Comedian John Wesley Austin 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). Bill Mize performs at The Joint as part of the venue's Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series, 7:30 p.m., $20. Destroyer of Light plays at Vino's with God Hunter, Apothecary and Construction of Light, 8 p.m. Post-punk cowboys The Frontier Circus (above) play at the White Water Tavern with Steve Howell and The Mighty Men, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Singer-songwriters and Arkansas natives Barrett Baber and Adam Hambrick perform at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Nashville punk band Diarrhea Planet returns to Revolution with locals Bombay Harambee and Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. Big Silver, fronted by Little Rock's Isaac Alexander, performs at White Water, 9:30 p.m. Sway hosts Gaga Ball, a night of live music and drag performances featuring Rhiannon Cortez and more, with opening acts at 9 p.m. and the ball at 11:30 p.m.
Before the screening of "Roar," the Ron Robinson Theater will show the classic, psychedelic, kid-friendly wish-fulfillment epic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," 2 p.m., $5. "Richard III: A Crown of Roses, A Crown of Thorns," a new opera, with libretto and music by Karen Griebling, plays at Christ Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m., free. Mulehead performs at White Water Tavern at 9 p.m. Local indie-pop group Canopy Climbers performs at Juanita's at 9 p.m., $8. The Death of Michael Goodrich plays at Vino's with John McIntryre and Gentleman Firesnake and Brian Nahlen, Vino's, 8 p.m. Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat are at Stickyz with Steve Hester and Deja Voodoo, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.
Girish Shambu, the influential film blogger, critic and historian, will give a lecture, "The Practice of Cinephilia," at Hendrix College's Mills B, 4:15 p.m. North Carolina metal group He Is Legend plays at Revolution with Sleepwave, 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. Joey Kneiser and Kelly Smith of Glossary perform at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m.