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by Sherry Lucas

The heat seems like it’s not going anywhere but up, and the fruit in a grove my dearest and I put in on his south Mississippi acreage isn’t going anywhere but down — off the tree and into the fridge, freezer and, time and effort willing, some Ball jars. Pears are the target these next couple of weeks, so if I can stand the heat — of the stove and the dehydrator and the deadline pressure of ripening fruit — I’ll stay in the kitchen and get out some jam.

Plenty of other opportunities for other kinds of jammin’ around Jackson, too, with awards celebrating local music and cool chances to catch hot music.

“Experience the Magic of Science with Super B Productions,” 1:30-3 p.m. Wednesday at Curiosity Day at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. John Banks of Super B Productions leads an interactive science “magic” show, exploring physical and chemical concepts that amaze — all in the museum’s Rotwein Theatre. It’s included with museum admission or membership. Explore “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” while you’re there.

JXN Gumbo #3, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cathead Distillery, is a celebration and support of community projects via a micro-granting dinner. A donation of $5 gets gumbo, bread, salad and a vote. You’ll hear about four community projects in the city and have a chance to vote on which to fund with money raised from the dinner. Find out more at

Nightly tunes at Hal & Mal’s help beat this heat. Hear N’Awlins-style jazz Wednesday, the bluegrass/folk and more from D’Lo Trio Thursday; Bill, Temperance & Jeff Friday; Waterworks Curve Saturday; Blue Monday with the Central Mississippi Blues Society Monday ($5); and, Dinner, Drinks & Jazz with Raphael Semmes & Friends Tuesday night.

“Mid-Summer Dreams,” a showcase of works by Jackson artist Anne O’Hara and Sumrall artist Barbara-Ann Carver-Hunt, opens with a public reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Library Commission. The show is part of a series highlighting artists who are part of the Mississippi Art Commission’s Visual Artist Fellowship Grant Program.

“Mid-Summer Dreams” opens Thursday at the Mississippi Library Commission. Image: Mississippi Library Commission

Pump up your nuptials knowledge and find out about the latest honeymoon and destination wedding trends at the Premier Wedding Show, 5 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.

Thursday, join Pint Night with Lucky Town Brewing and celebrate the release of Lords of the Night, on tap at 6 p.m. at Hops & Habanas. At 7 p.m.’s Monthly Bottle Share, partake in the tastings of major-flavored, one-of-a-kind beers from around the world and the U.S.

“Colored Girls: The Adaptation” is an evening of poetic emotions and happy hour specials featuring Kerry Thomas, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lounge 114 Jxn, 105 Capitol St. Admission is $10.

Believe It or Not Fun Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science focuses on “Weird Wild Water Tricks,” with cool facts on ice skating, bubbles and more. It’s 10 a.m. to noon Friday.

The Jackson Community Bike Ride, 7 p.m. Friday, meets at the Capri Theatre with a ride that will pass through Midtown, with more details to be announced. Check on the event’s Facebook page for updates.

An Evening with Paul Cole, 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, spotlights the timeless talents of the singer as she pays homage to jazz and folk classics. Tickets are $35 advance ( and $40 day of show.

Paula Cole performs Friday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

The Country Cousinz Concert Series 6 pits Jackson vs. South Mississippi, 8 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s, features performers Kool Kid Ridge, Drastic, Ecleezy, Phenom and many more. I am DjPerfection of 97.7 will be on music duties at the event, hosted by Kamikaze.

Celebrate Global Tiger Day 2018 at the Jackson Zoo, where Sumatran tigers Sari and Eko are major draws. The two are part of the AZA Tiger Species Survival Plan. On Saturday, tiger bio-facts, craft and activities, plus special tiger keeper chats at the Jackson State University Tiger Exhibit, tie into the focus on the big cats.

Visiting artist Samantha King introduces kids to the art of printmaking and encourages experimentation and expression with various techniques, tools and materials, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The program is included with admission or membership.

Wrestling gets a grip on Saturday night, 5:30-9 p.m. at The Hideaway. Tickets are $10, $15 VIP on

The Detectives and Sombra Mexican Kitchen in Flowood present the Detectives Dinner Theatre,  7-9 p.m. Saturday. Make reservations at

Collective Nonconformity, 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the Arts Center of Mississippi, showcases the ongoing art show featuring Jackson artists Lorenzo Gayden, Kira Cummings, Diane Williams and more.

Awards season arrives this weekend, and first up is the 4th annual City with Soul Awards, 7 p.m. Saturday at Duling Hall, which honors barbershops, beauty shops, nightclubs, dance groups and more. Tickets are $20-$30 on

Sunday night at the Jackson Marriott Hotel, gospel takes center stage with the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards, 5 p.m. Sunday. Find tickets, $20-$30, on

Monday night’s Jackson Music Awards, 6 p.m. Monday at the Jackson Marriott Hotel, praise the tops in pop, R&B, country, spoken word, soul, blues, hip-hop, jazz and much more. Find tickets, $20-$30, on

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 Fondren events, see our online calendar here. Reach Sherry at

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