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proudly presents the 2014 Films at the Malco Grandview Theatre: January 22, 23, 25, & 26 Wednesday, January 22, 7 PM:

DAVID: One Boy, Two Faiths Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM:

FOOTNOTE Saturday, January 25, 7:00 PM:

THE WONDERS Sunday, January 26, 2:00 PM:

ROAD TO EDEN: Rock and Roll Sukkot

Tickets: Student $20/Adult $40

January 15 - 21, 2014

Individual tickets for the following movies: DAVID, FOOTENOTE, THE WONDERS - Student $5/Adult $10 ROAD TO EDEN: Rock and Roll Sukkot and Concert featuring Musician Dan Nichols -Student $10/Adult $15 To purchase tickets, learn more, and view previews of our films check us out on the web: Jewish Cinema Mississippi is sponsored by the Jewish Culture Organization & Hillel of Millsaps College and Beth Israel Congregation.





izzie Cooper separates her life into two distinct chapters: first, her “other life,” as she calls it, as a successful businesswoman in Jackson for several decades. And then the one the 76-year-old is currently in—the selfless, philanthropic one she cares the most about. She emphasizes that she didn’t choose the second phase in her life; it chose her. It was in 1990 that Cooper, a Jackson native, opened up Double Trouble, a center for those afflicted with drug addiction and mental disorders in the Jackson area. Her son suffered from a mental disease, and she came to realize the pressing need for a place, other than a hospital, for these individuals to meet up, discuss their problems and feel like a part of a community. Once-a-week meetings turned into a daily routine for Cooper, and what started out as an effort to welcome those with addiction and mental disorder turned into a full-on community help center. Cooper began using several of her former properties on Lynch Street as homeless shelters, community kitchens and after-school programs for children—all funded and organized by Cooper and a handful of faithful volunteers. “When I was in public business,” Cooper says of her “bourgeois” years, “all I wanted was for people to come and spend their money with me. Now, I just give everything away.” Perhaps Cooper’s attitude comes from living in poverty herself as a child. Her child-


hood memories deal more with hunger and confusion than a positive upbringing. She was one of five daughters who grew up with more or less absent parents. She recalls having the power and water shut off in the house that she and her sisters grew up in, and how they routinely dug sweet potatoes out of a neighbor’s garden just to have something to eat. Cooper transitioned from an impoverished childhood into an affluent adulthood where she saw success in business and realty in the Jackson area. However, she never has been able to quell her childhood experiences, especially when she sees so many reflections of her own struggles in the people she encounters. “I’ve never got away from that type of upbringing,” she says. “I know what it is to be hungry. I know what it is to be abused and ridiculed without knowing why.” Cooper has used several locations on Lynch Street to serve the community, but you can find her today at 910 Lynch St. in a blue building with “Ms. Lizzie’s Center” painted on the front in yellow. That’s where she’ll be just about every day, collecting food, appliances and other things to distribute to those in need. More importantly, though, the center is a refuge for those who just need a break from their troubles, and there’s no telling how many people you’ll see go through the doors or how many she’s aided over the years. —Justin Hosemann

Cover photo of Historic Farish Street courtesy Robert Luckett / Jackson State University - Margaret Walker Center

8 Back to Business

The Mississippi Legislature is a week in, and so far legislators have proposed more than 300 bills in the House and more than 275 in the Senate.

19 Window Seats and Eats

“We use great ingredients, treat them with care, and let the ingredients shine through and speak for themselves. It’s about ingredients and technique, not about overwrought dishes with lots of moves on the plate. A lot of Italian cooking is about restraint, and letting the ingredients do what they do.” —Tom Ramsey on La Finestra, “A Little Italy”

24 Lights, Camera, L’Chaim!

Jewish Cinema Mississippi returns with four new films examining aspects of Jewish culture in today’s world.

4 ....................... PUBLISHER’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 7 ............................................ TALKS 12 ................................ EDITORIAL 13 .................................... OPINION 14 ............................ COVER STORY 19 ......................................... FOOD 20 ................................. WELLNESS 22 .............................. DIVERSIONS 24 .......................................... ARTS 25 ....................................... 8 DAYS 26 ...................................... EVENTS 28 ....................................... MUSIC 29 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 30 ..................................... SPORTS 31 .................................... PUZZLES 33 ....................................... ASTRO


JANUARY 15 - 21, 2014 | VOL. 12 NO. 19



by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

I Was Wrong About Farish


or years the mantra for Farish Street has been, “It will be Jackson’s Beale Street!” or “It will be Jackson’s Bourbon Street!” I’ve been right there, saying the same thing for a long time. And I think it may be time to admit we were wrong, and see how we can move on. First of all—and maybe it’s just that I’m getting older—but it occurs to me that when I go to New Orleans and Memphis, I don’t actually spend time on Bourbon and Beale streets anymore. I did when I was more of a tourist, but I know those cities better now. These days my happiest moments in New Orleans are on Magazine, Royal, Poydras or in the Bywater. In Memphis, we had a fabulous time a few months back in the Cooper-Young neighborhood, walking a few miles worth of local booths: food, artists, craft beers and craftspeople. During our Thanksgiving trip, we went bar hopping and ballgame-watching with family and friends in Overton Square, checking out the new spots and mourning the loss of our oldschool karaoke joint. If there’s a pattern here, it’s one I’ve been harping on since we started the JFP—even if I ignored that pattern myself when I was championing the “received” Farish vision. The rule is this: Design your neighborhood for locals ... and you’ll entice the tourists as well. One way I know that is by looking at Best of Jackson voting this year. One of the top finalists in the category of “Best Tourist Attraction” in Jackson was ... Fondren. Fondren is also one of the top reasons people give as their Best Reason to Live in Jackson. I know. Fondren this, Fondren that. But we weren’t talking about Fondren 10 years ago (at least, not as much), and we are now. In fact, we’ve been talking about

Fondren for less time than we’ve been talking about Farish. But which one has flourished? Fondren, one could argue, is Jack-

We need to hit “reset” and decide what Farish Street should really stand for. son’s Cooper-Young or our Faubourg Marigny—and it didn’t really set out to be either of those. It kind of (with affection, attention and leadership) set out to just be Fondren, a neighborhood that doesn’t need chains to be awesome. Second—and, in this case, I’m just on the outside looking in so maybe someone can prove me wrong—it really doesn’t look the “Beale Street vision” for Farish Street is going to happen. Some of this is probably nobody’s fault—it was a huge project with bigger infrastructure issues than we first realized. Go Zone funding has come and gone; the window for some “big project” development after Hurricane Katrina was closing a few years ago, and then it was slammed shut by the Great Recession.

David Watkins took over what looked to be an anemic effort by Performa, and did what he could. Some of those efforts are documented in Tyler Cleveland’s story on page 14 and in his past coverage at I’m sure Watkins has done some things right and some wrong. I’m sure the city has done some things right and some wrong. I’m sure outside forces have conspired against us, the banks look at nothing but the bottom line, and we haven’t had a handy Act of God in the last little while to right Farish’s course. Got it. So, what’s plan B? I’ll repeat this part: I thought “Jackson’s Beale” was a good idea. But considering where we are today, I think we need to hit “reset” and decide what Farish Street should really stand for. Fondren has added two high-concept bars in the past six months, with the promise of a “Pig and Pint” somewhere in our near future and the announcement that Duling Hall is now 100 percent run by one of Jackson’s most prolific music promoters. Some of us oldsters have visited these places and come away wondering: “Who are all these kids? Is it even legal for them to drink?!” So where is this demand coming from? Was the great “Mall of Fondren” planned and built and executed in order to entice all these young professionals with money to burn to come in and play shuffleboard and taste prohibition-style drinks? Of course not. These are individual entrepreneurs noticing a trend, doing some research, crafting a business plan, and tossing their startup capital in a new bank account with fresh checks and barely dry architectural renderings. The problem, of course, is that Farish Street has already gone down a certain path,

and pulling it back is problematic. Somehow, we need to get stakeholders around the table—contractors to the back of the room, please—and get a new vision for Farish. Instead of running it like a mall development, maybe it needs to be run more like a neighborhood; instead of telling tenants already on the street what the rent will be once all the improvement is done, maybe somebody focused on Farish needs to be beating the drum to get current Farish tenants more business so we can prove the concept. I’m not blaming the people who’ve tried—and, for now, I’m putting aside the role that a group of insider contractors and quasi-government groups like the Jackson Redevelopment Authority seem to be playing by moving the goal posts and playing favorites. All I’m just saying is that it looks—from here—like the door has closed on the “buildit-and-B.B.-will-come” concept for Farish. Now, we need to look more into a “localcentric” plan for Farish and other satellite neighborhoods of downtown. Could the Farish business district be our new restaurant incubator? Could we build a “Jackson Market Hall” like the Little Rock’s location I’ve written about before ( markethall/) where kiosk-sized businesses get their start, and singles and families gather for evening music and beer-garden festivities? What about a development of small shops, restaurants and bars that all have Mississippi roots and flavors? How about some artist spaces and lofts? Live-work offices? Frequent street festivals? Food trucks? Artwalks? Craft fairs? Maybe my ideas are pie-in-thesky, but so was, it turns out, Six Flags With Daiquiris. From where I sit, I think it’s time to think “big” again about Farish—by thinking smaller than we did last time.

January 15 - 21, 2014



Tyler Cleveland

R.L. Nave

Ronni Mott

Justin Hosemann

Amber Helsel

Briana Robinson

Kristin Brenemen

David Joseph

City Reporter Tyler Cleveland majored in news/editorial journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi. He enjoys sports, southern cuisine and good music. He wrote the cover story. Email him story tips to tyler@jacksonfreepress.

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@ He wrote a news story. Email him at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.

Freelance writer Ronni Mott has been a Mississippian since 1997. She’s an award-winning writer and a yoga teacher, just stumbling and fumbling toward bliss like everyone else. She wrote a news story and an arts feature.

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

Editorial Assistant Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s in journalism. She is short, always hungry and always thinking. She wrote an art story. Email arts ideas to her at amber@jacksonfree

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. Her other passions include dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at briana@jacksonfree She did Eight Days a Week.

Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dytopianism. She can’t imagine a world without fresh eggs. At night, she fights crime. She designed the issue.

David Joseph, former restaurateur and long-time Jacksonian serves as the director of operations for Jackson Free Press. He enjoys watching JFP flourish and his two new grandchildren. He’s just plain awesome.






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After the ups and downs Farish Street has seen in the past several years, what do you think the area needs to thrive? Chris Kirwin Casino! Austin Harvey Bars, restaurants and shopping. Those lead to a renewed interest in safety and more community involvement from the surrounding area. Farish Street could become “the placeâ€? if it could just show any sign of progress. Kristie Storey Local officials who want to see Farish Street succeed, and more community involvement. Jessica Barber Definitely more community involvement and art. I think Farish has real character, history, and is developing its own personality! (It has) true potential to be an ART district ... something Jackson lacks as well. Just an idea. Rachel Semmes-Mckinney I think they need to review the plans of broken areas that now thrive ‌ Beale Street, Times Square, etc.

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YOUR TURN The Prison System


fter working at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, I agree that we need prison reform. While working at the penitentiary, I met many dangerous people. Some were inmates. The rest were civil servants who knew how to game the corrections system and get away with it. As recently as 1968, Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates who were considered to have disciplinary problems were housed in a sweatbox called the Red Hat. They wore red hats. Every morning when they were released for a work detail, the last inmate leaving the Red Hat was beaten—to set an example for other inmates. Black inmates were often sentenced to death for rape if the victim was white. In a prison population of 4,500, the prison administration allowed only 100 inmates per year to enter the GED or vocational programs. Other inmates were considered to have too much time to serve. Each gubernatorial election brought a change of wardens. One warden was a

social worker whose family had made a substantial contribution to the governor’s campaign. Whenever he visited the prison, he stopped to inspect the mops in the cell blocks. Clean mops were important to him. He did not talk to the inmates with mental health issues. These inmates had appointments with well-dressed young social workers who spoke earnestly about problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. There were exceptional inmates. One, John B., operated a printing firm for organized crime in Jefferson Parish. He was convicted of defrauding the state and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. The day he arrived at prison, the warden stopped by and introduced himself. If John needed anything, all he had to do was ask. This was remarkable hospitality in a maximum-security prison. John was released after serving only eight months. It was common for wardens to use state vehicles and farm equipment on their own land. They could use state credit cards for gifts because there was little over-






sight except from the friends who had appointed them. Federal court oversight was a good beginning, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough. Increased use of drug courts and alternative sentencing are a step in the right direction. Psychological testing for employees would promote a safer, more effective environment. Joe Roberts Jackson



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Friday, Jan. 10 Israel announces plans Friday to build 1,400 new homes in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territory the Palestinians claim for their future state. â&#x20AC;Ś Michel Djotodia, the rebel leader who seized control of Central African Republic, agrees to resign along with his prime minister. Saturday, Jan. 11 The seventh annual Mississippi Blues Marathon draws 3,500 runners from 50 states and more than 15 countries. â&#x20AC;Ś Former Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dies at age 85. Sunday, Jan. 12 Iran agrees to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting in exchange for relaxation of financial sanctions against the country. Monday, Jan. 13 Vice President Joe Biden and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair attend and deliver eulogies at the state funeral of Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem. â&#x20AC;Ś A New Mexico judge makes a landmark ruling which clears the way for competent, terminally ill patients to seek their doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; help in getting medication if they want to end their lives on their own terms. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Egyptians vote on a new constitution in a referendum that will pave the way for a likely presidential run by the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top general months after he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More news at

by R.L. Nave


ississippi is going to make its criminal-justice system work better. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how newly minted House Corrections Committee Chairman Tommy Taylor, R-Boyle, started a joint meeting of the Mississippi House Corrections and Judiciary B committees, which last week took the first step toward grappling with the growing prison population that policymakers believe is needlessly costing state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The committees will shepherd through several bills that came out of a 24-page report from the Mississippi Corrections and Criminal Justice Task Force, published in December. It outlined the steep challenges that lawmakers, courts and corrections officials are up against: namely, that Mississippi has the second highest incarceration rate in the nation, and the length of sentences that judges hand out has grown 28 percent in the past decade. Rep. Andy Gipson, a Braxton Republican who chairs the Judiciary B Committee, said judges have complained about a mismatch of sentencing guidelines and policies from the Mississippi Department of Corrections, tying the judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hands to hand out the sentences they want to give. This climate of uncertainty, which includes a lack of clarity about the definitions of â&#x20AC;&#x153;violentâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonviolentâ&#x20AC;? crimes, confuses defendants and defense attorneys, prosecutors, prison officials and judges, the report states. Giving judges more sentencing flexibility is a common thread in many of the recommendations offered in the task-force report.

Some lawmakers worry that proposed changes to state courts and prisons, such as Mississippi State Penitentiary (pictured), do not go far enough to alleviate racism in the criminal justice system.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to (give) judges more flexibility in that regard, leave it in their hands,â&#x20AC;? Gipson told committee members at the Capitol Wednesday morning. The task-force report states that the lack of clarity often results in judges giving longer sentences. Even though the task force recommends wider use of drug courts and other alternatives to incarceration, some members were concerned about other structural problems in the criminal-justice system that disproportionately affect minorities and the poor. Rep. Willie Bailey, D-Greenwood, said some workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compensation plans prohibit employers from hiring people with felony convictions, which make it tough for people who have been to prison to find jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unless we move these impediments out of the way, then our reforms are no

good,â&#x20AC;? Bailey cautioned. Rep. Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro, echoed Baileyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point, saying that some alternative sentencing programs require monthly fees. When people do not pay those fees, they can be sent to prison. The task force proposes that such â&#x20AC;&#x153;technical offendersâ&#x20AC;? be housed in a separate part of prisons, away from the general prison population. Racial and economic disparities that persist in the criminal-justice system concerned other lawmakers, such as Rep. Charles Young Jr., D-Meridian. Of the approximately 25,980 men and women in MDOCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s custody, 65 percent are African American, MDOC information shows. Mississippi has a black population of 37.4 percent. Speaking of African Americans, Young told the Jackson Free Press after the hearing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the chattel thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeding the system.â&#x20AC;?


by Amber Helsel

Farish Street renovation efforts started in 1983, but the historic district is still not ready to support business. While we wait patiently as city developers battle back and forth over the area, here are a few places JFP staff would like to see come to Farish. The U, JSU studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; hangout. We could call it The U2. Championship Vinyl from â&#x20AC;&#x153;High Fidelityâ&#x20AC;? Lots of vinyl and a storeowner going through a mid-life crisis. Shenanigans from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waitingâ&#x20AC;? Putting this restaurant on Farish Street would be like having our very own Dickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Last Resort, complete with a lackadaisical wait staff. The Max from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saved by the Bellâ&#x20AC;? Developers could put it right next to The U2 so students can have more than one hangout while also feeling nostalgic for their childhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and maybe see the Bayside Tigers. The Prince While itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recently been featured in â&#x20AC;&#x153;New

Girl,â&#x20AC;? scenes from other TV shows such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mad Menâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Criminal Mindsâ&#x20AC;? have been shot here. The bar would be complete with an absentminded yet lovable bartender, free beer and nacho buckets. And this is a real bar in L.A. so weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a shot at getting it to Farish Street. Flynnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Arcade from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tronâ&#x20AC;? Alternate universe included. A drive-in movie theater Jackson is lacking in this area. We need to fix that. A recording studio. Heck, Mayor Frank Melton promised us one, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still waiting. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get back to what made Farish so special in the first place: music.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel learns during a visit to an Air Force nuclear missile base to boost morale that launch officers at another base had been implicated in an illegal-narcotics investigation.


Wednesday, Jan. 8 The Obama administration presses the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schools to abandon what it describes as overly zealous discipline policies that send students to court. â&#x20AC;Ś European Parliament lawmakers and representatives of the European Unionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28 member nations start negotiations on a new joint authority with the power to close down or restructure ailing banks.




The Blueprint by R.L. Nave

Reports Galore It cost Jackson Public Schools approxi-



hey say the key to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Maybe that’s what Mayor Jackson Chokwe Lumumba was thinking when he addressed the state House of Representatives and invited legislators to try two of his favorite local restaurants— Chitoes African Deli in west Jackson and Pearl’s Southern Kitchen in South Jackson—for the three months they’re in town. Lumumba’s address to legislators to kick off the 2014 legislative session was not unprecedented. But even though his predecessors, Frank Melton and Harvey Johnson Jr., had each addressed the state House and Senate, Lumumba’s visit carried special significance. To say that tension has long existed between City Hall and the Capitol (to say nothing of the governor’s mansion) would be an understatement. The election of Lumumba, given his roots in the militant black-liberation movement, had the potential to grow the rift. So he’s going on a charm initiative. Calling it a “new era of cooperation” between the capital city and the state, the mayor told members to enjoy Jackson’s restaurants and pitched the city’s car dealerships. “I want you to feel welcome; I want you to feel like you’re home. Go out and spend lots of money,” Lumumba said, adding: “Vote for all the pro-Jackson stuff. What’s good for Jackson is good for Mississippi. What’s good for Mississippi is good for Jackson.” The capital city wants legislative funding to pay for emergency services the city provides to state buildings and agencies, to move to elected school-board members and the ability to appoint more municipal judges.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba welcomed lawmakers and encouraged them to spend money in the capital city. Pictured, from left: Rep. Jim Evans, D-Jackson, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, Rep. Adrienne Wooten, D-Jackson, Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, Lumumba, Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton and Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson.

mately $100,000 to replace the boiler system at Hardy Middle School recently. JPS Superintendent Dr. Cedrick Gray said such emergencies further strain the district’s finances, which are already stressed as a result of falling state funding support. “We’re always looking for creative ways to pursue funding,” Gray told the Jackson Free Press. The first week of session often comes with the unveiling of legislative reports, which define the scope of many problems legislators face. A report from the Center for Education Innovation, authored by former Clarion-Ledger editor David Hampton, shows the real-life effects of state budget shortfalls by examining five low-income school districts, including JPS. Overall, the survey found in order to cope with losses of state funding through the Mississippi Adequate Education Pro-

gram along with federal funds, the districts had to fire teachers and support staff and eliminate student support services. The Mississippi Adequate Education Program, the roadmap for the minimum funding schools need from the state, has only been funded twice since 1997 and is currently about $1.2 billion in the red. The report states that JPS is expected to experience MAEP underfunding of $17.2 million during the 2013-2014 school year, which follows underfunding of around $15 million each of the previous three years. In that time period, JPS was forced to eliminate 90 positions, 50 of which were teachers. “Funding reductions are not just ledger entries. They have real impact on local school districts. Parents and community and educational leaders know those impacts are real. As the state moves to greater ac-

countability and higher standards, adequate funding becomes even more critical. It is hoped that future surveys and discussions will revolve around the impact of increased education funding, not further reductions,” Hampton wrote. MAEP funding will be a large part of the conversation during the session, though it remains unclear whether there will be any movement on the issue. Neither the budget recommendation of Gov. Phil Bryant or the Joint Legislative Committee contains money to fully fund MAEP. For the 2015 fiscal-year budget, the formula calls for $2.35 billion. The legislative budget office recommends spending the same amount on MAEP this year as last year, $2.13 billion, creating a $215 million shortfall. Bills, Bills, Bills Legislators have dropped more than 300 bills in the House and more than 275 in the Senate. Here are a few noteworthy ones: House Bill 1 makes giving sexually oriented materials to minors a felony; HB 21 and HB 23 makes killing public utility and emergency responders a capital murder offense; HB 30 prohibits legislators from becoming lobbyists for four years; HB 85 would hold back state education funding from districts that refuse to display the American flag or recite the Pledge of Allegiance; HB 86 is one of several drug-testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid. Senate Bill 2043 would reduce the 174-member Mississippi Legislature to 70. SB2044 prevents students with 21 or more school absences from graduating, and SB 2044 would compel people suspected of raping someone under age 16 to a lie-detector test. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

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Experts Stress Online Safety for Teens by Ronni Mott can last for days or weeks, often destroying reputations and self-esteem. “I’m a witness,” Murray said. “I know.” “Murray reminded attendees of the November Murrah incident. Perpetrators used social-media tools to spread lies and exaggerations about students engaging in fist fights—and having a “fight schedule.” Resulting news reports led JPS Superintendent Cedrick Gray to investigate, and he concluded that while some fights had occurred, they involved the same group of students, as typically happens at most schools.” The use of social media to exaggerate the facts, not to mention media sensationalism of it, encourages a “hate mob” atmosphere, Murray said. Social media “intensifies every incident times ten, times a thousand,” principal Trammell said. Marshall-Thomas, the Provine principal, provided a brief overview of the many social-media venues teens use. Familiar brands such as Facebook aren’t the only site parents should be monitoring, she said. In fact, teens are abandoning Facebook as their platform of choice, a GlobalWebIndex survey revealed recently. Newer sites and popular applications include WeChat, Vine, Instagram and Shazam among many others. Whenever something even mildly interesting happens, “every kid pulls out their phones,” Marshall-Thomas said. Despite best efforts, school administrators and teachers rely on parents to help control their children’s social interactions. When nearly every child has a cell phone, the schools can’t keep up. Parents should go beyond monitoring and controlling their children’s activities, Marshall-Thomas advised, by being available to listen to them and by learning the lingo. Terms like “thot” and “304” have replaced “slut” or “the name of a garden implement,” she said. (A thot is “that hoe out there”; type in 304 in your smart phone and turn the

screen upside down.) A good resource for parents is the website School violence may not be increasing, Marshall-Thomas said, but the impact is different. It can be too late to counsel a child on the potential harm social media can cause after a teen’s intimate secrets and sexual activity—true or not—appear online. “By then, the damage is done,” she said. Angela Harper, a crime-prevention specialist with the Jackson Police Department, reiterated the message. “Engage,” she said. “Be involved.” Harper said that she’s seen the damage when parents want to be their child’s friend instead of exerting discipline and control over social-media activity. “We have the key,” she said. “We just have to use it.” The panel recommended that parents obtain their child’s social-media passwords and monitor their activity, as well as get up to speed on the meaning of often-used acronyms using such tools as Other suggestions included blocking or deleting harmful messages and the people who send them, teaching children not to share any personal information and to respect their peers’ information, and teaching children not to react to or retaliate for things they read online. Also, children should report abusive behavior to school officials or to police, if necessary, the panelists agreed. Ultimately, parents should take responsibility for their children’s social-media use. They are, after all, the grownups who buy the gadgets and put them into their teens’ hands. If the object of giving your child a cell phone is to keep in touch with them, a simple flip-phone can get that job done. So, “why are we buying high-tech phones?” Trammell asked the audience. A burst of self-conscious laughter and shaking heads showed that the question hit home. Comment at

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arents must be aware of how their children are interacting in an era of instant communication, and they must exercise control over spaces where nothing ever disappears—even when it’s not true. That was the message at the Jackson chapter of Parents for Public Schools’ recent monthly Lunch Bunch event. While the broad topic was student safety in high schools, the forum dealt specifically with the problems social media can present for young people and potential solutions for parents. The effect of social media outside school walls came into focus in late November, when some students started promoting fights at Murrah High School in Jackson and the local news media picked up the story and ran with it. Freddrick Murray, Jackson Public Schools’ executive director of high schools, along with JPS principals Laketia Marshall-Thomas of Provine High School and William Trammell III of Callaway High School say they are all-too-familiar with problems that can come from kids using electronic devices. When Murray, the former principal of Murrah, provided statistics on cell phone and social-media use among young people, dozens of parents and community leaders attending the meeting murmured in disbelief. Teens make up the largest percentage of social-media users, about 75 percent, he said. They average 201 online “friends,” many of whom they don’t actually know, and they receive and send 144 text messages a day. Sixty-seven percent of teens also know how to hide their online activities. “These statistics don’t stop at the schoolhouse door,” Murray said. Technology magnifies and intensifies bullying, when every incident or lie is instantly broadcast to hundreds, even thousands of youngsters. Such broadcasts can open the targets to a barrage of criticism that


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Pulling the Trigger on a Gun Ordinance by Tyler Cleveland



ackson City Council Presial Ricky Luke wrote in the opinion one of the things the Dec. 3 attorney gendent Charles Tillmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in December that gun owners who eralâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion outlined. So, our capacity is effort to ban firearms in hold â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhanced permitsâ&#x20AC;? can carry somewhat limited to municipal property. â&#x20AC;Ś certain public areas is entheir weapons to places like voting Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to stay within the confines of countering new obstacles that could precincts, churches and inside pas- the statute.â&#x20AC;? ultimately sink the measure. senger terminals of airports, even if Still, Stamps iterated his philosophical One of them is Ward 4 Counsigns that prohibit them are posted. disagreement with the measure, which he cilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither Stamps. How far the council can go in said will turn citizens into targets. Creating Stamps argued during a Jan. limiting the carrying of firearms gun-free zones, he said, invited criminals to 7 rules committee meeting that the is unclear, and a lot depends on prey upon defenseless citizens. proposed ordinanceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which would whether the city is trying to ban â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you know all the people in this ban the carrying of firearms, except concealed, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;enhancedâ&#x20AC;? permit- certain area have been disarmed, it creates an by sworn law officers, at public holders, or open carrying. opportunity for crime placesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;goes too far for a number Under current Mississippi law, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creating gun-free zones create an opof reasons. adults do not need permits to carry portunity for crime. When you know all The law is too vague, Stamps a gun that is not concealed, but the people in this certain area have been disA potential ban on firearms on municipal property is said, adding that language about any person with a standard permit armed, it creates an opportunity for crime,â&#x20AC;? stalled in the Jackson City Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rules Committee. toy guns could lead to problems bemay not carry a concealed weapon Stamps said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Criminals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow the law, tween law enforcement officials and in certain places, including schools, the law-abiding citizens follow the law. So we the public. colleges or professional athletic follow the law, and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re being harmed â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going a little far when you The Jackson Police Depart- events â&#x20AC;&#x153;not related to firearms.â&#x20AC;? because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a water gun in the park,â&#x20AC;? Stamps ment says it does. In accordance with a Westbrooks said the city does have some Cooper-Stokes, who chairs the rules said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand (that the ordinance is de- Dec. 3, 2012, opinion from the office of room to exert its will, and that the legal team committee, did not call for a vote on the signed to protect people), but it should be Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, had brought the ordinance into compliance ordinance, so it will not placed on the incumbent upon our training and how we JPD attorney Latrice Westbrooks made ad- with the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opinion. Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular agenda. train our officers. (When you include lan- justments to the ordinance, removing lanâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Municipalities have limited authority Comment at Email guage about toy guns) you lead the ability guage saying that â&#x20AC;&#x153;anyâ&#x20AC;? municipal property to regulate concealed weapons and openly City Reporter Tyler Cleveland at tyler@ for people to be detained because they have a would be covered. Assistant Attorney Gener- carried weapons,â&#x20AC;? Westbrooks said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water gun.â&#x20AC;? Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes pointed out that toy guns that look like real guns could be used in crimes, and that both citizens and police officers E\$PEHU+HOVHO have the ability to use common-sense judgment when dealing with those situations. 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Coming Soon: Whole Foods, H&M by Dustin Cardon


hole Foods Market made it official last week, announcing an opening date for its new store at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Doors will open 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4. A bread-breaking ceremony, Whole Foods Market’s version of a ribbon-cutting, will take place immediately after the store opens. Customers arriving between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. will receive a free raffle ticket and be au-

week about the appearance of a number of job listings on the website of trendy-andcheap clothing company H&M, rumors are swirling about the company’s plan to open in Northpark Mall in Ridgeland. H&M’s website lists openings for store manager, visual merchandiser, store director, and department supervisor for an upcoming Ridgeland store. Neither H&M nor Northpark representatives will comment on the possibility of a new TRIP BURNS

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tomatically entered for a chance to win a gift card ranging from $5-500. There will be 100 winners. The new store will offer an organic salad bar, in-store smoked barbecue, freshmade gelato, natural body care and nutritional supplements, a beer growler filling station and the Yazoo Bend Coffee &amp; Taproom with 4 beers on tap. Merchant of Vino by Whole Foods Market, a 950 square-foot wine and spirits shop adjacent to the main store, will open at a later date with its own celebration. H&M Coming to Northpark With WLBT breaking the news last

store opening at this time, however. Also taking place at Northpark is the a concert series beginning Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Country music artist Amber Carrington takes the stage for the first concert in the series. For information about upcoming concerts at Northpark Mall, visit the mall’s Facebook page. Fondren Nails Gets New Owner Fondren Nails (2906 N. State St., Suite B1) will have a new owner come spring. Adrienne Williams, owner of Nails by Adrienne, purchased the salon from current owner Marley Allen in December.

“I wanted to keep my business centrally located in Jackson, and a place in Fondren was the prime location for that,” Williams said. “I love the dedication of the Fondrenites, and I want to support Jackson and Fondren and help them grow. I look forward to providing service for the people in the area.” Williams has been running Nails by Adrienne, located inside Cheveux Styling Co. in The Quarter (1855 Lakeland Drive, Flowood) for 10 years. She has already started working out of the Fondren Nails building and is working with Allen to get the word out about the change in ownership, as well as bringing her clientele over to the new location. When Williams assumes full ownership of Fondren Nails in March this year, she will keep the salon’s current name. The salon’s hours will change, however. The new extended hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Belhaven Online Makes Top 100 U.S. News & World Report recently named Belhaven University Online to its “Best Online Education Program” list for the second consecutive year. Belhaven ranked 74th for its bachelor degree program among all national colleges and universities both public and private. Factors used to compute the rankings this year included retention rates, graduation rates and the indebtedness of students upon graduation. Belhaven University’s Online program provides personal and professional attention and a flexible online classroom. Belhaven offers associate, bachelors, and graduate degrees in business, education, health administration, sports administration, public administration and leadership. Email business news to Dustin Cardon at

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Gov. Winter and the New Mississippi


harles C. Boltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;William F. Winter and the New Mississippiâ&#x20AC;? covers the life of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 57th governor, who began in politics as a driver for James O. Eastland during his campaign for the United States Senate in 1942. As governor from 1980 to 1984, the Grenada County native led the passage of the Historic Landmark Education Reform Act of 1982, which brought public kindergartens to the state.. Last year, during a conversation with Gov. Winter, it was clear that his commitment to education and the betterment of this state is still going strong today. Winter, who turns 91 next month and still practices law in Jackson, has stayed active for the decades after his gubernatorial term ended. The biography is a good read and an asset to any library for students of Mississippi history and politics. The book explains that the road to the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office was not an easy one for Winter. He had two attempts that fell short, one in the gubernatorial election of 1967, and the other in 1975. When Winter first ran for governor in 1967, many racist Mississippians did not want to elect a progressive-minded servant who would work hard for both blacks and whites in this state. That was the major factor in him losing the election. The 1979 gubernatorial race was Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time, and he brought with him a progressive agenda in the form of education and job creation. He campaigned on and served to give all Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children access to a quality public education. His administration included young professionals called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boys of Springâ&#x20AC;? who were dedicated to serving all the people of this state and improving education for every child. In 1987 one of these assistants, Roy Mabus, went on to be governor. Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign and governing showed that people of all races need to work together for progress. As the biography points out, Winter has championed issues he believes are important to this state: education, a strong economy and facilitating racial reconciliation. In 2008, Gov. Winter was presented the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Today we see white candidates and elected officials, Democratic and Republican, including black people in their campaigns and campaigning on how we should serve everyone no matter water race they are. This is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Mississippiâ&#x20AC;? that Gov. Winter gave us, and he has served this state well as a public servant. Ken Strachan is a former member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, former mayor of North Carrollton and serves as Carroll County coroner.




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s long as we have had a public-education system, we have debated how much public-school teachers deserve to paid. The answer is simple: a whole lot more than theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re earning now. Nowhere is this truerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or more urgentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; than in Mississippi, which pays its teachers the least among all southeastern states and second least in the nation. Taken together with our numerous other education challenges, which include trailing much of the nation in terms of student test scores, high school graduation rates, college readiness and other measures, any soul brave enough to sign up to be a teacher in Mississippi probably deserves a medal. But for now, across-the-board pay increases will suffice. Historically, legislative Democrats, liberals and passionate public-school advocates have beaten the drum for teacher pay increases with little success. Now, an unlikely champion has emerged in Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton. Since assuming the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role two years ago, Gunn has not exactly earned a reputation as a friend of the public school. Like his Republican colleagues, he supported charter schools, which are technically public, but critics say they drain resources from traditional schools. Gunn also has declined to wield his influence to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, a formula that determines how much money schools receive from the state. Compounded over time, MAEP is $1.25

billion in the red. That chronic underfunding has caused school districts around the state to cut back drastically on personnel, including teachers. In advocating for pay raises, Gunn is bucking the other top Republicans in state government, Gov. Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Bryant and Reeves support so-called merit pay in which teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; salaries would increase only if they meet certain benchmarks. What Gunn is saying is that although â&#x20AC;&#x153;bad teachersâ&#x20AC;? should probably get out of the business of educating kids, we should not wait on merit pay before we bump teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay grades. Today, only teachers in South Dakota earn less than those in Mississippi, where the average is $41,646. The Associated Press reported this week that Mississippi teachers last received an across-theboard raise in 2007, which, not surprisingly, coincided with a statewide election. As a result, educators say Mississippi cannot compete with surrounding states to attract teaching talent. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hire the best teachers, our students donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive the best education they can, and the cycle repeats. Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motives in calling for teacher raises now are not entirely clear, although politics is assuredly part of his calculus (just look at his manhandling of the short-lived attempt to move the Department of Revenue from Clinton to downtown Jackson). As far as weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re concerned, Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motive on this issue is unimportant. Our teachers deserve raises now, plain and simple. Urge your lawmakers to do the right thing and support the speakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan.

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was not one precious little bit impressed with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. I was stunned at just how unmoved I was. I walked around it again and again looking for Dr. King in this tepid gray ensemble of stones. I couldn’t believe this was what all the hype had been about. This was what it took years to raise $100 million to create. This was what all the controversy had been about: that a black artist was not chosen to coax the drum major of justice from stone into perpetuity, that the stone sculptors used was not American, that his obscenely greedy children demanded $800,000 for the use of King’s image and words on his own damn memorial. Then Maya Angelou said King’s words were used in a way that made him sound arrogant, un-King-like. She waited, of course, until those words had already been etched into the monument to raise enough hell to get them tweaked. What Ms. Maya should have done was explain how this memorial turned out to be such a monumental disappointment, so painfully uninspiring and so utterly unworthy of this audacious leader for the ages. Just in case my assessment was off, I asked my sister, who had been with the group of us who visited the memorial after the 50th commemoration of the March on Washington last August, for her opinion of it. “I was,” she said, “completely underwhelmed. Next to all the other memorials on the National Mall, this thing looks like a bunch of big rocks on a sidewalk.” Unlike the Washington Monument, with its slender elegance pointing toward the sky and the majestic Lincoln Monument presiding over the National Mall and the beautiful Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in all its dramatic black granite glory with names of the fallen cascading over its stone brilliance, King’s Memorial, though 30 feet high, is unimposing. A giant of the 20th century stands with his arms folded, a slight scowl, I think, on his chiseled face. He must be disappointed not just with the memorial but at the tragic truth that the monument precisely mirrors the current state of “The Dream”—a pile of clueless rocks squatting on a sidewalk. One of the most controversial moves King made tore at the very seams of the movement. He pissed off those fighting beside him and infuriated some parents with his decision to lead black children into the torrent of racial hatred spewing from fire

hoses that bigots aimed at protesters. He sent their unprotected tender bodies out into the funky breath and bared teeth and vicious growls of deadly police dogs loosed on the non-violent, civil righteous who were hell-bent on tearing segregation down. King took a chance that even the most hard-hearted whites would be moved by this kind of brutality against children—any children. He was right. Those images stirred Americans across the nation and put enough political pressure on leaders to make them start moving in the right policy direction. He also knew what invoking the image of children could do when he said, “I have a dream … that one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and girls as sisters and brothers.” King thought anyone would be moved to protect the least of these—our children, our future. But white children are more likely to get pain medication than black and Hispanic children. A black child born into poverty in Mississippi has about as much chance of growing up to have a thriving middleclass life as homemade ice cream in hell. And some folk looked at a 7-year-old Sasha Obama as she walked in the parade after her father was inaugurated the first black president and called her and her family n*ggers. Are you weeping for “The Dream,” yet? Twice as many black teenagers are out of work as white teens, but our first black president is too damn scared to address that racial, economic disparity for fear he might upset white folk. A hoodie-wearing boy was murdered because his blackness made him fair game to a gun-toting wanna-be-cop murderer whom a predominately white, female jury let walk free. A black boy at a gas station was an easy kill for a white murderer who had demanded he turn down his own damn music. Are you weeping for “The Dream,” yet? I can’t do a damn thing about that hot mess of sculpted stones masquerading as the Mountain of Despair and Stone of Hope— images from King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech—but I can fight like hell for Our Dream. Will you fight with me? It would clearly be unKing-like of you not to—but, hey, no pressure. Carole Cannon is a southern woman who wants to be a Voodoo priestess someday. But for now, she is a graduate of Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes to fight.

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The Battle for Downtown, Part 2:

What Should Farish Become? by Tyler Cleveland

Peaches Cafe is one of the few remaining businesses on Farish Street, which developers feel is primed to be the heart of a thriving entertainment district one day.

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ost politically active citizens in Jackson are angry about something. Get them started, and you’re in for a sermon. Popular topics for outrage include crime, low land value, the public education system and, of course, roads that have potholes big enough to sink a car. But nothing rivals the level of disappointment over what has happened on Farish Street, the historic area on downtown Jackson’s periphery designated as the future site of an entertainment district. It doesn’t make sense, thought, to talk about the Farish Street development project without noting the history of the area, one that is as illustrious as its redevelopment has been shameful. At its peak from 1900 to World War II, the strip housed African American attorneys, doctor’s offices, a bank, two hospitals and a dentist’s office. During the oppression of Jim Crow Laws—which kept black residents out of many white businesses—commerce on Farish Street thrived. By the 1950s and 1960s, civil-rights leaders started holding meetings in the Farish

area’s churches, restaurants and homes. Icons of the movement, including Stokely Carmichael and Medgar Evers, made the push for equality out of an NAACP office located at 507 N. Farish St. When those men were successful, and Jim Crow was, at least on paper, kicked to the curb with the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the changes were remarkable for the black community. It didn’t happen overnight—Mississippi schools didn’t fully integrate until 1970, and Jackson didn’t elect its first black mayor until 1997—but slowly, opportunities for minority-owned businesses to open shops downtown and in north Jackson emerged. Farish Street was abandoned as customers moved elsewhere, with just a handful of businesses hanging on by a thread. In 1983, Jackson architect Steven Horn came forward with a plan to renovate the area, and the push to revive Farish Street began. The Early Tries But nothing happened for two decades. Without a developer to take the reigns, the area sat nearly motionless. In April 2005, Memphis development firm Performa and its president, John Elk-

ington, picked up the stalled idea, promising Jackson an entertainment district that would rival Beale Street in Memphis. Elkington had cut his teeth luring big businesses to Beale during that area’s renovation. But Elkington’s new Beale Street never happened. The way he tells it, Performa ran into problems with the Mississippi Development Authority and a state statute that outlawed alcohol sales near the expanded Mississippi College campus (which was resolved in July 2008 with a resort designation). Elkington also told the Mississippi Business Journal in November 2013 that then-MDA President Leland Speed, who later retired in late 2012, demanded that Performa add residential apartments. He said Watkins got involved in the project first as a lobbyist working to get the resort status in place. But even with resort status, the project stalled. The JFP reported in 2008 that Elkington was facing problems getting a bank loan, even though MDA was guaranteeing it. That angered Downtown Jackson Partners President Ben Allen, who was pushing for Farish to be Jackson’s version of Beale. At the time, Allen hinted that forces out of Performa’s control were blocking the

project: “There’s a whole lot I’d like to say about it, but many of us are working hard to get this resolved, and I don’t want to fan the flames in any way, shape, form or fashion. We’re just trying to get it done,” Allen told the Jackson Free Press then. By October 2008, Performa was out, and the newly formed Farish Street Group took over, generating renewed hope because of chief investor David Watkins. He was known for his push for renovation of the historic King Edward Hotel and Standard Life buildings, both of which were still undergoing renovation at the time. They are now fully operational and breathing life into downtown Jackson. That momentum didn’t carry over to nearby Farish, though. The strip does have one nightclub, Frank Jones Corner (commonly referred to as F. Jones), open at the corner of Farish and Griffith streets, and a small handful of legacy businesses hanging on, but none of that was Watkins’ doing. The Farish Street Group’s plans included 13 venues on the stretch of storefronts from Amite Street to Griffith Street, but the future of those buildings is once again unclear. Watkins had hoped to have a B.B. King’s Restaurant and Blues Club open on

of the two blocks of Farish, from Amite to Hamilton streets, originally set to become the entertainment district. Williams, who grew up in the Beale Street area, said he remembers when the area was the economic powerhouse for the black community in Memphis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was a kid, Beale Street was cookinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and it was black folks,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now you go down there, and the busiest places are stuff like Hard Rock Cafe and outof-town chains.â&#x20AC;? That a similar trend could start on Farish is a real concern in Jackson, where 72.2 percent of the city is non-white, but only 44 percent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s businesses are minorityowned. Likewise, Jackson Mayor Chokwe

This photograph, taken in 1947, shows a bustling Farish Street, full of pedestrians and commercial traffic which supported the many black-owned businesses.

blacks, white-owned venues, including a Hard Rock Cafe, dominate.â&#x20AC;? Knowlton talked to Beale Street photographer Ernest Withers, who became famous for his black-and-white images of the segregated south before his death in 2007. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m old enough and wise enough to know that nothing lasts forever,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not what it was. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something else now, and you just got to take it as it is.â&#x20AC;? Today, the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce member registry lists one minority-owned business on Beale Street: the Black Business Association. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a few others,â&#x20AC;? Black Business Association of Memphis President and CEO Roby S. Williams told the JFP in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place called Eel Etc. Fashions that is doing pretty well, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been there almost longer than anyone else, and of course, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B.B. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.â&#x20AC;? B.B. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, named for the legendary bluesman and Itta Bena, Miss., native, was also set to be the anchor venue for the rest

Lumumba roundly rejects the idea of gentrificationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a shift in an urban community toward wealthier residents and/or businesses and increasing property values, sometimes to the detriment of the poorer residents of the community. In his inaugural speech on July 1, 2013, Lumumba said he regarded the gentrification of urban communities as â&#x20AC;&#x153;nothing more than a war on the people who already live in the community.â&#x20AC;? Typically, areas around districts such as Beale become pricier to live inâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;thus gentrifying out poor people and often people of color. While the Farish Street plan might have originally involved a lot of local businesses relocating to the two blocks of Farish from Amite to Hamilton streets, some argue that the Farish Street Group installed roadblocks that priced out at least one business. Geno Lee, who owns and manages the historic Big Apple Inn, said the financial benefit of moving his business did not outweigh the initial steep costs.

Despite the fact that Big Apple Inn has been black-owned and on Farish for 75 years, Lee said Watkins quoted him such cost-prohibitive prices that it would have been easier to open a location on County Line Road or at the Renaissance in Madison, two areas on the periphery that have already established high commercial value. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They told me it would cost $300,000 up front for an 1,800-square-foot space, and then I would pay nearly $25 a square foot for rent,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. About half of that was the actual price for the Big Apple Inn to move in, and the rest to pay for building improvements, including air-conditioning repairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way I could afford to do that. For comparison, they are leasing space as low as $10 per square foot on County Line, and the one-time fee to get into Renaissance isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anywhere near $300,000.â&#x20AC;? Lee said that Watkins told him that those prices were comparable to rents on Bourbon Street in New Orleans and Beale Street in Memphis. In talking with the folks from the Renaissance in Madison, Lee said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s found their price for rent to be not just comparable, but cheaper than Farish Street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crazy,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why that area is successful. They arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pricing themselves out of the market and not gouging the businesses that move in. And people wonder why a lot of economic development is moving out of Hinds County.â&#x20AC;? But Farish Street isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t anywhere near where those entertainment districts are, at least not in terms of foot traffic and commercial appeal, and it may never be. After running the numbers, Lee said he just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pull the trigger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There were club owners and restaurants that were ready to take the plunge and try to make it down there,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But to make the prices something we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touch, I have no idea why they would do that, unless they had another agenda.â&#x20AC;? When Lee responded by saying the asking prices were too high, and that it would price him, and many other businesses out, the response from Farish Street Group, he says, was unnerving. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no negotiation,â&#x20AC;? Lee said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They basically said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too bad.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Watkins, through his attorney Lance Stevens, said this week that he is sticking by what he said in a 2011 JFP article by reporter Adam Lynch on the same topic, and declined comment for this story. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to have any clubs that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really generate a lot of money and attract a lot of traffic and customers,â&#x20AC;? Watkins told Lynch in February 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;...[A]ll of the developments have to be at a high level of quality, and all of the developments have to be approved by (the PRUH)$5,6+VHHSDJH

What Wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Work? Watkins wants to develop Farish Street as an entertainment district, which many developers and city leaders agree Jackson still needs. But should historic Farish Street turn into a tourist trap like Beale?, a website run by the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farish Street is to Jackson what Beale Street is to Memphis and Nelson Street is to Greenville.â&#x20AC;? The comparison is easy to make. Beale Street was once a lot like Farish. In the early 1900s, it was filled with many African American-owned clubs, restaurants and shops. NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells co-owned and edited an anti-segregationist paper called Free Speech there, and Beale Street Baptist Church, built in 1864, served as a meeting place for black leaders during the Civil Rights Movement. Like Farishâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, many of Bealeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s businesses shuttered their doors in the late 1960s and early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;1970s. The street sat lifeless as a ghost town before developer John Elkington, who

is white, worked with city officials, preservationists and investors to turn the area into a thriving entertainment district. A walk down Beale Street reveals a bustling community of nightclubs, blues bars and restaurants, with tourists walking from business to business carting big, green plastic alien-shaped drinks. Tennesseeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s self-proclaimed top tourist attraction is full of tourists, and while it retains some of its history, much is papered over. A 1998 New York Times piece by Brian Knowlton noted the stark difference between the old Beale Street and the freshly refurbished entertainment district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The faces in Beale Street are now more white than black,â&#x20AC;? Knowlton wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While 40 percent of new businesses are owned by COURTESY CHARLES C MOSELEY JR

the street by the end of 2012, but after architects finalized designs for the club, engineers discovered that the structure was not capable of supporting the capacity load. In fact, the building didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even have a foundation. The Jackson Redevelopment Authority cancelled the lease with the Farish Street Group Sept. 25, 2013. Now, Farish Street Group, Watkins and the JRA are embroiled in a legal battle so tangled it could take years to clean up. Watkins placed liens on the buildings he was working on when JRA terminated his lease, and the JRA is suing Watkins for placing those liens. Not to be left out, the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District and the Mississippi Development Authority, two agencies with money tied up in the project, are both urging the JRA to reinstate Farish Street Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease until the parties can reach a more-amiable divorce agreement. Two circuit-court judges have already recused themselves from the case, and both sides have logged hours of deposition. The legal situation will eventually sort itself out, but what will happen to Farish? After 25 years, millions in investment and hundreds of hours of discussion, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still left with more questions than answers: What does Jackson need out of the district? What will work? What kind of a role does race play? And maybe most importantly, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to get rich, and who is going to be left holding the bill? Even with the adversity, the turmoil surrounding Farish could give Jackson an opportunity to hit the reset button and assess the situationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and maybe even have a conversation about what the aim of the project should be going forward.


FARISH, from page 15

What will work? The good news for folks who oppose turning Farish Street into a place where you can have a Beale Street-like experience is that the comparison between the two streets ends at the history. “What has benefited Memphis in building Beale Street is that, aside from being a bigger city, they started much earlier on the renovation than we did,” Director of the JSU Center for University-Based Development and former JRA Executive Director Jason Brookins said. “It was developed over a couple of decades. New Orleans created Bourbon Street over a couple of decades. We can’t start now in the same place those communities started. It’s going to take a multi-year plan. “But if we’re being honest, we don’t

want in the heart of our downtown, in be- the project work, it’s Watkins, because he’s he was going to have to beg for tax credits tween downtown and a residential area, a involved for the right reasons, Watkins, he and get investment from out-of-state banks, Bourbon Street or Beale Street. It needs to said, has a vested interest because he has because when local people start running the be our own kind of thing. It could be fam- already was the public face of two projects numbers, they can’t make it work on paper.” ily-oriented, but still have some The work of finding a new nightlife for the young people. developer will be tough, Reeves It could have pockets of a lot of said, especially considering the things. It needs local flavor, and lengthy court battle that is ramplocal people.” ing up now. Watkins’ vision of Farish “David would still want to was one of a big anchor, B.B. do it,” Reeves said. “He’s an optiKing’s, and several other smaller mist like that. I think they should clubs, including Funny Bone let him have it, but honestly I Comedy Club, daiquiri bar Wet don’t know why he’d want it. Willie’s and the King Biscuit Most successful business people Café, a blues club. But the Farish would agree that Farish Street Street Group was going to have lease is a liability, not an asset.” to spend big money to fix the building set to house it. He has Et Tu, Alternatives? Geno Lee, the fourth-generation owner of the Big Apple Inn, said B.B. King’s wasn’t going to If Reeves is right that the says he was priced out of the entertainment district when come in if it was going to be the current Farish lease is a liabilFarish Street Group took over the project in October of 2008. only club. It was only interested ity, it could mean that Jackson in installing a location if it was should rethink what we want going to part of an entertainment district. in the area: the King Edward Hotel and the out of the historic Street. If Watkins returns to the project after Standard Life Building. Local businessman Malcolm Shepthe legal battle ends, it stands to reason that “At the time (that the took on the Far- herd, who grew up on Farish Street and at his vision will return with him. ish Street lease),” Reeves said, “I told him, ‘I one time worked for the Jackson Advocate, Local attorney and former JRA board don’t know why you’re doing this.’ Honest a black newspaper in Jackson, recently member John Reeves said in a recent inter- to goodness. Performa couldn’t get a single parted ways with development company view with the JFP that if anyone can make local or state bank to put a penny in it, and Full Spectrum South to return to work TRIP BURNS

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It just goes around the warehouse on Combusinessman can look at a balance to show you that we have been drug into the merce Street that houses Hal & sheet and see where he is going to 21st century kicking and screaming.” Mal’s into a shopping and entermake a profit. People don’t open That perception is slowly changing, he tainment area—until the Hinds businesses unless they think they said, thanks to developments on Lynch Street County Board of Supervisors decan make a profit.” near Jackson State University and the growth nied the next phase of funding in Shepherd suggested that the around the Mississippi Medical Mall. “A late 2013. motivation behind the non-invest- new grocery store moved in, and now there’s He said that, in lieu of bigment is due to archaic thinking a Walgreens there,” he said. “It’s happening; money investors, whomever the around investing in majority-black it’s just happening slower than these projects Farish Street developer ends up beareas of the region. He called the in Madison and Pearl and Flowood because ing should take a local approach. perception of Jackson as a base of there’s not big money behind it.” To that end, he said he encouroperations among state business When Elkington had the lease on the aged his friend, and former Green leaders “outdated.” project, the Jackson Advocate reported that Party gubernatorial candidate, “People are real conservative Beale Street had been built with little minorSherman Lee Dillon, to open F. from a historical perspective,” ity participation, and tried to dissuade city This view of Farish Street, facing south toward Amite Street, shows boarded up windows, empty business signs and no Jones Corner at the intersection of Shepherd said. “It’s ingrained in leaders from allowing the same thing from pedestrians around lunch time. Farish and Griffith Streets, which some of them. We’ve got support happening on Farish Street. he did along with his son Daniel from the (Jackson Convention So did things get any better when Dillon and family friend Adam and Visitors Bureau) and the state Watkins and the Farish Street Group came Hayes in 2009. district where people can taste a piece of the tourism department with the blues markers on board? “Hell, no,” former Jackson AdF. Jones has made it, Shepherd said, rest of the state. We’ll consider it their first and things like that. That’s free help. To not vocate writer Stephanie Parker-Weaver because it’s the only game in town when it blush at us.” take advantage of that, I think, is a reflection said. “We never had a problem with (Watcomes to Farish. “They aren’t making a milof people’s attachment to their historical per- kins) personally, and I think he’s a very lion dollars a month,” he said. “But they are What Role Does Race Play? spectives. pleasant, nice guy. But development-wise doing alright. So what if we get a couple of One telling aspect of the Farish Street “They can’t see the viability of this area, he started becoming a Leland Speed-type other local investors to open other old bars saga is this: In the entire revitalization pro- because they never invested their intellect. developer. (Watkins) had made a bunch of up and down the street. I’m talking about cess, not one private bank has extended It’s like keeping blinders on, because you money as a lawyer for the JPS board, and the Crystal Palace Ballrooms and Birdlands credit to anyone to invest in he was able to take on projof Jackson’s past. People would remember the project. ects and develop, which was and go to those places.” The Mississippi Develgreat, but he continued, and Brookins also points to F. Jones Corner opment Authority has put continues to feed out of the as a source for optimism. $4.7 million in through the public trough.” “The benefit of doing it in that area is Central Mississippi Planning Speed rebuked that that the JRA already owns the land. That and Development District, indictment Tuesday mornshould expedite things. It’s also an easy spot and Watkins invested $4 ing by phone, noting that he for tourists to frequent. It’s got the theme of million, but there have been worked as head of MDA for Mississippi talent, homegrown talent. The no bonds, no loans and no four years without receiving a Mississippi Development Agency and the private investors. pay check. Department of Tourism both recognize it Local developers and Parker-Weaver would as a key stop on a tour of Mississippi’s birth- businessmen point to two prefer to see Farish develplaces of American Music. reasons behind that. oped in a more grass-roots If the city embraces tourism as a major First, Reeves pointed way with more taxpayers economic engine, Brookins said, then Farish out, is that there’s a perception benefitting. “Public dollars could become unique among entertainment that the project is doomed to shouldn’t be used to line the districts, and serve as a showcase for what fail. Businessmen, he said, pockets of already-wealthy Mississippi has to offer visitors to the state. are looking to make viable people. The needs are too “You do want local people, because that investments that have a great great: housing, street reBusinessman Malcolm Shepherd said he gets frustrated with the ties you into local investors,” Brookins said. shot at succeeding and being surfacing, water and sewer. historically conservative thinking about development around “When you bring in a national chain, so successful. Instead, those Community Jackson, especially downtown. much goes back out of the community. … “If the Farish Street Development Block Grant We’ve got to sell it, and it’s got to be a part of project can’t stand on its own funds, which are supposed the national narrative. It’s got to be a global economically, it shouldn’t be done,” Reeves can’t recognize that the market has changed. to be for the poor, end up going to develdiscussion, and everyone in the state has to said. “If it doesn’t make sense on paper, it’s Well, change is coming whether you want it opment projects.” buy into it. going to be near impossible to do it. Let’s or not, and in fact, it’s already here. Diversity See to read more about the “We could have food from the coast, say you build a restaurant and bar on Farish is what you need.” current legal problems plaguing Watkins and and music from the Delta and north Mis- Street. Is a couple that lives in Brandon going Shepherd compares the neglect of the the Farish Greet Group. Comment online at sissippi. 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La Finestra is Tom Ramsey’s first foray into the culinary world as owner and head chef.

pasta), pasta and secondi (a close equivalent to a main entrée, usually a meat or fish). In addition to recognizably classic Italian dishes such as chicken Parmesan and lasagna, La Finestra’s dinner menu features small courses of daily soups and cured Italian meats (salumi) as appetizers, as well as a Mediterranean-style flat iron steak and catch of the day. The lunch menu is more casual, including soup, salad, sandwich and pasta-bowl options that are designed for quick service without sacrificing the “made from scratch” mentality of the restaurant. “My favorite dish is our ravioli carbonara,” Ramsey says. “It has an egg yolk in the center. We make a little chimney out of ricotta cheese, then we drop a raw egg yolk in that chimney and cover it with a second layer of dough. When you cook it, the pasta dough cooks, the ricotta cheese gets really nice and hot, but it doesn’t get hot enough to where it cooks the egg yolk, keeping the center runny.” Ramsey says he is dedicated to excellent ingredients and preparation. “We use great ingre-

dients, treat them with care, and let the ingredients shine through and speak for themselves,” he says. “It’s about ingredients and technique, not about overwrought dishes with lots of moves on the plate. A lot of Italian cooking is about restraint, and letting the ingredients do what they do.” Ramsey’s passion for Italian cuisine bleeds over into other aspects of the country’s culture. You can see blackand-white photos of Italian race car drivers on the walls, and he plans to have Italian-themed outdoor movie showings and street fairs in the spring (taking inspiration from the Italian film “Cinema Paradiso”). The downtown location appeals to Ramsey, who says he hopes to be a part of growing the culture, economy and nightlife there. “It’s a great block,” he says of his spot in the Plaza Building, near Basil’s, Keifer’s, the Governor’s Mansion and more. “This is what the rest of downtown Jackson could look like. We would like to set an example for how cool downtown Jackson could be just on this one block.”

La Finestra serves Italian classics as well as more adventurous specials, such as sautéed sheepshead (a type of fish) with braised leeks.

hef Tom Ramsey’s first restaurant venture could have been a burger joint, but, thanks to a judicious son, he went in for an Italian restaurant in the Plaza Building at 120 N. Congress St. After a whirlwind few weeks of scrupulous culinary research, Ramsey, 48, devised the restaurant concept and menu for La Finestra. “The whole idea was to do a place that is affordable, because Italian food really should be affordable,” Ramsey says. At lunch, most dishes are around $10, with pasta bowls for $8. Dinner prices range from $7 appetizers to a $32 porcini-cured steak. He made two tenets that the restaurant would live by: a reasonably priced menu and pasta from scratch. “Those are the two things that drove the whole idea,” Ramsey says. “A menu under $30 and handmade pasta.” So begins La Finestra, Ramsey’s first restaurant, which opened its doors in November. It gets its name—a translation from Italian meaning “the window”—from the floorto-ceiling windows that line the entire dining area. Ramsey, a Vicksburg native, has been involved in the Jackson food scene the past five years, following a change in profession. After years of working as an investment banker and lobbyist, Ramsey traded in the suit for a chef’s apron— a shift that has been a natural and long-awaited transition for the chef. “I’ve been cooking as long as I can remember,” says Ramsey, who has also written for the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson magazine. “When I was a kid, my parents bought me this Better Homes and Gardens children’s cookbook, and I cooked all the way through it. I’ve been cooking since I could reach the knobs, but professionally, it’s only been about five years.” Ramsey has committed himself to honing his craft, and his attention to detail really shines through in his dinner menu at La Finestra. It’s separated into four classic Italian courses: spuntini (a plate of small appetizers), antipasta (a second course that never contains

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decided a couple weeks ago to give up on veggie sandwiches. They’re just not as filling as turkey or ham or roast beef and, basically, it’s a salad between slices of bread. If I want a salad, I’ll eat a salad. If I want a sandwich, I’ll eat a grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. But the one type of “sandwich” that lends itself well to almost any ingredient or lifestyle is a quesadilla. The preparation time on this meal is probably about an hour. The key is to prep in advance. So the night before, if you’re making lunch for the next day, add a few more minutes to your cook time and make the ranch and pico.



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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

Pico de gallo:

1/2 cup onion, diced finely 1/2 cup tomato, diced Pinch of cilantro, minced Half a lime 1 teaspoon cilantro

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.

1/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup light mayo 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/8 cup oregano and dill Pinch of cilantro 1/2 clove garlic 1/2 teaspoon onion, chopped Salt and pepper

Veggie Quesadilla:

1/2 cup yellow onion, sliced 1/2 cup bell pepper, seeded and sliced 1/2 cup tomato, seeded and sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 burrito-size tortillas 1/2 cup shredded cheese 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


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


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

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! 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.

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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.

Pico de gallo

Veggie quesadilla:

Combine the 1/2 cups of onion and tomato in a small bowl. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper and then squeeze half a lime over the mixture. Add in the teaspoon of cilantro and mix. To get the best flavor, cover it and let it marinate in the refrigerator for a little while.

Heat a pan over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the vegetables, sprinkle salt and pepper over them, and squeeze half a lime into the pan. Stir the ingredients around until the onions are translucent, and the tomatoes and bell peppers are soft. Once the vegetables are completely sautéed, let them drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Wash the pan out (or get one that fits the tortillas) and place it back over medium heat. Add vegetable oil and throw a tortilla into the pan. Combine the vegetables and cheese and put them on one side of the tortilla. Fold it in half, encasing your ingredients. Flip halfway through cooking. Your quesadilla is done with the tortilla is crunchy and slightly browned. This recipe continues our Wellness month feature on healthy vegetarian meals, which began in issue 17.

Ranch It’s easy to go to the grocery store and grab a pack of ranch seasoning, but if you ever looked at the back of one, you’re likely to see monosodium glutamate, aka MSG. To get the best ranch without harsh chemicals, I’ve found it’s much easier to make the dressing from scratch. Combine the ingredients in a blender pitcher and blend until smooth. Don’t go too long, though, because you’ll have a liquid-y ranch. If you feel it’s not thick enough, try adding a little more mayo.


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lay Hardwick doesn’t name his canvas creations. Instead, each piece carries the year, a season and a sequential number: “2012-fall-08,” for example. “Each piece is an evolution,” he says, building from previous work. That lack of defining his art for viewers is inherent in Hardwick’s paintings. His art is abstract, organic and often expands into the structural. Some of his pieces consist of numerous three-dimensional layers where the unrestrained flow and spread of wet paint on paper determine the amorphous shapes. Those works, especially, can evoke glowing, cavernous geodes, the soft rolling hills of mountain ranges or the land’s riverworn contours. But even his flat canvases are fluid. Undefined edges, seemingly random sprays and arbitrary brushwork are occasionally interrupted with stark black ink and unexpected reality—a sheep or a Native American headdress. The art invites interpretation and leaves afterimages of natural forms and strong colors. “One thing I’m interested in is a lot of dichotomy,” Hardwick says. “One dichotomy is the super abstract thing that happens when you mix things that shouldn’t be mixed—for instance, aerosol and water, oil and water ... to see the actual line work that is created. … I look at a lot of nature-made things that may look abstract to us and bring in the design aspect.” The discipline of painting, finding the space between abstract chaos and control, is the latest, but not the primary, focus of Hardwick’s output. In fact, painting is far down on the list of his creative endeavors. “I really couldn’t care less if any attention comes to my paintings,” he says. Hardwick’s primary endeavor is videography, and he includes documentaries, commercials and music videos in his portfolio. A half-dozen awards, including three Crossroads

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like the whole aspect of it,” he says, and he frequently incorporates the many colors and abstract qualities of his artwork. He points to the music video “Lanthanum” with Loki Antiphony (aka Tre Pepper, who did the music for the piece) as an example, with its dreamlike and illusory images. “I would like to think that my visual painting is reflected in my video work,” Hardwick says. At 27, Hardwick is also quietly passionate about creating a multi-disciplinary arts space and nurturing fellow artists at TurnUp Studios in Jackson’s midtown arts community. There, Hardwick’s company, echomech Creative, shares space with visual and performance artist daniel johnson, and




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Charles McNair signs and reads from “Pickett’s Charge” at Lemuria.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration is Jan. 15 at Massage Revolution, and a celebration parade is 9 a.m. Jan. 18 starting at Freedom Corner.

music from Sevyn Streeter, the Patty Peck Red Carpet and a fashion show. $25; call 601-345-8205; find 97.7 The Beat of the Capital on Facebook. … Monster X Tour is at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $17-$30; call 800-745-3000;


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade is BY BRIANA ROBINSON from 9 a.m.-noon at Freedom Corner (Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Medgar Evers BouleJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM vard). Free; call 601-960-1090 or FAX: 601-510-9019 601-960-1136. … Plant-based Potluck is from 6-8 p.m. at High DAILY UPDATES AT Noon Cafe (2807 Old Canton JFPEVENTS.COM Road). Free; RSVP at facebook. com/rainbowcoop. … New Jacks Showcase is at 7 p.m. at Morningbell Records and Cafe (4760 Interstate 55 N., Suite A). Enjoy hip-hop music from performers such as Tira D, TSG, D.O.L.O., Renee Lee and Jaxx City. Free; call 233-7468; email; find New Jacks on Facebook. … Jamie Lynn Spears performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages; adults must accompany children. $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 601-292-7999;


Jamie Lynn Spears, country singer and former star of Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” performs Jan. 18 at Duling Hall.

Free; find Mississippi Modern Productions on Facebook. … Lucero performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Cocktails at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 601-292-7999;


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land Drive). $8; call 601-981-5469; mschildrensmuseum. com. Ricky Nelson Remembered is at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Matthew and Gunnar Nelson perform their late father’s hit songs. All ages; adults must accompany children. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; call 601292-7999;


Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam is at 7 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). $5, $3 members; call 601-9480888; Opera Underground is at 7:30 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Matt Daniels sings Cole Porter’s songs. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20; call 601960-2300;


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Jewish Cinema South 2014 starts today at 7 p.m. at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). $5-$15; call 601-956-6215; … Go Deep, Courtesy Drop, Bloom, HVY YTI and Sucio perform at 7:30 p.m. at Rampage Extreme Park (931 Highway 80 W.). $8; call 601-653-7267;


Charles McNair signs copies of “Pickett’s Charge” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $18.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; … Mississippi Modern Promo Pop-up Show is from 5-8 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Read the new Mississippi Modern Paper, see art by Jon Nowell, and hear music from Dr. J and Pale East. Cash bar available.


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45th Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation and For My People Awards Jan. 17, 10 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. The keynote speaker is journalist and civil-rights activist Charlayne HunterGault. The For My People Awards is at 11:45 a.m. at the JSU Student Center Ballroom. Free convocation, $10 awards program; call 601-979-2055; email; 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. Participants must RSVP and line up at Brinkley Middle School (3535 Albermarle Road) by 8:30 a.m. Free; call 601-960-1090 or 601-960-1136.


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Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601576-6998; • History Is Lunch Jan. 15, noon Author and historian Mary Carol Miller will talk about the Cotesworth restoration project. • History Is Lunch Jan. 22, noon Rosalie Turner, author and civil rights activist, discusses her book, “March with Me.” City of Jackson Ward 7 Town Hall Meeting Jan. 16, 6 p.m., at Bailey APAC Middle School (1900 N. State St.). Topics include the Alignment Jackson initiative, national events that impact the city and Jackson Public Schools’ plans and goals. Free; call 601-960-1089. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Jan. 16, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0003. Stud Sessions: Resolutions Jan. 18, 2-5 p.m., at Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.). Gay and Proud in Mississippi is the host. Attendees discuss ways to improve their family, finances, work and more in the New Year. For ages 18 and up. Online registration link at Free; follow Gay and PROUD in Mississippi on Facebook.

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et ready, because monster trucks are invading the Jackson area. The Monster X Tour is coming to the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St., 601-353-0603) Jan. 17 and 18. “It’s an experience,” Nikki Zimmerman, director of media and public relations for Monster Truck Entertainment, told the Jackson Free Press. “It’s something for your bucket list. … There’s a little bit of redneck in everyone, whether we want to admit it or not.” Zimmerman said she’s seen the event’s demographic grow over the years. “Grandparents are taking little kids,” she said. “Parents are taking their children after they’ve been. For a lot of people, it’s their circus.” The Jackson show will feature monster trucks such as Bigfoot 15, Ballistic, Holman’s Beast, Son of Beast, Heavy Medal and Ironman. Event goers will also be able to see acts such as freestyle

(1339 Oakpark Drive). Topics include the Alignment Jackson initiative, national events that impact the city and Jackson Public Schools’ plans and goals. Free; call 601-960-1089. Advancing Your Cause Through Lobbying Jan. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Learn the ins and outs of lobbying for your organization. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; West Jackson Community Development Expo Jan. 22, 3:30-7 p.m., at Amazing Institutional Church (2603 W. Capitol St.). The Zoo Area Progressive Partnership hosts the show-and-tell event that includes discussions on revitalization plans, proposals, ideas and visions. Free; email Winter Community Enrichment Series, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Classes fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure of options and fees. Fees vary; call 601-974-1130;

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Modace Boutique’s Sip and Shop Grand Opening Jan. 18, 2-8 p.m., at Modace Boutique (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite 201A). Celebrate the grand opening of the new eBay boutique. Free; email

Our Fight to End Obesity Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the event to promote health education, exercise and proper nutrition. Includes massages and march aerobics with former JSU Sonic Boom member Mathew Haynes. Free; call 354-7800;

City of Jackson Ward 3 Town Hall Meeting Jan. 16, 6 p.m., at Johnson Elementary School

Art in Mind Art Program Jan. 22, 10 a.m.11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S.


Jewish Cinema South 2014 Jan. 22, Jan. 23 and Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m., and Jan. 26, 2-5 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Films include “David: One Boy, Two Faiths” Jan. 22, “Footnote” Jan. 23, “The Wonders” Jan. 25 and “Road to Eden: Rock and Roll Sukkot” Jan. 26. “Road to Eden” filmmaker Doug Passon and musician Dan Nichols speak and perform after the Jan. 26 showing. $5-$15; call 601-956-6215;

Monster trucks, Motocross and quad racing are coming to Jackson Jan. 17 and 18.

Motocross and quad racing. The show starts Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 18, show times are 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Doors open an hour and a half before each show. Advanced tickets for adults are $17, tickets for children ages 3 to 12 are $5, and children 2 years old and under get in free. Ticket prices increase on the day of the event. Visit for more information. —Amber Helsel

Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020; Beginning Insight Meditation Course Jan. 22April 9, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). The 12-week course is based on the teaching of Rodney Smith of the Seattle Insight Society. Held Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Space limited. Suggested donation of $20; email jackson. 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. ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support Group Fourth Mondays, 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326. 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.

34!'%!.$3#2%%. Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in the concert hall. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Free; call 601-965-7026; • Opera Arts - Little Opera for Children Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy Seymour Barab’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” • Opera Arts - Two Hilarious Operas for Grown-ups Jan. 18, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Death by Insanity” Dinner Theater Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the show. Includes cocktails before the show and a three-course dinner. Seating at 6:30 p.m. RSVP. $49 plus tax and tip, alcoholic beverages sold separately; call 601-668-2214; email;

-53)# . New Jacks Showcase Jan. 18, 7 p.m., at Morningbell Records and Cafe (4760 Interstate 55 N. Suite A). Enjoy hip-hop music from new local performers such as Tira D, TSG, D.O.L.O., Renee Lee and Jaxx City. Free; call 233-7468; email; find New Jacks on Facebook. “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.” Free pre-concert lecture at 6:45 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art. $20 and up; call 601-960-1565; Magnolia Chamber Orchestra Concert Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., at St. Peter’s By the Sea Episcopal Church (1909 15th St., Gulfport). The orchestra performs Bach family selections such as “Sinfonia in D Minor” and “Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins.” $10-$20; call 228-863-2611; email; Magnolia-Gulfcoast-Tour. Capricorn/Aquarius Birthday Bash Jan. 18, 9 p.m., at Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Public Announcement, Urban Mystic, Terrell Moses and Angela Walls perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. $35; call 800-745-3000. Sigma Centennial Affair Jan. 18, 9 p.m., at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s 100th anniversary celebration. Enjoy music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, Ms. Songbird, DJ Sean Mac, DJ D-Matic, DJ Energizer and The Mailman. Drink specials and free “Blu Juice” while supplies last. $10, ladies free before 10 p.m., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members free until 11 p.m., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity members free before midnight, monetary donations to the Billy Brumfield Men’s Shelter are welcome; call 979-3994; 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. Hong offers a diverse program of piano masterworks from many styles and historical periods. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-9746494; The Jackson Symphony League’s 88 x 8 Jan. 21, 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). Eight Mississippi pianists perform under the direction of Dr. Tim Coker, and the concert ends with a performance from 32 pianists. The concert is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $10 students; call 601-960-1565;

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McNair signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $18.95 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Ready to Roar Reading Time, at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Tuesdays-Fridays at 1 p.m., children enjoy listening to a story at the Between the Lions exhibit in the Literacy Gallery. $8, children under 12 months and members free; call 601-981-5469; Weekly Storytime Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Each Tuesday, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. The event includes stories, rhymes and music. Puppet shows on the last Tuesday of the month. Free; call 601-932-2562.

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Events at JFP Classroom (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Registration required. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email class@ • How to Sell Your Writing Feb. 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Donna Ladd’s workshop covers the basics of pitching your writing to magazines, newspapers, websites and book agents. Heavy snacks and materials included. $40. • Creative Non-Fiction Writing 101 Meets Feb. 8; Feb. 22; March 1; March 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. + evening party/class reading. Any writing level is welcome. Learn to write columns, memoir or even family histories. Light breakfast, workbook included. $150. (Seats limited.) • Shut Up and Create! March 29, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Donna Ladd’s workshop is designed to help you tease out your creative side, whether you want to write, create art, or even be more creative on the job or with your family. Light lunch included. $60. “Let’s Go” Hip Hop Dance-a-thon 2014 Jan. 18, 12:30-3 p.m., at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Lakeland (2625 Courthouse Circle, Flowood). Roger and Tena Long of Go Long Productions lead the dance workshop. Open to individuals, dance teams and squads. All dance levels welcome. $15 early bird fee, $20 general fee, $10 per person in group of four or more; call 601-853-7480; Patricia Lamkin’s Playwriting Workshop Jan. 18March 15, at a private residence in McComb. The eight-week workshop includes writing exercises and readings, and ends with a public showcase. Held Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Preregistration required. For ages 21 and up. $225; email; Floral Design Class Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 6:308 p.m., at A Daisy a Day (4500 Interstate 55 N. Suite 194). Learn the basics of making floral arrangements. Bring a pen, paper, knife and scissors. Registration required. Space limited. $50 plus $30 materials fee; call 601-974-1130;

• C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project Thursdays and Saturdays through March 20. Significant Developments is the facilitator. Participants record their own symbols of identity onto clay bells that will be part of an art installation in the Art Garden. Public ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. Call 866-VIEW ART; email; Life and Legacy of MLK Art Show Jan. 15, noon, at University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.). At the Norman C Nelson Student Union. See artwork from Power APAC students Rahzizi Ishakarah, Eric Brown and Jamaud Bell. Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is the guest speaker. Free; call 601-832-1227. Family Fun Science Night Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Enjoy hands-on activities such as a touch tank, fossils and live animals, and watch a diver feed fish. Primarily for families of elementary students. $2, members free; call 601-576-6000; “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. “Cycling for Health” Art Exhibit through Feb. 28, at High Noon Cafe (Rainbow Plaza, 2807 Old Canton Road). See works from Richard McKey and Randy Everett. Free; call 601-9819222; 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;

"%4(%#(!.'% LGBT Strategy Meeting Jan. 16, 3-5 p.m., at ACLU of Mississippi (233 E. Capitol St.). The objective is to assemble a reliable and knowledgeable network of LGBT advocates and allies. RSVP. Free; call 355-6464; email Sigma Centennial Affair Jan. 18, 9 a.m., at Dreamz JXN (426 W. Capitol St.). The party is part of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s 100th anniversary celebration. Enjoy music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, Ms. Songbird, DJ Sean Mac, DJ D-Matic, DJ Energizer and The Mailman. Drink specials and free “Blu Juice” while supplies last. $10, ladies free before 10 p.m., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority members free until 11 p.m., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity members free before midnight, monetary donations to the Billy Brumfield Men’s Shelter are welcome; call 979-3994;

%8()")43!.$/0%.).'3 Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). call 601-960-1515; • Museum After Hours Jan. 16. 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.

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n September, Lisa Marie Presley played to a full house at Duling Hall in Fondren. I’m sure that several people in the audience were present more out of curiosity than because they were genuine fans—that is understandable when you’re dealing with the only daughter of one of the most famous people of all time. Duling Hall, an old elementaryschool auditorium, provides a cool, intimate setting for live music. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing all types of performances there, from hard rock to spoken word. The sound quality is good, and, generally, the venue doesn’t have a bad seat. At the Presley concert—which was a seated show—I was in the back quarter of the venue. Directly behind me, three people were having a full-blown conversation. They weren’t just talking in between songs; they talked the entire time. While these people were nearest to me, I could also hear conversation throughout the entire hall. At one point, a couple of over-zealous fans stood up and began screaming at Presley in a show of support. Clearly uncomfortable, Presley encouraged them to sit down and promised that she would give them the chance to “rock out” later. For the most part, they complied, but there were still a couple of outbursts during the show. The Black Crowes played that same month at Thalia Mara Hall, another excellent concert venue. Lead singer Chris Robinson called the audience out for recording video on cell phones. He asked the crowd how they’d feel if he had his phone out the entire time he was on stage performing. I don’t think it’s offensive for people to snap a photo or two with their phones; I certainly do it on occasion. However,

one person at this particular concert was recording video with an iPad. Often, venues have signs posted requesting no cell-phone photography. This is usually at the request of the artist, not the promoter trying to just be mean. I couldn’t help but feel a little embarrassed—but not so much for the people talking or for the people who might have acted a little out of line. I was more ashamed of Jackson. I wonder if these things happen at every city on the tour or if it is just regional. When I first started going to rock concerts, I was probably around 13. Back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, every hair metal band usually stopped in Jackson to play at the Mississippi Coliseum. One thing was pretty consistent at these shows: People threw glass beer bottles at the band. Those who were at either of the Metallica shows in 1989 or 1992 might remember singer James Hetfield threatening to stop the show if the throwing continued. The band genuinely feared its safety. Metallica has never been back to Jackson. I have attended many concerts over the years—some here in Jackson and others as far as Atlanta or Dallas. When I attend a show, I know that I can’t control the environment. I can only hope that my hometown crowd treats the performers and their audiences with enough respect to make the artists want to come visit again. As Thalia Mara Hall undergoes its facelift this winter and with the reopening of the Iron Horse Grill—along with the many great clubs and restaurants—the sky is the limit for live music in Jackson. Thanks to folks such as Arden Barnett, Cody Cox and many others, the city has had some awesome music events. I encourage everyone to support these shows, but please be considerate of the folks around you.


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