By Sherry Lucas
This made me laugh, from “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update: Michael Che’s joke, “March is Women’s History Month. Because March is the only month that tells you what to do.”
As anyone in Jackson knows, you can hold onto your actual marching for another week, saving up for Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival March 17. Or you could get out on the town and, you know, practice.
March yourself out to any number of cool goings-on, with some stellar picks on the music, art and attractions front.
Get into a Grown Groove, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Lounge 114 Jxn, 105 Capitol St., as Poetry and Jazz with Amanda Furdge sets the tone to wine down your Wednesday. Smooth jazz sounds by DJ Chris joins forces with poetry pieces from Furdge and guest poets, plus drink and snack specials. There’s a $5 cover after 8 p.m.
Free music keeps the dining room rocking at Hal & Mal’s this week, with: Spencer Thomas & Marie Danielle’s earthy folk and alt-country, indie rock, 7 p.m. Wednesday; bluegrass, folk and more from the D’Lo Trio, 7 p.m. Thursday; and Southern blues from Johnnie B & Iretta Sanders, 7 p.m. Friday; blues hosted by the Central Mississippi Blues Society, 7 p.m. Monday ($5 cover); and jazz with the incomparable Raphael Semmes and friends, 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“Timeless: The Sculpture Work of Robert Crowell” opens with Thursday at the Arts Center of Mississippi with a 5-8 p.m. reception. The extensive exhibition of about 50 works fills the Arts Center galleries, with additional sculptures in the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The show remains on display through May.
Explore the fantastical landscapes of “Peaceable Kingdoms,” a new body of work by artist Noah Saterstrom, at a 5-7 p.m. Thursday opening reception at Fischer Galleries. Raised in Mississippi and educated at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art, Saterstrom’s also has a work, “Road to Shubuta,” in the current bicentennial exhibition “Picturing Mississippi” at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Stop by for Happy Hour at The Flamingo, 4 p.m. Thursday, for beer specials and special music.
Join the Nugget League of Mayhem (NLM) Thursday at 6 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Brew Pub for some music and fun with March Into March as they kick off the countdown to Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade and Festival 2018 and raise funds for Batson Children’s Hospital ICU. Sound Wagon plays live for a $10 donation/cover at thedoor.. Capes and tiaras optional.
Main Street Clinton rolls out the brick streets for an every second Thursday “Olde Towne After Hours.” It’s a perfectly walkable strip of shops and restaurants, even a bakery and pop shop. It’s from 6-8 p.m.
Food Truck Friday returns to the newly renovated Smith Park on Friday, presented by the Greater Jackson Arts Council. Grab some delicious grub for lunch from Grant’s Kitchen, Lurny D’s, The Manship and several others. Food trucks will be set up along Amite Street between West and Congress as the park is not quite opened yet.
Science Makers, 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, celebrates the women and minorities making a difference in scientific exploration, showcasing hands-on STEM activities that spark curiosity about the opportunities ahead. It’s included with museum admission (discounts for school/educational groups of 10-plus).
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) of Central Mississippi hosts a monthly movie night with dinner and discussion, 6-9 p.m. Friday at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, 4436 N. State St. It’s a chance to learn about SURJ, and discuss the film “An Ordinary Hero,” about civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and connect with others interested in anti-racist work in Jackson.
Friday night’s concert by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires with 5th Child at Martin’s continues the series of musical celebrations of social justice and civil rights, sponsored by the ACLU of Mississippi. The music rocks, 9 p.m to 1 a.m.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and performer Nnamdi Ogbonnaya combines hip-hop, experimental rock, gospel and jazz for a unique solo styling that he brings to Spacecamp, 8 p.m. Friday, with Flywalker. Find tickets, $7, on eventbrite.co.
Artist Rachel Livedalen’s exhibition “I Love Everything” a site-specific installation with works on paper at And Gallery (133 Millsaps Ave.), combines classic Greco-Roman sculpture with playful colors and patterns for a study of perceptions of femininity and girlhood. The opening reception is 7-10 p.m. Friday, with a gallery talk by Livedalen 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Hey hun, how you DOIN’?! Comedian Darren Knight aka Southern Momma, who has racked up more than 2 million fans and a string of sellout shows, brings that casserole dish full of redneck funny to the stage at Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 Saturday night, with his “Southern Momma an ‘Em” tour. Tickets are $26-$29 on ticketmaster.com.
Get your tails in gear Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, where the Sippin’ Saturday Concert Series includes crawfish as well as tunes. It’s 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, with live music by Brother Oliver and crawfish from Sal & Phil’s Seafood & Lounge. The music kicks up around 2:30 p.m. Get your taste buds in gear, too, for the release of a test batch of Lucky Town Light Lager.
The Coffee Basics series continues at Cups in Fondren, with Home Espresso Basics, 11 a.m. Saturday, with a hands-on approach that covers grinding, dosing, tamping and extraction. It’s $25 on brownpapertickets.com.
A Plant-based Potluck, noon Saturday at the High Noon Cafe, is a chance to show off your cooking chops and swap tips. Bring a favorite vegan dish to share and enjoy. Stick around till 2 p.m. Saturday at Rainbow Co-op for Let’s Talk About Herbs with Christy, and demos on making tinctures, oils and teas.
Critically acclaimed Nashville-based singer-songwriter Liza Anne, whose single “Paranoia” generated buzz, plays Saturday night in the Red Room at Hal & Mal’s, sharing the stage with Sun Seeker, with music exploring nostalgia, melancholy and emotional turmoil via psychedelia dusted with harmonies, folk and country rock spirit. Lo Noom is also on the bill for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 on ticketfly.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The 2018 Legal Beagle 5K Run/Walk, 8:15 a.m. Saturday, stars on Old Canton Road near the LeFleur Station Post Office and finish alongside the I-55 Kroger on Jacksonian Plaza and will benefit the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Mississippi Bar Association. To register and find more details, visit jacksonyounglawyers.com.
NASA Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, invites kids to meet NASA specialists and indulge in hands-on activities. Specialists from NASA at John C. Stennis Space Center will show how robots are used in space, and the day will be devoted to giving children a glimpse at career possibilities. Dress in your favorite space gear for the fun. Activities are included with general admission ($10) and museum membership.
Jujutsu Vibes, Anime Chill, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat, features producers Lok Antiphony, Deceptive Zach and NovaDrops, performances by Chaos Network, Mystic Spitta and Ray Kincaid, a cosplay contest and more. Doors open at 7 p.m. The cover’s $5.
“Lady Sings Burlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Billie Holiday,” by Black Hat Shows, 8-11 p.m. Saturday at New Vibe Event Hall (741 Harris St. Suite B), features the artist’s music as interpreted by burlesque performers Talloolah Love, Lola LeSoleil and more, with vocal performances by Angela Walls Tickets are $20 advance (eventbrite.com), $25 at the door.
Unburied Treasures, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, focuses on the black-and-white photographs of 1930s Mississippi taken for the Farm Security Administration, by artists such as Marion Post Wolcott, Ben Shahn and Dorothea Lange. Program moderator Beth Batton, blues musician Ben Payton and blues historian Scott Barretta explore intersections of visual and musical histories in the 1930s. It’s free and open to the public, with a cash bar available.
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.