Autumn temps are perfect for outdoor activities
9 p.m., The Peabody. $5.
The RiverTop Party finale signals the crest of summer, when it's too hot to hang out at night down by the river. The Peabody's send-off, Venus Mission — “the hottest band between Memphis and the Sun” — might be the most popular touring act to come regularly to Little Rock. The seven-piece includes three miniskirt-clad vocalists, a drummer, bassist, guitarist and keytarist. Their repertoire spans the last 30 years, encompassing everything from disco to contemporary pop, but with, as the band's attire suggests, a focus on the music of the '80s. This year's parties have drawn crowds of 800, according to the Peabody. Looking to build on that success, the hotel is considering adding a fall series, with parties in October leading up to its second annual Boo Bash on Friday, Oct. 30. As usual, admission is free prior to 9 p.m. LM.
8 p.m., Robinson Center, $37.50-$41.50
Mike Epps, best known as Ice Cube's weed-burning accomplice in several “Friday” flicks, offers a sharp stand-up performance. Tearing up the circuit in Atlanta before heading to New York City to star in Def Comedy Jam in the mid-1990s, he's currently headlining a four-man comic posse billed as “Mike Epps and Friends,” featuring Capone, Shawty Shawty and Lil JJ, each well-known in his own right.
Capone is a reformed criminal who served as a home attendant for mentally disabled patients before opening a barbershop where he honed his comic delivery. Shawty dreamed of a dancing career before breaking into the comic circuit and racking up awards. Expect him to bust some moves. But the local angle is Lil JJ, the Little Rock native whose PE teacher guided the class clown into the Mental Buffet, an open mic event at Juanita's where he cut his teeth. Since then, he's starred in Nickelodeon's “Just Jared,” covered the presidential election for the network and toured with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. For those seeking medicinal laughter, this bill looks to be worth the ticket. PP.
1 p.m. and 7 p.m., The Rep. $10.
Most professional theater companies around the country have programs for young artists like the Rep's Summer Musical Theater Intensive, but few, if any, put those young performers on their Main Stage, which is what the Rep will do twice this Saturday (ages 16 to 23) and twice again Saturday, Aug. 8 (ages 10 to 15). In November, the groups will join to present the program in a two-week run. Don't mistake “Follie Holidays” for just another kid's show, redeemed by cuteness and precociousness. Hundreds auditioned for a spot in the SMTI, and those that make it are serious about acting. Past shows have been hugely impressive. This year's musical revue takes on songs from well-known holidays — New Year's Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Barbershop Quartet Day, Multiple Personality Day and the like. Don't dawdle: Tickets for the summer performances often sell out quickly. LM.