Robert Earl Keen plays Wednesday night at Duling Hall.

by Sherry Lucas

As soon as Labor Day’s in the rearview mirror, I always enjoy a mental reset for the more rigorous schedule of performing and visual arts seasons and exhibitions ahead.

That’s my own personal back-to-school focus, and this weekend doesn’t disappoint with a Thursday full to busting of arts happenings across the metro area. Consider it an art crawl and see how many you can fit in. Four’s my record. Can you beat it?

In other events, music and socializing opportunities abound, from Americana to classical. Open your ears. Open your eyes. Enjoy.

Alt-country/Americana singer/songwriter/storyteller Robert Earl Keen brings his musical portraits, full of insight and humor, back to Duling Hall for a 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night show that’s opened by Cary Hudson to boot. Tickets are $35 advance (ardenland.net) and $40 day of show.

Fondren After 5 on Thursday welcomes all with a festive assortment of fun around the neighborhood, including the Cedars Juried Art Show, Entrepreneur Quarterly at Sal & Mookie’s, Beacon Makers’ Market, artists and fitness demos at Duling Avenue Live and more. Get out and on foot and see all the cool spots and stops to take in during this monthly open house.

The 2018 Cedars Juried Art Show opens Thursday, showcasing 90 works of art by 79 artists from around the state opens with a Thursday reception, 5:30-8 p.m. This 7th annual exhibition, part of the Four Seasons of The Cedars Visual and Performing Art Series, includes painting, printmaking, collage and drawing, photography and more. This year’s juror was Clinton watercolor artist Wyatt Waters. It will hang through Sept. 28.

Serendipity, the annual art show and silent auction at the Mississippi State Hospital, is Thursday, opening at 11:30 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. with a daylong showcase of creations by MSH patients and Jaquith Nursing Home residents in Art Services. Bidders have a chance at intriguing artworks — 300 plus by more than 100 artists. All the proceeds go to the artists. The show and reception are located in the Building 71 Conference Center on the MHS campus.

The 29th annual Serendipity Art Show and Auction is Thursday at Mississippi State Hospital. Image: Mississippi State Hospital

The art exhibition “Thoughts Below I-10,” works by the South Mississippi Art League, opens Thursday at the Samuel Marshall Gore Gallery in Clinton with a 6-8 p.m. Thursday reception. The show’s on display through Oct. 1.

Paulette Dove is among the artists featured in “Thoughts Below I-10” Thursday in Clinton. Image: Samuel Marshall Gore Gallery

“Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer” at the Mississippi Museum of Art, opening to the public Saturday, surveys the contemporary artist’s works where his creations and his Native American heritage intersect with themes of race, power, control, community, strength and more.

HUSH! Fondren After 5 “after” party at The Flamingo, 9 p.m. to midnight, -FA5 Party, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Flamingo, has guest DJs to be announced and has a $10 cover.

The Village Social, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highland Village, targets Back to School as the trivia topic, so pick out your favorite back-to-school clothes and your team spirit for this one. The event’s for those 21 and older.

CommUNITY Café: Truth, Healing and Transformation in Jackson, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, is hosted in partnership with the International Museum of Muslim Cultures Conference on “Race, Class and Religious Intersectionality in America” and features performances by Omar Offendum, Tawanna Shaunte, Tubad and the King of New Orleans and more. There’s a suggested donation of $10.

Omar Offendum performs Friday during CommUNITY Café: Truth, Healing and Transformation in Jackson. Image: Ford Theatres

Live Trivia comes to Lucky Town Brewing Company Fridays, starting this one. Join the free live trivia event and get your team to play for prizes, 6:30-9 p.m.

An Evening with Jim Caviezel, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Thalia Mara Hall, brings the actor/producer/philanthropist to Jackson for a Catholic Charities of Jackson fundraiser. He’s known for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in 2004’s “The Passion of the Christ,” as well as roles in “Angel Eyes,” “Count of Monte Cristo” and in the TV drama “Person of Interest.” Tickets are $20 to $100 and up on ticketmaster.com.

Join Fair Trade Green’s grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday at 3417 N. State St., with a celebration that includes giveaways, popcorn, live music and a store-wide sale.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum and College Savings Mississippi team up for 529 Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, including discounted admission of $5.29 per person all day. Children have a chance to win one of two $529 college scholarships during the event.

Check out the curated art market, The Market, 11 a.m. Saturday at The District at Eastover.

Grayson Capps puts authenticity, energy, intelligence and rhythmic drive to the singer/songwriter/storyteller front with a decidedly Southern edge. Hear it, 8 p.m. Saturday at Duling Hall with Eric Stracener opening. It’s $10 advance (ardenland.net), $15 day of show.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra opens its season with two performances of its popular Chamber series “Baroque” concert for the first time ever — at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Woodwind concertos showcase Julie Hudik on oboe and Amulet Strange on flute, Pachebell’s famous Canon in D and Bach’s beloved “Air.” For tickets, $22 and $5 students, visit msorchestra.com or call 601-960-1565.

Hear the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber I: “Baroque” concert Saturday night or Sunday afternoon at St. Andrew’s. Image: MSO

New Stage Theatre opens the season with “Morningside,” a comedy by Mississippi native Topher Payne, with a run that starts Tuesday and continues through Sept. 23. Set in Atlanta, this play centers around the worst baby shower ever, as the grandmother-to-be, just days after her husband left her, hosts the planned event anyway if only to prove to family and friends that she’s JUST FINE. An ensemble cast of nine women keeps the laughs and the truths coming at a lively pace. Showtimes 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $30 adults, $25 seniors/students, at newstagetheatre.com and 601-948-3531.

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 sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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