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Thursday marks the opening of the Historic Baseball Trail, which includes 26 sites in Hot Springs that are associated with the visits, playing and training of more than 300 baseball legends and those associated with them, including Babe Ruth. Brochures and other information will be available at the Downtown Visitor Center in Hill Wheatley Plaza. LA pop-punkers Cold Forty Three play Juanita's, with 200 West, Last Chance Casanova and Boom the Wheel, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. Indie folksters General Ogelthorpe & The Panhandlers play Vino's, 9 p.m., $7. The See and Grand Serenade play Maxine's, 8 p.m., free. Mark Spitzer, a UCA professor and author of "Sick in the Head," will read from his work at Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m., free.
Hill Country bluesman Lightnin' Malcolm makes a welcome return to the White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $8. Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band bring the shred-tastic blues jams to Midtown at 12:30 a.m., and again on Saturday, $5. Eggshibition XXI, a benefit for Youth Home, with food, drinks, auctions for decorated eggs and more gets rolling at the Jack Stephens Center at UALR, 7 p.m., $50-$75. Ed Bowman & The Rock City Players bring the rock, blues and R&B to The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
The mind-blowing psych-trance-blues cosmonauts Tyrannosaurus Chicken play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 10 p.m., $5. If catchy indie pop is what you're looking for, look no further than the Town Pump, which hosts Whale Fire and Matt Anders, 9 p.m., $3. The Youth Rock Orchestra brings the real-life "School of Rock" to Robinson Center Music Hall, 7 p.m., $26. Revolution hosts Amp Out Alz: A Rock & Roll Event benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas. It's an all-ages show, 7 p.m., $25. The Swinging Franks swing on into Browning's Mexican Grill, 8:30 p.m., free. Studio Party: Jazzkapelle is the Arkansas Arts Center's premiere 2012 fundraising event and includes cocktails, live music and dancing in a speakeasy setting, Arkansas Arts Center, 8 p.m., $100-$250. DJ Big Brown keeps the beats pumping all night and into the wee hours at Discovery Nightclub. Performers include Dominique and Whitney Paige, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10. The Hidden Rex brings some charmingly shambolic indie rock to Cornerstone, 8:30 p.m.