Violets always bring a smile to my face and a memory to mind. Image: Sherry Lucas

by Sherry Lucas

As we’re about to see February in the rearview mirror, I’d like to give just a quick thanks to all the cheery blooms it brings. In the midst of the weather and temperature seesaw that’s Mississippi climate at its annual finest, we get the sweet violets underfoot, bright faces of daffodils waving in the breeze, and lovely snowbell flowers that stick around longer than snow ever did here. Redbuds, Japanese magnolia, fruit trees and bushes that already have the bees buzzing — I love you all, too!

But, I’m partial to wild violets — a good thing since they come up everywhere in my backyard. A sleeping bag I had as a kid had a quote that always stuck with me “Forgiveness is the fragrance a violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” I think of it every time I see the little flowers underfoot, and I step carefully because of it.

To all you pretty flowers: Thanks for the wake-up nudge that spring’s on the way.

Lots of cheery bits of art, music and general fun are in full bloom around town, too, of course. Sniff out what suits and enjoy the bouquet!

The first edition of the comedy show 5 Dollar Funny, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lucky Town Brewing Company, goes for giggles and guffaws with a lineup sure to deliver both, with Rita Brent, Nardo Blacktastic and Ben Compton and Marc D. Williams. As the title suggests, it’s $5. Drop back by Lucky Town on Thursday for one of the Last Days of Lucky Town Happy Hours, 4-8 p.m.

The Mississippi Miracles Radiothon continues Wednesday through Friday as deejays across central Mississippi interview current and former patients, family and hospital staff, giving listeners the chance to call in pledges to benefit Batson’s Children’s Hospital. The event will be held at Nelson Student Union; listeners, tune in and pony up.

“The Underwater Bubble Show,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Thalia Mara Hall, is a modern fairy tale about an adult who rediscovers childlike enchantment with the underwater world of Bubblelandia. Tickets are $25 at ticketmaster.com.

Be sure to get by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum soon to see the new permanent exhibition on beloved columnist and Mississippi treasure Orley Hood.

Tucker and Mary Ann Hood stand beside a new exhibit on Orley Hood. Image: Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Best-selling author Angie Thomas signs and reads from her second novel, “On the Come Up,” 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Lemuria Books. Additional signings/readings this week include James T. Campbell and Elaine Owens with “Mississippi Witness” at 5 p.m. Wednesday and Adam Makos with “Spearhead” at 5 p.m. Friday.

Bring your two favorites together with a Girl Scout Cookie Pairing Benefiting Troop 3326, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at Lucky Town Brewing Company. Tickets are $15.

St. Richard Catholic School fundraiser Krewe de Cardinal comes to the Railroad District Friday night. The event features a cash drawing, live and silent auction, live music, creole cocktails and cuisine and more. Tickets are $50 per person and benefit St. Richard School.

Afro Vibes 2019, 7 p.m. Friday at Kundi Compound, 3220 N. State St., features live drums, dance, jazz and funk. It’s $10 adults, $5 children 12 and younger.

Friday night’s concert Christian rock band Needtobreathe, in an acoustic live tour, is practically packed at Thalia Mara Hall, but act quick and maybe you can score a seat. The show’s at 7 p.m., with special guest Matt Maeson. Ticket are $30.50-$60.50 on ticketfly.com.

Needtobreathe performs Friday night at Thalia Mara Hall. Image: ardenland

The Mississippi Children’s Museum celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday, 10 a.m. Saturday with a Seuss-inspired fun day that includes ooey gooey oobleck, a themed scavenger hunt, Thing 1 and Thing 2 masks and more. Activities are included with admission or membership. Also Saturday, visiting artist Doris Jones leads kids into the world of performing arts.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum celebrates Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Saturday. Image: Mississippi Children’s Museum

Krewe De Roux this weekend includes a parade and block party in historic downtown Brandon Friday night 6-9 p.m., and a gumbo cookoff and festival at Brandon Amphitheater on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food trucks, adult beverages, a kid zone, live music and more.

“As We Go,” a senior art exhibition of works by Bailey Hughes and Rachel Townsdin opens Saturday at Belhaven University’s Bitsy Irby Visual Art & Dance Center, with a 2-4 p.m. reception.

Take advantage of free guided tours of the exhibitions on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 11 a.m. Saturday. That’s also opening day for “Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art,” a traveling exhibition of thought-provoking, experimental and critical works by 15 Chickasaw artists.

The Scholastic Art Awards exhibition is among those on view at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Cathead Distillery hosts their “First Boil” on Saturday with crawfish from Sal & Phil’s and music by Big A and the Allstars. It’s 1-8 p.m. with music from 3-7 p.m. All ages are welcome, free admission and food and drink is for sale. They’ll also announce the full lineup for this year’s Cathead Jam.

Zoolympics, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Zoo, features Inky the Clown, Soccer Shots, Trey Crake’s Academy of Kung Fu, SnapHappy Face Painting and much more.

Sunday, sit back and enjoy the sounds, sights and music of the Metro Male Chorus of Jackson, and guests artists Ballet Mississippi featuring David Keary on guitar, all in support of Mississippi Public Broadcasting, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. Tickets, $15 adults and $10 seniors/military and $5 students, can be purchased at mpbfoundation.org or at the door.

The Metro Male Chorus of Jackson performs Sunday at St. Philip’s. Image: Sherry Castle Boyer

Also Sunday, Michael Beattie, president and executive director of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, will perform a recital immediately following a 5 p.m. Eveningsong service at St. James Episcopal Church. The program includes music of Cesar Franck, Gaston Litaize and J.S. Bach, and Beattie will be joined by MSO principal oboe Julie Hudik.

Tuesday, take a chirp-worthy break with the noon lecture, “A Little Bird Told Me: The Art of Interpreting the Behavior of Birds,” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, as naturalist Sarah Wheeless Hammond talks about bird language.

Arizona indie rock band Jared & The Mill sweeps the Southeast with a Jackson stop Tuesday night at Duling Hall, with Chief White Lightning opening, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 advance (ardenland.net) and $10 day of show.

Jared & The Mill performs Tuesday at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

A seven-show run of the touring production of the musical “Les Miserables” starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and continues through March 10 at Thalia Mara Hall. For show times and ticket links, visit thaliamarahall.net.

Mardi Gras 4 ALZ, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday at 1908 Provisions at the Fairview Inn, celebrates carnival season with a raffle auction, happy hour, prix fixe Mardi Gras menu, king cake and more. Come in your Mardi Gras finest or come as you are, but laissez les bons temps rouler. Admission is free.

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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