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The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts a closing reception for its largest exhibition to date, "Freedom, Oh Freedom! Arkansas's People of African Descent and the Civil War," at 6 p.m., free. Bonnie Montgomery performs at the Southern Gourmasian, 6:30 p.m. Comedian Claude Stuart 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). Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to Verizon Arena with its prog-rock holiday light show, 7:30 p.m., $52.50-$92. Jingle in the Rock is at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Local garage punks Bombay Harambee play at the White Water Tavern with Dylan Earl, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Comedy troupe The Main Thing performs its Christmas production, "A Fertile Holiday," at the Joint in Argenta, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $22. Lagniappe plays a holiday show (featuring special guests) at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Dream Cult plays at Vino's with Mean Ends, Claw Marks and I Was Afraid, 9 p.m. Southern rock group Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts plays at Stickyz with Dead End Drive, 9 p.m., $5. TwiceSax plays at Another Round Pub at 9 p.m. Burlesque show Foul Play Cabaret comes to White Water at 9:30 p.m., $10. R&B singer Tawanna Campbell performs a late-night show at South on Main, 10 p.m., $15.
The Arkansas Razorbacks men's basketball team plays the Mercer Bears at Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $25. Big Red Flag plays at Kent Walker Artisan Cheese, 7 p.m. Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe plays the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. Deadbird plays at Vino's with Snakedriver and Crankbait, 9 p.m. Jimbo Mathus — Squirrel Nut Zippers founder, former sideman for Jim Dickinson and Buddy Guy, self-proclaimed "Arkansas Son-in-Law" — returns to White Water at 9 p.m., $10. Grateful Dead tribute band The Schwag plays at Revolution with FreeVerse, 10 p.m., $10.