At 7 p.m. at the Argenta Community Theater, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will present "Pan's Midsummer Night's Dream," a program featuring music from Debussy, Torke and more, $20. Anti-folkers Matt Pless and Francie Moon will be at the Afterthought with local math rock trio Fitra and singer-songwriter Mike Earl, 8 p.m., $4. Geriatric soft rockers REO Speedwagon ("Can't Fight This Feeling") will play the Robinson Center Music Hall at 8:30 p.m., $52-$88.50. Aaron Sarlo's Duckstronaut, the local space rock band featuring electric dulcimer and a washboard player, will be at White Water Tavern at 9:30 p.m. with fellow locals The Coasts, who have a new record due out May 20, $5.
Tibetan Buddhist author Anam Thubten will give a lecture at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 7 p.m., $10-$15, and will lead a meditation retreat on Saturday and Sunday at the Ecumenical Buddhist Society at 10 a.m., $75. The Little Rock-based record label Thick Syrup will kick off a string of anniversary shows Friday night at Stickyz featuring Bear Colony and The See, 9 p.m., $7 (there will be two more dates at White Water next week, followed by a show at Maxine's on May 24). Funk-tinged New Orleans group Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces will play the first of a two-night stand at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $7 (the second show will be Saturday night).
The Seventh Annual Women of Excellence Awards, presented by Sister Friends United, Inc., will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel, 6 p.m., $25. The Youth Poetry Slam, hosted by the Pulaski County Special School District with a $600 grand prize, will be at Philander Smith College at 6 p.m. Arkansas country singer-songwriter Matthew Huff will play at Revolution at 8:30 p.m. with Maybe April and Cheyenne Nicole, $10. Local favorites Amasa Hines will play a show to commemorate the vinyl release of their album, "All The World There Is," at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $7.
"War in the '60s," the last film produced by the late Arkansas documentarian Jack Hill, will screen for free at the Ron Robinson Theater at 1:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion. Bluegrass singer-songwriter Rhonda Vincent, who's collaborated with Dolly Parton and been called "the new Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, will be at South on Main with her band The Rage at 3 p.m., $35-$45.
Continuing their "Arkansas B-Movies" series, local film collective Splice Microcinema will screen 1987's "Stay Tuned for Murder," a VHS non-classic shot in Little Rock, at Vino's at 7:30 p.m., donations encouraged.