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Miss Gay Arkansas pageant returns 

Also, Attagirl, I Was Afraid at White Water Tavern.

THURSDAY 9/8

The Studio Theater begins a four-night run of "The Mercy Seat," Neil LaBute's theatrical response to the events of 9/11, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., $15-$20. The Old State House Museum hosts Arkie Pub Trivia at Stone's Throw Brewing, 6:30 p.m., free. Will Marfori, a comedian with cerebral palsy who also serves as an awareness advocate for the disorder, takes the stage at the Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat. ($8), 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. ($12). Dogtown Film Series screens "Citizen Kane" at Argenta Community Theater, 7 p.m., $5.

FRIDAY 9/9

The Main Thing's "Electile Dysfunction" riffs on a politically divided family that lands suddenly in the news, The Joint, 8 p.m., $22. The UALR Trojans women's soccer team plays a match against Mississippi Valley State at the Coleman Sports and Recreation Complex, 7 p.m. "Brass 'n' grass" trio Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy shares a bill with Russellville's Poor Ol' Uncle Fatty at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 8 p.m., $7. The White Water Tavern hosts Louisiana Soul Revival with pianist Doug Duffey at the helm, 9 p.m., $10. Hendrix College hosts a reading of the 2016 Hendrix-Murphy Student Playwriting Contest's winner, Eric Walker's "A Stupid Game of Dungeons and Dragons," in the Cabe Theater, 7 p.m., free. Self-described "redneck soul" trio The Arkansas Brothers plays at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Tim Anthony (of Afrodesia) performs what he calls "groove traveling" at Reno's Argenta Cafe, 9 p.m.

SATURDAY 9/10

Discovery and Triniti nightclubs host the finals of the annual Miss Gay Arkansas Pageant, $20-$30, 8 p.m. White Water hosts a heavy rock show with Attagirl, I Was Afraid and Colour Design, 9:30 p.m. Vaudeville rockers Randall Shreve and the Devilles bring the circus to Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8. Pulaski Tech South Campus hosts the seminar "Southern Fried Schnitzel: German Food and Culture in Arkansas," 10 a.m., free. Downtown Eureka Springs is home to a weekend of jazz, featuring a special performance from the Brubeck Brothers at The Auditorium, followed by a jazz jam at coffeehouse/taproom BREWS, 8 p.m., $30. Country crooner Matt Stell plays King's Live Music in Conway with Christopher Fulmer, 8 p.m., $5. The Big Dam Horns bring the brass to Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Nashville indie pop outfit Vinyl Thief plays a free show at Bear's Den Pizza in Conway, 10 p.m.

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