by Sherry Lucas
When Mother’s Day rolls around on Sunday, I’d like do something that would make her proud, whether it’s planting a fruit tree, making homemade bread or canning jam. Her do-anything drive also found outlets in knitting, quilting, sewing, keeping bees, tending goats, raising chickens, beginner carpentry and repairing small engines.
I don’t think I got all those genes. That’s my current excuse for being hive-less and clueless about lawn mower engines, at any rate. But the fruit tree fixation, bread-making and canning goals, I’m all in. And since there’s a practically new 5-pound bag of White Lily flour staring at me every time I open the cupboard, perhaps this is the weekend to practice on biscuits, spread my homemade jam on the results and catch all three aims in one fell swoop. Plus, I’ll enjoy a homemade brunch and lift a spirited toast to the woman who, though gone, is as lively an inspiration as ever.
For those looking for a professionally-run brunch destination, go ahead and get your reservations in, if they take them. Fairview Inn’s 1908 Provisions, Bravo, Babalu, Saltine, Bravo, Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro, Char, Fine & Dandy and Brent’s are a few suggestions for starters.
Hear the differences between bluegrass and old-time music and enjoy the learning while you do, as multi-instrumentalist and music historian Tim Avalon and guitarist Susan Farley do the honors at History is Lunch, noon Wednesday at Two Mississippi Museums, 222 North St.
Test your trivia skills Wednesday night at Sneaky Beans Trivia. Teams of six can start signing up at 6 and games begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Feet Speak Dance Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday at the Belhaven University’s Visual Arts and Dance Center, shares Belhaven dancers’ Southeast Asia tour 2018 repertory and the opportunities they’ll have before the dancers depart for overseas. Admission is free.
The District Green LIVE series of acoustic performances at The District at Eastover strums along with a 5:30 p.m. Thursday performance by Bryan Ledford. Bring the kids and lawn chairs.
Food Truck Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Smith Park and themed “I Believe in Jackson,” celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week, showcasing some of the capital city’s best attractions as well as plenty of its best food truck culture. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Jackson Zoo and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will be onsite, as well as DJ Black supplying tunes.
Singer/songwriter Eric Stracener perks up Live @ Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Pepsi Pops strikes up the band and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Friday at Old Trace Park at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, with pop tunes, patriotic favorites, children’s activities in the Pepsi Playground and a fireworks finish. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and pre-concert entertainment includes the Mississippi Symphony Youth Orchestra, Southern Komfort Brass Band and Creative Images Radio Musicians. The MSO concert, with music from “Star Wars,” “Mary Poppins” and Broadway faves, starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults in advance (msorchestra.com), $20 at the gate and $5 for kids 4-18. Call 601-960-1565 for more info.
Kick it with Scrap Dirty and SneakerBoxx at Offbeat, 5-8 p.m. Friday and pay homage to sneaker culture with your hottest kicks.
A closing reception wraps up the exhibition “I Love Everything” by Rachel Livedalen, 7-10 p.m. Friday at And Gallery, 133 Millsaps Ave. Included are performances by Amanda Furdge with Zac Rhea’s New Music Collective. Admission’s free 5-7 p.m.; there’s a $5 cover 7-10 p.m.
Join stand-up comedian Rita Brent (of Comedy Central’s “Hart of the City”) for her “One Night Only” show, 8-11 p.m. at The State Room, 952 N. State St., Suite 8, including hilarious spot-on riffs, and a live podcast with Maranda J. and Rich the Relationship Mentor. Find tickets, $10, at eventbrite.com.
The album release party for “When Conformity Is Not Comfortable,” 8:30 p.m. Friday at The Flamingo, features performances by Mr. Fluid, 5th Child, Timaal Bradford, Flywalker and Vitamin Cea. Doors open at 8 p.m.; there’s a $5 cover.
Service Saturday Community Paint Day, hosted by the Greater Jackson Arts Council and the city’s Planning and Development division 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, invites the public’s help, turning an unsightly wall into an inspirational work of art. Folks are asked to paint positive words relating to Jackson on the wall, so come with friends and family to join the fun and freshen up the landscape, at 220 W. Pascagoula St. If you’re like me and have trouble picturing this spot, GJAC assures me you’ll be able to see the activity, looking to your left as you drive down Pearl Street.
Boy Scout Saturday, 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, is a great chance for museum fun and earning merit badges at the same time. The $40 cost covers admission, supplies and patch; register through Boy Scouts of America — Andrew Jackson Council. Find the program schedule at mschildrensmuseum.org.
Sippin’ Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, features crawfish from Sal & Phil’s, live music from the Stonewalls and a Beer Mile, presented by Stinky Feet Athletics. Food, froth and fun, all in one handy setting.
Saturday, More than a Tourist explores the capital city’s many layers with “Civil Rights, Art & Vodka,” with stops at Medgar Evers Home, Wolfe Studio and Cathead Distillery. The $45 admission (Paypal: email@example.com or email for info) includes transportation, tour, snacks, drinks and Cathead tasting.
BankPlus Red Beans & Rice Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Renaissance at Colony Park benefits Stewpot and all comers and tasters with a red beans and rice cook-off by 15-20 teams and music by Marcia Ball, Hunter Gibson & the Gators and Chris Gill & The Sole Shakers. Buy tickets, $10-$15 and family four-pack for $25, at bit.ly/redbeansrice2018.
The Flamingo presents “art ways. vol.1a.0,” the art of Samantha Ledbetter, Reva Lashay and Sue Carrie Drummond, with music by Pink Palaces, Joe McCullough and Silent G. It’s Saturday at 7 p.m.
Mississippi Opera’s Cabaret at Duling Hall series British Invasion wraps up the season, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with “British Invasion II: Sgt. Pepper and Beyond,” with more music by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Elton John, Pink Floyd and more. Tickets are $30; visit msopera.org.
Ballet Mississippi presents “The Sleeping Beauty, Act III: Aurora’s Wedding” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jackson Prep’s Fortenberry Theatre/McRae Stage. Tchaikovsky’s music and Marius Petipa’s choreography and gorgeous costumes — it doesn’t get more classical than this. For tickets, $15, visit .
Country/Southern rocker Hank Williams Jr. brings that rowdy appeal to the Brandon Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with The Cadillac Three also on the bill. For tickets, $25-$75 and up visit ticketmaster.com.
A Monday night Local Beer and Crawfish Dinner at Barrelhouse, 6:30 p.m., showcases Mississippi beer and Louisiana crawfish in yummy pairings. Tickets are $55 (gratuity not included); seating is limited.
Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 34 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated 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.