A venture to this state park is on the must-do list for many, the park being the only spot in North America where you can dig for diamonds and other gemstones and keep your finds.
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD
9:30 p.m. White Water Tavern.
Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield first emerged as an earnest indie-folk singer, a reputation she's now spent years shedding in favor of a post-grunge, alternative rock vibe — a genre pivot that cultivated in last year's "Make My Head Sing ... ." "This is the record I've always wanted to make," Mayfield told the Times in an interview last summer. "I don't think I could have made it at another time. I think I had to grow to be able to make this record. This is the record I want people to know me by." She'll headline at White Water on Thursday with Little Rock garage rock four-piece The Uh Huhs opening. WS
HOT SPRINGS GALLERY WALK
5-9 p.m. Central Avenue, Whittington Avenue
The month's first Friday gives all those people who've spent the day betting on the ponies and slurping beer in somewhat seedy surrounds to redeem themselves culturally with the evening's Gallery Walk receptions at the Spa City's many venues of fine art. Those who got lucky at the track may want to start first at Alison Parsons Gallery (802 Central Ave.), where her paintings of thoroughbreds are available for sale. The Arkansas Sculpture Guild has a show at the Fine Arts Center (626 Central Ave.), and artists from the community have contributed to "We Are All Others," an exhibition celebrating diversity at the Emergent Arts Community Center (341-A Whittington Ave.). A number of artists, including Dustyn Bork, Donnie Copeland, Carly Dahl, Robert Fogel, Tony Saladino and Dan Thornhill, are showing work in an exhibit called "Pattern and Form" at Justus Fine Art (827 Central Ave.), and Gallery Central (800 Central Ave.) also has a group show, featuring work by Tracee Gentry, Trey McCarley, Sandy Newberg, Renee Torbit, Houston Llew and Susan Shaw. Linda Williams Palmer's "Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist's Journey," large colored pencil drawings of majestic trees, continues at the Hot Springs National Park Cultural Center (Ozark Bathhouse). LNP
GUY BELL'S 'FOURTEEN MINUTES AND FIFTY-NINE SECONDS'
6:30-9 p.m. Thea Foundation. $10.
Little Rock artist Guy Bell, who was one of only four Arkansans included in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's wide-ranging "State of the Art" exhibition, is putting some space between himself and his art. More accurately, he's putting space between his art and his art: On Friday, Bell will unveil a levitating pyramid sculpture at the Thea Foundation, where he'll also show paintings as part of Thea's The Art Department series of exhibitions by young artists. The floating pyramid will include an eye on one face, inspired by the "Eye of Providence" on our dollar bills, and will have a special effect: It will be watching you as you watch it. A camera hidden in the pyramid just below the eyeball will send images of viewers via a wireless transmitter in the base of the pyramid to a television screen in the gallery. The sculpture is something Bell's been thinking about creating for some time. Thanks to help from engineering-minded folks at the Innovation Hub maker space in Argenta, he's achieved his goal. Friday's reception will include an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and music by John Willis and Late Romantics. Thea is at 401 Main St. in North Little Rock. LNP
THE WANDERING LAKE, ISAAC ALEXANDER
10 p.m. White Water Tavern.
Fayetteville's Brian Kupillas has been recording as The Wandering Lake for several years — you can find a backlog of his releases at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com, all of them full of moody ambient exercises and bright songwriting steeped in warped, warbling home-recording atmospherics. Along with Jack Lloyd (his bandmate in Fayetteville garage pop band SW/MM/NG), Kupillas has smoothed out some of the rougher edges and made a new record, a four-song sample of which they released in late January to help fund the full-length release and a tour that's winding down this weekend. After a show at the Lightbulb Club in Fayetteville on Feb. 6 (with High Lonesome and Gibberish), they're playing White Water on Saturday, Feb. 7, with the always great, unassumingly devastating singer-songwriter (and self-proclaimed "sad dad") Isaac Alexander. WS
CULT FICTION GRINDATHON
7:20 p.m. The Public Theater. Donations.
In 2009, Little Rock's own John Schafer, Rhett Brinkley and Zach Turner collaborated on a no-budget, partially improvised feature film called "Slumberland" about post-collegiate, service industry ennui, a comedy-drama on relationship dysfunction and roommates and minor run-ins with the law. The film, shot on MiniDV and loosely based on the actor's real lives, came at the height of the Mumblecore moment in independent cinema, and seemed in concert with similar efforts by filmmakers like Andrew Bujalski, Joe Swanberg and the Duplass brothers. It went on to win the Charles B. Pierce Award for Arkansas Film at the Little Rock Film Festival and was screened only very rarely after that. It's especially exciting, then, that the film, which the Times back then described as having "a strong story, even stronger characters and a lot of smart, almost lyrical camera work," will be revived this weekend as part of the Public Theater's Cult Fiction Grindathon. Brinkley and Turner will be on hand to re-enact a scene from the film before the screening, which starts at 9:20 p.m. Before "Slumberland," the hosts of the KABF show "Girls" will present a screening of the iconic 1975 exploitation movie "Switchblade Sisters" (7:20 p.m.), a girl-gang epic that gained an enormous reputational boost and commercial second wind in the '90s when it was rereleased by Quentin Tarantino. Conway band Becoming Elephants will perform at 11 p.m., followed by a midnight screening of John Waters' "Desperate Living" (on VHS, natch). WS
'STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN'
7 p.m. Riverdale 10 Cinema. $5.
Let's face it: Even the most diehard Trekkie will admit that the movies based on the "Star Trek" franchise have been a little hit or miss over the years. OK, a LOT hit or miss. Remember the one where Cap'n Kirk and the gang flew a Klingon ship back in time to 1986 San Francisco and kidnapped some humpback whales, with Spock having to wear an Olivia Newton-John headband the whole movie to keep his ears covered? Yeah, I'm trying to forget that one, too. One Trek flick that doesn't suck, however, is 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." Featuring the oiled-up, impossibly buff and hairless chest of Ricardo Montalban (reprising his role as the genetically enhanced super villain from the 1967 episode "Space Seed") on a quest for bloody revenge against Kirk and his crew, it's just good old fashioned fun, with one of the better endings in all of sci-fi. Bonus: horrifying, hypnotic ear slugs and Shatner shouting "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!" Catch it on the big screen at Riverdale 10 this week, part of a classic movie lineup, with admission only $5. DK