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ecessity led David Skato to filmmaking. In 2007, the Mississippi State University graduate bought a video camera to film his children, Omarion, now 11, and Sarah, now 10. A year later, Skato created a TV ad for his company. With a 2006 bachelor’s degree in computer science and an IT business, he expected the ad to bring him more work. Instead, local producer Andy Bryant of Video Magic One offered him a freelance videography gig. Before long, Skato’s focus turned to video and TV production. His first film, “Gutta Story,” brought Skato to Jackson in 2010. “I didn’t want to leave Mississippi,” but his hometown of Starkville was too small, he says, so he moved here and fell in love with the city. By now, Skato has completed two feature films and two short-subject films, in addition to varied commercial work that, for now, pays the bills. “Croenoak,” which Skato expects to release in November, is a thriller/ghost story about a down-on-his luck detective hired to find a missing child. Like most independent filmmakers, Skato invested his own money into the $20,000 budget. He also raised $7,000 through a Kickstarter campaign. As with his previous films, Skato is “Croenoak’s” producer, director, writer, editor and publicist, but his main interest is producing and directing. “Croenoak” (he based the name on the “lost colony” of Roanoke) is a departure into


pure fiction. Skato’s earlier films, while not documentaries, dealt with real-life issues. He’s most proud of “I am Woman,” a drama about domestic violence completed in 2012. “My objective was to show all sides of the situation,” Skato says. “Everybody has their own story.” “Killing Joy,” released this year, is about a young woman who suffers a stroke, and highlights how illness can rip apart relationships. “(Stroke) is a leading cause of death for African Americans,” Skato says. “I wanted to show a different side of that.” 2010’s “Gutta Story” is, perhaps, the most autobiographical of Skato’s films. The story centers on a man trying to make it after prison when a friend is mysteriously murdered. Admittedly, Skato’s own life could have gone wrong. He grew up poor, and street life held some thrills. Between becoming a father and his best friend, Corinthius, dying in prison in 2005, at age 22, Skato turned himself around. “I didn’t try to hide what goes on in the streets,” he says of “Gutta Story.” Skato now mentors youngsters to help them stay away from violence. “Sometimes, they just need someone to talk to them.” Skato hopes not be pigeon-holed into being a “black filmmaker” even as he traces his interest to Gordon Parks’ 1969 film, “The Learning Tree,” and admires game changers like Tyler Perry. “Creativity inspires me,” Skato says. “I want to do things that nobody’s ever done.” —Ronni Mott

Cover photo of John Krasinki by Jonny Cournoyer / courtesy “The Hollars”

9 History in Peril

Scores of historical documents in the Hinds County Courthouse are being damaged. Can they be saved?

39 Inside Grilling

Just because the air is about to get cooler doesn’t mean you have to completely give up grilling.

49 White Violet’s Athens Roots

“White Violet is an up-and-coming, indie-pop outfit from Athens that puts its four-piece structure to good use.” —Genevieve Legacy, “Furthering the Athens Four-Piece”

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4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 14 ................................ EDITORIAL 15 .................................... OPINION 16 ............................ COVER STORY 20 ...........................ARTS PREVIEW 39 ............................. LIFE & STYLE 41 ................................. WELLNESS 42 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 44 .............................. DIVERSIONS 46 ....................................... 8 DAYS 48 .......................................... ARTS 49 ....................................... MUSIC 50 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 51 ..................................... SPORTS 52 .................................... PUZZLES 53 ....................................... ASTRO


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by Amber Helsel, Assistant Editor

Inside the Lens


nce every couple of months, my laptop tells me that its memory is almost full. Everything starts moving slower, and I get more and more reminders as time goes by (and I’m notorious for waiting forever to fix the problem). While many of my memory problems are a result of the almost 50 gigabytes of music I have on my computer, the majority comes from somewhere else— thousands upon thousands of photos. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a camera pressed to my face, from the days when I would only use disposable cameras to my current high-powered DSLR. I’m not sure what specifically drew me to photography, though it probably stems from my need to express myself artistically without drawing or painting. It’s an incredible medium, and you can do so much with it. My favorite photo in the world is “Dalí Atomicus” by Phillipe Halsman. It’s this insane blackand-white photo with suspended wooden furniture, cats and water flying through the air, and Salvador Dalí jumping in the background. Halsman said it took him 28 tries to get everything perfect. Imagine having to throw cats and water and jump 28 times in a row. That, to me, is more exciting than spending five hours working on one painting. You get to record light in the blink of an eye, whereas with painting and drawing, you have to sit in one spot for hours creating and recreating, drawing and redrawing one line. I’m not saying that you won’t spend hours trying to get the perfect shot, but at the end of everything, you have more to choose from. Photography may seem like an easy skill to learn, and if you understand the basic concept of “hit the shutter button and you take a picture,” then yeah, it probably is. But really learning photography takes a

long time, and you may never perfect your skill. I’ve taken numerous photography classes and have read many articles, and I’m still not as good as I could be. Sometimes, it takes a while for me to be satisfied with the shots I take. Like everything, sometimes photography is about taking a step back, breathing and then trying again. Another wonderful aspect of photography is that you don’t have to be particularly inspired. Sure, inspiration makes

Like everything, sometimes photography is about taking a step back, breathing and then trying again. many a great photo, but really the key to being a good photographer is seeing. Elliott Erwitt once said: “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. … I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” If you see something cool, take a photo. A friend once told me that she doesn’t understand photographers who never seem

to have their camera with them; who never see the perfect shots in front of them. I’ve told people before that I think being a millennial is neat because many of us remember what it was like when everything was analog, but we also saw the birth of modern technology. Those who were born around the time I was are young enough to integrate themselves in technology, but we also remember that there are things to do outside of texting on a cell phone. Many of us even watched the death of film photography. I remember that for photography in high school, we had to buy a film camera, and I bought a nice Canon Rebel 35mm. But when I took photography at Hinds Community College, film cameras had all but disappeared, so I ordered an antique camera from Amazon. Though I’ve done more digital work in my lifetime, I can still remember the basics of a darkroom. Any time I smell vinegar, I remember passing photographic paper through chemical baths and washes, the dimness of the safety lights as I developed photos, watching as an image came from almost nothing. Not that I don’t love digital. It’s much easier, and it’s instant. I don’t have to fumble around in pitch-black darkness trying to wind a roll of film onto the reel or see spots when I finally turn on the overhead lights afterward. But if I had the money and space, I’d buy darkroom equipment and rediscover my love of film. Technology lends itself well to photography, especially apps like Instagram. I can now take a photo and instantly show it to people, whether it be silly, serious or a photo of my food. I don’t necessarily consider that true photography, though, because to me, photography is about more than pushing a button. Now, photographers post some incredible photos, and many do it with just an iPhone, and that’s cool. But I think any-

one who really and truly loves photography should really learn the skills behind it. The only way to really understand something is to see where it comes from. A button on a home screen can only do so much. If you really want to do something worthwhile, you have to learn how to use a real camera, with a manual function for aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO. That’s also why I think not everyone is a photographer, nor can every person in this world hope to be one. It takes work and vision, and a grander view of the world. There’s more to life than taking photos of yourself or your food. I don’t consider my Instagram photos art. They’re just me goofing around, showing people my everyday life. People criticize photographers for constantly having a camera pressed to their faces, and I’ve been criticized by people for constantly stopping to take a photo. I had a friend get mad at me in Scotland for doing that (in my defense, it’s Scotland). But the wonderful thing about photography is that you’re still there. You’re still in the moment. People think you’re not enjoying it, but the truth is, you are. You’re simultaneously taking in the scene in front of you and capturing concrete proof that you were there at that precise moment. That’s why people often pay too much money for a wedding photographer. As you grow older with your husband, wife or partner, you will sometimes forget the good moments. It’s nice to have something to remind you that you love this creature standing beside you, yammering on about dirty dishes. Sometimes you have to remember to actually stop and take a look around you, yes, but what you get from a photo is a record of a memory. Our human memories fail us, but photos are forever (if you don’t delete them). I, for one, would much rather be behind the lens than in front of it.

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Mary Spooner

Micah Smith

Latasha Willis

Tommy Burton

Carmen Cristo

R.L. Nave

Genevieve Legacy

Kimberly Griffin

Former Editorial Intern Mary Spooner is a Jackson native who studies English at the University of Southern Mississippi. She enjoys creative writing, cinema and vegetarian cooking. She interviewed John Krasinski for this issue.

Music Editor Micah Smith is a graduate of Mississippi College and has neither an eye patch nor a soul patch. When not writing or editing, he performs with the band Empty Atlas. He arranged event listings and wrote arts stories.

Events Listings Editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a freelance graphic designer and the mother of one cat. See her design portfolio at latashawillis. com. She edited event listings.

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

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 an arts preview blurb.

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

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

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


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Wednesday, September 10 President Obama outlines in an address to the nation an expanded military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, including airstrikes in Syria and expanded airstrikes in Iraq.

Friday, September 12 Government and rebel forces exchange dozens of prisoners captured during fighting in Ukraine as part of a cease-fire agreement sealed in early September. â&#x20AC;Ś Texas asks a federal appeals court to allow the state to immediately enforce a law requiring all abortion clinics to adhere to costly standards required for walk-in surgical clinics, which would close more than half of the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abortion facilities. Saturday, September 13 President Barack Obama condemns as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;barbaric murderâ&#x20AC;? the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.

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Sunday, September 14 Two raging wildfires in California force hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burns nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes.


Monday, September 15 An act of Congress allows President Obama to present two Vietnam War soldiersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one still living, one killed in actionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony nearly 50 years after the men threw themselves into harmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way to protect their fellow soldiers. Tuesday, September 16 Ukraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parliament ratifies an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union and passes legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.

by R.L Nave


he Jackson City Council held its nose and passed Mayor Tony Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $390 million budget proposal Monday night, but it came with strings attached. Yarber and the council came to loggerheads over several issues, including last-minute additions and the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reticence in

council throughout the development of the pay-raise plan and helped calculate the expense. In addition, the council said it agreed to let the mayor â&#x20AC;&#x153;staff up,â&#x20AC;? according to his administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs. From 2013 to the budget passed this week, salaries in the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and chiefadministrative officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices alone have TRIP BURNS

Thursday, September 11 A 9/11 memorial service in New York begins with a bell toll, a moment of silence and the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. â&#x20AC;Ś The European Union decides to place new economic sanctions on Russiaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;including ones targeting the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vital oil industryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; for what it sees as Moscowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meddling in eastern Ukraine.

Officials Spar Over Haves, Have-Nots

The Jackson City Council approved a $390 budget on the condition Mayor Tony Yarber find a way to give the lowest paid city workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a raise.

implementing a $120,000 pay increase for city workers earning minimum wage even as the mayor is increasing pay for three city departments by about $500,000. Yarber said moving forward with the smaller increase would throw the budget off balance. Council members took exception to Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explanation, they said, because the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget staffers had advised the

increased by $480,781. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can pay the mayor and CAOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office a half-million dollar increase (for salaries), then we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be paying slave wages to people who are out there filling ditches,â&#x20AC;? Ward 2 Councilman Melvin Priester Jr., who chairs the Budget Committee, told the Jackson Free Press. The city attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office also jumped

from $1.9 million in 2013 to just over $2 million under the current budget. As an alternative to the minimum-wage raises, Yarber suggested a feasibility study be done, arguing that the council had not considered the effect of implementing the raises on vacant positions. The move seemed to blindside the six members who attended. Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon lambasted Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refusal to implement the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s action, which she called historic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the council can be ignored on something like this, then what are we doing here?â&#x20AC;? she asked. During the meeting, Priester offered a compromise in order to meet the legal requirement to finish the budget by Sept. 15, instructing Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration to find a way to implement the minimum-wage hike or the council would come back later and take back salary increases now going to department heads and other top-tier staff members. The budget passed 5-to-1. Ward 3 Councilwoman LaRita Cooper-Stokes voted no; Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell did not attend the meeting. The council can revise the budget through the end of the month, which Priester hopes to accomplish before yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end. There was one big bright spot in the city budget for taxpayers: City officials managed to roll the millage rate back to 2013 levels, which equals a property tax cut of about $5 million. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at

MADE IN MISSISSIPPI by Amber Helsel f youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in Jackson the last couple months, you probably heard talk of John Krasinski (yes, Jim Halpert from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Officeâ&#x20AC;?) being in town. He was directing â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hollars,â&#x20AC;? which concluded shooting in Jackson a couple of weeks ago. But besides â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Hollars,â&#x20AC;? Mississippi has seen some other incredible movies make their way through our great state. Here are some interesting facts about some of the more recent ones.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get On Upâ&#x20AC;? (2014)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;After spending time in Jackson, Dan Akyroyd, who plays James Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manager Ben Bart in the film, decided to contribute a little more to Hinds County. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis swore him in as a deputy sheriff this past January.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I Lay Dyingâ&#x20AC;? (2013)â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Filmmakers thought â&#x20AC;&#x153;As I Lay Dying,â&#x20AC;? a novel by William Faulkner, would be difficult to turn into a film due to the many narrative voices. But James Franco was unperturbed. He captured this aspect of Faulknerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work by camera edits, dialogue and voice-overs.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Helpâ&#x20AC;? (2011)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Director Tate Taylor (also of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get On Upâ&#x20AC;?) and the author of the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s novel namesake, Kathryn Stockett, grew up together in Jackson and have been friends since kindergarten. They both graduated from Jackson Prep.




â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Some Is, Some Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;: County Files Clearly at Risk


story and photos by Anna Wolfe

fter the Jackson Free Press followed up on a tip regarding water damage to decades-old documents in the Hinds County Courthouse, Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn told us that no documents were at risk of water damage and there had been no flooding. After a visit to the file-storage area in the courthouse, though, it is clear that files housed there are not treated with care or as if they are important to the city. Within the maze of dirty rooms and wading among trash and other odd objects, court documents and criminal files rot away on the fourth floor of the downtown Jackson public building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been picked through or whatever you want to call it and just put up there because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have room down here to keep it,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said of the files stored upstairs. A puddle seeping out beneath one bookshelf is clearly not the only presence of water. Boxes on top of boxes with waterdamage marks signal the risk of seriously detrimental destruction of files.

In one room, two buckets and a trashcan filled with water catch droplets from the leaking pipes above. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have buckets down here under the stairwell that have to

be emptied every now and then, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been from day one,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said. While many of the documents contained in the county courthouse are elec-

tronically backed up, not all are, and the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current condition is sure to contribute to the destruction of Hinds County history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any earthly idea,â&#x20AC;? Dunn said when asked how much of the courthouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s documents are backed up electronically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some is, some isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;?

Pages of history have turned pink after water damage caused the red cover to bleed onto the bookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pages.

A trash can filled with water catches dripping from pipes above.

Teetering stacks of red district attorney books rot away.

A puddle next to a cabinet in a dingy, forgotten filing room marks the presence of water.

Several stacked boxes with water damage marks are smooshed in the corner of a room.

A box marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;evidenceâ&#x20AC;? sits at the top of a messy bookcase.

See a gallery of these and other courthouse pictures at

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Boxes, folders and papers are left in a sloppy pile in a dirty file room.


TALK | politics

Faulty Senate Race Calls for Election Change By Anna Wolfe


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Laws from the Dark Ages? Election lawyer Cory Wilson said that Mississippi election laws are totally outdated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were written during a time when there was one-party rule in the state,â&#x20AC;? Wilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of timelines and deadlines and requirements under the election procedures that really need to be revisited in a comprehensive way.â&#x20AC;? Mississippi has open party primaries, which means that anyone can choose which primary they want to vote in, even though candidates of the same party will run against each other initially, then face the other partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chosen candidate in the general election. There is no party registration. Voting track record is not taken into account. A person can only cast one vote in the primary election and, in the case of a runoff, cannot switch party lines from the party they voted with initiallyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but other than that, open party primaries are fair game. This caused much confusion during the U.S. Senate race, highlighting the practice of one partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voters raiding the opposite partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary to influence the outcome of the general electionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an open practice in Mississippi. State Sen. McDaniel recently called for closed primaries, which could have benefitted his race against incumbent Cochran. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we have to move toward some sort of closed primary system at some point,â&#x20AC;? McDaniel said. But the openness of a primary election is

a state policy decision and one most officials are not in favor of changing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a knee-jerk reaction to our primary and what people think may or may not have happened,â&#x20AC;? Nosef said at the panel. Political experts say the state is unlikely to completely change the election process from open to either closed, semi-closed or

Less Invasive Options? Some members of Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panel expressed interest in the top-two system Louisiana has, but Cole said a number of less intrusive election changes could solve the problems seen in the recent Senate race, as opposed to a complete overhaul. Nosef agreed with the sentiment. RL NAVE

he GOP establishment called them sore losers. In return, the Mississippi Tea Party cried foul play. The 2014 U.S. Senate race pinned two sides of the Republican Party against each other in a heated primary that presented more possible problems with Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election law than it did focus on issues facing the state and solutions in either the Mississippi Legislature or the U.S. Congress. For two months the Chris McDaniel camp complained about the Thad Cochran camp in a tirade that made it easy for the media to take sides by playing off the Tea Partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election integrity concerns as baseless feuding. But Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election process, especially in the primary stage, does concern the state and the general public so much that Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann convened a panel of 51 state citizens to discuss just that on Sept. 10 at Old Capitol Inn. Both state party chairmenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Rickey Cole with the Democratic Party and Joe Nosef with the Republicansâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;warned against taking drastic steps to change the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election law. Still, all the political leaders tended to agree that some reform is needed.

As Mississippi Democratic Party chairman, Rickey Cole believes in small changes to the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s election process as opposed to a complete overhaul.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;top twoâ&#x20AC;? primaries, but Hosemannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panel did discuss them. Louisiana, for example, has what is called a â&#x20AC;&#x153;top twoâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;jungleâ&#x20AC;? primaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in which all the candidates are initially placed on the same ballot, regardless of their party, and the candidates with the top two highest percentages enter into a runoff. Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler spoke to the panel touting his â&#x20AC;&#x153;top twoâ&#x20AC;? system and its successfulness. Two other statesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;California and Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;also have â&#x20AC;&#x153;top twoâ&#x20AC;? primaries. He said the closed primary system, which Louisiana has used before and which requires primary voters to have party registration, was not a suitable systemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;although 18 states have closed primaries as well as the District of Columbia. Closed primaries are criticized because they â&#x20AC;&#x153;take away a freedom of choice Mississippians currently enjoy,â&#x20AC;? State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat, said. Mississippi joins 15 other states with open primaries. Seven states have a combination of both with semi-closed primaries, and the remaining six states have different primary systems between parties. Ten states have party-elected systems, meaning each party determines how open the primary is, while the rest of the statesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; primaries are state-mandated.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as much what system that we have as it is â&#x20AC;Ś thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no way to enforce our law,â&#x20AC;? Nosef said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to enforce whatever the rules are is something that I think would be nice because from a voter standpoint thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unbelievably frustrating.â&#x20AC;? One unenforceable election law in Mississippi is one that says that a voter cannot â&#x20AC;&#x153;participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in the primary in which he participates.â&#x20AC;? Assistant Secretary of State for Elections Kim Turner mentioned the impossibility of enforcing the law. When asked why we have an unenforceable statute in the first place, Hosemann directed the question to the Legislature, saying they are responsible for creating the law. Instead of reforming the entire system, Cole suggested changing the law to make runoffs less frequent. If the Senate race had not required a runoff, Cole does not believe the state would be having a discussion about election reform. Thomas Carey, the U.S. Senate Republican candidate whose name no one can remember, paid $300 to enter into the election and knock the race into a runoff. If the qualifying fees were $3,000 instead, Careyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who many see as a frivolous candidateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;would have not been able to essentially muddy up

the election, Cole argues. He says those fees should be multiplied by 10 in each election. While Rep. Cecil Brown, a Jackson Democrat, said he is in favor of smaller changes, he does not believe in increasing the qualifying fees to prevent someone from running. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fees should be reasonable. It shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be something that would cause somebody to not be able to qualify,â&#x20AC;? Brown said in an interview. In addition to higher qualifying fees, Cole says the threshold for the percentage of votes the leading candidate gets to prevent the race from going into a runoff should be lowered to 45 percent rather than 50 percent as it is now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there are a lot of negative consequences associated with those changes,â&#x20AC;? Cole said of laws that would prevent runoffs. Other implementations include early voting, which allows all residents to go to a planned location to vote before Election Day, and online registration, which is traditionally not popular with Republicans. Hosemann said online voter registration is in the works. Blount said that since Mississippi now has voter ID requirements, election law should also allow for same-day registration at the polls. None of the proposed reforms, however, address the most dramatic complaint from the McDaniel camp: vote buying. Votes for Sale? When it comes to complaints from the Tea Partiers of vote buying by the Cochran campaign, nearly every neutral politician, Republican or Democratic, seems to say the same thing: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any reason to believe that happened,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If that was a problem, they just need to be prosecuted,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any law can be broken. You just have to catch them.â&#x20AC;? Get out the vote, or GOTV, effortsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; canvassing, passing out flyers and going door-to-doorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are legal and have always been a major element of political campaigning. But when someone crosses the line by promising a voter something of value for their vote, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve broken the law. The lack of transparency in the exchange of money in political campaigning, however, is a federal problem. Cole believes the financial reporting requirements must be stricter, but the Mississippi Legislature can only improve those laws on the state level and in state elections. Super PACs like the recently created All Citizens for Mississippi, Cole said, should have to report their expenses with the FEC within 24 hours. The PAC, PRUH6(1$7(VHHSDJH


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run by New Horizon Church International Bishop Ronnie Crudup, has until mid-October to file their completed and amended reports for expenditures in July. Cole said they shouldn’t have that much time, which federal election law provides. One thing that could have prevented the problems with voter irregularity and alleged crossover votes in the Senate race is simply better poll-worker training. The regulation of crossover voting in a runoff, Cole said, is “left up to the discretion of poll workers.” Hard-copy poll books are used to check voters in at the polls. In the case of a runoff, the party’s poll books are to be swapped so poll workers know if a voter voted in the opposite party’s primary in the initial election. If he or she did, the poll workers are then supposed to prohibit the person from voting. While the McDaniel camp complained of crossover votes, their evidence included a vast number of votes they determined were “irregular” due to strange markings in the poll books. Cole said this

indicates that the training of poll workers needs improvement. Cole also said that switching to electronic poll books would help solve this problem. But no matter which election processes Mississippians deem most effective, the importance of democracy remains. Lynn Evans from Common Cause Mississippi worries that laws like voter ID requirements, as well as the belief that people who voted in the U.S. Senate Republican primary should not have, contributes to the disintegration of voter rights in the state. “We seem to have sort of leftovers in our subconscious from the old days of Jim Crow that voting is not a right, it’s a privilege, and that only certain people should be able to vote,” Evans said. “It seems to me what we should be doing is looking to remove obstacles to people voting.” Evans said the current conversation— which involves closing primaries and requiring voter ID—is one that asks: How can we restrict certain people from voting? “That to me is the wrong conversation. That was supposed to have been settled,” Evans said. Comment on this story at Email investigative reporter Anna Wolfe at

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fter the video surfaced of Ray Rice’s assault of his now-wife, Janay, and people on the Internet started asking questions that sounded an awful lot like victim-blaming, an author named Beverly Gooden took to Twitter to explain why she stayed with her abusive husband for more than a year. Using the hashtag #WhyIStayed, Gooden explained—and legions of others followed—her reasons for remaining in the relationship: She believed he would change, her pastor counseled her on the biblical consequences of divorce, she was isolated from her family and support system. And there were other practical reasons: “I had to plan my escape for months before I even had a place to go and money for the bus to get there,” Gooden tweeted. Wendy Mahoney, executive director of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says women—85 percent of domestic-violence victims are women—stay for myriad reasons, including not wanting to leave the familiar environs of their homes and facing the stark reality of everything they would need to reestablish themselves in a new place. Coming up with cash for passenger fares, housing and utility deposits can



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Mississippians who have been abused by their domestic partners will soon have a new tool to help them leave and start a new life.

seem like especially insurmountable obstacles considering that domestic-violence victims are often subjected to economic abuse, shut off from accessing household finances. “These types of barriers can hinder individuals from leaving an abusive situation,” Mahoney said. In Mississippi, one of those barriers is being lowered. On Sept. 10, the

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(Some) Drug Testing Kinks Fixed by R.L. Nave



rue or False: I have been tempted to that conservative lawmakers in Mississippi ministered in clinical settings to people who to so-called “protective payee,” or thirdleave home. have proposed for several years and, finally, voluntarily seek drug treatment; giving the party stand-in for the parent. True or False: Most people will succeeded in passing earlier this year. test to TANF applicants could skew the reAround 4,300 adults and 12,900 laugh at a joke at times. Civil-liberties groups and Democratic sults, he said. children in Mississippi received TANF True or False: I always feel benefits in May, and each family sure of myself. received $67.94 for an individual True or False: I am usually a on average and $139.65 for a happy person. family, although the family size True or False: I am restless was not specified. person. Drug testing of TANF reDepending on how you ancipients has gained momentum swer these questions and about 90 the past couple years, such as in others, you just might be on drugs, statehouses in Florida, Utah and according to an assessment the Georgia. During Florida’s rollout, State of Mississippi is requiring of questions arose about Gov. Rick some people applying for governScott’s relationship to a chain of ment benefits. urgent-care centers he co-founded On Sept. 10, Mississippi that offered drug testing services. Department of Human Services So far, DHS has not submitstarted randomly administering ted a request for bids for a thirdOn Sept. 10, the State of Mississippi started screening first-time applicants to Temporary Assistance Substance Abuse Subtle Screenparty administrator for either for Needy Families, a federal program in states providing assistance for low-income families. ing Inventory, or SASSI, assessscreening or testing of TANF ment to first-time applicants to recipients. Under the rules, DHS Temporary Assistance for Needy case managers will administer the Families, a federal program administered budget-watchers immediately called foul on Irvin added that the ACLU remains SASSI assessment. by states that provides monthly assistance the proposal that they argued discriminates unclear on who would pay for the required In another states, Utah, officials wonfor low-income families. against poor and is potentially costly. After drug treatment in the event a TANF re- dered about the economic sense of that state’s The regulation outlines the process and a public hearing, the Mississippi chapter of cipient tests positive. In the Jackson metro, drug-testing program for welfare recipients. highlights the concerns of opponents: the American Civil Liberties Union helped a drug-treatment program can cost up to There, a state agency found that the state “The questionnaire must be completed modify for the new regulation, but Charles $16,000 per person. spent $30,000 the first year and found 12 prior to approval of a TANF application. Irvin, the ACLU’s legal director, says several “With a figure that large, we need to people who tested positive for drug use. Refusal of the adult to submit to the ques- organizations still have concerns. know how that’s going to affect people who “The amount of energy and fundtionnaire will lead to denial of the TANF Calling the screening requirement a are already receiving benefits,” Irvin said. ing you’re putting into this relatively small application. If results of the questionnaire “disgusting framework” that targets the poor, DHS also revised its rules to specify pool, is it worth it to the state?” the ACindicate the reasonable likelihood that abuse Irvin said the ACLU wanted to eliminate that children would not lose coverage by LU’s Irvin asked. “It doesn’t seem like a of a controlled substance exists, the adult will SASSI, developed by the Indiana-based Temporary Assistance for Needy Families wise decision to me.” be required to take a drug test.” SASSI Institute, as the testing instrument. if a parent fails a drug test. Under the upComment at Email R.L. The requirement resulted from a law Irvin said SASSI tests are typically ad- dated rules, the benefits can be transferred Nave Jim Herring, a former Mississippi Republican Party chairman and lawyer who represents both the Mississippi Rural Water Association and Madison County’s Bear Creek Water Association, told the Associated Press that his clients favor helping victims of domestic abuse but believed the PSC overstepped its authority in setting the rule. The rule, which goes to the Mississippi secretary of state for publication before going into effect, states that a security deposit is different than a rate and that the rule should not be construed as the PSC’s attempt to run a utility’s day-to-day affairs. A call placed to Herring’s Canton law office was not immediately returned. Presley says he bent over backward to allay the concerns of the utility companies in coming up with the final language for the rule. “If their goal was for me to withdraw my proposal, that wasn’t going to happen,” he said. Presley and his staff also worked with domestic-violence advocates to address

their concerns as well. Earlier versions would have empowered law enforcement officials to certify individuals as victims of violence, but in the final rule, that was authority given to solely to domestic-violence shelter professionals. They also added language to strengthen privacy protections for people who receive the waivers. Sandy Middleton, executive director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Pearl, called the rule another tool to help people who, despite being abused, may have a job, children or other considerations preventing them from uprooting and moving into transitional shelter. “The main thing we know about victims who are fleeing for their safety is that they leave with few belongings and little or no money,” Middleton said. The PSC’s deposit-waiver rule came one day after the video footage of Ray Rice, who has since been suspended indefinitely from the National Football League, went viral. Previously, Rice had received a two-game suspension for violently hitting the woman

he planned to marry. The release of the Rice video, showing him knocking her out in a hotel elevator and then dragging her out of it, has sparked a national conversation about domestic violence, helped along by socialmedia discussions such as those Gooden’s hashtag prompted. Wendy Mahoney compared the Rice incident to Magic Johnson’s admission of his HIV-positive status in the early 1990s, which shined a light on a disease that was not understood at the time. “Sometimes, it takes a figure like that” to spur the conversation, Mahoney said. Middleton echoes Mahoney, saying that she’s happy that people are now talking about domestic violence in public spaces. “Ray Rice and his wife put a face on the same experiences so many people are having across the country,” Middleton said. Now, she added: “We need to carry over those same emotions to the cases that are happening right here in our communities.” Comment at Email R.L. 13 Nave at

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Mississippi Public Service Commission, which regulates private utility companies in the state, approved a new rule that would provide a 60-day utility deposit waiver for people who are certified as victims of domestic violence by a shelter. The waiver applies to all regulated utilities that the PSC has jurisdiction over, which does not include municipal utilities such as the city of Jackson’s water system. “This simply gives them some breathing room,” said Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley, who started developing the rule a few months ago because domestic-violence victims in rural areas lack access to temporary housing that victims closer to big cities have. Presley said his rule was modeled on similar measures in Louisiana and Texas, “but goes further in protection of confidentiality of victim’s identities and prevention of shifting costs to other utility customers.” The rule passed the PSC unanimously, 3to-0, but did have some resistance from some utility cooperatives.

BACK THEN 10 Years Ago: Debating the Convention Center In the JFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early years, the now-built convention center was but a mere plan with much controversy surrounding it. Publisher Todd Stauffer wrote much about the pros and cons of convention centerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the prescient problem of the need for a convention-center hotel, as well as the concern for who would pay for it. Here is an excerpt from his Sept. 22, 2004, piece about it, available at jfp. ms/convention14.


onvention business in the U.S. is indeed tough, most convention centers lose money, and the economic benefit of a convention center can vary dramatically. In the case of Knoxville and Shreveport, their solutions to disappointing convention business have been more investmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each city is now working on a city-subsidized convention hotel. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;host hotelâ&#x20AC;? issue is brought up again and againâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;few convention centers thrive without a host hotel connected (or at least contiguous) to the center; the Capital City Convention Center has no funding for a host hotel, although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a plot where one could go in the plans. Given current trends, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unlikely that a hotel company would build one in Jackson without considerable subsidies. And that host hotel could be a big issueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with only 508 rooms within walking distance of the convention center, conferences with thousands of attendees would need to stay at High Street and Interstate-55, where another 1,200 rooms await. It could be a nice problem to have, but it might also encourage event planners to choose more accommodating cities. Support for the Capital City Convention Center plan appears to be strongâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this week the Capital City Convention Center campaign will announce a list of supporters, including over 100 restaurants in Jackson, companies such as BellSouth and Marriott, and religious organizations. On Thursday, Sept. 23, Jeff Good and Dan Blumenthal, co-owners of BRAVO! and Broad Street Baking Company, are holding their own press conference at Banner Hall to pledge support for the convention center. The opponents have strong support as well with much funding reportedly coming from outside the city. Cashion said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;MHRA provided the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;seedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money to start up and create the structure. We have received several corporate contributions and numerous individual contributions from restaurateurs and hoteliers.â&#x20AC;? He declined to detail the specific funders. From here, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a footrace, with supports looking for 60 percent of Jackson voters to believe that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a pent-up demand for convention spaceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;while detractors try to encourage voters to dump this proposal and second guess whether Jackson needs a convention center at all. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Todd Stauffer, Sept. 22, 2014

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Why It Stinks: Corporal punishment in parenting has entered into mainstream conversation among political pundits after the Minnesota Vikings deactivated and then reinstated running back Adrian Peterson amid child-abuse charges. But for Fischer, Petersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problem isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that he hit his child, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that he left a mark. The costs and benefits of corporal punishment are an important topic for discussion. What Fischer seems to be advocating is inflicting as much pain on children as possible as long as no one is able to tell, which could lead to emotional scarring. And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abuse. That should definitely be part of the conversation.

Yarber Needs New Attitude with Council


n the last two mayoral administrations, Jackson City Council members have griped about not receiving adequate or timely information from the administration. We have found merit in those complaints. Failure to get information ahead of time to the council, which holds the purse strings for the city, results in council membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; inability to make informed financial decisions. In fact, we heard that very complaint from former Ward 6 Councilman and candidate Tony Yarber earlier this year when he was seeking the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job. He promised to us and to voters that, if elected, he would reverse that trend and provide the city council with ample time to review important information. Based on his administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions in his first budget presentation, Yarber has apparently forgotten those promises. This week, council members said the fact that they did not get copies of the massive budget book far in enough advance hamstringed them on setting the millage rate, which factors into what the city charges for property taxes for the year. By law, the city cannot change the millage rate after it has been set. Equally as concerning is the 11th-hour additions to the budget emailed to the council on the same day the body, under state law, was required to submit a budget for the next fiscal year, which commences Oct. 1. Of course, budget proposals are like phone books in that they are often outdated the moment they are printed. Government

budgets are moving targets with lots of pieces and sometimes require adjustment, depending on economic conditions. The Yarber administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s addendum, totaling about $2 million in increases, did not result from a natural disaster that stuck Jackson in recent weeks or the stock market plummeting and, therefore, its timing seems difficult to justify. In addition to asking to double the amount he wants to spend on lobbyists in Jackson and Washington, D.C., the mayor waited until the last minute to express his opposition to a $120,000 minimum-wage pay increase the city council approved nearly unanimously earlier this month, even as he is asking for $500,000 in pay increases for three city departments in the same budget. Government transparency notwithstanding, the political wisdom of spending heftily on a major Republican lobbyist while stiffing the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom-most earners â&#x20AC;&#x201D;some of the very â&#x20AC;&#x153;everyday peopleâ&#x20AC;? Yarber said he was campaigning on behalf of this springâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is at best questionable. Yarber himself seemed to have an â&#x20AC;&#x153;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to say youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sorry than ask for permissionâ&#x20AC;? attitude with the council, expressing regrets for not giving the council the information sooner. Such a mindset is likely to grind the city to a halt when, after a tumultuous year that included the death of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba and young, energetic additions to the council, we should be clicking on all cylinders. We hope Yarber rights the ship soon.

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AMERON, N.C.â&#x20AC;&#x201D;This tiny town on tobacco road in central North Carolina looks much like it did back when my father grew up here in the 1920sâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a gathering of stores and homes with wrap-around porches between the railroad tracks and Plank Road, piney woods and fertile fields in the distance. Scratch the surface, however, and what you find is deep, fundamental changeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the homes are nearly all antique shops now, some with smart, little cafes and coffees shops that serve espresso. The residents are artists and collectors, local and transplant, not farmers and seed merchants. A lot is changing in my home state, and the change here says much about the South today. Hard-right Republicans control this once Democratic haven, and their impact includes: refusal of Medicaid to 500,000 people, slashed federal unemployment benefits and state earned-income tax credit to more than a million, deep cuts in public education funding and new tax breaks for the wealthy. A progressive populist movement has risen up, however, and challenged the conservative junta in the state capital of Raleigh. Led by the Rev. William Barber II, president of the state NAACP, the multi-racial Moral Monday movement has been in action April 2013. Hundreds of supporters have been arrested for opposing the juntaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s restrictions on voting and abortion rights, gerrymandering legislative districts and gutting of the safety net for the poor. The movement has spread across the South, including Mississippi, and beyond. Now, members have aligned with a wide range of progressive activists, including the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fight for 15â&#x20AC;? fast-food workers seeking union representation and $15-per-hour wages. Movement leaders like Rev. Nelson Johnson of Greensboro, N.C., and the Rev. J. Herbert Nelson of Washington, D.C., were early supporters of the effort to bring a union to the Nissan plant in Canton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The South has been one of the greatest purveyors of death and destruction,â&#x20AC;? Nelson said at a pro-labor rally in Memphis, Tenn., in 2006. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We come here to join in the struggle. People are being mistreated on their jobs, getting injured on their jobs, and being cut from their health care, individuals on temporary work and whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never have any kind of retirement income, people who work 40, 50, 60 hours a week and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make enough to put aside to help their children go to college. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our congregation.â&#x20AC;? An old friend of mine in North Carolina, Vietnam and Afghanistan war veteran Bob Mayton, told me during a recent visit

that Mississippi may be pulling ahead of North Carolina in the wake of the Republican takeover there. I told him Mississippi should never be a model, not with a governor like Phil Bryant who can refuse Medicaid to 350,000 in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest state. Despite mainstream mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s general avoidance of any positive news about the labor movement, workers are gaining ground in the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s least unionized region. The 712-626 vote against union representation at Volkswagenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., in February may have caused anti-union Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, both Republicans, to pop champagne, but it also opened the door to a new kind of organizing that may prove a model for unions in the South. The United Auto Workers decided to forego an appeal of the vote to the National Labor Relations Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;an appeal justified in view of Haslam and Corkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obvious interference in the campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and establish Local 42, a voluntary, members-only union that will fight for workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rights in Chattanooga and hopefully grow large enough to get official recognition. Last month, a federal judge ruled that the Michigan-based Kellogg Co. violated the labor rights of the 226 Memphis, Tenn., workers it locked out after a contract dispute. The 10-month lockout ended with workers returning to their jobs, and Kelloggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s multimillionaire CEO John Bryant exposed as a paragon of greed in corporate America. In many ways, the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference in Jackson in June was a landmark event in all this southern activism. The conference drew activists from across the region. More importantly, the conference brought young people together to pick up the banner for social justice in the South. Some 400 students participated in a pro-union rally outside the Nissan plant at the conferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, waving placards, singing labor and civil rights songs, and shouting their approval when the Rev. Isiac Jackson of the Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan told them: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Union today! Union tomorrow! Union forever!â&#x20AC;? The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s began with black studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; protest at the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. Mississippi later became its most heated battleground. Is Mississippi the next stage for todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movement of progressive activism? Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. He can be reached at

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he first time I met director and actor John Krasinski, I waited on him at the local restaurant where I worked. I didn’t recognize him until I handed him a menu. The realization of who this person was caught me suddenly, and I froze. I’m not sure how long I stood in silence before I slowly extended the menu in a robotic motion. He later described our first encounter: “You just dropped the water and started sliding across the floor like a sloth. I was like, ‘Oh, that woman is injured. Somebody help her.’” Eventually, Krasinski began asking me questions about college, my Jackson Free Press internship and what I want to do with my life, sprinkling the conversation with jokes and animated remarks. As a resident of the real world beyond television—as a husband, father and actual person—he was genuine, courteous and accessible. Krasinski was in Jackson to film his upcoming movie, “The Hollars,” which concluded shooting last month. Though he is best known for his role as Jim Halpert on the hit NBC television series “The Office,” Krasinski has been in films such as “Away We Go,” “Leatherheads” and “Promised Land.” He also wrote the screenplay for his directorial debut, “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” in 2009. “The Hollars,” his second time in the director’s seat, features Hollywood faces such as Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins, Charlie Day, Margo Martindale, Josh Groban and Sharlto Copley. While the fictional location for much of the film is in the Midwest, its filming is our own Mississippi. Before filming concluded, I sat down with Krasinski to talk about fame, “The Hollars” and what it’s like filming in Jackson. Tell me about your upbringing. Were you always interested in performing?

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I was always interested in sort of making people laugh, and I had the best upbringing. My family is incredible. I don’t know how they put the pieces together in this perfect way to raise us so well. Now that someone hands you the puzzle and says, “Here’s all the pieces. You have to put together,” you’re like “This can’t happen.” For so long, I mean, before high school, really all I cared about was hanging out with my family and making my brothers laugh and laughing with (them). It’s almost like we had our own little aesthetic or something, and I think that, to me, is inherent in who I am as a person but also in who I am as a performer. You know, I always, in the back of my mind, remember moments in movies when I’m like, “I think my mom’s gonna like this.” And that’s true. I say it out loud all the time, and “I know that that’s going to make my brothers laugh,” and I know I’m onto something good when they like it. I remember being a young kid and staying up to watch “The Tonight Show” or “Saturday Night Live” anywhere there was a TV. Most of the time my parents didn’t know until I started coming down doing impressions from the night before, and my mom was like, “Why are you doing impressions of current events?” Then I remember in high school I was definitely into making people laugh, just telling jokes, not in performing. I never wanted to be an actor. I always wanted to be an English teacher. I got into Brown University, and there was a small part of me that thought I would play basketball. Then I got there and opened the gym door and saw literally five seconds of these guys, and I was like, “Too big. Too good. I’m out!” I walked across campus and pulled down a flyer for a sketch comedy group, and because I’d liked “Saturday Night Live” so much … that became not only one of the main activities I did at Brown, but the gateway to this entire world that I had never experienced. All of the sudden this decision to go into this world of having fun and acting with my friends turned into ... a deluge of independent movies, independent music, this whole new world that I hadn’t experienced and that I very quickly realized was the world I was always meant to be in. That is when I sort of felt—it sounds so stereotypical—but my weird creative awakening, and all the stuff that was new was making sense.


As you gained fame, was the realization sudden, and how did it feel?

It was so sudden. It was literally overnight. I was waiting tables, had no money, could barely afford an apartment, had shut off my cell phone for a time, because I couldn’t afford that … but they were the most fun days ever. Then I got “The Office.”… We shot the pilot, and then we got picked up for, I think, six episodes. It was a slow drip process. NBC had no idea what to do with the show at first. I’ll never forget the day, for me, that it changed. B.J. Novak—we went to high school together—we shot his episode that he wrote called “Diversity Day,” which was the racial training. When we shot that I, again, said, “I know my brothers are going to like this. I know my mom is going to like this. I know I like this.” It felt electric and a little dangerous. John Krasinski directs and stars in the 2014 family drama “The Hollars,” which recently wrapped filming in Jackson. The movie marks Krasinski’s second time in the director’s seat. more KRASINSKI, see page 18



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you know, not at all taking credit for it, but this entertainment thing, to be able to share experiences with people that you weren’t even in the room with, is just such an honor.

Anna Kendrick, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sharlto Copley … it’s surreal. The thing just starts coming together on its own. What drew you to Mississippi and Jackson?


Still, at that point we were being told by NBC that we wouldn’t be picked up, and probably the show wouldn’t come back for a second season. ... The moment that I realized (fame) happened was we were in the second season. My friend Danny and I went to the same diner everyday. (One day) we were just having breakfast like we always do, and then the next day we went in, and we walked through the door, went to our same table, and (in) the 25 feet to get from the front door to the table we always sat at, there (were) murmurings and whisperings and pointing and people being like, “That’s the guy. That’s the guy.” The night before, the episode “Sexual Harassment,” which was B.J. Novak’s episode, had just aired. The day before, no one knew anything. Also our show, right at that time, was at the exact moment that iTunes started releasing television shows on iTunes. I was walking through New York (City) a few weeks later, and some guy was walking with earphones, and I thought (he) was talking on the phone, and then he turned to me, and he was like, “Oh, hey!” I thought I should know him, and he was like “You’re on my iPod!”...There was that moment where I was looking at a stranger’s iPod, and my face was on it, and I was like, “This is different.” One thing that I will say about “The Office” is that because of iTunes and because of what was happening, and because we were an underdog and really shouldn’t have made it, we can lay claim to the truth that we don’t actually exist without our fans. Our fans saved the show.

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Well, I never planned on shooting in Jackson. Then, we got these producing partners and financiers, and Sycamore Pictures, Tom Rice and Ben Nearn. They brought up the idea of Mississippi. The way I am in life, but especially creatively in any endeavor, is I always want to do what’s honest and best for the project. So I came down here. It was a different take on the movie than I had thought. In the first sort of driving around, I was trying to search—not to sound super heady—but I was searching for my movie. I was searching to see, “Do I see the movie here?” There were places I saw it, and there were places that I didn’t, and then at the end of the driving around (Tom Rice) said, “Oh there’s this one last place I want to take you to. It’s called Fondren,” and he drove me through it, and I was just like, “Done.” Describe your experience filming in Jackson.

John Krasinski gets out of a taxi while shooting a scene for “The Hollars.”

Tell me more about “The Office.”

Why do a movie like “The Hollars”?

It was more than a job. It was a complete life change, and it gave me every opportunity I’ve ever wanted. You’re watching a family of people. I mean, you are literally watching a family of people, and I think that’s the reason why so many people like the show, because you really had to fall in love with all of us. I think the family aspect is what I miss most about the show. The best thing that could have happened to “The Office” was that none of us had really done anything. None of us were really known for anything. I certainly wasn’t, unless you frequented the restaurant I was at. We bonded like a theater company does, knowing that our theater company is going under, and then all of the sudden someone said, “Not only is it not going under, it is one of the most popular shows on television.” I connected to Jim in so many ways. I think he’s a normal guy who is nervous about the choices he made in life and whether or not it’s too late to make different choices. I think that’s pretty much everybody at some point in their life, and so I think that you can see yourself in him, and you can see yourself in a lot of these characters. I think that was one of the fun things about all of us was that we were playing real characters, and that we had gotten it down so well, and it was a well-oiled machine. We had so much fun with it that by the time we were known, we were just doing the same thing, Whereas, I think if we had gotten super well-known and super well-loved early, I do think it would have changed the trajectory of the show. The thing about being recognized for Jim, it really is nice. It’s an honor to do that. One of the greatest things that ever happened to me was a girl came up to me at an airport. She followed me and gave me this note: “I just wanna give you this note. Don’t read it now, but, you know, I just wanted to say ‘Hi.’” I opened up the note in the car, and it said, “My dad was dying of cancer, and for the three years that I was by his bedside, all we did was watch ‘The Office,’ and it was the only thing that made him laugh.” I just burst into tears. That’s when you start thinking that this whole entertainment thing,

“The Hollars” came to me, actually, as a script just to act in, about four and half, five years ago, and it was one of the best scripts I had ever read. Period. The reason why it was so good was because it was extremely genuine. This is one of the most quintessential movies about family that I’ve seen in a long time, because it’s honest. It’s not pushing the … family into one realm or another. Whether you have a great relationship with your family or you don’t have that great of a relationship, you’ll find yourself in this movie. I connected to it so much, and then weirdly, right when I got the rights, my wife (Emily Blunt) was three months pregnant, so all of the sudden this guy who was nervous about his life and whether he was doing all the things he wanted to do and being the guy he wanted to be kicked into high gear for me, and I started reading the words much differently. ... That’s when I decided to direct it. Anna Kendrick’s character is pregnant with our child in the movie, and I was like “I know how to play this,” because I just went through it. Bringing it full circle, it holds your life to a mirror in a way that you’ve never had (it) held up to you before, and that’s basically what the movie is about for my character. Right at the moment when he’s sort of in this transitional phase of not knowing if he’s everything he wanted to be, his mom gets sick, and he goes home to take care of her in what he thinks is sort of a routine situation. … The situation turns out to be not so routine. The greatest part about this movie is in its writing by this guy named Jim Strouse, who is incredible. He wrote a script that does these hairpin turns between … these beautifully real moments, and then (he) turns it on its head into these hysterically funny moments that are also still real. I felt like I had to do it. The last phase of it was like, “I need to assemble a team who will protect me and take care of me.” You find out how good the script you have is when you start getting responses from actors. When you get people like Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins who are, in my estimation, two of the great actors we have. Then you get people like

(Shooting in Jackson has) been phenomenal. I love going to different places, so getting to experience this state and also these people, you know, we’re all different wherever you come from, and being down here has been really, really special. They all say, “Thank you for shooting here,” which I think is so nice that there is an awareness that we could have gone somewhere else, but we chose here, which does not happen when you go anywhere else. The other thing that does not happen is like, “Are you enjoying Mississippi?” and you go, “Yes!” And then they go, “Come over to our house on Friday.” It’s, again, totally genuine, and people being like, “I will cook for you.” To me that’s such an open-armed, warm environment that you don’t get to experience very often. To have people still so positive and so loving and so open hearted is hugely inspiring to me. It’s going to be really sad to leave. We had a lot of fun. You sort of embed yourself in a place and feel like you’re a part of (it), and then, all of the sudden, that place gets taken away from you. Mississippi is in our movie. We never say it’s Mississippi, but what Mississippi is, as in who the people are, and there is an inherent thing that will come out on screen, that if you shot somewhere else wouldn’t be the same, so that’s a huge testament to the people we’ve met, the places we’ve shot and how open people are. I actually think that people down here would be open to anything. They’re that nice. It’s like “We’re gonna have Jetsons’ cars flying overhead all the time,” and they’re like, “That would be cool. You seem like nice people. You should have Jetsons’ cars flying overhead all the time.” Jetsons’ cars will start here. Any parting words to Mississippi and Jackson?

This is such an amazing place to shoot. More people should come down here. It’s refreshing, I think, to not shoot in a place (that) has had 84 movies shoot there, and they’re over it. They’re eye-rolly about the whole thing. As far as Jackson goes, I’ve hung out down south every now and again. It is a lifestyle and a group of people that you very much admire what they have. You guys have a very, very special thing that in more cosmopolitan places, we’ve lost. You get down here and you realize what a tight-knit community is and that everybody actually does know each other. You feel it everywhere you go. That’s so rare to have people have your back like this. This Mississippi community, you have something very, very special. I think the rest of the country could take a huge page out of your book. This interview has been edited for clarity and space.


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Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Julia Reyes and other artists in collaboration ma discusses her artwork in her exhibit, Traced Lamar St.) with Mississippi Modern magazine. Free; call Time, that hangs in the Johnson Hall Gallery 601-960-1515; through Dec. 5. Free; call 601-979-0879; email • Museum After Hours Pop-Up Exhibition Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar and a pop-up September Opening Reception Sept. 19, 5:30 exhibition featuring Figment Jackson artists. • Opening Reception for Traced Time Exhibit p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Free; call 601-960-1515; Sept. 25, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. See works from Erin Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). The Wiersma in Johnson Hall Gallery. Show hangs • Members and Sponsors Preview Party Sept. gallery presents works from Billie Bourgeois and through Dec. 5. Free; call 601-979-0879; email 26, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The exclusive event Liefje Hogg Smith. Free; call 601-291-9115; is for the upcoming opening of the Robert Henri exhibitions. Includes Spanish-themed Camera + Kiln Exhibit Opening Recepcocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Included tion Sept. 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Missiswith museum membership or exhibit sippi Library Commission (Education and sponsorship; call 601-960-1515; Research Center, 3881 Eastwood Drive). See works from photographer Suzi Altman • Opening Day for Robert Henri and glass/multimedia artist Candy SpurExhibitions Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. zem. Show hangs through Oct. 30. Free; Options include Spanish Sojourns: call 601-432-4056. Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain, Zoom into Nano Traveling Exhibition and Robert Henri and Spain, Face Opening Sept. 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., to Face. Shows hang through Jan. at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 4. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students Highland Drive). Children learn about (includes admission to the Mississippi nanotechnology through activities such Invitational), ages 0-5 and museum as building a giant carbon nanotube, members free; call 601-960-1515; stretching a molecule or looking inside a butterfly wing. Open through Jan. 4. • Museum After Hours Pop-Up ExhiIncluded with admission ($10, children bition Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. under 12 months free); call 601-981Enjoy a cash bar and a pop-up exhibi5469; tion featuring works from A Plus Signs Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. and Creative. Free; call 601-960-1515; State St.). Wolfe Studios hosts its Artists Show Oct. 23 to • The Mummy Returns Exhibit Open• Members Opening Reception for the Nov. 8, emphasizing some of the best local talents. ing Oct. 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at The famous 2014 Mississippi Invitational Oct. mummy returns again for display through 31, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The recepOct. 31. Free; call 601-576-6920; oldcapition is for museum members and participating Opening Reception for From San Miguel de artists. Show hangs Nov. 1-Jan. 25. Included • Present Meets Past Oct. 30, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. In Allende to New York City Sept. 20, 4 p.m.-8 with museum membership; call 601-960-1515; the living history program, come face-to-face p.m., at Cassidy Bayou Gallery (103 S. Court St., with key figures who shaped the history of the Sumner). The exhibit includes gallery founder • Opening Day of the 2014 Mississippi InviOld Capitol and the state of Mississippi. Free; Desaix Anderson’s work, created and exhibited tational Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition call 601-576-6920; in 2013 in La Aurora Gallery in San Miguel last is partially funded with a grant through the November and en route to New York City for a Premier Art Show and Open House Oct. 2, 5 Mississippi Development Authority Tourism 2015 exhibition. Show hangs through Oct. 19. p.m.-8 p.m., at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Division. Show hangs through Jan. 25. $12, Free; call 212-473-9472; Art consultant Paula Jackson is the host. Featured $10 seniors, $6 students (includes admission to


Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain), ages 0-5 and museum members free; call 601-960-1515; • Mississippi Invitational "Conversations with..." Panel Discussion Nov. 2, 2 p.m. In Trustmark Grand Hall. Speakers include guest curator Carla Hanzal, Jane Hiatt and the recipient of the 2014 Hiatt Artist Fellowship. Free; call 601-960-1515; • Museum After Hours Pop-Up Exhibition Nov. 20, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a cash bar and a pop-up exhibition featuring works from

Millsaps Faculty Exhibition Sept. 22, at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). Includes Sandra Murchison’s Traversing the Blues Trail and Kristen Tordella-Williams’ Excavations. Hangs through Oct. 28. Free; call 601-497-7454; email; Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) • Artist Talk Sept. 25, 2 p.m. In the Dollye M.E. Robinson Building, room 166/266. Erin Wiers-

artists include Lisa Paris, Sarah McTaggart, Buttons Marchetti and Opal Smith. Also see table designs from Marion Bowen of Eventful. Free; call 601-949-3103, ext. 21. Millsaps Faculty Exhibition Gallery Talk Oct. 24, 3:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In AC335. Sandra Murchison and Kristen Tordella-Williams are the speakers. A reception follows in Lewis Art Gallery. Free; call 601-497-7454; email;

Events at Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford) • Artist Reception Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. See works from Blair Hobbs. Show hangs through Oct. 25. Free; call 662-234-9090; email; • Artists Reception Oct. 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. See works from Norma Bourdeaux and Laurin McCracken. Show hangs through Nov. 22. Free; call 662-234-9090; email; Photamerica Film Premiere and Heartalot Kickoff Party Oct. 3, 5 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The event for Josh Hailey’s Photamerica project includes exhibits and documentary screenings at both locations, and a dance party with food in the Art Garden. Performers include Paperclip Scientists, Vibe Doctors, DJ Scrap Dirty, and Hot and Lonely. Free with cash bar, donations welcome; call 601-214-2068; email October Opening Reception Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). See works from Charles Carraway and Caroline Vaughn Goodman. Free; call 601-291-9115; Opening Reception for Guest Artist Exhibition: Photography By Jeremiah Ariaz Oct. 18, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). In the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Gallery. Explores tension between nature and Manifest Destiny. Show hangs through Nov. 28. Free; call 601-974-6478; Wolfe Studio Artists Show Oct. 23, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). See works from local artisans. Show hangs through Nov. 8. Free; call 601-366-1844; B+ Exhibit Nov. 5, at Lewis Art Gallery (Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex, 1701 N. State St.). See sculptures from Stephen Coles. Show hangs through Dec. 17. Free; call 601-497-7454; email; November Opening Reception Nov. 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). See works from Cathy Hegman and Stacey Johnson. Free; call 601-291-9115; B+ Exhibit Gallery Talk Nov. 14, 2 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In AC215. Stephen Coles is the speaker. Free; call 601-497-7454. 6HHDQGDGGPRUHHYHQWVDWMISHYHQWVFRP


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ON VIEW THIS MONTH! SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015 Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain is organized by Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.  This exhibition is made possible through the generous  support of the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz  Foundation for the Arts, Terra Foundation for American  Art, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Robert  Henri and Spain, Face to Face. An Exhibition about  Connoisseurship, Conservation, and Context is organized by  the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, Mississippi.  Local presentation of these exhibitions is made possible  through the generous support of the Robert M. Hearin  Support Foundation. The Mississippi Museum of Art  and its programs are sponsored in  part by the city of  Jackson. Support is also provided by:

380 SOUTH LAMAR STREET / JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI 39201 601.960.1515 / 1.866.VIEWART / MSMUSEUMART.ORG Robert Henri (1865-1929), Portrait of El Matador Felix Asiego, 1906. oil on canvas, Robert Henri Estate, LeClair Family Collection. (Detail)

A Wickedly Creative Week of Activities

September 17 - 23, 2014 •

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Concerts & Festivals •Andre Delano Oct. 10, 8 p.m. The saxophonist and Jackson State University alumnus performs. $25, $50 VIP; call 601-292-7999; email arden@; •Lettuce Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. The seven-member funk band from Brooklyn, N.Y. performs with Late Night Radio. For ages 18 and up. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; •Chris Robinson Brotherhood Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Chris Robinson, former lead singer for the Black Crowes, leads the rock band. For ages 18 and up. Standing room only. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; •MarchFourth Marching Band Oct. 29, 9 p.m. The twenty-piece jazz/funk band with stilt walkers has origins in Portland, Ore. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; Symphony at Sunset Sept. 18, 7 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs. Free, tables: $500 friends’ table, $1,500 corporate; call 601-981-9606 (general) or 601-291-2323 (table reservations); FlashBang Sept. 19, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). The EDM, hip-hop and trap dance party features perform-

ers such as Malignate and GLOtron. For ages 21 and up. $5 in advance, $8 at the door; call 601826-4431 (text); email swankyfoxproductions@; find FLASHBANG on Facebook. COURTESY CHRIS MONAGHAN

Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) •An Evening with Dale Watson and the Lone Stars Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email arden@; •Carbon Leaf Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. The band plays a blend of bluegrass, Celtic, folk, Americana, pop and rock music. Caroline Glaser also performs. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email; •Joshua James Sept. 26, 9 p.m. Singer-songwriter Joshua James performs with Neulore and Armon Jay. Seated, all-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email arden@; •Greensky Bluegrass Sept. 30, 8 p.m. The quintet from Kalamazoo, Mich., performs. All-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $15 in advance, $18 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; •Jamestown Revival with the Black Cadillacs Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Jamestown Revival and the Black Cadillacs, a blues-based indie rock band, perform. Seated, all-ages show. Adults must accompany children. $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $3 surcharge for patrons under 21; call 601-292-7999; email arden@;


Greensky Bluegrass perform songs from its brand-new album, “If Sorrow Swims,” at Duling Hall on Sept. 30

BankPlus International Gumbo Festival Sept. 20, 11 a.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). The BankPlus Gumbo Festival returns to Jackson. It features a gumbo cookoff and live music. Tickets are $10 for those over the age of 12; Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival Sept. 20, noon, at Washington County Convention Center (1040 S. Raceway Road, Greenville). Performers include Bobby Rush and Grady Champion. Gates open at 10 a.m. Small

coolers only. $25 through Aug. 31, $30 after, $5 children under 12, $100 all-access/backstage pass; call 662-332-0488; Roadkill Ghost Choir Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The rock band from central Florida performs. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email jane@; Chamber I: Beethoven & Brahms Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents celebrated works from classical masters Beethoven and Brahms. $16; call 601-960-1565; For King & Country in Concert Oct. 2, 6 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Dara Maclean also performs. $10; call 800-965-9324; Bon Voyage: A Farewell Tribute to Akami Graham Oct. 3, 9 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). Dexter Allen, Karen Brown, Larry Johnson perform with singer Akami Graham. Doors open at 8 p.m. $25; call 601-914-9666; Faith and Family Night Oct. 4, 7 p.m. Performers include Christian acts MercyMe, Building 429, and Love and the Outcome. $13-$47; call 800-745-3000; more MUSIC, see page 25

Hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at $9.87 an hour, beginning September 25, 2014 and ending November 25, 2014. Employer will provided housing, cooking facilities and transportation to stores to purchase groceries for workers located in areas where it will not be feasible to return to at the end of the working day. After workers have completed 50% of the work contract period, employer will reimburse worker for the cost of transportation and subsistence from which the worker came to work for the employer to the place of employment. The type of work contemplated will be performed in all weather conditions including extreme heat, will include labor performed by hand, extensive walking, bending, stooping, and lifting crates of potatoes, repair of potato crates, and use of hand tools such as shovels and hoes will be required. Removing debris and weeds from field together with other field preparation such as digging water furrows with hand tools, will be part of everyday routine. Required tools will be provided by employer at no cost to worker. Interested workers may contact Scott Ellison at 662-542-7095 or by mail at: Ellison Farms, LLC, 279 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776, in order to schedule an interview, or your nearest State Workforce Agency. The Houston WIN Job Center, 210 South Monroe Street, Houston, MS 38851. The job order number for this job is 104365. If selected, you will be guaranteed three fourths of the work hours between the start date and the end date of the job as listed above.

September 17 - 23, 2014 •

Ellison Farms, LLC owner/operator Scott Ellison, located at 279 CR 68, Chickasaw County, Woodland, Mississippi is seeking eighteen temporary farm workers and laborers for potato crops; two days of training will be provided.


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Concerts & Festivals

Mac Powell Oct. 9, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Doors open at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; Jackson House Music Reunion’s Dancing for a Cause Oct. 10, noon-8 p.m., at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). The Blast Downtown is the hosts this breast cancer awareness event. Performers include DJ Scrap Dirty, Gene Hunt and more. Free, donations welcome; call 917-512-1379; email Brantley Gilbert Oct. 11, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Aaron Lewis, Chase Bryant and Brian Davis also perform. Includes free admission to the Mississippi State Fair. $26.8-$32; call 800-745-3000. Paint the ‘Burg Purple and Gold Music Festival Oct. 17, 3 p.m., at downtown Vicksburg. On the 1000 block of Washington Street. Includes local music, concessions, vendors and more. $15-$40;

call 601-214-6922; email; Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) • Concert XIII Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. In the concert hall. Enjoy an interactive showcase of new works from Belhaven student composers. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494; •Belhaven University Symphony Orchestra Concert Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. In the concert hall. The orchestra presents Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-9746494; •Instrumental Arts Concert Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m. In the concert hall. Ensembles of several genres play contemporary jazz, blues and gospel music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494; The Mississippi Chorus Concert Nov. 2, 4 p.m., at St. Columb’s Episcopal Church (550 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). The Chamber Singers present Daniel Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” Other performers include Anacrusis, Power APAC and the St. Columb’s Parish Choir. Admission TBA; call 601-278-3351; Willie Nelson Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The legendary country singer-songwriter is known for the song “On the Road Again.” Leon Russell also performs. $35-$85; call 800-745-3000.

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eorgia hip-hop artist Tauheed “2 III joins 2 Chainz onstage, opening the Chainz” Epps visits Jackson at night with his flippantly mordant huthe peak of his popularity. The mor. Best known for his appearances on rapper made tremendous leaps the “Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam,” Powin the last year, with the success of original ell’s profanity-filled storytelling makes a tracks such as his Pharrell Williams collaboration, “Feds Watching,” and “Netflix,” which features former Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie. He also has a number of guest spots on major hit tracks such as Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” in late 2013 and the remix of “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake Georgia rapper 2Chainz and Louisiana and Lil Jon in 2014. comedian Robert Powell III bring their highHaving released energy performances to Jackson. new music in three consecutive years—2011’s mixtape “T.R.U. REALigion,” 2012’s perfect counterpart to 2Chainz’s equally “Based on a T.R.U. Story” and 2013’s irreverent rhymes. “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time”—it’s likely 2 Chainz and Powell perform at the that the acronym-obsessed rapper will Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. perform songs from his unannounced, Pascagoula St., 601-969-0114) Friday, yet inevitable, next album as his tour Oct. 10. Tickets range from $35 to $70 sweeps through the Southeast. and are available through Ticketmaster. For Louisiana comedian Robert Powell more information, visit


Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) •Music in the City Oct. 7, 5:15 p.m. In Trustmark Grand Hall. Music from Shawn Leopard and John Paul at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515; •Town Creek Arts Festival Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy art, crafts, food and music in the Art Garden. Details pending. Free admission, food and art for sale; call 601-960-1515;


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37th Annual Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival


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KeKe Wyatt • Syleena Johnson • Sweet Angel Bobby Rush • Willie Clayton Grady Champion • Lucky Peterson Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Leo “Bud” Welch, Jr. • Liz Davis



Stage & Screen

“South Pacific” Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). In the Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall. $20, $10 children and students with ID; call 601-925-3440; Outdoor Movie Night: “Fountainhead” Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. The Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is the host. Refreshments served. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free; call 960-1515; “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.” Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; L.A.V. Live with Friday Night Laughter Sept. 19, 8 p.m., at Kingfish Grill (4107 Northview Drive). Enjoy R&B music from L.A.V. as well as stand-up comedy from Chris Lil’ One, J.B., Nut, Who Dat Redd, Rita B., Silk Breezy, Jimmy Quinn and JoJo. BYOB. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 769-524-7812. Kevin Mills: Elvis at His Best Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Regency Hotel and Conference Center (420 Greymont Ave.). Doors open at 6 p.m. $20, $30 VIP; call 601-940-4247; find MJ’s Elvis Rockin Oldies on Facebook. “Rumors” Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). The Neil Simon play is about an upscale dinner party gone awry. $20, $15 students, military and seniors; call 601-664-0930; “Like Fine Wine” Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.10 p.m., Sept. 28, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). In McCoy Auditorium. MADDRAMA presents the play about a cab driver who dreams of becoming a jazz musician. $10, $5 students with ID; call 979-2121.

September 17 - 23, 2014 •

Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive)


• "The God Committee" Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. In Blackbox Theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-7026; Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl) • "From Here to Eternity" Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, 12:55 p.m., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. See the simulcast of Tim Rice’s adaptation of the classic World War II story. Encore shows Oct. 5 and Oct. 9. Includes behind-the-scenes footage. $17, $15 seniors and students, $15 children; call 601-936-5856;

• "MacBeth" Oct. 11, 11:55 a.m. The simulcast of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy plays is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-9365856;

Events at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison) • "Manon" Oct. 16, 7 p.m. The Royal Opera House Ballet presents the simulcast of the performance about a young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th-century Paris. $19, $16 children; call 601-898-7819;

• "Le Nozze di Figaro" Oct. 18, 11:55 a.m. The Metropolitan Opera presents the simulcast of Mozart’s opera. $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-936-5856;

• "RiffTrax Live: Anaconda" Oct. 30, 7 p.m.Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m. A comedic commentary on the sci-fi

Photamerica Blowout by Ronni Mott


fter 80 weeks of traveling, and a year compiling hundreds of thousands of photos and miles of (virtual) film, Josh Hailey’s Photamerica is culminating with a seven-hour, family-friendly blowout Oct. 3. Jackson artist Hailey conceived Photamerica, (subtitled “the good, the bad, and the beautiful USA”) practically on a whim. “I was bored, for one,” he says. “The economy was crap. The Occupy movement had just started. … I was watching a lot of TED Talks and a lot of Kickstarters. The culmination of all that, I just woke up one morning and said, ‘I have a van, and I don’t have to be here.’” So he got moving. Hailey’s original plan, funded through a Kickstarter campaign, was to visit all 50 states in 52 weeks beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Eventually, he extended his plans by another 30 weeks, returning to Jackson October 2013. He rented a space in Fondren where he displayed photocollage canvases of every state (he’s since moved into The Hatch in midtown). He put the photos on T-shirts, shower curtains, fine-art prints and everything in between. In his spare time, Hailey began formulating plans for heARTalot to bring the arts into Mississippi’s public schools.

• "Pompeii from the British Museum" Oct. 23, 7 p.m. This 2013 film is about the town of Pompeii nearly 2,000 years ago when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. $10, $7.50 seniors, students and children; call 601-936-5856; • "The Legend of Love" Oct. 26, 11:55 a.m. The Bolshoi Ballet presents the simulcast of the performance about a queen who sacrifices her beauty to save her sister’s life. $17, $15 seniors and students, $14 children; call 601936-5856; Circus Electronica Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Bologna Performing Arts Center (Delta State University, 1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). The circus is a combination of electronic dance music and traditional acts. $25-$35; call 662-846-4626;

Proceeds from the Photamerica website and the event benefit heARTalot.

“The Merry Widow” Oct. 26, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The Mississippi Opera presents Franz Lehár’s operetta about a man’s attempt to have a rich widow remarry in order to keep her tax contributions. Admission TBA; call 601-960-2300; Screen on the Green Oct. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In the Art Garden. Includes a cash bar, concessions and a screening of “Corpse Bride.” Free; call 601-960-1515; “Miss Evers’ Boys” Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Nov. 9, 3 p.m.6 p.m., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). At McCoy Auditorium. $10, $5 students with ID; call 979-2121; Events at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.)


“Mrs. Mannerly” Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 21, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play is about a 10-yearold’s attempt to earn a perfect score on his final exam for his etiquette class. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;


• Fall Dance Concert Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13, 11 a.m., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. In the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414;

Josh Hailey’s Photamerica project culminates in a blowout at the Mississippi Museum of Art Oct. 3.

The event marks the premiere of the music video “This Land is Art Land,” and numerous interactive Story Projectors featuring interviews and film of each state. But that’s not all. Photamerica, new art, games, barbecue and music will be at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) and the Art Garden. The fun begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until midnight. Paperclip Scientists and Vibe Doctors will play, followed by DJ Scrap Dirty and Hot & Lonely. And it’s all free! For more info, visit Photamerica Premiere on Facebook and

movie from the Carolina Theatre in Durham, N.C. $12.50; call 601-898-7819; “Mrs. Independent” Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Oct. 18, 3 p.m., Oct. 18, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The play is about a couple’s strained marriage due to the wife’s higher salary. $30.5-$33.5; call 800-745-3000; “All the Way” Oct. 21-25, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The play features dynamic figures from the civil rights era such as J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King Jr., Gov. George Wallace, Sen. Hubert Humphrey and President Lyndon B. Johnson. $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222;

• DOXA Dance Concert Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. In the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center Studio Theatre. Members of DOXA, the dance department’s studentled organization, host the event featuring the choreography of young creative artists. Doors open at 7 p.m. $2, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414; belhaven. edu. “The Ponder Heart” Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9, 2 p.m., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, 2 p.m., at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). $15, $10 seniors, $8 ages 12 and under; call 601-636-0471; Screen on the Green Nov. 12, 5:30 p.m. In the Art Garden. Includes a cash bar, concessions and a movie at dusk. Movie title TBA. Free; call 601-960-1515; Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) • "Tartuffe" Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15, 2 p.m., Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m. In Blackbox Theatre. The comedic play is an English translation of Moliere’s masterpiece. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-7026; • Evening of One Acts Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. In Blackbox Theatre. Enjoy an evening of original short plays. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-965-7026; “In-laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot)” Nov. 13-15, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 16, 2 p.m., Nov. 20-22, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). $15, $10 students, military and seniors (cash or check); call 601-825-1293; Bill Maher: Live Stand-up Tour Nov. 15, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Maher is a political satirist and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Admission TBA; call 800-745-3000.

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Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Class Series Sept. 18, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include surface design with Diane Williams and mosaic sculpture with Teresa Haygood. Registration required. $35; call 601-856-7546; â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Class Series Oct. 14, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include pottery with Bianca Love and chain-mail bracelet making with Martha Scarbrough. Registration required. $35; call 601-856-7546; â&#x20AC;˘ Discover Class Series Nov. 13, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Options include candle making with Carmen Castilla and blacksmithing with Lyle Wynn. Registration required. $35; call 601-856-7546; Art in Mind Art Program Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m., Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-11:45 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hosted by the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association of Mississippi. Participants tour galleries and make art. Registration required. Free; call 601-987-0020; Teen Acting Class Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The class for youth in grades 7-12. Sessions held Mondays through Nov. 17. Register by Sept. 26. $150; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232;


Art Nights Thursdays, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. through Dec. 25, at Drip Drop Coffee Shop (1044 Highway 49 S., Suite D, Richland). Includes materials and coffee. $20 in advance, $25 walk-in fee, $15 per person in groups of four or more; call 601-939-0410; Events at Purple Word Center for Book and Paper Arts (140 Wesley Ave.) â&#x20AC;˘ Woodcuts: Carving and Printing Oct. 4, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Ian Harkey is the instructor. Participants carve wood blocks and make prints with them on a printing press. Registration required. $50, $35 members; â&#x20AC;˘ Relief Printmaking for T-shirts Oct. 11, noon-4 p.m. Guy Stricklin is the instructor. Learn to carve reliefs on linoleum blocks. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $55, $40 members; â&#x20AC;˘ Collaged Coptic Stitch Books Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kristen Tordella-Williams is the instructor. Learn the basics of creating a simple collaged artist book. Registration required. For ages 18 and up. $60, $45 members; Visiting Artist: Kelly Harp Haber Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The ballet and modern dance performer teaches techniques. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469;

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f you want something thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s both edPresenters and demonstrators will ucational and entertaining this fall, share skills, modern and archaic, that the Old Capitol Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mississippi Archaeology Expo offers edifying fun while celebrating our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. The annual event shows artifacts and hands-on exhibits from Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diverse cultural heritage. The expo features interactive installations, including Civil War camp reenactment The Mississippi Archaeology Expo brings and traditional Native Ameriexpert presenters to Jacksonians of all ages. can games and crafts. Instructors from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians lead activities such as theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve honed with years of training. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You stickball, storytelling, basket weaving, ce- get to see a lot of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best archaeologists ramics and dancing. and techniques,â&#x20AC;? Beech says, including After being held at Millsaps College the latest ground-penetrating radar. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s since 2008, the expo moved to Mississippi also a chance to see ancient abilities still in State University in 2013. For Patty Beech, use today, like flint-knapping, the process treasurer for the Mississippi Archaeologi- of crafting tools from flint rock.. cal Association, the decision to return the The Mississippi Archaeology Expo is expo to Jackson came down to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State rich history and its prehistory. St., 601-576-6920), Saturday, Oct. 18 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Something weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to get to the ,from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The expo is part general public is itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just prehistoric,â&#x20AC;? of the Mississippi Archaeology Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beech says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;things weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re re- Archaeology Month. For more information, searching right now.â&#x20AC;? visit



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Literary & Signings Book Signing with Author and Polyglot Benny Lewis Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Books-A-Million (4950 Interstate 55 N.). Lewis is the author of “Fluent in 3 Months.” $17.99 book; call 601-366-3008. Jesmyn Ward Book Reading Sept. 18, 4 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In room 215. The award-winning author’s books include “Salvage the Bones,” “Where the Line Bleeds” and “Men We Reaped.” Free; call 601-974-1000; Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) •"Justice for Ella" Sept. 18, 5 p.m. Pam Johnson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $19.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Painted Horses" Sept. 23, 5 p.m. Malcolm Brooks signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"Between Wrecks" Sept. 24, 5 p.m. George Singleton signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"Director's Cut" Sept. 29, 5 p.m. Joe Lee signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"The Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems" Sept. 30, 5 p.m. Greg Miller signs books.


Reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book; call 601366-7619; email; •"Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road" Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Curtis Wilkie signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson" Oct. 7, 5 p.m. S.C. Gwynne signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"Country Stores of Mississippi" Oct. 11, 5 p.m. June Davidson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. Free reading, $19.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief" Oct. 14, 5 p.m. James M. McPherson signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $32.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"We Are the Music Makers!" Oct. 15, 5 p.m. Timothy and Denise Duffy sign books. $38 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"Sister Golden Hair" Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Darcey Steinke signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"Ed King's Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer" Oct. 22, 5 p.m. Ed King and Trent Watts sign books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; •"The Search for Good Wine: From the Founding Fathers to the Modern Table" Oct. 23, 5 p.m. John R. Hailman signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $29.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; lemuriabooks. com. •"In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music" Oct. 24, 5 p.m. Ben Wynne signs books. $38 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Fifty Mysteries" Oct. 29, 5 p.m. John M. Floyd signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $18.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker" Nov. 5, 5 p.m. Carolyn Brown signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $20 book; call 601-366-7619; email; •"Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" Nov. 19, 5 p.m. Rick Bragg signs books. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

Bibliophile Mixer Sept. 23, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg). The special gathering is designed for book lovers. RSVP. Free; call 601-634-8624; email; find Lorelei’s Bibliophile Mixer on Facebook. Community Book Talk Lecture Series Sept. 25, 5 p.m., at Coahoma County Higher Education Center (109 Clark St., Clarksdale). The speaker is Mary Miller, author of “The Last Days of California.” Free; call 662-624-4461. Meredith Etc. Author Book Release Party Sept. 28, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., at The Room (421 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The party is for poet Ty A. Patterson, author of “Southern Jewel: The Elements Within.” For ages 21 and up. $5 admission, $12.99 book; call 601-720-4420 or 601-372-0229; Events at Off Square Books (129 Courthouse Square, Oxford) •"Gratitude and Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life" Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Tracey Jackson and Paul Williams sign books. This is a Thacker Mountain Radio event. $27.95 book; call 662-236-2828; email books@; •"The League of Seven" Oct. 3, 4 p.m., at Square Books Jr. (111 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Alan Gratz signs books. $16.99 book; call 662-236-2207;

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Literary & Signings â&#x20AC;˘"Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson" Oct. 6, 5 p.m. S.C. Gwynne signs books. $35 book; call 662-236-2828; email; â&#x20AC;˘"Real Man Adventures" Oct. 9, 6 p.m. T. Cooper signs books. This is a Thacker Mountain Radio event. $14 book; call 662236-2828; email; â&#x20AC;˘"Charleston" Oct. 14, 5 p.m. Margaret Bradham Thornton signs books. $25.99 book; call 662-236-2828; email; â&#x20AC;˘"Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief" Oct. 15, 5 p.m. James M. McPherson signs books. $32.95 book; call 662-236-2828; email books@; â&#x20AC;˘"The Eye of Zoltar" Oct. 16, 6 p.m. Jasper Fforde signs books. This is a Thacker Mountain Radio event. $16.99 book; call 662236-2828; email; â&#x20AC;˘"Sister Golden Hair" Oct. 20, 5 p.m. Darcey Steinke signs books. $15.95 book; call 662236-2828; email; â&#x20AC;˘"Ed King's Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer" Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Ed King and Trent Watts sign books. $40 book;


call 662-236-2828; email books@squarebooks. com; â&#x20AC;˘"The Search for Good Wine: From the Founding Fathers to the Modern Table" Oct. 22, 5 p.m. John Hailman signs books. $29.95 book; call 662-236-2828; email; Events at Lorelei Books (1103 Washington St., Vicksburg) â&#x20AC;˘Eudora Welty Writers Symposium Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi University for Women (1100 College St., Columbus). In Poindexter Hall. The theme is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homesick for Somewhere: Displacement, Loss, and Longing in the South.â&#x20AC;? Authors and readers from around the region discuss books, writing and the arts. The keynote speaker is author Tim Parrish. Free; call 662-329-4750; web3.muw. edu/welty/program. â&#x20AC;˘"In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers and the Origins of American Music" Oct. 25, 1 p.m. Ben Wynne signs books. $38 book; call 601-634-8624; email loreleibooks@; Community Book Talk Lecture Series Oct. 23, 5 p.m., at Coahoma County Higher Education Center (109 Clark St., Clarksdale). The speaker is Newberry Award winner Lois Lowry, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Giverâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Number the Stars.â&#x20AC;? Free; call 662-624-4461.

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Fall Equinox Restorative Yoga Class Sept. 18, 5:45 p.m.-7 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). Proceeds from the annual class benefit the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF). Free admission, monetary or pet food donations welcome; call 601-720-2337; email;

300 Oaks Road Race Sept. 20, 8 a.m., at downtown Greenwood. The scenic race includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run (includes craziest costume contest). Post-race party on the Yazoo River. Registration required. $20-$70;

Health and Wellness Expo Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at St. John M.B. Church (4895 Medgar Evers Blvd.). Includes exhibits from local health


Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride Sept. 20, 7:30 a.m., at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The annual bike ride along the Natchez Trace benefits Baptist Cancer Services’ Serenity Garden. Ride 25, 50, 62 or 100 miles; rest stops included. Lunch, door prizes and music after the ride. Registration required. $50 through Sept. 5, $55 after; call 601-925-7900; cyclistscuringcancer.

Community Bike Ride Sept. 26, 6 p.m., Oct. 31, 6 p.m., Nov. 28, 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 366-1602; email; find Jackson Bike Advocates on Facebook.

run. A health fair follows at 9 a.m. Registration required. $20 in advance, $25 race day, $75 teams, free fun run; call 601-624-3825; email;

other cause of the participant’s choosing. Awards given. Registration required. $15-$65; call 601-925-6479; email;

Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes Oct. 5, 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to DFM programs such as Camp Kandu, education and assistance for families in need. Raise at least $50 to receive a T-shirt featuring Marshall Ramsey’s dog Banjo. Registration required. $20 minimum suggested donation; call 877-DFM-CURE;

Laps for Little Ones Oct. 25, 7 a.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Check-in is at 7 a.m. The 5K run/walk and fun run benefits The Little Light House of Central Mississippi, a nonprofit for special-needs children. Awards given, including for best Disney costume. Registration required. $10-$30; call 601-956-6131;

Supercaper Fun Run Oct. 8, 6 p.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite Z, Ridgeland). Wear a super hero costume for a chance to win a prize. Free; call 601-899-9696; Light the Night Walk Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The annual walk benefits the Mississippi/Louisiana Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-956-7447;

The Way To Go 5.29K Sept. 20, 8 a.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park Over the River Run Oct. 11, 8 a.m., at Jackson State University celebrates its homecoming (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Old Mississippi River Bridge (Interstate with a game against Mississippi Valley State University Ridgeland). College Savings Missis20 and Washington Street, Vicksburg). on Oct. 11. sippi is the host. Includes a one-mile The 26th annual event includes a fivefun run, door prizes and family activimile run/walk and a one-mile fun run. A organizations, a children’s play area, school supties. Proceeds go toward Mississippi Affordable party follows in the Ameristar Delta Point parking ply giveaways for children in grades K-6 and College Savings 529 scholarship plans. Register lot; Slaphappy performs. The first 500 to register care package giveaways for seniors. School supearly for a $5 discount. $25 5.29K, $15 fun run; receive T-shirts and goody bags. Early registration ply and toiletry donations welcome. Free; call call 601-359-5255; recommended. $25, $15 ages 10 and under, $55 601-566-5474; email Family Fun Day 5K Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m., at family (limit of 5), $75 corporate/civic club (three New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). In front of the new high school. The run, walk and mile fun run is a fundraiser for New Summit School. $20 race and T-shirt; $30 race, T-shirt and Family Fun Day access; $15 fun run (ages 12 and under; includes T-shirt and Family Fun Day access); call 601-982-7827; Zombie Frenzy 5K Sept. 20, 1 p.m., at Choctaw Trails (McRaven Road, Clinton). Centurion Events is the host. Runners dodge volunteers dressed as zombies as they complete the course. Registration required. $30-$60; email lauren@;

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Capital City Rollergirls Roller Derby Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The team takes on the Mobile Derby Darlings. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring school supplies to donate. Use #ccrg_ms on Instagram for a chance to win prizes. $10 in advance, $12 at the door, free for children ages 10 and under; call 354-7051;


Peddle, Paddle and Pound Sept. 21, 9 a.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). The triathlon includes a 10-mile bike ride, a one-mile run, a two-mile kayak race and another one-mile run. Registration required. $75 without kayak rental, $100 with kayak rental; call 228-872-3164; email National Recovery Month Program Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.). Includes speakers, live music, refreshments and more. Free; call 601-321-2400.

Jackson Heart Study Community Outreach Center’s 14th Birthday Celebration Sept. 27, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). At the Thad Cochran Center. Includes health awareness information, line dancing and lunch. Free; call 601-979-8709 or 601-979-8736;

Jackson State University Homecoming Football Game Oct. 11, 2 p.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The JSU Tigers take on Mississippi Valley State University. $35-$60; call 601-979-2420;

Walk to Defeat ALS Sept. 27, 10 a.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Check-in is at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the one-mile walk go toward the ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter’s care services programs as well as awareness, advocacy and research efforts. Free; call 225-343-9880, ext. 6; email chelsea.;

Lazy Acres Hillbilly Run Oct. 11, at Lazy Acres Plantation (596 Lazy Acres Road, Chunky). The 5K race with farm-themed obstacles is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Registration required. Prize given for best costume. $30 through Sept. 1, $35 Sept. 2-30, $40 Oct 1-11, $9 spectators; call 601-655-8264; email;

Bricks and Spokes Bicycle Ride Oct. 4, 8 a.m., at downtown Vicksburg. The annual ride through downtown Vicksburg includes crossing the Old Mississippi River Bridge. Take the 10-mile, 30mile, 50-mile or 62-mile route. Includes rest stops and snacks. $40; call 601-634-4527; email kimh@;

Canton Friendship Golf Tournament Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m., at Country Club of Canton (183 Country Club Road, Canton). Lunch is at 11:30, and tee time is at 1 p.m. Registration required. $100 per person, sponsorships start at $200; call 601-859-5816; email;

On the Road to Health’s Zoo Run Oct. 4, 8 a.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). 5K run/walk ends at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) Kids’ run for ages 12 and under starts at 9:30 a.m. Awards given to top walkers and best animal costume. Fees TBA; call 371-1427; find On the Road to Health on Facebook.

Purple Dress Run Oct. 23, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., at Jaco’s Tacos (318 S. State St.). Catholic Charities’ annual 5K run/walk is a fundraiser for domesticviolence victims. Includes a post-race celebration. Registration required. $35, $100 team of four; call 601-326-3758;

The AKA 5K Oct. 4, 8 a.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). At the Owens Health and Wellness Center. The Rho Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the host. Check-in is at 7:30 a.m. Includes a run/walk and a one-mile fun

to five members), $5 late charge after Oct. 1; call 601-631-2997;

The Great Race Oct. 25, 7 a.m., at Morrison Heights Baptist Church (3000 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton). Check-in is at 6 a.m. Includes a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run. Each registration fee goes toward the orphange, church plant project, mission or

Hot Diggity Dog 5K and Dog Walk Nov. 1, 7 a.m., at Laurel Street Park (1841 Laurel St.). Check-in is at 7 p.m. Includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile dog walk and a kids’ agility challenge. Dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit the Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center. $20 5K and dog walk, $10 agility challenge; Sanderson Farms Championship Nov. 3, 9 a.m., Nov. 4, 9 a.m., Nov. 5, 6:30 a.m., Nov. 6, 6:30 a.m., Nov. 7, 6:30 a.m., Nov. 8, 8 a.m., Nov. 9, 8 a.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The golf tournament is part of the FedEx Cup and is a fundraiser for Birdies for Charity. $15-$90; call 601-898-GOLF; Sawdust and Splinters Logging Sports Event Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at Shirard Grey Estates (1107 Grey Cemetery Road, Magnolia). Includes lumberjack and pole climbing competitions, chainsaw carving, the “A Journey of Valor” 5K (benefits the Wounded Warrior Project), food and art vendors, children’s activities and entertainment. Bring lawn chairs. one day: $20, $18 veterans and seniors, $15 ages 5-12; two-day pass: $38, $34 veterans and seniors, $30 ages 5-12; children 4 and under free; call 601-876-9635; email; Mississippi Sports Expo Nov. 8, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes interactive sports activities, vendors, the Youth Fun Run, a spirit squad exhibition, the City with Soul Classic basketball tournament and more. Admission TBA; call 601-940-8853 or 800-745-3000; email info@; Metro Jackson Heart Walk Nov. 15, 9:15 a.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The American Heart Association hosts the annual three-mile walk and one-mile survivor route. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Teams welcome. Free; call 359-3114; Lucky 7 Run Nov. 15, 3 p.m., at Mississippi Legends Grill (5352 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). The seven-mile run ends at McB’s in Ridgeland where the one-mile fun run takes place. Optional Poker Run available for individuals for an extra $10. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Mississippi and the Law Enforcement Torch Run. $36, $46 Poker Run, $14 fun run; call 601-856-7748, ext. 104; email; Platinum Productions Barrel Racing Competition Nov. 21, Nov. 22, Nov. 23, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (1207 Mississippi St.). Equestrians compete for cash prizes. Free; call 228-860-8104 or 228-234-2049; email or kenleel@hughes. net;


Holiday Olde Towne Holiday Market Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Olde Towne Clinton (Jefferson Street and West Leake Street, Clinton). In front of City Hall. Shop at the open-air market in Olde Towne Clinton. Free; call 601-924-5472; email; Veteran’s Day at the Zoo Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Active and retired military personnel receive a 50-percent

Boo at the Zoo Oct. 24, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.Oct. 25, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The zoo provides a safe place for children to go trick-or-treating for Halloween. Admission TBA; call 601-352-2580; Park After Dark Oct. 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at LeFleur Museum District (Interstate 55 North and Lakeland Drive). Enjoy spooky activities and trick-or-treating at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. Costumes welcome. Admission varies per location; call 601-981-5469; Hallow’d Be His Name Halloween Festival Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). Includes a costume contest, dancing, food, games and prizes. Free; call 601-982-4881. Halloween Yoga Class Oct. 30, 5:45 p.m., at Tara Yoga Studio (Energy in Motion, 200 Park Circle, Suite 4, Flowood). The annual class includes a costume contest. $12 drop-in fee, class packages apply; call 601-720-2337; email;

Fondren Unwrapped, the district’s Christmas celebration, features shopping, dining and a visit from Jackson’s four-hoofed frequent flyer, Fonzy the Reindeer.

ages 6-12, children under 6 free (no strollers permitted), separate admission applies for special events; call 601-948-2357; email; • Handworks Holiday Market Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Nov. 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shop for handmade gift items from more than 140 exhibitors at the annual event. Concessions included. Reservations required for groups. Strollers permitted. $7, $5 per person in groups of 12 or more, children under 12 free; call 205-937-4834;

Kids Look and Learn with Hoot Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 19, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This educational opportunity ages 5 and under and their parents features a hands-on art activity and story time. Please dress for mess. Free; call 601-960-1515; Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive) • Visiting Artist: Jerry Jenkins Sept. 21, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Instructor Jerry Jenkins uses the west African djembe drum to teach children lessons in creative writing and honing literacy skills. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469; • World Wide Day of Play Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event is part of Nickelodeon’s “The Big Help,” which encourages children to be active and play outside. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-981-5469; mississippi

Events at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland) • Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 3-7) Tuesdays, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. through Sept. 30 Programs include stories, songs, flannel board activities, movement and crafts. Free; call 601-856-4536. • Baby Bookends (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Children and their caregivers sing rhymes, play musical instruments, read stories, and do flannel board and movement activities. Free; call 601-856-4536. Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison) • Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 3-5) Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. through Sept. 30 Includes songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Free; call 601-856-2749. • Baby Bookworms: Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. through Sept. 24 Parents and caregivers interact with infants and toddlers through nursery rhymes, action rhymes, songs and stories. Free; call 601-856-2749.

admission discount. $9.25, $8.25 seniors, $6.75 ages 2-12, $4.63 military, children under 2 and members free; call 601-352-2580; Wolfe Studio Christmas Open House and Sale Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Nov. 16, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Shop for handmade gifts for the holiday season. Free admission; call 601-366-1844; Turkey Day 8K Nov. 17, 7:30 a.m., at Fleet Feet Sports (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51

• Baby Bookworms: Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0-2) Wednesdays, 10:45 a.m.11:15 a.m. through Sept. 24 Parents and caregivers interact with infants and toddlers through nursery rhymes, action rhymes, songs and stories. Free; call 601-856-2749. Events at Canton Public Library (102 Priestley St., Canton) • Rising Readers Storytime (Age 5) Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. through Sept. 24 Includes songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Free; call 601-859-3202. • Rising Readers Storytime (Ages 3-4) Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. through Sept. 24 Includes songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Free; call 601-859-3202. The Old Capitol Bowl Oct. 2, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Teams from selected high schools compete in a scholar’s bowl contest. The quiz competition tests students’ knowledge of government and Mississippi history. Registration required. Free; call 601-576-6920; Jackson Freedom League Youth Football’s Freedom Bowl Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Newell Field (800 Riverside Drive). The

N., Suite Z, Ridgeland). The annual race is a fundraiser for the Ridgeland Multipurpose Trails. Fees vary, VIP option available; call 601-899-9696; Events in Fondren • Fondren Unwrapped Nov. 20, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The holiday event includes a visit from Santa and Fonzy the Fondren Reindeer, a Christmas tree lighting with carols at Duling Green, shopping and dining. Free; call 601-981-9606; • 12Ks for the Holidays Charity Run Nov. 22, 7:30 a.m. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m. The annual 12K race, which includes a holiday costume contest, benefits the Good Samaritan Center. The race begins at Old Canton Road and Duling Street. Includes a kids’ run at 9 a.m. In advance: $35 through Nov. 9, $40 after; $45 race day; call 601-355-6276; Gloria in Excelsis! A Christmas Celebration Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). In the concert hall. The Belhaven Concert Choir, Belhaven Chorale, soloists and instrumentalists perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria.” Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494; Holiday Peppermint Pops Nov. 28, 7 p.m., at Saenger Theater Biloxi (170 Reynoir St., Biloxi). The Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra performs holiday favorites at the annual concert. Admission TBA; call 228-896-4276; Downtown Vicksburg’s Old-fashioned Christmas Open House Nov. 30, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., at downtown Vicksburg . Vicksburg Main Street hosts this holiday shopping event which emphasizes some of Vicksburg’s best local shops in a fun and festive celebration of Christmas spirit. Free;

South Jackson Eagles compete in three games against teams from other leagues. Includes presentations, special guests and fireworks. $1-$3; Nature Nuts Preschool Program Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Nov. 18, 10 a.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The nature discovery program is for children ages 2-5. Adults must accompany children. A professional educator from the Mississippi Natural Science Museum teaches the class. $5, $3 members, $1 discount for each additional child; call 601-926-1104; email ccnaturecenter@gmail. com; Camp Kandu Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m., Nov. 9, at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center (155 Milner Road, Florence). The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi hosts the biannual camp for children with diabetes and their families. Registration required. Free; call 877DFM-CURE; “Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove” Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Nov. 15, 1 p.m., Nov. 15, 5 p.m., Nov. 16, 1 p.m., Nov. 16, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The show features the Disney princesses and other characters such as Peter Pan and characters from “The Lion King.” $12-$60; call 800-745-3000.

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Pumpkins in the Park Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar Boulevard). Includes pumpkin decorating, family-friendly activities and refreshments. Details pending. Free, donations welcome; call 601-352-8850;

Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.) • Mistletoe Marketplace Nov. 6, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 7, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. More than 100 vendors sell their wares at the annual holiday shopping event. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Jackson. Visit the website for a list of signature events and special guests. $10, $20 three-day pass, $5 seniors and children TRIP BURNS

Mississippi Parafest Oct. 3, 7 p.m.-noon, Oct. 4, 10 a.m., Oct. 5, noon, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The paranormal festival takes place at several locations. Includes a meet and greet, a screening of the film, “A Haunting,” a karaoke party, a zombie costume contest, vendors and paranormal expeditions at the Strand Theater and Lena’s Bakery. $10-$75; call 601-618-9509; email;





Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700) • Strategic Planning 101 Sept. 17, 9 a.m.noon Understand your organization’s external challenges and opportunities, and find the strengths and weaknesses. Learn to set goals and objectives for today and tomorrow. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Advanced Grant Proposal Strategies Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The comprehensive two-day workshop shows you the essential and advanced components to writing a well-crafted grant proposal. Registration required. $369, $199 members; call 601-968-0061;

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Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Conference Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Attendees gain knowledge regarding PBIS and how it supports Mississippi’s Response to Intervention initiative. Speakers include Dr. Jeffrey Sprague of the UO Institute and Dr. Heather George of the University of South Florida in Tampa. $50 (register by Sept. 8), $20 CEU credits; call 601-266-4747; • U.S. Senator Thad Cochran Forum on American Enterprise Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The keynote speaker is Dennis Lockhart, CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Sponsorships available. $125; call 601-974-1325; • Winter-Reed Partnership Award Tribute Dinner Sept. 30, 7 p.m. This year’s recipient is Dr. Hank Bounds, the Mississippi Commissioner of Higher Education. Also includes a raffle of artwork from Andrew Bucci. RSVP. $75, $750 table of eight; call 601-573-0896;


Events at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.) • Nonprofit v. For Profit Concepts: What's the Difference? Sept. 17, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. In the multipurpose room, first floor. Learn how to start the process of setting up a nonprofit and how it differs from starting a for-profit business. Free; call 968-5811; • Jackson Audubon Society Chapter Meeting Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Members and visitors welsome. Free; call 601-832-6788; History Is Lunch Sept. 17, noon, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Old Capitol Museum historian Michael Stoll presents “Monuments to Democracy: The 50 State Capitols.” Free; call 601-576-6998. Hinds County Human Resource Agency Meeting Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at Hinds County Human

Resource Agency (258 Maddox Road). The Board of Directors meets on third Wednesdays. Open to the public; Hinds County residents encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-923-1838; “Regional Advertising Doesn’t Have to Suck” with Robert Campbell Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., at The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (The Belhaven, 1200 N. State St., Suite 100). Learn ways to effectively advertise in several states through the Internet. Registration required. $25 non-members and associate members, $5 student members, free for full members; call 398-4562;

help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0003.

Olde Towne After Dark Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, at 303 Jefferson (303 Jefferson St., Clinton). Main Street Clinton hosts the trivia competition in which contestants in teams of four compete for cash and other prizes. $10 per team; call 601-924-5474; Precinct 3 COPS Meeting Sept. 18, 6 p.m., Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Nov. 20, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly forums are designed to

Cruzin’ Clinton Car Show Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Clinton. The parade of cars begins at 9 a.m. and goes from the Clinton Plaza Shop-

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rohibition cocktails. Craft cock- gist’ or ‘cocktailist.’ I heard someone say tails. Drinks with literary names. ‘cocktailian’ today.’” Face it: Long gone are the days when having a drink meant a gin-andtonic or a scotch-and-water. But face it: Today’s fancy cocktails can be pricey at a swanky watering hole, or complicated to make at home. Chris Robertson, Bravo Italian Restaurant and Bar’s bar manager, can help you Bravo bartender Chris Robertson teaches the with that. In the fifth installins and outs of mixing stout at Home Bar 101. ment of his Bar Series classes, titled Home Bar 101, the seasoned bartender hopes to eliminate some An artist with a bachelor’s degree in of the guesswork—and all of the fear— oil painting from Millsaps College and a from drink mixing. master’s in marketing from the University “The whole idea is to remove the of Mississippi, Robertson, 36, puts vision mysteriousness from the bar,” he says. in his cocktails, as well. “People toss around terms like ‘mixolo“There’s an artistry to it—an air

Events at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive) • Ridgeland Under the Stars Sept. 18, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce is the host. Includes a reception, a silent auction and music from Almost Famous. $40, $70 for two, discounts for members; call 601-9919996; email; • Jackson Symphony League Ball Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Emeralds.” The gala is a fundraiser for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Includes dinner, auctions and music. Admission TBA; call 601960-1565;

JoJo’s 50th Birthday Celebration Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Zoo staff give the chimpanzee presents and a cake. Guests also receive birthday treats. Included with admission ($9.25, $8.25 seniors, $6.75 ages 2-12, children under 2 and members free); call 601-352-2580;

MBJ Business Marketplace Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m.7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The marketing and networking event includes exhibitors, seminars and the Business

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At Fort Hill. Expert birder Skip Anding leads the walk. $8 park entrance fee; call 601-832-6788;

Mississippi Greek Weekend Sept. 19, 6 a.m., Sept. 20, 8 a.m., Sept. 21, 10 a.m., at various Jackson locations. The annual event that unites Greek organizations includes signature parties, sports games and fundraisers. Schedule available online. Some events free, other events start at $15; call 601-706-9273;


Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive) • Annual Fall Fix-up Sept. 15-18. The museum closes to the public to paint, repair and clean the 50,000 square-foot facility. Volunteers needed. Al ages welcome. Free; call 601-981-5469; • Fall Festival: In the Land of Oz Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Dress up as your favorite Oz character for the museum’s annual fundraiser. Includes music, hands-on science experiments, crafts, face painting and giveaways. Sponsorships available. $25 per person; call 601-981-5469;


After Hours Networking Party. Free tickets available online; call 601-364-1011; email tami.jones@; Mississippi Ultimate Outdoors Expo Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Off Road Adventures (118 Elton Road). Includes product exhibits, a shooting range, archery, a 5K race, tractor and ATV test drives, seminars, a kids’ area, food and more. $10 per day, $20 all three days, $5 ages 5-15, children under 5 free ; call 927-7957; email; New Summit Upper School Grand Opening Sept. 19, 10 a.m., at New Summit School (1417 Lelia Drive). undefined Free; call 601-982-7827 ; Coffee & Cars Sept. 20, 7 a.m.-10 a.m., at Primos Café and Bake Shop (2323 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). Car enthusiasts are welcome to view or display cars of all makes and models. Free; call 601-936-3398; email Jackson Audubon Society Annual Hawk Migration Watch Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-noon, at Vicksburg National Military Park (3201 Clay St., Vicksburg).

of creativity,” he says. “I even believe there’s an aesthetic quality to it.” Robertson has mixed liquors from here to London, but Home Bar 101 is his way of showing participants that they don’t have to leave the house for classic cocktails such as Manhattans, cosmopolitans and margaritas. “There’s no reason that when you get home from work you couldn’t make something with the same strength and flavor we have here. It’s not a science,” Robertson says, before backtracking with a laugh. “Well, there’s a little science. But there’s definitely no magic!” Bar 101 continues with “Home Bar 101” at 3 p.m. at Bravo Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 Frontage Road #244; 601-982-8111), Saturday, Sept. 20. Limited seating; $30 per person. Call to reserve a spot. For more information, visit

ping Center to Mississippi College. The cars will then be on display from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Car exhibitors must register. Free admission, show participants: $15 in advance, $20 on site; call 601-924-5472; Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) • Fall Community Enrichment Series Sept. 22. Most classes begin the week of Sept. 22 and fall into the categories of art, music, fitness, design, business and technology. Call to request a brochure with classes and fees. Fees vary; call 601974-1130; • Basics of Bird Watching, Part I Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Jackson Audubon Society education chair Chris King is the instructor. Sessions are Thursdays through Oct. 23, and the program ends with a field trip Oct. 25 at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park at 8 a.m. $100; call 601-974-1130; Armed to Farm: Sustainable Agriculture Training For Military Veterans Sept. 22, multiple locations. Veterans and spouses interested in farming get an opportunity to see sustainable, profitable more COMMUNITY, see page 34



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Jackson City Council Meeting Sept. 23, 6 p.m., Oct. 7, 10 a.m., Oct. 21, 6 p.m., Nov. 4, 10 a.m., Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson City Hall (219 S. President St.). Open to the public. Free; call 601-960-1064;

ACT-SO Kickoff Jazz Jam Sept. 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at M.W. Stringer Grand Lodge (1072 John R. Lynch St.). The Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) is NAACP’s youth competition program. The Southern Komfort Brass Band performs. Free; call 601-353-8452.

Jobs for Jacksonians Job Fair Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Metrocenter Mall (1395 Metrocenter Drive). Participants meet with employers with job opportunities in different fields and industries. Dress professionally and bring a resume. Free; call 601-960-0377; History Is Lunch Sept. 24, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Robert Blade talks about his book, “Tupelo Man,” a biography of George McLean. Free; call 601-576-6998. Lunch and Learn Series: Payroll Policies and the Law Sept. 24, noon-1 p.m., at Butler Snow Law Firm (1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). At the Regions Bank office. Understand state and federal laws that govern how you

Habitat Young Professionals’ Picnic at the Cedars Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Professionals ages 21-40 enjoy music and network while supporting Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area. Bring food, drinks and chairs. Free; call 601-3536060; email Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Pro Bono Awards Dinner Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is the keynote speaker, and honorees include Walter Boone, Brandi Denton Gatewood, Alan Moore and Hinds County Chan-

cery Court Judge Denise Sweet Owens. $150; call 601-960-9577; email; Blue Jeans, BBQ and Bluegrass Sept. 25, 6 p.m., at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). The casual event includes a barbecue dinner and music from Breaking Glass. $60, $100 couples, $500 table of eight; call 800-340-9542; email; Zoo Party Unleashed Sept. 25, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Jackson Zoo’s annual fundraiser and adults-only event includes local food, live music and more. For ages 21 and up. Sponsorships available. $75; call 601-352-2580; Dinner and a Movie Sept. 26, 6 p.m., at Jefferson Street . Purchase food from Garden to Fire and watch the film “Divergent.” Free; call 601-924-5474; Voices of Mississippi Competition Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Opera is the host. Details pending. Admission TBA; call 601-960-2300;

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LatinFest Sept. 20, noon-8 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). LABALink is the host. The annual cultural celebration includes art, dancing, food and live music. A portion of proceeds benefits the Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross. $7 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-853-2011;

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Cure Sickle Cell 5K Sept. 21, 4 p.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Check-in is at 3 p.m. Runners, walkers and riders welcome. Includes a tailgate-style party. Proceeds benefit the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. $20, $15 per person in groups of 10 or more; call 601-853-3402; email;


WellsFest Art Night and Auction Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The preview party with the Buy It Now Tent is at 5:30 p.m., and the live auction is at 7 p.m. Proceeds from sales benefit Partners to End Homelessness. Refreshments and music included. Free admission, art for sale; call 601-353-0658; email; Ovarian Cycle Jackson Ready. Set. Ride! Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The indoor cycling marathon is a fundraiser for raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research. Cyclists select their own one-hour time slots. All skill levels welcome. Space limited. Registration required. $50

registration fee and required fundraising goal of $250, no fee or fundraising minimum for virtual riders; call 956-1411; email; TRIP BURNS

Jackson 2000 Friendship Golf Outing Sept. 18, 8:30 a.m., at Deerfield Country Club (264 Deerfield Club Drive, Canton). The shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m., and lunch is at 1 p.m. Door prizes included. Proceeds benefit Jackson 2000, an organization devoted to racial harmony. Sponsorships available. $125, $500 team of four; call 601-948-3071 or 601-957-0434; email or;

Jackson’s Southern Komfort Brass Band performs as part of the annual LatinFest on Sept. 20.

WellsFest Sept. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (1398 Lakeland Drive). Wells Church’s annual event includes live music with Vasti Jackson as the headliner, food vendors, arts and crafts, a 5K race, a pet parade, children’s activities, a silent auction and a plant sale. Proceeds benefit Partners to End Homelessness. Free admission; call 601-353-0658; Purple for Peace Oct. 2, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the host. Includes dinner, a raffle and a silent auction. The speaker is Sulaiman Nuriddin of Men Stopping Violence. Proceeds go toward MCADV’s Engaging Men initiatives. $35, $350 tables; call 800-898-3234. Jacktoberfest Oct. 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at Downtown Jackson. On Congress Street between Amite and Capitol streets. The annual street festival includes concerts, craft beer and

other refreshments for sale such as bratwurst, burgers and drinks. Free admission; email jack@; Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) • WitchCrafted Craft Competitions Oct. 23 Enter the Pumpkin Carving Competition or the Mastercrafted Creatures Competition for a chance to win prizes. Runs through Oct. 31. Pumpkin Carving: $10; Mastercrafted Creatures: $10 individuals, $25 groups; call 601-856-7546; • WitchCrafted 5K Run Oct. 26, 8 a.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi is the host. Includes the Super Heroes Fun Run for kids. Costumes welcome. $30 5K, $25 one-mile run, $20 ages 12 and under (includes T-shirt, breakfast and one-day pass to the Smokin’ On the Rez BBQ and Music Festival); call 601-856-7546; • WitchCrafted Monster Bash Oct. 31, 7 p.m. The party includes a costume contest, music, adult beverages, ghostly storytelling, showing off “Thriller” dance moves and more. $25; call 601-856-7546; JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam Nov. 1, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The costume party is a fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention. Includes live music, Southern Fried Karaoke and the Rooster Sports Pub. For ages 18 and up. $5 cover; call 948-0888; email; Day of Dialogue: A Greater Jackson Town Hall Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center at Jackson State University (1230 Raymond Road). Jackson 2000’s forum features interactive sessions to facilitate honest and constructive conversations about race and ethnicity in the community. Registration required. $30; call 979-1246; email;

Settlers Day at Milepost 89 Sept. 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Clinton Visitor Center (1300 Pinehaven Road, Clinton). The event is a celebration of those who contributed to the Natchez Trace Parkway. Free; call 601-924-5474; email; 4 the Record Swap Sept. 27, 11 a.m. Location TBA. Buy, sell or trade vinyl records at the biannual event. Includes music from Skull and Crossfaders. Record sellers and other vendors must register. Bring your own turntable. Admission TBA; call 601-376-9404; email; Young Business Leaders of Jackson’s Fall Banquet Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). This year’s speaker is Ron A. Andrews, President of the Generic Sciences Division of Thermo Fisher Scientific. RSVP. Sponsorships available. $35, $280 table of eight; call 601-201-5489; email; Business After Hours: A Spanish Taste of Art Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). World Trade Center Mississippi’s young professional network, the Young Globals, host the event. Includes a wine tasting, tapas and networking. For ages 21 and up. $40, $30 members; call 960-1515; Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure Conference and Awards Oct. 1-3, 8:30 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Includes workshops and an awards ceremony. Registration required. Limited registration scholarships and CEU credits available. $45, additional fees apply for optional events; call 576-6000; email dyowell@; Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.) • History Is Lunch Oct. 1, noon Author Curtis Wilkie talks about his new book, “Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians, and Other Persons of Interest: Fifty Pieces from the Road.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6998; • History Is Lunch Oct. 8, noon Civil rights movement leader Rev. Edwin King talks about his new book, “Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free; call 601-576-6920. • Mississippi Archaeology Expo Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Mississippi Archaeology Month with demonstrations of archaeological techniques and other educational activities. Free; call 601-576-6920; • History Is Lunch Oct. 29, noon Old Capitol Museum staff present a preview of the upcoming program, “Present Meets Past.” Free; call 601-576-6998; Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) • Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 1, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. At The Bowl. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Goodkin presents “Homer’s Odyssey in Song.” Free; call 601-974-1000; • Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m. In room AC 215. Millsaps faculty and students discuss their research with the Herculaneum Graffiti Project. Free; call 601-974-1000;

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Events at Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (201 W. Capitol St., Suite 700) • Federal Grants: The Process Oct. 2, 9 a.m.4 p.m.Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The comprehensive two-day workshop is a walk through the many federal funding programs and how to interpret their application guidelines. Registration required. $399, $249 members; call 601-968-0061; • Technology for Nonprofits Oct. 7, 9 a.m.noon. Learn the best practices for technology in your organization including software security, hardware, server and network options. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Developing a Sustainable Fundraising Plan Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn to diversify your fundraising options in an effort to create a long-term funding plan for your organization. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Nov. 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The presentation covers the steps to establish a nonprofit organization from forming initial committee to completing state and federal forms. Registration required. $139; call 601-968-0061; • No Funds, No Budget, No Problem Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-noon Learn how to deal with money and budget problems for your nonprofit. Reg-

Be The Change Partners to End Homelessness’ Project Homeless Connect Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.Sept. 17, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.Sept. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Downtown Jackson. At Poindexter Park (200 Poindexter St.), the Homeless Service Fair is Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and Picnic in the Park is Sept. 17 from 1-3 p.m. The Homeless Conference is Sept. 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Galloway Church (305 N. Congress St.). Free; call 601-213-5301; Dates for Leukemia Sept. 18, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). The annual silent date auction is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi. Includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music. Wear cocktail attire. $50 in advance, $60 at the door; call 601954-1717 or 601-573-4181; email jamie@ or

call or email for location and time . The group offers a safe place for people to share their feelings and experiences. Professional counselors lead the sessions. Free; call 601-842-7599; email Partners to End Homelessness’ ‘70s Disco Ball Oct. 18, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). This 1970s-themed party and fundraiser includes food, a cash bar, a silent auction and a costume contest with celebrity judges. Tickets also sold at the door. $35; call 292-7121; email arden@; Southern Soiree Oct. 21, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., at The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown St.). The fundraiser for the Palmer Home TRIP BURNS

• Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 7, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. In room AC 215. Dr. Wendy Moore speaks on the topic “Reproducing Racism.” Free; call 601974-1000; • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series' Ross Moore History Lecture Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Retired archaeologist Sam Brookes speaks on the topic “The Mounds of Mississippi and the Proposed Mound Trail.” $10, $5 students; call 601-9741130; • Millsaps Fall Forum Oct. 14, 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m. In room AC 215. Author and Millsaps alumna Polly Dement join panelists to discuss the topic “Social Entrepreneurship in Mississippi.” Free; call 601-974-1000; • Millsaps Fall Forum: Arts and Humanities Symposium Oct. 31, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. In room AC 215. The forum features the best student research papers of the year. Free; call 601-974-1000; • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series Nov. 3, 7 p.m. Judge Leslie H. Southwick, United States Court of Appeals justice for the Fifth Circuit, speaks on the topic “Nominated as a Federal Judge and Surviving to Write About It.” $10, $5 students; call 601-974-1130; • Millsaps Fall Forum Nov. 7, 12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m. In room AC 215. First-semester students present essays written in response to the summer 2013 required reading of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” Free; call 601-974-1000; • Millsaps Fall Forum Nov. 10, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. In room AC 215. Dr. Carolyn Dupont speaks on the topic “The Role of Religion in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Years.” Free; call 601-974-1000; • Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series: Southern Songwriters Night Nov. 24, 7 p.m. Lauren Murphy and Will Kimbrough perform. $10; call 601-974-1130;


Take It to the Streets Oct. 12, 9 a.m., Dec. 14, 9 a.m., at North Ridge Church in Fondren (3232 N. State St.) and Madison (inside St. Joseph High School). Participants meet to serve the community through activities such as feeding the homeless, repairing homes for the disabled or another designated task. Call for details. Free; call 769-218-5140; Family and Friends of LGBTQI Persons Support Group Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, at istration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Social Media: Beyond Twitter and Facebook Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-noon Learn about other platforms such as Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Crowd Funding for Nonprofits Nov. 13, 9 a.m.-noon Explore how crowd funding can be used in your organization as another layer in your fundraising plan. Registration required. $109, $69 members; call 601-968-0061; • Lunch and Learn Series: Selecting a Grant Writer Nov. 19, noon-1 p.m. Learn ways to select and contract out for grant writers, fundraisers and other professionals. Lunch provided. Registration required. $15, $5 members; call 601-968-0061; Fondren After 5 Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Nov. 6, 5 p.m., Dec. 4, 5 p.m., at Fondren. This monthly event is

JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam Nov. 1, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The costume party is a fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention. Includes live music, Southern Fried Karaoke and the Rooster Sports Pub. For ages 18 and up. $5 cover; call 948-0888; email (especially if you want to perform!); Details at NAMIWalks Nov. 8, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). At the Art Garden. This year’s theme is “Walkin’ off the Blues.” Check-in is at 8 a.m. The 5K run/ walk is a fundraiser for NAMI Mississippi, a branch of the National Alilance of Mental Illness. Fundraising encouraged, donations welcome; call 601-899-9058 or 800-357-0388; email;

Sit. Stay. LOVE. Sept. 20, noon-4 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). At Anthropologie. This annual event, hosted at Anthropologie stores across the country, promotes pet adoptions from local shelters. The pet supply and adoption event benefits Cheshire Abbey. Donations welcome; call 601-898-1201. Pink Tie Gala Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The black-tie fundraiser includes a silent suction, a three-course dinner, the Pink Tie Guys presentation and honoring survivors. $50 per person, $400 table, VIP: $100 per person, $800 table; call 601-932-3999;

Red Beans and Rice Celebration Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). The theme is “Hollywood: Where You Can Bean a Star.” Enjoy samples from the red beans and rice competition, family-friendly activities and live music. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. $10 in advance, $12 day of event, $5 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under; call 601-353-2759 or 601-540-8555;

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for Children includes food, a silent auction, and a guest appearance from 2014 Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray. For ages 21 and up. $50; call 968-0137; email; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 25, 9 a.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Check-in is at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the annual 5K walk benefit the American Cancer Society. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-3215512; email;

a showcase of the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Includes live music, food and vendors. Free; call 601-720-2426; email (artists, crafters and musicians); Tru Skool Skate Night Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Skate N Shake (Jackson Square Promenade, 2460 Terry Road, Suite 1600). Includes music from DJ Phingaprint, free shots and giveaways. $10; call 346-2522; email Precinct 1 COPS Meeting Oct. 2, 6 p.m., Nov. 6, 6 p.m., Dec. 4, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Free; call 601-960-0001. Jackson Audubon Society First Saturday Bird Walk Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Nov. 1, 8 a.m.10 a.m., Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2140 Riverside Drive). An

Out of the Darkness Community Walk Nov. 8, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., at The Nature Park (Flowood Drive, Flowood). The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the host. Check-in is at 8 a.m. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. Fundraising encouraged; call 888-3332377; 34th Annual Squat & Gobble Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m., at Reservoir Pointe (140 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). Friends for a Cause hosts the annual party to raise funds for domestic violence and sex trafficking prevention. Includes turkey calling and dance contests, a silent auction and music from Greenfish. $35 through Nov. 2, $45 after, $5 donation for Ultimate Private Party for 30; call 601-898-1934;

expert birder leads the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead if you would like to borrow a pair of binoculars. Adults must accompany children under 15. Free, $3 car entrance fee. Free walk, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-832-6788. Rankin County Democrats Monthly Breakfast Oct. 4, 8:30 a.m., Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m., Dec. 6, 8:30 a.m., at Corner Bakery, Flowood (108 Market St., Flowood). On first Saturdays at 8:30am, Jacksonarea Democrats meet for breakfast and discuss current political activities. Open to the public. Free with food for sale Free with food for sale; call 601-919-9797; Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). See classic cars and motorcycles, and newer special-interest vehicles. Exhibitors must register by Sept. 28 (no entry fee). Awards given, and exhibitors enjoy additional



Pumpkin Adventure Oct. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-noon, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Enjoy a hayride tour of the grounds, a visit to the Heritage Center Gallery, milk and cookies, and picking a small pie pumpkin to take home. $7, children under 2 free; call 601-432-4500; Canton Flea Market Oct. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square (Courthouse Square, Canton). The biannual shopping extravaganza includes goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-1307; Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Oct. 9, 6 p.m., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., Dec. 11, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (Metrocenter Mall, 3645 Highway 80 W.). On the lower level. These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Enter from the back entrance. Free; call 601-960-0002. Events on Jefferson Street • Dinner and a Movie Oct. 10, 6 p.m. Purchase food from 303 Jefferson and watch the film “Frozen.” Free; call 601-924-5474; • Dinner and a Movie Oct. 24, 6 p.m. Purchase food from Lurny D’s and watch the film “E.T.” Free; call 601-924-5474; Jackson State University Homecoming Parade Oct. 11, 9 a.m., at Downtown Jackson. Enjoy floats, special guests and marching bands including the Sonic Boom of the South. Free; The Blueprint III: JSU Homecoming Alumni After-Party Oct. 11, 9 p.m.-2 a.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). Includes music from DJ Freeze, DJ IE and DJ Unpredictable. Wear upscale attire. VIP packages available. $20 (price subject to change on day of event); email info@; Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) • Alumni J-Settes Reunion Party Oct. 11, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Includes music from DJ Whitehouse, and Henry Rhodes and the Mo’ Money Band. Wear upscale attire. For ages 25 and up. $25 in advance; call 960-2321; • Racial Reconciliation Celebration Banquet Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Bishop Duncan Gray II, the Rt. Rev. Duncan Gray III and Reuben Anderson. Sponsorships available. $65; call 601-353-6477; • Black Tie Gala Oct. 24, 6 p.m. The Jackson State University National Alumni Association is the host. Includes a silent auction ar 6 p.m. and the main event at 7 p.m. Honorary chairs are

Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance Advocacy Meeting Oct. 15, noon, Nov. 12, noon, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St., Suite B). MIRA discusses current issues and upcoming campaigns at the meeting held on second Mondays. Open to the public. Light dinner included. Free; call 601-968-5182;

America, a project to digitize America’s historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922. Free; call 601-576-6998; • History Is Lunch Nov. 19, noon Carolyn J. Brown talks about her new book, “Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker,” from University Press of Mississippi. Free; call 601-576-6998; Great Mississippi Road Trip Oct. 16-19, at multiple locations. The Mississippi Center for Justice hosts the annual trip that includes stops at landmarks such as Medgar Evers’ home, the Fan-

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ondren’s Duling Hall transforms for our state and its country music heriinto a honky-tonk club when coun- tage, starting as a young teen on the road try purists Dale with Lester Flatt and Watson and Marty Earl Scruggs, later as Stuart bring their aupart of Johnny Cash’s thentic southern style band, then as an into its stage. dependent recording Alabama-born artist. Since 2008, he’s and Texas-bred Dale hosted “The Marty Watson has been writStuart Show,” which ing songs and picking airs on cable’s RFDguitars for more than TV. The musical va30 years. His latest riety program features release, 2013’s “El talented upstarts and Rancho Azul,” puts celebrated countryhis rich baritone voice Country all-stars Marty Stuart music performers. and twangy guitar- (pictured) and Dale Watson Dale Watson and playing to work. The offer up two nights of great The Lone Stars play album displays Wat- music at Duling Hall Sept. 17. at Duling Hall (622 son’s legendary influDuling Ave., 601ences, such as Johnny Cash and Merle 292-7121) Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Marty StuHaggard, in catchy, traditional tunes like art and The Fabulous Superlatives perform “I Lie When I Drink,” which sounds like Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for Dale it could have been written in 1966. Watson and $30 for Marty Stuart. Purchase Marty Stuart should be no stranger through For more informato Mississippians. He grew up in Philadel- tion, visit phia and has been a musical ambassador and

Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) • History Is Lunch Oct. 15, noon Archaeologist John O’Hear talks about the Mississippi Mound Trail for Archaeology Month. Free; call 601-576-6920. • History Is Lunch Oct. 22, noon Jacksonian Tim Whitsett—musician, music publisher, songwriter, producer and author—talks about his international career in music. Free; call 601-576-6998; • History Is Lunch Nov. 5, noon Historian Walter Howell presents “Town and Gown,” which is about the history of Clinton. Free; call 601-576-6998; • History Is Lunch Nov. 12, noon Deborah Thomas, digital projects coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Project at the Library of Congress, discusses Chronicling

nie Lou Hamer monument and the B.B. King Museum. The Oct. 16 Champions of Justice Dinner honoring Bill Minor and Oleta Fitzgerald is included. Register by Aug. 29. $300 through July 31, then $350 (hotel rooms cost extra); call 601-709-0859; email; Fall Flower and Garden Fest Oct. 17, 9 a.m.2 p.m.Oct. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Truck Crops Experiment Station (2024 Experiment Station Road, Highway 51 S., Crystal Springs). The annual home gardening show includes a one-mile fun walk, food vendors, garden tours and seminars. Free; call 601-892-3731; Scarecrow Cruise and Car Show Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 18, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Tulane University, Madison Campus (2115 Main St., Madison). Includes a car show, a 5K run, a silent auction, a magic show, a visit

from Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers, and arts and crafts vendors. Proceeds benefit Hope Hollow Ministries and the Mississippi SIDS Alliance. Car exhibitors must register. Free admission, car entries: $25 through Oct. 6, $30 after; call 601-720-4606; email keith_bates@; WAMA Jama Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Kress Live (814 Howard Ave., Biloxi). The costume party with a Day of the Dead theme includes a second-line parade, Mexican food, face painting and music from The Funk. VIP tickets available. $50; call 228-207-4362; email Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Oct. 21, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Presenters include author Elizabeth Wolfe and A. Mecklin Stevens of Pearl River Community College. Ensemble Polonaise performs. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515; Mississippi-Louisiana Black and Blue Civil War Living History Event Oct. 25, 11 a.m., at Historic Jefferson College (16 Old North St., Natchez). The annual program features re-enactments of slaves who fought with or assisted Union soldiers during the Civil War. Free; call 601-442-4719; email Mississippi Black Leadership Summit Oct. 30-31, at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The theme is “Moving Mississippi in the Right Direction.” Includes workshops, networking and discussions on social issues. Registration required. Free; call 601-960-9594, ext. 304; Spencer Perkins Center’s Awards Banquet Nov. 1, at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). The theme is “A Legacy of Success: A Foundation for Future Leadership.” The keynote speaker is Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. $50; call 601-668-1555 or 601-334-1563; Mississippi NAACP State Convention and Policy Institute Nov. 6-8, at downtown Vicksburg. The theme of the 69th annual event is “All in for Justice and Equality.” Includes panel discussions, guest speakers and special events throughout the city. Details pending. Registration fee TBA; Sweat Equity Investment in the Cotton Kingdom Symposium and Cotton Pickers Ball Nov. 7, at Mississippi Valley State University (14000 Highway 82 W., Itta Bena). Khafre Inc. hosts annual event that includes discussions on historic preservation and a black-tie ball. Abstracts, proposals due Oct. 7. Free symposium; $25 ball; 662-347-8198; info@khafreinc. org or; Madison County Showcase Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Madison County Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual awards program. Enjoy food samples, a silent auction and more. Admission TBA; call 601-605-2554; Unburied Treasures: Cover to Cover Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Curator Dr. Roger Ward talks about the influence of Spain and of Spanish artists on artist Robert Henri. Ensemble Polonaise performs. Cash bar at 5:30 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1515;

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National Night Out Celebration Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The’s Jackson Medical Mall Foundation annual crime prevention party includes food, games and entertainment. Vendors welcome. Free admission, $25 vendors; call 601982-8467; email

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or my family, summer is one of the greatest times of the year because it brings back a tradition—sitting under the carport with family and friends cooking drunk chicken, steak and burgers. Sometimes it means eating crawfish until we can’t anymore, bellies full of the crustaceans. But then winter comes, and we don’t grill so much. Strangely enough, the winter and fall are when I want to grill the most. It’s a great source of heat, and you get delicious food. When the air gets cooler, don’t hang up your tongs and grill spatula. While it’s not going to be exactly the same, you can still get that smoky flavor with a few indoor-grilling tricks. Just don’t use your outdoor grill inside. The small amounts of carbon monoxide it produces can kill you. Cast-iron pans are handy for grilling indoors when it gets cooler outside.

Cast-iron skillet with parallel raised ribs—As I’ve discovered, the cast-iron skillet is your best friend when cooking. For one thing, they’re cheaper than you might think: A regular-sized skillet runs about $30, which isn’t bad if you consider its multitude of uses. You can use these pans to bake, fry, and grill, and the ribs mimic grill marks. When you first buy the pan, be sure to season it (Google “cast iron seasoning” for tons of directions). Only use a tiny bit of oil to prevent sticking, and never, ever put this pan in a dishwasher or scrub it with soap. When you’re done, move the pan to a cold stove eye and let it cool down. Once it has cooled, only scrub it with a brush and hot water. Dry cast iron carefully because water will rust the pan if you let it sit long enough. Food Network personality Alton Brown says it’s best to heat the pan on medium-high for five minutes before cooking. These are some tips I’ve found helpful, but you can find plenty more online. Electric griddle—It may not seem like it, but an electric griddle can function much like a grill. Some come with attachments to mimic a grill grate, and you can find ones to fit griddles that don’t come with the attachments. The heat source isn’t as effective as a grill that uses fire as a heat source, but you can still grill things on it … and make pancakes. Grill pan—This is your best bet for grilling indoors. You can find these at stores such as The Everyday Gourmet (1625 E. County Line Road, Suite 500, 601-977-9258), and they come in styles such as flat like a griddle or with the raised lines. These are available for electric and gas stoves, but gas is ideal because it provides an even layer of heat. Oven broiler—Brown says that most steak houses actually use a broiler to grill. Place a rack on the top rung in the oven and put the food directly on it, leaving a pan on the rack below to catch drippings. Brown says to put a wad of aluminum foil in the door so it doesn’t shut all the way (to keep the heat constant). Also, remember to add just a touch of oil to keep the food tender.

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Smoked paprika—This is my favorite seasoning to use. It gives a nice smoky flavor to almost anything. Liquid smoke—It’s actually smoke that was passed through a tube from a combustion chamber with wood chips to a condensation chamber, where the smoke turns into a liquid. Brown says you can add this about an hour before cooking, along with some salt, and it will produce a smoky flavor.


Anything from veggies to steak, though I wouldn’t roast a whole hog inside.

What about grilling peppers or tomatoes to make sauces? These are most often done either on a grill or a gas stove. If you’re like me, and you’d like to make these sauces but have neither, you have two options—a kitchen blowtorch or your oven. While a blowtorch is fairly cheap, using it to roast tomatoes or peppers is probably going to take a while. If you don’t want to buy one, use your broiler. To broil tomatoes or peppers, cut them in half and place them cut-side down on a baking sheet. Put the oven rack high up, and place the tray of veggies on it. Turn the broiler on high and cook them for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they’re blistered and blackened. While it’s not the same as creating a salsa from freshly grilled tomatoes and peppers, you get much of the same effect. You can also blacken veggies to create a roasted veggie soup or to add another layer of flavor to a dish.

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Lewis believes that because the disorder affects mostly racial minorities, it doesn’t receive the attention or research funding it deserves. When compared to other diseases, sickle cell often lags behind in research and funding. In an article on, published by the American Society of Hematology, researchers and hematologists from Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that in comparing national research funding for sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis, the funding for cystic fibrosis was 4 percent greater than funding for sickle cell. Approximately three times more people in the U.S. have sickle cell disease. Lewis believes that undertreatment and disorganization occurs in hospitals, because emergency room staff do not Josh Lewis suffers from sickle cell disease, which always have the specific knowlis a hereditary blood disorder that causes a edge to properly treat the perpatient’s blood cells to turn into sickle shapes. son. On one occasion, Lewis waited from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. away from his face in a voluminous style. for treatment. Lewis, normally chatty and expressive, He says that ER doctors will frequentspeaks slowly in a wavering pitch. He forces ly try to give him a shot of pain medication a smile, but his lips quiver. “Laugh so you and a common NSAID pain reliever, such don’t cry,” he tells himself. as aspirin or ibuprofen, which has little efLewis is having a pain crisis caused by fect on his pain. “I know patients who have sickle cell disease, a hereditary blood disor- stopped going altogether because of inadder. Patients with sickle cell have “sickle” equate care,” Lewis says. or crescent-shaped blood cells caused by There is hope, though. University of abnormal hemoglobin, a protein that car- Mississippi Medical Center recently opened ries oxygen. Sickled blood cells have a short a sickle-cell clinic to offer specialized care lifespan and often stick together, blocking to those who suffer from the disease. The blood flow in small vessels in the limbs clinic is located in UMMC’s day-surgery and organs. The disease can cause anemia, area and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It jaundice, gallstones, pain crises, vascular is the only clinic of its kind in Mississippi. complications, stroke, organ damage and UMMC says it will ease the congestion in weak immunity. Approximately 100,000 the Emergency Department. Americans suffer from sickle cell. Lewis visited the clinic at UMMC for Lewis, who lives in Jackson with his the first time July 15. After checking into wife, Kimberly, has struggled with the ill- the ER at the clinic, Lewis was quickly ness his whole life. He works in artists and wheeled to the day-surgery waiting room. repertoire for NOW Entertainment, where A smiling nurse then escorted him to a he is also a producer and writer. private room. She calmly moved about the Lewis has received treatment from room, asked questions, drew his blood and various hospitals, locally and out-of-state. gave him fluids. A nurse practitioner figured When he has a sickle-cell crisis, he is in an out how best to treat Lewis’ pain. Then, the inordinate amount of pain. He believes nurse administered Lewis the medicine he that sickle-cell patients are stigmatized, needed and checked in on him. largely because of racial prejudices. Lewis now sits in the hospital bed, The Centers for Disease Control gently massaging his arm. “We’re trending and Prevention report one out of every upward,” he says with a grin. Lewis encour500 African American children born in ages other sickle-cell patients to try the new the U.S. has sickle cell disease. One out of clinic at UMMC, which allows them to byevery 100 Latinos has the trait, and one pass the ER. Lewis hopes that the sickle-cell in 36,000 are born with sickle cell. Sickle clinic will solve many of the problems he cell most often affects people with Indian, has encountered in hospitals over his lifeMiddle Eastern, Hispanic, African and time of treatment. “It’s a step in the right Mediterranean heritages. direction,” Lewis says.

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ill you be in town this While away, another familiar haunt, weekend?” It’s a ques- Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St., 601tion I ask often during 948-0888, started somefootball season, as I try thing new: It now serves brunch from 10 to find time to catch up with friends. This a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, which is good being SEC country, the response is usually, news for fans of the weekend mid-morn“no,” and will remain that way until the sea- ing/early afternoon meal, and for those who son ends. The past few weeks, I’ve been on the road following Ole Miss at its away games in Atlanta and Nashville. Road games are a great chance to get away, and those two cities are fun to visit. Extending the trip beyond game day for a little extra time means getting to enjoy some great dinners and brunches, shopping and sightseeing along with the main event. But after two weekends away, I was eager to stay put for a bit. While exploring another city is always a good time, this fall brought a number This fall, many new culinary ventures will pop of new places to try in Jackson, up in Jackson, including the recent opening of and I was feeling the need to Derek Emerson’s CAET wine bar. play catch-up and try out the ones that had opened while I was away. perhaps need a little grease in their bellies First on my list was CAET (3100 N. after a Friday night on the town. State St., Suite 102, 601-321-9169), JenniChef Ryan Bell recommends the bafer and Derek Emerson’s new wine bar and con and eggs, which includes pork belly, small-plates offering in Fondren. I’m a big grits and two poached eggs, as well as a dish fan of wine and small plates, and to have called The Hash—potatoes, red onion, bell smaller portions of Emerson’s great food, as peppers and pulled pork served with torwell as a great selection of wines by the glass, tillas and topped with “Mal style” onion is something I think has been missing in rings, barbecue sauce and cream gravy. Also, Jackson’s culinary landscape. So, after work the Breakfast Po-Boy blends breakfast and one day, I met a friend there. lunch into one sandwich, with scrambled Upon entering, my first reaction was, eggs, andouille sausage, bacon, ham and “It’s so pretty!” The atmosphere is warm cheese on French bread. and welcoming, elegant without being Rounding out the new kids in town stuffy—a mixture of wood, metal, glass is Saltine Oyster Bar in Duling Hall (622 and cool colors, with beautiful low flower Duling Ave., Suite 201, 601-982-2899). I arrangements. I also loved sitting beneath made it for the open house during August’s a painting the restaurant commissioned by Fondren After 5, but only experienced the local artist William Goodman. The staff décor and atmosphere on that stop. It’s a was quite attentive, and our server brought very cool environment incorporating nods over Dave Grenley, the wine specialist in the to the building’s history as a school, as well Emersons’ restaurants, to answer questions as touches that reflect the seafood the resand make recommendations. taurant now serves. CAET offers wines by the bottle, of The curved oyster bar—with an inset course, but the big draw is that they also of actual oyster shells above—invites you to offer by the taste, half-glass and glass, so settle in and watch the guys shuck. Alas, my you can play around and try things you schedule has not allowed me to do so, yet, might not otherwise. I was happy to see a but I will soon. If you follow Saltine on sofew wines that I love, but also to try some cial media (@saltineoysters on Twitter and new things. I also appreciated the dessert- Instagram), you can find out what the oyswine selection. And for those who are not ters and catch of the day are, as well as the oenophiles, there’s a cocktail and beer menu Randall (infused beer) of the day. as well. Emerson stopped by to chat and let With all these new offerings, non-footus know that the small-plate offerings will ball weekends will have plenty to enjoy here change frequently, so there will always be in town. But whether you’re on the road something different and tasty to try. cheering for the team or watching from a I know I’ll be back often. perch in the city, enjoy the season. Paid advertising section. Call 601-362-6121 x11 to list your restaurant

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AMERICAN/SOUTHERN CUISINE Basil’s (2906 N State St #104, Jackson, 601-982-2100) Paninis pizza, pasta, soups and salads. They’ve got it all on the menu. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast, coffee drinks, fresh breads & pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution for breakfast, blue-plates, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys & wraps. Famous bakery! Rooster’s (2906 N State St, Jackson, 601-982-2001) You haven’t had a burger until you’ve had a Rooster’s burger. Pair it with their seasoned fries and you’re in heaven. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Lunch. Mon-Fri, Sun. PIZZA Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant Parmesan, fried ravioli & ice cream for the kids! Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) More than just great pizza and beer. Open Monday - Friday 11-10 and Saturday 11-11. ITALIAN La Finestra (120 N Congress St #3, Jackson, 601-345-8735) The brainchild of award-winning Chef Tom Ramsey, this downtown Jackson hot-spot offers authentic Italian cuisine in cozy, inviting environment. BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Award-winning wine list, Jackson’s see-and-be-seen casual/upscale dining. Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami. STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING The Islander Seafood and Oyster House (1220 E Northside Drive, Suite 100, 601-366-5441) Oyster bar, seafood, gumbo, po’boys, crawfish and plenty of Gulf Coast delights in a laid-back Buffet-style atmosphere. The Penguin (1100 John R Lynch Street, 769.251.5222) Fine dining at its best. Rocky’s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches. Sal and Phil’s Seafood (6600 Old Canton Rd, Ridgeland (601) 957-1188) Great Seafood, Poboys, Lunch Specials, Boiled Seafood, Full Bar, Happy Hour Specials Shea’s on Lake Harbour (810 Lake Harbour Drive, Ridgeland, MS 39157 (601) 427-5837) Seafood, Steaks and Southern Cuisine! Great Brunch, Full Bar Outdoor and Seating MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma. Vasilios Greek Cusine (828 Hwy 51, Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic greek cuisine since 1994, specializing in gyros, greek salads, baklava cheesecake & fresh daily seafood. BARBEQUE Pig and Pint (3139 N State St, Jackson, 601-326-6070) Serving up competition style barbecue along with one of the of best beer selections in metro. Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork along with burgers and po’boys. COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Capitol Grill (5050 I-55 North, Deville Plaza 601-899-8845) Best Happy Hour and Sports Bar in Town. Kitchen Open Late pub food and live entertainment. Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches & Irish beers on tap. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or daily specials. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, beer selection. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches. Time Out (6270 Old Canton Road, 601-978-1839) Your neighborhood fun spot! Terrific lunch special and amazing Happy Hour! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Pan-seared crabcakes, shrimp and grits, filet mignon, vegetarian sliders. Live music. Opens 4 p.m., Wed-Sat Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing in a choice of nine flavors, Wing Stop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. ASIAN AND INDIAN Crazy Ninja (2560 Lakeland Dr., Flowood 601-420-4058) Rock-n-roll sushi and cook-in-front-of-you hibachi. Lunch specials, bento boxes, fabulous cocktails. Fusion Japanese and Thai Cuisine (1002 Treetop Blvd, Flowood 601-664-7588) Specializing in fresh Japanese and Thai cuisine, an extensive menu features everything from curries to fresh sushi Nagoya Japanese Sushi Bar & Hibachi Grill (6351 I-55 North, Ste. 131, Jackson 601-977-8881) Fresh sushi, delicious noodles & sizzling hibachi from one of jackson’s most well-known japanese restaurants. VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant adjacent to Rainbow Whole Foods.


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and the band’s previous leader, became ill in 2006. Dollis Sr. introduced his son to the stage at age 12 so he would be prepared when it was time to take the reins. “I’m quiet and calm off stage, but I come alive when I hit the stage,” he says. “I write my songs and just take life experiences as inspiration.” Dollis doesn’t stray too far from some Wild Magnolia traditions, though, including such old-favorite songs as “Indian Red.” While other bands have used

the Wild Magnolias name over the years, this group has the distinction of being the original, and he takes that honor seriously. In many ways, Dollis’ group has acted as a gateway to introduce the country to New Orleans culture, including through appearances on the HBO series “Treme.” The Wild Magnolias crew hasn’t become complacent. “I’m writing new stuff,” Dollis says. “I’m just going to get in the studio and record it, and it will be ready to go.”


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ew Orleans flavor is on its way to flamboyant streets of New Orleans during Jackson in more ways than one, Mardi Gras, so the band welcomes any opas Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild portunity to share the love. Magnolias bring Mardi Gras to Dollis has been a part of the group the BankPlus International Gumbo Festival. for nearly 20 years. He enjoys the sense of The band blends beloved “Mardi Gras Indi- brotherhood, and says each member ofans” tradition with modern-day music. fers input on show ideas and additions. He “In the early first took the 1900s, the Indians lead when his led carnival parades father, Bo Doland parties in neighlis Sr., New borhoods for older Orleans icon residents and (people of color) who were not allowed to visit certain parts of New Orleans, due to the discriminatory practices of the time,” says Dollis, also known as “Big Chief.” In similar fashion, he and the Wild Magnolias bring a party everywhere they perform. “Dress comfortably and prepare to sweat,” Dollis says. The Wild “No heels or dressy clothes Magnolias perform at are necessary, and you’re the BankPlus International going to leave tired.” Gumbo Festival, Saturday, Sept. With roots in reggae, 20, at Smith Park (302 Amite hip-hop, rock and a touch St.). For more information, of zydeco, the troupe devisit and livers a high-energy expebodollisjrandthewild rience that encourages the crowd to celebrate. They combine conventional and modern instruments during performances as well, including the bass drum, piano, electric and bass guitars. A New Orleans Bo Dollis Jr. (above) and Spyboy native, Dollis, 32, James (right), members of the worldprefers to perform at renowned Wild Magnolias, mix Mardi festivals rather than Gras history with modern innovation. clubs because it gives the Wild Magnolias a chance to introduce children to the culture. Young people rarely see the


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Dale Watson and the Lone Stars perform 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email; … Big Easy Three perform at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The Jackson-based jazz trio perform New Orleans classics. Free; call 601-352-2322;

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Symphony at Sunset is 7 p.m. at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). The Fondren Renaissance Foundation hosts the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Reserved seating with dinner available for sponsors. Free, tables: $500 friends’ table, $1,500 corporate; call 601-981-9606 (general) or 601-291-2323 (table reservations); … Author Jesmyn Ward’s reading is



FlashBang is from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). The EDM, hip-hop and trap dance party features performers such as Malignate, GLOtron, Light and Sound, and more. Includes a free photo booth and drink specials. For ages 21 and up. $5 in advance (limited), $8 at the door; call 601-826-4431 (text); email; find FLASHBANG on Facebook.

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Big Sam’s Funky Nation takes the stage for International Gumbo Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20.

4 p.m. at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) in room 215. Free; call 601-9741000; … The Gallery Concert, featuring Passages and Places with Melissa Thorson Hause, is 7:30 p.m. at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.) in the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-974-6494;

The BankPlus International Gumbo Festival begins 11 a.m. at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.). The festival features a gumbo cook-off and live music from the North Mississippi All-Stars, The Wild Magnolias BY MICAH SMITH and more. Tickets are $10 for those over the age of 12. $12. … JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM LatinFest is from noon-8 p.m. at Old Trace Park (Post Road, FAX: 601-510-9019 Ridgeland).The event includes DAILY UPDATES AT art, dancing, food and live muJFPEVENTS.COM sic. A portion of proceeds benefits the Mississippi chapter of the American Red Cross. $7 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-853-2011;



“South Pacific” continues with a matinee at 2 p.m. at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton) in the

Jean Pittman Williams Recital Hall. The musical is about love on a South Pacific island during World War II. $20, $10 children and students with ID; call 601-925-3440;


“Delivered” Dinner Theater is 6 p.m. at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 140 Township Ave, Suite 100, Ridgeland). The Detectives presents the interactive comedy. Cocktails at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $39; call 601-937-1752;


WellsFest Art Night and Auction is 5:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Proceeds benefit Partners to End Homelessness. Free admission; call 601-353-0658; email; … Roadkill Ghost Choir performs 7:30 p.m. at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-292-7999; email;


History Is Lunch is noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Author Robert Blade talks about his book, “Tupelo Man,” a biography of George McLean. Free; call 601-576-6998. … DJ Durdy Costello performs for 50-Cent Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Bar (M-Bar) Sports Grill (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive). Free; call 601-389-0999.

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tationed on an island in the South Pacific, U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush wasn’t focusing on the fighting that took place during World War II, or her home in Little Rock, Ark. She had her eyes set on French plantation owner Emile de Becque, a man many years her senior. Sound a little familiar? It should. That’s the central tale of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical, “South Pacific.” Debuting on Broadway in 1949, the play maintained its must-see status for a

it made sense to do that again because one of the leading roles (Emile de Becque) is in his 50s,” Gunn says. That’s where celebrated baritone Patton Rice comes in. A music instructor at the Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven, Rice is a strong choice for de Becque, portraying the middle-aged planter with the appropriate amount of gusto. Rice, who has also performed with the Mississippi Opera, lends his considerable experience to the proceedings, which is needed this time around; the directing team has one less month to prepare than for previous musicals. Despite the ticking clock, Gunn, Roebuck and Duncan have taken on big challenges with “South Pacific,” including doublecasting many of the roles. MC senior Olivia Broome and junior Jamie Ferguson play Nellie Forbush, while junior Nicholas Ford Mississippi College’s “South Pacific” cast performs and sophomore Charlie “There’s Nothing Like a Dame” from “South Pacific” Bell play the role of U.S. with singers (left to right) Sam Lovorn, William Marine Lt. Joe Cable, to Crutcher, Hosea Griffith, Duvy Salvant, Tyler Normand, Charlie Bell, Nicholas Ford, (middle left to a name just a few of the right) Charles Runyan and Cole Angel. leads. Unlike understudies, these actors and actresses number of years, eventually becoming a film alternate each night, which creates a differin 1958 with actors Mitzi Gaynor and Ros- ent experience for every performance. “We sano Brazzi. The musical will take on new encourage each person who is double-cast to life this September, thanks to the music de- bring their own unique skill set to the role,” partment at Mississippi College in Clinton. Gunn says. “The colors of their voices make Despite the prolific writing team be- the music sound different.” hind “South Pacific,” Kristen Gunn, MC’s In more ways than one, “different” is assistant professor of voice and coordinator the operative word for “South Pacific.” In a of musical theater and opera, says it doesn’t time when racism often went ignored, Rodhave the same following as other Rodg- gers and Hammerstein’s singing heroes chalers and Hammerstein productions, such as lenged audiences to accept less conventional “The Sound of Music.” loves. The team aimed a mirror at the rac“Their works are so well loved, but ism that ran rampant in post-war America. ‘South Pacific’ is a musical that a lot of peo- During the play’s second act, Lt. Cable sings ple know the tunes to, but don’t really know about the conscious cultivation of racism the story,” Gunn says. stateside in the song “You’ve Got to Be CareGunn, 33, is the music director for fully Taught,” a number nixed from most “South Pacific,” having directed the sing- performances in the South. ers of five musicals and three operas in her Musicals aren’t just a piece of history for seven years at MC. The play’s stage director Gunn, but something to be cherished today. is Chris Roebuck, educational director at “People who don’t even have musical backNew Stage Theatre, and the choreographer grounds revere it as an art form,” Gunn says. is Marlena Duncan of the Power Academic “I think, with the American musical, we and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson. have ownership of that. That’s our genre.” With a directing team that represents the “South Pacific” shows in the Jean Pitbroader Jackson dramatic community, it’s tman Williams Recital Hall at Mississippi no surprise that this year also adds a few new College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton), Sept. faces to the cast—some newer than others. 18-20 and 25-27 at 7 p.m., with Sunday Gunn says MC musical roles have matinees at 2 p.m., Sept. 21 and 28. Tickbeen open to the community—adults, high- ets are $20 for adults and $10 for children school students and children—since last or students with IDs. For more information, year’s “Les Misérables.” “For ‘South Pacific,’ call 601-925-3440.




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tually, I decided to just sit back and watch the evolution. Every time a new personality came in, they brought something different, and the band expanded a little more.â&#x20AC;? Through trial and error, Nelson eventually arrived at the current line-upâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Vaughn Lamb on bass and vocals, Brad Morgan on guitar and Athens-born Lemuel Hayes on drums. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really grateful when Lemuel and Brad joined the band,â&#x20AC;? Nelson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With them, I knew what White Violet should sound like. These guys are such good players. They do things that make the songs so much better than what I can do alone.â&#x20AC;? That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that Nelson wants to hand over the reins. He wrote all the songs on the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Lost,â&#x20AC;? which is scheduled for release Sept. 23. At the same time, he has come to appreciate the importance of fleshing-out songs with his current crew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We spent three months at home, stopped touring and practiced almost every day to work-out the record together,â&#x20AC;? Nelson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote the songs, then we would learn them togetherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;turn them into White Violet songs. With this album, I feel like I finally have the best band in the world.â&#x20AC;? White Violet makes its Jackson debut Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. The band shares the stage with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires of Sub-Pop Records at Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant and Bar (214 S. State St.; 601-354-9712). The cover charge is $10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to playing with our great buddies. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played with them a bunch a times,â&#x20AC;? Nelson says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be great to meet up with them in Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Visit for more information and to hear new music from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Stay Lost.â&#x20AC;?




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One of the biggest surprises of the early NFL season is the start of the New Orleans Saints. It is never a good way to begin the season to be in a mustwin game in week three.

THURSDAY, SEPT 18 College football (6:30-10 p.m., ESPN): The Auburn Tigers hit the road to face a tough Kansas State team out of the Big-12 in a big non-conference match up. â&#x20AC;Ś NFL (7-11 p.m., NFLN/CBS): The Tampa Bay Buccaneers face the Atlanta Falcons in a battle between NFC South rivals. FRIDAY, SEPT 19 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN or ESPN2): Connecticut faces South Florida as both teams open conference play in the American Athletic Conference. SATURDAY, SEPT 20 College football (6-9 p.m., ESPN): Undefeated Mississippi State faces its toughest test of the season against undefeated LSU in a potential statement game for the Bulldogs. SUNDAY, SEPT 21 NFL (12-3 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints face the Minnesota Vikings in a must win game for the Saints if they want to salvage their playoff hopes. MONDAY, SEPT 22 NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): The New York Jets host the Chicago Bears in a clash between two teams trying to find their footing early in the season. TUESDAY, SEPT 23 MLB (6-10 p.m., ESPN): ESPN features a game that will affect the MLB postseason standing as it selects MLB Postseason Impact Games. WEDNESDAY, SEPT 24 MLB (6 p.m.-12 a.m., ESPN): An MLB doubleheader (teams to be announced) on ESPN as the baseball season begins to reach its exciting conclusion. This is going to be a long week in New Orleans as the Saints must hear about going 0-3 and making the playoffs. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the easiest road to playoffs, if New Orleans loses Sunday. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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y now everyone who has wanted to see it has seen the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancĂŠe in a casino elevator. The video, released by TMZ, brought major heat down on the NFL for the two-game ban Rice got to start this season. The outrage is understandable against the NFL. Watching the video was stomach-turning and just reading the police statement should have pressed the NFL to do more. Senators, the National Organization for Women and others have called for Commissioner Roger Goodellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head for his handling of this case. As the outrage grows, the calls on the NFL to do more grows, but is most of the outrage misplaced? Atlantic City prosecutor Jim McClain allowed Rice to enter a pre-trial intervention program to avoid prosecution. According to McClain, Rice would have never seen the inside of a jail as his only option. For a first-time offender, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s either PTI or probation. While everyone is screaming for the NFL to do more, we should all be screaming even louder to have tougher domestic-violence laws passed. After seeing the tape, I was more shocked that Rice isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t in jail than how many games the NFL suspended him from. As a father of a

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