Celticfest. Image: Ron Blaylock

by Sherry Lucas

This week, the community comes to the table at the Beth Israel Bazaar Wednesday and it gathers on the dance floor for Celtic Fest Mississippi’s céilí Saturday.

Celebrations of heritage, foods, music and more toast the cultures and traditions that are part of the Mississippi fabric, and two in one week is a genuine treat. It’s a chance to sit down and visit over a plate of brisket, blintzes and cabbage rolls or other traditional Jewish fares, and contribute to the greater community good at the fundraiser at Beth Israel Congregation. Then at this weekend’s Celtic Fest, kick up your heels to the lively Scottish and Irish music and embrace the fresh spring air along with the infectious fiddle melodies.

Come together, neighbors. Whether it’s a feast or festival, or any of the other great choices where conversation, food, dance, art and music intersect — it’s more fun when we share it.

The Beth Israel Bazaar on Wednesday dishes up delicious and authentic Jewish foods, as well as deli favorites and Middle Eastern fare, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Wednesday at Beth Israel Congregation, as well as a silent auction, raffle, white elephant sale, gourmet desserts and casseroles. Find a menu at bethisraelms.org.

The Mississippi String Quartet gives a special, rare performance of Beethoven’s “Grosse Fugue,” 6:30-7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the historic Old Capitol Museum, in the House of Representatives Chamber. Though not well-received in Beethoven’s time, the work is now considered one of the greatest in music literature. Admission is free.

Lovejoy Boteler signs and reads from his book “Crooked Snake: The Life and Crimes of Albert Lepard,” at 5 p.m. Thursday at Lemuria Books in Fondren.

Author Lovejoy Boteler signs “Crooked Snake” Thursday at Lemuria Books. Image: University Press of Mississippi

The acclaimed 32-member Clare College Choir from the University of Cambridge in England, frequent BBC radio performers hailed for “thrillingly fresh and feisty singing,” presents Renaissance sacred choral music, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Fondren. Tickets are $30/$5 students at the door for this concert that’s part of the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music season.

The Clare College Choir performs Thursday night at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Image: clarecollegechoir.com

A Gallery Talk, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Museum in downtown Jackson of Art brings in Tougaloo College art collections administrator Turry M. Flucker to share stories about the relationship between Tougaloo and the museum, and insights on the works in the exhibition “A Tale of Two Collections,” plus discuss his forthcoming book “The Art of Activism: Art and Activism at Tougaloo College.” It’s free.

Turry Flucker leads a gallery talk Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Catch Scott Albert Johnson and Chalmers Davis live, 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Cultivation Food Hall in the District at Eastover.

Think you’ve seen a ghost? You just might Thursday and Friday at the Manship House Museum, as Belhaven University theater students perform adaptations of 19th-century ghost stories, 6:30-8 p.m. each evening. It’s free, but you’ll need to make an advance reservation. Call 601-961-4724 or email info@manshiphouse.com to reserve a seat. A reception will follow the program.

Fondren Gumbo, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mantle, City Club, is a micro-granting dinner celebrating and support community projects in Fondren. A $5 donation gets you gumbo, bread and salad and a chance to learn about four community projects up for your vote.

Hear The Hustlers live in the dining room at Barrelhouse, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Black Jacket Symphony presents Journey’s ‘Escape,” 8 p.m. Friday at Thalia Mara Hall. Tickets are $25-$35 at ticketfly.com.

Explore Jackson by bicycle on the March Community Ride, 7-10 p.m. Friday, leaving from the Capri Theater in Fondren.

Zac Brown Band brings their “Down the Rabbit Hole Live” tour to the Brandon Amphitheater, 7 p.m. Friday. For tickets, $48-$102.50, visit brandonamphitheater.com.

A Hip-Hop Show, 8-11 p.m. Friday at Conkrete Sneaker Boutique, 1500 University Boulevard in West Jackson, features Mr. Fluid, 7/27, 5th Child and more. Cover is $10.

Young Valley shares the catchy melodies and harmonies of traditional country and Southern-tinged rock’n’roll, 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall. Underhill Family Orchestra opens the show with their foot-stomping, Appalachia-inspired sound that infused with pop catchiness and rootsier elements. Tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net), $15 day of show.

Young Valley plays Duling Hall Friday. Image: ardenland

Register for or watch and enjoy the Corona Premier Sanctioned Doubles Event, Friday-Sunday at Parham Bridges Park in LeFleur East.

Spacecamp presents Him Horrison with Blanket Swimming and A-Mo-Co, 8-11 p.m. Friday at Offbeat in Midtown. The music starts at 9 p.m.; cover is $5.

CelticFest Mississippi, 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum showcases traditional Celtic music and culture from world-class national, international and regional performers — including favorites such as The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, Jim Flanagan and more — plus dancing, vendors and a big Saturday night céilí. The family-friendly festival goes rain or shine. includes the Kindred Spirits Whiskey Tasting (5-8 p.m. Saturday, separately ticketed at the door). Admission is $10 adults/$5 kids 3-17 Friday and $16 adults/$12 seniors, college students and military/$8 kids 3-17. Find a schedule at celticfestms.org.

Tumble down the rabbit hole — in a good way — with Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s “Alice in Wonderland,” at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center in LeFleur East. The action-packed adventure, with choreography by award-winning choreographer Charles Maple, puts a cool and inventive spin on the fairytale with opulent costumes and stunning special effects — plus all the wacky characters, such as the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts and more. Find tickets, $20-$22, at msmetroballet.com or 601-853-4508. Enhance the experience with the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party after Sunday’s matinee; party tickets, sold separately, are $25.

The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents “Alice in Wonderland” Saturday and Sunday. Image: Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet

Rapper Moneybagg Yo commands the stage at Hal & Mal’s, 9 p.m. Saturday with his Word 4 Word tour. Breadgang opens. Tickets are $30 general admission, $100 VIP Meet & Greet at ticketfly.com.

Moneybagg Yo performs Friday night at Hal & Mal’s. Image: ardenland

Learn more about Mississippi’s aquatic introduced and invasive species at a noon Tuesday lecture at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

Music in the City, at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, features clarinetist Ken Graves and pianist Lynn Raley. It’s free and open to the public; the cash bar opens at 5:15 p.m.

Pianist Lynn Raley performs Tuesday in Music in the City. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

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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