by Sherry Lucas
“Bah, humbug.” There’s no worse expression to an optimist’s ears than Scrooge’s dismissal of the holiday spirit and season. We might know it turns out better — eventually. That a generous smile and spirit will take him over — eventually.
That redemption is what keeps us going. “A Christmas Carol” is a classic, of course. And, you might think you’ve seen it, but New Stage Theatre is giving us a new adaptation this year, “A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas” — same story but a different lens, different sets and different ways to meet the ghosts.
Tuck in for another good dose of the quintessential Christmas tale and a nudge that reminds us all what this season is really all about.
There’s plenty more going on around town, much of it twinkling with a holiday spirit. At the heart of it all: community. So get out there and enjoy yours!
“A Christmas Carol” continues at New Stage Theatre with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Dec. 18-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Actor Chat evenings are Wednesday and Dec. 19. Tickets are $35 adults/$28 students, seniors and military. Call 601-948-3533, or visit the box office or newstagetheatre.com.
A special public reception 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Library Commission showcases the work of artists Charlie Buckley, Eric Huckabee, Robert Cooper, Rory Doyle, Earl Dismuke, Betty Press and Carolyn Buseniener. It’s the fifth and final exhibit highlighting Mississippi Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Fellowship recipients.
Enjoy the music of Eric Stracener, as he plays solo at Barrelhouse, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Get into some seasonal STEM fun at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, where the Friday fun bings STEM with Snowflakes, at 10 a.m. Kids can experiment with instant snow, explore the properties of dry ice, make paper snowflakes and more. It’s $6 adults, $4 kids 3 and older.
Journey to the North Pole continues at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, so be sure to get your jollies in there before the season’s out!
Have a furry family member who needs to get in on the holiday fun? Pet Photos with Santa, 5-7 p.m. Friday at Highland Village in LeFleur East can help with that. It’s $29.95 for a photo disc to print and use your pics.
Priced to Move Vol. 9, 5-10 p.m. Friday and 3-10 p.m. Saturday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, gathers ‘round dozens of Jackson finest artists and makers with a great stash of their fab creations — all priced below $100 — for a big, fun market and the capital city’s premier pop up gallery. Need a nudge on that purchase? No prob. There’s a full selection of Lucky Town brews at hand. And music, too! Friday, enjoy Silent G and friends featuring Frecious (Salar Almakky); Skipp Coon and Silent G improv duo DJ set; Jackson Jackals; Vitamin Cea (Charity Hicks); and Yung Jewelz. Saturday’s lineup promises Spacewolf and Vibe Doctors Jazz Project with special guest Fifth Child on both sets.
Hear Charade Unplugged, live, at 6 p.m. Friday at Hops & Habanas.
A Christmas Open House at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, 6-8 p.m. Friday welcomes the community with refreshments at this Jackson gem.
Set your season and your Saturday straight with Breakfast with Santa & Friends, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s School of Medicine Education Building. Crafts, a hot chocolate bar and a tasty breakfast, plus a photo with Santa, are all part of the fun at this jolly treat that’s also a fundraiser for the UMMC Alliance. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children at bit.ly/Alliance_Santa.
Experience Christmas at Lemuria with “Photos with Paddington (Bear),” Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the space below Lemuria (former Bliss). A variety of Paddington books will also be for sale. There’s free gift wrapping – and hot chocolate, too!
With “The Return of the Snow Queen,” 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Thalia Mara Hall, Ballet Magnificat! revises the story ballet, inspired by a Hans Christian classic, with new additions and updates and again features Kathy Thibodeaux in the lead role. This weekend marks a milestone for Thibodeaux, who’s been dancing on the stage at Thalia Mara Hall since the Municipal Auditorium (as it was first known) opened in 1968. For tickets, $18-$60, visit balletmagnificat.com or call 601-977-1001.
The first installment of “Live at the Lowry,” 7 p.m. Saturday at the historic Lowry House, at 1031 N. Congress St., combines house-party styled live music and a winter clothing drive for Stewpot in a single evening in the 1850s home that was once listed as Mississippi’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places. The music will feature the debut of The Guiding Lights, Spirituals and Rod Smoth, and the event highlights the Lowry House as an event venue. Admission is $5. Coats, blankets and warm clothing for Stewpot will be collected at the door parking is available in the Manship House Museum’s gravel lot, and on the street at North Congress. Security will be provided.
Sal & Mookie’s Children’s Holiday Party, at 9 a.m. Saturday and Dec. 22, includes hot cocoa, holiday cupcakes, a mini photo booth, classic Christmas flicks, a tasty slice of pizza and plenty of fun. It’s $8 a child.
Fondren Cellars’ now annual “Bourbon Bonanza” raises a bottle Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Purchase a ticket to be in the drawing for a year’s worth of highly allocated whiskey. The store will also be conducting a free whiskey tasting including their current barrel selections. For official rules and a bottle list (to be revealed Friday at 8 p.m.), see their Facebook event.
The Pig & Pint’s annual “Toys for Tots” gift card sale at 11 a.m. Saturday means you can get a 50 percent discount on gift cards, this day only, when you bring unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots (one toy required per gift card).
Soak up the gift of song Saturday as the Mississippi Chorus, accompanied by members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, present “Gloria,” 3 p.m. at Woodland Hills Baptist Church sanctuary. The concert is packed with the music of Puccini and Poulenc, plus a sing-along of some of the most popular choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” (music provided) — all conducted by artistic director Mark Nabholz. Find tickets, $20 adults, $5 students, free for children younger than 12, at mschorus.org and at the door.
The 14th annual Jackson Tacky Christmas Party, 9 p.m. Saturday at Hal & Mal’s, promises the tackiest time since Cousin Eddie arrived in the RV. Hosted by the Phoenix Club of Jackson, the fun features DJ Mario on the main stage to keep the party hopping. Tickets are $20 online (ticketfly.com) and $25 at the door. Event hosts — $100/couple limited advance tickets — have access to a private VIP lounge with early access, hors-d’oeuvres, private open bar, and music by Andrew Pates & Company. The party raises funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.
Gather at Fair Trade Green, 3417 N. State St., for a Yule Log Workshop, 2 p.m. Sunday and build your own yule log. Materials will be provided, but bring your own such as taper candles and ivy.
Cupcakes & Cocktails, 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Fondren Corner, trots out a sweet and festive evening of delectable bites by LaBrioche Patisserie, cocktails, live music by Tiger Rogers and sampling and judging of cupcakes from Jackson area bakers. The event is a fundraiser for NAMI Mississippi Youth Advisory Council; tickets, $55, are on sale at eventbrite.com.
A discussion series at Smith Robertson Museum & Cultural Center, “The ‘L’ Word: Lynching in Mississippi,” starts Monday at 11:30 a.m. The History is Your Teacher segment will examine the impact of lynching on the lives of Mississippians.
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.