The University of Arkansas at Little Rock hosts "An Evening with Poet Gary McDowell" at its Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, 5:30 p.m., free. Filmmaker and Little Rock native Jeff Nichols will present his new film "Midnight Special" at the Ron Robinson Theater at 6 p.m., $75-$100 (all proceeds go to the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute and Central High School Tiger Foundation). Comedian Steve Hirst is at the Loony Bin at 7:30 p.m., $8 (and at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $12). Local Americana duo A Rowdy Faith performs at The Joint at 7:30 p.m., $10. Metal groups Aborning, GoreMonger, All Is at an End and B-Slammin perform at Vino's at 8 p.m., $5.
Becca Stevens, author and founder of Thistle Farms, gives a talk titled "Love Is Good Business," 6 p.m. at the Clinton School for Public Service's Sturgis Hall. Little Rock sketch comedy troupe Red Octopus Theater performs its new original production, "Make Spring Great Again," at the Public Theatre (Fridays and Saturdays through April 9), 8 p.m., $10. Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass play at Maxine's in Hot Springs with Open Fields and Claire Morales, 9 p.m., $5. St. Louis folk trio River Kittens plays at South on Main at 9 p.m., $10. Nashville EDM DJ Wick-It the Instigator performs at Revolution at 9 p.m., $10. Grateful Dead tribute act The Stolen Faces plays at Stickyz at 9:30 p.m., $8. Beloved alt-country group Lucero play at Fayetteville's George's Majestic Lounge at 9:30 p.m., $22.
The Walk to Defeat ALS begins at the Clinton Presidential Center at 7 a.m. CALS Con, featuring cosplay contests, LEGO builds, tabletop gaming and panels on Marvel, Star Trek, Studio Ghibli and Disney, is at the Main Library starting at 10 a.m., free. The City of Little Rock Career Fair kicks off at the Statehouse Convention Center at 10 a.m., free. Verizon Arena hosts Winter Jam 2016 at 5:45 p.m., $10. Fleetwood Mac tribute band Rumours performs at Revolution at 8 p.m., $10-$20. Folk singer-songwriter Dana Louise and her group The Glorious Birds play at White Water at 9 p.m. Little Rock indie-pop group Brothers and Company plays at Stickyz with The Band Camino and Kyle Jackson, 9 p.m., $10.