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.B. Nichols has spent a lifetime in education, but it never ceases to amaze her how much a person continues to learn throughout life. “There’s a million ways to learn now,” Nichols says. While Nichols sees the potential in educational tools such as the Internet, the 62 year old uses more immersive, handson techniques to introduce young children to Mississippi’s agricultural traditions and lifestyle. She is co-operator and owner of Nichols Enterprises, a family-owned farm in Rankin County, with her husband Roy Nichols. “You would be surprised how often children really don’t know where their groceries come from,” Nichols says. “We try to individualize our tours for our guests during the week by supplying a tour guide and tractor driver who explain to the visitors how pumpkins grow as well as what the harvest season is like. They also tell the kids about the animals that we have here on the farm.” Each October, A.B. and Roy team up with the adjacent Boyd farms to offer their annual pumpkin patch tour. The joint venture started in 1996 when the Nichols bought their property in Sandhill and grew Christmas trees until Hurricane Katrina took them away. Now, the multi-operational farm has a variety of livestock and crops. “It’s really rewarding to see the children


enjoy themselves, since many don’t enjoy this on a day-to-day basis,” Nichols says. Many of the seasonal employees at the pumpkin patch are also former educators. They try to give an educational experience to all who come to the farm. The staff considers the colorful wagons used in the tours as “mobile classrooms,” which allow both the young and old to be more in touch with learning through the senses. “Not only do we cater to children, but we also have senior citizens that come to the farm,” Nichols says. “They are often individuals who grew up on a farm and are fascinated with (how) the farm has evolved.” Nichols and her husband also give back to the community with their “Nick Trees” operation for the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. During the holiday season, they sell Fraser fir trees to different retail locations in the metro area, and a portion of the proceeds go to the children’s hospital. As for the future, Nichols hopes to take it “one season at a time.” “We have had children who came when it first opened who now bring their children,” Nichols says. “It’s been wonderful to be a part of many families’ traditions.” To schedule a tour of Nichols Enterprises (3970 Highway 43 N., Brandon), call 601829-0800. Unscheduled tours are only available on weekends. Visit —Justin Hosemann

Cover illustration by Kristin Brenemen

11 2 Become 1

After many years of planning and deliberating, the 2 Museums Project is nearly ready to break ground on the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Although the museums will be separate entities, they will work together as a unified presentation of the state’s past.

29 Howl On

The Howlin’ Brothers band, comprised of three New York natives, brings its Americana string sound to Hal & Mal’s Oct. 26.

30 Saturday Night Live

Improvisation was an integral part of the rehearsal process for Belhaven University’s latest production, “Johanne d’Arc.”

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ........ BEST OF JACKSON RECAP 17 ............................ COVER STORY 25 ......................................... FOOD 28 ..................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 29 .............................. DIVERSIONS 30 .......................................... ARTS 31 ....................................... 8 DAYS 32 ............................... JFP EVENTS 34 ....................................... MUSIC 35 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 37 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 41 ....................................... ASTRO 42 ............................................ GIG


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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

No Time to Fear


ot many days after my last editor’s note—about the determination of young Mississippians like the subSIPPI filmmakers to stay and build in Mississippi—I was staying in a hotel in Atlanta’s midtown. I was there as a fellow in a journalism conference on school discipline that my graduate school hosted, and no small part of the conversation was about the problems that underfunded and, often, resegregated public schools face. One speaker, a white parent and student advocate from the previously very-white Gwinnett County, Ga., talked about how discriminatory school discipline had followed black families from urban schools to the suburban ones in her district. I looked up an article on my iPad as she talked that explained that, in the Atlanta metro, many people of color are now moving into the suburbs even as many whites, especially younger ones, are beating a path back into Atlanta, including into booming neighborhoods like midtown where we were staying. That fact has mixed blessings. Certainly, it’s great for the city to see the reverse of the white flight that plagued it and cities such as Jackson after Jim Crow ended in the 1970s. But on issues such as school discipline, crime perceptions and school funding, the movement of more African Americans to suburbs sadly means that many whites either pull their kids out of the public schools or pick up and move farther out. It also means that discriminatory school discipline (or “zero tolerance” as the increase in suspensions and expulsions is often called, or the “cradle to prison pipeline”) follows families of color, as our speaker illustrated. Now before some of you wig out at that idea, as many did when I dared even mention our historic “white flight” in my last column, you should know that study after study (including a huge one in Texas

coming in January and even supported by Texas conservatives) show that children of color are disciplined more harshly for the same or lesser offenses than white kids. It is simply not an issue of “black kids act up more,” as many really want us to believe. Put another way, just as white flight created larger problems for the areas left

The grass isn’t greener, or safer, in another cow pasture or flood plain somebody wants to develop. behind—problems that inevitably catch up with those who flee—the lack of resolution for discriminatory school discipline follows the flight path as well. When a school falls into the predictable, and often unintentional, pattern of using school discipline that has a disparate impact on kids of color, it tends to treat all kids, including white ones, harsher than before. Because, in a twisted way, that is the only way to claim “equal” treatment. As I was sitting in these fascinating sessions getting more educated about school discipline—one of my graduate-study focuses, but I was rusty on developments of the last decade—I couldn’t help but think about how solutions to so many problems

created by past discrimination are right beyond our fingertips. It’s as if we just won’t stretch another few inches and grasp them. Watching the predictable string of angry comments under my subSIPPI column—all because I dared say “white flight” out loud—just makes me shake my head. Is there seriously anyone out there who honestly believes that the entire world doesn’t know that our state handled race relations poorly? Saying the words “white flight” out loud, especially in a positive column about change, won’t suddenly alert the world that Jackson (or Atlanta or Memphis or New Orleans) has been so challenged in recent years because so many families pulled up roots and moved before they would let their kids go to school with African Americans. This is a well-known fact already. We can stipulate now that such a decision was shortsighted. But the key is to look at it, and at the problem of kicking vulnerable kids out of school and onto the streets to get into more trouble, and ask ourselves what we can do instead of continuing to make the kinds of decisions that created these problems in the first place. Instead of selling and moving a bit closer to Vaiden if your block gets past the diversity “tipping point,” how can you build new relationships that help all families? Instead of, say, making it easier to suspend or expel more kids for increasingly lesser offenses to pretend that discipline disparities haven’t existed for decades, why don’t we join together as a community to figure out better solutions for all kids? And while we’re at it, why don’t we make the baseline the belief that all young people have potential and that their lives are valuable—even if and when they do something stupid? While in midtown Atlanta, we walked around a lot and were astounded by the street activity day and night, with active sidewalk cafes and diverse people of all ages

wandering the sidewalks, laughing, talking. That area has changed tremendously in a decade or so, and it’s because people decided they wanted to live, play and enjoy life in their city, despite its problems. Put another way, they decided to stop running and invest in their city. It probably also doesn’t hurt anything that about everywhere you look, you see a major thoroughfare named for Dr. King or Rev. Ralph David Abernathy. A while back, Atlanta made the decision that its city was “too busy to hate” and embraced its past, which has both helped its tourism industry and made it a better place to live for residents of all races. And make no mistake: There are people who still live in the past there, mired in hate and fear of “the other,” who aren’t happy about it. But it’s not up to them. Here in Jackson, and in Mississippi as a whole, we must make the decision that we are too busy to live in constant fear and start talking up our city and living its potential. Just as I said in my last editor’s note about the zoo, it makes no sense to just pick it up and move it to a place where some white folks feel more comfortable—for the moment—until those same people decide to pick up and run away from diversity once again. That is a vicious cycle, and we lose every time it spins around again. It’s time to dig in here and now. The grass isn’t greener, or safer, in another cow pasture or flood plain somebody wants to develop. Our strength as a city and state is in our shared history—just as in Atlanta—if we allow it to be. Go to the new civil rights museum when it opens, invite someone of another race or background over for dinner, open yourself up to frank conversations. I’ve long believed Mississippi can be the most impressive state in the union if we decide to be. We had farther to come for greatness, and we’ve thus come farther than other states. Let’s complete this journey.

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Justin Hosemann

Amber Helsel

R.L. Nave

Brinda Willis

Mo Wilson

Tommy Burton

Kelly Bryan Smith

Andrea Thomas

Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrote a Halloween piece and the story about “The Laramie Project” at Ole Miss.

Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is short, always hungry and always thinking. She wrote for the cover package.

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@jacksonfreepress. com. He contributed to the talk section.

Brinda Fuller Willis often plays tricks on people with her identical twin. She’ll go anywhere to hear the blues, and she is a real farmer’s daughter. She wrote an art story.

Editorial Intern Mo Wilson is a Millsaps College student. He enjoys pizza, the Internet, dancing alone in his bedroom, social justice, politics and giggling. He helped factcheck for the issue.

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton plays bass with Lately David, collects records, sees movies and travels a lot with his wife, Michelle. He wrote a music story.

Kelly Bryan Smith is a Fondren mom, nurse and writer. In her spare time, she practices yoga, builds garage apartments and fights crime with her son, Batman.

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Letter to the Editor Laurie Bertram Roberts (Oct. 16) rightly points out that we should focus more on primary research into the causes of breast cancer. Our series of manufactured fiscal crises (sequesters, government shutdowns, etc.) are making this harder to do. The government agencies (National Science Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and others), which provide much of the funding for basic scientific research in this country, have been hard hit. We are losing a generation of young researchers as grants dry up, research teams are broken up, careers ending and vital projects terminated. This is particularly unfortunate now, just as our knowledge of the human genome has equipped us to understand the basis of so many illnesses. Those creating havoc with serial crises are threatening the health of us all.

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Thursday, Oct. 17 President Barack Obama signs a measure into law reopening the federal government and averting a potential default. â&#x20AC;Ś The U.N. General Assembly elects Nigeria, Chad, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania and Chile to the Security Council. Friday, Oct. 18 Saudi Arabia rejects its seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the 15member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war. â&#x20AC;Ś The New Jersey state Supreme Court upholds an order legalizing samesex marriages in the state. Saturday, Oct. 19 The Grambling State University football team boycotts the annual homecoming game against Jackson State University to protest conditions at the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s athletic complex and other issues. â&#x20AC;Ś Two convicted killers freed from a Florida prison by phony documents are captured together without incident at a Panama City motel. Sunday, Oct. 20 Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parliament speaker warns that lawmakers could call for stepped-up atomic work if the West presses too hard for concessions in ongoing nuclear negotiations.

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Monday, Oct. 21 New Jersey begins recognizing gay marriages at 12:01 a.m., becoming the 14th state to do so. â&#x20AC;Ś President Obama speaks at a White House event to acknowledge the widespread problems with his health care lawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rollout.


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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;One Lakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Draws Mixed Reax by R.L. Nave


fter years of planning, debate and revision, public sentiment about a plan to dam part of the Pearl River and create a lake that is designed to reduce flooding in Jackson and draw real-estate investments still appears to be muddled. Through a public-records request the Jackson Free Press obtained written comments submitted as part of a Aug. 29 â&#x20AC;&#x153;scoping meeting.â&#x20AC;? The documents reflect mixed feelings on the plan locals call â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Lake.â&#x20AC;? In his written comments, Tom Fortner, president of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation, expressed concerns about flooding on Eubanks Creek and other waterways in Fondren and said he wants to increase flood protection in vulnerable areas of the capital city. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think the minimal environmental impact resulting from the One Lake plan outweighs the flood protection and economic benefits of the One Lake plan. This would be a game changer for Jackson, and we would be foolish not to embrace it,â&#x20AC;? Fortner wrote in his comments. Other comments seemed less measured. Many forms filled out by people who might be characterized as pro-One Lake primarily focused on the economic-development benefits of the proposed 1,500-acre six-mile-long lake from Lakeland Drive stretching south to the town of Richland. Robert Graham, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, pledged his â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 percent supportâ&#x20AC;? of One Lake. Comments that could be characterized as anti-One Lake centered on the involvement of wealth investors such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Lakesâ&#x20AC;? mastermind and oil businessman John McGowan, who owned land in the footprint of


Wednesday, Oct. 16 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announces that his country will meet again with six powers within weeks to further discuss ways to ease fears that Iran may want atomic arms. â&#x20AC;Ś Mississippi Republican U.S. Reps. Steven Palazzo and Alan Nunnelee vote against a resolution to end the 16day partial government shutdown.


A flood-control and development plan that oilman John McGowan envisioned is running up against many of the same reactions that doomed past projects.

the proposed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Lakesâ&#x20AC;? plan and whose business partners still own land in the revised lake footprint. Christopher B. King, a representative of the Jackson Audubon Society, pointed to the more than 60 avian species that live in a LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff State Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The park is of too great of importance to be altered in any way. The park offers inner-city children their one and only chance to experience the truly unique habitat that cannot be substituted for another park,â&#x20AC;? King wrote. In 2011, McGowan formed a nonprofit called the Pearl River Vision Foundation

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to promote the revised lake project, which he believes can reduce flooding and attract economic investment from developers. Under federal law and an agreement with the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District (aka the Levee Board), PRVF is completing engineering work on an environmental-impact assessment . McGowan initially suggested that he would pay for the study himself. In May, the Mississippi Development Authority gave the Levee Board a $1 million grant for the flood-control study. Dallas Quinn, a PRVF spokesman, said the group hopes develop a required alternative plan by Dec. 1











Living â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Ole Miss by Justin Hosemann

death penalty or life sentence. The cast remembers a growing arch of disruption during their Oct. 1 performance, one that began with an energetic audience and ended with an overwhelming sense of insecurity created by remarks made in the seats, including use of the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;fagâ&#x20AC;? and jokes about a female characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, there were comments made at peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sexuality,â&#x20AC;? says Gibbons, an openly gay cast member, â&#x20AC;&#x153;even comments made about someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight and race.â&#x20AC;?

was happening on stage and the things that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking about right now,â&#x20AC;? says Nathan Burke, 21, a musical theater major and cast member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we

and director of athletics Ross Bjork issued a joint apology on the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf for the misconduct of the students that night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Incidents like this remind all educators that our job is to prepare our students to be leaders in life during their years on campus and after they graduate from Ole Miss,â&#x20AC;? they wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This behavior by some students reflects poorly on all of us, and it reinforces our commitment to teaching inclusivity and civility to young people who still have much to learn.â&#x20AC;? Rory Ledbetter, the director of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Accosted and Insultedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;? at Ole Miss The pivotal moment came and an assistant professor of voice in the second act when one of and acting, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what type the Laramie citizens represented of reactions the play would receive in the play declares that he is a once it was produced. homosexual. The reaction, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it would tap into some cast says, was a shocking amount deep-seated stuff in the community of laughter and heckling from a The murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student and student body,â&#x20AC;? Ledbetter says. in Wyoming, led to the passage of federal hate-crime crowd made up mostly of Ole legislation as well as several books, film and plays, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, I had no idea what happened Miss students. Some audiences â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Project.â&#x20AC;? A recent incident at a performance that night was about to happen.â&#x20AC;? took pictures of cast members on of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;? at Ole Miss reignited nationwide Darby Burghard, 19, another thetheir phones and directed homo- discussion of LGBTQ issues. ater student in the play, describes phobic slurs at the actors. how difficult it was to follow scenes â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect my friends to be accost- were quite ready for that.â&#x20AC;? in which the audience was unruly. ed and insulted on stage,â&#x20AC;? says Adam Brooks, The Daily Mississippian, the student â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really angry at the way things 22, a BFA student of theater at Ole Miss and newspaper at Ole Miss, broke the story about started to happen at the beginning of the a cast member. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect people to take the disruption two days later on Oct. 3, re- play, but at the very end (after the McKpictures of us. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect any sort of hate porting that an estimated 20 football players inney scene) I just started to cry before I to be vocalized.â&#x20AC;? attended the play, with some participating in took the stage.â&#x20AC;? The cast members were shocked to see the disturbance. Though this play manifests as a response a play about human empathy become a stage University administrators instructed to a homosexual manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, Ledbetter and for prejudice and belittlement. Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bias Incident Response Team the cast said the community members of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the incident happened, it (BIRT) to investigate the reports discover was easy to draw parallels about what who was involved. Chancellor Dan Jones PRUH/$5$0,(VHHSDJH JUDY SHEPARD/MATTHEW SHEPARD FOUNDATION

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n Oct. 12, 1998, Matthew Shepard, 21, asked a few guys at a local bar for a ride home. Instead of taking him there, they drove him into a rural area, tied him to a fence and beat him unconscious with the butt of a handgun. They then left Shepard hanging on the fence; he died six days later. Aaron McKinney was one of the assailants, and his account of this event is immortalized in his confession to the Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Department of Albany County, Wyo. It was performed on stage earlier this month at Meek Auditorium at the University of Mississippi for a campus production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;a documentary-style play that dramatizes real interviews of the Laramie community after the murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay man. The effect wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite what the cast of the production thought it would be at the Oct. 1 performance. After McKinneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character describes Shepardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appearance as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;queerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a fag,â&#x20AC;? audience members erupted in laughter and conversation, numb to caustic homophobic slurs of a murderer and to the fact that the actors on stage had to continue through their banter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really surprised that we were able to keep going,â&#x20AC;? says Garrison Gibbons, 20, a BFA student of theater at Ole Miss. The McKinney scene is arguably the most powerful moment in the play, occurring in the final act and portraying a feeling of careless apathy on the part of the killer. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a sense of justification in what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done that has homophobic roots, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s far from remorseful even though he might be facing a potential


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Laramie are the focal point of the play, which examines how different individuals deal with their prejudices, limitations and changing beliefs. The playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s themes revolve around human empathy and understanding, something that starts with gay rights but moves outward into a larger picture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matthew isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in the show,â&#x20AC;? says Jade Genga, 21, a cast member and musical theater major. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He could be anyone, being discriminated against for anything. I think that was more the point.â&#x20AC;?

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Sense of Empowerment Ledbetter acknowledges that the cast was very troubled initially by the Oct. 1 performance, but after an outpouring of both national and international support, Ledbetter witnessed a noticeable change in the performances. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of a sudden, there was a sense of empowerment in the cast where they felt the support of the greater community,â&#x20AC;? Ledbetter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thursday and onward, the performances were just electric.â&#x20AC;? Nathaniel Weathersby, the president of LGBTQ organization UM Pride Network and a senior at Ole Miss, was there for one of the performances that followed the incident. He noted that though the


national spotlight may seem damaging, it could lead to more discussion about topics that are often left unattended. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do feel Mississippi and the university

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect my friends to be accosted and insulted.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; have a lot of work to do,â&#x20AC;? Weathersby said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but sometimes bad press can give the state motivation to move in the right direction.â&#x20AC;? That direction, for Weathersby, means moving toward a campus and community life where those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit the heterosexual mold can live and express themselves openly, without interference or unnecessary attention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The rhetoric I use is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not com-

pletely comfortable as a queer person on this campus,â&#x20AC;? Weathersby said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can exist here and go to school here, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not as comfortable being here as my heterosexual counterparts.â&#x20AC;? Jennifer Stollman, the academic director at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, led a restorative-justice dialogue session a week after the play incident that was mandatory for all those who attended that night. General responses from students were positive. The sessions addressed the common perceptions that lead people to disrespectful and often discriminatory, insensitivities. The idea of creating a more inclusive environment where matters of race and sexual orientation can be discussed without the need to voice discomfort was important to Stollman and those working to alleviate this situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a significant amount of students come and most were interested and engaged,â&#x20AC;? Stollman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was impressed with their ability and willingness to share their thoughts and opinions.â&#x20AC;? Stollmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s session was a small piece of the reconciliation efforts. She recognizes that issues of sexual orientation, race, and image are an ongoing discussion, and that it is im-

portant to expose new students to â&#x20AC;&#x153;different perspectives, experiences, and paradigmsâ&#x20AC;? they may encounter on a campus environment, an perhaps help prevent nights like Oct. 1 from happening again. Matthew Shepardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, Judy Shepard, spent several years after her sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death touring the country and speaking about hate crimes. In an interview with the Daily Mississippian in 2005 when she visited Oxford, Shepard also encouraged the idea of ending the ignorance that spurs hate crimes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reason that I travel the country is that I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want this to happen anymore,â&#x20AC;? said Shepard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Matt is no longer with us because those that took his life learned how to hate and were given the impression that society condones their behavior.â&#x20AC;? Ledbetter said, ultimately, performers of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;? took part in a valuable transformation that allowed them to both see and participate in these issues on stage, operating between real-world discrimination and the story they were trying to tell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before the event, I told them that they were performing â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Laramie Project,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Ledbetter said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After it happened, I told them that they were living â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Laramie Project.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Comment at

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ums are being built together makes a huge statement in the kind of unified state we have,” Winter said. “That we can invest this kind of money in a Mississippi history museum and a civil rights museum sitting side by side with a common entrance shows the racial reconciliation we’ve experienced, and underscores that we have an understanding of the threads of history that make up who we are.”

ums will mean 500 construction-related jobs and $19 million in wages, MDAH reports. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is getting much attention, and rightfully so—it is unique among civil-rights museums in the United States. The United States has other civil-rights museums—for example, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Ala., and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African TRIP BURNS

ormer Mississippi Gov. William Winter remembers a time when “civil” and “rights” were two words that weren’t used in tandem in many social circles. Winter has spent most of his professional life trying to move the ball forward on race relations, and he is proud to be a part of what he hopes is his state’s biggest acknowledgement of its sordid racial past to date. Now, nearly 30 years since he left office and after six years of fits and starts and controversy, the state is ready to break ground on a civil-rights museum and a Mississippi history museum in downtown Jackson. By the time Hurricane Katrina damaged the Old Capitol Museum in 2005 and forced museum curators to remove the artifacts for safekeeping, it was already clear that the state’s history was too rich and diverse to be housed under one roof. Add the fact that the civil-rights exhibit, the first permanent one of its kind in the United States, was incredibly insufficient, and the road ahead was obvious: The state needed not one, but two museums to teach its history to new generations. Eight years later, and after painstakingly detailed fundraising and design, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is set to break ground on the 2 Museums Project Oct. 24. “Our tradition of telling stories will be one of the hallmarks of these two stateof-the-art museums,” former Gov. Haley Barbour, who worked with the Mississippi Legislature to secure bond funding for the project, told reporters in September. “This is one of the many reasons I am proud to be part of this exciting project for our state.” The two museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—will serve as the brickand-mortar centerpiece of the state’s bicentennial celebration in December 2017. “I think the fact that these two muse-

The gun Byron de la Beckwith used to kill Medgar Evers in Jackson will be in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

The estimated cost of construction is $70 million for both buildings, plus $20 million for exhibits, artifacts and education venues. MDAH projects the museums will have an annual impact of $19 million on the state’s economy—mostly in Jackson—with 200,000 projected visitors every year. Most of the money will come from state bonds, which total $80 million ($40 million per building). MDAH had hoped to raise $14 million in private funds, and Director H.T. Holmes said he’ll announce how much money the department has been able to raise at the ground-breaking ceremony. In the short term, building the muse-

American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.—but Mississippi’s will be the first fully state-funded and state-controlled civilrights museum. “The museums in Memphis and Birmingham are fine museums, but they are not run by the state,” MDAH Director H.T. Holmes said. “They may receive some funding from local, state (or federal) government, but ours is completely a state project.” John Fleming, former executive director of the National Afro American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio, and consultant for museum architect Hilferty & Associates, told attendees at a meeting in

spring 2012 that the importance of the museum to Mississippi cannot be understated. “African American culture is at the very center of American history and culture,” Fleming said at that meeting. “If we do this right, it will tell the whole story; but we can only tell the whole story if you are willing to be an active participant in that process.” The museum is just the latest in a series of positive developments in the struggle to provide educational opportunities about Mississippi’s racial history. Starting with the 2011-2012 school year, civil rights became a part of the socialstudies curriculum for all public-school students. The civil-rights museum should give teachers an opportunity to let their students get a hands-on civil-rights education. “To not know history is to repeat it. And to learn the good things about Mississippi and America and the bad things about Mississippi and America is important for every Mississippian,” Barbour told the Associated Press about the curriculum in 2010. The civil-rights museum will feature seven galleries, surrounding an eighth—the “This Little Light of Mine” gallery. The two buildings will be connected and share storage areas, artifact conservation labs, classroom and auditorium space, a parking garage, store and other features. MDAH, in late 2012, named Jacqueline Dace as the project manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The Oct. 24 groundbreaking event begins at 9 a.m. at 200 North St. in downtown Jackson. It will feature an eclectic group of speakers, from Mississippi governors Haley Barbour, Phil Bryant and William Winter to Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of slain civil-rights activist Medgar Evers. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Mississippi music and activities for children start at 9 a.m. For more information, call MDAH at 601-576-6850.

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GOP Divided in Mississippi, Nationwide by R.L. Nave

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to address the Patient Protection and AffordMcDaniel, a Republican from Ellisville, done too little to oppose President Barack able Care Act or reduce spending. has been carefully polishing his resume for Obama, including Wicker and Cochran. “Every day, there is more evidence the months, which includes forming an 11-memCochran, 75, is up for re-election in ‘Obamacare’ train wreck is destroy2014, and the way he continues ing the health insurance market and to build his campaign war chest, driving up costs on hardworking which is approaching $1 million, families. Every day, the mountain of indicates that he will likely make debt our grandchildren will have to one more run even if he does not repay grows larger. Every day, we see serve the entire term. If that hapmore grim news about people strugpens, McDaniel’s name will appear gling to find jobs. In order to save the on the same ballot as Cochran’s in a American dream for present and fuRepublican primary next summer. ture generations, it is our duty to atIn his announcement speech at tack these problems head on,” Nunthe Ellisville courthouse, McDaniel nelee told reporters after the vote. took aim at Cochran for voting in Cochran also acknowledged favor of the deal to restart the federal that government spending and debt government, adding that conservashould be reduced over the long tives should not compromise their term, but agreed with Wicker that State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s challenge of powerful core principles of fiscal restraint. sniping over the Affordable Care incumbent U.S. Sen.Thad Cochran in the Republican “I’ve got 17 trillion reasons Act was not work risking the nation’s primary demonstrates the GOP is more divided than ever. not to compromise,” McDaniel credit worthiness. said, referring to the federal debt Seizing on the unpopularity of the ber conservative coalition in the Mississippi ceiling, which recently became a point of agreement within Tea Party political circles, Senate. In September, McDaniel participated contention that caused a partial federal state Sen. Chris McDaniel, 41, used the in one of the stops on the Tea Party Express’ government shutdown. news as a springboard for his candidacy for nationwide bus tour that took aim at congresComment at Email R.L. Nave at the U.S. Senate. sional Republicans the group believes have

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f one lesson that came out of the recent showdown over opening the federal government and paying the nation’s bills, it’s that deep fissures persist within the Republican Party. As evidence, consider the case of Mississippi where U.S. Reps. Alan Nunnelee and Steven Palazzo voted against the bipartisan compromise crafted in the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling so that the bills owed—from budgets already passed and funds the House already appropriated—might be paid. The four other members of the Magnolia State delegation—U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, Reps. Bennie Thompson and Gregg Harper—voted for the compromise bill. Thompson is the lone Democrat representing Mississippi in Congress. The shutdown resulted revenues worth $24 billion lost, increases in treasury-bills interest (meaning higher costs in debt service for the country), 0.6 percent shaved off GDP growth and countless people denied government services. Nunnelee and Palazzo defended their votes on the resolution, saying it did nothing

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Why it stinks: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a government takeover of the health-care market! OK, not in real life. But Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hypocrisy is hard to ignore in light of the his rationale for detesting the federal Affordable Care Act. Health-care advocates and industry experts have estimated that taking advantage of the Medicaid expansion option of the ACA could insure 300,000 more people in Mississippi who currently lack access to careâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you know, that thing Bryant claims to be preserving in the BCBS-HMA fight. Yet, on approximately a thousand different occasions, Bryant has insisted Mississippi should distance itself as much as possible from Obamacare. His reason being that the health law is too costly and is tantamount to a government takeover that interferes with the behavior of free markets. If thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the case, then, how does he justify sticking his gubernatorial boots in the middle of a dispute between two private companies? Bryant got a bit of a reprieve this week when state Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney announced a deal for four HMA hospitals to be recognized as part of BCBS Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s provider network. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great news for the customers of those two companies. If only our elected officials were always so proactive.

n Tuesday, Oct. 1, something happened at the University of Mississippi. During a play based on the 1999 hatecrime murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay student who attended the University of Wyoming, some audience members snickered during one of the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most dramatic moments. In the scene, the actor playing Aaron McKinney, one of Shepardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attackers, describes his victim as a queer and a fag. At other moments, as Justin Hosemann reports this week, crowd members, which included Ole Miss football players, hurled epithets like â&#x20AC;&#x153;fagâ&#x20AC;? at the performers and joked about the weight of a female character (see â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Ole Miss,â&#x20AC;? page 9). But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened after â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;? fracas that is most encouraging. Administrators immediately apologized on the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf and deployed the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bias Incident Response Team. Also, as it did after the 2012 election-night incident, and really is its entire reason for being, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation initiated a dialogue on restorative justice on campus. If we agree that Ole Miss is one of the barometers through which we can measure our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress, these actions give us hope that not only has our state come a long way, but that we might be further along than the nation or

even give ourselves credit for. In this 50th-anniversary year in which we commemorate important Mississippi markers in civil-rights history, we should take note of all our strides in the social-justice arena while recognizing the work that remains in addition to black-white race relations. This year, in many corners, Mississippians have shown the courage to confront and discuss issues of race. Now, we should challenge ourselves to show the same bravery to tackle rampant homophobia in our state. The urgency for such courage has never been greater. Over the summer, despite a U.S. Supreme Court decision extending federal benefits to gay married couples, Mississippi state officials declared that those couples would not be permitted to apply for those benefits on state property, such as National Guard bases. As professor and the playâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director Rory Ledbetter told the students, the Oct. 1 incident meant they were no longer merely performers in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;?; the students had a chance to live it. Mississippi is also living â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Project.â&#x20AC;? But the officials at Ole Miss who led the response to the embarrassing incident after â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Laramie Projectâ&#x20AC;? have given us a road map to think seriously about the ways we think and talk about same-sex-loving folks in Mississippi. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a journey that we should start immediately.

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hen the Pew Charitable Trusts released data on juvenile-detention rates across the country earlier this month, Mississippi had the third greatest percentage drop (77 percent) in young people committed to the juvenilejustice system. We should be shouting from the rooftops about this sharp decline. It’s a victory won through advocacy that brought about much-needed changes in laws and policies. It’s also a decline that has occurred without any increase in violent youth crime. But we should not forget that our young people still face an array of issues in Mississippi. As part of National Youth Justice Awareness Month, we will celebrate our victories and focus on the future of the youth justice movement at the Third Annual Art, Poetry and Justice SLAM. The event is set for Oct. 26 at Tougaloo College’s Bennie Thompson Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Middle school, high school or college students can register for the slam at www.tinyurl. com/ArtPoetryJustice or at the event. The slam is an opportunity for students to speak out and speak up about the issues they face in Mississippi—and compete for cash prizes and giveaways in the process. It is always a powerful evening of fun and reflection. SLAM winners have spoken eloquently about bullying, teen pregnancy, abusive police officers, going hungry at night, youth incarceration and many other important issues. This event also comes as Mississippians are commemorating the 50th anniversaries of major civil-rights events, which may seem irrelevant for many of our young people. But our schools are more segregated now than they were 30 years ago. Health care clinics in our communities do not provide our youth with adequate care. Our neighborhoods lack access to affordable, healthy food. And these children are too often seen as criminals. These young people are in need of a movement. But, when they speak up, adults often shut them up. As adults, we see young people as nuisances to be controlled rather than experts of the world in which they live. We forget that the prob-

lems youths face today are not caused by their age. These issues are the result of negligence committed by adults. They are the result of a system that has failed young people. But the youth of America have a powerful voice when they speak up. That voice was heard when the Dream Defenders in Florida sat in at their capitol for weeks to demand a change to the “stand your ground” law in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict— which was really a verdict of guilt for young, black men. The youth voice was heard when the Mississippi Student Justice Alliance stood up to Nissan in support of workers’ rights. And it was heard when the children of immigrants—Dreamers—stood up in capitols across the country for immigration reform. This is why the Southern Poverty Law Center and other organizations come together every year for the SLAM. These groups include the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office, The Young People’s Project, the United Way of the Capital Area, Tougaloo College’s Owens Health and Wellness Center, the United Auto Workers, the ACLU of Mississippi and One Voice of Mississippi. We believe in creating safe spaces for young voices to be heard—places where the ears of the adults and the system listen. Too often, the first time someone really notices these children is when it’s too late and the child is behind bars or out of school. We hear about what pushed them out of school and into the streets. We hear how a sick grandmother in need of care led to a young person dropping out of school. We hear about special needs that were never met. We hear how an incarcerated father forced a teen to become the family’s breadwinner. We must lift the voices of the youth to create a better future. Every child has a story that needs to be told—and heard. Jed Oppenheim is a senior advocate with the Southern Poverty Law Center and an occasional columnist for the Jackson Free Press. For more information about the Third Annual Art, Poetry and Justice SLAM, call 334-322-8218.

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DĂ­a de los Muertos by Justin Hosemann



f you think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tough to please trick-or-treaters who altar, the CempazĂşchitl, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Flor de Muerto,â&#x20AC;? which is a vi- able to institutionalize its language and religion in Latin knock on Halloween, imagine the painstaking task of brant marigold flower native to Mexico. America, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something quite non-European about finding something your long-deceased relatives would â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supposed to reflect the sun, which has a big im- DĂ­a de los Muertos, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reflected in this outlook on enjoy on their annual visit home from the grave. pact on the soul by attracting the spirits and guiding them death and the afterlife. Every Nov. 1 and 2, millions of Mesoamericans â&#x20AC;&#x153;In Aztec culture,â&#x20AC;? Martinez says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;you have prepare an â&#x20AC;&#x153;altarâ&#x20AC;? for this occasion. While North a close relationship with life and death. You see it Americans find symbolic comfort in keeping ap(death) more as a regular process, a natural process paritionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and uninvited ancestorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;away from where life enters a different stage.â&#x20AC;? the home, the descendants of Aztecs, Mayans and Hence, Mesoamericans have embraced not only Toltecs eagerly await the departed souls for whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their dead but the thought of death and dying in known as DĂ­a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. general. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there is something that Mexicans have, But this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a day to simply commemorate the itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s those features of happiness,â&#x20AC;? Martinez says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No dead. The complex holiday includes elements of fesmatter if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in trouble or having hard times, tivity, nostalgia, ritual, and mystery that make this a thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still happiness.â&#x20AC;? particularly sweet and contemplative occasion. So death, the bane of many of our everyday exisIsrael Martinez, a Mexican Veracruz and the ditences, becomes something to meet with high spirrector of Lingofest Language Center, said the holiday its, a natural achievement of sorts. has not lost its allure in the past few decadesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even In the traditions of DĂ­a de los Muertos, it can as more rational beliefs have replaced many tradialso be met with an array of sugary skulls, a staple tional superstitions and cultural myths. for the Day of the Dead; Pan de los Muertos, a sweet â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very alive,â&#x20AC;? Martinez says of DĂ­a de los roll of the dead; and mole, a classic Mexican sauce Muertos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the main traditions that Mexiused often during this holiday. cans have in terms of culture because this tradiBelievers place the tasty treats around the altar tion comes from before the Spanish conquests in as an offering to the spirits. After a family sits vigil Latin America.â&#x20AC;? around the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ofrendasâ&#x20AC;? for a period of time, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll The origins of the Day of the Dead are synusually commence in their own celebration, either cretic in nature. Basically, colonizing Spaniards used continuing it in the home or possibly carrying the Mesoamericans celebrate the dead the first two days of November. the indigenous populationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s belief in the afterlife to event on to a local cemetery where they symbolitheir own missionary advantage, adding Catholically guide the spirits back to their places of rest and cism and an already-established holiday, All Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day, to the house,â&#x20AC;? Martinez says. pay their respects until this time next year. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often into the native ritual. Martinez says this idea of warmly inviting dead rela- beautiful processions, lit by candlelight and escorted by Today, believers place a mixture of Catholic icons, tives and friends back into the home is one of the tough- mariachi musicians who keep the affair lively. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a fitting opal incense, food, beverage and novelty items around an est things for Americans and foreigners alike to wrap their end to the weeks of preparation. altar to attract spirits to the family home. These objects minds around. He must have seen the anxiety on my face Whether you actually believe that you spent an eveand foods are known in Mexico as â&#x20AC;&#x153;ofrendas,â&#x20AC;? or offer- when I was thinking about which one of my dearly de- ning with the deceased is irrelevant. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the connection ings. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen one of these displays, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth parted would pay me a visit in such a situation. that you make in keeping these individualsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; memories looking it up online. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an explosion of color, and if I â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a different interaction and point of view alive with fellowship that draws so many back to this had to guess, smells and texture. with death than other cultures,â&#x20AC;? Martinez says. holiday every year. Martinez describes one common adornment to the Though a western colonial power like Spain was Decanse en paz. Rest in peace.


Spooktacular Tales Oct. 24, 4-5 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Hear spooky tales and learn to make slime. For grades

1 and up. Costumes welcome. Free; call 601-856-2749. The Park After Dark Oct. 25, 5:30-9 p.m., at Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) & Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Dr.). Enjoy science experiments, arts and crafts, and trick-or-treating. Costumes welcome. Members must pay admission. $6; call 601-981-5469 or 601-576-6000; Resurrection of the Voodoo Zombies Halloween Party Oct. 25, 7 p.m., at Cool Water Catering & Events (1011 Lake Harbor Drive, Ridgeland). The party with a costume contest, scavenger hunt, drinks and music from DJ Zombie Slayer benefits the Brain

Injury Association of Mississippi. For ages 21 and up. BYOB. Space limited; online registration recommended. $25; call 601-956-6332; Misfit Monkeys Monster Mash Oct. 25, 8 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The Misfit Monkeysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; improv comedy show includes audience participation. Includes a food truck, drinks and door prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 818-645-4404; email misfitmonkeyscomedy@gmail. com; Halloween Party Oct. 25, 9 p.m., at Cherokee Inn (1410 Old Square Road). The seventh annual event includes music from Dave Jordan and the NIA. $5 cover; call 601-362-6388;

find Dave Jordan and the NIA on Facebook. ZooBoo Oct. 25-31, 5:30-8 p.m., at Hattiesburg Zoo (107 S. 17th Ave., Hattiesburg). The event includes trickor-treating, a dance party, a costume parade, games, rides and memorabilia for sale. $8; call 601-545-4576; Cadaver Course 5K Oct. 26, 8 a.m., at Mississippi State Medical Association (408 W. Parkway Place, Ridgeland). Enjoy dodging medical students dressed as zombies during the race. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) Foundation. $25 in advance, $35 day of race; call 601-853-6733; email; Fit 2 Lead Costumed 5K Race and Y Kids Tri Oct. 26, 8 a.m., at YMCA Flowood (690 Liberty Road, Flowood). Proceeds benefit the Flowood Family YMCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Support Campaign. Registration required. $25 5K, $15 fun run; call 601-664-1955; Northpark Mall Kidgits Malloween Oct. 26, 2 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Simon Kidgits Club members ages 3-8 enjoy games, crafts and treats. Costumes welcome. PRUH(9(176VHHSDJH

Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Additional fee applies for some offerings. Call 601-352-2500; â&#x20AC;˘ Boo at the Zoo Oct. 25, Oct. 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. $7, $5 members. â&#x20AC;˘ Harvest Festival Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Enjoy games, rides, food and more at the annual event. $10, $9 seniors, $6.75 ages 12 and under.


DIY Costumes for Kids by Kelly Bryan Smith


ant cool kid costumes without the sticker shock of the catalogs? Fashion a look from garments and objects you may have lying around the house instead. Use this list to think beyond the white-sheet-ghost and get creative with your kids to create a trick-or-treat fashion statement that will get the neighbors talking.



Colorful dress Colorful scarves Bangle bracelets Lots of makeup

Bathrobe Witch’s hat Gnarly branch painted gold as a wand


Superhero Solid-colored bath towel or throw blanket for cape Solid-colored tight-fitting T-shirt Solid-colored fitted pants Boots Superhero symbol drawn on cardstock with a Sharpie Safety pins

Pirate Striped shirt Raggedy shorts Striped socks Boots A curtain-hanger hook A red bandana hat Paper-towel-roll spyglass

Ballerina Leotard and tights from ballet lessons Feather boa and cowboy boots, or other accessories that make a statement

Lego Cardboard box Six rinsed-out yogurt cups Duct tape Spraypaint Teddy bear Brown sweat pants, inside out Face paint

To make a Lego costume for your tykes, pick a rectangular cardboard box large enough for your child to fit in while standing up. Cut off the bottom for his or her legs. Cut a head hole in the top, then arm holes on the sides. Attach six or eight clean yogurt cups in two vertical lines like a Lego. Spray paint the whole thing one solid color and pair with solid color clothing in the same hue.

Fairy Princess Favorite dress Crown cut from felt or fashioned from poster board and markers Glitter-glue on a pair of soon-tobe outgrown dress shoes Magic wand fashioned from a dowel rod or wooden kitchen spoon

Knight in Shining Armor Shield fashioned from cardboard, foil and a black sharpie PVC-pipe sword Grey sweatpants Grey t-shirt Metal colander helmet

Explorer Khaki pants Hiking boots Button-down shirt Safari-style hat Toilet-paper-roll binoculars

Scuba Diver Bathing suit Goggles Snorkel

Witch Black dress Black dress shoes Witch’s hat fashioned from black poster board Wand made from a gnarly stick painted black


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Tallahatchie Zombie Run Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Movie Gallery (216 W. Bankhead St., New Albany). Participants may register as runners or zombies. Runners should arrive by 3 p.m., and zombies should arrive by 2 p.m. Costumes encouraged. For ages 13 and up, and youth under 16 must be with an adult. Registration required. $35, discounts available for teams; call 662-534-5552;

Pumpkin Trail Oct. 26, 6:30-9 p.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The annual event includes a walk down a haunted trail, games and more. Gate closes at 8:30 p.m. $2, children under 3 free; call 601-926-1104; email; Parlour of Nightmares Burlesque Show Oct. 26, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The Reverend Spooky Le Strange and her Billion Dollar Baby Dolls perform at the Halloween-themed show. Includes a costume contest, a show from comedienne Deenie Castleberry and

music from DJ Young Venom. For ages 18 and up. Advance tickets. $20, $30 VIP; call 948-0888; email jane@; Halloween Salsa Party Oct. 26, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). The salsa class is from 9-10 p.m., and the party is from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Prizes given for best and scariest costumes. Purchase beverages or BYOB. Free class, party: $10, $5 with college ID; call 601-213-6355; Night of Mystery Fundraiser Oct. 29, 6 p.m., at Anjou Restaurant

(361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Includes a Vegas-style murder mystery, a silent auction, a costume contest, a silent auction and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA). Attire is “Paramount Casino.” $50 (advance tickets only); call 601-842-4404; email; Haunting of Brighton Park Oct. 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Brighton Park (530 S. Frontage Road, Clinton). Brace yourself to discover the dark secrets of the park after dark. For ages 10 and up. $3; call 601-924-6082;

Pumpkin Run Oct. 30, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Expect surprises along the three-mile course, and enjoy refreshments after the race. Costumes welcome. Free; call 601899-9696; LEGO Jackson Halloween through Oct. 31, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). See Dr. Scott Crawford’s LEGO sculptures of a haunted house, Dracula’s castle and more through Oct. 31. Free; call 601960-1557, ext. 224.

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Happy (Local) Halloween by Amber Helsel


know you get tired of the same ol’ same ol’ on holidays like Halloween. You go and buy your bag of candy from a chain grocery store and wait at your house for children to knock on your door. You eat the same old thing every year. This year, shake it up a little bit by adding some local flair to your Halloween treats.

by Amber Helsel


Graveyard Dirt

Ghostly Berries

Candy-coated strawberries are a classic, and turning them into little ghosts is easier than you think. 2 cups water 12 ounces vanilla-flavored candy melts 16 ounces strawberries A tube of black sparkle gel icing

De-stem the strawberries by taking off the leaves and then using a knife to remove the rest of the stem. Turn your stove eye on medium to low heat. Put two cups of water into a medium-size sauce pan. When the water begins steaming, place a large bowl on top. Drop a piece of the candy melts in. When it starts melting, pour 8 ounces of the candy in. Stir it constantly with a rubber spatula. When it is halfway melted, turn the heat off, and stir the candy until it’s completely melted. Take it off the stove and dry the bottom of the bowl thoroughly. Add the other 4 ounces and stir vigorously. When the candy is done, start dipping the strawberry in. This part is messy, but it’s necessary to make your fruit as ghostly as possible. To get the best coverage, dip the strawberry, swirl it around and remove it quickly, wiping the excess onto the side of the bowl. Place your ghosts on a parchment sheet-lined baking pan. Allow them to set for at least 30 minutes. Cut the tip off the tube of icing and draw little faces on the strawberries. My treats did not come out perfect, just as I expected. I tried to make “ghosties on a stick,” but I found it was easier to just dip the berries. I got my hands messy, and had a few errors on the way, but even though they aren’t totally perfect, they came out very cute, which is what I wanted anyway.

The beautiful thing about this dish is that it’s up to your interpretation. You can make this treat as creepy or as fun as you want. It’s best to prepare it right before you’re serving it. If you bake it the night before, I recommend baking the cake the night before and finishing the treat next day, because pudding only keeps its form for a day before turning liquid. Cake: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar 6 tablespoons canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup water 2 eggs Instant chocolate pudding Recommended candy: Gummy candy Pop Rocks M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the flour, sugar, salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Beat the vinegar, canola oil, vanilla extract, and water into the dry ingredients until everything is completely combined and the batter is smooth. Beat the eggs in one at a time. Don’t be alarmed if the batter is really liquidy. You’ll end up breaking the

cake up. Pour the batter into a buttered cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until done. Stick a toothpick in the middle before you pull the cake out of the oven. If the toothpick is clean, it is done. While the cake bakes, make the instant pudding by the directions on the box. If it says to use skim milk, it’s OK to use whole milk. After the cake has cooled, break it up into chunks. Using a food processor, pulse small amounts of it until you have a pile of “dirt.” In a large mixing bowl, toss the candy with the cake crumbles. Don’t be alarmed if you hear the cake sizzling—it’s just the Pop Rocks doing their thing. Pour the pudding into a large rectangular baking dish and spread it evenly. Place some creepy crawly gummy candy in it, and then pour the cake mixture on top. Voila. You have a creepy but edible plot of graveyard dirt.

Instead of buying a giant bag of name-brand candy, get treats from local bakeries and candy shops.


With a little imagination and elbow grease, you can make spooky and fun Halloween treats.

rom the time I could walk, my mom took me trickor-treating on Halloween. I think I may have missed it one time because a friend and I decided that we’d rather give out candy. Even when I got older, I convinced my mom to let me tag along with the younger kids. I’m older now so trick-or-treating isn’t as fun as it used to be, but my favorite tradition is still the candy. As a working adult, I can go to the grocery store and buy as much as I want, and I don’t have to share it with anyone. It’s mine—unless, of course, I want to use my candy for good and not evil. This year, I wanted to use it for good. Over the last few weeks, the Jackson Free Press staffers were busy putting out our holiday issue of BOOM Jackson magazine, and needed something to keep going. To provide some glucose energy and celebrate Halloween a little early, I decided to do something to make everyone’s day a little brighter.

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How will you celebrate Halloween?

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o age is too early for walking the neighborhood on Halloween. Just keep expectations and supervision age appropriate, talk about safety, dress for the weather, and enjoy the night air with friends and neighbors. Whether you are taking your little pumpkin in a stroller just for the atmosphere or going door-todoor with a pack of 8-year-old goblins and vampires, here are a few tips to keep everyone having fun.

Tips for Grownups • Stick to a route that is well-lit with little car traffic. • Set boundaries in advance so younger kids know how much they need to walk, how much they can expect to be carried, how long you will stay out, etc., without major meltdowns. Once a kid is about 4 years old, it is better to have them in on the plan in advance for the smoothest sailing. • Do not, upon penalty of eternal spite, sneak a piece of candy that is the only one of something. (Important.) • Sort out candies that are choking hazards, not age-appropriate for your child or contain ingredients that your child is allergic to. • Some parents don’t want their house overrun with empty calories. Consider a candy trade-in system. This system would let your kids eat some candy but would preserve their teeth by letting them trade in, say, 30 pieces of candy for a trip to pick out a new book at Lemuria or a family fun day with a special picnic at the park. • Take this time to get to know your neighbors better.

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All Hallows Read

Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows Read recommendations:

by Amber Helsel



he classic trick-or-treat song wouldn’t feel the same if you replaced “give me something good to eat” with “give me something good to read.” Because it’s all about the candy, right? For science-fiction and fantasy author Neil Gaiman, it’s not. In 2010, Gaiman started giving scary books instead of treats on Halloween—a tradition he calls All Hallows Read—as a ploy to get children to read. He recommends that participators in the event say the following to trickor-treaters: “‘Take it. Read it. Trust me… around here… a book can be… safer than candy.’” Then he says to, “chuckle to yourself, as if remembering something unfortunate that happened to some of the local children only last year.” Though a lot of kids may not like this tradition, it could play in parents’ favors, because instead of the tons of candy that lead to many trips to the dentist, kids get a scary book that sparks their imagination—and possibly their inner fears. You can trace the tradition to a blog

If you really want to add some volume, you can sew two wigs together. Take one wig completely apart—the hair is sewn in lines called wefts—and sew the hair between the wefts of the intact wig. To add shape to the wig, you can use shapes or padding and hide it under the hair. Kristin recommends using materials that are the same color as the hair (or covering your materials with felt the same color as the hair) to make disguising them easier. Use lightweight materials so your head doesn’t fall backward! Foam, wire, plastic cups, etc., are all good materials. Some wig makers use paper maché, but that can

For younger readers: “The Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King (Signet, 1987, $7.99) “Goosebumps” by R.L. Stein (multiple books, Scholastic) “The Halloween Tree” by Ray Bradbury (Yearling, 1999, $5.99) “The Witches” by Roald Dahl (Puffin, 2007, $6.99) “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” by Alvin Schwartz (Scholastic, 1989, $5.39)

For teen and adult readers: Science-fiction writer Neil Gaiman wants Halloween to also be a book- giving holiday.

post where Gaiman pondered what Halloween would be like if it was a bookgiving holiday. Of course, he insists that participators give trick-or-treaters scary books they can handle, and even has a list of recommendations. For more, visit

“The Shining” by Stephen King (Anchor, 2012 reprint, $7.99) “The Magic Cottage” by James Herbert (Onyx, 1988, $7.75) “The Woman in Black” by Susan Hill (Vintage, 2012 reprint, $14) “The Exorcist” by William Peter Blatty (Harper, 2013 reprint, $7.99) The short story collections of Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft

get heavy if you aren’t careful. To keep the wig’s shape, use fabric glue, which dries clear. It can, occasionally, stain lighter fibers, so do a test on a less visible section of the hair. Kristin recommends wearing a wig cap, which most wig stores will throw in for free with the purchase of a wig. Even very long hair will fit under nearly any wig cap—try French braiding your hair close to the head or in a spiral around your head, then fit the wig cap over. Final bit of advice: each step will probably take longer than you think (especially if something needs to dry), so don’t delay!

Harper-Collins’ recommendations:

For pre-schoolers: Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino (HarperFestival, 2003, $5.99) The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, 2010 reprint, $6.99)

For 8- to 12-year-olds “The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight” by Jack Prelutsky (Greenwillow Books, 1992, $6.99) “Always October” by Bruce Coville (HarperCollins, 2012, $16.99)

For teens “Carnival of Souls” by Melissa Marr (HarperCollins, 2012, $17.99) “Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story” by Adam Rex (Balzer + Bray, 2011 reprint, $8.99)


Elaborate Halloween wigs can get extremely expensive, but with a little practice and creativity, you can transform a cheaper wig into exactly what you need.



ackson Free Press Art Director Kris- way to create stripes or ombre effects. One tin Brenemen is quickly becoming really dedicated wig maker took the markour resident wig expert. She has ers and literally colored on the hair strands, made five wigs now to help take her then sealed the color with furniture sealant DIY costumes to the next level. She shared (so it doesn’t ruin clothes or dye your skin on her tips for transforming a contact). You can also use wig into the perfect topper fabric dye much the same for any costume. way as the marker liquid. It’s easiest to start with If you want to cut a base wig and build onto it. the wig or do a lot of heavy Depending on how much styling, Kristin recomwork you are willing to do, mends purchasing a wig you can start with a cheap form. You can get them at Halloween wig, but know most beauty supply stores that the fibers will likely be or even your local salon. lower quality. You can also Cut a little at a time. You start with strips of wig hair, can always cut more, but but you’ll need some kind you can’t cut less. To deconstruct a wig, pull it of base to put them on. Adding curls or apart one weft at a time. To color the hair on a body is a great way to wig, try the Sharpie methbuild volume. Most wigs od. Take a sharpie or permanent marker and are not heat-resistant, so you need to use soft let it sit in rubbing alcohol. Then, you can curlers and hot water or steam. You need to either soak the entire wig in a bath of the make sure the curlers are completely cool liquid or put that dyed rubbing alcohol in a and dry before removing them, though, so spray bottle and mist the wig with it—a great be prepared for this step to take some time.


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Steven O’Neill (left) and Alex Eaton joined forces to pursue a particular restaurant vision in Belhaven, with O’Neill spearheading the bar and Eaton in charge of the rustic menu.

a wood-fired restaurant,” Eaton says. He spent time working at Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen in Charlotte, N.C., and says his time there greatly influenced his interest in that style of cooking. Eaton has worked for Chef John Besh in New Orleans and, most recognizably here in Jackson, was a chef at Table 100 when it first opened. His love of food, and of rustic cooking, goes even further back, though. “While most kids in the Boy Scouts were bringing Lunchables to camp,” Eaton says, “I brought stuff my mom had packed me to cook over the open fire.” Manship isn’t exactly camp, though. It’s rustic and refined at the same time, a cosmopolitan venture that focuses on not cutting corners on recipes and using some of the freshest produce available—some of it to be supplied regionally and locally. O’Neill and Eaton are at the cusp of a culinary movement that is moving to more local, healthier and, frankly, harder-to-preAfter a long summer of building, the staff of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen hopes to pare dishes, but that’s what open Oct. 31. they’re most excited about.

The Manship will offer a selection of grilled and rotisserie bone-in meats and fish, cooked over hickory wood and reminiscent of country meal in Greece or Italy. The menu steers clear of heavy, saturated foods, as well as ingredients that avert attention away from quality produce and kitchen craftsmanship. The bar will reflect the Mediterranean menu by offering regional wines and beers from that area, but it will also have a stripped-down approach to its cocktail menu, using fresh fruit and other ingredients while avoiding sugary mixers. O’Neill is looking forward to a seasonal beverage that he’s been working on called “The Headless Horseman,” a fall cocktail that pairs Cathead pumpkin spice vodka with autumn flavors such as cinnamon, allspice and maple bitters. (Get the recipe in the November-December issue of BOOM Jackson magazine, out the first week of November.) As for the location, O’Neill loves the fact that Manship will be in the heart of Belhaven. “Our décor on the inside reflects the look of the Belhaven neighborhood,” he says. “It’s one of the oldest areas in town, so most of the interior elements are things that you would’ve seen in the 19th century when those homes were built.” O’Neill and Eaton have set a tentative soft opening date of Oct. 31. Once open, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St.) plans to serve food and drinks from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, with the 25 kitchen closing at 10 p.m.


teven O’Neill and Alex Eaton barely have 60 years between them, but their combined restaurant experience surpasses their youth. They’ll be blending their unique talents and accumulated ideas at a new restaurant, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. The upscale dining arrangement in Belhaven that will offer a Mediterranean- and southern European-inspired menu. The kitchen will be largely dependent on woodfired ovens and grills, an experience and an aroma that makes this upcoming restaurant rustic and innovative. O’Neill, 32, and Eaton, 28, are both from the Jackson area, but didn’t cross paths until a few years ago when they a mutual friend introduced them. Shortly after, the idea for a new restaurant took shape. “He (Steven) had the restaurant and location picked out, but he didn’t have the concept,” says Eaton, the executive chef at Manship. “So we brought those two things together.” The restaurateurs contribute to the eatery 50/50, supplying ideas and energy to different aspects of Manship. O’Neill is the managing owner of the restaurant and a connoisseur of wine and spirits, holding a level-one sommelier’s certificate. His most recent business ventures included a stint as the general manager of Parlor Market in Jackson, but his restaurant experience goes back to his teens when he was busboy at Copeland’s. He has been in the restaurant business since then, with the exception of a tour in Iraq for which he received a Purple Heart. Eaton contributes to culinary side of Manship, offering up a menu of Greek, northern Italian and Spanish dishes that will come together in what he refers to as the most “honest” form of cooking—over a wood fire. “The first restaurant I wanted to do was going to be


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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. Koinonia (136 Adams St. 601-960-3008) Coffeehouse plus lunch and more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.


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904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, italian food, burgers and much more in a casual-dining atmosphere in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the fried ravioli. Bring the kids for ice cream! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

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Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


Eslava’s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best.

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood.

BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi.

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and Irish beers on tap. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

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Coming Together


New Bourbon St. Jazz Band (Restaurant)

coming soon

United Way Adult Spelling Bee (6pm Big Room)

Halloween Party

Erin Callie (Restaurant)

Mission South (Red Room) FRIDAY 10/25:

Josh Threlkeld (Restaurant) SATURDAY 10/26:

Rev. Spooky LeStrange’s Parlour of Nightmares Burlesque (Big Room)

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Halloween Night: 10/31 Barry Leach Trio (Restaurant)

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October 23 - 29, 2013

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its location on Capitol Street downtown. The intimate evening, limited to 60 guests, reflected what Noone did with his restaurant, creating a setting that combined great food, talented people and a combination of innovation with nods to our past. Boykin described the menu as a mix of the old and new Parlor Markets, incorporating some of Noone’s favorite signatures, JULIE SKIPPER



ne of the things I love about Jackson is how often people who care about each other, and about this city, come together to support things bigger than themselves. We know the potential this place has, and we know that making it great takes everyone. But most of all, we know that when we do things together, it’s also a lot of fun. That spirit was fully on display Sept. 23 at Dinner 34, which will become an annual event supporting the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association’s Craig Noone “Rock It Out” Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of restaurateur Craig Noone of Parlor Market, who died in 2011. The event name is a tribute to Noone—34 was his number in athletics—and an acknowledgment of the idea of teamwork. When I first heard about the event, I spoke with Reynolds Boykin, Parlor Market’s sous chef, who helped organize it along with Noone’s friends Richard Patrick and Austin Evans of Cathead Vodka. It sounded like a perfect way to celebrate Noone’s vision, life and legacy, and what the scholarship established in his memory will do for young people going forward. The dinner included and recognized Conner Wolf, the first recipient of this twoyear scholarship. A Jackson native with a lifelong passion for cooking, Wolf worked in the kitchen at Broad Street Bakery before following his dream to culinary school. He spent his first year of culinary studies at Mississippi University for Women’s culinary arts program (the only culinary program in the state) before transferring to Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. Wolf returned to Jackson to help prep for and cook during the event. Boykin sees the inclusion of recipients of the scholarship in the evening as a way to grow the chef community and get people back here through the years. If we’re lucky, Wolf will return after graduation to launch what’s sure to be a promising career here. During the dinner, he shared some of his ideas for items at a restaurant he’d like to open one day, including appetizers he called “Here, Mamas” in honor of small dishes he used to fix for his mother. He also talked about how grateful he was to be able to study at Le Cordon Bleu, getting exposure to great training and connections, and how he’d like to bring what he learns back home. This year’s Dinner 34 took place at the Robert E. Lee Building downtown, a location organizers chose because it’s unique and rich with history and potential—yet is a place many folks may have never had a chance to see. The event location will change each year, but it will always be a space with a history and strong sense of place, in a nod to Noone’s choice to open Parlor Market in

A pop-up dinner in honor of the late Craig Noone served as a reminder of all the good that Jacksonians can do together.

like Craig’s Fried Oyster Salad, along with dishes added lately. Sitting among friends and family and taking in the beautiful architecture and views of downtown, I felt Dinner 34 celebrated perfectly what Noone saw for Jackson, and for all of us. His goal wasn’t just opening a restaurant (or even several). It was about making Jackson great. To do that, he brought people together. In his staff, for events, and among his customers and friends, he cultivated and grew a community of people. Noone, a good friend, also believed in investing in people in whom he saw a spark, a passion, a talent—and then he encouraged them, challenged them and gave them an opportunity to shine. He was always so proud of his sous chefs, line cooks, bartenders—everyone who was a contributing member of the team—and he pushed them to do amazing things. That’s why it’s so fitting that his legacy lives on through the Rock It Out Scholarship and in promising young talent like Wolf. The scholarship will give someone an opportunity to follow a passion, to be challenged, to achieve great things … and then, at Dinner 34, to come back to Jackson and be a part of something here, too. Visit for more information or to apply for the Craig Noone “Rock It Out” Memorial Scholarship.

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The Howlin’ Brothers perform Oct. 26 at Hal & Mal’s in support of their latest album.

Howlin’ Brothers: Beyond Bluegrass by Seth Hall

As a string band, The Howlin’ Brothers present a raw and honest energy. “It’s more infectious than a rock band. It allows for people to get dancing,” Green says. “The band usually dances on stage, too.” The Howlin’ Brothers’ effect on audiences is easy to see through videos of their live performances. And they don’t just dance on stage. During the band’s version of Carl Perkins’ “Dixie Fried” and in its original song “Charleston Chew” on “The Sun Studio Session,” the tapping and shuffling of the band members’ boots are fully audible in the recording. For Green, the term “Americana” and the label of bluegrass fail to fully characterize the band. Americana encompasses traditional forms of popular music and harkens back to a time when there was little (if any) difference between blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel and jazz. The Howlin’ Brothers rely on more traditional forms of music, such as bluegrass or Dixie land jazz, as a platform on which to build its style and as references from which to pull inspiration for its sound. The trio first met at Ithaca College in upstate New York, where the individual members played a variety of music. In addition to separate rock bands, Craft played in a steel drum group, while Green and Plasse received classical guitar training. After Craft, Plasse and Green met and

started playing together, they found that they had a fondness for bluegrass and folk music. The three also eventually realized that they loved playing traditional acoustic music. Since that time, The Howlin’ Brothers have been active in recording and touring. The trio’s albums, 2007’s “Tragic Mountain Songs,” 2009’s “Long Hard Year,” 2011’s “Baker St. Blues,” 2012’s compilation of live performances, “Old Time All The Time,” and 2013’s “Howl,” exhibit the band’s development as musicians and the expansion of their sound beyond the definitions of bluegrass. Once the band signed with Readymade Records, it produced “Howl.” The band plans to follow the 12 original songs on “Howl” in 2014 with another 12-song album of original material The Howlin’ Brothers just finished recording. The Howlin’ Brothers are on tour in support of “Howl” and “The Sun Studio Session.” The band feeds off performing live and getting audience feedback, Green says. As the band sings on “The Sun Session,” “Get out on the floor, that’s what it’s for.” The Howlin’ Brothers perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601-948-0888) with Wood & Wire and Station Wagons. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Visit Download a free copy of “The Sun Studio Session” at 29


fter Ian Craft and Jared Green joined Ben Plasse to play some bluegrass songs during a classical guitar recital at Ithaca College in upstate New York, Plasse’s professor, Pablo Cohen, asked, “Who are these guys? The howlin’ brothers?” The name stuck, and it followed the trio to Nashville. Since that first performance in 2005, The Howlin’ Brothers have released several full-length albums and a compilation of live performances and, most recently, an EP called “The Sun Studio Session.” The band caught the attention of Brendan Benson, a solo musician, guitarist and keyboardist of The Raconteurs, and co-founder of Readymade Records. Benson signed the band to the label in 2012 and produced the album “Howl” in March 2012. The six-song EP, “The Sun Studio Session,” was recorded in the famous monument to American music in downtown Memphis. The second song on the EP, “Til I Find You,” is an ode to lost love. In classic bluegrass fashion, the song rolls along the high tempo of Ian Craft’s banjo, Ben Plasse’s upright bass and Jared Green’s pick-worn guitar. Green’s voice wells up plaintive, beautiful lyrics, and the trio’s separate vocals form a high and sweet harmony often associated with the music of Appalachia. “We want people to know we’re more than just a bluegrass band,” Green says. “We’re an American string band.”


Johanne d’ Arc: An Experiment in Improvisation by Brinda Fuller Willis

October 23 - 29, 2013




oan of Arc goes on stage fueled by improv for Belhaven University’s production of “Johanne d’Arc.” The university’s theater director and department chairman, Joe Frost, decided to let the creative process of improvisation determine and guide the script for “Johanne d’Arc.” During improvisational rehearsals, the students tailored their roles to fit the characters. “That’s when I write the script, after the creative process ensues,” Frost says. The cast worked on improvisation together for about a month before Frost wrote a script based on the scenes they workshopped. Then, they continued to tweak the script through rehearsals. For the production, an all-female cast researched Joan of Arc historical accounts together. Using their knowledge and improv skills, they built the characters, defined their scenes and applied dialogue based on their interpretation of their characters to construct the play. Joan of Arc’s story as a peasant girl God called to lead the fight against the English for the reestablishment of the French throne expands

Laina Faul, who plays the lead role in “Johanne d’Arc,” and her cast mates used many improvisation techniques while in rehearsal to get into the story of Joan of Arc.

based on how far the actors wish to hone in on the adventures of the heroine. “I want to produce a new point of view and interpretation, painting another picture of what audiences already know

about the bold escapades of the historical person,” Frost says. “Possibilities exist through improvisations that don’t come out in a pre-scripted play. (Students are) given the opportunity to personalize their

feelings because their guard is let down.” Many cast members are returning students who already have acting experience. “But there were so many new students too that gives us fresh perspective, evoking even more invention,” he says. Students went through rehearsal exercises to prepare for the experiment in improv. The exercises helped them to become more accepting and comfortable with fellow actors. This will be an “in the round” production that allows for flexible seating which brings the audience in close contact with the actors as they perform. Laina Faul will portray Johanne. All other roles will interchange. Belhaven faculty members Kris Dietrich and Nadine Grant are designing the final set and costumes, respectively. Johanne d’Arc” premieres Oct. 24 at the Center for the Arts at 835 Riverside Drive on the Belhaven University campus. Performances run through Nov. 2 with matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov 2. For tickets and performance schedules, call 601-974-6494 or email

FRIDAY 10/25

SUNDAY 10/27

Mississippi International Film Fest starts today at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.

Wyatt Waters and Robert St. John sign “An Italian Palate” at the art museum.

MONDAY 10/28 Microphone Mondays, an open-mic event, is at Jackson State University.

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Jesmyn Ward signs copies of “Men We Reaped: A Memoir” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $23 book. Call 601366-7619; email; lemuriabooks. com. … Body Sculpting by Keshia is at 6:30 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). $10-$20; call 863-6378.

Singer-songwriter Todd Snider performs Oct. 30 at Duling Hall to promote his album, “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables.”


Museum Groundbreaking of the future site of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is at 10 a.m. at 200 North St. Free; call 601576-6850; … Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $20-$62.50; call 601-981-1847 or 800-745-3000;

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SUNDAY 10/27

Misfit Monkeys Monster Mash is at 8 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). $7; call 818645-4404; email; … Mississippi International Film Festival is this weekend at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-665-7737; email; … Bay Bridge Fest is this weekend on Main Street in Bay St. Louis. $6 per day, ages 12 and under free;

Artist Wyatt Waters and restaurateur Robert St. John sign copies of “An Italian Palate” from 1-3 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free admission, book for sale; call 601-960-1515; … Stand Up for ARF is from 2-5 p.m. at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification Street). Pets welcome. $25; call 601-948-0055; email


Best of Madison County Showcase is at 5:30 p.m. at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Gluckstadt). $40 call 601-605-2554; … Microphone Mondays open mic is at 9:30 p.m. at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive) in Studio A. $5; call 601979-1646 or 601-979-1647.

Color in Motion 5K is from 9 a.m.-noon at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). Registration required, space limited. $50, discounts for team members; email; … Art, Poetry and Justice Slam BY BRIANA ROBINSON is from 6-10 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Road, Tougaloo) in the Bennie G. Thompson Center auditoFAX: 601-510-9019 rium. Registration required. DAILY UPDATES AT Free; call 601-291-4060; faceJFPEVENTS.COM … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the band Classical Mystery Tour present “Music of Lennon and McCartney” at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). $15 and up; call 601960-1565; … Power of the Mic Comedy Show is at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Enjoy live music and stand-up comedy. $10; call 646-801-1275; find Power of the Mic on Facebook. …. Parlour of Nightmares Burlesque Show is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). For ages 18 and up. $20, $30 VIP; call 948-0888; email;

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Health Help Mississippi Educational Presentation is at 11 a.m. at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Free; call 877-314-3843. … Night of Mystery Fundraiser is at 6 p.m. at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Attire is “Paramount Casino.” $50 (advance tickets only); call 601-842-4404; email denise.cantrell@thinkvss. com;


Louis LeFleur Trading Post Christmas Kickoff is at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Free with admission ($8, children under 12 and museum members free); call 601-981-5469; … Todd Snider performs 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Congress also performs. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7121;



Bay BridgeFest is Oct. 25-27 in Bay St. Louis. The music festival features three stages with 20 bands, including The Revivalists, Dumpstaphunk, Amanda Shaw and Honey Island Swamp Band.


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Misfit Monkeys Monster Mash Oct. 25, 8 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The Misfit Monkeys’ improv comedy show includes audience participation. Includes a food truck, drinks and door prizes. Doors open at 7 p.m. $7; call 818-645-4404; email misfitmonkeyscomedy@;

OctoberFest Oct. 26, noon-5 p.m., at Jayne Avenue Park (3615 Jayne Ave.). The annual event includes food, arts and crafts, health screenings, giveaways and a talent show. Free; call 601291-2243.

#/--5.)49 Events at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Registration required. $10; call 601-605-0007; email • Level Two Microsoft Word Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Topics include creating pamphlets and tables and mail merge. • Elder Care: Legal and Financial Planning Solutions for the Golden Years Oct. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Topics include planning for incapacity, estate planning, medical care and legal rights. Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • Artifact and Collectible Identification Program Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The MDAH staff reviews and assists in identifying documents and objects of historical value, including potential donations to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Free; call 601-576-6850. • History Is Lunch Oct. 30, noon Museum of Mississippi History director Cindy Gardner talks about plans for the new museum and groundbreaking ceremonies. Free; call 601-576-6998.

October 23 - 29, 2013

Health Help Mississippi Educational Presentations. Learn more about health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. Free; call 877-314-3843. • Oct. 22, 2 p.m., and Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). • Oct. 23, 11 a.m., at Fannie Lou Hamer Library (3450 Albermarle Road). • Oct. 23, 5 p.m., at Ella Bess Austin Library (420 W. Cunningham Ave., Terry). • Oct. 25, 11 a.m., at Charles Tisdale Library (807 E. Northside Drive). • Oct. 25, 1 p.m., at Beverly J. Brown Library (7395 Siwell Road, Byram). • Oct. 28, 4 p.m., at Raymond Public Library (126 W. Court St., Raymond). • Oct. 29, 11 a.m., at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road).


Lawyers in the Library Oct. 21-23, 3-7 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The Capital Area Bar Association hosts the 20-minute one-on-one consultations. Topics include family law Oct. 21, criminal law and expungements Oct. 22, and Social Security, disability and estate planning Oct. 23. Registration required. Free; call 601-968-5809. Rekindle the Fire Conference Oct. 23-26, at Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church (1505 Robinson St.). Speakers include Bishop Clifton Jones, Dr. Leo Lewis, Dr. R. Heard, Dr. Sheila Austin, and Elder Michael Bender. Denita Gibbs performs. Registration required. Free; call 601-354-2599;


everal summers ago, the Children’s them another way to express their feelings Defense Fund and Southern Pov- and share what they are experiencing in erty Law Center teamed up to their community.” shine a light on youth during National Spoken-word and poetry participants Youth Justice Awareness month. The Art, can register to compete for cash prizes. ViPoetry and Justice Slam started with the sual artists can submit work ahead of time support of numerous sponsors such as the for display on the night of the slam. This NAACP, the ACLU and the Mississippi year’s judges include Natalie Collier and Student Justice MC James Crow Alliance. The in the spokenthird annual slam word category. will be held once “We try to again at the Benregister beforenie G. Thompson hand, but there Auditorium. are always people Stemming who show up on the flow of young Organizers are adding an art component the day of and say people in the juve- to spoken-word poetry at Art, Poetry and “Hey, I’ve been nile justice system Justice Slam on Oct. 26. working on this and the pipeline poem,’” Oppenbetween the country’s educational system heim says. The event organizers remain and prison system are at the heart of the open to spontaneity. event. Middle-school through college“Last year there were about 40 people aged youth are invited to attend the event, who participated. In the middle there was which provides a platform for expression an impromptu cycle where a bunch of and communication. folks got up on stage and improvised,” Op“Originally, we had the idea of doing penheim says. “It was pretty powerful.” a poetry slam,” Jed Oppenheim, a senior The Art, Poetry and Justice Slam is advocate from Southern Poverty Law Oct. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tougaloo ColCenter, says. “We added the art format lege (500 W. County Line Road, 601-977because some children can’t find a voice 7770). For more information, call 601-291around justice issues—we wanted to give 4060. — Genevieve Legacy FLICKR/VISUAL.DICHOTOMY

Mississippi International Film Festival Oct. 25-27, at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Watch independent films, and attend film and acting workshops Oct. 25-26. Attend the Zombie Ball Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. (award for best costume). The awards brunch is Oct. 27 at the King Edward Hotel. Free films, workshops and ball, $15 awards brunch; call 601-665-7737; email;

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History Is Lunch Oct. 23, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy a preview of the program “Past Meets Present.” Free; call 601576-6998. Women of Vision Luncheon and Tribute Book Event Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Women’s Fund of Mississippi honors 10 Mississippi women for efforts to effect change in the state. Proceeds go toward the organization’s grantmaking, endowment and operating expenses. $100; call 601-326-3001; German Beer Dinner Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m., at Nick’s Restaurant (3000 Old Canton Road). Enjoy German foods such as knockwurst, sweet red cabbage, potato pancakes and more paired with beers. Includes a keepsake beer stein. RSVP. $25 per person; call 601-981-8017; Hinds County Democratic Party Beans and Greens Dinner Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m., at the Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). The keynote speaker is former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Espy. Alcorn State University Rector C.J. Rhodes also speaks. RSVP. $35, $350 table of 10; call 601-672-1792; email Raising Education and Awareness of the Scope and Impact of HIV/AIDS in 2013 Oct. 25, 12:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room 215. Linda Rigsby of the Mississippi Center for Justice is the speaker. Free; call 601-974-1294; Pumpkin Adventure Wednesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.noon through Oct. 25, at Mississippi Agriculture

and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy a hayride, tours of the Heritage Center, 4 H Museum and barnyard, snacks and picking pumpkins. Groups must RSVP. $6 9 a.m.–noon (reservations required); call 601-432-4500; GHS Arts and Flea Market Oct. 25, 4-7:30 p.m., at Germantown High School (200 Calhoun Parkway, Madison). This year’s fall market coincides with the Germantown High School v. Lanier High School football game. Free admission, $25-$50 vendor fee; call 601-859-6150; Community Bike Ride Oct. 25, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 601366-1602; email; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. Chevrolet Youth Soccer Instructional Clinic Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m., at Buddy Butts Park (6180 N. McRaven Road). The Central Mississippi Chevy Dealers host the program, and professional soccer players from U.K. Elite are the instructors. Online registration required. Visit for registration instructions. Free; rsvp.youthsportswired. com/soccer. Homebuyer Education Class Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for

Second Chance Mississippi’s First Annual Canine Fall Festival & Pageant Oct. 26, 4-8 p.m., at Petal Dog Park (Dawson Cutoff at South Main Street, Petal) . Includes a dog pageant, a silent auction, trick-or-treating, games and more. Pageant entry fee: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-517-2523; email Oktoberfest Dinner Oct. 26, at Sophia’s Restaurant (Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview St.). Chef Gary Hawkins offers seasonal dishes and beer pairings. RSVP. $45 plus cost of beer; call 601-948-3429. Affordable Healthcare Act Town Hall Meeting Oct. 27, 4 p.m., at Word and Worship Church (6286 Hanging Moss Road). Good Twin, Bad Twin hosts the panel discussion. Learn how the healthcare law will affect you. Mississippi State Democratic Party chair Rickey Cole is the guest speaker. Free; call 713-3597; find Good Twin, Bad Twin on Facebook. Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting Oct. 28, 6 p.m., at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Charlie Hussey, associate commissioner for SEC Network Relations, is the speaker. $30 non-members; call 601-506-3186; Day of Mindfulness Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Magnolia Grove Monastery (123 Towles Road, Batesville). The event includes a walking meditation, a Dharma talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and lunch. Registration required. $50, $30 ages 6-18, lodging extra; call 662-563-0956; email; Lunch and Learn: Amending Your Bylaws Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn Robert’s Rules of Law in amending your by-laws. Registration required. $15, free for members; call 601-968-0061;

7%,,.%33 Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Eliminating Health Disparities Conference Oct. 24-25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jackson State University is the host, and the theme is “Translating the Science of Obesity to a Healthy You.” Includes an opening plenary session and speakers. Registration required for the luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Free; call 601-979-1101. • Senior Health and Wellness Fair Oct. 30, 9 a.m. Includes free flu and pneumonia shots, health screenings for vision, bone density, blood pressure and cholesterol, and resources on health, community services, safety and employment training. For ages 55 and up. Free; call 601-960-0335. Food Day Celebration Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn about healthy eating habits and make popcorn trail mix. Free with admission ($8, children under 12 and museum members free); call 601-981-5469; Kids Run Oct. 26, 10 a.m., at Millie D’s Frozen Yogurt (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.. Free; call 601-899-9696;

“The Grapes of Wrath” Oct. 23-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play based on Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel is about a poor family’s move to California in hopes of a better life. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; “Johanne d’Arc” Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, 2 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), 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; call 601-965-7026; 10-minute Play Project Oct. 25-26, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Cast members have 24 hours to write a play and rehearse to perform it. Performance Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Participants must register by Oct. 21. $5 non-members; call 601636-0471; “The Nose” Oct. 26, 11:55 a.m., and Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The Metropolitan Opera’s performance via simulcast of Shostakovich’s opera features Paulo Szot in a reprised role. Oct. 26 simulcast: $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; Oct. 30 encore: $20, $18 seniors, $14 children; call 601-936-5856;

-53)# Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Call 601-292-7121; • Mission South Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. The alternative rock band from Washington, D.C. performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $5 in advance, $7 at the door. • The Howlin’ Brothers Oct. 26, 8 p.m. The three-piece string band from Nashville performs. Wood and Wire, and Station Wagons also perform. Cocktails at 7 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. James S. Sclater Chamber Series Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton), at the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall. Harpist Elaine Barber performs. $20, $10 students; call 601-925-3000; The Sachs Piano Duo Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive)Dr. Stephen Sachs and his wife Carolyn perform. Free; call 601-974-6494; Jarez’s R&B Show Oct. 25, 9:30 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). Enjoy music from R&B/neo-soul singer Jarez Singleton and his brother, blues singer and guitarist Jarekus Singleton. $10 cover; find Jarez Singleton on Facebook. GenerationNXT Third Anniversary Open-mic Contest Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Sign-in for performers is at 6:30 p.m., the show is at 7 p.m. and Kamikaze’s birthday bash is at 8 p.m. Anyone can perform.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email; • “Teardrop” Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Lauren Kate signs books. $18.99 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. JSU Campus Reading Community Book Discussion Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m., at COFO Civil Rights Education Complex (1013 John R. Lynch St.). The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute is the host. Attendees discuss Tricia Rose’s book “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.” Free; call 601-979-1562 or 601979-1563;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at Easely Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Registration required. $15; call 601-707-5854; email paint@; • Paint Your Punkin’ Oct. 19, 2-5 p.m. and Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Bring a pumpkin to decorate with paint. • Bob Ross’ Happy Little Birthday Party Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m. The celebration includes painting “happy trees” and birthday cake. Plein Air Painting Workshop Oct. 25-27, at Allison’s Wells School of Arts and Crafts (147 N. Union St., Canton). Stapleton Kearns is the instructor. Includes demonstrations and individual help. Registration required. All skill levels welcome. Bring an easel. $425; call 601855-0107;

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546; • Expressions in Silk through Oct. 31, in the Harbor View Room. See Winki Allen’s handpainted silk scarves. • Demo Days, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.4 p.m. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills in wood, glass and fiber. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Members Opening Reception for An Italian Palate: Paintings by Wyatt Waters Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. Museum members are invited to an exclusive opening reception for the exhibit. Free for members; • Italian Art from the Permanent Collection through Jan. 12 See works on paper from artists such as Canaletto, Simone Cantarini, Orazio Farinati and Girolamo Imperiale in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. Free. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Email; • “Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi History” Oct. 24, 5-8 p.m. Come face-to-face with key figures who shaped the history of the state of Mississippi. Free; call 601-576-6920. • The Mummy Returns through Oct. 31. The famous “mummy” returns. Free; call 601-

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"%4(%#(!.'% Events at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive) • Disability Awareness Day Oct. 23, 10 a.m.2 p.m. The event is designed to increase awareness and to provide an opportunity for increased services to disabled individuals. Free; call 601960-1863; email • Partners to End Homelessness’ Second Annual ‘70s Disco Ball Oct. 26, 7-11 p.m. 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 601-213-5301; email; Pink-a-licious Breast Cancer Fundraisers. A portion of the proceeds go to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Free; call 601-321-5512; email • Oct. 25, purchase pink ice cream at participating Chick-Fil-A locations. • Through Oct. 26, purchase a slice of strawberry cheesecake at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). • Through Oct. 31, purchase a pink ribbon cookie at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Drawn Down to Speak Up Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The fundraiser for Magnolia Speech School includes an open bar, a silent auction, food and a $3,00 cash giveaway. Limited tickets. $80 per couple for party only, $150 per couple for party and drawdown, $25 insurance (optional); call 601-922-5530; email amanda.holder@ Domestic Violence Summit and Candlelight Vigil Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Butterflies by Grace Defined by Faith is the host. The guest speaker is US. Attorney Greg Davis. Free; call 601-953-5747; email evajustice5@ Capital City Community Cleanup Initiative Oct. 26, 8 a.m.-noon. The theme is “A Cleaner Jackson, a Greener Jackson, a Healthier Jackson.” Sign up as a volunteer to help clean up a designated Jackson location. Also learn ways to prevent litter and storm water pollution. Free; call 601960-1084 or 601-960-0000. Run for Ryan 5K Run/Walk and Dog Walk Oct. 26, 4 p.m., at Madison Station Elementary School (459 Reunion Parkway, Madison). Proceeds go toward medical expenses for Ryan LaSource who has leukemia. Registration required. 5K or virtual walker: $30; $15 plus bag of dog food for dog walk; call 601-856-6246; email; Fund Days at Renaissance Raffle through Oct. 31, at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Purchase raffle tickets at the tourism or management office, or online. The winner will receive meals, merchandise, lodging and more valuing $1500. Proceeds benefit find for the girls, Baptist Health Systems’ breast health funding program. $25 ticket; call 601-519-0900; Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

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“I Didn’t See THAT Coming” Dinner Theater. The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes dinner. Cocktails for sale before the show. RSVP. Call 601-937-1752; • Oct. 29, 6-9 p.m., at Georgia Blue (111 Colony Crossing, Madison). $49. • Oct. 30, 6:30-9 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant and Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). $39.

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Tell me a little about your influences.

We get compared a lot to bands like Little Feat, The Band, The Allman (Brothers Band), stuff like that. They certainly are influences, but I would say we take on the people who influenced them. Chris is real knowledgeable of old blues artists like Robert Johnson and Bukka White, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also influenced by the New Orleans R&B scene and people



hen multi-instrumentalist Aaron Wilkinson, 38, formed Honey Island Swamp Band in early 2006, he had no idea where the band would go. Wilkinson, a New Orleans native, found himself in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina with his friend, lead guitarist Chris MulĂŠ. Along with bassist Sam Price drummer Garland Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;both of whom Wilkinson and MulĂŠ knew from the New Orleans music scene and had relocated to Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the group began a residency at The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. The band migrated back home to New Orleans in 2007 and added organist Trevor Brooks to the lineup about a year later. Last year, the band worked with New Orleans resident and Grammy award-winning producer John Porter to record its latest album â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cane Sugar,â&#x20AC;? released in July 2013. The album is a showcase of their trademark â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bayou Americanaâ&#x20AC;? of roots and rock music that could only come from The Big Easy. The Jackson Free Press talked with Aaron Wilkinson by phone shortly after Honey Island Swamp Bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance at the International Gumbo Festival.

out there helped us appreciate something we may have taken for granted. How did the new record come together?

New Orleans-based roots-rock band Honey Island Swamp Band calls its music â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bayou Americana.â&#x20AC;?

like Earl King and Lee Dorsey. I grew up in Pensacola, and my parents listened to a lot of country music, so thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an influence I bring. I also heard a lot of reggae music down there. How did the band come together in San Francisco?

After Katrina, we were sort of a New Orleans band that also lived (in San Francisco). â&#x20AC;Ś What it did for me, personally, was help solidify and validate what comes to us naturally. To see through someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes just how much they love this music that we just think of (as) â&#x20AC;&#x153;what we do every day.â&#x20AC;? That was a real boost of confidence. We realized we had something special. Had we formed in New Orleans, we may have never realized that. We would have just been another band doing good music. Being

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(John Porter) was a fan of the band, and we had a good feeling about some of the things he was saying after we met. He came over to my house for a couple of days and sat in on some writing sessions with Chris. â&#x20AC;Ś We made the album in about a week at Piety Street Studios. About half the material was stuff weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been doing live, and the other half was stuff that we wrote in those sessions. It was a really cool experience. John has an excellent way of getting the best out of you as a musician. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt that he has this awesome English accent, so when he has to tell you what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing sucks, it sounds really nice. We did some finishing work at Jon Clearyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studio, so we got him on a couple of tracks. We also had Mickey Raphael from Willie Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band come in for a track. We feel like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done, by far. Honey Island Swamp Band performs from 3:45-5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bay BridgeFest in Bay St. Louis and at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Brewskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (3818 W. 4th St., Hattiesburg, 601261-2888). Bay BridgeFest is $6 per day; visit baybridgefest. com. At Brewskyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Honey Island Swamp Band performs with JJ Grey and Mofro,, and admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door; visit â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cane Sugarâ&#x20AC;? is available for purchase in stores and through online music retailers. Visit

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Fall Anticipation

October 23 - 29, 2013


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fter an exciting summer of new releases, music lovers might be left wondering if things could get any better. While the winter and rest of fall may not promise as many releases, several are just as anticipated as summer records like Jay-Zâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Magna Carta Holy Grailâ&#x20AC;? (but maybe not as big as Kanye Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yeezusâ&#x20AC;?). One that I am particularly interested in is MellowHighâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-titled debut LP, which comes out Oct. 31. Some Odd Future hooligans out there might be thinking, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wait, does she mean to say MellowHype?â&#x20AC;? Nope, I sure donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. MellowHigh came about this year as a collaboration between rappers Hodgy Beats and Domo Genesis, and producer Left Brain. MellowHype, however, consists only of Hodgy Beats and Left Brain. Hip-hop collective Odd Future (short for Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All aka OFWGKTA)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;made up of rappers such as Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt, producers including Left Brain and Syd Tha Kyd, and singer and rapper Frank Oceanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has put out some solid releases. Frank Oceanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 full-length â&#x20AC;&#x153;Channel Orangeâ&#x20AC;? had several award nominations, yielded two chart-topping singles and won â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Urban Contemporary Albumâ&#x20AC;? at the 55th Grammy Awards. Whether or not

Eminemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nov. 5 release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marshall Mathers LP 2,â&#x20AC;? is one of many criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most anticipated albums of the season.

On Nov. 12, Oxford-based ILLLS releases its first full-length album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hideout From the Feeders,â&#x20AC;? via Aloe Music. ILLLS, led by Jackson native Steven Ross, played its first show in November 2011 at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch opening for Youth Lagoon, a band that has since then earned the attention of sources including Pitchfork magazine. ILLLS released its first EP, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dark

Paradise,â&#x20AC;? through the now-defunct London- times more than a platinum record. It is also based label, The Sounds of Sweet Nothing. on Time Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Greatest The EP illustrated a more distorted, Albumsâ&#x20AC;? and is ranked 244 on The Rolling less feel-good side of pop and rock. Ross re- Stonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;500 Greatest Albums of All Time.â&#x20AC;? corded â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hideout From the Feedersâ&#x20AC;? in his MMLP2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cover art repeats a photo of Mississippi home with all different musicians the house Eminem lived in as a teenager, exfrom the EP, and the first two released songs cept this updated depiction shows the house from the album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Comaâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Out,â&#x20AC;? sound as more run-down. It also removes Eminem just a tad more polished. They still, however, from the cover, making MMLP2 only his feature, ILLLSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; signature hazy guitar. second album (after his first release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;InfiPerhaps the most anticipated album of niteâ&#x20AC;? in 1996) to not picture him on the covthis short list is Eminemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth studio re- er in some form. He declares on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berzerk,â&#x20AC;? lease, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Marshall Mathers LP 2,â&#x20AC;? due out â&#x20AC;&#x153;Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bring it back to that vintage Slim.â&#x20AC;? The Nov. 5. So far, the modern hip-hop legend, songâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s samplesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from The Beastie Boys, Bilwho has 13 Grammy awards and is one of ly Squier and Eminemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own song, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without The Rolling Stonesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;100 Greatest Artists of Meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;plus the bass line effectively give the All Timeâ&#x20AC;? in 2004, has put out song a vintage feel. three singles from the upcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survivalâ&#x20AC;? chronicles his /THERALBUMS) journey to stardom and declares album: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rap God,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berzerkâ&#x20AC;? LOOKFORWARDTO and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Survival.â&#x20AC;? that he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fail now, and on HEARINGSOON With executive producâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Rap Godâ&#x20AC;? Eminem is just as Âł5DSRU (3 ´E\$FWLYH &KLOGRXW2FW ers Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, boastful, rapping â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m beginÂł)DGH$ZD\´E\%HVW Eminem created a record that ning to feel like a rap god.â&#x20AC;? &RDVWRXW2FW points back to perhaps his most Âł%UDLQ+ROLGD\´E\'HDG While those two songs arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t *D]HRXW2FW acclaimed album to date, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The as old-school sounding in their Âł5HĂ&#x20AC;HNWRU´E\$UFDGH Marshall Mathers LP.â&#x20AC;? The Reproduction, Eminemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flow on )LUHRXW2FW cording Industry Association of Âł)UHH<RXU0LQG´E\&XW themâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;save his impressive, alAmerica certified that album as most inhumanly fast verse on &RS\RXW1RY Âł0DWDQJL´E\0,$ diamond, meaning it sold more â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rap Godâ&#x20AC;?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;is reminiscent of RXW1RY than 10,000,000 copiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;10 his earlier work.



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Did anyone predict the Kansas City Chiefs would be the last undefeated team in the NFL this season? I know I never expected the Chiefs to go 7-0.

THURSDAY, OCT. 24 College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN): If the Mississippi State Bulldogs are going to keep their slim bowl hopes alive, they must win at home against SEC East foe the Kentucky Wildcats. FRIDAY, OCT. 25 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): This should be an exciting game with plenty of action on offense as the BYU Cougars host the Boise State Broncos. SATURDAY, OCT. 26 College football (6-9 p.m., FCSC): Southern Miss looks to break the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest losing streak and send the homecoming fans home happy against North Texas. â&#x20AC;Ś College football (6:3010 p.m., CSS): Ole Miss has a better chance to get a win and send its homecoming fans home happy against Idaho. SUNDAY, OCT. 27 NFL (12-3 p.m., CBS): The New Orleans Saints look to get back winning at home against the Buffalo Bills after a bye week. ... MLB (7-11 p.m., Fox): Unless either team has already blazed to four wins and the title, game five of the 2013 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals could be a nailbiter featuring the two best teams in the nation. TUESDAY, OCT. 29 NHL (6:30-9 p.m., NBCSP): Get your hockey fix as the Tampa Bay Lightning face the New Jersey Devils. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN2): Check out two teams from the newly formed American Athletic Conference as the Memphis Tigers host the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kansas City might be the only remaining undefeated team, but a couple teams are still working to get victory number one for the season: The Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are both winless so far. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at


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hanks to the SWAC, Jackson State is still undefeated this conference season. The conference decided that, since Grambling State forfeited the game over the weekend, the Tigers could claim it as a victory. I understand the Grambling players being upset about mold and mildew in their training facility. It is dangerous and should be cleaned up by the university on the double quick. To a certain extent, I can also understand them being mad about paying for their own Gatorade and the supplement Muscle Milk. I also understand being upset about having to drink water from hoses in the hot southern heat. But Grambling State players causing a stir over taking bus trips is a bit of a stretch for me. A lot of schools send players on bus trips instead of flying to save money. Barring abuse from interim coach George Ragsdale, players have no reason not to support him. I understand that Grambling firing Doug Williams is like Ole Miss firing Archie Manning, but coaches get fired midseason all the time. The university could have handled Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; firing better, or given him more time, but that is not a reason to boycott practice. The players will now have to play under a third coach this season: Dirt Winston, which the school named interim coach last week. The idea that 60 or 70 football play-

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