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6 Bucking a Trend JPS is using federal funds for low-income schools correctly, unlike many school districts. GREATER JACKSON ARTS COUNCIL

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carol clark hammond artists: her mother, aunt, grandfather and sister were all artists. They also always told her that she’d be an artist. “A lot of people paint what people want to see, like still lives of flow. … I don’t do that,” she says. “If I’m going to paint something, it’s going to be something that speaks to me. It’s going to be something that comes from my heart. It’s not going to be a bowl with some sunflowers in it.” After attending Ole Miss for two years, Hammond went to Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida and graduated in 1981, concentrating on figure drawing. Now, Hammond meets at Millsaps College with others each Saturday for figure drawing sessions. There, Hammond does what she calls “quick figure studies” which she sometimes sells for $40 each or less. They are complete drawings and paintings done in less than 20 to 40 minutes. “I like to challenge myself,” she says about the class. “You don’t have anything to lose.” The Figure Drawing Class is held each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Millsaps College in the Academic Complex drawing studio. It is free for students from any school and $10 for others. The class is always looking for new models, paid at $20 per hour. Contact Hammond at 601-624-6447 or cchstudios@ for more information or if you are interested in modeling.

38 ‘About the Children’ Clinton Johnson Jr.’s top priority is making sure everyone has equal sports opportunities in Jackson’s schools.

41 Family Fare The Trace Grill’s Kevin Thompson talks about the vision for his southern-style restaurant.

Michelangelo once said, “He who does not master the nude cannot understand the principles of architecture.” It’s just one of many quotes by which Carol Clark Hammond lives. As a freelance artist, she specializes in portrait drawing and courtroom sketching. Her work these days comes sporadically, however, because her specialties seem to be going out of style. “I always thought I would grow up to be a portrait artist,” Hammond says. “I didn’t realize that it would be less emphasized as I got older and that photography would push it out. I don’t think the judges realized that when they let cameras in that they were virtually killing an entire art form.” Hammond, 53, lives in Belhaven with her husband, Lee Hammond. They have lived there since 1984. The neighborhood, she says, is very artistic: Other artists such as Cleta Ellington and Elizabeth Johnson also make Belhaven their home. Recently, Hammond and some of the other neighborhood artists held the first Belhaven Street Artists festival where they sold their art at affordable prices. They hope to make it a biannual event. The artist has two sons, Peter and Andrew, both of whom attend Mississippi State University. Her oldest son, Peter, is also an artist and will graduate this year with a degree in sculpture. Hammond comes from a family of


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Latasha Willis Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the mother of one cat. She compiled the Arts Preview listings and keeps the city in the know at Send her event info to events@

Briana Robinson Deputy Editor Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a sophomore at Millsaps College. She wrote the main arts feature and the Jacksonian.

R.L. Nave Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri). Send him story tips to or call him at 601-362-6121 x. 12. And next time you see him around town, say hey.

Andrew Ousley Laurel native and freelance writer Andrew Ousley lived in Scotland and Wyoming before moving to Jackson. Andrew frequently watches Modern Marvels alone on Friday nights. He wrote a music feature.

Torsheta Bowens Freelance writer Torsheta Bowens is originally from Shuqualak, Miss. She is a mom, teacher and coach. In her free time, she loves to read. (She just doesn’t have any free time.) She wrote a sports feature for this issue.

LaShanda Phillips Editorial Assistant LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. Her motto is: “Make-up is fantastic!” She wrote a food piece and compiled the gift guide.

Meredith W Sullivan Former New Yorker Meredith W. Sullivan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. She spends her days dreaming about where to travel next. She is enjoying life in Fondren with her husband and Diggy dog. She coordinated the FLY feature.

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Finding Seagulls in the Grain


crossed the street quickly and hurried under Interstate 55 to catch the bus. The gray, concrete columns stood silent, holding up tons of speeding commuters. The underpass space is pretty expansive. It is mostly clean and blank space with enough room for a parking lot. Right now, its only function is engineered bridge support. Getting on the bus and rolling along the frontage road, I imagined what the city might look like if the Jackson Free Press graphic designers took over. I had asked them the other day if they could rule the world, what would change? The common response was more color. No blank walls. No more all-black outfits. (This was probably directed at me, since almost all the clothes I own are black.) I wonder what the designers and the artists would do with these blank and sometimes dreary underpasses. Actually, I already have a few ideas of what they are thinking. Erin Hayne of NunoErin told me recently that she and her husband and partner, Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira, had proposed some kind of wavy, finned art display to go under some of the railroad bridges in downtown Jackson. Erin is expressive and seems to lift to her toes when talking about the innovative and fun projects NunoErin is developing. It’s contagious. NunoErin has more ideas for public art. The design studio proposed an egg-shaped playground feature for the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The couple also proposed a photographic montage with LED lights for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. That’s not all—they had proposed an infinity mirror for the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art, but it didn’t make it to the final cut. That hasn’t stopped NunoErin from coming up with new ideas or from approaching the concept from a different angle. They’ve talked about installing the tall futuristic, round mirror in another park or making it part of another installation. I really love the idea of NunoErin’s finned art displays in underpasses softly moving along city streets. My imagination has taken off, probably far, far away from the actual idea NunoErin is perfecting. I imagine this flapping structure that seems to breathe along with the city and its shifting clay and active surface. NunoErin uses light in much of its work, so I wonder how this unusual project might light up Jackson. The idea is only a proposal, and like lots of arts projects, leaders are supportive in theory, but the reality is these things take money. The city of Jackson does embrace art and support public-arts projects. An inaugural program to have artists paint more than 300 traffic boxes throughout the city is an example. We just got word last week that Kimberly Jacobs with the Greater Jackson Arts Council is designing the first traffic box cover. After the city primes the traffic box on

Pascagoula Street, Jacobs will paint it. GJAC is using this first box as a test of its process. I am so curious about how Jacobs will decorate this utilitarian piece of metal. Of course, one person’s vision of a public-arts project is another’s nightmare. I still am recovering from the invasion of the swans in Hattiesburg. The Area Development Partnership in my hometown oversaw this 2006 campaign to push businesses and institutions

I still am recovering from the invasion of the swans in Hattiesburg. to purchase large, simplistic swan sculptures designed in Louisiana and manufactured in Italy. (Ahem: the ADP should have given some Mississippians that work). The idea in theory was to give local artists the honor of painting the swans with different themes. The results are kaleidoscopic at best. Some people love the swans. They take their grandchildren on tours to find all the remaining invading birds, some with cracked paint, some faded, and all of them lacking context for south Mississippi. Biloxi understands public art and native birds. The city of my birth still brings me to my knees with its poignant bird sculptures along U.S. 90, also called Beach Boulevard.

Trees in the highway median that pretty much died after Hurricane Katrina were left in place. A sculptor turned each piece of twisted wood into Mississippi wildlife. The sculptor, like a Michelangelo with marble, saw seagulls and pelicans trapped in the wood grain and brought them to life. Dolphins and turtles also adorn the Gulf Coast in similar sculptures and occasional topiaries. Two magnificent bridges along U.S. 90 are the new landmarks on the postKatrina Coast. One connects Bay St. Louis with Pass Christian. The other one spans from Biloxi to Ocean Springs. Wide with low walls for amazing views of the Mississippi Sound and the bays, the bridges include secure paths for walkers, runners and bikers. The Mississippi Department of Transportation included lots of art in the bridges. MDOT placed metal plaques with bas-relief images of the Coast’s wildlife at key points along the bridge. It makes you want to walk across both bays to make sure you take it all in. Other artists used pieces of the old Biloxi bridge to make new art, to tell a story about Katrina’s destruction. I’m one of those who is still not over it, no matter how many times I’m encouraged to leave 2005 in the past. Maybe that’s why I find the work of photographers H.C. Porter and Gretchen Haien so fascinating. They created a multi-media sculpture based on images of floor slabs Katrina wiped clean. You can see their work at the Mississippi Invitational exhibit now on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Lots of dreary infrastructure waits for artists to transform it all into landmarks. I’d love to see the possibilities come to life and make us optimistic, curious and proud.

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Monday, Dec. 5 Ole Miss introduces Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State head football coach and a former UM assistant coach, to boosters as the Rebels’ new head coach. … The U.S. Postal Service announces plans to slow first-class mail delivery to reduce costs.


Tuesday, Dec. 6 Entergy Corp., which provides electric power to Mississippi and other states, announces plans to sell off its power-line transmission business to a Michigan company. … The parent company of Massey Energy agrees to pay $209 million in penalties for a West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers in 2010. Get daily news at

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ackson is focusing more of its financial resources on schools with the neediest students, bucking a national trend, U.S. Department of Education data suggest. In many school districts around the country, however, low-income schools are not getting their fair share of state and local funds. Many school districts are directing state and local funds to relatively affluent schools and depending on federal Title I money to fill in the gaps at low-income schools, the nationwide study of more than 80,000 schools in more than 13,000 school districts found. Title I provides federal money for highneed, high-poverty schools. Districts are supposed to provide the same level of funding to poor schools that they do to more affluent ones, with Title I funds providing an extra boost to schools with the poorest children. While Jackson has plenty of low-income schools, it has no affluent public schools to compare them with. Data from the 20082009 school year released with the study showed that all JPS schools surveyed were eligible to receive Title I funds. At each JPS school, more than half the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches—an indicator of low incomes. At all but four schools, 75 percent or more of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Marcus Cheeks, state Title I director for the MDE, said earlier this year that only a small percentage of Mississippi’s 152 school

districts have a mix of Title I-eligible and ineligible schools. “There are only about 2 percent of the school districts across the state that would have a direct comparison between Title and nonTitle schools,” Cheeks said. “Every school district in this state is receiving Title I funding.” Although all its schools benefit from Title I, Jackson still tends to allocate more money per student to poorer schools. Of the 32 schools with 90 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, 20 received above-average per-pupil funding from state or local sources. Of the 24 schools with fewer low-income students, only four had above-average per-pupil expenditures. The nationwide study found that many districts are using Title I funds to fill gaps left in state and local education budgets, and lowincome schools do not get the extra advantage that Title I funding is supposed to provide. At more than 40 percent of the low-income schools the department studied, districts sent less state and local funding to low-income schools and depended on Title I funds to make up for the lack of other spending. Title I requires schools to provide comparable services from state and local sources to low-income schools, but the Department of Education has not tracked spending at the school level before. This study came out of information gathered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which requires dis-

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Wednesday, Nov. 30 The FDA announces it is considering tighter restrictions on the levels of arsenic in apple juice after consumer groups say juices they tested had too much of the contaminant. ... Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Waller dies at age 85.

Among the many famous creative people born in Mississippi are: actors Morgan Freeman, Eric Roberts and Sela Ward; musicians Tammy Wynette, LeAnn Rimes, David Banner, Cassandra Wilson and B.B. King; and authors Richard Wright, John Grisham and Greg Iles.

A national study found that some school districts are using federal funds—intended to supplement low-income schools’ budgets—to fill gaps in state and local education budgets. Not in Jackson, though.

tricts to report school-level expenditures per pupil, rather than more general, districtwide information. “Educators across the country understand that low-income students need extra support and resources to succeed, but in far too many places policies for assigning teachers and allocating resources are perpetuating the problem rather than solving it,” Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. Comment at

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“There’s a reason they’ve got chocolate and vanilla. Some people like one better than the other.” —Gov. Haley Barbour Dec. 2 in response to this question from The New York Times: “Are people having a hard time warming to (Mitt) Romney?”

• People wouldn’t wear black in winter. • Salvador Dali’s face would droop on Mt. Rushmore. • Plaid stop signs would be standard. • Everyone could access free, citywide wi-fi. • More people would go to art museums, galleries and performances. • Living statues would pose at key intersections. • Black lights would illuminate underpasses. • Traffic lights would alternate from hot pink to yellow to lime green. • Legislators would make motions on the Senate floor through interpretive dance. • Arts programs at universities would be funded, and athletic programs would struggle. • Starving athletes and bankers would have a decent homeless shelter. • White walls would be banned. • New developments would go through a feng shui review board. • Streets and highways would have beautiful curves and public art, but they may not go in sensible directions.

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ackson struggles with a graduation rate below the national average, but the community is not giving up on its students, an group started by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says. Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promise Alliance named the city a Grad Nation Community and one of the 100 Best Communities for Young people in 2011 by Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promise Alliance. The award recognizes the work of organizations in Jackson to improve high school graduation rates and other factors to make the area a better place for young people. At a press conference at the state Capitol this morning, Tanya Tucker, senior vice president of community engagement for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promise Alliance, said Jackson is living out what community is all about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This (award) isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really about recognition for one program or one initiative; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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about a community coming together to help young people,â&#x20AC;? Tucker said. Donna Barksdale, a board member at Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Promise Alliance, presented the award to Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. and representatives from United Way of the Capital Area, Operation Shoestring and other community organizations. The mayor issued a proclamation celebrating Jackson as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People. Organizations working to keep Jackson kids in school face high hurdles. In 2009, Jackson Public Schools had a graduation rate of 74.1 percent. This year, however, the graduation rate had dropped to 63.6 percent. Studies from the past few years have put the national graduation rate at 71 to 74 percent. Robert Langford, executive director of



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dents from Chastain. sure of the polite answer to that question. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And if the foodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not very sanitary,â&#x20AC;? Hardy said. If you close to you, you can ask have to leave the table, place the napkin to the somebody to pass it.â&#x20AC;? left of your plate. About 30 students Besides explaining which fork to use and from Chastainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gifted how to pass the butter, Hardy demonstrated program attended the howâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and how notâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to hold silverware. etiquette lunch Nov. 30, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have been using the toothbrush sponsored by Mississippi hold, stop today!â&#x20AC;? he said. Proper etiquette State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central says you should hold a fork almost like a penMississippi Alumni As- cil, rather than clutching it in your fist. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When sociation. Businessman we know better, we do better,â&#x20AC;? Hardy said. Jonathan Lee, who is on Thea Faulkner, a Chastain parent and the board of the alumni coordinator of the Parent Leadership Institute association, talked to the at Parents for Public Schools, organized the Chastain Middle School students Kevin Hunt, right, and Ryan students about MSUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. She said the goal of the lunch was to tell Nichols discuss the etiquette of used sweetener packets. honors college and the the students about the importance of setting importance of getting high academic standards and going to college, bout 30 students from Chastain Mid- a good education. Mount Helm Baptist perhaps in an honors program. dle School filed into The Penguin Res- Church pastor CJ Rhodes also talked with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Set high goals, excel academicallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that taurant, dressed in collared shirts and the students. opens opportunities for them,â&#x20AC;? she said. ties or dresses and bows. They politely Before the soup course arrived, Hardy Some students have higher aspirations took their seats at tables arranged around the gave the students an abbreviated course in fine in mind. Ryan Nichols, one of the Chastain room, then fiddled with an unfamiliar num- dining etiquette. students, said the etiquette lessons will be ber of forks and glasses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The napkin remains in your lap for the useful when he goes to formal restaurants in Waiters in pressed, white shirts poured duration of your dining experience,â&#x20AC;? he told the future. sweet tea, and some students poured in more the students, explaining that under no cirâ&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to meet somebody who is sweetener and sugar. Uncertain of what to cumstance should they ever place their nap- very important, like the president or somedo with the empty sweetener packets, several kins in the seats of their chairs. thing, I would want to go to a restaurant like of the students turned to their neighbors for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because what goes in your seat?â&#x20AC;? he this,â&#x20AC;? he said. guidance and finding none, piled the little asked. The students replied with giggles, unComment at pink packets inconspicuously at the edge of %TIQUETTE4IPSIURP*OHN(ARDY their place settings. Although the exact protocol for disposing Â&#x2021;5SESILVERWAREBEGINNINGWITHTHEFARTHESTAWAY VSRRQDQGHQMR\VRPHSROLWHFRQYHUVDWLRQDV\RXZDLW FROMTHEPLATEANDWORKYOURWAYIN7KHVPDOOHU IRULWWRFRRO of sweetener packets may have eluded them, IRUNLVIRUVDODGDQGGHVVHUWZKLOHWKHODUJHURQHLVIRU Â&#x201E;"EVERAGESALWAYSGOONTHERIGHTDQGEUHDGSODWHV the students quickly picked up on etiquette WKHHQWUpH JRRQWKHOHIW tips, courtesy of John Hardy, the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Â&#x201E;#UTNOMORETHANTHREEBITE SIZEPIECESOFFOODATA Â&#x201E;$ISPOSEOFCHEWINGGUMEHIRUH\RXJHWWRWKHWDEOH TIME7KLVNHHSVWKHHQWUpHIURPJHWWLQJFROG Â&#x201E;7AITXQWLOHYHU\RQHDW\RXUWDEOHLVVHUYHGWR general manager, to supplement what they Â&#x2021;:KHQEUHDGLVVHUYHGEUHDNRIIRQHSLHFHDWDWLPH EHJLQHDWLQJ had already learned at school. DQGEXWWHULW$ON´TSTUFFANENTIREROLLINYOURMOUTH Â&#x201E;$ON´TCARRYONAPHONECONVERSATIONATTHE â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you eat, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not supposed Â&#x201E;$ON´TBLOWONYOURSOUPTOCOOLIT²LWPLJKWVSODWWHU TABLE,I\RXKDYHWRWDNHDFDOOH[FXVH\RXUVHOI RQ\RXUQHLJKERU,QVWHDGOHWWKHVRXSUHVWLQ\RXU DQGOHDYHWKHURRP to put your elbows on the table, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rude,â&#x20AC;? said Carrick Thomas, one of the stu-

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believes that the state could return to an era In response to a state Department of Revwhen whites wielded power and blacks were enue report showing November revenues $4.9 relegated to second-class citizenship. million less than expected, Gov. Haley BarSpeakers at the black leadership summit bour last week called for prudence in â&#x20AC;&#x153;spendspeculated that in a state that already trails other states in a number of quality-of-life areas, and where blacks lag behind their white counterparts in many of those same areas, various Republican-led branches of state government could make life difficult for African Americans in the years to come. Johnny DuPree, the Democratic Hattiesburg mayor who lost his gubernatorial bid to Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, likened Mississippi to a patient who needs to en- Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree wants to push back against legislative initiatives that might be harmful to black citizens. ter a treatment program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi is sick, and when Mississippi is sick, black Mississippi has walking pneumonia,â&#x20AC;? ing state revenues and reserves until economic DuPree said. conditions improve.â&#x20AC;? He named education, jobs, health care The NAACPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Johnson and other promand poverty as areas where blacks are at the inent blacks believe the Legislature might greatest disadvantage. Jobs seemed to be the look to strip state jobs in Jackson, which they most immediate concerns to members of say would disproportionately hurt blacks. In a black-leadership panel. Republicans have majority-black Hinds County, the state emalready indicated that deep cuts to the state ploys 31,556 people. Another 14,000 people budget could be on the horizon. work for the state-supported Jackson Public


y all measures, the state of black Mississippi should be strong. Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concentration of African American residents, 37 percent, is the highest of any state. Mississippi also has the highest number of majority-black counties, 25, and black elected officials (900+). So why did the Mississippi Black Leadership Summit, which took place in downtown Jackson last week, strike such a somber tone? Most of it came down to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s political dynamic: Blacks in Mississippi overwhelmingly vote for Democratic candidates, but Republicans overwhelmingly control state government, which has African Americans around the state nervous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within 30 days, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to see a radical restructuring of state government like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never seen before,â&#x20AC;? Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the summit crowd at the Jackson Convention Center. He was referring to the Republican near-sweep in the recent statewide election, which left the GOP in control of both houses of the Legislature and the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Within 30 days, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to look like 1962,â&#x20AC;? Johnson added. Racial tensions reached a crescendo during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s in Mississippi and across the nation. Johnson, along with several other prominent blacks,

Schools and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Johnson also believes that the issue of merging three historically black universities into one might be back on the table as well. In 2009, as part of his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, Gov. Haley Barbour recommended merging three HBCUs, with Jackson State University absorbing Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University. For their part, Republican-elected officials, from Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves to House Speaker-designee Phillip Gunn of Clinton, have vowed to put partisanship aside, so it remains unclear whether all the hand wringing is justified. In the meantime, DuPree and others say they will push back if the Legislature oversteps its bounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have won every fight weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been a part of. The problem is, we stopped fighting,â&#x20AC;? DuPree told the crowd. Comment at 532ANKSFOR


Black Farmers: Getting Their Due?


ississippi is likely to have the highest concentration of farmers who are entitled to a piece of two landmark decisions. In fact, more than one-fourth of the claims under the second decision originated in Mississippi, according to the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association. Many people know little about the billion-dollar settlement, however. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some background information: The case began in the late 1990s when Timothy Pigford, Cecil Brewington and 400 other African American farmers sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suit, which named then-Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman as defendant,

alleged that between 1983 and 1997, the USDA discriminated against black farmers in giving out farm loans and other forms of assistance and for failing to investigate the farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; complaints. The parties reached a settlement in Pigford v. Glickman in 1999. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Court finds that the settlement is a fair resolution of the claims brought in this case and a good first step towards assuring that the kind of discrimination that has been visited on African American farmers since Reconstruction will not continue into the next century,â&#x20AC;? wrote a U.S. appellate judge in affirming the settlement. The case didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end there, however.

Many black farmers complained about the settlementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structure, the large number of late claims and poor legal representation. The 2008 federal farm bill allowed claimants who had filed late claims and not received a determination on the merits of their claims to petition a federal court. Congress approved a maximum of $100 million to pay the late claims, which became known as Pigford II. In 2010, new USDA secretary Tom Vilsack and Attorney General Eric Holder announced an additional $1.15 billion to settle Pigford II claims, contingent on congressional approval. After several unsuccessful attempts, Congress appropriated the

funds in November 2010. At $1.25 billion, the Pigford settlements represent one of the largest sums awarded in a race-discrimination class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. A series of meetings is now underway across the nation, including in Jackson, to provide information about the case and help claimants with filling out forms. In Jackson, they will take place at Jackson State University e-Center. To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-810-8110 or visit blackfarmercase. com/meetings.aspx for a complete list of available dates. Comment at

Carol West, 67, a Mississippi College School of Law professor, died Dec. 5. West was an expert in domestic law and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues. She worked with the Legislature and educated a couple of generations of lawyers and lawmakers. The American Association of Law Libraries has a collection of her papers.

Michael Rubenstein, 60, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, died Dec. 1. He directed the museum since it opened in 1996. Before that, he was a television sports journalist for WLBT TV.


Former Gov. William Waller, 85, died Nov. 30. Waller was governor of Mississippi from 1972 to 1976. He appointed blacks to state boards and commissions, the first governor to do so. He also abolished the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a racist state agency that spied on its citizens.



In Memoriam



Can we tell your story? Suggest it to

by Valerie Wells


pleted his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. He got an internship in Miami, Fla., and eventually a job. As a young professional, he had it made. He often went sailing, and he traveled. When he was 33, he got a bad case of progressive multiple sclerosis. “I went from snowboarding to a wheelchair in a year,” he said. Crawford moved back to Mississippi that year to be close to family. Crawford can no longer work as a psychologist. MS so exhausts him, he has to sleep 12 hours a day. Even talking to people wears him out. “Speaking is like yelling for me,” he said. Scott Crawford rebuilt Legos.This picture shows only about one-fourth of the scaled city. It’s But his eyes lit up, and on display at the Arts Center of Mississippi Dec. 8 to Jan. 15. Watch for the tiny communion bread. he did talk in detail when he showed off his workspace where he creates LEGO buildcott Crawford maneuvers his wheel“Be kind,” he said. ings. Several plastic organizers chair from the front of his house The bed was stacked with about two with drawers fill the space. Small ones hold through his living room to a dining dozen plastic bins with lids. The neat bins little, unusual pieces. Larger ones hold fat room table set with LEGO replicas of varied in sizes, some long and shallow, oth- chunks of UFOs and starships. The drawers Jackson landmarks. ers stubby. Several original LEGO packages sort LEGO pieces by color, by size, by the He has built a LEGO cathedral that held pieces of spaceships and rocket launch- original set the pieces might have made up. measures only about a foot long, detailed ers. One of the plastic bins on the bottom Three identical Atlantis project boxes sat with stained-glass windows, a roof that opens contained the fire department. Someone had opened. He had to use pieces from all three to show all the people sitting in pews, a pipe knocked into it, though, so one of the towers boxes to create his City Hall. He does this for organ, and even communion bread and wine was damaged inside the Rubbermaid con- many of his original LEGO structures—he on the altar. tainer. Crawford said it was OK. has to buy several kits and then choose the Crawford’s replica of City Hall includes “LEGOs break,” he said in a forced pieces he needs for the project at hand. He the council chamber, an elevator and so- whisper. “But they go back together.” keeps the extra pieces in the lined-up boxes. lar panels. Jackson City Hall doesn’t have a Crawford, 45, has multiple sclerosis. He Creating LEGO Jackson is as much roof with solar-panels that store energy, but wears a splint on his right hand that’s wavy about a future vision of urban planning as Crawford thinks its should. like a gigantic piece of corrugated cardboard, it is replicating details in specific landmarks. This tabletop sampling is not Craw- only it is hard plastic. He wears it to keep his Crawford has a LEGO Convention Center ford’s entire LEGO Jackson complex. He has fingers separate and to keep his hand from that happens to be hosting a UFO conferbuilt enough structures to fill his entire living clenching up in a fist that would never un- ence with aliens in attendance and spaceroom and dining room together. He stores clench. At night, he also has to wear a similar ships to ride. the extra pieces of Jackson in a spare bed- splint on his left hand. One of the signs in LEGO Jackson reads, room. He wheeled through his living room, He grew up in Vicksburg and went to “Keep Jackson Beautiful.” Crawford serves on turned on the bedroom light and paused. Millsaps College. In 1995, Crawford com- that particular city board, and littering is one

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of his concerns. He wants his scaled capital city to inspire residents to be clean, to pick up and to plant flowers. His LEGO city has many small gardens and trees. Crawford, who receives disability insurance benefits, volunteers to raise awareness of Americans with Disabilities Act. That work involves educating government agencies and private developers about ADA requirements to make sidewalks, entries, bathrooms and parking lots accessible for disabled residents. He serves on Jackson’s ADA Advisory Council and Chairs Handlift Advisory Council. Despite the fatigue, Crawford works on a big project in spurts. This year, he expanded LEGO Jackson from a 12-foot long display to 24 feet of his vision. He’s excited for school children to see the display and get their own ideas, although he’s a little concerned they might reach out and touch too much. He’s devised a system for putting LEGOs together. Sometimes he takes his right hand out of the splint and uses the right thumb in his building. He can snap together a lot of pieces using only his left hand, though. Exercising his fingers and wrists are important, but that’s not why he builds with LEGOs. Besides his love for it, he has another practical reason. “It’s cognitive therapy,” Crawford said. Multiple sclerosis damages myelin in the brain and spinal cord. As a result, cognition suffers in 50 percent of cases. High-level brain functions, such as learning, organizing and solving problems, can diminish. Building new structures with LEGOs requires the same skills. “People meet me and they say, ‘You seem OK,’” Crawford said. He said he often tells them, “But you didn’t know me before.” LEGO Jackson is on display beginning Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1500). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. The free exhibit remains through Jan. 27. An opening reception is Thursday, Dec. 8, beginning at 4 p.m. For information, call 601-960-1500. Comment at


























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opining, grousing & pontificating


Follow Lead of Powell, Barksdale


here are people who complain, seeing insurmountable problems everywhere, and there are people who take action infused by hope and informed by facts and evidence. We were thrilled to see people in the latter category, working for the future of the city’s children, and thus all of us, honored this week by Colin and Alma Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance. The alliance named Jackson one of the country’s 100 Best Communities for Young People. What’s farsighted—and very Powell-esque—about this award is that it’s not given to communities with few challenges or to those that have overcome their problems. It is awarded to communities that unite to solve them. Often lost in political and crime rhetoric about Jackson is the vast alliance of groups and individuals who are determined to attack our problems at their roots. This coalition contains Democrats and Republicans, young and older, and a variety of races. These are people who recognize the challenges our young people face in a city where a quarter of the residents live in poverty. Poverty is not the sole cause of crime, but as Richard Rhodes reports in his book, “Why They Kill,” young people who grow up in poverty are more likely to act out when other difficult conditions exist. Those conditions range from growing up in violent cultures and abusive homes to being from communities that are constantly disparaged in the mainstream media, thus increasing feelings of hopelessness and inequality. It’s not easy to dismantle the deck many of our children have stacked against them, and many will shrug and tell us just to arm ourselves against “the other.” Fortunately, the solution is more sophisticated than yelling “DRAW!” This city is blessed to have dedicated people—from city leadership to social-service organizations—who take the time to learn the best practices that it will take to change our city. They are also smart enough to know that we must plant a tree today in order to see it grow leaves a few years from now. Powell’s group knows that just one thing, or one person, cannot solve the challenges. It urges five promises for children: caring adults, safe places, healthy habits, effective education (including early childhood) and opportunities for young people to then help others. In his book, Rhodes reports on the need for “pro-social” behaviors to help children develop empathy skills for others. (See Elizabeth Waibel’s report on page 8 about teaching etiquette skills to Chastain students for one example. Kids with good manners are more successful.) It may not be fashionable in some (boorish) circles to believe in Jackson and our young people, but it is the only route for anyone serious about reducing both poverty and crime. It should not be political, and Republicans such as Powell and our own Jim Barksdale, a strident proponent of public education, demonstrate how smart people must approach crime and poverty. Let’s all follow their lead.


Stimulation to Occupation


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oneqweesha Jones: “Live from the Funky Ghetto Mall is the Ghetto Science Community Annual Holiday Parade, brought to you by Ghetto Science Team Public Television. With me is co-host, D.J. ‘Loose Booty’ McBride of the ‘Loose Booty’s Old School Funk Revue’ on Ghetto Science Radio.” D.J. ‘Loose Booty’ McBride: “Thank you, ‘Qweesha, for allowing me to be a part of this event for the Ghetto Science community. The theme for this year’s parade is ‘From Stimulation to Occupation.’” Boneqweesha Jones: “Break that theme down for the viewers, please.” D.J. ‘Loose Booty’ McBride: “Negative stimulation from stubborn politicians, callus corporations and fear-generating media organizations have caused the angry masses (aka the 99 percent) to start nationwide protests and occupation of Wall Street.” Boneqweesha Jones: “And all of this craziness is happening during the year 2011 ‘Great Recession.’ The first holiday parade float is from the Hustle/ McBride Family Foundation. Both families are the backbone of the Ghetto Science Community.” D.J. ‘Loose Booty’ McBride: “The next float is a great collaboration between the popular businesses and institutions of the Ghetto Science community. The float features Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store, Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket, Rev. Cletus Car Sales Church, Clubb Chicken Wing and the Vegetarian Church, International.” Boneqweesha Jones: “This last float is new to the holiday parade. It’s the Occupy Operation Corporate Backlash with Scooby ‘Angry Black Man’ Rastus, Tipsy Lee the wino, protesters from Occupy Operation Corporate Backlash 12 movement and members of the ‘New Poor’ (aka the Middle Class).”


The War Outside “There’s a war going on outside no man is safe from.” —Prodigy of Mobb Deep


o truer words have been uttered as it relates to this country. There is indeed a war going on right under our noses, and it will at some point land on all our doorsteps. It’s not a battle being waged on a battlefield but one that will challenge our psyches and our hearts, especially during this holiday season. It’s class warfare. A lot of Americans are out of touch from those who have been unfortunate. Who truly knows the plight of the poor among us who lack the things that you or I may take for granted? Sure, a lot of us are charitable during the year, particularly in November and December. But do we really know what it’s like to be poor? Do we really understand and empathize with what impoverished families have to go through every day? It almost seems as if to some politicians want poor people to be poor. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired, like the “Occupy” protestors? Protest and watch as you’re labeled “lazy,” “shiftless” or “slacker.” Inferences that homeless people like being homeless or that those who live in poverty are “comfortable” with their situation are sad. Those sentiments begin to pick up steam the closer we get to election time. Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich even went so far to say that poor people have no work ethic, and that poor kids don’t know how to make money unless it’s illegal. The fact that he wasn’t soundly booed is amazing. It means that a contingent of voters agree with him. And thus, the war is on. All of us have not been blessed with the same level of success. Period. We all don’t possess the same

talents or the same opportunities. Period. And although our country allows anyone to achieve, the fact is that some of us don’t have the same options. Some kids, some families go to bed hungry many nights in Jackson. Families live in squalor, with no heat in the winter and no air in the summer. In Jackson, some families have few clothes. Many in those households who want to work can’t find it. Many Jacksonians are one paycheck away from being out on the street. The need is real in our city. This holiday season, I implore you: Please don’t listen to those who would have you believe that poor people are just “not applying themselves.” Let’s ensure that the places that serve the less fortunate are able to do so. Donate some toys this Christmas. Give some warm clothes to a homeless shelter. Collect food for the pantries around town. If you don’t wish to go the conventional route, find a family in need and assist them personally. The best way to show you’re thankful for what you have is to give to those who have little. If you’d like to “adopt” a family, contact me through my Facebook page ( If you’d like to help us refill the pantries at Stewpot and the Salvation Army, please join us Dec. 18 at Dreamz Jxn at 6 p.m. for our annual Artists’ Canned Food Drive. We will be collecting canned goods and other perishable items. If you have a charitable event that you want blasted, follow me on Twitter @kamikaze601. Ending hunger, poverty and homelessness in our city starts with us—black, white, rich, middle class, Republican, Democrat. When the least among us do better, we all do better. Goodwill should be the monarch of this house. Practice it. I think you’ll like it. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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n 1962, 58 Michigan toddlers won a lottery. To pick up their prize, these 3-yearolds were dropped off at a row of buildings in Ypsilanti, a small town near Ann Arbor, on a September morning. All the children were from disadvantaged backgrounds, and expectations for them had not been particularly high. The lottery had some losers, too. Sixty-five toddlersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;neighbors of the othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go anywhere on that particular morning. They stayed with their parents, or grandparents or neighbors, just as the winners might have done if not for their good luck. Those lottery winners spent two hours together that first day and began learning a few simple things: how to share their toys nicely, the responsibilities of taking care of a pet, finishing a task on time and keeping their emotions in check. The days after that werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much differentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just three hours each morning, interacting with their peers and some adults. After two years, the lottery winners and losers were all back in the same schools, the same neighborhoods, the same churches and the same home environments. Yet the payoff for the winners was astounding. By 2002, when they had turned 40, the winners made more than 30 percent more in income, were far less likely to receive government assistance and were more likely to own their own homes, cars and savings accounts. Girls were much more likely to graduate from high school (84 percent vs. 32 percent) and half as likely to be unwed mothers. Boys were much less likely to have been arrested (28 percent vs. 52 percent), be incarcerated at age 27 or be habitual drug users. For many winners, this lottery was the break they needed to get out of a cycle of poverty. By the numbers, the estimated return to society is $16 for every $1 spent paying for these toddlersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unearned prize. That lottery prize? A simple preschool program. These are the results from a highly regarded study called the Perry Preschool Program that was started in the 1960s, in which 3-year-old children in a disadvantaged community were randomly chosen by lottery to attend less than three hours of structured preschool a day for two years. The researchers then followed the participants for the next 40 years, and they also followed the children who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend the preschool classes. Many Mississippians have concerns about publicly funded preschools. Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it just fancy baby-sitting? Is it a waste of taxpayer money? Actually, quality preschool looks like smart business. The evidence from Perry and other studies proves that children learn â&#x20AC;&#x153;soft skillsâ&#x20AC;? that lead to a successful lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;responsibility, temperance, and conflict resolution, among many othersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in the early stages of life, at roughly the same time that children are learning language skills. And just as with language skills, these abilities

are harder to absorb as time goes on. Teach a 3-yearold Spanish? No problem at allâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they are little sponges. Wait until heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 23? Hay muy dificil. Teaching someone to show up on time, play nicely, or hold his tongue at 23 is just as difficult. Our state doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the luxury of trying to fix it all on the back end. Most Mississippians have personal connections to individuals and families who are in the cycle of poverty with insufficient education, ill health and broken families, whether blacks in the Delta or our urban areas, or whites in rural counties like Perry and Tishomingo. By the time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve reached adulthood, the compounding effect has piled up against them. We can break these cycles. The benefit of investing in â&#x20AC;&#x153;soft skillsâ&#x20AC;? early is clear. Little advantages grow into big advantages, while disadvantages might get a counterweight. The Perry study used less than three hours per day of preschool for two years before returning the children to their â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? (i.e. difficult) environments for the next 12 years of education. Imagine what might happen if we planted the seeds of success statewide as early as possible and then continued to nurture them. The investment in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children will pay off for their children, so that as we continue to take early childhood education seriously in future decades, we will see our investments compound. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good news for all our kids. Thankfully, early childhood education is gathering consensus as a worthy focus for Mississippi. The Mississippi Economic Council, which serves as the Chamber of Commerce for the state, has included â&#x20AC;&#x153;the creation of a quality early childhood education and development systemâ&#x20AC;? as a major goal in its just-announced Blueprint Mississippi framework of priorities across the state. The Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership training program, Leadership Mississippi, targeted early childhood education as a focus of its community efforts. The Barksdale Reading Institute, founded by former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale, was created because one of the most successful businessmen in the history of our state concluded that we most effectively address Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest challenges by investing in our smallest citizens. This is an issue we can all get behind. Increase marriage rates and reduce welfare rolls, and Republicans can show that statewide early childhood education has paid off. When wages rise and our prison population declines, Democrats can claim success. Right and Left, conservative and liberal, white and blackâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;we all want to see our children succeed. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s encourage our public officials of every stripe to make sure each child wins the lottery: quality preschool everywhere in Mississippi. Henry Jones is a native of Richton, Miss., and is a partner in Iron View Capital, a quantitative hedge fund located in Ridgeland. He is thankful his two kids have won the lottery, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not good enough.





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Constructing sets and designing costumes are part of the Ballet Magnificat! spiritful machine that produces ballets.

s a professional ballerina, Kathy Thibodeaux began to pray about her career and her future when she became a Christian in 1979. “Should I keep dancing? Do I give up dancing?” she wondered. At that point, she says, no one in the country was really dancing for Jesus. Her Christian friends were skeptical that dancing was something a nice Christian girl should do. “Give it up,” they told her. “You can’t be a Christian and dance.” She was Ballet Mississippi’s principal ballerina. The new arts company brought professional dance to the state, and Thalia Mara, who founded Ballet Mississippi in 1975, brought the world to Jackson in 1979 with the first USA International Ballet Competition. Kathy Thibodeaux was Mara’s student and prodigy. She also was a Jackson celebrity. Kathy Denton started dancing at age 6 with the Jackson Ballet Guild, which later grew to become Ballet Mississippi. Some of her first teachers included Rex Cooper of the American Ballet Theatre and Thalia Mara. She met Keith Thibodeaux in 1976, and they got married the same year. Keith, 60, is a Lafayette, La., native who lived in California for a while and worked as a child actor, playing Little Ricky, on the “I Love Lucy Show.” He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for a few years before leaving to perform with David and the Giants, a rock group from Laurel. Three years later, Kathy had a lifealtering religious experience. She kept dancing. But Kathy was conflicted. As a Christian, she took the criticism seriously that good girls don’t dance. As a ballerina, she didn’t completely believe it. “I really feel like God is the giver of our gifts and talents, and he gives them

to us for a reason,” Kathy says. “When I realized that he was the giver of my talent of dance, I didn’t want to bury that talent. So I kept dancing.” In 1982, she competed in the USA International Ballet Competition. For her last piece in the third round, where she could do a classical or more contemporary dance, Kathy chose to use “We Shall Behold Him,” a Christian song by Sandi Patty that had been recently released. “I wanted to do a piece where I could share my faith,” she says. “I met with lots of opposition there.” “This is not the time or place to do a Christian song,” people said to her at the competition. Her timing, as it turns out, wasn’t wrong. She ended up with a silver medal, not an easy task in a contest of the best ballet dancers in the world. After that, Kathy began to seriously consider what she should do. “We began praying about a company of dancers who shared the same vision—to use our gift of dance for God’s glory—and prayed about it for a while,” she says. “In 1986 we felt like it was time for me to leave Ballet Mississippi.” Four Dancers and a Minivan People thought Kathy was giving up her career. She had nowhere to go, not even a studio. No one thought she would get support and actually make her dream come true. “We just had a peace in our hearts knowing that this is what God was telling us to do,” she says. They still didn’t know what would happen. The couple started out with four dancers, a minivan and a home stereo system. The dancers hand-addressed envelopes to churches asking if they could come perform, and their first trip was to Florida.

In 1989, they started the Ballet Magnificat! school. Belhaven University’s former president, Newton Wilson, reached out to the hopeful entrepreneurs, and offered studio and office space on campus although they did not yet have a dance program. Later, they started a dance minor program at Belhaven, which has now grown into one of the best dance programs in the South. Soon after, Kathy and Keith formed Ballet Magnificat! She is the artistic director, and he is the executive director. “It was just amazing in the beginning, how God just put it all together,” Kathy says. They started out as nothing more than a prayer. Now, Ballet Magnificat! has a school with about 12 teachers and 300 students and touring professional companies. “It’s been the Lord all the way,” she says. “We’re a miracle.” Between the Alpha Company and the Omega Company, Ballet Magnificat! has sent dancers to every state and 18 different countries. They also send dancers to foreign countries to teach, perform and do outreach with the Ballet Magnificat! GO (Global Operations) program. Two dancers, who are in Honduras for a year, have invitations from China, Macedonia, Costa Rica, Brazil and Chile. Ballet Magnificat! is planning a workshop called “Ballet Magnificat! Europe” based in Macedonia in August. “We’re hoping to attract dancers from all over Europe and for it to be the first step in setting up a European base,” Keith says. The Arrival Ballet Magnificat! added The Omega Company in 2004 to accommodate requests from different parts of the country. It started small, but now it is just as big

“The Snow Queen” premiers Dec. 16 in Thalia Mara Hall.


as the Alpha Company. Its signature dance weekend reunion where dancers from all trainees and students rehearsed heavily this boy who has fallen under the control of a is “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie over the country flew back to visit. fall for the new ballet that premiers Dec. 16 queen who personifies lust and pride. ten Boom, a Dutch Christian who helped “We’re local, yet we’re national and in- in Jackson. The ballet, “The Snow Queen,” The girl on the quest is the hero of this many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust. In ternational in our scope of what we do and is based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, and she prevails against all odds. the ballet, the Nazis take both the Jews and where we go, what our purpose is and what story, and, like all Ballet Magnificat! perforBallet Magnificat! performs “The the family to a concentration camp. our style is,” Keith says. mances, it has a Christian theme. Snow Queen” at Thalia Mara Hall (255 “It’s a very famous Christian story that He describes that style as powerful, Kathy and Ballet Magnificat’s resident E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1537) Dec. 16 they’ve done in Europe and Israel in front energetic and athletic. It also is theatrical choreographer, Jiri Voborsky, worked on through 18 in celebration of Ballet Magnifiof Russian holocaust survivors, and we take because ballets are stories. the choreography together. cat’s 25th anniversary. It’s an original producit all over the U.S.,” Keith says. “The Snow Queen” is the most recent The scenes include gypsies and trolls tion, premiering in Jackson. Tickets are $10 to The Alpha Company is currently per- example. More than 150 Ballet Magnificat! and lots of snowy winter sets. The ballet $30. For information, call 601-977-1001 or forming the ballets “The Arrival,” “Ruth” performers including company dancers, tells the story of a girl on a quest to save a visit and “Deliverance.” Kathy and Keith’s daughter, Tara, born in 1979, is also a dancer and choreographer. “The Arrival” is her first piece for Ballet Magnificat! The dance is about looking forward to Jesus’ return and how to live in the meantime. “The Arrival” includes modern dance elements and pop overtones that the company has not performed before, although the company dances in different styles. “It’s like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ meets anointed worship,” Keith, the executive director, says about the style of “The Arrival.” “It’s definitely not boring,” Kathy adds. “The majority of our pieces are classical-based because all of us have that classical ballet background. But we do incorporate different styles, so it’s not just ballet. We incorporate jazz and modern—a little bit of everything.” The company will perform “The Arrival” at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon in the spring as a fundraiser for the Alpha Company to go to the Philippines, China, India, Cambodia, and Korea to do a series of performances and workshops. Apprentice Kayla Green sits as instructor Jennifer Collado applies makeup. Naomi Oyama, a trainee from Japan, watches the process. 15 The company also had a recent


Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, babies and members free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. • Holiday Arts and Crafts Day Dec. 10, 10 a.m. Create ornaments for the museum’s Christmas tree in the atrium. • Noon Year’s Eve Dec. 31, 9 a.m. Make New Year’s party favors and enjoy live music, a countdown and a rocket launch at noon. Events at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-977-0007. • Christmas Musical Dec. 25, 10 a.m. The theme is “Christmas in the Throne Room.” The annual event includes singing, drama and dance. • New Year’s Eve Service Dec. 31, noon. Ring in the New Year at this special midday program. “Peter and the Wolf” and “The Nutcracker Suites” Dec. 7-9, at Belhaven University Center

for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Puppetry Guild performs Dec. 7-9 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. One free adult ticket with each group of 10 children. $7 in advance, $8 at the door; call 601-977-9840. Parents and Kids Magazine’s Christmas Fest Dec. 8-10, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). View Christmas decorations, enjoy hot cider, listen to carols and participate in a train ride, a photo with Santa and story time. The Mississippi Boychoir performs. Each family receives a goody bag. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Dec. 8-10. $1, $5 maximum per family (parents and immediate children); call 601-366-0901. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)” Dec. 8-11, at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Fondren Theatre Workshop presents the comedy that combines shortened versions of several holiday classics. Shows are Dec. 8-10 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. Seating limited; RSVP recommended. $12; call 601-301-2281. Global Tree Display Dec. 9-31, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). See trees with decorations inspired by different cultures. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. Magnolia Chapter of Blacks in Government Christmas Gala Celebration Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Proceeds go to a scholarship foundation. $25; call 601-359-3972.

Art for AIDS by LaShanda Phillips


tion. Since 1993, it has raised more than $955,000 to help fight the disease. The virus, a global challenge, has claimed the lives of more than 20 million people to date, according to the Mississippi AIDS Advocacy Coalition. In 2005, Mississippi had the highest rate of HIV-infected people receiving no care or services. Supporting treatment funding enables more people to receive care and reduces new HIV infections. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday downtown at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Tickets are $40 in advance and $20 with a student ID. For information, contact Mary Ellen Snow at 601-750-5883 or visit COURTESY HEARTS AGAINST AIDS

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ississippi HeARTS Against AIDS hosts its 20th anniversary benefit Feb. 11. The benefit, Mississippi’s largest fundraiser for HIV and AIDS-related issues, is a live and silent art auction. Donated artwork such as paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and pottery in different styles and broad range of prices will be available for purchase. Over 300 art donations given by well-known Mississippi artists are in the auction. Musicians, including Scott Albert Johnson, perform before and after the auction, and local restaurants cater the event. Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS is a non-profit, all-volunteer organiza-

Sounds of the Season Dec. 10, 16 and 17, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy choirs in the rotunda. Free; call 601-576-6920. Jingle Bells and Wagging Tails Dec. 10, 1 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.), at Center Court. The event includes pet photos with Santa, refreshments and music by the Mississippi Chorus. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Fund. Call 601-982-5861. Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 10-11, at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The ballet features local and guest dancers. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. A children’s tea party follows the 2 p.m. performances. $15-$25; call 601-853-4508.

Christmas at the Governor’s Mansion through Dec. 20, at Governor’s Mansion (300 E. Capitol St.). The historic section of the mansion features traditional holiday decorations. Guided tours from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday on the half-hour. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. Free; call 601-359-6421.


Events in Fondren. Free; call 601-981-9606. • Fondren’s Four Fabulous Thursdays through Dec. 22. For the month of December, Fondren businesses extend their hours until 7:30 p.m. Thursdays for holiday shoppers. • Find Fonzy the Reindeer through Dec. 24. Look for Fonzy, a life-sized reindeer statue, at Fondren businesses to become eligible to win a $500 gift certificate. Enter daily at The winner is announced Dec. 24.

“Soulful Messiah” Youth Holiday Concert Dec. 11, 4 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Fondren Theatre Workshop presents, from left, Beth Wilson Ave.). The PERICO Institute Kander, Scott Stinson and John Howell in “Every for Youth Development and EntrepreChristmas Story Ever Told,” Dec. 8-11. neurship (PRIYDE) hosts local youth singing and dancing to Quincy Jones’ Thursdays in December through Dec. 29, at composition. $20, $10 children, $25 VIP; call 769Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). The gal251-1408. lery extends its hours until 8 p.m. to feature a guest Late Night Shopping at the Craft Center artist, serve holiday appetizers and drinks, and give Dec. 13, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 a 10 percent discount on merchandise. Free admisRice Road, Ridgeland). Buy local, handcrafted gifts sion; call 601-981-9222. and support Mississippi artisans. Free admission; call Winter Holidays Exhibit through Dec. 29, at Wil601-856-7546. liam F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 Holiday Open House Dec. 15, 6 p.m., at Pearl North St.). Enjoy the 1940s train town of Possum Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Ridge, historic Christmas trees and vintage toys. Enjoy refreshments, crafts for the kids and pictures Hours are noon-4 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with Santa. The Pearl Upper Elementary Choir perTuesdays-Fridays; and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturforms. Free; call 601-932-2562. days excluding Dec. 23-26. Tours for school groups An Irish Christmas: Songs and Music from West available by reservation. Free; call 601-576-6800. Cork Dec. 15, 7 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian LABA-Link New Year’s Fiesta Dec. 30, 7 p.m., Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). Mairtin de at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Cogain and Legacy perform Irish holiday songs. Ave.). The fundraiser for the Latin American Busi$10 in advance, $12 at the door; discounts for ness Association includes party favors, dance lessons, members of Jackson Irish Dancers and Celtic Heriperformances and refreshments. Wear formal attire. tage Society. Call 601-454-5573. Admission TBA; email, infolaHandel’s “Messiah” Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., at Wesley Chapel (787 E. Northside Drive). Performers Wonderland of Lights through Dec. 31, at Freedom include the Mississippi Chorus, organist Paul Lee, Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). Enjoy Phyllis Lewis-Hale, Lester Senter, John White and festive lights and activities from 5-9 p.m. nightly James Martin. $20, $18 seniors, $5 students with through Dec. 31. Free; visit ID; call 601-278-3351. Greater Jackson Arts Council Christmas Tree Cade Chapel Christmas Cantata Dec. 18, 3 p.m., Festival through Dec. 31, at Arts Center of Missisat Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Audisippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Christmas trees torium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The adult choir, decorated by artists, nonprofits, churches and comorchestra, steel drum ensemble, dancers and theater munity organizations. Call 601-960-1557. ministry perform. Free; call 601-366-5463. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration “The Greatest Gift” Christmas Camp Dec. 19Parade Jan. 21, 10 a.m., at Freedom Corner (inter23, at A Focused Brain (6715 Old Canton Road, section of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and MedSuite 5, Ridgeland). Children ages 7-12 participate gar Evers Blvd.). The annual parade features bands, in activities that improve concentration and motor performers and local celebrities. Call 601-960-1090. skills. Hours are 8:30-noon daily. Registration See more listings or add your own at required. $100; call 601-665-4254.


Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580. • Critters and Crawlers, First Series Dec. 10, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11, 10 a.m. The program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes indoor and outdoor activities, and animal encounters. Discounts available for members. Prices vary; call ext. 241. • Winter Break Zoo Camp Dec. 27-30. Children ages 6-12 go on zoo hikes, take behind-thescenes tours, have animal encounters, and enjoy games and crafts. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Discounts for zoo members. $35 one day, $115 four days. • Zoo Connections Teacher Workshop Jan. 21 and Feb. 4, 9 a.m. Teachers for grades 3-5 learn how to incorporate a visit to the zoo into a curriculum. Bring lunch. $15, $5 for 0.5 CEU credits optional; call ext. 241.

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series Jan. 31, 7 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex, in the recital hall. Front Porch Dance with the Strange Pilgrims present “Contemporary Dance in Mississippi.” $10; call 601-974-1130. • Millsaps College Honors Conference Feb. 1011. Feb. 10, the senior Millsaps Honors Program participants give 20-minute presentations on their honors theses, followed by question-and-answer sessions. The reception is Feb. 11 in Lewis Art Gallery Feb. 11, where the Millsaps chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will give awards for the best research and best presentation. Open to the public. Free; call 601-974-1299.

“History Is Lunch,” Wednesdays, noon, at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building unless otherwise stated. Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. • Jan. 4, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), author and former publisher Gerard Helferich talks about his new book, “Stone of Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya,” and the role a Natchez citizen played in the search. • Jan. 25, Millsaps College Humanities Scholar in Residence Peggy Prenshaw discusses her book “Composing Selves,” the most comprehensive treatment to date of autobiographies by women in the American South. • Feb. 1, University of Southern Mississippi history professor Max Grivnos presents “African American Soldiers in the Civil War.” Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Computer Classes For Adults. Dec. 8, 10 a.m. learn how to perform Internet searches. Dec. 22,

Annual SCLC-MIRA Unity Conference Dec. 9, 9 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Meet fellow immigrants’-rights and civil-rights activists, and learn about ways to promote social justice in Mississippi. $25; call 601968-5182. Red Cross Training Dec. 10, 9 a.m., at American Red Cross (875 Riverside Drive). The Latin American Business Association (LABA-Link) hosts. Learn the skill sets to support LABA-Link’s developing partnership with Red Cross to provide support to the Hispanic community during emergencies, natural disasters and other relief projects. Email Annual Champagne Tasting Dec. 11, 4 p.m., at BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 North). Debra Lewis of Vintage ‘59 Imports is the special quest. Sample six French sparkling wines. Reservation required. $80; email Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beers pair with a five-course dinner. Reservation required. $55; call 601-368-1919. Mark Twain Visits the Library Dec. 13, 4 p.m., at G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle). Impersonator David Ehlurt portrays the 19th-century author. A selection of Mark Twain’s favorite fruit pies will be served at the event. Free; call 601-919-1911. LABA-Link Small Business Resource Conference Dec. 15, 5 p.m., at Jackson-Evers International Airport (100 International Drive), in the Community Room. The Latin American Business Association hosts. Learn about procurement opportunities with

the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and the City of Jackson. Free; email Networking in the Neighborhood Dec. 15, 5 p.m., at Kathryn’s (6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The event offers those new to the area an opportunity to meet locals, try new foods and get involved with area charities. Sponsors include Clear Channel Radio, Fox 40, My35, Capital City Beverages, Patterson Consulting attorney Ramel Cotton and realtor Bret Baxter. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056. Events at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Call 662-347-8198. • Community Holiday Reception Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. Delta residents honor Mississippi Valley State University President Donna Oliver. Other special guests include Joseph Stevenson, James Washburn and Angela Getter. Alphonso Sanders performs. RSVP and bring a gift for the guest of honor. Free. • Delta Leadership Lecture Series for Youth. Saturdays at noon, youth ages 13-25 participate in leadership training. Topics include education, business, health, creative writing and civic responsibility. Lunch included. Donations welcome. Events in downtown Jackson. • Be Bold Beer Run Dec. 17, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18, 4 p.m. Lucky Town Brewing Co. and the Home Brewers Association of Middle Mississippi are the sponsors. Registration is at 4 p.m, and the run/ walk is at 4:30 p.m. The monthly race starts at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) and includes stops at designated restaurants for drinks. Free, drink prices vary; call 262-391-9265. • Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half-Marathon Jan. 7, 7 a.m.. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi sponsors a full marathon, a half-marathon, a one-mile kids race and relay teams. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Mississippi Blues Commission. Registration required. Fees vary; call 601-664-5726. Community Bike Ride Dec. 30, Jan. 27 and Feb. COMMUNITY, see page 18

Creating Respect on the Road by Dustin Cardon


hey follow the rules of the road, they stop at all stoplights, and they do their best to create a respectful atmosphere between cyclists and motorists. The Jackson Bike Advocates are ready to take another community bike ride. “It is an opportunity for the two to see each other in a positive light, learn and interact.” Melody Moody, president of Jackson Bike Advocates board, said. On Friday, Dec. 30, the group takes its monthly Community Bike Ride. The ride begins at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Rainbow Whole Foods (2807 Old Canton Road) and returns there at 7:30 p.m. The ride is the last Friday of each

month, always beginning in the Rainbow parking lot. The destination differs every month but typically takes riders through Belhaven and the midtown area, then back to Fondren. Participants then often head to Sal and Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) for drinks and food. Moody says the goal of the ride is to improve relations between motorists and cyclists. For information, email or visit the Facebook page at Contact Melody Moody at 601-212-3162 or Anna Allred, leader of the December ride, at 601-917-4692. FILE PHOTO

Events at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-500-7700. • Free Language Class for Adults Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. The class is an introduction to Spanish, French and English in a party atmosphere. RSVP; space limited. Free. • Kids’ Fiesta Fun Event Oct 7-Dec. 31. On first Fridays from 6-8 p.m. children ages 5-11 learn basic Spanish in a party atmosphere that includes games, songs and refreshments. Limited space; pre-registration required. $15 per child.

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Telling Tales through Dec. 16, Come for story time and crafts with an ethical focus at 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Free; call 601-576-6920. • Statehood Day Dec. 9, noon,. Celebrate Mississippi’s 194th birthday with the annual statehood address and a reception. Judge James Graves is the speaker. Call 601-576-6920. • Your Vote Counts Jan. 17-Dec. 31. Students get to use a real voting machine to vote on a variety of issues. The Secretary of State’s office is the sponsor. Free; call 601-576-6920. • “Black Mississippians and the Road to the Vote” Feb. 7-23. The program for school groups provides a glimpse of African American history in Mississippi and the struggle for voting rights. Reservations required. Free; call 601-576-6920.

10 a.m., learn how to prepare documents using Microsoft Word. • Teen Scene Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Enjoy a holiday movie with hot cocoa and popcorn. • Anime and Manga Night Dec. 19, 6 p.m. Share a love of the Japanese art forms with other teens. • Wii Play. Come play Wii games Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). • Mississippi State Kennel Club Magnolia Christmas Classic Dec. 15-18, The Brandon Kennel Club of Mississippi and the Mississippi State Kennel Club host all-breed conformation shows, obedience trials and rally trials. Proceeds benefit local animal shelters. $2 donation, children 12 and under free; call 601-573-8133. • A Touch of Class Bridal Show and Expo Jan. 15, 11 a.m. Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo hosts the event that includes food, entertainment, a fashion show and several workshops. Vendor booths available. $20; call 601988-1142. • Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show Feb. 25-26. The annual show features dealers, demonstrations and exhibits. See gems, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, lapidary tools and more. Hours are Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Feb. Members of Front Porch Dance speak at the 26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5, $3 students; call 601Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series at Millsaps 961-4000. College Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.


COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Meetings are at 6 p.m. • Precinct 1 meets on first Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2 meets on second Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601960-0002. • Precinct 3 meets on third Thursdays at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601960-0003. • Precinct 4 meets on fourth Thursdays at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601960-0004.



Ignite the Night by Dustin Cardon


lappers might seen doing the Charleston at the Roaring ’20sthemed gala at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum hosts the annual Ignite the Night Gala Saturday, Feb. 11. The event is for adults only and allows attendees to get in touch with their inner children and explore the museum and all its fun exhibits after normal hours. “This is the second year the event has taken place,” Kelly Joyner, party chair for Ignite the Night, said. “Last year’s party was phenomenal; everyone enjoyed just getting a chance to be a kid again and play.” Each gallery in the museum will fea-

ture themed food, cocktails, and interactive exhibits and activities. The museum promises an appearance by a surprise musical entertainer at midnight. Admission to the event is $100. All proceeds fund key programs and operations for the museum, which receives only 26 percent of its total operating budget from regular admissions. The doors open for attendees at 6:30 p.m., and the event itself begins at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 601-9815469 or 877-793-KIDS.

JFP SPONSORED EVENTS Radio JFP on WLEZ, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues with local newsmakers and reporters. They also play local music. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Fondren After 5 Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 1, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast, which features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at ZooParty Unleashed Dec. 8, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The theme is “Go Wild ... Go Green.” Come for animal exhibits, drinks, food, music and a hair show. The Blue Mountain Band and Jesse Robinson perform. For ages 21 and up. $50, $90 couples; members: $40, $70 couples; call 601-352-2580. Rock It Out Dec. 15, 5 p.m., at Swell-O-Phonic (2761 Old Canton Road, Suite 103). Sample food from Parlor Market, and purchase “Rock It Out” T-shirts with proceeds benefiting Craig

Noone’s Miracle League of Jackson. Fifteen percent of in-store sales also benefit the Miracle League. After-party at 9:15 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) where the JFP hosts Southern Fried Karaoke. Call 601421-1458. Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit Feb. 11, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The benefit is a huge live and silent auction of Mississippi’s best-known artists with live entertainment and cuisine from dozens of local restaurants. $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 601-750-5883. Ignite the Night Gala Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The adults-only event features food in each gallery, cocktails and child-like activities. $100; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. Yoga for Non-violence: 108 Sun Salutations Feb. 18, 9 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). All levels of ability and endurance are welcome to participate in the yoga mala. Free sun salutation classes given at many Jackson yoga studios. Proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Prevention. $25, donations welcome; call 601-500-0337 or 601932-4198.


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24, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates sponsor the monthly event with destinations announced later. Visit jacksonbikeadvocates. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Drop-Out Prevention Town Hall Meeting Jan. 5, Feb. 2 and March 1, 6 p.m., in the Community Room. Participants discuss strategies to keep children in school. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601-948-4725. • Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601960-0471. • ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps. On first Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Solutions hosts a rally for teens in the Community Room. Activities include spending time with mentors, motivational talks, IGNITE Vocal Talent rehearsal, teen dramas and character development. Free; call 601-829-0323. Business Seminar for Artisans Jan. 6-7, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Bruce Baker, nationally-renowned mentor to the craft and art industry, is the instructor. $75 for one day, $100 for both days; call 601-856-7546. The Premier Bridal Show: Weddings & Celebrations Jan. 8, 1 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mississippi’s top wedding professionals will be available for consultations. The event includes door prizes, a New York Citystyle fashion show and samples. $22 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-957-1050. Mississippi Arts Commission Grant Writing Workshop Jan. 17, 6 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The staff presents an overview of the agency’s grant programs and other services. Learn how to apply for a grant. Free; call 601-359-6030. Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Super Conference Jan. 21-23, at Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The patient education event is for individuals with diabetes and their family, friends and health-care providers. Group discounts are available. Cost includes all sessions and lunch. Space is limited. $25, $40 for two, $10 children 12 and under; call 601-957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE. Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Statewide Summit Jan. 21, 9 a.m., at Mississippi

e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Registration is at 8 a.m. The Children’s Defense Fund Southern Regional Office hosts the event that includes youth and adult workshops. The focus is on the impact of zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Call 601-321-1966, ext. 107. “Back Stage Pass” Festival and Event Coordinators Conference Jan. 24-25, at Hollywood Casino (711 Hollywood Blvd., Bay St. Louis). The festival and event training is in partnership with the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority. Register by Jan. 9 to receive a discount. $100, $125 out-of-state attendees; call 601-944-0113. Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show Jan. 28-Feb. 19, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual event kicks off with horse shows and livestock competitions leading up to the Dixie National Rodeo Feb. 9-15. The rodeo includes clowns, bull fighters, barrel racers, bull doggers and ropers all competing. Admission TBA, free livestock shows; call 601-961-4000. Dance Pancake Breakfast Jan. 28, 7 a.m., at Applebee’s (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 101, Ridgeland). The fundraiser is for Power APAC’s dance department. $5; call 601-960-5387. Introduction to Spanish for Kids Jan. 31-March 6, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The class for ages 4-7 is held from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through March 6 in the Southern Cultural Heritage Academy Building. $75, $70 members; call 601-631-2997. Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts Feb. 16, 1 p.m., location TBA. The annual awards program celebrates Mississippi artists and arts organizations sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the governor. Honorees include Althea Jerome and Carl Jackson. Free; call 601-359-6031. Power APAC 30th Anniversary Celebration Feb. 17, 7 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The school is seeing alumni to help prepare for the event. More details coming soon. Call 601-960-5387. Health-related Professions Program Enrollment, at Bailey Magnet High School (1900 N. State St.). Bailey Magnet High School is accepting applications for students entering grades 9-12. The deadline is March 23. Call 601-960-5343. Leadership, Personal Development and Life Skills Seminar Series through May 22, at Operation Shoestring (1711 Bailey Ave.). Operation Shoestring and Kuumba Promos host the seminars on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during the

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school year. The purpose is to introduce leadership skills, life management skills and cultural pride to local youth. Enrollment required. Free; call 601353-3663 or 601-957-2969.

LGBT Support Group for Youth/Young Adults, at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes youth and young adults age 14-24 to connect with others in the community and to share experiences and resources. The meeting is the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-922-4968. National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), in the St. Catherine Room. On second Thursdays at 7 p.m., NAMI Mississippi offers a support group for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness. Free; call 601899-9058. Venture Incubator Talk & Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. LaMarch St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small business owners, and professionals interested in mentoring small business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140.

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournaments, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Compete and trade cards at 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission varies; call 601-397-6292. Toastmasters Club Meetings. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Call for details on membership dues. • Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab.; call 601540-8472 or 601-432-6277. • “Guess Who’s Talking Now” Toastmasters Club 3284 Meetings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Call 601-359-6653 or 601-359-2573. Home Repair Grant Call for Applicants, at Hood Building (200 S. President St.). In suite 316. Seniors 62 and older or disabled citizens may apply from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Bring valid photo ID, a deed or warranty deed, proof of income, homeowner’s insurance and a Social Security card. Call 601-9601438 or 601-960-1491. On Location TV, on Comcast channel 18. Host Phyllis “Peaches” Robinson spotlights people, places and events at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Email

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hop locally and fresh at the Old Fannin Road Farmer’s Market (307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) all winter long. The Farmer’s Market is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. It is located between Lakeland Drive and Spillway Road. The market sells fresh vegetables and fruits such as green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, sweet potatoes, acorn and winter squash. A new crop of apples is in

and fruits from Louisiana such as grapefruit and lemons are for sale as well. Customers can purchase gourmet candy, chocolate, pecans (shelled, whole or glazed) and Mississippi cheese straws. During the holiday season, you can buy fresh garland, pine and fir trees, fresh and decorated wreaths and handmade bows. Jim and Cindy Hunt own the farmers’ market, which has been open in Brandon for 12 years. For information, call 601-919-1690. FILE PHOTO

New Vibrations Network Gathering, at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share with others. Email

Arabian Dance Party, at Petra Café (2741 Old Canton Road). On Fridays at 7:30 p.m., watch a belly dancer perform, and enjoy Arabian dancing and Greek dancing with plate breaking. No cover, food prices vary; call 601-366-0161.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Starting Nov. 1, hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tuesdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601-987-6783. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601919-1690.




Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Call 601-965-7026. • Little Operas for Children Jan. 20-21. Students present “The Toy Shop” Jan. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 11 a.m., and “Little Red Riding Hood” Jan. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Free. • Collaborative Arts Concert Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m. Faculty and students present an evening of innovative and exploratory arts. Free. • Musical Theatre Production March 1-3. Productions include “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “The Light in the Piazza.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee performance March 3 at 2 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven faculty, staff and students.

Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call 662-915-2787. • “Spamalot” Feb. 25, 7 p.m. The musical comedy COURTESY NEW STAGE THEATRE

Events at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). $10, $5 seniors/students, free for BU faculty, staff and students; call 601-965-7026. • Dance Ministry Ensemble Performance Feb. 16-18, at Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Shows are Feb. 16-17 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. • “The Mayfair Affair” Feb. 23-25 and Feb. 29March 3, 7:30 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. John Maxwell directs the comedy about a couple’s desperate attempt to sell a diamond at an estate sale. • Senior Dance Concerts Feb. 29-March 3, 7:30 p.m., at Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. Graduating BFA students present senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies.

Sara Thomas Easley plays the lead in “Annie.”

is based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” $33-$43. • “The Color Purple” Feb. 12, 3 p.m. The musical is based on Alice Walker’s award-winning novel and film. $33-$45. Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. • “Junie B. Jones” Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. Theatreworks USA’s musical is based on Barbara Park’s children’s book series. $18, $10 children under 12.

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• Evidence, a Dance Company Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. The troupe presents “On Earth Together,” choreographed to Stevie Wonder songs. $40, $34. • Garrison Keillor Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. The host of “A Prairie Home Companion” brings an evening of homespun humor, eclectic music and midwestern charm. $64, $58. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533. • “Annie” through Dec. 18. The classic musical is based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip. Shows are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Bring canned goods to donate to Stewpot and new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots. $25, $22 seniors and students, $18 children 12 and under. • “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” Dec. 13-17, in the Hewes Room. The Frank Capra film is retold in a 1940s radio-show format. Shows are Dec. 13-14 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15-16 at 9:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. $15, $12 seniors and students. • “Lombardi” Jan. 24-Feb. 5. The play is based on “When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi,” by David Maraniss. Shows are Jan. 24-28 and Feb. 1-4 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. $25, $22 seniors and students. • “Black Pearl Sings” Feb. 14-18, in the Hewes

Room. The play is about a woman prisoner who uses music to reconnect with her missing daughter. Shows are Feb. 14-17 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. $15, $12 seniors and students. • “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” Feb. 28-March 12. Based on the C.S. Lewis novel, the play is about four children who discover a magical wardrobe leading to the land of Narnia. Show times and admission TBA. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) through Dec. 31. Call 601-960-1552. • “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” Sky Show. The film is about an alien who kidnaps St. Nicholas. Shows are Monday-Saturday at 1 p.m. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. • “Fly Me to the Moon” Mega-HD Cinema. The film introduces new generations to space exploration and combines the Apollo 11 mission with the story of three young flyers who go along for the ride. Shows are weekdays at noon and 2 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Season of Light” Sky Show. Explore the origins of the Star of Bethlehem, winter traditions and celebrations around the world. Shows are Monday-Saturday at 3 p.m. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. • “The Magic Flute” Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m. Origi-

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Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • “Snow Queen” Dec. 16-18. Ballet Magnificat! presents a performance based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale. Shows are Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Group rates available for 10 or more. $10-$30; call 601977-1001. • “Spamalot” Jan. 17-18, 7:30 p.m. The musical comedy is based on the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” $25-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000. “Engaged!” Dinner Theatre. The Detectives present the four-act comedy whodunit. Call 601-291-7444. • Dec. 11, 10 a.m., at Kathryn’s (6800 Old Canton Road). Seating is at 9:30 a.m. $42; • Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant (315 Crossgates Blvd. Suite G, Brandon). Seating is at 6:30 p.m. $39. • Dec. 17, 6 p.m., at Madidi (164 Delta Ave., Clarksdale). Cocktails are served at 6 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. $50. “The Nutcracker Live” Dec. 13, 5 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl) and Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). The New York City Ballet presents the simulcast of the holiday Classic with Kelly Ripa as the host. $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856. “Dirty Santa” Dinner Theatre. Mississippi Murder Mystery presents Becky Martin’s play. • Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The cash bar opens at 6 p.m., and seating is at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. $38.50; call 601-856-9696. • Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Olga’s (4670 Interstate

Friday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 3:00 p.m. Sunday December 18, 2:00 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson Tickets: 601-977-1001 or

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Pascagoula St.). Ticket prices are $25 to $62.50. For information, call 601-9811847, or call Ticketmaster at 800-7453000. You can also send an email to info@ or visit for details.

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55 N.). Seating is at 5:30 p.m. RSVP with a credit card. Cancel before Dec. 16 to avoid a charge. $45; call 601-366-1366. “Paranormal Inactivity” Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant (315 Crossgates Blvd. Suite G, Brandon). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre and Kismet’s restaurant present the four-act crowd interactive comedy. $39; call 601-291-7444. Jewish Cinema Mississippi 2012 Jan. 25-29, at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Beth Israel Congregation and the Jewish Culture Organization at Millsaps College host. Films include “The Matchmaker” Jan. 25 at 7:15 p.m., “Brothers” Jan. 26 at 7:15 p.m., “A Matter of Size” Jan. 28 at 7:15 p.m. and “Jews and Baseball” Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Sponsorships available. $10, $5 students, $35 festival pass; visit “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Feb. 16-26, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is based on Charles Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip. Shows are Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293. “As You Like It” March 1-4, at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton), at Jennings Hall Courtyard. Phyllis Seawright directs the production of the Shakespeare play. Shows are March 1-3 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. $7, $5 for MC employees, students, and seniors; call 601-925-3453. “Cinderella” March 3, 2 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s performance is based on the classic fairy tale. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A children’s tea party follows the 2 p.m. performance. $18-$20; call 601-853-4508. Nameless Open-mic First and third Saturdays, 9 p.m., at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640. See and add more events at

nally a simulcast, the Metropolitan Opera presents the film about a hero who teams up with a bird catcher to win the hand of a princess. • “Hansel and Gretel” Dec. 22, 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera presents an encore screening of Humperdinck’s opera about the fairy tale.



ans of the comedy classic film, “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail,” will appreciate the humor and re-imagined history of the Broadway hit “Spamalot.” Fans of Broadway shows will enjoy the inside jokes and pokes at the institution of the modern musical. Knights who say Ni will clomp along. The always silly and sometimes witty take on the King Arthur legend has its round table, its dysfunctional monarch and its monsters to slay, such as the infamous killer rabbit. The musical is “lovingly ripped off” from the 1974 film, show promoters say on the website, on flyers and perhaps also on a note tied to a pigeon’s foot. “Spamalot” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005. (To see a clip of the show, visit The show is on a national tour now, stopping in Jackson Jan. 17 and 18. The Kessler Broadway show begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Thalia Mara Hall (255 E.




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Enjoy the many performances of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra this winter.

Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call 662-915-7411. • University of Mississippi’s Sounds of the Season Dec. 11, 3 p.m. The Tupelo Symphony performs. Special guests include Doris Roberts, Mary Donnelly Haskell, Guy Hovis and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. $31-$37. • Westminster Choir Jan. 7, 7 p.m. The choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider University’s Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, N.J. Free. • Bruce Levingston Feb. 2, 7 p.m. The acclaimed pianist performs, accompanied by the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. $21, $29. • Vienna Boys Choir March 2, 7 p.m. The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music. $21, $29. Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Performances at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.), 7:30 p.m. Call 601-960-1565. • Bravo III: The Grand Meets the Great Jan. 14. Pianist Thomas Pandolfi plays Beethoven’s Concerto No. 4, and the orchestra performs Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. Craig Young gives a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.); cash bar included. $20 and up.

• Pops II: Your Song: The Music of Elton John Feb. 11. The orchestra performs with vocalist John Meilleur, pianist John Regan and Jeans ‘n’ Classics. $15 and up. • Bravo IV: Exotic, Eclectic and Electric Feb. 25. The orchestra performs with violinist Stephanie Chase. Timothy Coker gives a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.); cash bar included. $20 and up. Music in the City, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the performance, which starts at 5:45 p.m. Jackie McGinnis and John Paul perform Jan. 17, and Tom Lowe and John Paul perform Feb. 7. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. Chris Austin Songwriting Contest through Feb. 18. Categories include country, bluegrass, gospel/inspirational and general. Contestants must not derive more than 50 percent of total income from songwriting or music publishing. The submission deadline is Feb. 18. Twelve finalists compete at MerleFest April 26-29. Net proceeds support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. $30 entry fee; call 800-799-3838.



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See Jackson youth perform in the Quincy Jones (shown above) musical “Soulful Messiah” Dec. 11 at Jackson Medical Mall.


egendary producer Quincy Jones took the classic Handel’s “Messiah” and added some soul. Jackson school choirs and area dancers will add life when they perform the modern classic this holiday season. The PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship presents “Soulful Messiah” Dec. 11 at the Jackson Medical Mall. The communitywide youth holiday concert begins at 4 p.m. Eight choirs and eight dance schools are participating. The show includes liturgical dances and Jones’ musical composition. Tracie James Wade choreographed the dances, and Louis Wright is the musical director. Hosts are Maggie Wade and Cynthia Goodloe Palmer. Tickets are $20-$25. For those under 18, tickets are $10. For information, call 769-251-1408 or visit

“A Night of Musical Artistry” Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). The Mississippi Jazz Foundation hosts performances from Gerald Albright and Michael Burton, and honors The Williams Brothers, Dr. Fulton Caston, Pat Brown, Booker Walker, Dr. Perry Combs and “Tiger” Thomas Rogers. $35; call 601-594-2314 or 800745-3000. Martina McBride Dec. 9, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The country singer is known for hits such as “My Baby Loves Me” and “Independence Day.” $69.95$89.95; call 800-745-3000. Shane and Shane Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at Pinelake Church (6071 Highway 25, Brandon). The contemporary Christian duo performs to promote their new album “The One You Need.” Phil Wickham also performs. Tickets available at $15; call 601-829-4500 or 800-965-9324. “Nautilus” CD Release Party Jan. 21, 6 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Laurel Isbister Irby celebrates her newest compilation with an art show, a concert and writers reading works based on songs from the album. Enjoy food from Lumpkin’s BBQ. Free, $10 CD; call 601-540-1267. Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra gives a performance featuring flautist Sybil Cheesman. $15; call 601-960-1565. The Pointer Sisters Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Anita Pointer, Ruth Pointer and Sadako Johnson keep the family tradition alive by performing the group’s hits from the 1970s and beyond. The pre-show party is at 6 p.m. $58, $62; call 601-696-2200. Music Student Departmental Recitals Feb. 6 and March 5, 3 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Enjoy a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music from baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary periods. Free; call 601-974-1422. Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Feb. 7, Bennett Randman, Song Xie and Dr. Stephen Sachs perform as a trio on the piano. Feb. 10, guitarist Pablo Garibay performs. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven faculty, staff and students; call 601-974-6494. “Love Will Keep Us Together” Broadway Cabaret Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Robert Grayson performs as part of Mississippi Opera’s Opera Underground series. $15, food for sale; call 601-960-2300. Vine-yl Night, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). On the last Friday of each month from 5:30-10:30 p.m., play, sell and swap records, and enjoy an artist reception, free wine and $2 beer specials. Free; call 601-376-9404.


Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 • Dec. 21, 1 p.m., Randy Pierce signs “Pain UnforInterstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. given.” $24.95 book. • Dec. 8, 5 p.m., Hugh Acheson signs “A New • Dec. 22, 11 a.m., Suzanne Marrs signs “What Turn in the South: Southern There Is to Say We Have Said.” Flavors Reinvented for Your $35 book. Kitchen” $35 book. • Dec. 22, 1 p.m., Whitney • Dec. 8, 5:30 p.m., David Miller signs “Modern HospitalSedaris signs copies of “Squirity: Simple Recipes with Southrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modern Charm.” $23.99 book. est Bestiary.” $13.99 book. • Dec. 23, 1 p.m., Forrest • Dec. 9, 5 p.m., Scott Wallace Lamar Cooper signs “Looking signs “The Unconquered: In Back Mississippi: Towns and Search of the Amazon’s Last Places.” $40 book. Uncontacted Tribes”; reading • Lemuria Story Time Fridays at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. at 11 a.m. Dec. 10, the story is • Dec. 10, 11 a.m., illustraLaura Numeroff’s “If You Take tor Barry Moser signs “The a Mouse to the Movies,” and Author John Stark and Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickattendees decorate Christmas illustrator Jeanette Jarmon ens of a Tale” ($16.95 book) ornaments. Dec. 17, the story sign “Read This Book Outside” and “Franklin and Winston: A is Lauren Thompson’s “The Dec. 10 in Clinton. Christmas That Changed the Christmas Magic,” and attendees World” ($16.99 book). make reindeer food. Free. • Dec. 10, noon, and Dec. 17, 1 p.m., editor Neil “Read This Book Outside” Book Signing Dec. 10, White signs “Mississippi’s 100 Greatest Football 11 a.m., at Pentimento Books (302 Jefferson St., Players of All Time.” $45 book. Clinton). Author John Stark and illustrator Jeanette • Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Sid Salter signs “Jack Cristil: The Jarmon sign copies of the book. $10.99 book; call Voice of the MSU Bulldogs.” $39.95 book. 601-906-3458 or 601-214-7426. • Dec 13, 5 p.m., editor Melissa Townsend signs Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon “The Delta Magazine Cookbook.” $35 book. Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Dec. 13, 5 p.m., editor Hank Burdine signs “Mis• Break the Binding Book Club Dec. 12, 6 p.m. sissippi Delta Flood of 2011.” $39.99 book. The club, for teens age 12 and up, meets once a • Dec. 15, 6 p.m., members of the Frascogna fammonth to discuss a specified book. ily sign copies of “Jucos: The Toughest League in • Weekly Storytime. Each Tuesday, Baby BookAmerica.” $24.95 book. worms Storytime for children ages birth• Dec. 17, 11 a.m., Susan Haltam and Jane Roy 36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool StoryBrown sign “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s time for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. Home Place.” $35 book. “Married to Sin: A Memoir” Dec. 10, 2:30• Dec. 17, 1 p.m., photographer Ken Murphy signs 4:30 p.m., at Medgar Evers Library (4215 Medgar “Mississippi: State of Blues” ($50 book), “MissisEvers Blvd.). Darlene D. Collier and Meredith sippians” ($49) and “Mississippi” ($75). McGee sign copies of the book. $12.62 book; call • Dec. 17, 3 p.m., Jesmyn Ward signs “Salvage the 601-706-4656 or 601-372-0229. Bones.” $24 book. “Sinners and Saints” Book Signing Jan. 18, 6 p.m., • Dec. 19, 5 p.m., Gerard Helferich signs “Stone of at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Kings: In Search of the Lost Jade of the Maya”; Ridgeland), at Books & Beignets Bookstore. Savvy reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. Book Club hosts authors Victoria Christopher Mur• Dec. 20, 5 p.m., Culpepper Webb signs “Lifted ray and Reshonda Tate Billingsley. $15 book. from the Waters.” $16.95 book.

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Prohibition. The three men ran a moonshine business and were part of a notorious gang. This crime-drama explores themes of love, greed, brotherhood and murder. Bondurant’s book will be a film in 2012 starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. John Hillcoat directs it. Bondurant will speak and read from “The Wettest County in the World” Jan. 25 at the Millsaps College Academic Complex, room 215. His presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit his website at For information about this free event, contact Kistulentz at 601-974-1305 or at



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Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Mississippi Magnolia Tatters Dec. 13, 1:30 p.m., and Dec. 27, 6 p.m. The class is open to all interested in learning the art of lace making. No materials fee. • Polymer Clay Class Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. Learn to sculpt with polymer clay from the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild. Visit for a supply list. Free first meeting, $5 future meetings, $20 annual membership; email cmspcg@ Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345.

• Gingerbread House Workshop for Families Dec. 10, 9 a.m., and Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Decorate pre-constructed gingerbread houses with candies, gumdrops, peppermints, sprinkles, cookies and more. For ages 7 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $59. • Holiday Pies Workshop Dec. 11, 1 p.m. Topics include preparing pie dough, repairing cracks and tears, preventing burnt edges, and creating fluted and decorative crusts. $89. • New Year’s Celebration Cooking Class Dec. 28, 6 p.m. Topics include learning to flambé, cooking beef and testing for doneness, making a creamy cheese sauce, working with lobster, grilling asparagus and making herb biscuits. For ages 16 and up. Additional classes taught nightly through Dec. 31. $119. • Gluten-Free Gourmet Jan. 19, 9 a.m. Topics include working with gluten-free ingredients, preparing homemade pasta, baking bread, making compound butter and baking cupcakes. $69. • Tapas and Paella Class Jan. 24, 6 p.m. Topics include cooking shrimp, clams and mussels, making custard and caramelizing sugar. $99. • Mardi Gras Cooking Class Feb. 21, 9 a.m. Topics include making a roux, working with seafood, cooking beans and learning how to balance flavors. For ages 16 and up. Classes are at 9 a.m. ($79) and 6 p.m. ($99). • Cookies for Canines March 1, 6 p.m. Learn how to use fresh, human-grade ingredients to prepare dog biscuits, cookies and doughnuts. $59. Figure Drawing Class Dec. 9, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Ginger Williams-Cook is the instructor. Participants must provide their own drawing materials. Class fee covers supplies for one class project, refreshments and the model. Register by sending an email with “Figure Drawing Class” in the subject line. You will receive

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ive your sweetheart an experience to remember and not just another food processor to store in the cabinet. Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, 601-8988345) offers opportunities The way to anyone’s heart is a home-cooked meal. for the two of you to get out and try something differViking has other Date Night classes, ent—learning to prepare new dishes— too: Decadent Dinner, French Dinner and so that later, you can stay in and enjoy a Special Occasion. The Romantic Dinner special evening. teaches you to make wild mushroom and Aside from the school’s classes on brie beggar’s purses; mixed greens with cake decorating and basic kitchen skills, bacon, apples and red wine vinaigrette; the Viking schedule offers a tempting pan-seared beef tenderloin with sweet series of Date Night classes. potato-crusted scallops and lemon-pepper Date Night in Paris is one example. beurre blanc; grilled asparagus; and Learn how to make a meal to remem- strawberries and cream-filled crêpes with ber with savory tomato tart tatin, coq warm chocolate sauce. au vin, crêpes Suzette, and salad with The Romantic Dinner class costs $109 walnut vinaigrette. The cost is $89 per per person. All the classes vary, so visit viking person and includes the food as well as the instruction. classes for times, prices and ingredients.

a confirmation email. Limit of 15 students. $10; email Nature-made Christmas Dec. 10, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Make ornaments from natural and recycled objects. $4-$6, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303.

Line Dance Classes, at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Learn the most popular group dances Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. $3 donation; call 662-347-8198. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Open to ages 16 and older. Classes are

Beginning Bellydance Combinations Dec. 17, 1 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road). Learn simple moves and dance to Top 40, jazz and hip-hop music. Wear fitted, stretchable clothing and a scarf tied around the hips. $35; call 601-613-4317.


Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the Academy Building. Call 601-631-2997. • Spinning Fiber Workshop Jan. 11, 18 and 25 10 a.m.-noon, Brenda Harrower in the instructor. $100, $90 members. • Gold Leafing Workshop Jan. 14, 8:30 a.m. Terri Taylor Roddy gives tips on gilding many kinds of objects. Supplies included. $95, $90 members. • Winter Soup Workshop Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m. William Furlong teaches the cooking class. Supplies included. $35, $30 members. • River Kids Jan. 26-April 19. The 13-week afterschool arts program allows children in grades 1-6 to explore the Mississippi River through the arts. Sessions are held Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. Free. • Mardi Gras Wreath Workshop Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m. Please bring wire cutters. Space is limited; reservations required. $60, $55 members. • Mardi Gras Wreath Workshop for Kids Feb. 17, 4 p.m. King cake served. Space is limited; reservations required. $10.

WAMA Holiday Art Camp Dec. 2022, at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Children enjoy making art, creating gifts and touring the museum. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Discounts for museum members. $60 one day, $125 three days; call 228-872-3164. “Have Yourself a Crafty Christmas” Craft Camp Dec. 20-23, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The members-only four-day camp is for children ages 7-11. Hours are 12:30-3 p.m. daily. Register through Dec. 13. Snack and apron included. Additional charges apply for after care from 3-5:15 p.m. $100; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Winter Figure Drawing Session Jan. 9March 12, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119, Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the 10-week course Mondays from 6-9 p.m. $275; call 601-668-5408.

Jerrod Patridge teaches figure drawing at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 Fine Art and Framing.

Winter Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes start the week of Jan. 23 and fall into the categories of arts and crafts, computer, dance, health and fitness, heritage and history, home and garden, language and literature, money and business, music, personal development, and special offerings. Contact the Continuing Education office for a brochure that contains a list of classes and fees. Call 601-974-1130. Shut Up! Classes, at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road). JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd teaches the Shut Up and Publish! Workshop from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 10 ($50) and the six-week Shut Up and Write! Series every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan. 7-March 10 ($150, $75 deposit required). Limit of 11 per class. Discounts for combined classes. Gift certificates available. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; email class@; find Shut Up and Write on Facebook and Twitter (@shutupandwrite). Beading Classes, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Classes are Saturdays at 10 a.m. and alternate between making bracelets and crimping, and making earrings and wirework. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601-629-6201. Art Therapy For Cancer Patients, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Wednesdays. The classes are designed to help cancer patients and provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are provided. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800948-6262.

Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480. Craft Classes, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include woodcarving, pottery, metalsmithing, working with fused glass and quilting. Classes begin when there are enough students to start a class. Fees vary; call 601-8567546; visit for a current list of classes. Line Dance Classes, at VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive). Learn the Electric Slide, the Wobble, the Chinese Checker and other popular dances. Classes are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-362-1646. Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include salsa, zumba, bachata, Bollywood aerobics, flamenco, cha-cha, hip-hop and more. A beginner’s salsa class is also taught at the Chapatoula Building (115 Cynthia St., Clinton) Mondays from 6:307:30 p.m. Visit for a schedule. $10 per class; call 601-213-6355. Weekly Creative Group Meetings, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Java Ink Jotters writers group and the Sketchers drawing group meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. No joining fee; all ages and skill levels welcome. Free; call 601-397-6292. Worship Dance For Adult Women, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). High-school aged women and older may participate Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. Must be capable of jumping. $30 per month; call 601-981-7236. Jazz and Modern Dance Classes, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Jazz dance classes are for youth ages 6-18 and are Mondays from 66:45 p.m. Modern dance classes are Mondays from 7-7:45 p.m. $45 registration, monthly fee of $55 for one class, $95 for both; call 601-238-3303.



Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. • Gwendolyn Magee Memorial Exhibit Jan. 1429. See the late artisan’s quilts. The opening reception is Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. • Fiber Exhibit through Jan. 31. See Ann Hayne’s artwork. • “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” Feb. 1-29. See Sharon Williams’ fiber exhibit. • Craftsmen’s Guild “Prepare to Qualify” Workshop Feb. 4, 10 a.m. The user-friendly workshop explores the application process of becoming a member of the guild. Potential members must submit jury applications by Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. • Jewelry Exhibit March 1-31. See Dee Wilder’s creations. • Sheep to Shawl Day March 3, 10 a.m. See how sheep are sheared, how wool is spun and fiber exhibits. • Craft Demonstrations. Members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild give demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visit for a schedule.


Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. Hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-960-1515. • “Rembrandt: Beyond the Brush” through Dec. 11. See Rembrandt van Rijn’s 35 etchings of secular and biblical scenes. Admission to the Mississippi Invitational and “Skating” exhibits included. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Call for Entries. Students in grades 7-12 may register



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December Art Show through Dec. 31, at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). See small works from all of the gallery’s exhibitors. Hours are 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-982-4844.

through Dec. 16, and works must be submitted liam Dunlap, John McCrady, Richmond Barthé, between Jan. 11-22. Works are displayed Eudora Welty, William Hollingsworth, Marie Feb. 4-April 15. Hull and William Eggleston. Free. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Creche • “In Full Bloom: Garden-inspired Art from the Collection through Jan. 8, in Trustmark Grand Permanent Collection” ongoing, in the William Hall. See Jewell B. and Isabel R. McCarty Younger Graeber’s colFoundation Gallery. lection of more than Exhibitors include René 150 18th-century Magritte, Pierre Bonnativity figures. Free. nard, G. Ruger Donoho, Mildred and Karl Wolfe, • Recent Acquisitions and Andrew Cary Young. Exhibit Dec. 17Free; call 601-960-1515. Feb. 5. A showcase of photographs, paint• “Panorama of the ings and sculptures American Landscape” recently added to the ongoing, in Trustmark museum’s permanent Grand Hall (except when collection. $5, $4 the Bethlehem Tree is on seniors, $3 students. display). William Dunlap’s mural of Virginia’s • Unburied Treasures hunt country and the Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m., Antietam battlefield is in Trustmark Grand Southern Fired Glass Reindeer Platter is accompanied by a 28Hall. Hors d’oeuvres on display at the Mississippi Craft Center. minute video. Free. and a cash bar are available at 5:30 p.m., • “Southern Wall” ongoand the program begins at 6 p.m. Photographer ing, in the public corridor. See William ChristenWilliam Ferris discusses his portrait of and interberry’s sculptural tableau of rural landscape and view with Mary Gordon as published in “Give building remnants. Free; call 601-960-1515. My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi • “Skating: An Artist’s Book” Exhibition through Blues.” Blues music follows. Free admission. Feb. 5. See Jane Kent’s 11 prints used in Missis• Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National sippi author Richard Ford’s book. Kent and Ford Watercolor Exhibition through Jan. 1, in the give a gallery talk Jan. 20 at 5:30 p.m. $3-$5, chilpublic corridor. This annual presentation includes dren under 5 and museum members free. works from across the country. $3-$5, children • Mississippi Invitational through Feb. 5. The under 5 and museum members free. Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing • Look and Learn with Hoot Jan. 20, Feb. 17 Exhibitions presents works from Mississippi artists and March 16, 10 a.m.-noon. This educational in various mediums. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students. opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents “Gifts from The Seasons” Art Show Dec. 1-22, features a hands-on art activity and story time. at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Please dress for mess. Free. Road). Exhibitors include Sarah Jane Alston, Kit • “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Fields, Bebe Wolfe and Tana Graham. The artMargret and H. A. Rey” March 3-July 22. ists reception is from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 1 and hangs Featuring nearly 80 original drawings and prethrough Dec. 22. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesparatory dummies for the Reys’ children’s books day-Friday. Free; call 601-981-9606. and documentation related to their escape from Holiday Group Exhibit through Jan. 7, at Southside Nazi-occupied Europe, the exhibition examines Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Exhibithe parallels between the obstacles the Reys faced tors include Spence Kellum, Andrew Blanchard, and the drawings that may have saved their lives. Charlie Buckley, Allan Innman, Drew Galloway, The opening reception is March 3 from 10 Carlyle Wolfe, Yerger Andre and Bonnie Renfroe. a.m.-2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students; call Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 601-960-1515. noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The opening reception is • “The Mississippi Story” ongoing, in the GerDec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 662-234-9090. trude C. Ford Galleries for the Permanent ColEstate Jewelry Trunk Show Dec. 8-9, at B. Liles lection. The exhibit contains art inspired by the Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Purchase state’s history and culture. Featured artists include rare and unique jewelry from estate sales Dec. 8 Walter Anderson, George Ohr, Sam Gilliam, WilCOURTESY JULIA DAILY

Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Free; call 601-960-1557. • Lego Jackson Exhibit Dec. 8-Jan. 15. See Scott Crawford’s rendition of the city if Jackson in Lego blocks with a focus on the Capitol. • Lena Horne Art Contest Feb. 5-18. LaMorne’s Dance and Fitness sponsors the poetry and art contest for youth in grades 1-12. The theme is “The Musical Heritage of Farish Street.” Submissions are accepted through Feb. 12. • Goodwill Art Show March 1-31. Artists with disabilities showcase their work.

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maker of wooden toys and a children’s book illustrator team up for a new exhibit at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive, 601-432-4111).

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Bill Bannister, the wooden toy maker, and Rick Anderson, a mixed-media artist, will exhibit some of their work during December at the commission offices. The opening reception for the artists is Dec. 8, beginning at 5 p.m. Bannister, a member of the Mississippi Craftsmen Guild, makes old-fashioned pull-along grasshoppers and nostalgic car replicas. He makes his toys out of wood, and the unpainted pieces have a warm glow.

Anderson, a mixed-media artist, will exhibit some of his landscapes. A retired teacher, Anderson illustrates children’s books and demonstrates his craft at schools. He won a mini-grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission earlier this year that helped him purchase art supplies to complete about a dozen projects. The exhibit closes Dec. 28. These events are free and open to the public. For information, call 601-432-4111.












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EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. The open house with food and beverages such as wine and craft beer is Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-607-7741. Events at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-362-8484. • Best Artisan Gift Gathering Dec. 8, 15 and 22, 5 p.m. Meet some of the artisans whose work is for sale. • Artisan Double Header Feb. 2, 5 p.m. See Christy Henderson’s artwork with the theme of love and family, and Joy Light’s hand-painted silk clothing. Exhibits are ongoing. • Featured Artists. See works from Tony Davenport, Virginia Weathersby, Sarah McTaggart and Bruce Niemi. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. • Snow Science Day Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Visitors learn about snow through experiments and activities such as creating snowmen from marshmallows and making snowflakes. • Playful Patchwork Traveling Exhibit through Dec. 31. See Muriel Feldshuh’s quilts in celebration of literacy and children’s books. Saturday Shopping Day Dec. 10, 10 a.m., at The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Purchase items made by Mustard Seed residents to give as holiday gifts. Call 601-992-3556. Rick Anderson and Bill Bannister Art Exhibit through Dec. 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See Anderson’s landscape paintings and Bannister’s wood creations. Hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. weekdays. The artist reception is Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601432-4056. Greater Jackson Arts Council Call for Artists through Dec. 15. Selected artists will be paid $1,000 to transform local traffic-signal boxes into artistic canvases. Email your name, mailing address and phone number by Dec. 15 to receive a proposal packet. Email Annual NuRenaissance Art Showing and Gala Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). See Myron McGowan’s oil paintings. Free; call 601-372-8088.

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The Nautilus Project through Jan. 5. This project is an invitation to visual artists and writers to create new work inspired by the music from the upcoming CD “Nautilus” by Laurel Isbister Irby. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 5. Submissions will be shared at the CD release party at 6 p.m. Jan. 21 at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-9180474.

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An Evening with General Jackson Jan. 19, 6 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). General Andrew Jackson (Bill Patrick) talks about his life and works, and Mrs. Jackson (Lester Senter Wilson) performs period songs. A wine reception follows. $25; call 601-576-6920.


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Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m.5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and babies free; call 601-354-7303. • FROGS! Beyond Green through Jan. 9. See 25 species of exotic frogs and toads. • “Animal Secrets” Jan. 28-May 6. Explore the habitats and secret lives of forest animals through

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imaginative role play and hands-on activities. For children ages 3-8. Self-Portrait Art Show Feb. 9, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See selfportraits of local artists in various media. Free; call 601-291-9115. Student Invitational Art Exhibition Feb. 11, 2 p.m., at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). The annual exhibition of student works highlights a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Free; call 601-965-7044. Family Safari Slumber Feb. 24, 7 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The slumber party includes an animal presentation, games and activi-

overlooking the Jackson Convention Complex’s east lobby. NunoErin, a Jackson arts studio, created it. Free; call 601-960-2321. Call for Artists, at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Sneaky Beans is looking for Jackson-focused art to display in the shop. Photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media are welcome. Email leslee. The Shire of Iron Ox Demonstrations ongoing, at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Society for Creative Anachronism shares old-world skills such as loom weaving and fencing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Free; call 601-397-6292. Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. $10, $8 seniors and mili-


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ties, a behind-the-scenes tour with a zookeeper and a campfire. In the morning, enjoy a continental breakfast and a guided walk. $30 per person, $25 members; call 601-352-2580. “Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word” ongoing, at International Museum of Muslim Culture (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See rare African manuscripts and other artifacts. The companion exhibit, “Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West,” can be seen in the museum gallery. Free; call 601-960-0440. Art at the Healthplex, ongoing, at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See artwork by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Vicksburg native Lenore Barkley and Monticello resident Wanda Wright. Prints, T-shirts and original artwork on sale. Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-906-3458. “Alsace to America” ongoing, at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Jews immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. This exhibit reflects the life and times of these pioneers, why they left France and Germany, and how they became an integral part of the historical fabric of their communities in America. Please call between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule a tour. $5, $4 students and groups of 15 or more; call 601-362-6357. Art Exhibit ongoing, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in the Katherine Denton Art Building. The gallery features regional and local exhibitions in a variety of media. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. The gallery is closed during school holidays and from June-August. Free; visit “Kinetic Vapor” ongoing, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The artwork is made from aluminum wall panels, reflected natural light, and color-shifting LEDs that span a 100-foot by 9-foot 6-inch section of the mezzanine wall

tary, $5 children ages 5-15 unless otherwise stated; call 228-872-3164. • Winter Wonderland Holiday Open House Dec. 15, 6 p.m. The event includes calendars, artwork, gifts and ornaments for sale, and a drawing in honor of the museum’s 20th anniversary. Free, $20 drawing tickets. • “Inspiration, Creativity and Resilience: Honoring the Anderson Legacy” through Dec. 31. The exhibit of more than 100 works is in honor of the museum’s 20th anniversary, and the legacy of Walter Anderson and his family. • “One World, Two Artists” Jan. 1-April 30. See paintings and drawings by John Alexander and Walter Anderson. • “Tradition/Innovation” Jan. 19-April 1. The exhibit is a celebration of 30 master craftsmen and traditional artists in the south including Clay Burnette, Fong Choo, Minnie Adkins and Julia Woodman. The opening reception is Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions ongoing. Exhibitions include “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” in the Star Gallery, additional works by Ohr and “Frank O. Gehry: Dancing with the Trees” in the Welcome Center Gallery, and “My House: The Pleasant Reed Story” and “The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment” in the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center. Free. Events at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg). Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-266-4861. • Department of Art and Design Senior Exhibit through Dec. 16. Exhibitors include Sarah Gonzalez, Mikey Maruszak and Paul Tynes. • Tana Hoban Exhibit ongoing. The exhibit is a retrospective of the well-known author and photographer, who published children’s literature from the 1940s until her death in 2006. See more listings or add your own at

The gallery specializes in southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Exhibitors include Kennith Humphrey, Chad Poovey, Lesley Silver and Sam Beibers. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Opening reception for Pat and Susan Juneau Dec. 11 from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; visit B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Betsy Liles specializes in custom jewelry. Classes offered. Artists include Southern Fired Glass, BC Herbals, Jane Chauvin, Alan Kolodny, It’s a Match!, Cecile L. Bartlett, Martha Latham and Cat Womack. Open weekdays 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-607-7741; visit Estate jewelry show Dec. 8-9. Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.). Featuring the photography of Millsaps College instructor Ron Blaylock. Private lessons and workshops available. Call 601-5066624. Visit Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit Current art show featuring works from all exhibitors through Dec. 31. circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). 601-362-8484. Visit Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Featuring functional and decorative artisan-created items for home, garden and body. See works from Tony Davenport, Virginia Weathersby, Sarah McTaggart, Sami Lott, Bruce Niemi, Christy Henderson and Joy Light. Best Artisan Gift Gathering Thursdays at 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. Artisan Double Header featuring Christy Henderson and Joy Light Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Stay tuned for future Jazz Night events.

Gaddis Group Gallery (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-3689522. Features works of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome. Harry the Potter (381 Ridge Way, Flowood). Select from a large variety of unpainted bisque items and hand paint your masterpiece. Call 601-992-7779, or visit Jackson Street Gallery Trace Station Shopping Center, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite E, Ridgeland. Works from more than 80 artists on display. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Call 601-853-1880. Open during Ridgeland Rendezvous on third Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). Located at Bright Center behind Trustmark on Mississippi Highway 80. The store sells coffee, comic books and art, and offers weekly creative classes and Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments. Call 601-397-6292 or visit Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of the Academic Complex, open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-9741200 or visit Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit Featuring glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Lounge Arts features the works of 17 artists including Ginger Williams, Meredith Pardue, Jason Avery Kelch, Courtney Yancey, Doug Kennedy and Margaret Moses. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeartsgallery. com or email

Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art, including Richard McKey’s artwork. Custom paintings, portraits and framing also offered. Call 601-981-9222; visit

Mela Dolce Design Studio (107 N. Union St., Canton). Open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Offering fine art, custom draperies, reupholstering services and wallcoverings. Call 601667-3509.

Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-366-8833. Self-Portrait Art Show Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.

Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite F, Ridgeland). Featuring illustrations by Mark Millet. Photography services offered. Limited edition prints for sale. Call 601-856-5901; visit

Wearing Art You Love by Valerie Wells

W A Fondren shop invites you to wear art, such as painted silk scarves from Joy Light.

earing art is becoming a mantra of sorts at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road, 601-3628484). The shop with the odd name often has trunk shows with designers, jewelers and craftsmen. On Feb. 2, circa hosts an artist reception for Christy Henderson, a Mississippi artist who paints in blocks of colors. Her art is a blend between primitive style and modern geometric forms. The consistent theme in all her work is love. The folks at circa. found it fitting to invite Henderson and potential art buyers to the shop a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day. circa. is featuring Oregon designer Joy Light the same day with a trunk show featuring her hand-painted silk clothing. She recently made a fiery tie-dye silk shawl for actress Ginnifer Goodwin. She makes long, thin, sheer scarves in rich colors that float in the air if you prance just right. The reception and trunk show are Feb. 2 at circa. The event begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. To learn more about the Fondren shop, visit

Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546 or visit Featuring works from the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. See Ann Hayne’s fiber exhibit through Jan. 31, Sharon Williams’ “Birds, Blooms and Butterflies” fiber exhibit in February and Dee Wilder’s jewelry exhibit in March. Sheep to Shawl Day March 3 at 10 a.m. Visit the satellite location at Fondren Corner. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Call 601-992-3556; visit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Featuring ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents. Saturday Shopping Day Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modern-art gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit Bring records to swap, sell or spin to Vine-yl Night on the last Friday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Nunnery’s specializes in fine art and distinctive custom framing; Gallery 119 is a contemporary fine-art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and southern artists. Call 601668-5408 or 601-969-4091. NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Mississippi designer Erin Hayne and Portuguese sculptor Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira founded the studio. Permanent exhibit: “Kinetic Vapor” at Jackson Convention Complex. Call 601-944-0023; visit One Blu Wall Gallery Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists include Howard Barron, Christina Cannon, Alan Vance, Robin Jayne Henderson, Carolyn Bogart D’Leo and Studio2Concrete. Call 601-713-1224; visit P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). By appointment only. Stay tuned for information on an upcoming open house. Call 601-982-4067 or email Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work from Pearl River Glass artists such as Andy Young. Call 601-353-2497 or visit Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). See Richard McKey’s paintings and sculptures, including the large “Obama Head” in front of his studio. Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Designs and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Reception for represented artists on first Thursdays of each month. Call 601-212-7707. Studio AMN/Sanaa Gallery The Quadrangle (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The gallery sells fine art, has a boutique featuring jewelry and body products, and offers custom framing. Call 769-2188289; visit The South Warehouse Gallery (627 Silas Brown St.). Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m.3 p.m. or by appointment. Call 601-968-0100 or 601 398-5237. Email or Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Different artists are featured each week. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-607-4147 or visit Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Paintings, prints and colorful ceramics are available to view. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-366-1844; visit or find The Wolfe Studio on Facebook. Annual Christmas Showcase through Dec. 24. See and add more gallery events at

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BE THE CHANGE Toys for Tots through Dec. 15. The United States Marine Corps Reserve hosts the annual toy drive for needy children. Toy donations are accepted through Dec. 15 at designated drop-off locations. Monetary donations can be mailed to 4350 Officer Thomas Catchings Drive, Jackson, MS 39209, or submitted online at Volunteers welcome. Call 601-847-0180 to volunteer or 601960-1084 for assistance. Kickin’ with Santa Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m., at Liberty Baptist Church (5199 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Members of Reservoir Karate give a demonstration. Also enjoy a smoked chicken dinner and raffles. Proceeds benefit Hudspeth Regional Center. Dinner: $3 individual, $10 family of four; raffle tickets: $3, two for $5. Call 601-955-1677. Shop With a Doc Dec. 13, 6 p.m., at Walmart, Pearl (5520 Highway 80 E., Pearl). This fundraiser benefits children from limited-income families who are burn victims. Each child is given a gift card to spend on whatever they wish. The Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association is the sponsor. $150 to sponsor one child; call 601-540-2995. “The Greatest Gift” Benefit Concert Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Performers include Mary Haskell, Dorothy Moore, Guy Hovis, the Williams Brothers and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Proceeds benefit The Christmas Village, a residential ministry in Canton for pregnant women. $20 balcony seats, $25 orchestra seats; visit Christmas Wish List Drive through Dec. 23, at Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51, Suite E, Ridgeland). The gallery is collecting specific donated items for The Home Place, a senior-citizens home in Madison. Donate Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. until Dec. 23. Items to donate include salon products, Kleenex and snacks. Contact the office for the full list. Donations do not have to be wrapped; they will be wrapped on-site. Donations welcome; call 601-853-1880.

Food for Thought through Dec. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Donate books and nonperishable foods during the month of December. Special programs for school groups throughout the month highlights the value of good citizenship. Call 601-576-6920. Events at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). • Art for Heart Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. The American Heart Association celebrates its 34th annual heart ball with cocktails, auctions and a seated dinner. The Billy Smiley Band performs. $125-$250; visit • Bacchus Ball Feb. 4, 7 p.m. Enjoy a creole cocktail buffet, live and silent auctions, and music from Complete Desire. Seats are limited. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $125 seated reservations, $250 unseated reservations; call 601-957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE. “Cancer Unmasked” Cancer League Gala Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Save the date for the annual fundraiser that benefits the American Cancer Society. Admission TBA; call 601-321-5500. CARA Recycling Program, at Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (960 N. Flag Chapel Road). Mississippi’s largest no-kill animal shelter, is earning cash for operating expenses by participating in the FundingFactory Recycling Program. They are collecting empty laser or toner cartridges and used cellphones and sending the waste products to FundingFactory for cash. Donations welcome; email Networking Social Thursdays, 7 p.m., at Locker Room Lounge (205 W. Capitol St.). The purpose of this event is to bring together professionals and entrepreneurs from different fields to exchange leads, build rapport and make meaningful connections. Proceeds benefit the second annual Pretty Christmas Toy Drive. $10; call 601-345-0407. View more listings or add your own at

Blues Marathon Offers Multiple Categories by Bryan Flynn

December 7 - 13, 2011




f you are going to run a marathon in January in Jackson, you better dress in layers and expect any type of weather. The 5th annual Mississippi Blues Marathon Saturday, Jan. 7, might be the brisk start to your new year. The Mississippi Blues Marathon began in 2008 and gives a portion of its proceeds each year to the Mississippi Blues Commission. These proceeds have netted more than $40,000 for the commission and shines positive attention to the state’s rich musical history. The Blues Marathon is open to walkers and wheelchair athletes as well, and kids can participate in a one-mile fun run. A group of individuals can form a relay group. If a team has five members, the first four members run five miles, each passing off timing chip. The final

WELLNESS Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313. • Yoga Foundations Series Jan. 8-29. Beginners learn basics such as breathing and posture Sundays from 2-3:30 p.m. $60. • “A Healthier You” Workshop Jan. 28, noon, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Butterfly Yoga’s Scotta Brady and liveRIGHTnow’s Terry Sullivan are the instructors. Learn yoga, sample smoothies and learn about power foods. Raw-food lunch included. Registration recommended. $90; visit liverightnowonline. com/workshop-ahealthier-you. • Anusara Yoga Immersion, Part 2 Feb. 4-6 and Feb. 24-26, noon. Students who completed the Part I class may participate. Register by Jan. 13 for a $50 discount. $500. Events at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-613-4317. • Prenatal Yoga Six-week Class Series Jan. 16-Feb. 20. Learn relaxation techniques, meditations, stretches and non-impact exercises Mondays from 5:45- 7 p.m. through Feb. 20. Limit of six participants. $120. • Joyflow Yoga Jam Six-week Celebration Series Jan. 17-Feb. 21, at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road). The class combines yoga and aerobics. Classes are Tuesdays from 7:15-8 p.m. $75. • Gentle Therapeutic Six-week Class Series Jan. 19-Feb. 23. Attendees with injuries or joint problems learn modified yoga poses Thursdays from 5:45-7 p.m. Limit of six participants. $120. • Partner Yoga Jan. 21, 5 p.m. Beginner and experienced couples are welcome. Space limited. $35. Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). • Cancer Support Group Meetings, at the Cancer Center. Cancer patients and survivors meet on second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. An additional session for women only is held at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-200-3070. • Caregivers Support Group Meetings. The group meets on second Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. Free; call 601-200-6768. Alzheimer’s Association Lunch and Learn Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m., at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The topic is caregiver stress. Speakers include Dr. Gary Mayfield and Melanie Fortenberry. Bring lunch. Free; call 601-987-0020.

Run for the blues and your health.

runner completes the last 6.2 miles of the course. Relay teams can come together at the final half-mile from the finish to complete the race together. To learn more or register, visit

Memory and Motion Classes Jan. 10-April 24, at Ridgeland Recreation Center (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). The class for people with earlystage Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers is on second and fourth Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Explore using the senses through mental, emotional and physical connection. Potential participants must go through a screening process. $5 per person; call 601-987-0020.

Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or long-term commitment is required. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays. $20 per month; call 601-987-6783. Cancer Rehab Classes, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss, and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free; call 601-9486262 or 800-948-6262. Fitness Camp, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Do cardiovascular and strength training exercises, and learn about proper nutrition. Sessions are from 8-9 a.m. Saturdays. $20; call 601-331-8468. Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-973-1624. Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram, and 3091 Highway 49 South, Suite E, Florence). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit for class schedule information and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The 45-minute classes are Fridays at 8:30 a.m. Baby care provided. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055; email Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-9486262 or 800-948-6262. NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information. Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925. NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenter Training, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). In Our Own Voice is a public education program that allows trained speakers to share their personal stories of mental illness and recovery. Presenters commit to making at least one presentation per month for one year after the two-day training. Free; call 601-899-9058.


by Sadaaf Mamoon

Inflated Sense of Self



hen I first saw Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlementâ&#x20AC;? (Simon & Schuster, 2009, $15.99), I think I actually groaned. I recognized the book for what it was: my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinly veiled ploy to influence my budding mind. He often gives readings on a variety of topics. I both dread and enjoy these â&#x20AC;&#x153;assignmentsâ&#x20AC;?; they ultimately teach me something. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been talking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcissism Epidemicâ&#x20AC;? for days, applying elements of its discussion on self-centeredness and hyper-confidence to our everyday lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re such a narcissistâ&#x20AC;? became the most common saying in my household for about a week. Around this time, I decided that I wanted to know firsthand what my father had been talking about. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anticipate so greatly enjoying being influenced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcissism Epidemicâ&#x20AC;? likens an inflated view of the self to a disease that is quickly spreading throughout America. Public figures say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes them stray from their spouses. Parents teach it by dressing children in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Princessâ&#x20AC;? T-shirts. Teens and young adults hone it on Facebook, and celebrity media have elevated it to an art form. Narcissism, the authors say, is whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s making people today depressed, lonely and buried under debt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Understanding the narcissism epidemic is important because its long-term consequences are destructive to society,â&#x20AC;? the authors wrote in the introduction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;American cultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on self-admiration has caused a flight from reality to the land of grandiose fantasy. We have phony rich people (with interest-only mortgages and piles of debt), phony beauty (with plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures), phony athletes (with performance-enhancing drugs), phony celebrities (via reality TV and YouTube) ... and phony

friends (with the social networking explosion). All this fantasy might feel good, but, unfortunately, reality always wins. The mortgage meltdown and the resulting financial crisis are just one demonstration of how inflated desires eventually crash to earth.â&#x20AC;? Psychologists Twenge and Campbell analyze narcissism through every facet of American culture, leaving no social practice untouched. In keeping with the theme, the authors treat narcissism as a disease of epic proportions, structuring their discussion in terms of diagnosis, root causes, symptoms, prognosis and treatment. The first section of the book defines narcissism, describing the disease of excessive self-admiration. Twenge and Campbell challenge some myths about the benefits of narcissism in our competitive worldâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;such as narcissistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; high risk tolerance and the fact that school test scores have hardly increased over three decadesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and trace the origins of the epidemic. Section two, addressing the spread of narcissism, deals with parental accountability in â&#x20AC;&#x153;raising royalty,â&#x20AC;? celebrity and media transmission, the quest for attention facilitated by the internet and the rise of easy credit. The next two sections describe the narcissistic individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior, personality and ideals. Then, Twenge and Campbell introduce their treatments for the disease: promoting awareness and behavioral change. The authors present this information in an easy-to-comprehend manner. The book reads quickly and fluidly, explaining tough concepts simply. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Narcissism Epidemicâ&#x20AC;? changed the way I view the world. I find myself actively trying to change the way I approach certain topics or do certain things. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s well written and informative, a good read for anyone interested in how todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society works.

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BEST BETS December 7 - 14, 2011 by Latasha Willis Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at



The “Gifts from the Seasons” art show at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road) hangs through Dec. 22. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Free; call 601-981-9606. … The Greater Jackson Arts Council Christmas Tree Festival exhibit is up through Dec. 31 at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1552. … See the film “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” at 1 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) through Dec. 31, excluding Sundays. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children; call 601-960-1552. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at Fitzgerald’s. … Gunther Cheatham is at Irish Frog. … The Wild and Out Wednesday Comedy Show is at 8:45 p.m. at West Restaurant and Lounge. $2. … Snazz plays at Fuego.

(2771 Old Canton Road) hosts the Best Artisan Gift Gathering at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-362-8484. … The Jackson Zoo’s ZooParty Unleashed is at 7 p.m. at Duling Hall. The Blue Mountain Band and Jesse Robinson perform. $50, $90 couple, discount for members; call 601-352-2580. … Fondren Theatre Workshop presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)” at 7 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Limited seating. $12; call 601-301-2281 to RSVP.


The Global Tree Display at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) debuts today; view through Dec. 31. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. … Judge James Graves speaks at Statehood Day at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6800. … The Mississippi Jazz Foundations presents “A Night of Musical Artistry” with Gerald Albright and Michael Burton at 7 p.m. at Alamo Theatre. $35; call 601-594-2314 or 800-745-3000. … The Magnolia Chapter of Blacks in Government Christmas Gala Celebration is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). $25; call 601359-3972. … The play “It’s a Wonderful Life” continues its run at Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg) Dec. 9-10 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-636-0371. … … Dreamz JXN hosts Can’t Feel My Face Friday. … Gunboat is at Ole Tavern. … The Honey Island Swamp Band plays at Underground 119. … The Chris Derrick Group performs at Fenian’s.


Author John Stark and illustrator Jeanette Jarmon sign copies of “Read This Book Outside” at Pentimento Books (302 Jefferson St., Clinton) at 11 a.m. $10.99 book; call 601906-3458 or 601-214-7426. … The simulcast of the opera “Faust: Live in HD” is at 11:55 a.m. at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). 22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-936-5856. … Jingle Bells and Wagging Tails is at 1 p.m. at Highland Village, Center Court (4500 Interstate 55 N.) and benefits the Animal Rescue Fund. Call 601-982-5861. … Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” at Gerald Albright performs at “A Night of Musical Artistry” at the Alamo Theatre Dec. 9 at 7 p.m.

December 7 - 13, 2011


Scott Crawford’s Lego Jackson exhibit debuts at 10 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and is on display through Jan. 15. Free; call 601-960-1557. … The Estate Jewelry Trunk Show at B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland) kicks off at 10 a.m. and includes a 5 p.m. reception; runs through Dec. 9. Free; call 601-607-7741. … Fondren’s Four Fabulous Thursdays continues with Fondren businesses staying open until 8 p.m. every Thursday through Dec. 22. Call 601-981-9606. … Parents and Kids Magazine’s Christmas Fest is from 5-8 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) and runs through Dec. 10. $1, $5 maximum per family (parents and immediate children); call 601-366-0901. … circa. Urban Artisan Living

SUNDAY 12/11

The Detectives present the comedy “Engaged” at 10 a.m. at Kathryn’s. $42 (includes brunch); call 601291-7444. … John Mora performs from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland). … The “Soulful Messiah” Youth Holiday Concert is at 4 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). $20 adults, $10 children, $25 VIP; call 769-251-1408. … BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, Suite 244) hosts a Champagne tasting at 4 p.m. $80; call 601-982-8111 to RSVP. … Dreamz JXN hosts Generation NXT: Vocalists Edition at 6 p.m.

MONDAY 12/12

The Sierra Nevada Beer Dinner at Sal & Mookie’s is at 6 p.m. $55; call 601-368-1919 or email to RSVP. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $5.


Mississippi Murder Mystery presents “Dirty Santa” at 7 p.m. at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). $38.50; call 601-856-9696 to RSVP.


The Christmas Community Dinner and Toy Giveaway is at 6:30 p.m. at New Vineyard Church (3784 Terry Road). Free; call 601-502-1744. More events and details at

The Vernon Brothers give a Christmas show at Hal & Mal’s Dec. 10. COURTESY HAL JEANES


2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road); encore Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. $15-$25; call 601-853-4508. … The Vernon Brothers Christmas Show is at Hal & Mal’s. … At F. Jones Corner, Nathan Bankston performs from 8-11 p.m., and the Southern Komfort Brass Band performs at midnight.


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Band members are John Mark Odom, guitar; Jon Barr, drums; Justin Royal Hays, bass; and James â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Meatiestâ&#x20AC;? Medious, saxophone.

The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Perception,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funky Dory,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Avenewz to Meâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Proclomation.â&#x20AC;?

Purp is not all funk. Any genres is up for grabs at Purpetrator shows. Anything from metal, hip-hop or even trance can happen, depending on the crowd.

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offin Breathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s m.o. is not writing catchy tunes, and they are certainly not radio friendly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make music youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d want to listen to every day,â&#x20AC;? Coffin Breath front man J.D. Burns says. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a refreshing slice of honesty from a musician, especially a lead singer. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs are powerful but admittedly, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at face value. The live shows are not elaborate productions, unless you are talking about kicking holes in drywall. The group is called Coffin Breathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; what do you expect? As confident as the members of Coffin Breath are in what they are not, they are less certain about what they are. They call themselves punk, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to see the misgiving in their faces when they are labeled as merely â&#x20AC;&#x153;punk rockers.â&#x20AC;? They are sophisticated metal heads. Wearing the requisite black band T-shirts, the members of Coffin Breath wax poetic about the evolution of hard-core rock music. They mention taxonomic classifications like horrorcore and grindcore as descendants of the originalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Ramones and Dead Kennedys. Guitarist Ryann Shepherd, who is from Boston, Mass., is a veritable guru of all things hard-core. He speaks about the genre with the respect of a cinema buff or sommelier. His band mates, who are all from Jackson, unanimously describe

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ackson comes alive when Christmas comes to town. With the Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree, Chimneyville Crafts Festival and several other local traditions, most people seem to get into the holiday spirit. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joyful noises not only help get everyone into Christmas mode, but also help those in need. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Night of Musical Artistry,â&#x20AC;? Friday, Dec. 9, in the historic Alamo Theatre on Farish Street. Gerald Albright and Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Michael Burton will perform all your favorite jazz numbers, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m safe betting theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play your favorite holiday tunes as well. Tickets are $35, and you can purchase them through Ticketmaster, the coliseum box office or from any Jazz Foundation board member. Local musician Mike Thum (of the duo Mike and Marty) and his wife, Barbara, are putting on Jamming for the Kids at Jacques CafĂŠ (4137 S. Frontage Road, Vicksburg, 601-661-0019) Dec. 10, a benefit and toy drive for the needy children of Warren County. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. The Thums have hosted this

Coffin Breathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music, with its heavy guitar riffs and Burnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jackhammer vocals, as â&#x20AC;&#x153;intense.â&#x20AC;? Performances are no leisurely affair, often sparking aggressive moshing or flailing fists of contended rage from fans. But just because the shows get rowdy does not mean that Coffin Breathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music is simply a soundtrack to a melee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At some point, we stopped writing songs about zombies and werewolves and decided to let our lives influence our music. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cathartic,â&#x20AC;? Burns says. Asked what inspires them, he replies: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to sound emo, but something as simple as a dreary day. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I want our music to evokeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sense of utter hopelessness.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange, such powerful, downright dismal words coming from the energetic and affable front man, who looks like Daniel Radcliffe with muttonchops and wild, elongated bangs. Shepherd, the Bostonian guitarist wearing a Bruins hat, likens Coffin Breathâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music to a hockey game: seemingly chaotic, but ultimately controlled and fluid. Even though their sound fits the house-party, no-holds-barred vibe, Coffin Breath has found a home in Jackson at Hal & Mals and Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge. For information about upcoming Coffin Breath shows or to hear some of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s songs, visit the Facebook page.

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benefit for 14 years now, and the musical lineup is packed out with Mike and Marty, Johnny Crocker, Doug Frank, The Owen Brothers, plus several more entertainers on deck to play for a worthy cause. On Friday, Dec. 16, Belhavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Performing Arts Center will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greatest Giftâ&#x20AC;? concert. The event starts at 7 p.m. and features Mississippi homegrown artists such as Dorothy Moore, Guy Hovis (from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Lawrence Welk Showâ&#x20AC;?), former Miss Mississippis Mary Donnelly Haskill and Kristin Dambrino, The Williams Brothers and the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. All proceeds benefit The Christmas Village in Canton. Beth Kellogg, organizer of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event, began volunteering at The Christmas Village three years ago and realized this nonprofit organization needed an event that would raise enough money for the struggling home for expectant mothers. She suggested a concert to the Christmas Village, and last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert was such a huge success that the organization was able to hire a part-time director. If you are interested in attending, visit

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ready to rock it out this week. Are performing Saturday night. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you? Start it up Wednesday by checking out heard of her, make a point to come hear her. my good friend Mississippi John Doude at Also Saturday, the Pix/Capri Theater Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Baby Jan and hosts the Esperanza All That Chaz at UnderPlantationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holiday ground 119, or the Open Showcase. Last year, it Jam with Will and was awesome, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Linda at Pelican Cove. sure this year will be On Thursday, Duljust as stellar. Also, the ing Hall is the site for Martini Room has its the Jackson Zooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zoo Pre-Christmas Affair, Party Unleashed,â&#x20AC;? with and Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosts regional favorites Blue The Vernon Brothers Mountain and Jesse Christmas Show. AtRobinson performing. tending this last show Tickets are $50 per peris one of my favorite son and $90 for couples. Jackson holiday tradiThe event starts at 7 p.m., tions. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to hit Burton performs at â&#x20AC;&#x153;A so you definitely want to Michael up F. Jones Corner to Night of Musical Artistryâ&#x20AC;? Dec. 9. get there early for the two hear Nathan Bankston great shows. and The Southern Friday night, Jokers Ride plays at Komfort Brass Band throwing down The Cherokee Inn, Renegade at Kathrynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, on Farish Street. and one of my favorite bands, Gunboat, Remember, musicians, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m watching all at Ole Tavern. who are naughty and nice, so get those listIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so excited because ToMaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has ings to me by Monday, and if you see me out Alabama native singer-songwriter Kristy Lee and about, please say hello! FILE PHOTO


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I am dreaming of a New Orleans Saints vs. Tim Tebow Super Bowl. THURSDAY, DEC. 8 NFL (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. NFL Network): The 4-8 Cleveland Browns take on the 9-3 Pittsburgh Steelers. On paper, this game looks like a dog. FRIDAY, DEC. 9 College basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): How do you know it is basketball season? Florida Gators host Rider Broncs on national television. One question: Where the heck is Rider University? SATURDAY, DEC. 10 College football (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CBS): Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as American as apple pie when Army takes on Navy in the final college football game before the bowls start. SUNDAY, DEC. 11 NFL (noon-3 p.m. Fox): The New Orleans Saints travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans in a game that could have playoff implications for both teams. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. NBC): The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants in a huge NFC East matchup. MONDAY, DEC. 12 NFL (7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. ESPN): Another dog of game on paper, as the 2-10 St. Louis Rams play the 5-7 Seattle Seahawks. TUESDAY, DEC. 13 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN 3/ ESPN full court): Florida Atlantic takes on the ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on the Internet or pay-per-view (if you have it). WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14 College Basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN 2): Tennessee Volunteers play the Charleston Cougars on a very slow sports night. Congratulations to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles for beating Houston and losing $14 million for C-USA. Delta State continues their playoff march in a semifinal game against Pittsburg State University. A win and the Fighting Okra will play for a Division II Championship for the second year in a row. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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hree months into Clinton Johnson Jr.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new position as Jackson Public Schools executive director of athletics, he sees the challenges and is proud of the progress he has made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has been exciting and at the same time, it has been challenging,â&#x20AC;? he says. The Farmhaven native played baseball at Jackson State University from 1974 to 1978 and pitched for several Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate teams from 1978 to 1984. After six years in the minors, Johnson says he â&#x20AC;&#x153;had to stop and get a real job,â&#x20AC;? so he began teaching technology education at Whitten Middle School. He spent the next 25 years teaching, coaching and administrating in Jackson and in Hinds County schools, including the last seven as principal of Callaway High School. Johnson, 56, believes his experience prepared him for the task at hand. He understands firmly and completely where athletics fit in relation to academics, he says. Johnson is most concerned with propelling JPS Athletics to what he deems as the right level of competitiveness for a district this size. He boasts that wonderful things are already happening in the district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have great basketball teams. Our band programs are outstanding. We had two volleyball teams to go to the playoffs this year,â&#x20AC;? Johnson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Our kids deserve the opportunity to have the best facilities, the best coaches and the best teachers. I want to make sure we are putting the best people in front of our children.â&#x20AC;?

Among the influences on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic future are programs such as the thriving Pee Wee leagues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On every corner that you turn in the afternoon you see a Pee Wee football team practicing,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no doubt that our programs will be stronger.â&#x20AC;? He cites Amateur Athletic Union basketball and the recently updated Central Jackson Soccer Association. That program, Johnson says, is a big part of the reason the Callaway High School soccer team is so successful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had six or seven kids to sign Division I soccer scholarships, which is pretty unusual for an African American school,â&#x20AC;? he says. Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s greatest concern is quality coaches. They must not only understand the connection between athletics and academics, but be leaders who can put together great programs, he says. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited about new talent in the district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coaches of the two teams who played in the middle-school (football) championship are young first-year coaches,â&#x20AC;? Johnson says of Thad Bridges at Hardy and Benjamin Hart of Brinkley. It is important to retain those coaches while adding to the list, he says. Historically, the JPS athletic director has not had a great deal of input into the coaches the schools hired; however, Johnson hopes to change that. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Principals will always have the final say, because you must have someone who is going to fit into the vacancy of the subject,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to be there to give the principals some guidance on what makes this person the right coach.â&#x20AC;? Before Johnson took the job, the JPS Athletic Department was hit with Title IX violations. In August 2009, the U.S. Department of Education began investigating a complaint alleging discrimination against female athletes, failing to provide them with adequate facilities, equipment and publicity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we are addressing those concerns,â&#x20AC;? Johnson says, without a hint of defensiveness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś The facilities and the opportunities will be there, and we are working on those facilitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not only for the girls but for the boys, also. Across the board, we are making sure that all of our students, not just girls, have the same opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Johnson is dealing with the financial constraints of his limited budget. The department was able to complete the construction of five high-school field houses for outdoor sports teams in 2010, but a lack of funds are

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Chef Kevin Thompson is the owner of the family-style Trace Grill in Ridgeland, which serves southern favorites.


fter years of opening locations for restaurant groups such as Copelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Ruby Tuesday and The Peasant Restaurant Group of Atlanta, Ga., Kevin Thompson realized his dream of opening his own restaurant in May 1999. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wanted to have a family-style restaurant that catered to families; a place with a nice, clean, wholesome atmosphere, where you can get a good meal and it not be outrageous.â&#x20AC;? This was the vision Thompson had when he opened The Trace Grill (574 Highway 51 N., Suite F, Ridgeland 601-853-1014). More than a decade later, Thompson and The Trace Grill have moved from their original log-cabin location to a new, larger facility down the road. New location aside, The Trace Grill is still known for high quality, southern comfort food. A key to the quality of their food is a dedication to the fundamentals, which means Thompson sometimes does things the hard way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just do a lot of home cooking here,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We bake all our bread; we make onion rings from scratch. When I say bake bread, I mean we bake it all from scratch, and we make all our desserts from scratch. All of our dressings are from scratch.â&#x20AC;?

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Did anyone inspire you to become chef? Maybe not this restaurant, but my mother loved to cook. My father was my mentor, and he helped me get started in the restaurant business. His father was a (kitchen manager) for Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee. He ran their athletic dorms and did all their cooking. Those guys were real cooks back then. They butchered; they got a side of beef in, and they butchered it down. It was long hours and hard work, so I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in my blood. What was the first recipe you mastered? The first one I came up with was fried green tomatoes. Ours are a little different than everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. We sell probably 150 pounds of green tomatoes a week. We serve it as a side dish on blue plates and also as an appetizer with a roasted red bell pepper sauce and goat cheese. It probably doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit this location very well because it could be in a fine dining restaurant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that good.

What do you think sets you apart from other southern-style restaurants in the area? We are incredibly consistent, and I think you will notice that when you come in. You get as good or better 41 service as a full-service restaurant. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a full-service

restaurant. Customers order at the counter and we bring it to them, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re constantly talking to guests and pre-bussing tables. I feel thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been the key to our success. Have you ever tried to change the menu and experienced a backlash? Not really, because when we first opened, we had the blue plates with three meat choices and four vegetable choices. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve tried to constantly improve what we have, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve added on. So the menu has grown quite a bit since â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;99. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not seasonal, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always looking for something new. When I find something new, I have to make sure it tastes good, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good quality product, and be sure we can deliver it consistently. What are some of your favorite dishes on the Trace Grill menu? Baby back ribs. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not a barbecue place, but we sell about 250 slabs a week. For a non-barbecue place, we sell a ton of ribs.

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re known for burgers and barbecue. Are there any special twists to those dishes? We use fresh ground chuck. We hand-patty every day, and we bake white, wheat and jalapeno cheddar buns six days a week. What is the most invaluable kitchen tip or trick that you learned over the years? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not really a trick, but treating and training your employees the way you want to be treated. I think youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re taking, typically, someone with a high-school education and teaching him or her a trade that they can apply and make a living. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had several people that have worked with me and gone into management with other companies. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, to me, a gratifying thing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the development of the people, and seeing them grow is the best thing. If you could cook for anyone in America, who would it be? Well, it would be my mother. She wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t here when we opened. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d already passed away. I got a lot of love of food from her. She would have loved to see this restaurant.

TRACE GRILL FRIED GREEN TOMATOES 1-3/4 cup Bisquick 1-1/3 cup white cornmeal 3-1/2 teaspoons celery salt 3-3/4 teaspoons black pepper 3-3/4 teaspoons granulated garlic 1 pound of green tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick 1/4 cup flour 2 eggs, beaten 1/4 vegetable oil

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The Art of Giving




by LaShanda Phillips


hopping for artists can be fun because it allows the shopper to tap into his or her creative juices to find the perfect gift. Plenty of local shops make it easy to find gifts for the artist or art aficionado in your life. Treat them to something unique or an everyday item made in a creative way. Any of these thoughtful gifts should make your artist very happy.

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Candle holder, Annelle Primos and Associates, $190 Mac Book Air, Apple Store Renaissance, $999-1,599

Alison Evans Handmade Pottery Annelle Primos and Associates, $108 “For the Love of Mississippi” calendar, Gaddis Group Studio, $16 Basic Touch Glove, Treehouse Boutique, $32 Votive holders, Glo Design Studio, $10 Conch shell, Annelle Primos and Associates, $16 Flow bowl, Pearl River Glass Studio, $200 The Wind Man, Harold W. Miller Sculptures, $300 “Woman with Peacock” print, Mississippi Museum of Art, $16 Textured Angels painting, Smitten Gift Boutique, $45 Small Multi-color Glass Vase, Smitten Gift Boutique, $50 Easely Amused Painting Class Gift Certificate, Easely Amused, $26.75 or $32.10


Annelle Primos and Associates,

Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 126, 601-362-6154

Apple Store Renaissance At Colony Park, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway,

Suite 4010, Ridgeland, 601-607-4521 Easely Amused, 2315 Lakeland Drive,

Suite C, Flowood, 769-251-5574 Gaddis Group Studio,

2906 N. State St., Suite 206, 601-368-9522 Glo Design Studio,

2951 Old Canton Road, 601-368-9755 Harold W. Miller Sculptures,, 601-706-9640 Mississippi Museum of Ar Art, December 7 - 13, 2011

380 S. Lamar St., 601-965-9939


Pearl River Glass Studio,

142 Millsaps Ave., 601-353-2497 tifi

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Smitten Gift Boutique,

207 W. Jackson St., Suite E, Ridgeland, 601-856-1655 Treehouse Boutique,

3008 N. State St., 601-982-3433



Hair for the Holidays by Meredith W. Sullivan

f you’re like me, you’re in the full swing of holiday season, and your weekends are booked solid with parties and gatherings. It’s pretty much a given that your outfits will be on point, but what about your hair? I recently caught up with my girl Kate McNeely at La Cru Salon for a little lesson on how to do my hair for the holidays. Visit the Fly blog ( for the video tutorial, but before you do, make sure you have your supplies on hand.



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Goody Bobby Pins, $3.79, Beemon Drugs

Big Sexy Hair Powder Play, $16, La Cru Salon Johnson’s Baby Powder, $1.79 (travel size), Beemon Drugs

Moroccan Oil Glimmer Shine Spray, $25, La Cru Salon

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Moroccan Oil Flexible Hold Hairspray, $22, La Cru Salon Dove Flexible Hold Hairspray, $4.69, Beemon Drugs

Big Sexy Soy Paste, $16, La Cru Salon

Where2Shop: SPEERT comb, $12, Beemon Drugs

SHOPPING SPECIALS Apricot Lane (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5008, Ridgeland, 601707-5183) Celebrate December at the 12 Days of Christmas sale. Every day through Dec. 12, check the Facebook page for an item at 20 percent off.

Send sale info to Bridgette’s Monograms & Gifts (2725 N. State St., 601-362-9947) Bridgette’s has added tons of items to the $5 sale. Christmas decorations are 40 percent off.

Summerhouse (1109 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-8534445) Post photos of your interior holiday decor to Summerhouse’s Facebook wall. The most “likes” by Dec. 16 wins a Jonathan Adler gift basket.

William Wallace Salon (2939 Old Canton Road, 601-982-8300) Do you know a woman who deserves some pampering? Submit a short essay to for a chance to win a makeover package for her.

Dec ember 7 - 13, 2011

The Shoebar at Pieces (425 Mitchell Ave., 601-939-5203) Help the Shoebar help Stewpot. Bring in five food items to save 20 percent on your purchase or 10 food items for 30 percent off.

Beemon Drugs, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 315, 601-366-9431 La Cru Salon, 5352 Lakeland Drive, Suite 600, Flowood, 601-992-7980


Check out for information about other sales around the city, trends and various things fly people should know.

You won’t believe what you can make at Plato’s Closet in Ridgeland has tons of gently used brand name jeans, tees, tanks, hoodies and shoes to fill your closet at up 70% off regular retail. Don’t forget - we pay $$$ on the spot for your gently used apparel and accessories - Check us out today!

1000’s of batteries for everything in the world…

This Holiday Season, Don’t Forget The Batteries!

10% OFF on any cell phone or camera battery

Expires 12/31/11


4220 Lakeland Dr. Flowood, MS 39232 located at the intersection of Airport Rd. & Lakeland Dr.

1260 East County Line Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 | 601.487.8207

Come see our new inventory! 398 Hwy. 51 • Ridgeland, MS (601) 853-3299 •

Chocolate Advent Calendars While supplies last!

1220 E Northside Drive #380 Jackson, MS Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. | 601-362-9553 WWW.NANDYSCANDY.COM

Store Wide Specials!

It’s ALWAYS FRESH in the 6030 I-55 North- EXIT 102B (601) 977-9040

Blu Gertrude Trunk Show

Fair Trade Green In the Rainbow Plaza 2807 Old Canton Rd. Jackson, MS 39216 601-987-0002 10-6 M-F 10-4 Sat

Brocks Gift Center A Touch of Mississippi

Dec. 9th & 10th


Brock’s Gift Center custom wraps all gift baskets! 1220 East Northside Drive • Jackson, MS • 601.366.9343


Serving Bloody Mary’s & Mimmosas 7am - 2pm The Renaissance at Colony Park 1000 Highland Colony Parkway #1009

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