The fourth semifinal round of the Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase welcomes back some favorites from 2017: Recognizer, The Inner Party, Mortalus and DeFrance, 8 p.m., Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, $5. Songwriter, storyteller and co-founder of the Mighty Mississippi Music Festival Steve Azar plays Delta music as part of the Potluck & Poison Ivy series at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, 7:30 p.m., $35. Artist Danny Broadway gives a “Lunch and Learn” talk at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, noon, free. Greg Warren takes his stand-up routine to The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. UA Little Rock’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance takes on “An Octoroon,” a new play by 2014 Obie winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 2:30 p.m. Sun., Haislip Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts, 5900 University Drive, $10. Brian Ramsey plays for happy hour at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, LLC takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Ten Penny Gypsy pairs its sweet sounds with Buddy Case at The Big Chill in Hot Springs, 8 p.m.
“A Tribute to True Soul Records” pays homage to Lee Anthony and Little Rock soul, 7 p.m., CALS Ron Robinson Theater, free. Black Stone Cherry takes its fifth record, “Kentucky,” to the Rev Room, with Iron Tongue, 8 p.m., $20. Fans of The Specials or Reel Big Fish: check out The Big News at Four Quarter Bar, with solid rock ‘n’ roll from Fiscal Spliff, 10 p.m., $7. Songwriters John Paul Keith and Mark Edgar Stuart share a bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $7. Katmandu performs at Thirst N’ Howl Bar and Grill, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Phlegms, Helen Kelter Skelter and Mouton perform at Maxine’s in Hot Springs, 9 p.m., $5. Baba Fly, OT Rza and DJ Swift share the stage at Vino’s, 8:30 p.m., $7. Brian Nahlen and Nick Devlin duet at Cajun’s Wharf for happy hour, 5:30 p.m., free; later, catch Rustenhaven, 9 p.m., $5. Arkansauce takes its string mix to Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Jamie Patrick, 8:30 p.m., $5. Mister Lucky performs at Oaklawn’s Silks Bar & Grill, 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., or go earlier and catch the Pink Piano Show in the casino’s Pop’s Lounge, 5 p.m. Fri-Sat.
The same U.K. town that brought us the Beatles also begat Conan, a British doom metal band that lands at the White Water Tavern this weekend, with The Ditch and The Delta and Tempus Terra, 9 p.m., $12. Club Sway hosts “Lola’s Latin Night: Divas of the Night,” 9 p.m. Deep Sequence takes its Zappa-esque mix to the stage at Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m., $7. DeFrance rocks at the Blue Canoe Brewing Warehouse, 1637 E. 15th St., 7 p.m., $5. Beale Street soul lands at Stickyz with a show from Southern Avenue, 9 p.m., $10. Trey Johnson performs for happy hour at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, Rock Candy takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. DJ Kecia and stage performer Axel Andrews make it a prime night for landing at Discovery Nightclub, 9 p.m. A Dueling Piano Show at Kings Live Music in Conway features Matt Sammons and TK Cowboy, 8:30 p.m., $5.
At WordsWorth Books & Co., Grif Stockley signs copies of his 2017 book, “Black Boys Burning: The 1959 Fire at the Arkansas Negro Boys Industrial School” and Encyclopedia of Arkansas editor Guy Lancaster signs copies of his 2017 compilation “Bullets and Fire: Lynching and Authority in Arkansas, 1840-1950,” 1:30 p.m. ArkansasStaged presents a reading of Sarah Ruhl’s “Dear Elizabeth,” 7 p.m., 21c Museum Hotel, $5 suggested donation. Parkview Arts and Science Magnet students will perform “Take a Stand,” protest songs of the 20th century, Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall, 3 p.m.
Stephanie Vanderslice signs copies of her book, “The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life,” 5 p.m., WordsWorth Books & Co.
The Quapaw String Quartet and the Rockefeller String Quartet join other Arkansas Symphony Orchestra musicians for “Parlor Music,” a program of Rachmaninoff, Cras and Mozart, 7 p.m., Clinton Presidential Center, Great Hall, $23. CALS Ron Robinson screens a 1997 addition to the cult movie canon, “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” 6 p.m., $2. City Mouse, The Plurals and Attagirl share a show at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. The UCA Jazz Ensemble performs at South on Main, 7 p.m., free. The Clinton Center hosts “A Conversation with African-American Leaders in the Clinton Administration,” with Terry Edmonds, Ben Johnson, Janis Kearney and Bob Nash, noon. Author and TV personality Jenna Bush Hager speaks at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m., $15.
Ameripolitan rocker Dale Watson performs at the White Water Tavern with Bonnie Montgomery, 9 p.m., $12. Trey Johnson ends his month of musical picks for South on Main’s “Sessions” Series with a show from The Natural Disasters, 8 p.m., $10.