by Sherry Lucas
Daffodils are poking their friendly faces up from the ground and trumpeting the arrival of spring, but don’t be fooled. I’m betting we still have some more chills ahead.
But for the moment, embrace the color they bring and use it to perk up your spirits and the weekend ahead, where a batch of cool, colorful stuff on stage and screen puts an even bigger bloom on the days ahead.
Kick up your pre-spring heels at any number of Duling Hall shows clear into next week, for instance, as roots-rocking flavor brings the great music home to roost. Revel in it!
Barrelhouse’s first birthday celebration continues this week. Find Whiskey Wednesday with Four Roses on Wednesday, National Margarita Day with Espolon Tequila on Thursday and the Birthday Bash with Cathead & music from The Lovett Brothers.
History Is Lunch, noon Wednesday at the Two Mississippi Museums, 222 North St., presents Max Grivno with his program “The Last Slave: Sylvester Magee in History and Memory.” The program, in the auditorium between the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum — is free.
This weekend marks your final chance to catch “Silent Sky” at New Stage Theatre, about early 20th-century female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, while grappling with the earthly obligations of the era. The production’s generating great buzz for this work by playwright Lauren Gunderson in the hands of an on-point ensemble cast and crew. Performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, $30 adults and $25 seniors/students, visit the New Stage box office or newstagetheatre.com or call 601-948-3531.
Fiery young Memphis quintet Southern Avenue sparks the Duling Hall stage with their spirit, dynamic energy and unique blend of gospel-tinged roots and blues music with seasoned soul. The show’s at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net), $15 day of show.
And Gallery’s Black History Month Documentary Film Series continues Thursday with an 8 p.m. screening of “Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon,” a 1982 doc of the Nigerian musician/activist at his peak that’ll be followed by a discussion. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; it’s $5 at the door and free for gallery members.
HRC Mississippi Pop Trivia, 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Fenian’s Pub, tests your wit and knowledge, as teams of up to six folks each compete through several rounds. Tickets, $5 per person, include a one-year membership to HRC.
Southern rock’n’roll stalwarts and Georgia Music Hall of Famers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ pull into Duling Hall Friday night with the music we know and love, plus more. Singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Travis Linville opens. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 day of show.
The Moving Images in Mississippi Bicentennial Film Series continues Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art with “LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Millsaps College educators Demitrius Brown and Kia Smith will be on hand to discuss the challenges of life in the Mississippi Delta. It’s free.
Friday night, the Moving Images film series is back with “The Help” based on Kathryn Stockett’s best seller and directed by Tate Taylor, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Prior to the screening, Bill Crump, who became the link and guide for the film company’s “invasion” in Greenwood on location, will talk about the filming and the movie’s continuing impact. The event’s free.
Rap artist Dono Vegas performs live Friday at the Flamingo, bringing the lyrics, energy and vocal and music backing with the goal of recreating the vibe of the MTV Unplugged with Jay Z show.
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber III: “All Strings” concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Millsaps College’s Ford Academic Complex, shares the shimmering sounds of Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite” and Luigi Boccherini’s colorful and evocative “Night Music from the Streets of Madrid.” The evening also includes Christopher Cerrone’s “High Windows” concerto and Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul Suite.” These intimate classics will wrap you in beautiful music. Get tickets, $19 adults/$5 students, at msorchestra.com, 601-960-1565 or at the Ford Academic Complex box office the evening of the concert (an hour prior to its start).
The Grammy, gospel and NAACP Image award-winning pair David and Tamela Mann light up Thalia Mara Hall, 7 p.m. Saturday, with their concert/comedy show/family experience. For tickets, $35-$55, visit ticketmaster.com.
The Jackson Africana Music and Dance Symposium Saturday and Sunday at Jackson State University features panel discussions and breakout sessions on African music on the continent and in the diaspora, in community drum and dance classes, drum circles and more. Nzinga Metzger will deliver the keynote address. Panels are free and open to the public. On Sunday, Weedie Braimah leads a drum workshop, Metzger leads a dance workshop and there will also be workshops on waist bead making and an African market. Workshops on Sunday are $15 or two or more for $10 each. For more details, message the JSU African Drum and Dance Ensemble on Facebook. Activities are concentrated in the F.D. Hall Music Center’s Jimmie James Recital Hall at JSU.
Saturday at Banner Hall gets a fun start at 10 a.m. with Dr. Seuss’s Super-Dee-Dooper Bus Tour, a free interactive exhibit plus a chance to take photos with The Cat in the Hat. Signings at Lemuria Books keep the fun going, highlighting “Hidden History of Jackson” by Josh Foreman and Ryan Starrett at 1 p.m. (with the strange truth of the father of Jackson, Louis LeFleur even!) and at 4 p.m., a signing and reading of “Mr. Honeycut” by Lottie Boggan.
Wake up call: the Brew School’s Coffee Basics Class and Cupping series continues at Cups in Fondren, with Saturday’s hands-on workshop to cover Chemex brewing and beehouse drip brewing, at 11 a.m. Find tickets, $25, on brownpapertickets.com.
Sunflower County Freedom Project students present the play “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” by Lynn Nottage, 2 p.m. Saturday at the COFO Civil Rights Education Center at JSU. The performance is free and open to the public.
The 10th annual Parm Crack, 1 p.m. Saturday at Whole Foods, marks the market’s 10th-anniversary celebration of Parmigiano-Reggiano — “the king of cheese” — by simultaneously cracking 80-pound wheels of the goodness at all its stores. Cracking’s at 2 p.m., but drop by early for the party and Parm dish sampling. Tuesday at 6 p.m., Heart Healthy Night with Dr. Billie King (Armstrong King Chiropractic and Wellness Center) discusses the impact weight has on the heart.
Roots-rock songwriter and performer Paul Thorn checks back in with his many area fans with a Saturday night show at Duling Hall. His latest albums is “Too Blessed to Be Stressed” so ease into this show and soak up that Thorn appeal. Heart Society opens with folk/soul rock’n’roll, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30 advance (ardenland.net), $35 day of show.
Jujutsu Vibes, Anime, Chill: Dilla Days & Nujabes Nights is 8 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat, celebrating the music of J Dill and Nujabes.
Hops & Habanas at 2771 Old Canton Road in Fondren, hosts Audience Control February edition to kick off the 2018 season, 8-10 p.m. Saturday with headliner Aisha R. Myers from Hattiesburg. Sika Noxolo hosts and Spre Belafonte supplies the sounds. Follow the Audience Control Jxn page of Facebook to learn more.
Get your black fishnet fix and all that jazz Monday night, when “Chicago — The Musical” comes to Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. The satire uses jazz, sexy threads and slinky moves in the Bob Fosse style for its tale of sin and the celebrity criminal culture in Prohibition-era Chicago. Find tickets, $40-$75, at ticketmaster.com.
Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton, on tour in support of his “Mixtape of the Open Road,” lands at Duling Hall Tuesday with his signature blend of soul, gospel, country, rock, blues and R&B and dynamic live show. Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart open for the 7:30 p.m. show. It’s $25 advance (ardenland.net) and $30 the day of the show.
Also Tuesday, drop in on the always-fab Dinner, Drinks and Jazz with Raphael Semmes, 6-9 p.m. in the dining room at Hal & Mal’s. He takes the stage with fellow, favorite local musicians and the result is a reliable treat!
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.