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It’s blockbuster season at the movies and dress-up time at Mississippi Comic Con. Pluck your inspiration from the screen, the graphic novel pages or your very own imagination for some cosplay fun at this annual gathering, with a cool lineup of guests.

Downtown, world-class dance still rules through Saturday and if you don’t wedge in a night of thrilling ballet competition this week, you’ll have to do without for four years until the next one rolls around in 2022.

Music and more dot the landscape, and you’ll find lots of cool to-do’s beyond just the A/C that’s saving all our hides these humid days.

The artistic battle of incredible ballet continues to build in the USA International Ballet Competition’s final Round III, with competition performances in classical and contemporary ballet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Thalia Mara Hall Winners of gold, silver and bronze medals and awards will be announced at the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Awards Gala, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Medalists and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra perform live at the Awards Gala, and at Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. Encore Gala. For tickets to these performances, as well as lectures, lecture/demos and dance class observation, visit usaibc.tix.com or the IBC box office at Thalia Mara Hall.

Manual Alexandra is among the finalists in the USA International Ballet Competition. Image: Richard Finkelstein

Dialogue: Chicago Tribute Band delivers the songs we still love from the old days (not so old, really, but I love the horns on that song), 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall. Tickets are $20 advance (ardenland.net), $25 day of show.

Dialogue performs Thursday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Pop by Beer + Brats Night, 5 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Peak Outfitters at Highland Village, sponsored by North Face, for free craft beer and bratwurst.

Enjoy free music from Chris Boykin & Danny Ford at The District Green Live, 6 p.m. Thursday, at the District at Eastover. Bring lawn chairs for a hopefully breezy dusk.

Third Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art has a Tee Speech theme with: Sweet TEE, 5:30 p.m.-until pop-up exhibition of tees by local designers and artists that marks National T-shirt Day, as well as a screen-printing Art Lab for all ages; CAPE Re:Frame | The Fabric in the galleries of “White Gold: Thomas Sayre 6-7 p.m.; DJ Young Venom with a set of cotton-inspired selections ranging from Harry Belafonte to Stevie Wonder, 7:30 p.m.; Screen on the Green with the animated film, “WALL-E” at 8 p.m.

“WALL-E,” rained out earlier, will be shown at Screen on the Green. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art.

Jackson Black Pages’ June “Network Your Net Worth,” 6 p.m. Thursday at Kundi Compound is free and open to the public, with guest speaker and marketing/development adviser Theresa G. Kennedy.

Believe It or Not Fun Friday, 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, focuses on Science Experiments, where kids can explore the refraction of light, practice density science with an oil and water “fireworks” station and more. Afterward, soak up more in the exhibit, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”

Harmony makes a landing at Spacecamp, 8 p.m. to midnight Friday for a kick-off party for the venue’s second annual summer series, Summer Camp 2. Gringo Star, Dream Cult (below), Hartle Road, Fides and more are among a long list of performers. Saturday’s action is an all-day musical marathon, noon to midnight. Purchase tickets, $25, at summercampjxn.info.

Image: Dream Cult

Trap & Paint Jackson, 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at Wasabi Sushi & Bar, features trap music, canvas painting, drinks, giveaways and more. Tickets are $12.24 via eventbrite.com.

Not so way down yonder — just over in Brandon, actually — country music star Alan Jackson drives his Honky Tonk Highway Tour to the Brandon Amphitheater for some summer fun that also features Randy Houser, 7:30 p.m. Friday. For tickets, $45-$85 and up, visit ticketmaster.com.

Alan Jackson performs Friday night in Brandon. Image: umgnashville.com

Mississippi Comic Con, Saturday and Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, brings together a great group of guests — Ryan Hurst, Linda Blair, Austin St. John, Michael Biehn and Sam J. Jones among them — vendors, artists and fan groups for a family-friendly focus that includes plenty of panels, a costume contest and cosplay and more. Admission is $20 per day, $30 for the weekend ($20 for a weekend pass for military) in advance at eventbrite.com . Kids’ admission is $5 per day for ages 2-8, and free for those younger than 2. Find schedule details at mississippicomiccon.com.

Image: Karen E Wink

Jujutsu: Ninja Scroll Edition, 8 p.m. Saturday till 1 a.m. at Offbeat brings back the monthly producer showcase with a lineup that includes Houze, 5th Child, Novadrops and Loki Antiphony. There’s a $5 cover.

Americana singer/songwriter violinist Amanda Shires, who has performed as a member of the Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, entertains at Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 advance (ardenland.net), $25 day of the show.

Amanda Shires performs Sunday at Duling Hall. Image: Elizaveta Porodina

Sounds by DJ Young Venom and DJ Break Em Off are the draw at Redcup Kickback is 5-9 p.m. Sunday at Offbeat.

DJ Young Venom is featured at Third Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Aaron Phillips Photography

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 sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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