Jackson City Council members will meet on Wednesday morning to discuss the confirmation of five nominees for the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. In Jackson, the mayor appoints school board members, and the city council must confirm each member. The school board, like council, consists of seven members–one from each ward of the city. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba has nominated five new board members, the agenda for the special meeting shows. The JPS School Board previously had four members before the State threatened a takeover of the school district.
Jackson has lots of stuff to do, as evident from our calendar. Here are a few events you could attend this week. Cabaret at Duling Hall—The Eclectic Guitar
Tonight, March 19, Local musician Barry Leach will perform original solo guitar pieces, as well as known songs. The event is at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.
Ideas on Tap: “Emerging Mississippi” in Arts & Culture
During Mississippi Humanities Council’s next Ideas on Tap, panelists such as Ginger Williams Cook, Phillip “DJ Young Venom” Rollins and moderator Garrad Lee will discuss young Mississippians in arts and culture. Continue Reading
Most of us will probably attend the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival tomorrow, but if you want to know what else is happening, here are some choices.
“Point of Perception” Podcast Launch & Art Show
Tonight, March 16, Michele Mathis is launching her podcast, “Point of Perception,” which focuses on how people perceive the world around them. Along with a discussion about the podcast, the launch party will also feature work from local artists Justin Ransburg, Will Brooks, Kira Cummings, Lynlee Healing Webb and Managing Editor Amber Helsel. A portion of proceeds from art sales goes to The McCoy House for Sober Living. The event, which is free and open to the public, is at Jax-Zen Float (155 Wesley Ave.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jackson Garden Extravaganza
Gardening friends! Continue Reading
UPDATE: Octavia Spencer announced the screenings for underprivileged youth on Instagram, with showings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Cinemark Pearl and XD (411 Riverwind Drive) on Feb. 17. She also shared that “The Help” director Tate Taylor and producer John Norris purchased a 2:30 p.m. at United Artists Natchez Mall 4 (350 John R. Junkin Drive, Natchez) on the same day. All screenings are first come first served. Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer’s response to Marvel Studio’s latest superhero film, “Black Panther,” stands out even amid praise from other celebrities at early screenings. Continue Reading
Before actress Octavia Spencer made national news for planning to buy out a screening of Marvel’s “Black Panther” for an underserved Mississippi community, residents were already on the job here in Jackson. Khalid and Khadijah Rashid Hudson began a GoFundMe page for the “Jackson Black Panther Challenge” on Jan. 15, hoping to raise $4,000 by the film’s release date, Feb. 16, to allow underprivileged Jackson youth to see the new comic-book movie. “Black Panther” is the first Marvel film to feature a mostly African American cast, with actor Chadwick Boseman as the titular lead, and an African American director in Ryan Coogler, who is best known for films such as “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed.” Continue Reading
For this year, the first Fondren After 5 has been pushed back to April 5. In a statement to area businesses and restaurants, Fondren Renaissance Foundation Executive Director Jim Wilkirson said that due to unseasonably cold weather and ongoing construction to sidewalks in the neighborhood, the event will begin later than usual this year. “Some area businesses may elect to start earlier than this date, and some may be open this month, but we will not officially publicize the event as a neighborhood until our kickoff on April 5.” Events for FA5 will center around three areas: Duling Avenue, State Street and Rainbow Plaza. The plan is to have Duling Avenue blocked off each month, activities in Rainbow Plaza from Hops & Habanas to Cups, and Sneaky Beans serving as the anchor for the State Street area, though these plans may change due to construction. Continue Reading