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"An Evening in the Park with Hot Air Balloons and Mac-O-Lanterns" at MacArthur Park 

THURSDAY 10/29

Ari Berman, a political correspondent for The Nation, gives a talk titled "Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America" at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall, noon. Ten museums and the state Capitol host the 20th Annual Big Boo!seum Bash, with games, food, door prizes and costume contests, 6-8:30 p.m. Edwidge Danticat, winner of a MacArthur Fellowship (a "genius grant") and the National Book Critics Circle Award, gives a talk titled "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work" at Hendrix College's Reves Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Comedian Scott White is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $7 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). Local rappers Osyrus Bolly and Duke Stigall perform at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Mat Kearney plays at Juanita's with Parachute, 9 p.m., $25. Colony House is at Stickyz with The Rocketboys, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.

FRIDAY 10/30

MacArthur Park hosts "An Evening in the Park with Hot Air Balloons and Mac-O-Lanterns" at 5 p.m. The year's final Science After Dark event, focusing on "Dreams & Nightmares," is at the Museum of Discovery, 6 p.m., $5. Marquis and the Mood play at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Alt-country favorites Old 97s play at Revolution with Banditos, 9 p.m., $20.

TUESDAY 11/3

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center presents a "Lunch 'n Learn" panel discussion on the Arkansas Civil Rights Movement at 11:30 a.m. The Joint in Argenta hosts Stand-Up Tuesday, hosted by Adam Hogg, 8 p.m., $5. North Little Rock metal band Splattered in Traffic plays at Revolution with Dendritic Arbor, Sol Inertia and Apothecary, 8 p.m., $7. Nashville folk group The Vespers plays at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $7.

WEDNESDAY 11/4

South on Main presents a free Tulsa Music Showcase as part of the Oxford American's Local Live series, featuring Tulsa songwriters Paul Benjaman, Jacob Tovar, Beau Roberson and Kyle Reid, 7:30 p.m. The Fabulous Miss Wendy performs at Stickyz with the Flameing Daeth Fearies, 8:30 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.

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