Local jazz groups Foliage and Twice Sax will be at The Joint at 9 p.m., and Austin-based country group Mickey and The Motorcars will be at Stickyz at 9 p.m., $12. At Maxine’s in Hot Springs, Mark Edgar Stuart and Grace Askew will play a free show with Jacob Furr. Comedian Tim Pulnik will pull a weekend stand (through Saturday) at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., $7-$10.
The LRFF and eStem Arcade Teen Filmmaker Lab will be held at the Ron Robinson Theater at 5 p.m., featuring poetry and short films. Amasa Hines will be at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, $6, and the Artosphere Festival, at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, will host its final concert of the season, “Scandinavian Masterworks,” 8 p.m., $10-$25. Local comedy troupe The Main Thing will premiere their new show, “Just Shut Up and Drive,” at The Joint, which will be playing Fridays and Saturdays throughout June, 8 p.m., $20. Local post-punk group Bombay Harambee will be at Vino’s at 9 p.m., $6, with Duckstronaut and Dead Anchors, and the following night they’ll be at JR’s Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville with Comfortable Brother and The Chads, 9 p.m.
The Cheetah Chase 5K will be held at the Little Rock Zoo at 8 a.m., $8-$12. The inaugural AnimeCon Arkansas, which will feature special guests (voice actors and game designers, etc.), will be held at the Clarion Hotel Medical Center Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m., $25. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a free panel discussion titled “Teaching African American History in Arkansas Schools: The Current Reality,” at 9:30 a.m. The Little Rock Wind Symphony will present “A Stars and Stripes Celebration” at MacArthur Park at 7 p.m. Eighteen-year-old pop singer Austin Mahone, who is somehow signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money label and is also officially a “digital and brand strategist” for Aquafina’s new teen-oriented line of bottled sparkling water, will be at Magic Springs’ Timberwood Amphitheater, 8 p.m., $49.99-$54.99. ZOSO, the self-proclaimed “Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,” will be at Revolution at 9:30 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. Rusty Shackle, a folk rock group from Wales (Monmouthshire, specifically, if that means anything to you), will be at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m.