Border Cantos is a timely, new and free exhibit now on view at Crystal Bridges.
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs a part of the 10 x 10 Art Series, Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $10. Proggy hardcore heroes Norma Jean bring the madness to Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $12 adv., $14 door. Singer Jeron Marshall performs at The Joint, 9 p.m. The Good Time Ramblers rattle the rafters at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m. The Little Rock Wind Symphony's "Dancing Flutes" program will be hosted at Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10.
Over at Stickyz, Youngblood Brass Band, of Wisconsin, brings in the funk- and punk-inspired brass band sounds, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. The Weekend Theater's production of "Nora" continues, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12-$16. The "Arkansas Chamber Singers Fall Concert: Love's Soaring Spirit" features American composer Stephen Paulus's new work "The Furnace of Love's Fire," St. James United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., $10-$15. Nashville rockers Modoc return for a show at Maxine's with Open Fields. Modoc also plays at Bear's Den Pizza in Conway on Saturday.
Singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov performs at Juanita's, 9 p.m., $12 adv., $15 day of. Up Cabot way, there's Cabotfest, a family-friendly event with live music, a zip line, vendors, food and more. It's going down at various locations in downtown Cabot, including the Cabot Community Center, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Piece" features performances from poetry group The Foreign Tongues, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 6 p.m. Little Rock indie faves Whale Fire play at White Water Tavern with Open Fields, 9 p.m., $5.
The costumed Nu metal dudes in Mushroomhead bring their mosh-inducing chuggery to Juanita's, 8 p.m., $15 adv., $18 day of. The Little Rock Touchdown Club hosts should've-been Razorback legend Mitch Mustain, Embassy Suites, 11 a.m., $20 members, $30 non-members.
Political Animals hosts Gene Foreman, former editor of the Arkansas Democrat and the first Visiting Distinguished Professor of Ethics in Journalism in the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism at the University of Arkansas. Lunch will be served, Governor's Mansion, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., $20.