Winter is the perfect time to explore the natural stone shelters where native Arkansans once lived
Rodney Block & The Women of Faith present VERSES & FLOW Open Mic "The Holiday Edition," hosted by Sean Fresh, The Joint, 9 p.m., $5. You can help aspiring young musicians realize the dream of owning their own instrument at Hornucopia 2013. Performing will be Grumpy Old Men II, Woodpeckers and Flying Balloono Brothers, all-ages, Stickyz, 7 p.m., $20. The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of the family musical "Because of Winn Dixie" continues, 7 p.m. Wed.-Sun., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, $47-$57. The Royal Players' production of "A Christmas Carol" continues at the Royal Theatre, 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $5-$10. Get a reggae fix with Rising Lion at Revolution, 9 p.m., $7 adv., $10 day of. They're gonna light up the lights on the the Junction, Main Street and Clinton Presidential Center bridges at River Lights in the Rock — Bridge Lighting Ceremony. The Natural State Brass Band and Big Dam Horns provide music, Riverfront Park, 5-8 p.m., free. Be there by 6 p.m. to see the lights turned on.
White Water Tavern hosts electro-pop purveyors Collin vs. Adam and heavy riff-merchants Iron Tongue, 10 p.m. It's your last chance to catch the Weekend Theater's production of "Scrooge! The Musical," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $16-$20. Check out Old Soul New Shoes, the CD release show for Doe Boi, with Wasanamenem, Justin Paul, Fiyah Burnz and Kwestion, 521 Southern Cafe, 8 p.m., $5 early admission. The Soul Thieves and Interstate Buffalo play The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7. ImprovLittleRock presents "Christmas Claus Vacation Story: The Movie" at The Public Theatre, 10 p.m., $8. They return Saturday, same time and place, for "ImprovLittleRock's Family Christmas." Preceding these shows on both nights will be performances from Armadillo Rodeo, Central Arkansas's only teen improv comedy group, 7 p.m., $8.
Trey Hawkins Band and The Cons of Formant play an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $7. A Holiday Celebration: The Season for Giving includes music, comedy and poetry from Theme Musiq, Kim Pettus, Rigsby St. Claire, Kidd, Nathan Williams, Lyndsey Essence and Black Proctor, Vino's, 9 p.m., $7 before 8:30 p.m. Time for some Hoop Hogs, with the University of Arkansas taking on South Alabama, Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $25.
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