The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosts an "Encyclopedia of Arkansas Music" Cocktail Party, a launch event for the publisher's newest book, Main Library, 5:30 p.m. Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers present "Orange Moon," a musical celebration of jazz, blues and R&B, at The Joint, 9 p.m., $10. The Fifth Annual Sculpture Party and Fall Fest features a performance from Ryk St. Vincent and the Package, The Bernice Garden, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. At the Contemporaries Group's Fountain Fest at the Arkansas Arts Center, The Funkanites will perform, and food and beverages will be served, 5:30-8 p.m., $10-$25. If you're in the vicinity of Fayetteville, you should probably know that Bikes, Blues & BBQ is going on and there will be a bazillion or so biker-types all over the region, revving their engines and so forth, through Sunday. Over at White Water Tavern, you can check out Joe Buck Yourself, with Adam Faucett and Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth, 9:30 p.m.
The 10-year celebration of 100.3 The Edge radio features All That Remains, Asking Alexandria, Sick Puppies, Nonpoint, SOiL, Devour the Day and Heaven's Basement, Juanita's, 6 p.m., $25 adv., $30 day of. Over at Downtown Music Hall, it's a three-year celebration of Indie Music Night, the rare rap showcase that pays local artists. Grim Muzik's YK and Shea Marie share the bill with @IMStephanJames of the 4X4 Crew and others, 9 p.m., $10. Bluegrass faves Runaway Planet bring their stringed sounds to White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5. Green River Ordinance plays at Revolution with Four West and Caleb, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of.
Acclaimed electronic dance music DJ Ana Sia is at Revolution, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $15 day of. The Good Time Ramblers bring their Southern-rock sounds to Stickyz, 8 p.m. Symphony in Simon Park is the kickoff of the Conway Symphony Orchestra's 2013 season, with previews of future performances of Beethoven's Fifth, Bernstein's West Side Story and Bizet's Carmen, Simon Park, 7:30 p.m.
Journalist Eric Schlosser presents "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety" and will sign copies of his new book, Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m.
The Reel Civil Rights Film Festival Commemoration Reception is the opening event of the Reel Civil Rights Film Festival, with special speaker George Haley, the only surviving member of the Six Pioneers, students who integrated the University of Arkansas Law School, Philander Smith College, 6 p.m.
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