The Children's Theatre opens its stage adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," 7 p.m., $10-$14.
Meanwhile, The Weekend Theater continues with the drama "Crumbs from the Table of Joy," 7:30 p.m., $10-$14.
Big-time metalcore act, As I Lay Dying shrieks and shreds at The Village with Unearth and fellow San Diegans Carnifex, 8 p.m., $21 adv., $25 d.o.s.
The crooner's taking time off from an acting gig; after a run in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Weekend Theater, Cody Belew (& Co.) returns to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
Deborah Norville, the best-selling author and Emmy-winning anchor for "Inside Edition," speaks at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall as part of its Distinguished Lecture series, 7:30 p.m., $5-$10.
Think Fugazi by way of The Hold Steady: Red Collar rocks out, '90s style, at White Water Tavern with help from Magic Hassle, 10 p.m.
Is it just us, or is it cover band season in Little Rock? This weekend offers Satisfaction, the, yep, Stones tribute act; look for the Jagger swagger at Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $7.
Country rockers Hwy. 5 return to Arkansas with a show at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $6.
Alternative outfit Maya Blue headlines its debut show at Maxine's with support from other modern rockers in The Vail and Finding Jimmy Hoffa, 8 p.m., $5.
At Discovery, Justin Sane handles the disco; g-force funks in the lobby; and hostesses Sasha Andrew, Leah Alize and Kamrin Michaels emcee the theater, 10 p.m., $10.
Bluegrass ass-kickers Pope County Bootleggers play the in-it-to-win-it drinkers at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $8 non-members.
It's sunshine and flowers when pep-poppers Arrah and the Ferns return to Little Rock; they're joined by locals (clap!)Kidz Pop! at ACAC's new space at 608 Main St. (the former Blank Generation for you old heads), 9 p.m., $6.
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