Poet Miki Gaynor is featured at Guillermo's Coffee, Tea & Roastery for Poetry Night, 7 p.m. Midterm elections are fast approaching, so Nexus Coffee & Creative hosts the happy hour Holiday Cards to Legislators letter-writing effort in the River Market, 5:30 p.m. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin play for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, Tragikly White takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Sesame Street Live lands at Verizon Arena, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., $22-$52. Norman, Okla., one-man band Mike Hosty plays a free, all-ages show at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m. The Joint is home to a Comedy Bowl with hosts A.J. Marlin and Wesley and David Kleitch, 8 p.m., $10. Tom Clark goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Tenor Arnold Rawls joins the Hot Springs Concert Band at the Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village for a holiday concert, 7:30 p.m., $12. The River City Men's Chorus gives its final holiday concert performance, Second Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.
The "Juke Joint Duo," Cedric Burnside and Lightnin' Malcolm, channel backwoods blues at the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert features soprano Kelly Singer, Stephanie Smittle and the Praeclara vocal ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Robinson Center Performance Hall, $15-$65. Irma Gerd and Jess Kitten host a holiday party, Club Camp: Slay Belles, at Club Sway with shows at 10:30 p.m. and midnight. Flatland Cavalry takes its West Texas sound to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Kadela blends trippy electronica with acoustic live instrumentation at Four Quarter Bar; think "fast yoga flow," 10 p.m., $7. Seth Freeman performs at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7. The Dangerous Idiots takes their potent, punk-informed rock to the stage at Maxine's in Hot Springs, with Open Fields and SHYTVVNS, 9 p.m., $5. RaabGaas (Rats at a Bar Grab at a Star), My Hands to War, Auspicious and The Weeping Gate play the back room at Vino's, 8 p.m., $7. Chris DeClerk kicks off the weekend with happy hour at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by a late night set from Rustenhaven, 9 p.m., $5. Opal Agafia & The Sweet Nothings take their rootsy soul to the stage at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Nate Kennedy, 8:30 p.m., $5.
The Cons of Formant play string-forward folk for the crowd at Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. Kris Allen stops at the Ron Robinson Theater on his "Somethin' About Christmas" tour, 6 p.m., $25-$75. Foul Play Cabaret burlesque troupe tantalizes at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $10-$15. WVRM, Funeral Chic, Abandon the Artifice and MOFD share a heavy bill at Vino's, 8 p.m., $8. WWE brings its contenders for the NXT Live title into the ring at Clear Channel Metroplex, 6 p.m., $20-$75. The Little Rock Zoo hosts "Holidays in the Wild," with visits to animals from Santa, crafts and a buffet lunch in Cafe Africa, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., $10-$23. Woodpeckers take the stage at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. Weakness for Blondes takes the stage for the Lagunitas Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. The Grief Brothers perform live at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. A Year and a Day takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7. The Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott opens its grounds for the seventh annual Holiday Crafts Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4815 U.S. Highway 165, free. Smokey & the Mirror, Shannon Wurst, and Cameron Johnson give a free concert for Main Street Music Night at Arts Center of the Ozarks, 7:30 p.m., RSVP by calling 479-751-5441 or visiting acozarks.org. Tragikly White takes its dance mix to the stage at Revolution, 9:30 p.m., $10. It's a Flipoff Pirates Christmas at Fayetteville's Smoke & Barrel Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. The cast of drag artists at Club Sway takes audience requests for Total Request Live, 9 p.m.
Hibernia Irish Tavern hosts its weekly Traditional Irish Music Session, 2:30 p.m., free. The Band Camino charms with pop hooks and earnest vocals at the Rev Room, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12.
A touring production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" goes up at the University of Central Arkansas's Reynolds Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m., $27-$35. Elsewhere in Conway, Tyler Sellers and his jazz trio play a set at The Brickroom, 1020 Front St., 6:30 p.m., $5.