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s the founder and executive director of the Mississippi Ridability Therapeutic Riding Center, Christy Henderson lives to enrich the lives of special-needs individuals through horseback riding. The North Hollywood, Calif., native founded the nonprofit center in 2007 on her ranch in Brandon after discovering Mississippi had no member Ridability center. Henderson, 54, became interested in horseback riding about 10 years ago when her she and her family spent a week horseback riding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. “It just did something to me,” Henderson says. “I just really fell in love with the whole process, and wanted to come back to take lessons and learn how to ride a horse well. In the process, I was doing a lot of reading about horses and horseback riding, and I came across information about PATH, which was then known as NARHA.” PATH, or the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, was known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association when established in 1969. It is a nonprofit organization that promotes equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. Nationally each year, PATH members help more than 54,000 children and adults with physical and mental disabilities find strength and independence through horseback riding. Henderson visited and volunteered at sev-


eral PATH centers before she established her own. “It kind of just planted a seed,” Henderson says. “When I started looking, there wasn’t one to volunteer at in the Jackson area, so I decided to start one.” While volunteering, Henderson connected with others involved in therapeutic horseback riding. “The people were very nice and also very motivated,” Henderson says. “They all had this fearless ‘can-do’ attitude, which is the kind of attitude you have to have when working with horses. (You can’t) be afraid of hard work. I just like that combination of people working hard and giving back to their communities.” Working with the riders is fulfilling for Henderson as well. “See how happy and excited the students were—you just can’t beat that,” she says. The center trains individuals age 4 and older with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, partial paralysis, stroke, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury and multiple sclerosis. Henderson says seeing her students transform is the best aspect of her job. “Watching them over time as they get more balanced, more confident and develop some self- esteem because of the horseback riding lessons is very, very rewarding,” she says. Henderson resides in Pearl with her husband, Harold Henderson. They have one son, Jonathan Harold, 22. —Kim Murriel

Cover photograph by Julian Rankin

10 Dish on District 2

Supervisor candidates Leon Jones and Ted Williams share their thoughts on spending, jailing and making money.

39 Alien Hellhole

“‘Riddick,’ the third feature film collaboration between writer-director David Twohy and Vin Diesel, grips us in the masochistic cuffs of eternal damnation with the fire and brimstone spirit of Dante’s ‘Inferno.’ Like a testosterone-spiked Virgil, Riddick (Vin Diesel) guides us through the various circles of movie hell with grunts, groans and witty one-liners. Abandon hope all ye who enter Riddick’s world.” —Anita Modak-Truran, “Spirit of Dante”

40 Blended Sound

Jackson musicians are once again crossing genre borders with The Blender, Volume Four—this time, to help a family in need.

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 18 ................................... EXHIBITS 19 ............................... GALLERIES 20 ....................................... STAGE 21 .................................... HOLIDAY 22 ...................................... MUSIC 25 ................................... CLASSES 26 .................................. LITERARY 28 ........................ BE THE CHANGE 29 ............................. COMMUNITY 37 .............................. DIVERSIONS 38 ............................... EIGHT DAYS 39 .......................................... FILM 40 .......................................... ARTS 40 ....................................... MUSIC 41 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 42 ..................................... SPORTS 43 .................................... PUZZLES 45 ....................................... ASTRO


SEPTEMBER 11 - 17, 2013 | VOL. 12 NO. 1



by Kathleen M. Mitchell Features Editor

Finding Sheroes


ast week, I finally started reading Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” after purchasing it months ago. The book chronicles Sandberg’s path in bigbusiness leadership while examining why the ratio of women to men in major leadership roles is so dismal. The second chapter put a name to something I’ve experienced many times in my life: the imposter syndrome. Sandberg describes the imposter syndrome as a “phenomenon of capable people being plagued by self-doubt.” She first heard the term in a speech at an all-female Phi Beta Kappa induction. She recalls: “At last, someone was articulating exactly how I felt. Every time I was called on in class, I was sure that I was about to embarrass myself. Every time I took a test, I was sure that it had gone badly. And every time I didn’t embarrass myself—or even excelled—I believed that I had fooled everyone yet again. One day soon, the jig would be up.” As I read those words, a lightbulb went off in my head. Yes. This feeling that I have been racked with throughout the years—this feeling has a name? And it’s something the COO of Facebook felt growing up? For the most part, men don’t have this issue. It, like so many forms of low self-confidence, is overwhelmingly something women suffer. It is only one of the many psychological factors holding women back. It’s fairly common knowledge that the vast majority of leaders in politics, finance, business, etc., are men. Sandberg explores why. It’s a complicated, interconnected web of learned behaviors and societal traditions. Despite proving over and over that women are just as capable as men, they remain behind and apart. Men are still writing our history—men are still framing our story. Then, Sunday night, I watched a documentary called “Miss Representation.” It’s available on Netflix; please watch it. The film focuses on the effect the sudden explosion of

media is having on females in their most vulnerable, impressionable years. In the last decade, reality TV, Facebook, gossip websites and YouTube have grown exponentially, to the point where they push more content than could ever possibly be consumed. And because smartphones are becoming increasingly the norm for younger and younger users, that content is largely avail-

Think about the women you see in films and TV shows, on magazine covers and runways. They are pornified, photoshopped, plastic. able 24/7, with no filter. The idea of men framing the conversation really hits home with “Miss Representation.” The film shares that women hold only 3 percent of clout positions in telecommunications, entertainment, publishing and advertising. That means 97 percent of the stories we consume—whether they be feature-length films or a single magazine ad or something in between—come from an overwhelmingly male perspective. Think about the women you see in films and TV shows, on magazine covers and runways. They are pornified, photoshopped, plastic. Female characters are mostly a joke. If a female character is intelligent or strong, she is either a shrew, written for laughs, or an

anomaly—the one smart woman in a roomful of ditzes. The way media handle our female leaders in real life is even worse. Condoleeza Rice is a dominatrix. Hillary Clinton is a bitch. Sarah Palin is only good for masturbation material. These are all descriptors various— even legitimate—media used to describe educated, passionate political leaders. Because they are female, they are put down and pornified, just like their fictional counterparts. The worst part is, it’s not just the men putting women down. Women put themselves down. We put each other down. We need more media literacy of gender issues. We have to realize how the stories, images and sounds we consume affect us and future generations. We have to challenge our own perspectives, and those media try to push on us. I have to challenge my perspectives. I have to learn to believe in myself so that someday, other girls and women can look at me and believe in themselves. A group of friends and I share a board on Pinterest called Sheroes, where we pin images of inspiring women: Hillary Clinton, Sally Ride, Martha Graham, Frida Kahlo, Margaret Cho, Susan Orlean, Assata Shakur, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are just a few of the faces you’ll find. Many of these women are beautiful in traditional or unconventional ways, but we didn’t choose them for their beauty. Rather, it is their strength, determination, intelligence, bravery, wit and their “I don’t give a rat’s ass what you think of me” attitude that earns them a spot on the board. These are the women I strive to embody, not the magazine cover girl with washboard abs and long, bouncy locks. I wish more little girls knew about our Sheroes. Media can be—and are—harmful. But media can also be inspiring, if and only if we band together and work to make it that way.

Even social media can be beneficial. Besides our Shero shrine, I have found in the last year that, through social media, I’ve built realworld relationships with women that I’ve known for several years and can only now admit that I’ve kept at arms length because I was intimidated by their beauty. I almost missed out on supporting and lifting up these smart, sharp women because I nearly let a petty jealousy keep me from pursuing their friendship. This happens way too often with our gender. Both “Lean In” and “Miss Representation” discuss the importance of mentors and peers. We can’t do it alone. Other women—and men—need to help women climb up to the top tiers of success. Sometimes we need an outside reminder that we are better than we think we are. Personally, I’m dedicating myself to breaking my imposter syndrome. I’m working on taking a seat at the table (another of Sandberg’s vital maxims for women in leadership). I ask, I beg, I demand that you consume media consciously. Consume critically. Men and women, ask yourself: Would I think the same if gender was reversed? Would I find this joke funny? Would this ad be as effective if the female was more fully dressed? Whose perspectives are framing this story? Spend your money on what aligns with your values, with the person you want to be—or, better yet, the people you want your daughters and sons to grow up to be. When you watch a TV show, buy a magazine, rent a film or click on a webpage, you are voting with your money. Even with free content, you are paying with your attention, usually through advertising. Choose not to put money in the pockets of those who degrade women, who make it that much harder for us to assume the leadership I know we are capable of. If women don’t stand up for each other, who will?

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Kimberly Murriel

Julian Rankin

Tam Curley

Alexis Moody

Kimberly Griffin

Mark Braboy

Richard Coupe

Tommy Burton

Jackson native Kimberly Murriel is a journalism major at Mississippi State University. She loves reading, writing, shopping and karaoke. She wrote the Jacksonian.

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

Tam Curley has lived everywhere from Dallas to Oakland to Jackson. She experienced culture-shock leaving California for Mississippi but has found a few things she enjoys while living in the state. She wrote an arts preview blurb.

Indiana, Pa., native Alexis Moody moved to Jackson at the age of 13. She is a selfproclaimed nerd, music lover, Sabre fencer and Steam video game player. She wrote an arts preview blurb.

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.

Jackson State University English major (and former JFP intern) Mark Braboy loves to write, play video games and listen to hip-hop music. He also writes for JSU’s Blue & White Flash. He wrote an arts preview blurb.

Richard Coupe, avid fan of the beautiful game, husband, brother and father of four, is still wondering what he wants to be when he grows up. He wrote an arts preview blurb.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton spends most of his 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.



DARREL McQUIRTER DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR With over 30 years of public service with the municipal and county government, I have the proven leadership and vision to move Hinds County forward. As Fire Chief for the City of Clinton, I managed a $3.1 million budget as well as the operations of four facilities and specialized equipment valued at $11 million. I coordinated the Emergency Operations for the city of Clinton and implemented the Storm Ready City Designation. As the Hinds County Director of Permit and Zoning, I enforce the ordinances and regulations governing the development and use of land, various codes pertaining to the construction of buildings, and County standards and regulations pertaining to infrastructure requirements. I am working to have all zoning maps and applications digitized for immediate online access.


CRIME PREVENTION: I will diligently seek regional solutions to assist in crime prevention; develop long term goals; identify short term solutions and implement deterrence.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I will aggressively pursue economic development to reignite positive growth, identify needs of existing businesses, vote to fund and strengthen Hinds County Economic Dept., and create a Long Term Growth Team and strategy.


ticulously utilizing county resources and personnel. We need to identify areas of immediate need, encourage and support employee development, and create strategic plans for capital improvement in buildings maintenance, road improvements, bridge and infrastructure repairs. common areas to unite and build pride in our leaders, pride in our community, pride in our county workplace and pride in our government. Maywood Mart Shopping Center (Next door to McDades Market Extra)


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[YOU & JFP] Nathan Glenn Age: 38 How long have you lived in Jackson? 30 years. How long have you read the JFP? Since it started. What’s your favorite part of Jackson? The authenticity of the people.

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Quote: “It Just doesn’t matter!� —Bill Murray Secret to life: Keep it simple.

FILL IN THIS PHRASE: “ART IS ______� Paul Fayard “...a means to an end.� it’s actually a dictionary definition, which I used when I taught art appreciation. I think it covers pretty much everything and is why supposedly MFA graduates are being hired for business. Diego Rivera said that all art is propaganda. I tend to agree.

Daniel Moore ‌ my hustle. Art is my hustle. Jamie Grissom ‌ drumming. William Spell Jr. ... both an obsession and the only cure for it.

Donna Ladd ... subversive.

Dana Hood ‌ how, not what, is made.

Jo B. Williams ‌ often underrated and underappreciated.

Tanya Francis ‌ thought provoking.

Renee Shakespeare ‌ life.

Shondra Macklin ‌ in every beat of my heart shared via every brush stroke.

Patrick Hudson ‌ subjective.

Carley Laney Art is necessary!

Demi Green ‌ essential to telling our stories ‌ and learning all of our stories.

Jo Ann Crooks Hall ‌ that which takes one’s breath away.

Kat Hazlip ‌ life’s imitation.


We Want Your GOOD Ideas!

In our next issue, the Jackson Free Press turns 11 years old. On past birthdays, the staff often looks back at how far Jackson has come in the last year (and oh, how far it is). But this year, we’re taking a critical eye to our city. What does Jackson need, right now and in the coming years, to reach its potential and be great? Send your big ideas to and check out next week’s paper to continue the discussion.





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Wednesday, Sept. 4 The Obama administration says it will stop enforcing a law that blocks benefits to partners of military veterans in same-sex marriages. ‌ President Barack Obama assures Europeans that the U.S. isn’t snooping through their emails or telephone calls. Thursday, Sept. 5 President Obama begins a two-day visit to St. Petersburg for the Group of 20 economic summit. ‌ A Kaiser Family Foundation study finds that tax credits would lower the price on a “silverâ€? healthcare policy to a roughly $190 a month for single people making about $29,000.

Saturday, Sept. 7 The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration quietly persuaded a surveillance court in 2011 to lift a ban on the NSA searching deliberately for Americans’ communications in phone calls and emails. ‌ A U.S. official releases a compilation of videos showing Syrian attacks. Sunday, Sept. 8 German news weekly Der Spiegel reveals that the U.S. National Security Agency can crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices. ‌ Afghan officials accuse NATO of killing civilians in an airstrike that left at least 10 dead.

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Monday, Sept. 9 Secretary of State John Kerry says that Syrian President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis by turning “every single bitâ€? of his arsenal over to the international community. ‌ Russia announces it will press Syria to move its chemical weapons to areas under international control and dismantle them to avoid a U.S. strike.


Tuesday, Sept. 10 The Obama administration releases hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country’s long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs. ‌ Syrian President Bashar Assad accepts a plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile. Get news updates at



Gators: A Conservation Love Story by R.L. Nave


y now, the stories of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three record-breaking alligators have traveled around the world. Lesser known or discussed, however, is how federal and state conservation programs rescued alligators from near-extinction in Mississippi and the southeast and made the historic catches possible. Charles Knight, the director of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, explained that the American alligator (scientific name: alligator mississippiensis) was hunted to near extinction until 1969, when the federal government banned hunting the animal. In the early 1970s, with passage of the U.S. Endangered Species Act and state laws in Mississippi, the alligator had even stronger protections. The program was so successful that in 1987, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which enforces the Endangered Species Act, reclassified the alligator from threatened to â&#x20AC;&#x153;threatened due to a similarity of appearanceâ&#x20AC;? with the American crocodile. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re common,â&#x20AC;? Knight said of alligators. Conservationists count the alligator as one of the great species comeback stories of the 20th century, even though the whole story is not without controversy. When Congress first passed it, the Endangered Species Act met bitter opposition from hunters and commercial trappers who sold the valuable hides for shoes, handbags and wristwatch bands to tanneries around the world. Gator prohibition enticed hunters to engage in widespread poaching at times. In the early 1990s, one of the most famous wildlife vs. human controversies pitted

protectors of the Northern spotted owl against the Pacific Northwest timber industry and the thousands of logging jobs it supported. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is time we worried not only about endangered species, but about endangered jobs,â&#x20AC;? then-President George H.W. Bush told The Oregonian newspaper at the time. Despite cries that listing the spotted owl as endangered would wreak havoc on the economies of Northern California, Oregon and Washington state, the logging industry did not collapse.

The Mississippi Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Parks issued 920 licenses from a lottery pool of approximately 27,000 applications. Hunters pay $100 for the permit, which allows them to catch up to two alligators. The record only applies to alligators that hunters have caught. The state has harbored even bigger gators. The Natural Science Museum recently put a 12-foot, 800-pounder on display caught on Eagle Lake in Warren County in 2009. Knight, the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director, said TRIP BURNS

Friday, Sept. 6 Leaders of the 20 largest world economies commit to cracking down on crossborder companies that use tax havens.


Thanks to wildlife-conservation laws, small alligators like this one can grow up to be big alligators like the three record-shattering gators caught recently in Mississippi waters.

Even after the federal government reclassified the alligator when its numbers rebounded, Mississippi continued to manage the reptileâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s numbers. After reclassification, the state Legislature established regulations to allow alligator hunting to resume for the first time in two decades.

state officials had to remove the nuisance animal. People often fed the beast, and therefore, it had lost its natural fear of humans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An 800-pound (alligator) thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not afraid of people is not a good thing,â&#x20AC;? Knight said. Comment at

Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Threatening?

With alligator hunting legal and organized, what better time to review animals in Hinds County that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists as â&#x20AC;&#x153;threatenedâ&#x20AC;?? We wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be seeing any hunters licensed to kill these species any time soon.











What $6.5 Million Will Buy by Tyler Cleveland



udget talks heated Sept. 5 as Mayor service payments would be lower,â&#x20AC;? former Chokwe Lumumba began distrib- JPS board member George Schimmel said. uting some of the funds from his â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the mayor is just making use of $503 million budget, starting with that one-year drop in debt service to use that re-allocating $6.5 million prop as an opportunity to from the public schools. make some infrastructure The funds should help improvements.â&#x20AC;? Jackson address nagging District 28 Mississippi problems across the city. Sen. Sollie Norwood, In a 5-1 vote and (D-Jackson), who also with Ward 1 Councilman previously served on JPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Quentin Whitwell the lone board, was the only Jackmember in opposition, the son citizen signed up to council approved a measpeak during the publicsure to put $1.33 million comments portion of the toward finishing construcmeeting. He asked question on the JATRAN faciltions on behalf of people Mayor Chokwe Lumumba is ity on Highway 80, and to who are â&#x20AC;&#x153;concerned about pay off $2.6 million in pre- re-allocating 5.56 mills in tax the individuals that are money to bail out the zoo vious bond debt. The mea- and finish the Highway 80 currently struggling to pay sure also added $949,000 to JATRAN facility. their water and sewer bills street-resurfacing funds, apon their monthly income,â&#x20AC;? proximately $1 million into he said. fixing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rampant drainage problems, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Will there be money going to pay $700,000 to pay off a loan for the Jackson administrative costs or salaries? Or are these Zoological Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so it can keep its accredita- monies going to be set aside to pay for infration, the mayor saidâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a small amount structure?â&#x20AC;? Norwood asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a histo pay for an audit of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operations. tory, in Jackson, of monies not always going â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not in the business of stand- to where they are supposed to go.â&#x20AC;? ing still anymore,â&#x20AC;? Lumumba said to council Lumumba responded: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is about members and citizens who filled the council doing what we have to do to get the water chambers for the special hearing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in and sewer systems running the way it is supthe business of moving forwardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and quick- posed to run.â&#x20AC;? ly. When I was running for mayor, I talked a The first-term mayor, who just entered lot about how the people must decide. Well, his third month in office, has received scruthe other side of that is the people must take tiny at town-hall meetings for proposing rate responsibility. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.â&#x20AC;? increases for water and sewer services to help Lumumba was adamant that the city pay for work to bring Jackson into compliwas not taking any funds from the JPS bud- ance with a U.S. Environmental Protection get that the school district needs this year. Agency consent decree. Jackson agreed to As he has explained to the council before, the decree in 2009, committing the city to JPS renegotiated its debt from a 2006 bond spend $400 million on its wastewater manmeasure, which freed up the 5.56 millsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the agement system over the next 17 years. measurement Mississippi counties and muâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I agree, in principle, that we need to nicipalities use to assess property taxesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that take whatever measures we need to take to could be used elsewhere. address this problem,â&#x20AC;? Norwood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Part of the millage set aside for JPS cov- donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the fact that we are passing the bill ers operations, and another part covers debt on to the taxpayer in the current state of the service. That debt service had risen from 6.08 economy, but this is probably the quickest mills (or $8,446,215) in 2006 to 14.91 mills way to pay for these improvements. (or $17,108,837) last year. Refinancing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The people I talk to, they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a bond debt freed up 5.56 mills, which makes problem with a minimal increase. They want up the $6.5 million. The city has allocated to make sure the quality of life is improved. 71.96 mills for JPS for the 2013-2014 bud- â&#x20AC;Ś At the same time, we need to continue to get cycle. look for alternative funding, like grants, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the debt service needs of the make up the difference so we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pass on district are lower this coming school year any more (of the burden) than we have to.â&#x20AC;? than the previous year due to refinancing, Comment at Email Tyler we have a one-year period when the debt Cleveland at

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Jones: Looking for Bargains by R.L. Nave



eon Jones, a 48-year-old former What are your views on the Byram- What about other forms of economic development? Jackson police officer and day- Clinton parkway? care center owner, knows the imI can’t say because I’m not there to see I think the biggest part is just crime portance of havand the jail situation. Eving an advocate on the erybody is asking: What Hinds County Board of are we going to do about Supervisors. A couple of the jail—if we should build years ago, a bridge-conone. struction project near his What should we do? home forced him to drive six miles out of his way As far as the jail, I think just to get home. Doug it’s a must—whether they’re Anderson, Jones’ repregoing to redo that (existing) sentative on the board at one or what. I really can’t the time, had been in ill say because I haven’t seen health and could not do what they’re proposing, but much to help his constitwe need the space. uents. Jones and his wife, Are we locking too many Gale, do not have chilpeople up? dren. He attended HolLeon Jones says his friends would agree he would keep a tight rein on mes Community College, Well, if they’re comcounty spending. and recently talked to the mitting crimes, you’ve got Jackson Free Press about to have a place to put them. his plan to be an advocate for the common everything that they’re proposing. Once I If you don’t have a place to put them, man and woman as a candidate for Hinds get it in there, I’ll look at the positives of it they’re going to be back out on the street County’s open District 2 seat. and the negative sides of it. doing the same-old same-old. I’ve seen it first hand from when I was working the

streets. Before you get done doing the paperwork, they’re out. We would have to take note from our neighbors in Rankin and Madison (counties): They don’t let them right back out. They make them accountable for what they do, and you never hear them being overflooded in the jail. We need to pattern after them because, obviously, they’re doing something right because crime is not as high there as it is here. Right now, what we’re doing is not working. (Note: Jones’ campaign manager, who declined to give her name, asked the Jackson Free Press to stop recording and leave the room so the two could confer). Are you cheap? Can you say no?

I can easily say no. Anybody that knows me can say I’m real cheap. At the same (time), if there’s something I need or want and can afford, I would get it. At the same time, I’m going to be look for the right bargain. Comment and read the full interview at Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@

Williams: Hustle and Fight by R.L. Nave

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What are you passionate about?


I’m passionate about helping every area of Hinds County and District 2. I think the rural areas have been neglected for too long. Not that Jackson doesn’t have some of the same needs, but I think those areas I know have been shorthanded. … Edwards has got a water problem. In Utica, we need to get some jobs there. Right away, we could do some

things that wouldn’t cost a lot of money. I say we do a whole lot of grantwriting.



ed Williams, 63, wants to lean on the intellectual resources of Hinds County’s colleges and universities to solve the county’s leadership and financial problems. An electrician by trade, Williams, who attended Hinds Community College, believes county supervisors should ask trades people and other subject-matter experts to serve as apprentices and tutors for young people as a means to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Williams, who has been married to his wife, Mary, for 45 years, recently spoke with the Jackson Free Press about the philanthropic approach he would take to running Hinds County if he is elected the next District 2 supervisor.

Where would you apply for grants?

Everyone we can. I’m not going to name a specific person or place. I think we go after every grant that’s available that will help Jackson, too. ... If these are your passions, what are the passions of your constituents?

When I talk to them about that, that’s some of what they want because they think it will keep our young people from hanging on corners and breaking in people’s houses. Not saying it will stop all that, but it would be a big plus. The other thing I talk to them about is: Why is it that we can’t get some swimming pools in this area? We need to have a system set up where they can come in and have trained lifeguards to teach them how to swim. We’re talking about building facilities that the county doesn’t have, but do we have money for this?

I don’t know what they’ve got money for. But I’m not just going to look at the budget. I’m going after grant money as much as possible. We need to get the peo-

Ted Williams says the key to unlocking Utica’s economic-development potential just might start with a lunchtime eatery.

ple that know how to get the money, and there are some real smart people out there that we’re not utilizing. We’re in a high-tech country. We need to use those techniques to solve some of our (problems), too. Are there economic-development opportunities on the horizon?

Right now, they have a building in

Utica—you can put a Subway (sandwich restaurant) in it right now. There’s not a Subway, there’s not a McDonald’s or anything like that. We’ve got to be willing to give them all the help we can to help them get to that point. Comment and read the full interview at Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@

TALK | education


by Tyler Cleveland


Parents in Jackson are likely to have one more reason to make sure their children regularly attend school.


ackson Councilman Tony Yarber, Ward 6, doesn’t split hairs on state truancy laws at Jackson Public Schools: He doesn’t believe they are being enforced. That’s why he put forth a new ordinance late last month that would apply fines and penalties for parents of students who were regularly caught playing hooky. “When you look at a graduation rate that isn’t even 70 percent, and you look at the fact that many of the people we are talking about, truancy has to be factored in,” Yarber said. “When 30 percent of your students aren’t graduating, that leads to crime. In south Jackson, we have a property-crime problem, and the crimes are taking place during the daytime.” Section 37-13-91 of the Mississippi Code outlines truancy laws, and allows for 12 unexcused absences per student during the course of a 180-day school year. An unexcused absence for any student 17 and younger is defined as missing part of or an entire school day while not in the company of his or her legal guardian or attending an associational meeting, such as a religious or school meeting, theater or athletic event. Under the state statute, a parent or guardian who has been notified of their child’s excessive absences “shall be guilty of contributing to the neglect of a child.” Section 97-5-39 lays out the penalty for that crime: A fine not to exceed $1,000 or up to a year of imprisonment. “We have a state law that mandates compulsory school attendance,” Yarber said. “But what we don’t have is a mechanism to enforce that. It isn’t (happening) anywhere.” Superintendent Cedric Gray could not be reached for comment to confirm or deny Yarber’s claim by press time. Under the proposed ordinance, JPS officials would designate a site to transport any minor truancy offenders. At that site, JPS staffers would determine the proper school and placement of the student, and notify the parents. For a first offense, the parents of the

minor will receive a warning. A second offense merits a fine of up to $150 and attendance at responsible parenting classes if the municipal court deems it appropriate. For a third or subsequent offense, a parent would face a fine not to exceed $250 and additional parenting classes. Yarber, who holds an elementary education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Jackson State University, served as principal at Marshall Elementary in south Jackson before he ran for city council in 2009. He is quick to rattle off JPS’ 2011 graduation rate of 61.8 percent and its dropout rate of 22.8 percent. JPS’ numbers show the average daily attendance rate for last year was 93.4 percent. Yarber is not suggesting we start enforcing state law; he wants the new ordinance to be the standard for Jackson. “(It’s not being enforced) in Jackson (and) not in any other school district I’ve worked in,” Yarber said of the state’s truancy law. “For anyone to (put up the) facade that it is being enforced or working is negligent, and it’s taking advantage of misinformation and making ignorance bliss.” The difference in his ordinance and the state law, he says, is the ease with which authorities can enforce it and because it brings JPS to the table. Under current law, the police would have to drag a delinquent child through the legal process instead of simply taking them to a JPS-chosen location that Yarber’s ordinance would establish. “Also, I think this starts a conversation about the problems we’re having in communities.” Yarber said. “It’s already done more than I thought it would, and it’s not even law. It’s started conversation and dialogue about how we help the school system.” The ordinance would become law 30 days after a majority of the city council votes to approve it. Comment at Email Tyler Cleveland at

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Choctaw Books Closing Rankin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People love shopping at locally After 31 years, Choctaw Books (926 owned businesses, and we meet a lot of great North St., 601-352-7281) will close its doors customers through these slicing events.â&#x20AC;? Sept. 30. Choctaw is a used and rare-books The Jackson Great Harvest Bakery is store that specializes in books on the history open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through of Mississippi, the South and the Civil War. Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Owner Fred Smith plans to continue For more information, call 601-956-4406, his work with rare books even after the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s or visit official closure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do a fair amount of appraisals for archives and universities, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue doing that,â&#x20AC;? Smith told the Jackson Free Press. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still sell books because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll still have more than 100,000 books left. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll try to sell some on the Internet, even though thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never been how I liked to sell books. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just how things change. There just hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been enough traffic comGreat Harvest Bread Co. is closing in Ridgeland to ing in over the years to warrant focus on its Jackson location. staying open six days a week.â&#x20AC;? Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Frank Smith, was a newspaper editor and a five-term Mississippi congressman. Presi- Jobs for Jacksonians dent John F. Kennedy also appointed him to The third annual Jobs for Jacksonians the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Job Fair is Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. until Authority. Frank Smith began the store with 3 p.m. at the Metrocenter Mall (3645 his personal library, and Fred Smith added Highway 80 W.). to the collection over the years with books Jackson job seekers will be able to obtained from walk-ins, book dealers and discuss employment opportunities with local purchases. business participants at the fair and regChoctaw Books has reduced prices on ister with the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jobs for Jacksonians its books by 40 percent until the store closes. program for future opportunities. Representatives from local colleges Great Harvest Shifts Focus and junior colleges will discuss educaGreat Harvest Bread Co. owner Paul tional opportunities, and service providRankin closed his Ridgeland location ers will conduct interview and resumeAug. 31 to focus efforts on his recently reno- writing seminars, and share best practice vated Jackson store at 5006 Parkway Drive. tips to improve college preparedness. Those renovations include a repainted cusMayor Chokwe Lumumba, the tomer lobby and a new coffee menu cour- Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Job Fair Network, Millsaps tesy of local roaster Bean Fruit Coffee Co. College and the Department of VeterGreat Harvest bakery will also offer the ans Affairs are among the sponsors for same items available at the Ridgeland loca- the event. For more information, contion, including the storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Trek Bars, tact coordinator Jonathan Barnett at Marathon Bars, Y-Bars, cinnamon rolls, and 601-960-0377. tea-cake breads such as lemon blueberry, butter pecan, and chocolate brownie. Outlets of Mississippi Job Fair â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will have more time and energy More than 55 retailers will host to reach out to the community to support a two-day job fair at the Clyde Muse non-profits and area events that our custom- Center on the Rankin County campus ers care about,â&#x20AC;? Rankin said in a release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We of Hinds Community College (3805 are excited about sponsoring local functions U.S. 80, Pearl) for available positions at and holding slicing events at 5K races and the Outlets of Mississippi mall, opening area festivals.â&#x20AC;? in November. Upcoming events for Great Harvest inThe job fair is scheduled for Oct. 5 clude a health fair at the Holy Ghost Catho- from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 6 from lic Church (1151 Cloister St.) Sept. 14 and noon to 5 p.m. a 5K fundraiser for Rideability, a therapeutic Candidates can email their resumes riding center in Brandon. Oct. 5. to outletsofmississippijobs@millmansearch. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These events allow folks to experience com for additional information. our product while supporting a local cause,â&#x20AC;? Comment at



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Why it stinks: Same old, same old conservative responseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reduce the size of government regardless of what the issue is. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve said it before, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll say it again: Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads are in bad shape. Without funding to repair and maintain the roads we have, those highways and by-ways will simply continue to deteriorate, making them damaging to vehicles and dangerous to those who drive on them. So far, the state Legislature has been terrifically one-sided in its funding for Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s road network. It funded expansion but not maintenance. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an oversight that lawmakers must address, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely that they can simply â&#x20AC;&#x153;rob Peter to pay Paul,â&#x20AC;? shifting money from one agency to another. If Mississippians want roads they can safely drive on, they will need to pay for their upkeep.

Time to Show Up


ext week, the Mississippi Legislature takes up hearings on the fiscal year 2015 budget. Beginning Monday, Sept. 16, the 14-member Joint Legislative Committee will hear how much money various state agencies need and why. The full Legislature will hammer out the details when it reconvenes in January. That may sound like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a long way off, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not. And letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s be clear: The conservatives in the Mississippi Legislature will do everything in their power to continue down a path laid out decades ago. Just in case youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not aware of what that path is, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll repeat it: The goal is to limit the role of government everywhere, making it small enough to â&#x20AC;&#x153;drown it in the bathtub,â&#x20AC;? in the immortal words of Grover Norquist, regardless of the human toll. On the other hand, progressives seem continuously on the defensive. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the â&#x20AC;&#x153;tax and spendâ&#x20AC;? liberalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even for supporting common-sense legislation, such as fully funding public schools and maintaining Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roads. Funding for the arts is lower in the United States that most developed countries and has barely budged in more than a decade. All of us should step away from partisan talking points to honestly consider what kind of a Mississippi we want. Do we want a state where people have influence and opportunity? Do we want

children who are well educated and good critical thinkers? Do we want our kids to understand and appreciate their culture? Should our families have enough to eat? Should Mississippians be healthy? How about this: Do we want a government that is accountable and transparent? (Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you find it curious that most of the people promoting the idea that government doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be trustedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;that it is the problem and not the solutionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are paid and elected government officials?) The beauty of the American democratic process is that all of us have an opportunity to have our voices heard. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to become cynical. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard, but necessary, is to stand up for what we believe in. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough in politicsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least as tough as any other part of life. The closer an elected official is to home, the more impact citizen involvement can have. While it may be difficult, even impossible, to sway public policy decisions in Washington, D.C., the chances are high that your state senator or House of Representative memberâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just as your mayor, county tax collector and even the dog catcherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;lives just down the street. In theory, that means those people must be responsive to their constituents if they want to be re-elected. It takes our voices as well as our votes to make the system work. Never forget: Local politics influence state politics, which, in turn, influence national politics. To make a difference, we must show up and demand accountability.

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earing 90 years of life, she sat on the edge of her chair staring into my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes as if there was some clue as to who she was. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whose baby is that?â&#x20AC;? my grandmother asked my aunt, who took great pleasure in presenting Bralynn while I waited to come into Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sight. I stood there and had a brief moment of hope that even though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never met Bralynn, something in her aged heart would make her know that this was my baby, her great-grandchild. But she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Grandma, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know this beautiful little girl?â&#x20AC;? I called to her. Without seeing me, she said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funmi. Funmi, is that you?â&#x20AC;? I felt a relief that I pray I never forget. Growing up, one of my favorite places was my grandmotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, nestled in her arms. She had the best hugs, and she still does. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m almost 39 now, and I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help but prepare myself for a time when that place is no longer an option. Since Mama and Daddy are both gone, my grandmother is a precious jewel to me. I want to place her in a locked chest forever. I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impossible, so I try to prepare myself for a day when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have to unlock memories to be close to her. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s me!â&#x20AC;? I looked into the eyes of a woman who has traced lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winding road in a way I know the creator would marvel upon. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s witnessed her siblingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; transitions, and favorite cousins have gone on before her. She has lived through the death of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a son, her first. I sat outside alone with her caregiver for our catch-up session, which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d come to cherish. Ms. Pat has all the goods on how Gâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ma is really doing, and I wanted to know the truth. Dementia is coming as she ages. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for me to see the bad days, but I know they are there. I wanted to hear Ms. Pat tell me what happens when she slips. She explained to me that my grandmother, on bad days, forgets how to answer the phone. I remember when I lived with her: She was always on the phone chatting with her friends. Now, the phone gets on her nerves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She often speaks of her siblings and her mother,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Pat explained. I never heard my grandmother speak about her mother. Dementia often takes its victims back to memories of early life. I find comfort in the idea that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remembering being a daughter. I wish I could have a glimpse of a younger Evelyn prancing around with

her beautiful smile and curves galore. That makes me smile. Then, Ms. Pat started to explain how she listens to stories about my daddy. I began to feel a little sad, but it was nothing compared to hearing her discuss how much she hears about me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Funmi, she talks about you all the time,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Pat said. I knew what that meant, but I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond. It was a great visit with my grandmother this time. It always is. She is, finally, after all these years, starting to look like a grandmother. Although still beautiful and happyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least when I am aroundâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;she is beginning to show signs of being an elder. I never really thought about that. I sort of just thought sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d always look the same, act the same and be the same grandma sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always been. On the ride back home, my tears began. I know why she talks about me all the time. I know why our bond is so strong, and why there is such a connection between us. When she looks at me, she sees her child. She sees whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left of her son. In me, she sees the child that has gone before her. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure, now, that she has always seen him in me. I believe that when I was born, the universe knew my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life would be brief, so it breathed relief for her in me. She can find solace for his departure in my voice; in my eyes, she sees his face. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to say goodbye to a life that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given birth to. My fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother has existed in the pain of missing him daily. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched her cry when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too much to look at me. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cried with her. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve called her on his birthday because I know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only person in the world who could possibly understand the stinging pain of not having him with us. The bond that rests in family bloodlines should never be crossed. It is our foundation, and it is to be valued and cherished. Our time here is short and, if we spend time on things that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter, we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give time to the things that do matter. You can make money, receive accolades and accomplish great things, but what really matters are the lives that touch you and those that you touch. Family is where that starts. While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often hurtful to speak to her, I know how much my voice, my presence means to my grandma. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful to be such a gift. Funmi â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queenâ&#x20AC;? Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows.

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In their 20s, artists (from left) William Goodman, Josh Hailey, Ginger WilliamsCook and Jason “Twiggy” Lott fed off the creative energy of Fondren’s revitalization.

Half-Life by Julian Rankin

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his summer, a couple of Walker’s Drive-In employees painted a mural on the iconic eatery’s patio wall in Fondren. It replaced a pockmarked and aging piece The Projectors, a trio of artists who still live and work in Jackson, did a decade ago. In case you haven’t heard, folks dig Fondren. The oftheralded oasis that the neighborhood has become adds another layer of gloss to Jackson’s collective memory of the artists who helped spur that momentum forward—folks such as Josh Hailey, Ginger Williams-Cook, William Goodman and Jason “Twiggy” Lott. People remember Williams-Cook, Goodman and Lott as muralists The Projectors. They were also The Dirty Lipsticks (no gloss necessary), a band they founded just for fun. They performed only for each other and friends in their loft studio spaces in the building. “We never actually played any shows or really even any instruments,” Goodman says. “But we played in front of the camera. I think the idea of being in a band was wonderful to think about.” With tongue-in-cheek monikers, the artists, then all in their early 20s, were literally making names for themselves. The renovation on the Fondren Corner building, which would become their hub, wasn’t finished when Josh Hailey moved into a studio there in 2005 and joined the others, including artist Jason Marlow, who has since moved away to work in New York City and Austin, Texas. “William lived right off the elevator, and some of the letters had been scraped off the sign, so it just said ‘evato,’” Hailey says. “There were five of us, so we were like, ‘That’s our name for our art making.’ Twiggy was a graphic designer dabbling in

painting, Ginger and William were painters, Jason Marlow was a multimedia artist, and I was a photographer. We all got together and made a hotspot for collective art.” That mixed-use building was the nucleus of the neighborhood’s creative vibe. Fondren Corner residents bartered and exchanged energy. “It was like New York,” Williams-Cook says. “‘Loft living—this is so cool!’” Warm as those memories are, nostalgic like Technicolor (many of them were archived and time-stamped by Hailey’s lens), these four are still at work creating art that is more layered, mature and compelling than ever. “We’re here still. We exist, and we’re still doing things,” Lott says. But they aren’t in their 20s anymore, Toto. In this story, the canine companion is Minerva, Lott’s neurotic and irresistible Chihuahua. Their youthful personas have waned; not discarded, just outgrown. But the radioactive energy these harbingers of Fondren’s artistic vibe created during the mid 2000s—running down hallways, keeping watch over the neighborhood for break-ins from high atop the roof, collaborating at insane hours, and donning props and costumes (and yes, dirty lipstick) for impromptu photo shoots—has not disappeared. The elements of their creativity have realigned and reformed, through all the learning and life

and travel of a decade. “Probably from the outside, a lot of people looked at us as these rebellious, crazy artists, which we were in a lot of ways,” Goodman says. “But it started feeling good, at least for myself, when people started taking us seriously. It wasn’t just some game.” Ginger Williams-Cook is now married and a mother of a little girl named Eloise. Goodman has grown and advanced in his art making. Lott has a dedicated studio space and workshop where he paints, assembles, builds furniture and creates full time. And Hailey, a self-described wanderluster, is on the highways in his van (heading toward Amherst, Mass., when we spoke) on the tail end of a two-year documentary project, Photamerica, in which he has interviewed countless subjects from all walks and explored the folds and complexities of the nation. The presence of Williams-Cook’s daughter, Eloise, is one of the most drastic life changes for any of the four (although Lott’s paternal instincts showed as little Minerva sat on his lap and licked at his chin). “I’m incredibly focused and driven now,” she says. Even as we talked, her husband, Justin Cook, was back home taking care of Eloise, who is now about a year and a half old, making sure she didn’t try to eat a paintbrush like she did during her first art session. “I want to be authentic



Although they live in different areas of the city (and all around the country, in Josh Hailey’s case), the artists remain close.

With Josh Hailey behind the camera, Goodman, Williams-Cook and Lott often had impromptu photo shoots while living in Fondren Corner.

finding that creative pulse and energy and being authentic to that,” Williams-Cook says. “Not feeling like you have to live in New York.” “To this day, I feel I can’t live in another major metropolitan city and do my art full time,” Goodman adds. “We’re blessed that we have this place. Jackson’s never given up on us. I remember that, and I know that.” Meanwhile, Josh Hailey was somewhere five, 10, 15 states away. But even his absence from Jackson for the better part of two years is in service to his artistic vision with the goal of bringing back what he learns to the state. In 2011, Hailey took a job art directing a photography project for the Mississippi Development Authority documenting workers throughout the state, which he calls “the best damn job I’ve had in my life.” After that, he looked at the American landscape and saw the Occupy movement in full swing and a presidential election around the corner. “I was watching 10,000 kick starters happening, and I was like, ‘I’m not going to stand still,’” he says. “I can spend the same amount of money in my van and travel, do a documentary, make art and invest in trying to make the world a better place by talking to people.” Hailey made it through 35 of 50 states in 2012, supported by a successful crowd-funding campaign, and returned to Mississippi briefly to raise money for the final leg of his nationwide sojourn. “Here I am, about to finish up,” he tells me. “I’m bringing it back to Jackson in October, hopefully getting a storefront in Fondren, and putting a lot of effort into putting a showcase together for December to show all of this stuff from the good, the bad and the ugly in America.”

These four artists are strangely in tune with one another despite the distance of separate lives and projects. Without prompting, they speak of the same themes and philosophies and express fondness for the place where they started. “Jackson’s been good to the three of us,” Goodman says, sitting with the other two Projectors in Lott’s studio. Speaking later from his van, rumbling down the road, it is as if Hailey had been listening in. “I love my state,” he says. “And I always will.” Those years together in Fondren were central for all four artists. It wasn’t about the physical place, necessarily, though they found the perfect arena for creative experimentation. Their relationships with each other bond them together as they pursue individual endeavors. They became intertwined back then, like tributaries colliding, making waves. That will be part of their narratives even if they leave Jackson. But for now, it looks like they’ll be home for a while. Paint fades, photographs yellow, and pieces peel off our stories. Details drop out, and we replace them with new shades, making confabulated compounds of recollection. The mythology to those early Fondren Corner artists will always be around, though it may continue to change forms as they grow professionally. At roughly the same time as The Projectors’ mural at Walker’s vanished beneath fresh designs this summer, Goodman painted a mural downtown at Steve’s Downtown Deli & Bakery, the first he’d done in two years, as if to prove that energy is never made nor destroyed. Keep up with these artists at,, and 17

when I tell Eloise she can be anything she wants to be,” Williams-Cook says. “I want her to see art as part of her life.” Looking around the studio of Twiggy Lott, you’ll see furniture he created with another collaborator, Josh Bishop, out of salvaged industrial materials and discarded bits of metal and wood. These beaten-down scraps and structures have outlived their intended uses and find new purpose as polished artworks. Similarly, the subject matter of Lott’s paintings draws from that sensibility. “My art now is influenced by the very incessant decay of the South. When I think of my home, it’s junk cars sitting around rusting and old buildings,” Lott says. The inspiration that these four now find is heavily tied to home, but exploring new places invigorates it. Goodman references a recent trip and the sights that have seeped into his paintings. “I spent a couple weeks in Miami this summer. Visual stimulation everywhere,” he says. “Somebody had spent so much time doing a mural on one of the streets, and then someone rolled over some of it. Someone else had painted something else on top, and then that was rolled over. I’m looking at the paintings I’m doing right now as old walls that maybe somebody has written something on, and I’m trying to bring new life to it.” “I’ll find I’m influenced by what I’ve seen when I travel but not even really know it,” Lott says. “I’ll come back, and the way I see that influence is through my work. It’s a mirror for what I’ve experienced.” It isn’t about getting out of Mississippi. Rather, discovery of other cultures and climes becomes additive to the art scene in Jackson when the artists return. “It’s really about

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Exhibits and Openings Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • Grace Orsulak Art Exhibit, through Sept. 29. • JSU Faculty Art Exhibit, Oct. 1-31. • Mississippi World Trade Commission Student Art Exhibit, Oct. 1-31. Opening reception Oct. 8 from 3-6 p.m. • Redeemed: The Work of Sheila Malone, Nov. 1-30. The artist’s works profile women of the Bible.

beverages. Blankets and chairs welcome. Free admission, $5 and up for food. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition Oct. 5-Jan. 5. See watercolors from artists across the country in the public corridor. Free. • Recent Acquisitions Exhibit Oct. 12-Jan. Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry 12. See photographs, paintings and sculptures Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). $5, $4 seniors, recently added to the museum’s permanent $3 ages 5-18, $1 ages 3-4, children under 3 free; collection. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students, free for call 601-432-4500. members and children ages 5 and under. Events at Gallery1 (One University • An Italian Palate: Paintings by Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite Wyatt Waters Oct. 12-Jan. 12, in the 4). Call 601-960-9250. Barksdale Galleries. See 60 of Wyatt • For My People: A Tribute, through Waters’ watercolors, painted in Italy in Oct. 5. The art exhibit is a celebrasummer 2011. The paintings are feation of the lives of artist Elizabeth tured in Waters’ upcoming book with Catlett and author Margaret Walker. food writer Robert St. John. $5, $4 Tougaloo College curator Johnnie seniors, $3 students, free for members Maberry’s gallery talk is Sept. 12, and children ages 5 and under. 3:15-4 p.m. Free. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Events at Jackson State University Oct. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Yumi Park (1400 John R. Lynch St.). talks about pre-Columbian ceramics, • True Colors: A Higher Learning and David Moore performs using culArt Exhibition Sept. 26, 4:30turally related instruments he created. 7:30 p.m. See paintings from Tony Free The art museum’s After Hours series allows young professionals Davenport and George “Sky” Miles the chance to see exhibits after work. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover in Johnson Hall Gallery. Call 601Nov. 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Brent Fun979-2040; email derburk talks about Walter Anderson’s • “Scottsboro Boys”: The Fred art and reads from “A Symphony of • Hit and Miss Engine Show Sept. 13-14, Hiroshige Photographs Nov. 4-Dec. 13, in Animals.” Ensemble Polonaise performs excerpts 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy an exhibit of antique flythe Johnson Hall Art Gallery. The exhibit is a from composer Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Carwheel engines, antique tractors and antique cars. historical account of nine black youth who were nival of Animals.” Free. • Farm Families of Mississippi Exhibit. The falsely accused of rape in the 1930s. Opening • Italian Art from the Permanent Collection exhibit features information about Mississippi lecture Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Call 601-979-7036. through Jan. 12. See works on paper from artists agriculture, and includes interactive games and such as Canaletto, Simone Cantarini, Orazio Events at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, educational videos. Farinati and Girolamo Imperiale in the McCarty Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Foundation Gallery. Free. Free; call 601-497-7454; email om_peace2you@ Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Sept. 17, • John Hitchcock Art Exhibition, through Sept. • The Mummy Returns Oct. 1-31. The famous 5:30-7:30 p.m. David Rae Morris reads from 25. The artist uses large-scale prints to explore “mummy” returns again to greet her adoring Willis Morris’ book “My Mississippi” and speaks his relationship to community, land and culture. fans during the month of October. Call 601about his photography from the book. Free. • Andrew Burkitt Art Exhibition Sept. 30576-6920. • Museum After Hours Sept. 19, Oct. 31 and Oct. 30. The artist exhibits etchings, drawings • Pieces of the Past: Jackson Businesses Oct. 8Nov. 14, 5 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and on paper and small sculptures. Oct. 10, the colJan. 5. The rotating artifact exhibit includes artiexhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended lage and book-binding workshop is at 11 a.m., facts from the Lamar Life Insurance Company, for young professionals, but all ages welcome. and the gallery talk is at 6 p.m. in room AC215. Jitney Jungle and more. Call 601-576-6800. Admission varies per exhibit. • Danielle Peters and Andrew Burkitt Site-spe• “Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi • Town Creek Arts Festival Oct. 5, noon-6 p.m. cific Installation Oct. 10-30, in the Emerging History” Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. In the living history Enjoy art, crafts, food and music in the Art Space. The artists spend three days gathering program, come face-to-face with key figures who Garden. Children’s activities in the garden rooms debris on and near the Millsaps campus and shaped the history of the Old Capitol and the and the BankPlus Green. No outside food or assemble their findings with cut paper to form state of Mississippi. Call 601-576-6920. TRIP BURNS

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an installation. • Lindsey Landfried Art Exhibition Nov. 4Dec. 11. Experimenting at the intersection of drawing and sculpture, Landfried makes largescale works on folded paper. The gallery talk is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in room AC215.

Third Thursday Art Reception Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m., at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-2001. “This is Home”: Medgar Evers, Mississippi and the Movement 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. Call 601-576-6850. The Murder of Medgar Evers and “Where is the Voice Coming From?” through Dec. 15, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit is an examination of 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 601353-7762 to schedule a tour or 601-576-6850. Mississippi Watercolor Society Exhibit through Sept. 20, at Marie Hull Gallery (Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus, Katherine Denton Art Building, 501 E. Main St, Raymond). The theme is “Selected Works from Current Members.” Call 601-857-3276. Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan through Nov. 6, at Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). See works from 10 Taiwanese artists. Call 601-979-7036. Cedars Juried Art Exhibition through Sept. 27, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation hosts the annual exhibition of two- and threedimensional works. Call 601-981-9606. Pastel Society of Mississippi Art Exhibit through Oct. 29, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). Exhibitors include Cecilia Baker, Sallie Schott, Lyn Smith and Susan Mayfield. The opening reception is Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m. Call 601432-4056; email Museum Groundbreaking Oct. 24, 10 a.m., at 200 North St. Celebrate the groundbreaking of the future site of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The two museums are scheduled to open in 2017. Call 601-576-6850. 6HHDQGDGGPRUHHYHQWVDWMISHYHQWVFRP

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Events at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). $15, $10 seniors, students and military (tickets sold at; call 601664-0930; email • “Charlotte’s Web” Sept. 26-28, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 29, 2 p.m., and Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. The play is based on E.B. White’s popular book about a friendship between a pig and a spider. • “Annie: The Musical” Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 17, 2 p.m., Nov. 22-23, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 24, 2 p.m. The play is based on the Broadway show about an orphan who goes from rags to riches.

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Events at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.), in the Studio Theatre. • Fall Dance Concert Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 14, 11 a.m.; and Nov. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of choreography from dance faculty and guest artists. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-974-6494. • DOXA Dance Concert Nov. 21-22, 6:30 p.m. The event highlights emerging young creative artists’ choreography and performance. Doors open at 6 p.m. $2, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414.


Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Call 601-965-7026. • “Ice Island” Sept. 19-21 and Sept 25-28 at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 21 and 28 at 2 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. The play is about Sir Ernest Shackleton’s failed attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-7026. • Poetry Reading: Julie Kane Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m., in the Student Center Theater. Kane is the current Louisiana Poet Laureate, and her most recent collection is called “Jazz Funeral.” Doors open at 5 p.m. Call 601-965-7026. • “Johanne d’Arc” Oct. 24-26, Oct. 30-31, and Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 2 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. The play is a depiction of the life of Joan of Arc. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees. • Evening of One Acts Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m. in Blackbox Theatre. The seventh annual event includes original short plays and desserts. Proceeds from dessert sales go to benefit Belhaven’s Iota Upsilon chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honorary society. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-965-7026. Events at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Call 601-825-1293. $15,

$10 seniors, students, children and military (cash or check). • “God’s Favorite” Sept. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 8, 2 p.m.; Sept. 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; and Sept. 15, 2 p.m. The Neil Simon comedy is a modernday Job story. • “Winnie the Pooh” Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 2123, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, 2 p.m. The play is based on A.A. Milne’s popular children’s books. Reservations recommended. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at McCoy Auditorium. Call 601979-7036. • Step Afrika! Sept. 11, 9 a.m. Step Afrika!, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, gives an arts education workshop with students. $15, $5 JSU students, $50 signature event season ticket. • “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” Sept. 26-30, 7:30 p.m. The play is a revealing and funny examination of the life of an upwardly mobile, middle-class black family. Free. • “Ruined” Nov. 7-11, 7:30 p.m. Set in a mining town in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the play follows Mama Nadi, a businesswoman in a

land torn apart by civil war. Free. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222. • “Sherlock Homes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club” Sept. 10-14 and Sept. 18-21, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 15 and Sept. 22, 2 p.m. The comic mystery thriller is about the famous detective joining a suicide club. • “The Grapes of Wrath” Oct. 22-26, and Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2 p.m. The play based on Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel is about a poor family’s move to California to find a better life. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $20-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800745-3000. • Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Oct. 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Broadway musical is based on the popular animated film. • “Chicago: The Musical” Nov. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. Set in the Jazz Age, the Tony Award-winning musical is about two women performers accused of murder.

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repare Now for the Zombie Apoca- attending Hinds Community College at lypse! On Oct. 26, as part of the the time, was an extra. Some of the theatfourth annual Mississippi Interna- rical trailers for the films can be found on tional Film Festival, the festival website. zombies and their The festival is attendant goons will $10 per day per peroverrun the Russell C. son. On Saturday, stuDavis Planetarium for dents from area colthe annual Zombie leges get in free with Ball. The best zombie college IDs. “The or goon costume will prices are kept low by receive a prize. corporate sponsorship Beginning Friday because I want everynight and continuing one interested in filmall day Saturday, the making or acting to festival will screen films be able to get together from countries all over and meet each other,” the world including says Edward Saint Iran, Germany and JaPe’, the director and pan. Friday night, the The Mississippi International founder of the festival. festival will pay tribute Film Festival celebrates 40 Additionally, on Satyears of the state’s film office. to Ward Emling, the urday in the Planetaricurrent director of the um lobby, experienced film office, and the 40th anniversary of artists will teach a series of workshops on the Mississippi Film Office. The Friday acting, screenwriting and the A-to-Zs of night program will center around one of taking a film from concept to the final the films made in Mississippi after the cre- product. Workshops are $5 each. The ation of the film office, called “The Pre- 2013 Awards Brunch is in the planning monition.” The 1976 horror movie was a stage. More details will be released soon. modest success. Emling has a small speak- Go to role and Gov. Phil Bryant, who was fest for more information. ALLIE JORDAN

Dinner and a Movie, 6 p.m., at Jefferson Street, Clinton. Movies start at dusk. Free admission, food prices vary; call 601-924-5472; email • Sept. 20, enjoy food from 303 Jefferson and the movie “Remember the Titans.” • Oct. 4, enjoy food from Garden to Fire and the movie “My Dog Skip.” • Oct. 18, enjoy food from Pimento’s Cafe and the movie “Tangled.” • Nov. 1, enjoy food from LurnyD’s and the movie “The Goonies.”

“I Didn’t See THAT Coming” Dinner Theater. The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the comedy. Includes cocktails before the show (separate price) and a three-course meal. For ages 18 and up. RSVP. $49; call 601-937-1752. • Oct. 20, 6-9 p.m., at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). • Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m., at Char (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Screen on the Green, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). 5:30 p.m., in the Art Garden. Enjoy a cash bar, concessions and a movie at dusk. Free; call 601-960-1515. • Sept. 12, see “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” • Oct. 31, see “Night of the Living Dead.” • Nov. 14, see “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Poetry and Soul Sept. 14, 6-9:30 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in Suite 3415. Arts Klassical is the host. Express yourself through poetry or song at the open-mic event. Call 769-257-6413 or 662-380-2811; email Windy City Wind Down Comedy Show Sept. 21, 6-8 p.m., at Word and Worship Church (6286 Hanging Moss Road). Comedians include Stephon, Lady Lunchabell and Barry Brewer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets also sold through Ticketmaster. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-713-3597 or 708-625-5724. “The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975” Film Screening Oct. 3, 6 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Göran Hugo Olsson’s film is about the evolution of the Black Power Movement. Free; call 601960-9250. “Les Misérables” Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-19, 7 p.m.; Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, 2 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton), at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall. The Department of Music’s production is based on author Victor Hugo’s 1862 French historical novel. $15, $10 students; call 601-925-3440. Parlour of Nightmares Burlesque Show Oct. 26, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). The Reverend Spooky Le Strange and her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls perform at the Halloween-themed show. For ages 18 and up. Advance tickets. $20, $30 VIP; Art, Poetry and Justice Slam Oct. 26, 6-10 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). At the Bennie G. Thompson Center in the auditorium. Hosts include the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Children’s Defense Fund. Youth express themselves through poetry or art with a theme of youth justice. Prizes given. Participants must register. Free; call 601-291-4060. “Forbidden Fruit” Nov. 2, 7 p.m., and Nov. 3, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Alamo Theater (333 N. Farish St.). J. Lee Productions’ play is about a married couple’s struggle with avoiding infidelity. Admission TBA; “The Old Maid and the Thief” Nov. 5 and Nov. 7, at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Opera performs. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-960-2300.

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Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2500. • Boo at the Zoo Oct. 25-26 and Oct. 31, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy live music, face painting, a haunted train ride, hay rides, a lighted carousel, games, treats and more. Admission TBA. • Harvest Festival Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy games, rides, food and more. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under, additional fee for some rides.

experiments, arts and crafts, and trick-or-treating. Costumes welcome. Members must pay admission. $6; call 601-981-5469 or 601-576-6000. Haunting of Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Oct. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m. For ages 10 and up. $3. Call 601-924-6082. Haunting of Olde Towne Oct. 31, 6-8:30 p.m., at Olde Towne Clinton (Jefferson and West Leake streets, Clinton). The carnival includes hayrides, a rock wall, a costume contest and food. $2 or $1 plus one canned good; call 601924-6082.

Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). • Handworks Holiday Market Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Octoberfriends Shop handmade gifts from Oct. 31, 4:30-5:30 p.m., more than 140 exhibitors. at Ridgeland Public Reservations required for Library (397 Highway 51, groups. $7, children 12 and Ridgeland). Enjoy tales under free, $5 per person in from storyteller Doris Jones. groups of 12 or more; call Call 601-856-4536. 205-937-4834. Fondren Unwrapped • Mistletoe Marketplace Nov. 21, 5-8 p.m., in Nov. 7-8, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fondren. The holiday event and Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Every fall, the Old Capital includes a visit from Santa, More than 100 vendors sell Mummy returns to set the a Christmas-tree lighting their wares at the annual tone for Halloween. with carols at Duling Green, shopping event. $10, $20 shopping and dining. Call three-day pass, $5 children 601-981-9606. ages 6-12 and seniors; call 601-948-2357 or Turkey Day 8K Nov. 28, 7 a.m., at Fleet Feet 800-380-2870; Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 9-25, at Mississippi Ridgeland). The race includes a quarter-mile kids’ Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakefun run. Space limited; no race day registration. land Drive). Enjoy a hayride, tours of the Heritage $25, free fun run; call 601-899-9696. Center, 4 H Museum and barnyard, snacks and Music in the City and Lighting of the Bethpicking pumpkins. Groups must RSVP. Call 601lehem Tree Dec. 3, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi 432-4500 for times and prices. Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark The Park After Dark Oct. 25, 5:30-9 p.m., at Grand Hall. The program at 5:45 p.m. includes Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 the lighting of the Bethlehem Tree and music Riverside Drive) and the Mississippi Children’s from the St. Andrew’s Cathedral Parish Choir. Museum (2145 Highland Dr.). Enjoy science Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515.

Farmers Markets

Jump Start Jackson Fall Farmers Market Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Nov. 2, at Lake Hico Park (4801 Watkins Drive). Open 8 a.m.-noon. Call 601-898-0000, ext. 118; email 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 601353-1633. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. through Oct. 10. Call 601-898-0212.

Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Oct. 26. Call 601373-4545. 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. Call 601987-6783. Canton Farmers Market, at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton), on the courthouse green. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon until the end of harvest. Call 601-859-5816. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open Thursdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. -2 p.m. through Dec. 21. Call 601-354-6573. 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 Jefferson Street, Clinton, in front of City Hall. Call 601-924-5472; email •Olde Towne Fall Market Oct. 12, 9 a.m.1 p.m. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton. •Olde Towne Holiday Market Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Shop for gifts at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton.

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Music Events at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). $3 additional change for patrons under 21. Doors open one hour prior to performances. Call 601292-7121; â&#x20AC;˘ Air Review Sept. 13, 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Jim White Oct. 2, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ The Main Squeeze Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $8 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Edwin McCain Oct. 5, 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Valerie June Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Mission South Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ The Howlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Brothers Oct. 26, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Coheed and Cambria Nov. 6, 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $35 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Rosco Bandana Nov. 8, 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bravo I: Mendelssohnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Violin Concertoâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs. $20 and up; call 601960-1565.

â&#x20AC;˘ Rock Legends Sept. 21, 2-3:30 p.m. The concert allows the audience to vote for the songs that they want the singers to perform. $20$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000. â&#x20AC;˘ The Black Crowes Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Reserved seating. $39.50-$65; call 800-745-3000. â&#x20AC;˘ Mississippi Mass Choirâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ninth Live Recording Oct. 17, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. $10$20; call 800-745-3000. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music of Lennon and McCartneyâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra shares the stage with the band Classical Mystery Tour to perform music from the legendary former Beatles. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bravo II: Verdiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Requiemâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance features the combined choirs of the University of Mississippi and international singers Othalie Graham, Catherine Keen, John Pickle and Mark Walters. $20 and up; call 601960-1565. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pops I: The Streisand Songbookâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance features cabaret singer Ann Hampton Callaway performing some of Barbara Streisandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hits. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565.

Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $3 service charge at the door for ticket holders under age 21. Doors open one hour prior to performances.Call 601-292-7121; â&#x20AC;˘ David Cook Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. All-ages show $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $50 VIP. â&#x20AC;˘ Son Volt Sept. 19, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Willie Sugarcapps Sept. 20, 8:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Paul Thorn Sept. 27, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ An Evening with Leo Kottke Oct. 4, 8 p.m. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Casey Donahew Band Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Street Corner Symphony Oct. 11, 9 p.m. Allages show. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ Jason Isbell Oct. 21, 8 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. â&#x20AC;˘ The Bright Light Social Hour Nov. 4, 8 p.m. $10. â&#x20AC;˘ Sarah Jarosz Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Symphony at Sunset Sept. 19, 7 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton

Road). Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Reserved seating with dinner available for sponsors. Call 601-981-9606. Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). â&#x20AC;˘ Faculty and Artist-in-Residence Piano Recital Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601974-6494. â&#x20AC;˘ Community Dance Concert Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414. â&#x20AC;˘ Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds I Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601974-6494. â&#x20AC;˘ Orchestras, Strings and Choir Concert Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601-974-6494. â&#x20AC;˘ Belhaven Cabaret Night Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., in Blackbox Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601-974-6494. â&#x20AC;˘ Instrumental Arts Concert Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 601-974-6494. more MUSIC, see page 24

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Music, from page 22 â&#x20AC;˘ Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds II Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. The Belhaven Piano Trio performs. Members include cellist Bennett Randman, violinist Song Xie and pianist Dr. Stephen Sachs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10, $5 seniors, free for students with ID and Belhaven employees; call 601-974-6494. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Call 601-979-7036. â&#x20AC;˘ Black Violin Oct. 2, noon, and Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at McCoy Auditorium. The ensemble offers a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music. The master class with students is Oct. 2 at noon, and the performance is at 7 p.m. $15, $5 JSU students, $50 signature event season ticket. â&#x20AC;˘ Faculty Recital Nov. 7, 7 p.m., at F.D. Hall Music Center in the recital hall. Free. â&#x20AC;˘ JSU Jazz Ensemble II Concert Nov. 12, 7 p.m., at F.D. Hall Music Center in the recital hall. Free. â&#x20AC;˘ Jazz Ensemble I Nov. 14, 7 p.m., at F.D. Hall Music Center in the recital hall. Free. Dance for Peace Sept. 21, 11 p.m., at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). The concert is in honor of International Peace Day. Perform-

ers include Sunny Ridell, and Sorrento Ussery and the Midnighters Band. No cover before 11:59 p.m., $10 after; call 601-983-1148; email

El Obo, Tony Presley of Real Live Tigers and Hunter Stewart Sept. 28, 8-10 p.m., at Morningbell Records and Studios (Duling Hall, 622 Duling Ave., Suite 205A). All-ages show. Free; call 769-233-7468. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chamber I: Brandenburg 3â&#x20AC;? Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance features some of its members as soloists. Enjoy pieces from Vivaldi and Telemann, and Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. $16; call 601-960-1565. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chamber II: The Music of Gluck, Haydn, Puccini and Respighiâ&#x20AC;? Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance features music from Gluckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orfeo, Respighiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ancient Airs and

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Dances, Pucciniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Crisantimi for Strings and a concerto from Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters composition winner Shandy Phillips. $16; call 601-960-1565. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The British Are Coming!â&#x20AC;? Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., at St. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Can-

other vinyl swaps. The swap is held three times a year. Since 2010, the event has become more popular with the recent resurgence of vinyl. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown from two vendors and only 15 people coming to now two dozen vendors setting up, with about 200 people attending. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grown every time I do it,â&#x20AC;? Rollins says. To sell records at the swap, simply sign up online at It is $25 per space to sell records and $10 per table if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring you own. While the most common genres to swap are indie rock, punk and psychedelic rock, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see other genres such as hiphop, soul, R&B, jazz and funk. Admission is $5 for early birds, who get to shop the records first. General admission is $2, and kids under 12 can attend free with an adult. Call 601-376-9404 to volunteer.

ton Road). The Jackson Choral Society performs the music of Britten, Byrd, Tallis, Handel and Vaughan Williams, and folk songs from the British Isles. $10, $8 seniors and students; call 601927-9604; email jacksonchoralsociety@

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Events at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Call 601-924-6082. • Artsy Crafts Sept. 16, 6-8 p.m. Kids ages 6 and up with special needs make crafts. RSVP. Free. • Bow and Wreath-Making Workshop Registration. Nov. 5, 6 p.m. Materials included. For ages 13 and up. Register by Nov. 1. $40. • Ornament-Making Workshop Registration. Nov. 14, 6-8 p.m. Parents must accompany children under age 5. Register by Nov. 1. $10. • Elf Workshop Registration. The toy-making class is Dec. 13 from 6-9:30 p.m. For ages 13 and up. Register by Nov. 1. $5-$10. Events at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Call 601-213-6355. • Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes. Options include salsa, Zumba, bachata and hip-hop. Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, the free salsa lesson is at 9 p.m. Fee paid per class. • Hip Hop: Choreography and Techniques Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Choreographer Roger L. Long is the instructor. All ages welcome. $10. The Science Behind Roman Frescoes Oct. 4, 12:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Dr. Hilary Becker of Ole Miss is the facilitator. Learn how to make a fresco using ancient techniques. Registration required. Call 601-974-1294. Photography Class Oct. 19, 8-9:30 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Take pictures of zoo animals to learn how to improve your camera skills. For ages 16 and up. Registration required. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240. Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). • Painting with Pastels Friday, 9:30 a.m.-

Irish Dancing in the Capital by Alexis Moody


he Mostly Monthly Céilí series is a a (solo or group set) of Irish traditional Sunday night event that brings the dancing, depending on who is there,” art of the Irish jig to Jackson. Bishop says. The Jackson The céilís are open Irish Dancers host to all ages and skill levthe series. els. The Jackson Irish “I lived in IreDancers don’t focus land for a while and on competition-level came up with the dancing, but on evidea,” says Catheryone enjoying the erine Sherer Bishop, experience. Local Irish a Jackson Irish musicians tend to stop Dancers instructor. by for to give some “Ben Cody, musical treats. They the manager (of bring along an Irish Fenian’s Pub) at Learn to dance an Irish jig at the music-inspired instruthe time, offered to Jackson Irish Dancers’ mostly ment or a new song to open up the pub monthly céilís. try out. on Sundays once a “It is a social gathmonth for the céilí.” ering that is fun, with an opportunity A céilí is an Irish social gather- to participate in some Irish dancing,” ing, usually with music and dancing. Bishop says. The dancers have performed at Fenian’s Dancing goes on from 2 p.m. to since 2005. They show off an array of 5 p.m. on Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17. Irish dances, depending on what guests Admission is free, and beginners are welcome. are interested in. “It can be any or all, For more information, visit

noon. Topics include wet and dry methods, using a watercolor underpainting and working with photos. Registration required. $65 per month; call 601-856-1802; email • Thread, Yarn, Crochet and Coffee Group. Enjoy an afternoon of working on fiber projects on second and fourth Mondays from 1:303 p.m. Bring supplies. Free; call 601-856-6876. • Country Line-Dancing Class. 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. Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St, Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997; email • River Kids Thursday, 4-5:15 p.m. through Nov. 21, in the Academy Building. The 13week after-school arts program allows children in grades 1-6 to explore the Mississippi River through the arts. • Intermediate Chalk-Based Paint Workshop Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Teri Taylor Roddy is the instructor. Learn about multilayer finishes. All skill levels welcome. Limit of 12 students; registration required. $150, $140 members. • Tailgating Cooking Workshop Sept. 23, 5:307:30 p.m. William Furlong teaches the class in the Academy Building. $35, $30 members.

Oil Painting Classes, at Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Pat Walker teaches the class Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-855-0107 for prices; email Adult Acrylic Painting Class, at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor teaches the class on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. $15; call 601-992-6405. Preschool Picassos Friday-Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class; call 601-499-5278. Bread Baking Class Sept. 22, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15, 1-6 p.m., at Gil’s Bread (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 500, Ridgeland). Students receive a bench knife and apron, and get to take home the bread they bake. Limit of 10 students. Registration required. $125 per session; call 601-863-6935; email Fiber Folks (Ages 10 and Up) Sept. 19, 3:305 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Enjoy developing fiber skills such as spinning, weaving, knitting and felting. Registration required. Call 601-856-2749. Art Junction (Grades 1-5) Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 and Nov. 21, 4-5 p.m., at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Meets on third Thursdays. Call 601-856-4536.

Sponsored Events Jackson 2000 Friendship Golf Outing Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). The shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m., and lunch is at 1 p.m. Door prizes included. Proceeds benefit Jackson 2000, an organization devoted to racial harmony. Sponsorships available. $125 individual (will be matched to a team), $500 team of four; call 601-9483071 or 601-957-0434. Purple for Peace Gala Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The annual event includes a silent auction and dinner. The guest speaker is Deborah D. Tucker, executive director of the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. $30; call 601-981-9196; email BankPlus International Gumbo Festival Sept. 28, noon, at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). Includes a gumbo cook-off and music from the Wild Magnolias, the Honey Island Swamp Band, Good Enough for Good Times, Star and Micey, Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition, and Southern Halo. Benefits the Harold T. White Memorial Scholarship Fund. $10 (advance tickets), cooking team registration fee starts at $200; call 601-292-7121 or 601-832-3020. WellsFest Sept. 28, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). The annual event includes a 5K race at 8 a.m., a pet parade at 9 a.m., and a festival at 10 a.m. with food, children’s activities, music, a silent auction and vendors. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Free admission, fees apply for race; call 601-353-0658. Jackson Restaurant Week 2013 Sept. 29Oct. 18, at participating local Jackson restaurants. Dine at participating restaurants by ordering from the Restaurant Week menu, and vote at the end of the meal for one of five selected charities to receive $10,000. Food prices vary. Jacktoberfest Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., on Congress Street between Amite and Capitol streets. The annual street festival includes concerts, a craft beer competition and refreshments for sale such as bratwurst, burgers and drinks. Free admission; Jackson 2000 Dialogue Circles Program Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Professional Staffing Group (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 330). The program includes six two-hour sessions of dialogue and problem-solving to encourage racial harmony and community involvement. Six-week commitment required. Email

Events at Allison’s Wells School of Arts and Crafts (147 N. Union St., Canton). Includes demonstrations and individual help. Registration required. All skill levels welcome. Bring an easel. Call 601-855-0107; email • Figurative Painting Workshop Sept. 13-15 Daniel Bilmes is the instructor. $395. • Plein Air Painting Workshop Oct. 25-27. Stapleton Kearns is the instructor. $425.



Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469. • Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Children create puppets and give shows. • Get Crafty Tuesdays. The museum offers workshops every half hour. • Meet the Masters Thursdays, in the Outside the Lines Studio. Workshops every 30 minutes. • Little Hands Can Wednesday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The art program allows toddlers to work with a variety of materials. Sessions every 30 minutes. •Visiting Artist: Tony Davenport Sept. 22, 1-4 p.m. Study Davenport’s “The Art of Cool.” • Visiting Artist: Roz Roy Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The local artist gives a workshop on finger painting. • Global Cardboard Challenge Oct. 5, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Children use their imagination to create anything they want from cardboard. • Halloween Arts and Crafts Oct. 19, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Create festive Halloween art and crafts.


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Literary Literary and Signings “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Discussion Series at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Sessions are from 6-7:30 p.m. Free; call 601979-2055 or 601-432-6752. • Sept. 12, Dr. Robert Luckett and Dr. Berthrone Mock-Muhammad lead the discussion on Terry Alford’s book “Prince Among Slaves.” • Oct. 10, Dr. Loye Ashton leads the discussion on Eboo Patel’s book “Acts of Faith.” • Nov. 14, Imam Plemon T. El-Amin leads the discussion on Edward Curtis’ book “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States.”

September 11 - 17, 2013

Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” Sept. 11, 5 p.m. Bob Shacochis signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • “Rivers” Sept. 12, 5 p.m. Michael Farris Smith signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love” Sept. 13, 4 p.m. Nancy Tillman signs books. $17.99 book. • “Moonrise” Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Cassandra King signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book.


• “The Maid’s Version” Sept. 19, 5 p.m. Daniel Woodrell signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “Mud Season” Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Ellen Stimson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $23.95 book. • “The Education of a Lifetime” Sept. 24, 3 p.m. Robert Khayat signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Charlie Goes to School” Sept. 25, 5 p.m. Ree Drummond signs books. $17.99 book. • “Lookaway, Lookaway” Sept. 25, 5 p.m. Wilton Barnhardt signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • “The Morning Star” Sept. 26, 5 p.m. Robin Bridges signs books. $17.99 book. • “Church Street: The Sugar Hill of Jackson, Mississippi” Sept. 28, 1 p.m. Grace B. Sweet and Benjamin Bradley sign books. $19.99 book. • “Every Day is Election Day” Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Rebecca Sive signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $17.95 book. • “The Tilted World” Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin sign books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography” Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Charles C. Bolton signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book.

• “Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, a Memoir” Oct. 11, 5 p.m. Tim Parrish signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • “The Jumper” Oct. 11, 5 p.m. Tim Parrish signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “The Grimm Conclusion” Oct. 14, 5 p.m. Adam Gitwitz signs books. $16.99 book. • “Will in Scarlet” Oct. 15, 5 p.m. Matthew Cody signs books. $16.99 book. • “Restrike” Oct. 15, 5 p.m. Reba White Williams signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $12 book. • “Local Souls” Oct. 16, 5 p.m. Allan Gurganus signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Mr. Wuffles!” Oct. 18, 5 p.m. David Wiesner signs books. $17.99 book. • “The Rules for Disappearing” Oct. 19, 1 p.m. Ashley Elston signs books. $16.99 book. • “The Funeral Dress” Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Susan Gregg Gilmore signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $16 book. • “Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912” Oct. 22, 5 p.m. Gerard Helferich signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28.95 book. • “Men We Reaped: A Memoir” Oct. 23, 5 p.m.

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Jesmyn Ward signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $23 book. “Teardrop” Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Lauren Kate signs books. $18.99 book. “The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son” Nov. 2, 3:30 p.m. Pat Conroy signs books. Reading at 5 p.m. $28.95 book. “Paperboy” Nov. 4, 4 p.m. Vince Vawter signs books. $16.99 book. “Sailing to Alluvium” Nov. 7, 5 p.m. John Pritchard signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book. “New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Set” Nov. 13, 5 p.m. Editors such as Jimmy Thomas and Ann Abadie sign books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $600 set. “Want Not” Nov. 14, 5 p.m. Jonathan Miles signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. Lemuria Story Time Saturday, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free.

Events at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Call 662-236-2262. • “The Maid’s Version” Sept. 11, 5 p.m. Daniel Woodrell signs books. $25 book. • “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Bob Shacochis signs books. $28 book.


Literary • “Moonrise” Sept. 16, 5 p.m. Cassandra King signs books. $14.99 book. • “Men We Reaped: A Memoir” Sept. 17, 5 p.m. Jesmyn Ward signs books. $26 book. • “The Purchase” Sept. 19, 6 p.m. Linda Spalding signs books. $25.95 book. • “Mud Season” Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Ellen Stimson signs books. $23.95 book. • “Lookaway, Lookaway” Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Wilton Barnhardt signs books. $25.99 book. • “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi” Oct. 8, 5 p.m. Charles C. Bolton signs books. $35 book. • “The Outcasts” Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Kathleen Kent signs books. $26 book. • “Local Souls” Oct. 17, 6 p.m. Allan Gurganus signs books. $25.95 book. • “The Double” Oct. 24, 6 p.m. George Pelecanos signs books. $26 book. • “Southern as a Second Language” Oct. 25, 5 p.m. Lisa Patton signs books. $24.99 book. Youth Storytelling Club (Grades 2 and Up) Sept. 12, 3:30-5 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Learn techniques for effective storytelling. Call 601856-2749.

“Grant at Vicksburg: The General and the Siege” Sept. 14, 2 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St, Vicksburg). Michael Ballard signs books. $32.95 book; call 601634-8624. Robert Khayat Lecture and Book Signing Sept. 25, noon, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the SCH Convent. Khayat discusses and signs his book, “The Education of a Lifetime.” Khayat is a former chancellor of Ole Miss and president of the NCAA Foundation. Free admission, $24.95 book; call 601-634-8624 or 601-631-2997; email or Southern Writers Program Oct. 1, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Speakers include Michael Kardos (“The Three Day Affair”) and Matthew Guinn (“The Resurrectionist”). $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130. “An Italian Palate” Book Signing Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Artist Wyatt Waters and restaurateur Robert St. John sign copies of the cookbook. Free admission, book for sale; call 601-960-1515.

Blooming Book Club by ShaWanda Jacome


ackson writer Eudora Welty inspired During meetings, members are welcome to the name of the Cereus Readers bring their lunch. book club, pronounced “serious.” The schedule for this fall includes three She and her friends would come together meetings. On Sept. 26 at noon: A listening to watch the annual night-blooming of of Eudora Welty reading “Keela, the Outthe cereus flower. They cast Indian Maiden” called themselves the with discussion. On “The Night-BloomingOct. 24 at noon: Cereus Club.” Hunter Cole, friend The Cereus Readers and scholar of Eubook club gives people dora Welty, is the a place to gather to read guest speaker. On and discuss the writing of Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.: Eudora Welty and other This event will books that inspired the open with a talk on author. “I think the best reading and collectthing about our book Eudora Welty’s night-blooming ing Eudora Welty’s club is the range of read- Cereus flowers inspired a reading work. Lemuria will ers in our group,” says club at Lemuria Books. display a special colbook club coordinator lection of Eudora Lisa Newman. “We have Welty books—from members who had never read Eudora trade to fine first editions. Welty’s work before and members who are The club will not meet in December, scholars of her work. Some were even dear but will resume on Jan. 23 at noon with friends of Miss Welty. Everyone contrib- the new titles posted on the Cereus Readers utes a unique perspective.” page at The books the club reads are available For more information about the club, at Lemuria Books, where Cereus Readers call Lisa Newman at 601-366-7619 or email receive a 10 percent discount on purchases. COURTESY LEMURIA

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Be The Change

Events at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). • An Evening with the Sickle Stars Gala Sept. 20, 7 p.m. This year’s honorees are Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Young of New Hope Baptist Church. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation. $80, $650 table of eight; call 601-366-5874. • 25th Anniversary Bottom Line for Kids Benefit Dinner and Auction Sept. 24, 6:309:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, a nonprofit that supports abused, neglected and abandoned children. $100; call 601-354-0983; email • Champagne & Chocolate: A Garden Party Sept. 27, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy champagne, chocolate, music and dancing. Wear garden-party attire; the best-dressed couple wins a prize. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Burn Foundation. $50, $500 table of eight; call 601-540-2995. • Salute to Our Heroes Gala Sept. 28, 6 p.m. The annual event includes a silent auction, a cash bar, a buffet and an awards ceremony. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Brain Injury Association. Golf tournament: $150, $600 team, Gala: $125, sponsorships available; call 601-981-1021. The Blender: Volume 4 Sept. 13, 9 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Performers include the Vintage Noize Crew, the Southern Komfort Brass Band, That Scoundrel and Kamikaze. Proceeds go toward medical expenses for performer James Crow’s wife, Helena Walker Brown. Doors open at 8 p.m. $5; call 601-720-3422; email

September 11 - 17, 2013

Light the Night Walk Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The annual walk benefits the Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Call 601-956-7447.


Project Homeless Connect Service Fair Sept. 17-19, at Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.) and Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The city of Jackson, Partners to End Homelessness, member agencies and local service organizations provide services and outreach to help homeless individuals connect to resources and services. Call 601-969-5208; email Mothers and Women for Peace Sept. 18-20, at multiple Jackson locations. Arts Klassical is the host. Includes dinners, a conference and entertainment from comedian Ms. Tisdell, percus-

sionist Lady Tambourine and bluesman Sunny Ridell. Psychologist and author Dr. Umar Johnson is the keynote speaker. Call 601-380-2811 or 769-251-2017 for specifics.

awards ceremony, music from Jessie Primer III and more. Proceeds benefit Dress for Success Metro Jackson. For ages 21 and up. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601-364-1755 or 601-364-1722; email

Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m., at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). Proceeds benefit Baptist Cancer Services’ Serenity Garden for cancer patients and their families. Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles; rest stops included. Lunch served after. Registration required. $50; call 601-968-1038.

Michael Rubenstein Memorial Kidney Walk Oct. 5, 9-10:30 a.m., at Mississippi Kidney Foundation (3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 110). Raise at least $100 for a chance to play the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop and win $1,000. Children and dogs welcome. Call 601-981-3611.

Cure Sickle Cell Foundation’s Walk, Run and Ride Sept. 22, at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Proceeds benefit the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. $20, $15 per team member (group of 10 or more), call 601-853-3402; email

Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes Oct. 6, 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. Pets and super hero costumes welcome. Registration required. Fundraising encouraged. $20, $75 with T-shirt; call 877-DFM-CURE.

WellsFest Art Night Sept. 24, 5:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The art preview is at 5:30 p.m., and the live auction is at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Free admission, art for sale; call 601-353-0658.

A Voice of Hope Gala Oct. 12, 6 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The keynote speaker is actress Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House”). Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. $75, $100 premium seating; call 601914-9213 or 601-566-1938; email mindiphillips@

Madison House Party Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m., at the home of Susan and Tony Bailey (call for address). The fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Capital Area includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Call 601-353-6060. Little Black Dress with a Tie on the Red Carpet Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the museum and the Art Garden. Includes refreshments, a silent auction, an

Blues by Starlight Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The annual fundraiser with refreshments, a silent auction, music and more benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Jesse Robinson headlines the concert. $100; call 601-969-7088, ext. 25; email

Scarecrow Cruise and Car Show Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Oct. 19, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Proceeds benefit Hope Hollow Ministries and the Mississippi SIDS Alliance. Free to spectators, car registration: $20 by Oct. 7, $25 after, $12 license plate; call 601-259-5248 or 601906-1196; email or Walk to Cure Diabetes Oct. 19, 10 a.m., at Mayes Lake at LeFleur’s Bluff (115 Lakeland Terrace). Registration is at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Call 601-981-1184. Partners to End Homelessness’ Second Annual ’70s Disco Ball Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive), in Fowler Hall. The annual fundraiser includes music, dancing, silent auction, raffles, food and cocktails. Sponsorships available. For ages 21 and up. $35 in advance, $40 at the door; call 601213-5301; email Metro Jackson Heart Walk Nov. 2, 9 a.m., at location TBA. Check-in and other activities begin at 8 a.m. The 5K walk benefits the American Heart Association. Walkers who raise a minimum of $100 receive a T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-321-1209; email Medals4Mettle Medal Drive at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to those with debilitating illnesses. Call 601-899-9696.

Greek Goodness by Tam Curley


hen George Chuck Patterson’s Weekend, which he founded and chairs. grandmother, Viola Donaldson, This year, the sixth annual citywide event died of multiple myeloma, (a is Sept. 19-22. type of blood cancer), her battle had a huge He began the event to bring together impact on his life. He noticed a lack of Greek organizations and focus on issues awareness about that have been afsickle cell anemia, fecting people in a disease that afthe Jackson area. fects more AfriSo far, mostly hiscan-Americans torically black frathan any other ternities and sororigroup, so he beties participate, but came involved in Patterson’s goal is outreach efforts to involve all Greek to teach others Mississippi Greek Weekend is a chance for organizations. about the dis- Greek organizations to band together to The Missisease. “I have been raise money and awareness about sickle sippi Greek Weekcell anemia. given purpose by end’s fundraising the type of work efforts benefit the we do. I try to use every opportunity to Cure Sickle Cell Foundation and the Light educate every person I come into contact the Night Walk, which is the Leukemia & with,” Patterson says. Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising One of the ways Patterson raises walk to help those battling cancer. awareness is through the Mississippi Greek Parties will be at the M-Bar (6340 COURTESY GEORGE CHUCK PATTERSON

Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Pink Tie Gala Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m. The black-tie event includes a silent auction, a VIP reception and a three-course dinner. Proceeds benefit the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Sponsorships available. $50, $400 table of eight, VIP: $100, $800 table of eight; call 601-932-3999. • Women of Vision Luncheon and Tribute Book Event Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Women’s Fund of Mississippi honors 10 Mississippi women for efforts to effect change in the state. Proceeds go toward the organization’s grant-making, endowment and operating expenses. $100; call 601-326-3001.

Ridgewood Court, 601-918-5649) from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. The step show will take place at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-2321) and begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. A social after-party immediately follows the step show at Wasabi Sushi and Bar (100 E. Capitol St., Suite 105, 601-948-8808) in the courtyard. This event is free. On Saturday, the citywide fundraising project will take place at Freedom Corner in Jackson from 8 to 11 a.m. The campus-community picnic is from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Tougaloo campus at the Coleman Athletic Complex. This picnic will include free health screenings, including dental checks, HIV testing, and glucose, cholesterol and blood-pressure checks. Tickets for the step show are $10 in advance or $20 at the entrance For more information, visit, or call 601-706-YARD (9273).

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Events at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). • CONTACT the Crisis Line Training Tuesdays, 6:45-9:45 p.m., through Dec. 10, in room 236. Become a certified volunteer telephone crisis-line counselor. Pre-register online at Call 601-982-9888 or 601-713-4099. • John Rosemond’s Parenting Education Seminar Oct. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $15; call 601956-0368 or 601-956-6974. Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Women’s Fund of Mississippi Annual Meeting Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m., in the Trustmark Ballroom. Includes a panel discussion featuring Anne Mosle of the Aspen Institute and William Buster of the Kellogg Foundation. Call 601326-3002; email • 2013 US Senator Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) is the host, and the keynote speaker is Yoram Bauman, an environmental economist and stand-up comedian. Registration required. $125, sponsorships start at $250; call 601-974-1325; email • Mississippi Livable Communities Summit Oct. 1-2 State and regional leaders share strategies they used to improve their communities such as street design, bike trails and the arts. $10 opening reception; $100 one-day pass, $150 two-day pass, free statewide bicycle planning meeting; call 601-948-7575; email cbuchanan@ • Mississippi Minority Business Alliance Awards Gala Oct. 11, 6 p.m. The reception is at 6 p.m., and the gala with food, entertainment and awards is at 7 p.m. The speaker is Darrell S. Freeman Sr., executive chairman of Zycron. $100 through Sept. 16, $125 after; call 601965-0366; email • ACLU of Mississippi Annual Membership Meeting Oct. 12, 4:30-10 p.m. The meeting includes an art auction, a cash bar, dinner and dancing. Free for members (memberships: $35, $5 student and low-income memberships); call 601-354-3408; email


he Canton Gin Market, located in The market runs from 8 a.m. to 11a.m. the Old Cotton Gin across the street Call him at 601-859-8596. from the train depot in Canton, is a mecca for local artisans and musicians. Fraizer and Susan Riddell started the market seven months ago with the help of Jimmy and Janet Gates, Clifton Jennings and Berry Pace. The market displays crafts from various vendors from around the state. Some of The Canton Gin Market brings art and music the artwork for sale includes together nearly every Saturday. artist Deloris Townsend’s plant sculptures, jewelry and tree art by Susan Riddell, birdhouses and After the market, Small Town Muwoodworks by Janet Gates, ironwork art sic hosts an open-mic event. Frazier by Clifton Jennings, and various bottle is a guitar and saxophone player and trees and bottle dragons. The event is usually plays with the other musicians scheduled to happen every Saturday, but who come to play. People can play an Riddell says to “call before you haul.” original song or their favorite cover at

• Mississippi Black Leadership Summit Nov. 6-8. Includes workshops, networking and discussions on social issues. Registration required. Call 601-960-9594. • Mississippi State Conference NAACP’s Convention and Policy Institute Nov. 7-9. Attendees discuss issues affecting economic, political and social equality in Mississippi. Registration required. Fees TBA; call 601-353-8452; email Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • “Outcomes Of Black Males in Urban Institutions: A National Catastrophe or Local Concern?” Part II Sept. 13, 11:30 a.m., in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building. Panelists include Dr. Phillip Cockrell, Dr. Rodney Washington, Donn Lewis and George Cole. Registration required. Call 601-979-1562; email • JSU Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Oct. 4, 7 p.m., in the Student Center Ballroom. Harrison B. Wilson and Lindsey Hunter are among the inductees. $50, $500 tables; call 601-979-2272.

noon Children ages 6-12 learn how to interpret animal clues such as tracks, and learn animal survival skills. $10, $8 members; call ext. 240. Behind the Scenes: Big Cats Sept. 21, 5-6 p.m. Zookeepers provide exclusive access to the zoo’s felines. $65, $50 members; call ext. 240. Girl Scout Slumber Safari Brownies Sept. 27; Juniors Oct. 4; Cadets, Seniors and Ambassadors Oct. 11; 7 p.m.-9 a.m. Scouts enjoy zoo hikes, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, a campfire and a sleepover in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center to earn a zoo patch. $25; call ext. 240. Animal Families Oct. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon Learn how reptiles, birds and mammal raise their young. $10, $8 members; call ext. 240. Family Slumber Safari Nov. 29, 7 p.m.-9 a.m. Families with children ages 7 and older enjoy hikes, behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters and a campfire at the overnight event. $30 per person; call ext. 240.

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-352-2580. Registration required.

Events at Library Lounge (Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview St.). Call for details. No cover; call 601-948-3429. • Game Night Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. • Quiz Night Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. The winning team gets a special prize.

• Critters and Crawlers: Animal Games Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, 10-10:45 a.m. The program for toddlers includes games, crafts, animal encounters and more. Admission covers one toddler and one adult. $15, $6 members; call ext. 240. • Senior Day Sept. 11, 8 a.m.-noon Seniors ages 65 and older enjoy treats and sessions on health, diet and more. Register by Sept. 6. Free. • Zoo Scene Investigation Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m.-

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Fall Community Enrichment Series Most classes fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure with class descriptions. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130. • Else School of Management Fall Forum Sept. 25, 8 a.m., in the Leggett Center. The speakers are Greg Daco, senior principal economist for

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the show—anything from bluegrass to gospel, rock or country. “I wanted it to be more wide open,” Riddell says. The stage is set up outside the Small Town Music store in Canton. “It started out as a minimal setup, but it’s turned into a bigger deal,” Riddell explains. Some of the musician regulars include Berry Pace, Tommy Hendricks, Janette Gates and Kevin Broughton. Instruments range from guitars, harmonicas and even a renaissance instrument called the dulcian. People can bring their favorite instrument and jam out but with most musicians. “We are always looking for more drummers,” Riddell says. This event starts after the Gin Market and runs from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, look for Small Town Music and Canton Gin Market on Facebook.

the U.S. Macroeconomics Group of IHS, and state economist Darrin Webb. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. Continental breakfast included. Call 601-974-1254. • Leadership Development Series: CEOs and Fundraising Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m. Learn essential strategies and avoid common CEO mistakes to lead effective fundraising. Registration required. $35, $25 members; call 601-968-0061. • Introduction to Bird Watching Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. Classes are Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. through Oct. 24, and the field trip to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park is Oct. 26. Registration required. $100, call 601-974-1130. • Leadership Development Series: Board Development Nov. 14, 4-6 p.m. Learn board roles and responsibilities, recruiting and orientation, and fundraising and compliance. Registration required. $35, $25 Mississippi Center for Nonprofits members; call 601-968-0061. Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). • Dance for PD Demonstration Sept. 13, 12:30 p.m., in room 215. Founders David Leventhal and Misty Owens give a demonstration class to highlight the program’s curriculum. Call 601-974-1294; email • Summers Lecture - The Harmony of Liturgy and Life: A Day with Don and Emily Saliers Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m., in room 215. Dr. Don Saliers is a theology professor, musician and author, and Emily Saliers is a singer-songwriter and a member of the Indigo Girls. Registration required for day events. Concert at 7:30 p.m. Free admission, $10 lunch; call 601-974-1328. more COMMUNITY, see page 31

Events at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). • Habitat Young Professionals Fall Picnic Sept. 12, 6 p.m. Professionals ages 21-40 enjoy music from the Red Hots and network while supporting Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Bring food, drinks, chairs and blankets. Call 601-353-6060; email tgathings@ • Rainbow Annual Meeting and Potluck Sept. 15, 1 p.m. The event includes elections, annual updates and a vegetarian dinner. RSVP and notify the facilitator what dish you are bringing. Free; call 601-366-1602.


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labies, crafts, games, music and a bedtime reading by Mother Goose. Wear pajamas or dress up as a storybook character. Admission TBA. Events at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). • Family Planning and Enrichment Workshop Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dr. Eldridge Henderson of Changing Lives Unlimited is the presenter. Topics include investments, insurance, wills and longterm care initiatives. Refreshments, will kit and notary service included. $39.99; call 601965-0372 or 601-201-1957; email • Hinds County Democratic Party Beans and Greens Dinner Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-969-2913; email Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Dog Day Afternoons Sundays, noon-5 p.m. through Sept. 29. Bring your dog to the Art Garden for an afternoon of play. more COMMUNITY, see page 33



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• Nguvu ya Sauti: Voice in Tanzanian Education Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m., in room 215. Millsaps alumna Erin Jordan reflects on her time as a secondary school teacher in Tanzania. Call 601-974-1294. • Gallery Talk Oct. 10, 6-7 p.m., in room 215. Artist Andrew Burkitt talks about his creative process. Call 601-974-1294. • Raising Education and Awareness of the Scope and Impact of HIV/AIDS in 2013 Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m., in room 215. Linda Rigsby of the Mississippi Center for Justice is the speaker. Call 601-974-1294. • Jackson: Past, Present and Future Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Businessman Leland Speed and activist Charles Evers discuss Jackson’s history, current conditions and the city’s future. Malcolm White of the Mississippi Development Authority moderates. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130. • “Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk” Nov. 8, 12:30 p.m., in room 215. J. Dana Trent discusses her memoir. Call 601-974-1294. • Eat Drink Delta: Notes from a Hungry Traveler Dec. 2, 7 p.m. Author Susan Puckett and photographer Langdon Clay share the stories behind the food of the Mississippi Delta. The event is part of the Arts and Lecture Series. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130.


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Wellness Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Better Together: The Way Through Cancer Sept. 18, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Hederman Cancer Center Conference Room. Learn how to encourage someone with cancer from leukemia survivor Wanda Vinson and community counselor Kathy Mumbower. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch. • Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Cardiovascular Center. Recommended for people ages 65 and older, or ages 50 and older with a history of smoking, coronary disease, diabetes or a strong family history of vascular disease. Appointment required. Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313; email • Yoga Therapy Workshop Sept. 27, 6-8:30 p.m., Sept. 28, noon-2 p.m., and Sept. 28, 3-5 p.m. Certified instructor J.J. Gormley-Etchells is the instructor. Learn yoga poses for back care Sept. 27 from 6-8:30 p.m. Sept. 28, learn poses for shoulder and neck care from noon-2 p.m., and poses for hip and knee care from 3-5 p.m. Must register. $50 Sept. 27 session, $40 per Sept. 28 session, $100 for all three. • Yoga Therapy Workshop: Teacher Training Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-noon, and Sept. 29, 2-5 p.m. Certified instructor J.J. Gormley-Etchells is the instructor. Learn yoga poses for back, shoulder, neck, hip and knee care. Registration required. Call for details. Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Free; call 601-8999696. • Poker Run Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, 6 p.m. Held on second Wednesdays. Afterparty at Cazadores (500 Highway 51, Suite R, Ridgeland). • Weekly Group Walk or Run. Walks are two or four miles Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and runs are 5.4

Events at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). • Mississippi State Fair Oct. 2-13. The annual fair includes livestock shows, rides, food, games and concerts. Admission $5, children under 6 free; parking and ride tickets start at $5, free admission and parking weekdays from 10 a.m.1 p.m.; call 601-961-4000 or 601-353-0603. • The Rudolph Race Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. Includes a 5K run/walk and 10K run. Proceeds from the race through Greater Belhaven benefit the Junior League of Jackson and is part of Mistletoe Marketplace. Advance registration required. $30; call 601-948-2357; email

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(140 Township Ave., Suite 112, Ridgeland). Fleet Feet Sports is the host. Run a half-mile or a full mile on fourth Saturdays, and enjoy frozen yogurt afterwards. Call 601-899-9696.

Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Breast Cancer Conference Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The topic is “What’s New in Her2+/ Triple– Breast Cancer.” The conference brings together medical experts, survivors and others to discuss an aggressive form of breast cancer. Registration required. Sponsorships and vendor booths available. $20 donation, free for Her2+, Triple-, BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer survivors; call 601-966-7252.

Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Coffee and Conversation Sept. 20, Oct. 18 and Nov. 15, 7-8:30 a.m. Interact with business

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Drive). Learn fun ways to stay physically fit. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601981-5469. 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. Call 601-899-9058 for location information. 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 601918-5107.

• Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 11 a.m. The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Call 601-366-5874. fondRUN Sept. 5, Oct. 3 and Nov. 7, 6 p.m., in Fondren. 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. Free;

professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Call 601-576-6920. • Personal Treasures Sept. 13, noon-6:30 p.m., Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sept. 15, 1-5 p.m. Bring your antiques to the artifacts workshop for identification, and learn about conservation, caring for a historic home and preservation. Call 601-576-6800. • The Old Capitol Bowl Oct. 10. Teams from selected high schools compete in a scholar’s contest that tests their knowledge of government and Mississippi history. Registration required. Call 601-576-6920. • History Is Lunch Oct. 23, noon. Enjoy a preview of the program “Past Meets Present.” Call 601-576-6998.

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Free Prostate Screening Sept. 12, 5-7 p.m., at Mississippi Urology Clinic (1421 N. State St.). Includes a PSA test and a digital rectal exam. Restrictions apply. By appointment only. Call 601-948-6262. Crazy Cross Country Run Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Madison Middle School (1365 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Fleet Feet Sports host the 5K dirt-trail run on third Wednesdays. After-party at Papitos (111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 1200, Madison). Call 601-899-9696. Don’t Get Behind on This One Sept. 24, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Dr. Reed Hogan discusses colon- and rectalcancer screenings. Registration required. Free, $5 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262. Kids Run Sept. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 23 and Dec. 28, 10 a.m., at Millie D’s Frozen Yogurt

to give participants the foundation for selfdefense. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call Millsaps College at 601-974-1130. “Hope and Healing” Breast Cancer Support Meeting Oct. 8, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, 5:306:30 p.m., at The Face and Body Center (Riverchase Medical Suites, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood). Meetings are on second Tuesdays. RSVP. Call 601-936-0925; email Art in Mind Art Program Oct. 23, 1011:45 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. Registration required. Call 601-987-0020. Fit for Fall Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland

Kardio by Kimberly Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316. Free Adult Counseling Consultation Mondays-Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m., at Middleway Counseling Practice (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 221, Ridgeland). Schedule a free 20-minute counseling consultation with licensed professional counselor Angela Essary. For ages 18 and up. Call 601-421-9566. Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road), at the Dojo. The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free; call 601201-4228; email CrossFit 601 Yoga Mobility Sundays, 3-4 p.m., at CrossFit 601 South (789 Harris St.). Butterfly Yoga owner Scotta Brady teaches the yoga class to help athletes improve their mobility. $5 - $10; call 601-941-8904.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). • Mississippi Ornithological Society Fall Meeting and Hummingbird Lecture Sept. 20, 7 p.m. Open to the public. Call 601-925-0245. • Fall Member Celebration Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. The members-only event includes refreshments, volunteer recognition and a reptile exhibit. Free for members; call 601-576-6000. • First Tuesday Lecture Oct. 1, noon-1 p.m. Millsaps College biology professor Dr. Brent

Hendrixson speaks on the topic “Tarantulas of North America: Species Delimitation and Natural History.” Free with museum admission; call 601-576-6000. • Urban and Community Forest Conference Oct. 2-4. Topics include healthy communities, the future of housing of all types, storm preparedness and mitigation, and economic survival. The keynote speaker is research social scientist Dr. Kathleen L. Wolf. CEUs available for some participants. Fee TBA; call 601-672-0755. • Fossil Friday Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Dig into the Museum’s fossil pile and enjoy fossil activities. $4 - $6; call 601-576-6000. • First Tuesday Lecture Nov. 5, noon-1 p.m. UM biology professor Dr. Richard Buchholz speaks on “Secrets of the Wild Turkey.” Free with museum admission; call 601-576-6000.


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Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). • Artifact and Collectible Identification Program Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m.; Oct. 30 and Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. The MDAH staff is on hand to assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value, including potential donations to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Call 601-576-6850. • History Is Lunch Sept. 11, noon. Conservation expert Kim Du Boise of USM presents “Conservation Saves Memories.” Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch: Tuesday Special Session Sept. 17, noon. Peter Slade, editor of “Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John Perkins,” talks about the work of the Jacksonian. Books available for purchase. Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Sept. 18, noon. MDAH historian Clarence Hunter presents “Marshall and Medgar in Mississippi.” Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Sept. 25, noon. MDAH historian Jim Woodrick presents “Mississippi’s College Mascots.” Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Oct. 2, noon. The program’s focus is Archives Month. Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Oct. 9, noon. Archaeologist Sam Brookes speaks in honor of Archaeology Month. Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch: Tuesday Special Session Oct. 15, noon. Author Charles Bolton discusses and signs his new book “William F. Winter and the New Mississippi: A Biography.” Free, $35 book; call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Oct. 16, noon. MDAH archivist Chloe Edwards discusses the Gates v. Collier decision and Parchman Penitentiary. Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Oct. 30, noon. Museum of Mississippi History director Cindy Gardner talks about plans for the new museum and groundbreaking ceremonies. Call 601-576-6998.

Sick and Tired, and Seeking SOULutions second Saturdays, 4-5:30 p.m., at Afrikan Arts and Culture Studio (612 N. Farish St.). Our Community Against Racism hosts the monthly forum. The focus is to provide African-centered cultural enrichment and work toward racial equality. Call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075. Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Dances are held on second Saturdays. $15, $10 members; call 601-506-4591.

Road). Purchase gently used items, and enjoy music, food and children’s activities. Free vision checks included. Proceeds from sales benefit Stewpot Community Services. Call 601-948-5140. APAC Middle School Visual Arts Students Recognition Program Sept. 19, 8-9:30 a.m., at Power APAC Elementary School (1120 Riverside Drive). Power APAC and Lemuria Books recognize the achievements of 2012-2013 middle-school visualarts students for their original stories, book-cover designs and illustrations. Parents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-960-5387. Arts on the Square Sept. 20, 4-8 p.m., and Sept. 21, 10-10 a.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Interact with dem-

Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The annual fundraiser includes local food samples, beer and music from Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster Band, Jesse Robinson, Pam Confer and DJ George Chuck. For ages 21 and up. $75, $250 group of four; call 601-352-2500; email Hinds County School District Teen Dropout Prevention Summit Sept. 26, 8:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Topics include cyber bullying, suicide, college, and drinking and driving. Call 601857-5222. On the Road to Health’s Zoo Run Oct. 5, 8 a.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). The 5K run/walk ends at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Includes a kids’ run for ages 12 and under that starts at 9:30 a.m. Awards given to top walkers and for best animal costume; T-shirts for first 150 registrants. $20 through Sept. 29, $25 after, free kids’ run. Brandon Craft Fair Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Nativity Lutheran Church (495 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). Buy crafts from local and international artists. Sale proceeds benefit several organizations such as the Center for Violence Prevention, Grace House and Stewpot. Free admission; call 601825-5125, 601-825-2026 or 601-942-3369; email or Downtown on Display Oct. 5, 2-5 p.m., in downtown Jackson. More than 25 buildings open their doors to the public for tours, live music and more. Call 601-353-9800.

August Harp, Rakiya Montgomery,Armand Jackson, Jamel Myles and Victoria Wright display their art at the APAC Middle School Visual Arts Students Recognition Program.

Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting Sept. 12, Oct. 10 and Nov. 14, 6 p.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). In the Multipurpose Center. Learn to grow your business. Bring business cards. RSVP. Call 601-750-2367 or 601316-5092; email Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program Monday-Friday, 2:30-6 p.m., through April 30, at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408. America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The series includes documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music. Light refreshments served. Free; call 601924-5684; email Open House Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m., at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Tour the center and enjoy refreshments. Free; call 601-979-2055. Rummage Sale for Stewpot Sept. 14, 7 a.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton

onstrating artists, enjoy live music and visit the film museum. Free; call 601-859-5816. Mississippi Quarter Horse Youth Association Fall Classic Sept. 20-22, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Watch youth compete in competitions such as pole bending, heeling and roping for prizes. Free; Young Business Leaders of Jackson’s Fall Banquet Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The keynote speaker is Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft. Sponsorships available. $35, $280 table of eight; call 601-201-5489; email Cruzin’ the Boulevard Sept. 21, 7:30 a.m.-noon, in Clinton. Includes a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at 303 Jefferson (303 Jefferson St.), a parade at 9:30 a.m. to Clinton Plaza (200 Clinton Blvd.), a car show at 10 a.m., the Pinewood Derby at 10:30 a.m. and a trunk show from 8 a.m.-noon at Care Plus. Free; car show: $15 in advance, $20 day of event; $5 trunk show booth space; call 601924-5472; email Sickle Cell Seminar Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at the UMMC Conference Center. Dr. Paula Tannebee is the keynote speaker. Registration required. $125, $100 UMMC personnel; call 601-984-1300; email Zoo Party Unleashed Sept. 26, 7-10 p.m., at

Run Dirty 5K Oct. 19, 8 a.m., at Madison Middle School (1365 Mannsdale Road, Madison), at the cross-country course. Check-in it as 7 a.m. Individuals and teams welcome. A portion of the proceeds goes to Madison Central Big Blue Athletics. Register by Oct. 1 to receive a T-shirt. $25 through Oct. 13, $35 after; call 601-899-9696. Fall Fashion Mixer Oct. 19, 6-9 p.m., at Galleria Event Center (2460 Terry Road). Luxe Boutique hosts the event that includes pop-up shops from local boutiques, vendors and designers, art and music. $5; email for vendor information. OctoberFest Oct. 26, noon -5 p.m., at Jayne Avenue Park (3615 Jayne Ave.). The annual event includes food, art, health screenings, giveaways and a talent show. Free; call 601291-2243. Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Unity Conference Nov. 15, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at Fondren Hall (4330 N. State St.), and Nov. 16, 9 a.m.3 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). Speakers include Mexican author and poet Javier Silicia, attorney and author Michelle Alexander (“The New Jim Crow”) and Chuy Sanchez of The Opportunity Agenda. Meals included. Registration required. $100 with Michelle Alexander lecture, $50 without lecture, reduced rates for students; call 601-3549355, ext. 5; email Dirty Girl 5K Run Nov. 16, location and time TBA. The women-only race includes a muddy obstacle course and adult beverages for sale. $75 through Sept. 17, $85 through Oct. 29, $100 starting Oct. 30; call 800-370-0179.

Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Free; call 601-977-7870. • Presidential Civil Rights Lecture Series Oct. 15, 6 p.m. The inaugural lecture is in Woodworth Chapel. Speaker TBA. • Woodworth Chapel Memorial Plaza Ceremony and Tougaloo College Civil Rights Wall of Honor Unveiliing Oct. 19, 1 p.m., at the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The events are in honor of individuals who made contributions to the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement.

• History Is Lunch Nov. 6, noon. Methodist minister Rayford Woodrick presents “Methodism in Mississippi.” Call 601-576-6998.


• Social Studies Teachers Workshop Nov. 1, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Scholars and professionals explore the theme “Deconstructing Mississippi’s Reconstruction.” Lesson plans for grades 4–6 and 7–12 included. 0.5 CEU credit available. Register by Oct. 25. $40; call 601-576-6800. • History Is Lunch Nov. 13, noon. Mike Stoll, MDAH historian, presents “Above and Beyond: Mississippi’s Medal of Honor Recipients.” Call 601-576-6998. • History Is Lunch Nov. 20, noon. MDAH staff members Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan present a third program in the series “Patriots without a Country: Jackson’s Flying Dutchmen.” Call 601-576-6998.


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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with several different people, but everything really started coming together when I was working with Richard Hawley (of Pulp) in Harcourt. Most of the songs are written with that collaboration. We started getting into a groove writing together. This album is complete departure from your previous work. Was that a conscious decision?

It came really naturally. It was not con-


How is the new material translating to live audiences?

It goes well live. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little more rocking live, a little more energized. The first half of the show is mostly acoustic and very mellow. Toward the end, we ramp it up, and the last

can donate $35 a month and basically save a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. They really allow people to get involved with these children and their families. I decided to use this tour as a way to encourage people to get involved so there will be a table set up at each show.

Lisa Marie Presley performs at Duling Hall Sept. 18.

What was it like to work with T-Bone?

I had 30-something songs, and he had them all in his computer. We would come in every day, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d listen, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d decide to do a particular one. The room was all set up, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d record everything live. He would come out and play, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be so thrilled. We never knew what he might do because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very last-minute, and you couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pin him down. He also has this aura about him, so nobody wanted to mess with him, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the sweetest teddy bear that ever walked the planet. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so sweet. I had this paternal thing with him. He really took me under his wing and really believed in me. I was so grateful.

four or five songs are very high energy. This record is so different for me because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a rock record, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not running all over the stage like a crazy person the entire time trying to compete with all the instruments. The newer material is more laid back, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve noticed that people really sit and listen.

Tell me about the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;How Do You Fly This Plane?â&#x20AC;?

Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working with World Vision for this tour. How did you get involved with them?

That was written for a friend of mine that had lost their child. It was hard for me to watch them going through that, and I was kind of part of that process. It was really scary because once Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recorded it, I sent it to them, and they asked me if I would make sure it gets put on the record. They wanted to make sure it got on there in case it might help someone else going through something like that.

Anyone that knows me knows that I have always been involved with charities involving children. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always been active in that department. Somehow, through mutual connections, we got introduced. I was really impressed with everything they do. No one really knows how big they are and how they help children all over the world in these third-world countries. You

As a new mother of twins, what is like to be on tour and to be a parent?

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things. We get up, we have a nice hotel room, I give them a bath. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pool, they play. Otherwise, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on the bus. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do sound check and go back and make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re safe in time for the show. After the show, I make sure they have pajamas on and ready for bed. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care about the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;show businessâ&#x20AC;? part of it. The other day we had a gig where we were outside, so it was kind of like we were camping and they were having fun just running around. The main thing is that I make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always safe. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely a juggle, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun. Lisa Marie Presley will bring her tour to Duling Hall in Jackson Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP packages are available for $100. Visit 37 for more info.

How did the songwriting for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Storm and Graceâ&#x20AC;? happen?

trived. It started to really come on its own. I started with the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weary.â&#x20AC;? It was really hard for me, because it was broken down and stripped back, and I was used to all this production on my first two albums. This was very naked for me. I was very uncomfortable with that in the past. It started with the demos, and I sent them to T-Bone. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think he would have responded to the harder material. He seemed to like the more natural, organic stuff. He came in and put all the icing on the cake.


isa Marie Presley really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need an introduction. Most people know sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been releasing music of her own since 2002. Grammy award winner T-Bone Burnett (â&#x20AC;&#x153;O Brother, Where Art Thou,â&#x20AC;? Elvis Costello and others) produced her third album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Storm and Grace.â&#x20AC;? Those who think they are familiar with her brand of pop/rock may want to rethink their position when they hear this stark, rootsy collection. I spoke by phone with Presley, 45, about her new music, her current tour and, of course, family.

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Step Afrika! education workshop at Jackson State University.

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Step Afrika! arts education workshop is at 9 a.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). $15, $5 JSU students; call 601-979-7036. … Poker Run is at 6 p.m. at Soulshine Pizza Factory (1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-899-9696;





Magnolia Classic Dog Show starts today, from 9 a.m.5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). $2 donation; call 601-573-8133 or 601-937-3161; msstatekc. org. … Community Discussion: Developing a Strategic Plan to End Homelessness is from 2-3:30 p.m. at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-213-5301. … America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is at 7 p.m. at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Free; call 601-924-5684; email

American Idol winner David Cook performs Sept. 17 at Duling Hall.

… “God’s Favorite” is at 7:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). $15, $10 students, military and seniors; call 601-825-1293; … Air Review performs at 9 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). $5 in advance, $8 at the door; call 601-292-7121; email;


Rummage Sale for Stewpot is at 7 a.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601948-5140; email … Zeta Amicae/ BY BRIANA ROBINSON Lil’ Miss Zeta Amicae Beauty Pageant Interest Meeting is at JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 10:30 a.m. at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive) on FAX: 601-510-9019 the lower level. Free; call 601DAILY UPDATES AT 506-4930 or 601-208-9699. … JFPEVENTS.COM “Bravo I: Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $20 and up; call 601-960-1565;

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“Outcomes of Black Males in Urban Institutions: A National Catastrophe or Local Concern?” Part II is at 11:30 a.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in the Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building. Registration required. Free; call 601-979-1562; email hamer. 38;


Salsa Sundayz is at 7 p.m. at Brickhouse Cardio Club (1006 Top St., Suite H, Flowood). The free salsa lesson is at 7 p.m., and the dance social is at 8 p.m. $5; call 601850-7461. … Greater Jackson Arts Council Call for Art ends today at Greater Jackson Arts Council (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The council seeks an artist to paint a mural on the side of Martin’s Lounge. Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224.


Artsy Crafts is from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). RSVP. Free; call 601924-6082; … Zumba Fitness Class is from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at Lindsey Claire Dance Company (4149 S. Siwell Road, Byram). For ages 18 and up. $5; call 601-209-7566 or 601-260-7470; email;


Project Homeless Connect Service Fair is from 10 a.m.2 p.m. at Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.). Free; call 601-969-5208. … Local acts including Adaliah, Mouth of the South and 2X4 perform during the The Best Friends Forever Tour from 6-10 p.m. at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). $12 show only, $15 show and skating; call 601-653-7267; … David Cook performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $22 in advance, $25 at the door, $50 VIP add-on; call 601-292-7121;


Cassandra King signs copies of “Moonrise” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; … Women’s Fund of Mississippi Annual Meeting is from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) in the Trustmark Ballroom. Free; call 601-326-3002; email;


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Furya (that’s Riddick’s home), Riddick will relinquish his grand pooh bah position to Vaako. Softened by power and position, Riddick fails to acknowledge the ruthlessness of his opponent. Vaako’s escort team leaves Riddick for dead on a forlorn planet. Riddick measures his days in degrees of bad. His eyes glow like laser beams at night and, without his tinted shades, he sees the planet in shades of purple. Like Prometheus bound to a rock, Riddick withstands physical punishment. He defends himself with his wits, brawn and an all-purpose knife set. He rescues a dingo-doghyena pup that provides a playful nip from all the dreary darkness of endless torture. Sensing things are going to get even worse, Riddick activates the emergency beacon at the intergalactic way station. Bounty hunters, led by the loud-mouth Santana (Jordi Molla), arrive first. Santana and his men want Riddick’s head, because Riddick is worth more dead than alive. Boss Johns (Matt Nable) and his team of trained mercenaries also respond to the beacon, but for different reasons. Johns wants information about his son. The bounty hunters and mercenaries

As the title character, Vin Diesel endures hell in “Riddick.”

don’t get along. Dahl (Katee Sackoff), Johns’ second in command, delivers a walloping knockout punch to the mouthy Santana. This movie mythologizes Riddick. He’s an elusive, mysterious legend, but he hasn’t done anything particularly heroic. He kills people—lots of them. He’s a murderer and, if anything, an anti-hero. No actor but Vin Diesel could pull off this role. He brings in his trademark good humor, and his fans will enjoy the movie. Others will find it ponderous and joyless. “Riddick” is a phony genre picture. Genre pictures are meant to be entertaining,

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but this one wants to be much more. I’m not exactly sure what Twohy wants it to be, but I found it to be masochistic fantasizing. It fuses “Pitch Black,” the first film in the franchise, with “Aliens.” The effects are good, and you can count on a video game. I felt that I sat through one long agonizing game where plot inconsistencies are part of the landscape. At one point in the film, a young priest babbles out prayers while creatures attack. “God had no place here,” Riddick says. This is hell, baby. Not everyone may be up for the rough and tumble journey with laser eyes.

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ow could a country founded on ham Lincoln. For example, Lincoln only equality for all tolerate slavery? grew his famous beard after he was elected Should the United States be president in 1860, and he often stored considered one nation or should notes in his signature stovepipe hat. it be a confederacy of sovereign and sepaThe exhibit ends with Lincoln’s Getrate state? These are some of the questions tysburg Address. “Lincoln’s presidency left Abraham Lincoln grappled with during his a legacy of ideals for our nation to live up presidential term, a time that proved to be to—equality, freedom and democracy. The one of the most volatile and controversial powerful words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg periods of United States history. As we Address sought to transmit these ideals into commemorate the 1863 Vicksburg camfuture generations,” the exhibit says. Visipaign of the Civil War more than 150 years tors are left with the question, “Have we as later, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the a nation been faithful to this legacy?” Civil War,” an exhibit displaying at Hinds The traveling Lincoln exhibit’s Community College’s Raymond campus, visit to the Jackson area was in the makexamines the same questions. ing for more than a year. The National Since 2009, the exhibit has traveled Constitution Center in Philadelphia around the country—by 2015, it will have and the American Library Association seen more than 50 locations, crisscrossing in Chicago organized the exhibit, and The Lincoln exhibit at Hinds Community College’s Raymond campus will have traveled to more than 40 states by 2015. the country to more than 40 states. The the National Endowment for the Hu1,000-square-foot exhibit focuses on three manities provided a grant to make the main issues that Lincoln grappled with, and event possible. how he used and tested the Constitution to combat them. slavery and poses the question, “How could a country In a press release, the American Library AssociaThe interactive display features large curved boards founded on the belief that ‘all men are created equal’ toler- tion said they hope that “visitors will leave the exhibition with each topic in large letters. Each section poses a question ate slavery?” The third focus, “Dissent,” asks, “In a national with a more complete understanding of Abraham Linpertaining to the issue. crisis, would civil liberties be secure?” Visitors learn about coln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest The first portion of the exhibit, “Divided,” focuses on that time period and see the influence Lincoln had on our constitutional crisis.” secession. It asks: “Was the ‘United States’ truly one nation, current political world. The exhibit opened Aug.12 and ends Sept. 30. or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?” Apart from the serious issues of secession, slavery and For more information visit, or call The second portion, “Bound,” focuses on the people in the Constitution, viewers learn interesting facts about Abra- 601-857-3380.

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hroughout last year, Jackson hip- James Crow saw a stage and a chance to hop artist James Crow, or Herbert use his skills to help his family. Crow spoke Brown as his friends know him, with close friends DJ Young Venom and struggled through an incredible Garrad Lee, show promoter and former hardship—one that no amount of talent, Jackson Free Press columnist, and they dedication or hard work could overcome. Crow’s wife, Helena Walker Brown, was in desperate need of a heart transplant, which would cost the Brown family dearly in both finances and grief. After she was added to a waiting list for a donor and multiple “false alarms,” Helena finally received a new heart in April 2013. While their health insurance would cover most of the hospital stay, Crow and his wife were 7even Thirty will perform at the Blender, Volume still in dire straits due to the cost Four, Sept. 13. of traveling back and forth from the hospital in New Orleans and months of staying in hotel rooms, as Hel- quickly came up with a plan. ena Brown couldn’t stay in the hospital Enter Jackson’s genre-jumping conduring her recovery. cert series, the Blender, a series of shows Where some men would see a wall, that Lee originally put together with


Cody Cox of Furrows. “What inspired the Blender was the idea to have a comprehensive music scene. We have an incredible hip-hop scene and an incredible rock ‘n’ roll scene, and there were certain venues where these things happened,” Lee says. “With the first one, we just tried not to force it, and it felt very natural, like with the first time that James Crow was on stage with Furrows. There was no disconnect.” One of the things that Lee most enjoys about the Blender series is the sense of community it brings to Jackson. “Each one has been very successful and builds upon the success of the previous one. These shows have become great for artist collaboration,” he says. “It’s all about helping to foster an energy and environment (that) can happen.” That emphasis on collaboration is evident in the lineup for this year’s Blender. Hip-hop artists like DJ Young Venom and Mr. Franklin (aka Kamikaze, another former Jackson Free Press columnist) join rockers That Scoundrel and the big sound of the

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Southern Komfort Brass Band. The dream team of rappers Vintage Noize Crew— which includes 7evenThirty, 5th Child, Jaxx City and James Crow—will also perform. Other community members including local artists donated items for a silent auction and a raffle drawing. The location was just as significant as choosing the musical acts, and Lee only had one venue in mind. “Soul (Stacey Winters, owner of Soul Wired Café) has been on me to do a show there, so when we decided to do this Blender show for Helena, I immediately knew we wanted it at Soul Wired,” he says. “Helping support her small business was incredibly important to everyone involved.” The Blender, Volume Four, is Sept. 13 at Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.) Doors open at 8 p.m., and the show starts at 9 p.m. All proceeds from the $5 cover charge go to help James Crow and Helena Brown. For more information, call 601863-6378 or visit Soul Wired Cafe’s Facebook page.




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Thursday, September 12th


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New Bourbon St. Jazz Band (Restaurant)


Thomas Jackson (Restaurant) FRIDAY 9/13:

Deebâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blues (Restaurant) Air Review (Room?)

Cocktails 8pm, Show at 9pm Advance Tickets $5 At door $8


Lucky Hand Blues Band (Restaurant)

MONDAY 9/16:

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Pub Quiz with Erin Pearson & Friends (Restaurant)



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by Bryan Flynn

Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it great to have real referees, instead of replacement refs? Oh waitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you mean the real refs blew a call in the first game of year that might have cost a team a win?

THURSDAY, SEPT 12 NFL (7-11 p.m., NFL Network): New York Jets and New England Patriots face off to start week two. FRIDAY, SEPT. 13 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): Air Force travels to the Smurf Turf to play Boise State in the opening conference game for the Broncos. SATURDAY, SEPT. 14 College football (2:30-6 p.m., CBS): Alabama looks to avenge their only loss from last season against reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. â&#x20AC;¦ College football (6-9 p.m., ESPN 2): Mississippi State opens SEC play against Auburn. SUNDAY, SEPT. 15 NFL (3-6 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints already have the only win in the NFC South this season. They can go 2-0 in their division with a win over Tampa Bay this week. MONDAY, SEPT. 16 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): The aging Pittsburgh Steelers look for their first win on the road against the up-andcoming young Cincinnati Bengals. TUESDAY, SEPT. 17 Poker (8-10 p.m., ESPN): After a wild weekend of football, check out day five of the 2013 World Series of Poker. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18 MLB (9 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): The national League West-leading LA Dodgers look to add to their division lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are trying to stay in the wild card race.

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