Downtown hosts Finally First Friday, movie

Main Street offers a doubleheader this evening in downtown Biloxi: There’s Finally First Friday in the Rue Magnolia arts district from 5 to 8, and the drive-in movie “The Lorax” beginning at 6 on the Magnolia Hotel lawn.

During Finally Friday, the New Orleans group A Band Called Summer performs at Margaret Tremmel Peresich Park, and Richard Shropshire plays at Gallery 782. You’ll find extended hours at downtown shops, and food and drink specials.

Meanwhile, for the movie, fans should bring their own lawnchairs or blankets and, as admission, a can of food, which will be donated to Loaves and Fishes. The movie will begin at dark.

Elsewhere this weekend: You’ll find Aaaron Neville at the IP, TNA ‘rasslin’ at the Coast Coliseum, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at the Beau, and Tommy James and the Shondells at Hard Rock. To read details on these shows and more, courtesy of listings from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Final weekend for absentee voting, registration

Saturday is the last day for registered voters to cast absentee ballots at City Hall for the May 7 party primaries, and it’s also the last day to register to vote in the general election on June 4.

Biloxi City Hall will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon to accommodate would-be voters.

To see the rundown on next week’s party primaries – lists of candidates, polling places and ward maps – click here.

Photos, video: Blessing poster, prayer day and a spring wedding

A couple of photo galleries and a video clip for your perusal:

Poster unveiling: To see images from the Wednesday evening unveiling of the poster for the 2013 Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival – including photos of royalty and queen contestants – click here.

Prayer day: To see photos from the National Day of Prayer observance Thursday at Biloxi City Hall, click here.

Visitors Center video:
Lifehouse Wedding Films has created a two-minute video that shows the preparations that go into a spring wedding reception at the Biloxi Visitors Center. To see the clip, which is posted on Vimeo, click here.

News and notes

Council meeting: The next scheduled meeting of the Biloxi City Council will be on May 14.

Webcasting: Downtown Services assistant Laurie Rosetti discusses a new tradition planned for the Biloxi Blessing of the Fleet and Shrimp Festival in June, but it’s something you’ll also be seeing at this month’s Thursdays in May series. Find out more in this week’s City Desk webcast by click here.