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A Look at the City Budget Bragg, pp 7 - 9

Why the Push for Kavanaugh? Slater, p 11

SILAS: Hope, Hops & Hokage

Register to vote

by Oct. 8.

Smith, p 18

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ARTISTS TO WATCH The Latest in Mississippi Sound pp 14 - 16



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ON THE COVER Veronica Parrales, photo by Delreco Harris

4 Editor’s Note 6 Talks

10 Dishing With Anderson Check out the Jackson Free Press’ interview with the congressional candidate.

11 opinion 14 Cover Story


or most of her career, local artist Monique Davis has been centered at the intersection of art and social justice. The Washington, D.C., native attended Howard University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration in December 1986. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1989. From that year to 1996, she worked for National Cooperative Bank. Melvin had family in Jackson, so while dating, the couple would often travel to Jackson. After he retired early from his position as an installation technician for Verizon Wireless, the couple decided to move here in 2007. They opened Lumpkins BBQ that year, and Davis helped with marketing and running the restaurant until it closed in 2011. She then worked at Catholic Charities as the director of parish-based ministries from July 2013 to December 2014 and as the senior program manager at Parents for Public Schools Jackson from January 2015 to March 2016. “(After I left PPS), I wanted to do something that was a little more fun and spoke to art and something that I’m a little more passionate about,” Davis says. She applied for a job opening at the Mississippi Museum of Art and became the membership director in April 2016. In December 2017, she became the director of visitor and member rela-

Monique Davis tions, and the director of participation. When the museum began the Center for Art & Public Exchange in late 2017, she started working with the organization. When CAPE Managing Director Julian Rankin told museum Director Betsy Bradley that he wanted to take a position as the executive director of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs, Bradley recommended Davis to take his place. She will start in her new position on Oct. 15. In her time at CAPE, she says she has seen more conversations around those issues happening. “I think conversations are happening that wouldn’t have happened otherwise,” she says. “Diverse groups are getting together and starting to talk about issues that if the space wasn’t created, probably wouldn’t have happened.” For example, civil-rights veteran Hollis Watkins sang a song he wrote after Medgar Evers’ assassination in front of Evers’ portrait in the “Picturing Mississippi” gallery. “Then people talked about how that impacted them and the things that they learned that they probably wouldn’t have been receptive to necessarily had they not been in an environment surrounded by art and with other people who are experiencing the same thing at the same time,” she says. —Amber Helsel

20 Down in the Basin Did you know the largest small-scale model in the world is in Jackson?

22 events

23 Culture and Creativity The Municipal Art Gallery creates another space for artists to express themselves.

26 music listings 28 sPORTS 32 Puzzles 33 astro 33 Classifieds 34 Local List

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by Micah Smith, Music Editor


am not a “bucket list” person, nor do I plan on becoming one. I have no dreams of skydiving or hitting a homerun in Wrigley Field or meeting The Rock, though if we happen to be hanging out at the same place, that would be kind of cool. However, if I cared to make a bucket list, then Oct. 1 would have checked off one item for me. I got to lead my first workshop, “Making the Most of Music Media,” thanks to BlueSky Studio and owner Casey Combest, who offered to host the event. For the past two years, I have gone to workshops and lectures at the DIY Musician Conference, which music-distribution service CD Baby held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville both years. But at this past conference, I had an interaction that made me realize that there was information that I

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You just need to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t.


really wanted to share. A Birmingham, Ala., pop artist who I befriended was telling me that she could not decide between two panels taking place at the same time—one focused on how to build a music community in your hometown and another about how to reach out to local media. “Well,” I told her, “I’m local media. I might be able to give you a few pointers on that, at least.” During one of the session breaks, we sat in a conference room, and I started laying out some of the big “dos” and “don’ts” of approaching a media outlet to get coverage. For instance, please don’t message me on Facebook and say, “I’m playing tomorrow night; could you interview me and write a story today?” (In all seriousness, that’s not a particularly important one, but gosh, is it something I wish would stop happening.) At the time, I did not feel like I had wisdom to share. I felt like a friend had

asked me for advice, and I was just trying to help out. The thing that shifted my view of the situation is when I noticed that, by the end of our conversation, she had a page and a half of notes from what I had told her. In the back of my head, I had known for some time that I wanted to hold a workshop on connecting with music media. Jackson has so much amazing original music, some of which you’ll read about in the annual “Artists to Watch” in this issue (see pp. 14-16). But for some reason, we cannot seem to get the national attention on our arts scene that I think it deserves. I may not be able to make that happen alone, but I can try to help my peers understand what radio and TV stations, blogs and newspapers like the Jackson Free Press are actually looking for, so that when they venture outside of our city, they’ll have some tools to help spread the word. My desire to try to uplift other artists never made its way onto a formal bucket list, but walking out of the hotel conference room, I remember thinking, “Dang. I guess I would really like to lead a workshop.” Still, with that clear goal, seeds of doubt started sprouting up pretty instantly in the days after the conference. That tinge of imposter syndrome never seems to go away, but I truly believe that can be a sign that you are on the cusp of doing something important, even if, as in my case, it is only important to a few people. After more than four years in my journalism career, I still have thoughts like, “Well, maybe I don’t know enough, yet,” or “I cover music for a local paper, not Spin or Rolling Stone—what does anyone care what I know?” I’m a little ashamed to admit that I was worrying no one would show up even as I parked my car at the studio.

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Breaking the ‘Bucket List’

JFP Music Editor Micah Smith partnered with Blue Sky Studios in Jackson for a workshop on how artists should connect with local media on Oct. 1.

And yet on that Monday evening, a handful of singers, songwriters and musicians from all types of music and cities across the state gathered in the mixing suite at Blue Sky and were ready to learn from my experiences. In the first few minutes, I was also reminded that the imposter syndrome I felt as a newbie speaker hammers everyone who is passionately pursuing something. Two of the artists I chatted with after the workshop were singer-songwriters from Oxford who had won BlueSky’s ticket giveaway and made the drive for the event. Although they both play music in the same city, run in the same circles and attend the same school, they came into the workshop with very different doubts and concerns. For one of the artists, it was the fact that he had nearly completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi and felt unsure of the next step. He had been playing music throughout his education,


Ko Bragg

Richard Coupe

Delreco Harris

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 city budget.

Recently returned from living in France, Richard Coupe is a scientist, occasional writer, soccer referee, and once more, against all odds, the owner of a house needing much work. He wrote about the Mississippi River Basin Model.

Delreco Harris, also known as RaRCharm Artiste, is a professional photographer, singer, songwriter and artist based out of Brandon. He is the owner of RaR Productions, LLC. He took the cover photo.

but now that it was nearly over, he was looking for a way to turn it into his career. “I’m a little worried that I won’t know how to do this,” he told us. For the second ticket winner, the problem came when we started discussing the idea of finding a story as an artist. “I grew up in the suburbs outside of St. Louis, Missouri,” he said. “I don’t think I have one.” And yet, despite the problems that both men brought up, they also sort of presented the answers for themselves. For the first, there’s the fact that he is already playing shows around town and occasionally around the state, and he cares enough to put a conscious effort into his music career. Put simply, often, you just need to do more of what works and less of what doesn’t. For the second, it is just a matter of taking the time to develop his story and use it to further express what he was already saying with his music. We aren’t always going to get the “Wizard of Oz” moment. At some points in our lives, it takes an outside force to get us to act, and what’s awesome is that we can be that outside force for someone else. Some people view the fact that Jackson isn’t some behemoth metropolis as a negative, but it can actually be a wonderful thing. I can’t tell you how many artists and creatives of all kinds have told me how great it is to be in a city where, when you put in the work and try to accomplish something, you can actually see the fruits of that work. As I said, I still don’t plan on creating a bucket list. Bucket lists are made up of things you want to do eventually. Instead, I’m getting started on a list of things that I want to make happen right now, right here in Jackson.

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October 26, 1 p.m. Millsaps Forum: Bill Minor Journalism Prize 2018

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October 16, 7 p.m. Arts & Lecture Series: Singer/Songwriter Chuck Prophet

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Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba’s second budget went into effect on Oct. 1, 2018. He is pictured here at a press conference about the budget on Aug. 31, 2018.

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Jackson’s Budget Marks Progress, Setbacks


ackson’s Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine stepped up to a podium at the base of the steps outside City Hall carrying “antique technology.” He held up one of the first generations of the iPhone from 2011 and an early portable Macintosh Apple laptop—the Powerbook Duo that came out in the 1990s. Then he presented a manila folder, much like the one the City of Jackson uses to transport hiring documents called “PER3s” from department to department because the City has no technological way to pass the information otherwise. “In 2018 this is the state of technology in the City of Jackson,” Blaine said as he shook the folder in his right hand. “This is what we call a workflow in the City of Jackson. In the 21st century, it is inexcusable to carry on the people’s business this way.” On the windy afternoon at the end of August, a welcome breeze ripped the City of Jackson’s crest from the podium as Blaine spoke about the impact the City’s technological deficit has on the budgeting process. He said the budget team had to build the $330-million budget by hand

without easily accessible historical data because everything is stored on paper. Blaine has long advocated for an enterprise resource planning system that would synchronize the City’s data so that city officials can make better decisions. At its Sept. 25 meeting, the council voted to accept a $3.5-million ERP system from Tyler Technologies, Inc. Despite having to make decisions

and devastating setbacks. For the first time, the City implemented a $300,000 advertising budget to “tell its own story.” Those funds could also go toward billboards, TV and radio ads, sponsored social media posts, and new hires to help with marketing the City to be a desirable place to live. Some council members pointed out the overlap with Visit Jackson. Mayor Lumumba said this would be

We have seen tremendous success with very little resources... without some of the comparative data that are impossible to compute without an ERP, the council approved the budget, which is down nearly 10 percent overall from last year’s, with a vote of 4-3. Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks, Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps and Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes all voted against the budget at the Sept. 12 meeting. The other members approved. The fiscal-year 19 budget that went into effect Oct. 1 reflects both progress

a “starting point, and the goal is to work with Visit Jackson,” although he said he agrees there is more to be desired in the relationship with city’s tourism arm. The City added $8.5 million to its fund balance, and the City is operating in a $7.3-million surplus compared to a $6-million deficit when Lumumba took the reins. City workers are no longer on furlough and will receive a 2-percent costof-living increase across the board.The budget contained no millage increase.

“We have seen tremendous success with very little resources to accomplish it,” Mayor Lumumba said in August. However, there are other devastated departments that do not fit that bill of success. The fate of the Jackson Zoo still hangs in the balance, as the City continues to fund it at $990,000 this fiscal year. On Sept. 27, the council voted to move $350,000 from the Department of Human and Cultural Services to pay the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration for the misused zoo bond money that led to former zoo director Beth Poff’s resignation this spring. The public works department, rocked by the Siemens water-billing crisis, needed two loans from the City’s general fund to stay afloat. The City’s failure to collect water revenue affected its bond rating with Moody’s Investors Service sending its rating down to Ba2 from Baa3 in September, citing negative outlook. “There is no way to put it other than that we’re hanging on by our fingertips,” Public Works Director Bob Miller told the Jackson City Council in August. more BUDGET, p 8

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‘Focus on the Cash’ The public works department is bleeding. Despite the City’s efforts to give citizens payment plans to recoup the $10 million to $20 million the City failed to bring in last year because of billing errors, average monthly collections have fallen 42 percent in the last fiscal year. The landfill and sanitation fund also did not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, with a 13-percent drop in revenue in the last fiscal year. This has implicated the water and sewer capital improvement fund, which heads into this fiscal year at a 61-percent loss (or $16 million). “This in many cases overwhelms all of the other challenges put together,” Miller said before the council during a budget hearing in August. On Sept. 27, the city council approved an interfund loan of up to $5.3 million to the water and sewer enterprise fund to cover a debt-service payment for revenue bonds. It also approved a loan of up to $2.5-million loan to the sanitation enterprise fund because it had been operating in a deficit, and the City could not close out the account before the end of the fiscal year in the negative. Both loans came from the general fund. Despite efforts to get corrected bills out to customers, these new bills did not immediately translate into cash. Miller said in August that the water and sewer fund should collect $7 million monthly, but as of August brought in around $3 million to $4 million per month— some months worse, some better. “The issues that we have with our billing system is a self-inflicted wound, and we’ve got to heal it—and we’ll heal it in this coming year.” Miller said. “I have focused on billing, and my staff has said, ‘Billing does not equal cash— focus on the cash.’” To speed things along, the City will soon begin shutting off water to nonpaying customers. Miller said he made a mistake by allowing extended repayment plans. The City has not yet announced a date that water shutoffs would begin, but they could begin as soon as this month. In the meantime, he wants Jacksonians who need to pay bills to reach out. “If we don’t hear from the customer, we’re only left to understand that that

“It seems opponents of Judge Kavanaugh are engaged in character assassination to destroy the reputation of a devoted public servant, and a loving husband and father.”




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customer has left and no longer desires water service, and that results in a turnoff,” Miller said in September. What the Numbers Say The Department of Planning and Development, however, is somewhat of a success story. “If I were giving out awards for departments, not that I don’t love all of the departments, but you are deserving of an MVP,” the mayor told the planning department’s leadership during a budget hearing in August. Lumumba said he would feel guilty

for not honoring any of the department’s requests because more planning funds would serve as an investment that will pay for itself. The planning department implemented a long-range planning team that has begun to tackle the 9 acres of land in front of the Jackson Convention Complex downtown among other visible initiatives citywide. The department will benefit from a 9-percent budget increase or $3 million. The thinly strapped police department is currently 96 officers short and budgeted for 418 officers, with a recruit class underway. The department is

down $2.8 million this fiscal year—an 8-percent decrease. Chief James Davis told the city council they cut sergeant and top-heavy positions from the budget because the department is not expecting to have promotions in the next fiscal year. The department also expects to spend less on automobiles, given the new addition of 46 cars to the fleet to the tune of $1.3 million. The council mustered $500,000 for performance-based raises for first responders, at Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote’s request to find more money to incentivize police and fire. The mayor’s office budget increases by $560,117 or 52 percent, including $40,000 for the mayor’s youth initiatives that have not been funded outright in years. The mayor’s office also doubled its budget for travel expenses and air travel, taking the funds from $8,821 to $18,821 for travel expenses and $5,134 to $10,143 for air travel. Blaine said that all travel budgets had to be revised because none were sufficient to accommodate the mayor’s schedule or department directors or who accompany him on his travels. The budget also makes room for other city employees in finance, treasury, and purchasing to travel and attend professional-development trainings. The 2-percent cost-of-living increase is a step toward giving city employees better wages because many can find better wages at Walmart. Some council members tried to make the de facto raises more

On the Record


hese days, the news can make you feel comfortably numb, like it’s a slow ride to a bad moon rising. For what it’s worth, we don’t stop believin’ it’s going to be all right now. So what’s the secret to the Jackson Free Press’ sweet emotion? Why, rock-and-roll, of course. Here are a few local and national news stories we’ve imbued with some classic-rock charm to cheer you up.

by Micah Smith • “Free Bird” by Lynrd Skynrd feat. Hinds District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith • “(I Can’t Get No) Trump Endorsement” by The Rolling Stones feat. Sen. Chris McDaniel • “Flirtin’ With Disaster” by Molly Hatchet feat. White House Trade Tariffs • “House of the Rising Tensions” by The Animals feat. Democrats & Republicans • “Hold On Loosely (to Your Morals)” by .38 Special feat. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith • “Whole Lotta Love (for the Lottery)” by Led Zeppelin feat. Gov. Phil Bryant • “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” by U2 feat. Robert Mueller • “Another Brick in the (Pointless & Expensive) Wall” by Pink Floyd feat. Donald Trump

Map HUNG JURY IN BATESVILLE, MISS. The Trial of Quinton Tellis for the murder of Jessica Chambers resulted in a second mistrial. The teenager was burned alive in 2014.

PRESIDENT TRUMP RALLYS WITH U.S. SENATE HOPEFUL HYDE-SMITH The two held a Trump-style political rally on Oct. 2 in Southaven, Miss., after Hurricaine Florence delayed the original date set for Jackson. The president endorsed Hyde-Smith to permanately fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Thad Chocran.

JIM HOOD OFFICIALLY IN THE GUV HUNT Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 a.m. outside of the Chickasaw County Courthouse in his hometown of Houston, Hood will hurl his hat into the ring for the 2019 gubernatorial race. Fireworks await. ASHTON PITTMAN


MILLENNIAL MAYORS UNITE Mayor Lumumba will join another southern millennial mayor, Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, for the Community Investment Conference on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU. State University

STATE FAIR The Mississippi State Fair is Oct. 3-14. ALAMO THEATER ON FARISH STREET Mayor Lumumba will deliver his second annual State of the City address on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Alamo Theater on Farish Street. bureaus-departments/statefair-commission/fair/

POLICE REFORM IN JACKSON On Sept. 28, Mayor Lumumba pledged to soon sign an executive order to release officers’ names within 72 hours of an officerinvolved shooting. The policy will apply retroactively to cop-involved shootings back to July 3, 2017.

BUDGET uncomfortable making decisions without numbers in front of them. When council members grew frustrated with the lack of data, Blaine reminded them about the City’s technology gap that makes it virtually impossible to compare numbers or do last-minute calculations for the council. The paper-laden City will be put to the test, both technologically and financially, for better or worse, over the next fiscal year. Email city reporter Ko Bragg at

MOST VIRAL STORIES AT JFP.MS: 1. “OPINION: Rush to Install Kavanaugh to Save Trump from ‘Dual Sovereignty Laws?” by Vicki Slater 2. “Meek’s Post on Black Women Prompts Demand for Renamed Journalism School” by Ko Bragg 3. “Mississippi Judge a Thorn in Kavanaugh’s Past” by Ashton Pittman 4. “Hyde-Smith: Defending Kavanaugh Is ‘My Duty’ as a Woman in Congress” by Ashton Pittman

5. “Kavanaugh ‘Lied Under Oath’ About Pickering, Former U.S. Senator Says” by Ashton Pittman MOST VIRAL EVENTS AT JFPEVENTS.COM: 1. Mississippi State Fair, Oct. 3-14 2. Fondren After 5, Oct. 4 3. Electronic Picnic, Oct. 5 4. “Central to Their Lives” & “Pulses” exhibit openings, Oct. 6 5. ODESZA, Oct. 10

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substantial at the budget adoption meeting on Sept. 12. “You’ve got to show some fairness,” Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes said then. “Those who are making quite a bit of money shouldn’t get less. And those paid the least about of money should get more.” Council members made attempts to give those who make less than $50,000 a 2.5-percent raise, excluding the part-time city clerks who got raises this spring from the increase, but these ideas failed because the majority of the council felt




Jeramey Anderson: ‘I’m a Democrat’ by Ashton Pittman


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about the incumbent. “He’s never here.” Anderson he had just finished taking questions from voters at the Shrimp Basket when he answered questions.

I had. We’ve got to get away from corporate money influencing our lawmakers, because that’s why they no longer feel the need to be accessible or accountable to the people.

Gene Taylor, a “conservativelite” Democrat, held this seat until 2011. Why aren’t you using the traditional strategy for Democrats in the state?

What’s your abortion position?

Well, one, I’m a Democrat. When I decided to run for this seat, I decided that I don’t want people questioning our office when we take principled, Democratic stances on issues. Because I campaigned on this; I told you from day one where I

I’m pro-choice. I believe that a woman’s decision is between her and her doctor. I will never have an abortion, obviously. But oftentimes we find ourselves as men taking strong stances on abortion. What do you say to evangelical voters who say they can’t support you because of such stances?

It has to transcend that. Those same Ashton Pittman

t’s been a busy day for congressional candidate Jeramey Anderson. Earlier, he met with the family of Vernon Dahmer, the Forrest County civil-rights leader who died in 1966 after the Ku Klux Klan firebombed his home. Now, sitting at the local Shrimp Basket just across from the University of Southern Mississippi on Sept. 21, the 26-year-old state representative marvels at a supporter’s Facebook comment. “He commented, ‘I couldn’t be there but I’m excited about this guy,’” his press secretary, Melissa Garriga, reads aloud while gesturing at the comment on her phone as if she’s rediscovered the Dodo Bird. The comment shouldn’t be extraordinary; Anderson is on day six of his seven-day, 14-county, 19-city “People’s Tour” of the 4th Congressional District in southern Mississippi, and he has met excited voters along the way. But this show of support is different. “Look at it,” Garriga says, navigating to the commenter’s profile. “There’s a proChris McDaniel profile picture, and they like (Texas Sen.) Ted Cruz.” “It’s weird,” Anderson says, with a mixture of bemusement and appreciation. “I am so far—like super far—in policy from Chris McDaniel,” he says of the U.S. Senate candidate. Indeed, the Pascagoula native is a black millennial and progressive Democrat who, in 2013, became the youngest African American elected to any state legislature in U.S. history. McDaniel, 47, is a white, conservative Republican state senator and, in a separate race, U.S. Senate candidate whose harsh rhetoric on immigrants and women combined with his cutthroat policy on social programs makes him controversial even among state GOP voters. Anderson supports expanding Medicaid in Mississippi; McDaniel last month suggested the state’s black residents have been “begging for federal government scraps” for 100 years. Anderson considers the state flag that bears the Confederate symbol retrogressive; preserving the state flag is a central tenet of McDaniel’s brand. “Super far” apart puts it mildly. Anderson, who as a state legislator holds multiple town halls a year in his legislative district, believes that his willingness to avail himself to voters in contrast with incumbent Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo’s lack of accountability is why some Republicans he’s met, including Garriga’s mother, support him. “It’s not like he pops 10 in every now and then,” Anderson says

cause to me that’s the most regressive tax around, and I’ve tried to phase it out over seven years. On education, I supported moving our school board from appointed to elected, and that actually passed. Everybody has to be accountable to somebody. Do you think young voters will turn out in larger numbers?

I do. I think the momentum and the energy is there, but we’ve got to make sure that we do our part to make sure that they’re not just registering to vote, but actually casting ballots on Election Day. That’s where our generation falls short. We have protests, and we’ll talk about issues and talk about change, but we fail to maximize on election day. Have you tried to reach out to Palazzo about the possibility of a debate?

Yep. We’ve offered a debate in a press conference. One organization sent us requests for a debate later in October. We’ve accepted, he hasn’t. I don’t think he will. How did you get into politics?

State Rep. Jeramey Anderson, D-Pascagoula, is a candidate for Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo’s 4th Congressional District seat.

stood on these issues, so there should be no confusion. My principles and my policies are what they are, and in my opinion, they are more beneficial to Mississippians than Republican policies. When you vote for Jeramey Anderson, you’re voting for a Democrat. That doesn’t mean that I’m not willing to reach across the aisle and admit when I’m wrong on some issues. If the other side has a better policy for our community, our state, I’m gonna do it. Where do you stand on campaignfinance reform?

We’ve got a couple large contributors, but for the most part, we run on small-dollar donations. And I tell everybody, when we get $10 contributions from USM students over here, those are the ones I pick up the phone and say, “Hey, look, I appreciate you giving.” Because in college, $10 was all

people are being suppressed economically because Republican lawmakers are providing more economic benefits to the upper 1 percent of Americans. What have you learned since you’ve been in the Legislature?

We still have a very big divide in this state. Our generation is slightly removed from that because it’s not in our face. But we just went to the Dahmer residence here in Hattiesburg, and not often do you get to hear and be face-to-face with folks who went through bombings in their own communities. We’ve come a long way in Mississippi, and it’s a great state, but we get the bad end of the stick because we’ve got some bad people in leadership. And I think we can do better. One of the biggest things I’ve pushed is a phasing out of the grocery sales tax, be-

My grandfather was very integral to our community. He was an educator and a coach, and everybody wanted him to run for office, but he never would. He was like, “I don’t need a title. I can do service without running for anything.” While I agree, I always wanted to be president—even in elementary school. And a lot of kids have those aspirations. They want to be doctors. They want to be lawyers. They want to be president. I ran to give my generation hope. When we talk to USM, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, I tell them, if you don’t like something in your community, change it. Run for office. And nobody at any of those three campuses could tell me “why not?” They can’t answer that question. Do you still want to be president?

I do still want to be president. I’ve got a long way to go, though. Read a longer version of this interview at Elections for Mississippi’s four congressional seats and both U.S. Senate seats are Nov. 6. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Follow Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ ashtonpittman. Email him story ideas to

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n the wake of multiple sexual-assault allegations, why is there such a rush to get Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court? The answer may be a case pending on its October docket: Gamble v. United States. Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch even filed a brief in support of Gamble, a convicted felon in Alabama who did time for second-degree robbery. But the case pending before the Supreme Court is not about the robbery. The present case began in 2015 after the police pulled Gamble over, searched his car and found marijuana, weight scales and a handgun. The State of Alabama charged him for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was convicted, receiving a one-year prison sentence. The U.S. then charged him for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, for discharging a firearm into a vehicle and for possession of marijuana. Gamble filed a motion to dismiss the federal charges based on the protections of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment: “[N]or shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The amendments prohibit retrial after an acquittal for the same offense; retrial after a conviction for the same offense; retrial after certain mistrials; and multiple punishments for the same offense. Gamble claimed that the clause barred federal prosecution against him for a crime of which the state court had already convicted him. The federal court denied his motion to dismiss. It relied on almost 200 years of U.S. Supreme Court precedent dating back to the early 19th century, in which the SCOTUS has repeatedly denied claims like Gamble’s double-jeopardy claim. Afterward, he entered a guilty plea to the federal charges, reserving his right to appeal the issue of double jeopardy. The federal court sentenced him to four years in prison, three years’ supervised release and $100 fine. He appealed, and that is the current case before the Supreme Court. Every Supreme Court since the 1800s has accepted that double jeopardy does not preclude prosecution in federal court for violation of federal crimes when that same person has been or is being prosecuted in state court for violation of state crimes, even if those crimes arise out of the same conduct. This is known as the “dual sovereignty” doctrine—federal and state governments are sovereign, and both have an interest in upholding their own laws. Gamble is complaining about the

Double Jeopardy Clause itself; it is the doctrine within its interpretation—the dual sovereignty that allowed both Alabama and the United States courts to simultaneously prosecute him because of one traffic stop. Hatch filed his brief in Supreme Court on behalf of Gamble two weeks ago on Sept. 11, 2018. In it, he argues that Congress has passed too many federal criminal laws since 1980, and that they often overlap with state

and others who have entered guilty pleas to conduct that arose out of the president’s campaign and administration. However, because of the dual sovereignty doctrine, a pardon would not stop state prosecutions. Without it, a presidential pardon could conceivably stop a state court prosecution. Although pardon power is not mentioned in the Gamble case, legal scholars do consider that expanding that power would

The Senate Judiciary Committee wanted a quick vote for nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Is it because of a long-standing precedent that he could overturn?

laws. Thus, he wants the dual sovereignty doctrine overruled. If a state prosecutes a person, the federal government should not be able to do the same, and vice versa. Howard University Law School also filed an amicus brief about the Gamble case. Howard took no position about overruling dual sovereignty except to say that if the court does overrule the doctrine, an exception should be carved out for civil-rights cases. Howard points out that state courts acquit many civil-rights murders, but federal court later convicts them. The president and members of his business, family and campaign team are under investigation by both special counsel and the attorney general of New York. The counsel is looking into possible violations of federal laws, while the New York AG is looking for violations under state law. The president has talked publicly and reportedly in private about how he might use his pardon power to pardon himself, members of his business, family, and campaign team and administration. His lawyer has admitted that they have discussed the possibility of a presidential pardon with lawyers for Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort

be the next step if the court overrules dual sovereignty. This president could seek to expand that power and soon. When the president was campaigning, he published a list of candidates he would consider for appointment to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s name was not on the list. After it came out, he began writing quite a few dissenting opinions on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in which he made clear his willingness to overrule longstanding precedents in a way that increase the president’s power. He has said that presidents should be immune from prosecution for criminal activity and civil liability. Kavanaugh has made it clear that he would be willing to overturn cases dealing with the unlawful behavior of President Nixon. In fact, his writings read like a wish list of answers to every legal peril the president currently finds himself in. What is clear is that after these writings, the president added Kavanaugh’s name to the list of Supreme Court possibilities. Vicki Slater is an attorney in Jackson. This column does not necessarily reflect the views of the JFP.

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ackson officially earned the nickname of the “City with Soul” back during Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s administration, and it’s fitting. If you pick up any issue of the Jackson Free Press, you are bound to find more soulful music than you could shake a drumstick at. For one, you can always expect to read interesting, in-depth interviews and stories about local and touring artists from a variety of genres. Keep flipping through, and you will end up in the events section, where we highlight a few of the big concerts coming up in the next two weeks. Then, of course, we have the weekly music listings, which can almost never hold absolutely all the entertainment offerings taking place in the Jackson metro area. Even with all that, we can barely scratch the surface of the capital city’s creative

output. Thankfully, we have the annual JFP Music Issue to put an extra spotlight on just a few of the local acts that help make our music scene the thriving source of original sound that we know it to be. “Artists to Watch” certainly does not list every Jackson artist who is currently killing the game, but we hope you will find a few new names to check out. And no, the “City with Soul” is not just about soul music. In the next few pages, you will find stories about a diverse collection of musicians with unique stories. This year’s “Artists to Watch” include a classical cellist with a passion for improvised music, a New Orleans-gospel-singer-turned-Jackson songstress, a 20-year R&B-hip-hop veteran, and a Clinton deathcore crew playing heavy music in a town with fewer outlets for heavy music. Without further ado, take a look, and then, get listening.

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ellist Veronica Parrales’ has a few philosophies that Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story,” have parking. You just never know what the environment are unique among classical musicians, one being and Igor Stravinsky’s suite from “The Firebird.” is going to be like.” that sometimes less is more, and another that new The orchestra has also provided opportunities for her Parrales says one of her favorite performing situacan be as good as old. to use her skills as an educator through the MSO String tions outside of the symphony has been her work with Growing up in New York City’s East Village, Parrales Quartet, which often performs at Mississippi schools. the Diamond Trio, an ensemble with Belhaven Universays she developed an appreciation for a variety of music. Parrales has helped that quartet cater to students they play sity professor Stephen Sachs and violinist Shellie Brown, Her father was a Latin percussionist and played music for, whether it’s using seasonal music or choosing discussion a Belhaven alumnus. around the house that was more about rhythm and form topics to help children engage with the material. Playing for the trio is gratifying in part because of the than individual notes. At the same time, she had a some- While it is one of her favorite things about playing variety of music, she says. Last year, they played tango from what more traditional music education at the Third Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, and this year, Street Music School Settlement. they’re preparing Paul Schoenfield’s “Café Music,” Parrales also studied under Alice Kanack, a a hybrid gypsy jazz, she says. In the near future, her woman nicknamed “Mozart’s Mother,” who creatposition with the Diamond Trio may also assist with ed the “Creative Ability Development” curriculum. another of her passions: premiering new music. Parrales says she was part of the “beta testing” of that In spring 2017, Parrales played with Baton curriculum for almost 10 years Rouge Symphony Orchestra members for dance “All we did was improvise on different concompany Of Moving Colors’ adaptation of William cepts,” Parrales says. “Like, she would pick a scale Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which featured new or a mood or a key that day (in a different style work from composer Christian Frederickson. of classical music), and tell us how long our solos “It was gorgeous,” Parrales says. “The music were going to be. We would all take turns, and it was so supernaturally haunting. It was minimalistic would be really, really fun, actually. I was lucky and romantic at the same time, and I just fell in love in that I had this exposure to improvisation in a with the music. I asked to keep my music after it really non-threatening, welcoming environment was over, just so I could play with the melodies by at a young age.” myself because I love them so much.” Parrales spent much of her adult life in the A few months ago, she learned about the world of music education. She studied at the ManMississippi Arts Commission’s grant programs and hattan School of Music from 1998 to 1999 and the New York-native musician Veronica Parrales has served as the reached out to Frederickson, asking if he would Purchase Conservatory from 2000 to 2001 before principal cellist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra since consider arranging “The Tempest” for a piano trio. getting a master’s degree at Hunter College in 2005 2016 and also plays as part of the Diamond Trio. He told Parrales he loved the idea and was surprised and completed her doctorate studies at Rutgers he hadn’t thought of it before. University in 2014. for the symphony, it is not without challenges, though the “(It’s) in the works—I’m going to apply for this She also worked as a music teacher through the Third schools do the best with what they have, she says. grant, and he’s going to arrange his score for piano trio, Street Music School Settlement from 2005 to 2010. “When we go out on the road and do this outreach and hopefully, by this time next year, we can premier it Since 2016, Parrales has served as the principal cellist stuff, I call us the ‘Reality Quartet’ because we deal with here in Jackson,” she says. for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, which will spot- all kinds of circumstances—let’s put it that way,” she says The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Fiery Flight” is at light her in its next Bravo Series concert, “Fiery Flight,” fea- with a laugh. “We’ll have to play in a lunch room, or play 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. turing Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo in weird situations that are half classroom and half custo- Pascagoula St.). Ticket prices range from $21 to $64. For more 14 Theme, Op. 33,” John Adams’ “Lollapalooza,” Leonard dial closet. They won’t have air conditioning, or they won’t information, visit

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Deunta Butler, whom fans know as R&B-hip-hop artist and producer Hollywood Luck, has been making music for nearly 20 years. In the past year alone, he has released multiple singles and EPs, as well as studio album “A Different World.”

as Hollywood Luck is only a portion of what he writes. Music consumes most of his time, he says, whether it’s as an artist or as a producer for others, so he is always creating. In the case of “A Different World,” he recorded most of the music about two years ago, and it is just one of several albums he has waiting in the wings. “Doing music for so long, I get a tendency of holding projects,” he says. “Some people say I put out too much music, and that gets in my head so I stop putting out (new material), when I make a lot of music. I got out of my head and just put it out myself, but I was holding it, waiting for the perfect moment. Sometimes, you realize there isn’t a perfect moment.” While most of his live shows are at local venues these days, Butler says he has performed in nearly every place in Mississippi. He also continues to visit and spread the word about his music in major markets around the country, although he typically doesn’t schedule shows in those areas. “You know, those markets have got to request you,” he says. “You can also

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uitarist Sean Borlin was at his day job at GNC in Clinton when friend and former co-worker Joseph Creel walked in, phone in hand, one day in 2016. Creel, a metal vocalist, pulled up a Craigslist ad that local drummer Michael Day had posted. “It was like, ‘Looking to start death metal/deathcore project,’ and he showed it to me,” Borlin says. “I was interested, and he said, ‘Do you want to do this?’ I’m like, ‘Well, yeah. Let’s hit him up.’” A few days later, the trio met to test the waters, and after Day proved his skills on drums, Borlin invited some fellow musicians to join the new project, which eventually became Clinton-based deathcore band VØID. The group gelled instantly, Borlin says. “We just vibed together really (well), and our first time with all of us meeting up, we wrote a song. And it actually got produced and written. It’s out,” he says with a laugh. That song, “The Descent,” appeared on VØID’s debut EP, 2017’s “Lifeform,” which the musicians recorded with Eric Woolard at Warlord Studios in Jackson. They released a follow-up single entitled “Wasteland” in May 2018. Recently, the band, which also consists of guitarist Ahmed Othmani and bassist

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Clinton deathcore band VØID, which features (left to right) Joseph Creel, Michael Day, Sean Borlin, Clayton Brown and Ahmed Othmani, released their debut EP, “Lifeform,” in 2017 and a follow-up single titled “Wasteland” in May 2018. The band is currently recording its sophomore album at Warlord Studios in Jackson.

Clayton Brown, returned to Warlord Studios to record a full-length. While deathcore lyrics often feature graphic violence, expletives and other mature elements, Creel steered away from that, due in part to his current job as a biology teacher. However, that ended up opening the door for different subject matter, Borlin

says. Taking inspiration from fellow metal act Rings of Saturn, VØID’s lyrics moved into the realm of science fiction, telling stories of alien races conquering Earth. Between recording projects, VØID has toured regionally, building its fan base on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in neighboring states, such as Tennessee,

throw your own shows, but in the business we’re in, most times, you have to be in demand. If you’re not in demand, there’s no reason to throw a show if nobody will come. Now, like I said, I’ll go to other places to promote my music, but just to have a show out of town, there’s not a lot of that going on right now.” For a larger audience to pay attention to Jackson hip-hop, Butler says he feels it will take more local artists performing around the country while also using those opportunities to promote their peers back home. “It’s definitely going to take more of an outside presence but also an outside unity,” he says. “Once we do decide to leave (to perform in other cities), we’re so divided. If you go out of town, someone asks you about home, and the only thing you talk about is yourself, that doesn’t make anyone want to do business with you, I don’t think. “If someone only had negative things to say about everyone in their hometown, I wouldn’t want to work with them. We’ve got to uplift each other when we’re moving around—not just (praise) ourselves.” Hollywood Luck’s music is available on iTunes, Spotify and most digital retailers. For more information, find Hollywood Luck on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Louisiana and Alabama, but Borlin says there are still few opportunities for his band and other heavy acts to play in the Jackson metro area. “We have only been able to get shows in Jackson whenever big bands are coming through, tour-wise,” he says. “We played a show in Jackson this past summer, but that was the first one in like six months. There aren’t really any metal venues in Jackson anymore that people go out to.” Luckily, the band has been able to connect with other acts on the road, and Borlin says they try to use social-media promotions and other methods to reach a larger audience. The group plans to make an even greater push for the upcoming fulllength, with the first of two music videos and singles scheduled for release this winter. The band will announce the album release date and open it for preorder with the first track. Although it isn’t something they expect to accomplish anytime soon, Borlin says that he and Creel are considering opening a venue of their own to provide more a space for the local metal scene to thrive. VØID’s “Wasteland” is available now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and most digital retailers. For more information, find the band on Facebook, Bandcamp and Instagram. 15 October 3 - 16, 2018 •


eunta Butler’s latest album may be titled “A Different World,” but the Jackson native says it’s not too far removed from his past releases as R&B-hip-hop artist and producer Hollywood Luck—and that’s a good thing. “It’s basically me doing what I do: making music,” he says. “I don’t really think it’s totally different. It’s kind of, concept wise, like the love of Dwayne and Whitley from (classic sitcom) ‘A Different World.’ The concept sort of describes me and music, like I have the same love for music that Dwayne had for Whitley. That’s kind of the difference of it all, but it’s mainly just music.” Butler, 34, has been making music for about 20 years and is nothing if not prolific, constantly creating new music when not working on his clothing brand, Luckjewelryus. In 2018 alone, he released singles “Groove With You,” “Stunt on You,” “Hitalick,” “Bestie,” “Million 1” and “Feeling Myself” featuring K Camp, in addition to “A Different World.” He also put out two collaborative projects with fellow Jackson artists: “Hopeless Ramantic,” an EP with rapper Coke Bumaye, and a rap and R&B project titled “61X” with Rashad Street. Even with the amount of content that Butler releases each year, his discography




Jonté Mayon by Micah Smith COURTESY JONTÉ MAYON

onté Mayon is a relative newcomer to the Jackson R&B and soul scene, but she has been performing longer than many of her peers—just a little further south. Born and raised in New Orleans, she grew up in a family full of gospel singers, and even as a child, she planned on pursuing a music career. “At that time, I had fixed in my mind that I was going to be the next Mahalia Jackson or maybe Shirley Caesar,” Mayon says. “I wasn’t thinking any other music but gospel music. But that’s what I wanted to do from a very early age. Yeah, I don’t remember ever wanting to do anything else.” Her success wasn’t instant, though—a reality she faced quickly after entering her first marriage at age 19. Immediately after getting married, Mayon says she began to see how difficult paying bills, getting groceries and all the other facets of daily life would be as an aspiring musician. “The only job that I knew I could get right away, I knew a lot of singers who had come out of the church and crossed over (into secular music) and knew them from my childhood,” Mayon says. “So when I was getting older, I basically (reached out) to a couple of them.” One of those people, Anthony

R&B and soul artist Jonté Mayon moved to Jackson in 2016 following years performing in New Orleans.

Bailey, was preparing to tour as a background singer for Diana Ross and needed a fill-in at the now-closed Red Room in

New Orleans. While Mayon had never performed secular music, she grew up on legendary acts such as Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Curtis Mayfield. “That was my only reference when I was going to do the first show,” she says. “All I knew was that I needed to, somehow, make some money quickly, and to my surprise, that first time, I did really well.” That booking opened the door to a three-month residency, and over time, she was able to build a career for herself as a professional singer based in New Orleans. It was in March 2016 that she first became interested in the Jackson music scene. She wrapped up a five-month stint singing on a cruise ship and returned to New Orleans for a residency at B.B. King’s Blues Club, where two Jackson musicians had joined the band. “When I heard them, I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness, these people are aliens and monsters. They’re not real. It doesn’t make sense for music to sound like this,’” Mayon says with a laugh. Through them, she booked her first

Jackson show at Center Stage of Mississippi, which then gave her more opportunities in Jackson. During that time, she was going through a divorce and wanted a fresh start for her and her children, and she was also getting fewer gigs in New Orleans. “I said, ‘Well, I’ve got some gigs in Jackson, and I want a new outlook on life.’ So I packed it up and moved here, and yay me!” she says. These days, Jackson audiences can catch Mayon live at spots such as Johnny T’s Bistro & Blues, Lounge 114 and M-Bar Sports Grill, where she will be performing on Oct. 14. She is also in the process of working with songwritersproducers Ste Lewis and Brion Johnson on a full-length album of original music, something not all that common in the local R&B and soul scene. “You know, I look at the music that has actually inspired me as an artist, and I realize that—and it seems impossible—but that music, at some point, was new music,” she says. “… Here we are, 30 and 40 years later and sometimes more, still listening to that same music. I want to do what I can as an artist to bring that kind of music back. I want music that has staying power.” For more information, find Jonté Mayon on Instagram and Facebook.

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ilas Stapleton III, better known to spring, when cherry blossoms bloom. As fans as SILAS, is blending hip-hop the time approached though, Stapleton and hops for his upcoming album, says he felt it wasn’t ready, which then “The Last Cherry Blossom.” gave him the idea for the title “The Last The Jackson rapper will be partner- Cherry Blossom.” ing with Lucky Town Brewing Company “For me, it just translates to some(1710 N. Mill St.) to host a listening party thing that’s beautiful but tragically short, for his latest studio album, as well as the you know, because they don’t really last launch of “Cherry Blossom,” a tie-in beer long. The album was just me, this time from the local brewery. The event takes around, trying to make some timeless, place Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. However, pre-registration is required, as there will be limited space. “Basically, I wanted the album rollout to be as big as possible,” Stapleton says. “I wanted it to be something exciting. … I thought it would be a cool idea to say, ‘Hey, come listen to some music while you’re drinking some beer that’s related to the music.’” Lucky Town Operations Manager Lucas Simmons says that Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin, who manages SILAS, approached the brewery Jackson hip-hop artist SILAS will celebrate his latest with the idea of creating a album, “The Last Cherry Blossom,” with a listening beer to coincide with the party and the release of a special tie-in beer from new album’s release. Lucky Town Brewing Company on Oct. 17. “We loved the idea, obviously, because we love promoting local music and pretty beautiful music. But of course, it’s not much anything about Jackson,” Sim- a million tracks on it,” he says with a mons says. “It just kind of made sense laugh, “so it won’t last that long.” with such a great artist like SILAS that Stapleton says the biggest difference we’d give it a shot.” between “The Last Cherry Blossom” and In addition to a connected name “The Day I Died” is the progress on his and appearance, each can of Cherry new album, both musically and personally. Blossom, a cherry-infused wheat ale, also “Going into ‘The Day I Died,’ I includes a code for a bonus track from had a lot of doubt about who I was and the album. Lucky Town brewed a small hoping people would understand me,” batch of the beer for now, but Simmons he says. “But I think just being grateful says he hopes it will grow in popularity, for the success I’ve had thus far, ‘Cherry with the beer and album helping to pro- Blossom’ is a celebration of all of that, mote each other. where I am right now, and just being Stapleton says his latest recording appreciative for the amount of support project has been in the works on and I have now.” off for about two years, even before the SILAS’s “The Last Cherry Blossom” release of his breakout album, 2016’s is available for preorder on Friday, Oct. “The Day I Died.” The new album was 5, and will be available for purchase and initially going to be titled simply “Cher- streaming on Friday, Oct. 19. For more ry Blossom” and released during the information, visit

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Bringing the River Back to Life by Richard Coupe

got as far as Memphis, where we could see marks from when the model was adjusted to account for rerouting the Wolf River . After the devastating flood in 1927, and others in the 1930s, the Corps desperately sought a way to understand the Mississippi River. Major Eugene Reybold had the idea of building a large-scale model of the Mississippi River so engineers and researchers could observe the effects of weather and proposed control measures over time. In 1943, the Corps approved his idea. Construction began soon afterward, with 3,000 German and Italian prisoners of war from a nearby internment camp doing much of the initial grunt work as they waited out the end of World War II. The model covers some 200 acres and took two decades to build, though the Corps could use parts of it through construction. After they completed the model in 1966, the Corps used it to run tests to look at issues such as reservoir effectiveness and flood protection. However, with the high cost of operation and the rise of computer modeling, they began to use the model less and less over the years. The last test was in 1973, when the Corps tested opening the Morganza Spillway in Louisiana. In 1993, the City of Jackson took control of the model. After the Mississippi Department of Archives and History designated it as a

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The Mississippi River Basin Model is overgrown and decaying, but it is seeing new life with help from the Friends of the Mississippi River Basin Model.

the Environmental Protection Agency said no to the pumps because of concerns over 20 adverse impact to wetlands in the area. We

state landmark, the City built Buddy Butts Park around it. However, the cost to operate the model as a tourist attraction grew

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he pencil tore through my sweatsoaked notebook page as I tried to keep up with Sarah McEwen, a local engineer and the president of the Friends of the Mississippi River Basin Model, as she glided across the surface of the model, ticking off the three goals of the Friends: to preserve, restore and enhance the model, and to do local outreach for it. The model, a National Civil Engineering Landmark, is in bad shape; however, compared to the last time I wrote about it for the Jackson Free Press, it has improved, thanks to the Friends organization. Back then, Chinese tallow trees and poison ivy completely hid it from view, and it was so buried in old vegetation that it was impossible to find yourself on the model. This time, McEwen led me straight to Baton Rouge, and we walked upstream like Gulliver in Lilliput. We strode over easily recognizable features of the lower Mississippi River such as the gates to the Morganza floodway, the old river-control structure, Natchez. Lake Bruin, Vicksburg, the Yazoo River Basin and the Steele Bayou control structure that prevents back-water flooding from the Mississippi River. This is where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to install some of the world’s largest pumps to move water from the Yazoo Basin over the levee into the Mississippi—that is until

The 200-acre Mississippi River Basin Model covers the entire 15,000 miles of the river and documents 41 percent of the United States. It is the largest small-scale model in the world.

too high, and it became overgrown. Alabama native McEwen was born in 1991, well after most of the POWs would have died of old age. She graduated from Mississippi State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She currently works at local engineering company Aecom. She says that the idea came for restoring the MRBM while she was working for Waggoner Engineering in Jackson. “They encouraged us to find ways to become connected to the community, and someone suggested we visit the MRBM,” McEwen says. After learning about the model, seeing it and realizing its potential, McEwen and others, including a group from the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, formed an nonprofit in summer 2016 to begin the long process of making the model into something useful. So far, the Friends have created an integrated mapping extension for Google maps that locates you on the model. They have also held two major events: a tour and restoration event April 2017 and a “movie in the model” event May 2018. They regularly hold monthly clean-up days, and Friends speak on the model at professional and historical societies. McEwen sees the model as a teaching tool for future STEM students. “This, to me, is a way that kids in the

future can get immediate access to engineering concepts and principles,” McEwen says. “I just want to provide something for the kids, specifically of Jackson, that will help them and be an advantage, and just expose them to some things that they might not otherwise know about.” Some City of Jackson officials also see the potential. “This is the only one of its kind in the world, and in Jackson we need to be displaying the things that we have that can bring educational opportunities, which can bring tourism, right here where you can learn by walking from all the way from Louisiana to Mississippi,” Ward 4 Councilman De’Keither Stamps said. Ison B. Harris Jr., the director of parks and recreation for the City of Jackson, calls the model “a hidden gem,” and has been providing support for the Friends and has been involved in the planning from the beginning. “I think that this is a wonderful idea to bring education and history to life,” Harris said. “Every bit of the model is hand sculpted, some individual (touching) every square inch of the model,” Wayne O’Neil, a former project engineer for the Corps, said. “I’d love to see it come back to at least where people could understand what happened.” For more information, to volunteer or donate, see

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Looking for something great to do in Jackson? Visit JFPEVENTS.COM for more. WEDNESDAY 10/3 “Racial Literacy for the 21st Century” is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St.). The Greater Jackson Arts Council presents the lecture from Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. This event is part of the Creative Empowerment Series. Limited seating. Free admission; COURTESY PRINCETON UNIVERSITY


crafts vendors, pop-up art exhibits, pet adoption drives and more. Free admission;

Purple for Peace Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence hosts the luncheon featuring La’Porsha Renae of “American Idol” and mistress of ceremonies Jewell Hillery. The theme is “Signal Boost: Strengthening the Voices of Victims and Survivors.” $40; call 800-898-3234;

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) • Decision 2018: Mississippi U.S. Senate Debate Oct. 4, 7-9 p.m. In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex Recital Hall. Millsaps College and Mississippi Public Broadcasting host the debate of candidates in the upcoming special election. Confirmed participants include Mike Espy, Chris McDaniel and Tobey Bartee. Wilson Stribling is the moderator. Limited seating. Free admission; find it on Facebook. • Major Changes: Millsaps in 1968 and 50 Years Later Oct. 12, 2-3:30 p.m. The panel discussion examines 1968 as a pivotal year for the United States and the world. Millsaps College alumni who were there during that time period reflect on memories of campus life, academics and national politics, and how it shaped their lives. Free admission; call 601974-1000;

Pink Friday—Party with a Purpose Oct. 5, 8 p.m.-midnight, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month features drinks and music from Karen Brown with Musiq Theory, Stephanie Luckett and DJ Unpredictable 601. Merc B. Williams is the host. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $40 per person, $500 reserved table for eight; Michael Rubenstein Memorial Kidney Walk Oct. 6, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at Mississippi Kidney Foundation (3000 Old Canton Road). The 5K walk goes through Fondren and ends at Fondren Presbyterian Church (3220 Old Canton Road). Donations can be designated for a specific dialysis unit or to the general fund to provide free kidney screenings. Walkers raising $100 or more are entered into a $1,000 raffle. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-981-3611;

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Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes Oct. 7, 1-4 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life (1401 Livingston Lane). The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi hosts the annual fundraiser walk in metro Jackson. All money raised goes toward supporting Mississippi kids and adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Registration at 1 p.m. and walk ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-957-7878;


THURSDAY 10/4 The Extra Table Witches Ride is at 5 p.m. in Fondren. The fundraising bike ride features “bewitching stations” before and after, the “Barks & Boos” pet costume showcase, a pumpkin-decorating contest, a screening of the movie

COMMUNITY Racial Literacy for the 21st Century Oct. 3, 7-8:30 p.m., at Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St.). The Greater Jackson Arts Council presents the lecture from Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. This event is part of the Creative Empowerment Series. Limited seating. Free admission; Fondren After 5 Oct. 4, 5 p.m., in Fondren. The family-friendly street festival takes place on the first Thursday of each month and includes live entertainment, food and drinks for sale, art and


“Hocus Pocus,” and specials from local restaurants. $20 ride, $10 pet costume entry, $5 pumpkin contest; call 601-447-4667; extra-table.

• What Style Is My House? Oct. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Instructor Todd Sanders examines the various styles seen in Mississippi’s domestic architecture from the 19th century to the mid-20th century. Participants can email a photograph of their home one week before class to discuss its design elements in class. $40; call 601-974-1130;

“Live 2 Lead” Live Simulcast Oct. 12, 7 a.m.noon, at Mississippi e-Center at JSU (1230 Raymond Road). The event is a simulcast of the annual leadership conference, which features guest speakers such as John C. Maxwell, Tyler Perry, Carly Fiorina, Daniel Pink and Debra Searle. $89; call 601-613-1764; email;

The Bean Path Launch Celebration Oct. 6, 12:30-3:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). The event features a ribbon cutting, giveaways, refreshments, free tech help, and scholarship and grant opportunities. The Bean Path is a local nonprofit with technology initiatives such as youth coding programs, tech hours at libraries and more. Free admission;

JSU Homecoming Parade Oct. 13, 8 a.m., at Jackson State University (1400 J.R. Lynch St.). The annual parade celebrates and precedes Jackson State University’s homecoming football game against Mississippi Valley State University, which starts at 2 p.m. The theme is “Thee Revolution.” Free admission; Fall for Clinton Market and Annual Pet Parade Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at Olde Towne



The Mississippi State Fair is from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual state fair features livestock shows, a petting zoo, an antique and classic car show, games, rides, vendors and live music from Chris Janson, Hinder, En Vogue, the Marshall Tucker Band, Colt Ford and more. Additional dates: Oct. 3, 5-11 p.m., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-midnight, Oct. 7-11, 11 a.m.10 p.m., Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.midnight, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $5 admission, free under age 6, $5 parking per car;

Sip & Shop Renaissance Oct. 9, 4-7 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The dining and shopping event features in-store specials, prize giveaways, live music and more. Donate to the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign for a glass of wine or cocktail. Participants stop at Suite 7001 first to get a Sip & Shop ticket and receive a list of specials. Prices vary; call 601-519-0900; find it on Facebook. History Is Lunch Oct. 10, noon-1 p.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Guest speaker Brad Lieb presents on the topic “First Encounter, 1540 A.D.: Hernando de Soto and the Spanish Entrada into Chickasaw Nation.” Free admission; call 601-576-6998; MsECA Imagine Conference Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m., at Jackson Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The 65th annual Mississippi Early Childhood Association conference features guest speakers such as Ooey Gooey, Inc. founder Lisa Murphy, Cate Heroman and “Right from Birth” author Pam Schiller. The event is for early child professionals. Visit website for ticket prices; Fall Market on the Square Oct. 11, 5-8 p.m., at Town of Livingston (116 Livingston Church Road, Flora). The family-friendly fall event features vendors, fresh produce for sale, hayrides, face painting, pumpkin carving and more. Free admission, prices vary;

Clinton (Clinton). The event includes live music from local acts, food for sale, the sixth annual pet parade 10 a.m., and vendors with items such as woodwork, candles, jewelry, apparel and more. Free admission, prices vary; Pink Table Talk Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Rankin County Community Center (2230 Spillway Road, Brandon). The Genesis Project presents the empowerment brunch and panel discussion. $7-$30; find it on Facebook. Women of Vision 2018 Oct. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi hosts the cocktail party celebrating past honorees and introducing the new class of recipients. $75 per person, $50 young professionals (age 35 and under); History Is Lunch Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.). Guest speaker Kathleen Bond presents on the topic “The Future of Natchez’s Past.” Free admission; call 601-576-6998;

KIDS Pumpkins in the Park Oct. 6, 5:30-9 p.m., at Belhaven Park (1000 Poplar Blvd.). The Greater Belhaven Foundation hosts the family-friendly event featuring pumpkin decorating, live music from Sara Sullivan and a screening of Disney’s “Hocus Pocus.” Blankets and chairs welcome. Free admission; find it on Facebook.

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Municipal Art Gallery: A Center of Arts, History and Culture

Disney Junior Dance Party! Oct. 12, 6 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The interactive stage show allows families to dance and sing along with popular Disney Junior characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, Elena of Avalor and more. Doors open at 5 p.m. $18-$142.50;

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) • Chess Tournament Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The annual grade level chess championships are for children in Kindergarten through 12th grade. $10-$25; call 601-981-5469; • Visiting Artist: Roz Roy Oct. 13, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Mixed-media artist Roz Roy leads the workshops in which participants make artwork by layering textures, colors and designs. Included with admission ($10); call 601-9815469; Sugar Skull Workshop for Kids Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at CC’s Coffee House (344 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Little Sugar Skull presents the workshop teaching children ages 5 and up to create the traditional Mexican craft. Parent or guardian must accompany children. $10 (supplies included); find it on Facebook. Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). A museum educator leads families with children ages 6-10 in an art project taking inspiration from a different artist each month. This event takes place on the second Sunday of each month. $10 per child; call 601-960-1515;



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ixed-media art pieces such as watercolor paint- tus, and in 2012, it became a landmark in the National Hisings and pen-and-ink drawings line the interior toric Register of Places. It is one of the oldest art galleries in the of Municipal Art Gallery. Carole C. Hammond’s state of Mississippi. pointillist replica of Georges-Pierre Seurat’s While the gallery does have the permanent collection, “A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jette” covers a wall Mathews says it tries to keep the experience fresh for returning near the doorway. visitors. In the fall, it organizes open houses to recognize new “It’s a universal piece and a teaching piece,” says gallery Mississippi artists and artwork and highlight local art clubs manager Michael Mathews. such as the Mississippi Artists Guild. The gallery also has pieces from Missis He says the gallery exists as an entity to supsippi artist Marie Hull and Yvette Sturgis, a port the artists and assist in any way possible. French impressionist painter known for her vil “The gallery was never here to make monlas, portraits and floral paintings. ey,” he says. “It was here to help.” “It’s (one of ) the best places in the city for The gallery does not split the purchase Mississippi artists to show,” Sturgis, who had price of the artwork or require any proceeds her first exhibition at the gallery, says. from painting sales. In 1869, John Ligon built the structure as “My rule is that if anything sells, the a residence in the Classical Revival architectural check would be made out to the artist,” style. He sold the property to Anna Sue Gale in Mathews says. 1897, whose family bestowed the building as a The gallery can also host meetings, recitals gift to the Children’s Home Society in 1924 on and other events. the condition that it would go to the City, and On Nov. 8, the gallery will have a reception Gallery Manager the administration would not reserve it for pri- Michael Mathews for artist Derek Perkins, whose work will be on vate use. The Mississippi Art Association, the display until Jan. 15, 2019. forerunner to the Mississippi Museum of Art, The Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.) began to use the gallery for exhibitions, group shows and one- is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more artist shows in 1926. information, call 601-960-1582 or visit For more In 2008, the building received Mississippi landmark sta- arts coverage, see

Cabo Wabo Tequila Tasting & Dinner Oct. 4, 7-9:30 p.m., at Cantina Laredo (200 District Blvd.). Chef Scott Kyser presents a four-course dinner with Cabo Wabo tequila pairings. Cocktail service at 7 p.m., and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Reservations encouraged. $59.99 per person; call 601-982-7061; find it on Facebook. CUMC Jazz Brunch & Silent Auction Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church Family Life Center (517 N. Farish St.). The jazz brunch and silent auction features music from Jackson musician Kerry Thomas. $20 per person; find it on Facebook. “Blithe Spirit” Oct. 8, 7-9 p.m., at Berry’s Seafood (2942 Highway 49, Florence). Noël Coward’s comedy is about a novelist who seeks to expose a medium as a fraud, only to have her actually conjure the ghost of his dead first wife. Includes a three-course meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $48 (tax and gratuity included); Events at Barrelhouse Southern Gastropub (3009 N. State St.) • “Girls Night Out” Cocktail Class Oct. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The event includes a cocktailmaking demonstration, champagne, snacks, a “build your own jewelry” bar from Kendra Scott, and more. A portion of the proceeds goes to American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink campaign. $35; • Cocktails for a Cure Oct. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. The dinner features champagne, music from Barry Leach, a silent auction and a fourcourse dinner with cocktail pairings. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $75 per person; find it on Facebook.

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aTo Do Listd SATURDAY 10/6 “Fiery Flight” is at 7:30 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs a concert featuring pieces such as John Adams’ “Lollapalooza,” a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Sto-


ry,” Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and more. Free pre-concert lecture from Timothy Coker at 6:45 p.m. on the mezzanine. $21-$64; call 601-960-1565; “Blithe Spirit” Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m., at Georgia Blue (223 Ridge Way, Flowood). The comedy is about a novelist who seeks to expose a medium as a fraud, only to have her actually conjure the ghost of his dead first wife. Includes a threecourse meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $52 (includes tax and tip); “Blithe Spirit” Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m., at Biaggi’s (970 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The comedy is about a novelist who seeks to expose a medium as a fraud, only to have her actually conjure the ghost of his dead first wife. Includes a three-course meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $52 (includes tax and tip); “Haunted” Dinner Theater Oct. 12, 6-9 p.m., at Anjou Restaurant (361 Township Ave.,

Looking for something great to do in Jackson? Visit JFPEVENTS.COM for more. “Haunted” Dinner Theater Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m., at Sombra Mexican Kitchen (111 Market St., Flowood). The Detectives present the comedic Halloween dinner-theater show. Cocktail hour and seating at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. $39 per person; call 601-937-1752; Dinner & Magic Show Oct. 14, 6:30-9 p.m., at Amerigo Italian Restaurant (155 Market St., Flowood). The event includes dinner with close-up illusions from magician Joe Presto throughout the evening, including “magical appetizers” at customers’ tables. $60 per person; find it on Facebook.

Jackson Beginner Sushi Class Oct. 15, 6:308:30 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). The hands-on class teaches participants to make sushi rice and sauces, as well as how to shop for and safely serve raw fish. Includes a take-home sheet with recipes and tips. $40 per person; find it on Facebook. Pints & Plates Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., at The Strawberry Cafe (107 Depot Drive, Madison). The dinner includes a five-course meal paired with beer tastings, as well as a full pint for a “greeting beer.” Reservations required. $49 per person; call 601-856-3822; find it on Facebook.

SPORTS & WELLNESS 19th Annual Wendy’s Golf Classic Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., at Lake Caroline Golf Club (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison). Mississippi Families for Kids presents the 18-hole tournament, four-person-scramble style fundraising golf tournament. Tee time is at 1 p.m. Lunch served at noon and an awards reception and silent auction follow at 5 p.m. Registration at 11:30 a.m. $100 individual, $400 team; call 601-957-7670;

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Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Southern Farm Bureau Life (1401 Livingston Lane). The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi hosts the annual fundraiser walk in metro Jackson. All money raised goes toward supporting Mississippi kids and adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Registration at 1 p.m. and walk ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Fundraising encouraged; call 601957-7878;

Ridgeland). The Detectives present the comedic Halloween dinner-theater show. Cocktail hour and seating at 6 p.m., and show at 7 p.m. $50 per person; call 601-937-1752; The Gathering Dinner Series: Memories of a Chef Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m., at The Gathering at Livingston Mercantile (106 Livingston Church Road, Flora). Chef Paul Adair presents the dinner showcasing foods from his travels and childhood. Champagne hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $45; BBQ on the Boulevard Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Big Lots (200 Clinton Blvd., Clinton). The community barbecue cook-off features live music, kids’ activities, dance performances and more. Admission TBA;

The Bridge Run/Walk Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Pkwy., Madison). The family-friendly race features 10K and 5K run options, a 5K walk and a one-mile fun run. Awards ceremony follows the fun run. Proceeds benefit Crossroads Ministry. $25 in advance, $30 day of race;

“Haunted” Dinner Theater Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m., at Char Restaurant (4500 Interstate 55 N.). The Detectives present the comedic Halloween dinner-theater show. Cocktail hour and seating at 6 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. $49 per person; call 601-937-1752;



The Village Social | Bend & Brew Oct. 10, 6:15-7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N. Frontage Road). In the Courtyard. The yoga class is open to all fitness levels and includes a free craft beer or popsicle from Deep South Pops after the session. Free admission; call 601982-5861; find it on Facebook.

Extra Table Witches Ride Oct. 4, 5 p.m., in Fondren (Duling Avenue). The fundraising bike ride features “bewitching station” before and after, the “Barks & Boos” pet costume showcase, a pumpkin-decorating contest, a screening of the movie “Hocus Pocus,” and specials from local restaurants. $20 ride, $10 pet costume entry, $5 pumpkin contest; call 601-447-4667; extra-table. Run Against Traffick 5K Oct. 6, 8 a.m., at Vineyard Church of Jackson (5416 Lakeland Drive, Flowood). The 5K race is a fundraiser for Project 6.3.9, a local ministry working to help victims of human trafficking. Also includes a free onemile fun run for children. $30, $35 day of race;


MONDAY 10/8 The “Too Much Soul” book signing is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Jackson State University (1400 J.R. Lynch St.). In the campus bookstore. Former Jacksonian author Cindy Wilson signs copies and reads an excerpt of her memoir, “Too Much Soul: The Journey of an Asian Southern Belle.” Books for sale. Free admission, books for sale; find it on Facebook. 5K Crucible Obstacle Course Race Oct. 6, 8-11 a.m., at Camp Down Range (3213 Clinton-Tinnin Road, Clinton). The race features 15 obstacles spread over a five-kilometer course. Participants receive a custom t-shirt, and those who finish the race receive a medal. Proceeds benefit Camp Down Range. $50 for adults, $25 for students; RyanMan Triathlon Oct. 7, 7 a.m., at Lakeshore Park (Brandon). The annual race honors Ryan LaSource, who died of leukemia at age 3. Proceeds go toward efforts to fight children’s cancer at Batson Children’s Hospital. Awards given to the top five overall males, top five overall females, top three in each age group and more. $225 individual half distance, $375 relay half distance; The Mayor’s Fun Walk Oct. 10, 9-11 a.m., at Ridgeland Recreation Center (137 Old Trace Park, Ridgeland). Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee leads the light walk along the Ridgeland multi-purpose trails. Includes brunch, vendors, door prizes and live music after the walk. Free admission; find it on Facebook

Buddy Walk 2018 Oct. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). The annual community 5K race, walk and one-mile fun run raises funds for the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society, which works to improve the lives of people with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Fundraising encouraged; call 601-385-3696; email;

STAGE & SCREEN “Man of La Mancha” Oct. 4-6, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7, 2 p.m., at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The musical tells the story of playwright Miguel de Cervantes, who tells the story of Don Quixote while awaiting trial. Reservations encouraged. $15 adults, $10 seniors, children and military; Austen Film Series: “Belle” Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m., at Eudora Welty House and Garden (1119 Pinehurst St.). The event includes an outdoor screening of the 2013 film “Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson. Includes a program at 6:30 p.m. and the film at 7 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and snacks welcome. Free admission; call 601-353-7762; “The Influences” Fall Film Series Oct. 6, Oct. 13, noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The film series explores the impact of visual art forms on one another through screenings and discussions around filmmakers featured in the University Press of Mississippi’s “Conversations with Filmmakers” series. Free admission; call 601-960-1515;

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Mississippi State Fair Oct. 3, 5-11 p.m., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-midnight, Oct. 7-11, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-midnight, Oct. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). The annual state fair features livestock shows, a petting zoo, an antique and classic car show, games, rides, vendors and live music from Chris Janson, Hinder, En Vogue, the Marshall Tucker Band, Colt Ford and more. $5 admission, free under age 6, $5 parking per car;



“Blithe Spirit” is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Georgia Blue (223 Ridge Way, Flowood). Noël Coward’s comedy is about a novelist who seeks to expose a medium as a fraud, only to have her actually conjure the ghost of his dead first wife. Includes a three-course meal. Seating at 6:30 p.m. $52 per person (includes tax and tip);



Thursday, October 4



Fondren After 5 Witches Ride & Pumpkin Decorating Contest Hosted by Extra Table

Friday 10/5

Crooked Creek Dining Room - 7pm - Free


Red Room - $15in advance - $20 Day of show Ages:18+ - $5 upcharge for persons under 21 Tickets available at

Wednesday 10/10

New Bourbon Street Jazz Band Thursday 10/11

D’Lo Trio Dining Room - 7pm - Free

Friday 10/12

Barry Leach Dining Room - 7pm - Free

Saturday 10/13

RESTAURANT OPEN Central MS Blues Society presents:

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Dining Room - 7 - 11pm $3 Members $5 Non-Members

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Dinner Drinks & Jazz with Raphael Semmes and Friends

Dinner Drinks & Jazz with Raphael Semmes and Friends

Monday 10/8

Monday 10/15

Monday Blue Monday Blue Dining Room - 7 - 11pm Tuesday 10/9

Dining Room - 6pm

Thursday, October 11

Dining Room - 6:30pm - Free


Saturday 10/6


THE ULTIMATE LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE the greatest led zeppelin cover band in existence is coming to pay homage to the classics

Tuesday 10/16

Dining Room - 6pm

Saturday 10/20

Freak Fest Halloween Bash Saturday, October 20th 2018 | The BIG Room Over $500 in cash in prizes for best costume for 1st, 2nd & 3rd! 18+ TO ENTER | 21+ TO DRINK! | Special 3D Halloween stage FREE HALLOWEEN GIFTS FOR EVERYONE!

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mississippi singer-songwrtier extraordinaire returns for a special show in jackson!

Friday, October 19


WITH DUSTIN THOMAS AND VICTORIA CANAL multi-genre musician behind hits including “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “The Sound of Sunshine”

Sunday, October 21


NATIVE SONS LIVE ACOUSTIC SHOW visit mississippi presents an evening with two mississippi troubadours

Sunday, October 28


“the new face of folk rock” is this incredible singer-songwriter

Thursday, November 1

ELTON DAN AND THE ROCKET BAND WITH GYPSIES, DOVES, AND DREAMS a night of tribute to the legendary music of elton john and stevie nicks

Friday, November 2


WITH JOHN HART AND ANSE RIGBY nashville singer-songwriter plays duling wuth special jackson guests

Thursday, November 15


the incredible stringed magician charlie hunter returns for a cant-miss show

Friday, November 16


come see the molly’s bring the 80s to life at duling. this show WILL sell out!



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10/3 - 10/17 WEDNESDAY 10/3 1908 Provisions - Ronnie Brown 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30-8:30 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Lounge 114 - “Jackson Got Talent” $10 admission $5 college students w/ ID MS State Fair - Chris Janson 7:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Robert King 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

Thursday 10/4 1908 Provisions - Dan Gibson 6:30-9 p.m. Brandon Amphitheater The Beach Boys 7:30 p.m. $20-$320 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Zoso 8 p.m. $15 advance $20 door

Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Friday 10/5 1908 Provisions - Vince Barranco 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ameristar, Vicksburg - Nu Corp 8 p.m. Broadmoor Baptist Zach Williams, We Are Messengers, Joshua Micah, Aaron Cole & Branan Murphy 7 p.m. $26-$49.50 Cathead Distillery “Electronic Picnic” feat. Ben Johnson 6 p.m. free Cerami’s - James Bailey & Linda Blackwell 6:309:30 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Conkrete - Dre Dys, Krystal Gem & DJ Phingaprint 6-9 p.m. $7 advance $10 door Drago’s - Barry Leach 6-9 p.m. F. Jones - Sherman Lee Dillon & the MS Sound midnight $10 Galloway UMC - Kyiv Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 7 p.m. free

Family And Friends Shucker’s - Andrew Pates 5:30 p.m.; Mississippi Queen 8 p.m. $5; Jonathan Alexander 10 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland Brian Jones 7 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Saturday 10/6 Ameristar, Vicksburg - Nu Corp 8 p.m. Belhaven Park - “Pumpkins in the Park” feat. Sara Sullivan 5:30-9 p.m. free Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m. Christ UMC - “Jazz Brunch” feat. Kerry Thomas 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $20 F. Jones - Big Money Mel & Small Change Wayne 10 p.m. $5; Jesse Robinson & Sherman Lee Dillon midnight $10 The Flamingo - “Birthday Bash” feat. RedFam, Jackson Jackals & Newscast 7 p.m.$5 Georgia Blue, Flowood Mayday Credit Paul Natkin

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F. Jones - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10:30 p.m. $5 The Flamingo - Andy w/ May Queen 9 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood Brandon Greer Georgia Blue, Madison Jason Turner Hops & Habanas - Shane Williams 7-9:30 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Brian Jones 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Steele Heart 6:30 p.m. MS State Fair - Hinder 7:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Temperance Babcock Duo 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Flowood Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison Aaron Coker Hal & Mal’s - Crooked Creek String Band 7-10 p.m. free; Drake Bell w/ Kira Kosarin $15 advance $20 door Iron Horse Grill - James Bell 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Chris Gill 7 p.m. Lounge 114 - Terrell Moses 9 p.m. Martin’s - Futurebirds w/ Cody Rogers 10 p.m. McClain - Tommie Vaughn MS State Fair - Hannah Belle 8 p.m. Pelican Cove - Luckenbach 7-11 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Madison Chad Wesley Iron Horse Grill - Stevie P. Connection 9 p.m. Jose’s, Pearl - Blake Edward Thomas 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7 p.m. Martin’s - Jonathan Scales Fourchestra 10 p.m. McClain - Robert King MS State Fair - Good Paper of Rev. Robert Mortimer 8 p.m. Pelican Cove - Faze 4 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Steele Heart 3:30 p.m.; Mississippi Queen 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry 10 p.m. Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Thalia Mara Hall - MS Symphony Orchestra’s “Fiery Flight” 7:30 p.m. $21-$64 WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

Sunday 10/7 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Fairview Inn - Helena Byrne 7 p.m. $10 Grants Down Racetrack - Fel Davis, Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Adrian Bagher, Coldrank & more 4-11 p.m. $30 advance $40 gate The Hideaway - “Sunday Jam” 4-8 p.m. free Iron Horse Grill - Tiger Rogers 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Soul Stew 6 p.m. MS State Fair - Jason Gibson & Destiny Project 6 p.m. Pearl High School - MS Community Symphonic Band 3-5 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Phil & Trace noon-4 p.m.; Ravenstone 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday 10/8 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30 p.m. McClain - Doug Hurd MS State Fair - En Vogue 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10/9 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Simpatico 6 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free

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Kathryn’s - Keys vs. Strings 6:30 p.m. McClain - Gena Steele MS Museum of Art Michael Boyd 5:15 p.m. MS State Fair - Marshall Tucker Band 7:30 p.m. Renaissance - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 4-7 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall - Kevin Gates w/ Yung Bleu 8 p.m. $34.50-$62.50

WEDNESDAY 10/10 Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brandon Amphitheater ODESZA w/ Jai Wolfe & Evan Giia 7 p.m $24.50-$39.50 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Jacob Lipking 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer & Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. Lounge 114 - “Jackson Got Talent” $10 admission $5 college students w/ ID McClain - Zach Bridges MS State Fair - Colt Ford 7:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Chris Gill 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

THURSDAY 10/11 1908 Provisions - Carlos Calabrese 6:30-9 p.m. Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Gena Steele & Buzz Pickens 6-9 p.m. Duling Hall - Sam Mooney w/ Ryan Warnick 8 p.m. $8 advance $10 door F. Jones - Maya Kyles & the F. Jones Challenge Band 10:30 p.m. $5 Iron Horse Grill - Scott Albert Johnson 6 p.m. Kathryn’s - Scott Turner Trio 6:30 p.m. McClain - Joseph LaSalla MS Coliseum - MercyMe 7 p.m. $20-$253 Pelican Cove - Wayward Jones 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7:30 p.m. Soul Wired - Lulu & the Black Sheep 8-11 p.m. Thalia Mara Hall - Buddy Guy 7:30 p.m. $55-$85

FRIDAY 10/12 1908 Provisions - Andrew Pates 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Ameristar, Vicksburg Forever Abbey Road 8 p.m. Drago’s - Doug Hurd 6-9 p.m. F. Jones - Johnnie B. & Ms. Iretta midnight $10 Hal & Mal’s - Barry Leach 7 p.m. free Hops & Habanas Dazz & Brie w/ the Emotionalz 7-10 p.m. Iron Horse - Joe Carroll & Cooper Miles 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - The Travelers 7 p.m. Lounge 114 - 601 Live Band 9 p.m. Martin’s - Family And Friends w/ Oh Jeremiah 10 p.m. McClain - Robert Jones MS State Fair - Luckenbach 7:30 p.m. Old Towne Clinton MS College Jazz Band 7 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Jason Turner Band 6-10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Just Cauz 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 5:30 p.m.; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Josh Journeay 10 p.m. Soulshine, Ridgeland Thomas Jackson 7 p.m. WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

SATURDAY 10/13 Ameristar, Vicksburg Forever Abbey Road 8 p.m. F. Jones - Lonn’e George & Flasche midnight $10 The Flamingo - Division of Labor, Blanket Swimming & Flesh Heater 8-11 p.m. $5 The Hideaway - Doug E. Fresh w/ Bluff City 7 p.m. $40-$120 Iron Horse Grill - Nellie Mack Project 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Jackson Gypsies 7 p.m. Martin’s - Voodoo Visionary 10 p.m. MS State Fair - Fred T & the Band 8 p.m. Pelican Cove - Lovin Ledbetter 6-10 p.m. Pop’s Saloon - Nashville South 9 p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; Snazz 8 p.m. $5; Billy Maudlin 10 p.m. Underground 119 - Corey Kilgannon & McKenzie Lockhart 8 p.m. $10

SUNDAY 10/14 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Iron Horse Grill - Tiger Rogers 11:30 a.m.2:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - The Rubiks 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Ronnie Brown noon-4 p.m.; Road Hogs 5-9 p.m. Shucker’s - The Axeidentals 3:30 p.m. St. Philip’s - “Bluegrass Mass & Goat Roast” feat. Vernon Bros. & The Red Hots 10:30 a.m.4 p.m. $10 adults, $5 age 12 & under Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m. Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

MONDAY 10/15 Duling Hall - MS Opera’s Alexander Awards Concert 7:30 p.m. $10-$25 Hal & Mal’s - Central MS Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

TUESDAY 10/16 Drago’s - Jonathan Alexander 6-9 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes & Friends 6-9 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Road Hogs 6:30 p.m. McClain - Bill & Temperance w/ Jeff Perkins Millsaps College - Chuck Prophet 7 p.m. $10 Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 10/17 1908 Provisions - Bill Ellison 6:30-9 p.m. Alumni House - Gena Steele 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bonny Blair’s - Phil & Trace 7:30 p.m. Drago’s - Doug Hurd 6-9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m. Lounge 114 - “Jackson Got Talent” $10, $5 college students w/ ID Lucky Town - SILAS Listening Party 7-10 p.m. McClain - Barry Leach Pelican Cove - Jonathan Alexander 6-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Proximity 7:30 p.m.







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aTo Do Listd WEDNESDAY 10/10 ODESZA performs at 7 p.m. at the Brandon Amphitheater (8190 Rock Way, Brandon). Producers Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches make up the electronic-dance music duo, which is currently touring to promote its latest album “A Moment Apart.” Jai Wolf and Evan Giia also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $24.50$39.50;


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Events at Brandon Amphitheater (8190 Rock Way, Brandon) • The Beach Boys Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. The California-native surf-rock band is known for hit songs such as “Good Vibrations,” “God Only Knows” and “I Get Around.” Doors open at 6 p.m. $20-$320; • ODESZA Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Producers Catacombkid and BeachesBeaches make up the electronic-dance music duo, which is currently touring to promote its latest album “A Moment Apart.” Jai Wolf and Evan Giia also perform. Doors open at 6 p.m. $24.50$39.50;


Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Zoso Oct. 4, 8 p.m. The tribute band has been recreating the sounds and visuals of iconic classic-rock band Led Zeppelin since 1995. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; call 877-987-6487; • Sam Mooney Oct. 11, 8 p.m. The Mississippi-native pop-soul artist’s latest release is titled “Find My Way.” Ryan Warnick also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 877-987-6487; • Alexander Awards Concert Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera presents the fifth annual concert featuring performances from the top six musical-theater and operatic performers of this year’s John Alexander Vocal Competition. $25 admission, $10 for students and active military; call 601-960-2300; Electronic Picnic Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m., at Cathead Distillery (422 S. Farish St.). The event features house music from DJ Ben Johnson, food trucks and more. For all ages. Free; find it on Facebook. Conkrete Phridays LIVE Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m., at Conkrete Sneaker Boutique (1505 Terry Road). The sneaker shopping and concert event features music from Dré Dys, Krystal Gem and DJ Phingaprint, and brands such as Zacari, The Melanin Line and more. Customers can donate a new pair of socks for discounted admission. $7 with sock donation, $10; find it on Facebook.

Looking for something great to do in Jackson? Visit JFPEVENTS.COM for more. Air1 Positive Hits Tour Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at Broadmoor Baptist Church (1531 Highland Colony Pkwy., Madison). The contemporary-Christian concert features performances from Zach Williams, We Are Messengers, Joshua Micah, Aaron Cole and Branan Murphy. For all ages. Doors open at 6 p.m. $26 general admission, $49.50 VIP meet-and-greet; Kyiv Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in Concert Oct. 5, 7 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The touring classical music group hails from Kyiv, Ukraine, and features many musicians who are graduates of the renowned Tchaikovsky National Music Academy. Free admission. Drake Bell Oct. 5, 8 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The California-native actor and pop artist’s latest singles are titled “First Thing in the Morning” and “Call Me When You’re Lonely.” Kira Kosarin also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show; call 877-987-6487; Events at Martin’s Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St.) • Futurebirds Oct. 5, 10 p.m. The Athens, Ga., psychedelic southern-rock band’s latest EP is titled “Portico II.” Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; call 601-354-9712; • Family And Friends Oct. 12, 10 p.m. The Athens, Ga., indie-rock band’s latest album is titled “Felix Culpa.” Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; • Voodoo Visionary Oct. 13, 10 p.m. The Atlanta improvisational funk band’s latest album is titled “Off the Ground.” Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission TBA; Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.) • “Fiery Flight” Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs a concert featuring pieces such as John Adams’ “Lollapalooza,” a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and more. Free pre-concert lecture from Timothy Coker at 6:45 p.m. on the mezzanine. $21-$64; call 601-960-1565; • Kevin Gates—”Luca Brasi 3” Tour Oct. 9, 8 p.m. The Baton Rouge-native rapper performs to promote his latest mixtape, “Luca Brasi 3.” Yung Bleu also performs. Doors open at 7 p.m. $34.50-$62.50; • Buddy Guy—Live in Concert Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning blues artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. $55-$85; Mississippi Community Symphonic Band Concert Oct. 7, 3-5 p.m., at Pearl High School (500 Pirates Cove, Pearl). The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band performs a concert featuring Disney movie music, circus songs, marches and more, with special guests Mississippi Swing. Free admission; call 601-594-0055; email; Southern Soul Classic Oct. 7, 4-11 p.m., at Grants Down Racetrack (2900 Forest Ave. Ext.). The concert features performances from Fel Davis, Big Pokey Bear, Tucka, Adrian Bagher, Coldrank, Chris Ivy, Franky Soul and Dr. Dee. Big Baby Alice Marie is the host. Gates open at 11 a.m. Tents and coolers welcome. $30 in advance, $40 at the gate; find it on Facebook.

FRIDAY 10/12 The Gathering Dinner Series: “Memories of a Chef” is at 6:30 p.m. at The Gathering at Livingston Mercantile (106 Livingston Church Road, Flora). Chef and owner Paul Adair presents the three-course dinner showcasing


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Mississippi State’s football team might be on the brink after major optimism heading into the season. The Bulldogs have lost two consecutive games and still have to play LSU, Alabama and Auburn. THURSDAY, OCT. 4

NFL (7-10:30 p.m., FOX): Colts v. Patriots FRIDAY, OCT. 5

MLB (Time TBA, TBS): Oakland A’s or Yankees v. Boston Red Sox KABOOMPICS.COM / PEXELS

foods from his travels and his childhood. Champagne hour at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. $45 per person; call 601-665-4282, ext. 3; Helena Byrne Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). The Dublin, Ireland, folk singer and storyteller performs as part of the “Pursuit of Happiness Tour Down South.” Her latest studio album is titled “Tóraíocht Shonais.” For all ages. $10 admission; find it on Facebook. MercyMe: Imagine Nation Tour Oct. 11, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The contemporary-Christian band performs in support of its latest release, “I Can Only Imagine: The Very Best of MercyMe.” $20-$253; Jazz Band on the Brick Streets Oct. 12, 6-8:30 p.m., on Jefferson Street (Clinton). In front of Clinton City Hall. The concert features the Mississippi College Jazz Band, food vendors and more. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland). The 10th annual car show and festival features more than 150 European cars and motorcycles. This year’s installment features the “Legends of the Interstates” all-German automobile display. Free admission; call 601-946-1950; Events at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.) • Glucklich Fest Oct. 13, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. The festival features music, bratwursts, craft beer, a stein-hoisting competition, tailgating, games and more. Also includes the Lucky Town Beer Mile from 3-8 p.m., during which participants will drink a full beer, run a quarter mile and then repeat three times. Free festival, $45 race registration; find it on Facebook. • SILAS’s Official Beer Release & Listening Party Oct. 17, 7 p.m. The Jackson hip-hop artist hosts the listening party for his upcoming album, “The Last Cherry Blossom,” and the release of a special tie-in beer. Free admission (register in advance); find it on Facebook.


College football (3-6:30 p.m., SECN): Louisiana-Monroe v. UM ... (6:30-11 p.m., ESPN2): Auburn v. MSU SUNDAY, OCT. 7

NFL (7:20-11 p.m., NBC): Cowboys v. Texans MONDAY, OCT. 8

NFL (7:15-11 p.m., ESPN): Redskins v. Saints TUESDAY, OCT. 9

College football (7-10:30 p.m., ESPN2): Appalachian State v. Arkansas State WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10

NBA (9:30 p.m.-midnight, ESPN): Golden State v. Los Angeles THURSDAY, OCT. 11

NFL (7-10:30 p.m., FOX): Eagles v. Giants FRIDAY, OCT. 12

MLB (Time TBA, FOX, FS1): National League Championship Series Game One SATURDAY, OCT. 13

College football (6:30-10 p.m., SECN): Mississippi v. Arkansas SUNDAY, OCT. 14

NFL (7:20-11 p.m., NBC): Chiefs v. Patriots MONDAY, OCT. 15

NFL (7:15-11 p.m., ESPN): 49ers v. Packers TUESDAY, OCT. 16

MLB (Time TBA, TBS): American League Championship Game Three WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17

MLB (Time TBA, TBS): American League Championship Game Four


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aTo Do Listd MONDAY 10/15 Cocktails for a Cure is from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Barrelhouse Southern Gastropub (3009 N. State St.). The dinner features champagne, music from Barry Leach, a silent auction and a four-course dinner with cocktail pairings. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $75 per person; find it on Facebook. COURTESY PIXABAY / PEXELS

Corey Kilgannon & McKenzie Lockhart Oct. 13, 8 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.). Corey Kilgannon is an indie-folk artist whose latest album is titled “Soften, Continue (Another B-Sides),” and McKenzie Lockhart is a singer-songwriter whose latest EP is titled “Suburbs.” $10 admission; Chuck Prophet Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). California singersongwriter Chuck Prophet performs a selection of music from his latest album, “Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins.” $10;





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Events at Lemuria Books (Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “Southern Discomfort” Oct. 3, 5 p.m. Tena Clark signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $27 book; call 601-366-7619; • “The Darkdeep” Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Ally Condie signs copies. $16.99 book; call 601366-7619; • “Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates” Oct. 8, 5 p.m. Eric Jay Dolin signs copies. $29.95 book; • “She Would Be King” Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Wayétu Moore signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book; • “Grim Lovelies” Oct. 9, 5 p.m. Megan Shepherd signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $17.99 book; • “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle” Oct. 10, 5 p.m. Hampton Sides signs copies. $30 book; • “Everlasting Nora” Oct. 11, 5 p.m. Marie Miranda Cruz signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book; • “The Dance Between” Oct. 16, 5 p.m. Valerie Winn signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book; “Too Much Soul” Oct. 6, 3-7 p.m., at Churchill Smoke Shoppe (1198 Lakeland Drive). Cindy Wilson signs copies and reads from her memoir. Free event, books for sale; find it on Facebook. Kiese Laymon | Signing + Reading Oct. 17, 5-7 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex room 215. Mississippi-native author Kiese Laymon presents on his new book, “Heavy: An American Memoir.” Signing at 5 p.m., and reading at 5:30 p.m. Free event, books for sale;

ARTS & EXHIBITS PRGS in the Gallery: “Outskirts of Narratives” Oct. 4, 5-7:30 p.m., at Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Mississippi-native artist Ellen Langford presents an exhibition of recent narrative paintings. On display through Oct. 27. Free admission; find on Facebook.

Andy, May Queen, Samantha & Victoria Oct. 4, 9 p.m., at The Flamingo (3011 N. State St.). The event features music from Andy and May Queen, and a showcase of artwork from Samantha Ledbetter and Victoria Meek. Admission TBA; find it on Facebook. “Central to Their Lives” & “Pulses” Exhibit Openings Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection” features works from artists such as Dusti Bongé, Anne Goldthwaite and Minnie Evans, and “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints” features works from fiber artists Mary Lou Alexander, Claire Benn, Christine Mauersberger and more. Included with admission; The Lowstyle Expo Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). The car show and art exhibition includes features a variety of automobiles, vinyl art displays, graphic art and more. Includes food for sale, music, a sticker swap and more. $11-$29; find it on Facebook. Bernard Mattox Opening Reception Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (736 S. President St.). The exhibition features new paintings and sculptures from Covington, La., visual artist Bernard Mattox. Free admission; find it on Facebook

BE THE CHANGE Mississippi: A Roadblock to Human Trafficking Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The summit features an in-depth look at human trafficking in Mississippi with expert guest speakers approaching the issue from various perspectives. Free; Real Men Wear Pink—Live Panel Discussion Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Friends of Survivors presents the panel discussion featuring Greg Griffin, Cordell Weaver, Victor Mason and more. Includes a dinner from chef Nawfside Lee, live music and more. $40 steak dinner, $30 stuffed chicken dinner; find it on Facebook. Pink the Runway Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m., at 4330 N. State St. Friends of Survivors presents the seventh annual fashion show fundraiser. VIP admission includes front-row seating and complimentary wine. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. $25 admission, $40 VIP; find it on Facebook.

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“Geography Sudoku” Solve this as you would a regular sudoku, but using the given letters instead of numbers. When you are finished, one of the rows or columns, reading forward or backward, will spell out a geographical place name.

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Libran astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson offers this observation: “When you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. (But) the most successful people in life recognize that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.” I think Tyson’s simple wisdom is exactly what you need to hear right now, Libra. You’re primed for a breakthrough in your ability to create your own fate.

Japanese entrepreneur Hiroki Terai has created a business that offers crying therapy. His clients watch short videos specially formulated to make them weep. A professional helper is on hand to gently wipe their tears away and provide comforting words. “Tears have relaxing and healing effects,” says an Okinawan musician who works as one of the helpers. Hiroki Terai adds, “It has been said that one drop of tear has the effect of relieving stress for a week.” I wish there were a service like this near where you live, Scorpio. The next two weeks will be a perfect time to relieve pent-up worry and sadness and anxiety through cathartic rituals like crying. What other strategies might work for you?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):

Fling out friendly feelers! Sling out interesting invitations! Figure out how to get noticed for all the right reasons! Make yourself so interesting that no one can resist your proposals! Use your spunky riddle-solving powers to help ease your tribe’s anxieties. Risk looking odd if that will make you smarter! Plunk yourself down in pivotal places where vitality is welling up! Send out telepathic beams that say, “I’m ready for sweet adventure. I’m ready for invigorating transformation!”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

“Someone spoke to me last night, told me the truth,” writes poet Doeianne Laux. “I knew I should make myself get up, write it down, but it was late, and I was exhausted from working. Now I remember only the flavor.” I offer these thoughts, Capricorn, in the hope that they’ll help you avoid Laux’s mistake. I’m quite sure that crucial insights and revelations will be coming your way, and I want you to do whatever’s necessary to completely capture them so you can study and meditate on them at length.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

As a young man, Aquarian poet Louis Dudek struck up a correspondence with renowned poet Ezra Pound, who was 32 years older. Dudek “admired him immensely,” and “loved him for the joy and the luminosity” of his poetry, but also resented him “for being so magnificent.” With a mix of mischief and adulation, Dudek wrote a poem to his hero. It included these lines: “For Christ’s sake, you didn’t invent sunlight. There was sun dazzle before you. But you talk as if you made light or discovered it.” I hope his frisky tone might inspire you to try something similar with your own idols. It would be healthy to be more playful and lighthearted about anything or anyone you take too seriously or give enormous power to.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

In his book “Till We Have Faces,” C. S. Lewis writes, “Holy places are dark places. It is life and strength, not knowledge and words, that we get in them. Holy wisdom is not clear and thin like water, but thick and dark like blood.” In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I suggest you seek out dark holy places that evoke wonder and reverence, even awe. Hopefully, you will be inspired thereby to bring new beauty into your life. You’ll be purged of trivial concerns and become receptive to a fresh promise from your future life.

ARIES (March 21-April 19):

“Electra” is an action-packed story written by ancient Greek playwright Sophocles. It features epic characters taking drastic action in response to extreme events. In contrast to that text is Marcel Proust’s novel “In Search of Lost Time,” which draws from the sensitive author’s experiences growing up, coming of age and falling in love, all the while in quest for meaning and beauty. Author Virginia Woolfe

compared the two works, writing, “In six pages of Proust we can find more complicated and varied emotions than in the whole of the Electra.” In accordance with astrological omens, I recommend that you specialize in the Proustian mode rather than the Sophoclean. Your feelings in the next five weeks could be as rich and interesting and educational as they have been in a long time. Honor them!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

Researchers in Maryland have created a new building material with a strength-to-weight ratio that’s eight times better than steel. It’s an effective insulator, and in some forms can be bent and folded. Best of all, it’s biodegradable and costeffective. The stuff is called nanowood, and is derived from lightweight, fast-growing trees like balsa. I propose that we make it your main metaphor for the foreseeable future. Why? Because I think you’re primed to locate or create your own version of a flexible, durable, robust building block.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

The U.S. Secretary of Defense paid an official visit to Indonesia early this year. The government arranged for him to observe soldiers as they demonstrated how tough and welltrained they were. Some of the troops shimmied through broken glass, demolished bricks with their heads, walked through fire and bit heads off snakes. I hope you won’t try stunts like that in the coming weeks, Gemini. It will be a favorable time for you show off your skills and make strong impressions. You’ll be wise to impress important people with how creative and resourceful you are. But there’s no need to try too hard or resort to exaggeration.

Clinical Intelligence Analyst The University of Mississippi Medical Center at 2500 N. State St., Jackson, seeks a Clinical Intelligence Analyst to implement, analyze, support, integrate and maintain applications, databases and data flows of clinical informatics data; to collaborate with users to identify technical and business requirements; and to analyze and develop clinical informatics systems documentation. Projects the Clinical Intelligence Analyst may be asked to participate in will include data reporting; discovery and visualizations for readmission reduction; length of stay; enterprise quality score card; hand hygiene compliance; hospital and professional billing denials;

and perioperative throughput. The Clinical Intelligence Analyst will work at two locations: 350 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Suite MH2500, Jackson, and 2500 North State Street, Jackson. Requisites for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Information Systems or a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration or a related field plus three years’ experience in Information Systems in a health care setting using GEO Analytics, ETL tools, SQL and Data Visualization, with analytic and reporting skills. To apply, please send a resume to Julieta Mendez at 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD: Post an ad, call 601-362-6121, ext. 11 or fax to 601-510-9019. Deadline: Mondays at Noon.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):

i confess that i have a fuzzy self-image. With odd regularity, i don’t seem to know exactly what or who i am. For example, i sometimes think i’m so nice and polite that i need to toughen up. But on other occasions i feel my views are so outrageous and controversial that i should tone myself down. Which is true? Often, i even neglect to capitalize the word “i.” You have probably experienced some of this fuzziness, my fellow Cancerian. But you’re now in a favorable phase to cultivate a more definitive self-image. Here’s a helpful tip: We Cancerians have a natural talent for inspiring people to love us. This ability will come in especially handy as we work on making an enduring upgrade from i to I. Our allies’ support and feedback will fuel our inner efforts to clarify our identity.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

“I am a little afraid of love, it makes me rather stupid.” So said author Simone de Beauvoir in a letter she wrote to her lover, Nelson Algren. I’m happy to let you know, Leo, that during the next 12 months, love is likely to have the opposite effect on you. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it will tend to make you smarter and more perceptive. To the degree that you expand your capacity for love, you will become more resilient and a better decision-maker. As you get the chance to express love with utmost skill and artistry, you will awaken dormant potentials and boost your personal power.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Your theme in the coming weeks is the art of attending to details. But wait! I said “the art.” That means attending to details with panache, not with overly meticulous fussing. For inspiration, meditate on St. Francis Xavier’s advice, “Be great in little things.” And let’s take his thought a step further with a quote from author Richard Shivers: “Be great in little things, and you will be given opportunity to do big things.” Novelist Tom Robbins provides us with one more nuance: “When we accept small wonders, we qualify ourselves to imagine great wonders.”

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1 Deep South Pops (1800 N. State St., 601-3982174; 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 173, 601-398-0623;

Aside from being my parttime workplace, this place has become a second home to myself and many in our area. It has great products and people, and is a good workspace.

2 Thai Tasty (5050 Parkway Drive, Suite 7, 601-540-2534)

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This is hands-down one of the best Thai spots in Jackson and a frequent date spot for me and my wife.


3 The Country Squire (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite B10, 601-362-2233, This spot features handblended tobaccos and good company. It’s a great place to work from as well.

4 Good Citizen (310 Jefferson St., 601-7085067,

Located in downtown Clinton, Good Citizen allows you to get handmade gifts from local and global craftspeople.

5 Noble Barber (1065 Highland Colony Pkwy., Suite F, Ridgeland, 601-8566665,

7 The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen (1200 N. State St., Suite 100, 601-398-4562,

6 Mississippi Civil Rights Museum (222 North St., Suite 2205, 601-576-6800,

8 Fondren (

Noble Barber is one of the few men-focused barber shops in Jackson. Lanis Noble and his crew are great and provide a great haircutting experience.

This museum, along with the Museum of Mississippi History, tell the story of much of Jackson’s history.

This one kinda speaks for itself. I believe local Jacksonians have probably not had a bad experience here, and the food is great.. This spot is basically a hub for many Jackson small businesses and fun entertainment. Many things you might need are within walking distance here.


9 Blue Sky Studios (, 601-460-0448)

Blue Sky Studios is a vibe-y music studio located in the Lefleur’s Bluff area that kind-of flies under the Jackson radar. It’s very useful for both you musicians out there and also for those who enjoy live music experiences. Owner Casey Combest often hosts house shows in his space that can easily rival the usual “big venue” shows






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v17n03 - The Music Issue  

Artists To Watch: The Latest in Mississippi Sound, pp 14 - 16 • A Look at the City Budget, pp 7 - 9 • Why the Push for Kavanaugh?, p 11 • SI...

v17n03 - The Music Issue  

Artists To Watch: The Latest in Mississippi Sound, pp 14 - 16 • A Look at the City Budget, pp 7 - 9 • Why the Push for Kavanaugh?, p 11 • SI...