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12 Connecting Community JXN Transplants podcast helps connect those who move here to the community.



ue Hernandez says she did not use social media for a long time until one of her Hinds Community College professors told her that she needed to use it if she really wanted to be a small business owner, she says. “I have a business background, with bookkeeping and sales and marketing, but social media is such a new trend,” Hernandez says. “You’re either with it, or you’re not.” Hernandez, 34, works as a social-media manager for Winstead Clothing Company and does social-media marketing for Timothy Lewis, who is currently running for Hinds County tax collector. Born in Mexico City, Hernandez lived in Chicago and Texas before her dad’s business brought her to Mississippi in 1991. Hernandez grew up and went to school in Clinton. She received her associate’s degree in landscape management in 2005. Three years ago, she and boyfriend Matt Middleton started Gluckstadt Garten in Gluckstadt, where they grow organic vegetables. “We use it as a platform to go to farmers markets and talk to people about the importance of eating fresh, local produce and supporting local businesses,” Hernandez says. Hernandez began working with Davis Winstead at men’s clothing store Winstead Clothing Company in 2018.

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Sue Hernandez “I’m the kind of person that sees a need, and I try and meet it,” she says. “I saw he needed help, and he was hesitant.” Her pop-up shop, Local Bunny, was in his store until he had to switch locations due to property conflicts. She sold herbal teas, local products, local art and T-shirts that she made promoting the plant-based and vegan lifestyle. The store closed on Dec. 31, 2018. Hernandez says that she wants to incorporate community into the brand of Winstead Clothing. She especially likes the button-down shirts in the Winstead store that help Hard Places Community, a ministry helping fight human and sex trafficking. “I realized that my strengths are better in helping other people and other small business owners,” she says. “When people come ask me for information, I’m just going to share it with them. If these small business owners do better in our community, then that money stays in our community.” In her free time, Hernandez likes to garden and read about personal growth, as well as spend time with her two sons, ages 14 and 9, and her boyfriend. Hernandez says she loves Jackson because of her family, the community feel and the kindness of the locals. —Jenna Gibson

21 Tourist State That’s what Mississippi is, believe it or not.

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24 Cultivating Change Women-owned eateries are thriving at Cultivation Food Hall.

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publisher’s note Editor-in-Chief and CEO Donna Ladd Publisher & President Todd Stauffer Associate Publisher Kimberly Griffin Art Director Kristin Brenemen Managing Editor Amber Helsel EDITORIAL State Reporter Ashton Pittman JFP Daily Editor Dustin Cardon Editorial/Events Assistant Nate Schumann City Intern Reporters Taylor Langele, Natosha Pengarthit State Intern Reporter James Bell Editorial Intern Armani T. Fryer Editor-in-Chief’s Assistant Shakira Porter Writers James Bell, Richard Coupe, Bryan Flynn, Armani T. Fryer, Jenna Gibson,Torsheta Jackson, Mike McDonald, Brinda Fuller Willis Consulting Editor JoAnne Prichard Morris

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elcome to another “BOOM Jackson” edition of the Jackson Free Press. This issue serves two major purposes. One, it’s a three-month look ahead at arts and cultural events in the Jackson metro. Two, we do the BOOM edition quarterly, with a focus on local entrepreneurship and economic development—stuff I love! I hope you’ll find this issue of Jackson Free Press magazine useful to toss on your coffee table and refer back to for the next few months. And I particularly hope you’ll take pleasure in some of the feature stories you’ll find inside, particularly those focused on tourism in Jackson (and Mississippi) and the new Cultivation Food Hall at the District at Eastover. In particular, the stories of the business women opening restaurant concepts in the food hall—with the hope, one day, of spinning them out into full-service offerings in our community—are a fabulous read, and something I’m really thrilled to know is finally happening in Jackson. On the tourism front, no, we’re not New Orleans, yet, but there’s a steady drumbeat of offerings in Jackson that’s making it more and more interesting to think about tourism as a potential part of our growth. We’ve had fantastic museums and related resources come online in the past decade—Mississippi Museum of Art, the Art Garden at MMA, Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Two Museums—and that’s in addition to other great resources that were already on the ground like the Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. The Jackson Zoo may be getting new management, it seems, and could be part of this cultural renaissance driving visitors to the capital city. The full-fledged embrace of civil-rights history, foodie culture and the ever-present music scene helps as well. We’ve got something to build on. On pages 21-22, you can learn a little more about tourism as an economic driver for Mississippi and Jackson, and how that can affect the bottom line—and quality of life for all of us as residents. In particular, it’s worth noting that an embrace our the state’s race history and a celebration of

the battle for civil rights now resonates as a driver for tourism. (Just imagine if we changed the state flag!) Meanwhile, outside the pages of this Jackson Free Press, this month ushers in another turning point for our media company that I’m very excited to announce with one word: podcast. As I write this, the ink is drying on a fun new venture for the JFP staff—we’re now the producers of “Let’s Talk Jackson,” the fantastic podcast created by Beau York and Podastery, file phoTo

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shepherded through six prior seasons by Beau and his team, where they talked to fascinating people throughout the Jackson metro. As we begin season 7, we’ll be keeping much of the same energy and focus that has made “Let’s Talk Jackson” a threetime winner in the Best of Jackson best podcast category. We’ll be focusing on local personalities and issues that Jackson faces, with an eye out for both the heroes on this journey and the solutions that we might be able to implement as we work to celebrate our achievements and overcome our challenges. What we hope to do is increase the reach of “Let’s Talk Jackson” while maintaining the integrity and the “voice” of the show. One thing we’ve learned very quickly about “Let’s Talk Jackson” is that a lot of people are listening to it already, and for some Jackson transplants, it was one of their first introductions to the quirks and

pleasures of Jackson culture. So we’re going to keep that up, while mixing in a little more of the “solutions journalism” touch that you’re accustomed to getting from the Jackson Free Press. The initial voices on Let’s Talk Jackson will be me (focusing on entrepreneurship and development in Jackson), Amber Helsel (arts and entertainment) and Donna Ladd (politics, people and culture). We expect to hear from other staff members and friends of the JFP as guest hosts of the show, and we’re thrilled to be keeping Beau York as an executive producer on “Let’s Talk Jackson.” Kourtney Moncure will remain on board as our producer as well, helping us keep the show tight and sounding great, as it has been for years. Our first full episode will be timed to coincide with our next print issue of the Jackson Free Press, dropping on March 20, 2019, with Donna Ladd interviewing Benny Ivey about his journey from crime and white-gang leadership in south Jackson (and prison) to his success in the construction business and his new role as a “credible messenger” working with local youth to try to keep them out of trouble. He’s super-entertaining, too. You can subscribe to “Let’s Talk Jackson” via iTunes or follow the show on Soundcloud . Our podcast page will be live at (The show does still have some sponsorship slots available, so if you’re a local business or organization, and you’d like to get the word out, please write me at Finally, I wanted to offer another shoutout to everyone who has joined the JFP VIP Club in the past few months— we’ve had wonderful participation in this new program, with people stepping up to the plate to support our deep journalism in Jackson and beyond. If you appreciate the work done by the JFP staff and freelancers and you’d like to help sustain what we’re doing, please become a member! You can join at with either a monthly or annual subscription to the VIP newsletter; at the Gold level or higher we can also send you a print subscription to the Jackson Free Press. We can’t thank you enough for the direct support of the Jackson Free Press and its mission to inform and engage the people of Jackson.

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Amber Helsel

Freelance photographer Joseph “Joey” Powell Jr. is a proud, happy father of three boys and a self-proclaimed renaissance man who loves photography, poetry and painting. He also enjoys the local Jackson-metro karaoke scene. “My Girl” is his go-to song choice. He took the cover photo and other photos for this issue.

Managing Editor Amber Helsel is a storyteller and artist who loves food, cats, anime and destructive art mediums. You can often catch her running sound at CityHeart Church. Email story ideas to amber@jacksonfreepress. com. She wrote the cover story and made this who issue happen. As usual.

Armani T. Fryer

Torsheta Jackson

Editorial intern Armani T. Fryer is a young journalist who loves meeting people and gaining positive vibes. He wrote the ex-pat for this issue.

Freelance writer Torsheta Jackson is originally from Shuqualak, Miss. A wife and mother of four, she freelances and is a certified lactation counselor. She wrote about JXN Transplants.

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haun and Kimberly Conerly, who have been married for almost 23 years and have lived in Madison for 16, are both passionate about volunteer work and helping the less fortunate in the Jackson metro area. “I’ve had a deep love of volunteering since high school, when I started working with Toys for Tots,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to do what I could to serve those less fortunate and give back to those who can’t provide for themselves.” She volunteered with the organization in her sophomore and junior years of high school. Shaun was born in Madisonville, La., and Kimberly was born in Forest, Miss. The couple married in 1996. Kimberly currently serves on the corporate board of Goodwill Industries of Mississippi. There, she helps unemployed people find jobs with Goodwill stores around Mississippi, which sell donated items such as clothing and shoes. She has also been a member of the Junior League of Jackson for seven years, helping with projects such as providing meals for in-need children in Jackson and offering counseling for children who have lost family members or someone close to them.

Shaun is a member of the Madison chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men’s fraternal service organization that does volunteer work for local nonprofit groups. Among the services the Knights of Columbus perform are cooking meals for homeless people, assisting the elderly in their homes and providing scholarships for needy children in Madison. “We are blessed to be able to give back to our community and both just want to do whatever we can to put a smile on someone’s face or make life easier for someone else,” he says. “Helping people is important for both of us because we have seen that there is such a need in the greater Jackson area for services,” Kimberly says. She is an information technology services manager for Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, where she has worked for 10 years. Shaun is a sales consultant for Herrin-Gear Lexus. The couple has twin 15-year-old daughters named Lauren and Haley. —Dustin Cardon

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ete and Susan Farris, 28, are a busy couple. Pete, who was born in Memphis but raised in Southaven, moved to Clinton in 2009 to attend Mississippi College, which is where he and Susan met. Susan is a Brandon native who graduated from East Rankin Academy and then started college at MC in 2009. They hung around with the same group of friends and then got to know each other better when they became editors of the Mississippi College literary magazine. “Eventually through the magazine, we discovered that we both liked ‘Doctor Who’ and together would watch the new episodes on Sunday night and eat cheap hibachi,” Susan says. Pete received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and Susan a degree in English with a writing concentration from Mississippi College. Two weeks after graduating, the couple married, with “Doctor Who” as the wedding theme. “We couldn’t quite get away with the costumes,” Susan jokes. “My mother would have killed me.” But all the colors, the cakes and decorations were Doctor Who-themed, and the recessional was the TV show’s theme song. Susan is the marketing director of Mangia Bene, which manages BRAVO!

Italian Restaurant & Bar, Broad Street Baking Company, and Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream. Pete is the digital assets director for Spectrum Capital, a real estate development firm, and he is an adjunct professor at Mississippi College, teaching graphic design. Both are working on their master’s degrees in fine arts. Pete is studying for one in graphic design at Mississippi College, and Susan attends the online creative writing program at Lindenwood University in Missouri. Susan is the co-founder of the networking group Entrepreneur Quarterly that meets at Sal & Mookie’s every quarter. Another quantum of their time goes to their church: CityHeart. “We’re pretty involved there,” Pete says. He volunteers as the lead producer, and Susan volunteers with the worship band. The couple is also involved in the church’s outreach in the community, which has included taking Sunday lunches to fire stations in Jackson, and helping Kirksey Middle School with supplies, setting up classrooms, being proctors for testing and more. Susan and Pete live in Brandon near the reservoir with two dogs and three cats. —Richard Coupe

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Jackson ‘Transplants’ Unite By Torsheta Jackson

Ashlee Kelly uses her new podcast, “JXN Transplants,” to highlight good things in the city, and to help connect those who move into the community.

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hen New Orleans native Ashlee Kelly first arrived in Jackson in 2003 to attend Jackson State University, she struggled to find people to connect with. “Most of the people I was friends with were also transplants,” she says. “So I didn’t know what to do, where to go, where to eat. That made it really hard to be here.” She received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2008, a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in 2010, and a doctorate degree in public administration in 2017, all from Jackson State. In 2018, Kelly attended a podcast event that 242 Creative co-owner Melvin Robinson hosted. During the event, he was impressed with her voice and style and suggested that she needed to host a podcast herself for African American women, Kelly says. But she had another idea. She had already created a Facebook page that catered to a group whom she referred to as “transplants”: non-Jackson natives now residing and working in Jackson. After some discussion, she posed the idea to create a podcast centered around that concept. “I know so many other people who

are transplants (and) sharing those experiences, building community and giving recommendations to new transplants,” she says. The goal was to ease the transition for newcomers by offering information about the city through the experiences of others who had once been in their shoes—something that was missing when she came. The first “Jxn Transplants” podcast aired on Oct. 28, 2018, and it quickly has become what Kelly imagined and more. Each week, she interviews both non-native Jacksonians and natives to reveal their thoughts about the city. They discuss their experiences and why they made the decision to stay. Near the end of the show, the guests recommend their favorite places or events in the city and drop a piece of advice. “There are a diverse group of people (from other places) who share the city with us, and it’s kinda easy to miss unless you walk up to them and say ‘Hey, where are you from?“ says podcast producer Robinson. Though in the beginning, Kelly featured some of the Jackson transplants she

already knew, those friends began recommending others, and the list continued to grow. So far, the show has featured guests such as Robert Morris, host of the “Reality Breached” podcast, policy analyst Ercilla DometzHendrix and Thomas Price, host of the “Token Talk” podcast, Senior City Planner Salam Rida and Natalie West, author of “50 Things to Do in Jackson.” However, Robinson says that you don’t have to be well-known on the Jackson scene to be interviewed. “You don’t have to have a certain profile for us to talk to you. If you’re from somewhere else and you want to come on and talk about your Jackson experience, you can,” he says. The show’s goal is to become a “welcoming committee” of sorts for people moving to Jackson, he says. “We would love to work with (Visit Jackson),” Robinson says. “We would love to work and make it where if someone wants to find out something about Jackson, they can come to us, or if they know someone from a certain part of the country, and they know what

their experience would be like there, then they could check us out.” Robinson and Kelly also hope that the podcast becomes a vessel for newcomers to meet each other and build community. Their goal is to host welcoming events, cultural celebrations, and field trips to local attractions and events that offer the chance for transplants to connect. Kelly adds that the show has reaffirmed for her why has remained here for more than a decade. “It has a bit of a snarky, sassy kind of spin on it. So kinda like, ‘I hate it here. Why are you guys still here? Why should we be here?’ And through that process, it has really helped me see value in Jackson that I may have lost at one point,” Kelly says. For Jones, the show highlights the beauty of a city that often gets a bad rap. ‘We want to be a voice for Jackson positivity,” Jones says. “We are all in on Jackson.” Hear the “Jxn Transplants” podcast every Tuesday on SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes. For more information, find JXN Transplants on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Lake Hico: Closed by

Racism? by Mike McDonald

Lake Hico has remained closed to the public for more than 30 years.


ake Hico is named after Hinds County. You know, “Hi” and Co.” The lake in northwest Jackson has boat ramps, picnic areas and wildlife. The lake and adjacent property once sported boat ramps, nature trails, barbecue pits and picnic areas. All those amenities are now decaying. In the 1950s, a consortium of five

Section Land Development Corporation. They sold 654 acres of land to the Jackson Public School District for $1.6 million to pay for construction of a lake, bordered by Watkins Drive, Northside Drive and Forest Avenue. Completed in 1957, Lake Hico’s primary use was as a cooling pond for the Rex Brown Plant, which generates

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Entergy currently owns Lake Hico, which serves as a cooling pond for the Rex Brown Plant. It used to be a popular recreation lake, but closed in 1968.

Hinds County supervisors, officers of three local banks and the county superintendent collectively formed the 16th

electricity from steam, although the water body was used for recreation, too. Enthusiasts enjoyed fishing, boating and

picnicking—but only white people. Jim Crow-era segregation laws and customs prevented Lake Hico from interracial use until the late 1960s after the Civil Rights Movement and federal legislation officially ended segregation. The lake then closed to the public in 1968. While some people speculate that integration was part of the reason, Mississippi Power & Light also decided to close the lake because of liability issues. Mississippi Power & Light (now Entergy Mississippi) underwent multiple lease and payment agreements on the 16th Section land designation of Lake Hico. This designation allows school districts to own and manage land for educational purposes and lease land for non-educational usage. Mississippi Power & Light did not want to reopen the lake because of insurance liability, it said then. Environmental issues were also a factor. When the City renegotiated the lease with Mississippi Power & Light in 1982, it gave the company the right to erect a fence and other safeguards to keep members of the public from interfering with power generation. Under the administration of Mayors John Ditto, Harvey Johnson and Frank Melton, the City discussed reopening the lake for recreational use once again, yet it still remains closed.

The Rex Brown Plant is still operational; however, it no longer serves as a main power grid. In a June 1989 article in The Clarion-Ledger, then-Mayor Ditto said: “I’m certainly interested in it, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who are interested in reopening it. It could be a public resource to have a lake in the middle of the city.” Efforts to reboot Lake Hico have stymied for more than 30 years, but some city officials would like to see it reopened to the public. On Feb. 27, 2018, members of the Jackson City Council passed a resolution in support of reopening it. During the meeting, Corinthian Sanders spoke for opening the lake to the public. He talked about how, since Entergy no longer uses the Rex Brown Power Plant as a main electric grid, it will not have as much incentive to renew its lease on the land in 2020. Council President Melvin Priester Jr. said then that he wants this to be part of a broader discussion about an economic development and infrastructure master plan. He cited issues such as Entergy needing to decommission the plant and also environmental issues. “I’m not sure what the best use is,” Priester said, “... and we have to make a decision as a community what we want to do.”




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hose who follow the TV series “Bring It!”—a show about the Dancing Dolls, a Jackson dance group—will likely recognize the name Faith Simone Thigpen. Thigpen, 18, starred in the show alongside her mother, Dana Roilton, in seasons two through five from 2016 to 2018. The Jackson native started dancing at age 3. Singer and dancer Beyoncé was her earliest inspiration. “My mom told me she turned on Destiny’s Child to calm me down whenever I would get moody or hyper,” Thigpen says. “It always calmed me down. … I’ve admired Beyoncé throughout my entire life. She’s been my role model. I love everything she’s done for the industry.” Thigpen watched music videos and quickly began to pick up on the choreography and dance moves. At age 3, Thigpen also started dancing at Emmanuel Christian Academy in Jackson. At age 5, she began attending Word of Faith Academy, where she was a cheerleader and part of the praise dance team throughout elementary and middle school. Also at age 5, she attended Adhiambo African School, also in Jackson, where she studied lyrical and African dance forms. Thigpen entered Jackson Public Schools’ Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex program in fifth grade, and studied ballet, jazz and modern dance. She auditioned and made the Dancing Dolls dance team during her ninth-grade year at Murrah High School in 2015. A few months later, executives for “Bring It!” chose her to be on the show. Thigpen joined the “Bring It!” tour company in summer 2016, stopping in cities including Philadelphia, Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta. After graduating from high school in 2018, Thigpen decided to attend the American Music Dramatic Academy in New York City. She recently completed her second year and plans to finish her final two years at the Los Angeles campus and get her bachelor’s degree in dance. After gradua-

Former Dancing Doll Faith Simone Thigpen eventually wants to bring her talents back to Jackson and open dance studios in the area.

tion, she wants to perform on Broadway in New York City, and also has plans to start her own performing arts school. She also wants to own local dance studios in Jackson, then eventually branch out around the country. Because of her hectic schedule, Thigpen is only about to come home during the holidays. “It’s always heart-warming when I come home, she says. “I want to thank my hometown, especially my family. The amount of support I receive from everybody is an understatement, ... (and ) my parents has always given me everything I’ve wanted and needed.”

She hopes to retire as a great dancer, while being inspirational. “I owe it to Jackson, because I’ve gotten so much love and support,” she says. “I know I would not be where I am today without it.” For more information, follow Thigpen on Instagram or visit Know a Jackson native who has left the state in pursuit of other opportunities? Email ideas for people to feature at




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Mississippi Arboretum Trail The Canadian Railroad recently donated $25,000 to Jackson and five other cities in Mississippi to support the Mississippi Arboretum Trail, an initiative to establish community parks and green spaces throughout the state. The Mississippi Urban Forest Council, a statewide nonprofit, is working with national nonprofit America in Bloom to create the Mississippi Arboretum Trail, an initiative to establish community parks and green spaces throughout the state. Five other cities—Byram, McComb, Canton, Yazoo City and Terry—are also involved in the trail. The Canadian Railroad donated a total of $25,000 to the six cities to help fund the arboretum trail in January 2019. In Jackson, MUFC will focus its efforts on converting previously abandoned properties into parks. The Jackson arboretum will include a fruit tree orchard, flowers and pollinator plants, and shrubs. MUFC began small planting efforts on Monday, Jan. 21. For more information on the Mississippi Urban Forest Council, visit To find out how to volunteer for or get more details about the Mississippi Arboretum Trail project, visit the MUFC Facebook page.

Cultivation Food Hall Opens Cultivation Food Hall, located inside The District at Eastover (1200 Eastover Drive, Suite 125), opened for business on Sunday, Jan. 13. The food hall features food vendors Ariella’s NY Delicatessen, Bocca Pizzeria, Fauna Foodworks, Fete au Fete StreEATery, Local Honey, Poké Stop, and Whisk Creperie, as well as il Lupo Coffee and Gold Coast Bar. The venue is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building in The District at

structure for pedestrians, bicycles, scooters and a bus rapid-transit system in Jackson. Mukesh Kumar, the City’s planning director, said that construction in the area will begin around August 2019.

information, call 601-980-3006 or find the club on Facebook.

South Street Live Reopens Jackson natives Mario Nocentelli, John Thurmond and Chadrick Odie purchased the lease for the South Street Live nightclub in downtown Jackson and started working to revamp the venue in November

StateStreet Group Opens The Quarter Lofts Jackson-based real estate development company StateStreet Group recently opened The Quarter Lofts on Lakeland Drive. Renovations began on what were once upstairs office spaces of buildings along Lakeland over summer 2018 and finished in December. The renovations

2018. The three held a grand opening for the space in December. The 9,500-square-foot venue, which previously housed Club 110, is on the corner of Farish Street and West South Street next to Cathead Distillery. The new South Street Live features three bars and a restaurant that serves small-plate Cajun, Creole and soul-food dishes, as well as specialty wings, gumbo made from a recipe from Chadrick Odie’s mother, and sweet potato pie that Nocentelli makes himself. South Street Live has a VIP lounge with a private cash bar and free Champagne for guests who reserve a booth. The club is open Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more

included changes to the buildings’ exterior facades, an expansion for Wine & Spirits in The Quarter and converting the offices into 12 residential loft spaces. The lofts come in one- or two-bedroom units and feature Nest thermostats, white quartz countertops, kitchen islands, stainless-steel appliances, walk-in closets, full-sized washers and dryers, and balconies. The five one-bedroom lofts range from 650 to 1,000 square feet, while the seven twobedroom lofts range from 880 to 1,250 square feet. Business tenants in the Quarter include Cups Espresso Cafe, specialty tobacco shop The Country Squire, and Wine & Spirits in The Quarter. For more information, or visit

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offee Prose, a combination coffee shop and used bookstore located inside The Monastery in Midtown (1619 N. West St.), held its grand opening on Feb. 7. In addition to coffee and used books, Coffee Prose also sells tea, muffins, cupcakes, biscotti, cereal bars, cakes and more. The shop also sells baked goods from Heavenly Sweetz in Jackson; Mississippi Cold Drip coffee; and savory breakfast tacos from FEAST Specialty Foods in varieties such as chorizo sausage, bacon or potato. Coffee Prose also has both canned and bottled beer from Lucky Town Brewery and stainedglass pieces from Pearl River Glass Studio. Coffee Prose is also planning to install a drive-through for coffee, craft beer, wine, sweets and even books based on a customer’s request. The Monastery also opened four loft apartments inside the building in February 2019. For information, call 769-208-0230 or visit

South Street Live opened in December 2018. The Jackson Free Press hosted its 2019 Best of Jackson awards party at the venue on Jan. 27.

Eastover. It has complimentary WiFi, a dedicated event space, and both indoor and outdoor seating. For more information, call 601-9140800 or visit the Cultivation Food Hall Facebook page. Also, see pages 24-26. City to Develop New Transportation Corridor The Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Jackson $1 million for a transportation-focused corridor the City is calling ONELINE. It will connect 20 square miles along a route stretching from Fondren to downtown Jackson, then turn west and head out to Jackson State University. The corridor will include new infra-



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Martin’s Downtown Moves into 2019 by Jenna Gibson Joseph powell

Martin’s Downtown has added some new changes over the last few years, from a new bar and stage, to a name change.


bar,” Stodghill says. “We completely stripped that and redid it, put in all new fixtures and everything else.” Stodghill said that Martin’s tries to update the menu about once every year. “We launched a menu probably about nine months ago, and we’re about to tweak it and add some stuff and redo it again,” he says. “The blue-plates are pretty much set in stone as far as lunch, but in the restaurant business, you’re always trying to tweak your menu and drop things off that aren’t as popular.” Another big change for Martin’s was its recent switch to becoming a nonsmoking bar. “One of the biggest challenges we faced when we did that was trying to get the word out, and that if you didn’t like it because it’s too smoky, it’s not smoky anymore,” Stodghill says. “It’s 2019. You can’t smoke in a bar on Bourbon Street anymore. It’s time.” He says another challenge for Martin’s is roping in big crowds to hear live music, especially younger generations, because there are so many different platforms that businesses have to promote on to get the word out. Being one of the older bars in the capital city, Martin’s has a certain antique, historical character that many new bars

lack, Stodghill says of the venue. “Ultimately, the saving grace for this place is that we’ve been very consistent through the years with music lineup,” he says. “We want to be synonymous with great food, good drinks and great music. And us being around that long has really helped with that.” In the next year, Stodghill wants to focus on continuing to promote the changes they’ve made and “hone in on what we

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artin’s Downtown, previously known as Martin’s Restaurant & Bar, has long been a staple of downtown Jackson, showcasing both local and touring bands, as well as giving Jacksonians a place to hang out. Lately, though, the bar has been undergoing some changes, including getting a new name. Martin Lassiter founded Martin’s in 1953. He met and became good friends with Calvin Stodghill in 1976. Stodghill bought Martin’s in 1997, and his son, Joseph Stodghill, took over after his father’s death in 2012. “Little things needed improvement at the time,” Joseph Stodghill says. “The women’s restroom had one toilet. We started looking at some of the challenges and problems that we had, and just tried to bring it more up to the times. In doing that we’ve been able to keep a lot of the people that come in here every day, and a lot of the people that like the music scene.” In the past few years, the staff at Martin’s has been busy with revamping the venue and the menu in order to keep the restaurant and bar modern and the maintenance up-to-date. A year and a half ago, they knocked down 42 feet of load-bearing wall, and built a new stage and a second bar. “Last year, we remodeled the main

do really well, and fix some of the stuff we don’t do as well.” Stodghill is hopeful that Martin’s will continue to improve and get better as time goes on. What keeps him hopeful for the future of Martin’s is the people. “When you know that they’ve had a great meal, great drinks, and they’re coming back and smiling, that’s awesome,” Stodghill says. “When you get 500 people plus in here, watching a great live show at night, and they’re all just having a blast—that’s really rewarding. And you’re like, ‘That’s why I did all the work.’ “It’s been challenging, but we’re glad to still be here and blessed for the people that come in here and love this place. We’re just trying not to screw it up.” The next big event Martin’s is hosting is on St. Patrick’s Day on March 23. The event is free for the events during the day, and there will be viewing bleachers to watch the parade. A DJ will be inside on the main stage, with more music outside on a stage. Martin’s will also have two mobile bars, both 18-wheeler trucks. The night will end with a show by Afroman, accompanied by the local Epic Funk Brass Band, on Martin’s main stage. “It’s pretty hectic, but it’s a lot of fun and a safe environment,” Stodghill says. “It’s a marathon and not a race that day for a lot of people, because it starts early and ends early, if you know what I mean.” For more information on Martin’s Downtown (214 State St.), visit martins

Owner Joseph Stodghill says Martin’s Downtown tries to change up its menu twice a year. It’s a popular eatery by day and a popular bar (with food) at night.

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Promoting Magnolias and Museums by James Bell


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ach year, thousands of people gather in downtown community are already mingling. It’s something we’re The organization also promotes civil-rights and hisJackson to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Hal’s St. able to celebrate here, not something that we have to torical tourism, especially since the Museum of Mississippi Paddy’s Parade & Festival is always lively and full of really explain.” History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in colorful and bright floats, marching bands, walking Visit Jackson uses the tagline “The City with SOUL,” December 2017. Pettus says Visit Jackson partners with krewes and more. If you’ve lived here long enough, chances which Lewis explains refers to the citizens who represent Visit Mississippi, the Mississippi Development Authority’s are, you’ve been to or in at least one. what Jackson is all about. As members of the marketing tourism arm, on other projects, including promoting the This year’s parade marks 36 years of the celebration. team, both Lewis and Jonathan Pettus, vice president of city’s music during this summer’s Chicago Blues Festival. Hal & Mal’s co-owner and Mississippi Arts Commission marketing, make highlighting the people of Jackson and Executive Director Malcolm White founded the event to the things they create the focus of their marketing strategy. Touring Through the Magnolia State both celebrate the arrival of spring in a similar fashion In 2018, the state had more than 24 million visitors Pettus says the organization’s newest commercial, a to Mardi Gras but—and more importantly—to create one-minute spot that’s circulating on local news stations from other states and across the world, Mississippi Toursomething original that celebrates the uniqueness and and social media, connects the dots between the people and ism Association data show. The primary purpose of the diversity of Jackson. nonprofit organization is to “sup“There’s not an exclusivity port and empower Mississippi’s about it. You don’t have to join, you tourism industry through advocacy don’t have to pay dues,” White says. and education,” Executive Director “It’s unusual because it’s very JackRochelle Hicks says. MTA’s job is to son. It’s a homecoming; it’s an occalobby for state tourism as a whole, sion where many people who have while member organizations work grown up here, go to school here, to promote tourism in their seccan come back. It’s an enormous tors. event, highly successful, and it is “We lobby for anything that one of the key tourism events for is tourism-related, and one of those Jackson, Mississippi.” main things we lobby for is tourism The Jackson Police Departfunding, so that’s a big part of what ment estimates the average anwe do,” Hicks says. nual attendance of the parade, to The tourism industry is the be around 75,000 people. Even on fourth-largest private industry in rainy and cold days, the numbers the state, providing 87,610 jobs dihave still reached as high as 50,000, rect jobs and 37,950 indirect jobs— JPD data show. about 11 percent of all jobs in MisThe parade, and other events, sissippi. Data from the Mississippi provide economic support for the Development Authority show that city and bolster its progress year tourism plays a significant role in after year. The Mississippi Develsupporting the state as a whole. opment Authority reported that Hicks has been the executive Hinds County made a total of director of MTA for about six years. $361,888,895 in travel and tourShe served as the deputy director ism expenditures for fiscal-year of the Ridgeland Tourism ComThe Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival draws around 75,000 people a year, Jackson Police 2017, supporting more than 6,000 mission, is a member of the MTA, Department estimates show. This year’s event is Saturday, March 23. industry jobs. and was on MTA’s board of direc“(The parade is) organic,” tors for three years before she took White says. “It’s homegrown, and it’s incredibly successful. tourism in the city. The video shows scenes in the city, from her current position. She says that the organization’s current It’s just literally something for everyone, in this mishmash shots of buildings downtown to a father and son playing in objective is to help Mississippi compete against other states celebration of spring, and it has lasted a very long time.” the fountain at the Mississippi Museum of Art to the Pranc- like Alabama and Arkansas by lobbying for greater funding J-Settes performing at a Jackson State University game. ing than state government is already spending on tourism Marketing Jackson “In our city, my city, we gather, we connect and we promotion and support. The Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau, also work together so things like streets, schools, neighborhoods Visit Mississippi, the tourism division of the MDA, known as Visit Jackson, works to promote aspects of the and communities, mom-and-pops and record shops, big, is tasked with marketing and promoting the state by city and encourage people to experience what it has to offer, buzzing industries and little French eateries can be made working with local communities, various marketing partnering with state tourism organization Visit Mississippi better, stronger, unstoppable, untoppable, survivors and organizations and media outlets such as TV, radio and on some projects. Visit Jackson’s Communication and Des- thrivers, makers, shakers, dreamers and doers,” the narrator particularly social media, says Craig Ray, the director of tination Development Manager Kim Lewis says this diver- says, adding, “City with heart, city with life, city with soul, Visit Mississippi. “It’s all about making visitors from anysity is what makes Jackson such a great city. where, domestic or foreign, want to revisit the state of Jackson.” “It’s not hard to see where the city of Jackson has emOne of Visit Jackson’s current focuses is the city’s food Mississippi over others,” he says. braced its diversity,” she says. “You could walk into a restau- industry. The day after this issue goes to press, the organiza“It’s a very competitive business for the tourist, for rant, walk into a museum, and you’re going to see a diverse tion is unveiling the cover of its new visitors’ guide, which domestic travelers but also for the international traveler,” group of people who were there. Our citizens and the will celebrate the city’s culinary world. Ray says. Mississippi mostly competes with other southern


BIZ // tourism states like Alabama, Tennessee and Louisiana to attract domestic tourists, but also works with them on an international level for tourists across the world, he says. Since Mississippi shares a joint domestic market with about 12 other southern states, Mississippi competes for people to things like sporting events, or to partake in specific pieces of tourism that local convention and visitors bureaus are promoting As the director, Ray’s job involves working to promote the state in all possible facets “as a travel destination and film location by highlighting the state’s culture, heritage, history, natural resources and recreational opportunities through a multifaceted marketing effort,� he says. Ray was originally the director of Visit Mississippi from 2004 to 2009. Between 2009 and 2016, he was a member of the Talon Group, LLC, a government relations firm, and also produced various statewide and national events. He returned to Visit Mississippi in 2016. “Something that’s very important to Visit Mississippi, and to the state of Mississippi (is that) as a whole, (is that) we are a drive-in state,� Ray says. That means that more than 90 percent of people who visit drive here.

Visit Mississippi manages 13 welcome centers (not to be confused with MDOTrun rest stops, Ray says), and the State has 45 employees across those locations. In 2018, 2.6 million people came through welcome centers, Ray says, and engaged with staff, requesting information or itineraries or travel information for that area. “(That) probably didn’t include the other five million people that stopped at those welcome centers to rest or visit, not necessarily request information,� he says, “so that’s a drive-in state welcome center for us. Other states may not have the same setup that we do, but we use our hospitality and welcome centers as a very important first step for the traveler.� In promoting the state through welcome centers, Visit Mississippi works with CVBs and other hospitality entities to promote restaurants, hotels, museums and golf courses in particular areas at the welcome centers. At trade shows they highlight particular entities in an industry and more. Past and Present Attractions An important piece of tourism for both Jackson and Mississippi is civil-rights and historical tourism. Ray views it as an means of drawing in even more people to

learn about where Mississippi is now. “We don’t work around it,� he says. “We look it as an opportunity for the traveler. The civil rights, the heritage, the culture—we look for those stories.� A popular destination is the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the first statefunded civil rights museum in the country, along with its sister facility, the Museum of Mississippi History. Stephenie Morrisey, the deputy director of programs and communication at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, explains that the stories the civilrights museum tells are a part of what make it such a popular tourist destination, with more than 250,000 people visiting the museum as of Dec. 31, 2018. “The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is really unique in telling a story that is focused on the state and the local history of everyday people who fought for civil rights,� Morrisey says. In dealing with the state’s often dark past, the design and layout of the museum creates a space that chooses to fully embrace that time period so all visitors can experience it. “We do not shy away from the truth, and I think the design is part of an inten-

tionality in different areas,� Morrisey says. “It feels oppressive, it will feel cramped in certain areas, so you can feel what people were feeling in that segregated time in Mississippi. We are committed to sharing the history, and all the beauty and pain of it.� Along with the two history museums, the state also has the Mississippi Freedom Trail, which documents notable places and events in the Civil Rights Movement. The state is now part of the United States Civil Rights Trail, a 15-state partnership to promote civil-rights tourism in the South and U.S. “[W]e’re proud to be a part of that trail and the tourists it brings to Mississippi to see our story,� Ray says. Then there’s the music and literary aspects of the state. The Mississippi Blues Trail has 175 markers across the state, along with 25 more in seven states and two countries. For more information on local tourism, visit, or For more information on the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, visit Writer James Bell is a Jackson Free Press intern who attends Millsaps College.



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roducer Amanda Paige knew the type of business she wanted to add to the Jackson art scene: something that could bring creatives together. “We’ve got little pockets here and there,” Paige says. “Things are not continuous, thriving, booming. There’s room to grow.” The result is The Murals, a business that functions as a collective where creatives like Paige can showcase their work. There, artists can display their products and wares, and the business also does commercials, music videos and more. The Murals also sells street wear on its website. Paige did not originally imagine herself owning a creative business. The Florence, Miss., native attended Mississippi State University, where she majored in finance and minored in business management. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in 2015, she began working as a location manager with Hertz Corporation, shuttling from Jackson to New Orleans. Eventually, though, she began to realize that the job was not suitable for her exploration of creative passions, like film documentary work. She opened The Murals in Jackson in late 2017. The business collaborates with photographers and videographers such as Austin Robinson of ASVP Photos, photographer and hip-hop artist Alexander FRE$CO; photographer and musician Antonio Knott of Forty Acre Visions; and Kendrick Davis of Kreative Add Photography on projects.

“We bounce ideas off one another, teach each other,” Paige says. “We also have space for podcasts, video services, product shoots, commercials, political campaigns. We can go on-site to film. Whatever the customer wants.” The Murals currently does videos and visuals for “Token Talk Off Air” where the podcasters conduct a version of NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concerts.” The business also does photo walks in Jackson. “They began with an exploratory idea,” she says. “That gives people an opportunity to learn about photography in more in-depth ways.” The event happens about four times a year, and has about 80 to 130 participants in each one. The Murals also hosts workshops for photographers, videographers and more. “We encourage (them) and talk about different shooting styles,” Paige says. “I schedule different photographers each month who have been working for at least three years and have a unique skillset.” Eventually, Paige aims to move her business to the midtown neighborhood. “I want to build it up,” she says. “I just need to find the right space. Hopefully, I can one day move all the streetwear merchandise from online to the storefront. Right now, I’m looking to build my clientele. Next year is a date I have in mind for moving.” For more information on The Murals, visit or call 601-927-3730.

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After months of promotion, Cultivation Food Hall finally opened in January 2019.

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In opening Fauna Foodworks, chef Enrika Williams infused her love for traveling and food in the menu for the business at Cultivation Food Hall.


riella’s NY Delicatessen owner Alivia Ashburn-Townsend stands near the end of the curved white marble countertop talking to one of her staff members. Poké Stop owner Rachel Phuong Le stops quickly to say something to this reporter, and then rushes to her cash register once a couple of customers walk up to her counter. At this point in the afternoon, Cultivation Food Hall has finally reached the usual 2 p.m.-to-4 p.m. lull that most restaurants experience, though people are still trickling in, sometimes in moderate bursts. After ordering at their chosen restaurant, some guests sit together at communal tables or at high-topped ones, perched on tall chairs. Some pull up to the Gold Coast Bar as they chat, eat and drink. A food hall is similar to a food court in a mall, except that it places an emphasis on small, local businesses. Though the din of chatter is ever-present at Cultivation—like it is at most mall food courts—the venue has a different feel. The food hall exchanges the familiar upholstered booths and small, square tables for long, white communal versions, a few round high-top ones and wooden chairs with gold framing. On the ceiling, A+ Signs and Creative installed the word “CULTIVATION” in lit-up letters. Along with Ariella’s and Poké Stop,

the food hall has a coffee shop, il Lupo, the aforementioned Gold Coast Bar, Whisk Creperie, Fauna Foodworks, Local Honey, Fete au Fete StreEATery and Bocca Pizzeria. Something else sets Cultivation apart: women-owned businesses. Of the nine businesses there, women have full ownership of four—Ariella’s, Poké Stop, Fauna and Whisk—and co-own il Lupo and Bocca Pizzeria. “It’s a great community to help other women support other women-owned businesses,” says Cultivation Assistant General Manager Eliza Wilson. “They all work together really well and support each other in any way that they can. It really gives a feeling of camaraderie, not just in the women-owned businesses, but in all of our businesses that are owned here. But there’s definitely that sisterhood in those womenowned business.” Sharing a New Cuisine Food halls are familiar to Le, a Long Beach, Calif., native. “I love the food-hall culture,” she says. “I’m from California, so every few miles, there’s a food hall or a place that has 10 different restaurants in one little corner, in one little building.” When Le heard about Jackson’s foray

leaning on each other for support. “When you first learn how to walk,” Le says, “it’s really hard, it’s difficult, but what I have here is a really good support system, especially from the ladies.” Williams and Ashburn-Townsend will often help Le with the food, and with Ashburn-Townsend’s accounting background, she often steps in to help Williams and Le with the business side of things. “They’re so bombarded just by the operations of a business that they (may not) know these things, and that’s where I come in, like, ‘Hey, y’all don’t forget you’ve got to do this,’” she says. From New York to Jackson Ashburn-Townsend and Williams came during the second wave of announced vendors, with Williams becoming one in October 2018, and Ashburn-Townsend getting involved in November. “I had very little time, like 30 days,

York deli is) what the people wanted. This is supply and demand. I knew I could execute it very well, so I ran with it because at the end of the day, it’s about, ‘What do they want? What are they going to support?’” She does get to showcase her culinary skills, though, through the daily specials. On the day of the interview for this story, Ariella’s had a pastrami burger on a challah bun. She has also crafted specials such as Reuben eggrolls with corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese; and corned beef hash cakes with a spicy mustard aioli. After Ashburn-Townsend got the idea from the foodies, she began researching authentic Jewish delis in New York City. She had visited in May 2015, so she had at least experienced the environment. “It’s very upbeat, very fast-paced,” she told the Jackson Free Press in December 2018. “The vibe in it is just positive, and it just moves, and it’s entertaining. ... If you’re not ordering quick enough, they have


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Though a New York-style deli was not on chef Alivia Ashburn-Townsend’s radar, she took the idea and ran with it, creating Ariella’s NY Delicatessen, one of the vendors at the newly opened Cultivation Food Hall.

to start an entire concept,” AshburnTownsend says. “I was definitely stressed out to the maximum capacity opening (the restaurant).” Though she had to move quickly for the restaurant’s actual opening, the idea had been in the works for about a year. In early 2018, Ashburn-Townsend polled the tri-county foodies group members on what kind of food they’d like to see in Jackson. “What’s the one meal you wish you could find within the tri-county? I got a plan,” Ashburn-Townsend wrote. Out of the people who commented, New York-style deli was a common theme. In making plans to open a restaurant, Ashburn-Townsend said that idea was not on her radar. At least at first. “I wanted to be able to show my culinary side and let people see what I was capable of doing,” she said. “... But (a New

something jazzy to call you. They’ll call you a putz. They’ll call you a schmuck if you ask for mayo on your pastrami.” In wanting to make the menu as authentic as possible, she also consulted with Leah Dubin, a member of the local Jewish community, and connected with people at Beth Israel Congregation. “This is their history,” she said in December. “This is their cuisine, and I wanted to represent them well.” The menu includes deli staples such as frankfurters with sauerkraut, grilled onions and spicy brown mustard, and the Jewish staple matzo ball soup. She also has dishes with an Italian flair such as the prosciutto Italiano with cream cheese, basil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. In opening the business, she said she had so little time that she could not overmore cultivate p 26

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into food halls in 2017, she knew she had to be a part of the concept. Cultivation announced her business, Poké Stop, during the first wave of vendor reveals in April 2018. As you can tell from the name, Le’s restaurant serves poké, a dish that gets its origins from Hawaii. “I feel like Jackson would need something different,” she said about why she chose to base her business around the dish. “But we need something that is also healthy, that can cater to a lot of different diets.” The dish’s name means “to cut crosswise into pieces” in Hawaiian. In pre-colonial, Polynesian Hawaii, people would catch fish, slice it, and toss it with sea salt and seaweed. The dish evolved from there, and today’s version basically breaks down to deconstructed sushi. To this day, poké remains a staple in Hawaii. “Basically, you get to customize your own bowl,” Le told the Jackson Free Press in May 2018. “It’s like doing your own sushi roll, but instead, it’s deconstructed sushi rolls in a bowl. It just makes it easier to eat. That’s how they do it in Hawaii.” Despite being new to owning a restaurant, Le says the opening process was fairly smooth. Early on, she worked with General Manager Patrik Lazzari, who owns Bocca Pizzeria with his wife, Cristina Lazzari, and Jonathan Shull, who worked on brand development for Cultivation, on bringing her idea to life. But it was scary, she said. “You don’t know how people are going to take something new here because I don’t know how open everybody was going to be for poké,” she says. She is finding out now that some people may not understand poké, but “that’s why I have signature bowls to kind of introduce them to it, and now they keep coming back and coming back,” she says. The restaurant is popular; at any given moment, there could be anywhere from three to 10 or more people waiting in line to try one of Le’s creations. “The support has been so overwhelming,” she says. On top of being a business owner, Le is an admin for the “Eat Mississippi #tricountyfoodies” Facebook group and “Asian Cuisine Foodie Group,” and a member of the “Jackson Foodies” group. But she doesn’t just like to eat; she also loves to cook and share food, a habit she developed while growing up when her family would order everything to share. That sharing extends to getting people to try different cuisines, and Poké Stop is part of that. “That’s my way of reaching out and saying, ‘Let’s share something different,’” Le said. Le, Ashburn-Townsend and Fauna Foodworks owner Enrika Williams are all new business owners. Over the last few months, they have created a trio of sorts,



from page 25 In an effort to create balance between the two sides, she has had to relinquish some duties to other people. “I can’t do everything,” she says. The entrepreneur often has a creative vision, she says, but still has to hire people and have people around who “may know more than you in some instances so you can build a better team.” Though the entrepreneurs at Cultivation Food Hall had to deal with a lot of the issues other business owners deal with, the hall team takes care of the equipment, point-of-sale systems, hours of operation and management of the facility. “The startup is relatively low,” Williams says. “... [I]t’s almost in a sense where it helps you to focus on the thing that you

two added a second location at the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2018, and now they own Whisk at Cultivation. Lazzari is also a co-owner of Bocca Pizzeria, along with her husband, Patrik Lazzari, and chef Austin Lee. She says her ownership is in name only, though—Patrik directs all operations of the pizza restaurant. Lazzari says the food-hall concept makes starting a business a little easier because half the work is done. “... You can concentrate on your actual food product and being creative, and once you actually feel more comfortable, then you can think about maybe a brick-and-mortar.” The location right off Interstate 55 North Frontage Road is also an advantage, Alden KirKlAnd


Nostalgic Inspirations Williams’ journey as a chef took a long, winding route. While growing up in West Point, Miss., she was always surrounded by food. “I had always been exposed to food,” she said. “I had always had some type of involvement in food. It’s just always been a part of my family, community.” At a young age, she began collecting cookbooks and watching cooking shows. “It was just kind of something that I’ve always enjoyed doing,” Williams says. She graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 2004 and lived there until 2010, when she moved to Jackson to help Craig Noone, Jesse Houston and Ryan Bell open Parlor Market in downtown Jackson. After that, she traveled around the country and the world, honing her skills as a chef. She said her inspirations for Fauna Foodworks came from her imagination and whimsy, nostalgia and from food she has tried during her travels. “My take on it is ‘global street food,’” she says, “just kind of Bohemian-chic in a way, so it’s not just typical street food from a food truck. (It’s) just kind of putting the spin from my formal training, things that I’ve picked up. It’s a mashup of all of that.” The name comes from the word fauna, which is a book or other work that lists or describes animals of a particular region. “I’m always fascinated by nature and how things correlate to all of us,” Williams says. “I consider us to be animals, so my thing was ‘How can I incorporate the things that I’ve learned and bring in the commonality of wherever I’ve been?’ Food has been that common theme.” It’s been a long time coming, though, even if the plan itself was not concrete until 2018. “I think in the grand scheme of things, I have always been preparing for this moment to open my own space,” Williams says. “From a young age, I was collecting recipes, always researching things, looking for things, finding things, being inspired by things.” Jonathan Shull first reached out to Williams about Cultivation through Facebook after he saw her post about an article in Shape magazine that features Carla Hall’s cookbook, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food,” in which Williams is featured. Shull and Williams knew each other from her Parlor Market days. “He saw the article, and he inboxed

me, and he’s like, ‘Hey, why didn’t I think of this before?’ ... He pitched this to me about what was going on. I knew exactly what a food hall was because I was living in New Orleans, and there are several food halls there.” Initially, Williams decided to meet with the staff at Cultivation and give them a rough idea of what she wanted to do. “They loved it, and we just went from there,” the chef says. The menu at Fauna Foodworks is largely vegetable-based, but it’s not necessarily geared for vegetarians or vegans, she says. “What it is for me is just taking things that typically you wouldn’t find on a menu and just putting a spin on it,” she says. “... I thought about things that friends of mine

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think things. “I was so busy and consumed by making sure that everything was done exactly the way that it needed to that I didn’t have a whole lot of time to stress,” she says. “I think that has worked in my advantage.”

“Food’s biggest fan” Rachel Phuong Le decided to bring something new to jackson with her restaurant at Cultivation Food Hall: poké. Poke Stop officially opened for business with the rest of the food hall in January 2019.

who don’t eat meat and things that they would enjoy, and things that meat-eaters would enjoy, even without making it into a thing of ‘This is vegan; this is gluten-free; this is whatever.’ It’s just food.” Williams saves meats for her specials, where she showcases her skills and creativity. Recently, her specials included a beef chili with kidney beans, crispy cornbread oysters, cheese nibs, cheddar and spicy ketchup over rice; and shrimp taquitos with chipotle salsa. The managerial, logistical and administrative sides of the business were daunting for Williams, a chef focused on creativity. “It’s very tedious, and there’s deadlines and things like that, and my mind and my process is more poetic in the sense of being a creative,” Williams says of the business.

want to focus on to build your brand, or to build your business.” The Business Side At the food hall, the vendors pay a percentage of their sales to cover rent, utilities, and basics like glassware and equipment such as ovens and fryers. Other than that, though, they are a free-standing business. “We do a lot more than just give them a space to have a location,” says Assistant General Manager Eliza Wilson. “We help them in any way that we can get to that point where they can have their own restaurant.” Whisk co-owner Cristina Lazzari is no stranger to owning her own business. She and sister Alejandra Mamud started La Brioche Patisserie in Fondren in 2014. The

Ashburn-Townsend says. With it being at The District at Eastover, it is surrounded by banks, businesses, upscale residential apartments and more—all potential customers. “You use that to your advantage,” Ashburn-Towsend says. “Anybody that I would give advice coming here is, ‘Don’t focus on the money. Focus on building the brand. Focus on building a personal connection with your guests.’ That’s what you’re going to win with here. Ultimately, if they’ll come here to support Ariella’s in a packed parking lot, have to fight a crowd and everything, they’ll support you at a brick-and-mortar.” For more information about Cultivaiton Food Hall (1200 Eastover Drive), visit

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COMMUNITY Spring Farm Days March 7-9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The event features lectures about farmstead life and gardening, cooking demonstrations, a farm and forestry equipment display and live farm animals on display. Reservations requested for large groups. $6 adults, $4 children 3 and up, kids under 3 free; call 601-432-4500; email msagmuseum@mdac.; find it on Facebook. Fossil Road Show March 9, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The fossil-themed event features collector displays and institutional exhibitors in addition to the museum’s usual fossil collection. Also includes a scavenger hunt, “fossil digs” and hands-on activities for kids. Participants may bring fossils from home to have experts at the event identify their ages and origins. $6 adult, $4 child, kids ages 3 and below free.


Jackson Garden Extravaganza March 15-17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1209 Mississippi St.). The annual event features vendors selling plants, garden accessories, pottery and more. Gardening professionals speak in panels, and door prizes are distributed. A children’s area is provided. $6 general admission, children age 15 and under free; find it on Facebook. Woman To Woman With Joanne Presents: Mississippi Legends Ball March 16, 1-4 p.m., at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.). The annual event honors women who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement and who made an impact in their communities. This year honors Judge Tomie Green, Mamie Ballard Crockett, Sandra Griffin McCall, Ethel Gavin Brooks, Cynthia Goodloe Palmer and Angela Stewart. $40; call 601-398-6733; email woman2woman.; find it on Facebook. Modern American Miss Mississippi Pageant March 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown (235 West Capitol St.).

day (this fee covers general admission as well). Both these options are covered in the VIP pass. Discounts held at different times each day. The event also features a silent auction, door prizes and a photo booth. $10 day pass, $18 three-day pass, $40 VIP pass; call 901-9491101; email;

Women compete in the inaugural event. Six winners will move on to a national MAM competition. Includes brunch buffet. $25 child, $40 general, $75 VIP; find it on Facebook. Marketplace Monday March 18, April 15, noon-7 p.m., at 201Capitol (201 W. Capitol St.). The monthly event invites business owners, entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, service providers, networkers, consumers, information providers and information seekers and allows them the opportunity to network. Free admission; call 601-870-1388; email 201capitol@; find it on Facebook. Events at Mississippi Trademart Center (1200 Mississippi St.) • Spring Market of Jackson March 22, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., March 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., March 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Mississippi Trademart Center (1200 Mississippi St.). Participants browse and shop for a variety of goods. The event offers options on Friday and Saturday for adult beverages and snacks at a cost of $20 per

Spring Bridal Showcase March 23, 1-4 p.m., at Mynelle Gardens Arboretum & Botanical Center (4736 Clinton Blvd.). The event showcases various photographers, disc jockeys, caterers, decorators, bakeries, accessory vendors, makeup artists, stylists and more so that attendees can learn of some options for wedding planning. $5 admission; find it on Facebook. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) • How to Sell What You Write April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, 6-7 p.m. James L. Dickerson is the instructor. Participants learn to sell their unpublished work. Includes oneon-one evaluations of nonfiction book propos-

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Broad Street Baking Company (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 101, 601-362-2900, For St. Patrick’s Day, Broad Street will have king cakes with Guinness and chocolate Bavarian cream filling and topped with chocolate ganache.

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Campbell’s Bakery (3013 N. State St., 601-362-4628; 111 Colony Crossing Way, Suite 120, Madison, 769-300-2790; Campbell’s Bakery will have specially decorated teacakes, petit fours, cookies and cakes for St. Patrick’s Day


La Brioche Patisserie (2906 N. State St., 601-988-2299; 380 S. Lamar St., 601-965-9900; For St. Patrick’s Day, La Brioche will have “Haileys,” or petits gateaux with vanilla sponge cake, Baileys Irish cream mousse, coffee ganache, white chocolate pearls and a milk chocolate glaze. The shop will also have macarons stuffed with Baileys Irish cream. courtesy Ardenland

Sugar Magnolia Takery (5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-992-8110) Sugar Magnolia will have St. Patrick’s Day-themed iced sugar cookies and an Irish corned-beef blue-plate special.

Beagle Bagel (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 145, 769-2511892; 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Suite 2, Madison, 601856-4377; Beagle Bagel will have specially decorated cakes and cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.

Sal and Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919; For St. Paddy’s Day, Sal & Mookie’s will have $5 melon margaritas, available frozen or on the rocks, and $2.50 green beers.

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade The annual Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is Saturday, March 23, beginning at 7 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “2019: A Babalu Tapas & Tacos (622 Duling Ave., Magical Mystery Tour.” Robert St. John, a Suite 106, 601-366-5757, Mississippi restaurateur who owns the PurThis year’s Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival is on Saturday, March 23. This year, Babalu will have special ple Parrot and Crescent City Grill in HatSt. Patrick’s Day menu items such as the tiesburg, will serve as this year’s parade grand “corned beef O’Taco,” which comes with marshal. And the Sweet Potato Queens are cilantro coleslaw, sauerkraut and Thousand back in the line-up this year. Island dressing; the St. Paddy Patty burger topped with Nandy’s Candy (1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 380, 601- The parade begins at corner of State Street and cheddar cheese, cilantro and lime aioli sauce and chorizo 362-9553) Court Street at 1 p.m. The Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival will sausage, and comes with a side of shoestring fries; and the This year, Nandy’s Candy will have special St. Patrick’s begin after the parade at 3 p.m. The festival will feature Sally O’Mally cocktail, which contains Bombay Sapphire Day items such as chocolate clovers, chocolate pots of gold live music from the Southern Komfort Brass Band, The gin, agave nectar, lemon juice, cucumbers and Sprite. The filled with chocolate coins, chocolate clover suckers and Bluz Boys Band, Mustache the Band and Yesterday-TribO’Taco and Sally O’Mally is available every day in March, green St. Paddy’s Day snowballs. Nancy’s is located in May- ute to the Beatles. Tickets for the festival are $10 and are while the St. Paddy Patty is available on Wednesdays. wood Mart around the corner from McDade’s. available in advance on

als, magazine query letters, synopses and first chapters of novels. Class meets Tuesdays from April 9-May 7. $150; • Instagram for (Not) Dummies April 16, 6-9 p.m. Participants learn to use Instagram for marketing, including through photos, videos, Boomerangs, Instagram Stories and IGTV. Basic knowledge of Instagram required. $50; call 601-974-1000. • Arts & Lecture Series: Robert Kennedy’s Visit to Mississippi April 16, 7-9 p.m. In Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, Recital Hall (2nd floor). Jane Hearn presents on the book she edited and published featuring photographs of Robert F. Kennedy visiting Mississippi in 1967. $10; find it on Facebook. • What Style Is My House? April 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Todd Sanders is the instructor. Participants learn about a variety of architectural styles seen in Mississippi domestic architecture from the 19th century to 20th century. $40 per person; Fashion Mississippi Week April 7, 6-8 p.m., at Mississippi Arts Center (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The event showcases designers, brands and bou-

tiques. A portion of the proceeds will benefit two non-profit organizations, National Alliance on Mental Illness - Central Mississippi and Friends of Survivors. $20 general, $30 VIP; Eventbrite. Central Comic Con April 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Rd., Pearl). Local artists, vendors, authors and all nine Rankin Country public libraries are on-site, hosting video game tournaments, costume contests, kids crafts, a video game trailer, mini gold and more in this inaugural event hosted by the Pearl Public Library. Free admission; call 601932-2562;

KIDS Kids and Coding March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, 4:30 p.m., at Margaret Alexander Library (2525 Robinson St.). This entry-level class teaches kids grades 2-6 about computer coding. Students learn to program robots and communicate using computer code. Limited to 30 children. Free admission.

YMCA Spring Break Camp March 11, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., at Clinton Branch YMCA (400 Lindale St., Clinton). The week-long camp entertains kids with games and other activities while they

The event will begin at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) and will include a run, walk, and children’s fun run. Strollers and leashed pets are both welcome at the event. Registration is $10 for the 1-mile fun run, and $25 for the 5k run and walk. The event will also feature a virtual run for $20. To register online, visit Photo by Narain Jashanmal on Unsplash

The event is open to people age 18 or over, and coolers and pets are not allowed. Other events will include a children’s festival, children’s parade and Hollywood Feed pet parade, all of which will take place next to Thalia Mara Hall. Inky the Clown will be the master of ceremonies for the children’s parade and festival. Both the children’s parade and pet parade will feature costume contests with prizes for creativity, originality and performance. The children’s area for the parade is located along Pascagoula Street and will feature ticketed amusement rides, games, face painting, photo ops, balloon animals from Magical Creations and more. For more information on the parade or event registration, visit Also, see page 34.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • Hoot & Holler Family Creation Lab March 10, April 14, 2-3:30 p.m. 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; email; • Look & Learn with Hoot March 15, April 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. The educational event for children up to 5 years of age and their parents features creative play, a hands-on art activity and story time with Hoot, the museum’s education mascot. Please dress for mess. $10 per child; call 601-960-1515; email mdrake@;

MTAT’s Behind the Scenes Paddy’s Day Experience Travel Agency More Than a Tourist will host the Behind the Scenes Paddy’s Day Experience on Friday, March 22, beginning at 5 p.m. The event includes transportation to and from Hal & Mal’s for its Second Line Stomp and meet-and-greets with members of the Hal and Mal’s Marching Krewe. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 23 On Saturday, March 23, with local events, including the Hal’s St. Hal & Mal’s Second Line Stomp MTAT’s tour includes transportaPaddy’s Parade & Festival that day. The day before the main tion and entry to the Hal & Mal’s event, Hal & Mal’s will host its Krewe Breakfast, a pre-parade annual Second Line Stomp at Catparty and entry into the Festival head Distillery (422 S. Farish St.) after the parade. on March 22 beginning at 
3 p.m. The event will include The tour is $190 per perCathead vodka, Hal & Mal’s craft beer and live music from son and is limited to six people. Part of the proceeds will the Epic Funk Brass Band. The event is free and open to the benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. For informapublic. tion, call 601-954-2036 or visit Credit Unions For Kids St. Paddy’s 5K Credit Unions for Kids, a nonprofit group that organizes fundraisers to benefit children’s hospitals, will host a St. Paddy’s 5K on Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will benefit Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.

South Street Live (110 E. South St., South Street Live will host the St. Patrick’s Day Neon Wonderland Paint Party on Friday, March 17, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. DJ Rozz hosts the event, which features more than 1,000 gallons of neon glow paint and blacklights. The

are out of school for spring break. $107 members, $137 nonmembers; Spring Break Basketball Camp March 11-13, 9 a.m.-noon, at Liberty Baptist Church (5199 Lakeland Drive). Children learn and practice the basics of basketball, including shooting, dribbling, passing, defense, teamwork, offensive movement and more. Includes lunch. $80 for all three days; find it on Facebook. Spring Zoo Camp: Zooperatives! March 11-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at The Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The week-long day camp gives kids ages 5-12 the chance to spend their spring breaks with animal encounters, zoo hikes, behind-thescenes actions, crafts, games and more. Lunch not provided. $130 members, $145 non-members; call 601-352-2580, ext. 240; email; find it on Facebook. Young Adults Personal Protection Class March 14-15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at Boondocks Firearms Safety Academy (11771 MS-18, Raymond). The course teaches students about situational awareness safety procedures as well as defensive measures. Firearms and ammunition provided. Lunch included. Free admission; Eventbrite. All 4 Children’s Spring/Summer 2019 Consignment Event March 21-23, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at All 4 Children Consignment (1200 Mississippi St.). The event offers a chance for people to sell and buy children’s items, including clothes,

event will also feature music from DJ T Zilla, DJ Bambino, DJ Cadillac, DJ Trix, DJ Uri and Rob Roy. Wonderland is open for people ages 18 and up, but guests must be 21 or over to drink. South Street Live will also an after-parade party for the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day parade on Saturday, March 23. The event begins right after the parade ends and continues until 2 a.m. For more information, call 601-980-3006 or find the club on Facebook. The Hideaway 
(5100 Interstate 55 N., 01-291-4579) The Hideaway will host a St. Patrick’s Day party on Saturday, March 23, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature $1 mixed drinks and $1 bottled beers until midnight, and live music from DJ Polo. Admission is $10 per person. The event is open to people ages 18 and up, but guests must be 21 or over to drink. For information, call 601-291-4759 or visit Ole Tavern on George St. (416 George St., Ole Tavern will host its 10th annual St. Paddy’s block party on Saturday, March 23, from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. The party will feature swag giveaways, $8 food specials, drink specials and live music from Calvin Webster, The Whiskey Barrels and DJ Glenn. For information, call 601-960-2700 or find the event on Facebook. Martin’s Downtown (214 State St., Martin’s will host its St. Paddy’s party on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. The party will feature live music from DJ Young Venom and DJ Nasty Show early in the day, and Afroman and the Epic Funk Brass Band performing after the end of the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade. For information, call 601-354-9712 or find the event on Facebook. Se and add more at

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Bob Braddy Baseball League March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, 11 a.m.-noon, at Forest Hill Park (1344 McCluer Road). Jackson State University coach Bob Braddy instructs youths in baseball techniques. Registration begins March 2. $75-$90; call 601-572-1434; email; bobbraddy




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Touch A Truck® Jackson March 30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Blvd., Pearl). The event hosts a number of assorted trucks, emergency response vehicles, construction vehicles, heavy machinery and other equipment for kids to safely touch and climb. VIP Big Wheel Breakfast tickets are for one adult and one child and include breakfast and early admission at 8:30 a.m. General entry begins 10 a.m. $5 general, $15 family 4-pack, $30 VIP Big Wheel Breakfast; call 601-948-2357; find it on Facebook.

FOOD & DRINK Lucky Town: Endgame Crawfish Boil March 9, 1-8 p.m., at Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.). Lucky Town Brewing Company celebrates its closing of its tap room with an

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has been nominated for the highest honors in the music industry throughout a sevendecade career, including a Grammy award nomination for Album of the Year for “Tha Carter II” in 2009; Best Traditional R&B Performance in 2011 for the song “Surrender” and Best R&B Performance by a Duo

sippi. He has also been a staple at the Delta Blues & Heritage Festival, one of Mississippi’s oldest blues festival for several years. Clayton has been a Malaco Records artist since 2005. He released his most current album, “I Am Rhythm & Blues,” in 2012. Jackson native Dave Mack sings the

2005 hit, “13 Days.” Urban Mystic, born Brandon Williams hails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is known for his hits, “Where Were You” and “I Refuse.” He is an established 34-year-old soul, R&B and neo-soul artist who is a constant draw for younger fans. People may know Tre Williams for his time with “The Revelations,” and also

songs such as “Caught in the Middle” and “I Don’t Want to Know.” Singleton says organizers chose the lineup based on who blues fans say they want to see. “[T]he artist my not be on the charts, but because of their past chart history with a long history of hit songs, they are still popular with loyal fans,” she says. Other types of music genres that get more airplay often overshadow blues music today, Singleton says. “Traditional and soul blues music is often replaced by ‘rock blues’ and other recently created categories that are given more publicity and attention at music award shows,” Singleton says. “Mississippi blues icons and their ancestors, who created the art form and are upholding their blues legacy, are not given the notoriety that young majority artists are given. I take pride in keeping the indigenous creators and their ancestors in the spotlight by promoting a blues festival here in the capital city of Mississippi. “... Mississippi is the ‘Birthplace of the Blues and America’s Music.’ As a Mississippian, I know how important the blues has been to all other forms of music. I was brought up on this music, and I feel I need to help keep the blues alive,” she adds. The Soul City Blues Festival is Saturday, March 16, at the Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35 up to $62 with VIP seating available. For more information, find the event on Facebook.

The Office Parody Dinner Theater at Georgia Blue March 26, April 2, 7-9 p.m., at Georgia Blue (223 Ridge Way, Flowood). The troupe delivers an interactive murder mystery performance that parodies “The Office” while participants dine. Reservations required. $54; call 601-850-2318; email fringedinnertheatre@gmail. com;

directly with the winemakers about their products. This year proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Mississippi. VIP tasting begins 6:30 p.m. The event also features a wine raffle at $20 per ticket for three cases of international wine from the event (an estimated $1,500 value). $100 general, $150 VIP, $25 attendance (no wine), $20 raffle;

Taste of Mississippi: A Benefit for Stewpot April 1, 7-10 p.m., at Ice House (251 W. South St.). Chefs and restaurants from multiple eateries in the Jackson metropolitan area prepare food to be judged in the annual competition fundraising event. The event also includes a silent auction and live entertainment from Hunter Gibson and the Gators Proceeds go toward assisting in homelessness and hunger reducing initiatives. $70 in advanced, $90 at door; call 601-353-2759 ext.18;

Chef Battle Jackson April 26, 6-9 p.m., at Soul Wired Cafe (4147 Northview Plaza Drive). Attendees watch chefs compete for the Jackson’s Best Chef title. Participants get to sample the chefs’ food and get to vote for a crowd’s favorite award. Includes live entertainment. Cash bar available. $40 general admission; find it on Facebook.

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or Xperience JXN event promoter Yolanda Singleton, Betty Wright was part of her childhood. Singleton says she is “a music legend whose music transcends generations. ... As a child when my mother would sing along with the radio as Betty Wright’s songs played when she cleaned the house on Saturday mornings until I left home to go to college. When Singleton got to college, she would hear Betty Wright’s music at sorority and fraternity parties, fish fries, birthday parties and family reunions as part of the deejays’ playlists, no matter the age of the crowd, says. Wright is one of the performers for this year’s Soul City Blues Festival, which will essentially take the place of the Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival. “Xperience Jxn is meeting the need by putting on a festival that has an economic impact for the city of Jackson drawing a large group of fans who will not only buy a festival ticket but will spend money shopping and on hotels and in restaurants while here in the city for the festival,” Singleton says. The festival will bring together a host of bluesmen such as Wright, Willie Clayton, Urban Mystic, Tre Williams and Dave Mack. Wright and Clayton are among music industry stalwarts who have had careers that have spanned decades on major labels. Wright, who was born Bessie Regina Norris, is a 65-year-old soul, R&B, gospel, disco and blues singer and songwriter who

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Betty Wright is one of the performers at the Soul City Blues Festival on March 16.

or Group with Vocals in 2008 with the song “Baby.” Wright’s hit songs include “Tonight Is the Night,” and “Clean Up Woman.” Clayton, a 63-year-old crooner, started singing in the 1960s and has been on the R&B, pop, gospel and blues charts, cultivating a fan base that has followed him from Atlanta to Chicago and back to Missis-

Avengers: Endgame-themed party. The crawfish boil is catered by Sal & Phil’s Seafood & Lounge. The event features live music from Double Take, A Deer A Horse, Kicking and Jason Daniels Band. Free admission; find it on Facebook. Moonlight Market March 21, 6-8 p.m., at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Participants receive food by Nick Wallace and Mark Coblentz and can purchase fresh produce, dairy products, meats and more from local farmers. $50 individual, $80 couple, $400 table ticket; find it on Facebook. The Office Parody Dinner Theater at Berry’s March 25, April 1, 7-9 p.m., at Berry’s Seafood (2942 Interstate 49, Florence). The troupe delivers an interactive murder mystery performance that parodies “The Office” while participants dine. Reservations required. $45; call 601-8502318; email;

Sante South Wine Festival April 6, 7:30-10 p.m., at Mercedes-Benz of Jackson (455 Steed Road, Ridgeland). The annual festival showcases more than 120 premier wines from around the world. The event allows attendees to interact

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the best in sports over the next two weeks by Bryan Flynn, follow at, @jfpsports

MSU women’s basketball team is the outright regular season SEC champions. The team’s next goal is to add the SEC Tournament champions to its résumé. THURSDAY, MARCH 7

Women’s college basketball (11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., SECN): SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament FRIDAY, MARCH 8

11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., SECN: SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament SATURDAY, MARCH 9

4-8:30 p.m., ESPNU: SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament SUNDAY, MARCH 10

1-3 p.m., ESPN2: SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game MONDAY, MARCH 11

Softball (6-8 p.m., SECN): Arkansas v. Mississippi TUESDAY, MARCH 12

College baseball (5:30-8:30 p.m., SECN): Florida State v. Florida WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

Men’s college basketball (6-10:30 p.m., SECN): SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament THURSDAY, MARCH 14

Noon-11 p.m., SECN: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament FRIDAY, MARCH 15

Noon-10:30 p.m., ESPN/SECN: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament SATURDAY, MARCH 16

Noon-4 p.m., ESPN: SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament SUNDAY, MARCH 17

Noon-2 p.m., ESPN): SEC Men’s Basketball Championship Game

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Women’s college basketball (6-7 p.m., ESPN): NCAA Women’s Selection Special TUESDAY, MARCH 19

Men’s college basketball (5-10:30 p.m., TruTV): Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

5-10:30 p.m., TruTV: Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament


yoga basics through foundation poses to promote flexibility, balance and a more relaxed body. This session will have a special focus on awareness of the core muscles. Proceeds go to the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Richard. Checks can be made out to St. Vincent de Paul. $8 per class, $60 for all sessions; call 601-5943937; email Advanced Basketball March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, 7-9 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Jimmy Smith is the instructor. The class is for current and former college basketball players looking to develop advanced skills and complex team strategy. $120 per person; Youth Mental Health First Aid Training March 29, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at The Kirkland Group (404 Orchard Park, Ridgeland). The event teaches parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help adolescents (ages 12-18) who are experiencing mental health or addictions challenges or are in crises. $50, meals and materials included; Eventbrite. Triad Jeet Kune Do 2019 Fight Clinic (Spring) March 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Boxer’s Rebellion (856 S. State St., Suite E). Instructors teach participants the martial art style developed by Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do. $75 members, $125 nonmembers; find it on Facebook.

STAGE & SCREEN “La Bohème” April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E Pascagoula St.). The Mississippi Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera about a group of young Bohemians living in 1840s Paris. The production features popular arias such as “Che Gelida Manina” and “Quando Me’n Vò.” Reserved seating. $20-$65; call 601-960-2300; email; \ Events at Black Rose Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon) • “The Little Mermaid” March 7-9, 7:30 p.m., March 10, 2 p.m. The musical is based on Disney’s 1989 animated classic and tells the story of a young Atlantean who dreams of life on the surface world. Reservations encouraged. $15 adult, $10 seniors, children and military; • “Twelve Angry Jurors” April 25-27, 7:30 p.m., April 28, 2 p.m. The courtroom drama tells the story of 12 jurors as they deliberate the verdict of a homicide case that could mean the death of a young man. Reservations encouraged. $15 adult, $10 seniors, children and military; Events at Malco Grandview Cinema (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison) • Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn March 20, March 25, 7 p.m. The film follows the characters from the original animated television series. Attendees also get to see a special “The Making of-Made in the Abyss” presentation. The screening uses Japanese audio with English subtitles on March 20 and uses an English dub on March 25. $13.50 ticket; • Crossroads Film Festival April 11-13, 2-9 p.m. The film festival celebrates its 20th year

as it brings praised independent films from around the world to Mississippi. The event supports local filmmakers and features films in categories such as animation, comedies, documentaries, dramas, horror and music videos. Professionals in the industry hold workshops. $10-$45, students get 50% discount, seniors get 25% discount; call 601-345-5674; Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream March 30, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The performance features many Disney princesses, including Moana, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa and Anna. Costumes disallowed for people 14 and up. $15-$75; find it on Facebook. Alice in Wonderland March 30, 6-8 p.m., March 31, 2-4 p.m., at Jackson Academy Performing Arts Center (4908 Ridgewood Road). The annual spring ballet production matches opulent costumes, sumptuous scenery and an array of special effects as the dancers perform “Alice in Wonderland.” A “Mad-Hatter’s Tea Party” follows the performance. $20-$22; email; The Secret Garden April 5, 7:30 p.m., April 6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 10-12, 7:30 p.m., April 13, 2 p.m., at Belhaven University Theatre Department (835 Riverside Drive). The university theater department presents the Broadway show that tells the story of an 11-yearold girl who is orphaned in India and returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The two cousins explore the magical garden and its secrets. $10 general, $5 student/senior; email; find it on Facebook.

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS Events at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.) • Whitey Morgan at Duling Hall March 7, 8 p.m. The country artist performs. Limited VIP available. “Four-pack” (group of four) option $21.25 per ticket (total of $85). $25 general, $75 VIP, four-pack price in description; find it on Facebook. • Cabaret at Duling Hall: “Feel the Earth Move” March 18, 7:30 p.m. Mississippi Opera presents the concert tribute to awardwinning singer-songwriter Carole King featuring performances from Alley Jenkins and Tyler Kemp. $25 admission, $10 for students and active military; call 601-960-2300; email; • Feel The Earth Move: A Tribute to Carole King March 18, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Performers Alley Jenkins and Tyler Kemp perform various hits from composer and singer-songwriter Carole King. $25; find it on Facebook. • Mountain Man March 19, 7:30 p.m. The Vermont-native folk trio’s latest album is titled “Magic Ship.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of show; call 877-9876487; Mississippi Anime Festival 2019 March 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The annual event celebrates anime and manga, as well as general pop culture and animation. Includes panels by special guests, including voice actors, artists and more. $15 in advance, $20 at the door; find it on Facebook.

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival March 23, 1-9 p.m., at Hal and Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The postparade celebration features live music from Yesterday Beatles Tribute, Mustache The Band, The Bluz Boys and Southern Komfort Brass Band. $10; find it on Facebook. 2019 Soul City Blues Festival March 16, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St. ). Musical artist Betty Wright performs. Willie Clayton, Tre Williams, Urban Mystic and Dave Mack also perform. $32; call 678-3228098; find it on Facebook. CelticFest Mississippi March 29, 5-10 p.m., March 30, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m., at Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The annual event celebrates Celtic tradition with international musicians and dancers, a vendor village, live animals, blacksmith demonstrations, skits,, a whiskey tasting and more. The event demonstrates Highland Games activities and allows audience participation. Friday tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Saturday tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for military and college students (with school ID), and $8 for children; find it on Facebook. Million Dollar Quartet April 20, 8 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). The rock-and-roll musical tells the story of the fateful meeting between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash at an impromptu jam session in December of 1956. The musical focuses on these newcomers before they became icons, gathered for a rare collaboration at Sun Studios in Memphis. $36-$95; Gold Coast Blues Festival 2019 March 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., at Bass Pro Shop (Pearl) (100 Bass Pro Drive, Pearl). The inaugural music festival features crawfish, games and live music. Live music begins at 4 p.m. Musical guests include Robby Peoples, Zack Harmon, KINGFISH, Eddie Cotton Band and Keeshea Pratt Band. The event also holds a doubles-only cornhole tournament, with first place receiving $500 (and two custom cornhole boards), second place receiving $400, third place receiving $200 and fourth place receiving $100. Registration begins at 10 a.m., warm-up practice begins at 11 a.m. and the tournament begins at noon. $20 adult, kids 14 & under free; cornhole tourney $50/ pair; find it on Facebook. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) • NatureFEST 2019 April 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The nature festival features live exotic animals, fish feedings by divers in the aquariums, Mississippi reptile demonstrations with herpetologist Terry Vandeventer, citizen scientist explorations through the on-site Bio-Blitz and behind-the-scenes tours with the museum’s scientists. Participants may also go outside to explore the museum’s native plant garden, play nature games, picnic at the pavilion with food from one of the food truck vendors or take a hike (guided or self-directed) on the museum’s springtime trails. $6 adult, $4 child, kids ages 3 and below free. • Art Wine & Wheels Weekend April 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The weekend of events features the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, the Sante South Wine Festival, the Cheers and Gears Bike Ride and the Run Now Wine Later 5K. Includes live music, wine and craft beer, food trucks and juried artists. Free admission; call 601-605-5252; email info@;



LITERARY SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202) • “The River” Book Signing March 8, 5 p.m. Peter Heller signs copies. Reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book; call 601-366-7619; • “Gumbo Life” Book Signing March 12, 5 p.m. Ken Wells signs copies of his book, “Gumbo Life: Tales from the Roux Bayou.” Reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601366-7619; Events at Two Mississippi Museums (222 North St.) • History Is Lunch: Randall L. Kennedy March 13, noon-1 p.m. In the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium. Randall Kennedy presents “The Desegregation of Swimming Pools in Jackson: Palmer v. Thompson Reconsidered.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free admission; • History Is Lunch: Christian Pinnen March 20, noon-1 p.m. In the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium. Christian Pinnen presents “Race, Slavery, Empire: Natchez in the Eighteenth Century.” Book sales and signing to follow. Free admission.

Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) • Clay Hand-Building Classes with Sam Clark March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, 4-6 p.m., March 12, March 19, March 26, 6-8 p.m. Participants learn the basics of hand-building with clay and craft pieces using these skills. Classes meet for four weeks either on Tuesdays (Session 1) or Wednesdays (Session 2). Those interested must note which session they want to join. Materials included in cost. $225 for all four days; email education@ • Paul Jackson Landscape Watercolor Workshop March 7-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Accomplished water-color artist Paul Jackson leads the landscape painting class. Registration required. Limited space. $450 for MAG members, $475 for nonmembers; email; Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) • Paint & Antique Almost Anything Like a Pro April 9, April 16, April 23, 5:45-8:30 p.m. Latresa Enns is the instructor. Participants learn the proper ways to paint, antique and apply decorative finishes to furniture through latex paint, oil-based paint and other mediums. $200 plus $60 supplies fee; call 601-974-1000. • Italic Calligraphy April 11, April 18, April 25, 6-8 p.m. Cathy O’Rear is the instructor.

Participants learn to create Italic forms with a broad-edged pen, designing a short quotation and learning the basics of envelope addressing. Limited to 15 people. Class meets Thursdays through May 16. $110 plus $20 instructor fee; call 601-974-1000;

ARTS & EXHIBITS Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) • Gallery Talk | Translating Spaces, Picturing Ancestors March 8, 11:30 a.m. Curator of American art Elizabeth Abston guides attendees through important historic maps of the Chickasaw homeland lent by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and will discuss key works in the exhibition that speak to the importance of ancestry and place. Free admission; • 2019 Art Party Jxn April 5, 6:30-11 p.m. The event features artful photo vignettes, silent and live art auctions, cocktails, food, and live music by The Patrick Harkins Band. VIP ticket comes with food and a private bar with service. $100 general, $1,000 VIP lounge for two; find it on Facebook. • Spring Family Day | Meet the Artists April 27, 9 a.m.-noon. The museum debuts its “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” exhibit with a celebration that includes museum-exploration, music, dance and crafts. Dressing expecting potential mess recommended. Free admission. Blackness: Violet Deep by Alexis McGrigg March 8, 6-8 p.m., at AND Gallery (133 Millsaps Avenue). The exhibition showcases the works of emerging contemporary artist Alexis

McGrigg, who explores themes of blackness, space, spirituality, identity and collective consciousness in her art. Free admission; email; find it on Facebook. Paint & Sip: New Moon Intention Setting Ritual: The Element of Water March 20, 6-9 p.m., at Jax-Zen Float - The Community Canvas (155 Wesley Ave.) Participants engage in a meaningful manifestation ritual and paint the energy of those thoughts into a work of art. This session focuses on the element of water and what it symbolizes. $35 (bring a friend to each receive $5 off); call 601-691-1697; email; Arts on the Green April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School North Campus (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland). The St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association hosts the annual festival showcasing music, dance, visual arts and more. Includes food, vendors, a silent auction, children’s activities and live entertainment. Free admission; email;

BE THE CHANGE Legal Beagle 5K Run/Walk March 9, 7-11 a.m., at Regions Bank (1455 Jacksonian Plaza). Participants run or walk in the 5K or 1-mile fun run. 5K run/walk begins 8:15 a.m. and 1-mile fun run begins 9:15 a.m. Fun run only for children ages 15 and lower. Awards and prizes for winners. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Mississippi Bar Association, which places pro bono cases for underprivileged people with volunteer lawyers. T-shirts distributed to runners/walkers or sold separately for $16. $21 5K Run/Walk, $11 1-mile fun run,

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works from more than three-dozen artists. Open Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call 601-291-9115; Community // Concerts // Exhibits // Food // Galleries // Holiday // Kids // LGBT // Literary // Sports // Stage

$75 team (3-5 people); call 601-960-6852; email; Credit Unions For Kids St. Paddy’s 5k March 23, 8 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Participants run and walk in the annual St. Patrick’s Day-themed 5K fundraiser. $10 1-Mile Fun Run, $20 Virtual Run, $25 5K run/walk; find it on Facebook. Hot Diggity Dog 5K April 6, 7 a.m., at Mississippi School for the Blind (1252 Eastover Drive). Participants run or walk in either the 5K or 1-Mile event. Children and pets welcomed. Proceeds benefit the Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center. $10 1-Mile, $20 5K pre-register, $30 5K day-of; call 601-853-6996; find it on Facebook. Pirouline 80’s Flashback Benefit April 12, 7 p.m., at Duling Hall (622 Duling Ave.). The annual event raises money and awareness for opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome (OMS). The benefit features live music by The Band U.S, playing various hit songs from the 1980s. All proceeds donated to The OMSLife Foundation and Batson Children’s Hospital. $75.

GALLERIES Afrikan Art Gallery and Gift Shop (800 N. Farish St.). The gallery sells a variety of sculptures, paintings, apparel, jewelry and books, and also serves as a venue for Afrocentric events. Call 601-979-1413 or 601-918-5075.

AND Gallery (133 Millsaps Ave.). The art gallery showcases the works from emerging contemporary artists from the Deep South, including Adrienne Domnick, Adam Farcus and Tyler Tadlock. Call 601-351-5075; Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The Greater Jackson Arts Council presents a gallery of works from Mississippi artists. Open weekdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-9601500; The Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). The gallery specializes in southern contemporary art and fine crafts. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-638-9221; The Beacon (3030 N. State St.). The general store, art supplies seller and gallery also features artwork from owners Jason and Nicole Jenkins. Call 601-919-7477; Brown’s Fine Art and Framing (630 Fondren Place). The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.4 p.m. Call 601-982-4844; The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road). The historic home hosts several art events each year. The Cedars Juried Art Show is on display through Sept. 28. Free admission; Fischer Galleries (Dickies Building, 736 S. President St., fourth floor). The gallery features

Fondren Art Gallery (3242 N. State St.). The gallery sells paintings, sculptures and local art, including owner Richard McKey’s artwork. Open Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-981-9222; The Gallery at Deep South Pops (1800 N. State St.). The coffee and popsicle shop features a space to showcase work from Mississippi artists. Open daily from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Call 601-3982174; Lewis Art Gallery and The Emerging Space at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St., third floor of the Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex). Open weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601974-1762; Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The arts center features works from members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Also hosts craft demonstrations, classes, arts camps and other events. Gallery open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Call 601-856-7546;

Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). The gallery displays permanent collections that date back to the 1940s and features semi-regular exhibitions. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.5 p.m. Call 601-960-1582; Pearl River Glass Studio (142 Millsaps Ave.). Artists include Andrew Cary Young, Rob Cooper, Amelia Key, Janice Jordan and more. Open from Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-353-2497; Sanaa Fine Art and Framing (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C-212). The gallery sells art from artists such as Lorenzo Gayden and Melanie John. Call 769-218-8289; Southern Breeze Gallery (Trace Station, 500 Highway 51 N., Suite U, Ridgeland). The gallery and store features works from more than 50 artists. Open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-607-4147; View Gallery (Canton Mart Square, 1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 7). The gallery holds works from more than 20 Mississippi artists. Open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-4876477;

Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The museum features several ongoing displays at once, in addition to its monthly pop-up events and rotating exhibitions. “Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer” opens Sept. 8, and “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints” and “Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection” open Oct. 6. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Call 601-960-1515;

Check for updates and more listings, or to add your own events online. You can also email event details to events@ to be added to the calendar. The deadline is noon the Wednesday prior to the week of publication.


Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Festival Music Lineup

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Mustache the Band The touring country band preserves the essence of ’90s country music by playing a number of hits from the decade. With a repertoire of more than 140

songs under its buckles and at the members’ fingertips, lead vocalist Alan Johnson and his bandmates may remind fans of ’90s country of a time when sleeveless tanks, high tops and mustaches were courtesy Southern Komfort

ach year following the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade, music artists performing live at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Here is a rundown on who is playing this year on Saturday, March 23.

by Nate Schumann

Southern Komfort Brass Band Since the band’s founding in 2010, the Jackson-native group has incorporated New Orleans-style street jazz with a Mississippi twist, resulting in fastpaced, upbeat music. In addition to brass-band standards, Southern Komfort performs covers of popular blues, jazz and R&B tunes, as well as original arrangements. The Bluz Boys The 15-person show band delivers performances inspired by the musical stylings of the renowned Blues Brothers. “Howlin’ John” Broderick and Bill “The Hitman” Boutwell and the rest of the group combine vocals with electrifying instrumentals, endeavoring to embody the soulful spirit of the original duo.

The Southern Komfort Brass Band will perform during this year’s Hal’s St. Paddy’s Festival after the parade on the morning of March 23.

iconic symbols of the genre. As part of each show, audience members receive fake mustaches so that they can join the experience as they sing along. Yesterday – The Beatles Tribute Voted the No. 1 tribute act in Las Vegas, Yesterday closes the night as it replicates a Beatles concert experience. Operating since 1986 and traversing the globe in both national and international tours, the group revitalizes “Beatlemania” wherever it goes. The talented cast captures the essences of the Fab Four, with Don Bellezzo and Bob Graham portraying John Lennon; Frank Mendonca and Rich Fazzi portraying Paul McCartney; Monte Mann and Danny Leavitt portraying George Harrison; and Joe Bologna and Tony Felicetta portraying Ringo Starr. For more information about the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, visit halsstpaddysparade or find the event on Facebook.

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F. Jones Corner - Live Music midnight $10

Wednesday 3/6 1908 Provisions - Dan Gibson 6:30 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Flowood - Dan Confit Georgia Blue, Madison Shaun Patterson

Alumni House - Doug Hurd and Gena Steele 5:30 p.m.

Hal & Mal’s - Soundwagon

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

& Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

Sunday 3/10 1908 Provisions - Knight Bruce 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Char - Big Easy Three 11 a.m.; Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

F. Jones Corner - The Corner Band 11 p.m. $5 Georgia Blue, Madison - Aaron Hal & Mal’s - D’Lo Trio

Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - Seth Powers 6 p.m.

WonderLust - Drag Performance & Dance Party feat. DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-3 a.m. free before 10 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Flowood - Jason Turner

Drago’s - Johnny Crocker 6 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - Shy Perry and Bill “Howl-N-Mad” Perry 9 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Gator Trio 6:30 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Sole Shakers 7 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Wild Bill and Jonathan Alexander

Iron Horse Grill - Tiger Rogers 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Martin’s - Midnight Revel with Stonewalls 10 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Soul Stew 6 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Angela Pittman Unfinished Business 6 p.m.

Shucker’s - Sonny Brooks & Friends 7:30 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Road Hogs 6 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Robin Blakeney noon; Proximity 5 p.m.

Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7:30 p.m.

Shucker’s - Sonny Duo 5:30 p.m.; Spunk Monkeys 8 p.m. $5; Jason Turner Trio 10 p.m.

Shucker’s - The Chill 1 p.m.; Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster 5 p.m.

Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Table 100 - Raphael Semmes Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Dan Michael Colbert 6-9 p.m.

1908 Provisions - Andrew Pates 6:30 p.m.

Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

Thursday 3/7 1908 Provisions - Bill Ellison 6:30 p.m.

WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Saturday 3/9

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Drago’s - Larry Brewer 6 p.m. Duling Hall - Whitey Morgan 8 p.m.

Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Live Music 8 p.m. Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m.

F. Jones Corner - The Corner Band 11 p.m. $5 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Aaron Coker

F. Jones Corner - Live Music midnight $10 courtesy Aa’Keela & The Beats

Wellington’s - Andy Hardwick 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Monday 3/11 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Cenral Mississippi Blues Society 7 p.m. $5 Kathryn’s - Stevie Cain 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Blake Edward Thomas and Chad Perry 6 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Tuesday 3/12

Georgia Blue, Madison - Zach Bridges Hal & Mal’s - Mark & Jamie

Georgia Blue, Madison - Jason Turner

Iron Horse Grill - Steve Chester 6 p.m.

Hal & Mal’s - Singer Songwriter Night 7 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Steele Heart 6:30 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - The Nellie Mack Project 9 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira 6 p.m. Shucker’s - Road Hogs 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Friday 3/8 1908 Provisions - The Madison Duo 7 p.m. Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Live Music 8 p.m.

Friday 3/15 Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Live Music 8 p.m. Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m. Drago’s - Greenfish 7 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Live Music midnight $10 Georgia Blue, Flowood - Shaun Patterson Georgia Blue, Madison - Chad Wesley Hal & Mal’s – Aa’Keela & the Beats Iron Horse Grill - Deeb’s Blues 9 p.m. Kathryn’s - Acoustic Crossroads 7 p.m.

Sunday 3/17 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 - Kern Pratt and the Accursed, featuring Denise Owen 6 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira noon; Splendid Chaos 5 p.m. Shucker’s - Greenfish 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.

Monday 3/18 Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Hal & Mal’s – Central Mississippi Blues Society 7 p.m. $5

Drago’s - Shaun Patterson 6 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Steele Heart 6 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Joseph LaSalla 6:30 p.m.

Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m.

Shucker’s - Ron Etheridge 5:30 p.m.; Snazz Band 8 p.m. $5; Shayne Waynes 10 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Ariel Blackwell and Sid Thompson 6 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Keys vs Strings 6:30 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Flowood - Chad Wesley

Kathryn’s - Bill and Temperance 6:30 p.m.

Martin’s - Fortunate Sons 10 p.m.

Hal & Mal’s - Raphael Semmes

Aa’Keela & The Beats

p.m. Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads 3:30 p.m.; Snazz Band 8 p.m. $5; Chad Perry Duo 10 p.m.

Table 100 - Andrew Pates 6 p.m.

Pelican Cove - Gena and Buzz 6 p.m.

South Street Live - Southern Komfort Brass Band 8 p.m.

Shucker’s - Karaoke 7:30 p.m.

Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

WonderLust - DJ Taboo 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

Drago’s - Jonathan Alexander 6 p.m.

Wednesday 3/13

Saturday 3/16

1908 Provisions - Dan Gibson 6:30 p.m.

Ameristar Bottleneck Blues Bar, Vicksburg - Live Music 8 p.m.

Alumni House - Pearl Jamz 5:30 p.m.

Char - Bill Clark 6 p.m.

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

F. Jones Corner - Live Music midnight $10

Kathryn’s - Jay Wadsworth 7 p.m.

Drago’s - Chuck Bryan 6 p.m.

Lucky Town - Double Take, A Deer A Horse, Kicking and Jason Daniels Band 3 p.m.

Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer and Doug Hurd 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Stace and Cassie 6 p.m.

Martin’s - Meg Williams with A.J. Gaither 10 p.m.

Shucker’s - Sonny Brooks & Friends 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Blue, Madison - Phil & Trace

Pelican Cove - May Day 2 p.m.; Lovin Ledbetter 7 p.m.

Table 100 - Andy Henderson 6 p.m.

Iron Horse Grill - The Barry Leach Band 9 p.m.

Thursday 3/14

Char - Ronnie Brown 6 p.m.

Shucker’s - Acoustic Crossroads noon; Velcro Pygmies 5 p.m.; Spunk Monkeys 8 p.m.; Billy Mauldin 10 p.m.

Drago’s Ralph Miller 6 p.m.

1908 Provisions - Chuck Bryan 6:30 p.m.

Table 100 - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

Duling Hall - Billy Strings 8 p.m.

Char - Tommie Vaughn 6 p.m.

WonderLust - Drag Performance

Drago’s - Barry Leach 6 p.m.

Fenian’s - Risko & Friends 9:30 p.m. Georgia Blue, Flowood - Brandon Greer Hal & Mal’s - Alley & the Jazz Kats

Kathryn’s - The Lucky Hand Blues Band 7 p.m. Martin’s - Naughty Professor 10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Travelin Jane 1 p.m.; Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers 6

Tuesday 3/19 Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Jazz with Raphael Semmes Kathryn’s - Road Hogs 6:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Owens and Pratt 6 p.m. Shucker’s Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Table 100 - Chalmers Davis 6 p.m.

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41 PGA measurements 44 2016 Dreamworks movie with Justin Timberlake 46 Respectable group? 47 Converse rival 50 Lilly of pharmaceuticals 51 Penalized, monetarily 52 Knighted vacuum cleaner inventor 54 They offer immunity on “Survivor” 55 Highly proper

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28 Country singer Travis 30 Elba who recently announced he won’t be playing James Bond 32 Australia’s Outback, alternatively 37 Becomes less green 38 Historic castle officially called “Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress” 41 Discipline with poses 42 Wound on a bobbin 43 Limp Bizkit frontman Fred 45 “Parks and Recreation” character Andy 48 Joan of Arc, e.g., for short 49 Ruling official 52 Word with Plaines or Moines

1 “With ___ of thousands” 2 Escaped 3 Horn 4 “Break Your Heart” singer Cruz 5 Provide with a wardrobe 6 Protestors’ placards 7 Unfit for farming 8 Mario Puzo subject 9 “The Jungle Book” boy 10 Rowboat pair 11 “Mr. Robot” network 12 Tiny drink 13 Feature of a Mariner’s cap 19 Blasting stuff 21 Fall-blooming flowers 25 2012 Affleck thriller 26 Bearing 27 Donkey relative 29 “___ the best of times ...” 31 Word before longlegs or Yankee 33 1940s-’50s jazz style 34 Strange sighting 35 Traffic caution word 36 Poker variant 38 Hype up 39 Grimm creature 40 Piece with a headline

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):

Who was the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting “Mona Lisa”? Many scholars think it was Italian noblewoman Lisa del Giocondo. Leonardo wanted her to feel comfortable during the long hours she sat for him, so he hired musicians to play for her and people with mellifluous voices to read her stories. He built a musical fountain for her to gaze upon and a white Persian cat to cuddle. If it were within my power, I would arrange something similar for you in the coming weeks. Why? Because I’d love to see you be calmed and soothed for a concentrated period of time; to feel perfectly at ease, at home in the world, surrounded by beautiful influences you love. In my opinion, you need and deserve such a break from the everyday frenzy.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20):

The Danish flag has a red background emblazoned with an asymmetrical white cross. It was a national symbol of power as early as the 14th century, and may have first emerged during a critical military struggle that established the Danish empire in 1219. No other country in the world has a flag with such an ancient origin. But if Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who’s a Taurus, came to me and asked me for advice, I would urge him to break with custom and design a new flag—maybe something with a spiral rainbow or a psychedelic tree. I’ll suggest an even more expansive idea to you, Taurus: create fresh traditions in every area of your life!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

On June 7, 1988, Gemini musician Bob Dylan launched what has come to be known as the Never Ending Tour. It’s still going. In the past 30-plus years, he has performed almost 3,000 shows on every continent except Antarctica. In 2018 alone, at the age of 77, he did 84 gigs. He’s living proof that not every Gemini is flaky and averse to commitment. Even if you yourself have flirted with flightiness in the past, I doubt you will do so in the next five weeks. On the contrary. I expect you’ll be a paragon of persistence, doggedness and stamina.

The otters at a marine park in Miura City, Japan, are friendly to human visitors. There are holes in the glass walls of their enclosures through which they reach out to shake people’s hands with their webbed paws. I think you need experiences akin to that in the coming weeks. Your mental and spiritual health will thrive to the degree that you seek closer contact with animals. It’s a favorable time to nurture your instinctual intelligence and absorb influences from the natural world. For extra credit, tune in to and celebrate your own animal qualities.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Between 1977 and 1992, civil war raged in Mozambique. Combatants planted thousands of land mines that have remained dangerous long after the conflict ended. In recent years, a new ally has emerged in the quest to address the problem: rats that are trained to find the hidden explosives so that human colleagues can defuse them. The expert sniffers don’t weigh enough to detonate the mines, so they’re ideal to play the role of saviors. I foresee a metaphorically comparable development in your future, Leo. You’ll get help and support from a surprising or seemingly unlikely source.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):

Imagine a stairway that leads nowhere; as you ascend, you realize that at the top is not a door or a hallway, but a wall. I suspect that lately you may have been dealing with a metaphorical version of an anomaly like this. But I also predict that in the coming weeks some magic will transpire that will change everything. It’s like you’ll find a button on the wall that when pushed opens a previously imperceptible

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):

Not all of the classic works of great literature are entertaining. According to one survey of editors, writers and librarians, Goethe’s “Faust,” Melville’s “Moby Dick” and Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” are among the most boring masterpieces ever written. But most experts agree that they’re still valuable to read. In that spirit, and in accordance with astrological omens, I urge you to commune with other dull but meaningful things. Seek out low-key but rich offerings. Be aware that unexciting people and situations may offer clues and catalysts that you need.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):

Many of you Scorpios regard secrecy as a skill worth cultivating. It serves your urge to gather and manage power. You’re aware that information is a valuable commodity, so you guard it carefully and share it sparingly. This predilection sometimes makes you seem understated, even shy. Your hesitancy to express too much of your knowledge and feelings may influence people to underestimate the intensity that seethes within you. Having said all that, I’ll now predict that you’ll show the world who you are with more dazzle and flamboyance in the coming weeks. It’ll be interesting to see how you do that as you also try to heed your rule that information is power.


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Sagittarian actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness has been married to megastar actor Hugh Jackman for 23 years. Their wedding rings are inscribed with a motto that blends Sanskrit and English, “Om paramar to the mainamar.” Hugh and Deborah-Lee say it means “we dedicate our union to a greater source.” In resonance with current astrological omens, I invite you to engage in a similar gesture with an important person in your life. Now is a marvelous time to deepen and sanctify your relationship by pledging yourselves to a higher purpose or beautiful collaboration or sublime mutual quest.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):

In 1997, a supercomputer named Deep Blue won six chess matches against Chess Grand Master Gary Kasparov. In 2016, an Artificial Intelligence called AlphaGo squared off against human champion Lee Sodol in a bestof-five series of the Chinese board game “Go.” AlphaGo crushed Sodol, four games to one. But there is at least one cerebral game in which human intelligence still reigns supreme: the card game known as bridge. No AI has as yet beat the best bridge players. I bring this to your attention, Capricorn, because I am sure that in the coming weeks, no AI could out-think and out-strategize you as you navigate your way through life’s tests and challenges. You’ll be smarter than ever. P.S.: I’m guessing your acumen will be extra soulful, as well.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

At regular intervals, a hot stream of boiling water shoots up out of the earth and into the sky in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. It’s a geyser called Old Faithful. The steamy surge can reach a height of 185 feet and last for five minutes. When white settlers first discovered this natural phenomenon in the 19th century, some of them used it as a laundry. Between blasts, they’d place their dirty clothes in Old Faithful’s aperture. When the scalding flare erupted, it provided all the necessary cleansing. I’d love to see you attempt a metaphorically similar feat, Aquarius: Harness a natural force for a practical purpose, or a primal power for an earthy task.

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