Image: MS Museum of Natural Science

By Sherry Lucas

I emptied the last of the sunflower seeds into the bird feeder and tucked back inside to watch that feathery dance of cardinals and chickadees, swooping by for breakfast right outside the window. Of course, I had to watch, too, that wily squirrel sneak up the pole and get almost within reach before my curses scared him away. It’s a little game we play.

Art, music and birds are all part of Birdsong & Bluegrass Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in LeFleur East. I’ve long been a fan of the music on both ends of that spectrum but, admittedly, I’m better at naming bands than identifying birdsongs. Maybe a guided bird hike on Saturday can help with that.

Elsewhere around town, there’s a slew of stuff that’ll get you singing — or enjoying others as they handle the honors. Get out there and experience it.

New Stage Theatre’s production of “Sweat,” the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Lynn Nottage continues through May 5 with its evocative look at strained relationships amid a town in decline, with humor and heart. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $30 adults, $25 students and seniors, at 601-948-3531, the box office and newstagetheatre.com.

“Sweat” is now playing at New Stage Theatre. Image: Kyle Tillman

In a chill mood? Kickback at Kundi Kompound, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays.

The 4th annual Lane of Lanterns Fundraising Dinner, 6-10 p.m. Thursday at the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, features cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres by Iron Horse Grill, a signature cocktail by Rich Grain Distilling Co. and dinner crafted by Chef Nick Wallace. Tickets are $75 on eventbrite.com and support improvements at the museum.

Collaborative quintet Ghost Light pools and plays with the talents of five artists from across the spectrum, to deliver musical brilliance, 8 p.m. Thursday at Duling Hall in Fondren. The Artisanals open. Tickets are $12 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.

Ghost Light performs Thursday night at Duling Hall. Image: Jason Siegel

Entrepreneur Quarterly’s EQ Meet Up: Building Your Brand with Visual Content, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Sal & Mookie’s, dives into the topic, so bring your smartphone and get some guidance on the media and platforms that work for you. Panelists include Kristen Ley of Thimblepress, social media content specialist Theresa Kennedy, Karri Chaney of Chaney Day Parade Photography, Casey Combest of Blue Sky Studios and Bryson Hatfield of Uplands Indie Co.

Art for the Park is a biennial art auction put on by the Friends of Laurel Street Park Committee and the Belhaven Garden Club which raises money for the maintenance and improvement of one of Jackson’s most beloved parks, Laurel Street Park, in the historic Belhaven neighborhood. The event is Thursday at 6:30 at the Fairview Inn. Advanced tickets are $40 and available here and $45 at the door.

Tag along on a rhythmic romp with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and narrator/singer Lester Senter Wilson with William Walton’s “Façade — An Entertainment” with poetry by Edith Sitwell, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel. Also on the program: Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14, in D minor “Death and the Maiden.” Tickets for the season’s final chamber series concert are $22 at msorchestra.com and 601-960-1565.

Lester Senter Wilson is featured at Friday’s MSO chamber concert at Woodworth Chapel. Image: Sherry Lucas

Grammy Award-winning blues singer, songwriter and guitar and harp champ Grady Champion brings his superb blues chops to Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Friday, headlining an evening that also includes Eddie Cotton and Henry Rhodes. Tickets are $25, $45 couples and $50 VIP at ardenland.net.

Grady Champion plays Friday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Hear Spencer Thomas and Dylan Lovett live, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Barrelhouse.

Fam Friday at Highland Village brings an “Alice in Wonderland” experience to The Courtyard, with Ballet Magnificat! and a whimsical family experience with performance, face painting and a Mad Hatter Tea Party, 5:30-7 p.m.

Enjoy Dinner and Jazz on Clinton’s brick streets Friday, 6 p.m. under the stars. Bring a chair, pick up dinner at a local restaurant or from a food truck, and enjoy the cool vibe in the quaint setting of Olde Towne Clinton.

Dinner and Jazz is Friday night on Clinton’s brick streets. Image: Mississippi College

Metro Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Mynelle Gardens in West Jackson, offers a slew of native and naturalized heirloom plants, perennials, shrubs and trees for sale that’re suited to our soils and climate here. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions, so get plants and tips in one fell swoop.

Help beautify Broadmeadow, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, during Broadmeadow Neighborhood Association’s Cleanup Day. All ages are welcome, just meet up at the Broadmeadow United Methodist Church’s pavilion on Gardener St. in the top of Fondren, bring a rake or shovel and join in to put a fresh good face on the neighborhood. Coffee and donuts will be provided, and all ages are welcome.

Celebrate International Hary Potter Day, Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum at 10 a.m. Activities will include quill making, a Quidditch ball game, a house-sorting chemistry activity, wand making and Patronus art. It’s included with regular museum admission.

The Best Day Ever! Brunch Party — mimosas, catfish and grits edition — is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Offbeat in Midtown with music from DJ Young Venom, and with hosts Theca Jones of 242 Creative and Offbeat. Tickets are $20 at eventbrite.com.

Caturday Yoga at Cathead, noon Saturday at Cathead Distillery downtown, offers 45 minutes of yoga, plus a tour and tasting. Beginners are encouraged; it’s $12 for one class or $40 for a 4-class pass (cash or Venmo).

Image: Cathead Distillery

Bring the pup to Cathead Distillery’s third Amateur Dog Show, 2 p.m Saturday. Show entry is $15, benefiting Cheshire Abbey animal rescue. Watching’s free. Craft beer’s for sale.

Broadmeadow’s annual Crawfish Boil is noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on Normandy Drive in the top of Fondren, with all-you-can-eat crawfish plates for $15 or all-you-can-eat/drink for $25. Hot dogs will be available for the kids.

Birdsong & Bluegrass, 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, celebrates both with activities from Build-a-Birdhouse to The Great Migration Game, live birds of prey to a guided bird hike, plus bands such as Harmony & Grits, Bill Ellison, Temperance Babcock and Jeff Perkins, and Alan Sibley & Magnolia Ramblers.

Alan Sibley & Magnolia Ramblers return to this year’s Birdsong & Bluegrass. Image: MS Museum of Natural Science.

A Night of Unity, 6-10 p.m. Saturday at Veteran’s Memorial/Tiger Stadium in Fondren, features Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship founder/senior pastor and author Tony Evans, Israel Houghton, the Mississippi Mass Choir and more, in an event to bring together all denominations, races and folks from all walks of life. Gates open at 3 p.m., pre-show’s at 4:30 p.m. and the main event is at 6 p.m. Register for a free ticket at unitemississippi.com.

Mississippi Opera’s production of “La Bohème,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thalia Mara Hall brings Puccini’s globally popular opera about bohemians in Paris’ Latin Quarter in the 1840s, to scenic life. Sopranos Ashley Bell and Michelle Lange and tenor Michael Boley star. Find tickets, $35-$65, at msopera.org.

From left, pianist Richard Nechamkin, stage director J.J. Hudson, stage manager Maggie Saunders and conductor Jay Dean rehearse “La Bohème.” Image: Mississippi Opera

Broadmeadow’s Spring Open House, 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the neighborhood known as the “Top of Fondren” is a community-wide open house of homes for sale. House shopping? Come take a look.

Join staged readings for two staged readings of plays by “Morningside” playwright Topher Payne, Mississippi native now of Atlanta, at New Stage Theatre: “Swell Party,” a mystery at a 1932 gala, fab up until the death of the cigarette heir who just introduced his new bride to society, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday; and “The Only Light in Reno,” set in 1960 as the Sierra Mountains are on fire, the city is in a blackout, Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor are playing monopoly with an accused murderess and Marilyn Monroe is locked in the bathroom, at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.

Rock musician’s Carl Broemel (of Kentucky band My Morning Jacket) shares his skills on guitar — acoustic, electric and pedal steel — at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Duling Hall. Tickets are $12 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show.

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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