Weekend preview: It’s Hammer time; other news and notes

Rapper and dancer extraordinaire M.C. Hammer will perform in concert this evening at the Hard Rock, kicking off the weekend’s entertainment lineup.

Elsewhere this weekend, you’ll find a movie benefit Saturday at the Hard Rock, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Summer Fair wrapping up its two-week run, comedy hypnotist Terry Stokes Jr. at Treasure Bay, and psychic Sylvia Browne at IP.

To see the complete weekend entertainment lineup, as compiled by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

Holloway to tap Bell as acting head of Parks and Recreation

Mayor A.J. Holloway on Tuesday will be proposing longtime Parks & Recreation Department employee Cheryl “Sherry” Bell to serve as acting director of the department with this week’s retirement of Nathan Sullivan.

The Bell measure is one of more than two dozen issues that will be on the council’s agenda for its 1:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday in the auditorium of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Municipal Building.

Sullivan retired this week after 15 years as director of the department. Bell, meantime, has worked in the department for 25 years, primarily in management positions, and has served as assistant director of the past four years.

Among the other issues on the agenda: Ordinances to increase fees in the Community Development Department and six zoning issues. To see the complete agenda and available resolutions, click here.

News and notes

Holloway and Obama: Mayor A.J. Holloway will discuss President Obama’s visit to the Mississippi Gulf Coast during “WLOX News This Week” on Saturday at 6 p.m.

Webcasting: Nathan Sullivan looks back on his career as director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Director in this week’s “City Desk” program, but you can also hear about myriad topics in the 16-minute program. Among them: the city’s oil spill mitigation efforts, updating the Katrina memorial and more. To listen, click here.

Katrina memorial: Architect Dennis Cowart, who designed the Katrina memorial on Biloxi’s Town Green, is working on updating the memorial, including adding the names of those who perished in the storm. To see the names and how they will be displayed on the memorial, click here.

Traffic update: To read the status of road improvement projects in and around the city, click here.