A fun find from my rock hunting trip! Image: Sherry Lucas

by Sherry Lucas

Over a year ago, I made good on a long-time goal and got myself invited along on a rock hunt with Mississippi Museum of Natural Science paleontologist George Phillips. He was catching up with a buddy and they graciously let me tag along for a couple of hours on the creek bank. It was all great fun for me — finding shark teeth, hearing about other discoveries, learning the back story on tiny remnants we came across and even having the fellas teach me all about fossilized poo.

It’s a window to an ancient world that lies way back in the past and, at the same time, beneath our feet. The Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society’s 60th annual show this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart, where the family-friendly focus is on knowledge and enjoyment related to the earth sciences.

There are plenty of other gems around town, too, on the arts, entertainment and festivities front. Rock out, rock on or both. It’s all there, just waiting.

Don’t miss the Last Days of Lucky Town Happy Hour, 4-8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, 1710 N. Mill St. Toast the fellas and enjoy your beer while it lasts. Tap room’s also open 4-10 p.m. Fridays 1-8 p.m. Saturdays, so pony up for a pint of something tasty before time runs out!

And Gallery Documentary Film Series marking Black History Month continues with Thursday’s 7 p.m. showing of “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about legendary singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone, known as the “High Priestess of Soul.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; suggested donation is $5.

Museum After Hours, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, centers on the “Black Movement” theme, commemorating Black History Month with a pop-up exhibition of works by African-American graphic artist and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett and students from Tougaloo University, and music from Blue Light Underground Ensemble, vocalist Courtnie Mack and rap-poetry group Deep Seedz Arts Collective. See the full schedule at msmuseumart.org. Food trucks will be on hand in The Art Garden.

Courtnie Mack will perform “Black Gold: Mining Our Music” at Museum After Hours Thursday. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

America’s AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck recreates the spirit of the live AC/DC experience, 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net) and $20 day of show.

Juice, at 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall, distills rock, R&B and hip-hop into a signature sound on an evening that also offers up John Hart and Judson Wright. Tickets are $10.

Unframed at New Stage Theatre presents “Gloria,” a dramatic, shocking comedy about workplace dynamics, ambition, tragedy and exploitation at a Manhattan magazine, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre, 1000 Monroe St. Admission is $10 cash or check at the door.

Unframed Series at New Stage Theatre presents “Gloria,” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday at The Warehouse Theatre. Image: New Stage Theatre

The February Community Ride, 7-10 p.m. Friday, meets up at the Capri Theater for a mellow ride that’ll take in Lucky Town Brewing Company.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Cary Hudson shares his excellent bluesy alt-country/Southern rock music in a solo gig, 7-10 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s.

The 1st Quarter Exchange, 7-10 p.m. Friday at Offbeat, includes live performances by Dolla Black, Yung Jewelz, and Jo’De Boy, and featuring Alfred Banks, plus introducing Dré Dys and DJ Bigg Shocka on music duties. Reserve a spot on eventbrite.com.

The Kaleidoscope 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Kids Fun Run (age 12 and younger) gets a 9 a.m. start at Fondren Church, 3327 Old Canton Road, with a block party at the finish. Proceeds will be donated to Sunnybrook Children’s Home; registration  — $40 for the walk/run and  $15 for the Fun Run, is accepted through Friday. It’s hosted by Central Mississippi Realtors.

Enjoy the sparkle and really rock out at the Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the State Fairgrounds. Features include a special exhibit by The Artifact Shack owner Jeff McCraw, who has spent a lifetime collective Native American artifacts and fossils. Also at the show: 25 dealers from across the country with minerals, fossil specimens, beads and more, demonstrations on the diversity of lapidary arts and fun activities for kids. Admission is $6 adults, $3 students, $2 for Scout and leaders in uniform and free for children 5 and younger.

The Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show is this weekend at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Image: Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society

The Barrelhouse Birthday Crawfish Boil, 1-6 p.m. Saturday, makes a spicy celebration of the gastropub’s second year in business, with bands and beer specials to sweeten the mix.

The Barrelhouse Birthday Crawfish Boil celebrates year two on Saturday. Image: Sherry Lucas

Visiting artist Teresa Haygood is back at the Mississippi Children’s Museum Saturday, with workshops at 11 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., inspiring the kids with artistry, imagination and hands-on fun. It’s included in general admission and museum membership.

The Arc of Freedom & Social Justice Art Festival/Film Screening, 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Tougaloo College, includes a showing of “Respect Our Black Dollars, an exhibition of artwork by Christopher Windfield and a sneak peek at the film “Thirst for Freedom: The George Raymond Story.”

The 7th annual Filmmaker’s ‘Collard Greens and Grits” Bash and Top Chef Competition Saturday at the Jackson Marriott, promises to be the best yet, showcasing Mississippi’s culinary talents and some of its best music, too. A 6-7 p.m. VIP Champagne Reception opens the event with the Sous Chef Competition and music by the Steve Johnson Blues Band. The main Bash, follows, 7-9 p.m., with amazing food from Top Chef competitors, live music by Pocket featuring Melvin “Housecat” Hendrex, plus a silent auction. The event is hosted by NMHS Unlimited Film Productions. Tickets are $100 for the VIP Champagne Reception and $50 for the bash.

Gumbo Girl Chef/owner Marilyn Kithuka, 2018 Top Bash Chef winner and more, will return for the “Collard Greens and Grits” Bash, to defend her title Saturday. Image: NMHS Unlimited Film Productions

Jackson Symphony League’s Chairman’s Ball, supporting the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Country Club of Jackson, promises a great evening of food, superb music and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $150 at msotickets.com.

Jujutsu, 8 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat, celebrates the lives of J Dilla and Jujabes with The Late Years and DonChe, special DJ sets by Brik-A-Brak and DJ Young Venom, plus special guest Gamma Rae Cosplay. The cover is $5.

Have a little creativity in your coffee. The Latte Art Throwdown 2019 is 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Cups, an Espresso Cafe.

The Mississippi College Music Department presents “Broadway — Retold,” with selections from “Hamilton” to “Hello Dolly” and “Spamalot” to “Anything Goes,” 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Aven Hall on the Clinton campus. Entry is by donation of any amount.

Tune in and turn up for 95.5 Hallelujah FM’s 15th year anniversary, 7 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. The event features John P. Kee, Le’andria Johnson, Zacardi Cortez, True Believers and Willie Clayton. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets, $15-$45, visit ticketmaster.com.

Pastor John P. Kee is part of Hallelujah 95.5’s birthday celebration. Image: Charles Sykes

The Mississippi Opera Guild will honor restaurateur/man-of-many-talents Jeff Good with its first Mississippi Opera Circle of Excellence Award, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dinsmor Clubhouse in Ridgeland. The celebration includes the award presentation, a brief concert of opera and musical theater selections by Sarah Stembel and Olivia Vaughn with pianist Julian Jones, and a reception. 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 sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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