The biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, screens at the Clinton Presidential Center, 6 p.m., free, reserve at 748-0425. The Randy Rogers Band returns to Revolution with its San Marcos country swagger and openers Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, 8:30 p.m., $22-$25. Faith-based bands Skillet, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon and author Mark Lee bring a faith-based concert to Verizon Arena, 7 p.m., $20-$50. Janet Williams goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Dr. Jason De Leon, director of the University of Michigan's Undocumented Migration Project, gives a talk titled "Soldiers and Kings: Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling Across Mexico," 7 p.m., Mills Center for Social Sciences, Hendrix College, free. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin perform for happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later the Brian Ramsey Band takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5.
Fret & Worry kick off the weekend with guitar and harmonica tunes at E.J.'s Eats & Drinks, 6 p.m. Katmandu takes the stage at Cajun's, 9 p.m., $5. The brand new Mempho Music Festival features sets from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Cold War Kids, Cage the Elephant, Booker T. Stax Revue and more, 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Shelby Farms Par7k, Memphis, 6903 Great View Drive North, see memphofest.com for tickets, $79-$113. The UA Little Rock Trojans women's volleyball team takes on the Texas State Bobcats at Jack Stephens Center, 6:30 p.m. The Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas hosts a concert from The On Call Band as part of its First Friday Monthly Music Series, 5 p.m., 701 S. Main St., Pine Bluff, $5-$10. Trey Johnson entertains at Kings Live Music in Conway with an opening set from Jet Blu, 8:30 p.m., $5.
Katt Williams, the seasoned and often-contentious star of Netflix's 25th anniversary celebration, "Def Comedy Jam 25," performs at Verizon Arena on his "Great America" tour, 8 p.m., $52-$78. Calling all photographers: Meet up at the Clinton Presidential Center to be part of the Worldwide Photowalk on its 10th anniversary, 10 a.m., free, see worldwidephotowalk.com for details. Boom Kinetic brings the high-energy pop its name promises to the Rev Room, 9 p.m., $10. Oxford, Miss., songwriter Sean Kirkpatrick, brings his new project, Greater Pyrenees, to the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. If you couldn't get into the sold-out show from The Greasy Greens in July, catch them at the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Annual Shrimp Boil, benefiting the St. Francis House, 5 p.m., 1000 N. Mississippi St., $15-$30. North Carolina blues shouter Nikki Hill takes tunes from "Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists" to Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $10. Phillip Dixon and Sleepy Genius keep the tunes going in the discotech at Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. Downtown Conway fills up with vendors, live music and pop-up art performances for Conway Artsfest, 10 a.m., see artsinconway.org for a full schedule. Buh Jones brings a melodic mix to happy hour at Cajun's, 5:30 p.m., free, and the late-night set comes from Just Sayin,' 9 p.m., $5.
Camp Aldersgate's 34th Annual Fish Fry features a mobile aquarium, a pumpkin patch, hayrides and live music, noon-3 p.m., 2000 Aldersgate Road, $15. The Rev Room hosts a hip-hop showcase with Indie Music Night, 8 p.m., $10.
Mount Holly Cemetery hosts its annual Tales of the Crypt, featuring tours led by drama students at Parkview Arts & Science Magnet High School, 6 p.m., donations accepted. Disney's witchy cult classic "Hocus Pocus" gets a screening at the Ron Robinson Theater as part of Central Arkansas Library System's Boos & Booze series, 6 p.m., $2. Atlanta rockers Gunpowder Gray share a bill with Cherry Red, a new project from Matt Floyd (formerly of Smoke Up Johnny), 9 p.m., White Water Tavern.
Louisville's White Reaper blends glam rock vocals, doubled guitar riffs and bravado-with-a-wink at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $10. Artist V.L. Cox is curating the month of "Sessions" at South on Main, and up first is "Out Loud Storytelling: Taking Pride, Taking the Stage," featuring stories from LGBTQ and allied Arkansans, 7 p.m., $10-$15. Author Marjorie Spruill discusses her new book "Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics" at the Clinton School of Public Service's Sturgis Hall, 6 p.m., free. The Eli Young Band returns to the Rev Room with Texas-made country and "Saltwater Gospel," 8:30 p.m., $30.