By Sherry Lucas
Remember back in the day — pre-craft/pre-brewery/pre-expansive palates that savored all the flavors beer can bring.
Back when lawnmower beer was about your only option? You know — the brew that’d have to do in a Mississippi summer when cold and wet was more important than taste and nuance.
We’re more demanding now, and there’s more supplying now, too. Flavor shop this Friday at the 4th annual Mississippi Craft Beer Festival, 6 p.m. on the Duling Hall grounds, where more than 100 beers from dozens of breweries will be on hand and you’ll have a chance to chat with brewers and reps.
Got tickets yet? Well, hops to it! Haha, see what I did there?
Also on the calendar, the IBC leaps right along with tickets still available, “Sister Act” at New Stage is a sellout and country and rock’n’roll hit the music stages. Have fun out there.
Unburied Treasures, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art highlights the portrait of Medgar Evers by Jason Bouldin, focuses on the civil rights leader’s contributions and commemorates the anniversary of his assassination. Artist Bouldin discusses the portrait.
Wednesday, It’s Curiosity Day at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and falconry is in the spotlight, 1:30-3 p.m.
The USA International Ballet Competition continues with Round I classical ballet competition in matinee and evening sessions, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily Wednesday and Thursday, at Thalia Mara Hall. Round II competition in contemporary ballet commands the stage over the weekend, with competition performances at 7:30 p.m Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, then Round III kicks off Tuesday through June 21, 7:30 p.m. Inside tip: Matinees seats are less expensive, but every bit as competitive! At last check, ticket availability was still good for seats in all the rounds of competition, at usaibc.tix.com, the IBC box office at Thalia Mara Hall or 601-973-9249.
Also with the IBC, there a whole slate of special events that turn these two weeks in Jackson into a festival of dance. Saturday, 5-7 p.m., catch the free Party on the Plaza, where the new bistro lighting and spiffed up plaza get a celebratory workout, hosting musicians, vendors and more on the courtyard adjacent to the Arts Center of Mississippi. Find out details and tickets for lectures and films on the Ballet Russes, Robert Joffrey and Misty Copeland, as well as competitor class and dance school class observations at usaibc.com and usaibc.tix.com.
Join the fun and the music at The District Green Live at The District at Eastover, 6 p.m. Thursday, when Jesse Coppenbarger performs.
Flash Dash Thursday at Highland Village, welcomes runners and walkers, starting with a 7 p.m. pre-party behind Talbots, an 8 p.m. run and an after-party to wrap up the fun. It’s $30 per 5K participant, $100 family deal and more. Register at raceroster.com or register onsite noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Peak.
Thursday, Cooperation Jackson, 939 W. Capitol St., hosts a screening of Habib Ayeb’s “Couscous: Seeds of Dignity,” an award-winning documentary, followed by a discussion with the director, local activists and Jackson farmers, 6-9 p.m.
Bring the kids to enjoy the “Science of Bubbles” at the Mississippi Children’s Museum Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It’s included with general admission or museum membership.
Believe It or Not Fun Friday: Dinosaur Marvels!, 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, is a chance to investigate real fossils, including dinosaur specimens, learn more from paleontology experts and meet the museum’s resident velociraptor. Afterward, explore “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!.” It’s included with museum admission and free for members.
The 4th annual Mississippi Craft Beer Festival, 6 p.m. on the grounds of Duling Hall, offers more than 100 beers for sampling from dozens of breweries for the 21 and over set. Tickets are $30 advance/$35 day of the festival and $60/$65 VIP hour (5-6 p.m.). The festival puts special emphasis on Mississippi and regional breweries with reps on hand. Cheers! Find tickets on ticketfly.com. Designated driver tickets are $10 at the gate.
The Luckenbach Willie Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Friday, brings the best of Willie Nelson — which constitutes a huge batch of terrific songs — to the Duling Hall stage. It’s $10 advance, $15 day of show.
Celebrate freedom and cultural diversity and unify under the history that binds us to the African Diaspora at the Juneteenth on Farish Freedom Gala, 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center. It’s $30 single/$50 couple with complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and wine.
Museum 17, 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday is a 17-hour come-and-go free party at the Mississippi Museum of Art celebrates the final month of the bicentennial exhibition “Picturing Mississippi 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain and Promise” with book readings, live music, art-making, trivia, gallery tours and more. A dance party featuring music by DJ Young Venom wraps up the fun, midnight to 2 a.m. Visit msmuseum.org for a look at the schedule.
Lucky Town Brewing Company is showing the College World Series all day Saturday. Bring your rally bananas and cheer on the Bulldogs Saturday evening at 7 p.m. There’s no food on site, but you can bring your own; Lucky Town has an ample handle on the beverages.
Chris Stapleton’s All American Road Show brings the country to Brandon Amphitheater, 7 p.m. Saturday, with the incomparable Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb in support. Find tickets, $79-$239+ at ticketmaster.com.
The third annual Juneteenth on Farish Parade and Festival Saturday in the Historic Farish Street District includes a 4 p.m. parade and 5 p.m. festival that keeps going till 10 p.m. Tailgating begins at 2 p.m.
A Rainbow Benefit Event, 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rainbow Co-Op, will help the co-op during transitions ahead, after filing for Chapter 11 protection and reorganizing. There will be beverages for sale and a small silent auction.
The award-winning Thacker Mountain Radio returns to Clinton High School Auditorium Saturday in Clinton with music, words and lots of live fun. Be in your seats by 6 p.m. (the show’s taped for live broadcast) to enjoy Mississippi novelist Michael Farris Smith, Panorama Jazz Band from New Orleans and bluesman Mr. Sipp. Tickets are $15 at the door or online at artscouncilofclinton.org.
The Edward Stierle Showcase, 6 p.m. Monday at Belhaven University Center for the Arts, gives IBC competitors who didn’t advance to the semi-finalist round a chance to perform their selections, and Jackson dance fans a chance to see them. It’s $10, general admission.
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.