Downtown Music Hall hosts an evening of heavy alt-rock, with Queen Anne's Revenge, Found Fearless, The Toneados and Lost Machina, 8 p.m., $5. Over at Stickyz, you can get a midweek fix of electronic dance music, with Psymbionic, Wolf-e-Wolf and Kichen. It's 18-and-older, 10 p.m., $6.
The Clinton School of Public Service hosts a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew of the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of "Gee's Bend." They'll discuss performing the play, which is based on the true story of a remarkable women's sewing circle in Gee's Bend, Ala., noon, free. If burly rock music is what your Thursday night needs, White Water Tavern can hook you up with that in the form of Brother Andy & His Big Damn Mouth and Pecan Sandy, 10 p.m., $5. Austin-based duo Mobley plays a free show at Maxine's, 8 p.m. Murry's Dinner Playhouse has a production of Neil Simon's "I Ought to Be In Pictures," 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, $15-$33.
Vino's has pop singer/songwriter Randy Harsey, power-pop explorers The Dangerous Idiots and rocker Jason Greenlaw, 9 p.m., $5. If you dig booze-soaked, road-hardened troubadours, don't miss Scott H. Biram, who returns to Maxine's, with A.J. Gaither, 8 p.m., $6 adv., $8 day of. Stiff Necked Fools can get you some of that bayou reggae at Midtown Billiards, 12:30 a.m., $5. Lightnin' Malcolm, one of the best bluesmen around, returns to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7. Genine Perez plays at The Afterthought with Lagniappe, 9 p.m., $7. Americana roots rockers American Aquarium play an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.
If you're looking to hear some So-Cal rock, Juanita's has Augustana Acoustic and Lauren Shera, 10 p.m., $13 adv., $15 day of. The Luke Williams Band brings it to W.T. Bubba's Country Tavern, 9 p.m. Mayday By Midnight returns to West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. The Waka Winter Classic 2013 rolls into Stickyz for an 18-and-older show with Stephen Neeper Band, War Chief, This Holy House, Joey Farr & The Fuggins Wheat Band and Interstate Buffalo, 8 p.m., $5. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas presents Masterworks II, featuring works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more, Walton Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $5-$48.
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