Designer Linda Rowe Thomas headlines The Fashion Event at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, 7 p.m. NAACP Image Award recipient ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray, authors of the new book "A Blessing & a Curse," will be at Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing, 1001 Wright Ave., for a book signing, 6 p.m., free. The Downtown Little Rock Partnership hosts an Alley Party with music from The Going Jessies, craft beer and food trucks, 1212 Sixth St., 5:30 p.m. Raising Grey plays the happy hour at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by Almost Infamous, 9 p.m., $5. Charlotte Taylor and her musical colleagues jam at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. The Museum of Discovery hosts "Anatomy Prom 2017" for its next "Science After Dark" series, 6 p.m., $5. Comedy hypnotist The Sandman works his magic on the crowd at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12.
The Arkansas Travelers go up against the Springfield Cardinals at Dickey-Stephens Park, 7:10 p.m. Fri., 6:10 p.m. Sat. and 2:10 p.m. Sun., $7-$13. The Big Dam Horns convene with grooves at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. The Casey Donahew Band returns to the Revolution Room with barroom country anthems, 9 p.m., $20-$23. DeFrance brings its road-polished rock to the Town Pump, 8 p.m. The Diamond State Rodeo Association hosts the 26th Gay Rodeo at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds through Sunday, visit dsra.org for full schedule and registration. James McMurtry, son of "Lonesome Dove" author Larry McMurtry and mastermind behind Bush-era protest anthem "We Can't Make It Here Anymore," performs at Stickyz, 8:30 p.m., $16-$20. Urban Pioneers bring their rowdy Texas sound to King's Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Nate Kennedy, 8:30 p.m., $5. Elsewhere in Conway, The Lantern Theatre holds an open mic night celebrating the legacies of John Schenck and Robert Lloyd, 1021 Van Ronkle St., 7:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation. Saxophonist and clarinetist Oran Etkin and his ensemble pay tribute to a master with "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" at the Walton Arts Center's Starr Theater, Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m., $30-$50. Longtime Canadian rockers Sum 41 perform at the Clear Channel Metroplex, with an opening set from locals I Was Afraid, 7:30 p.m., $25. Susan Erwin sings at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming's Pops Lounge, 5 p.m., followed by Mayday by Midnight at Silks Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. through Saturday, April 29, free. Floyd Cooper, a decorated illustrator of children's books like "Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History," will be at Pyramid Art for a meet-and-greet and book signing, 5 p.m., free. Soprano Maria-Fasciano and baritone Robert Holden join members of the Arkansas Choral Society, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Concert Chorus and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for Faure's "Requiem," 7:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, $15-$20. Fire & Brimstone kick off the weekend at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by Katmandu, 9 p.m., $5.
The Bridge to the Future Festival, a free student literacy event, is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clinton Presidential Park. Rapper 607 joins Selfmade Ent, Scrillabag Nuski, A1Nino, UFN, BMG and Lil James for a bill at Vino's, 8 p.m., $8. Memphis-based rock quartet The Band Camino lands at the Rev Room, 8:30 p.m., $10. The THEA Foundation's "Into the Blue" celebrates arts advocacy and honors the contributions of Judy Tenenbaum, 6 p.m., Pulaski Technical College's Center for the Humanities and Arts, $100-$250. Vocalist Jasmine Janae performs her first show at South on Main, 9 p.m., $10. Austin-based art collective and party band Calliope Musicals brings its call-and-response joy brigade to Maxine's in Hot Springs, with Landrest and The Phlegms, 9 p.m., $7. Dallas septet The Funky Knuckles stop for a show at Stickyz, 9:30 p.m., $12-$15. The historic Dreamland Ballroom hosts a silver anniversary celebration of The Weekend Theater, 6 p.m., $40. Bluegrass-informed string band Clusterpluck performs at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. Comedian and voice actor Ricky Smiley performs at Robinson Center Performance Hall, 8 p.m., $35. Singer-songwriter A.J. Croce lands at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, 7 p.m., $25. Jkutchma and Aloud alight at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Amina Gautier, in town for the Arkansas Literary Festival, is also the featured author at this month's Argenta Reading Series, 6:30 p.m., Argenta United Methodist Church, 421 Main St., NLR, free. Ben Byers plays at Cajun's Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, followed by Jet 420, 9 p.m., $5.
Get your rugelach, klezmer and kosher hot dog fix at the Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., War Memorial Stadium, free. Then, head down to the River Market at 11 a.m. for the vendor booths, cultural programs and food at India Fest, free.
Bonnaroo darlings LANY stop off at Revolution ahead of the release of their debut album, with an opening set from fellow Los Angeles rockers Machineheart, 8 p.m., $15-$18.
JJ Grey and Mofro, headliners at this year's King Biscuit Blues Festival, stop over at the Rev Room, 8 p.m., $25-$28. Recycling and reuse specialist Betsy Spetich discusses the results of a two-year investigation into American consumer habits for "Tales from the Trash," the next in CALS' "Legacies & Lunch" series, noon, Main Library, Darragh Center, free. Texas singer-songwriter Adam Carroll joins Chris Carroll for a set at White Water, 9 p.m.