At the Afterthought, the Ted Ludwig and his trio play effervescent jazz, 8 p.m., $5. The rising Texas act No Justice comes to Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. The long-tenured local funk-rock act Mr. Happy is at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. At Philander Smith, as part of the college's “Bless the Mic” lecture series, acclaimed author and NPR correspondent Juan Williams speaks at 7 p.m., free. The ongoing Jim Henson Film Festival at Market Street continues with a screening of “Dark Crystal,” 7 p.m., $7.50. At 5 p.m., our home magazine ABODE celebrates its new issue at the Laughing Moon Cafe from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., free with happy hour priced drinks and complimentary desserts.
Powerhouse Christian group Casting Crowns comes to Alltel, 7:30 p.m., $15-$75. At Acoustic Sounds Cafe, singer/songwriter Craig Carothers performs with Greg Klyma, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. Sharp local rock band Notion comes to Cornerstone, 9 p.m., $10. At the Afterthought, Big John Miller croons at 9 p.m., $7. California emo-rockers National Product come to Juanita's with Sound the Alarm and Loren Drive, 10 p.m., $8. Former Democratic National Committee chair Terry McAuliffe comes to the Clinton School to speak on politics and his new book, noon, free. “Mind of Mencia” star Carlos Mencia comes to Robinson Center Auditorium, 7 p.m., $35-$40. The penultimate presentation of “The Triangle Factory Project” runs at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14.
SATURDAYPopular local jam band Weakness for Blondes is at Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Tragikly White play dance-jams at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $5. There's a Reggae Funsplash at Revolution, with local acts Yard Squad, Afrodesia, DJ Ras Levi and Dub Itals. Local rockabillies the Damn Bullets are at White Water, 10 p.m., $5. Local blues, classic rock and soul cover band Donna Massey and the Blue-Eyed Soul play Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. “The Triangle Factory Project” wraps up at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14. The Hogs take on Auburn in Fayetteville at 6:45. ESPN will air the game, as will Dickey-Stephens Park on its 18-by-32 foot video screen for patrons of Valentine's Restaurant.