Here I am enjoying Pepsi Pops with pals Pat McAllister and Jane Woosley, back in the day. Image: Sherry Lucas

By Sherry Lucas

Pepsi Pops pops up Friday (just found out it’s been rescheduled for May 24), and if the Rez offers a better late-afternoon-into-evening event, I don’t know what it is. I’ve enjoyed this for years, with pals and a sweetheart, and the result’s always the same — a happy evening of charm and contentment that’s a big smacky kiss on spring.

My best picnic effort was likely that chicken cantaloupe salad recipe I got from “Crabtree and Evelyn Cookbook: A Book of Light Meals and Small Feasts,” but recent year’s pear star anise butter with cheese and crackers was no slouch either in the snack department. And of course, you can’t beat the music when the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra comes to play!

Have a great outing this weekend, and catch the breeze wherever you wind up.

Bend & Brew, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Courtyard at Highland Village, is a free fitness session led by Crossfit 601’s Sean Cupit. A cold craft brew’s your reward, as well as all sweat and benefits.

Kickback at Kundi Compound, Wednesdays and Sundays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and New Stage Theatre partner in presenting “If Not Us, Then Who? Freedom Rides to Freedom Summer” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the museum’s Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium. The original play by New Stage education director Sharon Miles, interspersed with freedom songs and featuring stories of Fannie Lou Hamer, congressman John Lewis and more, chronicles the historic events that made an impact on the nation and our state in the fight against racial segregation. There’s no charge to attend; call 601-576-6800 or email info@mscivilrightsmuseum.com.

New Stage Theatre’s “If Not Us, Then Who?” is presented Thursday at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Image: New Stage Theatre

The HRC Connect Happy Hour, 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Old Capitol Inn’s Rooftop Bar, is a time to gather, mingle and talk about work ahead to create a safe space for LGBTQ people in the community.

UMMC’s Health Innovation and Transformation Center (HIT) holds its first PITCH (Partners Innovating Technology to Change Healthcare) Competition, 5-9 p.m. Thursday in the Classroom Wing room 106 at UMMC and invites community members interested in changing the future of healthcare. If you’ve got an idea that involves technology and healthcare, this is the spot to share it! Register here.

Quintessential bluesman Jesse Robinson brings his stellar guitar work, all blues and jazz, to the Mississippi Museum of Art’s C Spire Stage to jazz up your Friday, with Live @ Lunch, starting at 11:30 a.m.

Pepsi Pops is a picnic-worthy Jackson area tradition, as the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra takes it all outdoors at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland and Barnett Reservoir’s banks with a serenade of pops favorites. The 37th annual edition has been moved to May 24. Enjoy pre-concert entertainment, starting at 5:30 p.m. and featuring the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Southern Komfort Brass Band and David Keary & Friends, before MSO takes the stage with music from “The Music Man,” “Grease,” “The Magnificent Seven,” Elvis Presley and more, plus patriotic favorites as fireworks light up the night sky to close. Tickets are $15 advance (msorchestra.com or 601-960-1565), $20 gate, $5 students/children ages 4-18.

Pepsi Pops has been rescheduled for May 24 at Old Trace Park on the Rez. Image: Scott Crawford

Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan goes for the laughs when his Quality Time Tour hits the Brandon Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $18-$75 and up on ticketmaster.com.

Warm up bragging rights and register the kids to take part in Saturday’s Youth Fish Tales Rodeo, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mayes Lake at Lefleur’s Bluff State Park. There’s free fishing of stocked catfish for registered participants ages 15 and younger. Games will be played and prizes awarded. You must bring your own rod or pole, tackle box, bait, string and cooler. Call Angela White or Nadia Lackey at 601-960-0655 or email abuck@jacksonms.gov for more info.

Artist Ellen Langford leads a workshop, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Haven Curated Home, that’s targeted to adult beginners or professional artists, teaching composition, negative space, texture, color and other concepts. It’s $150 a person (space limited to 15). Call 769-208-8700 to reserve a spot.

The Magnolia Flower Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Renaissance at Colony Park is the second annual festival featuring guest speakers, flower products, a flower hat contest, garden award and music. Just in time for Mother’s Day, there’s also a chance to make that beloved lady a corsage. Celebrate flower power and fun; the event’s free.

Story to Stage, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, is a chance to explore elements of story creation, character development and stage setting — perfect for kids who love acting and stories.

A chance to explore elements of story creation, character development and stage setting Saturday. Image: MS Children’s Museum

The fifth annual Jackson Black Business Expo, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Jackson Convention Complex, is a showcase for black businesses and entrepreneurs from around the state and gives folks a chance to freely shop till they drop.

Look Closely and See, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday at And Gallery, is a chance to join a group of curious art lovers for a conversation about the current exhibition “Ostinato” by Amelia Key, with daniel johnson facilitating.

Sunday marks the final day for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science’s “Ocean Bound” exhibition. The national traveling exhibit is a chance to see how actions on land affect the oceans.

Moms love handmade gifts. Even better from the hands of skilled artisans who sell at the Beacon Makers Market. They’ll host a pop-up special edition of the usually monthly event this Sunday, 1-4 p.m. outside their State Street at Duling Avenue shop, Beacon.

One night only — on Mother’s Day, no less — catch a night of fun and games from the comedy improv group The Royal Y’all, 7 p.m. Sunday at Barrelhouse. It’s $10 a person with limited seating, so grab your ticket(s) at fondrenimprov.brownpapertickets.com.

Rising young pianist Kenny Broberg, 2017 Van Cliburn silver medalist (as well as a prizewinner in other international competitions) performs Tchaikovsky’s rousing Piano Concerto No. 1 with the full Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College. In the program’s first half, he’ll play various short solo piano works. This special Twilight Concert is an MSO fundraiser; tickets are $25 at msorchestra.com and 601-960-1565.

Broberg. Image: Jeremy Englow/The Cliburn.

Americana troubadour Todd Snider brings his latest treasure trove of great song work to Duling Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The show comes on the heels of his new album “Cash Cabin Vol. 3,” made at Johnny Cash’s Cabin with some instruments that even belonged to the legend (and featured guests such as Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires). Elizabeth Cook opens the show. Tickets are $25 advance (ardenland.net), $30 day of show.

Todd Snider performs Tuesday at Duling Hall. Image: bighassle.com

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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