We are now almost two weeks into September.
The NFL kicked off the 2016 season Thursday night as the Carolina Panthers again lost to the Denver Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champions. So if football’s your thing, there’s plenty of that to be had this weekend. But if you’re not a fan of the gridiron, you have several options on how to spend your time.
The Dixie Chicks return to New Orleans with a show at the The Smoothie King Center at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $22 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
If swooning and crooning is how you roll, you’ll be happy to know that soul sensation Keith Sweat will be at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets start at $35 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
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Get “Hooked on A Feeling” when B.J. Thomas hits the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi on Friday with Union Gap(per) Gary Puckett. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.
“Sully,” the Clint Eastwood-directed film, opens Friday starring Tom Hanks as pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in New York. This film should solidify the theory that one should be wary of traveling with Hanks. Catch it at the Cinemark 16 in Gulfport or the Grand Theater in D’Iberville.
Whatever you decide to do, here’s your soundtrack for the weekend, featuring hot cuts from Sia, Ty Dolla $ign, St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Lady Gaga.
Friday Baseball Luncheon
Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi. Special luncheon where Chris Harris, the announcer for the Biloxi Shuckers, is presenting the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum with a $4,000 check recently raised at the Shuckers’ jersey auction. 228-374-5547.
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Biloxi Civic Center, 578 Howard Ave., Biloxi. $30-$50. Mental Health Association of South Mississippi invites you to attend the ever-popular annual fundraiser. The event features live music, delicious food, plus a live auction featuring some of the Coast’s favorite bachelors, bachelorettes and couples. All money raised helps the local community. Programs at the MHA include wellness workshops, peer support, a drop-in center for adults, homeless outreach and supportive housing.
City of Pascagoula Movie Night
Beach Park, 600 Park St., Pascagoula. Free. Join others for a free community event on the second Friday night of the month. 228-938-2356.
Adopt A Grandparent Day
Marston Rogers Group, 15431 O’Neal Road, Gulfport. Sponsorships are also available. Volunteers set aside one hour at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. to visit the elderly in South Mississippi nursing homes and senior living facilities on Adopt A Grandparent Day. The event is being expanded this year from the three Coast counties to include George, Stone and Pearl River counties. Volunteers may sign up at adoptagrandparentday.org. Donations are being accepted on the website. To become a sponsor, contact Brenda Saucier at email@example.com or call 228-206-5902. Sponsorship levels range from $100 to $1,200. Proceeds are used to promote the event and purchase gift items for seniors. 228-206-5902. www.adoptagrandparentday.org
Improvisation for Teens
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. $40 for four sessions. Do you love “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Have you ever seen an improv group perform and think, “I could do that”? Would you like to build skills in improvisation that you can help you on stage and in everyday life? If so, then this class is for you. Join members of Longshot Theatre Company as they lead teens through improvisation games and activities. This is a class for those new to improv as well as advanced students. There will be something for everyone. Instructors: Longshot Theatre Company members.
Gulf Coast School of Performing Arts, 10598 D’lberville Blvd., D’Iberville. Auditions for “The Nutcracker.” 10 a.m. for ages 4-6; 10:15 a.m. for ages 7-10; 10:30 a.m. for ages 11 and up; 11 a.m. for tumblers; 1 p.m. advanced dancers.
10:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
African Americans from Mississippi in Sports
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, 246 Dolan Ave., Gulfport. Charles K. Ross, associate professor of history and director of African American Studies at Ole Miss, will speak. This event is part of the programming from Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America traveling exhibit. 228-897-6039.
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Books & Blues book signing
Pascagoula Public Library, 3214 Pascagoula St. Free. Book lovers are invited to the Pascagoula Public Library for an afternoon of Books & Blues, a book signing and reading on Sept. 10, beginning at 2 p.m. The free event will offer three female authors reading selections from their books; refreshments provided by the Friends of the Pascagoula Library, and live music before and after the event. Books will be available for purchase. Features Faith Garbin, Leif Anderson and Sarah Hewes. Details: 769-3060 or www.JGRLS.org
Second Saturday Artwalk
Old Town Bay St. Louis, Historic District, Bay St. Louis. Free. Old Town stays lively all day, with many merchants and restaurants offering specials. Each month, one or two Old Town businesses take the spotlight as “Hot Spots” and veteran Second Saturday patrons know these will be among the liveliest places to be during the event.
4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Daddy-Daughter Paint Night
Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division St., Biloxi. $20 adult/child pair; $10 additional siblings. Enjoy a meal, music, paint a masterpiece, and create a memory. All food and supplies are provided by The Salvation Army Kroc Center. 228-207-1218. krocmscoast.org
5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Color Vibe 5K Run
Gulf Islands Waterpark, 17200 16th St., Gulfport. $55-$70. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society of South Mississippi. 228-328-1266. www.hssm.org
Out of the Darkness Walk
Ken Combs Pier, Courthouse Road and U.S.90, Gulfport. Donations accepted. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and money that allow the American Society of Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss.
Jr. Chef Hands-on Cooking Class
Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government St., Ocean Springs. Chef Cheri teaches the kids the basics of cooking. Whether your child just wants to learn how so cooking will be easy when growing up, or they aspire to be a master chef one day, this class is a great way to start. Menu: Kid-friendly Sushi, Cucumber Salad and Chocolate Chip Cookies. 228-818-2878.
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Auditions for ‘Morning’s At Seven’
Center Stage Theatre, 2670 Rue Palafox, Biloxi. Performance dates are Nov. 3-13. Seeking a cast of nine characters including three men’s and four women’s roles for actors 60 years and older; one role for a male actor around 40 years old and one actress in her late thirties. Details: 228-388-6258.