main, featuring Bijoux, Haywood King, DJ G-Force, J-Phil and others, 9 p.m., $15. MotherFunkShip returns with its "groove-fusion" to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m. Chinese Connection Dub Embassy returns to Kings Live Music in Conway for a reggae-ish show, with an opening set from Jamie Patrick, 8:30 p.m., $5. Big Red Flag takes its accordion-fueled set to Reno's Argenta Cafe in North Little Rock, 10 p.m. A Year and A Day performs at Thirst N' Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. Spa-Con kicks off at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 5 p.m., see spa-con.org for a full schedule. The Federalis, DeFrance and Stephen Neeper share a show at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Dreams, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, performs hits at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Hwy. 124 performs at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. The UA Little Rock Trojans women's volleyball team takes on the Appalachian State Mountaineers at the Jack Stephens Center, 6:30 p.m. Fri., and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 6:30 p.m. Sat., Jack Stephens Center.
Calling all zine and DIY press fans and makers: the Papercuts symposium features art for sale or trade and performances by Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass, Two Nights and Bete Noire, 7 p.m., Gallery 360, $5 suggested donation. Cyclists form a caravan over the Arkansas River for The Big Dam Bridge 100, register at thebigdambridge100.com, 7 a.m. R&B singer Tank performs at the Clear Channel Metroplex, with an opening set from Sammie, 9 p.m., $25-$99. Greg Madden plays a happy hour set at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by saxophonist/vocalist Pamela K. Ward, 9 p.m., $5. The Good Time Ramblers bring some seasoned-and-polished rock to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m. Psychedelic Velocity returns to Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m., free. Wilsen, a New York-based folk trio, brings its string-laden pop arrangements to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Couch Jackets, Brother Bera and To the Infinite Power make some bizarre rock at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $5. Chimp Chimp Chimp takes the stage at Vino's, 8:30 p.m., $7. Raising Grey takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7. Cosmocean brings its theatrical rock tunes to Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. CALS screens "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m., $5, come in costume but without props, as the theater is selling pre-approved prop bags for $2. The North Little Rock Municipal Airport hosts some sky-high tricks for the Wings Over the Rock Airshow, 10 a.m. Artist George Dombek opens his Fayetteville studio to the public, 1-6 p.m. (also Sunday).
The Arkansas River Blues Society Fall Blues Fest features outdoor performances from Gil Franklin, Charlotte Taylor, Bluesboy Jag and more, 3 p.m., Thirst N' Howl, $5.
Don't miss Brooklyn's Big Thief and songs from the band's confessional second rock album "Capacity" at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10-$12. Later, the Central Arkansas Library System kicks off its Boos & Booze series with a 20th anniversary screening of "I Know What You Did Last Summer," 6 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater, $2. Author Michelle Kuo discusses her book "Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship" at the Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, noon, free. Whoa Dakota and Bear Bear share a bill at White Water, 9 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema hosts a screening of "Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk," 7 p.m.
Dazz & Brie, champions of the 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, cap off the month of "Sessions" at South on Main, with an opening set from Hope Dixon, 8 p.m., $10. Rodney Block brings the "future house music" sounds from a new album to the History Pavilion in Riverfront Park for the last Jazz in the Park concert, 6 p.m., free. Austin punk rock makes its way to Stickyz courtesy of the ever-theatrical A Giant Dog, with an opening set from Ten High, 9 p.m., $5.