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Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen will be presented with the 2015 Community Truth Teller Award at a reception held by the Arkansas Community Institute at the Main Library's Darragh Center, 5:30 p.m. Acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson performs at The Joint as part of the Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series, 7:30 p.m., $20. Comedian James Johann 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). Eighties hair metal band Autograph ("Turn Up the Radio") plays at Juanita's, 8 p.m., $12. Local jazz group TwiceSax plays at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
Former U.S. ambassador, congressman and civil rights leader Andrew Young will speak at the "Civil War to Civil Rights" Social Conscience Gathering, presented by the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site at the Embassy Suites (an event that continues through Nov. 22), 8:30 a.m., $25-$100. Also speaking will be Baltimore essayist D. Watkins (12:15 p.m.), author and commentator Dr. Julianna Malveaux (1 p.m. Saturday) and many others. Avant-metal band Pinkish Black plays at Vino's with Sumokem, Iron Tongue and Mainland Divide, 8 p.m., $6. Cereus Bright performs at Stickyz at 8:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 day of. The 2015 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winner, Ghost Bones, plays at Maxine's in Hot Springs with Nervous Curtains. Revolution hosts a Neon Splash Paint Party, 9 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. The Sideshow Tragedy plays at the White Water Tavern with Collin vs. Adam, 9:30 p.m. Big Piph and Tomorrow Maybe plays at South on Main, 10 p.m., $15.
The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts "Turkey-lympics," featuring games and family activities, 2 p.m. Texas country legend Robert Earl Keen plays at Revolution at 8:30 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. Kentucky country singer Jeremy Pinnell plays at White Water, 9:30 p.m.
The 2015 Arkansas Ale Run, featuring live music, games and beer (to benefit the ALS Association), is at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center, 2 p.m., $30. Opera singer Kristen Lewis will perform a program of classics — including works by Gershwin, Puccini, Verdi and Gounod — at Wildwood Park for the Arts to support a vocal foundation scholarship, 4 p.m., $15-$50.