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am Anglin doesn’t quite know how she got into the antiques business. The job just fell into her lap. Anglin graduated from Forest Hill High School and then attended Belhaven University. She had been working in marketing when she got a job at an antique booth in a mall in Jackson. She liked it so much that she became an antiques dealer under the name French Twist. As her business thrived, she decided to open the Antique Shops of Jackson (4525 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road, 601-982-1881). “Some people love shoes or clothes,” Anglin says. “I love furniture.” This is her eighth year at the Frontage Road location where Bennigan’s used to be. “We started out all antiques, but now it’s about half (antique) and half (new) now, just because of my clientele,” Anglin says. Her clients are mostly people in their late 30s to early 40s, she says. In her shop, which has about 10 dealers including herself, she plays the roles of dealer and owner, which she says are two very different jobs. As the owner, it’s her job to make sure the store stays organized and her dealers have everything they need. As a dealer, she works alongside them, bringing in items and selling to clients. She still buys under the name French Twist. Often, she has people travel to France and send what they’re bringing in a container full of antiques. The store sometimes has sales


at their warehouse (926 W. Interstate 20) on the items in a container. Anglin travels herself sometimes, whether to France or to an antique mart. Most items Anglin brings back are French, her favorites, with a few English antiques here and there. Anglin says the mix of old and modern items is what sets her shop apart from other antique stores in the area. “A lot of people think it’s a dark and dreary place to come in, but they don’t know how pretty it is,” she says. Anglin’s least favorite part of her job is “restaging,” which is rearranging items after one is sold. Perhaps surprisingly, an antiques-store job requires a good amount of physical labor. “The girls will tell you, ‘You can’t work here unless you can lift furniture,’” she says. “You have to love the items, and you’ve got to love people,” Anglin adds. Her favorite part? Seeing people happy with their homes and what they’ve bought. She loves creating a pretty environment. “My husband says, ‘You’re in a good mood when we’re in a pretty place and a bad mood when we’re in an ugly place,’” Anglin laughs. Anglin is married to Dent Anglin, who owns Anglin Tire Company. She has two daughters: Karley, a nurse married to Chandler Ditto, and Adriane, a senior at Canton Academy. Karley and Chandler have an 8-monthold son. —Amber Helsel

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9 Beer is Back

The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow Jackson breweries to sell their liquid gold on the premises.

34 Jazz at JA

“Few jazz musicians’ resumés can parallel that of fusion and post-bop guitarist Pat Metheny. With 45 years in the industry, Metheny’s accomplishments include three gold records and 20 Grammy Awards. The most recent was Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2013 for ‘Unity Band,’ an album he recorded and released in 2012 with Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez as part of his Unity Band project.” —Genevieve Legacy, “Unity Group Debuts at Jackson Academy”

42 Shell Game

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

What Would Jeff Do?


t was fun as always to watch entrepreneur and marketing whiz Jeff Good run around once again at Sunday night’s Best of Jackson party looking so thrilled to be there to collect his and his businesses’ multiple readers’ choice awards. He personally won more than ever this year, including some big ones: Best Visionary, Best Local Business Owner and Best Urban Warrior. In addition to the many dozens his restaurants have won over the years, his awards this year are the kinds that go to people who come up with big ideas and get engaged in the community. Jeff is a master of innovation, as well as using his personality, as wel as social media and other marketing techniques to make sure people know about his businesses and his mission to help the city. Like the rest of us, Jeff makes mistakes, and he won’t hesitate to tell you that, for instance, he was wrong to help Frank Melton get elected mayor a while back. I have a vivid memory, in fact, of him yelling that to me across BRAVO! one night. Jeff’s weakness was believing Melton’s promises, and that is easy to forgive. He wasn’t the only one. At the risk of making Jeff blush—yes, it happens—I believe that his ability to admit he was wrong, or to not always expect to be deemed perfect, is a major strength. Being willing to risk criticism for the candidate he backs or because he decides to change a bar set-up at one of his restaurants makes him human and approachable. It also makes him a success. In fact, I knew just how genius Jeff was at marketing when I watched him several years back total up and list every Best of Jackson award his businesses had won and then market the total, not to mention cover business walls with every award—1st, 2nd, 3rd, good showing (which we now call “finalist”). He is smart enough to know that any award placement is a chance to market his busi-

nesses, and he never misses an opportunity. (This is something we do here as well; we are proud of every journalism award we’ve won, whether 1st or honorable mention.) This remarkably successful businessman stands in contrast to a small number of people who get mad if they don’t come in first—sometimes blaming the JFP because

We become great when we set out to build others up. not enough of our readers voted for them. Some even grouse publicly, and every time I see that happen, I can almost see future votes for them floating out of their grasp. I seriously doubt that anyone who does that will ever enjoy the line-up of awards that Jeff’s vocal, human, self-effacing and über-successful approach to life and business brings him. Don’t get me wrong: I get (sort of) if someone is bummed for not placing or winning first place. But my wish for Jackson is that more of them would follow Jeff’s lead and market the heck out of their positives: thinking large, not small. If you want to be recognized (or paid) for something, then vow to do it better than anyone else out there—lean in to greatness, as I urged last issue—and then make sure that people know that you do it, or offer it. And for goodness sake, don’t waste your time belly-aching; put that energy into doing and promoting (and pitching us stories!).

I believe that Mississippians aren’t all that used to promoting ourselves and, due to both perceptions inside the state and outside it, we too often believe that we are lacking. That collective self-esteem issue can feed into mediocrity and, in the case of a few, public griping and hating on others who have figured out how to achieve a degree of success. Instead, I think we should all do what Jeff does. We need to learn the basic business principle that the more we give to others, the more others will repay us in various ways— whether with their dollars, votes, recommendations or just an emotional hug at a Best of Jackson party, which Jeff gets all night long as he helps serve food samples to future voters as he regales them with love and attention. (Told you: marketing genius). This is how it’s done. Success takes grit, constant attention to our own habits and powerful human interactions. And it takes damn hard work and focus. In his “vision” guest column last issue, Jeff talked about one of the problems that all local businesses face: a qualified workforce. I nodded as I read his words: “That means that in addition to teaching specific skills of a trade, we must teach more general skills of problem solving, project management, sequential planning, creative thinking, and collaboration that will develop an innovative, flexible and resilient workforce.” To me, that was one of the most visionary points of his column. The truth is that it takes more than talent (writing, musical, business, etc.) to be successful. And a major thing we all need to collaborate on is ensuring that our young (and older) workers are continually developing life skills to ensure continual growth throughout their lives. And let’s be blunt: Complaining is seldom creative. If you’re hating on somebody else’s success (regardless of what you think of them), then you’re killing some chance for

collaboration with every word. Not to mention, you’ll end up with a lot of problems on your hands if you lose assignments and can’t keep a job because you’re known for negativity rather than being innovative and present or for not being nimble enough to grow and learn throughout your working life. I’ve been thinking about this since I witnessed a divided debate after an infamous Dave Ramsey post that (inelegantly) pointed out habits that many “rich” people have that “poor” don’t. Honestly, I saw good points made on both sides of the angry debate that followed. And I am completely in on the point that poor people are too busy working to always engage in successful habits. But as a woman raised by an illiterate factory worker, I couldn’t help but be offended by the notion that poor people cannot read to their children more (although my mother couldn’t), walk for health (my mother went to the park), make goals or to-do lists (she made goals for me, and I did the lists), network with people who can help (we did, and they became mentors), and so on. Obviously, poor people can do these kinds of things, and many of them do—to better themselves and their children. And we all may struggle to improve bad habits (like watching too much dumb TV), but it is possible and necessary to be successful. Another one struck me, though: Poor people, the list said, are more like to “say what’s on their mind.” At first glance, that confused me; don’t we want people to speak up? But then I got it, helped along by some of the recent grousing about others’ success I’ve witnessed. We don’t succeed, or impress others, when we have no filters on our own negativity and gossip. We become great, and win awards and influence people, when we set out to build others up, not tear them down. That is, when we do what Jeff does.

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R.L. Nave

Ronni Mott

Dustin Cardon

Kathleen M. Mitchell

Richard Coupe

Genevieve Legacy

Larry Morrisey

Kimberly Griffin

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 talks.

Freelance journalist 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 talks.

Copy Editor Dustin Cardon is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. An English major from Brandon, he enjoys reading fantasy novels and wants to write them himself one day. He wrote the week in review.

Features Editor Kathleen Mitchell finds there are not enough hours to eat all the foods, read all the books and make all the crafts she would like. She wrote a food story.

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

Genevieve Legacy is an artist-writer-community development consultant. She works at Hope Enterprise Corporation and lives in Brandon with her husband and youngest son. She wrote a music story.

Larry Morrisey is the deputy director at the Mississippi Arts Commission and one of the hosts of “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview show on MPB’s “Think Radio” network. He wrote a music story.

Kimberly Griffin is a fitness buff and foodie who loves chocolate and her mama. She’s also Michelle Obama’s super secret BFF, which explains the Secret Service detail.




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David_Reynolds; (It’s) worth mentioning midtown, too. It’s along the same lines as Fondren, but with its own particular initiatives. Drive around the first few blocks (coming up from the railroad) of McTyere, Millsaps, Wesley and Keener avenues to gauge the activity level. Midtown Partners, Pearl River Glass Studio, NUTS/Good Samaritan, Soul Wired Cafe and a number of others are making progress there. Todd Stauffer: You’re absolutely correct. I even had “mention midtown� on the brain when I was writing this and should have made the same point. Lessons learned in midtown would definitely apply in and around Farish and downtown. empressjudykay: Todd, I totally agree! For almost 20 years I have been saying that efforts to revitalize Farish Street must include the indigenous population. And, I realize that, to many,

there isn’t much to cling to there. However, there are folks who have lived there 30 years, and regardless of what it looks like to outsiders, they call it home. Now that downtown residential is a reality, what is needed to support that community? Can we bring back the cleaners and upholsterers, and small grocer and pharmacy? Can we recreate the upscale restaurants and single-screen movie theater and highend boutique that were there when I moved to Jackson in 1973? And can we attract club owners who are committed to providing entertainment in a safe environment, appropriate to grown people? Forget Beale and Bourbon Streets. This is Jackson. We have our own culture and proud history, worthy of investment for the future. johannahwilliams: Very well written and very well said. This is a much needed reality check for Jacksonians like myself who have remained hopeful for so many years. Its a sad thought, but it definitely may be time to move past


the Beale and Bourbon visions that we’ve all held on to for so long, and just let it go. ... CMyers: It seems like we’ve always looked for the Hail Mary project. Throw $100 million at it, and it’s sure to happen. In bigger cities like Memphis and Birmingham, that can work. In a tiny metropolis like Jackson, it doesn’t. We know that now. What Jackson needs are systems in place to help those small business owners who are interested in trying something new ... Sneaky Beans, Fondren Public, Apothecary, Beanfruit Coffee—the list goes on and on. What would Farish Street be if all of the money that has gone into pursuing the big dream had been invested in a lot of smaller ones? We’re talking hundreds of millions of dollars. How many small storefronts could be open on that street had some entrepreneurs been given a little bit of money to get started? It’s certainly a model to consider for future development in the city, and I hope we’ve learned from our mistakes.







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Wednesday, Jan. 22 An international peace conference on ending Syria’s civil war, with more than 40 countries participating, kicks off in Montreux, Switzerland. ‌ A state of emergency declared in Thailand’s capital in response to protesters’ attempts to overthrow the government allows authorities to ban public gatherings, impose curfews and censor local news reports for the next 60 days.

Friday, Jan. 24 The Food and Drug Administration says the labels on the back of food packages need to get a makeover to reflect the fact that knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s. ‌ Republican leaders vote to shorten their presidential selection process in an attempt to minimize damage from GOP candidates attacking each other. Saturday, Jan. 25 A teenage gunman armed with a shotgun, plenty of ammunition and a backpack filled with crude homemade explosives enters a skateboard shop in a Maryland mall and kills two employees before killing himself.

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Sunday, Jan. 26 After a long legal battle, John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complies with a judge’s order to pull any life-sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz, a pregnant woman who was declared brain-dead in November, but kept on machines for the sake of her fetus.


Monday, Jan. 27 The first meeting meant to discuss the issue of a Syrian transitional government to replace President Bashar Assad breaks up less than an hour after it begins. ‌ Egypt’s official news agency says the country’s top generals have endorsed a presidential run by army chief AbdelFattah el-Sissi. Tuesday, Jan. 28 President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address.



Death for Sex Crimes Against Children? by R.L. Nave


he facts of what happened to Pat- 2-year-old, and their punishment is no persons,â€? even in the case of “devastatingâ€? rick Kennedy’s 8-year-old step- more than if they raped a 15-year-old. crimes such as the rape of a child. daughter are difficult to take in. There’s just something not right about The ruling—which came three deEarly on the morning of March that in my opinion,â€? Moore told the cades after Coker v. Georgia outlawed the 2, 1998, an ambulance took the girl, re- Jackson Free Press. death penalty in adult rape cases—was so ferred to as “L.H.â€? in court documents, The most glaring thing standing in controversial that during his first camto a Louisiana hospital. paign for president, former Initially, Kennedy, who constitutional law professor was in his early 30s at the and then-U.S. Sen. Barack time, and L.H. both told poObama and his opponent, lice and medical officials two Sen. John McCain, said they young men from their neighstrongly disagreed. borhood had raped the girl, Taken together, the but investigators determined two decisions make it pretty the story inconsistent with clear that the death penalty the evidence. is not a legal punishment for Kennedy was charged rape, said Vincent Southerand convicted of the rape and, land, senior counsel with the because of a Louisiana law that NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s required the death penalty for criminal-justice practice. raping a child under age 11, “I don’t see any real sentenced to be executed. space between that LouisiTwo Republican state ana statute that was declared Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, wants people convicted of raping a lawmakers want to pass simiunconstitutional and the child under age 13 to be executed. But the U.S. Supreme Court lar laws to impose the death law that’s being proposed by has said you can’t do that. penalty for certain crimes the representative in Missisagainst children. Rep. John sippi,â€? Southerland said of Moore, a Republican from Brandon, has a the way of Moore’s proposal is the U.S. Moore’s bill. bill, HB 92, that would require the death Constitution. Patrick Kennedy appealed Rep. Moore is not optimistic that his penalty in statutory rape cases where the his death sentence to the U.S. Supreme bill will make it out of committee, but victim is 13 years old or younger and the Court, which in 2008 struck down the neither that nor the fact that the U.S. Sudefendant is 18 or older, an offense he de- Louisiana state law Kennedy was con- preme Court has ruled such laws unconscribes as “very heinous.â€? State Rep. Tracy victed under as cruel and unusual punish- stitutional will deter him from introducArnold, R-Booneville, has also introduced ment forbidden by the 8th Amendment. ing the legislation each year. legislation in the form of HB 880 to punJustice Anthony Kennedy, writing “The Supreme Court says we can’t ish people over age 21 who are convicted for the majority in the 5-4 decision, not- do a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean of molesting a child under age 10. ed that there exists “a distinction between we can’t keep trying,â€? Moore said. “From time to time, we have intentional first-degree murder ‌ and Comment at Email R.L. someone who rapes a 1-year-old or a non-homicide crimes against individual Nave at R.L. NAVE

Thursday, Jan. 23 Egypt’s military-backed interim president says that the country’s uprisings have put an end to the police state and to abuses as part of a campaign to rebrand the security forces. ‌ Virginia’s new attorney general concludes that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.













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JSU’s Super Dome Despite coming up short during the last legislative session, Jackson State University is still confident it can convince the state to help pay for the cost of what it calls a 50,000-seat domed venue. Vivian Fuller, the athletic director for Jackson State University, says the plans are “not dead, yet,” but said that she realizes the school has an uphill climb to find the $200 million it will cost to construct the sports and entertainment complex. The biggest obstacle facing the project remains its funding. State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, has introduced legislation to authorize $75 million in bonds for Jackson State. The House Ways and Means and University and Colleges committees will consider Clarke’s House Bill 355. Plans for the project show that the stadium is designed for football, basketball, concerts and special events. For football games, the stadium would hold about 50,000, while it would pack 17,000 fans for basketball games and 21,000 for concerts.

Beer Is Back Craft brewers, the Mississippi Legislature’s favorite lobbying group in recent years, might be coming back for a yet another push to open up the state’s beer culture even more. After a short informal hearing, Sen. Philip Moran, R-Kiln, introduced legislation that would authorize small brewers to sell a limited amount of beer. In recent years, the Legislature has acted to lift the alcohol-content limit for beer sold in the state and legalized home brewing. Now that so much good beer is being made in Mississippi, people want to visit their favorite brewery and buy a six-pack to take home, but state law currently prohibits the practice. Although it might appear that brewery sales would represent competition to retail outlets and restaurants, craft-beer advocates like John Neal of the Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg, believes that a rising beer tide would lift all boats. Despite our state’s progress, it may be a long time before that tide comes in. A 2013 analysis from the Brewers Association, the trade group for the craft-beer industry, shows that the average wage of a brewery

worker in Mississippi was $26,690 in 2012, the lowest among states. And while Mississippi breweries pumped $149.5 million into the state’s economy, that sums lags all states. By comparison, California’s brew-

“I want all our citizens to benefit as much as possible.” eries made a total of economic impact of $4.6 billion. Currently, 46 states permit brewers to sell small quantities of their products on site, which puts Mississippi at a competitive disadvantage, Neal said. “We need a strong brewing industry in Mississippi,” said John Neal, he added.

Immigrant Demand Rights The Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance and other groups fighting for immigrant and workers rights want to extend in-state college tuition rates to Mississippi’s “dreamers,” those raised and educated in the state’s public schools but are not citizens. Under current law, even if an undocumented immigrant graduates from high school in a Mississippi school, he or she must pay out-of-state tuition to attend a state college or university. House Bill 209, sponsored by Rep. Reecy L. Dickson, DMacon, hopes to rectify that situation. The bill might face an uphill climb. In a meeting with supporters of Dickson’s legislation, which the Jackson Free Press attended, House Colleges and Universities Committee Chair Rep. Nolan Mettetal, R-Sardis, said the Institutions of Higher Learning would see HB 209 as taking away much-needed revenue in an era of shrinking budgets. When one MIRA member asked Mettetal whether he would personally commit to supporting the legislation for undocumented students, he demurred, saying, “I want all our citizens to benefit as much as possible.”


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special designation. “I can’t think of one (zoning exemption) we haven’t approved in a gazillion years,” Whitwell said. The council unanimously approved extending LeFleur East’s special-use exemption for another year.

Casey and Spann elementary schools. “The turnout was a lot higher than expected,” Whitwell said, but suggested that the city must be prepared for such contingencies. Jackson City Clerk Brenda Pree said that it’s not unusual for one or more precincts to run out of ballots at some time durTRIP BURNS

ackson City Council members heard opposing views on zoning issues on Tuesday, Jan. 21, and some briefly called into question the results of Jan. 14 vote to approve a 1-percent sales tax to pay for work on the city’s crumbling infrastructure. At the zoning meeting, members of the LeFleur East Foundation requested an extension of a special exemption for the organization’s offices at 4658 Old Canton Road. The city first granted the exception in the north Jackson residential neighborhood a year ago. Foundation member John Dinkins called the 2-acre site and house “a tremendous treasure for our city.” “We’re pro-Jackson,” Dinkins said. “That’s why we’re here.” Residents of the Acadia Court subdivision, which abuts the foundation’s property, claim that the foundation is exceeding the uses outlined in the city’s special exemption for office space, which is the same zoning as The Cedars historic house. Baxter Brown, speaking for the Acadia Home Owners’ Association, said that events held on the property create traffic and noise problems. Acadia has appealed the council’s original zoning exception, which is unresolved at this time. Dinkins countered that residents have filed no police complaints about the foundation’s activities in the past year, which he said are no different from other types of homeowner events. The developer questioned if Acadia would complain over an engagement party or Easter egg hunt in a private home. “It’s a beautiful thing,” said Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon of the foundation’s property. “I don’t understand the reaction.” Councilman Quentin Whitwell of Ward 1, where the property is located, called for a quick vote to re-approve the

Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell called for quick votes on zoning and elections during the Jan. 21 council meetings.

Ballot Problems? During the council’s brief special meeting, which immediately followed the zoning meeting at around 4:30 p.m., Whitwell and Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. mentioned that they had received complaints about a lack of ballots at some precincts during the Jan. 14 special election, in addition to access issues for disabled voters. “Basically, I got texts from a ton of people,” Whitwell told the Jackson Free Press. He estimated that 25 to 100 voters did not cast ballots at two polling places in his ward:

ing an election, and that the city is prepared to quickly supply more ballots if necessary. The city’s election commission makes initial ballot estimates based on previous elections, so it’s not an exact science. But, she said, no precinct had to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for additional ballots after making a request. “They didn’t turn anyone away,” Pree said. Poll managers know to request more ballots when their supply is down to 50, she said, but sometimes managers will be down to two or three ballots before calling an elec-

tion commissioner. The commissioner will then call Pree’s office. From there, the request goes to the Hinds County Election Commission, which manages the machines that print the ballots. The city of Jackson rents the equipment from the county. Once the ballots are ready, a Hinds County deputy will ferry the ballots to the precinct, “so they’re taken expeditiously,” Pree said. Pree bemoaned the low turnout, a problem with every municipal election, she said. At some precincts, only 1 percent to 5 percent of registered voters turn out. Overall, only 15,990 of Jackson’s 108,957 registered voters cast ballots on Jan. 14. “You certainly can’t make a difference if you don’t vote,” she said. Voters overwhelmingly approved an additional 1-percent sales tax to partially fund the city’s many infrastructure needs, which include frequent water and sewer pipe breaks and road maintenance. Whitwell, Priester and the rest of the council members agreed that the few polling-place problems would not have changed the election’s outcome. Perhaps, Whitwell quipped, the final tally would have been a 92 percent approval instead of 90 percent. Nevertheless, the council will call the city election commission to account for the complaints. That process is already in process, apparently. Whitwell indicated he had received an email from the commission requesting feedback. The members temporarily tabled the discussion and agreed to add the item to a future council meeting agenda. The council unanimously certified the election’s outcome. Jackson residents and visitors will begin paying the additional sales tax around mid-March. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita CooperStokes did not attend the special meeting. Comment at or email Ronni Mott at

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Why it stinks: Haley Barbour sure does put the “goober� in gubernatorial. While gender (or race or class) certainly has a place in some political and policy discussions, whether Zimmer is a lady or a man has absolutely nothing to do with the controversies surrounding the administration of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. As shrewd an operator as Barbour is, we wonder if the erstwhile governor’s faux pas was actually intended as a dog whistle to the anti-Hillary Clinton portion of the electorate who may have to choose between the former secretary of state and Christie in the 2016 presidential contest. To boot, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and other times, Barbour has leaned on his political connections to Washington to bring massive federal assistance to Mississippi.

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e oppose the state’s plan to lease parcels in Mississippi’s magnificently pristine sound to exploration and oil and gas drilling. Like other critics of the plan, which includes environmental groups such as the Mississippi Sierra Club and Gulf Restoration Network as well as business owners whose livelihoods depend on tourism dollars, we are concerned about the potential for environmental and economic damage drilling might cause. Less than four years since the 2010 BP oil spill, we are nowhere close to knowing the extent of the ecological damage the spill caused. And, as Mississippi slouches out of the Great Recession at a much slower pace than the rest of the nation, we believe that tourism revenue is too vital for Mississippi to play environmental Russian roulette. Aside from those concerns, we are also uneasy about how Mississippi got here in the first place. First came Gov. Haley Barbour’s last minute Christmas-time announcement that the Mississippi Development Authority would draft the rules for how a lease sale would move forward. Then, most disturbing, the so-called public hearing that MDA threw together was little more than a stenographer seated at a table scribbling down remarks from anyone who had time to drop by the Woolfolk Building in the middle of the day. The slipshod process MDA used to fast-track the drilling plan is the main point of contention for

plaintiffs in a lawsuit for which a hearing was recently held in Hinds County Chancery Court (see “Gulf Drilling Saga Almost Over?,� page 18). Plaintiff groups argued before Judge William Singletary that MDA not only failed to conduct an economicimpact statement on the effects of drilling, but that the agency also never held a real public hearing. We’ve written before about the Delphi Technique, a tool used to manufacture consensus, or at least the appearance of it, by quashing dissent. It is the brainchild of Rand Corp., which developed the strategy in the 1950s to make it look like the organizers of a “public hearing� are eager to listen to participants when the goal is really to quiet opponents as much as possible. Many ostensibly open meetings our reporters cover reek of Delphi Technique. In late August, supporters of the One Lake real-estate-development and flood-control project used the same format for a public meeting. Facilitators said setting up information stations for their engineers to address individual concerns is an inherently better format to facilitate discussion than a traditional town-hall set-up. In our view, when environmental resources and tax dollars are at stake, there is certainly room for both one-on-one chats and public forums. We look forward to the first real town hall meeting on the proposed One Lake project. We also hope that Judge Singletary orders MDA to restart its process by conducting a thorough economic analysis and holding a real public hearing.


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XFORD – A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. “Labor rights are civil rights,” Open Door Mennonite Church pastor Horace McMillon of Jackson told folks at the North American International Auto Show. McMillon and other members of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan were at the auto show to make their case that the thousands of workers at Nissan’s plant in Canton deserve an opportunity to have an intimidation-free election to determine whether to join the United Auto Workers. However, the vision of “labor rights” as “civil rights” reaches far beyond the UAW, Nissan and Canton. For starters, look at the income gap between the rich and all the rest of us. The richest 10 percent of Americans control 80 percent of stock-market wealth. Average income for the middle 20 percent of Americans is up less than 5 percent over the past 20 years. For the richest 5 percent of Americans, income jumped 17 percent. Mississippi and the nation are now struggling with rising prison costs—but why are so few of the bankers, auditors and Wall Street financiers who caused the 2008 Great Recession behind bars? Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress play politics with the unemployment benefits needed by 1.3 million jobless and fight a raise in the minimum wage. Republicans led the way in cutting food stamps for the poor by 7 percent. Mississippi and other southern states will lose billions of dollars because of their GOP leadership’s refusal to expand Medicaid and accept the reality of Obamacare. Yet, expect Republicans to stand solemnly alongside Democrats this year to commemorate Freedom Summer 1964—at the safe distance of 50 years— when young activists Mickey Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney were murdered because they wanted civil rights and equality for all. We should also hold another commemoration this year. The first major student protests of the 1960s began in 1964 with the Free Speech Movement at the University of California at Berkeley, which civil rights activists in the South inspired. The Berkeley event opened the door to student protests across the coun-

try against racism, the Vietnam War and other betrayals of the nation’s ideals. A new generation of protesters is already in the streets today, God bless ’em. The “Moral Monday” protests against the right-wing agenda of GOP leaders in North Carolina have led to 900-plus arrests, but now they are spreading across the South, the nation’s most repressive region. Legislators in Georgia and South Carolina as well as North Carolina opened their sessions this month with protesters outside state Capitol walls demanding that the needs of workers and the poor be addressed, not just those of the fat cats and lobbyists who finance junkets and political campaigns. Across the country, Walmart and fast-food workers are taking a stand to demand a living wage from employers who’ve grown rich off their labors. The Walton family is worth an estimated $144 billion, yet its workers can’t afford the company health plan. Taxpayers fork up $7 billion a year to subsidize the low-pay, low-benefits fastfood industry through food stamps, Medicaid and other government programs. Blame falls on Democrats as well as Republicans. President Obama is leading the cause for the so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership, another NAFTA-like agreement that will drain jobs and lower standards for U.S. workers while further enriching that top 10 percent who own 80 percent of Wall Street wealth. A recent New York Times investigation revealed that the U.S. spends $1.5 billion a year to buy clothing from factories in Asia, the same sweatshops built after the collapse of the textile industry in the U.S. South. In this election year, expect a lot of talk about the “middle class.” That’s a term meant to delude, disarm and ultimately deceive. Working-class Americans—and that’s most of us, whether our shirt collars are blue or white—can truly commemorate the martyrs and protesters of 1964 by proclaiming with those preachers, workers and activists in Detroit that “labor rights are civil rights.” This is the year to demand that state and national leaders finally begin representing working people and the ideals that founded this nation. Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. His blog is, and he can be reached at

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Natural-gas companies often entice private landowners with the promise of royalties on any minerals they extract as a result of drilling the landowners’ property. An investigation by nonprofit news organization ProPublica revealed that oil and gas production doesn’t always trickle down as promised.

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on Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a few Angus and aimed for a comfortable retirement on money from drilling his land for natural gas instead. It seemed promising. Two wells drilled on his lease hit as sweet a spot as the Marcellus shale could offer – tens of millions of cubic feet of natural gas gushed forth. Last December, he received a check for $8,506 for a month’s share of the gas. Then one day in April, Feusner ripped open his royalty envelope to find that while his wells were still producing the same amount of gas, the gusher of cash had slowed. His eyes cascaded down the page to his monthly balance at the bottom: $1,690. Chesapeake Energy, the company that drilled his wells, was withholding almost 90 percent of Feusner’s share of the income to cover unspecified “gathering” expenses and it wasn’t explaining why. “They said you’re going to be a millionaire in a couple of years, but none of that has happened,” Feusner said. “I guess we’re expected to just take whatever they want to give us.” Like every landowner who signs a lease agreement to allow a drilling company to take resources off his land, Feusner is owed a cut of what is pro-

duced, called a royalty. In 1982, in a landmark effort to keep people from being fleeced by the oil industry, the federal government passed a law establishing that royalty payments to landowners would be no less than 12.5 percent of the oil and gas sales from their leases. From Pennsylvania to North Dakota, a powerful argument for allowing extensive new drilling has been that royalty payments would enrich local landowners, lifting the economies of heartland and rural America. The boom was also supposed to fill the government’s coffers, since roughly 30 percent of the nation’s drilling takes place on federal land.


ver the last decade, an untold number of leases were signed, and hundreds of thousands of wells have been sunk into new energy deposits across the country. But manipulation of costs and other data by oil companies is keeping billions of dollars in royalties out of the hands of private and government landholders, an investigation by ProPublica has found. An analysis of lease agreements, government documents and thousands of pages of court records shows that such underpayments are widespread. Thousands of landowners like Feusner are receiving far less than they expected based on the sales value of gas or oil produced on their property. In some cases, they are being paid virtually nothing at all. In many cases, lawyers and auditors


who specialize in production accounting tell ProPublica energy companies are using complex accounting and business arrangements to skim profits off the sale of resources and increase the expenses charged to landowners. Deducting expenses is itself controversial and debated as unfair among landowners, but it is allowable under many leases, some of which were signed without landowners fully understanding their implications. But some companies deduct expenses for transporting and processing natural gas, even when leases contain clauses explicitly prohibiting such deductions. In other cases, according to court files and documents obtained by ProPublica, they withhold money without explanation for other, unauthorized expenses, and without telling landowners that the money is being withheld. Significant amounts of fuel are never sold at all—companies use it themselves to power equipment that processes gas, sometimes at facilities far away from the land on which it was drilled. In Oklahoma, Chesapeake deducted marketing fees from payments to a landowner—a joint owner in the well—even though the fees went to its own subsidiary, a pipeline company called Chesapeake Energy Marketing. The landowner alleged the fees had been disguised in the form of lower sales prices. A court ruled that the company was entitled to charge the fees. Costs such as these are normally only documented in private transactions between energy companies, and are almost never detailed to landowners.

Hydraulic fracturing—�fracking� or “fracing�—is a process in which water, sand and toxic chemicals are injected into dense underground geological formations to release gas or oil. In response to critics from environmental and citizen groups, the U.S. EPA recently imposed regulations on frackers.

“To find out how the calculation is done, you may well have to file a lawsuit and get it through discovery,� said Owen Anderson, the Eugene Kuntz Chair in Oil, Gas & Natural Resources at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and an expert on royalty disputes. “I’m not aware of any state that requires that level of disclosure.� To keep royalties low, companies sometimes set up subsidiaries or limited partnerships to which they sell oil and gas at reduced prices, only to recoup the full value of the resources when their subsidiaries resell it. Royalty payments are usually based on the initial transaction.

In other cases, companies have bartered for services off the books, hiding the full value of resources from landowners. In a 2003 case in Louisiana, for example, Kerr McGee, now owned by Anadarko Petroleum, sold its oil for a fraction of its value—and paid royalties to the government on the discounted amount—in a trade arrangement for marketing services that were never accounted for on its cash flow statements. The federal government sued, and won.


he government has an arsenal of tools to combat royalty underpayment. The Department of Interior has rules governing what

deductions are allowable. It also employs an auditing agency that, while far from perfect, has uncovered more than a dozen instances in which drillers were â&#x20AC;&#x153;willfulâ&#x20AC;? in deceiving the government on royalty payments just since 2011. A spokesman for the Department of Interiorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office of Natural Resources Revenue says that over the last three decades, the government has recouped more than $4 billion in unpaid fees from such cases. There are few such protective mechanisms for private landowners, though, who enter into agreements without regulatory oversight and must pay to audit or challenge energy companies out of their own pockets. ProPublica made several attempts to contact Chesapeake Energy for this article. The company declined, via email, to answer any questions regarding royalties, and then did not respond to detailed sets of questions submitted afterward. The leading industry trade group, the American Petroleum Institute, also declined to comment on landownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allegations of underpayments, saying that individual companies would need to respond to specific claims. Anderson acknowledged that many landowners enter into contracts without understanding their implications and said it was up to them to do due diligence before signing agreements with oil and gas companies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The duty of the corporation is to make money for shareholders,â&#x20AC;? Anderson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every penny that a corporation can save on royalties is a penny of profit PRUH52<$/7,(6VHHSDJH


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as flows up through a well head on Feusnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property, makes a couple of turns and passes a meter that measures its volume. Then it flows into larger pipes fed by multiple pipelines in a process the industry calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;gathering.â&#x20AC;? Together, the mixed gases might get compressed or processed to improve the gas quality for final sale, before feeding into a larger network of pipelines that extends for hundreds of miles to an end point, where the gas is sold and ultimately distributed to consumers. Each section of pipeline is owned and managed by a different company. These companies buy the gas from Chesapeake, but have no accountability to Feusner. They operate under minimal regulatory oversight, and have sales contracts with the well operator, in this case Chesapeake, with terms that are private. Until Chesapeake sold its pipeline company last winter, the pipelines were owned by its own subsidiaries. As in many royalty disputes, it is not clear exactly which point of sale is the one on which Feusnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s payments should be basedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the last sale onto the open market or earlier changes in custody. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equally unclear whether the expenses being charged to Feusner are incurred before or after that point of sale, or what processes,



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exactly, fall under the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;gathering.â&#x20AC;? Definitions of that term vary, depending on who is asked. In an email, a spokesperson for Chesapeake declined to say how the company defines gathering. Making matters more complicated, the rights to the gas itself are often split into shares, sometimes among as many as a half-dozen companies, and are frequently traded. Feusner originally signed a lease with a small drilling company, which sold the rights to the lease to Chesapeake. Chesapeake sold a share of its rights in the lease

to a Norwegian company, Statoil, which now owns about a one-third interest in the gas produced from Feusnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. Chesapeake and Statoil pay him royalties and account for expenses separately. Statoil does not deduct any expenses in calculating Feusnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s royalty payments, possibly because it has a different interpretation of whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allowed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Statoilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy is to carefully look at each individual lease, and to take postproduction deductions only where the lease and the law allow for it,â&#x20AC;? a company

spokesman wrote in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We take our production in kind from Chesapeake and we have no input into how they interpret the leases.â&#x20AC;? Once the gas is produced, a host of opaque transactions influence how sales are accounted for and proceeds are allocated to everyone entitled to a slice. The chain of custody and division of shares is so complex that even the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best forensic accountants struggle to make sense of energy companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books. Feusnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lease does not give him the right to review Chesapeakeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contracts with its partners, or to verify the sales figures that the company reports to him. Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;though it recently passed a law requiring that the total amount of deductions be listed on royalty statementsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; has no laws dictating at what point a sale price needs to be set, and what expenses are legitimate.


oncerns about royalties have begun to attract the attention of state legislators, who held a hearing on the issue in June. Some have acknowledged a need to clarify minimum royalty guarantees in the state, but so far, that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happened. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a system that is not transparent from wellhead to burner tip and you hide behind confidentiality, then you have something to hide,â&#x20AC;? Jerry Simmons, executive director of the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO), the premier

ecosystems and discourage tourism. About three dozen people, including citizens and representatives from the plaintiff groups, the Mississippi Sierra Club and New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network, jammed into Singletaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s courtroom on Jan. 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundamentally arbitrary,â&#x20AC;? Wiygul said. Roy Tipton, an assistant attorney general representing MDA, argued in court that the agency made its decision after hearing substantial evidence at a public hearing in early 2012. Tipton added that in drafting the rules, MDA was only following orders from the state Legislature, which in 2004 divided the portion of the Gulf of Mexico that lies in state-owned waters into blocks that could later be leased to energy firms for exploration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is nothing in MDAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grant of authority that says they have the right to second-guess the Legislature or decide if they may or may not lease the land,â&#x20AC;? Tipton said in open court. Wiygulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients assert that MDA does have an obligation to consider the broad economic effects of its decisions, however. They have relied on a fall 2012 report issued by engineer Jeffrey K. Bounds, who attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has family on

the Mississippi Coast. Boundsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; findings, which Wiygul presented in court, show that even if one in 20 visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; or 5 percentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;stay away from the Gulf Coast because of the of unsightly drilling derricks out on the horizon, the loss of state tourism revenue over the life of the reserve would amount to $168.5 million. Pro-drilling state officials dismiss those claims, saying that boundaries the Legislature set in 2004 would prohibit drilling between the mainland and barrier islands and within one mile south of the barrier islands, creating a two-mile-wide strip at least 10 miles away from the coast where drilling companies would be able to lease. The state has long maintained that opening state waters to oil and gas drilling represents a potential windfall for jobs and economic development. Leland Speed, the former MDA executive director, wrote a letter before stepping down from his post in which he estimated the state could collect between $241 million and $523 million in royalties, with more than 97.5 percent going to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education trust fund. Bernard Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute and professor of business economics at Southern Methodist University, points to the fact that

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aul Sidorek is an accountant representing some 60 northeastern Pennsylvania landowners who receive royalty income from drilling. He’s also a landowner himself—in 2009, he leased 145 acres, and that lease was eventually sold to Chesapeake. Well aware of the troubles encountered by others, Sidorek negotiated a 20 percent royalty and made sure his lease said explicitly that no expenses could be deducted from the sale of the gas produced on his property. Yet now, Sidorek says, Chesapeake is deducting as much as 30 percent from his royalties, attributing it to “gathering” and “third party” expenses, an amount that adds up to some $40,000 a year. “Now that the royalties are flowing, some people just count it as a blessing and say we don’t care what Chesapeake does, it’s money we wouldn’t have had before,” Sidorek said. But he’s filed a lawsuit. “I figure I could give my grandson a first-class education for what Chesapeake is deducting that they are not entitled to, so I’m taking it on.” Landowners, lawyers, legislators and even some energy industry groups say Chesapeake stands out for its confusing accounting and tendency to deduct the most expenses from landowners’ royalty checks in Pennsylvania. “They’ve had a culture of doing cutthroat business,” said Jackie Root, president of Pennsylvania’s chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners. Chesapeake did not respond to questions on whether its approach differs from that of other companies. Root and others report good work-

Natural-gas rigs like this one are virtual cash registers for the companies that operate them. In 1982, in a landmark effort to keep people from being fleeced by the oil industry, the federal government passed a law establishing that royalty payments to landowners would be no less than 12.5 percent of the oil and gas sales from their leases.

ing relationships with other companies operating wells in Pennsylvania, and say that deductions—if they occur at all—are modest. Statoil, which has an interest in a number of Chesapeake wells, does not deduct any expenses on its share of many of the same leases. In an email from a spokesperson, the company said “We always seek to deal with our lease holders in a fair manner.” Several landowners said that not only do deductions vary between companies using the same gas “gathering” network— sales prices do as well. On Sidorek’s royalty statements, for example, Chesapeake and Statoil disclose substantially different sales prices for the same gas moved through the same system. “If Statoil can consistently sell the gas for $.25 more, and Chesapeake claims it’s the premier producer in the country, then why the hell can’t they get the same price Statoil does for the same gas on the same day?” Sidorek wondered. He thinks Chesapeake was giving a discount to a pipeline company it used to own. Chesapeake did not respond to questions about the price discrepancy.


hesapeake may be the focus of landowner ire in Pennsylvania, but across the country thousands of landowners have filed similar complaints against many oil and gas producers. In dozens of class actions reviewed by ProPublica, landowners have alleged they cannot make sense of the expenses deducted from their payments or that companies are hiding charges

Publicly traded oil and gas companies also have disclosed settlements and judgments related to royalty disputes that, collectively, add up to billions of dollars. In 2003, a jury found that Exxon had defrauded the state of Alabama out of royalty payments and ordered the company to pay nearly $103 million in back royalties and interest, plus $11.8 billion in punitive damages. (The punitive damages were reduced to $3.5 billion on appeal, and then eliminated by the state supreme court in 2007.) In 2007, a jury ordered a Chesapeake subsidiary to pay $404 million, including $270 million in punitive damages, for cheating a class of leaseholders in West Virginia. In 2010, Shell was hit with a $66 million judgment, including $52 million in punitive fines, after a jury decided the company had hidden a prolific well and then intentionally misled landowners when they sought royalties. The judgment was upheld on appeal. Since the language of individual lease agreements vary widely, and some date back nearly 100 years, many of the disagreements about deductions boil down to differing interpretations of the language in the contract.


n Pennsylvania, however, courts have set few precedents for how leases should be read and substantial hurdles stand in the way of landowners interested in bringing cases. Pennsylvania attorneys say many of their clients’ leases do not allow landowners to audit gas companies to verify their accounting. Even landowners allowed to

conduct such audits could have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to do so. When audits turn up discrepancies, attorneys say, many Pennsylvania leases require landowners to submit to arbitration—another exhaustive process that can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Arbitration clauses can also make it more difficult for landowners to join class action suits in which individuals can pool their resources and gain enough leverage to take on the industry. “They basically are daring you to sue them,” said Aaron Hovan, an attorney in Tunkhannock, Pa., representing landowners who have royalty concerns. “And you need to have a really good case to go through all of that, and then you could definitely lose.” All of these hurdles have to be cleared within Pennsylvania’s four-year statute of limitations. Landowners who realize too late that they have been underpaid for years—or who inherit a lease from an ailing parent who never bothered to check their statements—are simply out of luck. Even if a gas company were found liable for underpaying royalties in Pennsylvania, it would have little to fear. It would owe only the amount it should have paid in the first place; unlike Oklahoma and other states, Pennsylvania law does not allow for any additional interest on unpaid royalties and sets a very high bar for winning punitive penalties. “They just wait to see who challenges them, they keep what they keep, they give up what they lose,” said Root, the NARO chapter president. “It may just be part of their business decision to do it this way.” Comment at

organization representing private landowners in the U.S., told ProPublica in a 2009 interview. Simmons said recently that his views had not changed, but declined to be interviewed again. “The idea that regulatory agencies don’t know the volume of gas being produced in this country is absurd.” Because so many disputes come down to interpretations of contract language, companies often look to courts for clarification. Not many royalty cases have been argued in Pennsylvania so far, but in 2010, a landmark decision, Kilmer v. Elexco Land Services, set out that the state’s minimum royalty guarantee applied to revenues before expenses were calculated, and that, when allowed by leases, energy companies were free to charge back deductions against those royalties. Since then, Pennsylvania landowners say, Chesapeake has been making larger deductions from their checks. (The company did not respond to questions about this.) In April, Feusner’s effective royalty rate on the gas sold by Chesapeake was less than 1 percent.




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esse Houston, Jackson’s resident mad scientist chef, is ready to pull a crabbit—yes, crabbit—out of his hat. He’s hard at work planning for the opening of his new eatery, an oyster bar and restaurant in Fondren. The restaurant is slated to open its doors in the spring, but foodies can get a sneak peek of what Houston is up to at a preview dinner Feb. 24 at BRAVO! Why did you choose the oyster bar concept? For the longest time, I’ve worked in restaurants that have had oyster bars, and (they’ve) been a big part of my career path. They are naturally a perfectly seasoned food right from the shell. I’ve really grown a passion for them. Whenever I write a special menu, I always try to include them in some way, shape or form. We just saw that there was a big need here in Jackson for an oyster bar.

Are there any dishes that mean something special to you? (One is) Craig’s oyster stew. There’s a really great story behind the stew. Craig Noone, when we were at Parlor Market, he really enjoyed coming in on his days off and making a big batch of oyster stew that he learned from John Besh in New Orleans. He would baby it and put a lot of love into it. He would always make sure it was piping hot and per-

Will you be working with specific breweries? Lucky Town Brewery is working on some special beers for the (restaurant). We’re getting together to test out an oyster stout just for fun. We’ve got a case of oysters. and we use the shells in brewing the beer to create the oyster stout. The calcium and minerality of the shells adds to the beer—it doesn’t taste like oysters; it just adds dimension. We hope to have that on the menu at Saltine when we open. Since Lucky Town is building their new brewery in midtown, we really want to partner with them and have some stuff from them that you can only get at our place.

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fectly seasoned. (To) season his soups, and if someone came up with a special soup of the day, he would taste it and, no matter how good it was, he would always say it needed three ingredients: lemon juice, Tabasco and salt. So he would add those three ingredients to it and declare the soup perfect. In honor of him, we’re going to serve that cup of stew with a lemon wedge, a mini Tabasco bottle and a pinch of sea salt. You’ve done a lot with specialty beers in the past. Any plans for that with Saltine? That’s kind of the other half of the equation; we’re fo-

What do you have in store for the preview dinner at BRAVO!? The whole menu is designed to be a multi-course tasting menu, and the majority of those dishes are on the Saltine menu. There are a couple of dishes designed to represent the direction of our specials and how I like to have fun with food. So one of the dishes I call “crabbit”; it’s a crab and rabbit tureen. So having fun with words and using seafood in different ways. We’ll take local rabbit from Mississippi and make a nice tureen out of it and add some jumbo lump crab, a little bit of brown-butter emulsion and some local vegetables. ... There’s another dish I really want to do that I call “unicorn.” It’s sea-urchin roe, which is called uni, and corn machoux. Sea urchin goes really well with corn, so that will be a fun play in the summer when corn is locally available and sweet. Kind of another play on words. Read a longer version of this story at The Saltine preview dinner is Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Road, Suite 244). Tickets are $60 per person with the option to add a beer pairing or wine pairing at an additional cost. To reserve seats, call 601-982-8111. For more details on the full preview 23 dinner menu, visit

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ast week, I noticed an announcement in my social-media feed about a new line of “Mean Girls”-themed jewelry—bracelets that say, “That’s so fetch,” and such. For those of us of the female persuasion, that movie resonates in an “it’s funny because it’s true” way. Who among us doesn’t have an experience with (or being) “mean girls”? For me, the torment came in junior high, involving such stunts as a thumbtack put on the seat of my desk to jab me in the thigh upon sitting down. Hell hath no fury like pre-teen girls. But then we grow out of it … or do we? Blame the “Real Housewives,” blame social media, blame society for conditioning us to feel better about ourselves by putting others down … or blame ourselves. Whatever the cause, the jewelry got me thinking about a recent evening that left me questioning: Am I a grown-up Mean Girl? Like many a Mississippi lady, I eagerly await the annual Mississippi Magazine Wedding Register issue, but not to peruse it for ideas and romantic notions. I’ve never been one of those girls who sits around thinking about her dream wedding. No, what I look forward to is laughing

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critiquing sartorial and décor choices. This year, when the magazine arrived, I decided it warranted an event. I gathered three other gal pals together one evening to review it. We

got wine. I baked a cake. We procured cheese and prosciutto. We had Post-It notes to mark the most noteworthy pages with comments before sending the issue to friends out of state. We were ready. And so, we judged. Page by page, wedding by wedding by wedding, we judged so much and so hard that after two hours, we had to stop for the night, pledging to reconvene so we could finish. And then it hit me. All of us judge others. Whether it’s watching beauty pageants, the red carpet at awards shows or even just watching the evening news, I dare say there are few among us who haven’t uttered a “What was she thinking wearing that?” But still, should I openly celebrate it so? I thought back on our evening. A number of the weddings left us with nothing catty to say, merely commenting on how beautiful everything was. And there were several where I just said: “They look really happy to be getting married. I can’t say anything bad about that. Good for them.” But that wasn’t the theme of the night. And without question, we just accepted that by virtue of putting oneself in the magazine, one accepts possible judgment. Indeed, some comments were, “She knew people would sit around doing

this, and that’s the photo she picked?” It’s the same thing with anyone in the public eye, is it not? We watch “Fashion Police” and devour magazines’ Best- and Worst-Dressed lists. Heck, entire social-media threads and news articles are dedicated to the footwear and accessories of female politicians. We may dream of a society in which people are judged by what they say and do and not what they wear or how they look, but let’s face it: Superficial things are what we notice first. Am I ever going to stop noticing and commenting on things like what people wear? I’ll be honest—no, I am not. (I’m looking at you, people who wear pajamas in public.) I don’t even know if I could if I tried. But I can become more aware of it, and how hurtful it can be. I think it was Kathy Griffin who once said something about how she doesn’t say mean things to people’s faces. She talks about them behind their backs because that’s called manners. Like “Mean Girls,” that’s funny because it’s true. But it’s still not nice. So I think I’ll work on being more encouraging and supportive and less catty toward other ladies. At least until the Oscars Red Carpet …


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ne could be forgiven for giving the side-eye to “Assassin’s Creed IV.” After all, it came on the heels of 2012’s tepid installment in the series, and seemed set to be par for the course: another glorified expansion pack in Ubisoft’s flagship IP, another shameless exploitation of an admittedly robust engine without much new content to offer. In some ways, I suppose that’s not too far from the truth. The problem with this critique of the game is that “ACIV” is so damn fun, it’s hard to care. A fundamental truth about the games in the series emerges as you’re leaping from rooftop to rooftop over the streets of Tortuga: At its core, the “Assassin’s Creed” series (and the Anvil engine beneath its hood) is incredibly well made. That fact was proved when the groundbreaking (if uneven) “AC1” came out in 2007, given an exclamation point with the masterful “AC2” two years later, and hammered into our heads with all the sequels

and quasi-sequels that have followed. quick-time event, and the tactical elements sailing. It’s such a compelling universe of The movement is unparalleled, the at- of the naval battles add something that’s al- human experience, and one that’s never retention to detail superb. The combat is crisp ways been missing from the series. ally received its due in gaming. “Black Flag” and satisfying, even if too simplismakes an admirable case for more tic, and the stealth, while not as nautical adventures that use the sea dynamic as the rest, serves its puras more than an overworld to cross, pose in an impressive range of envibut a physical place to experience. ronments. The fact that not much Elsewhere, the game is exactly has fundamentally changed half a what you’d expect. While the series dozen iterations into the series can has always employed historical setbe grating when the result is a badly tings, it’s better to think of history paced snooze like “AC3,” but this as a sort of brush that the game uses time around, this installment mainto paint its imagery (usually in the ly impresses. shape of enormous magical alien It’s possible that the exception conspiracies). The game outside the to “Assassin’s Creed”’s lack of new game in this installment is particucontent makes this possible. Ship larly enjoyable, if only because esThe impressive experience of “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag” makes an admirable case for more nautical exploration and combat, one of the tablished Evil Corporation Abstergo adventures in video games. bright spots from the last game, reis now an almost entirely unveiled turns as one of the central elements stand in for Ubisoft itself, complete of Black Flag’s gameplay, heavily expanded But more interesting, I find, is the with a self-deprecating in-game look at the to fit the piratical theme of the game. Of game’s exploration of the open sea as an ac- cyclical formula of the series. course, the combat is well done, captur- tual venue of play. If that doesn’t make sense, Arguments could be made that seing both the physical flavor of booming think about setting sail in the direction of quelization is stagnating the gaming induscannons, billowing smoke, and splintering a distant island and encountering a storm. try, and that the comfort of big IPs such as wood as well as the arcade-y glee of solid and The sea and the wind have a real presence in “Assassin’s Creed” is a deeply negative thing. even challenging mechanics. Sword combat “Black Flag,” the waves rolling off the deck Set those arguments aside for long enough in Assassin’s Creed is basically an endless as your underlings struggle to keep your ship to play “Black Flag.” Trust me.


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fter three actors and four films (Alec Baldwin in “The Hunt for Red October,” Harrison Ford in “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger,” and Ben Affleck in “The Sum of All Fears”), the “Jack Ryan” Tom Clancy spy franchise is back after 12 long years. Chris Pine stars as the title character in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” and, as I feared, this ended up being my least favorite of the series. Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh, the movie is beautifully shot but somewhat forcefully constructed. The near-dozen camera sweeps of the New York skyline in the first 30 minutes alone alerted me that something was off. The opening scene takes place in September 2001 at the London School of Economics, where Jack is a budding PhD candidate. Students huddle around a box TV (remember those?) as the channel repeatedly broadcasts scenes from the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. We cut to Afghanistan, where a patriotic Jack, now a U.S. Marine lieutenant, is onboard a doomed helicopter. After a rocket-propelled grenade or some sort of missile (exactly which escapes me) crashes into the aircraft, doctors cart a critically injured Jack into surgery as a military doctor exclaims that the young officer is mere hours away from never walking again. Enter actress Keira Knightley. She eagerly plays Cathy Muller, a physical therapist/medical student at Walter Reed Army Medical Center outside Washington, D.C. She has an overtly playful banter with her new patient, Jack. While crutched up, the slow-moving, suave patriot asks his doc out on a date. She responds that as soon as he gets up and runs out of the hospital she will say yes to dinner. This is an origin-based “Jack Ryan” movie, so it is no surprise when veteran CIA spook Thomas Harper (Kevin Costner) observes Jack at Walter Reed and eventually recruits him. This sequence reminded me of Brad Pitt and Robert Redford in “Spy Game.” Dangling the idea of post-9/11 financial terrorism threats to our homeland,

Harper lures the recuperated American into the intelligence community. The movie fast-forwards to 10 years later, present day. Jack Ryan is now deep undercover as a financial analyst at a mega Wall Street hybrid bank/corporation. His mission: Use his brains and means to scour documents and reports for financial irregularities that could possess terrorist ties. As soon as he attains senior analyst status, it just so happens that the biggest financial terrorism plot ever known is underway. After he discovers something alarmingly suspicious, Jack convinces his financial boss to jet him on over to Moscow. Viktor Cheverin (played by director Branagh) enters the fray in Russia. We learn that Viktor, at the behest of the Russian government, has long-plotted a dual financial and physical attack on the U.S. that would cripple our economy and incur the onset of a second Great Depression. As a classically trained Shakespearian actor, Branagh pulls off a subtle, great character performance as the ex-KGB millionaire doing the Russians’ dirty work. The Moscow scenes persist to absurdity. Jack, who was just a financial nerd, is now an activated bad-ass field agent. The film eventually returns to New York, where Russian sleeper cells living in the U.S. elude the CIA, and the terrorist plot continues to unfold. I’m not exactly sure why “Jack Ryan” does not work. The stellar cast all give credible performances. It is captured beautifully—the camera techniques and sets are creative and high-dollar. The financial terrorism is actually very interesting. I wouldn’t blame Branagh for the shortcoming—he is one of the best, and simply brilliant in both acting and directing. In the end, the problem is the cliché-riddled spy story combined with an unrealistic love plot. Will Jack Ryan and his seasoned superior stave off the second Great Depression? How will Dr. Muller factor in? If you care to find out, you should head on over to the theater. If not, stay home and Netflix Harrison Ford’s two awesome Jack Ryan movies.




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John Pritchard talks about his new novel, “Sailing to Alluvium,” at History is Lunch at noon at William Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; … Natalie Long’s Singer/ Songwriter Night is at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). Free; call 601-948-0888;



Dylan LeBlanc, a country/ folk singer-songwriter from Shreveport, La., performs at Duling Hall at 9 p.m. Jan. 30. Doors open at 8 p.m.


Barks, BBQ and Brews is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). It includes all-you-can-eat barbecue, a silent auction of sports memorabilia and music from Hunter Gibson. $55, $45 in advance; call 601-497-0375. … Dylan LeBlanc performs at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $10, $8 in advance; call 601-292-7999;


Photamerica Showcase ends today at Photamerica Popup Studio/Heartalot (3009 N. State St.). Free; call 601-214-2028; email; heartalot. com. … Creating a Look Book is at 9 a.m. at Purple Word Center (140 Wesley Ave.). Learn to create a photographic accordion-style book. For ages 18 and up. $50, $35 members; BY BRIANA ROBINSON … Mississippi Stories in Motion is from 6:30JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM 10 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Front FAX: 601-510-9019 Porch Dance presents choreDAILY UPDATES AT ography related to the exhibit JFPEVENTS.COM A Mississippi Story. $15, $10 MMA members; email; … “Betrayal” opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). For mature audiences. $7; call 601-9483533, ext. 224;


DJ Young Venom performs during the Real Soul Super Bowl Party at Duling Hall Feb. 2. Doors open at 3 p.m.


Groove Is in the Art Party is from 6-9 p.m. at Easely Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-707-5854; email; … Fred Eaglesmith is at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $20, $15 in advance; call 601292-7121; … Sun Ballet and Glass Rivers perform at 10 p.m. at Ole Tavern on George Street (416


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Saltine Oyster Bar Preview Dinner is at 6 p.m. at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244). The five-course dinner is a sneak peek of Jesse and Rachel Houston’s menu offerings at Saltine Oyster Bar, which opens later this year. RSVP. $60; call 601-982-8111; email; … How to Sell Your Writing is from 6-8:30 p.m. at JFP Classroom (125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Donna Ladd’s workshop covers the basics of pitching writing to magazines, newspapers, websites and book agents. Registration required. $40; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email


Elizabeth Spencer signs copies of “Starting Over: Stories” at 5 p.m. Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. Call 601-366-7619; … Music in the City is at 5:15 p.m. Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Taylis Fernandez and John Paul perform at 5:45 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515;


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Face to Face with History Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). School groups come face to face with key figures who helped to shape the history of the Old Capitol and the state of Mississippi. Reservations required. Free; call 601-576-6920;


Governor’s Prayer Luncheon Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mission Mississippi hosts the annual event. Speakers include Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson. $45; call 601-353-6477; Central Mississippi Ole Miss Rebel Club Winter Meeting Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Ole Miss head baseball coach Mike Bianco and Ole Miss Spirit recruiting analyst Yancy Porter are the speakers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Includes food and a cash bar. $25; call 601-941-7903, 601810-4667 or 601-506-3186; email Get2College ACT Workshop Feb. 1, 8-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). Includes an overview of mathematics,

Annual Black History Celebration Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at Greater Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church (5089 Moncure-Marble Road, Terry). The theme is “Our Future is Motivated by Our History!” The speaker is eight-year-old Min. Samuel Green. All soloists, groups, choirs and praise teams are invited to participate. Free; call 601-878-6947. First Tuesday Lecture Feb. 4, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Tom Mohrman, marine program manager at The Nature Conservancy, speaks on the topic “Healthy Gulf Ecosystems Support Healthy Gulf Economics.” Free with admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000; Mississippi Economic Development Council Winter Conference Feb. 5-7, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The theme is “Meet the Consultants.” Topics include foreign direct investment, target industries and Mississippi Development Authority updates. Registration required. Discounts for MEDC members. $405$480; call 601-352-1909; Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo through Feb. 18, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual event features horse and bull-riding competitions, animal exhibits and concerts. The rodeo is Feb. 6-12, and performers include Thomas Rhett, Corey Smith, Ronnie Milsap, Parmalee and Craig Morgan. Livestock show times vary. Free livestock shows, $16-$25 rodeo; call 601-961-4000 or 800-745-3000.

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Danny Simmons Brings Dreams to JSU


n an effort to bring more awareness to art, Jackson State University and Gallery 1 are hosting Danny Simmons the month of February. Simmons, a neo-African abstract expressionist painter, poet, art collector and philanthropist, founded Rush Arts Gallery and Corridor Gallery in New York in the ’90s. With his brother, Russell Simmons, he also established Def Poetry Jam, an HBO TV series that highlights both established and up-andcoming spoken word poets. Simmons is the author of a novel, “Three Days As The Crow Flies,” and a follow-up graphic novel, “’85,” as well as a book of his original poetry called “I Dreamed My People Were Calling, But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home” in 2007. After meeting Simmons almost two years ago, Gallery 1 director Kimberly Jacobs learned that he has a relative in Jackson, and she started trying to make arrangements for him to visit the gallery. While Jacobs agrees that Simmons is a great artist, she says the reason for bringing him to Jackson is deeper. “I really think the subject matter that he deals with in his art—especially in regards to ancestral connection and the spirituality aspect of it—I think that’s something very present in Mississippi as a state,” Jacobs says. “It resonates in a lot of unseen ways. I think that showing his work and bringing his perspective of viewing the ancestral connection that exists around us in many ways will evoke a new perspective on the • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” Saturdays, 1 p.m. Explore the solar system with Skye Watcher and discover what happened to the ex-planet, Pluto, as she tracks down clues that stretch back hundreds of years. • “Space Storm” Saturdays, 3 p.m. The film is an investigation of what happens in space as the sun hurls matter and energy towards Earth that produce a wide range of effects from aurora to power blackouts. “The Last Dragon” Film Screening Jan. 30, 5 p.m., at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). The 1985 classic film is about a martial-arts student’s quest for the force known as “The Glow.” Free; call 601-960-9250. “Goodnight Moon” Jan. 31, 7 p.m., and Feb. 2, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical is about a young bunny’s struggle to stay awake and enjoy the wonders of his room. $15, $10 ages 12 and under; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; Annual Black History Celebration Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at Greater Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church (5089 Moncure-Marble Road, Terry). Theme is “Our Future Is Motivated by Our History!” Speaker is 8-yearold Min. Samuel Green. Soloists, groups, choirs and praise teams invited. Free; call 601-878-6947.


“Betrayal” Feb. 1, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The play is a thriller about a man whose best friend has been having an affair with his wife for seven years. The play is part of New Stage Theatre’s Unframed Series. For mature audiences. $7 (cash or check); call 601-948-3533, ext. 224;

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Neo-African abstract expressionist painter Danny Simmons will visit Jackson State University in February.

way we see African American art and African art.” The exhibit at JSU will combine Simmons’ original work with pieces from his personal African art collection. Because his work is deeply informed by such African art, Jacobs thought it important to show both groups of work. “I think it will broaden the perspective of what African American art represents as well as the spiritual importance that exists in African art,” Jacobs says. “His African art collection is very personal. … He selects work that you would not typically see in a museum.” Danny Simmons’ “I Dreamed My People Were Calling, But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home” Exhibit and Opening Reception is at 5 p.m. Feb. 6 at Gallery 1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., 601-979-9250). The poetry reading and book signing is at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St., 601-979-2121) in the Student Center. Visit and for more information. —Briana Robinson “Platanos and Collard Greens” Feb. 5, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. The comedy play is about the relationship between African Americans and Latinos in New York City. The master class is at 9 a.m., and the performance is at 7 p.m. $15, $5 JSU students, $50 signature event season ticket; call 601-979-7036; Blood in My Eye: Readings of Black Radical Writers Feb. 5, 8 p.m., at Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 S. 14th St., Oxford). The event includes a staged reading directed by Alice Walker and a performance from the Ole Miss African Drum and Dance Ensemble. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments sold for a small donation. Free; call 662-236-6429; email yacoperations@;

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Tournament of Bands Extravaganza Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., at Forest Hill High School (2607 Raymond Road). The event features competitions in floor show, flag corps, majorette, and drum line. $10, children under 3 free; call 601-9186805; Annual Black History Celebration Feb. 2, 1 p.m., at Greater Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church (5089 Moncure-Marble Road, Terry). The theme is “Our Future is Motivated by Our History!” The speaker is eight-year-old Min. Samuel Green. All soloists, groups, choirs and praise teams are invited to participate. Free; call 601-878-6947. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music’s Early Music Concert Series Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). Taylis Fernandez and John Paul present Beethoven sonatas for cello and piano. $20, $5 students, $125 season tickets; call 601-594-5584; email;

,)4%2!29!.$3)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@; • “The Last Days of California” Jan. 30, 5 p.m. Mary Miller signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “The Girl from Felony Bay” Jan. 31, 5 p.m. J.E. Thompson signs books. $16.99 book. • “Starting Over: Stories” Feb. 4, 5 p.m. Elizabeth Spencer signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “The Kept” Feb. 5, 5 p.m. James Scott signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free. Charles Tisdale Library Branch Literary Event Feb. 1, 3-5 p.m., at Charles Tisdale Library (807 E. Northside Drive). Authors William Trest Jr. (“Reverse Guilty Plea”) and Meredith Coleman McGee (“Odyssey” and “James Meredith: Warrior and the America That Created Him”) sign and read from their books. Free admission, books sold for $7-$44; call 601-366-0021; Applause! Writers Series Jan. 30, noon, at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). Restaurateur Robert St. John and artist Wyatt Waters talk about their travels in Italy and their book, “An Italian Palate.” Free, $34.95 book (cash or check, pre-payment recommended); call 601-987-8181; email for book pre-payment instructions.

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1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Purchase items from Chinese artisans and create a craft to commemorate the Year of the Horse. Free; call 601-960-9250. How to Sell Your Writing Feb. 3, 6-8:30 p.m., at JFP Classroom (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Donna Ladd’s workshop covers the basics of pitching your writing to magazines, newspapers, websites and book agents. Heavy snacks and materials included. Registration required. $40; call 601-362-6121, ext. 15; email Creative Non-Fiction Writing 101 Starts Feb. 8 at JFP Classroom (Capitol Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324) Donna Ladd’s popular writing class series meets Feb. 8; Feb. 22; March 1; March 22, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. + evening party/ class reading. Any writing level welcome. Learn to write columns, memoir or even family histories. Light breakfast, workbook included. $150. (Seats limited.) Registration required. Call 601-3626121, ext. 15; email

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talist Guilio Carmassi—show #89 should be as awe-inspiring as the first. “Chris (Potter) is regarded as one of the two or three great saxophonists to emerge in his generation. … His improvisational skill is astonishing,” Metheny says with admiration. “Antonio (Sanchez) has been my main playing partner for the last 15 years. We have a special rapport that’s very rare.” Metheny, proud to play with this group of musicians, gives due respect to each of them. “Ben Williams is a relative newcomer. … He was the winner of the Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition in 2009,” he says. “Giulio Carmassi is the wild card. … Besides being an excellent piano player, he’s a really good trumpet player, saxophonist and guitarist which opens up a whole new palette for me in terms of writing for the group.” Another wild card is the inclusion of Metheny’s Orchestrion Project, a large array of automated instruments that Metheny controls with his guitar. The Orchestrion is the culmination of Metheny’s boyhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, years of research, and robotic technology. “After four years, I still can’t explain how the Orchestrion works, and people still don’t know what I’m talking about,” Metheny says. “When they see instruments playing by themselves, it’s like magic. For me, it’s this great, full element woven into the compositional fabric and a big chunk of what I do as a musician.” Pat Metheny Unity Group performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 3 at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $43.50-$48.50. Call 601-292-7123 or visit for tickets. Visit for more information. JIMMY KATZ


ew jazz musicians’ resumés can parallel that of fusion and post-bop guitarist Pat Metheny. Since his recording debut 40 years ago, Metheny has released three gold records and won 20 Grammy Awards, the most recent being Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2013 for “Unity Band.” He recorded and released the album in 2012 with Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sanchez as part of his Unity Band project. Born in 1954 near Kansas City, musical prodigy Metheny became the youngest instructor at Berklee College of Music at age 19. A virtuoso guitarist, composer and musical innovator, Metheny has collaborated with many well-respected musicians, including Lyle Mays and Joni Mitchell. Metheny admits that the music he compos- Jazz musician and multiple Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny (right) es is difficult to play. In 2013, he created the Pat performs with the Unity Band at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Metheny Unity Group as an extension of the Unity Center Feb. 3 in anticipation of releasing “Kin (←→).” Band project, and the group’s first recording, “Kin (←→),” is no exception. The group will perform the album through music sitting there,” Metheny says. in Jackson on Feb. 3—one day before its national release. With several weeks of rehearsal scheduled in January, “The music is quite complex, and it will be the first time Unity Group is gearing up for a 45-show tour of the U.S. we play live. Who knows what’s going to happen?” Metheny this spring, followed by almost 100 European gigs in the says. “The first show is always a special occasion. I’m confi- summer. When concert organizer Arden Barnett received the dent it all will be fine, but there will definitely be some but- call about bringing Metheny to Jackson, he was thrilled and terflies on stage that night, as opposed to gig #89.” chose the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center as the Metheny still gets excited when launching a new project. venue because of its excellent architectural acoustics. However, what sounds effortless in the studio is not easy to “Pat Metheny is one of the top five concerts I’ve ever put reproduce on stage. “The first song on the album runs about on,” says Barnett, who has worked with Metheny in the past. 20 minutes long and has 34 pages of scored music. There’s a Given the caliber of musicians—saxophonist Potter, lot of improvising going on, but there’s also the composed- percussionist Sanchez, bassist Williams and multi-instrumen-

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y favorite release of 2013 is Jason Isbell’s “Southeastern.” The first time I played the album, its lyrical beauty floored me. The songs feel like short stories chockfull of characters and experiences to which listeners can relate. Emotional connection is the key for enjoying this album. “Southeastern” is an album that I can see myself returning to several times (as I already have since its release in June) with just as much enjoyment as the first listen. The songs are as full of life and color, and Isbell’s delivery is on target. Upon its release, “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” became my favorite music documentary of last year. The film is a real pleasure for longtime fans of the cult band, but it also holds some solid information for newcomers. The story of Big Star is a sad one, but the music itself is glorious. Big Star hailed from Memphis and imploded before it could find a national audience, although most music critics loved the band. Chris Bell, one of the group’s founding


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“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” brought back to life a cult favorite band gone too soon.

members, died in a car crash in 1978. Alex Chilton, the other creative force within Big Star, went on to enjoy somewhat of a cult celebrity status through the ’80s and ’90s. He died of a heart attack in 2010. “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” does an amazing job of covering the band’s begin-

nings, but the real magic lies in its ability to bring Chris Bell back to life through previously unreleased footage and family interviews. Because people knew so little about Bell prior to this film, it’s nice to see him restored to his proper place in the band’s story. The documentary also features tons of interviews with the surviving players and places the viewer in Memphis during the early ’70s. My favorite reissue or archival release is “There’s A Dream I’ve Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971.” Many people are familiar with Lee Hazlewood’s work producing Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn,” and Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.” But Lee also ran his own record label and produced tons of music for other artists. This box set covers the heyday of Lee Hazlewood Industries and showcases Hazlewood’s lush arrangements and production. The set is encased in an LP-sized box and includes four CDs, a 172-page hardcover book and a DVD of his previously

unreleased film “A Cowboy in Sweden.” It serves as a perfect introduction to one of pop music’s overlooked artists. The deluxe version will be essential to fans of the Svengalitype Hazlewood, often seen as an innovator in the genre of country-rock. The biggest story is the ever-changing way we purchase and listen to music. Statista reports that vinyl sales continued to rise by 13 percent in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5 percent. Downloading is still the dominant format, with 40.6 percent sales, and cloud-based music services continue to grow in number and scope. With many new releases on slate, 2014 promises to be an exciting year for music. The James Brown biopic, for example, is currently in production. John Cusack and Paul Dano are splitting duties playing Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys in “Love & Mercy,” a film due out in the fall. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ invasion of America. Here’s hoping you all have an excellent and musical 2014.


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hile the domestic life may seem like it has no place for rock ‘n’ roll, Gordon and Joy Garretson dig into their experiences as a couple and as parents to create memorable music. The Jackson couple performs together as The Delicate Cycle, a band that brings together Joy’s folk sensibilities with Gordon’s indierock roots. After recording their own music at home for several years, they released their self-titled debut album in early January. Gordon is the primary instrumentalist for the duo, handling guitars, drums and bass on the recordings. Although he played music in high school while growing up in Jackson, Gordon did not become an active performing musician until he moved to Starkville in the early ’90s to attend Mississippi State University. The city’s lively music scene gave him the chance to play in a number of bands, including the Britpop-influenced Emma Peel as well as John Black Attack, a more indie rock-focused group. He credits much of his musical development to the inclusive environment in Starkville. “It was not competitive (among

bands),” Gordon says. “They all had very different styles of music, and everyone supported each other.” Joy plays guitar in The Delicate Cycle and is the group’s main songwriter and vocalist. While growing up in a religious home in Birmingham, she had to keep her interest in contemporary music under wraps. Friends supplied her with tapes of The Beatles and other groups, but Joy couldn’t be open with her fandom at home. “My parents were not OK with that at all,” she says about her love of pop music. “So I’d listen to things, but I had to pretend that I wasn’t or just turn it down really low.” She took the folkie route when she started college at Mississippi State in 1999, performing at open-mic nights around town. Joy met Gordon in Starkville, and they began dating in 2002. While they played music informally together, they did not begin to seriously write songs and record them until after marrying in 2005 and moving to Jackson the following year. The duo’s creative process begins with Joy writing a song. Then Gordon

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works on it and expands the sound as they record at their home. “After I get a certain amount down, I sort of let him make it sound different,” she says. “It would be a folk song on acoustic guitar, and Gordon soups it up a bit.” Joy’s voice is at the center of the songs on the new release. Her singing is unadorned but has a strong presence that brings to mind the focused vocals of The Breeders’ Kim and Kelley Deal. Gordon adds simple arpeggios and melody lines on guitar that intertwine with Joy’s singing. They propel the songs, such as on the tracks “Biology” and “Little Blue Thing.” The couple is not afraid of brevity. While most of the tracks on the album are standard pop-song length, some clock in at less than two minutes. Joy believes that this is a result of how her songs naturally develop rather than a conscious strategy. “If (a song) happens, and it’s short, it’s just short,” she says. “If I have to strain to come up with some kind of bridge or chorus, then I just don’t.” “The Delicate Cycle” is the first release on the Gorjus Rex record label, a project of Jackson artist and attorney David McCarty. Like Gordon, McCarty was active in Starkville’s music scene during the ’90s and wants to promote musicians who were part of it. “It’s that awesome Mississippi weirdness where you have people who create music and have been doing it for decades, but not enough people have heard it.” he says. “… I’m focusing on finding things I really care about made by people whom I respect and love, and trying to get other people to listen to them.” McCarty also created the lettering and photography for “The Delicate Cycle” physical CD package. He includes unique handmade elements in each copy of the disc, such as notes, photographs and hand alterations to the cover. McCarty hopes that these additions will reinforce the spirit of the music. “I think the songs have loving fingerprints all over them, and I want the physical package to be like that, too,” he says. In celebration of the release, The Delicate Cycle is planning live performances with its full band—Gordon and Joy plus bassist Bobby Anderson and drummer Woody Conwill. To listen to, download or order copies of “The Delicate Cycle,” visit and find the band on Facebook.



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THURSDAY, JAN. 30 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN 2): Mississippi State is tough at home, but the Bulldogs face only team left in the SEC still undefeated in conference play, the Florida Gators. FRIDAY, JAN. 31 NBA (7-9:30 p.m., ESPN): The Brooklyn Nets are fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and at home, but face a tall task against one of best teams in the Western Conference, the Oklahoma City Thunder. SATURDAY, FEB. 1 College basketball (12:30-3 p.m., CBS): Ole Miss looks to keep South Carolina winless in conference play at home. â&#x20AC;Ś College basketball (4-6 p.m., FSN): Mississippi State gets a little break while facing one of the worst teams in the SEC, the Vanderbilt Commodores in Nashville. SUNDAY, FEB. 2 NFL (5-9 p.m., Fox): Soak it in and drink it up as the Denver Broncos rumble with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIIâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the final football game until next season. MONDAY, FEB. 3 NHL (6:30-9 p.m., NBCSN): Your weekly hockey fix features the New Jersey Devils fighting for a playoff spot in the east and hosting the Colorado Avalanche, a current playoff team in the west. TUESDAY, FEB. 4 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN U): Ole Miss gets a chance to prove it is a tournament team with a win in Lexington against the Kentucky Wildcats. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5 College basketball (8-10 p.m., CSS): Mississippi State travels to face a middle-of-the-road SEC team, like themselves, when the Bulldogs take on the Texas A&M Aggies. Next week the Winter Olympics begin. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised to see a few â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cool Runningsâ&#x20AC;? references in next weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Slate. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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his is a Super Bowl of opposites: The awe-shucks Peyton Manning and the Broncos against the young, brash and trash-talking Seahawks. The top-ranked scoring offense will face off against the top-ranked scoring defenseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the fifth time that has happened, and the first time since 1990. The defense has won three of previous four (1990 Giants, 1984 49ers, and 1978 Cowboys). This is also the second time in the last 20 seasons that both top seeds reached the big game. All eyes will be on Manning as his career is nearing the end, and he still has just one ring. Manning led the league in passing yards and passing touchdownsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but, the three previous quarterbacks to reach the Super Bowl after doing the same all lost (Dan Marino, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady). Manning is also trying to become the first quarterback to lead two different teams to a Super Bowl victory. The other two (Kurt Warner and Craig Morton) who got close both lost with their second team. On the other side, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson will try to join a club that includes Brady, Warner and Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks to win the Super Bowl in their first or second year as a starter. Wilson is also vying to be the second black quarterback to win the Super Bowl. What do all these stats and numbers mean? Nothing really. The team that can exert its game plan will win this game. Seattle has the secondary to play the Denver wide receivers man-to-man. The Broncos have no receiver that the Seahawks canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover one-on-one.

Super Bowl. That means giving the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch. Lynch just keeps pounding the ball all game long and, eventually, he seems to go into â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beast Modeâ&#x20AC;? and break a big run or score a big touchdown. Stopping Lynch will be the number-one priority for the Broncos. The biggest thing for the Seahawks is to keep the game close. Seattle will be in big trouble if they try to win a shootout with Peyton Manning. Seattle has two key factors in quarterback Russell Wilson and do-everything player Percy Harvin. Wilson has been one of the biggest surprises since he came into the league as a third-round pick two years ago, but the quarterback struggled late in the season. If Harvin is on the field and healthy, it will help Wilson and Seattle. If healthy from a concussion, Harvin is a threat to score from anywhere he lines up. Seattle can put even more pressure on Denver by using Harvin on special teams. Doug Baldwin Jr. and Harvin returning kickoffs together and taking turns on punts should put some fear in the Broncos kicking game. Paul â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bearâ&#x20AC;? Bryant used to say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.â&#x20AC;? This game is certainly set up to test this old phrase. Seattle is an old-school team. It plays a tough, run-oriented offense and an even tougher, physical, smash-mouth defense. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the Seahawks to win.

Playing man-to-man will allow the Seahawks to try putting pressure on Manning without having to worry about getting burned in their secondary. Seattle also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about Manning runningâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he has never been much of a runner and is even FLICKR/LARRY MAURER

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more stationary at this late stage in his career. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move in the pocket, slide from the rush or run bootleg plays, but it does mean Manning is not running away from defenders. Look for Denver to throw quick passes and run pick plays to get receivers open. The Seahawks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to change who they are just because they are in the



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he last time we saw the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, John Elway (now the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive vice president of football operations) was walking into the sunset with his second-straight Super Bowl win. The last time the Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, they were getting jobbed in one of the worst-officiated Super Bowls ever. Denver quarterback Peyton Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last Super Bowl appearance ended with a Tracy Porter pick-six that gave the New Orleans Saints something longtime fans never thought they would see. Wes Welkerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one of Manningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main receiversâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;saw his last Super Bowl end in a huge dropped pass that helped the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots. The only current Seahawks to see a previous big game is Ricardo Lockette (who

went through the 2013 Super Bowl week with the 49ers). Seattle has the secondyoungest team in the league. That could mean the moment might prove too big for a Seahawks team with little to no Super Bowl experience. The Broncos have four players who have been to a Super Bowl, including Manning, plus head coach Fox. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has never been to a Super Bowl, but has coached for titles when he was at USC. Seattle is full of players who love to smack talk, but cornerback Richard Sherman might be the most outspoken. The All-Pro corner created some buzz after the NFC Championship Games with his postgame remarks. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe Sherman deserves the â&#x20AC;&#x153;thugâ&#x20AC;? description heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s getting. I have no problem with what he said, and certainly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel he owed a public apology.

I thought it was refreshing to see a player speak his mind instead of spewing athlete clichĂŠs. Media and fans always say they want players to be more colorful in interviews, but whenever that happens, the media and fans slam that player for speaking his or her mind. Sherman thinks he is the best corner in the world, and his play is backing it up. If you could actually get an honest answer out of Manning, he would likely tell you the same thing about his play at quarterback. Weather will be a big storyline at this Super Bowl. Football is meant to be played in the elements, and the sportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest game should be no different. Regular season and playoff games are decided in weather. Why canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the Super Bowl? Kudos to the NFL for selecting New York/New Jersey for this Super Bowl.

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