The Porter Fund will host a gala at the Governor's Mansion to honor Charles Portis with its Lifetime Achievement Award, featuring readings by authors Roy Blount Jr., Roy Reed and Jay Jennings, 6 p.m., $200. Pianist Jura Margulis will give a free lecture and concert at the University of Arkansas's Ozark Hall, 5 p.m., and the Natural State Brass Band will play at Maumelle High School at 7:30, $5, a benefit for the Maumelle High School Band program. Little Rock's Collin vs. Adam and Whale Fire will play at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $5, and The Frontier Circus will be at White Water Tavern with Riverbottom Debutante at 9:30 p.m., $5.
The Arkansas Men and Women's College Basketball All-Star Game will be held at Summit Arena, at 3:30 p.m. (also 3:30 p.m. Saturday), $8-$18. The Ron Robinson Theater will present "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," the 2013 biopic starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mendela, 7 p.m. April 4-6, $5. The Old State House Museum will open its free production of "The Bridgegroom of Blowing Rock," a play by Catherine Trieschmann performed by Torn Kite Theatre Company, at 7:30 p.m. (other performances will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6). The Weekend Theater's production of "Tuesdays With Morrie" will also open at 7:30 p.m., with other performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6, $12-$16.
The Arkansas Orchid Society and SWROGA Show and Sale, a free event featuring a raffle, silent auction and orchid sale, will be at the Benton Event Center beginning at noon and at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 6. Gallery 360 will present "Burning Bright," a reading by poet Jessica Otto at 7 p.m. Local garage punk band Bombay Harambee will play White Water Tavern with Teenagers and Pagiins, 9 p.m. Buttery and Irie Soul will be at the Afterthought at 9 p.m., $10, and Consumers will be at Juanita's with Becoming Elephants and Burning the Past, 10 p.m., $10.
Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase finalist John Willis will perform at South on Main as part of its free Local Live series, 7:30 p.m. The Slackers will play at Juanita's at 9 p.m. with Chinese Dub Embassy and Brown Soul Shoes, $15.