Judy Smith speaks at Philander Smith College Thursday night.

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.

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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.

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