Philander Smith College hosts its Langston Hughes Open Mic Poetry Night at 7 p.m. The Clinton Center presents “Throwback Thursday: Party in the Pavilions” at the River Market, a free revival of the “Big Downtown Thursday events of the Clinton era of the late 1990s. The Smittle Band plays at Crush Wine Bar, 7 p.m. R&B singer Noel Gourdin is at Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $20. Austin band The Hard Pans is at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. New Orleans jam band Galactic plays at George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 9 p.m.
UALR ‘s William H. Bowen School of Law presents TransArkansas: A Symposium Devoted to Education and Understanding, 9 a.m. Greasy Greens play a concert at the Historic Arkansas Museum as part of the Clinton Center’s 10th anniversary, 5 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and Ballet Youth perform at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple at 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), $20. Hawaiian ukulele YouTube sensation Jake Shimbukuro is at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $10-$25. Blues guitarist Lightnin’ Malcolm returns to White Water Tavern at 10 p.m., $10.
The Museum of Discovery presents “Science of the Saxophone: Good Vibrations” at 11 a.m. Project 86 is at Revolution with Living Sacrifice, The Agony Scene and Hollow, 8:30 p.m., $15. Ashley McBryde performs at Another Round Pub at 9 p.m. Iron Tongue plays at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, with Mothwind and Peckerwolf, $5. Mulehead plays at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m., $7.
South on Main hosts “Co-Opt: An Evening of Fine Arts with UALR,” showcasing work by visual and performing arts students, 7:30 p.m. Florida nu metal band Nonpoint plays at Juanita’s, 8 p.m., $10.
CARTI’s 2014 Festival of Trees is at the Statehouse Convention Center through Nov. 22. Jeff Clements, author of “Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations,” gives a lecture at the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. Film series Splice Microcinema screens John Ford’s 1939 classic “Stagecoach” at the design space Few, 8 p.m., donations.