by Sherry Lucas
“What do you want for Mother’s Day?” The question threw me for a loop. I’m not a mother. And since I’d lost my own several years prior, I figured I’d spend that day dodging brunch and enjoying spring.
But the question from my dearest hung in the air, waiting on some kind of answer. So, I just tossed out the quickest, easiest thing that came to mind, “You should go to Kroger Sunday morning and get some flowers. They might be on sale then.”
Well, danged if Sunday morning didn’t dawn, dearest disappeared for a bit and soon enough, showed back up with a charming bouquet. It didn’t cost a lot, but it sure meant a lot. I was touched.
Do something great for your mom, the nearest equivalent or simply the woman or women in your life and your house, this weekend. All weekends, really. Short on ideas, and brunch or blooms don’t make your list? Check out Wolfe Studio, where you can save 10 percent on beautiful, unique handcrafted birds through Saturday. Remember, it’s the thought that counts. Not the discount.
Expressive duo Jeremy Kittel and Nathaniel Smith present a magical evening of musical conversation between acoustic fiddle and cello, in a seated show 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Duling Hall. It’s $12 advance (ardenland.net), $15 at the door.
The touring production of the classic show-biz musical “42nd Street,” about a young performer’s dreams of getting her big Broadway break, pulls up to Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For tickets, $35-$100, visit ticketmaster.com.
Also Wednesday, a free live concert by singer/songwriter duo Oh Jeremiah livens up the Highland Village courtyard in its “Village Social” series, 7 p.m. Craft beer, coffee and Popsicles will be available for purchase at Deep South Pops. The concert goes on rain or shine. Bring a chair or blanket, and even a picnic if you like (or by one from on-site restaurants).
“Sordid Lives,” in the hands of Fondren Theatre Workshop, reaches its hilarious and outrageous peak in a series of performances this weekend and next at Scrooge’s Restaurant. Southern-fried and fortified with enough wackiness to hold you till the next family reunion, this play about a gathering for the matriarch’s funeral is by turns poignant and irreverent, revealing a family at its best and its worst. Author Del Shores described it as a “black comedy about white trash.” Grab a seat for laughs, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (and May 18-20) and 2 p.m. Sunday (and May 21). The production will benefit the Mississippi chapter of the Human Rights Campaign, which promotes the health and social welfare of LGBT citizens. Enjoy dinner in the restaurant before the show, with beverage service pre-show and at intermission. Tickets, $22-$25, are available via Brown Paper Tickets and the link ftwsordid.bpt.me. It’s for mature audiences.
The Four Seasons at the Cedars blooms with its Spring art opening Thursday featuring artists Ginny Futvoye and Mitchell Ammons Walters, 5-8 p.m. The Fondren Renaissance hosted show and reception is free and a portion of art sales goes toward maintenance and restoration at the Cedars.
Make an art night of it. An opening reception for artists Jonathan Faulkner, Paul Farrar and Justin Ransburg is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sneaky Beans Coffee Shop 2914 N. State St., with live music and snacks to add to the fun.
Country rock singer-songwriter-storyteller Bonnie Bishop brings some great tunes to Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with Bill & Temperance with Jeff Perkins warming up the stage first. Tickets are $10 (ardenland.net), $15 at the door.
Pepsi Pops, originally scheduled for Friday at Old Trace Park on the reservoir, has been postponed to May 19, because of a thunderstorm forecast. Let’s hope next weekend is more cooperative. All tickets and parking passes purchased with the original date will be honored May 19. Check back next week for concert details. Need a ticket? They’re $12 advance (msorchestra.com or 601-960-1565), $15 at the gate, $5 children 4-18.
The Stray at Home Art and Music Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Smith Park in downtown Jackson, is back with its sixth annual edition, with food trucks, craft beer, popsicles, kids’ fun and more than 30 artists for your shopping pleasure. Music from Marc Scibilia, Zack Williams, Joe Pug, Grace Askew and Delta Mountain Boys keeps the scene lively. Visit strayathome.com for more details.
“Menopause The Musical” puts a funny, lively spin on The Change, parodying ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s tunes with messages that’ll bust a gut for women of a certain age. Gather the sisterhood for a bonding, bawdy night, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Thalia Mara Hall. For tickets, $35-$100, visit ticketmaster.com.
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.