You know that gorgeous, exotic and wildly inappropriate plant that caught your eye that time at the garden center? That one you just had to have? That rare beauty you snapped up and carted home and stuck in a prominent spot, just to watch it wilt into a slow and ugly death no matter what you did to revive it?
Yeah. Happened to me, too. It’s part of the learning curve.
I pay more attention to the natives these days. Words like hardy, scrappy and tolerant are more my speed. Does it spring up voluntarily? Good. Does it thrive along roadsides? Even better. It’s kind of like a guest at your party — if he doesn’t want to be there, you don’t want him there, no matter how pretty he blooms. That one time.
So, dear plants, I’ll give you a good start, but you’ve got to fend for yourselves going forward. That’s why I’ll check out Metro Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale Saturday at Mynelle Gardens, with native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, flowers, shrubs, trees and roses. A tradition for about 15 years, the sale raises funds for Metro Master Gardeners, which donates money to various community garden projects and to Hinds Community College for scholarships for landscaping students.
What else can you dig into this weekend? Plenty.
The Mississippi Museum of Art’s Third Thursday is back with all its pop up perks, this time with a “Myth Made Real” theme, 5:30 p.m.-until. There, you’ll find: a new body of work by Jackson artists Eli Childers and Imani Khayyam featuring photos of live models made into mythic creatures via full body paint; ‘sipp Sourced dining as Chef Nick Wallace explores “Art of the Taco:” music from Empty Atlas; and a dusk showing of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” It’s free, with food and drink available for purchase.
Mississippi’s own singer-songwriter Charlie Mars brings his catchy and folk-inflected poignant pop and Southern groove to Cathead Distillery, 8 p.m. Saturday. His 2014 “The Money” wrapped up his Texas Trilogy that also included 2009’s “Like a Bird, Like a Plane” and 2012’s “Blackberry Light.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 at the door.
New Stage Theatre’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a Christopher Durang comedy, continues through April 30 with shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m Sundays. For tickets, $28/adult and $22/seniors and students, call 601-948-3533 or visit newstagetheatre.com. Because the play contains mature language and situations, it’s recommended for ages 14 and older.
Comic ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his dummy crew light up the Mississippi Coliseum Friday with the laughs that’ve followed him from late-night talk shows and network specials to chart-topping world tours. See his Perfectly Unbalanced show at 8 p.m. Friday; for tickets, $31-$54, visit ticketmaster.com or the coliseum box office.
More dinos are due in Jackson this weekend. They must really love it here. See Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed, for close encounters with a stegosaurus, velociraptor and T-rex in a walk-through exhibit, plus a baby dinosaur. a Dino Raceway and Kids Adventure Zone 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Ticket are $15, $12 for seniors and groups of 10-plus and $48 for a T-Rex ticket that includes lots of extras. Visit ticketweb.com or buy them a the door. Kids age 2 and younger get in free with a paid adult.
Jackson Indie Music Weekend and Offbeat roll out a Friday through Sunday slate of music, film and art events in Midtown featuring some of Jackson’s top talents. Join them for live concert tapings of MPB’s original series “Amped & Wired,” Friday and Saturday nights ($10 p.m. each), a Saturday celebration of Offbeat’s 10 years as an indie record store, and on Sunday, For the Record art show and sale in the afternoon and film screenings that night. Find more details on the event’s Facebook page.
Shop till you drop opp: Spring Market, Friday through Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, delivers more than 100 merchants with the latest fashions, handmade items, dresses, shoes, jewelry and more, from practical to exquisite to whimsical — whatever suits the mood. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for a one day pass and $15 for a three-day pass; kids 12 and younger get in free. Visit midsouthmediagroup.com for details on special events, such as Friday’s Cupcakes & Cocktails.
The annual Metro Master Gardeners’ plant sale, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mynelle Gardens, offers a wide variety of native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, shrubs and trees suited to our Southern soil and climate. If you’re planning on getting dirty in the garden this weekend, stop here first.
Saturday afternoon just got sweeter. The More Than a Tourist Fondren Sweetie Tour, starting at 1:30 p.m., goes on a honey of a tour, tasting treats at Brent’s Drugs, Campbell’s Baker and La Brioche Patisserie. Tickets are $27; contact Jane at morethanatourist.net.
Mississippi Opera’s season comes to a dramatic close with the finale production of Verdi’s masterpiece “Rigoletto.” The tragedy’s storyline revolves around a lascivious Duke of Mantua, his court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter, Gilda. The production stars Corey Crider, Hanna Brammer, Aaron Sorensen, Cody Laun and more. It’s 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. For tickets, visit msopera.org.
The roots’n’roll of Americana’s best rocks Duling Hall Saturday night with a 9 p.m. show by iconoclastic Texas songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. His 16th album is “ The Ruffian’s Misfortune.” Chris Gill opens. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net) and $20 at the door.
Tuesday, don’t miss The Russell Welch Hot Quartet’s stellar gypsy jazz swing, the final program in this season’s Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall on campus. Welch and friends’ world class string band combines his original compositions with acoustic, hot jazz in the tradition of legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. A sequel to their all-original 2015 “Mississippi Gipsy” is scheduled for recording soon. Hear it live Tuesday first. It’s $10.
Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 33 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. Reach her at email@example.com.