Headed into a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday and we have a list of related activities here), and there is plenty of fun, especially on Saturday. Get out there and enjoy it, JXN (and stay dry)!
Robot Zoo – Mississippi Natural Science Museum – Saturday – 9 a.m.
Explore the biomechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work with this fascinating combination of science, technology and fun. The Robot Zoo is free with regular museum admission (adults $6; youth ages 3-18 $4; senior citizens 60 and over $5; and children under 3 free).
Storytelling Festival – Mississippi Children’s Museum – Saturday – 10 a.m.
Celebrate Mississippi’s storytellers past and present with artistic, literary adventure and the art of storytelling in many forms. Special guests include Doris Jones, Shanina Carmichael and more. The Storytelling Festival is included in general admission and museum membership ($10 per person; children under 1: free; Members: unlimited daytime admission).
WWE Live – Mississippi Coliseum – Saturday – 7:30 p.m.
Witness all the high flying stunts and bone-crushing action that has come to be synonymous with WWE events held all over the world, right here in Jackson. Over the years, some of the biggest names to have graced a WWE ring include Bret Hart, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, The Rock and John Cena. Don’t miss this round of stars and up-and-comers. Tickets are available.
Liverpool Legends – Thalia Mara Hall – Saturday – 8 p.m.
If you can’t see the real thing in person, it’s the next-best thing: four talented musicians and actors, handpicked by Louise Harrison – sister of the late George Harrison, performing songs spanning the entire career of the Classic Early Beatles through the psychedelic era of Sgt. Pepper and the final years all the way through Abbey Road,. Liverpool Legends’ precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, are wowing audiences all over the world. Tickets – $40-$60 – are still available.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Hope Gala – The Westin Jackson – Saturday – 6 p.m.
This year’s Hope Gala will feature a cocktail reception, seated dinner, silent and live auctions followed by the After-Party where guests can enjoy drinks, dancing, late night bites, dueling pianos and much more. “Keys to a Cure” and The After-Party go to critical funds for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. Purchase tickets for both or the after-party only here.
Jxn Indie Music Week continues through Sunday. A weekend-full of activities includes the JIMWeek Market Friday at Conkrete Sneaker Boutique; the Fusion Showcase Friday at Fenian’s Pub; and a Hip Hop Concert Friday at Hal & Mal’s.
Saturday, find The Beat Sale at Offbeat, the Do The Knowledge Panel and Film Showcase at MPB, a Hip Hop Showcase at The Murals and the Silent Museum Party Featuring the Nick Cave: Feat. Exhibition at the Mississippi Museum Of Art.
Sunday wraps the week with a Pub Crawl: Music Tour Of The Capitol and the Official Jackson Indie Music Week Wrap Party at Hal & Mal’s. Event passes ($35) are still available – and still a bargain for this full slate.