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.
8 p.m., Revolution. $5-$10.
It's appropriate that the group putting on this show calls itself “The School of Dub.” Because there's nothing more spectral than electronic music. We need someone to walk us through. This particular “school” keeps it parochial; it's focused solely on dubstep, the genre built around wobbly, half-time rhythms that emerged in London in the early 2000s. Dark, dissonant and massively bass heavy, it's a sound, the Fader said recently, “made almost solely for dudes to bang heads, let off steam and feel awesome about life.” Dudes should be out in full force on Thursday for Israeli producer Borgore. The young, Diplo-endorsed DJ is touring the States for the first time behind “Ice Cream Man,” a mixtape that features, in addition to his own tracks, remixes of songs by Dr. Dre, Wiley and Britney Spears. You've never heard Brit-Brit until you've heard her try to compete with a bassline that sounds like the voice of the robots of the apocalypse. Stepchild, J-Low, Kinkade and Sleek open. LM
9:30 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $6.
Any band on a label named after a Shel Silverstein book (“Light in the Attic”) should spark interest, and this Seattle trio has done so since day one. Taking its name from a dreamt encounter with English poet William Blake, the Blakes have amassed hordes of fans from New York to Los Angeles, where they reportedly lived for two years in a Days Inn. With six LPs and four EPs cranked out in less than a decade, their work ethic speaks for itself. Even though they've drawn comparisons to the Kinks, the Who and other heavy names from the '60s and '70s, the band's approach is truly its own. Having just released “Souvenir,” a self-released album loaded with 16 tracks, we're lucky to have them stop by. But don't take my word for it. Iggy Pop once said of the Blakes, “Who's this? This shit is good!” PP.
ARKANSAS STATE FAIR
11 a.m., Arkansas State Fairgrounds. $4-$8.
After a soggy first week, there's sun in the forecast for the weekend (or at least there was at press time). So if you haven't taken advantage of crowds depleted by drizzle and ridden the Zipper until your heart's content, now's your chance. Also, Friday at 8 p.m., Lou Gramm, famous for his enviable mullet and for fronting arena rock stalwarts Foreigner, performs state fair standards like “Cold as Ice” and “Hot Blooded.” The rodeo — surely the pinnacle of the fair — happens on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Barton Coliseum. And for those who just want to grab a fried PB&J and some chocolate covered bacon for lunch, parking and gate admission is free on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. LM.
8 p.m., UALR University Theatre. $5-$7.
Arkansas' only professional Shakespeare company, the Conway-based Arkansas Shakespeare Theater, comes to Little Rock on Thursday for a short run of one of the Bard's funniest and most accessible plays, “Twelfth Night.” The company presents the comedy of mistaken identity, about a woman — a separated twin — masquerading as a man, with help from local professionals and student workers. The production includes performances at 8 p.m. October 15-17 and 22-24 and 2:30 p.m. October 18 and 25. LM.