by Sherry Lucas
Drink! Eat! Make the most of the merriment as Jackson Greek Fest comes around on a weekend that also marks Cinco de Mayo. I’ve always loved taste-testing my way through international cuisines, discovering exotic new flavors and finding cool new techniques to try at home. Festivals like these put a date on the calendar and nearly guarantee that, whether it’s gyro or taco, you’ll likely chow down on some great Greek or Mexican dish in the festive surroundings of celebration in the days ahead.
That always makes it taste even better, right?
Have a delicious time out there. Soak up some great art and music, too — plenty to see and do, hear and chew.
Rock band Circles Around the Sun delivers the performance goods, 8 p.m. Wednesday at Duling Hall. Tickets are $20.
The powerful, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage continues through Sunday at New Stage Theatre in Belhaven, with performances at 7:30 p.m. nightly through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, $30 adults/$25 seniors and students, visit newstagetheatre.com or the box office or call 601-948-3531.
Fondren After 5, 5-8 p.m. Thursday in the downtown Fondren Historic District, throws open doors and welcomes the foot traffic with the Beacon Makers Market on Duling Avenue, Risko and Friends live at Hops & Habanas, Hunt grand opening at Fondren Corner and more. Come ready to visit and soak up some great social time with neighbors and plenty of sips and snacks in the area.
Colorful new works by Nicole Dikon are celebrated with a 5-7 p.m. Thursday opening reception at Fischer Galleries in downtown. Photography by Due South Co-op will be featured, too.
Paws on the Patio, 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Library Lounge at Fairview Inn, offers music, an auction, grilled hot dogs and Salty Dog cocktails, to benefit ARFMS (Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi). Bring your furry friend for a fun night out.
A free one-hour Pure Barre inspired fitness session led by Heidi Hogrefe of Pure Barre MS is Friday at 5 p.m. for Highland Village’s Bend & Brew in LeFleur East.
Hit-making country music sibling trio The Band Perry returns to Mississippi roots with an 8 p.m. Thursday concert at Duling Hall. Dream Chief opens. Tickets are $30 advance (ardenland.net), $35 day of show.
Jackson Greek Fest cooks up scores of yummy treats and draws over three days at Holy Trinity St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church and grounds (Old Canton Road at Pear Orchard in northeast Jackson), Friday through Sunday. Here’s the rundown: Friday fun includes an 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. drive-through and deliver for authentic Greek food at lunch; a 5 p.m. Taste of the Mediterranean with local restaurants ($25 armband purchase); Lucky Hand Blues Band; a 6 p.m. Cork Pull ($20 ticket) and more. On Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy professional Greek dancers, Greek sweets, authentic Greek food, church tours, a kids area and more.
The fifth annual Drawdown to Build Anew, 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Fowler Hall at St. James Episcopal Church in Fondren, benefits Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area, with great food, cool libations, music from The Red Hots, a silent auction and a shot at the $10,000 grand prize. Artist Ellen Langford will paint a canvas, live on the spot, that’ll be up for auction. A ticket, $100, admits two people to the event and buys one chance in the drawing; find tickets here.
The 12th annual Seersucker & Sombreros fundraiser, hosted by the Phoenix Club of Jackson, is a Kentucky Derby/Cinco de Mayo mashup, 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, that benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and promises mint julep and margarita fun for the partygoers, plus food, a silent auction, music and an open bar. All-inclusive tickets are $60 at eventbrite.com.
A May the 4th Be With You Party Bus Bar Crawl, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, marks inaugural May the 4th Be With You fun by rounding up fans — pledge loyalty to the Empire or the Rebellion — for a night of bar-hopping in Midtown, Fondren and downtown. Cosplay is encouraged and will add to your fun, trivia and prizes are planned and may the Force be with you. Tickets are $25 on eventbrite.com. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. at Offbeat, 151 Wesley Ave. in Midtown.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day at Offbeat, with an all-day Gundam workshop and many discounts.
Hear Haydn’s timeless and beloved choral masterwork “The Creation” in the 100-plus voices of the Mississippi Chorus, along with soloists and members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Gertrude C. Ford Complex on the Millsaps College campus. Tickets are $20 adults online at mschorus.org and at the door, $5 for students (student ID required) and no charge for children age 12 and younger.
The Mississippi Children’s Museum participates in the National Math Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday, with a bubbles program, geometry activity with magnetic shapes and other interactive activities.
HRC’s second annual Derby Day: Racing for Equality, 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday at the Capital Club, includes heavy hors d’ oeuvres and mint juleps, a silent auction that includes a live painting by Ellen Langford and plenty of TV screens for watching the race. Find tickets, $50 (includes annual HRC membership or renewal), at act.hrc.org.
Sunday, Green Ghost Tacos in Fondren and New Belgium Brewing host a Cinco de Mayo Festival, noon to 9 p.m., with salsa dancing, Risko and Friends performing live, Deep South Pops with cool gourmet treats on hand, local artists and more.
Ostinato featuring Ohmme, 6-8 p.m. Sunday at And Gallery, 133 Millsaps Ave., is a showcase of recent mixed media wall sculptures, playing with repetition and pattern, by Amelia Key. The Chicago-based duo Ohmme plays avant-pop and experimental compositions.
The Millennium Tour brings R&B and urban soul to the Mississippi Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with B2K, Omarion, Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Bobby V. Ving Yang Twins and Chingy. Tickets are $45-$208 and up at ticketmaster.com.
Hear the Marta Szlubowska Ensemble, 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 400 Grant’s Ferry Road in Brandon.
The Marcus King Band’s “Carolina Confessions Tour” comes to Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Monday with its Southern brand of blues and psychedelia-inspired rock’n’roll. Tickets are $20 advance (ardenland.net), $25 day of show.
NogginFeast 2019, 7-10 p.m. Monday at Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, offers savory and sweet treats from local restaurants, music Grill Gill & The Sole Shakers and more. Tickets are $50 at msbraininjury.org.
“Lightning Bugs: For the Awe of It!,” noon Tuesday at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has lightning bug expert Lynn Faust, sharing her passion for the insets and her new field guide on fireflies, glow worms and lightning bugs speaker.
Hilarity ensues as “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour,” 7 p.m. Tuesday at Thalia Mara Hall, unfolds with Perry, Tamela Mann, David Mann and Cassi Davis onstage. Tickets are $45-$269.50 on ticketfly.com.
Pacific Northwest indie blues-rock band Reignwolf, recently tapped to open for The Who (!) performs at Duling Hall, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $10 advance (ardenland.net) and $15 day of show. Welles opens.
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.