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8 Complicated Parental Rights

The Mississippi Supreme Court must decide on a custody ruling in a same-sex divorce case, which could have repercussions around the state.

22 Celebrating Storytelling

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by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

Trump Crashes Mississippi’s Coming-out Party


’ve watched Mississippi’s new civil-rights and history museums rise from the ashes of a capital city that has crumbled and stumbled since so many white folks starting fleeing Jackson when the public schools were forced to integrate in 1970. For more than a year, I have just had to cut my eyes to the right slightly to see the two museums grow into the capital city’s modest skyline. For months, the humongous cranes contained the promise of something this state and nation so badly needs, and that was intentionally kept from our residents for so long—cold, hard truth. From my 13th-floor perch, I can also see the old Capitol where Mississippi voted to secede and join the Confederacy because, they wrote, black skin could handle the hot sun in the cotton fields better than lighter complexions. I know what I was taught back at Neshoba Central in Philadelphia, Miss., in the 1960s and ’70s, and it sure wasn’t that hard truth. For the first time, really, Mississippi is about to step up and tell the truth about our vicious history toward African Americans. Our coming-out party this weekend is a moment that so many Mississippians, of all races, are beside ourselves over. So many have trusted the museum’s promise enough to hand over blessed artifacts for it. A black friend of mine wrote a beautiful song for it (see page 16). One of my former interns, a white woman who attended a private academy here and helped me cover the Edgar Ray Killen trial a decade ago, is flying in for the opening. Myrlie Evers, who gave up her hero husband to save us all, will speak. But, now we’re told, Donald Trump is dropping in to violate this sacred ground of truth, this moment of reckoning for a state that so desperately needs it. The texts

rolled in fast when CNN broke the news: “Maybe he’ll thank Frederick Douglass on a job well done.” And, “He’s not welcome! He doesn’t need to come.” A stressful debate broke out between those who will still attend, and perhaps kneel as he speaks, and those who will now stay away. Supposedly, Gov. Phil Bryant invited his buddy, Trump. We’ve seen glimpses of a more reasonable Bryant recently, but this must have been the young version who at-

Mississippi is about to step up and tell the truth. tended Council McClure, a Citizens Council school with “evidence” in its library that black people are inferior. He was either clueless about the pain this would cause so many black residents and their allies, or he didn’t care enough to ensure Trump did not touch foot here Saturday. Inviting Trump is a lurid distraction from what the civil-rights museum finally admits about Mississippi, even using state dollars to tell these truths. Maybe that’s why Bryant invited him. But pandering to the powerful is what leaders in Mississippi tend to do. Bryant pandered to Trump, and most powerful people in Mississippi pander back to Bryant, resigned to the government using its resources to limit the rights of “the other”— whether to love and marry anyone they

want or have access to affordable health care and mental-health services. We’re not a state where progressives traditionally talk back much, but that is changing, even as it still makes many people uncomfortable. Now, Mississippians of all races are supposed to show up, be polite and smile politely as Trump desecrates the sacred ground those beautiful museums represent. His press secretary, Sarah Sanders, has already insulted Mississippians from a distance. “I think this is something that should bring the country together to celebrate the opening of this museum, and highlighting Civil Rights Movement and the progress that we’ve made. And I would hope that those individuals would join in that celebration instead of protesting it,” Sanders told reporter April Ryan on Tuesday. Sanders bristled at Ryan’s suggestion that Trump hasn’t firmly condemned racism, even in the wake of the Charlottesville Nazi marches when he made it sound like both sides were wrong. “I think he got his statement very clear when he condemned all forms of racism, bigotry and violence. There’s no gray area there, and I think he made it very clear what his position is,” Sanders said at her press briefing. Yes, he has. Trump’s entire campaign was based on building fear and hatred of “the other”—whether painting all Mexican immigrants as potential rapists and murderers, disrespecting a Muslim Gold Star family, saying the most hideous things about women, or even by spreading the same crime rhetoric about black and brown people that the Citizens Council pushed in young Bryant’s high-school library. I wrote back in December 2015 about Trump pushing lies about black crime. He had tweeted out: “Whites Killed By Blacks:

81%” alongside a masked, muscular young black man pointing a gun. That was a vicious lie. FBI data show that, in 2014, white people committed 82 percent of white homicides, consistent with recent decades. But Trump wanted his voters to believe that black people were coming for them— the exact lies used to justify the lynching of black men for decades in our state (we had the most) and various actions to keep black people unequal here, as documented inside the new civil-rights museum. Trump pushes the “southern strategy” of inciting bigotry nationwide as he obsesses about gang crime or Chicago murders—but never about effective ways to prevent violent crime. Trump has long refused to swiftly call out Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists—even as he falls all over himself to tweet outrage if a Muslim commits violence. He demands that white terrorists get the, um, benefit of the doubt. Trump may make that kind of false-equivalent statement right here in Jackson, near the livestock pens at the fairgrounds where local police locked up teenage protesters for hours in crazy heat. And with Myrlie Evers on the stage with him just 4.3 miles from where a white supremacist who pushed the same racist memes as Trump gunned down her husband in front of their kids. As always, the state that was the richest from slavery is ground zero of America’s race wars. But, this time, the truth will be right there near the racist on the microphone, just inside the doors of a proud, honest institution so many Mississippians have built with love, understanding and the determination that we cannot go backward, no matter how hard men like Trump try. Follow Donna Ladd ( on Twitter at @donnerkay.

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Rebecca Hester

Richard Coupe

Stephen Wilson

Arielle Dreher

Ko Bragg

LaShanda Phillips

Micah Smith

Zilpha Young

Events Editor Rebecca Hester recently moved to the Jackson area, and loves Alabama football, Boston Celtics basketball, the outdoors, music, dogs and volunteering as much as humanly possible. She compiled the arts preview listings.

Freelance writer Richard Coupe returned from living in France. He is a scientist, occasional writer, soccer referee, and once more, against all odds, the owner of a house that needs a lot of work. He wrote about “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.”

Staff Photographer Stephen Wilson is always on the scene, bringing you views from the six. He took the cover photo and many photos in the issue.

News Reporter Arielle Dreher is working on finding some new hobbies and adopting an otter from the Jackson Zoo. Email her story ideas at She wrote about President Donald Trump visiting Jackson.

City Reporter Ko Bragg is a Philadelphia, Miss., transplant who recently completed her master’s in journalism. She loves traveling and has been to 25 countries to date. She wrote about the People’s Assembly.

Freelance writer LaShanda Phillips is a recent graduate of Jackson State University. She is the third oldest of seven children. She wrote about the “Mississippi Mile.”

Music Editor Micah Smith is a longtime fan of music, comedy and all things “nerd.” He is married to a great lady, has two dog-children named Kirby and Zelda, and plays in the band Empty Atlas. He wrote about Larry Brewer’s new album.

Zilpha Young is an ad designer by day, painter, illustrator, seamstress and freelance designer by night. Check out her design portfolio at She designed ads for the issue.

To curious minds, courageous hearts, and adventurous spirits: We’ll see you soon. Be one of the first to experience the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, opening side-by-side December 9, 2017, in Jackson, Mississippi. Plan your visit now.

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— Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam questioning an attorney in oral arguments in a same-sex divorce and child custody case.



Wednesday, November 29 Mississippi grand jurors return indictments against Byron McBride and a second teen accused of aiding him in the murder of Kingston Frazier.

Silent Protesters to Meet Trump in Jackson

Thursday, November 30 House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on Michigan Rep. John Conyers to resign in the face of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

President Donald Trump will visit the state on Saturday to attend the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Silent protesters plan to meet him there.

Saturday, December 2 Donald Trump changes his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, suggesting he knew at the time that Flynn had lied to the FBI as well as to Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians during the presidential transition.

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Sunday, December 3 Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says the panel is starting to see “the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice” against Donald Trump for his actions against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

by Arielle Dreher and Ko Bragg


ommunity organizers began to plan protests early this week after news broke that Gov. Phil Bryant had invited President Donald Trump to the opening of two state-funded museums on Saturday. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump “will participate” in the grand openings of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Trump will likely share the stage with civil-rights veteran Myrlie Evers, the widow of NAACP leader Medgar Evers, whom white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith assassinated at their Jackson home in 1963 in front of his children, who is scheduled to speak. U.S. Congressman John Lewis, a civil-rights veteran who helped coordinate the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s “Mississippi Freedom Sum-

mer” in 1964, is also scheduled to speak Saturday as well. The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP is among those who have called on the governor to rescind his invitation to Trump. Jacqueline Amos, the chairwoman of the Mississippi Association of County Democratic Chairs and Hinds County Democratic Party, issued a statement asking authorities to cancel any appearance and remarks the president might make. “Any reasonable person knows that the presence of such a hugely divisive and polarizing figure will pervert and diminish what could otherwise be a healing and teaching moment for our state. Mr. Trump attained to the highest office in the land by appeals and tactics that do great and lasting violence to our civil rights heritage,” Amos said in a statement. Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s chief

of staff, Safiya Omari, told the Jackson Free Press Monday that they are still awaiting official details, including an update from Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance. JPD’s spokesman, Sgt. Roderick Holmes, said he has “very limited information,” and that he was told to direct inquiries about Saturday’s logistics to Megan Powers, a lead press representative at the executive office of the president. Powers said that logistics would be available later this week. Talamieka Brice, who organizes the Pantsuit Nation Mississippi Facebook group, said several community organizers are coming together to form a peaceful protest on Saturday if Trump makes an appearance. She said it is important that the protest be silent because she does not want to disrespect Evers, Lewis or museum staff. “Our main goal is to make sure that we are respectful of the occasion as well as expressing our displeasure with the commander-in-chief, who is an open racist,” she told the Jackson Free Press. At this point, Brice said the most likely protest plan is a silent kneel-in, as well as some protesters who cannot kneel carrying signs. She reiterated that the protest is in no way related to the museums. “We fully support the museums,” Brice said. “It’s the attendance of Donald Trump (we’re protesting).” Brice said the group is making preparations, including securing a permit and finding a place to meet beforehand.


Monday, December 4 The U.S. Supreme Court allows the Trump administration to fully enforce its travel ban for residents of six mostly Muslim countries. Tuesday, December 5 The Mississippi chapter of the NAACP and the Hinds County Democratic committee call for Donald Trump to cancel his trip to Jackson for the opening of the two new museums. ... U.S. Rep. John Conyers “retired” from Congress. Get breaking news at


Friday, December 1 The NCAA issues the University of Mississippi’s football program a twoyear postseason ban and other penalties for a long-running rules violation case that includes a charge of lack of institutional control. … Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about reaching out to the Russians on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 election.


This divorce and parental rights case could have statewide implications p8

“So is it right to bastardize that child?”


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“We fully support the museums. ... It’s the attendance of Donald Trump (we’re protesting).”

“Moving our city forward isn’t about who your candidate was.”

— Talamieka Brice, Pantsuit Nation Mississippi Branch organizer, on the protest against President Trump the group is planning for Saturday.

— Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on the latest people’s assembly and his approach as mayor.

The Fallout of the Ayers Settlement by Arielle Dreher


Needed: Non-Black Students The public endowments, so far, appear to have worked in diverting some funds to the universities. The Board manages and maintains control of both the private and public endowments for each HBCU until “the historically black university attains a total headcount other-race enrollment of 10 percent and sustains such a 10 percent other-race enrollment for a period of three consecutive years,” the settlement agreement says. Since 2008, only Jackson State University has met this requirement, IHL reports from fiscal-year 2016 show. Since 2012, JSU managed to have more than 10 percent of non-black students, meaning the university was able to manage where the funds are spend. All three HBCUs have received more than $39 million in principal public endowment funds as of fiscal-year 2016, IHL records show. Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State University must continue to work to meet the 10-percent requirement, however, in order to control and manage their endowment funds at an institutional level. The primary way is through recruiting non-black students to their universities in order to show that they are “making a good faith effort to increase other-race enrollment,” as the settlement mandates. Mississippi Valley State has seen an uptick in enrollment, but recruiting non-black students has proved chal-

lenging. In past years, the most non-black students enrolled at the university made up 5 percent of the student population. And while enrollment was up last year for the university, it was not “diverse in nature.” The university has a sustainability task force that President Jerry Briggs put together, La Shon Brooks, chief of staff and legislative liaison for the university, told the Jackson Free Press. “We have a committee that’s looking at ways to streamline operations and looking at efficiencies so we can address it,” she said. That committee will produce a study about how the university can brace for more less funding from the settlement in coming years. Brooks said MVSU currently

IHL Commissioner Glenn Boyce said this week that Mississippi’s three public HBCUs must compete on a level playing field with the state’s other public universities, even after the Ayers settlement funding runs out.

receives $2.9 million, but with the next step-down in funds the HBCU will receive $1.45 million. By 2022, the funds will run dry. MVSU administrators are focused for now on the one thing that will give them access to the public endowment funds. “Well, of course, focusing on recruiting to increase enrollment,” Brooks said. JSU, which has met the 10 percent “diversity” requirement, is also working on “several alternatives” to address the step-down in funding. Administrators would not elaborate on these solutions. “Ayers funding will not end until 2022. We will lose $3.28 million,” the JSU interim provost, Dr. Ivory Nelson, said in an emailed statement. “We’re trying to come up with additional ways to handle the funding step down and

started this process in July when Dr. (William B.) Bynum came aboard. There are several alternatives at work.” Empty Private Endowment The second part of the endowment agreement required IHL to create a private endowment in order to fund the three HBCUs using the interest on donations. The private endowment was supposed to be worth $35 million in the seven years after the 2001 agreement was signed. It has been nearly 17 years, and $1.1 million is sitting in the private endowment today, IHL Commissioner Glenn Boyce confirmed this week. “We have put in great effort just in my administration. We hired an individual who is top-notch and working very hard at it, but honestly people want to give to their universities. That’s just the truth. They don’t want to give to a foundation who’s going to hold that money forever, and all you’re going to distribute is the interest,” Boyce said. The interest funds do not amount to much, either, Boyce said. “So that’s been the struggle and the challenge, so we will continue to work at it, but I don’t see us making that figure. Candidly, right now we’ve got maybe $1.1 million, and a million of that came at one shot through a foundation years ago,” Boyce said. In late November, state lawmakers issued their budget recommendations for fiscal-year 2019, and the budget cuts to Mississippi’s colleges and universities by 4 percent, including Ayers funds. Universities took cuts in previous years as well, with some forced to increase tuition. Boyce said IHL is working and has been working with the HBCUs to prepare for the step-down and ultimate end of funding from the Ayers settlement. “They are already putting full-fledged plans into place, recognizing that millions of dollars are going to be taken away,” Boyce said at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum on Monday. The commissioner emphasized that the HBCUs will have to compete with all other public universities in the state, despite the depletion of funds. “We have a system where everyone competes on equal ground. I know sometimes people don’t think it is, but that’s the way it’s designed so when those funds are gone, those funds are gone, and they have to compete,” Boyce said. “So I’ve got Mississippi Valley, which is doing fabulous by the way—great finances, growing a little bit—doing a wonderful job up in the Delta, but they have to compete right up there against Mississippi State on a level playing ground, OK? … “This is a huge issue for them as to what they do.” Comment at Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at and follow her on Twitter at @arielle_amara.

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hree of Mississippi’s historically black colleges and universities—Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State—had a lot to gain back in 1975 when Jake Ayers filed a lawsuit against the state in order to improve academic programs and facilities at the state’s three public HBCUs. The class-action lawsuit, which includes all black citizens residing in Mississippi, spans more than 25 years. Decades of legal disputes and botched agreements later, in 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice, which got involved on behalf of Ayers and the plaintiffs, and the State came to a $500-million settlement agreement. The settlement agreement contained several provisions that meant IHL would have to divert more funding to construction projects and the expansion of academic programs at the three HBCUs over the course of several years. Additionally, the IHL Board of Trustees was tasked with establishing two endowments: one private and one public. ASU, JSU and MVSU benefitted from the Ayers settlement through funding for improved academic programming and infrastructure, funded by IHL. Funding from the Ayers settlement is set to decrease in 2018, however, and completely phase out for the three HBCUs by 2022. The universities, which have had to deal with budget cuts from the Legislature in past years, are bracing for what further reduced funding means on their campuses.


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A Legal Battle for Same-Sex Parental Rights by Arielle Dreher


Birth Certificate Questions Not even two minutes into Littrell’s presentation, Chief Justice Bill Waller asked her why the State was not a party in the case if Christina wanted to be added to the birth certificate. Littrell argued that her client was not asking to be added to the birth certificate but instead asking the court to recognize that Z was born into a legal marriage with two legal parents. “The law of this state recognizes parentage as a benefit of marriage, irrespective

tion and anonymous donated sperm, those children are deemed in law legitimate. And there are a number of sister courts, where there is no statutory guidance, that come to this conclusion that protects the family, protects the child, that ensures that the child doesn’t become a ward of the state.” Z will not become a ward of the state in Christina and Kimberly’s particular case, Justice Michael Randolph pointed out, but Littrell argued that allowing Judge Grant’s ruling to stand is an “inherently unjust and unnecessary result.” Arielle Dreher

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hristina and Kimberly could not get married in Mississippi in 2009. Same-sex marriage was illegal at the time and would be legal until 2015, so the couple went to Massachusetts to get married. They adopted their first son in 2007 before they were married, but after their marriage in 2009, they wanted to have a child of their own. For same-sex couples, this can mean using assisted reproduction technology. The couple decided on a sperm bank in Maryland, and Kimberly decided to carry the child. She received insemination treatments in Louisiana and gave birth to the couple’s son, called Z.S. in court documents, in 2010. Later the couple separated, but Christina Strickland was never named a legal parent of their son, Z.S. Her attorney, Elizabeth Littrell, argues that this is in part because the State of Mississippi discriminated against same-sex couples at the time. Only Kimberly Day, who has re-married, is listed on the birth certificate. During the divorce, Strickland was awarded visitation—not custody—of the couple’s two sons as well as a status called “in loco parentis” which gives her some responsibilities of a parent, still short of legal parenthood. In October 2016, Rankin County Chancery Court Judge John Grant, while granting their divorce, ruled that the marriage of the mothers was not the pivotal issue—instead focusing on the conception of the child and his father. “Z has got a natural father somewhere. Our Supreme Court has been very, very strict about parental rights and absent fathers. And there is a natural father somewhere of Z, whose parental rights have not been terminated,” Judge Grant wrote in his October 2016 divorce order. “ ... The Court finds two women cannot conceive a child together,” he continued. “The Court does not find it (sic) opinion to be a discriminatory statement but a biological fact. The court reasons it is impossible for two women to conceive a child and that conception must occur between a man and a woman. That the Court therefore concludes that Z is a child born during the marriage, not of the marriage, because the conception of Z is impossible between two females.” Strickland appealed to the Mississippi Supreme Court after the ruling, and Littrell told justices last week that Strickland wants the court to reverse Grant’s decision and declare Christina a legal parent of Z.

Christina Strickland (left) and her attorney Elizabeth Littrell (right) spoke with reporters outside the Mississippi Supreme Court after oral arguments in ther same-same marriage parental-rights case on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

of whether or not the husband is listed on the birth certificate,” Littrell said. She argued that Christina would have been on the birth certificate if Mississippi did not discriminate against same-sex couples at the time. “The state was discriminating against her and this family at the time by laws that have since been struck down should not justify continued discrimination,” she said. Littrell said that the Mississippi Supreme Court’s ruling in the case could affect thousands of children in the state born to same-sex and opposite-sex couples who use assisted reproduction technology to have children. “We are talking about children who are born to married couples. Do they have the right to two parents, or are we going to treat them as illegitimate?” Littrell argued before the court on Nov. 29. “… The court is empowered to recognize a common-law rule that says when children are born to a married couple that used assisted reproduc-

Obergefell Implications Prentiss Grant, who represented Kimberly in the arguments, told Supreme Court justices that Christina did not use a legal tool that he says could have remedied her parental-rights predicament. Grant argued that the case was not about what artificial reproduction means around the country but instead about following state law regarding the procedure. “To me the best way to do that is to require all artificial insemination or artificial techniques to be treated the same as any adoption case: you terminate the donor,” Grant told the Mississippi Supreme Court. This would mean Strickland would have to issue a public notice trying to find the sperm donor, whom the couple knows only as Donor No. 2687, to give him an opportunity to exert his parental rights—even though Littrell told justices that Kimberly had to sign an agreement that she would never seek to identify the donor. Justice Dawn Beam took particular

issue with Grant’s request, believing that it could violate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationally. “So what your argument is is that common sense says a male and female are the only ones that can produce a child, so we need to treat same-sex couples differently, that’s what you’re saying?” Justice Beam asked Grant. “No, your honor, because in my opinion, if you have a same-sex or opposite-sex couple that uses either a donor sperm and(/ or) donor egg, then both of those couples need to terminate the donor’s rights and either adopt the child or be acknowledged, because what you have is in this case, they talk about he’s unknowable, he’s un-findable—the sperm donor—all they had to do was serve him by publication, your honor,” Grant said. Beam also said the ruling in the Pavan v. Smith appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which said Arkansas’ law that “require(d) the placement of the birth mother’s husband on the child’s birth certificate” violated the Obergefell decision, also affects the case. That ruling essentially signaled to lower courts that Obergefell applied to birth certificates in Arkansas and elsewhere. Grant said it is up to the Legislature to change the part of state law that says a father cannot terminate parental rights if a child is conceived by artificial insemination. “The decision in the enacting of 939-10 that says the father cannot disestablish paternity should be changed by the Legislature to include everybody,” Grant said. “Now I do argue that we’ve got to look at a way to treat everyone right under the Equal Protection Clause, everybody has got to be treated the best we can, the same …,” Grant said. “… and the children above everybody else because they don’t have anybody speaking for them, right?” Beam interjected. “So is it right to bastardize that child?” Grant said no, but returned to his argument that Christina and other parents in similar situations could terminate the sperm (or egg) donor’s parental rights and then become legal parents. The U.S. Supreme Court issued their opinion in the Pavan case after Judge Grant granted his divorce judgment for Christina and Kimberly, so the Mississippi Supreme Court will have to decide how to apply Obergefell and Pavan to Strickland’s case. Email state reporter Arielle Dreher at Read more about LGBT rights in Mississippi at



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Hot and Collective: Inside the People’s Assembly by Ko Bragg The first part of the meeting, which Lumumba did not attend because he was out of town, emphasized the mayor’s agenda. The mayor’s chief of staff, Safiya Omari, introduced the mayor’s “A-team” and other city workers before she detailed the five-point mayoral vision for the City of Jackson in scheduled three-minute remarks that went at least five times as long. “You know we memorize these things when we’re growing up: a government of the people by the people and for the people, right?” Omari rhetorically asked of the audience. “Well, we want to make those Stephen Wilson

Though in Boston during the first people’s assembly on Nov. 28, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba emphasizes that the gatherings are independent of whomever is in office because they focus on the people’s power.

ready for more bottom-up governance, this is a welcome shake-up. Still, the road to independent thought can still be challenging, especially when the City convenes and directs the people who are supposed to tell it how to govern. ‘Participatory Democracy’ The Democratic Visioning Committee of Mayor Lumumba’s transition team held its first people’s assembly at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center on Tuesday, Nov. 28—a busy night for Jackson. Some participants came straight from work, others straight from the first official JPS board meeting since the City rebooted the board after reaching an agreement with Gov. Phil Bryant to try to avoid State takeover of the district. There was only standing room in the hot auditorium named for Alferdteen Harrison where people fanned themselves with the handouts.

words real. We really want to make it mean something: Participatory democracy.” Standing at a podium, Omari outlined future City plans to make the mayoral vision come to life. The second point promises to create safe and affordable communities, and Omari said the administration is working to develop crime prevention and recidivism programs, but she stopped short of giving the audience a tangible timeline for those things to come to fruition. The fourth prong of the mayoral vision promises to grow Jackson’s tax base with occupational opportunities. Omari promised funding by January for an access center with the goal of creating jobs in Jackson over the next three years by providing the services that people, such as the previously incarcerated, need to become employable. The chief of staff ended her speech talking about collective genius in Jackson,

and how she hopes the mayor’s compromise with Gov. Bryant that saved Jackson Public Schools from a state takeover will model the type of collaboration that will affect change in Jackson in the near future. “We have enough collective genius in this room I know to change the world,” Omari said. How do I know that, because we’ve done it before, right? Haven’t we?” “Think about it,” she continued. “This is Jackson, Mississippi, that was an example of oppression for the rest of the south, right? Look at it now, look at the diversity in this room, look at us working together.” Not Married to Lumumba Akil Bakari, the co-chair of the mayor’s transition team, maintains that despite Omari’s detailed speech peeling through every element of the mayor’s plan, there has to be a clear understanding and distinction that the people’s assembly is not married to Lumumba in particular, and would continue even if he was not in office. “(The people’s assembly) is totally independent and autonomous of the City of Jackson,” Bakari told the Jackson Free Press a couple days after the assembly. “It’s going to exist in function regardless of who’s in the mayor’s office. “Obviously, we like to have a good relationship with whoever is there, and we just happen to have a relationship with the one that’s there now, but the whole intent and purposes of it is to create and build people power independent of any political party or whoever is in the mayor’s office.” Bakari is also part of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a “radical” selfdetermination movement that the mayor’s father, former Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, started. Its hallmark principles include a demand for reparations for slavery in the U.S. and the creation of an independent black nation in the Deep South. The MXGM believes in people’s assemblies as a democratic tool. “The Assemblies are organized as expressions of participatory or direct democracy,” the MXGM website reads, “wherein there is guided facilitation and agenda setting provided by the committees that compose the People’s Task Force, but no preordained hierarchy.” Bakari said this first assembly was more introductory for people who are unfamiliar with this process. “What we really want to do is educate people around what participatory governance looks like, democracy, bud-

geting,” Bakari said. “Upcoming assemblies will be around those concepts and ideas.” He also clarified that the mayor was invited, although he did not attend because he was at what Lumumba describes as a “mayor’s school” conference at Harvard University. In his office, Mayor Lumumba spoke to the Jackson Free Press about the assembly, which started under his father’s citycouncil tenure with an intent he says is centered around an idea that he and his sister, Rukia Lumumba, repeat often: “Three minutes on a microphone does not make community participation.” In city council meetings, citizens who wish to voice their concerns on an agenda item during the public-hearing session are limited to three minutes’ speaking time. In the mayor’s absence, his sister Rukia tried to play a welcoming video of the mayor addressing the assembly, but its sound would not play through the museum’s speaker system. As the official program drew to a close near 9 p.m., she thanked the participants and promised that the next assembly would start on time. Alan Grove, 25, a white group leader who lives in west Jackson, said the assembly was a good time, but also hectic because it was the first one. Nevertheless, he was excited to have heard so many voices, especially considering that, growing up, he learned to think of Malcolm X as radical. “Honestly, I think it’s pretty crazy because I grew up with an education that Malcolm X was this like terrorist and Martin Luther King Jr. being a savior, right?” he told the Jackson Free Press right after the first people’s assembly. “But, then to understand that the people’s movement allows an individual person to have a voice—what could possibly be scary about that?” In the future, the mayor looks forward to participating in the assemblies, lending his presence and support both as the mayor, but also as a citizen concerned about what is at stake in his city. Lumumba said he loves critique, and welcomes the views of anyone—even people who do not like him or did not vote for him. “Moving our city forward isn’t about who your candidate was,” he said in his office later in the week. “I really don’t get caught up in personality battles, in candidate battles. I think the election of our leadership must be about what are the best ideas to move our city forward.” Email city reporter Ko Bragg at ko@ Read more about Mayor Lumumba at 11 December 6 - 12, 2017 •


any locals joke that when Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba took office six months ago, so did they, echoing his slogan: “When I become mayor, you become mayor.” That phrase comes alive through the people’s assembly, a process that flips government structure on its axis by funneling policies from the bottom to the top, using the people’s demands as a way to influence laws, ordinances and policies, and not the other way around. For a man national leftist media like to call the most radical mayor in the country, and a community

Creating a Movement


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Stephen Wilson

almost majored in history during college, but since my memory for facts and dates has always been a little shoddy, I decided not to go that route. I ended up choosing journalism because even if I can’t remember facts, I know how to tell a good story, and journalism is a good opportunity to always learn something new. But my love for history remains. I have a minor obsession with shipwrecks, especially the Titanic and the shipwrecks at the bottom of the Great Lakes. And two of my favorite museums will always be the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the “Mississippi Music Experience” on the second floor of The Iron Horse Grill. Any time I tour a new city or town, I always make a point to go to something historic. In Hattiesburg, I toured Veterans Memorial Park. When I went to Ocean Springs, I toured the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, which is as much a picture of the city’s history as it is an art museum. Needless to say, when I heard that the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum would be opening this year, I was excited that we would have two more museums. Cue glasses emoji. A couple of weeks ago, I finally got to take a peek inside both of them. As a history nerd, I loved how the history museum told the state’s story, and also how it incorporated stories directly from Mississippians. The “Reflections” gallery gives visitors a chance to tell their own stories through video, and when you stand on the balcony near the end, you can see this giant map-like sign of Mississippi with the phrase “One Mississippi, Many Stories” written across it. It’s why they call the balcony the designated “selfie spot,” besides the fact that it overlooks the whole bottom floor, clock towers and all. The coolest part about the map is that the people in the photos are mostly from the areas their photos are located in. I loved the history museum because it’s Nirvana for history nerds, but the civil-rights museum was a different experience. The tour started with a walk through a hall that had a timeline of slavery to freedom, with other gallery branches on the side. All galleries in the museum connect at one point in an atrium, a spaced called “This Little Light of Mine” where guests can stand under this large, looping, lighted sculpture that gets brighter and moves faster as visitors gather in the space. On the walls are photos of Mississippi’s civil-rights icons such as Emmett Till and Fannie Lou Hamer. When I went to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis earlier The sculpture in the “This this year, it was a powerful experience. Little Light of Mine” space The most surreal part was standing in glows brighter as more Martin Luther King Jr.’s room at the people come into the room. Lorraine Motel. But to me, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum was more surreal. The museum in Memphis told the story of the movement from a national perspective, but our civil-rights museum tells stories from Mississippi. It portrays an ugly and brutal past, one that we all need to face. The sculpture is my favorite part of the museum, not just because it’s a really cool piece of art, but also because of what it does. You start off with one or two people, and it moves and glows a little, but the more people who gather beneath it, the faster it gets, and the brighter it gets. Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a Gemini, feminist, writer, artist and otaku. Email story ideas to 12

Trump Should Not Speak at Museums’ Opening


is fitting that the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will be in Jackson, often called “ground zero” of the Civil Rights Movement. From the Freedom Riders to the Woolworth sit-in, Jackson witnessed many pivotal moments during the movement. Pioneers and leaders like Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Vernon Dahmer, James Meredith (the list is long) and many more are finally getting recognition they deserve. In 1964, the Congress on Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee organized “Freedom Summer,” drawing volunteers to the state to register black Mississippians to vote. The state-sponsored Sovereignty Commission, which had formed a decade earlier in response to the historic Brown v. Board decision, actively spied on civil-rights organizers at the time. Commission members conspired against those seeking equal rights for African Americans in the state—both black and white, and even coordinated with the Ku Klux Klan to carry out more violent retaliation. Less than 60 years later, instead of sponsoring white supremacy, terror and segregation, the Legislature opted to fund a civil-rights museum. Progress is possible—but is easily stunted by tone-deaf, notso-subtle actions by state officials today. Take Gov. Phil Bryant. The Citizens’ Council school alum has publicly supported the two museums as governor, but he also invited President Donald Trump to crash the grand opening. Trump, whose election to the highest office in the country has emboldened the most blatant, forthright group

of neo-Nazis and white supremacists since the Civil Rights Movement, could stand on the same stage as Myrlie Evers, who lost her husband at the hands of a white supremacist right here in Jackson. Trump, who waffled and botched a “many sides” response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this year, could speak at the opening of a museum he arguably knows nothing about. Trump, who thought Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist and writer in the 19th century, was alive today, could learn from the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. He should stand in front of the towering, ghost-like KKK robes on display in the museum and study the burning cross replica, set on fire and put in yards by terrorists. But Trump should not speak at the opening of the museums. If Trump is handed a microphone, he will undoubtedly fumble a trotted-out speech, embarrassing and infuriating Mississippians everywhere. He knows nothing of this state’s history—and nothing of the South. Bryant, too, could learn a thing or 15 from the civil-rights museum. The last exhibit is called “Where Do We Go From Here?” because the Civil Rights Movement is far from over. Civil rights are still at the forefront of several policy protests and movements today from Black Lives Matter to changing the Mississippi state flag. Bryant’s decision to invite Trump to the state as it takes a step forward might well place him alongside Trump in history books as the faces of men who implicitly and explicitly endorsed bigotry from the policies they support to the events they attend.

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Bridging the Tech Gap


ixie-Net, a small ISP in Ripley, Miss., offers wireless, fixed (i.e. residential) broadband Internet services to thousands of customers in the state. Its motto, “Bringing the World to Your Hometown,” is fitting, given that most of its customers live in some of the most rural and underserved areas— including Potts Camp, located in nearby Marshall County with a population just below 500 people, 23 percent of whom live below the poverty line. There’s a healthy niche in the statewide digital marketplace for small ISPs like Dixie-Net. A September 2017 joint congressional report shows that one-third of Mississippians lack access to residential high-speed-Internet technology—what the Federal Communications Commission defines as service with download speeds of at least 25 mega-bytes-per-second and upload speeds of 3Mbps. But as a 2016 Mississippi State University Extension Service report notes, broadband speeds for a majority of those who have access still fail to meet the suggested FCC download and upload speeds. In other words, we’re almost dead last among all states in our efforts to close the broadband “digital divide.” As the MSU report notes, lack of access and adoption are the “two ugly faces” of the digital divide. Affordability complicates the issue of lack of access. ISPs are not required to extend their services into small or remote communities that cannot generate enough revenue to cover infrastructure and related costs. Therefore, towns like Potts Camp may not have access to the most competitive services and prices that large ISPs like AT&T or C Spire offer. Instead, they are usually left with a single option—companies like Dixie-Net that do their best to fill the void but may struggle to maintain technology and service standards. The MSU report also recognized that many households in the state decline residential Internet service because of lack of interest or because they do not think it holds any personal value. Policy makers, industry watchers and tech companies often tout singular solutions to such problems—an “either-or” pattern born from well-worn talking points, as if one remedy can relieve the pressure of decades of eco-

nomic, social, political and technological neglect in our state. “Both the FCC and the Mississippi legislature should get out of the way and let the marketplace bring affordable, highquality internet service to Mississippi communities. Just because there is a problem (that) exists, doesn’t mean the government should try to solve it,” wrote Jameson Taylor, vice president of public policy at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy in a 2017 Clarion-Ledger editorial. There are many promising options out there, to be sure. AT&T’s experimental “Project AirGi,” for instance, would harness electrical fields around existing power lines to deliver low-cost broadband access to rural customers. But the “get-out-of-the-way” strategy can be counter-productive to such measures because it shifts the responsibility for progress to one party without input from other invested groups, like local and state governments, who may provide valuable assistance. The issue of adoption is critical to understanding why specific groups are not using broadband technology, and it is one area in which government agencies may be able to help. For example, a team from the MSU Extension Center for Technology Outreach, led by Dr. Robert Gallardo, has recently initiated a media literacy campaign, including meetings with residents in local coffee shops, aimed at increasing people’s knowledge, and decreasing their anxiety and ambivalence about the Internet and related technology. Media literacy is a necessary step in bridging the technological gap, especially the question of adoption, and a partnership with Gallardo and his team may go a long way in helping ISPs understand the rural culture of Mississippi and the challenges its people face. For our state to compete in the digital age, we need legitimate partnerships between the private sector and local, state and federal agencies. Too much is at stake to expect the latter to simply step out of the way. Pete Smith is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University and the JFP’s new media columnist. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the Jackson Free Press.

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Pam Confer’s song, “Mississippi Beautiful,” will be part of the “Where Do We Go From Here?” gallery at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.


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hen Pam Confer writes songs, she says the lyrics just come to her, and she starts singing them. So one evening in spring 2016, Confer was walking her dog, Jazzie, when she began singing, “Who are we?” She says that as she was walking and singing that line, she thought that she did not know if we as Mississippians know who we are. “I don’t know if we know why we are here, and I don’t know if we know the gifts that we actually have,” she says. “Mississippi has a such a rich and complicated history, and I know that’s an understatement, but that’s just the most even way to describe it. I think, historically, the people here have tried every approach to understanding each other, to seeking justice, to getting justice, to defining what justice is, defining what equality is, and I don’t know if we’ve taken time to ask ourselves, ‘Who are we?’ We say, ‘This isn’t right,’ and ‘We should stop this,’ and ‘I didn’t do that,’ and ‘Yes, you did,’ but really, we can’t get away from us. We’re all in Mississippi, so we can’t escape.” A couple of days after she wrote the song, which she called, “Mississippi Beautiful,” she sang it for James Meredith and his wife, Judy, at the opening of the “James Meredith: Am I or Am I Not a Citizen?” exhibit at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in summer 2016. “I sang it maybe one other time at a performance, just to play with it, but I hadn’t gotten anything solidly down,” she says. With the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History opening and the state’s bicentennial approaching, she says she knew she wanted to dedicate it to the historic change that she 16 felt was coming.

“I was telling a few people about it, and I knew that the museums were being constructed, but I didn’t know what was going in all the galleries or the verbage or anything,” she says. “… I promise you, just sheer destiny, is I was telling Pam Junior, the director over there, about the song, and the consultant who was doing the very final gallery that’s called, ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’ … I’m talking about the words to this song I’ve written, and they’re like, ‘(Those are similar to) the words that (are) in the gallery!’” She says the first line of the song—“What do you stand for?”—was also in the gallery. After discovering

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the similarities between her song and the gallery, she went into the studio and got the song done enough so Junior and the consultant could hear the emotion behind it. “I really didn’t think anything else about it except for the fact that it would be great if it would match with this gallery,” Confer says. Junior contacted her on Friday, Nov. 17, and asked her to come by and see the gallery. “Then I heard my song, so we all kind of started crying,” Confer says. “It was like a cry fest. The consultant was crying, Pam was crying, I was crying … those big soap-opera types of

cries. … (The song) just fits perfectly there. It does belong there, and I really hope that it helps to send that message when people leave, that you’re not leaving to get in your car and do the same thing you did when you arrived.” Confer says that with the state’s bicentennial and the museums’ opening, we have an opportunity to participate in our own destiny. “It’s an opportunity to turn the page,” she says. “If you’ve ever needed an excuse, like, ‘I don’t want to be a bigot anymore, but I don’t really know how to get out of it,’ ‘I don’t want to be a racist anymore,’ ‘I don’t want to castigate people because they have different opinions, but I don’t know how to get out of it.’ Well, there’s a birthday coming up, and we are the gift to each other. … We are the change we’re looking for.” She says that to truly redefine who we are, the current generation and past generations, especially people who were alive during the Civil Rights Movement, must come together to build and boost up Mississippi. “We can redefine who we are, why we’re here, what our legacy is, what really should we tell our children now. Not in the ’60s, but what do you tell your children right now?” she says. “What’s their legacy? And we all have a role to play in that.” Confer’s song, “Mississippi Beautiful,” will play in the “Where Do We Go From Here?” gallery at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Brandon Mitchell and Marcus Singleton produced the song. The opening of the civil-rights museum (222 North St., Suite 2205) and the Museum of Mississippi History (222 North St., Suite 1206) open on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Confer will sing the song and sign copies of the CD at the Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy.) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10.



Along with the state’s history, the Museum of Mississippi History has exhibits that explore the state’smusic and literary history.

The Museum of Mississippi History includes relics from the state’s past, including ones that explore aspects such as the state’s railroad history.


The Museum of Mississippi History’s exhibits include examples of clothing, pottery, weaving and more from the state’s Native American tribes, including the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Exhibits at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will explore African Americans Mississippians’ struggle for equal rights, spanning from slavery to present day.

At the end of the tour through the Museum of Mississippi History, guests can stand on a balcony that overlooks the “One Mississippi, Many Stories” display.

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COMMUNITY Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) • Lunch Bunch Community Forum Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Guest speaker Robert Blaine, the City of Jackson’s chief administrative officer, updates participants about the work of the Better Together Commission. RSVP. $8 lunch reservation; call 601969-6015; find it on Facebook. • Praises of Hope Dec. 16, 1-4 p.m. In the UMMC Conference Center. The MS Organ Recovery Agency host the gospel showcase featuring Ashford Sanders, BET’s “Sunday Best” seasonfive finalist. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Free admission; call 601-933-1000; find it on Facebook. • Christmas in the City: Home for the Holidays Dec. 16, 7 p.m. The gala features food, drinks, art and music. Special guests include “Iron Chef” Cat Cora and Motown recording artist La’Porsha Renae. Proceeds will go toward creating a multi-generational community arts and cultural center. Cocktail attire. $35 admission, $65 VIP; jackson

VSA Mississippi Art Reception & Book Signing Dec. 7, 5-7 p.m., at Art Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Author Mary Kitchens, along with members of the community art group, sign copies of their new book, “Bear’s Special Christmas Tree.” Proceeds benefit Mississippi Toughest Kids Foundation and VSA Mississippi. Free admission; call 601-960-1557, ext. 224; Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Oxford, Mississippi: The Cofield Collection” Dec. 7, 5 p.m. John Cofield signs copies. $44.95 book; call 601-366-7619; • “Book Club Babies” Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Ashton Lee signs. $15 book; • “Code Girls” Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Liza Mundy signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book;

art, visits from Santa and more. Free admission; • Fondren After 5 Jan. 4, Feb. 1, 5 p.m. The street festival takes place on the first Thursday of each month and includes music, food and drinks for sale, art and crafts vendors, and more. Free admission;

• “Unspeakable Things” Dec. 9, 1 p.m. Jackie Warren Tatum signs copies. $16 book; call 601366-7619; • “The Last Quarterback” Dec. 9, 3 p.m. Len Melvin signs copies. $19.95 book; call 601-3667619; • “Paint Me!” Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Sarah Frances Hardy signs copies and hosts a story time. $14.95 book; • “A Mississippi Palate” Dec. 16, 11 a.m. Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters sign copies. $39.95 book; • “The Sea of the Dead” Dec. 16, noon. Barry Wolverton signs copies. $16.99 book; call 601366-7619; • ”Flim Flam” Dec. 16, 1 p.m. Steve Robertson signs copies. $24.95 book; call 601-366-7619; • “Fire Sermon” Jan. 25, 5 p.m. Jamie Quatro signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24 book; call 601-366-7619; • ”The Unmade World” Jan. 29, 5 p.m. Steve Yarbrough signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $18 book; call

Jingle & Mingle Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). The holiday open house includes live music, “Selfies with Elfies,” story time with Santa, ornament decorating, snacks and more. Free admission; call 601-9825861; find it on Facebook.

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• “The Great Alone” Feb. 22, 5 p.m. Kristin Hannah signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $28.99 book; • “Perennials” Feb. 28, 5 p.m. Julie Cantrell signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.99 book; call 601-366-7619; “The Adventures of Captain A and Lambme Boy” Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Bay Window Books (151 W. Government St., Brandon). Jadon McGee, age 9, reads an excerpt of his book and signs copies. $7 book; call 601-7064545; find it on Facebook. Events at Barnes & Noble Booksellers (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite 3009, Ridgeland) • J.C. Villegas Book Signing Dec. 16, 2 p.m. The Mississippi-native author signs copies and reads from her book, “Journey of a Cotton Blossom.” Free admission; call 601-605-4028; • Jackie Warren Tatum Book Signing Jan. 13, 2 p.m. The Mississippi author signs copies of her novel, “Unspeakable Things.” Free admission; call 601-605-4028;

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How Mississippi Changed America Dec. 7, 4-6:30 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Historians and other experts discuss the civil rights movement in Mississippi and how the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will share the history. Guest speakers include Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Emilye Crosby, Francoise Hamlin, Tiyi Morris, Clayborne Carson and more. Free; find it on Facebook.


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Events in Fondren • Fondren Unwrapped Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. The Fondren Renaissance Foundation’s annual shopping experience and open house includes live music,

Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Siwell Middle School (1983 N. Siwell Road). Members of the Jackson community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free; Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 J.R. Lynch St.). In the Mississippi e-Center. Members of the Jackson community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free;

• Country Christmas Dec. 7-8, 5-8 p.m. The family-friendly holiday event includes a complimentary sampler breakfast, story time with Mrs. Claus, pictures with Santa and Rudolph, and carousel and wagon rides. $5 for adults; $4 for ages 3-18, seniors and military; call 601-4324500; • Gingerbread Market Dec. 8, noon8 p.m., Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The holiday market includes vendors with handcrafted items such as jewelry, clothing, frames and more. $5 admission;

Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (1000 W. Ridgeway St.). Members of the Jackson community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free admission;

The Jackson Free Press’ annual Best of Jackson Party takes place on Jan. 28, 2018.

Santa Claus Crawl Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m., in Olde Towne Clinton. The scavenger hunt through Olde Towne includes hot cider, light refreshments, heavy hors d’oeuvres, carriage rides, a photo booth, door prizes and more. $20 in advance, $25 on day of the event;

Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). Members of the Jackson community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free admission;

Mississippi: the River, the People, the State Feb. 13, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. Jim Giesen is the moderator. Jim Barnett and John Ruskey discuss the Mississippi River and its affect on life and culture in our state. $10 admission; call 601-974-1130;

Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Provine High School (2400 Robinson Road). Members of the Jackson community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free admission; Better Together Commission Community Listening Session Dec. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at City Hall (219 S. President St.).Members of the Jack-

son community meet to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. Free admission; ACLU Open House Dec. 15, 5:308:30 p.m., at ACLU of Mississippi (233 W. Capitol St.). Participants network and enjoy refreshments with legislators, nonprofit partners and community leaders. RSVP. Free admission; call 601-354-3408; find it on Facebook. Deck the Trails Dec. 15-23, 6-8:30 p.m., at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). The illuminated trail walk includes a choreographed light show, decorations, kids color station, Christmas train display, treats from Froghead Grill, and more. $3; call 601-9261104; Historic Christmas at The Oaks Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at The Oaks House Museum (823 N. Jefferson St.). The open house features periodappropriate decorations to show how the Boyd and McGill families might have adorned The Oaks for Christmas. Includes music from St. Brigid’s and 19th-century refreshments. For all ages. Free; find it on Facebook. Cathead Christmas Jam Dec. 16, 1-7 p.m., at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). The second annual Christmas event features live music, food and craft beer for sale, games, crafts, pictures with Santa Claus, and more. For all ages. Free beer token with toy donation. Free; find it on Facebook. 100 Wigs for 100 Women Dec. 16, 1 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). Guests bring a new wig, accessories or jewelry to be donated to cancer patients that have lost their hair during treatments. Includes light refreshment, desserts and treat bags. RSVP. Free; call 601815-3572; find it on Facebook.

Women for Progress of MS—Kwanzaa 2017 Dec. 26, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St.). Women for Progress of Mississippi hosts the all-ages celebration of culture and history. Includes food. Free; call 228-324-2946; find it on Facebook. Brown Bag Lunch Talk Dec. 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at U.S. Small Business Administration (210 E. Capitol St.). Participants discuss concepts regarding starting, financing and growing a small business. Free; email; Jackson Indie Music Week: Many Moons Panel Jan. 9, 6-7 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The panel discussion features female entertainment-industry experts discussing their experiences and different aspects of the music business. Free admission; Jackson Indie Music Week: ICON Awards Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The awards ceremony features live music, a cash bar and more. Honorees include Stan Branson, Dorothy Moore, The Windbreakers, Tommy Couch and the late Ryan Montgomery. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass;

receive a free invitation at jfpdaily. com. Invitation only; call 601-3626121; Mental Health & Wellness Day at the Capitol Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). NAMI Mississippi and the Mental Health Association of South Mississippi host the event for participants to learn more about the status of health in the state and participate in wellness activities. Free admission; call 601-899-9058; email stateoffice@;

KIDS Photos with Santa Dec. 6-7, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland). At Center Court. Children can visit with Santa Claus and take pictures. Free admission; call 601-863-2300; St. Nicholas Day Crafts for Kids Dec. 6, 3-4 p.m., at Manship House Museum (420 E. Fortification St.). Children ages 5 to 12 learn to make Victorian-era Christmas crafts. Free; call 601-961-4724; Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive)

Jackson Indie Music Week: Tech Talk Jan. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., at Coalesce (109 N. State St.). Includes a panel discussion and mixer featuring representatives of local technology platforms, and music from Jason Mathena with Skratchin’ Jackson and 5th Child. Free;

• Cajun Christmas Dec. 8, 5:30-9 p.m. Includes an interactive storytelling of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas,” encounters with swamp animals, a visit from the Christmas Gator, crafts, pictures with Santa and more. $6 for adults, $4 for children; call 601-576-6000;

Best of Jackson Party Jan. 28, 6 p.m. The Jackson Free Press’ annual party celebrates the winners and nominees for the Best of Jackson competition. Includes live entertainment, dancing, food from local restaurants, adult beverages and more. Sign up for to

• STEM with Snowflakes Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors experiment with instant snow, make paper snowflakes, learn about snowflake symmetry, explore properties of dry ice and more. $6 for adults, $4 for children; call 601-576-6000;

• Superhero Science Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors discover the science principles behind some of their favorite superheroes and their abilities, including flight, magnetism, elasticity and more. $6 for adults, $4 for children, free for ages 3 and under; call 601-576-6000; • Family Fun Science Night Jan. 18, 6-8 p.m. Families experience science firsthand by interacting with robots, meeting Mississippi wildlife, experimenting with kinetic sand and more. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 3-18; Winter Zoo Camp Dec. 9, Dec. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The camp for ages 6-12 includes zoo hikes, educational talks about winter animals and other themed activities. $45 for members, $50 for nonmembers; call 601-3522580, ext. 240; Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) • Santa Saturdays Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children can take photos with Santa Claus and explore the “Journey to the North Pole” holiday exhibit, which includes a 45-foot slide and the Santa Express. $10; • ‘Twas a Night at the Museum Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m. Guests wear pajamas and enjoy hot chocolate, activities, story time with holiday characters, and more. $10 for ages 1 and up; call 601981-5469; Events at Metrocenter Mall (3645 Highway 80 W.) • Sleigh Bell Christmas Fashion Show Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m. At Center Court. The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreations hosts the winter and holiday fashion event for children ages 5-12. Free; call 601960-2164; find it on Facebook.

• Fun with Santa Dec. 16, 9 a.m.noon. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. hosts the event which includes pictures with Santa, live entertainment, games, prizes, concessions and a bike giveaway. Free; find it on Facebook. Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab Dec. 10, 2-3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). A museum educator leads children ages 6-10 and their caregivers in an art project that takes inspiration from a guest artist. $10; “Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” Dec. 13, 2 p.m., 6 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The interactive stage show features a variety of characters from the popular children’s TV program “Sesame Street,” including Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and more. $15-$60; “Shopkins Live! Shop it Up!” Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The interactive musical stage show features characters from the popular grocerythemed toy series. $15-$100;

FOOD & DRINKS Events at Hops & Habanas (2771 Old Canton Road) • Sour Beer Tasting Dec. 6, 5-7 p.m. Southern Beverage hosts the tasting, which features sours from a variety of breweries. Free; call 769-5724631; • Jackson Indie Music Week: Bass & Beer Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m. Includes a live deejay, a beer tasting and more. Free admission; more EVENTS, see page 22

Junie B. Jones, Batman and Puppets teacher, Mr. Scary. The story revolves around the class’ upcoming performance of “Jingle Bells.” In the play, Junie struggles with choosing between buying a gift for herself, or buying a gift for her classmate, May, who does not like Junie. The Mississippi Puppetry Guild will perform the play on Friday, Dec. 8, and the following Dec. 12-15 at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive, Single tickets are $10 each, and group tickets are $8 each. For more information, visit, find the Mississippi Puppetry Guild on Facebook, or call 601-977-9840. —R.H. Coupe 19 December 6 - 12, 2017 •

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In Mississippi Puppetry Guild’s production of “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” Keni Bounds (left) plays the puppet version of Junie B. Jones, and Lesley Raybon (right) plays the puppet version of May.


or the fourth time, the Mississippi Puppetry Guild will do a production of “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells.” The play is based on two books from the “Junie B. Jones” series by Barbara Park, and though it is written for stage actors, the guild will perform it with puppets. “The books are heavily illustrated by cartoons,” the guild’ artistic director and the play’s director, Peter Zapletal, says. “That served as an inspiration to use puppets rather than actors. With puppets, you create your own cast, not dependent on the face or body size of the performer.” Junie B. Jones, or Juniper Beatrice Jones, a bright first grader, shares the stage with five classmates and their

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“Murder Is Golden” Dinner Theater Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Georgia Blue (223 Ridgeway Road, Flowood). The holiday murder-mystery dinner theater show is a parody of the classic TV show “The Golden Girls.” Includes a non-alcoholic drink and a threecourse meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m., and show at 7 p.m. $51; call 601-8502318;


Dirty Santa Bottle Swap—JXN Barley’s Angels Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Shanna Carroll Head is the host. The ladies-only night event includes a game of “Dirty Santa,” where participants bring a wrapped four-pack, six-pack or bomber of craft beer. All door proceeds go to charity. $10 for members, $12 for non-members; find it on Facebook.

Events at Southern Institute of Faux Finishing (1091 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) • Farmhouse Mirror Workshop Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants learn to add texture, milk paint, gilding and other advanced techniques to farm-style mirrors. $375 (includes supplies; call 601-919-3289;

Chef’s Counter Tasting Dec. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Estelle Wine Bar & Bistro (407 S. Congress St.). Executive Chef Matthew Kajdan will craft a five-course menu with wine pairings. Limited space. $80, plus tax and gratuity; call 769-235-8400; “Murder Is Golden” Dinner Theater Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Biaggi’s (970 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The holiday murder-mystery dinner theater show is a parody of the classic TV show “The Golden Girls.” Includes a non-alcoholic drink and a three-course meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m., and show at 7 p.m. $51 per person; call 601-850-2318;

Introduction to Crochet Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., at The Knit Studio (1481 Canton Mart Road, Suite B). Participants learn basic stitches and chain, single crochet, double crochet and slip stitch techniques, beginning with two squares that can be used to make a scarf or washcloth. Admission TBA; email; find it on Facebook.

“Deck the Halls” Dinner Theater Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m., at Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues (538 Farish St.). The interactive comedic mystery dinner show includes a three-course dinner. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m. $40 per person; Rare Single Malts of the World Dec. 12, 7-10 p.m., at Rickhouse by The Manship (717 Poplar Blvd.). The tasting includes whiskeys from distilleries such as Sullivans Cove of Tasmania, Amrut of India and more. Raj Sabharwal of Purple Valley Imports will be on-hand to discuss the selections. $100, $150 VIP; find it on Facebook. Bourbon Bonanza 2.0 Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Fondren Cellars (633 Duling Ave.). Includes a free tasting of Fondren Cellars’ private barrel selection bourbons and whiskeys,

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• Farmhouse Panel Workshop Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants learn advanced techniques for mastering chipped and creamy looks on pieces that they can take home. $265 (includes supplies); Events at Farmer’s Table Cooking School in Livingston (1030 Market St., Flora) • Spinach Salad & Seared Salmon Class Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m. Participants learn to make a warm spinach salad, pan-seared salmon over winter vegetable risotto, mini apples and more. $89 per person; • Back to Basics Class Dec. 28, 6-8 p.m. Participants learn to make a traditional Caesar salad, baked brie with candied pistachios, grilled beef tenderloin, mini cherry pies and more. $89 per person;

and a bottle drawing. Winners can select one of more than 100 bottles of rare whiskey to purchase. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Murder Mystery Dinner Dec. 16, 6 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (111 Market St., Flowood). The Detectives Dinner Theatre presents interactive comedy murder mystery with a three-course meal. $39, before tax and gratuity; Jackson Indie Music Week: Gospel Brunch Jan. 14, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at The Iron Horse Grill (320 W. Pearl St.). Includes food and drink for sale, and music from Robert James Starr. Free admission; Southern Prohibition Beer Dinner Jan. 29, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint

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• “Steaks Tonight!” Class Jan. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Participants learn to make a traditional Caesar salad, grilled filet mignon, cast-iron skillet apple pie and more. Limited space. $89 per person; call 601-506-6821; Writing to Change Your World Jan. 6, Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, noon-2:30 p.m., at Jackson Free Press (125 S. Congress St., Suite 1324). JFP Editor-in-Chief Donna Ladd leads the fivesession creative nonfiction class, which teaches participants to write sparkling stories, essays, columns, memoirs and more. Recordings of each class available for those who miss a session. Regular $350 (includes workbook and snacks); $249 until Dec. 15. call 601-966-0834; email class@; see

(565 Taylor St.). The meal includes a five-course dinner with beer pairings. Limited space. $60 per person, $30 per person for food only; call 601368-1919;

STAGE & SCREEN Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) • “Beauty & the Beast” Dec. 7-9, 7 p.m., Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 2 p.m., Dec. 19-21, 7 p.m. The musical is an adaptation of Disney’s animated classic. $35 admission, $28 for seniors, students and military; call 601-948-353;

• “Silent Sky” Feb. 13-17, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18, 2 p.m., Feb. 20-24, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 25, 2 p.m. The dramatic play tells the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Recommended for ages 11and older. $30 for adults; $25 for seniors, students and military; call 601-948-353; “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!” Dec. 8, Dec. 13-15, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The holiday puppet show features popular children’s character Junie B. Jones sharing the importance of sharing, respecting authority, being kind to others and the joy of giving. $10; call 601-977-9840; more EVENTS, see page 22

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ameka Dyon saw a need for Jackson to have its own space for women with natural hair to come together and share their knowledge about the subject. In a partnership with her nonprofit organization, Naturalista Society, Dyon created the JXN Natural Hair Expo, a family-friendly event that is open to anyone who is currently has natural hair, or is transitioning or considering making the change. Dyon created the exhibition to provide education and exposure to the natural-hair community. “We’re finally coming into a place where people in Mississippi are comfortable wearing their natural hair,” Dyon says. “We’re breaking down barriers and dispelling stereotypes.” The event will have about 50 vendors, including local entrepreneurs who make natural-hair-care prod20

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ucts, a Kinky Curly Conversations Panel, and local entertainment such as comedienne Rita Brent, who is coming as part of the Rickey Smiley Tour. The event will also have a Locs and Jocks session, where a panel of barbers and loc stylists will offer tips for men. Actress LeCourtney Harness and radio personality Morgan Lavine will co-host the event. Some of the sponsors are natural-hair companies Hair Yum, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Miss Jessie’s, Moisture Love and Jane Carter Solution. The JXN Natural Hair Expo is Feb. 3, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jackson Medical Mall. General admission is $7 and the exclusive tickets that includes a swag bag is $15. For more information, find the event on Facebook or visit —LaShanda Phillips

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“The Nutcracker” Dec. 9-10, 2 p.m., Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents the classic holiday story with guest artists Joseph Gatti and Ashley Ellis. $20-$22; call 601853-4508; Cabaret at Duling Hall: “Amahl and the Night Visitors” Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Mississippi Opera presents its annual production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s family-friendly one-act Christmas opera. $20 admission; call 601960-2300; Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.) • “Light Has Come: The Angels’ Story” Dec. 16, 2 p.m., 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Ballet Magnificat presents the holiday dance program, which depicts the story of the Jesus’ life from the perspective of the angels. $20-$50;

• “A Christmas Story: The Musical” Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 27, 1 p.m. The musical is an adaptation of the classic 1983 film and follows the story of Ralphie Parker his quest for an official Red Ryder air rifle. $28-$85; • Shen Yun Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m. The performing arts organization presents a program of storytelling, dance and music sharing elements of traditional Chinese culture. $80-$120; shenyun • “Dirty Dancing” Jan. 20, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. The musical is an adaptation of the 1987 film starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze, and features dance and music from the film. $40-$80; • Riverdance Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. The international Irish dance group presents a program of traditional Irish dance and music. $35-$75;

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• “The Wizard of Oz” Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. The musical is based on the 1939 film and tells the story of Dorothy, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow. $35-$70; Jackson Indie Music Week: Music Video & Short Film Showcase Jan. 13, 3-5 p.m., at The Reclaimed Miles (140 Wesley Ave.). The showcase features up to 10 video entries. $5 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Wild & Scenic Film Festival Jan. 20, 1-7 p.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Keep Jackson Beautiful hosts the single-day film festival. Free; Power APAC Broadway Revue Feb. 1-2, 6:30 p.m., at Power APAC (1120 Riverside Drive). Includes songs from “Aladdin,” “Motown: The Musical” and “Into the Woods.” $2 for students, $4 for adults;

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Jeanne Robertson Jan. 13, 8 p.m., at City Hall Live (1000 Municipal Drive, Brandon). The humorist and motivational speaker performs. $33-$63;

BE THE CHANGE Canton-Madison Black & White Ball Dec. 9, 6-11:30 p.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The 15th annual ball is a fundraiser for the Canton-Madison alumni chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Boys & Girls Club of Madison County. Cocktail hour at 6 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. $50 per person, $400 table for eight; find it on Facebook.

“An Evening with C.S. Lewis” Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). The play recreates an evening in 1963 with the famed British writer who authored the Narnia Chronicles. $25-$50;

Starry Night Gala Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at St. Anthony Catholic School (1585 Old Mannsdale Road, Madison). Includes live and silent auctions, raffles, food, music from Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster, and more. Proceeds benefit St. Anthony Catholic School. $100 per couple; call 601-607-7054;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Street Corner Symphony Christmas Show Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. The a cappella quintet was the runner-up on NBC’s “The Sing Off.” $20 in advance, $25 at the door;

Tacky Christmas Party Dec. 21, 7-11 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 Mill St.). The party includes music, cocktails and more. Attendees bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Mississippi Children’s Home. $10 in advance, $15 at the door;

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LGBTQ & Ally Resource Fair Jan. 20, 2-5 p.m., at Galleria Event Center (2640 Terry Road). The family-friendly festival highlights local and national businesses and organizations in support of the LGBT community. Free;

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o coincide with the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and as a way to celebrate the state’s bicentennial, Team JXN, the Greater Jackson Arts Council, and other organizations and businesses will partner together for the “Mississippi Mile” on Saturday, Dec. 9. The event features Blue Magnolia Film’s project, “Celebrating Storytellers: A Bicentennial Photo Gallery,” one of the largest open-air galleries in the U.S. that will showcase 200 large-scale photographs that highlight cultural and economic revitalization from around the state, along with a QR code to learn more about each photo. Blue Magnolia spent the last three years touring the state and gathering people’s stories for the gallery. Event planner Patty Bolian, who is helping with the event’s coordination, says the goal is to promote and showcase Mississippi talent and products. “We’re basically throwing a huge block party where we are inviting artists and city groups,” she says. She says that along with 22 being a state celebration, it will also be a cel-

The “Mississippi Mile,” part of the state bicentennial celebration, takes place in downtown Jackson along Capitol Street on Saturday, Dec. 9.

ebration of the city, specifically downtown. Participants can expect to see a variety of vendors, artwork and city groups. The Market, which a group of curated artists that display once a month at Highland Village, will participate, and the event will also have vintage cars from all over the state. Restaurants such as Steve’s Downtown Deli and Basil’s will be open for

the event, and the event will have a beer garden and more. The “Mississippi Mile” is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Jackson. President Donald Trump’s appearance in Jackson that day may affect event times. For more information, find Mississippi Mile on Facebook and Instagram. —LaShanda Phillips

Events at Country Club of Jackson (345 St. Andrews Drive) • American Heart Association Heart Ball Jan. 26, 6-11 p.m. The black-tie event is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association and includes live music, food, drinks, auctions and more. $250; call 601-321-1215; email • Bacchus Ball Feb. 10, 6:30-11:30 p.m. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Mardi-Gras-themed gala includes with live music from 14 Karat Gold, cocktails, Cajun cuisine, live and silent auctions, and more. $125 per person; call 601-957-7878; email triciaboyd@; Ignite the Night: Mississippi Music Feb. 17, 7-11 p.m., at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.). The adults-only fundraising event includes food, cocktails, music and special activities. $100; call 601-981-5469; 2018 Cancer League Gala Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., at The South Warehouse (627 E. Silas Brown St.). Includes music from The Molly Ringwalds, a silent auction, cocktails and more. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society’s Jackson chapter. $125; find it on Facebook.

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• Pokey LaFarge Dec. 9, 8 p.m. The roots singer-songwriter is known for his mix of Americana, jazz, ragtime, folk, swing and country blues music. His latest album is titled “Manic Revelations.” The Easy Leaves also perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; • The Vamps Dec. 22, 8 p.m. The jazz ensemble features veteran local musicians such as Adib Sabir, Barry Leach, Denny Burkes and more. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; • Cowboy Mouth Dec. 30, 8 p.m. The New Orleans-based modernrock band performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; • Todd Snider Jan. 5, 8 p.m. The folk-rock artist’s latest album is titled “Eastside Bulldog.” Rorey Carroll also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; • Jackson Indie Music Week: R&B Live Jan. 11, 9-11 p.m. The R&B music showcase features performances from Taurean La’del, Cooper Deniro, Y’Marii and Compozitionz. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass;

• Cabaret at Duling Hall—The King of Rock and Roll Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera presents an evening with music from Elvis Presley tribute artist Victor Trevino Jr. $30; • Stoop Kids + Little Stranger Jan. 26, 8 p.m. Stoop Kids is a New Orleans-native psychedelic fivepiece, and Little Stranger is a hiphop duo based in Charleston, S.C. $10 admission; • Jay Farrar Duo Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. The alternative-country artist is known for his work with Son Volt. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; • Shovels & Rope Feb. 10, 8 p.m. The Charleston, S.C.-native folk duo’s latest album is titled “Little Seeds.” $30 in advance, $35 at the door; • Cabaret at Duling Hall—Musically Ever After Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Nick Perna and Mandy Spivak perform a program of Broadway show tunes and 21st-century music while telling the story of two artists sharing love, children and music. $25; • Anderson East Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. The southern-soul and R&B artist’s upcoming album is titled “Encore.” J.S. Ondara also performs. Doors


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Richard Kelso Opening Reception Dec. 7, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St.). The 25th anniversary art show features new and classic work from the Cleveland, Miss.-native painter. Free admission; call 601-2919115;


“Music & Dance in Central Mississippi” Gallery Reception Dec. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). At the Benny G. Thompson Building. The Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts present the photography exhibit that highlights various music and dance traditions of Central Mississippi in celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial. Free admission; call 601-359-6034; find it on Facebook. Opening Day & Bicentennial Celebration Dec. 9-10, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St.). On the outdoor pavilion. The opening event for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History includes music, guest speakers, food trucks and more. Museum tours for Dec. 10 are sold out. Free; NuRenaissance Annual Art Showing & Gala Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m., at Freelon’s (440 N. Mill St.). The 15th anniversary celebration features an

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open at 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; • Brent Cobb & Them Feb. 17, 8 p.m. The country singer-songwriter and his band perform as part of the “Ain’t a Road Too Long Tour.” $12 in advance, $15 at the door; • Martin Sexton Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. The New York-native singer-songwriter is known for his blend of Americana, rock, soul, country and R&B. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door;

exhibition of artwork from Myron McGowan and special guest artists. Free admission; call 601-372-8088; email; Mississippi Mile—Mississippi’s Bicentennial Birthday Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., on Capitol Street. The culminating bicentennial celebration features storytellers, an open-air bicentennial photo gallery and more. Free admission; call 601213-6789; email david@greaterjacksonartscouncil. com; find it on Facebook. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • Museum After Hours: Mississippi Made Dec. 21, 5:30-8 p.m. Includes a pop-up exhibition featuring art that takes inspiration from Laurin Stennis’ proposed state flag design, music from Pam Confer, a ‘sipp-Sourced food menu, a film screening, a cash bar, games and more. Free admission; call 601-960-1515; • Museum After Hours Jan. 18, Feb. 15, 5:30-8 p.m. The event takes place on the third Thursday of each month and includes a pop-up art exhibition, a ‘sipp-Sourced food menu, live music, a film screening, a cash bar, games and more. Themes to be announced. Free admission; call 601-960-1515;

Attaché Show Choir Fall Revue Dec. 6-9, 7:30 p.m., at Clinton High School (401 Arrow Drive, Clinton). The annual concert features a preview of the show choir’s 2018 competition show, “The Beatles,” along with music from “Rent,” “Jersey Boys” and “Grease.” $10; Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • Tesheva Dec. 8, 10 p.m. The southern psychedelic quartet performs. Hood Baby & the Barnacles also perform. For ages 18 and up. $10 admission;

SUBMIND Christmas Dec. 21, 7 p.m., at The Kundi Compound (265 E. Fortification St.). Artists daniel johnson and Thomas Eddleman present an art installation on pop-culture Christmas media from across the decades. Free admission; call 601-497-7454; find it on Facebook. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) • “Conservation Quest” Exhibit Opening Jan. 27, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum’s new exhibit explores the use of energy, where it comes from and the importance of conservation. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 3-18; call 601576-6000; • Mississippi Arbor Day Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Visitors learn about a variety of Mississippi trees from the past and present. Includes crafts and a live tree giveaway while supplies last. $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 3-18; call 601576-6000;; 59th Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The event features more than 25 dealers of gems, fossils, minerals, jewelry, lapidary tools and more. Includes children’s activities and hourly door prizes. $6 for adults, $3 for students, free for ages 5 and under; email;

• Empty Atlas’ “Hestia” Anniversary Show Dec. 9, 10 p.m. The Mississippi indie-rock band performs for the anniversary of its debut album. The DLX and JSCO also perform. $10; • The Vegabonds Dec. 14, 9 p.m. The Nashville, Tenn., southern rock and alt-country band performs. Riverside Voodoo also performs. $10; • Black Oak Arkansas Dec. 15, 10 p.m. The Arkansas-native southernrock band has been performing since 1963. Framing the Red also performs. $20 admission; • Wrong Way & Crane Dec. 16, 10 p.m. The Athens, Ga.-native rock band performs a Sublime tribute set and a set of original music as Crane. Admission TBA; • The Weeks Homecoming Show Dec. 22, 10 p.m. The Jacksonnative rock band is now based in Nashville, Tenn. Dream Cult also performs. $20 admission; • Martin’s Christmas Show Dec. 25, 10 p.m. The concert features performances from Mississippi blues artists Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm. Admission TBA; • New Year’s Eve Blowout Dec. 31, 10 p.m. Young Valley, El Obo and Cody Rogers perform. Admission TBA; • Jackson Indie Music Week: Blender Jan. 10, 8-11 p.m. The multi-genre showcase features performances from Bad Magic, DevMaccc, Dream Cult and Big Zay Mack. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Mississippi Boychoir Christmas Concert Dec. 9, 3-4 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church (6481 Old Canton Road). The Mississippi Boychoir performs a program of holiday music with the Warren Central High School Madrigals. Free; call 601-6657374; Jackson Police Officers Gospel Benefit Explosion Dec. 10, 4-8 p.m., at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Alice Marie and Sam Brown are the hosts. Includes performances from the West Haven Choir, JT & the Heavenly Wonders, LaTonya Coleman and more $10 in advance, $12 at the door; find it on Facebook. more EVENTS, see page 26

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SPORTS & WELLNESS 13th Annual Christmas Carnival Dec. 9, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at New Horizon Ministries (3565 Wheatley St.). The holiday carnival is for sickle cell pediatrics patients and their families, and includes games, activities, crafts, a visit from Santa and a present pick. Free admission; call 601-3665874; Glow for Breast Cancer 5K Walk/ Run Dec. 9, 3-5 p.m., at Old Trace Park (115 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland). The all-ages 5K glow run includes a deejay, a foam pit, glow bubble station, and a glow-paint and powder station on the course. The theme is “I’m Dreaming of a Pink Christmas.” Tacky Christmas outfits encouraged. $45 registration;

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Holiday Hustle 5K Dec. 14, 2 p.m., at Historic Train Depot & Museum (108 Depot Drive, Canton). The 5K race/walk goes through downtown Canton, which will be lighted and decorated for the holidays. Participants are encouraged to dress in holiday attire. $20-$30;


2018 Mississippi Blues Marathon Jan. 27, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., at Jackson (1207 Mississippi St.). The 11th annual run/walk through downtown Jackson includes marathon, half-marathon or “Quarter Note” quarter-marathon options. Includes live music before, after and throughout the course. Portion of the proceeds go to the Mississippi Blues Commission. $50-$100; WWE Live Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m. The professional-wrestling event features wrestlers such as AJ Styles, Jinder Mahal, Shinsuke Nakamura, Jimmy and Jey Uso, and more. $15-$346; call 800-745-3000;

music of Sergei Prokofiev, John Luther Adams and Edward Elgar. Includes a free pre-concert lecture from Timothy Coker at 6:45 p.m. $23-$65; call 601-960-1565; • Pops II: Stop in the Name of Love Feb. 3, 7:30-9:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs with Las Vegas vocal quartet Radiance. The program features songs from the 1960s through the 1990s from artists such as The Supremes, Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. $15-$49; call 601-960-1565; • Tedeschi Trucks Band Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Husband-and-wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks front the blues-rock band. Marc Broussard also performs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $39.50-$69.50; • Love’s Folly Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs a concert featuring the romantic music of Erik Satie, Richard Wagner and Igor Stravinsky. $20-$62; call 601-960-1565; Jackson Indie Music Week Kick-off Party Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The festival launch party includes music from Magnolia Bayou and Ray Kincaid, food and drink vendors, and more. Free admission; Jackson Indie Music Week: Monday Night Vibes Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m., at CS’s Restaurant (1359 N. West St.). The showcase features performances from Timaal Bradford, Betzenzo and Seth Power. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Jackson Indie Music Week: Space Rocks! Jan. 8, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., at Spacecamp (3002 N. Mill St.). The rock showcase features music from The Hero and a Monster, Die With Nature and Kicking. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Jackson Indie Music Week: Many Moons Showcase Jan. 9, 8-10 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). The showcase features an all-women music lineup including Touya Modi, Krystal Gem, Ariel Blackwell and Vitamin Cea. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Jackson Indie Music Week: Blender Jan. 10, 6-7 p.m., at Jaco’s Tacos (318 State St.). The multi-genre showcase features hip-hop artists and bands with a special guest deejay. Free admission; Events at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) • Jackson Indie Music Week: Blender Jan. 10, 7-9 p.m. The multi-genre showcase features performances from Jason Daniels, EL.i.BE, Yung Jewelz and Stonewalls. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; • Jackson Indie Music Week Hip-Hop Concert Jan. 12, 8-11 p.m. Includes performances from James Crow, Marcel P. Black, Coke Bumaye and Alfred Banks. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Jackson Indie Music Week: Blender Jan. 10, 9 p.m.-midnight, at One Block East (642 Tombigbee St.). The multi-genre music showcase features performances from Clouds & Crayons,


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USM and MSU now know who their bowl opponents will be, and both are interesting foes. The Golden Eagles will face the Florida State Seminoles, and the Bulldogs will take on the Louisville Cardinals. THURSDAY, DEC. 7

NFL (7:25-11 p.m., NBC): The New Orleans Saints look to stay at a perfect NFC South record and deal a major blow to the playoff hopes of their main rival, the Atlanta Falcons. FRIDAY, DEC. 8

College football (6-9:30 p.m., ESPN2): Spend Friday night watching some postseason football, as James Madison hosts Weber State in the FCS playoffs. SATURDAY, DEC. 9

College basketball (1-3 p.m., SECN): The UM women’s team hosts South Alabama in a nonconference showdown. … College basketball (4-6 p.m., SECN): The MSU men look to stay undefeated against North Georgia. SUNDAY, DEC. 10

NFL (noon-3:30 p.m., FOX): The Dallas Cowboys will try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive on the road against the New York Giants. … College basketball (2-4 p.m., SECN): The MSU women’s team should remain unbeaten when they host Little Rock. Flywalker, James Hoye and Spacewolf. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass; Jackson Indie Music Week: Sneaky SingerSongwriter Showcase Jan. 11, 6-8 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Includes music from Ben Ricketts, Betsy Berryhill and Brynn Corbello. Free; Jackson Indie Music Week: Fusion @ Fenian’s Jan. 12, 9 p.m.-midnight, at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). The multi-genre music showcase features performances from Cody Rogers, CalligraphyX, Dazz & Brie and BARK. Free admission; Jackson Indie Music Week: The Beat Sale Jan. 13, noon-2 p.m., at Offbeat (151 Wesley Ave.). Participating producers showcase some of their latest tracks, which artists can purchase for use on future recording projects. Admission TBA; Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight Jan. 13, 7:30-9 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents a candlelit concert featuring bassoonist Jon Wenberg performing the music from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. $19 admission, $5 for children and students with ID; call 601-960-1565; Jackson Indie Music Week: EDM Party Jan. 13, 10 p.m.-3 a.m., at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The electronic-dance music showcase features a dozen drum & bass and house-music deejays. $10 single event, $25 single-day pass, $40 all-event pass;


NFL (7:30-11 p.m., ESPN): Enjoy a chance to watch the seemingly ageless Tom Brady lead the New England Patriots into Florida to take on the Miami Dolphins. TUESDAY, DEC. 12

College basketball (11 a.m.-1 p.m., SECN): Set your DVR to catch the UM Rebels women as they host the Golden Eagles. … College basketball (6-8 p.m., ESPN): The MSU men face their toughest test yet on the road against ranked Cincinnati. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13

College basketball (6-8 p.m., SECN): Tune in for a clash of top-10 teams as the MSU women host Oregon. … College basketball (7-9 p.m., SECN): The UM men’s team hosts Sam Houston State. Louisville boasts 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the TaxSlayer Bowl. FSU will be looking to avoid a losing season with a 6-6 record entering the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. Jackson Indie Music Week: Java ‘N’ Jam Jan. 14, 2-5 p.m., at Cups Espresso Cafe (2757 Old Canton Road). Includes music from Codetta South, Koolkid Ridge, D.AS.F and Lisbon Deaths. Free admission; Jackson Indie Music Week Wrap Party Jan. 14, 8-11 p.m., at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). The festival wrap party features music from Empty Atlas and more. Free with all-event pass; “Mississippi Mavericks—Innovative Musicians of Mississippi” Jan. 16, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). James Martin presents the program celebrating the lives and work of Mississippi’s musical innovators including Howard Johnson, Milton Babbitt, Lehman Engel, William Grant Still and others. $10 admission; call 601-974-1130; Big Daddy Weave & Brandon Heath Concert Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Madison (2100 Main St., Madison). The Mobile, Ala.-native contemporary Christian band performs to promote its latest single. Brandon Heath also performs. Doors open at 6 p.m. $20 general admission, $35 early entry, $75 ministry partner; Chamber III: All Strings Feb. 24, 7:30-9 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s string section performs a concert featuring music from Edvard Grieg, Luigi Boccherini, Christopher Cerrone and Gustav Holst. $17; more EVENTS, see page 28

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Galleries Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (800 N. Farish St.). The gallery sells a variety of sculptures, paintings, apparel, jewelry and books, and also serves as a venue for Afrocentric events. Call 601979-1413 or 601-918-5075. Almost Circle Gallery (128 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi). The contemporary-art gallery features rotating exhibits and art workshops. Charlie Mabry’s “Major Arcana” exhibition opens Jan. 5, 2018. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 228-2074799;

for Richard Kelso’s anniversary show is on Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. Call 601-291-9115; Fondren Art Gallery (3242 N. State St.). See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art, including owner Richard McKey’s artwork. Open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-9819222; The Gallery at Deep South Pops (1800 N. State St.). The coffee and popsicle shop features a separate space to showcase work from different artists each month, with opening receptions every second Thursday. Open every day from 6 a.m.9 p.m. Call 601-398-2174; Gallery1 (One University Place, 1100 John R. Lynch St., Suite 4). Open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment. Call 960-9250;

Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Artists include Andrew Cary Young, Rob Cooper, Amelia Key, Janice Jordan and more. The Small Works Group Exhibition is on display through Dec. 20 after which the studio will be closed for the remainder of 2017. Open from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601353-2497;

Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The museum features several ongoing displays at once, in addition to its monthly Museum After Hours pop-up events and rotating exhibitions. “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain and Promise” is on display Dec. 9-July 8. The “Bethlehem Tree” crèche collection is on display through Dec. 31. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon5 p.m. Call 601-960-1515;

Samuel Marshall Gore Galleries (Mississippi College, 199 Monroe St., Clinton). Includes student art exhibitions and works from the galleries’ permanent collection. A collection of work from the fall studio classes and the Mississippi College Department of Art Fall Senior Show will on display through Dec. 15, and the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition runs Jan. 12, 2018-Feb. 13, 2018. Call 601-925-3880;

The Art House (921 Cash Alley, Ocean Springs). The gallery showcases a wide variety of art, pottery, jewelry and three-dimensional art from award-winning local artists in its seven rooms. The opening reception for painter Norma Seward and potter Susan Ruddiman is on Saturday, Dec. 9. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 228-875-9285; Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The Greater Jackson Arts Council features works from Mississippi artists. The space also houses the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. The “Keep Building Jackson” exhibit is on display through Jan. 13, 2018. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with additional hours for special events. Call 601-960-1500;

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The Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The gallery specializes in southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Artists include Ellen Langford, Pat Abernathy, Elayne Goodman, George Ann McCullough and Kennith Humphrey. The Holiday Open House is on Dec. 10 from 1-5 p.m. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; email;


Bozarts Gallery (403 N. Main St., Water Valley). The gallery represents 15 Mississippi artists working in different media. Open Thursdays and Fridays from noon-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 662-473-2484; Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-982-4844; Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). Owner Marcy Nessel’s gallery features works from more than three-dozen artists and photographers. The opening reception

Fischer Galleries, located in downtown Jackson, hosts receptions throughout the year to showcase rising artists in a variety of mediums.

Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St., third floor of the Ford Academic Complex). Open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1762; Light and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St.) The studio features glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins, as well as pieces from other Mississippi artists. Call 601942-7285;

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St.). The museum opens on Dec. 9 and features eight galleries, including a variety of photos and artwork from African American artists, that focus on the period from 1945 to 1976. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-576-6800;

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AND Gallery (133 Millsaps Ave.). The art gallery showcases the works from emerging contemporary artists from the Deep South, including Adrienne Domnick, Adam Farcus and Tyler Tadlock. Timothy Harding’s exhibition, “Working Space,” is on display through Jan. 7, 2018. Call 601-3515075;

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Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). The gallery displays permanent art collections that date back to the 1940s and features semimonthly exhibitions from Mississippi artists. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601960-1582; Negrotto’s Frame + Art (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). The gallery and framing shop features work from artists such as Jim Howton, Sadako Lewis, Mark Landis and Alex North. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 228388-8822;

Marie Hull Gallery (Hinds Community College, Katherine Denton Art Building, 501 E. Main St., Raymond). The gallery features six exhibits during the academic year. The Art Faculty Exhibition is on display through Dec. 6, and the spring art exhibition runs Jan. 8, 2018-Feb. 15, 2018. Open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.3 p.m. Call 601-857-3277;

North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) The DIY contemporary and modern-art gallery houses the studios of several Jackson creatives. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Open by appointment and for special events. Call 601201-4769;

Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Featuring works from members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. The center offers craft demonstrations, classes, camps, a monthly knitting group meeting and other special events. Call 601-856-7546;

Oddfellows Gallery (119 E. Front St., Hattiesburg). The gallery features three floors of art displays and also acts as an event venue. Artists include Mark Brown, Wayne Mills, Karen Bennett and Kyle McCrory. Open Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-544-5777;

Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (The Quadrangle, 5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The gallery sells fine art from artists such as Lorenzo Gayden and Melanie John. Call 769-218-8289; Southern Breeze Gallery (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite U, Ridgeland). The gallery and store features works from more than 50 artists, including owner Jacqueline Ellens. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-6074147; Southside Gallery (150 Courthouse Square, Oxford). Exhibitors include William Dunlap, Robert Malone, Paula Temple, Eric Abrecht and Glennray Tutor. The Robert Malone opening reception is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m., and the exhibit is on display through Jan. 6, 2018. Open MondaySaturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-234-9090; The Studio—Patterson Photography & Blaylock Photography (3017 N. State St.). The gallery and event venue features works from photographers James Patterson and Ron Blaylock. Call 601-918-3232; Studio 230 Art Gallery (110B, S. Court St., Cleveland). The “A Miracle on Court Street” art exhibition opens Dec. 9. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. Call 662-402-0379; View Gallery (Canton Mart Square, 1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 7). Whit Geary owns the gallery, which holds works from more than 20 Mississippi artists. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-487-6477; The Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Features paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-366-1844; Wyatt Waters Gallery (307 Jefferson St., Clinton). Features watercolor paintings, prints, posters, calendars, books and cards. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 601925-8115; find it on Facebook.

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The Street Corner Symphony Christmas Show is at 7:30 p.m. at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The Nashville, Tenn.-based a cappella quintet was the runner-up on NBC singing show “The Sing Off.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 877-987-6487;


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The “Music & Dance in Central Mississippi” Gallery Reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road). At the Bennie G. Thompson Building. The Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts present the photography exhibit that highlights various music and dance traditions of Central Mississippi in celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial. Free; call 601-359-6034; find it on Facebook.

Nashville, Tenn.-based vocal ensemble Street Corner Symphony, whom fans may know from NBC’s “The Sing Off,” performs a concert of Christmas music on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Duling Hall.

$35 admission, $28 for seniors, students and military; call 601-948-353;


“Mississippi Mile—Mississippi’s Bicentennial Birthday” is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Capitol Street. The culminating bicentennial celebration features storytellers, an open-air bicentennial photo gallery and more. Free admission; call 601-213-6789; find it on Facebook. … “The Nutcracker” is at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Jackson Academy by Rebecca Hester (4908 Ridgewood Road). In the Performing Arts Center. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet presents the classic holiday story Fax: 601-510-9019 with guest artists Joseph Gatti, an Daily updates at International Ballet Competition bronze medalist, and Ashley Ellis, a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet. Additional dates: Dec. 10, 2 p.m. $20-$22; call 601853-4508;

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“Beauty and the Beast” is at 7 p.m. at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The musical adaptation of Disney’s popular animated film tells the classic story of Belle and the Beast. Additional dates: Dec. 7-9, 7 p.m., Dec. 10, 2 p.m., 32 Dec. 14-16, 7 p.m., Dec. 17, 2 p.m., Dec. 19-21, 7 p.m.

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The Jackson Police Officers Gospel Benefit Explosion is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Alice Marie and Sam Brown are the hosts. Includes performances from the West Haven Choir, JT & the Heavenly Wonders, the New Horizon Church International Adult Choir and Praise Team, LaTonya Coleman, the Bethel Temple Dance Ministry, the

New Canney Creek Youth Choir and Eddie Williams. Refreshments provided. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; call 601-454-8477; find it on Facebook.

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The Better Together Commission Community Listening Session is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old Canton Road). The forum provides members of the Jackson community with an opportunity to voice their thoughts on how to ensure education success for Jackson Public Schools. This forum takes place simultaneously with others around Jackson. Free admission;


Rare Single Malts of the World is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Rickhouse by The Manship (717 Poplar Blvd.). The tasting includes whiskeys from distilleries such as Sullivans Cove of Tasmania, Amrut of India and more. Raj Sabharwal of Purple Valley Imports will be on-hand to discuss the selections. $100, $150 VIP; find it on Facebook.


“Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” is at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The interactive stage show features a variety of characters from the popular children’s TV program “Sesame Street,” including Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and more. $15-$60;


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Music listings are due noon Monday to be included in print and online listings:

Dec. 6 - Wednesday Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:30-7:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Clinton High - Attaché Show Choir Fall Revue 7:30 p.m. $10 Drago’s - Johnny Barranco 5:30-8:30 p.m. Duling Hall - Street Corner Symphony Christmas Show 7:30 p.m. $20 advance $25 door Hal & Mal’s - Jerry Brooks Duo 6 p.m. Hops & Habanas - RJ Starr 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd Album Release Party 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Acoustic Crossroads 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Lovin Ledbetter 7:30 p.m. free Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

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Dec. 8 - Friday


Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - The Chill 8 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Clinton High School - Attaché Show Choir Fall Revue 7:30 p.m. $10 Drago’s - Greenfish 7-10 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Tatum Jackson midnight $10 Fenian’s - Stonewalls 10 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison - Stevie Cain

Dec. 9 - Saturday Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - The Anteeks 8 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church - MS Boychoir Christmas Concert 3-4 p.m. free

Offbeat - “Behind the Music” feat. Dee-1 8 p.m. Pelican Cove - Jason Turner 6-10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - The Prom Knights 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; Ian Faith 8 p.m. $5; Aaron Coker 10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Underground 119 - Grady Champion 9 p.m. WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

Dec. 10 - Sunday 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Country Squire - Jared Mack Smith 7-9 p.m. Duling Hall - MS Opera’s “Amahl & the Night Visitors” 2:30 p.m. $20 Fusion Coffee - Jazz Series Christmas Special 3-5 p.m. Kathryn’s - Amanda Jones 6-9 p.m. New Horizon Church - JPD Gospel Benefit Explosion feat. LaTonya Coleman, Eddie Williams, JT & the Heavenly Wonders & more 4-8 p.m. $10 advance $12 door Shucker’s - Greenfish 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.; Ronnie Brown 6 p.m.

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Grady Champion Clinton High School - Attaché Show Choir Fall Revue 7:30 p.m. $10 Drago’s - Ronnie McGee 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - Pokey LaFarge w/ The Easy Leaves 8 p.m. $15 advance $20 door F. Jones Corner - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $1; Tatum Jackson midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jonathan Alexander Georgia Blue, Madison - Wes Johnson Hal & Mal’s - Thomas Jackson 7-9:30 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Stevie J Blues 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Fade2Blue 7-10 p.m. Martin’s - “Hestia” Album Anniversary Party feat. Empty Atlas, The DLX & Jake Slinkard 10 p.m. $10 MS Coliseum - Xscape w/ Monica & Tamar Braxton $46-$64

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Illuminating ‘Shine’ by Micah Smith


or Larry Brewer, writing songs isn’t at Terminal Recording Studios, now called a “some of the time” endeavor. He GRAND Recording Studios, and finished has been a professional musician for with Kent Bruce at Malaco Studios. more than 40 years, most notably as After their success on those songs, the frontman for rock act The Windows in Brewer recorded another, titled “Let Me the 1980s and then as a solo artist in the Down,” at Malaco. Jackson-metro music scene after the group Another thing that makes “Shine” disbanded in 1995. That experience doesn’t stand out from Brewer’s other releases is mean there’s an exact science, though. that it features his brother and former The “Songwriting is a really strange thing Windows bandmate, Allen Brewer, on for me,” Brewer says. “I really don’t know drums, as well as Kevin Synan, who played where a lot of these songs come from. As bass for The Windows. Since both players you may know, they just kind of happen. are based in Tennessee, Brewer decided to Like, I was asked the other day, ‘How do you do it? What’s your process?’ and a lot of times, I find that I’ll come up with the first two lines fairly easy, and I’ll go, ‘Man, those are some pretty good lines.’ Then, there’s a momentary panic of, ‘Well, now I’ve got to fill up the page.’ But they always come!” Often, he says that his albums are less about writing for a release and more about collecting the songs that accumulate. Such is the case with his upcoming fifth solo record, “Shine,” an album that took about three years to make and brought Brewer to five studios around the Jackson metro area and beyond. The first step toward “Shine” began when he recorded Rock singer-songwriter Larry Brewer the song “In This Room” with releases his fifth album, “Shine,” on Dec. 7. Drew McKercher at the nowclosed Morningbell Records. At the time, Brewer only planned to record record the song “Second Time Around” at one song, so when Richard Wray Willis Highland House Studio in Jackson, Tenn., asked him to produce his album, “Love before finishing it at Gibson’s studio. Letters,” he shifted his focus to that project While it took more time and more for about eight months. stops than he expected, Brewer says “Shine” “Shine” picked up steam again Brew- is one of his favorite albums thus far. Often, er’s friend and fellow musician, Hunter he says, by the time someone writes, records Gibson, asked him about tracking to test and finally listens to an album, they’re ready some new equipment at his home studio. to move on to the next project. “One day, he said, ‘Hey Larry, I’d like “But this album, I find myself listento experiment on you,’ which was kind of ing to it still,” he says. “I like it, and there a cool thing,” Brewer says with a laugh. “I are songs on there that surprise me that I had this one ukulele song, (‘Wishing’), and wrote them. … I don’t know if I’m just I thought, ‘Well, give it a try.’ ... So we did growing in my songwriting, maturing or ‘Wishing,’ and it turned out so well that whatever you want to call it, but I like it.” we did another one, and then another one, Larry Brewer performs with Doug and then another one.” Hurd for the “Shine” release party at 6:30 The pair ultimately worked together p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Kathryn’s Steakon six songs from “Shine,” including the house (6800 Old Canton Road, Suite 108, title track. The album also features the Ridgeland). The album is available Dec. 7 on songs “Drink Up” and “Politics America,” iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby and most which Brewer tracked with Randy Everett digital retailers. Visit

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60 Solve an escape room successfully 61 Dispatch a fly 62 Bike course 63 Art Deco master born Romain de Tirtoff 64 Cigarette leftover 65 Pizza order ©2017 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@

36 It’s a long, long story 38 Night sch. awards 39 Historic periods 41 Place for relaxation 45 Part of QEII, for short 46 Get clean 50 Fabric store amts. 53 Skillful 54 Go laterally 56 Crumble away 57 Rub clean 58 Answers a party invitation

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25 File folder feature 28 Molten rock 32 “August: ___ County” (Meryl Streep movie) 34 DDE beat him twice 37 Comedian with a self-titled ABC series and a TBS talk show 40 Inflated self-images 42 “Come in!” 43 Fallon’s predecessor 44 Shaped like a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides 47 Crossers of aves. 48 Nation south of Mount Everest

1 Fringe factions 2 Take by force 3 “Reading Rainbow” host Burton 4 Conventiongoer’s badge 5 “Parks and Recreation” costar Ansari 6 Poetic place between hills 7 “East of Eden” director Kazan 8 Soak up knowledge 9 ___ Domingo 10 Cry of dismay 11 Adheres in a pinch, maybe 12 “And the nominees ___ ...” 13 Big Pharma product 21 Cooking spray brand 22 Person with a following 26 Representative 27 Amazon founder Jeff 29 “Good grief!” 30 Having only one channel, like old LPs 31 Former “MadTV” cast member Lange 33 Note between fa and la 34 MetLife competitor 35 Heron relative

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As far back as ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, people staged ceremonies to mark the embarkation of a new ship. The intention was to bestow a blessing for the maiden voyage and ever thereafter. Good luck! Safe travels! Beginning in 18th-century Britain and America, such rituals often featured the smashing of a wine bottle on the ship’s bow. Later, a glass container of Champagne became standard. In accordance with the current astrological indicators, I suggest that you come up with your own version of this celebratory gesture. It will soon be time for your launch.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

You may feel quite sure that you’ve gotten as tall as you’re ever going to be. But that may not be true. If you were ever going to add another half inch or more to your height, the near future would be the time for it. You are in the midst of what we in the consciousness industry call a “growth spurt.” The blooming and ripening could occur in other ways, as well. Your hair and fingernails may become longer faster than usual, and even your breasts or penis might undergo spontaneous augmentation. There’s no doubt that new brain cells will propagate at a higher rate, and so will the white blood cells that guard your physical health. Four weeks from now, I bet you’ll be noticeably smarter, wiser and more robust.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

You come into a delicatessen where you have to take a numbered ticket in order to get waited on. Oops. You draw 37 and the counter clerk has just called out number 17. That means 20 more people will have their turns before you. Damn! You settle in for a tedious vigil, putting down your bag and crossing your arms across your chest. But then what’s this? Two minutes later, the clerk calls out 37. That’s you! You go up to the counter and hand in your number, and amazingly enough, the clerk writes down your order. A few minutes later, you’ve got your food. Maybe it was a mistake, but who cares? All that matters is that your opportunity came earlier than you thought it would. Now apply this vignette as a metaphor for your life in the coming days.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

It’s one of those bizarre times when what feels really good is in close alignment with what’s really good for you, and when taking the course of action that benefits you personally is probably what’s best for everyone else, too. I realize the onslaught of this strange grace may be difficult to believe. But it’s real and true, so don’t waste time questioning it. Relish and indulge in the freedom it offers you. Use it to shush the meddling voice in your head that informs you about what you supposedly SHOULD be doing instead of what you’re actually doing.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

You may get richer quicker in 2018, Aries—especially if you refuse to sell out. You may accumulate more clout— especially if you treat everyone as your equal and always wield your power responsibly. I bet you will also experience deeper, richer emotions—especially if you avoid people who have low levels of emotional intelligence. Finally, I predict you will get the best sex of your life in the next 12 months—especially if you cultivate the kind of peace of mind in which you’ll feel fine about yourself if you don’t get any sex at all. P.S.: You’d be wise to start working on these projects immediately.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

The members of the fungus family, like mushrooms and molds, lack chlorophyll, so they can’t make food from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. To get the energy they need, they “eat” plants. That’s lucky for us. The fungi keep the earth fresh. Without them to decompose fallen leaves, piles of compost would continue to accumulate forever. Some forests would be so choked with dead matter that they couldn’t thrive. I invite you to take your inspiration from the heroic fungi, Taurus. Expedite the decay and dissolution of the worn-out and obsolete parts of your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

I’m guessing you have been hungrier than usual. At times you may have felt voracious, even insatiable. What’s going on? I don’t think this intense yearning is simply about food,

although it’s possible your body is trying to compensate for a nutritional deficiency. At the very least, you’re also experiencing a heightened desire to be understood and appreciated. You may be aching for a particular quality of love that you haven’t been able to give or get. Here’s my theory: Your soul is famished for experiences that your ego doesn’t sufficiently value or seek out. If I’m correct, you should meditate on what your soul craves but isn’t getting enough of.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

The brightly colored birds known as bee-eaters are especially fond of eating bees and wasps. How do they avoid getting stung? They snatch their prey in mid-air and then knock them repeatedly against a tree branch until the stinger falls off and the venom is flushed out. In the coming weeks, Cancerian, you could perhaps draw inspiration from the bee-eaters’ determination to get what they want. How might you be able to draw nourishment from sources that aren’t entirely benign? How could you extract value from influences that you have be careful with?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

The coming months will be a ripe time to revise and rework your past—to reconfigure the consequences that emerged from what happened once upon a time. I’ll trust you to make the ultimate decisions about the best ways to do that, but here are some suggestions. 1. Revisit a memory that has haunted you, and do a ritual that resolves it and brings you peace. 2. Go back and finally do a crucial duty you left unfinished. 3. Return to a dream you wandered away from prematurely, and either re-commit yourself to it, or else put it to rest for good.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

The astrological omens suggest that now is a favorable time to deepen your roots and bolster your foundations and revitalize traditions that have nourished you. Oddly enough, the current planetary rhythms are also conducive to you and your family and friends playing soccer in the living room with a ball made from rolled-up socks, pretending to be fortune-telling psychics and giving each other past-life readings, and gathering around the kitchen table to formulate a conspiracy to achieve world domination. And no, the two sets of advice I just gave you are not contradictory.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

In accordance with the long-term astrological omens, I invite you to make five long-term promises to yourself. They were formulated by the teacher Shannen Davis. Say them aloud a few times to get a feel for them. 1. “I will make myself eminently teachable through the cultivation of openness and humility.” 2. “I won’t wait around hoping that people will give me what I can give myself.” 3. “I’ll be a good sport about the consequences of my actions, whether they’re good, bad or misunderstood.” 4. “As I walk out of a room where there are many people who know me, I won’t worry about what anyone will say about me.” 5. “I will only pray for the things I’m willing to be the answer to.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

To discuss a problem is not the same as doing something practical to correct it. Many people don’t seem to realize this. They devote a great deal of energy to describing and analyzing their difficulties, and may even imagine possible solutions, but then neglect to follow through. And so nothing changes. The sad or bad situation persists. Of all the signs in the zodiac, you Scorpios are among the least prone to this disability. You specialize in taking action to fulfill your proposed fixes. Just this once, however, I urge you to engage in more inquiry and conversation than usual. Just talking about the problem could cure it.

Homework: In your imagination, visit the person you’ll be in four years. What key messages do you have to convey?


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