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ne Jacksonian is doing her part to make sure all Mississippians are aware of the health disparities in their state. Annie Baker, 40, has served as the director of community outreach for the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for the past seven years. She is responsible for building academic partnerships to help eliminate health care discrepancies among minority populations in the state. Two primary partners she works with are the Mississippi Against Obesity Foundation and the Jackson Medical Mall Childhood Obesity Project. The outreach component of her job entails reaching participants through various health fairs within the state. Baker was born and raised in Jackson and graduated from Callaway High School in 1991. After high school, she attended Jackson State University where she received a bachelor of arts in English in 1995 and a master’s of public policy and administration in 2009. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in public administration, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2013. The focus of her dissertation is early childhood intervention and pediatric development, which emphasizes the influence of diet and physical activity in the development of childhood obesity. She said she choose the topic because of the work she does with UMMC.

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“My dissertation is important in helping Mississippi leaders recognize that public organizations and communities have to work together to eliminate some of the health issues in the state.” Baker says. “Working together with public organizations can help conquer health issues in our communities which can help the entire state.” She believes that because Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the United State, and because so many diseases are linked to obesity, addressing it as a root cause first is vital. “Mississippi wants to be first at something,” Baker says. “Why not be first to address the health issues head on? We need to get out there and increase our physical activity and make healthy lifestyle changes.” April was Minority Health Month and, as part of their outreach effort, the Jackson Medical Mall Childhood Obesity Project, the Mississippi Against Obesity Foundation, Quest Fitness, United Healthcare, and UMMC joined forces at a Minority Health Field Day event to engage children in physical activities and teach them how to choose healthy snacks. Baker is married to Christopher Baker, and has one daughter, Taylor, 11. She has long been involved around the metro, including at McWillie Elementary, Jackson Public Schools and with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. —Tam Curley

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“As mayor I would look to any proposal, any plan and any action that’s taken—what is the impact? What is the meaning? How would it help the family unit in Jackson? I say that healthy families are stronger socially and economically than broken families, and moral soundness of congregation membership is the principle interest of all religions whether their members meet in cathedrals, churches, synagogues, temples or mosques.” —Richard Williams, “Williams: Families and Faith”

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Redefining Success

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his long weekend, as I indulged on grilled cheeseburgers, corn on the cob and a plethora of other holiday delicacies, I finished one book and started another, both by Malcolm Gladwell. The book I finished, “Blink” (Back Bay Books, 2011, $16.99), explores how and why humans make split-second decisions—snap judgments—and how our subconscious is both extremely good at making these decisions, and extremely fallible when factors such as stress or racism and sexism get involved. It was fascinating. Although I’m only in the beginning chapters of the second book, “Outliers” (Back Bay Books, 2011, $16.99), it is proving to be even more interesting. “Outliers” explores success. What makes one person successful—in professional sports, business, whatever—when a person of similar intelligence, experience and means is not? Essentially, the outliers become so because they got some minor boost at one point early on—usually something they didn’t even have a choice in. In the beginning chapter, Gladwell connects his thesis to its importance in society: “Because we so profoundly personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung. We make rules that frustrate achievement. We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail. And, most of all, we become much too passive. We overlook just how large a role we all play—and by ‘we’ I mean society—in determining who makes it and who doesn’t.” Gladwell’s point isn’t that successful people don’t have inherent talent or work hard. They do—in fact, he points to the magic number of 10,000 hours. Of people who become brilliant at something, neuroscience shows that the vast majority has practiced, rehearsed or worked 10,000 hours at their craft. That amounts to about 10 years

of intense work, several hours every day. But it’s not even just the magic 10,000hour mark of hard work that makes the top succeeders. They have talent, they work hard, and they were given a thousand tiny advantages along the way, advantages that over time shifted them from being a fraction more talented to much, much more talented than their peers. These advantages might be in their family lineage, in some small way they were raised, or even simply because of

What makes one person successful ... when a person of similar intelligence, experience and means is not? the month in which they were born. Education is a good example, and the one that hits hardest, to me. Two equally smart people might end up in completely different careers because one had some tiny advantage—say they were born in September instead of July, or their mother talked a lot so they learned to speak basic words more quickly—which got them labeled “smart” as a 4-year-old, essentially fast-tracking them to be in gifted classes (thereby receiving a better education) throughout school. Of course, it’s entirely more complicated, and I encourage people to read “Outliers” for themselves, but I can see the truth in even a condensed, simplified version of the idea,

because I’ve experienced it myself. When my family moved from Salt Lake City, where I attended a school with high academic standards, to Corinth, Miss., I essentially re-did my eighth-grade English class during my freshman year of high school. My peers were nearly a year behind me in the subject. Something like six of the 10 books we studied in ninth grade in Mississippi, I had learned the year before in eighth grade in Utah—and, to be frank, learned them better. (I’ll never forget the slack-jawed way I looked at my ninth-grade English teacher when I said something about the allegory in “Animal Farm,” and she informed me that sure, many people find ties in the novel to the Russian revolution, but we were going to read it strictly as a fable.) I’m not completely knocking the education I got in Mississippi. Freshman English aside, I found some compelling teachers and classes at CHS—in particular, my calculus teacher and my science teacher (who also ran the academic team) both stand out as some of the best educators in my time in the state. And of course, when I discovered Millsaps College, I found a veritable wellspring of education that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m also not saying that Mississippians are any less intelligent than folks I’ve found elsewhere. My husband is a perfect example of this. He is Mississippi born and bred, and despite coming up through a dismal school system, is the smartest person I know. He has a master’s degree from an Ivy League institution and a bright future. But because he never received an education that met or pushed his intelligence until he entered college, he often wonders how things might have been different if he had simply been born in a place with more educational opportunity. In the South, I think, we can’t afford to ignore concepts like this. No easy fix exists for education, especially when we’re so far behind affluent cities like New York City and

Chicago to begin with. And our educational system must be fixed, no question about it. But as we figure out how to do that, we also need to think about a better way to find and cultivate success in people. I’m not talking about a new No Child Left Behind. That hasn’t worked and won’t work. I fully believe in providing opportunities for the gifted to flourish just as I understand we need to give others a boost. What I’m saying is we need to find an honest way to evaluate talents without prejudice or bias. We can’t, as Gladwell says, “write off people as failures.” We need to look more holistically at the way our systems and our society interact, and recognize that they affect each other, possibly far more than we have ever realized. We need to research what truly gives students an edge, and figure out how to share that edge with others. In his books, Gladwell offers a challenge to the readers, to take the new ways of seeing and thinking he offers, and use them to better society. I’m extending a challenge to you as well. We have to think more radically about the opportunities we grant—or don’t grant—our students. We must consider what affects our chances to succeed—not just the big things, but the little things as well. We can’t let one person’s snap judgment of a 4-year-old set that student on a course that will keep him or her just shy of reaching his or her potential. We have to find a way to give a student the same chance to succeed as a classmate with the same IQ but an additional $50,000 in his or her family income. Or one who was born in a different month. Or one who has a heritage other than the rest of the class. Or one whose quiet—or brash, or hyperactive—personality masks the intelligence within. Only once we redefine success will we see more people succeed.

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Latasha Willis

Melissa Bryant

Tamika Curley

Tyler Cleveland

Anna Russell

Samantha Towers

Tommy Burton

Kimberly Griffin

Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance graphic designer and the mother of one cat. See her design portfolio at latashawillis. com. She coordinated all the summer guide listings.

Melissa Bryant is a graphic design major at the University of Southern Mississippi. She enjoys making art, collecting antiques, and is aiming for a career in book design. She illustrated the cover.

Tam Curley has lived in more than a few places from Dallas to Oakland to Jackson. She enjoys talking and blogging about natural hair. Her natural hair blog is at http://tammynaturalself.blogspot.com. She wrote the Jacksonian.

JFP City Reporter Tyler Cleveland loves sports, good music and soul food. He can be found around Fondren when he’s not at City Hall watching Tony Yarber try to herd cats. He wrote news stories. Email him at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.

Design intern Anna Russell can be found in Stafford Hall at MSU with a cup of coffee in-hand during the school year. She is available for freelance work—email annaruss1230@ gmail.com. She designed much of the cover package.

Sales Assistant Samantha Towers is a native Jacksonian and a graduate of Tougaloo College. She enjoys long walks on the reservoir, candlelight dinners, and creative endeavors like music and writing. Her favorite color is blue.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton spends most of his spare time organizing his large music library, much to the chagrin of his new wife, Michelle. He plays bass and sometimes sings for power pop band Lately David.

Advertising Director Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.


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Tuesday, May 28 Supporters announce a secret write-in mayoral campaign for Republican Ward 1 Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell for the June 4 general election. Get news updates at jfpdaily.com.

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May 7 and captured 97.6 percent of the vote over Lumumba in the runoff. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to readers who followed the election. Lee ran as the “unity� candidate in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s vote with the backing of a large majority of Jackson’s business com-

A 27 percent turnout spike in Jonathan Lee’s northeast Jackson stronghold couldn’t deliver a May 21 runoff win.

munity, as well as the city’s Republicans. Of Lee’s top 10 financial donors, a majority had given money to defeat Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. The problem for Lee was the rest of Jackson, where voters went overwhelmingly for Lumumba. Lee’s opponent characterized him as a “Rankin County Republican,� and even if untrue, it polarized Jackson’s electorate, which is 80 percent black and solidly Democrat blue.

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Turnout more or less remained level in precincts with the highest proportion of African Americans, with about 2 percent more people participating in the runoff than the primary. In those precincts, Lee slightly increased his vote totals; on average, Lee scored about 4 percent more in these precincts in the runoff. Of the city’s 90 voting precincts, only seven had a margin of victory that fell between 40 percent to 60 percent. Lumumba wiped the floor with Lee in practically every other ward in Jackson. The councilman also garnered a lot of support in Wards 3 and 4. In precincts 18-31, which are situated in those wards, Lumumba bested Lee by 2,506 votes. The turnout improved from almost 31 percent to nearly 37 percent in those precincts, and the councilman picked up 2,155 more votes than he did two weeks ago, while Lee’s numbers stayed the same or improved very little. Lumumba polled extremely low in a survey released two weeks ago by Jackson television station WAPT. The numbers revealed that, at the time, Lee held a 14point lead (39 percent to 25 percent) over Lumumba. A week later, one day before the election, a second poll revealed that the momentum has swung, and Lumumba trailed Lee by only 4 percent. The election results proved both polls wrong. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com; email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Monday, May 27 The Mississippi Highway Patrol says MHP worked 129 traffic accidents, including three fatalities, over the holiday weekend. Troopers wrote 7,380 citations, including 177 DUIs. ‌ A fire breaks out on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas, the second time this year a fire has ended a cruise ship’s voyage.

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ackson may not experience a huge racial divide on a daily basis, but once or twice every four years, one day certainly sets white and black people apart: Election Day. The May 21 Democratic primary runoff saw a huge spike in white voter turnout while black turnout held steady. But the spike’s effect on the results was negligible: Councilman Chokwe Lumumba defeated businessman and political newcomer Jonathan Lee 54 percent to 46 percent. Lee’s stronghold—Jackson’s predominantly white precincts—saw about a 27 percent increase in voters in this week’s runoff over the Democratic primary held May 7. Overall, voter turnout increased more than 2 percent, with 32.8 percent of total registered voters casting ballots last Tuesday compared to 30.7 percent in the primary. Businessman Lee picked up 3,314 more votes than Councilman Lumumba in six precincts—38 through 43—the same precincts he won handily in the primary. After dominating the northeast Jackson precincts in the primary, Lee did even better in the runoff. In fact, Lee captured close to 100 percent of the vote in some precincts. In Precinct 33, where only 2 percent of voters are black, for example, Lee won 91.5 percent of the votes cast on May 7 (his nearest challenger, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., got 6 percent). In the runoff, Lee’s lead in Precinct 33 jumped to 99.2 percent over Lumumba. Similarly, in Precinct 34, where 99 percent of voters are non-black, Lee won 90.1 percent

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Friday, May 24 Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America vote to open membership to openly gay boys for the first time.

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Thursday, May 23 Southern Company defends writing off $540 million in overruns at its Kemper power plant as a long-term investment. ‌ The Centers for Disease Control issues a report showing that teen birth rates have declined in nearly every state by 30 percent or more, but not in Mississippi.

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Wednesday, May 22 FBI agents fatally shoot Ibragim Todashev when he initiates a violent confrontation during questioning about the Boston Marathon bombing. ‌ Japan’s parliament approves an international child-custody treaty amid pressure to address concerns that Japanese mothers can take children away from their foreign fathers without recourse.

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Lumumba on Unity: ‘Stay; Give it Shot’ by R.L. Nave

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hokwe Lumumba doesn’t want any person or business to leave Jackson just because he will probably be the city’s next mayor. But don’t expect him to beg. “Well, we won’t be begging anybody to do anything. I think that principled people are going to give it a shot, and I think the majority of the people are principled,� he told the Jackson Free Press on Memorial Day. “Few people are going to leave Jackson that weren’t on a path to leave Jackson in the first place. And anybody that does leave Jackson is making a mistake because this city is on its way up. This is a very important city. We’re in a good position to start moving in a good direction, so I would urge everybody to stay, and I would urge everybody to pitch in.� Lumumba’s victory in the May 21 Democratic runoff touched off social-media hysteria reminiscent of President Barack Obama’s election and re-election. Some Jackson supporters of Lumumba’s rival, businessman Jonathan Lee, and many whites in non-Jackson locales around the state wrote off the results as suggestive of a black electorate too ignorant to recognize that Lumumba would drive off the minority of white home and business owners who bear the burden of supporting the local economy. Those suspicions, that Lumumba harbors anti-white hostilities, go back to his affiliation with the Republic of New Afrika, which bought land in Mississippi for a blackled nation in the 1970s, as well as his history of picking fights with what he would consider racist institutions, such as the courts, to say nothing of the adoption of an unusual and foreign-sounding name. Lumumba’s opponents tried unsuccessfully to play on these fears and raise doubt in the minds of mainstream Jackson voters likely to vote in a municipal primary election. Lumumba says the notion that he is divisive is erroneous. “There may be some people who have misperceptions based upon some attitudes which aren’t justified, and they may have a long-standing, long-running objection, but that’s something we aren’t going to be worried about. We’re certainly always going to leave the door of the ship open for people to come on board, but

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City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba used a grassroots effort to get out the vote Tuesday May 21. He received more than 20,000 votes in the Democratic primary runoff out of 37,283 total ballots cast.

we’re not going to hold the ship back waiting for folks who have unfounded resentments to come around,� he said. Lumumba, 65, seemed especially agitated by what he called “absurd� comparisons between himself and Ross Barnett, the former Mississippi governor and namesake for a popular local tourist destination who expanded the powers of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, a state-sponsored spy agency, during the civil rights era. “In no instance I’m aware of has anybody accused me of oppressing or suppressing somebody else’s rights. I don’t do that. I don’t intend to do that. I never will do that. I think it’s contradictory to what I’m fighting for. I’m fighting for a better society, not a worse one. I’m not trying to flip the script on anybody,� Lumumba said. Still, he knows he has his work cut out for him when it comes to unifying Jackson. For that, he has a simple plan: launch a citywide cleanup program and commence with street reconstruction. During the campaign, many voters ranked the condition of Jackson’s streets and blight as among their top concerns, and Lumumba believes these issues transcend race and ward. Lumumba also has started a sort of listening tour designed to take him outside the usual circles he normally travels in. On May 26, he attended services at First Baptist Church in downtown Jackson and has visited dining establishments owned by restaurateur and Jonathan Lee booster Jeff Good in effort to support businesses he believes are “showing loyalty to the city.� Convincing naysayers, particularly

those dubious of Lumumba’s past race-laced rhetoric, will be difficult, but the prominence of race issues in politics did not start during the 2013 Jackson mayor’s race. “The electorate in Mississippi has been polarized along the lines of race since emancipation. This is not a new phenomenon. Our history of politics has always been predicated by race,� said Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center at Jackson State University and a professor of civil-rights and southern history. Luckett believes the handwringing over Lumumba’s election is probably unwarranted, noting that during Lumumba’s time in city government, he has worked side-byside with two white council members—Republican Quentin Whitwell of Ward 1 and Democrat Margaret Barrett-Simon of Ward 7—and has maintained professional relationships with both members. Lumumba said he would also like some help from rank-and-file Jacksonians. He’s confident that success in the early days of his administration will breed greater acceptance of his agenda. In the meantime, Jackson residents need to take responsibility for the city’s future. “You’re going to hear me doing a lot of stuff about taking responsibility. I’m not going to be content with people just standing by the wayside being observers of history. They’ll need to be makers of history,� he said. Tyler Cleveland contributed to this story. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Coleman: ‘It’s Our Time’ by Tyler Cleveland

the Fondren area, but times have changed, and generations have changed. Government has changed, and technology has changed. Now it’s our time. We have a lot of youth that are running for office, and I think we, as Jacksonians, tend to go on name recognition … and vote the same people into office.

Well, no disrespect to Mrs. Simon, but she’s been in office for over 25 years. I know there have been some things done in

ing toward the infrastructure. Even

including the controversial oversight committee?

With those committees, you never know. We have a lot of complaints, but we elect the officials to see things get done, but we have to do things ourselves.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I am very conservative, and that surprises a lot of people: first, because I’m African-American, and second, because I’m young. I’m all about personal responsibility. The government should step in, but only when the people have tried as hard as they can. Then they can intervene, but only for a certain amount of time. Honestly, I think a lot of the people that run on the Democratic ticket, it’s strategic. I think a lot of them may have conservative views, but they have to run as a Democrat to get elected. What is your top priority for the ward?

Why are you running for city council?

crime. When it comes to infrastructure and (as far as) the streets go, there is no sense in paving the roads if you then have to go back and fix TYLER CLEVELAND

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ooking at 29-year-old Marcus Coleman, you may not see a Republican nominee for a city council seat. Raised with his twin brother in south Jackson by his liberal parents, Coleman is the black sheep of the family when it comes to politics. His grandmother was shocked when he told her he was conservative, and his mom jokes about not being able to vote for him. That hasn’t deterred him from seeking the Ward 7 Jackson City Council seat held by Democratic incumbent Margaret Barrett-Simon, who already bested June Hardwick in the May 7 primary. Coleman graduated from Wingfield High School in 2002, and received his nursing diploma from Virginia College in 2010. He’s been married for five years, has an 8-year-old son, and lives off Savannah Street. On Friday, Coleman wore sneakers, blue jeans and a purple V-neck T-shirt for our interview at the Eudora Welty Library.

Everyone says the same thing: crime, infrastructure, jobs. All of those are important. As far as crime goes, you are never going to stop crime. You can lower it, but you can’t avoid

What can we do about crime?

Employment isn’t going to get any better unless crime gets better. Jacksonians will go to Madison and Flowood and spend money, but citizens in those towns won’t come here, at least not to spend money. That’s a major issue. As far as crime goes, I think there Marcus Coleman is careful to be respectful of his are some things we can do. It all starts at opponent, Margaret Barrett-Simon, but he says its home. People want to make excuses for time for a change in Ward 7. the kids. Drugs have my kid doing this, drugs have my kid doing that. You have the pipes. I think the primary thing should be to have a tough skin about these things and realize to fix the pipes and make sure the water is clean, they are choosing to do those drugs and have a because that’s more important than the streets. strong mind about it. I know it takes money to do these things; that’s Read the full interview and comment at why I would support with a 1-percent sales-tax www.jfp.ms. Contact Tyler Cleveland at tyler@ increase, as long as I knew that money was go- jacksonfreepress.com.

Downing: The Man With ‘All the Answers’ by Tyler Cleveland

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Tell me a little bit about yourself.

Back when my relatives ran this part of town, and they put their name on the courthouse, there were no homicides in Jackson. It was a nice, clean and safe place, and there certainly weren’t any abortion clinics. It wasn’t so nice and safe and clean if you were black. Seg-

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onto Ronnie Downing is a man of many words. The 68-year-old self-proclaimed “Jesus freak” who is running for the Ward 3 City Council seat is quick to tell you he is “praying for the f*ggots” as he stands outside the Jackson Women’s Health Organization while protesting abortion. Downing is running on the Republican ticket against LaRita Cooper-Stokes, even though he admits he knows he can’t win. But it’s election season, and being on the ticket gives him a soapbox. On Thursday, he was outside JWHO wearing a blue shirt with dead fetuses on it. JFP photographer Trip Burns and I approached him on the street to conduct the interview. After arguing briefly with Burns over whether the Jackson Woolworth sit-in, which took place 50 years ago last week, was a sham or an iconic moment in civil-rights history, we talked about a few issues.

but I guarantee you, you got it wrong. I want to ask you about some of the issues if you …

Make this quote: I have all the answers, but nobody is asking the questions. Well, I’m going to ask you a few then. First of all, one of the biggest problems Jackson has is that the public-education system, which drives many families to the suburbs who would otherwise stay here and raise families and grow the middle class. What would you do to fix public education in Jackson?

Ponto Ronnie Downing, self-proclaimed “Jesus freak,” is running for the Ward 3 City Council seat on the Republican ticket.

black folks. I don’t agree with that. By the grace of God, I guess, I had the intelligence to see (that it was wrong) 60 years ago. I just picked this up (points to the May 22 edition of the Jackson Free Press he holds in his hand) “The Woolworth Sit-in, 50 Years Later.” I was there, and I haven’t read the story yet

Well, you’re incorrect. That’s not why people left, but I support public education. I went to Jackson public schools for 12 years. George School, where I went my first six years, is still there. It looks a lot like it did 60 years ago. I believe George School is one of the handful of STAR, or whatever the terminology is, that proves that basically poor black folks can be educated. It’s a STAR school, and I celebrate and commend that. We need to spend money on George School, we need to spend money on Lanier High School. It needs to be turned into a showcase. My ex-wife of 30 years worked in public schools. We divorced in 1995, and she

retired a few years ago from human resources. … But I believe what’s happened to the schools now is they are not first class. I’m not sure about charter schools or whatever, but public education is not the main problem in Jackson. The main problem in Jackson is crime.There’s no question. Public schools probably (contribute) to that, and I’m not sure who would correct that. Before we do anything else in Jackson, we have to stop the drugs and the crime and clean up this town. It’s a cesspool. Fondren isn’t a cesspool, but the rest of Jackson is, and they don’t seem to care. Harvey (Johnson) used to tout the $26 million Union Station right across the street from the old cesspool, the King Edward Hotel. David Watkins is now my hero, because they finally got it open. But we don’t need to stop with Union Station and $26 million and the King Edward’s $108 million, we need to clean up Road Remembrance, Eminence Road. (Editor’s note: The King Edward Hotel cost $90 million, not $108 million, to renovate and reopen. Lanier High School finished 43-0 during the 1964-65 season, not 1963.The JFP cannot immediately confirm that the Amtrak station cost the city $26 million.) Read the full interview and comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.


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Williams: Families and Faith by R.L. Nave

and the grass is overgrown. I’m Catholic; I grew up and went to St. Mary’s Church for mass, and I attended Catholic school, so in

neighborhood being a strong, prosperous and solid neighborhood.

Tell me about your Family and Faith platform?

How do you fill that hole in the family from the mayor’s office?

I see working with churches in that they are in the neighborhoods, in the communities. There’s a beautiful church on Robinson (Road), but you go two or three doors down, and there are houses that the windows are knocked out, and the doors are boarded up,

Do you have any thoughts on how to grow the city? Richard “Chip” Williams would leave the day-to-day operations of the city to department heads while he focuses on improving families.

grammar school we would play St. Mary’s football over on Claiborne Street. … An attorney general’s opinion has said it’s unconstitutional (for a municipality) to give anything to a sectarian organization for sectarian usage. But I think the common goal of a church would be all the properties in the neighborhood are clean and is not a place for vermin or for crime or what have you—not an eyesore, not a safety hazard for the children that may wander into that area. That could be an instance where the church says we need this property taken care of, and the city could say, “Here; you do it.” If the city owns the property and is collecting no taxes on it, it could give it to the church to improve and then sell for whatever legit reason. … They have an interest in their

Would the city get any kind of commission on that transaction?

No. … The city can take property under the statute, and the statute says they can sell it, or they can lease it, or they can give it away. The city just owning a piece of property that is not producing taxes (is one) that the city has no use for. It’s unproductive, so find out a way to make it productive. When it becomes productive, a tax-paying owner is there, then the city does benefit. So is there anything you’re looking forward to rolling up your sleeves and getting into the nuts and bolts of—are you really into water and sewer issues, crime, economic development?

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Jackson’s a great place if you’re dedicated to Jackson. And why do people want to live in Jackson? I think family is the basis of that. … We can’t look at Pearl because they’ve got the baseball stadium or Canton because they’ve got the Nissan plant; we can’t look at them as our enemies. We’ve got to look at them as our friends, as our neighbors. And if they go up there to work and come back to Jackson, where they live, to spend (money), that’s great. Or, if someone living in the city of Madison or Brandon comes over to take part in and enjoy what we offer—Farish Street or restaurants—we’re not building enmity between. We’re building this friendship where we’re saying: “We’ve got something to offer. Y’all come visit us, and we understand you’ve got something to offer, and we’re not going to be envious of you.” See the complete version of this interview and comment at www.jfp.ms. Contact R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Morally sound families are more likely to be socially and economically sound. I said this the other night: You can fix a hole in the street. A hole in the street is a budgetary problem, but a hole in the family is a tragedy and, as (USA Today) recognized, it’s the primary engine of social advancement—and these aren’t my words, this is this editor’s words—it’s always been the family. I mean, you go back to the tribes of Africa, of northern Europe, of Asia of the Americas: Whenever anthropology is studying any civilization or prehistoric area, it’s the family. That’s the primary unit of any civilization.

What economic-development projects would you like to see developed?

Again, it would go back to my first priority: What’s the effect going to be on family, meaning neighborhoods and communities. Projects cost money. Between 1990 when there were 193,000 citizens and 2010 when there were 173,000, we’ve lost citizens. We’ve lost tax base. You read in the paper that Sam’s Club is moving from County Line (Road), and some other businesses are moving out on Highway 80. Puckett Machinery has been out there forever (and is) moving across the river. Those are all businesses that pay taxes, and our money comes from taxes. So I’m not looking for new ways to spend money unless the return (on their investment) is going to be not a pipe dream but a reality.

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ndependent Jackson mayoral candidate Richard “Chip” Williams wants to focus on the family. “As mayor I would look to any proposal, any plan and any action that’s taken—what is the impact? What is the meaning? How would it help the family unit in Jackson?” Williams said of his “Family and Faith” platform. “I say that healthy families are stronger socially and economically than broken families, and moral soundness of congregation membership is the principle interest of all religions whether their members meet in cathedrals, churches, synagogues, temples or mosques.” Williams, 66, is an attorney specializing in insurance defense. He is divorced and lives in north Jackson.

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ith the lack of a convention- a receiver based in Atlanta to handle The campus, located at 382 Galleria center hotel, the downtown the sale. Parkway, is the university’s first attempt area needs all the hotel Michael J. Roberts Sr. is still the to meet the educational needs of Jackson’s space it can get. If all goes property’s registered owner, according to surrounding areas. JSU is offering day and according to plan, downtown could soon the Hinds County Tax Assessor. Taylor night classes, as well as weekend and onget a new lodging venue in an old, famil- said he hopes to change that soon. line courses at the 8,600-square-foot ofiar location. fice building it is leasing for The Edison Walthall $1.5 million over ten years. Hotel will have a new owner In January, the city soon, but who that owner of Madison and Tulane is, when the owner will take University, which opened control and what they plan a Mississippi campus there to do with the building is in 2010, offered up some still unknown. dubious resistance to the An auction last week new JSU campus. In a lettook bids to buy the historic ter to JSU, Madison Mayor Edison Walthall Hotel at Mary Hawkins-Butler and 225 E. Capitol St., but acTulane officials said that cording to the auctioneer, JSU disregarded “the proTaylor Auction and Realty cess and the law” to open Inc., bidders did not reach a a campus in Madison. Bepreset minimum price. Most cause the Board of Trustees of the bidding was online via for Institutes of Higher the Internet, but at the end Learning is required to of the May 22 auction, the consider ongoing programs Chicago bondholders who of private colleges before currently control the buildauthorizing off-campus ing were not satisfied. programs, the city and TuBenny Taylor, who owns lane argued that the new Taylor Auction, said he has JSU campus fell under the found a potential buyer for description of “inefficient the building, though, but was and needless duplication.” still in talks with that buyer at JSU President Caropress time. He did not reveal lyn Meyers told the Assothe minimum bid the bondciated Press in late Januholders would accept. ary that Hawkins-Butler “All I can tell you is had plenty of opportunity we’re still in negotiation,” he to express her concerns in said. “As soon as we get it in meetings with her and othcontract, I’ll be able to tell er JSU officials. The historic Edison Walthall Hotel at 225 E. Capitol St. should have a you everything you want to “It was mentioned, but new owner by this time next week. know about the process.” I told her—or I pointed out The eight-story hotel to her, and she agreed—that first opened in the 1920s afthe educational needs of ter owners converted it from the state of Mississippi are “There isn’t anything wrong with it, so great that we both can thrive,” Meyits previous incarnation, the Jackson Baking Company. Civil War veteran and really,” Taylor said. “There might be some ers said. “We thought we had dotted our local politician Edward Cary Walthall minor damage on the third floor from a ‘I’s and crossed the ‘T’s, and that’s why we provided the hotel’s original name, the water pipe that burst, but the damages had been trying to meet with her for quite Walthall Hotel. caused by flooding in the building have a while, and we had no concerns that she The building saw a remodel in 1967, been over-exaggerated.” had any concerns.” and then again in 1992, when owner Earl Taylor declined to give an estimatBut the IHL approved the lease Gaylor of Edison Hotels re branded it the ed value of the property or disclose the agreement for the new campus, and that Edison Walthall. The Roberts Hotels Group amount of that minimum bid, but tax was all Jackson State needed to go ahead bought the building in 2008, but the group’s records show the hotel has an appraised with Tuesday’s opening. attempt to revive it was unsuccessful. value of nearly $2.2 million. The campus will offer 11 undergradWhen the Roberts brothers failed uate and five graduate courses. Underto liquidate their debts on the property JSU Opens New Campus graduate courses for the summer semester through bankruptcy, Hinds County Jackson State University held a grand are beginning Wednesday, May 29. Chancery Judge William Singletary or- opening for its Madison location at 2 p.m. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Tyler dered the property sold and appointed on Tuesday, May 28. Cleveland at tyler@jacskonfreepress.com.

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avigating the tricky world of being The Black Person has been my life. I’m a biracial woman who was raised half her life in an almost all-white town and who spent most of her life in majority-white towns. What I have learned over the years is that many white people are perfectly OK with me, as long as I seem to think like them. In other words, I should be what I like to call a nonthreatening black person. My first interaction with this was in junior high when I and the few other black students started questioning why black history wasn’t being taught during black history month. Two of us were student council members. It was amazing how quickly perceptions of us changed. One minute we were good students; the next, we were troublemakers to many (“You know how ‘those people’ can be,� was the message). Of course, everyone said the disagreement had nothing to do with race—it was about policy. They couldn’t just rearrange curriculum for every special-interest group in the school. Plus, we only had about seven black students, so why did it matter anyway? I was OK—unless, of course, I came home as a date with someone’s son. As an adult, I have served on committees and boards only to be looked at with disdain, glared at and called a racist for raising concerns specific to the African American or immigrant community. People don’t like it when you shine a light on oppression and inequality that they long ago became used to and may even benefit from. As the daughter of a white mother and raised by a white family, I think I understand some of this fear. I don’t condone the way people react, but I understand fear of the unknown, fear people are saying that you are wrong and fear of the “other.� As Americans, we have been taught to place high value on eurocentric ways and traditions, and fear all things African or native. Right now, I’m seeing this dynamic play out in our city, and it makes me fear we will destroy ourselves instead of uniting. We should not walk in fear; instead, we could be secure in the belief that the city is stronger than the outcome of one election. Our presumptive mayor elect has committed to working with all of Jackson. I have heard him say exactly that time and again. What I have not heard—from those who are afraid of this change—is that they are willing to work with him. In the end, we are one, Jackson. We rise and fall together—the good and the bad—and even the scary.

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hat a week. Not only did Chokwe Lumumba come out on top in the Democratic runoff for mayor, but he caused an explosion in racist comments like we haven’t seen in these parts in years. Or at least since President Barack Obama was re-elected last fall. And while many of the ugliest comments were from outside the city limits, we were shocked by race rhetoric from Jackson voters, as well as efforts to tamp down real conversations about race in social media because, some believe, talking about race keeps racism alive. This, of course, is twisted logic, even when well-meaning. It never works to push people’s racist thoughts just below the audible surface and then pretend it’s not there. And unity has never been built on denial. It is vital for our residents to understand that racial understanding only awaits on the other side of uncomfortable, in-depth dialogue. “Unity� is not about blacks and whites deciding to support the same candidate, even if for different reasons, and then proclaiming that unity has been achieved if they are successful. If that was true, Frank Melton would have brought remarkable racial harmony to city hall eight years ago, and there would be no need to discuss race. But there clearly is a serious need. Some of the comments we saw were remarkably ignorant and illogical. One man, on the JFP Facebook page, equated Mr. Lumumba with former Gov. Ross Barnett. What is remarkable and offensive about

that comparison, as Mr. Lumumba points out in an interview with R.L. Nave (see page 7), is that the presumptive mayor has long been an advocate for equal rights of African Americans, and there is no evidence that he has wanted to take away rights of white Mississippians. His past activism may seem radical by today’s more integrated standards, but in the wake of the 1970 Jackson State shootings by police officers, there was a certain logic to moving people to a safe space they could call their own. Agree with that idea then or not, there is simply no comparison between Mr. Lumumba’s past activism and that of Barnett—who stood against ending government-enforced Jim Crow segregation against African Americans, against allowing blacks to vote, against integrating the schools, against allowing our friend James Meredith to attend Ole Miss. And, yet, we have a reservoir named after Barnett, and his name appears on a huge green sign hanging above Interstate 55. This kind of false equivalency is not going to promote unity in our city or state. Neither is pretending that race division no longer exists and ignoring that the biggest challenges in our city directly resulted from past white supremacy. Yes, we hope and believe that Mr. Lumumba will help have those conversations. But it is not up to him to heal these divisions and cure the willful ignorance about our racist history, which led to groups like the Republican of New Afrika, not the other way around. It is up to the rest of us to ask, listen and engage—and not tell others that they shouldn’t have the dialogues. We must.

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eing torn between emotions is nothing new for a mother. It starts in the delivery room, when, through the most horrific pain we can bear, we offer human life—a special gift that only belongs to women. As soon as we hear that first cry from our baby, the physical pain disappears. In that miraculous moment, our hearts open, and we fall in love. A really big love comes over mothers, and we are never the same again. It would be ridiculous to say that I’ve been the perfect mother. I’ve danced on the line of making huge mistakes with my first child. In a column I wrote years ago, I said that how I chose to raise my son was the right choice for me. I agreed to let him live with his father in Belzoni. At the time, I believed I had no choice. I wasn’t in a good place to care for him, financially or mentally. I am thankful that his father was willing. I know many mothers struggle every day without alternatives. They do the best they can. I gave in, and I was OK with my decision. Then a commenter asked me a question that I’ve never really been able to answer. “What if you didn’t make the right decision for (your son)?” My first-born will be 18 in August. This year, he’s graduating from high school, and it’s bittersweet for me. While I am anxious for him to step into himself and become a man, I’m not sure he’s ready. I believe that a woman can’t teach a boy how to be a man, but I underestimated the necessity for a boy to be with his mother. He’s missing skills that I might have taught him. He hasn’t learned how to follow through, for example, and he doesn’t prioritize well. When I listen to him think things through, I wonder where he came up with the process he uses to form his opinions. While it works, it’s so complicated that I can’t describe it. His way is more difficult than how I could have taught him. While I am concerned about his readiness to dive into the world, that’s not my biggest challenge: facing the fact that as a young mother, I gave up the everyday things—his football games and how school was going. I didn’t get to explain about picking a girlfriend with character and grace. I didn’t get to comfort him after his first and only fight when he came to the rescue of a bullied classmate.

I wasn’t there to reassure him when he didn’t make the basketball team. As a young mother, my decision to give my baby a better life may not have been the best one. I thought it was. I struggled, and I prayed about it. When my mother told me not to give him up, I thought I knew better. Today, I am not so certain. I have always tried to live my life without regrets. As I prepare to watch my first child walk across the stage and receive his diploma, though, I think it’s safe to say that if I could do it over, I would have been selfish. I would have fought with every fiber in me to make a way for him without sending him away. I would have worked harder, prayed harder, begged more. Whatever it took, I would have fought to include the influence of the woman who gave him life. I am the woman who will love him more than any other woman can. I am the woman who endured the pain of labor. I am the woman who gained 70 pounds, most of which I still carry. I am the woman who cried myself to sleep every night after he left. I am his mother. I share his heart and soul. No other person shares that bond with him. So, in answer to the question the commenter asked, maybe I didn’t made the best decision, but it was the right decision. Things happen as they should. Obviously, the universe wanted it this way, otherwise it wouldn’t have occurred. That doesn’t change the fact that if I could do it over, I would make a different choice. A mother’s primary obligation is to create children who will contribute positively to this world. My child is a good one. So even without me being in the house with him for many years, my presence has influenced him. “Mama, it doesn’t matter how long we go without talking or seeing each other, I know you are my mama, and I know that you love me,” he told me. “Nobody can ever tell me any different. I don’t care who it is. You are my mama, and I love you.” I’m not going to beat myself up too bad over the past. I’ve done good enough. I have many more years to make my queenly presence known in his life, and now I know to make every moment count. Funmi “Queen” Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows.

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ever let it be said that Jackson Free Press readers aren’t a creative bunch. We asked how y’all stay cool in the summer, and you responded in spades. See some of the best answers below. In these pages, we offer a lot (a lot, a lot) more ways to beat the Mississippi summer heat: art galleries to visit, community activities to join in, classes to take, concerts to see, authors to meet and much more. Or, if sweating is your thing, after all, check out the local fitness classes or summer camps to get involved with. Flip through the next 15 pages, mark your favorites, update your calendar and keep this issue on hand throughout the summer. We have all the answers to that age-old question, “What should I do today?” Find even more at jfpevents.com.

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deposit required. $285; call 601-968-8708; email jsabillon@belhaven.edu. • Belhaven Basketball Camp June 17-20, June 24-27 and July 22-25. The four-day camp for youth includes individual skills sessions and Super Shooter sessions. Bring or buy lunch. Registration required. $175, $90 morning only or afternoon only; call 601-624-2126; email jaiken@belhaven.edu. • Summer Arts Camp June 17-28 and July 8 19. The two-week camp for children ages 5-13 features art, music, theater and dance. Meets on

weekdays. Registration required. $750; call 601974-6478; email bmcnair@belhaven.edu. • Boys and Girls Summer Camp June 24-27 and July 8-11, at the Bowl. The four-day soccer camp includes morning sessions for ages 5-12 and all-day sessions for ages 8-17 (includes lunch). Discounts for siblings available. $85 day camp, $150 extended camp; call 601-968-8708 or 601-609-4575; email jsabillon@belhaven.edu or sabillon3@yahoo.com. • Summer Drawing Intensive June 3-14, June 17-28 and July 8-19. Learn to draw what you see accurately and grasp basic skills. The two-week session is held weekdays from 9-11:30 a.m. Registration required. $250; email dwestart@gmail.com. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. • Cheer Dance Basics June 10-14, 9 a.m.-noon. The camp for ages 7-15 covers cheerleading, and jazz and hip-hop. $90. • Praise and Worship Dance for Youth June 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon. Participants ages 7-15 learn liturgical dance techniques that include ballet and lyrical dance. $90. • Birding Camp June 17, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Campers ages 8-14 learn to identify birds through sight and sound. Held daily through June 21. Campers meet June 20 at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. $100. • Dance Team Basics June 24-28, 9 a.m.-noon. The camp for ages 7-15 covers techniques such as kick line, marching, stand routines, parade movements, field routines and jazz dance. $90. • Discovering the Young Artist Camp July 1519, 9-11 a.m. The camp is for children in grades 1-4. Kenny Richardson is the instructor. Topics include shape, form, shading and color. $100. • Puppets and Plays Camp July 15-19, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Participants in grades 4-9 learn the basics of puppetry at the hands-on camp that ends with a performance of “Aesop’s Fables.â€? Space limited. $299. • Summer Guitar Workshop July 15-19, 11 a.m.-noon. The camp for beginners ages 14-17 covers note reading, strumming chords, and playing in solo and group settings. Acoustic guitar not included. $85. • Advanced Drawing for the Young Artist July 22-26, 9-11 a.m. The camp is for youth in grades 5-8. Students learn to refine their perceptual drawing skills. $100. • Manners with Ms. Wright July 22-26, 1-2:30 p.m. DeAnn Wright teaches social etiquette skills to children in grades 1-5. $99. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • The Museum School: Little Masters June 1014. The art camp is for children ages 5-7. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon. $170. • The Museum School: Young Artists June 1014, June 17-21 and June 24-28. The art camp is for children ages 8-10. Space limited. $240. • Young Artists June 17-21 and June 24-28,

9 a.m.-4 p.m. The art camp is for ages 8-10. Limit of 15 students per session. $240 per week. • Mini Matisse July 29-31 and Aug. 5-7, 10-

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11:30 a.m. The art camp is for ages 3-4 and is limited to eight students plus caregivers. $75 per week. Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. • Spectrum Summer Arts Camp June 3July 1. The camp for ages 10-16 covers topics such as photography, writing, art, music, dance and drama. Held weekdays from 1-4 p.m. Registration required; space limited. Free. • Vicksburg Multicultural Arts Camp for Kids July 8-12, 8 a.m.-noon. The camp for ages 6-12 exposes children to the art, music and cuisine of different cultures. Sessions are from 8 a.m.noon. Registration required; supplies and snacks included. Limited to 60 students. $50. Wright Way Speed, Agility and Character Building Camp June 1, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Newell Field (Riverside Drive). Includes stretching, speed drills, conditioning and guest speakers. Children ages 8-12 attend from 8 a.m.-noon, and youth ages 13-18 attend from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Water, sports drinks and T-shirts included. Registration required. $45; call 601-918-5830; email antoniovwright@gmail.com; wrightwaycamp. netcamps.com.

iWorship Summer Dance Camp June 3-July 28, at Anderson United Methodist Church South (1315 W. McDowell Road). The camp for ages 6 and up covers dance styles such as hip-hop, ballet, African and liturgical. Exercise and life-skills classes included. Registration required. $50; call 800704-4216; email idanceministries@yahoo.com. Creative Craft Camps, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more, and campers write stories to accompany their artwork. Registration required. Sessions are June 3-7 and July 8-12 for ages 5-8, and June 1721 and July 22-26 for ages 9-12. $175, $150 each additional child; call 601-856-7546; mscrafts.org. Camp WILD, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities that focus on Mississippi’s ecosystems. Sessions are June 10-13 for grades K-1, June 17-20 for grades 2-3 and June 24-27 for grades 4-5. $140, $115 members; call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. Children’s Summer Dance Camp June 10, at Ballet Magnificat! (5406 Interstate 55 N.). The ballet camp is for children ages 3-12. Classes are through June 14. Registration required. $75-$125; call 601-977-1001; balletmagnificat.com. OASIS Summer Enrichment Program June 10-28 and July 8-26, at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in suite 3415. Arts Klassical’s program for ages 5-13 includes playwriting, painting, crafts, acting, drama, choir, mathematical games and field trips. Registration required; scholarships available. Free; call 769-2576413 or 601-664-8671; email georgia12@live.com. Camp Fish June 17-20, at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks hosts the fishing camp for ages 11-15. Limit of 25 students; Register by June 5. Free; call 601-432-2200; email larry.pugh@mdwfp.state.ms.us; mdwfp.com. Character Animation Workshop June 18-20, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). The camp for youth ages 10-17 introduces participants to character development and basic animation principles. Supplies included. Registration required. $90; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Academy (SEEK) June 24-July 12, at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). The threeweek camp for girls in grades 3-5 includes working in teams, completing projects, giving a presentation and competing in a design competition. Held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays. Registration required; space limited. Free; nsbe.org/seek. Camp Stars Theater Summer Camp July 1, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. Classes include creative writing, acting, dance, stage makeup and set design. Meets weekdays through July 28, excluding July 4. Registration required. $400 plus $5.70 insurance; call 601-9794309, 601-979-2872 or 601-979-9072; jsums. edu/speechandtheatre.

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Events at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Sessions, for children in grades K-5) are 10 a.m.-noon. $50 deposit required. Call 601-499-5278; email artworksstudios@gmail.com; artworksstudios.com. • Surf-N-Sand Art Camp June 4-6, 10 a.m.noon. Learn to create beach-inspired artwork. $175. • Pirate’s Treasure Art Camp June 11-13. Learn to create artwork with international themes. $125 through June 4, $ 175 after. • Paint Like a Pirate Art Camp June 18-20. Learn to create Impressionist and abstract paintings. $125 through June 11, $175 after. • Muddy Island Adventures Art Camp June 25-27. Learn to create pottery and other crafts. $125 through June 18, $175 after.

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Creative Classes Ballet Mississippi Summer Workshops, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Registration required. Call 601-960-1560; balletms.com. • Ages 10 and Up June 17-28. Sessions are weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Classes include ballet, jazz, modern and pointe technique. Previous dance experience required. $475 plus $25 registration fee. • Ages 3-5 July 15-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Classes include ballet and tap, creative movement, arts and crafts. $130 plus $25 registration. • Ages 6-9 July 15-18, 9 a.m.-noon. Classes include ballet, jazz and character dance. $130 plus $25 registration fee.

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Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). • Painting with Pastels. Fridays from 9:30 a.mnoon. Topics include wet and dry methods, using a watercolor underpainting and working with photographs. Easels, tape and drawing equipment provided; backboards, paper and pastels can be purchased on-site. Registration required. $65 per month; call 601-856-1802; email b1108@live.com. • Country Line Dancing Class. Mondays, classes for beginners are from 6-7 p.m. and advanced classes are from 7:15-8:45 p.m. $10 per class or $40 per month; call 601-856-6876. • Thread, Yarn, Crochet and Coffee Group. Enjoy an afternoon of working on fiber projects, coffee and fellowship on second and fourth Mondays from 1:30-3 p.m. Bring supplies. Free; call 601-856-6876. Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). • Hip Hop: Choreography and Techniques Saturdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Choreographer Roger L. Long is the instructor. All ages welcome. $10; call 213-6355; go-long-productions.com. • Zumba with Ashleigh Mondays, 5:45-6:30 p.m. Ashleigh Risher teaches the Latin-inspired dance and cardio class. For ages 18 and up. $5$6; call 601-906-0661; email zumbadancer7@ yahoo.com.

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum. com. • Little Hands Can Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The art program allows toddlers to work with a variety of art materials. Sessions offered every 30 minutes. • Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage. • Meet the Masters. Thursdays, in the Outside the Lines Studio. Children make art that is related to a featured artist. Workshops held every 30 minutes. • Get Crafty. Tuesdays, the museum offers craft workLearn a new skill, such as pottery, with a local shops every half hour in the artist this summer. Outside the Lines Studio. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562.

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Events at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Call 601-499-5278; email artworksstudios@gmail.com; artworksstudios.com. • Adult Intro to Painting Class. Topics include color mixing, design and painting techniques. Monday morning classes are June 3-July 29, and Wednesday evening classes are June 5-July 31 excluding July 1-5. Registration required with $50 deposit. Teens welcome. $275 (includes supplies). • Create in Clay Class June 4-July 30, 2-4 p.m. The class for adults and teens includes supplies with additional clay available for purchase. Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays excluding July 1-5. $50 deposit required. Space limited. $420. • Preschool Picassos Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class.

• Craft Night June 11, 6 p.m. Attendees make a nature-inspired gelatin print. • Adult Summer Reading Program: Craft Night July 9, 6 p.m. Attendees make artwork with stamps created from their doodles.

Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-6312997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. • Portrait Drawing Workshop June 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Sessions are Tuesdays from 5:307:30 p.m. through June 25. Registration required; space limited. Basic supplies included. $190, $180 members. • Healthy Cooking Workshop with Patrick House June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The winner of “The Biggest Loser” gives tips for making low-calorie meals. Space limited; reservations required. Supplies included. $35, $30 members. • Chalk-based Paint Workshop June 15, 8 a.m.-noon. Faux finishing expert Teri Taylor Roddy is the workshop. Learn ways to use the paint to refinish furniture and accessories. Registration required; supplies included. $100, $95 members. • Vicksburg Flair Cooking

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Workshop July 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. In the Academy Building. Underground 119 chef Tom Ramsey is the instructor. Registration required; supplies included. Space limited. $35, $30 members. Shut Up and Write/Create/Sell JFP Editor Donna Ladd is taking registrations for summer/ fall classes in creative non-fiction and opinion writing, selling your writing and her new creativity workshop. Classes start at $50 including breakfast/ lunch and supplies. Write class@writingtochange. com or call 601-362.6121 ext. 15 for details. Pinetop Perkins Foundation Workshop Series June 12-14, at Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary (001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale). Includes master classes in piano, guitar and harmonica. Scholarships available for youth ages 12-21. $400 ($100 deposit required); call 662624-8329; email info@pinetopperkinsfoundation. org; pinetopperkinsfoundation.org. Ballet Mississippi Summer Workshop, Ages 35 June 17-20, 9 a.m.-noon, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Classes include ballet and tap instruction, creative movement, and arts and crafts. Registration required. $130 plus $25 registration fee; call 601960-1560; balletms.com. Character Animation Workshop June 18-20, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). The camp for youth ages 10-17 introduces participants to character development and basic animation principles. Supplies included. Registration required. $90; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. Portrait Drawing Workshop June 29-30, at Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. Union

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St., Canton). Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Registration required. $155; call 601-668-5408; email painterjerrod@gmail.com. Summer Dance Intensive June 29-July 27, at Ballet Magnificat! (5406 Interstate 55 N.). The high-level ballet workshop is for dancers ages 11-24 with previous training. Call for guidelines. Housing and some classes at Belhaven University. Attend two weeks (June 29-July 13 or July 13July 27) or all four weeks. $50 registration fee, tuition varies; call 601-977-1001; email bmag. workshop@balletmagnificat.com. Tougaloo Art Colony July 14-19, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Take classes in printmaking, mixed media, ceramics or sculpting. CEU credits available ($15 each). Additional fees for housing and airport shuttle apply. $25 registration, $400 tuition, $175 independent study; call 601-977-7839 or 601977-7743; email art@tougaloo.edu or mwatson@ tougaloo.edu; tougaloo.edu/artcolony. Adult Acrylic Painting Class Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Bring your own 11-by-14-inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-992-6405; email theartist@ danielmacgregorstudios.com; danielmacgregorstudios.com. Oil Painting Classes Tuesdays, 9 a.m.4:30 p.m., at Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Pat Walker teaches the class Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call for prices at 601-8550107; email ritsartist@aol.com; patwalker-workshops.com.

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Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. • “Spirit of the Marathon II” June 12, 7 p.m. The documentary sequel is about seven people who participate in a marathon in Rome, Italy. • “Munch: Munch 150” June 27, 7:30 p.m. The film highlights artist Edvard Munch’s works at the National Museum and the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. “The Addams Family” June 2, 8 p.m., at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The musical is based

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Events at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-863-6378. • Souls of Conscious Mind June 14, 7 p.m. Sunni Patterson headlines the poetry event. Other poets include Teruko Nelson and Poet Williams. Enjoy music from Cheryl “Ms. Songbird,” DJ Cannon and more. Refreshments available. Call for table reservations. $15 through June 1, $20 at the door. • Ghoulash and Gumbo Tuesdays, 8:30-1 a.m. Enjoy poetry, song and dance from local performers, and music from DJ Spre. $3 cover. See “The Addams Family” June 2 at the Ford Center in Oxford.

on Charles Addams’ classic comic strip. $55.50$66.50; call 662-915-2787; fordcenter.org. Fondren Theatre Workshop’s 10th Anniversary Showcase June 8, 7 p.m., at the home of Jane and David Waugh (1330 Eastover Drive). The cabaretstyle event includes scenic and musical highlights from past productions such as “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Through the Looking Glass” and “Assassins.” $5; call 601-301-2281.

Conversations on the Life and Legacy of Medgar Wiley Evers June 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), at the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The program includes panel discussions, theatrical interpretations, art exhibits and spoken word. Free; call 601-977-7871. “Noises Off” June 13-23, at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play within a play is a comedy that includes a chaotic dress rehearsal, a love triangle and other off-stage mishaps. $15, $10 seniors, students and children; call 601-825-1293; blackrosetheatre.org. “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” June 13-16, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The play is about an ex-con barber who seeks revenge on the judge who sentenced him. Shows are June 13-15 at 7:30 p.m. and June 16 at 2:30 p.m. $15, $12 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181. Being Belhaven Arts Series June 14, 8 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Enjoy an outdoor movie at dusk; title TBA. Free; call 601352-8850; email bsmithson@greaterbelhaven.com; greaterbelhaven.com.

Screen on the Green June 20, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and the movie “Moonrise Kingdom.” Free; call 601960-1515; msmuseumart.org. “Steel Magnolias” June 21-30, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The Robert Harling play is about the trials and triumphs of six Louisiana women. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-664-0930; actorsplayhouse.net. James Gregory July 26, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The stand-up comedian and Georgia native is known as the “Funniest Man in America.” Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $32.50 in advance, $38 at the door, $175 table of four; call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net. Mississippi Black Rodeo July 6, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The Real Cowboy Association hosts “The Baddest Show on Dirt.” Cupid and Noel Gourdin perform. $16; call 800-745-3000; realcowboyassociation.com.

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Events at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Performers and admission TBA; call 601-9460147; jmaainc.com. • Jackson Music Awards July 28, 6 p.m. Hiphop and soul artists receive awards in several categories. • Mississippi Gospel Music Awards July 29, 5 p.m. Recipients receive awards in several categories including Pastor of the Year. Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200; msurileycenter.com. • Keb’ Mo’ June 1, 7:30 p.m. The blues singersongwriter and Grammy winner performs. Preshow at 6 p.m. $36-$42. • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds June 7, 7:30 p.m. The R&B singer-songwriter is a music producer and a winner of 10 Grammys. Pre-show at 6 p.m. $63-$69. • Don McLean June 22, 7:30 p.m. The folk singer-songwriter is known for the ballad “American Pie.” Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $39-$45. • The Heart Behind the Music Tour July 16, 7:30 p.m. Kim Carnes, John Ford Coley, Gene Cotton, Lenny LeBlanc and Greg Barnhill perform and talk about their songs. $29-$35. • The Hit Men Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m. Original members of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons perform. $22-$28. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • The Lights Out Tour June 13, 8 p.m. Performers include Kelly Rowland and The-Dream. $30-$40; call 800-745-3000. • YES July 18, 8 p.m. The English progressiverock band has been performing for more than four decades. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP packages available. $35.5-$69.5; call 601-292-7121 or 800-745-3000; ardenland.net. Medgar Evers Homecoming June 6-8, 10 a.m. The celebration includes a gospel concert June 6 at Tougaloo College at 6 p.m., a banquet June 7 at Masonic Temple, and a parade and blues concert June 8. Free gospel concert and parade, admission TBA for banquet and blues concert; call 601-9485835 for details.

Tupelo Elvis Festival June 6-9, in downtown Tupelo. The annual event includes concerts, food, a carnival, a beauty pageant, a 5K run and more. Headliners include the Cadillac Three and Montgomery Gentry. Admission varies per event; call 662-841-6598; tupeloelvisfestival.com. Blues Bash June 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). Performers include Vasti Jackson and Wes Lee. Enjoy barbecue; bring lawn chair or blanket. $25 until June 5; 601-649-6374; lrma.org.

Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres are served first, and the performance is at 5:45 p.m. James Sclater and Angela Willoughby perform June 11, Thomas Lowe and John Paul perform July 16, and John Paul performs Aug. 6. Free, donations welcome; call 601-9601515; msmuseumart.org. Carrie Rodriguez June 12, 7:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fiddler and

s the heat and humidity sets in, the phrase “ice-cold” becomes very, very important. Here are some of our favorite chilly drinks around town.

Milkshakes

at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave., 601-3663427). Although we recommend indulging in the AC (those milkshakes are thick and full of dairy, after all), the icy, creamy goodness of a milkshake just screams for tank tops and jean cutoffs on a long, lazy summer day.

Strawberry

Margaritas at Babalu Tacos and Tapas (622 Duling Ave., 601-366-5757). S l i p ping seasonal produce into one of the city’s favorite beverages was a no-brainer, but even we didn’t know it would create a drink this refreshingly addictive.

Iced Coffee

at Cups (multiple locations, cupsespresso cafe.com). From one staff of coffee addicts to another, we know going without that caffeine drip isn’t an option. Cups offers regular coffee plus signature drinks, such as the Capitol City Caramel or the Brunette, in frosty versions.

Tightrope Escpade June 7, 7-9 p.m., at Cups: An Espresso Café (2757 Old Canton Road). The experimental indie band from Clinton gives an allages show. Free; call 601-362-7422; find Tightrope Escapade on Facebook.

FestivalSouth through June 22, in downtown Hattiesburg. The two-week, multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. The Blues Brotherhood Band performs. Admission varies, some events free; Circle Pass: $200, $50 youth; call 601296-7475 or 866-452-8843; festivalsouth.org. Gospel Artist Showcase June 29, 9 a.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Local artists compete for a chance to perform at the Jackson Music Awards July 28. Free; call 601927-7625; email pcjdavis@att.net; woad.com.

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Capitol St.). Thomas by Design hosts the social with DJ Finesse spinning hits. Attire is white; award gives for best outfit. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-506-7545.

Snow Cones

at Nandy’s Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, 601-362-9553). Snow cones always end up tasting like a throwback to the good ole days—you know, when summer meant school was out and you enjoyed three months of responsibility-free fun. Capture that feeling again—even if its just on your lunch break before returning to the office grind.

Ice-Cold Beer

at a Mississippi Braves home game (1 Braves Way, Pearl, 601-932-8788). Sure, Jackson has plenty of watering holes with a plethora of delicious beers served year-round. But there’s just something so quintessentially summer about drinking a beer at the ballfield, cheering on the home team and trying to finish your drink before the sun warms it up. Be sure to stop by on Thirsty Thursday, when most beers (and other beverages) are $1.

singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-292-7121; email jane@halandmals.com; ardenland.net.

Colt Ford June 7, 10:30 p.m., at Club Magoo’s (824 S. State St.). The country-music rapper performs to promote his album “Declaration of Independence.” For ages 18 and up. Doors open at 9 p.m. $20; call 800-745-3000.

Bentonia Blues Festival June 15, 9 a.m., at Holmes Farm (313 Wilson-Holmes Road, Bentonia) and Blue Front Cafe (107 E. Railroad Ave.). The event features gospel and blues music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. $10 admission; call 662528-1900; find the event on Facebook.

Music in the City, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), 5:15 p.m., in Trustmark

The Official 2013 All White Party June 15, 8 p.m.-2 a.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W.

Mississippi Gospel Choir Invitational Showcase June 30, 6 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at McCoy Auditorium. Enjoy music from several choirs and “Sunday Best” contestant Alexis Spight. $20; call 800-745-3000. B.B. King Homecoming Festival July 3, 1-9 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Blues Legend B.B. King headlines the music festival. The lineup includes Bobby Rush, Lil’ Ray Neal, Grady Champion, the Peterson Brothers, On the Run, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, and Russell Baxter and the 21st Century Band. No tents or coolers. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; call 662-887-9539; bbkingmuseum.org. Metal Concert July 7, 7-10 p.m., at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). Performers include Wanderer, Steadfast, Hit the Ground Running, Ozona and Charlie Does Surf. $7; find Rampage Extreme Park on Facebook. Jackson Rhythm and Blues Pre-festival Concert July 19, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Shakura S’Aida and Ruthie Foster. $45$60; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Aug. 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m., at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place behind McDade’s. Annual festival includes art and food for sale, live music on five stages, kids’ activities and a silent auction. $5, $1 children ages 12 and under; call 601-352-8850; email bsmithson@greaterbelhaven.com; greaterbelhaven.com. Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival Aug. 16, 6 p.m., and Aug. 17, 2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Dr. John and the Nite Trippers headline the event. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Blues Musicians Benevolent Fund. $35 Sept. 20, $45 Sept. 21, $65 two-day pass; call 601-3530603 or 800-745-3000; jacksonrhythmandbluesfestival.com. Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Roots and blues artist Rambling Steve Gardner performs. Gardner is a Clinton native. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

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Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net. • Cody Canada and the Departed with Rob Baird June 5, 7:30 p.m. Cody Canada and the Departed is a country and rock band, and Rob Baird is a country singer-songwriter form Memphis. All-ages show. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. • Set the Controls June 14, 9 p.m. The Pink Floyd cover band performs. Cocktails at 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • Luella and the Sun June 21, 9 p.m. The band from Nashville plays soul and blues music. Cocktails at 7 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. • Billy Joe Shaver June 22, 8:30 p.m. The country singer songwriter is a Texas native. Cocktails at 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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Literary and Signings Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Signings are at 5 p.m. and include readings except for July 13, 20 events. Call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. • June 5. Bill Loehfelm signs “The Devil in Her Way.â€? $26 book. • June 6. Ace Atkins signs “The Broken Places.â€? $26.95 book. • June 10. Kent Wascom signs “The Blood of Heaven.â€? $25 book. • June 13. Marie Moore signs “Game Drive.â€? $13.95 book. • June 18. Sheri Joseph signs “Where You Can Find Me.â€? $24.99 book. • June 26. Philipp Meyer signs “The Son.â€? $27.99 book. • July 8. Susan Crandall signs “Whistling Past the Graveyard.â€? $26 book. • July 13. Matthew Guinn signs “The Resurrectionist.â€? $25.95 book. • July 20. Sartorius Book Festival: Liz Stauffer signs “Thursday Morning Breakfast (and Murder Club)â€? 1-3 pm. • Aug. 8. Steve Yarbrough signs “The Realm of Last Chances.â€? $25.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Chil-

dren enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Preschool Summer Reading Program Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. through July 9, in the Story Time Room. The program for ages 0-5 includes Baby Bookworms at 9:30 a.m. and Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Features a different theme each week. Door prizes. • Teen Summer Reading Program Mondays, 6 p.m. through July 8. The program is for juniorhigh and high-school students. Door prizes. • Children’s Summer Reading Program June 6-July 11, 6 p.m., in the meeting room. The program is for grades K-6 and includes a special activity or guest. Held Thursdays except for the July 2 session before Independence Day. • Chapter One Book Club June 13, 6 p.m. This month’s book is Mary Ann Loughborough’s “My Cave Life.â€? Refreshments and door prizes included. Participants may pick up a copy of the book May 10-June 12. • Brown Bag Luncheon Series July 26, noon. Author John Floyd signs and reads from his book “Deception.â€? Bring a sack lunch; drinks and desserts provided.

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Summer Storytime Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. through June 27, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). At the Education and Visitor Center. Children in grades K-3 listen to a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601-353-7762; email info@ eudoraweltyhouse.com.

signs “Kathy’s Adventures.� $8.99 paperback, $15 hardcover; call 601-960-1557. Mississippi Writers Guild Conference Aug. 2-3, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Speakers include Steve Kistulentz, Stephen Fraser, John Floyd and Don Lafferty. Registration required. Fees vary for individuals and groups; call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; mississippiwritersguild.com.

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • The Story of Impressionism June 4, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Dr. Beth S. GershNesic of the New York Arts Exchange presents an illustrated lecture about the development of Impressionism in French art. Free; call 601960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • “Symbols of Faith, Home and Beyond: The Art of Theora Hamblettâ€? 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). • Open Studio June 22, 2-4 p.m. Explore the creative process related to an exhibition or a particular artist in the museum’s collection, and create artwork to take home. Adults must accompany children 10 and under. $5, members free. • “Blue White Red, Red White Blue: French and American Art from the Permanent Collectionâ€? through Aug. 18 in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. See artwork from French artists who lived during the Baroque period and works from American artists from the 19th century to today. Free. • Portraits of Medgar and Myrlie Evers by Jason Bouldin and Paintings by Mary Lovelace O’Neal through Aug. 18. See Bouldin’s portraits and O’Neal’s abstract works in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. • Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 25th Annual Quilt Exhibition through Sept. 1, in the public corridor. See award-winning quilts on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson. Free. • “Mississippi Hill Country Blues: Photographs by George Mitchellâ€? through Sept. 8, in the Barksdale Galleries. See 75 of Mitchell’s photographs that includes portraits of Mississippi blues artists. Includes admission to the Old Masters to Monet exhibit. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under.

• “Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneumâ€? 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). Call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. FILE PHOTO

Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. • “Form, Color and Movementâ€? Art Exhibition through May 31 See works from Kyle Goddard, Charles Price and Chatham Meade Kemp. Visit formcolorandmovement.com. • Robert D. Williams Art Exhibit through June 30. See the artist’s sketches of Civil War scenes in the lower atrium. • Civil War Documentary Exhibit through June 30. See Dr. Wilma Mosely-Clopton’s documentary films in the main galleries on the AfricanAmerican experience during the Civil War. Opening reception June 13 from 6-9 p.m. • Storytellers Ball Juried Art Exhibition through Aug. 31, in the main galleries. The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife,â€? and the silent auction always rocks. • Kirk West Photography Exhibit through Aug. 31. The rock-and-roll photographer shares his images from the Studio 54 Era (19771981). Artist talk July 9 from 6-8 p.m. during the Storytellers Ball Artist Reception.

Snake Week is June 3-6 at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

• Snake Week Creature Feature June 3 and June 5-6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy hands-on reptile encounters. $4-$6. • Snake Day June 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See exhibits of Mississippi snakes and enjoy presentations from herpetologist Bryan Fedrick. $4-$6. • Back to Nature Photography Contest through Dec. 31 Submit wildlife or nature images through Dec. 31. Images including people must include a signed release. Winners announced at the 2014 NatureFest. Registration form available online. Adults: $5 for every two photos, youth: $2 per photo. • “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadlyâ€? through Jan. 12. The traveling exhibition features snakes, turtles, lizards and other reptiles. “A Pieceful Celebrationâ€? Art Exhibit through June 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See Diane Williams’ mixed-media pieces and Teresa Haygood’s mosaics. Opening reception June 6 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. “‘This is Home’: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the Movementâ€? through Oct. 31, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit about the civil rights leader’s early life, family and work with the NAACP includes photographs, artifacts, documents and news film footage. Free; call 601-576-6850; mdah.state.ms.us. “The Murder of Medgar Evers and ‘Where is the Voice Coming From?’â€? through Dec. 15, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit examines how the civil-rights leader’s murder impelled author Eudora Welty to write the New Yorker story about the event, and the repercussions she faced. Tours by reservation only. $5, $3 students, children under 6 free, group discounts available; call 601-353-7762 to schedule a tour or 601-576-6850; mdah.state.ms.us/welty.


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Galleries Artful Hours Painting Lounge (111 Colony Crossing Suite 200, Madison). Call 270-6043418; email artfulhours@gmail.com; visit artfulhours.com.

Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Call 601-942-7285 or 601-942-7362; visit lightandglass.net.

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

Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. Union St., Canton). Call 601-391-3066; email oterophoto@gmail.com; visit lisette.co.

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

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

Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd.). Call 601260-9423.

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

Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). Call 601-982-4844 or visit brownsfineart.com. circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING (2771 Old Canton Road). Call 601-362-8484.

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

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

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

The Creative Thumb, thecreativethumb.com. Call 601-832-5351.

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

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

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Visit midtownjackson.com or northmidtownartscenter.wordpress.com.

Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Call 601-992-6405; visit danielmacgregorstudios.com. COURTESY WOLFE STUDIO

Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Call 601-969-4091; visit gallery119.net. NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Call 601944-0023; visit nunoerin.com. One Blu Wall Gallery (2906 N. State St.). Call 601-713-1224. Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol.com; patwalker-workshops.com. P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Call 769-798-5539; email phensonstudio@yahoo.com or phenson51@yahoo.com.

Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Call 601-979-2191. Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Call 601981-9222; visit fondrenartgallery.com. Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Call 601-291-9115; visit fischergalleries.com. Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Call 601856-0535. Gallery 1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Call 601-960-9250; visit gallery1arts.com. Gaddis Group Studio (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Call 601-368-9522. Heavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State St.). Call 601-954-2147; email heavenlydesignbyroz@ yahoo.com. Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of the Academic Complex. Call 601-974-1762 or visit millsaps.edu.

Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Call 601-353-2497 or visit pearlriverglass.com. Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). Call 601-573-1060 or visit richardmckey.com. Sami Lott Artwear Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Call 601-212-7707; visit samilott.com. Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (199 Monroe St., Clinton). Call 601-925-3880; art.mc.edu. 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 sanaagalleries.com and studioamndesigns.com. Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Call 601-6074147 or visit southernbreeze.net. studio5fifty Art Center (550 Central Ave., Laurel). Call 601-649-0383; email rscruggs@mac. com. Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Call 601-366-1844; visit wolfebirds.com or find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Call 601-925-8115; visit wyattwaters.com or find Wyatt Waters Gallery on Facebook; email wyattleewaters@gmail.com.

The Story of Impressionism Tuesday, June 4, 2013 5:30 PM cash bar 6 PM program

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil, 1873. oil on canvas. 18.38 x 23.5 in. Collection of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. Bequest of Anne Parrish Titzell, 1957.614.

Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D., an art historian and the founder and director of the New York Arts Exchange, presents an illustrated lecture about the development of Impressionism in French art. This program is presented by the Alliance Française de Jackson and the Mississippi Museum of Art. The lecture will be in English. COST: Free, open to the public. For more information call 601-960-1515.

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Jump Start Jackson Farmers Markets, at Battlefield Park (953 Porter St.). Held from 8 a.m.-noon. Enter from Highway 80. Call 601-898-0000, ext. 118; email jcollins@mbk-inc.org. • Spring Farmers Market June 1 and June 8. • Fall Farmers Market Aug. 3, Aug. 17, Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5 and Oct. 19.

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

Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Dec. 21. Call 601-3546573; mdac.state.ms.us.

Doris Berry’s Farmers Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Oct. 1. Call 601-353-1633. Olde Towne Evening Market June 8, 4-8 p.m., at Jefferson Street, Clinton, in front of City Hall. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton. The theme is “Firefly Market.� Call 601-924-5472. Vicksburg Farmers Market through July 27, on Washington Street between Jackson and Grove streets., Vicksburg. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Call 601-634-4527; email farmersmarket@vicksburg.org; vicksburgfarmersmarket.org. Starkville Community Market (200 E. Main St., Starkville). Open Saturdays from 7:30-11:30 a.m. through Aug. 31, Call 662-3233322; email jprather@starkville.org; visit.starkville.org/market. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison) Open Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. through Oct. 10. Call 601-898-0212. Canton Farmers Market through Oct. 19, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton), at the courthouse green. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon until the end of harvest. Call 601-859-5816. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 26. Call 601373-4545. Yazoo Farmers Market through Nov. 30, at American Legion Post 7 (417 N. Main St., Yazoo City). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon; may open on Tuesdays later in the season. Call 662-590-5415; find Yazoo Farmers Market on Facebook. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Dec. 24. Call 601-919-1690.

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • Question It? Discover It! Saturday June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about the skeletal system from medical professionals and look at X-rays. • Shake Out the Sillies (third Wednesdays) Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Toddlers and preschoolers participate in fitness and health enrichment activities. Adults must accompany children.

p.m., at Baptist Medical Clinic, Clinton (106 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). Includes a PSA and a digital rectal exam. Appointment required. Free; call 601948-6262; mbhs.org.

Cancer Survivors Day June 2, 1-2:30 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). Baptist Cancer Services hosts the annual event that includes creating a TRIP BURNS

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. until the week of Thanksgiving. Grand opening June 8 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-6783.

Thursdays, 1-1:45 p.m. The Latininspired aerobics class is for ages 40 and up. $5 per class. • Yoga Classes Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon. Learn gentle stretching poses and strength exercises. $10 per class.

Healthy Cooking Workshop with Patrick House June 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The winner of “The Biggest Loser� gives tips for making low-calorie meals. Space limited; reservations required. Supplies included. $35, $30 members; call 601-631-2997; email info@southernculture.org; southernculture.org. “A Start to Hearty Healthy Living� Seminar June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15, 1 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Topics include the flu, Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, mental illness, sleep disorders and heart disease. Includes health screenings and door prizes. Free; call 662-887-9539; bbkingmuseum.org.

Take on Fondren’s famous hills in a StinkyFeet or liveRIGHTnow group run.

Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group June 1, 11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Free; call 601-366-5874; mssicklecellfoundation.com. Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Registration required; call 601-856-6876. • Tai-Chi Fusion on the Reservoir for Seniors Wednesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. The ancient Chinese martial art promotes flexibility, stamina and focused breathing. $5 per class. • Zumba Fitness Class for Seniors

banner of survivors’ handprints and refreshments. Guest speakers include cartoonist Marshall Ramsey and breast cancer advocate Tanya Grace. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262; mbhs.org. Caregiver Educational Series June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi is the host. Topics include community resources, family dynamics and end-of-life issues. Free; call 601987-0020. Free Prostate Screenings June 11, 5:30

The Gifts of Yoga: Wisdom from the Sages June 21-23, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). DesirĂŠe Rumbaugh teaches yoga worldwide and has more than 20 years of experience. Includes standing poses, hip openers, backbends and inversions. Registration required. Lodging at Fairview Inn for travelers. Per session: $45 through June 1, $50 after; all sessions: $160 through June 1, $175 after; call 601-594-2313; butterflyyoga.net. Super Sitters Babysitting Class June 21 and Aug. 10, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in Busey Auditorium. The class is for youth ages 11-15. Topics include feeding, safety and basic CPR. Registration required. Free; call 601-968-1712; mbhs.org. Fitness Fest July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at

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Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Children’s Healthcare of Mississippi is the host. Includes an interactive exhibit, cooking and sports demonstrations, yoga, Zumba and more. $2 ($10 maximum per family); call 601-366-0901; parents-kids.com. The Color Run 5K July 13, 8 a.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The race starts on High and Madison streets. Runners and walkers get color bombed along the race route. Wear white T-shirts. Proceeds benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Individuals: $45 through June 14, $50 after; team members (minimum of four): $40 through June 14, $45 after; email info@ thecolorrun.com; thecolorrun.com/jackson. Art in Mind Art Program July 24, 10-11:45 a.m. Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020; alz.org/ms. Back-to-school Health Fair Aug. 3, 9-11 a.m., at G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Businesses and organizations promote wellness through screenings, activities and giveaways. Free; call 601-919-1911. Community Health Fair Aug. 3, 2-5 p.m., at Vine Street Park (Tougaloo Community Center, 318 Vine St.). The event includes health screenings, forums, games, food and more. Free; call 601952-0894. Community Bike Ride, at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates sponsors. Free; call 366-1602; email co-opgm@rainbowcoop.org; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. StinkyFeet Fondren Run Tuesdays, 6 p.m. StinkyFeet Athletics leads the weekly fun run through the neighborhoods off Old Canton Road. Meet in the parking lot at Babalu. Free; find Fondren Group Run on Facebook.

Father’s Appreciation Day June 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Fathers receive half off admission for Father’s Day with a paying child’s admission. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 601-352-2500; jacksonzoo.org. Red, White and Jackson June 27, 5-8 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy children’s activities, food, music and fireworks on the Old Capitol Green. Free; call 601-948-7575. Mississippi Family Festival July 4, noon-8 p.m., at Westside Community Center (1650 Wiggins Road). The event includes games, a space jump, food and fireworks. Free; call 601-398-2433. July 4 Party July 4, 5-8 p.m., at Old House Depot (639 Monroe

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St.). Enjoy refreshments and music at the annual party. BYOB. Free; call 601-592-6200. Celebrate America Balloon Glow July 4, 6-10 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy watching hot air balloons, food vendors, live music and fireworks. Free; call 800-468-6078; visitridgeland.com. Independence Day Celebration June 29, 2-10 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland) and Lakeshore Park (Lakeshore Drive, Brandon). Includes food vendors, music, children’s activities, a classic car cruise-in, an air show, a lighted

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Wellness Center, at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and a children’s gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-987-6783. Living Food Potluck second Saturdays, 1 p.m., at Office of Dr. Leo Huddleston (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. First Friday Free ADHD Screenings, at the office of Suzanne Russell, LPC (665 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Licensed professional counselor Suzanne Russell offers free 30-minute ADHD screenings for children every first Friday of the month. Appointment required. Free; call 601707-7355.

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boat parade and fireworks. Waterfest is from 2-6 p.m. at Old Trace Park, and the focus is protecting the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Free admission; call 601-605-6880 or 601-605-6898; email smcmullan@therez.ms or cford@therez. ms; barnettreservoirfoundation. org. Independence Day Celebration July 3, 7 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The celebration and fireworks show takes place after the Mississippi Braves game against the Mobile Bay Bears. $8-$15; call 601- 932-8788 or 800-745-3000; milb.com.

Zumba Fitness Classes, at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107. “Hope and Healing” Breast Cancer Support Meeting, at The Face and Body Center (Riverchase Medical Suites, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood). The meetings are on second Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Refreshments included. RSVP. Free; call 601-936-0925; email cfox@phsa-ms.com. Remembrance: Pregnancy Loss and Early Infant Death Support Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at University Physicians Pavilion (1410 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). In room MO-16. The support group is for those who experienced a miscarriage,

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest July 4-7, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Also at Canton Multipurpose Complex. Includes hot air balloons, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. The Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser is July 6. Free admission, $10 golf ball drop ticket; call 601-859-4358 or 800-844-3369; schedule at ballooncanton.com. Clinton’s Family Fireworks and Music Extravaganza July 4, 59:30 p.m., at Traceway Park (200 Soccer Row, Clinton). This familyfriendly event features music, fireworks and more. Free admission, charge for parking; call 601-9246082; clintonparksandrec.com. Madison Family Fireworks July 4, 9 p.m., at Liberty Park, Madison (Liberty Park Drive, Madison). Every Independence Day, the town of Madison celebrates with a fireworks display. Family friendly. Free; call 601-853-9109.

stillbirth or early infant death. Free; call 601-9841921; email remembrance@umc.edu. Hill Training Workout, at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the training session Mondays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-717-2012; liverightnowonline.com. NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location. Zumba Fitness Classes Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., at Dance Unlimited Studio, Florence (3091 Highway 49 S., Suite E, Florence). The aerobics class features rhythmic moves set to Latin and international music. $4-$5; peure.zumba.com.

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Events in Fondren. • Fondren After 5 June 6, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Held on first Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. except July. Free; call 601-981-9606; fondren.org. • fondRUN. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks at a different restaurant each month. Runners must sign a waiver. Free; liverightnowonline.com. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby Games, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m.; game at 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; email info@magnoliarollervixens.com; magnoliarollervixens.com. • “Hook, Line, and Sink Her” June 15. The league splits into two teams to compete. Wear a sailor or pirate costume to get a picture taken with the team. • “Independence Slay” June 29. The team takes on the Hub City Derby Dames of Hattiesburg. • “Cirque du Derbè” Aug. 10. The team takes on the Mississippi Rollergirls from Gulfport during the circus-themes game. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Unless stated otherwise, $10, $9 seniors, $6.75

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Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). • Just Have a Ball 5K and One Mile Fun Run June 8, 7:30-11 a.m. The Rotary Club of Madison-Gluckstadt is the host. Check-in is at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi’s project Just Have A Ball. Pre-register by June 7. $20-$25; call 601-4542420 or 601-668-8572; email cwhite0926@ msn.com or dogwoodpress@bellsouth.net. • Medals4Mettle Medal Drive. Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to children and adults with debilitating illnesses. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9696; medals4mettle.org. Walk to Cure Diabetes Family Team Kickoff June 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The

children ages 2-12, members and babies free; call 9 a.m.-noon. The workshop introduces high601-352-2500; jacksonzoo.org. school juniors and seniors to analytical reading, comprehension and more. $125. • Father’s Appreciation Day June 16. Fathers • Summer Advanced Placement Institute receive half off admission for Father’s Day with a paying child’s admission. • Ice Cream Safari July 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sample more than a dozen ice cream flavors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and vote for your favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. Advance tickets available. $12, $8.75 kids, $2 tasting fee for members $12, $8.75 children, $2 members. • International Tiger Day July 27, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Learn about tigers, talk to keepers and enjoy craft projects. Pre-registration required for access to breeding grounds. The Magnolia Roller Vixens roll June 15. • Wild About Learning Day June 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Includes games, books, July 8-12. The program is required for highanimal encounters and information on summer school teachers to teach AP courses. $550. activities. Half off admission until 1 p.m. Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Fitness Fest July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Children’s Healthcare of Mississippi is the host. Includes an interactive exhibit, cooking and sports demonstrations, yoga, Zumba and more. $2 ($10 maximum per family); call 601-366-0901; parents-kids.com. • Rebel Reunion July 16, 5:30 p.m. The event features Ole Miss coaches including Andy Kennedy and Mike Bianco, a silent auction, light appetizers and a cash bar. $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $30 VIP; call 960-2321; email centralmsolemissalumniclub@gmail.com. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. • Reading and Writing in College June 17-20,

Events at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Free; call 601-359-6031; arts.ms.gov. • Call for Minigrant Applicants. MAC offers grants for small arts projects around the state. Apply by June 3. • Governor’s Arts Awards Call for Nominations. The Mississippi Arts Commission seeks nominees who have contributed to the arts in Mississippi. The deadline for nominations is June 28, and the winner is announced February 2014. Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St.). Registration required. Call 601968-0061; msnonprofits.org. • Strategic Planning 101: Getting Started June 4, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to develop a strategic plan for your group to reach programmatic and fundraising goals. $99, $59 members.

Mississippi chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation hosts the event in preparation for the Oct. 19 walk at Mayes Lake. Free with museum admission; call 601-981-1184; email mississippi@jdrf.org; jdrf.org.

a T-shirt. $25 in advance, $30 day of race, $20 T-shirt only; call 404-580-2898, 601-946-9712 or 601-618-7700; email mdjohnsonfoundation@gmail.com; find Michael D Johnson Memorial Foundation on Facebook.

Relay for Life, Jackson June 7, 6 p.m., at Smith-Wills Stadium (1200 Lakeland Drive). The night-long relay race includes a luminary ceremony and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $10 registration plus fundraising ($100 minimum to receive a Tshirt), fundraising goal of $1,000 for teams; call 601-622-0581.

Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference Volunteer Training June 11, 6-7:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Learn roles, responsibilities and expectations for volunteers. For ages 19 and up who do not have children participating in the summit July 20-21. Registration required. Free; call 968-5811; tinyurl.com/ 2013MSYouthHHSVolunteerReg.

Putting on the Dog June 8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). The benefit for Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA) includes a silent auction, food, children’s activities and dogs for adoption. Free admission; call 601-497-0375. Michael D. Johnson Memorial 5K June 8, 8 a.m., at War Memorial Building (120 S. State St.). The run/walk benefits the Michael D. Johnson Memorial Foundation. Pre-register to receive

Clothing Giveaway June 29, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at Sheppard Brothers Park (1355 Hattiesburg St.). The Greater Is He Outreach Ministry is the host. Gently-used clothing and shoes for adults and children available. Donations welcome. Free; call 769-257-8494. Mississippi Youth Hip Hop Summit and Parent/Advocate Conference July 20, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., and July 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Millsaps

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Capital City Roller Girls Roller Derby Games, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $12, children under 12 free, $50 vendors; call 601-383-4885; email capitalcityrollergirlsms@gmail.com or info@ capitalcityrollergirlsms.com; find Capital City Roller Girls on Facebook. • June 8, 6:30 p.m. Away team TBA. • June 29, 6:30 p.m. The team takes on the NSRD Lethal Ladies.

• Measuring Your Success: Programmatic Effectiveness June 11, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to effectively measure your nonprofit’s success. $99, $59 members. • Writing a Grant Proposal: The Essentials June 19-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The workshop covers all the essentials for writing a grant proposal including budgeting, researching and managing awards. $369, $189 members. • Lunch and Learn Series June 26, noon-1 p.m. The topic is “Advancing Your Cause Through Lobbying.” Lunch included. $15, members free. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Unless stated otherwise, $8, children under 12 months free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. • C Spire Summer Soaker June 1, 10 a.m. Enjoy a 3K fun, a Tot Trot for children under age 5, a splash pad, popsicles, information on sun protection and exhibits. Registration required. $12 fun run, $10 Tot Trot. • After Hours Adventures June 14, July 19 and Aug. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. The children-only event for ages 6-12 includes art and science activities, and a pizza dinner. Online pre-registration required. $40 per child. • Summer Solstice Pajama Party June 21, 5:30 p.m. Come in your pajamas and celebrate the longest day of the year with games, a movie, story time and more. For members only. Free. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Enchanted Evening Aug. 17, time TBA. The gala includes a live art auction, food, a raffle for $5,000 ($100 ticket, only 100 sold) and music. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. $100; call 601-984-5273; foch.org. • New Collectors Club Conversation with Robert Rector June 18, 5:30 p.m. The abstract

College (1701 N. State St.). The ACLU and the Mississippi Youth Justice Movement sponsor the event to promote social justice awareness. The summit is for ages 10-18, and the conference is for ages 19 and up. Registration required; food and lodging included. Free; call 601-354-3408, ext. 104; email ddenney@aclu-ms.org; tinyurl. com/2013HipHopSummitReg. Enchanted Evening Aug. 17, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The gala includes a live art auction, food, a raffle for $5,000 ($100 ticket, only 100 sold) and music. Proceeds benefit Friends of Children’s Hospital. $100; call 601-984-5273; foch.org. Saving Grace: A Benefit for Grace House Aug. 22, 6-9 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). At St. James Parish Hall. Enjoy tapas-style refreshments and music. Wine and beer sold. Proceeds go toward renovations at Grace House, a home for people living with HIV and AIDS. $40; call 601-540-8447; email mollymacwade@hotmail.com. See and add more at jfpevents.com.


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Events at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Free; call 601-932-2562. • Jackson Astronomical Association Meeting June 6, 6-7:30 p.m. Anyone interested in astronomy or space science is welcome. • Jewish Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement Lecture June 7, Midtown Studio Tours June 1, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., in the noon Dr. Stuart Rockoff of the Institute Midtown neighborhood. Business owners and artists for Southern Jewish Life is the speaker. in Midtown give tours of their facilities to showcase Light refreshments included. their offerings. The Southern Komfort Brass Band, • Lecture and Demonstration: GrowDead Gaze and Reading perform. Free; call 601ing Herbs in Your Edible Garden 354-5373. June 15, 10 a.m. Donna Beliech of DJ Young Venom and Friends June 15, 9 p.m., at Hal the Mississippi State Extension Service & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Enjoy music from is the facilitator. Door prizes and light DJ Young Venom and a signature Smirnoff drink, and refreshments included. vote for him to be Smirnoff’s Master of the Mix. Also • Dig Into Reading Garden Party enjoy music from DJ KoolLaid, Spacewolf, Slimm Summer Reading Finale July 11, 6 Pusha and 5th Child. Vote by texting BACKSPIN to p.m. Enjoy music and refreshments in 839863 through June 30. Free; call 948-0888; email the garden, and a grand prize drawing. jane@halandmals.com; djyoungvenom.com. Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. Ninth Annual JFP Chick Ball July 20, 6 p.m., at County Line Road, Tougaloo). Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The fundraising • Freedom Trail Marker Dedicaevent benefits the Center for Violence Prevention, tion June 10, 2 p.m., on the campus and this year’s goal is to fight sex trafficking in Missisgreen. The ceremony is in honor of the sippi. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction college’s role in the Civil Rights Movedonations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362ment. Open to the public. Free; call 6121, ext. 16; email chickball@jacksonfreepress.com; 601-977-7871. jfpchickball.com. Drop items at JFP 9-6, Mon.-Fri. • Conversations on the Life and “See Jane Quitâ€? July 25-28 (dates tentative), at WareLegacy of Medgar Wiley Evers June house Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Local playwright 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Bennie Beth Kander’s comedy is about a neurotic waitress G. Thompson Center. The program who attempts to quit smoking. For mature audiences. includes panel discussions, theatrical Show times TBA. $12, $10 seniors and students; call interpretations, art exhibits and spoken 601-301-2281; email fondrentheatre@hotmail.com; word. Free; call 601-977-7871. fondrentheatrworkshop.org. • Tougaloo Art Colony Public Lecture July 18, 7 p.m., at the Bennie G. Top of the Hops Beer Festival July 27, at Jackson Thompson Center. The topic is how Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The the Tougaloo College Art Collections annual event includes more than 150 beer samples, grew out of the Civil Rights Movement. seminars, games and live music. Admission TBA; call Free; call 601-977-7871. 800-745-3000; topofthehopsbeerfest.com/jackson.

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Events at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). • Cancer Survivors Day June 2, 1-2:30 p.m. Baptist Cancer Services hosts the annual event that includes creating a banner of survivors’ handprints and refreshments. Guest speakers include cartoonist Marshall Ramsey and breast cancer advocate Tanya Grace. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262; mbhs.org. • Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon June 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The highlight of the 124th annual event is the scholarship auction and showcase that features items from MMSA members. Proceeds go toward MMSA’s continuing education fund. Reserved tables of eight available. $40; email denisehalbach@ msmainstreet.com.

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601-5766000; msnaturalscience.org. • Project WILD Aquatic July 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on aquatic wildlife is for educators who teach grades K-12. CEU credits available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15; email angel.rohnke@mmns.state.ms.us. • Project WET July 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on water education is for educators who teach grades K-12. CEU credits available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15; email smegaroni@yahoo.com. • Family Nature Detectives Workshop July 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The workshop is for families with children ages 5 and up (one adult per child). CEU credits available. Register by July 15; space limited. Bring lunch. $15 per family; email angel.rohnke@mmns.state.ms.us. • Project Flying WILD July 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on bird conservation is for educators who teach grades K-12. CEU credits

available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15; email smegaroni@yahoo.com. • Rock On! Earth Sciences Workshop July 26, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The workshop on fossils, weather and more is for middle-school teachers. CEU credits available. Registration required. Bring lunch. $15; email smegaroni@yahoo.com.

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Medgar Evers 50th Anniversary Commemoration June 10-12. The Evers Institute hosts a series of events to recognize the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination. Activities include a civil-rights tour, a film festival, a youth congress, a memorial service, a chairman’s reception and a tribute gala. Sponsorships start at $500, $100 for tribute gala only; call 662-915-1644 or 800-599-0650; eversinstitute.org. Habitat Young Professionals Summer Social June 13, 6-8:30 p.m., at BankPlus Fondren (3100 N. State St.). On the rooftop. Young professionals ages 21-40 party and network while supporting Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson. Free; call 601-353-6060; email tgathings@habitatjackson. org; find Habitat Young Professionals of Metro Jackson (HYP) on Facebook. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 2, 3-9 p.m., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Kids 12 and under get in free on Kids Day, Aug. 2. $10, $5 ages 6-12, children 5 and under free; call 601-605-1790; mswildlife.org. Storytellers Ball Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Studio 54: I Love the Nightlife,� and this year’s honorees are Jennifer and Dick Hall. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, artwork and music. Proceeds benefit the Greater Jackson Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts. $60; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224 or 800-595-4TIX . Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Aug. 10, 5:309:30 p.m., at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place behind McDade’s. The annual street festival includes art and food for sale, live music on five stages, children’s activities and a silent auction. $5, $1 children ages 12 and under; call 601-3528850; email bsmithson@greaterbelhaven.com; greaterbelhaven.com.

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After a private wedding and honeymoon in Costa Rica, Yancy Burns and Shanda Yates returned to Jackson to celebrate with family and friends at the Fairview Inn.

new house in the neighborhood, they wanted to keep the reception in the area. They settled on the Fairview Inn in nearby Belhaven. The bride’s overriding concern in reception planning was for everyone to have a good time without it feeling fussy. Yates even went so far as to tell many of the reception vendors that it was simply a private party, rather than a wedding reception. To ensure the focus stayed on family and fun, Yates gave vendors broad brushstrokes as far as ideas and just let them run with it; she did not want to get bogged down in planning the details. “It was nice to be removed from the minutiae so I really could just enjoy everything,” she says with a smile. Before the reception, Burns’ sons, 13-year-old Morgan and 10-year-old Harper, joined the couple for family wedding portraits, wearing gray suits matching their dad’s and bowties to match Yates’ dress—their special request. At the reception, as Hunter Gibson and the Gators played, and guests enjoyed cake by That Special Touch, members of the couples’ family mingled together. The new Mrs. happily says that thanks to making sure the wedding and reception was personal, fun, and allowed the professionals to handle the planning, she and her husband were able to fully focus on their guests and each other. And in the end, that whole “stop suing my client” thing worked out, too. The couple is now going into practice together.

Officiant: Rev. Kelly Pope of Brandon Reception location and caterer: The Fairview (734 Fairview St., 601-948-3429) Groom’s and groomsmen’s attire:Yancy’s suit was from Latham Thomas—now Mozingo Clothiers (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 140, 601713-7848) in Highland Village Bride’s attire: Bella Bridesmaid (118 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-898-0303) Cake: That Special Touch (2769 Old Brandon Road, Pearl, 601-932-5223) Florist: Wendy Putt (wendyputt.com) Photographer: Susan Margaret Barrett Photography (susanmargaret.com) Invitations: custom reception invitations by Murray Printing in Natchez (154 E. Franklin St., Natchez, 601-446-6558). Music: Hunter Gibson & The Gators (huntergibson.com)

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ot many couples can say they had their first fight before they even went out on a date. But then again, most couples aren’t lawyers on opposite sides of a case. Shanda Yates’ and Yancy Burns’ first-meeting story could be a scene in a romantic comedy: They met when he was suing one of her clients. As lawsuits are prone to do, things dragged on, more suits were filed, and soon they had known one another professionally for several years. Then, one night when Yates was at Pi(e) Lounge at Sal & Mookie’s with some friends, she ran into Burns, who suggested he’d like to take her out for drinks sometime. Without missing a beat, Yates responded, “If you stop suing my client.” When their last case settled, Burns asked her out. The rest, as they say, is history, and in May 2012, Burns popped the question. When both the bride and groom are busy lawyers, scheduling a wedding around trials, hearings and depositions can be a challenge, so the couple ended up having a year-long engagement that gave them plenty of time to figure out exactly how to make their ceremony and celebration special. Yates explains that since this was a second marriage for both, they felt no need for a big “frou-frou” wedding, but still wanted to include their family and friends. The solution? Combining the wedding and honeymoon into a trip just for two, then returning home for a reception with their loved ones. For a wedding and honeymoon destination, the couple found a location compromise offering something for both him and her: while Yates is a self-professed “beach person,” Burns is not, but he always wanted to visit Costa Rica. Traveling the country by car, and staying at three different resorts, allowed them to experience beaches, rainforests and a volcano. The wedding ceremony itself took place at The Springs Resort and Spa on the Arenal volcano. While planning a wedding remotely from another country might at first seem daunting, Yates says it was easy and stress-free thanks to the resort’s stateside wedding planner. “I told her what I wanted, and when we got there, it was done,” she says. The couple wanted the ceremony to be intimate and private. They wed at the base of the volcano in a sheltered space away from any other resort guests. Yates knew she didn’t want a traditional wedding dress; her two requirements were that it be short and have pockets. She found a lavender dress at Bella Bridesmaid that she loved, and the groom wore a custom suit and tie. After wrapping up their Costa Rica trip, which also included stops at Peace Lodge in the rainforest and the Westin at Playa con Chal on the beach, the new husband and wife returned to Jackson ready to celebrate. Since they both call Fondren home and are building a

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hen it comes to “Hairspray,” having the right Norris says playing Tracy is a dream come true. “For As Amber von Tussle, Laura Landrum packs a powactor in the right role is everything. me, I grew up listening to ‘Hairspray,’ and it was the first erhouse voice in her petite frame, but its her paintedOf course, the same could be said of role that I looked at and was like, ‘I can play that!’” she says. on permasmile that really brings her spoiled-white-brat any musical, but with this one, the director “Tracy’s the first role that anyone ever wrote for a bigger girl persona to life. And Jaclyn Bethany effortlessly capmust find not only the right vocal range and dancing ability to play that’s a leading role, and that’s something amazing— tures the quirky awkwardness of Tracy’s best friend, to bring a character to life, but that person has to bring the that so many other girls are going to get to play this role, Penny Pingleton. right gender, age, race and body type to the role as well. After and they don’t have to meet that criteria of skinny, blonde, Once she’s got the right people in the right roles, Reynall, when Penny Pingleton’s olds says, the creative prowhite-as-rice mother purrs, cess becomes collabora“this cat-like young black tive. She works to bring boy” while sidling up to Seaout the talents of the cast weed, the audience wants to members, calling her disee that description standing recting style “a process of in front of them. mutual discovery.” In that regard, direc“I really think it tor Francine Reynolds has boils down to the casting excelled. As artistic director and the talent. That’s how for New Stage Theatre, she you make it your own. plans each season and diYou have ideas and you rects two or three shows each have plans. You have set yeart. She took extra time to designs and costume decast “Hairspray,” beginning signs. You have all those last December so she could things you plan in advance get college students while and then you bring in the they were home for Christactors, and they bring in a mas break. As a result, the whole different thing, and cast members better reflect you use what they bring,” the ages they are supposed to she says. “I have some of be playing, and the talent is the guys in the show, they amazing. It’s also one of the are (dancing) in detenlargest casts New Stage has tion (in a scene). Three of assembled for a show in a these guys from JSU are long time. really good dancers, and I “I really do think the recognized that and I was Featuring Jacobi Hall as Seaweed, Jaclyn Bethany as Penny, Regan McLellan as Link and Hayley Anna Norris as Tracy, the cast is the most imporjust like, ‘You guys figure cast is what makes “Hairspray” shine at New Stage Theatre. tant thing,” Reynolds says. that out,’ because they are “The casting to me was going to be more natureally important and to ral rather than me telling bring in a group of young e them what steps to do.” nthusiastic people.” 5-foot-2, pretty girl. They have to be a fun, bigger, outraFew musicals can challenge “Hairspray” in terms of Set in 1962 Baltimore, the play follows vivacious curvy geous personality girl. And it’s fun. That exactly what draws pure fun, but it also serves as a powerful reminder that good girl Tracy Turnblad as she joins the singing and dancing cast you to Tracy.” people of both races not backing down is what finally made of her favorite show, “The Corny Collins Show,” falls in love Ray McFarland takes on another memorable role as integration possible—and is the only thing that will continue and navigates her way in a city roiling in race issues and strug- Tracy’s mother, Edna Turnblad. It’s an iconic role and one tearing down civil-rights walls for all. gling to integrate. that hits home for McFarland, who says his mother struggled See “Hairspray” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St., Hayley Anne Norris shines in the lead role. She captures with being a bigger woman in a world that caters to the slen- 601-948-3531) May 28-June 1 and June 5-8 at 7:30 p.m., the innocence, charm and optimism of a girl just trying to der and petite. The lesson, McFarland says, is to get com- and June 2 and 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 embrace integration, and she has the singing and dancing fortable in your own skin, and that’s what the cast hopes the for seniors and students. Call 601-948-3533 or visit the chops to boot. audience will walk away with. theater’s website at newstagetheatre.com for information. 35


DIVERSIONS | film

Roadtrip to Nowhere by Anita Modak-Truran

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Bradley Cooper (left), Zach Galifianakis (center) and Ed Helms reprise their franchise roles in “The Hangover: Part III.”

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alling “The Hangover: Part III” a comedy borders on false and misleading advertising. The film is politically incorrect without parody or satirical purpose. It’s mean-spirited to a fault, as well as pedantic and boring. It’s like the dull head throb the morning after one too many hurricanes on Bourbon Street (not that I would know what that’s like or anything). It’s definitely time to shelve this billiondollar bromance franchise and to blackout this version of the Wolfpack from memory.

In this last installment of grown-mencoming-to-the-age-of-responsible, director Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Craig Mazin, focuses on making over Alan (Zach Galifianakis) from lovable pudgebellied slob to mentally deranged weirdo. This twists the film from silly into sadistic. As if to emphasize this new direction, Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) gets expanded screen time, which allows the filmmakers to show prison riots, violent killing, bloody mayhem, cock fighting, shooting, more shooting and sexy penthouse parties.

Following in Mr. Chow’s footsteps, Alan has become something of an unbearable monster. He stops his meds, makes one bad choice after another—including drinking and driving and transporting a pet giraffe, which leads to an interstate shut down—and creates a maelstrom that leaves his father dead in its wake. Not funny. Alan sings at his father’s funeral (one of the few funny moments), but then insults his mother, sister and everyone in the audience. Not funny. Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) stage an intervention. They try to substitute jokes for Alan’s clinically unstable behavior. Not funny. En route to a treatment center in Arizona, a mobster-boss named Marshall (John Goodman) kidnaps Doug and blackmails the rest of the Wolfpack into locating their pal Mr. Chow. Chow stole gold bars from Marshall, and Marshall wants them back now. This film is a road trip to nowhere in particular. The top 10 things I strongly dislike about this film are:

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SATURDAY 6/1

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The Mississippi Colorists Exhibit at The Cedars closes this week.

The Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game is at 10 a.m at Millsaps College.

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Brady Stewart performs during Live at Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Art Garden. Bring or buy lunch. Free; call 601-960-1515. … MSU historian Michael Williams speaks on the 50th anniversary of Evers’ assassination during History Is Lunch at noon at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … The Taj Mahal Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net.

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$5 game (includes after-party), $10 after-party only; more at act.alz.org/bvbms. … The Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra performs at 10:30 a.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) at the Amphitheater Stage. Free with paid admission; call 601-352-2580. … The IMAGICOPTER Book Signing is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Cups Crossgates (1450 W. Government St., Suite D, Brandon). The writers’ workshop and panel discussion is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free admission, books for sale; call 601825-3208. … The 4 the Record BY LATASHA WILLIS Swap is from noon-6 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s. Early-bird admission JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM until 2 p.m. 7even:Thirty, Tim Lee 3 and Black Atticus perform FAX: 601-510-9019 at the after-party at 7 p.m. $5 DAILY UPDATES AT early bird, $2 general admission, JFPEVENTS.COM $25 vendors ($10 non-refundable deposit), children under 12 free with an adult, after-party: $7 advance, $10 at door; call 601-376-9404. … Take It Back, the Weekend Kids, Yet, Daggers and Common Goals perform from 2-10 p.m. at Rampage Extreme Park. $10; find Rampage Extreme Park on Facebook. … Poetry and Soul is at 6 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) in Suite 3415. Free; call 769-257-6413 or 662-380-2811. … The Battle of the Bands is at 7 p.m. at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Bands must register. $100 band entry fee, $10 spectators; call 601-979-3994. … Nameless Open Mic is at 9 p.m. at Suite 106. $5 admission, $3 to perform; call 601-720-4640.

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FRIDAY 5/31

The Mississippi Colorists Exhibit at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road) closes today. See works from 10 local artists. Free; call 601-366-5552. … Tonya Boyd Cannon performs at 9 p.m. at Yellow Scarf. $15 online, $20 at the door; call 347-754-0668; yellowscarf-jackson.com.

SATURDAY 6/1

The Blondes v. Brunettes Flag Football Game is at 10 a.m. at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Benefits the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. After-party at Underground 119 at 8 p.m.; performers include the Southern Komfort Brass Band and Jarekus Singleton.

SUNDAY 6/2

The Chanelle Renee Project’s Fashion Mixer VI is from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy a fashion showcase from local designer

LaureNicole, vendors and a cocktail party featuring music from DJ Phingaprint. Clothing donations to Catholic Charities welcome. $20; thefashionmixer.net.

MONDAY 6/3

James McCartney, son of Paul McCartney, and Alyssa Graham perform at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; all-ages show. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601292-7121; ardenland.net. … The I Love Haters Poetry Tour is at 9 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe. Poets include Jordan Ranft, Patrick Ohslund and Seth Walker. For ages 18 and up. $3-$5; call 601-863-6378.

TUESDAY 6/4

Author Julia Reed signs “But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria!” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book; call 601-366-7619. … The Mississippi Wind Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgeland High School (586 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-925-3439. … The musical “The Addams Family” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall. Encore show June 4. $20$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000.

WEDNESDAY 6/5

Mississippi Main Street Association executive director Bob Wilson speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998. … Cody Canada and the Departed perform at Duling Hall. Rob Baird also performs. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7121. More at jfpevents.com and jfp.ms/musicvenues.

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Phoenix’s ‘Bankrupt!’ Boasts Broader Range Almost immediately, “Bankrupt!” addresses and resolves one of the most obvious barriers for Phoenix by simply changing the WIKICOMMONS/RAMA

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or all of its strengths, 2009’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” the fourth full-length album from French alternative-pop group Phoenix and the cause for its burgeoning success in the American music scene, couldn’t be characterized as diverse. The album remained fairly stationary throughout its half-hour runtime, often achieving variety by simple means like lowering or raising the amount of synth in tracks. You would be forgiven for mistaking any one of those songs for another. However, Phoenix’s tonally darker and noticeably more-produced new record “Bankrupt!” plans to remedy the ills of the band’s previous releases, achieving a mostly commendable outcome with all the infectious synth hooks and much less of the déjà vu between tracks. “Bankrupt!” represents a stylistic maturing for the foreign foursome. The group attaches some texture to the backto-basics electro-pop from its past and, while not always necessary, it makes for a uniquely entertaining listen.

Thomas Mars and the band Phoenix show great growth on their new album.

tempo from time to time, and this swapping of pace keeps the album fresh and fun, despite some of the drearier subject matter such as loneliness and fleeting love. Then again,

this is also an album that says “Coca-Cola” twice and “junkie jungle jungle-men” half a dozen times, so subject matter tends to wane in importance a bit. Such outlandish lyrical content rears its head uncompromisingly throughout “Bankrupt!” In the past, where the band’s abstract style of writing could pass unnoticed, here it can’t be ignored, as the lyrics often seem so out of left field that you may catch yourself rewinding the song to make sure you heard that correctly. In general, my stance on the kind of recondite writing in most Phoenix songs is that it still should evoke some sort of emotional connection. Luckily with Phoenix, abstract does not equate to impenetrable. At times, songs like “Bourgeois” and “Drakkar Noir” lean toward incoherency, yet feel catchy and just meaningful enough to enjoy or, at the very least, tolerate. “Bankrupt!” also appears to be ripping a page from contemporary alternative artists like M83 and Passion Pit, reflecting more radiant ’80s British-pop inspiration than the

movement-producing modern dance tunes that took precedence on “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.” That’s not to say that “Bankrupt!” is bereft of its own beguiling beats, though, with songs like the single “Entertainment” and the groove-guided, sporadically dissonant “Trying to Be Cool.” Though it’s not a retreading of the elements that made Phoenix a success, “Bankrupt!” exemplifies what a praiseworthy follow-up should be, patching some of the old problems while showcasing a natural next step in development and, hopefully, appeasing former fans of the French synth-pop quartet. “Bankrupt!” relies heavily on torrential synthetic sound and is overburdened by that at times, as the less-is-more principle should have been applied in a few select instances. Definitely an evolutionary release, one that outgrows the uniformity found in some of Phoenix’s previous outings, “Bankrupt!” allows innovation in the band’s sound without seeming inconsistent in tone, creating an overall fun, intelligent pop record.

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s an internationally known singer-songwriter with “The record is intimate and personal, and that’s why Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. McCartney will then take two successful EPs in as many years, James Mc- the tour is solo: to keep it intimate and personal, but also the stage for Bravalla Festival in Sweden, Lowlands Festival Cartney has made a tradition of not being crushed to say, ‘This is me,’” McCartney said in a statement. One in the Netherlands, and V Festival in the United Kingdom, by the weight of his hyper-famous father, Paul Mc- can’t blame McCartney for self-existential statements, as be- playing among acts such as The Gaslight Anthem, Alabama Cartney. In 2013, James McCartney has set out to expand ing himself must be a daunting task for a descendant of a Shakes, Band of Horses, Of Monsters and Men, and Fun. on past success with the release of his first full-length studio legendary rock group. But McCartney, who has written This blend of backbreaking international tours and fesalbum, “Me,” and a 47-stop tour of the United States, which and performed musically in groups for more than a de- tivals is designed to introduce the 33-year-old artist to unfawill bring the musician to Duling Hall in Jackson June 3. cade, demonstrates that he has the experience and initiative miliar audiences who may expect more “Helter Skelter” than After his two digital EPs “Available Light” and the melodic, acoustic-based pop rock that is the “Close at Hand” came out in 2010 and 2011, reyounger McCartney’s forte. Even within his own spectively, McCartney repackaged them in physireleases, though, James McCartney doesn’t want to cal format as “The Complete EP Collection” and be pinned to a particular style. added five bonus tracks to give fans something new. “Me,” as the name suggests, is autobiographiMeanwhile, he went to work writing and recording cal as much as it is self-discovery, with 12 songs that “Me,” released May 21, an album that McCartney avoid stepping on the same tile twice. Songs such said he has been patiently yet painstakingly putting as “Life’s a Pill” and “Mexico” manage to channel together for years. equal parts R.E.M. and John Denver, as nonsenThough the songwriting took place over a sical as that might sound, while “Wisteria” and number of years, McCartney and his album have “Home,” with guitars dipped in fuzzy distortion, been bouncing across international borders in the play in the realm of neo-rock ‘n’ roll groups like recording process since late 2012, to ensure that the Queens of the Stone Age. best producer and studios had a part in the creation For McCartney, the most important factor in of “Me.” He started in October in the United Kinghis music is progress. Genres are all well and good, dom, recording at several studios, including Abbey but music lovers are drawn to progress, whatever Road, and finished off the recording and mixing in form it may take. James McCartney visits Jackson on tour to promote his full-length album. He will appear at Dulling Hall June 3 at 7:30 p.m. New York City at David Kahne’s studio at Avatar. “Some artists are happy doing the same thing Kahne is also the producer for Stevie Nicks, The again and again,” McCartney said on his website, Strokes and Lana Del Rey. “But my favorite artists are the ones who evolve While the record features a mixture of full-band tracks to negate those Beatles-bred naysayers and create a place by and grow, and I want to be one of them.” and acoustic songs, McCartney’s U.S. tour will be a solo en- his own merits. James McCartney plays an all-ages show at Duling Hall deavor for the artist, who will perform on guitar and piano The U.S. tour, which began April 6, sees McCartney (622 Duling Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. June 3. Door open at 6 p.m. 39 throughout the shows. playing solo acoustic concerts in 27 states, concluding at Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.


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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 NASCAR (12-4 p.m., Fox): The stars of NASCAR head to Dover International Speedway for the FedEx 400, the final race on Fox before the Sprint Cup moves to TNT.

While you were (probably) sleeping Sunday night, someone made sports history. Do you know who? Answer at the bottom of the Slate. MONDAY, JUNE 3 Softball (7-10 p.m., ESPN 2) Game one of the championship series opens the 2013 NCAA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series, in a best-of-three format. TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Softball (7-10 p.m., ESPN) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game two of the championship series in the 2013 NCAA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series. Alabama won the SECâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first title last season. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Softball (7-10 p.m., ESPN) Game three, if necessary, of the 2013 NCAA Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College World Series, sees Tennessee or Florida hoping to reach the title game to win a second-straight title for the SEC. Trivia answer: The Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer became the first pro sports team to play an openly gay athlete when Robbie Rogers entered in the 77th minute in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.


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