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COURTESY CHAD KING

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or fans of the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” tightly fitted corsets, fishnet stockings and sky-high heels are forever synonymous with Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The character first wore the iconic getup in the 1975 movie release, and has been inspiring people to do the Time Warp in movie theaters, living rooms and on stages ever since. This Halloween, the Fondren Theatre Group brings the cult classic back to a Jackson stage for its fourth production. Chad King, reprising his role as the doctor, will don the corset and heavy makeup to once again become Frank-N-Furter. King, 31, has lived in Flowood since he was 10 years old. He has enjoyed performing and singing since his middle school years. “What drew me to Rocky Horror was the singing,” King says. At the time of his first audition, King had never seen the movie or play. “When I got the part, I immediately watched the movie to see more or less what I would be wearing—or not wearing.” “The movie is a cult classic, obviously. I fell in love with the movie but I adore the stage play,” King says. Now a fourth-year veteran of the show, King says his favorite part is the audience. “Seeing the dedication of the fans, it’s amazing to have people start asking you in April if you’re going to perform the show,” King says.

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“The Rocky Horror Show” (the play version drops “Picture” from the title) is known for its audience involvement, but the Fondren Theatre Group asks that no one throw objects on stage. Costumes, however, are always welcome. In preparation for the role (and the corseted bodice it requires), King says his first sacrifice is stop eating fast food. “I continue to be nervous, even though this is the fourth time I’ve done it.” King says. “There are certain things you cannot mess up, out of respect for it being such a cult classic you want to stay true to certain parts.” Still, the cast takes creative liberties in its performance. King’s Frank-N-Furter is clearly from the South, as he has a southern accent through out the play. “It keeps the play grounded and makes it very relative to where you are,” he says. King also tries to add something of his own to the character each year such as moving up in heel size. In his last performance as Frank, King wore seven and a half-inch heels. When not performing in towering heels, King works at Chinn and Associates as a paralegal. He is also a student at the Mississippi College School of Law. For show times, price and other details on “The Rocky Horror Show” at Hal & Mal’s, visit jfpevents.ms. —Victoria Sherwood

Cover photo by Trip Burns; cover design by Kristin Brenemen. Cover model is Alyssa Dunnaway. Dress provided by The Green Room.

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EDITOR’S note

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Beware the GOP’s (Un)Scientific Sexism

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e afraid, be very afraid. Granted, it’s been difficult to parse through everything the Republican presidential candidate has said about abortion over the years and in recent weeks to figure out where Romney stands on this difficult issue. But one thing is clear: The majority of Mississippians who voted last fall to block the passage of the “personhood” initiative should be very nervous about the Nov. 6 election. Why? Because Romney’s wishy-washy stance—to overturn Roe v. Wade and send abortion decisions back to state legislatures—puts states like Mississippi with radical-right politicians in office in a dangerous place. Under a Romney administration, Mississippi would lose federal dollars and jobs that we so desperately need, not to mention health-care assistance. But we could also see our individual rights to choose reproductive tools such in vitro fertilization and the birthcontrol pill, snatched away. Romney knows this, but seems not to care. It doesn’t matter what he personally believes about abortion; the tricky details are in his vow to overturn Roe v. Wade. And make no mistake: The only thing standing between families and government takeover of reproductive choices is the federal government and Roe v. Wade. We certainly don’t have leaders who are going to help protect those rights. Gov. Phil Bryant was co-chairman of the “personhood” campaign with all its disdain for contraception. All our U.S. congressmen, except Rep. Bennie Thompson, have supported congressional attempts, led by Reps. Paul Ryan, Todd Akin and others, to try to redefine “forcible” (or “legitimate”) rape in order to keep as many rape victims as possible from having access to abortion (their so-called “exception”). Based on their records and statements, all these men want to deny women access to any abortion, even when our lives are in danger or when a 13-year-old gets pregnant from

incest. They prefer no exceptions. And at various points, Romney has told these men— whose support is, sadly, considered vital to the GOP increasingly extreme “base”—that he would be “delighted” to oblige them. Now, Romney is engaging in a winkwink punt. By saying he will get Roe v. Wade overturned—which means an anti-abortion litmus test for Supreme Court appointments and/or an act of Congress—he is promising these men they will get to do what they want back home in the states. And all of them have shown that they want the anti-birth-control regulations of “personhood.” Not to mention, all these men crawled on the very cynical, and false, bandwagon against the federal regulation that employers cannot forbid female employees from using their health insurance to pay for contraception (not just abortion, mind you). They claim that companies should have the “religious freedom” to decide what their employees can use their insurance for: that old “corporations have constitutional rights” shtick. Meantime, those corporate rights would trump the individual religious and healthcare rights of individual employees. That stinks. Employees pay for their insurance with their labor and, often, dollars; it’s not the employers’ right to tell them how to use it. This is America, not Afghanistan. Meantime, to justify these caveman tactics, these men, and others in the GOP, are engaging in what I like to call “scientific sexism.” They are making up “scientific” myths to justify their backward ideas about rape, women’s health and reproductive processes. These men are taking a page from the playbook of racists who have long couched bigoted assumptions in “scientific” language and graphs that sound official. This disgusting tradition goes back to eugenics in the early 20th century when the “feeble-minded” were forcibly sterilized around the nation, including here in Jackson. “Scientific rac-

ism” was funded in the 1960s by think tanks up north and helped disseminate disgusting ideas about black people’s intelligence capacity, including here in Jackson through the late Bill Simmons and the Citizens Councils of America. A popular book of the time was “Race and Reason” by Yankee academic Carleton Putnam in which he excused Jim Crow and segregation based on, er, science. Scientific racism had a resurgence in 1994 when Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein wrote “The Bell Curve”—a widely panned book supposedly proving, again, that blacks were inferior. (It was followed the next year by another terrible book, “The End of Racism,” by Dinesh D’Souza that spread more backward ideas about African Americans. D’Souza is, predictably, in the spotlight again for his film “Obama’s America 2016”). Now, the men leading the charge against contraception and all abortion are just making up (un)scientific excuses for their crazy, sexist views on reproductive rights. Try this one: Rep. Joe Walsh, running against legless veteran Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, said last week that “thanks to advances in science and technology,” abortion is no longer used to protect the mother’s life. This statement astounded doctors, just as Romney’s false statement that people never die due to lack of health insurance. Abortions often save the lives of mothers, such as in cases of ectopic pregnancy, UCLA obstetrics and gynecology professor Lawrence Platt told Bloomberg News. In ectopic pregnancies, the fetus is not in the right place in the womb and can cause the uterus to rupture, causing the mother to bleed to death, said Platt, the director of the Center for Fetal Medicine and Women’s Ultrasound. This, of course, was only the latest antiscience outrage from a Republican trying to justify a strict prohibition on abortion. Rep. Akin, who this week compared his female

opponent for the Missouri Senate to a dog, famously said that women can’t get pregnant in “legitimate” rapes. That echoed positions of men like Ryan and our Rep Alan Nunnelee who want to distinguish between “forcible” rape (maybe an abortion) and statutory and incestuous rape of children by grown men who get girls to consent (no way). Of course, all these men demonize Planned Parenthood. Nunnelee actually stood before Congress and accused Planned Parenthood of protecting men who “rape our granddaughters.” In fact, Planned Parenthood provides nearly 800,000 pap smears and 750,000 breast exams a year to women, not to mention helps with treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. They also help educate young people about preventing pregnancy—vital since these men don’t want young people to get substantial sex education to prevent the abortions they rail about so much. These men spread lies and myths—bad information that will actually increase unwanted pregnancy, and abortion, in our state and nation. This is scientific sexism and denial like I’ve never seen in my lifetime. It also shows they’re not serious about these difficult problems. If Romney is elected, he will owe the Tea Party-influenced extremists in his party (like the female Tea Party leader who told the JFP this summer that she questioned women’s right to vote). Romney must at the minimum do what he is saying now: Return the right to decide reproductive rights back to the states. Here in Mississippi, we know exactly what that means: Men like Phil Bryant, Alan Nunnelee and their ilk will insure that women can’t have abortions under any circumstance and will also limit our rights to contraception, fertilization assistance and affordable pap smears. Their own terrifying words prove it. Be sure you listen carefully.

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Patricia Williams

Sonya Lee

Brian Johnson

Larry Morrisey

Kathleen M. Mitchell

Kate Dollarhide

Ashley Hill

Monique Davis

Patricia Bullock Williams, a Jackson native, is a hypnotherapist and Mars analyst and has a passion for all things paranormal. In this picture, she is wearing a video ovelisk while on a ghost hunt. She wrote much of the cover package.

Sonya Lee hails from Jackson, and she writes poetry and fiction. She enjoys parasailing, jet skiing and taking long walks on the beach while dreaming. She contributed to the cover package.

Brian is the former managing editor of the Jackson Free Press. He is currently a science editor in Chicago where he lives with his wife and adorable son. He did research for and planned the defense infographics.

Larry is the director of grants programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He is a host for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Larry wrote a music story.

Features Editor Kathleen takes Halloween costumes very seriously. She is still trying to convince her husband to be the mustard bottle to her ketchup this year. She wrote features for FLY, arts and food.

Kate Dollarhide is a Jackson native who just recently graduated from Mississippi State University. She has a strong passion for all things food and writing. She wrote a food story.

Ashley is complex, in a totally normal way. Born and raised in Chicago, she attended Jackson State University for mass communication and multimedia journalism. She wrote an event feature.

Account Executive Monique Davis is a passionate promoter of all things Jackson. She is a cartoonist, is married to the smartest man on the planet, and is a mother of six wonderful children. She can be bribed with red wine (Merlot).


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asked about ignorance. ... Both descriptions apply; however, the citizens of this state must also consider the fact that these folks are voted in. How stupid could one be to vote against your own interest? If race is that important, I guess it is understandable that our leaders are willing to sink with the ship rather than save it. Where are the members of the Black Caucus? Where are the Democrats? Where are the progressive thinkers? I am so sick and tired of this thundering silence from elected officials who are paid to speak up and out! FROM “THE JFP DEBATE DRINKING GAME RULES� kdg1stlove: Okay, with these rules everyone will be passed out by minute 15... just saying... FROM “DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT� GALLERY Belvedere: Great stuff. Every day as a boy, I’d ride with my mother to take my father to work in the King Edward Building where Mid-Continent Oil and Gas had offices. So to me the area around the King Edward and the Standard Life Building is downtown. The area around the Lamar Life Building and the Governor’s Mansion is uptown. I’m more of a downtown kind of guy.

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Thursday, Oct. 18 Students gather outside West Lincoln Attendance Center to pray in response to a letter from the ACLU demanding the school stop leading prayer at school events. ... The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in N.Y. rules the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Friday, Oct. 19 The Mississippi Board of Education gives Jackson Public Schools a oneyear extension to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act before the district loses accreditation. Saturday, Oct. 20 Two inmates, James Robert Martin and David Bass, escape the Forrest County Community Work Center at approximately 5 p.m. ... No. 2 Florida steamrolls No. 7 South Carolina 44-11 to stay alone atop the SEC East. Sunday, Oct. 21 New York Giants quarterback and former Ole Miss star Eli Manning completes a 77-yard touchdown pass to cap off the 22nd winning drive of his career in the fourth quarter or overtime. ... Radcliffe Haughton allegedly shoots seven women, killing three, at a Wisconsin spa before killing himself.

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Monday, Oct. 22 Rankin County Circuit Court sentences Brad Hardy, 31, to 26 years for a drunken boating incident that killed his father and one other man. ‌ Mitt Romney and Barack Obama square off on foreign policy in the final presidential debate.

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“the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.� Meanwhile, Tanton’s wife, Mary Lou, is president of a political action committee called U.S. Immigration Reform PAC (USIRPAC) that contributed $10,000 to Kobach’s failed 2004 congressional campaign, according to federal campaign-finance records from the Center for Responsive Politics. Beirich, who described Kobach as “the single most important anti-immigration legislator out there,� said that Alabama’s 2011 immigration law modeled on Kobach’s Arizona measure has been disastrous for the state’s economy, driving away immigrant workers and casting the state as unwelcoming of diversity. “You don’t want to follow down the path Kris Kobach has led Alabama,� Beirch warned Mississippians. “It’s been nothing but bad. Kobach just leads you to a bad place.� Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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This summer, as a member of the Republican National Committee’s Platform Committee, Kobach offered amendments to restore language previously in the GOP platform promoting the completion of a U.S.-Mexico border fence, ending in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants and ending “sanctuary cities,� which Kobach asserted “has resulted in the death of American citizens.� In 2010, the Jackson City Council Johnson passed an ordinance that prohibited police from asking individuals about his or her citizenship status. Kobach, who did not return a phone message left on his voicemail Tuesday afternoon by press time, has been embroiled in a number of other legal battles against municipalities and other government bodies over immigration policies in Kansas, Missouri, California, Pennsylvania and Texas. Many of the suits Kobach filed were on behalf of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the Federation of American Immigrant Reform, or FAIR, which calls itself as a 250,000-member national “organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation’s immigration policies must be reformed.� The Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center views FAIR as something more nefarious. Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligent Project, characterized FAIR as an “anti-immigrant hate group� with a “racialist agenda.� The SPLC, which tracks hate groups, calls FAIR’s founder, John Tanton,

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William Waller Jr.: No Agenda by R.L. Nave

Your challenger, Rep. (Earle S.) Banks, has said that the court hasn’t always been fair under your chief justiceship. Another common criticism of the court is that it tends to be pro-business. Could you speak to that?

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My opinions are out there if (Banks) or anyone wants to challenge whatever I did, but I don’t have an agenda. There’s no group that I’m trying to promote or trying to help.

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he race for Position 1 on the Mississippi State Supreme Court for the Central District has become unexpectedly contentious as Election Day nears. Earle S. Banks Sr., a Democratic lawmaker from Jackson, has been stepping up his attacks against the incumbent, Chief Justice William “Bill” Waller Jr. Banks accuses Waller of violating judicial campaign rules that prohibit judge candidates from being involved in political fundraising or knowing the names of their campaign contributors by pointing to a September $250-per-couple reception for Waller at the Eastover home of Robert Lampton, an executive with petroleum production manufacturer Ergon Inc. Banks charged that Waller looked at the donor list for the event, which is verboten under judicial campaign ethics rules. Waller flatly denies Banks’ accusation. “I did not. I don’t know where he got that information, but I have not,” Waller told the Jackson Free Press. As chief justice, Waller oversees the entire state court system. Waller, who joined the court in 1996 and is the son of Democratic Gov. William Waller Sr., who died in 2011, touts leading the court through several rounds of tough budget cuts, implementing a statewide electronic-filing system and using drug courts to save the state millions of dollars as among the highlights of his tenure. Waller reflected on his experience on the Court and talked about Mississippi’s election system during a recent interview.

I want their contributions. As long as the contributions are legal—which there’s never been a question about any of my contributions—they’re all legal or my instructions to my committee would be not to accept any. If you were King of the Universe, would you keep the system in place of judges having to run or replace it with something else?

Everyone is elected in Mississippi. Thirty-five states elect judges the way we do, including New York and California. The important thing about elections is that there is accountability, and I think that’s important. No one is above the law. It’s an open question whether we should seek to see a retention election (a system in which judges are appointed, but periodically subject to a voter Criticized for political donations, Mississippi State Supreme Court Chief Justice William Waller Jr. says referendum on whether to keep as long as the state constitution requires judges to or remove the judge) like in Misrun for office, contributions are necessary. souri, but there’s politics in that. I’m going to wait until after Banks made a lot of hay about your this election to see whether I support this campaign contributions with much of system or seek something different or some your support coming from political modification of it. There’s politics in everyaction committees. How do you, as thing. I think there might be more politics in a sitting justice, make the case to appointments than there are in elections.

virtually imprisoned so we know where they are, what they’re doing. There are a lot of good benefits from it. One is that the electronic monitoring, which cost $1,600, $1,700 a year including drug tests that’s paid by the people using the system versus $15,000. We’ve got 3,000 (people) in the program and we’re projecting savings up to $36 million to the state this year. To give you some idea of how much money that is, (the court system’s) appropriation from the Legislature is in that range. What happens if they don’t pay?

If they don’t meet the conditions of the program then they have to go to jail and maybe sentenced to additional service than they could be sentenced under the original charged they pleaded guilty to. Of all your opinions, what were some of the memorable or challenging?

They’re all challenging. I was thinking of one out of Oktibbeha County. Tyler Edmonds vs. State (of Mississippi), a 13-yearold charged with capital murder. … We believed that Tyler did not get a fair trial. On remand, he was acquitted. The pardon case, involving Gov. Barbour’s pardon of over 200 defendants. I disagreed with the majority, which contended that we could not go back and look at what they considered a facially valid pardon.

the people of Mississippi that your thinking isn’t colored by people who contribute to your campaign?

Why are drug courts something you feel passionately about?

Why do you deserve another term?

First of all, the rules prohibit us from being involved in fundraising. They prohibit me from studying or looking at our financial contributions, so I’m prohibited by looking at that. Secondly—and this is by the constitution—we have to run for the office. As long as you have to run for the office, as long as you’ve got campaigns, you’ve got to have campaign contributions. I am pleased with anyone that wants to support a fair judiciary that is efficient that is independent. If people want to support that,

I’m very interested in drug courts. This was an alternative sentencing that was developed by judges about 12 years ago. This is a judge-run, judge-conceived and judge-carried-out initiative. A defendant charged with a felony and, first, he or she has to plead guilty to the offense. They have to comply with the program and, if they don’t, they’re sentenced as a traditional offender. They’re placed into treatment. They’re required to have jobs. They’re, in many cases, electronically monitored or

I’ve been on the court for 15 years. The last three years I’ve been chief justice, and we’ve had some tremendous challenges securing enough funding for minimal operations of the courts. I have led some administrative efforts that I think have been positive for the citizens for the court system. I have over 500 opinions out there. It’s all there for anyone to look at it. It’s free. It’s fair. I think the opinions have been good. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.


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contractor for the city estimates Johnson said most of the water the a new $90 million project to city provides that is not paid for is used in upgrade the city’s water system the commercial sector, which uses much will create hundreds of new jobs more water than residences. in Jackson. “Siemen’s assessment (indicated), and Jackson City Council President Tony Yarber said the city will work hard to ensure that the majority of those jobs go to Jacksonians. He is not sure, though, how many of the jobs will be permanent and how many will be temporary jobs that only last while the workers put in the new system. “I’ve asked that as well,” Yarber said. “I haven’t gotten a definitive answer.” Even if the jobs are not long-term, they will provide vital job training for Jacksonians, who will be able to find other work with the experience they gain, Yarber said. In the immediate wake of approving a consent decree that will cost the city an estimated $400 million in water and sewer improvements, the City Council approved a separate $90 million project to replace old water me- The city has approved a deal with Siemens to ters in the city and implement make $90 million in improvements to the city’s an all-new meter-reading and water system. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. says the improvements will pay for themselves. payment system. The city says the Jackson Utility Management Program, or JUMP, we knew all the time, that there is much, which Germany-based, multi-national much more water being produced than electronic engineering company Siemens what is being paid for,” Johnson said. will lead, will pay for itself over a 15-year “That could be traced to faulty meters. It period through savings and collections of could be traced to leaks in the line. It could payments, which previously went unre- be traced to fire hydrants being flushed out. corded. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said There are a number of sources, but clearly that the city will not increase water rates to we think that replacing these meters is gopay for the project, which will also include ing to make sure that everybody is paying improvements at the city’s water treatment for the exact quantities.” plants and replacement of almost two miles Currently, a lot of residents and busiof water lines. nesses use water that the old meters do not

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record and, therefore, the city does not bill them for it. New meters will record water usage electronically, which Siemens says will pay for itself and save the city money on more than one front. In addition to bringing in revenues on water that previously went unpaid, the electronic meters will eliminate the need for meter readers on the city’s payroll. That will also save the city the money those employees use for gasoline and other travel expenses. The new meters will transmit information to the city electronically. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city will set up a website, through the city’s current site, where ratepayers can track their water usage and pay their bills. Johnson said that the city will not lay off employees who currently read meters. Between the Siemens contract and the $400 million in improvements the Environmental Protection Agency is demanding the city spend on its outdated sewage and wastewater systems, there will be plenty of new jobs for those employees. Siemens also will make upgrades at the water treatment and sewer plants to make the facilities more energy efficient, thus saving the city money. While JUMP is not part of the EPA consent decree, which will include fines on the city for violating the Clean Water Act, Johnson said some of the $90 million project will help offset the costs of the mandated improvements. Council members voiced a concern over making a deal with Siemens: a lawsuit from the city of McComb, which hired Siemens to head a similar utility-management project. Siemens told Jackson that the lawsuit was over a problem McComb had with a subcontractor who didn’t complete its work assignment. Siemens said it will not use that vendor on any work in Jackson. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.


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n September, Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unemployment rate increased to 9.2 percent, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been one of only seven states that has lost payroll jobs over the last 12 months. This is interesting because, in a very real way, Mississippi represents a long-term experiment in Republican control of an economyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one that augers closely to Gov. Mitt Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic planâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it shows how weak job growth can really be with the wrong leadership in place. Republicans have had a stranglehold on the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion for a decade, along with the Mississippi Senate, a majority of its congressional delegation and two GOP senators. More recently, it won the state House as well. Net result? Unemployment is up. Education funding continues to be a struggle. The Mississippi Parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Campaign (msparentscampaign. org) points to the Beacon Hill Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10th annual State Competitiveness Report, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;cites Mississippi as an example of a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;highly uncompetitive stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; due to our failure to produce a well-educated workforce.â&#x20AC;? With 10 years of straight Republican control in the Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mansion, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also seen a decade of underfunding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The result is a state thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another decade behind the workforce of the futureâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; high technology and green technology jobs

that literally have openings they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fill in the private sector. On the Jobs page of Gov. Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, he actually offers no specific proposals on educationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his â&#x20AC;&#x153;jobsâ&#x20AC;? plan says that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll increase access to good schools for American families on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Pager,â&#x20AC;? but his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Full Planâ&#x20AC;? never mentions the word education, focusing instead almost exclusively on reforming the tax code. (Increasing â&#x20AC;&#x153;accessâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;school choiceâ&#x20AC;? are the brunt of his education proposals on his â&#x20AC;&#x153;Educationâ&#x20AC;? page, with very few specifics aside from sending block grants to states.) In the 21st century, education equals job opportunity. There are no two ways about it. Mississippi should be spending its last dollar not on tax incentives for large corporations, but for educating and re-training workers to deal with the new economy. Mississippi desperately needs pre-K programs, but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t adequately fund K-12 programs as it is. Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan of turning more of these decisions over to the states are particularly disconcerting when your state is underperforming the way Mississippi is. For voters still on the fence in the national presidential race, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth asking yourself if Gov. Romneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s national policies on education and jobs creationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to make the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan look more like Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;will truly accelerate job creation and growth in the country.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in the beauty industry for 17 years. After laying hands on and listening to countless women, I know for a factâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as celebrity stylist Tabatha Coffey saysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always about the hair.â&#x20AC;? Like a bartender, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard every story imaginable. From affairs to long-lasting marriages, sexual fantasies and naughty tastes in bed, racial comments, fortunes won and lost and everything in between. I listenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;careful to keep those secretsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and, at the end of the day, swallow them down with a stiff vodka drink. My massagetherapist friends tell me that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to absorb other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good and bad energy. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, it might explain why I keep the vodka people in business. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong; I realize Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not splitting atoms over here, but I do believe I help people feel better, however temporary. You see, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just work on women; I work for women (and a few men), and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all had a hand in shaping my political views, whether they know it or not. Lately, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve taken some heat for being â&#x20AC;&#x153;too caught upâ&#x20AC;? in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presidential race. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve abandoned any efforts to be funny on social media and, if my blog were a child, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be in deep trouble with the Department of Human Services. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m unable to look away, especially when so much is at stake. I suppose my need to be vocal is a direct response to those Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see how my vote will count, one way or the other.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making up for lost time. I hate to admit it, but four years ago I registered to vote for the first time. You see, I was as apathetic as anyone from my generation could be. Compounded by the fact that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gay, I viewed any influence I could have as null. But then, mid-summer, I caught Obama Fever. In this candidate I saw that â&#x20AC;&#x153;audacity of hope,â&#x20AC;? and suddenly that spark was inside me. I was one of millions that put our first black president in office, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud of that still. Four years laterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;two with a GOP obstructionist Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made steady progress, and the only argument the Republicans have is Obama wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fast enough with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hope and change.â&#x20AC;? Ole Bill Clinton was right when he spoke at the Democratic Convention: Republicans do want to go back instead of forward.

The GOP establishment would also have you believe that the Democrats are too focused on social issues rather than economic recovery. In my eyesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;like so many from my generationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;these issues are also economic. Gov. Romney has stated that he means to repeal Obamacare. That hits seniors in the pocketbook first and affects millions of Americans right after. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had to pick and choose which meds to fill, go talk to my mother. Romney also means to do away with Planned Parenthood, a program that helps millions of women in their efforts to control not only when and how they bring a child into the world, but also aid with cervical cancer screenings and mammograms. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never stared breast cancer in the face, go talk to my mother and her sister, Betty Jo. Gov. Romney wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say he wouldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not important to him. He doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t live in a world where a woman can train the men who eventually move up the ladder to become her boss. This is the man that assumes everyone that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford health insurance lives in an apartment or takes an ambulance to the emergency room when they get the flu. Lastly, Romney seeks an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that specifically bans marriage equality. It might shock you, given how much Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve written about Justin and myself, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to see lesbians get married, too. These gals toe the line alongside me, and they deserve the economic protections and benefits awarded by the federal government for choosing to enter into a union of their choice. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the privilege you have in your heterosexual marriage, go ask an accountant to spell it out for you, not your pastor. After all these years itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been overwhelmingly the women in my life whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve helped me understand that I am perfectly and wonderfully made. So this year, when I go to the polls, it will be for a multitude of reasons, not least of which is the women in my world. Eddie Outlaw is co-owner of the William Wallace Salon in Fondren and spends most of his time trying not to embarrass his sweet Delta mother on eddieoutlaw.com.

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t’s not “Ghostbusters.” No crazy equipment, no oddball That seems to be the overarching theme that unites vehicles, no weird-looking people. The attitude in the these two groups—they want to find out the truth about the hotel lobby is busy, yet relaxed. These are regular folks, paranormal. No one is going to beat you over the head if your the kind that make good neighbors—friendly, help- views differ or if you’re skeptical. ful, willing to lend a hand All sorts of people are now in time of need. In this case, walking in the front doors—singles, two organizations—the TruthSeekmarried, married with children in ers of Vicksburg and the Southern tow. What strikes me visually is that Paranormal and Anomaly Society virtually everyone is wearing black (SPARS)—have bonded to hold a T-shirts with black slacks. Four buff fundraiser for muscular dystrophy young men catch my eyes. They are and the St. Jude’s Hospital. in the de facto uniform, but what I The breakfast area in the notice is how fit these young men Rodeway Inn in Greenville is alive look. I have a sexist desire to check with people. One woman, sitting at them for washboard abs. I assume a table, works off a list to sort out they are the security team. the colored rubber wrist bracelets The main activity of the evethat go with each grade of ticket. ning is a meet-and-greet-and-drink She is very pleasant and welcomes at Kepler’s Restaurant, where the Tme to the fundraiser. She tells me People from all walks of life came together shirts are replaced by casual dressy to listen to speakers on the paranormal. her name is Thelma and that she is attire. The camaraderie is striking. not going to try to convince me of Saturday, however, is the big any agenda or that she has the answers, but she is part of this day. There is a bazaar for buying mementos and a room degroup to find out the truth. “I really don’t know what it is, but voted to a variety of speakers, most of whom have books for I know there’s something,” she says. sale. The day starts off with a parade of children from the

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians of the Chahta-Ala Youth Council. The children are dressed in full regalia and even teach members of the audience to do the dances. Next is a line of speakers, writers and experts on the paranormal including Bud Steed, Patrick Burns, Marley Harbuck Gibson, Keith Age, the Rock and Roll Cowboy and Deonna Kelli Sayed, an American Muslim ghost hunter. The bazaar includes standard sales items for any audience such as jewelry, soft children’s toys and handcrafts. Other items are a bit more esoteric, in particular some rather fetching handmade ghoul dolls which, when purchased, are given a leg tag. I liked the skeleton dressed in flowing rags. But my personal favorites were the biomats: heated mats that utilize infrared rays, negative ions (“Nature’s Energizer”) and amethyst quartz (“Nature’s Super Conductor”). Both pairs of sellers encouraged people to try their mats. At first, I refused their offer. But later in the afternoon, I softened and crawled onto one of the mats. The heat was quite comforting, soft music was playing and I enjoyed the experience. My glow from the biomat disappeared, though, when I opened my eyes to see eager salespersons’ faces judging my reaction. The nighttime brought new thrills—an investigation of three believed-to-be haunted businesses in the old town: the Delta Democrat Times, the old Firehouse and the old Courthouse. What better way to end a day of the paranormal?

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Communities throughout the Delta know Paula Westbrook for her ghost hunting.

Westbrook stands with the other ghost hunters outside the Greenville Inn in the chilled, moist Delta air. They seem to stomp their feet a lot, shifting around in the cold. I look around and realize that almost everyone is smoking—which explains why this paranormal powwow of sorts is being held out in the parking lot.

“Cheryl was unable to make it,” Westbrook says. Cheryl Mitchell is her friend and co-coordinator of the Southern Paranormal and Anomaly Research Society, more TRUTH SEEKING, see page 18

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he first time I ever see Paula Hayes Westbrook, she is smoking a cigarette with one hand while holding Tia, her little Chihuahua, with the other. She keeps Tia safely nestled in between her black sweatshirt and long dark hair—helping to filter out the chill coming off the Mississippi River on an early Saturday morning in Greenville in November of 2011. I nod, say hello and introduce myself. “Hi, it’s nice to meet you,” she replies. Her voice is a smoking melody with a touch of twang. She describes her accent as a “gumbo” of sorts—her voice rich and deep with her Louisiana hoodoo roots and peppered with dialects ranging from South Carolina to the Black Hills of North Dakota.

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known as SPARS. David Childers and Rob Hood from the Vicksburg paranormal group TruthSeekers are here along with a variety of “family” members—“that means your kin and the ghost hunters,” someone tells me. Karen Parker and I join the circle. We are there to help with the fundraiser, The Delta Paranormal Project. “OK, listen up. We have a meeting across the street at the Visitors Bureau with the casino people to discuss advertising and helping us out in any way they can,” Westbrook says. Wesley Smith and Lisa Winters from the Visitor’s Bureau show up, but the casino people never do, nor does a group that was going to be a main beneficiary to the fundraiser. Nor did they call or return calls. Apparently, not everyone is keen on the idea of ghost hunting in the Delta. But the Convention and Visitors Bureau know a good thing when they see one. They applaud Westbrook for filling up the entire Greenville Inn with students in 2011 for her Ghost Hunting Academy. They love tourists who spend money; therefore, they love Westbrook. She has taken on the mission to help revitalize Greenville’s downtown, which is quite a drive from her home in Picayune. They even allow Westbrook’s paranormal investigation teams to use many of the old buildings around town for ghost

hunting. That includes the visitors bureau’s office inside the Armory building, the old Dixie Democrat building, the Old #1 Firehouse Museum and even the Courthouse. Westbrook’s crew shares the latest results of its investigations of the Visitor’s

Not everyone is keen on the idea of ghost hunting in the Delta. Center after our meeting. Over the last year and a half, they have found unidentifiable shadows, numerous EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) and a man speaking in the armory, via a Ghost Box device. This man’s voice called two of the investigators by name. Seeking the Light Westbrook works at the Kmart in Mandeville, La. She is a floater of sorts, working in departments from pharmacy to layaway. Her hours are crazy, which probably works well with her hectic schedule. Most Kmart shoppers would probably be

shocked to know that the nice lady who helps them find blue-light specials is one of the most influential women in the world of paranormal investigations. The Shreveport, La., native has been a professional ghost hunter since 1985. Westbrook created many paranormal groups over the years. At one time, she was the founder and leader of the second largest paranormal group in the nation with chapters all over the South and Northeast in the United States, in addition to Norway and Wales. In fact, Westbrook is one of the original TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) family members. And she knows how to bark orders and take control of the situation and stand with the best of them— even the movie director Victor Salva honored her by giving up his director’s seat to Westbrook during the filming of a scene from the movie “Haunted.” I thought Salva knew Childers and Westbrook—who, along with Westbrook’s friend Mitchell, went to Los Angeles to be on “My Ghost Story” on A&E and Bio channels—but that wasn’t it. Salva was filming in Greenville when he heard about Westbrook and her Ghost Academy last year and came by for a visit to check out her work. Before he left, Westbrook told Salva, “You see where I work, so next time, I see where you work.” He kept his word.

Lure of the TAPS Logo If you turn on the television at almost any time of the day or night, you will see the cable channels flooded with ghosthunting marathons. The vast majority of these shows feature an all-male cast. Why? Because ghost hunting is a macho field with black shirts and lots of gear hanging off belts making hunters look like they’re members of a SWAT team. After sitting down among a sea of black shirts, many of them emblazoned with Delta Paranormal Project on the upper left front and a TAPS logo on the side sleeve, I, too, realized the lure of the TAPS logo. It is the Holy Grail for most ghost hunters. I am sure non-TAPS members will disagree, but it does makes you easily recognizable and associates you with the highly successful “Ghost Hunters”—SyFy’s longest-running reality series. It stars Jason Hawes, the founder of TAPS. “Ghost Hunters” has produced many spin-off television shows, books, radio shows and the TAPS Institute— formerly known as TAPS Academy. The TAPS paranormal investigators are changing the way millions view ghost hunting and paranormal research. And many people are taking them quite seriously. TAPS affiliates, known as TAPS family members, answer many of these requests for help and must behave in a profes-

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o you want to know more about ghosts and paranormal investigations? Here are some books that might help you.

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• “So You Want to Hunt Ghosts? A Down-to-Earth Guide” by Deonna Kelli Sayed (Llewellyn Publications, 2012, $15.99). This book is written for adults and goes into great detail about every step of the paranormal journey into ghost hunting. She breaks down all the steps. Sayed is an American Muslim, and she shares interesting vignettes of the Muslim view toward ghost hunting.

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• “The Ghost Hunter’s Survival Guide” by Michelle Belanger (Llewellyn Publications, 2009, $16.95) This book is chock full of information for the more serious para-

normal investigator and anyone who is worried about having ghouls in his or her house. Belanger gives important tips on how people can protect themselves from all sorts of entities that go bump in the night. • “A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séance, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters” by Peter H. Aykroyd with Angela Narth (Rodale Books, 2009, $25.99) This is an interesting story written by actor Dan Aykroyd’s father. His great grandfather was part of the occult séance and medium crowd of the early 1900s. The Aykroyd family was Dan Aykroyd’s inspiration for writing “Ghostbusters.” • “The Other Side: A Teen’s Guide to Ghost Hunting and the Paranormal” by Marley Gib-

son, Patrick Burns and Dave Schrader (Graphia, 2009, $10.99). Like “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” this book may have been written for teenagers, but adults will enjoy the light humor and factual information. It’s a quick read that includes the “don’ts” that teens (and probably most people) should never do. This book stresses safety and protection and includes a good list of equipment for the beginning ghost hunter. • “Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society” by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson (Gallery Books, 2007, $15) Hawes and Wilson are the TAPS guys. They started the organization and help bring ghost hunting to cable TV marathons. The book includes true stories of their investigations and info on all the cool tech equipment they use to find ghosts.

Looking for ghosts closer to home? Check out one of these books. “Haunted Vicksburg” by Alan Brown (The History Press, 2010, $12.99) Brown lists at least 16 locations around Vicksburg and gives detailed information concerning the history and the hauntings. This is a must read before a night at any Vicksburg bed and breakfast. “The Haunted Natchez Trace” by Bud Steed (The History Press, 2012, $16.99) Take a journey up the Natchez Trace with historical stories of the strange and horrible things that happened over the Trace’s 8,000-year history. Read about the Devil’s Punch Bowl, Rodney, Windsor, Rocky Springs, Jackson, Ridgeland, Canton—all the way to Nashville, Tenn.


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on YouTube. The clients are people under duress, and they have asked for help. Sometimes, the information revealed can put others in danger as wellâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not from the dead, but from the living. It can cause relief for many but can also lead to new disturbing revelations. Counseling and tact are part of the TAPS protocol as well. Westbrook and her team do not charge for a clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paranormal investigation. These investigations can go on all night, and the amount of data to sift through, study and analyze is staggering. And the work isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t glamorous. Evangeline and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dark Shadowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Westbrook grew up in Evangeline Countryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;St. Martinville, La.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;the land made famous by a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My grandmother was French Acadian, so I was speaking Cajun French at home. It is a mixture of Spanish, French and Indian,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But in school we were taught conversationalist French. We would even sing nursery rhymes in French about Evangeline sitting by the tree.â&#x20AC;? Evangeline means â&#x20AC;&#x153;like an angel.â&#x20AC;? Westbrookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s middle name, however, means something quite different. Her mother gave her a middle name from the late-1960s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark Shadowsâ&#x20AC;? soap opera. She named her Josette, after the unfortunate girl who fell in love with the vampire Barnabas Collins and committed suicide off Widowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hill. Josette went through bouts of being hexed, cursed and disfigured. She turned into a vampire herself and finally became a ghost who haunted the Collinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You could say I was destined from the beginning to be in the paranormal,â&#x20AC;? Westbrook says with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother was involved in dark hoodooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pretty serious stuff. She was

The Ancient Ones Even though Westbrook attended a school for gifted students in Shreveport, she dropped out her junior year and received her GED. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was trying to leave my rough childhood behind me. I was running away from my past,â&#x20AC;? she says. By age 20, she had already married and divorced. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took off to California on the back of my boyfriendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harley. We ran out of money in Phoenix.â&#x20AC;? There, she went to college and became a respiratory therapist. She also became a professional ghost hunter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time I ran into something demonic (was with) a Muslim family in East Texas. For them to call me, you know something is wrong,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was performing the walk-through, a little girl walked right in front of meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;plain as day.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I was like: letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see if I can clean this up for you. At the time, I was as skeptical about demons as Joe Blue. So I am cleansing this houseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I always did a Christian cleansingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and I demanded (the demon) to show itself to me. All of a sudden, it sounds like a pig is scratching at the door. The door opens, and the noise goes

follow them to their new home.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything was going fine, until the family remembered that they forgot something at the house and went back to get it. Two of the family members ended up with bacterial pneumonia and were put on ventilators for several months,â&#x20AC;? she says. As a respiratory therapist, Westbrook worked at the Indian hospitals on the Navajo reservations and with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe in the Black Hills of South Dakota. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt a deep connection there and took an interest in their culturesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;especially the Navajo,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got a lot of insightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the Navajo culture resonated with something inside me, maybe connecting with my own Indian heritage that I never really had explored. My grandfather on my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side was one-half Choctaw. He had a rough life. He was a recluse who lived out in the woods and made moonshine.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with the Navajo, I learned about earth spirits and the ancient cultures and the Anasazi,â&#x20AC;? Westbrook adds. The Navajo named the Anasaziâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient people who are not us.â&#x20AC;? These â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ancient Onesâ&#x20AC;? were more advanced than any other Indian tribes and their sudden disappearanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just like the Mayaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has raised much speculation among archeologists, scientists and paranormal researchers. In fact, the Anasazi is what first drew Westbrook to her new husband of eight months, David Westbrook. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We met online on a forum. Basically, both of us were making fun of all the single losers online. Of course we were single as well,â&#x20AC;? she says with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But it got us talking, and he knew about the Anasazi and had his own ideas and theories. You could say, he had me at Anasazi.â&#x20AC;? David Westbrook did not officially join the Delta Paranormal Project family until they were married. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paula was the only founder After meeting her in Greenville, director Victor Salva of SPARS. It was undue invited Paula Westbrook to the set of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haunted.â&#x20AC;? stress on her (with) people thinking she might be favoring me if I was a member. I up into the atticâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it sounded like even did not want people to look negatively on more animals up there,â&#x20AC;? she says. her. But when it became Delta Paranormal â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell (the family), â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Get out now! I Project (with) four founders, it was differhave the thing caught up in the attic but ent. I became a member,â&#x20AC;? he says. you have to leave now. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how long it will stay up there.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; They were already moving out; the family had called more TRUTH SEEKING, see page 20 19 me because they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anything to jacksonfreepress.com

David Westbrook joined the Delta Paranormal Project after marrying Paula.

delving in the black arts to try to get the better things in life.â&#x20AC;? Hoodoo is different from Voodoo. Voodoo is a religion; hoodoo is performing magic spellsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;black magicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that can be very dangerous. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She divorced my dad and started marrying for a livingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;working her way up the social scale. We would come home and find black candles all over the room. We would find other ritualistic stuff all through the house,â&#x20AC;? Westbrook says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to be scared to death of shadow people. I would lock myself in the bathroom â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;til daylight. It was a standoff: My mother thought I was schizophrenic. I now realize that she was envious of my gifts. I was like my grandmother and aunt who could talk to spirits and hear things.â&#x20AC;? Westbrook describes a pivotal moments: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One night, my dad and I woke up to the sound of glass breaking and chains rattling. Our little dog ran to the spot where the noise was coming from, and he started digging a hole right though the cement foundation. We starting looking at old property tax files and found that there was an abandoned well under our house,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When she started dabbling, I guess my mother opened up a portal. I was picking up on the dark things that she was bringing in. The floodgates opened for me.â&#x20AC;? Westbrook began automatic writingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;communicating with spiritsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and she started making predictions that came true. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I predicted Reagan would be shot but survive within the next six monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and it happened,â&#x20AC;? she says of the former U.S. president. Her father, a NASA mechanical engineer, realized she wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;crazy,â&#x20AC;? but had â&#x20AC;&#x153;the giftâ&#x20AC;? of seeing and hearing things. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father tried to help me and my sister discover our talents. He read a lot of books by Edgar Cayce, early ghost hunters and psychics. My sister, Marcy, wanted nothing to do with any of this stuff; she was not into it at all. For me, it was as natural as slipping on a pair of shoes,â&#x20AC;? Westbrook says. Her father wanted to help her learn how to shut it offâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to protect herself, Westbrook says. She, though, took a different tactic: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I decided it would be best to go after them before they came after me. The control that I got then helps me today. I have a good relationship with my spirit guides. They intercede and relay the information that I need.â&#x20AC;? She doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t channel or do automatic writing anymore because it is dangerous, she says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One time that I channeled, I got an attachment on me for seven years. Some of us are attractive to the other side because of our light, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let us go.â&#x20AC;?

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cold, misty October evening and a Florence home Bullard’s childhood experiences prompted his interest in alleged to be haunted provided an excellent oppor- spirit activity. “When I was a child, my grandfather would take tunity for Mississippi natives John Bullard and Mat- me to an abandoned house in Brookhaven where I would hear thew Grantham to conduct an investigation into the distinct voices talking to me, although no one lived there. I paranormal. referred to it as the crowded house. Since then I have been tryThis was not the first time Bullard and Grantham had been ing to validate that experience,” he says. to the home that they regard as a consistent source of otherThe investigators use a critical approach and a wide array worldly evidence. Their investigation into the unusual occurrences at the home began over a year ago at the request of the homeowner who wishes to remain anonymous. During the course of several overnight sessions at the home, the investigators captured a substantial volume of audio and video recordings of disembodied voices responding to questions and unusual light activity. The evidence is available for review at Bullard and Grantham’s website, smokeandmirrorspi.weebly.com. The homeowner stated that the unusual occurrences began more than 20 years ago when the house was built, but the intensity and frequency had increased in the past few years. She recounts a series of incidents involving lights appearing with no apparent source, sounds of footsteps while home alone and, ultimately, the manifestation of Antique dolls stand vigil in Merrehope Mansion in Meridian. a 3-foot-diameter ball of light that did not illuminate a dark room and lasted for five minutes. A neighbor substantiated the unusual activity with several of technology in their quest to better understand the nature of stories of strange lights, sounds and apparitions in windows spirit activity. when the house was supposed to be unoccupied. There was “We are interested in shedding light on questions such at least one incident during which the police were called to as what these energies are, why they are here, relationships investigate. The homeowner said she has not slept in the house between spirits and ultimately, is there life after death? We since the unexplained activity intensified over a year ago. attempt to validate the phenomenon by using multiple elecThe “private residence” in Florence is just one of many tronic devices such as video cameras, sound recorders and haunted locations where the investigators have conducted instruments which measure energy levels. The history of the overnight recording sessions during the past four years. Bul- location is also considered,” Bullard says. lard and Grantham have conducted research at more than 20 The investigators have drawn some conclusions based on haunted locations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and their work. “We are definitely detecting, communicating with even on the island of Jamaica. and recording a form of energy which demonstrates intelliBoth investigators agreed that the Merrehope Mansion in gence and emanates from a dimension other than our physical Meridian was the most haunted location they have researched. world,” Grantham says. “These energies vary in strength, and It demonstrated the highest level of paranormal activity. “We it is difficult to predict when they will manifest.” have conducted three sessions at Merrehope and heard doors The ghost-hunting team is planning an investigation that slamming where no one was present, footsteps following us may be its most challenging to date. They have been invited to in the hallway, voices telling us to get out and saw a woman’s conduct research at the notorious Villisca Ax Murder House in shadow on the wall where her hair was defined,” Bullard said. Villisca, Iowa. The house was the site of the unsolved murder “The events at Merrehope were recorded on video and are of a family of six, as well as two young guests, and is reputed to available on the website,” Grantham added. harbor a high level of paranormal activity.

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A Skeptic among Us It might surprise some that Westbrook considers herself a skeptic and is deeply religious. “My best friend in high school was Jewish, and her father was a rabbi; I went every Tuesday and Thursday to confirmation school at the temple. For years, I followed a kosher diet. I observed the dietary law. I was looking for some kind of religion that could help me. Our Christian roots are in Judaism, and if we would understand our own roots, we would understand our own religious beliefs as well,” she says. Westbrook was raised Catholic, and her husband, David, is a Baptist minister. She has gotten away from traditional religion, though. “I am not an atheist. I do believe in God and the war of heaven and hell. I believe in angels and devils,” she says. While at client’s investigations, she seems more like a priest performing an exorcism or a village monk helping a lost soul to the light. A rosary hangs from her Maroon Dodge Caravan’s rear view mirror, and she will still pull out the holy water if the situation warrants. Westbrook’s beliefs and philosophy on life have morphed and matured from years of working with those who have crossed over and those who are still stuck in limbo. “We have to get a better handle of what we call the paranormal,” she says. “We need to understand physics, dark matter and the time continuum. Ghosts could actually be a rip in time—just a different dimension. We may have a situation here of actual physical beings stepping from one parallel reality to another. Nothing ever stops and never ends.” “One day, we will probably realize that what we are seeing is not really paranormal at all.”


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Fall Festival Oct. 25, 5-10 p.m., at Pizza Shack, Colonial Mart (5046 Parkway Drive, Suite 6). The event includes food vendors, pumpkin and face painting, games, and music from AJC and the Envelope Pushers, and the Larry Waters Duo. Costumes welcome. Free; call 601-957-1975. Haunting of Olde Towne Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, Clinton. The carnival includes hayrides, cake walks, a costume contest and a flashlight pumpkin hunt. $2 or two canned goods; call 601-924-6082; Click for Flier. Trunk or Treat Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland) Enjoy car-to-car trick-or-treating, games, train rides, face painting and more. Bring a large bag of candy per family as admission; call 601-853-2011; ridgelandms.org. Howlin’ Halloween Party and Chili Cook-off Oct. 26-27, at Rockin M Event Center (611 Hurricane Creek Road, Sandy Hook). Enjoy DJ music and a performance from Vigil Annie, a costume contest and a chili competition. Awards given. For ages 21 and up. $30 weekend pass, $35 per night at campsite (includes electric and water), equipment fees apply; call 601441-1106 (event) or 601-736-5902 (camping); howlinhalloween.com. Park After Dark Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Enjoy spooky experiments and crafts at the museum, a trick-or-treat trail through LeFleur’s Bluff State Park and haunting halls next door at the Museum of Natural Science. The first 100 children wearing costumes to check in get Disney on Ice tickets. $6 (members must pay admission); call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum. com. Boo at the Zoo Oct. 26-27, 6-9 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy live music, face painting, haunted hay rides, a lighted carousel, games and treats. $12, $8.75 children 12 and under; members: $7, $4 children 12 and under; free for children under 2; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org/events. Saints v. Sinners Ultimate Halloween Party Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The party includes a costume contest for a $50 prize, and music from SupaBread and DJ KC. Ladies in costumes free until 10:30 p.m.; call 601-278-4488 or 601-572-0146; Find “Saints Vs Sinners Ultimate Halloween Party” on Facebook. Renaissance Fall Festival Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The event includes children’s activities such as a costume contest for ages 12 and under at 11 a.m. (register at 10 a.m.), games, face painting and Halloween tattoos. Food for sale. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free; call 601-519-0900; renaissanceatcolonypark.com. Pumpkin Trail Oct. 27, 6:30-9 p.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The annual event includes a walk down a haunted trail, games and more. Gate closes at 8:30 p.m. $2, children under 3 free; call 601926-1104; email ccnaturecenter@gmail.com; clintonnaturecenter.org. “Halloween Kandy 2012” Oct. 27, 7 p.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). In the grand ballroom. Vegas Entertainment presents the burlesque show with regional dancers and models. For ages 21 and up. $20-$35; call 353-5464.

Blocktober Halloween Party Oct. 27, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., on Congress Street. Jackson’s Downtown Neighborhood Association is the host. Wear a costume for a chance to win cash or a prize. The Vamps perform. BYOB. Free; call 601-3539800; downtown-jackson.com. Halloween Costume and Dance Party Oct. 27, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Enjoy free salsa lessons at 9 p.m., and the party at 10 p.m. Prizes give for the best and scariest costume. Buy drinks or BYOB. $10, $5 college students with ID; call 601-213-6355. Club Magoo’s One-year Anniversary Halloween Party Oct. 27, 9 p.m., at Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St.). Wear your best costume for a chance to win a cash prize (register by 11 p.m.). Spank the Monkey performs. Free; call 601-487-8710; clubmagoos.com. Halloween UNICEF Fundraiser Oct. 27, 6:309:30 p.m, at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). Enjoy gumbo (vegan version available), games, pumpkin painting, a silent auction, a costume contest and more. Proceeds go toward UNICEF’s efforts to provide clean water to needy communities overseas. $6, $3 children 7 and under, beer and wine sold; call 601-982-5919. Pop’s 2012 Halloween Party Oct. 27, midnight, at Pop’s Saloon (2636 Gallatin St.). The highlight of the party is the costume contest. Contestants may register by 11 p.m. for a chance to win cash prizes (total of $2,500 in three categories). For ages 18 and up. $10 cover; call 961-4747. Halloween Storytime Oct. 29, 3:30-5 p.m., at Flora Public Library (168 S.E. Carter Ave., Flora). Come for stories, candy and a craft. Costumes welcome. Free; call 601-879-8835. Fall Family Festival Oct. 29, 5-7 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Enjoy snacks, games, face painting, trickor-treating, a costume contest and a cosplay costume parade. Author Amy Carter reads and signs “The Not So Wicked, Wicked Witch.” Free; call 601-932-2562; cmrls.lib.ms.us. Pumpkin Run Oct. 30, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Expect surprises along the threemile course, and enjoy refreshments after the race. Free; call 601-899-9696. The Haunting of Brighton Oct. 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). For ages 11 and up. $2; call 601-924-6082; clintonparksandrec.com. Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 30, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). In the auditorium. Enjoy music from the Vicksburg Orchestral Society, a costume contest and treats. Free, donations welcome; call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. Trick-or-Treat Yazoo Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m., at Yazoo City. Participating merchants give treats to visitors. Call for locations. Free; call 662-746-7676. Belhaven Halloween Block Party Oct. 31, 5:30-8 p.m., at Belvoir Place between Riverside Drive and Linden Street. Enjoy trick-or-treating, live music, food vendors, games and a pet costume contest. Volunteers welcome. $3, under 12 months free; greaterbelhaven.com. LEGO Jackson Halloween through Oct. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Dr. Scott Crawford’s LEGO sculptures of a haunted house, Dracula’s castle and more. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224.

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ey y’all! The hair on my arm is standing up, I have goose bumps, and I feel a cold spot around me,” I whispered in a trembling voice to my comrades for the evening. “Come look!” My lifelong friend, Pat Bullock Williams, and my son, Dexter (Bubba) Nettles, appeared at my side to witness the hair on my arms saluting some unknown presence in the ballroom of Duff Green Mansion, which is known as one of the most haunted places in Vicksburg. “OK, now let’s see if

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we can get Ga-Ga to communicate with us,” Bubba said. We turned out the lights, switched on the small digital recorder and took our places at a table in the middle of the ballroom to attempt to communicate with the spirit that sparked my interest in my newfound hobby of ghost hunting. Then we waited.

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Meet Baby and Ga-Ga Dabbling in the spirit world is not something into which I have invested years of my life. The fascination began about 10 years ago when Bubba fell in love with Katie Sharp of Vicksburg. I was thrilled with the idea that my son had found somebody he thought was wonderful and even more impressed that she wanted to marry him. Katie is a lovely southern girl replete with gracious manners, good looks and a wonderful personality. Not to mention, Katie had a haunted mansion as her home! Katie’s parents are Harry and Alicia Sharp of Vicksburg, who are responsible for returning Duff Green Mansion to its original splendor. They have operated it as a bed and breakfast since the mid-1980s. The family lives on the third floor of the mansion where Katie and her brother David were raised. Built as a wedding gift for his new bride in 1856 by wealthy businessman Duff Green, the home was the center of the social scene until the Civil War and the siege of Vicksburg changed its course in history forever. During the height of the siege, the Green family sought shelter in caves located on their property. In the caves, Mary Lake Green gave birth to a son whom she named William Siege Green. Union boats stationed about a block away in the river subjected the home to heavy shelling. Visitors can still see evidence of this today: A cannon ball lodged in the ceiling beams of the third floor is preserved behind a Plexiglass box. To save the house from complete destruction, the Greens volunteered their home to serve as a hospital for both Union and Confederate soldiers, and the shelling ceased as they raised a yellow flag above the home. For several years after the surrender, recuperating soldiers used the home as a residence.

Mr. Green’s death occurred a few short years after the Greens returned to their home, and the family suffered the loss of a young daughter. With the death of Mr. Green, Mary sold the house to another family who kept it for a short while. Since then, the house has played many roles, including a home for elderly destitute women, a boys’ orphanage and, for the years before the Sharp family restored it, a Salvation Army shelter for the poor and needy. Along with the Sharp family, guests and friends claim to have seen many ghostly figures and apparitions, heard footsteps and a child bouncing a ball, and experienced strange smells. Several paranormal groups have investigated Duff Green and concluded the mansion is definitely haunted. The ghosts seem to fall into three distinct categories. Many people have recounted seeing the ghost of Mary Green: a young beautiful woman with blonde hair, wearing a green antebellum-style dress. She has appeared to employees and family members. Others have seen a Civil War soldier. During the siege, the bottom floor of the home was used as a hospital and morgue. Guests and family members attest to seeing these lost souls wandering around the grounds and particularly in one guest suite: the Dixie room. Many guests have reported waking up in the night in this room to see a soldier with one leg sitting near the fireplace. The third most-documented ghost has been heard more often than seen: a young girl bouncing a ball and laughing. Could this be the young daughter of the original occupants, Duff and Mary Green? It is this young ghost that has sealed my belief that something is there on the other side with the capability of reaching out to those of us still grinding away day-to-day in the corporeal world.


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a frowning face and hid behind Katie’s leg. She refused to go into the ballroom for quite a while after that. She referred to that experience as “Ga-Ga.” The fact that Lydia was truly interacting with something or someone that only she could see was amazing. As I began to read about the spirit world, I found that young children are sometimes able to see what we cannot because they are more open to believing what the world seems to tell us cannot possibly be true. I like to believe it was so with Lydia. That is what sparked my new interest in ghosts and the supernatural at Duff Green Mansion in Vicksburg. I was back there in August, having scheduled another ghost hunt, this time with my friend Bullock and Bubba. Bullock had never been to Duff Green, and after sharpening our ghost-hunting skills this past year in places such as the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark., and Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay, we were excited to try our new prowess on some local spirits. Sitting at the table in the middle of the dining room while the hair on my arms slowly returned to normal and waiting to hear from either “Baby” or “Ga-Ga,” the three of us randomly took pictures in the dark hoping to capture an anomaly with our cameras. Our equipment list has changed a little: we had no beer cans on this hunt. Instead, Bullock’s digital recorder sat on the tabletop. We hoped it would bear witness to our hunting efforts. ‘We Come In Peace’ After a few minutes of trying to get some type of response from the other side, we reviewed some of our pictures. There, above the enormous, double-hung window was the evidence: A streaking orb was clearly visible in the pictures in the area where Lydia more TRUTH SEEKING, see page 26

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Of Beer Cans and Spirits After Bubba and Katie’s wedding, I started going to Vicksburg to visit with the newlyweds, who had moved into an apartment on the premises of Duff Green. On my visits, Bubba and I began to have what we called ghost hunts. Mostly, these involved sitting around in the dark, drinking beer and winding up scared to death by just the thought of what we were doing. Bubba increasingly became the target for ghostly happenings. He has seen a soldier standing silently in a doorway just watching him while he scooped ice from the ice machine into his bucket. He has also heard footsteps crossing the room and has seen mists where there should be none. The fact that the spirits seemed to pick on him more than others tended to make Bubba a little uneasy. I attribute it to his loudness. The Sharp family is a well-mannered, gentile sort and, well, Bubba is a high school football coach. Need I say more? After my first grandchild, Lydia, was born, my trips to Vicksburg became more frequent. The hunts still continued, yet their thrill seemed to be overshadowed by my role as grandmother. Nonetheless, my hope of communicating or seeing that the spirit world really did exist never faded. As with most situations, the answer usually comes if you wait long enough. One day, as Katie had Lydia upstairs on the second floor, Lydia began pointing to something or someone only she could see and proclaiming, “Baby.” There was no baby to be found, but her little eyes were focused on something for sure. The “Baby” sightings seemed to occur mostly in the second-floor ballroom. She would smile and interact with “Baby” and even added the word “ball” to the mix. No one else saw what she saw. On one occasion, while on the second floor hallway with her mother, Lydia looked into the ballroom and made

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reported seeing “Baby” and “Ga-Ga” most often. I was elated, believing that the cold chill as I entered the room and this orb was related. Being non-professionals, we did not have the time or patience needed to wait further. Spurred on by this photographic evidence, we decided to set up our next hunting ground across the hall in the parlor that opens into the dining room—a place where many have witnessed Mary Green. Bubba and I took our places on the blue leather couch while Bullock stationed herself in an antique chair to our right. “We come in peace and would just like to know if you are here with us,” Bullock said into the dark room. “Can you give us some type of sign? Can you knock on something?” Right after asking these questions, we heard a loud knock coming from the dining room! Since this is a public paper, I am unable at this point to document exactly

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Blues fans have speculated for decades whether or not Robert Johnson really made a deal with the devil.

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as he plucks the strings mixes with the pain down deep in his soul and floats out of his mouth. He grips his slide guitar, holding it close like he is making love to his woman, making the guitar sing along with him. For many blues musicians and enthusiasts, Robert Johnson is the epitome of the blues. When asked about him, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones replied simply,

what Bubba’s comments were as he, in one single move, positioned his 6-foot-3-inch, 300-plus-pound frame almost completely in his mother’s lap while Bullock uttered— in her most genuine voice as if thanking someone at a luncheon for passing her the salt—“Thank you.” “Get off me,” I whispered hoarsely to Bubba. “Oh, my God,” I croaked at Bullock. “Say something else.” Bullock asked for another knock, and our reply was quickly granted with not one, but two very distinct knocks from the dining room area. “See the little red light on my recorder?” Bullock asked. “Come to the light and speak to us.” “Oh no you don’t,” hissed Bubba as he noticed that the recorder is positioned right in front of him on the coffee table. He quickly slid it down the table toward Bullock. This

“He had it all.” Johnson’s ingenious guitar playing birthed rock ‘n’ roll. He also birthed one of the original music conspiracy theories. Legend has it that Johnson trotted up the crossroads to sell his most valuable asset to be the best blues player ever: his soul. Johnson was born on or around May 8, 1911, in Hazelhurst, and was raised not to perform secular music—the Devil’s music. When he took to the harmonica and the guitar, his family villainized him. In fact, when Johnson’s young wife and child died in childbirth, some claimed that his playing the blues caused the tragedy. Like all things about his life, the fable varies. The most popular story is that Johnson was told to travel near Dockery Plantation near the crossroads of Highway 61 and Highway 49 in Clarksdale. At the stroke of midnight, the Devil tapped him on his back. Without looking at him, Johnson handed his guitar to Satan, who tuned it and played a few songs. Satan handed the guitar back to Johnson and, voila, a blues icon was born. People who knew him said that as wonderful a guitar player he became, they never saw him practice. Guitar players who hear him for the first time mistakenly assume that a second person is playing guitar with him. Some people believe that the story of Satan at the crossroads gives credence to this mystic legend. Many believe Satan was heaven’s original choir director—or at least that he was a gifted musician. In the Bible’s book of Ezekiel, as God prepared to cast Lu-

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was all a little much for our nerves. “If you want us to leave, then open the door,” Bubba demanded from his new perch on the sofa next to me. He had garnered enough courage to attempt communication with the spirit, although his question implied his hope that the parlor door would swing wide open, thus freeing his path for escape. Several more times, Bubba uttered his

plea for the spirit to open the door. Nothing seemed to be happening, so the three of us decided to call it a night. As we headed out of the parlor door into the wide hall, we were astounded to find a large piece of Empire furniture with its door wide open. Maybe we should be more specific next time.

cifer and his angels out of heaven, he says, “The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” A tabret was a drum used in biblical times for praise and worship. The pipes could also mean that he played the church organ. Another holy text, the Quran, implies that whoever takes the Devil as a companion is a companion to misery. If one reads

Johnson’s lyrics, one can certainly see misery. Johnson’s most famous song is “Crossroad Blues,” a song about a drifter trying to hitch a ride. Or is it? I went down to the crossroads/fell down on my knees/Asked the Lord above, “Have mercy save poor Bob if you please”/Mmm the sun goin’ down boy dark gon’ catch me here … The word dark, a metaphor for death, could be seen as a song about a man who is afraid because when he dies, his soul is bound for hell. If so, the lyrics also seem to foreshadow Johnson’s early death. The song “Me and the Devil” is about Johnson’s miserable companion, Satan. It also shows subtle evidence of demon possession. The song could also be seen as a part two of the “Crossroads Blues” because of the last three lines. Early this morning/when you knocked upon my door/And I said hello Satan/I believe it’s time to go/Me and the Devil/Was walkin’ side by side/ And I’m gonna beat my woman till I get satisfied/You may bury my body/Down by the highway side/ So my old evil spirit/ can get a Greyhound bus and ride. Steven Johnson, Robert Johnson’s grandson, tells a story that refutes the Crossroads myth, but is just as strange as the original. Robert Johnson went Hazelhurst in search of his biological father, the grandson relates. Along the way, he ran into Ike Zimmerman, a blues player who took him in as family and taught him everything he knew. Johnson lived with Ike for two

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elp! Please help!” I plead in a muffled voice as I pound lightly on the old wooden door. “Help! Help get me out of here!” I panic. I grab the doorknob and shake—nothing. I try the lock again, but the half-moon crescent keeps going round and around between my fingers. “Help!” I am locked inside the women’s bathroom at a funeral home in Atlanta. How can I scream without other mourners thinking it could be their loved ones screaming from their casket? I can’t scream. What can I do? How do you scream for help in here! I am not going to make it out of here for the funeral! I keep uttering a muffled plea. Help! Help! Get me out of here! I am going to miss my father-in-law’s funeral. This is bad—real bad. The funeral home is stately and old, and the ladies room is tiny. I locked the two doors between the large hallway and me. How will anybody ever hear me? Suddenly, I hear the hinges creak as the first door opens. “Thank you, thank you! Oh, I am so glad someone came in

years in Beauregard, five miles south of Hazelhurst. They would practice in a cemetery. Maybe Zimmerman felt that Johnson’s playing was so bad, only the dead would listen. Regardless, Johnson became a diligent guitar student and played for hours and hours on top of tombstones. When he left Beauregard, his playing had improved so much that the running joke became, “You must have sold your soul to the Devil.” Perhaps Johnson’s other-worldly lyrics were a clever ruse on his part to be mysterious for all time. If true, it shows that Johnson was a genius at song writing. But some blues enthusiasts argue that Zimmerman was the real father of the blues, and even that he wrote “Crossroads Blues,” not Johnson. The Rolling Stones covered “You’ve Got To Move,” an old Fred McDowell blues song about the inevitability of death. Well, Robert Johnson had to move at the age of 26 or 27. If he indeed died at the young age of 27, it would make him the founding member of the “27 Club,” an infamous

here, I am locked in the bathroom.” I hear the heavy click of men’s dress shoes on the checkerboard marble floor. A brief second of embarrassment flushes through me that a man is in the ladies room. But then I think, “Oh, good. One of the funeral directors found me. He can get me out.” “Thank goodness, you found me!” I say. “I was thinking I was going to miss my father-in-law’s funeral. Thank-you for hearing me.” “Click” goes the lock as I see the lock turn and finally catches in place. Thank you again for this,” I say as I swing open the door. “I can’t thank you enough for …” I stand in the front part of the women’s bathroom that has only enough room for a sink and one person. The main door to the hall was closed and locked. There was no one there. Was it my fatherin-law who let me out so I would not miss his funeral? I ran back to the chapel. The organ was playing. The service had not officially started, yet, as I sat down on the pew next to my husband. “Dean, Dean, you will never guess what happened in the bathroom,” I whispered. “I don’t want to hear it,” he said … and in the eight years of our marriage, he never let me tell him what happened that day. Another nail was hammered into my marriage’s coffin the day we buried my father-in-law—I just didn’t know it, yet.

list of cursed musicians who died at age 27, which includes The Doors’ Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. One story of Johnson’s death was that a jealous husband poisoned the blues man’s whiskey. Perhaps the Devil came calling to collect. Some say that he died on his knees, barking and howling like a dog and signaling possession. If Johnson sold his soul for fame and fortune, the Devil tricked him. John H. Hammond, the legendary producer behind the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie and Aretha Franklin, among others, was searching for Johnson to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Hammond was too late, but if Johnson had lived, the performance would have certainly have made him a huge star. Most likely, Johnson never had much money to speak of; he was buried in an unmarked grave. Yet, although the biggest and brightest musical luminaries have covered his material, Robert Johnson, the man, is as vaporous as a dream.

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by the economy. Many Jacksonians are one paycheck away from being homeless,” says Shelly Hinds, the director of Partners to End Homeless—a non-profit organization that supports homeless service agencies, like the Opportunity Center. “So the services provided at Opportunity Center are very important.” Heather Ivery, the center’s director, says transportation is one of the center’s biggest needs. It needs more funding for bus passes so that people can make it to job interviews and, most importantly, doctor’s appointments. “The bestcase scenario would be to buy a bus so we can take them where they need to go.” On Oct. 25, Partners to End Homelessness is throwing a ’70s-themed fundraiser for organizations like the Opportunity Center. The ’70s Disco Ball starts at 7 p.m. at Duling Hall in Fondren. Everyone is asked to dress in his or her best ’70s attire, though it is not required to enter. Prizes are on hand for the best costume. The event features door prizes, a silent auction, cash bar and an iPod raffle. All funds raised go to Partners to End Homelessness to further its efforts to support homeless service agencies in the metro area. Event tickets are $35 and available through Partners to End Homelessness. For more information call 601-213-5301, or email sjohnson@ptehms.org. PIKO EWOODZIE

on construction sites, they can’t rent their own apartment because they seldom are able to consistently earn money. When they reach the OC, they use the phone inside to call their boss and let him know that they are ready to be picked up. “He didn’t pick up, man,” Painter tells Billy with worry in his tone. It might mean that they don’t work today, which might mean no money. Carl Hutton, who spent the night in an abandoned building down the street from the Opportunity Center, walks over around 7 a.m. He goes into the bathroom to freshen up and then steps outside to join an already lively conversation. He doesn’t plan on going anywhere today, except to Stewpot up the street for lunch. He has with him, as he always does, a couple of plastic bags full of snacks that he’s accumulated from church For many such as Carl Hutton, the Opportunity Center provides vital services. groups that come around. When he reaches into it to get something to eat, the effrey Howell, affectionately known as Hill Billy, is guy sitting next to him asks for something in his bag. He homeless. Right after 5 a.m., you can usually find him initially says no, but, after a little banter, he gives it to him. walking up Gallatin Street with more than 30 oth- “OK. Here you go. Can’t see a man go hungry.” “Here,” ers who are heading toward the Opportunity Center he says to me, “you want something, too? You want the on Amite Street. This is their daily commute. Columbus chocolate cream pie?” I politely decline. “But I’ll take that Bolton is there waiting to check them in. After Billy sets his water.” He hands it to me. bags down and uses the rest room, he tries to catch up on For those who are homeless, the Opportunity sleep before he heads to breakfast and his GED class. Center, the only day shelter in Jackson, is home. It is Wayne Painter and Billy Kidd walk up to the Op- where they get their mail, do laundry, take showers and portunity Center from Robinson Street around 6 a.m. to watch the news. “The face of homelessness is really wait for their boss man. They aren’t homeless, per say— changing. It’s not just those who are mentally ill or adthey stay with Billy’s daughter. But, working as laborers dicted to drugs. It’s also people who have been hit hard

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Wealth, Passion and the Journey by Kathleen M. Mitchell

How do you approach a new show? Where do you start once you have the script?

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The Great Gatsby” opened at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., 601-948-3531) Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 4. Visit newstagetheatre.com or call 601.948.3533 for ticket information.

I do a scene breakdown—does it have one long scene; does it have multiple locations; is there a different scene within the same location? And then I think about the design needs—costumes, scenic, lighting, sound—and the casting needs. I just break it down. I analyze it.

location. The scenic elements are like a dreamscape, because Nick Carraway is telling us a memory. So in that way, it’s really different than what you usually see at our theater.

What about an adaptation such as “The Great Gatsby”? Do you use the original source material?

With everything we do, we start from scratch ... We rehearse and build our plays in three weeks. The director plans further in advance and so does the scenic designer, but we start building three weeks before the show opens. You can’t, of course, build Gatsby’s mansion onstage. So … we did things like pick elements of the age. They used flavors in their alcoholic drinks to cover up how bad the alcohol tasted. So we have that in there. Little things like that. We have art deco design on a scenic piece that we built from scratch. Costumes, definitely. For the women it’s that lower waistline in the costumes. They were really into glitz and accessories, so that’s in there. The music is authentic to the time period—very much that type of Charleston and Jazz music—that is sprinkled throughout the play. The dancing is very period.

I did for this play. For every play you do research. If it’s a period piece, you research the period. If it’s a piece by Shakespeare, you research Shakespeare. You do research into former productions of the play. This play didn’t have as many productions, so there is not as much to research in that way. It’s fairly new. … For me, I thought it was real important to know how the playwright distilled it, how he constructed it, and how much language of the novel he is actually using. And he’s using a lot of the novel’s language, but sometimes a character is saying the words that Nick Carraway narrated for us in the novel. I like working on it because its rarely been done by other theaters, so we just went with what we thought. It was born out of all of our imaginations, because there wasn’t a lot to reference.

How did you bring the Jazz Age alive with the set, costumes, etc.?

The novel has lots of different themes—society, wealth, the American dream, dissatisfaction, etc. What do you feel are the greatest themes emerging in the play version?

What is your cast or the theater bringing to this production that is different from productions you’ve done in the past?

The playwright deliberately focused on certain things. The novel encompasses, of course, a lot more thematically than a play. It has to, due to the dramatic nature of a play. This is different because it’s not a Tony Award- In a novel, the conflicts may emerge, and they may slowly winning play; it’s not a “best play.” It’s an adapta- develop. In a play, the conflict needs to be there. tion of a novel, and that in itself presents a lot of When I looked at the play as a title, not even readchallenges. How do you take a novel, which is ing the play, I thought, “how appropriate,” with this whole epic in a lot of ways, and deconstruct it down 1 percent, 99 percent thing we are going through as a to a stage play? country. I thought it was very appropriate, because F. Scott Our production of it is different than a Fitzgerald really brought to life the, to me, immorality of lot of things you’ll see at New Stage because wealth. What it does to people. Going for that wealth still it’s impressionistic. It’s very suggestive of may not get you everything you want. But it’s still part of the American dream and it’s OK to strive for it. It’s just the reasons why people strive for it, Name: FrancineThomas Reynolds and the consequences that wealth has. Job: Artistic Director at New Stage But what we have that is similar to the Theatre and director of the upcoming novel is the love story, the passion, Nick Carraway’s journey, how he changes. show “The Great Gatsby”

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his year marks the 10th year Justin has been putting up with me and my shenanigans, so we’ve been celebrating since Sept. 9 in big and small ways. Quite by happenstance, David Sedaris is coming to town. During the first year of our courtship, I surprised Justin with tickets to see Sedaris at The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in Memphis.

This was before “Dress Your Family In Denim And Corduroy” and I’d only known about him because of Justin. “Holidays On The Rocks” was my introduction to this literary genius and I’ve been a fan ever since. If you’re wondering how listening to a writer read his work will be entertaining, simply search YouTube for “David Sedaris Stadium Pal” and get ready to laugh. —Eddie Outlaw

David Sedaris will read from his short stories and books, including his latest, “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,” (Back Bay Books, 2011, $13.99) at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St., 601-974-1000) Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. As of press time, tickets were sold out.


Events at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Free admission; call 601-371-5070. â&#x20AC;˘ Blessing of the Bikes and Riders Oct. 28, 1-6 p.m. The annual event includes a motorcycle show, food and games. â&#x20AC;˘ Harvest Festival Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy free candy and games. Understanding the Numbers: Essentials for the Entrepreneur Oct. 25, 1-3 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Topics include understanding financial statements and the important of learning about finance. RSVP. Free; call 601979-2795. Miss America Visits Jackson Oct. 25, at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Opera is the host. Meet Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler during the Mother and Daughter Tea Party from 3:30-7 p.m. (limit of 200, ages 6 and up) and the Evening Social from 7-9 p.m. (limit of 300). Advance tickets only. $25 tea, $50 social; call 601-960-1528. Precinct 4 COPS Meeting Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues. Free; call 601-960-0004. Hear and Be Heard: Skills for Healthy Communication Oct. 25, 6-7 p.m., at Rankin County School District Family Resource Center (200 School Road, Brandon). Motivational speaker Dr. Jim Cook is the facilitator. Free; call 601-825-6577. Hinds County Democratic Party Beans and Greens Dinner Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.). The keynote speaker is Nikema Williams, vice chairwoman of the Georgia Democratic Party. RSVP. $35, $50 couples, $375 reserved table of eight; call 601-969-2913. Jackson City Council Youth Curfew Hearing Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). The council discusses the proposed curfew, and members of the Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit share why they oppose the measure. Call 601-960-1084; find Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit on Facebook.

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Hap Hudson Homecoming 5k Oct. 27, 8 a.m., at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). The walk through downtown Clinton ends on the Robinson-Hale stadium track. $15-$20; call 601-940-8186 or 601-925-7720.

Mississippi Archaeology Expo Oct. 27, 10 a.m.4 p.m, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), at the Bowl. The fair includes archeological demonstrations, artifact displays and a rock art wall. Free; call 601-974-1299.

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Make A Difference Day: Capitol Street Cleanup Project Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, at Poindexter Park (Poindexter Street). Volunteers pick up debris and paint fire hydrants along Capitol Street. Call 601960-1084 or 601-960-1168.

Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 27, 9 a.m., at Martinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Works (650 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Enjoy guest appearances from gardening expert Felder Rishing, exotic animal specialist Percy King, and furniture designers John Hilburn and his design associate Kim McMullen. Sarah Beth Tanner and Ariel Jade McCullough perform. Refreshments included. Free; call 601-856-3078; gardenworksms.com.

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THURSDAY 10/25

FRIDAY 10/26

The HeARTworks Art Show is at 5 p.m. at Fischer Galleries and benefits Stewpot.

Cassandra Wilson performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Yellow Scarf.

SATURDAY 10/27 The Mississippi International Film Festival includes a Zombie Ball at 7 p.m.

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The play “Henry V” is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts; runs through Oct. 27. $5$10; call 601-965-7026. … The play “The Great Gatsby” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) and runs through Nov. 4. $22-$28; call 601-948-3533. … Frontier Ruckus, Shovels & Rope, and Waterliars perform at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. $8-$10; call 800-745-3000.

THURSDAY 10/25

The Mississippi International Film Festival, a JFPsponsored event, kicks off with the film “Separate But Equal” at 7 p.m. at Gallery 1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Free; msfilm.org. … Mission Mississippi’s Racial Reconciliation Banquet is at 7 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex. $65; call 601-353-6477. … At the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), the “Jackson Then and Now” Trolley Tour is at 4:30 p.m. ($20, $15 members, RSVP), and the High Note Jam with Connie Smith and Marty Stuart is at 5:30 p.m. (free). Hilda Stuart also signs copies of “Choctaw Gardens” ($38 book). Call 601-960-1515. … COURTESY RAMONA WARD

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film “We Juke Up in Here” shows at 7 p.m. at Cathead Vodka (644 Church Road, Suite 1, Gluckstadt). Free; wejukeupinhere.com. … Cassandra Wilson performs at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Yellow Scarf. BYOB. $50-$60; call 866-310-2622. … Salsa Mississippi’s (605 Duling Ave.) Ballroom Dance Party is at 8 p.m. $10; call 601-213-6355.

SATURDAY 10/27

The Mississippi International Film Festival at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) culminates with the Tommy Johnson Blues Festival at noon and the Zombie Ball at 7 p.m. (Zombie Crawl from the King Edward Hotel at 6 p.m.; includes costume contest). $10 concert, $5 other events, free films and ball for students; msfilm.org. … Township at Colony Park’s (1037 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland) Fall Festival is at 10 a.m. Free; call 601368-9950. … The Art, Poetry and Justice Slam is at 6 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Free; call 601-291-4060 or 334-322-8218. … The “Banjos, Ballads and Buddies” concert at 7 p.m. at Hinds Community BY LATASHA WILLIS College, Pearl (3805 Highway 80 E., Pearl). $20; email bbbmuse@gmail.com. … John JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Prine performs at 8 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $38.50FAX: 601-510-9019 $48.50; call 800-745-3000. … DAILY UPDATES AT The Robert Johnson Crossroads JFPEVENTS.COM Celebration is at 8 p.m. at Alamo Theatre. $20-$25; call 601-613-0805. … The Blocktober Halloween Party, a JFPsponsored event, is at 8 p.m. on Congress Street; includes a costume contest. BYOB. Free; call 601-353-9800. … Teneia Sanders performs at 9 p.m. at Yellow Scarf. BYOB. $15-$20, $5 students; call 866-310-2622. … Marcia Ball performs at 9 p.m. at Underground 119. $25; call 800-745-3000.

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The HeARTworks Art Show is at 5 p.m. at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101); benefits Stewpot. Call 601291-9115. … The Mississippi Craft Center hosts a cocktail party at Firefly Cottage at Willow Pond (104 Chestnut Hill Road, Flora) at 7 p.m. $50; call 601-856-7546. … Robert Earl Keen and Andrea Davidson perform at Hal & Mal’s at 7:30 p.m. $30-$35; call 800-745-3000.

FRIDAY 10/26

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The Mississippi International Film Festival’s awards brunch is at 11 a.m. at the King Edward Hotel. $20; call 601-665-7737; msfilm.org. … Fenian’s Abita Beer Dinner is at 6 p.m. RSVP. $50; call 601-948-0055. … The New Stage play and JFP-sponsored event “The Understudy” is at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Encore Oct. 30. $7; call 601-948-3533, ext. 224. For mature audiences. … The Fashion Mixer is at 6 p.m. at The Penguin; includes a fashion show and a trunk show. $15 in advance, $60 vendor fee; fashionmixerms1.eventbrite.com.

Bret Kenyon and Jessica Wilkinson perform in the play “The Great Gatsby” Oct. 24-Nov. 4 at New Stage Theatre.

MONDAY 10/29

An Evening with David Sedaris, a JFP-sponsored event, is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. $33-$43; call 800-745-3000. … The Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting with Ross Bjork of Ole Miss is at 6 p.m. at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). $30; call 601-506-3186.

TUESDAY 10/30

The concert “Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds II” is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts. $10; $5 seniors; free for students with ID; call 601-974-6494. … Fondren Theatre Workshop presents “The Rocky Horror Show” at 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s; runs through Nov. 1. For mature audiences. Benefits Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS. $20; call 601-301-2281.

WEDNESDAY 10/31

See the film “Psycho” during Screen on the Green at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515. … The musical “The Color Purple” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in Rose E. McCoy Auditorium; runs through Nov. 4. $20, $10 students and seniors, $5 school children (Nov. 2), free for JSU students with ID Oct. 31 and Nov 2; call 601-979-5956 or 601-979-4309. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.


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• Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Roger Stolle signs “Hidden History of the Mississippi Blues” ($19.99 book), and Stolle, Jeff Konkel and Damien Blaylock sign DVDs and CDs of “We Juke Up in Here” ($29.99 package).

Mississippi NOW Chapter Meeting Oct. 27, 2-3:30 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Topics include reproductive rights, racism and gender discrimination. Children welcome. Free; call 662-607-8868.

“A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty” Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Carolyn Brown discusses and signs her book ($20). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469.

Little Miss and Junior Miss Fashionetta Pageant Oct. 27, 5 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the host. Benefits community outreach programs. $15; call 601-238-6534.

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Crisis Prevention Community Informational Oct. 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Sandy Middleton of the Rape Crisis Prevention Center and Sgt. Barbara Folsom-McNeal of the Jackson Police Department are the speakers. Free, women and children’s clothing donations welcome; call 968-5811. Disability Awareness Day Oct. 30, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Vendors provide information and services such as direct deposit. Free; call 601-960-0335. Governor’s 2012 Energy Career Expo Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Job seekers visit booths and learn about career options. Free; call 601-321-6154.

&!-),9 Kids’ Night Out Oct. 27, 5:30-8 p.m., at Liberty Park, Flowood (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Enjoy goody bags, space jumps, a petting zoo and more. Free; call 601-992-4440. Hallelujah Night Oct. 30, 7 p.m., at The Church Triumphant (731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Includes a trunk-or-treat in the parking lot. Free; call 601-977-0007.

7%,,.%33 Paint Utica Pink with Breast Cancer Awareness Oct. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Hinds Community College, Utica Campus (34175 Highway 18, Utica). The program includes a 3K walk and a balloon release. Free; call 601-885-7166. Breast Cancer Awareness Program Oct. 28, 10 a.m., at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). The event includes testimonials, resources and a card signing for breast cancer patients. Wear pink. Free; call 601-977-0007.

&!2-%23-!2+%43 Jump Start Jackson Fall Farmers Market Grand Opening Oct. 27, 8 a.m.-noon, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Purchase produce and art, and enjoy cooking demonstrations and a gift card drawing. Open Saturdays through Dec. 1. Free; call 601-898-0000, ext. 118.

Cityscapes and Landscapes with Wyatt Waters Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Registration required; boxed lunch included. $75; call 601-960-1515. Basic Wordpress Blog Class Oct. 27, 10 a.m., at Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Must have a laptop. RSVP. $55 (cash or credit card); email info@lisette.co.

"%4(%#(!.'% Purple Dress Run Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St.). Proceeds from the 5K run/walk benefit Catholic Charities’ Domestic Violence Services Center. $30, $100 team of four; catholiccharitiesjackson.org. Latasha Norman Memorial 5K Run/Walk Oct. 27, 8 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in front of the Student Center. Registration is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Latasha Norman Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. $15 in advance, $20 day of race, $10 JSU students; call 601-979-1368. Forks & Corks Food and Wine Tasting Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m., at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Sweet Potato Queen Jill Connor Browne is the guest of honor. Benefits the Women’s Fund. $30 in advance; call 601-326-3001. Bikes 4 Barks Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m., at The Bike Crossing (115 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). The ladies-only cycling event benefits Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA). $35, dog food and cat litter welcome; call 601-856-0049. Walk for Wishes Oct. 27, 8 a.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland), near Altar’d State. Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. $5-$25 registration, $15 T-shirt; call 601-366-9474. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 27, 9 a.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Benefits the American Cancer Society. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-321-5516. Red Beans & Rice Celebration Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Enjoy food samples, children’s activities and music from Hunter Gibson and the Gators, NBC and DoubleShotz. Benefits Stewpot Community Services. $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, $5 children, $150-$250 contest entry fee; call 601-353-2759.

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“Pink the Runway” Fashion Show Oct. 28, 4-7:30 p.m., at Rain Event Hall (3243 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Benefits the American Cancer Society. $10 advance, $15 at door; call 601-665-5645.

Signings at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “Kiss & Make Up” Oct. 22, 4 p.m. Katie Anderson signs books. $16.99 book. • “Little Black Daydream” Oct. 23, 5 p.m. Steve Kistulentz signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.95 book.

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Good Samaritan M.B. Church Fall Carnival Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Good Samaritan M.B. Church (5605 Highway 22, Flora). Includes face painting, games, a dunking booth and food. 25¢ food and game tickets; call 601-473-6470.

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Not Just a Country Picker

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enny Vaughan plays country music, but his influences and experiences stretch across the spectrum of American musical culture. The Nashville-based guitarist and country-music star is best known for his work in the Fabulous Superlatives, the backing group for Mississippi native Marty Stuart. However, his musical upbringing exposed him to multiple styles that continue to inform his playing today. Vaughan grew up in Denver in a house filled with music. His father had a large jazz record collection and kept it in steady rotation. As a teenager, Vaughan went to rock concerts, started a band and took guitar lessons from a young Bill Frisell, now a highly regarded jazz guitarist. He also listened to country music, although he wasn’t aware of it at the time. “I was a Johnny Cash fan, but I didn’t know that he was a country singer,” Vaughan recalls. “His records were played on the same radio stations that played The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.” In his 20s, Vaughan formed The Jonny 3, a punk band that developed a following in Denver and toured throughout the country. At the same time, the guitarist earned his living playing music in a very different situation. “I worked at a local honky-tonk bar, playing ’50s and ’60s country music six or seven nights a week,” he remembers. “I played with guys in their 50s. They were playing music that hadn’t been on the radio for 10 or 15 years. It was like walking back in time.” Vaughan made use of this experience when he moved to Nashville in 1987 to play with the group Sweethearts of the Rodeo. He quickly made connections and continued working with other artists, including Rodney Crowell, Kim

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Guitarist Kenny Vaughan is best known for his work with Mississippi country star Marty Stuart, but his playing is built on a wide range of musical experiences.

Richey and Lucinda Williams. Vaughan spent three years touring with Williams following the release of her acclaimed album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” After leaving Williams’ group, the guitarist connected with Marty Stuart, a native of Neshoba County, who was

putting together a new band. Vaughan has been a member of Stuart’s group since 2001, referring to it as “the greatest gig ever.” It also remains a constant musical challenge. “We have over 200 songs,” he explains. “There’s no setlist; we just go up and wing it. Every night I feel like I’ve got to be at the top of my game to keep up with those guys.” One of the most unique aspects of Vaughan’s duties with the band is working on Stuart’s television show. “The Marty Stuart Show” features Stuart and the group as well as performances by guest stars like Lyle Lovett and Loretta Lynn. Currently in its fourth season on the cable channel RFD-TV, the show has helped Stuart and the band find new audiences. “It took a while for it to catch on,” Vaughan says. “It’s a small network, and a lot of people don’t have it. But it has a huge audience. We’ll be playing somewhere, and Marty will say, ‘How many of y’all have RFD-TV?,’ and 60 to 70 percent of the audience will cheer.” In addition to working with Stuart, Vaughan keeps a busy schedule as a studio musician. He also writes and records his own music—he released his first solo album, “V,” last year—and leads a trio that includes Jeffrey Clemens (drummer for G Love and Special Sauce) and Dave Roe (who was Johnny Cash’s longtime bassist). “It’s an under-the-radar gig that mostly draws musicians,” Vaughan says. “We have some monster guitar players sit in, but we play very quietly, so it’s not your typical ‘guitar hero’ kind of thing. It’s a bit more quirky and musical.” The Kenny Vaughan Trio will bring their quirky sound to Hal & Mal’s Saturday, Oct. 27. Old-time banjo player Leroy Troy, a regular performer on “The Marty Stuart Show,” will also perform. For more information on Vaughan, check his Facebook page.

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Halloween Happenings

October 24 - 30, 2012

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t can’t be fall until football, the state fair and, of course, Halloween roll our way. The pounds of delicious candy, ostentatious costumes and Halloween parties make the month of October help all of us gear up for the holiday that some people think is only for kids. If you find yourself with an empty dance card this weekend, copious amounts of events are going on in the City with Soul. One of my favorite singers/songwriters performs Thursday, Oct. 25, at Hal & Mal’s. Robert Earl Keen has written songs for what seems just about everyone in country music and has hits such as “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Merry Christmas From the Family.” I’m looking forward to hearing him for the first time live in concert. You could also venture over to Soul Wired Café for College Nite Thursdays, or if you’re in a bluegrass mood, head over to The Cherokee Inn to hear one of my favorite bands ever perform, The D’lo Trio. Before any Halloween debauchery takes place this weekend, chill out to

Robert Earl Keen is just one of the talented musicians playing in Jackson Halloween weekend.

some local live bands performing in the metro area. On Friday, the King Taylor Duo performs at McB’s (McB’s has one of the best steaks around), DoubleShotz performs at Two Rivers in Canton, Lizz Strowd and her awesome band perform at Burgers and Blues, and Underground 119 has blues virtuoso Grady Champion.

The Saturday before Halloween seems to be the night to hit the town in your favorite costume and leave all your inhibitions in the wind. Head over to Trustmark Park in Pearl for the annual Red Beans and Rice Celebration, which will be going on all afternoon. Later that evening, a slew of restaurants and bars are having Halloween parties, so there’s no reason not to bring your costumed self to these venues. Reed Pierce hosts its annual Halloween party and costume contest with Yankee Station performing; Furrows perform at Ole Tavern’s Halloween party; Club Magoo’s hosts Spank the Monkey for its Halloween Bash/Costume Contest, Cherokee Inn has Electric Hamhock and The Church Keys performing at its annual Halloween party; Shuckers’ Halloween Bash hosts Hunter Gibson and The Gators; and the Davis Planetarium hosts the Tommy Johnson Blues Festival and Zombie Ball. If your mood is more blues and bluegrass than Halloween, head over to the Clyde Muse Center at the Hinds Com-

munity College campus in Pearl for Banjos, Ballads, & Buddies featuring Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker, Val Storey, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley and Lonnie Shorr. The historic Alamo Theatre in the Farish Street District hosts the Robert Johnson Crossroads Celebration featuring Grammy winner Chris Thomas King, Cedric Burnside Project, Billy Gibson, The Robert Johnson International Blues Revue featuring Steven Johnson, Vasti Jackson and Keiko Komaki. Also, check out one of my favorite bands, Parallax, at Martin’s. On Oct. 30 and 31, bring your props and meander over to Hal and Mal’s for a double night of “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” When you get through passing out gobs of candy to your neighborhood kids Wednesday night, get ready to shake your tail feathers at Hal and Mal’s for the Rumprollers/Otis Lotus Halloween show in the Red Room. I promise you will not be disappointed. Y’all have a safe Halloween, and don’t take candy from strangers!


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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports

the best in sports over the next seven days

Marathon Wins for MSU, Losses for USM SLATE

This is a great sports week. College football, NFL and the World Series should give sports fans everything they want as the days get shorter.

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Not Just a Bar by Kathleen M. Mitchell

FALL FAVORITE

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his past weekend I was skimming through the on-demand movies on TV. I came across “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I immediately clicked the “buy” option and happily

Mini pumpkin cheesecakes are a decadent way to celebrate the season.

version of shrimp and grits. When it came to dessert, however, Speights was a bit stuck. “I’ve been working in restaurants for 10 years and never been a dessert guy,” he says. “You can give me a sauté pan, pizza dough, and I can create something out of that. But you put something in front of me that involves sugar or sweet and I’m stuck. It’s not my forte. So T actually came up with Fenian’s is serving four courses in its first beer-pairing dinner. the idea.” Multiple iterations of a twisted pecan pie eventually morphed into two pecan sandy cookies sandwiching a mix of pecan pie filling Although never formally trained, Speights says he grew and cream cheese. up with a love of food. “I’ve been cooking basically all my The dishes reflect both Speights’ tastes growing up— life,” he says. “I had one grandmother who was from Louiseveral items are updated versions of family recipes or things siana, and another one who was from New Orleans by way he would cook for friends—and ingredient seasonality. of Jackson, Mississippi, so growing up as a kid, it opened Five beers will be featured in the dinner—a welcome up a whole world of different flavors and concepts of what beer and one with each of the four courses. Speights planned to eat. Growing up in New Orleans, food is everywhere. the pairings based on balancing flavors. “For the first course You can’t turn around without running into a po boy shop we’re going to use the Restoration Ale, the flavor profile and or an Italian restaurant or a seafood restaurant, or things maltiness really work well with and the sweetness of the but- along those lines. So I was always trying new things.” ternut,” he says. “With the boudin balls I’m going with a Fenian’s Pub’s first beer dinner is Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The Jockamo IPA, because it pairs really well with spicy foods and $50 ticket includes all food, drink and taxes. Abita represenfried foods.” Speights is also using beer in the food itself— tatives will be on hand to discuss the beer as well. Visit fenithe shrimp and grits will be cooked with an Abita amber anspub.com for more information and stop by the bar (901 E. beer reduction. Fortification St., 601-948-0055) to purchase tickets.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

by Kate Dollarhide

paid $3 for a 30-minute cartoon. All of the Charlie Brown specials remind me of my childhood. However, the Halloween and Christmas specials especially spark up nostalgia for me. My grandmother, Kathryn Barnett, would have had her 91st birthday yesterday this month. She passed away on New Years Day in 2011. She was my best friend and only God knows how much I wish I could call her on the phone and argue with her like we used to. We fought like an old married couple and loved each other only as a granddaughter and grandmother could. She loved Charlie Brown and I remember watching the Halloween and Christmas specials at her house as a child. Charlie Brown will forever make my heart ache a little, in a bittersweet way. In honor of her and the Great Pumpkin, I whipped up some super easy mini pumpkin cheesecakes earlier this week. You should know that, 1) I love pumpkin. 2) I

Ingredients:

6-7 low-fat graham crackers 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 2 egg whites 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cloves 1/8 teaspoon ginger 6 cupcake liners

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Smash up graham crackers until they are at a crust consistency. Pour in melted butter and stir to combine. love cheesecake. 3) I love anything that’s mini. These are the perfect fall trifecta. They’re made with healthy pumpkin puree, reduced-fat whipped cream cheese,

In a cupcake/muffin pan, place a cupcake liner in each cup. Fill each liner with 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker crust mixture. Take a spoon and flatten out crust until it is packed and tight. Place in preheated oven and bake for five minutes or until crust is brown. In a separate bowl, mix together the pumpkin puree, whipped cream cheese, brown sugar, egg whites, and spices until well combined and smooth. Pour filling into each cup, just barely to the top. Bake for another 25-30 minutes. Remove from liners and let cool. Yields 6

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enian’s Pub is getting serious in the kitchen, and they want you to know about it. The pub is throwing its first beer pairings dinner, a four-course meal dreamt up by Josh Speights. “We have really good food here at the pub,” T. Francis, the pub’s manager, says. “It’s one of the things that we get perceived as just a bar, so a lot of people don’t think about eating here, but we’re starting to get people more knowledgeable about it. Everybody loves to come here and have a beer, so why not give them an atmosphere to have some great food, introduce them to what we can do in the kitchen?” The restaurant hopes the dinner will help them join the ranks of local watering holes becoming known not just for libations and good grub, but also for much-anticipated events. “These dinners are one of the popular restaurant trends going on right now in a lot of places such as Sal & Mookies, Underground 119, Parlor Market,” Speights says. “At BRAVO! for instance, they do wine pairings, Sal & Mookies does beer dinners with Diamond Bear, Lazy Mag, Abita, Rogue, Leinenkugel. … And talking with people around town, they said they’d like other places to do a beer dinner.” Working with Abita was natural for Speights, a Louisiana native. “Abita kind of hits home for me, because I (lived) only 15 minutes from the Abita brewery,” Speights says. “As a kid we’d go have meals over there at the brewhouse restaurant.” The food is also Louisiana-inspired, featuring a butternut squash bruschetta, fried boudin balls and a gourmet

low-fat graham crackers for the crust and lots of fall spices, so you can pop a couple in your mouth without the dreaded guilt that usu39 ally comes along with sweet treats.


LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper

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n fashion, social graces and pop culture, some trends come and go, while others remain tried and true—the classics. The little black dress, red lips, a good martini … some things just stand the test of time and remain appealing despite changing times. As

Some things, like classic cars, never go out of style.

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of late, Jackson has embraced a celebration of some classics itself, and I’ve tried to take advantage of the opportunity to revisit some and experience others for the first time. This fall, Cinemark Cinemas launched a “Fall Classics Series” of Oscar-winning and otherwise legendary films on Wednesday nights, and Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl, 601-936-5856, cinemark.com) participated in screening them. It started as a six-film engagement, but was so well received that it’s continued into October and November with even more movies. Many of the same audience members attend all of the films, so it’s become a bit of an informally organized movie club of sorts, with folks discussing the films during those that include an intermission. It’s been fun to see some old films that I’d only previously experienced on the small screen, like “Chinatown” and “Gone with the Wind.” It’s also a chance to feel I’ve become more culturally literate by seeing some of “those” movies I’ve never seen but always felt I should, like “The African Queen” and “Dr. Zhivago.” (Now I know what it meant when in the commentary of “Sex and the City,” Season 6, Part 2, Michael Patrick King referred to Carrie’s “Dr. Zhivago” moment.) Toss in a pre-movie classic cocktail like a Negroni at Underground 119 (119 S. President St., 601-352-2322, underground119.com), and it’s a complete package of a night. Not to mention, classic films mean classic fashion inspiration: Faye Dunaway’s red pout in Chinatown made me immedi-

ately consult makeup artist Dustin King (daretoilludere@gmail.com, 601-408-2406, at SMoak Salon, 601-982-5313) for tips on recreating the look. “Dr. Zhivago” left me wanting to wear furs and military-inspired outfits for fall. Upcoming movies in the series include “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Young Frankenstein,” “The Great Escape” and “The Sting,” so you have plenty more chances to brush up on your classic cinema if you’re a movie buff (or an aspiring one). While I’ve not experienced many classic movies, my familiarity with classic cars is slightly more well-versed. My first car when I got my license was a 1965 Ford Mustang—metallic aqua, white interior—that my parents owned since the 1970s. As a result, I keep a soft spot in my heart for vintage vehicles. So this year, when visiting the Mississippi State Fair, my folks and I went (for the first time) over to the Trade Mart to look at the classic car show. I’ll admit, I only went to see the cars because most of the livestock (what I really go to the fair to see) had been loaded up by the time we got there the fair’s last Saturday. But I was glad that I went. Old things tend to be pretty cool, and these cars were amazing—painstakingly restored and beautiful. And there was a 1965 Mustang among the bunch, which brought back wistful memories of turning that giant steering wheel for about five minutes before anything moved and the vinyl seats searing the back of my shorts-clad legs in the summer. After taking in some classic movies and cars, I turned my attention last weekend to shopping. Mixing the old with the new is a great way to spice up our look, and one store that makes it easy to do is Libby Story (1000 Highland Colony Parkway Suite 5003, Ridgeland, 601-717-3300, libbystory.com). The store includes not only a great selection of reasonably priced new clothes, but awesome vintage clothes and repurposed jewelry. On my last visit, I completely fell for some fantastic vintage suede skirts that had been reclaimed and embellished with (new) metal studs, giving them new life. Another place to find some fantastic vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories (whether for every day or as Halloween approaches) is the Antique Shop of Jackson, 4525 Interstate 55 N., 601-982-1881. The ’60s- and ’70s-era dresses are in stellar condition, and the accessories are like searching through your grandmother’s jewelry box. While it’s fun to experiment with trends, I think there’s something to be said for honoring the classics. Try revisiting some of them for yourself this fall. I’ll raise a martini to you as you do.


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Hunting The Ghosts Of Mississippi The Election, Illustrated DEFENSE It's The Great (mini) Pumpkin (cheesecakes) Charlie Brown! FLY: Have A F...

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