The Joint hosts a fundraiser to help fund singer Stephanie Smittle's upcoming visit to Italy to sing opera in the Oberlin in Italy Program. There'll be lots of guests, including The Meshuggah Klezmer Band and The Smittles, 9 p.m., $10. At the 50th Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, Just Communities of Arkansas will honor Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Colette Honorable, chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Statehouse Convention Center, 6 p.m., $250. CARTI's 9th Annual Ragin' Cajun Bash is at River Market Pavilions, 6-9 p.m., $30 adv., $40 door.
Juanita's has all your punk-rock needs covered, with Bobby Joe Ebola & The Children MacNuggits, The Bad Years, Glittercore and Crooked Roots, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Celebrate Chris B's Celebrity Birthday with R&B singer Tank and Nicky Parrish, Montego Cafe, 8 p.m., $30-$50. The Third Annual Spa City Metal Fest kicks off at Low Key Arts in Hot Springs, check Lowkeyarts.org for full schedule. Stickyz has an evening of raucous, whiskey-fueled country rock for y'all, with The Trey Hawkins Band and Swampbird, 18-and-older, 9:30 p.m., $5. The truth is out there, and you might just find it at the 2013 Ozark UFO Conference up in Eureka Springs. It kicks off Friday and goes through Sunday at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 8 a.m., $90 for a full pass. The Scimitar Shrine Circus has it all: tigers, bears, clowns, "The BMX Cage of Death" and more. Coupon for free child's ticket with a paid adult ticket available at scimitarshrine.com, Scimitar Shrine, 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 p.m., $10 for adults, $5 for 13 and younger. The Clinton School for Public Service hosts Sen. John McCain at Robinson Center Music Hall, 6 p.m., free.
Jackass and CKY star Bam Margera brings the madness to Revolution, with Hunter Moore and members of CKY, 18-and-older, 9 p.m., $15-$40. As for the ragin' after-party? Where else but Discovery? That gets rollin' late and goes 'til even later, with a DJ set from Moore, as well as Sleepy, Wolf-e-Wolf, Justin Sane, Brandon Peck, a drag show at 12:30 a.m. and a Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.