by Sherry Lucas
After the cold snaps we’ve endured, could there be any toastier comfort than a hot bowl of soup? I think not.
Along with my Broadmeadow neighbors, I’ve put knife to cutting board and stock pot to simmer this week to create some nutritious and delicious goodness you can warm up to. The Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association’s Soup’s On! is Saturday, when a variety of soups and breads will be on sale to raise money for annual activities, such as our Fourth of July parade, BlocktoberFeast and more.
It’s $10 a quart ($12 for gumbo, which I’m told is already sold out), and bread’s $5 per loaf/dozen muffins/biscuits, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church. You might want to aim early; some folks already have their pre-orders in.
Get some goodness under your belt to sustain you for this very active weekend ahead!
That hotbed of creative celebration we know as the Mississippi Museum of Art is starting a whole new series. But first off, if you’re reading this in time, catch the 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday talk, “Beneath the Surface of Sam Gilliam’s ‘Red April’” by curator Elizabeth Abston, to learn more about this emotionally charged work by a Mississippi native. It’s free.
“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thalia Mara Hall, brings the top kids toy to theatrical life in a stage show that features musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and more. For tickets, $15-$100, visit ardenland.net.
The Mississippi Museum of Art’s new series — Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series — flickers into action Thursday and Friday (and will continue on the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month) at 6:30 p.m. in the Trustmark Grand Hall, to celebrate cinema and our state. It’s curated and introduced by longtime Mississippi film commissioner Ward Emling and will include a screening, plus panels and interviews to chat about the movies in context. Thursday’s installment is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” with musicologist Scott Barretta and location managers John Reed and Jimmy Woods weighing in. It’s free.
Also Thursday, join #JXNStands and photographer T.J. Legler for Light Portraits, 6-8 p.m. in the Yates Community Room at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Write down what you stand for — value, belief, idea — and become a living monument!
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the film series at the Mississippi Museum of Art comes back with “Thieves Like Us,” the first location filming after the creation of the Mississippi Film Commission. After the screening, stick around for the backstory on the commission in discussions with former film commissioners Walterine Odom and John Horhn. It’s free.
“Steal Away,” Friday through Sunday and Feb. 1-2 at New Stage Theatre’s Warehouse Theatre, is next up in the theater’s Unframed Series. The folktale is a Depression-era farce set in Chicago, about a group of five church ladies who raise funds to send young black women to college by holding bake sales and more. Only, one of these upstanding church ladies has a more ambitious scheme to make some quick bucks! Shows are 7:30 each night; it’s $10 cash or check at the door.
New Orleans-born quintet Stoop Kids brings its psychedelic mix of genres that both toasts and twists classic hip-hop, doo-wop, jazz and surf rock, on a billing shared with quirky indie hip-hop duo Little Stranger, 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall. Tickets to this Stranger Kids Tour are $10.
Florida-born Grand Ole Opry regular and SiriusXM Outlaw Country hostess Elizabeth Cook brings her considerable singer-songwriter chops to Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Saturday. Darrin Bradbury opens. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 at the door.
Join the closing reception for “Parchman — Photography by Kim Rushing,” 6-10 p.m. Friday at And Gallery, 133 Millsaps Ave. Also in Midtown, check out the closing reception for “Finding the Melody 2,” at Jax-Zen Float, 155 Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Friday. And over at Offbeat, 151 Wesley, Jujutsu Vibes, Anime and Chill DBZ edition showcases lo-fi, boom bap hip-hop beats with a $5 cover, giveaways, cosplay and more, hosted by DJ Young Venom.
The Mississippi Blues Marathon gets an early start Saturday at The Art Garden of the Mississippi Museum of Art, with a 6:50 a.m. start for the physically challenged, and a 7 a.m. start for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Relay and Quarter Note racers. Courses take runners through Fondren, LeFleur East, the LeFleur Museum District, Belhaven and more, with music along the way, as well as the start/finish area in The Art Garden. Spectators, there’s plenty to look at on foot, as well as indoors the museum! The Blues Trolley ($10 wristband for non-runners takes care of venue admission) rolls into action for the Saturday night Blues Crawl with stops at Old Capitol Inn, Fenian’s, Ole Tavern on George Street, Marriott, King Edward Hotel, Iron Horse Grill, Hal & Mal’s, Martin’s and One Block East.
Saturday night, if classical music is what it takes to vibrate your strings, find it in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo III concert, “Elgar’s Enigma.” It’s the perfect winter fare, with delight, mystery and nature nudging the imagination and stimulating the soul. The program includes Elgar’s famous “Enigmatic Variations,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams and Prokofiev. Find tickets, $25 and up, at msorchestra.com or 601-960-1565.
Dancer Kathryn Gurtier-Wilson is the visiting artist, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, where she’ll lead a ballet workshop to boost visitors’ knowledge of classical dance vocabulary, coordination, musicality, strength and flexibility. The program’s included with museum admission or membership.
The new exhibit “Conservation Quest” opens Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, with all sorts of key information all about energy and going green. Learn where energy comes from and why it’s important to use it wisely, to protect the planet and promote healthy living. “Conservation Quest” is included with museum admission or membership.
Tuesday night, check out the Jackson Gypsies, an acoustic group playing a blend of flamenco, jazz, samba, bossa nova and Latin-laced American favorites, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kathryn’s in Ridgeland.
Tuesday is Open Mic comedy night at Offbeat, 8-11 p.m., so get ready for games, prizes and fun and funny times.
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.