by Sherry Lucas
The theme of resurrection and renewal could hardly be more top of mind this week. The fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral shocked us all, and fervent cries for its repair and restoration give us hope. On home ground, the brilliant blooms that all these April showers push up and open bring a splash of spring beauty. That gives us hope, too.
Egg hunts abound, of course, this holiday weekend. But plenty more possibilities are ahead, too, for just the sort of gatherings that bind us together and feed the community soul, from the Township Jazz Festival in Ridgeland and shows at Duling Hall in Fondren, to a host of festive fun in Midtown.
Hop to it all, and have a great Easter.
Get a piece of beauty to add to your own garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden Plant Sale. The three-day plant sale kicks off April’s Museum After Hours on Thursday, 5:30-8 p.m., and continues Friday and Saturday, with selections from copper iris to narrow-leaf mountain mint.
Museum After Hours, 5:30-10 pm. Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art downtown has been canceled due to inclement weather.
Get your last-minute photos with the Easter Bunny at Highland Village, at 1-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the South Plaza. The cost is $39.95 per family for an SD Card of photos to keep and share.
The Grace City Egg Hunt, 6-8 p.m. Friday at Grace City Church, 787 Northside Drive in the top of Fondren, is a family-friendly event with bounce houses, games, a dunking booth, food trucks and more, plus an egg hunt of more than 13,000 eggs. It’s free.
South Mississippi rockers Magnolia Bayou brings soulful energy and some epic nostalgia to boot, 8 p.m. Friday at Duling Hall. Royal Horses opens. Tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.
Drag Bingo, 7-10 p.m. Friday at Hal & Mal’s with HRC and special host Miss Catastrophe provides big entertainment as HRC continues to work for statewide equality for LGBTQ Mississippians. Tickets are $10 at act.hrc.org.
“Coachella” is this month’s theme for The Village Social Trivia Night at Highland Village Friday at 7 p.m. From music to fashion, the event will cover every aspect of the beloved festival. This is a 21 and up evening in the south plaza (under BRAVO!).
A crazy night of rock’n’roll Friday at Offbeat cranks up at 8 p.m. with a lineup that includes Chris Offal, Idle, Kicking and Stonewalls.
Hear Risko and Friends, 9 p.m. to midnight, at CS’s in Midtown. Doors open at 5 p.m., so show up early for a beer and a burger before settling in for the show. Cover’s $7.s
The Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association Spring Cleanup, 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in the top of Fondren, leads a neighborhood-centric cleanup that includes tidying up sidewalks, cutting back branches, picking up trash and more. Bring a rake or shovel and join a morning of service in Broadmeadow; meet at Broadmeadow UMC pavilion on Gardner Street.
Visiting artist Tempestt Gilmore explores the art of dance and movement in workshops with kids at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The program is included with museum admission or membership. Check out Bunnies & Butterflies while you’re there, too.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in LeFleur East, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, includes egg dyeing and decorating, face painting, the Easter Bunny and much more fun. Admission is $7 adults and $5 children 3 to 18, with a noon egg hunt with kids separated into three age groups: ages 0-3; ages 4-7 (no parental assistance); and ages 8-12 (no parental assistance).
The Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Jazz Band headlines Saturday’s 12th annual Township Jazz Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Township at Colony Park in Ridgeland. The New Orleans institution, with its signature brand of brass funk, heads an enticing lineup that also includes Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Astral Project, The Vamps, Southern Komfort Brass Band and more. Covered seating will be available; blankets and lawn chairs are welcome (no tents), and food and beverage vendors will be on site (no coolers please). Find a schedule at townshipjazzfestival.com. It’s free!
Off the Wall, a free graffiti and street art festival Saturday in Midtown — noon to 4 p.m. at Skinny’s, 123 McTyre Ave. — organized and hosted by Rhyme-N-Reason Foundation, welcomes award-winning muralist Myron Starr and artist Joe Roan Eagle to Jackson to take part. Off the Wall is a mobile graffiti art event that was previously held at the San Carlos Apache Nation in Arizona, where both guest artists are from, and in Hawassa, Ethiopia. it’s free, with art, music, food and fun.
Vibe Fest: Earthly Vibrations Festival, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in Midtown is a community eARTh celebration to promote healthy lifestyles and boost environmental awareness, with live music, speakers, yoga, mindfulness, healthy food options, eco-friendly artists, a Kids Zone and more. It’s free and open to the public, with music (starting at 1:45 p.m.) from Kerry Thomas, Pink Palaces, Vibe Doctors Jazz Project and more. It’s presented by The CommUNITY Canvas at Jax-Zen. Find a schedule at vibefestjxn.com.
Good Problems Grand Opening, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, opening inside Offbeat with vintage 1980s and 1990s threads. DJs will play music and Newscast will close out the evening with an 8 p.m. performance.
Jujutsu, 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Offbeat, shows FLCL and other weird anime on the screen, with giveaways and video games to play, plus music from Flywlkr, Locl and special DJ sets by DJ Young Venom. Cosplay is encouraged but not required. Cover’s $5.
Don your Easter bonnet for Saturday’s Easter Parade and the third annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Oaks House Museum, 823 N. Jefferson St. in Belhaven Heights. The free event includes music on the porch, an opening parade led by a dancing carrot, egg hunt, face painting, Easter bunny cutout photos, handmade teacakes and more.
Hear Mississippi blues prodigy Christone “Kingfish” Ingram on the Underground 119 stage, 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $15 at the door.
The radio show ‘Deep South Dining” returns to MPB Think Radio (91.3fm in the Jackson area or online), 9 a.m. Monday, with restaurateur/Mississippi Arts Commission director Malcolm White as its new host and culinary enthusiast/Everyday Gourmet founder and former president of Viking Hospitality Group Carol Puckett as the resident expert. The program focuses on Southern cuisine, culture and flavors.
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 email@example.com.