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The Greek Food Festival kicks off

Also, Combsy at Four Quarter.

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THURSDAY 5/17

Ward Anderson goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Brian Nahlen entertains for Dunbar Garden's "Music in the Garden," 6 p.m., $5, 1720 S. Chester St.; bring a picnic, a blanket or cooler along. Archeologist Andrew Buchner will give a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Sherman Mound, 1200-1600 A.D.," at the Old State House Museum, noon-1 p.m. Downtown Little Rock Partnership hosts an Alley Party in SoMa, with music from the Buh Jones Band, 5 p.m., northwest corner of Main Street and Daisy Bates Drive. The Arkansas Arts Center hosts Arkie Pub Trivia at Stone's Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m., free. "Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations" is up at Wildwood Park for the Arts, with art by Maurice Sendak and others, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun., free. The Gold Show Drag Show goes up at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Chris DeClerk plays for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, or catch Lypstick Hand Grenade, 9 p.m., $5. The Little Rock Trojans baseball team takes on the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, 6 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 1 p.m. Sat., UA Little Rock's Gary Hogan Field.

FRIDAY 5/18

The 34th annual "International Greek Food Festival" kicks off at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., admission $3 or three canned food items, see greekfoodfest.com for details. Katrice "Butterfly" Newbill performs for a "Birthday Bash and Taurus Party" with Nicky Parrish, Tim Anthony and others, 9 p.m., South on Main. The Dangerous Idiots get loud at a midnight show at Midtown Billiards. Tranquilo, Dirt Wizard and Fred share a heavy bill for the benefit of Trust Tree Songwriting Camps, 9 p.m., The White Water Tavern. Mayday by Midnight performs at Silks Bar & Grill inside Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. The Legendary Pacers, Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, The Great Whiskey Rendezvous and Jason Lee Hale are among the performers at the 38th annual Strawberry Jam, 5 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m. Sat., 241 Prince Cemetery Road, Bald Knob, $20. CosmOcean takes the stage at Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9:30 p.m., $6. Molasses Disaster, New Motto, The She and Pete Mouton share a bill at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $7. Exit From Dark, Centuri and Celestials play a heavy show at Vino's, 8 p.m., $7. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin duet for happy hour at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, and after dinner, catch Ghost Town Blues Band, 9 p.m., $5. Sad Daddy brings wit and mountain harmonies to Kings Live Music in Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. Seth Freeman takes the stage at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7.

SATURDAY 5/19

Four Quarter Bar has become a home for shows from expansive, jazz-informed projects like this weekend's set from guitarist Chris Combs' newest, Combsy, 10 p.m., $7. DeFrance takes its polished Southern rock set to Kings Live Music, 8:30 p.m., $5. Commander Keen, Adam Faucett and William Blackart share a songwriters' bill at Maxine's, 9 p.m., $7. Murphy Arts District's Griffin Music Hall in El Dorado reconfigures, ring-style, for Imperial Wrestling Revolution's "World Class Revolution" faceoffs, 7 p.m., $10-$60. Bill "Bluesboy Jag" plays a solo set at Cregeen's Irish Pub, 8 p.m. Hell Camino joins Eight Eyes and Hemp Noose for a heavy bill at Vino's, 8 p.m., $7. The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site in Norfork (Baxter County) hosts its annual "Pioneer Days," 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pianist John Willis reprises "No Surprises: Radiohead Tribute Show" at the Rev Room, 9:30 p.m., $10. Songwriter Matt Stell performs at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $10. Sad Daddy brings its jug band sensibility to White Water, 9 p.m. Trey Johnson plays an early set at Cajun's, 5;30 p.m., free, and later, Jet 420 takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Mother Hubbard & The Regulators perform at West End Smokehouse, 10 p.m., $7.

SUNDAY 5/20

Chelsea Clinton gives a talk, "She Persisted Around the World," at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center, 1:30 p.m., free, register by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or by calling 683-5239. The Little Rock Wind Symphony incorporates classical guitar and accordion on works by Angel Villodo, Gerardo Matos Rodríguez and others for "Sunday Samba," 3 p.m., Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, $12-$15. Stephan James & The Music Factory perform at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $10.

MONDAY 5/21

The Trinity River Bluegrass Band plays at downtown Paragould's Collins Theatre, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

TUESDAY 5/22

Riverdale 10 Cinema hosts a screening of "Fight Club," 7 p.m., $9. Concert organist Weston Jennings will play at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.

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