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EMPOWER US! The Mississippi State AIDS Conference All events open to the public. Free of charge. “There is one thing you have to learn about our movement. Three people are better than no people.” -Fannie Lou Hamer

EMPOWER US! Makes the connection between the Civil Rights Movement and HIV/AIDS advocacy/activism. February 29th (Wednesday) (The following activities are held at Cabot Lodge Millsaps)

• “Human Rights and HIV Policy” 9am - 11am • HIV Advocacy Workshop 1pm – 5pm • “Access to Justice for People Living with HIV/AIDS in Mississippi” 4:15pm – 5:30pm • THE MISSISSIPPI HIVIL RIGHTS SUPPER 6:30pm – 9:30pm March 1st (Thursday) (The following activities are held at the Mississippi State Capitol)

• Breakfast Meet and Greet with Legislators 7:30am – 10:30am • HIV/AIDS Press Conference 11:00am, 2nd Floor of the Rotunda (The following activities are held at Cabot Lodge Millsaps)

• “HIV/AIDS in Mississippi: State and National Strategies” 1:30pm – 2:45pm • Federal AIDS Advocacy Watch, 2:45pm - 4:00pm • The Americans with Disabilities Act by the U.S. Dept. of Justice 4:15pm-5:15pm HIVIP Banquet (Buffett by Sugar Magnolia Takery & Cafe)

• THE NATIONAL AIDS STRATEGY: WHY & WHAT NEXT? • Christopher Bates, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) • Regan Hoffman, Editor-In-Chief, POZ Magazine • Special Guests, Activists from the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement • Abram Turnage Gospel Dance Troupe, plus Gospel Vocal Soloists March 2nd (Friday) • COMBINED MEETING of The Ryan White Care and Services Council and The Mississippi Community Planning Group For HIV Prevention 10:00am – 2:00pm • NOON Luncheon with the Latino AIDS Commission NYC: The Deep South Project Featuring: Megan McLemore, Human Rights Watch; Valencia Robinson, Mississippi In Action; Amy Rosenberg, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and Treatment Access Expansion Project (TAEP); Charles Stephens, South Regional Organizer for AIDS United; Marni von Wilpert & Linda Dixon Rigsby, Mississippi Center for Justice; ACLU of Mississippi; Robin Webb, A Brave New Day; Linda Stringfellow, Delta State University; Tonya Greene, Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative; Eva Thomas and Jerry Vardaman, Mississippi State Department of Health; Dr. Nicholas Mosca, Director, HIV/STD Bureau; Mississippi Department of Health; Dr. June Gipson, My Brother’s Keeper; Dr. Alonzo Dukes, Southern AIDS Commission (Greenville, Mississippi); Kathy Garner, AIDS Services Coalition (Hattiesburg, Mississippi); David Knight, US Department of Justice; Robert Grenwald, Harvard Law Policy Center; Mary Troupe, Mississippi’s Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities; Food by Sugar Magnolia Takery, Rooster’s Restaurant & Basil’s Restaurant

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Conference sponsored by A BRAVE NEW DAY with gratitude to MISSISSIPPI IN ACTION (Valencia Robinson, Legislative Day Coordinator), also gratitude for capacity assistance and support from MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, this event is made possible through the generosity of AIDS UNITED AND FORD FOUNDATION also JOHNSON AND JOHNSON SERVICES, INC.


Contact: Maurice Brown, Operations Director or Ben Roach, Development Director A Brave New Day Phone: 601.713.3999 Fax: 601.366.3990 Robin Webb, Executive Director

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9 Just Wait That seems to be the only sex “education” available to teens, despite a law to provide more. TRIP BURNS

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THIS ISSUE: Spring Arts

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sandra murchison in Mississippi. When Murchison started her project in 2009, the trail included about 35 markers in the Delta region; now 150 markers track the blues’ journey across 10 states. In addition to individual musicians and venues, the trail includes markers for street corners, cotton fields, train depots and cemeteries. Murchison, 40, is from Wayne, N.J. She attended Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., where she obtained a bachelor of fine arts in painting and printmaking. She then went to Louisiana State University in 1995, where she received a master’s degree in the same subjects. She came to Jackson to chair the Millsaps art department, and has now lived here for 13 years. Murchison teaches printmaking, painting, drawing and book arts at Millsaps. “Book arts stems from book making,” Murchison said. “(Students) bind books with their own hands and print their own art on the books. I also keep an eye on the (art) department (at Millsaps). Also, part of my job is making art. “However, my favorite thing is how the students keep me busy and work hard, and seeing them on the brink of starting their adult lives. They become like family.” Murchison met her husband, Julian Murchison, at Millsaps. He teaches cultural anthropology and sociology there. They have 4-month-old twin boys, Dean and Collin. —Dustin Cardon

39 Fire Eye A new documentary tells about the fiery green eyes that changed naturalist Aldo Leopold’s life.

46 Fantasy Hair You know about fantasy football, right? Having fantasy hair is, oh, so much better for a girl about town.

Sandra Murchison, chair of the art department at Millsaps College, began a project on the Mississippi Blues Trail two and a half years ago, focusing primarily on the Delta. She makes etchings, impressions and rubbings of markers on the trail, which commemorate locations, people and moments important to blues culture and history. She then turns them into 3-D mixed-media art projects that tell some of the stories behind the historic sites. “I’m interested in how a community portrays itself,” Murchison says. “I’m researching what is written on the markers and the stories the markers tell.” One of Murchison’s favorite markers is the one for Po’ Monkey’s, one of the last standing “authentic” juke joints in the United States, located just north of Cleveland. The owner, Willie “Po’ Monkey” Seaberry, established the club in 1963, converting his home into the venue. The juke joint, which is also his home, is a self-built shack on land that sharecroppers used to farm. Seaberry still works the farm by day and opens Po’ Monkey’s on Thursday nights. The Mississippi Blues Trail honors major blues musicians such as B.B. King, Bud Scott and Ike Turner. Although it is called the Mississippi Blues Trail, the trail includes markers across the United States as far as Chicago and Los Angeles, in addition to sites


4 .........Publisher’s Note 4 ................... Slowpoke 6 .......................... Talks 10 .................. Business 12 ................... Editorial 12 .... Editorial Cartoon 12 .................. Kamikaze 12 ..................... Stiggers 13 ................. Opinion 35 ...................... Music 36 ......... Music Listing 38 .................... 8 Days 39 ........................ Film 40 ..................... Sports 41 ................ Astrology 41 .................... Puzzles 42 ....................... Food 46 . Girl About Town


Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at She coordinated the preview listings.

Tripp Burns Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys Richard Ford’s “Bascombe” books and the cinema of Stanley Kubrick. He took the cover photo and several others for this issue.

Hannah Jones Hannah Jones is a junior English major at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is the managing editor of The Student Printz. She Woody Allen movies and sarcasm. Follow her on Twitter @hb_jonez. She wrote the arts feature.

Dustin Cardon Editorial intern Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi from Brandon. An English major, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote the Jacksonian.

Jasmin S. Searcy Jasmin S. Searcy holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in clinical and community counseling from the Johns Hopkins University and is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology at Jackson State. She co-wrote the Body/Soul feature.

Dr. Timothy Quinn Dr. Timothy Quinn is a family physician practicing in Ridgeland. He has a strong desire to integrate lifestyle modification and education into his medical care for his community. He received his M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville/

Eric Bennett Design intern Eric Bennett is a native of Jackson and a current digital arts student at Millsaps College. His dream job is to do character designs for a major video game producer. He helped with design in this issue.

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At the “Hindsonian” at Hinds Community College, Mike Day won top cartoonist awards from the Mississippi Press Association and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in New York. He was also a cartoonist for the Hattiesburg American.


by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

The Ledger’s Obsession with ‘Exclusive’


omething interesting came to the attention of our advertising sales department during the production of this edition of the Spring Arts and Events Preview. It seems that The Clarion-Ledger is now telling some arts organizations that if they would like The Clarion-Ledger (or, presumably, their subsidiary publications, such as VIP Jackson) to sponsor a non-profit or charity event, then The Clarion-Ledger must be the “exclusive print sponsor” of that event. In other words, no other print publication can give that non-profit discounted or donated advertising in support of that nonprofit’s event and be recognized for it. Now, the Jackson Free Press isn’t in a position to donate free advertising often, since selling ads is what pays our (ever-increasing!) bills, but we offer ads to non-profits for their events at sharply reduced rates, and we will frequently increase the size or frequency of the ads that they run when they recognize us as a “logo sponsor” or “media sponsor” of the event. We know that getting those event ads in front of our readers is a service not only to the non-profit or charity, but to our readers as well. After all, tens of thousands of people read the Jackson Free Press each week, and many of them are trying to figure out what they’re going to do for entertainment or enlightenment this evening, weekend or over the next few weeks. It’s a good place for most events’ ads. In exchange, we ask to be recognized in the ad and at the event as a sponsor who helped make the event a success with our in-kind contribution. So, while it may not be completely unprecedented, The ClarionLedger’s move seems odd to us. Why require a non-profit organization to choose whether they can reach one audience (C-L readers) or another (JFP readers)? There may be some overlap, but not a lot. According to the Circulation Verification Council, 81 percent of Jackson Free Press readers don’t receive a daily newspaper at home. Half of our adult readers are under age 34—I doubt the C-L makes that same claim. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but, even to me, it seems like a good idea to avoid getting in a bidding war with the Ledger over free advertising. So, if a non-profit or charity feels obligated to honor that paper’s terms for sponsorship, then they are free, by law, to purchase advertising in the Jackson Free Press or any other publication, and we still offer a great non-profit rate even if they don’t (or can’t) recognize us as a sponsor. And if they have no budget, we make every effort to list their event in our calendars and special issues such as this Arts and Events Preview—which nearly kills events editor Latasha Willis and the rest of the editorial team every quarter! Will this approach ultimately work to The Clarion-Ledger’s benefit? I don’t see how. It reminds me of their other forays into “exclusivity,” like the time a few years ago when they went around and got contracts signed at gas stations and retailers as part of their Total

Distribution Network (TDN) scheme, making them the “exclusive” distributors of free publications at those retailers. (They wanted us to pay them in order to keep distributing in those spots.) The ultimate result, as long-time readers will recall, was the dissolution of TDN after the formation of MIPA, the Mississippi Independent Publishers Alliance, of which the JFP is a founding member. Today, MIPA maintains about 100 group distribution locations in greater Jackson. I’m not really even complaining. Yes, it’s annoying to have someone you’ve worked with for years to help promote their event suddenly tell you that they can’t work with you or The Clarion-Ledger might be peeved. It smacks of a shrinking daily throwing its remaining weight around and, considering the potential damage it could do to some non-profit events in the area that rely on strong support from media partners, it’s a bit sad that this is where the C-L has decided to stake its claim. But the upshot is pretty obvious—The Clarion-Ledger is making its bed right now, and they’ll have to lie in it. The latest round of Gannett buyouts of longtime employees (like the Cleveland brothers) is likely to further gut a newsroom that has already seen cuts of 30 percent or more in the past few years. Within a few weeks, The Clarion-Ledger seems likely to begin charging for access to stories its website, perhaps in an effort to boost sagging print subscription numbers. (In the latest ABC audit, The Clarion-Ledger is averaging under 60,000 copies on weekdays and under 75,000 on Sunday; a sharp drop from their six-figure statewide circulation less than a decade ago. ABC recently changed its rules to allow dailies to count certain types of online subscribers as part of their subscription base.)

Whatever the reason, soon its website will be the “exclusive” domain of paying subscribers. It’s what I like to call “an interesting experiment.” Step One: Release your most experienced reporters; Step Two: Clamp down on non-profits that try to get media sponsorship from other print publications; Step Three: Start charging for access to your website. I’ll be very interested to watch the results. As usual, the Jackson Free Press will take on these tactics with the same strategy we’ve employed for the first 10 years of our publication’s life—do good work, expand the team, grow revenues, continue to develop online resources for community and reportage, and encourage our readers to engage with the best local businesses and organizations (and artists, musicians, leaders, thinkers) in Jackson. To that end, we’re once again adding to the team—with reporter Elizabeth Waibel moving to an expanded role as news editor, we welcome Jacob Fuller to the staff as a reporter alongside R.L. Nave. Virginia Schreiber has spent a few weeks with us as our staff photographer (a new position we’re very excited about). And Erica Crunkilton debuted just this past week as the JFP’s executive assistant, another newly minted position in the company. Please welcome them as you have so many other folks who contribute to the JFP and BOOM Jackson magazine—which, by the way, has a fabulous new spring issue hitting the stands as you read this, with issues available at Sal and Mookie’s during Fondren After 5 if you don’t see them before that. Oh ... and if The Clarion-Ledger comes along and tells you about something else they’ve decided they won’t allow you to do— well, don’t hesitate to call us. We can usually offer an alternative solution.









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Pushing the Beer Limit

by R.L. Nave


Wednesday, Feb. 22 After hours of discussion, the Mississippi Senate passes a bill to permit the establishment of charter schools in the state. ‌ A group of Occupy protestors who were pepper sprayed by police at the University of California-Davis files a lawsuit against school officials, including the police officer who sprayed the group.


Bill Chandler keeps up the fight for immigrants’ rights. p 8

Thursday, Feb. 23 The Mississippi House agrees to name a portion of Interstate 55 in honor of blues guitarist Robert Johnson. ‌ An Afghan soldier kills two U.S. troops, apparently in anger over Quran burnings at American military installations in Afghanistan Friday, Feb. 24 Alcorn State University fires head football coach Melvin Spears after just one year on the job. ‌ International chemical corporation Monsanto agrees to pay up to $93 million to settle a pollution lawsuit in West Virginia. Saturday, Feb. 25 In men’s basketball, Ole Miss beats LSU 72-48, while Mississippi State falls to Alabama 67-50, and Jackson State loses to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46-44. ‌ Former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela is hospitalized after complaining of stomach pains. Sunday, Feb. 26 Marcus D. Henton is shot to death outside of a Winston County nightclub. ‌ “The Helpâ€? actress Octavia Spencer wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, while her co-star, Viola Davis, comes up short in the Best Actress category for the film set in 1960s Jackson.


Tuesday, Feb. 28 Richard Glenn Lewis, of Rankin County, is charged with murder for killing his roommate, Christopher Eugene Hankins. ‌ The U.S. Commerce Department reports a 4 percent decrease for manufactured durable goods, the biggest decline in three years. Get news updates at


sking Craig Hendry to name his favorite beer is like asking him which of his two kids he likes best. Hendry likes Belgians and Imperial Stouts, especially Ten FIDY, a brew made by Lyons, Colo.-based Oskar Blues that’s 10.5 percent alcohol by volume. The problem for Hendry and other aficionados of high-gravity craft beers is that much of it, including Ten FIDY, is illegal in our state. “Mississippi is losing business to other

states,� Hendry declared as he sipped a Tallgrass IPA from Manhattan, Kan. Hendry is one of the people behind Raise Your Pints, a Mississippi campaign lobbying state lawmakers to raise the alcohol-by-weight limit for beer from 5 percent to 8 percent. “It looks small, but it’s a huge chunk of beer,� said Hendry, who helped launch an informal advocacy campaign in 2007 with fellow beer geeks before establishing

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Monday, Feb. 27 Webster County police officials find the body of 2-year-old Kyle Mitchell, who disappeared Sunday afternoon. ‌ A Cleveland, Ohio-area high-school student kills three fellow classmates and injures two other people when he opens fire in the school’s cafeteria.

(Left to right) Chip Jones, Angela Aiello, Lucas Simmons and Brandon “Biggs� Blacklidge, founders of Lucky Town Brewing Co. hope a successful Kickstarter campaign will enable them to sell beer commercially by the end of the year.

Raise Your Pints three years ago. Here’s a little insight into the woes of Mississippi beer lovers: Of the top 100 U.S.-based beers, 87 of them are illegal in Mississippi, according to beeradvocate. com, a Web portal for beer enthusiasts. Bumping up the ABW limit to 8 percent will add 50 more beers to the list of legal beers in the Magnolia State, Hendry said. After several years of various beer bills dying in committee, Hendry and other proponents believe their years-long education and advocacy efforts have finally come to a head. Legislators have introduced more than a dozen beer-related bills in the current legislative session. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, and Rep. Jessica Upshaw, R-Diamondhead, both introduced bills that would up the ABW limit, legalize the manufacture of beer with more than 5 percent ABW for sale in other states and allow breweries to sell a limited quantity of their product on their premises. Senate Republicans Philip Moran, of Kiln, and Terry Brown, of Columbus, introduced measures similar to those of Baria and Upshaw in the Senate. Exporting Mississippi craft beer to other states could generate interest about Mississippi in other parts of the country and eventually help expand tourism, said Upshaw, who sits on the House Tour-



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BEER, from page 6

ism Committee. “It’s kind of like Brett Favre being from Kiln,” Upshaw said of the former NFL quarterback and his Mississippi-boyhood hometown, which draws a fair amount of Favre fans from around the country. Kiln is also home to Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co., Mississippi’s only commercial brewery. Gourmet beer is experiencing rapid growth in the United States as customers’ palates become more refined and they seek out more sophisticated food experiences. The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, a group representing the gourmet food industry, estimates that specialty food items rang up $70.3 billion in sales in 2010, about 13 percent of all retail food sales. The craft-beer industry experienced 11 percent growth by volume and 12 percent growth in retail sales from 2009 to 2010. Compare this trend to that of the overall U.S. beer market, which saw a 1 percent decline in 2010 to $101 billion, or 203.6 million barrels. Lucky Town Brewing Co. hopes to cash in on the trend and improve the state’s beer culture by opening Jackson’s first brewery. The company, run by Chip Jones, Lucas Simmons, Brandon “Biggs” Blacklidge and Angela Aiello, launched a fundraising drive through the popular crowd-funding website, Kickstarter. Lucky Town has until March 12 to raise $20,000, which they say will be applied to equipment, insurance and licensing fees to start making their beer, which will include a maple sugar oatmeal stout, a hoppier-than normal Belgian blond, an American Pale Ale, an India Pale Ale and their experimental Stout of the Rising Sun,

made from smoked grains and jalapenos. If the company comes up even one dollar short of their goal, they get none of the money nor do the individuals who pledged support have to pay. The Lucky Town founders, self-professed beer nerds—not snobs, they emphasize—say Mississippi has a growing community of craft-beer lovers that will only grow if Raise Your Pints is successful in lobbying the Legislature to change the laws. The bills were assigned to various committees in the House and Senate, which have until March 6 to take action on legislation. The state’s arcane beer laws are closely associated with alcohol laws that date to Prohibition, which Mississippi was the first to ratify and the last to change after Prohibition’s repeal. After the passage of the 21st Amendment, which appealed the nationwide liquor ban, Mississippi left its laws that made alcohol illegal intact. In 1966, the Hinds County sheriff initiated a liquor raid on a Mardi Gras party at the Jackson Country Club. Afterward, the Legislature let each county in the state decide whether alcohol could be sold there, producing a patchwork of wet and dry counties throughout the state. Overcoming the perception that selling higher-gravity beer means more drunk people walking around is a major challenge for groups like Lucky Town. Jones points out that craft beer tends to be more expensive and, therefore, enjoyed by people more inclined to take their time drinking it, unlike the stuff people chug to get hammered. “If you’re looking to get trashed, there are easier ways to do it,” Simmons said. Comment at

Friendship Ball Honors Brooks and Reed COURTESY OWEN BROOKS



wen Brooks and Phil Reed are builders. In addition to the voter registration and education drives he led as director of the Delta Ministry, Brooks oversaw economic development projects, organized Head This year’s Jackson 2000 Friendship Start centers and helped start the Ball salutes civil-rights veterans Owen Mound Bayou Community HosBrooks (left) and Phil Reed on Saturday, pital and Health Center. March 3, at Hal & Mal’s. Reed presided as a pastor of Jackson’s first integrated church for more than 20 years and spearheaded a housing construction project in McComb for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As Voice of Calvary Ministries’ president, Reed champions the expansion of home buying for low-income Jacksonians. The Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball honors the two men for their racial reconciliation work Saturday, March 3, at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Hors d’oeuvres and music by These Days with Jewel Bass will be provided. Tickets are $20 ($10 with a student ID). The event benefits Parents for Public Schools and Students With A Goal (S.W.A.G.). For tickets, contact Todd Stauffer at 601362-6121, ext. 17. —R.L. Nave


Legislature: Week 8

by R.L. Nave

Power to the People


plemented a point-based grid that judges use to ensure that the punishment fits the crime. “Going to prison is easy. Coming out is hard,� said Karen Quay, who coordinates the city’s Fresh Start program, which is designed to prevent recidivism. Nothing to Worry About The people whose lives would be affected by proposed legislation seemed to be making themselves more visible this week at the Capitol. Representatives from the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, the Catholic Charities’ Office of Parish Social Ministry and Mississippians for Biblical Hospitality attended the Judiciary B House committee hearing Friday. The subject was the innocent-sounding Mississippi Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act that seeks to stifle the influx of undocumented immigrants in the state. The bill requires law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status whenever they have a “reasonable suspicion� that a person is an “alien and is unlawfully present� in the United States,� but prohibits an official from considering race, color or national origin in enforcing the act’s provisions. The act also protects police officers who enforce the law from being sued. The Judiciary B chairman, Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, modified the bill from its original form, re-



hen someone offered Melissa Cooper $700 for some of her prescription pain medication in 2010, she jumped at the opportunity. “I’m a poor person. I’m in a wheelchair. That’s no excuse. I accept that,� Cooper said of the transaction and her subsequent arrest and conviction for sale of a controlled substance. Cooper’s guilty plea resulted in a 30-year enhanced sentence because the deal went down close to a church or school (she can’t remember which). Former Gov. Haley Barbour freed Cooper on his last day in office, granting her a conditional suspension of her sentence for medical reasons. As a result of the felony conviction on her record, Cooper said she does not qualify for most federal housing or food programs— but she is required to pay the Mississippi Department of Corrections $55 per month in supervision fees. “They don’t care how I get it or where I get it from,� Cooper said. Cooper gave her testimony last Thursday as part of the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union’s presentation to the Senate Drug Policy Committee on the effects of blanket sentencing laws for drug-related crimes. Nsombi Lambright, the ACLU’s executive director, pointed to North Carolina as a potential model for Mississippi. That state established a sentencing commission and im-

Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, believes supporters of immigration-suppression bills want to keep whites from becoming a minority.

moving a requirement that immigrants keep their papers on them at all times. “People who are here lawfully have nothing to worry about,� under House Bill 488, Gipson said. Bill Chandler, MIRA’s executive director, disagrees. He said Gipson’s fixes only protect the state from lawsuits. He compared the push, which is similar to efforts already passed in Arizona and Mississippi’s neighbor, Alabama, to the racial-intimidation tactics that



A charter-schools bill by Sen. Gray Tollison, R-Oxford, is making its way through the Legislature.


drove hordes of African Americans out of the South during the Great Migration. “You see the concern on the faces of white racists who fear a majority-color state,� Chandler said. The bill passed out of the Judiciary B Committee and moved on to the Education Committee. Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill to permit the establishment of charter schools in the state. Comment at

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chool districts have until the end of contraceptives and sexually transmitted diseasJune to decide whether they will adopt es. A task force overseen by the Department abstinence or “abstinence-plusâ€? sex-re- of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools must lated education policies, but so far, the approve all curricula. only “abstinence-plusâ€? curriMississippi First, an cula that have been approved education advocacy group, are exactly the same ones that has been trying to persuade have also been approved for school districts to adopt ababstinence-only policies. stinence-plus sex-education “Districts are starting to policies for about a year. The get frustrated, because they’re organization started an initiaready to roll,â€? Sanford Johntive in conjunction with the son, deputy director of Misstate Department of Health sissippi First, said earlier this called Creating Healthy month, before the approved and Responsible Teens, or curricula were announced. CHART, to help districts “A lot of them want to get that want to adopt abstithe training over and done nence-plus policies find and with before testing starts. ‌ Sanford Johnson, deputy implement curricula. School They’re planning for next director of Mississippi districts that adopt medically year right now, and they can’t First, said the law makes it accurate abstinence-plus curdifficult for school districts move forward.â€? ricula can get federal grant to find comprehensive sexThe Mississippi Legis- education programs. money to pay for the prolature passed a law last year grams, but neither of the currequiring all school districts ricula approved by the Office to adopt policies regarding sex education. Dis- of Healthy Schools qualify for that funding. tricts may choose between an abstinence-only So far, 10 districts, including Hinds policy, which teaches that “a mutually faith- County, have signed on to the CHART iniful, monogamous relationship in the context tiative. The Jackson Public Schools board has of marriage is the only appropriate setting for not adopted a policy, yet, although Mississippi sexual intercourse,â€? and an abstinence-plus First expects it will do so next month. policy. Abstinence-plus programs must inMississippi First submitted five absticlude everything in the abstinence-only policy, nence-plus programs for approval in October, but may also include more information about Johnson said, but the task force rejected them.

Earlier this month, the organization submitted four programs, and those were also rejected. Christine Philley, school-health administrator at the Office of Healthy Schools, said before the curricula were rejected that she thought some of them would be approved. “The defining factor is that they must meet the letter of the law,� Philley said at the time, which means they cannot include a demonstration of condom use. Representatives at the Office of Healthy Schools were not available for comment at press time. Mississippi First is promoting sex-education programs that incorporate things like parent involvement, making healthy choices and resisting peer pressure, in addition to information about contraceptives and condoms. Johnson said he’s worried that with the law’s no-condom stipulation and how strictly the department is enforcing it, however, schools’ abstinence-plus programs will be so watered down that they will be ineffective. “Our major fear is that we’re going to get to the point where we’re not going to be able to do any abstinence-plus curriculum with fidelity,� he said. The root of the problem is how the bill requiring districts to adopt sex-education policies was amended before coming law. After revisions from the Legislature, the requirements for abstinence-only and abstinence-plus programs are almost exactly the same. Neither policy allows schools to show students how to use condoms—something that most compre-


hensive sex-education programs include. Johnson said part of the problem is that the law requires the Department of Education to oversee approving the curricula, which it doesn’t usually do, so coordinating approval has likely slowed the process. Although districts have to approve a policy by the end of June, Philley said, they don’t have to begin teaching the new programs right away. They have to implement their programs during the 2012-2013 school year, but could wait to introduce new material in the spring semester, if necessary. For more information on programs that have been approved, visit healthyschoolsms. org and click on Approved Resources. Comment at







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orth Jackson’s Highland Village has made a deal that could bring economic and health benefits to Jackson. Whole Foods Market is set to open its first location in Mississippi at the shopping center by the end of 2013. Whole Foods, an Austin, Texas-based grocery chain that features natural and organic foods, has signed a deal with Highland Village, located at 4500 Interstate 55 N., Frontage Road, to build a store in its east parking lot, facing Old Canton Road. “The biggest differentiating factor is our quality standards. You’re not going to find anything on our shelves that has artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, no hydrogenated fats. We source a lot of local products as well,” said Darrah Horgan, Whole Foods south region spokeswoman. Horgan said Whole Foods —which recorded $9 billion in sales in its 2010 fiscal year from 300 stores worldwide—seeks out local vendors and farmers to stock some of its shelves. But some people say that’s akin to a bait-and-switch tactic. Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Washington, D.C., has done extensive research on Whole Foods since 2007. She said that the market uses local growers to boost its image and entice customers to the store. The goal is to then sell its own 2,400-plus store-brand products, which are not locally produced products, Mitchell said. “It’s a big marketing tool,” Mitchell said. “It’s part of their image. They use big pictures of local farmers for the feeling you get.” If customers dig deeper, she said, they’ll find what Whole Foods really wants is to sell its own brands, such as 365 Everyday Value and Whole Foods Market, which nets the company a higher profit than local goods. “Whole Foods uses local goods for wallpaper,” Mitchell said. “Then they’ll price it substantially higher than other products.” She conceded that Whole Foods does a

better job of offering local goods than most major national chains such as Kroger and Walmart, but said its predatory approach toward other organic and local grocers has been a problem for many local farmers who need competition to help set their prices. However, Guy Boyll III, vice president of operations for Highland Village, said that the grocery chain’s cooperative work with local COURTESY HIGHLAND VILLAGE.

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by Jacob Fuller


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Guy Boyll III, vice president of operations for Highland Village, said he is excited to have Whole Foods coming to the shopping center, located off Interstate 55 in north Jackson.

food producers will have a positive economic impact not only on Highland Village, but on all of Jackson and the surrounding area. “For a company like that to come in, being one of the most highly sought-after retailers and grocery chains in the United States, shows the confidence they have in the city of Jackson and in Highland Village,” Boyll said. Boyll said Whole Foods could have a positive impact on other nearby grocery stores, such as McDade’s Market, located across Northside Drive from Highland Village. “They offer some of the same products, but it’s also a different mix of products. So, it could be a reciprocating thing that could cause their business to increase,” Boyll said.

Mitchell disagrees. In Portland, Maine, her hometown, three local and organic food grocers—The Whole Grocer, Portland Public Market and Wild Oats—went out of business or Whole Foods bought them out after the chain opened a store there. “We went from four markets to one. They come in and knock everyone else out,” Mitchell said. She added that the lack of competition leaves local farmers with little leverage in setting their prices with Whole Foods. Rainbow Natural Grocery, a local co-op with over 6,000 members, is one of Jackson’s largest distributors of natural and organic food. Steve Whitlow, Rainbow’s general manager, declined an interview, but sent the JFP a newsletter from Rainbow CEO Luke Lundemo that said Rainbow is not going away. The cooperative is “looking forward to having a strong ally in promoting local and organically grown food, sustainable agriculture and caring for the environment,” the newsletter said. Though it might change the competition, Whole Foods can coexist with other organic groceries, Horgan said. “It’s been proven in other markets that we’ve gone into where there’s lots of competition,” she said. “It’s better for the shoppers; it’s better for the consumers, because it helps everybody as far as prices and availability of the products that they’re looking for.” Again, Mitchell disagrees. “Their goal is to put local grocers out of business—one thing that is never good for the customer and is negative on prices,” she said. With many new retailers in the area opening in suburbs in recent years, it may surprise some to see Whole Foods choosing a location in Jackson. But the capital city, and Highland Village, was the grocer’s choice from the start. “We’ve had our eye on Jackson for a while for a number of reasons,” Horgan said. “There’s a lot of different types of people in Jackson. Our research showed that it is the prime spot for us.” Construction on the new store will begin in late summer or early fall this year, Boyll said. Comment at

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Teach Kids About Safe Sex


decision by a Department of Education task force earlier this week confirmed what some of us have suspected for some time: Schools in Mississippi really don’t have any legal way to teach comprehensive sexeducation. A recent law gives school districts a choice between abstinence-only and “abstinence-plus” sex education in theory; in reality, they’re just different names for the same policy. Right now, the list of approved abstinence-plus curricula includes only two options—the same options that are on the list of abstinence-only curricula. While it’s important to teach children how to respond to peer pressure, to set boundaries and to foster healthy relationships, Mississippi’s deplorably high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases suggest that our students could benefit from knowing about birth control and condoms as well. The statistics demonstrate that students are not abstaining from sex before marriage, and another class in school isn’t likely to change that. A 2009 study by the state Department of Health showed that 76 percent of public high-school seniors have had sex. Of the students who had sex within the three months before the survey, only 66 percent used a condom. Mississippi also leads the nation in teen pregnancy, chlamydia and gonorrhea. These problems are too severe to solve with a couple of programs that adhere to the narrowest interpretation of a badly written law, and parents know it. A recent survey by the Women’s Fund of Mississippi found that 96 percent of parents think children should be taught the benefits of abstinence. That doesn’t mean they should learn only about abstinence, though; 90 percent supported teaching students about birth-control methods. Teaching students about safe sex doesn’t mean that they will immediately run off and have sex, but because most people do have sex at some point in their lives, they should know how to be responsible and safe when they do. Even if, as the two approved programs suggest, every student in our state waits until marriage to have sex, they would still benefit from having the information they need as they decide if and how to use contraceptives within marriage. School districts must implement sex-education programs next year, but right now they have only two state-approved options, neither of which is thorough. Neither comes with the federal grant money available to schools with comprehensive sex education programs, either, making Mississippi’s current sex-education policy neither fiscally responsible or local-government friendly. The law has left school districts that want to teach comprehensive sex education with no viable options. Armed with little factual information, and left to their own devices, it’s likely that students will look elsewhere to learn about sexuality, just as they’ve done all along. Next time around, officials must make sure districts can teach programs that are-evidence based, rather than keeping safe-sex information from teens.


Drink Your Big Black Cow


February 29 - March 6, 2012

r. Announcement: “Ghetto Science Public Television presents highlights from Kunta ‘Rasheed X’ Toby’s thought-provoking documentary film series ‘The Pursuit of Crappyness: The Unemployed, Underemployed and Part-time DJs are Close to the Edge.’” DJ ‘Loose Booty’ McBride: “I remember the day when I was laid off my job. I left feeling very humiliated. I tried to remain poised. The reality of being laid off actually kicked in while driving home. I broke into tears when I turned on my car radio and heard these lyrics from the group Steely Dan: “‘Just when it seems so clear that it is over now. Drink your big black cow and get out of here.’” DJ Itch Got to Scratch: “The decline of the economy and being laid off from my job forced me to sell most of my personal stuff, except my DJ equipment. Now, I live with my mother. A few weeks ago, I had an urge to steal her TV. I thought that she watched it too much; it wasn’t healthy. She would watch the ‘Jerry Springer Show’ in the daytime and ‘American Idol’ at night. I couldn’t see the football game or reruns of the Sugar Ray fight.” DJ Old School Pete: “Yes, hard times will take you to the edge. Nevertheless, the unemployed, underemployed and part-time DJs truly appreciate the benevolence of Big Roscoe for allowing us to occasionally earn some money by playing old-school music to entertain the masses during Clubb Chicken Wing’s 12 Hot Wing Happy Hour.”


Behind the Curtain


t appears the culture wars of 2008 have returned for a sequel in 2012. You can attribute some of it to the Republican presidential candidates. Sure, gas prices are rising, and there’s growing unrest on foreign soil, but why bother with those issues when it’s so much more important to legislate morality? The economy has gotten a tad better, and since they can’t attack President Obama on that right now, they’re directing our attention away from that proverbial “man behind the curtain.”(I always have space for a good “Wizard of Oz” reference.) In 2008, we saw both Republicans and Democrats pander to an evangelical base, then pander to a blue-collar base and then to a moderate base—in much the same fashion that I’ve been critical of in some black politicians who pander to less engaged or informed black voters. In the absence of larger push-button issues like jobs, national defense or taxes, this Republican primary has fallen back on the old usversus-them” motif. In the case of Rick Santorum, he’s telling us that his religion, his family values and his beliefs are the fiber that holds this country together. He has declared that this new “tolerance” for others’ religious or moral choices is destroying the way of life for good, decent folk. You know, the good, decent folk who are Christians, who abhor birth control and homosexuality, and want to ban abortion but who support the death

penalty. The motif shows up with the suggestion that “snobs” like President Obama look down on hard-working, blue-collar Americans by suggesting that college should be an option. It’s Santorum looking on a room full of supporters saying: “It’s them! It’s those people who aren’t like us who are destroying this country.” Funny thing: For all the conservative talk about our founding fathers and how they would have handled these issues today, no one ever talks about the melting pot they worked in or the freedoms that they wished for all people. I don’t recall their putting any stipulations on those freedoms. When a politician attacks a way of life, most times it’s because they don’t have a plan for managing the more substantive issues. Be clear: Our way of life is being threatened, all right. But it’s not because of contraception or gay marriage. It’s because my dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to, my college degree doesn’t get me as far as it used to, and the gas in my vehicle costs way more than it used to. But as long as the pimping-and-pandering principle in politics is still in play, that great and powerful Wizard of Oz will continue to hold our attention, even when we should be paying attention to the man behind the curtain who’s pulling the levers. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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class in art appreciation constitutes the extent of my formal art education. Fortunately for me, I have never allowed my lack of art education deter me from availing myself of the opportunity to acquire art, to try to make it or to just stare at it as long as possible. I have never attempted to evaluate any piece of art Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve admired. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always just assumed, perhaps naively, that the price of every piece Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever proudly acquired was absolutely fair. In the realm of the art world, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been a lot like the skinny kid who was barred from the football field, but never missed the chance to live vicariously from the safety of the bleachers. A trip to New Orleans must include a day-long stroll on Royal Street, hopping from gallery to gallery, trying to memorize the names of local talent, marveling at their ability to pick up a paint brush and make a piece of blank canvas become something more, something better. I truly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a clue about discerning the different types of art. All I have to qualify myself as an appreciator of art is my own subjective love of beauty. I would never dare to pretend to know what I am talking about in the presence of a curator or gallery owner. They would sniff me out and expose my pretense in a heartbeat. I content myself with walking into a gallery and politely asking questions about a painting or piece of sculpture that catches and holds my attention. My saving grace has always been the benevolent gallery owner who knows an unwashed admirer when he or she sees one, and kindly steps in to provide biographies of the artists whose works I admire, to discuss the use of the artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chosen media and to offer their own interpretation of the art I gawk at. I always leave these galleries feeling grateful for the kindness of gallery owners. Of course, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m aware they get a payoff as well. Most gallery owners Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve crossed paths with positively adore the opportunity to share their knowledge with anyone willing to listen and learnâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even if that particular â&#x20AC;&#x153;anyoneâ&#x20AC;? only knows what she likes. I equate their eagerness to discuss art with me as a form of community service. Merely knowing what I like and purchasing it whenever economically feasible

has satisfied me for years. After all, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not planning to go back to school to major in fine art. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been able to indulge my love of art by hanging beautiful things on the wall. As long as the colors tie in, and I enjoy looking at it, why should it matter that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the difference between acrylic and oil paint? Beauty is subjective, and art should be for artâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sake, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it? I am painfully aware that in the eyes of the learned art appreciator or artist, my previous sentence constitutes blasphemy. I may be taking my life in my hands by merely walking across the McDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market parking lot if one of these rightfully exasperated souls recognizes me from my picture in this publication. So I am going to attempt to redeem myself by admitting that, lately, I feel the weight of my blind interest in art. I love gazing at art, but know only enough about it to embarrass myself if I try to discuss it in more informed company. For a solid year, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even allowed myself the pleasure of drifting through a museum or gallery. I long for a day to simply wander and contemplate, and maybe learn something new. I recently purchased a membership from the Mississippi Museum of Art. The price was too ridiculous to turn down, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to use it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve visited our Jackson museum in the past, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve enjoyed my visits. The museum featured Mississippi and regional artists on the occasions I visited, and the talent I saw in the work displayed impressed me. We all have the desire to be moved by something we see and touch. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe a lack of art knowledge is anything to be ashamed of. For myself, I view enhancing my knowledge of the art I admire as a simple product of my own evolution and the belief that it is never too late to learn something new. For me, a willingness to learn, consider and appreciate is an art in its own right. Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves planting flowers and watching birds in her backyard. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9-year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in one of the local hospitals in her spare time.

I love gazing at art, but know only enough about it to embarrass myself if I try to discuss it in more informed company.

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What inspired your love for music? In my immediate family, there was no music at all. My father was a farmer. When I was a kid, the back page of a comic had an ad where you could sell cards. If you sold enough sets of cards, you would get points by the number of boxes that you sold. When I was 10, I sold enough boxes of cards that I could get a guitar. When it finally came in the mail, I found out that it was plastic. It didn’t 14 take long for that to break.

‘I work hard. I listen to music. I watch people. I get inspired by a lot of people, and from that, I grow.’ Ohio State University), I was studying music, and part of music study was to do some conducting training. From the moment I started conducting, I knew it was something I was suited to do and something I was very interested in. I guess the rest is history.” You’re a “triple threat”—a composer, conductor and director. Describe your journey. I’ve spent most of my adult life as a conductor. I quit playing clarinet professionally many years ago. Today, in the modern world, being a great conductor is a full-time job, so I had to lay my instrument aside. It’s only been in the last 20 years that I’ve been arranging music. In the last five or six years, I’ve let that turn into true composition, serious composition. Coming to Jackson 12 years ago to be a music director of the orchestra, I’m now in charge of the artistic product of the Mississippi Symphony and everything that it

entails. This is the fourth music directorship that I’ve had. In my position, I get to make big decisions and have a lasting impact over the whole state of Mississippi over a long span of time. That’s a big-picture job. I think. I work hard. I listen to music. I watch peoTRIP BURNS

aestro Crafton Beck stands in front of the skilled musicians in the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Beck, 55, stands over the 65 musicians seated in a sea of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The orchestra consists of full- and part-time members plus additional musicians from the community. As he raises his right arm, the orchestra fills the auditorium with symphonic music. Growing up on a farm in the Arkansas Delta, Beck came full circle by settling in Mississippi 12 years ago, binding the loose ends to his childhood family ties in Jackson. Before his return, Beck studied music at numerous universities including University of Michigan, Ohio State University and the Aspen School. In 1987, Beck received a doctoral degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After receiving his doctoral degree, Beck held positions at various symphonies across the nation, including stints as music director of the Boca Pops Orchestra in Boca Raton, Fla., and the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. In 1990, Beck became the assistant to the late Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and maintained that position for six years. Beck has arranged more than 80 musical selections in his career. Among the many upcoming projects he is working on, Beck is conducting “Bravo V: Ode to Joy,” a nod to “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9” on March 31 and “Pops III: Pepsi Pops,” an outdoor concert on May 11.

My parents then got me a cheap guitar at Sears. It then became clear that I was serious enough about music that my parents got me guitar lessons in the fifth and sixth grade. When I went on to junior high school, I immediately started playing an instrument, the clarinet, in the band. Later in college (at

ple. I get inspired by a lot of people, and from that, I grow. What does music mean to you? Music, for me, has been what anyone wants their vocation to be. It’s been a job that’s allowed me to grow personally and in the world around me. It’s been the thing that’s made me interested in political, social and philosophical issues. When you’re an artist, at least the kind of musician I want to be, you’re automatically connected with the times, people and the world around you. Music has been my way of connecting. I’m so fortunate having discovered that I love music, that I was passionate about music and that I was good at it. I can’t imagine doing anything else. That’s what music means to me. How do you feel about returning to the South? I’ve come full circle. I left home after

high school and purposefully went north. When I was a boy, I remember coming on the train to Jackson with my grandmother to visit family so, in a way, I’ve come home. I hope I always stay here, to be honest. It’s great to be back and to be a part of creating a cultural scene and opportunities for citizens of the mid-South that I didn’t get to have as a young boy in Arkansas. I didn’t hear an orchestra until I was in high school. In fact, the closest orchestra was in Memphis, Tennessee. Now, in my position, I’m able to create something and offer it to people that was non-existent in the South when I was a boy in the ’60s. That is an exciting thing. Also, the orchestra here is almost the same orchestra that was here 12 years ago. I think that we’re playing better than we’ve ever played before. That’s the most rewarding thing for me, artistically. We’re playing at such a high level that there’s an esprit de corps. The organization is very healthy and very happy, and I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Through your artistic process, how do you make classical music appeal to a mostly Mississippi audience? The average Joe in Mississippi has never heard a symphony orchestra. They don’t even think it’s for them or (they think) it’s old and fussy. Relevance is, of course, the question. All the great music written in the past 400 years for symphony orchestra is relevant just like modern music. Brahms and Beethoven are just as relevant as any of the great popular musicians whether it’s the great jazz musicians or Elton John. They are all masters that create pieces that move us, that say things about the world around us and express, in an artistic way, what life as a human is, including all the trials, tribulations and joys. That’s our job. That’s what an artist is. I believe that the music we perform does that. We try to get the word out that this is something that everyone can enjoy. We do everything we can to connect and encourage anyone who has curiosity about music in any way. We try to make that accessible to them. That’s our guiding principle. Music celebrates being human.








Exhibits and Openings

Events at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-982-4844. • March Exhibit. Exhibitors include Benn Johnson’s Southerness, Ann Seale, Michelle Allee, Lori Gordon and Elizabeth Huffmaster. The artist reception is March 22 at 5 p.m.. • April Exhibit. Exhibitors include David Race of Coffeeville and Mario Robinson of New York. • May Exhibit. See works from Vicksburg native Kennith Humphrey. • June Exhibit. Exhibitors include Elizabeth Johnson of Jackson and Susie Ranager of Ocean Springs.

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Events at Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-960-1582. • “Mississippi … Another Perspective” through March 12. See Jeffery Yentz’s works in ink. A portion of the proceeds from sales benefit the art gallery and Bower Center for the Arts. • Tom Harmon Art Exhibit March 1-April 30. See paintings developed from photos in the Mississippi Archives. The opening reception is March 8 from 5-7:30 p.m.


Events at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). Hours are 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374. • “Southern Journeys: African American Artists of the South” through March 16. The traveling exhibition includes works from several African American artists. • “Eudora Welty’s Garden: Photographs by Langdon Clay” through April 1. Clay is a landscape photographer whose photographs were featured in the book “One Writer’s Garden: Eudora Welty’s Home Place.” Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-974-1762. • MIMB II: Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books March 1-31, at The Emerging Space. The traveling exhibition of miniature books features contributions from more than 100 artists. • “I Am Not There” Art Exhibit through March 23, at Lewis Art Gallery. Anita Jung, associate professor of printmaking at the University of Iowa, exhibits her work. • Senior Art Show I April 2-17, at Lewis Art Gallery. Exhibitors include Samantha Ledbetter, Jade Hewitt and Sue Carrie Drummond. The gallery talk is April 13 at 2 p.m. • Senior Art Show II April 23-May 12, at Lewis Art Gallery. Exhibitors include Lura Glatzer, Kse-

nyia Savelyeva and Masaki Fang. The gallery talk is April 27 at 2 p.m. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546. • Craft Exhibits. See Dee Wilder’s polymer clay pieces in March and Shambe’ Jones’ woodcarvings in May. Free. • Sheep to Shawl Day March 3, 10 a.m. The event includes sheep shearing and wool spinning. Free. • Knife Show and Hammer-in March 10-11. See an exhibit of hand-forged knives. Jason Knight, American Bladesmith Society master smith, gives a knife-forging demonstration. $8, free for children 12 and under, military and police; $50 demonstration; call 601-892-1867 or 601-720-7342. • Craft Demonstrations. See members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild in action. Visit for a schedule. Free. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-9601515. • Evening for Educators March 6, 3 p.m., in the Yates Community Room. The open house is for teachers to enjoy refreshments, preview upcoming exhibitions and receive information. Free. • Look and Learn with Hoot March 16, April 20 and May 18, 10 a.m. This educational opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free. • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibit through April 15. See works from students in grades 7-12 in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free. • Recent Acquisitions Exhibit through Aug. 5. See photographs, paintings and sculptures recently added to the museum’s permanent collection. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students. • “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey” March 3-July 22. See nearly 80 original drawings and preparatory dummies for the Reys’ children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. Enjoy opening-day events March 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. • Still Curious? Lecture Series 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall; cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. March 27, the speaker is Louise Borden, author of “The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.” April 10, Brent Funderburk, Mississippi State University art professor, presents “Every Little Soul Must Shine: Walter Anderson’s Art for Children.” May 15, historian Dr. Stuart Rockoff discusses the experiences of Jewish refugees in the United States during World War II. Free. • Selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art March 31-June 24, in Trustmark Grand Hall and William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. Featured artists include Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas and Lois Mailou Jones. Free. • Monkeying Around with George Family Day May 5. At 9 a.m., have breakfast with Curious

George at the Palette Cafe by Viking (prices vary). At 10 a.m., explore the original Curious George stories and enjoy hands-on activities in the Art Garden (free with paid admission). ROY ADKINS

Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • Goodwill Art Show March 1-31. Artists with disabilities showcase their work. Free; call 601960-1557. • “Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word,” at the International Museum of Muslim Culture. See rare African manuscripts and other artifacts. Free; call 601-960-0440.

Blacksmith and Craftsmen’s Guild member Bill Pevey gives demonstrattions regularly at the Mississippi Craft Center.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-576-6000. • Fossil Road Show March 3, 10 a.m. See fossils from the museum’s collection, and enjoy related presentations and activities. Bring fossils for expert analysis. • “Animal Secrets” through May 6. Explore the habitats and secret lives of forest animals through imaginative role play and hands-on activities. For children ages 3-8. Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaySaturday. $10, $8 seniors, students and military, $5 ages 6-17, 5 and under free; call 228-374-5547. • “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the MottWarsh Collection” through May 28, in the Beau Rivage Gallery and the Gallery of African American Art. Exhibitors include Chuck Close, Romare Bearden, Robert Mapplethorpe and Elizabeth Catlett. • “Alisa Holen: Confluence” through June 2. Holen’s ceramics are on display in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. • “Earth, Sea and Sky: Southern Ceramics from the Dod Stewart Collection” through June 2. See more than 70 pieces of Newcomb, Shearwater and Singing River pottery in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions. See “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 Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free except for A Walk Through History; call 601-576-6920. • “In Session: Legislative Acts of the Old Capitol” March 6-June 24. The exhibit showcases ilegislation that passed from 1839 to 1902. • A Walk Through History March 22, 6 p.m. The Foundation for Mississippi History hosts the fundraising gala for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History. See key artifacts slated for the new museums. $100; call 601-576-6855. • “Pieces of the Past: Men of Influence” through April 8. The exhibit contains items related to historically significant men in Mississippi history. Items include Jefferson Davis’s pocket knife and Edward C. Walthall’s teapot. • “Pieces of the Past: Women of Influence” April 24-June 24. The artifact exhibit contains memorabilia related to powerful female Mississippians. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. • Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration March 3, 11 a.m. Enjoy family-friendly activities, and meet characters such as Thing One and Thing Two, and the Cat in the Hat. • Nano Days March 24, 10 a.m. Learn about nanotechnology and science through experiments and activities. • Celebrate Mississippi with MCM March 31, 10 a.m. Storyteller Doris Jones performs to promote appreciation of and stewardship for Mississippi’s children. • Storyland Traveling Exhibit May 19-Aug. 28. The interactive exhibit for ages 8 and younger is derived from seven children’s picture books. Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). $10, $8 seniors, students and military, $5 children ages 5-15 except for WAMA Gala events; call 228-872-3164. • “Walter Anderson: American Mid-century Visionary Modernist” March 22, 6 p.m. Mississippi State University professor and artist Brent Funderburk elaborates on the Andersons and their art. • “One World, Two Artists” through April 30. See paintings and drawings from John Alexander and Walter Anderson. • “River and Reverie” May 1-Aug. 15. See Rolland Golden’s paintings of southern waterways. • WAMA Gala Artists Party April 3, 6 p.m., at Gulf Hills Hotel and Conference Center (13701 Paso Road, Ocean Springs). Artists who have donated pieces to the upcoming WAMA Gala enjoy networking and refreshments. Free for donors.


Exhibits and Openings • WAMA Gala 2012 April 14, 6 p.m., at IP Casino Resort and Spa (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi). The theme is “Horn Island: A Love Affair.” The Walter Anderson Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser includes food, entertainment and art. $125. “Winter’s Ink” Print Exhibit through March 3, at Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Curator Andrew Blanchard displays work from 21 printmakers. Free; call 662-234-9090. “Roots or Routes” Art Show March 2, 7 p.m., at Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). Exhibitors include Ron Lindsey, Ellen Langford, Fletcher Cox, Mary Hardy, Jean Blue and Elayne Goodman. Free; call 601-638-9221. Civil War Tribute Art Exhibit through March 3, at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg), in the visitors center. Kim Sessums’ sculptures and paintings pay homage to African American Union soldiers. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $4, $8 vehicle fee, $25-$100 commercial tour; call 601-636-0583. Cocoon Jackson Information Meeting March 4, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Learn how to get involved in the interactive art installation at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Call 601-497-7454. Hobbs Freeman Art Exhibit March 5-30 at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg) in the Convent Parlors. The showcase of the late artist’s works includes paintings and sculptures. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment. The opening reception is March 5 from 4-6:30 p.m.; Nick and Julia Blake perform. Free; call 601-631-2997. Liefy Hogg Smith Art Show March 8, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See the artist’s oil paintings. Free; call 601-291-9115.

Open Space starting March 19, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The Mississippi Improv Alliance hosts the event on third Mondays at 7 p.m. Local creatives are welcome to express themselves through their art forms. Free; call 601-497-7454. Oxford Art Crawl March 27, April 24 and May 22, 7 p.m., in Oxford. Stops include Powerhouse, University Museum, Meek Hall at Ole Miss, Southside Gallery. Free shuttle service. Free; 662-236-6429. Renaissance Fine Arts Festival March 31-April 1, at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The juried two-day festival includes an art show and sale. Children’s activities include crafts and story time featuring Clifford the Big, Red Dog, and the Cat in the Hat. Open March 31 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and April 1 from noon-6 p.m. Free; call 601-853-2011. Arts on the Square April 20-21, at Historic Canton Square, Canton. Shop for artwork, watch art demonstrations, and enjoy music and face painting. Open April 20 from 4-8 p.m. and April 21 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-859-5816. Cotton District Arts Festival April 21, 8 a.m., at the Historic Cotton District, Starkville. The Starkville Area Arts Council hosts a celebration of music, dance, literature, cuisine, theater and art. The event kicks off with the Old Cotton Mill 5K Run on University Drive ($20 in advance, $25 day of race) and ends with music by Charlie Worsham. Free admission; call 662-324-3080. Arts on the Green April 21, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, North Campus (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland), at Lake Sherwood Wise. Fundraiser includes art workshops, music, plays and seminars. Prices vary per event; call 601-853-6000.

Mississippi International Hair Show and Expo April 22-23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event includes seminars, competitions and networking. Bring credentials. $30 in advance, $35 at the door, $40 two-day pass; students get $10 off admission. Call 601-291-0154 or 601-622-9785.

Art Exhibit at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond) in the Katherine Denton Art Building. The gallery features regional and local exhibitions. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Free; for more information, visit website at

Creative Arts Festival April 13-14, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The theme is “The 50th Anniversary of the Meredith Crisis” and is an exhibition of visual arts, spoken word, performing arts and creative writing from high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Submissions welcome. Free; call 601-979-3935.

Tana Hoban Exhibit at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg). The exhibit is a retrospective of the late author and photographer. Hours are 9 a.m.5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601-296-7475.

“Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: The Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges” through May 13, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), at the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The traveling exhibit is about Jews who fled to America during that Nazi era and worked at black colleges and universities. $5, college students with ID and children free; call 601-977-7213. Art at the Healthplex 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. Open 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” at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). This exhibit reflects the life of Jews who immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. 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.

“Kinetic Vapor” at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). NunoErin, a Jackson arts studio, created the artwork from aluminum panels, reflected light and LEDs. 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. Email The Shire of Iron Ox Demonstrations at Java Ink (420 Roberts St., Pearl). The Society for Creative Anachronism shares old-world skills such as loom weaving and fencing Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-397-6292. Featured Artists at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). See works from Tony Davenport, Christy Henderson, Virginia Weathersby, Sarah McTaggart and Bruce Niemi. Hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free, artwork for sale; call 601-362-8484. Luis Diaz Exhibit at Jackson Street Gallery (500 Highway 51, Suite E). The Costa Rica native’s works include sculptures and paintings. Free; call 601-853-1880. See/add more events at


Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The gallery specializes in southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; visit “Roots or Routes” Art Show March 2 at 7 p.m. B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Betsy Liles specializes in custom jewelry. Jewelrymaking classes offered. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-607-7741; visit 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 601506-6624. 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; visit Art show March 22 during Arts, Eats and Beats. circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Featuring functional and decorative artisancreated items from local, regional and national artisans for home, garden and body. See works from Tony Davenport, Virginia Weathersby, Sarah McTaggart, Sami Lott, Bruce Niemi, Christy Henderson and Joy Light. Call 601-362-8484; visit Bonsai lecture April 21, and a bonsai workshop April 28.

See Tom Harmpn’s paintings (“Waiting for a Scoop,” pictured) at the Jackson Municipal Art Gallery March 1-April 30.

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 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; visit Liefy Hogg Smith Art Show is March 8 at 5 p.m.; see Matt Stelby’s art in April. Gaddis Group Gallery (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis. Commissioned work is welcome. Call 601-368-9522. The Gordon Gallery (131 Northpointe Drive, Oxford). Featuring the work of Bradley Gordon. Call 662-313-3385; visit H.C. Porter Gallery (1216 Washington St., Vicksburg). Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Signature gallery featuring environmental portraits, the Backyards and Beyond series, and Blues @ Home featuring photographs of blues artists. Call 601-661-9444. Harry the Potter (381 Ridge Way, Flowood). Select from a large variety of unpainted bisque items, and hand paint your own masterpiece. Call 601-992-7779; visit Jackson Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-9601582. Jeffrey Yentz’s exhibit hangs through March 12. See Tom Harmon’s exhibit March 1-April 30; opening reception March 8 from 5-7:30 p.m. 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. Currently featuring Luiz Diaz’s mixed-media pieces.

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 creative classes and Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments. Call 601-397-6292 or visit Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of the Academic Complex, open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1200 or visit millsaps. edu/news_events/art_lewis_art_gallery.php. Miniature book exhibit in March. Anita Jung’s exhibit hangs through March 23. Senior art shows and gallery talks April 2-17 and April 23-May 12. 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 Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Features the works of several artists including Lacy Barger, Ginger Williams-Cook and Ellen Langford. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeartsgallery. com or email 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 Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546 or visit mscrafts. org. Featuring works by members of the Crafts-






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men’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. See Dee Wilder’s jewelry exhibit and Shambe Jones’ woodcarvings in March. Sheep to Shawl Day March 3 at 10 a.m. Knife Show and Hammer-in March 10-11. The center has a 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. Open House March 24 at 10 a.m. Negrotto’s Gallery and Custom Framing (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Featured artists include Gerrol Benigno, Bob Brooks and Sadako Lewis. Call 228-388-8822; visit North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modernart gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Nunnery’s Gallery, specializing in fine art and custom framing, merged with Gallery 119, a contemporary fine-art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and southern artists. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call 601-969-4091; visit NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Erin Hayne, a Mississippi designer, and Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira, a sculptor from Lisbon, Portugal, founded the studio in 2006. Permanent exhibit: “Kinetic Vapor” at the 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 and Studio2Concrete. Call 601-713-1224; visit P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Featuring the work of Patti Henson. Call 601-9824067 or email

Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Featuring works from artists such as Andy Young. Call 601-353-2497 or visit Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). See paintings and sculptures from Richard McKey, including the large “Obama Head” in front of his studio; by appointment only. Works on sale at Fondren Art Gallery. Art classes offered throughout the year. Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Designs and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Featuring designer Sami Lott’s clothing. Trunk shows held throughout the city. Call 601212-7707. Studio AMN/Sanaa Gallery (The Quadrangle, 5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The gallery sells fine art. The boutique features jewelry and body products from Kiwana Thomas Gayden, and offers custom framing. Artists include Lorenzo Gayden and Melanie John. Call 769218-8289; visit Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Different artists are featured each week, including owner Jacqueline Ellens. Open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-6074147; visit Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Artists include William Dunlap, Robert Malone and Glenray Tutor. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-234-9090; visit Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Featuring paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-366-1844; visit wolfebirds. com or find The Wolfe Studio on Facebook. See/add more gallery events at

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rowing up in the 1940s in the ration with Jackson State University. The South, Walter O. Evans never Evans Collection represents a wide range had the chance to visit museums of African-American artwork and includes or galleries beseveral widely known cause of racial divides artists,” Jenny Tate, in society. In 1978, marketing director at however, Evans began the Mississippi Mucollecting art, starting seum of Art, said. with Jacob Lawrence’s This exhibition, which portfolio of silkscreen is scheduled for March prints. 28 through June 24, This spring, the 2012, features 40 works Mississippi Museum of by renowned African Art will host the Walter American artists from O. Evans Collection of the last 150 years such African American Art. as Romare Bearden and Trustmark Grand Hall Mississippi native Sam and William B. and IsaGilliam. William Henry Johnson’s “The bel R. McCarty Foun- Reader” is part of the Walter The Mississippi Mudation Gallery, in col- O. Evans Collection of African seum of Art (201 Paslaboration with Jackson American Art. cagoula St., Suite 102, State University, present 601-960-1515), is open the collection. Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and “We are very excited about hosting Sundays noon-5 p.m. The collection can be this extraordinary exhibition in collabo- viewed for free. Visit

Creative Classes Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. More at â&#x20AC;˘ Pizza Workshop March 1, 9 a.m. ($59) and March 27, 6 p.m. ($79). Learn to make dough and add toppings. â&#x20AC;˘ Fish and Shellfish: The Vital Choice March 2 and May 25, 6 p.m. Learn about the health benefits of fish and learn cooking techniques such as making a glaze, broiling fish and preparing clams. $99. â&#x20AC;˘ Macaroons and Whoopie Pies March 15, 9 a.m. Topics include making almond meringue and chocolate ganache, and preparing butter cream. $69. â&#x20AC;˘ Bread Basics April 1, 1 p.m. Topics include measuring, mixing, kneading and proofing. $99. â&#x20AC;˘ Vegas Steakhouse April 27, 6 p.m. Topics include pan-searing beef, roasting mushrooms and peppers, and making au gratin. $109. â&#x20AC;˘ From Farm to Table May 23 ($69) and May 26 ($79), 9 a.m. Learn recipes that incorporate seasonal, locally grown food. The Ancient Art of Bonsai, at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Dr. Craig Escude is the facilitator. Call 601-362-8484. â&#x20AC;˘ Lecture and Demonstration April 21. The lecture on the art and history of bonsai is at 10 a.m., the demonstration is at 11 a.m., and the consultation forum is at 1 p.m. Bring your bonsai tree to get design and care tips. The event includes a bonsai exhibit. Free. â&#x20AC;˘ Bonsai Workshop April 28, 10 a.m. Plant material, pot, wire and use of tools included. $85. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546. â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Series - Real Men Craft Class March 15, 6 p.m. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus is blacksmithing. $25. â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Series - Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Craft Class April 19, 6 p.m. Choose from mosaics, candles or pottery. $25. â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Series - Adults-only Craft Class May 17, 6 p.m. Choose from leather, glass blowing, fused glass or mixed media. $25. â&#x20AC;˘ Craft Sampler Summer Camp June 4-July 20. Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, fabric art, mosaics, candle making and more. Children ages 5-8 attend June 4-8 or July 9-13. Children ages

Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Markets Jackson Roadmap to Health Farmers Market mid-April through November, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 30. WIC vouchers accepted. Call 601987-6783. Mississippi Farmers Market through Dec. 15, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Call 601354-6573. Olde Towne Market April 14 and May 12, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors sell produce and crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Aprilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market includes the Caterpillar Parade at 10 a.m., and Mayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Make Mine Vintage.â&#x20AC;? Free admission; call 601-924-5472.

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Creative Classes from page 19 Beading Classes, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about making bracelets, crimping, making earrings and wirework. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601-629-6201 for a schedule. Art Therapy For Cancer Patients, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.) Wednesdays in the Hederman Cancer Center Activities Room. The classes are designed to provide an outlet for cancer patients to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills,

and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are included. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

skill levels welcome. Free; call 601-397-6292.

Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). For ages 16+. Mondays 7:30-8:30 p.m.’ Fridays 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480.

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.

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

Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include salsa, Zumba, bachata and hip-hop. Saturdays, the free salsa lesson is at 9 p.m., and the Latin

includes $20 worth of chips for the game tables. Also enjoy the Texas Hold ’Em 27-person poker tournament at 6:15 p.m. Prizes given. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. $10, $40 poker tournament; email millsapscasinonight@

American Cancer Society. Registration fees vary; call 662-549-3729. • April 27, 6 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-941-1810. • May 11, 6 p.m., at Historic Canton Square, Canton. Call 662-549-3729.

dance party is at 10 p.m. A beginner’s salsa class is also taught at the Chapatoula Building (115 Cynthia St., Clinton) Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit for a schedule. $10 per class; call 601-213-6355. Shut Up and Write!, JFP Classroom. Study non-fiction writing and creativity with JFP editor Donna Ladd. New 101 class starting soon; also learn opinion writing and more. Get on mailing list: class@ or call 601.362.6121 ext. 15. No experience needed; gift certificates available.

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“Empower Us!” Mississippi State AIDS Conference Feb. 29-March 2, at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). A Brave New Day sponsors the conference, which includes workshops featuring several nonprofits, HIV Awareness Day at the state Capitol March 1, luncheons and a banquet. Registration required. Full hotel accommodation scholarships and partial travel scholarships for people with HIV/AIDS available. Free; call 601-713-3999. Little Light House Tea Party Fundraiser March 3, 2 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). The event includes a silent auction (starts at 1 p.m.) and a ladies’ hat competition. WLBT chief meteorologist Barbie Bassett is the guest speaker. Proceeds benefit the Little Light House, a nonprofit that helps special-needs children. Limited seating; RSVP. $25; call 601-829-3446. Sante South Fundraisers. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. Call 601-987-0020. • Sante South Viking Culinary Dinner March 22, 6 p.m., at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Sommelier Norm Rush pairs wines with food from chef Jeremy Enfinger and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Limit of 36 seats. $125. • Sante South Wine and Dine Ladies Luncheon March 24, 11 a.m., at Table 100 (100 Ridge Way, Flowood). Enjoy a four-course gourmet lunch with wine pairings. $75. • Sante South Grand Tasting April 14, 6:30 p.m., at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Sample dozens of fine wines and gourmet food. The VIP tasting is at 6:30 p.m., and the grand tasting is at 7:30 p.m. $125 VIP tasting, grand tasting $80. “Making Dreams Come True” Mini Comic Con March 24, 9 a.m., at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle). Enjoy art exhibits, comic book and food vendors, and a costume contest for ages 4 and up. Special guests include the Shire of Iron Ox, the U.S.S. Haise Chapter of Starfleet and the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Flowood Library and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Mississippi. $5, $3 children ages 4-10, children 3 and under free; call 601-919-1911. Casino Night Fundraiser March 24, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Admission

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure April 14, 9 a.m., at the War Memorial Building (120 S. State St.). Race includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run. Online registration available at through April 11. Proceeds go toward breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment programs. $30 and up, $20 youth; call 866-475-6636.

Traffick Jam Walkathon April 14, 9 a.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Participants will ask 10 people to pledge $1 per mile walked with a goal of 10 miles The Little Light House Tea Party is March 3, 2 p.m., at and $100. Teams can split the 10 miles. Fairview Inn and benefits special-needs children. A post-walk rally and concert follows at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hard Places Racing for a Donation March 31, 7:30 a.m., at Community’s work against child sex trafficking in Liberty Road, Flowood. The race includes an 8K Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Visit run/walk and a one-mile fun run for children ages for details. Donations welcome; call 601-942-0429. 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi An Evening of Hope with Nicole Marquez April Organ Recovery Agency. Parking available at the 21, 7 p.m., location TBA. The event includes hors MORA parking lot (4400 Lakeland Drive, Flod’oeuvres, a signature drink, a cash bar, an art aucwood). Registration required. $20 by March 24, tion and music. Proceeds benefit the Ask for More $25 after; call 601-933-1000. Arts initiative, a school-community-arts partnership The Bachelorettes Reunion Concert March 31, sponsored by Parents for Public Schools. Admission time TBA, at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s TBA; call 601-969-6015. Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Proceeds go Operation Spring Fling April 26, 7:30 p.m., at Mistoward buying wigs for patients at the University of sissippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy Mississippi Medical Center. Donations welcome; refreshments and music in the Art Garden. Proceeds call 601-352-3399 or 601-540-1267. benefit Operation Shoestring. Free admission, sponRelay for Life. The all-night charity walks include sorships available; call 601-353-6336. food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the AmerDancing with the Mississippi Stars April 28, ican Cancer Society. Registration fees vary. 6:30 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint • April 13, 6 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 Andrews Drive). Dance contest features local celebCapitol St., Clinton), at Robinson-Hale Stadium. rities performing with dance instructors. Dinner, Call 662-549-3729. live and silent auctions, and music included. Pro• April 13, 6 p.m., at Richland Soccer Fields (Highceeds benefit Community Place, a nonprofit skilled way 49 S., Richland). Call 601-941-1810. nursing home. $75; call 601-355-0617, ext. 313. • April 20, 5 p.m., at Liberty Park (Liberty Park Wishmaker’s Bash May 5, 7 p.m., at Hilton JackDrive, Madison). Call 601-573-6577. son (1001 E. County Line Road). The annual • April 20, 6 p.m., at Country Woods Baptist fundraiser includes live and silent auctions, and Church (6737 S. Siwell Road, Byram), at the live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish activity fields. Call 601-941-1810. Foundation of Mississippi. Sponsorships available. • April 20, 6 p.m., at Shiloh Park (Shiloh Road, $100; call 601-366-9474, ext. 1+305. Brandon). Call 601-278-3960. Jammin’ for Joints May 5, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall • April 27, 6 p.m., at Northwest Rankin High (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Sports Medicine School (5805 Highway 25, Flowood), at the footand Orthopaedic Center hosts the “Studio 54”ball field. Call 601-941-1810. themed gala in the auditorium. Proceeds benefit the • April 27, 6 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Arthritis Foundation. $65 in advance, $75 at the Ridgeland). The all-night charity walk includes door, $120 couples; call 601-853-7556. food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the

Blondes vs. Brunettes June 2, 2 p.m., location TBA. Women compete in a powder-puff football game. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. Email Run 4 Rehab through Dec. 15. The fundraising project benefits rehabilitation services at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Registered runners raise money for each kilometer run through Dec. 15. Visit “Real Divas Read” Book Program. Divas 4 Charity seeks low-income women in college who need assistance with purchasing textbooks. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.0-4.0 and submit a one-page essay to info@divas4charity. com. Benefits include an Amazon Kindle and ebooks. The charity also sells $5 raffle tickets to fund the program, and a $100 gas card is given away each month. Call 508-443-4827. PRIYDE Recycling Drive, at PERICO Institute for Youth Development and Entrepreneurship (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Suite 300). The youth advocacy group is collecting electronic equipment to send to the FundingFactory for cash. Donate ink and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras and laptops. Call 769-251-1408.

JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball March 3, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Civil rights veteran Owen Brooks and Voice of Calvary Ministries president Phil Reed are honored for their racial reconciliation efforts. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music by These Days with Jewel Bass. Proceeds benefit Parents for Public Schools and Students With A Goal. Wear casual attire. $20, $10 with student ID; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Zippity Doo Dah Parade Weekend March 22-25, in Fondren. The Sweet Potato Queens headline the event that includes Arts, Eats and Beats March 22; a Big Hat Luncheon and music from Molly and the Ringwalds March 23; a children’s street carnival, parade and after-party March 24. Jill Conner Browne celebrates her now book “Fat Is the New 30” March 24. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Call 601-981-9606. BOOM Fashion Show April 5, time TBA. BOOM and the JFP present the city’s hottest spring fashion to benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. Ticket includes food, drink, after-party. Hurry for VIP seats. Details and location reveal at Get involved: 601-362-6121 x. 23.

Mississippi Miracles Radiothon Feb. 29-March 2, at Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children (2500 N. State St.) in the lobby. Y101.7, U.S. 96.3 and Mix 98.7 broadcast live from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. to ask listeners to make pledges in support of the hospital. Donations welcome; call 601-984-1975.


Rape Crisis Center Call for Volunteers, at Catholic Charities (200 N. Congress St., Suite 100). Catholic Charities seeks volunteers to counsel rape and sexual assault victims. Training begins in March. Call 601366-0750.


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Wellness Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Walks and runs are free and take place at the multi-use trail. Call 601899-9696. • “Fuel the New Year” Nutrition Workshops March 1, April 2 and May 3, 7 p.m. $10 each. • Weekly Group Walk. Walk two or four miles Tuesdays at 6 p.m. • Weekly Group Run. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m. • Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club. The group walks Thursdays at 10 a.m. Breast Cancer Conference March 10, 9 a.m., at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). Rebirth Alliance hosts the event. The topic is the Her2+/ Triple- form of breast cancer. $50 and up; call 601966-7252. The Dragon’s Way Weight Loss and Stress Management Program March 13-April 18, at The Shepherd’s Staff Counseling Center (2508 Lakeland Drive). Get tips on movements and foods that increase energy and promote self-healing. Attend Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 17 or Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through April 18. Space limited; registration required. $199; call 601-664-0455. MILES Corporation Brain Injury Conference March 27-28, at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The theme is “After the Insult: Effective Strategies for Successful Return to Work and Community Reintegration After Acquired Brain Injury.” Health-care professionals, counselors and social workers welcome. Free for brain injury survivors and caregivers. $125-$150 professionals, $175 exhibitors, $100 students; call 601-824-4865. Art in Mind Art Program March 28, April 25 and May 23, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the monthly program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Space limited. Free; call 601-987-0020.


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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601981-5469 or 877-793-5437. • Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day March 17, 9 a.m. Make crafts and participate in activities related to recycling. • Hop Around the Welty Porch April 7, 10 a.m. Children enjoy crafts, an Easter egg hunt and hopping like bunnies. • MCM Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 5, 10 a.m. Make papel picado flags with tissue paper in the Inspirations Studio, listen to Spanish music and participate in a Spanish scavenger hunt. • Mother’s Day Craft Day May 12, 10 a.m. Make a card or flower brooch in the Inspirations Studio, and see the Mother’s Day mural in the World at Work Gallery.


Fondren Easter Egg Hunt April 1, 2-4 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The annual hunt is on the front lawn. Call 601-981-9606. Late Night Shopping at the Craft Center May 3, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Buy local, handcrafted Mother’s Day gifts and support Mississippi artisans. Free admission; call 601856-7546.

Health Fair and Fitness Walk March 31, 9 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The event includes health screenings, a 5K walk and one-mile fun run, healthy-eating tips, and prizes. Free; call 601-918-3046. Two-Dollar Tuesday Zumba Fitness at Richland Community Center (410 E. Harper St., Richland). Paula Eure leads the classes. $2; call 601-209-7566; visit Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, resistance training and a children’s gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays until April 1, and 8 a.m.7 p.m. April 1-Nov. 30. Free; call 601-987-6783. Zumba Fitness Classes at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). Classes held weekly. Visit for a class schedule and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location. Gentle Joints Aquatic Program at The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive). The low-intensity water classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925. Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). • Cancer Support Group Meetings. Cancer patients and survivors meet on second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Canter Center. An additional session for women is 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. Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.) in the Hederman Cancer Center. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the meetings on third Mondays at 5:30 p.m. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Cancer Rehab Classes at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.) in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on 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 required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. 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. 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. Free; call 601-899-9058. Memory and Motion Classes through April 24, at Ridgeland Recreation Center (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). The class for people with early-stage 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, per class; call 601-987-0020.


oin guide and historian, Jack Mayfield for a historic driving tour of Oxford and the University of Mississippi on the famous Double Decker bus. Tour will also include stops at two historic homes: the L.Q.C. Lamar House and Cedar Oaks Mansion.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children and include admission into both homes. Tickets can be purchased Monday-Friday 8am-5pm from the City Hall Visitors Center or the day of the tour from the Skipwith Cottage Visitors Center, located next door to City Hall. Tours depart from Skipwith Cottage.

Tour Dates Saturday, March 10 at 1pm Saturday, March 24 at 1pm Saturday, March 31 at 1pm (Downtown Council Spring Open House)

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Saturday, April 21 at 11am (Ole Miss Red/Blue Game)

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Literary and Signings Book Signings and Readings at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601366-7619. • Feb. 29, 5 p.m., Patrick DeWitt signs “The Sisters Brothers”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • March 6, 4 p.m., illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser signs “Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet” after a reading and related activities. Semi-formal attire encouraged. $17.99 book. • March 7, 5 p.m., Jonathan O’Dell signs “The Healing”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • March 8, 4 p.m., Augusta Scattergood signs “Glory Be.” $16.99 book. • March 15, 5 p.m., Amy Franklin-Willis signs “The Lost Saints of Tennessee”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • March 20, 5 p.m., Lucy Ferriss signs “The Lost Daughter”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • March 23, 5 p.m., Paul and Angela Knipple sign “The World in a Skillet: A Food Lover’s Tour of the New American South”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book. • March 24, 3 p.m., Bobby Keys signs “Every Night’s a Saturday Night.” $25 book. • March 26, 4 p.m., Rachel Hawkins signs “Spell Bound.” $17.99 book. • March 29, 5 p.m., photographer Magdalena Sole signs “New Delta Rising.” $38 book. • April 3, 5 p.m., Valerie Winn signs “Forsaking Mimosa”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book. • April 11, 5 p.m., Lynne Bryant signs “Alligator Lake”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • April 18, 5 p.m., Ron Rash signs “The Cove”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book. • April 19, 5 p.m., Robert Olmstead signs “The Coldest Night”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book. • May 5, 2 p.m., Kimberla Lawson Roby reads from her book “The Reverend’s Wife”; signing follows. $24.99 book. • May 22, 5 p.m., Geraldine Brooks signs “Caleb’s Crossing”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16 book.

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“Portrait of a Woman” Reading March 11, 7 p.m., at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). Author Katrina Byrd reads her collection of writings. Dinner served. $20; call 601-813-4266. Oxford Conference for the Book March 22-24, at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave., Oxford). Presenters include author David D. Hall, poet Nicole Cooley, food writer John T. Edge and Square Books owner Richard Howorth. Free; call 662-915-5993. Magic Tree House Live Reading Tour March 27, 5 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Characters Jack and Annie from the Magic Tree House book series perform, give away souvenirs and stamp books. Admission includes a book and a snack. $10 (child plus adult escort); call Lemuria Books at 601-366-7619. Millsaps Visiting Writers Series March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Author Rick Moody and writer/musicians Wesley Stace (also known as John Wesley Harding) and Joe Pernice are the presenters. $10; call 601-974-1305. Story Time on the Side Porch May 23-June 27, at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place). Children in kindergarten through third grade listen to a classic story and make a related craft Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-353-7762. Weekly Storytime, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Tuesdays, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages 0-2 is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. Free; call 601-932-2562. Weekly Storytime, at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.) Wednesdays, 4:30-5 p.m. Volunteers and book donations welcome. Free; call 601-362-4628.


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• May 23, 5 p.m. Ben Fountain signs “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • May 31, 5 p.m. Jeff Shaara signs “A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh”; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book.

urning 12 is hard enough for a girl. Old friends start acting weird, especially the slightly older ones starting high school. You can try to hold on to the magic of childhood during a carefree summer, but reality might have other plans. To turn 12 in the 1960s in segregated Mississippi only could have added to the confusion of adolescence. Former librarian and children’s book reviewer Augusta Scattergood will sign copies of her novel, “Glory Be” (Scholastic, 2012, $16.99), March 8 at Lemuria Writer Augusta Scattergood Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601366-7619). This is Scattergood’s first book. She says she based the story on her experiences growing up white in the Mississippi Delta. “I was there in 1964, Freedom Summer,” Scattergood writes on her blog (which is at “I remember how our parents tried to shelter us from what was swirling around our communities. When they weren’t sheltering, they were telling us what to think and whispering about schools, pools, and parks closing. So I thought about how a young white girl might react to the news that her community pool was closing, rather than integrating.” Scattergood’s book signing is scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 8. For more information, call Lemuria at 601-366-7619.

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Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). • Monarch Festival April 14-21. The festival includes a butterfly rescue, a photography exhibit, a haiku contest, a nature lecture and butterfly adoptions. Call 601-924-5509. • Native Plant and Rose Sale April 21, 8 a.m. Purchase native shrubs and trees, antique roses, hanging baskets and bedding plants. 601-926-1104. Events at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). • Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 6-7. Topics include bumblebee pollination and pest management. Early registration encouraged. $125 in advance, $150 at the door; call 601-892-3731. • Business Plan Seminar April 26, 5 p.m. Topics include creating a marketing strategy and determining startup costs. Visit

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Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). • Minority Contractors Association of Mississippi Awards Luncheon March 1, 11:30 a.m. The theme is “Economic Inclusiveness: Encompassing Opportunities for Minority Businesses.” State Sen. John Horhn of Jackson is the speaker. $100; call 601-720-1233. • National Alliance on Mental Illness State Conference April 27-28, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The event includes discussions and exhibitor tables. $55, $45 members, $20 consumers; call 601-899-9058.


Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Drop Out Prevention Town Hall Meeting March 1, April 5 and May 3, 6 p.m., in the Community Room. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601-948-4725. • Energy Efficiency Appliance Replacement Program Forum March 5-7, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Common Area. To determine eligibility for a replacement energy-efficient refrigerator, gas water heater or window air conditioner, bring ID, proof of income, proof of home ownership and make, model number and capacity of the appliance to be replaced. Call 601-960-1198. • Two Rivers Gala April 7, 7 p.m., at the Thad Cochran Center. The annual event is a scholarship fundraiser for Tougaloo College. $100; call 601-977-7871 or 800-745-3000. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Unless stated otherwise, $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. • Mojo’s Third Birthday Celebration March 3, 9 a.m. The chimpanzee gets a birthday treat. • Story Time Tuesday March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5, 10 a.m. Children enjoy an animal story, crafts and animal encounters.

• C Spire Summer Soaker May 26, 9 a.m. Participate in a one-mile fun run and learn about sun protection. Pre-registration required. $10.

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f you’re looking for Paradigm: Back to the a way to improve Future.” your mind while • March 28, Mississippi you satisfy your Community College mid-day hunger, look Board executive direcinto History is Lunch, tor Eric Clark presents a lecture series from the “The Necessity of ComMississippi Department promise in Preserving a of Archives and History. Healthy Democracy.” All sessions are free to the • April 4, novelist Howpublic with water and ard Bahr presents “Anticoffee provided. All you Romanticism in Historineed to bring is yourself cal Fiction.” On May 9, join Mississippi and your lunch. • April 4, novelist HowArts Commission executive Started in 2006, director Malcolm White at ard Bahr presents “AntiMDAH holds the events History is Lunch for a talk on Romanticism in HistoriWednesdays from noon- southern culture. cal Fiction.” 1 p.m., usually on the • April 11, Jacksonian first floor of the William F. Winter Ar- Vernon Chadwick talks about Natchez chives and History Building (200 N. State and Gen. Douglas MacArthur. St.). Some of the talks are held at the Old • April 18, vexillologist Clay Moss talks Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). about historic flags in the MDAH colTopics relate to Mississippi history, lection. life, arts and culture. • April 25, Jacksonian Bill Patrick presUpcoming programs include: ents “The Truth about Casey Jones.” • Feb. 29, MDAH archivist Clarence • May 9, Mississippi Arts Commission Hunter presents “The Reverend William director Malcolm White talks about Albert Bender of Tougaloo College and the southern culture. American Missionary Association.” • March 21, Mississippi State University For more information, visit mdah.state. journalist-in-residence Sid Salter presents, or call MDAH at 601-576-6850 or “Mississippi Government and the New the Old Capitol Museum at 601-576-6920.

• Zoo Day March 10, 10 a.m. Enjoy crafts, games, face painting, animal encounters and keeper chats. • Spring Zoo Camp March 12-16. Children ages 6-12 learn about nature and animals, play games and make crafts. $35, $30 members for one class; $115, $105 members for four days. • Zoo Connections Teacher Workshops March 12, 9 a.m., for teachers of grades K-2, and March 14, 9 a.m., for teachers of grades 3-5. $15, $5 for 0.5 CEU credits; call ext. 241. • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Animals April 7, 7 a.m. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and a special tour. Reservations required. Admission TBA. • Earth Day: Party for the Planet April 22, 10 a.m. Learn about protecting the environment and wildlife conservation. • World Tapir Day April 27, 9 a.m. Learn how to protect the endangered species and meet the zoo’s tapirs, Symphony and LaRue. • Train Day at the Zoo May 5, 9 a.m. Celebrate with train activities and 50 percent off rides. • Mother’s Appreciation Day May 6, 9 a.m. Mothers get half off admission, and children make Mother’s Day crafts. • ZooBrew May 11, 6 p.m. Enjoy beer samples, food and music. Proceeds go to wildlife conservation, exhibits and education. 21+. Price TBA. • Don’t Fry Day May 25, 10 a.m. Learn sun safety tips and how animals protect themselves.


COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues, from crime to potholes. • Precinct 1 COPS Meetings, first Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2 COPS Meetings, second Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3 COPS Meetings, third Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4 COPS Meetings, fourth Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004.

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Millsaps Forums 2:30 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. March 2, Dr. Rico Chapman speaks on the topic “Student Activism in the Two Souths: Jim Crow Mississippi and Apartheid South Africa.” March 23, Freedom Rider Rabbi Philip M. Posner is the speaker. March 30, Michael Reinhard, assistant professor of political science at Millsaps, reports on the results of his four-year study of higher education in Afghanistan. April 6, author and Mellon Fellow Drew A. Swanson talks about efforts to preserve colonial history and wetlands in the South. April 13, Duncan McCullough discusses his experiences as a transgendered man. Free; call 601-974-1305. • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series 7 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. March 6, environmental specialists show the documentary “Green Fire” and discuss Mississippi’s environmental movement. March 26, Rick Cleveland, Boo Ferriss and Jay Powell discuss Mississippi’s baseball legacy. May 1, authors Alan Huffman and Reese Fuller discuss their most recent books. $10; call 601-974-1130. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469. • BankPlus Financial Literacy Day April 21, 10 a.m. Children learn the basic of creating a budget and managing money. $8, children under 12 months and members free.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). • Garden Partners Membership Tea April 26, 4 p.m. Learn how to become a member of the auxiliary. Call 601-960-1515. • Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence Awards April 16, 11:30 a.m. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and the governor’s office honor Mississippians who have served their communities. Call 601-432-6306. Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). • Jackson Garden and Patio Show March 16-18. Attend seminars on gardening, landscaping and outdoor decorating, and shop. Presenters include “garden mama” Nellie Neal, Catherine Strange and Dr. Gary Bachman. Open March 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., March 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 18 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $8 per day, children 10 and under free; call 601-919-8111. • Mississippi Employment Expo March 21, 9 a.m. Bring resumes and come dressed for possible interviews. Free; call 601-321-6154. • 2012 Spring Market of Jackson April 13-15. More than 100 merchants sell spring fashions, accessories, jewelry, shoes, handbags, children’s clothes, home décor, gourmet foods and more. Open April 13 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., April 14 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 15 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Girls’ Night Out is April 13 from 5-9 p.m. ($15), and Market Madness is April 13 from 9 a.m.noon, and April 15 from 2-5 p.m. ($10 wristband). Free parking. $8, $15 3-day pass, children 12 and under free; call 662-890-3359. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920. • “Directing Democracy: Mississippi’s Elected Officials” School Program March 1-31. The program for fourth graders and up explains the roles of elected officials and the election process. RSVP. • Gathering on the Green April 7, 10 a.m. Enjoy music, food, crafts and other festivities on the historic Old Capitol Green. • Your Vote Counts, through 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. Events at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Brandon). • WaterFest 2012 April 21, 10 a.m. Learn ways to protect the Ross Barnett Reservoir, and enjoy food, music and children’s activities. Free admission; call 601-987-3040. • Natchez Trace Century Bike Ride May 12, 7:30 a.m. Enjoy a scenic bike ride on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Choose from distances of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles. Rest stops with refreshments available. T-shirt and post-ride meal included. Online registration at through May 9. $35 through April 13, $45 after; call 601-853-2011. Wine Tasting Dinner Feb. 29, 7 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N. Suite 142). Enjoy a sixcourse meal paired with wines. Reservations required. $100 per person; call 601-956-9562. Diversity Conference March 1-2, at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville), in the Colvard Student Union. The theme is “Enhancing Diversity in Higher Education: Undergraduate Retention, and Recruitment of Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff.” Registration required. $150, $75 students; call 662-325-3713.


Community Using Technology to Manage Your Money: QuickBooks 101 March 7, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Topics include creating invoices, recording donations and generating reports. $179, $89 members; call 601-968-0061.

“Why She Should Run” Political Forum March 1, 5 p.m., at Capital Club (125 S. Congress St., Suite 19). Women for Progress of Mississippi hosts the forum to encourage women to run for public office. Networking and door prizes included. RSVP; limited seating. Free; call 601-918-5137.

How To Start A Small Business March 8, 6 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The College of Business holds the workshop at the Small Business Development Center. Call 601-979-2795.

Free Language Classes March 2, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The Spanish and Italian classes are from 6-7 p.m., and the Latin party with French and southern food is from 7-9 p.m. Free; call 601-500-7700. School Garden Build Day March 3, 9 a.m., at Smith Elementary School (3900 Parkway Ave.), Watkins Elementary School (3915 Watkins Drive), or Green Elementary School (610 Forest Ave.). Volunteer to help renovate or set up a garden. Bring tools such as gloves, hammers, shovels, wheelbarrows, trowels, buckets and paint brushes. The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and FoodCorps are the sponsors. Call 703-244-0699. JPS Teacher Education Symposium March 3, 9 a.m., at Kirksey Middle School (651 James M. Davis Drive). The symposium includes information about alternate teacher certification programs, financial aid and academic partnerships. Visit booths from several schools. Door prizes given. Free; call 601-960-8744. Free Income Tax Return Preparation March 3, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Student Center, suite 2241. The Center for Business Development and Economic Research and the Accounting Society offer the service. Free; call 601-979-2029 or 601-979-2699. Burn the Dance Floor March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2, 6 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Enjoy a free rumba class at 6 p.m., ballroom dancing from 7-9 p.m., a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. Spring Break Enhancement Program Registration March 5-8, 2-5:30 p.m., at Grove Park Community Center (4126 Parkway Ave.), Jayne Ave. Community Center (3615 Jayne Ave.) and Vergy P. Middleton Community Center (3971 Flag Chapel Road). The city of Jackson’s Department of Parks and Recreation hosts the educational and athletic program for youth ages 6-12. Bring proof of immunization or a birth certificate. Parents must provide transportation, lunch and a snack. Limit of 25 youth per location. Free; call 601-960-0471. Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program. Jackson 2000 is the sponsor. The program includes six twohour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Upcoming sessions are March 6-April 17 and May 5-June 9. Six-week commitment required. Free; email Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Disparity Study Focus Group March 6, 7:30 a.m., at Jackson-Evers International Airport (100 International Drive), in the mezzanine on the third floor. Business owners share experiences doing business in the Jackson area. Construction firms meet from 7:309:30 a.m., architectural and engineering firms meet from 10 a.m.-noon, and goods and services providers meet from 3-5 p.m. RSVP by March 1. Call 866-756-6372 or 601-664-3518.

Community Shred Day March 9, 7:30 a.m., at Home Depot, North Jackson (6325 Interstate 55 North). The purpose is to promote consumer protection and identity theft awareness. Limit of five bags per person; no businesses. Free; call 601359-3680. Boxers Rebellion Fight Clinic March 9-11, at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Road). Boxers, kick boxers and mixed martial arts fighters learn to sharpen skills. Luncheon is March 9, and classes are March 10-11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $125, $100 one day; visit Jackson Audubon Society Spring Field Trip March 10, 7:45 a.m., at Turcotte Lab (Highway 43 S., Canton). Carpoolers depart to the Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Anhinga Rookery. WMA permit required ($5-$15) at any sporting good store) except for seniors over 65 children under 16. Free; call 601-956-7444. Jackson Miss Hospitality Pageant March 10, 11 a.m., at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). Women ages 18-24 compete to participate in the stage pageant in July in Hattiesburg for scholarships and prizes. $275 pageant entry fee; call 601-218-2639. Miss Hinds County Magnolia State Pageant March 10, 1 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Girls and women of all ages, and boys ages 11 and younger may compete. Visit for guidelines. Winners receive a $1,000 savings bond. $75-$85; call 866-276-8879. W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meetings March 12, April 9 and May 14, 6:30 p.m., at the home of deborah Rae Wright

(135 Grand Ave.). Attendees meet monthly to discuss a chosen topic. Bring wine or a snack. RSVP. Email He-Man Manly Night March 12, 5 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The fundraiser for Raise Your Pints is a “man-fest” of beer, burgers and bluegrass. Admission includes a commemorative glass. $25; visit Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March 17, 1 p.m., in downtown Jackson. The annual Mardi Gras-style parade begins on the corner of State and Court streets. Call 601-948-0888. Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference March 21-25, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) and Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Activities include panel discussions, a banquet, workshops, a civil rights tour and films. $100, $40 one day, $25 college students, $10 high school students; call 601-979-1515 or 601-918-7809. Humanities Festival Week 2012 March 26-April 1, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Cultural events take place at several locations on campus, including the play “Flyin’ West” in Ballard Hall. Visit for a schedule. Free; call 601-977-7749. Taste of Mississippi March 26, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Dozens of Mississippi chefs and restaurateurs share culinary favorites. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. $65 in advance, $80 at the door; call 601-353-2759. Community Bike Rides March 30, April 27 and May 25, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates hosts the rides on the last Friday of the month. Visit their Facebook page of same name. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derbies, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m. March 31, the team takes on the Capital Defenders March 31, the Rocket City Rollers April 21, the Crescent Wenches May 19 and the Southern Misfits June 2. Season passes available. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; email info@magnoliaroller

Nirvana for Film Addicts by Tam Curley


he 13th Annual Crossroads Film Fest is April 13 to 15 with events in Madison, Fondren and downtown Jackson. At the Malco Grandview Theater in Madison, movie buffs can view independent films from Mississippi, the United States and around the globe. Expect to see films from Germany, Poland, Bosnia, Russia, and South America. “There are not a lot of people that see independent films because of the commercial-movie industry,” said Michele Baker, coordinator of the festival. On Saturday, April 14, the Mississippi Museum of Art hosts an art-making event in conjunction with the exhibit “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey,” Baker said. For music lovers, Crossroads will again have a music video showcase of musicians. To round out the numbers of musical acts this year, Crossroads will feature musicians based within a three-hour driving radius. An all-access pass for the entire three days of festivities will be priced at around $59, and Crossroads members will receive a $10 discount (prices subject to change). Individual screenings and events will be priced separately. Buy your tickets online at For information, visit

KidFest! April 6-7 and April 14-15, at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). The family event includes music, food and rides. $10, children under 2 free; call 601-853-2011. Super Bulldog Weekend April 19-22, at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville). The event includes football, tennis, softball, volleyball and soccer games. The Maroon-White Spring Football Game and concert featuring Sugarland is April 21 at 5 p.m. ($25 and up). Ticket prices vary; call 888-463-2947 or 662-325-2600. Golden Eagles Intertribal Society Powwow April 20-21, 10 a.m., at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College St., Hattiesburg). Enjoy arts and crafts demonstrations, dancing and drum performances. Free; call 601-466-0948. Global Youth Service Day April 21, 8 a.m., at Jackson Inner-city Garden (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Northside Drive, behind the BP station). Youth ages 5-25 plant vegetables, and weed and prepare vegetable beds. Bring gloves and work shoes. Email Double Decker Arts Festival April 27-28, at Courthouse Square, Oxford. The celebration includes food, music and art. Free; call 662-232-2367. Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) April 28, 8 a.m., at Chastain Middle School (4650 Manhattan Road). High school students compete in the areas of the sciences, humanities, business, and the arts. Winners will represent the Mississippi NAACP at the National ACT-SO Competition in July in Houston, Texas. $25 application fee; call 601-353-8452. Canton Flea Market May 10, 8 a.m., at Historic Canton Square, Canton. The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307. Dragon Boat Regatta May 19, 9 a.m., at Ross Barnett Reservoir (100 Reservoir Park Road, Brandon). The event includes boat races (fee applies per team) and a festival. Free admission; call 601-605-2554. 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 for youth on first and third Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Enrollment required. Free; call 601-353-3663 or 601-957-2969. Heatwave Classic Triathlon June 2, 7 a.m., in Ridgeland. Register by May 30; registration available at $75-$135 by May 6; $85-$145 after; call 601-853-2011. New Vibrations Network Gathering at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.) second Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards. Email 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 young people ages 14-24 the last Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-922-4968. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walks 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Call ahead if you need binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Be Bold Beer Run in downtown Jackson on third Saturdays. Registration is at 4 p.m., and the run/ walk is at 4:30 p.m. Stop at designated restaurants for drinks. Drink prices vary; call 262-391-9265. To see/add more events, go to

Small Business Administration Loan Clinic March 1, 1 p.m., at WIN Job Center, Canton (152 Parkway Drive, Canton). Learn about the variety of SBA products used to guaranty loans, and approved and participating lenders in the area. Space limited; RSVP. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 10 or 11.



Stage and Screen

Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). $10, $5 seniors/students, free for Belhaven employees and students; call 601965-7026. • “The Mayfair Affair” Feb. 29-March 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. • Musical Theatre Production March 1-3, in the Concert Hall. Musicals 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.

February 29 - March 6, 2012

Events at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Call 601-825-1293. • “The Ponder Heart” April 12-22. The play is based on Eudora Welty’s classic novella. Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations recommended. $20, $10 seniors and students. • “Our Town” Auditions April 23-25, 6:30 p.m. Production dates are June 7-10 and June 14-17.


Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). • “You’re Amazing: So Many Ways to be Smart” March 1, 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., in Sparkman Auditorium. Dr. Rhythm (Dr. Buddy Fish) shares songs and stories to promote a positive self-image in children ages 3-8. $4, adults free; call 769-798-9295. • Puppetry Jam March 29-30, 9 a.m.-noon. The Mississippi Puppetry Guild hosts the performing arts festival. Presenters include Sherman Lee Dillon, Inky the Clown, Hilda Faye Hill and Rosia Crisler. One adult admitted free with each group of 10 children. $8, $7 per child in group; call 601-977-9840. Events at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). Call 601-925-3453. • “As You Like It” March 1-4, at Jennings Hall Courtyard. Phyllis Seawright directs the production of the classic 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. • Spring Scenes April 13, 7 p.m., in Aven Little Theater. Advanced play-directing students present their final projects as scenes from dramatic works. Shows are April 13-14 at 7 p.m. $3. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533. • “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” March 3, 4 and 11, 2 p.m. The play based on C.S. Lewis’ novel is about four children who discover a magic wardrobe that leads into the land of Narnia. A Friends of Narnia party follows the March 3 performance. $10, $7 children 12 and under, $5 party. • “All My Sons” April 17-29. The Arthur Miller play is about a family’s post-World War II struggles. Shows are April 17-21 and 25-28 at 7:30 p.m., and April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. $25, $22 seniors and students. • “The Marvelous Wonderettes” May 29-June 10. The Roger Bean musical is about a 1950s singing group at a high school prom. Shows are May 29June 2 and June 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., and June 3 and 10 at 2:00 p.m. $25, $22 seniors and students. Events at Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Call 601-636-0471. • “Gold in the Hills” March 16-31. The play is the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show. Set in the 1890s, it features the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 children 12 and under. • Fairy Tale Theatre Auditions April 14-15, 2-4 p.m. Open to performers ages 7-18. Production dates are June 21-24. $55 registration, $35 members; call 601-636-0471. • “The Foreigner” May 4-13. The play is about a shy man who pretends to be from another country and overhears bystanders’ dark secrets. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • Sky Shows. Options include “WSKY: Radio of the Stars” Saturdays at 1 p.m. and “Our Home in the Milky Way” Saturdays at 3 p.m. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children; call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown, at March 4, films include “The Whale” at 2 p.m. and “Balbo” at 5 p.m. ($7 per film). March 11, films include “Balbo” at 2 p.m. and “The Skin I Live In” at 5 p.m. ($7 per film). March 18, films include the ballet “Le Corsaire “ at 2 p.m. ($16) and an independent film at 5 p.m. ($7). March 25, films include the opera “La Bohème” at 2 p.m. ($16) and an independent film at 5 p.m. ($7). Popcorn and beverages sold. Visit Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • “Elixir of Love” April 21, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s composition about a peasant using a love potion to attract a beautiful landowner. $45 and up; call 601-960-2300. • “Young Frankenstein” May 8-9, 7:30 p.m. The Broadway musical is based on the classic Mel Brooks film. $25-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000. A Night of Song and Laughter March 1, 7 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Comedian Chonda Pierce and

Romance and Angst by Valerie Wells


true rags-to-riches story, “Cinderella” has all the romance and angst perfect for ballet. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents its performance of a classic story March 3 at Jackson Academy’s Performing Arts Center, 4908 Ridgewood Road. “This production has all the necessary stage magic to mesmerize children, and a handsome enough quota of sly wit and inventive choreography to satisfy devoted ballet fans,” Jennifer Beasley, artistic director, said in a statement. The original choreography will feature guest artists Diana Gomez and Alfonso Martin, both with the Tulsa Ballet, in the lead roles. More than 50 dancers from the metro-Jackson area fill out the cast. Show times on March 3 are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A tea party with Cinderella and the cast will follow the 2 p.m. show. Tickets are $18 and $22. For information, you can visit or call 601-853-4508. songstress Natalie Grant perform. $20 and up; call 800-965-9324. “Orpheus Descending” March 1-3 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (621 Duling Ave.). The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival presents the play inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus. Shows are at 7 p.m. For ages 13 and up. $10, $5 students, $20 VIP; call 601-362-6381 or 601-927-4540. Branson Variety Show March 2-3 at Raymond Road Baptist Church (4622 Raymond Road). Enjoy performances from the gospel quartet Spoken 4 and comedian Terry Wayne Sanders March 2 at 7 p.m. or March 3 at 2:30 p.m. $10 through March 1, $12 day of show; call 800-965-9324. Monster Jam March 2-3, at Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). March 2 at 7:30 p.m., and March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $20-$25; call 800-745-3000. “Cinderella” March 3, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s performance is based on the fairy tale. A children’s tea party follows the 2 p.m. performance. $18-$22, $16-$20 seniors; call 601-853-4508. Nameless Open-mic, at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.), on first and third Saturdays at 9 p.m. Poets, singers, actors and comedians are welcome. March 3, Scarlette is the featured poet. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640. “Little Shop of Horrors” through March 4, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The musical is about a floral assistant who cares for an exotic plant that craves blood. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $15, $10 students; call 601-664-0930. Fondren Theatre Workshop Playwright Night March 6, 6 p.m., at Brent’s Drugs and Soda Fountain (655 Duling Ave.). The featured play is John Maxwell’s “Buck-Nekkid.” For mature audiences. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to order dinner. Free admission, food prices vary; visit


Events at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). Unless stated otherwise, $10, $5 seniors/students, free for Belhaven employees and students. • Senior Dance Concerts Feb. 29-March 3, 7:30 p.m. Graduating BFA students present original senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies. Call 601-965-7026. • Spring Dance Concert March 23-24, 7:30 p.m., at Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. The Belhaven University Dance Ensemble presents classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance, and cultural dance. Call 601-965-1400. • Student Production Showcase March 29-31 and April 2-3, 7:30 p.m., in Theatre 151. Students direct and star in performances that explore challenging topics and innovative material. Call 601965-7026. • Spring Dance Concert March 29-31, in Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. The Belhaven University Dance Ensemble presents classical and contemporary ballet, modern dance and cultural dance. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. with additional 11 a.m. performance March 29. Call 601-965-1400. • Belhaven Theatre Festival April 10-14. The series of theatrical events includes featured guest artists, student performances, staged readings, senior recitals, class showcases, workshops and presentations. Call the box office for show times. Admission varies for featured performances, other events free; call 601-965-7026.

Cheech and Chong March 10, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd.). Standup. $54.95-$77.95; call 800-745-3000. Disney’s Phineas and Ferb: The Best Live Tour Ever March 18, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The musical is based on the popular cartoon about two stepbrothers who find unusual ways to stay occupied during summer vacation. $20-$40; call 800-745-3000. “Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure” March 27, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Simulcast includes stories of people who helped shape education, U.S. government and civic life, music and interviews with public figures. $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; 601-936-5856. Screen on the Green March 30, April 24 and May 24, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Crossroads Film Society hosts the monthly outdoor film series in the Art Garden. Cash bar available. Free; call 601-960-1515. Crossroads Film Festival April 13-15 at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Enjoy dozens of independent films and workshops at the three-day event. Ticket prices vary; email “Lights, Camera, Imagination” Talent Search April 27, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum seeks children to feature in future radio and printed ads. Call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. “Collage” April 28, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). Ballet Mississippi presents a mix of classical, contemporary and Celtic performances featuring American Ballet Theatre’s Mikhail Ilyin and Maria Riccetto. $15, $12; call 601-960-1560. “The House at Pooh Corner” May 17, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). See Bettye Knapp’s adaptation of A.A. Milne’s classic story. $18, $10; call 601-696-2200. See and add more events at

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Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Free; call 601-974-6494. • Faculty Recital March 20, 7:30 p.m. Pianist Dr. Stephen Sachs plays Chopin and Liszt ballads. • Orchestras and Strings Concert March 23, 7:30 p.m. Music students showcase their talents. • All-state String Orchestra March 24, 3 p.m. The orchestra consists of high-school string students. • Jazz and Percussion Ensembles Concert March 31, 7 p.m. Belhaven students and the Jackson Community Symphonic Band perform. • Choral and Vocal Arts: The Beauty of Bernstein April 14, 7:30 p.m. Students perform to composer Leonard Bernstein’s works. • Best of Belhaven II April 16, 7:30 p.m. The Music Department presents the best student performances of the semester.

Events at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville). • St. Lawrence String Quartet March 1, 7:30 p.m., at Lee Hall in Bettersworth Auditorium. $15, $12 seniors, $8 children ages 3-12, free for MSU students; call 662-325-2930. • Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival March 30-31, at Mitchell Memorial Library and Lee Hall. The event consists of concerts, seminars and a tour of the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum. Discounts available for seniors and MSU employees. $10 evening concerts, $30 one-day pass, $50 two-day pass; call 662-325-2559.

Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson Commerce St.). performs March 29, 7:30 p.m., • Yarn and the Wild Feathers at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. March 10, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Events at Millsaps College cocktails at 7:30 p.m. and (1701 N. State St.). Call 601the show at 9 p.m. $8 at the 974-1422. door; call 601-292-7121. • Millsaps Music Scholarship • Eilen Jewel and the HackAuditions March 2, by appointment. Potential ensack Boys April 18, 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, students are welcome to audition. $12 at the door; call 601-292-7121. • Music Student Departmental Recital March 5, • New Bourbon Street Jazz Band through 3 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. Enjoy a variMay 23. The band performs on second and ety of vocal, piano and instrumental music. Free. fourth Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. Free, dona• Senior Recitals April 2, 7:30 p.m., at Ford Acations welcome; call 601-352-6420. demic Complex in the recital hall. Senior students Events at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthpresent music from baroque, classical, romantic place (719 N. Congress St.). and contemporary periods. Free. • Free Form Concert April 6, 9 p.m. TTOCCS Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., REKARP Productions hosts the percussion conMeridian). Call 601-696-2200. cert. $5; call 601-352-3399 or 601-540-1267. • Josh Turner March 9, 7:30 p.m. Pre-show • Tatsuya Nakatani April 22, 2 p.m. The experiparty at 6 p.m. $68, $62. mental percussionist gives an improvised music • An Evening with Wilson Phillips March 25, workshop from 2-5 p.m. (limit of 10 students, 6 p.m. The 1990s female trio reunites. $50, RSVP) and a concert (time TBA). $20 workshop, $44. concert admission TBA; call 601-352-3399 or 601-540-1267. • American Legacies Concert April 7, 7:30 p.m. The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601Hall Jazz Band perform. $40, $34. 292-7121 or 800-745-3000. • Lee Ann Womack April 14, 7:30 p.m. Pre• An Evening with Janis Ian April 26, 6:30 p.m. show party at 6 p.m. $52, $46. Enjoy cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and the show at • Soul Salvation Concert May 5, 7:30 p.m. The 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Ruthie Foster Band performs with soloist Paul • Blind Boys of Alabama May 20, 6:30 p.m. Thorn. Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $28, $22. Enjoy cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and the show at • Bonnie Raitt May 8, 7:30 p.m. Pre-show party 8 p.m. $44.50 in advance, $50 at the door. at 6 p.m. $87, $81. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. • Wynonna and The Big Noise May 19, Lamar St.). 7:30 p.m. Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $70, $64. • Music in the City, in Trustmark Grand Hall. Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the PerHors d’oeuvres are served at 5:15 p.m., and the forming Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call show is at 5:45 p.m. Heather Denham and John 662-915-2787. Paul perform March 6, Sybil Child, Deborah Feldman and John Paul perform April 17, John • Vienna Boys Choir March 2, 7 p.m. $21, $29. Paul performs May 8, and Colman Pierce and • Mass in B Minor: Johann Sebastian Bach Lester Senter perform June 5. Free, donations March 8, 7 p.m. The University of Mississippi welcome; call 601-354-1533. Concert Singers perform. $29, $21. • Chamber III: Three Thrilling Ensembles March 9, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s brass , woodwind and string quintets perform. $15; call 601-960-1565. SEE PAGE 34 FOR MORE LISTINGS

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Events at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-3769404. • “4 the Record” Swap Meet March 3, 10 a.m. Buy, sell or trade records, and enjoy food, raffles and music. $4, children under 12 free, $20 vendors. • Vine-yl Night. On the last Friday of each month from 5:30-10:30 p.m., play, sell and swap records, and enjoy arti and free wine. Free.

Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • Bravo V: Ode to Joy March 31, 7:30 Wilco performs at Thalia Mara Hall May 12 at 7 p.m. p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, soloists and a chorus Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “Beethoven’s Last perform. $20 and up; call 601-960Night” March 8, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coli1565. seum (1207 Mississippi St.). The classical rock band • We’re Playing with Puppets! April 28, 2 p.m. plays Beethoven’s compositions. $31.50-$51.50; call The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs 800-745-3000. with the Madcap Puppets. $15 and up; call 601960-1565. • Wilco May 12, 7 p.m. The alternative rock band from Chicago performs. $42; call 800-745-3000. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music Concerts. Call 601-594-5584. • March 8, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street). Baritone James Martin, organist Dr. John Paul and the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir perform. $20, $5 students. • March 29, 7:30 p.m., at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road). Harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson performs. $20, $5 students. • April 19, 7:30 p.m., at Wesley Biblical Seminary (787 E. Northside Drive). The German orchestra Concerto Köln performs. $25, $5 students. • April 26, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street). Dr. John Paul lectures and performs. $15, $5 students.

Mississippi Happening, at Pizza Shack, Colonial Mart (5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6) on second and fourth Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m., March 13, the guests are artist Kate Browne, The Swamp Babies, a panel of Midtown artists, representatives from Nameless Poets and Nathan Harper. Download podcasts at Call 601497-7454. Michael W. Smith March 15, 7 p.m., at Evangel Temple Church (104 Skyland Drive, Meridian). $25 in advance, $30 day of event; 800-965-9324. Spring Choir Concert March 25, 4 p.m., at Tougaloo College, Woodworth Chapel (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The Tougaloo College Concert Choir performs. Free; call 601-977-7749. An Evening of Compassion March 29, 7 p.m., at Christ Life Church of the Highlands (670 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Point of Grace and Bebo Norman perform. $15; call 800-965-9324.

Tallahatchie Hayride Events. $10, children under 12 free; email • Tallahatchie Hayride Show and Dance March 17, 7 p.m., at Powerhouse (413 S. 14th St., Oxford). Enjoy dancing, an open bar, singers, comedians and musicians. • Tallahatchie Hayride Concert March 24, 6 p.m., at Gore Springs Hish School (325 Sportsman Drive, Gore Springs). Country musicians perform at the annual showcase.

Michael Patilla March 30, 6 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The classical guitarist performs in the SCH Auditorium. $5, $2.50 children 12 and under; call 601-631-2997.

Music of the South Symposium March 1-3, at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave., Oxford). The program includes lectures, films and performances culminating with a concert March 3 at 7 p.m. at Lyric Theater (1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford). Visit for specifics. $10 concert, other events free; email

Opera Underground Concert Series, May 8, 7:30 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Lester Senter performs. $15, food for sale; call 601-960-2300.

Vince Gill March 2, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). $54.95$77.95; call 800-745-3000. “Swap Thing” Comic and Record Swap Meet March 4, noon, at T-Bones Records and Cafe (2101 Hardy St., Hattiesburg). Buy, sell or trade comic books and records. Vendors must register. Free; email The American Boychoir March 4, 4 p.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Boychoir joins in singing some selections. $15, $10 students, seniors and military; call 601-665-7374 or 601-981-7236, ext. 231.

Chamber IV: American Elegy April 14, 7:30 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs contemporary compositions. $15; call 601-960-1565.

Pops III: Pepsi Pops May 11, 5:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and fireworks. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 children 4-18, under 4 free; call 601-960-1565. Crossroads Blues and Heritage Festival May 12, noon, at The River Resort (402 Highway 1 S., Rosedale). Performers include Bill Abel, Cadillac John, Big Joe Shelton and the DSU Ol’ Skool Revue. No beer sold; no pets or glass bottles allowed. $5, $1 children 12 and under, $10 per cooler, $5 parking; call 662-402-6251. Live Jazz and Blues Night, at Old School 101 (2460 Terry Road). Music from local performers, open-mic poetry and door prizes Tuesdays from 710 p.m. Call 601-919-7111 or 601-331-8496.


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ne of my favorite films of all time is “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.” It has stuck with me my whole life. It entertained me as a kid, and it made even more sense in college, often at 3 a.m. while I was discussing the meaning of life with a bunch of hippies. It continues to make me laugh and remember what it was like being a child. My favorite scene is when Pee-wee finds himself faced with a pet store engulfed in flames. He has no choice but to step in and help rescue the animals, with only the help of a very smart chimpanzee. They go in and out of the store, coming out with different animals each time. What’s funny is that every time Pee-wee re-enters the store, he ominously passes the snake aquarium, making a disgusted face with each pass. He knows he has to do it, but he is leaving it until the end, hoping that somehow maybe the snakes can free themselves. At the last minute, Pee-wee emerges from the store screaming with two handfuls of snakes, and then promptly passes out on the sidewalk. Why am I telling you this? Well, I wanted to set the scene for you to get an image of Catherine and me moving out of our

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apartment and into our newly purchased home in Fondren a couple of weeks ago. We have a lot of stuff. We are not those “possess only what you can pack in your car” types. We are city folk who need our possessions. It’s all great until it’s time to move boxes of books, stacks of shoe boxes and records. Our records are like Pee-wee’s snakes. We spent all day that Saturday walking past the records, knowing we were eventually going to have to deal with them, but putting it off until the end. When we did get them loaded in the truck, it felt like we were done. And we passed out, though not on the sidewalk. All of that said, we really do love our records. Before we even had running water at the new house, I had already diligently organized the albums (alphabetically, by genre). Even though moving them is a pain, there is a certain comfort in re-arranging records, looking at each one, sometimes stumbling upon an album that you had forgotten you even owned. I know I write a good bit about vinyl in this column, but it is something I feel strongly about. I mean, I love digital music and stay right on the forefront of that

movement as well. But there is something about holding a record. It’s real. It’s fragile. It can last forever, if you take proper care of it. Digital music isn’t tangible like

Record! returns to the North Midtown Arts Center for its third installment and oneyear anniversary. Vendors from all over the South will convene on the Center’s floor to sell, trade, buy and just talk about records. It is a music nerd’s dream in its purest form. Just like always, you can come watch me scramble around for money (at the second one I scrounged change from Catherine’s purse to buy an original press of “Paul’s Boutique”). It’s a vulnerability that makes us remember A real vinyl record is far more satisfying than a CD or that these records are digitized music. 4 the Record is March 4 at the North Midtown Arts Center. just an extension of our own humanity. And that. CDs, because everyone can burn that gives me comfort as well as hope. copies, became ubiquitous and, therefore, 4 the Record is at the North Midtown lost their meaning. Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) March 3 from Records remain timeless. Like a rela- 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $4 and free for tionship, you have to put time into it if you children younger than 12 with adult superviwant it to be good. I like that. sion. Local music fans will sell art and beverOn March 3, DJ Young Venom’s 4 the ages, while local DJs spin all-vinyl sets.


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MDAH archivist Clarence Hunter speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601576-6998. … The wine tasting dinner at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.) is at 7 p.m. $100 per person; call 601-956-9562 to RSVP. … Senior dance students perform at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.) in the Bitsy Irby Center; runs through March 3. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven employees and students; call 601965-7026. … The play “The Mayfair Affair” is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-7026. … Ice for Eagles performs at Fenian’s. … Virgil Brawley and Steve Chester are at Underground 119. … Dreamz JXN hosts Wasted Wednesday.


Education consultant Pamela Shaw talks about charter schools during Friday Forum at 9 a.m. at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Free; email nmcnamee@ … Dr. Rico Chapman lectures on student activism and civil rights at 12:30 p.m. at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) in Ford Academic Complex. Room 215. Free; call 601-974-1305. … Attend the grand opening of Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St.) at 5 p.m.; South Bound Traffic performs at 7 p.m. Call 601-405-0499. … Swing de Paris performs at Hal & Mal’s. … Drivin’ and Cryin’ performs at Club Magoo’s at 9 p.m. $15; call 800-745-3000.


Buy, sell or trade records at the “4 the Record” Swap Meet at 10 a.m. at North Midtown Arts Center. $4, children under 12 free, $20 vendors; call 601-376-9404. … The Fossil Road Show kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-576-6000. … The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents “Cinderella” at 2 p.m. (tea party follows) and 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). $18-$22, $16-$20 seniors; call 601-853-4508. … See the play “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” at 2 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); encore shows March 4 and March 11. $10, $7 children 12 and under, $5 Friends of Narnia party (March 3 only); call 601-948-3533. … The Sickle Cell Awareness Gospel Benefit Concert is at 6 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church (1245 Tunica St.). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. Free, donations welcome; call 601-366-5874. … Jackson 2000’s Friendship Ball is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. These Days with Jewel Bass performs. $20, $10 with student ID; call 601-366-6121, ext. 17. … Scarlette is the featured poet King Edward (pictured) performs with Eddie Cotton Sundays at 6 p.m. at The Med Grill.

Dr. Rhythm (Dr. Buddy Fish) performs for children ages 3-8 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) in Sparkman Auditorium. $4, adults free; call 769-798-9295. … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606. … Comedian Chonda Pierce and singer Natalie Grant perform at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). $20 and up; call 800-965-9324. … The musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” is at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, North Campus (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland); runs through March 3. $10, $5 students; call 601853-6000. … The play “Orpheus Descending” is at 7 p.m. at 38 St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (621 Duling Ave.). $10,

during Nameless Open-mic at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.


The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl) ends its run with a 2 p.m. show. $15, $10 students; call 601-664-0930. … The American Boychoir performs at 4 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). $15, $10 students, seniors and active military; call 601-665-7374 or 601-981-7236, ext. 231. … Eddie Cotton and King Edward perform at 6 p.m. at The Med Grill. … The King Taylor Duo is at Pelican Cove.


The Goodwill Art Show at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) hangs through March 31. Free; call 601-960-1557. … The National Cutting Horse Association Horse Show kicks off at 8 a.m. at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.); runs through March 16. Free; call 817-244-6188.


Heather Denham and John Paul perform during Music in the City at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, donations welcome; call 601-3541533. … John Maxwell’s reads the play “Buck-Nekkid” during Fondren Theatre Workshop Playwright Night at 6 p.m. at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave.). For mature audiences. Free admission, food prices vary; visit


Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Call 601-576-6998. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith is at Burgers and Blues. … Hal & Mal’s hosts Singer-Songwriter Night. More at and

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$5 students, $20 VIP; call 601-362-6381 or 601-927-4540. … See the Shakespeare play “As You Like It” at 7 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton) at Jennings Hall; runs through March 4. $7, $5 for MC employees, students, and seniors; call 601-925-3453. … Dreamz JXN hosts Centric Thursday. … Star and Micey perform at Sneaky Beans.


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wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” The dying green fire in one wolf ’s eyes changed the impressionable Leopold. With his own eyes opened to the symbiotic relationship between man and wildlife, Leopold developed an ethic to guide future generations. “A land ethic, of course, cannot prevent the alteration, management and use of these ‘resources,’ but it does affirm their right to continued existence and, at least in spots, their continued existence in a natural state. In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.” “Green Fire” is thoughtful and insightful. The film seamlessly blends spectacular landscapes, interviews with scientists, and up-close and personal revelations from Leopold’s family members. It strikes the right blend between entertainment and insight. See the Mississippi premiere of “Green Fire” Tuesday, March 6 at Millsaps College in the Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Millsaps and the National Forests in Mississippi sponsor the screening, which is part of Millsaps’ popular Arts and Lecture Series. Tickets for each program are $10. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 601-974-1130.

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ldo Leopold believed in wildlife management and conservation long before it was fashionable. “Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land,” he wrote in his wellknown book, “A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There,” published shortly after his death by Oxford University Press in 1949. (Oxford reissued the book in paperback in 1989 and in an illustrated hardback in 2001; Ballentine issued a paperback in 1986). He believed in land ethics before global plundering. Leopold was a man ahead of his time, and his research, work and writings continue to guide environmentalists in the 21st century. The gorgeous documentary “Green Fire” (2011) delves into Leopold’s life, vision and insight. Through stunning highdefinition photography and archival footage, the movie canvases Leopold’s life and the development of his philosophy. It explores Leopold’s boundaries of community to include “soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively: the land.” Dr. Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer and a conservationist biologist, guides us though the cinematic journey. A partnership of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature produced the documentary. In 1909, American forestry was in its infancy. Leopold, an Iowan by birth, belonged to a new and rugged group of people. He joined the U.S. Department of Forestry after college at Yale University. After putting together a dapper forest-ranger ensemble and finding the right horse for his duties, Leopold got to work. His first assignment was to measure the Apache Forest, which was then part of the Arizona territory. At age 22 and only two weeks on the job, Leopold came to an epiphany in the wilderness: “We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no

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here is not just one topic on my mind this week. Instead, I have thoughts on a few things from around the sports world. After a great start, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs need to finish their regular season of SEC play at 8-8, and the Rebels need to win out and go on a run in the SEC Tournament. Mississippi Valley State could finish undefeated in SWAC play in the regular season and still miss the NCAA Tournament by losing in the SWAC Tournament. That means the Delta Devils can’t afford to lose a game now. Speaking of Cam … It drives me nuts when sports reporters like Sports Illustrated writer Peter King says teams should give up a whole draft for Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck. Bad teams need to use all their picks to try to make their team better, not gamble on one big pick. I am looking at you Cleveland, Washington and Miami. Carolina drafted Cam Newton and was a better team, but they did not turn into a contender overnight. Build a team over the long haul, and don’t give up tomorrow for a couple of wins next season.

Speaking of Cam Newton, I have even more respect for him throwing at the NFL Combine. Luck and Griffin chose not to throw this past weekend. Newton threw and was still the first pick in the draft. True, Newton was picked apart by the guys watching, but he took all the criticism and handled it well. By throwing at the combine, Newton showed he was not afraid to fail. Cheatin’ Ryan Bruan had his 50-game suspension for using a banned substance overturned on a technicality. Only an idiot (now I am looking at you, Aaron Rodgers) would believe Bruan didn’t cheat. It makes me sad to read the conspiracy theories from Bruan and his defenders. Sports are great because we marvel at the accomplishments athletes can achieve naturally from hard work and God-given talent. Bruan might have natural talents, but he takes too many shortcuts to achieve his accomplishments. And Finally I am still surprised the New Orleans Saints have not reached a deal with Drew Brees. It could be that both sides are waiting to see where next year’s salary cap will be placed.

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THURSDAY, MAR. 1 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN): Kentucky is two games away from being undefeated in SEC play, and Georgia travels to Lexington to try to end the streak. FRIDAY, MAR. 2 NBA (7-9:30 p.m. ESPN): Former Lanier star Monta Ellis leads the Golden State Warriors in to Philadelphia to take on the surprising 76ers.


SATURDAY, MAR. 3 College basketball (1-3 p.m. FSN): Southern Miss finishes its record setting season on the road against Marshall. … College basketball (4-6 p.m. FSN): Mississippi State’s late season losing streak has its NCAA hopes in jeopardy, but a win today over Arkansas would help their chances.


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s you browse the wares at The Everyday Gourmet on County Line Road, certain details will immediately grab your attention—like the dangling spoon and fork chandelier, and the sweet, outdoorsy scent from candles and wood products. Marlana Walters owns The Everyday Gourmet and has an almost all-female staff along with two men who work part time. Walters, 35, graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and corporate finance. She later attended the school’s graduate program for her master’s degree in business. Her journey to owning the business

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began with a little help from her mentor and The Everyday Gourmet’s founder, Carol Puckett. Walters bought the store from Puckett four years ago, but it has been open for 30 years. Recently, Jackson Free Press readers voted the store as the “Best Bridal/ Gift Registry” in the Best of Jackson awards for 2012; it also took the “Best Kitchen Store” title in Mississippi Magazine’s Best of Mississippi awards in 2010. “When I got out of school, I thought I knew a lot, but I really didn’t,” Walters says. She worked for Puckett after graduating from college. “Carol had been doing this for over 20 years. She started The Everyday Gourmet in a little service station over

in Fondren and grew it into a really great business. … Everything she did to start this business is what makes it special—it makes the products we carry unique.” The site of the original Fondren store is now home to The Everyday Gardener (2905 Old Canton Road, 601-981-0273), which Puckett opened in 1992. While The Everyday Gourmet is not a restaurant, it does sell specialty Mississippimade foods such as the popular cheese straws, Mississippi mud pies and lemon straws. The store prides itself on being one of the first businesses to support the Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory, a Yazoo-based company. Walters is a firm believer in buying

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quality items the first time instead of constantly replacing cheaper things. The Everyday Gourmet carries cookware brands such as All-Clad, Le Creuset, Scanpan and Viking. It also sells items ranging from cookbooks and tableware to crystal, china and linens. Some of the products are handcrafted and can’t be found anywhere else. “We are about celebrating the art of everyday entertaining,” Walters says. “Every day you have and (that) you’re able to go and prepare things and share a meal with someone—that is the ultimate bonding experience. … That’s the one time we all have to just stop whatever we’re doing and just eat.”


he year was 1961 when a school teacher decided to open a one-man pizza shop in Tulsa, OK. Ken Selby ran his new business after a full day in the classroom. The Pizza Parlor, as his little shop was named, became his full-time job and he expanded his business to open a second location, exceeding the success of the first. Selby changed the name to Ken’s Pizza; that solidly branded Selby’s popular special recipe sauce and thin crust. By the time the ’70s rolled around, Selby conceived a new business approach. His idea called for more square footage of casual dining space, an expanded menu, thicker pizza served with much more meats and cheeses, and sub sandwiches, along with a salad bar…thus the Mazzio’s of today was born. Mazzio’s is your one stop for great value pizza. Be it Original, Deep Pan, or Thin Crust, there is a pie for every palate at Mazzio’s. Starting with the ever-popular Great Value Pizzas—including the Cheesebuster, Meatbuster®, Supremebuster®, and Pepperonibuster®—Mazzio’s has you covered. Of course, if you’re feeling like something a bit more “special,” the Specialty Pizzas are for you. Choose from the likes of the Lucky 7 packed with pepperoni, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, black olives, and four cheeses. There’s the Chicken Club loaded with chicken, bacon, and tomatoes. There’s even the Meatfest, Veggie, Chicken Spinach Alfredo, Greek, and a Mazzio’s Works to keep your taste buds working overtime. If you want to start your meal off right, give one of Mazzio’s signature starters a try. From Toasted Ravioli, Mozzarella Sticks, Cheese Dippers, and the Wings of Fire, you’ve got plenty to keep you occupied until your pie arrives. If you’re not feeling like pizza for your main course, Mazzio’s has you covered with a variety of Italian Hoagies sure to satisfy any hunger pain. Served on a toasted multi-grain hoagie roll with your choice of chips or fries, you can take your pick from four delectable options. So no matter which way you slice it, Mazzio’s is your one stop for great food at a great value right here in the City with Soul.

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