Amy DuBois Barnett, formerly the editor-in-chief of Ebony and now executive editor of ESPN, will speak at Philander Smith College as part of its Bless the Mic lecture series, 7 p.m., free. Comedian Matt Davis is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $7 (and 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $10). Guitarist Tim Sparks performs at The Joint as part of the Argenta Arts Acoustic Music Series, 7:30 p.m., $20. New York-based percussion quartet So Percussion performs at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m., $10-$25. Tulsa songwriter John Moreland plays at White Water Tavern with Kevin Kerby, 9:30 p.m., $7.
The first-ever Springtime of Youth Music Festival will be held in Fayetteville at Baum Stadium, featuring Wiz Khalifa, Mutemath, Misterwives, Viceroy, Moon Taxi and more, 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis will compete at the Powershares Series of tennis legends at UALR's Jack Stephens Center, 7 p.m. Ballet Arkansas will present their production "Who Cares?" featuring the music of George Gershwin at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, $35. Art Alexakis of Everclear performs at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $20 adv., $25 day of. John Paul Keith returns to White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7.
The first-ever Pipes and Tails Crawfish Boil and Bike Show will be at the River Market pavilions, 10 a.m., $5-$15. The 5th Annual Turkish Food Festival is at the Raindrop Turkish House at 11 a.m., free. Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown will read and sign books at WordWorth Books & Co., 3 p.m. The Texas Tenors are at UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall in Conway, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40. The Big Gay Radio Show presents Cody Belew, Shannon Boshears and John Willis at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10.
India Fest, featuring traditional dances, music, food and shopping, will be at the River Market pavilions beginning at 11 a.m. Nashville garage rock band Turbo Fruits play at Stickyz with Eternal Summers and Little Rock's Charlie Virgo, 8 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of.