By Sherry Lucas
Halloween wraps its skeletal arms around us all this final weekend in October, so the costume-inclined are kicking it into high gear. In a cool twist for me, Cyndi Lauper will be in town, decades after I appropriated her style for a Halloween party on Congress Street.
The real marker of this weekend, besides a healthy dose of music, is a wealthy selection of options for theater lovers, with New Stage Theatre, Fondren Theatre Workshop and MS Murder Mysteries/Fringe Dinner Theater productions at hand, covering bases from historical to sci-fi to ghostly comedy.
Whether you’re costumed out and part of the show, or playing an appreciative role in the audience, find some fun and have a great weekend out there, folks!
Living history interpreter Case Hicks shares the stories of President Theodore Roosevelt’s trip from the White House to the Mississippi Delta and the famous hunt with Holt Collier that gave rise to the teddy bear, 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
Wednesday night’s Mississippi Food and Wine Chef Dinner at CAET Wine Bar at 7 p.m. rounds up top chefs including Jackson’s Derek Emerson, Louis LaRose, Alex Eaton and more, for an event that’ll benefit Refill Cafe. Tickets, available for purchase here, are $125 each.
“The Diary of Anne Frank” continues at New Stage Theatre with performances through November 4 in a powerful new adaptation of the historical story of a bright, vibrant girl among eight people hiding from Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic. Tickets are $35, with discounts for students, seniors and groups, at the box office, newstagetheatre.com or 601-948-3531. Related programming includes New Stage Dialogues: “The Impact of the Diary of Anne Frank,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; Youth Night on Thursday with $10 admission for those 18 and younger for the drama and a showcase by the Youth Acting Troupe.
Denver Art Museum native arts curator John P. Lukavic, curator of the current “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer,” gives a special lecture Wednesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, on Gibson’s development, visual vocabulary and themes. The program’s at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday; the cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m. The event is free.
The ever-delightful Elizabeth Heiskell signs and reads from “The Southern Living Party Cookbook,” 5 p.m. Thursday at Lemuria Books. Entertaining is an adjective and a verb — this caterer/TV personality/cooking teacher/Debutante Farmer handles both ends.
Just have fun with the girl who got that pop song so lovingly stuck in your head, as The Mind Center presents Cyndi Lauper, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets are $39.50-$59.50 on ticketfly.com.
Enjoy outdoor music, 6 p.m. Thursday at The District Green Live at The District at Eastover.
The Brook & The Bluff meld evocative instrumentals with vocal harmonies with highly listenable results; hear ‘em live in the Red Room at Hal & Mal’s, 8 p.m. Thursday. It’s $10.
The Southern Komfort Brass Band puts the blast into the West JXN Porch Fest, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the International House and the current location of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship, 1225 Robinson St. Bring lawn chairs to this outdoor event that also features food and drink vendors and activities for the kids.
MS Murder Mysteries/Fringe Dinner Theater presents Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” 7 p.m. Thursday at Sal & Mookie’s. Visit fringedinnertheatre.com for menus and reservations (required at least 24 hours in advance). Tickets are $52.
Fondren Theatre Workshop presents the sci-fi tale “The Man From Earth” by Jerome Bixby and Richard Schenkman, Thursday through Sunday and Nov. 2-4 on the “back porch theater” at The Cedars. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors an military with ID; visit fondrentheatreworkshop.org.
Highland Village’s Fam Friday – Tricks and Treats – is Friday at 5. Face painting, village-wide trick or treating and more. Wear your costume!
There’s more family fun at Halloween Movie Night, 7 p.m. Friday at The District at Eastover, celebrates family fun with a showing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on the District Green. Arrive in costume and expect tricks and treats throughout the District.
Park After Dark, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Children’s Museum and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, promises creepy crafts, trick-or-treating and more spooktacular fun throughout both sites, and the chance to wear your costume throughout. Tickets are $9 advance online at mschildrensmuseum.org for a limited time, $10 at the gate.
Costume up and come on down Lucky Town Brewing Company, 4-11 p.m. Friday for the 3rd annual Haunted Brewery Tours, with a costume contest (at 9:30 p.m.) Halloween candy pairings and evil brewery tours. Plus the usual bewitching brews, of course.
Hometown hero and heroine, Ben and Erin Napier, stars of the HGTV show based in Laurel, will sign their memoir, “Make Something Good Today,” Saturday at Lemuria at 2 p.m. A reading and discussion will follow at 4 p.m. Space will be limited.
Charleston-based band The Artisanals delivers a blend of Americana/Southern rock in a free show, 4 p.m. Saturday at Cathead Distillery.
Cigar and Blues Night with Jessie Cotton Stone starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Hops & Habanas.
The Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association of Fondren hosts a community-wide real estate open house of homes for sale in the neighborhood at the top of the Fondren district, at 2 p.m. Sunday. For the addresses of participating houses, see the event post here.
Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter Lauren Daigle plays a sold-out show, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Thalia Mara Hall.
Offbeat’s Bizarre Halloween Party, 9 p.m. Saturday, carries a Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure theme and a big nudge for costumes and cosplay for characters and music references (prizes awarded for the best). DJ Young Venom supplies the tunes. Admission is $10.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.