After this long, hot week you're probably in the mood to chill, so head over to calm and cool Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) for copy of the thriller "Rasputin's Legacy" signed by author Troy Carnes, at 5 p.m. If you stick around, Carnes will be sure to have you shaking in your sweaty shirt with a reading at 5:30 p.m. Continue your evening in the literary vein when New Stage Theatre's Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive performs "Beauty and the Beast, Jr.," at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Afterward, head over to Burgers & Blues in Ridgeland where you can fill your belly with burgers, and listen to Adam Perry and Chris Derrick perform from 7 to 11 p.m. while you dine. Then, go dance off your recent caloric intake at Africa Book CafÃ(c) at their Afrikan Funkadelic Friday that goes from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. with DJ Redcley.
Saturday, start your hot day off right by cooling off with ice cream the Jackson Zoo's annual Ice Cream Safari (2918 W. Capital St.) starting at 11 a.m. $2 plus regular admission. If you're in a creative mood, head to Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland) for a kirtan "playshop" held by the Mayapuris at 3 p.m. with a concert at 7 p.m. $30 workshop; $20 concert; $45 for both. If you're more in the mood for rocking out and enjoying barbeque, F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.) is hosting "Beer and Bones," starting at noon, which includes a grilling competition, an arts and crafts festival, and music by Iron Feathers, The Peoples, The Bailey Brothers and Sunny Ridell. $10 cover and $2 beer. Head to the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.) if you haven't gotten your fill of barbecue at 7 p.m. where Clay Walker and Joe Diffie perform during The Mississippi Barbecue Championship. Doors open at 4 p.m.; tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children in advance through Ticketmaster; $25 at the gate.
Sunday, sleep in and eat brunch at Fenian's (901 E. Fortification St.) (served until 3 p.m.), and stick around for "Mostly Monthly Ceili," free Irish dance and music, from 2-5 p.m. Or, go enjoy a performance by the Improv Alliance at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) at 2 p.m. Later, if you're not ready for your weekend to be over, Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at the Dog Days of Summer outdoor concert at F. Jones Corner from 6 to 10 p.m; free.
Need more options? See JFP Music Listings. Visit the JFP's Best Bets for more ways to stay cool this weekend, or visit the JFP event's calendar to see a complete listing of community and JFP sponsored events.
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