Poetry collective Foreign Tongues hosts a Poetry Night at the Oxford American Annex, 7 p.m., $5. Comedian Valerie Storm is at The Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m. $7 (with shows at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). The Red Octopus Theater’s new original sketch show, “Pagans on Bobsleds! Let It Show! Let It Show! Let It Show!” is at The Public Theater through Saturday, Dec. 13, at 8 p.m., $10. Opera-turned-country singer-songwriter Bonnie Montgomery is at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. Local indie rock bands Open Fields, My Brother My Friend and Whale Fire are at The Joint, 9:30 p.m., $5.
The 10th Ever Nog-Off, a long-running local eggnog competition, is at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 5 p.m. Gen. Wesley Clark gives a lecture based on his new book, “Don’t Wait for the Next War” at the UA Clinton School of Public Service’s Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. The Arkansas Chamber Singers perform their holiday concert at the Old State House Museum Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. The Arkansas Sounds Holiday Concert, featuring Meshugga Klezmer Band and the Dave Rosen Big Band, is at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7:30 p.m. Sketch comedy crew The Main Thing presents its holiday production, “A Fertile Holiday,” at The Joint Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., $22. War Chief hosts its annual benefit for The Van at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Trophy Boyfriends and Street Arabs play at a memorial for TC Edwards at Pizza D’Action, 10 p.m., donations (all proceeds go to Edwards’ family). Instrumental jazz-funk ensemble Funk A Nites are at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., and guitarist Eric Sommer is at Midtown Billiards.
The Central Arkansas Roller Derby kicks off at Skate World at 6:30 p.m. Ballet Arkansas presents “The Nutcracker” at the Maumelle Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. (and on Sunday at 2 p.m.), $20-$52. Chris DeClerk plays at Another Round Pub at 6 p.m. and Integrity is at the Afterthought Bistro and Bar at 9 p.m., $10-$15.
Vino’s Brewpub Cinema screens “The Killer Shrews” at 7:30 p.m., free. The Joint has Stand-Up Tuesday hosted by Adam Hogg at 8 p.m., $5. Kevin Kerby and Isaac Alexander are at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m.