by Sherry Lucas
Need a little more mystery in your life? Don’t we all?
In-between blowing through episodes of “Hercule Poirot” on Netflix and waiting for the newest “Murder on the Orient Express,” opening in November with an eye-popping cast, I’ll be checking in with Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” — considered her masterpiece — through Sept. 24 at New Stage Theatre.
Ten strangers are summoned to a remote island, and their darkest secrets are revealed, one by one. When they’re cut off from the mainland, the killing commences one by one.
It’s a whodunit, for sure. But in a delicious twist, our professional theater’s production offers up alternative endings on different nights. “We want to keep things fresh and new and exciting,” says New Stage spokeswoman Melissa Tillman. They’ll also have a raffle going on: guess the murderer right and maybe you’ll win in a drawing at the end of the play’s run. It all sounds like bloody good fun. I tried to find out more, but Tillman tells me, “I can’t say too much.” The investigation is ongoing.
Read on to find out what else is ongoing in Fondren and beyond this weekend.
Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” opens New Stage’s 52nd season with shows at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday and Sept. 19-23, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. John Maxwell directs this classic Christie. Whodunit? Depends. Go to one show, you’ll get one ending. Go again, and you might see a different one, as New Stage alternates between novel and stage endings (the first professional theater to do so). No spoilers! Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors and students. Call 601-948-3531 or visit newstagetheatre.com.
Only a few single seats remain for the Thursday concert by beloved band The Doobie Brothers, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall, that supports Alzheimer’s disease research and benefits the MIND Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. A few tickets at $89.50 or $49.50, depending on location, were still available at last check, so give it a shot. You might get lucky. Visit ardenland.net.
Thursday brings Part 2 of the Independent Black Film Collective’s and Offbeat’s “Coming of Age: The African American Experience” fall film series, every second Thursday of the month, 6-9 p.m. September’s feature is “Dope,” followed by a discussion moderated by comedienne Rita Brent and including Astin J. Sullivan, Alden Daniel-Louis Kirkland and Khari Johnson. Admission is free.
The HRC Mississippi Connect Happy Hour, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint, brings together HRC staff, volunteers, local LGBTQ and supportive community members for a monthly second Thursday meet-and-greet, to connect, celebrate and build community. Admission is free.
Artist Michaela Fisk is featured at The Gallery at Deep South Pops monthly opening Thursday at 6 p.m.. Meet the artist and discuss her work, hear live music and have a pop.
Catch up with many breeds of man’s best friend, Thursday through Sunday at the Magnolia Classic Dog Show at the Mississippi Trade Mart.
Join Melanated Kerations’ Art Exhibit and Open Paint, 3-5:30 pm. Friday at 256 E. Fortification St. for a show of art (free, with prices on artwork reduced), and, if you’re feeling creative, some fun with a pre-drawn canvas and paint session ($5).
Self-described hotel bar lounge singer and aspiring daytime talk show host AND L.A.-based songwriter/performer Dent May, who’s been entertaining listeners with records such as “Do Things,” “Warm Blanket,” the holiday smash “I’ll Be Stoned for Christmas” and latest album “Across the Multiverse,” brings that charm back home to a native Mississippi stage: Spacecamp, 8 p.m. Friday. It’s $5 advance (eventbrite.com), $10 at the door. El Obo and Garden Variety support. Saturday at 8 p.m., Spacecamp presents Swear Tapes and Sage Boy.
Alabama hip hop artist Eugenius Newtron returns to Offbeat Friday for a live in-store performance and a mini tour of his latest, “The Eubik’s Cube,” starting at 7 p.m. Joining him will be singer Kenya Latrice, also of Birmingham, and Mississippi’s own D. Horton & Cadillac Pac.
it’s Jackson vs. Tennessee in the Country Cousinz Concert Series, 8 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s, for a look and a listen to the region’s underground indie artists and their cultural exchange. The series, presented by OurGlass Media Group, pairs Jackson’s hip hop talent with artists from Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas each month, to see how they stack up sharing the stage. Artists include S.L. Snipes, BeHoward 615, Crisis901, Jason Da Hater, Vegas Dono, Timaal Bradford, Vitamin Crea and Ray Kincaid. And, possibly some surprises.
Taste of West Jackson, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Common Ground Covenant Church, 785 Claiborne Ave., pulls together treats for the tasting and the looking. Some of the best restaurants and caterers are part of the second annual West Jackson Food Competition. Admission is free and it’s fun for the kids, too.
Expand your taste buds and wine down your Saturday at the same time, at the Weird Wine Tasting, 1 p.m. at Caet Wine Bar. New tastes and perhaps new faves await: English bubbly, French Gascogne and more. Reservations are $45 plus tax and gratuity. Call Caet Wine Bar or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
Celebrate the opening day of Oktoberfest at Cathead Distillery. Authentic German music, beers, an Oktoberfest gaming competition, Barley’s Angels, and food from Fenian’s, plus SEC football playing on the big screen. Get tickets and more details here.
Beer & Paint Night 2nd Round, 6-8 pm. Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company is a chance to join local artist Justin Ransburg at the brewery, paint your own masterpiece and taste some new beers. RSVP — $35 single, $50 couple — on eventbrite.com to secure a seat.
Alabama progressive rock/jam band CBDB brings the momentum and the Joyfunk to Martin’s, 10 p.m. Saturday.
Brynn Corbello releases a second studio album, “Hidden Luminance,” with a CD release party 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Fondren Underground, 2906 N. State St.
Cabaret Soirée: An Evening of Broadway from Stage to Screen, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Duling Hall opens Mississippi Opera’s season with soprano Amy Pfrimmer and pianist Dreux Montegut in a fun show of Broadway tunes that bring it — witty, yearning, textured, with lyrics sometimes risqué, often deeply emotional, 7:30 p.m. Hear songs written for the stage and for the movies, by Gershwin, Kern, Porter and Weill, that you’ll recognize immediately or discover with delight. Tickets, $25, are available at the door, at 601-960-2300 or at msopera.org.
Tuesday’s Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series program “Shining a Light on Mississippi through S.T.E.A.M.” features Anik Kurkijan, who spearheaded February’s Mississippi Light Festival that drew more than 5,000 people. and the MS Light Collaborative. Kurkjian and the collaborative will introduce their world of light and the world behind it: S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Art Math). It’s $10, 7 p.m. Tuesday at Millsaps College’s Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall.
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 email@example.com.