Valentine’s Day is Friday. Whether you celebrate it or not, there’s a whole slate ‘o stuff to do detailed here. For everything else, jump on the float, on the stage, into the exhibit or on the tour and let’s do it right.
Magnolia Magic Party Gras Weekend – The Magnolia Party Gras Parade and festival originally set for Saturday will be rescheduled due to anticipated flooding throughout the Jackson metro. Event organizer Sherry Wallace said she is working diligently with the mayor’s office to get a reschedule date for the parade.
While we’re a week-and-a-half from Fat Tuesday (February 25), the good times will roll Saturday in downtown Jackson with food, festivals, parties and music, all combined in JXNMS’s ode to the Big Easy tradition (did you know, Mobile actually did Mardi Gras before New Orleans?) Look for all of this in the same parking lot where you find the “Welcome to Jackson” mural. The event benefits PineHurst Resource Services Fund and the R U Hungry Fund. Tickets are available.
Fondren Foodie Tour – Fondren (meeting at Green Ghost Tacos) – Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
If you like to eat (and, who doesn’t?), Fondren has long been held up as Mississippi’s Culinary Capital ™. And for good reason: with nearly two dozen locally-owned restaurants, bars, bakeries and coffee shops in a four block radius, your options are endless. Local tour guide Jane Jones will show you around the neighborhood with bites and beverages from nearly a dozen spots. These tours fill up quickly, so, I’d make a reservation today (PayPal and Venmo welcome).
Epic Funk Brass Band – Martin’s – Saturday, 9 p.m.
Infusing funk, pop, jazz and Go-Go into a custom-made enhancement of second-line brass band tradition, Epic Funk is a City With Soul favorite. Pair their performance with the earlier-in-the-day Party Gras, and your Saturday is complete. There’s a cover at the door.
Netherfriends – Duling Hall – Sunday, 8 p.m.
Called ” creatively ambitious and artistically daring,” Netherfriends is the genre defying work of LA-based musician Shawn Rosenblatt. An “all-encompassing sound that traverses various genres and styles from stoner rap and sensual R&B and soul to tripped-out lo-fi instrumentals and endearing indie rock, even down to his own self-created genres and crossover projects,” this may be the show they’re still talking about Monday. Local artist and beat maker Chris Valentine opens. Get tickets.
Nick Cave: Feat closes – Mississippi Museum of Art – Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.
Please don’t be that person that says, “No, I guess I missed it: what was it like?” when I ask you about the Nick Cave exhibit. I’ll be perfectly honest and say typical “art shows” don’t get me crazy excited. But the Nick Cave exhibit is more of an experience. I got major House of Showfields vibes the first time I walked through and a second trip caused me to slow down and really dive in to Cave’s work and message. If you don’t get by before Sunday, hope they hold it over. Admission is $15 and $10 for college students with school ID; it’s free for members.
More Jackson events can be found at visitjackson.com/events.