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May 2015

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Mary C Cafe Lunch & Learn

May 27-29

Wednesday, May 27: Chef Cheri Hiers prepares Mahi Mahi Salad. 

Thursday, May 28 menu is sponsored by Beau Rivage.

Friday, May 29: Chef Cheri Hiers menu includes Smoky Grilled Pimento Cheese on Fresh Baked Sourdough, Carrot Chips, Pickled Cucumber Salad.

Chef's Table Seating is available on a first come first serve basis. Reserve now to see how your scrumptious meal is prepared and learn the professional way! After Lunch be sure to visit the Gift Shop and Ocean Springs History Museum. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis! Reserve now to see how your scrumptious meal is prepared and learn the professional way.

  • Date(s): 05/27/2015 - 05/29/2015
  • Times: 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Location: Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs
  • Contact: Mary C. O'keefe Cultural Center
  • Phone: 228-818-2878
  • Admission: $12 Chef's Counter Seating and Cafe' Seating; $14 walk-ins

14th Annual St. Ann's Catfish Festival

May 28-31

This festival is funfor the entire family - games, silent auction, live auction, prize bingo (during the day Saturday & Sunday), carnival rides, and of course fabulous food, especially catfish, and more! Live entertainment performs throughout the festival.

  • Date(s): 05/28/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • Times: Thursday & Friday 5pm-11pm; Saturday @ 9am - 11pm, Sunday 9am -6pm
  • Location: St. Ann Church Grounds, 23529 Highway 53, Gulfport
  • Contact: St. Ann's Catholic Church
  • Phone: 228-832-2560
  • Admission: Free

Katrina +10 Outreach - Marlin Miller Exhibit Reception

May 29

Attend this opening reception for Marlin Miller exhibit. See the latest creations from the man who created the majority of the Katrina sculpture trail along U.S. 90 in Biloxi and neighboring cities. The free exhibition of Miller's work will run from May 29 through Sept. 12 in the welcome center at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.

  • Date(s): 05/29/2015 - 05/29/2015
  • Times: 5pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547

Katrina Cafe - Eddie Favre

May 29

Katrina +10 will host a weekly series of "Katrina Cafe" presentations where well-known community leaders will discuss the challenges of Katrina in their respective fields and how they have overcome those challenges. The former mayor of Bay St. Louis, Eddie Favre discusses the devastation of Bay St. Louis and the painstaking process of digging from the rubble, and the national celebrity he took on in the process.

A Reservation required in advance.  For more information visit the Katrina +10 website,

  • Date(s): 05/29/2015 - 05/29/2015
  • Times: 12pm-1pm
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: $10 (includes lunch)

Kenny G

May 29

Performing live. An American adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonist. His fourth album, Duotones, brought him breakthrough success in 1986. Kenny G is the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the best-selling artists of all time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records.

  • Date(s): 05/29/2015 - 05/29/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Beau Rivage Casino, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 566-7469 or (228) 386-7111
  • Admission: Tickets start at $44.95

The Dominos

May 29-30
Performing live at Stage Bar. 

  • Date(s): 05/29/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Silver Slipper Casino, 5000 South Beach Blvd, Bay St. Louis
  • Phone: (866) 754-7737 or (228) 469-2777
  • Admission: Free

Wanda Sykes

May 29

One of America's funniest stand-up comics, Wanda Sykes brings back her smart-witted comedy to IP CASINO RESORT SPA's Studio A. Sykes has been ranked in Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. As a celebrated writer, actor and stand-up comedian she has received multiple prestigious nominations, including a GLAAD award and several Emmys. She has been a regular on HBO, hosting several of her own comedy specials and appearing in Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Sykes has been part of all-star casts in feature films "Evan Almighty," "Monster-In-Law" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend," and has voiced beloved characters in the animated movies "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and "Rio."

She can currently be seen on the Amazon Prime show "Alpha House," created by Gary Trudeau about a group of Republican Senators who share the same DC rental house.

  • Date(s): 05/29/2015 - 05/29/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: IP Casino Resort & Spa, Studio A, 850 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi
  • Phone: 228-385-2600
  • Admission: Tickets start at $50

Atlas Ultima MMA Cage Fights

May 30

MMA All Professional Cage Fighting Championships - Live. 

  • Date(s): 05/30/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Golden Nugget, 151 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: 888-745-3000
  • Admission: Tickets start at $30

Danny Brooks

May 30

Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal' and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin),‘Texassippi Soul Man' Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi are releasing their second ‘Texas' studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend', at Larry Nye's La-Z-L Studio, slated for a January 15th release. This recording will please those who have long expressed a desire to hear a ‘stripped down' approach to Brooks music, in that it will feature the duo he has with his wife Debi Middlebrook Brooks who sings and plays cajon/percussion while Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.

  • Date(s): 05/30/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 7pm
  • Location: Shed Barbeque & Blue's Joint, 7501 Highway 57, Ocean Springs
  • Contact: The Shed BBQ
  • Phone: 228-875-9590
  • Admission: No Cover. Get Fed!

Pascagoula Paddlepalooza

May 30

This event showcases the Pascagoula River Blueway and paddle sports. Enjoy music, food, kids' activities, kayak demonstrations, kayak safety education, kayak decorating contest and more. Join the Pascagoula Paradise Paddlers for a twilight paddle parade.

  • Date(s): 05/30/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 3pm - 10pm
  • Location: Lighthouse Park, 3759 Federic St., Pascagoula
  • Contact: Pascagoula Recreation Department
  • Phone: 228-938-2356
  • Admission: Free

On-Going Events

Art Exhibits @ Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

Two new art exhibits are now on display at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The art exhibits feature the work of Suzy Templin and Betty Magee.

Suzy was born and raised in Minnesota where she earned two bachelor degrees in Fine Art from the Minnesota State University graduating in 1996. She relocated to South Mississippi's Keesler Air Force Base in 1989 where she was hired as a Military Fine Artist. She has been doing coastal artwork for 25 years where her true love for the Gulf Coast is portrayed. She has won the Biloxi Seafood Festival Poster Contest five times. Suzy recently won Chefs to the Coast event's poster contest and the Blue Moon Art Project that was held during The Peter Anderson festival in downtown Ocean Springs.

Betty Magee began seriously painting over 40 years ago. Betty was born in McComb, MS where her father was a very prolific graphic artist, and her roots were really in New Orleans, LA where she began her art career. She won awards in her first four shows she entered which was an endorsement for her to go forward. Betty is accomplished in all mediums oils, pastels, ceramics, watercolor, acrylics and more. Art is her identity. Betty loves to paint nature. The native flora and fauna of the coast, especially the bogs with pitcher plants are represented in her exhibit in the airport. Betty also is one of the founders of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts & Education.

Both exhibits occupy the display cases located near the airline gates on the second floor of the terminal building.  

  • Date(s): 11/12/2014 - 05/31/2015
  • Location: Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, 1100 Hangar Street, Gulfport
  • Contact: Ashley Duke
  • Phone: (228) 863-5951 x 3036

Katrina + 10

This daily exhibition is an examination of the catastrophic destruction, immediate relief, sustained recovery, shared experience and progress on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking South Mississippi. Moving multimedia exhibitions tell the story of the Katrina experience from those on the front lines: The Sun Herald, WLOX, and Mississippi Power Company. Two static environments, in the iconic pods will represent the inspirational volunteer effort from individuals and groups from around the world (coordinated by Hands on Mississippi), and the rebuilding of roads and bridges by the Mississippi Department of Transportation. 

  • Date(s): 03/20/2015 - 09/12/2015
  • Times: 10am-5pm daily
  • Location: Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, 386 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Contact: Ohr Okeefe Museum of Art (OOMA)
  • Phone: 228-374-5547
  • Admission: Museum admission

Farmers Markets Throughout The Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast farmers markets regularly offer fresh seasonal produce; old-world handmade artisan breads; meats and sausage; artisan cheeses, butter, and cream-top milk; jams, jellies, and pickles made from local foods; cookies and other baked goods; gumbo, tamales, and other prepared foods; plus plants and handmade milk soaps and lotions. Some feature cooking demonstrations, live music, and more!  NOTE:  Locations & Times may change.

 BAY ST. LOUIS MARKET (Depot Produce & Country Market)
Location: Historic Train Depot Grounds, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Thursdays 2pm-6pm; Saturdays 9am -2pm

Location: Under the I-110 Bridge overpass on Howard Avenue, Biloxi
Open: (April - September) - Tuesdays & Thursdays
Times: 6am-4pm

Location: 10383 Automall Parkway (in front of Civic Center)
Open: Year Round - Monday-Saturdays
Times: 7am-4pm

Location: Jones Park Pavilion, Highway 90
Open: Wednesdays 9am-1pm
Saturdays 2pm-5pm

Location: 3068 Longfellow Drive, Bay St. Louis
Open: Year Round - Wednesdays
Times: 9am-1pm

Location: Jackson County Fairgrounds, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula
Open: (April-September) Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

Location: 125 Jeff Davis Avenue - Downtown Long Beach
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-12pm

Location: L&N Depot, 1000 Washington Avenue, Ocean Springs
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 9am-1pm

Location: Victory Parking Lot, 3214 Pascagoula Street, Pascagoula
Open: (April - October) - Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 7am-1pm

Location: War Memorial Park, Highway 90, Pass Christian
Open: Year Round - Saturdays
Times: 8am-Noon

Location: Interstate 10 at 8095 Menge Ave, Pass Christian
Open: Fridays
Times: 3pm-7pm

  • Date(s): 04/01/2015 - 12/31/2015

Entertainment @ Treasure Bay

Come enjoy an awesome tapas lounge, which features some of the area's finest musicians performing live in an intimate setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico...from high in the sky!

blu - Fridays from 9pm-midnight
May 1 - 3HG (starts 10pm)
May 8 - The Double J Band
May 15 - Hindsight
May 22 - Friends
May 29 - Acoustik HooDoo

Poolside - Saturday from 2-5pm
May 23 - Friends
May 30 - DJ JB

blu - Fridays from 9pm-midnight
June 5 - Razzoo Unplugged
June 12 - 3HG
June 19 - Hindsight
June 26 - Bayou Deluxe

Poolside - Saturdays from 2-5pm
June 6 - DJ Maybeline
June 13 - DJ JB
June 20 - DJ Maybeline
June 27 - DJ T Swan

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 06/27/2015
  • Times: 8pm
  • Location: Treasure Bay Casino & Hotel, 1980 Beach Blvd, Biloxi - Blu Lounge 9th Floor
  • Phone: (800) 747-2839 or (228) 385-6000
  • Admission: Free

Live Entertainment - Sunset Bar

Come enjoy this sleek & sexy new venue with an indoor bar and lounge area with easy access to our poplar outdoor deck. Sunset Bar has an open feel, complemented by its magnificent view of the Gulf.

May 1     Brennan Roybal
May 2     Lisa Lee Albritton
May 8     Mirror Image
May 9     Eddie McDaniel
May 15   Brandon Green
May 16   Razzoo
May 22   Scott Hinson Trio
May 23   David Chatham
May 29   Brennan Roybal
May 30   2LeftoCenter

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Must Be 21 or Older

Live Entertainment - View Showroom

Come and enjoy these dynmaic artists live in the Island View Showroom.  

May 1      The Redfield
May 2      Starz
May 8      Something's Up
May 9      David St. Romain
May 15    West Story Road
May 16    Brandon Green Band
May 29    3HG
May 30    Perkins Road

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 05/30/2015
  • Times: 9pm-1am
  • Location: Island View Casino Resort, 3300 West Beach, Gulfport
  • Phone: (877) 774-8439 or (228) 314-2100
  • Admission: Spectators Free - Must Be 21 or Older

Live Entertainment Eight75 - Beau Rivage

Enjoy live music at EIGHT75. Beau Rivage will feature live music from some the greatest local bands.

• 5/3 & 4 - Serabee Trio
• 5/5 - Myles Sharp Band
• 5/10 & 11 - Domingues & Roybal
• 5/12 - Red Room Arrangement
• 5/17 & 18 Serabee Trio
• 5/19 - Lindsey Cardinale Band
• 5/24 & 25 - Domingues & Roybal
• 5/26 - Triggerproof
• 5/31 - Domingues & Roybal

  • Date(s): 05/03/2015 - 05/31/2015
  • Times: 7pm-1am
  • Location: Beau Rivage Casino, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi
  • Phone: (888) 566-7469 or (228) 386-7111
  • Admission: Free