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ost story ideas come to Corey Davis when she’s bored and allows her mind to wander. One such daydream gave shape to the 16-year-old Clinton native’s debut novel, targeted to young adults. “Ollie Way” (Tate Publishing, January 2014, $27.99) introduces readers to the fictional Capricorn family: Ollie Way, his wife, Fern, and their 11 children. Set in Clinton, the story follows Ollie and Fern’s 14-year-old daughter Evangeline as she seeks to find out more about a father she barely remembers. The story takes a climactic turn when Ollie goes missing in action while serving in the army in Iraq. “There’s a bit of mystery, bit of drama, there’s adventure, whatever genre that fits into,” Davis says about her book. The idea came to her on an unusual day for fortunate outcomes—Friday the 13th: “I daydreamed this family, but I only had the family first. I didn’t have the entire story.” It was only as she began putting thoughts to paper that the story started to take on a bigger form. “Once I got it out on paper, I started the first chapter, and I was just like, well let’s see where this goes,” she says. “And it just went.” Originally from Byram, the only child of Debbie and Chuck Davis has called Clinton home for nearly six years. Setting her debut novel in Clinton was not simply a matter of the “write what you know” mantra, but because of her love for the town. “I just like the tight-knit community of


it,” she says of Clinton. “It’s like an old small town, and I like that feel.” Davis has been writing stories since elementary school and attributes her love for the written word to her parents, who read to her at a young age. The appeal of creating and inhabiting new characters is what Davis loves most about writing. “Each story is like a different world. I think that’s special,” she says. Writing the book was not only a lesson in the commitment it takes to see a novel through from start to finish, but revelatory as far as her relationship with God, which she says grew stronger during the process. This influence is evident in her characters’ development and her use of biblical symbolism throughout the novel. “Ollie Way’s whole story is paralleling Jesus’; that’s the biggest thing,” she says. Davis, who names Marcus Zusak as a favorite author, is a Clinton Christian Academy sophomore and editor of her school paper. Feedback on her novel has been positive, which set aside one of her initial fears. She lights up when speaking about a book signing held earlier in the day at Quinsenberry Library in Clinton. “Some people came all the way from Franklin County (Mississippi), and they made a whole day out of it, a mother and her daughter who likes to write, too,” she says. “It was cool.” Visit for more information. —Demetrice Sherman

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10 Well-Done Wellness

Greenwood-based kitchen appliance company Viking Range LLC has developed an employee wellness program to alleviate the health issues it sees in its Mississippi workforce.

36 Slavery Onstage

“A big crux of the play—(which) the author fell in love with in researching—is that there actually were Jewish families who owned slaves, and all historians agree that there is a very high probability that there were Jewish slaves as well. So (there’s) the friction of Jewish slave owners owning slaves despite their history being slaves coming out of Egypt and celebrating their freedom.” —Brian Maxsween, “‘The Whipping Man’: The Anatomy of Freedom”

37 Lights, Camera, Oscars

See who you should be picking for your Oscars office pool with film reviewer Jordan Sudduth’s 2014 predictions.

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by Amber Helsel, Editorial Assistant

Behind the Mask


f you’ve known me for a long time, you might remember the brief period in my life when I was absolutely obsessed with all things “Pirates of the Caribbean.” To this day, I’ve seen each of those movies at least 20 times (and I’m not exaggerating). When I’m going through my jewelry box, I sometimes find a replica of Davy Jones’ locket from “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At World’s End,” and the piece of Aztec gold from “Curse of the Black Pearl.” My hope chest, which my mother bought me as a high-school graduation present in 2007, looks like a treasure chest. Though I’m seven or eight years older, I get excited when I hear about a new POTC release (the next one is in 2016). The adventurousness and wonder of the franchise still captivates me. Argue all you want about how ridiculous the series has gotten, but there’s a reason each new film still breaks box office records. Lately, I’ve found a new reason to watch the movie franchise, a new way it mesmerizes me. Since January, I’ve been taking fencing lessons at the Baptist Healthplex in Jackson (717 Manship St., 601968-1766) with the Mississippi Fencing Club. I love the look people give me when I tell them I spend three hours each Thursday and Saturday in a mask and jacket, sweating my butt off while doing parries and ripostes, advances and retreats. My parents tell me just how impractical it is. My favorite questions have to be my stepfather’s: “What’s the practical application of that?” and “Can you defend yourself with it?” The answers, sadly, are no and probably not, though I do wonder. But, as my coworkers at Jackson Free Press remarked, I can scare the hell out of

someone by pulling a foil weapon out of my car. There are actually three types of fencing, but since I’m still new, I only fence foil. In my opinion, foil is more complicated than the other two. While épée and sabre are aggressive, foil is more calculating and precise, although it does require a level of aggression. The thing about that type of fencing

When I don that fencing mask and jacket, I feel like I can do anything.

is that you have only a small target area. Épée is the whole body, sabre is all of the upper body, but the area for foil is the torso, excluding the head, arms and legs. You have to be careful about where you hit and how you hit. Top of the shoulders? Not a hit. If the button at the end of your foil doesn’t click? Not a hit. From the moment I stepped onto the gym floor, donned in a mask and a blue-jean fencing jacket, I knew this was going to be different than anything I had ever done.

The first day wasn’t the most physically demanding, but was probably the most confusing. The first and most simple lesson Richard taught me was how to salute. Saluting feels much like I would imagine a plié feels, but instead of my feet pointing out, my left foot was parallel to the front wall, and my right foot was parallel to the mirror to the right of me. I followed Richard and pointed my weapon down to the left, pointed the tip at his face, then the ceiling and down to my right. From salute, I went into en garde, possibly one of the most confusing pieces of footwork in the history of footwork. As before, my left foot was parallel to the wall, but I had to bring my right foot forward, pointing straight, and then do a slight squat. During fencing, you have to stay like that, which is hard to remember most of the time (for me, anyway). From then on, it got harder. I had to remember to salute (which I still forget all the time), how to hold my weapon, how to move the blade with my fingers and keep my wrist almost prostrate, how to advance and retreat, how to lunge, and then how to advance and lunge. I jokingly told Richard that I needed flash cards to remember the terminology, but he said that fencing isn’t something you learn from textbooks or even Google. I can know the differences between the types of weapons all I want, but it doesn’t matter if I can’t actually fence with them. A couple of weeks ago, I performed my first bout. I went up against a girl who is probably about 14. She had the advantage, because she’s been doing this sport for five years. I’ve been in it for a mere month and a half. At first, I was scared. My instinct to flee kicked in, and all I could do was run from her attacks. Eventually, though, I found myself

getting more into it. I advanced, I retreated. I changed up the footwork to confuse her, which was actually kind of an accident, and then I lunged, and even hit her a couple of times. And when class ended, all I could think was how much I wanted to go again. I’ve bouted a few more times, and one of the more experienced fencers informed me I need to be less aggressive because I’ll wear myself down quickly. Of course, my bouting isn’t that amazing. I mostly run back and forth trying to break through and hit, and I often forget that after I parry, the point is mine if I score. My boyfriend, Jon, asked me a couple of weeks ago how I feel when I fence. Do I feel fat? Do I care? I answered him with a resounding “no.” When I fence, or even watch fencing, I don’t think about anything else. I’m no longer short and fat—I’m just short, and I have that advantage. The fact that my hair is a mess before and after doesn’t matter to me, because I’m going to end up smelling like a dirty gym sock anyway. I’m not worried about where my life is headed or whether I ate healthy that day. I’m present. I’m in the moment. Everything else falls away, and I’m there, defending myself, advancing and retreating, learning how to fake an attack to gain right of way, and when I don that fencing mask and jacket, I feel like I can do anything. Even go to the Olympics. Now, when I watch POTC, I’m not only entertained by Johnny Depp’s ridiculous portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow—I’m also watching the footwork and the way the characters duel. I want to be a part of that world, and though I’m about 400 years too late, I can still participate in some shape or form. I’m not a great fencer, not yet. But watch out. I’ll be winning tournaments before you know it.

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Latasha Willis

Demetrice Sherman

R.L. Nave

Alexis Moody

Micah Smith

Kathleen Mitchell

LaShanda Phillips

Justin Gudger

Events Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance graphic designer and the mother of one cat. She compiled the arts-preview listings.

Editorial Intern and Mississippi Delta native Demetrice Sherman loves animals, books, and chocolate, all in abundance. Name a movie, and chances are she still hasn’t seen it. She wrote the Jacksonian.

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@ or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12.

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

Micah Smith recently graduated from Mississippi College where he studied English and Journalism. When not writing reviews or his music column, he performs with the local band Sun Ballet. He wrote an artspreview blurb.

Features Editor Kathleen M. Mitchell is usually talking, thinking or Instagramming about wine. She hopes to continue her studies to become a first-level sommelier. She wrote food features.

Freelance writer LaShanda Phillips is a graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. She wrote arts -preview blurbs.

Justin Gudger is a singer/songwriter and Jackson native, whose hobbies exclude growing up and smiling for photographs. His two favorite subjects are lunch and recess. He wrote an arts-preview blurb.






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YOUR TURN Comment grab bag from “RIP, Orley Hood,� by Rick Cleveland (Person of the Day feature, May 2, 2013) WilliamSpellJr At a time when The Clarion-Ledger employed dozens of sharp, talented journalists, Orley Hood was a star among them. Even though he was known as a top-drawer sports writer, I most admired his humor columns. Orley rose to be features editor of The Clarion-Ledger at a time when the features section of the daily was bigger than the whole paper is today. He had a remarkable career, and I am glad to have known him personally for a long, long time. justjess My sincere condolences to Orley’s family. I worked with his wife, Mary Ann, during the ’80s. She was a very supportive colleague. I also enjoyed the humorous columns written by Orley. In many of his selections, he would use “MA,� which are Mary Ann’s initials. Orley’s leaving the CL was like a death back then ... the paper never recovered.

hear it again.� (his grandfather) Secret to life: Getting a good education

“Brave Times at Burglund High,� by David Ray jayess1 Great piece; I stay one block from the school and never knew the turmoil and troubles the students went through, but thanks JFP for recognition to the students who were denied such innocence of just trying to live the words “all men are created equal.� “The Joshua Generation,� Editor’s Note by R.L. Nave tomhead1978 Powerful. I’m glad you wrote this. Lindahelen Teenagers should have the freedom to be teenagers. Period. Placing false social constructs around that developmental stage does not benefit the evolution of the human race as a whole, only the shrinking fragment of the privileged few ... who seem bent on coming up with ever more frantically unreasonable machinations to hang on to their power. In the end, the balance will shift, but I don’t see an end to it in my lifetime (possibly another 20 years). There will be too much damage done to existing civil rights that will have to be undone. Even then ... those who attain power do not give that up just because


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“it’s the right thing to do.â€? Sigh. I am grateful for your insight. It bolsters the fight for equal treatment under the law. Some days it looms larger than available resources. “Tigers of a Different Stripe,â€? Editor’s Note by Donna Ladd RonniM ABC sportscaster Dale Hansen had this to say in a rebuke (which has gone viral) to those who have spoken against Michael Sam’s declaration: “Michael Sam would be the first openly gay player in the NFL. [He] says he knows there will be problems ‌ and they’ve already started. Several NFL officials are telling Sports Illustrated it will hurt him on draft day because a gay player wouldn’t be welcome in an NFL locker room. It would be uncomfortable, because that’s a man’s world.â€? “You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs pulling her hair out by the roots, you’re the fourth guy taken in the NFL Draft. You kill people while driving drunk, that guy’s welcome. Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes, we know they’re welcome. Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away, you lie




to police trying to cover up a murder—we’re comfortable with that. You love another man, well, now you’ve gone too far. “It wasn’t that long ago when we were being told that black players couldn’t play in ‘our’ games because it would be ‘uncomfortable.’ And even when they finally could, it took several more years before a black man played quarterback. Because we weren’t ‘comfortable’ with that, either. ... “I’m not always comfortable when a man tells me he’s gay; I don’t understand his world. But I do understand that he’s part of mine.�

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he most amazing JFP Chick Ball yet will be July 19 at the Mississippi Arts Center when we celebrate its 10th anniversary. We need your help: You can volunteer, sponsor the event, donate to the silent auction and more. We are also planning a Chick Ball Jam, with more live music at Hal & Mal’s. Email or call 601-362-6121, ext. 23. to get involved.









Crime? There’s an App for That

Wednesday, Feb. 12 Congress votes to restore full costof-living pension increases for younger military retirees. ‌ Comcast Corp. announces that it will buy Time Warner Cable Inc. for about $45.2 billion.

by Ronni Mott


nstead of fighting the fact that the over“What we want to do with ‘Stop the Cardozo and Peeples middle school, in his whelming majority of Jackson’s high- Silence’ is to create a whole new culture with district, to contribute to the project. school students have mobile phones, our young people,� Yarber said, where they Once the research is complete, Yarber Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber is can report bullying, gun play, violence, and said, “our IT group at the city will basically hoping to convince young people—and all drug use to help get a handle on crime in be moving at the beat of the drum of the Jacksonians—to use their smart phones to schools and in the city. young people to design the app.� He’ll be help lower the city’s crime rate. able to announce a release date once “One of the problems in fightthe city’s technical experts undering crime in the city is this ‘code stand the scope of the project. of silence’ people take on. PrimarOne issue Yarber has yet to ily, people don’t talk. They don’t address fully is the cell-phone ban snitch,� he said. “What we found is in Jackson’s schools. At a presentathat they will (talk), but they want tion for Parents for Public Schools to be safe doing it.� Lunch Bunch gathering in January, Calling or talking to police Provine High School Principal Ladirectly can create an atmosphere ketia Marshall-Thomas emphasized of instability and uncertainty, the difficulty schools have in enforcYarber said, so he is proposing an ing the ban. Whenever something alternative solution. even mildly interesting happens, The councilman brought the “every kid pulls out their phones,� concept, an app he calls “Stop the Marshall-Thomas said. The schools Silence,� to the city as an easy way can’t keep up with every cell phone for Jacksonians, especially students, in students’ possession. to report criminal activity while rePam Greer, director of the taining their anonymity. Stop the Violence program at the Pam Greer, a community activist and anti-crime crusader, Yarber sees social-media postPam Greer Foundation, a local believes the ubiquitous nature of smartphone apps could ings about issues on school grounds, non-profit, is enthusiastic about be a valuable crime-fighting tool for Jackson. such as the bogus “fight schedule� “Stop the Silence.� She can imagine incident last November at Murrah it being useful in many situations, High School, as the kids’ reaching including reporting domestic-vioout the only way they know how. “If it doesn’t allow them to remain lence incidences, especially if it would allow Then, in December, 15-year-old Des- anonymous, then it’s a deal breaker, and we’ll Jacksonians to reach assistance anonymously tinee Ford, a Wingfield High School fresh- abandon the whole idea,� he added. and quickly. She echoed the “code of silence� man, was shot and killed during an afterThe councilman is working with mem- Yarber referenced that keeps people from school fight. With supposedly more than bers of the Mayor’s Youth Initiative and the calling authorities for fear of retaliation. 100 onlookers, someone could have reported United Way of the Capital Area to research “I think the app would really work,� the trouble to the Jackson police with an app the most effective way to develop the app, Greer said. as easily as they posted photos and videos on he said. He will also ask students from Comment at Email Ronni social-networking sites such as Instagram. Wingfield and Forest Hill high schools, and Mott at TRIP BURNS

Thursday, Feb. 13 Four gay married couples file a federal lawsuit challenging the Louisiana Constitution’s prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. ‌ Afghanistan releases 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison, despite warnings that the men are dangerous Taliban fighters and bomb-makers likely to return to killing foreign forces and Afghans. Friday, Feb. 14 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wins a commitment from China to help bring a belligerent North Korea back to nuclear disarmament talks. ‌ The Obama administration gives banks a road map for doing business with legal marijuana sellers without getting into trouble. Saturday, Feb. 15 President Barack Obama signs separate measures into law to lift the federal debt limit and restore benefits that had been cut for younger military retirees.


Monday, Feb. 17 An Oklahoma pharmacy agrees not to provide a drug for a scheduled execution next week in Missouri as part of a settlement with the death row inmate’s attorneys. ‌ Jimmy Fallon makes his debut as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,â€? as the TV institution returns to New York after four decades based on the West Coast. Tuesday, Feb. 18 India’s Supreme Court commutes the death sentences to life in prison for three men convicted of playing minor roles in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, which also caused the deaths of 17 other people.


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Sunday, Feb. 16 Two men are accused of defacing a statue of James Meredith on the University of Mississippi campus by draping a noose and an old Georgia state flag on it. The university offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to the culprits’ arrest.

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Warranties Could Provide Relief for Pipe Repairs by Ronni Mott

sue in Jackson. Both the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Public Works costsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;up to $4,000 per occurrenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at a cost gram to the regular Jackson City Council Department and private plumbers have had of about $7 to $8 per month. meeting Feb. 11 in an effort to get the program plenty to contend with. Not only would the program give moving. USP asks participating cities to allow Some relief, at least for Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hom- Jacksonians a reasonable alternative to big them to use the city seal in its marketing maeowners, may be in the offing. The National out-of-pockets costs, it would also provide terials. Citing the need for further information League of Cities offers a service-line warranty the city with some needed revenue through and a concern about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s liabilities under program through Canonsburg, Pa.-based royalties, potentially making it a win for all the program, two council members objected: Utility Service Partners Inc. About 200 cities concerned. The program comes at no cost Ward 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LaRita Cooper-Stokes and Ward 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s across the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;from AnMelvin Priester Jr. niston, Ala., to Atlanta, Ga., to Yarber and Ward 7â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Riverton, Wyo.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;have offered Margaret Barrett-Simon the program to their residents eventually withdrew the item since 2010 when the NLC befrom discussion. gan offering it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had two briefings While it is not clear on this,â&#x20AC;? where USP reprewhether business owners could sentatives came to Jackson to participate in the program, the speak with the council and warranties would cover the cost answer questions, Yarber said. of expensive water- and sewerâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt that it was being politiline repairs for residents who cized, so I pulled it.â&#x20AC;? He added choose to purchase a warranty. that he will be speaking to his Jackson City Councilfellow council members to asman Tony Yarber, of Ward 6, suage their doubts. is an advocate for bringing the â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got four votes to Some Jackson City Council members want to introduce a program to Jackson. For a low move it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put it back on the warranty program that give provide homeowners and perhaps monthly rate, he said, homeagenda,â&#x20AC;? Yarber said. businesses relief if and when their pipes burst. owners could quickly get needBarrett-Simon said dured repairs to water and sewer ing the council meeting that pipes on (or under) their properties without to the city and would use area plumbers to the National League of Cities and the cithaggling with the city. make repairs. ies that have put the program in place have â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a result of the (Environmental Proâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The work is performed by licensed, thoroughly vetted the program. tection Agency) consent decree, residents will local plumbers who will call the customer â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s negligent of us â&#x20AC;Ś not to offer this be forced to do repairs if there are issues with within one hour of filing a claim,â&#x20AC;? the Util- (to homeowners),â&#x20AC;? she said. their lines,â&#x20AC;? Yarber told the Jackson Free Press. ity Service Partners website states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The reIf the warranty were to be offered to Under the consent decree, the city will pair is performed professionally and quickly, business owners, Lundemo said Rainbow do â&#x20AC;&#x153;smokeâ&#x20AC;? tests to test lines throughout the typically within 24 hours. USP provides a could be interested. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It sounds like it would city, but USP does not cover repairs that result personally staffed 24/7 repair hotline for resi- be a wise business decision to take that kind from failed smoke tests. Still, Yarber said the dents, 365 days a year.â&#x20AC;? of insurance,â&#x20AC;? he said. program could provide a way to mitigate some Yarber brought one aspect of the proComment at



hen employees at Rainbow Natural Grocery Co-op on Old Canton Road arrived to open the store Feb. 8, they discovered a familiar problem. The store was flooded. But unlike previous deluges, Rainbow couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame this incident on rain. A water pipe under Montgomery Hardware (Rainbowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor to the south) had burst, causing problems for businesses as far as a block away at Babalu Tacos and Tapas on Duling Avenue. The break resulted in a standoff: Montgomeryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner, who does not live in Jackson, maintained that the break wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t his problem and that the city should fix it. The city pushed the responsibility back onto the property owner. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s position is that its liability ends at the street. The disagreement left Rainbow with little choice: Fix the pipe or shut down until someone else got around to it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were one of the four businesses affected where water was really crucial to our existence,â&#x20AC;? Rainbowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO Luke Lundemo said. He said Rainbow would probably fight the city over the cost of the repairs, because city statutes are unclear over whose responsibility it was to fix the line. Lundemo said he has yet to receive a bill from the contractor, who worked all day Saturday and into the night to resolve the issue. The city has made at least one ineffective attempt to fix the problem, and Jackson has delayed a Fondren enhancement project that would address that issue, among others. Between the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aging water and sewer systems and sub-freezing weather, broken pipes have become a contentious is-



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he city of Greenwood and one absenteeism, Tackett said. mittee and Senate Finance committee are of its major employers, Viking Companies like Viking that have considering the legislation. Range LLC, seem like a lesson in implemented wellness programs could contrasts. be eligible for tax credits under proposed Futile Systems The Mississippi Delta, of which legislation now under consideration in the As the Mississippi Legislature beGreenwood occupies the eastern edge, is Mississippi Legislature. The Workplace gan the process of assembling—and deone of the poorest and least bating—the state budget, healthy regions of the naDemocrats attempted to tion. Viking, which makes paint their Republican colkitchen appliances, is recleagues into a corner over ognized internationally for pay raises for state workers, the quality of the sleek, education spending and stainless steel high-end apMedicaid expansion. pliances it has manufacThe House and Senate tured in Mississippi since completed passing the first 1989. versions of more than 100 “Being located where appropriations bills for the we are, we see lots of emproposed $6 billion budget ployees with pre-diabetic for 2015. Budget negotiaand diabetic issues and tors have until the end of heart-health issues,” Beth March to decide on a final Tackett, Viking’s humanspending program. resources director, told In considering Rep. Cecil Brown singlehandedly tried to amend a spending bill the Jackson Free Press in a spending requests for to expand the Medicaid program to cover hundreds of thousands more Mississippians. phone interview. more than two dozen Plus, with the Delta state agencies, minorfacing a shortage of primaity-caucus Democrats atry-care physicians, Tackett tempted to amend each said the company stepped up and be- Wellness Tax Credit in a state income appropriation bill to give state workcome more proactive in the health of their tax credit to help offset 50 percent of the ers about a $1,000 pay increase. workers. The answer was developing an cost of the wellness programs. Backers of Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, who employee wellness program, which later the bill say the credit would be capped at chairs the Appropriations Committee, included setting up a clinic exclusively for around $20,000 in credits per company accused Democrats of playing politics Viking employees and their families. per year for qualified programs. by forcing several recorded roll-call votes Viking’s wellness program includes “A pedometer program is not a well- on the pay-raise amendments for various opening up some of the company’s renown ness program,” said Murray Harber, exec- agencies. Frierson said the state can’t afcooking classes, which can cost $150 to utive director at the Mississippi Business ford the estimated $39 million plan re$200 for members of the public, to em- Group on Health, referring to programs quired under the Democratic proposal or ployees with heart health issues at no cost. where participants track and record the Rep. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose. The clinic, staffed by a nurse practitioner, number of steps they take each day. Under the recommended budget serves Viking’s three manufacturing sites Qualified programs would have to for fiscal year 2015, which begins July 1, in Greenwood. Combined, the programs include behavioral change, employee en- teachers would get raise, but other state are designed to make employees feel bet- gagement and health awareness compo- employees would not. Frierson said top ter about themselves, which cuts down on nents. The House Ways and Means Com- budget writers talked about including a

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raise for most workers. “We wanted to do it. And we ran out of money,” Frierson told the House. Stringer said many state employees haven’t had a raise in seven years. He was Appropriations Committee chairman from early 2004 to early 2012, when Democrats held the House majority. Stringer offered several more payraise amendments Thursday, as did Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, during debate over the K-12 public-education budget. “We didn’t have revenue back then, but the economy has picked up,” Stringer said. Meanwhile, a very early version of the Medicaid bill passed with relative ease despite a Democratic attempt to amend it to cover more Mississippians. The amendment from Brown failed along a mostly party-line vote of 52 supporting and 64 voting against it. In December, researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham published a report showing that Mississippi taxpayers would spend $579 million between 2014 and 2020 to expand Medicaid, which the federal Affordable Care Act allows, but Mississippi Republicans have rejected. However, the state would draw more than $1.4 billion in tax revenues as a result, and generate more than $14 billion in total new economic activity. It would also create 20,000 new jobs and provide an $848 million increase in net state and local tax revenues. Those benefits would eventually trickle down to cities and counties. Jackson would get the biggest boost, representing more than $1 billion in total economic activity over the seven-year period between 2014 and 2020; Medicaid expansion would also mean 2,712 new jobs for the capital-city area, the UAB researchers determined.

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ackson Public Schools is on track with its programs for disabled children, Superintendent Cedrick Gray announced Monday, lifting the threat of losing its accreditation over violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. “When I first came to JPS as superintendent, I inherited a special-education program facing many complicated challenges,” Gray said during a brief press conference. “However, through a collaborative effort with the Mississippi Department of Educa-

JPS Superintendent Cedrick Gray announced Monday that the district has met the state’s conditions and the guidelines set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and will keep its accreditation as a result.

tion, or MDE, we have made a significant difference in improving conditions in exceptional education.” Gray said that through numerous site visits and evaluations, MDE and a dedicated JPS team have corrected all non-compliance issues based on 21 student files. “Substantial progress has been made as a result of our corrective action plan,” Gray said. “It should be noted that although we have climbed this particular mountain, we still have mountains to climb,” Gray said. Those “mountains” are in a sustainability plan to address on-going issues for disabled students, and include organization, discipline and individual education plans for the students. MDE still needs to give its final approval, which Gray expects to receive in April. The actions probably come too late for the teenagers named in the 2010 lawsuit that prompted the changes. The Southern Poverty Law Center accused the district of suspending students with learning or emotional disabilities because of behavior stemming from their disabilities. School officials frequently sent the youngsters to the Capital City Alternative

School instead of helping the children stay in their regular school. The suit, outlined in a January 2012 Jackson Free Press story, said that JPS handcuffed children to metal railings for minor disciplinary infractions, such as not wearing a belt, sassing a teacher or refusing to do homework. School authorities often left those children alone and cuffed for hours without food, water or access to a bathroom. The state Department of Education’s Office of Special Education launched an investigation in response to the suit, and found that JPS had “failed to address the ongoing pattern of behavioral and/or emotional concerns of the student cases reviewed.” MDE threatened to pull JPS’ accreditation if the district didn’t make substantive progress to correct its deficiencies. JPS received two extensions of the November 2012 deadline to come into compliance with the law. This announcement squeaked in under the final Feb. 28 deadline, which the Mississippi Board of Education granted the district last July. Psychologist Joy Hogge, executive director of Families as Allies and the Mississippi chapter of the national Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, attended the press conference. Families as Allies works with parents of disabled children, helping them navigate schools and mental-health resources to provide their children with the help they need and the public education they have a right to expect. While she’s optimistic about the work JPS has completed to retain its accreditation, it’s clear to Hogge that the district has additional work to do. “With some students at some schools, we have seen significant changes,” Hogge said, adding that JPS has many administrators and teachers who are dedicated to making sure disabled students receive the support they need to learn. While these are still isolated incidents, she is seeing students getting appropriate support more frequently. She emphasized, though, that the accreditation evaluation was based on only 21 students in a population of about 400 children enrolled in special education classes in the district. Hogge said that the schools have yet to identify all of the emotional- and learningdisabled children in their care. “I don’t doubt that those 21 children … met compliance, but there are so many more children,” Hogge said. “I haven’t heard any information about what’s going to happen with that greater group.” Comment at Email Ronni Mott at Read the 2012 JFP story at

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Long and Winding Road


ig Roscoe: â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been Clubb Chicken Wingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hot Wing Happy Hour Open-Mic Poetry Jam. Tonight, the poets, artists and activists really shared their souls with the people. I hope you enjoyed our hot wings while indulging in hot topics. Our last artist on the mic is the Unknown Satirical Poet who will address class tensions in America by sharing his altered version Paul McCartneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Long and Winding Road.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The long and winding road That leads to your revolving door Will never disappear Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen that road before It always leads us here to remain unhappy and poor. The wild and scary day When the great recession came our way Left the poor and middle class in a pool of tears Crying every day Why you left us standing here What a price to pay. Many times weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been so broke And many times weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cried Any way youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never know or care about The many jobs weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve applied.

Those cuts to unemployment insurance and food stamps still lead us back To the long winding road You left the working class waiting here Around thirty years ago Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave the poor folk standing here Let us come through your door. But still politics and greed lead poor and middle class back To the long winding road You left 99 percent of us waiting here A long, long time ago Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised when we get tired of standing here And break through your doooooor.â&#x20AC;?


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Why it stinks: The administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouthpiece should tone the sanctimonious rhetoric a bit. It really wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that long ago that President Barack Obama was himself triangulating on gay-rights issues to win over centrists in flyover country who would have a hard enough time swallowing the idea of a black man in the Oval Office, let alone one who was gay friendly. Eventually, Carneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boss did come around, endorsing same-sex marriage, repealing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Ask, Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Tellâ&#x20AC;? and extending certain benefits to the families of same-sex-loving folks. And, during a visit to the African continent in the summer of 2013, Obama did nudge African leaders on being more accepting of gay rights. But Obama held off on evolvingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his wordâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the gay-rights question until he needed to cash in some political capital for his reelection bid. How backward is that?

State Worker Pay Raise Could Jumpstart Economy


ast month, in a story that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t receive a huge amount of media coverage, state economist Darrin Webb told a legislative panel that the state of Mississippi isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not projected to be, isâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the No. 1 employer in the state. More than 31,000 people work for the state, according to the Mississippi State Personnel Board, which is more than eight times the number of people who work at the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top employer, Nissan North America Inc. in Canton. (The No. 2 private employer is RPM Pizza LLC, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Domino Pizza franchise owner). That information seemed to embarrass top legislative Republicans, who for more than two years now have helmed the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy, which is not recovering as quickly as the rest of the nation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more private-sector growth in job creationâ&#x20AC;? was all that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, R-Poplarville, was able to muster at the January meeting. A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush. Why sit around and wait for some industrial savior to swoop in and create well-paying jobs with good benefits on Mississippi when we could give the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy an immediate cash infusion through its state workers? Think of state workers as mini chief executive officers of tiny little corporations called â&#x20AC;&#x153;households.â&#x20AC;? Unlike Nissan, which is a Japanese company, or Dominoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, whose corporate headquarters are in Michigan, the CEOs of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s households all live and spend most of their money right here in Mississippi.

When the Mississippi House recently took up a series of spending bills, Democrats tried unsuccessfully to amend each agency budget request to give all state workers about a $1,200-per-year state increase, which Frierson was quick to note would eat up about $39 million in the budget. It would also be $39 million going directly into the hands of Mississippi citizens, who would likely turn around and buy a shiny new Nissan Altima, take the family out for pizza more often or buy a new living room set (Ashley Furniture Homestore, headquartered in Ecru, is the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s No. 3 private employer), generating sales-tax revenue and, possibly, new jobs. The fact that, under Speaker Philip Gunnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership, House Republicans are bending over sideways to find money for across-the-board pay raises for teachers, who are state workers, shows that where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a political will, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way. And the fact that the state cannot seem to give away the $5.5 million the Legislature set aside for more armed guards in public schoolsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;so far, only enough districts to use half the money have appliedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is a clear indication that our policymakers are hopelessly tone deaf when it comes to what the people of Mississippi want. Lawmakers should start listening and do the economic math on giving all state workers a raiseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention giving full consideration to the benefits of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Both could help the state grow and prosper.

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3347 Robinson St cast as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Clarksdale. McPhail acted in seven of the films shown during the recently concluded Oxford Film Festival, including his role as a zombie killer in “Last Call.” McPhail’s wife Susan, a rising actress herself, co-starred in the film. McPhail’s work in “Ballast,” winner of directing and cinematography awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, caught the eye of famed movie director Quentin Tarantino, who invited the Oxford actor to his New Orleans penthouse to read for a part in the 2012 box-office winner “Django Unchained.” “He’s quite a character,” Mcphail said. “The guy’s a genius. He remembered every line I did in ‘Ballast.’ We sat down at a long table and read. He said, ‘You are too kind of a character to play any of these parts. These are bad men.’ I said, ‘Quentin, I can play bad.’ He reached over and grabbed my face, kind of like being blessed by the Pope. He said he was going to write me something.” Tarantino wrote a part for McPhail in “Django Unchained” but, alas, it wound up on the cutting-room floor. A film actor no longer has to be in Hollywood to get roles, McPhail said. “We do it all through the Internet now. I can be auditioning with someone in L.A. in a matter of minutes. I do it from home. I’ve got the lighting to make it look good.” Besides, he said, Oxford is an ideal place for an actor. “Oxford, Mississippi, is one of the best. We are equidistant from Shreveport—they make a lot of movies there—Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Atlanta, then we are closer to Nashville,” he said. McPhail plays a bartender opposite star Matthew McConaughey in the March 2 and 9 segments of “True Detective.” McPhail said he’s never seen a harder-working star. “McConaughey stays in character all the time. If they yell, ‘Cut!’ everybody goes out and eats or whatever. He takes a chair, and he’s in that script, reading and reading.” Looking back, McPhail said his acting life still seems like a dream: “Another quantum leap from a cotton patch in north Mississippi.” 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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XFORD – Johnny McPhail and Lana Turner have something in common. The six-feet-fourinch, 215-pound, longhaired, mustachioed north Mississippi farm boyturned-actor and the Hollywood sex siren of yesteryear both got discovered in a café. Turner was 17, skipping school and enjoying a soda in a Hollywood ice cream parlor. Soon she had a movie contract and was a rising star. McPhail, now 70, was turning 50 and enjoying a cup of coffee at Smitty’s in downtown Oxford when the casting director for the movie “The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag” spotted him. “You’ve got an interesting face,” the casting director said. “You ever thought about being in the movies? Come by and see me.” “And I did,” McPhail told me as we sat in another Oxford café, High Point Coffee, and talked about a 20- Johnny McPhail year career that began with bit movie parts and local stage productions and has led to roles in acclaimed films such as “Ballast” and the HBO series “True Detective.” “I come from a small farm in Bruce, never had any idea I could ever do this,” McPhail said. “I have always wanted to try different things, so when I turned 50 I decided to see what the film industry is all about.” After picking cotton as a youth, working in factories and sawmills, and serving a stint as a labor organizer, McPhail decided he liked acting. Through his work on “The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag,” a 1993 movie starring Penelope Ann Miller, Julianne Moore and Alfre Woodard, McPhail met “Memphis Mafia” charter member and buddy of Elvis Presley, Red West, who also had a role in the movie. West befriended McPhail and gave him acting lessons. McPhail’s acting philosophy is simple: Be natural. “When I went down to New Orleans for ‘True Detective,’ (writer and creator) Nic Pizzolatto said, ‘Johnny, one rule is nobody does any fake accents.’ … They are looking for everyday people. … It’s hard enough to act without putting on a fake accent. One of the first rules I learned was, ‘Don’t let them catch you acting.’” McPhail did lots of stage work in his early acting years, including a production of Larry Brown’s novel “Joe” at Oxford’s legendary Hoka Theater. He later got a part in the movie version of Brown’s “Big Bad Love” with Debra Winger. He has been frequently JOE ATKINS

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Accomplished ballerina Aynsley Inglis didn’t make it past the first round of the 2010 USA IBC, but she hopes to medal this year.

s a ballerina, Aynsley Taylor Inglis’ body is her medium. She controls and manipulates every muscle, making graceful movements, jumping, turning and spinning. She makes it look easy. But, as she’s quick to tell you, being in the world of ballet isn’t easy. To get to her caliber of dancing, you have start early and dedicate your life to dance. “You have to physically master yourself and then, on top of that, there’s training on (things like) how to act, and then you have to put those things together—the artistry, the acting, the performance, and then all of the techniques,” Inglis says. “It’s a lot. It’s basically your whole life. You can’t be a ballet dancer and not be all in, I think.” At the core of her career is her training, and she says the most important element of that is her coach, Valentina Kozlova, a former principal dancer with the New York City and Bolshoi ballets. Since most classical ballet pieces have been passed down over the last 250 years, having a coach is of the utmost importance. “You need someone who really knows what they’re doing and how it’s supposed to be done,” Inglis says. Then there’s the training itself. Anysley, 26, says she has danced Monday through Saturday—and sometimes Sundays—since the day she told her mom she wanted to quit jazz and tap and only focus on ballet at the age of 3. From then on, she’s lived and breathed the dance medium, training eight hours most days, starting her classes with barre exercises, then floor exercises, then the practice of a specific piece. “I wouldn’t say I like ballet,” Inglis says. “I would say I love ballet. It’s my life and who I am. For me, what I love about it is being able to know that even if you can’t do something now, if you keep working hard and intelligently and diligently, you can get there. It’s cathartic as well as artistic at the same time.” Inglis, a native of Wilmington, Del., is trained in the






Vaganova method, a technique developed by Russian ballerina Agrippina Vaganova that combines elements of French, Italian and earlier Russian techniques. She performed with the Tulsa Ballet Company in pieces such as Ben Stevenson’s “Dracula” and Marcello Angelini’s “The Nutcracker.” Most recently, she toured with the Corps de Ballet with the Universal Ballet Company in Seoul, South Korea, for two seasons, performing in cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Vancouver and San Francisco. Inglis won a bronze medal at the 2005 USA Russian Pointe Competition, placed first in classical and contemporary in the senior division at the Youth American Grand Prix regionals in 2006, and has won numerous awards, such as the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts’ 2005 Merit Award for Ballet and the Editor’s Choice Award in “Pointe” magazine in 2011. In August 2013, Inglis won a bronze medal in the senior women’s division of the Seoul International Dance Competition in South Korea. But one of her many accomplishments hits a little closer to home—Inglis competed in the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson. She didn’t make it past the first round. But, as this was her first international competition, she says she wasn’t that surprised. “I remember after that, they had gone from 50 senior girls to 13,” she says. “It was an unusually strict cut. Nobody goes to their first competition and wins something. At least I hope they don’t. If they do, they’re amazing.” Out of the record 357 dancers who applied, Inglis was one of 117 dancers invited to the USA IBC. She represented one of 31 countries present at the competition, as a large influx of people from all over the world came to compete in and see the United States’ only internationally sanctioned ballet competition—in our capital city. International Ballet Comes to Town The journey of the USA IBC began in 1911 with the birth of Thalia Mara in Chicago to Russian parents. Mara began dancing at an early age; she debuted professionally in 1926 with the Ravinia Park Opera Ballets in Chicago and went to the Carina Ari Ballet in Paris a year later. In 1962, she opened the National Academy of Ballet and Theater Arts in New York with her husband Arthur Mahoney, whom she divorced two years later. The school closed in 1973, and in 1975, at an invitation of the Jackson Ballet Guild, she was off to Jackson to start a professional ballet company and school for the state. She saw her journey to Mississippi as a way to further the arts and create a wider audience for them. She worked with the Jackson Ballet Guild for six years.

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Once a judge at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, she introduced the idea of ballet competitions to city leaders and convinced them to secure Jackson as home to a USA IBC. In 1978, Mara and others created the Mississippi Ballet International to produce the first competition, held in June 1979. At the end of that competition, the International Dance Committee of the International Theater Institute of UNESCO sanctioned the Jackson competition, thus putting the competition in the International Ballet Competition rotation with Varna, Bulgaria, Moscow, and Tokyo. Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1982, declaring Jackson the home city of the IBC. In the first competition, 70 dancers came from 15 different countries to dance on the Jackson stage. In the second, 78 dancers came from 19 different countries. More and more dancers came from more countries as the years went on. In 1986, Andris Liepa and Nina Ananiashvili became the first Russian dancers in the competition. And the number of dancers and countries only increased from there. The National Endowment for the Arts, through the Mississippi Arts Commission, named the event an American Masterpiece in 2010. National Endowment for the Arts created the American Masterpieces initiative in 2007 to “acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.” USA IBC was the fourth initiative. Brenda Trigg, the organization’s director of public relations and marketing, credits the USA IBC’s success to the strong leadership. Sue Lobrano, the executive director of the organization, has been with USA IBC for 34 years. She started in 1980 as a staff member and became executive director in 1986. Lobrano herself worked closely with Mara. The two taught at Jackson Ballet together, and when Mara would travel the world to different competitions, Lobrano was often by her side. When Mara stepped away from her position as artistic director, she made Lobrano promise to not let the integrity of the competition be compromised and to keep the high standards of ballet present at the USA IBC.

“It’s one of the most highly regarded medals to get because (when) people come to America and they’re seen here, they get the opportunity to work with major ballet companies,” Trigg says. “It means a lot.” The USA IBC is held every four years, and this year celebrates its 35th anniversary and 10th competition. This year, Edward Villella is the jury chairman. “He (Villella ) was the first American male ballet dancer to really break through and get acclaim,” Trigg says. “He just made ballet dancing for males something it hadn’t been.” Villella came to the art form from an athletic standpoint, as a former boxer and baseball player at the State University of New York Maritime College. After getting in trouble multiple times while his sister was in ballet class, Villella’s mother enrolled him in the School of American Ballet and age 10. Villella stopped taking classes when he went to college, but after graduation in 1957—he received a degree in marine science—he returned to the ballet world, becoming a member of the New York City Ballet that year. Through his dancing, he achieved U.S. stardom and high critical acclaim. “Up until that point in ballet, the male was mainly there for the female, you know, (as) her partner,” Trigg says. “He brought a lot more energy and virility and excitement and athleticism to ballet.” Along with Villella, the USA IBC is shaking the competition up with more

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sippi conducted a study to determine exactly how much revenue the event brought to Jackson—a total of $10.2 million, the university found. This year, Raff hopes the event will bring in $12 million. He recognizes USA IBC’s effect on Jackson. “It’s just, by effect, so many different countries are involved,” Raff says. “The whole country is involved. It’s put Jackson on the map again, in a different way. Often people are the country, when you mention Jackson, Mississippi, they’ll say, ‘Oh, the International Ballet Competition.’ It’s something we’re so proud of.”

A New Face As more and more people migrate to the capital city in search of jobs and education, the face of Jackson is getting younger. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that Jackson has a population of 173,514. People between the ages of 15 and 34 make up 56,005 of that number, one of the biggest age ranges in the city being 20 to 29, about 17 percent of the total population. “Jackson is now recruiting this whole generation of young people,” says Liz Lancaster, communications director for Friends of the USA IBC. “Young people are coming to Jackson for jobs. Young people are coming here to go to Millsaps and Belhaven and JSU and there’s this whole group of young people in Jackson that are looking for ways to get involved in the arts and in the community.” With the shift toward a younger generation, Friends of the USA IBC recognizes the importance Joel Brown, owner of Brown’s Fine Art Gallery; Liz Lancaster, the of getting a new crowd in to experience the competicommunications director for Friends of the International Ballet Competition; and Mona Nicholas, Friends of the USA IBC president, (from left) pose in front tion and all it offers Jackson. The organization’s bigof Andrew Bucci’s “Figure in Green,” which the USA IBC chose for 2014’s gest focus right now is getting the awareness about the competition. Friends of the USA IBC is hosting “Ballet, Blues and Bucci,” a competition out and also recruiting more members, membership drive for the organization. mainly those 21 and up. Their newest membership, the junior patron membership, is $30. They may have a favorite piece that they (would have liked) to do, While recruiting 20-somethings for membership is something but it makes up for that.” Trey McIntyre and his brainchild, the Trey Friends focuses on, their ultimate goal is to broaden the audience of McIntyre Project, is the USA IBC’s artist-in-residence for 2014. the competition, starting early in some cases. “We want to reach the younger generation because they are the Getting the Capital City Ready future of this competition,” Nicholas says. “We want them to get inThe planning for each USA IBC begins months ahead. Organi- volved now so they grow to love and cherish this like we have.” zations such as Friends of the USA IBC gather together local citizens But it’s not just about broadening the audience. Though USA interested in the arts to help out. Volunteers do anything from coordi- IBC’s largest focus is the competition itself, one of the its goals is to nating the Juror’s Lounge to stuffing envelopes. This year, though, the foster the dancing community in Mississippi through programs and most impressive preparation for the event lies within the city itself. education. The USA IBC’s crowning jewel for this is CityDance, Friends of the USA IBC, which started back up in 2012 after a free afterschool program for public school students between ages years in remission, is a volunteer organization that works closely with 7 and 12. the USA IBC to get the competition ready and raise awareness for it. Since 2003, the USA IBC has accepted dancers in the program In December 2013, the Jackson City Council voted to provide from the beginner’s level to advanced. In the 2013-2014 school year, funds to renovate Thalia Mara Hall. Trigg says that the program saw its highest numbers, with about 60 of Right now, the theater seats and carpet have been ripped up so a 120 hopefuls accepted to CityDance. Through the help of sponsors, Thalia Mara Hall looks like a completely different place, but come students got free leotards, ballet shoes and twice-a-week classes. June 14, the hall will be rife with new improvements. The renovaTrigg hopes to reach all types of dancers through programming. tions for Thalia Mara Hall will cost about $5.5 million and include She recounts the tale of Brooklyn Mack, an African American dancer the renovation of the lobbies and gathering spaces, the renovation of from South Carolina. the lower lobby for tickets, merchandise and concessions, restroom “He saw a ballet company come to his school and it’s like ‘Wow, upgrades, and of course, new seating and carpets. you’ve gotta be strong to do that. I mean, those leaps, those jumps,’” The state provided $1 million of the funds, and Friends of Trigg says. The dance company inspired Mack, who is now a dancer Thalia Mara Hall are expected to bring in $1.7 million. Jackson itself with the Washington Ballet. will put $2.8 million into the project, some of which will come from “When we’re born, we want to dance, we want to move,” Trigg a $5 surcharge on tickets to Thalia Mara Hall events. says. “… We only learn to not dance.” “If we have to go day and night, whatever we have to do to Ballet, Blues and Bucci is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25. The complete it,” says Michael Raff, the director of Thalia Mara Hall. USA IBC is June 14-29. Ticket packages are available from $265 to “All the contractors involved know that. They know they have $405. Individual tickets go on sale April 7. Tickets can be purchased at the to stick to their schedules.” Renovations are expected to be done in USA IBC box office at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula early May, but must be done by June 1. St..). Call the box office at 601-973-9249 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. After the 2010 competition, the University of Southern Missis- Monday through Friday. Visit for more information.


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contemporary dancing, specifically choreography from Matthew Neenan and Trey McIntyre. In the second-round performance, the contemporary round, dancers will choose a piece by Neenan or McIntyre to perform for the judges. In years past, dancers often used their own pieces for that particular round. “We anticipate that they’re going to appreciate the opportunity to basically learn choreography and work with the actual choreographers who are being recognized as geniuses. If someone had the opportunity to work with some of the other choreographers, who came before these guys, that would have been phenomenal,” Trigg says. “…


Events at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). • LeFleur East Foundation Flash Dash May 3, 8 p.m. The nighttime run/walk includes LED bracelets and necklaces, as well as snacks. Details pending. Fees TBA; call 982-5861; • Take a Tasty Bite Out of Crime May 6, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy food and drink samples, and live music. The event is a fundraiser for local law enforcement. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-212-0016; Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Free; call 601-926-1104; email clintonnaturecenter@gmail. com; • Monarch Festival April 5-12. The annual event includes a monarch rescue, a haiku contest and a walkathon. Details pending. • Spring Native Plant Sale April 12, 8 a.m.1 p.m. Purchase trees, shrubs, perennials and antique roses. Events in Downtown Vicksburg. Call 601634-4527. • Hit the Bricks and Adjoining Streets March 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m. This is an evening of special business hours, dining, shopping and visiting with some of your favorite downtown business owners. Free. • Lofts of Vicksburg Tours March 29, 2-7 p.m. Tour the lofts, and enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception. The event is a fundraiser for Vicksburg Main Street. $20.

• Southern Regional Beauty Show March 30-31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Includes hairstyling workshops, competitions and more. Licensed professionals and students must bring credentials. $30 students, $40 professionals; call 601-259-3211; • MBJ Business Marketplace April 3, 8:30 a.m.7:30 p.m. The marketing and networking event includes exhibitors, seminars, the Top 40 Under 40 Luncheon and the Business After Hours Networking Party. Free tickets available online; call 601-364-1011; email tami.jones@msbusiness. com; • Spring Market of Jackson April 11, 9 a.m.9 p.m., April 12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and April 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual boutique shopping event features clothing, accessories, food, decor and more. Proceeds from the April 11 silent auction benefits Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA). $8 one-day pass, $15 threeday pass, $12 Cupcakes & Cocktails event, $10 Market Madness wristband, ages 12 and under free; call 662-890-3359; Events at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). • Pops III: Pepsi Pops May 9, 7:30 p.m. The annual event includes family-friendly activities, music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks finale. Concessions sold. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-960-1565; • Dragon Boat Regatta May 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual race. Spectators enjoy food and a kids’ zone. An awards ceremony and after-party follows. Teams must register and pay a $300 deposit. Teams: $1,500, $1,200 chamber members/community team; free for spectators; call 601-605-2554; email; Events at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). • Sante South Wine Festival April 5, 6:3010 p.m. Sample more than 120 wines and food from more than 20 Mississippi restaurants. The VIP tasting is at 6:30 p.m., and the grand tasting is at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. VIP tasting: $125; grand tasting: $80 in advance, $90 at the door, $20 wine giveaway ticket; call 601-987-0020; • Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival April 5, 10 a.m.7 p.m., April 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual festival includes an art show and sale, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, and live music. Free; call 601-519-0900;


Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). • Sip & Shop Jackson: Fashion Show Edition March 8, 1-6 p.m. Bella’s Boudoir presents the event, and Chris Charm is the host. Fashion and food vendors showcase their products. Includes music from DJ T-Money. Doors open at noon. $5; email; follow @sipshopjackson on Twitter.

Events in Fondren. • Family Slumber Safari April 25, 7-9 a.m. Enjoy guided zoo hikes, behind-the-scenes tours, ani• Fondren After 5 March 6, April 3 and May 1, mal encounters, a campfire and more—a perfect 5-8 p.m. This monthly event is a showcase of way to get to know the local zoo! For ages 7 and the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the up. Registration required. $30 per person; call Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, ext. 240. food and vendors. Free; call 601-981-9606; email (artists, • Wild About Learning May 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. crafters and musicians); Local organizations share information about summer camps, classes and recreation. • Zippity Doo Dah Weekend March 21-22. The Includes special activities and games. Included Sweet Potato Queens’ annual event includes with zoo admission. Dancing in the Streets on Duling Avenue March 21 and a parade honoring Vietnam veterans March 22. Related events are fundraisers for Batson Children’s Hospital. Free parade, charges may apply for other events; • Fondren Urban Ultra March 29. The race includes a 5K, a 12-hour run and a 12-hour relay for four. Awards given. Proceeds benefit Cheshire Abbey, an animal rescue organization. Online registration ends March 15. $25 5K and individual 12-hour race, $100 relay; email KidFest! is a favorite annual event for Ridgeland families. hundredmilefunrun@; Events at Library Lounge (Fairview Inn, Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Call 734 Fairview St.). Call for details. No cover; call 601-352-2580; 601-948-3429; • Mojo’s Fifth Birthday Celebration March 1, • Quiz Night Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. The winning 11 a.m. The zoo staff gives the chimpanzee a team gets a special prize. birthday treat. Includes birthday cake for visi• Game Night Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. Play board tors. Included with regular admission. games with current and new friends. • Zoo Day March 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The annual kick-off to the spring season includes space Events at Mississippi Trade Mart jumps, live performances, face painting and (1200 Mississippi St.). other activities. Included with regular admission. • Jackson Garden and Patio Show March 14, • Spring Break Camp: Nature’s Got Talent 9 a.m.-4 p.m., March 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and March 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The camp is for chilMarch 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy shopping, dren ages 6-12. Held daily through March 14. gardening seminars, children’s activities and door Registration required. Discounts for members prizes. Special guests include gardening experts $175 or $40 per day; call ext. 240. Nellie Neal and Dr. Gary Bachman. $6, children 12 and under free; call 601• Teacher Workshop: Amazing Adaptations 919-8111; March 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Learn how to incorporate the topic of animal adaptation in the • All 4 Children Consignment Spring/Summer classroom. Registration required. $25, optional Sale March 19, 5-8 p.m., March 20, 10 a.m.$10 for CEU credit; call ext. 278. 7 p.m., March 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and March 22, 8 a.m.-noon Purchase or sell gently-used • Zoo Brew April 11, 6-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening children’s clothing and accessories. The VIP preof beer, food samplings and live music. For ages sale is March 19 from 5-8 p.m. 21 and up. $35, $30 in advance, $60 VIP. Free admission, $10 pre-sale; call 601• Earth Day: Party for the Planet April 19, 10 566-7046; email; a.m.-1 p.m. Includes nature-related activities, games, local vendors and special surprises. n.


COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. • First Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Second Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Third Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Fourth Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601960-0004.






History is Lunch Wednesdays, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601576-6998; • March 5, Dr. Tim Smith talks about the Secession Convention that was held in the Old Capitol. • March 12, MDAH historians Mike Stoll and Clay Williams examine the history of the Old Capitol. • March 19, Millsaps College history professor Stephanie Rolph talks about civil and voting rights during Old Capitol’s history. • March 26, MDAH Museum Division director Lucy Allen discusses the museum history of the Old Capitol. • April 9, Stephen Wade, best known for his longrunning stage performances of “Banjo Dancing” and “On the Way Home,” talks about the banjo tradition in Mississippi and the South. • April 30, MDAH historians Amanda Lyons and Will Morgan present “Dutch Fliers, Part Three.” • May 7, MDAH historian Jeff Giambrone presents “To Die by the Flag Rather than Disgrace It: Black Mississippians Who Served in the Union Army During the Civil War.”

Women for Progress Lunch and Learn, at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). The luncheons are on first Tuesdays from noon-1 p.m. RSVP. Pay online or at the door. $15; • March 4, the speaker is Hinds Chancery Court Judge Patricia Wise. • April 8, the speaker is Alan B. Henderson, and the topic is creative economics. • May 6, the speaker is Dr. Olga Osby, associate professor at Jackson State University’s School of Social Work.

History Is Lunch Wednesdays, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; • April 2, MDAH historic resources specialist

Run Thru History March 1, at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg). The 10K run, 5K walk and one-mile fun run is a fundraiser for the Vicksburg YMCA and the

Caroline Gray-Primer presents “The Life and Sacrifice of PFC Milton L. Olive III.” • April 16, author William Heath discusses his book “The Children Bob Moses Led.” • April 23, author Ellen Ann Fentress presents “Reporting on the Reporter: The Bill Minor Project.” • May 14, Sade Turnipseed of Delta Renaissance presents “The Legacy of the Cotton Pickers of the South.” • May 21, MDAH volunteer staff coordinator Elizabeth Coleman discusses the varied roles of volunteers at MDAH sites.



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Spring is right around the corner. Come enjoy the sunshine in Downtown Jackson during these fun filled events.


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Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade Gov. Phil Bryant’s Run for Health Cinco de Mayo Mississippi Stray at Home Art & Music Festival USA Int’l Ballet Competition

military park. Registration required. Food, music from The Chill and awards included. $30 run/ walk, $12 fun run; call 601-638-1071; email; Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk March 1, April 5 and May 3, 8 a.m.-noon, at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free; call 601-832-6788. Church Kick-off Community Celebration March 1-2, at TurningPointe Church (1600 Oak St., Flowood). Enjoy free food, space jumps and prizes March 1 from 1-3 p.m. The grand opening is March 2 at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-826-2512; Taste of Home Cooking School March 1, 4 p.m., at Lady Luck Casino (1380 Warrenton Road, Vicksburg), in the arena. The new cooking show features fan-favorite recipes. $20; call 800503-3777; Vicksburg Carnaval de Mardi Gras March 1, 5-10 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Includes a gumbo cook-off, live music, children’s activities and food vendors. $10 (includes gumbo tasting bowl and

one beverage), children: $5 for admission (includes games), $5 tasting bowl; call 601-636-5010; email International Food Tasting Festival March 1, 6-9 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road). Sample international fare in the fellowship hall. Proceeds benefit Food for the Poor, an international hunger relief program. $5 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-956-4263; email ascensionluthnews@ C Spire Howell/Gillom Trophy Presentation March 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The award goes to Mississippi’s top men’s and women’s college basketball players. Admission TBA; call 601-982-8264; OFNA Happy Hour March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24 and March 31, 6-7:30 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). The OurFondren Neighborhood Association is the host. The weekly social is for those who live, work or play in Fondren. Free; Greenhouse Tomato Short Course March 4-5, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Highway 18 S., Raymond). Experts present seminars on a variety of fields relevant to the production of greenhouse tomatoes. Meals included with advance registration. $175 in



Elder Abuse Brown Bag Lunch Discussion March 6, noon-1:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the host. Richard Courtney of Courtney Elder Law Associates discusses topics such as signs of abuse, reducing neglect and legal measures to take. RSVP. Free; call 800-898-3234; email; How to Start Your Own Business March 11, 6-8 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including writing a business plan. For high school students. Registration required. $40; call 601974-1130; Creative Arts Festival Call for Papers through March 14, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The Margaret Walker Center seeks proposals of 250-500 words for papers, presentations and panels for the festival (April 11-12). Categories include poetry/spoken word, visual arts, written works and performing arts. The deadline is March 14. Free; call 601-979-2055; email mwa@; Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March 15, 1 p.m., in downtown Jackson. The annual Mardi Gras-style parade begins on the corner of State and Court streets. Enjoy the Trustmark Children’s Festival and the Pet Parade before the main event. You don’t have to be on a float to dress up. Go for it. Jackson’s best street party only happens once a year! Visit the website for a schedule. Free; National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships March 3-15, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Youth compete for cash prizes at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center. Catfish dinner March 5 and March 10 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-961-4000 or 817-244-6188; Viking Half Marathon and 5K March 29, 8 a.m., at Market Street, Greenwood. Race through the historic Cotton Row District at the annual event. Registration required. Fees vary; call 662453-4152; Homebuyer Education Class March 29, April 26 and May 31, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446. The Walking Dead Watch Party Sundays, 9 p.m. through March 30, at Capitol Grill (5050 Interstate 55 N., Suite F). Watch the popular AMC show on an 11-foot television screen, and enjoy drink specials and a late-night happy hour. Use #TWDJackson on social media. No cover; call 601-899-8845.

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or its 10th event, 4 the Record is back to showcase vinyl records and celebrate all things music. This event consists of a variety of vendors from near and far to let the music lover indulge and purchase from a wide selection of vinyl records. Local vendors this year include private sellers Lonnie Stringfellow, Jay Ferchaud, Michael States and John Boutwell. Morningbell Records and Café will partake in the record swap along with other record stores from around the region, including Louisiana’s Day Old Blues Records, Memphis’ Goner Records, Oklahoma City’s Size Records, and Alabama’s Birmingham Records and Mobile Records. “It’s an event for everyone—it’s not just an event for people who love music, but for people who love art in general,” 4 the Record coordinator Phillip Rollins, aka DJ Young Venom, says. “This is more of an event that can educate and let people know that it’s not about buying records or hoarding records, as Beyoncé would say, but just about appreciation of music and art and enjoying the company of like-minded people.” Along with records, vendors such as Timothy Orey with Clothes Minded, a Jackson-based apparel line, and local graphic designer Will Brooks with eyefuze art+design will set up booths. Charlie Braxton, a journalist, playwright,

Memorial Day Parade and Activities May 26, 10 a.m., in downtown Vicksburg. Events include a parade on Washington Street at 10 a.m., a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Vicksburg City Auditorium (901 Monroe St.); wreath-laying ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-634-0163; One Loud Voice: A Multidisciplinary Team Approach April 1-2, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi hosts the conference. The keynote speaker is Olympic swimmer Margaret Hoelzer. Those who work in the areas of child abuse prevention, awareness, investigation or case management are encouraged to attend. $99, $25 pre-conference ethics session; call 601-940-6183; Louisiana Collegiate Wake Tour April 4-6, at Wolf Lake (1224 Erickson Road, Yazoo City). Riders from Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee participate in the wakeboarding competition. Includes meals, awards and the Red Bull Party wit DJ Digital and DJ Beverly. USA Waterski membership required to register. $35 per rider, $75 per new team; find the event on Facebook.

poet and cultural critic, will host a panel, interviewing Mississippi funk legends such as Sky Chambers of Sho Nuff, and EMIL COLE STUDIOS 7

First Tuesday Lecture March 4, noon-1 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Becky Stowe, terrestrial program manager at the Nature Conservancy, speaks on the topic “Preserving the Pascagoula— Habitats and History.” Included with regular admission ($4-$6); call 601-576-6000;

Common Core After Hours Learning and Readiness Program Weekdays, 2:30-6 p.m. through April 30, at PERICO Institute (Jackson Medical Mall, 350 W. Woodrow Ave., Suite 300). The weekly program for children in grades K-12 includes English and language arts, math, science, and music and art appreciation. Registration required. Light snack included. $50 per week; call 769-251-1408; Jerry Clower Festival May 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Main Street, Yazoo City. The family-friendly event includes live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, a silent auction, car shows and more. Vendors and car show participants must apply. Free admission; Canton Flea Market May 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307;

Phillip Rollins’ 4 The Record brings old school vinyl to Jackson March 1.

members of Freedom, Magna Funk, and Wynd Chymes. Skull and Crossbones, a Jackson-based DJ crew, will provide an eclectic mix of music throughout the day, and guests can enjoy gumbo and crawfish chowder. 4 The Record is March 1 at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Early-bird admission is 10 a.m.12 p.m. and costs $5. General admission is 12-5 p.m. and costs $2. Food plates are $5 each. The panel discussion begins at 1 p.m. For more information or to register as a vendor, email 4therecordJXN@ or call 601-376-9404. Visit

Get2College ACT Workshop April 5, 8 a.m.11:45 a.m., at Mississippi College School of Law (151 E. Griffith St.). Covers subject areas, scoreimproving tips, time-saving strategies and resource materials. Free; call 601-321-5533. KidFest! Ridgeland April 12 and April 19-20, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., and April 13, noon-6:30 p.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). $10 at the gate, children under 2 free; call 601-853-2011; Platinum Productions Barrel Racing Competition April 12-14, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Equestrians compete for cash prizes. Free; call 228-860-8104 or 228-234-2049; email twoodcock@neseenterprise. com or; Touch a Truck Jackson April 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Children enjoy hands-on experiences with trucks, emergency response vehicles, construction equipment, heavy machinery and more. Gates open at 10 a.m. $5; call 601-948-2357;

Stray At Home Art and Music Festival May 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). Enjoy live music, an arts and crafts fair, local food, craft beer and a cornhole tournament. A portion of the proceeds go toward improvements at Smith Park. Free admission; find the event on Facebook. North Mississippi Fish Hatchery Youth Art Contest through May 15, at Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (1505 Eastover Drive). Students must submit a portfolio including entry form and artwork by May 15. Winners in four age categories will have their work included in Mississippi Outdoors magazine and posted on First-place winners get a free magazine. Free; call 662-563-8068; 5K Foam Fest May 31, 8 a.m.-2:20 p.m., at Mississippi Off Road Adventures (118 Elton Road). The race begins with mud pits, cargo net climbs and army crawls, and ends with inflatable obstacles filled with foam. Races occur in 20-minute intervals. Registration required. $55 through March 1, $70 March 2-April 30, $75 May 1-23, $80 May 24-30, $85 after May 30; call 927-7957; Tutoring Registration through June 2, at Genesis and Light Center (4914 N. State St.). The center is accepting applications for its after-school program for ages 6-18 in math reading, and language arts. Applications accepted on weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for details on cost at 601362-6736; email; Private Tutoring through July 31, in the Jackson metro area. In-person and virtual tutoring available for students in grades K-12 in math, science and literacy. Registration required. $15-$50; Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association Monthly Dance Saturdays, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). Dances are held on second Saturdays. Water, setups and snacks available. $15, $10 members; call 601-942-7335; email CUUPS Jackson Weekly Workshops Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson (4866 N. State St.), in the Religious Education Building. Enjoy a day of socializing, support, free workshops and a drum circle. Schedule available online. Free;

advance, $200 at the door; call 601-892-3731; email;




EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1557. • Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr. Wildlife Photography Exhibit through March 30. See Hudspeth’s photographs in the main galleries. Opening reception March 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. • The Art of Kyera Smith through April 30. See the exhibit in the lower atrium. Opening reception April 7 from 6-8 p.m. Free. • The Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word, at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. See ancient manuscripts, videos, interactive media and artifacts. Includes access to the companion exhibit, Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West. $13, $10 seniors, $7 students with ID, free for ages 0-5 and members; call 601960-0440; email; Events at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Free; call 601291-9115; • March Art Exhibit. See works from Jackson artist Ellen Langford. • April Art Exhibit. See works from mixed-media artist William Goodman. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Free; call 601-979-2040; • Student Juried Art Show through April 4. See works from students in the Liberal Arts Gallery. • Creative Arts Festival April 11, 1-8 p.m., and April 12, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The theme is “The

Legacy of Freedom Summer” and is an exhibition of visual arts, spoken word, performing arts and creative writing. Hip-hop artist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chuck D is the speaker. Call 601-979-2055; margaretwalkercenter. • The ArkLaMiss Photography Show through May 2. See the exhibit of photographs in Johnson Hall Gallery. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; • Look and Learn with Hoot Feb. 21 and March 21, 10:30 a.m. This educational opportunity ages 5 and under and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free; call 601-960-1515; • C3 (Conversation. Creativity. Community.) Participatory Art Project Thursdays and Saturdays through March 19. Significant Developments is the facilitator. Participants record their own symbols of identity onto clay bells that will be part of an art installation in the Art Garden. Public ceremony March 20 at 6 p.m. Free; email • Museum After Hours March 20, April 17 and May 15. Enjoy a cash bar at 5 p.m. and exhibition tours at 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Intended for young professionals, but all ages welcome. Admission varies per exhibit. • Scholastic Art Awards Mississippi Regional Competition April 6, 12:30 p.m. The reception is first, and the awards ceremony follows at

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2 p.m. Participants are students in grades 7-12, and Gold Key winners move on to the national competition. Free. • The Historic Journey of African American Quilters April 29, 5:30-7 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., and the program at 6 p.m. Storyteller and fiber artist Diane Williams is the presenter. Free. • The Slave Series: Quilts by Gwendolyn A. Magee through May 18, in the Barksdale Galleries. See the late artist’s quilts that tell the story of slavery in America. Includes admission to the “This Light of Ours” exhibit. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement through Aug. 15, in the Barksdale Galleries. See the Civil Rights Movement through the work and voices of nine activist photographers who were there. Includes admission to the Slave Series exhibit. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • Spacious Skies: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection. See the exhibit in the William B. and Isabel R. McCarty Foundation Gallery. End date TBD. Free. Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival April 5, 10 a.m.7 p.m., and April 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The annual festival includes an art show and sale, craft demonstrations, children’s activities and live music. Free; call 601519-0900;

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throughout the weekend. Master craftsmen from the Mississippi Craft Center will demonstrate what it takes to excel in their artistic trades; several local and regional musicians will perform; and the Children’s RIDGELAND TOURISM COMMISSION

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rom woodworking and jewelry to sculpture and painting, the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival offers visitors a look at high-quality, handmade crafts from some of the best artists across the U.S. “This is a family event that provides everyone an opportunity to get out in the open air and experience what Ridgeland has to offer, and it gives everyone a chance to engage with the artists and learn more about their style, their work, and how and why they got into art in the first place,” event planner Mary Beth Wilkerson says. The sixth annual juried fine-arts show will exhibit 80 different artists representing many different creative media. A panel of jurors picks a winner in each category and one artist receives the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival’s highest honor, Best in Show. Several winners from previous years will show again, including Sturgis, Miss., sculptor Patrick Tranum; North Dakotabased 2D mixed-media artist Michael Madzo; and New York City-based painter Ellie Ali. The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival also hosts various forms of entertainment


Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival brings crafts and art to the Renaissance at Colony Park April 5-6.

Craft Corner will give kids a chance to make original artwork to add a little more panache to the refrigerator door. The Santé South Wine Festival is on Saturday and showcases wines from all over the world. The festival is the largest wine and culinary event in the state. In addition to giving wine vintners and gourmet chefs from around the country a

chance to share their lovingly labored-over drink and food, the Wine Festival also benefits the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. For Jackson-resident attendees, the event’s organizers are working on a shuttle schedule to provide safer passage to and from the wine festival. “We’re excited this year that our festivals fall on the same weekend,” Wilkerson says. “The two festivals complement each other so well, and people get a chance to try some new wines from almost everywhere, really. We have 30 winemakers from all over the world. … I know the big draw of both festivals coinciding for us, as producers, is it gives another great event to keep people here in Ridgeland and (to) show what we have to offer.” The Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 5 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 6 at the Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601519-0900). The Santé South Wine Festival grand tasting is 7:30-10 p.m. April 5. Ticket prices vary. Visit and


EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS photography and mixed media. The opening reception is March 29 from 2-4 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6478; MATT HERRON

in the Archives Gallery of the Millsaps-Wilson Library. See 20 of the late Mississippi artists’ paintings. Daughter Elizabeth “Bebe” Wolfe of Wolfe Studio gives a gallery talk Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Ford Academic Complex, room 335. Free; call 601-974-1075 or 601-974-1077; email or mcintdw@ Monuments to Democracy: The State Capitols through Oct. 12, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The exhibit provides an in-depth look at the capitol buildings of all 50 states with emphasis on their architecture and history. Free; call 601-576-6800;

Easter Showcase Mondays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 19, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Purchase ceramic bunnies and birds. Free admission, art for sale; call 601366-1844; Lagniappe: A Little Something Extra through April 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (Education and Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See Susan Wellington’s oil and watercolor paintings, and fine jewelry from Jackie Messer, Martha Scarborough and Laura Tarbutton of The Beach House Studio. Opening reception March 20 from 5-7 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4111; email Eudora Welty Photography Exhibit through April 30, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). See rare vintage photographs that the late author took herself. Free; call 601-981-9606; Student Invitational Art Exhibition through May 3, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). The exhibit includes drawings, paintings, sculptures,

Though too young to vote, Bobby Simmons proclaimed his convictions on his forehead.The photo is part of the “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement” at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Power APAC Art Exhibit through April 30, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). See artwork from visual arts students in the meeting room. Free; call 601-832-1227. I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home: A Solo Exhibition through May 3, at Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). See works from Danny Simmons Jr. Free; call 601-960-9250. Karl and Mildred Wolfe Art Exhibit through May 9, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.),

Africa and Oceania Treasures: The Genevieve McMillan Collection, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the Bennie G. Thompson Center. The exhibit contains ancient tribal artifacts. Scheduled tours available. Free; call 601-977-7743; email

The Fall of Dixie, at Old Depot Museum (1010 Levee Street, Suite A, Vicksburg). The 250-square-foot diorama with 2300 miniature soldiers depicts the Civil War battle for Vicksburg. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-638-6500; email

Farm Families of Mississippi Exhibit, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The exhibit features information about Mississippi agriculture, and includes interactive games and educational videos. $5, $4 seniors, $3 ages 5-18, $1 ages 3-4, children under 3 and members free; call 601-432-4500; Images of Mississippi, at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (100 International Drive). At the East and West Concourses. See

GALLERIES ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). Lori Rene’ Brown offers classes in painting, drawing, pottery and sculpture. Commissioned work and painting parties also available. Call 601-499-5278; visit; email Preschool Picassos classes Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ($20 per class). B. Liles Studio (215 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland). Located inside of b. Fine Art Jewelry, which sells ladies’ apparel and accessories. Betsy Liles specializes in custom jewelry. Jewelry-making classes offered. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601607-7741; visit Products from several local artists. Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.) in Fondren. Featuring the photography of Millsaps College instructor Ron Blaylock. Private lessons and workshops available. Call 601-506-6624; email info@blaylockphoto. com; visit

photographs from David Adams, Stephen Kirkpatrick, Daphne Nabors and James Patterson. The exhibit is in honor of the airport’s 50th anniversary. Free; call 601-939-5631. Permanent Exhibits, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). Options include “Field to Factory: The Afro-American Migration, 1915-1940,” “The History of Smith Robertson School,” “Treasures of Africa,” “Historic Farish Street District (1910-1970)” and other exhibits related to African-American history. $4.50, $3 seniors (ages 62 and up), $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457; Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). $10, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-17, children 5 and under free; call 228-3745547; • Carl Joe Williams: Shades of Perception through May 31. See the New Orleans artist’s paintings with themes such as geometric forms in nature and musical compositions. • Rod Moorhead: Entropy through June 7. Works range from small clay figures to large bronze and limestone sculptures. • Joseph Fortune Meyer: Master Potter and Mentor through March 22, in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. The exhibition features 34 pieces of the late artist’s pottery, one piece of Newcomb Pottery and unseen photographs. Aquaflora Exhibition through March 26, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel), in the Lower Level Galleries. See works from Judy Pfaff, Jasmina Danowski, Carlyle Wolfe, Suzanna Fields and more. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374; New Solar Myths: Painting and Drawings by Brent Funderburk through April 30, at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). The Charlotte, N.C., native now lives in Starkville. $10, $8 seniors, military and AAA members, $5 ages 5-15, children under 5 free; call 228-872-3164;


Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd.). Anne Campbell and Rhonda Blasingame share this space to create mixed-media quilts and sculptures. Classroom space and additional studio space available for rent. Call 601-260-9423. Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monthly art receptions during Fondren After 5. Call 601-982-4844 or visit

for home, garden and body. See works from Tony Davenport, Virginia Weathersby, Sarah McTaggart and Donna Davis. Visit The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-981-9606. The Creative Thumb, Gena Stringer creates painting with musical themes, and David Steele makes custom frames. Stringer’s art hangs at Kathryn’s Steakhouse, Parker House, Olga’s Fine Dining and at Cups in the Quarter. Call 601-832-5351.

Cassidy Bayou Gallery (103 S. Court St., Sumner). Located in the Delta, the gallery exhibits work from regional artists. Call 212-473-9472 or 202-903-8143; visit

The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Periodic exhibits and art shows held throughout the year. Call 601352-3399.

circa. URBAN ARTISAN LIVING (2771 Old Canton Road; moving to 659 Duling Ave. in March) in the Historic Fondren District. 601-3628484. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Featuring functional and decorative artisan-created items from local, regional and national artisans

Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Located next to Parkway Movie Theater. Daniel MacGregor specializes in abstract paintings and fine art photography. Open by appointment only. Adult acrylic painting classes every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. for $15; pay $10

if you bring you own 11-by-14-inch canvas. Call 601-992-6405; visit Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Gallery (Jackson State University, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday from 1-8 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Call 601-979-2191. Easely Amused (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). The art studio offers painting classes and paint parties, and custom paintings by request. Reservations required for classes and parties. Call 601-707-5854; visit; email Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art, including Richard McKey’s artwork. Custom paintings, portraits and framing also offered. Call 601-981-9222; visit


Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). $4-$6; call 601576-6000; • Fossil Road Show March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See the museum’s fossil collection, and bring a fossil for an expert to identify. • A Forest Journey through April 27. The handson exhibit highlights the history of the use of wood, the life cycle of trees and more. Ideal for middle-school and high-school students. • Nature’s Numbers through April 27. Discover the many shapes and patterns found in nature. Light, color, gravity, weather and many other natural phenomena are explored through creative puzzles and hands-on interactive units. Ideal for elementary students. • Animal Grossology Exhibit through Dec. 30. Learn about leeches, dung beetles and more in the interactive exhibit.




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Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Visit the gallery at owner Marcy Nessel’s new location. Call 601-291-9115 or visit Fitness Lady Art Gallery (Fitness Lady North, 331 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). New exhibits every eight weeks. Free admission; call 601856-0535. Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Exhibitors include Ted Ellis, Samuel McCain, Yolanda Juzang, Gerard Howard, Friends of Uganda and the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Call 601960-9250; visit Gaddis Group Studio (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-368-9522. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome.

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back to the 1940s and features semimonthly exhibitions from Mississippi artists. Hours are 8 a.m.5 p.m. weekdays. Call 601-960-1582. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Featuring ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents. Open 9 a.m.4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call 601-992-3556; visit

764-8149; visit Richard McKey Studio (3242 N. State St.). See paintings and sculptures from Richard McKey, including the large “Obama Head” in front of his studio; by appointment only. Works for sale at Fondren Art Gallery. Art classes offered throughout the year. Call 601-573-1060 or visit BARBARA ROSS

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Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (199 Monroe St., Clinton), on the Mississippi College campus. Call 601-925-3880; Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., second floor). Owner Sanders McNeal is an award-winning painter known for still lifes, portraits, figurative studies and landscapes. She has been active in the art world since 1976. Tours given by appointment. Call 601-960-0484.

Studio AMN/Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (The Quadrangle, 5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The galHeavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State leries sell fine art. Artists include Lorenzo St.). Artist Rosalind Roy is a folk painter, Gayden and Melanie John. Sanaa Gallery’s sculptor and Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild boutique features jewelry and body products member. She also offers children’s art from Kiwana Thomas Gayden, and offers Rod Moorhead’s powerful “9 Zen Nuns” is at Biloxi’s camps. Call 601-954-2147; email custom framing. Studio AMN hosts wineOhr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. glass painting parties and teaches children’s art classes three Saturdays a month; fees James Patterson Photography (3017 N. apply. Call Sanaa at 769-218-8289 or StuState St.). James Patterson specializes in dio AMN at 769-218-8165; visit sanaagalNorth Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), editorial, portrait and commercial photography. and Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modernCall 601-918-3232. art gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit TiP Expressive Arts Studio (400 Monroe St., Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at or northmidtownartscenter. Clinton). Owner Beverly Keaton’s intuitive paintMillsaps College (1701 N. State St.), third floor of ing studio is primarily for women ages 18 and up. the Academic Complex, open weekdays from Visit to view the class calendar or to NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Erin Hayne, a 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1762 or visit schedule a creativity coaching session. Call 601Mississippi designer, and Nuno Gonçalves 291-4763; visit reira, a sculptor from Lisbon, Portugal, founded Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) the art and design studio in 2006. The duo also Southern Breeze Gallery (Renaissance, 1000 Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by designs interactive furniture. Permanent exhibits: Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Roy Adkins. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 “Kinetic Vapor” at the Jackson Convention ComRidgeland). Different artists are featured each p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or plex and “Lightning Benches” at the Mississippi week, including artist and gallery owner 601-942-7362; visit Children’s Museum. Call 601-944-0023; visit Jacqueline Ellens. Open Monday-Thursday from Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Union St., Canton). Located at Historic Canton Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from One Blu Wall Gallery and Christina Foto First Square, photographer and artist Lisette Otero1-5 pm. Call 601-607-4147 or visit floor of Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). See Lewis’s gallery showcases contemporary works from several local artists and photographer raphy and modern art. Call 601-391-3066; email Christina Cannon. Call 601-713-1224; visit View Gallery (Township at Colony Park, 1107; visit Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105). The art Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery gallery hosts artist receptions with refreshments P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). every third Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Call 601Featuring the work of Patti Henson. Open yearLounge Arts features the works of several artists 856-2001; visit round by appointment only. Call 769-798-5539; including Lacy Barger, Ginger Williams-Cook, email or Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). FeaturLibba Blue, Ellen Langford and Jason Avery ing paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Open Kelch. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeinteriors. Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and SaturPat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). com or email day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-366-1844; Artist Pat Walker specializes in oil paintings. Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite visit or find “The Wolfe Studio” Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.F, Ridgeland). Featuring illustrations by Mark Milon Facebook. 5:30 p.m. or by appointment. Art classes held let. Photography services offered. Limited-edition Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; choose half- or full-day sesWyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., prints for sale. Call 601-856-5901; visit sions. Call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol. Clinton). Features watercolor paintings, prints, Learn about Millet’s watercolor com; posters, calendars, books and cards by Jackson’s painting classes at perennial Best Artist. The gift shop has T-shirts, Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). FeaMississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, mugs and novelty items. Open Tuesday-Saturday turing works from artists such as Andrew Young, Ridgeland). Featuring works by members of the from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-925-8115; visit Tom Crouch and Rob Cooper. Call 601-353Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft or find Wyatt Waters Gallery on 2497 or visit tions from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The center has Facebook; email Prissy Paintbrush Studios (5420 Interstate 55 N. a satellite location at Fondren Corner (2906 N. Frontage Road, Suite F). The art studio offers cusState St.). Call 601-856-7546 or visit tom artwork, face painting, art classes and private Please send info on gallery exhibits to events@jacksonMunicipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). The art painting parties for adults and children. Call for regular updates. gallery displays permanent art collections that date



• Visiting Artist: Blanca P. Love April 13 and April 27, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Potter Blanca P. Love teaches children basic pottery skills. • Meet the Masters Thursdays, in the Outside the Lines Studio. Children make art that is related to a featured artist. Workshops held every 30 minutes.

Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546; email; • Discover Class Series March 18, 6-8:30 p.m. Options include mixed media with Larry Strayer or felting with Jane Mullins. Registration required. $35 per person. • Craft by the Trace: A Weekend of Classes April 11-13. Events include craft classes April 11 and April 13, and Sheep to Shawl Day April 12 that includes fiber demonstrations and classes. Fee TBA. • Discover Class Series May 8, 6-8:30 p.m. Options include fused glass with Candy Spurzem, jewelry making with Laura Tarbutton or glass bead making with Jim Bankston. Registration required. $35 per person. Events at Ridgeland Recreational Center (Old Trace Park, Post Road, Ridgeland). • Painting with Pastels Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Topics include wet and dry methods, using a watercolor underpainting and working with photographs. Easels, tape and drawing equipment provided; backboards, paper and pastels can be purchased on-site. Registration required. $65 per month; call 601-856-1802; email • Country Line Dancing Class Mondays. Classes for beginners are from 6-7 p.m. and advanced classes are from 7:15-8:45 p.m. $10 per class or $40 per month; call 601-856-6876. Casting Boot Camp March 1-2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Ice House Alley Warehouses (251 W. South St.). Casting director Matthew Morgan covers topics such as live auditioning, video auditioning, improv work and more. For ages 12 and up. Registration required. Space limited. $125-$125; call 953-3114; email icehousealleywarehouses@gmail. com; Cooking Class March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19 and May 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Raindrop Turkish House (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 201A, Ridgeland). Learn to make Turkish appetizers, entrees and desserts. Registration required. $15 per session; call 769-251-0074; email; Photography Class March 22, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The class is for ages 16 and up, and includes zoo admission. Registration required. $35, $30 members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240; Shut Up and Create! March 29, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at JFP Classroom (Capital Towers, 125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). Donna Ladd’s workshop will help tease out your creative side, whether you want to write, create art or even be more cre-



enowned Mississippi artist Rick Anderson will teach “Spring into Arts with Acrylic,” an interactive painting class, at the Mississippi Children’s Museum March 2 and March 16. Kathleen See, communications coordinator for the Mississippi Children’s Museum, says this is Anderson’s second appearance at the museum. His visit last March yielded a good turnout, and See expects an even better one for this year’s class. “We’re excited to have him,” See says. A native of Clarksdale, Miss., Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art and a master’s degree in arts education from Delta State University. He began teaching in 1970 while still working as a professional artist, and he has illustrated a number of children’s books such as “M Is For Magnolia” (Sleeping Bear Press, 2003, $17.95) and “Natural Numbers” (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008, from $12.79), both written by Michael Shoulders. Locally, Anderson has shown his work at Brown’s Fine Art & Framing (630 Fondren Place, 601-982-4844) and the former Bryant Gallery. He has earned more than 150 awards throughout his career. “He’s very engaging with the students,” See says, explaining that Ander-

ative on the job or with your family. Light lunch included. Registration required. $60; call 601-3626121, ext. 15; email to get on mailing list for writing/creativity classes. Remember Forever Photography Weekend April 5-6, at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.), at Yazoo Street. Remember Forever founder and CEO Luke Ballard teaches five photography workshops during the two-day program. Topics include an introduction to DSLR, night photography and travel photography. Space limited. Registration required. $95-$129; call 646-736-3231; email; “A Piece of Security” and “Sew ‘N’ So” Quilting Project Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. through May 28, at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). The Pearl Street Community Development Corporation is the host, and the goal is to renew interest, bring awareness and continue the Mississippi tradition of quilt making. Free; call 601355-0001; email Preschool Picassos Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The exploratory art class is for children ages 2-4. Adults must accompany children. $20 per class; call 601-499-5278; email;

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• Puppet Play Workshop. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., children create puppets and give puppet shows at the Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage.

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noon learning to paint with acrylics. But the class isn’t just for kids. “Parents are welcome to participate with their children,” See says. The Mississippi Children’s Museum encourages parents to be involved in the learning and creating. “Spring into Arts with Acrylic” at the Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive, 601-981-5469) is from 1-4 p.m. March 2 and March 16. The class is free with museum admission ($8). Visit and

FARMERS MARKETS Mississippi Farmers Market through Dec. 20, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Saturdays 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Olde Towne Market April 12 and May 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Olde Towne Clinton (Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, Clinton), in front of City Hall. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton. April 12, the theme is “Spring into Green,” featuring the annual Caterpillar Parade. May 10, the theme is “Make Mine Vintage,” featuring the annual Classic Car Cruise-in. Call 601924-5472; email mainstreetclinton@; Vicksburg Farmers Market through July 26, in Vicksburg (Washington Street, Vicksburg), on the east side between Jackson and Grove streets. Open Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. Call 601-634-4527; email;

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LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Signings at 5 p.m. Call 601-366-7619; • “Long Man” March 5. Amy Greene signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “The Parallel Apartments” March 21. Bill Cotter signs. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $18 book. • “The Book of Duels” March 26. Michael Garriga signs. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “Thirty Girls” March 27. Susan Minot signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Bark: Stories” March 27. Lorrie Moore signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Magnolia Mud” April 1. Randy Pierce signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.99 book. • “Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit” April 8. Dane Huckelbridge signs books. • Lemuria Story Time Saturdays, 11 a.m. Children enjoy a story and make a related craft. Call for the book title. Free.

Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children under 12 months and museum members free; call 601981-5469; • Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday Celebration March 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Includes “oobleck” experiments, Cat in the Hat arts and crafts, story time, a green eggs-and-ham cooking demonstration, and photos with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two. • Ready to Roar Reading Time. TuesdaysFridays at 1 p.m., children enjoy listening to a story at the Between the Lions exhibit in the Literacy Gallery. Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-4536. • Ridgeland Readers Story Time (Ages 3-7) Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Includes stories, music, crafts and more.

Bay Window Books Literary Event March 1, 1-3 p.m., at Bay Window Books (5905 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Authors William Trest Jr. and Meredith Coleman McGee read from their books. Free admission, books for sale; call 601-936-0089. “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Discussion Series March 6, 6-7:30 p.m., at Jackson State

University’s Margaret Walker Center (Ayer Hall, 1400 John R. Lynch St.). Dr. Loye Ashton leads the discussion on G. Willow Wilson’s book “The Butterfly Mosque.” Free; call 601-979-2055 or 601-432-6752; Weekly Storytime Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Each Tuesday, Baby Bookworms Storytime for children ages birth-36 months is at 9:30 a.m., and Preschool Storytime for children ages 3-6 is at 10:30 a.m. Free; call 601-932-2562.

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Events at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Free admission, books for sale; call 601-634-8624; email loreleibooks@wave2lan. com; • “The Reading Circle” April 2, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Ashton Lee signs books. • “The BTC Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival” April 5, 2-4 p.m. Alexe Van Beuren and Dixie Grimes sign books.

• Baby Bookends Story Time (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Parents and caregivers interact with the children through a variety of rhymes, songs and stories.


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STAGE AND SCREEN Being Belhaven Arts Series, at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Free; call 601-352-8850. • March 20, 5:30 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). The Jackson Irish Dancers perform. • April 27, 5:30 p.m., New Stage Theatre’s Professional Acting Company and Youth Acting Troupe present William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Dinner and a Movie, at Jefferson Street, Clinton. Purchase food and enjoy a movie at dusk. Free; call 601-924-5472; email; • April 11, 6 p.m., see “Monsters University.” • April 25, 6 p.m., see “Catching Fire.” • Film titles TBA May 9 and May 23. MICAELA ROSSATO - METROPOLITAN OPERA

“Martha.” Fish Tale Group Theatre presents John Maxwell’s play based on the biblical story of sisters Mary and Martha. Free; call 601-856-9581; • April 16, 6 p.m., at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church (7427 Old Canton Road, Madison). • May 14, 6 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). “In the Red and Brown Water” Feb. 27-March 3, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in McCoy Auditorium. In the play, Oya, a runner, is forced to choose between tending to her sick mother and her track scholarship. Free; call 601-979-7036;

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Events at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.), in the Studio Theatre. Call 601-965-1400; • Senior Dance Concerts Feb. 26-28, 7 p.m., and March 1, 1 p.m. Graduating BFA students present creative original senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies. $8, $5 seniors and students. • Spring Dance Productions: A Time for Ballet March 27, 11 a.m., March 28, 7:30 p.m., and March 29, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students. • Spring Dance Productions: A Collection of Contemporary Dance April 10-12, 2 p.m., and April 12, 7:30 p.m. The performance features selections of today’s dance works exploring collaboration, experimentation and innovative use of technology. $10, $5 seniors and students. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; • “The Miss Firecracker Contest” April 15-19 and April 23-26, 7:30 p.m., and April 26-27, 2 p.m. The play is about a pageant contestant’s conflicts with a cousin who is also competing and her eccentric brother. • “Shrek the Musical” May 27-31 and June 4-7, 7:30 p.m., and June 1 and June 8, 2 p.m. The musical is based on the popular Dreamworks animation series about an ogre’s relationship with a princess.


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Silver Screen Burlesque Show March 1, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Black Hat Burlesque and other feature performers give a show inspired by the Silver Screen era. For ages 18 and up. $10; Screen on the Green March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 5, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. Enjoy a cash bar and concession at 5:30 p.m., and a movie at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-9601515; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: Super Circus Heroes March 20-23, at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The circus includes performances featuring acrobats, clowns, animals and more. Reserved seating. VIP tickets available. $10-$50; call 800-745-3000. ANNA BOYD

See Ildar Abdrazakov take on the Metropolitan Opera’s Prince Igor at Tinseltown March 1.

Downtown Clinton hosts “Dinner and a Movie” every other week on Jefferson Street.

An Evening of Poetry March 22, 5 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). Poets include Julie Kane and Gail White. Free; call 601-634-8624; email loreleibooks@;

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he exposition for “Stick Fly” reads like an awkward death match between “Meet the Parents” and “Guess Who”—both competing for the same spotlight—and promises hilarity, dysfunction and catastrophe. Using the pretense of the LeVay brothers introducing their significant others to their parents in Martha’s Vineyard, playwright Lydia R. Diamond ensnares her cast of conflicting caricatures in an economically and racially tense gathering. In May, theater lovers in the Jackson area will have the opportunity to witness this spectacle. New Stage Theatre, as part of its “Unframed” series, will present a three-night run of “Stick Fly.” The play, which Alicia Keys produced on Broadway in 2011, has received awards from critics across the nation. For its “Unframed” series, New Stage Theatre curates and produces a collection of plays that are usually more James Gregory March 22, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The standup comedian and Georgia native is known as the “Funniest Man in America.” All-ages show; adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999; “Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci” March 28, at Bailey APAC Middle School (1900 N. State St.). The Mississippi Opera performs. $45; call 601960-2300; “Last Train to Nibroc” April 1-4 and April 7, 7:30 p.m., and April 5, 2 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in Blackbox Theatre. The play is about two strangers who fall in love on a train. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-7026; “And Then There Were None” April 3-5 and April 11-12, 7:30 p.m., and April 6 and April 13, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is a mystery about a murder that takes place among a group of people tricked into being marooned on an island. $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; Lights, Camera, Imagination! Talent Search April 25, 5:30-8 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The museum is seeking young stars ages 3-12 to feature in its 2014-2015 advertising campaign. Registration begins in early April. Details pending. Registra-

contemporary, controversial or irreverent than those during the regular season. “Unframed” is also part of New Stage’s second season, meaning the shows are not performed on the main stage. The aim of the JFPsponsored series, as stated on its Facebook page, is “to provide an alternative theatre experience to the Jackson area community.” Within this context of New Stage’s focus on broadening horizons, a cast of both seasoned and neophyte players (selected through New Stage’s consistent open-door audition policy) will enact the events that comprise Diamond’s award-winning play. New Stage Theatre presents “Stick Fly” at 7:30 p.m. May 1-3 at the Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). The show is for mature audiences only. Admission is $7 at the door. Call 601-948-3533 ext. 222, or visit FILE PHOTO

• “Prince Igor” March 1, 11 a.m., and March 5, 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera presents Borodin’s opera with Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. Encore showing March 5. March 1: $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; March 5: $20, $18 seniors, $14 children. • “Toe to Toe: Canelo vs. Angulo” March 8, 8 p.m. Watch Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo compete in the boxing match simulcasted from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. $18, $17 seniors and students, $16 children. • “La Bohème” April 5, 11:55 a.m., and April 9, 6:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera presents Puccini’s opera starring Anita Hartig and Vittorio Grigolo. Encore showing April 9. April 5: $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; April 9: $20, $18 seniors, $14 children.


tion fee TBA; call 601-981-5469; “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 2-3 and May 9-10, 7:30 p.m., and May 4 and May 11, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The musical is based on the biblical account of Joseph and his coat of many colors. $15, $10 seniors, students and military; call 601664-0930; Tickle Me Wednesdays Comedy Show Wednesdays, 9 p.m., at The Penguin Restaurant & Bar (1100 John R. Lynch St.). Jackson comedienne Ms. Jo Jo hosts the show that features the funniest comedians in the country. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 386-3388398, 769-251-5222 or 601-317-0769; email; Events at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi), in Beau Rivage Theatre. Call 888-566-7469 or 800-745-3000. • Rodney Carrington Feb. 28-March 1, 8 p.m. The stand-up comedian and country singer performs. For ages 21 and up. $35-$50. • “Chicago: The Musical” March 7, 7 p.m., March 8, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and March 9, 3 p.m. Set in the Jazz Age, the Tony Award-winning musical is about two women performers accused of murder. $30-$50. • Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live March 14-15, 8 p.m. The wildlife expert shares the stage with his animal friends. $10-$20.


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Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Call • Belhaven Strings and Orchestras March 28, ensemble of 24 men performs, and the Missis601-292-7999; 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a showcase of string solos and sippi Boychoir also performs. Proceeds benefit chamber groups. Contact the Crisis Line. $20, $5 students; call • An Evening with Keller Williams and More 601-594-2902. Than a Little March 5, 9 p.m. Keller Williams • All State Strings Concert March 29, 3 p.m. is a multi-genre musician who plays several Mississippi’s best high school string students • Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra March 2, instruments. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. All-agespresent the results of two intensive days of 3 p.m. The theme is “All Things Mississippi,” show; adults must accompany children. $25 rehearsal and study. Dr. Timothy James Bergand members of the Mississippi Chorus join the in advance, $30 at the door, $3 surcharge for man is the guest conductor. orchestra in presenting music from Mississippi patrons under 21. composers. Free; call 601-622-7978; freewebs. • Faculty Voice Recital: A Teacher with His Stucom/metropolitanchamberorchestra. • Fondren After 5 Three-band Concert March dents II March 4, 7:30 p.m. Dr. Christopher 6, 6 p.m. Performers include Startisan, Brave Shelt performs again with current and former • Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music’s Baby and Sun Ballet. All-ages show; adults must students. Early Music Concert Series March 27, 7:30 accompany children. Doors open at 5 p.m. Free. p.m. Shawn Leopard presents a harpsichord • National Association of Teachers of Singing recital of music from Bach and other compos• Drivin’ ‘N’ Cryin’ March 7, 9 p.m. The rock Competition ers. $15, $5 students, $125 season tickets; call band performs to promote their album “Songs March 20-22. Vocalists studying in Mississippi 601-594-5584; email; from the Psychedelic Time Clock.” The Westies compete in the regional and state competitions. also perform. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. All-ages• Faculty Percussion Recital show; adults must accompany children. $15 in April 3, 7:30 p.m. Owen Rockwell presents Mississippi Blues Fest March 1, 7 p.m., at Leflore advance, $20 day of show. selections written for drums, found objects and County Civic Center (200 Highway 7 N., • The Grahams and Lilly Hiatt March 10, 7:30 standard percussion instruments. Greenwood). Performers include T.K. Soul, O.B. p.m. Bluegrass and Americana Buchana, Ms. Jody, Steve Perry and music from the duo The Grahams, Jaye Hammer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and country music from Tennessee Small coolers allowed. $26; call 662native Lilly Hiatt. Doors open at 453-4065; email info@mississippiblues6:30 p.m. All-ages show; adults; must accompany children. Free. Third Day and Skillet March 1, 7 • Dialogue March 13, 7:30 p.m. p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 The eight-piece horn band plays Mississippi St.). The contemporary songs from group Chicago. Doors Christians bands perform. Other peropen at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first formers include Jamie Grace, Peter Furlcome, first served. All-ages show; er, We As Human and Morgan Harper adults must accompany children. Nichols. $18-$97; call 800-745-3000. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Brock McGuire Band March 7, • The Fleshtones March 19, 8 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Perp.m. Vocalist/keyboardist Peter forming Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Zaremba, guitarist Keith Streng Road). The band from County Clare, and bassist Jan Marek Pukulski St. Paul and the Broken Bones performs at Duling Hall April 5. Ireland plays traditional Irish music, make up the garage rock band. and the Mississippi Symphony OrchesUsed Goods also performs. $10 tra accompanies the group. Silent aucadvance, $12 door. • Choral and Vocal Arts: Johannes Brahms’ tion at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the McCoy House • RPM Party March 22, 9 p.m. DJ Young “A German Requiem” April 12, 7:30 p.m. for Sober Living. $25, $45 VIP (includes meet Venom, DJ Stephen Urquel and DJ Phingaprint Performers include the Belhaven Concert Choir and greet); call 601-946-0578; play hits from Rick James, Prince and Michael and Belhaven Chorale, soloists and the Sachs Jackson. Cocktails at 8 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 Piano Duo. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music’s Early at the door. • Best of Belhaven III April 14, 7:30 p.m. The Music Concert Series March 13, 7:30 p.m., at • Mingo Fishtrap March 23, 7:30 p.m. Soul and Music Department presents the most outstandSt. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton funk band from Austin, Texas. Cocktails at 6:30 ing performances of the semester. Road). The British group Stile Antico presents p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. 17th- and 18th-century sacred choral music. $30, • Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; $5 students, $125 season tickets; call 601April 4, 9 p.m. Mathus is a Grammy-winning 594-5584; email; folk artist whose music has southern and Scot• Downtown Jazz Feb. 27, March 27, April 24 tish influences. $10. and May 29, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy performances from The Blast Downtown March 13, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at • St. Paul and the Broken Bones April 5, 9 local jazz and blues musicians. $5, free for memMartin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 S. State St.). p.m. The soul band from Birmingham, Ala. bers; call 601-960-1515; Dance to house music from DJ Scrap Dirty, The performs. Doors open at 8 p.m. All-ages show; • Music in the City March 4, April 8 and May Nasty Sho, Sketch the DJ and DJ Spirituals. For adults must accompany children. $10. 6, 5:15 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy ages 21 and up. $5-$7; • Todd Snider April 18, 9 p.m. The singer-songa cash bar at 5:15 p.m., and music at 5:45 p.m. “Chamber IV: Chamber in the Chapel” March writer performs and read from his new book. Free, donations welcome. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. Doors open at 8 p.m. Adults must accompany • High Note Jam: Hip Hop Night March 13, County Line Road, Tougaloo). In Woodworth children. $20 in advance, $25 at the 6-7:30 p.m., in the Art Garden. Enjoy music Chapel. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and from Rashad Street, DJ Young Venom, Cody Events at Belhaven University Center for the pianist Alon Goldstein perform Mozart’s “Quintet Cox, 5th Child and DJ Brik-a-Brak. Cash bar Arts (835 Riverside Drive), in the concert hall. for Woodwinds and Piano,” Brahms’ “Quintet included. Free. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Free; call for Piano and Strings” and Liszt’s paraphrase on • Composers’ Orchestral Reading Session April 601-974-6494; Verdi’s “Aida” for solo piano. $16; call 601-96015, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Mem• Student Composers Concert XII March 6, 1565; bers of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Enjoy selections from student comSouthern Escape Benefit Show March 29, 4 p.m., perform compositions from Belhaven and MC posers in the recital room. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Performstudents. Free; call 601-974-6494; • Faculty Piano Recital March 18, 7:30 p.m. Dr. ers include 5th Wolf (5th Child and Spacewolf), Stephen Sachs performs works such as Franz Events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 Fides, Sun Ballet, The Empty Handed Painters Liszt’s “The Sonata in B Minor” and selected E. 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Tye Tribbett March 29, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The urban gospel artist performs to promote his latest album, “Greater Than.” Gospel hip-hop artist Da T.R.U.T.H. also performs. Doors open at 6 p.m. $30 through March 28, $35 day of show, $40 VIP (includes 5 p.m. meet and greet); call 800965-9324. “Bravo V: Pictures at an Exhibition” April 4-5, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Preparatory School (3100 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven’s “3rd Piano Concerto” with soloist Anton Nel and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” $20 and up; call 601-960-1565; Vivaldi’s Spring with Marta Szublowska April 11, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton), at the Jean P. Williams Recital Hall in Aven Hall. The violinist performs compositions from Vivaldi, Brahms and Harold Schiffman. Limited seating. $20, $5 students; call 601-9253440; Alan Jackson April 11, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). In Beau Rivage Theatre. The country music artist performs to promote his latest album, “The Bluegrass Album.” $80.0-$110.0; call 888-566-7469 or 800-745-3000. Alcorn State University Jazz Festival April 12, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). High school and college bands from around the Southeast perform. Arturo Sandoval headlines the event. Free; call 601-877-6602; email davemilleralcorn@yahoo. com; Zoo Blues April 13, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Save the date for the annual blues concert. Details pending; call 601-352-2580; Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music’s Early Music Concert Series April 24, 7:30 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Woodworth Chapel. Vocalist Ben Bagby presents “Beowulf” while accompanying himself on the medieval harp. $20, $5 students, $125 season tickets; call 601-594-5584; email; Jazz on the Plaza April 25, 6:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Enjoy live music from several performers at Gibbs-Green Plaza. Free; call 601-979-7036. David Nail May 7, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show; call 601-292-7999; email; “Pops III: Pepsi Pops” May 9, 7:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The annual event includes family-friendly activities, music from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a fireworks finale. Prize offered for the best basket design. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-960-1565; Synergy Night Second Saturdays, 9 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road). 99.7 FM WJMI DJ Maranda J hosts the open-mic and jazz event featuring live music. $10, $5 open-mic participants; call 956-0082; like Synergy Nights on Facebook. See daily music events listings at Send listings to


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WELLNESS Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Adults must accompany children. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469; • Question It? Discover It! Saturday March 15, April 5, May 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Shake Out the Sillies Third Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-noon Toddlers and preschoolers participate in fitness and health enrichment activities. Our Fight to End Obesity March 1, 10 a.m.2 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity hosts the event to promote health education, exercise and proper nutrition. Includes massages and march aerobics with former JSU Sonic Boom member Mathew Haynes. Free;

What is the Affordable Care Act and how does it affect me? A: THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, also called OBAMACARE, is a law requiring U.S. citizens and lawfully present immigrants to have health insurance, with a few exceptions. It also created the Health Insurance Marketplace, a website where you can enroll in private health insurance plans in your state. Depending on your income, you may qualify for reduced monthly payments, which makes the insurance more affordable. To enroll in a plan, most people will have to enroll before March 31, 2014.

February 26 - March 4, 2014

You can enroll on your own by going to or enroll over the phone by calling 1-800-318-2596.


You can also talk to a UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER NAVIGATOR who can answer your questions and help you enroll.

UMMC NAVIGATORS are located at the JACKSON MEDICAL MALL and are available to meet in person by appointment.




StinkyFeet Fondren Run Thursdays, 6 p.m., in Fondren. StinkyFeet Athletics leads the weekly fun run through the neighborhoods off Old Canton Road. Meet in the parking lot at Babalu. Free; find Fondren Group Run on Facebook. Memory Care Program, at Gentiva Hospice (106 Riverview Drive, Flowood). The program helps caregivers and health professionals learn how to care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Free; call 601-983-3193; ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) Support Group Fourth Mondays, 6:30-7:45 p.m. through May 26, at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The group meets in the BankPlus Community Room on the second floor. Free; call 601-364-3326.

Dance for Parkinson’s Mondays, 6-7 p.m. through March 3, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.), at the Hall Activity Center. Participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. For ages 18 and up. Free; email; call 601-974-1755.

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Wellness Center, at Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and a children’s gym. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601987-6783.

Save Your Life: Key Things Everyone Must Know About Cancer March 6, 6-7 p.m., at The Belhaven (1200 N. State St.), in the conference room. Learn the symptoms and prevention strategies for the most common types of cancer. Refreshments served. Registration required. Limited seating. $7; call 601-948-6262;

Kickboxing Fitness Class Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Kimberly Griffin instructs the weekly kickboxing fitness class. $30 for eight weeks, $5 drop-in fee; call 601-884-0316.

Art in Mind Art Program March 26 and May 28, 10-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi offers the program for people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. Participants tour the galleries and make art in the studio classroom. Registration required. Free; call 601987-0020; NAMI Basics Class March 26, at Holmes Community College, Ridgeland (412 West Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland). The six-week course is for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses. Pre-registration required. Free; call 601-899-9058 or 800-357-0388. What a Pain in the Neck March 28, 11:45 a.m.1 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Room. Dr. Lynn Stringer talks about methods for relieving neck discomfort. Registration required. Free, $7 optional lunch; call 601-948-6262; Spring Equinox Restorative Yoga Class March 20, 5:45 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Proceeds from the annual class benefit the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF). Free; call 601-720-2337; email; Living Food Potluck Second Saturdays, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Held on second Saturdays; please RSVP. Bring a dish or donate $10; call 601-956-0010. Hill Training Workout Mondays, 7 p.m., and Fridays, 6 p.m., at Avondale Street and Old Canton Road in Fondren. liveRIGHTnow hosts the training session. Free; call 601-717-2012; email terry@; NAMI Connection Support Group Meetings. The alliance of individuals with mental illnesses meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. to share experiences and learn new ways to cope. Trained facilitators lead the meetings. Free; call 601-899-9058 for location information.

Jackson Insight Meditation Group Meetings, at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road), at the Dojo. The group meets Mondays from 6-7 p.m. for metta (lovingkindness) meditation practice, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. for silent meditation and Dharma study. Free; call 601201-4228; email Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313; email; • Yoga Classes. Classes are available five days a week. $10-$15. • Gentle Yoga Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Ronni Mott instructs. Learn yoga poses that can be done in a seated position or with sturdy props. $15 per session (prepay for multiple classes for a discount). • Tabatas Mondays, 9-9:45 a.m., Tuesdays, 5:15-5:50 p.m., and Fridays, noon-12:45 p.m. Terry Sullivan of liveRIGHTnow teaches the high-intensity interval training class. $10; • Bellydancing Class Sundays, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Randi Young-Jerome instructs. $10-$15. Events at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Ridgeland), at the multi-use trail next door. Free; call 601-899-9696. • Weekly Group Walk. Walks are Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Walk two or four miles. • Weekly Group Run. Run 5.4 miles Thursdays at 6 p.m. Events at Optimum 1 Dance Studios (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 2000). • Zumba Fitness Classes. The one-hour classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. $5 per class; call 601-918-5107. • Kangoo Jumps Exercise Rebound Classes Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m., Thursdays, 5-6 p.m., and Saturdays, 7-8 a.m. through Sept. 23, at Kangoo Club of Mississippi. The interval training class involves using Kangoo Jumps, low-impact workout shoes with special springs. $10 per class or $50 monthly fee; call 601-850-8392.




Walk Against Traffick is April 12.

• Taste of Mississippi April 7, 7-10 p.m. Enjoy food from 40 fine restaurants, a silent auction, and music. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. Call 601-353-2759; International Food Tasting Festival March 1, 6-9 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road). Sample international fare in the fellowship hall. Proceeds benefit Food for the Poor, an international hunger relief program. $5 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-956-4263; email

JFP-SPONSORED EVENTS New Stage Theatre’s Unframed Series at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). For mature audiences. Call 601-9483533, ext. 222; • “Musical of Musicals” March 13-15, 7:30 p.m. The musical about musicals is a comedic satire of musical theater. $10 (cash or check). • “Stick Fly” May 1-3, 7:30 p.m. The play is about inner turmoil within an affluent African-American family. $7. Crossroads Music Video Showcase April 11, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). See music videos featuring local filmmakers and performers. James Crow, The Hons and That Scoundrel perform. $5; call 601-345-5674; email; Crossroads Film Festival April 12-14, at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Enjoy dozens of independent films, workshops and parties during at the three-day event. Discounts for members, students and seniors. $8 per film, $20 one-day pass, $59 allaccess pass; call 601-345-5674; email;

Celebration of Light Event March 1, 7 p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (4000 W. Tidewater Lane, Madison), in the Family Life Center. Mississippi Talent Education hosts the production that includes music, art, dance and storytelling. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Children’s Home Services. $10 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601832-6901; email Brock McGuire Band March 7, 7:30 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The band from County Clare, Ireland, plays traditional Irish music, and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra accompanies the group. Silent auction at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the McCoy House for Sober Living. $25, $45 VIP; call 601-946-0578; Color Me Rad 5K March 22, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The nationally-recognized run/walk is part of the annual Zippity Doo Dah Weekend. Participants wear white and are color bombed at each kilometer. Proceeds benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Registration required. Fees vary by registration date; Racin’ for the Seed April 5, 8 a.m., at Fannin Landing Park (Fannin Landing Circle, Brandon). The race includes a 5K run/walk and a duathlon. Proceeds benefit The Mustard Seed. $30 5K only, duathlon: $50 individual; $35 per relay team member; call 601-992-3556; Sante South Wine Festival April 5, 6:30-10 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Sample more than 120 wines and food from more than 20 Mississippi restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Mississippi. Prices vary; call 601987-0020; Walk Against Traffick Jackson April 12, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Duling Green (Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road). Includes a 10-mile walkathon, a two-mile sprint race, food, music, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit Hard Places Community, an organization aimed at ending child sex trafficking. $10 walkathon, race and concert TBA;

Make it Work with Recycling by Alexis Moody


roject Rezway is an annual gala that “We even had a red solo-cup dress.” showcases a fashion An award show show with a twist: called the Rezzy Awards All the designs are made will take place during from at least 75 percent the evening. Keep the recyclable materials. Past Rez Beautiful will use designers have used items the awards to honor top such as Mardi Gras beads, organization volunteers shopping bags and coffee making a difference in filters in their looks. the community. Keep the Rez BeautiProject Rezway is ful, which hosts Project currently looking for Rezway, is a nonprofit ordesigners and models ganization formed in 2010 for the 2014 fashion that dedicates itself to litter show. “Come and cleanup and prevention have fun,” Veeder and the beautification of says, encouraging apthe Ross Barnett Reservoir. Project Rezway showcases the plicants to join in reKeep the Rez Beauti- fashionable side of recycling. gardless of skill level. ful volunteer executive di“It’s just about using rector Jeannine May and your imagination.” board member Debbie Veeder organized Project Rezway is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Project Rezway, which will be at the Mis- April 17 at the Mississippi Craft Center sissippi Craft Center. The event also in- (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Tickets are cludes food, specialty drinks, a silent auc- $25 and include a Keep the Rez Beautition and music on the patio. ful membership. All proceeds go to litter “People that I wouldn’t think would cleanup and beautification efforts around enjoy it, they are just overwhelmed with the reservoir. For more information, email the event when they see ... what you can, or visit make out of recyclable items,” May says.

Operation Shoestring Spring Fling April 24, 6-9 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in the Art Garden. The annual party includes live music, food, drinks and more. Proceeds benefit Operation Shoestring. $20, sponsorships start at $125; call 601-353-6336, ext. 27.

HOLIDAY Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade March 15, 1 p.m., at downtown Jackson. The annual Mardi Grasstyle parade begins on the corner of State and Court streets. Enjoy the Trustmark Children’s Festival and the Pet Parade before the main event. Visit the website for a schedule. Free; Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Easter Egg Hunt April 12, 10-11 a.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). At center court. Egg hunt isfor children ages 8 and under. Also enjoy prizes, giveaways, pictures with the Easter Bunny and music. Come early to register. Proceeds benefit Camp Kandu. $5 donation; call 877-DFM-CURE; Breakfast with the Easter Bunny April 19, 8 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.).

The annual event includes a hot breakfast and other activities. Pre-registration required. Admission TBA; call 601-352-2580; City of Jackson Easter Egg Hunt April 19, noon-2 p.m., location TBA. The event is for children ages 5-10. Arrive an hour early and bring your own basket or bag. Free; call 601-960-0655; email; Memorial Day Parade and Activities May 26, 10 a.m., at downtown Vicksburg. Events include a parade on Washington Street at 10 a.m., a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Vicksburg City Auditorium (901 Monroe St.), and a motorcade on Fort Hill Drive to the wreathlaying ceremony that begins at 12:30 p.m. Free; call 601-634-0163;


Events at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). • Light the Spectrum: Transforming Autism April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mississippi Children’s Home Services hosts the fundraiser for the Mississippi Center for Behavioral Science. Includes food, a silent auction and music from the Ghost Town Blues Band. Ages 21 and up. $50; call 601-352-7784;

Walk MS May 3, 9 a.m., at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle Drive, Flowood). Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 601-856-5831; email casey.; Mississippi Children’s Home Services Annual Wine Tasting May 3, 7-8 p.m., at The Inzinna Home. The annual fundraiser includes wine, local food and live music. $100; Jackson Streets Alive May 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Fondren. Bike Walk Mississippi hosts the annual event. A portion of Old Canton Road is closed off to create a playground for biking, walking and other forms of exercise. Free; email bikewalk@; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting Second Mondays, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). Light dinner included. Free; call 601968-5182; Fight Against Hunger, at BRAVO!, Broad Street Bakery and Sal & Mookie’s. Dine at participating restaurants and add a donation to Extra Table to your receipt. Donations welcome; Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group Second Mondays. The group offers a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead the sessions. Free; call 601-842-7599; for location, email



Food News

By the Seashore

by Kathleen M. Mitchell

by Kathleen M. Mitchell



rowing up in a landlocked city in a landlocked state (Salt Lake City, Utah), I didn’t grow up with an affinity for seafood. I turned my nose up at pretty much everything from shrimp to snapper until I was a teenager, and have only really started choosing seafood over landlubber creatures such as beef or chicken as I’ve entered my mid-20s. Recently, the cuisine of two Mississippi chefs proved to me I should give fish more credit. Last week, Mississippi Seafood and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources hosted a five-course dinner at the Fairview Inn. The courses were a collaboration between Chef David Crews, who is the chef instructor at the Mississippi Delta Community College culinary program and earned the title of “King of Seafood” at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, and Gary Hawkins, the executive chef for 1908 Provisions at the Fairview. As diners nibbled on dishes such as Mississippi Gulf oyster hushpuppies with pickled okra tartar sauce and seafood boudin with whole-grain mustard and picked squash, representatives from the Mississippi DMR and Gulf Coast fisheries talked about the importance of supporting local seafood. The food was superb, highlighting a wide variety of cooking methods and types of seafood. With balanced, fresh flavors and beautifully constructed plating, the meal could hold its own among the highest level of restaurants nationwide. The chefs shared their recipes with the JFP. Here are my favorites from 1908’s Gary Hawkins:

Gary Hawkins, executive chef at 1908 Provisions, recently joined the “King of Seafood,” David Crews, for a seafood spectacle at the Fairview Inn.

Honey Mustard Glazed Mississippi Red Snapper with Cauliflower Puree and Carrot-Top Pesto Provided by Chef Gary Hawkins

Honey Mustard Glaze

February 26 - March 4, 2014

1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted


Combine the honey and mustard, add sliced ginger and coriander seeds, season to taste with salt and pepper. Let glaze develop for about an hour. Then strain the seeds and ginger out.

Carrot-Top Pesto

1 bunch organic carrots, tops picked and cleaned 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese or Grano Padano

cheese, grated 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted 1 cup olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients well in a food processor. With machine running slowly, add the olive oil until incorporated.

Cauliflower Puree

1 cauliflower bunch, florets trimmed Milk Salt and white pepper, to taste 2 teaspoons butter

Place cauliflower florets into pan and

cover with milk. Simmer until tender but still a bit firm. Do not overcook, or the florets will become too smooth. Drain milk. Add salt and white pepper to taste. Add butter.

Mississippi Gulf Snapper

1 pound Mississippi Gulf snapper, cut into fillets Salt and pepper, to taste Olive oil to sauté

Sear Mississippi Gulf snapper over medium-high heat in oil that is just starting to smoke. Cook 2-3 minutes, then flip. Finish in oven until done.

Another Honor for Emerson Derek Emerson, executive chef of Walker’s Drive-In and Local 463, is a semifinalist in the Best Chef: South category for the 2014 James Beard awards. This is Emerson’s fourth nomination in that category—he previously made it to the semifinals in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Emerson, whom Jackson Free Press readers recently voted Best Chef in the annual Best of Jackson awards, has seen multiple awards for both his restaurants. The only other Mississippi chef nominated is Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford. Bhatt is up for the same category at Emerson. The finalists will be announced March 18. The 2014 James Beard Awards are May 2 and 5 in New York City. Goodbye to Basil’s Belhaven, Hello to Lou’s The Belhaven branch of Basil’s, which took on the moniker Basil’s 904 last year when it added a pizza menu to its offerings, served its final meals over the weekend. Employees alerted diners last week that the location would soon be closing. The original Basil’s location in Fondren plans to expand hours and add a few favorites from the Belhaven site’s menu, including pizza. Another restaurateur, Louis LaRose, is slated to take over the Belhaven space to open a new eatery he plans to call Lou’s Full-Serv. The restaurant will be table service, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. “I’d like to say ‘southern-plus’ on the food,” LaRose says about the projected menu. “Slightly eclectic, drawing on lots of influences.” LaRose, a Jackson native who attended culinary school in North Miami, Fla., will take the space March 15 and, after renovating the kitchen and remodeling the space into a vintage industrial vibe, hopes to open late spring or early summer. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant




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904 Basilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (904 E. Fortification, 601-352-2002) Creative pizzas, Italian food, burgers & much more. Casual dining in the heart of Belhaven. Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11.

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ITALIAN BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami.


Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Huntington Grille (1001 East County Line Road, Jackson Hilton, 601-957-2800) Mississippi fine dining features seafood, crayfish, steaks, fried green tomatoes, shrimp & grits, pizzas and more. The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Philâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Sheaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating

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


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VEGETARIAN High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.

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Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling hibach & refreshing cocktails from one of jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known japanese restaurants. Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd @ County Line Rd. 601-991-3110) Classic Indian cuisine from multiple regions. Lamb, vegetarian, chicken, shrimp and more.

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A â&#x20AC;&#x153;very high class pig stand,â&#x20AC;? Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads.

Burgers and Blues (1060 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland 601-899-0038) Best Burger of 2013, plus live music and entertainment! Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best happy hour & sports bar, kitchen open late, pub food with soul and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Hole in the Wall,â&#x20AC;? has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. City Grille( 1029 Hwy 51, Madison (601) 607-7885) Southern with Blue Plate Specials; Seafood and Steaks, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) Cool Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the fries! Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Mc Bâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot.

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Serves 10 - $44.95 (2 lbs pork/beef or 2 whole chickens; 2 pints beans, 2 pints slaw, 6 slices Texas toast/10 buns)

Rib Party Pack Serves 4 - $52.15 (2 whole ribs, 1 pint of baked beans, 1 pint of slaw, 1 pint of potato salad, 4 slices of Texas toast)

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


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‘The Whipping Man’:

February 26 - March 4, 2014


n Passover Seder, Jewish people drink four glasses of wine to symbolize God’s four expressions of deliverance out of Egypt—Kiddush, Maggid, Birkat Hamazon and Hallel, which mean “I will bring out,” “I will deliver,” “I will redeem” and “I will take.” But a fifth glass remains untouched throughout the ritual. After the verses in Exodus denoting the promise of deliverance, God speaks a fifth time in Exodus 6:8, and says “I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and I will give it to you for a possession.” The fifth glass, called the Cup of Elijah, represents the collective freedom of all people. It will remain filled—and untouched—until all people are free. “Even though Jews have overcome their personal persecution, and the Seder is a time to celebrate their freedom, there is a mindful awareness of not everyone in the world has achieved that freedom,” says Brian Maxsween, who stars in New Stage Theatre’s production of Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man.” In one scene, the characters celebrate Passover Seder, drink the four glasses of wine, and remark on their newfound freedom and camaraderie. Lopez, a native of Panama City, Fla., who currently lives in Brooklyn, told blogger Adam Szymkowicz in 2010 that he wanted to explore the ideas of men suddenly being free after being a slave their whole lives. He also wanted to expound on the fact that while Jewish Americans celebrated Passover the day after the Confederacy’s surrender, a new exodus was happening around them. As he examined these themes, he came up with the idea of a Jewish slave-owning family, whose slaves eventually adopted the religion. “A big crux of the play—(which) the author fell in love


Jackson State University professor Yohance Myles and actors Jay Unger and Brian Maxsween (from left), star in New Stage Theatre’s production of “The Whipping Man.”

by Amber Helsel


Anatomy of Freedom I

At rehearsals for New Stage Theatre’s production of the “The Whipping Man,” Yohance Myles’ character John holds Brian Maxsween’s character, Caleb, back as Simon, played by Jay Unger, dresses Caleb’s wounded leg.

with in researching—is that there actually were Jewish families who owned slaves, and all historians agree that there is a very high probability that there were Jewish slaves as well,” Maxsween says. “So (there’s) the friction of Jewish slave owners owning slaves despite their history being slaves coming out of Egypt and celebrating their freedom.” “The Whipping Man” is one of the most widely produced plays of the last few years. The play premiered in New York in 2010 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The sold-out production ran for 101 performances and garnered many awards for Lopez, including the John Gassner New Play Award from New York Outer Critics Circle. Since then, at least two dozen other theaters have produced the play, from the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky to Baltimore Centerstage in Maryland. The play combines slavery, race, history and Jewish traditions to create the beautiful story the New York Times calls “haunting, striking and powerful.” For New Stage’s production of the critically acclaimed “The Whipping Man,” Maxsween plays Caleb DeLeon, a former Confederate soldier who hails from a Jewish family. He stars opposite Jay Unger, who plays Simon, a former slave, and Jackson State University professor Yohance Myles,

who plays young former slave John. The story begins just days after the Confederacy’s surrender. Caleb comes home to find that his family has fled to the countryside, the DeLeons’ mansion has been ransacked, and the only two left are John and Simon. Caleb chooses to stay with the two in the city, as the trio begins to celebrate Passover. All of the characters, especially John, deal with a major theme for the play: what it means to be free. Myles says that during a night of rehearsals, the cast members discovered that his character John symbolizes Moses. “His (John’s) generation, in a lot of ways, is trying to break whatever boundaries that need to be broken for those who won’t take a stand or a chance to see the promise of those things that we dream of,” Myles says. “But John has a hard time understanding that the decisions he makes today affects everybody.” “The Whipping Man” premiered at New Stage Theatre Feb. 25 and runs through March 9. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Wedn.-Sat. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $28, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. Visit for more information.


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t’s that time of year again, so let the parties begin! Yes, Mardi Gras is raging on, but I am specifically referring to the 86th Academy Awards. The Oscars, as they are known, will air this Sunday, March 2. Here are my predictions. Best Picture Having seen all nine nominees, I will say the list is as good as it get—each film is fantastic and deserving of its nomination. But I was surprised, and a bit upset, to see “The Butler” snubbed. With its release back in August, I believe the film peaked too soon. While combing the list and looking for a common theme, it struck me. Each film’s protagonist digs deep down for personal strength—physical, emotional, mental—to persevere near-impossible obstacles: hell on Earth, brutal slavery in “12 Years a Slave,” abusively scamming FBI behavior in “American Hustle,” death-in-a-moment piracy in “Captain Phillips,” illegally prolonging lives in “Dallas Buyers Club,” acute shock in disastrous space in “Gravity,” love’s highs and lows in “Her,” wandering an aging mind in “Nebraska,” searching for a missing piece of life in “Philomena,” and inevitable incarceration per a self-inflicted money/sex/drug addiction in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” While “American Hustle” is the epitome of brilliant ensemble acting, and “Gravity” has revolutionized cinema’s special-effects capabilities, my prediction is for the emotionally charged epic “12 Year a Slave” (which, coincidentally, I had the privilege of working on in New Orleans). My experience watching this film was simply unforgettable. While a safe choice for The Academy, I truly believe it’s the right one to make. Best Actor As far as locked-up categories go, Best Actor is way up there. Most film experts say Matthew McConaughey will walk away with the Oscar statue for his stunning role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” After all, he did lose 43 pounds to play AIDS-infected Ron

Woodroof in this true story. But I’m going a different route, with Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” His genius portrayal of true-life Wall Streeter Jordan Belfort is full-on creative lunacy. Although it’s an out-of-control, wild party of a performance, Leo constructively carries it out under the master guidance of director Martin Scorsese. Plus, Leo and Scorsese have been blazing social-scene trails to highlight Leo’s what some may say, “overdue” circumstance. Dark Horse: Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave.” Best Actress This category is undoubtedly a lock with Cate Blanchett winning for her hysterics-riddled character in “Blue Jasmine.” The current rumors and controversy around director Woody Allen won’t impede her momentum through the voting deadline. Dark Horse: Amy Adams, “American Hustle.” Best Supporting Actor Jared Leto plays transgendered AIDS patient, Rayon, in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Like McConaughey, Leto lost significant weight to deliver an accurate portrayal. His performance is mesmerizing and leaves you with a heightened sense of loneliness as Rayon chronically endures. I believe Leto will come out victorious. Should Win: Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave” Dark Horse: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”



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A Senior Dance Concert is at Belhaven University.

Downtown Jazz is at the Mississippi Museum of Art.

5th Child is one performer at the Blender Series, Vol. 5, at CS’s in Midtown.


Richard Boada reads from “The Error of Nostalgia” at 5:30 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $10.95 book. Call 601-366-7619; email; … Senior Dance Concert is at 7 p.m. at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). $8, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-1400;

Keller Williams, a multi-genre multi-instrumentalist, performs at 9 p.m. March 5 at Duling Hall. He will play a solo set and a funk set with More Than a Little. Doors open at 7 p.m.





Back in the Day Black History Celebration is at 6 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church (5202 Watkins Drive). Free; call 601-981-8696. … Downtown Jazz is at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $5, free for members; call 601-960-1515; … Keith Sweat’s Sweat All Night Tour is at 8 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $27-$67; call 800-745-3000.


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Keith Sweat performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the Sweat All Night Tour at the Mississippi Coliseum. Ginuwine and Tank and Silk also perform.


$15 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 students with ID; call 866-590-4647; … Jarez’s R&B Night is at 9 p.m. at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Jarez Singleton performs. $10; call 601-331-8965.

Keyboards in the Chapel is at 7:30 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). The concert features Rachel Heard, fortepiano, and Robert Knupp, organ. $20, $5 students; call 601-925-3440; … Yale Whiffenpoofs Concert is at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). $10-$20; email; … eZra Brown 38 performs at 9 p.m. at Yellow Scarf (741 Harris St., Suite E).

4 the Record Swap is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Arts Center of BY BRIANA ROBINSON Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $5 early bird, $2 genJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM eral; call 601-376-9404; email; FAX: 601-510-9019 … Third DAILY UPDATES AT Day and Skillet perform at JFPEVENTS.COM 7 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). $18-$97; call 800-745-3000. … Mississippi Blues Fest is at 7 p.m. at Leflore County Civic Center (200 Highway 7 N., Greenwood). $26; call 662-453-4065; … Number Blender 5 is at 8 p.m. at CS’s Restaurant (1359 1/2 N. West St.). The concert is a fundraiser for FIGMENT and is a kick-off for the Midtown House Blend art project. $5; call 601-969-9482; find Figment Jackson on Facebook.



Casting Boot Camp is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ice House Alley Warehouses (251 W. South St.). RSVP. $125; email … Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol St.). The orchestra and members of the Mississippi Chorus present music from Mis-

sissippi composers. Free; call 601-622-7978; metropolitanchamberorchestra.


C Spire Howell/Gillom Trophy Presentation is at 11:30 a.m. at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). Call 601-982-8264; … Bayou Teche Lundi Gras Beer Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). RSVP. $60; call 601-369-1919; email maggieb@salandmookies. com; … “In the Red and Brown Water” is at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in McCoy Auditorium. $10, discounts available; call 601-979-7036;


Music in the City is at 5:15 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Pianist Jerome Reed performs. Free; call 601-960-1515; … Faculty Voice Recital: A Teacher with His Students II is at 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Dr. Christopher Shelt performs with current and former students. Free; call 601-974-6494;


Keller Williams and More Than a Little perform at 9 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). $25 in advance, $30 at the door; call 601-292-7999; … “The Whipping Man” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Actor chat after the show. $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;


by Tommy Burton



he Jackson-based band Swamp Babies has been lurking in the local music scene for the past couple of years. With the release of its debut album, “Up High From Way Down Here,” however, the time has come for the band to step into the spotlight. SHARON COKER PHOTOGRAPHY

Swamp Babies’ debut album, “Up High From Way Down Here,” is a solid rock ‘n’ roll release, perfect for bringing the band from the shadows to the spotlight.

The rock ‘n’ roll album spotlights Swamp Babies’ abilities as a live trio of guitar, bass and drums. Ruthie Taylor’s bass playing and Ryan Baucum’s drumming both compliment Josh Taylor’s guitar tones and his voice. The real secret weapons of the album, though, are its original songs. They are melodic, inventive and, most of all, grounded in a clear understanding of pop music’s history. This is not an album designed to reinvent the wheel. It simply presents some groovy tunes to keep the wheel turning. The album’s musical focus should not surprise people who have met Swamp Babies’ frontman, Josh Taylor, 31. If you ever shopped at Be-Bop Record Shop in Maywood Mart in the early 2000s, you likely met Taylor and encountered his infectious love for all types of music. Shoppers could sometimes tell when he was running the store’s music selection because they were likely to hear something as obscure as “Arthur” by The Kinks. During that time, Taylor seemed to be journeying through most of Jackson’s live music scene. He played bass with the jazzy Circus of the Seed before landing a

gig with local alt-country favorite Goodman County with Cody Cox, founder of Elegant Trainwreck. Taylor also spent a little time in Men of Leisure. After Goodman County disbanded in the late 2000s, Taylor felt it was time to start his own rock band as an outlet for his songwriting. His wife, Ruthie, 27, volunteered to play bass. “She stepped up and learned, because she knew it was something I wanted to do, and (she) wanted to learn,” Taylor says. Ryan Baucum, 29, of Wooden Finger came onboard to complete the lineup. “We started by learning some covers, but everything was really happening very naturally. Of course, we were always writing songs the entire time,” Taylor says. “After two to three years, we’d collected about 10 songs. Cody approached us and offered to put out a recording. So, we went to Drew (McKercher) at Morningbell and made a record.” Recording the debut album went smoothly as well. “Drew pushed me to stick with things I wouldn’t have otherwise done,” Taylor says. “Thank God for that, because I’m happy with the results. We recorded over the course of a couple of days because the songs were already written and essentially arranged, prior to recording.” “Up High From Way Down Here” ended up being eight tracks, clocking in at almost 40 minutes of smart rock ‘n’ roll. “That’s just about the perfect length for a rock record,” Taylor says with a laugh. “We have a couple of tracks left over, but we might put them out as extras at some point.” Underneath the swirl of guitar, bass and drums, a uniform of sound binds the songs. However, they also feature an element of diversity upon deeper listening. The music ranges from straightforward rock (“Heavy Hearts and Bare Tires”) to bossa nova (“Got It Made”). Despite these stylistic differences, everything is wrapped in a package that is uniquely Swamp Babies. “Let’s be brave, and let’s be dutiful,” Taylor sings on the track “One Laser Beam To Another.” If that’s any indication of where Swamp Babies is heading, then Jackson has a true gem on its hands. Purchase physical copies of Swamp Babies’ “Up High From Way Down Here” at Morningbell Records & Café (4760 Interstate 55 N., Suite A, 769-233-7468). Listen to and download the album at









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THURSDAY, FEB. 27 College basketball (6-8 p.m., CSS): In the Golden Eagles’ final home game this season, Southern Miss plays Florida International, hoping to stay perfect at home. FRIDAY, FEB. 28 NBA (7 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): A NBA doubleheader should keep you busy on Friday night as New York hosts Golden State, followed by New Orleans at Phoenix. SATURDAY, MARCH 1 College basketball (6-8 p.m., FSN): If Ole Miss doesn’t beat Alabama in its midweek clash, the Rebels will be on a fivegame losing streak when they face Texas A&M to begin March. SUNDAY, MARCH 2 College basketball (3-5 p.m., CBS): A Big Ten battle has Ohio State looking to beat Indiana on the road—the Buckeyes need a win to improve their seeding late in the season but the Hoosiers will be working for the upset.

MONDAY, MARCH 3 NHL (7-10 p.m., NBCSN): The best hockey players are back from the Olympics, so this week’s hockey fix features the Dallas Stars hosting the Buffalo Sabres. TUESDAY, MARCH 4 College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN U): The Florida Gators are, without question, the best team in the Southeastern Conference, but can they defeat South Carolina on the road to remain unbeaten in SEC play? WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 College basketball (6-8 p.m., CSS): Mississippi State hasn’t had the players to compete at SEC level, but the Bulldogs should be able to keep things close against Georgia. Maybe I should get a group together to figure out which teams to pick in the NCAA Tournament. I would be more than willing to share Buffett’s $1 billion with everyone who helps me out. Who’s with me? Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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From Sochi to Starkville


hese Winter Olympics are over and were a success for Russia. The host nation finished with the most medals (33), and nearly everything went off without much of a hitch for the entire time. Sochi wasn’t bad for the USA, either. The United States finished second in the medal count (28), but was a disappointment in some areas. It is strange that the U.S. didn’t medal in men’s or women’s individual ice skating, and short-track skating was a disaster in Sochi. The U.S. men’s hockey team looked like they put everything into beating Canada and didn’t have anything left, emotionally, to use against Finland. Finland came out and punched the U.S. in the mouth, and the U.S. never responded. When the New Jersey Nets signed (and played) Jason Collins this past weekend, the NBA beat the NFL in terms of a major men’s sports league drafting the first openly gay player . Collins is much closer to the end of his pro career than Missouri football star

Michael Sam. Still, Collins in the NBA is a step forward in the sports world. It looks like the NCAA Men’s Tournament might be Mississippi free. Ole Miss and Southern Miss are long shots for receiving at-large bids. Mississippi State, Jackson State and Alcorn State must win their respective conference tournaments to go dancing. The Rebels and Eagles have put themselves in the same spot. As of press time, Mississippi State is at 4-4 in baseball. The Bulldogs are off to a slow start after their magical run to the College World Series Championship Series last year. Last season, MSU was undefeated through eight games—in fact, the Bulldogs didn’t lose until March, going 17-0 to start the season. Could the pressure of expectations be getting to MSU? Only time will tell. Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. The Bulldogs have plenty of time to right the ship this season. Next week, we will discuss the results of the underwear Olympics, aka the NFL Combine.

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s we settled into our new JFP offices downtown, the blank slate space gave us plenty of opportunities to add eclectic, creative touches to keep inspiration flowing. The reception area was one space just screaming for some personality, so I decoupaged several mini Jackson Free Press covers onto a side table, bringing color and branding into the space in a really usable form. Now I can’t wait to recreate the project in my own home—perhaps with a set of themed or cohesive Instagram photos.


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If you prefer to go in with a plan, start by figuring out the basic arrangement of your photos. I went with a back-and-forth design that looks more random than it actually is. I wanted the little covers to face different directions, since there’s no real front or back to the round table I used. Of course, you can apply at random and have bits overlap if that is your style.

Turn the table right-side-up again and paint another layer of Mod Podge, covering the entire surface. This seals in the photos so the edges don’t come up. It dries clear, but you can see a bit of the texture, so if you are OCD (like me), use long sweeping strokes to finish it off for a uniform look.

Make sure your surface is clean, then apply Mod Podge with the foam brush, placing the images on top of the Mod Podge—it will act as your glue in this stage. Since the Mod Podge dries fairly quickly, I recommend putting down only enough glue for a small area, then applying photos and continuing to the next area. Allow the photos to hang off the edges for now. Lastly, top with an acrylic sealer spray. Do this step outside! The sealant can be extremely noxious. See more of our office transformation in the next issue of BOOM Jackson magazine, out the first week of March.

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