MidFest celebrates arts, crafts, food and music Saturday in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood. Image: Business Association of Midtown

By Sherry Lucas

Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood has been a draw for me since the ‘80s when I first moved to Jackson, whether it was for burgers and beer at CS’s or the cool colors and designs at Pearl River Glass Studio. Or, I guess I should say it still is, decades later for those two haunts plus so many more now.

It has been a blast to watch all the cool ideas and arty output that continues to gel in that neighborhood as the creativity economy spreads, and folks do that Made in Midtown tag proud. Get to know them Saturday at MidFest, and do some shopping while you’re at it!

Celebrate spring with some fine outdoor fun there, and plenty of other spots around town now that I think about it.

Olivia’s Taco Shop, Wednesday – open to close – at Babalu gives diners a chance to support Olivia Newman, a teen battling leukemia. Try her special taco or one of the menu’s many others and $1 from each one sold benefits the Newmans.

Offbeat’s fifth Anniversary Week is an active one, with a host of activities to celebrate the milestone: Funny for the Free, 7 p.m. Wednesday; a special screening of “The Bee” at 7 p.m. Thursday; 2nd Quarter Exchange with D.O.L.O., Akeem Thomas and more at 7 p.m. Friday ($8 presale here ); and Adrienne Domnick’s opening reception for “In the Crates,” 7 p.m. Saturday.

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

Museum After Hours Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 5:30-10 p.m. marks the sixth year for the Food Truck Festival, so come one, come all and come hungry. The trucks will roll in early Thursday so you can take advantage at lunch, too, to whet your appetite. The Jackson Gypsies entertain 6:30-7:30 p.m, plus there’s plenty to look at with a pop-up exhibition showcasing works by the Mississippi Arts Commission’s 2019 Folk Art apprentices, and there’s an 8 p.m. showing of Disney’s “Moana” for Screen on the Green. Visit msmuseumart.org for a listing of the dozen food trucks to start getting excited about.

The Food Truck Festival is Thursday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art

Bend & Brew Yoga, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Highland Village Courtyard is a free hourlong class led by Carly Chinn, topped with a refreshing frozé from Aplos as a reward. It’s open to all fitness levels.

Comedian Jermaine “Funnymaine” Johnson goes for the gut laughs and the giggles in two shows Thursday night, at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m., at Duling Hall. Tickets are $20, $35 VIP at ardenland.net for the fully seated, general admission show.

Trail of Honor events start Thursday with the annual Benefit Golf Tournament at Canton Country Club, at 1 p.m. Friday, the opening ceremony for the Vietnam Traveling Monument is 11:30 a.m. to noon at Harley Davidson of Jackson, 3509 I-55 South (located on the Trail of Honor, it’s open through the weekend). The Trail of Honor is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Harley Davidson of Jackson, 350. Also Saturday: The Aviation Trail of Honor at Bruce Campbell Airport.

Singer Krystal Gem is the draw for Friday’s Live@Lunch at the Mississippi Museum of Art, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Jackson native is a composer, self-taught pianist and near lifelong singer. It’s free; grab lunch from La Brioche at the Museum while you’re there.

Gem. Image: Mark Reed

Mallory Holladay and DBL Take entertain for CS’s Friday Night Live, Friday, with music starting at 8 p.m. It’s $5.

The Village Social Trivia Night, 7-9 p.m. Friday at Highland Village on the South Plaza, goes retro with a “That’s So ‘80s” theme, along with beer and prizes for best team name, most spirited and best dressed.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Move Your Way JXN hosts Kids to Parks Move Your Way Day Saturday at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park.  The free day of fun events includes archery, giant bubble blowing, disc golf, hula hoops, jump rope, activities on the playground and more. The first 150 people also get a free pass to the science museum. Bring a sack lunch.

MidFest 2019, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, gathers up all the cool creativity in Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood for a street celebration of the growing business and creative culture vibe — all “Made in Midtown,” including Offbeat, Reclaimed Miles, Pearl River Glass Studio, Jax-Zen, Feast and many more. The Business Association of Midtown collaborates with the Beacon Makers Market of Fondren this year, with an outdoor market showcasing small batch makers and artists. Listen up for music from Cowboy Cole, Reformation, by  Child, Forrest and Rod Smith. It’s a big block party on Wilson Street in the Midtown Arts District, and it’s free!

Beacon Makers Market at a recent Fondren After 5

The Good Samaritan Center and NUTS (Neat Used Things for Sale) host the MidFest Saturday in conjunction with MidFest, at 114 Millsaps Ave. Early Bird Shopper entry at 10 a.m. is $5, but it’s free admission rest of the day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Dog Days of Spring, 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Saltine Restaurant, is a chance to bring furry friends to the restaurant’s patio for a spring fundraiser to benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of MS (ARF). Saltine is partnering with Tito’s Handmade Vodka (with featured cocktails) and The Pet Shop of Fondren (with samples for tail-waggers) in the venture. Find more details here.

RAM from Haiti, pulls together ancient African and Haitian drums, electric guitar riffs and swinging Caribbean melodies and entrancing song for a mixture often described as a spiritual sensation — surely more than enough to put an exclamation point on the weekend, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Duling Hall. It’s $10 advance (ardenland.net), $15 day of show.

RAM livens up Sunday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

Monday marks opening day for Urban Foxes, 826 North St., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and offering plenty of hours and options to drop in and partake of small-batch baked goods, pie, coffee, tea, beer and other treats.

Power pop star and musician’s musician Nick Lowe, who penned such hits as “Cruel to Be Kind” (his biggest in the U.S.), “I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock’n’ Roll)” (for Rockpile bandmate Dave Edmunds) and “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” (a hit for Elvis Costello) brings that magic to Duling Hall Tuesday night with a 7:30 p.m. show and beloved full-grown man and roots rockin’ performer Webb Wilder opening. It’s $25 advance (ardenland.net) and $30 day of show.

Nick Lowe entertains Tuesday night at Duling Hall. Image: ardenland

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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