It's First Thursday in Hillcrest, and in addition to the food trucks, wine and shopping along Kavanaugh Boulevard, Box Turtle hosts a meet-and-greet with the dogs featured in author Grace Vest's "Home Sweet Home: Arkansas Rescue Dogs & Their Stories," 6 p.m., free. Lucero kicks off two nights at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 9 p.m., also 9:30 p.m. Fri., $22-$25. Cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist/composer Michael Brown perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Copland as part of the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock's concert series, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Cathedral, $25, free for students. Handmade Moments blends saxophone and jazz rhythms at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Jocko kicks off the late-week lineup at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, Nerd Eye Blind takes a party mix to the stage, 9 p.m., $5.
Jamie Lou & The Hullabaloo and Adam Faucett share a bill at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Motherfunkship brings its "groove fusion" to Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. The historic Dreamland Ballroom hosts its annual fundraiser, Dancing Into Dreamland, 7 p.m., $75. "Waylon's Still the King," "I Ain't Drunk" and other declarations are on the agenda for the Whitey Morgan show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $20-$75. Casting Crowns, a long-tenured Christian rock band, leads a live worship experience at Verizon Arena, 7:30 p.m., $20-$70. Against the Grain plays a free show at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m. Cabot's River City Overdrive performs at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Mayday by Midnight performs at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free. The art galleries on Central Avenue in Hot Springs stay open late for the first Friday Gallery Walk, 5-9 p.m., downtown Hot Springs. Sculptor Lynda Benglis gives a talk at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, 7 p.m.
The Bernice Garden Vintage Market kicks off at 9 a.m. in the SoMa neighborhood, with kitchenware, pottery, glass, handmade crafts and more available for purchase. Marion native Barrett Baber takes "I'd Love to Lay You Down" and other country hits to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10-$12. The Federalis brings their "Delta rock leads and barfight-style drums" brand of Southern rock to Maxine's in Hot Springs, with Matthew McNeal and Ryan Sauders, 9 p.m. $7. The Landlubbers Boat Float on Main, a Christmas-themed parade of boats, begins at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Center, followed by a "Yacht Rock Block Party" along the 500 block of Main Street, free. Chris DeClerk kicks off Saturday night with a happy hour set at Cajun's, and later, The Woodpeckers play some straight-ahead rock 'n' roll, 9 p.m., $5. The Chili Fights in the Heights cookoff begins at noon, for the benefit of Arkansas Foodbank, 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., donations.
The North Little Rock Community Concert Band performs works by John Philip Sousa, Claude T. Smith and more, 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Hays Center, NLR, free. In the spirit of "dismantling the current culture of power and building an equitable, inclusive Arkansas," Just Communities of Arkansas hosts the Walk for Community, beginning at the River Market pavilions at 1:30 p.m., free. The Arkansas Foundation for Suicide Prevention hosts its Out of the Darkness Walk beginning at Dickey-Stephens Park, 2:15 p.m., register at afsp.org/littlerock.
Author, humorist and former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" Garrison Keillor makes a visit to the Robinson Center, 7 p.m., $49-$75. Works from Sarasate, Saint-Saens and Jefferson Friedman are on the program for "Spanish Dance," a River Rhapsodies Chamber Concert from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center, $10-$23. The White Water Tavern hosts a rock 'n' roll show with Fiscal Spliff, Pumpkinseed and William Blackart, 9 p.m. Argenta Community Theater screens Jeff Nichols' "Mud" as part of the Dogtown Film Series, 7 p.m., $5. The Museum of Discovery honors Arkansans with notable careers in science, math and technology at "Spark! Igniting a Passion for Science, Technology & Math," 6:30 p.m., donations and silent auction.
As part of its "Fiction & Fact: A War Dialogue with Veterans," the Central Arkansas Library System hosts a screening of "The Fog of War," Ron Robinson Theater, 6:30 p.m., free. The Junior League of Little Rock kicks off its annual four-day shopping event, Holiday House, with a toy drive and preview party, 6 p.m., see jllr.org for details.