Local events and entertainment

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival

Presented by Four Seasons of the Arts; today: 5 p.m., Crawford Street United Methodist Church, pianist Zsolt Bognar, $15 at the door; Friday: 6 p.m., The Church of the Holy Trinity, Episcopal, opera singer Kallen Esperian, $25 at the door; April 26: 5 p.m., Mary Harwood Home, 600 Fort Hill Drive, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Quintet, $15 at the door; 601-636-9421.

VAA Members’ Spring Show

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Saturday-April 29 at Firehouse Gallery, Main and Openwood streets; opening reception: 8 p.m. Saturday; registration, 4-6 p.m. Monday; entry fee: $15 for as many as three pieces; open to Vicksburg Art Association members older than 18; 601-994-4617.

The Great American Cleanup

3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Southern Cultural Heritage Center; sponsored by Keep Vicksburg-Warren Beautiful; to volunteer, donate: Holley Simrall: 601-618-5786 or holleysimrall@gmail.com.


Gayden Metcalfe, “Some Day You’ll Thank Me For This: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Being a ‘Perfect’ Mother,” noon May 6; Barry Mazon, “Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century, 4 p.m. May 13; Lorelei Books, 1103 Washington St.; 601-634-8624 or www.loreleibooks.com.

Ballroom Dance Lessons

The cha-cha; 5 p.m. today; Southern Cultural Heritage Center; $20 per person per session; taught by James Frechette of Applause Dance Factory, Jackson-area; 601-631-2997 or info@southerculture.org.

Problem Solving Gardening Lecture

5:30 p.m. May 4; Southern Cultural Heritage Center; free; Rob Mendrop of Dreamscape Designs in Edwards will lead; 601-631-2997 or info@southernculture.org.

‘Gold in the Hills’

Presented by Westside Theatre Foundation in the Coral Room at The Vicksburg on Clay Street; 8:15 p.m. May 15-16, June 19-20, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 18-19, Oct. 16-17,  Nov. 7 and Dec. 18-19; $10 for adults, $5 for children; 601 636-4146.

Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

Will explore influences of Mississippi Delta on author Tennessee Williams with particular emphasis on his early play, “Spring Storm”; Oct. 16-17 in Clarksdale; www.coahomacc.edu/twilliams.

2009 Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation accepting applications for 2009 event, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 5; vendor space limited, acceptance based on images of crafts or art; exhibit space: $40 for SCHF members, $50 for nonmembers; applications must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1; acceptance letters will be sent by Sept. 1; 601-631-2997 or www.southernculture.org.

Historic Jefferson College NatureFest

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; family activities, lectures, Master Gardener plant sale and guided tours; admission: $2 for adults, $1 for children younger than 18; 601-442-2901 or www.mdah.state.ms.us.

A Chocolate Affair

7 p.m. May 7; Southern Cultural Heritage Center; event will feature chocolate desserts and entertainment by Jim Robinson and Maria Adona; tickets: $15 for SCHC members, $20 for nonmembers; 601-631-2997 or info@southernculture.org.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Shows

“The Fantasticks” will run Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, April 30 and May 1-3; $12 for adults, $10 for 55 and older, $7 for students and $5 for 12 and under; “Always…Patsy Kline” will run May 15-17 and 22-24; 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays; all shows at Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; 601-636-0471 or www.e-vgt.com.

Vicksburg Theatre Guild Auditions

Fairy Tale Theatre youth program: 1-4 p.m. today; needed are ages 7-18; $35 for VTG members, $55 for nonmembers, due May 16; production will run June 25-28; “Gold in the Hills”: 5:30 p.m. May 17 and 6:30 p.m. May 19; needed are ages 6 to adult; all auditions at Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Ave.; 601-636-0471 or www.e-vgt.com.

2009 Farmers’ Market

Begins June 6; 8-11 a.m. Saturdays and 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays; lot at Grove and Levee streets; 601-634-4527 or www.downtownvicksburg.org.

Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting

6:30 p.m. April 28; Clinton Community Nature Center, 617 Dunton Road; free; Steve Peterson will deliver lecture on “Why Birds Blush: Coloration and Communication”; 601-956-7444 or www.jacksonaudubonsociety.org.

Plant Sale

8 a.m.-noon Saturday; parking lot of Madison Civic Center, U.S. 51 and Mississippi 463; sponsored by Madison County Master Gardeners; 601-856-0780 or 601-605-4455.

Senior Circle Expo

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday; Vicksburg Convention Center, sponsored by River Region Health System; free health screenings and an appearance by Tom Lester from the “Green Acres” TV show; free for ages 50 and older; 601-883-5000 or www.riverregion.com.


Glenn Williams

Variety/Country; Ameristar’s Cabaret; tonight and Tuesday-Sunday; free; 601-638-1000.

LaNise Kirk

Variety; Ameristar’s Cabaret; April 28-May 3; free; 601-638-1000.

Venus Mission

Variety/’70s and ‘80s; Ameristar’s Bottleneck Blues Bar; Friday-Saturday; free; 601-638-1000.

The Beat Daddy’s

Variety/Blues; Ameristar’s Bottleneck Blues Bar; May 1-2; free; 601-638-1000.