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6 Wright or Wrong? Former Melton guard Marcus Wright is head of internal affairs for the Hinds County Sheriff.


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“Battleship” turns the popular board game into a film—complete with aliens. Does it work? ANDREA DUNAWAY

michael duke Through VSA Mississippi, Duke attends weekly two-hour sessions in the VSA studio. Artists work with watercolors, acrylic and oil paints, clay, drawing, collage and printmaking. “Art has always been my passion, but after my car accident … I thought I would never paint again,” Duke says. Although he vividly remembers insecurities about his abilities when joining VSA, Duke recently sold two of his latest paintings at a local VSA-sponsored event at the Municipal Art Gallery in early May. When it comes to the feeling he gets from completing his latest project or selling another piece of his artwork, Duke says, “It’s kind of like a miracle on canvas to me.” Duke maintains a joyful and bright-spirited attitude toward life. He smiles a lot and quietly cracks jokes––even offering the message for “the ladies” that he is “good looking, single and shopping.” VSA Mississippi is a statewide nonprofit organization that promotes and provides arts opportunities for people with disabilities and is affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. VSA Mississippi has been offering arts programs for children, youth and adults since 1978. VSA offices are located at the Mississippi Art Center, 201 E. Pascagoula St. For more information, visit the VSA Mississippi Facebook page. ––Darnell Jackson

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46 Throw Like Girls When the women take to the football field, it’s for a good cause: fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

On a return trip home to Jackson during Michael “Mike” Duke’s first summer as a University of Alabama student, he was involved in a car accident that would change his life forever. “It was back in ’76,” Duke says. “June 22, to be precise.” The accident left him with a severe brain injury and in a coma for nine weeks. After regaining consciousness, he found that he had to learn to read, write, talk and paint all over again. “I was reborn,” Duke says. “I was given two chances at life, when most people only get one.” Duke, 57, has had a passion for art since the age of 6. By age 11 he was working with oil paints and, by age 13, was entering art competitions. In high school, Duke’s interest in the arts intensified after he submitted a proposal to decorate the Governor’s Inaugural Ball and his designs were selected. Duke went on to attend Hinds Junior College (now Hinds Community College), majoring in art, before attending the University of Alabama where he studied fine arts. After the accident, Duke was less involved in creating art until, in 2005, the artist discovered VSA (formerly Very Special Arts) Mississippi for adults with disabilities. It was here, through working with the group and with teacher and artist-in-residence Tom Harmon, that Duke steadily regained confidence in visualizing and creating his paintings after more than 25 years.


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Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance designer, and the mother of one cat. She shamelessly promotes her design skills at latashawillis. com. She compiled the Arts Preview listings.

Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance journalist based in south Mississippi. She wrote the coast arts feature.

Elyane Alexander Editorial intern Elyane Alexander is a native of Madison. She is a fourth-grade teacher. Her hobbies include reading, writing and shopping. She wrote arts blurbs.

Richard Coupe Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote arts blurbs.

Briana Robinson Deputy Editor Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a rising junior at Millsaps College. She wrote arts blurbs and helped edit pages.

Adria Walker Adria Walker is a ninth grader at Murrah High School. She is an aspiring writer and is an intern at the Jackson Free Press. She wrote arts blurbs.

Andrew Dunaway Andrew Dunaway knew his friends and family were tired of hearing him talk constantly about food, so he took to writing about it. He’ll do his best to keep it to a dull roar. He wrote a food feature.

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Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time, she plots how she can become Michelle Obama’s water holder.

by Kathleen Morrison, Features Editor

Back Home


am not from Mississippi. That is, I was not born here. My momma and ’dem don’t live here. I was born in Utah, to parents who are both natives of Oregon. When I was 14 years old, we moved from bustling Salt Lake City, Utah, to … exactly whatever the opposite of “bustling” is: Corinth, Miss. I was, unsurprisingly, less than thrilled at the time, and after high school and college, I did what many young, educated and open-minded people do. I left. For the past two years, I lived in Boston, Mass. I re-learned to walk fast and talk faster—although, to be honest, talking fast never really left me, even while I was in the South. I adopted road rage as a way of life. I learned that the coffee establishment you frequent really does affect whether or not people take you seriously. I’ve lived several places by now. My parents have moved away from the South. Yet, whenever a Bostonian asked me where I was from, I felt the urge to say Mississippi. Somehow, this state has wriggled its way into my heart and forced me to adopt it as my own. While in Boston, I read Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help,” and I was struck by something she said in an essay included with the book about how and why she wrote the novel. It illustrated a feeling I personally share––and one I think many do. Stockett, who moved to New York City at age 23, described the encounters she had with people who found out she was from Mississippi: “To people that smiled and said, ‘I’ve heard it’s beautiful down there,’ I’d say, ‘My hometown is number three in the nation for gang-related murders.’ “To people that said, ‘God, you must be glad to be out of that place,’ I’d bristle and say, ‘What do you know? It’s beautiful down there.’” Then Stockett penned the lines that truly sum up what it is to be both proud and, often simultaneously, embarrassed of this state: “Mississippi is like my mother. I am allowed to complain about her all I want, but God help the person that raises an ill word about her around me, unless she is their mother, too.” I think this is a mentality so many of us Mississippians (and adopted Mississippians) share. Certainly here at the JFP, we will be the first to point out what is wrong and to hold this city and state accountable for its failings—but then we will turn right back around and show you the creativity, kindness, innovation and beauty that Jackson and Mississippi are capable of producing. Three weeks ago, my fiancé and I made the trek back from Boston to Jackson with a U-Haul filled to the brim and one very fluffy cat. In preparing for the move, I was struck by how much had changed since I moved to the state the first time from Utah all those years ago.

At 14, I could think of a thousand reasons why living in this state was really just the end of my life as I knew it: What if everyone thinks I’m weird, and aren’t they going to talk strange and dress strange and especially think strange … and isn’t it just going to be so hot?”

Jackson isn’t the place it was when I started at Millsaps six years ago. How funny, 10 years later, to be anticipating a similar move with such a different attitude (if, of course, you can ignore the politics, but that is an issue for another story): We can’t wait to hang out with our old friends, and people are going to cook well and talk kindly and be damn hospitable … and, oh, praise Jesus, it’s finally going to be hot! Now I am officially a Mississippian again. This weekend, my family and friends will descend on Jackson from every corner of the country—from New York to Texas to Oregon—to celebrate my wedding. Many of them went to Millsaps College (both my and my fiancé’s alma mater) or visited the city at some point. But others are visiting the South, Mississippi and Jackson for the first time.

I am so excited to show off what Jackson has to offer, to show my people what I, too, had to learn after moving here—to look past the stereotypes and appreciate the true South. Our wedding will be at the Mississippi Museum of Art, and the weather report is currently predicting a 95-degree high— how appropriate, since this issue is all about arts in the Mississippi summer. If you want to know what is going on around this city and state in the next few months, you’ve got it here. And y’all? It’s a ton. Jackson isn’t the place it was when I started at Millsaps six years ago. It certainly isn’t the same place it was when the JFP published its first issue a decade ago. Sure, we have a long way to go, but look around: The food, the music, the art and more that have flourished here in the last 10 years are astounding. Tolerance, acceptance and even understanding for other cultures and alternative ways of life are growing every day. I may not live in Mississippi for the rest of my life. In fact, it’s pretty likely that my future husband and I will move again at some point, for school or work or whatnot. But right now, Jackson is our home, and we are ready to be a part of it. And no matter where I end up the rest of my life, I have a feeling some part of Mississippi will still be with me. It’s good to be home—back with my mother. Kathleen Morrison, about to be Mitchell, is the JFP’s new features editor. Follow her @jxnKathleen on Twitter. Send arts, music, food and other cultural story ideas to her at

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Thursday, May 17 Madison police charge two Canton men, Lyndon Charles Myers and Earnest James Johnson, with the armed robbery of a Madison Dollar Tree store. ‌ Disco songstress Donna Summer dies after a battle with cancer. Friday, May 18 Police arrest James Willie, 28, charging him with the murder of a casino worker in northwestern Mississippi. Police also suspect Willie in the highway killing of another motorist. ‌ The popular social networking website Facebook goes public on the NASDAQ, finishing the trading day a hair above the asking price of $38 per share. Saturday, May 19 The Mississippi State University baseball team finishes a sweep of 5thranked Kentucky. ‌The board of the NAACP votes to come out in support of same-sex marriage. Sunday, May 20 A riot erupts at the Adams County Correctional Center, a private prison in Natchez. Prison guard Catlin Carithers is killed in the melee. ‌ Abdel Baset alMegrahi, an ex-Libyan intelligence officer and the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that killed 270 people, dies of cancer.

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Monday, May 21 State education officials hold a hearing to determine whether Jackson Public Schools should lose its accreditation for not adequately educating students with disabilities. ‌ Dozens of Catholic groups sue the Obama administration over a mandate that requires health insurers to cover birth control, arguing that the requirement conflicts with the church’s beliefs.


Tuesday, May 22 Mississippi gay-rights activists rally in support of equal rights for same-sex couples in the state at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. ‌ The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., headed to the International Space Station. Get news updates at

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Melton’s Bodyguard is Back

by R.L. Nave


round 8 o’clock the evening on Aug. 26, 2006, then-Jackson Mayor Frank Melton, two Jackson police officers—Michael Recio and Marcus Wright—and a group of teenagers rode by a home on Ridgeway Street on the city’s midtown neighborhood. Recio and Wright, members of Melton’s personal security detail, had warned Melton about conducting police work around the young men, some of whom had criminal records, but Melton ignored their advice. Melton told Recio to park the police department’s mobile command unit outside the house at 1305 Ridgeway Street. Wright got out, walked around to the back of the house and went inside with his gun drawn, clearing the occupants. When the house was clear, Melton told the teenagers to demolish the house. “Even though Wright knew that they did not have any demolition order for this home, and even though he knew that the mayor was directing the young men to destroy a private residence without legal justification, he went along with the order and did not do anything at that point to stop it. Several of the young men left the MCU carrying sledgehammers and began to knock holes in the front of the house,� reads the transcript of Wright’s federal plea hearing two years later. Melton claimed later that the duplex was a dope house, and he and the bodyguards beat


Wednesday, May 16 Brig. Gen. Bradley Spacy assumes command of the U.S. Air Force’s 81st Training Wing at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi. ‌ Chuck Brown, a pioneer of Washington, D.C.’s go-go music scene, dies at age 75.

In 1819, Mississippi granted a charter to the Elizabeth Female Academy in Washington, Miss. It was the first college for women in the state and the first in the United States authorized to grant degrees to women. Painter and naturalist John James Audubon taught at the school.

Marcus Wright, a former Jackson police officer and bodyguard of ex-Mayor Frank Melton, will oversee internal affairs at the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office

state charges for the incident in 2007. In his federal case, Wright testified against Recio and Melton, who died in 2009, and pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor conspiracy charge in a different trial. Wright received a $500 fine, and a judge sentenced him to a year of probation, during which he could not work in law enforcement. Subsequently, a federal judge ordered Wright and Recio each to pay $7,500 in restitution to the homeowner, Jennifer Sutton, and $2,500 each to Evans Welch, the duplex’s tenant at




the time of the raid. Now that his probation is over, Wright has returned to law enforcement to head up the Hinds County Sheriff Department’s Internal Affairs Division. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis served briefly as interim chief of the Jackson Police Department after the departure of then-chief Malcolm McMillin during Melton’s administration. Reached by phone last week, sheriff’s department spokesman Capt. Joseph Daughtry said the department isn’t commenting on personnel issues. Daughtry said Wright would not be a high-ranking member of Lewis’ administration and seemed irritated by the attention the appointment was receiving from the media and questions about Wright’s ties to Melton. “Frank is dead,� Daughtry told the Jackson Free Press. Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba, a frequent Melton critic, hadn’t heard about Wright’s hiring until a reporter contacted him May 18. Although he believes Melton and his bodyguards acted inappropriately in demolishing the Ridgeway home and for their role in shutting down the Upper Level nightclub in February 2007, he isn’t going to second-guess Lewis, whose candidacy Lumumba supported. “I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt,� Lumumba said. Comment at


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The city will soon link the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant off Lake Harbour Drive to the J.H. Fewell plant on Laurel Street.

$8.6 Million Pipeline to Link Treatment Plants by Jacob Fuller Whitwell expressed a desire to hire a local company to do the work instead of the Baker, Fla.-based Morgan Contracting. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita CooperStokes was the lone dissenting vote. Gaillet said the next-lowest bidder, Hemphill Construction, a local company he did not name at the meeting, turned in a bid $85,000 higher than Morgan Contracting’s bid. Whitwell said he would make a motion at the regular council meeting the next day to create a preference law in Jackson that would give the council the ability to award the water-main contract to a local bidder. Whitwell and Barrett-Simon’s views on the contract turned 180 degrees, though, between the May 15 work session and the regular meeting the next day. They both said, after looking into Morgan Contracting’s bid and talking to Gaillet, they supported the contract. Whitwell changed his mind, he said, because he learned there will be extensive local involvement and the project is a necessity. “First of all, the contractor whose name is on there is not the only contractor that’s involved,” Whitwell said. Three Jackson-based companies— Echelon Enterprises, T.F.I.C. and T&L Contractors—will work with Morgan Contracting on the project, Gaillet said. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said at the regular council meeting that about $4.2 million of the $8.6-million project will go to the local subcontractors. African American-owned companies will get about $1.1 million from the contract. Residents should expect little disturbance during the construction, Gaillet said, because contractors will lay the pipeline near the banks of the Pearl River between the east end of Westbrook Road and Lake Harbor Drive. He also does not anticipate any residential water outages due to construction. Comment at

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ackson officials say a new $8.6 million, 54-inch water main will help keep water pressure up during freezing weather and will move the city one step closer to closing the 98year-old J.H. Fewell Water Treatment Plant. The new pipes will extend a water line that currently runs from the Fewell Treatment Plant on Laurel Street to Westbrook Road, north to the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant off Lake Harbour Drive near the Country Club of Jackson. Public Works director Dan Gaillet said the ultimate goal in linking the two treatment plants is to move all the water now treated at the aging J.H. Fewell plant to the more up-to-date O.B. Curtis plant. Gaillet said linking the two plants will help maintain water pressure if pipes freeze as they did in the winter of 2010. “We strongly believe that, yes, we’d still have had all the water breaks and still had all the boilwater notices,” Gaillet said. “If the two plants had been working together and pushing all this water through the system, we felt like we could keep the system flooded enough to keep the pressure up in the system.” Gaillet said he expects workers to break ground on the new line in June. The city’s contract allows lead constructor Morgan Contracting one year to get the pipe in the ground, but Gaillet said the company anticipates finishing the project by the end of 2012. Both plants will continue to operate for a time after the connection is complete. The Jackson City Council approved the contract with Morgan Contracting May 15 to install the new 54-inch water main. Morgan was the low bidder for the project, with a bid of just over $8.6 million. The 6-1 vote came the day after a council work session where Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon and Ward 1 Councilman Quentin




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As essentially the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest law firm, y the time the legislative session ended in early May, lawmakers had passed the AGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office is more equipped to evaluate two controversial bills that are likely lawsuitsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chances for success than agency heads, to result in expensive legal battles. One Steffey said. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also Mississippi Attorney requires doctors performing abortions to have General Jim Hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument. Testifying at admitting privileges at local hospitals and be a committee hearing in February, Hood esticertified obstetrician-gynecologists, and another formally adopts the voter-identification constitutional amendment passed last fall. Because Republicans have stated publicly that their aim with the abortion law was to close the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only abortion clinic and effectively end the practice in the state, reproductiverights activists in Mississippi might challenge the law on the grounds that it violates womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s federally and stateprotected right to have an abortion. Similarly, the voter ID law drew fire from such civil rights groups for its possible effect on historically disenfranchised voters. Certain that voter ID will result in costly litigation, the Legislature appropriated $495,000 Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s officer for voter ID litigation. Hosemann said his office is required to defend against any lawsuits that might come about as a result of Attorney General Jim has vowed to fight the the lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s implementation. But the passage of what its Re- Legislatureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so-called Sunshine Act, which Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law May 22. publican sponsors dubbed the Attorney General Sunshine Act further complicates voter ID and abortion litigation mated the proposal would cost taxpayers $11 and all future lawsuits involving the state. million extra per year based on the $65 per The legislation, which Gov. Phil Bry- hour his office bills agencies and the average of ant signed May 22, empowers state agencies, $130 per hour that private firms charge. boards and commissions to hire their own atHood cited an example of the Mississippi torneys if the agency believes a conflict of in- Department of Revenue wanting to settle a terest exists with the attorney general, which case against WorldCom over back taxes for usually represents the state in legal matters. $3 million before his office got involved and Matt Steffey, a constitutional law profes- recouped $100 million for the state. Repubsor at Mississippi College School of Law, said licans rebuffed Hoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s argument arguing the giving agency heads the option to bypass the agencies have an incentive to keep costs down stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top lawyer might have negative and un- because the money would come out of their intended consequences for taxpayers. budgets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(M)any of the abortion laws that the Few people dispute that the attorney Legislature likes to pass, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re blatantly un- general law is the result of long-simmering constitutional. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how much sense feuds between Republicans and the last two it makes for taxpayers to put up for laws or Democratic attorneys general: Hood and his portions of laws that every observer thinks will predecessor, Mike Moore. Since Hood took get struck down,â&#x20AC;? Steffey said. office in 2004, he has routinely irritated busiThe experience of other states that passed ness-friendly Republicans for suing big corpoabortion regulations demonstrate how costly rations such as oil-giant BP over its Gulf oil the fights can be. Kansas spent $400,000 over spill claims process and large insurers in the a six-month period in 2011 defending abor- wake of Hurricane Katrina. More recently, he tion restrictions; more than half that sum went declined to challenge the constitutionality of to pay private attorneys. Two anti-abortion the federal Affordable Care Act but did challaws in South Dakota over a 10-year period lenge the legality of the 200-plus pardons and resulted in $623,000 in payments to Planned commutations that former Republican Gov. Parenthood, the plaintiff in both cases. South Haley Barbour granted before leaving office. Dakota also passed a law requiring a three-day In that most state governors and their waiting period for an abortion in March 2011, AGs are in ideological lockstepâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;only eight which triggered a lawsuit that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Legis- states have a governor and attorney general lative Research Council estimated could cost from opposing political partiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as much as $4 million to fight. situation is unique, especially among Southern VIRGINIA SCHREIBER


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states that have tried to pass voter ID laws. President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Justice Department already stepped in to block voter ID laws in Texas and South Carolina, each with a Republican governor and attorney general. Those states are also learning how expensive it is to defend the laws in court. South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voter ID law could cost taxpayers $1 million based on a rate of $520 per hour, according to a report in the Post and Courier newspaper. That amount doubles the $500,000 sum allocated to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson for voter ID litigation. In addition to the lawsuit is the cost to issue free IDs to anyone who needs them, which the Mississippi law proposes to do. In Missouri, a fiscal note on a proposed voter ID law there estimated the law would cost $6 million during its first year. Indianaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2005 voter ID law cost more than $1.3 million, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Then there are the hidden costs, explains Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union legal director Bear Atwood: â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Freeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; presumes that somebody has the ability to get to where they need to go to get that ID, and for a lot of the people who may be most affected by thisâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;older people, people living in povertyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;they might not have the transportation to go wherever they need to go.â&#x20AC;? She said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate that Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget includes a line item for litigation but not additional funding to train poll workers on the new voter ID law. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reality is even if they reach every single person that needed an ID and made it completely and totally free, given Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of people being killed for trying to vote, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still an incredible chilling effect that is going to keep some people from voting,â&#x20AC;? Atwood said. Hosemann told reporters at the bill signing that he hoped to hear from the feds by July on whether Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voter ID law would stand. July 1 is also when the attorney general sunshine law would become effective. Earlier this year, Hood suggested that he would ask the courts to keep that from happening. At a press conference about the Mississippi State Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s validation of Barbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pardons saying the court didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the right to interfere with the powers of the coequal executive branch, Hood said he hoped the court would show him the same deference they gave to Barbour. Steffey believes Hood has a strong point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a constitutionally elected officer, encroachment on his authority by the legislative branch of government ought to be given scrutiny in the same way that the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority over pardons should be given deference,â&#x20AC;? Steffey said. Comment at


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Cobby Williams, Young Gun

Beyond just being young, what can you offer that’s different from what the district has been getting for the past 18 years? I don’t need to be told where the bathrooms are on the Hill. With all my contacts, I’m going to hit the ground running in starting to build this district back. How does your youth-centered message resonate with what I would imagine are older voters in the Delta? I approach the situation with the aspect of them having kids and grandkids. I hear from them themselves and they say, yeah, it’s time for a change. They feel they’ve lost Generations X and Y, and I’m part of that generation. It starts at education, no matter how you look at it. What I mean by education is, as

Right now Mississippi is debating charter schools, which President Obama has supported. Where do you come down on the issue? It’s pros and cons on both sides. However, I support whatever it’s going to take to move the 2nd Congressional District school system forward.

I want to build another food bank. We only have one in Jackson. If we had better access to healthier food, we’d have a healthier worker, healthier families. In addition to all that,

Any other pet areas of yours? Agriculture would be one, because we have a lot of barges. We have oil and gas being transported, a lot of commodities flowing in and out of here. Anything dealing with agriculture, transportation and health, and anything aimed at creating a green economy are committees I definitely aim to sit on. What’s a policy position that you hold that people might be surprised about? It would be poverty. I don’t believe in giving out handouts. There’s a lot of people out in these communities who don’t want a handout, they want jobs.

What would people be surprised to know about Are charter schools part of Cobby Williams thinks he can unseat U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson. you that they can’t find on that? your website? I don’t want anything that’s I was shot right over there going to take away from our schools that are I’m going to target transportation. … If we by Callaway High School, and I have the bulgood. I do believe it will take away from some open up our ports and our river banks and let still left inside of me, in my pelvic area. … of our good schools by taking away money expand on them, it would create jobs and My brothers and I went over there to shoot and resources from our schools. I’m trying to enhance the scenery. basketball. We didn’t expect anything to hapuplift our public schools. pen. I was the first one to get shot. (The gunWe believe (in) creating a dual track in Name a couple of committees you’d man) walked up to me and shot me. high school, meaning when you get into high like to sit on. school you’re going to decide if you’re going to I would like work with the (U.S. Army) Was it a dispute over the game? head down trade or go down the traditional Corps of Engineers to make sure all of that I don’t remember. You know how things route of education, so we’re giving you options is possible. … The Corps of Engineers are happen so quick, you just don’t remember. … now. That way we can build a workable edu- the people who are going to work with me The second time I almost lost my life, I had cational force. to make sure those areas are enhanced. You a very bad car wreck coming from New Or(When) we have the education piece have to work with the Corps of Engineers to leans. I tore my car up. I almost died; I had a down pat, it creates a better work force. When do the study on where it’s possible to work on puncture in my spleen. it comes to work-force development, I want the infrastructure. to develop a plan to attract and retain highly Then you ran against Bennie Thompson educated workers, with particular emphasis Yeah, but what congressional com- in the 2nd Congressional District. on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering mittee has oversight? That’s not suicidal. That means I’ve built and Math). It’s basically under the Mississippi De- up the momentum and the wherewithal to partment of Transportation. have the guts to do such a thing. I see it as fun. What about those health disparities (Note: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers It’s exciting. that we always talk about? is part of the Department of Defense, which the We need to start eating healthier foods. House Armed Services Committee oversees.) Comment at

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What gave you the damn fool idea to run against Bennie Thompson for Congress? I figured it was time for somebody young who understands this generation, who understands the youth, and who’ll be able to provide those resources for the youth, for the youth of today.

part of my platform, I believe in community development. … I want to improve teacher quality, create a quality early-childhood education system. With that, I will be ensuring that (in) the great state of Mississippi, as well as the 2nd Congressional District, our youngest citizens will receive the highest quality education. R.L. NAVE


obby Mondale Williams has a classic Washington, D.C., resume. A Jackson resident since age 2, Williams graduated from Murrah High School and Jackson State University. He went to graduate school at Howard University in Washington, D.C., spent a year as an emissary to Ethiopia and worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as public-affairs specialist. Whether that experience makes him qualified to represent the 2nd Congressional District will be up to voters this fall. Williams, 35, is running as an independent against incumbent U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a powerful 18-year veteran. Bill Marcy and Lajena Williams (no relation to Cobby) of the Republican Party and Reform Party, respectively, are also on the ballot.



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ew York-based developer Full Spec- paving and a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. The funds for the buildings’ construction trum South is working on plans to Shepherd is working on the final step be- are already in hand, Shepherd said, so once purchase the property for the first fore the purchase of the property: a tax incre- the city and county approve the TIF financphase of the Old Capitol Green proj- ment finance application. After the developers ing and Full Spectrum purchases the property, ect from the state by the end of June. downsized the original plans for 1822 Square construction will quickly commence. The development company, headed by from the original $350-million proposal, Construction crews will build the unJackson native Carlton Brown, derground parking garage plans to build an $83.7-milfirst, which will take about 12 lion mixed-used development, months. Full Spectrum esti1822 Square, on the property. mates the Terre Verte residenIt will include Terre Verte, a tial building will take about be169,500-square-foot buildtween nine and 12 months to ing that will include 129 resicomplete, and The Legacy ofdential units and more than fice building will take between 20,000 square feet of retail 14 and 16 months. If conspace; The Legacy, a 128,000struction begins in August, as square-foot office building that planned, 1822 Square should will include another 37,350 be a reality by summer 2014. square feet of retail space; and a 480-space, automated parkFarish Street in 2012? ing garage. After decades of talk and Full Spectrum has been Full Spectrum South plans to purchase the mostly empty Old Capitol proposed development, Farleasing the 2.74-acre block Green in June and build an $83.7 million mixed-used development. ish Street may finally become from the state, which owns the entertainment hotspot the land that was once part of the state Capi- Shepherd had to rework the value and size of Jacksonians have hoped for in 2012. tol property, situated between Tombigbee and the development for the application. He hopes Jason Goree, vice president of Watkins Pascagoula streets to the north and south, and the TIF will fund infrastructure improvements Development LLC, said barring any unforebordered by Commerce Street to the west and for the development. seen problems, at least two blues clubs—B.B. Jefferson Street on the east. The company “It is not an easy (application) to fill out. King’s and Zac Harmon’s—will open on Farplans to purchase the property next month It’s kind of complicated because they ask you ish Street by the end of the year. and begin construction in August. questions that you have to calculate for them,” Watkins Development is working to fiMalcolm Shepherd, development direc- Shepherd said earlier this month. nalize $11 million in historic tax credits that it tor of Full Spectrum South, said he has already Shepherd said Monday that he finished will offer as collateral for a $10.2 million bond received more letters of interest in renting re- the application and submitted it to Michael issue from the city. Goree said they hope to tail space than the development will hold. Full Davis, deputy director of the Jackson office of close on the tax credits by mid-July. Spectrum will not make any official deals with Economic Development, Friday, May 18. The $10.2 million issue will come in two retailers until they break ground on construcThe improvements include extending parts, with Watkins focusing the first on opention, though, Shepherd said. Court Street, which currently ends at Com- ing the first two clubs and the second portion Full Spectrum South designed the devel- merce Street, through Entergy-owned prop- going towards completing the first block of the opment to maximize sustainability and energy erty to Jefferson Street on the other side. Shep- project, from Amite Street to Griffith Street. efficiency, and 1822 Square is tailored to the herd said Entergy has already approved the Once the tax credits are finalized and the environmentally conscious city dweller, Brown extension through their property. bond issue comes in the from the city, Goree said at a meeting in March. If they approve the tax increment financ- said it will take approximately 90 days to get The plans include an outdoor garden ing, the city and county will designate a per- the two clubs open. on the second floor of the residential building centage of 1822 Square’s ad valorem property above the retail space, under-street cisterns, a tax and sales taxes generated by the retailers to Iron Horse Grill to Live Again robot-operated parking garage with a black- repay the city and county for making necesThe Iron Horse Grill, a once-popular water/rainwater cooling system, permeable sary infrastructure improvements. restaurant that closed in 1999 after two fires

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left the building in ruins, may soon return to Jackson with a couple of additions sure to attract blues fans. The Mississippi Blues Commission will have the headquarters of the Mississippi Blues Trail and The Mississippi Music Experience, a museum celebrating the state’s greatest musicians, on the lower floor of the building on Pearl Street, while the restaurant and live music venue will be located upstairs. The city is currently working on a contribution agreement with developer Capital Hotel Associates, headed by Joseph Simpson, for urban-renewal bonds to help fund the project. Simpson said historic and new market tax credits are also in the works for additional financing and once the credits and bonds are finalized, Capital Hotel Associates will have all the funding it needs for the project. Describing a best-case scenario, the Iron Horse Grill and Mississippi Music Experience will open during the first quarter of 2013, Simpson said. CHA to Purchase Land for Hotel Capital Hotel Associates has worked out an agreement and signed a contract to purchase land once occupied by Mississippi Valley Title at 315 Tombigbee Street from Hinds County, where the developer plans to build a luxury Westin Hotel. The new hotel will face Congress Street. The 205-room, nine-story hotel will cost an estimated $55 million to construct. Joseph Simpson of Capital Hotel Associates said CHA is still working on getting financing for the hotel. The developer has already signed an agreement with Westin Hotels and Resorts. Once financing is secured, Simpson said architects will need at least six months to design the hotel, and he estimates construction will take 15 to 18 months to complete. Capital Hotel and Associates is hoping to get financing secured and architectural work underway on the hotel by the end of 2012. Comment at Write jacob@ with information about city development.

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t the Jackson Free Press, we believe strongly in second chances. People make mistakes, get caught up with the wrong crowd and follow the wrong people down the wrong rabbit holes. But we took a collective deep breath when we heard that former Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright is now the head of the Internal Affairs Division of the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department. When Tyrone Lewis was running for sheriff, we made no secret of our concern about his previous ties with Frank Melton. However, we are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, knowing well that some of the people close to Melton didn’t go along with all of his shenanigans. But the appointment of Wright—who was clearly a bad cop when he worked with Melton—does not reassure us about the sheriff’s judgment. And we’d really rather not see a long string of Melton-ites populating the Sheriff’s Department. In Melton’s federal trial—which happened after this paper broke the news of him, Wright and Michael Recio viciously destroying a Ridgeway Street duplex—Wright turned on the other two and told the story of what really happened, including that Melton was drunk and joyriding with teenagers in the Mobile Command Center that night. That wasn’t the first time that Melton led such dangerous expeditions into the night. The editor of this newspaper wrote about two such nights when she accompanied that group on their night rides, including details of Wright wearing a submachine gun and searching a young man’s home because another kid down the street said he’d bought pot there. No warrant. Melton was clearly armed and drunk on those excursions, yet Wright did nothing to stop him. These stories are legend by now and numerous—see for more behavior unfitting a police officer or a mayor—and they indicate one thing very clearly: Marcus Wright is not the right person to head a unit that investigates bad police officers. Even if he has reformed now and is sorry for what he did, he needs to show the public beyond a reasonable doubt that he is a very different man with much improved judgment before we should agree to pay his salary. As for Lewis’ Sheriff’s Department: Barking at reporters that “Frank’s dead” is an entirely inappropriate response to important questions about Wright’s new position. And saying a position designed to root out bad behavior by gun-toting public servants is not “high ranking” is as irrelevant and wrong of an answer as a police spokesman should ever give. At the least, Sheriff Lewis should hold a press conference to answer questions about this disturbing appointment with the “reformed” Marcus Wright at his side. At best, Lewis should rethink this ill-considered appointment.


Satirist’s Manifesto


May 23 - 29, 2012

thought this would be a good time to write another reader’s guide to my columns published in the Jackson Free Press. Since my last reader’s guide, I continue to premiere new satirical characters that provide their opinions on the issues of the day. Along with my reoccurring characters such as Aunt Tee Tee, Brother Hustle, Jojo, Miss Doodle Mae, Chief Crazy Brotha and Kunta “Rahsheed X” Toby, I decided to add a new set of characters called The Unemployed, Underemployed and Parttime Dee Jays. I introduced these characters in a column titled “Hump Day Disco,” published Aug. 31, 2011. I wrote that column in response to a dilemma I personally faced five days before the column was published. I implied my unfortunate situation using this sentence: “Closing out the evening is the Hump Day Disco, featuring the Battle of the Unemployed Deejays.” This sarcastic sentence implies that an unemployed worker must fight to live and survive in an uncertain and struggling economy. In previous columns, I created stories about the “Unemployed Deejays” to express my personal frustrations and anxieties about being unemployed. The muse for my opinions regarding unemployment and the economy came from Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay titled “A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick” published in 1729. Swift’s “proposal” addressed the indifference to poor people in Ireland. As a satirist, my obligation is to address the indifference toward the unemployed 12 individual’s fight to maintain his or her dignity in a cold-hearted society.


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y oldest daughter graduated from high school this past Friday. It was a proud moment indeed, as she also finished as her class valedictorian. This fall, she’ll be attending Jackson State University on a full academic scholarship. Boasting aside, as I watched the ceremony, I reflected on her first 18 years of life. I couldn’t help but think about my time doing this parent thing. Then my thoughts turned almost immediately to the future, particularly my daughter’s future and what awaits her in college and beyond. As parents, we do our level best to raise our kids. We try to put them in the best environment possible to succeed given our individual circumstances. Once we do that, we can only pray and hope for the best. We can’t control the escalating price of college. We can’t control the fluctuating price of housing. We can’t control the price of food and gas. It scares me that even with a degree in bioengineering (yep, she’s the first math and science wiz in an English-heavy family), my daughter may not find work that keeps her lights on. Thoughts like that turn my mind to the presidential elections. I think about Republicans and conservatives and how they rail about how the rest of us are “jealous” of rich people and envious of those who are successful. Then I think about Jackson and how some ill-informed naysayers seem to think

that black parents don’t want the finer things for their kids—that we don’t care about their education. Some people seem to believe that black parents somehow “want” to raise their kids around poverty and violence, that we “enjoy” living around crime, and that we are where we are simply because we don’t care or, worse yet, don’t even try. Laughable. What I do know is that I have prayed since day one for all of my kids. I want them to excel like any parent—black or white. I laugh at the notion that as a parent, I don’t teach my kids to work hard, to dream and to prepare themselves to be successful. I want my kids to be great, but as successful people, I want them to pay their fair share and to give back to the community. I definitely want them to understand the plight of those less fortunate than they are. Here’s my advice to my daughter the graduate: Work hard. Plan for a rainy day. Let the chips fall where they may. Try to do what you love and get paid for it. When accolades come rolling in, don’t look down on someone because they haven’t achieved what you have. Don’t you dare call them “lazy” or say they don’t care. Instead, extend a hand and show them the way. Do that, and you will truly be rich. Not just in worldly goods but in spirit and in life. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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was a lowly intern at a major newspaper up north, sitting at my desk in a corner plotting my day when a small, elderly, bespectacled man walked past me to a nearby telephone. Notebook in hand, he picked up the receiver and dialed. “Hello,” he told the voice at the other end. “This is I.F. Stone. …” I don’t remember the rest of his conversation because I was in shock. Before me stood one of my heroes, the dean of “alternative” journalists, the man who exposed the federal government’s lies about the risks of atomic-bomb testing and was rewarded for it with a 5,000-page file on him in the vaults of J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. I introduced myself after he hung up, of course, later interviewed him and never forgot the encounter. I tell this story because this is my first column in Mississippi’s premier “alternative” newspaper, a publication that keeps alive the spirit of journalists like Stone, George Seldes, Dorothy Day—telling it like it is whether the powers that be want to hear it or not. There is a lot to write about in this beleaguered-but-wonderful state of Mississippi—its “business friendly” governor and Legislature boasting of making it harder for workers to file claims for injuries, vowing to crack down on immigrant workers, cutting education funds at the same time they’re giving corporations more tax breaks. However, today let’s talk about student loans, a scandal of our times, what writer Jeffrey J. Williams has called a modernday “system of bondage similar … to indentured servitude”—even worse in some ways because today the shackles can last a lifetime rather than the one-to-seven years imposed two centuries ago in England and the colonies. Donica Phifer needs a job. She’s 26 years old, holds degrees in journalism and music from the University of Mississippi, lives with her mom and disabled dad in tiny Tishomingo, and owes $44,000 in student loans. Add interest and the IOU amounts to $58,000. “It is frustrating, I won’t hem and haw around it,” says Phifer, who graduated in December. “I’m not the only person. It’s terrifying. … Right now I don’t know if (college) was worth it. I spent $40,000 for two pieces of paper. … There has got to be a better way than kids taking out thousands and thousands of dollars in loans. … I hate being in debt. My gosh, I hate it!” Phifer says the bad economy has put fresh graduates like her in competition with experienced workers who are also hunting jobs. Out of approximately 100 job applications, she has gotten 25 interviews so far. “They come back and say, ‘We really liked you, but we want someone with professional experience,’” she says.

Phifer’s loan is held by Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest private lender, a company that started out as a federal nonprofit operation. In the spirit of privatization that now threatens to turn our public schools, prisons, and universities into corporate entities, Sallie Mae went private in 2004, and in 2011 it spent $3 million of its subsequent multi-millions in profits to lobby the federal government against such things as the Fairness for Struggling Students Act, which would have allowed loan forgiveness for students who declare bankruptcy (a right they now don’t have). Things may soon get worse for students. The interest rate on subsidized Stafford Loans will double to 6.8 percent July 1 if Congress doesn’t act. Republicans are refusing to agree to keep the current cap unless Democrats make concessions on Obamacare. Phifer is right when she says she’s not alone. The average college loan debt is now $25,000, compared to $2,000 a quarter century ago. Students currently in college will owe an average of $34,000 if politicians don’t do something about it. The total college loan debt across the nation is $1 trillion. Who’s to blame? Here in Mississippi, the state Legislature cut college and university funding yet again this year, setting the stage for another tuition hike—from 8.5 percent to 10 percent at some schools. Tuition has risen 40 percent in the past decade, while the median wage rose a mere 2.4 percent after adjusting for inflation. The state provided 56 percent of funding to universities in 2000. Today it’s 37 percent, according to the nonprofit Mississippi Economic Policy Center. The deregulation frenzy in Washington during the Reagan and Clinton administrations enriched Wall Street but helped impoverish future college students. People are starting to protest. The “Occupy” movement has embraced student loan debt as a cause. President Obama, seeking re-election, told students in Iowa recently, “I’m president of the United States, and I just finished paying off my college loan eight years ago.” “Take thou no usury of him,” God tells Moses in Leviticus, “but fear thy God.” Some Old Testament cleansing may be necessary to fix the rampant usury indenturing an entire generation in this country. Whether the philistines in Washington are truly paying heed is another matter. A veteran journalist who teaches at the University of Mississippi, Joe Atkins is author of “Covering for the Bosses: Labor and the Southern Press” and winner of the Mississippi Association for Justice’s 2011 Advocate of the Year award. His blog is laborsouth.

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The Walter Anderson Museum features work from the late artist. Clockwise from left: “Tree in Fall,” pelican bookends, pottery from “Sea Earth Sky,” heart-faced cat.

Art on the Gulf


May 23 - 29, 2012

ilvery, coppery structures twist among old live oak trees near the shore of the Mississippi Sound, close to where the Biloxi Schooner docks. This is the site of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, a complex of buildings that includes four metallic pods that torque like ancient, hurricane-battered trees. It also serves as a welcome center to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Massive trees and the life they shelter recur as a motif in local art from Shearwater Pottery in Ocean Springs to the vibrant arts community of Bay St. Louis. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, chain-saw artists turned dead live oak trees along Highway 90 into sculptures of native birds and wildlife. They are in the medians along stretches of the 62 miles of highway, also known as Beach Boulevard. Two long bridges of Highway 90 connect the Gulf Coast, both adorned with bronze reliefs depicting coastal wildlife posted along pedestrian walkways. One bridge connects the city of Ocean Springs to Biloxi. The other connects Pass Christian to Bay St. Louis. In between the bridges are numerous galleries, little theaters, classical music organizations and arts lovers in the cities of Gulfport, Long Beach and Pass Christian. Painter Norma Seward, who grew up in New Mexico, moved to Ocean Springs 38 years ago. “I always felt like I picked the right city,” she said. “It’s a community that loves art and buys art. And this extends beyond Ocean Springs.” She paints acrylic landscapes and bayou-scapes. She also 14 has worked with the Gulfport Symphony Guild.

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Artists who congregate along the Coast seem to multiply. “There’s serious beauty here. That’s my pet theory,” said Kat Fitzpatrick, a painter who lives and works in Bay St. Louis. Much of the work she does now uses the encaustic technique. This involves melting beeswax to create paint, a 2,000-year-old practice. She keeps a beehive on her property. Living on the coast inspires her work, and many of her recent encaustic paintings are portraits of old oak trees with personalities. “When you stand and stare at the horizon and look at the sky, it helps you focus,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s a quality of life that’s deep and rich.” Nature Boy The barrier islands mesmerized Walter Inglis Anderson, who was born in 1903 and died in 1965. Anderson lived in Ocean Springs, making many trips to nearby Horn Island. He would row the 12 miles across the Mississippi Sound to the primitive site in a small boat. When he landed, he would paint and draw crabs, seagulls, pelicans and twisted oak trees. Anderson, who trained at the Parsons Institute of Design in New York City and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, studied in Europe, visiting primitive sites as well as the top art museums in the western world. These interests show up in his work along beach and marsh scenes. He painted mythological figures and used classic elements, such as repeating motifs in borders or profiling his human

subjects as if they were forgotten Persian kings. He also created pottery, etchings and block prints. Early in his career, Anderson worked at Shearwater Pottery, a studio and business his brother, Peter Anderson, owned. Now, each fall, Ocean Springs is home to the Peter Anderson Memorial Arts and Crafts Festival, one of the most respected arts events in Mississippi. Shearwater Pottery (102 Shearwater Drive, Ocean Springs; 228-8757320) is still open, and the family still operates the business. The artists make the vases, plates and mugs by hand, and no two are alike. Walter Anderson lived in a small house on the same site as the pottery studio and painted murals on the walls and ceiling while he was there. Hurricane Katrina knocked the house off its blocks, but it survived. The murals survived as well, and are now at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, also in Ocean Springs. The museum (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, 228-872-3164) has a large collection—900 pieces—of his watercolors, pencil, ink and crayon drawings, ceramics, wood sculptures, linoleum block prints, oil paintings and furniture. But the museum is not the only place to experience Walter Anderson’s art. Adjacent to the museum is the Ocean Springs Community Center (512 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs, 228875-4236). Anderson painted large murals on the interior walls that show Native American and natural life before 1699 and the settling of the French on Mississippi coast that came after. He included American Indians, pelicans, dol-



The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art includes metallic pods (below) that “torque like ancient, hurricane-battered trees.”


The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (above) features paintings, prints and sculptures by Anderson and others.

Gulf Coast Exhibits Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $10; $8 seniors, students and military; $5 ages 6-17; 5 and under free; call 228-374-5547. • “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh 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. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. • “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. • “Geoff Mitchell: Chaos at the Confessional” June 12Nov. 24, in the IP Casino Resort Spa Gallery. The exhibit features a selection of mixed-media works and contemplative videos. • “The Art of Eugene Martin: A Great Concept” June 5-Dec. 1, in the Beau Rivage Gallery and the Gallery of African American Art. The late artist’s mixed-media collages contain allusions to animal, machine and structural imagery. • “Trailer McQuilkin: An Uncommon Beauty” June 5 –Nov. 24, at the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. McQuilkin uses copper, oil paint and found objects to create images of plants. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions. Exhibitions include “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” in the Star Gallery; 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 Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). $10, $8 seniors and military, $5 children ages 5-15; call 228-872-3164. • “River and Reverie” through Aug. 15, see Rolland Golden’s paintings of southern waterways. • The Artwork of Chris Stebly Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. Stebly, Walter Anderson’s grandson and a nationally known artist, exhibits 40 artworks in a variety of media. Downtown Ocean Springs Arts and Crafts Market, on Washington Avenue. Gulf Coast artists and crafters sell their creations on third Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 228-875-8407.

After Hurricane Katrina destroyed many of the coast’s trees, artists made them into art that dots Highway 90.

The Mad Potter of Biloxi Frank Gehry, the famous architect who has designed some of the world’s most notable modern buildings, intended to make the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi “dance with the trees.” Gehry, famous for avant-garde masterpieces such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain, visited the Biloxi site more than 10 years ago and scribbled his vision of how the new museum (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-5547) would fit in the landscape right across the highway from the beach. “They gave me a site filled with live oak trees. You can’t build next to them or be in the drip line,” Gehry told Charlie Rose in a 2001 television interview. So he chose to dance with them. The Mad Potter of Biloxi, George Ohr (1857-1918), had much in common with the celebrity architect who envisioned a whimsical museum to house Ohr’s fragile pottery. “I loved his work. I loved his work,” Gehry twice told Rose. So did many private art collectors. Ohr created as many as 10,000 pieces of pottery, but only about 400 are in the museum’s collection. Ohr’s thin ceramics amaze art experts. Some of his

pottery looks like fine, gathered fabric. Some pieces have unusual glazes that resemble exquisite Venetian glass rather than the clumpy Mississippi clay Ohr mined himself from the Tchoutacabouffa River. Skilled artists have a hard time replicating his glazes. The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art complex includes a ceramics studio, a state Welcome Center, a contemporary art gallery, an African American art gallery and the George Ohr Gallery. It also includes the Pleasant Reed House, a replica of a historic home. Reed was a freed slave who became a successful Biloxi businessman. His built his family’s house as well as many others in the community. He was also a contemporary of Ohr’s. Some Biloxi residents aren’t crazy about the unusual buildings on the waterfront, much like some of their great grandparents who shook their heads at Ohr’s insane pottery. An Arts Haven Bay St. Louis doesn’t have a permanent arts museum, but it does have almost 50 galleries and at least 200 artists who belong to the Hancock County art association, simply called The Arts. Many artists in Bay St. Louis brag that Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, has a home here. “There are so many artists here,” Marilynn Masters Arseneau, association president, said. To accommodate them, the association has five galleries in various spots. Arseneau paints a little herself and displays her work at the Mockingbird Café and Bakery (110 S. 2nd St., Bay

St. Louis, 228-467-8383). Second Saturday is a monthly arts festival in downtown Bay St. Louis the second Saturday evening of each month. Niche shops in small cottages open their doors for visitors. Some serve wine and cheese. Some sell pottery and watercolors. Children run under massive oak trees, and old friends sit on front porches to catch a breeze blowing in from the Gulf of Mexico. Local bands play to provide a sound track for this arts community. Bay St. Louis also has larger festivals, such as the Bay BridgeFest in the fall. It’s a fairly new festival celebrating the community’s reconnection to Pass Christian after Hurricane Katrina. Pieces of the old bridge have become part of the public art in the new bridge. “We have a beautiful mosaic at the base of the bridge,” Kat Fitzpatrick said. It’s a different mosaic than the one at the base of the Ocean Springs bridge, although the theme is familiar––a tall sailboat on the water. The bright mosaic is near the entrance of pedestrian path to Pass Christian. Hurricane Katrina destroyed Fitzpatrick’s home. Crews dismantled what was left and reconstructed her home on another site, a better site, she says. At her new house, she has a studio that she sometimes shares with other artists. She teaches various arts workshops throughout the year. The oak trees left on the Coast fascinate Fitzpatrick. “They are still rooted, but they have this amazing movement and torque in the trunks. I’m learning from them how to stand strong,” she said. 15 “It’s a perfect allegory for survivors on the Coast.”

phins, alligators and cats in this larger-than-life storybook. At the edge of town at the base of the Highway 90 bridge to Biloxi, a 120-foot-long mosaic dominates the scene. On it, sailboats drift on blue tiles. Local artists Chris Stebly, Ching Walters, Susie Ranager and Patt Odom all contributed to the mural.


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Exhibits and Openings Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Open weekdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Scott Sorensen Art Exhibit through May 31, See Sorensen’s paintings in the lower atrium. • Carrie Roebuck Exhibit through May 31. See Roebuck’s mixed media in the main galleries. • Storytellers Ball Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. The theme is “Blame It on the Blues.” Proceeds benefit the Greater Jackson Arts Council. The council seeks artwork in preparation for the event. The deadline for entry forms and digital images is June 14, and the exhibition is July 17-Aug. 31. Admission to ball TBA; $25 art entry fee. Call 601-960-1557. Events at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Free; call 601-981-9222. • Pet Photo Contest through June 30, Submit a photo by June 30 for a chance to win a pet portrait from Richard McKey. The winner is announced July 5 and will be featured in the Freedom Fest Parade in Fondren. • July Art Show and Concert July 5, 5 p.m. Randy Everett exhibits his artwork and performs. The exhibit hangs through July 31.

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Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. • Craft Exhibit through May 31. See Shambé Jones’ wood burnings. • Indigo Dye Day Aug. 28, 10 a.m. See fiber artisans dye natural materials for weaving projects. • Craft Demonstrations. Members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild give demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visit for a schedule.


Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African-American Art through June 24, in the Trustmark Grand Hall and William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. Featured artists include Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Aaron Douglas, Lois Mailou Jones, Hughie Lee-Smith and Mary Edmonia Lewis. Free. • “In Full Bloom: Garden-inspired Art from the Permanent Collection,” in the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. Artists

added to the museum’s permanent collection. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students. • “The Mississippi Story,” in the Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for the Permanent Collection. The exhibit contains art inspired by the state’s history and culture. Featured artists include Walter Anderson, George Ohr, Sam Gilliam, William Dunlap, John McCrady, Richmond Barthé, Eudora Welty, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull and William Eggleston. Free. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 318, members and babies free; call 601-576-6000. • Snake Day June 5, 10 a.m. See a snake exhibit and learn to identify venomous snakes. Herpetologist Bryan Fedrick gives lectures at 10 a.m. and noon. • Fun Fridays June 8-July 27. Children participate in interactive, hands-on activities Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. Parents must accompany children. Conserved Mississippi Flags Exhibit June 4-Oct. 29, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). See historic flags from the museum’s collection along with photographs of how they looked before restoration. Free; call 601-576-6850. June Artist Reception June 8, 5:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See works from Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award recipients Betty Press and Rod Moorhead. Free; call 601-291-9115. Nocturnal Animals with the Zoo Mobile June 27, 10:30 a.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madi-

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Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-576-6920. • “In Session: Legislative Acts of the Old Capitol” through June 24. The exhibit showcases important, influential and comical legislation that passed in the Old Capitol from 1839 to 1902. • “Pieces of the Past: Women of Influence” through June 24. The rotating artifact exhibit contains memorabilia related to powerful female leaders in Mississippi history. • “Pieces of the Past: Mississippi’s Chief Executive” July 1-Oct. 7. The rotating exhibit features artifacts from former Mississippi governors.

include René Magritte, Pierre Bonnard, G. Ruger Donoho, Mildred and Karl Wolfe, and Andrew Cary Young. Free. • “Panorama of the American Landscape,” in Trustmark Grand Hall (except for when the Bethlehem Tree is on display). William Dunlap’s mural of Virginia’s hunt country and the Antietam battlefield is accompanied by a 28-minute video. Free. • Look and Learn with Hoot June 15, July 20 and Aug. 17. The educational opportunity for children ages 4-5 features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free. • Still Curious? Lecture Series June 19, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Ellen Ruffin and Dee Jones explain how the Curious George drawings and the Reys’ archives became part of the University of Southern Mississippi’s de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection. Free. • “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey” through July 22. Featuring nearly 80 original drawings and preparatory dummies for the Reys’ children’s books and documentation related to their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe, the exhibition examines the parallels between the obstacles the Reys faced and the drawings that may have saved their lives. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. • “Southern Wall,” in the public corridor. See William Christenberry’s sculptural tableau of rural landscape and building remnants. Free. • Recent Acquisitions Exhibit through Aug. 5. See photographs, paintings and sculptures recently


he “Our Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast … A Way of Life” art exhibit features native Mississippians Lyle Peterzell’s photographs and Kris Byrd’s ceramic boats. Peterzell was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has worked at the National Gallery of Art, photographing oil paintings and sculptures. Now, Peterzell is self-employed as a freelance fine-art, museum and commercial photographer. Ninety percent or more of Peterzell’s photos are taken on the Gulf Coast, in or around Jackson, Harrison and George counties. Byrd was born in Pascagoula and has been an artist for 39 years. After painting for 20 years, she tried a new medium–– clay. Clay was difficult, but Byrd enjoyed the three-dimensional qualities. In her opinion, the most wonderful thing about

Living on the Coast, artist Kyle Byrd is inspired by and often sculpts boats.

living on the Coast is the boats. Although she makes other forms—bowls, cups, etc.—boats are the most fascinating and satisfying for her to sculpt. The exhibit is located at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive, 601-432-4111) through June 29 and is available for viewing Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. —Adria Walker

son Ave., Madison), and 2:30 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Jackson Zoo staff talk about the lives of nocturnal animals and bring a few to exhibit. Free; call 601856-4536. Fee Free Day July 21, all day, at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St.). The museum waives the entrance fee for visitors. Free; call 601-636-0583. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 3-5, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Open Aug. 3 (Kids’ Day) from 3-9 p.m., Aug. 4 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Aug. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-605-1790. “The Migration of the Negro, 1940-1941” through June 4, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in Johnson Hall Gallery. See 60 reproductions of Jacob Lawrence’s paintings through June 4. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-979-2040. Mississippi Art Faculty Juried Exhibition through June 27, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel), in the Lover Lever Galleries. See works from 51 artists representing 13 schools through June 27. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The awards ceremony is April 21 at 2 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374. “Our Beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast … A Way of Life” through June 29, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See Lyle Peterzell’s photographs and Kris Byrd’s ceramic pieces through June 29. Open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The art reception is May 17 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” through Aug. 26, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The interactive exhibit for ages 8 and younger is derived from seven children’s picture books. Aug. 19-26, visitors who wear official Storyland T-shirts (sold at Louis LeFleur’s Trading Post) receive $3 off admission. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. $8, children under 12 and members free; call 601981-5469 or 877-793-5437. “Kinetic Vapor,” at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). NunoErin, a Jackson arts studio, created the artwork overlooking the Jackson Convention Complex’s east lobby, made from aluminum wall panels, reflected natural light and color-shifting LEDs that span a 100-foot by 9-foot-6-inch section of the mezzanine wall. Free; call 601-960-2321. “Of Passover and Pilgrimage: The Natchez Jewish Experience,” at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, Natchez (213 S. Commerce St., Natchez). The exhibit documents the everyday lives of the city’s Jewish families since the 18th century. By appointment only. Free; call 601-362-6357.



Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). • Live at Lunch May 23 and May 30, 11:30 a.m. Charlie Townsend performs in the Art Garden. Temperance Babcock performs with Townsend May 30. Bring lunch or purchase a meal from the Palette Cafe. Free; call 601-960-1515. • Music in the City June 5, July 3 and Aug. 14, 5:15 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. The museum partners with St. Andrew’s Cathedral to bring a series of concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres are served first, and the performance is at 5:45 p.m. Colman Pierce and Lester Senter perform June 5, Lynn Raley performs July 3, and Shawn Leopard and John Paul perform Aug. 14. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533.

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Folk singer Sarah Jarosz, 20, performs at Duling Hall on July 18.

Ardenland Concert Series, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601-292-7121 or 800745-3000. • The Cave Singers June 9, 9 p.m. The Seattle folk band is knows for songs such as “Swim Club” and “Dancing on Our Graves.” Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. $8 in advance, $12 at the door. • Lost in the Trees June 21, 7:30 p.m. The pop band performs to promote their album “A Church That Fits Our Needs.” Daytona also performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. • Sarah Jarosz July 18, 7:30 p.m. The folk singer performs to promote her album “Follow Me Down.” Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Highland Village Concert Series May 24, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). David Wilcox performs. Free; call 601982-5861.

Olde Towne Market June 9, 4 p.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors sell produce and crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Free admission; call 601-924-5472.

JV Jazz Lab May 24, 8 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Jesus Velazquez leads the Latin jazz ensemble. No cover; email

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Call 601-354-6573. Open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. through Dec. 15.

Glenn Miller Orchestra May 27, 3 p.m., at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The 19-member band has been performing since 1956. $32-$42; call 662-915-2787.

Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Call 601-919-1690. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 31. Call 601-373-4545. Doris Berry’s Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Call 601-354-0529 or 601353-1633. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m5:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 31. Jackson Roadmap to Health Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). WIC vouchers accepted. Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 30. Call 601-987-6783. Vicksburg Farmers Market, on the east side of Washington Street between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays 8-11 a.m. through July 28. Call 601801-3513 or 601-634-4527. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open Thursdays 4-8 p.m. through Oct. 11. Call 601-898-0212. Canton Farmers Market June 2-Oct. 31, at Historic Canton Square at the courthouse green. Open Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon until the end of harvest. Call 601-859-5816.

Submerged 5.0: The Burner Brothers Bayou Tour June 1, 9 p.m., at Club Friction (206 W. Capitol St.). Pish Posh, the Burner Brothers, the Tightstep Concept Crew, Monoxide and Repercussion perform. $10 ages 21 and up, $15 guests under 21; email “4 the Record” Swap Meet June 2, noon, at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Buy, sell or trade records, and enjoy food, raffles and music. Early registration for sellers required. $2, children under 12 free, $25 seller table; call 601-376-9404. Mississippi Boychoir Spring Concert June 2, 6 p.m., at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Choir members perform selections from Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more. Free, donations welcome; call 601-906-3329. The Still Able Experience June 2, 7 p.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Performers include James Fortune and Fiya, Troy Sneed, and Benjamin Cone II and Worship. $20; call 601-927-7625 or 800-745-3000. Highland’s Summer Jam June 9, 5 p.m., at Highland Baptist Church (2513 N. 7th Ave., Laurel). Performers include Building 429, By the Fire and GodSpeed3. Group rates available. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 800-965-9324. Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour June 15, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex

• Robert Randolph and the Family Band Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy secular and religious music featuring Randolph on the pedal steel guitar. The pre-show party is at 6 p.m. $52, $46.


Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. • Eddie Levert June 7, 7:30 p.m. The co-founder of the O’Jays performs. The pre-show party is at 6 p.m. $52, $46. • Jars of Clay June 21, 7:30 p.m. The Christian rock band has been performing for over a decade. $35, $29. • Alice Tan Ridley July 17, 7:30 p.m. The 2010 “America’s Got Talent” contestant got her start singing in New York subway stations. $28, $22.


(105 E. Pascagoula St.). Fred Hammond, Byron Cage and Canton Jones perform. Free tickets; visit Blues Bash June 7, 6:30 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). Enjoy a barbecue dinner and music from Eden Brent. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. $20; call 601-649-6374. 40th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival June 16, 9 a.m., at Holmes Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia). The event features gospel and blues music, arts and crafts vendors, and food. Performers include Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and Lightnin’ Malcolm. Enjoy open-mic nights June 14-15 at the Blue Front Cafe (107 E. Railroad Ave.); must pre-register to perform. $10, $5 parking; call 662-528-1900. Milt Hilton Memorial Concert and Festival June 23, 7 p.m., at Vicksburg Hotel (801 Clay St., Vicksburg), in the Coral Room Theatre. The National Juneteenth Jazz Presenters featuring the Ron Myers Group perform. Cash bar and appetizers included. Free admission; call 601-618-9349. New Edition June 30, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The legendary R&B group performs on their 30th anniversary reunion tour. After 7 also performs. $36-$56; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash July 13, 8 p.m., at IP Casino Resort and Spa (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi). The folk rock band has been performing for more than 40 years. $65-$85; call 800-745-3000. American Idol Live July 31, 7 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The top 10 2012 finalists perform, including Skylar Laine of Brandon. Ticket price includes a $1 donation to the Heart Foundation. $27.50-57.50; call 800-745-3000. Brian McKnight Aug. 3, 8 p.m., at Hard Rock Casino (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The R&B artist is known for the songs “One Last Cry” and “Back at One.” $29.99-$64.99; call 800-745-3000. Southern Crossroads Music and Tamale Festival Aug. 10-12, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The event has music, refreshments and interactive art demonstrations; runs through Aug. 12. Stave Azar, Hope Waits and Eric Lindell perform. $25 per day, $48 weekend pass; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Aug. 10-12, at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). The 25th annual event includes an extensive lineup of performers such as Robert Plant, Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush. Free; visit B.B. King Aug. 24, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The “King of the Blues” is an Itta Bena native and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. $44.95-$64.95; call 800-745-3000.

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he Unbroken Chain Benefit Concert ing dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and birds. is going to the dogs––or at least, the The Mississippi Animal Rescue League proceeds are. On May 31, at 7:30 p.m., is an “open admission” shelter, meaning the Mississippi Animal they accept every animal Rescue League will host that comes through the the concert fundraiser at door–over 13,000 a year. Duling Hall (622 Duling Concert host Adam Ave.). MARL’s annual Carrey believes MARL $900,000 budget is comis a worthy cause. He’s posed entirely of donaopening the doors at tions, and the Unbroken 6 p.m. for cocktails; Chain concert is a major local funk-rock band fundraiser for the organiM.O.S.S. performs at zation, with 100 percent 7:30, and Otis Lotus, of the proceeds going to Otis Lotus performs May 31 a local Grateful Dead to fundraise for the Animal the animal shelter. tribute band, goes on The Mississippi Rescue League. around 8:45 p.m. TickAnimal Rescue League is ets are $10 in advance a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the and $12 at the door. They can be purprevention of cruelty to animals. It is the chased at Babalu Tacos and Tapas and largest full-service animal-welfare organi- Morningbell Records, both at Duling zation in central Mississippi and provides Hall, or online at and care and medical services for thousands of homeless and unwanted animals, includ—Adria Walker

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Canton Gospel Fest Homecoming July 4, 4 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. The annual event features local and regional acts. Free; call 601-859-1307 or 601-859-2373.

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Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • J. Lee Productions’ Fourth Anniversary Screenings July 16-21, 7 p.m. Enjoy a stage play recording or short film such as “Why Am I Single?” and the “Black Love” documentaries. $5 per film; visit for a schedule. • Sky Shows. Options include “WSKY: Radio of the Stars” Saturdays at 1 p.m. and “New Horizons” Saturdays at 3 p.m. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children; call 601-960-1552. • “Wild Ocean.” The film shows the migration of marine animals and their encounters with humans. Shows are Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12; call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown. Sundays, enjoy a ballet or opera film at 2 p.m. for $16, or an independent film at 5 p.m. for $7. Visit msfilm. org for a schedule.

Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. • “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. • “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.” July 12-15. Students from the Broadway Jr. Summer Camp present the musical July 12-14 at 7 p.m. and July 15 at 2 p.m. $10, $7 children 12 and under.

Screen on the Green May 24 and June 21, 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. The May 24 feature is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and the June 21 feature is “500 Days of Summer.” Free; call 601-960-1515.

Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • “Behind the Pulpit” June 15-16, 8 p.m. The inspirational stage play features Bernadette Stanis (“Good Times”), Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson and Calvin Richardson. $25-$32; call 800-745-3000. • “It’s Time to Take Out the Trash” June 30, 8 p.m. Felicia Tillman’s stage play deals with topic

Oxford Shakespeare Festival June 15-July 8, at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Schedule at The Gertrude Ford Symposium is June 26 at 2 p.m. at the Robert C. Khayat Law Center (481 Coliseum Drive, Oxford). $14-$18, $12-$14 seniors, students and youth, free symposium; call 662-915-7411. “The Roots of Love and Freedom” May 26, 8 p.m., at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). Performers include singer Rhonda Richmond and poet C. Liegh McInnis. BYOB. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 347-754-0668.

FestivalSouth June 9-23, in downtown Hattiesburg. The two-week, multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. The Beatles tribute group Classical Mystery Tour, Don Giovanni and Sandi Patty perform. Visit for details. Refreshments sold. Admission varies, some events free; Circle Pass: $180, $50 youth; call 601-296-7475 or 866-452-8843. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus June 14-17, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The theme is “Barnum Bash.” Show times vary. Enjoy a pre-show party one hour before each performance. $14-$45, children under 2 free; call 800-745-3000. “The Bachelor Prince” Dinner Theater. Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the medieval “whodunnit” about a prince’s reluctant search for a bride. Seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. $42.50 plus tax and tip. • June 19 and July 17, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Cash bar at 6 p.m.; call 601856-9696. • June 25, 7 p.m., at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105). Cash bar at 5 p.m.; call 601-948-8808. “Parent’s Night Out with the Happiest Baby and Happiest Toddler” June 21, 7:30 p.m. Actress Ali Landry and pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp host the

simulcast to provide parenting tips. The program includes an interactive Q&A session. • Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). $12.50; call 601-898-7823. • Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. Being Belhaven Arts Series, at Belhaven Park (Poplar Blvd.). Enjoy music, movies and stage performances Thursday evenings through June 22. Most events start at 5 p.m. or dusk; call for details. Free; call 601-352-8850. “Spring Awakening” June 28-July 1, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The musical is an adaptation of a 1892 German play about coming-of-age teenagers. For mature audiences. Shows are June 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and July 1 at 2 p.m. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930. Mississippi Black Rodeo July 7, time TBA, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The Real Cowboy Association hosts “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” Admission TBA; visit “Buck-Nekkid for Jesus” July 25-29, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.), in the auditorium. John Maxwell’s play is a comedy about a faith healer’s extreme attempts to convert a gas station owner. For mature audiences. Shows are at 7:30 p.m.; additional performances TBA. $15-$25; call 601-301-2281. Dance with the Stars Aug. 18, 7 p.m., (tentative) at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.), in Windsor Ballroom. The dance competition pairs local celebrities and business leaders with local ballroom dance instructors as they compete. Admission TBA; call 601-960-2300 or 877-MSOPERA.

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he creative community of Jackson has a new way to express itself through artistic means. On the third Monday of each month, all sorts of artists are welcome to show off and hone their skills at the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace. Organizer daniel johnson (who prefers to spell his name in all lowercase characters) describes it as “an open space where different disciplines can come together and have a creative conversations.” The monthly event is free for both participants and onlookers. “There (was) not a time or place set aside for artists to get together and just be together in a no-rules, creative environment,” johnson says. The idea of the Open Space event came from the Mississippi Improv Alliance’s annual brainstorming meeting in January. So far, there have been three Open

Spaces with a small group of artists coming together and creating something unique and different. johnson says that there have mostly been dancers and musicians who show up to the Open Space art dialogue. Familiar faces include Bethany Nelson, a dancer who helped spearhead the happening, and the Commons’ artist-in-residence Jonathan Sims. Visual and performing artists are more than welcome to participate. “My hopes for it are that people feel welcome to show up and communicate in every discipline and to experiment and to be with other artists,” johnson says. The Mississippi Improv Alliance’s Open Space event occurs on the third Monday of each month 7-9 p.m. at the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399). —Briana Robinson

Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison) and Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-4536. • Puppetry with Pete Zapletal June 5, 10 a.m. in Madison and 2:30 p.m. in Ridgeland. Zapletal and his Puppet Arts Theater perform Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” • Magic with Tommy Terrific June 11, 2 p.m. in Madison, and June 14, 4:30 p.m., in Ridgeland. The magician from Little Rock, Ark., incorporates balloon animals and puppets into his act. • Nighttime Tales June 19, 10:30 a.m. in Madison and 4:30 p.m. in Ridgeland. The Madison County Library System Children’s Specialists perform with puppets, and presents skits and songs. • Who’s in the Shadows? July 10, 4:30 p.m., in Ridgeland, and July 11, 10:30 a.m., in Madison. The Madison County Library System Children’s Specialists perform the story of Little Red Riding Hood as a shadow puppet play.

“Not As I Do” June 8-9, at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Joyce Hayden Smith’s stage play is about siblings who struggle to cope after growing up in an abusive environment. Shows are June 8 at 7 p.m. and June 9 at 6 p.m. $15, $12 children under 12 in advance; $20, $15 at the door; call 601-506-7377.



Events at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Bransuch as heartbreak and renewal. 2010 “Sunday don). $15, $10 seniors and students (cash or check); Best” winner LeAndria Johnson performs. $25; call 601-825-1293. call 800-745-3000. • International Ballet Competition Reunion • “Our Town” June 7-17. The Thornton Wilder play is about the lives of two neighboring families, Gala July 14, 7:30 p.m. Performers include and two of their children who marry. Shows are Brooklyn Mack, Joseph Gatti, Alys Shee and the Thursday-Saturday Trey McIntyre Project at 7:30 p.m., and Dancers. A party folSunday at 2 p.m. lows the performance. Reservations recomVisit or call mended. for information on master classes. $20-$65; call • “A Night of One 601-973-9249. Acts” Auditions June 18-19, 7 p.m. Events at Vicksburg Production dates are Theatre Guild’s ParkJuly 12-15. side Playhouse (101 • “Godspell” AudiIowa Blvd., Vicksburg). tions July 16-18. Call 601-636-0471. Production dates are • Fairy Tale Theatre Sept. 16-23. June 21-24. Children • Summer Perforages 7-18 perform. mance Camp July Shows are June 21-23 16-20. Sessions are at 7 p.m. and June from 8 a.m.-noon 23-24 at 2 p.m. $6, $4 for children leavchildren 12 and under. John Maxwell’s play, “Buck-Nekkid for Jesus,” ing grades 1-4, and • “West Side Story” will be performed at Duling Hall July 57-29. 1-5 p.m. for youth Aug. 17-26. Paul Balleaving grades 5-11. lard directs the musical $100, $50 per sibling; email larrysrose@gmail. based on Arthur Laurents’ tragic love story. Shows com to register. are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sun• “Southern Hospitality” Auditions, dates TBA. days at 2 p.m. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 Production dates are Nov. 8-18. children 12 and under.



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Story Time on the Side Porch May 23-June 27, at Eudora Welty House (1119 Pinehurst Place). Children in grades K-3 listen to a classic story and make a related craft Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; call 601-353-7762. “It Takes A While” Book Signing May 25, 2 p.m., at St. Catherine’s Village (200 Dominican Drive, Madison). Thomas Ramsey signs his book about a man who falls in love at a retirement community. $15 book; call 601-856-8263.

“Married to Sin: A Memoir” May 28, 2 p.m., at Charles Tisdale Library (807 E. Northside Drive). Darlene D. Collier and Meredith McGee sign copies of and read from their book. $12.62 book; call 601-706-4656 or 601-372-0229. Pages of Promise Summer Reading Book Club Program June 4-Aug. 7. United Way hosts the program to encourage youth in grades K-12 to read this summer. Sites include Charles Tisdale Library, Eudora Welty Library and Richard Wright Library. Summer reading parties are at 10 a.m. at the Jackson Zoo June 9, the Agriculture and Forestry Museum June 30, New Horizon Church July 14 and Jackson Medical Mall July 28. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-4725 or visit Wild About Reading Party June 9, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The program includes crafts, a scavenger hunt, games and book readings. Donate a book to Jackson Public Schools’ summer reading program and receive free admission for one child. $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601-352-2580. Mississippi Writers Guild Conference Aug. 3-4, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Speakers include Evan Guilford-Blake, C. Hope Clark and Chuck Galey. Admission TBA; visit

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he Mississippi Writers Guild will hold ers throughout the two days. The speakits sixth annual writers’ ers and workshop leaders are conference on Aug. 3 from Mississippi and outside and 4 in Jackson. The guild, the state and include Evan with the motto “No Writer Guilford-Blake, C. Hope without a Voice,” was estabClark, Chuck Galey and lished in 2005 and is a charimany others. The speakers table organization formed for and the workshops will prothe purpose of advancing and vide a plethora of opportunipreserving the literary arts in ties to learn new skills and Mississippi. The guild does to sharpen old ones. Topics this by strengthening the skills covered run the gamut from of Mississippi writers with how to improve your ability workshops, conferences and to speak to how to sell your retreats, and by providing outwritings to how to develop At the Mississippi lets for Mississippi writers. historical characters. Writers Guild, the The annual conference motto is “No Writer The conference will provides the opportunity to without a Voice.” be held at the Arts Cenhave a formal critique of your ter of Mississippi (201 E. writing as well as to present your material Pascagoula St.) and is open to the public. before a live audience if you wish. More details are available on the guild’s Additionally, the conference will website, have a number of workshops and speak—Richard Coupe


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J.D. Davis Book Signing May 26, noon, at BooksA-Million (4950 Interstate 55 N.). Davis signs copies of “Unconquered: The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart and Mickey Gilley.” $24.95 book; call 601-366-3008.

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Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). 5 p.m. signings include readings at 5:30 p.m. Call 601-366-7619. • “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” May 23, 5 p.m. Ben Fountain signs books. $25.99 book. • “Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” May 24, 5 p.m. Rosecrans Baldwin signs books. $26 book. • Lemuria Story Time May 26, 11 a.m. Enjoy a reading of “Take Your Mama to Work Today” and make business cards. Free. • “Walking Safari: Or, the Hippo Highway and Other Poems” May 29, 5 p.m. Noel Polk signs books. $12.95 book. • “The Not Yet” May 30, 5 p.m. Moira Crone signs books. $15.95 book. • “A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh” May 31, 5 p.m. Jeff Shaara signs books. $24.99 book. • “A Land More Kind Than Home” June 1, 5 p.m. Wiley Cash signs books. $24.99 book. • “The Garden District of New Orleans” June 5, 5 p.m. Jim Fraiser signs books. $49.95 book. • “Canada” June 12, 5 p.m. Richard Ford signs books. $26.99 book. • “The Lost Ones” June 13, 5 p.m. Ace Atkins signs books. $25.95 book. • “Istanbul Passage” June 14, 5 p.m. Joseph Kanon signs books. $26 book. • “The Haunted Natchez Trace” June 16, 1 p.m. Bud Steed signs books. $16.99 book. • “Dust to Dust: A Memoir” June 19, 5 p.m. Benjamin Busch signs books. $26.99 book. • “Born to Battle: Grant and Forrest – Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga” June 20, 5 p.m. Jack Hurst signs books. $32 book. • “The One: The Life and Music of James Brown” June 29, 5 p.m. R.J. Smith signs books. $27.50 book. • “Sea Change” July 13, 5 p.m. Karen White signs books. $15 book.

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    Though he was a cofounder of the legendary R&B group The Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jays, Eddie Levert is a music legend in his own right. His gruff, soulful signature sound is recognized by three generations of fans. Since 1958, The Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jays have been true to their musical roots, and they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear Levertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice in every one of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numerous hits and on all its gold and platinum albums. For Fans of: Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes


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B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Betsy Liles specializes in custom jewelry. Jewelry-making 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


Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The gallery has southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Open MondaySaturday from 10 a.m.5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; visit

See Gulf Coast photographer Lyle Peterzellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work at the Mississippi Library Commission until June 29.

Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.) in Fondren. Featuring the photography of Millsaps College instructor Ron Blaylock. Private lessons and workshops available. Call 601-506-6624. Visit web.mac. com/blaylockphoto. Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road) in the Historic Fondren District. 601362-8484. The store has functional and decorative 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. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art, including Richard McKeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork. Custom paintings, portraits and framing also offered. Call 601981-9222; visit Pet Photo Contest through June 30. Randy Everettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art show and concert July 5 at 5 p.m. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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 Art reception for Betty Press and Rod Moorhead June 8 at 5:30 p.m. Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). New exhibits every eight weeks. Free admission; call 601-856-0535. Current exhibitor is Dianne


Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Exhibitors include Ted Ellis, Samuel McCain, Yolanda Juzang, Gerard Howard, Friends of Uganda and the Mississippi Craftsmenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guild. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Call 601-9609250; visit Tony Davenportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artwork featured during the Sidewalk Soiree Aug. 31. Gaddis Group Gallery (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601368-9522. The gallery features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist. 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). Call 601-661-9444. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The signature gallery features environmental portraits, the Backyards and Beyond series and Blues @ Home featuring photographs of blues artists. 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.). Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-1582. 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 Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) See photography ny Roy Adkins and glassworks by

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Galleries Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Lounge Arts features the works of several artists including Lacy Barger, Ginger Williams-Cook, Libba Blue, Ellen Langford and Jason Avery Kelch. Call 601-206-1788, visit 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 See works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Indigo Dye Day Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. The center has a satellite location at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Buy ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents. Call 601-992-3556; visit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Negrotto’s Gallery and Custom Framing (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). Open MondaySaturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 228-388-8822; visit North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modern-art gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Featured artists include Anthony DiFatta, Ginny Futvoye, Yvette Sturgis and Bill Wilson. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayThursday. 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 art and design studio in 2006. Call 601944-0023; visit One Blu Wall Gallery First floor of Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists include Howard Barron, Christina Cannon and Alan Vance. Call 601-713-1224. P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Featuring the work of Patti Henson. By appointment only; call 601-982-4067 or email

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Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). See paintings and sculptures from Richard McKey; by appointment only. Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Designs and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). See designer Sami Lott’s clothing. Trunk shows are held throughout the city. Call 601-212-7707. Studio AMN/Sanaa Gallery The Quadrangle (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The boutique features jewelry and body products from Kiwana Thomas Gayden and offers custom framing. Call 769-218-8289; visit Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 pm. Call 601-607-4147 or visit Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Exhibitors include William Dunlap, Robert Malone, Paula Temple, Eric Abrecht and Glenray Tutor. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-234-9090; visit

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Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). See paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Open MondayFriday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-366-1844; visit or Facebook. Garden Party Sale June 9 at 9 a.m.


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or most children, a trip to the zoo is an exciting weekend adventure––but for some, it can be frustrating and overwhelming to navigate. At “Dream Night at the Zoo,” special-needs kids get a chance to monkey (and lion and bear) around at their own pace at the Jackson Zoo. Presented by St. Dominic’s Health Services, the event invites physically and mentally challenged children and their families to the zoo for a night customized for them, “where they wouldn’t have to be in the hustle and bustle of the zoo crowd,” says Carol Woodson, the zoo’s special events coordinator. Visitors can explore the zoo at their leisure from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and take part in special activities, including a passport program created for the event. Attendees will receive a “passport” leading them to stations at several exhibits featuring puzzles, makeyour-own face masks, temporary tattoos and


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more. After stamping their passport at each station, the kids can pick up a goody bag. “Dream Night at the Zoo” is a program that takes place at zoos internationally. The fourth annual Dream Night in Jackson is June 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but participants must be referred by an approved organization. —Kathleen Morrison

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Creative Classes Shut Up and Write! Classes at JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for one of JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Laddâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular nonfiction and creative writing classes. Every other Saturday, Shut Up and Write! 101 is June 2-Aug. 18 excluding July 28 ($150, $75 deposit required) and Shut Up and Write! 202 for previous 101 students is Sept. 8-Oct. 20 ($125, $62.50 deposit required). Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; get on mailing list at Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546. â&#x20AC;˘ Craft Sampler Summer Camp June 4-July 20. Children ages 5-8 attend June 4-8 or July 9-13. Children ages 9-12 attend June 18-22 or July 1620. Snacks included; registration required. $175, $150 second child. â&#x20AC;˘ Real Men Craft Class June 14, 6 p.m. Choose from blacksmithing or arrow making. $25. â&#x20AC;˘ Ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Night Craft Class July 19, 6 p.m. Choose from making jewelry, making a flower pin or basket weaving. $25. â&#x20AC;˘ Adults-only Craft Class Aug. 16, 6 p.m. Choose from jewelry, leather or wire sculpture. $25.

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Creative Classes • Farmers Market Finds Workshop June 19, 5:30 p.m. Learn to make dishes with local produce. $35, $30 members. • Painting the Forest Floor Workshop June 23, 9 a.m. Gather leaves and other natural objects to make a mixed-media piece. $25, $20 members. • Multicultural Art Camp June 25-29. For youth ages 6-12. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon daily. Supplies included. $50. • Beginner Stained Glass Workshop June 25-28. Stained glass and basic supplies included. Classes are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $170, $160 members. • Portrait Drawing Workshop July 9-12. Jerrod Partridge guides students through the basics of

Pat Walker Studio Classes, at 153 E. Fulton St., Canton. Call 601-855-0107. • Three-day Oil Painting Workshop June 1-3. Paint landscapes, still lifes and portraits. $295.

portrait drawing. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon. Supplies included. $190, $180 members. Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-213-6355. • “Move Your Body” Kids’ Hip-hop Dance Class June 9-July 28. Karlos Lyons teaches the eightweek class Saturdays from 1-2 p.m. For kids ages 7-13. $70. • Ongoing Dance Classes. Options include salsa, Zumba, bachata and hip-hop. 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.

• Oil Painting Classes. Pat Walker teaches the class on Tuesdays. Day and evening classes available. Call for prices. Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • From Farm to Table May 23 and May 26, 9 a.m. Learn recipes using locally-grown food. $69-$89. • Macaroons and Whoopie Pies May 24 and Aug. 4, 9 a.m., and June 17, 5 p.m. Topics include

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T.B. Ellis and “Wavee” Dave Chambers Golf Klassic May 26, 8 a.m., at Eagle Ridge Golf Course (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). Registration is at 7 a.m., and lunch is at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s community service programs. $100 individual, $100 tee box sign, $800 and up for teams; call 601-953-2399 or 601-927-3508. Back to the Races: Horses v. Cancer May 26, 9 a.m., at Grant Downs (2900 Forest Ave. Ext.). Share a File Foundation hosts the fundraiser to benefit The Cancer Center, a nonprofit that offers hair replacement serves to women and children. Enjoy horse races, live entertainment and western dancing. The trail ride is at 2 p.m., and the races are at 7 p.m. $5, $3 ages 6-12, ages 5 and under free; call 769-798-9412, 601-918-2333 or 601896-8533. 5K for the Fatherless Run/Walk June 2, 8:15 a.m., at First United Methodist Church of Ridgeland (234 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Registration is at 7 a.m. The race also include a 1-mile fun run at 9:15 a.m. Awards given. Proceeds benefit 200 Million Flowers, a nonprofit

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Magnolia Meltdown on the Parkway May 26, 7 a.m., at The Township at Colony Park (1111A Highland Colony Parkway). The race includes a 5K and 10K run/walk, and a one-mile fun run. Proceeds benefit St. Dominic Community Clinic, a free clinic for the homeless and the working poor. $25 through May 24, $35 after, $15 fun run; call 601-605-9886.

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Magnolia Speech Sprint June 2, 8 a.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road), at Raider Park near Sheffield Drive. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m., the 5K run/walk is at 8 a.m., and the fun run is at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit Magnolia Speech School. $25 5K, $15 fun run; call 601-922-5530. Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game June 2, 10 a.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Women compete in a powder-puff football game to raise funds for the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. At 8 p.m., Time to Move performs at the after-party at Hal & Mal’s Red Room (200 S. Commerce St.). $5 game (includes after-party), $10 after-party only; visit

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Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital Tea Party June 3, 3 p.m., at Friendship Baptist Church (2496 Craig Spring Road, Sturgis), in the Family Life Center. Women and children are welcome to enjoy an afternoon tea, a silent auction and music from Souled Out. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. $5 per person; call 662-307-0970. Cooking For Our Kids Fundraiser June 5, 5:30 p.m., at Children’ Advocacy Center (961 Madison Ave., Madison) on the lawn. Enjoy dishes from local restaurants including Kristos, Strawberry Cafe and Local 463. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Madison and Rankin Counties. $45, $60 couples; call 601-366-6405. Putting on the Dog June 9, 11 a.m., at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). The benefit for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption includes food vendors, family-friendly activities and live music. Dogs welcome. CARA will have dogs available for adoption. Free admission, food for sale; call 601-842-4404. Go Diva Under the Stars Fashion Show June 16, 8 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.), at Center Court. House of Panache hosts the fashion show to raise breast cancer awareness. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $40 VIP; call 601291-9946 or 769-218-8862. Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest, at Historic Canton Square June 28, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) June 29 and Canton Multipurpose Complex June 30-July 1. The event includes balloon races, a special shape fiesta, balloon glows, fireworks dis-

baking macaroons, making almond meringue and preparing buttercream. $69-$89. • Fish and Shellfish: The Vital Choice May 25, 6 p.m. Learn about the health benefits of fish and cooking techniques. $99. • Teens Cupcake Workshop May 31, June 16 and July 27, 9 a.m. Topics include making icing, working with marzipan and decorating with fondant. For ages 12-15. $69-$89. • Summer Lovin’ From the Oven. Youth learn to prepare classic dishes and basic kitchen skills. The sessions for teens is June 18-22 from 1:30-3 p.m. ($350), and the session for children is June 25-29 from 9 a.m.-noon ($325).

plays, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Visit for a schedule of events. Free admission; call 601-859-4358 or 800-844-3369. Miracle Treat Day July 26, at Dairy Queen (724 Raymond Road). A portion of proceeds from Blizzard and Miracle Balloon sales benefit Children’s Miracle Network. Visit miracletreatday. com. Mississippi Craft Show Aug. 25-26, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Artisans from throughout the state sell their wares Aug. 25 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibitors must apply by June 30. Refreshments sold. Group rates available. Proceeds benefit Madison Ark, a no-kill shelter, and dogs will be on site for adoption. $5, children 12 and under free; call 601-790-0654. 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. Donors determine pledge amount per kilometer; visit “Real Divas Read” Book Program. Divas 4 Charity seeks low-income women in college who need assistance to purchase textbooks. To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.04.0 and submit a one-page essay about why they should receive benefits to Benefits include an Amazon Kindle and e-books. The charity also sells $5 raffle tickets to fund the program, and gives away a $100 gas card each month. Call 508-443-4827.

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Princess Dance Camp Registration through June 1, at Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Academy (106 Autumn Ridge Place). The camp is for ages 3-7 and is July 9-13. 50-percent deposit required by June 1. $125; email WAMA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creation Stationâ&#x20AC;? Summer Camp June 4-29, at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs), in the Art Cottage. Children ages 6-11 attend weekly sessions from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays until June 29 ($225, $150 members). Kinder Camp for ages 3-5 is offered the weeks of July 9 and July 16 and includes half-day sessions ($175, 125 members). Registration required; space limited. Call 228-872-3164. Millsaps Summer Enrichment Camps for Kids, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most sessions start in June and include topics such as music, dance, etiquette and computer skills. Call 601-9741130.or visit for a list of classes and fees. The Museum School, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The art camp is for children ages 3-17. Call for dates and times. Fees vary; call 601-960-1515. Barefoot Workshops Registration, at Shack Up Inn at Hopson Plantation (1 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale). Learn how to film and edit a documentary. Options include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Photographing the Mississippi Deltaâ&#x20AC;? Aug. 26-Sept. 2, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Documenting the Mississippi Deltaâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 2-16 and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Editing in


manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s man. A burly man. The kind of man who likes to roll up his sleeves and â&#x20AC;Ś craft? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the Mississippi Craft Center is counting on with Real Men Craft, an upcoming installment of their Discover series. While the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;craftâ&#x20AC;? usually conjures images of the fairer sex working with ModPodge or glitter, attendees at the Real Men Craft class June 14 can choose between blacksmithing and arrowmaking. Other summer Discover series classes are aimed at females only and adults only. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real Men Craftâ&#x20AC;? is at the

the Mississippi Deltaâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 16-22. $500 deposit must be paid by June 15. Housing, equipment and transportation not included. $1,299-$2,399; e-mail Weekend Figure Drawing Workshop June 23-24 and July 28-29, at Nunneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Gallery 119â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the class June 24 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., and June 24 from 1-4 p.m. $140; call 601-668-5408. Tougaloo Art Colony July 15-20, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Take classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, mixed media and more. Registration includes CEU

JFP-Sponsored Events Fondren After 5 June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of Fondren. Free; call 601-981-9606. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derbies, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; email info@ â&#x20AC;˘ June 2, 7 p.m., the team plays against the Southern Misfits.

â&#x20AC;˘ July 21, 7 p.m., the team takes on the Beach Brawl Skater Dolls. â&#x20AC;˘ Aug. 4, 7 p.m., the team competes against the Mississippi Rollergirls. Eighth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 28, 6 p.m., at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, and this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to start a rape crisis center. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. Get involved, volunteer and donate

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Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) June 14 at 6 p.m. and costs $25, Call 601-856-7546 for more information. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathleen Morrison

credits ($15 each) and one college credit. Additional fees for housing and airport shuttle apply. $25 registration, $350 tuition< $150 independent study; call 601-977-7839 or 601-977-7743. Weekend Figure Drawing Workshop July 28-29, at Nunneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Gallery 119â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the class July 28 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., and July 29 from 1-4 p.m. $140; call 601-668-5408. Creative Writing Workshops, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in H.T. Sampson Library, third floor. The Nameless Poets of Jackson host the workshops Sundays at 3 p.m. Free; call 601-720-4640.

art, money and gifts at chickball@ More details at Follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. $5 cover; call 601362-6121, ext. 16. Jackson 2000 Spring Social June 14, 5 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). Enjoy food from Koinonia and music from Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer. Meet the board members and learn more about the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. Free; email

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Unbroken Chain Benefit Concert May 31, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Otis Lotus and M.O.S.S. perform. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601292-7121 or 800-745-3000. Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m., on Carlisle St. and Kenwood Place. The festival includes art, live music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and food. $5, $1 children 12 and under; call 601-352-8850.

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• Sept. 5, author Seetha Srinivasan and filmmaker Kathryn Rodenmeyer talk about the history of nursing in Mississippi. Winter Building. COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues, from crime to potholes. • Precinct 1, first Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2, second Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3, third Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4, fourth Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004. Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Call 601-926-1104. • Nature Day Camp. Children in grades 2-3 attend June 11-15, grades 4-5 attend June 18-22 and grades 6-8 attend June 25-29. The camp includes a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon. Space limited; full and partial scholarships available. $100, $75 members. • Nature Nuts Preschool Program June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, 10 a.m., in Price Hall. The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Registration required. Fee TBA. Events at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Free; call 601-919-1911. • Email for Beginners May 24, 9 a.m. Learn to set up an email account, and send and receive messages. • Internet for Beginners May 31, 9 a.m. Learn to navigate the web, use search engines, print and store information. • 4 Suits Bridge Club. Players compete Mondays from 1-4:30 p.m.

Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Statewide Nonprofit Management Conference May 23-24. The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits hosts “Positioned for Progress.” $199, $149 members; call 601-968-0061. • Mississippi Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association Conference June 1-3. Firefighters compete COURTESY STEPHENIE MORRISEY

“History Is Lunch,” Wednesdays, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) or Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601-576-6998. • May 23, architectural historian Todd Sanders talks about project successes under the Tax Credit program. Winter Building. • May 30, architectural historian Jennifer Baughn talks about modern architects of Mississippi. Winter Building. • June 6, Bettye Coward talks about the history of Blue Mountain College. Winter Building. • June 13, Historian Jim Barnett talks about his new book in the Heritage of Mississippi Series, “Mississippi’s American Indians,” and signs copies. Old Capitol Museum. • June 20, southern-studies scholar Noel Polk reads from his latest book, “Walking Safari: Or, the Hippo Highway and Other Poems.” Winter Building. • June 27, Jacksonian Bill Patrick presents “The Truth about Casey Jones.” Old Capitol Museum. • July 18, historian Timothy B. Smith talks about his new book on Senator J.Z. George. Old Capitol Museum. • July 25, Alanna Patrick and Betty Uzman of MDAH’s Paper Archives offer a look inside the Eudora Welty Collection with “Welty at Home.” Winter Building. • Aug. 1, author John Pritchard talks about his books “Junior Ray” and “The Yazoo Blues.” Winter Building. • Aug. 15, Jacksonian Vernon Chadwick talks about Natchez and General Douglas MacArthur. Winter Building. • Aug. 29, Millsaps College Library director Tom Henderson presents “Finding Hooch and Homicide on the Gold Coast: Liquor and Crime in East Jackson.” Winter Building.


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in individual and relay competitions for a chance to move up to the national round. $75 individuals, $90 tandem, $195 relay, $290 team, spectators free; visit • Rebel Reunion July 10, 6 p.m. The event features Ole Miss coaches and athletic officials. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-826-6886 or 601-506-3186. Events at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). • New Hope Christian School 30th Year Anniversary/Alumni Weekend Banquet July 20, 7 p.m. The guest speaker is Ken Carter, the basketball coach depicted in the movie “Coach Carter.” Admission TBA; call 601-362-0912.

• Mississippi Gospel Music Awards July 29, 5 p.m. Harvey Watkins and Stan Jones are the hosts. Recipients receive awards in 28 categories plus a Pastor of the Year award. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035. • Jackson Music Awards July 30, 6 p.m. Rob J and Alice Marie are the hosts. Hip-hop and soul artists receive awards in 32 categories. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Summer Enhancement Program Registration. Youth ages 6-16 listen to guest speakers, make arts and crafts, watch movies and more during the summer. Register at the Department of Parks and Recreation from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through May 23. Shot record or birth certificate required. Lunch and snack included; transportation not included. $70; call 601-960-0471. • It’s a Natural U Affair II June 3, 3 p.m., at Center Stage. Natural U Salon hosts the natural hair meetup and seminar that includes a hairstyle contest, a fashion show and giveaways. Free; call 601-364-2869. • Dropout Prevention Town Hall Meeting June 7, 6 p.m., in the Community Room. Participants discuss strategies to keep children in school. Dinner and door prizes included. Free; call 601948-4725. • “Getting on Easy Street” Finance Seminar July 2, 6 p.m., in the Community Room. The topic is “It’s the Perfect Time to Purchase a Home!” Registration required; limited seating. Free; call 601-982-8467. • Small Business Expo Aug. 2, 10 a.m. The purpose of the event is to promote local small and minority businesses. Ministries and organizations welcome. $25, $50-$100 sponsorships; call 601750-2367 or 601-316-5092. • Spiritual Pilgrimage to the Mississippi Delta Aug. 25. The caravan lines up at 7:30 a.m. and


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NAMI Mississippi Events. Free; call 601-899-9058 or 800-357-0388 for location. • NAMI Basics Classes, Summer Session June 5-July, 6 p.m. The classes are for parents or caregivers of children and teens with mental-health issues. Registration required. • NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings.


Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Walks and runs are at the Ridgeland multi-use trail. Free unless otherwise stated; call 601-899-9696. • “Fuel the New Year” Nutrition Workshops June 7 and July 12, 7 p.m. Get tips on developing healthy eating and exercise habits. $10. • Poker Run through Oct. 10. On second Wednesdays at 6 p.m., participants receive five playing cards during the three-mile run/walk, and those with the best and worst hands win prizes. After-party at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). • Weekly Group Walk. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles. • 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. Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). Free; call 601-200-3070. • Cancer Support Group Meetings, second Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Cancer Center. • Women’s Cancer Support Group Meetings, second Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at the Canter Center. • Caregivers Support Group Meetings, on second Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the conference rooms. National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration June 2, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage, the Common Area and the Community Meeting Room. The Rebirth Alliance hosts the event, which includes games, a kids’ village workshops, a health fair, a balloon release and refreshments. Free; call 601-966-7252. Look Good … Feel Better June 4 and June 11, 2 p.m., at St. Dominic Cancer Center (2969 N. Curran Drive), in Classroom A. The program helps women undergoing cancer treatments to address appearance-related side effects. Registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional coun-

selor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601-707-7355. Art in Mind Art Program, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program on fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required; space limited. Registration forms available at Free; call 601-987-0020. Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the meetings on third Mondays at 5:30 p.m. • Cancer Rehab Classes, 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. Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and ton-

ing, and a children’s gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-987-6783. Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit for class schedule information and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. Zumba Classes, at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The 45-minute classes are at 8:30 a.m. $5 per class; call 850-572-0055 for a schedule; email Diabetes Support Group Meetings, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), in the Community Room. Baptist Nutrition Center hosts the meetings on third Thursdays at 1 p.m. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Gentle Joints Aquatic Program, at The Club at St. Dominic’s (970 Lakeland Drive). The Arthritis Foundation sponsors the low-intensity water class. Sessions are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration required; club membership optional. $35 for 12 classes, $60 for 24 classes; call 601-200-4925. Girl Talk Monthly Live Chat. Chat with an OB/ GYN on second Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to ask health questions. Questions can also be emailed ahead of time. Visit

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• Summer Zoo Camp June 4-July 13. Children ages 4-12 enjoy animal encounters, games, crafts, hikes and keeper chats at the one-week camps. Sessions are divided by age groups, and topics and times vary. Half-day sessions for ages 4-5. Registration required; space limited. Zoo members receive discounts. $75 ages 4-5, $150 ages 6-12, $35 optional lunch (ages 6-12 only); call ext. 240. • Story Time Tuesday June 5, July 3, Aug. 7 and Sept. 4, 10 a.m. A zookeeper reads an animal story, and the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission. • Critters and Crawlers June 9, July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8, 10 a.m. The program for toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes indoor and outdoor activities, and animal encounters. Discounts available for members. Prices vary; call ext. 241. • Father’s Appreciation Day June 17. Fathers receive half off admission for Father’s Day with a paying child’s admission. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum • Breakfast with the Beavers and Otters June 23, (2145 Highland Drive). Unless stated otherwise, $8, 7 a.m. The breakfast buffet is in the Wilderness children 12 months and under and members free; and Aquatics Building. call 601-981-5469 or 877Enjoy keeper chats and relat793-5437. ed activities. Pre-registration • C Spire Summer Soaker required. Admission TBA. May 26, 9 a.m. Par• Ice Cream Safari July ticipate in a one-mile 14, 10 a.m. Sample more fun run, cool off at the than a dozen ice cream museum’s fountain, eat flavors scooped by local popsicles and learn about television-, radio- and sun protection. Pre-regisprint-media celebrities. tration required. $10. including JFP Vote for • MCM Members-only your favorite flavor and Summer Camp June favorite celebrity scooper. 11-July 27. The oneAdmission TBA. week camps for chil• Zoo Connections Teacher dren ages 5-10 are held Workshop July 17 (grades in the Education CenK-2) and July 19 (grades ter from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beth Israel Congregation shows the 3-5), 9 a.m. Teachers learn weekdays. Fee includes documentary “Amnon’s Journey” how to incorporate a visit May 24. a T-shirt and a morning to the zoo into a curricusnack. Attendees may lum. Bring lunch. $15, $5 for 0.5 CEU credits bring lunch or buy a meal for $5. Additional optional; call ext. 241. fees for care before and after each daily session apply. $175 per week. • International Tiger Day July 29, 9 a.m. Learn fun facts about tigers, talk to keeper staff and • Summer Solstice Pajama Party June 20, enjoy craft projects. 5:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas, learn about the sun and solar system, and celebrate the longest • Back to “Zool” Aug. 11, 9 a.m. Meet the zoo day of the year. For members only. docents and education staff, and learn what animal education is really like. Enjoy face • Tinker with Tuesdays, Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., painting, temporary tattoos and a visit from children ages 4-11 learn about science, technolDora the Explorer. ogy, engineering and mathematics. • ABC Come Play with Me, Wednesdays at Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 10 a.m., children ages 3 and under enjoy (2148 Riverside Drive). Call 601-576-6000. songs, games and learning activities to pre• Camp WILD June 11-28. Campers participate pare them for preschool. in indoor and outdoor activities that focus on • Farm Bureau Spotlight, Fridays at 3:30 p.m., Mississippi’s ecosystems, and learn about the idenchildren ages 4-11 learn about agriculture and tification, collection and conservation of indigvisit one of the galleries for a featured topic. enous species. Sessions are June 11-14 for grades K-1, June 18-21 for grades 2-3 and June 25-28 Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). for grades 4-5. $140, $115 members. Unless stated otherwise, $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 • Teacher Workshops July 23-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601Topics include wetlands, biology and earth sci352-2580. ence. Registration required. $15 workshop, $10 • Don’t Fry Day May 25, 10 a.m. Learn sun CEU credits; call 601-576-6000. safety tips and how animals protect themselves in the sun. Events at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and • Dream Night at the Zoo June 3, 5:30 p.m. The Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Call 601invitation-only event allows physically or mentally 982-8264. challenged children and their families to see the • Watermelon Classic July 4, 7:30 a.m. The annual zoo at their own pace and engage in activities cusrace includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile wellness tomized for them. Participants must be referred run and a Tot Trot for children ages 3 and under. by an approved organization to get an invitation. Free admission. leaves at 8 a.m. Stops includes da’ House of Khafre in Indianola, Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in Ruleville, the Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center in Glendora and Bryant Store in Money, where Emmitt Till was kidnapped and later murdered. Participants cover their own food, admission and transportation costs. Call 601957-2969. • Adopt-a-Park Program Registration, at the Department of Parks and Recreation. Organizations and businesses are encouraged to sign up to help maintain Jackson parks and trails by picking up litter, landscaping and painting. Call 601-960-0471. • ENCOUNTER Teen Empowerment Corps, on first Tuesdays from 6:30-8 p.m., Youth Solutions hosts a rally for teens in the Community Room. Activities include spending time with mentors, motivational talks, IGNITE Vocal Talent rehearsal, teen dramas and character development. Free; call 601-829-0323.




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Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Computer Classes For Adults May 24, 10 a.m. Learn to use Microsoft Word. Free. • Game On! May 24, 4 p.m. Play Xbox 360 games. No mature games permitted. Free. • Brown Bag Luncheon May 25, noon. Forrest L. Cooper discusses his book “Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places.” Bring lunch; drinks and dessert provided. • Wii Play. Play Nintendo Wii games Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). • National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group, in the St. Catherine Room. NAMI Mississippi offers a support group for family members who have an adult relative with a mental illness on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-899-9058. • Senior Adult Computer Classes, at St. Dominic Education Services. Topics include word processing and the Internet. The self-paced classes are on Saturdays. $25 per class; call 601-200-6698.

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Know Your Rights Events at Hinds Community College, Jackson Campus (3925 Sunset Drive). Light refreshments provided. Free; call 601-960-9577. • “Employment Discrimination and the EEOC” June 11, 4 p.m. Eddie Abdul-haqq, EEOC program analyst, explains laws against employment discrimination. Attorneys meet with individuals who have questions about their employment rights. • “Dads Have Rights Too” June 12, 5 p.m. Attorneys discuss child support, child custody and visitation laws, and meet with fathers who have questions about their parental rights.


Jackson Bike Advocates Events. Helmets encouraged for bike rides. Free; visit facebook. com/jacksonbikeadvocates. • Epic Bike Weekend May 24-27. May 24, join the bike ride from Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road) to the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.) to attend Screen on the Green. May 25 is the annual Alleycat Bike Race and Scavenger Hunt; Overnight


Watermelon served after the race. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Register by July 3. Registration fees vary. • Hall of Fame Induction Weekend July 27-28. July 27, meet the inductees at 9:30 a.m., and attend the induction ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St). July 28, the Drawdown of Champions is at 6:30 p.m. and includes a sports memorabilia auction and a chance to win $5000. Admission TBA. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Red, White and Jackson June 28, 11 a.m., at Enjoy children’s activities, food, music and fireworks. The museum remains open until 8 p.m. Free; call 601-948-7575. • Mississippi Places and Faces July 16-27. The camp for children in grades 4-6 includes viewing artifacts, making crafts and touring historic buildings in Jackson. Sessions are July 16-20 and July 23-27 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Pre-registration required. $50; call 601-576-6800. • Your Vote Counts through Dec. 31, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Students get to use a real voting machine, The secretary of state’s office is the sponsor. Free; call 601-576-6920.

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t. Dominic’s Cancer Center’s Look Good–Feel Better program uses certified cosmetologists who volunteer their time to teach female cancer patients beauty techniques to improve their self-image and appearance. This program is designed to help female cancer patients overcome the appearancerelated effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The women will learn how to disguise hair loss by using wigs, scarves and Lows and Bloodbird perform at the after-party at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). May 26, participate in the bike polo match with enthusiasts from Mobile, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; Little Rock, Ark.; and New Orleans. That evening, Frank and the Meltones perform at Morningbell Records (Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave.). May 27, take a bike ride to Julep (4500 Interstate 55 N.) for brunch. • Community Bike Ride. On last Fridays at 6 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Co-operative Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road). The destination varies each month. Conference USA Baseball Tournament May 2327, at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). College teams compete May 23-26 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The championship game is May 27 at 1 p.m. Day passes and all-tournament passes available. $8-$14 per game; call 800-745-3000. Holocaust Remembrance Program May 24, 7:30 p.m., at Beth Israel Congregation (5315 Old Canton Road). The program includes a screening of the documentary “Amnon’s Journey” and music from Ensemble Polonaise. Free; call 601-956-6215. Homebuyer Education Class May 26, June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25, 9 a.m., at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Registration required. Free; call 601-362-0885, ext. 115. Dog Day Afternoons May 27, noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. Shelter dogs available for adoption. Free; call 601-960-1515. Saints Summer Experience, at St. Andrew’s Lower School (4120 Old Canton Road). The day camps for children and teens include lessons in geography and culture, academic assistance and athletics. Sessions start May 29, and the topic

turbans. They will also learn how to properly take care of skin and nails made fragile by cancer treatment. The sessions and materials (including a free cosmetic kit for each woman) are free of charge, but registration is required. All women who are undergoing treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation therapy or other forms of treatment) are eligible to attend. The Look Good–Feel Better program, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, holds sessions once a month at St. Dominic’s Cancer Center. The next meeting is June 4 at 2 p.m. Contact the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or St. Dominic Cancer Center at 601-200-3070 for more information. Patients can also find information on line at or —Bryan Flynn varies each week. $180-$225 per week, $50 aftercare (3:30-5:30 p.m.); call 601-906-0878. Rankin County Area Job Fair May 30, 9 a.m., at Hinds Community College, Rankin Campus (3805 Highway 80 E., Pearl). At the Muse Center. Bring resumes and come dressed for an interview. Free; visit “Don’t Let Your Summer Be a Bummer” Karate Camp June 1-July 10. Reservoir Karate teaches the class at Liberty Baptist Church (5199 Lakeland Drive, Flowood) Mondays and Thursdays at from 6:15-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 6:15-7:30 p.m., and at the Reservoir YMCA (6023 Lakeshore Drive, Brandon) Saturdays from 9:15-10:30 a.m. The camp ends with a karate demonstration at Liberty Baptist Church. Fee includes a T-shirt, food and a certificate. Income-based sponsorships available. $80; call 601-955-1677. Katfishin’ Kids June 2, 7 a.m., at Turcotte Lab (Highway 43 S., Canton). The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is the host. Kids ages 15 and under learn the basics of fishing. Parents must accompany children. Equipment and lunch included. Free; call 601-576-6000. Committee to Elect Regina Quinn Campaign Meeting May 31, 5:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), in the Community Room. Quinn is running for mayor of Jackson. Call 601-842-9700. Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Pageant May 31-June 2, at Vicksburg Auditorium (901 Monroe St., Vicksburg). Young women from throughout the state compete for the title. The winner is announced June 2. Reserved seating. $75; call 601-638-6746. Jackson/Hinds Library System Summer Reading Program Registration June 1-4. The program includes story time, performances and guest speakers through Aug. 8. Dates and locations vary; call for specifics. June 1, registration at the Flagg Library (105 Williamson Ave., Edwards) is at 11 a.m. June 4, registration is all day at all of the libraries. Free; call 601-968-5820 or 601-968-5800.

Gospel Music Workshop June 1, 7 p.m., at St. Luther M.B. Church (1040 Banks St.). Registration is at 6 p.m., and the conference is at 7 p.m. Participants discuss ways to improve local music ministries. Panelists include David Curry of the Mississippi Mass Choir, Cynthia Goodloe Palmer of the Canton Gospel Music Association and Minister Benjamin Cone III. Registration required. $10, $100 music department; call 601-972-7625 or 601506-2888. Heatwave Classic Triathlon June 2, 7 a.m. Participants swim half a mile at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, bike 24.5 miles along the Natchez Trace Parkway and complete a 10K run on the Ridgeland MultiPurpose Trail. Register by May 30 at heatwavetri. $75, $135 by May 6, $85, $145 after; call 601-853-2011. “Free To Be ME” Teen Rally June 2, 9 a.m., at God’s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center/Church (1931 Boling St.). FirstLove Youth Alliance hosts the event for youth ages 11-18. Enjoy discussions, games, door prizes and entertainment. Registration required. Free; visit Mississippi Women’s Conference June 7, 8 a.m., at Mississippi State University CAVS Extension Center (153 Mississippi Parkway, Canton). “Preparing for a Better You!” speakers include Mississippi First Lady Bryant, Deirdre Danahar and Mandi Stanley. The luncheon is from 12:30-1:30 p.m., and the keynote speaker is Jason Bolin, celebrity stylist and editorin-chief of Denim Magazine. Registration required. $50, $20 luncheon; call 601-859-5816. 49th Annual Medgar Evers Homecoming June 7-9. The event is in honor of the late civil-rights leader Medgar Evers. June 7 at 6 p.m., a free gospel concert at Word and Worship Church (6289 Hanging Moss Road); NAACP general counsel Kim Keenan is the guest speaker. June 8 at 7 p.m., the homecoming banquet at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road); actor Danny Glover is the guest speaker; $50. June 9 at 10 a.m., the parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Martin Luther King Drive) includes the Choctaw Color Guard and Dancers; 4 p.m., a blues concert at Edwards Livestock Arena (108 Mt. Moriah Road, Edwards) $15. Call 601-948-5835. Art Remix June 8, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy food from chef Luis Bruno, a cash bar, art and live music. Free admission, food $5 and up; call 601-960-1515. Unveiling History: An Exhibits Workshop June 11-15, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Students entering grades 7-9 learn about setting up and promoting an exhibit. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Pre-registration required. $150; call 601-576-6800. W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting June 11 and Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the home of deborah Rae Wright (135 Grand Ave.). Attendees meet to discuss a chosen topic. Bring wine or a snack. RSVP. Email We the People 9*17 Contest through June 15. Constituting America seeks music, film, video and oratory entries related to the U.S. Constitution from college and law-school students for a $2,000 cash prize. The submission deadline is June 15. Visit Be Bold Beer Run June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18, 4 p.m., in downtown Jackson. Lucky Town Brewing Company and the Home Brewers Association of Middle Mississippi are the sponsors. Registration is at 4 p.m., and the run/walk is at

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National Conference on Civil Rights June 17-19, at Pearl River Resort (Highway 16, Choctaw). Mississippi Youth Hip-Hop Summit July 21“Rise, Advocate, Educate and Cooperate: The 22, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Unfinished Business The ACLU of of the Civil Rights Mississippi, SouthMovement” speakern Poverty Law ers include Freedom Center and other Rider Fred Clark; organizations host U.S. Congressman the annual conferGregg Harper; ence for youth ages Phyllis Anderson, 10-18 to promote tribal chief of the social justice awareMississippi Band of ness, teach them Choctaw Indians; about their rights, and Philadelphia, and encourage leadMiss., Mayor James ership and responA. Young. $200, sibility. Registration $125 June 18 or required; limited Ensemble Polonaise performs at Beth Israel’s June 19 only, highspace. Room and Holocaust Musical Remembrance program. school students free; board included. call 706-614-8593. Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 227. Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon June 21, 10 a.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). The silent auction is at 10 a.m., and the awards luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. RSVP by June 15. $40; email Pappy Van Winkle Tasting June 21, 6 p.m., at Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.). Fondren Cellars hosts the bourbon tasting. Sample five bourbons paired with palate cleansers. RSVP; space limited. $70; call 601-360-0090. Callaway High School Class of 1993 Reunion Planning Meeting June 24, 4 p.m., at McAlister’s Deli, Ridgeland (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Former students make plans for their 20th anniversary reunion in July 2013. Call 601-720-1589 or 601-668-3248. “Red, White and Blues” Independence Weekend June 29-July 4, in downtown Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Blues Society hosts tribute performances and activities at various venues throughout the city in honor of late bluesman Willie Dixon. Email Stop the Violence Essay Contest. Students in the Jackson Public Schools system are welcome to write on the topic “How is the violence in the city of Jackson affecting your future?” Submit essays by July 7. Three winners receive $100 and a trophy, and will read their essays at the annual Stop the Violence Rally July 21. Email Jackson Business Development Professionals Roundtable July 11, 9 a.m., at Mississippi eCenter at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The Jackson Business Accelerator Collaboration is the host. Attendees develop strategies to improve local business development. Free; call 601-540-5415. Arabian Dance Party, at Petra Cafe (2741 Old Canton Road). On Fridays at 7:30 p.m., watch a belly dancer perform, and enjoy Arabian dancing and Greek dancing with plate breaking. No cover, food prices vary; call 601-366-0161. True South Classic July 16-22, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Part of the PGA Tour, golfers compete for the FedEx Cup. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 866-801-8551. Girls of Grace Conference Aug. 11, 9 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Girls in grades 6-12 discuss

“Dream Another Dream” Ladies Conference Aug. 10-11, at Evangel Temple Church (104 Skyland Drive, Meridian). Angela Thomas, author of “Do You Think I’m Beautiful?” is the keynote speaker. Sessions are Aug. 10 7-9 p.m. and Aug. 11 9-11 a.m. $20 until May 31, $25 after; call 601-938-7345 or 800-965-9324. Sidewalk Soiree Aug. 31, 6 p.m., at One University Place (1100 John R. Lynch St.). See Tony Davenport’s artwork at Gallery 1, and enjoy outdoor music, food from The Penguin and Envision Eye Care’s open house. More details to come. Call 769233-8180 or 601-960-9250. ¡LatinFest! Sept. 2, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The event showcases Latin artists, musicians, dance and cuisine. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Red Cross of Mississippi. Sponsorships available. $5, free for children under 8; visit Friday Forum Fridays, 9 a.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Each week, a guest speaker talks about topics related to community involvement, politics, education and urban renewal. Free; email nmcnamee@ Venture Incubator Talk & Tour Open House, at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., South Tower, 10th floor). Potential or current small-business owners and professionals interested in mentoring small-business owners are welcome to meet with Wes Holsapple, president and CEO, and tour the facilities on Mondays from 5-6 p.m. and Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. Refreshments served. Free; call 601-414-0140. Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meetings, at Universities Center (3825 Ridgewood Road). The group meets on first and third Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the computer lab. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues; call 601-540-8472 or 601-432-6277. “Guess Who’s Talking Now” Toastmasters Club 3284 Meetings, at Woolfolk Building (501 N. West St.). The group meets from noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays in the conference room on the first floor. Improve your communication skills, and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Free to visitors; call 601359-6653 or 601-359-2573.




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The Conference USA Baseball Tournament kicks off at 11 a.m. at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl); runs through May 27. $8-$14 per game, multi-game passes available; call 800-745-3000. … Charlie Townsend performs during Live at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601960-1515. … Architectural historian Todd Sanders speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Bill and Temperance perform at Underground 119. … Dreamz JXN hosts Wasted Wednesday. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith plays at Burgers & Blues. … Barry Leach is at Kathryn’s. … Snazz plays at Bourbon St. … Club Magoo’s hosts Open-mic Night at 8 p.m.

… The Holocaust Remembrance Program at Beth Israel Congregation (5315 Old Canton Road) is at 7:30 p.m. and includes music from Ensemble Polonaise. Free; call 601956-6215. … JV Jazz Lab performs at Underground 119 at 8 p.m. No cover. … That Scoundrel and 5th Child perform at Sneaky Beans. … Little G Weevil is at Hal & Mal’s.



Learn about sun safety during Don’t Fry Day at 10 a.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members/babies free; call 601-352-2580. … Forrest L. Cooper discusses his book, “Looking Back Mississippi: Towns and Places,” during the Brown Bag Luncheon at noon at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Bring lunch; call 601-932-2562. … Thomas Ramsey signs his book, “It Takes a While,” at 2 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Village (200 Dominican Drive, Madison). $15 book; call 601856-8263. … Kennith Humphrey’s art exhibit at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place) hangs through May 31. Free; call 601-982-4844. … Overnight Lows, The Bills and Turn It Off perform at CS’s. … The Jason Turner Band plays at Ole Tavern. … Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity’s White Party at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.) includes music from Sonja Stamps at 8 p.m. ($35 in advance) and the party with music from deejays is at 10 p.m. ($20 in advance). Call 601-503-7625 or 601672-2914. … Nightmare Boyzzz plays at Sam’s Lounge. … The Daniel Karlish Trio performs at Martin’s at 10 p.m.


The Magnolia Meltdown on the Parkway is at 7 a.m. at The Township at Colony Park (1111A Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) and benefits the St. Dominic Community Clinic. $25 through May 24, $35 after, $15 fun run; call 601-605-9886. … Back to the Races: Horses v. Cancer kicks off at 9 a.m. at Grant Downs (2900 Forest Ave. Ext.). The trail ride is at 2 p.m., and races are at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Cancer Center. $5, $3 ages 6-15, ages 5 and under free, $25 race entry fee; call 769-798-9412 or 601-918-2333. … 7even:Thirty performs at Suite 106. … Sherman Lee Dillon Rhonda Richmond (above) and C. Liegh McInnis perform during “The Root of Love and Freedom” at Yellow Scarf May 26 at 8 p.m.


Play Xbox 360 games during Game On! at 4 p.m. at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. … Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer performs at 6 p.m. on the new patio at Sal & Mookie’s. … David Wilcox performs at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.) Free; call 601-982-5861. … Jackson Bike Advocates’ Epic Bike Weekend kicks off with a bike ride from Rainbow Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road) to the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), where the museum hosts Screen on the Green at 7 p.m. featuring “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the Art Garden (free, cash bar; call 601-960-1515). Find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook to see events through May 27. … Akami Graham performs during Centric Thursday at Dreamz JXN.

Raphael Semmes performs at Table 100’s jazz brunch at 11:30 a.m. … Bring your pup to Dog Day Afternoons at noon at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Shelter dogs available for adoption. Free; call 601-960-1515. …The GenerationNXT Indie Concert Series is at Dreamz JXN at 6 p.m. $5 before 7 p.m.


Authors Darlene D. Collier and Meredith McGee sign copies of and read from “Married to Sin: A Memoir” at 2 p.m. at Charles Tisdale Library (807 E. Northside Drive). $12.62 book; call 601-706-4656 or 601-372-0229. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal and Mal’s. $5.


The play “The Marvelous Wonderettes” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); runs through June 10. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. … Jesse Robinson is at Underground 119.


Charlie Townsend and Temperance Babcock perform during Live at Lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s Art Garden (380 S. Lamar St.). Bring or buy lunch; call 601-960-1515. … Architectural historian Jennifer Baughn speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. More at and

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State. The festival features live music every day southern rockers Blackberry Smoke; Aug. 1 for two weeks, and also features local artisans’ features country star Trace Adkins; Aug. 2 Jerwork, dance and theater. Last year, I had the rod Niemann plays; and Aug. 3 country senopportunity to perform at FestivalSouth, and sation Jake Owens takes the stage. For a full it was the highlight of my summer. For more lineup of events, visit information, please visit Downtown Clarksdale in the Mississippi Take a road trip to Bentonia June 15 and Delta hosts the Sunflower River Blues and 16 for the 40th Annual Bentonia Blues Fes- Gospel Festival Aug. 10 through Aug.12. tival at Holmes Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes This year, Robert Plant (you may know him Road, Bentonia.) On Friday, the Blue Front from that small unknown band Led Zeppelin Café will host Austin, Texas, band Old Grey that he fronted for years) headlines with Patty Mule and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. For a line- Griffin, Justin Adams and African instrument up of Saturday’s musical entertainment, please virtuoso Juldeh Camara. Also on the schedvisit the festival Facebook page. ule is Charlie Musselwhite and Bobby Rush. Historic Canton hosts the Mississippi This event is free to the public, so book your Championship Hot Air Balloon Race and hotel now to see this amazing lineup of talFestival June 28 to July 1. ented musicians. Visit The event promises a for spectacular view of over more information. 25 hot air balloons fillJackson hosts ing the sky, as well as the first ever Southchildren’s activities, great ern Crossroads food and awesome live Music and Tamales entertainment.Moreinfo Festival at the Misat sissippi Fairgrounds On July 4, Canton Aug. 10 through hosts the Gospel Fest Aug. 12. Look for Homecoming at the classic R&B, country, Square in Canton. This Latin, zydeco, blues, alcohol-free event will Americana and gosfeature gospel acts from pel music to fill the around the state. Visit air, along with the aroma of homemade I’ve always wanted tamales and other to go to the Neshoba Robert Plant will perform at the tasty southern cuiSunflower River Blues and Gospel County Fair (July 27 to Festival Aug. 10 through Aug. 12. sine brought to you Aug. 3 this year, 16800 by local vendors and Highway 21 S., Philarestaurants. For more delphia, Miss.). Not only is it a hot spot for information, please visit for some old-fashioned mud slinging from local updates on the lineup and schedule. and national politicians, the fair features more If you know of other summer festivals live music from our state’s greatest musicians happening in Mississippi or nearby, drop me than any other event in the summer. Found- a line at I hope ed in 1889 and on the National Register of y’all have marked your calendars for these exHistoric Places, the fair is nicknamed “Missis- citing music festivals, and if you see me out sippi’s Giant House Party.” July 31, look for and about, please say hello! COURTESY ADAM BIELAWSKI

s the temperature ratchets up and the the King’s hits. A weekend pass is $24. Don’t youngsters (and not-so-youngsters) forget to take a tour of Elvis’ birthplace and taste the sweet freedom of the school the hardware store where he bought his first year’s end, it begins to “officially” feel guitar. Visit for info. like summer. To me, sumHere’s the event I have on mer just means great music my to-do list from June 1 to festivals. If you didn’t get June 3: the 83rd Annual Biout to those we covered loxi Fais Do-Do and Blessearlier in the month, fear ing of the Fleet at the Biloxi not––Mississippi still has Town Green and Biloxi Small plenty of festivals for the Craft Harbor. The festival rest of us. takes over the Gulf Coast For all of you classical from the green all the way to music lovers, visit historic St. Michael Catholic Church Natchez for the Natchez (aka the church of the fisherFestival of Music May man). The Fais Do-Do Street 25 and 26. This festival Party June 2 features live mufeatures musicals, operas See Jake Owen at the sic from regional bands. Visit Neshoba County Fair Aug. 3. and recitals, and provides a for details music education outreach on this well-revered Missisprogram to the surroundsippi tradition. ing counties. The festival is a recipient of a While on the Gulf Coast, head over Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts in to Bay St. Louis for the Bay St. Louis Bay Opera and Music Education. If you’re looking BridgeFest June 2 and 3. Hear bands such for something new to do, please visit natchez as Papa Grows Funk, Eric Lindell and Fredy for more de- Omar con su Banda June 2, and Bonerama tails about this wonderful festival. and Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Are you ready for some country? Head Gentlemen June 3. All these bands have been down near my old stomping grounds May 25 featured at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage and 26 for the 38th Annual Atwood Music Music Festival, so you won’t be disappointed. Festival in Monticello. Located on the Pearl See for info. River in Lawrence County, this has been a The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art hosts south Mississippi favorite for as long as I can its 19th Annual Blues Bash in Laurel, June remember. Country acts such as Brett El- 8. The event, at one of the state’s most presdredge, Craig Campbell and Randy Houser tigious art museums, will include a variety of take the stage over the weekend for what’s al- blues artists performing throughout the eveways been a great time down at Atwood. A ning, such as The Daddy Rich Blues Band weekend pass is $40 or $25 for children; one- from Clarksdale, which performed last year. day passes are $25 or $15. Check the website, There will also be barbecue on the front lawn, for info. of the museum grounds. The event runs from Elvis Presley fans, head to Tupelo May 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Contact Holly Green at 31 through June 3 for the Elvis Festival on 601-649-6374 for more information. Front and Main Streets. Blues, country, rock From June 9 through June 23, ‘n’ roll, and alternative bands will pay homage Hattiesburg (one of my favorite cities in Misto the King. Of course, you’ll get your fill of sissippi) hosts FestivalSouth, the only multivarious Elvis impersonators performing all of week music and arts festival in the Magnolia

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Fred Hammond headlines the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour at the Jackson Convention Complex June 15 at 7 p.m.


he melodies of gospel music were a constant staple during my childhood, whether it played softly while my mother read her Bible or my dad sang its refrains while doing the dishes. Gospel music feeds and stirs the soul. On June 15, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will hit the Jackson Convention Complex. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Headlining the concert is Fred Hammond with special guests singersongwriter Byron Cage and Christian

hip-hop lyricist Canton Jones. Hammond has been making gospel music for three decades. He began as a bass player for The Winans and was an original member of the gospel pop group Commissioned before becoming an award-winning solo artist. His most recent album, “God, Love and Romance,” was released in January. The McDonald’s gospel tour started six years ago and has featured gospel greats such as Smokie Norful, Kierra “Kiki” Sheard, J Moss, Hezekiah Walker and

CeCe Winans. The tour, also sponsored by Dr. Pepper, is McDonald’s way of giving back to the community. Tickets for the concert are free and available now. As of press time, tickets are sold out online but can be picked up at Cokesbury Bookstore (1060 E. County Line Road, Suite 1, Ridgeland, 601-9783827) or LifeWay Bookstore (1057 E. County Line Road, 601-952-1934). Tickets are limited and must be picked up in person. First come, first served — ShaWanda Jacome










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aturday, May 19, saw a thrilling finish at the Preakness Stakes as I’ll Have Another charged ahead of Bodemeister to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby winner became the next horse with hopes of becoming a Triple Crown winner, the first in 34 years. It seems that one of the hardest things in sports is to win the Triple Crown. Secretariat won the title in 1973, 25 years after Citation won it in 1948. Seattle Slew took the prize in 1977, followed by Affirmed in 1978. Only 11 horses have ever won the Triple Crown, and since Affirmed, 11 horses had the chance to accomplish the feat by winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. I’ll Have Another will either win the Triple Crown after the Belmont Stakes—the longest race of the three—or he will join the long list of “close, but no cigar.” Spectacular Bid (1979) would have been the third Triple Crown winner in as many years but failed at the Belmont. Pleasant Colony (1981), Alysheba (1987) and Sunday Silence (1989) have all faded into history after failing to win the Belmont. During the 1990s, three horses made viable Triple Crown bids: Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and Charismatic (1999) were all great horses, but all failed. We changed millenniums, and we’re still looking for that next elusive Triple Crown winner.

Bryan’s Rant Again, a stretch of darn close, almost teasing years followed. War Emblem (2002), Funny Cide (2003) and Smarty Jones (2004) gave racing fans another three years of Belmont drama that ended without a Triple Crown winner. The last horse to have a chance to win the Triple Crown was Big Brown in 2008. A cracked hoof ended his bid, making him the first hopeful to come in dead last in the third race. One thing that has made it harder to win the Triple Crown is fresher horses in the second two races. Many of the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby skip the Preakness. That opens the door for horses that didn’t win the Derby to race in the Preakness. Then again, some Derby runners come into the Belmont fresher after skipping the Preakness. Bodemeister could be the key. In 1978, Affirmed raced his rival, Alydar, who finished a close second in all three Triple Crown races. I’ll Have Another has Bodemeister to push him the way Affirmed had Alydar. If both horses get off to a good start with no bad luck or injury out of the gate, they could race each other into history. Yes, Affirmed won the Triple Crown, but Alydar is remembered for his effort. On June 9, will it be one more win and a page in the history books for I’ll Have Another—or will it become 35 years of waiting?

by Bryan Flynn

This past Saturday was one of the best sports days this year. I’ll Have Another, the San Antonio Spurs, Chelsea Xxxx in the Champions League Final and the Oklahoma City Thunder all had big comeback wins. THURSDAY, MAY 24 NBA Playoffs (7-9:30 p.m. ESPN): The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers meet in game six of their series that is currently tied at 2-2. Winner of game five from Tuesday will have a chance to advance. FRIDAY, MAY 25 Arena Football (7-10 p.m. NFL Network): The Jacksonville Sharks take on the Orlando Predators. Arena football is my way to get a football fix until college football and the NFL come back. SATURDAY, MAY 26 MLB (3-6 p.m. Fox Sports South): National League East-leading Atlanta Braves host the second place Washington Nationals in the second game of a threegame series. SUNDAY, MAY 27 Auto Racing (11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ABC): The Indianapolis 500 runs for 96th time from the Brickyard in a Memorial Day weekend tradition.

MONDAY, MAY 28 NBA Playoffs (7:30-10 p.m. ESPN): Eastern Conference Finals will feature the winners of the Boston Celtics/Philadelphia 76ers game against the Indiana Pacers/Miami Heat winner. TUESDAY, MAY 29 MLB (6-9 p.m. SportSouth): World Series champs St. Louis Cardinals face the Atlanta Braves in a battle of top National League teams. WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 Soccer (6:30-9 p.m. ESPN 2): The United States meets super-talented Brazil in an international match up in men’s soccer. Normally, summer sports stink after the Stanley Cup Finals and NBA Finals, but this year we have the Olympics from London to look forward to. The opening ceremony is July 27. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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Unique Food Finds: Oxtails ANDREW DUNAWAY

by Andrew Dunaway

Oxtails are an uncommon, yet flavor-packed, cut of beef.


he world of food is riddled with the contributions of countless cultures, languages, and centuries of morphing and modification. One such area that has been especially touched by language is the art of butchering, specifically when it comes to cattle. There is a lack of a worldwide standard for naming cuts. A butcher who has been trained in America looks at a chuck and takes out a flat iron steak, a British butcher removes a Butlers’ steak, and an Australian butcher cuts an oyster blade steak––but each person will have removed exactly the same cut of beef. However, there’s little mystery behind the name “oxtail.” While this cut is no longer solely the byproduct of oxen, oxtail is simply the skinned and sectioned tail of a cow. To the uninitiated and unadventurous, the oxtail can be a daunting cut of meat. With a bone in the middle and cylinders of meat surrounding it, oxtail is far from the

most appetizing of the supermarket cuts. However, locked in this segmented appendage is some of the most dense beef flavor you will ever find––if you have the patience to unleash it. Outside of the odd hamburger meat combinations such as ground brisket, oxtail and sirloin, nearly every recipe involving oxtail––typically for a soup, stew or risotto–– takes hours to prepare. In Italy, the oxtail is combined with onions, garlic, pancetta and plenty of celery to become the center of the stew, “coda alla vaccinara.” In Korea, oxtail plays the starring role in the simple but warming broth, “kkori gomtang,” while the Chinese stew oxtails with tomatoes, carrots and ginger to make their soup, “niú-w i-t ng.” Unfortunately, the market for oxtails in Jackson is woefully small and leaves you with basically two options. The first is to try your hand at cooking them at home. Easily found in the meat section of grocery stores and butchers such as McDade’s (multiple locations, 601713-4178) and Paul Anthony’s Market (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Road N., 601-981-7559), oxtails are the perfect cornerstones for beef broth. The second option is to enjoy them at a local restaurant. To this author’s knowledge, only two metro outlets serve oxtails: Bully’s Restaurant (3118 Livingston Road, 601362-0484), a soul food restaurant, and Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900), Jackson’s only Jamaican restaurant.

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by Alonzo Lewis

hen I was a little boy living on a farm in Mississippi, it seemed like we had chicken five days a week. We had chicken for breakfast cooked in gravy to go over our rice and biscuits. We had chicken and dumplings for dinner and then fried chicken for supper. On the weekends, we would go fishing and catch some fresh fish to slow the pace of eating chicken. We had a yard full of these multicolored pastel scratchers. I loved to see them strut around the yard. They added brightness to the already quintessential untouched surroundings of the farm. While back then we had to catch and kill the birds ourselves, you can probably save yourself the hassle and visit your local grocery store.

At his Caribbean outpost, Richard Higgins brings his version of Jamaican oxtails to the hungry office workers of downtown Jackson. Enlisting the help of a pressure cooker, Higgins combines oxtails, onions, green onions, butter and thyme with a little bit of water, then gives the flavors time to meld, allowing the richness of the oxtail to permeate the broth. After 10 minutes of pressure-cooking, the oxtail is left to simmer until tender. When the meat has reached the right, tender consistency, Higgins whisks in a cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy and then spoons the oxtails into a steamer tray for the lunch rush. When a customer arrives and orders the oxtails, it’s a relatively anticlimactic affair. Styrofoam takeout box in hand, Higgins first adds a layer of rice and red kidney beans, ladles on a generous serving of oxtails and gravy, and finishes with a side of bok choy. Although the humble oxtail may not be the most glamorous lunch option, the first bite will change almost any mind. There may not be an overwhelming amount of meat on each piece, but what is there is supremely tender and unbelievably rich in beef flavor. When combined with thick gravy and rice and beans, the oxtails in this dish are a celebration of meager ingredients and the delightful conversion of tough, stringy collagen to unctuous gelatin. However, there is more than meets the eye with Taste of the Island’s oxtails. Although Higgins listed onion, green onions, butter and thyme as ingredients in his oxtails, there is a “mystery ingredient.” Higgins says his oxtails include “a special Jamaican seasoning.” What’s in this special seasoning? Higgins was in no mood to tell, and your guess is as good as mine. While the final ingredient may remain a mystery, it’s no secret that the oxtails at Taste of the Island are worth seeking out even if you’re a bit squeamish over the idea of eating the far end of a steer. Even if you’re not in the mood for oxtails, you’ll find something at Taste of the Island to please your palate. But why not take a chance and get an order of Higgins’ oxtails for lunch? It just may change your idea of quality beef forever.


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I Don’t Want To Grow Up by Dr. Timothy Quinn

Peter Pan Syndrome is named for a fictional boy who would never grow up and lived in Neverland.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


was shooting ball at the gym a couple weeks ago with Joe, an old classmate. When he started complaining of minor chest pains and shortness of breath, I suggested that we go to the emergency room. He refused, saying it was no big deal. We took a break, though, and began to talk. We reminisced about our high school days—everything from the football field to the girls. I remembered shooting ball on summer Saturdays from 10 in the morning until 8 at night. Back then, we

ate junk and drank sodas all day, then went to the local hamburger joint to eat burgers and fries. We would stay out late, often breaking curfew, to hang out together, and then repeat it all the next day. We ate whatever we wanted and had unlimited energy. Then we started to talk about the reality of our lives today. Both of us have many responsibilities. I was tired after two hours of shooting ball. Joe laughed and told me his back and legs hurt. We agreed: Time changes everything. Joe told me his company encouraged employees to get physicals using their health insurance, but said he had not gotten a physical since he was 16. “What’s the point?” he asked. He felt fine—other than a little back and chest pain that came with exertion, but insisted that the remedy was less exertion. Then he revealed that his blood pressure was a little elevated when he checked it at a church health fair. I explained to my friend that we must take care of ourselves medically. This is especially important as we age. Getting a physical is like getting a checkup for a car, and many medical conditions—such as diabetes and hypertension—can be treated effectively if diagnosed at an early stage. I told Joe about a recent patient of mine who was 54 years old, 15 years older than we were, who suffered a major stroke. The patient’s medical history showed uncontrolled high blood pressure since he had received his first diagnosis—15 years before his stroke. In an interview with the hospital physician, the patient said he believed his blood pressure was unimportant because he felt fine. This patient most likely would not have suffered from

the stroke had he received effective treatment from the start and been compliant with his medication for the last 15 years. Instead, the patient can no longer walk and had to leave his job due to his disability. During my last visit with him, he tearfully told me he would be a burden to his family for the rest of his life. After our conversation, Joe agreed to get his chest pain evaluated, and together, we went to the hospital. Later that evening, he received his diagnosis: severe hypertension. The emergency-room physician said Joe could have had a heart attack at any moment. Shaken, Joe said that he was going to assume responsibility for his health—he wanted to live. Like my stroke patient, Joe had a poor perception of reality regarding his health. Both had a little Peter Pan in them, living like they would always be young and assuming they were exempt from checkups. Joe found out he had to grow up.



he book that named it: “The Peter Pan Syndrome: Men Who Have Never Grown Up” by Dr. Dan Kiley (1983; 1984 paperback, Avon Books, out of print but available used). The stories that started it all: “The Annotated Peter Pan” (The Centennial Edition) by J.M. Barrie (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011, $39.95).

Michael Llewelyn Davies in a Peter Pan costume in 1906. Davies and his four brothers were inspirations for J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” play and stories.


ot all children and adolescents want to “grow up” psychologically. Instead, regardless of the economy, they choose to stay at home with their parents, creating stress and burdens for their families and, in some cases, doing irreversible damage. This unwillingness to accept adult social roles and responsibility is known as “Peter Pan Syndrome,” according to psychologist Dan Kiley, who defined the term in 1983. Although many professionals in the field of psychology—as well as society as a whole—have accepted this term, the syndrome is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the American Psychiatric Association does not recognize it as a mental disorder. Peter Pan Syndrome is named for the well-known fictional character in J.M. Barrie’s early 20th-century stories and

play. Peter Pan lives in Neverland, a place where children are exempt from becoming adults or aging. Peter Pan Syndrome is the belief that one will never—and should never—grow up. It affects people who do not want or feel unable to grow up, resulting in a person with an adult body but a child’s mind. While the syndrome can affect both males and females, it is more prevalent among men and is increasing. Peter Pans view the adult world as problematic and worship adolescence, which is why they choose to stay in a child’s state of mind. Some characteristics of the disorder are extreme narcissism, the inability to take on adult social roles and accountabilities, or to make and carry out promises. Kiley writes that the biggest disadvantage of the disorder is that the individuals who suffer from Peter Pan Syndrome do not feel as though they are part of the

problem and are not aware of it. To date, the only solution for Peter Pan Syndrome is the correct psychological therapy, not only centered on the individual who suffers from the disorder, but also their significant others and family. In Joe’s case (see story above), some characteristics of Peter Pan Syndrome may have caused him not to not take full responsibility for his physical health, such as getting a yearly physical. However, after hearing Dr. Quinn’s medical advice, Joe assumed responsibility for his health and let go of the assumption that being “young at heart” means having a teenager’s arteries. It’s important to grasp when it’s time to grow up. Neverland does not exist, and life can’t always be fun and games. Taking responsibility is key to having the things that matter to us the most, including our health.


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o I have anything to wear?” I about the fancy jerseys we get this year. I wondered. It’s not an uncom- think if I lack skills in throwing and catchmon quandary I face, but this ing things, I can at least make up for it by time, it wasn’t in prepara- looking good on the sideline. tion for a night out or special event. This Luckily for our team, we have some particular sartorial dilemma centered on brunettes who are much more athletic what to wear to Laurel Park in Belhaven souls than me. They never fail to impress for football practice, as team captain Claire me at practice, where our coaches—aweBarker instructed us that the defense should some guys who have volunteered with great wear black and the offense white. Yes, I said football practice. Pause a moment to let that sink in. How did this come about? I asked myself the same question after the first practice as I checked for bruises. I never played competitive sports growing up, and I tend to avoid direct conflict. And while, like any Good Team Brunettes members Natalie Roberts (left) and Holly Southern Girl, I love Smith (right) with Brunette coach Heath Patterson (center) watching football, it’s at the Tailgate Party at Underground 119. an entirely different experience to be on a field facing off against another girl—who enthusiasm to lead and teach us—are busy obviously is competitive—running straight running us through our paces. at you at full throttle. I don’t care if it is just As we learn plays and raise funds, we’re flag football; it’s still pretty intense. also making new friends and having fun. But back to why I’m doing this. It’s The smart, funny and interesting people pretty simple, really: A good cause and a who live in Jackson constantly amaze me, fun group of girls can convince me to do and this fund-raising competition is just just about anything within reason. This is one more way to meet some impressive the second year for Blondes vs. Brunettes young women. We’re lucky to have them Jackson, a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s As- here in town, and I’m happy to get to sociation Mississippi Chapter. The premise know them. Like they say, there’s no “I” in is straightforward—a flag football game “team,” and a friendly rivalry is a great way pits a team of blonde girls against a team of to foster bonding. brunettes. (To answer the obvious question: My team members from last year have Redheads get to choose their team.) All the remained friends, and we still hang out and participants raise money, and we hold fun go to happy hour together. It’s fun to add parties along the way for “draft day” and even more girls to the group this year. “tailgating” leading up to the game. The big game is Saturday, June 2, at Blondes vs. Brunettes is a big event in 10 a.m. at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgea number of cities around the country, and wood Road, 601-362-9676). I do hope when my friend Beth Hamilton moved to you’ll come out and cheer us on, and then Jackson, she decided that our city should join us at the after-party at 6 p.m. at Hal have one, too. So last year, she and a com- & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948mittee of dedicated ladies made it happen, 0888). $10 or your ticket stub from the and a rivalry that will, hopefully, become a day’s game gets you in the door. Whether great annual tradition was born. you’re a guy or girl, blonde or brunette, all After having such fun last year and be- are welcome to join the fun and toast the ing on the winning team (go, Brunettes!), I winning team—though the real winner had to sign up again this year. Which brings will be the Alzheimer’s Association. me back to practice. As I mentioned, I was For more information, visit bvb.kintera. concerned about what to wear. Other than org/ms or the Blondes vs. Brunettes Jackson on my silver-and-pink cleats, I’m most excited Facebook.

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