Comedian Erik Knowles goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival continues nightly at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 5:30-10 p.m., $10-$15. E.J.’s Eats & Drinks hosts a rock show with Salsa and Josh the Devil & The Sinners, 9 p.m. Brewski’s Pub & Grub hosts Karaoke in the Basement, 9 p.m.
The next Sandwiching in History Tour from the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program explores the First United Methodist Church at 723 Center St., noon, free. Mark Wyers and Jason Hale kick off the weekend with a happy hour set at E.J.’s Eats & Drinks, 6 p.m., free. Vénice Catherine De’Wilde hosts the open stage night at Club Sway, “Gayrobics,” 9 p.m. Empyrean, The Violet Hour and Three Miles From Providence share a bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $7. Revolution Taco & Tequila Lounge hosts the Winter All White Party, with dance music courtesy of DJ JJ Wilson and The Sleepy Genius, 9 p.m., $10. Brothers With Different Mothers take the stage at the White Water Tavern, with special guests The Shannon Boshears Trio, 9 p.m. It’s blues night at Kings Live Music in Conway, where Trey Johnson takes his stompbox set, with an opening jam from Jet Blu, 8:30 p.m., $5. Unraveled takes the stage at Thirst N’ Howl Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. Foggy Bobcat, Rozenbridge, DJ Shortfuze and Crescent City Combo perform for “What’s Up Fayetteville,” a meet and greet at George’s Majestic Lounge, 9:30 p.m., $5. The Electric Cowboy invites all for country dance lessons with a Pure Hearts Country Swing Workshop, 8:15 p.m.
The Meteor hosts a coffee tasting and discussion of coffee-related facts and misconceptions, 10:30 a.m. The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts its monthly Storytime Saturday session with “Proud to Be Me,” 11 a.m. Insvrgence, Castaway, A Fate Foretold and Oblivion Rising share a heavy bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $10-$12. Swayde’s Motown Comedy Blast features sets from Eddie Bryant, Mike Bonner, Swayde Wilson, Karl A. Youngman and Keith Glason at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $28-$38. Irma Gerd and Jess Kitten lead the drag party at Club Sway, “Club Camp: Dollar Menu,” 9 p.m. One Way Road performs at Kings Live Music, with an opening set from Jamie Patrick, 8:30 p.m., $5. Intruders entertain at Thirst N’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., $5. Heather Batchelor performs at By the Glass, 7 p.m., 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd., free. Bark Bar at 1201 S. Spring St. offers free admission to all rescue dogs, with animals from Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) on site for an all-day mixer (don’t forget to take along your dog’s shot records), 10 a.m. Funk Factory brings its grooves to George’s Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 9 p.m., $10. Rock City Rowing hosts a free indoor rowing class, 10 a.m., Little Rock Athletic Club, 4610 Sam Peck Road.
El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center kicks off the new year with a Dia de Los Reyes open house with hot chocolate, atole and traditional king cakes, 3 p.m., 5500 Geyer Springs Road. Macarthur Museum of Military History screens “The Trial of David Owen Dodd,” 2 p.m., free.
Tomes + Tea Book Club discusses Ram Dass’ “Cookbook for Awakening,” 6:30 p.m., Arkansas Yoga Collective, free.
“Casablanca” goes up on the big screen at Riverdale 10 Cinema, 7 p.m., $9. Blue Canoe Brewing Co. hosts Yoga on Draft, a yoga class that comes with a pint, 6:30 p.m., $10-$11. The Architecture and Design Group hosts “Revitalizing the Arkansas Delta Culture for the 21st Century,” a lecture from Martin Smith, PLA, ASLA, partner and landscape architect with Ecological Design Group Inc., 5:30 p.m., Arkansas Arts Center.
Fretmoney Records hosts an Open Mic Night at Kings Live Music, or come early for trivia, 8 p.m., free. Ralphie Roberts takes his stand-up routine to The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12.