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honda Blasingame got her first sewing machine when she was 8 and began sewing clothing. “My grandmother up in the Delta taught me how to sew and quilt and all that with all of her sisters. She had a whole bunch of sisters, and that’s what they did for entertainment,” Blasingame says. “I would sit literally under the quilting frame while they were working.” Although Blasingame, 53, felt traditional quilt making was perhaps too rigid for her, she fell in love with needle and thread. “You don’t even want to know what all crazy-ass jobs I’ve had, but the one common denominator is that no matter what I was doing, I would come home and quilt or sew,” she says. The Jackson native found her niche in art quilting. She creates art quilts both abstract and designed, large and small, simple and elaborate. She appreciates the freedom in art quilting versus traditional methods. “As the joke goes, you take perfectly good fabric and cut it up into little bitty pieces and then sew it back into one big piece,” she says. “But it all has to have the perfect quarter-inch seam and eight stitches to the inch and all these rules and laws … and I’ve never been good at that sort of thing.” In art quilting, Blasingame can incorporate found objects into many of her works, and stretch the boundaries between quilting and mixed-media art. Beer cans, rusty washers, stained glass, agate, stone, paper, beads— all have found their way onto one of Blasin-

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game’s quilts. She also has branched out into creating her own surface-designed fabrics, where she takes a piece of white cotton and creates a design by painting, dying, stamping, stenciling, burning, wrapping it around something rusty. There are a thousand ways to make a mark on a piece of fabric, she says. Blasingame is an exhibiting member of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, juried in quilting and mixed media. She is considered a master quilter with the Mississippi Arts Commission, through their fellowship program, which allows her to take on apprentices. She teaches enrichment classes at Millsaps College and individual classes in her studio. She still makes clothing—mostly upcycled garb from old clothes she gets at Goodwill, turning men’s shirts into aprons and jeans into funky denim skirts, for example. In April she won Project Rezway, a local recycled fashion competition. Blasingame has three children with Mark, her husband of 28 years: Cory, 27, Bryndan, 25, and Aidan, 23. Just over a year ago, Blasingame opened a new studio space, Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd., 601260-9423) with fellow artist Anne Campbell. The two had shared studio space at the Mississippi Craft Center. The women, plus their studio cat, Stanley, work to promote craftspeople through events such as 809 Handmade, where artisans are invited to show in their backyard. —Kathleen M. Mitchell

Cover photograph of Glennray Tutor by Trip Burns

8 Privatizing Local Prisons?

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors agreed to explore the possibility of privatizing some or all of Hinds County Raymond Detention Center’s operation.

39 The Young Man and the Sea

“The movie has the disturbing power of great art; you don’t leave the theater quite the same. Among other things, it made me think differently about the book by Yann Martel, which didn’t grab me during the first read as it did for so many people. Lee’s movie transforms the book into a three-dimensional paradox of gruesome realism and enchanting fable. It’s a work so powerfully felt and so intensely expressed that somewhere along the way you feel better about the world.” —Anita Modak-Truran, “Blurring Lines”

46 Wrap in Style

This Christmas, the boxes under the tree should be as exciting on the outside as they are on the inside.

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by Kathleen M. Mitchell, Features Editor

In the Name of Being ‘Right’

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few weeks ago, shortly after Election Night, one of my Facebook connections—someone I went to college with but wasn’t particularly close to—put a lengthy post on her wall. It was essentially a thank you letter to Mitt Romney for running, but took tangents on racism and the American Dream and her own personal struggle. It ended with, “I guess it’s time to sit back and watch the demise of our country now.” While I disagreed with many of her points regarding what Romney would have done for the country, I wouldn’t have given the post a second thought—or probably even read the entire thing—except that it had over 30 comments by the time I saw it in my news feed. One person’s dissenting comment quickly turned into an all-out war. The conversation devolved into a mud-slinging virtual cesspool, with commenters on both sides of the political spectrum saying some pretty asinine things—although I agreed with the majority of the leftwardleaning statements even if I didn’t always agree with how they were presented. (OK, I’ll be honest, at the time I mostly agreed with how they were presented and cheered at the snarkiness). The person whose original post spurred all this on stayed in the ring, writing long diatribes blasting back at those who disagreed with her. She tried to write off most of those who opposed her with statements along the lines of, “Well, you are still a student, come back when you’ve paid taxes. You’ll change your mind” (ignoring, of course, those that had jobs, paid taxes and still opposed her views). At one point, after several comments mixing church and state, a commenter dropped in to say, “God isn’t real,” and things got really nasty. The more religious-minded folks went on a personal attack against him. Later that same person defended his post, explaining he is an atheist and has just as much

right to express his belief as those posting things such as “God is in everything and has everything to do with everything. God is not President; God is King.” I had to choke back a bitter laugh when I got to the part where one commenter made a long point about his

Let’s all step away from the keyboard when things get nasty and breathe. personal Christianity only a few minutes before writing a racial slur directed at another commenter—super Christian, bro. In fact, as I read the chain of comments I wanted to jump in more than once. I wanted to give my two cents, refute an idiot statement or just plain write something dripping (so to speak) with sarcasm and disdain addressing the absurdities I was reading. There actually were many well-reasoned, respectful comments as well, but they were largely lost in the outpouring of vitriol. Throughout the war of words, which reached 127 comments before it was all said and done, commenters brought up their own personal experiences: gay, straight, mixed-race, child of immigrants, atheist, rich, poor. They were students, teachers, bankers, writers and more. Racism, education disparity, the job market, religion, class warfare, white privilege, free speech, fiscal responsibility and, believe it or not, sorority history were all dragged in to be discussed. And when I finally read through it all

once again, I couldn’t help but think, how did this happen? For several reasons—how is it that the most uninformed of us often feel the need to speak the loudest? How can people be so uninformed in the first place? And especially, how do people think Facebook is the appropriate place to express such hatred toward others that they have never even met, all in the name of being “right”? Like it or not, we live in a society now where it’s becoming harder and harder for people of opposite beliefs to coexist peacefully, particularly in the somewhat distanced atmosphere of social media. In Mississippi we suffer from this perhaps more than other areas of the country, simply because our political beliefs can be so drastically different. I’ll be honest, I unfriended several people on social media this campaign cycle, as I seem to do every year but particularly during presidential campaigns. Some of them were mere acquaintances from one encounter or another, but a couple of them were people I considered real friends at one point in my life, before eventually losing touch. But when they popped up in my minifeed writing some truly misinformed statements, I didn’t hesitate to hit unfriend. But why? My maternal grandparents were of differing political beliefs. My mom tells me that every time Election Day rolled around, my grandmother would come home from voting and joke that she just canceled out all my grandfather’s votes. And then they would continue on with their lives and their marriage. I struggle to imagine the same situation occurring now in much frequency. I personally can’t imagine what my marriage would be like if my husband and I shared drastically differing views on issues such as reproductive and contraceptive rights, gay rights, social services, health care, etc. I can’t imagine what it would be like if we voted for different candidates. Some people might say that now, a

month after the American people took to the polls and re-elected Barack Obama, that the nastiness of the campaign is over, and we can get back to our lives. But it’s not over. Not when people are calling to secede from the country, or move to Canada or New Zealand (ironically, both countries with more progressive governments than ours) and not when this fight on Facebook still rings in my head, so many days after I read it for the first time. I don’t have a personal vendetta against Republicans. I have Republican friends and I respect that they have their beliefs, even if I don’t agree with them. And yes, I can’t help but allow someone’s political beliefs to color my opinion of him or her, just a little. I would guess that most people, if they are honest, would say the same. But I try to consider any of my friends’ opinions or beliefs carefully before writing them off. I do, however, have a serious issue with people shouting their opinions, whether in real life or on the Internet, without being informed. I have an issue with all the blind hatred supposedly educated, reasoned and/ or religious people are spewing. During the campaign, there was a lot of talk of “reaching across the aisle” and bipartisanship. But how can we expect our leaders to do those necessary things when we aren’t even willing to hear the opinions of our neighbors and our classmates? How can we hold our political leaders accountable when most of us don’t care enough to find out the truth about the decisions they are making? Be informed. Get out there, read the news. Listen to public radio. Listen to someone who thinks differently than you. More important, be willing to accept the fact that you aren’t completely informed. Because, let’s face it, these are complicated issues and there are very few people in the country that can know every aspect and side of a matter. Let’s all step away from the keyboard when things get nasty and breathe. Think and consider.

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Briana Robinson

Latasha Willis

R.L. Nave

Victoria Sherwood

Dylan Watson

Genevieve Legacy

Deputy Editor Briana Robinson’s hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She is a junior at Millsaps College. She wrote the cover story.

Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance designer, and the mother of one cat. She shamelessly promotes her design skills at latashawillis.com. She did the winter arts preview.

Reporter R.L. Nave grew up in St. Louis, graduated from Mizzou (the University of Missouri), and lived a bunch of other places before coming to Jackson. Contact him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote news stories.

Editorial Intern Victoria Sherwood studies communications at Millsaps College. She enjoys watching soccer and one day hopes to own an orange cat. She wrote an arts preview feature.

Former editorial intern Dylan Watson is from Indianola. He will be a junior at Millsaps College in the fall, where he studies political science and philosophy. He wrote an arts preview feature.

Genevieve Legacy is an artist and writer who relocated from New York last August. She lives in Brandon with her husband, and son and one of Mississippi’s laziest dogs, a piebald hound named Dawa. She wrote an arts preview feature.

Emily Vieyra-Haley Meredith W. Sullivan Emily Vieyra-Haley is from New York City. She met her husband, a Jackson native, in New York; however, he quickly spirited her down South, where she took to the cuisine so well, she earned the name “Catfish.” She wrote a food story.

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


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Friday, Nov. 30 Democrats at a Millsaps College forum say Mississippi’s leaders are not offering adequate ideas to strengthen the state’s public school system. ‌ Texas Tech University releases a study showing dogs that chew on plastic training devices and toys may be exposed to hormone-altering chemicals.

ing and running the facility's day-to-day operations. The deal would not include the joint county-state Hinds County Restitution Center on South Gallatin Street in Jackson, Hobson-Calhoun said. Hinds County Sheriff Chief Deputy Chris Picou called the RFP part of a needs assessment for the jail, which he said is plagued with problems that would be costly to bring up to standard. "We're not saying we're going to do this, or we're going to do that. We are looking at all options that we have, and we'll bring the people to the table," Picou told the Jackson Free Press in a Dec. 3 telephone interview. First-term Sheriff Tyrone Lewis camHinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who campaigned on running the office more efficiently, is considering the paigned last year to possibility of privatizing some functions of the Raymond save taxpayers money Detention Center. wherever possible, Picou said. District 3 Supervisor Peggy HobsonBoard President and District 1 SuperCalhoun proposed soliciting cost estimates visor Robert Graham said he liked the idea for a number of options that included: build- of privatizing management of the facility. ing a new county jail, selling the jail, adding District 4 Supervisor Phil Fisher said that capacity by building an additional housing although he opposes building a new jail, pod, renovating the existing jail (that officials he favored taking a system-wide look at the say is in a state of disrepair), and maintain- county's jail system.

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Monday, Dec. 3 District 3 Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun proposes privatizing some or all of Hinds County’s Raymond Detention Center’s operations. ‌ Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., seeks to amend a bill prohibiting veterans deemed too mentally incompetent to handle their finances from buying or owning firearms. Tuesday, Dec. 4 Two men plead guilty to hate crimes in the 2011 murder of an African American man, James Craig Anderson. ‌ Federal antitrust regulators clear Disney’s $4 billion deal to buy Lucasfilm. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28 The Jackson Women’s Health Organization files a new federal lawsuit after seven local hospitals refuse JWHO admitting privileges. ‌ The 2012 Mississippi Black Leadership Summit begins at the Jackson Convention Complex. Thursday, Nov. 29 Gov. Phil Bryant says most teenagers know how to obtain and use contraception, but too many are failing to do so. ‌ The Memphis Music Hall of Fame celebrates the induction of its first class with a roster of 25 music greats.

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A handful of large firms have the capacity to build and manage a jail. One of them is Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America—the nation's largest private corrections-management firm—which has an ongoing initiative that seems tailor-made for what Hinds officials are seeking. Earlier this year, CCA sent a letter to 48 state officials offering to buy state prisons and local jail facilities and run them. CCA, along with the nation's secondand third-largest private prison companies—Boca Raton-based GEO Group Ltd. and Centerville, Utah-based Management & Training Corp., respectively—have all done business in Mississippi, and drawn criticism from prisoner-rights watchdogs. In March, lawyers reached a settlement in a case where a group of boys and young men alleged abuse at the GEO-owned Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Leake County. In May at the Adams County Correctional Center—a federal prison that CCA operates in Natchez—inmates briefly seized control of part of the facility, held more than 20 staff members hostage, and beat a young correctional officer to death. Picou said he couldn't comment on the track record of private jail operators. He did offer reassurance that Lewis would still be in control. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.


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The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is continuing its fight against a state law to remain open. It is the state’s only abortion clinic.

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he “Abortion Queen� has issued a proclamation: People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Diane Derzis, who earned her nickname while an Alabama lobbyist, was responding to a TV news report criticizing a hospital chain’s admissions practices. That company, Naples, Fla.-based Hospital Management Associates Inc., owns five Jackson-area hospitals to which Derzis’ Jackson Women’s Health Organization applied unsuccessfully for admitting privileges to comply with a new state law. An investigation by “60 Minutes,� which aired Dec. 2, featured several former HMA employees who claimed the company pressured doctors and hospital staff to admit ER patients to boost profits. In its most recent annual report filed with the Security and Exchange Commission in February, HMA acknowledged a U.S. Department of Justice probe into

the medical necessity of its ER admissions and tests. In their rejections of JWHO’s applications, the five area HMA-owned hospitals responded with similarly worded letters citing the hospitals’ abortion policies and concerns about “internal and external disruption of the hospital’s function and business within this community.� An HMA corporate official referred questions to regional spokeswoman Kace Ragan, who did not respond to calls from the Jackson Free Press. The irony that HMA’s hospitals denied JWHO admitting privileges while HMA is under federal investigation for its admissions policies was not lost on Derzis. “That really just bolsters that this admitting privilege thing is such a fraud,� she told the Jackson Free Press. Mississippi lawmakers passed a bill last year requiring all doctors at freestanding abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The law became the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on JWHO’s behalf against the state that claimed the law was intended as an unconstitutional barrier to abortions and that requiring admitting privileges is unnecessary. After a hearing in July, a federal judge said the clinic could remain open while it had admitting-privilege applications outstanding, but after seven area hospitals rejected its applications, JWHO filed a new complaint last week. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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f you spent any amount of time listening to the nattering voices of the negative, chances are you’ve heard any number of rumors, lies and half-truths about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare or ACA. Allow us to help you sort it out.

Why is Health Care an Issue? The U.S. spends more money per capita for health care than any other nation, yet we rank 37th in terms of outcomes: Life expectancy, and infant and maternal mortality are among the worst of all developed countries. Rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes are epidemic. In Mississippi, about a half-million people live without any health insurance, leaving them at risk for more severe, advanced-stage illnesses and catastrophic medical costs when the unexpected happens. When large percentages of the population are unable to get basic, preventive medical care, it puts the economy and well being of the nation at risk. First, it’s much cheaper to pay for preventive care than emergency care. Second, healthy citizens mean a more productive work force. How Does Obamacare Help? The Affordable Care Act attempts to establish minimum standards of health care for the majority of U.S. citizens, making preventive care—flu shots and pap smears, for example—available without deductibles, co-pays or co-insurance. It also reins in some of the harshest practices of the health-insurance industry. Under the law:

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1. False. Under socialism, the government (or a collective) owns the means of production and distribution. The ACA doesn’t take medicine out of the hands of healthcare providers. It is, in fact, a boon for private insurance companies, who can expect to see enrollment skyrocket in states that expand Medicaid under the act. It does not specify limits on medical care patients can receive, nor does it specify treatment. The act expands access to health care and regulates some aspects of the industry; it doesn’t take it over. 2. False. An Independent Payment Advisory Board of health-care pros will study costs and propose ways to curb them.

• Many older Americans will see a substantial

reduction in premiums as a result of changes.

• Insurers will be held to

HIGHER ADMINISTRATIVE STANDARDS. They must spend

80 percent of your premiums on health care, and proposed rate hikes of more than 10 percent are subject to new scrutiny.

With so many rumors out there, you’d think Obamacare was a mythical unicorn (or Bigfoot) instead of a law written on paper. Here are just a few of the myths spread about the law. Test yourself, then see the answers, below.

1. ÂŽ True ÂŽ False Obamacare is a socialist takeover of medicine. 2. ÂŽ True ÂŽ False Government bureaucrats will be able to cut off treatment to grandma. 3. ÂŽ True ÂŽ False Unions are exempt.

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The board has no say in individual treatments, nor can it reduce benefits or increase premiums. Congress can overrule the board’s decisions. 3. False. 4. False. The ACA doesn’t change a law, in place since 1977, which states that no federal funds can be used for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or where the life of the mother is endangered. Under the ACA, state governments can restrict plans that cover abortions in their exchanges, and no private insurers can be forced to cover them. Before choosing a plan, consumers will be told whether a plan covers abortions; if they choose a plan that does

4. Ž True Ž False Taxpayers will pay for abortions. 5. Ž True Ž False Obamacare will kill jobs. 6. Ž True Ž False Health care is best left to the free market without government interference. cover them, a portion of the premium will be held separately to ensure no taxpayer funds are used to pay for a procedure. 5. False. To the contrary, the increased numbers of people with access to health care will create demands for more doctors, nurses and a whole host of supporting players, from x-ray technicians to administrative assistants. Mississippi’s University Research Center estimated that the state would see about 9,000 new jobs if it expands its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Phil Bryant is against expansion. 6. False. The health-insurance industry has dominated medicine for decades, mak-

ing fee-for-service the predominate model. That system has exploded the number of services—including tests, procedures and drugs—patients receive. Hospitals, doctors and other providers are paid for each one, giving them ample incentive to “go for the gold� instead of giving appropriate care to each patient. A 2009 Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care study estimated that patients pay about $700 billion annually on unnecessary treatments that don’t make them healthier. This is the type of wasteful spending the Payment Advisory Board is designed to curb. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Ronni Mott at ronni@jacksonfreepress.com.


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arvard professor and political con- not leave more on this Earth than I took sultant Steve Jarding capped off away,’” Jarding said his mother told him. last week’s Mississippi Black LeadGiving, and not just taking away, was ership Summit by telling a small also the message of two of the summit’s group of students and community leaders early speakers. Yorman Nunez is the field what he believes it takes to be a leader. organizer for the Massachusetts Institute of “Leadership isn’t getting elected. Lead- Technology’s Community Innovators Lab, ership is performing. You’ve got to change your world. You’ve got to leave a better society. You’ve got to leave more than you took away or, to me, that’s not leadership,” Jarding told the audience of about two dozen at the Hilton Garden Inn. The session with Jarding, which coincided with a meeting of the state’s Legislative Black Caucus across the hall, finalized a three-day summit held by One Voice, a statewide policy think tank, and the state NAACP at the Jackson Convention Complex Steve Jarding told students and community and the Hilton Garden Inn. leaders that leadership means leaving more The summit brought in African behind in this world than you take out of it. American leaders from around the nation to discuss topics including community improvement, urban develop- aka MIT CoLab. He told black leaders durment, education, local government, civil ing the day’s final session at the Jackson Conrights, encouraging entrepreneurship and vention Complex Nov. 28 about a neighborminority-owned business. hood in the Bronx that sees a lot of money The message of Jarding’s speech was pass through, but rarely sees it stay in the ZIP leadership, though. While Jarding said lead- code. It is home to New York City’s thirdership and public office don’t always, or even largest economic corridor and Hunt’s Point often, go hand-in-hand, he framed much of Cooperative Market, the world’s largest food his message in his area of expertise: politics. distribution center. Despite the money passJarding said he received his view on ing through the 10474 ZIP code, it remains leadership from his mother, who raised an impoverished and largely malnourished eight children in rural South Dakota on area of New York City that does not contain her own after Jarding’s father died when he a single supermarket. was 4 months old. On her deathbed, she “Chances are, even though you’ll be told him her legacy was raising eight chil- obese or living on the food desert with no dren and sending all of them to get quality access to healthy food, or little access to educations. healthy food, you’ll be within in two miles, “On the last day that you live and a mile, from the Hunt’s Point food market, breathe, the last day that you breathe air on the world’s largest food distribution center,” this Earth, please do not look back, as you Nunez told the audience at the Jackson Conlay your head on that pillow, and say, ‘I did vention Complex. “We distribute food to 48 JACOB D. FULLER

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‘Change Your World’ states and 55 foreign countries. So there is a real design problem here.” Nunez said the lack of supermarkets is just one of many examples of how the Bronx is great at creating wealth, but nearly all of it leaves the borough. The community asked MIT CoLab to help citizens find their voice when developers and government officials discuss future plans. MIT CoLab showed its ability to lead when it won what Nunez called “a 15-year fight” against plans to build a shopping mall at the former site of a military armory in the neighborhood. The mall would only bring low-wage jobs to the borough, which wouldn’t help lift any of the citizens out of poverty, Nunez said. Community organizers fought the mall’s developers and won; the former armory site still sits vacant. Nunez and CoLab Program Manager Nick Iuviene said that after the mall fight, they realized they had to change the way they approached community development and leadership. Their actions were keeping community organizations at odds with developers—and government leaders—instead of bringing them together. The answer, Nunez said, is not to take a needs-based approach in which citizens ask developers to build what they need. Instead, citizens and community leaders need to learn to leverage what they have. Taking a systemic approach will make developers desire what the neighborhood already has to offer. Nunez said CoLab is still trying to figure out how to implement that systemic approach in the Bronx. Jackson is a far different situation, so Nunez did not have specific answers for how the approach could work here. Nonetheless, the approach of finding what a neighborhood has to offer a developer, and leveraging that offer, could be a key starting point for progress in the capital city. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com

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ach time the Jackson Free Press publishes one of the four annual arts preview issues, we are reminded of the immense diversity and wealth of talent that abounds in Mississippi. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also reminded that people come in all shapes, sizes and aptitudes. Not every person can be an engineer or a writer, an architect or a mathematician, a sales representative or a surgeon. Each of us, while part of a larger wholeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;our communityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;brings his or her special talents to the game of life. In a bit of perverse synchronicity, Gov. Phil Bryant released his education plan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Framing Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future: An Agenda for Childrenâ&#x20AC;? as we were putting this issue together. We could find little to celebrate in the document. Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solutions center around the same ideas weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard over the years from conservatives: test, measure, reward and privatize. Raise teacher standards, but not pay; raise the bar for students in 4th grade, but do little to expand pre-K education; establish a system of for-profit charter schools, but provide no plan to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formula for leveling school funding between high and low-income school districts. Despite mountains of research-based evidence proving that â&#x20AC;&#x153;softâ&#x20AC;? subjects, such as arts and music education, improve educational scores in â&#x20AC;&#x153;hardâ&#x20AC;? subjects such as math and science, the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan makes no mention of art or music education. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no discussion of the importance of play, or any renewed effort toward a statewide pre-K program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking

and verbal skill,â&#x20AC;? states the educational website Edutopia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence and teamwork.â&#x20AC;? Yet, it seems our conservative leadership want us to believe the way to improve education is through tougher standards and teacher merit pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A large and growing body of research shows that investing in high-quality pre-kindergarten education yields benefits for children, schools and communities,â&#x20AC;? states the Center for Public Education in its preamble to a paper summarizing that research. Early learners, kids who begin learning at age 2 or 3, are more ready to learn than kids whose first encounter with school is at age 5 or 6. The effects of pre-K reach into adulthood. The High/Scope Perry Preschool Project study, which began in the 1960s, found that â&#x20AC;&#x153;low-income black children randomly selected to receive the comprehensive preschool program showed impressive long-term results regarding educational progress, delinquency and earnings. Seventy-seven percent of these youngsters eventually graduated from high school, compared with 60 percent from the control group. In adulthood, pre-k participants were also less likely to be arrested for violent crimes, more likely to be employed, and more likely to earn higher wages than those in the comparison group.â&#x20AC;? While we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ignore the issues created by our financially hamstrung public schools in Mississippi, we must take a more appropriate longterm view of best practices and incorporate them into a viable program to improve the educational and economic outlook for all of our children. If Bryant is serious about making a lasting impact on our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellbeing, the same old solutions simply arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t good enough.

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spent two weeks in Turkey this summer mostly traveling on a bus with a group of Christian, Muslim and Jewish people. It was two weeks filled with so many encounters and experiences that I will never forget for as long as I live. I marveled at the sites we saw: the underground churches in Cappadocia, the visit to Rumi’s tomb in Konya, the magnificent ruins in Ephesus and standing where the apostle Paul stood. In Istanbul, I was in awe as I gazed around me at Hagia Sophia, a colossal church built in the fourth century. But while all of that was great, it wasn’t the highlight of the trip. The best part was the relationships I made there. Ruins and old buildings are fantastic, but they cannot share a meal with you. On our second night in Turkey in a town called Kayseri, strangers who didn’t speak English picked us up at the hotel in three cars. By the end of the evening, they were no longer strangers as their lives took on names and stories. They took us to a home where we were warmly greeted by the patriarch and the matriarch of a large family. They had welcomed many friends and neighbors to join us that night. After we exchanged greetings and introduced ourselves, we sat down to a magnificent feast, a feast that took days to prepare. It was a wonderful and memorable time as we chatted and ate and shared stories, but my favorite part was when the father said through an interpreter: “Because we have shared a meal tonight at my table, you are my son.” One night in Konya, we boarded a bus and traveled two hours to a wedding for a couple none of us had met. From the moment we entered the room we danced. I danced with the bride. I danced with the groom. I danced with little girls and old women and old men. One young woman danced with me so much, I was afraid I might be participating in something, unbeknownst to me, that could result in an engagement! Later, back in my hotel room, I wrote in my journal, “Just went to my first Big Fat Turkish wedding. Hope it’s not my last!” Throughout the trip, we took care of each other. Whether someone had a virus or a sinus infection, everyone took part in the nursing. When the sick person got well, we celebrated. Our last night in Turkey, at a home in Istanbul, we gathered in a circle after dinner, and we sang songs together by someone on whom Christians, Muslims and Jews can all agree: Elvis. As we all joined in singing “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” and other familiar songs, our music sounded to me like sacred hymns gifted to us by the king—the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, that is.

I contrast that trip with the world I reentered—a world rocked by terrorist acts in Benghazi, the ignorant and slanderous video that sparked protests across the Arab world, American politicians trading barbs instead of holding hands. Even sadder for me was opening Facebook on the night President Barack Obama was re-elected and viewing the hateful and racist comments by people whom I consider “friends.” In the midst of it all, I thought about my experience this summer and realized that it doesn’t have to be this way. In the New Testament epistle, James says: “So the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” The tongue, he writes is “full of deadly poison.” Dangerous words can take lives, as we have seen recently. Worse, they can kill our spirits. I do not write this with any expectation of changing the world. I write this as someone who grieves for a world that I dream is possible, who longs for the kind of community I shared this summer. I write this as someone who is, frankly, tired of people with poisonous tongues telling me who hates me, who hates my country and whom I am to fear. I write this as one who is exhausted by politicians, in this country and around the world, dictating for us our enemies and using talk that is akin to setting a forest fire ablaze. I am sickened when people, many whom I know personally, speak disrespectfully about a man, Barack Obama, whom many Republicans and Democrats agree is one of the most intelligent and most inspiring United States presidents this world has ever witnessed. The solution to all of this division, I believe, is to stop talking so much. In fact, I need to stop talking because the more I write, the more I risk doing what the epistle writer warned us against. Maybe we all need to stop talking so much because words get us into trouble. This summer, I learned that we need to start eating together more, especially with people different from us. (The good thing about that is you cannot talk much with your mouth full.) We need to start dancing more; even if you are a terrible dancer, do it anyway! We need to start singing together more because music and harmonies have a way of uniting us in a way nothing else can. We need more bus trips. They have the potential to transform strangers into beloved friends. Rev. Rob Hill is the pastor of Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson where he has served since June of 2005. A native of Forest, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University in 2002.

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Glennray Tutor says the interplay between flat and round dimensions is a big part of his work.

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Age: 62 Born: Kennett, Mo. Family: wife, Marion, and son, Zach, 26 Education: Bachelor’s of Art in art and English from University of Mississippi (1974) and Master’s of Fine Art in painting from University of Mississippi (1976) Occupation: visual artist

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or artist Glennray Tutor, selling his comic book collection meant the difference between finally becoming an adult and continuing to be seen as a child by those around him. When he was 15, Tutor had a collection of about 300 vintage comic books which he treasured, but the adults in his life tried to convince him that they were nothing more than childish trifles. At the time, he had a girlfriend, which he thought was a mature thing to do. With her, he found the perfect opportunity to be an adult and relinquish his tokens of childhood. “I sold all my comic books like a fool to buy a girl a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume,” he says, reflecting on the

A work in progress awaits the addition of colorful marbles.

could go into that single image on a multitude of levels. It’s almost a paradox,” he says. “Could I take a single image and make it multi-leveled?” At the time, he didn’t know what photorealism was; he simply wanted to know if he could paint all of the detail that he saw. Later, however, he discovered an entire group of people painting and drawing under the genres of photorealism and hyperrealism. The first generation of photorealists during the late 1960s and early ’70s included Chuck Close, Richard

Estes, Audrey Flack and Ralph Goings. Tutor became friends with Goings, popular for his paintings of food stands and pick-up trucks. For Tutor, photorealism was the solution to his problem: how to portray a single image on canvas but have it not function as a single image. He started trying to create photorealistic paintings in 1980, but says he wasn’t satisfied with his efforts until 1983. “The photorealists can paint better than Caravaggio. There are about 30 artists working in the photorealist realm that can paint better than any artist who ever lived up until this time,” he says. In a way, it’s true. Never before have people produced art that is so realistic. The entire concept behind photorealism, after all, is to create work that is indistinguishable from a photograph. “I think it shows that man has made some progress,” Tutor says about the phenomenon. “We can do more with technology that has ever been done. It only makes sense that we would be doing something further in the realm of art than ever before—same thing with literature and music.” Color and Light Picture a black-and-white edition of a favorite heartbreaker comic strip, such as Thursday’s “Apartment 3-G” —that perfect almost-kiss, the artful rendering of a tear-

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A New Height In 1973, Tutor enrolled at the University of Mississippi. The Kennett, Mo., native graduated with bachelor degrees in art and English and went on to earn his Master’s of Fine Arts in painting in 1976. He has lived in Oxford since that first year at Ole Miss, partly because he couldn’t afford to leave and later because he began to fall in love with the town. Early in his career, Tutor undertook a heavy artistic goal: “I was trying to present what appears to be a single image on a surface but make that image work in such a way that a viewer

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event. Within a week of receiving the gift for her birthday, she broke up with Tutor and found a new boyfriend. “I was trying to enter the adult society. After that happened, I realized if that was what it was all about then I didn’t want to be (an adult) after all,” he says. Now, at age 62, Tutor collects all sorts of things in his studio including jars, bottles, magazines and, of course, comic books. While it’s hard to say, he estimates that his comic book collection numbers around 1,000, and he is still buying them. He houses his collections in the back of his studio, which he built behind his home in Oxford. His fixation on comic books has manifested in his artwork and continues to do so today.

One of Tutor’s most popular paintings of mason jars also hangs in the Mississippi Museum of Art.


Tutor is famous for his photorealistic paintings featuring common objects.

Tiny Brushstrokes Some might call Tutor a perfectionist, but for him it’s just professionalism. Tutor likens the preparation and presentation of his art with music. No one wants to hear wrong notes during a symphony performance or wrong lyrics during a concert, especially Tutor, he says. “When I put my paintings out on the stage, I want it to seem humanly impossible to have been constructed,” he says. That magic sense of awe is what Tutor has been striving for most of his life. The moment he figured out photorealism, he achieved his goal. “I don’t really admire paintings that don’t seem like they required some sort of expertise to do. For a painting to really move me, it has to be something that the person had to train himself and work really hard to achieve,” he says. Tutor might take up to a month to finish a painting— working about eight hours each day. That’s after making preliminary sketches and setting up still lifes. “The big pleasure that I’m trying to make possible is that the person is looking at the completed painting and having that experience (of) not knowing how it was put together—not knowing how all those elements came together.” He says that viewers would need a magnifying glass to see the brushstrokes in his paint. Before getting into the technicalities of creating his works, however, Tutor considers something deeper. Like many artists, he uses his art to express his thoughts and feelings. “A lot of people don’t get into it on a philosophical or metaphorical level, but for me, that’s when art starts to become fun and interesting,” Tutor says. Tutor’s various still-life paintings are inundated with

meaning. In fact, he believes he might be one of the first nationally known artists to imbed metaphors into pop imagery. Because of this, the late Barry Hannah, a Mississippi novelist, called Tutor’s work “deep pop.” “Everything has always had more meaning to me than what it is,” he says. He strives to put some sort of meaning into all of his work. “I’m trying to put melody in my painting … something beyond just the technical, beyond the aweinspiring component,” he says. Even when he was working mainly on commission, Tutor wanted his paintings to say something more. Flat and Round Painting comic book panels didn’t come naturally to Tutor. He first attempted it in 1979, but he didn’t realize the perfect concept until about 1999. Even then, it took about three years of experimenting before he produced a complete painting. Because he was obsessed with comic books, it makes sense that Tutor would find in them just the right imagery to say more broadly and more deeply what he wanted to convey in his work—such as the concepts of movement and time. The way the images were separated intrigued Tutor and hinted at what he was looking for. “I didn’t read (the comic books). I didn’t care about reading them. I was just hungry for that visual breakup of imagery,” he says. While he didn’t read the comics’ text, words still play an important part in his work. He spends lots of time determining what each character in the comic should be saying and where the words should be in the painting. “I also want them to be suggestive of something else, too,” he says. He tries to

imbue the images with both text and subtext. Tutor has always been interested in cosmic and quantum reality. He ponders questions such as: How far out does the universe go, and how far into an atom can you go? His series of comic book paintings illustrate both the concept of flatness, with the comic book page, and the concept of three-dimensionality, with the marbles. “That idea opened the door for me to be able to use comic books. See, the comic book appears flat,” he says. “So I’m playing around with these 20th-century concepts of Cubism and flatness, but I’m also inserting into the composition this apparently round threedimensional object like the marble.” Mason Jars Some of Tutor’s earliest photorealistic paintings, around 1985, include mason jars. “It gave me a subject,” he says. “I didn’t know I could paint something like that—with all the glass reflections and the curvature on jar, the raised lettering on the glass, beans (inside the jar) reflecting all kinds of light.” One of the most famous of these paintings, “Still Life: A Season of Moment,” hangs at the Mississippi Museum of Art. For Tutor, these jars became metaphors for bodies. We know that there’s something inside, but we don’t exactly understand what it is. “We’ve got it contained for awhile, and just like that jar of pickles, eventually what seems like it’s going to last forever is going to break open,” he says.

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Glennray Tutor’s paintings, “Still Life: A Season of Moment” and “Out of Sight,” are currently part of the permanent collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515). On Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m., the museum will present the free event, “Unburied Treasures: Greatest Hits” featuring Glennray Tutor. He will speak about his photorealistic technique and his painting “Still Life: A Season of Moment.” New York Times food columnist John T. Edge will read some of his writing, and Mississippi Symphony Orchestra concert master Marta Szlubowska and her family will perform. Visit msmuseumart. org for more information.

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drop. Now imagine placing an unblemished and translucent, multicolored marble on one of the panels and putting them both in a late-afternoon ray of sunshine so that the marble’s shadow casts its colors onto the black-and-white image. Now imagine that you’re seeing everything in close-up, eye-filling detail. That’s the experience available in a Glennray Tutor painting. The colors are vivid, but never to the point of garishness. The canvas is filled with so much detail—whether it be marbles and comics, mason jars filled with preserved vegetables or jumbles of firework, vintage toys, crayons or more— that the eye doesn’t at first know where to rest.

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“It Was a Wonderful Life” Dinner Theater. The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the play about Santa and Mrs. Claus’s Christmas party for other holiday figures who are jealous of them. RSVP; limited seating. Call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz. • Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m., at Islander Seafood and Oyster House (Maywood Mart, 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100). $49. • Dec. 7, 5:30-9 p.m., at The Castle of Raymond (1479 Pine Hill Drive, Raymond). $49. • Dec. 11, 6:30-9 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant & Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). $39.

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Events at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601956-1331. • Christmas Card Crafting Dec. 7, 10 a.m. Create holiday cards that will be mailed to those who need holiday cheer. Refreshments included. • Santa’s Pets Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Donate food and blankets to the Humane Society, and receive a “doggie bag.”

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free unless stated otherwise; call 601981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Holiday Tea Party with Santa Dec. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. Tea party expert Charlotte Waller hosts the event and teaches attendees tea manners and etiquette. Includes an art activity and a visit from Santa. For ages 4-10; adults must accompany children. Wear tea party attire. Limited tickets. $20. • Holiday Tree Design Showcase through Dec. 30. See trees decorated by local schools in the galleries. • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children watch Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and participate in activities related to civil rights. • President’s Day Celebration Feb. 16, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Learn what it is like to be president of the United States. Attendees also write a letter to the president. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@ oldcapitolmuseum.com. • Telling Tales Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 3:30 p.m.

Come for story time and a craft with an ethical focus. • Sounds of the Season Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 1415, noon. Enjoy Christmas carols from local choirs in the rotunda. • A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec. 8, 6 p.m. The Mississippi Boychoir and the Milham Jazz Trio perform. Call 601-366-0579; email mississippiboychoir@comcast.net. Parents & Kids Magazine Christmas Fest Dec. 6-8, 5-8 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The event includes light displays, carols from local performCOURTESY DOROTHY MOORE

Events at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Free; call 601-919-1911. • Christmas and Holiday Party Dec. 6, 6-7:30 p.m. The Rankin County Democrats host the event. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is the speaker. Light refreshments served. Visit rankindemocrats.net. • Holiday Open House Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music from the St. Paul Church Choir. Free; call 601-919-1911.

holiday decorations, music, refreshments and exhibits at the Mississippi State Capitol, the Old Capitol Museum and the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Free; call 601576-6800. Carols By Candlelight Dec. 7, 7 p.m., and Dec. 8-9, 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). The theme is “Amazing Love.” Ballet Magnificat! and the FBCJ Sanctuary Choir perform. Free tickets (service charge applies for online and phone orders); call 601-949-1900 or 800-965-9324. Wrap It Up Holiday Gift Show Dec. 8, 8 a.m.3 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). Vendors sell a wide range of holiday gift items. Free for Breakfast with Santa ticket holders. $5, vendors: $100 booth, $15 electricity; call 601-630-2929; vicksburgevents.com. Cookies with Santa Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.), in the exhibit hall at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Building. Activities include writing a wish list to Santa, crafts, decorating cookies and story time. Free with regular admission (discounted through February 2013); call 601-352-2500.

Cookies with Santa Dec. 8, 1:305 p.m., at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 Blues artist Dorothy Moore performs at Mississippi N. State St.). Children, families and College during the Friends of Music New Year’s pets are welcome to take professional Sampler concert Jan. 19. photos with Santa, participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. Benefits the Children’s Advocacy Centers ers such as the Mississippi Boychoir Dec. 8, a of Mississippi. $10 sitting fee; call 601-940-6183. visit from Santa, stories, refreshments and more. A Charlie Brown Christmas Dec. 8, 6 p.m. at Goody bags included. $1, $5 maximum per famOld Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) The ily; call 601-366-0901; parents-kids.com. Mississippi Boychoir and the Milham Jazz Trio Christmas in the Park Dec. 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m., perform. Free; call 601-366-0579; email at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle mississippiboychoir@comcast.net. Drive, Flowood). The event includes a lighting Christmas Tree Display Dec. 14-Jan. 3, at Farish ceremony, a chili cook-off, a winter wonderland Street Park (Farish Street). The Farish Street/Main with Santa and a holiday train (runs through Dec. Street Project hosts the sixth annual event. The 21, excluding Dec. 9 and Dec. 16). Free; call 601tree lighting ceremony is Dec. 14 at 4 p.m. Free; 992-4440. call 601-941-3230 or 202-256-6021. Minority Business Network Holiday CelebraGala Christmas Concert Dec. 15, 7-8:30 p.m., tion and Awards Banquet Dec. 7, 7-9 p.m., at at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). In the Canton Road). The Mississippi Community Multi-purpose Center. The program includes Symphonic Band and the Mississippi Swing perdinner and an awards ceremony. The speaker is form. Free; call 601-605-2786; email conductor@ Andrea Hendricks of the Small Business Capital mcsb.us; mcsb.us. Fund of Mississippi. Small- and minority-business owners welcome. Free, Just for Kids Toy Drive From Heaven on High: Festive Music for donations welcome; call 601-750-2367; email Christmas Dec. 15, 8 p.m., at Trinity Presbytedhardy@minoritybusinessnet.org. rian Church (5301 Old Canton Road). Performers include the Mississippi Chorus, the Mississippi Old Jackson Christmas by Candlelight Dec. 7, Girlchoir, members of the Mississippi Symphony 4:30-8:30 p.m., at Downtown Jackson. Enjoy

Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus Chamber Singers. $20, $18 seniors, $5 students with ID (sold at the door); call 601-278-3351; email office@tpcjackson.org; mschorus.org. From Heaven on High: Festive Music for Christmas Dec. 15, 8 p.m., at Trinity Presbyterian Church (5301 Old Canton Road). Performers include the Mississippi Chorus, the Mississippi Girlchoir, members of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus Chamber Singers. $20, $18 seniors, $5 students with ID (sold at the door); call 601-278-3351; email office@tpcjackson.org; mschorus.org. Monday and Late-Night Shopping Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. through Dec. 20, at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). The store is open Mondays and extends its hours on Thursdays for holiday shoppers. Free; call 601-362-8484; circaliving.com. Holiday Open House through Dec. 24, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). See and buy this year’s limited-edition ornament, Nativity starter sets and other holiday items. Enjoy hot, mulled cider and cookies while they last Free; call 601-366-1844; find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Bobby Rush’s Christmas Party, and Blues and Southern Soul Festival Dec. 29, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include Bobby Rush, O.B. Buchanan, Ms. Jody, Lamorris Williams, Vic Allen, L.J. Reynolds, Andre’ Lee and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. $30, $45 VIP; call 800-745-3000. New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The theme is “Rock into 2013.” The holiday package includes an overnight hotel stay, a Champagne toast at midnight, dinner, music from the Consoulers and a New Year’s Day brunch. Reservations required; cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance. $209 and up per couple; call 601-957-2800; email billie.burns@hilton.com; hiltonjackson.com. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation and For My People Awards Jan. 18, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The convocation is at Rose McCoy Auditorium; speaker TBA. The awards program is at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Free; call 601-979-3935; jsums.edu/ margaretwalker. Friends of Music New Year’s Sampler Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). In Anderson Hall. Enjoy dinner, a silent auction and a concert. Performers include blues artist Dorothy Moore, and faculty and students from MC’s music department. RSVP. $50; call 601-925-3440.


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Galleries

B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Call 601-607-7741; visit bfineartjewelry.com.

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ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Call 601-499-5278; visit artworksstudios. com; email artworksstudios @gmail.com.

Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Call 601-291-9115; visit fischergalleries.com. Upcoming art shows Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 8 and March 8 from 5-7 p.m. Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Free admission; call 601-856-0535. Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Call 601960-9250; visit gallery1arts.com.

Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.). Call 601-506-6624; email info@blaylockphoto.com; visit blaylockphoto.com.

Gaddis Group Studio (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Call 601-368-9522. Harry the Potter (381 Ridge Way, Flowood). Call 601-829-0077; visit harrythepotter.net.

Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd.). Call 601-260-9423. Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). Call 601-982-4844 or visit brownsfineart.com. circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). 601-362-8484. Visit circaliving.com. The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). fondren.org. Call 601-981-9606.

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The Creative Thumb, thecreativethumb.com. Call 601-832-5351. The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-352-3399. Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Call 601-992-6405; visit danielmacgregorstudios.com. Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Call 601-979-2191. Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002). Call 601-707-5854; visit easelyamused.com; email paint@ easelyamused.com. Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Call 601981-9222; visit fondrenartgallery.com.

Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Call 601-960-1582 The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Call 601-992-3556; visit mustardseedinc.org. Saturday Shopping Days Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Visit midtownjackson.com or northmidtownartscenter.wordpress.com. Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Call 601-969-4091; visit gallery119.net. NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Call 601-9440023; visit nunoerin.com. One Blu Wall Gallery (2906 N. State St.). Call 601-713-1224; visit obwgallery.com. Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol.com; patwalker-workshops.com.

Heavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State St.). Call 601-954-2147; email heavenlydesignbyroz@ yahoo.com.

P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Call 769-798-5539; email phensonstudio@yahoo. com or phenson51@yahoo.com.

Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of the Academic Complex. Call 601-974-1200 or visit millsaps.edu.

Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). Call 601-573-1060 or visit richardmckey.com.

Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Call 601-942-7285 or 601-942-7362; visit lightandglass.net. Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (1800 N. State St.); enter from Euclid Avenue. Call 601500-5161; email oterophoto@gmail.com; visit lisette.co. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeinteriors.com. Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite F, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-5901; visit milletstudio.com or markmillet.com. Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The center has a satellite location at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Call 601856-7546 or visit mscrafts.org.

Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-353-2497 or visit pearlriverglass.com.

Sami Lott Designs and Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Call 601-212-7707; visit samilott.com. Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (199 Monroe St., Clinton), on the Mississippi College campus. Call 601-925-3880; art.mc.edu.

New Stage Theatre’s Unframed Series at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). $7 (cash or

check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. • “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” Dec. 1012, 7:30 p.m. Christopher Durang’s comedy version of “A Christmas Carol” features a sassy ghost of Christmas past with malfunctioning magic. Contains mild adult content and language. • “Race” Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. David Mamet’s play is about two lawyers hired to defend a wealthy white executive charged with raping a black woman. For mature audiences.

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Studio AMN/Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (The Quadrangle, 5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). Call Sanaa at 769-218-8289 or Studio AMN at 769-218-8165; visit sanaagalleries.com and studioamndesigns.com. Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Call 601-607-4147 or visit southernbreeze.net. Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Call 601-366-1844; visit wolfebirds.com or find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Call 601-925-8115; visit wyattwaters.com or find Wyatt Waters gallery on Facebook; email wyattleewaters@gmail.com.

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JFP-Sponsored Events Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12; call 601-960-1552; thedavisplanetarium.com. • “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.” The film is about Egypt’s mysterious mummies. Weekdays at noon and Saturdays at 4 p.m. • “Wild Ocean.” The film shows the migration of marine animals. Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m.

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Jackson 2000 Holiday Social Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.; park behind the gallery on North President Street.). Jackson 2000 is a nonprofit that promotes racial harmony. Open to the public. Free; email bevelyn_branch@att.net; jackson2000.org. Best of Jackson Party Jan. 27, 6-11 p.m., location TBA. Save the date for the JFP’s annual celebration of all things Jackson. By invitation only; details pending. Free; bestofjackson.com.

Ignite the Night Feb. 9, 6:30-10 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The theme of the adults-only party and fundraiser is “Saddle Up, Southern Style.” Cowboy and cowgirl attire welcome. Admission TBA; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Saturdays, 8 a.m.5 p.m., location TBA. The program includes six two-hour sessions to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Sixweek commitment required. Free; email nikalea@gmail.com.

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Creative Classes Events at Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Registration required. Call 601-707-5854; email paint@easelyamused.com; easelyamused.com. • O Christmas Tree with Henry Muse Dec. 7 and Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. Learn to paint a whimsical tree with local artist Henry Muse. $30. • Santa’s Reindog Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m. Paint a puppy wearing a Santa hat, bells and reindeer antlers. $20. • Andy WarHoliday Wreath Dec. 8, 7-9 p.m. Paint a wreath with ornaments, fruit and ribbons. $30. • HOot HOot HOot Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m. Paint a holiday owl in any colors you choose. $26.75. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469. •Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage. • Healthy Moves Dance Day Jan. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children enjoy dance workshops and learn ways to be healthy.

Events at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Registration required. Call 601-898-8345; vikingcookingschool.com. • New Year’s Celebration Cooking Class Dec. 28, 6-9 p.m., and Dec. 29 and Dec. 30, 5-8 p.m. Recipes include grilled halloumi salad with pumpkin-bread croutons and pomegranate vinaigrette, baby-shrimp cakes and filet mignon with lobster béarnaise. $119. • One-day Culinary Basics Jan. 6, 1-6 p.m. Topics include terminology, equipment, knife skills, stocks and preparing a marinade. $135.

Open Wings Workshops. Open Wings is a support network for individuals with mental illnesses. Sessions are from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 1:303 p.m. Free; call 601-957-1586. • Beyond Creative Writing Dec. 6, at Holmes Community College, Ridgeland (412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland), in the Pat McGowan Center, room 110, and Dec. 27, at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Topics include poetry, creative compositions, memory letters and greeting cards.

• Expression Through Art Dec. 13 and Jan. 3, at Region 8 Mental Health Services (613 Marquette Road, Brandon), in the conference room (use administrative entrance). Activities include discussing a step-by-step plan for self-expression. Making Book: The Making of Handmade Books Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Learn to make handmade books using traditional and digital printmaking, and photography techniques combined with drawing and painting. Meals and supplies included. Registration required. $15, $10 students; call 601-960-9250; email artexhibitinfo@gmail.com; salongosart.com. A Visual Exploration of Tuscany Through Drawing and Painting Sign up through Jan. 1. The one-week program with instructor Jerrod Partridge takes place in Tenuta Di Spannocchia in Italy July 12-19, 2013. Limit of 11 students. $2,700 (includes accommodations); email psholmes@me.com; spannocchia.org. Shut Up and Write! Reserve your spot for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction six-class series; begins Jan. 5 and meets every other Saturday,

from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (class decides sixth class date). Half $150 fee reserves slot; gift certificates available. Write class@jacksonfreepress.com or call 601-362-6121 ext. 15. Winter Figure-Drawing Session Jan. 7-March 11, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119-Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge teaches the 10-week class Mondays from 6-9 p.m. $275; call 601-668-5408. Pedals, Pipes and Pizza Jan. 12, 9 a.m., at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The educational program introduces piano students in high school and below to the organ. Pre-registration through the students’ piano teachers recommended. Open to the public for observation. Free; call 601-924-7458; agocal.org. Oil Painting Classes, at Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Pat Walker teaches the class Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for price; call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol. com; patwalker-fields.com. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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he famous postman-art-collector, Herb Vogel said, “You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art.” That’s the idea behind the Mississippi Museum of Arts’ New Collector’s Club. “The club is open to art enthusiasts as well as serious collectors or just casual collectors,” says MMA curator Beth Batton. “There’s no requirement except museum membership and a small club membership fee.” The New Collector’s Club began in 2005 as a means to support new collectors and generate interest in contemporary art and the Mississippi Museum of Art. “Since then, the membership has grown to 67 households,” Batton says. Members meet at least 10 times a year for visits to artists’

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Figure Drawing Class Dec. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Ginger Williams-Cook is the instructor. Supplies not included. To register, send an email to gcook@msmuseumart.org with “Figure Drawing Class” in the subject line. $10. • Hoot and Holler Day Camp Jan. 2 and Jan. 4, 9 a.m.-noon. Children in age groups 5-7 and 8-10 explore the museum’s galleries and participate in hands-on activities. Registration includes supplies and a snack. $45.

• Viking University Jan. 7-Feb. 4, 6 p.m. The six-week culinary program covers cooking basics such as knife skills, making sauces, grilling and braising. Classes are Mondays from 6-9 p.m. $599. • Bread Basics Jan. 20, 1-5 p.m. Topics include measuring ingredients, working with leavening agents, mixing, kneading, proofing and testing for doneness. $79. • Classic Cakes Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Topics include types of cakes; making frosting; cooling, slicing and assembling a layer cake; and making cupcakes. $115.

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clude local pediatrician and collector Steven Chevalier; visual artist and certified appraiser Maureen Donnelly; owner and director of Fischer Galleries Marcy Nessel; and architect and emerging collector Katie Lightsey. Batton is especially excited to have Lightsey on the panel. “Katie makes the point that you don’t have to have a huge amount of discretionary income to be a collector,” she says. “There is art out there that’s affordable. If she sees something she likes by a New Orleans street vendor, she’ll buy it.” Collecting 101 is Dec. 11 at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515). Visit msmuseumart.org for more info.

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“Don’t Get Caught Dead in That Sweater” Dinner Theater. Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the play about embezzling, infidelity and naughtiness at an ugly-Christmas-sweater party. Seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP; space limited. Visit missmurdermystery.com. • Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Cool Water Catering & Events (1011 Lake Harbor Drive, Ridgeland). Bring wine. $40 (includes tax and tip); call 601-668-2214 or 601331-4045. • Dec. 10, 7 p.m., at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105). Alcohol costs extra. $42.50 plus tax and tip; call 601-668-2214 or 601-331-4045. • Dec. 18, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Alcohol costs extra. $46.50 plus tax and tip; call 601-856-9696.

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Events at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). •Dance Ministry Ensemble Feb. 14, 11 a.m., and Feb. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. Liturgical dancers present inspirational performances. $10, $5 seniors and students, children 12 and under free; call 601-965-1400. •Senior Dance Concerts Feb. 27-March 2, at the Studio Theatre. Graduating BA and BFA students present original senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies. Show times vary. $10, $5 students and seniors, children 12 and under free; call 601-965-1400. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; newstagetheatre.com. • “Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat” Jan. 26 and Feb. 2-3, 2 p.m. Katie Mitchell’s adaptation of the classic children’s book includes sound effects. $15, $10 children 12 and under. •“Mahalia” Feb. 26-March 10. The musical is based on the life of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Shows are Feb. 26-March 2 and March 6-9 at 7:30 p.m., and March 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. $28, $22 seniors and students.

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Events at Belhaven University Center for Aerial artists, along with jugglers and contortionists, the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). accompany the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in • “The Drunkard” Feb. 21-March 2, in Cirque de la Symphonie Feb 16. Blackbox Theatre. Stewart Hawley directs the light-hearted musical about a man’s determination to stop drinking. Show times vary. $10, $5 seniors and students; • Little Opera for Children: “The Pied Piper call 601-965-7026. of Hamelin” Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 19, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., in the con• “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). cert hall. Vocal arts students present Seymour Dec. 5-13. Puppet Arts Theatre’s performance • Blue Man Group Jan. 28-29, 7:30 p.m. The Barab’s opera about a piper with a magic flute. is based on Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones book theatrical group combines music, comedy and Free; call 601-974-6494. series. Show times vary. One free adult ticket

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vivid stage props. $20-$62.5; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000; blueman.com. • “Snow Queen” Dec. 14-16. Ballet Magnificat! presents the performance based on Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale. Shows are Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. $15-$40; call 601-977-1001; balletmagnificat.com. • Cirque de la Symphonie Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra accompanies the troupe of aerial artists, jugglers and contortionists. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565; msorchestra.com. Seasons of Love Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., at Power APAC Elementary School (1120 Riverside Drive). Elementary through high school students perform a musical holiday program featuring singing and student-created choreography related to various holiday festivities. Free admission; call 601960-5387. “Time Stands Still” Dec. 6-8, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 9, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The Donald Margulies play is about war-zone journalists whose relationship is tested due to a near-death experience. $15, $10 seniors, students and military; call 601-664-0930; actorsplayhouse.net. Screen on the Green Dec. 20, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and the movie “Gremlins”


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Monster X Tour Jan. 18-19, 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 20, 3 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The event includes motorcycle races and monster truck shows. $17, $25-$40 box seats; call 800-745-3000; monsterxtour.com. MC Opera Feb. 14-16, 7 p.m., and Feb. 17, 2 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). In the Aven Fine Arts Building, JPW Recital Hall. Enjoy the one-act operas “Cabildo” and “The Old Maid and the Thief.” $15, $10 students; call 601-925-3440. Fine Arts Audition Day Jan. 21, Feb. 8, Feb. 15 and March 1, 9 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Students interested in art, art history, music and theater are welcome (categories vary by date). Scholarships are awarded based on an audition and/or portfolio review. Free; call 601-974-1000; millsaps.edu. Oxford Film Festival Feb. 21-24, at Malco Studio Cinema (1111 Jackson Ave. W., Oxford). The annual event includes independent film screenings and related celebrations. Student discounts available. Feb. 21, pick up will-call tickets at the Lyric Oxford (1739 Uni-

versity Ave., Oxford). $8 per film, $15 one-day pass, $30 three-day pass, $25-$50 film and party passes; call 877-560-FILM; oxfordfilmfest.com. “The Beverly Hillbillies” Feb. 28-March 3, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The play is based on the 1960’s sitcom about a nouveau riche hillbilly family’s new life in Beverly Hills. Shows are Feb. 28-March 2 at 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 2:30 p.m. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181; centerplayers.net. Sky Shows, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Options include “WSKY: Radio of the Stars” Saturdays at 1 p.m. and “2012: End of the World?” Saturdays at 3 p.m. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children; call 601-960-1552. African-American Historical Film Series Thursdays, 6 p.m., at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Thursdays at 6 p.m., watch films about African-American contributions to the American culture and economy. Free; call 662-347-8198; khafre.us. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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his year marks the 20th anniver- pect, and we like to change choreograsary producphy from year to year,” tion of MissisBeasley says. sippi MetroMMB’s producpolitan Ballet’s “The tion will feature approxNutcracker.” MMB is a imately 125 dancers non-profit ballet comincluding Rodrigo Alpany and a member marales and Maizyalet of the Southeast ReVelazquez of the Cingional Ballet Associacinnati Ballet. Velazquez tion. Performances are will perform the part of Dec. 8-9 at the Jackson the Sugarplum Fairy, Academy Performing and Almarales will be Arts Center. her Cavalier. “‘The Nutcracker’ The Nutcracker ballet is a “It is 20 years of can’t-miss annual treat. is a good first ballet for volunteers coming toanyone to come see if gether that have really anyone has never seen put this ‘Nutcracker’ a ballet but is interested in the artform to together,” Beasley says. Almost all of the see what it’s all about,” MMB’s artistic di- sets and costumes are created locally by rector of 15 years, Jennifer Beasley, says. volunteers. “It makes me really proud to “The Nutcracker,” which Pyotr Ily- see where the production has come and ich Tchaikovsky composed, tells the story where it is today.” of a young girl, Clara, who receives a nutMississippi Metropolitan Ballet percracker doll for Christmas. Act I includes forms “The Nutcracker” Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. the party scene at her house, the battle and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the between the nutcracker and rat king, and Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center the waltz of the snowflakes. In Act II, (4908 Ridgewood Road, 601-364-5416). Clara and the Nutcracker Prince travel to The Nutcracker Tea Parties follow the matithe Land of Sweets where the Sugarplum nee performances at 4 p.m. during which Fairy throws a celebration of sweets in children can meet dancers and enjoy treats. honor of the Nutcracker Prince’s victory. Performance tickets are $16-$20, and Tea “We have lots of little surprises here Party tickets are $10. For more information and there that the audience doesn’t ex- or to buy tickets, visit msmetroballet.com.

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Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000; ardenland.net. • Hurt Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m. The alternative rock band performs to promote their album “The Crux.” Smile Empty Soul and Black Oxygen also perform. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. • Set the Controls Jan. 11, 9 p.m. The Pink Floyd cover band performs. Cocktails at 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • Zappa Plays Zappa Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. Dweezil Zappa performs songs from his late father Frank Zappa. Cocktails at 6 p.m. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; dweezilzappaworld.com. Events at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton). Call 601-925-3440. • James S. Sclater Chamber Series Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., in Swor Auditorium. The Enhake Quartet performs Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” $25, $10 students. • Symphonic Winds Concert Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. The ensemble performs in Swor Auditorium. Free. • Spring Jazz Flight IV March 5, 7:30 p.m., in the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall. MC’s vocal jazz ensemble Mixed Company and the Jazz Band perform. $5. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • An Evening of Brass Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s brass ensemble performs. Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1565 unless stated otherwise. • “Bravo III: Dvorak’s Seventh” Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s concert features music from violinist Bella Hristova. $20 and up. • B.B. King Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. The “King of the Blues” is an Itta Bena native and a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee. $35-$85; call 800-745-3000. • “Pops II: The Music of Queen” Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the band Jeans ‘n’ Classics perform songs such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are the Champions.” $15 and up. • Cirque de la Symphonie Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra accompanies the troupe of aerial artists, jugglers and contortionists. $15 and up.

• “Bravo IV: Beethoven’s Sixth” Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s concert features music from cellist Viktor Uzur. $20 and up. Jamey Johnson Dec. 8, 10:30 p.m., at Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St.). The country singer performs to promote his album “Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Enjoy a dance party with DVDJ Reign before and after the show. For ages 18 and up. $35; call 800-745-3000. A Night of Musical Artistry Dec. 14, 7 p.m., at Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). Actor Palmer Williams (“House of Payne”) is the host. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s annual concert features Jeff Bradshaw and Michael Burton. The foundation also honors several local performers such as Jessie Primer Jr. and Scott Albert Johnson. $35, $20 students; call 601-594-2314 or 800745-3000. Venice Baroque Orchestra Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). In Woodworth Chapel. The 18member orchestra from Italy plays 18th-century concertos. $30, $5 students; call 601-594-5584; ancientmusic.org. COURTESY ARDENLAND

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Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). • “Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs “Symphony No. 1 in Eb, K. 16” and “Symphony No. 36, the Linz, K. 425,” and Belhaven professor Stephen Sachs performs “Piano Concerto in 24 in C Minor, K. 491.” $16; call 601-960-1565; msorchestra.com. • Jackson Public Schools All-city Honors Band Feb. 14, 7 p.m. In the concert hall. The band of JPS middle- and high-school students perform. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494; belhaven.edu. • Faculty Recital—Dr. Christopher Shelt: A Teacher with His Students March 5, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Shelt sings with current and former students in the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494.

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Kristy Lee Dec. 15, 8 p.m., at ToMara’s (9347 Highway 18 W., Raymond). The folk/soul singer-songwriter has Alabama roots. Seein’ Red also performs. $20; call 800-745-3000; kristyleemusic.com. Music in the City Jan. 8 and Feb. 5, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music at 5:45 p.m. Shawn Leopard and John Paul perform Jan. 8. Barry Hause and John Paul perform Feb. 5. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515. Opera Underground Jan. 14, 7 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Kristen Johnson performs. Doors open at 6 p.m.; food and beverage prices vary. Enjoy art and free wine from 5-6 p.m. upstairs at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119. $20, $72 series, season tickets: $100, $94 seniors, $40 students, $30 children ages 15 and under; call 601-960-2300; msopera.org. David Amram Feb. 5, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The musician and composer of more than 100 musical scores speaks and performs as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10-$10; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. Armonia Celeste Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). The Virginia-based group performs 17th-century Italian music written for Queen Christina of Sweden. $20, $5 students; call 601-594-5584; ancientmusic.org.


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Events at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601-291-9115; fischergalleries.com. • Richard Kelso Art Show Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. See the Cleveland native’s landscape paintings. • January Art Show Jan. 10, 5-7 p.m. See works from Wes Sumrall, Bryan Fulton and Amelia Key. • February Art Show Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m. See paintings from Wayne Packer and Vidal Blankenstein.

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-6 p.m. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Museum’s Second Birthday Party Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The museum celebrates its second birthday with a party featuring Scooby Doo and Santa, as well as various activities. • “World at Work” Exhibit. The gallery showcases career opportunities, industry and commerce in Mississippi. • “Exploring Mississippi” Exhibit. The exhibit features a climbing map that shows the state’s diversity in geography, natural science, culture, work, history and leisure. • “Wild About Reading” Exhibit. This gallery exposes visitors to the joy of words and creative expression. • “Healthy Fun” Exhibit. The gallery teaches visitors about living an active lifestyle and making healthy food choices. • “Express Yourself” Exhibit. Visitors learn about expressing themselves through the visual and performing arts.

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free unless stated otherwise; call 601960-1515. • Collecting 101 Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of buying art. Panelists include Steven Chevalier of the New Collectors Club, appraiser Maureen Donnelly, art collector Kaite Lightsey and Marcy Nessel of Fischer Galleries. • Unburied Treasures: Greatest Hits Dec. 18, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Presenters include artist Glennray Tutor, food columnist

John T. Edge and classical musician Marta Szlubowska. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. • Look and Learn with Hoot Dec. 21, Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity for 4- and 5-year-olds and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition through Jan. 6. See watercolors from artists across the country. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 6, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures.

• Pre-Columbian Ceramics Exhibit, in the public corridor. See ancient ceramic pieces from Peru, Mexico and Central America. • “Panorama of the American Landscape,” in Trustmark Grand Hall except for when the Bethlehem Tree is on display. William Dunlap’s mural of Virginia’s hunt country and the Antietam battlefield is accompanied by a 28-minute video.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free unless stated otherwise; call 601576-6000. • Merry Mammals Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Enjoy activities that also educate attendees on the life of mammals. • Christmas for the Birds Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-noon Participants of all ages will learn how to create natural ornaments that will help feed the birds during the winter months. • Nature Made Christmas Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon Participants of all ages will View Gallery invites guests to nosh on wine and cheese and make fun ornaments using see new art on the third Thursday of each month. natural objects. • “Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back” through Jan. 6. The exhibit has more • “To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of Wilthan 20 robotic dinosaurs, a rubbing station liam R. Hollingsworth Jr.” through Jan. 13. and a fossil dig site. The exhibit includes the late artist’s paintings • Family Fun Science Night Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. and other artifacts from his life. Admission to Enjoy hands-on activities such as a touch tank, “Artists by Artists” included. $3-$5. fossils and live animals, and watch a diver feed • “Artists by Artists” through Jan. 13. See how fish. Primarily for families with elementaryartists have portrayed each other through loose school students. $2, members free. sketches and formal portraits. Admission to “To Events at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State Paint and Pray” included. $3-$5. St.). Free; call 601-960-1582. • “Visionaries: The Legacy of the Mississippi • Mississippi Watercolor Society Art ExhibiArt Association” through Jan. 27, in the Wiltion through Jan. 31. See watercolor paintings liam B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Galfrom several artists. Open house Dec. 6 from lery. See works from William P. Silva, Caroline 5-7 p.m. Compton, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, • Yvette Sturgis and S. Kellum Art Exhibit Helen Jay Lotterhos, Eudora Welty, Karl Wolfe through spring 2013. See Sturgis’ painting and and more. Kellum’s hanging sculptures. • Art by Choice Sale Feb. 2, 6 p.m. The event Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art includes a live art auction and the first (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. opportunity to buy art in the annual sale. Tuesday through Saturday. $10, $8 seniors, Refreshments served. Art for Choice runs $5 ages 6-17, children 5 and under free; call 228through Feb. 24. Proceeds from the annual 374-5547; georgeohr.org. art sale goes toward the museum’s acquisition • “Terry Tjader: Ingrained in Wood” through of new art and general operations. $50-$100 June 1, in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Cenadmission to opening sale. ter. The Petal native carves sculptures and vessels • Open Studio Feb. 10, 1:30-4 p.m. Learn about from trees damaged in Hurricane Katrina. the creative process behind an artist or exhibit • “Lydia Thompson: Roots, Connections in the museum, and create art to take home. and Pathways” through June 1, in the Beau Adults must accompany children ages 10 and Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery and the under. $5, members free. Gallery of African American Art. The sculptor • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The is head of the art department at Mississippi regional competition is for youth in grades State University. 7-12. Submit writing and artwork by April 7. • “Dusti Bongé: Revisiting the Legacy” • “The Mississippi Story,” in the Gertrude C. through June 8. See the late artist’s modernist Ford Galleries for the Permanent Collection. paintings in the IP Casino Resort Spa Gallery. The exhibit contains art inspired by the state’s history and culture. Featured artists include Wanderlust Art Exhibition Dec. 6, 6 p.m., at Walter Anderson, George Ohr, Sam Gilliam, Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (1800 N. State William Dunlap, and Richmond Barthé. St.). The exhibition of installation work by Megan

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Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free unless stated otherwise; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Roz Roy Summer Camp Exhibit through Dec. 31 See works from those who studied under local artist Rosalind Roy in the lower atrium. The opening reception is Dec. 15 from 2-4 p.m.; the show hangs through Dec. 31. • Mississippi World Trade Commission Exhibit through Dec. 31 See works in the upper atrium. • LEGO Jackson Exhibit through Jan. 18 See Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit of Jackson landmarks built from LEGO blocks. • Mississippi Pulp Con Feb. 16, 11 a.m. The pop-culture celebration includes vendors, workshops, panel discussions, an art show and a costume contest. The event ends with the MissiHIPPY Black Hearts Ball at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; email chuck@neatographics.com; mspulpcon.com. • Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibit through Feb. 24. See works in the main galleries. Opening reception Feb. 2 from 2-4 p.m.

Prosper includes a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-500-5161; email oterophoto@gmail.com. Open Space Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The Mississippi Improv Alliance hosts the event on third Mondays at 7 p.m. Local creatives are welcome to express themselves through their art forms. Free; call 601-497-7454. “Afro-Prism” Exhibit through Dec. 9, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). See Samuel “Cool Hand” McCain’s 29 paintings that depict African-American rhythm and beats through Dec. 9. Open weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $4.50, $3 seniors 62 and up, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Saturdays @ Negrotto’s through Dec. 15, at Negrotto’s Gallery (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). Meet a different artist every Saturday. The art exhibit is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the artist meet-and-greet is from 1-4 p.m. Free; call 228-388-8822; email art@negrottosgallery.com; negrottosgallery.com. “Pieces of the Past: Mississippi’s Voice” through Dec. 16, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The rotating exhibit features artifacts relating to state and local campaigns, and the role citizens play in elections. Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com. Third Thursday Art Reception Dec. 20, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, 5-8 p.m., at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). The monthly event features new artwork. Wine and cheese served. Free; call 601-856-2001; viewgalleryart.com. “Gifts of the Season” Holiday Art Show through Dec. 20, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibitors include Dea Dea Baker, Charlie Buckley, Carol Epperson and Mary Lene Harrison. The opening reception is Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606; fondren.org. Jennifer Thomas and Bill Bannister Art Exhibit through Dec. 27, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See Thomas’ glasswork and mixed media art, and Bannister’s wooden toys. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Opening reception Nov. 27 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4111; email gloriajw@mlc.lib.ms.us. Holiday Art Exhibit through Dec. 29, at Southside Art Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). See paintings, photography, ceramics, sculpture and works on paper from various artists. Free; call 662-234-9090; southsideartgallery.com. “Portrait Phenomena: Portraits by Roger Leonard Long” through Dec. 31, at Cups on Capitol (Regions Plaza, 210 E. Capitol St.). The exhibition features Long’s photorealistic portrait works. Includes portraits of historical, iconic people and some of Long’s most outstanding commissioned pieces over the years. Free, prints available; call 601-853-7480. Student Invitational Art Exhibition through March 9, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media. The opening reception is Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Free; call 601974-6478; belhaven.edu. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.


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At the Eudora Welty Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Rebecca Education and Visitors Center. Hobbs signs books. Junior-high and high-school $19.95 book. students in central-Mississippi • “Thomas Jefferson: The Art counties may submit works by of Power” Dec. 11, 5 p.m. Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. Visit Jon Meacham signs books. artandwriting.org for a list of Reading at 5:30 p.m. counties and guidelines. Free; $35 book. call 601-353-7762. • “The Delta: Landscapes, Books for Tots Campaign Legends and Legacies of through Dec. 19, at JackMississippi’s Most Storied son/Hinds Library System. Region” Dec. 12, 5 p.m. The initiative promotes early Editor Melissa Townsend literacy skills. Donate new and Michael O’Brien will signs books. $45 book. unwrapped books or money to discuss his book Feb. 21 at • “Vampire Defense” Dec. 13, any branch through Dec. 19. the Old Capitol Museum. 5 p.m. James D. Bell signs Free; call 601-968-5807. books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. Story Time Tuesday Feb. 5 and $14.95 book. March 5, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Cap• “A Mission from God: A Memoir and itol St.). A zookeeper reads an animal story, and Challenge for America” Dec. 15, 11 a.m. the kids get to do a related craft project or have an Civil rights figure James Meredith signs books. animal encounter. Free with paid admission. Call $25 book. 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org. • “The Lost Ones” Dec. 15, 1 p.m. Ace Atkins Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration Feb. signs books. $25.95 book. 21-24, at Natchez Convention Center (211 Main • “Champions for Change: How the MissisSt., Natchez). The theme is “The Civil War’s sippi State Bulldogs and Their Bold Coach Imprint on Southern Culture.” Most events free, Defied Segregation” Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Kyle ticketed events start at $10; call 601-446-1289 or Veazey signs books. $19.99 book. 866-296-NLCC; colin.edu/nlcc. • “Eat Drink Delta” Dec. 17, 5 p.m. Susan “We Shall Not Be Moved: Stories and Heroes Puckett and photographer Langdon Clay sign of the Jackson Woolworth Sit-in” Feb. 21, 5:30books. $24.95 book. 8 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State • “Tenth of December: Stories” Jan. 23, 5 p.m. St.). Author Michael O’Brien discusses his book. George Saunders signs books. Reading at Also see a portion of the documentary “An Ordi5:30 p.m. $26 book. nary Hero: The True Story of Joan Trumpauer • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. SatMulholland”; reception follows. Free; call 601urdays at 11 a.m., children enjoy a story and 576-6920; email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com. make a related craft. Call for the book title. 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Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. $10 sitting fee; call 601-940-6183. Santa’s Pets Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m., at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Donate food and blankets to the Humane Society, and receive a “doggie bag.” Free; call 601-956-1331. Toys for Tots Call for Volunteers through Dec. 12. The City of Jackson and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves need volunteers ages 21 and older for registration and distribution, and ages 16 and older for sorting. Free; call 601-960-1084. Shop with the Doc Dec. 13, at Walmart, Pearl (5520 Highway 80 E., Pearl). The Mississippi Burn Foundation is the host. Children who are severe burn victims go on a shopping spree with a doctor from the burn center at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital. $150 to sponsor one child, donations of any amount welcome; call 601540-2995; email afontaine@mfmba.org.

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Merry Martinis Dec. 6, 6-10 p.m., at The South (627 E Silas Brown St.). The Mississippi Burn Foundation’s fundraiser includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and music. Meet the firefighters featured in the 2013 calendar. $40 in advance, $50 at the door (includes two martinis); call 601-540-2995; email afontaine@msburn.org.

Students from schools all over the state are marching on the capitol Jan. 15.

Summit is an annual summer event for youth ages 10 to 18. Its goal is to promote social justice awareness, inform youth about their rights, and encourage leadership and responsibility in a creative culture. “This is a youth-created movement, and that’s what we want to emphasize,” ACLU’s Youth Advocacy Coordinator David Denney said. “We want policymakers to see that youth should be treated as partners.” Visit the Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit Facebook page to RSVP. For more information, call 510-827-8842.


Be the Change Light in the Night 5K Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m., at YMCA Clinton (400 Lindale St., Clinton). The race includes a one-mile kids’ Christmas loop with Santa. Proceeds go toward the YMCA’s scholarship program. $20 run/walk, $10 Christmas loop; call 601-924-5812; active.com.

Donate socks for senior citizens with low-incomes or in nursing homes, or start your own sock drive. Visit the website to register a collection project or find a location. Donations welcome; call 615787-SOCK; email kitty@socksforseniors.com.

Clothing and Toy Drive through Dec. 14, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Welcome Center. JSU is accepting clothing and gifts to be packaged at the Student Center in the Legacy Dining area for families in need. Free; call 601-979-0883.

Pink Car Giveaway through Dec. 24, at Chelley’s Italian Catering (1929 Christine Drive, Byram). Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2004 custom pink Infiniti. Proceeds benefit the Central Mississippi Breast Cancer Society. Winner announced Dec. 24. $25 per ticket; call 769257-4737; chelleysitaliancatering.com.

Run 4 Rehab through Dec. 15. The fundraising project benefits rehabilitation services at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Registered runners raise money for each kilometer run through Dec. 15. Donors determine pledge amount per kilometer; visit run4rehab.com.

Bacchus Ball Feb. 2, location and time TBA. The theme is “Mardi Gras Magic.” The masked ball includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $250 seated, $125 unseated; call 601957-7878; msdiabetes.org.

Toy Drive through Dec. 15, at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Bring new, unwrapped toys for needy children to receive on Christmas. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9696; fleetfeetjackson.com.

Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit Feb. 9, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Benefit includes live and silent auctions, local cuisine and live music. Admission TBA; call 601750-5883; mississippihearts.org.

Socks for Seniors through Dec. 23, nationwide.

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Diabetes Super Conference Jan. 19, 9 a.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi hosts. The interactive program includes presentations and resources. $25, $40 two tickets, $10 ages 12 and under; call 601-957-7878; msdiabetes.org. Zumba Fitness Classes, at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107. Tuesday Zumba Fitness Classes Tuesdays, at Richland Community Center (410 E. Harper St., Richland). Paula Eure leads the Latin-inspired dance classes. Visit peurefun. com for a schedule. Donations welcome; call 601-209-7566. Mental Health First Aid Training Course Jan. 23-24, at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Learn to become a

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). The Latin-inspired aerobics classes are held weekly. Visit peurefun.com for class schedule information and directions. $5; call 601-209-7566. NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058. Art in Mind Art Program, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program on fourth Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020; alz.org/ms. Living Food Potluck second Saturdays, 1 p.m., at the office of Dr. Leo Huddleston (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early Infant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:307:30 p.m., at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in room MO-16. The support group is for those who experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Free; call 601-984-1921; email remembrance@umc.edu.

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Zumba Class Mondays, 6-7 p.m. through Dec. 17, at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). Venecca Green Mason facilitates the program. $30 or $5 per class; call 601954-5395.

first responder for someone having a mentalhealth crisis. Registration required. 12 CEU credits may be applicable. $100 per person for one to two people, $75 for a third person; call 601-321-2436.

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Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696. • Super Star Senior Adult Walking Club Thursdays, 10 a.m. The group walks at the multi-use trail next door. • Weekly Group Run Thursdays, 6 p.m. Run 5.4 miles at the multi-use trail next door. • Weekly Group Walk Tuesdays, 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles.

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Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Welcome Reception for Dr. Lawrence T. Potter Jr. Dec. 7, 4-6 p.m., In Ayer Hall. Dr. Potter is the new dean of the College of Liberal Arts. RSVP. Free; call 601-979-3935; email mwa@ jsums.edu; jsums.edu/margaretwalker. • Jackson State University Fall 2012 Commencement Dec. 8, 9 a.m., at Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. The ceremony is for undergraduate and graduate students. The speaker is Myron Gray, president of U.S. operations at UPS. Free; call 601-979-6938; email timothy.l.abram@jsums.edu; jsums.edu/ commencement. • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation and For My People Awards Jan. 18, 10 a.m. The convocation is at Rose McCoy Auditorium; speaker TBA. The awards program is at 11:45 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Free; call 601-979-3935; jsums.edu/ margaretwalker. • Black History Makers Forum Feb. 19, 6:30 p.m., and Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building, room 166/266, and the COFO Center. Attendees recognize the accomplishments of prominent black Mississippians with an emphasis on the life of Medgar Evers. 601-979-4348; call

601-979-2121; email cofo.center@jsums.edu; sites.jsums.edu/cofo. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580, ext. 241; jacksonzoo.org. • Winter Camp Dec. 31-Jan. 4. Children ages 6-12 enjoy animal encounters, crafts and keeper chats. Sessions are on weekdays at 9 a.m. $175 per week or $40 per day (discounts for members). • Rhino Behind the Scenes Tour Jan. 19, 8:30-9:30 p.m. The zoo staff gives a tour behind the barriers and shows how they care for the rhinos. For ages 16 and up. $60, $50 members. Events at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-500-7700; email lingofest@gmail.com. • Free Spanish Demo Classes Dec. 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Held on first Saturdays. Enjoy free classes at 6:30 p.m. and free Hawaiian, Colombian and Brazilian food from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Music included. Guests may bring food, beer and wine. RSVP. Free. • Spanish Classes for Children. Session dates and times vary, and are for ages 4-10. Maximum of 10 students per class. Discounts available. $695 (can be paid in two installments). Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Historic and Sustainable Architecture Jan. 15, 7 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. Architect Jeff Seabold and architectural historian Todd Sanders talk about Jackson’s historic architecture, and current trends of sustainability and smart growth. The program is part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601974-1130. • Winter Community Enrichment Series. Most classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure of classes and fees. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. • Millsaps College Research Symposium Feb. 8, 12:30 p.m., in Olin Hall, room 100. Under-

graduate students will present the results of their scientific research. Free; call 601-974-1413. • Annual Ross Moore History Lecture March FILE PHOTO

Events at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). • Mississippi Municipal League Mid-winter Conference Jan. 29-31. The annual event includes lectures, workshops, legislative planning and the election of officers. Registration required. $200, members: $135 plus $25 guest/ spouse fee by Jan. 4, $185 after; call 601353-5854 or 800-325-7641; mmlonline.com. • Mississippi Economic Development Council Winter Conference Feb. 6-8. The MEDC establishes and advocates Mississippi’s economic and community development agenda. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-352-1909; medc.ms.

Get up-close and personal with the rhino caretakers at the Jackson Zoo Jan. 19.

5, 7 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. The speaker is historian Gene Dattel, author of “Cotton and Race in the Making of America.” The program is part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Question It? Discover It! Saturdays Dec. 15, Jan. 12 and Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children learn about a different science or health topic each month. • Civil Rights Celebration Feb. 23, 10 a.m.2 p.m. The program includes stories from people involved in the Civil Rights Movement, a scavenger hunt and a collaborative craft project. • Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy games, crafts, story time, green eggs and ham, and a visit with the

A POLITE DANCE by Victoria Sherwood

December 5 - 11, 2012

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t the Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association, couples gather to enjoy an evening spun around the dance floor. The non-profit social dance organization has offered ballroom dancers the opportunity to practice their skills for almost 20 years. “It’s a social group of dancers, composed of dancers from all over the metro area,” says Nola Gibson, the association’s public relations manager, who has been a member of MBDA for 12 years.

Ballroom dance is a relaxing, yet athletic, social activity.

dance classes. The MBDA offers dancers an extra space,

outside the classroom, to come and practice or simply enjoy the experience of ballroom dancing. “It’s great exercise, the music is beautiful, and you get to meet nice people you may not have been able to meet any other way,” Gibson says. The MBDA accommodates around 80- to 100 dancers per event and has more than 150 members. “Ballroom is a very polite type of dancing,” Gibson says. The website offers a brief description on ballroom

etiquette which provides first timers with knowledge to keep with the flow of the evening. Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association will hold a ballroom dance at Madison Square Center of the Arts in Madison the second Saturday night of each month: Dec. 8, Jan. 12 and Feb. 9. The dances are 8-11 p.m. and cost $10 for members and $15 for guest. Water, setups and snakes will be available. Visit msballroom. com or contact Nola Gibson for more information gibsonk@ millsaps.edu.

Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2. • Fueled for Adventure Thursdays, 3:30 p.m., at the Red Rocket Café. Parents and children learn to make healthy, tasty snacks. Enjoy a different food theme each month. • Tinker with Tuesdays Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m., children ages 4-11 learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Registration required; seating limited. Free; call 601979-2795; mssbdc.org. • What the Banks Want Dec. 6, 1-3 p.m. Learn the requirements banks want business owners to meet before applying for a loan. • Starting a Business: First Steps Dec. 13, 6-8 p.m. Topics include regulations, legal forms of ownership, marketing concepts and creating a business plan. • Grants and Loans for a Small Business Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m. Learn the proper ways to obtain funding, and types of grants and loans. Wii Play Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Play Nintendo Wii games. Free; call 601932-2562. Events at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Renaissance, 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). • Coffee and Contacts Dec. 7, 8-9 a.m. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the monthly networking event. Bring at least 50 business cards. Free; call 601-605-2554. • Women’s Council Luncheon Feb. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The event includes a panel discussion with local women leaders. RSVP. $30; call 601-853-2734; email jodi@ madisoncountychamber.com. COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Meetings are at 6 p.m. • Precinct 1, first Thursdays, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2, second Thursdays, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol Street). Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3, third Thursdays, at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4, fourth Thursdays, at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601960-0004. Proven Solutions to Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Statewide Conference Dec. 6, 9 a.m.4 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi State Department of Health and Women’s Fund of Mississippi are the hosts. The topic is abstinence-plus and evidence-based sex education. Recommended for educators. Registration required; lunch and CEU credits included. Free; womensfundms.org. SWAC Championship Football Game Dec. 8, noon, at Legion Field Stadium (400 Graymont Ave. W., Birmingham). The Jackson State University Tigers take on the University of Arkansas-Pine


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Statehood Day Dec. 10, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The program is in honor of Mississippi’s 195th birthday. Former Mississippi lieutenant governor Amy Tuck is the speaker; reception follows. Free; call 601576-6920; email info@oldcapitolmuseum.com. Preparing for an Audit: The Complete Guide Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Matthews, Cutrer and Lindsay, PA (599 Steed Road, Ridgeland). Learn ways to ensure your organization’s audit goes smoothly. Registration required. $179, $89 members; call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org. Fashion Week New Orleans Call for Designers through Dec. 15, at fashionweeknola.com. Designers showcase their collection to a panel of judges for a chance to win a career-launching prize package. The application deadline is Dec. 15, and Fashion Week New Orleans is March 20-24, 2013. Free; call 504-628-3223; fashionweeknola.com. “Getting on Easy Street” Finance Seminar Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. The topic is saving money in the new year. Registration required; limited seating. Free; call 601-982-8467. Mayor’s Ward 4 Community Meeting Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Shady Grove Baptist Church (2110 W. Ridgeway St.). Share suggestions, address concerns and receive information on services the city provides. The WIN Job Center will have a representative available to discuss job opportunities. Free; call 601-960-1084. Mississippi NOW Chapter Meeting Dec. 22, 2-3:30 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) Attendees cover several topics including reproductive rights, racism and gender discrimination. Children welcome. Free; call 662-607-8868. A Night of Hope with Joel Osteen Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston and the author of “Your Best Life Now.” Music included. $15, children under 18 months free; call 800-745-3000. Premier Bridal Show: Weddings and Celebrations Jan. 13, 1-5 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event includes door prizes, samples and consultations with wedding professionals. No strollers allowed. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-957-1050. Mississippi Main Street Association’s Back Stage Pass Conference Jan. 23-24, at Pearl River Resort (13541 Highway 16, Choctaw). At Golden Moon. The event includes information sessions, an exhibitor reception, networking, an artist showcase and meals. $100 through Jan. 11, $125 after, $55 students with ID; call 601-944-0113; msmainstreet.com.

Family Slumber Safari Feb. 22, 7 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Families enjoy an overnight stay at the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center; includes a zoo hike and a continental breakfast. For ages 7 and up. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 241; jacksonzoo.org. Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Feb. 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Purchase from gem and fossil dealers, and enjoy lapidary art demonstrations such as faceting, flint knapping and wire wrapping. $5, $3 students;

interactive session that includes songs, rhyme and more. Free; call 601-856-4536. Burn the Dance Floor, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Every Saturday, enjoy a free salsa class at 9 p.m. and a salsa party from 10-2 a.m. $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355. New Vibrations Network Gathering, at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. Bring business cards and brochures to share. Free; donations welcome. Free; email newvibrations2003@hotmail.com. W.I.N.E. (Women Inquiring, Networking and Engaging) Meeting, second Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., at Wright Salon (135 Grand Ave.). Attendees meet to discuss a chosen topic. Bring wine or a snack. RSVP. Free; email winejackson@gmail.com. Mission Mississippi Prayer Breakfasts. Mission Mississippi hosts the event on most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 a.m. to encourage unity across racial and denominational lines. Visit the website for a schedule and locations. Donations welcome; call 601-353-6477; missionmississippi.com. On Location TV Tuesdays, on Comcast channel 18. Host and producer Phyllis “Peaches” Robinson spotlights people, places and events in Jackson. The variety talk show airs at 8:30 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Send an email if you have a story idea for the show. Free; email onlocationtv@ yahoo.com. Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions Saturdays, 45:30 p.m., at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the forum on second Saturdays. The focus of the monthly forum is to provide Africancentered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601918-5075.

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson hosts the next Ward 4 community meeting Dec. 18 at Shady Grove Baptist Church at 6 p.m.

call 601-354-7051; missgems.org. Vicksburg Run Through History March 2, 8:30 a.m., at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg). The race route features Civil War artifacts such as cannons, fortifications and trenches. Participate in the 10K run, 5K walk or Blue/Gray one-miler. Pre-register by Feb. 25 to avoid a late fee. $25 run/walk, $12 one-miler, $30 late fee; call 601-638-1071; email caseycuster@ vicksburgymca.com; runthruhistory.org. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk, first Saturdays, 8 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Community Bike Ride, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 601-366-1602; email co-opgm@rainbowcoop.org; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. Rising Readers Story Time Tuesdays, 4:305 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Children ages 3-7 enjoy an

“Good Twin, Bad Twin Unleashed” Mondays, 10:30 p.m. on Facebook. Calden and Alden Hopkins hosts the interactive talk show Mondays at 10:30 p.m. The twins present opposing viewpoints for Facebook fans to comment on. Like “Good Twin, Bad Twin” on Facebook; email goodtwinbadtwin_unleashed@yahoo.com. 4 Suits Bridge Club, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Players compete Mondays from 1-4:30 p.m. Registration required. Free; call 601-503-3705. Computer Courses for Adults, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond). Classes usually meet once a week for four to eight weeks, and fees depend on the level and type of class. Free; call 601857-3773; email mfield@hindscc.edu. Senior Aides Program. The city of Jackson offers the part-time job program to low-income seniors ages 55 and up. Receive assistance in finding a job during the training process. Applicants must have state ID, a Social Security card, proof of income and a utility bill. Free; call 601-960-0335. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

Shut up and Reserve your spot for Donna Ladd’s popular creative non-fiction class series. Six-class series begins Jan. 5 and meets every other Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (class decides 6th class date).

Half $150 fee reserves slot; gift certificates available. Write class@jacksonfreepress.com or call 601-362-6121, ext. 15.

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“Let’s Talk Seniors” Downsizing Seminar Dec. 9, 3 p.m., at Chateau Ridgeland (745 S. Pear Orchard Road, Ridgeland). Seniors learn ways to transition to a smaller home or an assisted living facility. Refreshments included. Free; call 601956-1331.

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration Feb. 21-24, at Natchez Convention Center (211 Main St., Natchez). Other sites include CopiahLincoln Community College, and the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture. The theme is “The Civil War’s Imprint on Southern Culture.” William Cooper of Louisiana State University is the keynote speaker. Most events free, ticketed events start at $10; call 601446-1289 or 866-296-NLCC ; colin.edu/nlcc.

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Bluff Golden Lions. Alternate ticket location through Dec. 6: JSU’s Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (1400 John R. Lynch St.). $20 in advance, $25 day of game, children under 2 free, $20 RVs (per day); call 800-240-2300 for tickets or 205-241-3471 for tailgating; swacfootball.org.

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A New Twist on an Old Classic by Briana Robinson

December 5 - 11, 2012

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or some families in Jackson and around the world, there are five seasons in the year, the fifth being The Nutcracker Season. After moving to Jackson in 2005, my immediate family and I made it somewhat of a tradition to attend a performance of “The Nutcracker” each year, and I eventually had the opportunity to perform in several productions. Perhaps because of all the preparation leading up to the event, I came to know The Nutcracker Season well. For dancers in Jackson at local companies and schools such as Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet and Ballet Mississippi, The Nutcracker Season starts in the fall and continues until the last performance in December. This year, however, Jackson was home to a third performance of the ballet that originated during the late 1800s. During the week of Thanksgiving, the Moscow Ballet presented one night of “The Great Russian Nutcracker” as part of the largest Russian ballet tour in America; it includes 73 cities this year. Ballet Mississippi and Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet lean toward the traditional story of “The Nutcracker,” but the Moscow Ballet’s “The Great Russian Nutcracker” takes cues from happenings in recent decades. The traditional nutcracker story is about a young girl named Clara who receives a nutcracker doll at a Christmas Eve party. At midnight, Clara rises from her slumber and finds herself surrounded by human-sized mice underneath the larger-than-life tree that continues to grow. The nutcracker then comes to life and leads an army against the rat king and his mice. After winning the fight, the nutcracker transforms into a prince and leads Clara to the Land of the Sweets, or the Land of the Sugarplum Fairy, where the Sugarplum Fairy rewards them with a parade of sweets from around the globe. After each country performs, the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier dance for the couple.

Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrachenko are soft and graceful together as the Dove of Peace in Moscow Ballet’s rendition of “The Nutcracker.”

“The Great Russian Nutcracker” sticks to this general outline with a few changes. Clara is instead named Masha. Instead of arriving in the Land of Sweets in Act II, Masha and the nutcracker prince visit the Land of Peace and Harmony where emissaries from around the world dance for them. Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrachenko play the Dove of Peace, which replaces the Sugarplum Fairy in “The Great Russian Nutcracker.” The two open the second act softly and gracefully—a perfect introduction to the Land of Peace

and Harmony. The curtains rise to reveal the duo entwined in a variation of a fish dive in which Chumakov holds Petrachenko above him with one arm as she seems to dive downward. This and several other one-armed lifts in their dance accentuate their new costumes that, together, create a 20-foot wingspan. Each variation of Act II has its highlights, and a few stood out. While the choreography in the Spanish variation was not terribly complex, the dancers executed the moves well. The female lead probably had

the most beautiful attitude en l’air in the production. The traditional and entertaining Chinese variation preceded the Russian duo that was, as expected, full of energy. The female lead, Anna Radik, easily had the highest arabesque, and Vitaliy Shvets awed the audience with a series of grand jetes en tournant around the stage, throwing his hat to the ground in accomplishment at the end. It’s easy to say that the Arabian variation was probably the most impressive divertissement, or short ballet interlude, of the second act. In fact, the two dancers earned seven ovations during the four-minute divertissement. Chumakov and Petrachenko took the stage together again for it and showed off more lifts, this time held for longer timeframes. While some have criticized the choreography here as being too contortionistic or acrobatic, each move is executed with an elegance that makes it clear that they specialize in ballet, and the serene mood of the piece keeps it from feeling like a circus act. In addition, Chumakov and Petrachenko give the piece the sensuality that it deserves, transporting the viewer to a mystical place. In their final, Masha and the Nutcracker Prince dance the final grand pas de deux in “The Great Russian Nutcracker” instead of the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier. In each section, the dancers, Olga Kifyak and Viktor Shcherbakov, remain poised and light on their feet. Instead of stealing the spotlight with overly performed advanced leaps, the choreography for Viktor Scherbakov only goes so far as to include several tours en l’air, or jump spins straight up with straight legs. Although the Moscow Ballet strays from the story most people grew up with, the performance doesn’t lack its Christmas charm. The 40-dancer production (miniscule compared to local companies using around 100 dancers) is part of the Moscow Ballet’s 20th year anniversary tour.


WEDNESDAY 12/5

THURSDAY 12/6

The JSU Faculty Exhibit opening reception is at 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Center.

The play “A Christmas Memory” continues its run at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage.

TUESDAY 12/11 The Best of Jackson voting deadline is at midnight. Vote at bestofjackson.com.

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Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. (free; call 601981-9606) and includes the monthly fondRUN at 6 p.m.; the two-mile race ends with dinner and drinks at Babalu. … Christmas in Cambodia is from 5-9 p.m. at Swell-O-Phonic (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St.). Casey Combest and Josh Rosonet perform. 20 percent of store sales benefit Hard Places Community. Free; hardplaces-community.org. … The Mississippi Burn Foundation’s fundraiser Merry Martinis is at 6 p.m. at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.); includes refreshments, a silent auction and music. $40 in advance, $50 at the door; call 601-540-2995; msburn.org. … The holiday musical “Seasons of Love” is at 6:30 p.m. at Power APAC Elementary School (1120 Riverside Drive). Free admission; call 601-960-5387. … The play “A Christmas Memory” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); runs through Dec. 16. $25, $22 seniors and students, $18 children

sic from Blue Satch, Ming Donkey and Melvin Priester. The sale continues Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.; Skipp Coon, the Swamp Babies, Coke Bumaye and Spacewolf perform at 8 p.m. No cover; find “Priced to Move: Volume 3” on Facebook. … Salsa Mississippi (605 Duling Ave.) gives a Christmas party at 7 p.m. Bring snacks, a $10 dirty Santa gift and dance music. Call 601-213-6355. … The Alamo Theater Benefit Concert is at 7 p.m. at Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). Dorothy Moore, Jazz Beautiful with Pam Confer and Scott Albert Johnson perform. $10; call 601-3523365. … First Friday Jxn is at 10 p.m. at ISH Grill and Bar. Wear upscale attire. For ages 21 and up. $10 and up; email jbentertainmentgroup@gmail.com.

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Divas 4 Charity hosts the Chic Exclusive Holiday Trunk Show at noon at the King Edward Hotel. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. VIP showing at 10 a.m. $5, $20 VIP (limit of 50, advance tickets only); call 508-44DIVAS. … The Mississippi Girlchoir Christmas Concert is at 5 BY LATASHA WILLIS p.m at Wesley Biblical Seminary (787 E. Northside Drive). $10 JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-981-9863. … NuRenaisFAX: 601-510-9019 sance’s Art Showing and Gala for DAILY UPDATES AT Kumi Mwaka Sherehe is at 7 p.m JFPEVENTS.COM at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Free; email nurenaissance@yahoo.com. … The Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association’s monthly dance is at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.

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Four Shillings Short performs at the Celtic Winter Concert Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at Fenian’s.

12 and under, $75 family pack; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. … Four Shillings Short headlines the Celtic Winter Concert from 8-11 p.m. at Fenian’s. Free.

FRIDAY 12/7

The pop-up art sale “Priced to Move: Volume 3” kicks off at 5 p.m. at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Buy affordable local art from several artists, and enjoy mu-

The annual Champagne tasting is at 4 p.m. at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N.). $79; call 601-982-8111 or email mitchell @bravobuzz.com to RSVP. … The Soulful Messiah Celebration youth concert is at 4 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). $20, $5 youth 18 and under, infants and toddlers free; call 769251-1408. … The GenerationNXT Indie Concert Series: T.A.P.S. Edition is at 6 p.m. at Dreamz JXN. Performers include Shayla T., James Crow and the dance troupe KamikazCrew. $10 cover. … The Lessons and Carols Service is at 6 p.m at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road); reception follows. Free; call 601-956-5788.

Rapper James Crow performs at the GenerationNXT Indie Concert Series Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. at Dreamz JXN.

MONDAY 12/10

The New Stage play “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge” is at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.); runs through Dec. 12. Contains mild adult content and language. The JFP sponsors. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

TUESDAY 12/11

Best of Jackson voting ends today! Cast your ballot by midnight at bestofjackson.com. … The simulcast “12 Gifts of Christmas” airs at 7:30 p.m. at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison; $15; call 601-898-7823) and Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl; $14, $13 seniors and students, $12 children; call 601-936-5856).

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The Christmas Choir Concert is at 12:45 p.m. at Hinds Community College, Utica (34175 Highway 18, Utica) at the Fine Arts Complex. Free; call 800-HINDS-CC. … The opening reception for the JSU Faculty Exhibit is at 4:30 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.); show hangs through Dec. 31. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224.

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he Christmas holiday season is yet upon us. Some of you look forward to this time of year, while others dread it like the plague. I’m in a Grinch-y kind of mood this year for some reason, but hopefully some quality holiday concerts will help me get into the season. In the 13 years I’ve lived here in Jackson, I’ve never been disappointed by the assortment of holiday concerts and musical acts that grace our dear city. In the past I loved taking my students to see Ballet Mississippi’s performance of “The Nutcracker,” (especially when The Cavalier comes out in his skin-like ballet tights and 2,000 school children shriek in horror when they see his pelvic region.) I look forward to seeing Ballet Magnificat’s “Snow Queen” at Thalia Mara Hall Dec. 16-18, as well as other holiday concerts that many of our local churches will be hosting. Before things get too crazy with holiday happenings, go ahead and mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Aladdin’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Fondren will be hosting DJ Monoxide, DJ Repercussion, DJ 360 Degrees and DJ Daphya Selecta during Fondren at Five on Thursday from 5-8. One of Jackson’s favorite singer/songwriter, Larry Brewer, has his CD release party for his new CD, “Waxing Ardent,” on Friday, Dec. 7, at Shuckers starting at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Suite 106 has Back to Basics featuring the Jackson Jackals—you surely don’t want to miss this event. I hate this “new country” crap they have on the radio nowadays, so I’m super excited that one of the rare country acts I do support is coming back through Jackson to share his style of old soul country with us. Country hitmaker Jamey Johnson will perform at Club Magoo’s on Saturday, Dec. 8. Call the venue for more information about ticket prices and time of the event. Also, on Dec. 14 at the historic Alamo Theater on Farish Street, please mark your calendars for an amazing event: A Night of Musical Artistry will feature acts such as Palmer Williams, Jessie Primer Jr., James Burton, Scott Albert Johnson, Rosena Boarden, Dr. London Branch, Forest “Juke” Gordon and Jimmy Jarrett. The event begins at 7 p.m., so make sure you are there early to get a good seat to see such musical dignitaries. I hate shopping. I totally loathe it. So when I shop, I try to pick not only the best gift that fits my budget, but also something that I think my friends would like, or at least need to be listening to or reading. My 2012 Christmas gift suggestions are:

Music: Scott Chism & The Better Half: “Long Haul Steady” Thomas Jackson: “Bridge Burner” Soundwagon: “Give The Fiddler A Dram” (a collection of Mississippi fiddle songs that were recorded in New York) Larry Brewer: “Waxing Ardent” TB Ledford: “Butcher Bird” Little Victories: “Chris Knight” Vince Guaraldi Trio: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Trans-Siberian Orchestra: “Dreams of Fireflies (On a Christmas Night)” She & Him: “A Very She & Him Christmas”

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The Trans Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas CD is a gift that won’t get left in the closet.

Books: The One: The Life and Music of James Brown by R.J. Smith (Gotham Books, 2012) Musical Chairs by Kinky Friedman (William Morrow, 1991) Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass 20 Years in Rock and Roll by Ben FongTorres (Backbeat Books, 1999) Love is a Mixed Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield (Three Rivers Press, 2007) Burned: Living Through the 80s and 90s As a Rock Guitarist by Bobby DeVito (Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2010) Composed (A Memoir) by Roseanne Cash (Penguin Group, 2010) Between a Heart and a Rock Place (A Memoir) by Pat Benetar (HarperCollins, 2010) Twang! The Ultimate Book of Country Music Quotations by Raymond Obstfeld and Sheila Burgener (Henry Holt & Co., 1997) Don’t kill yourselves shopping this season—it ain’t worth it. Seasons greetings!


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had a long shelf life and was not given to crumbling easily. Early gingerbread was probably not as decorated nor as sweet as modern tastes dictate. We know that the 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson loved to bake and that gingerbread was one of her specialties; she sent her recipe for gingerbread to at least two friends. A few years ago, the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass., held a baking contest, asking participants to recreate several of Dickinson’s recipes, offering prizes based on criteria such as flavor, texture, overall appearance and historical integrity. The contest rules stipulated that makers must use only the ingredients listed in the author’s recipes, but amounts and by Emily Vieyra process could vary. My sister and I entered the contest in the gingerbread category, and gave a lot of Although modern gingerbread, as in holiday houses, is sweeter and more decorated, in thought to how a person baking in a much Emily Dickinson’s day, gingerbread was a dense cake. more simplified environment would go about this. We opted for fresh ground ginan you smell the gingerbread? One of the mainstays of the ger paste, knowing that Ms. Dickinson kept a garden and so might holiday season, it can be found everywhere in December have a preference for fresh herbs and spices. We also did some rein many forms: as Christmas tree ornaments, decorated as search on what kinds of glazes people used in this period, finding that little men and women; or on display as miniature replicas of a smear of egg yolk was quite popular. houses in people’s homes and store windows. We won first place for our gingerbread. The resulting gingerRecords show that gingerbread making goes back centuries, as bread can be described as more of a dense cake than a true bread or a the ingredients were usually non-dairy and the bread, once baked, cookie, and it is enhanced when accompanied by a cup of tea.

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told anybody, yet ... but four guest chef dinners, I was flattered.” Houseach four days long, for ton told the Jackson 16 days of pop-ups. Free Press. Most of all, HousHouston was able ton said he enjoys workto redesign City Groing with Currence and cery’s menu with Curhopes to see old faces rence’s input, and the come in to appreciate collaboration is wasting the food they are makno time planning more ing together. “I’ve had of the pop-ups Housa lot of great support ton has become syn- Jesse Houston joins Oxford’s from the locals and also City Grocery restaurant. onymous with. a lot of people come up “We have a whole from Jackson, friends month of pop-up resand former customtaurants planned in January, so we’re going ers,” he said. “I really want all my friends to pick up right where we left off in Jack- in Jackson to be able to come up, see the son,” Houston said. At City Grocery they pop-ups and hang out on the weekend.” are planning to combine pop-ups with Find out more at citygroceryonline.com. COURTESY JESSE HOUSTON

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esse Houston is bringing fresh ideas to an iconic Mississippi eatery, City Grocery in Oxford. Houston, who parted ways with Jackson’s Parlor Market in October, was appointed chef de cuisine of City Grocery last month. Houston is joining chef and owner John Currence, who won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: South in 2009. “I could not be any more excited about welcoming Jesse to the team. City Grocery has just turned 20, and it is time for a younger and more vibrant palate to take the rudder,” Currence stated in a press release about the appointment. “I was definitely very honored when John gave me the phone call, shortly after I left Parlor Market. In fact, I hadn’t really

Emily Dickinson’s Gingerbread 4 cups flour 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped by hand until a little stiff 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon ginger paste 1 cup Grandma’s brand molasses

This is what we did, using methods we thought a 19thcentury cook might employ. You may need to adjust or modernize to fit your own needs. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two oval 7-and-3/4-inch pans. We also wrapped each pan with a cloth wrap—a method we learned in a baking class, which is supposed to ensure the cake will have a flat top. Mix the cream and butter. In a separate big bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the butter/cream to the flour mixture—it will be very dry. Then add the molasses. The mixture should spring to life—the powdered clumps take on a coffee brown hue and inflate with airy thickness. (This is where we quite understood the origins of the gingerbread man story!) Mix, then divide the batter in half, and pour into the two pans. Flatten the batters with a spatula. Arrange the pans in the oven diametrically (one on the right upper rack, one on the left lower rack). After baking for 20 minutes, remove from the oven, brush an egg yolk glaze over the top of each loaf, then return them to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes more, for a total oven time of 30 minutes.


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LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper

Nothing Like Live COURTESY MSO

The symphony is one Jackson event that is meant to be experienced live.

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ne recent night, I found myself without any company or plans, and watched a movie at home, by myself. It was a very un-GirlAbout-Town moment, I suppose. It also made me think about how different the experience of watching a movie from one’s couch is from watching one in a theater full of fellow movie-goers. Seeing something on the big screen differs in terms of viewing experience, sure, but there’s also something about being with other people while watching—it becomes something shared and it often becomes more exciting, more intense, as a result. With all due respect to Netflix, there’s something to be said for seeing a performance as a member of an audience watching a unique live performance. While I always enjoy Symphony at Sunset, this season marks my first as a regular ticket-holder to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Bravo Series at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1537). A perk to being a first time season ticket-holder is receiving invitations to pre-concert receptions. Before the most recent performance, guest pianist Alexander Ghindin mingled with us as we sipped our wine and made new friends. Among the new faces I met were several folks new to the Jackson area, as well as two adorable sisters—I’d estimate ages 8 and 10—on their first trip to the symphony. They did an excellent job in dress selection and were excited for a big night out. The concert itself was fantastic; conductor Crafton Beck and the orchestra never fail to impress. If you haven’t gotten season tickets, consider it as a Christmas present to yourself. (msorchestra.com, 601-960-1565). Having enjoyed some music, an evening at the theater felt like a sensible followup cultural outing, so my beau and I decided to take in New Stage Theatre’s (1100 Carlisle Street, 601-948-3531, newstagetheatre. com) performance of The Great Gatsby. Theatre crowds tend to be a fun group, and this one was no exception; we spotted one couple who enthusiastically embraced the play’s Halloween night performance by dressing in Gatsby-era garb themselves. Speaking of dress (because you know I will) I thought costume designer Lesley Raybon

did a great job outfitting the actors. The staging and actors sucked me in to the action to the point that I completely forgot about the warning at the box office that the performance contained a gunshot—I may have yelped a little when it happened. I’m consistently impressed with the quality of artists in the Jackson area and, as with the symphony, I left thankful that our city offers us exposure to such talent and vowing to get season tickets to New Stage next year. Of course, Mississippi is known for great writers, but we can also appreciate those who don’t hail from our home state. Personally, I am a bit ga-ga for humorist David Sedaris; I devour his books, reread “Holidays on Ice” without fail every Christmas, listen to him on NPR and bemoan that he doesn’t appear in The New Yorker more often. So, naturally, when I heard he was coming to Jackson this fall, I nearly had a fit of puppy-at-chuck-wagon-time proportions. Several of my girlfriends feel the same way, and when tickets went on sale, we were on it like gangbusters. At Sedaris’ appearances, he reads excerpts or short stories from his collections, and then engages in question-and-answer with the audience. The reading segment of his appearance at Millsaps College was nothing short of riotous. Never would I have thought that a story about a colonoscopy would cause tears of laughter to roll down my face, but it did. Sedaris appreciators tend to be a bit like a club, so an entire auditorium full of us, all so excited to be in his presence, felt like this happy lovefest of hilarity and inside jokes. Being with other people, with the author reading in his voice … it’s entirely different than reading alone (or on the airplane where other passengers look at you nervously when you start laughing out loud like a crazy person). And so, my foray into cultural activity this fall left me eager for more. With plenty of symphony and theatre shows to come, I’ll be back for more and may add some opera and ballet to the mix, too. Jackson has no shortage of the arts, so get out and take advantage of—and support—them ... it’s much more fun than (to borrow a phrase from “Cabaret”) sitting alone in your room.


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SATURDAY, DEC 8 College football (noon-3 p.m., ESPN U): The SWAC Championship Game with East division champion Jackson State facing West division champion Arkansas-Pine Bluff. SUNDAY, DEC. 9 NFL (3-6 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints playoff hopes hang in the balance as they face the reigning Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, whose playoff hopes are also in danger.

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