Reed Turchi returns to South on Main, 8 p.m., $10. Pocket Vinyl, Princeaus and Won Run share a bill at Vino’s, 8:30 p.m. A.J. Marlin’s Comedy Bowl kicks off at 8 p.m. at The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse, $10. Alex Summerlin plays for the happy hour crowd at Cajun’s Wharf, 5:30 p.m., free, and later, G-Force spins tunes, 9 p.m., $5. Comedian John Evans goes for laughs at The Loony Bin, 7:30 p.m. Thu.-Sat., 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., $8-$12. Tru Poet performs at Guillermo’s Coffee, Tea & Roastery for poetry night, 6:30 p.m. The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas opens an exhibition of Margo Duvall‘s cyanotypes on fabric with a reception and artist talk, 5 p.m.
The venerable John Dee Graham, who has played with True Believers, John Doe and Exene Cervenka, performs at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m., $10. Hell Camino, Marilyn Burns, Archaic Dawn and Celestials share a metal bill at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8. Katrice “Butterfly” Newbill takes the stage at Gigi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge, 9:30 p.m. Sean Fresh and the NastyFresh Crew pull out all the stops at South on Main with Rodney Block, Dee Dee Jones, Brae Leni, Dazz & Brie and more, 10 p.m. Melodic folk duo Ten Penny Gypsy share a bill with Buddy Case at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 8 p.m. Howard & Skye play a show at Markham Street Grill & Pub, 8:30 p.m., $5. Catch The Crumbs and their string-centric sounds at Four Quarter Bar with Dance Monkey Dance (Doug Dicharry), 10 p.m., $7. Andy Tanas plays a free set for happy hour at Cajun’s, and later, The Shame takes the stage, 9 p.m., $5. Clusterpluck plucks at Kings Live Music in Conway, with an opening set from Ashtyn Barbaree, 8:30 p.m., $5. The Pink Piano Show goes up at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming’s Pops Lounge in Hot Springs, 5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., and later, the Wesley Pruitt Band entertains, 10 p.m., Silks Bar & Grill.
The SoMa Mardi Gras Parade & Festival kicks off at noon at Main and 24th streets, free. The Arkansas Times and The Root Cafe host the sixth annual Beard & Mustache Contest after the completition of the parade, just after noon, The Bernice Garden. Haywood King, Keith Savage and Mr. Pete perform for a tribute to Frankie Beverly & MAZE, James Brown, & The Isley Brothers at Gigi’s Soul Cafe & Lounge, 9 p.m., $15-$20. T.K. Soul, DJ Deja Blue, Dee Dee Jones and Star perform at Envy Nightclub, 8 p.m., 7200 Colonel Glenn Road, $25-$35. Good Foot brings its keys and sax-forward jams to Four Quarter Bar, 10 p.m. Couch Jackets and CosmOcean share a danceworthy bill at Kings Live Music, 8 p.m., $5. Earl Cate returns to Cajun’s Wharf with his outfit Earl & Them, 9 p.m., $5. Vagittarius, Fiscal Spliff and Jamie Lou and the Hullabaloo make for a killer bill at the White Water Tavern, 9 p.m. Jesse Dayton brings rowdy punchlines and ace guitar licks to Stickyz Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicken Shack, 9 p.m., $8. Brandy Clark, who penned hits for Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgrave, continues her solo tour with a stop at Rev Room, 8:30 p.m., $15-$18. Liberty Bridge performs at Hibernia Irish Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Maxine’s hosts a don’t-miss bill with Ginsu Wives, Landrest and I Was Afraid, 9 p.m., $7. Nashville songwriters Chris DeStefano, Marcus Hummon and Rivers Rutherford join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for Music City Hit-Makers, 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Robinson Center Performance Hall, $15-$65. Intruders take the stage at Thirst N’ Howl, 8:30 p.m., $5. Conway rockers LEVELS join Abimael, Auspicious and K Toomer for a show at Vino’s, 8 p.m., $8.
Barkus on Main kicks off at noon downtown, with live music, a parade beginning at 2:30 p.m. at Seventh and Main streets, and a Mardi Gras party on the 300 block, free. Hibernia Irish Tavern kicks off its Traditional Irish Music Session at 2:30 p.m., free.
Black Horse and OleboyDavie share a bill with a live video shoot at the White Water Tavern for The Deck series, 9:30 p.m., $5. Nexus Coffee & Creative hosts “Friends” Trivia Night, 6 p.m. Grumpy’s Too hosts a Fat Tuesday Party, 6 p.m., 1801 Green Mountain Drive.
Trey Johnson performs for “Heart & Soul,” a Valentine’s Day dinner at South on Main with early and late seatings, $55, call 244-9660 to reserve a spot. Mike Speenberg entertains for a lover’s night of comedy at The Loony Bin, $12 (show only), $14 (show, champagne and dessert), 6:30 p.m., reserve tickets at lr.loonybincomedy.com. Rock City Thumps and Stone’s Throw channel John Cusack in “Say Anything” with the 2nd Annual Lloyd Dobler Boombox Standoff, 6 p.m., Stone’s Throw Brewing, free, registration required. Susan and Cliff Prowse’s Pink Piano Show features guest spots by Bree Ogden, Katie Marrs and Joey Barrett, 7:30 p.m., Rev Room, $8 single/$15 couple.