Eureka Springs non-profit will provide on-site veterinary care to its more than 60 exotic and native large animals.
CIRQUE DES O'BOOGIE
8 p.m., Vino's. $7.
Folks long on the scene might be a little quick to dismiss the local youth movement as a glut of emo kiddie-punk. Cirque des O'Boogie, AKA the 2008 Dance Punk Prom, celebrates young musicians doing diverse things. Jack to the Future is a local one-man band who uses a computer, a synthesizer, two keyboards and “glowsticks, fog machines, real monsters, lights” and other elements he's keeping close to the vest. From that hotbed of punk experimentation, Blytheville (God love the Internet), Goodnight Panda specializes in synth-heavy funk rock. Appetite for Orange plays shambolic garage punk. Now that he's on track to become a local heavyweight, rapper Max Farrell is being billed as Maxx the Great. No quibbles here. If he keeps churning out infectious jams like his new track “Like So,” he'll earn it and then some. LM.
GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL
11 a.m., Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Church. Free admission.
If you're driving with the windows down, odds are that the aroma will tease the tastebuds before you find a parking spot. This event needs little, if any, introduction, so let's crunch some sugarcoated numbers. Add 1,700 pounds of butter, 750 pounds of nuts, another 700 pounds of phyllo dough and you'll have the ingredients to produce more than 10,000 sourota, 17,000 pieces of baklava, 5,700 melomacrona, 14,000 butter cookies and thousands more pastries certain to be devoured by the eager masses awaiting the 2008 Greek Food Festival. And that's just the dessert options. An absolute melting pot of intercontinental cuisine, multicultural entertainment and a wide array of specialized gifts await newcomers and returning faithful to this annual event, which continues to outdo itself with each passing year. For those who enjoy donning an apron and creating their own mouth-watering meals, expect the Old World Market to have all the necessary ingredients to make it happen, or bring some frozen dinners home for later. There'll be jewelry and guided church tours, too. At least seven charities benefit from proceeds generated by the festival, which continues 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Recipes, entertainment schedules, parking locations and trolley routes and the entire lowdown are available at www.greekfoodfest.com. PP.
TRAVELERS VS. THE NATURALS
6:45 p.m., Dickey-Stephens Park. $6-$10.
Of course it's a manufactured rivalry. The Travs and the Naturals have only played eight times. Plus, it's the minor leagues, where rivalries don't really play out since teams often lose players as soon as they get on a roll. Still, each swept the other in the first two homestands, so you know the hometown fans — even those who come solely to drink tall beers and eat peanuts — will be whooping and hollering to keep the streak alive. The series begins Friday and stretches through Monday. On Friday, the crowd is likely to be especially frenzied as midget wrestling, long a Bill Valentine staple, makes its first appearance at Dickey-Stephens. Li'l Kato takes on Beautiful Bobby Dean at 6:45 p.m. for the World's Midget Heavy Weight Wrestling Championship. Belvis the Black Elvis will be entertaining the crowd, too. The game starts at 7:45 p.m. On Saturday, the first 2,000 fans get a Travs fleece blanket, 7:10 p.m. And on Sunday, for the 2 p.m. day game, the first 2,000 get a Travs team picture. LM.