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lthough she loved Mississippi State University and hated to leave it, Libby Story McRight knew what she needed and wanted to do. She had worked at a locally owned store in the Delta called Gail’s before starting college at MSU, and when the store owner offered her the chance to manage it, McRight seized the opportunity. Before she graduated in 2001 from Delta State University with her marketing degree, she was already managing and buying for the store. After owner Margaret Goodman closed Gail’s, McRight opened her own shop in 2004 at the same location in Greenville. “It’s evolved over time to become an eclectic mix of things for all ages,” McRight says about her store, Libby Story. She describes its style as bohemian with an edgy modern twist. McRight and her husband, John Hunter McRight, opened a Starkville location in 2007 and one in Ridgeland in 2009. Since then, they sold the Greenville store and relocated the Ridgeland location to a larger space in Renaissance at Colony Park. “I love having the large space. It’s just a playground,” McRight says. She spends most of her time working on merchandising and creating distinctive displays. “That is a huge undertaking. I just got done making a skirt out of nothing but feathers,” she says. McRight strives for customers to see merchandise displayed in a new way every time

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they come into one of her stores. “Otherwise, it’s just stuff,” she says. “To me, if it’s not arranged so that when the customer sees it they understand how they need it in their life, it’s just stuff, it’s just clothes.” What McRight sells, however, isn’t “just clothes.” Her mission is to empower people and encourage them to express themselves through what they wear. “Fashion is art, and they way that you compile the things you have on says a lot about you,” she says. “And you can use that to flatter you and to tell the world different things about you. Everyone is beautiful—it’s just putting things together the right way.” Over the years, Libby Story has received national attention, but McRight, 36, remains humble about it. “I just do what I do, and I work very hard,” she says. “I just keep striving to impress my customers, and if I get attention from somewhere else, I thank them very much for recognizing me.” McRight also has her own handmade jewelry line, named Lenna Agnes after her great-grandmother., where she mixes odd vintage pieces with other materials such as freshwater pearls, gemstones and brass chains. “They’re little story-telling pieces. They’re timeless. They’re ageless,” she says. “They feel like somebody’s life. It’s just representative of so many things. And it’s always an eclectic mix of ... things you would normally just throw away, like old zippers.” —Briana Robinson

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10 Watkins’ Reworking

Dig into the details of one of David Watkins’ pre-Farish Street projects, the Meridian Law Enforcement Center. His transfer of public money to that project has him in hot water with the state.

32 Seasonal Smash

“(Jennifer) Lawrence brings strength, courage and pathos to the role. She’s a major talent, and her strength comes from a salt-of-the-earth persona. ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ succeeds because the story is mythic and the cruelty easy to imagine. The A-listed cast lifts the material from a dusty cliché. With a wild turkey hunt, the movie is also appropriately seasonal. —Anita Modak Truran, “’Catching Fire’: Class Warfare”

35 Catch That Scoundrel

While Jackson-based band That Scoundrel finishes up its next album, “Gift Horse,” you can see them perform at Hal & Mal’s next weekend.

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EDITOR’S note

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

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have a feeling that I will always look back at 2013 as a mega-intense year of change and pain, not to mention renewal. Put simply, since the last day of June, Todd and I moved into a new house (that we adore!); I shattered my upper arm requiring surgery and a hardware store full of metal in there (yes, I have a special card for airport security); and we moved the JFP-BOOM offices from Fondren into downtown Jackson where we’ve wanted to be for several years now. I’m tired, I’m sore, and I couldn’t be more grateful. Yes, oddly, even for the accident. Afterward, I largely stayed at home recuperating and using voice recognition to work for three months, and I call it one big Zen session. I had a good attitude 90 percent of the time, and when I felt down, I cried, Todd gave me a foot massage, and I was felt better. The best part of being forced out of my daily routine is that I had time to think and give thanks, as I unpacked into a house I’d admired for awhile and hungrily eyed the huge bathtub I couldn’t get into just yet. I’ve done an almost-daily grateful list for several years now, and it makes such a difference in my life, even when work is the most stressful, bloggers are telling lies about me and mine, and even friends are mad at us because we do our jobs well. That little bullet list of seven items I’m grateful for—everything from my yellow bar stools to a great cup of coffee to getting a wild hair to move back to Mississippi—keeps me in balance. The list, along with the miniprayers and meditations I do throughout each day, has helped make me tougher and a lot calmer and happier moment to moment. I’ve never been more mindful, and I’m ohso-grateful for that. What a contrast to my younger, self-obsessed years.

Last year, I woke up to tweets on Thanksgiving morning congratulating me because Rachel Maddow had included the JFP on her annual giving-thanks list the night before. She focused on our voter-ID reporting about that needless, expensive, political legislation that probably won’t even work, and said her team couldn’t have done

Thank you for being so engaged in the city’s progress. their coverage without us. And considering how stellar her voter ID coverage was, this made me feel really good. In that spirit, I’m starting my first annual public grateful list this week. Here goes: 1. I’m grateful for a remarkable partner in life and business, who put everything he had into starting a good newspaper in a state he didn’t grow up in. And who took such good care of me after my injury, while keeping the business going. He deserves an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a lot of respect. 2. I’m grateful for a passionate staff that gets better every month. They are creative, driven and care so much about social justice, not to mention Mississippi and Jackson’s future. No wonder they’re the model for so many young (and older) journalists. 3. I’m grateful for the chance to talk to aspiring journalists at colleges around the

state, including Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Jackson State—all of which I visited in the last three weeks. (See Nos. 1 and 2 to understand how I managed it even during an office move.) These young people are this industry’s future, and they need to be believed in and mentored. They inspire me more than I inspire them, I promise. 4. I’m grateful for the network of journalists (past and present) around the state and the nation (and abroad) who both recognize our work, as well as Mississippi’s progress. They cancel out the ones who simplistically come down here hunting a Klansman. I’m especially grateful for the network of strong female journalists (and businesswomen) I’ve developed in the last couple of years. Yes, there is sexism even among progressive media (and organizations), and women must help each other through and around it. 5. I’m grateful to the owners and staff of Capitol Towers, who have jumped through hoops to help the JFP move and settle into a new wonderful space they built out for us. The Mattiaces and their staff seem to get that downtown Jackson needs shots of energy such as our staff brings, and have been so kind. They make us feel special, and that’s never a bad thing for such a hard-working staff. 6. I’m grateful for the collaborative space we’re now working in at Capitol Towers with wondrous views and super-cool neighbors and, yes, a blackboard wall (it’s the backdrop for the cover wreath this issue). The staff interaction is already better and more productive, not to mention fun. We’re going to do rockin’ things in this space, including cool gatherings and classes. Stay tuned. 7. I’m grateful for the family I’m going to get to spend time with the rest of this week—people who are much more a part of my life than during all those years I lived away. One in particular has given us so much

business advice and encouragement this year, and we thank her profusely for what we’ve accomplished with her help. 8. I’m grateful for Caroline Lacy-Crawford who re-appeared in my life about the time I fell in late June. She has been more than an assistant; she helped me put my life back together again in so many ways, and helped Todd when he was pulled a million directions. And she’s an amazing vegetarian (and other) cook. Hire her to do a holiday party or re-organize your house! Write her at carolinekitchenwitch@gmail.com. 9. I’m grateful to all the readers and supporters I’ve met through doing this paper and BOOM magazine. All of you keep my passion strong for what I do because you tell me so often how much our reporting has meant to you. Thank you for being so engaged in the city’s progress and for participating in Jackson’s renaissance in whatever way you can. We’re here to chronicle your progress and give you the information you need. Cheers for stepping up and out. 10. Finally, as a local business owner and consumer, a resounding thank you to all the local businesses in our metro that are thriving and growing and working and opening and creating despite the odds that huge corporations stack against you. Like you, the JFP has weathered corporate attacks on our business (especially by the shrinking newspaper conglomerate that I look down on out my new office window). The locally owned business community sticks together and supports each other. I urge everyone reading this to support them during the holidays and throughout the years. They have the best gifts at all price points, and the coolest people selling them to you. Think local first and always. Todd and I, and the JFP-BOOM staff, wish all of you a glorious, safe, loving and peaceful Thanksgiving holiday.

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Briana Robinson

R.L. Nave

Scotta Brady

Justin Hosemann

Mo Wilson

ShaWanda Jacome

David Rahaim

Kristin Brenemen

Music Editor Briana Robinson is trying to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at briana@jacksonfreepress.com. She wrote the Jacksonian.

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.

Scotta Brady is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, NASM certified personal trainer and yoga therapist. She is the lucky mom to a self-professed future software engineer, loves good food and adventures of all kinds. She wrote a wellness story.

Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He 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 wrote a food story.

ShaWanda Jacome is an elementary librarian in JPS. She lives in Ridgeland with her husband, Mike and son, Mateo. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 34:4. She wrote the events blurb.

One day Sales Representative David Rahaim will finish his first novel. He promises. It may just be after he finishes his second. He sold many ads for the issue.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dytopianism. Talk to her on twitter @WyldKyss about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. At night, she fights crime. She designed the issue.


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Sunday, Nov. 24 A deal with Iran gives Tehran six months to increase access to its nuclear sites in exchange for keeping the core components of its uranium program.

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he Jackson City Council took a step toward putting the kibosh on citizens openly carrying firearms on city property this week. On Nov. 25, the council’s Rules Committee agreed to pass along a proposed ordinance, which Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman sponsored and the council’s Rules Committee considered Monday, that bans the carrying of guns and knives—with an exception for law enforcement officers—on municipal property. The prohibited locations include, but are not limited to: City Hall, the Jackson Police Department, the Jackson Police Academy, all public parks, playgrounds, gyms, recreational facilities and fields the city maintains, all meeting places where public meetings of a county, municipality or other governmental body takes place, all political rallies, all parades, all official political meetings, and all non-firearm-related school, college or professional athletic events. “Since the Legislature passed the law, there’s been a lot of concern out in our community,� Tillman told the Jackson Free Press in September, referring to a state law that went into effect this summer designed to clarify the state’s existing open-carry statute. Tillman added: “There’s even concern among the people who serve the public, so we just want to clarify some things and make sure, as a city, that we are taking our own look at how we handle public safety.� Tillman’s proposal is one of two gun-related ordinances the council is considering. Another Jackson councilman wants to curb the presence of illegal guns by requiring gun owners to promptly report lost or

stolen guns within 48 hours of the theft. “What happens is these guns show up in a double homicide, and when they track down the owner, they say the gun was sto-

Jackson Councilman Charles Tillman wants to limit the ability of citizens to openly carry firearms on city-owned property.

len two years ago,� said Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps, who plans to introduce the proposal at the council’s Dec. 3 regular meeting. The San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence developed the ordinance as part of its “Model Laws for a Safer America� initiative. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that 230,000 guns are stolen every year. Data show that as legal gun sales have skyrocketed in recent years—2012 background checks for firearm purchases increased by 20 percent over the previous year—so has the rate of gun thefts.

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move forward on a separate proposed measure to ban so-called “open carry� of guns in a number of public places in the city limits. Stamps said his ordinance is about responsible gun ownership, not limiting gun rights. “It’s not about controlling the number of guns out there, because they are already out there. If you can make people act more responsibly with their guns, the whole system could change,� Stamps told the Jackson Free Press. Tyler Cleveland contributed reporting. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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JPS’ Dr. Cedrick Gray vowed to punish Murrah students who violated school policy. But will administrators try to find out what actually caused the brawls?

Schwartz emphasizes that the peer program is designed for only low-level issues and that students should not be involved in mediating serious physical conflicts, but adds that fights often start as simple name-calling exchanges that can quickly escalate.

Case in point, the Murrah fights: In the past few weeks, some students at Murrah used social-media tools to brag about—and in some cases embellish—an outbreak of fights at the school. Jackson Public Schools administrators acted swiftly once the local media seized on the news, fueled in part by the circulation of a “fight schedule” and rumors of a planned shootout. Thena Robinson-Mock, project director of the Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign for the Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project, said the knee-jerk reaction of kicking kids out of schools is the worst thing that can happen. “We know that zero tolerance (policies) and suspensions are not working. If students are not in school to learn, the school is not fulfilling its purpose,” Robinson-Mock said. In 2007, the Advancement Project coauthored a study of the effects of zero-tolerance discipline policies with the Power U Center for Social Change and found the policies to disproportionately affect non-whites. The study revealed that for in every 100 students suspended, 15 were African American, 7.9 were American Indian, 6.8 were Latino and 4.8 were white. The same analysis re-

vealed that blacks made up 40 percent of all expulsions and 68 percent of state and federal prisoners lack a high school diploma. Schools increasingly appear to be embracing a restorative-justice process, which emphasizes talking out problems between kids involved in conflicts, as an alternative to harsh zero-tolerance policies. In the past two years, urban school districts in Los Angeles, Denver and Philadelphia all recently adopted new student codes of conduct that implement restorative justice plans. Restorative processes can involve “circles” of victims, offenders, onlookers, friends, family members, school officials and, possibly, law-enforcement or court officials designed to discover and address points of conflicts. Other restorative methods include conferencing and victim-offender mediation. Schwartz of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life says mediation, although not intended to be an easy process, works. But, she cautions, adults can’t call the shots and force kids to participate. “In order for mediation to work, students have to be there voluntarily,” Schwartz said. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com. Comment at jfp.ms.

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r. Cedrick Gray, the Jackson Public Schools superintendent, promises to punish any and all students who violated district rules during a recent outbreak of fighting—as well as social-media promotion of those fights—at William B. Murrah High School. “If necessary, we will take appropriate action in accordance with our (school) district’s disciplinary policy,” Gray told reporters at a Nov. 21 news conference. It’s the natural response, especially when parents concerned about the safety of their kids start clamoring for swift punishment. But youth justice experts say that while school officials are often good at punishing kids for getting into fights, administrators often fail to sit kids down and talk about the problems that started everything. A program of the Jackson-based Institute of Southern Jewish Life at Blackburn Middle School encourages peer mediation to get to the root causes of conflicts involving “hurtful words,” said ISJL’s director of community engagement, Malkie Schwartz. “When they come up with their own solutions, they’re more likely to follow them,” Schwartz said.

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arish Street may be the biggest mess and the Standard Life Building in Jackson.â€? with the coordination between the numerDavid Watkins has ever stepped in, The city signed a lease agreement for ous entities involved with the tax credits,â€? but it’s certainly not the first project the building in April of 2011, that would according to an account from the Meridian he’s had to work and re-work. kick in once it was renovated. Then on June Star on Feb. 9, 2012. The Meridian Law Enforcement Center, 8, 2011—the same day Watkins moved Watkins had received notice from U.S. the $7 million project on the other Bancorp’s Community Developend of the money transfer that landment Corp. on Dec. 13, 2011, ed him in an investigative hearing at that it intended to issue the tax the Secretary of State’s office, suffered breaks, pending credit approval at least one stop-and-go that threatand the receipt of a litany of inened the development’s completion formation regarding the project. under Watkins’ management. That information included docuThe Jackson Free Press broke menting other methods of fundthe story on Oct. 29, 2013, that ing, plans for the facility, permits, Mississippi Secretary of State Delcontracts, title and insurance inbert Hosemann intended to charge formation—the documentation Watkins with securities fraud for Watkins said he couldn’t get totransferring more than half a milgether before the end of the year. lion dollars in public money from The credits would have the account of Retro Metro LLC, equaled 39 percent of total inwhich he established to renovate vestment and be paid out in inthe Metrocenter Mall, to the Mecrements of 5 percent over the ridian Law Enforcement Center.. first three years, then six percent Before building the MLEC, in the final four years. Watkins and the the City of MeAt that meeting, the Meridian signed a Oct. 1, 2011, David Watkins has maneuvered his way through tough projects ridian City Council voted to cut agreement that set Watkins’ pay at before, such as the Meridian Law Enforcement Center. Watkins’ consulting fee and pay$10,000 a month to be that city’s ment to $1 per month until work chief planner on a consultant basis. $587,084.34 from Retro Metro to the real resumed on the MLEC project. On Dec. 1, 2010, now-former Merid- estate-closing account—Watkins hosted the “The reduction of the retainer was ian Mayor Cheri Berry and Watkins had ground-breaking for the center where he, a mutual agreement,â€? Watkins wrote in a kicked off the marriage with a public meeting Meridian Police Chief Lee Shelbourne and memo to the JFP, provided by his lawyer designed to discuss the mayor’s three devel- Citizens National Bank CEO Archie Mc- Lance Stevens. “Since the MLEC project opment initiatives. The third initiative was Donnell took sledgehammers to a wall at the was becoming a reality, we anticipated that called the “Meridian Public Safety Facility.â€? site of the project on 22nd Avenue in a former profits or revenues from that project would East Mississippi Business Development Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City building. be sufficient to allow the company to conCorp. President Wade Jones described the Demolition and renovation continued tinue its work on the Master Plan‌ . . We meeting to The Meridian Star on Dec. 5, for the rest of 2011, but stalled in early 2012 suggested the token sum of $1, simply to 2010: “The right people were sitting around because of funding issues. Watkins told the keep the momentum on the development the table. The group was diverse in its make- Meridian City Council at a meeting on Feb. and implementation of a Master Plan.â€? up, which ensures Mayor Barry and her ad- 8, 2012, that he had sought $2 million in In addition to changing contractors, ministration will benefit from a wide range new market tax credits—a tax-break pro- Watkins had to make revisions to the lease of insights. We as a community need to place gram as part of the federal Community Re- the city signed, which drew harsh criticism our confidence in David Watkins and his newal Tax Relief Act of 2000—but that he from Berry’s political opponents on the city track record. Look at the King Edward Hotel had not secured them because of “problems council. This, Watkins said, caused the most

significant setback. â€œâ€ŚThe biggest delays were due to delays by the City Council to approve the lease revisions needed to secure the tax credit funding,â€? Watkins wrote. “A 23 split on the council along political lines for and against the mayor was the main hurdle.â€? Watkins credits Archie McDonnell, the president and CEO of Citizens United Bank in Meridian who later testified on his behalf at the Secretary of State’s investigative hearing over the securities-fraud accusations on October 30, 2013, with convincing the council to approve the proposal, which it did June 23, 2012, by a 3-2 vote. The project immediately received the tax credits, and work resumed four days after the new contract was signed. Nearly one year to the day after work resumed, the city held the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Watkins no longer serves in the capacity of city planner. Today, the state-of-the-art facility houses the Meridian Police Department, as well as the municipal court, even as the Farish Street project in Jackson languishes and Watkins awaits his fate from the secretary of state’s office. See any archive of related stories at jfp.ms/ Watkins. Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at tyler@jacksonfreepress.com.

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e in the Jackson area have been rocked recently by some horrific murders. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. I, like others, am deeply concerned about the health and well-being of our city. Specifically, I am highly concerned with how we choose to respond to crime in our city. I live in Jackson. Not the fancy-dressed, popular part of Jackson, but one of the parts that, when you tell people you live there, they say, “I’m sorry.� The thing is, I’m not sorry. I can honestly say that, although I am cautious, I have never lived in fear of my neighbors. We collectively tend to do three things in Jackson I see as ineffective. We panic, we hold marches and vigils, and we tell people to pray. Panicking leads people to make rash decisions, including ones about policy not based on reason or on what is most effective. I am generally in favor of holding marches and vigils—they call attention to a problem. They can get the media to pay attention. But if we aren’t giving people concrete action items to do in their communities when they leave that march, we are wasting our time. Praying isn’t bad. I am a woman of faith. Faith is important and critical for some, not all, people’s lives. However, prayer is not a replacement for social action. What we need is a greater sense of community. I am not afraid of my neighbors because I know them. It has nothing to do with how much money they make or whether we own our houses. It’s because, for the most part, I watch their house, and they watch mine. As a meme somewhere online recently said, I don’t watch my neighbors I see them. When we see our neighbors, we care about them. We will put away stupid slogans like “stop snitching� and know that looking out for criminals among us benefits none of us. Snitching is when you and I commit a crime, then I tell. It’s not when I call the police because I see someone breaking into the house next door. My personal code is if I see harm done to someone in this city, I won’t just stand by quietly. Belief in a better Jackson is a start, but it won’t fix our problems. We have to commit to doing work for a better Jackson on all fronts, all of us. As the Bible says, “Faith without work is dead.�

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Why it stinks: To say that Walnut Grove has had some problems in the past would be an understatement. Allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children were common under the management of GEO Group, and led to a lawsuit and termination of GEO’s contract. So if those awful conditions have improved, then kudos to Utah-based MTC, which now runs the youth prison. But “perfect�? We have no idea what the ACA’s methodology was for assessing the prison and assigning it “perfect� scores. And, as it happens, Epps is also president of the ACA though MDOC stressed that Epps is not directly involved with audits.

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hese young people today, with their “knockout game,� fight clubs and sagging pants. Oh, the horror—the horror! Anyone reading local and national headlines the past couple weeks would arrive at the conclusion that kids, and black kids in particular, have lost their minds and are threatening to shred the very fabric of the American social order. On the national scene, news of a so-called knockout game where teenagers go around attacking innocent strangers started out on conservative websites but has since been picked up by mainstream news outlets like CNN and USA Today. Despite the media hype, the New York Times recently reported of the so-called knockout game trend: “Police officials in several cities where such attacks have been reported said that the ‘game’ amounted to little more than an urban myth, and that the attacks in question might be nothing more than the sort of random assaults that have always occurred.� Closer to home, a spate of fights at Murrah High School spurred the same sort of overblown hysteria. News of a few recurring fights between the same groups of kids, some of whom unwisely created an dedicated social-media accounts to enshrine and promote the skirmishes, and rumors of more serious acts of violence to come got picked up by local media outlets.

Things appeared to snowball from there as the kids, who now had the attention of the press, started ratcheting up their online antics, which fueled more media reports—including The ClarionLedger irresponsibly publishing videos of children fighting on its website—and, understandably, prompted parents to rush to the school to take their children out of school. These are serious events that should provoke community conversation, but too much of the discussion in the aftermath of the Murrah fights has consisted of worn-out tropes about today’s generation of youths lacking the moral character of generations past—to say nothing of today’s too-anxiousto-coddle parents, the theory goes. These stories we tell ourselves simply don’t hold water. All the way back in 1922, a 14-yearold student named George Cisney died from the result of a fight at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. That deadly fight was preceded by another fight between two classmates, The New York Times reported at the time. Two students were shot after a fight at Manhattan high school in 1971. And nationwide, news stories about school brawls by kids of all races were common in the 1980s, ’90s and through today. It’s high time we admit that there is nothing wrong with kids today. But there is something very wrong with insisting that there is.

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or those suffering from too much quality time with their families, the big-box chains are poised to offer an escape by opening Thanksgiving Day. Before your dinner is digested, you can flee the table to vie for pole position at the big-box entrance like Roman chariot drivers and prepare to do battle for one of those few really cheap “door-buster” flat-screens. And it’s not just shoppers jockeying for position. Americans will drop a big chunk of change this holiday season, and every retailer is looking for their piece. According to the National Retail Federation, U.S. holiday shoppers will spend an average of $738 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and other items. For years, corporate chains and online giants have garnered an ever-greater share of our spending. That means not only a greater share of revenue being funneled into fewer hands, but big challenges for our communities as downtowns struggle and opportunities for residents to run their own business decrease, diminishing their local multiplier effect. But evidence suggests a change for the better is in the chilly air. A recent survey commissioned by Deluxe Corporation revealed 35 percent of respondents indicated they preferred to do their in-person holiday shopping at small businesses—up sharply from 27 percent in 2012. This reinforces a survey earlier this year by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, which found 68 percent of business owners felt more people recognized the benefits of buying locally than the previous year. More importantly, it showed concrete results in shifting consumer spending. Independent businesses in communities with grassroots business alliances reported an average revenue increase of 8.6 percent, compared to 3.4 percent among independents in other communities. More than 100 such local business alliances have formed in the past decade. Combined with more recent rise of nationwide campaigns like Small Business Saturday and Shift Your Shopping, awareness is growing rapidly about the many benefits of choosing local and independent. The Localization Movement is gaining momentum largely because citizens are recognizing our long-term self-interest involves building more self-reliant and vibrant communities from within. And I’ve yet to speak with someone who chose to shift their shopping to locally owned businesses in their neighborhood and didn’t find satisfaction—and often, pleasant surprises.

Equally important, there’s rising recognition that cheapness does not equal value. Admittedly, the big-box stores and online giants usually can win based on price alone (though perceived differences in price far exceed reality). But that cheap table, bicycle or coffee-maker quickly ceases to be a “bargain” when it breaks down prematurely. As craftsmanship has gone from an everyday value to rarity, we’ve learned low prices at the expense of reliability and durability are no bargain at all. Of course, none of this means we need to swear off shopping online or making an occasional chain-store visit. But we should look for ways to integrate widely held values into our purchasing decisions. Shifting even one more shopping trip to independent, community-based businesses this season would create dramatic, positive changes in our local economies and induce many new jobs nationwide. This is partly because your local independent businesses help employ many more people than you’ll see on the sales floor. Local businesses are interdependent, working with area accountants, architects, graphic designers, sign-makers, webmasters, suppliers and many other higher-skilled positions. When sales shift from locals to chains, some of these local jobs also disappear—cloning another chain outpost requires little outside support other than construction. Similarly, local non-profits depend largely on the contributions of local businesses that, in turn, depend on our patronage. If we value local biz support for our kids’ sports teams or favorite charities, we must recognize they literally can’t do it without us. The long-term relationships fostered by local business also cement commitment to civic institutions like schools and churches that aid not just economic prosperity, but community cohesion and trust. So do yourself and your community a favor this year by shifting a bit more spending to your local merchants, both on Small Business Saturday and beyond. Along with helping your neighbors and community, you may just find “going local” turns holiday shopping into a far more relaxing and enjoyable experience: one that rewards both you and your community. Jeff Milchen co-directs the American Independent Business Alliance, which promotes the value of local entrepreneurs and helps communities develop effective buy local/independent campaigns and business initiatives.

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Step 1: Take a bunch of photos for a trip or holiday. In this case, my inlaws came to visit for an MSU/LSU game and it was the perfect chance to finally get some photos of us all. I used several photos I posted to Instagram throughout the weekend. Step 2: Print those photos in a large, square size. I used the website Persnickety Prints because they do great Instagram-shaped sizes. Step 3: Punch holes and add some binder rings from an office-supply store to make your book. Step 4: Add sticker letters and decorative tape, or whatever else you find to jazz up your memory book. Step 5: Add your cover. I used transparent plastic with a design so you can see through to the photos, but you could also use heavy paper or chipboard to protect your book and give it stability.

Acetate Ribbons are stiffer, with a satinfinish, and are often used for floral arrangements, pew bows, and packaging. Chiffon, organdy and organza are varieties of very light weight, open weave variety commonly referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;sheers.â&#x20AC;? Curling ribbons are an open weave variety commonly referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;sheers.â&#x20AC;? Curling ribbons are coated or crimped so that when pulled against a sharp edge, like that of a scissors, the strand acquires a corkscrew aspect. Grosgrain ribbons are a durable yet supple woven ribbon. Iridescent ribbons have a pearl-like finish revealing changeable colors depending on the light or the angle of view. Jacquard is a type of weave used to produce pictorial effects. The term sometimes refers to ribbons with embroidery on them. Both embroidered and the true Jacquard ribbons have pronounced â&#x20AC;&#x153;rightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;wrongâ&#x20AC;? sides.

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Materials needed: Clear glass ornaments with removable tops Photos Scissors Tweezers Bits & pieces of your choosing

These ornaments are so easy. Just cut your photo into a circleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the size depends on your ornament. I want it to fit in easily but fill the sphere, the edges just barely touching the sides. Carefully roll it up into a tube (be sure not to bend or crease it) and slip it into the ornament. Use your tweezers to open it up inside the glass, straightening it out until it fits properly. You can leave the ornament very simple, with just the photo, or you can embellish it. Try writing on the outside with glass paint, or decorating with ribbon. I also like to put in bits and pieces that go with the photoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for example, sand and tiny shells for a family beach photo.

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Fingerpaint Santa and his reindeer. Create snowglobes by supergluing small action figures to the lid of a clean jar. Fill jar with oil and glitter, screw the top on tight and flip over. Write letters to Santa. Dress your pets up in Christmas garb and have a photo shoot with the kiddos.

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Holiday Projects with Somewhat Little and Middle Ones • • • • • Simple touches such as napkin ring place cards can make any table extra festive.

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Take a lesson together—try sewing, knitting or clay crafting. Throw a gourmet hot chocolate tasting party. Make your own holiday wreaths. Let them design your family's holiday card and/ or write a letter to send to all your family and friends about your year. Teach them to cook your family's favorite holiday meal.

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MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM of ART

Happy Thanksgiving Spend time exploring the Museum during the holiday weekend!

Closed Thanksgiving Day

M U S E U M H O U R S : TUESDAY - SATURDAY, 10AM - 5PM; SUNDAY, NOON - 5 PM; MONDAY, CLOSED 380 SOUTH LAMAR STREET JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI 601-960-1515 MSMUSEUMART.ORG Wyatt Waters (born 1955), The Village Gardener, 2011. watercolor on paper, copyright © the artist.

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City for his dinner, Wallace is giving Jackson a treat: cooking his James Beard menu at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar Dec. 2. I spoke with the chef by telephone to discuss his background, favorite recipes and his future plans. MELANIE BOYD

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Incorporating a lot of different cultures. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really stick to one because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big fan of French and southern and Italian foods. And, a lot of people are incorporating Thai and Asian accents to things. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a big fan of John Besh in Louisiana; (he) does some great things. I took a trip to Louisiana and ate at La Provence, (which) is like a picture-perfect restaurant, the kind I can see for myself but with my twist and my ideas. (After) reading his cookbooks and seeing the passion of his food and where he took his family, tooâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;just to walk into his restaurant and feel it and live it was a story within itself.



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I was working for Morgan Freeman many years back in Madidi (Restaurant) in Clarksdale. â&#x20AC;Ś The thought that would always cross my mind was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What if he walks in? Are you ready for it? What if he walks in?â&#x20AC;? And one Saturday they were like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr. Freeman is out front,â&#x20AC;? and I was like, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Holy. Shit.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;Ś So I cooked for himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I think I did sweetbreads and some other things â&#x20AC;Ś It was awesome. I came out (afterward). He said he enjoyed the meal and called me one of the best, and I appreciate that. What would you want to eat for your last meal? Chef Nick Wallace makes a pit stop at BRAVO! for a preview dinner before heading to New York City for his James Beard House dinner.

changing up traditional flavors. Wallace attended the James Beard Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change in September, with chefs from all over the country. While there, members of the foundation asked him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When do you want to host the dinner?â&#x20AC;? In return, Wallace asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What dinner?â&#x20AC;? His own dinner at the James Beard House, they told him. The foundation gave Wallace free rein in designing his meal. Since his favorite time of year is between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he planned a winter menu to cook in New York City Dec. 14. Wallace was also instrumental in getting the James Beard Foundation to plan a conference, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;salonâ&#x20AC;? in Mississippi for the first time, which will happen next year. Before he makes his way to New York

You say your mother and your nana inspired you to cook. What are some of your favorite recipes of theirs?

My favorite recipes would probably be onion chips, from the hull of the onion that people throw in the garbage. (Nana) would dehydrate them and make little chips with it. Another one would be the bacon and onion bread my mother makes. What food trend are you tired of seeing?

Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably say typical southern foodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; what people think of Mississippi, how they think we cook, and a lot of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I just think that you can still have cornbread, you can still have greens, you can still have fried chicken. Everything could be done differently, though. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one great thing about be-

Bolognese with at least four meats and homemade spaghetti. What are your future plans as a chef? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve talked about opening a restaurant.

I definitely want to touch on that, only thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s things I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say right now. But I do want to say that, yes, in my upcoming future as a chef, that is my main target: opening up a restaurant. Just be looking out for the unique name. Chef Nick Wallaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Preview Dinner is at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Road, Suite 244, 601982-8111) Monday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. BRAVO! chef and owner Dan Blumenthal, Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery owner Mitchell Moore and sommelier Grady Griffin will collaborate on the meal. See the full menu at jfp.ms/WallaceNYCdinner. Tickets are $80 per person with an optional wine flight for an additional cost, and seating is limited. Email tanyab@bravobuzz.com or call 601-982-8111 to make a reservation.


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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.

PIZZA 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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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) 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.

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING

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. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials

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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.

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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.

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BARS, PUBS & BURGERS

ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails.

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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. City Grille( 1029 Hwy 51, Madison (601) 607-7885) Southern with Blue Plate Specials; Seafood and Steaks, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly 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. Mc B’s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining 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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If your evening meals are starting to get boring, you might want to consider keeping company with The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre group, a troupe of local actors who perform all over the southeastern region. Their subject matter is mystery in its lightest form, but their main performance objective is comedic—they’re looking for a room full of laughs by the end of the night. The group’s interactive style places players among the audience and includes dinner guests in the show. “Every table is a team,” says Keni Bounds, who founded the Detectives troupe with Eric Riggs. “It forces audience members to interact not only with us, but with other people at their table.” Bounds works for MassMutual in Ridgeland by day, but dinner theater has become her passionate distraction when she is not tending to work or family. She and Eric Riggs write all the scripts for Detectives; they are up to 22 scripts that the group performs year round for both public functions and private parties. “Our writing usually starts with just one of us having a premise for something, like a wake or wedding,” Bounds says. “Then it just spills out in our brainstorming sessions where we try to write everything that comes out.” Wayne Thomas, one of the recurring players in the troupe, mentions that he often sees real-life influences in the scripts and the improvised lines that happen during a show. “One thing that I found after having worked with Keni and Eric for a while is that I’ll see lines and things that characters say that actually happened in real life, usually something that happened to one of us,” says Thomas, a financial adviser when not doing dinner theater. The audience is written into the script, so to speak—attendees become part of the story and the comedy to help the performers not only solve the “mystery” (one that Bounds says is comically easy to deduce) but also become actors when needed. It’s an intimate, and often risky, way of performing that Bounds and Thomas enjoy for its spontaneity. “It’s normally the audience surprising us,” Bounds says. “We’ll say something, and they’ll comment. And you have to address them. On stage, you’re taught to ignore the audience, but with what we do, you can’t ignore them. Peo-

ple really get into it as the show moves along.” One of the challenges of this style of theater involves staying in character when the unexpected takes place (and without the refuge of a green room). Thomas and Bounds take up this challenge and use it to their advantage. “You can say an aside to a table because that’s what your character would do at that moment,” Thomas says. “One of the great things about working with Keni and Eric is that if you come up with something that your character would say naturally and it’s not in the script, you can still go with it.” The Detectives have recently presented “When Cletus met Elizabeth,” a “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”style storyline that pairs a “redneck” family with high society. The group is also working on a special Christmas

performance called “Santa Claus is Watching You,” a humorous follow up to last year’s holiday show that included the murder of Mrs. Claus This year Santa, played by Thomas, will bring a new Mrs. Claus into the picture—a polarizing “gold-digging” type who will no doubt get the audience’s attention. Most of the Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre performances in December will be private functions, but you can catch “Santa Claus is Watching You” at their New Year’s Eve show at Kismet’s (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon, 601-8258380), which will be open to the public for $39 a ticket. If you have any questions or want to check up on showtimes, go to thedetectives.biz.

Cheryl Abernathy, Keni Bounds, Wayne Thomas and Eric Riggs want to get the audience involved when they perform as the Detective Mystery Dinner Theatre group.

COURTESY OF KENI BOUNDS AND ERIC RIGGS

November 27 - December 3, 2013

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THURSDAY 11/28

SATURDAY 11/30

WEDNESDAY 12/4

Turkey Day 8K, a fundraiser for the Ridgeland Multi-Use Trail System, is at Fleet Feet Sports.

TurnUp Studios Grand Opening is from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. in Midtown.

New Stage Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m.

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COURTESY ENGLAND IN 1819

WEDNESDAY 11/27

Artifact and Collectible Identification Program is from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601576-6850. … Boxers Rebellion Hybrid Kickboxing is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $150; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

THURSDAY 11/28

Turkey Day 8K is at 7 a.m. at Fleet Feet Sports (500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Space limited; no race day registration. $25, free fun run; call 601-899-9696; fleetfeetjackson.com. … Thanksgiving at the Zoo is from 9 a.m.5 p.m. at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Enjoy free admission to the zoo. Free; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org.

England in 1819 performs during the Midtown Holiday Studio Tours on Nov. 30.

COURTESY GREATER BELHAVEN FOUNDATION

Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Registration required. $32; call 601-707-5854; email paint@ easelyamused.com; easelyamused.com.

SATURDAY 11/30

Cover Mississippi Healthcare Enrollment Event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Free; call 601-353-0845; coverms.org. … Midtown Holiday Studio Tour is from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Midtown Arts District (McTyere Avenue, Millsaps Avenue, Wesley Avenue, Wilson Street and Keener Avenue). Free admission, items BY BRIANA ROBINSON for sale; email iplanthingsms@ gmail.com or whitneygrant@ JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM midtownpartners.org; madeinmidtownjxn.com. … TurnUp FAX: 601-510-9019 Studios Grand Opening is from DAILY UPDATES AT 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at TurnUp StuJFPEVENTS.COM dios (155 Wesley Ave.). Free; call 769-257-0141; email clay@ echomech.com; turnupstudios.com. … City of Jackson Holiday Parade is at noon at downtown Jackson. Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov.

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November 27 - December 3, 2013

Belhaven Street Arts Festival is from 5-9 p.m. at the 900 block of Belhaven Street.

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FRIDAY 11/29

Belhaven Street Arts Festival is from 5-9 p.m. at the 900 block of Belhaven Street, between Hazel and Edgewood. Free; email info@greaterbelhaven.com; greaterbelhaven. com. … Community Bike Ride starts at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. … “Funky Christmas” Painting Class is at 7-9:30 p.m. at Easely

SUNDAY 12/1

“Green with Everything“ Weight Loss Lecture is at noon at Photamerica Popup Studio/heARTalot (3009 N. State St.). Douglas “RFD” Free; heartalot.com. . … Merchants Open House Weekend is from 1-5 p.m. at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Free; call 601859-5816; canton-mississippi.com.

MONDAY 12/2

“M*A*S*H” Auditions start at 6:30 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Production dates are in January and February. Free; call 601-823-1293; blackrosetheatre.org. … Eat Drink Delta: Notes from a Hungry Traveler is at 7 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Author Susan Puckett and photographer Langdon Clay share Mississippi Delta food stories. $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted.

TUESDAY 12/3

Music in the City and Lighting of the Bethlehem Tree are at 5:15 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. The St. Andrew’s Cathedral Parish Choir performs. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. … C Spire Wireless’ Conerly Trophy Presentation is from 5:309 p.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Reception at 5:30 p.m.; banquet at 6:30 p.m. $100, $75 200 Club members, $50 ages 14 and under; call 601-982-8264; msfame.com.

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Free Survival Spanish Class is from 6:30-8 p.m. at Lingofest Language Center (6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 10, Ridgeland). Space limited. Registration required. 601-5007700; call 601-500-7700; email lingofest@gmail.com. … “A Christmas Carol” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Additional shows through Dec. 20. $25, discounts available; call 601-948-3531; newstagetheatre.com.


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(/,)$!9 Events at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). â&#x20AC;˘ Pics with Santa Nov. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-noon, at Center Court. Additional dates through Dec. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; call for details. $40 sitting fee; call 601-982-5861; email info@ highlandvillagems.com; highlandvillagems.com. â&#x20AC;˘ Snowflakes Under the Stars Dec. 3, 5:307:30 p.m. The annual Christmas open house includes caroling, carriage rides, a visit from Santa and the Exit 100 Beautification Celebration. Free; call 601-376-9973; lefleureast.org. Holiday Tree Design Showcase Nov. 29-Dec. 31, at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). See trees decorated by local schools. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601981-5469; mschildrensmuseum.com. Small Business Saturday Nov. 30. Support the local economy and shop at small businesses this holiday season. More at shopsmall.com.

at Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mansion (300 E. Capitol St.). See holiday decorations with seasonal greenery in the historic section. Guided tours held Tuesday-Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. on the half-hour. Free; call 601-359-6421. Winter Holidays Exhibit Dec. 3-20, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Enjoy the model trains of Possum Ridge, period toys and Christmas trees. Open Monday from noon-4:30 p.m., TuesdayFriday from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6800. Christmas on Ice through Jan. 5, at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Enjoy an ice skating rink and ice slide, a Christmas Story Trail, decorations, concessions and concerts. $15 skating and ice slide (rental skates included), concerts and Christmas Story Trail free; call 601-500-5970; christmasonice.com.

#/--5.)49 Chef Nick Wallaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York Preview Dinner Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The exclusive preview of the chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menu that he will showcase at the James Beard House includes a six-course dinner and an optional wine flight for an additional charge. RSVP. $80 per person; call 601-982-8111; email tanyab@bravobuzz.com; bravobuzz.com. Payroll Polices and the Law Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700) Learn about laws regarding the Family Medical Leave Act and others issues

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ike the first installment of this blockbuster franchise, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” reads as a parable on the gluttonous excesses of the establishment verses the downtrodden poor. Fear keeps the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol of Panem shackled to servitude, poverty and a joyless existence. While the “meand-only-me” establishment stomps out the slightest ember of hope among the masses, a symbol arises from the ashes in the form of a fine strapping young woman named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Katniss symbolizes the first crack in a foundation built on fear and repression. Those who have read the books or seen the first movie know that Katniss stood her ground during her first Hunger Games, where she volunteered to take her sister’s place as a “tribute” for district 12. Since then, Katniss has built a loyal following, both on and off screen. This film, directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Water for Elephants”) from Suzanne Collins’ best-selling books, throws out a three-finger salute to change, progress and protecting people from the op-

pression of tyranny—themes that typically work in movies, as they are the lifeblood of revolution. Liberty, equality and fraternity! The story opens with Katniss creeping around the woods. Her Artemis-like bow and arrow stick to her back like an appendage. She sneaks a kiss, not from Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) with whom she has a “public” romance, but with Gale Hawthorne, the guy next door (Liam Hemsworth). President Snow (Donald Sutherland), a cunning graybeard, pays a visit to the hinterlands that Katniss calls home. He warns her that he will kill everyone she loves if she cannot convince the masses of her complete and transcendental love for Peeta during the Victory Tour. She fails. The new master of the games (Philip Seymour Hoffman) devises a punishment. For the 75th Hunger Games, each district supplies their yearly “tributes” from a pool of former victors. Twenty-four past champions, including Katniss and Peeta, are hustled together to fight to the death in a tropical island “arena” where hidden cameras capture every move. The television production of the 75th Games is as decadent as the previous year as

In “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, right) once again finds herself fighting to save her sister Prim (Willow Shields, left).

Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) works up the competition. The costumes of Panem’s ruling class are garish and spectacular. Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) is back to run the Victory Tour, and her wardrobe choices and cosmetics express the ultimate in decadence. Effie and others in the ruling class are painted in bright colors, whereas Katniss and the other tributes are sepia-toned. Which is more real? In this film, the tributes seem to be more self-aware. They are veterans of the game. They hold hands in defiance of the authority. And the jaded TV audiences of Panem do not seem as enthusiastic about watching heroes of the games die—it would

be like gathering all of the top Olympic athletes and having them kill each other off. There are lots of hunting-and-surviving scenes, with killer mist, killer baboons, killer waves and other types of killing. These scenes seem long, but are watchable because we have been conditioned by reality television to violent banality. Lawrence brings strength, courage and pathos to the role. She’s a major talent, and her strength comes from a salt-of-the-earth persona. “Catching Fire” succeeds because the story is mythic and the cruelty easy to imagine. The A-listed cast lifts the material from a dusty cliché. With a wild turkey hunt, the movie is also appropriately seasonal.

Scholastic Writing Awards Call for Submissions through Dec. 16, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Eudora Welty Education and Visitors Center. Junior high and high school students in central Mississippi counties may submit works by Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-353-7762; artandwriting.org.

Bewey Bowden’s colorful paintings of flowers. Free; call 601-432-4056; email gloriajw@mlc.lib. ms.us; mlc.lib.ms.us.

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7%,,.%33 Look Good Feel Better Program Dec. 2, 2-4 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) at the UMC Cancer Institute, suite 600. Cancer patients learn beauty techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Registration required. Free; call 800-227-2345; lookgoodfeelbetter.org.

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Oh, My Aching Back and Legs Dec. 3, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive, Madison). Dr. Eric Amundson and physical therapist Brian Hendley discuss treatments for lower back pain that causes tingling, numbness or weakness in the legs. Registration required. Free, $7 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; mbhs.org.

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Drive, Clinton), in the auditorium. The ensemble sings music from genres including Broadway, pop, country and rock. $9-$10; call 601-924-0707. Holiday Peppermint Pops Nov. 29, 7 p.m., at Saenger Theater Biloxi (170 Reynoir St., Biloxi). $25, $12 students; call 228-896-4276; gulfcoastsymphony.net.

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “Banjo’s Dream” Nov. 30, 3 p.m. Local editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey signs books. $18.95 book. • “The Resurrectionist” Nov. 29, 10 a.m. Matthew Guinn signs books. $25.95 book. • “The Tilted World” Nov. 29, noon. Beth Ann Fennelly and Tom Franklin sign. $25.99 book. • “Y’all Come Over” Nov. 29, 2 p.m. Amy Lyles Wilson signs books. $24.99 book. • “Rivers” Nov. 30, 11 a.m. Michael Farris Smith signs books. $25 book. • “Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some” Dec. 3, 5 p.m. John Currence signs books. Reading at 6 p.m. $40 book. MPB Reading on the Road Story Time Dec. 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). The session for children ages 3-7 includes a free book per child. Free; call 601-856-2749.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Bread Baking Class Dec. 1, 1-6 p.m., at Gil’s Bread (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 500, Ridgeland). Students receive a bench knife and apron, and take home the bread they bake. Dress comfortably and wear closed-toe shoes with nonslip soles - no loose jewelry. Registration required. $125 per session; call 601-863-6935; email gil@ gilsbread.com; gilsbread.com.

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • “Redeemed” Art Exhibit through Nov. 30. See Shelia Malone’s mosaic collages in the lower atrium. • “High Time” Art Exhibit through Dec. 31. See works from members of the VSA Community Art Group, which consists of adults with disabilities. Artists’ reception Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m. Color Explosion Art Exhibit through Nov. 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See

"%4(%#(!.'% Toys for Tots Call for Donations through Dec. 5, at local Walgreens locations. The Central Mississippi Marine Corps League hosts the annual toy drive. Donate new, unwrapped toys for needy children to receive for Christmas. Toy donations welcome; call 601-960-1084; toysfortots.org. Books for Tots Campaign through Dec. 13, at Jackson/Hinds Library System. Donate new, unwrapped books at any JHLS branch. Monetary donations also accepted. Free; call 601-9685810 or 601-968-5807; email purr@jhlibrary. com or cmoman@jhlibrary.com; jhlibrary.com. Toy Drive for Batson through Dec. 13, at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Donate new, unwrapped toys for distribution to pediatric patients at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Toy donations welcome; call 601-432-2400; mdwfp.com. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, email all details (phone number, start and end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.


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A Solid Groove by Alexis Moody

COURTESY THAT SCOUNDREL

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ackson-based band That Scoundrel is a refreshing taste of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. “Under everything, there is a groove,” guitarist John Schenk says. Its music is a mesh of 1970s psychedelic rock with the madness of 1990s grunge. That Scoundrel’s magnetic nature draws the crowd in, and its steady groove keeps the performance consistent. That Scoundrel—which consists of Schenk, singer and bassist Adam Barkley, and drummer Jennifer Chesler—had its name before the band even got together. “Every time I’ve tried to choose a name for a band, it usually turns into a catfight,” Barkley says. “You should try and have a band name be- That Scoundrel (Adam Barkley, Jennifer Chesler and John Schenk) performs Dec. 6 at Hal & Mal’s. fore you try and start a band.” The band formed in 2011 after Barkley and Schenk met through Craigslist and, from word of mouth, then found Chesler. “Everyone Has Their Something…,” which Steve DeaThe band’s influences include Clutch, Kurt Vile, ton produced, consists of catchy and groovy songs. “10 PM” Misfits, The Meters, Neil Young, Queens of the Stone Age and “Domino,” for example, feature snappy rock hooks and Dinosaur Jr. That Scoundrel’s first album, “Everyone with a steady drum beat. Has Their Something, But Some People’s Somethings Are The band’s upcoming second full-length album, tenWeirder Than Others,” is a patchwork of those sounds. tatively titled “Gift Horse,” is much more polished than its “I try to get a really wide range of influences,” Chesler previous three releases. says. “I like to listen to different kinds of music.” “I think it is more focused and definitely has the

benefit of us writing it together,” Barkley says. He expects to release the album in the summer. “The first songs were already written, and we are writing all these together. I think you can tell the difference between the first CD, and this second album. John and Jenn are putting their stamp on it.” That Scoundrel plays shows in Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi, however, the band feels somewhat overlooked in the Jackson area. “We get out of Jackson, and people are excited. When we get back to Jackson, we are playing just for our friends,” Barkley says. “The original scene in Jackson is really strong; people just need to come see it more.” That Scoundrel is an act best heard live. The members’ chemistry on stage and polished sound are welcome additions to Jackson’s music community. The band is involved in concerts such as the Blender series and frequently plays shows at local bars such as Martin’s Lounge or Hal & Mal’s. The band plans to finish recording “Gift Horse” in February and release it in summer 2014. The band also has a new T-shirt design that Schenk’s dad created. That Scoundrel performs with Death on Two Wheels at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601948-0888). For music and merchandise, visit thatscoundrel. bandcamp.com, or find the band on Facebook.

music in theory

by Micah Smith

that basically the entire U.S. population knows, excluding me. I worked through the set in my head, making mental notes on TRIP BURNS

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he music industry has very little room for pretense. If you write sloppily, play or sing poorly, or look like you’ve been hit repeatedly with a tether ball since birth, be prepared to have these things called out often and unsympathetically. If you believe you’re the voice of a generation (even though the generation hasn’t caught on yet), you can expect evaluations from a variety of sources. From sound engineers to bartenders to drunken bachelorettes who can’t remember who sang “Bennie and the Jets,” I’ve received plenty of assessments over the years—some positive, some negative and some downright weird. In one particular instance years back, I filled in on vocals for a friend’s band, The StoneCoats, which was called Mama Loretta at the time. They planned a show at Martin’s and didn’t want to cancel it last minute, so I agreed to sing lead for the night. This is, of course, the same “I” whose tastes include more classic pop than classic rock and whose knowledge of Led Zeppelin ends with the band’s name. Thanks in part to a rather animated crowd, the show went smoothly, the exception being an impromptu cover of the song “I’m 18” by Alice Cooper, which I learned

While it can be taxing, the connection between the artist and audience is crucial to live music.

whether certain things I made sure to do and not to do. “Words sung correctly? Check. Notes in key? Check. Dance moves? Please, God, no check.” I had a few strangers and friends commend my efforts, saying that I did well or seemed like a natural fit for the band, which was nice to hear and also a big relief. Then I met a single, exceptionally disapproving per-

son who bankrupted me of all confidence. He began his introduction with: “Look, man, I won’t lie. We both know you’re not the best singer in the world, but you try, and that’s something. My name is …” His observation was true on both accounts, really. There’s no possible way that I am the greatest singer in the world, as evidenced by the fact I was playing at Martin’s and not in a sold-out stadium, and I do try. I’d venture to say that many singers have lived and died who are better than me, but no one ever felt the need to tell me that before. He began a downgrading tirade about how “our” music wasn’t refined enough for his tastes before he received an urgent phone call, likely from his boss, the devil, marking his next target. I’m not a creature of ego. I don’t play music to get validation, but when you have the wind removed from your sails so thoroughly, it becomes difficult to remember anything encouraging. For a brief moment, I found myself calculating how long I had to stay at the venue until the band could be paid and I could make the half-hour drive back to college. But I realized that joyless, half-hearted attitude didn’t sound like music; that sounded like a job.

A number of facets in playing music can underwhelm and leave you decidedly apathetic at times, some of which simply comes with the territory. Inevitable are the days where you don’t want to hone the same, stagnant-feeling set list; you are bound to have songs in your arsenal that you don’t enjoy performing as much as others enjoy hearing; and soul-crushingly outspoken audience members will say mean things and then take phone calls. Though they can appear frustratingly fleeting in retrospect, the moments spent on a stage and playing music are those that most define your musical individuality. If those songs remained tucked away in a notebook somewhere, idling in leatherbound oblivion, they can never reach anyone or truly say anything. While it’s easier not to submit to the judgment of a bar filled with strangers, that would rob you of the gratification that comes with discomfort, which is uniquely intoxicating and nourishing and stirring, all at once. In truth, musicians have to submit themselves to the mercy of an audience, whether kind or cruel, because music—the way it should be experienced—is 35 a two-way street.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 28 College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN): Roles are reversed in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Egg Bowl: Mississippi State needs a win to go bowling, but the Ole Miss Rebels are playing to end their archrivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season and earn a better bowl slot. FRIDAY, NOV. 29 College football (1:30-5 p.m., CBS): You can just about throw out the records when Arkansas and LSU get together on the gridiron each year. SATURDAY, NOV. 30 College football (2:30-6 p.m., CBS): Plenty is at stake in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Iron Bowl as Alabama looks to keep their hopes of a third national title alive and Auburn looks to reach the SEC title game. MONDAY, DEC. 2 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): First place in the NFC and future home field advantage in the playoffs are on the line when the New Orleans Saints clash with the Seattle Seahawks. TUESDAY, DEC. 3 College basketball (8-10:30 p.m., ESPN): An early-season top-25 college basketball matchup features national title contenders the Duke Blue Devils and the Michigan Wolverines. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4 NHL (7-9 p.m., NBCSN): As the weather gets colder, get your weekly hockey fix as the Detroit Red Wings host the Philadelphia Flyers. As more information comes out, the state attorney should at least present the case against FSU quarterback Jameis Winstonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;after the police sat on the sexual assault complaint for nearly a year.

his space is normally for my ranting about the sports world, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to take some time to be serious. This time last year, I became a stayat-home dad. This year has been a year of firsts with our childâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but also lasts, because our daughter will be our only child, due to personal reasons. All of these first and last moments have made me more appreciative of the events of our lives. While this year was full of celebration, I also felt great loss as my father passed away. I was very close to my father. He was a mountain of a man to live up to, and he is the type of man I strive to become each day. I had no idea that last year we would celebrate our final Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s together. If I had known, I would have savored the moments and spent more time with him. This year will be the first holiday season without himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but will truly be my daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first holiday season. It will be

bittersweet seeing the excitement in her eyes while I have a hole in my heart because my father will miss sharing all this new excitement with us. Even though the holidays can be stressful, and family can be a pain, enjoy the moments you get with your family members. There is no telling when the ones we love will no longer be with us. Each moment of happiness watching my daughter roll over, speak her first words and take her first step is also filled with sadness knowing my dad canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be here to see those moments. I plan to fill my home with stories of my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not just because it is sad he is gone, but to celebrate his life with my daughter who will never know him. Be thankful to have family surrounding you this holiday season. Believe meâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I am 35, and I have buried a parent and a child. I know I am going to appreciate the time Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m given with my family much more for the rest of my days.

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