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The world-famous Vienna Boys Choir will be at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m., $35. Comedian Matt Sadler is at the Loony Bin through Saturday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $7; 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10. The Whole Famn Damily plays at White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5.
Arkansas's annual deep-winter outdoor festival LANTERNS!, a nighttime celebration of lights, entertainment, and themed food and beverages, is at Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts through Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m., $5-$10. Brad Williams, front man for beloved local country band The Salty Dogs, plays at The Undercroft, at Christ Episcopal Church, 7 p.m., $10. The Koresh Dance Co. is at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 8 p.m. Comedy troupe The Main Thing presents "Frost Bite Me!" at The Joint Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $22. Rodney Block and The Real Music Lovers are at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $10. Bluesboy Jag and The Juke Joint Zombies are at Vino's, 9 p.m., $5. The Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Finals are at Revolution, featuring Open Fields, Ghost Bones, Becoming Elephants, American Lions and Enchiridion, 9 p.m. $5.
AnimeCon Arkansas is at the Little Rock Marriott beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, $10-$25. Country singer-songwriter (and East Arkansas native) Barrett Baber and Ashley McBryde play at Stickyz at 9 p.m., $10. Nashville indie rock group Whoa Dakota, fronted by Little Rock native Jessica Ott, is at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7.
Authors Robert Cochran and Suzanne McCray discuss their new book on Arkansas film history, "Lights! Camera! Arkansas!", at the Old State House Museum, 2 p.m.
U.S. Reps. Martin Frost (D-Texas) and Tom Davis (R-Va.) discuss "The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis" at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall, noon. Texas native Leon Bridges, the much-hyped and very talented stripped-down-soul songwriter billed as "the second coming of Sam Cooke," returns to White Water Tavern (where he played a small, last-minute concert a few months back), 9:30 p.m., $7.