Again, it's the first round of the ARKANSAS TIMES MUSICIANS SHOWCASE at Sticky Fingerz, with Bobby, Bonnie Montgomery, Cody Belew and Stella Fancy squaring off, 9 p.m., $5. Down the street, the Stones tribute act Satisfaction performs at Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 d.o.s. At Union, local DJ Ike Plumlee spins at an opening that celebrates his own panel paintings, 10 p.m., free.
The popular monthly downtown dance party Cool Shoes returns with DJs Roxix, Sleek and Rense at Downtown Music, 10 p.m., $5. Austin's Vallejo blends modern rock and Latin percussion at Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $7; Badhand opens. Nashville's Nick Flora & Film at Eleven specializes in hook-y pop-rock at Revolution, with Falcon Scott, Futuro Boots, The Kicks and The Running Back supporting, 8:30 p.m., $7-$9. Star Bar hosts a benefit for the Arkansas AIDS Foundation with “Big Brother's” Jeff Schroeder, former Miss Gay Arkansas Stephanie Richards and music by Micah Qualls and DJ Debi T, 8 p.m., $10. At Final Friday at the La Quinta Inn on Broadway, DJ Greyhound spins hits from the '90s, 9 p.m., $10 (only 25 and older admitted). Ernie Biggs now hosts DJs in its second floor; Friday, Balance spins, 10 p.m., $5. Local rockers Underclaire share the bill at White Water with White Glove Test and pop-rockers Dangerous Idiots, 9 p.m., $5. ImprovLittleRock returns to the Public Theatre, looking for audience suggestions, 10 p.m., $8 (same time, price and place on Saturday, too). The comedy “Sordid Lives” enters its last weekend at the Weekend Theater, 7:30 p.m., $10-$14.
Gunning for the “most demented cover act in all the South” crown, the Frontier Circus plays its second gig at White Water Tavern, with support from the Winston Family Orchestra, 9 p.m., $5. Rockabilly Hall of Famers Sonny Burgess and the Pacers return to the Legion Event Center, 8 p.m., $6. Perhaps Little Rock's finest indie act, The See, plays a cheap show at the Town Pump, with front man Joe Yoder opening with solo material, 10 p.m., $3. Local cover favorites The Gettys are at West End, 9 p.m., $5. If you don't have a ticket to see Arkansas's greatest musical contribution to the '70s, Black Oak Arkansas, at Denton's, you're out of luck; the concert's sold out.
Sheila Kennedy, a professor of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd., will give the June Freeman lecture tonight at the Arkansas Arts Center, part of the Architecture + Design Network series at the Arkansas Arts Center.
A former mental health agency director has won a default judgment worth $358,000 over a claim for unpaid retirement pay and Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson is apparently to blame for failure to respond to pleadings in the case.
Sen. Tom Cotton, cordial to a fault, appeared before a capacity crowd at the 2,200 seat Pat Walker Performing Arts Center at Springdale High tonight to a mixed chorus of clapping and boos. Other than polite applause when he introduced his mom and dad and a still moment as he led the crowd in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance — his night didn't get much better from there.