Remember the true spirit of giving — to friends, family, neighbors and community with a richness of spirit, a joy of sharing and all the bonds that good times can strengthen and secure.

by Sherry Lucas

Halloween came early for some with an anticipated scary weather front, so a quick dash to the store on the heels of a cross-country flight assured I had some sweets for Tuesday night trick-or-treaters. Whew!

As October howls to another year’s close and we edge ever closer to the hectic holiday season (yes, there are several next-holiday staples in the days ahead), remember the true spirit of giving — to friends, family, neighbors and community with a richness of spirit, a joy of sharing and all the bonds that good times can strengthen and secure.

Fondren After 5 and Blocktoberfeast are great examples. Hang out with the neighbors and rediscover again the heart and soul of this fun district.

History Is Lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Two Mississippi Museums, features Peter B. Miazza in a discussion of his new book, “Voices Heard from the Grave: Jackson’s Greenwood Cemetery.”

The Kids Fall Festival, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Redeemer Church, 640 E. Northside Drive, targets ages 0 through 5th grade for games, costumes (not scary ones, please) and family fun, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Barrelhouse’s “Booze and Boos” Halloween Party, starting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, serves up live music from Wyatt Edmondson and Blake Brock, right up to 10 p.m, and specialty Halloween cocktails to refresh the spirits. Costumed fun-seekers enter a competition for the prize of free tuna nachos for a year.

New Stage Theatre’s production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” continues through Sunday, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The vibrant and talented girl at the drama’s heart embodies hope and humanity as eight people hide from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic.  For tickets, visit newstagetheatre.com or the theater box office, or call 601-948-3533.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” continues at New Stage Theatre. Image: Cameron Pitre and New Stage Theatre

The exhibit “One Medium: Many Expressions” by the Mississippi Oil Painters Association, opens with a 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday reception at The Cedars and features recent works by members including Tammy Cook, Paul Fayard, Lucy Mazzaferro, Thomas Wilson and many more. The show will hang through Nov. 30.

Fondren After 5 in the downtown Fondren Historic District, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday, includes fun during Duling Avenue Live with face-painting, space jump and live music from The Busty Petites, the Beacon Makers Market, Dia de la Muertos at Green Ghost Tacos and more activities throughout the district.

Elton Dan & The Rocket Band — Elton John tribute band — brings the incredible combo of on-top pop and over-the-top costumes to the Duling Hall stage, 8 p.m Thursday. Gypsies, Doves and Dreams open. Tickets are $20; tables are available for reservation in advance for a $100 reservation fee.

Brown’s Fine Art and Framing hosts “Kick-Off to Christmas!” 5-7 p.m. Thursday (during Fondren After 5) and Friday, with a showcase of seasonal gifts and affordable fine art. Enjoy works by Kit Fields, Dick Ford, Laurin Stennis, Charlie Busler and more.

Fondren Theatre Workshop presents Jerome Bixby’s “The Man from Earth,” with showings at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at The Cedars. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students, seniors and military with ID. It’s an outdoor venue, so dress accordingly and bring blankets or chairs and even a picnic if you like (some seating will be available). If there’s inclement weather, the performance may be moved inside and/or tickets will be honored at a subsequent performance. Purchase tickets are brownpapertickets.com.

Thursday at the District Green Live, enjoy live music ranging from throwback oldies to current hits, at 6 p.m. at The District at Eastover. Go-cups are encouraged and lawn chairs are welcome.

The Rod & YoYo show, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fischer Galleries, showcases new sculpture by Rod Moorhead and paintings by Younok Jung in an opening reception.

New works by sculptor Rod Moorhead and painter Younok Jung are showcased in a Thursday reception at Fischer Galleries. Image: Fischer Galleries

Join Thursday’s reading and signing of Beth Kander’s “Original Syn,” a rich world of family secrets, forbidden love and other perils, 5-6 p.m. at Lemuria Books.

The TAPS 2018 Showcase: Classic Beauty, presented by Hathor LLC and Thick and Proud Sisters 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at A1 Event Center, 1415 Country Club Drive, is $30 advance for the 6:30-7:30 p.m. Curves & Cocktail Lounge, and $20 advance general admission. Find tickets at Kundi Compound.

Fondren Theatre Workshop brings the 1975 musical science-fiction horror-comedy film, Rocky Horror Picture Show, to life with a “shadowcast” in an adults-only party at Highland Village Friday. “The Village Social – Rocky Horror Picture Show” events begins with a cocktail party at 8 p.m.; showtime is 9 p.m. Chairs and blankets are encouraged.

Hear singer/songwriter Jordy Searcy at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Friday, with John Hart and Anse Rigby opening. Tickets are $7 advance (ardenland.net) and $10 day of show.

Roll with the Nitro Arenacross Nationals, at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Tickets are $10-$23 and up on ticketmaster.com.

Belhaven University Theatre presents “White Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-8 in the Blackbox Theatre.

Blocktoberfeast 2018, 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Richard Catholic Church, celebrates the Broadmeadow neighborhood in Fondren with live music, barbecue, burgers, brews, a bounce house and more.

Lucky Town Brewing Company celebrates its 6th Anniversary Party 1-8 p.m. Saturday, with live music by Spencer Thomas and Empty Atlas, new beers, games and prizes and more.

Empty Atlas performs at Saturday’s Lucky Town 6th anniversary party. Image: Empty Atlas

The Youth Art, Poetry & Justice SLAM 8, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat again commemorates Youth Justice Action Month with the visual and/or spoken word creations by high school and college-aged artists. It’s free.

“WonderLust: Materiality and Movement in Mississippi,” 3-7 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, unveils and examines new projected video artwork by artist Jeffrey Gibson, created as part of his summer residency in Jackson. The program includes a keynote conversation with Gibson, a roundtable discussion with project participants in the public, and the premiere of an in-process cut of “WonderLust.” It’s free to the public, but registration is required.

The Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of greater Jackson kicks off its season with a 3 p.m. Sunday concert at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral downtown. The concert’s theme, “Orchestral Pictures,” includes “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens, “Peer Gynt Suite 2” by Grieg and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” It’s free and open to the public.

“The Diary of Anne Frank” continues at New Stage Theatre. Image: Cameron Pitre and New Stage Theatre

“Sordid Lives” creator Del Shores performs his one-man show, “Six Characters in Search of a Play,” 7:30 p.m. Monday at New Stage Theatre. For tickets, $25 each, call 601-948-3533 ext. 222 or visit newstagetheatre.com. In the 90-minute show, audiences hear the stories behind eccentrics Shores has met, and his off-the-rails encounters with them.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills and leading singer Judy Collins, folk icons, shaped modern music and share their legendary music, 7:30 p.m. Monday at Thalia Mara Hall. Find tickets, $35 to $90 and up, on ticketmaster.com.

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University is the topic for Tuesday’s program, next in the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. The program is at 7 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall; it’s $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 sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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