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riginally from Itta Bena, Euvester Simpson returned to Mississippi after starting high school in Wisconsin, and graduated from Greenwood’s Amanda Elzy High School. In 1963, when she was 17, a friend asked her to attend a civil-rights meeting. “I got involved because I wanted to work with other people to change the conditions in my community and in the state,” she says. That June, Simpson was jailed in Winona with Fannie Lou Hamer, Annell Ponder, James West and June Johnson. The group was returning from a citizenship school in South Carolina. “We got arrested for using the so-called white side of the bus terminal,” she says. While in jail, deputies and black prisoners beat Simpson and the others repeatedly, which only served to strengthen their resolve. “I got the least of it,” Simpson says, while Hamer took the brunt. She spent four nights in a jail cell with Hamer. Simpson, now 67, also participated in 1964’s Freedom Summer. The Coalition of Federated Organizations organized a season of civil-rights activity in Mississippi, which included establishing “freedom” schools and registering African Americans to vote. Violence was heavy during Freedom Summer, Simpson says, not just from groups like the Ku Klux Klan, but from state and local authorities, too. Simpson was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee field secretary from 1963 to 1965. SNCC’s members were black Missis-


sippians and white, primarily out-of-state volunteers. For $10 a week—$9.64 after taxes, she says—Simpson helped with voter registrations and held workshops in Mississippi. Simpson attended Tougaloo College in the ’60s, but it would be years before she finished her degree. Simpson got married in 1965 to her first husband, and she reared five children: three sons and two daughters who now range in age from 34 to 47. “That’s the best and most courageous thing I’ve done,” she says. She obtained her bachelor’s in political science in 1995 from Millsaps College. A proud grandmother of 12, Simpson has been married to Les Range for 15 years, and the couple resides in Jackson. Still an active advocate for civil rights, she is on the board of directors for the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Commission. This April, Simpson will be honored at the Fannie Lou Hamer Humanitarian Awards luncheon. “This award means a lot to me because it comes from the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute, and the institute honors a woman that I respect and love,” Simpson says. “I’m always happy to uplift her spirit and her name.” Simpson was an organizer for the 30th anniversary of Freedom Summer in 1994. The 50th anniversary will fall in 2014, and Simpson is helping plan a series of events to be held throughout the state of Mississippi. — Octavia Thurman

Cover photograph of Club Ebony in Indianola courtesy Mississippi Blues Trails

10 Call From God

“After 61 years, I never thought about it before, but it hit my spirit that this is what I need to do: run for public office.” —Jerry Lindsay, on running for the Jackson City Council.

36 On Display

Fischer Galleries features Tony Saladino’s abstract paintings and Stacey Johnson’s dark sculptures the month of March.

41 Cold Snap

Planting too early in Mississippi means risking exposing your crops to a potential late frost.

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by Kathleen M. Mitchell, Features Editor

Making it Work


love the Academy Awards—analyzing starlets’ sartorial choices on the red-carpet pre-show (while trying to ignore the inane Ryan Seacrest-y questions, of course), attempting to predict the big winners and tearing up at the speeches. This year was one of the best yet: The movie music theme was a big hit, all the live performances killed it, and whoever thought of using the “Jaws” theme for the “get off the stage” music is a hilarious evil genius. Finally, at the end of a four-hour telecast, “Argo” won the grand prize of the night, Best Picture, and the cast and crew mounted the stage led by a trio of producers. (“The three sexiest producers alive,” the nerdy Grant Heslov cracked, standing between George Clooney and Ben Affleck.) Heslov spoke and then introduced Affleck, who also directed the film. When it was his turn to speak, Affleck delivered an amazing, manic, 100word-a-minute speech that gave away his nervousness—in a way I found to be refreshingly real and adorable. He thanked “everyone in the movie, on the movie, worked on the movie, did anything with this movie.” He hilariously thanked Canada. He thanked Iran. Then the subject turned to his spouse, actress Jennifer Garner: “I want to thank my wife, who I don’t usually associate with Iran. I want to thank you for working on our marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good. It is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work (with).” I found the whole thing touching—second only to Daniel Day-Lewis’ extremely eloquent speech—but immediately, Twitter lit up with variations on the theme: “Oooh, Ben’s going to be in

the doghouse.” The next morning, news sites and blogs mostly delivered the same message—that Affleck had somehow embarrassed his wife by calling their marriage “work,” and that Jennifer Garner should be angry with him. Comments ranged from’s speculative “Can He Recover… At Home??” to College Humor’s spoof article, “Ben Affleck’s Marriage-Ending Oscar Speech,” which claimed to have an extended transcript of Affleck’s speech, ending in him leaving his wife. I don’t get it.

I don’t think it diminishes my relationship one iota to say that my marriage is work. Are all those tweeters and bloggers and journalists unmarried? Because if a married person tells you it isn’t work, they are either lying to you or to themselves. (And that’s beside the point that gleefully speculating on the demise of someone’s marriage is just kind of pitiful.) Compare Affleck’s words with Anne Hathaway’s husky, practiced “My husband. By far and away, the greatest moment of my life is the one when you walked into it. I love you so much.” Now, don’t get me started on the magic that is “Les Misérables” (or my audible, shameless sobbing in the movie theater

during Hathaway’s “I Dreamed a Dream” solo), because we’ll be here all day. I think her award is well deserved. And yes, her words to her husband are beautiful and, I’m sure, true. But her speech that night felt so rehearsed, so planned down to the last word that even though she technically said something more positive, I found it to be so much colder than Affleck’s joyous, off-the-cuff ramblings. Besides, when did we as a society decide that a marriage is failing if it isn’t plastic-perfect? Relationships are messy, crazy, wonderfully nonsensical things—so why must we pretend they aren’t? We extol the films that explore the true, raw nature of relationships but turn around and chastise the people that make those films for revealing equal truths about themselves. I don’t think it diminishes my relationship one iota to say that my marriage is work. My husband and I got married almost exactly five years after becoming a couple. In that half-decade we shifted from being young adults to being real adults. We celebrated our 21st birthdays and several after that. We spent our college years together. We traveled to other countries together and spent Christmas together without our families. We survived a year of long distance. We survived fitting our lives back together after the long distance was over. We moved to a big city together. We lived together in a tiny apartment in Boston, where we shared responsibility and finances and a car and a cat. After we got married, a lot of people asked if it felt different, and I always replied that the only difference was a new name and a piece of paper. We already lived like a married couple before. Of course, that wasn’t entirely true. A million things changed, a million tiny, al-

most imperceptible things, which meant at the end of the day we had changed. So had our lives—in the same month we married, we also moved 1,500 miles crosscountry, got a Great Dane, I started a new job, and my husband started medical school. Just because we got married didn’t mean that all of these big changes came easy. It takes work. But you know? So did everything that happened in those five years before, “I do.” Every day we do things—small, large and gigantic—that we don’t want to do, and we do them for each other. Whether it’s getting out of bed to take our beast of a dog out to pee in the rain at 4 a.m., holding our tongues when we’re ready to explode or dropping everything to be an emotional rock for the other, it’s a lot of effort to have a successful marriage. We have stressful jobs and school loads. We are swimming in debt from two master’s programs. Our pets mean the house will never quite make it to spotless. All these things (and many more) mean that we have to wake up each day and put energy, strength, love and, yes, work, into being good spouses. I know for a fact that being married to me is no walk in the park. I’m stubborn, overemotional and willing to let the dirty dishes sit in the sink just a little too long. My husband challenges me and infuriates me and makes me better. I want to honor him for being willing to work with me. I feel honored that he is willing to work with me. To take me as I am, as well as to push me to be a better partner. And the result of it all—getting to spend every day with my best friend—is worth every bit. We’ll continue fighting the good fight—it’s the best kind of work. Well said, Ben.

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Latasha Willis

Julian Rankin

Octavia Thurman

R.L. Nave

Mo Wilson

Genevieve Legacy

Trip Burns

Susan Hogan

Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance designer, and the mother of one cat. She shamelessly promotes her design skills at She managed the arts preview listings.

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 cover story.

Former intern Octavia Thurman recently got her bachelor’s in political science from Tougaloo College. Her hobbies include cooking and traveling. She loves being competitive. Octavia wrote the Jacksonian.

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.

Editorial intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone is his bedroom, social justice politics and giggling. He wrote an event feature.

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

Staff photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the work of Stanley Kubrick. He took many of the photos in this issue.

Gulfport native Susan Hogan is a JFP editorial intern; wife to an amazing musician; mother of three talented individuals; retired teacher of math, journalism, STEM; and a seeker of truth.

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Suzi Miles-Lilly Anything that (Donna Ladd is) involved in. Rebecca Wilkinson Jubilee!JAM in the early ’90s!

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Mark Francis Jubilee!JAM 2004 and MMOAâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Clyde Connell 2001.




Chris Myers Jacktoberfest. And Jubilee!JAM before 2005. Tom Head Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to go out on a limb here and say Festival Latino 2005, but OUToberfest 2008 and Chick Ball (any year) are right up there.

Abigail Dennis Salters It WAS Jubilee!JAM, then the Miller Lite Crawfish Boil came to almost make up for the loss of Jubilee!JAM but now. ...We have next to nothing. Missi Kenner Swain The Crawfish Boil Concerts put on by Rock 93.9. I miss it and wish they would bring them back. And the St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade. Jackie Simpson Elton John put on a great show in Jackson. Loved it.

Rico Burke â&#x20AC;&#x2122;91 Superfest.


Shilo Norris Holley Jubilee! JAM. Pam Greer I feel my Stop the Violence Concerts are the best in the city. We allow all local acts to showcase their love and passion for the unity and peace in the City of Jackson. Anthony Bennett Bell Beer festival and St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day.

Abigail Dennis Salters The St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade is always fun. Still want Jubilee!JAM back though.

Amanda Kittrell The Miller Lite Crawfish Boil, hands down. Saw a spectacular show from all types of artists.

Keiona Miller Prince at The Dock!

Lori Boyer Rickman Storytellers Ball 2012.

Caitlin McNally Cox 4 The Record!

Vincent Wright Wow Keiona, hate I missed that! One I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss ... Bobby Womack at Lynch St. Festival four or five years ago.

Chris Morrison Zoo Blues.

Nicole Wyatt Flaming Lips. Danny White St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade! And a Taste of Mississippi. JP Lawless Bob Dylan at Thalia Mara many years ago. He did a full band, electric guitar, show, and it rocked.


Tim Murphy One off? Jackson Browne at Thalia Mara last year. Annual? Jacktoberfest is so much fun, and they always get the best bands. Sara Saucier Revell Elton John & Jubilee!JAM! It was super cool when Panic came to One Jxn Place too. Bill Gray 2012 WellsFest.

Kim Blackledge Proctor The International Ballet Competition (IBC). Jessica Erin Eubanks Any event in Midtown! Oh, and of course, the St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade. ... And guess who is coming to the Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street Dance this year?! Alabama Shakes! Oh, yes! Kathleen Conner Strickland Jubilee!JAM.


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By Maureen Reynolds I am no medical expert. Far from it. Just a regular, busy Mom of four who was miserable for many years with awful, painful stomach issues. Sometimes, I would eat and feel like I was lit on fire. I would start choking, I couldn’t swallow properly, I’d break into a cold sweat and then vomit. At those times, I thought that I would never be able to enjoy a meal again. Last year I broke my wrist, I‘m not an old person, I’m 56 and thought I was in decent shape. My Mom, who is in assisted living, also recently suffered from a broken hip. I am still paying the medical bills from all of it. I thought our family was just prone to these fractures until I read an article that stopped me dead in my tracks. It talked about a recent FDA warning that said if you take certain antacids like Prilosec®, Nexium®, Prevacid®, Dexilant®, Zegerid®, Protonix®, Aciphex®, Vimovo®, Prilosec OTC®, Zegerid OTC®, and Prevacid 24HR® that there was an increased risk of hip, bone and spinal fractures.† It also said that these medications were not meant to be taken for more than one year for prescription, and for over-the-counter versions (OTC), no more than three 14 continuous day treatments per year unless instructed by a physician.† I almost fainted when I read this because my Mom and I both had been taking them daily for years, but I now understand about what might have happened to us and can’t tell you how upset and victimized I now feel.


Thursday, Feb. 21 The state College Board approves 42 courses for Jackson State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planned campus in Madison. â&#x20AC;Ś Blues musician Bobby Rush receives a lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Friday, Feb. 22 The Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Physicians joins the cause of expanding Medicaid, telling Gov. Phil Bryant that the state would benefit from additional federal money. â&#x20AC;Ś The U.S. Department of Justice joins a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong alleging that Armstrong concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Saturday, Feb. 23 Aggie Sikora of the Mississippi Development Authority announces that the organization is leading a trade mission to Germany and Poland in May. â&#x20AC;Ś At least 33 fans are injured during a NASCAR race when a car flies into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and debris into the stands.

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Sunday, Feb. 24 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Argoâ&#x20AC;? wins the Academy Award for Best Picture. â&#x20AC;Ś Pope Benedict XVI bestows his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate.


Monday, Feb. 25 The U.S. Department of Educationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Scorecards reveal that fewer than half the first-time students at most Mississippi colleges and universities graduate within six years. â&#x20AC;Ś A high-stakes trial starts to figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. Tuesday, Feb. 26 Marshand Crisler and Sollie Norwood face off in a runoff election for Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senate District 28. â&#x20AC;Ś U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pushes for a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe. Get news updates at





Foster System Remains â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Unacceptableâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Ronni Mott


amison J. had shuffled through 28 foster homes, mental institutions and temporary shelters, by the time he was 17 years old. In the first of the homes, when he was 4, his foster mother terrorized him by shoving Jamison in front of her two snarling, growling dogs. A Mississippi Division of Family and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services caseworker had removed Jamison and his sisters from their mother, who was physically abusing and neglecting her children. DFCS separated the boy from his sisters. Over the next seven years, Jamison was lucky to be in two loving foster homes in addition to the abusive first placement. His third foster family wanted to adopt him. Instead, DFCS sent him back to his biological mother, where he witnessed his motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriends beating her and watched them repeatedly abuse a 2-year-old. Jamison saw the little boy thrown into walls and whipped with an iron belt inscribed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Boss.â&#x20AC;? Despite the trauma in the household, DFCS declared Jamisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reunification with his mother a success. The agency gave the youngster, by now 11, two days to collect his belongings and say goodbye to his foster parents in Jackson. While he was gone, the 2-year-old died, beaten to death for wetting his bed. Jamison, troubled and angry, never received appropriate mental-health care. When he acted out, DFCS placed him in psychiatric treatment facilities where doctors drugged him unnecessarily. His mother overdosed and died. When he was 16, the agency tried to place Jamison with his biological father in Kansas, but officials there wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t certify the home. Jamisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father


Wednesday, Feb. 20 Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces that Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers is offering rewards up to $500 for tips on felons with guns. â&#x20AC;Ś The White House lays out details of steps the U.S. will take in response to the Chinese stealing U.S. government secrets.


Mississippi isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing enough to satisfy a lawsuit against the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foster-care system.

had been incarcerated 37 times, couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t keep a consistent address and had threatened to hurt his son. DFCS forgot to pick him up at the Jackson airport when he returned to Mississippi. Ignoring renewed adoption requests from his foster parents, the agency sent the young man to Oakley Training School, a juvenile correctional facility. Jamison was never accused of any crimes. In 2004, Jamison J. became one of more than a dozen defendants in a civil-rights class action lawsuit filed against then-Gov. Haley Barbour and the then-directors of the agencies charged with caring for Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youngest citizens in need, Donald Taylor of the Mississippi Department of Human Services and Billy Mangold of DFCS. Jamison had been in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;careâ&#x20AC;?

for close to 13 years by the time Olivia Y. v. Barbour hit the federal court in Jackson. The case began what has turned into nearly a decade of child advocates trying to drag Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foster-care system into the 21st century. By most accounts, the state is barely lifting its well dug-in heels. In March 2007, Mississippi signed a settlement agreeing to stop contesting the suit and admitted that the state violated the rights of the children. Later that year, the state agreed to a plan to reform its foster-care system. In July 2012, Mississippi agreed to a modified plan after it failed to reach substantive milestones of the 2007 reform plan. The 2012 plan gave Mississippi additional time to put the reforms in place. Now, seven months into the new plan, Grace Lopes, the court-appointed


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monitor, says that while Mississippi has made some progress, it is taking far too long to go too short a distance. Her newest report is no more hopeful than those she filed previously, every six months since the state established its first foster-care reform plan in â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;07. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[P]rogress still appears to move slowly,â&#x20AC;? Lopes wrote in her Jan. 25 report to the court, presented Feb. 21. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś [D]efendants stand before the Court in the sixth year of the remedial process unable to satisfy many of the Settlement Agreementâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s core data reporting requirements about their own performance.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a critical issue, said Marcia Robinson Lowry, founder and executive director of New York City-based Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rights, a nonprofit child advocacy group. The lack of data from the state makes it impossible to gauge whether Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foster-care system is making improvements for the children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell how the children are doing if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have reliable data,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a system thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s responsible for the lives and well-being of dependent children that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have dependable data is in itself pretty alarming.â&#x20AC;? Mississippi has done a few things to improve the system, Lowry said, including hiring additional caseworkers and instituting training; however, the DFCS continues to lag far behind the rest of the country in maltreatment of its foster children. That rate is at least five times the national standard, based on DFCSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own

reports, making the state either the worst or the second-worst in the country for rates of abuse and neglect of children in foster care for many years now. Without good data, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficult to get a good handle on how big the problem is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a breakdown at this point as to whether (the maltreatment) is in foster homes or in group care,â&#x20AC;? Lowry said, calling all of the data â&#x20AC;&#x153;suspect.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just much too much that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. We do think that the rate of maltreatment is under-reported.â&#x20AC;? Lopes cited serious problems with maltreatment investigations. In her report, the monitor came to the conclusion that the problem is bigger than the scant data suggests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The lack of urgency with which defendants are proceeding is unacceptable in light of the impact the deficits in their performance have had and continue to have on the safety and well-being of the nearly 3,800 children in DFCS custody,â&#x20AC;? Lopes wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s real reason for concern here,â&#x20AC;? Lowry said, adding that the laxity is due to insufficient management, leadership and commitment on the part of Mississippi as well as little enforcement. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There have been no consequences so far to the state,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;Ś Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting the job done.â&#x20AC;? Calls to the Department of Family and Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Services have not been returned. Comment at Email Ronni Mott at


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DISH | Candidate

Lindsey: Man of Faith by Jacob D. Fuller


February 27 - March 5, 2013


erry Lindsey never thought about tions. If we ask the right questions, we’ll all kinds of stuff and you never really notice running for public office until, he get the right answers. it, because everything is bad there anyway. said, God stepped in and changed First thing we need to focus on is The city is looking at hundreds of when people come into the city, what are his mind. Pastor of Pathway of Life Church on Terry Road, Lindsey is less than 30 days from retiring from his job as a sales rep for food manufacturer Nabisco. Lindsey told the Jackson Free Press that he was driving in his car last December when God told him he needed to run for public office. “After 61 years, I never thought about it before, but it hit my spirit that this is what I need to do: run for public office,” Lindsey said. After exploring what public offices would soon be open, Lindsey decided to run for Jackson’s Ward 4 city council seat. He said he wants to become a councilman not because he wants another job, but because he wants to help other people. Jerry Lindsey, a pastor and soon-to-be retired Nabisco sales rep, is running for Ward 4 city “I’m retiring. What do councilman. Current Councilman Frank Bluntson is vacating the seat to run for mayor. I need something else to do for?” Lindsey said. “I’m basimillions of dollars in water and they looking at? It gives us a bad imprescally going to make as much money as I was working. Why would I sewer repairs. There’s obviously sion when we come in, and we see nothneed to work? I’m not (running for office) problems with the streets. As a city ing. We see woods, raggedy houses, all councilman, what would be your top for pay.” these things. infrastructure priority? The JFP sat down with Lindsey in We need to implement some stuff, We need to work with what we can his church office Feb. 21 to ask about his (such as) if a house is abandoned over a do right now. It’s just like if you’ve got so plans for the city council. year, it needs to be torn down. Whatever much money, work with what you can do. way we can get those things torn down. If elected, what will be your No. 1 Then, as you do that and improve things; Maybe somebody might even want to pay and people see improvement, they want to priority on your first day in office? for the cost of tearing them down to get We have some ideas of what needs work with that more. So you’ll be able to rid of them. to happen. (One) of the things that really get more financing because you’ve caused It does no good if you’ve got a house, needs to happen is we need to get the men people to come back. and you’re not going to use it. People One thing brings about the other. associated with their children. That’s the board it up, and (other people) break in As we work toward getting the things we number-one thing, the ultimate goal. and use it, set it on fire and burn it up. It As we work on that, (we’ll work on) can do in line first, those other things will sits there and sits there, and all it’s doing is getting families back together. All the di- be begin to come in line. It’s like pulling badly influencing the city as a whole. vorce and people who’ve never been mar- a chain. If you pull the chain, everything We need to have different things for ried have got kids and all that; so many (attached) is going to fall (in line). If you amusement. I know we can’t do something things are happening. Because these things try to push it, it’s just going to ball up. grand, but we need to do what we can do. are out of line, it causes everything else to We’ve forced all the movie theaters and Jackson has, if not a crime problem, be out of line. at least a crime perception problem. different things outside the city limits. We I know you can’t just make people What are your thoughts on the crime need to bring some stuff back. We can’t do things, but we can work towards issue and what could you do from bring it back in garbage. We need to clean that objective. City Hall to change the trend? up and make it attractive. Of course, we love to arrest people How, specifically, could you work and put them in jail, and build more jails. Give me an example. toward that as a city councilman? One of the things I’ve always looked That’s not the answer. That’s the result of We (would) talk to one another, the at, for years, is the river area by (Interstate when things don’t work. mayor and citizens, and get output from For example, if you’ve got a clean 20). There’s an opportunity to do some every aspect of life. There are always some house, you can notice the instant the rats things there. I know you don’t want to put possibilities that we may not have considcome in and start doing things. If you’ve something off in the (Pearl) River, but you ered before. We need to ask the right quesgot a dirty house, rats can come in and do could put something close by, eliminate


those trees there, (and) make an attractive view right there at the (bridge) area. That way, you’ve got something to look at. There needs to be something attractive—hotels or whatever—there along the interstate. I noticed they put a new Holiday Inn Express right there in Pearl. It’s packed out. They just opened it up, and it’s packed out. Why? Because that’s a better area for (customers). They feel safer, so they load that up. We have hotels right off the interstate in Jackson that are just abandoned. We need to do something about those things. The longer we wait, the more there’s going to be to fix. It sounds like what you’re talking about doing is close to what they’re calling the One Lake plan. Do you think the grand tourist-attraction plans like that could work in Jackson and that can actually help the crime problem?

The more people you have here that are working together, the less likely (it is) crime will happen. As you get more money, you’re going to produce more money to do more things. We’re like the crossroads of the South. If we had something that would draw people from every direction, it would make (Jackson) more exciting. When the only words that we have going out are bad words, nothing good, people are always going to stretch it and make it sound like it’s worse than it is. That just causes the one who hears to feel bad all the time, rather than to feel better. If we do some things to encourage people, (we can) get them excited about Jackson, Mississippi. (We need) to let the good word out and overcome the bad images and reputations. People have drawn conclusions that are not right. Just like if somebody talks about you, you kind of begin to fit into what they’re saying, whether it’s true or not. Comment and read the rest of the interview at Email Jacob D. Fuller at

Jerry Lindsey Born: Fannin, Miss. Age: 61 Running for: Ward 4 City Council Party: Democrat Education: Carter High School, 1970; studied math and computer science at Jackson State University, no degree Political Experience: None Family: Wife, Notrie, and two children, Zabriel, 38, and Keshia, 37


A Matter of Time by R.L. Nave

Tax Giveaways Continue On an otherwise uneventful Thursday Friday urging him to rethink his opposiOn Monday, Feb. 25, the House approved of moving through a list of funding bills for tion to expanding Medicaid to cover up to a tax break for manufacturers and farmers worth various state agencies, Sen. Eugene Clarke, 330,000 more Mississippians. $6.9 million. Under the plan, HB 844, which R-Hollandale, brought up the SOS’ $15.3 “Mississippi will greatly benefit by Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, eventually million budget just before lunch. accepting federal dollars to extend Medicamended to include fishermen, aid, and Mississippians will be the industry would be exempt harmed if it does not,” the letfrom paying 1.5 percent sales tax ter reads. on fuel and electricity costs. The organization’s emWhen Democrats grumdorsement of Medicaid exbled about needlessly taking $7 pansion joins other healthmillion out of the state’s coffers, care providers who have also Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune, voiced support for Medicaid responded by saying in the state expansion, allowable under the should lower taxes on certain Obamacare. Mississippi Cathbusinesses to spur job creation. olic Charities, the Mississippi “If we incentivize one Academy of Family Physicians, new Nissan, it will more than the Mississippi Hospital Assomake up for the whole thing,” ciation as well as several indiFormby told the House Monvidual hospital executives have Jackson and other cities would get help funding infrastructure day. Since coming to power in also called on lawmakers to exprojects should the Legislature pass a bill that would enable voters to vote on a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase. 2011, Republicans have systempand the program. atically rolled back a number Even Bryant’s fellow Reof taxes worth millions of dolpublican governors seem to be lars in revenues to create a what they conSenators questioned one provision to having a hard time turning a blind eye to the sider a more business-friendly environment. allocate up to $695,000 for voter ID litiga- benefits of expansion, which could attract Last year, lawmakers dismantled the tion, the Associated Press reported. The U.S. up to 9,000 jobs to Mississippi. Last week, state inventory tax. This year, lawmakers ap- Justice Department is now considering the Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who had been an proved a $24 million tax credit for a long- constitutionality of Mississippi’s voter-ID law, adamant anti-Obamacare crusader as Bryant planned outlet mall in Pearl, and more tax which voters approved in November 2011. has, reversed course to support Medicaid exbreaks are likely on the way. When it was time to vote, the measure pansion as long as the state can privatize its The Mississippi GOP’s affinity for slash- failed 23-17; 11 senators were absent. Clarke, entire Medicaid system. Finally, Gov. Chris Christie of New ing taxes stops at business’s front door, how- who chairs the Senate Appropriations Comever. After Baria’s amendment succeeded, mittee, explained to the Associated Press and Jersey, who campaigned for Bryant in 2011, other Democratic-sponsored amendment other reporters after the vote: “I think some also paved the way for Medicaid expansion to exempt individuals and small businesses of them went to lunch early, to be honest.” in his budget proposal. Christie makes the failed at Formby’s urging. On Feb. 26, the Senate revisited the eighth Republican governor to buck the “If we’re going to take care of the big Mississippi SOS’s budget, and passed it. party orthodoxy. The Mississippi House has boys, we need to take care of the little boys killed both the House and Senate Medicaid too,” said Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville. Medicaid Expansion Roster Grows reauthorization bills in order to have a debate The list of people who want to expand on expansion; the fate of Medicaid, which is Hunger Games Medicaid, in Mississippi and across the na- set to expire July 1 if the program is not reauThe annual budget for the Mississippi tion, continues to expand. On Feb. 22, the thorized, remains unclear. secretary of state’s office met a surprising snag Mississippi Chapter of the American College Comment at Contact R.L. last week over voter ID last week. of Physicians sent Gov. Phil Bryant a letter Nave at TRIP BURNS

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ackson’s efforts to pay for infrastructure improvements may be stalled in the Mississippi House of Representatives. The Citizens for Economic Development Act, or HB 523, would let municipalities impose a 1-percent tax in addition to existing sales taxes if 60 percent of the city’s citizens vote to do so. Under the proposal, the city would have to use the money for a specific project, and it would sunset as soon as the project is complete. Morton Mayor Greg Butler said the local-option sales tax would help cities make needed repairs and pointed out the price of asphalt and PVC-pipe has tripled in recent years due to spikes in the price of oil, an ingredient in both materials. Mayors around the state also want to give their citizens the power of self-determination. The city of Jackson is once again on board with the idea of the local-option sales tax, which is a centerpiece of the city’s legislative agenda. “Mississippi can ill afford to continue to fall behind in maintaining its infrastructure,” Butler said at a press conference. Tone S. Garrett, executive director of the Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association, said that lack of government funding severely affect the businesses his organization represents. Opposition from rural lawmakers has killed past attempts to legislate a local-option sales tax. Those legislators believe the tax is burden on people who commute into cities to shop, but do not reap the full benefits of the projects the tax funds. Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin, a former executive at a North Carolina carpet company, called the local-option sales tax a “good tax” that would make cities more appealing to new businesses. “If I want to attract industry, I’ve got to get my city looking good,” Irwin said.


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Where’s the Celebration? by Jacob D. Fuller




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American golfer to win a PGA tournament. TheJacksonFreePressrequestedfinancial reports on Celebrate Jackson from the city in January, and received the information Feb. 1. The majority of the $38,000 spent as of Jan. 25 — about $28,000 — went to Fahrenheit Creative for the company’s work between Sept. 30 and Nov. 21. Thompson

cal Center. Thompson said he did not know which groups the city had approached, other than JCVB in December, but said that city had not secured any more funds. “It was our understanding that other entities would be coming in, which is why we moved in the way that we moved,” Thompson said. “(That) hasn’t materialized to this point, so we had to do some creative juggling to make things work.” Mayor Johnson said the December meeting with JCVB was preliminary and that the city is preparing a formal request to present to the JCVB board in March. He confirmed that the The city’s Celebrate Jackson public-relations campaign is city has not approached moving forward—slowly. any other groups about additional funding. A few campaign TV ads aired in said that work included meetings with the November, shortly after an opening event city and preliminary campaign studies. the city called Eleven 14, but no more since. Other expenses on the city’s report inThe Eleven 14 event, named to mark clude $2,500 for signs, banners and posters, the Nov. 14 date, included booths from loalmost $5,000 for an online ad on village- cal food venders and performances by school and $375 to Jackson-based Ha- bands and choirs around City Hall. pax Creative to film a TV commercial. The It was riddled with problems, though, city also advertised the Eleven 14 campaign including light-pole signs that were too long event in BOOM Jackson magazine, the and dragged on the ground, and a less-than Jackson Free Press’ sister publication. impressive attendance due to the lack of clear The Celebrate Jackson records show information as to what the event would be. the city spent a little less than $500 for blue Starting with an event was a poor dye and $497 in extension cords from Home way to start a marketing campaign, DarDepot for the opening event. ren Schwindaman, a graphic designer and Thompson said $98,000 isn’t enough branding specialist at Jackson-based Creative money to run a large-scale marketing cam- Distillery, told the JFP in January. Brandpaign. The city, he said, planned from the be- ing the TV commercials and posters for the ginning to search for more funding for Cel- event with the Eleven 14 logo, instead of the ebrate Jackson, as much as $100,000 more, Celebrate Jackson logo, was even more confrom groups such as the Jackson Convention fusing to Schwindaman, who was previously and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Jackson a graphic designer for the JFP. Partners, the Greater Jackson Chamber PartComment at Email Jacob nership and University of Mississippi Medi- D. Fuller at



he city has contractors sitting on their hands as the Celebrate Jackson public-relations campaign continues to stagger down an unclear path. Jackson-based Fahrenheit Creative Group pitched the idea for a marketing campaign focusing on the capital city’s positive aspects last summer. The city hired the group in July to run the campaign and has spent about $38,000 of the allotted $98,000 with little to show for it other than a mistake-riddled opening event. Jason Thompson, CFO at Fahrenheit Creative Group, told the Jackson Free Press Feb. 9 that he believes the next phase in the campaign includes radio ads and billboards. He said Fahrenheit Creative submitted scripts for radio ads and plans for billboards to the city in November, but hasn’t heard back from anyone on whether the city will use them. “It’s been a back-and-forth process,” Thompson said. “We started submitting radio spots when they first requested them in November, a little after the kickoff event.” Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. told the JFP Feb. 20 that Celebrate Jackson has begun airing a series of radio spots called “Living Legends.” The ads, appearing on local stations, feature stories about Jacksonians. Johnson said the idea for the radio spots was a collaborative effort with Fahrenheit Creative. “Celebrate Jackson is moving forward,” Johnson told the Jackson Free Press. “It’s meant to be participatory, so we’re asking people to tell us their stories.” The city is encouraging citizens to contact Anthony Dean, the city’s director of marketing, and suggest Jacksonians to feature in the Living Legends radio ads, Johnson said. The subject doesn’t have to be a famous person, either. “It can be an aunt who raised seven kids while working full time,” Johnson said. Current on-air ads for Celebrate Jackson feature stories about James Meredith, the first black student at the University of Mississippi, and Pete Brown, the first African

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e often find ourselves in situations thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if we had a choice in the matterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d certainly not choose for ourselves. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s during these times that we begin to question our value and wonder what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done wrong. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a natural response; however, what we might miss is the diamond in the rough, the relief that hides in the midst of the storm. When we dwell in a place that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t welcome budding positivity, we miss it. Recently, I sat on the edge of my bed drenched in self-doubt and worry. I stood to face myself in the mirror. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know why I wanted to see my face, but I did. As I looked, I realized that the person staring back at me was not familiar. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize this woman, though the features were the same. What was different? Who was this woman? I ran to check my reflection in another mirror. Again, the woman who looked back at me was different. This time though, I saw lines in my face that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never seen before. I saw blackened lips from years of smoking cigarettes. I saw pain and anxiety. I saw hurt and frustration. Finally I decided I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fight my emotions. I began to sob and scream. I yelled at my mother for leaving me. I screamed at myself for not being focused in school when I had the chance. I begged to the heavens for relief from the bad thoughts Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had about people, places and things. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the person that was looking back at me. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve liked her for a while now, but I never bothered to face her. That day, she would stand for that no more. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s then I saw that the young woman who danced her nights away and partied like a rock star no longer lives in my world. The college dropout without a sense of responsibility who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about anythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stranger in this new world. The young mother who allowed her son to leave her tender arms to live with his father? That woman is dead. The teenage daughter who searched for her daddy in an abusive man, that girl is no more. The opinionated woman who knew too much to listen and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care enough to pay attention has resigned. We often miss the opportunity to grow into lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new phases. I am thank-

ful for the mistakes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made in the past, but I am more than happy to give them up. I am elated to know that I can let go of all that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done and put those experiences away in the pit of my soul. I can reach out to them to remind myself of the things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to be led by my mistakes. And I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to find a place for those experiences in my new life. Like a budding flower, I stood in my bedroom and watched pieces of the person I was fall away, as I embraced the next phase of life. This time, I know to be more intentional in my decisions. I know not to take opportunities for granted, no matter how unimportant they seem at that moment. I know now that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s necessary for me to grow with my child, and, thankfully, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been favored enough to have another shot at motherhood. This time, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so fickle in my choices. I recognize that all people, places and things have value; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up to me to recognize the value and to know how much relevance it has in my life. While I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose to have a breakdown in front of my mirror, I am happy that it happened. I never turn away from enlightenment or growth. I ventured along this journey long enough and made enough mistakes to know that change is exactly what living should beâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;undeniably and unapologetically. It seemed like an eternity, but the entire episode lasted minutes. I was refreshed and given new breath. I was taught that this type of thing doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen unless thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a preacher and other church folk with fans surrounding you, speaking in tongues and wiping your forehead. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one more thing I learned from this experience: No one can teach you how to have a spiritual awakening. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what this was, and I was alone in my room. Right in the center of all that basking and bleeding was a connection to my spiritual guide. Call it what you want: I know what happened. It was real, and it was holy. I watched myself transform from a girl to a woman. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funny. I left home at age 16. I thought that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d become a woman years ago. Funmi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queenâ&#x20AC;? Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows.

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Rusted Tin to Cotton Gin

A Trip on the Mississippi Blues Trail story and photos by Julian Rankin

February 27 - March 5, 2013



ou can head south from Memphis through me back down at the marker, and we sat on the front porch Oxford and over toward Winona before wind- of the Blue Front Cafe, which his parents opened in 1948. ing through the hills of Carroll County toward As we talked, he scraped the dirt off his boots with the blade the grave of Mississippi John Hurt. Or from of a knife. the Gulf Coast, turn north before cutting over “I was introduced to my first guitar by one of the best: toward the Delta. You can even begin your musical journey in Notodden, Norway, home of the annual Notodden Blues Festival, which continues to play host to dozens of Mississippi blues musicians; a marker pierces earth there. Geographic routes of discovery on the Mississippi Blues Trail are as varied and plentiful as the paths weaving through the history of the music itself—music that began as spirituals, work songs and simple narrative ballads in African American communities in the South. My road started in Jackson, up Highway 49 to Bentonia, then on to Belzoni, and on into the Delta through Shaw, Indianola, Leland and Holly Ridge. The Blues Trail began humbly—musicians stopped at the crossroads, treaded the soil, blazed the paths. Thanks to the work of the Mississippi Blues Commission, which has put together the meticulously researched stops along the trail (and an extremely useful smart phone application to accompany the trail), Bluesmen such as Jimmy Holmes dot the trail, keeping you can retrace the footsteps and pause at the hallowed the music of their fathers and grandfathers alive. spots. The metal blue markers are unmistakable, little beacons pointing the way to important lessons about the history of the Mississippi Blues. The first marker, installed back in 2005, is at the gravesite of Charley Patton, Henry Stuckey,” Holmes said. “I didn’t know then that he widely credited as the father of the Delta Blues. was as great a player as he was. He was one of the ones that Luther Brown, director of the Delta Center for Culture pioneered the Bentonia style of music.” and Learning at Delta State University, is one of the original He continued cleaning the dirt from his boots. He stood members of the Mississippi Blues Commission. With sup- up and walked over to a nearby mud puddle, dipping a rag port from various federal and state agencies and private con- into the water, then sat back down and rubbed his boots with tributors, the Blues Trail has grown like a benevolent kudzu. the rag until they started to show a little shine. “Nobody involved believed we’d have as many markers “I knew those guys personally,” he said of the old bluesin the ground as we do,” Brown said. “We realized that there men. “My hat goes off to them. Most of those guys didn’t were a great many performers and locales and themes that all read or write. And to think of a lyric or a song they had to needed to be celebrated to really understand the blues.” have a photostatic memory to go back and rehearse it word for word. I used to set and watch those guys play, man. Notes ‘Notes on Top of Notes’ on top of notes, bent notes on top of bent notes—they just One of my first stops was the Blue Front Cafe in Bento- had it in them.” nia. I tracked down the owner, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, who Later, inside, Holmes played for me, demonstrating had just finished chopping wood at his nearby home. He met the Bentonia style of blues he carries on. The music echoed

through the dim, empty juke joint. An SEC basketball game flickered on the television behind the bar; the announcers spoke softly, as if deferent to the song. Holmes had finished shining his boots, and they gleamed—even in the shadows. As I packed my car to leave, three women pulled up. A young grandmother, her daughter and her daughter’s daughter. Holmes sat in his chair on the porch, leg propped up against one of the beams. Sheila Penning viewed the stop as an educational opportunity for her teenaged daughter. “My philosophy on education is if you can take a child and put them in that situation, they’ll remember it a lot better than just reading it in a book. And if they can talk to people, and they can touch it and feel it and see it, it’s just going to make that much more of an impact.” As I pulled away, I saw Penning take the spot on the stoop beside Holmes where I had been sitting, and they began to talk. ‘Take Me Home’ Around Belzoni I began surfing through the radio stations. The first clear station streamed the blues. Between breaks in the song, a woman’s voice spoke in deep, soothing tones. “The Delta and the blues get in you. And you can’t get it out. Like roots of a tree, Delta John Hurt, Elmore James, B.B. King, Sonny Boy Williamson, wrapped their arms around me and welcomed me home. Home. That’s right, take me home. Highway 61 Mississippi Delta Blues…” I pulled into Indianola with the blues still coming through strong on the radio. I was driving down Church Street, itself a legendary stretch. I saw a woman on the sidewalk dancing. She moved, it seemed, to the same tune that was coming through my speakers. I had found the right wavelength. I drove down further and parked. As I opened the door I heard that same radio station on full blast from storefronts and parked vehicles. All of us in the neighborhood were immersed in the same song. A man cooking on a mobile barbecue pit greeted me. “Welcome to Indianola,” he boomed. His name was Ronnie Ward, owner of the mobile barbecue trailer and of the adjacent building, the Blues Corner

Cafe. He was my new tour guide, the unofficial ambassador for this corner of the trail. We ducked inside his restaurant, and he rattled off an introduction to his cuisine: “Get your catfish, pulled pork, barbecue ribs, grilled tips, chicken wings, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, chitlins, green salad. We’ve got a host of great food.” “Get a good picture of those neckbones and rice,” he said before we walked back out, pointing to the plate in front of one of the patrons. The long exterior wall of the Blues Corner Cafe is covered in murals. Robert Johnson stares out with a cigarette hanging from his lips. “Robert Johnson is the one that got the two graves,” Ward said. “They don’t know where that cat is at.” Scenes of field hands and fishermen and illustrations plaster the wall, painted, I’m told, by artist and musician Bobby Whalen. Another marker stands firm on the corner a little ways down Church Street. A painting by Whalen of B.B. King’s guitar, Lucille, colors the sidewalk. Two handprints and two footprints are embedded in the cement. They are King’s, made in 1980—part of the geologic record of the blues. A street or two over, another blue sign stands in front of Club Ebony, which King bought in 2008 to save from closure. Physical prints of booming businesses long gone also stake their claim here in the form of blank concrete slabs, cleared away. “This is the home of Eddie Phillip’s pool hall

where you’re standing,” Ward told me, The grave of Charley Patton, credited as pointing at my feet. “It’s where all the guys father of the Delta Blues, is a ritual stop shot pool, dice; it was just the spot when I for Blues Trail travelers. was coming up as a boy. “Right here was the dry cleaner and tailor shop,” he said as we moved to another slab. “You could get a suit made and get your pants sewed up. And then the next spot right here was “The Mississippi Blues Commission, early on, made it Dr. White. This was a black doctor right here in this town. very clear that we wanted to honor the people of the blues, If you got cut up on Saturday night, then bring your ass up the people who produced the blues,” Luther Brown told me. here. He’d sew you up and send your ass back out.” “It makes me feel good,” Holmes added, “because it We broke into laughter. “It’s good to have it all in one gives recognition to guys like Jack Owens, Skip James, Henry place,” I said. Stuckey. This place played a big part in the blues back in the Around dusk, I arrived at the grave of Charley Patton. early days. A lot of guys would just come out like at this time The cemetery is tucked off a back road next to a cotton gin. on Saturday afternoon with a guitar and harmonica and just The Blues Trail marker stands pristine by the roadside. play for whatever they could get. Set the hat down in front of them and just play until somebody come by and throw a ‘Just Play’ nickel in there, a penny, whatever. And my mom said they’d One of the successes of the Mississippi Blues Trail is its play just as hard for that as they would for anything else.” accessibility. It’s a tall order to make hundreds of widespread The Blues Trail is authentic because it’s not sanitized. locales into a practical and worthwhile cultural attraction. Church Street and Club Ebony are in real neighborhoods The trail has its mythology and its mystery. But it also has where real people lead real lives. And the people I met took people and places still alive with stories to tell. Every time you the time to welcome me with pride to their street corners; to set off, you’re in for a different adventure. share their piece of the Mississippi Blues.

Ronnie Ward owns the Blues Corner Cafe on Church Street, where he welcomes trail-goers to Indianola.

B.B. King’s guitar Lucille is memorialized on an Indianola sidewalk.



February 27 - March 5, 2013


Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • Goodwill Art Show through March 28, in the • Nature’s Palette: Blooming Bulbs of the Art main galleries. The show features works from Garden March 5, 10 a.m., in the Yates Comartists with disabilities. The artist reception is March 24 from 2-4 p.m. munity Room and the Art Garden. See and learn about the garden’s flowering spring bulbs. • Ask 4 More Arts JPS Exhibit through Refreshments served. Free. March 28. See works from students in the upper and lower atriums. The artist reception is March 10 from 2-4 p.m. • Pastel Society of Mississippi Art Exhibit through April 28. See works from society members in the main galleries. • Power APAC Visual Arts Exhibit through April 30. See works from students in grades 4-12, includes advanced placement students and Scholastic Art Competition contestants. The artist reception and awards ceremony is April 21 from 1-3 p.m. • Kyle Goddard and Friends Collaborative Exhibit through May 27. See photography and paintings in the main galleries. • Civil War Documentary Exhibit through June 30. See Wilma Mosely-Clopton’s documentary films on the African Martha Ferris’ cityscapes are at Fischer Gallieries in April. American experience during the Civil War in the main galleries. • Robert D. Williams Art • Home-School Day at the Museum: Our MisExhibit through June 30. See the artist’s sketches sissippi Story March 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the of Civil War scenes in the lower atrium. BancorpSouth Classroom. Activities for homeschooled children ages 4-12 and their families Events at Fischer Galleries include a guided tour of the exhibit “The Mis(3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601sissippi Story,” a hands-on art activity and lunch. 291-9115; Pre-registration by March 1 required; space • March Art Show Opening March 8, limited. $15 per student; parents may purchase 5-7 p.m. See Tony Saladino’s paintings and Stalunch from Palette Cafe; call 601-960-1515; cey Johnson’s sculptures. • April Art Show Opening April 11, 5-7 p.m. • Look and Learn with Hoot March 15, See Martha Ferris’s cityscapes and Ila Hallmark’s April 19 and ay 17, 10:30 a.m. This educational mixed-media work. opportunity for 4-5 year olds and their parents Events at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, features a hands-on art activity and story time. Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Please dress for mess. Free. Free; call 601-974-1762; • “C3: Creativity. Conversation. Community.” • Millsaps Juried Student Show through through March 20. Visual artists Gwylene GalMarch 4. See artwork from students in the gallimard and Jean-Marie Mauclet facilitate the lery and The Emerging Space. public art-making project. Participants create 3D • Kara Dunne Art Exhibit through April 10. interpretations of Jackson landmarks and creeks. Dunne is a printmaker and video, performance Completed artwork will be displayed at the Art and installation artist from Providence, R.I. Garden’s BankPlus Green. Free. Reception and gallery talk March 21 at 7 p.m. • “Old Masters to Monet” Opening Family in room 137 with music from Tyler Tadlock. Day March 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See the new Free workshop March 22 at 2 p.m. exhibit and enjoy family-friendly activities • Millsaps Senior Art Show through May 13. throughout the museum. Free with paid admisSee works from Suzanne Glemot, Eric Bennett sion to exhibit ($12, $10 seniors, $6 students). and Lura Glazer in the gallery and The Emerg• April in Paris Gala April 5, 8 p.m., in the ing Space. The gallery talk is April 26 at 2 p.m. Art Garden. The museum’s fundraising event


includes a seated dinner for sponsors, a stroll on the Bourgeois Bohemian art path, a fashion show and more. Sponsorships available. $100, $150 VIP. Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Mississippi Regional Competition April 7, 12:30 p.m. The reception is at 12:30 p.m., and the awards ceremony is at 2 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 who win at the regional level advance to the national competition. Free. Open Studio April 7, 1:30-4 p.m. Learn about the creative process behind an artist or exhibit in the museum, and create art to take home. Adults must accompany children ages 10 and under. $5, members free. A View of France: Art, Music, and Literature April 16, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. The Alliance Française de Jackson presents live music, a literary reading and a lecture about artwork in the “Old Masters to Monet” exhibit. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free. Slow Art Day April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The program encourages the public to look at art for extended periods to appreciate it more. Includes lunch. Free; RSVP at “Symbols of Faith, Home and Beyond: The Art of Theora Hamblett” through June 22. See more than 40 of Theora Hamblett’s best works from the collection of the University of Mississippi Museum and Historic Houses. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students (includes admission to Old Masters to Monet exhibit). “Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum” through Sept. 8, in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. See 50 masterpieces from the collection of the Wadsworth Athenium in Hartford, Conn. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $6, $5 seniors, $4 ages 3-18, children under 3 and members free; call 601-576-6000; • Fossil Road Show March 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See the museum’s fossil collection, and bring a fossil for an expert to identify. • Rainforest Adventure Exhibit through May 12. The interactive exhibit introduces children to rainforests around the world. Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). $10, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-17, children 5 and under free; call 228374-5547; • “Terry Tjader: Ingrained in Wood” through June 1. See the woodcarver’s sculptures in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. • “Lydia Thompson: Roots, Connections and Pathways” through June 1. See the sculptor’s nature-inspired ceramics in the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery and the Gallery of African American Art.

• “Dusti Bongé: Revisiting the Legacy” through June 8. See the late artist’s modernist paintings in the IP Casino Resort Spa Gallery. • “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” through Oct. 1 In the Gallery of African American Art. The exhibit highlights works in the museum’s collection and private collections across the Gulf Coast region. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920; • “Pieces of the Past: Civil Rights in Jackson” through April 7. The rotating artifact exhibit provides insight into the causes, violence and resistance that occurred during the movement. • “Jackson: A Photographic History” through July 7. The photography exhibit showcases the capitol city’s history and development. • “Pieces of the Past: Jackson’s Health” through July 7. The rotating artifact exhibit includes tools that medical providers in Jackson used in the past. Scott Allen Mural Unveiling Feb. 28, 3:30 p.m., at 126 Keener Ave. in Midtown. The National Endowment for the Arts funded the project. Allen is a Jackson native and the owner of A+ Signs and Awnings. Watch a time-lapsed video of Allen painting the mural and learn some of his techniques. Free; call 601-354-5373; email Student Invitational Art Exhibition through March 9, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed media. The opening reception is Feb. 9 from 2-4 p.m. Free; call 601974-6478; Third Thursday Art Reception March 21, April 18 and May 16, 5-8 p.m., at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). The monthly event features new artwork. Wine and cheese served. Free; call 601-856-2001; Thomas “Tom” Cochran Art Exhibit through March 29, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). See the late artist’s paintings, sculptures and woodcarvings in the Academy Building. Cochran was known for his hand-carved signs at Highland Village. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The opening reception is March 4 from 4-6 p.m. Free; call 601-631-2997; email; “The Biggest Little Art You’ve Ever Seen” Exhibit through March 30, at Southside Art Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). William Dunlap is the curator. See miniature works from artists such as Jerrod Partridge, Allan Innman, Lou Haney and Katelyn Roebuck. The artist reception is March 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; call 662-2349090;



“War Comes to the Mississippi Delta: The Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Fort Pemberton” through Aug. 31, at Museum of the Mississippi Delta (1608 Highway 82 W., Greenwood). See Civil War artifacts including the Lady Polk Cannon that will be fired during the Encampment at Fort Pemberton March 7-9. Hours are 9 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. $5, $3.50 seniors, $3 college students with ID, $2 ages 3-18; call 662-453-0925;

Creative Arts Festival April 12-13, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The theme for the exhibition is “Celebrating the Legacy of Medgar Evers” and includes visual arts, spoken word, performing arts and creative writing. Novelist Jesmyn Ward and journalist Leonard Pitts are the keynote speakers. Free; call 601-979-2055. “In Lotus Land: The Photographs of Herbert Ponting” through April 14, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). In the Lower Level Galleries. The exhibit contains photographs of scenes from Japan and Ukiyo-e Japanese prints from the museum’s collection. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374; FIGMENT Jackson May 18, noon-dark, and May 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Wilson Street, Midtown Arts District. The annual participatory arts

B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Call 601-607-7741; visit Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.). Call 601-506-6624; email; visit Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd.). Call 601260-9423. Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). Call 601-982-4844 or visit circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING (2771 Old Canton Road). Call 601-362-8484.

Heavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State St.). Call 601-954-2147; email heavenlydesignbyroz@ Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of the Academic Complex. Call 601-974-1762 or visit Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Call 601-942-7285 or 601-942-7362; visit

wed | february 27 Jesse “Guitar” Smith 5:30-9:30p thu | february 28 Jason Turner 5:30-9:30p fri | march 1 Jamie Waltman & Bradley Parker 6:30-10:30p sat | march 2 Three Hour Tour 6:30-10:30p


mon | march 4 Karaoke

The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Call 601-992-3556; visit

tue | march 5 Jesse “Guitar” Smith 5:30-9:30p

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Visit or Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Call 601-969-4091; visit

Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Call 601-855-0107; email;


Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Call 601-992-6405; visit

P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Call 769-798-5539; email or Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-353-2497 or visit Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Artwear Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Call 601-212-7707; visit Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (199 Monroe St., Clinton). Call 601-925-3880;

Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Call 601-979-2191.

Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Call 601-960-9250; visit

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This month, the Southside Art Gallery features work by Allan Innman.

Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite F, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-5901; visit

Gaddis Group Studio (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Call 601-368-9522.

Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The center has a satellite location at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Call 601856-7546 or visit

Harry the Potter (381 Ridge Way, Flowood). Call 601-829-0077; visit

Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). Call 601-960-1582.

Ridgeland Open
11am‐10pm Fri‐Sat

One Blu Wall Gallery (2906 N. State St.). Call 601-713-1224.

Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Call 601-206-1788, visit or email

The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-352-3399.

Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Call 601856-0535.

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NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Call 601944-0023; visit

Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. Union St., Canton). Call 601-391-3066; email; visit

The Creative Thumb, Call 601-832-5351.

Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Call 601-291-9115; visit

“Images of Mississippi,” at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (100 International Drive). At the East and West Concourses. The exhibit is in honor of the airport’s 50th anniversary. Free; call 601-939-5631.


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sun | march 3 Doug Frank Unplugged 4:00 - 8:00p

The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Call 601-981-9606.

Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Call 601981-9222; visit

Medgar Evers Exhibit through Oct. 31, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers’ assassination with photographs, artifacts, documents and news-film footage. Free; call 601-576-6998.

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GALLERIES Artful Hours Painting Lounge (111 Colony Crossing Suite 200, Madison). Call 270-6043418; email; visit

festival includes a street festival May 18 after dark. Submit art project proposals through the website; summer-long installations also being accepted. Free;

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Studio AMN/Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). Call Sanaa at 769-218-8289 or Studio AMN at 769-2188165; visit and Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Call 601-6074147 or visit studio5fifty Art Center (550 Central Ave., Laurel). Call 601-649-0383; email Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Call 601-366-1844; visit or find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Call 601-925-8115; visit or find Wyatt Waters Gallery on Facebook; email

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Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival April 6, 10 a.m.6 p.m., and April 7, 1-6 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The annual festival includes an art show and sale, children’s activities, live music and a culinary event. Free; call 601-519-0900;




LITERARY AND SIGNINGS • May 22, 5 p.m. Bill Cheng signs “Southern Cross the Dog.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • May 23, 5 p.m. Jeff Shaara signs “A Chain of Thunder: A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • Lemuria Story Time. Saturdays at 11 a.m., children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free.

Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@; • March 7, 5 p.m. David Wesley Williams signs “Long Gone Daddies.” Reading follows. $24.95 book. • March 19, 5 p.m. Vladimir Alexandrov signs “The Black Russian.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • March 20, 5 p.m. Thomas McNamee signs “The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat: Craig Claiborne and the American Food Renaissance.” $16 book. • March 22, 5 p.m. Ron Rash signs “Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • March 25, 5 p.m. Jamie Quatro signs “I Want to Show You More.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • March 28, 5 p.m. Alan Huffman signs “Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • April 9, 5 p.m. John Pendergrass signs “Against the Odds.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.95 book. • April 10, 5 p.m. Jill McCorkle signs “Life After Life.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • April 17, 5 p.m. Jack Butler signs “Jujitsu for Christ.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • April 29, 5 p.m. Rhonda Riley signs “The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.99 book. • April 30, 5 p.m. John R. Hailman signs “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book. • May 8, 5 p.m. Nell Dickerson signs “Porch Dogs.” $29.95 book. • May 21, 5 p.m. Steve Yates signs “Some Kinds of Love: Stories.” $19.95 book.

Events at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Call 662-236-2262; • Mark Winne and Jim Pathfinder Ewing Book Signings March 1, 4 p.m. Winne is a food activist, and Ewing is an organic-living columnist for the JFP. The signing is part of the annual Sustainable Living Conference and Food Summit. Book prices vary. • “Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson” March 6, 5 p.m. Josh Rothman signs books. $29.95 book. • “A Time to Cook: Southern Style Garden Cooking” March 20, 5 p.m. James T. Farmer III signs books. $35 book. “Fried Chicken and Wine” with Marshall Ramsey Feb. 28, 5:45-8 p.m., at Junior League of Jackson Headquarters (805 Riverside Drive). The author and illustrator speaks about his book “Fried Chicken and Wine.” The program is part of the Junior League of Jackson’s Books and Authors Series. Includes dinner and a signed book. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; tickets held at will call. $50; call 601-948-2357; email “Cover of Snow” Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Jenny Milchman signs books. $26 book; call 662236-2262; email; Teen Book Club (Grades 9-12) March 18, 4-5 p.m., at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton). This month’s book is Angela Johnson’s “First Part Last.” The discussion includes a pizza party. Registration required; space limited. Free; call 601-859-3202. Campus Reading Community: “Native Son” March 21, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The book review and discussion takes place in the Liberal Arts Lecture Room. Free; call 601-979-1328.

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Literary Resonations


hen English professor and slavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria poet Steve Kistulentz joined and the U.S. She is an award-winning the Millsaps College faculty in poet and the author of four books in2009, he campaigned to cluding her most recent formalize a visiting writcollection, “Red Army ers series. “When I came Red” (Triquarterly Pubto Millsaps, there were lishing, 2012, $16.95). two very well-known Dubrow is an assiswriters on faculty,” Kistutant professor of creative lentz says, “but I felt there writing and literature was a need to supplement at Washington College that campus presence in Chestertown, Md. with different voices.” She also serves as direcAs a creative-writtor of the WC’s Rose ing instructor, Kistulentz O’Neill Literary House is cognizant of helping where she designs prostudents find literary grams to bring poetry Jehanne Dubrow visits work that resonates for Millsaps College March 28. into communities. them. One of his goals Dubrow will read is to increase the odds by from her collected works on bringing writers to Millsaps of different Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Ford ethnicities, nationalities and aesthetics. Academic Complex, room 215, at Millsaps Poet Jehanne Dubrow is one such College (1701 N. State St.). The readvisiting writer. Dubrow, the daughter of ing is free. For more information, contact American diplomats, was born in Italy Kistulentz at 601-974-1305 or writers@ and spent her childhood living in Yugo- —Genevieve Legacy COURTESY JEHANNE DUBROW

Applause! Writer Series, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), noon, in the Ellen Douglas Room. Light refreshments served; sack lunches welcome. Free; call 601-968-5820. • Feb. 28, the speaker is Jim PathFinder Ewing, a journalist, author, organic farmer and JFP contributor. • March 28, editorial cartoonist and author Marshall Ramsey is the speaker.


Story Time Tuesday March 5, 10 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). A zookeeper reads an animal story, and the kids do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580; “Long Gone Daddies” March 8, 4 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). David Wesley Williams signs books; reading follows. $24.95 book; call 601-634-8624; email; Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Free; call 601-856-2749. • Baby Bookworms, Ages 0-2 Wednesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:15 a.m. The program for babies and toddlers with parents or

caregivers includes rhymes, songs and stories. • Hunger Games Competition (7th-12th Graders) Feb. 28, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Attendees discuss “Catching Fire” and compete for prizes. • Rising Readers Story Time, Ages 3-5 Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. Children enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more to strengthen literacy skills. 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; mississippichildrensmuseum..

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Events at Belhaven University Center for • Choral and Vocal Arts: Jazz Vibrations the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in the concert April 13, 7:30 p.m. The Belhaven Concert hall. Free unless stated otherwise; call 601Choir, the Belhaven Chorale, soloists and 974-6494. ensembles perform jazz and jazz-inspired music. • Faculty Piano Recital March 19, 7:30 p.m. • Best of Belhaven II April 15, 7:30 p.m. The The Sachs Piano Duo presents works from music department presents the best performancGershwin, Bach and Schubert. es of the semester. • Belhaven Strings and Chamber Orchestras Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). March 22, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy string solo and Cocktails before each show. For ages 18 and up group performances from students. unless otherwise stated. Call 601-292-7121 for • All State Strings Concert March 23, 3 p.m. In prices; the concert hall. Mississippi’s best high-school • RPM Party March 23, 9 p.m. DJ Young string students present the results of two intenVenom, DJ Stephen Urquel and DJ Phingaprint sive days of rehearsal and study. Ivan Del Prado play hits from Rick James, Prince and Michael is the guest conductor. Jackson. • Belhaven University and Jackson Commu• Charlie Mars March 29, 8:30 p.m. The rock nity Symphonic Band, Jazz and Percussion artist and Mississippi native performs. Ensemble Concert March 23, 7:30 p.m. • Moon Taxi April 4, 8:30 p.m. The Nashville Dr. Paxton Girtmon and Owen Rockwell are band plays indie rock. JAG also performs. the conductors. • Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience • Faculty Voice Recital March 26, 7:30 p.m. April 12, 9 p.m. The Led Zeppelin cover band Dr. Rebecca Geihsler and Tyler Kemp perform. performs. • Student Directed Showcase April 2-6, • Shawn Mullins and Chuck Cannon April 21, 7:30 p.m. In Theatre 151. Belhaven senior Anna 7:30 p.m. Mullins is a singer-songwriter from Rebmann directs two short works. Belhaven stuAtlanta, and Cannon is a country artist and dents may queue for available seats for free. $10, South Carolina native. $5 students and seniors; call 601-974-6494. • Leftover Salmon April 23, 7:30 p.m. The string • Orchestra Concert April 6, 7:30 p.m. Doors band from Colorado calls their type of music open at 7mahalia_JFP_4.5x5.875.pdf p.m. 1 2/18/13 “polyethnic 9:14 AM Cajun slamgrass.”


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• Snarky Puppy April 26, 8:30 p.m. The Brooklyn band plays jazz, funk and world music. • Greensky Bluegrass May 1, 7:30 p.m. The quintet from Michigan performs. • James McCartney June 3, 7:30 p.m. The British singer-songwriter is the son of former Beatle Paul McCartney. All-ages show. Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Unless otherwise stated, call 601-292-7121 or visit • The Fiddleworms March 12, 7:30 p.m. The

southern psychedelic-rock band performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Alabama Shakes March 16, 5 p.m. The Grammy-nominated rock band from Athens, Ala., performs. Michael Kiwanuka, Sam Doores and Riley Downing also perform. Doors open at 4 p.m. Ages 18 and up. $20; call 800-745-3000. Joshua James and David Ramirez March 21, 7:30 p.m. Joshua James is a singer-songwriter with Nebraskan roots, and David Ramirez is a multi-instrumentalist from Austin, Texas. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. The Howlin’ Brothers March 28, 7:30 p.m. The three-piece string band from Nashville, Tenn., performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. American Aquarium May 16, 7:30 p.m. The country rock band from Raleigh, N.C. performs. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. An Evening with Martin Sexton March 7, 8:30 p.m. The singer-songwriter’s music is a blend of genres such as rock, blues and country. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets only. For ages 18 and up. $20. Desert Noises, Hollis Brown and the Giving Tree Band March 20, 6:30 p.m. Desert Noses is an indie-rock band from Provo, Utah, Hollis

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St. Philip’s Choir and organist Jacob Benda perform at the 27th annual event. Free; Opera Underground March 11, 7 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The Mississippi Opera hosts the series. Paul Houghtaling and Kevin Chance perform. Doors open at 6 p.m.; food and beverage prices vary. Enjoy art and free wine from 5-6 p.m. upstairs at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119. Call 601-960-2300 for ticket prices; Shinedown March 15, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The rock band from Jacksonville, Fla., performs. Three Days Grace and P.O.D. also perform. $37.50; call 800745-3000. Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi April 1, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy gourmet dishes, a silent auction and live music. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. Free; call 601-353-2759; Third Day: The Miracle Tour April 4, 7 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). The Christian rock band performs. Other performers include American Idol finalist Colton Dixon and singer-songwriter Josh Wilson. $20-$75 in advance, $25-$80 day of show; call 800-965-9324. Battle of the Saxes April 13, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Save the date for the annual concert in McCoy Auditorium. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-979-2285.

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The Meat Puppets April 13, 10 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). The American rock band has been performing for more than 30 years. Doors open at 9 p.m. For ages 21 and up. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7121; “Bravo V: Stravinsky’s Rite” April 20, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” Guest performers include Benjamin Britten, Samuel Jones and the Millsaps Singers. Pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (free with cash bar). $20 and up, $5 students; call 601960-1565; “Pops III: Pepsi Pops” May 10, 7:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The annual event includes family-friendly activities, music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks finale. Concessions sold. Bring a picnic basket for a chance to win a prize. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 ages 4-18, children under 4 free; call 601960-1565; Black Jacket Symphony May 11, 8-10:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The band performs songs from Led Zeppelin’s album “IV.” $25-$30; call 800-745-3000. Being Belhaven Arts Series: Music in May May 26, 6 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Blvd.). The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performs. Free; call 601-352-8850; Shooter Fest 2013 June 1, 2-10 p.m., at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). The extensive music lineup includes performers such as Take It Back, the Weekend Kids, Yet, Daggers and Common Goals. $10; find Rampage Extreme Park on Facebook.





CREATIVE CLASSES Events at The Emporium Canton (3344 N. Liberty St., Canton). Seating limited; RSVP. $45; call 601-667-3670; • Point and Shoot Class March 2, 10 a.m.1 p.m. Learn the basics of taking great photos. • Intro to Digital DSLR March 2, 2-5 p.m. Learn how to use camera settings.

Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). All classes 6-8:30 p.m. Craftsmen’s Guild members teach the classes. Registration required. $35; call 601-856-7546; email • Discover Fused Glass Class March 19. • Discover Recycled Jewelry Class March 19. • Discover Surface Design Class April 18. • Discover Candle Making Class May 14. • Discover Fused Glass Class May 14. • Discover Jewelry Making Class May 14. Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). • Painting with Pastels Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Registration required. $65 per month; call 601856-1802; email • Country Line Dancing Class Mondays, 6-7 p.m. (beginners) and 7:15-8:45 p.m. (advanced). $10 per class or $40 per month; call 601-856-6876. • Thread, Yarn, Crochet and Coffee Group. Enjoy an afternoon of working on fiber proj-

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Olde Towne Spring Market at Jefferson Street, Clinton, in front of City Hall. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 601924-5472. • April 13, the theme is “Spring into Green” and includes the annual Caterpillar Parade. • May 11, the theme is “Make Mine Vintage,” featuring antiques and collectibles. Jump Start Jackson Spring Farmers Market April 13, April 27, May 11, May 25, June 1 and June 8, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Open 8 a.m.-noon; dates tentative. Enter from Highway 80. Free; call 601-898-0000, ext. 118; email Mississippi Farmers Market through Dec. 21, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601354-6573; Vicksburg Farmers Market through July 27, at Washington Street, Vicksburg, on the east side between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Call 601634-4527; email farmersmarket@;

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469; • Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage. • Day of Dance March 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children learn about styles of dance.


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able. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 15 or email class@ for more information. • Shut Up and Sell! March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This workshop teaches the art of selling your writing, including writing query letters, nonfiction proposals, networking and researching markets. You’ll also learn tricks to success for the freelance life. $50 includes materials, light lunch and a follow-up critique. • Shut Up and Write! April 6-June 1. Six classes, every other Saturday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn to write sparkling non-fiction stories, memoirs and essays. $150, includes materials. • Shut Up and Create! April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This interactive workshop involves games, exercises and tools to help you be more creative long after the class. Take it to be inspired and have fun! $50 includes materials and light lunch. Creating a Character Class Registration through March 15, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Students in junior high and high school develop a character. The eight-week class starts March 18, and classes are Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. Registration required. $150; call 601948-3533, ext. 232; email education@; Animal Photography Class May 4, 8 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Learn to photograph animals. Pre-registration required. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240; 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 price; email; Adult Acrylic Painting Class, at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Bring your own 11-by-14-inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-992-6405; email;


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BE THE CHANGE cooking contest and vendor space; call 601683-4310 or 601-683-4247; Traffick Jam Walkathon and Record Release Show April 6, 9 a.m.-11 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The walkathon is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and the concert is 7-11 p.m. Proceeds benefit Hard Places Community, a nonprofit dedicated to ending child sex trafficking in Cambodia. $10 registration plus $100 fundraising COURTESY ERIKA ROBERTS

Events at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). • Sante South Wine Festival April 13, 6:30 p.m. Sample more than 120 wines and food from more than 20 Mississippi restaurants. The VIP tasting is at 6:30 p.m., and the grand tasting is at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. $80-$140; call 601987-0200; • Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime May 6, 7 p.m. Enjoy food and drink samples, and live music. The event is a fundraiser for local law enforcement agencies. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-212-0016; StinkyFeet 5K Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., at StinkyFeet Athletics (153 Ridgeway Drive, Suite C, Flowood). The all-ages run/walk benefits the Mustard Seed. $5; call 601-992-3556. Rape Crisis Center Training March 1-2, at Catholic Charities (200 N. Congress St., Suite 100). Register if you would like to volunteer to help victims of sexual assault. Free; call 601-366-0750. Run Thru History 10K Run March 2, 8:30 a.m., at Vicksburg Military Park (Clay St., Vicksburg). The event includes a 5K walk and 1-mile fun run. The race ends at Battlefield Inn (4137 Interstate 20 N. Frontage Road, Exit 4B, Vicksburg). Proceeds benefit the Vicksburg YMCA’s youth sports and camp scholarship funds. Registration required. $30, $12 fun run; call 601-638-1071; Cookin’ for Mental Health March 23, 9 a.m.3 p.m., at Central Mississippi Residential Center (701 Northside Drive, Newton). To promote mental-health awareness, Friends of Central Mississippi Residential Center hosts the event, which includes a barbecue contest with samples, a rock-climbing wall, vendors, a raffle, games and music. Meet the GrabUOne Outfitters snake hunters. Free admission; food and game prices vary; fees apply for

The Jackson Inner-city Gardeners need your help on Global Youth Service Day April 20 from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

goal, concert admission TBA; call 487-6349; email; Komen Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Race for the Cure April 13, 8 a.m.-noon, at War Memorial Building (120 S. State St.). Includes a 10K, a 5K run/walk and a kids’ fun run. Proceeds go toward breast cancer research efforts. $20-$35; call 601-932-3999; Global Youth Service Day April 20, 8:30 a.m.noon, at JIG Garden (near 3290 W. Northside Dr., adjacent to the BP station). The Jackson Inner-city Gardeners seeks volunteers to help with planting, weeding and harvesting. Bring gloves and

work shoes. JIG will sell the produce from May to August on Saturdays, and donate a portion of the harvest to food banks. Free; email growers@; 20th Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament April 26, 10:30 a.m., at Deerfield Country Club (264 Deerfield Club Drive, Canton). The format is a four-person scramble; awards given. Make-AWish grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Registration required. Free; call 601366-9474; email; Wishmaker’s Ball May 4, 7 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The Kentucky Derby-style gala is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Includes live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing and appearances from Make-A-Wish children. Sponsorships available. $100, $150 couples; call 601-366-9474, ext. 1305; email jwalsh@; City of Flowood Benefit Golf Tournament May 15-16, 8:30 a.m., at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). The format is a four-man scramble. Proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Mississippi. Lunch included; awards given. Registration required. $100, $400 team, $5 mulligans, sponsorships start at $500; call 601-665-2434. Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Call for Volunteers through July 20, at N/A . Volunteers ages 19 and up with youth that are not perticipating in the summit are welcome. The conferences are July 2021 at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 104. Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The program includes six twohour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Free; email


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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Call 601-981-5469; • St. Patrick’s Day Art March 16, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Wear green and make crafts in the Inspirations Studios. $8, children 12 months and under free. • Easter Celebration March 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a egg hunt, crafts and volcanic egg dying. $8, children 12 months and under free.

Marching MALfunction and Second Line Stomp March 15, 5 p.m., from the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.) to Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The annual parade and street dance includes music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, Hunter Gibson, the Rumprollers and Cardinal Sons. Costumes welcome. Free; call 601-948-0888; Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March 16, 1 p.m., downtown Jackson. The annual Mardi Gras-style parade begins on the corner of State and Court streets. Enjoy a 5K run/walk, the Trustmark Children’s Festival, a children’s parade and the pet parade before the main event. Free; call 601-948-0888; St. Paddy’s Day Céilí March 17, 2-4 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). Jackson Irish Dancers teaches traditional dances; beginners

welcome. Emerald Accent performs. Food for sale. Free, donations welcome; call 601-592-9914; email; SoFo Fondren Easter Egg Hunt March 24, 2-4 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Children 12 and under participate in the annual hunt. Bring a camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny, and enjoy a space jump and prizes. $5 per child plus a candy donation; call 601-981-9606. FILE PHOTO

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Unless stated otherwise, $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under; call 601-352-2580; • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny March 30, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Enjoy breakfast, a visit from the zoo’s bunny and more. $15, $11 children 12 and under, $5 members. • Mother’s Appreciation Day May 12. Mothers receive half off admission with a paying child. • Memorial Day at the Zoo May 27. Visitors with a military ID receive half off admission with a paying child.

Easter Egg Hunt March 30, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy egg decorating, pony and train rides, pictures with the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 7 and under, and refreshments. $6, $4 ages 318; call 601-432-4500;

JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS Crossroads Film Society Membership Drive and Friend-Raiser Feb. 28, 6 p.m., at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E). The program includes a preview of the 2013 Crossroads Film Festival, a screening of Anita Modak-Truran’s documentary “Belles and Whistles” and a DVD swap. Memberships $35 and up, $25 students; email info@; Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball March 2, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The organization honors physician Dr. Helen Barnes, businessman Hibbett Neal and the Mississippi Learning Institute. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music from These Days with Jewel Bass. Attire is casual. $20, $10 students with ID; email; Jackson 2000 Discussion Luncheon March 13, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The topic is creating a successful small business. RSVP. $12, $10 members; call 960-1500; email bevelyn_; Crossroads Film Festival April 12-14, at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Enjoy dozens of independent films, workshops and parties during at the three-day event. Discounts for members, students and seniors. $8 film block, $15 one-day pass, $59 all-access pass; call 601898-7819; email; Zoo Brew April 19, 6-9 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy craft beer samples with chicken wings and live music. For ages 21 and up. $25; call 601-352-2580; Operation Shoestring Spring Fling April 25, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy refreshments and live music in the Art Garden. Proceeds benefit Operation Shoestring. Sponsorships available. $20; call 601-353-6336; “Next Fall” May 2-4, 7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The play is about a gay couple’s division over religious beliefs. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601948-3533; Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi April 1, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Enjoy gourmet dishes, a silent auction and live music. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. Free; call 601353-2759;


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original senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies. $10, $5 students and seniors, children 12 and under free; call 601-965-1400. • Spring Dance Production April 5, 6:30 p.m., April 6 and April 13, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., April 11, 11 a.m. and April 12, 6:30 p.m. The Belhaven University Dance Ensemble performs. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10; COURTESY MELISSA TILLMAN

Being Belhaven Arts Series, at Belhaven Park (Poplar Blvd.). Free; call 601-352-8850; email; • March 21, 6 p.m., the Jackson Irish Dancers perform with the Ceili Band. • April 21, 6 p.m. New Stage Theatre cast members perform; play title TBA. • April 26, 7:30 p.m., and May 20, 7:45 p.m., enjoy an outdoor movie at dusk; titles TBA.

Events at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Call 601-664-0930; • “The Sound of Music” March 1-2, 7:30 p.m., and March 3, 2 p.m. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.” $15, $10 seniors and students. Quintin Lewis, Harlan Zackery Jr.,Ashia Kendrick and • “The Diary of Anne Frank” Sharon Miles star in “Mahalia” at New Stage Theatre. Auditions March 2, 2 p.m., and March 5, 6:30 p.m. Actors may present a monologue (two-minute limit) or $5 students and seniors; free for Belhaven facread from the script. Production dates are ulty, staff, students and immediate families; call April 25-28. 601-965-1414. • Actor’s Playhouse Showcase of Talent Events at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., March 23. Contestants compete in the child, Brandon). Shows are Thursday-Saturday at youth and adult categories, and formats include 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations singing, dancing, playing instruments, monorecommended. $15, $10 for students and seniors logues, comedy and skits. Register by March 11 (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; to compete. $25 individuals, $15 per person in group; email • “Fiddler on the Roof” Feb. 28-March 10. The Events at Belhaven University Center for the musical is about a Russian dairyman who tries Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Call 601-965-7026; to instill Jewish tradition in his five daughters. • “Sherlock’s Last Case” April 18-28. The play • “The Drunkard” Feb. 27-March 1, 7:30 p.m., is a dark comedy about a death threat against and March 2, 2 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. Sherlock Holmes from a nemesis’ son. Stewart Hawley directs the light-hearted musical • “Noises Off” Auditions April 29-30. Producabout a man’s determination to stop drinking. tion dates are June 13-16 and June 20-23. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodemployees and students. row Wilson Ave.). • “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment: The • Music from the Soul and Poetry Reading Amazing Adventures of Louis de RougeMarch 9, 7-10 p.m., in the Community Room. mont” April 2-6, 7:30 p.m., in Theatre 151. Arts Klassical is the host. Performers include Additional shows April 6 at 10 a.m. and Nellie Mack, Sunny Ridell, and middle-school 2 p.m. The play is a dramatization of the life of and high-school poets. RSVP by March 1 to self-proclaimed explorer Louis de Rougemont. receive dinner. $20; call 662-380-2811 or $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven 769-257-6413. employees and students. • Youth Gospel Explosion and Talent Show • Belhaven Theatre Festival April 8-13. The March 15, 6 p.m. Local youth showcase their annual event includes featured guest artists, talents. The registration deadline for participastudent performances, staged readings, senior tion is March 8. Free; call 601-321-2135 to recitals, class showcases, workshops and presenregister or 601-941-7519 for information. tations. Schedule TBA. Most performances free, Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. admission applies for featured performances. Lynch St.). • Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte” April 27, 7:30 p.m. • Creative Arts Festival April 12, 1-8 p.m., The Mississippi Opera’s version of the comedy and April 13, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The theme is is set in 1850s Charleston, S.C. Student mati“Celebrating the Legacy of Medgar Evers” and nee April 26; call for details. $50, $45 seniors, is an exhibition of visual arts, spoken word, $5 students with ID; call 601-961-2300; performing arts and creative writing. Novelist Jesmyn Ward and journalist Leonard Pitts are Events at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual the keynote speakers. Free; call 601-979-2055. Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). • International Night of Dance April 11, • Senior Dance Concerts Feb. 27-March 2, 7 p.m., in McCoy Auditorium. Local dance 7:30 p.m., at the Studio Theatre. Additional troupes perform in conjunction with Internashows Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. and March 2 at 1 tional Week (April 8-12). Free; call 601p.m. Graduating BA and BFA students present 979-3972.


STAGE AND SCREEN6HHDQGDGGPRUHHYHQWVDWMISHYHQWVFRP Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533; • “Other Desert Cities” April 16-20 and April 24-27, 7:30 p.m., and April 21 and April 28, 2 p.m. The Broadway drama is about a novelist’s strained relationship with her family as she plans to publish sensitive information about them in her memoir. • “Hairspray” May 28-June 1 and June 5-8, 7:30 p.m., and June 2 and June 9, 2 p.m. The musical comedy is about a plus-sized teen who finds stardom through a local television show. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • “Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs.” The film is about Egypt and its mysterious mummies. Shows are weekdays at noon and Saturdays at 4 p.m. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12. • “Wild Ocean.” The film shows the migration of marine animals and their encounters with humans. Shows are Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m. $6.50, $5.50 seniors, $4 children ages 4-12. • Sky Shows Saturdays. Options include “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” at 1 p.m. and “Our Home in the Milky Way” at 3 p.m. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $20-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800745-3000; • “Elvis Lives!” April 23-24, 7:30 p.m. Elvis impersonators Bill Cherry, Ben Klein, Kevin Mills and Victor Trevino Jr. perform. Ann-Margret impersonator Lori Russo also performs. • “The Addams Family” June 3-4, 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on Charles Addams’ classic comic strip. Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). $12, $10

American College Dance Festival Association Adjudicated Concerts Feb. 27-March 2, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The performances are part of the ACDFA’s annual dance conference and are open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10, $8 seniors, Belhaven employees and students; call 601-965-1400; Fondren Theatre Workshop’s 10-minute Play Project March 2, 7:30 p.m., at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). Participants have 24 hours to write short plays and perform them. A portion of the proceeds benefits Hudspeth Regional Center. $8 show; call 601-301-2281; “Sweeney Todd” March 6-7, 7:30 p.m., at Historic Saenger Theater (201 Forrest St., Hattiesburg). The play is about a barber in 19th-century London who seeks revenge for being falsely accused of a crime. Proceeds benefit the tornado-recovery effort for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music. $20; call 601-266-5418. Fish Tale Group Theatre’s “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” March 7-9, 7:30, and March 9-10, 24:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The play reveals the story behind the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith. $17 in advance, $20 at the door; call 769-218-0787; email; “Biloxi Blues” March 7, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The Neil Simon play is about a World War II Army recruit’s experiences while stationed in Biloxi, Miss. $24-$30; call 601-696-2200;


Mississippi Puppetry Guild’s Performing Arts Festival for Children and Puppetry Jam March 27-28, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Presenters include Puppet Arts Theatre, Sherman Lee Dillon, Ben Woods, Chiquila Pearson and others. One adult admitted free with each group of 10 children. $8, $7 per child in group; call 601-977-9840; Crossroads Film Festival April 12-14, at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Enjoy dozens of independent films, workshops and parties during at the three-day event. Discounts for members, students and seniors. $8 film block, $15 one-day pass, $59 all-access pass; call 601-898-7819; email;

seniors 55 and older, $8 students, $5 children ages 12 and under; call 601-636-0471; • “Always ... Patsy Cline” March 1-10. The musical is based on correspondence the legendary singer had with one of her fans. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. • “Gold in the Hills” April 12-27. Set in the 1890s, the play features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Screen on the Green April 18, 7:30 p.m., and May 23 and June 20, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. Enjoy an outdoor film and cash bar; movie titles TBA. Free; call 601-960-1515; “Lights! Camera! Imagination!” Talent Search April 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum seeks children to feature in future radio and printed ads. Pre-registration is required and begins April 8 on the website. $10 donation; call 601-981-5469; African-American Historical Film Series Thursdays, 6 p.m., at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Watch films about African-American contributions to the American culture and economy. Free; call 662-347-8198;

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explains causes and treatments for heartburn. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262; “Sweetness” Fight Against Obesity 5K March 30, 8 a.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). The run/walk includes a 1-mile fun run. Categories include all age groups and participants in wheelchairs. Use the keyword “sweetness” to register online. Fees vary (student discounts available); call 601-979-1368, 601-979-1558 or 601-979-1557; COURTESY DESIREE RUMBAUGH


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


Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Registration required. Call 601-856-6876. Mental Health First Aid • Tai-Chi Fusion on the ResTraining Course April 17-18, ervoir for Seniors Wednesat Hinds Behavioral Health days, 11-11:30 a.m. The Services (3450 Highway 80 ancient Chinese martial art W.). In the Conference Cenpromotes flexibility, stamina ter. Learn to become a first Yoga classes are offered and focused breathing. $5 responder for someone having weekly across the Jackson per class. a mental-health crisis. Registrametro. • Zumba Fitness Class for tion required. 12 CEU credits Seniors Thursdays, may be applicable. $100 per 1-1:45 p.m. The Latinperson for one to two people, inspired aerobics is for ages $75 for a third person; call 60140 and up. $5 per class. 321-2436; • Yoga Classes Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.Art in Mind Art Program April 24, 10noon. Learn gentle stretching poses and 11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 strength exercises. $10 per class. S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Hope Conference March 2, 9 a.m., at First Mississippi offers the program for people with Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). early-stage dementia and their caregivers. ParticiThe cancer education conference includes prepants tour the galleries and make art in the studio sentations and breakout sessions with cancer classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601specialists, medical experts, allied health profes987-0020; sionals and survivors. Registration required. Free; Hill Training Workout Mondays, 7 p.m., and call 601-432-6816 to register, or 601-956-7447 Fridays, 6 p.m., at Avondale Street and Old Canor 877-538-5364 for questions; email eunice. ton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the or; training session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at tinyurl.comhopeconference. 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012; email terry@ Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group ; March 2, April 6, and May 4, 11 a.m., at Jackson NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses The group meets on first Saturdays in the Commeets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and mon Area. Free; call 601-366-5874; learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information. My Meditation 101: Creating Quiet in Your Everyday Life March 2, 11 a.m.-noon, at Energy Wellness Center at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options in Motion (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment Tara Blumenthal of TaraYoga is the instructor. for resistance training and toning, and a children’s Pre-registration required. $20; email info@ gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-987-6783. Colon and Rectal Cancer Screening: Who Zumba Fitness Classes Tuesdays and Thursdays, Needs It? March 6, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bap6-7 p.m., at Optimum 1 Dance Studios tist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Baptist for Women Conference Room. Drs. JaneSuite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays Claire Williams and Steven Weeks talk about and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601who should be screened, screening methods 918-5107. and treatments. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948Saturday Morning Weekly Walk Saturdays, 6262; 8 a.m., at Parham Bridges Park (5055 Old Canton Road). Dr. Timothy Quinn hosts the walk “Weight and the Healthy You” Workshop to promote wellness. Walkers should park on March 8, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Tulane Ridgewood Road next to the playground. Free; University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., call 601-487-6482. Madison). Learn ways to safely reach weight-loss goals through portion control, meal planning and Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early more. Materials included. March 4 is the registraInfant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., tion deadline. $10; call 601-605-0007. at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in room MO-16. The support Heartburn: The Painful Facts March 27, group is for those who experienced a miscarriage, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Health Systems, stillbirth or early infant death. Free; call 601-984Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison), 1921; email in the Community Room. Dr. Ronald Kotfila



Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Lockheed Martin Information Technology Day March 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The career fair featuring several colleges includes panel discussions, competitions and a reception. Free; call 960-2321; • DeafFest Mississippi May 3-4. Keith Wann and Wink perform on Adult Night May 3. May 4, the Deaf Dash 5K is at 7:30 a.m., performances at 11 a.m. include the Anderson Twins, Magic Morgan and Lilliana, Peter Cook and more. Free admission, $15 Adult Night (ages 18 and up), Deaf Dash: $25, $15 children; Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Youth Gospel Explosion and Talent Show March 15, 6 p.m. Local youth showcase their

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ackson is set to have a day filled with at 8:30 a.m. and should last until noon. gay Saturday, March 2, with two In the afternoon, the second anLGBT events taking place down- nual pride march kicks off. Led by local town. The Millsaps College Pride Group quasi-celebrity Papa Peachez, marchers and the Amnesty International Chapter of Millsaps has scheduled a 5K fundraiser during the morning, while other local community members have planned a march from Fondren to the State Capitol in the afternoon. In addition to raising awareness, the run has a philanthropic purpose. Each runner’s $15 registration fee will be donated to the Jacksonians will run, walk and probably dance Human Rights Campaign and through the streets celebrating gay pride Amnesty International. Organizers Saturday, March 2. hope that the 3-mile race, which is open to all regardless of sexual orientation, will rally by Cups café in Fondren at is short enough that non-runners and 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., marchers will families with children will be encouraged proceed down State Street to the capitol to attend. This event is meant to be a fun, building, where the protesters plan to family-friendly, health-conscious way add “some color and fabulosity.” for the LGBT community to show its Register for the Mississippi Pride 5K pride and to encourage the community at of Jackson as a whole to start being more For more information on the 5K, email mindful of issues affecting LGBT people. For more on The event will feature speakers before the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Pride Walk, and after the run, and the Amnesty In- email Both ternational chapter will set out petitions events are also on Facebook. about LGBT concerns. The race starts —Mo Wilson

talents at Center Stage. The registration deadline for participation is March 8. Free; call 601321-2135 to register or 601-941-7519 for more information. • Candidates for Mayor Forum April 2, 5:30 p.m. Women for Progress is the host. Meet candidates for mayor of Jackson. Free; call 601-559-5755; email

classified in order to teach the concepts in the classroom. Registration required; 0.5 CEU credits available. $25; call ext. 240. • Earth Day Conservation Celebration April 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about the zoo’s conservation efforts, recycling and more.

Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Summer Developmental Program Conference Feb. 28, 8 a.m.5 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. The theme is “Developing Minds to Expand Educationally.” Dr. Cedrick Gray, superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, is the keynote speaker. Registration required. $80, $20 students, $350 group of six; call 601-979-7092; The Jackson Home Show, held March 8 and 9, will • Creative Arts Festival Call for feature home and garden exhibitors. Papers through March 15. The Margaret Walker Center seeks proposals of 200-500 words for papers, presentations and panels Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Missisfor the festival (April 12-13). Categories include sippi St.). poetry/spoken word, visual arts, written works • The Home Show March 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and performing arts. The deadline is March 15. and March 10, noon-5 p.m. The event includes Free; call 601-979-3935; email mwa@jsums. home and garden exhibitions, a designers’ chaledu; lenge and a car show. $7; call 601-362-6501; Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Unless otherwise stated, $10, $6.75 ages 2-12, • Jackson Garden and Patio Show March 15, children under 2 and members free; call 6019 a.m.-4 p.m., March 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and 352-2580; March 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy shopping, gardening seminars, children’s activities and door • Critters and Crawlers March 2, April 6 and prizes. Special guests include gardening experts May 4, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. The program for Nellie Neal, Catherine Strange and Dr. Gary toddlers ages 2-3 and their caregivers includes Bachman. $6, children 12 and under free; call animal encounters, and indoor and outdoor 601-919-8111; email; activities. Discounts available for members. $15, $40 series; call ext. 241. • Spring Market of Jackson April 12, 9 a.m.• Zoo Day March 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual 9 p.m., April 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 14, event includes educational activities, food, space 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual boutique shopping jumps, face painting, playing at the Splash event features clothing, accessories, food, Pad and music. Special guests include Inky decor and more. Girls’ Night Out is the Clown, magician Robert Day, the Jackson April 13 from 5-9 p.m., and proceeds from Showboats and the Mississippi Braves. the silent auction benefit Community Ani• Spring Break Camp March 11-15, 9 a.m.mal Rescue and Adoption. $7, $15 three-day 4 p.m. Children ages 6-12 enjoy animal encounpass, $12 Wine & Women event April 12 at ters, crafts and keeper chats. $175, $165 mem5 p.m., $10 Market Madness wristband, chilbers; call ext. 241; dren 12 and under free; call 662-890-3359; • Jackson Zoo Math Days March 18-22 and March 25-29. Teachers may bring their classes • Bagwell Antiques Show and Sale April 26for self-guided, math-based activities. Registra27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and April 28, noontion required. Call ext. 240. 5 p.m. Purchase furniture, jewelry, books and • Animal Families Program March 23, other items. Admission good for all three days. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Families explore how animals $5, $3 children; call 662-231-9654; email raise their young through games, a guided zoo hike, animal encounters and more. Pre-registration required. $15, $10 children, discounts for members; call ext. 240. • Nocturnal Animals: A Family Sleepover April 12, 7 p.m. The overnight stay includes animal encounters, a zoo hike and a behind-the scenes tour. Registration required. $35, $30 members; call ext. 240. • Professional Development Workshop for Teachers: Classification 101 April 13, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Educators learn about how animals are

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • “One Place, One Time: Jackson, Mississippi, 1963” Workshop Registration through March 4. Teachers, librarians and home-schooling parents may apply to attend the workshops scheduled for July 14-19 and July 21-26. Apply by March 4; space limited. Stipend included. Free; call 974-1000;


Events at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). • Mississippi Democratic Party Campaign Seminar March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Topics include social media, fundraising and using the

state party’s voter file. Registration required; call if you need assistance with the registration fee. $100; call 601-969-2913; • Gulf States Camera Club Council Convention April 25-28. Amateur and professional photographers participate in seminars, field trips and award presentations. The keynote speaker is WLBT’s Walt Grayson. Open to the public. $30-$60 per event;


Events in Fondren. • Fondren After 5 March 7, April 4 and May 2, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606; • fondRUN. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run at 6 p.m. during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. Runners must sign a waiver. Parking behind Regions Bank off Lorenz Boulevard. Free; • Zippity Doo Dah Parade Weekend March 2123. The Sweet Potato Queens headline the series of events that includes Arts, Eats and Beats March 21 at 5 p.m. (free), the Color Me Rad 5K March 23, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St., $45), the Street Carnival at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St., armbands sold) and an evening parade March 23 (free). Proceeds from fundraisers benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Tickets sold for daytime events, other events free, $25 car raffle; call 601-981-9606;





February 27 - March 5, 2013


Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920. • Gathering on the Green April 6, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Enjoy food, crafts, music and more on the Old Capitol Green. • Coffee and Conversation March 15, April 19 and May 17, 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Events at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). • “Pops III: Pepsi Pops” May 10, 7:30 p.m. The DEONICA_DAVIS

Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). • Beginner Beekeeping Short Course March 1-2, 7:30 a.m. The Central Mississippi Beekeepers Association hosts. Registration includes materials, refreshments and honey. $25, $30 for two; call 601-259-9504 or 601-594-4526; • AgVentures! April 16-17 Fourth-grade students and teachers learn the importance of agriculture through activities and educational displays. Reservations required; space limited. Free; call 601-372-1424.

with the Cat in the Hat, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. NASA Day March 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about space rovers, shuttles and space exploration through science-based activities. Spring into Science Camp March 12-15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The camp is for children in grades 1-5. Topics include food science, physics, chemistry and the body systems. Registration required. $175 (price increases after March 7; $15 discount for each additional child). Question It? Discover It! Saturdays March 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet and learn about different kinds of doctors. S.T.E.A.M. Society March 22, April 19 and May 17, 5-8 p.m. The after-hours program is for children ages 6-12. Topics include science, technology, engineering, art and math. Registration at least 24 hours in advance required. $40 per child.

Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Registration required. Call 601968-0061; • Writing a Grant ProHistory is Lunch offers weekly food for thought. posal: The Essentials March 5-6, 9 a.m.annual event includes family-friendly activities, 4 p.m. The workshop covers all the essentials for music from the Mississippi Symphony Orcheswriting a grant proposal including budgeting, tra and a fireworks finale. Concessions sold. researching and managing awards. $369, $189 Bring a picnic basket for a chance to win a prize members. for best basket design. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. • Keeping Your Nonprofit Legal: Transparency $12 in advance, $15 at the gate, $5 ages 4-18, and Accountability March 12, 9 a.m.-noon children under 4 free; call 601-960-1565; msorTopics includes board responsibilities, ing a tax-exempt status, lobby and advocacy. • Dragon Boat Regatta May 18, 9 a.m. The $99, $59 members. Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Unless otherwise stated, $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; mississippi • Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration March 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy games, crafts, story time, green eggs and ham, and a visit

the annual race. Spectators enjoy food and a kids’ zone. An awards ceremony and after-party follows. Teams must register. $999 team registration through Dec. 31, $1,200 after; call 601605-2554; Events at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). $10; call 601605-0007.

• “Weight and the Healthy You” Workshop March 8, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Learn ways to safely reach weight-loss goals through portion control, meal planning and more. Materials included. March 4 is the registration deadline. • Basic Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Proposal Development March 15, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Topics include grant applications, grant-writing language, potential barriers and securing funding sources. Materials included. March 11 is the registration deadline. History Is Lunch, noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) or Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Bring lunch; coffee and water provided. Free; call 601576-6998. • Feb. 27, Jacqueline K. Dace, Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Project Manager for MDAH, discusses planning for the new museum. Winter Building. • March 13, MDAH Historic Preservation Division director Jim Woodrick talks about Jackson during the Civil War. Old Capitol Museum. • March 19, author Vladimir Alexandrov discusses and signs copies of his book, “The Black Russian.” Winter Building. • March 20, Forrest Lamar Cooper shows and discusses his collection of postcards of Jackson. Old Capitol Museum. • April 3, MDAH staff members Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan present “Dutch Fliers of Jackson, Part 2.” Old Capitol Museum. • April 10, Jackson State University professor Leslie McLemore talks about the Mississippi Freedom Trail. Winter Building. • April 17, the topic is the 150th anniversary of Grierson’s Raid. Speaker TBA. Old Capitol Museum. • April 24, author Andrew Haley talks about his book “Turning the Tables: American Restaurant Culture and the Rise of the Middle Class, 18801920.” Winter Building. • May 1, Myrlie Evers-Williams talks about her late husband, civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Old Capitol Museum. • May 8, Libby Hollingsworth talks about her family, the Shaifers of Port Gibson, and their role during the Civil War. Old Capitol Museum. • May 15, the topic is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Champion Hill. Speaker TBA. Old Capitol Museum. • May 22, Darrell Baughn presents “Joseph Holt and Mississippi.” Winter Building. • May 29, MSU historian Michael Williams, author of “Medgar Evers: Mississippi Martyr,” speaks on the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination. Old Capitol Museum. Canton Square Antiques Grand Reopening Feb. 28-March 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Canton Square Antiques (155 W. Peace St., Canton). Bring a friend for a free gift. Free; call 601-8592209; Mississippi Arts Commission Call for Grant Applications through March 1, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Organizations and individuals may apply for grants to support projects, fellowships and more. The deadline is

March 1. First-time applicants should call for assistance before applying. Free; call 601359-6030; COURTESY GENE DATTEL

• Leadership Development Series: Exemplifying Diversity March 21, 4-6 p.m. Learn to create a workplace environment that encourages learning from diverse perspectives and different backgrounds. Registration required. $35, $25 Mississippi Center for Nonprofits members; call 601-968-0061; • Spring Community Enrichment Series through March 29. Most classes begin the week of April 1 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure. Fees vary; call 601974-1130; • Millsaps Friday Forum: Fabio Rojas April 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m. The sociology professor from Indiana University talks about how the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan impacted American politics. Free; call 601-974-1305; email steve.; • Whole Food Movement Lecture April 30, 7 p.m., at Ford Academic Complex. Speakers include Robin Mather, senior associate editor at The Good Earth News Magazine, and Felder Rushing, gardening writer and host of “The Gestalt Gardener.” The program is part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10-$10; call 601-974-1130;


Gene Dattel, author of “Cotton and Race in the Making of America,” visits Millsaps College March 5.

Sustainable Living Conference and Mississippi Food Summit March 1-3, in Oxford. Learn ways to promote sustainable food production in the community. Speakers include Mary Berry of the Berry Center and food activist Mark Winne. Registration required; student discounts available. $125, prices vary for individual events; email; locations at Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast March 2, April 6, May 4 and June 1, 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797; Summer Food Program Call for Sponsors through March 4. The Mississippi Department of Education seeks sponsors to operate the program that the Office of Child Nutrition will administer. Schools, nonprofits, residential summer camps and government entities may participate. Sponsor training is March 5-6. Free; call 601-576-4954 or 601-576-4955; email mclayborne@mde.k12. or Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Expo March 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.). Youth ages 16-24 learn about summer job opportunities from local businesses. Free; call 601-960-0326. Spring Break Day March 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Adams Street Park (115 Adams St., Flowood). The event includes games, prizes and a special guest speaker. Free; call 601-992-4440. Citizen’s Police Academy Registration through March 15, at Jackson Police Department Headquarters (327 E. Pascagoula St.). The Jackson Police Department seeks applicants for the program held March 18-25 in the training room on



Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting March 21, April 11 and May 9, 6 p.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.) in the Multipurpose Center. Learn ways to grow your business. Refreshments and door prizes included. Bring business cards. RSVP. Free; email dhardy@; call 601-750-2367 or 601-316-5092; She Should Run Luncheon March 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). Women for Progress is the host. The program encourages women to run for public office. Register by March 15; limited seating. Free; call 601-559-5755 or 601-259-6770;

Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival April 6, 10 a.m.6 p.m., and April 7, 1-6 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The annual festival includes an art show and sale, children’s activities, live music and a culinary event. Free; call 601-519-0900;

cable. $100 per person for one to two people, $75 for a third person; call 601-321-2436; Warrior Dash April 20, at Mississippi Off Road Adventures (118 Elton Road). The annual 3.4mile race on rough terrain includes live music, a post-race snack and an award. Registration required; concessions sold. $45-$70; call 601927-7957;

KidFest! Ridgeland April 13-14 and April 20, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and April 21, noon-6:30 p.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). The family event includes big-top acts, a children’s activity tent, music, food, animated characters and rides. $10, children under 2 free; call 601-853-2011; Mental Health First Aid Training Course April 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and April 18, 8 a.m.noon, at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). In the Conference Center. Learn to become a first responder for someone having a mental health crisis. Registration required. 12 CEU credits may be appli-

with planting, weeding and harvesting. Bring gloves and work shoes. JIG will sell the produce from May to August on Saturdays, and donate a portion of the harvest to food banks. Free; email;


Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference March 20-24, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). The theme is “Looking Back to Move Forward: Sacrificing for Human Dignity, Securing Human Rights.” Speakers include Elsie Dahmer and Owen Brooks. $100, $40 one day, $25 college students, $10 high school students, banquet: $30, $10 students; call 601-977-7914;

Sistas2Daughters Mini-conference March 23, 8 a.m., at Farish Street M.B. Church (619 N. Farish St.). The theme is “Sistahood That Empowers.” Adult women advise girls and young women ages 13-19. Seating limited; pre-registration recommended. Free; call 601-979-1413 or 601979-6928.

Nosh while learning about wild animals and the annual Zoo Brew.

Global Youth Service Day April 20, 8:30 a.m.noon, at JIG Garden (near 3290 W. Northside Dr., adjacent to the BP station). The Jackson Inner-city Gardeners seek volunteers to help

Jackson Streets Alive April 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at North Congress Street between Capitol and Mississippi streets. Bike Walk Mississippi hosts the festival. Enjoy art, music, concessions and more. Free;; email Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Festival May 4, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at downtown Jackson between Capitol and Congress streets, including Smith Park (Yazoo Street). The festival includes a parade, food vendors, jewelry and crafts for sale, children’s activities, concerts, a 5K run (includes a 1-mile fun walk), a car show and the crowning of Miss Cinco de Mayo Mississippi (for 10th12th grade girls). In advance: $10, ages 5 and under free; at the door: $15, $10 ages 6-11, ages 5 and under free; fees apply for race and pageant entry; Canton Flea Market May 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307;

the second floor. Learn the police department’s public safety and crime prevention methods. Free; call 601-960-1389.



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Abstract Stories by Kathleen M. Mitchell


February 27 - March 5, 2013


“She comes home with a new skillet one day. She spent $20 on a skillet that she bought in a resale shop or a garage sale. And he said, ‘Where’d you get the skillet?’ She said, ‘I bought it, it was 20 bucks.’ And they broke up over the skillet! Their relationship ended over her spending $20 on the skillet. So she did this piece and she spelled out ‘skillet’ on the base. Her work just speaks to you.” See Tony Saladino and Stacey Johnson’s works at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., 601-366-8833) the month of March. Tony Saladino’s “Marsh,” one An opening reception of the paintings on display at is March 7 at 5 p.m. Fischer Galleries in March.


Tony Saladino’s “Blue Pond”

and currently lives in Texas, and that southern connection is something Nessel looks for in exhibiting artists at Fischer Galleries. “Of our exhibiting artists, Tony is (one of the ones) in galleries across the country,” Nessel says. “He’s a wonderful, well-respected painter.” Saladino’s paintings pair well with the quirky, offkilter shapes of Stacey Johnson’s ceramic sculptures. “Stacey works with the (Ohr-O’Keeffe Museum of Art) on the Coast, on top of being a sculptor and a potter,” Nessel says. “The two of them together, their works work together beautifully. … Whether it’s two artists who work together or a theme show, we always try to have a cohesive, complementary show.” Nessel can’t help but gush about one of Johnson’s pieces in particular. “Stacey’s stuff is just incredible—they all have stories to them. The best one was ‘Skillet,’” she says. “It was a woman, and her bodice was like a castiron skillet. The story is (Stacey was with) a real southern ‘bubba.’ She is a full-time artist, (and) they had no money. She’s selling her work, trying to survive.



hen Marcy Nessel talks about the artists exhibiting at Fischer Galleries in March, she positively lights up. If you know Nessel, you know she lights up about a lot of topics. But the work of Tony Saladino and Stacey Johnson, on display next month, seems to particularly invigorate her. Saladino is an abstract painter working on medium- to large-scale canvases. His works feature interplays of bold hues and muted neutrals. “Tony has roots Stacey Johnson creates moody around here,” Nessel ceramic sculptures that tell says. Saladino grew stories. up in New Orleans

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eautiful Creatures,” the Richard LaGravenese film that sequesters acting giants Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Viola Davis into the shadows, is for audiences who can lose themselves in a southern Gothic romance between Happy Home Boy and Hormonal Witch Girl. Witch Girl, known to mortals as Lena Duchannes, doesn’t have yellowy canine teeth or hairy facial warts or even a broom, but a dark and dreaded curse follows her like the migrant dust storm over Pig-Pen’s head. Based on the young-adult novel written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (the first book in the Caster Chronicles series), the movie asks an ancient question. When Hormonal Witch Girl (Alice Englert) turns 16 years old, will she be: (a) a fluffy pink-clad goddess of goodness waving a sparkly wand around short people on yellow brick roads; or (b) a murderous psycho bitch with one eye slipping through a thick dark curtain of hair to stink-eye men into insanity? If family history is any predictor, Hormonal Witch Girl is doomed. Her cousin is a siren, and her mother is an invisible evil spirit inhabiting the body of Mrs. Lincoln (Emma Thompson), the churchy lady leading the witch hunt. (We are meant to find this ironic that the town’s leading Bible thumper has been so easily possessed.) This is the cue for Happy Home Boy (Alden Ehrenreich), known to family and friends as Ethan Wate, to skip onto the screen. Actually, the movie begins with Happy Home Boy’s voice over. He narrates a short tour of his hometown. Nestled into oblivion after taking the non-winning side in the Civil War, small town Gatlin gasps a raspy dying breath. It has no Starbucks, portentous of the boonies. Twelve churches line its few blocks, with one library guarded by Amma (Viola Davis) and a decaying movie theater for groping couples. The town’s inhabitants include meanspirited high-school girls who mock Hormonal Witch Girl, drab parents, clueless


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teachers and the mysterious Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), a direct descendant of the town founder and the richest guy in town. Macon is also Hormonal Witch Girl’s uncle and protector. Like Home Boy’s nowdead mamma, Macon refers to Gatlin citizenry as folks who are “too stupid to leave or too stuck to move.” Crazy dreams haunt Happy Home Boy, bursting only the slightest air from his balloon. His dreams play in a sepia-toned reel of battlefields and gunshots. A beautiful girl squeezed in antebellum hoops hovers above his prone self. He wakes before the images congeal into meaning. On the first day of class, the muse of his nightmares appears in the flesh of Hormonal Witch Girl. The mean girls (Zoey Deutch and Tiffany Boone) call Lena out. “Witch, witch,” they taunt. The floor trembles. and the windows shatter, cutting flesh and creating classroom chaos. The mean girls speak true. Happy Home Boy is smitten. He hitches himself to Hormonal Witch Girl, meets the ghoulish family and helps her solve the mystery of who she really is. Hormonal Witch Girl tries to save him: “Get out. Go Ethan. Claim yourself, in science, in hope, in love, infuriating gratitude. Claim the light; claim the dark. Claim it all!” Slit out the belly of this film, and a gushing mess of sappy romantic entrails sticks to the floor. In the hands of lesser actors, this movie would join the likes of the “Twilight” franchise and its countless imitators. “Beautiful Creatures,” however, is better than that. It has two talented young leads surrounded by three acting legends. The presence of Davis, Thompson and Irons provides ongoing suspense. Why doesn’t an Academy Award or Oscar nomination shield you from this level of exploitation? Now that’s a real horror story—the selling of souls to pay bills. This movie is torment viewed through pagan eyes of real world experience. But it’s better than certain “Romeo and Juliet” rehashings—the nuance comes from inspired casting.

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum project manager Jacqueline K. Dace speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … The Senior Dance Concerts begin with a 7:30 p.m. show at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.) and runs through March 2. $10, $5 students and seniors, children 12 and under free; call 601965-1400. … At Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), the film “Booker’s Place” shows at 6 p.m. at Ford Academic Complex (free; call 769-226-3725; blackhistoryplus.weebly. com), and the play “Almost, Maine” is at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall; runs though March 3 ($10, $5 seniors and Millsaps faculty, staff and students; call 601-974-1422). … The gospel musical “Mahalia” debuts at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.); runs through March 10. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222.

Memberships $35 and up, $25 students; … The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi’s Heroes Among Us Gala is at 6 p.m. at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Wear business attire. $25; call 601BY LATASHA WILLIS 936-5222. … The Center Players present “The Beverly HillbilJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM lies” at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Center for the Arts FAX: 601-510-9019 (2103 Main St., Madison); runs through March 3. $12, $10 DAILY UPDATES AT seniors and students; call 601JFPEVENTS.COM 953-0181. … Cody Canada and the Departed performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Rob Baird also performs. For ages 18 and up. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601292-7121; … The 3 in 1 Tour featuring Brandon Heath, Mandisa and Laura Story is at 7 p.m. at Morrison Heights Baptist Church (3000 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton). $25, $35 Artist’s Circle; call 800-965-9324.



MINDgasm Erotic Poetry Night is at 8 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. Includes live music and break dancing. $5, $3 poets; call 601-863-6378.


Cody Canada and the Departed perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall.


The Mississippi Boychoir’s Minit 2 Winit Fundraiser is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) and features local celebrities competing in games. $45, $15 students, $350 table of eight; call 601-665-7374. … “Fried Chicken and Wine” with Marshall Ramsey is at 5:45 p.m. at the Junior League of Jackson Headquarters (805 Riverside Drive). Includes dinner and a signed book. $50 (tickets held at will call); call 601-948-2357. … The JFP sponsors the Crossroads Film Society Membership Drive and Friend-Raiser at 6 p.m. at 38 Yellow Scarf. Includes film screenings and a DVD swap. February 27 - March 5, 2013



The JFP sponsors the Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The organization honors physician Dr. Helen Barnes, businessman Hibbett Neal and the Mississippi Learning Institute. These Days with Jewel Bass performs. Attire is casual. $20, $10 students with ID; … The Wild Feathers perform at 7 p.m. at Ole Tavern. For ages 18 and up. $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121;


The Stop the Violence Gospel Concert is at 4 p.m. at Relevant Empowerment Church (3900 W. Northside Drive). Free; call 281-780-9997.


The National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships kick off at 8 a.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.) at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Catfish dinner March 6 and March 11 at

Contemporary Christian artist and American Idol contestant Mandisa performs at Morrison Heights Baptist Church Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.

6:30 p.m. Events run through March 16. Free; call 601961-4000 or 817-244-6188;


The Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series featuring author and historian Gene Dattel is at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Dattel is the author of “Cotton and Race in the Making of America.” $10; call 601-974-1130. … The Watoto Gospel Children’s Choir performs at 6:45 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in McCoy Auditorium. Free; call 601-371-1888 or 601-259-0254.


Mississippi Valley State University associate professor Vincent Venturini presents “The Growth and Development of Jackson” during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. More at and

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Dorrough. For more information, call 662846-4579. The next weekend is filled with music events as well. Support new local band, Filter the Noise, at Samâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lounge Friday, March 8. Filter the Noise is Nicole Alexander and Chris Harben, both on vocals and guitar, Russell Hawkins on bass and Tam Tran on drums. Another SXSW Festival band, Glossary, will be in Jackson next Saturday night, March 9, at the Ole Tavern on George Street. My college friends, Sean and Rebecca Courtney, have been telling me about this band for a while now, and I am excited that it will be playing here for all of us. Glossary, based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., recently released a new album called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Long Live All of Us.â&#x20AC;? Oxford-based band Holy Ghost Electric Show will open for Glossary. Check out Glossary at, and find Holy Ghost Electric Show on Facebook. Local favorite bluesman Jarekus Singleton performs March 9 at Underground 119. If you have never seen Jarekus perform, you are missing out. He not only packs out the house with great tunes, but his guitar talent and his sweet demeanor makes for a great, enjoyable show. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t purchased your tickets to see Alabama Shakes perform at the Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Street Party after the St. Paddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parade on Saturday, March 16, buy them now! This band has become one of my favorites, with songs like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hold Onâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hang Loose.â&#x20AC;? While many are saddened that The Bluz Boys wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be performing this year, I promise you that this will be a show you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want The Wild Feathers is one of the bands kicking off to miss. springtime performing live in Jackson. On the same day, Club Magooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hosts its 2nd Annual them out at Rock & Roll BBQ and Downtown ThrowIf you feel like taking a road trip Sat- down, so get ready for delicious crawfish. urday instead, visit Delta State University The Dylan Moss Project, U.S., Spank the in Cleveland, Miss., for its Delta Music Monkey, South of 20 and The Jason Miller Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring fundraiser for Friends of Band will perform. DMI. The award-winning show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thacker Watch the JFP music listings for more Mountain Radio,â&#x20AC;? will do a Delta edition information on happenings around Jackthat features Olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Skool Revue, singer/song- son, and please submit your events early so writer Kate Campbell and a tribute to that we can ensure your event is listed the Rulevilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late singer/songwriter/artist Duff week before. Keep on rocking, Jackson!


hhhh, the month of March. I love when March 1 comes around because it means five of my favorite things are just around the corner: spring break, a tax return (hopefully), crawfish season, parades galore in Jackson and plenty of springtime music festivals. To kick off March madness here in Jackson, check out Dimebros at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s this Friday night. Dimebros is comprised of members from two of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite local bands, Nekisapaya and Furrows. If you are a fan of either band, you will thoroughly enjoy this show. Saturday afternoon, stop by Pelican Cove to hear singer/songwriter Larry Brewer perform. Later that night, head over to the Ole Tavern on George Street to see my favorite new group from Nashville, The Wild Feathers. The band has played in Jackson before and is starting to get some well-deserved praise and accolades in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene. The Wild Feathers will also be at the SXSW Festival in Austin, and I cannot wait to hear them perform there. Check







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The NFL Scouting Combine has been called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Underwear Olympicsâ&#x20AC;? by some of the media and former NFL players. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good place to see potential starts that could be drafted in April.

THURSDAY, FEB. 28 College basketball (10 p.m.-12 a.m. ESPN 2): Try to stay up late or set your DVR to see the Gonzaga Bulldogs face the BYU Cougars because the Zagaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s could make a deep run in March.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 NHL (6:30-10 p.m. NBC Sports Network): Our weekly hockey fix features two teams that could meet in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lighting.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 NBA (7-9:30 p.m. ESPN): The Memphis Grizzlies will try to get a win against LeBron James and the Miami Heat on the road.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 College basketball (8-10 p.m. ESPN U): Ole Miss plays a very good Alabama team at home and a win could punch the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ticket into The Big Dance.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 College basketball (4-6 p.m. Fox Sports Network): Mississippi State will be out to damage arch rival Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; NCAA Tournament hopes on their home turfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but its a long shot.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 College basketball (6-8 p.m. ESPN 2): Villanova hopes to keep their NCAA hopes alive with a big home win against Georgetown. Danica Patrick didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win the Daytona 500 last weekend, but she should be proud. She was the first woman to lead a lap at the Great American Race and her eighth-place finish is a female record.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 NASCAR (2-6 p.m. Fox): Jimmie Johnson will try to follow up his Dayton win with another victory in the Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

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Playing Odds of Last Frost Planting by Jim PathFinder Ewing

Jim PathFinder Ewing is a journalist, author, writer, editor, organic farmer and blogger. His latest book, “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating” (Findhorn Press), is in bookstores now. Find Jim on Facebook or follow him @edibleprayers or @ organicwriter or visit

Don’t risk a cold snap ruining your crops by planting too early.

WONDERING WHY YOUR SEEDS WON’T GERMINATE? In order to sprout, seeds require a minimum temperature. Even if we put them in little cups in the windowsill, they may still fail to sprout if there’s cold air seeping in. Some require 85 degrees to sprout. Here’s a chart: Some people buy or build seed-heating tables or mats with hot-water circulation. You can do it yourself using plywood and lightbulbs. Here’s a DIY project from Mother Earth News: Whatever you do, don’t use heating pads or electric blankets, as you will be watering your seeds and can cause a potentially hazardous electric shock.

PLANTING BY THE MOON AND STARS In the old days, gardeners would plant by “the signs”— the moon and stars. These days, the best guide is by the late Maria Thun, who died last year. Now in its 51st year, her “North American Biodynamic Sowing and Planting Calendar 2012” (Floris Books, $13.95) is available from Steiner Books ( Thun’s guide is detailed and considered something of a bible for natural growing by biodynamic farmers (those who follow the natural rhythms and Earth-based soil amendment methods of Rudolf Steiner, who founded the methods). It shows the optimum days for sowing, pruning and harvesting various crops, as well as working with bees.

EXPLORE FURTHER To learn more about food, farming and sustainable living, check out the Spring Sustainable Living Conference, “Setting the Table,” and Food Summit, in Oxford, March 1-3. Featured speaker is Mary Berry, daughter of author and philosopher Wendell Berry, and executive director of the Berry Center. For more, see: I’ll be speaking about my book, “Conscious Food: Sustainable Growing, Spiritual Eating,” at noon Thursday, Feb. 28, at Eudora Welty Library in Jackson. Come join me, it’s free. I’ll be signing copies of my book Friday, March 1, at Square Books in Oxford.

WANT TO GET A JUMP ON WEATHER? USE A COLD FRAME Simply stated, a cold frame is a box similar to a 4-foot by 8-foot “Jim’s plot” but has a removable, clear glass or plastic top. Consider it a mini-greenhouse. Cold frames can be simple DIY projects, such as planting between a few square bales of hay and recycling old windows or shower doors as the removable tops. You can also purchase pre-made kits from local garden stores or online. You can build a cold frame anywhere; make sure it has southern sun exposure, and vent the top during the day. At night, keep the cold frames closed, and they’ll retain heat.

For Feb. 27, there’s a 50 percent change of a temperature of 28 degrees, according to the chart. Naturally, those numbers change the farther north or south from Jackson in the central part of the state you are, as shown by the chart. For all states, see:


sometime between last frost and before the insects go full bore. Traditionally, here in central Mississippi folks used to plant seeds on Good Friday, which this year is March 29. To be cautious, I’ve always planted a week after Easter, as we sometimes have a frost the week after Easter—this year observed March 31. That’s kind of late. As you can see from this frost chart for Mississippi (, the probability of an early spring freezing temperature (32 degrees Farenheit) for Jackson is: March 7: 90 percent March 23: 50 percent April 8: 10 percent FLICKR/PERMACULTURED


ust about every day, I hear of someone who just couldn’t wait until planting time to start digging in the ground and planting a crop for summer. Let me state unequivocally: We may be in the South, but it’s still too early to plant! If the soil is too cold, seeds won’t germinate properly resulting in sickly plants, disease and insect damage. It’s not enough to simply plant past the last frost; plants need a good start. That’s why even if the temperature turns prematurely warm, as happened last winter, planting now is risky. Even with “tricks,” such as using frost cover (sheets of Agribon or old blankets over seedbeds or early seedlings when it’s frosty) and passive solar heating (plastic jugs painted black and containing water to heat up in the day and retain the heat during the cold nights), a sharp cold snap can knock back or mortally wound your crop. That’s why you should be careful in playing the odds of “last frost,” to minimize potential damage. For a lot of Mississippi gardeners, planting time is around the first week in May. But there’s a caveat to this, too. For organic gardeners, it pays to plant as early as possible to get a jump on the insects. Waiting until May could be inviting insect damage. So, the best time to plant for organic growers (who don’t use insecticides) is


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visions—and to map out the neighborhood by walking the streets. As the youngest person in the room, I listened intently as several of the older members of historic Farish Street churches talked about the area’s past, its decline, and with hope, what they saw for its future. We talked honestly about barriers—social, political and others—facing progress. Some seemed frustrated by years of starts and stops, but others remained passionate believers, and all were willing to do their part. Then we got outside and broke into groups of five or six. We divided the neighborhood into quadrants; each group would explore those blocks and report back on property conditions and who and what we saw. My group was assigned the northwest section of the district. While I’m familiar with the area of Farish It’s amazing what you can discover when you expand your Street itself that includes sense of neighborhood. F. Jones Corner, Peaches and the Alamo Theater, I’m not as familiar with 119, we all know each other and appreci- the rest of the district, so the exploration ate the stories and contributions that each was an eye-opener. person who’s a part of the neighborhood We saw countless dilapidated proper“family” brings. ties, but also signs of hope—right next to I know there is more to the neighbor- one of the worst houses, several young men hood in terms of people and places than were outside doing yard work at a well-kept my narrow experience. Recently, I had an home. We saw several community gardens opportunity to explore things that I had and identified parcels that could accomno idea existed, yet were right down the modate more. We identified possible locablock from me. tions for businesses such as grocery stores As a parishioner at St. Andrew’s Epis- or markets. And we came across a whole copal Cathedral, I decided to participate in block of formerly dilapidated houses that a mapping exercise of the Farish Street His- have been reclaimed and rehabilitated. toric District that a collective of organiza- They are painted bright, cheerful colors, tions called Working Together Downtown and are homes to residents who are reachwas undertaking. The group is a subset of a ing out to be community builders. larger collective, Working Together Jackson, As each break-out group reported that’s made up of 34 member organizations back on what it found, the collective divided up by neighborhood. Each smaller agreed on some starting points and next neighborhood group will work together to steps. I left excited about what this group identify issues and then empower the mem- can do through grassroots efforts and embers to work together to address them in powering community members. … But I real, meaningful ways that no single group also left with a widened view of what concould achieve alone. The Working Together stitutes my neighborhood and how it fits Downtown group includes the Cathedral, into the city in a larger sense. several Farish Street churches—Mt. Helm I came away with a greater sense of Baptist Church, Central United Method- who I can work with and on what issues to ist and Farish Street Baptist—Galloway improve the city. I think I’ll be more emUnited Methodist Church and the Farish boldened in what I feel I can do within my Street-Main Street project, among others. own little piece of the city, and in thinking The group determined that it wanted of other areas of Jackson, too, and what I can to start its efforts in the Farish Street His- do there. Now when I hum that song, I’ll toric District and, as a first step, gathered think about the whole city as my neighborfor a day-long session to discuss historical hood and make more of an effort to explore barriers, opportunities and assets, goals and all of its facets and people.



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by Kathleen M. Mitchell



his tome is part cookbook, part dish I could think of: Moseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moroccan Stew, travelogue, part bartenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guide which is not only vegetarian (and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face and part restaurant review. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it, who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t associate southern food with all Delta. meat?), but overwhelmingly so, featuring a After an introduction, full spectrum of vegetables the book begins in Memfrom eggplant to bell pepphis and makes its way to per. The recipe, originally Vicksburg. In an easy, consubmitted to the Charlesversational style, author Suton C.A.R.E.S. community san Puckett describes each cookbook, comes from jazz region, notable area restaumusician Mose Allison, a rants and local celebrities, native of Tippo. Author and the origins of certain Puckett describes the dish as southern classics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;a family recipe that sounds â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat, Drink, Deltaâ&#x20AC;? exotic but is actually based isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t meant to live on a cookon the vegetables of his book shelf, pulled out only â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eat, Drink, Delta: A Delta youth.â&#x20AC;? Travelerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey to check the ingredients list. Hungry The recipe didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disThrough the Soul of the It works better as a regional South,â&#x20AC;? by Susan Puckett appoint. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never cooked guide with the added bonus (University of Georgia a single dish with so many of recipes. The next time I Press, 2013, $14.95) vegetables before, so it was travel to a Delta city, I plan nice to feel â&#x20AC;&#x153;southernâ&#x20AC;? and to take it along for restaurant â&#x20AC;&#x153;healthyâ&#x20AC;? coming together suggestions and to read about local color. for once. Although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a stew in the sense I found my dish at the end of the Talla- that most Americans, especially southerners, hatchie County section. It jumped out at me are used to, the result was hearty and warm because at first, it seemed the least likely Delta with an interesting spice profile.

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 3 cups onions, coarsely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika 1 cup carrots, sliced 4 cups sweet potatoes, cubed 3 cups eggplant, cubed 1 cup thin bell pepper strips 4 cups zucchini or summer squash, sliced 3 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped 1-1/2 cups freshly cooked or canned garbanzo beans, drained with liquid reserved pinch of saffron 3/4 cup dried cherries or cranberries, or 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup tomato juice, reserved bean liquid, wine or chicken stock, plus more as needed 3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

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ic, cinnamon, cayenne and paprika, stirring continuously. In this order (so that the starchier vegetables can cook the longest), add the carrots, sweet potatoes, eggplant, bell pepper, squash and tomatoes. Stirring, let each addition cook until it begins to soften before adding the next vegetable. Stir in the garbanzo beans, saffron, dried cherries and liquid of choice. If the stew is dry, add more liquid. Cover and simmer on low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Add the chopped parsley just before serving warm.

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862 Avery Blvd • Ridgeland, MS 601-991-3110 •

Local Businesses Tell Your Story! Street Date:

Street Date:

Ad Reservations:

Ad Reservations:

For advertising info call 601-362-6121 x11

For advertising info call 601-362-6121 x11

MEDITERRANEAN GRILL & GROCERY 730 Lakeland Dr. • Jackson, MS Tel: 601-366-3613 or 601-366-6033 Fax: 601-366-7122


DINE-IN OR TAKE-OUT! Sun-Thurs: 11am - 10pm Fri-Sat: 11am - 11pm


Tahini & Spices, Bulgarian Feta Cheese, Greek Yogurt, Baklava & More…

or write



or write

730 Lakeland Drive • Next to Aladdin Mediterranean Grill

Capital City Beverages distributed by

M I S S I S S I P P I ’ S C O M P L E T E B E E R S O U RC E

Ask for these beers at stores and restaurants in Central Mississippi. Can’t find these beers? Call 601-956-2224 for more information.

VISIT OUR OTHER LOCATION 163 Ridge Way - Ste. E • Flowood, MS Tel: 601-922-7338 • Fax: 601-992-7339



Paint Your Own Pottery Walk In & Paint! No appointment needed Not Artistic? No Problem! Stencils, Sponges, Idea Books, etc… Parties For All Ages 1 to 101 years old



Busy Weekend? Afterwork retreat 5352 Lakeland Suite 300 Flowood, MS


Mon - Sat • 11am - 8pm

Drop In Child Care $10 an Hour

After School Care $55 a week JEET KUNE DO FIGHT CLINIC 3 • Open Late • Ages 1-5 • State Licensed





1155 Jackson Blvd Jackson, MS 39204 601.352.2662

Strategy : Theory and Application March 16-17, 2012 Jackson, MS (No One is Required to Spar: By Choice Only)

For more info contact Jeremy Gordon. 262.994.3174


579 Hwy 51 North • Ridgeland Village 601.856.8886 • 601.260.1904

Sorority & Fraternity Mason & Eastern Star & SWAC College Products Baskets For All Occasions

2741 Old Canton Rd. Jackson, MS 601.366.0161 w w w . P e t r a C a f e . n e t


Natural Hair • Extenstion • Cut & Color CEO of T Stylez Virgin Hair 4920 Watkins Dr. • Hair & Things Salon 601.868.2040 • tstylezdesignz@gmail. com


Nope! Not just for bears. (Get one of these tonight and you’ll climb more than trees.)

Romantic Adventures Jackson’s very nice, naughty store. 175 Hwy 80 East in Pearl * 601.932.2811 M-Th: 10-10p F/Sa 10-Mid Su: 1-10p

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