Image: Cups, an espresso café

If you’re a Fondrenite like me, this is a good time to sit back and look back at some of the cool establishments that’ve tucked into the neighborhood and helped make it special. Cups, an Espresso Cafe and the much younger Apothecary are both marking anniversaries this weekend so put patronage on your calendar and don’t miss a chance to appreciate the cool quotient they both add to our own little corner of Jackson.

Take full advantage, too, of the Labor Day holiday weekend and if you’re in town, there’s no better place to spend it than Fondren and LeFleur East.

Warm up to this Wednesday program at Two Mississippi Museums, as History Is Lunch presents “The Story Behind ‘Stories Unfolded,’” as Madee Miller shares history and background on the marvelous quilts on display in the museums’ first temporary exhibit, from the Princess Feature and Eagles pattern of Mary Stovall’s quilt (the oldest on display) to Geraldine Nash’s 2008 “The Hands that Picked the Cotton, Now Help Pick Presidents.” It’s free.

This strip-style quilt by Cora McIntosh, completed in the 1950s, is part of “Stories Unfolded.” Image: Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Sip and celebrate as The Apothecary marks five years of business Thursday, serving their original opening cocktail menu, classic cocktails, beers, wine, a 9 p.m.-to-closing dinner pop up featuring Lou’s Full Serv’s Hunter Evans, creative hot dogs and more. The fun starts at 5 p.m.

Sip and celebrate some more as Cups, an Espresso Cafe in Fondren has a day-long party Friday to commemorate 25 years in Fondren. The fun includes giveaways every hour on the hour, free specialty drink samples and DJ Breakemoff spinning records in the afternoon.

Rapper Afroman, whose worldwide hit “Because I Got High” secured his spot in pop culture history, returns to Martin’s Thursday for a 9 p.m. show sure to smoke out his many area fans. Tickets are $20 on

The August Community Ride, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, gathers at the Capri Theatre in Fondren and leaves promptly at 7 for a group cycling roll through Jackson streets.

Jackson: Soul of the City, 8-10 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, showcases DJ grooves and cool dance moves with host Rita B and DJs Young Venom, Scrap Dirty and SupaKik and dancers from Salsa Mississippi, Front Porch Dance and the Belhaven University Dance Ensemble, with a full-on GrooveOff and more. It’s $10.

Jackson: Soul of the City hosted by Rita B is Friday at Duling Hall. Image: Visit Jxn

Sneak & Greet (Pt. Deux), Mississippi’s Ultimate Sneaker SOLEcial, 6-10 p.m. Friday at The Flamingo, is hosted by Iric, DJ Scrap and Sneaker Boxx, so wear your freshest kicks and show off some of that style.

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue — with shows at 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mississippi Coliseum — follows the adventures of the Nickelodeon shows’ tech-savvy Ryder and his team of rescue dogs. For tickets, $18 to $110 and up, visit or the Coliseum box office.

The Country Cousinz Concert Series 7: Night of the Femcees, 8 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s, promises an all-woman hip hop experience as reps from around the state and more share indie hip-hop on stage.

See team roping in action Saturday and Sunday at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center on the State Fairgrounds, as riders and ropers compete for trailers, saddles, buckles, cash and more.

Record Handling and Turntable Basics 101, 3 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat, schools vinyl collectors and enthusiasts in the finer points of record cleaning, turntable maintenance and more.

Art & Coffee, 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, gives art lovers a chance to hear from Mississippians who participated in a groundbreaking art project with artist-in-residence Jeffrey Gibson, and a sneak peek of the new exhibition “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer,” which opens Sept. 8.

Artist-in-residence Jeffrey Gibson gives a sneak peek of the new exhibition “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer,” which opens Sept. 8. Image: Jeffrey Gibson

Harry Potter Night at WonderLust, 8 p.m. Saturday, conjures a night of magic, butterbeer, dancing and drag. Brush up on your trivia for a shot at cash prizes.

On the search for saucy fun? Maybe Fine & Dandy can help, 11 a.m. Sunday with the Interstellar BBQ Pop Up with featured guest Chef John Bates of Noble Sandwich Company in Austin.

Snap to attention for this one, wildlife lovers. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the talk turns to The Search for the Secretive Snapper: Status of the Alligator Snapping Turtle in Mississippi,” noon to 1 p.m., with speaker Luke S. Pearson, a Ph.D. student in biological sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi.

A Tuesday talk at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science focuses on the alligator snapping turtle. Image: Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Noon Tuesday is the deadline for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Baroque & Brunch Giveaway — a chance to win a pair of free Sept. 9 matinee tickets to MSO’s Chamber i: Baroque concert and a $100 gift card for Estelle’s brunch. Follow instructions on the event’s Facebook post for more details.

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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