Ian Moore takes tunes from his long career and standout new EP "Strange Days" to Four Quarter Bar, 9 p.m., $10-$12. Chicago-born comedian Alvin Williams goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Ten Penny Gypsy plays tunes from its self-titled debut album at The Big Chill in Hot Springs, with Buddy Case, 8 p.m. Folk-grass quartet Turtle Rush performs at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., free. Public radio listeners: Visit with station staff and board members at the annual meeting and holiday party for KUAR-FM, 89.1, and KLRE-FM, 90.5, 5:30 p.m., Curran Hall, free. Chris DeClerk plays a solo acoustic set at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 7 p.m., free. "Butterfly" Katrice Newbill takes the stage at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5.
Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts play a late-night set at Midtown Billiards to cap off the annual Holiday Hangout festival, 1 a.m. The Arkansas Choral Society will perform portions of George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah," 7:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, $20. If you're in the Spa City, catch Cosmocean at Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5. The Karla Case Band performs at Thirst N' Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Studio Theatre takes on a staged version of the MGM classic "Meet Me in St. Louis," through Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., $20-$25, see centralarkansastickets.com for details. Psychedelic Velocity plays a free show at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. Some Guy Named Robb plays a happy hour set at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, the Memphis Yahoos take the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Fret & Worry takes its harmonica-guitar duets to EJ's Eats & Drinks for happy hour, 6 p.m. The Weekend Theater opens its production of John Cariani's "Almost, Maine," through Dec. 16, see centralarkansastickets.com for details. Greasy Tree plays a set in Conway at Kings Live Music, with opener Stuart Thomas, 8:30 p.m., $5. Elsewhere in Conway, Joey Fanstar takes the stage at TC's Midtown Grill, 9 p.m. Black River Pearl puts garage rock onto the cozy stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7.
Doom Room Comedy Night features stand-up sets from Brandon Davidson, Tyler Edwards, Seth Dees and Mark Johnson, 8 p.m. Blues-rock guitar great Joe Bonamassa takes the stage at Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $79-$149. Acclaimed Nashville songwriter David Olney performs at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7:30 p.m., $8-$15. Orange Star High plays a set at TC's Midtown Grill, 9 p.m. The Ghost Town Blues Band fires up a riverside performance at Cajun's, 9 p.m. Strange Brue plays a set or two at Thirst N' Howl, 8:30 p.m. Arkansas Chamber Singers host A Swingin' Christmas Fundraiser at The Little Rock Club, 400 W. Capitol Ave., with music from The B-Flats, 5:30 p.m., $125. The Stolen Faces pay homage to The Grateful Dead at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Vaudeville rocker Randall Shreve performs at Revolution, 9 p.m., $6. Guitarist Tim Easton, Joey Kneiser (of Glossary), Salty Dogs frontman Brad Williams and country siren Bonnie Montgomery perform an afternoon set as part of the annual Holiday Hangout festivities, Lost Forty Brewing, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass take the stage at Maxine's, with William Blackart and Brandon Luedtke, 9 p.m., $7.
Newsboys and Sidewalk Prophets are among the acts lined up for Big Church Night Out at Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $28. Breakfast, Books & Booze opens at noon at the White Water Tavern, featuring independent literature from the Tree of Knowledge, free, and at 5 p.m., a $5 cover will get you into Holiday Hangout performances from Dazz & Brie, Brent Best (of Slobberbone), J.D. Wilkes (of The Legendary Shack Shakers) and more. British vocal ensemble Voces8 gives a performance at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 7 p.m., $10. The North Little Rock Christmas Parade begins at Main Street and Pershing Blvd. at 2 p.m. and proceeds through Argenta, free.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected a head of state in Africa, joins President Bill Clinton for a lecture and conversation, 5:30 p.m., Statehouse Convention Center, free, reserve seats by emailing email@example.com or calling 501-683-5239.
Left Behind, Orthodox, Mercy Blow, A Fate Foretold and The Lucid Archetype play an early, heavy show at Vino's, 7 p.m., $10-$12.
South African alt-metal band Seether performs at the Clear Channel Metroplex, 8 p.m., $30-$295. The Rev Room kicks off the second round of its Best Christmas Song Karaoke Contest, 8 p.m.