by Sherry Lucas
My heart sank the instant I saw the Jan. 18 post by Lucky Town Brewing Company, that, after more than six years and countless great beers, that stellar crew will be ending production. The next instant, I had an uncontrollable urge for some Lucky Town Pub Ale, so I dashed off for a six-pack while I still could.
Reminiscing, of course, of that Santa Pub Crawl where I wore my own Christmas tree skirt (yes, as a skirt), of that time I witnessed their first canning run and got spritzed with beer before returning to work, and of the time I challenged Lucas Simmons to make a beer I DIDN’T like.
“Drowning my sorrows” I muttered as I hooked a finger into the ring in the beer aisle. But truth was, the beer’s so good, it just made me smile and savor the flavor. There will be more of that ahead in the short term, with Happy Hours 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays in the tap room through early March. Celebrate the final days and sip some of the finest craft beer I’ve tasted in the weeks ahead. I know I won’t get my fill.
The landscape is popping with super stuff, and I’m not even talking ’bout that football game.
“Hell in High Water,” a play with music at New Stage Theatre, is based on a true story from the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 and features blues artist Vasti Jackson as both a member of the cast and the music director and composer of music unique to this production. Conflicts of fathers and sons, landowners and sharecroppers, power and poverty come to a head in this play about a disaster with long-term consequences for Greenville, Mississippi and America. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and Feb. 5-9 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 10. Tickets are $30/$25 students and seniors; visit newstagetheatre.com or the box office, or call 601-948-3531.
Find out more about a lesser-known element of civil rights history at Wednesday’s History Is Lunch with the program “The Parchman Ordeal: 1965 Natchez Civil Rights Injustice,” at noon at Two Mississippi Museums. The program is free.
Kundi Compound in Fondren hosts Kickback at the Compound, 5:30-8:30 p.m. every Wednesday (starting this one) and Sunday. It just might be your new favorite place to hang, low-key style.
The traveling exhibit “Ocean Bound” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in LeFleur East through May 12, connects visitors with how their land actions can affect the ocean, with plenty of hands-on activities.
Lucky Town Brewing Company is closing in March but don’t cry in your beer just yet. Happy hours starting at 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays at the brewery on Mill Street is the perfect way to show your appreciation for some truly stellar beers (and enjoy them in the process).
Saturday is the deadline to reserve a spot for Dinner & a Dive at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, a unique Valentine’s Day-aimed event, with a four-course meal created by Saltine, enjoyed alongside the aquariums, an interpretive dive plus time to explore the museum. The dinner, 6-8:30 p.m. Feb. 9, is $75 a person; call 601-576-6000; couples, singles and groups are welcome for this 21-and-up event.
Theology on Tap, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Fondren Public, is a chance to eat, drink and talk about faith, led by Broadmeadow Methodist minister Lance Presley.
Entrepreneur Quarterly, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at Sal & Mookie’s is a meet up for entrepreneurs and deep dive on the oft-requested topic of marketing. Panelists provide practical tips and tricks. It’s free and open to the public; panelists include The Ramey Agency’s Chris Ray; Edge Theory’s LeAnne Gault and Visit Jackson’s Jonathan Pettus. It’s presented by the restaurant and Mantle City Club + Inc.ubator.
Covered, with an all-star band of talented local musicians paying tribute to such music legends as Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty and B.B. King, is 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Duling Hall. The concerts will benefit the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Find tickets, starting at $25, at fondrencovered.com. Thursday’s show is sold out, but tickets remain for Wednesday.
Join the crowd at the juice joint Friday — The Ice House Venue, 251 W. South St. — where a Speakeasy Soiree works some Prohibition-era fun for a great cause. The Phoenix Club of Jackson’s 11th annual Speakeasy Soiree, 8 p.m. to midnight, will be en enlivened by Motown and pop hits, plus tasty food and drink from the area’s top restaurants and beverage providers. Partiers are encouraged to get into the spirit (as well as spirits), donning flapper dresses and Gatsby attire for fun. Tickets are $55 online advance (speakeasy2019.eventbrite.com or via Venmo @PhoenixClub) and $65 at the door and include access to the after-party at George Street after midnight. Event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.
Art & Coffee, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at La Brioche and galleries at the Mississippi Museum of Art, where curator of American art Elizabeth Abston shares details and updates on the readying the museum’s permanent collection for reinstallation this fall. It’s free and open to the public, with coffee.
The Makers’ Workshop: heART & Soul Journals is a chance to get creative, led by creatively fit coach Jina Daniels. It’s 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Canvas at Jax-Zen FLoat in Midtown. Find tickets, $$35 (supplies included) at clients.mindbodyonline.com.
The Texas Tenors, finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and recent participants in its Champion edition, bring that song, swagger and stunning combo of classical and country music, pop, gospel, opera, Broadway, R&B and more, to the stage with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. Enjoy a mix of John Denver, Bruno Mars, The Righteous Brothers, “Les Miserables” and more. For tickets, $21 and up for adults, $5 for children/students, visit msorchestra.com or call 601-960-1565.
Saturday night, settle in for some great Americana and indie rock sounds from The Sedonas, Empty Atlas, Stonewalls and The Woodlands, 8 p.m. at Duling Hall. Tickets are $7 advance (ardenland.net) and $10 day of show.
The 5th annual Chinese Spring Festival Extravaganza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art celebrates the Lunar New Year and “year of the pig” with cultural performances, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, a food fair and more.
The Bacchus Ball, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club of Jackson, hosted by the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, rolls out the bon temps and the Mardi Gras red carpet for fun with music by 14 Karat Gold and incredible art goes up for bid. Tickets are for the black-tie-optional bash are $125.
Enjoy live music from Spencer Thomas, 8-10 p.m. Saturday at Barrelhouse.
SOUPer Bowl XXII, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Sparkman Auditorium at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, is a chance to enjoy unlimited soups by local restaurants, desserts and other goodies. Adult tickets, $25, include a bowl by Mustard Seed (limited supply). Child tickets are $10.
Find out more about fascinating creatures at “Dragonflies and Damselflies; Mississippi’s Bizarre and Beautiful Odonates,” noon to 1 p.m Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, where biologist Doug Clarke discusses cultural perceptions, the anatomy of the species and more.
Music in the City, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features pianist Theresa Sanchez. It’s free and open to the public.
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.