Image: Crossroads Film Festival

By Sherry Lucas

There are plenty of times you can curl up on the couch and order up some movie you’ve been wanting to see.

But there’s just one time a year you can surround yourself with fellow film fans and enjoy some provocative fare, from a range of perspectives that you’d likely never have access to otherwise.

The Crossroads Film Festival is that time. This weekend, the 20th annual festival will feature 102 films from around the globe, in 19 themed blocks at Malco Grandview. It’s a diverse lineup, with an eye, too, to bring Mississippi-made films to the big screen. It’s a chance to peek behind the screen as well, in Q&As with filmmakers, or learn more in master classes with seasoned professionals. But the real heart of this fest is the shared experience of watching these personal stories — often passion projects — unfold on the screen, within a community rooting for their success. There’s just something special about that.

Grab the popcorn and settle in. Also, spring for any of the abundant arty choices popping up, all over town.

Bend & Brew, Highland Village’s regular workout series, pairs participants with Crossfit 601 trainer Sean Cupit Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a free hourlong workout. There’s free beer after for those 21 and up.

Pop singer Jenny Lewis, hailed for her incisive storytelling and glittery edge, brings the sparkle of her “On the Line” tour to Duling Hall in Fondren, 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Watson Twins open. Tickets are $30 day of show at ardenland.net and the door.

Jenny Lewis plays Wednesday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Americana artist, songwriter and bandleader Parker Millsap, who has lately cut loose on rock’n’roll, brings all that to the stage at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 advance (ardenland.net) and $20 day of show.

Jackson Academy’s spring play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” has performances at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the JA Blackbox Theatre in the Performing Arts Center in LeFleur East. Tickets are $10-$15 for adults, $5-$10 for students.

The 20th annual Crossroads Film Festival, Thursday through Sunday at Malco Grandview in Madison, celebrates the art of filmmaking with an impressive slate of feature films, shorts and videos, as well as master classes with filmmakers. You can go all in with an all-access pass or a day pass (ticket links and schedule at crossroadsfilmfestival.com) or simply buy per film block. Enjoy a music video showcase of local artists, 8:30 p.m. Friday in Hal & Mal’s Red Room ($5). A visual and narrative feast awaits, from introspective stories to outright laugh fests.

“Native Son,” a new adaptation of native Mississippian Richard Wright’s classic, is among the draws at Crossroads Film Festival. Image: Crossroads Film Festival

The 13th annual Creative Arts Festival Friday and Saturday at Jackson State University’s Student Center and a couple of other venues has an “Arts & Activism” theme, key personalities with author/activist Kevin Powell and “Black Panther” novelist Jesse Holland, and a full slate of sessions on the schedule at jsums.edu.

The Old Soul Songwriter Series truly sings Friday with the gutsy Texas grit of Bonnie Bishop and the soulful stylings of Mississippi’s Cary Hudson and Lisa Mills, 8 p.m. Friday at Cathead Distillery in downtown Jackson. Tickets are $15 advance (ticketfly.com) and $20 day of show.

Bonnie Bishop headlines Friday night’s show at Cathead Distillery. Image: ardenland

Hear The Band US all while helping to raise money and awareness for Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (and Children’s of Mississippi) during the 80s Flashback Benefit at Duling Hall. Enjoy food and drinks from Walker’s Drive-In, too, plus win prizes for best 80s outfits. Tickets are $75 each.

The Starry Night fundraiser, 7-10 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Ridgeland Campus (Early Childhood Center) Friday, includes diverse cuisines, signature cocktails, local beers, curated wines, live music from the Jackson Gypsies and more for an adults-only evening out. Tickets are $50; visit artsonthegreen.info/starry-night.

“Ostinato,” showcasing a new series of mixed media wall sculptures by Amelia Key, opens Friday at And Gallery with a 6-8 p.m. reception.

Celebrate Eudora Welty’s 110th birthday Saturday with a visit to the Eudora Welty House and Garden in Belhaven Saturday, where the house will be open for free tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Plus, birthday cake and lemonade on the side porch!

Also Saturday, join the celebration for the new, revised edition of Eudora Welty’s “Photographs” (University Press of Mississippi) with a new foreword by poet Natasha Trethewey and restored and additional photos, and the 30th anniversary of the book’s original release, at a program, reception and book sale, 4 p.m. Saturday at Eudora Welty House and Garden. The event is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held in the auditorium of Two Mississippi Museums.

Next door to Welty House and behind the Welty Education and Visitors Center Saturday, there’s the Spring Plant Sale to benefit Welty Garden, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There, find favorite plants noted in her stories and correspondence, including daylilies, Siberian iris, blackeyed Susan and more.

Night-blooming cereus is among the selections at the Spring Plant Sale Saturday at the Welty Education and Visitors Center. Image: Eudora Welty Foundation

Offbeat in Midtown marks Record Store Day 2019 Saturday, with guest DJs playing vinyl, discounts on pre-loved vinyl and a crack at another limited reissue. It opens at 10 a.m.

“Cri de Coeur: Suffering and Transcendence,” an exhibition of artworks by Constance Pierce, opens Saturday at The Gallery at Pearl River Glass Studio, with a 5-7 p.m. reception. Paintings, works on paper and Giclee prints offer a visual meditation on issues of faith, personal spirituality and ethics, as the calendar turns to Holy Week and Easter nears. The exhibition remains on display through May 21.

Support for Kathleen, 6 p.m. Saturday at The Studio (3017 N. State St.), raises funds for Kathleen Chapman after a fire destroyed her home in Hazlehurst and took the life of her partner, Rob Rusk. The event will include music, food, silent auction and art for sale.

The Ninth annual Arts on the Green, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Ridgeland campus, 370 Old Agency Road, blooms with art and culture, including a Children’s Green with inflatables and activities, an Artisans’ Village, Entrepreneurial Alley with an exploration of students’ creativity and industry, an online auction preview, food court and Main Stage acts that include Galloway Elementary Choir, ballet dancers, dramatic performers, local bands and more. The family-centered festival is free and open to the public.

Arts on the Green is Saturday on St. Andrew’s Ridgeland campus. Image: Arts on the Green committee

Join 1908 Provisions at The Fairview Inn for a crawfish boil, music by Bill and Temperance with Jeff Perkins and drink specials. The cost is $18 per person and includes 2 pounds of crawfish plus corn, sausage and potato. Reservations are required.

Buckle up for this cool space skies and sea odyssey! The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Astral Edge” concert includes Mason Bates’ “Mothership,” Claude Debussy’s “Nocturnes” and Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. Women of the Mississippi Chorus and The Mississippi College Singers join MSO for the season’s final concert in the Bravo series. Want to learn more? Tickets start at $21; visit msorchestra.com or call 601-960-1565. There’s a free pre-concert lecture, 6:45 p.m., on the mezzanine.

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Astral Edge” concert is Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall. Image: Scott Crawford

Christian music’s Newsboys United and Michael W. Smith bring the spirit to Brandon Amphitheater Saturday, at 7 p.m. Find tickets, $25 to $105 and up, on ticketmaster.com.

Sunday at 2 p.m., the Scholastic Writings Award ceremony honoring students from throughout the state will be held on the front lawn of Eudora Welty House and Garden, with acclaimed fiction writer and Jackson native Mary Miller as the keynote speaker.

Tuesday’s program in the Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series, 7 p.m. in the Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall on the Millsaps College campus, recalls Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s historic visit to Mississippi during the civil rights era, with Ellen Meacham, Jane Hearn, Jerry Duck and Ron Greer. Program tickets are $10.

A Mississippi Freedom Seder, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Two Mississippi Museums, is a participatory program featuring the rituals, readings, songs and ceremonial food of the Passover tradition, with a dinner following. The event commemorates the original 1969 Freedom Seder Find tickets, $30 each, at tickets.mdah.ms.gov.

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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