‘Fata Morgana,’ rendezvous, fighting headline weekend

Beau Rivage rolls out “Fata Morgana,” its new cirque-style show, this weekend, and you’ll find country artist Pat Green, and John Kay and Steppenwolf entertaining at the Hard Rock, and B.J. Thomas and Gary Puckett are at the IP.

It’s all part of the weekend leading into the Fourth of July.

“Fata Morgana,” an Italian word meaning mirage or optical illusion, features an international ensemble cast of stunning dancers, Russian acrobats, aerialists from Canada, daring motorcyclists from the Ukraine and renowned artist comedian Bello Nock. The show runs through Aug. 19.

Meantime, the city will host a Seniors Patriotic Dance this evening at the Donal M Snyder Sr. Center on Pass Road, and closer to downtown, at the Biloxi Civic Center, you’ll find “Blood & Sand XII,” a big-time extravaganza of fisticuffs.

This weekend: For the weekend’s entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau,
click here.

Looking ahead: For a preview of July’s entertainment lineup, including information about this weekend’s rendezvous on Deer Island, click here.

Colored School, Nichols, Perkins, OMS alumni gather this weekend

Former students of four Biloxi schools will gather this weekend to celebrate what Dr. Gilbert R. Mason Jr. calls a grand recognition of rich African-American experiences in Biloxi.

The reunion weekend is a time for former students to mark the historic legacies of all classes of Biloxi Colored School, M.F. Nichols High School, A. E. Perkins Elementary School, and Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School, said Mason, who attended Perkins and Nichols in Grades 1-8.

Added Mason in noting the significance of the weekend: “Although all of the events are sold out, and people just learning of it may be disappointed at not being able to attend, I hope our citizenry will appreciate this grand recognition of rich African-American life experiences in Biloxi.”

Fire museum to host shark and gar tournament

The West End Hose Company No. 3 Museum and Fire
Education Center in Biloxi is seeking sponsors for its upcoming shark and gar Tournament.

The tournament will take place Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Biloxi Boardwalk Marina on Eighth Street in east Biloxi.

Sponsorships will help support the day-to-day operations of the all-volunteer museum, which is located in a former fire station on Howard Avenue, a block east of Porter Avenue.

The tournament: To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

The museum: To learn more about the fire museum and to see dozens of museum exhibits, click here.

News and notes

City Council agenda: The City Council meets Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. To see the online agenda — which now includes a more detailed compendium of public documents — click here.

Webcast hiatus: The City Desk webcast is scheduled to return next week. To hear an archive of previous programs,
click here.