by Sherry Lucas
It was a cold night, and I was bundled up, making my way to the balcony at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts for Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Mozart by Candlelight.”
The venue was packed and the atmosphere was warmed not only by the hundreds of candles but also by the camaraderie of music lovers gearing up for something special. And that, it was — an all-Mozart evening, with the ambiance of how the music was first enjoyed.
The concert has been a success for MSO, and Saturday night, it’s not only back in Jackson this weekend, but also traveling to Brookhaven (Friday, Haven Theater) and Vicksburg (Sunday, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church).
Catch it if you can. Beautiful music awaits.
Catch up, too, on the indie music around town as Jackson Indie Music Week keeps rocking, rolling, rapping and more.
Hear more about the life and legacy of fashion designer Patrick Kelly at a talk 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, where some of Kelly’s works are on display in the bicentennial exhibition, “Picturing Mississippi: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise.” Shon McCarthy, director of Jackson State University Art Galleries discusses Kelly’s work and rise to fame in the 1980s.
Jackson Indie Music Week continues Wednesday at Hal & Mal’s, as Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town presents Blender, a mashup of emcees and bands, 7-9:30 p.m. It’s $10 at the door (or included with a JIMWeek All-Event Pass on eventbrite.com). Featured there: Jason Daniels, El.I.Be, Young Jewelz and Stonewalls.
Also, check out the JIM Week fun at Martin’s, 8-11 p.m., Wednesday where Bad Magic, Dev Maccc and Dream Cult are featured. It’s $10 (or included with JIM Week pass).
Stay in the neighborhood, and wander over, too, to One Block East, 9 p.m. Wednesday to midnight, to hear Clouds & Crayons, Flywalker and James Hoya. It’s $10 or use that JIM Week pass.
Shop Whole Foods Thursday for their 5% Community Giving Day. Five percent of your purchase goes to local effort, Refill Café, a non-profit workforce development restaurant to be located in the heart of the west Jackson community at the former Koinonia Coffee House on the Jackson State University Parkway.
The third annual Jackson Indie Music Week ICON Awards, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall, honors trailblazers of the city’s music landscape who’ve paved the way for current artists. Among those in the spotlight: WJMI’s Stan Branson; Malaco Music Group’s Tommy Couch Sr.; singer Jewel Bass-Thomas and band The Windbreakers (Tim Lee and Bobby Sutliff). There will be a special presentation for DJ/Engineer Ryan Montgomery. Chad Wesley and Akami Graham are the hosts. It’s $10 (or get in with the JIM Week pass). From 8-11 p.m. Thursday, the draw is R&B Live at Duling Hall, hosted by Merc B. Williams and featuring Taurean La’Del, Stephanie Luckett, Cooper Deniro, Y’Marii and Compozitionz.
More on the JIM Week scene: The Sneaky Showcase, 7 p.m. Thursday, features Betsy Berryhill, Brynn Corbello and Ben Ricketts. That’s free, and so is Bass & Beer at Hops & Habanas Fondren, with a special guest DJ, beer tasting and fun music.
Feel the blues Thursday night at Underground 119 with Chris Gill leading the honors. Later in the week, catch Anessa Hampton Friday night and Stevie J Saturday night.
The arts and theatrics of Chinese expression — classical Chinese dance, orchestral works, costumes and effects — come to colorful life on the stage at Thalia Mara Hall Thursday night as Shen Yun comes to Jackson, conjuring up the ancient civilization once known as the “Land of the Divine.” The show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $90-$100 on ticketmaster.com.
The 50th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation, 10 a.m. Friday at Jackson State University’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, features keynote speaker, civil rights activist and scholar Joyce Ladner.
Friday, catch the Podcaster’s Roundtable, 5-8 p.m. at Podastery Studios, 121 N. State St., where The Roguish Gent, Comprehensive Beatdown, Token Talk and Let’s Talk JXN podcasters chat with artists, locals and fans, and featuring Jason Mathena with Skratchin’ Jackson & 5th Child. That one’s free.
The Culture Concert, 8-11 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s, features James Crow, Marcel P. Black, Coke Bumaye and Alfred Banks. It’s $10, or get in with your JIM Week pass.
Friday, Guitar Center presents Fusion at Fenian’s Pub, 9 p.m. to midnight, with an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters, rock and funk, featuring Cody Rogers, Calligraphy X, Dazz & Brie and Bark. It’s free.
Elvis is in the building — spirit-wise, at least — 7:30 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, an award-winning Elvis tribute artist Victor Trevino Jr. stars in “The King of Rock and Roll.” The show is part of Mississippi Opera’s Cabaret at Duling Hall series. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students and active military); call 601-960-2300 for ticket availability.
In honor of the National Day of Racial Healing, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation is providing free admission to the Two Mississippi Museums Saturday, January 13, through Tuesday, January 16.
Mozart by Candlelight brings a warm glow to the composer’s brilliant music, brought to rich life by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m Saturday at the Belhaven University Center for the Performing Arts. Hear Mozart’s overture to “Don Giovani,” his “Serenata Notturna,”“Symphony No. 21” (written when he was just 18!), “Concerto for Bassoon” featuring MSO principal bassoonist Jon Wenberg and “Symphony No. 31 ‘Paris.’” This concert is the second MSO’s Intimate Classics Chamber Series. Tickets are $19 adults and $5 students (with a paying adult) at msorchestra.com or 601-960-1565.
The MLK Weekend Youth Symposium, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lyceum at Jackson Preparatory Academy, includes roundtable discussions and workshops led by city student/youth leaders on organizing, critical literacy, strategizing and the development of a “Future Jackson” platform, as well as a cultural/creative exchange/exhibition.
Saturday at Offbeat in Midtown, 5th Child presents the Beat Sale, noon to 3 p.m. Catch the Music Video Showcase, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at The Reclaimed Miles, 140 Wesley Ave. ($5 or included with JIM Week pass). From 3-5 p.m., listen in on the Do the Knowledge Panel at Kundi Compound, with featured panelists Kamel King, Jeffrey Graves, Ron Carbo, And the Echo, Scrap Dirty and DJ Finesse ($5 or entry via JIM Week pass). Wrap up the day and night at an EDM Party, 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium, featuring DJ Scrap Dirty, DJ URI, DJ Cadillac, DJ Tam, DJ Libra, The Jezereck, DJ Look, Tricky Jr. and Rob Roy.
Saturday night at Offbeat, Youth Art Poetry & Justice Slam, 6-8 p.m., with free entry and participation, targets middle-schoolers through college-age youth with the invitation to check it out and participate.
Saturday, humorist and motivational speaker Jeanne Robertson takes the mic, 8 p.m. Saturday at City Hall Live in Brandon. Tickets are $33-$63; find links on ardenland.net.
On Sunday, the Gospel Brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Iron Horse Grill, cooks up a blessed mix of grub and gospel, featuring Robert James Starr (free entry).
Find Java ’N Jam 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Cups Fondren, with D.As.F., Lisbon Deaths, Codetta South and Koolkid Ridge.
Then wrap up the whole, incredible Jackson Indie Music Week with the 2018 JIM Wrap Party, 8-10 p.m. Sunday at The Flamingo (entry included with JIM Week All-Event Pass), featuring Empty Atlas.
Millsaps College and Tougaloo students mark Martin Luther King Day Monday with Tougaloo College hosting its annual MLK Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the Kroger Gymnasium at Tougaloo.
Tuesday, hear Jackson’s favorite baritone sing up a storm at Millsaps College, when James Martin and Lynn Raley perform the music of Mississippi’s maverick musicians, with guests Barry Leach, Steve Kincaid and Jason Mathena. The show commemorates the new Museum of Mississippi History, so selections cover a broad swath across the past, taking in William Grant Still, Milton Babbitt, John Luther Adams, Samuel Jones, Robert Johnson and B.B. King, plus nods to Elvis Presley and Broadway’s Lehman Engel. The concert’s at 7 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Complex Recital Hall; it’s $10.
Also Tuesday, a guest lecture by University of Mississippi anthropology professor Robbie Etheridge explores the topic “Before Mississippi Was a State: A Brief History of Native Peoples,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art. It’s free.
Through Jan. 17, the Fondren Corner Glass House Book Drive is taking donations for Big House Books, the nonprofit providing books to Mississippians in prison and juvenile detention centers. The aim is to fill it to the top before the drive is up, and you can enter a drawing for a Southern Carnival Glass Bird from Spirit House Glass when you make your drop-off (winner announced Jan. 18).
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.