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t wasn’t some intrinsic skill that turned tattoo artist Azha Sanders into the artistic inker she is today. While she’s a talented artist in her own right, translating art into tattoos is as much discipline as it is ability. “It’s a lot of patience with yourself and how much you’re able to be taught,” Sanders says of tattooing. “It’s definitely nothing to be rushed into, but it’s something you have to do to make it happen.” Though she’s lived in the Fondren area for a number of years, Sanders, 26, is originally from Kosciusko. She attended the Education Center School in Jackson before transferring to Ridgeland High School. Even then, she was fascinated in tattoos as an art form, though admittedly, her interest exceeded her knowledge. “I actually didn’t know much about tattoos until I started working at a shop,” Sanders says. “I just knew it was what I wanted to do. I had that absolute feeling— ‘This is it.’” Luckily, she spent plenty of time educating herself before taking a needle to anyone. In 2009, Sanders began her nine-month apprenticeship at Twiztid Images (557 Highway 49, Richland, 601664-0000) under veteran artist Lorin King. “It was hard, which it’s supposed to be,” she says of her training. “It’s very difficult because you don’t get paid to be an appren-


tice. It’s a lot of work and taking initiative. You have to take charge and prove why you should be there.” Sanders apparently proved herself. Next January marks her sixth year as a licensed tattoo artist for Twiztid Images. Although the route from thinking to inking becomes smoother with experience, taking something from an idea to a workable blueprint is still tricky. “The hardest part of the process is trying to get what’s in someone’s head onto paper or even in words,” she says, and what a customer wants doesn’t necessarily equate to the perfect piece. “Sometimes people have something in their heads that won’t necessarily make a good tattoo. I try to work with them, and as long as they’re willing to compromise, it usually turns out great.” Sanders has an undeniably classic style to her work, but she says she would rather not ascribe to a single approach when creating pieces for customers. “I try to make tattoos that are bold and that will last through the test of time,” she says. “I’m thinking about a person’s future and how it will look 10 or 20 years from now.” Both in the design and application processes, Sanders’ main focuses are quality and longevity. To her, a truly great tattoo is about the long term, and in the tattoo business, it is very long-term. —Micah Smith

Cover photo of Arden Barnett by Trip Burns

12 Raising and Spending

Here’s the skinny on who raised what money and paid whom for Mayor Tony Yarber’s inaugural gala. Hint: The Convention Center did just fine.

36 An Era of Free Love

“There’s been a lot culturally about the ’70s ... But I experienced it as a not particularly happy, smile-face-y, and everyone-in-bell-bottoms-y time. It was a time where all of the social upheavals of the ’60s hit.” —Darcey Steinke, “The Fault With Free Love”

37 Lesson in a Box

There is more than meets the eye in Laika’s newest stop-motion animation film, “The Boxtrolls.”

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4 ............................. EDITOR’S NOTE 6 ................................................ YOU 8 ............................................ TALKS 16 ................................ EDITORIAL 17 .................................... OPINION 19 ............................ COVER STORY 21 ....................................... MUSIC 31 ....................... MUSIC LISTINGS 33 ......................................... FOOD 34 ................... GIRL ABOUT TOWN 36 .............................. DIVERSIONS 37 .......................................... ARTS 39 ....................................... 8 DAYS 40 ...................................... EVENTS 42 .......................................... FILM 46 ..................................... SPORTS 47 .................................... PUZZLES 49 ....................................... ASTRO


OCTOBER 15 - 21, 2014 | VOL. 13 NO. 6



by Micah Smith, Music Editor

It’s OK to Be Critical


ackson Free Press isn’t the first paper that I’ve been the music editor for, though you probably haven’t heard of the first, even if you attended Mississippi College. While The Collegian’s readership consisted mostly of our own staff and faculty members who checked to make sure we didn’t say anything too mean about the school, I’m proud of the pieces I wrote in that basement office, stuffed between the ROTC and much cooler yearbook offices. They had a throw rug and wall art, while we had 10 computer monitors from an indeterminate time period and two office chairs with the backs broken off. During my three years at The Collegian, I developed a system: I would mostly cover and review music that interested me. That way, I wouldn’t get burned out on writing. I didn’t intend for it to be self-serving, but it made more practical sense, in my mind. Why write about artists I don’t like since I’m the only one reading it? I’m exaggerating, of course. We covered plenty of entertainment events in the Clinton area that weren’t for my benefit alone, including local acts such as Captain and Company and collegesponsored seminars from world-class singers. I also did a long-form interview with the band There for Tomorrow, a secular pop-rock group that, for some reason, performed at the Christian private college, playing their hearts out to an overwhelmingly silent audience. The article was one of the best pieces I wrote for The Collegian and one of my first experiences with interviewing an internationally known artist. I also had a few uncomfortable experiences at The Collegian, though, the worst of which happened during my junior year in November 2011, when I learned that my opinions mattered a lot

more in writing than they did in person. We were nearing the end of the month, and as our newspaper was bi-weekly, our staff was already planning ahead to Christmas coverage. Between the annual parade, the Festival of Lights, the Holiday Market and the Lighting of the Quad, the Christmas season was a massive industry in Clinton. Thus, it became one of the few times people remembered The Collegian existed, if only for the list of upcoming events.

“If you meant what you said, why should you apologize?” That week, I was stumped on music ideas. Our paper mostly focused on events within Clinton, so I couldn’t reach out to Jackson’s burgeoning music scene for help. At the same time, I had no intention of writing another obligatory piece about the college’s offerings, since the events were almost identical every year. Unless Santa Claus crash-landed directly onto the Quad, I just didn’t have anything new to say. Dr. Tim Nicholas, the school’s head journalism professor and The Collegian’s staff supervisor, suggested that I look into reviewing a local Christmas album instead, and he had just the one in mind. One senior girl, a vocal major and prominent member of MC’s choir, released a CD of “classic holiday covers,”

as she stated it, and she had given a copy to Nicholas. I always liked the thought of reviewing local music, something I also do for Jackson Free Press because it gives exposure and might result in usable quotes for the artist. “Even if The Collegian’s readership is only marginally larger than our staff, coverage of any kind might help in spreading the word,” I thought. I obtained permission from the young woman and then got to work. Unfortunately, the record wasn’t exactly what it was billed as. Even the back of the CD case, which was well produced and looked rather expensive, stated the album was a revival of the most beloved holiday songs in history from an up-andcoming young star. In actuality, there was little “revival” and a startling lack of youth. Not one of the 12 tracks that appeared sounded familiar to me, which is saying something, since I grew up in Southern Baptist churches. While the girl happily shelled money into creating quality recordings and top-of-the-line packaging, the songs were all unfamiliar hymns, chosen because they were in the public domain and free to use. Now, I’m actually a nice person. I know that doesn’t sound true if you have to say it, but I am. I didn’t want to hurt this girl’s feelings, so I rewrote the piece a number of times over the course of two weeks, trying to find a perfect balance of truth and kindness. While I wasn’t proud of the end result—a stripped-bare, sterilized review that read more like a press release—I felt safe printing it, assuming she would be happy that I spent hours and paper-space to cover it, complimented her operatic voice and wrote only a few minor criticisms. I was wrong, though. A few staff members and I hand-delivered stacks

of new issues around the campus at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and by 3 p.m. the next day, I had received a startling number of “you’re dead to me” glares from music professors, choir members and the singer’s many friends. If I had to choose a mini-moral to the story, it would be, “Don’t write anything even faintly insulting about someone with more supporters than you.” But of course, that’s not possible in journalism of any kind. Nicholas asked to speak to me in private after our class ended on Wednesday because he’d been receiving emails about the review. I already felt sick to my stomach all day, and being reprimanded would only add a bit of emotion to the physical ailment. But at least I could wrap up all of the bad feelings in a single afternoon. Nicholas smiled as he told me how many people had been upset about the review. The singer had contacted him about writing a response letter, which printed in the next issue because journalists are masochists by nature. I apologized to him for creating the ordeal in the first place. “Why?” he asked. “If you meant what you said, then why would you apologize?” The conversation was brief, but it stuck with me. I’ve written many reviews for the Jackson Free Press, first as a freelancer and now as music editor. I’ve had people ask me what makes my opinion better than someone else’s. Why should mine be printed when his or hers is not? The simple answer: Music is an art form, so it’s entirely subjective. But it’s also objective. The goal is to reach wider audiences, to evolve and become better over time. I don’t write reviews to be negative. I write them to encourage the strengths and acknowledge the weaknesses. I promise that I’ll never do one without the other. And I’ll never forget that people have opinions beyond my own.

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Tommy Burton

Shameka Hamilton

Joe Atkins

Genevieve Legacy

Jake Sund

Mike McDonald

Amber Helsel

Melanie Collins

Music Listings Editor Tommy Burton keeps the dream alive, one record at a time. He can usually be seen with a pair of headphones on. He contributed to the cover package. Send gig info to music@

Shameka Hamilton is a mom of four who enjoys music, books and food from other cultures. The Simpson County native dreams of writing a New York Times bestseller. She contributed to the cover package.

Joe Atkins is a veteran journalist, columnist, and professor of journalism at the University of Mississippi. He can be reached at jbatkins@ He wrote about Jimbo Mathus for this issue.

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

Jake Sund is a native of Madison, with a bachelor’s in English education from Mississippi State University. If he’s out and about, chances are he’s watching live music somewhere in the Jackson area. He wrote a music story for this issue.

Mike McDonald attended the University of Montana. He enjoys listening to rap music, writing short stories and reading books about American history. He wrote an arts story.

Assistant Editor Amber Helsel graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in journalism. Lane Kim is her spirit animal. She wrote a film story, in addition to her full plate of editing and assigning duties.

Melanie Collins is the bookkeeper for the Jackson Free Press. In what little spare time she has, she enjoys cooking and playing piano.

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On the Conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility

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e the members of Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference wish to express our concern about recent reports regarding East Mississippi Correctional Facility just outside of Meridian. We have noted that a lawsuit has been filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center against the State because of shortcomings in the operation and management of EMCF by the Utah-based private company that operates the facility. Recently, SPLC filed a motion to have the suit certified as a class action one. MRLC affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal-justice system and recognizes the need for well-run prisons as places to incarcerate those convicted of crimes; however, the duty of those who operate prisons is not only to incarcerate the guilty, but also to prepare those incarcerated for eventual re-entry into society. While we could address many shortcomings of the current criminal-justice system, in light of the recent reports, we will limit our concerns to what seem to us to be critical failures of those operating EMCF: Failure to provide sufficient care to the physical and mental health needs of the incarcerated; failure to maintain adequate medical records; failure to maintain sanitary conditions; excessive use of solitary confinement without proper supervision; inhumane treatment of some of the incarcerated; and failure to properly maintain the facility, leading to dangerous conditions, not only for prisoners, but for guards and the public at large. Some argue in favor of “for-profit� prisons because of their supposed cost-effectiveness, their ability to reduce overcrowding in public prisons and the introduction of freemarket competition to lower incarceration




costs overall. As religious leaders, however, we are concerned about the moralâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to mention, the economicâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;problems that arise when the state contracts with privately-managed prisons. In the criminal-justice system, the state takes upon itself custodial control over the day-to-day lives of the incarcerated. When the State deputizes private corporations (guided primarily by the goal of earning a profit), a system then exists that invites opportunities for abuse. Private companies operating prisons do not have the same incentive as the state to rehabilitate offenders and prepare them for successful re-entry into society. Indeed, a private company depends on a regular flow of offenders into (or back into) its prisons, and thus has little incentive to rehabilitate the incarcerated. Cost-saving measures in private prisons contribute to reduced services such as medical care (clearly evident at EMCF), education, job training and counseling. This, in, turn leads to higher recidivism rates for those released from private prisons compared to public ones, suggesting that the supposed cost-saving benefits of private prisons are minimal, if not non-existent. For these reasons, we the undersigned membership of MRLC, call on government officials to end the contract with the private company operating EMCF and to reclaim its responsibility for management of EMCF. Rt. Rev. Duncan M. Gray, III Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi Interim Convener, Mississippi Religious Leadership Conference Bishop H. Julian Gordy Southeastern Synod, Evangelical Lutheran



Church in America (ELCA) Presiding Bishop Joseph R. Campbell South Central Diocese COCHUSA Rev. Clay F. Lee Bishop, Retired, United Methodist Church Bishop William R. Houck Bishop Emeritus, Catholic Diocese of Jackson Rev. Msgr. Elvin Sunds, V.G. Catholic Diocese of Jackson Rev. Jeremy R. Tobin, O.Praem Priory of St. Moses the Black Associate Pastor Christ the King, St. Mary, St. Therese Catholic Churches Pastor Todd O. Watson Pastor, United Methodist Church Pastor Tom Clark Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church (ELCA) Pastor James Carstensen Retired, ELCA, Member, Ascension Lutheran Church Rev. Dr. Joey Shelton, Senior Pastor Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church Rev. Kyle Dice Seage Rabbi Matt Dreffin Member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis Rabbi Jeremy Simons Director of Rabbinic Services, Goldring/ Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life Reverend Su McLain Julia and T. W. Lewis Emeriti Faculty, Millsaps College Dorothy Triplett, Jackson MS Episcopalian and community volunteer Liz Hudson Fondren Presbyterian Church USA Rims Barber Fondren Presbyterian Church USA Renee Sappington Rabbi Debra Kassoff Hebrew Union Congregation Beth Israel Congregation Marcia Weaver Jeanne Luckett St. Peter Catholic Cathedral Susan Maneck Jackson Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i Community Rev. Carol Burnett Rev. John Brashier Associate Pastor, Wells Memorial United

Methodist Church Rev. Sally Fran Ross United Methodist Church Reverend Bruce Case Pastor, Parkway Hills United Methodist Church, Madison, MS Rev. Robert Blanton Episcopal Church of the Creator, Clinton, MS Rev. Justin M McCreary Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson MRLC, which traces its roots to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, was founded as an interracial, interfaith organization of clergy and lay members to speak out for social justice, human rights and equality. Today, MRLC continues its role as societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conscience, speaking out on issues of injustice and encouraging all societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s members to do the same.

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Wednesday, October 8 Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocks a lowercourt ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

Friday, October 10 Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi of India win the Nobel Peace Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor. â&#x20AC;Ś For the first time, a Vatican meeting discusses gay and lesbian issues and how to provide better spiritual care to Catholic homosexuals. Saturday, October 11 Thousands gather in St. Louis for organized rallies and marches protesting Michael Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death and other fatal police shootings in the area and nationwide. â&#x20AC;Ś Russian President Vladimir Putin orders thousands of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border to return to their usual bases.

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Sunday, October 12 U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess strikes down Alaskaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ban on gay marriageâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first such prohibition approved by voters.


Monday, October 13 A mob of masked men opposed to Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pro-democracy demonstrators lead a coordinated assault on the protest zone in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial district. â&#x20AC;Ś Health workers at Liberiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitals largely defy calls for a strike that could have further hampered the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Tuesday, October 14 The World Health Organization announces that West Africa could see up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months and confirms that the death rate in the current outbreak has risen to 70 percent.

The Elephant in the Trailer Park by Anna Wolfe


he sun beats down unplaced additional trailers there for usually strong on this lot displaced Canton citizens, C.C. of land, where dirt roads said the area â&#x20AC;&#x153;got to be a mess.â&#x20AC;? run through what looks C.C. said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a little like a third-world comspeak to his neighbors much. munity. A rooster sounds at 11 A smile and a wave is the most in the morning, drowning out they communicate due to their the faint sound of Spanish mulanguage barrier. sic. The Westside Trailer Park in Westside is located right Madison County is walking disoutside of Canton city limits, tance to the poultry processing which makes it hard for Canton facility, Peco Foods, where many officials to find a solution. The of the tenants work. park is privately owned by Albert Some of the trailers are decLangford, according to county orated, either with crude sprayland records. painted artwork or Christmas Canton Mayor Arnel Boldlights. Number 54, a white one en, who calls the trailer park an with black spray paint indicating eyesore, said the issue has been its number, is the trailer outside brought to the Madison County of which a man was found nearly Board of Supervisors, who will be decapitated last summer. responsible for enforcing changes. Most Westside Trailer Park â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m optimistic that the Madison tenants shake their heads and County Board of Supervisors will smile when asked if they have any take some positive and aggressive problems with their living situaaction to remedy some of the tion. The ones who answer this concerns of our community,â&#x20AC;? way know English well enough Bolden said. to understand the questionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but Westside Trailer Park, home to a mostly Hispanic But Bolden is unaware of community, is in walking distance to Peco Foods and is in they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t complain. any specific actions other than deplorable condition. The trailer park, which has the county inspector saying he a large Hispanic population, is in the process of making the contains around 100 nearly dithe Jackson Free Press. trailer park a priority. lapidated trailers. The spray-painted numThe resident, an African American man An October 2013 letter to Madison bers that differentiate them evoke Hurri- who asked to be identified as C.C., said the County Board of Supervisors President Karl cane Katrina imagery. The mobile homes park used to be just one line of trailers: a nice Banks, from â&#x20AC;&#x153;concerned citizens of Madiwere, after all, first put there for relief after a community. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been living there since be- son County,â&#x20AC;? outlines complaints about the tornado destroyed homes in the area in the fore the tornado of 1976. After U.S. Depart- trailer park including: â&#x20AC;&#x153;deplorable condi1970s, a long-time resident of the park told ment of Housing and Urban Development tions of the trailers, the trash and filth ANNA WOLFE

Thursday, October 9 Hong Kongâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government cancels talks with student leaders of a pro-democracy protest, with a senior official saying the discussions are unlikely to be constructive. â&#x20AC;Ś An off-duty St. Louis police officer shoots and kills a black 18-year-old who had fired at him, sparking an angry demonstration with protesters likening it to the recent Ferguson shooting.


Songs About Jackson


by Amber Helsel

ississippi played an integral role in the evolution of modern American music, from the origin of blues in the 19th century to the prolific gospel and folk music in the state. Here are a few musicians from Jackson.

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Tommy Aldridge, veteran drummer who played with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and Ted Nugent

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Cassandra Wilson, jazz singer and songwriter

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Milton Babbitt, composer and electronic music pioneer

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Nanette Workman, singer, songwriter and actress currently based in Quebec, Canada

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;G.C. Cameron, The Spinners

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Lehman Engel, composer and conductor

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bobby Rush, blues musician

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Johnny Carver, country artist

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;LeAnn Rimes, country singer

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Dorothy Moore, R&B artist





surrounding the trailers, eyesore to the community, unlivable conditions, and maintenance of the property.â&#x20AC;? The letter asks for the owners of the park to be held responsible for the upkeep of the property. Banks told the JFP that an investigation about the condition of Westside has been turned over to the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning and zoning department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not in good condition, but we want them to give us a good assessment. Any zoning violations, we want them to make sure they get corrected,â&#x20AC;? Banks said. The county would then be able to require the owner to make corrections to the land. Calls to zoning administrator Scott Weeks were not returned. Kenny Wayne Jones, a state senator and Canton native, said the county and the city have not been able to come to an agreement as far as declaring the land a public nuisance or corresponding with the landlord. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No one has ever taken the responsibility to do anything about it and we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything about it from the

cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standpoint because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out of the city,â&#x20AC;? Jones said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just deplorable for them to be living in those type of conditions.â&#x20AC;? It seems everyone wants to pass the buck, which is the concern of Canton citizens and Maureen Simpson, executive director of Canton Redevelopment Authority, who believes the real issue with Westside Trailer Park is a human rights one. Simpson reiterated how hard it is for city employees to help solve county problems, but, since the park is right next to the city-county line, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the city should have some oversight, but the city has just chosen not to do it, either,â&#x20AC;? Simpson said. It is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;sticky situation,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that the city should not displace the people who are currently living at Westside, who may be immigrants with nowhere else to go. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of them, we heard, are living under the trailers. How many are sleeping in a trailer? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big issue. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just the aesthetics; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all of it,â&#x20AC;? Simpson said. The tenants may not be complaining, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the conditions should be ignored. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re living

you might say is better than what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used toâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some of them. But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give us the right to not try to help,â&#x20AC;? Simp-

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people just like us and they deserve to be treated with respect.â&#x20AC;? son said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just sort of like an elephant in the room that no one wants to do anything (about). But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really a sad, sad state.â&#x20AC;? The JFP was unable to reach Albert Langford, Westsideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s owner. His wife told the JFP that her husband is sick and their two sons are responsible for the park and

directed any questions to them. Bob Montgomery, the attorney who represents Langford, told the JFP that Langfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sons lease out the property and are currently responsible for maintaining the land. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They do the best they can under the circumstances, but the property, no question, needs improving, and they intend to improve it,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some plans and stuff like that and everything, but they have not implemented those plans.â&#x20AC;? The circumstances Montgomery refers to are unclear, but the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife said her husband has Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Randy Langford, one of the sons, did not return calls to the JFP. C.C. owns his trailer, so he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to communicate with the landlord regarding issues with his home. He said he wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be surprised, though, if Westside tenants were being taken advantage of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re people just like us, and they deserve to be treated with respect,â&#x20AC;? C.C. said. Comment at See more photos at

Watkins: HUD Report â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Libelous,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Inaccurateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TRIP BURNS


avid Watkins, the Jackson attorney and developer who has been under fire for his handling of the Farish Street revitalization, is defending himself and his company against a scathing federal review of the project. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provided $1.5 million in community-development block grants to purchase buildings on the historic street, blasted Watkins, the City of Jackson and the Jackson Redevelopment Authority in a report it sent to local officials in September. HUD not only demanded that Jackson repay federal grant funds because of the slow pace of development, but the agency also barred Watkins and a former employee from working with any HUDfunded programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I, my partners and Mr. (Jason) Goree are suffering extreme anxiety and damage to reputations from this inaccurate and libelous report,â&#x20AC;? Watkins wrote in a letter to Stanley E. Field with HUDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compliance division in Washington, D.C. Watkins also requested HUD to retract the entire monitoring report, to lift what he calls the illegal suspension of his

Facing suspension from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developmentfunded programs over Farish Street handling, David Watkins told HUD he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go down without a fight

companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Farish Street Group LLC and Watkins Development LLCâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as well as Goree, who now heads the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic-development office. Watkins also asked for sanctions against federal employees who worked on the report and for an U.S. Justice Department investigation to determine if criminal statutes were broken that resulted in the violation of his civil rights.

A call to the office of Frank Mason, the HUD officer who signed off on the HUD monitoring report sent to the city was not returned by press time. A former bond attorney for the Jackson Public Schools district, Watkins became a millionaire and got involved with development, carving out a reputation for piecing together deals that led to

the successful renovation of the King Edward Hotel and the Standard Life Building downtown. In his letter, Watkins remained hopeful that the Farish Street revitalization, which he says was beset by the Great Recession along with many other economicdevelopment projects, can provide a huge economic lift to Jackson and provide as many as 700 jobs to the community. Financial documents marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;confidentialâ&#x20AC;? included in Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 148-page response show that the project would cost approximately $40.4 million, using a combination of loans including $5.5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority, $10.2 million from JRA, $9.9 million in new-market tax credits and $12.6 million in historic tax credits. To date, Watkinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; documentation shows that $11.8 million has gone toward construction with another $28.6 million needed for construction, $4.6 million for FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) and $8 million for debt service and legal fees. In issuing the damning report, WatPRUH:$7.,16VHHSDJH

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kins alleges that local HUD employees and their agents are attempting to “achieve an unethical and improper advantage in pending litigation matters.” Since last year, Watkins has been waging multi-front legal warfare over Farish Street and other projects. Last fall, when the JRA yanked the master lease for the project out from under Watkins, he placed liens on the properties to keep them in legal limbo. Earlier in the year, in February 2013, contractors Ellis Custom Construction and Dale Partners Architects, P.A. also filed liens against Watkins for non-payment for completed work on Farish buildings. Separately, Watkins is sparring with former partners in a venture known as Retro Metro LLC, which renovated parts of Metrocenter on U.S. 80 and is represented by Jones Walker, which was also JRA’s attorney until late August. “Jones Walker, the law firm that represented and advised the JRA through ALL of these proceedings and transactions, failed to even disclose to FSG (Farish Street Group) or Watkins that there were HUD restrictions on the property,” Watkins said in a statement to the Jackson Free Press. “No restrictions or requirements

were EVER put in any contract with FSG and JRA. Their complicity in all of this is clearly demonstrated when you realize that they are the party that is primarily culpable in any kind of wrongdoing with the HUD process and they are not even mentioned in the HUD report, much less suspended.” Mark Herbert, a Jones Walker attorney and chief counsel representing JRA in its lawsuit against Watkins in the dispute over the Farish Street liens, Watkins’ allegations that the firm helped negotiate the HUD report are “completely false.” The parties had been hopeful that a mediation that took place last week would settle the dispute, but the sides did not reach a settlement, Herbert said. For all intents and purposes, no work on Farish Street can take place with the HUD report hanging over the heads of the city and JRA. HUD has put the city on a repayment plan of $503,603 each year for three years, commencing 2016. In the meantime, JRA, which is a separate quasi-governmental body, is considering paying the $1.5 million itself. The city’s timeline of starting repayment in 2016 would prevent JRA from moving forward with development plans on Farish Street as well as with other JRA projects that use HUD money, JRA officials said. Read more about Watkins’ development controversies at Email R.L. Nave at

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he city of Jackson is likely to appeal a recent court decision that would could cost the already cash strapped capital more than $500,000 in fines. A federal jury recently awarded a Jackson developer $600,000 from the City of Jackson following a jury trial. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola presided over the jury trial, which began Sept. 29 and concluded Oct 2. In 2012, Don Hewitt of Advanced Technology Building Solutions filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the city, then-mayor Harvey Johnson, the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and JRA officials for what he characterized as violating “the natural right of a person to do business” by blocking his attempts to develop three real estate projects in Jackson—most notably the Deposit Guarantee Building, now known as the Regions Building. Furthermore, Hewitt, who is black, claimed that Johnson blocked economic development projects to which he personally objected, which represented a violation of Hewitt’s due process rights. Another part of his suit alleged that two white members of JRA “acted in conspiracy with racial animus” to deprive his company of opportunities. Judge Guirola dismissed the claims against JRA and its officials—including former Commissioner Brian Fenelon and current Commissioners Beau Whittington and Bishop Ronnie Crudup and former executive director Jason Brookins— with prejudice. Guirola ordered Hewitt to recover $600,000 plus costs and 1 percent interest. JRA and its officials must pay their own costs, the judge ruled. Comment at Email R.L. Nave at


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Mayor Tony Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural gala raised and spent more than $85,000, including $33,155.17 to the Jackson Convention Center.

Most of these firms are heavy hitters when it comes to political campaign spending. C Spire is owned by privately held Ridgeland-based Telepex Inc., which has given thousands to state and federal candidates in recent years and is the top contributor to U.S. Sen. Thad Cochranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reelection effort. Butler Snow is where

former powerbroker and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour is an attorney. Yarber filled the vacant seat after Mayor Chokwe Lumumba passed away in late February. A former south Jackson councilman, Yarber won the election over a packed field of candidates that included two council colleagues, a state legislator, a former mayor and Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural ball was free to attend. Organizers stressed that no city tax dollars went toward the gala, which Tameka Garrett of Garrett Enterprises chaired, and is separate from Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayoral fundraising committee. Her father, Socrates Garrett, was the finance chairman, and Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership Duane Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill helped organize the gala. Othor Cain was the public-relations chairman of the event. The organizers are stressing that no city or campaign funds were used for the event. City officials drew criticism in April when WJTV reported that the city spent approximately $2,000 on printing copies of Lumumbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obituary for his memorial service, which was held at the Jackson Convention Complex. Receipts for Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural gala


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ayor Tony Yarberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inaugural gala committee spent almost $85,670â&#x20AC;&#x201D;raised from a mostly new crew of donors than those who publicly backed his candidacy. Few of the individuals and companies who contributed to the gala fundraising committee donated to his mayoral campaign earlier this year, records show. Downtown Jackson Partners, which controls the business-improvement district in downtown, was the conduit for the event, both collecting the money and dispersing the payments to vendors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Moment, Our Timeâ&#x20AC;? was the theme of the black-tie inaugural gala on Saturday, June 21, at the Jackson Convention Complex. Top donors included the Jackson Convention and & Visitors Bureau, which donated $10,000, Trustmark and Nissan North America, which gave $7,500 a piece. Prominent area law firms Baker Donelson, Butler Snow and Jones Walker LLP gave $5,000. Dale Partners Architects P.A., Atmos Energy, BlueCrossBlueShield, C Spire, realestate management firm Hertz Investment Group, and engineering consultants Warnock & Associates also contributed $5,000.





show that nearly all of the money raised was spentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;$85,670.47â&#x20AC;&#x201D;on entertainment, printing and decorations. Of that, $33,155.17 went to the Jackson Convention Complex for venue fees. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said the committee was expecting to make at least one more payment; if there are any funds remaining, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill said the committee is looking at the possibility of creating a 501(c)(6) organization, similar to the Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s structure, which could be used for miscellaneous future purposes. Comment at Email at

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taking new inspiration and influence from California. He tasked Principal Designer Celia Barrett of Celia Barrett Design with keeping the restaurant sophisticated while appealing to a contemporary restaurant customer and incorporating qualities of the antebellum-style bed-and-breakfast into a more modern look. The historic bed-and-breakfast, which has hosted people such as Mick Jagger and the former King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sophia of Spain, has also brought back Chef Gary Hawkins of Sophia’s and introduced a completely revamped menu. 1908 will change menu items quarterly to incorporate seasonal foods and farm vegetables. The new menu features starters to share, updated first-course appetizers and main dishes focusing on gulf fish, California farm-raised lamb and chicken, premium cuts of beef and specialties like Chevre Delta Grits. 1908 Provisions is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find full menu details on

BankPlus Boosts Minority Biz Last week, the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance received a $20,000 Partnership Grant Program award from BankPlus and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. Founded in 1997, the MMBA exists to create and enhance opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses in Mississippi. The nonprofit plans to use the grant funds to expand its outreach to minority businesses in rural and non-urban areas, particularly the delta region, the Gulf Coast and central and northern Mississippi. Over its 17 years of operation, the MMBA has provided more than 1,500 individuals, organizations and business owners with training and technical assistance, helped 300 start-ups and existing businesses with one-on-one business counseling and hosted more than 60 networking opportunities. The U.S. Small Business Administration reported a 57 percent increase in minority- and women-owned businesses between 2002 and 2007. The total count was 46,823 businesses for that time period. In all, Mississippi had 231,801 small businesses in 2008, which made up 96 percent of the state’s employers. FHLB Dallas uses the PGP to award partnership grants through its member institutions and to provide funding for the operational needs of communitybased organizations involved in affordable housing and economic development. FHLB Dallas matches a member’s cash contribution to a community-based organization of $500 up to $5,000 at a 3:1 ratio. FHLB Dallas awarded $225,000 in partnership grants in 2014. Holiday Events at Northpark Mall With the holiday season approaching, Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Rd., Suite 138, Ridgeland, 601-572-8068) in Ridgeland has a number of events planned for local shoppers. Oct. 16, Northpark will host its annual girls-night-out event, Indulge, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Women can enjoy an evening of shopping and pampering that features the latest fashions, food and live entertainment. The first 200 guests will also receive a swag bag full of goodies. Parents will get the opportunity to dress up little ones in their Halloween best at Northpark’s Mall-O-Ween event Saturday, Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the mall’s center court. After the festivities, kids can trick-or-treat with retailers throughout the mall in a safe and fun environment. Comment at






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Why it stinks: It would be different if the former Republican governor had said the laws of physics precluded him from being in two states (Mississippi and Texas) at the same time. But, when you get down to it, if anyone in Mississippi could procure a helicopter on short notice, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the most powerful and best-paid lobbyists in Washington, D.C. Of course, the comment about the football games was off-handed and in fun, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also part and parcel of Barbourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annoying coquettishness. This false humility leads him to wag his finger at the right flank of his Republican Party for some of its backward positions on immigration and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights, all the while throwing his hands up as if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerless to change stubborn hearts and minds in his party. The truth is, Barbour has more power than he likes to let on, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time he start putting it to good useâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least for non-aircraft-related purposes.

Listen to the Music and Watch Jackson Grow


s you will read throughout this issue, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great music in the capital city area, and the scene seems to get better with each annual Jackson Free Press Music Issue. Attending a local concert is certainly a great way to pass the time with friends, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also vital for any cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth. Look around the country at the some of the bigger music festivals, some of which draw visitors from around the nation and world, and see how important the events have become to those local economies. For example, South by Southwest pumped $315 million into the economy of Austin, a Texas television station reported. Closer to home, Hangout Music Festival brings about $31 million to Gulf Shores, Ala. It all starts with having strong live-music venues, ones that can attract touring bands with national followings. This, in turn, inspires local musicians to want to perform in these venues in front of their friends and fans, and better yet, open for touring musicians. Before long, the city needs more venues to accommodate circulating tours, local acts and bigger audiences. This also creates more opportunities for young, hungry concert promoters to join existing companies, like Arden Barnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ardenland. Rather than creating competition, variety in music venues draws even more artists and listeners. Differing preferences mean that small, intimate venues such as The Yellow Scarf can sur-

vive alongside stadium-like venues like Thalia Mara Hall. In a healthy music scene, show promoters can collaborate to ensure that the music coming through the city is directed to the most effective venue. For example, a touring acoustic singersongwriter might contact a show promoter for F. Jones Corner. Rather than ignoring the request or booking the musician to play to a disappointed crowd, the promoter could call a venue like Cups in Fondren or Sneaky Beans, and help guide the artist to the right place for his or her music. For a city like Jackson, which has struggled to bounce back from the Great Recession, leveraging the diverse, homegrown musical talent represents real potential for growth. In order for that to happen, however, we need start thinking and talking differently about music in our city. To start, we should encourage Jacksonians to combat the ridiculous notion (does anyone really say this?) that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no good live music here. We profile a number of artists in this issue and every week in the JFPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listings that prove the contrary. Once in a while, think about paying the $5 to $7 cover charge to hear a local band instead of sitting home streaming music online. Doing so would pump revenues into musiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pockets, local businesses and into the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers and make life a whole lot more interesting around here. Need ideas? Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got them right here. Enjoy the 2014 Fall Music Issue.

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nowingly, I married a man who has an ongoing love affair. When I met him, he was already involved with her, and I knew it, but I continued to allow myself to fall for him. I thought at some point I would win him over and, for a little while, I did. Well, on second thought, becoming pregnant won him over. But it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t resist her any longer. Her power over him was much too persistent. He was half a man without her in his life. So I had to make a decision. It was either going to be me or Madam Hip-Hop. Understand that when I met him, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recently been set free from a longterm relationship with a man who spent the entire time trying to get a record deal. He was talented. I watched him work hard. But he got nowhere. I grew to disrespect the entire process that starving artists put themselves through. To say that I had a sour spot for musicians, singers, rappers and artists is really putting it mildly. I had no interest in being involved with another person who wanted to be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;star.â&#x20AC;? But alas, he won me over. So there I was the girlfriend of yet another guy with a dream. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long for me to recognize Madam Hip-Hopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hold on my new man. It took even less time for me to begin to despise her. She consumed his every waking moment. I was once again dealing with endless hours in the studio; videos with groupies (yes, they exist even if you are not a nationally acclaimed artist); and, of course, lack of income. My check was, again, the stable income. People think because someone has a song on the radio, that instantly makes them rich. Well, it does not. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fame and no funds. Yes, I hated hip-hop. I started having the talks about how I am not a fan of this lifestyle. I explained that I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t comfortable with the role of the girlfriend in the life of an artist. I simply wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in being that chick. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d done it before. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suffered for it. I had no plans to go back down that road. Nothing I did, even threatening to leave, could tear him away from the love of his life. The more I made my feelings known, the more he tried to make success with the music happen. All the while, I was growing more and

more resentful of Madam Hip-Hop. I knew it was his passion. I understood passion. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a writer. If someone told me that I could never write again just to be in a relationship with them, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d tell them to pack their crap and get going. So, I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to separate him from his love for hip-hop. I just knew it was too hard of a challenge for me. Eventually, this resentment led to other issues in our relationship, and I left him. It took about three years apart for me to even begin to realize that what I thought were issues with him were really my own. His mistress, hip-hop, was representative of a disrespectful woman. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been cheated on in the past (often), and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t own the value of trust going into the relationship. Since he gave me no reason to think he was cheating with a woman, hip-hop and his love for her became the vessel upon which I could do what I was use to doingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;run away. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in sharing him, not even with the one thing that gave his life meaning. How selfish is that? Now we are back together, married. When I was pregnant, he broke up with hip-hop for a while. That was a happy time for me, not for him. While he thoroughly enjoyed our new life as husband and wife and new parents, I could see in his eyes every day a lifeless shell of a man. He was a man who had compromised his very soul to make me happy, to provide for his family. The difference in who I am now and who I was then is that I recognize good love, and I respect hip-hopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hold on my husbandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart. Even if I do so unwillingly some time, I know she is never going to let him be. Helen Keller said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never exactly understand the connection or how it was born, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like without her. She makes him a better man; a better husband. Hip-hop is a part of the man that I love, and while I still have a love-hate relationship with her, I have grown enough to allow a threesome every now and then. Funmi Franklin is a word lover, poet and advocate for sisterhood. She has a weakness for reality shows and her puppy, Shaka.

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moting army of two, assistant promoter Britiny Breazeale and marketing director Jordan Harris, were hard at work, sifting through a ludicrous number of emails. Apparently, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s par for the course in Ardenland, thoughâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;building relationships and sending messages in bulk.

people that I dealt with 30 years ago.â&#x20AC;? He scooted his rolling chair over to the desk and scrolled through the page of emails he received that day, some of which materialized onto the computer screen with a little digital jingle as we spoke. His desk had some sort of pneumatic system attached, which he activated as he scrolled. It made a soft, lilting noise as it raised and lowered the surface, a strange contrast to the violent swaying of his desktop computer. I was convinced that it would fall at some point, but it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. While thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obviously plenty to be done on his side, Barnett says much of his job is opening doors for bands, rather than seeking them out. Luckily, with the amount of success that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seen thus far, word is already spreading. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s flattering (to have artists contact us). Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where we strived to be from day one,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a promoterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standpoint, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as much calling an agent and saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;We want a date with The Lone Bellow,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; as much as it is the agent trusting you and your business enough to say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got Lone Bellow coming through town. Would you like to pick up a few dates?â&#x20AC;? I recognized the band that Barnett name-dropped instantly from Tommy Burton, Jackson Free Pressâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music listings editor and my perennial informant on upcoming shows and bands. Barnett had recently confirmed a concert with the folksy, soulful Brooklyn trio for Saturday, Nov. 15, about a two-hour drive south of Jackson at one of Hattiesburgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hipper hangouts, The Thirsty Hippo. The location is one of several outof-town venues that Ardenland has started using for shows. In the past few months, Barnett has also stretched his sphere of influence to include large festivals, such as this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Gumbo Festival in Jackson, Moonvine 49 Arts and Music Festival in Clinton, Bay Bridgefest in Bay St. Louis and the absolutely massive Sun & Sand Film and Music Festival, which takes place â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Who You Knowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in Gulfport, Biloxi and Ocean Springs Barnett and I spoke in his office, from Oct. 16 to 26. Successes and failures have shaped Arden Barnett and his entertainment which sits just above Roosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;The festivals more come from word company, Ardenland, into a force for Fondren and the Jackson music scene. Fondren Corner building. The space is unof mouth,â&#x20AC;? Barnett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sun & Sand assuming for the frenetic business that goes Festival came through the Film Commison within. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simple white door at the entrance and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of phone calls and 300 emails a day,â&#x20AC;? Bar- sion, through Nina (Parikh, deputy director of the Missisa black chalk wall without much writing on it. The front nett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are long-term relationships weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re making. sippi Film Office). Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;right place at the right desk, where office manager Angie Ladner normally sits, has Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meant to be. I still talk to people that I did timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; things, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s who you know.â&#x20AC;? a large cloth over it with a vaguely floral pattern. L a d n e r business with when I started, when I was at (the UniverPRUH$5'(1/$1'VHHSDJH 19 was out on maternity leave, but Barnett and his music-pro- sity of Alabama at Birmingham) in 1982. Those agents are

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xperienceâ&#x20AC;? is a relative term, and an arguable one at that. For instance, a professional pumpkin carver might have more experience with a knife than a neurosurgeon. Even if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not letting anyone near my brain if a jack-oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;-lantern is his or her point of reference. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about experience, really. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about expertise, which is much more rare, gained through many years of effort and wisdom, usually with a fair amount of trial and error. Show-promoter Arden Barnett, owner of Jackson-based booking company Ardenland, certainly has expertise. Like many great show-promoters, Barnett is something of a ghost at events. While he is at nearly every concert and showcase that bears his name, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s often in the margins, busying himself with behindthe-scenes tasks that most concertgoers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think twice about. For the bands that he books, though, Barnettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work is greatly appreciated. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done a whole lot for Jackson,â&#x20AC;? said Hayden Boyd, lead vocalist and guitarist of local surf-rock band Dream Cult. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bringing people from all age groups into Fondren and into the music scene. The bands he books, like Black Joe Lewis, are stuff that I listen to, and at the same time, my dad would listen to. He just brings everybody together.â&#x20AC;? Boydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s band has performed at Ardenland events since it first started as The Weekend Kids. He recalls a time when Barnett shifted the lineup of an evening to help Boydâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends who were travelling through Jackson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had people coming in from Austin, and he happened to have a band from Austin that night, so he collided the shows,â&#x20AC;? Boyd said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just easy to work with and super nice. It makes the process of booking shows easier.â&#x20AC;?

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Barnett still maintains a hectic local schedule, however, with around three shows a week on average. Ardenland regularly brings in everything from folk and country to funk and rock to Jackson. His diverse musical preferences have served him well in choosing bands and determining which venue they should play. At this stage of Barnett’s business, he has plenty of musical acts to select from, which gives him more room to be selective. “To me, it’s like putting on a pair of shoes: Either they feel good, or they don’t,” he said. “I don’t think it’s just me. I would say most people, especially in the business, you could get sent a demo tape or a video or whatever, and within 15 to 20 seconds, it’s pretty much over. Maybe that doesn’t sound fair, but it’s usually the case.” Segue to Sinatra and Sabbath With the number of award-winning acts that Ardenland has funneled through the city, it’s easy to forget that the company has only existed for about three years. But Barnett’s skill as a music businessman didn’t spring up overnight. That connection started much further back, long before he ever considered becoming a concert promoter. “I’ve always liked and listened to music—‘weird music,’ according to different people—just growing up, whether it was my dad playing Roger Miller and all that stuff, to high school when I was more into (guitarist Pat) Metheny … and Beethoven,” Barnett said. Throughout high school, Barnett immersed himself in the sub-pop cultures of Idaho, his home state. He idolized the skateboarding rebirth that started in southern California’s

Dogtown, a poorer area near Santa Monica that became known for its punk-rock surfing and skating residents. Barnett and his friends would have parties, skateboard and playing Frisbee, and in their downtime, they would play music. “It would segue from Frank Sinatra to (Black Sabbath’s) ‘Iron Man’ to Beethoven’s Ninth,” he said. While Barnett attended college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he began to form a career around his love for music culture. The company lasted from 1982 to 2005, when Barnett decided to call it quits due to a combination of harmful life choices, an ever-increasing stress level and a handful of devastating business failures. “I took six years off. I reached a breaking point for sever-

I reached a breaking point for several reasons. Drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll is the bottom line. al reasons. Drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll is the bottom line,” he said. “It’s a hard business, especially on the promoter side. It’s a lot of pressure, a lot of ups and downs, and I had a couple of big deals fall through. I was just at the end of my rope.” In reality, only one big deal comes to mind: Hobstock.

Barnett’s Greatest Hits by Micah Smith


he music-promoting crew at Ardenland has delivered some tremendous musical talent to Mississippi in its three years of business. Some of the most recognizable voices in jazz, rock, blues, soul and country have performed in Jackson thanks to Barnett’s unbeatable work ethic. From personal favorites to international icons, here are a few of the best acts that Ardenland has brought us.

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The Pat Metheny Unity Group, Feb. 3, 2014 Barnett grew up on Pat Metheny’s music, so it’s no surprise he hosted the famed jazz guitarist at the Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center earlier. The admiration is certainly deserved, though; Metheny has 20 Grammy Awards and is the only artist in history to win in 10 different categories.


Wilco, May 12, 2012 World-renowned alt-rockers Wilco visited Mississippi’s capital city a couple years back now, but it’s a performance that people still talk about. Barnett considers this the turning point for Ardenland—a show that put Jackson on the map, in many ways.

The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips, June 28, 2012 When the Flaming Lips decided to top Jay-Z’s record for most cities performed in 24 hours in multiple cities, Barnett made sure that on of the band’s eightcity stops happened to be Jackson. The band routed their tour from Memphis to New Orleans in a single day, and sold out a show at Duling Hall along the way.

MarchFourth Marching Band, Oct. 29, 2014 While this show is still a bit in the future, the Ardenland staff couldn’t say enough about the upcoming musical spectacle. Portland’s MarchFourth Marching Band is notable for its bizarre visual elements, which include stilt-walkers, acrobats and drum harnesses made of recyclables.

Back in early 2003, Hobstock seemed like music Mecca in the making. Barnett, Jackson attorney David Brewer and the festival’s founder, Jeffrey Hobgood, organized what could have been the largest festival in the state’s history. Advertising promised a double-digit lineup with performances from Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule and Taj Mahal. But when it rains, it pours. After nearly $2.5 million dollars in spending, the festival’s major investors bailed, leaving Barnett in the possession of lots of contracts, lots of unsalvageable expense and lots of unhappy bands. A Jackson Free Press article from July 10, 2003, pointed to the swirling rumors of financial problems and even questioned whether Hobgood had skipped town for Florida. To be fair, Hobgood said his sudden trip out of town was an attempt to rescue his sinking festival. Regardless, he was gone, and Barnett was here, dealing with the consequences of dreaming big and failing to follow through. “They pretty much left me holding the bag,” Barnett said of the festival’s investors. “It didn’t sit too well, obviously. At that point, there was just a lot of other stuff going on, and I was pretty much like, ‘F*ck it. I’m tired. I need a break.’” ‘The Record Business Is Over’ Barnett closed his company and stopped booking shows for a time. He mowed fairways and eventually went to work for SkyGolf, a sporting company that specializes in positioning systems. Barnett focused on GPS for golf courses in Japan and Europe, working with mapping experts from around the world. “There wasn’t a day I was gone that I didn’t miss what I was doing,” he said, before changing his tune slightly. “Maybe the first two weeks were OK. But there’s a rush (to music promoting). No question about it.” Barnett soon hit another snag, thanks in part to the stalling economy. After four years at SkyGolf, his employer informed him that he and many of his co-workers had been let go from the company. In the immediacy of getting laid off, though, Barnett needed a way to support his family. He and his wife, Heidi, a graphic designer and owner of Flynn Design, both have two children from previous marriages: her children, Lauren, 16, and Hayden, 13, and his sons, Gus, 17, and Arden Barnett III, 20. If he was going to venture back out into the entertainment business again, he wanted to make a few adjustments and put some of those hard-won lessons to use. “As with everything, you live and learn,” Barnett said. “You know not to put yourself in situations like that again. Obviously that, for me, was one of the requirements of myself—to be more cautious. I still manage to (be reckless) sometimes, but I’m a little wiser, and there’s a bit more maturity in the decision process.” He also considered the stress that dealing with illtempered touring bands brought him in earlier years. He needed Ardenland to be different. “The days of dealing with assholes are done,” he said. “If you’re not a delight to work with, you don’t need to call back. There’s plenty of other music, and it’s not worth it. Not at my age.” Barnett soon discovered that placing his name on the company made a difference in people’s perception. There was a face behind every concert, and someone that would be held accountable, though the name apparently confuses some callers. “A lot of people think I’m a realtor,” he said with a laugh. “But I think the personal aspect is important to emphasize. There’s a person behind the experience that wants to make it the best it can be.” Barnett also noticed a change in temperament since his early days as a show promoter, which he attributes

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the city’s best choices for live music. “To us, (Duling Hall) is pretty holy ground right now,” Barnett said. “It’s been one of the staples for our business. ... I mean, it’s in the hippest part of town. It’s just a chemical reaction of Fondren, the building and the magical sound.” Thanks in large part to the efforts of Ardenland and the numerous Jackson show promoters it has inspired, national and international acts no longer see Mississippi as an entertainment dead zone. Instead, it’s a fertile new territory for tour stops, a place where major bands actively perform, rather than just holding their breaths as they pass through. So, where does that leave Barnett and company? “We’re still in business. I think that pretty well sums it up,” he said. “There’s no way we could keep going the way we are unless it’s gotten better, and it continues to get better.” Email Music Editor Micah Smith at

by Micah Smith


ackson singer and songwriter Tawanna Shaunte’s varied sound is a direct result of her diverse background. Like many Mississippi performers, she came from a musical family, and while she’s proud that her music melds styles from around the world, she’s rooted in the American South. Her first musical experience came from her parents, Tommy and Grace Harper, who were heavily involved in their local church’s music program in Florence, Miss. Her father, who was a gifted singer, inspired her to develop her own voice and songwriting skills. Though Tommy Harper died in a car accident when Tawanna Shaunte’ was 12 years old, she still attributes her singing voice, in part, to vocal lessons she took from her father.

where you say, ‘You know what? Let me see how this experience would be solo.’” After two albums—2008’s self-titled release and 2010’s “Rising”—the band reached a lull in 2011. The musicians struggled to work around day jobs and personal schedules, and had little time to devote to new material. “My former band members were educators, and another band member’s mom passed away,” she says. “We were just declining at the time, so it was the perfect place for me to say, ‘I need to step out and really try,’ not to do it on my own, but to experience what I’ve been wanting to for a long time.” Thus began her solo career. To craft a new sound, Tawanna Shaunte’ dug deep into her musical preferences, but even more so, into her purpose. The resulting music bears less resemblance to Eclectik Soul’s catalog than one might think, easing away from some of the funk fundamentals of her earlier songs and taking on elements often associated with world music, including traditional instruments and prominent percussion. While she’s hesitant to place her songs in that genre, she aims to offer something everyone can relate to, without sacrificing her southern heritage. “I think that’s something universal, how people relate to music,” she says. “For me, I couldn’t really put a name on it. But I knew at the point that I began to sing that I definitely wanted to find something that wasn’t just locked in a box.” Jackson singer Tawanna Shaunte’s upcoming solo album, “Freedom Over the course of two years, Tawanna Agent,” combines the her signature songwriting with a blend of genres. Shaunte’ wrote her debut solo album, “Freedom Agent,” which she plans to release in Tawanna Shaunte’ says she started late in the game, form- early 2015. The title refer to her, but also to teachers, chefs, ing the soulful funk band Eclectik Soul in 2007, while she business owners and everyday people who are trying to make was in her late 20s. The original lineup included keyboardist the world a little better. Symeon Robins, bassist Cedric Mitchell and drummer Grego“I don’t know if many people realize the power in that ry Stewart, who performed with well-known acts such as Kim word,” she says of freedom. “(It’s) the liberty to be who you Burell and David Banner. With a solid backing band of veteran are, the liberty to have options, and also being able to say, ‘I players, Tawanna Shaunte’ focused more on cultivating her may not have the same opportunities as this person, but I’m songwriting and performance. going to strive anyway.’” “It was definitely a wonderful experience … in terms of For more information on Tawanna Shaunte’ and the latest me having a voice and wanting to express myself as a song- news on “Freedom Agent,” visit, or find writer,” she says. “But sometimes there just comes a point her music on Facebook.

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to a shift in the music industry at large. “The record business is over,” he said. “You’re not selling records to make a living. You’re touring. These bands understand they have to treat their fans right (along with) the people that risk money and take a chance on bringing them to town.” Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a great venue to return to. A significant factor in Barnett’s recent success is Duling Hall. Owners Mike Peters and Andrew Mattiace lease the former elementary school to Barnett, and it has quickly become one of



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Give Your Life by Shameka Hamilton


od doesn’t call those who are equipped. He equips those that He calls.” That’s the message that Jason Gibson says he and Destiny Project want to spread to their listeners. Formed in 2011, the group’s aim is to reach the younger generation, helping them understand that living a holy, Christian life is not as difficult as it seems, and it doesn’t mean making an immediate change. Gibson, 22, says the idea behind Destiny Project is that it only takes a willingness to allow God’s destiny in our lives to succeed. Gibson, a Callaway High School graduate and senior ethnic studies major at Jackson State University, was 19 when he formed Destiny Project. While attending Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss., on a basketball scholarship, he realized that the Lord had plans for his love of music. “I began to feel God calling my life in a new direction. So I transferred back to Jackson, and started the group in September 2011. I didn’t even have a name for the group originally,” he says. “Aaron Thompson, who is a mentor of mine, did a photo shoot, and when he sent the edited photos, he gave it the title ‘Jason Gibson and Destiny Project.’ I liked it, and thought it fit perfectly, so we kept it.” Gibson says part of the reason his group stands out from others in the gospel genre is that they specifically try to reach college-age people. “We’re definitely a new-school kind of gospel. I’m a musician, so I try to incorporate different styles of music into ours,” he says. “There’s so much chaos in the world today,

and I feel like music is the perfect segue for reaching the younger generation pursuing holiness.” Destiny Project is progressive in its sound and style, using rhythms likely to appeal to the ears of younger listeners, but Gibson has reservations about falling into the secular music category. “I (won’t) say I would never work with a secular artist. … There is a fine line we have to walk, though, because any musician we worked with would have to be in tune with the message we’re trying to send,” Gibson says. “Music opens so many doors. It can be healing and place people in a positive mood, but it can (also) be negative, and change a person’s outlook on life and certain situations.” On July 25, the group released the title-track single from its upcoming EP, “Give Your Life,” on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and about 30 other distribution sites. While the EP comes out in January, they also plan to release a full-length album in the summer of 2015. In the meantime, Gibson and Destiny Project have focused on performing. In September, they opened for Dove Award-winning singer Earnest Pugh at his album release concert in Jackson, and will be featured on the nationally syndicated TV series “Bobby Jones New Artist Showcase” Oct. 25. For other artists who want to minister through music, Gibson says to simply pursue it wholeheartedly and plan for disappointments. “It’s a tough industry, and you have to be sure that you’re prepared for the obstacles. Accepting a call to min-

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Jason Gibson and Destiny Project felt a calling to reach Jackson’s college students with energetic and contemporary gospel music.

ister doesn’t mean you have to start today, and it doesn’t mean that you have to be perfect,” Gibson says. “It’s about being genuine in your pursuit of holiness and accepting Christ as a personal savior.” Jason Gibson and Destiny Project open for gospel artist J. Moss Oct. 24 at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). For more information, call 601-371-1427.

Sleeping Bulls

Light Beam Rider

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Who is that? Hip-hop artist Tira Dixon of Pearl, Miss., delivers brutal, earnest lyrics that are sure 59 tackle themes such as family struggles and dissatisfaction with the American status quo. “Prelude 2,” the latest album from the “femcee,” is free at She has more in common with classic rappers like Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. than her peers, which is a great place to be. What should I listen to? “Lose My Mind” from “Prelude 2”

Who is that? Corinth, Miss.-based post-rockers Light Beam Rider are a little everywhere, which I mean in the best way possible. Songs shift between feverish, intricate guitar riffs and arena-rock anthem moments. Light Beam Rider feels like what happens when metal kids grow up, or at least grow up a little. While the band members work hard, titles like “Zombie Fireflies” and “Dexter’s Meth Lab” tell us that they don’t take everything too seriously. What should I listen to? “#5” from “Mississippi”



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Holley Peel

Who is that? Oxford, Miss., singer-songwriter Holley Peel can hold down a whole stage with nothing more than her piano, which is a difficult feat, to say the least. Her greatest strength is her versatility, though. Peel can dish out heartbreaking ballads and then turn a corner with a bouncy, fun bluesy tune reminiscent of Tom Jones and Ray Charles. What should I listen to? “Home of the Blues”—Single

Who is that? Folksy rock trio Sleeping Bulls is Oxford’s answer to Arcade Fire and The National, albeit with a bit more traditional song structure and more of an epic quality. Vocalist Mark Adamec’s smooth, low voice intertwines with violinist Lyon Chadwick’s sweeping strings, while guitarist David Gilmore peppers in smart, sparing harmonies. What should I listen to? “Quebec City” from “The Least Banquets”

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His Own Brand of Country by Tommy Burton


by Joe Atkins


AYLOR—I’ve seen Bible-wagging Pentecostal Holiness preachers at revival time who couldn’t match rock ‘n’ roller Jimbo Mathus for fire in the belly. “Music is the original peacemaker, the original desegregation tool! That’s what set America on its ear! When you get down to the nitty-gritty about race, music is the pioneer. It worked magic before the government could come in. Good golly, Miss Molly, whole lotta shakin’ going on!” Mathus takes another sip from his can of Busch beer, then pulls back his blond locks. He grins, flashing a gold tooth Dr. Sanchez got him in central Yucatan to replace the original he lost working on a barge in the Mississippi River. The Reverend continues his sermon. “It hadn’t been that long ago that rock ‘n’ roll changed the world. That’s still the thing. All the blues, gospel, honky tonk, everything leads into rock ‘n’ roll. You can still blaze a new trail!” The 47-year-old musician, songwriter and roots-music evangelist says life is good these days. “Dark Night of the Soul,” the latest effort by him and his band, the Tri-State Coalition, on Fat Possum Records, has been called by one reviewer “closer to the bone” than any of his earlier eight albums, a “search for redemption” that also can “rejoice like a Saturday-night-into-Sunday-morning-house-rent party.” The music ranges from Old Testament anger in “Burn the Ships” to the dark seduction of “White Angel” and the


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love rock-ballad that is “Shine like a Diamond.” Despite the CD’s title and some of its themes, “I’m actually very happy right now,” the artist says. “I’m happily married. I love what’s going on in my life, the artistic support I’m getting.” Gaining some distance from past darkness helped him write about it. “You don’t feel so close to it. I’ve seen the ups and downs of life. On purpose. I didn’t want to shield myself from life.” His landmark 2009 CD “Jimmy the Kid” has also just been re-released. This is the one that got my attention. Mathus takes you into lonely hotels, honky tonks for fallen angels, on the run from the law among “the sage and prickly pear” out West, and along a dark highway somewhere in America in search of “a little room to rest.” Echoes of Duane Allman, Keith Richards and Webb Pierce are in the air, but

Jimbo Mathus performed at Clinton’s auguration and on the Letterman show. Now, the Mississippi State grad is living, loving and playing music in Taylor, Miss.

night,” Patterson says. “It’s as though we’re in business together. She is so supportive.” Patterson is quick to identify himself as a songwriter before anything else. “If I were to rank my talents, I would say writer first, then entertaining. I love to perform,” he says. “I’m probably a singer third. I know I’m not George Strait, but I’ve become more comfortable with my singing voice.” What comes through most, though, is that Patterson is proud of his home state. “I love this place. That’s why I’m calling this project ‘Mississippi Dirt.’ It’s not only my home, but we have such a rich, musical heritage,” he says It disappoints him that people don’t take more pride in Mississippi’s musical legacy. “We get so caught up in the national perception of Mississippi that I don’t feel like we promote ourselves as much as we should,” he says. “There are artists in Texas who make a comfortable living playing music and never leave the state. They have a selfsustaining system. I’d like to see more of that here in our own state.” Justin Patterson plans to release his fivesong EP, “Mississippi Dirt,” in November. For more information, visit

the music is still a Jimbo-special, roots-rooted “new trail.” To many, Mathus is still best-known for being cofounder of one of the top alternative bands of the 1990s, the Chapel Hill, N.C.-based Squirrel Nut Zippers, which did hot jazz, gypsy swing, New Orleans marches, and old vaudeville numbers and scored a major hit with the Calypso romp “Hell.” The band performed on “The David Letterman Show” and at President Clinton’s 1996 inauguration. Mathus grew up in a music-loving household in Corinth that included a nanny who also happened to be daughter of blues great Charley Patton. “She didn’t talk about him a lot. Blues was the devil’s music. He was a player in bootleg joints, whorehouses, gambling joints. That was nothing she would ever discuss. It was something not to brag about but to hide. “Along about ’94 it came out she was the child of Charley Patton. At that time, I was of age. She was like family to me. One day I realized, holy-moly, Rosetta is Charley Patton’s daughter! It emboldened me in the blues field to pursue it even harder, to learn the guitar parts, every note.” Even before he learned of the Charley Patton connection in his household, he was playing rock ‘n’ roll. An early effort was a punk band in junior high school named Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves. “We made a helluva racket. I was on a mission. I wanted to upset the applecart. I was not playing by the rules,” he says. Mathus considers himself a student of philosophy—he majored in philosophy at Mississippi State University—and he still probes the mysteries of Eastern and Middle Eastern as well as Western thought. The South itself is his greatest study. “I had more than my plateful to know where I’m from. “It’s important to know where you’ve been to map out where you’re going,” he says. “Not everybody cares about it. The majority of people could care less, but to me it’s impor23 tant to feel a part of a bigger picture.” Amen, preacher.

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randon songwriter Justin Patterson in 1880’ by Radney Foster featuring Pat into depression. Instead, he decided to focus is busy recording his new EP, “Mis- Green. It knocked me to the floor. I knew on his music. The new EP is dedicated to sissippi Dirt,” at Jackson’s Blue Sky what I wanted to do that moment. We went Randy Patterson’s memory. Studios with producer “The first line of ‘MissisCasey Combest. While he’s sippi Dirt’ is, ‘I’m a son of a pulling inspiration from classic son of a farmer’s son, the fifth country artists, he’s determined generation to grow my own. If to create music that is unique to Daddy was a pistol, I’m a son of him and his heritage. a gun.’ I think my dad would “I’m not out to save counhave liked that,” he says. try music,” says Patterson, 33. Patterson gives full credit “I’d like to think I’m making to two people who have my own country.” helped make this project hapPatterson grew up singing pen. “One is my wife, Leah. in church in Sumrall and takShe is so strong and helped ing piano lessons. After gradupushed me in my music. We ating from Columbia Academy, joke and say it’s ‘our career’ he played basketball at William instead of just mine because Country singer-songwriter Justin Patterson’s new EP, “Mississippi Mud,” honors the state’s musical legacy while Carey College, but he quickly she is so involved with everycharting a new course. learned that athletics were thing I do,” he says. burning him out. He told his “The other is Casey roommate, a guitar picker named Ashton out that night and bought that CD.” (Combest). I really can’t say enough good Burge, that he needed an outlet, and the Patterson’s father, Randy Patterson, things about working with him, as he has two began playing together. exposed his son to “outlaw” country mu- brought out the best in me musically. He “I realized that I’d never be the guitar sic, including Waylon Jennings and Merle really is a great collaborator.” player Ashton was, so I decided to focus Haggard, at a young age. “It was honest, Justin and Leah married in 2007, and on writing,” Patterson says. “One night, raw and full of integrity,” he says. they have one daughter, Addi Kate. “It’s nice we were watching (Country Music TeleviAfter losing his father to Parkinson’s that my wife and I are able to share what sion), and this song came on called ‘Texas in 2013, Patterson felt he could easily slip I am doing. It makes conversation easier at

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Facing ‘The Problem’ with 7evenThirty by Jake Sund



ackson native and Dallas, Texas, resident environment and leadership. If their leaderMarques “7evenThirty” Phillips’ early ship isn’t doing so hot, they aren’t doing so musical influences helped shape the echot,” 7evenThirty says. centric lyrical style of his rap. From Prince It’s these experiences that forced his hand to ODB, he marveled at and later imitated these into creatively addressing “The Problem.” icons’ fearless approach to making music and the “My creativity is full of pressure. (It’s) like a individuality that made them legends. beast that beats me into the ground until I subTrying to force 7evenThirty’s music into mit to it, until I do what I need to do,” he says. a neatly packaged genre is like trying to pin The full weight of being obliged to down a cloud. Just when you think you have speak for the marginalized can be mentally a grasp on it, there’s a shift, and it morphs into and physically taxing, but he acknowledges an entirely new form. He describes his own that he isn’t in this fight alone. sound as “hardcore space gangsta music,” at“As an artist it’s my obligation to play tributing the hardcore aspects to the likes of my part in a bigger puzzle,” 7evenThirty says. Wu Tang Clan and the intergalactic weird“I can’t do it all by myself. Each artist has to ness to Outkast. Whatever you want to call it, play his or her part.” 7evenThirty’s latest album, “The Problem,” is In “The Problem,” 7evenThirty highJackson-born rapper 7evenThirty’s experiences led him to confronting social issues through his latest release, “The Problem.” teeming with hard truths and elevated lyrics lights the gambit of issues facing contempothat demand your attention. rary America. From the gentrification and Author Henry James once advised aspirdisenfranchisement of black society to police ing writers to create strictly from experience, a lesson schools due to an array of behavioral struggles. militarization and stand-your-ground laws, he provides his that 7evenThirty seems to have taken to heart. When he He was tasked to provide a creative outlet through listeners with more than ample ammo for critical thought. alludes to schools being a pipeline to the prison system, music, dance and set design. Over the course of the seven- 7evenThirty doesn’t claim to have answers to the problem, he isn’t simply basing his opinion on an article from The week program, “Creative Solutions,” he organized the ele- though. As he admits in the track “Generation Why,” New York Times; he’s seen it first hand. ments into full production. In his eyes, some of these kids “Conscious dudes be the most confused.” When he first moved to Dallas in 2010, he worked were in danger of entering this school-to-jail succession, 7evenThirty’s “The Problem” is available now through on the campus of Southern Methodist University, en- and he was that catcher in the rye, hoping to keep them Mello Music Group and iTunes. For more information, gaging kids who had been kicked out of their traditional from falling off the edge. “These kids are a result of their visit

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‘Twanging-Out’ with Young Valley by Genevieve Legacy



ackson is already home to a vast stable of genre- with a member just shy of 21, the group has been gigging out about Young Valley. It took a “semi-fight” to delegate defying original music, but in the last few months, regularly in Jackson and beyond for about a year. some of the marketing responsibility. Young Valley has emerged as the new band on the “We mostly play in town, but Dylan is a hound,” “Everyone in the band has a promo job,” he says. “Spenblock. The group has carved cer handles our Twitter account. Carout territory in the musical neighborson brings the moral support (since) hood of Fondren, playing a loose méhe’s the one with all the friends. As soon The country-influenced rock of lange of country, indie and alternaas I got a smart phone, Dylan gave me Young Valley has quickly earned the tive rock, with a touch of bluegrass. a job taking pictures for Instagram.” band attention from fans and fellow Jackson musicians. The four-piece, fronted by fraternal With help of Sneaky Beans owntwins Zach and Dylan Lovett, brings er Byron Knight, Young Valley is finnew energy to both the Jackson scene ishing its debut record, “No Filter,” and the meaning of “twang.” due for release in late November. For the Zach and Dylan, Young The group helped Knight to assemValley isn’t a one-man show. Both ble a recording studio for Bellwether twins sing and play guitar, with Zach Church in Jackson last December, on acoustic and Dylan on electric, and he offered to record the album while bassist Carson Braymer and as a token of gratitude. “No Filter,” drummer Spencer Thomas handle which Young Valley finished recordrhythm. Both Lovett brothers and ing this summer, features guest spots Thomas write and sing for the band. from local talent such as pianist Ty“This is the kind of music I’ve ler Kemp, fiddler Matthew Magee, wanted to play,” Zach Lovett says. pedal-steel player Jeff Reynolds and “It’s got a country vibe but gets pretsinger Amber Flores. ty rocking. We have a couple songs Lovett attributes much of their with some bluegrass influence. It’s success to playing and working in just an awesome hodgepodge of muFondren, and to the Jackson musisic we all love.” cians who congregate in the neighThe boys of Young Valley have borhood, including singer-songa storied history together that exwriters Cody Cox of Furrows and ceeds their newest project. Zach Lovett, Braymer and Lovett says. “If we ever make it as a band, it will be be- Joey Plunkett of Paperclip Scientists. Thomas have played together for the last four years as cause of my brother. He puts his nose to the ground and “With Carson and Dylan at Fondren Guitar and me members of bluegrass band Dandy & the Lions, while sniffs out places where we can play. We played The Nick at Sneaky Beans, we’ve finally worked our way into the the twins have been jamming together since their early in Birmingham—it’s like the CBGB’s of Alabama—a real music scene,” Lovett says with an enthusiasm that conteens. This familiarity made the formation of the band dive where all these incredible bands have played.” firms his age. “We’re the young pups. …. Everyone has both natural and casual. Lovett says his twin is constantly on his computer been really supportive. It’s been really humbling.” “Last summer, me and Dylan had some songs we’d and phone, working to line up shows and get the word For more information, find Young Valley on Facebook. been working on together,” Zach Lovett says. “I had some songs, and Spencer had a few. We figured there was enough material to play somewhere. We played a couple shows at Hal and Mal’s. The turnout was great, and the response was really good.” his year’s Best of Jackson results highlighted some of the city’s sure-fire entertainment options, whether With the boost of confidence that comes from seeyou’re scoping blues bands, proving your pipes with karaoke or hunting the perfect dive bar. Reigning ing people enjoy themselves and a few successful perforchamps include Jarekus Singleton, David Banner and three-category winner Jason Turner. For a full mances, the group soon declared itself official. recap of finalists, winners and what you’ve been missing, visit Young Valley is a fitting name for the band: The musicians are all 22 years old, except Braymer, who’s 20. Even


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A Taste of France by Jane Flood


Puree of White Bean Soup Ingredients

2 ounces bacon, diced 1 large onion, diced 1/2 cup carrots, diced 1/2 cup celery, diced (no leaves) 8-10 pressed garlic cloves (to preference) 4 cups soaked white navy beans (for reference, 16 ounces dried equals 5 cups soaked) 1 1/2 quarts chicken stock (depending on bean texture) 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 1/2 cup heavy cream Olive oil Truffle oil Salt and white pepper

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This puree of white bean soup gives you a little taste of France.


y first taste of this soothing, buttery smooth soup drizzled with white truffle oil was in Provence, France. It was love at first taste. I was surprised to find it at a French restaurant in the middle of Sante Fe, N.M., several years later. Obviously, I was delighted when I saw it later on the menu at Brasserie Le Coze in Atlanta, Ga., since that was very close to where I was living at the time. When that restaurant offered a cooking class, I jumped at the chance and knew it was fate when one of the recipes they gave us was this lovely soup. Brasserie Le Coze, sadly, had to close its doors due to the expansion of the Neiman Marcus store next door, but I’ll always have a taste of it to savor—and now, so will you. This seemingly humble soup has a depth of flavor that will have you sighing in content. Mirepoix (pronounced meer-PWAH) is a traditional mixture of onion, carrots and celery used as a base in a variety of savory French dishes. It is similar to the “holy trinity” of onions, celery, and bell pepper used in Cajun and Creole cooking.

DID YOU KNOW? • Truffle oil comes from the truffle, a type of fungus often used in cooking. • The white truffle is found in places such as Italy, France and Slovenia. • The white truffle is the most expensive type; in 2009, vendors sold them for more than $14,000. • You can find different species of truffles in the U.S., generally around the Pacific Northwest.

In a stockpot, cook diced bacon slowly to render out fat. Discard bacon grease. Add mirepoix (diced onions, carrots and celery) along with a few turns of olive oil around the pan. Sauté until tender. Add garlic at end of the sauté to prevent burning. Next, add beans, stock and fresh thyme, being sure to add enough stock to cover about three inches above the beans. Cook over medium heat until beans are very tender. Add heavy cream and puree with bean mixture in a blender, food processor or with a hand mixer until smooth, using cream and stock to adjust consistency as you go. Season a little at a time with kosher salt and white pepper. Sprinkle white truffle oil over each bowl. Makes 6 cups (1 1/2 quarts) finished soup.

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LIFE&STYLE | girl about town by Julie Skipper


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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. 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Before going on a long trip with your new significant other, it’s best to define the relationship and your expectations before hitting the road.


he Delta trip did not go well. We’re no longer seeing each other.” As I read the text from my friend, I wondered what could have happened. Just the week before, I’d met the fellow she’d been seeing, along with his two kids from his prior marriage. That seemed to be a sign that things were progressing nicely. How could their first weekend getaway have gone so awry as to end things altogether? The details couldn’t wait for happy hour, so in a flurry of messages, she quickly answered my questions. During the trip, my friend’s suitor informed her that he was still seeing other people and had no desire to stop doing so. I paused. This did not strike me as information that one would convey to his lady on a weekend getaway, if for no other reason than to avoid the awkward silence of a three-hour drive home. Personally, I would have assumed—as did my friend—that when one has introduced you to his children and invited you on an out-of-town trip for the weekend, he is not engaging other ladies in the same manner. And yet, I was reminded of something another wise friend of mine is fond of saying: You can’t hold someone to expectations that you haven’t told them you have. Apparently, expectations of exclusivity are something about which it is important to be explicit … before you hit the road together. Hindsight being 20/20, there were signals that he might not be quite ready to commit to dating one person. His photos on social media revealed a lot. Over drinks on a patio, my friend and I reasoned that perhaps she should have been more emphatic when she sensed he wasn’t ready to date seriously and tried to tell him he should just be out having fun. The gentleman did protest too much when he claimed that no, he just wanted to date her. The lessons learned? Trust your instincts, and define the relationship before leaving town. I kept that in mind while hearing from another friend about her latest adventure in dating. She’d recently met a gentleman who

lived in a town about 20 minutes away, and they’d been in touch via text and phone ever since, making plans to meet up a couple of times—once with friends of his, once with hers. Before the second meet-up, I asked her if the two of them had been on an actual date or had just hung out. Because it’s sometimes difficult to know what constitutes a proper “date,” she reverted to evaluating clothing as an indicator. “He’s wearing a button-down and jeans tonight, so I think this is one,” she said. And so, we’re back to expectations. Is this what we’re left to? Determining our expectations of a social interaction based on wardrobe choice? It’s a fair method, I suppose—particularly when it can be so hard to tell based on anything else. Heck, I admit to not being certain myself in the past of whether a guy and I were hanging out as friends or if he “liked me liked me” until he finally just grabbed and kissed me. Signals can be hard to decipher, and I suppose when you’ve lived through enough unrealized expectations, you just need clarity. Whether it’s communicating about exclusivity or merely determining if he likes you, directness is highly underrated. We ladies tend to over-analyze, send mixed messages or avoid things that make us uncomfortable. It’s as if being confused is part of the fun. Except it’s really not fun. In the end, it’s just better to put it out there and know what’s what. It saves time, heartache and confusion. Without all the analyzing and deciphering, we’re left with less fodder for conversation over cocktails, but, to me, that sounds to me like a worthy sacrifice to make. And it leaves time to talk about more important things. As for the friend who had a busted weekend trip, I’m sure she’ll get back out there into the dating pool and find another adventure soon, and I’m glad she didn’t compromise her expectations to keep seeing that guy. As for the other friend and her potential suitor, I wish them luck … and great expectations.

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ultural transformation was in full swing in the 1970s. From the advent of new entertainment, such as “Pong” and “The ‘New’ Price Is Right” (the original began in 1956 and was revamped in 1972) to advances in civil rights, including the hiring of the FBI’s first female agents, it seemed like everything in America had improved. That wasn’t quite the way Brooklyn author Darcey Steinke experienced it, though, and her latest work of fiction, “Sister Golden Hair” (Tin House, 2014; $15.95), offers a contrast to some of the nostalgic romanticism. “There’s been a lot culturally about the ’70s,” Steinke says. “But I experienced it as a not particularly happy, smile-facey, and everyone-in-bell-bottoms-y time. It was a time where all of the social upheavals of the ’60s hit.” Steinke spent much of her youth in the suburbs of Roanoke, Va., where she saw the effects of the ’60s social movements. While many were instrumental in shaping more progressive outlooks on race and gender equality, others caused turmoil for her neighbors and friends. “We had feminism, the youth movement and great music, but we also had divorce. Free love led to a lot of broken marriages,” she says. “What I was experiencing

letters. Writing offered an elegance of language that speech couldn’t. From an early age, she wrote poems and stories. In high school, she finished a short novel. “They were all just juvenilia, but I wrote a lot,” Steinke says. “I always remember my little kitty-cat notebooks, or one with a horse and stars on it, like Lisa Frank notebooks. I would be trying to write my masterpiece in those.” Steinke has obviously graduated from juvenilia. She was a Hoynes Fellow at the University of Virginia, a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi. She teaches courses in Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts program. With all the similarities between Steinke’s childhood and her heroine’s— both grew up in Virginia, and their fathers are divorced Lutheran chaplains, to name but a few—it’s hard to tell where reality stops and fiction starts. That’s a testament to Steinke’s ability to build a world with nothing but words and a sliver of truth. “There’s no doubt that Jesse is like me, but it really is kind of made up,” Steinke says. “All the characters are composites of people I’ve known. I did grow up in a place like Bent Tree, called Sugarloaf Highlands.” The women of Sugarloaf Highlands had the greatest impact on the novel: divorced single mothers, many with only high-school educations, attempting to rebuild their lives. In the same way, the women of Bent Tree also become the most stalwart influences on Jesse’s life. “They were sad or pathetic as far as the world was concerned, but I found them to be brave,” Steinke says. “To watch them struggle and try to make something of themselves, they were some of the first feminists I ever saw.” Darcey Steinke signs copies of “Sister Golden Hair” beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 21 at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N, Suite 202, 601.366.7619). Steinke will read excerpts from the book at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Darcey Steinke’s coming-of-age tale, “Sister Golden Hair,” gives an earnest, unsentimental vision of the 1970s, which mirrors the author’s life.

is a lot of families breaking up, a lot of single moms, and a lot of dads were realizing they were gay. … I feel like the fashion was a sort of valiant effort to counteract that and pretend it was still the happy ’60s.” That’s very much where readers will find protagonist Jesse in “Sister Golden Hair.” After her father, a former pastor, decides to leave the church, they move to a housing development called Bent Tree.

With a faith-hopping father, a statusobsessed mother and a best friend whose dream is to be a Playboy bunny, Jesse struggles to find identity. Steinke’s childhood memories are woven into the novel. She describes herself as a fanatic reader, something she’s projected onto Jesse. When she was younger, Steinke had a pronounced stutter that filled her speech with blocks and repeated



Thursday October 16th 9pm $10 Cover From left: Delance Minefee (Martin Luther King Jr.), Chris Roebuck (Walter Jenkins and Will Colmer) and Mitch Tebo (Lyndon Johnson) star in New Stage Theatre’s production of Robert Schenkkan’s politically charged play, “All the Way.”


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t’s not personal; it’s just politics.” That’s the tagline for New Stage Theatre’s newest production, “All the Way.” The original play, written by Robert Schenkkan, won a 2014 Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for Best Play and recently concluded a stint on Broadway. The play centers on the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, during 1964, his first year in office. Amid the turmoil of that time— from the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War—Johnson stood in the middle of it all, determined to turn the U.S. into The Great Society he envisioned. The play begins shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963 and follows Johnson’s journey as he deals with political adversaries, voting-rights issue, turmoil in the South and elsewhere, and his presidential campaign and election in November 1964. Francine Thomas Reynolds, artistic director for New Stage, felt it was important to secure the rights to “All the Way” no matter how difficult the task, because Mississippi played a pivotal role. “Mississippi isn’t always portrayed in a good light, but it’s an area where I think people, young and old, can sit, watch the fantastic talent, numerous characters, and be given the chance to see what happened during that time,” she says. “I hope people (re-examine) the Voting Rights Act, especially considering attempts to weaken it today.” Reynolds says that the murder of three civil-rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, outside

Philadelphia, Miss., helped Washington, D.C., begin to see the level of violence occurring in the Deep South aimed at people, both white and black, who strived for equality and freedom. “Not only is the play entertaining, but I would describe it as a political thriller,” Reynolds says. New Stage has cast 24 actors in the many roles, including Mitch Tebo (Lyndon B. Johnson) Jason Davis (Gov. George Wallace, Walter Reuther and Mike Mansfield), Viola Bacus (Lady Bird Johnson), John Howell (Vice President Hubert Humphrey), David Spencer (FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Robert Byrd) and Joe Frost (Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and William Moore McCulloch). Don’t expect the cast members to impersonate the people they portray, however. “Take Martin Luther King Jr., for instance,” Reynolds says. “I had people audition who impersonated his voice. But that wasn’t a requirement. To play a historical figure, you must have good acting ability, of course, but also maintain the correct energy, interpret the role and understand the motivations of that person. You want to grow in that role.” All the Way” premieres Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center (1100 Carlisle St.) and ends Nov. 2. Shows are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $28, and discounts are available for students ($22 generally and $10 one hour before show time, based on availability), seniors ($22 for ages 60 or older), and groups ($18 each for 15 or more people). For more information, call 601-948-3531 or visit

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Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness is at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium.

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After winning this year’s International Blues Challenege, Mr. Sipp, “the Mississippi Blues Child,” performs at Jackson’s F. Jones Corner Saturday, Oct. 18.

… “Haunted” Dinner Theater is from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (Township at Colony Park, 140 Township Ave., Suite 100, Ridgeland). The Detectives present the four-act interactive comedy. Includes a three-course meal. Reservations required. For ages 18 and up. $39; call 601-937-1752;



The Robert Henri exhibition’s “Celebration with Spanish Music and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra” is at 7:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) in the Art Garden. Cash bar at 6 p.m. $15, $5 ages 12 and under; call 601-960-1515; … October Opening Reception Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Free; call 601-291-9115;

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Jacktoberfest is from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. in Downtown Jackson on Congress Street between Amite and Capitol streets. Free; email; jacktoberfest. com. … The Midtown Soul and Arts Collective Soulfest is at 7 p.m. at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). $25 advance tickets, $40 day of show, $80 VIP, $50 vendors; call 863-6378; email; … Open Mic: Dirty Love Edition is at 9:30 p.m. at the Mediterranean Fish and Grill (The Med) (6550 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). $10 admission, $5 to perform; call 601-956-0082.


The Art, Poetry and Justice Slam is from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, TougaBY MICAH SMITH loo) at the Bennie G. Thompson Center in the auditorium. JACKSONFREEPRESS.COM Prizes given. Participants must register. Free; call 601-977FAX: 601-510-9019 7700; DAILY UPDATES AT justice. … Figment Jackson is JFPEVENTS.COM from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Midtown Arts District. Free; … Mr. Sipp plays at midnight at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). The 2014 International Blues Challenge winner performs. Call 601-983-1148;


SUNDAY 10/19

Sean-Nós Dancing, Irish Guitar and Bouzouki Workshop is from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification Street). RSVP. Pay at the door. $15, $10 Jackson Irish Dancers members; call 948-0055; email ... Andy Hardwick performs at 11 a.m. at Wellington’s at the Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Free; call 601-957-2800,

MONDAY 10/20

Comedy Night Club is at 8 p.m. at One Block East (642 Tombigbee St.). Fiyaman hosts this night of standup comedy. $5; call 601-944-0203;

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The Big Easy Three perform at 6:30 p.m. at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The Jackson-based band performs New Orleans jazz. Free; call 601-352-2322; … T.J. Burnham performs at Shucker’s Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-853-0105;



Chris Robinson Brotherhood performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). Chris Robinson, former lead singer for the Black Crowes, leads the rock band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 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; … Darcey Steinke signs “Sister Golden Hair” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Free; $15.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

History is Lunch is at noon at the William F. Winters Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Jackson songwriter Tim Whitsett talks about his international career. Free; call 601-576-6998; … DJ Durdy Costello performs at 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Bar Sports Grill (M-Bar) (6340 Ridgewood Court Drive). Free; call 39 601-389-0999; find it on Twitter at MbarJXN.

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*&0 30/.3/2%$%6%.43 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@; JFP Chick Ball Masked Jam Nov. 1, 7 p.m.midnight, at Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (200 S. Commerce St.). Attend the first masquerade and costume event to raise awareness about interpersonal violence and domestic abuse. Proceeds benefit the Engaging Men program of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Enjoy live music, Southern Fried Karaoke and a Rooster Sports Brew Pub. $5;

(/,)$!9 Angel Tree Program Registration Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 16, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center (570 E. Beasley Road). Parents and guardians of children ages 12 and under, and seniors ages 60 and older who are residents of Madison, Hinds, Rankin, Scott and Copiah counties may register. Free; call 601-982-4881;

#/--5.)49 Events at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) â&#x20AC;˘History Is Lunch Oct. 15, noon. Archaeologist John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hear talks about the Mississippi Mound Trail for Archaeology Month. Free; call 601-576-6920. â&#x20AC;˘History Is Lunch Oct. 22, noon. Jacksonian Tim Whitsettâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;musician, music publisher, songwriter, producer and authorâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;talks about his international career in music. Free; call 601-576-6998; 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: $30 after; call 601-720-4606; email keith_bates@comcast. net; Mississippi Archaeology Expo Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Celebrate Mississippi Archaeology Month with demonstrations of archaeological techniques and other educational activities. Free; call 601-576-6920; 100 Black Men of Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Scholarship and Mentoring Celebration Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). The guest speaker is Dr. William Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs. RSVP. $50, $400 table of eight; call 601-3668301; 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;

Moonlight Attitude Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). The fundraiser for Friends of the USA International Ballet Competition includes refreshments and music from the Capital City Stage Band. Ballroom dance lessons before the event at 6 p.m. $75; call 601-355-9853;

+)$3 Jackson Freedom League Youth Footballâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Freedom Bowl Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., at Newell Field (800 Riverside Drive). The South Jackson Eagles compete in three games against teams from other leagues. Includes presentations, special guests and fireworks. $1-$3; Look and Learn with Hoot Oct. 17, 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; Nano Day with Jackson State University Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). C $10, children under 1 and members free; call 601-9815469; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Not So Wicked Witch Partyâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 18, 11 a.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). In the courtyard. New Stage Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Acting Troupe presents the play that is based on Amy Purser Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book. Free; call 601-9483533, ext. 232; email croebuck@newstagetheatre. com;

&//$$2).+ American Whiskey Tasting Oct. 18, at BRAVO! Italian Restaurant & Bar (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). RSVP. $35 per person; call 601-982-8111; email chrisr@; Schlafly Beer Dinner Oct. 21, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Enjoy a five-course meal with Schlafly beer pairings for each course. RSVP. $55 plus tax and tip; call 601-707-0587;

30/2437%,,.%33 T.K. Martin Fun Run Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m., at Mississippi State University (Highway 12, Starkville). At the T.K. Martin Center. Proceeds benefit Project IMPACT, an early intervention preschool program for children ages 0-5 with special needs. Registration required. $18, $30 families of two or more; call 662-325-1028. Divorce Recovery Group Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 9, at mindCARES (751 Avignon Drive, Suite C, Ridgeland). Participants share their experiences on grief and separation, and support each other. Call for details on cost (insurance and self pay accepted); call 601-707-7355.

34!'%3#2%%. Events at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl) â&#x20AC;˘ "MacBeth" Encore Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m. Part of the Metropolitan Operaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live in HD series. $20, $18 seniors, $14 children; call 601-936-5856; â&#x20AC;˘ "Le Nozze di Figaro" Oct. 18, 11:55 a.m. The Metropolitan Opera presents the simulcast of Mozartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opera with a late-1920s setting. $22, $20 seniors, $15 children; call 601-936-5856;

“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.). Performers include Robin Givens, Christopher Williams and Tony Grant (“Love Thy Neighbor”). $30.5-$33.5; call 800745-3000; Community Dance Concert Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). In the concert hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for Belhaven students and employees; call 601-965-1414; “All the Way” Oct. 21-25, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.-Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2, 2 p.m., at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 222; Screen on the Green Oct. 22, 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 “Art and Craft,” a documentary about art forger and Laurel native Mark Landis. Free; call 601-960-1515;

#/.#%243&%34)6!, Delta Hot Tamale Festival Oct. 16-18, at downtown Greenville. Festival includes a parade, cooking contest and tamale-eating contest. $150 gala, $50 panel discussion, $40 street party, free festival; call 662-378-3121; Paint the ‘Burg Purple and Gold Music Festival Oct. 17, 3 p.m., at downtown Vicksburg. On the 1000 block of Washington Street. $15-$40; call 601-214-6922; email; Grenada Afterglow Film Festival Oct. 18, 1 p.m., at First and Green streets, Grenada. Film: $7, $3 ages 12 and under; $10 film and afterparty; $5 after-party only; free concerts and art show; call 662-229-8110; email diamondback_; MC Singers Homecoming Concert Oct. 18, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., at Mississippi College (200 S. Capitol St., Clinton). The ensemble performs in Provine Chapel. Free; call 601-925-3440; Mississippi Community Symphonic Band Oct. 18, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The band plays music from the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, “ The Phantom of the Opera” and more. Free; call 769-218-0828;

,)4%2!293)'.).'3 Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • "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. $15.95 book; call 601-366-7619; email info@; • "Ed King's Mississippi: Behind the Scenes of Freedom Summer" Oct. 22, 5 p.m. $40 book; call 601-366-7619; email;

#2%!4)6%#,!33%3 Visiting Artist: Kelly Harp Haber Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The ballet and modern dance performer teaches basic techniques, classic steps and traditional dances. Included with admission ($10, children under 12 months and members free); call 601-9815469;

%8()")4/0%.).'3 Figment Jackson Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., at Midtown Arts District. This imaginative, collaborative event offers a non-commercial experience for artists and event-goers, featuring eccentric and creative exhibitions. Free; 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. The exhibit is an exploration of the tension between nature and the consequence of Manifest Destiny’s impulse to dominate the land. Show hangs through Nov. 28. Free; call 601-974-6478;

"%4(%#(!.'% Putting for Paws Scramble Golf Tournament Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m., at Whisper Lake Country Club (414 Annandale Parkway, Madison). Check-in is at 11:30 a.m., lunch is at noon and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. Prizes given. Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Fund of Mississippi (ARF). Registration required. $100 per player, $100 hole sponsor; call 601-540-4388 or 601-750-2740; email or; Pink the Runway Fashion Show Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The annual event brings together local designers and boutiques to raise funds to donate for cancer research. Pink Carpet Event at 5:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Proceeds go to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society and Rebirth Alliance. 18+. In advance: $20, $15 with bra donation; $25 at the door; call 601-613-3735; Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Show Oct. 17, 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Proceeds go toward breast cancer research efforts. For ages 21 and up. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 960-1550; Partners to End Homelessness ’70s Disco Ball Oct. 18, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). This party and fundraiser includes food, a cash bar, a silent auction and a costume contest with celebrity judges. Tickets also sold at the door. $25 in advance, $35 at the door, $20 students, $5 clients of area shelters; call 2927121; email; 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 for Children includes food, a silent auction, a raffle, a guest appearance from 2014 Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray and music from the Patrick Smith Band. For ages 21 and up. $50; call 968-0137; email thesouthwarehouse@; Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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Midtown Soul and Arts Collective Soulfest, Vol I Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (111 Millsaps Ave.). Includes poets OUTSPOKEN and Daniel “Masterpiece” Jones, food and music from Sika, Chante’ Chante’ and more. $25 limited advance tickets, $35 regular tickets, $40 day of show, $80 VIP, $50 vendors; call 863-6378; email;



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have to admit itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more partial to childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films than anything else. While I do love watching movies that connect with me as an adult woman, I also like the fun, imagination and humor laced throughout childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies. And the best thing about them is that a lot of time, they have elements that adults can understand, such as the political undertones in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horton Hears a Whoâ&#x20AC;? and the perils of gluttony in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Boxtrollsâ&#x20AC;? is one of those movies for kids that actually deals with real issues. The movieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s setting is a town named Cheesebridge, run by Lord Portley-Rind, a man so obsessed with cheese that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather build a giant wheel of Brie than a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospital. The boxtrolls live under the city and come out at night to dig through the trash for items needed in their many inventions. One night, 10 years ago, a boxtroll named Fishâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;each creature is named by the box he wearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;took a baby boy from the city and brought it down to its underground habitat. Pest exterminator Archibald Snatcher ran to Portley-Rindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house to warn him that an evil boxtroll stole a child from the city, and convinced Portley-Rind that, in exchange for his prestigious white hatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a sign of class in Cheesebridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Snatcher would exterminate every last boxtroll. From that day forward, he began using fear propaganda, imposing a curfew and rolling through the streets proclaiming that the boxtrolls eat babies and do other horrific things. The stolen child, named Eggs by the boxtrolls, grew up in their underground hideout, learning to live like one of them. Fish became somewhat of a fa-

ther figure to him. As the years passed, Snatcher captured the boxtrolls one by one, until only a few are left. By the time Eggs is about 10 years old, the entire town believes that the boxtrolls are evil, sadistic monsters. When Snatcher captures Fish and a couple of other boxtrolls, Eggs sets out on an adventure with Portley-Rindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter, Winnie, to rescue them and prove to the town that they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the monsters theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thought to be. While many of the elements are a little grotesque and extreme for children, such as a Snatcherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s allergic reaction to cheese, the visuals are incredible. Laika, creators of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coralineâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;ParaNorman,â&#x20AC;? told the story through Tim Burton-esque stop-motion animation. The film operates in the darkest part of a childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imagination, filled with creatures from our worst nightmares when we were kids. As with most childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s films, even ones like this, viewers uncover the messages beneath the layers of grotesqueness. The most important, to me, was to not judge a book by its cover. Every person in town was quick to believe the boxtrolls were evil simply because they looked a little different. It probably doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help that they only ever came out at night. The darkness has a tendency to exaggerate the scarier features of something. The film also communicates the message that no matter how quiet or small the voice of truth may be, it can rise above the noise. Even those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movies will find something to like in this creative, well-crafted morality tale. Not only is it both cute, dark and, at times, ridiculous, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also eye-opening, both visually and thematically.

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hat is my spouse thinkor transaction than an act of love. In ing? Those are the first fact, the closest thing to love that “Gone and last words that Ben Girl” exhibits is Nick’s connection with Affleck utters in his lathis twin sister, Margo, in a brilliant turn est film, “Gone Girl,” and it’s the only by actress Carrie Coon. Despite havnarration from Affleck’s character, Nick ing doubts of Nick’s innocence, Margo Dunne, in the movie. While I may be is his stalwart companion through the paraphrasing a bit, that one question is horrors of TV-induced fame. what makes “Gone Girl” such a necesThe movie also has plenty to sary film for our generation. say about marriage in modern society. With David Fincher, the man beWithout giving too much away, both hind some of cinema’s most thoughtNick and Amy face financial struggles, provoking thrillers such as “Seven,” which strain their relationship in a reDirector David Fincher’s expertly written and acted thriller, “Gone Girl,” starring Ben “Fight Club” and “Zodiac,” in the driv- Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is a timely tale of marriage, suspicion and modern media markably real way. Then, there’s also er’s seat, I should have expected more that covers an impressive amount of thematic ground. the looming argument of whether they from this slow-burning tale of suspicion. should have children or not. Both are At the same time, I’m glad I saw the film played out through fly-on-the-wall ahead of its hype, as my mild expectations allowed for one of that’s only a small ripple in the water. The wave is coming. flashbacks that manage to feel just as tense and gripping as my first blank-slate movie experiences in a long time. My wife and I saw the movie for our anniversary, which the fruitless search for “Amazing Amy.” For those who haven’t seen the trailers, “Gone Girl” is felt eerily fitting. Rather than immediately heralding divorce, As with any piece of art, Fincher’s “Gone Girl” won’t the story of Nick Dunne, a charismatic former writer, and his as Fincher morbidly joked in interviews, it opened deep dis- strike a chord with every viewer. The film bears little resemwife, Amy, played to absolute perfection by Rosamund Pike. cussions on a variety of topics, including honesty, fidelity and blance to out-and-out action thrillers such as “Taken” or One morning, Nick returns home from the bar he owns and our knowledge of each other. If a film can create opportuni- “Jack Reacher,” instead relishing in the rich tension of a silent finds signs of a struggle and no sign of Amy. As we learn more ties for earnest conversation, it’s something special. room that follows a shouting match. Some may even find it and more about what made their five-year marriage tick—or Below the surface is a seedy story of sex and manipu- overly long. Whether it’s the right entertainment for you or stop ticking, as the case may be—explosive media coverage lation, which is not to say the two are completely separate. not, I can’t say. But days later, I’m still considering its many and stacking evidence make it clear that Nick knows more Sex ranges from vibrant and emotive to abrupt and some- underlying themes, and for that, “Gone Girl” is one of the than he’s saying. Of course, as with all masterful thrillers, what disturbing, but oddly, both often feel more like a tool most significant films I’ve seen in years.

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I never thought I would wake up in the morning and a football team from Mississippi would be ranked No. 1 in the polls. This has been a special season so far for our SEC teams.

THURSDAY, OCT 16 College football (9 p.m.-1 a.m., Fox Sports 2): The wild Pac-12 looks to get crazier when the Utah Utes visit the Oregon State Beavers. FRIDAY, OCT 17 College football (7-10 p.m., ESPN): Two mid-majors that have slipped a bit clash as Fresno State hits the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smurf Turfâ&#x20AC;? to take on Boise State. SATURDAY, OCT 18 College football (6-9:30 p.m., ESPN): Mississippi looks to stay undefeated as they face a Tennessee Volunteers team that has improved this season. SUNDAY, OCT 19 NFL (12-3:30 p.m., Fox): The New Orleans Saints come off their bye week looking to get back to .500 as they travel to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Motor Cityâ&#x20AC;? to face the Detroit Lions.

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TUESDAY, OCT 21 MLB (7-11 p.m., Fox): Game one of the 2014 World Series will feature the National League Champion against the American League Champion. WEDNESDAY, OCT 22 MLB (7-11 p.m., Fox): Game two of the 2014 World Series again features the champion of the National League against the champion of the American League. As players keep running into trouble off the field, Dak Prescottâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead in the Heisman race has strengthened. He can really build his lead with inspired play over weaker teams during the next three games. Follow Bryan Flynn at, @jfpsports and at

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ississippi State University is the top team in the country, and there really is no argument as to why the Bulldogs should be No. 1. MSU has played one of the toughest schedules and won each contest. The Bulldogs have faced teams with a combined record of 26-15 so far this season. For the rest of the top five, Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; opponents have a combined record of 22-16, Florida State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents have a record of 18-18, Baylor Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents have a record of 14-21, and the University of Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opponents have a record of 17-21. Baylor has played the worst schedule, so the playoff committee should really take the Bearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedule to task. Florida State has seemed uninspired and hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t played many good teams. Notre Dame is nearly in the same boat as Baylor. Each team that is currently in the top five has the potential to steal the No. 1 from the Bulldogs, but Ole Miss has the best case. Starting this week, things get a little easier for the Bulldogs, and the Rebelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; schedule sees a little relief as well. All in all, this is shaping up to be a season to remember for both Mississippi schools. In the NFL, the New Orleans Saints had their bye week and sit at 2-3 this season. New Orleans has yet to win


two games in a row. The Saintsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; problems are fixable, but the biggest problem for them has been pass coverage. That is a harder fix if you consider the injury to Jairus Byrd, who is now gone for the season. It could be that the Saints are having trouble adjusting to tougher calls on the pass defense from the officials. We will see if New Orleans spent the bye week working on that weak spot. Another defensive problem is lack of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. New Orleans has just six sacks so far, which ties it for No. 27 in the league. The Saints also have just one interception, which ties them for last in the league with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. Their inability to force turnovers compounds with the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own turnover troubles. The Saints are minus seven in turnovers with six interceptions and three fumbles and have only one fumble recovery and one interception that went their way. If the team canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t force turnovers, they must be better at protecting the ball. That leads me to my next pointâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Saints are putting too much pressure on Drew Brees. New Orleans needs to run the ball more as shown in their overtime win against Tampa Bay. Running the ball opens the play action up for big plays down field. More rushing yards could relieve some of New Orleansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offensive woes.

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