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t 12 years old, Alyssa Bryant got sick, and it was two more years before doctors diagnosed her with Crohn’s Disease. After years in and out of hospitals, she decided to take her health into her own hands at age 19. “None of the medication seemed to work,” she says. “They got stronger and stronger, and had their own high risks.” Bryant began researching nutrition and went on to completely revamp the way she ate, moving away from artificial food to mainly fruits, vegetables, nuts and meat. “Dieting has been my only treatment for six years,” Bryant says. In 2012, she opened a fitness and nutrition business in Starkville called Vivacious Transformations Health Coaching. “I pretty much brought the gym to people,” she says. “I worked with women, mainly, and it was people who didn’t feel comfortable going to the gym, so they could also work out with their kids at home. It was convenient for them.” Bryant, 26, says her whole plan in life is to help people take control of their health and maintain it. When it comes to food, she emphasizes that people don’t have to give up all their favorites to be healthy. “I like to teach people how to make their favorite foods, just healthier,” she says. “... I teach people to make things like false

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Chick-fil-A, cakes and cookies, but they’re full of proteins and fiber to balance your blood sugar and satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your health.” After graduating from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2013, Bryant decided it was time to go back to school to study physical therapy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2015. While she closed her business to focus on school, she still does some cooking for people around the metro area and donates the profits to Save Our Strays, an animal shelter in her hometown of Mendenhall. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer at the shelter, as well as local organizations, such as the Jackson Free Clinic and hospice-care group Compassus. Bryant, who married her husband, Jon, a year ago, says that if she could change one thing in Mississippi, it would be the perception of healthy eating in the state. “I’ll say, ‘Here’s a healthy recipe for something you want to eat,’ and they would just laugh,” she says. People immediately think that healthy food is gross.” This does not deter her, though. “I want to help people be healthy,” Bryant says with a smile, “because it means so much to me.” —Tyler Edwards

cover photo of Elizabeth Augustine by Imani Khayyam

6 ............................ Talks 12 ................... editorial 13 ...................... opinion 16 ............ Cover Story 18 ........... Wine Tasting 22 .................. Wellness 24 ......................... 8 Days 25 ........................ Events

6 Teens Take on the Candidates

Seven mayoral candidates answered Jackson students’ questions on topics ranging from sidewalks to crime.

22 Stop Summer Learning Loss

It’s important to enroll students in summer programs so they don’t fall behind academically.

25 ....................... sports 26 .......................... music 26 ........ music listings 27 ............................ Arts 28 ...................... Puzzles 29 ......................... astro 29 ............... Classifieds

27 Revealing ‘Rigoletto’

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by Amber Helsel, Managing Editor

Beer: If It Looks Good, Drink It

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’ve always loved this particular phrase from “Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern: “If it looks good, eat it.” Of course, he’d often say that about food that, at least to me, did not look good in any shape, form or fashion, but he ate it anyway. It was a tool that he often used to connect with people of different cultures. I personally couldn’t eat half the stuff he has tried, although I might consider it really hard. But nonetheless, I try to somewhat live by that phrase. That’s also part of the logic that I’ve applied to beer. The beverage looks good, right? Beers have these beautiful golden amber (ahem) colors and other shades of brown and gold. They can be clear or cloudy, in pretty dark glass bottles or nice pint glasses. I’ve also seen beer being made, and because that part is so interesting, I’ve tried to like it. There’s something about seeing how something is done that makes you appreciate it more. But I have a problem. I have a hard time with one thing in particular when it comes to food: bitterness. I hate grapefruit. Absolutely can’t stand it. For the most part, I hate drinking my coffee black because it has such a strong bitter flavor, and the same goes for some teas. And I refuse to eat kale or spinach or arugula or any of the super greens because they tend to be bitter. So it makes sense that my beer (or rather, not exactly beer) of choice tends to be different types of hard cider, or even alcoholic sodas (if you’ve never tried alcoholic cherry cola, make a point to do so; you won’t be sorry) because they’re sweet and have a flavor other than bitterness. But even if I’m more likely to grab a hard cider than an IPA, I’ve still given it my

best shot to try and like beer—especially craft beer. Beer has so many different types and flavors and notes that I knew if I kept trying, I’d end up enjoying at least one. The occasional beer tastings at the Jackson Free Press and events such as the Jackson Zoo’s annual Zoo Brew have definitely helped ease me toward the beverage, so much so that when I attended Priced to Move this past December, I did something that I don’t think I’ve ever done—I got a

Our craft-beer industry is tiny, but it’s growing. second beer. And then at a Wiseacre Brewing Co. beer dinner I attended (see jfp.ms/ wiseacrebeerdinner), I realized something: I was actually enjoying the beer. I didn’t drink it all because I knew what would happen if I did (damn that high gravity), but I was enjoying the different flavors and how the beers complemented the food that we ate. I thought that finally I had arrived at a place where beer and I were comfortable with each other. I still hate its inherent bitterness, and beer still doesn’t like me much because it gives me heartburn from Hell sometimes, but we’re finally OK. I can at least go to a bar and feel comfortable order-

ing a beer, and feel confident that I’ll actually finish it before it gets warm. I feel like I could also probably thank tours at Lucky Town Brewing Co. for opening my eyes to beer, and by extension, to why it’s important to support local breweries and other businesses. Whether I’ve wanted to or not, I’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in politics at the state and federal levels, but more so here because that affects us directly. Of all the dumb laws that passed this session, I was most excited to see that lawmakers had actually done something right: They passed House Bill 1322, which allows craft breweries that produce no more than 60,000 barrels of light wine or beer to sell those products on site starting July 1. Amid legislators cutting education funding and passing pointless laws, they recognized that bills like HB 1322 could be an economic boon for Mississippi. It’s been a long time coming. It was only in 2012 that lawmakers raised the limit for alcohol content in beer from 5 percent by weight to 8 percent, or 10 percent by volume. In 2013, they passed a bill that allowed home brewing, after which more breweries began to open. The state’s beer industry is still in its infancy, but it’s been growing ever since then. BOOM Jackson reported last year that Mississippi had about 10 breweries, and publications such as the Oxford Eagle have reported that the state has at least 14 by now. When I was in Memphis working on a story a couple of weeks ago, I saw signs for many different breweries, and by the count on MemphisCraftBeer.com’s map, the city alone has about five. Jackson has one. So our industry is tiny, but it’s growing, and laws such as HB 1322 will encourage more

people to open craft breweries. And if we keep populating the world with our beer and even more of our products, people can begin to see that, regardless of who our lawmakers are, most of us aren’t that backward. We’re a (mostly) hospitable group of people who just want to make sure that Mississippi keeps progressing. I’m not saying that beer is going to change people’s perspective of us or even change the state. What I am saying is that laws like this one are signs that we’re making an effort to move forward and, hopefully, away from our dark history. We might have obstacles in our way—people who keep trying to drag us down—but we’re at least trudging on through the mud. And this summer, we can begin to support local business even more by connecting more with brewers. We can go to one of the many events that the brewery is hosting, sit in the pub, and talk the folks behind the madness that is beer. We can learn what beer is really about. I wanted to try more beer more than I ever had because it’s such a tradition in the U.S. and Mississippi that it has an inherent sense of community built around it. I mean, how many times have you sat on a porch and drank beer with friends? Drinking on a porch is my family’s sweet spot. Maybe, in an odd way, the craft-beer industry can be our Mississippi’s sweet spot—something we can rally behind, build a community around and show proudly to the rest of the world. Managing Editor Amber Helsel is an otaku-in-training and a Gemini who likes art, cats, food, music, all things kawaii and more. Email story ideas for the Jackson Free Press and BOOM Jackson to amber@jacksonfreepress.com.

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Zilpha Young

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Arielle Dreher

Micah Smith

Timothy Quinn

Tyler Edwards

Katie Gill

Mary Osborne

Zilpha Young is an ad designer by day, painter, illustrator, seamstress and freelance designer by night. Check out her design portfolio at zilphacreates.com. She wrote about keyhole gardens.

Staff Photographer Imani Khayyam is an art lover and a native of Jackson. He loves to be behind the camera and capture the true essence of his subjects. He took the cover photo. See his photo exhibit at MMA Thursday night.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at arielle@ jacksonfreepress.com. She wrote about the Pearl River for this issue.

Music Editor Micah Smith is married to a great lady, has two dog-children named Kirby and Zelda, and plays in the band Empty Atlas. Send gig info to music@jacksonfreepress.com. He wrote about DJ Shiftee for this issue.

Freelance writerTimothy Quinn is a family physician at Quinn Total Health. He received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. He wrote about the need for structured summer programs.

Events Editor Tyler Edwards loves film, TV and all things pop culture. He will gladly debate the social politics of comic books. Send events to events@jacksonfreepress. com. He wrote about Jacksonian Alyssa Bryant.

Freelance writer Katie Gill is a Jackson native and University of Mississippi graduate. When she isn’t writing, she can be found knitting and yelling at Food Network cooking competitions. She wrote about the Mississippi Opera’s “Rigoletto.”

Sales and Marketing Assistant Mary Osborne is seeking out new ways to share all things good, all the time, because what the world needs now is love. Send your thoughts to mary@jacksonfreepress.com.


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“We’ve got to raise the level of expectation with our young people.”

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—Mayor Tony Yarber at the Youth Media Project’s mayoral forum on Monday, discussing school performance and expectations.

Wednesday, April 12 U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate rules that Cecil McCrory, a businessman who bribed former Mississippi prisons chief Christopher Epps, will only have to pay a $20,000 fine, not the $150,000 originally imposed, after McCrory testified that his debts outweigh his assets.

Friday, April 14 Arkansas Judge Wendell Griffen blocks the state government’s plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period and later attends an anti-death penalty rally outside the governor’s mansion, where he lies down on a cot and binds himself as though he were a condemned man on a gurney. Saturday, April 15 Thousands of protesters take to the streets in cities across the nation to demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns. … U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker upholds Judge Wendell Griffen’s ruling to block eight planned executions in Arkansas.

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Sunday, April 16 Donald Trump tweets that “someone should look into who paid” for the rallies on Saturday and claims his returns don’t matter and “the election is over.”

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Monday, April 17 The Mississippi Youth Media Project hosts a mayoral forum, asking candidates about issues that affect them as students and teenagers in Jackson. … The City of Jackson submits a formal letter of intent to the NBA to pursue a development-league affiliate for the New Orleans Pelicans. Tuesday, April 18 Steve Stephens, the man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook, shoots himself to death in his car during a police chase in Pennsylvania. Get breaking news at jfpdaily.com.

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n about 20 years, “our roads and our sidewalks will be in a worst state than they are before we repair them,” attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba said while responding to sophomore Maggie Jefferis of Murrah High School. She had just asked mayoral candidates a question about children playing in Jackson streets because many capital-city neighborhoods still do not have sidewalks. Lumumba continued, emphasizing that topics like sidewalks for young people are as important as potholes are for many adults. “By leveraging those funds (1 percent sales tax) we get more money upfront and are able to create a comprehensive and national plan that looks at how we fix roads, how we fix potholes, how we can fix sidewalks, which are just as critical of a component in terms of the infrastructure as anything else,” he told the audience. Jefferis and four other teenagers of the Mississippi Youth Media Project challenged seven mayoral candidates during Jackson’s first Youth Mayoral Forum held at Provine High School Monday evening. The other students were Shakira Porter and Dartavius Archie of Wingfield High School and Kenytta Brown of Lanier High School. Maisie Brown, 15, of Jim Hill High School moderated the two-hour forum,

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ellybeans can have some really weird flavors, with everything from boogers to vomit to dirt. If Jackson had its own box of jellybeans, what would be some of the flavors?

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Teens Talk Back on Sidewalks, Bandos, Stereotypes, Safety

Kenytta Brown of Lanier High School (left), Shakira Porter of Wingfield High School (middle) and Maggie Jefferis of Murrah High School (right) questioned mayoral candidates at Provine High School on Monday night as part of the Youth Media Project student media panel. Not pictured: Dartavius Archie.

which was sponsored and organized by the Jackson Council PTA, the Youth Media Project and the Jackson Free Press, with help from Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Emily Henderson and other volunteers. Mayor Tony Yarber, Sen. John Horhn, attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Ronnie Crudup, Jr., Corinthian Sanders, Gwen Chapman and Brian Reynolds, seven

of 16 mayoral candidates, were present. Hinds County Supervisor Robert Graham and Sidney Gladney confirmed, but did not show up for the forum. Unlike the answers provided by the other candidates, the only woman candidate seemed downplayed sidewalks and roads in Jackson. “Sidewalks are good, but I’m

Humidity: 50 percent condensation, 50 percent sweat Magnolia Mud: sweet and salty mix of flowers, fruit and salty dirt Jazzy Juke-Puke: tastes like all those sweet cocktails you had before

you went to F. Jones Corner but then you had four more beers, vomited and didn’t get home until 6 a.m. Penny for Your CASH: tastes like iron-y pennies, like the cash flow

lawmakers are dumping into corporations’ pockets. “We’re More Than Just Fondren” Fig: tastes like figs with a hint of

mystery Don’t Drink the Water: clay-infused with a hint of lead Sing the Blues: tastes like blueberries, actually Catfish: self-explanatory Potholes: also self-explanatory


—Mayoral candidate Sen. John Horhn at the Youth Mayoral forum at Provine High School on April 17.

more (about) creating areas for park and recreation, especially in the areas which I reside, and that’s the area of Georgetown. … [I]f it were left up to me, I would just tear down all of the abandoned houses and put something there that would be beneficial to the people who live here in the City of Jackson,” Chapman said. However, Chapman later added, she is “all for the sidewalks, especially for our handicaps and people who love to walk and exercise.” Bigotry of Low Expectations? In the two-hour forum, the teenagers, who formed and chose the questions from topics that student ambassadors from various Jackson Public Schools provided to them, confidently tackled issues that affect them and their loved ones daily. The questions came from six focus areas that student ambassadors convened by the Jackson Council PTA brainstormed as priorities: entertainment, safety, local support, equal-

Jackson Public Schools like Lanier and Wingfield,” Lanier High School junior Kenytta Brown told the candidates. “How can you as mayor help overcome these stereotypes, low expectations and the unequal opportunities we get?” “The first thing starts at exactly where the question started. It’s about expectations and we’ve got to raise the level of expectation in the City of Jackson, we’ve got to raise the level of expectation with our young people,” Mayor Yarber said to Brown. “That conversation begins, not with programming, but it begins with the adults who stand in front of you every day … [Y]ou cannot allow other people to pass unto you their beliefs because they want to feel inferior.” Yarber went on to say that members of the Jackson community and students at all JPS schools “must adopt a mentality that we are just as good as anybody else.” Lumumba said Jackson needs a student-driven learning curriculum that takes

“Flood mitigation is one of the most important aspects of a wetland because it can absorb excess water and mitigate the flooding.” — Millsaps biology professor Will Selman, discussing the environment of the Pearl River

service enough,” Sen. John Horhn said. “If a young person is found to be guilty of an infraction as opposed to locking them up and treating them like a criminal, I think they ought to be given community service where they do something that is productive, that is useful, and that is giving back to the community.” Libertarian Sanders, on the other hand, said “we are approaching crime whether it be youth or adult crime in a terrible way,” and that we must use community programs that are currently in place rather than creating more. He offered a list of potential solutions: “Going back and engaging the youth in their communities. Creating place making is ultimate. Making sure that there is a community identity; place and purpose need to be in our community. Most crime comes from troubled youth. A lot of troubled youth in the city who don’t have stable families or a traditional mom and dad family … those students tend to act up in school,

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Seven of 16 mayoral hopefuls attended the Youth Mayor Forum April 17 at Provine High School. From left: Brian Reynolds, Ronnie Crudup Jr., Chokwe Lumumba, John Horhn, Corinthian Sanders, Tony Yarber and Gwen Chapman.

ity/consistency, community and intergenerational solutions. Based on the questions, young Jacksonians are extremely concerned with the growth of Jackson and where will it be years from now, asking each candidate a vision question of what the city will look like 20 years from now if he or she is elected. The teenagers especially want to see a new narrative about young people—to see negative perceptions about young people and their potential change. “At schools like Clinton, Madison Central and Jackson Prep, kids are expected to do better than students at many of our

advantage of updated technology, as well as the need to create a position on the Jackson Public Schools board for a young person to have input. Crime: Why, How to Stop? The young questioners also wanted to know how candidates plan to help break the cycle of crime among and against young people. They asked for alternatives the candidates would back over sending juvenile offenders straight to juvenile detention, which studies show can make it more likely that a young person commits worse crime. “I think that we don’t use community

then it progresses into public properties,” Sanders said. “It’s good when we create opportunities, activities, agencies that socially decriminalize the justice system for our young people,” Sanders added. The YMP students also asked about tearing down and renovating abandoned houses in their neighborhoods that tend to attract crime and present dangers for citizens. Media panelist Shakira Porter, a junior at Wingfield High School, asked the question, saying she grew up next door to an abandoned house and has witnessed young kids doing inappropriate things at these un-

inhabited locations. “I don’t believe that every house needs to be torn down. Sometimes we can renovate those homes, (and) keep them on the tax roll. People can live in them, and it makes a great home and quality of life for the individuals and residents of Jackson,” Crudup said to Porter. ‘Please Remain Seated’ Reynolds, who positioned himself as the contrarian and only viable option among a line-up of unfit opponents throughout the forum, did not fully answer many of the questions, even telling the teen panel that one of the questions—about getting more community members to clean up neighborhoods rather than people coming in from outside to do it—was “offensive.” “One student saw on Twitter that a lot of white people from outside the community were cleaning up around Callaway (High School),” Dartavius Archie of Wingfield High School asked the all-black panel of candidates. “How can you lead and inspire communities to take action to fix up our communities ourselves?” “There is no black America, there is no white America, there is no conservative, there’s no liberal, there’s only one America. We’re American first,” said Reynolds who made it clear to the teenagers that he was offended by how the question was asked. Lumumba, however, then told the students, “Thank you for that question.” He then explained that he plans to promote a “citywide cleanup campaign” drawing together people from all neighborhoods to work “collectively” to beautify the city, calling it a “common concern.” “We’ll make it clear that we’re in it together,” Lumumba promised. Reynolds was also the only candidate who tried to stand each time he took a question, coming around the table and pacing in front of the other panelists as he spoke. However, the 15-year-old moderator soon stepped in. “Please remain seated,” Maisie Brown told Reynolds pointedly the last time he tried to take center stage. Watch the videos of the Youth Mayoral Forum and answer questions about crime causes and solutions on the YMP site, jxnpulse. com. Email story ideas to city reporting intern william Kelly at william@jacksonfreepress. com. You can also read ongoing candidate interviews at jfp.ms/election2017.

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“If a young person is found to be guilty of an infraction, as opposed to locking them up and treating them like a criminal I think they ought to be given community service where they do something that is productive.”

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TALK | water

Much Ado About Flooding: A Changing Pearl River by Arielle Dreher

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Unpredictable Floodplains People like to settle near rivers due to their need for water, good soil and potential food sources a river can provide, not to mention recreation. Still, it is important to remember that flooding is a natural part of a life of a river, Ben Emanuel of the American Rivers Association says. The largest flooding event in Jackson’s history was the Easter flood of 1979 when water levels crested at 43 feet. Businesses in downtown Jackson flooded, and old pictures show the Coliseum appearing to float. This is all predictable, however. “When we get catastrophic flooding is when we’ve over-developed in the floodplain,” Emanuel, who directs ARA’s clean water supply program, told the Jackson Free Press. This is the case in Jackson as well as other parts of the South, and sometimes

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even 100-year flood maps cannot predict catastrophic events. The August 2016 floods in Louisiana affected more than 55,000 homes, the National Weather Service reported, and 80 percent of those homes were outside the 100-year floodplain. Emanuel said 500- and 100year floods are becoming more intense in some places, a vital fact to keep this in mind when building new infrastructure. “Any water infrastructure project

the Ross Barnett Reservoir and most of Lefleur’s Bluff State Park along the Pearl, a weir dams up water so the City of Jackson can take up enough water to serve the city at its treatment plant. The Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood Control District, long called the Levee Board, has proposed to remove that weir and flood out a portion of the wetlands around the state park as well as portions of land along both sides of the Pearl beImani Khayyam

rash hangs from tree branches, swaying in the breeze, a few weeks after the Pearl River crested past moderate flooding levels. During the storming in the last part of March, the river crested above 33 feet, National Weather Service data show. The Pearl was close to level with the Lakeland Drive overpass that connects Jackson to Flowood. Now, the water has gone down dramatically, leaving brown water lines on vegetation due to sediment and dirt and trash in tree branches or strewn along the recently settled banks. In Jackson, the Pearl River runs right next to the Mississippi Coliseum, Interstate 55 and numerous businesses built on the floodplain. Tributaries—creeks that run off the river—create flooding risks for residents. Town, Belhaven and Eubanks Creeks put structures in downtown Jackson, Belhaven and Fondren in 100-year floodplains, maps from FEMA show, meaning a major flood is expected once every 100 years. The largest to date was in 1979.

Will Selman, a biology professor at Millsaps College, studies the Ringed Sawback turtle, which can only be found in the Pearl River.

nowadays needs to be taking into consideration what changing rainfall patterns that may or may not be a part of climate change,” Emanuel said. “River patterns and weather patterns are changing, which in turn change the modeling.” Nationally, there is a flood-control movement toward using natural infrastructure and removing both dams and levees, some of which are old infrastructure that stop working, are too costly to keep up or break with too much water. In Jackson, about 11 miles below

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tween Lakeland Drive and Interstate 20. The idea is to create a larger body of water, referred to as a “lake,” to help with flood control and build a new weir downstream, a few miles south of Interstate 20 on the Pearl. The “One Lake” plan also promises lucrative development, waterfront property and recreation. Turtles Aren’t Stupid Will Selman, a biology professor at Millsaps College, studies reptiles, specifically water-going turtles. The Ringed Sawback turtle, which he has researched extensively, is a species only found in the Pearl River. With co-author Robert Jones, Selman recently published results of a study that observed the Ringed Sawback and the Pearl Map Turtle species found in the Pearl River. The long-term study concluded that populations of both turtle species are declining both north and south of the Ross Barnett Reservoir, which was

constructed in the 1960s. This decline is due to several factors, Selman’s paper concludes, from altered water flow and water quality to human disturbance. The turtles are acclimated to using a river environment for survival, food and reproductive purposes, and Selman said turtles are also acclimated to flooding. “Instead of being flushed upstream or downstream … they aren’t stupid, they’ll move to slower-moving water areas,” Selman said. “They will move away from the channel to the flooded forest, so there’s a lot less velocity.” Fish also use the wetlands as breeding grounds, Selman said. The value wetlands provide in terms of flood absorption potential, while not monetized, would probably equal millions of dollars per year to the city of Jackson, he said. “Wetlands are like sponges and … provide some really important what we call ecological services, so flood mitigation is one of the most important aspects of a wetland because it can absorb excess water and mitigate the flooding,” Selman explained recently. Turtles use the logs along the Pearl River’s banks, called deadwood, to bask in the sun, hide from predators and eat. Turtles need sunlight to warm themselves, as well as heal and shed scoots from their shells. Turtles eat the organisms that grow on dead wood underwater, as well. Female turtles, especially, are visible along the Pearl during the springtime, as they soak up the sun to increase their body temperature. When they’re warmer, turtles eat more and get more energy to produce eggs and nest in the summer, Selman said. The female turtles use the sandy banks to lay their eggs and nest between late May and mid-July, research shows. Turtle survivorship in the first 10 years of life is very low—less than one turtle will likely survive each nest, Selman said. Females do not become fertile for about a decade or longer, so turtle survivorship relies on the little ones making it not just out of the nest but also out in the wild for at least a decade before getting the chance to repopulate. “For turtle life history to work, the adults are the most important class of turtles because they’re the ones who have made it through this arduous period of more PEARL see page 10


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through, so there’s not a flood-reduction benefit in that case.” The “One Lake” project proposes a few islands that would go untouched by excavation, hypothetically high elevation points to serve as wildlife environments. “We will have some areas that we will leave that are very high for environmental benefits for the animals to be able to have a place …,” Turner said.

other business-minded individuals for a weekend of company creation. Participating entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to the rest of their group, which votes on the most promising eight to 10 ideas. The group then divides into small teams to develop a proof of concept, demo or finished product. Mentors help fine-tune each idea, and a panel of professionals later evaluates each team’s idea and its chances of real-world success. Participating teams can continue consulting with the Entrepreneurial Development Team at Innovate Mississippi after the event. For more information,

There is no before-after data available to see what the fate of a turtle species would be as a result of a project like this, he said. “You can almost guarantee all the river-adapted organisms will either move upstream or downstream, or they’ll become locally extinct, and they’ll be replaced by things that are adapted to a lake setting,” Turner said. Turtle lifespans, which range from Photo courtesy: Will Selman

What ‘One Lake’ Could Change Keith Turner, the attorney representing the Levee Board’s project, acknowledged that the project would change parts of the wetlands, flooding or moving them while maintaining their “jurisdictional waters” designation from the federal government. Part of the “Lake” plan is to excavate some existing wetlands, clearing a more direct and open path for water. The contractors would use the excavated dirt to build excess “fill areas” to line the sides of the new body of water, the project map shows, but Turner is confident the same wildlife will remain in the project area. “They’re not leaving the project area because they’ll have the same habitats that they will be able to function in, with the islands and the other areas all around … it’s all connected,” Turner said. Turner said that while wetlands have flood storage capacity, it is not enough along the Pearl River because in both Rankin and Hinds Counties, communities are built right up against the river. “The wetlands don’t provide a benefit in that sense when your flood water is up into the trees above the roots, all those trees are obstacles for the water to flow,” Turner said. “All of it creates turbu10 lence and resistance for the water moving

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A female Ringed Sawback turtle suns herself along the edge of the Pearl River, right next to Lefluer’s Bluff State Park. Her future is unclear.

The Levee Board and its contractors are working with state employees at the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Turner said, as well as with federal employees, on the environmental aspects of the project. The proposed project widens the Pearl significantly into a lake-like environment, however, and Selman said he believes some turtles would stay and some would leave if the project comes to pass.

60 up to even 80 years, make it difficult for researchers to track or predict in any timely manner whether or not a population is viable, or is producing young turtles to replace the old ones dying out. The “One Lake” project’s stated main goal is flood control. Dallas Quinn, who represents the Pearl River Vision Foundation, which is developing the plan, said the project’s main flood-control method

volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, email Tasha Bibb at tbibb@innovate.ms. For event information, visit innovate.ms. Else School Named a Top Program CEO Magazine recently recognized the Else School of Management at Millsaps College as one of the top master of business administration programs in North America and named its executive master of business administration as one of the top-tier programs around the world. Millsaps is the only Mississippi school included in the latest rankings set. More at jfp.ms/business.

is conveyance. That would mean moving water through a larger volume area at a slower pace, using the weir to control flow, without impacting any downstream communities. The dredging—digging out parts of the Pearl River to make it deeper in certain parts—will also create more capacity for the river during flood conditions, Quinn said. How those two goals will better serve flood control remains to be unveiled, and in the coming months, the Levee Board plans to release a feasibility study for the project to address that question. The board has hired a contractor to conduct the study on the project, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assisting the researchers. The Levee Board is also completing a draft of a voluminous environmental impact statement for the project, a report that federal agencies would normally conduct if a federal action “is determined to significantly affect the quality of human environment,” the Environmental Protection Agency website says. Greg Raimondo, public-affairs chief at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, said no actions are pending in terms of regulatory permits for the project. Turner said they expect the feasibility and the environmental studies to come out by late May or June and be available for public comment. This is the first in a new series of new stories on the proposed “One Lake” plan. Read past coverage at jfp.ms/pearlriver. Email reporter Arielle Dreher at arielle@ jacksonfreepress.com.


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To My Unborn Daughter

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our heartbeat saved me. You cut through the chaos and tragedy and reminded me of the dry bones that make us. You’re about as big as one of your brother’s Flintstones vitamins—about as gooey as well. No structure, little definition, a blob of creation, a promise, a heartbeat, floating in the womb of your mother. I love you—as a thought, as a concept, a hope and a dream, but I’m familiar with the process, and I know, in time, you’ll blossom from my idea, our creation and into being. Your own person, your own mark, you will define your path and stumble your way forward. Before your crawls shuffle into steps, and you learn the joy of running through leaves in autumn, I’d like to give you a beacon, a foundation because when life gets tough, and it will, I want you to know what you’re made of, the legacy and the history that will flow through your veins long after you’ve forgotten the womb. When life gnaws at you as it has sisterhood through the ages, I want you to know that your heartbeat, that beacon inside of you, is enough! You are our child. Though two artists conceived you in love, your lineage is as old as the sun. The star that warms your face, builds your bones, each galaxy, each spark, each magnificent thing is a part of your DNA. Humans both flawed and powerful live within you. You don’t have to choose. Some days, your “flaws” will be more prevalent than your divinity. Oh, and don’t lose sight of the fact that you are divine. Like those that came before you and those around you, we’re all connected, and some days, we need grace more than others. Your existence came forth in a very tumultuous time in history. I held your brother and my breath collectively as the results of the 2016 election rolled in. I checked the news way past midnight, every 30 minutes, hoping into hope that a country that elected a skinny black man with a funny name twice would do right by you, by us, and not elect a demagogue and open racist to the highest office in the land, the governing body of our nation. I was wrong, and it broke me. I had second thoughts of bringing you into a house so divided, a place so hostile. Our church members, our “friends,” buoyed this man. I was devastated. See, now your skin is translucent, no color and little form, and truth be told, we all start that way. But when you exit my womb, the sun, your sister, will brown you into our family hue and, unwittingly, you will be born into a narrative that you did not create, a tale that fearful men have woven into who you are and what you bring to the table. I’m here to remind you of the truth. Warriors flow through your veins—brown women who integrated schools, survived Jim Crow. Slavery and Manifest Destiny are a part of your DNA. We’ve birthed babies in fields of oppression, taught our children how to fly and moved above a false narrative. You will do the same. Your heartbeat is enough. When the world gets loud, and you can’t hear yourself think, close your eyes, get still and listen to the thump, the rhythm, the song and prayers of all your ancestors echoing through your veins across eternities. You are enough—your mothership. Talamieka Brice is an award-winning visual artist, contributor to Pantsuit Nation, wife of a veteran, mother of fur and skin babies, and pur12 veyor of all things awesome. April 19 - 25 , 2017 • jfp.ms

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Where the City’s Sidewalk Begins: Real Solutions

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hat does Jackson need? The most often griped-about, joked-about and discussed surface-level fix in this city are potholes. Potholes cause tire damage, dangerous road conditions and safety issues, but what if there’s a more pressing need adults in charge have overlooked? On Monday, April 17, less than one month away from the city primaries, Jackson teens questioned mayoral hopefuls in what will likely be their only direct interaction with the city’s next leader. “What will you do for sidewalks within a mile radius of JPS schools for students who walk to school?” one student asked. Kids and teenagers know what sidewalks are, and they notice when they’re missing. It’s easy to overlook the significance of not having a sidewalk, however, when you’re hitting a pothole on your commute to work. What about those children who must walk to school? Are their safety needs and concerns just as pressing than a Jacksonian’s tire replacement? We think so. Community safety, especially for the next generation, is vital to helping children not only grow up safe but also stay in Jackson when they graduate. Kids can see a pressing need many adults ignore: Students who walk to school do so on the street, with a much higher risk of being hit by cars than they would if they were on a sidewalk instead. Thinking of Jackson the way teens see it is not just a thoughtful exercise but a meaningful way of thinking about what the city needs. The city will

need the next generation to believe in it, support it and ultimately lead it. If these students don’t feel like they are being heard now, what will keep them from doing everything in their power to leave once they are able? And those who are not able to leave will be able to remember promises broken and low expectations that their predecessors had for them. Taking care of the students who walk to school should be a campaign issue, not fear-mongering about “safety” or “experience.” Is safety important? Absolutely. How the next city administration approaches safety, however, will be a test of their priorities and true concern about the city. Focusing on the needs of Jackson’s kids and teens is the best way to predict and therefore prevent precursors to crime in the city, a state-funded BOTEC report on Jackson crime warned. “Those involved in the juvenile-justice system are more likely to be criminally active as adults,” one of the BOTEC reports says. Researchers were able to identify which schools have students most likely to get into crime. The problems aren’t secrets, but the solutions aren’t, either. Jackson’s next generation seeks better communities, proved as students quizzed mayoral hopefuls on resources in their communities such as afterschool activities. They understand what it will take to make the city safer in various ways; it is time for the adults to start listening. Instead of dwelling on the end-game, our leaders must start following kids to where the sidewalk begins: potential solutions.

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n my personal journey in the fight for fairness, equality and progress, I have come to a stark conclusion: Gov. Phil Bryant is single-handedly preventing our state from progressing and moving forward. It’s the governor’s job to tell the story of Mississippi while leading the state forward to create progress and opportunity for its citizens. To do this, it is important that our state develop a positive aura, a confident and constructive outlook, and a polished image that says to the rest of the country and the world that Mississippi is open, and we are ready to work with you. Gov. Bryant has utterly failed to shed a positive light on the state. Instead, he has almost become the walking stereotype of every negative stigma associated with Mississippi. In 2015, after Dylann Roof posed with Confederate flags and then proceeded to murder innocent people inside a black church in South Carolina, then-Gov. Nikki Haley used that instance as a teachable moment to tell the residents of her state that it was time to let go of the racism of the past and move forward. Haley led at the forefront of the movement for change, which was a shining example to the rest of the world that yes, America has dark spots in our history, but we are willing to shine the light and erase the darkness of our past in exchange for the bright future of tomorrow. This was an epic period in American history and helped bring some healing to our nation. Because South Carolina welcomed positive change, the state has been rewarded many times over. Corporations that previously refused to do business in the state have now dropped their embargo and have moved into South Carolina, providing jobs for many of its citizens. Mississippi has the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest state in America. We cannot afford to drive business away. We must make our state as hospitable as possible for corporations and companies to bring jobs here.

But in a state that has such a torrid history when it comes to slavery, why would Gov. Bryant seek to use every possible moment for progress to instead brandish his stubborn refusal to let go of a mantle that those who endeavored to prolong suffering and racism and hatred toward American citizens wore? One would think that our governor would be eager to run away from such a dark history, but it’s just the opposite. It seems that he fully embraces it. Bryant has yet again declared April to be Confederate Heritage Month, even though it has been well-documented that the Confederate symbol has been used as a banner for bigots, racists and murderers. We learned this month that the governor is a card-carrying member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a group that does not realize that they are quickly becoming relics of the past. It’s almost as if Bryant wants to be seen as a caricature of Mississippi. It seems that he goes out of his way to present himself as the down south, “good ole boy” who is most happy in a racist culture, regardless of the criticism from his fellow Americans. If he were a private citizen, he would have the right to proudly display the Confederate symbol. As an American, he would be entitled to make decisions based on his personal opinions. But he is not a private citizen. He is the governor of a diverse population, at least 37 percent of which is the African American community that has suffered under the banner of the Confederate flag. I implore him to listen to his conscience, to put his constituents above himself, and to consider the effect he is having on the people he represents. And I ask every single one of you that reads this to join me in holding our leaders accountable. The governor is an elected official, and it is his duty to bring progress to our state. If he does not, then it is our duty to make our voices heard and demand our seat at the table. Duvalier Malone is the CEO and founder of Duvalier Malone Enterprises.

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Where does Sugar Ray’s get its candy? We get them all from vendors usually in the South. ... We have some sweet-tea pops that are made in the South. We use some local things, like we have Mississippi Cold Drip Coffee (& Tea Co.), which is made in midtown Jackson, so really just all around. ... We use Thimblepress, which is right down the street. We have a lot of their (confetti) push pops and cards, so we try to highlight local as much as we can. ... We have a lot of different specialty items, like our truffles are our most popular seller. We

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How has the response been since opening the candy store? It’s been really amazing. Most people are just so shocked that there’s something so unique downtown, like this specialty candy store that you don’t really see in a lot of places. People have really flocked to it. People really, really love that we are downtown, and people are helping restore downtown and get businesses over there, so a lot of (them) have come for that reason—to help support, to grow downtown. Why do you think it is important to restore a place like downtown? I think that downtown has so many amazing elements, like the older elements—everything is from the ’50s, things like that. … All the buildings have character, and they’re all unique in their own way. … West Capitol Street, or really (all of) downtown is great. It has amazing buildings. People just have to go in and restore them and make them amazing again, and I think it will grow (to) how (busy) it used to be.

How did Sugar Ray’s get started? Our owners … found this amazing property downtown, and they really wanted to try to revitalize an old building. (They kept) the bones of it, and they have all the original flooring and everything for the candy store. They didn’t exactly know what they wanted in there, but … it had open windows and white walls, and they thought it would be beautiful for a candy store. What made you want to work for a business like Sugar Ray’s? I thought it was a neat concept, ... (and) I’ve never really explored downtown Jackson before the candy store. I never really had a need to go down there, but (now) I think it’s an amazing place that could be so much better with more businesses and things like that, and I really felt passionate about that, and I’m telling everyone, “Oh my gosh, you should come; y’all should open places down here.” The owners are great. They are very selfless and love to encourage people to use their passions to start their own business. I love that about them. ... And (Sugar Ray’s) is just really a neat concept, and everyone loves 16 candy, so it wouldn’t be that hard to sell.

an old-school candy section, where we have old-school candies like candy cigarettes and Pop Rocks, and like, old-school sodas in the glass bottles. That’s a pretty neat thing that we do.

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he Cohen Brothers Suit Store on Capitol Street served the people of Jackson for nearly a century, but the space that once housed the business sat vacant for many years. However, over the last few weeks, passersby may have noticed a more colorful kind of merchandise than gray suit coats in the storefront. Since Valentine’s Day, Sugar Ray’s Sweet Shop has occupied that space. Brightly colored candies line clear shelving on the either side of the front door. A glass case at the register houses a collection of truffles, with pretzels and more sitting on top. Elizabeth Augustine, who is from Lake Charles, La., moved here five years ago to be near family. She said she saw that J&J Hospitality Group, which owns Sugar Ray’s, needed help with marketing for the new business, so she jumped onboard as the shop’s socialmedia manager earlier this year. The JFP recently talked to Augustine over the phone about her journey to Sugar Ray’s, the business itself and its place in the landscape of a changing downtown Jackson.

Sugar Ray’s has everything from candy such as DOTS and Junior Mints to truffles, chocolatecovered almonds and more goodies.

have Italian cream cake (truffles), mimosa truffles, so we have a lot of adult candy and truffles. We have margarita candy, we have whiskey cordials, we have merlot truffles, so things that kind of are a play on alcohol, so the adults can enjoy things as well as the kids. And then probably once a month, we do a wine or Champagne tasting at the store, just to try to draw the adult crowd, to let them know that (Sugar Ray’s) is also for adults. … We do have

I feel like that could take a while, but it seems like ever since you guys opened that candy store, I’ve noticed a few other businesses popping up, too. Yes, and then, they have the (Capitol) Art Lofts right beside us, so that is going to be a big business right there. I think that will help bring a lot of people downtown. … I think that that will encourage other people to open businesses down there. If it’s a more popular spot, people will definitely try to seek out those buildings. I’ve heard rumor that there is going to be something in the back of the candy store. I can just say to keep a look out for other things that will be popping up in the space. Sugar Ray’s Sweet Shop (224 W. Capitol St., 601-9552916) is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, find the business on Facebook and Instagram.

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Micah Smith: nice, light and crisp, but with a sour bouquet Tyler Edwards: slightly fruity; grapefruit Zilpha Young: tart; slightly fruity Arielle Dreher: Holy peaches, Batwoman! shea butter with peach juice drizzled over it; peaches and cream. Amber Helsel: sweet; tart; grape juice without all the sugar Mary Osborne: fruity Kimberly Griffin: clean; slightly fruity Meghan Garner: grapefruit-y; fresh; tart Imani Khayyam: Peach

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Body MS: Thin and smooth TE: full AD: wonderfully summer; light; fresh; right-out-the-gym body AH: light MO: light KG: fully body for a rosé MG: smooth; a little buttery

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MS: a fruit salad; a light meal at a day party TE: most other rosés ZY: summer AD: Throw it in the freezer an hour before Becky comes over to talk sh*t about her neighbor whose dog pooped on her lawn again. Sigh, Elicio has your back—drink up. AH: sitting at a bar drinking wine with friends MO: a breezy day in summer KG: summer MG: under-ripe strawberries; slightly sweet; very flavorful chardonnay IK: A night in a dope club

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t’s the 2017 Spring Food issue, which means one thing: JFP staffers gathered together to try some more wine. Here are some of our findings. Thanks to Josh Crump and Fondren Cellars for supplying the wine, all priced about $15 to $20.

Name of wine: Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Age: 2014 Red, white or rosé? red Type: Douro

Name of the wine: Fritz Müller Vintage: nonvintage (produced over multiple harvests) Red, white or rosé? white Type: Austrian white

MS: light, earthy scent TE: earthy; strong; slightly bitter ZY: earthy; moss; like an old house AH: hairspray (that fruity scent they sometimes have); oak tree; butter syrup MO: oak-y KG: oak or whiskey smell; I smell alcohol first. MG: oak-y; cherry

Aroma:

Aroma:

MS: really subtle fruitiness TE: bitter but not strong ZY: mellow; slightly sour AH: grape juice, sweet; earthy; syrup-y; gin MO: cherry and gin KG: almost no smell; not as wine-y as some wines MG: very subtle; mellow

Taste

Taste

MS: softer oakyness at the front with a tart taste at the end TE: earthy; oak; tart ZY: tangy; acidic AH: spicy; bitter MO: cherry; oak; tangy MG: full of fruity notes, then it goes tangy at the end

MS: light, fruity and a bit bitter TE: kind of sweet; fruity ZY: slightly sweet; fruity; bitter AH: top secret; dry; strong; bitter grape juice; acid-y; chocolate MO: dry KG: smooth on fruit and bite on back; cherry notes MG: dark chocolate; a little bitter (in a good way) IK: Sweet; earthy

MS: really crisp; bit of a sourness; floral TE: pear; fruity ZY: Granny Smith apple AH: fresh and fruity; apple; tingles on my nose; pear MO: Granny Smith apple KG: smells like ocean or the sea; pear MG: pear; green apple IK: apple; pear

Body MS: Really smooth; doesn’t hang onto your palate for long TE: full ZY: medium; dry AH: medium to heavy MO: dry; light to medium KG: full; strong flavor (in a good way) MG: surprisingly light

It reminds me of: MS: a log cabin; camping TE: pinot noir ZY: cypress trees MO: steak night

Fondren Cellars General Manager Josh Crump helped facilitate the Jackson Free Press’ 2017 wine tasting.

Body MS: drier, a bit more acidic TE: really easy to drink ZY: acidic AH: heavy MO: light and acidic KG: smoother body; not as strong as some reds; still pretty acidic MG: acidic; very well-blended flavors; no one thing really stands out. IK: Smooth and light

It reminds me of: MS: a rattlesnake; a steakhouse TE: something I’d drink at a nice dinner, maybe with a steak AH: carrots; cooking with wine; getting drunk at my apartment while I was in college; grilled cheese sandwiches KG: Spain in the winter MG: chocolate cake with cherries in it

Taste MS: a good mix of sweet and sour; almost like a sparkling grape juice TE: too sweet; way too sweet ZY: very clean; mineral-y AH: grape soda; light; tingly; sparkling apple juice; mineral water; Sprite MO: tart-y KG: a little sweet; apples; other non-citrus fruits MG: kind of like Sprite? artificial sweetener-ish? But I like it; mineral-y. IK: sparkling; sweet

Body MS: effervescent; light TE: clear; dry ZY: fizzy AH: light and sparkly MO: crisp and light; off-dry KG: light body MG: very light; fizzy IK: fizzy

It reminds me of: MS: laundry (in a good way); Sprite TE: bad Champagne—hard pass AH: New Year’s Eve; white lilies MO: my favorite bottle of bubbly KG: the front porch MG: Perrier water, but boozy IK: an alcoholic soda

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Name of the wine: Joios Vintage: nonvintage Red, white or rose? white Type: Spanish cava

WINE from page 18 Name of the wine: Poggio Anima ‘Belial’ Vintage: 2014 Red, white or rosé? Red Type: Sangiovese

Aroma: MS: Darker fruit scent, but still subtle TE: grape-y; potpourri; smokey ZY: spicy nail polish; cloves AD: raisins; buttery; nail polish AH: butter syrup; raisins; nail polish; a savory pie with fruit; cough syrup; a little bit artificial MO: plum KG: very grape-y MG: fruity like a cobbler IK: Nail polish remover

Taste MS: earthy and smoky; fruity without the sweetness TE: subtle sweetness; dusty; really good—probably my favorite ZY: dried fruit, smokey AD: raisins; prunes (not a bad thing) AH: burnt toast; bitter; a little freshness; really dark chocolate (like, 90 percent cocoa—not a good thing) MO: plum KG: dry

MG: fruity flavor without being sweet IK: dried strawberries

Body MS: heavy; rests on your tongue TE: light ZY: very “tannin” AD: dry; leaves a sort of dusty taste in my mouth AH: medium MO: dry KG: strong but not overpowering; dries out the mouth MG: slightly acidic IK: smooth

It reminds me of: MS: hot summer day; my grandparents’ home in Hattiesburg TE: something I’d buy AD: lounging on a May evening on a lofty porch with a slight breeze. You can’t get wasted because you’re entertaining a potential investor in your time-machine project, so you sip this wine and try not to weep about the $100 caviar you’re serving this investor as they polish off the rest of the wine. AH: a dry, hot, suffocating summer MO: juice cleanse MG: a boring steak dinner with some finance bro who thinks spending $400 on a dinner means I have to sleep with him IK: a night at the Met Gala with my date, Rihanna, walking around and talking to guests.

Aroma:

It reminds me of:

MS: lightly sour; white grape really comes through TE: better than the other white bubbly one ZY: cider; acidic AD: not nearly as sweet as it smells; mainly bubbles AH: sparkling apple cider; earthy; warm on the back of my throat; Sprite

MS: a grocery store (I don’t have a clue why); New Year’s Eve but before the party TE: Meh, it’s OK AD: We’re on a boat off the coast of Spain. We’re toasting our grandfather’s 90 years on Earth and someone pours you a glass of cava. Thinking it’s Champagne, you guzzle it, and you interrupt the toast with your coughing because those bubbles, man. AH: sipping a boxed juice when I was a kid (and as an adult) MG: Easter? IK: A warm day in Cape Town, South Africa

Memorable quotes “What makes a wine—I don’t know how else to say this—purebred?” —Arielle Dreher “Where can I adopt a grape?” —Amber Helsel “He’s a rescue.” —Zilpha Young “Whoa, shots fired at Jesus!” —Tyler Edwards “What does it take to get to the point where you can appreciate barnyard?” —Meghan Garner “Shut up. I heart sulfites.” —Arielle Dreher “You have to whisper it. It’s French.” —Micah Smith

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so water and nutrients will flow out from here. Plant! Some plants that grow well when planted in late spring are summer squash, peppers, potatoes, beans, peas and tomatoes. You can buy seeds or seedlings from many local lawn and garden stores. Add water and compost materials to the basket once or twice a week, and the nutrients from the compost will be carried to the surrounding soil.

This crosssection shows the layers of the garden and the flow of water and nutrients.

2 12-packs of bamboo stakes 96 cable ties 10 40-pound bags of garden soil Several old ceramic pots

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Directions Assemble the compost basket by cutting the bamboo stakes in half and attaching them with cable ties (wire would work well too) to the inside of the tomato cage about 3/4 of an inch apart. Set cinderblocks in two layers in the shape of a 5-foot circle, taking a wedge out that almost reaches the center. Line the inside of the bed with cardboard, making sure the sides are especially well-covered. Fill the bottom layer with “stuff” such as broken pottery, bricks, rocks, sticks, pine cones, pine straw (avoid hay) or anything on hand that will make the bottom layer uneven so the garden will drain. Place the compost basket in the center with the stakes going as deep into the ground as possible. Fill in with dirt. The soil should slope gently away from the basket in the center

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MS: really bubbly; a bit acidic ZY: fizzy AD: dry; it feels as though bubbles disappear on your tongue. AH: light and sparkly MO: bubbly KG: smooth body IK: It was very fizzy; not acidic.

Taste

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MS: passion fruit; blend of sweet and sour TE: apple jelly ZY: artificially flavored peach candy; applesauce AD: flowers; peaches; fresh air; Welch’s white grape juice AH: plastic (not a bad thing); passion fruit; grape juice; pear cider; applesauce MO: sweet KG: peach? kind of sweet smell MG: applesauce IK: peach; pear; apple

Through the Keyhole come from a long line of gardeners. I grew up helping my family work their many fields and beds each spring and summer, and learned that few foods taste better than the ones you grow yourself. I’ve always wanted my own garden, and this year I finally moved into a home with a backyard to put one in. The only trouble is, it’s very small, and only a tiny section gets adequate sunlight to grow the kinds of plants I want. So with limited options (and a more limited budget), I set out to find the perfect compact and cheap solution for my inner farmer. Enter the keyhole garden. That type of garden is a great option for those of us with small backyards or small budgets. It’s named for the “keyhole” shape that the composting basket and the cutout make, which allow easy access. The garden basically consists of a retaining wall in the shape of a circle or square with a “slice” taken out of the side and a basket in the center for compost. You can make a keyhole garden with all kinds of materials: stone, wood, plastic—whatever best fits your space, budget or aesthetic needs. I’m going to outline how I made mine, but feel free to experiment 20 with other materials.

MO: strawberry KG: you get a good hit on the back; strawberry on the end MG: very bright; fresh; a little too sweet IK: very fizzy


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With summer nearing, it is important to get kids enrolled in summer camps or programs.

that this was found at a disproportionately greater prevalence for children from lowincome families, who were statistically more likely to not enroll their children in

structured summer programs due to a lack of resources. He quoted the old saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use it, you lose it!â&#x20AC;? The National Summer Learning Association refers to that phenomenon as â&#x20AC;&#x153;summer learning loss.â&#x20AC;? On its website, summerlearning.org, the NSLA states that this is one of the most significant causes of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth and one of the strongest contributors to the high-school dropout rate. This organization adds that for many young people, the summer â&#x20AC;&#x153;opportunity gapâ&#x20AC;? contributes to gaps in achievement, employment, and college and career success. Multiple sources state that multiple studies have found that students on average score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of the summer. The NSLA also addresses the consistency of healthy meals, in that children receive strategically healthier meals while in school versus being left home all day and being allowed to choose their own meals, with limited healthy options in many scenarios.

I then told my patient about other patients who came in for summer visits due to sickness or general physical exams over the last 10 years. Overwhelmingly, I recalled that students were more optimistic, energetic and had an overall happier disposition when they said that they were actively participating in summer programs. For many of my student patients who were not participating in those programs, they reported boredom, and the parents of these students reported higher rates of their kids â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting into trouble.â&#x20AC;? After our discussion, the patient told me that she could see the benefits to getting her kids into a summer program, but informed me that she had limited financial resources. I told her that there were many state- and government-funded programs available. Good resources for those are the Jackson Public Schools website at Jackson.k12.ms.us or the City of Jackson website at jacksonms.gov. Remember that our kids deserve our best to help them pass tests.

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THURSDAY 4/20

SATURDAY 4/22

TUESDAY 4/25

The Weekday Slay Ladies Night Paint Party is at Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues.

The Mississippi Opera performs “Rigoletto” is at Thalia Mara Hall.

The Governor’s Cup is at Trustmark Park.

BEST BETS April 19 - 26, 2017

James F. Barnett Jr. signs copies of “Beyond Control” at 5 p.m. at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202). Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book; call 601-366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. … “Almost, Maine” is at 7 p.m. at Ridgeland High School (586 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland). In the auditorium. The romantic comedy, a series of nine short plays, explore falling in and out of love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Additional dates include: April 20-21, 7 p.m. $3 for students and $7 for adults.; call 601-898-5023; madison-schools.com.

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WEDNESDAY 4/19

R. Kelly performs Saturday, April 22, at the Mississippi Coliseum.

THURSDAY 4/20

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Museum After Hours: “Myth Made Real” is at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The pop-up exhibition includes body-paint work by Eli Childers and photography by Imani Khayyam. Includes a ‘sipp-Sourced menu, an outdoor movie, live music and more. Free; call 960-1515; msmuseumart.org.

$31.50-$41.50; jeffdunham.com. … “Amped & Wired: Live from Midtown” is at 6 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Friday includes performances from Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band, Coke Bumaye and 7even:Thirty. On Saturday, Antwone Perkins, Empty Atlas and Clouds & Crayons perform. Skratchin Jackson deejays. Additional date: April 22, 7 p.m. $10 per show, $15 for two-day pass; call 601-376-9404; find it on Facebook.

MONDAY 4/24

SATURDAY 4/22

Over the Edge with Friends is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Trustmark National Bank (248 E. Capitol St.). Participants by TYLER EDWARDS rappel down the 14-story Trustmark corporate office building to raise funds and awareness for the jacksonfreepress.com Blair E Batson Children’s HospiFax: 601-510-9019 tal. $25; call 601-208-6902; email Daily updates at edgers@overtheedgewithfriends. jfpevents.com com; firstgiving.com. … R. Kelly performs at 8 p.m. at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The Chicago-native R&B singer known for hit songs such as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly” performs. $65-$79; call 601-961-4000; find it on Facebook.

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Comedian and puppeteer Jeff Dunham performs on Friday, April 21, at the Mississippi Coliseum.

FRIDAY 4/21

Jeff Dunham performs at 8 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The stand-up comedian 24 and puppeteer performs with some of his famous characters.

SUNDAY 4/23

include Jina Daniels, Casey Creasey, Justin Ransburg, Jonathan Faulkner, Elizabeth Fowler and Emily Cate Sabree. Free; 601-376-9404; offbeatjxn.com. … Sassy and Brassy is at 7:30 p.m. at The Reclaimed Miles (140 Wesley Ave.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performs pieces from Millsaps College’s student composers. Free; call 601-624-8628; millsaps.edu.

The “For the Record” Art Exhibit & Fundraiser is from noon to 5 p.m. at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave). Local artists showcase works painted onto vinyl records. Artists

Social Media Monday is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (201 S. President St.). Participants learn the basics and social secrets of Facebook, including how to build online branding. A laptop is required. $20; find it on Facebook.

TUESDAY 4/25

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” is at 7:30 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The farce is about a self-absorbed movie star who returns home to visit her brother and sister. Additional dates include: April 19-22, 7:30 p.m., April 23, 2 p.m., April 26-29, 7:30 p.m., and April 30, 2 p.m. $28 admission, $22 for seniors; call 601-948-3533; newstagetheatre.com.

WEDNESDAY 4/26

Turkuaz performs at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Brooklyn-native “power funk” band performs. Organ Freeman also performs. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 877-987-6487; ardenland.net.


FOOD & DRINK

STAGE & SCREEN

Over the Edge with Friends April 22, 9 a.m.5 p.m., at Trustmark National Bank (248 E. Capitol St.). Participants rappel down the 14-story Trustmark building to raise funds for Blair E Batson Children’s Hospital. $25; firstgiving.com.

’sipp-Sourced: Art of the Taco April 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m., April 21-22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Nick Wallace presents reinventions of classic tacos. Prices vary; msmuseumart.org.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” April 19-22, 7:30 p.m., April 23, 2 p.m., April 25-29, 7:30 p.m., April 30, 2 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). $28, $22 for seniors; call 9483533; newstagetheatre.com.

JFP Chick Ball July 22, 6 p.m.-midnight, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The fundraising event features local food vendors, drinks, live music and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Contact to donate money or items for the silent auction, or to volunteer. $5 admission; call 601362-6121, ext. 16; jfpchickball.com.

Julia Child Cooking Class April 25, 6-8 p.m., at Farmer’s Table Cooking School in Livingston (1030 Market St., Flora). Learn to make coq au vin, white truffle mashed potatoes, haricots verts and more. $69; farmerstableinlivingston.com.

“The Game’s Afoot” April 20-23, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Black Rose Theater Company (103 Black St., Brandon). The play is about actors on a weekend getaway when one guest is killed. $15, $10 for students; blackrosetheatre.org.

COMMUNITY Ultimate Fashion Show April 20, 11 a.m.1 p.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive). The fashion show and champagne luncheon features a runway of spring and summer fashions, as well as an array of raffle items. $70 per person; msdiabetes.org. Art for the Park April 20, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Features a silent auction of local art and gift packages. Includes music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. $40 in advance, $45 at the door; find it on Facebook. Spring Market April 21, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., April 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., April, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Features more than 100 merchants showcasing fashions, dresses, shoes, jewelry and more. $8 one-day, $15 three-day; midsouthmediagroup.com. Metro Master Gardeners Plant Sale April 22, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mynelle Gardens (4736 Clinton Blvd.). The fundraiser plant sale features heirloom plants, shrubs, trees and perennials. Prices vary; call 601-613-5223; find it on Facebook. Family Literacy Day April 22, 9 a.m.-noon, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Includes workshops, food, refreshments and speakers, including authors Jerry Craft, David Miller, Kenneth Braswell and Mark Booker. Free; call 960-2321; jackson.k12.ms.us. Picnic in the Park April 22, 2-4:30 p.m., at Sheppard Brothers Park (1335 Hattiesburg St.). Mayor Yarber speaks with community leaders and citizens about the state and future of the city of Jackson. Free; yarberforjackson.com. Pops & Politics April 22, 4:30-6 p.m., at Deep South Pops (Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N.). Mayoral candidate Sen. John Horhn speaks at the meet-and-greet. Free admission; call 601-982-5861; facebook.com. 2017 Friendship Ball April 22, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The fundraising ball honors Pamela Junior and Robert Luckett. Proceeds go to Jackson 2000’s dialogue circles, which work to enhance trust and relations between the races in Jackson. $30; jackson2000.org.

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the best in sports over the next seven days by Bryan Flynn

There’s just one more week until the 2017 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday, April 27. The three-day event will shape the future of the league, teams and players for years to come. Thursday, April 20

College baseball (6-9 p.m., SECN): MSU hosts Alabama, the worst team in the SEC, as the Bulldogs eye division and conference titles. Friday, April 21

College baseball (6:30-9:30 p.m., SECN+): Get your streaming devices ready as MSU takes on Alabama in game two of their series and as the Rebels take on Missouri in game one of that series at same time. Saturday, April 22

College baseball (2-5 p.m., SECN+): The MSU Bulldogs finish a three-game series with Alabama that could end up deciding the SEC West race. Sunday, April 23

College baseball (1:30-4:30 p.m., SECN+): The UM Rebels try to stay alive in the SEC West as they finish their three-game series with Missouri.

Monday, April 24

College softball (6-9 p.m., SECN): MSU looks to move up the conference ladder with a win in the final matchup of a three-game series against Arkansas. Tuesday, April 25

College baseball (6:30-9:30 p.m., SECN): The UM Rebels and MSU Bulldogs clash at Trustmark Park for the 2017 Governor’s Cup. Wednesday, April 26

College softball (6-9 p.m., SECN+): The University of Mississippi hosts Jacksonville State in Oxford, as the Rebels look to build momentum for the season-end push. The upcoming NFL Draft is deep on talent at several positions, including cornerbacks and pass rushers. There will be some good players who could make teams but won’t get drafted over the course of the event.

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SPORTS & WELLNESS Strides 4 Seizures Superhero 5K April 22, 7:3010 a.m., at Lakeshore Park (6023 Lakeshore Park, Brandon). The run/walk is to raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi. Includes a costume contest, a mile fun run, and more. $25 5K, $10 fun run; epilepsy-ms.org.

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Walk, Run & Stroll April 22, 9:30 a.m.-noon, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Features activities designed to raise funds and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mississippi provide. Free; rmhcms.org.

Discover the Dinosaurs: Unleashed April 22-23, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Parents and children meet baby dinosaurs and enjoy activities such as rides, fossil digs and more. $15, $12 for seniors, free for under 2; discoverthedinosaurs.com.

Governor’s Cup April 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Baseball teams from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi compete as part of the annual series. $10-$60; call 800-745-3000; find it on Facebook.

Jeff Dunham April 21, 8 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Comedian Jeff Dunham performs some of his most famous characters. $31.50-$41.50; jeffdunham.com. Movie Night in Midtown April 23, 6 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Includes screenings of Antwone Perkins’ short film, “Ain’t No Love,” and the feature “Juice.” Free; find it on Facebook

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Amped & Wired: Live from Midtown April 21, 6 p.m., April 22, 7 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Friday includes performances from Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band, Coke Bumaye and 7even:Thirty. On Saturday, Antwone Perkins, Empty Atlas and Clouds & Crayons perform. Skratchin Jackson deejays. $10 per show, $15 for two-day pass; find it on Facebook.

“Rigoletto” April 22, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E Pascagoula St). The Mississippi Opera presents the opera about a court jester, his daughter and the lascivious duke whom he works for. Free; 601-960-1537; msopera.org. Charlie Mars April 22, 8 p.m., at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). The Texas-based country artist performs. $15 advance, $20 at the door; call 601-292-7121; ardenland.net. Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Ray Wylie Hubbard April 22, 9 p.m. The Texas-native Americana-artist performs. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; ardenland.net. • Turkuaz April 26, 7:30 p.m. The Brooklynnative “powerfunk” band performs. Organ Freeman also performs. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 877-987-6487; ardenland.net. DJ Shiftee April 22, 9 p.m., at Kemistry Sports Bar & Hookah Lounge (3716 Frontage Road N.). The New York City-based deejay performs. DJ Cadillac, TVBOO and Rob Roy also perform. $10; find it on Facebook. Sassy and Brassy April 23, 7:30 p.m., at The Reclaimed Miles (140 Wesley Ave.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet performs pieces from Millsaps College’s student composers. Free; call 624-8628; millsaps.edu. Spring Concert April 25, 7:30-9 p.m., at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road). The Jackson Choral Society performs. $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors; call 601-260-6356; jacksonchoralsociety.org.

LITERARY & SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Beyond Control” April 19, 5 p.m. James F. Barnett Jr. signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book; call 366-7619; lemuriabooks.com. • “An Unforeseen Life” April 25, 5 p.m. Mary Ann Connell signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book; lemuriabooks.com.

CREATIVE CLASSES Weekday Slay Ladies Night Paint Party April 20, 7-9 p.m., at Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues (538 N. Farish St.). Participants paint a pre-drawn work. Materials included. Registration required. $25 per person; prissypaintbrushstudios.com.

EXHIBIT OPENINGS Museum After Hours—Myth Made Real April 20, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Includes body paint work and photography from Eli Childers and Imani Khayyam. Includes a pop-up ‘sipp-Sourced menu, a screening of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” music and more. Free; msmuseumart.org. “For the Record” Art Exhibit & Fundraiser April 23, noon-5 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave). Local artists showcase works painted onto vinyl records. Free; offbeatjxn.com. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to events@jacksonfreepress.com to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.

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April 19 - Wednesday Alumni House - Big Earl from Pearl 5:30 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Sonny Brooks & Chris Link 7:30 p.m. Johnny T’s - Kerry Thomas 5-8 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Jeff Maddox 6:30 p.m. Old Capitol Inn - Brian Jones 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Sid Thompson 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Silverado Band 7:30 p.m. free Sombra, Flowood - Chad Wesley 6 p.m. free Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

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Bonny Blair’s - Steele Heart 7 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Acoustic Crossroads 6 p.m. free Capitol Grill - Ron Etheridge Album Release Party 9:30 p.m. $10 Cerami’s - Linda Blackwell & James Bailey 6:30 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Drago’s - Joseph LaSalla 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Risko Danza 10 p.m.

April 22 - Saturday

Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 3:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Jason Turner 10 p.m. free Thalia Mara Hall - MS Opera’s “Rigoletto” 7:30 p.m. $35-$65 Underground 119 - Good Paper of the Reverend Robert Mortimer

April 23 - Sunday Burgers & Blues - Jesse Smith 4 p.m. Kathryn’s - Sid Thompson & DoubleShotz 6 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Andrew Pates noon; Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Dan Michael Colbert 6 p.m. free The Reclaimed Miles - MS Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet 7:30 p.m. free

April 24 - Monday Bonny Blair’s - Lumpy Lumbley 7 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Larry Brewer 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5, $3 members Kathryn’s - Barry Leach 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Brian Jones 6 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

April 25 - Tuesday

Clouds & Crayons Bonny Blair’s - Papa Daryl 7 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Luckenbach 6 p.m. Cathead Distillery - Charlie Mars 8 p.m. $15 advance $20 door Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Drago’s - Hunter Gibson 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Ray Wylie Hubbard 9 p.m. $15 advance $20 door Georgia Blue, Madison - Brandon Greer 6 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Mike & Skip 6 p.m. Iron Horse - Nellie Mack Project 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Xtremez 7 p.m. Kemistry - DJ Shiftee w/ DJ Cadillac, TVBOO & Rob Roy 9 p.m. $10 Martin’s - Objekt 12 10 p.m. MS Coliseum - R. Kelly 8 p.m. $65-$79 Offbeat - Live from Midtown feat. Coke Bumaye, Empty Atlas, & Clouds & Crayons 7 p.m. $10 Pelican Cove - Jonathan Alexander & Josh Journeay 2 p.m.; Sofa Kings 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Chase Tyler Band 9 p.m.

4/22 - PJ Morton Album Release Party - Tipitina’s, New Orleans 4/23 - Leela James & Daley - Varsity Theatre, Baton Rouge 4/24 - The Wild Reeds - Proud Larry’s, Oxford

Bonny Blair’s - Don & Sonny 7 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic Fitzgerald’s - Doug Hurd 7:30 p.m. Millsaps - Russell Welch Hot Quartet 7 p.m. $10, $5 students Kathryn’s - Andrew Pates 6:30 p.m. St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Jackson Choral Society 7:30 p.m. $10 Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

April 26- Wednesday Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:30 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30 p.m. Duling Hall - Turkuaz w/ Organ Freeman 7:30 p.m. $15 advance $20 door Fitzgerald’s - Chris Gill & Jesse Robinson 7:30 p.m. Johnny T’s - Akami Graham 5 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Sofa Kings 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

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echnology can be a divider in the suburbs of New York to practice with time, and few musical styles show the crew in Queens. that better than deejaying. Some Since then, Zornow has built his listeners viewed the art form as re- name as a solo act, performing throughout cord ruining at its inception, and in more the country and making annual trips to recent years, as simple button pushing. Europe and Asia for performances. Hav As an artist who came up in the early- ing started when deejaying was much more 2000s hip-hop scene and still performs to- of an analog art form, Zornow has seen it day, New York native Sam Zornow, whom evolve, with the biggest change being the fans know as DJ Shiftee, has experienced technology, which he says removed some of two different eras of deejaying. the barriers of entry. Growing up, Zornow got into punk Now, it’s possible to download softand grunge rock at age 9 and went through ware, make a beat, put it online and suda significant saxophone phase at age 6—for denly have a music career, he says. Likereasons he says he can’t quite remember— wise, the deejay-battle scene is less enticing but he made an instant connection with to creative musical minds, who are now hip-hop after seeing music videos on MTV. more often drawn to producing. However, From there, he learned about local underground hip-hop, buying albums from the artists on Rawkus Records and performers at Lyricist Lounge, an iconic hip-hop open-mic event. At age 13, he used his bar-mitzvah money to purchase turntables and a videotape of the DMC World DJ Championship, a competition that he went on to win in 2009, in addition to its sister competition, Battle for World Supremacy, in 2007. New York native DJ Shiftee performs April 22 at After he saw the more Kemistry Sports Bar & Hookah Lounge. performance-based style of deejay battles as a teenager, he was hooked. He began researching techniques and learning more he hasn’t shied away from advancements in about the medium, which wasn’t quite as music technology, but instead found ways easy then as it is now, Zornow says. to combine it with the fundamentals that “This was pre-YouTube, so I would he first loved about the genre. go, and I would get every VHS tape I “What I do is I like to incorporate all could find of different deejay battles and the new technology, all the programs, keydifferent deejay tutorials,” he says. “And I boards, pads and those kinds of things, and would also, like, read about scratches on figure out how to flip them in a turntablist the Internet. There wouldn’t be videos, but kind of way, and join them with more oldI would read a paragraph about how to do school, traditional techniques,” he says. “So a particular scratch.” I’m still always performing on turntables, The next big step came when he was I’m still always scratching, and I’m still about 15 years old and began chatting always making these sort of fancy perforonline with a deejay named Cutfucius, mance pieces, but the difference is, now, who was a member the Lo-Livez deejay I’m using all the tools at my disposal.” crew along with Boogie Blind and Preci- DJ Shiftee performs at 9 p.m., Saturday, sion. Connecting with those artists gave April 22, at Kemistry Sports Bar & Hookah Zornow an opportunity to receive feed- Lounge (3716 Frontage Road N.). DJ Caback on his performances. Soon after, he dillac, TVBOO and Rob Roy also perform. became a member of the crew, and each Admission is $10. For more information, visit week, he would travel from his home in djshiftee.com.

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Bonny Blair’s - Mike & Skip 7 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Shaun Patterson 6 p.m. Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Raul Valinti & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10 p.m. $5 Fenian’s - Becca Rose 9 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Johnny Crocker 5:30 p.m.; Barry Leach 9 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jonathan Alexander 6 p.m. Georgia Blue, Madison - Zach Bridges 6 p.m. Iron Horse - John Causey 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Greenfish 6:30 p.m. Lakeshore Park, Brandon - Sunset Concert Series feat. Travelin’ Jane Duo 6 p.m. $5 per vehicle, $1 for walk-in MS Museum of Art - High Note Jam feat. Empty Atlas 6 p.m. free Old Capitol Inn - Chris Gill 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Robert King 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7:30 p.m. free Sombra, Flowood - Joe Carroll 6 p.m. free St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Extravoixganza! Opera & Cabaret 6:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Legendary Blues Night feat. Jesse Robinson & Friends 5 p.m. free

Fitzgerald’s - Ronnie McGee, Roberto Moreira & TJ Hall 7:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Andy Tanas 6 p.m. Georgia Blue, Madison - Shaun Patterson 6 p.m. Iron Horse - 19th Street Red 9 p.m. ISH Grill - Upscale Friday feat. Karen Brown, Clinton Baber II & DJ Finesse 7 p.m. Kathryn’s - Faze 4 7 p.m. Martin’s - FLVSH BVNG feat. Boogie T., TVBOO, DJ Uri & Phulti 10 p.m. $10 advance $15 door Offbeat - Live from Midtown feat. Alex Fraser & the Vagrant Family Band, Antwone Perkins & 7even:Thirty 6 p.m. $10 Old Capitol Inn - Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jason Turner Band 7 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Outlaw Radio 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Crocker & Reynolds 5:30 p.m. free; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Jonathan Alexander 10 p.m. free Underground 119 - KP & Denise

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other hand, is a woman of the world. She’s been around.” Though Maddalena is a smaller role, with the character only appearing in about half the opera, Arky says that it comes with its own set of challenges. “One of the challenging things about being an opera singer is having enough energy and developing enough stamina to make it through a whole show and not just be physically exhausted,” she says. “When you sing a shorter role, you don’t have to think about stamina quite as much, but it’s still relevant in that you kind of sit through the first act of the opera, sit backstage, and come out fully energized, fully ready to perform and not to give the sense that you’ve been sitting around for a few hours.” At the same time, the three-act “Rigoletto” runs shorter than many operas, clocking in at just about two hours, which Arky attributes to the leanness of its pacing and story structure. “For me, it is such a tight, taut piece,” she says. “There’s not a moment that falls flat. There’s not any kind of extra material.

he latest production from the Mississippi Opera, “Rigoletto,” may be a recognizable name even for people who aren’t versed in the classics. Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, which follows the titular jester’s attempts to keep his daughter Gilda from the licentious Duke of Mantua, is based on a novel from Victor Hugo, author of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Les Misérables.” The opera premiered in 1851 and has been regularly performed throughout the world ever since. While “Rigoletto” is a Mississippi Opera production, it also includes members of the Mississippi Chorus and principal cast members from out of state, including Rachel Arky, a New York-based mezzo-soprano who plays Maddalena, the sister of assassin Sparafucile, whom Rigoletto contracts to kill the Duke. “She is really earthy and out there,” Arky says of her character. “I feel like she’s kind of written to provide contrast to Gilda, who’s painted as kind of innocent and a little sheltered. And Maddalena, on the

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New York City-based singer Rachel Arky plays Maddalena in the Mississippi Opera production of “Rigoletto,” which is at Thalia Mara Hall on Saturday, April 22.

The drama is so tightly woven that it goes from one important moment to the next, without really any rest. As an audience member, it’s very captivating. As a result, it’s not the longest opera ever. There’s no excess—it’s very efficient in that way.”

Arky says “Rigoletto” offers a wellcrafted selection of music that presents some of the best characteristics of opera, including great solos, duets and chorus pieces. There are several pieces that even audience members who don’t frequent the opera may have heard, including the Duke’s song, “La Donna è Mobile,” which has been featured in countless films, commercials and TV shows. Arky says she knows some people may shy away from opera, but despite the larger-than-life elements in “Rigoletto,” audiences will relate to the characters and the ways they interact with one another. “For someone who perceives opera to only be about histrionic people and relationships and something like that, the relationships that Verdi portrays are very realistic,” Arky says. “The father-daughter relationship between Rigoletto and Gilda is very human, (and) Gilda falling in love still rings very true with that first-love feeling. It’s very relatable even if you don’t know the piece.” The Mississippi Opera performs “Rigoletto” is at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Tickets range from $35 to $65. For more information, visit msopera.org.

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TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Fantasize about sipping pear nectar and listening to cello music and inhaling the aroma of musky amber and caressing velvet, cashmere and silk. Imagine how it would feel to be healed by inspiring memories and sweet awakenings and shimmering delights and delicious epiphanies. I expect experiences like these to be extra available in the coming weeks. But they won’t necessarily come to you freely and easily. You will have to expend effort to ensure they actually occur. So be alert for them. Seek them out. Track them down.

Contagion may work in your favor, but it could also undermine you. On the one hand, your enthusiasm is likely to ripple out and inspire people whose help you could use. On the other hand, you might be more sensitive than usual to the obnoxious vibes of manipulators. But now that I’ve revealed this useful tip, let’s hope you will be able to maximize the positive kind of contagion and neutralize the negative. Here’s one suggestion that may help: Visualize yourself to be surrounded by a golden force field that projects your good ideas far and wide even as it prevents the disagreeable stuff from leaking in.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

A reader named Kris X sent me a rebuke. “You’re not a guru or a shaman,” he sneered. “Your horoscopes are too filled with the slippery stench of poetry to be useful for spiritual seekers.” Here’s my response: “Thank you, sir! I don’t consider myself a guru or shaman, either. It’s not my mission to be an all-knowing authority who hands down foolproof advice. Rather, I’m an apprentice to the Muse of Curiosity. I like to wrestle with useful, beautiful paradoxes. My goal is to be a joyful rebel stirring up benevolent trouble, to be a cheerleader for the creative imagination.” So now I ask you, my fellow Cancerian: How do you avoid getting trapped in molds that people pressure you to fit inside? Are you skilled at being yourself even if that’s different from what’s expected of you? What are the soulful roles you choose to embody despite the fact that almost no one understands them? Now is a good time to meditate on these matters.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

In the coming weeks, there will be helpers whose actions will nudge you—sometimes inadvertently—toward a higher level of professionalism. You will find it natural to wield more power and you will be more effective in offering your unique gifts. Now maybe you imagine you have already been performing at the peak of your ability, but I bet you will discover—with a mix of alarm and excitement—that you can become even more excellent. Be greater, Leo! Do better! Live stronger! (P.S.: As you ascend to this new level of competence, I advise you to be humbly aware of your weaknesses and immaturities. As your clout rises, you can’t afford to indulge in self-delusions.)

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

I love to see you Virgos flirt with the uncharted and the uncanny and the indescribable. I get thrills and chills whenever I watch your fine mind trying to make sense of the fabulous and the foreign and the unfathomable. What other sign can cozy up to exotic wonders and explore forbidden zones with as much no-nonsense pragmatism as you? If anyone can capture greased lightning in a bottle or get a hold of magic beans that actually work, you can.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

A friend told me about a trick used by his grandmother, a farmer. When her brooding hens stopped laying eggs, she would put them in pillowcases that she then hung from a clothesline in a stiff breeze. After the hens got blown around for a while, she returned them to their cozy digs. The experience didn’t hurt them, and she swore it put them back on track with their egg-laying. I’m not comfortable with this strategy. It’s too extreme for an animal-lover like myself. (And I’m glad I don’t have to deal with recalcitrant hens.) But maybe it’s an apt metaphor or poetic prod for your use right now. What could you do to stimulate your own creative production?

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Now would be an excellent time to add deft new nuances to the ways you kiss, lick, hug, snuggle, caress and fondle.

Is there a worthy adventurer who will help you experiment with these activities? If not, use your pillow, your own body, a realistic life-size robot or your imagination. This exercise will be a good warm-up for your other assignment, which is to upgrade your intimacy skills. How might you do that? Hone and refine your abilities to get close to people. Listen deeper, collaborate stronger, compromise smarter and give more. Do you have any other ideas?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

“If I had nine hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first six sharpening my ax,” said Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most productive presidents. I know you Sagittarians are more renowned for your bold, improvisational actions than your careful planning and strategic preparation, but I think the coming weeks will be a time when you can and should adopt Lincoln’s approach. The readier you are, the freer you’ll be to apply your skills effectively and wield your power precisely.

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Zoologists say that cannibalizing offspring is common in the animal kingdom, even among species that care tenderly for their young. So when critters eat their kids, it’s definitely “natural.” But I trust that in the coming weeks, you won’t devour your own children. Nor, I hope, will you engage in any behavior that metaphorically resembles such an act. I suspect that you may be at a low ebb in your relationship with some creation or handiwork or influence that you generated out of love. But please don’t abolish it, dissolve it or abandon it. Just the opposite, in fact: Intensify your efforts to nurture it.

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Your astrological house of communication will be the scene of substantial clamor and ruckus in the coming weeks. A bit of the hubbub will be flashy but empty. But much of it should be pretty interesting, and some of it will even be useful. To get the best possible results, be patient and objective rather than jumpy and reactive. Try to find the deep codes buried inside the mixed messages. Discern the hidden meanings lurking within the tall tales and reckless gossip. If you can deal calmly with the turbulent flow, you will give your social circle a valuable gift.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

The best oracular advice you’ll get in the coming days probably won’t arise from your dreams or an astrological reading or a session with a psychic, but rather by way of seemingly random signals, like an overheard conversation or a sign on the side of a bus or a scrap of paper you find lying on the ground. And I bet the most useful relationship guidance you receive won’t be from an expert, but maybe from a blog you stumble upon or a barista at a café or one of your old journal entries. Be alert for other ways this theme is operating, as well. The usual sources may not have useful info about their specialties. Your assignment is to gather up accidental inspiration and unlikely teachings.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

After George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States, he had to move from his home in Virginia to New York City, which at the time was the center of the American government. But there was a problem: He didn’t have enough cash on hand to pay for his longdistance relocation, so he was forced to scrape up a loan. Fortunately, he was resourceful and persistent in doing so. The money arrived in time for him to attend his own inauguration. I urge you to be like Washington in the coming weeks, Aries. Do whatever’s necessary to get the funds you need to finance your life’s next chapter.

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