David Harrower’s drama “Blackbird” goes up at The Studio Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., $10. Comedian Mike Merryfield takes the stage at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$10. Singer, guitarist and handsaw player Angela Perley brings her band The Howlin’ Moons to Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 8:30 p.m., $10. Dustin Vance, Jared Lowry and Michael Brown take the stage at The Joint for the comedy faceoff “The Game,” 8 p.m., pay what you can. Sinclare, A1 Nino and AR Swish perform at the White Water Tavern for “New T.R.A.P. City Live,” 9 p.m. The Billy Jones Band takes its blues set to Cajun’s Wharf, 9 p.m., $5, or come early and catch Raising Grey, 5:30 p.m., free. Dr. Carl Drexler leads a noontime “Brown Bag Lunch Lecture” titled “Life and Death on Lost Prairie: The 1819-1820 Cherokee Settlement on the Little Red River,” Old State House Museum, free. Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe takes its show to El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District, 8 p.m., The Griffin Restaurant.
Baritone Emery Stephens and pianist Linda Holzer perform at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center for a noontime “Lunch and Learn” session on Arkansans William Grant Still and Florence Price, free. Honky tonk badass/classical composer Bonnie Montgomery returns to White Water, 9 p.m. Meanwhile, trumpeter/bandleader Rodney Block performs ’90s girl group hits at Cajun’s with Bijoux, G-Force and the Rodney Block Collective, 9 p.m., $15. Playwright’s Week kicks off at The Weekend Theater with four short plays: Johnny Jones’ “Consensual,” Jeffrey Lewellen’s “Arms of the Wicked,” Anthony Mariani’s “The Hole in the Wall” and Matthew White’s “Hashbrowns at Midnight,” 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $10. Rodney Carrington mashes up country music and standup comedy at the Robinson Center, 7 p.m., $45. The True Lit literary festival continues in Fayetteville with a reading from Jamaican novelist Marlon James, 7 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library, see truelitfest.com for full schedule. Mountain Sprout takes its rowdy string band tunes to Four Quarter Bar, with Big Still River, 10 p.m., $8. Wildwood Academy of Music & the Arts hosts “Vine & Dine,” a wine fundraiser, 6:30 p.m., Chenal Country Club, see wildwoodpark.org to reserve tickets, $200. The Zac Dunlap Band takes the stage at Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10. Lypstick Hand Grenade performs at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $5. Volk, Fort Defiance and Something Better share a bill at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m. Elsewhere in Hot Springs, DeFrance takes its Southern rock to The Big Chill, 9 p.m., and Hwy 124 fires up a set at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Cadillac Jackson plays a set at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Tyler Sellers, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Josh Parks Band plays a free show at Markham Street Grill and Pub, 8:30 p.m.
Judy Goss’s “Life Science” goes on stage at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre as part of its “Plays in Progress” series, 7 p.m., $10. The Akeem Kemp Band holds blues court at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Rikki D, 8:30 p.m., $5. Roundthree gives a concert at Hibernia Irish Tavern, featuring Isaac Helgestad, 7:30 p.m. DeFrance and Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts double up on the rock’n’roll at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $6. Freeverse returns to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Riley Green takes “In a Truck Right Now” and other country anthems to the Rev Room stage, 8:30 p.m., $12-$15. 360 Fight Club returns to the Clear Channel Metroplex, 7 p.m., $25-$80. Rapper/songwriter NF takes a Christian hip hop show to Verizon Arena, 8 p.m., $25-$45. Jeremy Lynn Woodall & The Grinders take the stage at White Water, 9 p.m. The Brian Nahlen Band returns to Cajun’s, 9 p.m., $5. Sleepy LaBeef bassist Jimmy “Cadillac Crumb” takes the stage at El Dorado’s Griffin Restaurant, 11:30 a.m., free.
Beer & Hymns holds its “Snacksgiving Edition” with an hour-long singalong in the back room at Vino’s back room and a concurrent food drive (bring pre-packaged snacks) for Canvas Community, 7 p.m., free. Works by Arkansas native Randall Standridge and W. Francis McBeth, the first Composer Laureate of Arkansas, are on the program for the North Little Rock Community Band’s “As Time Goes By,” 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Hays Center, North Little Rock, free.
Tokyo rockers Otonana Trio land at E.J.’s Eats & Drinks, with Billy Ruben & The Elevated Enzymes and Belvis, 11 p.m. The Diamond Empire Band twists up inventive covers at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., free.
Australian skate punks C.O.F.F.I.N. and Dress Up share a bill at White Water, 8 p.m.