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ON PARADE

Jill and Mal bring the party to the streets.

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GET SCHOOLED

JPS Superintendent Cedrick Gray on building community cohesion.

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HANDS ON

Crumbling grandeur at the State Fairgrounds.

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SECRETS OF A MILDMANNERED LIBRARY

Meet the namesakes of the Jackson-Hinds Library System.

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EXPAT

Mentor. Father. Baller. The exclusive interview with Mo Williams.

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START YOUR ENGINES No sleep ’til incorporation: Startup Weekend 2013.

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COOLEST OFFICES DUNDER-MIFFLIN THIS AIN’T

“I try to do what I can to help the product of Mississippi because, growing up, I had people in my corner that helped me.” -Mo Williams, pp 18-19

JSU’s Margaret Walker Center celebrates her life and legacy.

Hotty toddy, gosh almighty, where the heck’s Jesse? Bim bam, flim flam, eating oysters, steak and lamb!

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These very different offices share one key element for our shoot: eye candy.

ARTS:

Combining history with nature through tempered and raw wood.

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MELODIES

MERIDIAN’S MUSICMAKERS

Why Peavey Electronics is still a staple for Mississippi’s musicians.

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EVENTS

Don’t find out the next day from your grandma’s Instagram—make a Jackson spring to-do list!

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LOCAL LIST

THE OUTDOOR CREATIVE

Andy Hilton of Midtown’s studio2concrete lets us in on his Jacktown faves.


Editor in Chief Donna Ladd Art Director Kristin Brenemen Assistant Editors Molly Lehmuller // Kathleen Morrison Mitchell Copy Editor Ronni Mott Editorial Writers Marika Cackett // Dustin Cardon // Jacob Fuller Jesse Houston // Darnell Jackson Genevieve Legacy // Larry Morrisey R.L. Nave // Julian Rankin Listings Editor // Latasha Willis Interns Susan Hogan // Octavia Thurman Photography Staff Photographer // Trip Burns Photographer Tate K. Nations Ad Design Andrea Thomas Design Intern Melvin Thigpen Sales Advertising Director // Kimberly Griffin Account Executives David Rahaim // Brad Young Sales Assistant // Samantha Towers Distribution Manager // Matt Heindl Executive Assistant // Erica Crunkilton Bookkeeper // Montroe Headd Publisher Todd Stauffer CONTACT US Letters to the Editor // editor@boomjackson.com Story ideas and pitches // editor@boomjackson.com Ad Sales // ads@boomjackson.com BOOM Jackson P.O. Box 5067, Jackson, MS 39296 p 601.362.6121 f 601.510.9019 Would you like copies of BOOM Jackson for recruiting, welcome packets or other corporate, institutional or educational uses? Call 601.362.6121 x17 or email matt@jacksonfreepress.com. BOOM Jackson is a publication of Jackson Free Press Inc. BOOM Jackson, which publishes every other month, focuses on the urban experience in Jackson, Miss., emphasizing entrepreneurship, economic growth, culture, style and city life. © 2013 Jackson Free Press Inc.

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hen we started this company ers. They, in turn, create a lot of tired, crisisa decade ago, four of us and a driven employees. It was time to change. Pursuing this goal led us to all kinds of stump-tail cat worked on-site in a small apartment on Forti- good advice, which we’ve worked to take to fication Street, and several others operated heart. We’ve learned that it is vital to, simremotely. We worked seven (very long) days ply put, use one side of our brain to help the a week, and even saw the sun come up a few other one. That is, the organized systems by times as we plugged which the left brain optiaway all night to get mally functions actually the Jackson Free Press enable the creativity of to the printer. All of us the right brain. Unfortuwore multiple hats, and nately, many would-be we ran past our capacity writers, artists or even most of the time. Everybusiness owners never thing was done in usurealize or embrace this. ally joyful crisis mode, It makes sense when but the crazy hours and you think about it: We frazzled planning didn’t Editor in Chief Donna Ladd (left) must create space in ormatter to us, because der to have space to creand Art Director Kristin Brenemen we were making a difate. Otherwise, we run got creative at the Cirque du Best of Jackson party at Metrocenter. ference. Publisher Todd around like a chicken Stauffer likes to say that with its head cut off, we “ran it like a campaign,” instead of a busi- as my mama would say, trying to catch up ness. He’s right. with a growing to-do list and constantly We are still focused on bringing and chasing deadlines. When we plan our time, and tackle the documenting positive change in the commu- nity, but like all companies, we had to start procrastination monster where it lives in our thinking past crisis mode before all involved heads, we manage to write novels, learn to collapsed from exhaustion. A few years back, tango or start new products, like this magawe decided to work to become proactive, not zine. Or we plan a “Night Circus” party and reactive. Even though the JFP thrives off the then go about executing it in a low-drama possibility of creativity, we had to start plan- fashion as we’ve learned to do with our big ning and institute systems; we needed time events (see page 59 for more photos.) and space to create and then execute. After working in a very cool office with These realizations were tough, but busi- tremendously creative people for more than nesses stuck in perpetual crises aren’t sus- 10 years, I now know the best workplaces tainable, and they burn out too many good are vibrant idea labs with well-structured people. As the JFP grew—we now have 20 systems that allow the ideas to happen. It’s employees on the top floor of a building in one thing to have a good idea; it’s another to Fondren, and Stumpy has long since gone complete and ship it on time. to the heavenly newsroom in the sky—Todd Whether you are an entrepreneur or an and I realized that it’s not enough for smart artist, or both, I urge you: Don’t reject the entrepreneurs to work hard. We must also idea of systems. They will free you to create. continually learn how to manage more in- Trust me. telligently while maintaining our very cool culture—and, yes, guarding our own sanity at the same time. The last thing a company needs is unorganized, over-extended leadHeather Coursey

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Business is BOOMing

Starting this issue, BOOM Jackson is growing to six issues a year! We started as an annual magazine in 2008, then went quarterly in summer 2010 when we debuted the city’s first business+lifestyle mag for the under-40 crowd with Young Influentials dancing on the roof of the re-opened King Edward Hotel. The Influentials will be back this summer in July—after we present the 2013 Best of Jackson magazine in May to let tourists, recruiters and fellow urban warriors know just how great our city is. So help us out by nominating influential Jacksonians under 40 and emailing them to editor@boomjackson.com by March 15!

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contributors

1. Darnell “Chris” Jackson Darnell “Chris” Jackson is a writer, photographer, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is a Jackson native and Jackson State University graduate. He owns J. Carter Studios.

2. Marika Cackett Marika Cackett is the public-relations manager for the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau and a bona-fide urban warrior. A Washington, D.C., native, she passes her free time chasing her German shepherd puppy, Atlas, and enjoying craft beer.

3. Dustin Cardon Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. An English major from Brandon, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day.

4. R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson.

Bringing The Community Together:

Promoting Racial Harmony and Facilitating Understanding

Monthly Discussion Luncheons Second Wednesday, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In March and April, Jackson 2000 invites you to join us to “lunch and learn” with provocative speakers and discussions held at the Mississippi Arts Center in downtown Jackson.

Spring Social

Thurs., May 16, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Come meet the board of directors and the Jackson 2000 membership at our spring social event, held at Smith Robertson Museum in the historic Farish Street district near downtown. Food, fellowship, and an opportunity to learn more!

2013 Dialogue Circles Ongoing for adults and youth - see website

Jackson 2000 presents dialogue circles, a series of facilitated, curriculum-based discussion sessions that can open minds, change hearts and build lasting friendships.

More information: www.jackson2000.org

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Teacher Man p 13 // Trail Along p 14 // Literary Namesakes pp 16-17 Baller Status pp 18-19 // Social Butterfly p 19 // Progress p 20

They’re in the neighhhh-borhood

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he Sweet Potato Queens’ Zippity Doo Dah Weekend (March 21-24) will bring back the crowd-favorite Budweiser Clydesdales to Jackson. The equine celebrities will be present for much of the event—hanging out at Arts, Eats & Beats, visiting Nick’s, Babalu and other eateries during a restaurant tour through Fondren, and leading Saturday’s parade up State Street. There’s even a chance to ride in the Clydesdales’ hitch through a raffle benefitting Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital.

Horseplay

• The Clydesdale breed originated in Scotland, where they were used to haul coal and plow fields. • Bathing, beautifying and hitching Budweiser Clydesdales for parades and public appearances can take five grooms four hours. • The reins used to direct the horses weigh 40 pounds. Each harness and collar is an impressive 130 pounds of brass and leather. • The Budweiser Clydesdales are primarily bred at Warms Springs Ranch, in Cooper County, Mo. • Pulling the Budweiser hitch is an elite club: Of the Clydesdales bred by the brewery, only neutered males that measure 6 feet high at the shoulder, and weigh at least 1,800 pounds qualify. They must meet a predetermined standard for coat color and markings—just those that are bay (red-brown with a black mane and tail) with four white stockings and a white blaze on their face are considered.

• Some of the Budweiser Clydesdales are housed at Busch Gardens, the brewing giant’s theme park, which has locations in Williamsburg, Va., and Tampa Bay, Fla., where they are a star attraction.

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MAL’S ST. PADDY’S PARADE

ZIPPITY DOO DAH In 2011, Boss Queen Jill Conner Browne and the Sweet Potato Queens left the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade to start their own wacky weekend.

These days, three separate parades take to the streets: the pet parade, children’s parade, and main parade featuring floats, krewes and folks flingin’ beads. After all that processing, the evening kicks off with a street dance in front of Hal & Mal’s. This year, the big headliner is the Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes.

EVENTS

ZDD encompasses a weekend of activities including Arts, Eats and Beats; Big Hat Brunch; Color Me Rad race; and the Zippity Doo Dah parade, featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales, Sonic Boom of the South and Sweet Potato Queens from across the nation.

More than 60,000 guests take part in the festivities.

ATTENDEES

Don’t show up if you aren’t willing to be in head-to-toe green.

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Sequins, feathers, hot pink, tiaras and don’t forget— the higher the hair, the closer to God.

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This year’s Grand Marshal is Sweet Potato Queen Aunt Faye of Texas. Faye recently celebrated her 100th birthday, inspiring the theme for the 2013 parade: “We still got a lotta zip in our doo dah.”

The theme for the 2013 Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is “Waters, Waters Everywhere,” celebrating everyone’s favorite ponytailed local artist, Wyatt Waters, who will act as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Fondren on Fire

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ackson’s quirkiest neighborhood is busier than ever, and Fondrenites (and those who wish they were) have a lot to look forward to this spring. Here’s a sampling:

Zippity Doo Dah

The Queens, the Clydesdales and the commotion are back for the third year, packing more events into three days than ever before. The main event is the parade, as usual, taking to the streets of Fondren with southern pride and diva flair after a day of carnivals.

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Arts, Eats and Beats

Fondren historic district’s informal “welcome spring” party, Arts, Eats & Beats is also the official kickoff for Zippity Doo Dah. Tour the art galleries, shops and restaurants that stay open late for the big event, while listening to local musicians—including the WJTV Battle of the Bands.

Color Me Rad 5K

Start the race in crisp whites, and end up looking like you got in a fight with Rainbow Brite (a little sweaty, full of adrenaline and covered in color from head to toe). This is the way of Color Me Rad, where “color bombs” of brightly hued cornstarch wait around every corner of the Fondren route. You can register at colormerad. com through March 20—if it ain’t sold out sooner. If running isn’t your thing, you can sign up to throw color at your neighbors.

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Last year, in only its second year, more than 20,000 people attended the ZDD parade.

Taste of Fondren

New Nosh

Postponed from the fall so they could do it up right, this event showcases the sweetest treats and tastiest eats Fondren restaurants have to offer. Local eateries will share their goods in Duling Hall, to raise money for arts and education programs for Fondren children, including afterschool programs at The Cedars and Boyd School. Tickets for the April 18 event are $32 each, which equals a day’s worth of art supplies and instruction for a local child.

Two new restaurants and a craft-beer pub are in the works to open in Fondren in the next few months, so after shopping, running, mingling and creating, make plans to nosh at Miso, the latest project from Grant Nooe of Grant’s Kitchen, and Café Ole, where Alex Sivira will serve up dishes from his Latin American culture. The pub, still unnamed as of press day, will be in the shopping center at the intersection of Lakeland Drive and Old Canton Road. Watch jfpdaily.com for opening details.

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ORIGINS

In the first parade, back in the ’80s, Malcolm White and friends dressed as characters from Tennessee Williams plays and strolled down Capitol Street.


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A Minister and a School Man // by R.L. Nave

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ackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedrick Gray estimates that his family has attended worship services at 20 to 30 different churches in his first six months on the job. Gray, a minister who grew up in Memphis and took the helm at JPS in July 2012, believes visiting local houses of worship is a good way to get to know the capital city. “The decision of a church home is very important to me as a minister. I have to consider what my service of the church will be,” Gray said. Gray talked to BOOM Jackson about ways JPS and Jackson residents can better serve each other.

What role do you think JPS has in making Jackson a great city? By wrapping ourselves around the community, just making schools a place for the community. The second part is improving on the success of the students as they leave our high schools, so that they can become productive citizens. The last part, I think, is a collective effort. Schools, churches and the communities have always depended on one another. Work. Live. Play. Prosper.

It seems to me that more recently, though, they’ve become entities unto themselves. … What we need to do is open our doors and invite community members and churches to come in and do after-school activities and, during the day, mentoring and et cetera. The other part of that is to begin to do the opposite. … Students can take on service projects to help. … That’s the direction we’re moving in, as schools start to become not only recipients of what the community has to give to but also become a “giver-back” to the community in ways that might not have been done before.

What about the flip side of that? How can Jacksonians help JPS be great? We’re working with a new project called Alignment Jackson. It’s a think tank, an effort to take Jackson Public Schools’ strategic goals to the community. One project I’d like to do—and this is how the community can help—is establish academic institutes that are specific to a career, such as the medical field. That’s literally a clinic inside the school, where students who are interested in the medical field, for example, will be able to choose this specific course of study and then

actively work on an internship, while they’re in high school, with doctors and nurses. That will require some community outreach.

I’ve seen you around the Capitol. What conversations around education are you most excited about? The parts that excite me are the emphasis on building stronger teachers. That’s pretty exciting to me. I think what it would do is show the world that the field of education is important, and it’s important to attract top talent. The other piece I was excited (about) was the governor’s plan to add more money to early childhood education, because students who are prepared as they enter kindergarten and first grade will have more success in our high schools.

What are your thoughts on charter schools? Our job is to make Jackson Public Schools the most attractive and successful option—and we don’t want to do that in response to anything. We want to do it because that’s what our children deserve. They deserve the best education we can provide, and that’s what we’re going to do for them. 13


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With great potential for an event space, this architect believes the Armory could see a comeback in the next few years.

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sissippi Fair Commission may soon begin restoration. Perhaps the most feasible option for the Armory moving forward might be an entertainment venue. With a large hall surrounded by bleachers on three sides and a stage on the fourth, the architectural bones of a venue are already in place. Large windows and architectural details reminiscent of another time provide an inspiring backdrop for the next big show. The Armory is strategically located in downtown Jackson, and could serve as an alternate, more intimate entertainment venue to the nearby Mississippi Coliseum. A renovated Armory building would serve a need in the community, become a source of pride and potentially be a catalyst for more redevelopment projects in the city. See more photos of the Armory building at jfp.ms/armory.

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little slice of the great outdoors less than 10 minutes from downtown awaits Jacksonians with an itch to explore. LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive, 601.987.3923) is 305 verdant acres combining the best of natural beauty and human amenities. Its Lakeland Drive entrance leads to campground areas sheltered by hardwood forests, patched with bayous and creeks, and edged by the Pearl River. The Riverside Drive gates open onto a broad lawn, golf course, playgrounds and museums. The park is named for French trader Louis LeFleur, who founded the eponymous trading post that would become Jackson on the banks of the Pearl River. For a fee of $3 per vehicle to enter the park, visitors can check out the Bluff. Horseshoeshaped Mayes Lake’s piers often play host to quiet afternoons for fishermen, and boat slips are available. Five nature trails snake through the park, each denoted by color (red, blue, yellow, purple and green) and each less than half a mile in length. The pink garden path leads visitors to wetland ponds, the Millennium Grove (a copse of historically significant trees), and endemicflower plots. Two museums sit within the park’s boundaries, the Mississippi Museum of Natural

Science and Mississippi Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum, which opened in 2010, is the new kid in the park. Its exhibits focus on five specific topics—Mississippi heritage, health and nutrition, literacy, the arts and Mississippi industry—which allow for visitors to interact with, better understand and draw connections between seemingly disparate creative elements. Aside from its interactive galleries, the museum offers seminars with visiting artists, weekly roundups that teach youngsters about agriculture and Ready to ROAR reading time at the museum’s Literacy Gallery. The Natural Science museum is an old favorite for Jackson families. It features exhibits on Mississippi ecology with artifacts, static dioramas and live animals native to the state, housed in aquariums and terrariums. Twice a year, the museum unveils a large-scale themed display in its temporary exhibits hall. Rainforest Adventure, the current exhibit, runs until May 12. The museum’s biggest event is NatureFEST!, an indoor/outdoor festival April 6 with nature trail tours, a folklorist and touch tanks. It’s also the only time the museum opens the doors to its scientific research departments. Visitors of all ages can meet biologists and paleontologists and ask questions about fossils and preserved specimens, on display in the research offices especially for NatureFEST! COMMUNICATION ARTS COMPANY, JACKSON, MS

riving around a city like Jackson, it is easy to imagine past glory and future potential all at once. Jackson is littered with an impressive architectural inventory that has been overlooked and underutilized. One such building that has caught my eye is the old Hinds County Armory building on the State Fairgrounds downtown. Constructed in 1927, the building is an important example of Gothic Revival architecture, and has been named to both the National Register of Historic Places and the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s “most endangered buildings” list. In 1979, it was heavily damaged in the famous Easter Flood that left much of Jackson underwater, and has remained largely unused since. With a $600,000 grant recently awarded by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Mis-

A Little Outdoor Time

Explore LeFleur’s Bluff with this handy-dandy trail mail ... don’t be afraid to get a little lost.

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Baptist Cancer Services presents the 10th Annual Run From The Sun速 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run, benefitting The Leonard E. Warren Melanoma Foundation.

Saturday, April 6, 2013 Race begins and ends at Baptist Madison Campus, 401 Baptist Drive, Madison, Mississippi. All ages can participate on race day! Race day activities, including a free skin screening at Baptist Medical Clinic | Family Medicine - Madison, begin at 3:30 PM. The race gets underway at 5:30 PM. Pre-registration is $20 by April 1, 2013, and the race-day fee is $25. Family maximum is $50 (pre-registration only) and applies to immediate family only (parents and children). Learn more about the race and download a registration form at www.runfromthesun.com.

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Library Legends // by Dustin Cardon

1 The Eudora Welty Library 300 N. State St. 601.968.5811

Eudora Welty was a Jacksonborn author who wrote novels and short stories about the American South. She was the first living author to have her works published by the Library of America. Her Jackson home is a national landmark and houses a museum dedicated to her life and work.

2 The Fannie Lou Hamer Library 3450 Albermarle Road 601.362.3012

Fannie Lou Hamer was a prominent voting rights activist and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. She was instrumental in organizing the Mississippi Freedom Summer, a 1964 campaign to register as many African American voters as possible in the state. Hamer later became the vice-chairwoman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and attended the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

3 The Margaret Walker Alexander Library 2525 Robinson Road 601.354.8911

Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander was an African American poet and writer. Writing as Margaret Walker, she published one of her best-known poems, “For My People,” in 1937. Walker worked as a literature professor at what is today Jackson State University. In 1968 she founded the Institute for the Study of History, Life and Culture of Black People, now known as the Margaret Walker Center. She served as the institute’s director.

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ifteen branch libraries comprise the Jackson-Hinds Library System. Each one is named for a Mississippian who made great contributions to either the community in which the library is located or to Mississippi as a whole. BOOM Jackson did a bit of digging to find out about these individuals and their contributions to their communities. Here’s what we found:

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4 The Annie Thompson Jeffers Library

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111 West Madison St., Bolton 601.866.4247

Annie L. Thompson Jeffers was the mother of Mississippi U. S. Congressman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Bolton. She was one of the first black librarians in Hinds County Public Schools.

11 6 The Quisenberry Library 605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton 601.924.5684

5 The Beverly J. Brown Library

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The Beverly J. Brown Library is named for the first wife of former Hinds County District 3 Supervisor Wood Brown. Beverly Brown died of cancer in 1971, and her husband, who helped establish the library in Byram, requested that it be named in his wife’s honor.

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The Quisenberry Library is named for William “Bill” Quisenberry, president of the Clinton Community Nature Center. His family donated 20 acres of land to the city of Clinton in 2002 for the library’s construction.

7 The Willie Morris Library 4912 Old Canton Road 601.987.8181

William Weaks “Willie” Morris was a writer and editor

born in Jackson. In 1967, he became the youngest editor of Harper’s Magazine. Morris’ most famous works include “North Toward Home” and “My Dog Skip.”

8 The Lois A. Flagg Library 105 Williamson Ave., Edwards 601.852.2230

Lois A. Flagg served as an English teacher at the former Edwards Junior High for more than 50 years. Flagg also worked in the student affairs department at Tougaloo College. She retired in 1998.

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9 The Medgar Evers Library

4215 Medgar Evers Blvd. 601.982.2867

Medgar Wiley Evers was a prominent civil-rights activist and the first field secretary

for the Mississippi branch of the NAACP. He was involved in boycotts and efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, and supported James Meredith’s efforts to enroll there. He also helped

investigate the murder of Emmett Till. Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the White Citizens’ Council and the Ku Klux Klan, murdered Evers in his Jackson driveway on the morning of June 12, 1963.

10 The Charles W. Tisdale Library 807 E. Northside Drive 601.366.0021

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Charles W. Tisdale was the owner and publisher of the Jackson Advocate, the oldest black-owned newspaper in Mississippi, from 1978 until his death in 2007. Tisdale was a strong advocate for African American rights and criticized elected officials both black and white.

11 The Raymond Library 126 W. Court St., Raymond 601.857.8721

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The Raymond Library bears the name of the city it is located in. The city itself is named for Gen. Raymond Robinson of Clinton, who served in the war of 1812 and later settled in Mississippi. He owned the land Raymond was built on before he gave up his claim to it in the 1820s.

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Richard Nathaniel Wright was a Jackson-born African American author of sometimes-controversial novels, short stories, poems and non-fiction. Some of his most famous works include the story “Big Boy Leaves Home,” the novel “Uncle Tom’s Children”— which earned Wright a Guggenheim Fellowship— and “Native Son,” which the Book of the Month Club selected as its first book by an African American author. Wright is also

known for his autobiography, “Black Boy.”

13 The Ella Bess Austin Library

420 W. Cunningham Ave., Terry 601.878.5336

Ella Bess Hutchinson Austin was a teacher and community volunteer in Terry, where the library named in her honor is located.

14 The Evelyn 49 Taylor Majure Library 217 W. Main St., Utica 601.885.8381

Evelyn Taylor Majure was a Hinds County native who

lived most of her life in Utica. She attended Utica High School and attended college at Mississippi State College for Women. The citizens of Utica petitioned for the library to be named in Majure’s honor for her contributions as a community activist.

15 The R.G. Bolden/Anna BellMoore Library 1444 Wiggins Road 601.922.6076

Rev. R.G. Bolden was the pastor of New Travelers Rest M.B. Church in Jackson. Anna Bell-Moore was a beloved Jackson community activist. 17


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Mo Williams: Living the Sweet Life // by Darnell Jackson

really good, just really gifted in baseball. Actually, I was a better baseball player then basketball. … Basketball just kind of took off on me when I got to high school. … After that I was ranked, like, top 15 in the country. It just all took off from there. courtesy NBA photos

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o Williams may live the sweet life as a star point guard for the NBA’s Utah Jazz now, but he had humble beginnings here in Jackson. Williams sharpened his budding athletic skills playing in Medgar Evers Gym and Grove Park, near Lake Hico in northwest Jackson, and was a twosport athlete for the Murrah Mustangs. After two stellar years playing for the University of Alabama, the Jazz picked up Williams in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. Since then, he has played on four different NBA teams, and was wingman to LeBron James in his years with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2008-2011). At press time, Williams was scheduled to miss at least six weeks of the 2012-2013 season following surgery to repair a tear in his right thumb. He decided to spend the time not only working to get back to peak form, but getting closer to his growing family: four kids and an infant son with wife, Keisha. After a decade in the league, and re-signed to the Jazz, 30-year-old Williams talked about life as an NBA baller, a family man and a mentor, and living out his dreams that all started on the playgrounds of Jackson.

How old were you when you first played basketball? I started playing basketball when I was 8 years old, but I was a baseball player before that. I started playing baseball at the age of 4. I was just 18

Professional athletes and players are always on the road. Where do you and your family reside during the season and the off-season? I just rent in Utah, but my home is in Dallas, Texas, and Jackson, Mississippi. So, soon as the season is over with, whatever city we play in after the last game, I leave and go home to Dallas, and the family travels with me. Whatever city I’m in, the wife is here with me, the kids are with me. They go to school, and after the season, we all relocate. And I’m back and forth from Dallas to Mississippi. That’s our lifestyle. We move around.

Growing up in Jackson, what helped shape Mo Williams as a player and as a man? My parents did a great job and kept me athletically active in all the sports they could. I stayed active, as far as baseball, football and basketball—you know, mostly just to stay out of the streets, to stay out of trouble. I grew up on the north side, in a neighborhood called Ghost Town, over by Hanging Moss Road. I was in Pop Warner (youth sports) for football; for basketball I was in AAU (Amateur Athletic Association), and then I was playing Little League baseball. … It was these youth programs and people like my Little League coach Melvin Carter that started everything. … I believe he did a great job of instilling a lot of discipline in us. I gained a lot of great friends growing up playing baseball through that, and I had the opportunity to play at a high level.

7, 6, 4, and one will be here in three weeks. (Son Maxwell Roman was born Feb. 1.) So, for me, it’s about getting up and doing something I love, but it’s also a job that helps me feed my family and support them. At the end of the day, you go out and perform and entertain, and you have all these fans. … But when you come home, you’re still a father and a husband.

Pick a day earlier this season. What does that day consist of? I wake up about 8 o’clock in the morning. Usually, on a typical day, I’ll get in the steam room, which Jackson native Mo Williams balances playing pro I have here in my house, and then I’ll ball, being a family man and heading up a sportsprobably run like a mile or so on my mentorship program. treadmill. Then I’ll head to practice about an hour early. Practice starts Born as Maurice, how and about when did at 10; I’ll get there about 9 and do what I got to do to get prepared for practice. Practice lasts two you become Mo Williams? I graduated from Murrah High School in hours, from 10 to 12, so after (that) I’ll stay and 2001. (I got my nickname in) ninth grade. We had get some extra work in. When I say extra work, I two Maurices on our team, so my high-school mean take some extra shots or watch film—you coach at Murrah, coach Robert Frith, started know, just whatever I need to do. Then I’m usually getting home about 2 o’clock, 2:30 or so, and calling me “Mo.” it’s time to either pick the boys up from school ,or I’m going to their practice, or if they have a What is your life like? God blessed me with the opportunity to game, I’m doing that. After that we’re eating dinner, and after I’m probably just watching League do great things. You know, it’s different for Pass (subscription NBA coverage) or some other a lot of players, but for myself, I have a famNBA game. ily: I’m married, I’ve got five boys—(ages) 14,

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Peekaboo the state of Mississippi. Not only that, I have the Mississippi Drills and Skills Academy which is (under the umbrella of) The Mo Williams Acad I just recently had surgery, so I’ll be out a emy. I established it back in 2008, and it is invitacouple months. But I’m just rehabbing. It’s part of tion-only. I have a committee I’ve established of the game, part of being professional. I just have to the top coaches around the state of Mississippi. rehab and get my thumb back strong. Some media people and some scouts are also I spend a lot of time with the kids, and my involved in the picking process, and we hand kids love video games. So I go down there and pick some of the top players in Mississippi and mess around with the video game with them ev- mentor these guys and girls. … All they have to ery now and then. … If I play a game, I’m play- do is be a top athlete and perform at the highest ing Tiger Woods (Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2014). level. If they’re in my academy, I train and mentor That’s all I play. And when the season is over, I these players. We stay on top of them, we make sure their grades are together, and we just try to play a lot of golf. … And, yeah, I can swing. When it comes to music … I’m an R&B and help get them through the process of school and hip-hop type guy. On the R&B side, I’m always everything like that. I try to do what I can to help the product of gonna be an Usher guy—and you know I got to hold my boy R. Kelly down. I like Ne-Yo, and I Mississippi, because, growing up, I had people in like Trey Songz, too, just to name a few. On the my corner that helped me. Being a professional athlete, and being able (female) R&B side, I like Alicia Keys and Mary J. (Blige)—she’s always gonna be on the playlist. to have a voice for the kids that they will listen to, I feel like I would be doI’m a big Jay-Z guy, but I kind of stay down south with who ing myself a disservice and I love. I’m a big T.I. fan. Me those kids a disservice not and T.I. are good friends, so I to have a voice and not to support him. have an impact in those kids’ I always listen to Young lives when I know I can. Jersey Number: 5 Jeezy and that (Rick) Ross. Position: Guard I’m riding with them; that’s How do you feel about probably my crew right now the current caliber of Salary: $8.5 million if I’m in the car, and I turn players Mississippi has Average points per game: 13 something on. My youngto offer? est brother, he’s a rapper, I’m excited about it. Average assists per game: 7 and he’s in Jackson. His We’ve got some good playBand of Brothers: Drafted name is Rozay Mo, and I ers in the state of Mississippi. the same year as other support him in whatever We’ve got one in (Callaway elite NBA players including High School, sophomore) he does. New York Knicks superstar Malik Newman. He’s the Carmelo Anthony and Miami’s Big Three—Lebron James, number-one player in his Do your boys play sports? Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. class, and he has aspirations What type of youth sports to be a professional athlete, programs and other Player History: Utah Jazz but it is a process. charitable organizations (2003-2004), Milwaukee Bucks (2004-2008), Cleveland Using (Malik Neware you involved with? Cavaliers (2008-2011), Los man), for example, that’s All my boys participate Angeles Clippers (2011-2012) what my program is about. in youth sports. My oldest and Utah Jazz (2012-present) Keeping him on a straight son, my 14-year-old, KyDarand narrow road, where rius, goes to school in Jackhe doesn’t detour and get son. He’s an eighth grader at off the path, because that’s St. Joseph (Catholic School) where guys start to lose sight on what they can and plays football and basketball. I have my own foundation—The Mo Wil- become. We just want the guys to fulfill their poliams Foundation—which we started back in tential. Whatever their potential is, we want them 2004, and we have done, and do a lot, around to fulfill it.

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Anne-Lauren is a social media account executive (or as some call her, the “social media evangelist”) at The Ramey Agency in Fondren. When she’s not working on interior design or out on the town, the Leland native enjoys playtime with her dog, Rhoda, an alleged Shih Tzu.

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Iron Horse, Baptist Full Speed Ahead As Farish Stalls // by Jacob D. Fuller

County Sheriff’s Department. Wright plans to expand the Promenade’s Galleria office park and event center, adding 24,000 square feet of spaces for weddings, conferences and other functions. trip burns

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On Jan. 7, Gov. Phil Bryant and University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones joined other local and state leaders to break ground on what will become the state’s first new medical school building since 1955. Bryant and Jones said they believe the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s new School of Medicine will be the first step to a healthier population in one of the least-healthy states in the nation. The governor hopes the 151,000-square-foot, $63-million facility will draw in more of the nation’s top medical students and provide a vital tool in reversing the state’s poor health trends. The new facility will increase the school’s incoming class size from 135 to more than 160 students. In October, Bryant authorized $10 million in Community Development Block Grants to help fund the facility. He hopes the state will receive more help from the federal government to finance the construction of the facility. The state will sell bonds for the remainder of the funding.

Iron Horse Rides Again After creating what one city official called the best development plans he’s seen, The Iron Horse Building, LLC, broke ground on The Iron Horse: Charcoal & Music late last year, on Dec. 10. The revamped 12,000-square-foot restaurant and live music venue on West Pearl Street,

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Watkins said he’s looking at mid-spring h, the Farish Street Entertainment District. The visions of blues bars, soul before the development group will get another clubs, restaurants and recording stu- chance at the tax credits. dios stretching two city blocks have built up in Jacksonians’ imaginations like a little girl’s dreams of her wedding day. We see the colors, hear the music and even taste the worldclass food. But like Pam Beesley waiting on Roy in “The Office,” the groom keeps rescheduling until next year. The Farish Street Group, the entertainment-district’s project development team, hoped Grand plans fall short once again for Farish Street. to close on $11 million worth of historic and New Market Tax Credits by Oct. 31, 2012. Headed by Watkins Development, it planned to Jackson Square Keeps Filling use those tax credits as collateral for a $10.2 mil In 1968, Jackson Square opened as the city’s lion bond issue from the city. That would serve as largest outdoor shopping destination, with more the final funding for the first phase of the project, than 30 stores and restaurants. Forty years later, bringing at least four entertainment venues and it was home to two bingo halls, a church and a restaurants to Farish. crumbling parking lot. The New Market Tax Credits hit a major In 2012, California native Jessie Wright and snag, though, when engineers discovered a big his firm, First Boise Investments, gambled on the problem with the building where developers almost-forgotten shopping mall located off Terry planned to house the B.B. King’s Blues Club & Road in south Jackson. With a new facade and Grill. The club, which the Farish Street Group fresh pavement in the parking lot, the gamble is hoped to be the first to open in the entertainment now paying off. district, would be a three-story music venue As of early February, 32 of the 39 units in and restaurant. Jackson Square Promenade proper have renters. David Watkins, the Farish Street Group’s The mall is thriving again, with a wide variety chief investor, said that once architects finalized of retailers and restaurants, including a coffee the plans for the club, engineers realized that the house, a comic book and collectibles store, a counseling center, a financial adviser, a wedding current structure could not handle the load capacity. When they further evaluated the building, planner, a teen center, a skating rink, a dance studio, multiple churches and clothing stores, they discovered it had no foundation and only a a blues and jazz club, and offices for the Hinds 3-inch thick floor supporting it.

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near the Gallatin Street intersection, will also include a Mississippi Blues Trail gift shop and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. The Iron Horse Building, LLC received $2.5 million in urban-renewal bonds from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority for the project. Along with about $1.4 million in developer investment and $1.5 million in New Market Tax Credits, developers planned a $6 million rebuild of the restaurant and bar, which burned twice, in 1998 and 1999, before closing its doors. “It provides a tremendous tiein between the core of downtown and projects west of the rail line extending to the campus of Jackson State University,” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said in a city newsletter.

City Carries Metrocenter Until recently, Metrocenter Mall was on the verge of becoming the city’s largest indoor ghost town. The city may not have brought in a full revival, but it has provided some life support for the formerly thriving shopping complex. In November and December, nearly 300 employees in six city departments, including Parks and Recreation, Human and Cultural Services, and Water and Sewer, moved into the former Belk department store building. The move increased foot traffic in the mall by 29 percent from November to January, mall manager Scott Overby told BOOM. That’s not just people headed to work. “Those counts do not include city employees, who enter the city building through the back door and do not enter through the common mall area,” Overby said.

Whole Foods on Track The nation’s largest natural and organic grocery chain broke ground on a location in the Highland Village shopping center in early November, with plans to open by the fall of this year. Crews are working daily on the

31,000-square-foot store located in what used to be Highland Village’s east parking lot. The Austin, Texasbased chain offers foods with no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. It also boasts a selection of locally grown food. Some don’t see Whole Foods as a locally oriented grocer at all, though. The Institute of Local Self-Reliance in Washington, D.C., points out that Whole Foods sells local products in less-visible locations of the store and at prices far higher than the grocer’s own brands, 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market. By this time next year, we may know just how Whole Foods co-exists with local organic grocer Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative and locally owned McDade’s Market, situated directly across Northside Drive from Highland Village.

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years. During that time, he had an epiphany: “One day, while looking at a really beautiful shirt from a Asian supplier, a question came to mind,” he says. “I wondered why no one was using offshore production to make custom suits.” At the time, offshore firms produced the company’s stock clothing, but most of its custom clothing came from North American manufacturers. Nance wondered if it was possible to leverage cost and production offshore but keep the business about service, not just factory operation. “My thinking was a little radical for the time,” Nance admits. “I knew of one company that manufactured custom shirts in Hong Kong—I wanted to make custom suits, jackets and trousers—(but) if it worked for shirts, it might work for other apparel as well.” Gifted with what he calls “an ability to predict future trends,” Nance did extensive research and started traveling to China. “Doing business in China is very challenging, primarily because of the language difference. You have to think very creatively to communicate efficiently and effectively,” he says. Trinity’s corpoClothier Wen Nance founded Trinity Apparel rate offices may be in Group in 2002. It opened Mozingo Clothiers. Ridgeland, but it now has a vast footprint: textile factodivision called Latham-Thomas (now Mozingo Clothiers, 4500 ries in China, pattern-making in Toronto, software development Interstate 55 N., 601.713.7848, in Costa Rica, retail clothiers in mozingoclothiers.com) in 2003. the United Kingdom, France, AmNance managed the store for five

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en Nance is always impeccably pulled together, even when he’s dressed casually—or after long days of White House Business Council meetings in Washington. And he’s used that lifelong affinity for fine apparel to start an extremely successful clothing line. Starting out as a custom clothier with Tom James Company (1775 Leila Drive, 601.713.2034, tomjames.com), the Tulsa, Okla., native turned his eye for fine clothing into a career and vocation. As a clothier, a hybrid salesperson-tailor-stylist, Nance met with clients to look at fabric samples, make styling recommendations and take measurements for custom orders. After leaving Tom James in 2000, Nance continued to work in a similar business model, founding Trinity Apparel Group in 2002. Trinity opened a retail

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Entrepreneur Wen Nance runs a high-tech, worldwide clothing manufacturing operation from his corporate offices in Ridgeland. sterdam and Dubai. But iDesign Studio, Nance’s custom clothing platform, resides the farthest from the metro, functioning in a computer-generated cloudscape. Trinity has invested a significant amount of money into the development of its Web-based software platform. The custom manufacturing the company provides is extremely complex. For a jacket alone, about 1,600 different options must be meticulously translated into software code. “Our solution was to develop software that initially seemed like a slick marketing gimmick but has proven to be enormously important to communication with a factory,” Nance explains. Investment in perfecting its

software has made Trinity Apparel Group a leader in the custom-clothing industry and worthy of replication. Now, with an eye to the consumer of the future, Nance and partners are poised to take custom clothing to the next level through texture-mapping software that allows fabric samples to be viewed in three dimensions. “Virtual clothing, creating garment outfits that look as real as if you’re seeing them on a model, could allow us to market directly to the consumer,” he says. For the everyday shopper, this means custom-apparel apps for cell phones, tablets and computers, of course. Though still in the development phase, a gamechanger is on the event horizon.

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n recent years, Jackson has quietly become a city that sparks creatives of all ages into becoming entrepreneurs. Artists, restaurateurs, designers and business developers alike live and run a variety of businesses in the metro area. Most business ideas remain just that, though: ideas. Many potential entrepreneurs don’t know where to start and never see their concepts become reality. That is where Startup Weekend comes in. The international organization sends organizers around the globe yearround to lead 54-hour events that allow aspiring business owners a chance to network with other creative minds, pitch their ideas, develop a business plan and present it to a panel of local business leaders. In January, the Millsaps College Else School of Manage-

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ment and Innovate Mississippi (formerly Mississippi Technology Alliance) brought more than 70 aspiring business owners to Startup Weekend Jackson. Excitement and energy filled the air at Millsaps from the start of the weekend, as participants spent the first couple of hours eating pizza and sharing their ideas with one another. The Jackson Free Press, BOOM’s sister publication, was one of the event’s sponsors. After a brief ice-breaking game, which seemed unnecessary in a room already at a low roar of conversation, Startup Weekend organizers gave participants 60 seconds to present to the crowd. One by one, they unveiled their ideas: an app that tells bands what songs the crowd wants to hear in the encore, a hospital navigation app, an ultra-efficient mobile refrigeration system, a local marketing group. boomjackson.com


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Participants each got three votes to cast for their favorite ideas. After tallying the votes, the Up All Night: A participant, surrounded organizers declared the top 10 ideas. Participants by her team’s task charts, works late during the business development phase. then chose to join one of the 10 entrepreneurs to help develop the idea over the next two days. Over the 48-hour development period, participants had free rein in the creative process. Some groups developed basic websites or PowerPoint presentations, others went to the streets of Jackson to bounce their ideas off pedestrians or restaurant patrons, and almost all of them created Facebook accounts to get feedback from the cyber masses. “(Participants were) able to network, pitch ideas, help each other (and) provide feedback,” Innovate Mississippi event organizer Tiffany Langlinais said. “It’s really pushing for entrepreneurial opportunities and job creation.” Marion Desmazieres, a former Startup Weekend New After dozens of presentations, three stood out from the York winner and a native of France, travels and leads Startup rest: an audio-based city tour app, an at-home fueling station Weekend events around the world. She said Startup Weekend for cars that run on compressed natural gas and an online does help launch successful businesses. About 11 percent consignment shop.

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The Team: John Dolan, Mikel Mangipano, Chelsea Thomas, Bryan Tenort, Craig Kinsley and Valerie Blakey

The Team: Will Trapp (pictured), Ross Waycaster, Darrius Taylor and Russell Adams

The Team: Kelly Warnock, Nathan Cox, Chad Whitney, Schuyler Jones (pictured with Dean Norman of Advanced Technologies Applications)

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The Scheme: A mobile application that allows users to upload audio—from local trivia and legends to personal stories and historical accounts—about buildings, neighborhoods or monuments. Using GPS, AudiTour will prompt its users to “listen in” on the histories of different sites as the user approaches them. Kinsey compared it to having a native guide the user through the city, and suggested its usefulness for tourists on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

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The Scheme: A virtual consignment-style clothes shop that uses participation metrics (with voting and classification systems similar to “likes” and “follows”) to bring popular items and sellers to the customer’s attention. Sellers will be able to upload the entire contents of their closet, and buyers can bid on listed and non-listed items. Trapp said it combines the better features of eBay and Pinterest.

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The Scheme: A device that allows natural-gas powered vehicle owners to fill up their tanks at home. Motor companies such as Toyota and Ford have produced or will soon roll out vehicles powered by compressed natural gas, but limited public filling stations exist in the U.S., with only one in Mississippi—in Flowood. The Home Fuel Station will allow customers to use their home’s natural gas connection to fuel their vehicles while they sleep, for the equivalent of about $1.76 a gallon. 25


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s your business stuck in a rut? Do you feel push through your comfort zone—whether it is learning the tango or mixed martial arts—so as if competitors are always ahead of you? you can make new connections in your brain. Do you work hard and do a good job and still get left behind? Is it difficult to come up Read widely, and beyond your usual zone. Think. Do brain games. Draw—even if you with, much less roll out, new products? don’t know how. Wonder about everything. In today’s information-driven business Ask dumb questions. Mind map your ideas. world, you can’t stay still and expect to survive, much less thrive. Ideas matter more than ever, and creativity is the buzzword of the 21st century. So how the heck do you innovate, you might ask. First, you must have a culture of innovation. That is, you must always seek new ideas and ways to stay ahead of trends. For an innovative entrepreneur, that means not getting so buried in the day-to-day of the business that you can’t think or pay attention to the wider culture or take time to find stimuli to keep new ideas flowing. Treat your staff as a creative force, and you The first step is to start working might be surprised at the results. on your business, not in it, as “E-Myth” business guru Michael E. Gerber has Once the ideas start bubbling, and they told entrepreneurs for years. That means having good processes, checklists and systems for will, then you must discuss them, research your staff, regardless of its size, so you don’t them, business-plan them, assign them. You have to do everything yourself. must choose one and then execute it. Be Then use that time to explore, to go on aware that too many creative types constantly spew out ideas but can’t figure out how to take “artist’s dates,” as creativity expert Julia Camthe next action to bring them to fruition. eron advises. You must try new things and

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Once the business leader gets into this creative execution space, having that kind of work culture is much easier. Here are ideas on how to be more innovative in your business, drawn largely from advice on the Queensland (Australia) Business and Industry Portal (jfp.ms/innovation):

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Figure out what products or services your customers want but can’t get so you know the best area to innovate. Study the market for trends to exploit to expand your market or grow sales. Analyze your competitors for ideas on successful systems or to figure out what they’re not doing well that you could improve. Decide if you can afford a research and development team. Or turn your staff into innovative teams, complete with white boards, colorful markers and lots of French roast. Don’t leave the room without listing actions. Review your own business operations to see what you could do better. Be organized; take lots of notes. Then process them in a way that you’ll use. Test your ideas before you roll out big (and expensively). Monitor how your new ideas succeed once they’re out in the market. Track your success and keep good ideas and toss others.

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of Startup Weekend top 10 ideas become businesses that continue past the first year, and some of those have become quite successful, including FoodSpotting and Zaarly.com. The key ingredient to Startup Weekend’s success is human interaction. Business ideas often die because their creators don’t share them with others out of fear someone may steal their plans. Still more fail because entrepreneurs don’t find partners with the skills to complete the tasks they aren’t able, or willing, to do. The ideas person can’t find the web developer, or the fashion designer Participants and organizers alike take a break to cheese it up for a group photo. never hires the financial expert. Startup Weekend strives to bring the designers, idea creators, tech developers, money men, marketers and managers together under one roof where they can focus on the same idea for one weekend. companies may come out of the weekend, but participants Charles “Bubba” Weir, vice president for innovation rehad already achieved the real goal of Startup Weekend: faceto-face networking with other creative entrepreneurs. sources development at Innovate Mississippi, said that a few


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“That’s what it’s all about,” Weir said. At the end of the weekend, the 10 development teams made 5-minute presentations to the panel of judges, comprised of business leaders from around the Jackson area. Some presenters were clearly nervous to present their work to the panel and crowd of fellow particiOrganizers Tasha Bibb (left) and Tiffany pants. Others took the Langlinais (right) and facilitator Marion Desmazieres (center) were vital to the stage like everyone in weekend’s success. the room was already as excited about their ideas as they were. After the presentations, judges asked questions and gave feedback. After a quick huddle, the judges anhis idea an actual, money-making business. One winning aspect of AudiTour came nounced the second- and third-place runnersfrom the groups’ initiative to poll their target up. At that point, the winning team realized they’d brought home gold. markets outside the gates of Millsaps Col “I knew it,” Bryan Tenort of AudiTour lege. The group spent much of the second said, predicting his team’s victory from his day going to local restaurants, stores and cofseat after judges announced second place. fee houses. They told patrons and shoppers The winning idea, AudiTour, came from about AudiTour, the audio-based city tour Craig Kinsley, a Jackson-based app develop- app, and asked for feedback. Through those interactions, team memer. He’d known the idea was a good one since he first came up with it more than a year ear- bers Mikel Mangipano and Chelsea Thomas said they got honest answers about what did lier while living in San Francisco. and didn’t work that they couldn’t have got The barrier he couldn’t overcome was finding people to help him develop the idea. ten from sitting behind a computer screen. “This (idea) was one of these things Though there were some clear winners, there were no losers at Startup Weekend Jackson 2013. Every participant got a chance to have their ideas heard by peers. They all got a chance to develop a raw idea into an actual, presentable business plan, and hear what local business leadOn Friday night, participants networked with coaches, speakers ers thought about and one another. their work. Best of all, Startup Weekend helped more than 70 innovators make business connections, friendships and where all of my friends that were in tech were like, ‘That’s amazing, (but) I’m busy,’” even partnerships that never would have happened if they hadn’t taken a weekend to Kinsley said. devote to the spirit of entrepreneurship. At Startup Weekend, Kinsley found five Who knows? Some of them may have like-minded individuals who could bring encreated the city’s next big thing. thusiasm and differing skill sets to help make

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A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO: Restaurants and Caterers: Aladdin, Amerigo, Anjou, Babalu, BRAVO!, Broadstreet, Cake Pop Cuties, Campbell’s Bakery, Cerami’s, Char, Chico’s Tacos, Cool Al’s, Hickory Pit, Jaco’s Tacos, Lulu’s Sweet Shop, Mac’s Pizzeria, Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge, Pan-Asia, Pizza Shack, Sal and Mookies, Signa’s Grill, Sombra, State Street Barbeque, Two Sisters, Underground 119 and Walker’s Drive-In Performers & Pop-Ups: Artist Aemi Baggett, Artist Clay Hardwick, Artist Daniel Johnson, Artist Drew Landon, Artist Mallory Kay, Artist Melvin Priester Jr., Artist Sarah Baggett, DJ Phingaprint, Figment, Fortune Teller Peyton Wofford of Intuitive Starseed Readings, Greg Gandy of subSIPPI, Inky the Clown, Jezabelle von Jane and Magick City Sirens, Josh Hailey and Fridge Foto, Juggling by Micah Whitehead and Alan Orlicek, Laurel Isbister and Lazy Jane band, LED Hula Hooping by Tara Blumenthal and Daniel Irby, Magician Robert Day, Makeup by Emily Goode, Mime Artist, Miriam Lamar and Sarah Link, N.U.T.S.’ Traveling Circus Shop, PULPcon and The Southern Komfort Brass Band Party Coordinators: Ariss King, David Sewell of Metrocenter, Erica Crunkilton, Kimberly Griffin, Samantha Towers and Tamika Smith Party Angels: Allie Jordan, Andrea “Smart Chick” Thomas, Angela Norris, Becky Morgan with Brown Bottling Company, Billie Harmony of the Magick City Sirens, Briana Robinson, Chris and Sarah Scarborough, Demetrice Sherman, Duane Smith, Stephen Barnette, Edward Cole II, Envy Jade of the Magick City Sirens, Fondren Art Gallery, Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputies, Hope Mallard, Jackson Police Department, Jessica Gordon, Jessica Spears, Kathleen Mitchell, Kristin Brenemen, Latasha Willis, Lea Gunter, Lisa Rodenis, Loraine Steele, Mario Nevarez, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., Metrocenter Security, Michele Smith, Michael Raff and Greg Riley with the City of Jackson, Molly Lehmuller, Monique Martin, R.L. Nave, Ronni Mott, Sarah Baggett, Tiffany Paige, Tina Brooks, Trip Burns, Ursula Thompson, Nat Duncan Sound and Willie McClendon If you were left off, please email erica@jacksonfreepress.com. Future party/event invitations: Subscribe free at jfpdaily.com

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Haute Pig Hickory Pit High Noon Cafe Hilton Jackson The Islander Jaco’s Tacos Koinonia Local 463 Mellow Mushroom Ole Tavern

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(a very high-class pig stand)

BBQ Plates

(All plates are served with your choice of two of our delicious sides: garden salad, slaw, potato salad, American fries, baked beans or Brunswick stew, cool months only, and Texas toast)

BBQ pork shoulder (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped) BBQ beef brisket (smoked with hickory wood for 12 hours, then pulled and lightly chopped)

Jackson’s Best BBQ JFP’s Best of Jackson

2003 • 2006 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012

Sandwiches

Extra Fixins

BBQ Chicken (chopped w/ slaw relish) Garlic Bread ............................. .85 ..................................................... 4.95 Brunswick Stew w/ homemade BBQ Pork (chopped w/ slaw relish) cornbread: 1/2 pint - 4.95, pint - 8.25, ..................................................... 4.95 1/2 gallon - 26.40, gallon - 49.50 BBQ Beef (chopped w/ slaw relish) Assorted Potato Chips ........... .95 ..................................................... 5.25 Onion Rings ............................ 3.55 Smoked Ham (lettuce, tomato & mayo) Fries (fresh cut taters) ................. 3.25 ..................................................... 5.75 Regular or Sweet Potato with cheese ................................ 6.95 Small Garden Salad .............. 3.85 Smoked Turkey (lettuce, tomato & mayo) (Come Back, Ranch, or Raspberry ..................................................... 5.75 Vinaigrette) with cheese ................................ 6.95 Chef Salad ............................. 10.75 Hamburger ............................. 4.35 (topped with cheddar and swiss (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, cheese, boiled egg, smoked chicken or pickles & onion) with cheese ....... 5.50 smoked ham & turkey, with a choice Double Hamburger ............... 5.45 of Come Back, Ranch or Raspberry with cheese ................................. 7.25 Vinaigrette) Po-Boys your choice of Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ham or Turkey (lettuce, tomato, mayo & Ruffles) ........................... 9.50 with cheese ............................... 10.75 Grilled Cheese ........................ 3.75 extra cheese ................................ 1.25 Special Sandwich Platter ...... 8.55 (BBQ Chicken, Pork, Beef, Ham, Hamburger, or Turkey Sandwiches. Choice of two fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings or baked beans)

BBQ Plates Choice of 2 of our delicious fixins: garden salad, slaw, tater salad, home fries or baked beans and Texas toast! BBQ Pork (chopped) ............. 11.75 BBQ Beef (chopped) .............. 12.25

Tater Salad, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, BBQ Sauce: single - 2.25, 1/2 pint - 2.95, pint - 4.59, 1/2 gallon - 16.80, gallon - 29.95

Homemade Pies Lemon or Pecan ..................... 4.35 Hershey Bar ............................ 4.95 Carrot Cake ............................. 4.50 Coconut Cake .......................... 4.95

We also sell Whole Pies!

Party Packs Serves 10 Adults .................. 44.95 (2lb. pork or beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw & 6 slices of Texas toast or 10 buns) 1/2 Party Pack ....................... 23.75

Pork Ribs (wet or dry) Rib Party Pack (serves 4) ....... 52.15 1/2 slab ..................................... 14.95 (2 slabs ribs, 1 pint beans, 1 pint slaw, 1 whole slab ................................ 25.95 pint potato salad, 4 slices of Texas toast) BBQ Chicken (1/2 cluck) .......... 11.95 Combination (1/2 cluck, 1/2 slab) . .................................................. 22.75

We sell BBQ Pork, Beef, Ribs, Chicken, Ham & Turkey by the pound.

Ask About Our Catering!

St. Louis style ribs (slow smoked with hickory wood and hand rubbed with our dry rub or served wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Half slab Whole slab (enough for two people and served with your choice of four of our sides) Half smoked chicken (served dry or wet when basted with our mild bbq sauce) Queenie’s half chicken (smoked and hand rubbed with our dry rub) BBQ chicken (pulled off the bone of our smoked chicken and lightly chopped) Combination plate (served with 1/2 chicken of your choice and 1/2 slab of ribs, wet or dry and four sides of your choice; enough for two) Special Sandwich Platter Choice of smoked chicken, pork, beef, ham, turkey or hamburger and two of our sides

Salads

CHEF Salad, mixed greens, tomato, egg, swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, and your choice of ham and turkey, smoked chicken, pork, or beef w/ your choice of dressing (ranch, comeback, blue cheese, honey mustard, raspberry vinegarette, or oil & vinegar) Small CHEF

Po-Boys

Po-Boy Choice of pork, beef, chicken, ham, or turkey and one of our sides* (Dressed with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Club Po-Boy Smoked ham and turkey grilled with melted cheddar and swiss cheese and choice of one of our sides (dressed with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) Sausage Po-Boy Smoked pork susage dressed with grilled onions, bell peppers and mustard, and one of our sides*

Here’s the Beef Po-Boy Smoked beef brisket, sliced thin, piled high and topped with melted swiss cheese and caramelized onions, then dressed with lettuce, tomato, and sweet mustard; includes choice of one of our sides Add your choice of cheese to any Po-Boy

Sandwiches

(All sandwiches may be served on a regular bun, wheat bun, rye bread or Texas toast) Your choice of cheese, American, Swiss or cheddar may be added to any sandwich

Smoked chicken (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked pork shoulder (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked beef brisket (pulled and lightly chopped then topped with slaw relish) Smoked ham (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato &mayo) Smoked turkey breast (grilled and served with lettuce, tomato and mayo) Loaded hamburger (served with lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Loaded double hamburger (served w/ lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, mayo and mustard) Grilled cheese (your choice of cheeses) GINNY PIG, our signature sandwich (smoked ham grilled with Swiss and cheddar cheeses and served on grilled garlic toast with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing) The ultimate club sandwich, (smoked ham and turkey grilled with swiss and cheddar cheeses on garlic toast and served with lettuce, tomato and our special comeback dressing)

Dessert

(All of our desserts are prepared right here in our kitchen)

Our famous Hershey Bar pie Lemon pie

Pecan pie Heated and served a la mode Coconut cake

Carrot cake Heated and served a la mode

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720 Harbour Pointe Crossing • Ridgeland • 601.956.2958 • Monday - Friday: Closed 2 - 4pm • Saturday: 4 - 10pm • Sunday: 11am - 8pm

$10 Daily Lunch Feature • Monday-Friday • 11am -2pm Named Best Asian 2007-2013 Best of Jackson Starters

Flash Fried Calamari Edamame Garlic & Chive Potato Chips Pan Asia Lettuce Wraps Tuna Tataki Vietnamese Spring Rolls Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers Crab Wonton Sticky Thai Wings Jalapeno Yellowtail

Create Your Own Stir Fry

Choose your own combination from our stirfry bar. We will Wok it and bring it to you. Your server will show you how to choose from the many options of proteins and sauces to finish your masterpiece! Vegetables Only, Jumbo Shrimp, Chicken Breast, Beef Flank Steak, Crispy Tofu, Sea Scallop, Grilled Tuna, Grilled Salmon

Salads

Pan Asia Field Green Salad Firecracker Iceberg Wedge Sizzling Tandoori Salad Seared Tuna Asian Pear Salad

Noodle Dishes Spicy Peanut Noodles Drunken Noodles Pad Thai

Rice Dishes

Mongolian Beef Thai Cashew Chicken Kung Pao Shrimp & Scallop Delight Lamb & Green Curry

Sandwiches

Tandoori Chicken Naan Wrap Pan Asia Burger Firecracker Shrimp Wrap

Signature Entrées Grilled Salmon Grilled Filet Mignon Sesame Seared Ahi Tuna Beef Tournedos

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Sauteed Redfish Firecracker Shrimp

Maki Rolls (Cooked) Green Caterpillar California Roll Jackie’s Roll Rock & Roll Philly Roll Tiger Roll Cucumber Avocado Roll Vegetable BLT Roll Asparagus Snow Crab Roll Dragon Roll New Orleans Roll Maki Rolls (Raw)

*Hawaiian Tuna *Salmon Roll *Yellowtail Roll *Harbour Pointe *Rainbow Roll *Spicy Tuna Roll *Crunchy Tuna *Fire Cracker *Red Head

Nigiri & Sashimi

*Hawaiian Tuna (Maguro) *Yellowtail (Hamachi) *Salmon (Sake) Smoked Salmon *Scallops (Hotate) Cooked Eel (unagi) Flying Fish Roe (Tobiko) Smelt Fish Roe (Massago) *Cajun Albacore Snow Crab Omelet (Tomago)

Monday Sushi Madness Sushi Specials All Day Every Monday

Wine Down Wednesdays: Half-Price Bottles of Wine All Day Every Wednesday

Martini Thursdays: Half-Price Signature Martinis All Day Every Thursday

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Desserts

Coconut Creme Brulee Chocolate Paradise Banana Spring Rolls Thai Lime Tart Thai Chili Bananas Foster

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A generous pour, a hearty plate and an honest tune. Opens at 4pm on Tuesday-Friday & 6pm on Saturday Entertainment starts at 8pm Tuesday -Thursday & 9pm Friday-Saturday 119 South President Street, Jackson, Mississippi 601.352.2322 www.underground119.com light side BRUSCHETTA – 8 Toasted baguette with stewed tomatoes and roasted red peppers, topped with melted mozzarella cheese. TOSSED SALAD – 9 Seasonal greens tossed with apples, pecans, red onions and your choice of creamy Parmesan or maple vinaigrette dressing. GUMBO OF THE WEEK – 7/9 Our take on the Creole classic. Made with a dark roux, okra and Trinity vegetables. Served with Basmati rice and grilled French bread. CEVICHE – 11 Gulf shrimp and fresh fish, quick-marinated in citrus juices and gold tequilla, tossed with apples, herbs and red onion. Available in table sizes to serve 2, 4, 6 or 8.

small plates and starters PAN-SEARED CRABCAKE – 16 Mississippi-style crabcake made with lump crabmeat and BBQ potato chips, served with roasted red pepper aioli. Add another for 8. GRILLED SCALLOPS – 11 Grilled jumbo scallops over maple-chili acorn squash. ROYAL STREET SHRIMP – 11 Jumbo Gulf shrimp sautéed in spicy, Creole, compound butter and white wine. SAUTEED MUSHROOMS – 10 Portobello and shiitake mushrooms sautéed in butter and wine and served atop Delta Grind cheese grits. CHARCUTERIE AND CHEESE – 11 A selection of cured meats and cheeses served with grilled bread and house-made preserves and pickles. CRAWFISH PIE – 8 Flaky, fried pastry filled with crawfish and Trinity vegetables. Topped with Creole cream sauce. QUESADILLAS – 13 Crabmeat, ribeye steak, or sautéed vegetables with red and yellow peppers and pepper jack cheese. Topped with roasted red pepper aioli, crème fraiche or Creole comeback.

large plates SHRIMP AND GRITS – 19 Gulf Shrimp sautéed in garlic oil and simmered in roasted tomato ragout. GRILLED TROUT – 20 Herb-rubbed Rainbow Trout, grilled and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and haricot verts. SHRIMP CLEMENCEAU – 19 Gulf Shrimp Brabant potatoes, peas and mushrooms in a white wine reduction sauce. TOMATO-CAPER PASTA – 17 Fresh angel hair pasta and classic caper-tomato sauce. Add Sausage ($3), Chicken ($3) or Shrimp ($6). FRITO CHILI PIE – 19 Tex-a-ssippi chili over rich cheddar Mornay sauce and topped with flash fried corn tortillas, chive crème fraiche and cheddar powder. SAUTÉED FISH OF THE DAY – 22 Fresh fish sautéed in garlic oil and served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. FLATIRON STEAK WITH CHIMICHURI – 23 Chili-marinated, Two Run Farms Flatiron steak grilled to order and served with mint chimichuri over roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. CHICKEN CREOLE – 19 Bone-in chicken thighs, slowly braised with stewed tomatoes and “Trinity” vegetables. Served over Basmati rice.

burgers, sliders, sandwiches 119 BURGER/PORTOBELLO BURGER – 13/9 A hand blended 11-ounce patty OR a whole Portobello mushroom cap grilled and served with your choice of toppings: white Cheddar, pimento cheese, mozzarella, Colby or pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, ketchup, spicy brown mustard and mayonnaise. Add bacon or a fried egg for 1.50 each. STEAK-N-EGG SLIDER – 11 Grilled ribeye steak, brown gravy, hash browns and a fried quail egg on a grilled slider bun. VEGETARIAN SLIDER – 8 Made with real vegetarians! Well, not really...Actually it’s made with grilled zucchini and topped with house-made mayo and micro greens. REJEBIAN’S GRILLED CHEESE – 8 Thin-sliced prosciutto and pepper-jack cheese with pimento stuffed olives on a tiny sword. According to “Blades” Rejebian, the tiny sword makes all the difference. SHRIMP PO-BOY – 12 Six fried jumbo Gulf shrimp on grilled French bread served with Creole comeback sauce and “dressed” with lettuce, tomato relish and pickles.

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TRIP ADVISOR’S #1 RESTAURANT IN JACKSON

SELECTED ENTREES Monday - Saturday, 5:30pm - Until

MISO MARINATED SEABASS FORBIDDEN BLACK RICE, ASIAN SLAW, COCONUT-CURRY BROTH PAN ROASTED GULF GROUPER TRUFFLED HUMMUS, TOMATO-CUCUMBER SALAD, LEMON AIOLI, GRILLED PITA, YELLOW TOMATO PARMESAN BROTH EVERYTHING CRUSTED #1 TUNA #1 SUSHI GRADE TUNA, SPICY CHEESE GRITS, CHIPOTLE GLAZE, TOMATO RELISH PAN SEARED JUMBO “DRY-PACKED” SEA SCALLOPS CHESAPEAKE RISOTTO, ROASTED CORN SALSA, CHARRED TOMATO LEMON BUTTER LAMB PORTERHOUSE CRISPY GOAT CHEESE POTATO CAKE, BRUSSELS SPROUTS & CELERY ROOT SALAD, MINTED MADEIRA WINE SAUCE

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BRAISED DUROC PORK SHANK MISSISSIPPI GREENS, TOMATO JAM, BRAISING LIQUID WOOD GRILLED 12oz WAGYU HANGER STEAK SLICED, BATTERED STEAK FRIES, TOASTED GARLIC SPINACH, RED WINE SAUCE

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Dinner Reservations Welcome. Private Dining & Catering Services Available. Walkers Also Serves Lunch Monday Through Friday.

TRIP ADVISOR’S #1 RESTAURANT IN MADISON

Selected Entrees

Redfish 463 with sauteed crabmeat, garlic mash, thin beans and a charred tomato-lemon butter Pan-seared Jumbo Shrimp on pepper jack grits with a corn, sweet peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and chorizo lemon butter Apricot-Teriyaki Glazed Grilled Salmon over sesame spinach, with shiitake mushrooms and soy lemon butter Pan-seared Duck Breast on a wild mushroom risotto with a roasted tomato, carmelized onion and wilted arugula salad in a blackberry-port wine reduction The “Original” Honey-Rosemary Fried Chicken all natural chicken breast in a Mississippi honey-rosemary glaze with pecorino polenta and thin beans

Lunch

MONDAY - SATURDAY, 11:00 - 2:30 PM

Dinner

Spice-crusted Flank Steak sliced 12 oz. prime with toasted garlic spinach, Manchego shoestring fries and a chimichurri sauce 8 oz. Filet wood-grilled Hereford beef filet with baconcheddar mash, fresh asparagus and crispy onions

MONDAY - SATURDAY, 5:30PM - UNTIL

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Southern-style plate lunch on weekdays reservations welcome bar open all day

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Mon-Thur 11am-11pm • Fri 11am-Midnight Saturday 4pm-Midnight • Sunday 4pm-11pm

 Plate lunch specials each weekday. View Fenian’s complete menu selection at www.FeniansPub.com 

Appetizers

Irish Favorites

Scotch Egg A traditional Celtic

Add a salad for just $2.99.

Chili Nachos $4.99 & $7.99

Old Fashioned Shepherd’s Pie Tender minced beef, carrots,

staple. (Allow 15 min.) $4.99

Chicken & Chips $5.99 Fish & Chips $6.99 Spicy Drummers Regular (5) $9.99 Large (9) $12.99

Grilled Sausage & Cheese Platter Cubed Pepperjack, Swiss

and Cheddar cheeses, served with a half-pound portion of grilled sausage. $8.99

Guiness® Stout Cheese $4.99 Batter Fried Dill Slices $3.99 Cheese Sticks $7.99 Basket O’ French Fries $2.99

Salads House Salad $3.99 large $6.99 Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99 Chef Salad $7.99 Cobb Salad $9.99 Caesar Salad $6.99

peas and onions baked in a casserole under a mashed potato parmesan crust. $9.99

Ploughman’s Potato baked potato fi lled with tender roast beef, corned beef, chili or chicken, shredded cheese, topped with the works $8.99 Corned Beef and Cabbage

with homemade mashed potatoes, beef gravy and toasted Rye. $9.99 Red Beans and Rice $9.99

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seasoned tilapia fi llet served with coleslaw and a baked potato topped with butter, sour cream and chives. $8.99

Irish Boxties Boxty is an Irish potato pancake and a specialty of the northwestern part of Ireland.

Beef Boxty $9.99

Add a grilled chicken breast $2.99

Reuben Boxty $9.99

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Veggie Boxty $8.99

Served with a choice of french fries, coleslaw, potato salad or fried okra

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Fenian’s Pub Burger classic

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burger w/choice of cheese. $7.49

cup $2.99 bowl $4.99

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Grilled Chicken & Cheese with Cajun comeback dressing. $8.49 add bacon $.99

The Bookmaker roast beef on

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Desserts Irish Bread Pudding $3.99 New York Cheesecake $4.49

a toasted hoagie with Cheddar cheese w/Au jus. $8.99

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//resident tourist

Story and food photos by

Jesse Houston

Eating Oxford

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t’s been a little over two months since I packed my knives and moved from my home in Jackson to Oxford, Miss. I’ve joined the ranks of the City Grocery Restaurant Group and work for iconic southern chef and restaurateur John Currence as his chef de cuisine of City Grocery, located on the Oxford Square. City Grocery recently passed a milestone that 99 percent of restaurants can only dream about: being in business for 20 years, and making a name and reputation for itself of quality and innovation along the way. I’ve had little time to explore Oxford as much as I’d like to, but it really is a beautiful and charming town. College game-day weekends can be frustrating as the streets clog with students. The odd beer and liquor laws prohibit the sale of cold beer at grocery stores and gas stations or any alcoholic beverages at all on Sunday (unless it’s a home game football weekend or holiday, because only then will God approve), so the city becomes a ghost town on Sundays. Sundays generally mean starting my day at Big Bad Breakfast (713 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.2666, tinyurl.com/BBBOxf), one of my boss’ other joints. In fact, the first time I had ever heard about John Currence was when Craig Noone and I worked together in Dallas. He would tell stories about a chef from Mississippi curing bacon with the leftover mash used to make Tabasco hot sauce. I thought that was genius. It is. Later, Craig and I took a trip to Oxford and ate at BBB, as we call it, where I had one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. It’s still one of my favorites, no small thanks to its Eggs Benedict dressed in Tabasco-spiked Hollandaise sauce and perfectly runny poached eggs. My wife, Rachel, likes the Pylon, a Belgian waffle with a split, griddle-fried hot dog with chili, slaw, cheddar, mustard, chopped pickles, onion, jalapeno peppers and crackers piled on top. Wash

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it all down with a tall glass of freshly squeezed OJ that they juice in-house daily. If you find me at BBB on a Sunday, there’s a likely chance that I was at Snackbar (721 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.6363, tinyurl.com/snk-br1) the night before, sipping on a fine handcrafted cocktail or craft beer after a long day at work. If you sit at the bar, ask Jayce or Brian for the bartender’s choice. Before too long they’ll get to know exactly what kind of drink you’ll like, and they have a vast array of house-made bitters and tinctures to make it just right. Vishwesh Bhatt, the incredibly kind and talented chef at Snackbar, always takes great care of me, and knows that if I’m there, I’m going to eat the New Orleans-style BBQ mushrooms. They are exceptional, and I always get an extra little house-made baguette to sop up all that Worcestershirey goodness. The Hot & Numbing Catfish

is a must-have entrée, and don’t forget the fried boudin balls or Scotch Egg. They also have an incredible oyster bar and charcuterie program that provided great inspiration for Craig and me. For other meals, I’ve had to rely on my incredible team of co-workers at the Grocery for advice on where to get a bite to eat, and they haven’t steered me wrong, yet. LBs. Meat Market (2008 University Ave., 662.259.2999, lbsmeatmarket.com) offers a take-out lunch during the week, where $5.50 will get you a blue-plate special with two sides, cornbread and dessert. But I say go with the burger dressed “Fred’s Way,” which changes daily based on what they are serving at the time. Mine happened to have the usual lettuce, pickle, tomato and onion, but more OXFORD, see page 46 45


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Smoked catfish brandade at Hog & Hominy. The burger at LBs. Meat Market, dressed Fred’s Way.

also had potato salad, baked beans and chili mac! It’s like something you’d expect from a crazyburger themed pop-up restaurant! For a really great classic burger, John Currence turned me on to the burger at Handy Andy Grocery (800 N. Lamar Blvd., 66.234.4621). It’s simple perfection: Lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion on a well-seasoned, griddled burger with American cheese. The Big Easy at Ajax Diner (118 Courthouse Square, 662.232.8880, ajaxdiner.net) was another great recommendation. It’s a countryfried steak topped with mashed potatoes, gravy and lima beans, all in a bun. Add a few dashes of hot sauce, and you’re ready for a nap! Then there is the Torta Cubana at El Milagro Taqueria (1420 Jackson Ave. W., 6625.236.1717, elmilagrotaqueria.com) It’s sort of a kitchen sink kind of sandwich with many types of juicy meat, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro and avocado, and it’s huge! You’ll want to order a to-go box ahead of time and take the second half home for lunch the next day. I did. No Oxford food tour would be complete 46

without a trip to Lindsey’s Chevron (321 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.234.9104), where depending on the time of day, you can enjoy sausage, egg and cheese biscuits, fried chicken, pizza sticks, potato logs, egg rolls, pimento cheese, chicken salad and, of course, the legendary chicken on a stick, or the carousel of fresh-baked cookies. You’ll find all manner of deep-fried goodness to appeal to your drunken late-night munchies, served in a white paper bag to hide your shame. For entertainment, choose from plenty of great music venues such as The Lyric Oxford (1006 Van Buren Ave., 662.234.5333), the Lamar Lounge (1309 N. Lamar Blvd., 662.513.6197) and, of course, Proud Larry’s (211 S. Lamar Blvd., 662.236.0050). I was able to catch a great show at Larry’s by local band Young Buffalo one night after work. They always impress with incredible vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitar playing, and their new EP has become a soundtrack in the City Grocery kitchen. I’ve also become a member of the Oxford Tasting Room, sort of a secret underground beer club where the members get together

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and share hard-to-find and rare beers, and even some delicately aged brews that you can’t get anywhere else. And we’ve all been talking about the new beers from Lucky Town Brewing Company and smuggling in growlers from Jackson. I’ve found myself visiting some close chef friends in Memphis—only an easy hour away from Oxford—where you may find me stuffing my face with house-made beef and cheddar hot dogs in pretzel buns from my buddies Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman at Hog & Hominy (707 W. Brookhaven Circle, Memphis, Tenn., 901.207.7396, hogandhominy.com). They have killer food: fired pizzas, poutine with neckbone gravy and the best sweetbreads just about anyone has ever had. They also a great beer and cocktail selection, wines “on draft” and an incredible bocce ball court right outside. I’ve stayed very busy since moving north, working with incredible chefs, doing a little bit of traveling, cooking at some unforgettable events, and eating and drinking really well. Shortly before BOOM went to press, Jesse Houston parted with City Grocery. Watch jfp.ms for updates on Houston’s next move. boomjackson.com


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wo black lacquer boxes—around 7 inches long, 4 inches wide and a couple inches tall—are stacked on a desk. Inside waits a ball of tender white rice, fresh greens and vegetables with an itty-bitty bottle of salad dressing, strips of meat and carrots cut into small flowers. Mouth watering, yet? Taking lunch to work each day can get stale—figuratively and literally— which is why the bento box lunch is becoming more and more popular. Originally a Japanese tradition, bento boxes have been around for centuries. Technically, any lunch packed into a box can be a bento, but most bento chefs follow a casual set of guidelines, resulting in a healthier and more diverse meal. Kristin Brenemen, art director of BOOM and the Jackson Free Press, and her husband, Jack, have been flexing their culinary creativity by packing bentos for lunch most days a week for close to three years. “We are already interested in the Japanese culture, plus we already took our lunches to work, so it became a nicer way to do that,” Kristin says. The Brenemens simplify their lunch Below: More colorful examples of the Brenemens’ daily bentos.

• bento box • sharp knife for precise cuts • small sauce bottles • the ability and desire to cook at home!

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assembly process Above: Sliced by typically packpan-fried ing leftovers from salmon, dinner the evening steamed before. They strive rice with rice seasoning on to include multiple top, squid salad food groups—lunch and sliced is usually half salad, oranges, green plus a protein, a vegapples and pink etable and somegrapefruit. times a carb. The most creative bento artists create “kyara-ben” or “character bentos,” which use food items to create characters, often of animals, usually kitschy or anime-inspired (think riceball panda bears). Another type of bento, even more elaborate, is the “oekakiben” or “picture bento,” which contains little edible vignettes. Locally, Sweet and Sour (834 Wilson Drive, Ridgeland, 601.206.7771) is a great place to purchase bento supplies. “They have a nice frozen variety of items, such as gyoza, Yakisoba noodles for stir frying, sauces, curries, rices, and various miso soups and soup bases,” Jack says. Sweet and Sour carries bento boxes, cooking utensils, peelers and cutting tools, and candies—plus, the staff is knowledgeable about useful items and which products are cost effective for recipes.

• dividers—try cupcake holders, either regular or reusable silicone (you can also use leaves from salad so everything is edible)

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I cook a little extra for dinner and make lunches for the next day with leftovers. Just keep in mind things that will travel well.

Jack’s advice

Always remember to rinse your lunch container after use. This makes cleaning it that night easier. Don’t be afraid to try new recipes. I keep some recipe ingredients printed off in my wallet in case I see the main item on sale. There are also free phone apps that allow you to save recipes and ingredients.

optional: • small shape cutters • decorative toothpicks to hold things together • stamps

Before getting too artistic when making bentos, honestly think of the person you’re making this lunch for. Are they going to swing the lunch bag around, possibly spilling things around inside it? Then use silicone cupcake holders that go to the lid of the container. If you think the container will come open, use rubber bands to help seal it shut.

• tamagoyaki pan • rice seasoning (furikake)—all sorts of flavors and colors • sesame seeds are a common decorative element

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Coolest Space: Sterling Photography

Simply Sterling

// by Kathleen M. Mitchell // photos by Tate K. Nations

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terling Photography’s studio lives in a brick strip of shops and nail salons off Pear Orchard Road, just a minute or two from County Line Road. The exterior of the mall is bland and unassuming, but the minute you walk through the doors into Sterling’s world, you can’t help but feel a little smoother. A little suaver. A hell of a lot cooler. Down a long wall, many pairs of eyes gaze out onto the studio from large-scale prints of models and celebrities. Despite the long, open main room, the space feels intimate, thanks in large part to the deep scarlet and black walls. A red, black and white color scheme continues onto the furniture, including white leather couches and a mod circle pod chair, along with lots of black leather, red velvet and even a splash of zebra print. Poking around, you never know what props you might stumble upon in a corner or stashed in a closet: a children’s tricycle, vintage cameras collected on a table or killer heels left over from another shoot. Will Sterling has made a name for himself nationally for his high-fashion beauty and editorial fashion shoots, but his portfolio also includes weddings, senior portraits and family photo shoots. Sterling also regularly shoots the rich and famous—think Boris Kodjoe, NeNe Leakes and Vivica A. Fox—for Denim magazine, an online fashion, lifestyle and culture publication. His eye for funky and dramatic shots, and his ability to capture his subjects’ genuine personality have made him a sought-after shutterbug in Jackson and around the globe. Fashion information, see page 58

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arter Dobbs plays a game when he mulls over ideas in his office downtown at Capital Towers. He looks out from his 12th floor window and counts the water towers visible from his corner office at Pollan Dobbs law firm. On a clear day, he says, he’s hit 22 towers. After setting up shop in 2009, the firm, working with the Mattiace Company, merged two separate and very different office spaces into one large, fluid workplace—with clean lines, bamboo floors and minimalist decoration made richer with Old World accents. But the killer view is what makes Pollan Dobbs an office to envy. Tall windows, outlined in black, line the walls of the firm’s offices and act like frames for the impressive landscape beyond. Through its northern windows, just about every historically important or architecturally interesting structure downtown is visible, from the Governor’s Mansion to both the old and new Capitol buildings. (It’s also a perfect vantage point for Mal’s St. Paddy’s parade.) To the east, the horizon ends far past the river into Rankin County—where Dobbs says he can see fireworks from Trustmark Park after Friday night Braves games. Stay jealous, cubeland.

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Coolest Décor: Dore Jackson // by Kathleen M. Mitchell // photos by Trip Burns

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he walls are Dorange. The files are Dorange. The utensils in the kitchen are Dorange. The pens—so many pens—are all Dorange, too. So what is Dorange? It is the very specific shade of orange that blasts the retinas when you enter the office of Dore Jackson. Mixed in with equally vivid hues of turquoise and kelly green, and grounded by sleek white furniture, the bright shade tells any visitor immediately that this is a fun and stimulating environment. Dore, founded in England, specializes in “individualized, cerebellar development 56

program(s)” for kids and youth. The Dore team is trained to help children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or Asperger’s syndrome, using physical activities rather than drugs and medication. They teach skills and activities that can improve reading and writing, attention and focus, social skills and even athletic ability. Some of their older clients don’t suffer from learning delays, but simply want to sharpen their mental acuity or physical prowess. The Dore office is just plain fun, with

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plenty for kids to interact with—including modernist plastic dog sculptures that are actually child-sized seating—and look at. Since Dore is all about brain science, brains are a major décor element, from plastic models to wall art. Colorful and cheerful paintings of kids, iterations and evolution of “wobble boards”—balancing discs that improve coordination—and yes, brains, dot the walls. In one office sits a quirky red dresser with orange drawers of all sizes. They call it the “Dr. Seuss dresser.” And that is simply a-Dore-able. boomjackson.com


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COOL OFFICES, from page 57 Tate K. Nations and Trip Burns

Behind the scenes Special thanks: Will Sterling of Sterling Photography Jason Pollan and Carter Dobbs of Pollan Dobbs Kate Sistrunk and Beth Mayeaux of Dore Jackson Funmi Franklin and TAPS Steve Taylor Kathleen Morrison Mitchell Molly Lehmuller

Stylists: Jessica Smith Vantashi Wilks Stylists’ assistant: Fabian Wiley Models: Shelsie Nichols of TAPS Nicholas Pernell

from p 51 Nicholas is wearing a blue paisley shirt ($125), burnt orange pants ($165), suspenders ($85) and white suede Cole Haan loafers ($168), all from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing; and a watch and bracelets owned by the stylists.

Makeup: Amber Cole Photographer: Tate K. Nations

from p 52 Shelsie is wearing green high-waisted pants ($6), a floral-print blazer ($7), white turban ($2) and brooch ($1), all from Silly Billy’s; blue suede peep toe platforms ($50) from The Shoe Bar at Pieces; and bracelets and earrings owned by the stylists.

from p 53 Shelsie is wearing a blue peplum top ($32) and black-andwhite striped skirt ($20) from Posh Boutique; a ring ($115) from The Shoe Bar at Pieces; and earrings and bracelets owned by the stylists.

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from p 53 Nicholas is wearing a charcoal suit ($495), orange checked shirt ($89.95), an orange and blue paisley tie ($85) and Cole Haan Oxfords ($248), all from Kinkade’s Fine Clothing; and a watch owned by the stylists.

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Stylists: Jessica Smith Vantashi Wilks Model: Alexandra Toth

from p 55 Alex is wearing a mint-green polka dot skirt ($44), a rust and green printed blouse ($36), Jeffrey Campbell nude Rockview wedges ($158), all from Libby Story; a nude and goldplated belt ($10) from Attitude Not Included Boutique; and pearl earrings and a necklace owned by the stylists.

Hair and Makeup: Kate McNeely Photographer: Trip Burns

from p 55 Alex is wearing a watercolor floral shirt ($58), ivory widelegged sailor pants ($104) and Jeffrey Campbell nude Rockview wedges ($158), all from Libby Story; and gold earrings and a gold bib necklace owned by the stylists.

from cover & p 56 Alex is wearing a tribal-printed hi-low skirt ($48), tribal-printed jacket ($78.88), and Jeffrey Campbell nude Rockview wedges ($158), all from Libby Story; a nude and goldplated belt ($10) from Attitude Not Included Boutique; and jewelry owned by the stylists.

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from p 57 Alex is wearing an Aztec printed shirt ($44) and high-waisted skinny jeans ($48) from Libby Story; her own black peep-toe platforms; and jewelry owned by the stylists.

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Do-Gooders A Wealth in Words // by Marika Cackett

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COURTESY MARGARET WALKER CENTER

From JSU classes conducting oral histories Both a museum and an archive, the center hen I was about 8, I decidabout Farish Street to University of Southern is committed to the preservation, interpretation ed that the most wonderand dissemination of African American history Mississippi Library Science students completful thing, next to a human ing their practicums, students have the opporand culture. being, was a book.” “The Margaret So wrote Margaret Walker Alexander— Walker Center is a poet, writer, educator and civil-rights activist. She was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1915. treasure trove of artifacts and manuscript Encouraged by her parents, Walker read poetry and philosophy as a child. At age 13, she collections related to the African American met poet Langston Hughes, who would be a life-long mentor, and after moving to Chicago, experience in the state, nation and world,” says Ill., to attend college at her father’s alma mater, Angela Stewart, the Northwestern University, she joined author center’s archivist. Richard Wright’s Southside Writers’ Group “In its vaults, the there. A few years later, she met Wright, and center holds more the two collaborated on several of his texts. than 2,000 oral hisAlexander is best known for her neo-slave tories and nearly narrative “Jubilee” and the poem “For My Peo40 manuscript collecple.” Published in 1966, “Jubilee” represented 30 years of research and reflection and has nev- tions,” Luckett adds. er been out of print since. Alexander completed “These include the “Jubilee” while teaching at Jackson State Uni- Margaret Walker Personal Papers, which versity, where she worked from 1949 to 1979. Margaret Walker Alexander’s “Jubilee” has captivated readers for nearly 40 years, since it was published in 1966. form one of the single In 1968, Margaret Walker founded the Institute for the Study of the History, Life and largest collections of a Culture of Black People at Jackson State, where modern black female tunity to engage the center regularly. writer anywhere in the world.” she was an English professor. “The Margaret Walker Center means a Along with its work as a research center “Margaret Walker’s lasting achievement and museum, the Margaret chance to reconnect with our collective hisat Jackson State was the institory as African Americans and Mississippians,” Walker Center sponsors tute she founded, now named Stewart says. “It provides an opportunity to public programming like in her honor,” says Dr. Robert learn about ... Margaret Walker and other the Martin Luther King Luckett, director of the Marwomen of courage, the Civil Rights Movement Convocation and the For My garet Walker Center for the in Mississippi (and) Jim Crow in Mississippi in People Awards, Poetry Out Study of the African-Ameria way that is truly hands-on.” Loud for the Central Region can Experience. With Luckett at the helm, the attendance of Mississippi, the Creative At the time, Luckett says, has more than doubled since he started at the Arts Festival and the Robert “she stood at the forefront of center in 2009. In 2012, the center had more Clark Symposium. a nascent black-studies moveThe Margaret Walker Center than 4,500 visitors. Free and open to the ment on college campuses, holds one of the largest July 7, 2015, will be the 100th anniverpublic Monday through and she hosted some of the personal collections of a modern black female writer. sary of Walker’s birth. The Center is planning Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the first conferences on the topic Margaret Walker Center a major year-long series of events in honor of at JSU like the 1971 National welcomes students, teach- her centennial. At the heart of those efforts are Evaluative Conference on plans to build a new 50,000-square-foot archive Black Studies and the 1973 Phillis Wheatley ers, researchers, visitors, families and anyone and museum at Jackson State. interested in the African American experience. Poetry Festival.” TRIP BURNS

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ARTS // wild space

Laying Down Roots

// by Julian Rankin

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uch is said of folks leaving Mississippi. But to only consider the departures is to discount the state’s mercurial magnetism, the thing that brings people here who are not originally of this place. A perfect example is Virginia-born artist and woodworker Fletcher Cox, who had no Mississippi roots when he moved here in the 1970s after living in New York and Wyoming. No roots, he told me, save for a great-great-grandfather born in Yazoo City in 1849 before the family moved on into Arkansas. Now, decades later, Cox is inseparable from his Jackson and Mississippi communities. It’s not just that his woodworking graces the Governor’s Mansion and the new U.S. Federal Courthouse in Jackson, or that he’s been awarded the Governor’s Award for Artist’s Achievement. He is of Mississippi mind, and committed to working in this place he and his wife, Carol, have called home for much of the last five decades. “I knew very little about the place,” Cox says of the first days of his Mississippi residency. “I went to work for the McGovern campaign in Mississippi, which was being headed up by Patt Derian, the co-chairwoman of the Loyalist Democratic Party. ... She said I should meet her for lunch at the Woolworth lunch counter. I had no history of the Woolworth lunch counter. But I have learned since—a lot.”

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To a woodworker, place is integrally joined to the art: The tree standing in the woods or felled in the backyard or discarded on the road side is tied to the land by roots, and to its environment by the twists and turns and knobs of the branches. Cox repeats a phrase he often shares: “I had an insight that I would probably never make anything as beautiful as the tree that was killed to provide me with the wood.” This somewhat disheartening thought led Cox to his well-known “Raw and Cooked” woodFletcher Cox found in Mississippi the perfect home to create art as a woodworker. working series, which amalgamates processed or treated wood with raw timber. Through it, Cox seeks to seamlessly and harmoniously join the first nature of the tree, the wildness, with the second nature, the cut and milled and kiln-dried board. “The cooked flows over into the part of the piece that started out as raw,” Cox says. “I cannot imagine the ‘Raw and Cooked’ project happening anywhere other than Mississippi. The same thing that made musicians and writers so innovative while living in such a reactionary place worked on me the same way. It is an unbelievable place; improvisational and reactionary, simultaneously,” he says.

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“As V.S. Naipaul said in ‘A Turn in the South,’ we here are not that far removed from the frontier.” Not surprisingly, Cox has a new project in the works. He has just finished construction on an ambitious project: an entire reassembled tree to be installed inside a newly conceived building in the heart of Chicago. Cox calls the building itself a “wild space.” The tree came from the building owner’s land, near where he raised his 10 children. It currently sits patiently here in Mississippi, preparing for the great migration north. “In the early going, I was thinking about how to turn it into a Raw and Cooked project. But the further we went with the assembly, the less and less I wanted to do any of that stuff. The tree was so wonderful, just by itself, that it didn’t need anything extra. It would have been gilding the lily to do it,” Cox says. Through it all, for Cox, his profession has been about working with his hands and making things that others can interact with and enjoy. “I love being the woodworker to this community,” Cox says. “(Carol and I) would go to the Chimneyville craft show (years ago). We’d set out tables full of spoons and spreaders and boxes and bowls and plates. We’d have everything from a $2 spreader to a $2,000 table. To me it felt like a very democratic thing to be doing. And I love doing it.” boomjackson.com


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MELODIES // ‘like a badge’

Peavey

Rare Talent // by Molly Lehmuller

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design their own custom virtual guitar amplifier. While its products are sold all over the world, Peavey remains deeply connected to the music made in Mississippi, and hasn’t lost its hospitality-state roots. When Blaylock sent an email asking for details on his amp, Peavey responded with a surplus of information,

amplifiers have a long-held reputation for being rugged, like Mississippians themselves. Cole Furlow, a Jackson native and bandleader for the Oxford-based group Dead Gaze, owns lots of Peavey gear. He’s especially attached to his Peavey Fury bass, which has survived years of abuse and still sounds good. “It just

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on Blaylock had to leave his musical equipment behind, including his Peavey Vintage amp, when he evacuated New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. But when Blaylock, drummer for the Jackson band The Electric Hamhock, returned to retrieve the amp, he couldn’t believe how it fared. “It survived (the storm), but it sat in some pretty disgusting water for a while. … It left a nice water line on it,” he recalls. “But once I dried it out, it was just fine.” Mississippi is famous for its role in the development of the blues, gospel and other types of American music, but it’s also home to a company that makes equipment for musicians around the world. Meridian’s Peavey Electronics produces a wide range of musical products, including instruments, amplifiers and sound systems. Founder and CEO Hartley Peavey started the company in 1965 in a space above his father’s music store in Meridian and grew it into a global operation. Peavey currently distributes its products to more than 130 countries, but the company maintains it headquarters in Meridian, and is one of the state’s largest manufacturers. The company has grown through focusing on innovation, including developing the first computer-controlled guitar production process. Peavey’s pioneering spirit continues today through products like ReValver, a computer program that allows guitarists to

// by Larry Morrisey

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t’s a rare talent who is nominated for a Grammy award. It’s even rarer to find someone who is not a household name nominated twice, in the same year, in the same category. For music producer Matthew Furdge—a.k.a. Got Koke—it’s just the start of what might be his biggest year yet. Furdge, a Jackson native, has created the foundations for some of the hottest tracks of the past few months. (Those 2 Chainz hits you’re hearing all day on 99.7? He helped bring them to fruiMatthew Furdge tion.) Furdge also participated on heavyweight Rick Ross’ well-received new album, “God Forgives, I Don’t,” penning and producing the track “Pirates.” Though associated with well-known music operations, he is in the process of forming his own production company, The Got Koke Administration. Furdge acknowledges the state’s potential as a leader in not only the more traditionally “Mississippian” blues and country, but in popular music as well. “I always tell people, we have talent here (in Mississippi), no question,” he told the Jackson Free Press. “We just have to start investing and believing in ourselves, to put out better music to show people that Mississippi ain’t nothing to sleep on.” Though the National Academy of Recording Artists is only slowly waking up to the talent in the Magnolia State, for six years the Mississippi Grammys have celebrated the musical accomplishments of its native and adopted sons, from the North Mississippi Allstars to Jimbo Mathus to B.B. King. In 2013, however, the starstudded event will be put on hiatus as the music community focuses its efforts on a new venture in the Delta, where the national Grammys will soon have a second home. After the success of the B.B. King Muse um and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola, the Recording Academy is slated to open its second museum in Cleveland, near Delta State University, by 2015. Billboard reported the new Grammy museum will give visitors the opportunity to discover the history and tradition of Mississippi’s music. Future plans with the museum include a study exchange between Delta State and colleges in southern California, where the main museum is located.

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Peavey musical equipment is made to last—this vintage amp survived Hurricane Katrina.

including a copy of the original owner’s manual. “I figured (my email) would end up in some black hole of customer service, but they got right back to me,” he recalls. Lindley McKellar, bassist for the Jackson band Slang Hearts, remembers the important role Peavey equipment played when he started playing in bands. “We didn’t have a lot of money,” he says. “We were teenagers working part-time jobs to save up to get something. With Peavey, you get a lot of bang for your buck.” Peavey instruments and

sounds and plays better than any Fender (bass) I’ve ever played,” Furlow says. “I can literally throw it down, run the fretboard up and down a mic stand, and it’s always fine.” While touring with (fellow Jacksonian) Dent May’s band in Europe last year, Furlow and other band members brought along their Peavey guitars. He believes that the instruments help tell the story of their home to audiences. “It’s great being a Mississippi musician and being able to play something that’s made in the state,” he says. “We wear it like a badge.”

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Events // in like a lion

1-10 - “Always ... Patsy Cline,” at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Musical based on the singer’s letters to fans. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. $12, discounts available. Call 601.636.0471; tinyurl/ay2y6q.com.

2 - Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The organization honors Dr. Helen Barnes, businessman Hibbett Neal and the Mississippi Learning Institute. $20, $10 students with ID; email bevelyn_branch@att. net; jackson2000.org.

4-16 - National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Riders compete for cash prizes at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Catfish dinners March 6 and March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601.961.4000 or 817.244.6188; nchacutting.com.

8 - “Chamber III: Baroque!” 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s performance features its new principal oboist, Julie Hudik. $16; call 601.960.1565; msorchestra.com.

16 - Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, 1 p.m., in downtown Jackson. The annual Mardi Gras-style parade begins on the corner of State and Court streets. Free. Alabama Shakes perform at Hal & Mal’s postparade. $20; call 601.948.0888; halandmals.com.

21-23 - Zippity Doo Dah Parade Weekend, in Fondren. The Sweet Potato Queens headline a weekend including Arts, Eats & Beats March 21 at 5 p.m. (free), the Color Me Rad 5K March 23, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St., $45), the Street Carnival at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St., $2) and an evening parade March 23 (free). Benefits Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Call 601.981.9606; fondren. org/zdd.

5 - The Home Show March 8-10, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) Includes exhibitions, a designers’ challenge and car show. $7; call 601.362.6501; tinyurl/the-HS.

23 - RPM Party, 9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). DJ Young Venom, DJ Stephen Urquel and DJ Phingaprint play hits from Rick James, Prince and Michael Jackson. Cocktails at 8 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000; ardenland.net.

21-24 - Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Fully Charged Gold Edition, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Enjoy performances from animal trainer Tabayara, daredevil duo the Fernandez Brothers, clowns and more. $15-$45; call 800.745.3000; ringling.com.

30 - Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, 8 a.m.9:30 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy breakfast and a visit from the zoo’s bunny. $15, $11 children 12 and under, $5 members; call 601.352.2580; jacksonzoo.org.

30 - “Sweetness” Fight Against Obesity 5K, 8 a.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Categories include all age groups and participants in wheelchairs. Fees vary; call 601.979.1558 or 601. 979.1557; active.com.

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8 - The Weeks, 7:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Jackson indierock band with Light Beam Rider and Junior Astronomers. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601.292.7121 or 800.745.3000; ardenland.net.

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2-6 - “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont,” at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in Theatre 151. The play is a dramatization of the life of self-proclaimed explorer Louis de Rougemont. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven employees and students; call 601.965.7026; belhaven.edu.

8-12 – International Week, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Signature events include the International Night of Dance in McCoy Auditorium April 11 at 7 p.m. (free; call 601.979.3972), and the Creative Arts Festival April 12-13, which has a theme of “Celebrating The Legacy of Medgar Evers” (free; call 601.979.2055).

13 - Sante South Wine Festival, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Sample more than 120 wines and food from more than 20 Mississippi restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. $80-$140; call 601.987.0200; santesouth.com.

16-28 - “Other Desert Cities,” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The Broadway drama is about a novelist’s strained relationship with her family as she plans to publish sensitive information about them in her memoir. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601.948.3533; newstagetheatre.com.

19 - Zoo Brew, 6-9 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy craft beer samples with chicken wings and live music. For ages 21 and up. $25; call 601.352.2580; jacksonzoo.org.

23-24 - “Elvis Lives!” 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Elvis impersonators Bill Cherry, Ben Klein, Kevin Mills and Victor Trevino Jr. perform. Ann-Margret impersonator Lori Russo also performs. $20-$62.5; call 601.981.1847 or 800.745.3000; kesslerbroadway.com.

4 - Third Day: The Miracle Tour, 7 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). The Christian rock band plays. Other performers include Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson. $20-$75 in advance, $25-$80 day of show; call 800.965.9324. 13 - Battle of the Saxes April 13, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) Save the date for the annual concert in McCoy Auditorium. Details pending; call 601.979.2285.

6 - Traffick Jam Walkathon and Record Release Show, 9 a.m.11 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The walkathon is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the concert is 7-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hard Places Community, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child sex trafficking. $10 registration plus $100 fundraising goal, concert admission TBA; traffickjamasia.com.

18-28 - “Sherlock’s Last Case,” at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is a dark comedy about a death threat against Sherlock Holmes from a nemesis’ son. $15, $10 seniors, students and children; call 601.825.1293; blackrosetheatre.org.

27 - Jackson Streets Alive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at North Congress Street between Capitol and Mississippi streets. Bike Walk Mississippi hosts the festival. Traffic is blocked off to encourage citizens to travel by foot or bicycle. Enjoy art, music, concessions and more. Free; bikewalkmississippi.org. 30 - Whole Food Movement Lecture, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Speakers include Robin Mather, senior associate editor at The Good Earth News Magazine, and Felder Rushing, host of “The Gestault Gardener.” $10; call 601-974-1130. JACKSON AREA EVENTS UPDATED DAILY AT JFPEVENTS.COM.

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MY LOCAL LIST

1. CS’s (1359 1/2 N. West St., 601.969.9482) Home of some old-school Jackson food, service and culture.

Points of Light

2. Gallery1 at Jackson State University (1100 J.R. Lynch St., Suite 4, 601.960.9250) A refreshing addition to west Jackson and to the city’s art scene.

Local creative { Andy Hilton } loves spending time outside and among art. Here are his 10 favorite zen spots in Jackson.

3. The old train trestle in Belhaven (behind Laurel Street Park) Years ago, the dilapidated bridge carried trains across the Pearl. Maybe it has a future in carrying pedestrian and cyclists. 4. Floating the Pearl River Put a canoe or kayak in at the Spillway and spend the day drifting past sandbars and cypress swamps on Jackson’s best natural resource. Get out at Lefleur’s Bluff. (Boat ramp for put-in is located near the southwest side of the Spillway) 5. Jackson Bike Advocates (909B Whitworth St., 601.212.3162) This growing organization is helping strengthen bicycling in Jackson with its monthly community rides and new Jackson Community Bike Co-op.

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8. Crystal Lake Park (150 Crystal Lake Drive, 601.939.6585) Just outside downtown, this mystical winding oxbow lake is full of islands to explore at no charge. 9. North Midtown. (North Midtown Community Arts Center, 121 Millsaps Ave., 601.201.4769) Residents and businesses are teaming up to create one of Jackson’s most innovative neighborhoods.

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6. circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING (2771 Old Canton Road, 601.362.8484) Museum-quality curation provides a true artisan atmosphere. 7. Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601.354.7303) One word: Aquariums.

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10. The top of Moody Street in Belhaven Heights (intersection of Moody and Whitworth streets) It’s the best place in Jackson to watch the sun rise.

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