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t 21 years old, Emily Simmons is making waves with her art. Simmons, a junior at Millsaps College, double-majors in studio art and art history with a concentration in museum studies. As part of her junior seminar class, she had to approach a local business and convince the owners to sponsor their art for Fondren Unwrapped and a temporary exhibit. She and three other students found such a place in Brown’s Fine Art and Framing, which Simmons’ grandmother, Mary Grace Brown, owns—it has been in her family for 48 years. Her favorite local artist is Andrew Bucci, whose piece “Figure in Green” inspired the USA International Ballet Competition’s 2014 commemorative poster. Simmons also credits the paintings of Matisse as a source of inspiration, though she drew from a wide range of other artists for her gallery showing at Brown’s. Her focus in school, though, is a broad range of art, “from ancient times to contemporary times” Simmons says. Simmons’ project consists of several photographs that were styled or recreated from older works. In her collection, she drew primarily from the painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres because of his overly idealized depictions of women. “The elongated bodies, making them seem perfect—when in reality, this is what you get,” she says, gesturing to her body and the models’ bodies. Her friends helped her by volunteering


to pose for the photographs. She showed the models pictures of the artwork they would be recreating, explaining that aspects of the composition would change, such as lighting, location and style, but the position of the body would remain the same. In one photograph, a model wears an American stars-and-bars bandana and tilts her head toward the camera, her eyes fixed on us. It’s in this image we recognize, perhaps unconsciously, Vermeer’s famous “Girl with the Pearl Earring.” The nude form of a woman is a feature of many of the pictures, an aspect that even surprised Simmons herself. “I never thought I’d see myself producing something like this,” she says. “Or getting so many of my friends and family involved.” At Fondren Unwrapped, “a couple of people poked their head in, saw flesh, and turned and walked away.” However, there were others that Simmons said, “grasped the concept of real-life people.” People who looked at the titles were interested in the originals, and were looking up the paintings on their phones. Simmons is currently interning at Josh Hailey’s heARTalot non-profit and getting ready to do more projects in the spring. She likes working in photography with some preparation, but leaving room for creativity. “It’s spur-of-the-moment, but I do enjoy that snapshot quality,” she says. —Trip Burns

Cover photo of Jason Jenkins by Trip Burns

6 Downtown Development

Things could be great when East Village Estates opens new housing development downtown, scheduled for early 2014.

37 Cookie Monster

To make the perfect chocolate chip cookie, you’ve got to know the rules.

39 Play That Funky Music

“I think that’s what music is about: giving a helping hand, taking you out the normal everyday thing if you are going through stress. Music should be a vehicle for just being able to step back, take a look at yourself and enjoy the good things. Life is good and life is bad, but music greases the wheels. If you can give a helping hand, do it, and (you) might as well do it in a funky way, because that is the best way.” —K.C. O’Rorke, “The Vibe of Flow Tribe”

4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 17 ............ WINTER ARTS PREVIEW 37 ......................................... FOOD 38 .......................................... GEEK 39 .............................. DIVERSIONS 40 ....................................... 8 DAYS 41 .......................................... FILM 42 ....................................... MUSIC 43 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 44 ..................................... SPORTS 47 .................................... PUZZLES 49 ....................................... ASTRO 50 ............................................ DIY


DECEMBER 4 - 10, 2013 | VOL. 12 NO. 13



by Briana Robinson Music Editor

Honoring the Greatest, Inspiring the Rest


ast night, I came across a Facebook post from a local DJ about Jacksonians needing to take advantage of every situation. In his brief but powerful message, DJ Scrap Dirty urged locals to step away from using excuses for not excelling in their individual niches. People should invest in building a future for Jackson, even if it means going elsewhere to develop skills and returning to share them. “Get all the knowledge & power then bring your ass back to Jackson & help push the movement,” he wrote. The key thing, in his mind, is that folks come back and help build. I’m sure many in the city share DJ Scrap Dirty’s sentiment, either in part or whole, because in many ways he is completely correct. How would we expect Jackson to grow and be great without awesome people staying here or at least coming back? His post made me reflect on many things, one of which is Best of Jackson, the Jackson Free Press’s annual readers’ choice awards. This year’s process has been a bit different with the introduction of a nominations period and a finalists ballot, but our goal remains the same: to highlight and acknowledge locals in the Jackson metro area who are the best at what they do. Since we released our list of finalists for the Best of Jackson 2014 awards last week, I have seen numerous social-media posts thanking voters and the Jackson Free Press as well as a few people bemoaning the entire process and our organization. I love reading all of the comments, positive and negative, because they exhibit folks’ passion here in the metro. Some people are grateful that others thought about them during the nomi-

nation period of Best of Jackson. Of course, all seem hopeful to go on to win the “Best” title. One person wrote that winning first place last year was one of the proudest moments of her career. Even some of the negative posts’ authors have to give props to the Best of Jackson awards and the JFP for do-

Our goal remains the same: to highlight and acknowledge locals ... who are the best at what they do. ing them each year. While not everyone agrees with our editorial stances, they still seem to see the importance of honoring local greatness. Honestly and unfortunately, I don’t find many other outlets that make that their mission. People are passionate about their work and the work of those they care about. They want to be appreciated and recognized; some just seem to have a peculiar way of showing that. When they see that they did not win or, in this case, were not nominated (or even if they have been nominated in the past), some folks

(and often ones who didn’t vote) love to accuse us of solely covering advertisers or simply running a popularity contest for downtown and Fondren only. That’s definitely not the case. For the past three years, I’ve had the responsibility of helping sift through and count the Best of Jackson ballots. With the write-in ballot, I’d say it’s pretty obvious that our list of winners and finalists is tamper-free. Not only are the finalists user-generated, but over the years we have put several rules into practice to deter and catch cheaters (and trust me, we’ve seen just about every method of attempted cheating at this point). Anyone who thinks our reach is limited should check out this year’s finalists. Under Best Barbershop, two South Jackson businesses, Custom Cuts & Styles and Southside Barber and Beauty, made it to the final ballot, alongside local businesses in Fondren and Madison. That’s just one example, however, of the finalists’ diversity. We implemented the two-tiered system this year partly to help give voters more of an opportunity to carefully consider who and what are the bests in town. The idea is that, with a write-in ballot, folks often jot down the first thing that pops into their heads. But with the second round, they may notice a finalist they wouldn’t think of right away that is equally or more deserving. Best of Jackson 2014 features 134 categories of winners. With an ever-growing and changing city, the JFP strives to stay up-to-date and honor new and relevant happenings. We’ve taken out several categories to make room for new ones such as Best Music Festival. Some of the categories will live on in the form of occasional online mini-contests, along with

fun categories such as Best Moustache or Best Beer Belly. And, of course, we are already thinking forward to our glossy magazine’s special Best of Jackson issue, which takes over BOOM Jackson magazine for the May-June installment. While we aren’t publishing the final Best of Jackson 2014 ballot in this issue of the paper, it is still available online (at for you to go vote. Instead, this week we have dedicated several pages to the Winter Arts Preview. For me, these events listings are just as important for us to publish. With 12 categories of events, no one should complain that they have nothing to do in the next few months in Jackson. Between going through these events listings and seeing the votes for Best of Jackson this year, I’ve been pretty inspired and enthusiastic about Jackson. I hope that the Winter Arts Preview and Best of Jackson also inspire many others. The two only show a bit of what our city has to offer. If you don’t know what to do one day, check out one of the events we have in the paper or online at If you don’t know who to contact about getting involved in something, look at all the finalists in the People section of Best of Jackson. Refer to them and what they’ve been up to for ways to get active in the community as well. Remember, visit before midnight Dec. 15 to vote for Jackson’s best people, businesses and organizations. The final winners will be announced in our Best of Jackson issue Jan. 22, 2014. To party with the winners and us, subscribe to JFP Daily at and keep Jan. 26 open on your calendar for a stellar party at a secret location to be announced next month.

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Latasha Willis

Trip Burns

R.L. Nave

Gina Haug

Alexis Moody

Darnell Jackson

Justin Hosemann

Kathleen Mitchell

Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance graphic designer and the mother of one cat. See her design portfolio at

Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He wrote the Jacksonian and coordinated photos for the issue.

News Editor R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at rlnave@

Account Manager Gina Haug is a self-professed information collector who has a love for all things fun. She is a huge Ole Miss and Saints fan, and her birthday is her favorite holiday.

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

Darnell “Chris” Jackson is a writer, photographer, graphic designer and entrepreneur. He is a Jackson native and Jackson State University graduate. He owns J.Carter Studios. He wrote an arts preview blurb.

Editorial Intern Justin Hosemann is a native of Vicksburg. He recently graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He wrote an arts preview blurb.

Features Editor Kathleen M. Mitchell likes crackling fires, goblets of wine, good books and long crafternoons. Winter would be her favorite, except it doesn’t snow in Mississippi.


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Thursday, Nov. 28 A labor union leader charges that a safety engineer at the World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where a giant crane collapsed and killed two workers, warned his supervisor of possible problems with the operation, only to have his concerns brushed aside. ‌ China says it has sent warplanes into its newly declared maritime air defense zone days after the U.S., South Korea and Japan all sent flights through the airspace. Friday, Nov. 29 Protesters in Thailand storm into the national army headquarters as part of a bid to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Saturday, Nov. 30 A panel in Egypt tasked with amending the country’s suspended constitution begins voting on changes to it. Sunday, Dec. 1 Police fire tear gas to drive hundreds of supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president from Cairo’s Tahrir Square as the constitution panel continues.

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Monday, Dec. 2 Gay marriages begin in Hawaii with six couples at a Waikiki resort exchanging vows side-by-side. ‌ Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, a Democrat who appointed significant numbers of women and minorities to government jobs and strengthened the executive branch by removing legislators from state boards, dies at age 85.


Tuesday, Dec. 3 The political crisis that has engulfed Thailand’s capital for more than a week eases suddenly after the prime minister orders police to stop battling anti-government protesters. ‌ The U.S. voices solidarity with Japan against China’s claim to airspace over disputed islands, vowing not to tolerate the aggressive move.


Downtown Housing Development Moves Along by R.L. Nave


housing development that had been planned for west Jackson before it met community opposition is moving ahead in a new location in downtown Jackson. Calling the East Village Estates an example of an “intelligent urban-renewal program� that Jackson needs, Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said the development means that “Jackson is open for business.� Originally, the project developers— Oxford-based Chartre Consulting Ltd., Mid-America Development Foundation and Roscoe Word—planned to build what it touts as market-rate, low-income houses along the Jackson State University Parkway, but citizens and neighborhood groups fought it. “Since the neighborhood felt that they didn’t want that type of housing and those kinds of people in their community, we chose to go someplace else,� Chartre marketing consultant David Kelly told the Jackson Free Press. Chartre uses low-income housing tax credits awarded through the Mississippi Home Corp., a quasi-state agency. The Internal Revenue Service allows state housing agencies such as MHC to award developers up to $750,000 in tax credits per project based on a scoring system. Investors then purchase the credits to use toward their federal tax bill each year for a decade, making Mississippi’s yearly allocation of about $6.8 million in housing credits worth $68 million. Firms such as Chartre apply for tax credits, which it uses to build houses for people who don’t make a lot of money. Companies own and lease the townhouses for 15 years. At the end of the 15 years,

tenants would have the option to buy the townhouses from Chartre at 8-percent interest with no down payment. Tenants would be able to buy the townhouses at a reduced rate. The longer they leased the

parcels from Mt. Helm Baptist Church as well about three city blocks from Harvey Freelon, Lumumba’s law partner before he became mayor. In addition, the developer demolished 29 structures that Chartre TRIP BURNS

Wednesday, Nov. 27 Part of the stadium that will host the 2014 World Cup opener collapses, killing two workers and aggravating already urgent concerns Brazil won’t be ready for soccer’s signature tournament. ‌ Rising anger over deadly drone attacks spurs a Pakistani political party to reveal the secret identity of what it says is the top U.S. spy in the country and demand he be tried for murder.



Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and Clarence Chapman, president of Chartre Consulting Ltd., helped break ground on a downtown housing development that Lumumba called part of an intelligent urban renewal plan.

property, the less they would have to pay to purchase it. The townhouses would be worth between $150,000 and $170,000 and if a tenant leased a low-income property for the full 15 years, they could buy it for about $50,000. East Village Estates also falls within the boundaries of the Farish Street Historic District, which Chapman believes could boost the redevelopment efforts there. In late October, Chartre acquired the land it needed for the 88 townhomes, which included the purchase of an assortment of

President Clarence Chapman says were dilapidated and inhabitable. East Village Estates will begin preleasing the homes in March 2014. “We have to brag about the people who stay (in Jackson),� Lumumba said at the groundbreaking in late October at the Jackson Medical Mall. He added: “The more homeowners we have, the more wealth we build so we can fix some of those streets y’all always talk about.� Comment at Contact R.L. Nave at





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TALK | city

No Fingerprinting for City Program? by Tyler Cleveland


December 4 - 10, 2013


he 4-2 vote the city took last week company for upkeep and maintenance ceive vouchers don’t jump through the to enact fingerprint scanning for through 2016. hoops that are already in place to get the the city’s child-care programs The Jackson City Council passed certificate vouchers to collect money to might have been a little prema- an emergency motion to comply with which they aren’t entitled. ture, following revelations that a previ- the move to the new system last week Jackson currently receives $78,000 ously filed injunction could delay and under the false pretense that the city a month from MDHS, without which ultimately kill the Mississippi the city says it cannot conDepartment of Human Sertinue to run its three childvices mandate. care facilities. In an order filed Aug. “There’s really been no 28, 2013, Hinds County demonstration that there’s Chancery Judge Denise been fraud,” Lumumba said. Owens granted a temporary “I don’t know how many of injunction that allows childus have had experience with care providers who did not welfare situations, but 99.9 volunteer to be a part of the percent of people aren’t gopilot program to opt out of ing to go through what you the MDHS mandate. The have to go through to get this legislation’s supporters want money. There’s dehumanizapublic child-care programs tion and other things that to switch to fingerprint happen that prevents one to scanning to better track the go in there and fraudulently time that children spend in slip into the system.” the government-subsidized Welchlin’s organization child-care centers. puts the number of kids in the That may mean Jackson’s CCCP program at 18,000, three city-run child-care cenwith more than 8,000 curters, which service nearly 300 rently on the waiting list. She The City of Jackson may opt out of a Mississippi Department children, could also opt out of argues that the number of of Health and Safety program that would require child-care the fingerprinting program, at child-care centers that accept centers that accept government vouchers to implement fingerprint scanning. least for now. CCCP parents could drop, State officials have argued and that some centers would that the system could cut administrative had no choice but to go along. have to close their doors altogether. costs, more accurately record attendance “I wasn’t surprised that there had “(Child-care providers) don’t want to and prevent fraud. Child-care advocates, been a legal challenge,” said Ward 4 give Xerox access to their account inforlike Mississippi Low-Income Child Councilman De’Keither Stamps, who mation,” Welchlin said. Care Initiative spokeswoman Cassandra joined Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber “Also, (MDHS says) the program Welchlin, say the policy is discriminatory, in voting against the measure. won’t cost the child-care providers anyinvasive and dehumanizing, especially “I made a few phone calls to some thing, but there are hidden costs. The considering that parents and guardians of human-rights organizations, and found reimbursements often are not on time, other income levels would be exempt. out there is more wiggle room than we meaning they have to cover some costs “We know it’s going to be a hassle believed there was Tuesday. If it hadn’t until the payments come in, and many for the parents to have to scan in and been presented as an emergency item, we of the providers have to hire extra staff or scan out,” Welchlin told the JFP last would have been able to research it.” dedicate man hours to implementing the week. “These are low-income working The state says the new system will program and making sure it runs well.” parents we are talking about, and it’s prevent fraud and save money. State ofIn September 2012, MDHS installed inconvenient to them, and to the child- ficials have argued that child-care pro- biometric finger scanners at 20 child-care care providers, to have them come down viders can doctor their records to receive centers in the Jackson metro. MDHS’ and give their fingerprints.” additional funding, and those that do are move prompted a firestorm of complaints Mississippi has been participating likely to drop out of the program. Also, from child center directors who say the in the Child Care Certificate Program children who have too many absences new system is wrought with problems and (or CCCP) since the 1990 passage of the could lose their vouchers. raises concerns about personal information U.S. Development Block Grant Act and “Mississippi has always been just security and privacy. Child-care providers its provision known as the Early Child about the last in everything,” Jill Dent took legal action to prevent the scanner Care Program Development Fund. The of Mississippi’s Department of Human program from taking effect statewide. program is run through the Mississippi Services told NPR in November 2012. As of press time, Jackson had not Department of Human Services, which “So we’re taking a step forward, and reversed its decision to comply with the just switched to a new tracking system in we want to be one of the first states that MDHS order, but the city council was set 2012 that it now calls defunct. utilize technology to be able to push a to take up the issue again at the Dec. 3 The state’s new contract with Xerox state forward.” meeting. Stamps said he expected to hear has already paid $1.7 million for 1,815 At a meeting of the city council on from the management at several childfinger scanners and VeriFone machines Nov. 25, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lu- care providers. that resemble credit-card readers, and mumba said he believes 99.9 percent of Email City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at will pay another $12.8 million to the parents and child-care providers who re-


TALK | city

Leaders Leave Jackson for Big Ideas by Tyler Cleveland


itting in his office on the second floor of City Hall Tuesday, Nov. 26, Ward 4 City Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps beamed as he went over a list of 12 new ordinances he plans to introduce in the coming weeks. One would set up a municipal identification-card program, where citizens who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license or identification card could go get a photo I.D. without having to go to the DMV. Another would add teeth to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s racial-profiling ordinance, and another would change the way developers hire contractors on city-subsidized projects, providing more jobs for folks that live inside city limits. Those are just three of a dozen ideas Stamps plan to pursue after he and other council members attended the National League of Citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Congress of Cities and Exposition conference in Seattle, Wash., from Nov. 12-16.

in Municipal Government, a NLC-funded organization. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were one of the first to promote family leasing and earned income tax credits,â&#x20AC;? Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And that was back when hardly any women were taking advantage of those programs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nothing that teaches you how to do this job that we have,â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The National League of Cities educates elected officials, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just an amazing organization. People who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connected at that level are really missing out.â&#x20AC;? Email city reporter Tyler Cleveland at


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Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps and several of his colleagues on the Jackson City Council traveled to Seattle, Wash., to attend a National League of Cities conference, where they collected a bevy of ideas to bring back home.

Council members Stamps, Tony Yarber, Margaret Barrett-Simon, Melvin Priester Jr. and LaRita Cooper-Stokes all attended a variety of seminars and training sessions at the conference. Those sessions focused on seven main areas: economic development, finance, governance and civic engagement, housing and community development, immigrant integration, infrastructure and sustainability. The annual convention hosted more than 3,000 mayors, city council members and local leaders, according to the National League of Cities web site. As a first-year civil servant, Stamps said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;like a kid in a candy store.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came back with a bunch of good new ideas,â&#x20AC;? Stamps said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were thousands of people from cities of all sizes. It gave me a chance to talk to people from other cities, so I talked to leaders who had problems similar to some of the ones we face, and I got a chance to ask them what they did that worked and what they did that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work.â&#x20AC;? In the coming weeks, some of those ideas could become law inside the city. Stamps said he has already moved on one idea, introducing an ordinance that would require gun-owners to report their firearms stolen within 48 hours of the discovery of the theft. Other plans, like a community reinvestment ordinance that would require banks that hold public funds to reinvest some of those funds in the form of loans, will require more research before they can be proposed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It just gave us a lot to think about,â&#x20AC;? Stamps said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were basic sessions, and there were more in-depth seminars for different groups, like the black caucus, the Hispanic caucus, so there are different solutions for different cities with different demographics. It was great.â&#x20AC;? Barrett-Simon, who has served as councilwoman for Ward 7 for 20 years, has also served on NLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors, its advisory council and as president of Women


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esidents of the capital city may soon have another option for outdoor recreational activities, a 5,000-acre wildlife refuge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing. The refuse would be between the Ross Barnett Reservoir on the north side and Lakeland Drive to the south. If those parameters sound familiar, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Lakeâ&#x20AC;? development and flood-control project is also planned in the same vicinityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the earlier â&#x20AC;&#x153;Two Lakesâ&#x20AC;? plan would have used the same area north of Lakeland. One Lake, which the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has plans for a hopes to develop with business- 5,000-acre wildlife refuge between Ross Barnett man John McGowanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nonprofit Reservoir and Lakeland Drive. group Pearl River Vision Foundation, is a proposed 1,500-acre six-mile-long lake from Lakeland Drive ing the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important natural resources. southward to Richland. In addition, FWS information shows Mike Dawson, a consultant working that the refuge would help with ongoing with the FWS, addressed the Hinds Coun- recovery of the ringed map turtle and gulf ty Board of Supervisors Dec. 2 and quelled sturgeon, both federally listed threatened rumors that the urban refuge threatens species that have become sticking points One Lake. with One Lake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no conflict. â&#x20AC;Ś They can coDawson said the refuge could also be an exist,â&#x20AC;? Dawson told supervisors. economic engine. The John Heinz National Like any flood-control plan for the Wildlife Refuge, in Philadelphia, closely capital-city area, the proposed urban refuge resembles the central Mississippi plans and must undergo a federally required vetting generates about $1.4 million in tourism-reprocess that includes an environmental-im- lated economic activity, he said. pact assessment. The FWS is conducting scoping meetFWSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; literature states the proposed ings to collect public input and will release refuge would offer protection for migratory a draft environmental assessment in March birds and the Pearl Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fragile ecosystem 2014 and plans to publish the final draft that consists of bottomland hardwood as plan by June 2014. well as opportunities for environmental eduEmail R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreecation and interpretive programs highlight- Comment at


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Bill Allain: A People’s Champ by R.L. Nave

Former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain, who died this week, is remembered as populist despite a scandal that colored his tenure.

sex over the years. A private investigator, hired to look into rumors about Allain’s sex life, reported that Allain ‘’not only has been dealing with prostitutes, but also he’s been crossing racial lines,” according to a New York Times story published at the time.

Allain, who was divorced in 1970 and never remarried, called the allegations ‘’damnable, vicious, malicious lies” and offered to take a lie-detector test to disprove them. He also threatened to sue the accusers for libel. Perhaps, because of his strong support with the black community, the scheme to discredit Allain backfired on Republicans. ‘’A majority of people I’ve talked to see it as a desperate roll of the dice on behalf of the Republicans,” Bennie Thompson, then a member of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, told the Times in Allain’s defense. Allain won the election, but the scandal tainted his tenure in the governor’s mansion. In 1984, he convened a commission to recommend changes to the state’s 1890 Constitution, which the Legislature ignored. Allain also appointed record numbers of women and minorities to government positions and “was able to forge a coalition in the Legislature to work for the common good.” Rickey Cole, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party, called Allain, who practiced law in Jackson after he left the governor’s office, “one of the most tremendous legal minds of his generation.” Comment at

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torney general, where he first made a name for himself as an advocate for Mississippi consumers, which included blocking a plan to store nuclear waste in Mississippi—a debate that recently received new life in 2013. Allain’s rivals met his rising popularity with less than exhilaration, however. In 1983, state Treasurer Evelyn Gandy finished just in front of Allain and three other Democrats for the party’s gubernatorial nomination, setting up a runoff between herself and Allain. Allain, then 55, won the nomination and went on to square off against Republican Leon Bramlett in a race in which Allain was widely favored. Three weeks before election, Allain’s internal polls showed he led Bramlett by 20 percent points, which spurred a series of events that would become one of the defining themes of Allain’s political career. In one of the messiest episodes in recent political history, three Bramlett donors—William D. Mounger, Victor P. Smith and Neal Clement—and campaign adviser William E. Spell Sr. produced what they claimed were sworn statements from African American male prostitutes whom purported that Allain had paid them for



he family of former Mississippi Gov. William “Bill” Allain, who died Dec. 2 at age 85, wants him to be remembered as someone who explicitly fought for Mississippians who historically haven’t had many people fighting for them. “His administration was inclusive of all people: black and white, male and female, Catholic and Protestant, rich and poor,” family representatives wrote in a statement announcing his death Monday. Allain was born into a Catholic family on Valentine’s Day in 1928, in the town of Washington, Miss. Family members say Allain, who served as governor from 1984 to 1988, remained a “strong Catholic” his entire life and that “his Catholic faith and servanthood were the driving force in his life and career.” After attending Notre Dame and earning a law degree from the University of Mississippi in 1950, Allain served three years in the Army during the Korean War as an infantryman. After being discharged, Allain practiced law in Natchez until 1962 when he was appointed an assistant state attorney general under Gov. Ross Barnett. In 1979, Allain ran successfully for at-



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mokey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robinsonâ&#x20AC;? McBride: â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of my working-poor constituents were too broke to shop on Black Friday. They spent most of their time negotiating past-due payments with bill collectors and credit-card companies. A recently laid-off constituent stood in a long line at the Department of Labor office. A sheriff and his team of movers evicted a family from their home. An underemployed, underpaid and uninsured deejay with a toothache and bronchitis tried to apply for health-care insurance on the Affordable Healthcare Website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 2013, my constituents were discouraged by past government shutdowns, insensitive political decisions, callous corporations and the increased nonsense at their mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expense. This holiday season, my constituents know the hand they have been dealt and understand that Black Friday Door Buster sales have become blood-sucking profit ploys for corporations and businesses. One of my financially challenged constituents sarcastically re-named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Black Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and now calls it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Broke Friday.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have received a plethora of e-mails and letters requesting I organize a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Financially Challenged Broke for the Holidays Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Clubb Chicken Wingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Multi-Purpose Complex. Not only will I organize the festival but also declare the first Friday in December as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Broke Friday.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;With help from the Ghetto Science Teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Improvement Association, the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s objective is to feed the hungry, meet the needs of the poor, provide financial assistance and teach practical lifestyle skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Festival will end with the premiere screening of Kunta â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Rahsheed Xâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tobyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s film titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Holidays Will Not Be Commercialized.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?


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Why it stinks: Since capturing control of the Mississippi Legislature, and therefore the budgeting process, Republican lawmakers have boasted about putting aside about $100 million per year into reserves, or what is colloquially called the Rainy Day Fund. Republicans such as Reeves like to point out that state law requires following the 98 percent rule, or budgeting all but 2 percent of revenues, to allow for adequate funds incase of emergency. But â&#x20AC;&#x153;adequateâ&#x20AC;? is in the eye of the beholder. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most hypocritical about bragging about meeting the statutory requirement for reserves is that under leadership of Reeves and other Republicans, the Legislature has repeatedly failed to fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding formula, which lawmakers created in the 1990s to determine public-schools funding. In total, MAEP has been shortchanged more than $1 billion or between $250 million and $350 million per year. Considering the troubled state of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public education, Reeves and his colleagues should realize that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raining now.

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Mississippi judge wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let Hernando resident Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham get a divorce from the woman she married in San Francisco in 2008, nor is she getting any help from state officials. As Jim Hood, the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Democratic attorney general reasoned, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grant a divorce in a marriage it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recognize,â&#x20AC;? the Associated Press reported this week. Mississippi seems to relish in not recognizing same-sex marriages. In 1997, the Legislature affirmed that Mississippi would not recognize same-sex marriages from other states and, in 2004, a statewide ballot initiative resulted in a constitutional ban on marriages between members of the same sex. What does it say about our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compassion that we would deny this family happiness and the opportunity to create new family bonds than give an inch on the same-sex marriage issue just because a few politicians think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s icky? Icky is the tradition that we see every election cycle, when our mailboxes overflow with slick direct-mail pieces from political hopefuls exploiting their manicured spouses and smiling children to demonstrate their commitment to traditional family values. Right now, the City of Jackson is taking on the Mississippi Department of Human Services over implementing a controversial finger-scan program at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child-care centers. MDHS is facing legal action to prevent it from requir-

ing the scanners in centers that participate in low-income child-care assistance programs. The agency oversees several government programs that affect families, including SNAP food and child-support collections. For the state, the mandate with the finger scanners is a stopgap against fraud, waste and abuse. The state has, up until now, ignored the pleas of people who have concerns about the privacy implications of the finger scanners. Scanner foes, which now include Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba (See Tyler Clevelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Fingerprinting for City Program?â&#x20AC;? in this issue), also say that the scanners disrupt poorer families that are networks of biological relatives, friends and neighbors. Under the requirements of the scan program, every individual who picks up or drops off a child at daycare has to have a finger image on file in the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s database. What happens when people who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have their fingers scanned choose not to help their neighbors with their familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s child care? The family just might fall apart. And if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true that length of devotion to oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s familial unit is a measure of moral character, then it makes little sense to prevent families from forming organically. We should encourage and promote the formation of families even if they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit the mold of what we think of as traditional. The choice should not be between a traditional nuclear family or none at all.

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ariachi guitarist Johnny Mora’s bout with drugs was years in his past, but the legacy of jail time it led to is as much a companion as his guitar when he travels to perform in clubs around Mississippi. “I was afflicted, and by the grace of God I am here today,” Mora said at the recent “Crimmigration: The Tragic Consequences of U.S. Drug Policies on Families and Youth” conference in Jackson sponsored by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and Southern Christian Leadership Conference. “It wasn’t because of the jail system.” Mora was one of several speakers who talked of a painful past that included incarceration in what has become the world’s largest gulag: the U.S. prison system, which holds 25 percent of prisoners globally. After losing his insurance business in California, Mora turned to music and moved to Mississippi to find work. Kevin Elders is another Mississippian with a jail record because of a past drug conviction. “It was difficult for me to get a job,” said Elders, son of former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders. “So many doors slammed in my face.” An estimated 65 million people in this country have a criminal record, more than one out of every four adult Americans. One out of every three black males now in their early teens will end up in jail, according to the Justice Department. For Latino males, it’s one of out of every five. Not even Cuba, China or Russia put as many people behind bars as the U.S. Mora picked one of the worst states in the country for a man with a record to start a new life. Mississippi ranks second in the nation in incarceration—behind Louisiana, a state once described in The New York Times as “the world’s prison capital”—with more than 26,000 inmates behind bars or in custody at a cost of $339 million to taxpayers. Fueling incarceration rates in Mississippi and around the country is the private prison industry—an “immorality” in the words of Father Jeremy Tobin, a Catholic priest who gave the invocation at the “Crimmigration” conference. Close to 50 percent of all immigrant inmates are in for-profit prisons or facilities. The nation’s two largest private detention companies—Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group—spent $25 million lobbying politicians and contributing to their campaigns over the past decade. “They want to keep an indentured

class,” Tobin said. “This country was built on slavery. (Immigrants) were asked to come and do the jobs nobody wanted to do, and they came and did it, and now we want to screw them. Think of all the African Americans out there who can’t vote (due to criminal records).” For a state with as ugly a record on criminalization and racial prejudice as Mississippi, you’d think political leaders would think twice before turning to profiteering private companies with a vested interest in crime and punishment to handle what is morally a state responsibility. Yet their failure is why the Mississippi prison system today is as bad as it was a century ago when racist demagogue Gov. James K. Vardaman got so frustrated he compared it to the Spanish Inquisition. Here are a few examples: • Last June, the American Civil Liberties Union and Southern Poverty Law Center called conditions at the privately run East Mississippi Correctional Facility “barbaric and horrific” and in a class action lawsuit spoke of rat-infested cells and feces-and-urine-covered floors. • In May of this year, Mother Jones magazine listed the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County, then run by the GEO Group, as one of “America’s 10 Worst Prisons,” a “cesspool” in the words of a federal judge where young children were subjected to sexual abuse and solitary confinement for long periods of time. • In late July 2012, a riot broke out in the Hinds County Detention Center after an inmate protested his 11 months behind bars without an indictment on a marijuana possession charge. • In May 2012, the undocumented migrant workers imprisoned in the privately run Adams County Correctional Facility got so sick and tired of conditions that they rioted, leaving one guard dead and 19 injured. • Two years ago, the state Penitentiary at Parchman shut down its Unit 32, which housed death row inmates, as a result of lawsuits decrying conditions that allowed several killings and a suicide. The first step Mississippi should take to rid itself of the “immorality” in its prison system is to get rid of private prisons. “If you’re getting paid per head, you want to keep ‘em coming in there,” Kevin Elders said. The next step is to decriminalize minor drug offenses and migrant work. Like usual, Father Jeremy was right. It’s a question of morals. Either you have them, or you don’t.

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ason Jenkins moved back to Jackson during the summer of 2012—just in time to participate in the painting of area traffic boxes as part of the Public Art Initiative that former Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. created in conjunction with the Greater Jackson Arts Council. The traffic box that Jenkins painted, located at the corner of Gallatin Street and Highway 80, depicts a sunny landscape scene. “It’s just not enough to make a statement about our artistic community,” Jenkins, a Jackson native, says about the painted telephone boxes. “They’re just like little pinpricks of light here and there, and we need a whole ray of it.” This past September, Jenkins happened upon another chance to create some public art, this time on the 143-foot-long, 12.5-foottall, north-facing wall of Martin’s Restaurant & Bar downtown. Joseph Stodghill, who has owned Martin’s Lounge since the passing of his father, Calvin, a little over year ago, decided that the wall needed some life. In August he spoke with Tammy Golden of the Greater Jackson Arts Council about commissioning an artist to paint it. “Brick is good for holding up buildings, but after a while, it gets kind of dull,” Stodghill says. “That’s one of the reasons we’re doing the mural.” He also thought the mural would add a muchneeded touch of art to the city. “Anybody coming into downtown Jackson would have seen this mural,” he says. “It would have been a conversation piece, and I thought it would be great for downtown Jackson.” During September, artists were able to submit design ideas for the mural. Out of about 18 submissions, 34-year-old Jenkins’ stood Jason Jenkins often paints during concerts at Martin’s Lounge. Now, he is creating multiple murals to brighten downtown hotspots.

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out to Stodghill and his panel of judges. it were greater than just enhancing his bar. While several submissions came from other “It’s really unfortunate, because I states, Stodghill was adamant that the cho- thought it would be something that could sen artist should be a local in order to truly liven up downtown,” he says. “It would depict the city. He also wanted music to be have been there for years for everybody the focus of the mural because it’s such an to look at. I think that’s more of what important part of the mission and history of Jackson needs.” Martin’s Restaurant & Bar. Incorporating Mississippi’s lo- The New Plan cal music scene was no problem Stodghill and Jenkins decided to crefor Jenkins. “I used to paint live behind most ate four smaller wall paintings outside the of the local bands around here (from) Fur- entrance of Martin’s. Instead of a scene rows to the Bailey representing MisBrothers,” Jenkins sissippi’s musical says. He has painted heritage, as the during concerts at large mural would venues including have done, these Martin’s Restaurant paintings embody & Bar, Fenian’s Pub more of the bar’s and Ole Tavern on general essence. George Street. “Be“Not only ing around local do people get to music for a really see, in my opinion, long time kind of something really gave me an insight cool, but nothing to how it worked really moves people The first Martin’s mural Jenkins and how colorful completed features famous bluesman like art and muand vibrant it is, and Robert Johnson. sic,” Stodghill says. how much attention “When you comis not paid to our lobine those two, cal culture.” people really feel something. It really moves them.” Can’t Stop Them The first one Jenkins finished—on the After seeing an article about Jenkins’ outermost wall nearest the parking lot—detaking on the large mural, the owner of the picts Robert Johnson at the crossroads. empty lot next to Martin’s was discontented. Johnson is a forerunner in the state’s He called Stodghill and demanded a halt to music history, especially the blues. the artwork’s production. He said he was “The folklore behind that guy is just so looking to sell the lot and that the mural immense and so great,” Jenkins says. would lessen the property’s worth. Stodghill “I know there were guys who came beobliged because, coincidentally, the fellow fore him, but when it comes to setting the owns a small portion of the wall, which was tone of blues, he did it.” previously in a state of utter disrepair. In the painting, Jenkins uses color and Martin’s Restaurant & Bar and the pre- abstraction to dually depict Johnson’s story. viously adjacent building were built in such Facing the painting, Johnson’s left side is well a way that they supported each other. The lit, and the sky is a clear light blue. His other contractor who tore down the other build- side, however, is surrounded by a burning ing felt that the wall needed to stay as is so red darkness of which Johnson seems to that Martin’s would not collapse as well. This be becoming a part. His body is emitting year, in addition to renovating the inside of smoke as he plays the guitar with a look of Martin’s, Stodghill also repaired the wall and concentration and contentment on his face. got the lot cleaned up the best he could. “It kind of tells a story, and it doesn’t “(The wall) was literally starting to peel have to show you the meeting of the devil at off whole bricks at a time, so I knew I had to the crossroads, shaking hands,” Jenkins says. fix it,” he says. The wall was damaged from “Apparently, he’s already met the devil.” more than half a century of weathering. The mural on the inset of the wall, just He didn’t get, nor did he expect, any around a corner from the painting of Robsort of compensation from the lot’s owner. ert Johnson, is of the Martin’s Restaurant & The owner also didn’t complain about it, at Lounge sign that faces State Street with the least until the mural plans got underway. green awning overhead. Jenkins decided to But Jenkins and Stodghill would not use this sign as the focal point of the paintbe deterred, turning to an alternate plan. ing because, for him and many others in “It was just dumb luck that we had that the city, it is emblematic and somewhat of a backup,” Jenkins says. He and Stodghill had downtown landmark. He remembers many already talked about creating some smaller nights standing outside this State Street enmurals around the bar. Within a couple trance to the bar while hanging out with days of getting the disheartening phone musicians after shows. call, the two men met and reconstructed “We’re constantly working to try to their idea. “We’re bound and determined,” keep being what we’ve been with a twist,” Stodghill says. Stodghill says. “(We want to) keep adding Still, Stodghill is disappointed the original mural won’t happen. His hopes for


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different things and keep it original.” In line with that philosophy, the third completed painting is meant to represent the drinking aspect of Martin’s. Designed like an advertisement, the painting shows several cups of beer. With a banner at the bottom reading, “Drink ’em local… Drink ‘em often,” the painting supports local breweries and distilleries. Next to it is a scene intended to look like a window into the bar on an active night. “I think I’ve been here long enough to capture the spirit of this place. This is like pretty much my second home,” Jenkins says. “The window scene basically represents the spirit of Martin’s. This place on busy nights is a raucous time that you don’t want to miss.”

Jenkins uses live paintings as somewhat of an exercise such as gesture drawing. It gives him an opportunity to pay less attention to details. “It keeps me loose,” he says. Jenkins also uses the live paintings to get ideas for more structured work. At the end of 2009, Jenkins moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., for a change of scenery. He stayed until 2012 when his father passed away. While in Florida, still doing live paintings during concerts, a restaurant owner approached him and asked if he would paint the back wall. His first murals were the restroom walls at Café Alma in St. Petersburg in 2010. While Jenkins has only completed about five murals in Florida plus the traffic box in Jackson, he says he has done hundreds of live paintings with musicians over the past few years. “I A Muralist Is Born have an entire storage Jenkins was born unit filled with 3-byin Jackson and moved 4-foot canvases that to Tupelo at age 9. AfI’ve done,” he says. He ter graduating from hopes to get a website high school there, he up at some point moved back to Jackon which he could son to attend Hinds sell them. Community College In addition to murals, Jenkins often Jenkins also makes before transferring to paints live during concerts at local bars what he calls private Mississippi State Uni- and venues. work at his home stuversity. At MSU, Jendio in his free time. “I kins studied drawing call them private beand painting, but he took a break from school cause no gallery around here wants to show to deal with family situations. He ended up them, so they just stay in the house,” he says. graduating from the University of Southern One of these works, which are often Mississippi with a graphic-design degree paintings about social dilemmas, depicts in 2003. a man with about half a dozen arms, each “Of course, I never used my graphic- holding some sort of material item such as a design degree once I got out (of college),” cell phone or Starbucks coffee cup. he says. The closest he has come to makHe was initially attracted to public art, ing use of the degree is doing independent however, because anyone can enjoy it. logo work for people. “I actually took “It brightens up your community and more fine-art classes during my graphic brings back community pride,” Jenkins says. design years, which made me take longer “Also, it brings back attention to otherwise to get out of school. Everybody else was overlooked areas. … I think that Jackson doing more computer stuff; I was doing needs that. It also needs more people like more handmade stuff and scanning it into Joseph who are open to art and open to muthe computer.” rals on their wall and open to having more One of Jenkins’ main endeavors is culture in our community.” painting during concerts. When a bluesFor Jenkins, there is no reason why musician friend asked him to bring a canvas Jackson should not be a cultural hub, eson stage one night, Jenkins was afraid to do pecially because major highways and init, but he was even more afraid to say no. terstates run through it and it is the capiThat night, he nervously set up his canvas tal city. He wants to promote growth here and paint and started creating. He quickly through art. realized something about live painting. Jenkins advocates the Greater Jack“I was done with the painting before son Arts Council for artists to get started. the end of their first set,” Jenkins says. “There’s always something going on artistiHe learned that he was a fast painter, cally that you can be involved with. Whethand from then he has trained himself to pace er it’s art contests or donating artwork to a the progress of creating the work live. At the cause, there’s always something you can do,” same time, though, he had to make sure that Jenkins says. he could actually finish the work during “You just have to be out there and conthe concert. tact people. … It pays off in the end.”




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Dragonfly Shoppe Holiday Open House Dec. 7, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Time TBA. Buy gift items and museum memberships. Discounts for members. Free; call 601-576-6000;

Country Christmas Celebration and Gingerbread Holiday Gift Market Dec. 6, 1-8 p.m., and Dec. 7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Missis-

Mustard Seed Open House Dec. 7, 10 a.m.3 p.m., at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Free; call 601-992-3556; Cookies with Santa Dec. 7, 2-5 p.m., at Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.). Get your picture taken with Santa on a sleigh, and enjoy cookies and milk. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi. $10; call 601-362-4628. Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8, 2 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The annual holiday performance is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s classic story. $18-$22; call 601-853-4508; email info@msmetroballet. com; Sugar Plum Fairy’s Tea Party Dec. 8, noon2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Ballet Mississippi Guild is the host. Includes a seated lunch and photographs with characters from “The Nutcracker.” $30; call 601-960-1560; 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 601432-2400;

Events at Thalia Mara Hall Dana Benton and Adam Still perform in a previous year’s annual “Nutcracker” ballet. (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • Ballet Mississippi’s “The Nutcracker” Country Christmas Tribute Show Dec. 13Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8, 2 p.m. 22, at Gold Strike Casino (1010 Casino Censippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Special guests include Boston Ballet’s Joseph ter Drive, Robinsonville). The showcase brings Lakeland Drive). Enjoy the museum exhibits with Gatti and Adiarys Almeida. $15-$30; call 601impersonators from across the nation to honor holiday decorations and food vendors. Free admis960-1560; country music’s best. $10-$25; call 888-747-7711 sion, $3 per person for market admission; call • “Snow Queen” Dec. 14, 3 p.m., and Dec. 15, or 800-745-3000; schedule at and 601-573-0221; 2 p.m. Ballet Magnificat! presents the mance based on Hans Christian Anderson’s City of Jackson Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 6, fairy tale. $15-$40; call 601-977-1001; TAPS End-of-the-Year Holiday Party Dec. 13, 6 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). 8 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). The annual event includes holiday music. Free; Thick And Proud Sisters’ event includes a runway call 601-960-1084; “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” Puppet show and music from Kerry Thomas. $10; email Show Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-12, 9:30 a.m. and Chimneyville Crafts Festival Dec. 6, 7-10 p.m., 11 a.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 8, noon-5 p.m., Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi PupScreen on the Green Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m., at Misat Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). petry Guild presents Ken Ludwig’s version of the sissippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Watch More than 150 artisans sell their creations. The classic Christmas story. $8, $7 group tickets, one the film “Christmas Vacation” in the Art Garden. preview party is Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. $50 prefree adult ticket with each group of 10 children; Includes a cash bar and concessions. Free; call view party (covers admission for all three days), call 601-977-9840; 601-960-1515; $10 Dec. 7-8; call 601-856-7546;

Higher Grounds Coffeehouse Fall/Winter Enrichment Series Dec. 19, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., at St. Alexis Episcopal Church (650 E. South St.). Local actor Michael Guidry performs David Sedaris’ one-man play “The Santaland Diaries.” Coffee and snacks provided. Free, donations welcome; call 601-944-0415; Festively Fabulous and Free Christmas Concert Dec. 21, 7-8 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band, the Mississippi Swing and the Mississippi Boychoir perform. Free; call 769-218-0828; Christmas in the Park Dec. 22, 2 p.m., at Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.). Volunteer to help feed the homeless. Free; call 769-257-0815 or 601-291-8687. Spirit of Christmas through Dec. 28, at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi), in Beau Rivage Theatre. The musical includes Christmas carols, a chorus line and more. $10-$20; call 888-566-7469; Kwanzaa Celebration of Kuumba (Creativity) Dec. 31, noon-4 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). . Free; call 601-960-9250. “Santa Clause Is Watching You” Dec. 31, 7 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant and Catering (315 Crossgates Blvd., Brandon). The Detectives presents the interactive “whodunnit” comedy about a wedding reception for Santa’s new and much younger golddigging wife. Includes dinner. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $39; call 601-937-1752; The Big Bang New Year’s Eve Mega Event Dec. 31, 7 p.m., at Martini Room (Regency Hotel, 400 Greymont Ave.). The party includes music from Nostalgia, DJ Rozz, Malignate, Fl3x, Insomniac, Orin, Jo3l, DJ Dubz, Samalama and more. $18 ages 18 and up (includes CD), $150 VIP; tickets at New Year’s Eve Gala Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). Includes food, a Champagne toast and music from Tiger Rogers, Akami Graham, Pam Confer, Keeshea Pratt, Dexter Allen and more. Proceeds go toward educational scholarship efforts of 100 Black Men and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Unit. $50, $85 couples; call 601-940-3361. Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg). $10 standing room, $150 VIP; call 800-503-3777; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade Jan. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, at Freedom Corner (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers Boulevard). The annual parade features bands, performers and local celebrities. Free; call 601-960-1090. 6HHDQGDGGPRUHHYHQWVDWMISHYHQWVFRP

Events at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). • Sip ‘N’ Cider Dec. 6, 4-8 p.m. Participating merchants offer cider for a vote. Free; call 601859-5816; • Christmas in Canton Victorian Christmas Festival through Dec. 23, at the Canton Welcome Center inside the Historic Trolio Hotel. . $3 museum admission, $1 rides; call 601859-1307 or 800-844-3369; email canton@;





City of Jackson Town Hall Meetings. Topics include the Alignment Jackson initiative, national events and Jackson Public Schools’ plans and goals. Meetings are at 6 p.m., Call 601-960-1089. • Ward 5 meets Dec. 5 at Blackburn Middle School (1311 W. Pearl St.). • Ward 6 meets Dec. 19, at Peeples Middle School (2940 Belvedere Drive). • Ward 7 meets Jan. 16 at Bailey APAC Middle School (1900 N. State St.). • Ward 3 meets Jan. 23, at Johnson Elementary School (1339 Oakpark Drive).

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Events at Applause Dance Factory (242 Stephens St., Ridgeland). Enjoy dancing, soft drinks and snacks on the padded dance floor. $10, $5 students with ID; call 601-856-6168. • Ballroom Latin Swing Dance Party Fridays, 8-10 p.m. through Dec. 20. • Country Western Dance Party Dec. 21, 8-10 p.m.


Events in Fondren. • Fondren After 5 Dec. 5, 5-8 p.m. This monthly event is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Held on first Thursdays. Free; call 601981-9606; • fondRUN Dec. 5, 6 p.m. liveRIGHTnow hosts the monthly pub run during Fondren After 5. Run two miles, and end the run with drinks. Free; Events at Library Lounge (Fairview Inn, 734 Fairview St.). Call for details. No cover; call 601948-3429; • Game Night Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Play board games with current and new friends.

• Quiz Night Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. The winning team gets a special prize. Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). General admission: $8, children under 12 months free; call 601981-5469; • After Hours Adventures Dec. 20, 5:30-8 p.m. The children-only event for ages 6-12 includes art and science activities, and a pizza dinner. Online pre-registration required. $40 per child. • Ignite the Night Feb. 8, 7-10 p.m. The theme of the annual adults-only fundraiser is “Jazzin’ It Up, N’awlins Style.” Enjoy New Orleans-style food and music, a silent auction and more. Sponsorships available. Tickets go on sale Dec. 30. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@; • Statehood Day Dec. 10, noon. Celebrate Mississippi’s 196th birthday with the unveiling of plans to celebrate the state’s bicentennial in 2017. Reception follows. • Coffee and Conversation Dec. 20, 7-8:30 a.m. Interact with business professionals, leaders, and other community members, and learn about upcoming city projects. Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Premier Bridal Show: Weddings and Celebrations Jan. 12, 1-5 p.m. The event includes door prizes, samples and consultations with wedding professionals. No strollers allowed. $27 in advance, $30 at the door; call 601-957-1050; • Governor’s Prayer Luncheon Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. Mission Mississippi hosts the annual event. Speaker TBA. Sponsorships available. $45; call 601-353-6477; Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). General admission: $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; • Fishy Friday Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-noon Learn fun facts about fish and make crafts. • Got Fish? Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Get tips on improving your fishing skills. • Growing Up WILD Plus Teacher Workshop Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn ways to incorporate lessons about nature in the classroom. $15 preregistration fee (includes five contact hours), $10 for 0.5 CEUs; email joan.elder@mmns. History Is Lunch, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) unless otherwise stated. Held Wednesdays at noon. Free; call 601-576-6998; • Jan. 15, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), author and historian Mary Carol Miller will talk about the Cotesworth restoration project. • Jan. 22, Rosalie Turner, author and civil rights activist, discusses her book, “March with Me.” • Jan. 29, Mississippi writer John Pritchard talks about his new novel, “Sailing to Alluvium.” • Feb. 5, author Grace Sweet talks about “Church Street: The Sugar Hill of Jackson, Mississippi.” • Feb. 12, Freedom Summer participant Jim Kates talks about his book recalling that period, “Letters from Mississippi,” documenting the experiences of volunteers.

• Feb. 19, MDAH historian Jim Woodrick talks about the Civil War Battle of Okolona. • Feb. 26, author Meredith Magee talks about her book, “James Meredith, Warrior, and the America that Created Him.” Free Survival Spanish Classes Dec. 4-5, 6:30-8 p.m., at Lingofest Language Center (6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 10, Ridgeland). Learn basics such as greetings, the alphabet, basic questions and colors. Space limited. Registration required. 601-500-7700; call 601-500-7700; email Coffee and Contacts Dec. 6, 8-9 a.m., at Jackson State University, Madison Campus (382 Galleria Parkway, first floor, Madison). The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the monthly networking event. Bring business cards. Free; call 601-605-2554; Get2College ACT Workshops Dec. 7 and Feb. 1, 8-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). Includes an overview of mathematics, science, English and reading subject areas, score-improving tips, time-saving strategies and resource materials. Free; call 601-321-5533.


Gridiron Classic - MHSAA Football Championships Dec. 6-7, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The top high school teams compete. The Division 1A, 2A and 6A games are Dec 6, and the Division 3A, 4A and 5A games are Dec. 7. $12; call 800-745-3000; Second Peace Conference Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynwood Drive). The speaker is Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the founding bishop president of Pax Christi USA. Pre-register via email by Dec. 4. Free; call 366-2335; email Mustard Seed Open House Dec. 7, 10 a.m.3 p.m., at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Purchase handcrafted items in the gift shop and enjoy a performance from the Bells of Faith at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free; call 601992-3556; Eat4-Health Family Fun and Fitness Day Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Basketball and Athletics (2240 Westbrook Drive). The program includes relay races, Wii fitness games, learning dance routines, basketball shoot-arounds, hands-

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ach marathon has its own spirit, Jackson off, and show the good parts. I from Boston’s grueling heart- don’t mean the good areas—we go all over break hill to the quirky costumes town—I mean the hospitality and music in New York City to the sunny and people.” California attitude in San Francisco. The This year, organizers changed the Mississippi Blues Marathon is known for course, which will start and end at the Art the live music along the Garden at the Missisroute, sure, but it isn’t sippi Museum of Art. the only marathon to One thing Noblin is motivate runners with really excited about mini course concerts. comes in the first mile But Jackson’s signature or so of the race. As runmarathon is becoming ners leave downtown, known as the friendliest they will actually race race around. through Jackson State “If you read re- The Mississippi Blues University’s campus, views on marathon- Marathon, which takes place where the Sonic Boom, which Jan. 11, 2014, is the friendliest of the South will be the race around. is kind of the go-to first band to spur them website for races, every on. Other bands and other review will say, ‘These are friendliest musicians of varying genres wait further people I’ve ever seen,’” says John Noblin, along the route. director of the marathon. Last year, the race sold out before Noblin says the race, which hits race day, and Noblin says they are on Jackson Jan. 11, 2014, is a huge tool in track to do the same this year. To find out spreading a good word about Jackson to more information, see a course map or to the rest of the country, as runners who register, visit A might never have had a reason to travel to half-marathon option is available as well, Mississippi come to participate. and organizers have ramped up the kids’ “It’s getting people to come visit,” activities this year, partnering with schools Noblin says. “We’ve got people registered in Hinds, Rankin and Madison counties. from all 50 states this year—the first year More than 2,000 children are already regthat’s happened. We’ve had people from istered to run the 1-mile kids race. every state across the years, but this year Organizers are still looking for volunwe have all 50 in one race. … I’ve been teers, especially course marshals. If you’re here all my life, and it’s a chance to show interested, visit TRIP BURNS

COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. • Precinct 1 meets on first Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2 meets on second Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3 meets on third Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4 meets on fourth Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004.


on cooking demonstrations, healthy smoothie competitions with a blender bike, soda and sugar awareness stations, and BMI screenings. Free; call 949-375-0856.

Shine Bright Like a Diamond Bridal Show Jan. 5, noon-5 p.m., at Ice House Alley Warehouses (251 W. South St.). Tour the historic buildingturned-wedding and event venue, and get information on invitations, makeup, catering, photography and more. $15; call 953-3114; email COURTESY MATTHEW MURPHY

Op Art Ball: A Black and White Gala Dec. 7, 6 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). The annual fundraiser includes artwork, a silent auction, food and more. Wes Lee and the Hub City All-Stars perform. $100; call 601-6496374; email info@;

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Ross Moore History Lecture Jan. 14, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Imani Winds performs at the Rose E. McCoy Academic Complex Auditorium at JSU Feb. 23. (1701 N. State St.). Terrence Winschel of Starry Night Gala Dec. 7, 7:30-11:30 p.m., at St. the Vicksburg National Military Park speaks on Anthony Catholic School (1585 Old Mannsdale the topic “Civilians Under Siege in Vicksburg.” Road, Madison). Includes an auction and music $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; millsaps. from Meet the Press. $150 for two patrons; call edu/conted. 601-607-7054; 45th Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation Jan. Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting Dec. 8, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; Minority Business Network Monthly Meeting Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.), in the Multipurpose Center. Held on second Thursdays. Learn ways to grow your business. Bring business cards. RSVP. Free; call 601-750-2367 or 601-316-5092; email dhardy@; ACLU of Mississippi Holiday Open House Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., at ACLU of Mississippi (233 E. Capitol St.). Mingle with legislators, nonprofit partners and community leaders. RSVP. Free; call 355-6464; email; Lucky Town Brewing Company’s One-year Anniversary Dec. 14, 6-11 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Wear your Santa costumes to the celebration that includes beer specials and a toy drive for Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. For ages 21 and up. No cover, beer for sale; call 3681919; email Rock the Runway Open Model Casting Call Dec. 15, 1-6 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). At the Event Center. The Chanelle Renee Project is the host. Open to males and females ages 14-27. Free; call 354-7800; email Artifact and Collectible Identification Program Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The MDAH staff is on hand to assist in identifying documents and objects of historical value, including potential donations to the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Free; call 601-576-6850. Winter Camp: Wild Winter Olympics Dec. 30Jan. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The camp for ages 6-12 includes zoo hikes, animal encounters, games and more. $175 or $40 per day, members: $165 or $38 per day;


17, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. The keynote speaker is former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond. Free; call 601-979-7036;

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Face to Face with History Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). School groups learn about the history of the Old Capitol and the state of Mississippi. Reservations required. Free; call 601-576-6920; Mississippi Economic Development Council Winter Conference Feb. 5-7, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Topics include foreign direst investment, target industries and Mississippi Development Authority updates. Discounts for members. $405-$480; call 601-3521909; The Black Codes to Brown v. Board of Education Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Jere Nash and Dr. Michael Williams discuss the time between the end of the Civil War and the modern Civil Rights Movement. Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@; Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show Feb. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Purchase from gem and fossil dealers, and enjoy lapidary art demonstrations such as faceting, flint knapping and wire wrapping. $5, $3 students; call 354-7051; 4 the Record Swap March 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Buy, sell or trade vinyl records at the biannual event. Record sellers and other vendors must register. $5 early bird, $2 general, $30 vendors, children under 12 free with an adult; call 601376-9404; email; Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program Weekdays, 2:30-6 p.m. through April 30, at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408;








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Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601576-6000; • Christmas for the Birds Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-noon Learn how to create natural ornaments that will help feed the birds during the winter months. • Nature Made Christmas Dec. 14, 10 a.m.noon Participants make ornaments using natural objects. Events at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.). $50, $45 members; email;

• “Treasures”: A Hardbound Portfolio Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m. Learn how to create a hardbound portfolio to house treasured paper works. • “Sketchbooks”: A Coptic Stitch Book Dec. 14, 1-4 p.m. Learn to make a sketchbook with hand-sewn binding and a custom cover. • “Painting with Pressure”: Exploring the World of Monotype Printmaking Dec. 15, 2-5 p.m. Learn the basic concepts of monotype and methods of creating prints with a press. Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). Registration required. • Painting with Pastels Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Easels, tape and drawing equipment provided; backboards, paper and pastels can be purchased on-site. $65 per month; call 601-856-1802; email • Country Line Dancing Class Mondays, 6-7 p.m. (beginners) and 7:15-8:45 p.m. (advanced). $10 per class or $40 per month; call 601-856-6876. • Thread, Yarn, Crochet and Coffee Group. Enjoy an afternoon of working on fiber projects on second and fourth Mondays from 1:303 p.m. Bring supplies. Free; call 601-856-6876. Still Life Painting Workshop Dec. 6-8, at Allison’s Wells School of Arts and Crafts (147 N. Union St., Canton). Elizabeth Robbins is the instructor. Registration required. All skill levels

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welcome. Bring an easel. $475; call 601855-0107; Cooking Class Dec. 7, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Raindrop Turkish TRIP BURNS

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601981-5469; • Holiday Arts and Crafts Dec. 7, 10 a.m.2 p.m. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469. • Visiting Artist: Amelia Key, Jan. 5-26, Sundays, 1:30-5:30 p.m. The local artist gives workshops on creating sculptures. • Visiting Artist: Katrina Byrd Feb. 1 and Feb. 9, 1:30-4 p.m. The writer, actress and “boa flouncer” gives workshops on stage presence, acting and self-confidence. • Visiting Artist: Rick Anderson March 2 and March 16, 1-4 p.m. The Mississippi artist gives workshops on creating spring paintings.

At the Jackson Zoo’s winter camp, students get to find animals to compete in the Wild Winter Olympics.

“A Piece of Security” and “Sew ‘N’ So” Quilting Project Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. through May 28, at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). The goal is to renew interest, bring awareness and continue the Mississippi tradition of quilt making. Free; call 601-355-0001; email debgiles@ Adult Acrylic Painting Class Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Bring your own 11-by-14inch canvas for a $5 discount. $15; call 601-9926405; email theartist@danielmacgregorstudios. com; Oil Painting Classes Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Pat Walker teaches the class. Call for prices at 601855-0107; email;

House (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 201A, Ridgeland). Learn to make Turkish appetizers, entrees and desserts. Registration required. $15 per session; call 769-251-0074; email jacksonrwa@;

Preschool Picassos Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class; call 601-499-5278; email;

Bread Baking Class Dec. 15, 1-6 p.m., at Gil’s Bread (655 Lake Harbour Drive, Suite 500, Ridgeland). Registration required. $125 per session; call 601-863-6935; email;

Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include salsa, Zumba, bachata and hiphop. Saturdays, take a free salsa lesson at 9 p.m. Fees vary; call 601-213-6355.

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Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). For ages 18 and up. • Death on Two Wheels Dec. 6, 10 p.m. That Scoundrel and Fides also perform. $5; call 601292-7121; • The Weeks Dec. 28, 9 p.m. Junior Astronomers and Pell also perform. $12; call 800745-3000. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m., at the F.D. Hall Music Center. $5; call 601-376-9760; email • Winter Choral Concert Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m., at F.D. Hall Music Center in the recital hall. Free; call 601-979-7036. • A Night of Musical Artistry Dec. 14, 7 p.m., in McCoy Auditorium. The Mississippi Jazz Foundation’s annual concert features Kirk Whalum, Lalah Hathaway, Michael Burton and the Good Times Brass Band. $40, $25 students; call 601-594-2314 or 800-745-3000; • Imani Winds Feb. 23, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., in McCoy Auditorium. The Grammy-nominated chamber music ensemble gives a master class with students at 10 a.m. and performs at 4 p.m. $15, $5 JSU students, $50 signature event season ticket; call 601-979-7036. • Concert of Negro Spirituals Feb. 13, 7 p.m., in F.D. Hall Music Center’s recital hall. Free; call 601-979-7036;



ome tribute bands are content above all other Zeppelin tributes.” with adequate recreations of As original Zeppelin members Roblegendary bands’ original music. ert Plant and Jimmy Page get older, Zoso Not Zoso. The may be a better represenband not only wants to tation of the classic band give the most accurate than the real thing, due portrayal of Led Zeppeto their commitment to lin, but also to recreate the most precise execution the atmosphere in which of Led Zeppelin’s masterZeppelin’s star burned the works. brightest: the ’70s. Ardenland is bringSince the death of ing Zoso back to Jackson drummer John Bonham, for the second time this the band effectively ceased year. “It’s scary how good operation and has only rethese guys are. I’ve never united on a handful of ocbeen a huge fan of tribcasions since. Even those Zoso brings Led Zeppelin ute bands, but these guys performances were more to Duling Hall Dec. 7. play two to two and a half of a celebration than the hours with no opening act authentic concert. and really do a great job,” So we’re left with the many tribute Arden Barnett says. bands out there carrying on the name and Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Exmusic. Zoso formed in 1995 and has been perience performs at Duling Hall (622 Dulperfecting its art for the past 18 years. The ing Ave.) Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 Los Angeles Times even went so far as to in advance at and $20 at the say that Zoso was “head and shoulders door. Visit for more.

• 74th Song Festival Feb. 14, 8 a.m, in F.D. Hall Music Center’s recital hall. Free; call 601979-7036; • Faculty Jazz Combo Feb. 18, 7 p.m., in F.D. Hall Music Center’s recital hall. Free; call 601979-7036; Events at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). • The Pat Metheny Unity Group Feb. 3, 8 p.m. $43.5-$48.5; call 601-292-7121; • “Pops II: Oh, What a Night – Billboard Hits of the ’60s” Feb. 14-15, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Pops International perform hits from Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and more. $15 and up; call 601-960-1565; Music in the City, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601960-1515; • Jan. 7, Sibyl Child, Vernon Rains and Paolo Tosti perform. • Feb. 4, Taylis Fernandez and John Paul perform. • March 4, Jerome Reed performs. The Basement Dec. 7, 8 p.m., at The Corner (303 N. Farish St.). Celebrate the origins of hip hop with Jaxx City, Coke Bumaye and 5th Child as the emcees, music from DJ Young Venom, DJ Scrap Dirty and DJ Brik-A-Brak, and producers Donche, Alumni Beatz and D. Banks. Must be 21. $10 cover; find The Basement on Facebook. Kitty Cleveland Dec. 8, 2-3:30 p.m., at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynwood Drive). The


Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). • Faculty Artist-in-Residence Piano Recital: Sylvia Hong Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in the concert hall. Free; call 601974-6494; • “Chamber III: Mozart by Candlelight” Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart’s “Serenade for 13 Winds,” “Masonic Funeral Music” and “Symphony No. 29 in A Major.” $16; call 601960-1565; • Best of Belhaven II Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., in the concert hall. Free; call 601-974-6494; • Faculty Voice Recital: A Teacher with His Students II March 4, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in the concert hall. Dr. Christopher Shelt performs with current and former students. Free; call 601-974-6494; Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call 601-292-7121; • American Pink Floyd (formerly Set the Controls) Dec. 20, 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • Otis Lotus Dec. 28, 9 p.m. For ages 18 and up. $8 in advance, $10 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21. • Gungor Jan. 10, 9 p.m. $18 in advance, $22 at the door, $30-$35 VIP, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21. • Lucero Jan. 16, 8 p.m. Cocktails at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. • Fred Eaglesmith Jan. 31, 9 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show. • JJ Grey and Mofro Feb. 23, 8 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

singer/songwriter/inspirational speaker performs jazz standards. Call 601-366-2335. Winter Choir Concert Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Free; call 601-977-7871; The Blast Downtown: Winter Series Jan. 9, 9 p.m., at Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). The house music event features hits from DJ Scrap Dirty, The Nastysho, DJ Sketch and DJ Spirituals. $5 cover; call 354-9712; Mississippi Opry Winter Show Jan. 11, 6-9 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Harmony & Grits headlines. $10, children under 18 free; call 601331-6672; email “Bravo III: Beck’s Passage” Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun,” MSO Maestro Crafton Beck’s “Passage” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7.” $20 and up; call 601-960-1565; Jazz, Justice and the Journey of Tradition Feb. 17, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The Theodicy Jazz Collective performs. $10, $5 students; call 601974-1130; Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra March 2, 3 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The theme is “All Things Mississippi,” and members of the Mississippi Chorus join the orchestra in presenting music from Mississippi composers. Free; call 601-622-7978;

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Events at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Free; call 601-2919115; • Richard Kelso Art Show Dec. 5, 5-7:30 p.m. See the Cleveland native’s landscape paintings. • Open House Weekend Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 8, noon-4 p.m. Visit the gallery’s new location and enjoy the latest artwork. • Ken Tate Art Show Dec. 12, 5-8 p.m. See the Louisiana artist’s non-figurative paintings with a theme of human emotion.

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Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Free. • 3-D, 2-D Student Art Show through Dec. 5. Students display their works in the Liberal Arts Gallery. Call 601-979-7036; • The Scottsboro Boys: Outside the Protective Circle of Humanity through Dec. 13, in Johnson Hall Art Gallery. See photographs from the trial of Haywood Patterson in Decatur, Ala. Patterson was one of nine black youths who were accused of raping two white women and sentenced to death. Call 601-362-6357 or 601979-2055.


Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • A Trip to Italy Dec. 11 and Jan. 9, 7 p.m. The fundraiser for the museum includes guided tours of the “Italian Palate” exhibition, Italian wine and hors d’oeuvres. Space limited. $60. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Dec. 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Michael Sartisky, author and director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, talks about his book “A Unique Slant of Light: The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana.” Musical performer TBA. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free. • Museum After Hours Dec. 19, Jan. 16 and Feb. 13, 5 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit. • Look and Learn with Hoot Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity ages 5 and under and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Dress for mess. Free. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition through Jan. 5. See watercolors from artists across the country in the public corridor. Free. • An Italian Palate: Paintings by Wyatt Waters through Jan. 12, in the Barksdale Galleries. See 60 of Wyatt Waters’ watercolors he painted in Italy in the summer of 2011. The paintings are featured in Waters’ upcoming book with



osh Hailey’s two years of documentary footage and photography from his coast-to-coast travels will be on display in Fondren Dec. 23 at his Photamerica release party. The event will take place at his new pop-up studio at

a native Jackson artist who has spent the fast few years working on this project. “So, it’ll be artwork plus the Storyprojectors art installation.” Hailey put the Photamerica project together in order to capture modern America through photography and individual interviews in each of the 50 states. Dec. 23 will be the public’s first chance to view some of what Hailey found in his trip. For more on Hailey’s trip and artwork, visit Other events surrounding the Photamerica release include a showcase of some of Brittany Josh Hailey will reveal his Photamerica project to Schall’s artwork at the 119 Galthe public Dec. 23 in his Fondren pop-up studio. lery a few doors down from Hailey’s studio on State Street. 3009 N. State St., a location that he and Hailey is also working to get together sevfellow artist Brittany Schall have been us- eral bands to perform at the Capri Theing as a temporary educational space for ater (3023 N. State St.) that night to cap the community since October. off the event. “We’ll be showcasing all the artwork The theater concert will have a $10 that I’ve made from two years on the road, cover charge, but all the studio and gallery and the Storyprojectors nonprofit will be events that night are free and open to the revealed that night as well,” says Hailey, public. Email


Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224. • VSA Community Art Group’s “High Time” Art Exhibit through Dec. 31. See works from members of the group of adults with disabilities. Artists’ reception Dec. 5 from 5-7 p.m. • LEGO Jackson Exhibit through Dec. 31. See Dr. Scott Crawford’s exhibit of Jackson landmarks built from LEGO blocks. Opening reception Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. • Tommy Reaves Art Exhibit through Dec. 31. See the artist’s ceramic and painted works in the Upper Atrium. • Mississippi Collegiate Art Exhibit through Feb. 23. See works from students throughout Mississippi in the main galleries.

food writer Robert St. John. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students (includes admission to Recent Acquisitions exhibit), free for Museum members and children ages 5 and under. • 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. • Recent Acquisitions Exhibit through Jan. 12. See photographs, paintings and sculptures recently added to the museum’s permanent collection. $5, $4 seniors, $3 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • Bethlehem Tree: Younger Foundation Crèche Collection through Jan. 12, in Trustmark Grand Hall. The installation includes more than 150 rare 18th-century figures. Free. • Homeschool Day at the Museum: Our Mississippi Story Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Activities for homeschooled children ages 4-12 and their families include a guided tour of the exhibit “The Mississippi Story,” a hands-on art activity and lunch. Pre-registration by March 1 required; space limited. Call 960-1515; email dpridgen@; • C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project through March 20. Participants record their own symbols of identity onto clay bells that will be part of an art installation in the Art Garden. Program introduction Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. Ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. Free; call 866-VIEW-ART; email

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Call 601-576-6000; • Back to Nature Photography Contest. Submit wildlife or nature images through Dec. 31. Winners announced at the 2014 NatureFest. Registration form available online. Adults: $5 for every two photos, youth: $2 per photo. • Family Fun Science Night Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy hands-on activities such as a touch tank, fossils and live animals, and watch a diver feed fish. $2, members free. • “Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly” through Jan. 12. The traveling exhibition features snakes, turtles, lizards and more. $4-$6. The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo: New Inspirations, New Works Dec. 5, 5-8:30 p.m., Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 8, 1-5 p.m., at Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., second floor). See more than 20 of Sanders McNeal’s oil paintings, drawings, and giclée prints. Opening reception Dec. 5. Free; call 901-626-4229; email sandersmcneal1@gmail. com; Lindsey Landfried Art Exhibition through Dec. 11, at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Landfried makes large-scale works on folded paper. Free; call 601-497-7454; email om_peace2you@hotmail. com or; Priced to Move: Volume 4 Dec. 13, 5-10 p.m., and Dec. 14, 2-10 p.m., at The Hangar (140 Wesley Ave.). Purchase affordable creations from

more than 20 local artists, including Ginger Williams-Cook, Ming Donkey, Ian Hanson, Nikki Thomas and more. Music from DJ Young Venom, DJ Brik-A-Brak, 5th Cox (5th Child and Cody Cox), and the Jamie Weems Quintet. Free admission, art for sale; find “PRICED TO MOVE: VOL. 4” on Facebook. NuRenaissance Annual Art Showing and Gala Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m., at Classics Sports Bar and Lounge (5571 Robinson Road Ext.). See works from Myron McGowan, Memphis artist Ben Lewis and more. For ages 18 and up. Free; email Third Thursday Art Reception Dec. 20, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, 5-8 p.m., at View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland). The monthly event features new artwork. Wine and cheese served. Free; call 601-856-2001; “Cycling for Health” Art Exhibit through Dec. 31, at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). See works from Richard McKey and Randy Everett. Free; call 601-9819222; Mississippi Artists’ Guild Fine Arts Exhibition through Dec. 31, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). See the latest creations from guild members. Artists’ reception Oct. 24 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-853-0291; Mexican Festival Art Exhibit Saturdays through Jan. 4, at Cassidy Bayou Gallery (103 S. Court St., Sumner). See works from the late Leonard Brooks, Fernando Diaz, Desaix Anderson and more. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. Free; call 212-473-9472 or 662-385-0997; email or oscura@bellsouth. net; Pieces of the Past: Jackson Businesses through Jan. 5, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The rotating artifact exhibit includes artifacts from the Lamar Life Insurance Company, Jitney Jungle and more. Free; call 601-576-6800; email info@; “The Murder of Medgar Evers and ‘Where is the Voice Coming From?’” through Feb. 14, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitor Center. The exhibit is an examination of how the civil rights leader’s murder impelled author Eudora Welty to write the New Yorker story about the event, and the repercussions she faced. Tours by reservation only. $5, $3 students, children under 6 free, group discounts available; call 601-353-7762 to schedule a tour or 601-576-6850; mdah.state. Student Graphic Design Show through Feb. 28, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Students display their work in the Liberal Arts Gallery. Free; call 601-979-7036; Fossil Road Show March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). See the museum’s fossil collection, and bring a fossil for an expert to identify. Free with museum admission ($4-$6); call 601576-6000; Demo Days Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Craftsmen demonstrate their skills in wood, glass and fiber. Free; call 601-8567546;





Sickle Cell Patient and Parent Support Group Dec. 7, 11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets on first Saturdays in the Common Area. Free; call 601366-5874; Look Good Feel Better Program Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., at Woman’s Hospital at River Oaks (1026 N. Flowood Drive, Flowood). Cancer patients learn beauty techniques to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Pre-registration required. Free; call 800227-2345; Dance for Parkinson’s Dec. 9, 6-7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). At the Hall Activities Center in the aerobics room. Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601-974-1755; email danceforparks@ “Hope and Healing” Breast Cancer Support Meeting Dec. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at The Face and Body Center (Riverchase Medical Suites, 2550 Flowood Drive, Flowood). The meetings are on second Tuesdays. Refreshments included. RSVP. Free; call 601-936-0925; email cfox@ Crazy Cross Country Run Dec. 18, 6 p.m., at Madison Middle School (1365 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Fleet Feet Sports host the 5K dirt trail run on third Wednesdays. Free; call 601-8999696; Community Bike Ride Dec. 27, 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; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. Kids Run Dec. 28, 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 601899-9696;

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601-981-5469; • Question It? Discover It! Saturday Jan. 11, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Learn about the skeletal system, how bones interact with each other and how to keep them strong. • Question It? Discover It! Saturday Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn how the cardiovascular system works and ways to keep it healthy.


Art in Mind Art Program Jan. 22, 10-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The program is for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour galleries and make art. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020;


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Coffee Club Run Mondays, 6 a.m., at Fusion Coffeehouse (1111A Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Participate in the weekly run for up to six miles, and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a chance to win a Fusion gift card. Free; call 601899-9696; Free Adult Counseling Consultation Mondays-Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 31, at Middleway Counseling Practice (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 221, Ridgeland). Schedule a free 20-minute counseling consultation with licensed counselor Angela Essary. For ages 18 and up. Free; call 601-421-9566; Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road), at the Dojo. The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free, donations welcome; call 601-201-4228; email bebewolfe@

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Kickboxing Fitness Class Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316. Living Food Potluck Second Saturdays, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. Memory Care Program, at Gentiva Hospice (106 Riverview Drive, Flowood). The program helps caregivers and health professionals learn how to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Free; call 601-983-3193; NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information.

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Events at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). • Kangoo Jumps Exercise Rebound Classes, at Kangoo Club of Mississippi. The class involves using Kangoo Jumps, low-impact workout shoes with special springs. $10 per class or $50 monthly fee; call 601-850-8392. • Zumba Fitness Classes. The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107.




Be the Change Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland). Donations welcome; call 601-899-9696. • Good Samaritan Toy Drive through Dec. 15 Donate new, unwrapped toys for the Good Samaritan Center’s annual toy drive for needy children. • Medals4Mettle Medal Drive Donate marathon, half marathon and triathlon medals without ribbons. M4M gives the medals to children and adults with debilitating illnesses. More at World AIDS Day Interfaith Service and Viewing of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Dec. 4, 6:30-8 p.m., at Beth Israel Congregation (5315 Old Canton Road). The guest speaker is AIDS activist Rabbi Emily Aviva Kapor. Also see 12 sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, most of which are dedicated to Mississippians. Free; call 601-278-3182; email

Cinderella’s Christmas Food Drive Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at OhhMy! Gifts and Things (103 E. Main St., Florence). Donate canned goods for the Marvin United Methodist Food Pantry. Children

Farmers Markets Mississippi Farmers Market, through Dec. 21, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573; Old Fannin Road Farmers Market, through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Call 601-919-1690.

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601-981-5469; • Storytelling Festival Jan. 25, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Storyteller Doris Jones reads from and performs based on children’s books. Other local celebrities serve as guest readers. • Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration March 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes “oobleck” experiments, Cat in the Hat arts and crafts, story time, a green eggs and ham cooking demonstration, and photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two. Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@;

who donate get a picture with and an autograph from Cinderella. Appointment required. Donations welcome; call 601-914-9581.

Foundation of Mississippi. $125 unseated, $250 seated; call 601-957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE;

The Art of Adoption Winter Fundraiser Dec. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). The event includes dinner, a silent auction of local artwork, a performance from Ballet Magnificat and guest speaker Johnny Carr, author of “Orphan Justice.” Proceeds benefit 200 Million Flowers. Sponsorships available. $75; call 601 709-9007; email;

Mississippi HeARTS Against AIDS Benefit Feb. 8, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The annual benefit includes live and silent auctions, local cuisine and live music. Proceeds benefit Grace House. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-259-0092; email jane@halandmals. com;

Books for Tots Campaign through Dec. 13, at Jackson/Hinds Library System. Donate new, unwrapped books at any JHLS branch. Monetary donations also accepted. Call 601-968-5810 or 601-968-5807; email or; Pounding the Pavement for a Cure Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m., at Liberty Park, Flowood (694 Liberty Park Drive, Flowood). Check-in is at 6:45 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K race goes toward cancer research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. $25 in advance, $35 day of race; call 601-519-7660 or 601-214-7668; email or; Stud Sessions: Transitions Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Kioni Indie and Gay & Proud in Mississippi are the hosts. The program’s purpose is to provide support and encouragement to transgendered individuals. The guest speaker is King KT Escada. Free; email constancedgordon@ (entrepreneurs, artists or business owners). Jackson Heart Ball Jan. 31, 6-10:30 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The black-tie event includes a cocktail party, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. $250, $3,500 table of 10; call 601-321-1214; email michelle.alexander@heart. org; Bacchus Ball Feb. 8, 7 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The masked ball with a Mardi Gras theme includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and music from 14 Karat Gold. Black tie optional. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes

• “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage” Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Ann Patchett signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28.99 book. • “The Genius of Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic” Dec. 5, 5 p.m. Dial Parrott signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. • “Where Do They Go On Game Day” Dec. 7, 11 a.m. Laurie Fisher signs books. $14.95 book. • “A Delta Magazine Christmas” Dec. 12, 5 p.m. Melissa Townsend signs books. $40 book. Telling Tales Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, 10 a.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Come for story time with an ethical focus. The Cat in the Hat reads Dec. 5, Stephanie Maxwell of WAPT reads Dec. 12 and Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant reads Dec. 19. Free; call 601-576-6920; email

Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group Second Mondays. The group offers a safe place for people to share. Professional counselors lead the sessions. Free; call 601-842-7599 or email for location information. Fight Against Hunger, at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie’s. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. More at

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ackson State University will host the 45th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Convocation Jan. 17, 2014. The event is held every year on the Friday before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. King, who was born in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 15, 1929, is known around the world for his pivotal role in leading America’s Civil Rights Movement. “Each year we bring in a speaker to recognize and honor the life of Dr. King,” says Dr. Robert Luckett, director of the Margaret Walker Center and an assistant professor of history at JSU. This year’s keynote speaker will be the former NAACP chairman and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Julian Bond. “Obviously, it’s an opportunity for the JSU community to uplift Dr. King, and there is no person better to than Julian Bond,” Luckett says. Bond, who played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement, also worked as the co-chairman of an insurgent delegation to the 1968 Democratic Conven-

tion, ultimately becoming the first African American nominated to the office of vice president. From then to today, Bond has continued to fight for social change,;

ties may submit works by Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Visit for a list of counties and guidelines. Free; call 601-353-7762.

Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest through Dec. 6. Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival seeks original, unpublished short stories between 5,000-7,000 words with LGBT content on the theme of “Saints and Sinners.” Awards include cash and publishing in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books. $15; call 504-581-1144; email; “The Hero Among Us” Dec. 10, 5 p.m., location TBA. Lemuria Books is the host. Jim Ingram signs books. Details pending. $19.95 book; call 601-366-7619; Scholastic Writing Awards Call for Submissions through Dec. 16, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), at the Education and Visitors Center. Junior high and high school students in central Mississippi coun-


Merry Martinis Dec. 5, 6-10 p.m., at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Burn Foundation’s annual fundraiser includes specialty martinis, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and live music. Meet the firefighters of the 2014 Mississippi Firefighters Calendar. Attire is business/holiday. $40 in advance, $50 at the door (includes two drink tickets); call 601-540-2995; email afontaine@;


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spreading the message of equality and justice for all. This free event will begin at 10 a.m. at JSU’s Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. For more information, call the Margaret Walker Center at 601-9793935 or visit them online at margaretwalkercenter.

Writers Live! Dec. 19, noon, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Belinda Stevens signs and reads from “Just Out of Reach.” Free, books for sale; call 601-968-5807. World Book Night USA Call for Giver Applications through Jan. 5, at us.worldbooknight. org. Individuals ages 16 and up may participate in the annual free book giveaway. World Book Night USA is April 23, 2014. Free; “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Discussion Series Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m., at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Dr. Loye Ashton leads the discussion on Leila Ahmed’s book “A Quiet Revolution.” Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-432-6752;

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ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Call 601-499-5278; visit artworksstudios. com; email

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

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

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P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Call 769-798-5539; email or Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol. com;


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

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Photamerica Popup Studio/Heartalot (3009 N. State St.), in the former Antique Market location. Call 601-214-2068; email; find Photamerica and Heartalot on Facebook.

The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Call 601-981-9606. The Creative Thumb, thecreativethumb. com. Call 601-832-5351.

Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). Call 601-573-1060 or visit

The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601352-3399. Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Call 601-992-6405; visit

The opening reception for Sanders McNeal’s “The Girl with the Butterfly Tattoo: New Inspirations, New Works” is Dec. 5.

Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Call 601-979-2191. Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Call 601981-9222; visit Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Call 601-291-9115; visit Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). Call 601856-0535.

Call 601-206-1788, visit or email Miller Art Gallery (Meridian Community College, 910 Highway 19 N. Meridian). Call 601484-8647; visit Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite F, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-5901; visit

Sami Lott Artwear Gallery (1800 N. State St.). Call 601-212-7707; visit Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (199 Monroe St., Clinton), on the Mississippi College campus. Call 601-925-3880; Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., second floor). Call 601-960-0484. Studio AMN/Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). Call Sanaa at 769-218-8289 or Studio AMN at 769218-8165; visit and

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

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

The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Call 601-9680137; find The South Warehouse on Facebook.

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

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

Tulip Design Studio (115 N. State St.). Call 601572-1777; visit

H.C. Porter Gallery (1216 Washington St., Vicksburg). Call 601-661-9444; visit

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

Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Call 601-6074147 or visit

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Heavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State St.). Call 601-954-2147; email heavenlydesignbyroz@ James Patterson Photography (3017 N. State St.). Call 601-918-3232. Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601974-1762 or visit Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) Call 601-942-7285 or 601-942-7362; visit

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Visit or Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 - Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Call 601-969-4091; visit NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Call 601944-0023; visit

TiP Expressive Arts Studio (400 Monroe St., Clinton). Call 601-291-4763; visit

Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Call 601-366-1844; visit or find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Call 601-925-8115; visit or find Wyatt Waters Gallery on Facebook; email

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New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.), in the Hewes Room. The play is about a recovering alcoholic’s efforts to escape the burdens of his past. The performance is part of New Stage Theatre’s Unframed Series. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;

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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 & more! Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900)Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches.

PIZZA 904 Basil’s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, Italian food, burgers & much more. Casual dining in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! 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.

ITALIAN 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.


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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

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.



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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Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! 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. 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 & Irish beers on tap. 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. 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.

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. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling hibach & refreshing cocktails from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more.

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.


Baking Club Rules by Amber Helsel


he first rule of baking club is … you don’t talk about Baking Club. The second rule of baking club is … you don’t talk about Baking Club. Seriously, if you have your whisk and apron and want to join the club, you have to know the rules to break the rules. Fight Club references aside, what are the rules of Baking Club? For me, the No. 1 rule is: don’t change the recipe if you don’t understand the chemistry. I’ve done this before, as I’m sure a lot of other people have. Sometimes it works, and you hit a gold mine, but nine times out of 10 it doesn’t,

and you’re left with a gooey or burnt mess on your hands. The best way to learn the rules is to start simple—maybe with chocolate-chip cookies. Because of how easy they are, chocolatechip cookies are my favorite to bake. And I’m basically the human form of Cookie Monster, so they’re also my favorite to eat. Where to start? You can find so many different variations of chocolate-chip cookies, with ingredients such as cinnamon and caramel added, but to understand how the process works, your best bet is to start with a basic cookie recipe.

Baking chocolate chip cookies is easy if you understand the rules.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


When baking chocolate-chip cookies, it’s also important to remember that baking soda aids in the browning people enjoy so much. Cream together the butter and AMBER HELSEL

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder into a medium-size mixing bowl and stir the ingredients together. If you’ve ever made chocolate-chip cookies before, you might notice that something is off. I said to use baking powder and soda. Why, you ask? I got this tip from Tessa at Handle the Heat. In her experiment on the cookies, she used baking soda and powder for one of her batches, and to her, they seemed to work the best out of all the ingredient combinations so I decided to try it for myself. Why are these two ingredients so important? For the answer, you have to look at the chemistry of each item. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a leavening agent that produces a carbondioxide gas when combined with an acid. Baking powder, unlike soda, reacts in two different ways—the ingredient, which is a combination of baking soda, powdered acid and cornstarch, releases CO2 while you’re mixing and when the food is cooking. Baking soda needs an acid, and baking powder contains acid.

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 cup room-temperature unsalted butter

sugar. You see a lot of this in cookie recipes. Creaming allows the sugar to be incorporated into the butter and also lets some air into the recipe, which makes cookies fluffier. But why is it important to use room-temperature butter? Sugar digs little holes into the butter to aerate it. If the butter is cold or hot, the sugar can’t do anything. You also have to consider the sugar

(about two standard-size sticks) 3/4 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup granulated sugar

when baking anything. For a long time, I thought of the ingredient as merely a way to sweeten things. I was under the assumption that if I used a substitute, the baked good would end up the same. This is completely wrong—the sugar is one of the keys to baking reactions. When the sugar aerates your room-temperature butter, it sets the stage for rising. Baking soda and powder magnifies the air pockets, and bam. Your cookies are rising in the oven. Sugar also attracts moisture, which lessens the amount of gluten the flour produces while baking. (This doesn’t mean that your cookies will be glutenfree. It just means that the cookies will be more moist.) So why use both brown sugar and white sugar? They’re made from the same plant, so what’s the big deal? White sugar is generally refined sugar with the molasses and everything taken out. Brown sugar is white sugar that has had the molasses added back in. It’s got a rich butterscotch flavor that adds more depth of flavor to the cookies. The amount of molasses determines how dark or light the sugar is. If

2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup chocolate chips

you take out the white sugar and replace it with more brown, you will get a more butterscotch-esque flavor in your cookies. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract. This isn’t particularly confusing, except for one simple rule people may not follow or be aware of: Mix your eggs in one at a time. This creates a more even batter. Incorporate the dry ingredients slowly. I always mix about a fourth or a half in at a time, depending on how much time I actually have to finish the cookies. Again, this is all about mixing the batter evenly. Be careful, though, because you could over-mix the dough. Fold in the chocolate chips. You never want to use a hand mixer to stir in your chocolate chips. This, too, causes over-mixing. Pour in the chips and, using a rubber spatula, gently fold over different parts of the dough to incorporate them evenly. Scoop the dough out half a tablespoon at a time onto parchment paper or buttered pan. Place each about an inch apart and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt


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xperimental spaceflight is inherently tragic, isn’t it? Beautiful and breathtaking, no doubt, but it’s hard to escape the shocking reality that mankind’s noblest scientific pursuit is essentially sitting on top of explosive juice and seeing where it takes us. That makes a game about experimental spaceflight probably a bit morbid, even for gaming. The fantastic “Kerbal Space Program” sidesteps this problem completely by matching a robust technical system with hilarious, cartoony charm. While having players man a poorly designed spacecraft is probably gaming’s most roundabout way of getting them to blow up little green men, it’ll happen regularly in “Kerbal Space Program.” But it’s an exciting journey, whether your little green men explode on the launch pad, explode in the stratosphere or float aimlessly through space, cold and alone, before getting sucked back into the planet’s gravity well careening downward, and then, inexplicably, exploding. The concept of “Kerbal Space Program” is decidedly simple and open-ended like many of the best indie titles. As mission control, your job is to develop, test and fly the rockets that will take the industrious Kerbals to the stars. That’s pretty much it. Success and failure are entirely player defined, although common goals include achieving a satisfying orbit, or accomplishing a landing and returning to the planet Kerbin intact. Within these confines, the brawn of the simulator comes out. “Kerbal Space Program” is decidedly the most enjoyable spaceflight simulator out on the market— balancing quality physics with an incredibly solid user interface and a wry, fantastical setting that gives players an enormous amount

of content to explore. In addition to Kerbin and its two moons, Mun and Minmus, six other planets have seven satellites between them. Planets range from the Mars-like Duna, covered in rusty desert, to the Venuslike Eve, a purplish sea-world with a thick, heavy atmosphere. While all the planets offer hidden content, it’s the planetary features that add so much to the game. The unique physics system encourages (and for anything complex, demands) that players use the basic concepts of real spaceflight: adjusting their apsis for gravity assists; monitoring their positioning and velocity with the help of a navball, which leads players to make slow, calculated maneuvers toward prograde and retrograde. (Typical videogame spaceflight is omnidirectional plane flight.) In fact, “Kerbal” is an excellent introduction to the world of spaceflight, evidenced by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab’s virtual obsession with the game. Building the rockets may be a little less attached to reality, but the staging system is still relevant to actual rocket design. Players are, fortunately, free of any cost-benefit restrictions, because the entire culture of Kerbin is devoted to spaceflight. The freedom is beyond enjoyable. Stick a few dozen rockets on your main craft. No, that’s not enough. Stick another dozen on each of those dozen. Now you’re cooking with Delta-V. Ignore the terrified screams of your Kerbals. They’re dying for science. That’s pretty much the story of “Kerbal Space Program.” It’s a perfect mixture of work and play: the stress of careful engineering, the unbridled glee of flight, a constant flux between the ordered sanity of orbital maneuvers and the outrageous insanity of Jebediah Kerman backflipping out of a starfish-shaped bomb into the friggin’ sun. I don’t just recommend “Kerbal Space Program”—I demand you play it. It’s too precise, outrageous and brilliant to pass up.

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Funk-rock band Flow Tribe brings its New Orleans-flavored sounds to Jackson Dec. 6.

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stage with moves that only the godfather of soul, James Brown, could have inspired. Flow Tribe’s lyrics combine inspiring words and good old fashioned fun. Its name comes from the band’s songwriting process. “We start flowing and just roll with an idea, and the song comes out organically. We aren’t really a jam band, but our music comes out of just jamming and experimenting with things. The music flowed out,” O’Rorke says. “We see ourselves as similar (people, but with) all different kinds of personality types, so it is kind of a tribe—a motley band of gypsies, and it all came together.” The members describe themselves as “musical chiropractors,” and their grooves command the audience to jump up and start dancing. O’Rorke smashes the line between the audience and performers to create an atmosphere that blends the two into one organic experience. For O’Rorke, this idea comes from his experiences growing up in New Orleans and attending Mardi Gras parades. “My first real childhood musical memory was being on the parade route and hearing the bass drum booming and the brass bands playing,” O’Rorke says. “You get the lines blurred of where the band start and the audience begins. If the band is going right, you

don’t feel that separation.” This is musical performance at its best, and Flow Tribe entertains the audience the moment they hit the stage. “It’s an honor for us to share a good time or backbone-cracking music to people and have them cut loose,” O’Rorke says. Along with its groove, Flow Tribe also holds a message about community support such in as its song, “Helping Hand,” which a real-life situation with O’Rorke’s friend inspired. He was struggling after Katrina to make a living; although he worked several jobs, he still found himself without a permanent roof over his head. “I think that’s what music is about: giving a helping hand, taking you out the normal everyday thing if you are going through stress,” O’Rorke says. “Music should be a vehicle for just being able to step back, take a look at yourself and enjoy the good things. Life is good and life is bad, but music greases the wheels. If you can give a helping hand, do it, and (you) might as well do it in a funky way, because that is the best way.” Flow Tribe performs at 10 p.m. Dec. 6 at Martin’s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712). Visit for more on the band, or find them on Face39 book and social media.


low Tribe is a kaleidoscope of sounds inspired by the historic music culture of The Big Easy. The New Orleans-based funk-rock sextet features lead singer and trumpet player K.C. O’Rorke; guitarist Mario Palmisano; bassist and back-up vocalist Chad Penot; drummer Russel Olschner; guitarist Bryan Santos; and harmonica player, keyboardist and washboard player John Michael Early. The members (with the exception of Early who joined a year later) started playing together while at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans and would often jam out after school. By the end of 2004, the guys decided to form a band. When high school ended, however, the band split apart to attend college and their drummer, Olschner, went to fight in Iraq. After Hurricane Katrina, they all reunited. “We wanted to come back and support the community,” O’Rorke says. “Katrina really made us focus. It made us realize that life is short and brought us all together.” After 2006, Flow Tribe kicked its groove into high gear and has been going strong since then. It has played Voodoo Fest and other shows across the country, sharing the heart and soul of New Orleans. The band resonates joy as the lead singer dances on




The Annual Belhaven Singing Christmas Tree is at Belhaven University.

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Young Business Leaders of Jackson Annual Mission Luncheon is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at River Hills Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). RSVP. $20; call 601-201-5489; email … Free Survival Spanish Class is at 6:30 p.m. at Lingofest Language Center (6712 Old Canton Road, Suite 10, Ridgeland). 601500-7700; call 601-500-7700; email



Red & Greenwood is at 5:30 p.m. and continues this weekend in downtown Greenwood. Free; call 662453-7625 or 662-453-4152; … Fondren After 5 is from 5-8 p.m. in Fondren. Free; call 601981-9606; … Scottsboro Boys Photograph Exhibit Gallery Talk and Hanukkah Celebration is from 6-8 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in Johnson Hall. Free; call 601-979-2121.

Death on Two Wheels, an alternative rock band from Atlanta, performs Dec. 6 at Hal & Mal’s to promote its self-titled album.

(1500 Peachtree St.) at the Soccer Bowl. Free; call 601-9685930; … Death on Two Wheels performs at 10 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). That Scoundrel and Fides also perform. For ages 18 and up. $5; call 601292-7121; email;

Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). $18-$22, $20 tea party; call 601-853-4508; email;


C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project Public Introduction Ceremony is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515 or 866-VIEW ART; email; … Microphone Mondays 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 601-979-1646 or 601-979-1647.

Mississippi Bullfighting Exhibition is from 7-10 p.m. at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). No bulls are harmed during the event. at Latin Train (330 Greymont Ave.). $25, free for ages 5 and under; call 601955-4850 or 800-745-3000; follow Mississippi Bullfighting on BY BRIANA ROBINSON Facebook. … The Basement is at 8 p.m. at The Corner (303 N. JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Farish St.). $10; find The Basement on Facebook. … Zoso: FAX: 601-510-9019 The Ultimate Led Zeppelin DAILY UPDATES AT Experience is at 9 p.m. at DulJFPEVENTS.COM ing Hall (622 Duling Ave.). For ages 18 and up. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7121;

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The Basement, which is Dec. 7 at The Corner, celebrates the origins of hip-hop and includes Jaxx City, Coke Bumaye and 5th Child as the emcees as well as music from DJ Young Venom, DJ Scrap Dirty and DJ Brik-A-Brak and producers Donche, Alumni Beatz and D. Banks.


Sip ‘N’ Cider is from 4-8 p.m. at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). Free; call 601859-5816; … Belhaven Singing 40 Christmas Tree is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University


Kitty Cleveland is from 2-3:30 p.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church (1242 Lynwood Drive) in Foley Hall. Free, donations welcome; call 601-366-2335. … Winter Choir Concert is at 3:30 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo) in Woodworth Chapel. Free; call 601-977-7871; … Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” is at 2 p.m. at



Statehood Day is at noon at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920; email info@; … Italian Taste of Art Business-After-Hours is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). RSVP. $30, $25 members; call 601-353-0909; email cmckie@ or;


“A Piece of Security” and “Sew ‘N’ So” Quilting Project is at 9:30 a.m. at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). Free; call 601-355-0001; email debgiles@comcast. net. … “A Christmas Carol” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $25, discounts available; call 601-948-3531;


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he Book Thief” anchors itself in the reality of war, where true courage can mean ordinary people who keep promises to old friends. “It’s about being people,” says Liesel Meminger, the young heroine of the film. Liesel, played by the French-Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse, is a girl caught in circumstances and historical events beyond her control and understanding, except for the guiding principle that people are people. It sounds a tad trite reduced to prose, but “The Book Thief” is a wellcrafted film, much sturdier than platitudes of wisdom. The movie, which is based on Markus Zusak’s bestseller and adapted for screen by Michael Petroni, is a lyrical journey that gloomily hovers over the picturesque German countryside and zooms in with Teutonic precision into the lives of one family during World War II. Director Brian Percival paints with exquisite detail a canvas of war by examining the lives of Liesel and the family who adopts her. Death narrates. We never know Liesel’s biological father, but her mother was a communist, hunted by the burgeoning Hitlerites. After a long train ride, punctuated by Death stealing her brother’s short life, Liesel is taken into the care of a childless German couple. Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson) open the doors of their quaint home to Liesel, but she cowers in the backseat of the car, like a feral kitten. Hans, a gentle soul, coaxes the dirty child from the car. Rosa doesn’t have the same patience. She speaks harshly, probably because her hands are pruned from washing dirty undergarments for the rich folks.

Liesel escapes from day-to-day hardship through reading “borrowed” books. After the book burning in honor of the Fuhrer’s birthday, she snatches a book from the dying embers. If caught, she would be severely punished, but she is oblivious to danger. Liesel’s best friend, Rudy (Nico Liersch), prefers soccer to books, but he will defend Liesel and all of her secrets. The big secret, which they share through an exchange of spit (once for yes and two for no), is that the Hubermanns have a Jewish guest hiding in their basement. He was in the attic, but they made him move to the basement so it wouldn’t be too much like Anne Frank. Hans made a promise to keep Max (Ben Schnetzer) safe. Liesel and Max spend years together, talking, reading and sharing stories. Max leaves after Hans publicly defends a friend accused of being Jewish. An air of darkness and danger hang over the film, but light moments peak through at times to make the movie a touching experience. There’s a beautiful scene of Liesel and Hans sneaking buckets of snow into the basement, where they engage Max in a snowball fight. Rosa catches them, and she gets pelted too. The relationship between Liesel and Rudy is sweet and innocent. Rudy continually pesters Liesel for a kiss, and when she finally acquiesces, it’s hard not to shed a tear. The young stars are mesmerizing because of their youth and vitality. Rush delivers a graceful performance. Although the film sometimes seems sluggish, it’s a three-dimensional experience about war and people and courage. It may not tread new ground, but it stands strong and firm.

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f you aren’t going to see this band, I don’t Diarrhea Planet as “Best Band With Most Repulwant to speak with you. This is the kind of sive Name,” and a huge amount of attention both music that moshpit-inducing, sweaty-enoff and online followed. ergy recordings can only hint at. Every song “In the past six months we’ve all quit our sounds like it belongs on the opening sequence day jobs,” Smith says. He estimates that the band to a heartfelt teenage misfit movie: loud garage is already booking shows into September 2014. punk with soaring melodies that can take a “We’ve been on the road pretty much nonstop, sprawling ’80s metal-turn before taking a dive except for small breaks, since July 1.” in the beer-soaked gutter. Shows are as wild as one might expect Welcome to the music of the Nashville-based from a band with four guitarists and memband Diarrhea Planet. bers in their mid-20s. Smith has a scar on his It all started in Nashville at Belmont Unihead from when he head-butted Boyle’s bass versity, a liberal arts school with an emphasis on in a moment of passion, and Weissbuch has the music business. The six guys met through to bring an electric fan onstage to keep from attending classes and exploring Nashville’s thrivoverheating. The band frequently crowd surfs, Don’t let Diarrhea Planet’s moniker stop you from attending its show at ing music scene. Frontman and guitarist Jordan climbs on bars and plays their guitars behind Martin’s Restaurant and Bar Dec. 7. Smith, 25, was a music business major, and their heads or even with their teeth. drummer Casey Weissbuch, 25, was a percusUnderneath the wild exterior, however, sion major. Guitarist Emmett Miller, 23, majored in clas- and (the booking agent) said no because of our name,” is a band with heart. sical guitar. Guitarist Evan Bird, 22, bassist Mike Boyle, Smith recalls. “All of our records are about being super lonely and 25, and guitarist Brent Toler, 25, had more conventional The band has managed to transcend the moniker isolated, but trying to find hope,” Smith says. majors, but everyone played in bands. with its second album, “I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest The band’s plans for 2014 include touring, writ“We were all playing in serious bands—the bands that Dreams,” which Infinity Cat Recordings released in Au- ing a new album, working on an EP and several 7-inch we were like, “Oh, this is the band that we’re going to try and gust. The record shows real growth, and finds the band records, including one with self-described “best friend make a living playing in,’” Smith says. slowing down tempos, focusing on hooks, and eschewing band” The Lovely Bad Things. The band also has some Diarrhea Planet started as a joke, as the name might sug- bathroom humor for sentimentality. The shift reflects the tentative summer plans. gest. “We started this band a goofy, fun, party thing, but then members’ listening habits while on the road, which has “We might be doing the whole Warped Tour,” it became more popular than our real bands,” Smith says. changed from obscure punk bands to more popular acts. Jordan says. The name proved troublesome, however, making it “(During) this last tour, we listened to Haim and Gary Diarrhea Planet performs at 10 p.m. Dec. 7 at Martin’s hard for them to land a booking agent. “I had our manager Glitter the whole tour,” Smith says. Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712). Visit contact (hardcore punk band) F*cked Up’s booking agent, A rowdy concert at this year’s SXSW led Spin to dub for more information.

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Roll On, John



December 4 - 10, 2013


always instinctively knew that John to Paul’s sweeter inflections. cused on Lennon’s solo years, and I was able Lennon was my favorite Beatle. From Once I reached 10th grade, I became to get a greater overview than a mere greatthe first time I saw my dad’s copy of a serious student of The Beatles and the est hits collection could offer. The boxed set the “Hey Jude” album, I knew included material that was tuneful, I preferred the “Lennon” half of Lenpolitical, satirical, rocking and funny. I non/McCartney. realized that John was a true artist and For some reason, I can’t rememwas willing to follow his muse right off ber John’s death. I know I was only a cliff if so led. While he could boast 5 years old when it happened, but a share of hit songs, he never seemed I was aware of music at that age. to let that be his sole reason for writPerhaps it had a subliminal effect ing and recording. More times than on my psyche, but it seems John’s not, he could frustrate his fans with death should have been on my songs that weren’t afraid to go out on young radar. a musical limb. When I discovered that LP in John, at his worst, was always inmy father’s collection, I was fully teresting at the least. He was certainly aware of Paul McCartney; he was human and managed to release some still enjoying radio success with the bad eggs during his short solo career, likes of Stevie Wonder and Michael John Lennon still influences writers and musicians 33 but they still seem to demand a listen. Jackson. Being a music fan, I knew years after his death. His politics seem a little naive the name “The Beatles” but wasn’t to me now. As a young man in high familiar with the band’s music. I reschool, I could totally relate to his vimember eventually listening to ”Hey Jude” band’s history. In addition to discovering the sions of peace and understanding. I also paid repeatedly and trying to figure out who sang music that influenced the members, I also attention to women’s rights thanks to John. on what track. I felt proud that I could pick paid close attention to their solo careers. For the longest time, John Lennon was the out John’s cutting vocal delivery compared I bought a four-disc boxed set that fo- face of the ’60s counter-culture for me.

I also understood that his death brought about awareness for better gun control laws. In a world where John Lennon could be taken from us so suddenly, we had to react. History has a way of rewriting itself, and many artists who were misunderstood during their time often become teachers for younger generations. Even in the early moptop days of The Beatles, it’s very easy to see how John Lennon would become a polarizing figure. Sometimes he was laughed at, other times he was lauded. Either way, he always seemed to speak his mind even at the risk of people burning his records. Plus, he could always write a great tune. Sunday, Dec. 8, marks the anniversary of Lennon’s death. His influence is still very present among his peers as well as young songwriters. Lennon’s old partner, Paul McCartney recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he still talks to John when he’s composing a new song. Even Bob Dylan says on his latest album “Tempest”: “Shine your light, move it on, you burn so bright, roll on John.”


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n honor of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Walking Deadâ&#x20AC;? midseason finale, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found some parallels with this past college football weekend and the insanely popular AMC show. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.) It was inevitable. Just like the Governor returning to his evil ways on The Walking Dead, it was only a matter of time for the tide to change in college football. Sure, it seemed like Southern Miss would never win another football game and that the SEC would continue to win national championships. It seemed the Governor had turned the corner as well. Then, as they were hitting golf balls on top of a leaky RV roof, the Governor whacked Martinez over the head with a golf club, just as Southern Miss whacked UAB over the head, winning a game for the first time since Christmas Eve 2011. Getting to Alabama, it seems fitting that an SEC school finally knocked the SEC out of the national championship

game. Just like the Governor dragged Martinez into a pit full of Walkers, Auburn dragged Alabamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hopes of a third-straight national title into a deep hole from where it likely will not return. Nick Saban spent the Iron Bowl making coaching decisions like Rick Grimes spent most this season pretending to be a gardener. In the end, those strange decisions ended up costing the Crimson Tide a chance at a third title just as Rickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strange leadership has cost countless lives. This season of TWD was also about doing what it takes to survive. Carol was ready to murder and burn every infected person to save the survivors. MSU head coach Dan Mullen showed this same trait in his quest to win the Egg Bowl for the Bulldogs. Mullen showed huge stones turning to injured quarterback Dak Prescott and, in overtime, going for it on fourth and two at the Ole Miss three-yard line. Mullen played for the win the whole way.

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