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.
It's opening day for the Arkansas Travelers baseball team, 7:10 p.m., $6-$12; they're playing the Midland RockHounds at Dickey-Stephens Park. The crew behind the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's forthcoming production of "The Bridges of Madison County" will give a panel discussion at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall, noon. The Ron Robinson Theater screens Elia Kazan's classic "A Streetcar Named Desire" (starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando) at 7 p.m., $5. Comedian John Crist is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $8 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12). Little Rock sketch comedy troupe Red Octopus Theater performs its new original production, "Make Spring Great Again," at the Public Theatre (through Saturday), 8 p.m., $10. The Joint in Argenta presents "The Game," a comedy game of "wit, skill and luck," at 8 p.m. Local indie rock group Midwest Caravan plays at the White Water Tavern with I Was Afraid and Landrest, 9 p.m.
The Ozark Foothills Film Festival, the annual Batesville showcase featuring narrative and documentary features and shorts (along with filmmaker panels and special events), continues at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville through Saturday, $25. Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, gives a talk at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall at noon. The Old State House Museum screens "On Any Sunday" (1971) as part of its Second Friday Cinema series, 5 p.m. "Rednecks in Spandex," the new original production from local comedy group The Main Thing, is at The Joint at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $22. Soul Track Mind performs at Stickyz at 9 p.m., $5. Country rapper (and TV personality) Big Smo is at Revolution at 9 p.m., $16. Self-proclaimed "alt-country-comedy-blues-funk-rock" group (got that?) Brothers with Different Mothers performs at White Water at 9:30 p.m.
Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson" screens at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center at 1 p.m., free (and will screen again before Sunday's Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park, 4:30 p.m.). Blues singer and guitarist John Hammond (son of the legendary record producer) performs at Eureka Springs' Basin Park at 5 p.m., free. Verizon Arena hosts Professional Bull Riders at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $12.50-$102.50. "Where the Red Fern Grows" screens at the Ron Robinson Theater at 7 p.m., $5. Amp Out Alz 5, a concert benefiting Alzheimer's Arkansas, is at Revolution at 7 p.m., $30. Kiss It! (a Kiss tribute band) performs at Vino's at 8 p.m., $7.