The Fifth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vigil commemorates the 45th anniversary of King's assassination, with several speakers and community leaders, Arkansas State Capitol, 10 a.m. Pulitzer-winning poet Louise Gluck will read and discuss her work at Reves Recital Hall at Hendrix College, 7:30 p.m., free. Travelling troubadour Ray Tarantino returns to the Spa City for a show at Maxine's, 8 p.m., free. Funkanites bring vintage funk sounds to The Joint, 9 p.m. Adam Faucett & The Tall Grass Buffalo are at White Water Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. Arkansas native Chris Denny performs at Cornerstone Pub, 7 p.m.
Ballet Arkansas's "Spring into Motion" comes to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., $30-$35. The Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff is an amateur gumbo competition, with beer and beverages available for purchase and live music from The Greasy Greens. All proceeds benefit The Allen School, River Market Pavilions, 5-9 p.m., $15 adv., $20 door. Eggshibition 2013 will benefit Youth Home with celebrity-designed plaster eggs, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music from Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and more, Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $50-$75. Revolution hosts the Hess Clothing and Phunkee Love Spring Release Party, with music from War Chief, Falcon Scott, Underclaire and DJ Doug Kramer, 9 p.m., $5. L.A. alt-rockers Lolove play Juanita's with local indie-folk outfit Smooth Spirit, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10.
The Town Pump has a fine evening of rock for you: Whale Fire, Catskill Kids and Bombay Harambee perform, starting around 9 p.m. The Big Dam Horns bring their big dam jams to the headlining spot at Cajun's Wharf, with Trey Johnson handling happy hour, 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively, $5 after 8:30. The Little Rock Folk Club presents The Twangtown Paramours at Thomson Hall (Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock), 7:30 p.m., $8-$15. Blues-blastin' heavies Iron Tongue play White Water Tavern with the smokin' Stephen Neeper Band, 10 p.m. Country gospel fans take note: Bill Gaither & The Gaither Homecoming Tour stops off at Verizon Arena, 6 p.m., $35-$91. All you dance music fiends should know that DJs Irene and Micro are at Discovery Nightclub, with Rufio, Crawley and g-force. Plus, there's a drag show at 12:30 a.m. and a Latin dance party at 1:30 a.m. with DJ Johnny Mambo, 9 p.m.-5 a.m., $10.