If last weekend's St. Paddy's Parade and associated frivolities have you hankering for more, this weekend won't disappoint. The first annual Zippity Doo Dah Weekend in the Fondren neighborhood began yesterday and runs through tomorrow night. Today until 5 p.m., join the Sweet Potato Queens for the Bluebird Scavenger Hunt and the Queens Qrawl for All. Tomorrow, you'll have plenty of opportunities for family fun beginning with the Market in Fondren from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; the Sal & Mookies 4th Annual Kid's Carniva from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and live music throughout the day. The weekend closes out (for all but the heartiest SPQs) with the Zippity Doo Dah Parade at dusk. All proceeds from the weekend go to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, so not only will you have a blast, you'll be making a difference, too.
For those in search of different kinds of entertainment, no worries: Jackson has plenty more to offer. Tonight, Mike Epps performs at the Mississippi Coliseum at 7 p.m. $35.50-$44.50; call 800-745-3000. Epps also hosts an after-party at Dreamz JXN. Movie buffs can head to the Arthouse Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) for "Another Year" at 7 p.m. and "Barney's Version" at 9:15 p.m.. $7 per film; visit http://www.msfilm.org. Where should you look when planning what to do this weekend? Start with the JFP Best Bets page.
Saturday morning provides a multitude of choices, from the All 4 Children Consignment Sale from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum; a free Homebuyer Education Class at 9 a.m. at the Jackson Housing Authority; and "Great Lessons from the Journey" Lecture at 9:30 a.m. with author Paula D'Arcy at Galloway United Methodist Church; $20, $30 couple with lunch included. Find the details on these and other happenings around town on the JFP Events Calendar.
For an evening of music, head straight to the JFP Music Listings page. For Saturday night, you'll find classical (Mississippi Symphony Orchestra's Bravo V: Beethoven's Incomparable Fifth at Thalia Mara Hall) to an Elvis tribute (Big E & The Lonesome Hound Dogs at Ole Tavern) and everything in between.
After church (or rolling out of bed late), relax on Sunday with brunch and music at Sophia's, Fairview Inn with Knight Bruce; the King Edward Hotel with Howard Jones Jazz; Fitzgerald's with Andy Hardwick; or Char with Raphael Semmes. The city's best dining is at your fingertips with the JFP Restaurant Listings and the Menu Guide.
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