Ray Tarantino plays a smart modern take on singer-songwriting rock 'n' roll – think Springsteen or maybe Tom Petty filtered through U2-esque arena bombast and you're close to Tarantino's sound. He plays Maxine's at 8 p.m. Red-dirt troubadour Jason Boland comes to Revolution for an acoustic show with fellow traveler Evan Felker. Trey Stevens opens the 18-and-older show at 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 d.o.s. Bernice Garden hosts a tree-lighting holiday party, with Christmas carols, crafts for sale and refreshments. Bring an ornament to hang on the tree, as well as your own plate, utensils and cup for this zero-waste event, which starts at 5:30 p.m. The folks at Electric Heart Tattoos host The Type Truck, a mobile letterpress that's currently touring the country, starts at 6 p.m. and includes printing demonstrations and music from Bonnie Montgomery.
Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers headline "A Soulful Christmas," with singing from Jeron, Mia McNeal, Dee Davis and Bijoux, Twelve Modern Lounge, 9 p.m., $10-$20. The Arkansas Chamber Singers present a "Holiday Concert," including performances of Respighi's "Laud to the Nativity" and the premiere of a new work by Scottish composer Cecilia McDowell, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$18. It's 2nd Friday Art Night and at the Historic Arkansas Museum, there will be an eggnog competition, music from The Meshugga Klezmer Band and a new exhibit, "Found–Fired–Formed: Sarah May Leflar, Donna Uptigrove and Amber Uptigrove," 5 p.m. Over at Arkansas Studies Institute, they're unveiling "Ark in the Dark: An Exhibition of Vintage Movie Posters," which includes 35 posters that feature films from the years 1926 to 2009, as well as Arkansas- and movie-related memorabilia, such as programs, tickets, photos, lobby cards, books and other items, 5 p.m.
The Elise Davis Band and Amy Garland play White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Over at Shooter's Sports Bar & Grill, Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players bring the blues, R&B and rock 'n' roll, 9 p.m., $5. Check out a double feature of productions from Independent Guerilla: "Tuckerman" and "The Devil Lives in Hot Springs" screen at Market Street Cinema, starting at 7 p.m., and including a Q&A with the filmmakers, $10. It's time to start a dance party over at Revolution, with Tragikly White, 18 and older, 9:30 p.m., $7.