Neal Bumpus, who hosted the first Mississippi ToyCon in 2020, is teaming up with Nerdvana Comics, Games & Collectibles to bring the event back to a new location for 2021. Photo courtesy of Mississippi ToyCon

Neal Bumpus, who hosted the first Mississippi ToyCon in 2020, is teaming up with Nerdvana Comics, Games & Collectibles to bring the event back to a new location for 2021. Toy collectors and hobbyists can browse many vendors offering toys vintage and modern as well as comics. and other collectibles.

Mississippi ToyCon will take place on Saturday, October 2 at the Pearl Community Center (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). General admission is $ 5 and starts at 10 a.m., or $ 10 for early admission starting at 9 a.m. Children 12 and under enter free.

Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and participate in cosplay contests for different age groups, with winners receiving various prizes. Door prizes will be held every half hour.

For more information, send an email [email protected] or visit mstoycon.com.

The new stage theater launches its 56th season in October

New Stage Theater will open its 56th season with performances of the Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors” from October 5-17.

The cast includes Tyler Bellmon as Seymour, Taylor Galvin as Audrey, Joseph Frost as Mr. Mushnik, Sharon Miles as Audrey II and Evan Brechtel as Orin. Other cast members include Erin Morton, Jaymi Horn, Jayla Lomax, Mandy Kate Myers, Hosea Griffith, Kyle Devin Hunter, and Caleb Henry. Tyler Bellmon and Taylor Galvin appear courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Curtain times and performance dates are Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Full proof of vaccination and identification will be required for all performances except one socially distanced performance which will take place on October 13.

Ticket prices are $ 35 with discounts available for students, seniors, military, and groups. Tickets are available at the New Stage Box Office, located inside the Jane Reid Petty Theater Center (1100 Carlisle St.). Customers can also order tickets by phone at 601-948-3533 or order them online at newstagetheatre.com.

The show is recommended for 12 year olds and for language and innuendo. To view New Stage’s public safety protocols, visit newstagetheatre.com/covid-19.

Southern Unity Project Hosting Pet Parade

Southern Unity Project is partnering with Petco and the Madison Police Department to host a Pet Parade at Old Trace Park on the Reservoir on Friday, October 10, in support of Webster Animal Shelter.

Petco will provide free dog grooming and hygiene services and free pet supplies at the event. The event will also feature food trucks, dog pools, face painting and live music by the Patrick Harkins Band courtesy of Fondren Guitars. Sponsors for the event include the Human Rights Campaign and Philter Studio.

The event will run from 2 pm to 6 pm, with the pet parade scheduled for 2:30 pm The parade will feature dogs from the Webster Animal Shelter in Madison for attendees to adopt after the show.

To become a sponsor of an event or to make a donation, visit the Southern-unity-project.square.site. Sponsorship requests are due before October 4. For more information on dog adoptions, visit madisonthecity.com/webster-animal-shelter.