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.
Philander Smith College hosts its Langston Hughes Open Mic Poetry Night at 7 p.m. The Clinton Center presents "Throwback Thursday: Party in the Pavilions" at the River Market, a free revival of the "Big Downtown Thursday events of the Clinton era of the late 1990s. The Smittle Band plays at Crush Wine Bar, 7 p.m. R&B singer Noel Gourdin is at Juanita's, 8 p.m., $20. Austin band The Hard Pans is at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. New Orleans jam band Galactic plays at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, 9 p.m.
UALR 's William H. Bowen School of Law presents TransArkansas: A Symposium Devoted to Education and Understanding, 9 a.m. Greasy Greens play a concert at the Historic Arkansas Museum as part of the Clinton Center's 10th anniversary, 5 p.m. The Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and Ballet Youth perform at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple at 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), $20. Hawaiian ukulele YouTube sensation Jake Shimbukuro is at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m., $10-$25. Blues guitarist Lightnin' Malcolm returns to White Water Tavern at 10 p.m., $10.
The Museum of Discovery presents "Science of the Saxophone: Good Vibrations" at 11 a.m. Project 86 is at Revolution with Living Sacrifice, The Agony Scene and Hollow, 8:30 p.m., $15. Ashley McBryde performs at Another Round Pub at 9 p.m. Iron Tongue plays at Maxine's in Hot Springs, with Mothwind and Peckerwolf, $5. Mulehead plays at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m., $7.
South on Main hosts "Co-Opt: An Evening of Fine Arts with UALR," showcasing work by visual and performing arts students, 7:30 p.m. Florida nu metal band Nonpoint plays at Juanita's, 8 p.m., $10.
CARTI's 2014 Festival of Trees is at the Statehouse Convention Center through Nov. 22. Jeff Clements, author of "Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations," gives a lecture at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m. Film series Splice Microcinema screens John Ford's 1939 classic "Stagecoach" at the design space Few, 8 p.m., donations.