Annie and Elvis share the theater stages this weekend

Biloxi Little Theatre brings one of American’s popular redheads to the stage. No, it’s not Lucille Ball. It’s Annie.

“Annie Jr.,” A Triple Threat Academy Production, opens it three-show run tonight at the Lee Street theater. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, the performance follows the orphan in her adventure in finding a family in New York City during the 1930s.

General admission tickets are $15 each, and showtimes are tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Meantime, over at the Center Stage Theatre, the Elvis Presley-inspired opus “All Shook Up” continues weekend. The summer musical, takes place in 1955 in a square little town in a square little state where a hip-swiveling, guitar-playing roustabout shakes everything up.

General admission tickets are $23 and showtimes are tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The musical, originally scheduled to wrap up this weekend, has been held over to next weekend because of overwhelming attendance.

Elsewhere this weekend:  The Biloxi Shuckers wrap up their 10-game road trip against division revivals, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, before returning to MGM Park on Sunday for a five-game homestand against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.  Also this weekend you’ll find Three Dog Night in concert at the IP Casino Resort and Spa.
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See the overall weekend lineup


City to begin crafting FY ’18 municipal budget

The Gilich administration and members of the City Council will launch a month of municipal budget meetings next week with a discussion of employee medical insurance.

During the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m., Chief Administrative Officer Mike Leonard will brief council members on the current plan, which is budgeted at $6.5 million of the city’s $59 million budget.

Other budget workshops are planned for Aug. 8 (museums and other discretionary spending), Aug. 15 (port and water-sewer operations), and Aug. 22 (capital projects, revenue and departmental budgets).

The city’s current budget is comprised of three primary revenue streams: gaming taxes ($17.5 million), sales taxes ($12 million) and property taxes ($10.1 million). Grants, rents and fees for services make up the remainder.

The new budget would take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the city’s fiscal year.

“Our goal,” Leonard said, “is to have weekly meetings throughout August, perhaps before or after council meetings, and make sure councilmembers have a good grasp of all of the components of the budget. Then, at the end of the month, they’ll be in a position to vote on it and have it in place by mid-September.”

Council meeting preview:The Biloxi City Council faces an agenda of nearly two dozen measures when its meets Tuesday at 6 p.m.  Among the issues on the agenda:  two zoning cases, renaming of Richards Drive and Jam Lane to Tribe Drive, appointments to the Biloxi Housing Authority (Rodney McGilvary and Arlene Canaan), and sponsorship of a Blue Angels show in 2018.
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See city budget information


News and notes

Biloxi makes another list: A new online compilation, “the most unique places for twentysomethings,” includes Biloxi in such company as New Orleans, Nashville, Austin, San Jose, Ann Arbor and St. Augustine.  To see more, click here.

Biloxi and Keesler: Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and Cliff Kirkland, the city’s chief of Civic Innovation and Development, were among those gathered at Keesler this week for a new initiative to forge community partnerships. Get the full story by clicking here.

Volunteers needed: The USO is seeking volunteers for its Gulf Coast program.  The program assists U.S. military and their families and has two centers, one at the Naval Construction Battalion Center and a second at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.  For more information, click here