Judy Smith, the Washington political fixer who inspired the Olivia Pope character on “Scandal,” appears at the M.L. Harris Auditorium at Philander Smith College, 7 p.m., free, as part of the school’s “Bless the Mic” lecture series. The Live at Laman series this month features singer/songwriter Ashley McBryde, Laman Library, 7 p.m., free. The UALR Men’s Trojans basketball team takes on South Alabama, Jack Stephens Center, UALR, 7 p.m., $5-$38.
The Weekend Theater opens its production of “blu,” Virginia Grise’s play that explores the lives of a queer Chicana family in the aftermath of losing a family member in the Iraq war, Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., $12-$16. From the hills of Northwest Arkansas, the string-pluckin’ madmen in Mountain Sprout come to town for an 18-and-older show with Banditos at Stickyz, 9 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Dino Davis and The D Train Band are at The Afterthought, 9 p.m., $8. White Water Tavern has your rock ‘n’ roll needs covered, with Mad Nomad and Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts, 9:30 p.m. Philander Smith College hosts a Health Fair, with vendors and a number of free health screenings, presented by the school’s Department of Health and Wellness, Kendall Center at Philander Smith College, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., free. Second Friday Cinema at the Old State House Museum features “Broncho Billy Anderson: Arkansas’s First Movie Star,” with screenings of “The Great Train Robbery” (1903), “Broncho Billy’s Fatal Joke” (1914) and “The Son-of-a-Gun” (1919), 6 p.m.
Over at Juanita’s check out the heavy alt-rock sounds of Dark From Day One, with Dead End Drive, Absence of Ink and Zeroed Out, 10 p.m., $8 adv., $10 day of. Mother Hubbard and The Regulators rock the West End Smokehouse and Tavern, 10 p.m., $5. The Salty Dogs and Amy Garland Band soundtrack Saturday night at White Water Tavern, 9 p.m.
Country legend Ronnie Milsap comes to the Walton Arts Center for a makeup show that had been canceled last month, 4 p.m., $24-$55.
UPDATE: This concert has been canceled.
At White Water Tavern, you can catch Pallbearer showcasing new material, with Fistula and Sea Hag, 9:30 p.m. The Broadway classic “Hello, Dolly!” comes to Robinson Center Music Hall, Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m., $27-$65.