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.
Gazmend Zeneli, a professor of environmental policy at the University of Marin Barleti in Albania, will give a lecture titled "Is There Hope for the Global Environment in the Long Run?" at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall at noon. Comedian Landry 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). The Joint in Argenta hosts a stand-up comedy showcase, 8:30 p.m., $5. New York-based Americana group Yarn plays at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $10. The 24th Annual Hot Springs Jazz Festival begins at various venues in downtown Hot Springs, through Sept. 7, $60-$75. Radio Birds play at White Water at 9:30 p.m., $5.
"Lou Tells a Bog One," the new original production from comedy troupe The Main Thing, opens at The Joint, 8 p.m. (also Saturday), $22. Local rap collective Young Gods of America performs at Vino's with Vile Pack, Solo Jaxon, Pearl Gang and Xvallejoi. Little Rock bluegrass group Runaway Planet plays at the Ron Robinson Theater, 7 p.m., $10. Local favorites Amasa Hines play at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $10. Candy Soul performs at Revolution with Ms. Slim, Sean Fresh, Tim Anthony and Jeron, 9 p.m., $10 adv., $13 day of. Handmade Moments plays at the Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
The Arkansas Travelers play the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. (also 2:10 p.m. Sunday and 1:10 p.m. Monday), $6-$12. Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers headline the KABF Boogie Woogie Birthday Bash at South on Main with Greg Spradlin, Amy Garland Angel and more, 9 p.m., $15. Seeds That Sow plays at Vino's with Killing Souls and Hell Camino. John Neal Rock and Roll plays at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $7.
Bayside, the long-running punk band from Queens, plays at Juanita's with The Early November and Better Off, 7:30 p.m., $16.50. Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts play at Revolution with Stellar Wayz, Moonshine Mafia and Funk Yeah, 8:30 p.m., $10.
Acoustix and Rod P play at the Riverfront Park History Pavilion as part of Jazz in the Park, 6 p.m., free. Mind reader and illusionist Paul Prater performs at 109 & Co., 7 p.m., $10 adv., $13 day of. Steve Suster and Friends play at South on Main as part of its Local Live series, 7:30 p.m., free.