A fond memory from the Sophisticated Emeraldettes’ float, “Streetcar O’Desire.” We were artfully alive, even back in the day. Image: Sherry Lucas

By Sherry Lucas

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade returns on St. Patrick’s Day proper this Saturday, and returns to Capitol Street, too — going in the other direction, folks, so take note and get a good look at the new route to map out your best viewing opportunity.

Jackson’s annual rite of spring blowout — with a green tint and a St. Paddy’s flourish — is “Artfully Alive at 35,” as this year’s theme proclaims, and many of us revelers have been around since the start. Me? I hopped on the hood of a car at the corner of Capitol and President streets that first year and hitched a ride to the bar, so yeah, I’m a historic St. Paddy’s fixture, too, I suppose.

I’m tickled to see dear Krewe of Kazoo-er V.A. Patterson taking the honorary convertible seat as the 2018 Grand Marshal — none brighter or better in my book!

Be safe and have fun out there. And, spread a little green around at everything else going on in town.

A gallery talk, Leontyne Price: How the Soprano from Mississippi Became a National Icon,” 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, explores this incredible singer’s journey from Laurel to the Metropolitan Opera and whose portrait, a National Portrait Gallery highlight, is now part of the “Picturing Mississippi” bicentennial exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Bradley Philips’ portrait of Leontyne Price is the subject of a gallery talk Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

A Pop-Up Shop at The Flamingo, 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, features fashion and home goods thrifted from local and regional sources and brought to Fondren, ready for you!

Lemuria Books in Banner Hall hosts a signing of the new book The Artful Evolution of Hal & Mal’s,” by Malcolm White and Ginger Williams Cook, a beautifully illustrated collection of essays that gets at the iconic establishment’s creative core, 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The Village Social Bend and Brew, 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Highland Village, offers mid-week motivation with Crossfit 601’s Sean Cupit kicking things into gear, with a craft beer or popsicle from Deep South Pops to top off the night.

Plan ahead for summer fun. Registration for the Mississippi Children’s Museum Summer Camp is open through Saturday.

Museum After Hours at the Mississippi Museum of Art unveils its usual mix of pop-up fun, from 5:30 p.m. on into the evening. There’s: pop-up art with “Student Inspired: Jackson State University’s Patrick Kelly Exhibition; pop-up dining with an evening menu by La Brioche; art lab’s pop art collage making in the Art Garden with Cassandre Connolly; High Note Art Jam with Irish tunes by the Paul Brock Band; Screen on the Green with an 8 p.m. showing of “The Wiz.” Food trucks will be onsite. The event’s free and open to the public.

This work by Anika Ellis is part of the JSU Patrick Kelly pop-up show Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

In need of a soul- and sole-shakin’ interval? Catch up with Chris Gill Thursday night at Underground 119. Fred T & The Band deliver the entertainment goods there Friday night.

A Jackson Sushi Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, is on a roll with a two-hour, hands-on class to learn how to make perfect sushi and your favorite sauces, too, as well as where to shop/what to buy and how to safely serve raw fish at home with confidence. Find tickets, $40 each, at birminghamsushiclasses.com.

Hop to it! Kodak moments with the Easter Bunny are scheduled for 1-5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through March 24 at Highland Village in The Plaza by Beagle Bagel and Nursery Rhymes. It’s $25 per family.

Hop on this deal in time for Easter: The Wolfe Studio is offering an Easter sale with 10 percent off all bunnies, Friday through March 31, at The Wolfe Studio or at wolfebirds.com.

Friday through Sunday, New Stage Theatre presents a fully-staged production of Let It Shine! A Visit with Fannie Lou Hamer,” written by Frank Kuhn and starring Sharon Miles as Hamer, who went from Ruleville sharecropper to national civil rights activist. Miles channels this remarkable woman through moving songs and stirring conversation. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, with student discounts available, at 601-948-3531, newstagetheatre.com or the theater box office.

Sharon Miles channels civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer in the one-woman show “Let It Shine!” this weekend at New Stage Theatre. Image: New Stage Theatre

Usher in that St. Paddy’s spirit, Friday afternoon into night, donning your marching shoes (and dancing shoes, while you’re at it) to join Hal’s Marching Malfunction & Second Line Stomp at Cathead Distillery, 422 S. Farish Street. Meet and mingle with the fun krewes that make the parade so fab, then take off on foot for Hal & Mal’s in a rollicking marching parade, for more pre-parade partying. Start gathering at Cathead in 3-5 p.m. window, and take off when the crowd does, along Court Street. At Hal & Mal’s Friday night, you’ll find rock/indie/electronica band Waterworks Curve, 7-10 p.m. and free in the dining room.

Also Friday, check out a giant Pre-Parade Supershow at Lucky Town Brewing Company, with its beer bash plus tons of music, including DevMaccc, DONO Vegas, 5th Child, FlyWalker Vitamin Cea and many more. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Fenian’s Pub, too, throws open the pre-parade doors, with an invitation to have your Friday fun there with killer traditional Irish grub.

Still scouting for more green? There’s a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Whole Foods on the patio (inside if it rains), 6 p.m. Friday, with $5-pint specials, music and food.

Saturday dawns with Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival fun, so take a deep breath because there’s plenty of it. Float folks, the lineup starts at 7 a.m., so get downtown to grab a place in line!

Runners, the Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s 5K starts at Pascagoula St. and the Jackson Convention Complex at 8 a.m. Saturday, with Race Day packet pickup starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday’s (yep, today) is the last day to pre-register at raceroster.com.

The Fleet Feet St. Paddy’s Day 5k. Image: Fleet Feet Sports Jackson

Watchers, round up the kids and get them into green early, because the Hal’s St. Paddy’s ChildrenFestival opens at 9 a.m. at West Street in front of Thalia Mara Hall. At 10 a.m., the Hollywood Feed and St. Paddy’s Pet Parade puts a four-legged twist on the Irish fun action, on South Lamar Street in front of the Mississippi Museum of Art. At 11 a.m., the kids follow suit with the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Children’s Parade in the same spot. La Brioche at the Mississippi Museum of Art will open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and serve lunch until 2 p.m. (with museum exhibitions, Art Garden and facilities remaining open till 5 p.m).

Huge heads up for all: NEW ROUTE! Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the corner of State and Court streets and marches the revelry through downtown on Court Street, right on West Street, right on Capitol Street and right on State Street. This year’s theme is “Artfully Alive at 35” and the grand marshal is the incomparable V.A. Patterson, who’s been practicing her wave just for this occasion! The Buckethead Judges will be set up outside the Mississippi Museum of Art’s West Street entrance. While you’re waiting for the parade to get to your spot, be sure to get out some bucks for luck, to donate to Batson Children’s Hospital.

All hail Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade’s return to Capitol Street! Image: Sherry Lucas

If all that rite-of-spring action doesn’t totally wear you out, follow the fun back to Hal & Mal’s for the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival. Gates open at 1 or 2 p.m. and the music cranks up at 2:30 p.m. with a blast that includes The Molly Ringwalds, Bishop Gunn, Southern Komfort Band and The Bluz Boys; festival tickets are $10; it’s for ages 18 and older.

Bishop Gunn performs Saturday at the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival at Hal & Mal’s. Image: ardenland

Check out the Irish action Saturday, too, over at Fenian’s Pub, where the St. Patrick’s Celebration starts at 9 a.m. with shenanigans that include a pre-parade All You Can Eat Irish Breakfast Buffet, to lay a sturdy base for the fun ahead. Sounds like a great plan to me.

On Monday, enjoy the Mississippi Opera’s Cabaret at Duling Hall series with “The Eclectic Guitar,” featuring virtuoso Barry Leach. Admission is $25.

Tuesday at Hal & Mal’s, the Mississippi Humanities Council presents Ideas on Tap, 5 p.m. in the Red Room. It’s free and open to the public. Over in the dining room, enjoy dinner, drinks and jazz with Raphael Semmes, starting at 6 p.m.

Tuesday night, Phoenix Western indie rock band Jared & the Mill livens up the scene at Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m., with Empty Atlas opening. Tickets are $10.

Jared & The Mill perform Tuesday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Mark your calendar NOW because next Wednesday, March 21, is the day to get your annual fix of great Jewish food at the Beth Israel Bazaar! It’s 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, so grab a pal and make a plan and don’t miss the yummies as well as the silent auction and white elephant sale. Find the menu at and the silent auction items at 32auctions.com/BIC.

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 sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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