by Sherry Lucas
I was on the hunt. Kneeling on a creek bank in Columbus and trailing fingers through the sediment, I listened to paleontologist George Phillips and looked for shark teeth. As a novice rock hunter, I busted up a lot of clods and came up with a lot of questions.
I learned a lot that day about ancient shark teeth and fossilized poo (which, thank goodness, was dry as dust and had ceased to stink centuries ago), and I came away with a few sharp teeth, some interesting impressions in rock and the desire to do it again.
It’s fascinating to find traces of the animals that swam or trod millennia before, and what’s even cooler: hearing their stories from an expert. Got some intriguing specimens in your own rock box and fossil stash? Bring them to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Saturday for the Fossil Road Show and expert opinions on age and identification from Phillips, paleontology curator at the museum, and additional experts on hand. You’ll find plenty more fossil fun, besides!
There’s a bunch more to do, see and hear through the weekend. Don’t let anybody tell you different.
In the gallery talk “After the Flood: Hard Times in Mississippi,” 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, curator Jochen Wierich explores John Steuart Curry’s large canvas about relief efforts after the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and artistic responses to the state during crisis.
“Burdens: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Millsaps College is a free and interactive one-hour walk-through play on civil rights for all — the second installment of 2016’s Negro Necropolis, first conceived by Ericka Wheeler. Groups gather at the Millsaps College Leggett Living Room (Campbell College Center) and leave every 10 minutes. The 30-plus-member cast is led by Ayssa Olive. It’s free and open to the public.
Big House Books hosts a book packing party, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday at And Gallery, 133 Millsaps Ave. in Midtown.
The Grammy Award-winning blues rock wonder of Tedeschi Trucks Band led by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi returns to Jackson and Thalia Mara Hall Wednesday night, 7:30 p.m., with tickets $39.50-$69.50 on ticketly.com. Marc Broussard opens.
Sing Your Song 2 Thursday at Duling Hall, is the Greater Jackson Arts Council’s second singer/songwriter contest, pitting 12 finalists in a competition for the $1,000 top prize. Performance of original songs starts at 7 p.m. (VIP reception starts at 6 p.m.), with headliner/celebrity judge Kris Allen of “American Idol” fame in attendance. General admission is $20, VIP is $50; find a link for tickets at greaterjacksonartscouncil.com.
Entrepreneur Quarterly, a “meeting of the tribes,” convenes their inaugural gathering Thursday at Sal & Mookie’s in Fondren. The event, co-presented by Sal & Mookie’s and Mantle. City Club, will be half mix & mingle, half informal panel where representatives from various entrepreneurial groups will give brief introductions as they talk about each organization’s uniqueness and passion for business. Sal & Mookie’s Jeff Good, Fresh Ink’s Elizabeth Upchurch and FLEET Creative’s Roderick Red and more will speak. There’s free food and happy hour bar specials extend throughout the evening.
The Austin duo Hovvdy — Will Taylor and Charlie Martin — delivers frill-free rock, with El Obo, 8 p.m. Thursday at Spacecamp.
Haven Curated Home, 1491 Canton Mart Road Suite 10, welcomes spring with lots of new art from artists Ellen Langford and Rachel Misenar, and a reception 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Two doors down at Canton Mart Square, check out View Gallery, where “At First Blush: An Exploration of Color,” features works by Ann Seale, Lee Malouf and Ali Stayer with a Thursday reception and showing.
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum hosts Anna Jackson, basketball coach and Class of 2019 Hall of Famer, for Women in Sports Day. Female students, teams, teachers, educators and coaches are invited to this special field trip event. Reservations are required and group admission rates apply. Space is limited.
“NOW: The Call and Look of Freedom,” an art exhibition opening Friday at Tougaloo Art Gallery commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1960s rally cry “Freedom Now.” It focuses on the visual arts expression of the urgency, self-determination and hope of the African-American liberation movement. This first inaugural exhibition of the Arts & Civil Rights Initiative draws from Tougaloo, Mississippi Museum of Art and private collections and includes works by Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Betye Saar, Ernest Withers and more.
Pop by Fondren Guitars, 5:30 p.m. Friday for a fun, free and family-friendly event as Fondren Guitars Student Rock Band performs live in concert, in a three-set showcase of the top talent, inside Fondren School of Music at Fondren Underground (basement level of Fondren Corner, below Rooster’s).
The Village Social, 7 p.m. Friday at Highland Village, puts a green spin on Trivia Night with a St. Paddy’s Day theme. Wear green, team up (six-person max) and come to play for prizes ranging from first and second place to best team name and most spirited. We’ll be there, too, with copies of our inaugural issue of Explore Lefleur® Magazine (and earlier in the day at Whole Foods).
Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, promises a silly day to cook, craft, laugh and learn about the beloved author. The fun is included with general admission and museum membership.
Cathead hosts “The First Boil” Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. The Epic Funk Brass band performs from 2-6 p.m., beers flow courtesy of Abita Brewing Company, and Crawfish is from Sal & Phil’s. This is a kid and pet friendly event.
Americana/blues rock singer-songwriter Grayson Capps, lauded for the authentic character of his songs and music, returns to Duling Hall Friday night where you can hear songs from his new solo album, “Scarlett Roses” and more. Cary Hudson is a perfect match to open for this highly listenable show. Hear it at 8 p.m. Friday (7 p.m.) door; tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.
Rock on in the oldest and most literal sense at Saturday’s Fossil Road Show at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your fossil discoveries to the museum for expert opinions about their ages and identities, plus enjoy collector displays, talks, exhibitors, hands-on activities, “fossil digs,” a scavenger hunt and more. Get a good look at the museum’s fossil collection while you’re there, create fossil art and get inspired to learn more about the earth’s history that’s right under your feet! The Fossil Road Show activities are included in regular museum admission — $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth ages 3-18 and free for museum members.
Saturday night at Duling Hall, The Woodland delivers its blend of folk, pop country and rock’n’roll for a good ol’ good time, 9 p.m., with alt-pop/rock JSCO and Seth Power at the outset. Tickets are $7 advance (ardenland.net) and $10 at the door.
Sing for our City: A Choral Celebration presents the stellar voices of the Metro Male Chorus of Jackson and special guests the Murrah High School Singers in a concert of choral music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church sanctuary, as a benefit for the Refill Cafe workforce training community project. Admission is $20 at the door, $5 for students. Drop by Bravo, Broad Street or Sal & Mookie’s for dinner beforehand and mention you’re headed to the Refill Cafe Concert, for a discount.
Cozy up to the blues at Underground 119, where Thomas Lovett Trio hits the spot Thursday, Chris Gill & The Sole Shakers shake things up Friday night, and Grady Champion commands the stage Saturday night.
Delight in the musical charm of Bill & Temperance, 7 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s. Saturday, Thomas Jackson entertains with Americana, and Blue Monday on Monday night ($5 cover) celebrates iconic blues. Tuesday night, it’s back to jazz with Raphael Semmes and equally talented friends.
The 10th annual Cars Under the Stars, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, is a vintage car show that raises funds through donations to a scholarship fund through the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Educational Foundation.
At Art and Coffee: “Wake Up & Sing” Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art, spoken-word artist Monica Atkins and civil rights movement activist Hollis Watkins leads an interactive tour of the galleries, punctuated by performances in inspired by specific works in “Picturing Mississippi,” culminating in singing contemporary and traditional freedom songs in the gallery of “White Gold.”
The 2018 Young, Gifted & Empowered Awards, 5:45-10 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Preparatory School, honors arts, business, philanthropy, education, innovation and leadership champions ages 25-45. Similar to the NAACP Image Awards, the event honors the state’s progressive young African Americans.
Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, Millsaps geosciences professor Stan Galicki and Mississippi State professor Darrel Schmitz lecture MSU professor lecture on “The Roadside Geology of Mississippi,” noon to 1 p.m. Their book by the same title unearthed the state’s buried stories in road logs from one end of the state to the other.
“Take It Down Mississippi!” at noon Tuesday at the Mississippi State Capitol welcomes the public to join the rally on the south steps (facing Mississippi Street), with speakers and performers, to urge state leaders to change the Mississippi state flag.
TuesdayTALKS: Let’s Talk Wakanda, “Black Panther” & Black America, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Kundi Compound, discusses the blockbuster film and its impact. It’s free and open to the public.
Music in the City, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features the music of Eastern Europe performed by violinist Milena Rusanova and pianist John Paul. The cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m.
Next Wednesday, March 7, “Motown The Musical,” highlights the Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from boxer to music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more, 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. A few seats were left at last check, $80 on ticketmaster.com.
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.