The Ron Robinson Theater screens the Oscar nominees in the Live Action Short Film category, 6 p.m., $5. Neil Flory's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band" for saxophonist Dr. Andy Wen, commissioned by the Little Rock Wind Symphony with the help of contributions from Flory's students, will premiere at Second Presbyterian Church, 7:30 p.m., $8-$10. Seven-time Grammy winner Toby Mac joins Matt Maher, Mandisa, Mac Powell and more for a concert of contemporary Christian music at Verizon Arena, 6:30 p.m., $15-$70. Nashville's Whoa Dakota (Jessica Ott) comes to the White Water Tavern, with an opening set from Zakk & Big Papa Binns, 9 p.m. Nu metal quartet Flaw comes to Revolution with Righteous Vendetta and Source, 8 p.m., $8-$21. Oklahoma country musician Chance Anderson plays Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack with an opening set from Tyler Kincheloe, 8 p.m., $7. Third Degree holds down the dance floor at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. Florida-born comedian Valarie Storm performs at the Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12.
Four Quarter Bar in Argenta celebrates its one-year anniversary with a concert from Freeverse and Dirtfoot, 10 p.m. Hexxus, Null, Seahag and Sumokem share the stage for a heavy show at Vino's, 9 p.m., $7. Birthday Club, Hawtmess and Landrest share a bill at Maxine's in Hot Springs, 8 p.m., $7. Fort Worth rockers Quaker City Night Hawks return to Stickyz, with an opening set from Stephen Neeper and The Wild Hearts, 8:30 p.m., $10. Androids of Ex-Lovers, Los Tirones and Ginsu Wives share a bill at White Water, 9 p.m. Nine-piece soul group Lawrence plays a show at Revolution with Andy Frasco and the U.N., 9 p.m., $8-$10. Blues siren Charlotte Taylor plays at The Tavern Sports Grill, 7:30 p.m., free. The Woodpeckers take the stage at Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m. "Mardi Gras in Arkansas" raises funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas at Next Level Events, with music from DJ Ronald Daniel, 8 p.m., $25-$40. Author Daniel Oppenheimer gives a talk titled "Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century," to be followed by a book-signing at the Clinton School's Sturgis Hall, noon, free. The Ron Robinson Theater screens the Oscar nominees in the Animated Short Film category, 6 p.m., $5. Reggae and roots rockers The Driftaways play a show at King's Live Music, Conway, 8:30 p.m., $5. Doug Duffey's ensemble Louisiana Soul Revival leads the Mardi Gras celebration at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Eight-piece salsa band Calle Soul accompanies the dancing at Club 27, 9 p.m., $10.
The ninth annual "Delta Visual Arts Show," exhibitions of works by 180 visual artists, book-signings and acoustic musical entertainment, runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at downtown venues in Newport. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center's Storytime Saturday hosts a read-through of Laban Carrick Hill's "Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave" for ages 3-7 years, after which participants are invited to the classroom to sculpt their own coil pot, 11 a.m., free. For the 6-to-10-year-old crowd, come at 12:15 p.m. for a reading of Jabari Asim's "Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington," free. Hernando, Miss., rockers Rustenhaven play Cajun's Wharf, 9 p.m., $5. SoMa's Mardi Gras celebration includes a parade, a beer garden and Root Cafe's 5th Annual Beard and Mustache Contest, noon, South Main Street. Weakness for Blondes plays a blues-rock set at White Water, 9 p.m. Fayetteville's Boom Kinetic returns to Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $10. Foul Play Cabaret performs a burlesque show at Maxine's, 8 p.m., $10-$15. Nashville's Frank Foster headlines at Revolution, 8:30 p.m., $25-$30. CosmOcean takes its dance tunes to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m. Discovery Nightclub hosts the grand finale of its Discovery Music Competition, 9 p.m.
"Barkus on Main: A Parade of Pet Proportions" celebrates Mardi Gras with a dog parade that starts at 2 p.m. at Sixth and Main streets, followed by a block party featuring music from Big John Miller Band, a beer garden, a crawfish boil from Club Level and gumbo from Soul Fish Cafe, all on the 300 block of Main Street, see barkusonmain.com for details. The Robinson Center hosts Red Carpet 2017, a posh Oscars-style benefit raising money for the Wolfe Street Foundation, 5:30 p.m., $175-$325. To Speak of Wolves, Rival Choir, Conspire and Becoming Saints play an early shows in the back room at Vino's, 7 p.m.
The Argenta Drafthouse Film Series, to kick off in June, previews its programming with a screening of "Two Trains Runnin'," at The Joint Theater, 7:30 p.m., followed by a civil rights-focused panel discussion led by Crystal Mercer, 9 p.m., $10.
It's "Fresh and Fat Tuesday" at 109 & Co., with live music from SeanFresh & The NastyFresh Crew, 6:30 p.m., $5. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra musicians play Tchaikovsky's "Piano Trio in A Minor" for the River Rhapsody Chamber Music Series, 7 p.m., Great Hall, Clinton Presidential Center, $10-$23. Fire & Brimstone hosts a Mardi Gras Party at The Tavern, 5 p.m., free. The University of Central Arkansas Dixieland Jazz Band plays a Mardi Gras concert at the Faulkner County Library, 7 p.m. Author Cara Brookins describes how she regained her life after an abusive marriage by building a house with her four children in "Rise: How a House Built a Family," 6 p.m. Sturgis Hall, Clinton School of Public Service, free.
May the Peace of the Sea Be With You, Peach Blush, Megan and Dook of Hurl play a rock show for the benefit of Lucie's Place at White Water, 9 p.m., $5-$10 suggested donation.