by Sherry Lucas
Decades have passed since those Motown classics claimed the top of the charts, but the time in-between hasn’t diminished their shine one bit. They’re hanging out in some nostalgic corner of your brain, just waiting for the first few notes to yank them right back into the spotlight. Just try to not to sing and sway along. I dare ya.
Those diva anthems, Motown to R&B, Supremes to Donna Summer, reign again this weekend when the vocal quartet Radiance joins the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in a Pops concert Saturday night.
Mississippi’s got a historical stake in that music, of course, from Greenville native and original Supreme Mary Wilson (who was back here in 2014 to entertain at the State Fair!) to Gore Springs native, Motown session guitarist and one of the main architects of the Motown sound Eddie “Chank” Willis (honored with a Governor’s Arts Award in 2013).
Think about that when you get your groove on! Then, enjoy the heck out of the fact that a whole bunch of Mississippi musicians in that orchestra are supplying the power pops for the night!
Beyond that, have a Super weekend, Bowl-wise and more.
First Thursday Book Talks, 11:45 a.m. Thursday at St. James Episcopal, focuses on Carter Dalton Lyon’s “Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign,” and its unique perspective of how a church community and individual churches reacted to civil rights activists and the movement. The lunch buffet is $10; call 601-982-4880 to reserve a seat.
Happy Hour at The Flamingo, 4 p.m. Thursday, greets the weekend with beer specials and music.
Overcome FAT — Fears Affecting Transformation — and start with Thursday’s The F.A.T. Lineup, 6 p.m. at St. Dominic Hospital Auditorium. The lineup involves local pros, such as cartoonist and radio host Marshall Ramsey, restaurateurs Jeff E. Good and Chef Blumenthal, media maven Dawn Dugle and fitness pro Paul Lacoste who target issues of health, attitude, motivation and becoming your best self. The event is free. Parking is in the back of the hospital and the auditorium is on the basement level.
The Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards announcement and reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m Thursday at Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center recognizes some of Jackson’s most progressive young professionals and provides a prime time to network. Join Patty Peck Honda, Savvy Lifestyle Magazine, the Jackson Professional Group and NAACP Jackson chapter at this free event.
A Thursday night reception for artists Diane Williams and Kira Cummings and their art at the Samuel Marshall Gore Gallery at Mississippi College in Clinton, 6-8 p.m., features music by Mack & Armstrong — Nellie Mac and Caleb Armstrong. Friday, drop back by for a Brown Bag Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Diane Williams’ talk, “The Historic Journey of the African American Quilter. The exhibition remains on display through Feb. 23.
The Village Social, Trivia Night, returns to Highland Village Friday at 7 p.m. The theme is “love,” what with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Snag a free craft beer or pop from Deep South Pops. And just to be clear, this is an adults-only evening.
What could be sweeter than “Love and Donuts,” an art show of work by Will Brooks, with an opening reception 6:30-10 p.m. Friday at Jax-Zen Float, 155 Wesley Ave.
Friday night, slip and sip back to Prohibition-era fun at the Phoenix Club’s 10th annual Speakeasy Soiree, 8 p.m to midnight at The Ice House Venue, 251 W. South St., where music by Compozitionz — Motown to pop hits — plus tasty food and drink from the area’s top restaurant and beverage providers celebrates the Roaring Twenties. All-inclusive tickets are $55 online (eventbrite.com or via Venmo @PhoenixClubofJackson) or $65 at the door. Keep up with the fun at an official after party at the Ole Tavern on George Street, beginning shortly after midnight. In the meantime, flapper dresses and Gatsby getup are the way to go, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.
Art and Coffee, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art inside the galleries of “White Gold: Thomas Sayre,” will be a chance to share reactions about the complexities and symbolism of cotton, along with coffee and pastries. It’s free.
So You Think You Can Fish? Fishing seminars 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will nudge the knowledge of beginners and seasoned pros closer to the expert level with information and activities for fishermen and families. On-hook: an introduction to family fishing; using technology to fish; touch tank; aquarium tours; crafts, casting and baiting lessons and more. Food will be available for purchase. The fun is included with museum admission.
Get an earful at Afternoon Vinyl, 2 p.m. Saturday at Cups, an Espresso Cafe, in Fondren, with vinyl selections from barista Maddie Mcpherson.
The Disco Stranglers, an Eagles Tribute Band brings those beloved hits to the Duling Hall stage, 8 p.m Saturday. The band opens with selected songs from the Eagles’ first four albums, and after intermission shares the entire “Hotel California” album. Tickets are $20.
Stop in the name of love and bask in the glow of Radiance Saturday night at Thalia Mara Hall. The Las Vegas-based vocal quartet channels the ladies of Motown and R&B, 1960s through 1990s, with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra leading the musical way in this snappy Pops concert. Hear hits by The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and more, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For tickets, $20 and up, visit msorchestra.com or call 601-960-1565.
A Souper Bowl Lunch, 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, is a chance to share your favorite homemade soup and help bag meals for the Society of St. Andrew (SoSA) to help fight food insecurity. It’s free; donations to SoSA are welcome.
At the Mississippi Ag Museum, the Salvation Army hosts their annual SOUPer Bowl 2018. Diners get a Mustard Seed created bowl. Fill it with unlimited soup and enjoy desserts and other restaurant goodies from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids ten and under.
Scouting for a Super Bowl Party? Lucky Town Brewing Company can supply the sips, with a Super Bowl Party 4-11 p.m. on Sunday. They don’t serve food, but you can bring your own, they say.
And if you need more big game festivities, Hops & Habanas has the cure with a Super Bowl Bash beginning at 5:30 p.m. Prices begin at $20 with a buffet included. A VIP experience ticket is $45 and reservations are required.
Get your talons out or your tricorns on, depending on your loyalty, for Super Bowl Sunday — the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots. Chips and dip and Justin Timberlake work for all teams, right?
Jay Farrar Duo (Son Volt), accompanied by Gary Hunt on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and backing vocals, brings the musical best to Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Andrew Duplantis opens. It’s $20 advance (ardenland.net), $25 at the door for this seated, general admission show.
More than one singular sensation grabs the spotlight as a string of Broadway gypsies share their stories, songs and dance in the musical “A Chorus Line,” as the tour comes to Jackson and Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $35 to $70-plus, on ticketmaster.com.
Music in the City, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features harpsichordist John Paul performing compositions by Henry Purcell and Jean Philippe Rameau. It’s free, and donations are welcome; the cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m.
See performances of “The Dance of Egypt: The Story of Moses,” presented by Montage Theatre of Dance, 7 p.m. Tuesday through Feb. 8 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Hinds Community College Raymond campus, and 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at Thalia Mara Hall.
Bend & Brew comes to the Highland Village courtyard Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a group workout and, as the name implies, a free craft beer after from Deep South Pops.
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 email@example.com.