by Sherry Lucas
In my dining room, a work of art by Pearl River Glass Studio is propped on the windowsill, directly in my line of sight when I sit down for breakfast. Its colors glow from the sunlight streaming through — three red crosses against a vibrant green.
Each morning, this lovely reminder of Good Friday and Easter weekend greets the day and sets the tone, and never more so than when the calendar rolls around to the actual weekend. That’s when the colors are brightest and the meaning deepest.
Enjoy the egg hunts and bunny pictures and spring busting out all over, but hold tight, too, to the holiday weekend’s real celebration.
A gallery talk, “The Legacy of Cotton: Artistic Responses from William Aiken Walker to Thomas Sayre,” 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art covers a survey of artistic responses to the crop — slavery to sharecropping to industrial farming.
Join the glow of the Kendra Scott Candle Collection Launch, 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kendra Scott Design at Highland Village, where you can build your own body scrub bar courtesy of Whole Foods, participate in a raffle and sip and sample from a champagne bar and treats from Meme’s Bakery.
Spring Fling, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Meadowbrook Church of Christ, offers snacks, bounce houses, face painting, a 7 p.m. egg hunt and the lively music of the phenomenally talented T.B. Ledford and The Accumulators.
The Apothecary hosts another round of their Guest Chef Series, this one with Hunter Evans from Lou’s Full Serve, serving his “Paris 1972” menu in addition to featured French wines and cocktails. The menu is a la carte and service begins at 6 p.m. See the menu here.
Fondren Covered, 7 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall, dishes up sound soul nourishment with favorite Motown hits from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Commodores, The Supremes and more, with proceeds benefiting the Christian ministry Young Life Capernaum. Though it is sold out, you can add your name to the waiting list at fondrencovered.com.
Quench your thirst and your curiosity, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Abita Sampling and Monthly Bottle Share at Hops and Habanas in Fondren.
NYC Comedy Night at Lucky Town, 8-10 p.m. Thursday at the brewery, 1710 N. Mill St., spotlights stand-up comedian Hakim Coombs, whose background includes time in the U.S. Army and as a New York City Police officer, and who finds the funny in the everyday. Tickets are $12 on eventbrite.com.
Grab a Kodak Moment with the Easter Bunny before he gets too busy this weekend! The Easter Bunny is due at Highland Village’s The Plaza by Beagle Bagel and Nursery Rhymes, 1-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It’s $25 per family for a memory card with dozens of photos for you to print, share and more.
Fam Friday at Highland Village kicks off Friday with an outdoor movie, Disney Pixar’s “Coco,” and pajama party (sleeping bags encouraged), popcorn, s’mores, games and fun in The Courtyard, starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets and a picnic and enjoy a family-friendly film. Door prizes start at 7 p.m. and the film flickers at sundown.
Comedian and Jackson native Killer Beaz, whose edgy and high-energy ‘everyman” humor has them laughing from Alaska to Florida, brings that quick wit to the stage at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Friday. It’s $20 advance (ardenland.net) and $25 the day of show.
Bask in blues of the first order Friday night at the Soul City Blues Fest, 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum, where Willie Clayton, T.K. Soul, Bigg Robb, Carl Sims and L.J. Echols bring it, live, with full bands and plenty of musical soul. Find tickets, $32-$52 and up, on ticketmaster.com or the coliseum box office.
Join the Oaks House Museum for their second annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m. There will be face painting, handmade teacakes decorated with Easter motifs, Victorian fun foods and photos with the Easter Bunny (cutout).
Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum in Lefleur East, celebrate spring with Bunnies and Butterflies, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the museum’s garden spaces where you can plant your own garden, learn more about bubbles and create a costume with bunny ears or insect wings, plus marvel at a butterfly release in the Literacy Garden. All the fun’s included with the $10 general admission or museum membership.
Cathead Distillery hosts The 2nd Boil, a crawfish boil with Sal & Phil’s Seafood & Lounge serving up crawfish plates for sale. For entertainment, listen for the Delta Mountain Boys. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Oh, the Facebook event promises more bar, more porta johns and more staff. Sounds like the recipe for a great day.
Audience Control, 7 p.m. Saturday at Hops & Habanas, provides a platform for artists to showcase talents, and for the audience and judges to exercise control.
CommUNITY Movie Night, 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Cooperation Jackson, 939 W. Capitol St., includes burgers, hot dogs, community conversation and the movie “Can You Dig This?” It’s free.
Americana country music singer-songwriter Will Hoge brings sterling songs, minted with reclaimed joy and musical magic to Duling Hall for a Saturday night show, 8 p.m. Hugh Mitchell opens. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 day of show.
Girls and boys, start your baskets. The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, also includes egg dyeing and decorating, face painting, games, carousel and train rides, hot dogs (while they last) and pics with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt starts at noon, with kids separated into three age groups for hunt fun. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for children ages 3-18. The event’s sponsored in part by the Mississippi Egg Marketing Board, Mississippi Beef Council, Cal-Maine Foods and Visit Jackson.
The Mississippi Museum of Art’s Bicentennial Film Series hosts the Best of Oxford Film Fest State Tour in Jackson, 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Yates Community Room, with block screenings, Q&As and more. It’s free and open to the public. Films are PG-13.
Visit live bunnies and meet the Big Bunny, too, Saturday at the Jackson Zoo, where an EGGStra special edition of the Tales with Tails series, just for Easter; special story time starts at 12:30 p.m. in the Gertrude C. Ford Display Hall.
Drop by The Flamingo, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, for pop up exhibition of the art of Marcus Fortenberry, “things that don’t have your best interest in mind” and music from Quanstar, DBL Take and Darrin FlyWalker Givens. It’s free, with art for sale.
Grab a seat for “The Show,” 7 p.m. Saturday at The Alamo Theatre, 333 N. Farish St., with performances by Lari’ Johnson, Akami Graham, Karen Brown, 601 LIVE Band and the Southern Komfort Brass Band, as well as an ‘80s-vs.-‘90s-vs.-2000s music battle with DJ Unpredictable 601, RonThaDJ and DJ ShanOmak. Tickets are $25-$30 at theshowjxn.eventbrite.com.
Learn more about holding onto the best of the Gulf Coast at Tuesday’s lecture “Conservation of Coastal Waterbirds and Coastal Habitats,” noon to 1 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Millsaps biology professor Will Selman gives the talk, based on a decade of bird research and conservation in Louisiana.
Music in the City Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art features Creole songs performed by Karen Laubengayer on piano and soprano Phyllis Lew-Hale, at 5:45 p.m. The cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m.
Also Tuesday, Fermentation 101, 5:30-8 p.m. at Sweet & Sauer, 126 Keener Ave. in Midtown, celebrates a year in business by covering the basics of various kinds of fermentation fun. Free kombucha and samples are part of the event, with a pop-up shop to follow.
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.