The Extra Table Witches Ride, 5 p.m. Thursday at Duling Avenue in Fondren, ramps up the Halloween spirit of Fondren After 5. Image: Readers Digest

by Sherry Lucas

When I first read about the Witches Ride, coming to Fondren Thursday and helping raise money for Extra Table, I couldn’t help the chuckle that bubbled up — half delighted, half nervous. The first mental picture that popped up, of course, was Margaret Hamilton pumping the pedals outside the window of Dorothy’s flying house in “The Wizard of Oz.”

What an indelible image! At least this time, on Thursday at Fondren After 5, I won’t have to dive behind Daddy’s recliner in terror, peeking out only once the Munchkins make their debut. Can’t tell you how bad that Wicked Witch of the West scared me! This ride’s more about revelry and community, so pointed hats and striped socks will just make me smile. Extra points if any of them don ruby slippers!

Tons more fun’s on tap for the October edition of our Fondren open house. Plus, you know, State Fair’s here.

The Mississippi State Fair’s 159th edition opens Wednesday, with the seasonal slew of rides, entertainment, fair food, biscuits(!), exhibits and music on the Midway, through Oct. 14. Gates open at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Buy advance admission ticket books at select metro area Trustmark full-service offices and the Coliseum box office, until 5 p.m. Wednesday. The musical entertainment lineup on the Budweiser Stage includes Chris Janson, Wednesday; Hinder, Thursday; Hannah Belle, Friday; Goodpaper of the Reverend Robert Mortimer, Saturday; Jason and Destiny Project, Sunday; En Vogue, Monday; The Marshall Tucker Band, Tuesday and even more next week. Find more details, ride promotions and daily specials in the Mississippi State Fair fun guide at mdac.ms.gov. Gate admission is $5, parking is $5 per car, kids younger than 6 get in free.

Gate admission is $5, parking is $5 per car, kids younger than 6 get in free. Image: Sophie McNeil Wolf

The Extra Table Witches Ride, 5 p.m. Thursday at Duling Avenue in Fondren, ramps up the Halloween spirit of Fondren After 5 with the aim to raise funds for fellow Mississippians with limited access to food. Join the Witches Ride with a $20 registration, some fun costuming and mounting your own broom-cycle (registration at 5 p.m., “flight” at 6:30 p.m.) Related fun includes a Barks & Boos pet costume showcase ($10), a Hal & Mal’s decorated pumpkin contest ($5), screening of “Hocus Pocus” and more. Help cast out hunger, one broom at a time; register in advance at bit.ly/extratablewitchesride.

Thursday, don’t miss the James Patterson Shindig!, a live music gathering that’s also an art sale and fundraiser for Patterson, 5 p.m.-until, at his photography studio, 3017 N. State St. A house band of Sherry Cothren, John Hicks and Joe Partridge will rock the shindig as well as fold in drop-by musicians — Eric Stracener and Mark Roemer among them — in this celebration.

Make plans to get around on Thursday. Fondren After 5 fun also includes a Cups Caldron of Halloween-themed drinks on the patio from costumed baristas at Cups, Shawn Williams live and Ghost River beer specials at Hops & Habanas, Beacon Makers’ Market on Duling, Blessing of the Pets at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and more.

Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience delivers the most accurate, captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing, with band members portraying the look and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. Come ready to rock, 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net), $20 day of show.

Zoso plays Thursday at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Catch The District Green Live on Thursday, too, at The District at Eastover in LeFleur East, with live music outdoors in this thoroughly pleasant space, 6 p.m.

Grab the musical equivalent of an ocean breeze as The Beach Boys rock the Brandon Amphitheater 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20 to $59 and up on ticketmaster.com.

The Austen Film Series continues at Eudora Welty House and Garden, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday with a showing of the movie “Belle.” The film was inspired by the 1779 painting of the great nieces of the 1st Earl of Mansfield (also Lord Chief Justice of England). The portrait portrays the mixed-race daughter of Mansfield’s nephew, next to her cousin. The program starts at 6:45 p.m., with the screening at dusk.

The Michael Rubenstein Memorial Kidney Walk, 9 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Kidney Foundation at 3000 Old Canton Road, focuses on kidney disease education and prevention and organ donor awareness. Register at 8:30 a.m. for this non-competitive walk through the Fondren/Woodland Hills neighborhood, ending at Fondren Presbyterian.

Savor your Saturday with Art and Coffee at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 10-11:30 a.m., and its chance to slow down with fellow art lovers, museum staff and special guests to discuss current and upcoming exhibitions at La Brioche at the museum. It’s free.

Enjoy guided tours Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

The Lowstyle Expo, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at North Midtown Arts Center in Midtown, is the state’s first car and art expo featuring a blend of cars, graphic art, sticker bomb artwork, vinyl art displays and more, so ride on over and check out some cool creativity!

Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo series opener, “Fiery Flight” blazes onstage with a smashing greatest hits roundup of classical music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. The concert program includes John Adams’ “Lollapalooza,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story,’” Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33” featuring principal cello Veronica Parrales and Stravinsky’s incomparable “Suite from ‘The Firebird.’” Tickets are $26 and up at msorchestra.com and 601-960-1565.

The Influences: Fall Film Series, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, starts a six-week series that explores the visual art form’s impact. Films are chosen by Mississippi artists for the influence on their work. The first film is “Pinky,” selected by contemporary sculptor Phoenix Savage. It’s free.

The film “Pinky” will be screened Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art.

The Flamingo’s 1-Year Anniversary Celebration, 8 p.m. Saturday, revives three favorite acts — Newscast, RedFam and The Jackson Jackals — to perform for the celebrating crowd. The cover’s $5.

Check out the latest ripeness from the Garden Farmacy, Amorphous Gardens and more, 2 p.m. Sunday at The District Farmer’s Market at The District at Eastover.

Fair Trade Green hosts a Vision Board Vision Quest Workshop, 2:30-5:30 p.m. that’ll help you connect with inner goals and desires and focus the way forward.

Hands in Clay, at Canton Mart Square, hosts a Kiddo Art Lab, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Monday. Artist Ginger Williams Cooks teaches the fun studio art class that can nudge kids into high creative gear. “All About Line” is the focus on Monday. Classes are $35 single class, or all four in October for a $20 savings.

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 35 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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