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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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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
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Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at zazzle.com/reasontolive. 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
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Wednesday, Feb. 22 After hours of discussion, the Mississippi Senate passes a bill to permit the establishment of charter schools in the state. â€Ś 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.
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Thursday, Feb. 23 The Mississippi House agrees to name a portion of Interstate 55 in honor of blues guitarist Robert Johnson. â€Ś 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. â€Ś International chemical corporation Monsanto agrees to pay up to $93 million to settle a pollution lawsuit in West Virginia. Saturday, Feb. 25 In menâ€™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. â€Ś 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. â€Ś â€œThe 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. â€Ś The U.S. Commerce Department reports a 4 percent decrease for manufactured durable goods, the biggest decline in three years. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.
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 thatâ€™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. â€œMississippi is losing business to other
states,â€? 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. â€œIt looks small, but itâ€™s a huge chunk of beer,â€? 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. â€Ś A Cleveland, Ohio-area high-school student kills three fellow classmates and injures two other people when he opens fire in the schoolâ€™s cafeteria.
(Left to right) Chip Jones, Angela Aiello, Lucas Simmons and Brandon â€œBiggsâ€? 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. Hereâ€™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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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 www.jfp.ms.
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. â€œGoing to prison is easy. Coming out is hard,â€? said Karen Quay, who coordinates the cityâ€™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 Charitiesâ€™ 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 â€œreasonable suspicionâ€? that a person is an â€œalien and is unlawfully presentâ€? in the United States,â€? but prohibits an official from considering race, color or national origin in enforcing the actâ€™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. â€œIâ€™m a poor person. Iâ€™m in a wheelchair. Thatâ€™s no excuse. I accept that,â€? Cooper said of the transaction and her subsequent arrest and conviction for sale of a controlled substance. Cooperâ€™s guilty plea resulted in a 30-year enhanced sentence because the deal went down close to a church or school (she canâ€™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 programsâ€” but she is required to pay the Mississippi Department of Corrections $55 per month in supervision fees. â€œThey donâ€™t care how I get it or where I get it from,â€? Cooper said. Cooper gave her testimony last Thursday as part of the Mississippi chapter of the American Civil Liberties Unionâ€™s presentation to the Senate Drug Policy Committee on the effects of blanket sentencing laws for drug-related crimes. Nsombi Lambright, the ACLUâ€™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. â€œPeople who are here lawfully have nothing to worry about,â€? under House Bill 488, Gipson said. Bill Chandler, MIRAâ€™s executive director, disagrees. He said Gipsonâ€™s fixes only protect the state from lawsuits. He compared the push, which is similar to efforts already passed in Arizona and Mississippiâ€™s neighbor, Alabama, to the racial-intimidation tactics that
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drove hordes of African Americans out of the South during the Great Migration. â€œYou see the concern on the faces of white racists who fear a majority-color state,â€? 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 www.jfp.ms.
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â€˜Abstinence-Plusâ€™ Now Just A Mirage
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 â€œabstinence-plusâ€? sex-re- of Educationâ€™s Office of Healthy Schools must lated education policies, but so far, the approve all curricula. only â€œabstinence-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 â€œDistricts are starting to policies for about a year. The get frustrated, because theyâ€™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 â€œA lot of them want to get that want to adopt abstithe training over and done nence-plus policies find and with before testing starts. â€Ś Sanford Johnson, deputy implement curricula. School Theyâ€™re planning for next director of Mississippi districts that adopt medically year right now, and they canâ€™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 â€œa 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. â€œThe defining factor is that they must meet the letter of the law,â€? 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 heâ€™s worried that with the lawâ€™s no-condom stipulation and how strictly the department is enforcing it, however, schoolsâ€™ abstinence-plus programs will be so watered down that they will be ineffective. â€œOur major fear is that weâ€™re going to get to the point where weâ€™re not going to be able to do any abstinence-plus curriculum with fidelity,â€? 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 condomsâ€”something that most compre-
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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 doesnâ€™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 donâ€™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 www.jfp.ms.
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Whole Foods: A Mixed Blessing
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.
February 29 - March 6, 2012
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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 www.jfp.ms.
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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
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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€™ve admired. Iâ€™ve always just assumed, perhaps naively, that the price of every piece Iâ€™ve ever proudly acquired was absolutely fair. In the realm of the art world, Iâ€™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€™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€™ 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€™m aware they get a payoff as well. Most gallery owners Iâ€™ve crossed paths with positively adore the opportunity to share their knowledge with anyone willing to listen and learnâ€”even if that particular â€œanyoneâ€? 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€™m not planning to go back to school to major in fine art. Iâ€™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€™t know the difference between acrylic and oil paint? Beauty is subjective, and art should be for artâ€™s sake, shouldnâ€™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€™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€™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€™t wait to use it. Iâ€™ve visited our Jackson museum in the past, and Iâ€™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€™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.
CORRECTION: In â€œThe Gulf of Hollandâ€? (Vol. 10, Issue 24), we incorrectly said that Rep. Holland would retire after this legislative session. He will retire at the end of his term in 2013. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.
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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.
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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.
February 29 - March 6, 2012
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 mscrafts.org 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
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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.
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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 hindscc.edu/departments/art/gallery.aspx.
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 email@example.com. 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 jfpevents.com.
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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 atticgallery.net. “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 blilesstudio.com. 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 web.mac.com/blaylockphoto. 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 brownsfineart.com. 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 circaliving.com. 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 fondrenartgallery.com. 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 fischergalleries.com. 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 bradleysgordon.com. 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 harrythepotter.net. 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 java-ink.com. 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 lightandglass.net. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 milletstudio.com. 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 mustardseedinc.org. 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 negrottosgallery.com. North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modernart gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit northmidtownartscenter.wordpress.com. 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 gallery119.net. 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 nunoerin.com. One Blu Wall Gallery Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists include Howard Barron, Christina Cannon and Studio2Concrete. Call 601-713-1224; visit obwgallery.com. P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Featuring the work of Patti Henson. Call 601-9824067 or email email@example.com.
Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Featuring works from artists such as Andy Young. Call 601-353-2497 or visit pearlriverglass.com. 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 richardmckey.com. 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 sanaagalleries.com. 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 southernbreeze.net. 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 southsideartgallery.com. 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 jfpevents.com.
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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 msmuseumart.org.
Creative Classes Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. More at vikingcookingschool.com. â€˘ Pizza Workshop March 1, 9 a.m. ($59) and March 27, 6 p.m. ($79). Learn to make dough and add toppings. â€˘ 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€˘ Macaroons and Whoopie Pies March 15, 9 a.m. Topics include making almond meringue and chocolate ganache, and preparing butter cream. $69. â€˘ Bread Basics April 1, 1 p.m. Topics include measuring, mixing, kneading and proofing. $99. â€˘ Vegas Steakhouse April 27, 6 p.m. Topics include pan-searing beef, roasting mushrooms and peppers, and making au gratin. $109. â€˘ 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€˘ 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€˘ 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€˘ Discover Series - Real Men Craft Class March 15, 6 p.m. This monthâ€™s focus is blacksmithing. $25. â€˘ Discover Series - Ladiesâ€™ Night Craft Class April 19, 6 p.m. Choose from mosaics, candles or pottery. $25. â€˘ Discover Series - Adults-only Craft Class May 17, 6 p.m. Choose from leather, glass blowing, fused glass or mixed media. $25. â€˘ 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€™ Markets Jackson Roadmap to Health Farmers Market mid-April through November, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Projectâ€™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€™s market includes the Caterpillar Parade at 10 a.m., and Mayâ€™s market theme is â€œMake Mine Vintage.â€? Free admission; call 601-924-5472.
9-12 attend June 18-22 or July 16-20. Snacks
?1A<X[[Ta7XVW[XUTQ^cc[Tb included; registration required. $175, $150 second child; call 601-856-7546. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. â€˘ Little Cocoon Workshops March 10, 10 a.m., and March 14, 3:30 p.m., in the BancorpSouth Classroom. Join artist Kate Brown to make miniature cocoon sculptures for the Cocoon Jackson exhibit in the Art Garden. Free. â€˘ Flower Bulb Lecture and Workshop March 14, 10:30 a.m. Brent Heath of Brent and Beckyâ€™s Bulbs explains how to make living flower arrangements with layers of bulbs. Lunch included. $75. â€˘ Crossroads Film Festivalâ€™s Curious Workshops April 14, 9 a.m., in BancorpSouth classroom. Filmmakers and animators present workshops on character development, animation, prop making. more. All ages welcome. Admission TBA. Jo Pattersonâ€™s Craft Classes at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.), in the Christian Life Center, Art Room 2. Classes are from 10 a.m.noon, 1-3 p.m., 4-6 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Supplies included. Call 601-842-3139 for availability. â€˘ Itâ€™s for the Birds March 5. Learn to paint an unfinished wooden birdhouse. $40. â€˘ Painted Pots April 2. Learn to personalize a flower pot with paint. Register by March 26. $35. â€˘ Button Bracelet Class May 7. Learn to make a bracelet out of buttons. Register by April 30. $40. Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997. â€˘ Glass Painting and Firing Workshop March 1922, 5:30 p.m. Rev. Mark Bleakley teaches techniques such as tracing, matting and air brushing. Limit of five students; basic supplies included. $170, $160 members. â€˘ Sushi Workshop March 20, 5:30 p.m. William Furlong teaches fundamentals of sushi prep, presentation, rolling and cutting. Supplies included. RSVP; space limited. $35, $30 members. â€˘ Anyone Can Draw Three-day Workshop March 27 and March 29 at 5:30 p.m. and March 31 at 10 a.m. Nancy Mitchell teaches techniques such as contour drawing and shading. Supplies included. $25, $20 members. â€˘ River Kids through April 19. The after-school arts program allows children in grades 1-6 to explore the Mississippi River through the arts. Sessions are Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. Free. â€œActing Is Beingâ€? Six-week Acting Intensive March 18-April 29, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Denise Halbach teaches the course Sundays from 6-8 p.m. The course includes monologue work, scene work and learning to be an effective actor. Space limited. $125; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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