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have the best job there is,” says Tarasa Brierly-Harp, chairwoman of the English department and teacher at Murrah High School. The former Floridian attended the Mississippi University for Women and has been teaching at Murrah for more than a decade. Brierly-Harp, 35, has received numerous awards and recognition for her teaching: In 2005 she was metro Jackson teacher of the year as well as the Murrah teacher of the year, in 2006 Parents for Public Schools named her an outstanding educator, and Brierly-Harp earned the title of STAR Teacher in 2011. The petite (maybe 5’3”) mother and teacher met her husband, Wes, in 10th grade in Florida, and one followed the other to Mississippi (he to the architecture school at Mississippi State). “That is how I got here,” she says, and then adds, “but what everyone always asks me is why I am still here.” She gets annoyed at the question, and points out the hidden implication that there is something wrong with Jackson. “Jackson really is home,” she says. “I don’t have family ties here, but we have collected a lot of surrogate family here over the years. And contrary to what most might expect, my kids are getting an amazing public education here—one we probably couldn’t afford if we left.” The Harp family lives in Fondren and enjoys being within in a mile or so of Tarasa’s

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and Wes’ workplaces, as well as their children’s schools (Bailey APAC and McWille Montessori) and daycare. “I love being able to walk the kids to the park, to get groceries, to eat great food, or just to hang out,” Brierly-Harp says. “As a busy working mother of four, I don’t always have a chance to take advantage of the incredibly cool place I live, but it means a lot to me to live in a fairly vibrant, culturally diverse area.” Brierly-Harp’s students are another big reason to stay in Jackson. “They think I’m mean,” she says. “But over half of them pass the qualifying exam for AP English each year, and this gives them a great sense of accomplishment.” Although Brierly-Harp mainly teaches English, she also touches on many other topics such as history, writing, debate, literature and journalism. She takes her students to Eudora Welty’s house and to Medgar Evers’ house as part of a civil rights unit. “I like to think that since language skills are so incredibly important in so many aspects of life, I can have some lasting impact on most of the kids I teach,” she says. “Hopefully, they learn more from me than when to use a comma, but hey, I’ll take what I can get. My kids,” she adds, referring to Murrah students, “anchor me pretty solidly in Jackson. In many ways, they are Jackson, and that means this is where I belong—at least for a pretty long while. Murrah—the only place to be.” —Richard Coupe

Cover graphic by Trip Burns and Kristin Brenemen

8 Farish, What’s Happenin’?

“This is very frustrating. We’re at the end of another year, and still no action has culminated into anything positive out there on Farish Street.” — LaRita Cooper-Stokes

24 Art (Not) for Sale

Outside of Sneaky Beans in Fondren are some artworks that would be a bit hard to take home.

30 Threading Its Way Up

Fans of Manchester Orchestra, watch out for this dynamic chick-led group, Now, Now.

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

A More Kinder, Gentler Union

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ive days before Christmas, I was on a bike at the gym, listening to news about the U.S. House of Representatives defying their speaker and going home instead of supporting his fiscal-cliff deal. But that’s not what made me cry. A reporter came on to explain what had happened. Among other things, he said, the walkout was a surprise because John Boehner’s compromise was “sweetened” to help convince Republican House members. How? It would cut funding for “food stamps and meals-on-wheels,” he explained. I stopped pedaling, blinking in disbelief. Sure, we all know that many Republicans—including three of the four Mississippi congressmen—want to slash programs that help the poor. But to hear it put this way was a sobering reminder of the cruelty many of us elect to represent us. Sweet, my butt. There’s nothing new about the Republican hatred of food stamps, of course. As we detailed in our GOOD issue on poverty two weeks ago (jfp.ms/poverty), so much mythology surrounds the poor in our nation. Essentially: They’re lazy, and it’s their fault. And picking on food stamps has long been a way to gather votes from people who don’t bother to pay attention to who is poor and why (call them the 47-percenters). But, meals-on-wheels!? That is exactly what it sounds like: People take food to hungry human beings who are too sick or too elderly to go scrounge it up for themselves. Or as its Wikipedia page begins: “Meals on Wheels are programs that deliver meals to individuals at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. … Because they are housebound, many of the recipients are the elderly, and many of the volunteers are also elderly but able-bodied and able to drive wheeled vehicles, usually a van.” Let’s break this down: Cuts to mealson-wheels programs were inserted into a deal to help convince Republicans to go along with it. But they wouldn’t because the deal

would repeal the Bush tax cuts on folks who net (after taxes) more than a million a year. I’m sorry: There is no word for this other than cruel. Who are these people? Meantime, since the Newtown massacre, we’re seeing all sorts of posts and ideas about spreading random acts of kindness and “paying it forward.” Many of us are thinking about how we can be kinder to others, loved

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair... — Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

ones and strangers, in order to do our part to form a more kinder, gentle union. In fact, I just witnessed an amazing outpouring on Facebook from around the nation to give two needy teen girls a good Christmas, including new iPads, with no need for recognition. (On the next page, you’ll see a number of testimonials on random kindness.) I love this RACK (Random Acts of Community Kindness) movement, as some people call it. I applaud each little effort to show someone else you care, regardless of who they are and choose to love, or how they worship (or don’t). I believe strongly that Americans need to learn to be more kind to others and ourselves. And my own spiritual beliefs tell me that, no matter what we do about gun madness and mental illness (and we need to move on both), we won’t be a gentler nation until each of us steps up and does more than we do now. I also believe in the power of story. There’s a post being shared on Facebook right now from a woman who was standing

in line behind a stranger who couldn’t afford all the baby formula she was trying to purchase. The woman watching put back her items—all trivial, she said—and bought the mother a supply of formula. She told her story without self-aggrandizement, I thought (as a writing teacher, I found it an inspiring, touching narrative). But I saw people on Facebook belittling the woman, saying she was just looking for a pat on the back and attention. Reading that response didn’t make me as mad and depressed as the meals-on-wheels sweetness, but it made me very sad the night I read it. What possibly is the purpose of snarking about a woman telling her story of moving from greed and apathy to a higher ground of random kindness? Yes, she quoted the Bible to the woman, but it’s not like much of the philanthropy in Mississippi and the nation isn’t connected to some sort of ministry. The point, as I responded, was that babies were getting formula. They were being fed. And her post might inspire some other people to help feed some more hungry babies. Maybe I’m becoming a softie, but that works for me on both fronts. (Besides, what is snark if not self-aggrandizing?) I think what bothered me the most about these two encounters is that I haven’t seen a single social media post from friends or strangers taking congressional Republicans to task for thinking that cuts to mealson-wheels is sweet, but a woman who helps a mother and dares to tell the story gets harangued—and by people who do wonderful things in the community, to boot. It feels a bit like the negative is going to cancel out the positive if we’re not careful, leaving this RACK movement stuck in the mud. And we’ve got to make sure our kindness efforts go small and go large. Yes, paying for coffee for the person behind you at Cups can have a ripple effect that you can’t imagine—I believe this big time—but shutting your eyes while elected officials pander

to the rich and stick it to the poor is going to negate those actions, and then some. We’ve got to do both. We need a new ethos of kindness, big and little, and it’s something I vow to focus on in 2013. But, you might ask wisely, how do you be kind to people who want to hurt the poor? How can you be kind to people who spread lies about our president (precisely, frankly, because he wants to help the poor)? How can you be kind to folks who believe that the ability to have fun with very dangerous assault weapons is more important than saving a first-grader’s life? It’s hard, and it’s a huge challenge for me. I will say this: True kindness is never apathetic; it is compassionate but never blind. It is our responsibility to learn and spread facts and challenge those who lie to protect those who routinely attack or ignore or denigrate the weakest among us—often while masquerading as good Christians. Buddhists believe in the concept of “idiot compassion.” That is, it is not compassionate (and rather idiotic) to allow others to hurt you or others or, as Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön puts it, to enable “someone to keep being able to feed their violence and their aggression.” Or, for that matter, someone who engages in poor behavior in the workplace, thus putting at risk their own career success. That is, being kind is not the same thing as avoiding conflict and even confrontation. Think of your child: You confront their bad behavior because you love them dearly. Or someone you manage: You give feedback to help them succeed and give up sloppy work habits before they cost them dearly. In essence: Being kind is not always easy. It requires a full menu of focus and efforts—from the tiny action to factchecking political rhetoric to sending home election officials who find sweetness in pure cruelty. I urge each of you to join me as I work to become more kind in 2013. It’ll be fun— at least most of the time.

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R.L. Nave

Octavia Thurman

Ronni Mott

Jacob Fuller

Julian Rankin

Micah Smith

Anita Modak-Truran

Spencer Nessel

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. Call him at 601-3626121 ext. 12. He wrote for the legislative preview.

Intern Octavia Thurman recently got her bachelor’s in political science from Tougaloo College (c/o 2012). Her hobbies include cooking and traveling. She loves being competitive. She helped research for the legislative preview.

Ronni Mott came to Jackson by way of D.C. in 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and the JFP’s news editor, where she practices her hobbies of herding cats. She teaches yoga in her spare time. She wrote for the legislative preview.

Reporter Jacob Fuller is a former student at Ole Miss. When not reporting, he splits his time between playing music and photographing anything in sight. He covers the city for the JFP. He wrote for the legislative preview.

Julian Rankin was raised in Mississippi and educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He writes about, photographs and paints all things southern. He wrote the arts feature.

Micah Smith is a senior at Mississippi College, a Jacksonbased songwriter, and an avid music listener and reviewer. He prides himself on being the very best, like no one ever was. He wrote an album review.

Anita Modak-Truran is a southern convert, having moved here from Chicago more than a decade ago with her husband and son. She loves the culture, cuisine and arts in these parts. She wrote the film story.

Spencer Nessel is a born and raised Jacksonian. A recent Millsaps graduate, he majored in English and spends his free time eating, lounging and leading a life of gluttony. He wrote the food feature.


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Farish: No Foundation, No Funding by Jacob D. Fuller

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he Farish Street entertainment district has been on metaphorical shaky ground for nearly three decades. In 2012, its developer says it was a literal lack of foundation that stopped the project from moving ahead. The Farish Street Group, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current developer, hoped to have the B.B. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues Club open on the street by the end of 2012. Once architects finalized designs for the club, though, engineers discovered that not only could the current structure not support the capacity load, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a foundation. As a result, developers are looking at a seven-figure increase in cost to open the building. David Watkins, president of Watkins Development and the Farish Street Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief investor, said that discovery tacked more than a million dollars onto the price tag of getting the club open. To support that increase, the Farish Street Group had to rework its plans for the entire first phase of the development. Developers needed to use some additional historic tax credits for the first phase, which it hoped to save for the second. To do so, Watkins said this week, the group needed to shift several clubs planned for the second phase of funding to the first. The move will add nearly $10 million to the cost of Phase One, Watkins said. At the City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dec. 27 special meeting, two council members, LaRita Cooper-Stokes, Ward 3, and Chokwe Lu-

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usic, food, friends, family and culture filled the Medgar Evers Community Center Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 as Jacksonians gathered to celebrate Kwanzaa. Each night of the celebration is centered around a different principle of Kwanzaa: Umoja (family and community unity, Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and culminating with the celebration of Imani (faith) Jan. 1. Dec. 27 marked day two of the seven-day celebration of African heritage. Citizens and community leaders gathered at the community center on Edwards Avenue for the celebration. The festivities started with an introduction by the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s co-host, lawyer and Ward 7 City Council candidate June Hardwick. Kwanzaa organizers then paid homage to leaders of African heritage with the tradition of libationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;pouring water onto earth in honor of the dead. After a prayer for grace, mercy and blessing, drummers filled the gym again with traditional African music. Following the music, a few participants, including Hardwick, shared poems that recounted the struggle of Africans in America and their self-determination that has brought them to where they are today. All the children at the celebration then gathered around the table at the front for the candle lighting ceremony. As one child lit two candles, one for that night and one for the previous night, they discussed the principle of Kujichagulia, or self-determination. The keynote speaker was Ward 2 City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba. Before he did a bit of campaigning for the upcoming mayoral election, Lumumba told the celebrators that if they want to love one another, they must first learn to love themselves. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University, Long Beach, created the seven-day celebration in 1966 as a way for African Americans to come together and celebrate their heritage and culture.

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positive out there on Farish Street.â&#x20AC;? Little has physically changed on Farish Street this year. Despite developersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; predictions this summer that they would have at least one club open on the street by the end of 2012, F. Jones Corner and Peaches Restaurant still sit lonely on the two-block stretch that was once home to a bustling African American entertainment and cultural hub. The Farish Street Group hoped to close on $11 million worth of historic and new market tax credits by Oct. 31. It planned to use those tax credits as collateral for a $10.2 million bond issue from the city. That

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would serve as the final funding for the first phase of the project, bringing at least four entertainment venues and restaurants to the street. The Jackson City Council would have to approve the bond issue once the tax credits were in place. The new market tax credits hit a major snag, though, when engineers discovered the foundation problem with the building where developers planned to house the B.B. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues Club. The club, which the Farish Street Group hoped to be the first to open in the entertainment district, would be a three-story music venue and restaurant. Once architects finalized the plans for the club, engineers discovered that the current structure could not handle the load capacity. On further evaluation, the engineers discovered the building had no foundation,

only a 3-inch thick floor supporting it. What was an $8 million to $10 million phase just a few months ago, is now an $18 million first phase. Watkins said the added cost spooked the decision makers at the National Historic Trust, which was going to supply the new market tax credits. The trust needed to award all its tax-credit money by Dec. 31, or lose it. With the project suddenly doubled, the trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board members decided they wanted to have the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bond issue on the table before administering the tax credits. In October, Watkins went to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, the quasigovernmental body that oversees the Farish Street development for the city, and asked to get the bond issue by the end of the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The JRAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, Zach Taylor, said: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way possible we can do it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not possible. It would be February at the

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earliest,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Watkins said in an interview at the Jackson Free Press last Saturday. Without the bond, the trust awarded its tax credits to projects closing by the end of the year. It will renegotiate with the Farish Street Group in March for 2013 tax credits. With the new market tax credits off the board until the spring, Watkins said he turned to Plan B. He is now negotiating with an unnamed wealthy Mississippi businessman about investing in the project, he said. The potential investorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name is under wraps, even from his fellow Farish Street Group partners other than the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lawyer, Robert Gibbs. Watkins said he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised to hear that Cooper-Stokes wanted to look for another developer. When her husband, Kenneth Stokes, held the Ward 3 seat, he requested an audit of Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal investments in the project. Watkins presented his records

to the JRA board, he said, though he had no legal obligation to do so. The idea to rebuild the Farish Street entertainment district first came to the public eye in 1983, when architect Steven Horn presented a detailed plan for the project to city leaders. With the 30th anniversary of Hornâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan now upon us, neither the city or developers have brought his ideas to fruition. The Farish Street Group has been in charge of the development since taking control from Performa Entertainment Real Estate, developer of Memphisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Beale Street, in December 2008. Performa had done little on the street and accrued $1.5 million in debt since the Jackson Redevelopment Authority hired the company in the 1990s. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at Jacob@jacskonfreepress.com.

How Clinton is Reducing Domestic Abuse The intervention program helps offenders change their core beliefs about relationships and their roles in them, empowering them to make fundamental shifts in their behavior. Middleton stressed that domestic

pen. As a result, the municipal court now hears DV cases one day a month. The center has a representative in the court ready to take immediate action, whether thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working with victims to provide immediate support and counseling or putting an offender into the next available BIP program slot. Judges sentence the men and women accused of misdemeanor domestic violence to attend the intervention program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You ask the question of whether one person can make a difference, (Morgan) went back to her court and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do this,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Middleton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś She was just determined to make it work.â&#x20AC;? And the program does work. Batterers who complete the program donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up Tamra Morgan was the driving force behind putting again in the court. a battererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention program into the Clinton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re seeing no rejudicial systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toolkit.The program has significantly reduced domestic violence in the city. cidivisim, no repeat offenders,â&#x20AC;? Middleton said. The Clinton intervention violence is not a crime resulting from anger, class currently has about 15 men, and about which is why anger-management programs four or five women in another class. The prorarely work. Instead, it is a crime of power, grams are co-ed. Before the program, the same control and manipulation. men and women would be charged repeatedly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The key is to change their behavior,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once they get into the program, they Middleton said. start realizing that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another way to live Morgan told the judges and prosecu- life besides what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been doing all this tors in Clinton about the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, time,â&#x20AC;? Morgan said. She acknowledged that and they gave her the OK to make it hap- many abusers come from abuseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at some

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wo years ago, Tamra Morgan began a process that has resulted in the city of Clinton reducing its domestic violence cases by about half in two years. Morgan has held the job of court administrator for more than two decades, for the past eight years at the Clinton Municipal Court. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen a lot of domestic violence cases, many of them involving the same offenders multiple times. The typical pattern was that the perpetratorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ferocity escalated on each case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so disappointing and aggravating to me to be the part of that system,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was like a revolving door; nothing was getting accomplished.â&#x20AC;? Clinton tried a range of solutionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;anger management, counseling, jail timeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but nothing seemed to have a lasting impact. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It helped, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solve the problem,â&#x20AC;? Morgan said. In the fall of 2010, Morgan was completing her bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in sociology at Mississippi College, and she enrolled in a victimology course. One night, the speaker for the class was Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl, a nonprofit that works with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as running a battererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention program, or BIP, in several counties in mid-Mississippi. Twenty minutes into an after-class conversation, Middleton and Morgan were planning how to make the BIP an integral part of the Clinton court system.

level, they may believe a violent relationship is the only way to have a relationship. Steven Boone, Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s city prosecutor, is a big part of making the system work for the city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing the same old â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coming through,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a wonderful program.â&#x20AC;? Abuse victims are sometimes hesitant about allowing their battererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to attend a program instead of sending them straight to jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at work again,â&#x20AC;? he said. Many of them have seen the legal system fail miserably, often repeatedly. Boone said he saw some victims so many times, he knew them by their first names. After Boone explains the program, though, most will trust that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then I never see them again, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When these offenders are sent to the program, the court stands behind it,â&#x20AC;? Middleton said. Offenders know theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be serving their sentences in jail if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complete the 24-week program, which they pay for at the rate of $25 per week, giving them motivation and a personal investment to stick with it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some teeth behind it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you come to the city of Clinton, and you want to beat up on someone, watch out,â&#x20AC;? Boone said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get you taken care of.â&#x20AC;? Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Ronni Mott at ronni@jacksonfreepress.com.

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ississippi home brewers may ganization that successfully lobbied the state came from. They’ll know exactly what goes not have the law fully on their to raise the alcohol limits for beer in 2012 into the process of making their beer. side, but they now have a place from 5 percent by weight to 8 percent, or 10 While home-brew enthusiasts have to buy all the hops, barley, percent by volume. made up much of Brewhaha’s early business, yeast and equipment they need to create and In 2013, Raise Your Pints focus will the store is not just for experts. The store bottle their own beer. shift to getting a law allowing home brewing sells kits that include everything a first-time Mac Rusling, a former commercial on the books. brewer will need right up to the moment the airline pilot, opened Brewhaha Home“There’s just no clear definition of beer is bottled. brew Supply Company, a one-stop shop what’s gong on,” Rusling told the Jackson For beginners, Rusling suggests startfor all things home ing with ale. Lagers are brewing, Dec. 19 more difficult because in the Lefleur’s they require the beer Gallery Shopping to remain between 45 Center (4800 Iand 52 degrees during 55 N., Suite 17A, fermentation, he said, 601-362-0201, depending on the brew. brewhahasupply. Too warm, and the beer com). will develop less-thanBrewhaha is desirable tastes, and a no-frills kind of the yeast can even die; place. The beige too cold, and the beer walls to the left and won’t ferment. right of the entrance Ale, on the other are lined with 8hand, can ferment foot high shelves in a warmer enviCafé Olé owner Alex Sivira will soon bring a whole new Latin dining experience to stocked with ingreronment and allows Fondren, in the former home of Capitol Medical Supply. dients, recipe books for more fluctuation and equipment. On in temperature. the back wall sit two refrigerators filled with Free Press. “It needs to be cleared up.” Brewhaha is more than a makemore ingredients. Despite the murky legal water Brewha- your-own-beer store. It also offers evRusling has been brewing beer in his ha may be treading, Rusling said he has been erything customers need to make home since 1973, an action that’s not ex- pleased with business in the store’s first week. their own cheeses and even grow actly legal under Mississippi law. To legally He wasn’t surprised. He spent a year and half oyster mushrooms. “It’s easy, and it’s a lot of fun,” Rusling brew beer in the state, a person has to have a working on a business plan for the store be$1,000 permit from the Mississippi Depart- cause he believed the demand for it already said. “You can literally make any kind of ment of Revenue. The law, however, doesn’t existed in the area. cheese you want, if you’ve got the patience allow such permits for home brewers. That The demand comes largely from peo- to do it.” leaves home brewers facing possible fines ple who want to know where the ingredients if caught. in their food and drink come from. Though Taste of the Caribbean The legality of home brewing is a gray none of the ingredients he sells come from Alex Sivira has been in the restaurant area, Rusling said. He is a board member of local growers, brewers can buy the specific business for 30 years, serving all kinds of ethRaise Your Pints, a grassroots, non-profit or- ingredients they want and know where they nic cuisines from Mexican to Italian. Now

the Venezuela native is working to bring an affordable, fresh take on the food of his homeland and other Latin American cultures to Fondren with Café Olé. The restaurant will be located at 2800 N. State St. in the former home of Capitol Medical Supply. Sivira said Café Olé will bring a unique dining option to the city From the atmosphere to the food. “We not going to do anything Mexican, except the food part of it,” Sivira told the Jackson Free Press. “Our team theme will be more of a Caribbean, Latin theme. It’s no Mexican restaurant. It’s Latin cuisine, which includes Mexican.” Café Olé will serve Latin-inspired foods like tacos, tamales, empanadas, and Cuban sandwiches and soups. Sivira said all entrees will range from just under $5 to no more than $10 and will be served with chips and choice of salsa, guacamole or cheese dip. Sivira told the Jackson Free Press that most of the business will be carry-out orders, but that the restaurant will have also limited seating for dining in. Café Olé also will serve beer for patrons looking for some hops and barley to go with their tacos. Vegetarians need not worry when visiting Café Olé, either. Because all the food will be made to order, vegetarian alternatives will be available on all menu items. Sivira’s goal is to have Café Olé open in January or February. A crew is remodeling the interior of the building now. Sivira will have to get clearance on the building from the city before he can open the restaurant. Sivira, 59, has worked at T.G.I. Friday’s, Cerami’s, Panino’s in Jackson and Hattiesburg, and Alexander’s in Madison. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Jacob D. Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.

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n the Nov. 28 interview with mayoral candidate and former Jackson Police Department officer William Bright (Vol. 11, Issue 12), the Jackson Free Press misquoted Bright in talking about the Jackson Police Department’s “DARK program.” The program he was referring to is the DART—or Direct Action Response Team—program. Bright said that JPD stopped the DART program when he was still an active officer. In response, Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman told the JFP that JPD’s DART program, which began earlier in 2012, is still in effect, contrary to what Bright said. The program focuses officers in what Coleman called “known problem areas” as well as putting them on location at special events around the city. Coleman said JPD operates the DART program on a daily basis.

City Communications Director Chris Mims also provided information to the JFP that contradicted another of Bright’s assertions. Bright claimed that he had not seen the city use grants for youth programs. If he hasn’t seen them, it’s not because they aren’t there, Mims said. Under Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., the city received a $425,508 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to implement adult-supervised activities after school and during the summer in an effort to reduce youth crime. The city also received a $295,993 grant for a Youth Entrepreneurship Training Program that works alongside the Jackson Public Schools to introduce students to basic business skills. The city also received a $41,300 juvenile accountability block grant to introduce 25 at-risk youth in

Chief Rebecca Coleman, left, said Jackson Police are still operating the DART program, contrary to former JPD officer and mayoral candidate William Bright’s claims.

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Why it stinks: On the same program, LaPierre also said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy to call for putting police in and securing our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy.â&#x20AC;? After a week of silence, LaPierre called for putting armed police in every U.S. school. Setting aside how much that would cost, research has shown that more guns equal more gun deaths, whether by suicide or homicide. Even gun supporter John Lott tweeted last week that the shooter would just kill the armed guards first. A 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, a military installation with plenty of guns, left 13 dead and 29 wounded. A 1998 shooting at the U.S. Capitol left two armed police officers dead. Columbine High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; where 15 died and 23 were wounded in 1999â&#x20AC;&#x201D;had an armed guard. As for creating a national database of lunatics: Honestly, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t people with mental illness have enough stigmas to overcome? Few would argue that Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mental-health system is woefully inadequate, but the overwhelming majority of people with mental issues will never be violent. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fix the system and end the stigma. Perhaps, if we do that, potentially violent people will be encouraged and able to get help before anyone dies at their hands.

amra Gordon was tired of watching the revolving door of abusers and their victims cycle through Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courtrooms. When she found something she thought would work, she set out to change the way the judicial system approached the issue. By adding the solution of a battererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention program to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toolbox, she began a process that has cut the incidence of abuse in half and practically eliminated recidivism among abusers in her city. In doing so, Gordon has made a profound difference in countless lives. Abusers that go through the battererâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intervention program learn that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to repeat the destructive behavior of their pastâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or their parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. Victims learn that sometimes the system actual does work to support them. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children in abusive homes have a chance to become responsible, loving partners and parents. That is how people affect changes: one person and one step at a time. Gordon didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it all alone, of course. Lots of people are in on the act in Clinton: judges, prosecutors, police, program facilitatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even the victims and the abusers have a stake in making a change come about. The Jackson Free Press had a hand in bringing the intervention program to Mississippi through raising funds at our annual Chick Ball. The Center for Violence Prevention in

Pearl recognized the need for the program and is administering all the details. And some really smart people in Duluth, Minn., developed the program. Nonetheless, Gordon made the first move for Clinton, and then she followed through on her commitment. (Read the story on page 9 for more details.) At every step, one person stood up and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough.â&#x20AC;? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another thing it takes to make a change happen: being unwilling to accept the status quo. More men and women are injured or die at the hand of violent abusers every year than U.S. soldiers become casualties in Afghanistan. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not acceptable. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no more acceptable than some American children not knowing where their next meal is coming from, not having a textbook in school, or that a madman can mow down innocent childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or adultsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; with weapons designed for a battlefield. Whatever part of the world makes us unhappy, angry or fearful, nothing will ever change until one of us stands up and says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough!â&#x20AC;? In the words of Margaret Mead: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.â&#x20AC;? Our addendum: One person has to begin the change. In the coming year, we invite you to challenge yourself to make a spark that begins a blaze. What difference will you begin?

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hen the Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) in June, the first call I made was to my parents. Voice cracking with tears, I left the same message on both of their voicemails: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mama. Daddy. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always going to have health care. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe it.â&#x20AC;? Even now, all these months later, remembering the relief in that message brings tears to my eyes. Born without a pulmonary valve and later diagnosed with two auto-immune disorders, affordable access to the veritable team of doctors responsible for keeping me alive has always hung like a specter over my lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path. It drove me to law school instead of a graduate theater program, makes me somewhat obsessive about the foods I eat and the time I dedicate to the gym, and made the reckless, heady dive that most 20-somethings take into early adulthood impossible. The fear that I would not find a job with healthcare benefitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the knowledge that my pre-existing conditions would make buying my own insurance nearly impossibleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;made me aware from a very young age of the brokenness of the U.S. health-care system. For many Mississippians, however, the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ruling in June will make little difference, unless the legislature votes to expand Medicaid eligibility to the working poor. For those who are unable to afford insurance offered in the insurance exchanges created by the state, those who are self-employed or work for small businesses exempted by the employer-sponsored insurance requirement, affordable health care will be just another broken promise. Under the Affordable Care Act, states that expand Medicaid to people earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line would be eligible for matching funds from the federal government. In fact, the federal government will cover 100 percent of the cost of the expansion for the first three years of the program, and at least 90 percent of costs after the expansion is fully implemented in 2017. More than that, however, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Institutions of Higher

Learning estimates that Medicaid expansion would actually bring 9,000 jobs to the state, in a time when Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growing population faces a job market that has been stagnant since 1996. Indeed, not expanding Medicaid could have disastrous results for the rural hospitals that serve many of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vulnerable residents. To pay for the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will begin reducing the payments it makes to hospitals caring for the uninsured, whether the state expands Medicaid or not. If our governor and Legislature refuse to allow the working poor access to health care, hospitals who serve the uninsured will have to shutdown, cutting care and employment in some of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neediest counties. The Mississippians who would benefit from Medicaid arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t lazy. They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t â&#x20AC;&#x153;takers,â&#x20AC;? or entitled or looking for a free ride. They are cashiers and maids, truck drivers and laborers, medical assistants and sale clerks. They are people who work long, hard hours for little money, people who are supporting their families of four on just $30,000 a year. People who, without access to Medicaid, will continue to have the same health outcomes that the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poor have had for yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;high infant mortality rates, preventable hospital stays, and premature deathâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; only now without access to the emergency rooms that once treated them, if their local hospitals shut down. When I hear how some of our legislators talk about health insurance, when they compare people like me to those who wreck cars without auto insurance, I realize what an uphill battle expansion will be. Maybe this once, our leaders will be able to look past ideology to common cause, to put away partisanship and do whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best for all Mississippians. Stranger things have happened. After all, I have access to health care. Whitney Barkley is a local consumerprotection attorney, teacher and professional hell-raiser. She lives in Belhaven with her boyfriend, an organizer with the ACLU. Their children will probably grow up to be right-wingers.

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2013 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW

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clude any extra money for the Medicaid proIn the Senate, it was Lt. Gov. Tate icaid expansion, takes Gunn and Reeves’ gram, which the federal government has said Reeves, a Barbour protégé whose relationship silence as a promising sign. He believes that states can expand to lower health-care costs with Bryant is icy, who allowed the immigra- Bryant might be getting too much attention over the long-term. tion bill to die over the wishes of Bryant and for his opposition to Medicaid, which is ulti“Personal principles aside, we just can- House Republicans who debated the mea- mately up to the Legislature. not afford to expand the Medicaid program. sure well past midnight before they passed it. “He’s not the beginning and end of this Regardless of which reports you consult and The Joint Legislative Budget Commit- discussion,” Jones said. which actuaries make forecasts, the bottom tee’s recommended $5.5 billion spending line will be the same—expanding Medicaid plan largely ignored Bryant’s calls for deep Medicaid: Too Good to Resist? will cost the state of Mississippi money that it cuts and more or less copied the current year’s When Congress passed the Patient Prodoes not have,” Bryant’s budget recommen- budget with level funding for most agencies. tection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, dation states. Whatever gets through the Legislature Barbour commissioned Brookfield, Wis.That has been Bryant’s most common this year will result from the way Reeves and based consulting firm Milliman Inc. to refrain since the U.S. study Obamacare’s effects Supreme Court upheld on Mississippi. Reliably, most of the federal Afthe Milliman report serves fordable Care Act but as the basis for Republican gave states the choice to opposition to Medicaid opt out of participating expansion to this day. The in the Medicaid expanreport concluded that insion part of the law. creasing the Medicaid rolls “We cannot afford a by 400,000 people would Medicaid expansion that irreparably damage Miswould cost us billions and sissippi’s already revenueresult in draconian cuts parched state budget. The to essential government Milliman report found that services like education. adding nearly a half-million We cannot yield to an more people to Medicaid overbearing federal govwould cost $1.6 billion over ernment that tells us it is the next 10 years. From left, Sen. David Blount, Sen. Hillman Frazier and Rep. Cecil Brown, all Jackson Democrats, agree that Medicaid expansion would define the improper to ask voters for This year, however, coming legislative session, which begins Jan. 8 at noon. ID, and we cannot prohibthe Institutions of Higher it law enforcement from Learning, Mississippi’s coldetermining if a person is lege and university consorin our state illegally,” Bryant told an audience Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from tium, painted a starkly different picture of at the Neshoba County Fair in August. Clinton, manage those chambers and their Medicaid expansion, concluding in an OctoBut here’s the thing: What Bryant wants caucuses. ber report that adopting the expansion would doesn’t matter. After eight years that saw BarCertainly, there’s a lot of agreement be- cost just $109.4 million and create more bour dominate all realms of Mississippi gov- tween the three top Republicans—the need than 9,100 jobs by 2020, when Obamaernance from the governor’s mansion, the for fiscal restraint and creating charter schools, care is fully implemented. It would also give balance of power has shifted back to where to name a couple of points. However, Reeves more than 300,000 low-income Mississippithe framers of Mississippi’s 1890 Constitu- and Gunn, both pro-business conservatives, ans access to health-care services they do not tion intended: the Legislature. have been mum on Medicaid expansion, currently have. Last year’s charter bill failed due to a which reports say could create almost 10,000 The ACA would raise the eligible insmall cadre of Republican House Education jobs in the health-care industry. come-levels for the program to 133 percent Committee members who were more loyal Medicaid expansion and education of the federal poverty level. The federal govto their local elected superintendents than reform—specifically charter-school legisla- ernment would pick up 100 percent of the the Party. When Bryant threatened to con- tion—will be neck-and-neck and for the expansion costs for three years and decrease vene a special session to force members to most hotly debated issues of the session. to 90 percent thereafter. consider charter legislation, legislators balked Brandon Jones, a former Democratic law15 and went home for the year. maker from Pascagoula who supports Med- MORE CIRCUS, SEE PAGE 16 jacksonfreepress.com

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ov. Phil Bryant has big plans for the 2013 legislative session. For the past few months, he’s been busy selling his agenda. After the surprising defeat of last year’s charter-school bill, Bryant and his fellow Republicans have vowed to make charter schools a centerpiece of what Bryant promises will be “the single most progressive session on education in Mississippi history.” Support for a statewide crackdown on immigration appears to be losing steam after the failure of a bill last year that would have required law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country with without authorization. But Bryant has tried to keep the immigration thing alive by suing the federal government over the Obama administration’s decision to cease deportation of certain immigrants whose families brought them to the U.S. as children. The governor also made his priorities clear with the executive budget he outlined in November, which calls for combination of about a 1.5 percent average budget cut to state agencies and tax relief for businesses. Bryant recommended that the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the funding formula by which the Legislature is supposed to adhere, to be level with the current fiscal year, which underfunds MAEP by $260 million. While most agencies would see a reduction in Bryant’s budget plan, some agencies got a reprieve from cuts or saw big increases. The Mississippi Highway Patrol would receive an $8.5 million increase for a new trooper school, raises for some troopers and replacements for old vehicles. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, whose profile former Gov. Haley Barbour elevated after Hurricane Katrina, would get a better-than 300-percent increase while the Mississippi Department of Corrections budget would go up $24.8 million, an 8 percent increase. Most glaringly, Bryant declined to in-

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2013 LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW For policy experts, expansion is nobrainer. Ed Sivak, executive director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, said the thousands of health-care and related positions Medicaid expansion would create represent a boon to Mississippi’s economy, where the overall number of jobs today is at 1996 levels. “What we really need to do with Medicaid expansion is adopt the same posture that we embrace with every other economic development project over the last several years. What that means is if an opportunity comes before us to bring in a significant investment in the state and bring in a substantial number of jobs, then it needs to prioritized,” Sivak said. Take the Nissan plant in Canton, which

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broke ground a decade ago. State officials regularly tout the factory as the jewel in the state’s economic-development crown—at least recent memory. Mississippi taxpayers have directly invested $377.8 million in incentives for the 3.5-million square-foot facility in Madison County. By the time that expansion is complete, Mississippi’s taxpayers will have fronted Nissan $83,955.56 for each of the 4,500 jobs and $2 billion in economy activity Nissan says it has brought to the state. The irony has not been lost on Democratic lawmakers such as Sen. Hillman Frazier, D-Jackson, who criticized Bryant’s recent push to spend about $500 million in unused federal housing grants to expand the Port of Gulfport.

“One of the things that I find ironic is that he wants to expand ports for boats but not health care for babies. Our people are more important than expanding ports for boats,” Frazier said. Hospitals would be the biggest industry benefitting from the health-care overhaul— right behind insurance companies—because the Medicaid expansion serves as a built-in mechanism to wipe away much of the debt hospitals accrue each year. In 2009, the American Hospital Association estimated this uncompensated care represented 6 percent of hospitals’ total expenses, around $40 billion. Compare this to $21.6 billion in 2000 and $12.1 billion in 1990. Until now, hospitals got some of the money back through federal Medicaid dis-

proportionate share hospital, or DSH, reimbursements, but ACA phases out DSH payments in exchange for getting more people enrolled in Medicaid. Mississippi hospitals could see $5 billion in DSH money go away as 200,000 people fall into a “gap” where because hospitals are not getting paid to treat them. “There really is no option to preserve the status quo,” Sivak said. “What you’re looking at now is a scenario where hospitals that receive these funds are looking at cuts, and they’ll have to respond by laying people off, cutting services—two things that would significantly affect rural communities.” Bryant has said the state should not peg its economy to what he derides as “welfare” spending. But government spending also

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hat Jackson Mayor Har- tenant governor each appoint one, and vey Johnson Jr. wants to the speaker of the House of Represensee from the state Leg- tatives appoints a non-voting member. islature hasn’t changed The city’s mayor appoints two residents much in the past year. of his or her choice and four members The city’s top two agenda items for “representing the business community” the 2013 legislative session are the same as from a list of eight nominees from the they were in 2012: Remove the language local chamber of commerce. requiring a state oversight committee from the localoption sales-tax law and get seven-figure financial help from the state to repair the Woodrow Wilson Avenue bridge over Mill Street. In 2009, then-Gov. Haley Barbour signed Senate Bill 3268 into law, which allows 60 percent of voters in municipalities to approve a 1-percent local sales tax for certain purposes, including infrastructure improvements, public safety, and loans or grants for large-scale economic development projects. The tax would not apply to some purchases, including food and medicine. How a municipality spends that money, however, is not up to its local Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is adamant about two government or voters. main issues this legislative session. In the law, legislators included a commission that would decide where the money That commission is where Johnson from the sales tax gets spent. Of the nine and the state have not been able to see commissioners, the governor and lieu- eye-to-eye. He believes the city of Jackson,

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as well as any other city, should be able to spend the money however it chooses. The revenue could equal as much as $15 million a year in the capital city. “It should be up to elected officials to decide on how public dollars are expended,” Johnson said at a press briefing on the subject. “We take exception to this commission being placed there in the legislation.” Last year, three Democratic representatives from Jackson: James Evans, Credel Calhoun, and Alyce Clarke authored House Bill 168, which would have removed the commission from the law. The bill passed by more than a twothirds majority in both the House and Senate, but later died in conference. Edward Blackmon, D.-Canton, is the chairman of the House Municipalities Committee. He blamed politics for killing HB 168 last year after both the House and Senate passed it. “I think the more the local officials get involved in pushing it, the more likely it is to (pass),” Blackmon told the JFP. Complying with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency consent decree with an estimated price tag of $400 million over 20 years is looming, giving the city the biggest reason for a local option sales tax it has ever had. If voters approve the tax for the EPA-required water and sewer improvements, though, Johnson fears the commission could decide to spend the funds elsewhere. That’s why, for the second year in a row, getting legislators to remove the commission from the law is No. 1 on Johnson’s legislative agenda.

Johnson maintains his focus on infrastructure with his second-highest priority, as well. The Woodrow Wilson Avenue bridge that crosses over Mill Street and the train yard is in need of repair, Johnson said, and the city can’t afford the needed work. To fund just the basic repairs, the city needs the legislature to approve at least $2 million in state funding for the bridge. “We received some money from the U.S. Department of Transportation, about $1 million, to plan and design the repairs for that bridge, but that’s not enough money,” Johnson said. Woodrow Wilson Avenue is a heavily trafficked thoroughfare. The bridge repairs are even more important because the city has plans for the avenue to serve as the city’s medical corridor. The consequences of not funding the repairs could be serious, Johnson said, not only for Jackson, but for all north-south railroad transportation in this area of the country. The last point on the city’s legislative agenda, for now, is the revitalization of the Highway 80 corridor. The city has already invested in the area by moving six city departments into Metrocenter Mall, building a new public transportation headquarters on Highway 80 and rezoning much of the surrounding area. Now the city is hoping the state will offer incentives to business owners and developers to bring commerce back to the area that was once the city’s retail center. Comment at jfp.ms. Email Jacob Fuller at jacob@jacksonfreepress.com.


cial than if you encourage the private sector to grow,” Thigpen said. Sivak has heard that argument before. “The reality is if you look in Mississippi over the last 10 years, there’s fewer businesses that are offering employer-sponsored health insurance,” Sivak said. “If you looked at the insurance that was provided in 2000, roughly 60 percent was provided through an employer. That number is now down around 51 or 52 percent.” There’s also a case to be made for Mississippi’s economic competitiveness. Arkansas, led by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe, has said it will expand. Tennessee, which has a Republican governor, has not announced whether it will expand or not. “If the workforce outlook in our surrounding states is more positive because a significantly higher percentage Ed Sivak, executive director of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, said the Legislature should of the population is insured, view Medicaid expansion like other economicthat puts us at a disadvantage development projects: as an investment. when trying to attract industry,” Sivak said. stamps, it gets that dollar plus 73 cents in The economics of health-care expaneconomic activity in return, almost doubling sion could make it irresistible to even the its investment. most fiscally conservative lawmakers. A Rep. Cecil Brown, a Jackson Democrat, growing chorus of civic and business groups sits on the House Medicaid Committee and who support expansion could provide Rebelieves the expansion would benefit work- publicans the political cover they need to ing people in Mississippi. pass an expansion. “We’re talking about people who work Specifically, the newly formed Missis40 (to) 50 hours a week whose employ- sippi Health Care Access coalition plans to ers don’t provide health insurance,” Brown press the Legislature to expand Medicaid. said, adding that any Medicaid expansion Coalition members include Mississippi bill would contain a provision to require chapters of the American Lung Associathe Legislature to reconsider the legislation, tion, American Heart Association, American probably in three years when the federal Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and government’s 100 percent coverage for the AARP as well as Partnership for a Healthy expansion decreases. Mississippi, Catholic Charities, Mississippi Like Sivak, Brown also believes that Religious Leadership Conference, MissisMedicaid-fueled health-care expansion sippi Human Services Coalition, Mississippi could be analogous to other economic de- Health Advocacy Program, Mississippi Cenvelopment projects the state has pursued in ter for Justice, Mississippi Economic Policy recent years. Center, Mississippi State Conference of the “If a company came in and said, NAACP, Southern Echo and the Children’s ‘We’ll create 9,000 jobs and offer health Defense Fund’s southern regional office. care to your people for $300 each, we’d be It’s important to remember that a all over it,’” Brown said. “That’s why no similar assemblage of business and law-enorganized group is against this. There are forcement officials complained about the some politicians who are against it. We costs of implementing an immigration bill think they’re wrong.” last year and was one of the reasons for the bill’s defeat. Power Plays “I think before its all said and done, The hard-line view Bryant holds we’re going to see a lot of ruby-red Republiagainst Medicaid expansion are rooted in cans who, despite their misgivings about the conservative ideals espoused by groups such Affordable Care Act, see it as something that as the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, could advance this state,” Jones said. a conservative-leaning think tank based in “They might do it holding their nose, Jackson. Forest Thigpen leads the MCPP, they might do it with a little bit of political which opposes Medicaid expansion, citing rhetoric mixed in there, but at the end of the the long-term costs. day, the deal is too good for them to pass up “The government has nothing to give on for political reasons.” except what it takes from others, so it’s a myComment at jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave opic view that taxing people is more benefi- at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Jackson Area Legislators House of Representatives Mark Baker, R-Brandon 601-359-3388 mbaker@house.ms.gov Earle S. Banks , D-Jackson 601-359-9392 ebanks@house.ms.gov Edward Blackmon, Jr., D-Canton, 601-359-3371 eblackmon@house.ms.gov Cecil Brown, D-Jackson 601-359-9396 cbrown@house.ms.gov Kimberly Campbell Buck, D-Jackson 601-359-4083 kcampbell@house.ms.gov Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson 601-359-2429 ccalhoun@house.ms.gov Alyce Griffin Clark, D-Jackson 601-359-9465 aclarke@house.ms.gov Mary H. Coleman, D-Jackson 601-359-9395 mcoleman@house.ms.gov Bill Denny, R-Jackson 601-359-3369 bdenny@house.ms.gov Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond 601-359-3339 ddixon@house.ms.gov Jim Evans, D-Jackson 601-359-2461 jevans@house.ms.gov Speaker Phillip Gunn, R-Clinton 601-359-3300 Rita Martinson, R-Madison 601-359-3131 rmartinson@house.ms.gov John L. Moore, R-Brandon 601-359-3330 jmoore@house.ms.gov Brad A. Oberhousen, D-Jackson 601-359-2439 boberhousen@house.ms.gov Ray Rogers, R-Pearl 601-359-3343 rrogers@house.ms.gov Adrienne Wooten, D-Ridgeland 601-359-2433 adrienneahooper@yahoo.com

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The Battle Over Schooling by Ronni Mott

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ublic-school K-12 education is slated to take a top spot on Mississippi lawmakers’ agendas again this year. State representatives and senators will focus the debate on two issues—probably with considerable heat on both sides of the aisle: the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (aka MAEP) and charter schools. Heat notwithstanding, Republicans will probably get their way on both issues. In the House, Speaker Philip Gunn did some reshuffling of the Education Committee. During the 2012 session, Democrats—with the help of three Republican charter-school opponents—held a slim majority of the 31-member committee; in this year’s session, the balance is in the Republicans’ favor. In the last session, Gunn axed longtime chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, and replaced him with committee neophyte Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon. For this session, Gunn removed Democrat Linda Whittington, a strong opponent of charter schools and another long-serving committee member. Her passion for service is reflected in the fact that she takes no salary or per diem from her position in the Legislature. In her place, Gunn appointed Republican Charles Busby of Pascagoula, a charter-school proponent. Busby narrowly defeated one-term Democrat Brandon Jones—who sat on the education committee—in 2011. Jones, now chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Trust, accused Gunn of using his speaker’s authority inappropriately in replacing Whittington. “Her removal from the Education Committee over a single policy issue is without precedent and makes clear that the speaker would rather stack the deck than risk losing a straight-up committee vote,” Jones said in a statement. “Issues involving public education in Mississippi deserve a full vetting by our legislators. With this decision, the speaker has ensured that that won’t happen here.” Gunn’s committee shuffling is within his purview and, in all fairness, Democrats might have done the same if they’d had the chance. Whittington maintained that stacking a committee in this way has never been done before. Republicans gained control of the House in 2011 for the first time since Reconstruction, giving them a majority in both houses of the Legislature in addition to holding every statewide elective position with the exception of the attorney general. If the state GOP was looking for a mandate from voters, that may be as good as it gets.

A Question of Priorities Viewed from the campaign stump, educating the state’s children is high on every politician’s wish list for creating Mississippi’s economic future. That lofty standing hasn’t translated well into allocating actual cash from the state budget, though. The state’s per-pupil spending ($9,708 in 2009) is among the lowest in the nation,

“The dropout statistics we report aren’t accurate. They’re not even close,” he said, indicating that 36 percent to 40 percent of Mississippi’s 8th-graders never make it to graduation. “In Jackson, it’s closer to 50 percent.” At the heart of each school district’s ability to pay for its public schools are the property taxes paid within the district. Areas

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Since 2008, the state Legislature has underfunded the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) by a total of $720 million. Additionally, lawmakers diverted school funds outside the MAEP—teacher supply funds, the public school building fund and others—from education to fund other state agencies. In total, in the last five years, the Legislature has allocated schools about $1 billion less than state law requires. This figure reflects only funds that go to schools; it does not include cuts to the Mississippi Department of Education’s departmental budget. As a result of these cuts to school budgets, districts laid off thousands of teachers and other education personnel, increased class size, lost numerous intervention and enrichment programs, and experienced slower progress in student achievement.

reported the Annie E. Casey Foundation in its annual “Kids Count” report. It’s nearly half of what the nation’s top spenders put into public education and well below the national average of about $11,700 per child. The state’s inability to provide adequate funding is reflected in poor academic performance. In 2011, 45 percent of 4th graders ranked “below basic” for reading; 42 percent of 8th graders were “below basic” in math. Minorities are disproportionately represented in the state’s failing education system: The high-school dropout rate for whites in 2010 was 13 percent; for blacks, it’s closer to 21 percent, the state Department of Education reports. “The average student is not getting what he or she needs,” Brown said. “… We tend to think that kids are little robots and that they come to school ready to learn. That’s just not the real world.” Brown said that Mississippi schools lack the resources for school counselors and health professionals. Kids bring their family issues to school—everything from alcoholism to broken families to domestic violence—and schools can’t ignore those issues and just expect the kids to sit quietly and learn.

where the citizens are less prosperous can’t put as much money into their schools as more affluent districts, resulting in an inherently unequal ability to provide quality education to children across the state. The Mississippi Legislature passed MAEP in 1997 to level the funding playing field for all of the state’s children who attend public schools. MAEP is designed to provide poorer districts with additional state funds so that each school district can provide at least an adequate education. Former Gov. William Winter, who helped usher in the formula, emphasized the fact that it is only designed to provide adequate education, not anything extraordinary. “We would still be last in almost any category,” he said. “… There has to be a way to raise the understanding of more citizens in this state of the imperative of investing whatever it takes to raise the quality of education.” The MAEP concept has not been popular enough in the Legislature to actually provide the money to make it work. In its 10-year existence, lawmakers have only given MORE SCHOOLING, SEE PAGE 20


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with sewage backing up in the bathrooms.” One of the factors in figuring the formula is that actual costs from the prior year are used to determine costs for next year. That means low funding in the past translates into low funding for the future, when costs for the 2010-2011 school year determine funding for the 2012-2013 year. The talk this year is that the Legislature may scrap the formula altogether, but as yet, no proposals have been publicly revealed. State Auditor Stacey Pickering wants to revised the formula to ensure that each school district reports to the state using the same criteria, for example. “[T]he definitions are not uniform across the state from school district to school district,” he told Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “They cannot be audited by federal law, so they shouldn’t be in the formula to start with. And we shouldn’t be using that to base this much of our state budged on.” House Education Committee Chairman Moore concurred with Pickering. He argued that a lot of the data coming in from the districts was inconsistent. That includes the way districts count daily attendance, report test scores and how

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many students are eligible for free lunches. operated by a group of teachers, parents or “If it skews the data even a little bit, dis- other qualified individuals. These individutricts that need more money are being penal- als enter into a contractual arrangement with ized, and then there are some districts that the state or school system and, as long as they are getting more money than they deserve,” he said, and mentioned Claiborne County as an example. Moore added that the formula should ensure money goes into classrooms and not administrative costs. “Who’s been driving this freight train?” Moore asked rhetorically, saying that he wants to get to the bottom of why the district reporting has been so inconsistent. In the years MAEP has been in place, Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, was chairman of the House he added, “no one has Education Committee for seven years. He believes the ever thought to look at most important thing to ensure good education for Mississippi’s children is community involvement in schools. this situation; there’s never been any audit. There’s never been anyone who questioned this formula.” prove that they are meeting their contractual If the data going in is garbage, the con- agreements with the sate or local district, they clusions drawn from it can’t be any better, operate largely free from state and district suhe said. “We want Mississippi to quit being pervision.” number 50,” he said, adding that he would While still a small part of the huge love to see people coming from all over to find public-education pie, the numbers of charout how the state went to No. 1 in education. ter schools in the United States are steadily growing. From 1999 to 2009, the number of Charters This Year? students enrolled in charter schools jumped Privatizing and monetizing public func- from 340,000 to 1.4 million, more than tritions have been at the core of conservative pling in a decade. In the 10-year period, charpolicy for decades, and education is no excep- ter schools went from making up 2 percent tion. In his 1996 book “Agenda for America: of all public schools to 5 percent with about A Republican Direction for the Future” (Re- 4,700 schools in the 2008-2009 school year. gency Publishing Inc.), former Mississippi Mississippi has had a charter-school law Gov. Haley Barbour hailed charter schools on the books since 1997, but as yet, no charas an important part of public-school choice ter schools. The dilemma hinges on details: for parents. He also urged the abolition of the How much supervision should the state give U.S. Department of Education and the end to charter schools, for example. of teacher unions and state certification. Part of last year’s legislative debate swirled “[C]harter schools encourage innova- around teacher certifications: The proposed tion and decentralization,” he wrote. “By bill stated that state Department of Educadefinition, charter schools are ‘public’ or gov- tion certification would only be required for ernment-funded schools that are created and

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the program its full due twice, after Hurricane Katrina for the 2006 and 2007 school years, when an influx of federal funds made up the difference. The Mississippi Department of Education has requested $2.4 billion to fully fund MAEP for the coming school year. If history repeats, the reality is that the Legislature will allocate a figure short of that by some $250 million. The lack of adequate money has left many of Mississippi’s school districts with crumbling buildings, not enough teachers or textbooks, and looking to their district’s taxpayers to make up the difference with increases in property and local sales taxes. “I’ve got schools up in the Delta where when it rains, you put out buckets, and the kids don’t have all their textbooks.” Whittington said. “… What are we thinking?” “Money is a necessity,” Brown said. “You can’t have schools that don’t have money to pay the utility bills. You can’t have schools that can’t pay teachers.” He added that hundreds of teachers across the state have been laid off because schools don’t have the funds to pay them. “They have bigger classrooms and fewer teachers. We have school building

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half the teachers in a charter school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you give me a well-funded school The bill failed to make it out of com- that has committed teachers and involved mittee by only one vote. parents, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give you a good school,â&#x20AC;? WhitOpponents say that charter schools tington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s will suck precious funds away from public charter or not.â&#x20AC;? schools, which has ocThe problems go curred in places where a lot deeper than who charter schools have controls the money. But been enacted. Public even staunch Demomoney for education crats are willing to give goes with the child, but them a try in districts that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t account for that consistently fail a districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fixed costs. their students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The local and â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have inherited federal money folsuch a huge economic lows the child to the and social and cultural new school,â&#x20AC;? Whitdeficit in Mississippi,â&#x20AC;? Former Mississippi Gov. William tington said. That Winter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had Winter was integral in bringing doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reduce costs such a huge imbalance early childhood education to Mississippi. He continues to be such as insurance, in the economic well-beinvolved in education. electricity, the salary ing of so many people. I for the school pringuess this is another way cipal or the cost of of saying that we are still running school bus routes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounds so paying the price for having neglected raising simple, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not.â&#x20AC;? opportunities for African Americans. â&#x20AC;Ś The Parents should not see charter schools public schools have had imposed on them a as a panacea for what ails education in Mis- burden they cannot meet.â&#x20AC;? sissippi, charter school opponents point out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think well-conceived and properly The record of charter-school successes is run charter schools have a place,â&#x20AC;? Winter mixed: Some are excellent, others failures. added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they may be the answer in Most fare no better or worse than traditional some of the poorer (school districts) that public schools. seem to be incapable of raising their own

standards. But I think charter schools are not the answer. I think they are an answer in certain situations. I think it would be a huge mistake to drain off public funds to set up another set of schools out there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I want the public to understand is that we need to be paying attention right now,â&#x20AC;? Whittington said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re about to start taking money away from our public schools, (which) are already underfunded. â&#x20AC;Ś Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fund public education before we start siphoning (funds) off.â&#x20AC;? Wait, Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s More In addition to MAEP and charter schools, look for bills this session to legislate teacher merit pay (a favorite of Gov. Phil Bryant) and at least a discussion of pre-K education. Gov. Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who was responsible for enacting statewide kindergarten classes in 1982â&#x20AC;&#x201D;said emphatically that a comprehensive, statewide pre-K program is the most important thing the state could do to ensure the future of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not creating charter schools. That, and teaching parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who themselves may not have a tradition and culture of learningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the importance of early education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The capacity of the brain to absorb learning is maximized in those early 3, 4 and 5 years,â&#x20AC;? Winter said in the interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we

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miss that opportunity, then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too late.â&#x20AC;? Whittington put it a bit more succinctly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Put the money on the front end,â&#x20AC;? she said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cheaper than spending it on incarcerating grownups who canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get jobs and cope. Moore wants to ensure Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools are the best in the country. The most important thing the Legislature can do is to give teachers what they need. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we give them the resources, I believe they can do the job,â&#x20AC;? he said. But resources arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only thing teachers need. We need to raise our esteem for the profession of teaching to meet the lip service so many have given it, Winter said, as vital educators of our children and the builders of our future. Ultimately, it has to come back to the local districts to make the difference, Brown said, because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who hires supervisors, teachers and where children will or wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get a good education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Legislature canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really do anything about educating kids. All of thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done in the schoolhouse,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Until communities get involved in the schools again, until communities where we have failing schools get outraged about the fact that their schools are failing, nothingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to change.â&#x20AC;? Comment at jfp.ms. Email Ronni Mott at ronni@jacksonfreepress.com.

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he pulse of any good neighborhood comes from the people who inhabit it. More than a collection of buildings and storefronts, it’s the folks inside and the passersby that give a place its energy. And in Fondren, uniquely, the buildings themselves are extensions of the people. The small businesses, shops and venues have real characters of their own, and it’s not by accident. Like with the murals on the walls around and behind Sneaky Beans, the entrepreneurs, artists and residents of the city created the environment in Fondren. Byron Knight, who opened Sneaky Beans as a coffee shop, gallery and music venue in 2008, welcomes the public art that graces the property. “It definitely wasn’t as festive” before the murals were painted in 2009, he says. “(Now,) probably five times a day people will walk down there to take pictures in front of all that stuff. Even wedding pictures. They’ll have the whole bridal party down there.” “Fondren’s not your typical neighborhood,” says Chane, a local business owner (of Swell-O-Phonic and his Studio Chane screen-printing empire), artist and proponent of an ongoing effort to see more art on the walls and buildings of Fondren. Elsewhere, he says, those murals “would freak people out, they’d call it graffiti. But it’s just another way we show how we exist; doing our art.” A few years back, Chane organized an effort to increase the presence of public art in Fondren. He calls the larger project, still unfinished, the “Twelve Wall of Fondren,” and the murals at Sneaky Beans were some of the first to be painted as part of the effort. Work by Scott Allen, Justin Schultz, Scott Sorensen and many others fill the Sneaky Beans lower parking lot. When Chane moved his store to its current location in Fondren Corner, he brought artwork from the old Swell-O-Venue skate park and relocated it to the outdoor gallery at Sneaky Beans. All that is in addition to the other murals around Fondren, and there’s consistent talk of more to come as artists see possibilities in the blank spaces on the walls.

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The murals by Scott Allen, Justin Shultz and Scott Sorensen outside Sneaky Beans are as much a part of its gallery experience as what is inside.

“Artists see an open canvas anywhere,” Chane says. “Jackson has got such a smart creative scene; photographers, plenty of artists, and musicians. There just needs to be more opportunity out there. Our art isn’t on walls, it’s on t-shirts, but we’re influenced by seeing art on walls.” “A lot of local artists would love to have a wall, they just haven’t had the opportunity yet,” he adds. “And that’s the main reason that I want to pick the reigns back up and go back into (the project). I’m not going to make anything off of it; it’s not even going to be on my property. It’s not going to make me a dollar more or less, but it is my neighborhood, and I think that’s the sentiment of everybody who owns a shop here.” “I remember always thinking it was the coolest place in Jackson,” Knight says of the neighborhood. And like many of the small business owners around him, his purpose in operating Sneaky Beans is to inject more energy into Fondren. “I was one of the first parts of any nightlife in Fondren, and that was one of my main goals, to have something to do after five,” Knight says. “I come here every day so I don’t get to see it from the eyes of others, but I definitely think I added a little bit.” Ultimately, that’s what the art at Sneaky Beans, and moreover, what the neighborhood itself, is about; individuals bringing a bit of themselves and their passions into the mix. Chane acknowledges the importance of support from businesses and building owners to the project, and he says that almost without exception, all parties are enthusiastic about improving the neighborhood through creativity and art. “It’s my vision that I’m going to carry out,” Chane says. “There’s still plenty of mural space out there. We’re not trying to collect opposition; we’re trying to create art.” Expect to see even more painted urban canvases dot the landscape of Fondren. In the meantime, next time you visit Sneaky Beans, walk down and take a look at the art. Take a picture.


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Creativity Over Razzle Dazzle by Anita Modak-Truran

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My favorite films for 2012 include: 1. “Argo”: A smart-mouthed CIA agent with the best of bad plans rescues six Americans from the Iranian Revolution with help from his Hollywood friends and the Canadians. I don’t even like Ben Affleck, but this film, which he directs and stars in, wonderfully spins truth and dramatic license in an entertaining and compelling way.

Ben Affleck (standing) stars in and directs “Argo,” which tops Anita Modak-Truran’s list of best 2012 films.

Advances in digital technology have led to more razzle dazzle and dizzying heights of visual showmanship. Movies have never looked better, but are they better? For all its fanfare and the hypedup 48 frames per second, “The Hobbit” wasn’t better than “The Lord of The Rings” trilogy. Instead, it came off redundant for those who had seen director Peter Jackson’s earlier works. If 2012 was judged before the winter roll-out, it would have quietly been buried under an overload of recycled special effects. I can’t count the number of prequels, sequels and reboots that blended into a generic 3-D landscape. Some weekends I thought I was seeing the same alien entry port that I seen the week before under a different title. The shift to better films started late this year, but what I saw made me reassess what I look for in a “best” film. My favorite films of the past year are not the prettiest, but the ones where my perspective shifted in some way or where something new was added to the cinematic vault. These are not perfect films, and some will never see the top of another critic’s list, but I feel compelled to honor those films that left the traditional studio comfort zone—probably to the loss of box office revenue—and leapt into the audacious realm of creativity without borders. My list doesn’t include some movies that you may have seen bandied about other top 10 lists, such as “Zero Dark Thirty” directed by Kathryn Bigelow, or “Amour,” which won the Palm D’Or at Cannes. The reason for these omissions is simple: These pictures have not reached our neck of the woods yet, and I’ve not seen what others have raved about. I look forward to the experience in 2013.

2. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Hushpuppy survives the beasts of the bayou. Even the wild shaky camera didn’t diminish the impact of a 6year-old making the best of her sad lot in life.

3. “Cloud Atlas”: Past, present and future merge into a spiritual revolution. It shouldn’t work with its shifting time periods and scores of characters, but the directing team of Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski broke conventional barriers with this film.

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4. “Flight”: Flying upside down and churning inside out, Denzel Washington gives an incredible performance. 5. “Les Misérables”: This is a seriously flawed film, but I can’t get the voices of the people out of my head. Anne Hathaway’s performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” is iconic. It helped sooth my ruffled feathers over Russell Crowe’s pinched-up rendition of “Stars.” 6. “Life of Pi”: A Bengal tiger and a skinny Indian boy on a raft in the middle of the ocean sound depressing, but under Ang Lee’s vision, this film soars. 7. “Lincoln”: The master politician, channeled from his grave to the screen by Daniel Day-Lewis, skillfully maneuvers the passage of the 13th Amendment in a war torn and divided country. Steven Spielberg shows us that words can be bloodier than battlefields.

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8. “Searching for Sugar Man”: An uplifting documentary exploring the reported death of Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Detroit who never developed a fan base in the U.S. but was more popular than Elvis in South Africa. 9. “Skyfall”: In the most dynamic Bond movie made in the 50-year history of the franchise, Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem rock the screen. 10. “The Dark Knight Rises”: This is a crowning achievement of Christopher Nolan’s landmark Batman trilogy.

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MINDgasm Erotic Poetry Night is at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe.

THROUGH 1/31 See the Mississippi Watercolor Society Art Exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery.

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Christmas on Ice at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison) continues through Jan. 6. Enjoy an ice-skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; christmasonice. com. … The Mississippi Music Foundation Singer-songwriter Showcase is at 6 p.m. at Brick Oven Pizza Company (2428 E. Parkway St., Hernando). The event spotlights the talents of Mississippi musicians. Vanessa Winter, Erica and Richard Massey, Wilson Harris and Corry Zurhorst perform. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Music Foundation’s Money Match program. No cover, donations welcome; call 662-429-2939; mississippimusicfoundation.org.

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Today is the last day to see the Christmas Tree Display at Farish Street Park (Farish and Hamilton streets). Free; call 601-941-3230 or 202-256-6021. … The Mississippi Watercolor Society Art Exhibition at the Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.) hangs through Jan. 31. Free; call 601-960-1582. … Shop and dine during Fondren After 5 from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606. … liveRIGHTnow hosts the fondRUN pub run at 6 p.m. in Fondren. Run or

of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The exhibit has more than 20 robotic dinosaurs, a rubbing station and a fossil dig site. $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org.

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BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi’s annual Mississippi Blues Marathon and Half Marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. in downtown Jackson. Registrations are sold out for the marathon, but children can still register for the kids’ race for $10, and spectators can watch for free. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Mississippi Blues Commission. Visit msbluesmarathon.com. … The BankPlus Racing Vehicle Extravaganza is from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). See more than 160 racing, custom and performance vehicles including the “Casper” monster truck and the “Split Personality” 1963 Corvette. Meet NASCAR champion Bobby Allison and Spongebob Squarepants. Continues Jan. 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12, $8 tickets sold at O’Reilly Auto Parts stores, free children’s tickets at BankPlus BY LATASHA WILLIS locations; email wsbissell@aol. com; mrve.webs.com. … Blue JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi’s Blues Crawl starts at 7 p.m. FAX: 601-510-9019 Enjoy blues music all evening at DAILY UPDATES AT Burgers & Blues, Hal & Mal’s, JFPEVENTS.COM Ole Tavern, F. Jones Corner, Martin’s, The Penguin, Sneaky Beans and Underground 119. Fondren Trolley service available to all locations except Burgers & Blues. $10 wristband (buy from any participating venue). … Nameless Open Mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform.

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walk two miles, and end with drinks at a Fondren restaurant. Parking behind Regions Bank off Lorenz Boulevard. Free; liverightnowonline.com.

The exhibit “Choctaw Gardens: Photographs by Hilda Stuart” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) closes today. Includes images of her son Marty Stuart. Free; call 601-960-1515. … Leon Russell and Shannon McNally perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 601292-7121 or 800-745-3000; ardenland.net.

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January 2 - 8, 2013

Visit the exhibit “Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold and Back” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science through Jan. 6.

Amos Brewer performs Fridays at The Penguin from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. … The exhibit “Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold 26 and Back” is up through Jan. 6 at the Mississippi Museum

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The exhibit “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, His Life In The Struggle: A Pictoral History” hangs through Jan. 19 at Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St.,

Pianist John Paul and violinist Thomas Lowe (left to right) perform during Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art Jan. 8 at 5:15 p.m.

Suite 4). Includes photography and writings. Free; call 601960-9250; email gallery1@jsums.edu.

TUESDAY 1/8

Thomas Lowe and John Paul perform during Music in the City at 5:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515. … Soul Wired Cafe hosts MINDgasm Erotic Poetry Night at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

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The World of Walter Anderson Art Exhibit at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St., Brandon) hangs through Jan. 31. Includes watercolors and pencil drawings. Free; call 601-825-2672; cmrls.lib.ms.us. … Andy Young of Pearl River Glass Studio talks about the 40th anniversary of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.


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Lunch Bunch Forum Jan. 9, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In the Community Room. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson and Jackson 2000 are the hosts. The topic is “Students as Historians: Teaching Civil Rights,” Representatives from the McComb School District are the speakers. RSVP to receive lunch. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015. Mississippi Bridal Show and Expo Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The theme is “A Touch of Class.” The event includes workshops, food samples, a fashion show, entertainment and giveaways. $20; call 601-988-1142 or 601672-5595; msbridalshowandexpo.com. 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.

#/--5.)49 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. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Jan. 5, 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. Free; call 601956-7444. Fashion Week New Orleans Model Casting Call Jan. 5, 2-4 p.m., at Gulfport Premium Outlets (1000 Factory Shop Blvd., Gulfport), at the food court. Women must be at least 5’7” barefoot and wear heels, and men must be at least 5’11”. Wear black. Fashion Week New Orleans is March 20-24. Free; email info@ fashionweeknola.com; fashionweeknola.com. American Board Teaching Information Session Jan. 8, 4 p.m.. and 6:30 p.m., at YMCA Downtown Jackson (800 E. River Place). Learn how to earn a professional teaching license. Teacher certification specialist Ashley Guy is the facilitator. Bachelor’s degree required. Online registration available. Free; call 877-669-2228; americanboard.org. Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarship Program through Jan. 11 The foundation offers scholarships to at-risk high school students. Students who are graduating in 2013 and live within 50 miles of a Simon property such as Northpark Mall may apply. The deadline is Jan. 11. Free; call 317-263-7694; email byoung@ simon.com; syf.org.

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Brandon Youth Art Contest through Jan. 11, at Brandon Public Library (1475 W. Government St,, Brandon). The theme is “The ABCs of Nature.” Children in grades K-12 may compete using any medium, and entries must be no larger than 8.5”x11”. Submit by Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. The awards ceremony is Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-825-2672; cmrls.lib.ms.us.

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Winter Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Most classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130.

Belk Service Learning Challenge. Middle-school students within 50 miles of Jackson work in teams of two to four to identify a community issue and come up with a plan to address it. Submit entries by March 14. Prizes given. Free; belkservicelearningchallenge.com.

7%,,.%33 Events at Dance Unlimited Studio, Byram (6787 S. Siwell Road, Suite A, Byram). $4-$5; peure.zumba.com. • Zumba Toning Classes Wednesdays, 6:507:35 p.m. The exercise class incorporates Latininspired aerobics and body-sculpting exercises. Purchase toning sticks or use one- to twopound weights. • Zumba Sentao Classes Saturdays, 9:45 a.m.10:15 a.m. The exercise class incorporates Latininspired aerobics and chair-based choreography. Space limited; reservation required. Zumba Fitness Classes Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at Dance Unlimited Studio, Florence (3091 Highway 49 S., Suite E, Florence). The aerobics class features rhythmic moves set to Latin and international music. $4-$5; peure.zumba.com. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601707-7355. 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.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. “Fiddler on the Roof” Auditions Jan. 3, 7 p.m., Jan. 4, 7 p.m. and Jan. 5, 10 a.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The audition consists of cold readings from the script, learning portions of songs from the show and a short choreography piece. For ages 10 and up. Production dates are Feb. 28-March 10. Free; call 601-8251293; email brtc12@gmail.com. “Jesus Christ Superstar” Auditions Jan. 5, 9 a.m., at The Haven Theatre (126 E. Cherokee St., Brookhaven). For ages 14 and up; appointment required. Callbacks held Jan. 7, and production dates are April 12-21. Free; call 601695-0756; haventheatre.org. It’s About You Film Festival Call for Submissions. The festival is Feb. 23-March 2 and showcases positive films about people of African descent. Films may be of any genre and can be narratives or documentaries. Submit two DVDs by Jan. 15. $35-$50 entry fee, $20 students and youth; call 601-259-7598 or 769-226-3725; blackhistoryplus.weebly.com.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton). Free; call 601-859-3202; mcls.ms. • Rising Readers Story Time Jan. 8-9, 10:15 a.m. Children enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. The Jan. 8 session is for ages 3-5. • Teen Book Club, Grades 9-12 Jan. 8, 3:454:45 p.m. This month’s book is Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.” Pizza party included; space limited.


Ready to Roar Reading Time, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Tuesdays-Fridays at 1 p.m., children enjoy listening to a story at the Between the Lions exhibit in the Literacy Gallery. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469. Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest, at Pets Add Life (661 Sierra Rose Drive, Reno, Nev.) . Students in grades 3-8 submit poems about their pets, and a student in each grade level has a chance to win pet product gift certificates, publishing of the poem and a $1,000 scholarship toward pet education in their classrooms. Submit by Jan. 31. Free; petsaddlife.org.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 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. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469. • Healthy Moves Dance Day Jan. 5, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Children enjoy dance workshops and learn ways to be healthy. • Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232; email education@ newstagetheatre.com; newstagetheatre.com. • Adult Acting Class Registration through Jan. 4. Actor and playwright John Maxwell is the instructor, and classes are Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 8-24. Space limited; register by Jan. 4. $125. • Creative Dramatics and Acting Technique Class Registration. Children in grades 1-6 learn basic acting techniques. Classes are Saturdays at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. from Feb. 16-April 6. Deadline is Feb. 15. $150. • Creating a Character Class Registration through March 15. Students in junior high and high school develop a character to portray. Topics include scene work and textual analysis. The eight-week class starts March 18, and classes are Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. for eight weeks. Registration required. $150. Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the Academy Building. Call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. • Ballroom Dance Lessons Jan. 6 and Jan. 27, 5-6 p.m. James Frechette, owner of Applause Dance Factory, teaches the West Coast Swing. $10 per person. • Jay’s Winter Soup Workshop Jan. 8, 5:30-8 p.m. Learn soup recipes from Roca Restaurant chef Jay Parmegiani. Registration required. $35, $30 members. Events at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Registration required. Call 601-898-8345. • One-day Culinary Basics Jan. 6, 1-6 p.m. Topics include kitchen terminology, equipment and knife skills. $135.

• Viking University Jan. 7-Feb. 4, 6 p.m. The six-week culinary program covers cooking basics such as making sauces, grilling and braising. Classes are Mondays from 6-9 p.m. $599. Hoot and Holler Day Camp Jan. 4, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). 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; call 601-960-1515. 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. Adult Acrylic Painting Class, at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Bring your own 11-by-14-inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-992-6405; email theartist@danielmacgregorstudios.com. 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 601-855-0107 for prices; email ritsartist@aol.com; pat-walkerworkshops.com.

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LADIES NIGHT

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • “To Paint and Pray: The Art and Life of William R. Hollingsworth Jr.” through Jan. 13 The exhibit includes the late artist’s paintings and other artifacts from his life. $3-$5. • “Artists by Artists” through Jan. 13 See how artists have portrayed each other through loose sketches and formal portraits. $3-$5. • “Visionaries: The Legacy of the Mississippi Art Association” through Jan. 27, in the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. See works from William P. Silva, Caroline Compton, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, Helen Jay Lotterhos, Eudora Welty, Karl Wolfe and more. Free. Events at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Free; call 601-960-1582. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Art Exhibition through Jan. 31 See watercolor paintings from several artists through Jan. 31. • Yvette Sturgis and S. Kellum Art Exhibit. See Sturgis’ painting and Kellum’s hanging sculptures until the spring of 2013.

"%4(%#(!.'% Open Wings Workshop: Expression Through Art Jan. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m., at Region 8 Mental Health Services (613 Marquette Road, Brandon), in the conference room (use administrative entrance). Includes doodle exercises, discussing a self-expression plan and making an art project. Open Wings is a support network for everyone affected by mental illness, including family members, friends, professionals and educators. Open to all ages and skill levels. Free; call 601-957-1586. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

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DIVERSIONS | music

Now, Now Weaves Intricate ‘Threads’ by Micah Smith

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on’t be ashamed if the Minnesota-based indie-rock slew of new opportunities, such as being featured on “Late three-piece act Now, Now has slipped past you. Night with Jimmy Fallon” in November 2012 and fronting Since its formaa U.K. tour with Motion tion in 2003, it City Soundtrack. hasn’t exactly been “up and That mammoth-sized coming.” Even though the step also forced singer Cacie band has opened for heavy Dalager, guitarist Jess Abbott hitters like Paramore and and drummer Bradley Hale Mates of State amidst to knuckle down on their label changes and revolvsong-crafting. This is most ing-door memberships, evident in their single, “Preit has remained decidedly historic,” which covers the low-key. Or at least, it has age-old theme of moving on until now. with Now, Now’s own enThe band may have gaging approach. Dalager’s reached its stride with the dulcet voice rises over the release of its second fullslow clipping of guitars and length album, “Threads.” light, persistently sweeping Keeping good company electronic tones before joinwith fellow female-led ing with a striking and suralternative groups Eisley prisingly grungy refrain. Now, Now’s “Threads” is a consistent but imperfect and Rilo Kiley, Now, Now Where “Threads” sucalbum for the burgeoning young band. avoids the conventions of ceeds most is in its complete “girl rock” and manages to unity, allowing the album to create an album that feels both experienced and fresh. feel like more than an unintentional assortment of songs. Signing with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Wal- Short, attaching tracks like the charming “Dead Oaks” and la’s label Trans Records in late 2011 opened Now, Now to a the title track-connecting intro, “The Pull,” go a long way

to pushing “Threads” toward the scarcely settled territory of fully realized pieces of art. To the band’s credit, no song on the album is wholly the same as another, and Now, Now triumphs in giving each segment of a song distinct textures that keep it from getting stale. “Lucie, Too” sports droning Rhodes keys and a gentle bass line that quickly disappears beneath a wave of tasteful distortion and a foot-tapping electric riff. Even though songs like “Wolf,” “Magnet,” and “School Friends” feature backing synth loops, they remain unique. With all of the things Now, Now does exceptionally well in “Threads,” it is unfortunate that words fall to the wayside. Dalager seems content with coating some of these carefully constructed songs with lines about boys and, most frequently, lacking sleep. At times acting as little more than lyrical placeholders, verses like, “You have a girlfriend, but she’s not your girlfriend. She’s just your friend for the night,” can feel juvenile and altogether forgettable in this otherwise outstanding album. Despite a snag in the form of some throwaway lyrics, Now, Now’s “Threads” triumphs in weaving a varied yet cohesive tapestry with more personality and proficiency than most bands could shake a needlepoint at. Fans of indie-rock music such as Lydia, All Get Out and Manchester Orchestra: If Now, Now wasn’t on your radar before, now it definitely should be.

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by Natalie Long

Music Resolutions

January 2 - 8, 2013

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• Dawes, “Nothing is Wrong” (ATO Records) • Of Monsters and Men, “My Head is an Animal” (Universal Records) • The Head and the Heart, self-titled debut album (Sub Pop Records) • Gotye, “Making Mirrors” (Universal Republic) • Scars on 45, “Give Me Something”

(Atlantic’s Chop Shop Records) • The Wailin’ Jennys, “Bright Morning Stars” (Red House Records) • The Lumineers, self-titled album (Dualtone Records) COURTESY DUALTONE RECORDS

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appy New Year to everyone! I am super excited that 2013 is finally here. Jackson’s music scene last year was full of new album releases, new bands forming and becoming local overnight sensations, national and regional acts coming through Jackson and introducing all of us to new music, as well as and new venues opening to give us other options to hear live local music. I look forward to seeing what all this new year will bring us musically in the City with Soul. I was grateful to hear awesome music in 2012 for the first time, some new acts and some that have been around for awhile. You should check out these bands and their albums as soon as possible.

The Lumineers’ debut album is one you should check out.

While it’s traditional to make New Year’s resolutions on the first of January, this year my resolution list could be translated into a new year wish list. Here’s what I have so far:

• See more R&B artists and DJs performing in Jackson, as well as rap artists. • Attend as many concerts as possible (however, don’t take attendance at your shows if you play on school nights. It’s almost impossible for me to do anything Monday through Thursday.) • See bands that perform music I don’t usually listen to. Hopefully, all of you will keep introducing me to different types of music and bands, both new and old. • Keep an open mind when critiquing artists’ albums and come up with better adjectives. I’m so tired of saying, “Y’all were really good.” My vocabulary needs some spark to describing our local artists’ music. • Buy more local music from local musicians when I attend their shows, as long as they are cool with post-dated checks. I will also babysit for CDs. • Encourage my out-of-town friends to visit Jackson more often and to spread the word around more about our city’s music scene.

• I wish for another downtown music venue to bring more revenue to the city, more regional acts to Jackson, as well as will give both musicians and music lovers another option to hear live music. • I wish for more open-mic nights and singer-songwriters nights in Jackson, giving musicians, either amateur or ones who took time off to raise a family and now have an empty nest, a place to perform their songs, and hopefully get gigs at other venues. • I wish, once a month, all of the musicians and fans here in Jackson could get together and just visit, like a big ol’ family reunion. Usually at gigs, the musicians don’t have time to visit with their fans, or anyone else for that matter. I know it’d be crazy to fit this event into the gazillion bands/performers’ schedules, but it would be fun for everyone to get together to swap stories. (And if something like this already exists, please let me know. I’d love to come!)

There are many more resolutions I’m sure that will come to mind in the next few weeks, but you get the picture. My wishes for Jackson’s music scene are:

So, once again, Happy New Year to you, and I hope you make a concerted effort to attend as many concerts as you can in 2013. Auld Lang Syne!


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DIVERSIONS | jfp sports

the best in sports over the next seven days

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Mississippi Bowling by Bryan Flynn

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl Jan. 1, 11 a.m., ESPN 2 Mississippi State (8-4) faces Northwestern (9-3) in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl. The last time MSU lost a bowl game was in 1999 in the Cotton Bowl against Texas. The low light for the Bulldogs might have been their 41-24 loss to in-state rival Ole Miss. It was their first Egg Bowl loss after winning three straight. The Wildcats are looking for their first bowl victory since the 1949 Rose Bowl. Since that win, Northwestern has lost nine bowl games, four straight from 2008 to 2011. Northwestern features do-everything junior Kain Colter who played quarterback and wide receiver this season. Colter passed for 796 yards with eight touchdowns, ran for 820 yards with 12 touchdowns and caught 16 passes for 169 yards. The Wildcatsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; passing leader is Trevor Siemian who passed for 1,192 yards with six touchdowns, and the rushing leader is Venric Mark, who ran for 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns. Colter, Siemian and Mark led an offense that averaged 31.5 points per game and 230.9 rushing yards per game. MSU will be without running back Nick Griffin who tore his ACL in an early December practice. Griffin was becoming the main backup to starting running back LaDarius Perkins. That leaves the Bulldogs with Josh Robinson, who rushed for 244 yards, and

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lost last year to SMU, 28-6. This is the first time the Panthers head to Birmingham with the man who led them for the season. Current coach Paul Chryst decided to stay at Pitt even with his name being floated as a possible candidate to take the Wisconsin head-coaching vacancy. First-year head coach Hugh Freeze has gotten the Ole Miss program back on track. The Rebels defeated MSU in the Egg Bowl and are in a bowl game for the first time since 2009. They won their last four bowl games with their last loss in 2000 in the Music City Bowl against West Virginia. Ole Miss has won eight of their last nine bowl games. Bo Wallace, who passed for 2,843 yards with 19 touchdowns, leads the Ole Miss offense, was the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second leading rusher with 363 yards and added eight touchThe JFP picks Mississippi State to win the Gator downs on the ground. Jeff Scott Bowl in a close game. led the Rebels in rushing with 826 yards and six touchdowns. BB VA Compass Bowl Rebels wide receiver Donte Moncrief Jan. 5, noon, ESPN is the biggest big play threat on the field for Ole Miss faces a Pittsburgh team either team. Moncrief caught 60 passes for that certainly had an interesting year. 948 yards and 10 touchdowns. He put on a The Panthers started the season losing show against MSU in the Egg Bowl catching to FCS Youngstown State and fellow Big seven passes for 173 yards and three touchEast competitor Cincinnati. Pitt stunned downs. The Pitt defense better make sure Virginia Tech, ranked 13th at the time, they know where Moncrief is on every Ole for their first win of the season and sent Miss offensive snap and not blow coverage Notre Dame, who is playing for the Na- on this playmaker. tional Championship, to triple overtime Both teams are 6-6, so the winner gets before falling. to claim a winning season. Pitt is hoping to Quarterback Tino Sunseri, who passed make a statement by beating an SEC team for 3,103 yards with 19 touchdowns, and in its final season in the Big East before leavrunning back Ray Graham, who rushed for ing for the ACC next season. Ole Miss could 1,042 with 11 touchdowns, lead the Pan- be a part of an undefeated SEC bowl group. thers on offense. Both programs want to use this game as a Pitt is playing in the BBVA Compass stepping stone to big things next season. Bowl for a third straight year. The Panthers My pick: Ole Miss 31, Pitt 17

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This is a big week in sports: The NFL Playoffs begin, and a college football national champion will be crowned. Two of college footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most storied programs will battle it out for all the marbles.

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 College football (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN): The Fiesta Bowl features a contrast in styles as the blue collar, tough and physical Kansas State Wildcats take on the speed, flash and offensive machine that is the Oregon Ducks. FRIDAY, JAN. 4 College football (7-10 p.m. Fox): Other than the national championship game, the Cotton Bowl could be the best bowl-game matchup. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny â&#x20AC;&#x153;Footballâ&#x20AC;? Manziel leads the Texas A&M Aggies against former Big 12 foe and rival the Oklahoma Sooners. SATURDAY, JAN. 5 College football (noon-3 p.m. ESPN): Ole Miss Rebels coach Hugh Freeze looks to end his first year in Oxford with a winning season and a bowl victory against the Pitt Panthers. SUNDAY, JAN 6 College football (8-11 p.m. ESPN): Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing better to end Wildcard weekend in the NFL than with some MACtion on Sunday night, as the Kent State Golden Flashes face the Sun Belt champion Arkansas State Red Wolves. MONDAY, JAN 7 College football (7:30-11 p.m. ESPN): Notre Dame is looking to win its first title since 1988, but Alabama is aiming at its third title in four years and the SEC seventh straight when these two teams meet in the BCS National Championship Game. TUESDAY, JAN 8 College basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN): The Missouri Tigers begin their first season of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball in the SEC by hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide. WEDNESDAY, JAN 9 NBA (7-9:30 p.m. ESPN): The struggling Los Angeles Lakers hope to start righting their season against the always-tough San Antonio Spurs on the road. The NFL Playoffs begin Saturday with Wildcard Weekend. NBC hosts a double header Saturday with games at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Sunday playoff begins on CBS at 1 p.m. and picks up on Fox at 3:30 p.m. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports


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Good Organic Gardening Advice—for the South? by Jim PathFinder Ewing

Well, I’m happy to say, there’s one southern book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf (no matter what region you live in). COURTESY CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING

Take advantage of the plentiful organic growing advice in these books and more.

“Organic Gardening Down South,” by Nellie Neal (2008, Mackey Books, $15.95) is written specifically for people who want to grow organically

and live in the South—or, as Neal says, where the ground doesn’t freeze and the bugs never die! If you can grow organically in the Deep South, you can grow anywhere. People who live in Maine, like Coleman, don’t have to contend with T-shirt weather and mosquitoes on New Year’s Day. People in California certainly have sunny weather, but not routine simultaneous triple digits in heat and humidity! Tropical and semi-tropical weather patterns—especially, as she notes, compounded with climate change warming temperatures—poses unique challenges to the Southern organic gardener. Neal, who is popularly called The Garden Mama, is an authentic gardening expert of some 50 years, as she admits. Perhaps a prophet without honor (or enough of it, anyway) in her own land, Neal hosts a local radio show on gardening, writes a popular column, and lives in Fondren. (Visit her website: gardenmama.com.) Neal is a true organic pioneer—in the South as much as Coleman, at least. So, if I could suggest only one organic gardening book? As much as I am a fan of Coleman, if you live in the South, for good practical advice, especially for the new grower or newcomer, read “Organic Gardening Down South.” Then, read Coleman’s books!

Jim PathFinder Ewing’s new book, “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating” (Findhorn Press) is in bookstores now. You can also find Ewing on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @edibleprayers or visit blueskywaters.com.

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and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living by Scott Nearing and Helen Nearing” (1990, Schocken Books, $16.95). It’s a homesteading bible. The Nearings epitomized the “back to the land” movement, leaving the city in 1932 to live off of the land and their own backs and hands, and inspired a generation—including Eliot Coleman, who bought six acres of their land and helped establish something of an early organic commune. OK, I agree, this is starting to sound a bit cultish, but between the Rodales, founders of Organic Gardening Magazine and the organic science Rodale Institute, and the Walters family, of ACRES USA fame—these are the recognized pioneers of the ecological and organic farming movement in America. W h i c h brings us to the missing piece: What about the South? All of the previous books, and most on organics, are written by and about people living in the Northeast. COURTESY SCHOCKEN BOOKS

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f you could suggest to beginning to fairly advanced gardeners only one reference book about organic gardening, what would it be? The first ones that come to my mind are Eliot Coleman’s books. The one that’s most timely is his “The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses” (2009, Chelsea Green Publishing, $29.95). It’s chock full of information about growing food in cold weather. Or, for year round, try his “Four-Season Harvest: How to Harvest Fresh Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long,” by Eliot Coleman and Kathy Bary (1992, Chelsea Green Publishing, $24.95). It’s the basis for his cold-weather book, going more in-depth about winter plants. For the basics, check out “The New Organic Grower: A Master’s Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener (A Gardener’s Supply Book),” by Eliot Coleman, Sheri Amsel and Molly Cook Field (1995, Chelsea Green Publishing, $24.95). I think what Coleman has done at his Four Seasons Farm in Maine is simply fantastic and a model for any wouldbe market gardeners—that is, people with a limited amount of space like a backyard and turning it into cash. To go deeper into the history of Coleman and organics, and its fundamentals, one could point to “The Good Life: Helen

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San’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake

by Spencer Nessel

Add eggs, one by one, then the sour cream and vanilla. 1 stick butter 1/2 cup brown sugar Sift the dry ingredients to1 cup sugar 2 tablespoon butter gether and add them little by 2 eggs 2 tablespoon flour little at a time to the batter. 1/2 pint sour cream 1 teaspoon cinnamon Make sure the ingredients for 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup nuts, chopped extract the streusel are all blended to2 cups flour gether properly—use a blend1 teaspoon baking soda er if necessary. 1 teaspoon baking You can use a powder Bundt cake pan or 1 teaspoon salt a regular bread pan. Grease it with butter My grandand pour about half mother Sandy’s to three quarters coffee cake is the of the batter in the perfect way to end pan, then add half any meal. It makes the streusel on top. Sour cream cake provides a sense for this parTake a knife and light finish to a heavier meal. ticular meal as the swirl it through to preceding dishes are spread the streusel not very light, so the sour-cream cof- a bit more throughout the cake. Then fee cake works well as the finale. Sandy add the rest of the batter and then the is the best baker I know, and I always remaining streusel on top of that. Bake treasure her recipes—this one is straight for 40-45 minutes on 350 degrees. Let from her collection! it cool before you take it out of the pan Start by creaming the butter and and serve with vanilla ice cream and a sugar together in a standing mixer. nice cup of coffee.

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Smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels are not unfamiliar to my family. When I visit my grandparents, the classic Jewish mainstay is my breakfast every morning. This salmon paté will bring Spiced salmon pate is an modern some familiar flavors but in a different twist on a Jewish favorite. form. It also needs to be refrigerated at least a few hours before you serve it, preferably overnight to build the flavor. The classic way to do salmon is with mustard, dill and lemon—and it’s fine if you want to stick with those flavors for this dish, but my recipe branches out of that for a warmer, more seasonal approach. Start the dish by putting the white wine and slicing half a lemon into a saucepan. Salt and pepper the salmon. Wait till the wine has come to a boil, and put the salmon in the pan. Cover it and reduce the heat. Let it poach for about five minutes, or until medium rare. While the salmon cools down, lightly toast the coriander and fennel seeds in a pan until they are fragrant, then blend them in a spice grinder or mortal and pestle them. Once the salmon has cooled down, put it in a food processor along with the cream cheese, sour cream, mustard and spices. Squeeze half a lemon in, and use the “pulse” setting to lightly blend it. Do not let it blend repeatedly; just get it to a smooth consistency and cut it off. Salt and pepper it to taste, and refrigerate. Serve cold with crostini and a few slices of avocado underneath.

Grandson’s Brisket with Caramelized Shallots and Carrots Brisket is a mainstay for Jewish holidays and feasts. It’s the ultimate comfort food for me, and the smell of it takes me straight to memories of my family at the dinner table for the High Holidays. As traditional as brisket is, my family’s recipe is ever changing. My grandmother’s recipe is drastically different from my mother’s, and mine has bits and pieces of each of theirs, along with a few additions of my

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Rosemary Latkes with Garlic and Chive Sour Cream For Latkes

Canola or vegetable oil 1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes 1-2 medium-sized shallots 2 teaspoon fresh rosemary 1/4 cup fresh parsley 2 large eggs 2/3 tablespoon flour or matzo meal

A classic Hanukkah tradition, latkes are eaten all throughout the holidays and typically always served with sour cream (sometimes even applesauce). The perfect latke is somewhere between a tater tot and potato chip. My recipe calls for a few, simple, hearty ingredients that bring a little winter flare to the latke. Make the sour cream first so you don’t make the latkes wait. Simply mince the garlic, almost into a paste, chop the chives and mix with the sour cream. Zest or juice a little bit of the lemon into it for a little extra brightness. Remember that the longer you let the sour cream sit in the fridge, the more the garlic flavor will build. Fill up a large bowl about halfway with water and squeeze half a lemon in it—this will prevent the potatoes from

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turning brown. Grate the potatoes into the water and then take the potatoes out of the water and put them into a few heavy-duty paper towels or a thin kitchen towel and squeeze out the excess moisture. Let the potatoes continue to drain for about 10 minutes in the bowl. While the potatoes drain, mince the shallots (or grate them), chop the herbs and beat the eggs. Then pour out most of the liquid, but leave a bit of that white starch at the bottom. Add the flour, eggs, shallot, herbs, and salt and pepper. Heat up about a quarter inch of oil in a frying pan—once the temperature reaches about 350 you can start frying. Be sure to mold the latkes relatively thin. Fry them for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown, and then drain the excess oil on some paper towels.

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’ve already professed my habit of pairing crafting with wine. This leaves me with plenty of wine corks, but luckily, that just means a new material to make something cool with. You could buy one of those pre-made cork board or cork trivet kits, but where’s the fun in that? Making your own wine corkboard is very easy and less expensive than those kits anyway. Just start with a fun and funky frame. These corkboards are (in my opinion), the perfect wedding present—a little different than what everyone else will bring, handmade, customizable and useful in any home. I’ve made close to 20 of them now (family members and friends save me their corks to add to my stash). It warms my heart to visit friends and see my handiwork hanging in their halls.

Backless frame Plywood Hammer Nails Hot glue gun Corks Optional: Spray paint Sharpie or paint

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Cut a piece of plywood to fit the back of the frame. It should overlap the wood a half-inch to an inch or so. If you don’t have the equipment to cut the wood straight, just ask someone for help at your local hardware store. That’s what I always do, anyway.

After deciding on a design and placing all the corks, take a step back and see if any need to be switched out. Would a fatter cork fit a certain area? A longer one? Switch out corks until they are all fitted comfortably—tight but not about to burst.

Step 2: Using small nails so they won’t go through the front of the frame, nail the plywood to the back.

Other designs to try:

Step 6: A “quilted” look

Step 3: (Optional) Spray paint the frame and wood whatever color you wish (see the painted frame in the supplies list).

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, start placing corks to test our the best configuration for the space in your frame. Sometimes the corks fit better one direction than another. I like to mix up horizontal and vertical corks for a quilted look, but it left awkward spaces in this particular frame.

Working one row at a time, take out the corks, put down a line of hot glue, and place the corks back in. Make sure the part of the design you want to show is visible as you glue them in.

Step 7: Use a sharpie, paint pen or regular paint to add decoration to the cork if you want. I like to save any blank corks to put in a row, providing a place to write a message or record an important date.

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