Today at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation is at 10 a.m. at Rose McCoy Auditorium with Reena Evers-Everette, daughter of Medgar Evers, as the speaker (free), and the For My People Awards Luncheon is at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom; seating limited ($10). Call 601-979-3935. The exhibit “Pieces of the Past: Civil Rights in Jackson” at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) opens today and is up through April 7. Free; call 601-576-6920. The Monster X Tour is at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.) and runs through Jan. 20. The event includes motorcycle races and monster truck shows. $17, $25-$40 box seats; call 800-745-3000. Bluesman and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer B.B. King performs at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $35-$85; call 800-745-3000. Need more options? See our Best Bets.
On Saturday, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Freedom Corner (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard). Free; call 601-960-1090. The Friends of Music New Year’s Sampler is at 6:30 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) in Anderson Hall. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a concert with blues artist Dorothy Moore as the headliner. RSVP. $50, $30 MC employees and students; call 601-925-3440. Nameless Open Mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640. For more events, check out the JFP Events Calendar.
On Sunday, the Stop the Violence Concert and Rally is at 2 p.m. at Golf World (5124 N. State St.). Enjoy entertainment, motivational speakers and family activities. Free; email [email protected] Also, be sure to take some time to support a local restaurant such as Bon Ami, Two Sisters Kitchen, Julep, Cool Al's, or Cerami's. If you want more dining options, see JFP Restaurant Listings and the Menu Guide.
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