by Sherry Lucas
It’s been a fun ride, and it’s with a heavy heart and a powerful thirst that I’ll see Lucky Town Brewing Company go. The last party on Saturday marks the tap room’s close, with plates of spicy crawfish, taters and corn from Sal & Phil’s Seafood & Lounge and plenty of delicious beers on tap to wash it all down.
I stopped by the taproom recently, taking full advantage of the beer menu to let the flavors of my favorites linger right there in the room that brewed them. I’ll encourage the rest of you to do the same.
Elsewhere, let’s hope we’re seeing winter’s back end and spring’s arrival. A couple of events are touting “Spring” in their titles, and others are embracing the outdoors. Sunshine, are you with us?
Celebrate the beginning of Lent with a service of ashes in the chapel at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church, 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Need a spot to chill? Kickback at the Kundi Compound, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.
The touring production of “Les Miserables” continues its run at Thalia Mara Hall with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Find tickets at ticketmaster.com.
At Spring Farm Days, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, the museum grounds experience a seasonal awakening with cooking demonstrations, gardening, farm animals and the chance to learn about farmstead life. Admission is $6 adults, $4 children ages 3-8.
A Spring Art Show, 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Haven Curated Home, highlights new work from Ellen Langford and Rachel Misenar.
A Night for the Stars: Spring Speakeasy & Silent Auction for McWillie Elementary School, is Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Rickhouse, The Manship’s event venue on Poplar in Belhaven. Live entertainment, an open bar, & catering by the Manship is featured at this ticketed event (tickets available here).
A LeFleur East Summit, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, welcomes special guest and First Lady of Mississippi, Deborah Bryant, in a celebration and exchange of success, goals and projects for 2019. All residents and businesses are welcome to attend.
A Gallery Talk, “Translating Spaces, Picturing Ancestors,” at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art has curator of American art Elizabeth Abston guiding visitors through historic maps of the Chickasaw homeland and discussing key works in the “Visual Voices” exhibition. It’s free.
Then swing back by the museum Tuesday night for Art Nights and a closer look at “Visual Voices” and its contemporary Chickasaw art, with Manuela Well-Off-Man, exhibition co-creator and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, for a 5:45 p.m. program, followed by Music in the City with Mathena & Parrales at 6:45 p.m.
Food Truck Friday mobilizes back in downtown Jackson on Friday, so get the wheels turning on your appetite and wander out for fresh air, fresh eats and cool vibes from a Drake & Rihanna playlist from DJ David Watkins at Smith Park, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Pulitzer Prize winner and two-term Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey gives the 2019 Bettye Jolly Lecture Friday, at 4:30 p.m. at Eudora Welty House in the Garden. In the case of inclement weather, catch the lecture at the Recital Hall at the Academic Complex at Millsaps College. Trethewey, a native of Gulfport, is the author of “Native Guard,” “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” and more. The lecture is free.
Blackness: Violet Deep by Alexis McGrigg opens Friday at 6 p.m. at AND Gallery in Midtown. McGrigg is an emerging contemporary artist who explores themes of blackness, space, spirituality, identity, and collective consciousness. She integrates poetry, sound, and performance in her practice as major contributors of influence throughout her research. The opening is free.
The Village Social: Trivia, 7-9 p.m. Friday at Highland Village, takes a green theme with an Ode to St. Patrick Trivia Night in the Plaza, so bring the blarney and find some fun.
Bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings, hailed by Rolling Stone for the “intricate and calculated frenzy” of his finger work as well as a can’t-miss act, plays Duling Hall at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.
Where Da Waifu X JuJutsu, 7 p.m. Friday at Offbeat, offers a meet and greet with unique artists RaeBae Cosplay and Gamma Rae Cosplay, with special sets by Essence, Zeitgeist and NovaDrops.
Spacecamp Jxn showcases Chicago pop whiz Paul Cherry, 8-10 p.m. Friday at The Lowry House in Belhaven.
The Fossil Road Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, looks to the past with a knowledgeable eye. Pack up your fossil discoveries and bring them in for expert opinions on their ages and identities, see the museum’s fossil collection and collector displays, have fun with a hands-on “fossil” dig and scavenger hunt, and more. The event’s included with regular museum admission of $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 youth ages 3-18 and free for kids younger than 3 and museum members.
Lucky Town’s Endgame Crawfish Boil, 1-8 p.m. Saturday is the brewery’s final party before officially closing its tap room, so go enjoy a pint of Jackson’s best beer and a plate of crawfish, and tunes (starting at 3 p.m.) by Double Take, A Deer A Horse, Kicking and Jason Daniels Band.
The 2019 Legal Beagle 5K, 8:15-11 a.m. Saturday at Regions Bank, 1455 Jacksonian Plaza, runs through the heart of LeFleur East and finishes just off Old Canton Road between Regions and Kroger. Founded in 2000 by local attorneys Leigh Vernon and David Maron, both former collegiate cross-country stars, the race has been held for 19 consecutive years, which, according to (local race promoter) Rod Simmons, makes it the second longest running race in Jackson. Register here.
The Harder Barter Market, 3-4 p.m. Saturday at The Beacon, welcomes handmade goods to trade, from makers of all mediums. Be on the lookout for visual art, materials, tools, food, instruments, writing handmade soap, artisan bread and even skills. Come to barter. The event is free.
The Mississippi Anime Festival Saturday at the Mississippi Trade Mart, includes these draws: guests such as Cherami Leigh and Josh Grelle; panels on topics from con survival to cosplay; plenty of vendors; cosplay and a costume contest and more. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 advance (eventbrite.com) and $20 day of show, $5 kids ages 2-8 and free for children younger than 2. Find out more at msanimefest.com.
Spring Break Activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through March 15 at the Museum of Mississippi History offers a chance for children ages 4 and older to step back in time with a thematic scavenger hunt through Mississippi history. It’s included with admission.
Find more Spring Break Activities, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through March 15 at the Old Capitol Museum, with various activities involving the Mississippi Hall of Fame and the museum’s history and architecture.
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.