Legacies & Lunch features political cartoonist John Deering, who'll discuss the history and influence of his fellow cartoonist, the late George Fisher, Main Library, noon, free.
If you dig smart, hooky rock with wooly guitars and catchy melodies, check out acclaimed Cincinnati outfit Wussy, with local rock duo Midwest Caravan, Stickyz, 18-and-older, 9:30 p.m., $6. Fans of rollicking Texas country take note: The Casey Donahew Band rolls into town for an 18-and-older show at Revolution, 9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 day of. Live at Laman continues with Fayetteville folk favorites Still on the Hill, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free.
If you prefer getting your fix of The Bard in an extremely condensed form, don't miss "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," in which three actors attempt to play every role in every Shakespearean play written, Lantern Theatre, Conway, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $12. Travis Ledoyt, billed as "The World's Best Young Elvis," makes a welcome return to Murry's Dinner Playhouse, where he's wowed audiences for the last couple of years now, Friday-Sunday, 6:30 p.m., $15-$33. The Weekend Theater's "Raft of the Medusa" continues this weekend, exploring how the AIDS epidemic affects a diverse group of people, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12-$16. North Carolina alt-country specialists American Aquarium play an 18-and-older show at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8. PopUp Main Street includes food trucks, live music, local vendors and artists and more (see page 12). The UALR Trojans men's basketball team opens its season against UT Martin, Jack Stephens Center, 7 p.m., $5-$38.
Check out some Kansas City hip-hop at Vino's, which has Grind and Shine 2012, an 18-and-older show with Huey P. Nuisance, iR neKo, The Abnorm, BluntRap, T.Jay, J.G., NorthRock and more, 8 p.m., $7. Pitch-perfect vintage rock 'n' roll what you're looking for? Check out Memphis fave John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives, with Sound of the Mountain, Maxine's, 8 p.m., $5 adv., $7 door. If you see a bunch of folks running around covered in brightly colored dye, you'll know it's The Color Run, a 5k starting at Riverfront Park, 9 a.m., $35.
White Water Tavern has the return of eccentric Little Rock trio The Dangerous Idiots, whose new album will be out soon. They play with The P-47s, 10 p.m. Veteran newsman Jim Lehrer will discuss his experience moderating the first 2012 debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as his new book, "Tension City," Clinton School of Public Service, 6 p.m., free.
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