Unleash the animal within this Friday at Zoo Brew, starting at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo. Sample more than 40 specialty beers from Capital City Beverage, margaritas by Paco's Mexican Restaurant and chicken wings from participants in the Tyson's Wing Cook-off competition. The Sole Shakers will perform. Admission to the event is $20 for members, $25 for non-members. Park and ride from Coffee Bus at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.) or Barnes and Noble at Renaissance for $10. Show your ticket stub for free admission to the 9 p.m. after-party at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Or, film-enthusiasts and foodies alike can head to Rainbow Whole Foods Co-Operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Rd.) for dinner and a movie. Enjoy the Oscar-winning film "Inside Job" and a vegetarian dinner from High Noon Cafe. Later in the evening, catch the funk group Good Enough for Good Times at Martin's at 10 p.m., or hurry your caboose over to a live performance by California pop-rock trio Train at 8 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. Tickets for Train range from $30-50 and can be purchased by calling 800-745-3000. For more music listings, see the JFP Music Listings.
On Saturday, engage your artistic side at FIGMENT Art Festival at The Plant (1421 Hwy. 80 W.). Hosted by the nonprofit organization Action Arts League and the Greater Jackson Arts Council, FIGMENT will host new and seasoned artists showcasing original works including sculpture, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, two-dimensional works, site-specific pieces or a combination of artwork. The festival is free and continues through Sunday. At 2 p.m., help tackle Alzheimer's by attending Blondes vs. Brunettes at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Two teams of women, divided to reflect the age old rivalry between blondes and brunettes, compete in a powder-puff football game. Admission is $25 and benefits the Alzheimer's Association; e-mail [e-mail missing] for additional information.
Lusting after some live music to round off your Saturday night? Catch the Intellectual Bulimics at Ole Tavern or, for $20, Better Than Ezra at Club Fire at 8 p.m. If you're cash-strapped but still music-hungry, head to Fenian's at 9 p.m. for a free show by Joe Carroll Gang. Browse the JFP's Best Bets and JFP Events Calendar
for more ideas for the weekend.
Gussy up Sunday morning and indulge in a jazz brunch at Sophia's or the King Edward Hotel. Peruse JFP Restaurant Listings and the Menu Guide for a complete list of dining options. Sunday afternoon, check out a screening of "Invisible Eye" at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Rd.) at 2:30 p.m. presented by Crossroads Film Society and the Global Film Initiative as part of the "Sunday Matinees in May" series. A discussion about rape and war will follow the screening. Admission is $5. Then be sure to attend a free screening of "Freedom Riders" at 5 p.m. at Masonic Temple (1072 John R. Lynch St.). A question and answer session will follow. Call 601-979-3935 for more information. See JFP Movie Finder
for additional film listings. Finally, carry out your weekend joys and jaunts in signature JFP style with items from the JFP Swag Store.
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