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tacey “Soul” Winters says her life changed when she first unlocked the doors of what was to be Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.) in 2010. A native of Ethel, Miss., Winters, 51, says she “worked the system” with jobs in call centers and restaurants after returning to Mississippi around 1999. She says she moved away from the state to try something new and lived in Kansas and Oklahoma before returning to take care of her grandmother. One day in 2010, Winters was at work at Comcast without a plan to open a poetry and neo-soul café. The next day, her life changed. “Amidst all the bills that I had, I just knew I had to do something different. I didn’t want to work anymore there,” Winters says. “I just needed to do something else.” She quit that job. She gave up her house and had about $1,500 left. “Sometimes your mind tells you to do what other people think is impossible, but it’s possible,” Winters said. Originally, she planned her café in the Meadowbrook area, but that did not happen. She says she passed the current location of Soul Wired Café three times before she had a “moment of enlightenment.” “I just felt like the universe opened up, and this is where I should be,” Winters says. After she painted and renovated the venue with recycled and donated pieces—with murals by local artist Michael Schofner on the
front of the café’s stage and inside the shop— she opened Soul Wired Café in April 2011. The music, arts and poetry hub in Jackson, attracts anything with soul. The café hosts live music, open mic, poetry and spokenword performances. Currently, Soul Wired Café is gearing up for another beginning. The shop is open on limited days right now due to renovations in the kitchen and on the backyard stage. In mid-July, Soul Wired Café will be done with renovations with help from local patrons and volunteers. Even though she says she is not making a lot of money, Winters says she is building a sense of spirit in Jackson where people can connect. She wants to start programs that engage community through seminars and children’s art programs. Winters’ goal for Soul Wired Café is for one part to be nonprofit and the other half to be for-profit. “I’m not trying to change the world. I’m trying do something positive,” Winters says. “I’m just trying to make a living in what I love doing. That’s it.” After Hurricane Katrina, she began helping with an afterschool program for children. James Meredith, the Jackson man who first integrated Ole Miss, is Winters’ cousin. She says she loves Jackson and is just trying to make life happen. —Mary Kate McGowan
Cover illustration by Kristin Brenemen
10-11 Saving Junaid
Former Jackson resident Junaid Hafeez was sentenced to death in Pakistan. Can the international outcry over his imprisonment save him?
29 Rolling Through Summer
“While I enjoy an occasional fried spring roll, for the warm weather, I gravitate toward a non-fried spring roll—which are sometimes called summer rolls. My first introduction to this incredible delicacy was at a Thai restaurant in Hawaii. It was love at first bite.” —Jane Flood, “A Treat for Warm Weather”
39 Say Anything’s Inner Demons
In Say Anything’s new album ‘Hebrews,’ songwriter Max Bemis takes the listener on a journey through life’s pitfalls.
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Think National, Shop Local
’ve purchased exactly one thing from Walmart in nearly 20 years—a microwave pizza. I did that in the Natchez Walmart, after Donna had left me stuck in a hotel room for hours while she was out on a reporting field trip, apparently forgetting that I was across the river in Vidalia, La., with no car and no restaurants or convenience stores within walking distance. My avoidance of Walmart is a conscious choice. I believe that Walmart has done more to undermine the local economies of American cities than any other single institution, so that belief drives my actions. From depressing wages to the de-facto destruction of downtowns to encouraging American manufacturing to move overseas, the Walmart model is a juggernaut that has absolutely helped to put us—particularly our small towns and rural-to-suburban areas—where we are today. I do shop in some chains—Target, Stein Mart, Office Depot (on an emergency basis), Kroger (they carry the ridiculously pricey refrigerated food our cats require)— but I avoid them as much as possible and try to choose a local outlet when I can reasonably do so. McDade’s, Montgomery Hardware, Beemon Drugs, Rainbow Co-Op and a variety of others are on the shop-frequently list; for buying gifts and dining out, I pretty much stay away from places that I could easily visit in another city. For the most part, it’s not worth the time. In shop-local circles, that’s generally branded as “Think Local First” with the idea being that if you can shift even a small percentage of your shopping to local independents, you’re helping to improve the local economy and bringing awareness for yourself and others to the benefits of local shopping. What are those benefits? Multiple studies have shown that shopping with locally owned businesses returns $45 (or more) to the local economy of every $100 spent; with chains, that number is closer to $14 or less.
What does that mean? It means more employment for one thing—locally owned businesses employ local accountants, attorneys, printers, marketing advisers—and they’re more likely to buy from local suppliers. Studies have also shown that it means better jobs, better wages—even healthier cities and a greater sense of citizenship and well-being. One study showed that, frequently, communities never recoup the tax dollars
Local businesses help us build and keep wealth in our community. they lose from infrastructure improvements and tax abatements they use to woo bigbox retailers. There’s a myth associated with “all those jobs” the big box will provide—at least until it leaves its big, hulking building behind and moves to another county, taking those jobs with it. Alternatively, successful local businesses help us build and keep wealth in our community—instead of shipping the profits to places like Bentonville, Ark. That wealth can then be re-invested in other new businesses, local real estate and development, and that money can re-circulate as loans and mortgages for people. While not every local wealthy person will necessarily have an egalitarian streak for fellow citizens in the Jackson metro, they’re certainly more likely to than one holed up in Atlanta, Seattle or Minneapolis. There’s certainly the very real possi-
bility that local business owners are more accountable—they live here. You see them on the street or in church or picking their kids up from school. If you need or want or ask them to do something, at least you have that opportunity. Any other benefits? Sure—consumer choice, creativity, diversity, individuality, authenticity. Those are many of the factors that drive young professionals to a city or town, which can result in (or at least be a part of) a concentration of new ideas, new opportunities, smart development, cultural and artistic awakenings, and so much more. And “infill” development of local businesses can even help with livability and environmental concerns; if you can get more shopping done in your neighborhood then you have to haul out to Walmart a little less frequently. (Or … never!) One other thought—spending more of our dollars with independent businesses is really the only way we’re going to see more “Made in U.S.A.” stickers on our goods. It’s not a one-to-one relationship; a lot of local businesses will still source their inventory from overseas. But all of the other factors discussed—local wealth and investment, accountability, authenticity—all lend themselves to the possibility that we could see a resurgence in our national economy brought on by a bunch of local economies doing more of the right thing. And that brings me to this issue and the JFP’s first attempt at observing “Independents Week,” a national celebration of independent businesses that is facilitated by the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA.org). AMIBA encourages promotions around the country ranging from games and contests to educational campaigns and special shopping events—all timed to coincide with Independence Day and to raise awareness about the benefits of shifting some of your shopping to locally
owned, independent businesses. We’re celebrating in part with the JFP’s “Picture Yourself Shopping Local” contest, which is explained on page 21 and at jxnindyweek.com. The gist of the game is a “selfie” contest in social media—take a selfie of yourself in one of the participating local businesses, and you’re entered in a drawing to win a Grand Prize comprised of a package of gift cards from the participating local businesses, valued at $350. Another winner will be the person who gets the most “likes” or votes in our Facebook Gallery for the contest; a third winner will be drawn from people who complete the game card (by taking a selfie in all of the local businesses on the card—or taking advantage of a few “wild cards” to finish off your game card) and submitting it via the jxnindyweek.com website. We’re hoping that by working together on a fun contest and game, we can all do our part in social media (and in real life) to promote the idea of shifting some shopping to local, independent businesses during the same time that we celebrate our independence as a nation. We do that, in part, because it’s a little bit of fun in anticipation of the holiday; we also do it because supporting independent businesses is a vital way for us to remain independent and vibrant ourselves, as a community. We’ve promoted shopping local since our very first issue, and this is a way to have even more fun with it. The game starts now on our Facebook page, jxnindyweek.com and via hashtag #jxnindyweek on Twitter or Instagram. Let’s do just a little “shifting our shopping” this Fourth of July season and see if we can’t all come out a little more “independent” as a result. Todd Stauffer is the publisher of the Jackson Free Press. Email him at todd@ jacksonfreepress.com.
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Art Director Kristin Brenemen is an otaku with a penchant for dystopianism. She’s all geared up for convention season with Child of Light and Legend of Korra themes. At night, she fights crime. She designed the cover and much of the issue.
Editorial Intern Mary Kate McGowan, a senior communication and English major at Mississippi State University, is a Starkville Free Press writer. She wrote the cover story.
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.
R.L. Nave, native Missourian and news editor, roots for St. Louis (and the Mizzou Tigers)—and for Jackson. Send him news tips at email@example.com or call him at 601-362-6121 ext. 12. He wrote a news story.
Feature Writer and Tishomingo County native Carmen Cristo studied journalism at Mississippi State University and wrote for the Starkville Free Press. She likes Food Network, ’90s music and her husband. She wrote a news story.
Investigative Reporter Anna Wolfe is a senior communications major at Mississippi State University who strives to use writing as a tool to advance social justice. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She wrote a news story.
Jane Flood has led a full life. She has tasted cuisines from the world over, taught Pilates to Saints, written a romance novel and fed Thai royalty. She currently lives in Fondren. She wrote a food story.
Editorial Intern Deja Harris is a junior at Alcorn State University, where she majors in mass communications with an emphasis in print journalism. She wrote the GIG story.
“I think that Farish Street is the draw that could help put Mississippi on the map.” — Geno Lee, Big Apple Inn proprietor, on the potential for Farish Street.
Wednesday, June 18 As concessions to Moscow, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko replaces his foreign minister and promises that government troops will soon stop firing on pro-Russian armed separatists. … U.S. senators unveil a bipartisan plan to raise federal gasoline and diesel taxes for the first time in more than two decades as a solution to Congress’ struggle to pay for highway and transit programs.
Friday, June 20 The Obama administration grants an array of new benefits to same-sex couples, including those who live in states where gay marriage is against the law. The new measures range from Social Security and veterans benefits to work leave for caring for sick spouses. … The United Nations refugee agency reports that the number of people forced from their homes worldwide has surged past 50 million for the first time since the World War II era. Saturday, June 21 The city of Philadelphia, Miss., marks the 50th anniversary of the killings of civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney during Freedom Summer 1964.
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Sunday, June 22 Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly expresses support for Ukraine’s declaration of a cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and calls on both sides to negotiate a compromise.
Monday, June 23 The Supreme Court places limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. Tuesday, June 24 Witnesses in Nigeria report that Boko Haram abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys in weekend attacks on villages in the country’s northeast.
The Sales Tax’s Ripple Effects by R.L. Nave
legislative change to Jackson’s 1- sales taxes. But retailers would then pay the percent sales-tax law would pre- additional 1-percent to the retailer, but only vent a retail price increase on beer receive a 7-percent tax credit. and light wine, the trade associa- Brown’s groups approached lawmakers, tion that lobbied for the legal change said. and the changes were included in House Bill After years of political wrangling over 787, which approved state spending on inthe law’s controversial provisions, including a 10-person oversight commission, more than 90 percent of Jackson voters agreed to charge themselves an addition 1-percent in taxes on most goods with the understanding that an estimated $15 million per year in extra revenue would help address the city’s long-bemoaned infrastructure. In March, the tax took effect. Soon afterward, the Mississippi Legislature amended the original 2009 law that made it possible for the city to hold a city referendum on the tax. Under that legislation, the sales tax Duane O’Neill of the Greater Jackson Chamber would exempt food and beverages at Partnership said the citizens of Jackson voted to increase their own taxes, but business groups argue restaurants. The Mississippi Malt Bevthe tax would have had unintended consequences. erage Association said there were other unintended consequences as well. “It became a 1-percent price increase (on beer and light wine) to the re- frastructure upgrades around the state. tailers,” said Ricky Brown, president of the Still, the change worries city of JackMMBA. son officials, who have requested an opin That’s because, under state law, whole- ion from Mississippi Attorney General Jim salers of beer and light wine charge a 7 per- Hood’s office. cent sales tax to retailers; retailers in turn apply As a result of the change, city budget that 7 percent tax as a state income-tax credit. planners feel under pressure to adjust the Under the original sales-tax hike, wholesales spending plan for the tax revenue. Ward 4 would have to charge retailers 8 percent in Councilman De’Keither Stamps said the
original plans for the $15 million included major funding for storm water, city water, city sewage, streets and drainage. If revenue is chopped, the entire plan will have to be revamped and reprioritized, city officials say. “Those are interconnected plans,” De’Keither Stamps told the Jackson Free Press in an interview earlier this month. Duane O’Neill, president of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, said the changes to the sales-tax law came a “surprise” to his organization, which represents businesses in the Jackson metro. O’Neill said he needed to investigate the assertion of the maltbeverage association about the sales tax as originally proposed leading to price increases at the retail level. “The idea is that when the voters went to polls, it was one thing, and it comes out a different thing,” O’Neill told the Jackson Free Press, adding that perhaps a study should be commissioned to consider the full impact of the law change. But for O’Neill and other city officials such as Stamps, the citizens voted to tax themselves in January regardless of the law’s ripple effects, and that vote should be honored. “That’s what everybody thought they voted on,” he said of the original sales-tax proposal, “and (citizens) are the ones are that make the choices.” Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email R.L. Nave at email@example.com. Trip Burns
Thursday, June 19 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Russia has resumed a military buildup near Ukraine, calling it “a very regrettable step backward.” … President Obama announces that he is dispatching 300 U.S. military advisers to Iraq to help quell the rising insurgency.
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Curious Readers by Amber Helsel
he June 24 runoff between incumbent Thad Cochran and his opponent Chris McDaniel caused many a controversy, from Tea Party members getting locked in City Hall to random ads claiming that Cochran is the “King of Swine.” The whole race made our readers curious. Here are a few recent search terms from the JFP website. 1. can thad cochran run as independent 2. cochran 3. cochran mcdaniel 4. hinds county gop chair paid by cochran 5. mcdaniel cochran wife 6. archie manning politics ad mcdaniel 7. chris mcdaniel scandals 8. chris mcdaniels is for common core education 9. clyde muse chris mcdaniel
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Sweet, Hendrix: Who Will Rep South Jackson? by Haley Ferretti
hile everyone was consumed more educational and training opportuniwith the Republican primary ties for residents. for U.S. Senate, Ward 6 vot“We have to ensure that there is trainers are deciding who will rep- ing for the jobs for the residents of the resent them on the Jackson City Council ward,” Sweet said in an interview. on Tuesday, July 1. “We need to make sure that the ward Upon Tony Yarber’s election as may- is zoned to develop businesses. We need to or, his seat on the city council representing make sure that we expand the zones for the a huge swath of the city’s south side—which has served as a launch pad for a number of mayoral hopefuls—opened up and attracted a wide field of candidates that is now whittled down to two men. Tyrone Hendrix and Dennis Sweet IV, who emerged from the field of eight candidates on June 17 to force a runoff, each boasts strong Dennis Sweet IV, an attorney, wants to take aim at credentials. abandoned houses to decrease crime by people squatting in dilapidated structures.
‘Sweet’ Plans Born in Washington, D.C., Sweet grew up in Chicago and Jackson. The 31-year-old works as an associate at his father’s law firm, Sweet & Associates, specializing in civil litigation, civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, premises liability and criminal defense. He has practiced law in Mississippi since 2008. Sweet would like to market south Jackson to development companies and create
new market tax credit to allow more businesses and jobs to come into the ward.” In addition, Sweet has worked as an adjunct professor and volunteer pre-law adviser for Tougaloo College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 2004. He received his law degree at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2008 and his LL.M. from George Washington
University Law School in 2011. In Jackson, Sweet grew up in the area now known as the Rolling Hills subdivision in southwest Jackson. During his adolescence, he alternated between living there with his father and with his mother in Chicago. He has resided in Ward 6 on Scanlon Drive since October 2013 with his daughter, Sydney. Call Tyrone Tyrone Hendrix, 31, has been deeply involved in local politics for a number of years. Hendrix is a longtime Democratic Party operative who helped manage Jonathan Lee’s mayoral campaign last year and worked with Regina Quinn in the recent special mayoral election. He also served as the deputy campaign manager for Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 2001 gubernatorial bid. He worked on campaigns for Sen. John Horhn in the Democratic primary, and he worked on Harvey Johnson Jr.’s campaign in both the 2009 runoff and general election for mayor. In 2008, he worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Hendrix served as the state director for Organizing for America, a grassroots advocacy group affiliated with the Democratic National Committee. He attended Jackson State University, receiving a B.S. in psychology in 2006, an M.A. in political science in 2008 and a Ph.D in public policy and administration in 2009. Hendrix grew up on the corner of
Hospital Drive and Raymond Road as well as the area near the corner of McDowell Road and Raymond Road. He and his wife, Ercilla Dometz-Hendrix, run a political consulting firm, Hendrix & Dometz Organizational Solutions. The family currently lives in Ward 6 on Holyhill Drive with their children, Farah and Tyrone II. Hendrix says that Ward 6 residents should have the strongest say so in which businesses move into the area. He has said that he wants to help organize community meetings to determine these types of businesses. He also has said that he wishes to work with other Council members who represent parts of South Jackson to develop a South Jackson Economic Development Plan. The Hot-Button Issues Ward 6 represents a bit of a campaigning challenge in that most of the ward is residential and lacks opportunities for traditional commercial development, a common theme of candidate stump speeches. However, Sweet and Hendrix are appealing to a number of other issues that are near and dear to south Jacksonians. For example, as the men have campaigned, many residents have grumbled about the crime rate in the ward. Even with the city’s crime rate for major crimes going down in the last two years, Ward 6 occasionally sees spikes in violent and property crime. Recent COMSTAT data from
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the Jackson Police Department indicates an increased percentage in Precinct 1 in the year-to-date averages of auto theft, business burglary, grand larceny, armed robbery, carjacking and rape. Hendrix has spoken about the need
structures. He also said providing more economic-development and job opportunities to the ward will help prevent those who resort to criminal activity to survive. Sweet also advocates for providing more extracurricular activities as well as ensuring more educational opportunities for kids, which he says will make students excited to go to school.
Building Up Ward 6 The city and ward’s infrastructure has also been a hot topic at recent candidate forums. Hendrix has said that he wants to “stop the quick fixes” for the area’s potholes. He says he will help find funding for more advanced technology that will provide more permanent fixes Tyrone Hendrix, a political consultant and for the streets. strategist, wants to launch a campaign to “We’ve seen our roads deteencourage neighbors to look out for each other by riorate into, really, just crumbling using technology to better connect them. pieces,” Hendrix said in an interview. “On a lot of our streets, we to strengthen the relationship between can pick up the pavement with or hands, neighborhood and apartment crime watch and that’s just not something that south groups and the Jackson Police Department. Jackson residents deserve.” His “All Eyes on the Streets. All Ears to the Sweet said he would like to meet with Ground” campaign encourages neighbors local developers to find out their plans for to look out for each other by using technol- the ward and then integrate those plans into ogy to better connect them. future plans for the area’s infrastructure. He He also said he would like to provide also promised to bring infrastructure issues more resources for community and youth to the attention of department heads and organizations and identify areas within hold them accountable. the ward that need better lighting to deter The runoff election will be held criminal activity. Tuesday, July 1. For his part, Sweet said that he would Polls will be open in Ward 6 from 7 prefer to look at procedures to tear down a.m. until 7 p.m. dilapidated houses and buildings to rid the Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Halarea of people who may be squatting in the ey Ferretti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blacks, LGBTs Unite for Freedom Summer
he fight for freedom of African Americans and LGBT people, and those who are both, is the focus of the Human Rights Campaign’s Freedom Summer Conference this week. For the 50th anniversary of the first Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, HRC’s Project One America is presenting workshops and speeches from June 24 through June 28 in Jackson. Topics will focus on empowering young people to promote equality through voting. “We have a lot to learn from the courage of Freedom Summer activists. They organized, risked and fought to ensure all Americans have access to the political process,” said Brad Clark, HRC Project One America director in a news release.
During Freedom Summer in 1964, more than 1,000 civil rights activists traveled south to help with the voter registration of black Mississippians. Now, HRC plans to focus on how to combat struggles for voting rights, workers’ rights and access to health care. “Great communities in Mississippi are created when great partnerships exist between organizations working to improve the lives of all,” Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in an HRC press release. Back in May, Johnson stood alongside HRC President Chad Griffin at the Mississippi Capitol. The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference begins Wednesday, June 25, at Tougaloo College.
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Jackson Rallies to Save Junaid Hafeez by Carmen Cristo
“Humanity, like armies in the field, advances at the speed of the slowest.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, “Love in the Time of Cholera”
omair Riaz remembers the first time he saw Junaid Hafeez after moving to Mississippi from Pakistan for graduate school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was on a field trip to the Twin Lakes camp and conference center in Florence, Miss., with First Presbyterian Church’s Internationals Class on Labor Day of 2009 when he spotted a familiar face. Hafeez told Riaz about his life after leaving medical school at King Edward Medical
Hafeez, 27, had always called Pakistan home, prior to coming to Mississippi. Hailing from Rajanpur, possibly the most remote region in the Punjab province, Hafeez enrolled in King Edward Medical College in the capital city of Lahore in 2003 after receiving the gold medal in premedical studies from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education of the Dera Ghazi Khan division. “In the land of doctors and engineers, it was a hard thing for friends and family to understand, but his mind was clear in following his creative pursuit,” Riaz said. He moved back to his home region in 2006 to study English Literature at Bahauddin Zakariya University at Multan.
lish department, while also teaching at the College of Design. Hafeez was known and respected by many students for his open-minded teaching and the way that he encouraged them to think about concepts that were considered liberal in Pakistan such as feminism. Hafeez was writing his thesis on an ethnographic study of masculinity in popular cinema in Multan.
Opened-Minded Teaching One of only a handful of NESA scholars, Hafeez came to Mississippi in 2009 to continue his studies at Jackson State University. in American literature, photography and theater. He had written in his personal statement to the university that he was inspired to pursue a different career path after watching films like “Dead Poets Society,” “Ijazat” and “Dil Se” and reading texts like “Love in the Time of Cholera,” Irfan Aslam reported on Dawn.com. While in Mississippi, Hafeez acted in and directed several plays and excelled in his studies. After two semesters in the U.S., he returned to BZU Multan in 2011 as a graduate student and visiting lecturer in the Eng-
wasn’t the first time Hafeez had faced opposition for his ideals, but the approval of the department head, Shirin Zaubair, had protected him until she was targeted herself. Once she was gone, the Tehrik-tahafaze-Namoos-e-risalat, a derivative of Jamaat e Islaami, warned the university that they would take matters into their own hands if such liberal teaching was not addressed. The group zeroed in on Hafeez when a teaching position opened that he was most qualified for. Rana Akbar Tabish, a member of the student wing of Jamaat e Islaami, began distributing a pamphlet on March 13, 2013 that called for the hanging of Hafeez, whom the group accused of blasphemy, an automatic death sentence in Pakistan. A
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Junaid Hafeez, a former Jackson resident, may be executed for violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws. Now local friends and loved ones are helping to save his life.
College in Lahore to pursue literature. “He had written short stories, poems and was working on being a playwright,” Riaz said. They ate barbecue and cotton candy, and Hafeez told him about how J. M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan,” was also a cricket player. As someone who knew him both in Pakistan and Mississippi, Riaz describes Hafeez as a humble and non-controversial man with a down-to-earth attitude that was surprising, given his intelligence. He remembers his appetite for diversity and studying the histories of cultures. “His humbleness and polite personality really struck me. And so did his dedication in getting the most out of this unique educational, social and cultural experience,” Riaz said.
Too Liberal Hajeez faced criticism from the student wing of Jamaat e Islaami, a Muslim political party, as part of “a campaign to Islamize the English Department” at BZU, Meredith Tax of Center for Secular Space reported. It
strike was staged, and Junaid was stripped of his admission, housing and teaching contract with no investigation of the accusations. Banned from campus and the target of ongoing protests, Hafeez eventually fled, but was caught and booked in Sahiwal Jail on charges of violating section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which states, “Whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine.” Hafeez had allegedly created two Facebook pages where he committed these offenses, “So-Called Liberals of Pakistan” and “Mulla Munafiq.” Mustajab Tareen of Let Us Build Pakistan wrote in an article that the professor was also charged under section 295-B, which outlaws defiling the Qur’an, but no evidence has supported such a claim. Tax said that, following the initial report, police gathered 1,200 pages of other materials to use against him from his computer and a book titled “Progressive Muslims” that was sent to him for review four days after his arrest. In her article, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” for openDemocracy.com, Tax said that a year after the charges were filed, there has still been no investigation to trace the IP addresses or learn the owners of the domains. And officials haven’t given any attention to the fact that the websites have continued being updated, even while Hafeez has been in jail with no access to a computer. “The standard of evidence in blasphemy laws is nonexistent,” she said from her home in New York, in an interview via Skype. Mudassar, the lawyer Hafeez’s father originally hired, buckled under threats and dropped the case in June of 2013, leaving little hope. Tensions surrounding other recent blasphemy cases drove other lawyers away and prompted the (Supreme Court) Bar Association of Pakistan to forbid all its members to represent Hafeez in court. ‘The Jaws of Death’ Enter Rashid Rehman, director of the Multan office of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. In an interview with BBC, Rehman said that taking the case was like “walking into the jaws of death.” And he was all too right. On April 3, 2014, after months of being transported from jail to court every couple weeks, a drive of several hours with a welcoming party of protesting Islamists, Hafeez was transferred to Multan Central Jail, and
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practice, and there is little discussion about evidence, because someone who repeats the supposed blasphemy does not want to be held accountable for the same sin. The HRCP’s 2013 Annual Report cited that 68 citizens had been jailed for offenses involving religion. While many of these charges carry the death penalty, the government has not executed a prisoner for violations. Instead, most are turned over to mob justice or die in prison like Riaz’s grandfather. Also common in Pakistan are “police encounters”—where unarmed citizens are said to have threatened or attacked police and then are gunned down. These citizens are usually rumored to have committed some offense like blasphemy. The region with the highest number of these encounters in 2013 was Hafeez’s home region of Punjab with 217. Activists such as Tax and Ali continue to advocate for secularism in Pakistan, in hopes that minorities and scholars like Hafeez will not have to live in danger in their home country any longer. Ali, however, is doubtful that change will come soon. Blasphemy laws will be difficult to repeal since parliament is the only group with Junaid Hafeez (right) studied American literature, photography and theater at Jackson State the power to do so, and they are University. He is pictured with Colombian predominately Muslim. colleague Martha Chau at a 2009 Christmas party. Two officers from the provincial government have been suspended in relation to Rehman’s death and the lack of investigation blasphemy laws,” he said. of it. The International Cities of Rescue Net That also explains why no action was work (ICORN), IDARE and International taken when Rehman and the HRCP, on his Pen are planning an international campaign behalf, asked for protection during the trial on Hafeez’s behalf. amid daily death threats or when he was shot Although the charges are in direct vioand killed in his Multan office, with surviv- lation of the United Nations Declaration on ing colleagues as witnesses. Lawyers protest- the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance ed, and the HRCP mourned, but no justice of Discrimination Based on Religion or Bewas found for Rehman. lief, it is not expected that they will step in. In a Daily Times article, Ali wrote that People who knew Hafeez during his upon hearing news of Rehman’s murder, he time in Jackson such as Jackson State Uni“was not able to sleep for a whole night and versity English professor Noel Didla are takfound myself shaking with fear.” He went ing to social media and change.org to petion to say that the event had struck fear in all tion for his release. of Pakistan’s human-rights activists. Didla admits that it might not help, Hafeez remains in jail, now in the but she feels that she has to do something. Central Prison in Multan, the center of blas- “It’s very surreal for me to think of the phemy violence. According to Ali, Pakistani courage he has at his age, but then again, prisons are notorious for being overcrowded he’s an artist and a literary activist, which and dangerous. Despite his circumstances, means he stands in his power and truth,” Afiya Zia, who met Hafeez in jail told Aslam she told the Jackson Free Press. that he was teaching other inmates and that “The only reason I was so impressed he had numerous books with him. with that is because voices from my part of the world don’t have the platform. Very Settling Personal Scores few are kind of adapted by Western me Hafeez isn’t the first to be jailed for blas- dia and they make it to mainstream news, phemy to settle personal scores. Ali says the and those are the tokenized ones. His voice blasphemy laws have a long history of mis- was not tokenized. Nobody can tokenize a use, motivated primarily by prejudice against voice like that.” minorities like Christians, Ahmedis, atheists Comment at www.jfp.ms. Email Carand scholars. Fabricating facts is a common men Cristo at email@example.com.
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his trial was held there per Rehman’s request, as he feared for his client’s safety. Tax says it is common in Pakistan for trials to be delayed or postponed repeatedly. Tax and Ali say that, during a trial the next week, prosecuting attorneys threatened Rehman that he would not be alive to attend the next hearing. Although the threats were issued before the presiding judge and Rehman reported their names, they were never charged or investigated. Pakistan lawyer and journalist Sarmad Ali said that this kind of behavior on the judge’s part comes as no surprise since 96.4 percent of Pakistan is Muslim, according to a study by The Guardian in 2010. “Out of every 100 people, 99 would be in favor of
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… I was a senior at Millsaps College. I borrowed a car from a friend at church to drive to Bolton to retrieve some camping gear I had left in the woods there. When I returned from the woods with the camping gear, the car wouldn’t start. The town marshal, Jake Brewer, had removed the distributor cap. He and the mayor, Alex Payne, a red-faced growling man, threatened me with arrest unless I told them why I was in Bolton. They were afraid that outsiders were coming into Bolton to register blacks to vote. I produced a wallet-sized copy of my Hinds Junior College diploma, and they released me and replaced the distributor cap in the car. A few years later, the Republic of New Afrika came to Bolton, and their members had guns. Many guns. The RNA was not impressed by Alex’s threats or Jake’s shiny badge. After the next election, Jake and Alex found themselves unemployed. Now they would have to find honest work in the real world. They died in Bolton, the kind of relics of a pathetic past people talk about behind their hands.
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Yarber: Insist on Transparency in City Hall
ack when Tony Yarber was a city councilman, he was a remarkably transparent public servant. He never gave the Jackson Free Press the impression that he wasn’t completely forthright, had anything to hide or didn’t believe that the public had the right to know. He was one of our go-to sources on the council. That transparency, which he pledged to us when he was running for mayor, has now apparently disappeared. It’s gotten so bad that his communications director, Shelia Byrd, has told JFP reporters that city officials will only answer questions provided to her by email. When reached by phone today by the editor-in-chief, Byrd (a former AP reporter) would not confirm if the JFP can actually interview a City Hall official without submitting questions for prior review (so far, she hasn’t let us) or she will allow officials to talk to us if we do. Byrd’s response: “If you send us your email questions, I can provide you with the information you need.” When pressed to clarify if that meant no interviews without submitting questions for review, she simply refused to answer. She said “all other media” around here allow “email interviews” and hung up on us when pressed to answer whether that meant no live interviews with city officials. This cuts to the heart of government transparency. It makes no sense to have either elected or appointed public officials who cannot sit down with a reporter or pick up a phone and answer real questions and explain their actions and ideas. The role of a PR person, such as Byrd, is to schedule those real, live interviews, not block them altogether. Sending questions in email is not an inter-
view. What would happen is that the questions get passed around, and PR folks write watered-down responses. The public gets little or no real information out of such an exchange. And they’re usually boring answers that no one wants to read anyway. This is the lowest form of “journalism,” and we do not practice it at the JFP. Our writers sign a code of ethics promising that they will not resort to such a lazy practice. It is also highly unusual for public officials to demand that questions be provided and answered in email; neither the editor-inchief or news editor have ever run into that, including in cities from New York to Illinois. It is not a practice that can work out well for the city. The irony is that we discovered this effort to sanitize city response when a JFP reporter tried to talk to someone there for a positive story that would make the city look good. When Byrd demanded email questions, our reporter passed, as she’s trained to do. Byrd, thus, refused to grand interviews. Bottom line: We will report the stories that the city would rather us not, regardless (ask the late Frank Melton, the master of trying to hide stuff). This policy will only keep city officials from having real voices in the press either responding to the public’s questions or bragging about their efforts. We urge the city, led by Mayor Yarber, to re-embrace the transparency he modeled on city council. Efforts to muzzle and hamstring the press never work out—at least with media outlets that maintain high standards, including banning email “interviews” and who actually take time to factcheck stories, as we do. Even if the “other media” don’t bother.
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’ve been burning the candle at both ends as of late, and I find myself kneading my furrowed brow or asking my husband to be patient with me more often than not. Between dashing back and forth between the salon and barber shop, helping with the “If You’re Buying” sticker campaign, keeping up with LGBT activists around Mississippi and helping Robbie Fisher pull together a grassroots marketing plan for her short documentary about Justin and me, “A Mississippi Love Story,” there are moments when I’m sure one, if not all, of these is getting the short end of the stick. This morning, as I struggled yet again to recall the password for one of the social-media accounts for the documentary, I was struck dumb by the realization that I moved back to Jackson 10 years ago this month. Back then, before Ryan Seacrest had unleashed the unholy terror that is the Kardashians and nobody knew what a “Real Housewife” was, Justin agreed to pack up our things and follow me back to Jackson. In the first two years, we experienced were plenty of highs and lows: nights out on the town rubbing elbows with potential clients and making memories with friends, old and new, juxtaposed with arguments over finances, W’s re-election and Hurricane Katrina. In those days, we thought little of opening our own business, except to talk about the concept and our shared belief that it could only be located in Fondren. I’d been carrying around an article from Vogue since hair school that talked about the growing trend of boutique salons catering to a small clientele, offering specialized services and eschewing the swagger of the multi-location mega-salon. In ’07 we opened what we billed as “a swanky little salon with a talented staff.” The idea was to keep William Wallace small and personal, upscale in execution, but approachable and comfortable for anyone. For seven years, and through the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, we’ve cared for everyone from single moms on a budget to folks with more money than the Pope. But here’s the thing: It would never have happened were it not for the support of local business owners and their staffs in and around Fondren. Before our sign went up, or even the first coat of paint, Nancy Price called to offer help in any way she could. Jeff Good was
busy opening Sal & Mookie’s, but he made a point to come by almost daily. Marcy Nessel would call out as she whizzed by on her bike, as would Janis Boersma speed-walking in her hot pants. The “just let me know if there’s anything I can do” phone calls were too many to count. We spent many a late night sanding drywall and carrying trash and debris to the dumpster. Day after day, we faced a mindnumbing barrage of decisions about everything from plumbing and electrical issues to licenses, permits, and various business and tax accounts. The physical toll was the worst. Every morning, I felt new aches and pains, not to mention the mystery creaks and pops of my weary bones. One evening, after a full day of laboring on our almost-finished space, I propped my broom against the wall and took a nap on a stack of drywall—flat on my back and unashamed. At the time, we were taking a gamble that Jackson would support a salon owned by an openly gay couple, and when we opened the doors, the good folks of the metro area did me proud. As I look back on the evolution of the “If You’re Buying” sticker campaign, what surprises me most isn’t that Mississippi business owners might want a sticker; rather, it’s business folks like John Currence and Mike Upton who not only rushed to get their hands on a little blue sticker, but are quite vocal about it. More than once, I’ve seen them take opponents to task for failing to see the absurdity of SB 2681 and the reasons it came about. Witnessing the Mississippi business community coming together to speak out against discrimination of any kind through the lens of being a business owner in the LGBTQ community makes it all the more powerful to me. We are all a part of one community that depends on support from everyone, not just a select few or those exactly like us. So, to Jackson, Miss., I offer my humble thanks. Whether you know it or not, or even think it matters, there are others who take heart in seeing a business owned by an openly gay couple make it year after year. And to my husband, Justin, thank you for coming home with me. You make Jackson a better place to be. See the premier of “A Mississippi Love Story” Friday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Admission is free.
I propped my broom against the wall and took a nap on a stack of drywall.
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is not business-friendly is not true, according to many successful small-business owners. Thinking Small Pays Big Riding the wave of the popular eat- and
community. Since 1995, small businesses have created a net of 65 percent more jobs nationally. The United States has about 28 million small businesses. Sole proprietors, where the business and the owners are not
eno Lee was not the young kid hanging around the family business. He did not spend his early years scrubbing the Big Apple Inn’s floors or wiping the tables clean. “I had no interest in ever running the Big Apple Inn,” Lee, 49, said this month. Twenty-five years ago, he was working in Jackson as a stockbroker when his uncle got sick. The Big Apple Inn (509 N. Farish St.), which opened in 1939, was about to close. Lee knew 40 years was a long time to be open, and he did not want it to end on his watch. So, his father took the day shift, and he took the night shift. Together, they forged their way through the business world until Lee bought the restaurant from his dad 15 years ago. But being part of the business world on Farish Street entails more than just dealing with sales taxes and parking meters. Businesses, both corporate franchises and local, have to deal with challenges. From permits to licenses to water-sewer issues, businesses must meet myriad challenges in order to be prosperous and keep their doors open. Unlike national and corporate chains, local businesses often do not have the same funds and resources. A relationship with the City of Jackson could be what keeps the lights on and the water running. Conventional wisdom says that the City of Jackson’s taxes are too high, red tape to confusing and that city officials are not interested in helping businesses, the little people, crime and other issues. Although challenges do exist, the perception that Jackson
Geno Lee was a stockbroker before taking over his uncle’s Big Apple Inn. He sure wishes the revitalization of Farish Street would hurry up and happen.
buy-local movements, small businesses owners, such as Dan Blumenthal from Mangia Bene Restaurant Management Company and Mitchell Moore from Campbell’s Bakery, have said that they have seen an increase in business. Even as some businesses have closed for a variety of reasons—most small businesses do not make it past five years—local business owners have said they have seen an effect from selling to more customers. This increase in popularity of “local” has greatly influenced the small-business
different legal entities, make up more than 22 million of these businesses. Most importantly, small businesses employ around 120 million people, over 50 percent of the working population. With more than 240,000 small businesses in Mississippi in 2010, they represent 96.5 percent of all employers. Small businesses employed 436,996 Mississippians in 2010, which represented 49.5 percent of the private-sector labor force in the state, . Of course, the goal of business is to
create revenue through sales and services. For local businesses, this revenue returns to the local economy and recirculates through other businesses. A 2008 Civics Economics study showed that 48 percent of the revenue generated by a local business recirculates in the community, as opposed to 13.6 percent of chain businesses. Small businesses are responsible for 52.6 percent of total retail sales, 46.9 percent of all wholesale sales and 24.8 percent of all manufacturing sales. They also employ the majority of the community and create a good portion of revenue that is used to help run local economies and government. Because of local-business importance, it is vital that local government develops and nurtures relationships with the mom-andpops. “If we had 1,000 small businesses like this in the city of Jackson, I think tax dollars would continue to grow. As long as business continues to move out of our city, more businesses are going to close,” Lee said. Andy Taggart, chairman of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s board of directors, said small businesses determine the economic environment of a community. “The vitality and dynamic of quality of life that you have in a community really depends on viable small businesses,” he said. A Bittersweet Relationship Sometimes city officials and developers have good intentions and lofty redevelopment projects that are designed to help businesses but actually end up hurting them. Farish Street, once the heart of a thriving black community, is an obvious example. Over the years, Lee developed personal relationships with mayors Kane Ditto, Harvey Johnson and Frank Melton. He had just started to develop a connection with the
Vivian Taylor, of Pilates V Studio, wishes the City would help her solve her signage problem.
enced an attempt of revitalization. Some local business owners on Capitol Street downtown are being incredibly affected by a major city project. With the intended revitalization of downtown underway, the two-waying of Capitol Street is a roadblock for some businesses—especially with fund-
The Power of Small Biz 1. Small businesses in the United States account for: • 99.7 percent of employer firms • 98 percent of firms exporting goods • 48.5 percent of private-sector employment • 37 percent of high-tech employment 2. About 10 to 12 percent of firms with employees open and close yearly. 3. Around half of new businesses survive after five years. About 1/3 are opened for 10 or more years. 4. Women owned 36 percent of businesses in 2012. 5. About 15 percent of all business owners in the U.S. were not white in 2012. 6. Number of businesses owned by non-whites in 2007: • 1.6 million businesses were Asian-owned. • African Americans owned 1.9 million businesses. • 2.3 million businesses were Hispanic-owned. • Native Americans/Pacific Islanders owned 0.3 million businesses. 7. Self-employment among people 25 years and younger decreased 23 percent from 2002 to 2012, while self-employment among people 65 years and older increased by 66 percent. Source: www.sba.gov
ing delays affecting its completion (see page 19 for more about Capitol Street woes). Matthew Kajdan, head chef of Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St.), said the construction has definitely affected their business, but they hope that the project will help in the long term. “When they first started breaking the streets up, it hurt the business. But business has gotten back to where it should be,” Kajdan said. “But when it’s done, we have high hopes that it’s going to impact Capitol Street and hopefully revitalize downtown Jackson.” He said he believes the Capitol Street road construction is one of the key pieces to downtown’s revival. “Think about where Fondren was 10 years ago, and Fondren wasn’t always a hip neighborhood,” Kajdan said. “So hopefully in 10 years, that’s what downtown Jackson would be. Capitol Street would be the initial footprint and then it would start stretching outward. Then it would be the cool, hip place to be.” Kajdan said Parlor Market has not had any other issues with the city other than wanting the construction to be completed faster. “It looks like hell now, but when it’s done, it’s going to look great,” he said. That is, if the City can provide funding to finish the project. Downtown Jackson Partners says it has not been able to meet with the new mayor yet to discuss it. Midtown is another Jackson district that hopes to see improvement and help from the City of Jackson. Stacey “Soul” Winters, owner of Soul Wired Café (111 Millsaps Ave.), said the city told her in 2011 that she would be receiving an economic-development grant from the Department of Planning and Development, but she has never seen the money. Winters
said the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development audited the city a year and a half ago, and she said she is waiting for HUD to tell Jackson how they are supposed to give money to Jackson businesses and help with economic development. “Otherwise, the folks down there have been pretty cool,” Winters said. “I’m happy to be here. I want to be in Midtown.” Winters said she plans on organizing workshops and training programs to help give local people hope and an artistic outlet, especially for the children, with the grant money. “I’m hoping that I will be able to receive the grants funds,” Winters said. She has received financial support from Millsaps College and the Greater Jackson Arts Council. While waiting for her grant money to be approved, Winters has also interacted with the City of Jackson regarding road construction on West Street because customers couldn’t get to Soul Wired Café from West Street. During this time, she was also trying to have a sign, which requires city approval of the Planning and Development Department, so people could spot her businesses from Mill Street. She was directed to the Department of Planning and Development where she was told the construction would be completed in around two weeks—and it was. Signage Wanted Unlike Farish Street, other businesses’ problems are not as extensive. Of course, permits and ordinances are regulated, but sometimes the process to get them is a little too extensive and challenging, some local business owners say. A representative from the Signs and Licenses division said the division regulates signs in Jacksons. The repre-
Also, Lorenzo Gayden, owner of Sanaa Gallery & Boutique, said some people in the city government operate as if Jackson is still stuck in 1985, which was an entirely different Jackson and metro area. “We are in dire need of small businesses. We’re competing with surrounding areas that are booming,” Gayden said. “I don’t see that trend reversing anytime in the near future, so the best way to offset that is to really promote and foster local, small businesses.” With the election of a new mayor who seems to show interest in supporting the local economy, local businesses could see improvement in various ways. “I really believe Mayor Yarber and what he says and what he intends to be a catalyst for making government responsive and helpful instead of making government with obstacles in every deal,” Taggart said. “It’s really refreshing to hear the mayor say that he talks to agency heads and makes it clear that he intends for things to get done instead of making it held up. That matters.” Ward 2 Jackson City Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. said Jackson needs local businesses because they generate jobs and tax revenue that the City requires to operate. He recognizes that local businesses have more loyalty to Jackson, and he wants small businesses who start and grow in the area to become big. “I see us in (a) situation (of) trying to focus on making sure businesses can survive and stay here versus getting revenue off of said businesses,” Gayden said. “If I fold, there will be no sign-fee revenue to be made, nor will there be any contribution to the tax base.” Revitalization Pains Other parts of Jackson have also expericourtesy Vivian Taylor
Chokwe Lumumba administration at the time of the late mayor’s death. Lee said the restaurant and the City of Jackson have a bittersweet but great working relationship. “When I came and started down here, Kane Ditto was in office. And we had a very close relationship with Kane Ditto. He implemented a program to revitalize Farish Street,” he said. That revitalization project did not come into fruition until Harvey Johnson’s administration, and it did not end as Ditto hoped and expected. “The first thing they were going to do was to redo the roads. They stopped the street and started working on the roads that ended up being a two-year project. They blocked a one-way street, the only way to my business,” he said. “In the meantime, a lot of businesses on Farish Street closed.” The Big Apple Inn opened another location on State Street and continued their relationship with the Johnson administration, even though some people in the community believed the Farish project was intended to close a lot of businesses on Farish. “Even though it seems that Farish Street is at a standstill and has been for the last 20 years, there’s been a lot of talk, some construction but no real action and no real movement into opening the community back again,” Lee said. This standstill is not good or productive for Farish Street and Jackson as a whole, he says. “First of all, I think it’s a shame that we have such blight and poverty one block from the Capitol building. Second of all, I think that Farish Street is the draw that could help put Mississippi on the map,” he said. The revitalization of the Farish Street district began in 2005 when Performa, a Memphis development firm, started the process for the district to become similar to Beale Street. Performa ran into several problems, including alcohol sales close to Mississippi College, which was resolved in 2008 through a resort designation. Performa was also dealing with issues with Downtown Jackson Partners, Mississippi Development Authority and bank loans. Farish Street Group, which includes chief investor David Watkins, took over in October 2008. The group planned for 13 venues on the corridor, including a B.B. King’s Restaurant and Blues Club. But none of this happened. In September 2013, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority cancelled the Farish Street Group’s lease. By early 2014, Farish Street Group, Watkins and the JRA were battling through legalities, and Farish Street is practically forgotten now. A New Hope But some local business owners, including Lee, have encountered challenges including city ordinances and infrastructure problems such as water sewer problems, potholes and pipe breakages. “I would like to see the government step up for me,” Geno Lee said, regarding the revitalization of Farish Street.
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cause each building is only allowed a certain amount of sign square footage,” he said. The City of Jackson’s sign ordinance’s purposes are “(promoting) a pleasant environment while providing for a consistent regulation of commercial signs,” “reducing the risk of distraction or confusion to drivers,” “eliminating structural hazards” and “protecting and promoting the tourism industry by providing an obstructed view of the city’s scenic areas.” After speaking with code enforcement
Bakery, said he thinks parking meters should be in retail areas, and Fondren is a retail area where parking disagreements between businesses can get heated. “Parking in retail places needs to be quick. I have to be able to limit customers to 10 to 15 minutes otherwise my other customers aren’t able to get in,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said the City of Jackson Planning and Development Department told him the Legislature has to approve the parking meters, and they would have to change
sentative said approval for a signage change could take a couple of days after submitting an appeal. The Signs and License Division of the City of Jackson’s Planning and Development Department is responsible for authorizing sign permits. Businesses must obtain a sign permit, and all signs have height and setback requirements that vary depending on a properties zoning. The Signs and License Division also notifies and fines owners if a sign does not meet these requirements. Vivian Taylor, director of Pilates V Studio at 1867 Crane Ridge Drive, said she has experienced a challenge with signage on Lakeland Drive. She said the sign is not big enough for people to easily locate the studio because of its location, but she said the process of acquiring permits and licenses was fairly easy. She said she is pleased with the support she has seen from the city. “We have requested some attention to that (signage request). And hopefully that’ll be resolved. Hopefully some way we can get greater visibility from the street,” Taylor said. Taylor said she made her request for more visible signage under the Lumumba administration and is planning on following up with the Yarber administration. Gayden has also experienced challenges with signage with the city as well as property owners. He opened Sanaa Gallery & Boutique in 2008 in the interior of the Fondren Corner building. His business lasted for six months. One reason Gayden thinks the store closed was the policy that businesses could not put signs on the front of the building, so people did not know he was located there and could not find him. Although Gayden’s situation was not a city issue, he has experienced signage issues with the city since moving locations. Since then, Gayden has opened another store at 5846 Ridgewood Road, but he said he still experiences challenges with signage on the street, even though he worked out a deal with his building owner to offset the problem. “I wanted to go ahead and pay the fee to have a sign put out there. They said that if we were to pay, it wasn’t possible be-
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Sanaa Gallery’s Lorenzo Gayden still doesn’t understand the city’s signage policy.
employees in order to understand the logic of the ordinance, Gayden said he still does not understand the code. He believes some of the codes, especially the signage ordinance, were implemented when more businesses were in Jackson, and the city was trying to filter out some businesses. Permits, Licenses and Requests Many complain about all the licenses required to start a small businesses. And while it is true, some business owners in Jackson say it is not much of a problem. Some small businesses have not experienced any difficulties with permits or ordinances. Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St.) in Fondren is one of these places. Mitchell Moore, owner of Campbell’s
zoning laws, in addition to paying for the actual meters. Mitchell said Fondren business owners he has spoken to are in favor of parking meters. A representative from state Sen. David Blount’s office said the Legislature does not have any connections to the parking meter system or Jackson zoning laws. “We just call every six months (to the Department of Planning and Development) and say, ‘What’s going on? How are we doing? Is it going to happen?’” he said. A representative from the Planning and Development Department said the Department of Public Works handles parking meters, but that department said the Division of Infrastructure Management handles the issue.
City officials who work under the direction of the mayor were not made available for this story to talk about their plans to help small businesses. While the City has previously denied Moore’s parking-meter request, Yarber said recently in a Jackson 2000 that the city is overhauling the parking meter system. Moore said bakeries tend to not have as many licenses as other types of businesses, including places that serve alcohol. P.J. Lee, Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.) general manager, said the downtown business on Commerce Street does not have a lot of issues with licenses and permits. “What we do in the beer, food and entertainment business, you know what you can and can’t do and when you can do it and when you can’t do it,” he said. He also said the business does not have issues with the city and infrastructure—even boil-water alerts. He said they typically get the boil alerts early when they come out, and it does not take long for them to expire. “If you choose to live in Jackson, choose to run a business in Jackson, that’s kind of one of the things that comes with the territory,” P.J. Lee said. He said the infrastructure is old and will be a part of Jackson life until it becomes better. Overall, P.J. Lee said Hal & Mal’s does not have a lot of issues other than an old building, which is not a city problem, and he said they do not have a close relationship with the city government because they do not have a lot of problems, including sewer and plumbing. Even when organizing the annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, P.J. Lee said the city is helpful. “We’ve been doing it for over 30 years on the parade side,” he said. “Each year when it’s time to start getting all the permits and stuff for the parade, the city knows what we need, and we know what the city needs from us. It’s a pretty easy process, but beyond that, we don’t have a lot of interaction.” Help from Third Parties Small businesses are not the only entities that have relationships with the City
Parlor Market’s business has suffered during the two-waying of Capitol Street, but managers are optimistic that it ultimately will be a positive.
BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar and Broad Street Baking Company and Cafe off Interstate 55, Blumenthal said his company deals with water-sewer issues constantly, in addition to infrastructure and street condition issues like other Jackson businesses. “Restaurants rely on fresh water. If we
don’t have fresh water, it makes it very difficult to operate,” he said. “There are constantly issues especially in this area because it’s an older area in the Fondren area with pipes breaking and water boil notices.” Blumenthal said he believes Mangia Bene’s good relationship with the city pays off because they receive a quick and efficient response to issues. “We call up (to the Department of Public Works), and they come out and deal with the issues as quickly as possible. We feed the workers lunch and take care of them. So the next time it happens, we are on the top of their list,” he said. “We just take care of them, and we’ve developed relationships with that department. That’s helped us out.” Of course, Mangia Bene’s restaurants must adhere to industry standards and permits, but Blumenthal said they have not had any challenges in that area. Overall, he said it is much easier to own a restaurant in Jackson compared to San Francisco, where he attended culinary school and worked before moving to Jackson. Like Blumenthal, Mike Upton has worked in the business field in different cities. Upton, owner of Upton Tire Pros, owns locations in Madison, Jackson, Flowood and more LOCAL SPIRIT, see page 18
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the City of Jackson and the Chamber Partnership is closer than in the past because late Mayor Lumumba was instrumental in opening their communication lines, which he believes helps with responsiveness. He expects that cooperation to continue. “Mayor (Tony) Yarber has gone out of his way to build those relationships,” Taggart said. “Those kinds of things make a big difference with the working relationship.” Getting on the List Of course, problems do still arise even though a business has a good working relationship with the city. But that relationship could mean the difference between the problem being fixed within the near future or never being fixed. Dan Blumenthal, Mangia Bene executive chef and co-owner, said they maintain good relations with the city’s administration and have been involved with new ordinances including the non-smoking code and citywide initiatives including supporting the creation of the Jackson Convention Center. “It’s important to shape and mold to city where we do business and to try to have an impact on that and to maintain good relationships with the mayoral administration and people in power,” he said. With Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint located in Fondren and
of Jackson, though. Other organizations around the area offer help and guidance to business people and can act as liaisons with city representatives. For example, when Hal & Mal’s needs assistance, P.J. Lee said he talks to Downtown Jackson Partners. John Gomez, associate director at Downtown Jackson Partners, said the organization that runs the downtown businessimprovement district supports downtown businesses by providing marketing assistance, pointing businesses to improvement grants and helping with sales-tax rebates. Gomez said DJP has an open-door policy and works with businesses on a case-bycase basis, including helping The Mayflower Café with a façade grant. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership also aids local businesses. Taggart said the Chamber acts as the unified voice for the metro area business community that speaks to governmental units and economic-development prospects for people who are looking to relocate into the area. The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership also offers training programs for workplace safety and economic-opportunity training programs in addition to sponsoring Leadership Jackson. Taggart said the relationship between
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Brandon. He said all cities are different and have different codes and covenants. For example, his Madison store must adhere to the “Madison look.” On the other hand, he said his Jackson store is similar, but the city has fewer covenants that surround areas. He said Jackson is easy to work with although he has not interacted with the city very much. Rainbow Co-Op Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road) has had a tougher go of it with the city, however. Battling flooding issues since 2001, Rainbow employees called city officials in February and were told the store had to hire a company to fix their pipe problems after a pipe burst under their neighbor Montgomery Hardware. Because of a dispute between the owner of Montgomery Hardware and the city, the pipes were not fixed in a timely manner. In May, city officials were making plans to fix the flooding problem but were stopped because of a Fondren enhancement grant. The grant said Jackson would have to pay for repairs. This has developed into an issue involving other businesses in the area that would be affected by the construction. Rainbow management said they could not comment on their relationship with the City of Jackson due to an ongoing lawsuit. ‘A More Holistic Approach’ Local businesses have established relationships with the city government including the Jackson City Council in the past but are working to establish a connection with the Yarber administration. Jackson City Council members Quentin Whitwell, Ward 1; LaRita CooperStokes, Ward 3; De’Keither Stamps, Ward 4; Charles Tillman, Ward 5; and Margaret Barrett-Simon, Ward 7, could not be reached for comment about the city’s approaches to helping small businesses. But Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr. said the City has recognized that it must help local businesses. “This is a work-in-progress,” he said.
“Jackson has developed a reputation historically of not being quick with people’s business issues and not being accessible and consequentially losing out. Since we’ve recognized that it’s something that we see as an area of improvement, and we are really focused on trying to improve accountability and accessibility.” Priester has numerous relationships with local business and interacts daily with them, from assisting businesses with permits and filling potholes and demolishing abandoned properties. “I’ve seen us (city council) take a more hands-on approach to dealing with small businesses in particular,” Priester said. “I think we agree that one of the things that we have to focus on as a city is being more responsive and more friendly to business people, but we still have a lot of obstacles that over the last year that we’ve been trying to use technology more and more to try to do things for the city.” In particular, Priester has directly helped Ward 2 local businesses including Simple Stone Solutions (5760 Gallant Drive). Terri Harrison, who runs Simple Stone Solutions with her husband, Edward, said they called Priester to talk with him about the road conditions, including potholes by their business, because they thought the potholes were deterring people from their business. Harrison said Priester rode to the area and spoke with them about helping fix the roads. “I think as soon as the weather permitted within the next few weeks, they did patch the potholes,” she said. Even though Priester believes the City is more responsive to businesses’ requests, he knows there is room to improve including moving tasks including applying for permits online. “We’ve got some significant obstacles to still overcome,” he said. “So, we’re taking a more holistic approach and trying to be more accessible,” he said. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
Stalled Capitol Street Headache for Businesses by Haley Ferretti
tin Whitwell told the Jackson Free Press that the city is currently in communication with Gov. Phil Bryant to see about additional assistance, possibly economic-
Capitol Street is on its way to becoming a two-way street, but Downtown Jackson Partners is seeking additional funding—and access to the mayor—to finish rebuilding portions of the street as planned.
meeting with Mayor Tony Yarber has yet to happen as of press time. Jackson Ward 1 Councilman Quen-
development highway funds, in order to complete the project as a whole. Progress between Gallatin and Lamar
stalled for the first two weeks of June due to damp weather conditions. The south side of that stretch still needs several layers of asphalt, which will be finished when the weather permits. Workers are now widening the sidewalks and taking down the last of the old entrance and exit ramp on Capitol Street leading to the Jackson Place parking garage. A new ramp to the garage has been built on the Farish Street side of the building. Space is also being left along the street for new light posts, trees and bushes later on. Round and Round We Go Construction is almost finished on the new roundabouts, which requires a few more layers of pavement and brickwork before completion. “They add some character and place-making features to the street,” Gomez explained. He said the roundabouts would not be an obstacle for emergency vehicles or parades. “After they finish putting on a couple more layers of asphalt, emergency vehicles and larger trucks will be able to drive over the roundabouts if they need to. They are made to be able to drive over for parades and festivals, since Capitol Street is used for several events, from St. Patty’s Parade to the holiday parades.” Mukesh Kumar, interim program director of the Urban and Regional Planning Department at Jackson State University, disagreed that emergency vehicles will be able to drive over the roundabouts, saying that it defeats the entire purpose of having roundabouts. He explained that although the roundabouts slow down traffic and enhance the aesthetics for the area, the roundabouts may also cause issues for pedestrians and cyclists. “If the whole idea is to have a street that is more pedestrian and bike friendly, roundabouts cause a very serious problem because with roundabouts, it becomes a barrier for both cyclists and pedestrians.” “As a pedestrian … I need to be able to predict where the traffic is going. The more CAPITOL, see page 20
Up to the City The project has cost roughly $9.2 million thus far, including a $2 million grant from the Mississippi Development Authority, as well as $3.5 million in federal earmarks, which required a 20-percent match from the city. Eutaw Construction is the contractor for the project, and NeelSchaffer is provides engineering. Now, Capitol Street boosters hope for additional funding in order to shape the project the way it was originally planned, which included rebuilding the portion of Capitol Street from Lamar to State streets. “It won’t be complete like we want it to be until we get additional funds for the project,” Gomez said. A two-way street would slow down traffic and encourage more people to get out of their cars and shop. Gomez says that although the city plans to finish up with the current renovations between Gallatin and Lamar streets, the city will decide how the project ultimately plays out for the rest of the street leading to State Street, which is why there is no current date set for the street’s completion.
The economic development and public works departments are aware of DJP’s interest in rebuilding the rest of the street, Gomez says; however, a formal Trip Burns
plan to beautify and twoway a portion of Capitol Street downtown is a little more than half finished, but its completion may be threatened if the project does not get a jolt of cash. Without that funding, the entire strip from State to Gallatin streets will be two-way as of March 2015, but half the strip, from Lamar east to State could be left without repaving, roundabouts and other beautification elements. Originally, the plans for the street called for enough money to resurface the road, widen the sidewalks, and install new lighting and changes to the intersections—not funding for deep infrastructure repair, said John Gomez, associate director at Downtown Jackson Partners. He also said the engineers who were consulted on the status of Capitol Street’s water and sewer pipes assured the city that the pipes were still in proper condition. However, pipes under the street burst unexpectedly in 2012.
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question is—as a human being, can I predict a straight-line movement better or a curve better? If I’m crossing traffic, and I see a car coming around a circle, typically there is a higher level of uncertainty as compared to a straight line, where by I know I can gage what the speed of the traffic is, and I can make my judgment accordingly.” Why the Pipes Burst City traffic engineer Robert Lee said that the most notable pipe problem was related to a sewer failure under Lamar Street. He said the pipe under the street had “well outlived its projected life-span.” With the accumulation of gasses in the clay pipes, it was only a matter of time before the pipes burst. When that happened, the city gave the project part of a $6-million bond reserved for water and sewer emergencies; however, the city did not seek additional funding for the water and sewer issues. Even with help from the bond, the city had to dip into the original funding to go toward repairing the pipes. Water and sewer renovations under the section from Lamar to Gallatin streets were completed in the spring of 2013. Due to the unexpected repairs, project planners agreed to move forward with the project but will rebuild only half of the eastern side of Capitol Street, from Gallatin to Lamar streets. Construction began back in July 2013. They plan to repaint the span between Gallatin and State streets for twowaying by March 2015 and hope to have the funding to reconstruct the portion of the road between Lamar and State streets sometime after. Shelia Byrd, City Hall communications director, declined to make city officials available for interviews. Whitwell said that although the pipe breakage of 2012 was due to the city’s incorrect assessment prior to beginning the project, the city is still focused on moving
ahead with the project as well as finding additional funds to complete the project the way it was originally designed. “Obviously, somebody was wrong,” Whitwell said. “Our infrastructure is very unstable, and that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing right now. My belief is someone, whoever it was from the city
There are plans for more parking spaces and new meters along Capitol Street once the work is completed. However, construction areas along the street currently do not allow for much parking, apart from a few parking areas across from the Governor’s Mansion and along the southern end of the street near the King
Capitol Street construction has been painful to storefronts along the route—and it may be running out of funding for full completion.
that made that assessment, was incorrect. I don’t know that there was any way that they could have foreseen what happened. What we have to do is pick up the pieces where we can. The fact of the matter is this: The project has been cut in half. It’s going to look good, but it’s not going to be the whole deal.” Business in the Balance Businesses along Capitol Street are also experiencing stress from construction. With fences blocking off major portions of the street and piles of dirt and gravel along the middle of the street, businesses find that many of their potential customers are choosing not to hassle with finding free parking or pay for parking in a garage.
Edward Hotel. Lina Lynn, owner of Wasabi Sushi and Bar, says her business sales have dropped roughly 40 percent since construction along the street began. “Even at lunchtime, the people who work downtown that are within walking distance, with all of this mud and stuff on the roads, they don’t want to walk down it,” Lynn said. “At nighttime, we’re basically dead. There are no streetlights, and it’s so dark. … Our customers can’t find parking on the street, and they’ve started charging upstairs in the parking garage. We’ve lost a lot of business.” While Wasabi’s business sales have been cut almost in half, some businesses that were already struggling before construction tell the Jackson Free Press that
their revenue is now almost nonexistent. Lamia Dabit, owner of Lamia’s Boutique Accessories and Formals, has owned her shop on Capitol Street for 30 years. She explained that her business has never been worse, saying her business has gone down a staggering 90 percent since construction began. Fashion Corner, a men’s clothing store, is her family’s other business located just two doors down. Dabit said Fashion Corner’s business has also dropped 75 percent. Dabit explained that before construction, their businesses were doing “OK,” but now the family to borrow money from the bank just to pay the utility bills. She has been trying to close the store for almost a year and a half. “Since the economy went down, business went down, but the construction killed the rest of the business,” Dabit said. “… I don’t know what they expect us to do,” Dabit said. “Just sit and wait and borrow more money from the bank to cover our bills? …I don’t think things will get better for the next two or three years. No way.” Both Lynn and Dabit say that loading goods outside their businesses have been a huge issue as well. Lynn said that services have refused to deliver to the restaurant because of the construction, and now she is forced to pick up her deliveries from a different location. For the western portion of Capitol Street past Gallatin, Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps said recently that he hopes to improve the corridors leading to the Jackson Zoo by marketing the zoo along the street. “I want to change Capitol Street so that you see some lions and tigers and bears,” Stamps said. In addition, he envisions installing green spaces in some of the vacant lots that can be seen from Capitol and other thoroughfares that “would change the whole demeanor of the zoo.” Comment at jfp.ms. Email Haley Ferretti at email@example.com.
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A Treat for Warm Weather by Jane Flood
pring rolls are a popular appetizer that almost all of us have experienced in some form. Many regional cuisines feature the dish, though most notably Eastern and Southeastern Asian cuisine. The rolls come in many varieties, including with different wrapping materials, fillings, dipping sauces and cooking techniques. Fillings range from vegetables to seafood, tofu and meats, and fresh herbs are often featured. The dipping sauces include sweet and sour, soy sauce, duck sauce, hot mustard, chili sauce, sweet peanut sauce, Hoisin or fish sauce. While I enjoy an occasional fried spring roll, for the warm weather, I gravitate toward a non-fried spring roll, which
are sometimes called summer rolls. My first introduction to this incredible delicacy was at a Thai restaurant in Hawaii. It was love at first bite. Since then, I have been searching all over for these non-fried versions of the dish. They are extremely elusive. Because I haven’t found many of them in Jackson or New Orleans, I experimented and came up with my own recipe. These spring/summer rolls are delicately wrapped in lightly soaked rice paper, served cool and have a variety of tasty dipping sauces. Another benefit of this recipe is that you can alter it to your taste by adding different vegetables, seafood, meats and herbs and, of course, the dipping sauce of your choice. And—it’s gluten free!
Twelve 12-inch rice-paper rounds—you can find these in the international section of most grocery stores or at specialty Asian markets. 12 lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry. I like romaine, but any type will work. 4 ounces rice vermicelli, (also known as “glass or cellophane noodles”) cooked two minutes in boiling water, drained and cooled 1 cup shredded carrot 1 bunch fresh mint leaves 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves 12 large shrimp, shelled, de-veined and halved lengthwise
For the Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup Hoisin sauce 1/4 cup rice vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced 1 teaspoon hot chili pepper, minced, and seeded if less heat is desired
Directions Whisk together ingredients for the sauce and chill. Fill a large pan with very warm water and spread a damp kitchen towel on a flat counter surface. Dip a rice paper
sheet into the warm water for several seconds until it’s soft and pliable. Place it on the damp towel and spread the sheet with your fingers. Arrange a lettuce leaf at the center of the rice paper, leaving a one inch border all the way around. Top it with about 1 tablespoon of rice noodles, spreading them down the center of the lettuce. Cover the noodles with about 1 tablespoon of the carrot. Arrange one to two sprigs of mint and cilantro over the carrot. Finally, top the lettuce with two slices of halved, cooked shrimp. Fold in the two short opposite sides of rice paper and tightly roll up the remaining sides to form a tube. Transfer the roll to a prepared dish, seam side down, and cover it with plastic wrap. Continue making more rolls with the remaining ingredients. Chill for up to four hours. To serve, cut each chilled roll in half diagonally and arrange on a platter, cut side up. Garnish the platter with fresh mint and cilantro. Serve the rolls with dipping sauce. Makes 24 hors d’oeuvres or a light lunch for four.
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Josh Hailey and other artists never fail to make Jackson a more creative place.
ometimes, when you’ve built something up for a while, it doesn’t live up to what you expect. However, when it comes to Jackson’s artist community, it always delivers the goods. I’ve been a fan of photographer Josh Hailey’s work—and his antics—for years and have followed him along on social media as he’s chronicled his latest endeavor, Photamerica, a project that took him across the country, capturing images of people and places with a goal of documenting all 50 states. Hailey recently curated the project in a show at The Hatch in midtown (126 Keener Ave., midtownpartners.org)—an old warehouse space owned by Midtown Partners and co-managed by ELSEworks, a program of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College, as a nonprofit facility intended to support and foster the growth of creative businesses and entrepreneurs. He currently uses some of The Hatch’s 11,000 square feet as a studio and creative space, as well as a gallery. I was eager to see it but hadn’t yet stopped by until he commented on one of my Instagram photos one day, prompting me to drop by his show. I waited until the weekend, when my parents, who were in town from Meridian, could go as well. They love art, know Hailey’s work and attended his holiday studio open house in midtown with me last winter, so I knew they’d enjoy seeing the space and the photography. Upon walking into the gallery, I immediately felt the liveliness that Hailey’s work always conveys. The boundless ball of energy that he is infects his work, and it’s just contagious. I had seen some of the first round of Photamerica images, which were mounted almost collage-like on canvas squares, but he’s now moving into a phase two of sorts, experimenting with printing the images on acrylic, metal and wood with stunning results; some of the colors pop almost like neon.
Perhaps equally as exciting as the pieces were the prices—the Photamerica series is stunningly affordable, which I love. Art, especially when it’s by a local artist you know, is important to have in your life, I think. Whether it’s in your office or your home, having a unique piece that was created with thought and intent can bring a little inspiration to a space. And when it’s as accessible as this series is, price-wise, there’s no excuse for not finding something you love and getting it. The creative energy of the show doesn’t stop with the works on the wall, though. That’s what really speaks to the artistic collaboration in midtown that will continue to make Jackson a vibrant place for artistic thoughts and endeavors, with a thriving creative economy. The Hatch is intended, I think, to be a place that incubates not only individuals starting businesses and creating art, but also to encourage working together—which will generate even more ideas and outlets. Not long after leaving the show, I saw (again on social media) that Hailey had partnered up with Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave., pearlriverglass.com) to turn his photographed images into a three-dimensional glass sculpture. Then, in another post, he shared a collaboration with Lauren Miltner of Lo Lady Fashion Jewelry, who makes vintage-inspired pieces, to incorporate the Photamerica series into wearable art. I personally can’t wait to get one of the downtown Jackson pieces to wear around my neck. We’re incredibly lucky to have our artistic community here in Jackson. Creative thought and collaboration contribute intangibles that are vital to a sense of community, but they can also help contribute to a healthy economy for our city. Kudos to midtown for capitalizing on that. I hope the energy spreads to other areas of town, too … and that you’ll look for and support local artists and what they do.
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mericana-country singer Chris all Knight’s music except his Decca-released Knight comes from a family of self-titled debut album from 1998. His 2012 storytellers and what he calls “colalbum, “Little Victories,” is Knight’s eighth orful people” from his home in rurelease and a great example of Knight making ral Kentucky. The economic highs and lows his own music on his own time. of his people, and the lifestyle and everyday “As a songwriter, I’ve always been perdramas of rural folks dominate his songwritplexed by why there are rules to song writing. With a graveled singing voice and innate ing. Why do you have to play verse-chorusstraightforwardness, Knight’s songs are redoverse-chorus then a bridge and a chorus? lent of his background. I just never worried too much about it,” Knight grew up close to the earth in Knight says. “There’s a lot of people who do Webster County, Ky., near the town of a whole lot better than I me, but I just can’t Slaughters. Born in June 1960, he spent a do it. If it weren’t for the few people who’ve good portion of his childhood outdoors, recorded my songs, I’d be home working a playing with his brothers and exploring the regular job.” woods that surrounded his family home on People who work regular jobs are close three sides. to Knight’s heart, especially those in the “My family lived where the closest coal-mining industry. neighbors were about a half-mile away,” “Coal provides a lot of people with Knight says. “We grew up hunting, fishjobs; a lot of economies are based on the ing and camping. Once we got older, we’d coal business,” he says. “People look at a resgo into town on Saturday night. We all taurant and think it doesn’t have anything played sports: baseball and basketball. I to do with the coal business, but if you shut mowed lawns in the summertime. I had a down the coal mine, you’ll see how little very good upbringing.” money that restaurant’s going to make.” Knight learned to play guitar at age 15. Knight understands that coal is a big He absorbed the music of John Prine, one of economic driver for people in rural Kenhis main inspirations, as well as the Ameritucky, but as a former environmental incana model that Prine epitomizes. When he spector, he also has a clear understanding of finished high school, however, Knight purthe hazards and impact of mining practices. sued another line of work. After earning a “I’m ambivalent to a certain point,” he degree in agriculture from Western Kentucky says. “I see both sides of the coin, but you University, he began a 10-year stint in the can’t just shut the industry down. They’ve coal-mining industry. got to find a reasonable, responsible alterna “I was a mining consultant, doing tive that will provide jobs.” technical work for coal companies—writ For the time being, Knight’s regular ing mine permit applications and doing work continues to be playing his music. He environmental studies, checking water and has plans to release another album within in construction sites,” he says. “The last five the next two years. Kentucky native Chris Knight uses stories of rural America to create his music. years before I got into the music business, “I’m just starting to think about it, I was a strip-mine inspector for the Comstarting to get some songs together, so it’ll monwealth of Texas.” be a while,” Knight says with natural direct Knight, who says he always enjoyed ness. “It’s always good to get one out, but reading and did well in his college writing classes, began write short stories,” he says. “So that’s what I did.” I’m not going to rush anything.” writing his own songs at 26. Though he’s had a couple record deals in his day—with Chris Knight performs at 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Duling “I took a look at all that background from college Decca Records and Dualtone Music Group—Knight and Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the and figured I can tell a story easier than I can write a his manager, Rick Alter, record and release independently. all-ages seated show. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 33 short, catchy song. I can tell a story better than I can It’s been a process, but they now have full ownership of at the door. Visit chrisknight.net and ardenland.net.
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While the play touches on the woes, they are swept aside by an immediate glitzy musical number. On the other hand, the film, with its budget, duration, and cinematic platform, holds nothing back. It lulls in the dark places but manically rises back to musical happiness—just as the group did. Sex, drugs and pop music are on full display starting in the film’s late 1950s-era New Jersey setting. The period look of the film—sets, props, costumes and hair—is amazing. Even the champagne stemware adds to this alluring yet troubling story. And with so much oil and grease on screen, the fact that it’s truly 2014 might just slip your mind. At first thought, I would have never imagined Eastwood, a West Coast jazz fanatic, directing an East Coast pop musical, but his directorial choice and aim works here. In actuality, Eastwood probably found sympathy and solace in the story of Frankie Valli. It’s a good bet courtesy Warner Bro
fter one of the best trailers of the original Frankie Valli in the Broadway year, it’s curtain time for the recent adaptation, returns for Eastwood’s emofilm release “Jersey Boys.” With a tionally stirring film. Simply put, Young screenplay by the original Broadway playwrights Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and the directorial grandeur of Clint Eastwood, the film is thoroughly entertaining, yet much darker than the play. The story of Jersey boy Frankie Valli is one of American pop culture and music history. A blue-collar kid, he aspired for so much but expected so little. As Valli cruised toward the life of a “Jersey Boys” gives an in-depth look at the madness rough and tough petty criminal, surrounding music legend The Four Seasons. he shrugged off imaginary limitations, exposed his own uncanny voice potential and broke into the emerging world of sexual creativity. But after his rise to fame, life got has Valli down pat. Vincent Piazza from the best of Valli and his group, The Four Sea- HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” nearly steals sons. While regarded as music revolutionar- the film as Four Seasons’ member Tommy ies, the group never attained iconic status; DeVito. As the true bad boy of the group, the streets of Jersey followed and haunted DeVito and his actions were the group’s them throughout their entire career. catalysts for self-implosion through his ca John Lloyd Young, who played the reer and personal troubles.
that’s why he took it on. As Valli did in music, Eastwood did in film; they struggled and struggled but eventually made it—big time. Contrary to the snappiness of the Broadway play and the quick-cut editing of the music video generation, Eastwood has a penchant for classic cinematic camera movement and long-thought storytelling. Both work well here in “Jersey Boys,” since the story of The Four Seasons is so dark. They had loving families, monetary success and newly earned respect and fame, but the same things that built them up also tore them down. I would be remiss if I did not mention actor Christopher Walken’s great part as enigmatic friend and foe, mob boss Gyp DeCarlo. Walken and his super-unique demeanor never disappoint. As for the script, it is solid. The film breaks the fourth wall when the characters speak directly to the audience. The Four Seasons each have a turn at narrating the story—their story, the way they saw it. Does the film have a foregone conclusion or an expected ending? It absolutely does, but who cares; it’s the torrentuous, visual journey that counts.
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“Power, Protest, Peace: In Remembrance of Freedom Summer 1964” is at 6 p.m. at Gallery1 (1100 J. R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Montage Dance Company performs. Free; find Gallery1 at Jackson State University on Facebook. … Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference is at various Jackson locations. Call 601-977-7914; freedom50.org.
Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards are at 3 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; email firstname.lastname@example.org. … Geraldine Edwards Hollis, civil rights activist and Tougaloo Nine member, signs copies of her book, “Back to Mississippi” at 6 p.m. at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Free, books for sale; call jhlibrary.com. … Freedom Summer 1964: The Soundtrack is from 8-11 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org.
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On June 27, DJ Young Venom performs along with Silent G, Loki Antiphony and DJ Sandpaper at Craft Beer and Crossfaders—a celebration of local arts and craft beer—at his new alternative culture shop, Offbeat, in Midtown.
on Facebook. … See the premier of “A Mississippi Love Story” about Eddie Outlaw and Justin McPherson at 6:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Free. ... Craft Beer and Crossfaders is from 7-11 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Includes $4 beers from Lucky Town Brewing, food from Lurny D’s Grille, giveaways, and music. Free.
Steampunk Cosplay Workshop is from 2-3 p.m. at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Author J.L. Mulvihill (“The Boxcar Baby”) presents a hands-on craft session. Free; call 601-924by BRIANA ROBINSON 5684. … Freedom Music in Fondren is at 7 p.m. at Sneaky jacksonfreepress.com Beans (2914 N. State St.). $10. … Power of the Mic Comedy Fax: 601-510-9019 Show is at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Daily updates at at Mediterranean Fish and jfpevents.com Grill (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). $10; find Power of the Mic on Facebook.
perform. $30-$55; call 601-973-9249; usaibc.com.
Tin Roof and Cathead Dinner is at 6 p.m. at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course meal with Tin Roof beer and Cathead Vodka cocktail pairings. $55; email webb@ salandmookies.com; salandmookies.com. … We Are Jackson Listening Tour is from 6-7 p.m. at Ice House Alley Warehouses (251 W. South St.). Join Mayor Tony Yarber to share ideas and solutions on developing an entertainment district. Free; call 601-960-1084; jacksonms.gov.
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7/1 events@ TUESDAY Linda Fondren signs copies of her book, “Shape Up
Freedom Music in Fondren, at 7 p.m. June 28 at Sneaky Beans, includes performances from 5th Child as well as Casual of the Hieroglyphics, James Crow, Kamikaze, Quanstar and Coach K, DLabrie, Silas Trey P. Stapleton, Theca Jones, Mr. Fluid and DJ 360 Degrees.
The Literacy Garden Grand Opening is at 10 a.m. at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). Included with admission; mschildrensmuseum.com. … Community Bike Ride is at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Co-op 36 (2807 Old Canton Road). Free; find Jackson Bike Advocates
Freedom in Mississippi Series Panel Discussion is at 3 p.m. at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Panelists include art historian Dr. Floyd Coleman and Howard University art professor Akili Ron Anderson. Free; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. … USA International Ballet Competition Encore Gala is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Newly awarded medalists
Sisters!” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book; lemuriabooks. com. … “Martha” is at 7 p.m. at Briarwood Presbyterian Church (620 Briarwood Drive). Fish Tale Group Theatre presents John Maxwell’s play. Free; fishtalegroup.org.
History Is Lunch is at noon at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Compton shows and discusses her new film, “Did Johnny Come Matching Home,” a documentary about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War. Free; call 601-576-6998. … Lisa Howorth signs copies of her book, “Flying Shoes” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com.
Home,” a documentary about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War.
rium. Learn more about the Campaign and Siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 601-636-0583; nps.gov/vick.
how to make your own root beer and ice cream. Pre-registration required. Space limited. Free; call 601-856-2749.
Craft Beer and Crossfaders June 27, 7 p.m.11 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). The celebration of local arts and craft beer includes $4 beers from Lucky Town Brewing, food from Lurny D’s Grille, giveaways, and music from DJ Young Venom, Silent G, Loki Antiphony and DJ Sandpaper. No cover; find Craft Beer and Crossfaders on Facebook.
Summer Storytime June 26, at Eudora Welty House and Museum (1119 Pinehurst Place). Children in grades K-4 will hear a story and make a related craft. Free; call 601-353-7762; mdah. state.ms.us.
10th Annual JFP Chick Ball July 19, 6 p.m.11 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes food, door prizes, a silent auction, the Diva of Bling outfit contest, poetry and live music. Benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. For ages 18 and up. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 23; jfpchickball.com.
Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference June 25-29, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) and Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi State Conference NAACP host the conference is to recognize civil rights workers who fought for equality in 1964, and to recognize the need to continue the effort. $75 through April 30, $100 after; students: $50 through April 30, $75 after; $25 one day only; Legacy Banquet: $100, $50 students; call 601-977-7914 or 601-9187809; email email@example.com; freedom50.org.
Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association’s Annual Meeting June 26, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews
Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby July 19, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Team members compete in an inter-league game. Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; magnoliarollervixens.com.
Stars and Stripes Festival June 26, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Park (East Claiborne Avenue, Greenwood). Between the two downtown bridges. Includes live entertainment, a veterans’ tribute, a boat parade, children’s activities, food vendors, a splash pad and a fireworks show. Free; call 662-453-2246; greenwoodms.com. Independence Day Celebration June 28, 2 p.m.-10 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland) and Lakeshore Park (Lakeshore Drive, Brandon). Includes food vendors, a lighted boat parade, music, children’s activities and fireworks. WaterFest is held simultaneously at Old Trace Park. Free; call 601-605-6880 or 601-605-6898; email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; barnettreservoirfoundation.org. Red, White and Walter July 2, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). The cookout includes craft beer tastings paired with cigars. Crazy Uncle performs. For ages 21 and up. $25, $15 existing members, free to new members; call 228-872-3164; walterandersonmuseum.org.
Community Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700). Call 601-968-0061; msnonprofits.org. • Lunch and Learn Series: E-Newsletters June 25, noon-1 p.m. $15, free for members. • Advanced Grant Proposal Strategies June 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In the two-day workshop, learn how to conduct grants research, develop a needs statement, create a budget and assemble the proposal package. Registration required. $369, $199 members. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Free, call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. • Open Late Five to Eight June 25, 5 p.m.8 p.m. The purpose of the social cocktail gathering is to welcome visitors who are in Jackson for the International Ballet Competition and Freedom Summer events. Exhibit costs vary. • Freedom in Mississippi Series Panel Discussion June 29, 3 p.m. In Trustmark Grand Hall. Panelists include art historian Dr. Floyd Coleman and Howard University art professor Akili Ron Anderson. Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Free; call 601576-6998. • History Is Lunch June 25, noon Polly Dement discusses her new book, “Mississippi Entrepreneurs.” • History Is Lunch July 2, noon Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Compton shows and discusses her new film, “Did Johnny Come Matching
Homebuyer Education Class June 28, 8:30 a.m.5 p.m., at Jackson Housing Authority Homeownership Center (256 E. Fortification St.). Topics include personal finances, home inspections and the role of lenders and real estate agents. Registration required. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. Free; call 601398-0446.
Don’t Gamble With Your Life HIV Gala June 27, 7 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall’s Event Center (3645 Highway 80 W.). Building Bridges is the host. The event is in observance of National HIV Testing Day. Wear Vegas-style attire. $30 in advance, $35 at the door; call 601-922-0100. Phase II Balloon and Gifts Red Carpet Charity Event June 28, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). The formal event includes runway pictures, refreshments, a cash bar and music from Keke Wyatt. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For ages 21 and up. $50; call 800-745-3000. Dash ‘N’ Splash Race for Brain Injury June 28, 8 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The 5K run/walk and fun run includes a water slide, water balloons and an award for the person with the largest super soaker. Proceeds benefit the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. Minimum of five people per team. Through June 26 online: $25 run/walk and phantom runner, $15 fun run (ages 10 and under); race day: $30 run walk, $20 fun run; call 601-981-1021; msbia.org.
Drive). $30, $25 members; call 601-613-3218; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch with the USA IBC June 26, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The topic is “Women in Dance.” Advance tickets only. $20; call 601-355-9853; usaibc.com. Hometown Hero and SUMITT Awards June 26, 3 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau hosts the annual program and reception to acknowledge individuals who have contributed to the city. RSVP. Reserved tables available. Wear business attire. Free admission, reserved table cost TBA; call 960-2321; email email@example.com; visitjackson.com. NAMI Mississippi Open House June 26, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., at NAMI Mississippi (2618 Southerland St.). Meet the organization’s new executive director, Tameka Tobias-Smith and see the new location. Free; call 601-899-9058. Precinct 4 COPS Meeting June 26, 5:30 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0004. Pink Party June 26, 8 p.m., at Applebee’s, County Line (900 E. County Line Road, Suite 101, Ridgeland). The party includes music from DJ D@MU. Wear pink attire. Free; call 601957-7632.
Lighted Boat Parade June 28, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Ross Barnett Reservoir (Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). The event featuring decorated boats includes awards in divisions for small and large boats, and a fan favorite vote on Facebook. Parade participants must register (includes T-shirt). $30 per boat, free for spectators, $15 T-shirts; barnettreservoirfoundation.org. We Are Jackson Listening Tour June 30, 6 p.m.7 p.m., at Ice House Alley Warehouses (251 W. South St.). Join Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber in the forum to share ideas and solutions regarding developing Jackson’s entertainment district. Free; call 601-960-1084; email icehousealleywarehouses@ gmail.com; jacksonms.gov. wii-FM (What’s in It for Me) Community Forum June 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (2460 Terry Road). The topic is “Giving Props to the Women of Our Struggle.” Free; call 601-201-0871 or 601918-5075. Jackson City Council Meeting July 1, 4 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064; jacksonms.gov.
Microsoft Excel 1 June 27, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Topics include the Ribbon interface, entering and editing data, printing worksheets, formulas, formatting and charts. Registration required. $10; call 601-605-0007; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Pre-registration required. Space limited. Free; call 601-856-4536. • Candy Lab (Grades 1-5) June 26, 10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m. Conduct science experiments with soda and candy. • DIY Root Beer and Ice Cream (Grades 612) June 27, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Learn how to make your own root beer and ice cream.
Lecture Series: 1863, The Crucial Year June 27, 7 p.m., at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg). In the Visitor Center Audito-
DIY Root Beer and Ice Cream (Grades 612) June 25, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). Learn
Fun Fridays June 27, 10 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Children participate in interactive, handson programs to learn more about insects, reptiles and more. Adults must accompany children. Included with admission ($4-$6); call 601-5766000; msnaturalscience.org. Mini Matisse June 30-July 2, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The art camp for ages 3-4 includes projects, games and books. Space limited. Registration required. $75; call 601-960-1515; msmuseumart.org. Camp Stars Theater Summer Camp July 1-27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. Children in grades 3-12 get instruction in creative writing, dance, acting for stage and film, stage makeup and set design. Held weekdays. $400, additional fee of $5.70 may apply to cover student insurance; call 601-979-4309 or 601-9792872; email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org; jsums.edu.
Food & Drink The Bulldog Grand Reopening and Nola Brewery Event June 28, 5 p.m., at The Bulldog (6111 Ridgewood Road). Visit the “barcade” to sample two new beers (Nola Rebirth Pale Ale and Hurricane Saison); play vintage games such as Pac-Man and pinball; enjoy Cajun food and drink specials; and enter to win a New Orleans trip for two. Free, food and drinks for sale; call 601-978-3502. Tin Roof and Cathead Dinner June 30, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza and Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a six-course familystyle meal with Tin Roof beer and Cathead Vodka cocktail pairings. $55; call 601-368-1919; email email@example.com; salandmookies.com. Farm to Fork Project July 2, 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 MSCAN or MSCHIP ID cards; call 601-718-6578.
Sports & Wellness Cruising the Community June 27, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Take a one-to-three-mile ride around the JSU campus using anything on wheels without motors such as bikes, roller skates, wagons, wheelchairs and skateboards. Includes a wheelchair basketball game, lunch and free helmets. Registration required. Free; call 601-979-5828; jsums. edu/cubd. Community Bike Ride June 27, 6 p.m., at Rainbow Natural Grocery Cooperative (2807 Old Canton Road). Bikers ride to a different destination on the last Friday of each month. Jackson Bike Advocates is the sponsor. Free; call 601-3661602; email firstname.lastname@example.org; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.
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Events at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg) $14, $12 seniors, USM employees and military, $10 students; call 601-266-5418 or 800-844-8425; southernmisstickets.com. • “One Man, Two Guvnors” June 26-27, 7:30 p.m.; June 29, 2 p.m.; July 2, 4, and 10, 7:30 p.m.; July 13, 2 p.m. In Tatum Theatre. Southern Arena Theatre presents the Richard Bean play, an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters.” • “Taking Steps” June 28, July 3, 5, 9, and 11, 7:30 p.m.; July 6, 2 p.m. In Hartwig Theatre. Southern Arena Theatre presents the Alan Ayckbourn play about three incompetent characters that try to sort out their lives in one evening.
Chris Knight June 26, 7:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The singer-songwriter and Kentucky native performs to promote his album, “Little Victories.” Doors open at 6:30. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email email@example.com; ardenland.net.
“Peter” June 29, 5 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). John Maxwell of Fish Tale Group Theatre presents the play about the disciple of Jesus. Free; call 601-898-2345; fishtalegroup.org. USA International Ballet Competition June 14-29, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The quadrennial event includes performances, a dance school, a teacher-training program, an art exhibition featuring works from Andrew Bucci and an awards gala. $7 and up for individual performances, ticket packages available; call 601-973-9249; usaibc.com. “Power, Protest, Peace: In Remembrance of Freedom Summer 1964” June 25, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., at Gallery1 (1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). The Montage Dance Company performs. A reception follows. Seating limited. Free; call 601960-9250; find Gallery1 at Jackson State University on Facebook. “La Rondine” Summer Encore June 25, 7 p.m., at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The screening is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD Series. $12.50; call 601-936-5856; cinemark.com. Power of the Mic Comedy Show June 28, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., at Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road). Comedians include Fiyaman, Skip, Honoree Kemp, Corbin McDavitt and La Vale Leggett. Includes music from No Script featuring Kerry Thomas and DJ Sean Mac. $10; call 646-801-1275; find Power of the Mic on Facebook. “Delivered” Dinner Theater June 30, 7 p.m.9 p.m., at Char (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $49; call 601-2917444; thedetectives.biz.
Eric Benet June 26, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 Fifth St., Meridian). The R&B singer is a four-time Grammy nominee. Pre-show party at 6 p.m. $42-$48; call 601-696-2200; msurileycenter.com. Independence Day Battle of the Bands June 28, 6 p.m., at Newell Field (800 Riverside Drive). The marching band competition includes performances from dance troupe and guest musical artists. Gates open at 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the gate, ages 3 and under free; call 800-745-3000 or 404-423-7130; maaband.org. Freedom Music in Fondren June 28, 7 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Performers include Casual of the Hieroglyphics, James Crow and 5th Child, Kamikaze, Quanstar and Coach K, DLabrie, Silas Trey P. Stapleton, Theca Jones, Mr. Fluid and DJ 360 Degrees. Gates open at 6 p.m. $10 cover; call 487-6349; email firstname.lastname@example.org; find Freedom Music in Fondren on Facebook. Freedom Summer 1964: The Soundtrack June 26, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Join the Mississippi Museum of Art and Operation Shoestring for a musical event celebrating the music born out of 1964. Includes cash bar. Free; call 601-9601515; msmuseumart.org. North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic June 27-28, Highway 7 and Highway 310, Waterford . The extensive lineup of performers includes artists such as the Kenny Brown Band, Rocket 88, Cary Hudson, Bill Abel and Solar Porch. No glass or pets. $25 per day, $10 shuttle rides, $10 cooler fee, $100 VIP, additional fees apply for campers; nmshillcountrypicnic.com.
Literary & Signings Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Call 601-366-7619; email info@ lemuriabooks.com; lemuriabooks.com. • “Shape Up Sisters!” July 1, 5 p.m. Linda Fondren signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “Flying Shoes” July 2, 5 p.m. Lisa Howorth signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book.
“A New History of Mississippi” June 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Square Books (160 Courthouse Square, Oxford). MSU-Meridian professor Dennis J. Mitchell signs books. $40 book; call 662-236-2262; squarebooks.com. Geraldine Edwards Hollis Book Signing June 26, 6 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The civil rights activist and member of the Tougaloo Nine signs copies of her book, “Back to Mississippi.” Free, books for sale ($29.99 hardcover, $18.23 paperback); call 601968-5811; jhlibrary.com.
Creative Classes Workshop on Steampunk Cosplay June 28, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., at Quisenberry Library (605 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). Author J L Mulvihill (“The Boxcar Baby”) is the presenter. Includes a hands-on craft session. Free; call 601-924-5684. Salsa and Bachata Workshops June 28, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Sujan Ghimire leads a bachata workshop from 10-11:30 a.m., an all-levels salsa workshop from noon-1:30 p.m. and an advance salsa workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. $15 per workshop, $40 all three workshops; call 601-213-6355; salsamississippi.com.
Exhibit Openings The Literacy Garden Grand Opening June 27, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The outdoor gallery is a learning experience for children in the areas of the arts, literacy, health and nature. The endeavor is part of the Build. Play. Grow. Campaign. Included with admission ($8, children under 12 months and members free), campaign donations welcome; call 601-981-5469; mschildrensmuseum.com.
LGBT PFLAG Jackson Anniversary Event June 26, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) celebrates the organization’s anniversary with a screening of the film “Prayers for Bobby.” A Q&A session follows. Free; call 601922-4968; pflagjacksonms.wordpress.com. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to email@example.com to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.
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DIVERSIONS | music in theory
by Micah Smith
Say Anything Wanders with ‘Hebrews’ probably teach rhetoric and poetry in his sleep, he may have slept through a few too many lectures in Basic Songwriting 101. As experimental as Say Anything has been in the past, pop song structures held the ship together. While a few songs like the single “Six Six Six” and title track jab in a flag to mark the chorus, most others do nothing to highlight any one part.
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Say Anything’s “Hebrews” is a brilliantly worded experiment, albeit one that often falls short of the band’s past heights.
This is perhaps due to the removal of the typical band instruments that makes some of the tracks on “Hebrews” so hard to follow. Drums and bass provide the ubiquitous beat behind each song, but gone are the guitars that once prevailed in Say Anything’s music. Instead, we hear Rhodes keys and programmed strings. A few selections seem to wear the change well, such as “Kall Me Kubrick,” in which peculiarity just makes sense thematically and titularly. Sadly, others suffer the stylistic change more noticeably, such as “A Look” and “The Shape of Love to Come,” both of which are actually well constructed songs made less listenable by the gaping rhythmic hole. “Hebrews” has moments that I can comfortably describe as brilliant, as Bemis may have reached a higher lyrical level than we’ve ever seen him. If only his former bandmates had made the journey with him, we may have had the best Say Anything record to date. Instead, “Hebrews” is a clever notion wrapped in some dreadfully silly mistakes, missteps a younger version of the band would likely never consider. The penultimate song, “Lost My Touch,” says it best, as Max Bemis explains the earnest realization that one day his music will be eclipsed. But I doubt he expected his younger self would be the one casting the shadow.
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he ever-changing, ever-acerbic rock act Say Anything subverts expectation on a regular basis. With the band’s breakout album “… Is a Real Boy” in 2004, it became clear that self-deprecating (and formerly self-medicating) singer and songwriter Max Bemis was willing to blindly follow wherever the lyrical truth led him. That wasn’t always a pretty sight, but it was usually a pretty sound. In some ways, Say Anything’s newest album, “Hebrews,” matches the music with the ugliness of the inner demons it exorcizes. While that’s definitely an interesting train of thought to board, the railways have no shortage of rust. Named after Bemis’ heritage, “Hebrews” chronicles his most struggle with life’s pitfalls. And if you’ve listened to Say Anything before, that description may sound familiar. Bemis is no stranger to tough breaks, but the culprits this time around are the singer’s new forays into faith, fatherhood and, of course, the realization that his age is quickly catching up to him. As always, Max Bemis attacks the topics with wit, pith, piss and vinegar, and invites some famous friends along for the ride, a tactic he employed on 2007’s “In Defense of the Genre.” But that’s about as far as the album goes in keeping with Say Anything’s past efforts, and you’ll do well to remember that. From its first track, “Hebrews” clashed with my preconceptions. Given Say Anything’s penchant for punk rock, I had anticipated a hint of it on the opening track “John McClane,” named after the guns-blazing hero of the “Die Hard” film series. Instead, the introductory song delivered friendly, bouncing keys with a nursery rhyme presence. I felt as if I was in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, if Mr. Rogers lived in a loft apartment and wanted to teach kids about midlife crises. That may not sound like your cup of tea, but for me, it was just the strange, fantastic start I wanted. In fact, many songs on “Hebrews” strike the right balance between endearing and deranged, a tough line to walk yet one that Bemis does backflips on. Tracks like “Judas Decapitation” deal with the self-destructive nature upon which he founded Say Anything and the listeners who have turned against him since he began piecing together a healthier life. It’s a sentiment that is sadly true: Many fans have spoken against his marriage to Eisley vocalist Sherri Dupree, claiming domestic life removed his edge. “Hebrews” is a pillar of powerful turns of phrase, unfortunately paired with some poor musical choices. While Bemis could
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Thursday, June 26 Soccer (11a.m.-1p.m., ESPN/ESPN2): The U.S. can advance to the knockout stage with a win or draw against Germany on ESPN, but a loss opens the door for Ghana or Portugal on ESPN2. Friday, June 27 Tennis (6a.m.-4p.m., ESPN): The World Cup takes a day off, so enjoy some tennis at the All England Club for the 2014 Wimbledon Championships. Saturday, June 28 Soccer (11a.m-1p.m., ABC): The knockout stage of the World Cup begins with the winner of Group A facing the second-place team from Group B. … Soccer (3-5p.m., ABC): The World Cup win-or-go-home continues with the Group C winner facing the runner-up from Group D. Sunday, June 29 Soccer (11a.m.-1p.m., ESPN): The World Cup round of 16 continues when the winner of Group B faces the runner up of Group A … Soccer (3-5p.m., ESPN): The winner of Group D faces the
second-place finisher of Group C as the World Cup knockout stage hits its halfway point. Monday, June 30 Soccer (11a.m.-1p.m., ESPN): The knockout stage of the World Cup keeps going with the first-place team in Group E facing the second-place team of Group F. Tuesday, July 1 Soccer (11a.m.-1p.m., ESPN): The last day of the World Cup round of 16 begins with the winner of Group F taking on the runner up of Group E. Wednesday, July 2 Tennis (7-a.m.-2p.m., ESPN/ESPN2): The World Cup takes another day off. As the 2014 Wimbledon Championship rolls on, you can fill your day with more tennis from the All England Club. July brings us a month closer to preseason NFL football. By the time the World Cup wraps up, football will be knocking on the door.
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he NFL recently announced that they are looking into starting a minor development league, but a failure of the NFL is the inability to make one work after two failed attempts. Football has a need for a minor league system as a way of developing players. The NFL and NFL Player’s Association’s new collective-bargaining agreement gives coaches less access to players, which hurts those who need extra work to make the league. On the flip side, the deal helps veteran players because it makes it harder for younger and cheaper players to take their jobs. If younger players have less time to work with coaches, it’s harder for them to make the team, but that also hurts teams when they are hit with injuries during the season and don’t have players they can use for injury replacements. While the NFL is not currently immune to lawsuits, the timing of its plan to start a new minor league is interesting. Could the NFL see that the lawsuits against the NCAA might affect their current de facto minor-league system? Con-
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sider Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who has once again threatened to end major sports in the conference if players are paid. Until the NCAA loses a lawsuit and appeals the case, it will take time to see if Delany will blink or follow through with his threat. The five major conferences could continue even if the NCAA loses current lawsuits, but smaller conferences may decide to do something else if they can’t afford to keep up with the big boys. Depending on the outcome of lawsuits against the NCAA and college football players trying to unionize, the landscape of college athletics could change in the next few years. But that change might not be good for colleges, athletes or fans. If, and it is a big if, colleges decide to quit football, the NFL minor league would be there to feed the fans’ appetite for football. Change is coming to college sports, but it might not be the great thing everyone thinks it will be. It won’t stop the NFL from trying to cash in on whatever changes happen.
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Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you wonít see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE! email@example.com
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When a Navajo baby laughs for the first time, everyone in the community celebrates. Itâ€™s regarded as the moment when the child completes his or her transition from the spirit realm into the physical world. The person who has provoked the babyâ€™s laughter is charged with planning the First Laugh Ceremony, a party to commemorate the magical event. I foresee a comparable development in your life, Virgo. You wonâ€™t be laughing for the first time, of course, but I suspect your sense of humor will reach a new ripeness. How? Maybe you will be able to find amusement in things you have always taken too seriously. Maybe you will suddenly have a deeper appreciation for lifeâ€™s ongoing cosmic jokes. Or perhaps you will stumble upon reasons to laugh longer and harder and louder than you ever have before.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Would you like to be free from the experience of getting criticized? Do you think it might be nice if no one ever accused you of being wrong or off-track? If so, hereâ€™s how you should proceed, says American writer Elbert Hubbard: â€œDo nothing, say nothing, be nothing.â€? But Iâ€™m afraid I canâ€™t recommend that behavior for you, Libra. In the coming weeks, you have a sacred duty to your Future Self to risk being controversial. I urge you to take strong stands, speak raw truths, and show your real feelings. Yes, you may attract flack. You might disturb the peace. But that will be an acceptable price to pay for the rewards you receive. This is one time when being courageous is more important than seeking harmony.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
â€œBe respectful to your superiors, if you have any,â€? said British writer Mark Twain. How do you respond to that impish nudge, Scorpio? Are there any geniuses and heroes out there whom you consider to be worthy of your respect? If not, I urge you to go out in search of some. At this phase of your evolution, you are in special need of people who inspire you with their greatness. Itâ€™s crucial for you to learn from teachers and role models who are further along than you are in their mastery of the game of life. I also believe it would be healing for you to feel waves of admiration and reverence.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
â€œEveryone has something to hide,â€? declared Russian author Anton Chekhov. Is that true? Do even you blunt Sagittarians have something to hide? Iâ€™m going to say that for 90 percent of you, the answer is yes. There are secrets you donâ€™t want anyone to find out about: past events you are reluctant to disclose or shady deeds you are getting away with now or taboo thoughts you want to keep sealed away from public knowledge. Iâ€™m not here to scold you about them or to encourage you to spill them. On the contrary, I say itâ€™s time to bring them fully into your conscious awareness, to honor their importance to your life story, and to acknowledge their power to captivate your imagination.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
A German chemist named Felix Hoffman had a prominent role in synthesizing two very different drugs: aspirin and heroin. In analyzing your astrological omens for the coming months, I see you as having a similar potential. You could create good stuff that will have the power to help and heal; or you could generate borderline stuff that will lead to a lot of problems; or you could do both. How it all plays out really is up to your free will. For best results, set your intention to go in the direction of things like aspirin and away from things like heroin.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
This is a good time to risk a small leap of faith, but not a sprawling vault over a yawning abyss. Feel free and easy about exploring the outer borders of familiar territory, but be cautious about the prospect of wandering into the deep, dark unknown. Be willing to entertain stimulating new ideas but not cracked notions that have little evidence to back them up. Your task is to shake up the status quo just enough to invigorate everyoneâ€™s emotional intelligence, even as you take care not to unleash an upheaval that makes everyone crazy.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) had an unusual fetish. He enjoyed eating apples and pears and other fruits while they were still hanging on the tree. Why? Maybe because the taste was as pure and brisk and naked as it could possibly be -- an experience that I imagine would be important to a romantic poet like him. In accordance with your astrological omens, I suggest you use Coleridgeâ€™s quest for ultimate freshness as a driving metaphor in the coming week. Go to the source to get what you need. Dispense with intermediaries. Be as raw as the law allows.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
According to an astrologer named Astrolocherry (astrolocherry.tumblr.com), Aries is the sign of the freedom fighter, the explorer, the daredevil, and the adventurer. Thatâ€™s all true; I agree with her. But hereâ€™s an important caveat. As you get older, itâ€™s your duty to harness all that hot energy on behalf of the softer, slower, more tender parts of your life. The coming weeks will offer you a great opportunity to work on that challenge. To get started, imagine how you can be a freedom fighter, explorer, daredevil, and adventurer in service to your home, family, and community.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
After a thorough, detailed, painstaking analysis of the astrological omens, Iâ€™m inclined to advise you to be neither thorough nor detailed nor painstaking in the coming days. Instead, I suspect you will thrive by being spontaneous and improvisatory. Wing it, baby! Throw away the script. Trust your gut. Play it by ear. Make it up as you go along. If you find yourself frowning with indecision and beset by lazy procrastination, you will know youâ€™re off course. If you are feeling blithe and agile as you get a lot done with creative efficiency, you will know youâ€™re right in the groove.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
The Japanese word tsundoku describes what happens if you buy a lot of books but never read them, leaving them piled up in a neglected heap. I recommend that you avoid indulging in tsundoku any time soon, Gemini. In fact, I urge you not to acquire any resources that you then proceed to ignore. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when itâ€™s crucial to make conscientious use of your tools and riches. To let them go to waste would be to dishonor them, and make it less likely that you will continue to receive their blessings in the future. Take full advantage of whatâ€™s yours.
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