by Sherry Lucas

Now that we’re in the full swing of pumpkin season, the warm and comfy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice threatens to tart up everything you lay your hands on to eat, drink and be merry. Keep it delicious; keep it in moderation. I plan to.

At the moment, a cute pie pumpkin sits atop my kitchen counter, waiting for that day I’ll pick up my prime 10-inch chef’s knife and come in for the kill. That’s my personal little Halloween hack (job).

Sure, I love the ease of Libby’s cans of pure pumpkin, but I don’t really feel the fall season until I’ve put a whole one under the knife and figured out something to do with  the chunks. Carving? Sorry, I gave that up the year a creation of mine molded and imploded on my front porch after several days’ heat and humidity. I’d rather toast the seeds and roast the innards any day. But all that’s home stuff. You want to know what’s on the out-and-about frontier, right?

The Mississippi State Fair continues to be the Goliath of the entertainment groundwork in Jackson through Sunday on the State Fairgrounds, with thrill rides, sea lions, butterfly encounters and music on the Budweiser stage on the Midway. Here’s the music menu: Plain White T’s, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; Brian McKnight, 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Cedar Creek Ramblers, 8 p.m. Friday; Good Paper and of the Reverend Robert Mortimer, 8 pm. Saturday; and, on Sunday, the Russell Burton Family at 2 p.m. and the most excellent T.B. Ledford & the Accumulators at 4 p.m. That’s included with fair admission, $5 (free for children younger than 6). Find more details on ride specials and daily draws at msfair.net.

Jackson Restaurant Week continues through Friday, so go find your delicious at any of the stellar local eateries participating, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite local charity. Each time you dine, ask for an official ballot and get your vote in. The food pantry or soup kitchen with the most votes will get thousands in free groceries. Participating Fondren spots include Babalu, Barrelhouse, Brent’s, Broad Street, Cups, The Pig & Pint, Sal & Mookie’s and Surin.

Settle in with some great tunes, 8 p.m Wednesday at Spacecamp as Okey Dokey (visual artist Aaron Martin and The Weeks’ guitarist Johny Fisher out front, blending classic Motown and a sprinkle of psychedelic storytelling) with El Obo & Fides.

Okey Dokey. Image: Okey Dokey/Bandcamp

Also Wednesday, get in the pink once again, this time at Babalu Tapas & Tacos, with the Pink Patio Party, 5-9 p.m. You party and the proceeds from all Pink Senorita Cocktails and Pink Parfait dessert sales will be donated to help with breast cancer research for the local chapter of the American Breast Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. There will also be live music by Kerry Thomas, light appetizers and a silent auction on the patio.

Enjoy a lovely lunch break Thursday with Soul Sounds, noon Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church, with “On Wings of Song,” a program featuring soprano Anna Dennery McDonald and pianist Don Messer.

We Slay Soirée, an after-work, casual, happy hour event for all the current and aspiring “badass women, brilliant broads, and girls of grit of Jackson, Mississippi” is tonight at Hal & Mal’s from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.. Speakers include Catherine Gray, Talemieka Brice, Seetha Srinivasan and Rachael Jarman Myers. It’s free.

The Country and Blues Rock for Recovery, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall, raises funds for the McCoy House for Sober Living, featuring Todd Thompson & the Lucky Hand Blues Band. A guest speaker, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction round out the evening at this alcohol-free event. Find tickets, $25, at ardenland.net or dulinghall.com.

Thursday night, a screening of “Boyz N the Hood” at Offbeat, followed by a dialogue with Jackson’s art & culture influencers Coke Bumaye, Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, DJ Young Venom and moderator Rachel James-Terry is 6-9 p.m. DJ Young Venom spins an all-vinyl set, 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday at Fenian’s.

Food Truck Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Smith Park features a Tailgating Showdown and, since it’s Friday the 13th, a spooky twist. Dress in Halloween costume and you just might win a custom candy basket from Unique Kreations. DJ Black supplies the tunes.

Southern rock and red dirt/country is the descriptor for the music of Whiskey Myers, so maybe it’s time to pull on those county boots and scoot over to Duling Hall, 9 p.m. Friday. The Steel Woods open. Tickets are $12 advance at Ardenland.net, $15 at the door.

Whiskey Myers performs Friday at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Jujutsu — Vibes, Anime, Chill, 9 p.m. Friday at Offbeat, showcases hip hop beats, encourages cosplay and costumes, and puts Tokyo Ghoul on the screen in a special kickback hosted by DJ Young Venom and featuring beat sets by DonChe, Judson Wright and MastadOn. It’s free, with donations suggested.

The Courtyard of Highland Village turns Saturday afternoon into a relaxing mix of music and art, 1-5 p.m. Hear tunes from Jack Magee 1-3 p.m., and from Alley Jenkins and Tyler Kemp, 3-5 p.m., and browse local art by Susannah Morse, Tina Loftin, Caroline Warner, Ann Skelton, Sam Thomas and more, part of The Market, a new monthly art pop-up.

Saturday at Offbeat in Midtown, the 7th Annual Art Poetry & Justice SLAM, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, marks National Youth Justice Awareness Month with a display of expressive creative works relating to youth justice and issues at community, home or school. It’s free, with prizes for the best works. It’s free. If you want to participate, register at http://tiny.cc/APJ2017.

Embrace fall’s harvest slant, Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 18-21 at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, with a Pumpkin Adventure, 9 a.m. to noon (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays for Pumpkin Adventure Family Days). Admission is $7 for ages 2 and older. The fun includes a hayride around the grounds, a snack, exploration on the grounds and a pie pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Groups of 10 or more need to make reservations via 601-432-4500 or msagmuseum@mdac.ms.gov.

“Let It Shine! A Visit with Fannie Lou Hamer,” 7 p.m. Monday at New Stage Theatre, is a staged reading of this new play, written and directed by Frank Kuhn and starring Sharon Miles as Hamer. The solo performance piece is part of New Stage Theatre’s new Mississippi Plays Series, part of The Eudora Welty New Plays Series. The reading is free of charge.

Sharon Miles stars in “Let It Shine! A Visit with Fannie Lou Hamer.” Image: New Stage Theatre

Cabaret at Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Monday, brings the Alexander Awards Concert presented by Mississippi Opera. Named for John Alexander, an internationally known operatic tenor from Meridian, the concert showcases winners of the John Alexander Vocal Competition (formerly known as the Voices of Mississippi Competition) that pegs outstanding vocal, opera and musical theater talent in the area. Tickets are $25 on ardenland.net or dulinghall.com. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there’s a cash bar.

Fondrenite Sherry Lucas, a feature writer in Jackson for the last 34 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.