By Sherry Lucas
Connect and hold onto the thread of hope that endures the darkest times. A show of art by Frances Fortner, opening Thursday, honors the creative spirit and artistic output of the Jackson Academy senior, whose life was cut tragically short by a vehicle accident this past May. It was a day before her graduation.
Visual art was just one form of expression for Fortner, who was also a dancer, writer and filmmaker. She explored teenage depression and anxiety in these works, so take a closer look and take to heart some of the empathy she brought to the task.
The Road to Change bus tour of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida comes to Jackson for a town hall on voter education, voter registration and gun violence. It’s an important message, and another chance to see the passion that stirs in today’s youth, and their commitment to the larger community.
Pulling together is a thread that resonates. It’s there through every activity that draws us to the same place, same time to see, hear, support, share, socialize and find fun and friends. Lots of chances for that ahead.
“Higher Truth: The Art of Frances Fortner,” through August at Cups in Fondren, showcases works by the thoughtful and talented artist — works in which she explored teenage depression and anxiety for her senior year advanced placement art portfolio. Join one of two opening receptions for the art show Thursday, 10-11 a.m. and 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Cups. The sale of a limited number of prints and other items will benefit the art education programs of Fondren Renaissance Foundation.
HUSH! Fondren After 5 Edition, 5 p.m. Thursday at Sneaky Beans Coffee Shop is a silent party — a unique way to experience music at a party, via wireless headphones, switched to one of three channels and DJs to catch a different vibe. Headphone renal is free with email sign-up. You can register at eventbrite.com.
Additional Fondren After 5 fun includes AXL JXN live at the cabana at Hope & Habanas, Beacon Makers’ Market and artists, food and activities at Duling Avenue Live.
Art Night @ The Quarter, 4 p.m. Thursday at Cups in The Quarter on Lakeland Drive, is hosted by artist Kit White as an art event where drop-ins are invited to create something new with friends and let their imagination run free. White will demonstrate techniques and give art tips. Admission is free.
Join the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, as their Road to Change bus tour comes to Jackson for a town hall meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday at Thalia Mara Hall, on voter education, voter registration and gun violence. The event is an extension of the March for Our Lives rally this past March, in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 17 students and staff and injured another 17 at the Florida school.
The Lululemon Jackson Run Club hits the pavement at 6 p.m. Thursday, joining the Pot Hole Runners on a group run from Highland Village.
The 2018 Wildlife Extravaganza Friday through Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart targets hunting, fishing and outdoor enthusiasts with a three-day showcase of gear, demonstrations, events, conservation and more. Hours are 2-8 p.m. Friday (Kids Day), 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Highlights include special guest speaker Nick Mundt, Jason Reynolds Fetch N’ Fish and High-Flying Retrievers, Big Buck Contest and much more. Admission is $10 adults, $5 kids 6-12, $20 weekend pass, free for children 5 and free for all children 12 and younger on Kids Day Friday.
Zebra’s Randy Jackson is live at Martin’s, with special guests Sweet Tooth Jones and Bloodlife, 10 p.m. Friday (door’s at 9 p.m.). Tickets are $25 general admission, $30 ages 18-20, $75 VIP on eventbrite.com. Brass Tacks with Trading Company brings outlaw country to Martin’s Saturday night.
At Hal & Mal’s, check out balladeer Spencer Thomas Friday night and harp man and blues singer Scott Albert Johnson Saturday night. Start next week off right with Blue Monday, and then the very special Tuesday night special, Dinner Drinks & Jazz with Raphael Semmes & Friends.
Kendra Scott Design celebrates the first year in business in Jackson, at noon Saturday in Highland Village, with raffles every hour, and more.
A rummage sale starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church. If you just can’t wait, there’s a preview party, 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Sip well and soak up swell tunes Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company’s Sippin’ Saturday Concert Series featuring Jason Daniels Band, 1-8 p.m. At noon, CrossFit Fondren will be hosting a special brewery CrossFit workout. Wonder if that includes 16-ounce bicep curls or it’s just a precursor. The event is kid- and pet-friendly.
The funk stops here and it’s fine as ever when the soul-charged Maze featuring Frankie Beverly comes to Smith-Wills Stadium, 6 p.m. Saturday for Jackson’s Old Skool Festival. Maze heads a masterful R&B lineup that also includes The Keeshea Pratt Band, Howard Hewett and Lakeside. Find tickets, $25 general admission in the stands and $45 and up reserved seats on the field, at ticketmaster.com. There’s limited on-site parking for $10; there’s free parking off-site. The event’s rain or shine and doors open at 4 p.m.
Join the Writer’s Circle featuring writer/blogger Jessica Simien, 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Kundi Compound, 256 E. Fortification St. It’s free.
The BIG Fondren Rock Show, 7 p.m. Saturday at Soul Wired Cafe, 4147 Northview Plaza Drive, features Commander Keen, Surfwax and Evil Engines. Music starts at 8 p.m. for the all-ages, outdoor show (unless rain moves it inside); the cover is $5.
The Grind: Another ‘90s Party, 9 p.m. Saturday at The Ecoshed, 133 Commerce Park Drive, peels backs the decades to find some real party fun. Outfits and costumes with ‘90s flair are strongly encouraged. Enticements include DJs Scrap Dirty, Breakem Off, Young Venom and a surprise guest, a food truck and games plus it’s a celebration of DJ Young Venom’s birthday. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., the party starts at 9 p.m. and the cover’s $10.
A Fish Fry and Blessing of the Backpacks, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, will raise money to buy books for Boyd Elementary. There’s a suggested minimum donation of $5. RSVP to Chuck Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday if you plan to attend.
Sal & Mookie’s hosts a Chandeleur Island Beer Dinner Monday at 6 p.m. A five-course dinner is complemented by five beers from the Gulf Coast brewer. Tickets are $60 for beer and food and $40 for food only. Reservations are required.
Find out more about “Milkweed for Monarchs in Mississippi,” noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The talk by research biologist Audrey Harrison is included with museum admission, and free for members.
Music in the City, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features a solo piano recital by Elizabeth Moak. A cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m. The concert is free.
New Orleans-based funk/soul group Tank and the Bangas delivers the goods at Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. This crew, fronted by Tarronia “Tank” Ball” on lead vocals, won the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, so imagine what they can do let loose on a big stage. Tickets are $25 advance (ardenland.net), $30 day of the show. Sweet Crude opens.
At home, tune in to Mississippi Public Broadcasting Tuesday night for a double dose of some of our state’s top creative voices, as singer/songwriter Claire Holley and Mississippi poet laureate Beth Ann Fennelly share their art in music, songs and poems with an intimate audience at the Cedars. “An Evening with Claire and Beth Ann” premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday on MPB TV, with encore performances at 9 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 12.
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 email@example.com.