by Sherry Lucas
On Memorial Day Monday, amid all the cookouts, pool parties and sales competing for your attention, carve out time for remembering those who served with valor and heart, and who died defending our freedoms.
The holiday weekend awaits, with music, movies and more.
Gulfport-based artist Lee Renninger talks about her abstract ceramic installation that’s on display in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s “Picturing Mississippi” bicentennial exhibition, 11:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
The Mississippi Braves’ homestand against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will provide a mighty Memorial weekend magnet, from Wednesday through Sunday, with such enticements as Thirsty Thursday, Friday Night Fireworks, Super Sensational Saturday and FamilyFest Sunday at Trustmark Park. Find all the details at msbraves.com.
T.B. Ledford and The Accumulators bring the boundless energy of Mississippi string music to the stage for the District Green LIVE at The District at Eastover Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy the green space, or grab a seat at bordering bars at Fine & Dandy or Cantina Laredo to hear the music. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring the kids. They may love this music even more than you do!
The May Run Club hits the pavement at 6 p.m. Thursday at lululemon, joining the Pot Hole Runners on a group run that’ll start your summer workouts on the right foot.
Thursday, Moving Images in Mississippi at the Mississippi Museum of Art screens “This Property Is Condemned,” the 1966 movie starring Natalie Wood and Robert Redford, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s based on a Tennessee Williams play, with Bay St. Louis among its filming locations. It’s free.
Jxn Gumbo, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Cathead Distillery, dishes up the good stuff with a micro-granting dinner that celebrates and supports community projects in Jackson. With a suggested $5 donation, you’ll learn about four community projects, and get a chance to vote on which one to fund with dinner proceeds (winners announced around 8:15 p.m.).
Underground 119, Mississippi’s premier blues club, has the beats you need to set the long weekend straight. Tuck in to hear Jeff Reynolds Thursday night (no cover for Feeling’ the Blues, 7:30-11 p.m.), Southern Komfort Brass Band on Friday night and Juressa “The Duchess” McBride on Saturday night. Cover starts at 7 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.
Live @ Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features Betzenzo Band in The Art Garden. in case of rain, the performance moves to La Brioche in the museum. Friday night at the art museum, watch “Dixieland,” 6:30-9:30 p.m. for Moving Images in Mississippi. The 2015 film is about a recently released ex-con with bad luck and a sexy, listless girl next door in a downward spiral of crime. It’s free.
Fam Friday at Highland Village celebrates the wrap of the school season with face painting, live music, snacks, selfies and fun. Canceled due to weather.
Chill out with the tykes at Lemuria’s Children’s Storytime, 10 a.m. Saturday at Lemuria Bookstore.
Check out the summer’s visiting exhibition “Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails,” at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, starting Saturday. The interactive exhibit was inspired by the popular children’s series on PBS KIDS.
Preschool Bubble Day, 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science means lots of awesome bubbles, fun bubble art and even a live alligator at this mini-event geared to ages 2-6. It’s included with museum admission; register and get more details here.
Polish off the holiday weekend with a saucy finish … or heck, give it a saucy start, too, with prime Mississippi barbecue. Find it at The Pig & Pint, clear through the weekend, including 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Sunday. Monday, grab a good dose of trivia on the side, with Challenge Entertainment’s Live Trivia, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at the Jackson Zoo, a special Animal Enrichment Day gives the animals and holiday weekend viewers a boost. Join a zookeeper for a mini-tour starting at 9:15 a.m. at the Reticulated giraffe exhibit. Also, there’s crafts and fun at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Building leading up to a 1 p.m. Discovery Animal Encounter, a Keeper Chat for red fluffed lemurs at 1:45 p.m., then a 2:15 p.m. Cougar chat.
Sunday at Offbeat, DJs Breakem Off and Young Venom upgrade the Red Cup kickback, 6-9 p.m., with music, food and good vibes.
Military service members and their immediate family members receive half-off admission Monday at the Jackson Zoo, for Memorial Day.
New Stage Theatre’s production of the musical comedy smash “Sister Act,” starts Tuesday for a fun run through June 10 with favorites such as Kimberly Morgan-Myles, Ray McFarland and Jessica Wilkinson. What happens when a lounge singer who witnesses a crime is stashed in a convent for safety? Music, magic and more. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Visit newstagetheatre.com or the box office, or call 601-948-3531 for tickets, $35 adults, $28 for seniors, students and military.
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.