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ne fateful night, a college-age Brandon Blacklidge tasted his first craft beer—an admittedly cliché Sierra Nevada Pale Ale—and a love affair began. But he had no idea that his infatuation with quality beverages would inspire him and three friends to spearhead a craft-beer movement in his hometown of Jackson, Miss., years later. Blacklidge, 29, calls craft beer his “labor of love,” working for a printing company by day and serving as Lucky Town Brewing Co.’s researcher and developer by night. His Lucky Town duties include working closely with Brewmaster Lucas Simmons on brewing, recipe formulation and quality assurance. The University of Southern Mississippi graduate has a bachelor’s degree in American studies with an emphasis in political science and a background in computers and graphic design. Blacklidge says that the growing craft-beer market was the missing puzzle piece to Jackson’s vibrant economy. “There’s so much to do, such a wide variety—you’ve got food, entertainment. Everything that a person could want, you could find in Jackson,” he says. “I’d like to see it become more of the tourist hub it wants to be.” Lucky Town Brewing Co. wants to be part of the transformation. What began with Blacklidge and Simmons brewing in their homes—before it was even legal—led to winning the Outlaw Homebrewing Compe-


tition at Keg and Barrel in Hattiesburg and will become a fully functional brewery in Midtown this summer. The recent push for a creative economy has been instrumental in the business’s growth. Lucky Town relies on the movement toward local products. “Especially with groups like Raise Your Pints that lobbied for a number of years trying to raise the alcohol cap and legalize home brewing, that whole movement has spawned a huge growth in not only Jackson, but the entire state,” Blacklidge says. “Prior to those changes, there was only one brewery in the state. After those changes, we’ve gone from one to eight.” Along the way, they added two other colleagues. First was Chip Jones, director of sales, marketing and distribution, who initially presented the idea of turning their hobby into a business. Special Events Coordinator Angela Blackburn joined the group later when she moved to Mississippi for a job. She had gone to The Bulldog to have a drink when she spotted the guys. “We were the only guys drinking good beer and not wearing Affliction,” Blacklidge says. When Blacklidge isn’t working, he likes to enjoy live music and travel, stopping at breweries along the way to sample their offerings. Wherever he wanders, he always returns to Jackson. He has beer to brew and a hometown economy to support. —Carmen Cristo

Cover illustration by Zilpha Young

12 Abortion Clinics in the Balance

Mississippi may be a unique case when it comes to the legality of strict abortion regulations. The fact that it has only one abortion may be what keeps it open.

26 A Hopeful Solution

With the recent passing of “Harper Grace’s Law,” which allows marijuana to be used for research purposes at the University of Mississippi, children who suffer from medical issues such as Dravet’s Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, may finally receive the help they need.

29 That’s ‘Nunsense’

“I grew up Catholic so I was quite familiar with (that) angle of (‘Nunsense’), but it’s not at all intended for just a Catholic audience. I think that everyone can appreciate the humor of nuns.” —Tom Lestrade, “Five Nuns Walk Into a Bar…”

4 ....................... PUBLISHER’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 24 .................................... HITCHED 26 ................................. WELLNESS 29 .............................. DIVERSIONS 30 ............................................ ART 31 .......................................... FILM 32 ....................................... 8 DAYS 33 ...................................... EVENTS 35 ....................................... MUSIC 36 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 37 ..................................... SPORTS 39 .................................... PUZZLES 41 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

On Beer, Progress and Summer


his past Friday I stopped by McDade’s Market in Maywood after work (by which I mean “after dark”—I’d had an interesting week of Donna and me doing most of the bookkeeping for the JFP) and got a growler refill of one of my favorite pale ales; 64-ounces is a little over 5 bottles worth of beer, freshly poured from the cold tap and priced nicely. With summer dawning, it’s time to head out to the farmers markets, roadside stands, local pubs, restaurants and, yes, locally owned groceries and co-ops. Now is a perfect time—and this is a perfect issue—to remind ourselves that of each $100 spent with a local business, $45 of it is returned to the local community; $100 spent at a chain generally means only $13 is returned to the local community. Local business owners who do well invest in the local economy; they work with local banks and credit unions, they hire local accountants and attorneys, they put more money into local charities, local schools, and local real estate. They buy cars and trucks from local dealers. The list goes on and on. Of course, you’ll find yourself in national businesses every once in a while— the only one I absolutely refuse to step foot in is Walmart/Sam’s Club, and that’s going on at least 15 years now. (There’s one exception—one time in Natchez about eight years ago when Donna had left me stranded in a hotel room to chase an old Klansman and I had to buy a frozen pizza from Walmart.) But every time we choose a local business—Barefield Workspace Solutions instead of Office Depot, McDade’s over Kroger, Montgomery Hardware over Home Depot—we’re making a choice to help enrich our local area and keep the money flowing in the local economy at least as well as the beer does these days. A recent conversation turned to our

local dining economy, and I noted that, in Jackson, eating out has nearly become a “fine art” all its own. Wonderful restaurants keep upping the game in the metro area, with new flavors appearing all the time. The 2014 JFP Chef Week (with the winners celebrated in this issue on Page 13) had

Every time we choose a local business, we’re making a choice to help enrich our local area. 26 participating chefs and head cooks, all with their own stories, backgrounds, charity choices—and all with a passion for what they’re doing. It’s that passionate approach that makes the food good, the beer good (especially the local stuff, which we celebrate in this week’s annual JFP Taste-Off with Raise Your Pints) and the company so good—it’s the local folks who are working like crazy to make a difference in Jackson and surrounding communities so that the area continues to have an authentic sense of place. How can you help? The best plan is just to try—shift some spending from chains to local places where possible, and think of every opportunity you can to “Go Local First” before you head out to a chain. Is it more “convenient” to shop a superstore? It might be—but you might also be enticed into buying stuff you don’t need. Give a try

to shopping a local place and see if you don’t enjoy the experience a little more. Meanwhile, I mentioned “passion”—I need to call out some new names on the JFP masthead who had already exhibited a great deal of passion for the work they’re doing at the JFP, and who have moved into permanent or new spots because of it; our updated team is fully operational with this issue. This week, Amber Helsel takes the helm as assistant editor, moving to management over JFP and BOOM Jackson production and features. Amber started as an intern, was hired as editorial assistant and has consistently proven her worth, drive and dedication repeatedly, earning the promotion. Taking Amber’s old assistant spot is Micah Smith, who already writes a music column for the JFP. Put it this way: He is already indispensible to all of us. Haley Ferretti has lost the “interim” in front of her name and is now our city reporter, working closely with News Editor R.L. Nave and our newly hired investigative reporter Anna Wolfe; Haley managed to swim strongly when we threw her into the deep end during our recent surprise mayoral election, and she’s dug into some key city issues with strong reporting on her beat. Anna, a recent Mississippi State grad, joins the JFP from the Starkville Free Press (SFP), where she’s already made a name for herself with her in-depth reporting and ability to write long-form stories that tell the truth about difficult issues—from suicide to abortion. Anna isn’t the only new addition— joining her from Misssisippi State is Carmen Cristo as our features writer; Carmen was also with the SFP, where she showed great talent in interviewing real people and writing their stories in compelling narratives. She’s a trendsetter with terrific style and an avowed foodie, so she’ll work closely with

Amber on our fashion and food coverage, as well as write compelling features. I also mentioned bookkeeping—this week Melanie Collins joins us as numbersperson-in-chief and already has her hands ink-stained with invoices, statements and credit-card vouchers. We’re extremely excited she’s here, and we look forward to our local business customers getting to know her well! It wouldn’t be a Donna Ladd Production without summer interns—we’ve got a gaggle of them gathered around the big table, interviewing, filing stories, attending workshops, packing into meetings at City Hall and the Old Capitol. This is a talented lot from a multitude of schools, from Mississippi State, Ole Miss to Alcorn State, Murrah High School and Jackson Prep, St. Andrew’s and St. Joe’s. There are at least two school editors-in-chief among the lot. The JFP’s new space has never felt more collaborative than with this “new” team in place— not to mention a group of teen Girl Scouts who start this week, helping with Donna’s latest youth media project plan. Stay tuned. We’re also thrilled for Operations Manager David Joseph who is starting a new restaurant management gig this week—we’ll let him tell you where—but is staying on Team JFP as our operations consultant and cheerleader-in-chief. We also wish departing features editor Kathleen Mitchell and bookkeeper Aprile Smith great success as they move to new positions. We appreciate their work here. So be sure to put all these great folks on your summer reading list by picking up the JFP each week, checking us out at on desktop or mobile, or subscribe to the JFP at And, as always, remember to Shop Local! Todd Stauffer is the publisher of the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson magazine.

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Zilpha Young

Trip Burns

Ingrid Cruz

Genevieve Legacy

Ronni Mott

R.L. Nave

ShaWanda Jacome

Haley Ferretti

Ad Designer Zilpha Young has dabbled in every medium she could get her hands on, from blacksmithing to crocheting. To see some of her extracurricular work (and lots of cephalopods) check out zilphatastic.tumblr. com. She designed the cover.

Staff Photographer Trip Burns is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he studied English and sociology. He enjoys the films of Stanley Kubrick. He took many photos for the issue.

Ingrid Cruz was born in El Salvador, raised in California and moved to Mississippi in 2010. She is temporarily in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She contributed to the cover package.

Genevieve Legacy is an artist, writer and community development consultant. She works at Hope Enterprise Corporation and lives in Brandon with her husband and youngest son. She contributed to the cover package.

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

R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)— and for Jackson. Email him at or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote talk stories.

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 an arts story.

City Reporter Haley Ferretti is a 2013 graduate of Delta State University. She enjoys traveling, listening to The Strokes and raiding refrigerators. She wrote news stories.

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of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.� I believe that President Kennedy was correct when he said that we are “One Country� (or, as the late Mayor Lumumba said, we are “One City�) and, as such, “we cannot say to ten percent of the population that you can’t have that right; that your children cannot have the chance to develop whatever talents they have.� Although I have witnessed the reality of discrimination here in Jackson, I have witnessed far more goodness than bigotry. I want there to be no doubt that Jackson is a great city. I want there

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Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. on reasons for the “Jackson ‘Equality’ Resolution Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester posted this statement on his Facebook page before the June 3 council vote: I believe that John F. Kennedy was correct when he said that this nation was “founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights

to be no doubt that we stand on the side of equality. Whether you are a teenager here in Mississippi or a multinational corporation considering whether to open up shop here, I want you to know that you will be welcomed here in Jackson, you will be welcomed warmly and you will be treated fairly. Accordingly, the City Council of Jackson will be voting today to join numerous other cities in Mississippi who have voted in favor of equality for all citizens, regardless of their race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation.� Read more at


A Response to “The Stigma of Mental Health� by Amber Helsel


his was a timely article. Mental illness is no more a character flaw than a broken leg is. Public awareness of mental health services can be promoted through informational programs in churches and schools.


EMTs and police may benefit from enhanced training to recognize mental illness symptoms when they answer calls. Community mental health services can be publicized with brochures placed in shopping centers, stores and beauty parlors.

One-fifth of our population suffers from some form of mental illness. They don’t need to suffer alone. A mind is indeed a terrible thing to waste, but so is a family and its posterity. Joe Roberts, Jackson



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Thursday, May 29 More than 1,000 Thai troops and police seal off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections to prevent a planned protest, as authorities say they will no longer allow any demonstrations against last week’s military coup. ‌ Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian jet conclude an area where acoustic signals were detected is not the final resting place of the plane after an unmanned submersible finds no trace of it. Friday, May 30 A U.S. Department of Health and Services review board rules that transgender people receiving Medicare may no longer be automatically denied coverage for sex reassignment surgeries. ‌ Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns after publicly apologizing for systemic problems plaguing the agency’s health care system. Saturday, May 31 Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, is freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Sunday, June 1 Three men confess to the gang rape and slaying of two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in northern India. Authorities continue to search for two additional suspects.


Monday, June 2 At a conference in Chicago, doctors report extending gains recently made with immune therapies against leukemia and the skin cancer melanoma to bladder, lung and other tumor types. Tuesday, June 3 President Obama announces that the United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1 billion.

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Wednesday, May 28 Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, dies at age 86. ‌ A probe of operations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System finds that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were “at risk of being lost or forgottenâ€? after being kept off an official waiting list.



ace. Color. Religion. National origin. Sex. Age. Marital, familial and veteran’s status. Disability. Source of income. Gender identification and expression. Sexual orientation. The city of Jackson officially affirms “the inherent worth� of ever person, thanks to action from the city council this week. The Jackson City Council, before a packed audience, members voted 3-1 in favor of the resolution. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes was the lone dissenting vote, but did not speak against the measure. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell and Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps were absent. The sponsors of the resolution—the eighth in a series passed in cities around the state—were Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman, a council veteran who also acts as president, and Melvin Priester Jr., of Ward 2, one of the younger councilmen, who serves as vice president. Tillman said he was “honored� to coauthor the resolution because elected officials should ensure that they behave as “our brothers’ keepers.� Priester said he believed it was important for Jackson to pass a resolution because “discrimination against one person is discrimination against all of us.� “I know there is more good in Jackson than bad. I want to make sure when the history books are written there was no question where the City of Jackson

Jackson, the state’s capital and largest city, became the eighth in Mississippi to pass an equality resolution including LGBT citizens this week. LaRita Cooper-Stokes (right, in hat) voted against it.

was,� Priester, a local attorney, added. The issue came to the fore recently as a so-called “religious freedom� bill in the Legislature, SB 2681, created fervent backlash from civil-rights groups, as well as local businesses, who worry that the measure would open the door to discrimination against certain groups, including the LGBT community. In response, the Human Rights Campaign launched a statewide initiative to promote LGBT equality, and several cities around the state passed non-binding resolutions supporting LGBT rights. Locally, these events took place against the backdrop of the Jackson mayor’s race, in which three sitting council members sought the seat vacated with the

death of human-rights activist and attorney Chokwe Lumumba. One of the top questions asked at debates and forums during the recent special election for mayor was if the candidates would support an LGBT resolution for the city of Jackson. Priester, who ran for mayor, said during his campaign that he opposed discrimination of any kind. He also said he was working to create a human-rights commission that would help protect a variety of people. “I am opposed to discrimination, whether it’s against black people, whether it’s against women, whether it’s against gay or lesbian or transgendered people,� Priester said at the time.

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ing the meeting applauding the move. “It’s an historic and timely resolution— especially when you consider the recent legislation (SB2681) that was originally manufactured to allow discrimination against the LGBTQ community,� Aust said. Jenni Smith, Unity vice chair and co-founder, called the resolution a “remarkable first step in the movement to establish full equality under the law for the people of Jackson.� She added: “We, as a community and as an organization, strongly encourage the Council to continue this important work by now considering and passing into law an ordinance that codifies the sentiment declared in this resolution.� Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson also spoke for the resolution. Comment at Email Haley Ferretti at

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t about 11 p.m. on the evening of May 20, Tolu Olorunda was walking back to his west Jackson residence from a late dinner when a Jackson police officer stopped him and started asking questions. Olorunda said the officer asked for his name and address, which he was hesitant to provide. The officer said there had been a “rash of robberies� in the neighborhood and that Jackson Police Department policy requires officers to stop people in crime hotspots. When Olorunda continued to question the officer about his motive for making the stop, he said the officer also made put him put his hands on the hood of the police cruiser and searched Olorunda’s pockets. Olorunda, a Jackson State University graduate student who came to Mississippi earlier this year to do community organizing work with late Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, said he’d walked the same neighborhood for months with no problems. “I don’t think it’s right to stop me just for walking,� Olorunda, 24, told the Jackson Free Press about the incident. Although the stop could be dismissed as an isolated incident or even as justified if the neighborhood is indeed experiencing a crime wave, the incident could represent a new era of heavy-handed policing in the

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Jackson Police Chief Lindsey Horton said the mayor’s office has given JPD a green light for additional overtime related to crime reduction in the city.

a more aggressive policing stance Overall, major crime is down 5 percent compared to last year. That drop includes dips in property and violent crime. However, data from JPD show that the homicide rate has shot up 75 percent compared to last year—to 28 so far this year from 16 in the same time period in 2013. Mayor Tony Yarber, who formerly represented south Jackson on the city council, said recently that he was “sickened� and “disPRUH)5,6.VHHSDJH

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Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon stood out from the rest of the candidates with her strong opposition to SB 2681, which many fear will allow discrimination of LGBT Mississippians, and support of an LGBT protective ordinance. At this week’s council meeting, she said she planned to sponsor a resolution but wanted to wait until the Ward 6 seat, vacated upon the election of Mayor Tony Yarber, was filled. Yarber said early on in his campaign that he did not believe a resolution was the solution to anti-LGBT discrimination; however, near the end of his campaign, he said that he supported human rights for all human beings, leading some to wonder if his opinion about a resolution could change. Knol Aust, co-founder and chair of Unity Mississippi, released a statement dur-


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gusted” by the spate of homicides that has Jackson reeling and looking for solutions. One solution Yarber has floated includes creating a special unit for narcotics, which he said is at the root of most violent crime in Jackson. Yarber said citizens could also expect to see more of JPD “policing the little things.” Oversight for the strategy would fall to Marshand Crisler, deputy chief administrative officer and public-safety commissioner, who now coordinates public-safety divisions, include JPD and the Jackson Fire Department. A similar tactic was implemented in New York City under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his police commissioner, William

Bratton. Bratton, who left the NYPD to become chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, is a self-described adherent of the “broken windows” theory of policing. “My objective as commissioner was to focus on improving life in NYC by focusing on all details of crime, from graffiti to the high rate of murder, methodically using data and statistics to track patterns and to place police where they could be most effective,” Bratton writes on his own LinkedIn profile. The rationale of focusing on petty crimes is that people are less likely to commit violent crimes if they know something as simple as jaywalking could attract the attention of the cops. An outgrowth of NYC’s quality-oflife campaign, which New York Times magazine writer James Traub described in 2001 as designed to make New York “fit

for corporate habitation” was the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. Stop-and-frisk involves officers stopping people ostensibly at random and searching them from weapons and other contraband. Also used in Detroit, the policy was heavily panned as a means of racial profiling and eventually drew a lawsuit from civil-liberties groups who said blacks and Latinos were being stopped and frisked with greater frequency than whites. It also led to several shootings of innocent search targets by jittery police officers. JPD Assistant Chief Lee Vance was unfamiliar with the incident involving Tolu Olorunda, but said although stop-and-frisk may employed under certain circumstances, it is not being used as a blanket strategy in response to the homicides. Rather, Vance said the police depart-

ment will allow officers to work overtime so that the patrol division can increase visibility in areas where shootings have taken place. “Mayor Yarber and Chief (Lindsey) Horton have allowed us to use an extra bit of overtime to have extra visibility in these neighborhoods for safety reasons,” Vance said. “I think it’s commendable,” Vance said. “We are going to be as fiscally responsible as we can be with the use of that extra overtime, but at the same time, to me, it is a clear illustration to me that this mayor and this chief are putting safety over finance, which is something I admire. “ Olorunda is also being cautious. Because he does not own a car, he moved out of state for the summer partly to avoid further run-ins with JPD, he said. Email City Reporter Haley Ferretti at

Aligning Business and Public Schools by Mary Kate McGowan


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ow that Anthony Johnson has pact. It is our job and our responsibility to nization, Johnson said his decision to come unloaded the moving truck and help people define that impact.” to Jackson was an easy one to sustain the started unpacking from his relo- Johnson emphasized Alignment Jackson is program’s momentum. The drivers of that cation from Nashville to Jackson, not part of a charter-school movement but momentum are Alignment Jackson’s busihe’s ready for his next logistical challenge—as a program to help improve JPS. “Charter ness partners, who are working together to executive director of Alignment Jackson, an schools are public schools, and the purpose improve JPS, he said. organization dedicated to The United Way of supporting and improvthe Capital Area, Jackson ing Jackson Public Schools Chamber of Commerce, through community enJackson Public Schools gagement and support. and the City of Jackson are Previously, Johnson Alignment Jackson’s partners worked for Alignment and major supporters. They Nashville—the model have helped in their areas for the Jackson initiaof influence. For example, tive—and was the lead David Pharr, the education coach for former Aligncommittee chairman for the ment Jackson executive Jackson Chamber of Comdirector and co-founder merce, said the Chamber of Shawna Davie. Johnson Commerce connects busiarrives to helm Alignnesses to Jackson and also ment Jackson just as recruits sponsors for AlignDavie departs for a yearment Jackson. long fellowship in New “The kids that are York. With the ascension coming through the pubAlignment Jackson, which encourages businesses and nonprofits to of another high-profile lic schools define our qualsupport Jackson Public Schools, now has a strong ally in founding booster, Tony Yarber, ity of life in the future, member and former principal Mayor Tony Yarber. to the mayor’s office in and business, in particular, April, Alignment Jackson has an invested interest in could have easily slipped into oblivion. of Alignment Nashville and Alignment Jack- making sure they are prepared to contribHowever, the seamlessness with which son is to support public schools,” he said. ute,” Pharr said. Johnson has picked up where Davie left off Johnson said the other Alignment Alignment supporters say businesses is at the core of Alignment Jackson’s mission, sites including Nashville and Rockford, Ill., can reap the benefits of creating the next which is to help allow community and cor- are not charter-school movements either. work force comprised of more qualified porate partners to support JPS without the “In Rockford I do know their schools were workers through increased exposure and students ever missing a beat. performing well then they looked at char- applicable education experiences because of “We can do more. And sometimes it’s ter schools. Then the charter-school experi- Alignment Jackson, but the impact goes benot money,” Johnson said. “It’s five more ments didn’t work, and then they looked at yond economics. minutes. It’s taking an hour a week to go tu- the Alignment process,” Johnson said. “In some cases, it is deeper than money. tor and understanding that stuff has an imBecause of his involvement in the orga- It’s working with these young people and


teaching them what it takes to be successful, what it takes to be professional. It’s reframing the conversation and opening up another world to them that they wouldn’t otherwise get,” Johnson said. The businesses involved spread their funds and knowledge to help students explore different fields through interactional experiences, especially at the Career Exploration Fair and through the freshman academies. Pharr said the response from business regarding Alignment Jackson has been positive so far. JPS ninth graders will begin “academies” during the fall. The learning communities will be comprised of students with similar interests in concentrations such as law, business, communication and finance. Businesses can help the academies through donating money, equipment and time including tutoring opportunities. Alignment Jackson is also involved in literacy initiatives for elementary students during the summer using community resources such as publicity promoting literacy throughout the city, parent workshops that provide instruction for how to teach children to read and how read with children, book donations and community and corporate volunteer hosted family literacy events. Robert Lesley, public affairs director for Atmos Energy, said it makes good business sense to join with Alignment Jackson because the program will better educate students and improve the school district, which will help attract families to Jackson. “We want Jackson to succeed. Jackson is our largest customer base in Mississippi, and we want Jackson to progress and to do better in the future,” Lesley said. “And

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founded to help students of color use math to transcend what he calls the “sharecropper education” too many of them receive. “(We’ve) gotten Jim Crow out of public accommodations, the right to vote, and the national Democratic Party,” Moses said. “...


r. Robert Moses Jr., an architect of the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964, connected the Jim Crow policies of the past with the underfunded education of today during his talk Monday at the Old Capitol

Bob Moses helped end Jim Crow in Mississippi 50 years ago. He still wants equality in education.

Museum in downtown Jackson. The first in the new Medgar Wiley Evers Lecture Series coincided with the opening of “Stand Up!: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964,” which will be housed in the William F. Winter Archives and History Building. Moses spoke in the old House of Representatives Chamber of the Old Capitol—where Mississippi voted to secede from the union in support of slavery on Jan. 9, 1861. During the lecture, Moses, 79, led the diverse audience through a short history of black disenfranchisement in the United States and what he called a partial evolution of just who qualified in the U.S. as a “constitutional citizen.” His timeline began with the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and ended with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Along the way, Moses compared the “guerilla struggle” he and other civilrights leaders shared from gaining rights for black voters in the 1960s to the mission of The Algebra Project, a nonprofit group he

the key to doing better in the future is education.” Based in the state’s most populous city and the largest urban school district, the effects of Alignment Jackson could ripple throughout Mississippi, which has a chronically underfunded and low-performing public-education system that makes some businesses think twice before investing here. Q. Talecia Garrett, president of Garrett Enterprises Consolidated Inc., an engineering and consulting firm, believes Alignment Jackson is a good business investment because students because students will pick up skills that are valuable to firms like hers.

we didn’t get it out of education.” Moses spoke of white Democrats fighting to keep slavery and then Jim Crow in place, especially in the South, and when Republicans, then black, were “annihilated” when they tried to serve public office and bring equality to non-whites after the Civil War. Their efforts ended in Reconstruction and a compromise that allowed white Dems to force segregation until the 1960s—when Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party pressured Democrats at their national convention to reject Dixiecrat ways and embrace federal civil-rights and voting-rights legislation. (That political shift also resulted in a Republican shift into a mostly white party that opposes equality legislation such as the Voting Rights Act.) Hamer, he said, was “incapable of being inauthentic … she spoke from the whole history, not just of herself but the state she loved so much.” Moses also pointed out the irony of un-

Alignment Jackson might also curb the brain drain that has long plagued the state’s economy—with bright young people leaving. “(W)e have so many educated people here in the state. However, at the time when they graduate, they’ll leave the state for other job opportunities,” Garrett said. She said that Garrett ECI is helping organize Alignment Jackson’s Career Exploration Fair, which will be in the fall and expose ninth graders to options for continued education and careers. Garrett said the fair will be interactive and hands-on, and she hopes this will increase their interest in higher education while

derfunding and restricting access of African Americans to a quality education for years— and then trying to use illiteracy as a way to keep them from voting and participating in the political process. “When we began, white male property owners were the constitutional people. Do young people deserve constitutional status—for purposes of their education?” he said, adding, “How (do we) get young children to demand their education—that everyone says they don’t want?” “Young people who are 10 to 40 years old now, 30 years from now will be running the country,” Moses added, directing his message to a new generation of change makers in America. “You can think that, ‘I am a part of this We-the-people; I take personal responsibility for constitutional personhood.’” Dr. Leslie Burl McLemore, a civil-rights veteran, founding director of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy and a former Jackson councilman, introduced Moses. “All of these people changed my life,” McLemore said, speaking of Moses and other prominent veterans, such as Jackson NAACP leader Medgar Evers and SNCC founder Ella Baker. Byron de la Beckwith Jr., son of the man eventually convicted of the murder of Medgar Evers at his home in Jackson in 1963, sat on the second row listening to Moses speak. “(I am here) for the knowledge and to learn,” Beckwith said after the event. “I got so much information. I am not disputing anything (Moses) said, but I couldn’t hear all of it—my hearing is bad.” Beckwith was the subject of a recent documentary by Canadian filmmaker Paul Saltzman called “The Last White Knight.” The “Stand Up!: Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964” exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until November. It is free to the public. Comment at

giving them a taste of different careers while still in high school. Johnson said the Jackson Convention Complex will host the fair. Johnson said he thinks collaboration in the community will transform the schools and contribute to student success beyond education. Helping education is a moral imperative for the greater good, Johnson said. “It’s the citizenship piece of ‘I’m a good citizen if I don’t create a mess. I’m a good citizen if I love my neighbor. You know, make the world that much of a better place for somebody else,’” he said. Comment at

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Miss. a Unique Legal Test for Abortion Regs by Anna Wolfe


he fate of abortion clinics in four southern states falls in the hands of federal appeals courts that are currently hearing cases and deciding on the constitutionality of laws that increase requirements for abortion providers. In Mississippi, the law threatens to close the last standing clinic, effectively banning abortion in the state, making it unique among the laws now under consideration in two federal appellate courts. The tactic of requiring admitting privileges, pushed by anti-abortion activists with the intent to abolish abortion, has moved throughout the southeast region of the country, from Texas to Mississippi, Alabama and, most recently, Louisiana. In each case, the state Legislature has passed laws requiring abortion providers to gain

decisions on abortion rights expansively. Those combinations of factors tell me that the people challenging the law, while I think their challenges may have a lot of merit, may ultimately face an uphill battle,” Steffey said. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, has been unable to meet the admitting privileges standards. In 2012, the clinic was rejected at seven local hospitals. University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson said they only accepted patients from physicians who are employed faculty at the teaching hospital. Officials at Baptist Medical Center, also in Jackson, refused to even send JWHO an application for admitting privileges. Five other hospiTRIP BURNS

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Dr. Freda Bush, an OB-GYN in Flowood who is strongly against abortion rights, believes admitting privileges are medically necessary. Without those privileges, patients may have to be seen by a doctor who unfamiliar with their medical history, she said.


admitting privileges to nearby hospitals— privileges that, in many cases, can be difficult to acquire. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals already upheld a Texas admitting-privileges law that closed virtually half the abortion clinics in that state. The same court will decide the fate of a similar law in Mississippi that would shut off access to abortion in the state, even though it’s been protected as a constitutional right since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Matt Steffey, Mississippi College law professor, said arguments regarding abortion can be especially hard to make in the 5th Circuit in New Orleans. “The 5th Circuit is perhaps the most conservative circuit in the country. It’s disinclined to read the U.S. Supreme Court’s

tals owned by Naples, Fla.-based Health Management Associates Inc. cited potential for “internal and external disruption of the hospital’s function and business within this community” as reason for rejecting JWHO’s applications. Diane Derzis, JWHO’s owner, believes another reason is because her clinic does not perform enough abortions— 2,104 in 2013—to make granting privileges worth it for the hospitals. To obtain those privileges, JWHO would have to perform more abortions and have more complications, Derzis said. This is because and admitting privilege constitutes a financial relationship between a clinic and a hospital—the clinic must provide patients to the hospital. Diane Derzis, JWHO operator, said

the clinic’s inability to meet hospital standards for admitting privileges, which is a higher requirement than most physicians must meet, was not cited as the reason the hospitals denied the clinic privileges. “Each of the responses of those hospitals had nothing to do with my doctors. Each one said they were not in the abortion business,” Derzis said. JWHO has a backup doctor with admitting privileges, as well as a transfer agreement with a local hospital, both which ensure the safety of the clinic’s patients. “We have jumped through every hoop the legislature has passed, even when it was ridiculous,” Derzis said. The requirement is more of an attack on the lone clinic after a string of attempts to close it with other regulations including classification of the clinic as a surgery center. “It’s just a constant battle with them, and anything we meet, they think up something else,” Derzis said. Freda Bush, a Flowood OB-GYN who hopes to see abortion ended in the U.S., believes the purpose of admitting privileges requirements is for women’s health and safety. “It is expected that if you do enough surgeries that complications will occur,” Bush said. Without hospital admitting privileges, Bush said, the patient is left to go to an emergency room or hospital to be cared by someone who may not know what her medical situation is and what injuries occurred. “The doctor is putting that patient at risk by not being able to follow through with her care,” Bush said. Admitting privileges allow the surgeon to remain responsible for the patients care from beginning to end, improving communication between physicians and ensuring the patient gets the care she needs. “The way the system is now, they (surgeons) don’t take responsibility beyond the procedure they do in the office. That’s irresponsible, and it is not appropriate for the woman who has entrusted them with her care,” Bush said. Bush said that hospitals adhere to national standards when granting admitting privileges, but she does not know why JWHO has been unable to receive them. This is likely because the clinic is not being denied privileges because of unmet standards, but because hospitals do not consider abortion aligned with their political ideology. Gov. Phil Bryant has made it clear that his goal is to shut down the abortion clinic, which, according to Steffey, could make the “so-called health measures” unconstitutional. Steffey said the 5th Circuit could rule in

favor of JWHO if the judges thought shutting down the last clinic “goes too far.” “Whether that will persuade the court or not, we’ll have to wait and see,” Steffey said. “If these matters were cut and dry, we wouldn’t constantly be bouncing in and out of federal court.” Jonathan Will, a Mississippi College associate professor of law who specializes in health-care law, said the law could be struck down for two reasons: because the law places an “undue burden” on women, or because the law’s purpose is to create obstacles for women trying to receive an abortion. In the Texas case, the law was found to have the legitimate purpose of ensuring women’s health, and was not ruled as creating an undue burden because other clinics in the state would remain open. These two tests of constitutionality were established in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a case that addressed abortion restriction laws. Besides the possibility that closing the last Mississippi abortion clinic could be ruled as an undue burden for women, Will said the court could strike down the law under the “rational basis review,” which determines if the law has a legitimate purpose, because public figures including the governor have admitted that the goal of the law is to close the clinic. Will addresses a domino effect that could occur if surrounding southern states pass and the court upholds similar laws that would eventually create undue burden, but Steffey does not believe a domino effect will have that outcome. Instead, he said, the ramifications of these restrictive laws affect the same group of people no matter what state in which they occur: the poor. For members of Mississippi’s Legislature, as Steffey points out, the cost of an abortion would be a plane ticket to another state or country, for that matter—a cost the well-to-do can afford. “What we’re really talking about here is restricting access for abortion for poor people,” Steffey said. The fact that legislators and other wealthy anti-abortion activists have the means to travel out of state is only the first hypocrisy in attempted abortion bans, he added. “The second hypocrisy is that the very people who would ban abortion are also especially unlikely to provide help to the poor women—health care, food, and the like— who will now, as a matter of fact, be required to carry the baby to term,” Steffey said. If the appeals court upholds the law, Derzis plans to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Comment at Email Anna Wolfe at


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Why it stinks: Pollutants that coal-fired power plants emit include: hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, benzene, formaldehyde, lead, arsenic and mercury, radium and uranium. Health researchers have determined that these toxic chemicals can exacerbate asthma, pulmonary disease and bronchitis. The pollutants can also lead to heart attacks, strokes, various cancers and birth defects. Rep. Rahallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own state is one of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heaviest coal producers and consistently ranks at the bottom of national health rankings. Now whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wreaking havoc on whom?

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he Jackson Police Department and office of Mayor Tony Yarber are making no bones about the fact that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s posture toward fighting crime will be increased police visibility, more police contact and, subsequently, more citations and arrests. The goal, it seems, is clear: Make people worry enough about running afoul of the law, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll think twice about dealing drugs or walking around with goals. Around the country, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen several cities employ similar methods. In New York City, the police force of Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani stressed â&#x20AC;&#x153;quality of lifeâ&#x20AC;? policingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;coming down hard on people for committing little crimes like littering and jaywalking. That led the NYPD and other big cities to reason that stopping, questioning and sometimes patting down people in supposed high-crime areas, would also deter crime. Whether those programs have been successful depends on who you ask and their philosophy on the role of police. Some experts credit stop-and-frisk with a marked decline in major crime in New York City. Others, who understand that desperate people with limited employment prospects are most likely to participate in crime, say it was an improved economy that helped lower the crime rate. Adding more doubt to the practice, similar crime drops occurred in cities that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use the policy. Still, others point to the disparate impact of stop-and-frisk on young men of colorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;emblematic of a form of discrimination that the U.S. Constitution prohibitsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the most worrisome part of

the policy. Those worries are still being sorted out by the courts, and may wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court before long. In the meantime, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apparent that citizens of Jackson will be stopped and questioned with more frequency and see more police roadblocks around town. But citizens still have rights. Here are some things people should know in case they encounter law enforcement, from the American Civil Liberties Union. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;You have the right to remain silent. If you wish to exercise that right, say so out loud. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;You have the right to refuse to consent to a search of yourself, your car or your home. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;If you are not under arrest, you have the right to calmly leave. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;You have the right to a lawyer if you are arrested. Ask for one immediately. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights. The ACLU also stresses that individuals should remain calm and polite, be truthful and not interfere with police activities. When stopped, people can ask if they are free to leave and, if so, they should walk away calmly. If the police arrest you, you have a right to know why. Although you are not required to consent to a search, an officer may pat you down if they suspect a weapon. Even then, you have the right to refuse any further searches. For more information about what do if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stopped or arrested, visit the ACLUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at

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XFORD—Haley Barbour’s “Port of the Future” has taken another hit. Chiquita, known as the United Fruit Company before that name became synonymous with political bullying and corruption in Latin America, announced recently that it was moving its operation at the Port of Gulfport to New Orleans. This was sad news indeed to the scores of International Longshoremen’s Association members who worked for Chiquita in Gulfport and accounted for one-third of the work hours by unionized longshoremen at the port in 2013. Within days, port officials announced that the Houston, Texas-based piping and energy services company McDermott Inc. would be moving operations to Gulfport and bringing as many as 100 non-union jobs with it. Still, losing Chiquita was a bitter pill. Chiquita’s 635,000 tons of shipped cargo in 2013 was 30.5 percent of the total tonnage shipped through Gulfport that year. The Port of Gulfport was to be a shining star in the constellation of Haley Barbour’s accomplishments as governor. Now back to his old job as a high-powered lobbyist in Washington, Barbour negotiated the redirection of $570 million in federal funds to the port’s expansion and away from their original purpose: the building of affordable housing in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast. The funding was in addition to $90 million the port expected in insurance payments for damage repair. An outcry from advocacy groups and a lawsuit by the Mississippi Center for Justice and the NAACP failed to deter Barbour, who claimed the “Port of the Future” would create as many as 6,000 jobs. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., even bought into Barbour’s vision and helped get federal approval of the diversion. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant later did his part by signing a bill limiting state oversight of how the money would be spent. In the world of Republican politics, the best and only real use for taxpayer money is corporate welfare. Barbour envisioned a world-class port for tenants like Chiquita and the Dole Food Company, as well as for the new casinos and hotels that would be built nearby. Yet the rebuilding has proceeded at a desultory pace, while the Port of Gulfport has lost its once-crucial chicken-exporting business to neighboring ports and now Chiquita, one of its most important tenants. No one talks any more about 6,000 jobs. The promise has been trimmed down to

1,300 jobs, and even that may be pie in the sky. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was so determined to get Chiquita that he offered a $15.5 million taxpayer-funded incentives package to lure it from Gulfport, where the company had been operating for 40 years. Chiquita must be lapping up all the love. This is a company used to enjoying taxpayers’ largesse. The city of Charlotte, N.C., spent $23 million to get Chiquita to move its headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte in 2011. Chiquita now plans to merge with the Irish firm Fyffes, and the new ChiquitaFyffes company’s headquarters will be abroad in Dublin. Chiquita says some operations will stay in Charlotte, but its promise of a high-paid workforce of 400-plus there may be a pipe dream. Few major corporations have a darker history than Chiquita. In 2007, the company agreed to pay a $25 million fine as penalty for dealing with terrorists in Colombia. Chiquita paid an estimated $1.7 million in protection money between 1997 and 2004 to the United Self-Defense Forces, also known as the A.U.C., a paramilitary group designated by the U.S. State Department as a Colombian terrorist group that targeted unions, workers and civilians. Chiquita and the Dole Food Company, another Gulfport tenant, were involved in an international scandal as a result of their use of the dangerous chemical pesticide nemagon on their plantations in Central America even after the chemical was determined to be dangerous and potentially cause sterility and other health problems. The Dole Food Company, which has signed a lease to stay in Gulfport at least through 2017, continued to use nemagon in Central America even after it was banned in the United States. Dole Food Company founder and owner David Murdock’s personal history makes him a perfect fit for his company. When the billionaire sold textile giant Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, N.C., to Fieldcrest Mills in 1986, he returned to his home in California with millions of dollars in pension funds from Cannon Mills workers. It took a lawsuit and legal battle with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of America to force Murdock into an out-of-court settlement to return $1 million of the funds. Murdock had spent an estimated $37 of the $102 million pension fund to finance another company takeover. Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. Email him at

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riving to Canada to attend an experimental music festival with a guy who looks like a drug dealer will teach you a thing or two. First, at the border, don’t let your companion say the two of you are going to a music festival in Victoriaville, Quebec; the border police will not believe him. Second, if you give them the festival director’s phone number, they will call to confirm your attendance after which they will search your car. Finally, and most importantly, when you arrive at the festival—hungry, tired and exasperated because the throat-singing woman from Tuva sounds like an amplified kazoo—at least you will be met with delicious beer to make it all better. In 1995, the year I attended the Festival de Musique Actuelle, it was still illegal in the U.S. to list alcohol content on beer labels. Most of the beer I’d enjoyed up until that time had an ABV of around 4 to 5 percent. I lived in New York state, so Canadian beer was widely available, but you had to cross the border to find beer higher than 6 percent. I’d heard tell of the mysterious, boozy, draughts from the North but had never gone to Canada for more than sightseeing at Niagara Falls. Some of my adventurous friends had risked problems at the border by smuggling six-packs of

Molson Triple X back into the USA. Apparently, no one tossed their car. While my companion sat agog over the Tuva-lady, I escaped to the bar to use the remnants of eighth-grade French class A Canadian adventure introduced Genevieve Legacy to a great new beer. to order a drink. I wasn’t looking for anything exotic, just something to facilitate joie de vivre and quiet the growl in my stomach. I looked says the double boch appeared I gave him a 20 and hoped he’d go away down the row of taps behind the bar un- in the late 18th century as variation of long enough for me to get a taste. While til my eyes fell on the image of an 18th the “Fastenbier” brewed by the Paulaner he was at the register, I took a sip. It was century canon with a pyramidal stack of Monks at the Cloister Neudeck ob der Au still cold and crisp from the keg, sweet but ammunition piled beneath the letter “N” in Munich. The monks drank the strong not heavy, with an earthy undertone that in its name. When the bartender made his beer during Lent, sustaining themselves lingered until you took another taste; this inquiry, I cleared my throat and said “Une for the 46-day fast between Ash Wednes- was a beer to remember. Canon, s’il vous plait.” Unimpressed by my day and Easter Sunday. The monks beWhen the surly bartender returned patois, he asked if I wanted “une petite?” I lieved the drink to be a tonic for both with my change, I “Merci Beaucoup’d” used my hands to indicate “grande.” He body and soul with cleansing effects that him with a wide smile. I stayed at the bar grunted in reply as he extracted a very tall, were greatly enhanced by drinking more. and sipped until the flute was empty and fluted glass from the wooden rack above The bartender tipped the oversized the throat-singer sounded almost cool. I his head. pilsner glass to receive the dark lager. wasn’t hungry anymore and my cheeks RJ La Canon, brewed by Les Brasse- The beer streamed to the bottom of the glowed with grain-fueled wellbeing. urs RJ in Montreal, Canada, is a German glass, then folded back on itself in a swirl In a wave of good spirits, I ordered Doppelboch (double boch) that is heavy of suspended bubbles until the flute was two more—une petite for me, une grande on the malt and light on bitters with a full and a layer of buttery foam hovered for my beau and a couple of Canadian heavenly 7.65 percent ABV. The German at the rim. He kindly told me the cost in bucks for the bartender. The next band Beer Institute’s website (germanbeerinsti- French. I didn’t understand how much so was fantastic.


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Cooking sausage in liquid that’s part beer deepens the flavors and makes for a perfect food-drink pairing.

My brother-in-law, David, provided me with this recipe. He is an incredible cook and griller and, yearly, helps cook sausages for the autumn Germanfest at his church in Gluckstadt. Parboil one pound raw sausages in liquid—a half beer and half water mixture—until skin tightens, about 20 minutes. Be careful not to boil on high—keep temperature to a low boil.

Transfer sausages to a grill on indirect heat, turning once, and cook until a thermometer inserted reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20 minutes). Meanwhile, on the stovetop, sauté one medium sliced onion in the olive oil for five minutes. Add sliced green bell pepper and sauté for three minutes. Add the fennel seeds, one crushed garlic clove and a splash of beer. Cover a cook for another two minutes. Top pepper and onion mixture with the grilled sausages. You can also make it a sandwich by placing the ingredients inside heated rolls. Serves two.

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Roast Chicken served with Paired Salsa Whole chicken Salt and pepper 1 lemon Garlic Rosemary sprigs

Raspberry Salsa Check In, Drink Up


he favorite smartphone app of many a beer aficionado, Untappd is useful for logging the beers you try, finding out more detail about them and seeing what your friends are drinking. Craig Hendry, Raise Your Pints president, says the app has its own social-media world, and Jackson has a big presence on Untappd. If you allow it to see your location, Untappd will also show you popular venues and highly ranked beers nearby. Another useful app is called BJCP Styles. BJCP stands for Beer Judge Certification Program, and the app is helpful for learning about a beer style or a particular brew’s defining details while you sip.

1 cup fresh raspberries 1/8 cup sweet onion, chopped 3 teaspoons jalapeño pepper, finely chopped 1 small clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 1/2 teaspoon sugar 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

This roast chicken is classically easy! Anoint a whole chicken with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, place a cluster of garlic, rosemary sprigs and half a lemon inside the cavity and roast (uncovered) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes per pound plus 10 minutes.

Ginger-Pear Salsa

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hen putting together suggestions of food and beer pairings, I decided to go with seasonal beers, specifically those best for warm weather. Truth be told, I am only an occasional beer drinker, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn so much about the different styles and tastes available. The first beer I chose is a hefeweizen (pronounced “HEH-feh-vite-zehn”). It is a topfermented, light-colored beer with very low hop bitterness due to the fact it is a mix of barley malt and wheat (usually 50 percent each, although some can be 70 percent wheat). This produces a crisp, sweet, fruity but full-bodied beer. The hefeweizen that I chose to sample—Magic Hat Brewery’s Circus Boy Hefeweizen—is an American-style beer—refreshing, light and non-cloudy. Circus Boy is brewed with a note of organic lemon grass. Any wheat beer of your preference would work with this menu—pair it with grilled sausages served on a bed of onions and sweet peppers. Hard cider is also a happy revelation for me, and I discovered that Woodchuck Hard Cider has a variety of summer brews. For a food pairing, I gravitated toward their Pear and Raspberry Ciders. Serve these, or a similar cider of your choice, with a roast chicken, topped with a matching fruit salsa or chutney. These recipes make for easy-to-prepare warm-weather fare. The simplicity of the dishes and crispness of the beers make even a weekday night’s cooking easy, special and bright.


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onnaise and mustard, or even ranch dressing and mustard to taste, and season with paprika. If you choose flavors like these, I suggest going local—Lazy Magnolia is a Mississippi brewery based out of Kiln, and it brews a Southern Pecan beer. The saying “if it grows together it goes together” is just as true for beer-food pairings as it is

choice. Kristallweizens are filtered versions of hefeweizens. They have a bit less body, but similar fruity and spicy notes, and will complement vegan snacks well. If you’re interested in other ideas, look at cultures around the world. In South Korea, it’s common to have an anju such as a fruit plate while drinking. In Argentina,


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eing a vegetarian or vegan means you have to get accustomed to all kinds of awkward situations. It doesn’t have to be complicated, though. The truth is that some meals people prepare are already vegetarian to begin with, and meat eaters hardly ever notice. But during a potluck, barbecue or gathering, you often have make that you eat—especially if beer or other alcohols are involved. When in social situations with carnivores, I try to take delicious vegetarian snacks that I can eat and share with friends. Here are some quick vegetarian and vegan snacks that pair great with beer. Pale lagers are very popular in the spring and summer. They’re refreshing, light, and appropriate for the weather. If you’re vegan, and you know you’re going to a party, or are hosting one yourself, you can make a killer guacamole—all you need are avocados, tomatoes, onions, lime and salt. You just have to put everything in a bowl and crush it, but you’ll get the best results if you use a mortar and pestle. Add jalapeños if you’d like, some tortilla chips, or some kale chips if you want to be adventurous, and voilá! Now all you have to do is take some pale lager along, and perhaps some lime and salt as garnishes for your beer, and you have a perfect appetizer for any get-together. But what if you’re attending an indoor event where traditional southern foods are being served? Contrary to what people may believe, you can make vegetarian versions of your favorite southern foods. Some things, such as deep fried okra or macaroni and cheese are already vegetarian. Deviled eggs aren’t strictly southern, but they are popular and easy to make. Just hard-boil eggs, separate the yolks and mix them with may-

Homemade guacamole is a crowd-friendly but vegetarian option that goes great with your beer-fueled summer cookouts.

for other gastronomic food combinations. I can’t think of any other beer in the world that uses pecans to flavor its beer. If you prefer to try something else, hefeweizens are another good choice. They’re light in color, but full-bodied, with fruity notes. Many popular German dishes are heavy, just like southern food, so I find hefeweizens pair well with vegetarian versions of southern dishes. If you’re vegan, perhaps a kristallweizen would be a better

you can expect to eat a picada and can make a quick version using cherry tomatoes, bocconcini cheese, marinated artichokes, green olives, hearts of palm and pickled eggplants. There are no rules for what kind of beer goes with these snacks. Though it may seem weird to your friends that you eat such healthy things while you drink, people will appreciate your efforts to share a few recipes and snack ideas with them.

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A recent Brandeis Food: Zeppelin’s Pizzeria & Bar (709 University graduate, she was serving a one-year Howard Ave., Biloxi, 228-435-5822) internship in Jackson at the Institute of SouthDJ: Cory Drake ern Jewish Life, and was looking to connect with the community she was most familiar with: theater folks. Her mother had started a lifetime to the community of family and friends who children’s theater in her native rural Michigan, helped make it possible. You could actually feel the joy and Beth and her siblings spent many, many and love in the room wrapping around you. hours writing and rehearsing and performWith the vows exchanged, the ensemble “re-staged” ing. Beth found us, ended up extending her the room for the meal to follow, which was a simple bufinternship for a second year, and then decided fet of delicious gourmet pizzas and pastas from a nearby to make Mississippi her full-time home after local Italian restaurant. The bar offered wines and a spea brief 18-month hiatus to get her master’s of cial beer brewed and bottled for the event by the groom’s social work from the University of Michigan. brother. The food service was flawless, expedited by a I met Danny Dauphin officially when he was number of actor-types who’ve had more than their fair cast in FTW’s production of “American Bufshare of experience as “cater-waiters.” falo” in 2006, although I’d certainly seen him My husband and I were honored to be part of the around in other local productions. He, too, was ketubah signing ceremony before the wedding. In the a born-and-bred “theater kid” who had parents Jewish tradition, the ketubah is the official marriage who were active in Gulfport Little Theatre for contract, witnessed by family and close friends. Standmost of his childhood and beyond. ing in that small room with their immediate families Soon after Beth returned to Jackson after and the other two witnesses and putting our names on getting her MSW in 2007, she and Danny that beautifully illustrated document was the most preBeth Kander and Danny Dauphin approached their Mississippi nuptials like found each other, became an item and soon cious part of that day to me, because, in a sense, that is a theater production. So did their “production crew.” after both joined the FTW board, becoming when we officially became family. an integral part of our theater community. ers, and an “ensemble cast” of friends and family, each taking Which is why this story has a bittersweet ending. But more importantly, Beth, Danny and a core group of a specific role in the ceremony. They reached out and asked You see, just after they became engaged last fall, Danny got our other theater friends have become a true family, sharing each of us to bring the best of our natural talents to the event a fabulous job offer in Chicago and moved there in Janunot only our creative passions, but becoming integral parts and, in the process, honored each of us, as well. ary. Beth stayed behind until just after the wedding in early of each others’ day-to-day lives, celebrating holidays and The wedding and reception both took place in the main March. On one weekend, we celebrated all of that joy, combirthdays, grieving together in times of trouble or loss, and atrium of the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum in Biloxi, which was munity and love, and the next weekend we packed all of it creating a safe, nurturing place for each other where we are filled with large round tables draped in royal blue and topped up into moving vans and cars and waved goodbye. always free to be ourselves. 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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listened and watched and started asking questions,â&#x20AC;? Harkins says. He reached out to the University of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Center for Natural Products Research. Since 1968, the center has studied marijuana as the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only federally sanctioned marijuana grower. Harkins consulted the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, and he spoke with Paige Figi. What he learned led him to sponsor a bill to legalize CBD. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got kids, and if it were one of my daughters that was having this problem, I would go to the ends of the earth to do whatever I could do to help treat them,â&#x20AC;? Harkins says. Nervous that he would get resistance to the bill, he approached Sen. Phillip Gandy, a Baptist pastor and a fellow Republican from Hickory. His response was unexpected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Josh, this is a great bill,â&#x20AC;? Gandy told him. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to do this.â&#x20AC;? The bill moved rapidly through the Legislature, with only six lawmakers voting against it. On April 17, Gov. Phil Bryant signed â&#x20AC;&#x153;Harper Graceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Law.â&#x20AC;? The law decriminalizes marijuana for research purposes at Ole Miss, making Mississippi the 23rd state to do so. The university also requires approvals from the federal National Institutes of Drug Abuse and the Drug Enforcement Agency. Harper Grace is about a year away from getting CBD. It will take that long to complete the growing and research. But Ashley 5. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shut Up and Let Me Goâ&#x20AC;? by The and the many parents of epileptic children Ting Tings in Mississippi now have hope, even though 6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go!â&#x20AC;? by Santigold Harper may get worse, or CBD may not work for her. 7. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nostrandâ&#x20AC;? by Ratatat â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trying to remain patient 8. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Killâ&#x20AC;? by 30 Seconds to Mars and give it all to God,â&#x20AC;? Ashley says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 9. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Echoesâ&#x20AC;? by Klaxons all we can do.â&#x20AC;? FLICKR/PRIMEPARRY

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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

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.

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

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

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS 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!


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Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles, sizzling 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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Five Nuns Walk into a Bar … by ShaWanda Jacome



rom Sally Field as the “Flying Nun” to Whoopi Goldberg in the “Sister Act” franchise, nuns hold a special place in our collective hearts. Black Rose Theatre will tap into that place with its production of “Nunsense” this summer. The show, created by Dan Goggin, started off as a series of quirky tongue-and-cheek greeting cards that featured nuns doing silly things. After they became popular, Goggin wrote the two-act play, and it has been running since 1985. The play takes place in New Jersey at the convent of the Little Sisters of Hoboken. After Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally kills 52 residents of the convent with her tainted vichyssoise, the remaining sisters must find a way to bury the last four fallen nuns, being that the convent spent the last of its money on a new plasma TV. The sisters decide to stage a variety show at the Mount Saint Helen’s School auditorium to raise the necessary funds. The nuns involved in the fundraising show are an eclectic bunch. Reverend Mother Regina is a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert is the Mistress of Novices. Sister Robert Anne is a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo is a wannabe ballerina and a newbie to the

convent; and zany Sister Mary Amnesia lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. “It’s supposed to be an amateur production for the fundraiser, so that’s what makes it really fun,” says Tom Lestrade, the director of the play. “These are just regular nuns, as quirky as they are, trying to do good work with this fundraiser.” Lestrade started in community theater after graduating from Mississippi State University with a degree in electrical engineering. With his newfound passion, he attended a two-year program at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. He then moved to the Jackson area in 1998, where he participates in all aspects of theater production, including acting, writing, directing and producing. Lestrade is also the owner of Mississippi Murder Mysteries. “I saw a production of ‘Nunsense’ back in the earliest ’90s when I lived down on the coast, and it had several very, very talented actresses that I worked with in other productions,” he says. “It was absolutely hilarious. Of course, I grew up Catholic so I was familiar with (that) angle of the show, but it’s not at all intended for just a Catholic audience. I

think everyone can appreciate the humor of nuns.” For “Nunsense,” Lestrade has brought together a great cast of local talent including Tommy Hoffman as Sister Mary Regina, or Mother Superior, Lynn Gibbs as Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices, Paula Ishee as Sister Robert Anne, Lauri Gregory-Trott as Sister Mary Amnesia, Samantha Gregory as Sister Mary Leo and Sunny Adoll as Sister Mary Annette. The show is done in a musical revue style and features whimsical songs such as “Nunsense Is Habit-Forming,” “Just a Coupl’a Sisters” and “Holier Than Thou.” “It’s got some great memorable songs, and it has different styles,” Lestrade says. “There’s some operatic, lots of comical stuff, a little country-music song and a few nice ballads. “It’s a good mix of comedy and music. It’s nothing very complicated; I’d say it’s almost like a sitcom.” Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St.) in Brandon will present “Nunsense” June 5-7 and 12-14 at 7:30 p.m. and June 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults and $10 for students, military and seniors. Season memberships for the rest of the season are still available. Reservations for the show are not required, but highly encouraged. For more information, visit or call 601-825-1293.

Black Rose Theatre’s production of “Nunsense” includes cast members (from left) Lynn Gibbs, }Paula Ishee,Tommy Hoffman, Lauri Gregory-Trott and Samantha Gregory.



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A Heart for the Arts by Ronni Mott


om Thomsen’s artistic career is art they have access to, there’s a whole comlong and varied. The Nebraska na- munity that they’re just not seeing.” tive—and former farm boy—began The alliance includes artists beyond playing piano at age 4. He has writ- city’s borders, and Thomsen is planning ten scores for independent films, produced pop-up shows in several cities including comedy shows in New York City and even Tupelo and Memphis. Jackson is the home had a bit part in the HBO series “Oz.” base, however, and Thomsen places special In 2008, he was laid off from his job— emphasis on providing opportunities for losimilar to many others across the country. With career prospects thin, Thomsen decided self-employment was the way to go. His background in agriculture and the availability of bamboo in Mississippi and Louisiana brought him to Jackson, where he began a business making and selling items made from the ubiquitous plant. “I moved here with a duffel bag and a laptop,” he says. Last year, at the ripe old age of 34, Thomsen suffered a heart attack brought on by the stress of Tom Thomsen’s love of art and artists inspired running a small business and his him to form the Southern Artist’s Alliance to family history. With his health showcase unknown talents. on the mend, he has returned to the arts, but this time in a supporting role. cal artists and their prolific output. Thomsen became an agent for his “I go to their houses to photograph friend David Estis, a sculptor, metal crafter their work for the website. They look like and furniture maker. hoarders. Every shelf is full of their work, ev“I was at an art show with him and ery cabinet, every surface is filled with their found a bunch of other artists who weren’t art,” he says. “I’m like, ‘This needs to be on represented,” he says. “They had a ton of display somewhere.’” work, but no time and no ability to produce With so much artistic bounty available, their own shows.” For every artist displaying, Thomsen is being necessarily choosy about Thomsen says that hundreds of others don’t what works to include in the shows, but as have the means to show their talents. Sens- the alliance’s momentum builds, he intends ing opportunity, he formed the Southern to provide plenty of opportunities. Artist’s Alliance a few months ago. Thomsen characterizes the alliance as The group’s premiere show opens an artist’s club, in contrast to a traditional June 7 at the Arts Center of Mississippi. artist’s agency. Currently, membership is “Part of this is because I’m good at de- $100, which covers expenses for venues and signing shows, and part is timing,” Thomsen caterers in addition to supporting charisays. The center is renovating its building, ties such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the show will be the first exhibit held which makes wishes come true for seriously there after completion. He’s also hoping at- ill children. tendees of the USA International Ballet “Our goal is very simple: Put on a show Competition at Thalia Mara Hall will give at least once a month and get as many peothe show a big audience. ple there to show them many different types The alliance has a dual purpose: rep- of art,” Thomsen says. resenting individual artists and holding “Artists that I work with, they have a monthly shows with numerous members. compulsion to create. If we can keep them “The emphasis is on art ‘show,’ where we’ll in shows and keep selling art, they can keep have interactive demonstrations, live auc- creating and honing their craft. … I’m the tions, (and) a lot of door prizes,” Thomsen guy running the show, but it’s me and the says. “It’s not just a gallery exhibit.” artists. Everyone has their own input.” The alliance receives applications The Southern Artist’s Alliance predaily and has about 12 artists on board miere show opens June 7 at the Arts Center for the premiere. “We’ve got sculptors, pot- of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601ters, painters, wax boutiques … artists of ev- 960-1500) and runs through the end of the ery stripe,” he says. “We’re trying not just to month. Admission is $20 at the door or $15 have something for everyone, which we will, in advance. For additional information, visit but also show Jacksonians that, for (all) the


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Farm to Fork Project is from 4-6 p.m. at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). $5 per bag; call 601-718-6578. … Jeff Shaara signs copies of “The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book;



The “It Look” Event by Dior is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Dillard’s, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-957-7100, ext. 5014. … Opening Reception for Images from My Life, Images from My Mind is from 5-7 p.m. at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See Bill Wilson’s paintings. Free; call 601-432-4111. … Tru Skool Skate Night is at 7:30 p.m. at Skate N Shake (2460 Terry Road, Suite 1600). Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, free shots and giveaways. $10; email

The Black Cadillacs and Cardinal Sons also perform. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999;



LeFleur East Foundation Flash Dash is at 7 p.m. at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The nighttime run/walk includes LED bracelets and necklaces. $300 individuals; call 601-720-8343; … The Revival32 ists performs at 8 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.)

a variety show to raise funds for the burials of several sisters who were accidentally poisoned. $15, $10 students, military and seniors; call 601-825-1293;


Madison County Barbecue Cook-off Contest is from 6 BY BRIANA ROBINSON a.m.-6 p.m. at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Canton). Free for spectators, entry fees: $65 individuals, $55 FAX: 601-510-9019 vendors; call 901-573-5139. DAILY UPDATES AT … Putting on the Dog: A BenJFPEVENTS.COM efit for CARA is from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). Community Animal Rescue and Adoption’s fundraiser includes food for sale, a silent auction, a vendor and crafts market, a children’s carnival, a car show, and music from Taylor Horton. Dogs available for adoption. Dog food and monetary donations welcome; call 601-842-4404; email; … Upstairs at George Street Burlesque Show is at 8 p.m. at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). $10 for first 50 advance tickets, then $15; $20 at the door;

Garden Partners Information Meeting is at 11:30 a.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Learn more about the membership program that involves garden-related events. Free; call 601-960-1515; email mkunz@; … Peter Heller signs copies of “The Painter” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. Call 601-366-7619;




Upstairs at George Street Burlesque Show is July 7 at Ole Tavern on George Street. The show features Cherry Brown, Remy Dee and Mamie Dame as well as stand-up from local comedienne Deenie Castleberry.

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Cardinal Sons, a trio of brothers now based in New Orleans, returns to its hometown June 6 to perform at Duling Hall.

Take It to the Streets is at 9 a.m. at North Ridge Church in Fondren (3232 N. State St.) and St. Joseph Catholic School. Participants serve the community through activities such as feeding the homeless and repairing homes for the disabled. Free; call 769-218-5140; … “Nunsense” is at 2 p.m. at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is about a group of nuns who put on

Jeannette Walls signs copies of “The Silver Star” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $16 book. Call 601-366-7619; … Small Business Facts You Need to Know is from 5-6:30 p.m. at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). The speaker is James G. Bennett of Hinds Community College. Free; call 601-968-5809.


History Is Lunch is at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Father Paul Canonici discusses his new book, “Delta Italians, Volume II.” Free; call 601-576-6998; … Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting is at 6 p.m. at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). Free; call 601-968-5182;

%0/Âľ5426*4)"7"-0/ Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-9680061; â&#x20AC;˘ 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. â&#x20AC;˘ Creating a Marketing Toolkit for Your Nonprofit June 6, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn how to utilize marketing strategies to tell your story and increase your impact in your community.

food and vendors. Free; call 601-981-9606; email (artists, crafters and musicians); Precinct 1 COPS Meeting June 5, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). The forum is designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001. Tru Skool Skate Night June 5, 7:30 p.m., at Skate N Shake (2460 Terry Road, Suite 1600). Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, free shots and giveaways. $10; email Medgar Evers Homecoming June 5-7, at multiple locations. The gospel concert is June 5

Relay for Life Fondren June 5, 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m., at Duling Avenue. Check-in is at 5:15 p.m., and opening ceremonies begin at 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 601-5061238; Putting on the Dog: A Benefit for CARA June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Great Scott (4400 Old Canton Road). Community Animal Rescue and Adoptionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser includes food for sale, a silent auction, a vendor and crafts market, a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carnival, a car show and music from Taylor Horton. Dogs available for adoption. Dog food, dog treat and monetary donations welcome; call 601-842-4404; email; Partners in Rhythm to End Homelessness Zumbathon June 7, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). All fitness levels welcome. Proceeds from the aerobics class benefits Partners to End Homelessness. Refreshments and door prizes included. $20, $10 children under 12; Take It to the Streets June 8, 9 a.m., at North Ridge Church in Fondren (3232 N. State St.) and Madison (inside St. Joseph High School). Participants meet to serve the community through activities such as feeding the homeless, repairing homes for the disabled or another designated task. Call for details. Free; call 769-218-5140;

Events at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). Registration required. $300; call 601925-3000; email â&#x20AC;˘ Graphic Design Pipeline Workshop for Public Relations Professionals June 9, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through June 20. â&#x20AC;˘ Graphic Design Pipeline Workshop for High School Juniors and Seniors June 9, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Sessions held daily through June 13. A Portrait of Women Students in Mississippi Community Colleges June 4, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., at Whole Foods Market (4500 Interstate 55 N.). In the Community Room. The Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foundation and Anne Buffington of Mississippi State University host the forum to discuss the barriers low-income women experience pursuing post-secondary degrees and certifications. Free; call 601-326-0700; Senior Citizens Shopping Day June 5, 10 a.m.2 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The monthly event includes shopping games, giveaways, food and more. Free; call 601-859-5816. History Is Lunch June 4, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Author John Hailman talks about his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippiâ&#x20AC;? and sign copies. Free; call 601-576-6998; Fondren After 5 June 5, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., in Fondren. This monthly event is a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music,

Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast June 7, 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). Jackson-area Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797; Levee Board Meeting June 9, 1 p.m., at Flowood City Hall (2101 Airport Road, Flowood). Members of the Rankin-Hinds Pearl Flood and Drainage Control District hold their monthly meeting. Free; call 601-939-4243; Small Business Facts You Need to Know June 9, 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is the host. The speaker is James G. Bennett of Hinds Community College. Light refreshments included. Free; call 601-968-5809. International Economic Summit Training June 9-10, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Middle and high school teachers learn ways to teach international economics to their students. Registration required. Free; call 601-974-1325; email; Garden Partners Information Meeting June 10, 11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. Lunch included. Learn more about the membership program that involves garden-related events. Free; call 601960-1515; email; Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting June 11, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182;

at 7 p.m. at Stronger Hope Baptist Church (223 Beasley Road), and the banquet is June 6 at 7 p.m. at Regency Hotel (420 Greymont Ave.). 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, $50 banquet, $30 blues concert (through Ticketmaster); call 601-948-5835.

History Is Lunch June 11, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Father Paul Canonici discusses his new book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delta Italians, Volume II.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 601-5766998;

The â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Lookâ&#x20AC;? Event by Dior June 5 and June 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Learn about the latest in eye and lip makeup from a Dior makeup artist. Free; call 601-957-7100, ext. 5014.

Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Free; call 601-856-2749. â&#x20AC;˘ 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. â&#x20AC;˘ Watermelon Explosion! (Grades 6-12) June 6, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Make a watermelon explode with rubber bands. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. â&#x20AC;˘ Squishy Circuits (Grades 1-5) June 9, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Build working circuits out of Play-Doh. Space limited. Registration required.

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 (formerly Flowood Methodist Church). Items for sale, donations welcome; call 601-8262512; Red Carpet Classic Auto Show June 7, 8 a.m., at Blackburn Motor Company (2135 N. Frontage Road, Vicksburg). The Vicksburg Cruisers host the event, and proceeds benefit Haven House. Car registration: $20 in advance, $25 day of show; call 601-618-9977 or 601-573-2122; Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk June 7, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., at LeFleurâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free walk, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-832-6788.


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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. Equipment and refreshments included. Free; call 601-605-1790; 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 601-9815469; J.T. and Friends’ Fun and Fundamental Co-ed Basketball Camp June 7-8, 8 a.m., at Provine High School (2400 Robinson Road). The camp is for ages 6-14. Registration required. Sponsorship packages available. Free; call 769-243-0003. “Team Hot Wheels: The Origin of Awesome” June 7-8, 11 a.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The film based on the Mattel brand of toy cars includes behindthe-scenes footage. $7; call 601-936-5856; Summer Enrichment Camp June 9, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). The seven-week program for grades K-8 is held weekdays through July 25. Topics include music, art, science, math, dance and technology. Meals included. Registration required. $35 registration fee, $65 per week totaling $455; call 601-982-4881; 2D Studio Art Camp June 9, 9 a.m.-noon, at ArtWorks Studios (158 W. Government St., Brandon). The one-week camp includes drawing, painting, oil pastel, printing and mixed media projects. Held Monday-Thursday. Registration required. $150; call 601-499-5278 or 601-988-3115; email artworksstudios@gmail. com; Camp WILD June 9, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities that focus on Mississippi’s ecosystems. Sessions are June 9-12 for grades K-1, June 16-19 for grades 2-3 and June 23-26 for grades 4-5. $140, $115 members, $10 per day for aftercare (noon-5:30 p.m.); email nicole.smith@mmns.; Young Artists June 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The fiveday art camp is for children ages 8-10. Includes creating art and exploration. Space limited. Registration required. $240; call 601-960-1515; Millsaps Majors Youth Football Camp June 11, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The camp for ages 6-14 is held daily through June 13 in the Hall Activity Center. Check-in is at 7:15 a.m. June 11. 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 318792-2664; email or desotjd@;

&//$$2).+ Farm to Fork Project June 4, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Purchase produce from the Alcorn State University Extension Program’s Demonstration Farm of Mound Bayou. $5 per bag, one free bag for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan members with ID cards; call 601-718-6578. Madison County Barbecue Cook-off Contest June 7, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). 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.

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34!'%3#2%%. “Shrek the Musical” 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. Actor chats after the May 28 and June 4 performances. $28, $22 students and seniors; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; Screen on the Green June 5, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. Includes a cash bar, concessions and a screening of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” Free; call 601-960-1515; “Nunsense” June 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; June 8, 2 p.m.; June 12-14, 7:30 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). 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. $15, $10 students, military and seniors; call 601-825-1293;

#/.#%243&%34)6!,3 Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.)/ All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. Free; call 601-292-7999; email; All-ages show. • Heyrocco June 5, 6:30 p.m. The rock trio from South Carolina performs. Light Beam Rider and Parallax also perform. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Free. • The Revivalists June 6, 8 p.m. The indie rock band from New Orleans performs. The Black Cadillacs and Cardinal Sons also perform. Standing room only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, additional $3 surcharge for patrons under 21. • Jj 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. Doors open at 7 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21.

Northpark Nights Concert Series: The Weekend Kids June 6, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). The indie rock band performs at Center Court. Free; call 601-957-3744; Blues Bash June 6, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). On the front lawn. Claudette King, daughter of blues legend B.B. King, performs. Includes a barbecue dinner. $25; call 601-649-6374; MetroFest June 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). The District 28 Resource Center is the host. Includes an arts and crafts flea market, community resources, children’s activities, health screenings and a talent show. Vendors welcome. Free; call 601-9699088; email or B.B. King June 7, 8 p.m., at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino (875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). In Beau Rivage Theatre. The blues legend is an Indianola native. $45-$65; 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 601-2967475; 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 601-8980212 or 800-745-3000; 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;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-3667619; email; • “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 Americas 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. Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.


Revivalists in the City of Sound


by Genevieve Legacy


he steam-filled streets, noisy bars, and shady porches playing acoustic sets together. When Shaw suggested they of New Orleans give rise to every conceivable sound branch out and form a band, Feinberg was ready. Drummer and variation of American music. With the birthplace Andrew Campanelli was the next addition. of jazz and blues as proving ground, a band can come “I knew this drummer from the Musician’s Clinic at up fast. If it’s anything like The Revivalists, it’ll get its chops Tipitina’s,” Feinberg says. “We both knew a bunch of musidown in NOLA, then hit cians from college. Between the road to tour hard and the two of us, we put togethmake a name for itself in er the band.” short order. Playing 150 to With saxophonist Rob 200 shows each year since Ingraham, bassist George 2009, The Revivalists have Gekas, pedal steel guitarist done all that and more. Ed Williams, and keyboardAccording to lore, ist and trumpeter Michael The Revivalists came into Girardot, The Revivalists is existence by fate or pure a full-on jam band, armed chance. In September with a quiver of musical 2007, while on a bike ride styles—country, straightin the Crescent City, guitar- The members of The Revivalists (from left: Andrew up funk, big rock and hipCampanelli, Rob Ingraham, George Gekas, David Shaw, Ed ist Zack Feinberg met sing- Williams, Zach Feinberg and Michael Girardot) fuse several hop—that change from er-songwriter David Shaw. genres to create their soulful and danceable rock music. song to song. A graduate of Ohio State “We don’t think of ourUniversity, Shaw had moved to NOLA the month before. selves as playing one genre,” Feinberg says. “The band is such Their connection was musical and immediate. a big group of guys. We’re all pretty creative and open to “David was sitting on his front porch, singing and play- many different kinds of music. We’re really collaborative and ing acoustic guitar,” Feinberg says, “I rode by on my bike and naturally play a lot of different styles.” said, ‘Hey man, you sound really good.’” Every member of the band contributes to the songA few weeks later, Feinberg and Shaw were gigging, writing process, especially if a song emerges during an

improvisational jam. “We can write a song any number of ways,” Feinberg says. “If we’re jamming, and we come up with something on the spot, that’s one way everyone contributes. If someone has an instrumental hook, they’ll bring it to the table, and we work it out. We’ll take a good song any way it comes.” With Shaw, Campinelli and Feinberg penning the majority of the lyrics, The Revivalists has a growing and diverse collection of original songs, released on one EP and two LPs to date. In January, the group re-released “City of Sound,” originally released in 2012, after signing with Wind-Up Records. The re-release includes eight live tracks, adding an hour of the band in full-out jam mode. The music is reminiscent of acts such as Dave Matthews, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and shirts-off favorite, Red Hot Chili Peppers. With passion, dedication and youthful energy, The Revivalists owns the live show and sound of the moment. “We didn’t want to put out the same LP just because we’re under a label,” Feinberg says. “People have been asking us for a live record, so we pretty much gave them a live album for free with the repackaging.” The Revivalists performs at 8 p.m. June 6 at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Black Cadillacs and Cardinal Sons also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. The all-ages show is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Visit and

Quarters to Kudos and the Blues in Between by Genevieve Legacy








j Thames has literally and metaphorically come a long way in the last few years. From “While I was in New York, I had some hard times,” she says. “At first, I was singing in busking in New York City subway tunnels in 2008 to having the No. 1 Hot Single the subway for tips. It was a very humbling experience, but I learned how to pull people, how on the Billboard Charts in March 2014, Thames has arrived. At 31 years old, Thames to get their attention. It wasn’t the most glamorous venue but it was empowering. Without is a statuesque beauty with the ease and confidence of a natural performer. When instruments to complement your voice—it’s just you. I learned to diversify, to take alternative she sings, there’s no doubt Thames is doing what she’s meant to do. With a gospel and blues- rock songs and make them my own.” inspired voice that stirs the soul, Thames sings her story of perseverance and delivers a Eventually, she had to get a job, and her subway singing took a back seat. Thames worked message: Have faith in yourself and your dreams. as an assistant manger in a restaurant, but it was tough to make ends meet. By the Born and raised in Detroit, Mich., Thames had evident musical ability and time she was able to get back to singing in clubs, she was juggling multiple jobs talent from an early age. With her parents’ support, she grew up singing and and—with the birth of Israel, her third son, in 2010—multiple children. studying music. As a teenager, she took piano lessons and trained in both “It was very difficult maintaining a household,” she says. “At one point, classical and jazz vocal technique. I had to work four jobs to keep my children in environments conducive to their For Thames, age 17 was a landmark year in her life. She gave birth to mental, emotional and physical health.” the first of three sons. With baby Elijah in tow, she moved to Mississippi In 2012, after being unable to pay a $350 weekly rent at an extended-stay to study business and marketing at Mississippi College. hotel, Thames and her two boys spent a month in a homeless shelter. During In 2004, she had her second child, Zion-Paul. Nine days before his those difficult weeks, Thames wrote the single, “Tell You What I Know.” second birthday, the toddler passed away from a rare form of lymWith the support of friends and family, Thames and her boys phoma, prompting Thames to return to Detroit and pursue her returned to Mississippi, and her luck began to change. She signed singing career in earnest. with Mississippi-based Dechamp Records in mid-2013. Working “I remember thinking how short life is and how with producers Grady Champion and Carole DeAngelis, Thames much I needed to sing to give peace to my soul,” Thames recorded her debut album in less than five months. says. “It was my darkest moment—the only thing that “We develop from the negative,” Thames says with certainmade me feel less numb was singing, sharing my heart’s ty. “At this point in time, I have so many positives in my life—I love and grief and joy. The death of my son spurred the have an excellent record label that says just do you, we support blind determination that has kept me singing loud and you. This is my career.” clear for anyone who would listen.” JJ Thames performs at 7 p.m. June 5 at Underground 119 Back in Detroit, Thames landed her first gig as a (119 S. President St.). The free show is for those over 21. Thames headliner at a nightclub called Lola’s. She sang at the club every performs with Grady Champion at 8 p.m. June 7 at Duling Friday night for a year and a half and began to build a fan base. Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Admission is $12 in advance and Her success in Detroit spurred her to move to New York City Detroit native Jj Thames shares her heart’s love and $15 at the door. The show is for all ages. Visit, joy through her gift of singing. 35 and make a go of it. and

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Last week, Canada’s Stanley Cup drought continued. The last time a Canadian team won the Stanley Cup was the Montreal Canadiens in 1993.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 NBA (8-11 p.m., ABC) The 2014 NBA Finals is a rematch of last year’s final, featuring the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. FRIDAY, JUNE 6 Baseball (12-6 p.m., ESPN2) A tripleheader of the 2014 Super Regionals as teams battle for a spot in the 2014 College World Series. SATURDAY, JUNE 7 Horse racing (3:30-6 p.m., NBC) California Chrome looks to become the first horse in 36 years to win the Triple Crown by winning the 146th Belmont Stakes. SUNDAY, JUNE 8 NBA (7-10 p.m., ABC) Game two of the 2014 NBA Finals as the San Antonio Spurs host the Miami Heat in the second game of their rematch championship series. MONDAY, JUNE 9 NHL (7-10p.m., NBCSN) Game three of the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals features the New York Rangers and the LA Kings in a cross country battle. TUESDAY, JUNE 10 NBA (8-11 p.m., ABC) The San Antonio Spurs take their talents to South Beach to face the Miami Heat in game three of the 2014 NBA Finals. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 NHL (7-10p.m., NBCSN) It could be a series clinching game four in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals as the New York Rangers host the LA Kings. This week another drought could end if California Chrome can win the 146th Belmont Stakes. He could be the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years, a feat last accomplished by Affirmed.

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he 2014 NBA Playoffs has all the makings of another classic like last year, when the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. One big difference is that the Spurs have the home-court advantage this year. The most interesting part of this series, however, might be what happens after it’s over. No two teams could look completely different next season than the two playing for the title. Win or defeat, the San Antonio Spurs could lose Tim Duncan in the offseason to retirement. Duncan is 38 years old and has to be feeling the wear and tear of years in the league since being the first pick in 1997. The Spurs’ other stars, Tony Parker, 32, and Manu Ginobili, 36, have sustained many injuries over the last few seasons. Ginobili could retire or, if the Spurs had to, they could trade him and Parker for younger talent. It seems a good bet that one of the Spurs’ big three won’t be back for the 2014-2015 season. Father Time is the only undefeated entity in sports, and he has been catching up with Duncan, Ginobili and Parker for some time now. Winning the finals could be the perfect exit for Duncan. On the plus side for Spurs fans, they are a deep team, and all three could be back for one last run if management feels they could pull it off. The danger for the Spurs is hanging on to core pieces too long and facing major rebuilding efforts down the road.

Miami’s big three—LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade—could bring major change to the Heat in a different way. All three have the ability to opt out of their contracts after this season. LeBron could win a third straight title and then decide to bring it back to his adoptive hometown of Cleveland. The title-starved city would welcome its prodigal son with open arms if he returned. Winning a title for Cleveland would also lend a special point to LeBron’s legacy and wipe away the hurt left by his “decision” when he left the city. Wade, like Parker, is only 32 years old and has had injury problems. He could follow LeBron and become a strong force off the bench for another team. That would cut his minutes and make his impact on the court much bigger. Bosh could stay in Miami or make his own path; it seems likely that he will make his decision after LeBron and Wade make theirs. Again, it wouldn’t be a surprise if all three stayed in Miami next season, either. Winning a title could make the decision for both teams as they bring back their stars to defend the title. As the series reaches it dramatic conclusion, more speculation will arise on where both team’s big three will be around next season. It will be almost as interesting as the finals to watch this offseason unfold and see six great players make decisions that shape the future of the NBA for the next few years.

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