One of the selected works for the 6th annual Cedars Juried Show, by Betty Jo Johnson of Madison. Image: Paul Wolf

by Sherry Lucas

Time to get back in the swing, folks. You’ve had your summer fun, your vacations, your holiday weekends and now’s the time to buckle down and get back to all the activities that make Jackson such an entertaining social hub.

The sheer concentration of art show options Thursday makes a great head start. The Serendipity art show at the Mississippi State Hospital is always a personal favorite, with fresh takes, affordable prices, a nice little competitive streak to some of the bidding and the benefits of the show itself — in the boost it gives to patient and resident artists, the art sale proceeds that go to them and the connections it makes with the larger community.

The Juried Show at the Cedars (above) connects with old friends and new discoveries. What a wide range and what a blast to see the creativity, ingenuity and sheer beauty of our Mississippi artists.

And, on the same night, to have VSA Mississippi’s art show and reception at the Municipal Art Gallery! That one’s a winner, too, for the passion, skill and insight the artists bring to paper, clay, silk and more. It’s all enough to make you wish for more wall space.

If you can make it to all three and Fondren After 5 treats, too, I salute you!

The Serendipity art show and silent auction Thursday at the Mississippi State Hospital puts on view and up for bid a unique and colorful array of artworks created by patients and Jaquith Nursing Home residents who take part in the art services program. It’s often a chance to get intriguing pieces at affordable prices, plus the fun any bidding war you might nudge into action! The show is open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday in the Building 71 Conference Center on the MSH campus at Whitfield. Serendipity typically draws several hundred throughout the day, and serious bidders often come closer to closing time to close the deal with the highest bid. The range is always a treat, and this 28th annual show is no different, with paintings, crayon batik (returning after a several-year absence), pencil drawings and ceramics, created by individuals from across the hospital’s services — adults and children. The works’ creation can be a key part of therapy, giving them a chance to express themselves. Seeing it framed and on display is a motivator as well.

The Serendipity Art Show is Thursday at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. Image: Mississippi State Hospital.

The VSA Mississippi Art Exhibition and Reception, 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Municipal Art Gallery, 839 N. State St., showcases the considerable creativity of individuals in its programs. The nonprofit, dedicated to promoting and providing arts opportunities for people with disabilities, celebrates the talents, skills and enviable abilities of these artists in our midst.

Works by teaching artist Carrie Roebuck are part of Thursday’s VSA Mississippi Art Exhibition and Reception at Municipal Art Gallery. Image: VSA Mississippi

The 6th annual Cedars Juried Art Show, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, celebrates art in a big way: 81 artists have works in this show. Juror George Bassi, director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, selected the finalists for this show, and will select winners before Thursday’s opening reception. The art show’s an annual hot draw, especially for Fondrenites and art lovers, who can join in the vote on a “people’s choice” ballot available to attendees. The show will remain on view through Sept. 22.

A sampling of works from FRF’s 6th annual Cedars Juried show. Image: Paul Wolf

Fondren After 5: Throwback Thursday, 5-8 .m. Thursday, brightens the neighborhood open house with throwback fun, hosted by Hops and Habanas, in conjunction with Cups. Among the fun at Cups: inaugural Leslee Foukal Robot Costume Contest, Day of High Five’s, tabletop board games, the return of the Daisy Mae frappe. Throwback at Hops features a Polaroid booth, live entertainment, food trucks, Twister competition, beer trailer; sidewalk arts, kids’ fun. Can’t miss? The “Uppers and Downers” coffee-beer sampling/pairing.

“Kids. Kids at heart. And everyone else. Make sure you take part in the Leslee Foukal Box Robot Costume Contest,” says Cody Cox of this fun part of Thursday’s FOndren After 5. IMage: Cody Cox

While you’re After 5-ing in Fondren, stop by Speculative Futures Exchange, 3011 N. State St. (formerly Land Vs. Ocean), 5-8 p.m., for a showcase of Daniel Johnson’s video project and talk about future plans for the space. Beer will be for sale.

Singer/songwriter duo Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife, Erin Raber, of Oh Jeremiah put storytelling to song as native Southerners are wont to do, harmonize and take the entertainment from there. Catch them at 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall. Mckenzie Lockhart opens. It’s $7 advance (ardenland.net), $10 at the door.

Oh Jeremiah plays DUling Hall as partof FOndren After 5 Thursday. Image: Oh Jeremiah

At Hal & Mal’s, Sherman Lee Dillon heads a family trio bringing Southern Appalachian and Delta music with guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica and three-part harmonies, free in the dining room, starting at 6 p.m.

Also Thursday, a Cheers to the Roc (a Roc-a-fella tribute party), 9 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.) celebrates the hip hop label with DJ Breakem Off and Young Venom. It’s a $5 cover.

The art show “Introspection,” 6-8 p.m. Friday at Sanaa Gallery at 5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212 (The Quadrangle) spotlights works by Kira Cummings, Lesley F. Collins and Ariss King, with live music by Kerry Thomas. It’s free and open to the public.

The inaugural The Market at Highland Village kicks off this Saturday at 1 p.m. Local makers Sam Clark, Prickly Hippie, Tina Loftin, Phelan Harris, Mary Ainsley Chitwood, Grace Mertens, Whitson Ramsey, Alex Townsend, Edward Moak, Leann Wilkinson and Bailey Armstrong join musicians Cody Cox, Josh Taylor and ColeFurlow in the center’s courtyard (near Deep South Pops).

Saturday, Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” 8 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall, for a unique concert experience — handpicked musicians recreating the classic album live. In the first set, the album is recreated as a symphonic piece and in the second set, a selection of the artists’s “greatest hits” with a light display and a more laid-back approach in this all-ages show. Find the link to tickets, $22-$27, at ardenland.net.

The Black Jacket Symphony, a unique concert experience features handpicked musicians recreating the music of Pink Floyd. Image: The Black Jacket Symphony

Settle in for beautiful music, chamber style, with Saturday’s opening concert of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series, “Baroque.” Revel in the ornate flourishes of 17th and 18th-century European star composers and the skills of MSO soloists in the acoustically rich setting of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. On the program: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Handel’s Water Music and works by Corelli and Vivaldi. Tickets are $19 adult, $5 student; visit msorchestra.com or call 601-960-1565.

Amulet Strange (from left), Marta Szlubowska, Sawn Leopard, Janette Sudderth and Emily Baker are featured in MSO’s Chamber I concert Saturday. Image: Mississippi Symphony Or-chestra

Glücklich Fest is back! Lucky Town Brewing Company’s annual Oktoberfest celebration, complete with its Marzen style lager Lucktoberfest, comes around on the calendar this Saturday with a whole slew of fun slated: team competition 2-5 p.m. with sets of folks (one to four people) competing in stein hoisting, stein races, barrel races and best dressed ($80 credit to the winning team!; live music by Honeyboy and The Crawler 5-8 p.m.;  and the noon-time release of the first two barrels of Lucky Town’s Single Barrel Project, and first-come, first-served of the 10.3 percent Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in a variety of different barrels (4 Roses Devil’s Greed and 4 Roses Big Boy for the first two). The fun runs 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lucky Town Brewing’s Glucklich Fest is Saturday. Image” Lucky Town Brewing Company.

Rhythm & Rhymes, 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Center Stage of MS, 1625 E. County Line Road, pulls together a slew of local artists, mostly hip hop, for weekend fun. The music showcase features Clouds & Crayons, Pink Palaces, Mr. Fluid, Flywalker and more. Light refreshments will be available; tickets are $7 early bird (eventbrite.com), $10 at the door, $15 via card.

Saturday at Frank Jones Corner, 303 Farish St., T-Baby, Female Vocalist of the Year winner at the 2017 Jackson Music Awards, livens up the late-night stage. LaToya Barnes aka T-Baby starts at midnight, and the cover charge is $10 (it’s $1 before midnight).

T-Baby performs Saturday at Frank Jones Corner. Image: Sherman Lee Dillon

Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 33 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from Fondren and beyond. For additional Fondren-centric events, see our Fondren events calendar. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.