"Backpack Full of Cash," a film exploring the privatization of education in America and its impact, screens at Philander Smith College's M.L. Harris Fine Arts Building and Auditorium, 6:30 p.m., free. Rex Nelson moderates a conversation about crime in Little Rock with Mayor Mark Stodola, City Manager Bruce Moore and Police Chief Kenton Buckner, 7 p.m., Ron Robinson Theater, free. Bluegrass-inspired trio Fumblebuckers brings tunes from their June release, "Hungover and Layin' Around," to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $5. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin entertain for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by a set from Charlotte Taylor, 9 p.m., $5. Speaking of Cajun, John "The Ragin' Cajun" Morgan returns for a stand-up comedy set at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $10-$15.
Natalie Canerday and Werner Trieschmann take the stage at Hendrix College's Cabe Theatre for a reading of "The Immortal Katie Stewart," 7 p.m., free. Dangerous Idiots, Spirit Cuntz and Way Away share a bill at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $5. The Shannon Boshears Band takes the stage at King's Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Christine DeMeo, 8:30 p.m., $5. Katmandu takes the stage at Thirst N' Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. Australian country singer-songwriter Matt Ward joins Bonnie Montgomery for a show at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Kentucky songwriter Chris Knight brings his character-driven tales to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $17-$20. Pamela K. Ward & The Last Call Orchestra perform at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Silks Bar & Grill, Hot Springs, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., free.
Comedian Kyle Kinane brings his stand-up to Vino's, with Raj Suresh, 8 p.m., $20. Russellville rockers and Edgefest regulars From Day One take the stage at the Rev Room with songs from their latest, "The Witch," 8 p.m., $10. The Central Arkansas Astronomical Society hosts a Star Party at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 8 p.m., free. Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase champions Dazz & Brie join fellow contenders Youth Pastor for a night at White Water, 9 p.m. Ben & Adam duet at Cajun's for happy hour, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by the Ghost Town Blues Band, 9 p.m., $5. Singer-songwriter Willi Carlisle takes the stage at the Town Pump, 9 p.m., $5-$10. Opal Agafia & the Sweet Nothings brings their mountain music to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m. The Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall is home to the Little Rock Paper Airplane Festival, with age-based contests in distance and hang time, 10 a.m., $20-$25, call 683-5239 to register. Nashville Americana duo The Roosevelts land at Stickyz, 8 p.m., $8-$10. Foul Play Cabaret puts on a show at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $10-$15. Bluesboy Jag & the Juke Joint Zombies return to South on Main, 9 p.m., $5.
Saxophonist/vocalist Michael Eubanks performs at Hawgz Blues Cafe, 5524 J.F.K. Blvd., 5:30 p.m. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Tue., no cover.
PBS NewsHour special correspondent Nick Schifrin gives a talk on Russian President Vladimir Putin's influence, "Unwrapping the Russian Riddle," noon, Clinton School of Public Service, free. If that doesn't leave you feeling sufficiently dystopian, catch Today is the Day, Copsodomy and Crankbait, who are sharing a heavy music bill at Vino's, 7 p.m., $10.
The accomplished 75-voice Saint Mark Baptist Sanctuary Choir puts on a concert of gospel music at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 4106 JFK Blvd., 7 p.m., free. The UA Little Rock Trojans women's soccer team takes on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions, 7 p.m., Coleman Sports & Recreation Complex. Dallas thrash metal quintet Power Trip headlines the night at Vino's, with sets from Terminal Nation, Napalm Christ and I Was Afraid, 7 p.m., $12. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History screens Eric Christiansen's documentary "Searching for Home: Coming Back From War," 6:30 p.m., free. Riverdale 10 Cinema screens Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 mob masterpiece "The Godfather," 7 p.m., $8.50.
Crystal C. Mercer and Samarra Samone continue the "Sessions" series at South on Main, curated by Genine Perez, 8 p.m., $10. Two-man California rock band Cloudship pulls into port at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5.