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ithout Sue Lobrano and her years of knowledge, the USA International Ballet Competition probably wouldn’t be as big as it is today. She has been with the organization since 1980 and went from performing mainly secretarial tasks to overseeing almost every aspect of the competition. Lobrano, a Batesville native, began learning dance at age 7. She graduated from Batesville High School—now South Panola High School—and later opened a dance studio in her hometown. After teaching for 13 years, she came to Jackson and taught with Thalia Mara at Jackson Ballet, now Ballet Mississippi. “She was quite a lady,” Lobrano, 71, says about Mara. USA IBC, which turns 35 this year, is an Olympic-style competition that happens every four years. Jackson is one of four cities in the IBC—Helsinki, Finland, Moscow, Russia, and Varna, Bulgaria. Lobrano eventually became the general manager of the USA IBC and then director in 1986. Her journey to her current position allowed her to learn the competition from the ground up and to see how the event has changed. During the midst of the Cold War, the jury even included countries from the Communist Bloc, such as the Soviet Union and China. Lobrano, whose first competition to work for USA IBC was in 1982, says that in the early competitions, judges would give high scores to dancers from their home countries

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and low scores to those from other places. After the 1982 competition, the USA IBC decided to throw out the highest and lowest scores from the judges to keep voting fair. These days, Lobrano says the jury is different. “The people who are on our jury are not answering to any government, and they are here for a couple reasons: one, they believe it’s prestigious to sit on the official International Ballet Competition of the United States, to sit on that jury, and the other is because they’re here for dance, for the future of dance,” she says. As executive director, her biggest task is overseeing all aspects of the competition, including the USA IBC international dance school and ancillary events such as special performances—which include the Trey McIntyre Project and Complexions Contemporary Ballet this year. She also is in charge of workshops and classes, which include a tutu-making event and Lunch with the USA IBC. So far, more than 95 dancers from countries all over the world have will participate in the competition. While she no longer dances professionally, Lobrano says she still loves the art. “I think once you are a dancer, it’s in your soul,” she says. “It just doesn’t leave you.” After this year’s event, Lobrano will retire from the USA IBC. This year’s USA IBC competition will be June 14-29. For more information, visit usaibc.com. —Amber Helsel

Cover illustration by Anthony DiFatta

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Las Vegas-based casinos and LGBT-rights groups are sticking together despite a new law that many say is discriminatory.

34 Mental Wellness Among African American Communities

“People think that we don’t commit suicide, but there’s a tombstone in Forest, Mississippi, that tells otherwise. There’s hospital records, on my part, that show we do.” —Laqwanda Roberts, “The Stigma of Mental Health”

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John “Stax” Tierre saw the opening of takeout restaurant Norma Ruth’s, named after his great-grandmother, as a way to give people good, fresh food and to help revitalize West Jackson.

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EDITOR’S note

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Mrs. Truth, Mr. Humanity

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spent last week in Battle Creek and then Detroit, Mich., steeped in a cauldron of emotion, inspiration and deep thought about both our nation’s history and how the land of opportunity can be that for all our children. I went to Michigan for the first gathering of 120 Kellogg Community Leadership Network fellows, of which I’m blessed to be one of 24 from Mississippi. The Kellogg Foundation is pumping resources into four places: Michigan, New Mexico, New Orleans and Mississippi. It wants to train leaders—including in personal development such as humility, self-care and being present—to then help others help themselves. In a Native American casino close to Battle Creek, I spent three days among the most diverse group of people I’ve ever been honored to fellowship with. I don’t mean just black and white; I’m talking young, older, Native Americans, Asians, Latinos, LGBTQ folks of various ethnicities, Democrats and Republicans. We were all united around a common theme: to learn to better help vulnerable children and, thus, their families and communities. This vision comes all the way from the cereal king himself, W.K. Kellogg, whom I learned a lot about last week. Bottom line: He was a smart, hard-working entrepreneur who believed in giving back. But it wasn’t about charity; it was spending his money and time to help others learn to help themselves. None of that surprised me—although I didn’t expect to learn that the Kellogg empire, and thus philanthropy, grew out of his and his family’s Seventh-Day Adventist faith, which took hold and sprouted into an entire religion right there in Battle Creek. What really surprised me was that the great former slave and feminist Sojourner Truth spent the last decades of her life in Battle Creek. Not to mention,

that the small city was the site of a powerful Underground Railroad station run by a Quaker family, practicing their religious beliefs (which were far different than other Christians who were trying to hunt down, recapture and punish slaves who escaped). The week was filled with revelation and much food for thought. Beyond the immense ideas I was gleaning in the Kellogg sessions and conversations with other fellows, I found this historic backdrop immensely powerful. Here I was, a Mississippian about

“… and truth shall be my abiding name.” —Sojourner Truth to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brutal Freedom Summer in my state, and I was visiting the grave site of a black woman who freed herself, fought in court to get her son back from a slave holder, and then helped many other slaves—covered with whip scars and some with hobbled ankles—limp and crawl and escape to freedom from my home state and others under cover of darkness. It was as if the nation’s historic cycle of violence, which led directly to the conditions so many of our vulnerable children live in today, spun and swiveled right before my eyes. On Thursday, after I checked out of the Firekeepers Hotel (owned by the Potawatomi tribe, whom the Quakers and Adventist types did less to help in the 19th century), I decided to drive back to Battle Creek before

heading to Detroit to network and brainstorm with my journalist friend (and former mentee) Amy Haimerl who helped plan and name the Jackson Free Press. (Also a rebel, Amy chose Detroit over a top editor job in the Bay Area because she, too, wants to help build community and tell the truth on behalf of our cities with the greatest need.) I first visited Battle Creek’s monument to Sojourner Truth, an illiterate woman who shed her slave name and chose “Truth,” saying “… and truth shall be my abiding name.” I then found the monument to the Underground Railroad station, on the site of the current-day Kellogg Foundation offices. It includes statues slaves of various ages fearfully ducking into a home (or “station”), where they would stay during the day and then be “conducted” by a mixture of free blacks and abolitionist whites to the next safehouse under cover of night. It also included a figure of Quaker Erastus Hussey, stationmaster. A historic marker quoted him on whether he got paid for the railroad work. “No … we were working for humanity,” the white man answered. Truth, humanity. Humility, presence. Among so many other powerful memes that arose on this trip, those four words stuck to me like Velcro, and I’m still trying to sort out what it all means for me. Certainly, it affirmed my determination to use my Kellogg fellowship for the next three years to keep speaking truth to power and to train and empower others, especially young people, to do the same. As Mrs. Truth said, as quoted next to her Battle Creek statue, “Lord, I have done my duty, and I have told the truth and kept nothing back.” During the convening, as Kellogg likes to call it, I addressed the role of media multiple times. The media must give the people the information they need to make informed decisions and demand good policy for fami-

lies and children. How often have we been snookered by bad politicians and conniving racist demagogues right here in Mississippi into hating “the other” and believing they are more violent, less willing to work, more greedy, less worthy than our kind? And consider how our state has suffered because the very people who should be working together for the common good, and the beloved community, are convinced to distrust people they are more like than they realize. After two days in troubled-but-determined Detroit, I came home resolved to tell more truth and to build stronger community. It’s good timing here for that: The JFP is doubling down on deep journalism starting this week with dynamic new Features Writer Carmen Cristo and bulldog Investigator Reporter Anna Wolfe joining us from Mississippi State. Our recent news hire, City Reporter Haley Ferretti from Delta State, dove head-first into city elections and the LGBT civil-rights struggle here. Not to mention, students from Alcorn State to MSU to Ole Miss to Murrah High School to St. Andrews to St. Joe’s to Jackson Prep and beyond are pouring in to train in the JFP’s summer internship program, and Starkville Free Press Assistant Editor Zack Orsborn is spending part of his summer in Jackson to train on-site. Let’s just say that News Editor R.L. Nave and newly promoted Assistant Editor Amber Helsel are walking around grinning ear-to-ear about the coverage potential they’re suddenly facing. For my part, I’m seeing a vision of roots sprouting so many directions into Mississippi’s future, bolstered by excellent reporting, storytelling and the kind of honesty Mississippi deserves. With Kellogg’s support, help and inspiration, I pledge to train and direct these remarkable young minds toward finding and sharing their own truth and that of others in Mississippi. Together, we grow and prosper.

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Briana Robinson

R.L. Nave

Haley Ferretti

ShaWanda Jacome

Lisa Hedges

Richard Coupe

Tommy Burton

Zilpha Young

Music Editor Briana Robinson wants to become an expert on all things music. She also loves dance and photography. Send her the music scoop at briana@jacksonfreepress. com. She compiled the arts preview listings.

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@ jacksonfreepress.com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote talk stories.

City Reporter Haley Ferretti is a 2013 graduate of Delta State University. She enjoys traveling, listening to The Strokes and raiding refrigerators. She wrote talk stories. Email her at haley@ jacksonfreepress.com or call her at 601-362-6121 ext. 22.

ShaWanda Jacome is a homeschool mom and freelance writer. She lives in Canton with her husband, Mike, and son, Mateo, and their miniature Schnauzer, Duchess. She wrote arts preview blurbs.

Lisa Hedges, an adjunct instructor at Mississippi College and Holmes Community College, spends her time begrudgingly allowing Netflix to play the next episode. She wrote arts preview blurbs.

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

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton is keeping the dream alive one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He wrote an arts story.

Delta State University grad Zilpha Young is the advertising designer at Jackson Free Press. When she’s not designing things, she watches Netflix or draws. She created many of the ads for the issue.


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Sunday, May 18 Prosecutors in Turkey arrest 3 mining company officials in connection to a recent disaster in which 301 coal miners were killed.

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Monday, May 19 Russian President Vladimir Putin orders troops deployed in regions near Ukraine to return to their home bases. â&#x20AC;Ś A federal judge throws out Oregonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s same-sex marriage ban, marking the 13th consecutive legal victory for gay marriage advocates. Tuesday, May 20 U.S. District Judge John Jones issues a ruling on the legality of Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1996 same-sex marriage ban.

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uring his campaign for mayor, Tony Yarber said he was the candidate best situated to hit the ground running on Day 1. That appears to be the case based on his early moves, which has included moving out political appointees of late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and bringing in his own, and announcing several infrastructureâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;upgrade initiatives. Speaking May 14 at the monthly gathering of Jackson 2000, a civic organization that promotes racial understanding, Yarber said he plans to launch a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pothole blitzâ&#x20AC;? on city streets as well as a capital-improvement campaign in the coming weeks. The pothole project is set to launch within the next three months to address all potholes and utility cuts. The cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pothole problem has long been a source of stress for many Jackson motorists. Many Jacksonians must deal with the high prevalence of these pain-inthe-ass potholes on a daily basis, so most people are forced to either reroute to their destination, which is time-consuming, or simply deal with the dangers of hitting or dodging the street cavities. Since most people choose the latter, it can be easy to forget just how easily potholes can damage vehicles. Tom Burgess, owner of Putnamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Automotive Services in Jackson, explained that potholes can cause the wheels to bend, tires to puncture and the occasional accident. However, he says that the long-

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Wednesday, May 14 U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale rules Idahoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on samesex marriage unconstitutional. â&#x20AC;Ś The Ukrainian government reluctantly agrees to launch talks on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan, but does not invite its main foes, the proRussia insurgents who have declared independence in the east.

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term effects of hitting potholes regularly can be both dangerous and costly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It can cause an accident, but most of the time, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just going to do damage,â&#x20AC;? Burgess said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of the short-term effects are going to be obvious, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to pick up on them. In the long term, it can knock your front end out of alignment and you will not know that. With it out of alignment, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to make your tires wear unevenly. Once your tires start wearing unevenly, they develop a wear pattern that you cannot stop. Pretty

much, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll cost you a set of tires.â&#x20AC;? Echoing something he often said on the campaign trail, Yarber restated his commitment to transparency by making all city projects trackable on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. In addition to the pothole campaign, Yarber said that the city would soon launch a capital-improvement campaign fundraiser to primarily focus on improvements to Capitol Street, the Jackson Zoo and Livingston Park. Ward 4 Councilman Deâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keither PRUH<$5%(5VHHSDJH

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s graduation season wraps up, many speeches, with their blend of (sometimes trite) wisdom and humor, are already fading from memory. Here are a few lines from graduation speeches that have stood the test of time: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have learned that learning is a passion that must not diminish with years. That applies to memory as well. It needs to be shared, lest it remains stifled, icy, silent.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Elie Wiesel, Dartmouth College, 1980

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As you have viewed this world of which you are about to become a more active part, I have no doubt that you have been impressed by its chaos â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Franklin D. Roosevelt, Oglethorpe University, 1932 â&#x20AC;&#x153;On behalf of frogs, fish, pigs, bears and all of the other species who are lower than you on the food chain, thank you for dedicating your lives to saving our world and our home.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kermit the Frog, Southampton College, 1996

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I realize that the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war â&#x20AC;Ś But we have no more urgent task.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;John F. Kennedy, American University, 1963 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Steve Jobs, Stanford University, 2005 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Do not bow your heads. Do not know your place. Defy the gods.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Salman Rushdie, Bard College, 1996

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where a child is born, what color that child is or how much money that childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents make often determines the quality of his or her education.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;John Legend, Kean University, 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to die â&#x20AC;Ś I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to die poor. Two great motivators in the history of human cultures.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rice University, 2013 Read more at apps.npr.org/ commencement/


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Mayor Tony Yarber said his administration would launch a “blitz” against Jackson’s potholes like this one outside of City Hall.

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Stamps said that although the project is still in its early stages, he envisions that West Capitol Street and Interstate 220 will become a zoo-themed passageway that captures tourist attention. “I want to turn Capitol Street into the zoo’s corridor. We have to accentuate our assets for economic development and for quality of life, and the zoo is definitely one of them. That’s why I fought so hard to save the zoo,” Stamps said. “Imagine turning off of (U.S. Interstate) 220 and seeing lions and tigers and bears. When you go to Disneyland, you know what you’re going to go do. When

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you come across I-220, I want folks to know that that’s how you get to the zoo.” The Commissioners Keeping with a promise to restructure the city’s organizational chart, Yarber created two commissioner positions—one for public safety and another for quality of life—under the direction of the city’s chief administrative officer. Yarber stressed that these commissioners would not have supervisory authority over employees, but would instead oversee the flow of information between city departments and the mayor’s office.

“I don’t want my police chief involved in grant writing,” Yarber told the gathering. “I don’t want my police chief involved in anything but fighting crime.” City officials say the commissioners, who will officially be considered deputy chief administrative officers, will act as liaisons between the mayor and city departments to address workflow and efficiency. Of Crisler specifically, Yarber said at a press conference on Thursday that “his job will be to organize (and) coordinate the efforts between, not only law enforcement, but our local public safety efforts,” which includes the Jackson Fire Depart-

ment and other emergency services. Shortly after Yarber was sworn in as mayor in late April, rumors circulated that Crisler would join the administration as either chief of staff or CAO; those appointments went to Jackie AndersonWoods and Gus McCoy, respectively. On Wednesday, May 14, Crisler’s son, Rashaad, announced his candidacy for Ward 6 councilman, the position his father and Yarber formerly held. The elder Crisler is a veteran of Jackson-area government and politics. In recent years, Crisler has unsuccessfully run for Jackson mayor, transportation commissioner and state Senate. A retired major with the U.S. Marine Corps, Crisler also worked for the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years and served as police chief in Utica. Yarber also ended speculation that he might replace Jackson police Chief Lindsey Horton, whom late mayor Chokwe Lumumba appointed last summer and has the respect of both the JPD rank-and-file as well as members of the community. “We want to put to rest any rumor about there being any change that will happen at this time with our police chief,” Yarber said. “We want to let you know that Lindsey Horton is the chief of police of the Jackson Police Department. It is the position of this mayor that this police chief will be able to carry out the new initiatives that will lead and take crime fighting to a new level in this area.” As of press time this week, the city had released neither a timeline nor a nominee for the city’s quality-of- life commissioner position. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com. Email Haley Ferretti at haley@jacksonfreepress.com.


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is conservative, and the companies have to be careful not to anger conservative lawmakers in Jackson and customers. Alan Feldman, executive vice president of global government and industry affairs for MGM Resorts, which owns the Beau Rivage in Biloxi and Gold Strike in Tunica, said in a statement that â&#x20AC;&#x153;although it is our understanding it parallels federal law, we are reviewing the Mississippi legislation to ascertain its consistency with our bedrock commitment to equality.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;MGM Resorts is committed to equality, whether for race, religion, gender, sexual identity or orientation, age, disability, or any other characteristic of our guests, employees, or vendors,â&#x20AC;? he added. Calls and emails to public-relations department of Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Entertainment, which owns two Mississippi casinosâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Grand Biloxi and Tunica Roadhouse Casino & Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;were not returned for this story. In an op-ed for Las Vegas Weekly, freelance journalist Steve Friess said a Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spokesman had trouble locating anyone in the company who knew anything about the Mississippi law; in the most recent legislative session, Caesarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s did not have a lobbying presence in Mississippi. The Mississippi Economic Council worked with industries across the state, including the gaming lobby, to help amend the bill originally introduced in the Mississippi Senate. That version of the bill said no one could â&#x20AC;&#x153;burden a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to the exercise of religion,â&#x20AC;? meaning that a business could claim a sort of religious immunity for refusing service to a same-sex or interracial couple citing their Christian beliefs. PRUH&$6,126VHHSDJH

Daniel E. Myers for Ward 6 ´ Served in the US Army (Active Duty 1993-2000) as Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical Specialist and was active in Bosnia (1996) and the Middle East (1998). Received the Army Accommodation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and Full Honorable Medical Retirement. ´ Received Bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Psychology (Cum Laude) and Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (Magna Cum Laude) from Jackson State University. ´ Inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society. ´ Served as Vice President of Beta Omicron Chapter of the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International. ´ Current Division Director at Mississippi State Hospital. ´ Owner Operator of Myers Vocational Consulting, LLC.

Community Beautification and Infrastructure Plan for Ward 6 ´ Secure funds for roadway repair within Ward 6 ´ Secure funds to build a Community Center or remodel an existing building for the same purpose where an array of services may be provided to the citizens of Ward 6 including community meeting space and GED classes for teens and adults without a completed high school education. ´ Create connections between Ward 6 citizens and local businesses to foster job creation and a strong local economy. ´ Secure funds and establish a partnership with city leaders to beautify and upkeep abandoned and neglected buildings within Ward 6. ´ Encourage and facilitate the creation of neighborhood associations within Ward 6 to foster civic pride and a unified community voice.

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n the early 2000s, when Nevada twice considered a same-sex marriage ban, the big casinos put big bucks and political clout on the line to prevent such a ban. Today, the Silver State recognizes samesex civil unions and, even though the ban remains in place, most major casinos will perform same-sex marriages in their famed wedding chapels. In fact, the biggest players on the Vegas casino scene fully comprehend the buying power of the LGBT dollar: $830 billion, according to a widely cited survey. To say that Mississippi, where citizens passed a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage in 2004, has been slow to cash in on the economic potential of embracing LGBT people and their money would be an understatement. Despite being watered down from its original legislative incarnation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has only cemented the Hospitality Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as inhospitable to same-sex-loving people and other minorities; many people believed the motivation behind similar measures in other states was to provide legal protection to discriminate against gays. In early April, a group of small businesses affirmed their nondiscrimination stances with a sticker campaign that tells customers â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re buying, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re selling.â&#x20AC;? So where does that leave Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s casinos, particularly the Las Vegas-based operators who, in their promotional material, wear their pro-LGBT bona fides as proudly as many Mississippi businesses have been to display the non-discrimination window decals? It leaves them walking a fine line. On one hand, Vegas is one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most gay-friendly cities. On the other, Mississippi

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The MEC, which functions as the state’s chamber of commerce, became more involved when the bill arrived in the House of Representatives, saying through a statement at the time that “MEC opposes efforts that would intentionally or unintentionally prevent Mississippi businesses from implementing and enforcing nondiscrimination policies impacting their customers and employees.” They amended the bill to apply only to government actions; in other words, a local government could not burden a religious group with fees and other regulations that do not apply to non-religious organizations. Still, the tenor of the debate around what was then known as Senate Bill 2681 suggested that some supporters of the bill wanted to use it to keep away LGBT customers and employees. In fact, as this issue goes to press, the American Family Association is stating on its website that the version of SB 2681 that the governor signed will keep LGBT residents

from being able to sue businesses that discriminate against them. “The homosexual lobby is bitter against Governor Bryant’s signing of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects Christian business owners against lawsuits from gay activists,” the AFA states, even as Bryant and

“MGM Resorts is committed to equality.” other SB 2681 supporters are denying that the bill can or will be used to limit the rights of LGBT citizens or allow discrimination against them. The AFA helped start an anti-LGBTrights group, Alliance Defending Freedom (see jfp.ms/adfmedia), which lauded Bryant

for signing the law and denied publicly that the bill would target LGBT rights. At least one founder of the alliance, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, attended Bryant’s signing of the bill. For the out-of-state casinos, appealing to the LGBT customer has become a valuable niche. Both MGM and Caesar’s have implemented diversity and inclusion and policies specifically for LGBT customers and employees. MGM says it was the first company in the gaming industry to establish a formal diversity and inclusion initiative in the early 2000s, around the time Nevada was banning same-sex marriage. The Washington D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gayrights group that became active here as SB 2681 snaked through the Mississippi Legislature, has also given the companies high marks for their LGBT-friendly employment policies. In HRC’s annual Corporate Equality Index, a measurement of a company’s LGBT workplace policies, MGM and Caesar’s have historically gotten high marks. For a stretch, Caesar’s had achieved a perfect score CEI rating for six consecu-

tive years; MGM won perfect ration twice in a row, in 2012 and 2013. These two companies are the biggest and most influential players in Mississippi’s $2.13 billion gaming industry, made up of 30 casinos and employees approximately 25,000 people. Company-wide, for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013, MGM made profits of $3.5 billion revenues of $9.8 billion. In the same period, Caesar’s had revenues of $8.5 billion and profits of $2.9 billion. In the meantime, HRC, whose Las Vegas chapter held a gala May 17 at the Wynn Las Vegas, says the organization will work with the casinos to make sure they remain LGBTfriendly under Mississippi’s RFRA law. Deena Fidas, who manages HRC’s workplace equality program, said of Caesar’s and MGM Resorts: We will continue to work with them on the CEI, to ensure their employees work in a welcoming place free of discrimination—hundreds of companies operate in states with laws that fail to protect the LGBT community and they still set their own standards of fairness and inclusion in the workplace.” Comment at jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at rlnave@jacksonfreepress.com.

HRC President Chad Griffin Dishes on Changing the South and Mississippi by Haley Ferretti

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n a stop of his tour through the South, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin spoke at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson on May 13 about the Human Rights Campaign’s newest permanent campaign, Project One America. The project is the largest coordinated campaign for LGBT equality in the history of the South with a three-year budget of $8.5 million and a staff of 20. During the press conference, Griffin said that as a part of Project One America, Mississippians could expect to see more proLGBT resolutions passed in towns around the state and more anti-discrimination legislation proposed. He explained that in order to change the lived experience for the LGBT community, Project One America would ensure more conversation on the community level, including with religious leaders, Democrats and Republicans. Griffin, an Arkansas native, took a few minutes after the press conference to talk to Jackson Free Press about the state’s current support of HRC and what Mississippians can expect to see as the project moves forward.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign and at the microphone, is a southerner and hopes to bring equality to Mississippi and other southern states.

Has there been any decision on where the facility for Project One America will be?

Where did the idea for Project One America originally come from?

No, there hasn’t been a decision, other than the decision that the offices will open very soon here in Jackson. In terms of location, we’ll have an announcement in weeks to come—staff as well as location.

You know it came out of, quite frankly, our members and supporters who live in these places. We have been hearing the demands for this work for a long time. One third of our membership reside in the South.

We have over 1.5 million members and supporters—500,000 of those live in the Deep South, including thousands here in Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama. After that historic (U.S.) Supreme Court decision last June (overturning the Defense of Marriage Act), it became very clear to our team that we had set up the scenario of two Americas—the haves and the have-nots when it comes to equality. What was clear as our goal, as the largest national LGBT civil rights organization, is singular—it is to close that gap. And there is no more important place to close that gap than these three states. Las-Vegas based casinos, such as the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, have been recognized as LGBT-friendly workplaces; however, there has yet to be a response from casino officials about the recently passed legislation, SB 2681. How do you feel about the level of participation of Mississippi’s Las Vegas-based casinos in regard to SB 2681?

I would just speak about that in general terms because this is not some-


TALK | business thing that is unique to Mississippi. It’s something that we’ve actually seen across the country. Probably the most high-profile example is what happened in Arizona where Jan Brewer ultimately vetoed a similar bill. And Jan Brewer, who is not seen as the most progressive of governors, vetoed that for reasons of business. She vetoed that because virtually every business in that state and around the country said, “we won’t do business in your state if you sign this. We won’t bring our conventions to your state, we won’t bring our Superbowl to your state if you do this.” And she vetoed it. That’s how we’ve made progress on these issues around the country, and I am confident that with the work in this state, we will increasingly build more and more business support so that we can prevent these things in the future and, quite frankly, roll back some of the harm that’s already gone forward. How has the response been from state officials thus far, and do you expect to gain more support?

We will gain more support. Look, if you just look at this issue from a state level as well as a national level, we have seen every day more and more Democrats and Re-

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“We will increasingly build more and more business support.” conservative of values. So I am confident, and I am optimistic, because of experience in other states and some in this state, that we will build upon the support that already exists here. There is already a lot of public support. You saw three of them (State Reps. Jim Evans, Rufus Straughter and Alyce Clarke, as well as state NAACP President Derrick Johnson) standing with us. There is more support that might be more quiet and in private. Our goal is to bring that support out and convince those that are not yet with us to join us. That’s our job. Read more about the group’s efforts at http://www.hrc.org/states/Mississippi.

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he American Family Association has edited a web post that originally accused businesses participating in a popular anti-discrimination campaign of “displaying Hatred Toward Religious Freedom.” The new headline reads: “Businesses Suckered By Homosexual Reaction to MS Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” Despite the quiet edit, which occurred between May 16 and May 19, the online alert carries the date of the original, May 9. By altering the existing alert, the AFA appears to be pretending that the group’s position has always been that gays are “suckering” businesses into putting the sticker in their window, a course change from their blame-the-businesses tact. The “We Don’t Discriminate” campaign is a reaction to a law signed recently in Mississippi that may allow businesses to discriminate against others based on their owners religious beliefs. The sticker proclaims a given business’ desire to work with all customers despite that law. The sticker’s slogan says “If you’re buying, we’re selling.” Given that the law—which the AFA and partner organizations lobbied for and

Gov. Phil Bryant signed—is now in existence, the sticker campaign can help people at risk of being discriminated against know that a business won’t discriminate against them. As far as I can tell, neither the sticker nor the campaign’s supporters have made any judgments about businesses that choose not to display the stickers. That said, this is a slightly better tactic on the part of the AFA compared to the original plan. Blaming the businesses, in hindsight, was a bad idea. Not only does it alienate people, but it’s un-American, as the business owners have a right (a) not to discriminate against their customers and (b) to tell people about their decision. Now, the altered text calls on those who read the alert to further the AFA’s agenda by asking the business owner if they are aware the sticker is “part of a plan to bully, intimidate and demean Christians.” Since it’s not, then that’s false witness, but the AFA seems to operate with a special exemption from the Ninth Commandment. Maybe a re-reading of Proverbs 6:16-19 is in order.

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Why it stinks: A number of recent planned executions have highlighted exactly why the public should know more about the deadly cocktail states use to put people to death. In Mississippi, a lawsuit on behalf of Michelle Byrom to compel the prison system to disclose the source of its execution chemicals helped raised awareness about Byromâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, which eventually resulted in a stay of execution and a new trialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which was anything but orderly.

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ither Gov. Phil Bryant has no idea what is happening in his own stateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being forthright about his motives for signing SB 2681, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act. After the Mississippi Legislature watered down the controversial billâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with language written intentionally to make it easier for businesses to discriminate against LGBT Americans and not be sued for it, as they can be for such treatment of Christians or people of colorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bryant signed it, while surrounded by radical-right religious leaders, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press quoted Bryant saying that claims that the law is anti-LGBT are â&#x20AC;&#x153;fictitious,â&#x20AC;? along with his guarantee that it will not support anti-gay discrimination. The problem with that statement is that men he invited to the signing of SB 2681 believe the exact oppositeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and have pushed these kinds of bills across the country to make it easier for businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers. Many supporters have scaled back that rhetoric in recent months due to the outcry against itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but a radical-right group based in Mississippi, the American Family Association, admits right on its website what the amended, signed SB 2681 is about. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The homosexual lobby is bitter against Governor Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signing of the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects Christian business owners against lawsuits from gay activists,â&#x20AC;? the AFA says on its website, alongside an attack on local businesses that have placed a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Dis-

criminateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sticker in their windows. The AFA is telling the truth here. The point of 2681-type laws has long been to protect businesses that discriminate from lawsuits. In fact, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council (who attended Bryantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2681 signing) along with the AFA cofounded an organization called Alliance Defending Freedom that fights gay marriage and LGBT rights across the country and supports such laws to help their cases (see jfp.ms/adfmedia). Bryant also repeated the pro-2681 meme that the law is the same one the federal government passed decades ago under President Clinton. The part that he and others leave out is that much of the original federal law was later struck down. Thus, 2681 backers want enable state courts to allow discrimination in ways that federal courts may not. Is Bryant naĂŻve or disingenuous about 2681? It seems likely he knows all this; after all, the radical-right lobby, including folks at the signing, put immense pressure on state legislators to pass the bill (see jfp.ms/retaliate). And if the governor is being dishonest about the intention of the bill, he will be revealed as such the very first time the law is used to justify discrimination against an LGBT Mississippianâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t outraged about it. Before that reckoning, the governor should explain himself now and apologize to Mississippians for supporting such an effort that harks back to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s darker daysâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or at least own it and admit what the law is really about. Mississippians must demand that explanation. Neither a naĂŻve or a dishonest governor will do.

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His life was an illustraI think both of us did this as evidenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to tion of Jorge Luis Borgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; maxim that remind ourselves that this really happened. most people are more important than That really was Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name, their opinions. sculpted in a massive typeface, under Med- 3. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t admire popularity. Until gar Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the airport sign. 2009, nobody would have mistaken When I first met him for a mainstream the man six or seven figure. He clearly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t years ago, he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a mind. Some of the statepolitician and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t The fearlessness and ments heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d made that sound like someone were used against him conscientiousness I who was particularly last year (with hilarious saw on the surface interested in becoming inefficacy) illustrated one. He cradled his first that he did not choose was not a carefully grandchild while delivhis loyalties based on constructed image, ering a speech on why the casual approval of we all needed to stand but instead a product uninformed strangers. with the majority-La4. He was, by all apof his moral velocity. tino undocumented impearances, completely migrants who had been fearless. Even his harshrepeatedly profiled by est critics admit that. the culturally conservative majority in our He had a sense of purpose that was so state Legislature. I thought about how while strong that it made him impossible to this would have looked incongruous for so intimidate. many peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;holding a sleepy child, giv- 5. He loved the people, and by â&#x20AC;&#x153;the peoing a fiery speechâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;it looked completely pleâ&#x20AC;? he seemed to especially mean the natural when he did it. people that our existing power strucI soon came to realize that this integrity, ture was willing to discard. and the complexity behind it, summarized a very complicated life and a hard-won set of Chokwe Lumumba was just a man, radical values, refined after decades of hard and he wasâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as he often reminded peoand dangerous work protecting the survivors pleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an imperfect man with an imperfect of our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst habits. history. But if our popular concept of I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know him well, but I knew Christian values had more to do with Jesome of his friends and protĂŠgĂŠs so well that sus and less to do with social approval, we I felt like I did. Through them I slowly came would look at Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s examto realize that the fearlessness and conscien- ple of a principled, disciplined life spent tiousness I saw on the surface was not a care- in service of the powerless, with contempt fully constructed image, but instead a prod- for institutional power and prestige, and uct of his moral velocityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a life lived with so we would see a committed disciple. much integrity that his decisions had develSome people asked last year whether oped their own kind of inertia. The risks he Chokwe believed in the Resurrection, and had taken in the past propelled him forward they tried to find evidence for or against to take new risks in the present. He couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that in his theology. But a better place to turn away from the workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not because he look for Resurrection is in the lives of the was too old, but because he had already seen people he helpedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;quite often, the people and done too much. He was living proof he saved. He represented the best parts of of B.F. Skinnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s maxim that what you do us as a city; we only had seven months of forms you into the person you will become. his service as mayor, but we were at least I started taking notes. Five things about given the opportunity to tell him that. Chokwe Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character jumped out Tom Head, Ph.D., is a Jackson native. at me then, and still jump out at me now. If He is author or coauthor of 28 nonfiction Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m wise, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll remember them for the rest of books, including the forthcoming â&#x20AC;&#x153;Convermy life: sations with Ntozake Shange.â&#x20AC;?



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he beginning of summer reminds me of graduating high school, and the long expanse of freedom that lay ahead. One of my favorite things about that summer was the scavenger hunts my friends and I would create for ourselves, driving all over town to acquire or photograph weird and funny things. This summer, let’s recreate that fun with a Jackson-centric scavenger hunt that you can do one weekend. Here’s what to do: Break into teams with an equal or near-equal number of members. Set a time limit (anything from five hours on a Saturday to a three-day weekend). Each team should photograph the items on the list within the time frame allotted, then everyone gathers back together to compare finds and count points. You could get a trophy from N.U.T.S. for the winner, or come up with another prize—losing team(s) have to buy the winning team dinner, perhaps?

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• A pothole. o +5 points if you find the biggest one (must take a picture with a tape measure stretched across the pothole for proof). o +10 points if all your team members stand inside it. • A dog. o +2 points for the biggest dog. o +2 points for the smallest dog. o +5 more points if the biggest dog and smallest dog are in the same photo. • A notable statue in town wearing a hat, scarf or other item of clothing. • A "If You're Buying, We're Selling" business sticker. • A food truck. • A personalized license plate.

• A Jackson flag. • A Little Free Library in town. o +2 points for each additional library after the first one. • William Goodman's mural at the Mississippi Museum of Art. • A motorcycle. • Five different colors of food at the Mississippi Farmers Market. • Someone in scrubs at UMMC.

Worth 10 points each: • A team member in the red phone booth downtown. o +5 points if you can get 5 people in the booth at once.

• A photo with Jeff Good. o +10 points if you get Dan Blumenthal, too. • A JFP issue more than two years old. • Your team name spelled out in Scrabble letters. o +15 points if it’s the giant letters at the children’s museum. • A pig. • Jason Jenkins' mural at Martin's. • The giant sports equipment outside the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. • Some piece of Frank Melton memorabilia. • A Lucky Town Ballistic Blonde draft pull. • A copy of “The Optimist's Daughter.” o +5 points if it is at or in front of Eudora Welty’s house. • The shuffleboard table at Fondren Public with all three pucks in the 3point range. o +30 points for video proof of someone sliding the pucks into perfect position from across the table. • A turtle crossing the road.

Worth 20 points each: • The Hotel King Edward sign (must be taken on the roof). • Stella the Sticker Car. • A JFP issue more than five years old. o +10 points if the person on the cover is holding it. • Someone wearing a "Jackson Doesn't Suck Anymore" T-shirt. • Willow in Fondren. • A team member with Southern Komfort Brass Band's tuba. • Two team members reenacting "Titanic" from the prow of a boat. • An item Barack Obama signed in front of the giant Obama head. o +1,000 points if Obama himself is in front of the Obama head.


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re you feeling uninspired? No challenges left? Did you read another depressing statistic about Mississippi? I have a cure for that. Read Polly Dement’s “Mississippi Entrepreneurs.” The book chronicles the stories of 70 Mississippians from all walks of life who had a vision and, through luck, hard work, and perseverance, created successful enterprises.

Polly Dement signs her book “Mississippi Entrepreneurs” at Lemuria June 3.

“Mississippi needs to realize that it can be done,” Dement says. “Mississippians, individually, can go head-to-head with any entrepreneurs in the country.” Dement is a Mississippi ex-pat, living in New Mexico now. She was born in Vicksburg and graduated from Millsaps College before spending many years elsewhere building a career—but never lost sight of her Mississippi connections or roots. While at Millsaps, she took a writing seminar from Eudora Welty that she credits for helping her “learn the power of careful listening and observation of details to tell a good story—powers that helped me get to the heart of how Mississippi entrepreneurs created their enterprises.”

Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Kevin Brockmeier signs books. $24 book; call 662-236-2262; squarebooks.com. “Starkishia: Estrella” Book Release Party May 25, 1:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Author Starkishia’s memoir is about her experience with child abuse and abandonment, and how she overcame those obstacles. $14.99 book; meredithetc.com. “The True Gospel Preached Here” May 31, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington

Her book, “Mississippi Entrepreneurs,” is not a “technical how-to book,” she says, but is more about storytelling. It tells the entrepreneurs’ stories in their own words or the words of those close to them. Dement says writing the book “was a wonderful chance to get to know Mississippi,” as she traveled all over the state to conduct interviews. Dement lists three common themes among the entrepreneurs she interviewed. “They all had incredible passion, they were creative, and were driven,” she says. The stories are complex and cover all aspects of life and business in Mississippi. From health care to art to social justice to public education, the one common theme is that these are Mississippians tackling something that needed doing. Dr. John Bower is an example of an entrepreneur who dealt with successive problems improve the lives of many Mississippians. He was involved in developing an artificial kidney program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in the mid-1960s. Each solution uncovered a new issue, but Bower just continued: He created a 10-bed dialysis unit, then founded a nonprofit to put dialysis units in Mississippi’s communities. He created his own construction company to retrofit old buildings for kidney care, then created his own water purification company to obtain quality water for dialysis. Now, the Bower Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative strategies to improve the health of Mississippians. Polly Dement will sign copies of “Mississippi Entrepreneurs” at 5 p.m. June 3 at Lemuria Books (4465 N. Interstate 55, Suite 202, 601-366-7619). Some of the book’s featured entrepreneurs will be present. Visit lemuriabooks.com.

St., Vicksburg). Bruce West signs books. Books for sale; call 601-634-8624; email loreleibooks@ wave2lan.com; loreleibooks.com. “Flying Shoes” Book Signing June 17, 6 p.m., at Powerhouse Community Arts Center (413 S. 14th St., Oxford). Author and Square Books co-founder Lisa Howorth signs books. Early-bird signing at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford) from 4-5:30 p.m. $16 book; call 662-236-2262; email yacoperations@gmail.com; squarebooks.com.

Creative Classes Art in Mind Art Program May 28, 10 a.m.-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 601-987-0020; alz.org/ms. The Yokshop Writers Conference May 30, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and June 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Oxford. Includes workshops, craft lectures, social events and open-mics at several locations. Guest authors include Ace Atkins, Julie Cantrell, Scott Morris, M.O. Walsh, Sean Ennis and Matt Brock. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $400; email theyokshop@gmail.com; theyokshop.com. Tougaloo Art Colony July 13-19, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). The theme is “Broken But Mended: The Healing Powers of Art.” The art retreat for adults includes workshops and forums. Registration required. Tuition and lodging costs TBA; call 601-977-7743 or 601-9777839; tougaloo.edu. Portrait Drawing Class Aug. 4-25, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119-Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Sessions are from 6-9 p.m. Mondays. $150; call 601-668-5408; email painterjerrod@ gmail.com. Discover Class Series Aug. 12, 6 p.m.8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Learn to make jewelry with Anne Campbell. Registration required. $35; call 601856-7546; email sheri@mscrafts.org; mscrafts.org. Events at Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary (001 Commissary Circle, Clarksdale). Call 662-624-8329; email chandler@barefootworkshops.org; barefootworkshops.org. • One-week Documentary Photography Workshop: The Mississippi Delta Aug. 24. Ron Haviv is the instructor. Sessions held daily through Aug. 31. Space limited. $700 deposit due by June 1 $1,449. • Three-week Documentary Film Workshop: The Mississippi Delta Aug. 31. Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin are the instructors. Sessions held through Sept. 21. Space limited. $800 deposit due by June 1. $3,699.

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An Evening with Michael Pollan May 21, 6:30 p.m., at University of Mississippi (University Avenue, Oxford), at Nutt Auditorium. Pollan is the author of “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase the book at Square Books to receive up to two tickets. Books will not be sold at the event. Free tickets with book purchase ($17); call 662236-2262; squarebooks.com.

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Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Diabetic Alert Dogs” May 27, 5 p.m. Ben W. McClelland signs books. $17.95 book. • “The True Gospel Preached Here” June 2, 5 p.m. Bruce West signs books. $35 book. • “Mississippi Entrepreneurs” June 3, 5 p.m. Polly Dement signs books. $37 book. • “The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War” June 4, 5 p.m. Jeff Shaara signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. • “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future” June 5, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Neurosurgeon and political pundit Dr. Ben Carson signs books. $25.95 book. • “Wynnes War” June 5, 5 p.m. Aaron Gwyn signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “The Right Thing” June 8, 1:30 p.m. Amy Conner signs books. $15 book. • “The Silver Star” June 9, 5 p.m. Jeannette Walls signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $16 book. • “The Painter” June 10, 5 p.m. Peter Heller signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Paper Lantern: Love Stories” June 11, 5 p.m. Stuart Dybek signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book. • “A New History of Mississippi” June 12, 5 p.m. Dennis Mitchell signs books. $40 book. • “Delta Dogs” June 14, 11:30 a.m. Maude Schuyler Clay signs books. $35 book. • “The Inspiring Life of Eudora Welty” June 17, 5 p.m. Richelle Putnam signs books. $16.99 book. • “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls” June 18, 6 p.m. Humorist David Sedaris signs books. Details pending, location TBA. $17 book. • “A Long Time Gone” June 19, 5 p.m. Karen White signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Flying Shoes” July 2, 5 p.m. Lisa Howorth signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “The Stories We Tell” July 16, noon Patti Callahan Henry signs books. $25.99 book. • “Fourth of July Creek” July 16, 5 p.m. Smith Henderson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book. • “The Orenda” July 17, 5 p.m. Joseph Boyden signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “The Great Glass Sea” July 23, 5 p.m. Josh Weil signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book. • “Southern Soul-Blues” Aug. 14, 5 p.m. David Whiteis signs books. Reading at 5:40 p.m. $24.95 book.

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f you’re a student of civil-rights history, one of the best things about living in Jackson is the fact that your heroes walk among you. At a Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy VIRGINIA SCHREIBER

COPS Meetings. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems from crime to potholes. Free. • Precinct 1. First Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2. Second Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (Metrocenter Mall, 3645 Highway 80 W.). On the lower level. Call 601-960-0002. • Precinct 3. Third Thursdays, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Precinct 4. Fourth Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004. History Is Lunch, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. • June 4. Author John Hailman discusses his book, “From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi,” and signs copies. • June 18. Former Mississippi Secretary of State Dick Molpus, a white native of Neshoba County, talks about his experience during the Philadelphia civil-rights murders of 1964. • Aug. 20. Author Stephen Enzweiler discusses his book, “Oxford in the Civil War.”

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History Is Lunch, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. • June 11. Father Paul Canonici discusses his new book, “Delta Italians, Volume II.” • June 25. Polly Dement discusses her new book, “Mississippi Entrepreneurs.” • July 2. Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Compton shows and discusses her new film, “Did Johnny Come Matching Home,” a documentary about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War. • July 9. Historian Dennis Mitchell discusses his new book, “A New History of Mississippi,” and signs copies. • Aug. 6. Vincent Venturi presents “General William Raphael Miles: Slavery, Civil War and Catholic evangelical activities among African Americans in Holmes County.”

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Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) • Southeastern Car and Truck Show May 24, noon-6 p.m. See cars, trucks and motorcycles, and meet Hello Kitty and Spiderman. $17.50, children under 12 free; call 800-745-3000. • Two Rivers Gala and Tougaloo Honors May 31, 7:30 p.m. The banquet and award ceremony is a fundraiser for Tougaloo College. Grammy-winning artist Ledisi performs. $200, $1,250 table of 10; call 601-977-7871; email epjones@tougaloo.edu; tougaloo.edu. • Soul City Showcase June 14-15. The expo includes health screenings, financial seminars, a fashion show, shopping, cooking demonstrations, home improvement tips and more. Performers include Issac Carree and Le’Andria Johnson. $15 one day, $25 both days, $15 concert; soulcityshowcase.com.

Bill Chandler founded the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance as part of the labor movement in the state.

Meeting, you’ll likely see several of your heroes in one place. And it’s not the large, cold, fluorescent-lit room you might expect—it’s a small number of people with common values gathering around a few tables, sharing news and strategizing. Culturally, MIRA comes from the labor movement; its founder and executive director, Bill Chandler, has been a la• Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards June 26, 3 p.m. The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the annual program and reception to acknowledge individuals who have contributed to the city. RSVP. Free admission, reserved table cost TBA; email lpeyton@visitjackson.com; visitjackson.com. Events at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035; jmaainc.com. • Mississippi Gospel Music Awards July 27, 5 p.m. Recipients receive awards in several categories plus a Pastor of the Year award. • Jackson Music Awards July 28, 6 p.m. Recipients receive awards in 32 categories. Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Registration required. Call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org.

bor organizer for more than 50 years and got his start working for Cesar Chavez’s Community Service Organization. But the issue of immigrants’ rights is, in a much broader sense, a human-rights issue, and you will see activists from a variety of movements represented. The problem they face is a serious one. Mississippi has a large number of undocumented immigrants—nobody knows how many, but estimates range as high as 250,000—and they need more allies. If you’re an undocumented immigrant yourself, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. But if you’re not an undocumented immigrant, you’ve probably grown accustomed to a political and cultural environment that has targeted undocumented immigrants for years. Gov. Phil Bryant made his mark as state auditor by writing a report claiming—without evidence—that undocumented immigrants cost the state a considerable amount of money. Anti-immigrant sentiment was so strong in his party that this work of fiction actually added to, rather than taking away from, his credibility. And that’s the kind of cultural climate that we’re up against. MIRA Advocacy Meetings provide fuel for the fight. The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance meets every second Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss issues and advocacy. A light dinner is typically served. Call 601968-5182 or visit yourmira.org for more information. • Developing a Sustainable Fundraising Plan May 22, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to diversify your fundraising efforts in order to create sustainable funding for your organization. $109, $69 members. • Lunch and Learn: Donor Appreciation May 28, noon-1 p.m. Learn ways beyond thank-you letters to show appreciation for donations. $15, members free. • Nonprofit Enrichment Series: Microsoft PowerPoint June 2, 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Learn to develop powerful presentations that can be used in fundraising, training, marketing, collaboration. $25, free for members. • Creating a Marketing Plan for Your Organization June 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to use marketing strategies to tell your story, promote your brand and communicate with your stakeholders. $109, $69 members.

• Strategic Planning 101 June 13, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn the importance of leadership and how to share responsibility. $109, $69 members. Events at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). Registration required. Call 601-9253000; email ktaylor@mc.edu. • Graphic Design Pipeline Workshop for High School Juniors and Seniors June 9-13, Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. $300. • Graphic Design Pipeline Workshop for Public Relations Professionals June 9-20. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. $300. • Advanced Grant Proposal Strategies June 26-27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In the two-day workshop, learn how to conduct grants research, develop a needs statement, create a budget and assemble the proposal package. $369, $199 members. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture June 22, 3 p.m. The speaker is Deborah Solomon, author of “American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell.” • Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture June 24, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Artist Mary Lovelace O’Neal talks about her painting, “Angel of the Hood,” and shares her views on social injustice. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. • Freedom in Mississippi Series Panel Lecture June 29, 3 p.m. Art historian Dr. Floyd Coleman and Howard University art professor Akili Ron Anderson speak on a panel about art created in response to the Civil Rights Movement. • Freedom in Mississippi Series Lecture July 23, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. Turry M. Flucker of the Mississippi Arts Commission speaks on Tougaloo College’s involvement during the Civil Rights Movement and the impact it had on art. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. • Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Aug. 19, 6 p.m. Art educator Jerry Jenkins talks about the artwork of Romare Bearden and the influence of west Africa on American culture. Other presenters include writers C. Liegh McInnis and Charlie Braxton. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) • Southern Popular Culture Convention (SOPOCU Con) June 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. The convention highlights genres such as sci-fi, horror, anime, gaming, super heroes and fantasy. Includes celebrity guests, artists and vendors with southern ties, exhibits, a costume contest and more. $10, children 10 and under free with a paid admission; sopocu.com. • Mississippi Craft Show Aug. 23-24. Shop for handmade crafts such as pottery, jewelry, home accessories and more from Mississippi artisans. A portion of the proceeds benefits organizations such as Shaw Pit Bull Rescue, Cedarhill Animal Sanctuary and TEAAM. Pet adoption drive Aug. 23. $6 in advance, $7 at the door, children under 12 free; mscraftshow.com.


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Hinds County Human Resource Agency Meeting May 21, June 18, July 16 and Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Hinds County Human Resource Agency (258 Maddox Road). The Board of Directors meets on third Wednesdays. Open to the public; Hinds County residents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-923-1838; hchra.org. People Empowering People Conference May 23, 7 p.m., and May 24, 8 a.m., at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). The purpose is to unite church and community leaders and residents. Enjoy gospel music from Evelyn Turrentine-Agee and a salute to veterans May 23 at 7 p.m. RSVP. $25 for two guests; call 601-675-8181; email divine.ministries02@gmail.com. DIY Marketing for the Entrepreneur May 24, 10 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). Learn how to grow your business online. Registration required. $150; call 601919-9797; tipsystudio.com. Women’s Day Observance May 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Pearl Street AME Church (2519 Robinson St.). The speaker is Dr. Prudence Carter, associate professor of education and sociology at Stanford University. Free; call 601-352-6087; email sburks09@gmail.com. wii-FM (What’s in It for Me) Community Forum May 26, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (2460 Terry Road). The topic is “Prepping for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.” Free; call 601-201-0871 or 601-918-5075. Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association’s Issues and Reunion Luncheon Series May 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Capital Club (125 S. Congress St., Suite 19). The speaker is Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. RSVP. $20, $15 members; find Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association on Facebook. Car Park Rock II May 31, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., at Butler Snow Law Firm (1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). In the parking garage. Includes a second line with the Southern Komfort Brass Band, music from The Chill, free wine and food for sale. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices vary, tables available for groups; call 601-960-1565; msorchestra.com. Homebuyer Education Class May 31, June 28, July 26, and Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601-398-0446. Title II Summer Institute June 2, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The program

is for high school economics teachers. Sessions are weekdays through June 27. Includes a stipend and a minimum of 10 CEUs. Limit of 20 participants. Free; mscee.org. Hinds County Board of Supervisors Meeting June 2, June 16, July 7, July 21, Aug. 4, and Aug. 18, 9 a.m., at Hinds County Chancery Court (316 S. President St.). The board holds its regular meeting, open to the public. Free; call 601968-6501; co.hinds.ms.us. Snake Day June 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Learn the value of native snakes and how to distinguish venomous species from non-ven-

banquet is June 6 (time and location TBA). June 7, the parade is at 10 a.m. at Freedom Corner, and the blues concert featuring Bobby Rush and Dan Aykroyd is at 6 p.m. at Regency Hotel. Free gospel concert and parade, admission TBA for banquet, $30 blues concert (purchase through Ticketmaster); call 601-948-5835. Fondren After 5 June 5 and Aug. 7, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., in Fondren. This monthly event on the first Thursday of the month is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, food and vendors. Free; call 601-981-9606; email newfondrenafter5@gmail.com; fondren.org.

such as best new business, best health services and best event venue. Includes tastings, product demonstrations and information booths. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-859-4830; canton-mississippi.com. Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference June 25-29, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) and Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi State Conference NAACP host the conference is to recognize civil rights workers who fought for equality in 1964, and to recognize the need to continue the effort. $100; students: $75;

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ach spring presents a difficulty for many of us: Sunbathing and tanning beds are bad, but pasty white legs don’t look as good sticking out of miniskirts and shorts as do bronzed ones. After experiencing streaky self-tanners and orange spray tans, I’d reluctantly resigned myself to a lifetime professing to embrace the pale. “My skin’s not pasty, it’s porcelain,” I’d tell myself. This year, however, a new game in town may have changed my outlook. It’s called Fantasy Tan. Body Anew Medical Spa offers this method of airbrush tanning, and I eagerly gave it a try. Fantasy Tan professes to be different than other spray tans because it allows custom color blending, offering an exact level of preferred darkness matched to your specific skintone. The technician can even add a green undertone to the formula to counteract any pinkness you might pick up. The experience is quick and easy. After removing makeup and deodorant, you strip to your level of comfort—undies, topless or completely bare—and stand in a canvass tent-like contraption (you’ll recognize the system as what’s brought to the homes of Kardashians and “Real Housewives” on TV). A trained aesthetician applies a moisturizing primer with an airbrush to hands, elbows,

omous ones. Herpetologist Bryan Fedrick gives lectures on Mississippi snakes at 10 a.m. and noon. See live snakes during the event. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. Jackson City Council Meeting June 3, 4 p.m.; June 17, 6 p.m.; July 1, 4 p.m.; July 15, 10 a.m.; July 29, 4 p.m.; Aug. 12, 10 a.m.; and Aug. 26, 4 p.m. at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov. Tru Skool Skate Night June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Skate N Shake (2460 Terry Road, Suite 1600). Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, free shots and giveaways. $10; email jbentertainmentgroup@gmail.com. Medgar Evers Homecoming June 5-7, at multiple locations. The gospel concert is June 5 and the

knees and feet to prevent over-pigmentation of those areas. Next, she starts spraying on your glow. Front and back get covered using a large nozzled sprayer; then she addresses face, hands and touchups with a small airbrush before finishing with a dusting of drying powder. The whole process took around 30 minutes. After waiting a few minutes to fully dry, I was off. The color continued to deepen a bit over the next few hours, but never became severe. It settled a perfectly sun-kissed bronze, just as I’d requested—without the slightest hint of orange! I felt great in my short shorts, and my fellow even raved about how good it smelled. The color lasts seven to 10 days, depending on how much you exfoliate or moisturize, and at $40 a session or a package of three for $99 is well worth it for an occasion or when you just want to feel like a bronzed goddess. The system is portable, so can be brought to you, and the spa offers specials for bridal parties where they’ll come spray the whole gang (the hostess gets hers free). Body Anew Medical Spa is located at 113 West Jackson St., Suite 1-A, in Ridgeland. Call 601-605-0452 for appointments or information, or visit bodyanewmedicalspa.com.

Historic Rankin County Church Restoration Yard Sale June 7, 6 a.m., at TurningPointe Church (1600 Oak St., Flowood). Proceeds from the yard sale go toward renovating the church. Items for sale, donations welcome; call 601826-2512; yourturningpointe.com. Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon June 19, 10:30 a.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). MMSA members receive awards for their contributions to their communities. $40 per person, $10 raffle tickets; call 601944-0113; email denisehalbach@msmainstreet. com; msmainstreet.com. Best of Canton June 19, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). The Canton Chamber of Commerce awards local businesses in categories

$25 one day only; Legacy Banquet: $100, $50 students; call 601-977-7914 or 601-918-7809; email msfreedomsummer50th@gmail.com; msfreedomsummer50th.com. Style Magnolia Fashion Show July 12, 7 p.m., at M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge (1072 John R. Lynch St.). Enjoy a showcase of fashions from Mississippi designers and boutiques. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-255-7436. Storytellers Ball Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme of the Greater Jackson Arts Council’s event is “Red Hot from the Cotton Club.” Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction and live music. Call 601-960-1557, ext. 224 or 800-595-4TIX; jacksonartscouncil.org.

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Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch May 21, noon. MDAH volunteer staff coordinator Elizabeth Coleman presents “Discover the Hidden Treasure of MDAH: the Volunteers!” Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah. state.ms.us. • History Is Lunch May 28, noon. Historian Aram Goudsouzian discusses his new book, “Down to the Crossroads: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Meredith March Against Fear.” Free; call 601-576-6998.

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Events at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton) â&#x20AC;˘ Madison County Barbecue Cook-off Contest June 7, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Greater Refuge Temple hosts the event in conjunction with the Canton Chamber Main Street Association. Individuals and teams compete for a chance to win cash prizes. Registration required to compete. Free for spectators, entry fees: $65 individuals, $70 company-sponsored teams, $55 vendors; call 901-573-5139 or 601-859-1900. â&#x20AC;˘ Canton Craft Beer Festival June 19, 4 p.m. Includes more than 30 craft beer samples and a home brew contest. For ages 21 and up. $25 in advance; canton-mississippi.com. Art on Tap Beer Festival June 13, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy craft and specialty beers, live music food and art in the Art Garden. Admission TBA; call 601960-1515; msmuseumart.org. Olde Towne Market June 14, 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 openair market in Olde Towne Clinton. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Firefly Market.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-924-5472; email mainstreetclinton@ clintonms.org; clintonms.org. Ice Cream Safari July 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Sample more than a dozen ice cream flavors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and vote for your favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. $12.25, $9.25 ages 2-12, $3 members; call 601-352-2580; jacksonzoo.org.

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Farmers Markets Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601354-6573; mdac.state.ms.us. Doris Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Produce (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave., Unit 16). Open Monday-Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Jan. 1, 2015. Call 601-353-1633. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 28. Call 601-373-4545. Canton Farmers Market at The Depot (100 Depot Drive, Canton). Open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon from June 8 until the end of harvest. Call 601-859-5816; canton-mississippi.com/ farmersmarket. Livingston Farmers Market (129 Mannsdale Road, Madison). Open Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. until October. Call 601-898-0212. Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Open daily from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until the week of Christmas. Call 601-919-1690.

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Starkville Community Market (200 E. Main St., Starkville). Open Saturdays from 7:3011:30 a.m. until Aug. 23. Call 662-323-3322; email jprather@starkville.org; starkville.org/market.

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Vicksburg Farmers Market, on Washington Street between Jackson and Grove streets, Vicksburg. Open Wednesdays from 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. until July 26. Call 601-634-4527; email farmersmarket@vicksburg.org; vicksburgfarmersmarket.org. Yazoo Farmers Market, at Triangle Cultural Center (332 N. Main St., Yazoo City). Open Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. until the end of harvest. Call 662-590-5415; find Yazoo Farmers Market on Facebook.


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“Anchor” May 22, 7:45 p.m.-8:45 p.m., at The Church at Northshore (498 Northshore Parkway, Brandon). Intersect Dance Collective, a modern dance company based in Jackson, performs. Includes coffee, dessert and a Q&A session. Tickets sold at the door only. $5 per person, $15 per family; call 601-829-1600; intersectdance.org. ACT-SO Open Mic Night Fundraiser May 23, 7 p.m., at M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge (1072 John R. Lynch St.). The NAACP hosts the event for its high school winners of its annual ACT-SO competition. Additional performers welcome. $5; call 601-353-8452. “Tosca” May 24, 7 p.m., at Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center (64 Homochitto St., Natchez). The Puccini opera is about a woman caught between her fugitive lover and the police chief who is chasing him. $35, $10 children, students and military; call 800-647-6742; natchezfestivalofmusic.com. “Shrek the Musical” May 27-31, 7:30 p.m.; June 1, 2 p.m.; June 4-7, 7:30 p.m.; and June 8, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical is based on the popular Dreamworks animation series about an ogre’s relationship with a princess. $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601948-3533, ext. 222; newstagetheatre.com. Playwright Night June 3, 7 p.m., at Cafe Olé (2752 N. State St.). Fondren Theatre Workshop hosts the event. Enjoy readings from local playwrights. Arrive between 6-7 p.m. to order food. Free, food prices vary; call 601301-2281; email avsivira@gmail.com; fondrentheatreworkshop.org. “Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater June 3, and July 8, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the musical about quarreling band members. Includes a threecourse dinner. RSVP. $49; call 601-668-2214; brownpapertickets.com/event/666863. “Murder in the Key of Motown” Dinner Theater June 12, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s

Being Belhaven Arts Series June 13, 8 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Enjoy a screening of the film, “Casablanca.” Free; call 601-352-8850. USA International Ballet Competition June 14-29, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The quadrennial event

includes performances, a dance school, a teacher training program, an art exhibition featuring works from Andrew Bucci and an awards gala. $7 and up for individual performances, ticket packages available, fees vary for dance school and teacher training; call 601973-9249; usaibc.com.

“Delivered” Dinner Theater June 23, 6 p.m.9 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. $39; call 601-937-1752; thedetectives.biz.

Saltoriya Theatrical Circus Sensations June 17-Aug. 17, at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The popular circus troupe performs Tuesday-Sunday at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. $13-$30; call 888-566-7469; beaurivage.com.

“RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” July 10, 7 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett offer comedic commentary on the sci-fi movie. $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com.

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“Company” Aug. 6-10, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Actor’s Playhouse and Fondren Theatre Workshop co-produce Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. Admission TBA; call 601-301-2281; fondrentheatreworkshop.org.

One of the most beloved animated characters of the last decade comes to life onstage in “Shrek the Musical” at New Stage Theatre.

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ho could have predicted that when “Shrek” came out in 2001, the inverse fairy tale would captivate audiences so? The animated film spawned three more movies and, now, a theater spin-off is making its way around the country and to Jackson. New Stage Theatre will present “Shrek the Musical” this month. The musical, which Peppy Biddy directs, is based on the DreamWorks Animation movie (which, in turn, is based on artist William Steig’s book). All the beloved characters from the first movie will be brought to life on stage, including Shrek, Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad and the Gingerbread Man. Jason Marks is cast as the grumpybut-lovable green ogre. Marks is a veteran actor from Richmond, Va. Raised in a musical and artistic family, he earned his BFA in musical theater and opera from the Shenandoah Conservatory. He’s worked in New York, Oregon and Virginia. This is his second time playing Shrek on stage. “I love being able to dive into a character that is larger than life,” Marks says. “By nature I’m a very quiet, kind of shy

“RiffTrax Live: Sharknado” July 10, 7 p.m. and July 15, 7:30 p.m., at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett offer comedic commentary on the sci-fi movie. $12.50, $10 children; call 601898-7819; malco.com.

person. Shrek has allowed me the chance to really show a different side of myself as a performer. I hope I bring a joy and vibrancy to the character, and I look forward to a new audience getting to experience what I’ve created.” The universal messages in “Shrek”—self-acceptance and loving others for who they are rather than their outwardly appearance—makes this show hit home for everyone, not just kids. The show will make you laugh and cry with burp and fart jokes, tender moments, big costumes, colorful sets and delightful music. “Shrek is a very identifiable character with most people. Everybody can relate to feelings of isolation and rejection; the feelings this character has dealt with his whole life,” Marks says. It’s a very personal role for me, I strongly identify with this character. Shrek is a great joy, it’s one of those stage roles that every actor should be so lucky to do.” “Shrek the Musical” runs May 27-31 and June 4-7 at 7:30 p.m., and June 1 and 8 at 2 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) Regular ticket prices are $28, and $22 for students and seniors. Call 601948-3531, or visit newstagetheatre.com.

James Gregory Aug. 9, 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.” Doors open at 6 p.m. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $32.50 in advance, $40 door, $175 VIP table of four; call 601-292-7999; ardenland.net. Events at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; email brtc12@ gmail.com; blackrosetheatre.org. • “Nunsense” June 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; June 8, 2 p.m.; June 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; and June 15, 2 p.m. The play is about a group of nun who put on a variety show to raise funds for the burials of several sisters who were accidentally poisoned. • A Night of One Acts by Local Playwrights July 17-19, 7:30 p.m.; and July 20, 2 p.m. Plays include “Spin Cycle” by Marianne House, “Her, Him” by Kris Vick, “The Party” by Keni Bounds and Eric Riggs, and “Banjo’s Dream,” which is based on Marshall Ramsey’s book. Reservations recommended due to limited seating. Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). $12, $10 seniors 55 and older, $7 students, $5 ages 12 and under; call 601-636-0471; vicksburgtheatreguild.com. • “Les Misérables” Aug. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 10, 2 p.m.; Aug. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; and Aug. 17, 2 p.m. The musical is based on Victor Hugo’s historical novel about a French peasant’s search for redemption. • “Gold in the Hills” July 11-12, June 18-19, and June 25-26, 7:30 p.m. Set in the 1890s, the play features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain, and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery.

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“School Daze” Film Screening May 22, 7 p.m., at Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). The classic Spike Lee film is about cultural divisions at a historically black college. Free; call 601-960-9250.

(200 S. Commerce St.). Mississippi Murder Mysteries presents the musical about quarreling band members. Includes a three-course dinner. RSVP. $48; call 601-668-2214; email jane@halandmals.com; brownpapertickets.com/ event/670947.

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Screen on the Green June 5, 5:30 p.m. In the Art Garden. Includes a cash bar, concessions and a screening of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” Free. • Movie Night in the Art Garden: “The Red Shoes” June 23, 6:30 p.m. The film screening is in conjunction with the International Ballet Competition. Blankets, chairs and picnics welcome. Refreshments for sale. Free. • “Voices of Freedom” Aug. 14-17, 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 16-17, 2 p.m. John Maxwell’s Fish Tale Group Theatre presents the drama in conjunction with the exhibit This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

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Kids Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Visit jsums.edu. • Camp Tiger Tails May 26-June 27. The wellness camp for grades K-12 includes physical activity, structured recreation, social development and nutrition education. Registration required. $35 registration plus $350 per child; call 601-979-1368; email rachel.n.cowan@ jsums.edu. • Lady Tigers Basketball Camp June 3-5. In the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Topics include jump shots, free throws and defense. Registration required. $100, families of two or more: $85 per child; call 601-979-2437; email felicia.b.jenkins@jsums.edu. • Camp Stars Theater Summer Camp July 127. In McCoy Auditorium. Children in grades 3-12 get instruction in creative writing, dance, acting for stage and film, stage makeup, and set design. $400; call 601-979-4309 or 601-9792872; email nadia.c.bodie@jsums.edu or mark. g.henderson@jsums.edu. Events at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Registration required. Call 601364-5763; email lgreen@jacksonacademy.org; jacksonacademy.org. • Boys Basketball Camp June 16-19. The camp is for boys in grades 2-9. $80. • Girls Basketball Camp June 16-19. The camp is for girls in grades 2-9. $80. • Art Camp for Kids June 16-19 and June 2326. The camp is for kids in grades 2-6. $150. Creative Craft Camps at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Topics include pottery, wire sculpture, mosaics, fused glass and more. Ends with an art reception. Registration required. $185, $160 each additional child; call 601-856-7546; email education@mscrafts.org or sheri@mscrafts.org; mscrafts.org. • Ages 5-8 Sessions are May 26-30 and July 7-11. • Ages 9-12 Sessions are June 16-20 and July 28-Aug. 1. • Ages 13-15 Sessions are Aug. 4-8.

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Events at Allison’s Wells School of Arts and Crafts (141 N. Union St., Canton). Registration required. Call 601-859-0347 or 800-844-3369. • Children’s Art Camp June 23, 9 a.m.-noon. Children above grade 2 participate in drawing, painting and crafts. Materials included. $75. • Canton Young Filmmaker’s Workshop, Ages 8-12 July 8-12. Attendees write, shoot and edit a 3-5 minute film. The workshop ends with a reception and a showing of the film. $150. • Canton Young Filmmaker’s Workshop, Ages 13-18 July 14-18. Attendees write, shoot and edit a 3-5 minute film. The workshop ends with a reception and a showing of the film. $175. Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Call 601-926-1104; email ccnaturecenter@gmail. com or email edcoordinatorccnc@gmail.com; clintonnaturecenter.org. • Clinton Community Nature Center Day Camp: Session I June 16-20. The hands-on discovery camp is for children entering grades 2-4. Registration required. $100, $75 members, $5 discount for each additional child.

• Nature Nuts Preschool Program June 17, July 15, and Aug. 19, 10 a.m. The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. A professional educator from the Mississippi Natural Science Museum teaches the class. $5, $3 members, $1 discount for each additional child. • Clinton Community Nature Center Day Camp: Session II June 23-27. The hands-on discovery camp is for youth entering grades 5-7. Registration required. $100, $75 members, $5 discount for each additional child. Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Space is limited. Free; call 601856-2749. • Storyteller Rose Anne St. Romain June 5, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The award-winning storyteller tells tall tales from the Louisiana swamp. For ages 3 and up. • Watermelon Explosion! (Grades 6-12) June 6, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Make a watermelon explode with rubber bands. Pre-registration required. • Squishy Circuits (Grades 1-5) June 9, 2 p.m.3 p.m. Build working circuits out of Play-Doh. Registration required. • Teen Challenge (Grades 6-12) June 12, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Includes team-building and trust exercises, and prizes. • ArtBots (Grades 6-12) June 17, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Build a robot that draws pictures. Pre-registration required. • Lava Lamps (Grades 1-5) June 19, 10 a.m.11 a.m. Make a lava lamp from household items. Pre-registration required. • Magician Tommy Terrific June 20, 10 a.m.11 a.m. The magic show is for ages 3 and up. • Candy Lab (Grades 1-5) June 23, 10 a.m.11 a.m. Conduct science experiments with soda and candy. Pre-registration required. • DIY Root Beer and Ice Cream (Grades 6-12) June 25, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Learn how to make root beer and ice cream. Pre-registration required. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Registration required. Call 601-974-1130; millsaps.edu/conted. • Reading and Writing in College June 2-6. The workshop for high school juniors and seniors includes practicing analytical reading skills and writing short pieces. $150. • Millsaps Majors Youth Football Camp June 11-13. The camp for ages 6-14 is held in the Hall Activity Center. Snacks and beverages provided. Campers should bring inside and outside shoes, a water bottle, a swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen. $150; call 909-910-5181 or 318-792-2664; email lorddj@millsaps.edu or desotjd@millsaps.edu. • Spanish for Children June 16-20. Children ages 6-9 learn phonics and the alphabet, Spanish greetings, numbers, colors, days of the week, months of the year, family members, and body parts. $85. • Manners with Ms. Wright June 16-20. Children in grades 1-5 learn skills such as meeting and greeting, telephone etiquette, writing thank-you notes and rules for dining. $99.


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“Anchor” Children’s Matinee May 24, 11 a.m.noon, at The Church at Northshore (498 Northshore Parkway, Brandon). Intersect Dance Collective, a modern dance company based in Jackson, performs. Includes a Q&A session. $5, $15 per family; call 601-829-1600; intersectdance.org. Gator Bait Hatchling-Kids Kayak Race May 31, 8 a.m., at Lakeshore Park (Lakeshore Drive, Brandon). Ages 5-17 compete for prizes. Kayaks included. Also see baby alligators on display from the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. $15 entry fee; gatorbaittrace.com. Zoo Summer Camps June 2-July 11, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Options include half-day camps for ages 4-12 and full-day camps for ages 6-12. Registration required. See a list of camps online. Half-day camps: $90, $85 members; full-day camps: $175, $165 members; $7 optional lunch; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240; jacksonzoo.org.

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or most kids, the first day of summer is the ultimate thrill of freedom. But after approximately one day of being out of school for the summer, they start complaining

Kids get to be active and learn new skills at Camp Tiger Tails.

about being bored. Camp Tiger Tails on the Jackson State University campus is the just the right cure for summer time boredom. The wellness camp for ages 516, now in its seventh year, offers all-day age-appropriate, yet challenging activities designed to combat poor diet habits and lack of exercise—two major factors in Mississippi’s childhood obesity problem. “It’s a fun camp. It offers academics, recreational activities, life skills and a fitness component,” says Rachel Cowan, director of the Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center. Campers enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities including games, trips and special events. Past field trips have included outings to the local museums,

a Mississippi Braves game, the art museum’s Curious George exhibit and other children’s events happening in the city. “(The camp) is run by JSU students,” Cowan says. “For the academic part of it, we use elementary education students. For the fitness part of the camp, we use recreation students. So the students are getting trained and experience, and the (campers) are getting quality.” Camp Tiger Tails also hires tennis students or golf students to teach the fundamentals of those sports to the campers. “What we try to do is to expose the kids to sports other than football and basketball,” Cowan says. “Because whenever you ask the kids ‘What do you guys want to do?,’ the kids typically say basketball and football. We try to expose them to a sport that they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.” At the end of camp is a big celebration for the kids. This year, other JSU departments will partner with the camp to do a bike rodeo—a clinic to teach children the skills and precautions to ride a bicycle safely. Camp Tiger Trails runs May 26June 27. Camp sessions are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The cost is $70 per week or $350 for the five-week session. Costs include special activities, arts and crafts, field trips, a camp T-shirt, breakfast, lunch, and two snacks and drinks each day. To register, visit jsums.edu/paytoncenter/youth-services, or call 601-979-1368.

Mississippi Girlchoir Auditions June 2, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Girlchoir Office (1991 Lakeland Drive, Suite M). Auditions are open to girls entering grades 3-12. Appointment required. $25 audition fee; call 601-981-9863; email auditions@msgirlchoir.org; girlchoir.org. It’s All About Me Summer Camp June 3-July 31, at Apostolic Restoration Ministry Christian School (1020 W. McDowell Road). Programs include academics, sports, behavior modification, coping skills, gardening, arts and crafts, and team building. $70 weekly; registration: $30; $35 activity fee; family discounts available; call 769-524-6924 or 601-373-4970; armchurch.org. Summer Storytime June 5, June 12, June 19, and June 26, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). Children in grades K-4 will hear a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601-353-7762; mdah.state.ms.us. Question It? Discover It! Saturday June 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Learn safe ways to have fun in the summer sun. $8, children under 12 and members free; call 601-981-5469; mississippichildrensmuseum.com. Katfishin’ Kids June 7, 7 a.m.-10:30 a.m., at Turcotte Lab (506 Highway 43 S., Canton). The fishing event is for ages 15 and under. Free; call 601-605-1790; mswildlife.org. J.T. and Friends’ Fun and Fundamental Coed Basketball Camp June 7-8, at Provine High School (2400 Robinson Road). The camp is for ages 6-14. Registration required. Free; call 769-243-0003. Summer Enrichment Camp June 9-July 25 at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). The program is for grades K-8. Topics include music, art, science, math, dance and technology. $35 registration fee, $65 per week; call 601-982-4881; salvationarmyjackson.org. Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing June 14, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and June 15, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The musical is about Elmo’s adventures with Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. $15-$28; call 800-745-3000.

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• Mental Math Camp June 16-20. Children ages 9-12 learn simple calculation techniques to speed up mental math skills. $85. • Birding Camp June 23-27. Children ages 814 learn to identify birds by sight and sound. Includes trip to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. $110. • Discovering the Young Artist Camp July 1418. Children in grades 1-4 participate in drawing exercises that encourage them to take risks and refine their skills. $105. • Summer Guitar Workshop July 14-18. Youth ages 14-17 learn basic note reading, how to strum chords, and other guitar fundamentals. For beginners only. Guitar not included. $85. • Puppets and Plays Camp July 14-18. Kids in grades 4-9 learn to make puppets and perform “Aesop’s Fables” at the end of the session. $310. • Advanced Drawing for the Young Artist July 21-25. Youth in grades 5-8 do advanced exercises using the five principles of drawing. $105.

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Sports / Wellness Events at Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Canton Road). Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Email co-opgm@rainbowcoop.org; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson Bike Advocates Epic Bike Weekend May 23-25. Includes the Urban Alley Cat Championship Race May 23 from 6-8:30 pm., Epic Bike Polo May 24-25 at Sykes Park (520 Sykes Road), and a brunch ride May 25 at 9:30 a.m. Free, $5 Alley Cat Race. â&#x20AC;˘ Community Bike Ride May 30, June 27, July 25, and Aug. 29, 6 p.m. Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Events at Tara Yoga Studio (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). call 601-720-2337; email info@tara-yoga.net; tara-yoga.net. â&#x20AC;˘ Memorial Day Remembrance Practice May 26, 10 a.m. The yoga class will be the only one held that day in honor of Memorial Day. $12 drop-in fee, class packages apply. â&#x20AC;˘ Summer Solstice Yoga Practice June 22, 2 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Bring food or monetary donations for the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) to the class. Free admission, donations welcome. The Color Run May 24, 6 a.m.-1 p.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Individuals and teams are welcome to participate in the 5K race that includes being doused with powders of different colors. Proceeds benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

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LGBT Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11. Call or email for location and time. The group offers a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead the sessions. Free; call 601-8427599; email supportforfamandfriends@outlook.com. PFLAG Jackson Monthly Meeting May 22, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays offers support and education to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, and their families and friends. Free; call 601-922-4968; pflagjacksonms.wordpress.com.

$100 individual, $165 relay, discounts available; call 601-853-2011; email wendy.bourdin@ ridgelandms.org; heatwavetri.racesonline.com. Cancer Prevention Conference June 7, 10 a.m.3 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The keynote speaker is Dr. Rebecca Boyd, an integrative medicine physician. Topics include colon health, diet and cancer therapies. $20; pathway2wellness.org. Raw Foods Potluck June 14, July 12, and Aug. 9, 1 p.m., at A Aachen Back and Neck Pain Clinic (6500 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Please notify the facilitator what dish you are bringing. Bring a dish or $10; call 601-956-0010. Soul Prospering Health Seminar June 15, 3 p.m.-7 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Breaking Free Ministries hosts the session about the effects

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Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; magnoliarollervixens.com. • May 31. The team takes on the Spindletop Roller Girls. • July 19. Team members compete in an inter-league game. • Aug. 16. The team takes on the Cajun Rollergirls. 10th Annual JFP Chick Ball July 19, 8 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes food, door prizes, a silent auction, the Diva of Bling outfit contest, poetry and live music. Benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction items and volunteers now. $5; call 601-362-6121, ext. 23; jfpchickball.com. Email chickball@jacksonfreepress.com to donate or volunteer.

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Concerts & Festivals Music in the City, 5:15 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in Trustmark Grand Hall. Enjoy a cash bar at 5:15 p.m. and music at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • June 3. Frank and Sandra Polanski perform. • July 8. Barry Hause, John Paul and Tom Lowe perform. • Aug. 5. Tom Lowe and John Paul perform. Events at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). In Beau Rivage Theatre. Call 800-745-3000 or 888-566-7469; beaurivage.com. • Chicago May 30, 8 p.m. The rock band has been performing since 1967. $60-$80. • B.B. King June 7, 8 p.m. The blues legend is an Indianola native. $45-$65. • Kenny Rogers Aug. 22, 8 p.m. The country music legend is known for the classic hit, “The Gambler.” $30-$50.

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• Summer Jam 2014 June 13, 7:30 p.m. Performers include Trina, the Swagg 101 Team, Hollywood Luck, Bambino and Golden Child. $20, $35 floor chairs, $50 VIP floor tables; call 800-745-3000. Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open one hour before shows. Adults must accompany children. $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email arden@ardenland.net; ardenland.net. • Ester Rada May 28, 7:30 p.m. The Israeli-born Ethiopian’s style of music is described as “EthioSoul” show. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. • The Revivalists June 6, 8 p.m. The indie-rock band from New Orleans performs. The Black Cadillacs and Cardinal Sons also perform. Allages show; adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • J.J. Thames with Grady Champion June 7, 8 p.m. Thames is a vocalist from Jackson who is known as the “Mississippi Blues Diva,” and Champion is an award-winning bluesman from Canton. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. • Black Joe Lewis June 12, 7:30 p.m. The Southern soul singer from Austin, Texas, performs. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

• The Whigs June 18, 8 p.m. The garage rock band from Athens, Ga., performs to promote its latest album, “Modern Creation.” Cocktails at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. • Kim Richey June 20, 8 p.m. The country singer-songwriter is a two-time Grammy nominee. Kevin Gordon also performs. Seated show. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. • Chris Knight June 26, 7:30 p.m. The singersongwriter and Kentucky native performs to promote his album, “Little Victories.” Doors open at 6:30. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. • Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. The nine-piece soul and R&B band from Melbourne, Australia performs. $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Live at Lunch May 23 and May 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy live music during your lunch hour. Bring lunch or purchase from the Palette Cafe by Viking. Free. • Downtown Jazz May 29, June 19, July 24, and Aug. 28, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy performances from local jazz and blues musicians. $5, free for members.

• High Note Jam June 12, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music and refreshments in the Art Garden. Cash bar included. Free. • Freedom Summer 1964: The Soundtrack June 26, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Join the Mississippi Museum of Art and Operation Shoestring for a musical event celebrating the music born out of 1964. Includes cash bar. Free. Summer Concert Series May 22, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Hillbenders perform. Free; call 601-982-5861; highlandvillagems.com. The World of Maria Callas May 23, 7 p.m., at Waverly Plantation (790 Highway 61 S., Natchez). The concert is a tribute to the late 20th-century opera singer. $35, $10 children, students and military; call 800-647-6742; natchezfestivalofmusic.com. The Railers May 24, 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m., at Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St.). The country band has opened for acts such as Sara Evans and Corey Smith. Free; email info@theironhorsegrill.com; theironhorsegrill.com. B.B. King Homecoming Festival May 25, 4 p.m., at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). The 34th annual


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Being Belhaven Arts Series May 25, 5 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performs. Free; call 601-352-8850. The Love and Laughter Tour: An All-white Affair May 30, 8 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Comedian J. Anthony Brown hosts, and R&B artist, music

FestivalSouth June 7-21, in downtown Hattiesburg. The two-week, multi-genre arts festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater, and takes place at several venues. Headliners include Marty Stuart and Mac McAnally. Refreshments sold. Admission varies per event, some events free, all-access passes available; call 601296-7475; festivalsouth.org. Town of Livingston Concert Series June 8, 6 p.m., at Town of Livingston (Highway 463 and Highway 22, Madison). At the Baptist Health Systems Amphitheater. Performers include the Marshall Tucker Band, Blackjack Billy and Samantha Landrum. Gates open at 4:15 p.m. $30; call 601898-0212 or 800-745-3000; revivermusic.com.

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il Boosie returns to his southern stomping grounds during his “Touchdown 2 Cause Hell Tour.” The rapper will appear at the Mississippi Coliseum Saturday, July 5.

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“Touchdown 2 Cause Hell,” Lil Boosie’s sixth album, is set to release July 15. For the album’s first single, “Show Da World,” Boosie collaborates with Kiara and fellow Baton Rougean rapper Webbie.

producer and Detroit native Kem performs. Wear white. Doors open at 7 p.m. $37-$57; call 800745-3000. The Declaration of Independence: The Freedom Homeland Concert May 31, noon-6 p.m., at Greater Tree of Life Baptist Church (3102 Monticello Drive). Performers include American Idol contestant Tiquila Wilson, the Bass Brothers, Chad Perry and Malcolm McDonald. $10, canned good donations to Stewpot welcome, $150 vendors; call 601-317-0560. This Is How We Roll Tour May 31, 8 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Performers include Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Chris Lane. $39.75; call 800-745-3000.

The tour celebrates the rapper’s release from prison, as it is the first since his incarceration in the Louisiana State Penitentiary from 2009 to 2014. The tour, which kicked off in Memphis May 18, follows the eastern coast and back up through Louisiana, ending in Texas. The artist recorded his debut album, “Youngest of da Camp,” when he was only 17 years old. The year after this album dropped, Boosie signed a contract with Trill Entertainment. Among the most popular of Boosie’s songs are “Zoom,” featuring Yung Joc; “Wipe Me Down,” featuring Foxx and Webbie; and “Better Believe It,” featuring Webbie and Young Jeezy. Lil Boosie is perhaps best-known for producing songs that spawn new dance moves, such as the Ratchet. Lil Boosie performs at 8 p.m. July 5 at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St., 601-353-0603) at 8 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com, and range from $26 to $56. Big Jim Adam in Concert June 10, 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m., at Hearts of Madison (123 Jones St., Madison). The blues singer-songwriter has been a two-time finalist in the International Blues Challenge. $10; call 601-862-1763; email info@hearts ofmadison.com; partiesatheartsofmadison.com. An Enchanted Evening with DeAnna Tisdale June 19, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The classical soprano is pursuing a professional degree from the Boston Conservatory. $25, group rates available; call 601-948-4122; email alicethomastisdale@gmail.com; deannatisdale.com. Bentonia Blues Festival June 19-21, at Blue Front Cafe (107 E. Railroad Ave., Bentonia). The 42nd

annual festival includes food, arts and crafts, and blues performers including festival founder Jimmy “Duck” Holmes. Free; call 662-528-1900; visityazoo.org. Gospel Artist Showcase June 21, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at The Church Triumphant Global (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Local artists compete for a chance to win prizes and perform at the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards July 27. Registration required for performers, costs vary. The concert is at 5 p.m. Call 601-927-7625; email pcjdavis@att.net; nighthawkproductionsllc.com. North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic June 27, 4 p.m. and June 28, 10 a.m., on Highway 7 and Highway 310, Waterford. The extensive lineup of performers include artists such as the Kenny Brown Band, Rocket 88, Cary Hudson, Bill Abel and Solar Porch. $25 per day, $10 shuttle rides, $10 cooler fee, $100 VIP, additional fees apply for campers; nmshillcountrypicnic.com. Independence Day Battle of the Bands June 28, 6 p.m., at Hughes Field (545 Ellis Ave.). The marching band competition includes performances from dance troupe and guest musical artists. $10, ages 3 and under free; call 800-745-3000 or 404-423-7130. A Night of Faith July 18, 7:30 p.m., at Clyde Muse Center (515 Country Place Parkway, Pearl). Performers include Bishop I.V. Hilliard and Micah Stampley. Attire is business casual or jackets with jeans. Free; call 601-566-5023; jacksonbridge.com. Whistle Stop Cabaret: 2014 Summer Showcase Aug. 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The Mississippi Chorus’ annual fundraiser includes a tablescape contest, music, dinner and a cash bar. Attire is casual chic. Valet parking available at the King Edward Hotel. $75, $125 table for two, $425 table for six, $550 table for right; call 601-278-3351; email mschorus@gmail.com; mschorus.org.

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Galleries Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (2460 Terry Road). Call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075. Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Offers artwork, furniture and custom jewelry. Visit the website for information on jewelry classes and private parties. Call 601-629-6201; artandsoulofthesouth.com.

Bozarts Gallery (403 N. Main St., Water Valley). Open Thursdays and Fridays from noon-5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment. Call 662-473-2484; bozartsgallery.com. Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mis-

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; fondrenartgallery.com.

offers children’s art camps. Call 601-954-2147; email heavenlydesignbyroz@yahoo.com. James Patterson Photography (3017 N. State St.). James Patterson specializes in editorial, portrait and commercial photography. Call 601-918-3232; 119gallery.com.

Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St., fourth floor). Visit the gallery at owner Marcy Nessel’s new location. Call 601-291-9115; fischergalleries.com. TRIP BURNS

Art Space 86. Artists David West and Jerrod Partridge own the pop-up gallery. Follow Art Space 86 on Facebook to find out where it will be next. Call 601-668-5408; email artspace86@gmail.com; jerrodpartridge.com.

room space and additional studio space available for rent. Call 601-260-9423.

Artful Hours Painting Lounge (111 Colony Crossing, Suite 200, Madison). The studio offers painting parties and encourages visitors to bring beverages. Art and beverage supplies included; reservations required. Call 270-604-3418; email artfulhours@gmail.com; artfulhours.com. 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. Preschool Picassos classes Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. ($20 per class). Call 601499-5278; email artworksstudios@gmail.com; artworksstudios.com. Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The gallery specializes in southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Exhibitors include Kennith Humphrey, Chad Poovey, Lesley Silver and Sam Beibers. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; email atticgal@aol. com; atticgallery.net. 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. Products from several local artists available. 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; bfineartjewelry.com. Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery (3017 N. State St.). Featuring the photography of Ron Blaylock. Private lessons and workshops available. Call 601-506-6624; email info@ blaylockphoto.com; blaylockphoto.com. Bottletree Studios (809 Adkins Blvd.). Anne Campbell and Rhonda Blasingame share this space to create mixed-media quilts and sculptures. Class-

Whit Geary’s View Gallery, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday, has featured the work of Anne McLeod, Jacob Broussard, Paul Edelstein and many others.

sissippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Monthly art receptions during Fondren After 5. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-982-4844; brownsfineart.com. The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-981-9606; fondren.org.

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The Great Gatsby Fundraiser May 24, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The event includes a silent auction, refreshments, and performances from Dance Unlimited. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. $25, $40

Lisette’s Photography and Gallery (107 N. Union St., Canton). Located at Historic Canton Square, photographer and artist Lisette Otero-Lewis’ gallery showcases contemporary photography and modern art. Call 601-497-2899; email info@ lisette.co; lisette.co. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a). Lounge Arts features the works of several artists including Lacy Barger, Ginger Williams-Cook, Libba Blue, Ellen Langford and Jason Avery Kelch. Call 601-206-1788; email loungeinteriors@ gmail.com; loungeinteriors.com Millet Studio and Gallery (167 Moore St., Suite F, Ridgeland). Featuring illustrations by Mark Millet. Photography services offered. Limited edition prints for sale. Call 601-8565901; milletstudio.com. Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Featuring works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft demonstrations daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The center has a satellite location at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). Call 601-856-7546; mscrafts.org.

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

Gaddis Group Studio (2900 N. State St., Room 206). Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome. Call 601-368-9522.

Daniel MacGregor Studios (4347 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Daniel MacGregor specializes in abstract paintings and fine art photography. Open by appointment only. Adult acrylic painting classes for $15; pay $10 if you bring you own 11-by-14-inch canvas. Call 601-992-6405; danielmacgregorstudios.com.

H.C. Porter Gallery (1216 Washington St., Vicksburg). Signature gallery featuring environmental portraits, the Backyards and Beyond series, and the Blues @ Home series featuring photographs of blues artists. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-661-9444; hcporter.com.

Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See

Heavenly Designs by Roz (3252 N. State St.). Artist Rosalind Roy is a folk painter, sculptor and Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild member. She also

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.), Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modern-art gallery. Gallery hours vary

6 p.m. Includes a survivor/caregiver lap and a kids lap. Includes live music from Twiceborn, animal encounters and a luminary service. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Fundraising encouraged, donations welcome, $10 per luminary; call 601-506-1238; relayforlife.org/jacksonms.

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting June 11, July 16, and Aug. 13, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182; yourmira.org.

Take It to the Streets June 8 and Aug. 10, 9 a.m., at North Ridge Church in Fondren (3232 N. State St.) and Madison (inside St. Joseph Catholic School). Participants meet to serve the community through activities such as feeding the homeless, repairing homes for the disabled or other designated tasks. Call for details. Free; call 769-218-5140; northridgejackson.com.

Phase II Balloon and Gifts Red Carpet Charity Event June 28, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). The formal event includes runway pictures, refreshments, a cash bar and music from Keke Wyatt. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For ages 21 and up. $50; call 800-745-3000.

Be the Change March Against Monsanto May 23, 11 a.m.1 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.), on the south steps. The purpose of the rally is to inform the public about the company’s actions regarding GMOs. Free; email community@rainbowcoop.org; find March Against Monsanto Mississippi on Facebook.

Gallery1 (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 TuesdayFriday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. Call 601-960-9250; gallery1arts.com.

Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.). Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 3:306:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-9427285 or 601-942-7362; lightandglass.net.

couples; call 601-906-9787; email tjohnson@ priorityhc.com; priorityhc.com. Statewide Garage Sale May 31, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). The sale is a fundraiser for Mississippi Families for Kids. Includes food vendors and children’s activities. Free admission, $50 vendor fee; call 601-957-7670. Relay for Life Fondren June 5, 5:45 p.m.8 p.m., on Duling Avenue. Check-in is at 5:15 p.m., and opening ceremonies begin at

Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). The art gallery features semimonthly exhibitions from Mississippi artists and displays permanent art collections which date back to the 1940s. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-960-1582. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Featuring ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents. Open MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-992-3556; mustardseedinc.org.


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has been active in the art world since 1976. Tours given by appointment. Call 601-960-0484.

NunoErin (533 Commerce St.). Erin Hayne, a Mississippi designer, and Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira, a sculptor from Lisbon, Portugal, founded the art and design studio in 2006. The duo also designs interactive furniture. Permanent exhibits: Kinetic Vapor at the Jackson Convention Complex and Lightning Benches at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Call 601-944-0023; nunoerin.com.

Studio AMN/Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The galleries sell fine art. Artists include Lorenzo Gayden and Melanie John. Sanaa Gallery’s boutique features jewelry and body products from Kiwana Thomas Gayden, and offers custom framing. Studio AMN hosts wine-glass painting parties and teaches children’s art classes three Saturdays a month; fees apply. Call Sanaa at 769218-8289 or Studio AMN at 769-218-8165; sanaagalleries.com and studioamndesigns.com.

One Blu Wall Gallery and Christina Foto First floor of Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). See works from several local artists and photographer Christina Cannon. Call 601-713-1224; christinafoto.com. P.R. Henson Studio (1115 Lynwood Drive). Open by appointment only. Call 769-7985539; email phensonstudio@yahoo.com or phenson51@yahoo.com. Pat Walker Gallery (133 W. Peace St., Canton). Artist Pat Walker specializes in oil paintings. Open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. or by appointment. Art classes held Tuesdays at 9 a.m.; choose half- or full-day sessions. Call 601-855-0107; email ritsartist@aol.com; patwalker-workshops.com. Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Featuring works from artists such as Andrew Young, Tom Crouch and Rob Cooper. Call 601-3532497; pearlriverglass.com. Peterson’s Art & Antiques (1400 Washington St. Vicksburg). Since 2001, the store offers local and regional art, antiques, accessories and gift items. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. Call 601636-7210; petersonsaa.com. Photamerica Popup Studio/Heartalot (126 Keener Ave.). Owner Josh Hailey is a photographer and mixed-media artist. The studio’s permanent exhibit consists of collages of photographs Hailey took during a two-year expedition to all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Open by appointment only. Call 601-214-2068; find Photamerica and Heartalot on Facebook. Prissy Paintbrush Studios (5420 Interstate 55 N., Suite F). The art studio offers custom artwork, face painting, art classes and private painting parties for adults and children. Call 800-764-8149; prissypaintbrush.com. 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 601573-1060; richardmckey.com. Sanders McNeal Studio and Gallery (736 S. President St., second floor). Owner Sanders McNeal is an award-winning painter known for still lifes, portraits, figurative studies and landscapes. She

The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Art and antiques for sale. Venue available for weddings, parties and other special events. Call 601-968-0137; find The South Warehouse on Facebook. TiP Expressive Arts Studio (400 Monroe St., Clinton). Owner Beverly Keaton’s intuitive painting studio is primarily for women ages 18 and up. View the class calendar and schedule a creativity coaching session online. Call 601-291-4763; tiparts.com. Tulip Design Studio (115 N. State St.). Lesley Frascogna provides floral artwork and event styling such as backdrops, linens and table settings for weddings and other special occasions. Call 601-572-1777; ilovetulip.com. TurnUp Studios (155 Wesley Ave.). See works from Clay Hardwick, daniel johnson and Jamie Weems. The space is also used for video recordings, live music events and more. Call 769-2570141; turnupstudios.com. Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland). Different artists are featured each week, including artist and gallery owner Jacqueline Ellens. Open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.6 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 601607-4147; southernbreeze.net. studio5fifty Art Center (550 Central Ave., Laurel). The new art center opened its doors in October 2013 in downtown Laurel. Call 601649-0383; email rscruggs@mac.com. View Gallery (1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105). The art gallery hosts artist receptions with refreshments every third Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Call 601-856-2001; viewgalleryart.com. Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Featuring paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601366-1844; wolfebirds.com; find “The Wolfe Studio” on Facebook. Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Features watercolor paintings, prints, posters, calendars, books and cards. The gift shop has T-shirts, mugs, tote bags and other novelty items. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601-925-8115; email wyattleewaters@gmail.com; wyattwaters.com; find Wyatt Waters Gallery on Facebook.

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Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). $10, $8 seniors, $5 ages 6-17, children under 6 free; call 228-374-5547; georgeohr.org. • No Two Alike: Ceramics Invitational June 3-Sept. 6. Exhibitors include Jeremy Jernegan, Bertice McPherson, Brian Nettles, Kevin O’Keefe and Charles Smith. • Micheal Mabry: Revelations and Revelry June 10-Sept. 6. The Clarksdale native’s exhibit has a recurring theme of a community engaged in playing music, dancing, playing games and enjoying life in front of the backdrop of a blues joint or cafe. The highlight of the exhibit is “Eye of the Last Days,” a 33-inch-by-23-inch book that took Mabry more than eight years to complete. • June Ward: Passages and Possibilities June 17-Dec. 6. The Gulfport artist’s landscapes, which often include figurative elements, show the passage of time in different geographical locations. • ExtraOHRdinary Summer Celebration beginning July 12. See George Ohr’s pottery in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Pod.

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Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6800; oldcapitolmuseum.com. • Black Mississippians: Road to the Vote Tuesdays and Sundays in June. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, this special introduction to the Old Capitol highlights the 19th-century political history of

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Icons of Freedom May 24-Aug. 3, in the McCarty Foundation Gallery. Artworks in this exhibition portray some of the most celebrated leaders, foot soldiers, and innocent casualties of the fight for freedom in America during the 1950s and 1960s. Free. • 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. Includes admission to the Slave Series exhibit. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi June 14-Aug. 31, in the Barksdale Galleries. See the late artist’s preliminary sketches and paintings related to the LOOK magazine cover he created regarding the Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner murders. Includes admission to the This Light of Ours exhibit. $10, $8 seniors, $5 students, free for members and children ages 5 and under. • Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 25th Annual Quilt Contest and Exhibition through Aug. 31, in the public corridor. The annual presentation of award-winning quilts is on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson. Free. • Four Freedoms by Mildred Nungester Wolfe Ongoing, in the public corridor. The four-panel mural was inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s annual message to Congress in 1941. Free.

Explore artist Norman Rockwell’s process in a new exhibit at the MMA about his famous painting “Murder in Mississippi.”

turbulence of the civil-rights era lingers in the foundations of Mississippi where it cannot—and should not— be forgotten. Though we southerners have achieved much in the wake of that time, it would be shameful to let the memories of all of the injustices committed and suffered fade entirely. It is in honor of these memories that

black Mississippians, which set the stage for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Topics include slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the 1868 and 1890 Mississippi Constitutions. Reservations are required. Call 601-576-6920. • Monuments to Democracy: The State Capitols through Oct. 12. The exhibit provides an in-depth look at the capitol buildings of all 50 states with emphasis on their architecture and history. Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the Bennie G. Thompson Center. Free; call 601-977-7743; email jgilbert@ tougaloo.edu; tougaloo.edu. • Opening Reception for Africa and Oceania Treasures: The Genevieve McMillan Collection July 17, 7 p.m. The permanent exhibit contains ancient tribal artifacts. • Africa and Oceania Treasures: The Genevieve McMillan Collection Ongoing. The exhibit contains ancient tribal artifacts. Scheduled tours available.

the Mississippi Museum of Art hosts an exhibit about the late Norman Rockwell’s “Murder in Mississippi.” LOOK Magazine originally commissioned the painting in 1964 as cover art for an issue containing an investigative report on the murders of three civil-rights activists: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Though Rockwell normally juggled multiple projects, he dedicated himself entirely to this piece for five weeks, studying the circumstances of the murders and planning the details of his piece. The collection at the MMA consists of the artists’ preliminary photographs and sketches, as well as the final product. The painting portrays the three victims in the light of an offframe torch. Looming over them from the right of the frame are six ominous shadows. The fact that the trio is outnumbered serves as a reminder of the threat that all civil-rights activists were faced with at the time. “Norman Rockwell: Murder in Mississippi” opens June 14, and will hang through Aug. 31 at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515). Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students; MMA members can get in free of charge.

Stand Up! Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964 June 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit is an examination of the courage, violence and promise of this major turning point of civil right history. Hangs through Oct. 31. Free; call 601-576-6850; mdah.state.ms.us. Opening Reception for Images from My Life, Images from My Mind June 5, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See Bill Wilson’s paintings at the exhibition. Show hangs May 1-June 27. Free; call 601-432-4111. Gone But Not Forgotten Opening Reception July 17, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley Lane, Clarksdale). See Billy Johnson’s exhibit of photographs. Free; call 662-627-6820; deltabluesmuseum.org. Storytellers Ball Juried Artists Exhibition Opening Reception July 17, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Red Hot from the Cotton Club.”

Awards given. Exhibit hangs through Aug. 31. Free; call 601-960-1557; jacksonartscouncil.org. Rebels With A Cause: Impressionist Women from the Huntsville Museum of Art through June 29, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). The exhibit features 55 female artists’ works from the collection of Louise and Alan Sellars that exemplify the effect French Impressionism had on late 19th-century American art. Free, suggested $3 donation for adults; call 601-649-6374; lrma.org. Understanding the Medusa: Myth and Fairytale in the Fiction of Eudora Welty through Aug. 18, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place), in the Education and Visitors Center. The exhibit examines the influence of myth and fairytale in Eudora Welty’s life and fiction, with emphasis on the myth of Perseus and Medusa and the fairytale “The Robber Bridegroom.” $5, $3 students, free for children under 6; call 601-353-7762; mdah.state.ms.us. Animal Grossology Exhibit through Dec. 30, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Learn about leeches, dung beetles and more in the interactive exhibit. $4-$6; call 601-576-6000; msnaturalscience.org. The Fall of Dixie Ongoing, at Old Depot Museum (1010 Levee St., Suite A, Vicksburg). The 250-square-foot diorama with 2,300 miniature soldiers depicts the Civil War battle for Vicksburg. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Free; call 601-638-6500; email thegunboat@bellsouth.net. Farm Families of Mississippi Exhibit Ongoing, 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 601-939-5631; mdac.ms.gov. The Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word Ongoing, at International Museum of Muslim Cultures (Arts Center of Mississippi, 201 E. Pascagoula St.). Ongoing. 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 601-960-0440; muslimmuseum.org Images of Mississippi Ongoing, at JacksonMedgar Wiley Evers International Airport (100 International Drive), at the East and West Concourses. See 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 Ongoing, 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;jacksonms.gov.


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What better way for a lady to pamper herself than with a trip to the bar? In a room with 12-foot-tall picture windows, she can sink into a cozy leather turquoise chair or stretch out on a brown leather couch to wait, not for a drink, but for her nails to be dazzled. Melissa Harrison and Cathy Campbell opened The Nail Bar Oct. 8, 2013, and it is already setting a new standard for nail care. Almost 400 polish shades rest on silver racks on the wall. Black leather chairs with optional massage settings are available for relaxation during pedicures. The Nail Bar currently offers manicures, pedicures and gel nails. The shop is filled with dainty decorations such as floor lamps, a pink couch pillows and flowers to add a homey atmosphere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their home away from home,â&#x20AC;? Campbell says. In the back of the salon is a kitchen area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers can put their groceries in the fridge and help themselves to a complimentary snack while they wait to get service.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brittany Sanford Best Salon for Manicure Second: Cuticles Nail Studio (2947 Old Canton Road, 601-366-6999) / Third (tie): Fondren Nails (2906 N. State St., Suite B1, 601-362-6292); Red Pro Nail Studio (1935 Lakeland Drive, 601-383-0559) / Finalist: Beyond Stripes (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite B-203 and B-204, 601-667-9167)

Best Salon for Pedicure Second: Cuticles Nail Studio (2947 Old Canton Road, 601-366-6999) / Third: Fondren Nails (2906 N. State St., Suite B1, 601-362-6292) / Finalist: Red Pro Nail Studio (1935 Lakeland Drive, 601-383-0559); Beyond Stripes (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite B-203 and B-204, 601-667-9167)

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Erica Gates, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bling Queenâ&#x20AC;? of Jackson, is more than your average nail technician. She treats each of her clients like family and works hard to build relationships with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part (of my job) is making people smile. I live for peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happiness, for making their day,â&#x20AC;? she says. Although Gates just opened Beyond Stripes a few months ago, she has worked in nail care for more than 10 years. She graduated from Magnolia College of Cosmetology three years ago, but she learned the trade from her aunt, another licensed professional, and worked with her for years prior to getting her own license. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw a need for what I do in town,â&#x20AC;? Gates says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use a drill. Everything is hand-painted.â&#x20AC;? Gates knows sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the best at her craft, and the world does, too. She has been recognized in several magazines, such as Vibe Vixen and Nailpro, and she has participated in numerous nail shows. Gates also has a degree in business administration from Jackson State University. Beyond Stripes offers full manicure and pedicure services, and is appointment only. Follow Erica Gates and Beyond Stripes on Instagram @erica_gates_nailtech. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;LaShanda Phillips Second: Victoria Walker (Cuticles Nail Studio, 2947 Old Canton Road, 601-3666999) / Third: Keri Hemba (Jewel of the Nail Studio at Laceyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Salon, 1935 Lakeland Drive, 225-301-6075) / Finalists: Adrienne Williams (Fondren Nails, 2906 N. State St., Suite B1, 601-362-6292); Finalist: Cathy Campbell (The Nail Bar, 4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 20, 769-216-2152); Melissa Harrison (The Nail Bar, 4800 Interstate 55 N., Suite 20, 769-216-2152)

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aqwanda Roberts doesn’t look like A study published in 2005 reported the type of person to suffer from that 57.5 million American adults experimental-health issues. Bloggers and ence mental illness, with the most common video bloggers often praise Roberts being depression. Though the U.S. Census for her fashion sense and beautiful natural Bureau reported in 2007 that African Amerhair. She even has her own YouTube channel, titled “Regal Fro,” which focuses on her natural-hair journey and gives tips for African American women trying to stay away from chemical processing. Her warm and friendly personality is a testament to how she’s managed her journey with mental illness, she said at a recent Friday Forum at Koinonia Coffee House. Roberts, now 35, began dealing with major depression starting in her teens, which led to her suicide attempt at age 15. She went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and became a psychotherapist. Flash-forward to a night in January 2010, when Roberts admitted herself to a psychiatric hospital emergency room, saying she “didn’t feel safe.” The day before, Roberts had slipped Laqwanda Roberts raises awareness for mental health in African American communities. into a state of psychosis. “At the height of the experience, I somehow slipped into (believing) that one of my icans make up 12 percent of the country’s sisters was going to betray me, so she became total population, they make up almost 19 Judas, and I became Jesus,” she said. percent of people affected by mental illness. She had it in her mind to end her sis- They have higher rates of inpatient care ter’s life, but said that just before she could (which includes staying in a hospital), but get to the room her sister was sleeping in, she lower rates of using outpatient services, such stopped. Her little brother came out of his as counseling. room and said, “’Laqwanda, go to sleep.” African Americans are also more likely The next day, while taking her sister to encounter more barriers in seeking help. to school, Roberts snapped again, and this In 1996, Mental Health America did a surtime chased her sister into the campus police vey on clinical depression to see what people station at a community college. She began knew about depression, how they felt about struggling with an officer, who then hand- it and what prevents treatment. Sixty-three cuffed her. She only received “disorderly percent of African Americans who took conduct,” but that night, she drove to the the survey said that depression is a personal psychiatric hospital emergency room and weakness, and 40 to 50 percent said that it’s a admitted herself. normal part of life. The National Association A few months before the forum, Rob- for Mental Illness said that, as opposed to erts experienced a suicide in the family. She doctors or psychotherapists, African Amerisaid that in the midst of learning about how it cans mostly rely on family, community and happened, she realized she had never spoken religion for emotional and mental support. out about her own journey—how she, too, In a study published in 2007, depression was had tried to take her own life, and that she more prevalent in African American women had been in a psychiatric hospital. She said than African American men, though men that because she was feeling overwhelmed, haven’t gained as much economically. she woke up one night at 3 a.m., turned on “... Because of what we look like, for her web camera and started telling her sto- African Americans, people think that we ry. “(I) just started talking, and just started don’t have those types of thoughts,” Roberts talking, and started talking,” she said. “And said. “People think that we don’t commit what I had was my story told exactly the way suicide, but there’s a tombstone in Forest, I wanted to tell it—that it wasn’t easy, it was Mississippi, that tells otherwise. There’s hoshard, and that I felt devastated.” pital records, on my part, that show we do.”


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

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

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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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believer! The restaurant also offers a kids menu and a turkey burger for those who don’t want red meat. Side orders include the ubiquitous French fries—but also my favorite sweet potato fries, along with rice, fired pickles, steamed broccoli, a vegetable medley and garlic bread. Tierre calls Norma Ruth’s, along with the other enterprises he owns, his own personal “West Jackson revitalization program, bringing jobs and opening new business in an area where that doesn’t happen every day.” He also relishes the idea of exposing people to new things. “Believe it or not, some people over here weren’t familiar with grilled food, or squash or zucchini,” he says. Tierre looked at Norma Ruth’s as a challenge—he wanted to bring good, healthy food to an under-served market that was unfamiliar with this type of food. He had available space, albeit small, and he figured, “I can get the same food and equipment as the big guys; I can give the same taste, and keep the cost low because of low overhead,” he says. So although you don’t go to Norma Ruth’s for a sit-down meal, it does have a certain ambiance. The tiny waiting area features an eclectic painting in Norma Ruth’s colors of yellow and green of the Lord’s Supper serving fried chicken with Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in attendance. And what you really go to Norma Ruth’s for is good food—food that is made fresh to take home or back to the office to share with family and friends.

Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys.

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

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best Happy Hour and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055)Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Mc B’s (815 Lake Harbour Dr. Ridgeland (601) 956-8362) Blue plates, amazing burgers, live music, cold beer, reservoir area Mississippi Legends (5352 Lakeland Dr. Flowood (601) 919-1165) American, Burgers, Pub Food, Happy Hour, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Sports Bar, Outdoor Dining Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! 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. The Wing Station (5038 Parkway Dr. 888-769-WING (9464) Ext. 1) Bone-in, Boneless, Fries, Fried Turkeys, and more. Just Wing It!

ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling hibachi & refreshing cocktails from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants.

LATIN/MEXICAN Cafe Ole’ (2752 N State St, Jackson, 769-524-3627 ) Authentic Latin cuisine at its best. Jackson’s restaurateur Alex Silvera combines the flavors of his homeland with flavors from around the world.

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

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orma Ruth’s is a small establishment tucked tight into a little plaza between a clothing store and a barbershop on Ellis Avenue. But don’t let the size or location of Norma Ruth’s give you any preconceived notions of the fare offered—the food, referred to as “Cuisine by Chef Brian Myrick,” rivals the menus at many highend restaurants. In fact, Myrick learned his trade at Char and Anjou. The restaurant itself is a tiny little space that is mostly kitchen—some 450 square feet. Norma Ruth’s offers no inhouse dining; everything is takeout, and customers order their food through a small porthole into the kitchen. This is not fast food, though. “Everything is cooked to order, and the average wait is 12 minutes,” says John “Stax” Tierre, the owner of Norma Ruth’s. Norma Ruth’s namesake is Tierre’s grandmother, who was famous for her cooking. The “since 1977” date on the marquee refers to when Norma Ruth turned her passion for cooking into a business, when she began to sell her food. The sign for Norma Ruth’s proclaims “World Famous Hamburgers & Chicken,” but these items occupy only a small portion on the menu. Seafood is a main staple on the menu, which offers grilled shrimp or chicken, catfish, tilapia, salads with homemade dressings, and sandwiches including catfish and pan trout. I took the blackened tilapia home to my fish-hating wife and told her it was chicken so she would try it. She became a

The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. Que Sera Sera (2801 N State Street 601-981-2520) Authentic cajun cuisine, excellent seafood and award winning gumbo; come enjoy it all this summer on the patio. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Shea’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

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to go around for these kinds of projects,” he says. He had doubts about reaching his goal of $125,000 for the web series, going back and forth with his emotions between absolute terror and complete excitement. He worried about putting his show’s fate in the hands of other people, but he took the risk. Now, with more than $153,000, Williamson and the “EastSiders” crew met all their goals: funding for production of season two, the ability to publish an “EastSiders” graphic novel and have funding for two extra episodes. In the series, Williamson plays Cal, who, early in season one, finds out that his boyfriend, Thom, cheated on him. The series focuses on Cal and Thom’s relationship, along with others. While people assume the show is autobiographical, Williamson assures you it’s not, even though he shares an affinity for two shots of whiskey and PBR with Cal. “I wanted to create a show with gay characters I could relate to,” he said in an interview. “I wanted to play a gay character because, in my career, I was never given the opportunity to play anything other than a straight counterculture kid.” With the project funded, Williamson hopes to expand the With the Kickstarter campaign for “EastSiders” ensemble and make the “Eastcomplete, Kit Williamson wants to make the web Siders” world bigger in regards to series bigger and better than ever. the types of relationships to explore. Along with a lesbian relaschool. Eventually, he decided to start his tionship storyline, Williamson is bringing own writing career and pursued the arts at on Willam Belli of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He Along with a larger cast and crew, funds then attended Fordham University in New will go toward more production elements York, balancing his classes with acting in and camera equipment. the off-Broadway play “Talk Radio” by Eric “Managing a project like this is new Bogosian. He studied playwrighting at the for me, and I’m really excited for the chalUniversity of California, Los Angeles. lenge because I would love to direct more When he’s not playing Ed Gifford TV shows one day or direct a larger budget on AMC’s “Mad Men,” Williamson now movie and have my projects grow,” he said. writes and stars in his web series, “EastSidDuring the campaign, Williamson ers.” The series, distributed by Viacom’s conversed with a donor from Batesville, Logo TV, focuses on LGBTQ relationships, Miss., and discovered that he was a friend and with the success of the Kickstarter cam- of his grandfather. paign, the series is on its way to a second “I’m just filled with gratitude and season. Williamson aims to make the proj- overwhelmed from all of the people who ect bigger and better. have contributed to making this project Over the last month, Williamson a reality,” Williamson says. “… It’s just so relentlessly scoured the depths of social amazing to me that you can connect with media, posting updates on his Kickstarter people in Australia and the Netherlands campaign for his LGBTQ-centric show. and New York City and California and also “I think (Kickstarter) is really changing back home in the state of Mississippi. … It’s the game for filmmakers, especially LGBT really beautiful to me that people can find filmmakers and new media filmmakers be- each other in this way.” cause there isn’t currently a lot of financing To watch “EastSiders,” visit logotv.com.

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The Color Run is at Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Memorial Day Remembrance Practice is at Tara Yoga Studio.

Aram Goudsouzian discusses his book at the Winter Archives and History Building.

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Ester Rada performs at Duling Hall May 28. The Israeli-born Ethiopian’s style of music is described as “Ethio-Soul.” Seated show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

MONDAY 5/26

Memorial Day Remembrance Practice is at 10 a.m. at Tara Yoga Studio (200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). $12; tara-yoga.net. … wii-FM Community Forum is at 6 p.m. at Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (2460 Terry Road). The topic is “Prepping for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer.” Free; call 601-201-0871 or 601-918-5075.

TUESDAY 5/27

WEDNESDAY 5/21

History Is Lunch is at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601-576-6998; mdah.state.ms.us. … Photamerica Exhibit Reception is from 5-7 p.m. at The Hatch (126 Keener Ave.). View Josh Hailey’s work, and enjoy complimentary drinks. Free; joshhaileystudio.com.

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The Hillbenders perform at 6:30 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Free; call 601-982-5861; highlandvillagems.com. … “Anchor” is at 7:45 p.m. at The Church at Northshore (498 Northshore Parkway, Brandon). BY BRIANA ROBINSON Intersect Dance Collective, a Jackson-based modern dance comJACKSONFREEPRESS.COM pany, performs. Includes coffee, dessert and a Q&A session. $5 per FAX: 601-510-9019 person, $15 per family; call 601DAILY UPDATES AT 829-1600; intersectdance.org.

The Color Run is at 6 a.m. at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Proceeds benefit the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Central Mississippi. $35-$40; thecolorrun.com/jackson. … The Great Gatsby Fundraiser is at 7 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The event includes a silent auction and performances from Dance Unlimited. Proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network. $25, $40 couples; call 601-906-9787; email tjohnson@priorityhc. com; priorityhc.com. … The Railers performs from 8:30-11 p.m. at Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St.). Free; theironhorsegrill.com.

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March Against Monsanto is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The rally’s purpose is to inform the public about the company’s actions regarding GMOs. Free; email community@rainbowcoop. org; find March Against Monsanto Mississippi on Facebook. … Jackson Bike Advocates Epic Bike Weekend is from 6-8:30 p.m. at Rainbow Co-op (2807 Old Can38 ton Road). Find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook. May 21 - 27, 2014

… People Empowering People Conference is at 7 p.m. at Divine Ministries (1417 W. Capitol St.). The purpose is to unite church leaders, community leaders and residents. Enjoy music from gospel artist Evelyn Turrentine-Agee. The conference continues May 24 at 8 a.m. with meals and sessions. RSVP. $25 for two guests; call 601-6758181; email divine.ministries02@gmail.com.

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Ben W. McClelland signs copies of “Lifesaving Labradors: Stories from Families with Diabetic Alert Dogs” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). $17.95 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. … “Shrek the Musical” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; newstagetheatre.com.

“Starkishia: Estrella” Release Party is from 1:30-4:45 p.m. at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). $14.99 book; meredithetc.com. … 2014 Gospel Explosion is at 4:30 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church (630 E. 12th St., Yazoo City). Performers include Frank Shelby, Blessed by Four, The Kaiser Singers, Rev. Ronney Strong and the Sensational Strong Family, the Echoaires and Divine Connection. $12 in advance, $15 at the door; call 662-571-2269.

Jackson Bike Advocates Epic Bike Weekend is May 23-25. The biking celebration includes the Urban Alley Cat Championship Race May 23 at Rainbow Co-op, Epic Bike Polo May 24-25 at Sykes Park and a brunch ride May 25.

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don’t normally call out a particular song or performer. There are plenty of things that I don’t like, but venting is best done with close friends or anonymously on the Internet. At the same time, my issues with rapper and Spanglishenthusiast Pitbull are well-documented, as they deserve to be. If future archaeologists studied the remnants of my life and said only, “Well, we know he didn’t like this Pitbull guy very much,” I would rest easy in my newly excavated grave. It isn’t that I have an issue with his general persona, though crowning himself “Mr. Worldwide” certainly lessened my tolerance of him. My dislike of Pitbull stems from something evident in most popular music today—a fundamental misrepresentation of emotion. You can find this fact boasted loudly in his most recent hit single, “Wild Wild Love,” which features the transatlantic singing quintet G.R.L. As the title implies, this song informs us that Pitbull possesses and wishes to deliver “wild, wild love,” meanwhile breaching the subject of how easily he can satisfy women with the conspicuousness of a tone-deaf man in a barbershop quartet. I can understand if some readers won’t make it past this point, as it may sound like I’m condemning any music that mentions sex. That isn’t the case, of course. It’s hard to dislike songs like Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” or Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” Obviously, “Wild Wild Love” pales in comparison to those classics, but what’s much worse is that it brings to light the saddest misperception in modern music—the suggestion that sex is love. I realize how that sounds. In general, we know that these two words are connected, yet certainly don’t always coincide. However, I feel that this error can, in fact, be a dangerous one when perpetuated in music ad infinitum, as it already is. As an example, let’s look closely at “Wild Wild Love.” The chorus lyrics say, “Long live this wild, wild love that can’t be tamed.” If we imagine this song as a narrative, the female character would be expressing how strongly she and the male character love each other. “For better or for worse,” as she puts it. It’s a nice sentiment, but it’s one that evaporates instantly if you pay attention to what Pitbull responds with. “You need it. You want it all over your body.” That’s … well, it’s less loving, for one thing. The response is made even less appealing when you consider that the “it” Pitbull is claiming she wants “all over your body” is love. Perhaps unknowingly, he employs the term as metaphor for sex rather than a separate entity or powerful human emotion. It doesn’t get much better in other parts of the

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Jackson State’s baseball team went from seeing nearly all their equipment and luggage burn in a bus fire May 5 to winning the SWAC Baseball Championship May 18. That is overcoming some adversity. THURSDAY, MAY 22 NHL (7-10 p.m., NBCSN): The New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals for the right to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. FRIDAY, MAY 23 College baseball (3-10 p.m., CSS): Day four of the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament gives us a double header starting at 3 p.m. SATURDAY, MAY 24 College baseball (12-6 p.m., ESPNews online): The semifinals of the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament will determine the two teams playing in the finals Sunday. SUNDAY, MAY 25 College baseball (3:30-7 p.m., ESPN2): The winner of this championship game of the 2014 SEC Baseball Tournament gets an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. MONDAY, MAY 26 NHL (7-11 p.m., NBCSN): The LA Kings host defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the Western Conference Finals. TUESDAY, MAY 27 NBA (8-11 p.m., TNT): Game four of the Western Conference Finals features two of the NBA’s best as the Oklahoma City Thunder host the San Antonio Spurs. WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 NBA (7:30-10:30 p.m., ESPN): The Miami Heat look to defend their title again—but first, they must beat Indiana Pacers in this pivotal game five of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Tigers baseball team now waits to find out into which NCAA Baseball Regional it will be placed. JSU will have to battle hard to win its regional.

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n less than a month, 32 teams will descend on Brazil with hopes of winning the 2014 World Cup. Familiar favorites include defending champions Spain, Germany, Argentina and, of course, the host nation of Brazil. Placed in the “Group of Death,” the United States’ hopes of advancing to the knockout stage seem slim at best. In the same group (Group G) with Germany, Portugal and Ghana, the U.S. will have to play some inspired soccer to advance. Everything hinges on the United States’ first game of the tournament, June 16 against Ghana. This is a must-win game for Sam’s Army if we hope to have any chance to advance. Three draws will do the U.S. no good in this group. Three points against Ghana could go a long way to making the round of 16. On the same day the U.S. plays Ghana, Germany and Portugal will play the opening game of Group G play. The winner (if there is one) will be in the driver’s seat to win the group. Germany is probably the favorite to win the group, and Portugal is a strong contender to finish second. The United States does have the ability to escape the Group of Death and move on, but it all starts with game one. If the U.S. lays an egg against Ghana, the Stars and Stripes will find themselves in a deep hole. It will be almost impossible to defeat both Portugal and Germany. If the U.S. gets the three points against Ghana, then the team must figure out a way to beat either Germany or Portugal to advance. A draw against the loser of Portugal and Germany’s first game might to advancing—but the question is, can the USA score enough goals to advance on goal differential? The USA play Portugal June 22, a day after Germany plays Ghana. The Yanks finish group play against Germany June 26 as U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann faces the team he once coached. Beating Portugal is possible since Portugal is less consistent than Germany. The U.S. must keep Cristiano Ronaldo in check, but that is what the team hired Klinsmann for in the first place. I’m not sure if a bigger flopper, complainer and whiner exists than in Ronaldo, but his talent is not in question. He makes Portugal go, and getting him off his game will be the main objective of the U.S. if the team hopes to pull off the upset. Playing Germany in the World Cup will be an emotional game for Klinsmann; needing three points to advance will make that game even tougher. It would be best if the U.S. had their ticket to the round of 16 firmly in hand. It doesn’t matter what happens against Germany or Portugal if the U.S. doesn’t beat the Black Stars in game one. A loss, and it will be three games and done for Sam’s Army. Follow Bryan Flynn at jfpsports.com, @jfpsports and at facebook.com/jfpsports.

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