Collins to work toward increasing visitation to Arkansas by groups and promoting the state's appeal
"Shine a Light on Literacy," an event benefiting Literacy Action of Central Arkansas's adult literacy and ESL programs, will be held at the Governor's Mansion and will include live music, wine and "heavy hors d'oeuvres," 6 p.m., $50. Comedy troupe Armadillo Rodeo will be at The Joint, 8 p.m., $8, and stand-up Todd Rexx will be at The Loony Bin through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $7-$10. Knoxville pop-bluegrass group The Black Lillies will be at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Poor Richard, State of Being, Project Noble and Philly group Left and Right will play Vino's for "Fresh Blood Night," 9 p.m., $5.
Big Silver will play a free show on the lawn of the Old State House Museum, 5:30 p.m., with two sets and free food and drinks as part of 2nd Friday Art Night downtown. At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, museum president Don Bacigalupi and curator Chad Alligood will give the "State of the Art Spotlight Lecture" on the new exhibition at the museum, 7 p.m. Brother Andy and His Big Damn Mouth will be at Stickyz with The Bootheel, 9 p.m., $6. Brothers Osborne will play an after-party to the Eric Church Verizon Arena show at Revolution (free with a ticket to the latter), $10. Alabama rap group The Green Seed with be at the White Water Tavern with LabRatz (a local collective featuring Osyrus Bolly, Big Ced Dibiase, Gadah, Duke Stigall and more), 9:30 p.m.
"Thea Paves the Way," a collaborative sidewalk chalk event sponsored by the Thea Foundation, will be held at the Clinton Presidential Library starting at 8 a.m. The family and bicycle-friendly development event "Pop Up Park Hill" will be held at Park Hill in North Little Rock starting at 10 a.m., with food trucks, brewers and local vendors. The Arkansas State Fairgrounds will host Baconfest, with cooking and eating contests, a beer garden, a kids zone and a 5K "fun run," 11 a.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. The Ron Robinson Theater will screen "The Muppets" (2011) at 2 p.m., $5. Juanita's will hold a Patio Pool Party with DJs, karaoke and a bikini contest at 4 p.m., $5-$20. Fayetteville's Cadillac Jackson will be at Stickyz with The Machete With Love, 9 p.m.