by Sherry Lucas
Chances are, if you’ve got any kind of community consciousness you already buying local. Are you listening local, too?
The principle is the same, and when you throw your support behind the creative process going on all around you, the payoff is enormous, meaningful and beneficial for all. You get the inside track. You make cool new friends. And you contribute to nurturing the creativity that helps make this a place you want to stay.
Jackson Indie Music Week’s third annual celebration of central Mississippi’s independent music scene with concerts, showcases , panels and parties strikes the opening notes Sunday and continues with a week’s worth of spotlights on rock, hip hop, EDM, blues and independent film and video.
We’re the birthplace of America’s music, sure. And, that baby continues to grow. Make sure you show it some love.
Held over by popular demand, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” continues its musical enchantment at New Stage Theatre with performances through Jan. 14. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Jan. 12-13, 2 p.m. Saturday and Jan. 14. Tickets for the holiday musical are $35 adults, $28 seniors, students and military at newstagetheatre.com or 601-948-3533.
Ease into 2018 with a Thursday night show at Martin’s by Clinton indie rock band Fides with Schaefer Llana and Sage Boy, 8 p.m.
Fly by The Flamingo, 3011 N. State St., Thursday for Happy Hour, 4 p.m., with PBR and Miller Lite specials, music and more.
Witness the explosive action and drama of live wrestling Saturday with WWE Live, 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum, where featured superstars take to the ring and wrestle mightily for a win. Find tickets, $15 to $95-plus, on ticketmaster.com or the Mississippi Coliseum.
Singer-songwriter Todd Snider, who spins his own special blend of Americana, alt-country and folk, brings that appealing combo back to Jackson, 8 p.m. Friday for a seated show at Duling Hall. Tickets, general admission, are $25 advance (ardenland.net), $30 day of show; doors open at 7 p.m. Rorey Carroll opens. Call 601-292-7121 before the show for reserved table info.
The art exhibition “Introspection Closing,” 6-8 p.m. Friday at Sanaa Gallery, 5846 Ridgewood Road, showcases the work of Kira Cummings, Lesley F. Collins and Ariss King.
Blow it out Friday night at Martin’s when the incredible Southern Komfort Brass Band brings the best in brass to the stage. Music cranks up at 10 p.m.
At Hal & Mal’s, Swing de Paris entertains with gypsy jazz Friday night.
Black Jacket Symphony presents Led Zeppelin IV, 8 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall, bringing the unique concert experience back to Jackson. Handpicked musicians perform a selected album in its entirety, in true symphonic form, an follows that with a set of greatest hits, with a light display to boot. Tickets are $25-$35; all seats are reserved. The show is part of the BankPlus Concert Series.
Find vroom with a view Saturday and Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart and the State Fairgrounds, as the BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza rolls back into the spotlight. Mississippi’s premier auto show boasts more than 175 radical custom, race and performance cars vying for more than 100 awards, including a Best of Show trophy that tops 7 feet! Outlaw Drivers from across the South, a new Mississippi Builders Showcase and more will rev the engines of auto fans. This 30th annual show features six-time World Champion and current NHRA Top Fuel Driver Clay Millican, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Get free kids passes at all BankPlus locations.
Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, find out more about orthopedics, bone health and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also, the Know to Grow, 11 a.m. Saturday, shares a garden-related story and hands-on fun that helps children learn more about the natural world.
Jackson Indie Music Week 2018 kicks off Sunday and plays straight through Jan. 14 with multiple events daily to tap into the big vat of creativity that’s cranking out some of the region’s best. Get your JIMWeek All-Event Pass ($50) or Day Pass ($25) at eventbrite.com. With events downtown and in Midtown, Belhaven and Fondren, you won’t have to travel far for any of it! JIM Week’s official kickoff party, 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, 1710 N. Mill St., features Magnolia Bayou and Ray Kincaid; it’s a great, and free, start to the best week Jackson hears every year. Also Sunday, check out the NOISE — Creative Music Series with Brad Webb Making Faces (New Orleans), 8 p.m.-until at AND Gallery.
Join Monday Night Vibes ($10 door, or included in JIMWeek all-event pass) is 7-10 p.m. Monday at CS’s, with Seth Power, Timaal Bradford and Betzenzo. And over at Space Camp, 8-11 p.m., Space Rocks! with Die with Nature, Kicking and The Hero and a Monster ($10 door, or included with JIMWeek all-events pass).
Keep the tunes coming Tuesday with the Many Moons Panel, 6-7 p.m. at Underground 119, with featured panelists Y101’s Charlie Buchwald and Experience JXN’s Yolanda Singleton plus a special presentation by JIMWeek alum Krystal Jackson (free). The Many Moons: Women’s Showcase, 8-10 p.m. at Underground 119 ($10, or included with JIMWeek All-Event Pass), enjoy a stellar all-woman lineup featuring Touya Modi, Krystal Gem, Ariel Blackwell and Vitamin Cea. The remaining week’s schedule – coming next week in The Mix and online now at jxnindiemusic.com.
Dig into a new set of Unburied Treasure programs at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday as the focus turns on William Aiken Walker’s painting, “A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi, considering visualizations of cotton through images such as that one, as well as through writers’ words. It’s free and open to the public.
Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional events, see our online events calendar here. Reach Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.