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om Cook’s fried pies are made like the pies his Mama used to fry in her iron skillet for him, his 12 brothers and sisters, and his coal miner Daddy for lunch every day. In November 2009, Tom decided to offer the same culinary experience for Jacksonians. Tom’s Original Fried Pies opened a few months ago at 255 E. McDowell Road, a short drive off the McDowell Road I-55 exit ramp in Jackson. Strictly fried pies: that’s what Tom and his staff serve for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. His place is the Tom Cook only restaurant in the Jackson metro area that serves fried pies, and is the only fried pie shop in the region, maybe other than one somewhere in north Mississippi, recalls Tom Cook. So, curiosity has gotten the cat…what IS a fried pie? Fried pies are pies filled with fruit, cream, or meat and then deep-fried. For folks who like ’em hot, give Tom and his crew four minutes and they will have them cooked up for you. The Tex-Mex fried pie is a mixture of refried beans and beef with jalapeno (just enough to make it spicy) and cheddar cheese. The Chicken and Vegetable fried pie is just like chicken pot pie. It’s filled with diced chicken breast in a cream sauce with potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. The fried fruit pie that causes a distraction for customers canvassing the menu is the fried apple pie. Fruit pies come in all shapes and forms: apricot, apple, peach, cherry, pineapple, and blackberry. There are even sugar-free versions, too. He even has a soft-serve ice cream machine, so you can add ice cream to your favorite fried fruit pie. “You can’t really tell the difference between the sugar-free and regular fruit pies,” says Cook. “They are all great. The coconut cream fried pie is the best of its kind around town, too.”

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Cook says he was inspired to open his own fried pie shop after visiting a friend in Oklahoma, where they are common. After a second trip to the fried pie shop in Oklahoma, he started inquiring about how he could start up his very own in Jackson, Mississippi.


“People are curious and come in and want to try a fried pie,” says Cook, “then they become repeat customers and bring others with them. There are some customers who try out everything on the menu.” Don’t think you have to order the sausage, egg, and cheese fried pie for breakfast only. You can order any fried pie on the menu any time of the day. Customers will order them by the dozen to take home and freeze and eat at home later. After all, fried pies are cheaper by the dozen. Visit Tom’s Original Fried Pies at 255 E McDowell Road, or call in an order at 601-665-4030. The fried pie shop is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.


Most guys love sports. No big surprise there. But only a few find a way to take that passion and turn it into a livelihood. Bryan Eubank is someone who has done just that. Eubank, 34, is the general manager, production manager, sales manager … OK, everything manager of the SuperSport 930 radio station in Ridgeland. “You pick a title; it’ll probably fit,” Eubank, who is the station’s only full-time employee, says. Eubank and a team of parttime deejays fill a schedule that features three local sports talk shows five days a week. Eubank’s first foray into radio occurred during his time at Mississippi College, where he majored in communications with an emphasis in radio. He also worked at the campus Christian radio station and WSLI 930, the predecessor to SuperSport, which MC initially owned. Eventually a group of local investors purchased the sports station, and SuperSport went on the air in summer 1998. Over the years, Eubank has seen the station grow through numerous changes. During its first couple of years on the air, the station covered sports for Clinton, Hillcrest, Jackson Academy and Jackson Prep. However, in 2000, SuperSport began focusing its high-school coverage almost solely on JA sports. This coincidence is not lost on Eubank, who graduated from Jackson Prep. Changes to SuperSport 930 have not


bryan eubank been limited to programming. The station has been through numerous name changes and two moves, first from Clinton to south Jackson, and then to its current digs at Alumni House Sports Grill in Ridgeland. The sports bar/sports station combo is a match made in heaven. The station blends so seamlessly into the restaurant that many of the customers don’t even realize it’s there. Eubank loves to play golf, although with his hectic work schedule and family obligations, it can be a challenge. “Now that I have three kids, that time is very limited,” he says. Eubank, his wife of 11 years, Cyndi, and their children, Gracie, Lila and Bryan Jr. ,live in Madison. When pressed for a prediction on the Super Bowl, Eubank shows the hesitation of one who will have to answer to legions of rabid sports fans with itchy dialing fingers. Obviously, he says, the game will come down to whether the Saints can outscore Peyton Manning. After some lengthy internal deliberation, however, Eubank gives his prediction: Saints 38, Colts 34. One opinion Eubank shows no hesitation in expressing is how good the Saints’ run has been for business. When a team with a lot of local allegiance is doing well, he says, “that’s what makes the sports talk radio world go.” —Brent Hearn

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‘Sudafed’ Wars

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4 Slow Poke 29 Books

6 Talk 30 JFP Events

12 Zuga 34 Music Listings

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John Yargo From Franklinton, La, John Yargo attended Millsaps College, graduating with a bachelor’s in English and classical studies. He received his master’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Contact him at his blog, www.irregularseas

Tom Ramsey Tom Ramsey is a lobbyist, former investment banker and tobacco executive who teaches cooking lessons, blogs about food, writes poetry and fiction, runs with the bulls and has produced an album. He owns Ivy & Devine Culinary Group (

Kristin Brenemen Editorial designer Kristin Brenemen is a local anime otaku with an ever-full mug of coffee and cream. She fears the inevitable Robot Apocalypse but is prepared for the oncoming Zombie Invasion. She designed the cover and pages for this issue.

Kimberly Griffin Advertising coordinator Kimberly Griffin is a Jackson native who likes yoga, supporting locally owned businesses and traveling. In her spare time she plots how she can become Michelle’s Obama’s water holder.

Christopher Zuga Christopher Zuga is an illustrator/ graphic designer/fine artist (not necessarily in that order).When not hunched over a project, he prepares for the Zombie Apocalypse and devours pop culture. He drew the editorial cartoon and the Peyton Manning coloring page.

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome recently returned to Mississippi after living in California for more than 20 years. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys good food, movies, reading and music. She helped edit pages in the issue.

Larry Morrisey Larry Morrisey is the Director of Grants Programs for the Mississippi Arts Commission. He also serves as one of the hosts for “Mississippi Arts Hour,” the agency’s arts interview radio show on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. He wrote the music feature.

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Account manager Randi Ashley Jackson is a Brandon/Reservoir area native. She loves organic gardening and her goldfish GillBert. She strives to be the next Food Network star chef, if only in her own mind. She manages JFP sales accounts.


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have not been a New Orleans Saints fan my whole life. While Archie Manning was making a name for himself in New Orleans, I was busily growing up in Dallas, writing every book report I could get away with on biographies of my hero, Roger Staubach of the Cowboys. My hero was the fearless leader of America’s Team. I would recount stories to jealous gradeschool friends about how I had actually seen Mr. Staubach jog through our neighborhood on occasion—usually surrounded by an entourage, but sometimes with just one or two companions. Once, when I was waiting at the bus stop near Dealey Elementary, Roger waved back. After Roger came Danny White—and after a promising few years in the early 1980s that fizzled in the playoffs (damn that Joe Montana) came a gloomy period in my life when we had to count on the local radio powerhouse KVIL-FM to buy up the remaining tickets to Cowboy games in order that games wouldn’t have to be blacked out on television. When the station couldn’t swing it, I’d listen to the games on radio; I remember shedding tears in my room after the season ended on what sounded like a game-tying toss to Drew Pearson—but that ended up just a few years short of the goal-line. I got to see one game live in my youth—Mom’s turn came up to buy tickets offered by her company—and I can still remember the sights and smells of what is now “old” Texas Stadium. My most vivid Cowboys-related memory, though, was when we moved back to Dallas after a short (and unhappy) stint in Atlanta when I was a freshman in high school. We moved at the very end of the summer, back to our old house (which hadn’t sold, despite my mother’s fervent wishes) in the old neighborhood. Mom let us stay out of school the second half of that first week, and we painted, mowed and generally cleaned up the place—and, on Sunday, we painted the hallway and listened to a preseason Cowboy game on the radio. I was home. The lean years came to an end when Jerry Jones took over the team (you could tell he was a scoundrel from the outset) and, after an unceremonious retiring of Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson took over the team. Trading Hershel Walker to the Vikings in exchange for approximately 93-years worth of draft choices, the Cowboys’ story culminated with the Aikman-led powerhouse team of the early 1990s that included great players like Emmett Smith, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek and my personal favorite, Darrell “Moose” Johnston. As an adult, I stayed a fan when I could. (Hey, it’s been 15 years since an NFC championship game, and the left-right combo of

Barry Switzer and Bill Parcells nearly soured me for good.) While my football fan “checkdown” list had little room for any other NFC teams (maybe a little Chicago Bearsstyle underdog love for the Packers), in the AFC, I’d root for Denver to do well. Donna’s fandom has long been fixed to the now-standard line: “I root for the New Orleans Saints and whatever team is playing the Dallas Cowboys.” She’s never really given an inch in that respect, occasionally making a great deal of noise in support of, say, a New York Giants victory over the Cowboys. On occasions when the Cowboys play the Philadelphia Eagles, she’ll take the implacable stance that she fervently hopes both teams lose, especially now with Michael Vick in Philly. When I moved to Mississippi, it was, of course, ridiculous for me to even consider being a Saints fan. Not only was I back in a time zone and market that would get nearly all the Cowboy games on TV, but the Saints’ head coach had ridiculous hair. Then Katrina hit. I was probably a Deuce McAllister fan before I realized I was a Saints fan; his local connections, style of smash-mouth football and straight-up class attracted me to Saints games during that time, even if that also meant I’d have to occasionally watch a game with Haslett coaching. What began to emerge for me in 2006 was the fact that Sean Peyton and Drew Brees—along with being exciting football minds and talents to observe—were class acts just like Deuce. Reggie Bush brought exceptional talent and excitement—and more than a few hollers from me when he won’t run UP the field. Even Jeremy Shockey seems to find his inner “team player” in

New Orleans, working his teammates and proving to be a rather popular jersey with all kinds of folks in the Deep South. I think I’m cribbing from Eckhart Tolle when I mention that when a typical sports franchise has a big championship win, it causes approximately 48 hours of peace, love and harmony in the winning city before people pretty much go back to the way things were. (The actual participants tend to get a longer glow.) I know Dallas was generally like that. But I feel that this Super Bowl berth for the Saints—regardless of whether they win on Sunday—has a little more to it. Now that I’ve had a chance to visit New Orleans twice this season, I’d say it’s remarkable how much that town loves these Saints players, coaches and even the ownership. (Rita Benson LeBlanc, the 30-something EVP granddaughter of Tom Benson appears to be both a capable executive and the toast of the town.) There’s a spirit and determination that the Saints symbolize and embody. In this case, I believe the team can honestly help promote progress and improvement for the city. They’ve got a lot of potential to do some good off the field as well as on it. So I’m a Saints fan. I love watching Brees when he’s in the groove, and I love watching the interceptions and Bush pylon leaps ... and I still dream about that strip-six by Meacham. All that talent combined with determination to alter the narrative both for their franchise and for their city makes 2009 the year that the New Orleans Saints’ wonderful story inspires folks around the world. And it’s in that sense, for me, that things really haven’t changed. The way I see it, I’m still rooting for America’s Team.

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Jan. 15, 1967, saw the first Super Bowl. The Kansas City Chiefs played the Green Bay Packers in Los Angeles, in front of the smallest Super Bowl crowd to date: 61,946 people. The Packers won the game 35 to 10.

Thursday January 28 Students and alumni rally at the Capitol to show support for higher education funding and their opposition to proposals that call for merging some Mississippi universities. … Congress announces $8 billion in available grants for U.S. cities to implement a national rail system. Friday January 29 The Mississippi Chapter of the Sierra Club files a motion to remove attorney Katherine Briggs Collier from the Kemper County coal plant hearings, citing a conflict of interest. … President Obama addresses Republicans in Baltimore, Md., on issues such as tax cuts and urges bi-partisan support for legislation. … Jackson State University President Ronald Mason holds a press conference to address his proposal to merge Jackson State University with other HBCUs. Saturday January 30 U.S. military officials announce an increase in defense missiles in the Persian Gulf. … The U.S. military halts flights bringing Haitian earthquake victims to the United States because of a cost dispute over payment for care. Sunday January 31 JFP “Best of Jackson 2010” party at The South sees record attendance. … Toyota launches a national media campaign after a massive car recall.

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Wednesday January 27 Howard Zinn, political activist and author of “A People’s History of the United States,” dies from a heart attack at age 87. … A break-in at New Jerusalem Church becomes the ninth Jackson church break-in January. … President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union Address focusing on job creation and working together.

Billboards are part of a media campaign by the state Department of Human Services, funded by more than $1 million in federal support for abstinence-onlyuntil-marriage programs.


ational and state sex-education advocates are rallying in support of comprehensive sex education, citing a report released last week showing the failure of abstinence-only-until-marriage education in Mississippi. “Sex Education in Mississippi: Why ‘Just Wait’ Doesn’t Work,” released Jan. 27 by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and Planned Parenthood, reviews the status of sex-education programs in the state’s school districts, and gives an overview of federal abstinence-only funding. The report surveyed 53 school districts in the state and tracked the sub-grantees of the

state DHS for abstinence-only-until marriage education. In 2008, Mississippi received $5,742,594 in federal funds for abstinenceonly programs through a CommunityBased Abstinence Education grant (CBAE) and the Adolescent Family Life Act. For 2009, the state received $4,678,644. For fiscal year 2010, however, President Barack Obama zeroed out the remaining $150 million federal funding for abstinence-only programs and Congress allocated $114.5 million toward teen pregnancy-prevention initiatives that include contraception and abstinence education.

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Despite being one of the states that received the highest amount of federal funding for abstinence education, Mississippi’s teen births are 60 percent above the national average. “Starting with fiscal year 2010, the federal government has zeroed out abstinenceonly-until marriage through all three funding streams,” the Security Information Council Director of Public Policy Jen Heitel Yakush told the Jackson Free Press. “We know that there has been several attempts by members of Congress who want to reinstate some of that funding, so we are being vigilant to make sure that funding remains zeroed out.” The shift in funding may mean that federally funded abstinence-only programs in Mississippi will have to shift their message, or seek alternative sources of funding. Rick Berry, program administrator for the Department of Human Services, confirmed that CBAE funds are set to expire on Sept. 30, 2010. He said the department is currently unsure about the direct impact to sub-grantees, but said existing programs may have to incorporate the message of abstinence plus to be eligible for the new teen pregnancy initiatives allotted by Congress. Current state law requires that school districts only mention contraceptives when addressing their failure rates. A recent study SEX EDUCATION, see page 7



Monday February 1 Researcher Andrea Michalkova Scott is in intensive care after she was attacked and shot in a parking lot at Jackson State University. … The Mississippi House of Representatives passes a bill that would require state agencies to charge no more than 50 cents per page for public records request. Tuesday February 2 The state Senate passes a bill requiring pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in cold medicine and methamphetamine, to be sold prescription-only in the state. … Defense officials ask for an end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell,” law for military personnel.

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“In a perfect world, everybody would have a mother and father at home, and periodically the mother or father would sit down with that child and give them sex education—love them and hug them and hold them and talk about that kind of thing. This ain’t a perfect world.” Rep. Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, speaking about the proposed House sex-education bill.

8. You don’t throw a pigskin; you eat it. 9. You think the gridiron is an implement for cooking waffles. 10. You think the most interesting thing on the field is the tight pants.


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by the Teen Pregnancy Task Force, appointed by the state Legislature, discovered that of 121 Mississippi public-school districts surveyed, 91 did not have a sex-education policy, or did not know if their district had a policy. School boards can vote to implement comprehensive sex-education on their own, but districts often avoid the highly political and underfunded issue. Yakush says the SIECUS study is currently the most comprehensive to date in Mississippi and added that the decline in federal funding is an opportunity for implementing new sex-education standards. “One of the reasons we wanted to do the report is that we knew federal funding had been trickling down, and we knew that there were negative health outcomes for adolescents throughout the state in Mississippi,” Yakush says. The report analyzed the curriculum of the “Just Wait” abstinence program, operated by the Department of Human Services’ Abstinence Education Unit. The Unit’s Just Wait program entails a media campaign with printed material, billboards and public service announcements. The program also distributes the “ASPIRE: Live your life. Be Free” classroom curriculum. The federal Government Accountability Office found that the curriculum contained incorrect teenhealth statistics and cites a “biased” activity called the “Cookie Exercise,” which is used in the Just Wait program to teach students how easily STDs are transmitted. The exercise involves having four students spit a chewed-up Oreo cookie into a cup of water and then swap cups with other students, while a fifth student receives a clean cup of water. The instructor then asks the students which cup of water they’d rather drink. According to the lesson, the four students

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represent sexuality activity while the fifth represents purity. “The messages of this exercise are clear,” The SIECUS report states. “Young people who have had sexual intercourse are dirty; they are the equivalent of spit.” The report goes on to criticize the exercise for offering only a brief description of STDs and no factual information about transmission. A bill that passed 85 to 34 in the House on Tuesday attempts to tackle the state’s high pregnancy rates. House Bill 837, co-authored by Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, and Rep. John Mayo, D-Clarksdale, would require school districts to choose between implementing abstinence plus sex-education programs or abstinence-only programs. Mayo claims the studies he has read regarding sex education are inconclusive and that this bill is a compromise for school districts to select the curriculum best suited to their demographics. “It all depends what study you read, and it also depends on the make up of the school district it’s being taught in,” Mayo said. “I have read several studies: some show a decrease in teen-pregnancy rates and others are inconclusive. That’s why we went the route we did.” Yakush said while some findings are inconclusive, overwhelming evidence finds that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs do not work. Felicia Brown-Williams, vice president of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Alabama and Mississippi, said the state needs to adopt a comprehensive sex-education policy now rather than later to see a decrease in teen pregnancies. “We feel that state laws need to be amended on sex education, to require districts to teach sex education and provide medically accurate evidence based instruction that includes information on abstinence and contraceptives,” Brown-Williams said. by Adam Lynch

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galized gaming. Legislators annually submit bills for a lottery supporting education, but none ever survive committee chairmen. Lottery supporter John Mayo, DClarksdale, told the Gaming Committee on Monday that lotteries in other states are making big money for their respective programs. A 2009 estimate from the South Carolina Budget and Control Board’s Web site reveals the South Carolina General Assembly appropriated more than $2.2 billion in net lottery proceeds toward programs for higher education, K-12, and community education initiatives for the past eight years. Fiscal years 2007 and 2008 revenues from the state of California shows the state lottery there generated $1.1 billion for public education—about $132 per pupil. Still, Moak was unwilling to commit to bringing the bill up for a vote before the general committee on Monday. “I’m not sure the Senate would touch it,” Moak told the sub-committee. “And with the governor against it, you’re swimming upstream.”




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Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, right, strongly supports a bill that would require a doctor’s prescription for any drug containing pseudoephedrine.


s this issue went to press, the House and Senate were up against a Feb. 2 deadline for committees to either approve or reject proposed bills. The next deadline is a Feb. 11 end-date for the House and Senate to act on bills that survived committees. But the approaching deadlines took a back seat to the House and Gov. Haley Barbour’s budget priorities. The House voted to restore $100 million in budget reductions specified by the governor, amending appropriations bill S.B. 2495 to return $100 million to the state’s general fund to offset some of the $437 million in budget cuts mandated by Barbour. Contrary to Barbour’s plan, the House amendment takes $50 million from the state’s rainy day fund and another $50 million from the tobacco settlement account. Unlike the Senate bill, the House plan returns $60 million of almost $270 million the governor cut from K-12 and universities. The House was unable to pass the Senate bill in its original form, after representatives heard school leaders claim they would have to cut employees if the House kept the Senate cuts. The House is not the only entity refuting Barbour’s budget cuts. The Supreme Court filed an administrative order last week ruling the governor’s cuts to the court system unconstitutional and directed the state fiscal officer not to impose the reductions. The court voluntarily opted to reduce its budget by almost $1 million last year, but still

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faces a $1.7 million shortfall. Justices declared that the state Constitution establishes the court as a separate branch of government, and not an agency subject to budget reductions. This past week, the House also passed a bill that will require a doctor’s prescription for any drug containing the chemical pseudoephedrine a common ingredient in over-thecounter cold and allergy medicines, but also a major component in the manufacturing of the illegal drug methamphetamine, or meth. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, claimed methamphetamine abuse was a serious problem among teens and young adults, and admitted that the use of the drug had claimed the life of a member of his family, and that another relative was currently an addict. “(My brother) lost his wife and his three children. ... [A]nd on top of everything, on his second offense he was nabbed within 1,500 feet of a church. Three days after we buried my brother’s ashes, my youngest brother got caught for the second time (using meth), and my mother—that honorable woman who went though the greatest trial a woman can go through—said my brother is living but already dead. You’ve got a real problem here, folks, and you’ve got a real solution for this and I cannot figure out why anybody would be opposed to this,” he told House members. House members hope the proposed new law will reduce meth manufacturing to the border areas of the state, forcing makers to cross state lines to get the ingredients. The Senate Judiciary B Committee passed a similar bill restricting pseudoephedrine, but drug companies are opposing the bill in the Senate, arguing that over-the-counter drugs for legitimate use will be harder to get. Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, supported the bill: “[T]he benefit gained by the new law in terms of decreasing the production of crystal meth greatly outweighs the inconvenience on legitimate pseudoephedrine users.” The House will also debate a bill requiring all public school-districts offer some form of sex-education. To placate House Republicans and conservative Democrats, the bill does not rule out the possibility of districts teaching

abstinence-only sex education, despite substantial evidence disputing the effectiveness of abstinence-only education. The House will also be debating a bill on eminent domain, limiting the state’s ability to take private property for economic development purposes. House Concurrent Resolution 26 will amend the state Constitution, restricting eminent-domain usage to projects directly benefiting the public, such as a highway or the construction of a public building. The resolution mirrors a popular bill that Barbour vetoed last year. The governor argued last March that the state needed the use of eminent domain for endeavors such as the Nissan plant in Canton and the proposed Toyota plant in north Mississippi. Barbour argued that local governments offered enough protection to landowners because large projects require the approval of local government and the Legislature. Nevertheless, eminent-domain restriction remains a popular issue among Mississippi legislators of both parties, who tend to frown upon snatching private property to build a shopping mall or other enterprise. Senate Republicans, in particular, argued last year that the state should not be able to take private property to help a company make a profit. Republicans were unable to commit enough votes to override the governor’s veto, however, alienating many of them from their anti-government base. If the resolution makes it out of a Senate committee this year and gets vetoed, the subsequent veto-override attempt will likely mean a new round of black eyes for Republicans heading into the 2011 elections. The Senate passed S.B. 2960 Wednesday, a bill that would change state code to eliminate disqualification of a municipal employee from being appointed to the board of trustees of the school district where he or she is employed. Also facing a Senate floor vote soon is a bill making some forms of animal cruelty a felony. Opponents say the law can be misinterpreted to include livestock animals, although author Baria says the law specifically disqualifies livestock.


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Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, believes his bill will help save lives.


he Mississippi Senate passed a bill Tuesday requiring drugs containing pseudoephedrine be sold by prescription only. The bill is a sister bill to House Bill 512, a constitutional amendment authored by Rep. Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, which also targets a common ingredient in over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. The drug is also a major component in the production of illegal methamphetamine, aka meth. Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, last week described to the House the damage meth use had wrought upon his family, complaining that his brother had died from a meth overdose and that another relative was currently an addict. “Three days after we buried my brother’s ashes, my youngest brother got caught for the second time (using it), and my mother—that honorable woman who went though the greatest trial a woman can go through—said my brother is living but already dead,” Holland said. The House bill passed with a wide margin of support. The bills are apparently popular among law enforcement officials, who argue that a major component of combating meth use in the state involves discouraging production. “I am confident because of this legislation, meth labs will drop dramatically in this state,” Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director Marshall Fisher told the Jackson Free Press. “The state of Oregon is our gold standard on proving the effectiveness of laws like this. Last year, Oregon had a total of 10 meth labs. Out of that 10, about eight of them were dump sites where people delivered the key ingredient from other states. The others were sites where the makers went to other states to collect the pseudoephedrine—a process we call ‘Smurfing.’” Advocates for drug manufacturers say the Mississippi bill will inconvenience legitimate consumers of allergy and cold medicine, however. “We are disappointed that the Mississippi Senate chose to overlook consumer sentiment and passed a bill today that will significantly impact how cold and allergy sufferers access some of their medicines,” said Consumer Healthcare Products Association President Linda Suydam in a Tuesday statement. “Under this legislation,

if only half of those Mississippians who rely on these medicines are now forced to visit a doctor or obtain a prescription for these cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the cost to the healthcare system would be over $7 million.” Suydam added that the state could potentially lose more than $500,000 in annual sales revenue and add costs to the state’s Medicaid program resulting from newly required doctor visits for the drugs. Fisher said plenty of alternative medicines are available that neither require a doctor visit or pseudoephedrine. “There are a multitude of other products out there. There’s Sudafed PE, which doesn’t contain pseudoephedrine, but that’s only one example. There’s plenty to choose from, and one of those alternatives has got to work,” Fisher said. CHPA contends, however, that the bill places an unnecessary burden on Mississippians, and offered “a better and more effective solution” to address the state’s meth production problem. “Electronic tracking of over-the-counter medicines containing pseudoephedrine serves as a more effective, less costly alternative, and one that eight states have adopted to fight domestic meth production, while maintaining consumer access to these medicines,” Suydam stated. The federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 provides an e-tracking tool that law enforcement and pharmacists can use to follow the trail of pseudoephedrine transportation across state lines. Fisher said he was unimpressed with the e-tracking results in other states, however. “There’s an argument that we should have this electronic tracking system if they’re willing to pay for it, and we do want to look at any alternative to help us with this issue, but e-tracking has been tried in other states, Fisher said. “One state currently trying it is Kentucky. They‘ve been using it since May ‘08, and they had 716 meth lab busts last year, compared to Oregon’s 10 labs. I’m kind of simple-minded—but do the math.” Gov. Haley Barbour will likely sign one of the pseudoephedrine-restricting bills coming out of the House or Senate, according to a press statement his office released on Tuesday. “I commend the Mississippi Legislature for its swift action to address the methamphetamine problem in this state. I look forward to signing House Bill 512, which will make it more difficult to obtain the ingredients for this drug that tears families apart and harms many of our communities,” Barbour wrote. “Meth labs threaten public safety, and I don’t think there is any doubt we will see a drop in the number of labs in our state.” Get breaking daily news at

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he Mississippi Public Service Commission began the second phase of hearings this week to determine the need for a proposed $2.4 billion coal plant in Kemper County. Mississippi Power Company filed a certificate of public convenience with the PSC last year asking it to begin setting aside 48,000 square acres of Kemper County land for lignite coal-mining and the construction of a 582-megawatt lignite coal-burning plant using technology that doesn’t exist, yet. The commission responded by breaking the issue down into a series of hearings. Phase 1 of the hearings, conducted between Oct. 5 and Oct. 9, 2009, resulted in the commission finding a growing need for more electrical capacity in the state, and they issued an order establishing a bidding process for resource options. Phase 2 of the hearings, which began Monday, Feb. 1, will address the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle, or IGCC, project, why the company chose a $2.4 billion coal plant over cheaper alternatives (such as promoting home weatherization among its customers), as well as government financing incentives, cost recovery, risk calculation and potential rate increases. Sierra Club Director Louie Miller insists that “clean coal” is a bogus concept that exists only in “some advertising guy’s imagination,” and argues that ratepayers don’t know what kind of rate increase to

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Ocean Springs attorney Robert Wiygul is representing the Mississippi Sierra Club in its opposition to a proposed coal plant in Kemper County.

expect from funding the construction of the plant. Entergy Mississippi distributed the cost of a similar investment it made in the $3 billion Grand Gulf Nuclear Power plant in 1985, among a customer base of 300,000, which raised rates an average of 50 percent over the course of two decades. Mississippi Power, comparatively, has only 186,000 customers who will have to absorb the Kemper plant’s cost of $2.4 billion. The company maintains that it needs to balance the volatile natural gas market with a plant that burns a more economically stable fuel, like coal. Opponents argue that the plant costs too much and will raise Mississippi Power customer rates. Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Topazi told the commission during his opening statements Monday that Missis-

sippi Power needed to move away from the volatile natural gas market by concentrating on coal plants, which use a fuel source less subject to market swings. “Natural gas is the most volatile commodiuty we can use,” Topazi said, adding that new Environmental Protection Agency findings on greenhouse gases would likely drive the company to either close down its coal plant on the coast or invest about $1 billion to upgrade it to a cleaner-burning facility. “Clean coal is a means to give our customers the stability they demand,” Topazi said. But the coal plant issue is as volatile as Topazi’s estimate of the natural gas market, apparently. The Jackson Free Press reported Jan. 29 that the Mississippi Chapter of the Sierra Club had filed a motion to remove attorney Katherine Briggs Collier the proceedings, arguing that Briggs’ father, Eddie Briggs, is a principal in Kemper Natural Resources, LLC, the company purchasing mineral leases and land for the Kemper County coal plant. Briggs’ father has a long-term contract with Mississippi Power—the company seeking to build the plant. The commission will spend the rest of the week hearing critics of the coal plant, and from competing power producers who demand Mississippi Power make more use of under-utilized existing natural gas plants— which will not raise customer rates.

Court: Barbour’s Cuts Unconstitutional




Coal Plant on Public Hot Seat This Week

ov. Haley Barb o u r ’s budget cuts to Mississippi’s courts system are unconstitutional, the state The Mississippi Supreme Court Supreme Court ruled Jan. 29. In called Gov. Haley an order written Barbour’s cuts to the by Chief Justice state judicial system unconstitutional. Bill Waller and joined by the other eight justices, the Court declared the cuts a violation of the separation of powers, which divides state government into three equal and separate branches: executive, legislative and judicial. In his most recent round of cuts, announced Jan. 22, Barbour slashed $1.9 million from the attorney general’s office, $1.4 million for district attorneys’ offices and $3.4 million from the Supreme Court, as part of an across-the-board reduction of 8.19 percent to all budgets not subject to court order. State law allows Barbour—or, technically, his appointed state fiscal officer—to bal-

ance the budget by cutting state agencies. The judicial branch, however, is not a state agency, Waller wrote, and thus its budget is not subject to the governor’s mid-year reductions. “This Court … has carefully reviewed the budget of the judicial branch, and our courts have voluntarily made, and will continue to make, diligent and reasonable efforts to reduce their expenditures to the extent reasonably possible,” Waller wrote. If left in place, Barbour’s Jan. 22 cuts could disrupt judicial operations across the state. Michael Guest, district attorney for Madison and Rankin Counties, estimated that he will lose half his staff to furloughs for up to three months, leading to backlogs in criminal prosecutions. While the state Constitution defines district attorneys’ offices under the judiciary, not the executive branch, the Supreme Court order probably does not protect district attorneys from Barbour’s knife, Guest said. “It would apply to judges, court reporters and court administrators, but it would not apply to any prosecutors, either through the Attorney General’s Office or the DA’s office,” Guest said. Barbour spokesman Dan Turner de-

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clined to comment on the order. Such a standoff over judicial budgets is not unprecedented. In 1991, New York state’s chief judge sued then-Gov. Mario Cuomo over judicial budget cuts. Cuomo tried to challenge the suit in federal court but was denied a hearing, and the executive and judicial branches eventually reached a compromise out of court. Mississippi College law professor Matt Steffey said that a protracted battle over funding would be a disservice to the state. “I don’t think the citizenry benefits by two branches of our government being unable to cooperate,” Steffey said. Any compromise will require the court to determine at what point a budget cut becomes a violation of the separation of powers, Steffey said. The judicial branch may have already reached its breaking point, though. In the court’s order, Waller warned that state courts will need additional money before the 2010 fiscal year ends June 30, despite any spending and budget cuts thus far. “Even if they resolve this, if budget times remain lean, as people expect they will, there may be larger conflicts looming,” Steffey said.


by Ward Schaefer

The Mississippi School of the Arts is in danger of closure, again.


ith proposals for the merger of universities and public-school districts attracting substantial public outcry and debate, Gov. Haley Barbour’s call for merging two statewide magnet high schools has drawn less vocal opposition at the state capitol. Educators, city leaders and legislators from Brookhaven, where the Mississippi School of the Arts is located, worry that higher-profile battles and a drastically smaller state budget may thwart their defense of the fledgling arts magnet school. Barbour called for closing the School of the Arts and merging it with the Columbus-based Mississippi School for Math and Science, as part of a musical-chairs rotation of state facilities. The Mississippi School for the Blind and Deaf could then move to the Brookhaven campus, Barbour suggested, freeing up that school’s Jackson campus for private development. The governor suggested the moves in his Nov. 16 budget proposal. House Education Committee Chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, sponsored the relocation bill this year, as he has in the two previous legislative sessions. “It seems like we’re fighting a battle almost every year,” said Bill Sones, president of the Mississippi School of the Arts Foundation. “The Mississippi School of the Arts is one of the things that Mississippi is doing right. It seems ironic that it gets threatened almost every year without much real basis, usually by people who haven’t even visited the campus and seen what’s down here.” Opposition in the House defeated merger attempts last year, but Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, said that supporters of the school’s current location would have a harder time this year. “It probably stacks up a little bit different than it did last year,” Moak said. “You’ve got a governor who’s proposing moving the School of the Arts, and of course when the governor’s in the mix, he’s going to bring some Republican votes with him. Then you have some legislators who have followed in line with that who are not of the same party as the governor. Plus, we’re in a year when funding is very short.” “The question is whether that’s a way

you actually will save money,” Moak added. “And even if you save money, is it a good thing to do? On Tuesday, the merger effort cleared its first hurdle, when the House Appropriations Committee approved Brown’s bill. The measure, House Bill 599, now goes to the full House for approval. Created by an act of the Legislature in 1999, the residential School of the Arts currently serves 170 11th and 12th grade students from across the state. Like MSMS, the School of the Arts has a majority-female student body. That could complicate a merger, MSA Executive Director Suzanne Hirsch said, as there might not be enough room in the vacant dormitories to house the two schools’ female students. Hirsch also said that upgrades to heating and air-conditioning at the vacant MUW dormitory could significantly raise the cost of a move. The logistical difficulties in moving the school over two months in the summer could further raise the cost of relocation. Moving student records out of the school’s vault requires the presence of a certain number of staff observers to comply with state and federal law, for example. “Our summer’s filled already, so if you add any of that stuff in there, you’re talking about a nightmare,” Hirsch said. “You’re not going to save money this year anyway. Even if they made us go July 1, the moving expenses alone are going to negate any savings.” In addition, the House bill does not touch on the most obvious source of savings: a merger of administrative operations at MSA and MSMS. Beyond the immediate costs of relocation, a merger would also have a damaging effect on Brookhaven, Bill Sones warned. The city floated a $3 million bond issue to pay for improvements to MSA’s campus when the school first opened, and it still has to pay back $2.1 million of that issue. The school provides roughly 135 jobs for local residents, and community members have adopted MSA students as their own, Sones said. An analysis from the state Institutions for Higher Learning estimated MSA’s total economic impact for the state at around $6 million, including $35,000 in local sales tax revenue and $4.1 million in labor income. “You can understand why it hits a nerve down here for anyone to be moving the Arts School before it has even had a chance to reach maturity,” Sones said. “It’s just a lot of money.” Also, thanks to a clause in the legislation that created MSA, the school’s campus would revert back to the city in the event of a move, meaning that the state would effectively lose the $25 million it invested in buildings and infrastructure just a few years ago. “Someone is going to look awfully foolish when that property reverts back with $25 million bucks’ worth of infrastructure free and clear,” Moak said.

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The Imperial Low Road


dam Lynch of the Jackson Free Press broke the story last week that Jackson State University President Ronald Mason was floating a plan to merge the state’s historically black colleges. The news caused a media frenzy and outrage among graduates of the state’s three public HBCUs. Mason made a huge mistake. Many African Americans in the state were already shocked at Gov. Haley Barbour’s pompous announcement that the three HBCUs should be merged into one, as well as Mississippi State and the Mississippi State University for Women—with no change for his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. It was no real surprise that Barbour was tone-deaf on this issue. He seems to display a remarkable lack of understanding of the passion, pride and history associated with the state’s black colleges—fierce pride that grew out of Mississippi’s segregationist past and the efforts, and even deaths, of so many to bring parity to the country’s most recalcitrant state on the “race question.” Not to mention, Barbour’s attention has clearly shifted to the national stage, and his chief interest seems to be impressing the national right wing, rather than showing real concern for the victims of his dispassionate budget ax back at home. True concern and attempts at understanding are required in these tough times. Yes, budget cuts are necessary in an economy decimated by nearly a decade of unbridled greed in Washington and corporate America. But these budget cuts affect real people’s lives and history; they should not be delivered with apathy, and certainly not with glee. Mason is the real surprise in this equation. If anyone should be expected to get the sensitivity over this issue, it is the president of the state’s largest HBCU—an African American himself. But the way he chose to sneak around the halls of the Legislature—with a very unprofessionally prepared proposal, to boot—shows that he has no situational awareness on this issue. And that raises concern about where else that tone-deafness translate on his campus. We understand that Mason is in a tough spot, especially with Barbour’s ax swinging for his ankles. And we can see that Mississippi may not be able to maintain the university system, including that of the HBCUs, as it stands now. But both Barbour and Mason left a major step out of their lobbying efforts: the people. Either could have held a town-hall meeting to get input and to allow people to express themselves. They could have formed citizen task forces to ask graduates of the schools to come up with solutions and proposals. Instead, they chose to take the imperial low road and act if they don’t care what people think. As a result, the people are, indeed, expressing themselves—against the two men who tried to railroad through a very large and painful proposal without bothering to consult them. They are angry, and they should be.


What About The Milk?

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ev. I.M. Vegan: “Welcome to the Vegetarian Church’s ‘Save the Water and Food Supply in the Ghetto’ National Conference. First, allow me to acknowledge the distinguished representatives of the Ghetto Science Team’s ecological committee: Rev. Bean Sprout, Dr. Peanut, Preacher Pork Chop, Bubba Robinski, Qweem-O-Wheat, Edward ‘Monday Night Football Head’ Walker, Jojo, Momma Root Doctor, Grandma and Grandpa Pookie, Chef Fat Meat, and Big Roscoe. “There’s no better time than now to raise our concern about the possible water and food contamination in the poorest areas of this nation. Many of you may say to yourselves, ‘Here’s another conspiracy theory!’ I still hold fast to a question regarding ‘Mad Cow’ disease: ‘If something is wrong with the cow, what about the milk?’ “For me and the ecological and dietary committee, the proof of contaminated water and food supply seems to be in the pudding, cheese, Kool-aid, hamburger, hot wings, barbeque sauce, veggies, fruits, alcohol, water, etc. Personally, I think there is something in the water and food supply that make politicians cheat on their spouses, make athletes hide weapons in a locker room, make party crashers sneak into a White House gathering, make senators interrupt the president, make innocent bystanders watch a perpetrator physically violate an innocent victim, and make a South Carolina lieutenant governor associate poor people with stray animals. “Perhaps it’s the mainstream media. “If we don’t save the water and food supply that affects the poor, society will be in deep trouble. We are what we eat!”

CORRECTIONS: Best of Jackson 2010 Despite our best efforts, a few mistakes got through in last week’s Best of Jackson 2010 issue. They’re listed below: COMMUNITY We printed an incorrect business address for Martha Howell, winner of Best Massage Therapist. Howell practices at the Baptist Healthplex, 717 Manship St., 601-968-1766. For second-place winner in the Best Massage Therapist category, we did not list the business name for Tara Richardson, and the phone number was printed incorrectly. Her business is Balance Studio of Massage and Skin Therapy, and the correct phone number is 601209-3568. We printed an incorrect telephone number for Mynelle Gardens, winner for Best Community Garden. The correct number is 601-9601894. URBAN LIVING In the Best Gym/Best Fitness Center category, we did not print the Jackson address for Good Showing winner Anytime Fitness. That address is: 901 Lakeland Place, Suite #10, 601-946-8601. We misspelled Material Girls, winner of the Best Boutique category. FOOD & DRINK We misspelled Mandalyn Goode’s name, the second place winner for Best Server. Mandalyn works at the High Noon Café. For Best Catfish, we incorrectly attributed the write-up to Jackson Breland. The author is Adam Lynch. NIGHTLIFE We printed the wrong telephone number for the Electric Cowboy under the Best Club DJ category. The correct number is 601-8995333. Under Best Sports Bar, we only listed one address for Good Showing winner Alumni House. You can also find them at 574 Highway 51, Ridgeland, and 204 N. 40th Ave., Hattiesburg. BEYOND JACKSON We incorrectly attributed the photo of the cathedral in New Orleans to Lynette Hanson. Casey Holloway is the photographer. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the errors. They have been corrected online.

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own and proudly wear a T-shirt that declares, “I Love Black People.” Once, when I was wearing it, a white guy told me—with an inquisitive inflection at the end of his statement—“You wouldn’t like it if I wore a shirt that said ‘White Power.’ That’s what you’re doing.” I understood his point, but I didn’t and still don’t agree that it’s the same thing. My T-shirt, among other things, is a reminder to me how important it is that we have love for self. It has nothing to do with hatred for others. But recently, because of the NAACP and their recent Image Awards nominations, I had a fleeting thought: Maybe it’s time to retire the black people shirt. While some people have questioned the 100-year-old organizations’ purpose in these post-racial (and I use that term in jest) times, back in the day in Starkville, Miss., when I was growing up, the organization meant something. I heard stories about the NAACP and Dr. Douglas L. Connor, one of the Starkville’s hometown heroes as its first black doctor. The NAACP and its members did things. They stood for something. They fought battles that wouldn’t ordinarily be fought. They unsettled dust. Now, of course, there were—and are—crazy members of the organization (one, in particular, long ago proclaimed herself as the “voice of the voiceless” in the college town). But there’s one of those in every city and every organization. Nonetheless, they made a difference. Back then, the idea of NAACP meetings conjured up images of people secretly gathered in church basements to find tactical ways to make revolution possible; stoic black people sitting at white-owned lunch counters, drenched in whatever liquids folks threw at them as they silently protested; nights where friends listened to James Brown wailing, “Say it loud/I’m black and I’m proud,” while they made picket signs to protest an injustice; and even women, like my aunt, who chose not to march during the protests because “someone had to have lunch waiting for them when they got out of jail.” NAACP meant people with an erect posture and innate sense of pride—people who have come a long way, fortified for the rest of the trek yet left. That was, for a long time now, my image of the NAACP.

That’s clearly not the image the organization sees when it looks itself in the mirror, though. The evidence: NAACP Image Award nominations for Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for Outstanding Reality Series and “The Michael Jackson Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson” special for an Outstanding Variety Program. The Image Awards, according to the organization, are supposed to recognize the “exemplary works by, for and relevant to people of color in the arts … as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.” Oops. I suppose the managers, publicists and production companies didn’t get these criteria when they submitted these shows for awards. That’s the only way they could have thought a nomination and subsequent award was warranted. If the organization saw itself the way I did when I was growing up, its leaders couldn’t possibly still take themselves seriously after accepting the nominees for an “un-”reality show about broke housewives who undoubtedly put their weaves and envy-inspiring Christian Louboutin pumps on credit cards and threaten fist fights to settle their issues. Next year, will the highest-grossing drug dealers be nominated for Outstanding Entrepreneur? And a memorial service? Michael Jackson was the King of Pop; Stevie Wonder brought tears to my eyes with his performance; and Al Sharpton’s inspiring words to MJ’s children made me think that maybe there was nothing strange about my daddy, either. But it was a memorial service. Give me a break. I’m disappointed. These two nominations have singlehandedly cheapened not only other nominations for people and entities who have offered their communities “exemplary work” and “promote social justice,” but it’s also tainted my memory and image of what the NAACP is. So maybe it’s not the smartest idea to start using my “I Love Black People” T-shirt as a dust rag. Maybe I should wear it more often with hopes that some things can be the way they used to be. And while I’m at it, maybe I’ll get a shirt made that reads, “The NAACP Don’t Advance Me.”

NAACP meant people with an erect posture and innate sense of pride—people who have come a long way, fortified for the rest of the trek yet left.

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The People’s Victory

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geries on the right shoulder (after the 2005 season and after the 2006 Pro Bowl), and in reviewing the tape, it looked like he lost some velocity and accuracy on three passes in overtime. It’s possible he simply rushed those throws and that nothing medically is wrong with the shoulder. If there is, the Saints enter the Super Bowl with their best player in a weakened condition. If Brees is limited physically and the defense takes penalties in key situations (as they did in the NFC Championship), the Colts can secure a second Super Bowl win in four years. Manning becomes the best quarterback of his generation. Jim Caldwell looks like a blank-faced, humdrum savant and, incidentally, a brilliant hire. The team also looks poised for at least another championship in the next three to four years. If the Saints offense is not held back by an injury to Brees, and the Colts struggle in the passing game, New Orleans will reach the pinnacle of American sports. In fact, the Super Bowl is probably the largest stage for entertainment in the country. And a win for New Orleans—considering the last five years—will be nationally significant and historically unprecedented, more than any sports event in national history. It will be more important than the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” and more important than the 1947 “Shot Heard Round the World.” But, frankly, the victory has little to do with football or sports. The region, which has long closely identified with the Saints, has invested itself spiritually into this team. At a moment when optimism is dampened, against impossible odds, the fans of New Orleans have gone “all in” for this team. This Sunday, the eminent victory over the Colts will be a triumph of a city, a region and a people.

I pledge allegiance to the Saints, and to the great city of New Orleans, and to the Super Bowl, for which we will win, one city, below sea level, under Payton and Brees, with Mardi Gras and alcohol for all.


terbacks, the Saints face off against relatively spry quarterback Manning. In a historic playoff run, the schemes of Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams brutalized Kurt Warner (of the Cardinals) and Brett Favre (of the Vikings). Both Warner and Favre have quick releases and usually handle pressure well, but the Saints forced downright skittish performances from both of them. Despite bringing all that pressure, the defense has managed to give up few big plays. Referees repeatedly flagged Williams’ defense, though, for pass interference against the Vikings. Williams described his game plan to radio station WGFX: “The big thing is (Manning) throws the ball so early that we are going to have to do a good job of finding ways to get to him. When we do get to (Manning), we are going to make sure to have a couple of remember-me shots on him when we get there.” If Williams’ defense matches their previous intensity and pressure The health of Drew Brees’ shoulder is one of the factors that will decide victory or defeat for the Saints on Sunday in the Super Bowl. this weekend, the Saints will win a Lombardi Trophy. With the exception of cornough with the “signs of the apocalypse” rhetoric. nerback Randall Gay (two Super Bowl appearances, one The New Orleans Saints have been the best team ring), fullback Kyle Eckel, long snapper Jason Kyle, and in the NFL this season. This play on Dec. 7, 2009, safety Darren Sharper (one Super Bowl appearance each), encapsulates their season: Washington Redskins the Saints have no experience with the Super Bowl environsafety Kareem Moore snagged an interception and made ment. The Colts know how to handle the media circus, as an ill-advised return before the end of the second half. well as the literal circus: The pre-game festivities for Super Charging Moore from behind, third-year wide receiver Bowl XLI featured a psychedelic Cirque du Soleil act. Robert Meachem, a disappointing first-round pick, ripped In Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl victory over the Chithe ball from his hands, double-clutched it to his stomach cago Bears, Manning had a mediocre game. He hit a wideopen Reggie Wayne for a touchdown in the first quarter, but and streaked for a touchdown. There are at least a dozen more plays this season just also threw an interception during the first drive. Manning’s as representative. No team has wanted it more and played own great rushing performance (190 yards), Rex Grossman’s two interceptions, two Bears fumbles and a stifling defense with as much tenacity, focus and discipline. Period. Through the playoffs, the Saints have had the tough- helped bail him out. Since then, the Colts have aged on the est draws in recent memory. Sean Payton’s team has played defensive line; they’ve watched as their commitment to the the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals and the running game eroded, and they’ve lost former Defensive league’s treasured paper champions, Brett Favre’s Min- MVP Bob Sanders. The Saints are a much more balanced nesota Vikings. Now they play a team constructed by the and explosive team than the Colts played in the Super Bowl brilliant Colts President Bill Polian. Polian’s Colts are as tal- run in 2007 or during these playoffs. Nevertheless, entering this game I have concerns ented and deep as any team in the last decade. Of course, it is also a team led by the league’s only four-time NFL MVP, about Drew Brees’ shoulder. After being driven into the turf in the fourth quarter, Brees was not the great quarterPeyton Manning. 14 After ending the careers of two Hall of Fame quar- back we’ve grown accustomed to. He has had multiple sur-

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ell has frozen over. Pigs have flown. A Republican occupies the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat held for almost half a century by members of the Kennedy family. And the New Orleans Saints are going to the Super Bowl. What’s next: An African American winning a statewide office in Mississippi? The Saints will play the Indianapolis Colts in Miami Sunday (5:25 p.m., Ch. 12, 620 AM). It will be a sweet day for the Saints and their fans, which suffered through 150 years of NFL futility. (Editor’s note: The Saints began playing in 1967.) The Saints began their history with an auspicious play. On Sept. 17, 1967, New Orleans’ John Gilliam ran back the opening kickoff of the Saints’ first regularseason game for a touchdown. For a long time, it was all downhill from there. The Saints lost their first game and many more to come. During the Saints’ first 20 seasons, their best finish was a couple of 8-8 records. The team had a few bright spots. In 1970, Tom Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot, kicked an NFLrecord 63-yard field goal using a special shoe to give the Saint a victory over the Detroit Lions. In 1971, the Saints selected Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning with the second overall pick in the draft. This was the move that sparked true statewide interest in the Saints. Before, the Saints had been that awful team on TV every Sunday. Now, they became that awful team on TV every Sunday that Archie played for. Reportedly, negotiations between Manning and the Saints didn’t get off to a great start. Manning’s coach at Ole Miss, John Vaught, sat in on the talks. When he heard the Saints’ first offer to Manning, Vaught reportedly said, “He got more than that playing for us.” Manning turned out to be worth every penny the Saints paid him, on the field and off. There were many more bad moments for the Saints. In 1979, the Saints took can’t-miss kicker Russell Erxleben with their first draft pick. Erxleben missed a lot of kicks in the NFL. The joke was he tried to kill himself but was spared when the bullet went wide right. That same year, the Saints blew a 35-14 lead in a 42-35 loss to the Oakland Raiders at home on “Monday Night Football.” The team would be unofficially banished from Monday night for several seasons afterward. In 1980, the Saints went 1-15. Their fans started wearing

paper bags over their heads at games and calling the team “The Aints.” The Saints took Heisman Trophy-winning running back George Rogers out of South Carolina in 1981. Rogers led the league in rushing in his first season. He played well in his four seasons with the Saints, but he didn’t get to play for a championship until he was traded to the Washington Redskins. In 1982, the Saints traded Manning to the Houston Oilers for some guy you never heard of. Sure it’s a business, but they got rid of a beat-up Manning in favor of a washed-up Kenny Stabler. And so it went. The Saints didn’t earn their first winning record and playoff berth until 1987. The team had some heady years during the late 1980s and early ’90s thanks to general manager Jim Finks and coach Jim Mora. This was also when “Who Dat” Nation was born. Finks and Mora would lead the Saints to four playoff berths, including three in a row. Then Finks resigned in 1993 after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 1994. Afterward, owner Tom Benson took a larger role in the team with mixed results. Mora resigned following the 1996 season and was replaced by Mike Ditka. Ditka, who won a Super Bowl as coach of the Chicago Bears in 1987, couldn’t duplicate that success in the Big Easy. In 1999, Ditka traded all of the Saints’ draft picks for the right to pick Ricky Williams, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back and head case from Texas. Williams played well at times, but he wasn’t worth what the Saints gave up for him. In early 2000, Benson cleaned house in the front office. He dumped Ditka and replaced him with Jim Haslett. His magical rookie season included the Saints’ first playoff victory. In 2001, the Saints’ used their first pick to draft Deuce McAllister out of Ole Miss. In 2005, the Saints suffered along with the rest of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. The Saints had to move their operations to San Antonio, Texas, and ended up playing all their home games outside New Orleans. Benson earned “Scumbag of the Year” dishonors for trying to abandon the Big Easy and move the Saints to San Antonio permanently. The NFL told him his timing was poor and said the Saints weren’t going anywhere. In 2006, coach Sean Payton and new quarterback Drew Brees made the Saints’ return to New Orleans a joyous one. The Saints advanced to the NFC championship game, only to lose to the Chicago Bears. The Bears went on to lose in the Super Bowl to the Colts.


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he Saints’ first trip to the Super Bowl may be the sports feel-good story of the century (so far), but the NFL is always about the bottom line. Recently, the league sent cease-and-desist to letters of “Who Dat” merchandise. The league claimed ownership of the “Who Dat” trademark. The letters also appeared to claim that the NFL owns the fleur-de-lis logo. The NFL, after receiving complaints from Louisiana’s Legislature, appears to have backed off slightly, calling the matter “a significant misunderstanding.” The NFL says it doesn’t claim ownership of “Who Dat” except when it refers to the Saints. (What else would it refer to?) That’s a heart-warming statement by the NFL. The problem is that one of the league’s letters went to a shop selling a “Who Dat” shirt that uses a fleur-de-lis logo unlike the one owned by the Saints. The NFL needs to get a lawyer to check its lawyers’ letters. I think the NFL would have a tough time winning a “Who Dat” case in court, especially if that court was in Louisiana. Doctor S left the JFP penthouse long enough to attend last weekend’s JFP Best of Jackson party. (The Doctor was the guy wearing shoes.) He heard JFP publisher Todd Stauffer say “Who Dat” at the end of the Bayou Connection’s performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Stauffer was wearing black when he said it, too. Todd, you will be hearing from the NFL’s lawyers. —Doctor S

The Saints put up huge offensive numbers in 2007 and 2008, but they didn’t make the playoffs. Just when people were starting to wonder whether Payton was on the hot seat, he led the Saints to a 13-0 start in 2009 en route to a 13-3 regular-season finish. The Saints kept putting up big numbers on offense. But it was the defense, led by new coordinator Gregg Williams that made this season’s success possible. The Saints had a knack for creating turnovers. That paid off big time in the NFC championship game. The statistics said the Minnesota Vikings outplayed the Saints. But the Vikings turned the ball over five times. The turnover that turned the game around came as the Vikings appeared to be driving for a game-winning field goal. With 19 seconds left, all Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had to do was make a run upfield. Instead, he threw a horrible pass that was intercepted by Saints DB Terry Porter. The game went into overtime. The Saints won the coin toss and drove down the field, making a do-or-die conversion on a fourth-and-1 play at the Vikings 43-yard line on the way. Five snaps later, Garrett Hartley kicked the 40-yard field goal that sent the Saints to the Super Bowl. In the biggest game in team history, the Saints finally had luck on their side. Will they be that lucky again Sunday?

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1. How many times have the Saints and Colts played each other? What is the series record? 2. The Colts were originally franchised in which city? A. Indianapolis B. Miami C. Baltimore 3. When did the Colts win their first Super Bowl? Who did they defeat? 4. Peyton Manning’s father, Archie Manning, was a quarterback in the NFL. Which franchise did Archie spend the majority of his career with? A. The Houston Oilers B. The New Orleans Saints C. The Minnesota Vikings 5. When did the Colts join the NFL? A. 1950 B. 1984 C. 1946 6. Sean Payton is the ____ coach of the New Orleans Saints. 7. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in: A. 2003 B. 2009 C. 2006 8. Who was the first player ever signed to the New Orleans Saints? 9. The Saints’ “Who dat?” cheer began in 1983 and was popularized by a local sportscaster. Who was the sportscaster? (Bonus points if you can name his previous occupation.) 10. True or False: The city of New Orleans will host Super Bowl XLVII. Answers: 1. The Saints and Colts have met 10 times. The series record is 5-5. 2. C-Baltimore. The Colts were originally franchised in Baltimore in 1946 when the Miami Seahawks were bought, relocated and renamed. The Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984. 3. The Colts won their first Super Bowl in 1971, when they were still located in Baltimore. They defeated the Dallas Cowboys. The Indianapolis Colts won their first Super Bowl in 2007 when they defeated the Chicago Bears. 4. B-The New Orleans Saints. Archie Manning played 10 full seasons with the Saints. 5. A-1950. The Colts joined the NFL in 1950 when the NFL merged with the All-America Football Conference. 6. 14th. 7. C-2006. 8. Paige Cothren. 9. Ron Swoboda popularized the “Who dat?” cheer. Before moving to New Orleans and becoming a sportscaster, Swoboda played Major League Baseball for the Mets, Expos and Yankees. He made “the catch” that gave the New York Mets their first World Series title in 1969. 10. True.

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Dear God, Last year you took away my favorite dancer Michael Jackson, my favorite actor Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress Farrah Fawcett, my favorite comedian Dom DeLuise, my favorite pitchman Billy Mays and my favorite sidekick Ed McMahon. Just so you know, my favorite NFL team is the Colts. Thank you and Geaux Saints!


Our Breesus who art in Nawlins, hallowed be thy name. Thy bowl will come, it will be won, in Miami as it is in the Dome. Give us this Sunday, our weekly win. Give us touchdown passes, but do not let others pass against us. Lead us not into frustration, but deliver us to the Super Bowl. For thine is the MVP, the best of the NFC and the glory of the Fleur de Lis. Now and forever, amen!


hate driving down Woodrow Wilson diamond rings, dressed in high heels and in Jackson. Eventually, I’ll come to the sequins. I remember thinking how could intersection where Veteran’s Memorial they stand and shout for their husbands in Stadium stares out at me and forces those get-ups? Except for Olivia Manning. my right turn signal. My car automatically She was always a class act. circles the stadium, and I reminisce of years My dad would come in from the gone by—years when I was introduced to sidelines, grab my brother, and go into the football. I can taste the turkey sandwich my locker room for post-game interviews and mother brought for our tailgate lunch, and comments. I had to stay outside. I was a I can hear my brother screamgirl. Girls weren’t allowed in ing, “I’m open” for my dad to locker rooms in the 1970s; no throw the football across the Pam Oliver or Erin Andrews parking lawn. I hate it … beback then. So I stood behind cause I miss those days. the barriers and stared at the On the day I was born, “Mrs. Saints” and eavesdropped May 14, 1968, I had my own on their lives. headline in The Meridian Star: As a kid and a lover of sports, “Future Meridian High School it never dawned on me that the Cheerleader Born Today at New Orleans Saints were losers. Anderson’s Hospital.” By age I never actually saw them win, 10, I had been featured sev- Melinda Narro Brown but the Saints were another eral times in different state spectrum for me—a level of newspapers—the Laurel Leader Call, The greatest. Only the best can play professional Greenwood Commonwealth and Jasper sports, my father preached to me. Only the County News. It wasn’t my athletic ability strong survive in the NFL. These men I that made the news, nor was it an uncanny cheered for were alive and giants in my eyes. ability to be a newsworthy kid. It was sim- They were athletes who achieved to be the ply because my father, Ray Narro, was a best. My dad would never have allowed us newspaperman. to wear a bag on our head. For me, there As a sports writer’s daughter, life was a were never any ‘Aints in New Orleans. bit unorthodox. My dad went to work while Last spring, my father was diagnosed it was still dark and was home by noon. He with leukemia. It hit him hard and fast— was on the golf course by 1 p.m. during the like one of Drew Brees’ spirals. He thought week. Weekends weren’t as organized, espe- this was going to be the Saints’ year with cially during football season. Friday nights, the acquisition of Gregg Williams and a rehe went all over the county covering high- built defense. We watched the first game of school games. There was no Internet or cell the 2009 season together, but by the Philaphone, so he’d go back to the paper, write delphia game Sept. 20, he was too weak to the stories and submit them for the next watch. I walked into his bedroom to make morning’s edition. Saturdays were fun in sure the TV was loud enough for him to Starkville, Oxford or Jackson, but Sunday listen. He turned away from me and away was the best day of every week. Sundays from the television. At that exact moment, were spent in New Orleans. I knew my dad’s will was gone. He was too From the time I was 9 years old, my feeble to watch, too sick to cheer. Football dad covered the New Orleans Saints home ceased to matter because his life was so games. Didn’t every kid have a dad that had a fragile. My father died three days after the press pass? Didn’t every father have sit-down Saints’ win over Philadelphia. hour-long conversations with professional Throughout fall 2009, I have picked athletes? Didn’t every father know Archie up the phone to dial my father several times Manning, Walter Payton and Jackie Slater? to discuss plays during game time. I still My father allowed my brother and make mental notes to get his opinion on me to bring a friend to each of the Saints decisions the coaches make, the injury regames. Dad would be in the press box ports and the mid-week press conferences. during the first half and on the sidelines It’s been the hardest football season the second. In theory, we knew where he of my life—the toughest time of my life. was, and he knew our seat numbers. It was The cards and notes from people my father a different time, with different teams and knew and wrote about over the years have different seasons. been a great comfort for my mother and Although one might question my my family, especially the notes from former dad’s parenting skills, it was a freedom like New Orleans Saints football players. no other for us. To roam the Superdome It is amazing to know Ray Narro had was a great adventure. There were always as much of an impact on football as footplenty of seats to jump over and a lot of ball had on him. And for those of you that interesting spaces to discover. My dad was don’t believe, don’t have faith in the game, OK with our independence, as long as we hear this: Ray Narro is the reason Garrett knew to meet him downstairs at the locker Hartley made that field goal in the NFC room at game’s end. There I’d sit with my Championship game, and he had the best friends and my brother and devour the seat in the house. conversations between the players’ wives. Melinda Narro Brown lives and roots I’d envy them for their fur coats and for her New Orleans Saints in Brandon.

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DECONSTRUCTED SHRIMP BOIL (Serves 10-12) 2 pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp (raw, tails on) 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided 2 pounds andouille sausage 2 large red onions 12 small red potatoes 1/2 cup canned chopped tomatoes 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/3-inch-wide strips 6 cloves garlic 1 yellow bell pepper 1 green bell pepper 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 1 bunch green onions 2 cups chicken stock 10 tablespoons Creole mustard (such as Zatarain’s) 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning 1 bottle liquid crab boil

Slice onion and bell peppers into thin strips. Finely chop green onions, garlic, thyme and rosemary. Slice andouille into

CHICKEN AND SAUSAGE GUMBO (Serves 10-12) Gumbo (better if done a day ahead of time) 1 whole roasted chicken 2 pounds Andouille sausage 2 large yellow onions 12 cloves garlic 1 bunch celery 2 green bell peppers 1 bunch parsley 2 bunch green onions 1 6 ounce bag frozen chopped okra 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon thyme 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon gumbo file

redemption for all of those bad years, all of those tearful seasons watching Archie try his best to carry New Orleans out of mediocrity. Forget guacamole and salsa! This Super Bowl calls for party food New Orleans style! A big pot of gumbo, shrimp, Cajun sausage, fried crawfish balls, bourbon bread pudding and even a Creole cheese dip. To get your beer as cold as you can, fill a large tub or ice chest with Turbo Dog or whatever Louisiana beer you can find. Cover with ice and top with 1 cup of rock salt. Add cool water until the level of water is halfway up the sides of the bottles. The beer will get so cold it will hurt your teeth. Make all the food ahead of time because you don’t want to miss a single tick of the game clock or an opportunity to shout “Who Dat” at the top of your lungs. Laissez les bon temps roulez! 1-inch rounds. In a large mixing bowl, liberally season shrimp with Creole seasoning until coated on all sides. Drain tomatoes. Boil potatoes in a large stockpot with crab boil, according to the direction on the bottle. Set cooked potatoes aside, covered, in a large mixing bowl. Heat a large iron skillet over high heat and add two tablespoons olive oil. Add sausage pieces and cook until browned. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add shrimp to skillet and cook for about three to five minutes making sure not to overcook. Put in bowl with sausage. Add to the skillet remaining olive oil, garlic, onion, bell peppers and thyme. Cook until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, broth, mustard and vinegar. Stir until liquids are reduced by half and consistency is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Return sausage and shrimp to skillet and add potatoes. Simmer until evenly heated (about three minutes). Place in a large bowl and garnish with chopped green onions.

4 whole bay leaves 3 quarts chicken stock 1 cup all purpose flour 1 cup peanut oil Creole hot sauce to taste Creole seasoning (filé) to taste Rice 2 cups basmati rice 4 cups water 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 teaspoon salt

Remove all meat from chicken and chop roughly. Cut sausage into half-inch slices. Chop onions, garlic, celery and bell

RAISIN BOURBON BREAD PUDDING (Serves 12) For the Pudding 1 loaf crusty French bread 1 loaf ciabatta bread 1 quart whole milk 1 6 ounce bag white raisins 1/2 cup good Bourbon 3 sticks unsalted butter 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 1 cup chopped pecans 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 6 large eggs 1/4 teaspoon salt For the Sauce 1 cup Bourbon 1 cup brown sugar 1 stick butter

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Break the bread into 1” cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Melt two sticks of butter in a large glass bowl. To the melted butter add: brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and Bourbon. Mix thoroughly until sugar is

peppers. Finely chop parsley and green onions. Make a dark roux by combining flour and oil in a large, hot stockpot. Stir constantly until the roux is chocolate brown. (Do not allow your roux to burn. If it does, throw it out and start over.) Once the roux is sufficiently dark, add chopped onions, celery, garlic, bell peppers and half of the green onions. Cook until they begin to sweat and are fully coated with the roux. Add oregano, thyme, chicken and sausage, and cook for an additional couple of minutes, making sure that the roux and herbs coat everything. Add bay leaves and chicken stock and bring

dissolved. Add sugar mixture and eggs to the bread and blend with your hands until evenly distributed. Add enough milk to moisten all of the bread and mix thoroughly with your hands. Add raisins and pecans and mix again until the fruit and nuts are evenly distributed. Add more milk until all of the bread is wet but no milk is standing in the bowl. This last part is tricky, but trust your instincts and practice. Too much milk is less of a disaster than too much, so err or the heavy side. Spoon the mixture into a greased roasting pan or high-sided baking dish and spread evenly around the pan. Cut the butter into ten or twelve pats and place evenly on the top of the mixture. Sprinkle the mixture with half of the confectioner’s sugar. Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes. Cook the sauce. In a small saucepan, heat Bourbon until barely simmering. Add sugar and cook until completely dissolved. Add butter and cook until all is incorporated. To serve, cut the pudding into squares and place in a shallow bowl. Top with Bourbon Sauce and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

to a light boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least one hour. Fifteen minutes before serving, add okra and Creole hot sauce and seasoning. Taste and season accordingly. In a separate large saucepan, combine the salt, butter, rice and water. Bring to a boil. Stir once, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 18 minutes and remove from heat. Allow to rest, covered, for four additional minutes. Remove cover and fluff with a fork. Ladle the gumbo into a shallow bowl and top with a small spoonful of rice. Garnish with chopped parsley and remaining green onions. more FOOD, see page 21


he Super Bowl. It is the High Holy Day for football fans across the world. It causes a statistically significant increase in the consumption of chicken wings and avocados that can be tracked and quantified. It turns casual fans into jersey-wearing fanatics. Even the commercials are special. I’ve been to three of these spectacles in person and since I have known what was going on I’ve watched all the others on TV. Even in 2001, when I was out of the country and had to see the whole thing broadcast in Spanish while sitting in a hotel lobby, I was watching. But nothing, not even the ’72 Dolphins perfect season compares to this year. The 44th Super Bowl is what I have been waiting for all my life. Just watching the boys in black-andgold make it this far is beyond my wildest dreams. The Saints in the Super Bowl is pure


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Finely chop or grind crawfish tails and fat together. Mince onions, bell pepper garlic and celery separately in a food processor. Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Beat the egg. Finely chop green onions and pars-

ley and set aside for garnish. Boil and mash potatoes. Add all ingredients (except for bread crumbs, green onions and parsley) to the mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Roll the mixture into balls and coat with breadcrumbs. This can be done by spreading the breadcrumbs on a sheet pan and rolling the balls in the breadcrumbs. Heat oil to 350 degrees and cook breaded balls until golden brown. This is best done in a deep fryer, but works fine in a large iron skillet if you keep an eye on the temperature and don’t allow the balls to cook unevenly. Serve on large platter, garnished with parsley and green onions.

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Cut cheese into 2” cubes. Finely chop jalapeno pepper, red onion, green on-

ion and oregano. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté red onions and jalapeno pepper until translucent. Add sausage, oregano, creole seasoning and garlic powder and cook until well browned. Reduce heat and add 1/4 cup of beef stock and all cheese. Melt until smooth, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and remaining beef stock, stirring until all is incorporated and the texture is velvety. Serve in a large bowl, topped with green onions. Serve with black corn chips if you can find them. It makes a nice black and gold dip.

Twinkle twinkle little star, The Who Dat Nation has come so far. The Saints have met their lofty goal, They’ve made it to the Super Bowl. Let’s get back to the nuts and bolts, And finish off the Indy Colts. We’ll bring that trophy back to our camp, Along with the title: SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!!!

The running back’s hot like a burning BUSH. The quarterback throws with ease just like a BREES. You see the fakes, yeah they’re down in the beginning. But soon they fall back if they see that we ain’t winning. But I’m a Saints Fan, win or lose. White, black and gold, that’s what I choose!

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So I put my hands up, the Saints just won, you we’re goin’ all the way! Nodding my head like yeah. Who Dat Nation says yeah! So I put my hands up, the Saints just won, you know it’s gonna be okay! Yeahhhh, it’s a party in the M.I.A.!

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nd you also use blood? Yes. Mary Douglas, an anthropologist, did a lot of work on taboo material. Everything we produce in a female body is taboo. Men sweat, and it is sexy. Men mark territory by peeing on it. Some people still get upset when women breast feed babies in public. Menstrual blood is something we truly don’t like to deal with, men or women.


Julie Fenton uses mixed media and objects to create artwork with feminist overtones.


ulia A. Fenton recalls a couple viewing one of her exhibits: They bent their heads together and discussed the image in front of them, she says. The husband said he saw a toothed vagina that wanted to destroy him. The wife looked at the image and disagreed. She saw her girlhood and all her unexplored dreams. Fenton makes grown men cry. Women often thank her. She examines gender and gender taboos through sculpture. Fenton is a feminist, both as a political activist and as a practicing artist. She’s unapologetic about making people squirm, urging them to confront their definitions of what it means to be feminine. She’s also a Mississippi native. Fenton grew up in Jackson, but her family spent time in all corners of the state. Her father, Dr. Al Gray, was an epidemiologist with the state Health Department. One sister was born in Hattiesburg, another in Greenville. Fenton was born in Tupelo. She attended Millsaps College and graduated at the top of her class in 1958. As a founding editor of the international publication Art Papers, Fenton has played a pivotal role in promoting artists and issues in the southeast. She’s been part of the Atlanta, Ga., art scene most of her adult life, and her work has appeared in invitational group exhibitions as well as solo shows. Fenton also a curates art in the lobbies of the Emory University School of Medicine where she chooses art that

challenges convention assumptions about the human body. Fenton will discuss her work and life Feb. 5 at Millsaps College. She spoke to the JFP by phone.


hat makes your work feminist? I’m interested in how we develop meaning and how we know what we know. Our ideas about what is “female” is made on a subconscious level. It’s hard to change those perceptions. A whole lot of decisions are not based on reason. I’m interested in how we can change the situation of women. Domestic violence is on the rise. We need to train policemen. Women get charged a lot of times because they are secondary aggressors. He pulls a gun; she hits him with a frying pan. He has a bump on his head; she ends up in jail. I’m also interested in women slave traffic in the United States for the sex trade. Some (women) are shipped here from Asia and Mexico. This includes young girls. Atlanta has one of the largest instances of that. It’s kept undercover and out of sight.


ell me about your art. I do work in such a way that it unsettles people. They need to be unsettled a little bit. I use materials that

our work is controversial. Have people ever protested or made a fuss? On an individual level, yes. Some of my early work affected people. The first installation I had at Emory was complicated. One of my husband’s friends—my husband was on the faculty at Emory––came out, got down on his knees and cried. He said, “I didn’t know you hated me.” That was when I realized art could be powerful. It is difficult for me sometimes to find places to exhibit my work. It’s difficult to sell it. It’s not exactly censorship. There’s a lot of antsiness. And at one school, the faculty didn’t want me coming because they were afraid the work had menstrual blood.


hat school was that? (Laughing) I’m not saying. It wasn’t a school in Mississippi.


hat message do you want to get across in your talk? More and more, the population of young women doesn’t understand what happened before to know where they are now. Have you read “Half the Sky” by Nicholas Kristof? One hundred million women are missing in the world. The death rate is pretty high for little girls. Women are not valuable enough to nurture. We don’t talk about it. I try to make my work powerful enough to make them uneasy, change them enough to cause a shift in the world. A lot of men get threatened and think I hate them. I don’t hate them. I was married for 30 years and loved my husband. It’s that they have the power. We need a shift. Julia Fenton will give the Howorth Lecture at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Ford Academic Complex at Millsaps College. For more information call 601-974-1334.

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Hamilton explained the cultural differences in the items donated to other countries as well as the benefit for the Haitian economy are among the reasons why they’re taking only money. “By purchasing near the recovery area, we’re supporting countries (near Haiti) that might be suffering economically,” Hamilton said. “It’s kind of what we do here... we

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Searching for family member or someone currently in Haiti: Call 888-407-4747, or visit Volunteer your time to local efforts for Haiti: Call the Central MS American Red Cross at 601-353-5442, ext. 116, or ask for Amy McNeal Volunteer in Haiti: Visit or Call 703-276-1914

LOCAL FUND-RAISING IDEAS: Change drives Garage sales Bake sales Walk-a-thons TIPS: Use incentives like gift certificates or (in-school or in-office) pizza parties.

UPCOMING HAITI RELIEF EVENTS: Feb. 6 Jackson State University is hosting “Pack the House” at the JSU-Alcorn basketball game on Feb. 6. Attendees are asked to bring personal toiletry items such toothpaste, toothbrushes and deodorant.

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Feb. 19 Tougaloo College is donating all the proceeds of its annual Greek show to Haitian relief efforts. Tougaloo’s Student Government Association, National Panhellenic Council and several other student organizations are helping with charity efforts as well.


Feb. 20 The Canton Gospel Music Association is presenting its Canton for Haiti Benefit Concert at the Mount Abel Missionary Baptist Church Church from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.

LOCAL SCHOOLS RAISING FUNDS FOR HAITI Antonelli College, 601-362-9991 Phi Beta Lamba business club collecting funds Bailey Magnet, 601-960-5343 Collecting donations Canton Public Schools 601-859-4110 Collecting donations Chastain Middle School 601-987-3550 Collecting donations Clinton High School, 601-924-5656 Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) collecting donations Provine High School, 601-960-5393 Collecting donations until the end of February South Liberty Baptist Church, 601-859-1279 Collecting donations during services in Canton Utica Elementary School, 601-855-8765 Change drive until Feb. 12

HOW TO DONATE To donate personal items (toiletry, medical, etc.) to Haiti: Individual items Visit or Bulk items E-mail with your name, number, location, amount and type of item Call 800-RED-CROSS To donate money: Hope for Haiti Now Purchase the “Hope for Haiti” album iTunes (all proceeds go to Haiti relief efforts) Call 1-877-99-HAITI Visit Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5

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Don’t miss Fondren After 5 from 5-8 p.m. in the Fondren neighborhood. ... The “Nudes and Figurative Works” exhibit at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., suite 101) opens at 5 p.m. Free; call 601-366-8833. ... Artwork by Kyle Goddard and others at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.) will be on display during Fondren After 5. Free; call 601-713-1224. … Attend the Helping Haiti Relief Benefit at Wired Espresso Cafe downtown (115 N. State St.) from 5-8 p.m. ... Enjoy independent films during the Oxford Film Festival at the Malco Oxford Studio Cinema (1111 Jackson Ave. West, Oxford) at 8 p.m. nightly through Feb. 7. $10-$45; call 877-560-3456. … Jackson’s “Best Singer” Akami Graham performs at Dreamz at 9 p.m. Free before 10 p.m.

admission, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. … Learn to belly dance at Lumpkin’s Restaurant at 9:30 a.m. $5; call 601-373-7707. ... The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Bacchus Ball at the Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive) starts at 7 p.m. $125, $250; call 601-957-7878 or 877-DFM-CURE. … D’Mar performs at Underground 119 at 8 p.m. Free. … Get your hip-hop fix with Kamikaze and Yardboy at Cultural Expressions at 9 p.m. $5. … Red Hill City and Furrows play at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m.

SUNDAY 2/7 Support the Salvation Army by buying a bowl of soup at SOUPer Bowl XIII at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl) from 11 a.m-2 p.m. $15, $30; call 601-982-4881. … Enjoy a relaxing afternoon of jazz with the Howard Jones Trio at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. … Last chance to see “Boeing Boeing” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) at 2 p.m. $22, $18 seniors/students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 226. … The Mike & Marty Open Jam Session at The Warehouse is from 6-10 p.m. Free. … Cheer for your favorite NFL team during the Big Game party at Pop’s Saloon starting at 4 p.m. Music by Jordana and the Boys after the game. Free food and $3 pitchers. (Watch for other Big Game parties.)

MONDAY 2/8 Graduate-degree information sessions at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.) in the McCravey-Triplett Student Center Theater begin at 11 a.m. for the public administration program and at 6 p.m. for the teaching program. RSVP is required. Free; call 601-968-8947 or 601-968-8965. … Visit the exhibit “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010” at Smith Robertson Museum (582 Bloom St.). $4.50 adults, $3 seniors, $1.50 children; call 601-960-1457. … Open auditions for “The Vagina Monologues” will be held at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road) from 6-8 p.m. Send an e-mail to for more details. ... The Central Author Margie Culbertson will host writers’ workshops every second and fourth Tuesday at the Pearl Library starting Feb. 9 at 6 p.m.

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Fight identity theft during Community Shred Day at the Home Depot (6325 Interstate 55 N.) from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free with five-bag limit; call 601-359-3279. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Chamber III: King of Instruments” at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.) begins at 7:30 p.m. $15; call 601-9601565. … Rhonda Richmond sings jazz at Underground 119 at 9 p.m. $10. … First Friday at Schimmel’s with DJ Fuyal begins at 10 p.m. $10; call 601-502-6884.

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TUESDAY 2/9 “Music in the City” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) begins at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-960-1515. … The All Writers’ Workshop with author Margie Culbertson at the Pearl Library (2146 Old Brandon Road, Pearl) begins at 6 p.m. Free; call 601985-8011. … Karaoke at McB’s at 7 p.m. Free. … Open mic at Café 101 at 7 p.m. $5. … Don’t miss The Extremez at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free. … Test your knowledge during the Pub Quiz at Hal & Mal’s at 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 2/10 The “Profiles of Our Heritage” Black History Month observance kicks off at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) at 9:30 a.m. and continues daily through Feb. 12. Free; call 601-982-8467. … “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) with Mississippi State University professor emeritus William Parrish begins at noon. Free; call 601-576-6850. … Houseband rocks the house at McB’s at 7 p.m. Free.

THURSDAY 2/11 The Jackson Public Schools All-City Honors Band will perform at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive) at 7 p.m. Free. … Watch the documentary “Mississippi ReMixed” featuring JFP columnist/blogger Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin and JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd at 8 p.m. on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, channel 29 (Comcast channel 7). More events and details at

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Homespun Horror

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atching “Night of the Loup Garou” is like crowding into your friend’s basement to screen a film you shot on the weekends and your evenings off. It’s a labor of fan-boy love, a genuine outpouring of heartfelt sentiment and glowing nostalgia that could only come from children of the 1970s and ’80s: children who were raised on “Halloween,” weaned on “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and brought up with “Gremlins” and “Aliens.” “Night of the Loup Garou” is the twisted progeny of Oxford filmmaker Micah Ginn and his friend and colleague Matthew Nothelfer. After working in the California film industry for six years, Ginn returned to Mississippi and is now a producer/director for the Department of Media and Documentary Productions at Ole Miss. In spring 2008, after wanting to make a feature film for almost a decade, the co-writers/directors finally embarked on the hectic and grueling shoot. Interviewed by phone from Oxford, Ginn reflected on the beginnings of the 10month production: “We both said that the horror genre was what we wanted to work in because it gave us a built-in excuse to limit our sets and lighting design and put it into an arena we could handle on a very low budget. It gave us an opportunity to pay tribute to the types of films we like and that we knew we could pull off with limited means.” Chronicling the efforts of American scientists and a half-mad Russian hunter who corral a Cajun werewolf run amok in Taylor, Miss., “Night of the Loup Garou” is blessed with a self-aware sense of humor and a bevy of amiable—if amateurish—performances. Though the script serves up a veritable smorgasbord for the enraged lycanthrope, it is not mean-spirited or misanthropic, and it effectively channels the good-natured fun of its cinematic pedigree. “You can occasionally jump or get spooked, but at the same time, there’s a laugh coming around the corner, so you’re never totally terrified like I was when I saw ‘The Exorcist’ as a kid,” Ginn says. “There’s no quarter for the scared in that thing. Even the Freddie Krueger movies always had oneliners and elements that were sort of a wink at B-movies, camp movies.” Shot and processed to “make it feel like a lost ’70s movie that no one knew was out there,” as Ginn says, the picture understands

its roots well, and the cinematography is filled with clever references to what he calls the “heavy hitters of the genre.” “That was more Matthew,” Ginn freely acknowledged. “He has a much better cinematic vocabulary. He shot the entire film. The bulk of the shooting, framing and composing of shots was on Matthew.” Still, Ginn’s own performance as an ornery sheriff’s deputy—delivered as a subtle nod to Bill Paxton’s turn in “Aliens”—is sure to please any horror aficionado. After working in Paxton’s production company, American Entertainment, Ginn developed a good impression of his boss. “I never did my impression for him,” Ginn says. “I was always a little timid, but they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and for me that’s true. I think Bill Paxton is not only a great actor but a great guy. He gave me a whole lot of breaks early on. This is my tribute to a guy who, whether he realizes it or not, was a great source of inspiration and hope for me.” Jackson native Laura Cavett, whom Ginn calls “the backbone of the production,” designed the Loup Garou costume and produced the gore effects. The werewolf suit was constructed from multiple pieces and could take up to 45 minutes to assemble. “We hardly ever wore the whole thing since the stilts were incredibly painful to wear, especially for guys who had never worn high heels before,” Ginn says. Though the effects don’t often transcend the restraints of the limited budget, the work exudes a homespun talent that further highlights those moments of sanguinary brilliance. Ginn admits that parts of the film can be gruesome, but he hopes that audiences will appreciate the spirit in which it’s all intended. “When I was a kid, and we would make movies in our backyard, we had people getting blown up with hand grenades and sticking knives in peoples’ eyes and putting ketchup all over our shirts. It was very silly gore, although the implied violence is gruesome to consider. Still, it made people laugh more than cringe, and in this film most of the gore is pretty laughable. It’s not so real that you cringe,” he says. You can catch “Night of the Loup Garou” during the Oxford Film Festival Friday, Feb. 5. The film screens at the Malco 3 at 9:15 p.m. Be sure to stay in your seats as the credits roll for a hint of where the Cajun Wolfman might strike next. “We’re working very hard to come up with the financing to do a sequel,” Ginn says. “The second would have a little more action. Not that the first was devoid of action, but, I would like to have more explosions this time around.” Will Morgan writes from Madison. You can read his film reviews at For festival info, visit


by Valerie Wells

Southern? Not So Much


about Valentine’s Day: “I can’t tell you how disgusted I feel when I hear a man say he can’t think of anything to do for his one, true love on Valentine’s Day,” Thompson writes. “Baloney. Can’t be bothered is more like it.” Murphy counters with a what’s-theuse-of-trying response. “Men who think that singing, cutting up construction paper hearts, making fancy dinner reservations, saying mushy stuff on Valentine’s Day, et al, will somehow give them credit for the next 365 days are sorely mistaken. They will get a romance credit that lasts until February 15.” The lesson clearly is that sexism is a stubborn beast. Men don’t ask for directions; women don’t get technology; communication is not an option for either stereotype. Thompson is honest about her intentions, pointing out that this collection of essays is by no means a self-help book or a serious look at gender roles, equity or psychology. She just wants to be fun and flirty and maybe go shopping later. Murphy writes he just does what he is told. What a guy! Goodness knows that the sexes do differ; we all have problems with our partners not doing what we want the way we want when we want them to do it. We all have moments of immaturity. And truth be told, we all get a little kick out of sharing some of these stories with good friends who shake their heads along with us, ponder about the opposite sex and regret having to grow up. It’s good wholesome fun. This is the spirit “I Love You - Now Hush” seeks to evoke. And maybe for a small group of white people with Mexican gardeners and black maids, this book might feel like visiting with friends. That group, though, could be almost anywhere, even places where they don’t know what okra is or where they put sugar in their grits out of pure ignorance. Maybe they subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens instead of Southern Living. And that’s the biggest problem with the book: It’s not about the South at all. A few references about going to church and eating fried food aside, these stories could be from anywhere middle-income men and women with aspirations of becoming “upper class” live—in suburban McMansions, driving SUVs, carrying iPhones and spending conspicuously. They worry about not being perfect, pout about not getting their way, and then write about the “humor” they find in all this, expecting us to laugh ourselves silly. That is just so sweet of them to think of us, bless their hearts. At 251 pages, they have delighted us long enough. Thompson and Murphy will be at Lemuria Books to sign and read from “I Love You - Now Hush,” Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting at 5 p.m. Call 601-366-7619 for more info.


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ears ago, Oxford American magazine published an issue with a Southern Womanhood theme, featuring Ashley Judd in a University of Kentucky jersey. Men lusted after southern women in numerous articles. One southern writer who had moved away wrote about how relieved she was to meet other southern women at parties so she didn’t feel out of place with her lacquered hair and made-up face. Bless her heart. Unmeasured was the number of readers who asked, “Ain’t I a woman?”—or more to the point, “Ain’t I a Southern Woman?” Melinda Rainey Thompson has no doubts. She claimed that title in 2006 when she wrote “SWAG: Southern Women Aging Gracefully,” a book she considers a companion to “The Sweet Potato Queen” franchise. Now, she has a new book, “I Love You - Now Hush” (John F. Blair, 2010, $16.95), where she complains about her suburban life and calls it southern. Her writing accomplice is Morgan Murphy, whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair and Esquire. It’s a nice structure: Thompson goes first, like any spoiled southern belle would demand, telling woeful tales of housework and hysteria. Then, the long-suffering southern gentleman follows, making his charming rebuttal, then quickly receding. A reader can’t be blamed for assuming the two are married. Thompson and Murphy are not a couple and, as soon as that becomes clear, any appeal that “I Love You - Now Hush” may have starts to fade. A second look at the cover shows that behind Thompson and Murphy, both white, are two other people (a gardener and a maid) who are both much darker. Thompson and Murphy take turns displaying hostility. She complains about how men don’t do housework; he points out that yard work and building repairs should count. She loves to shop; he hates it. She embraces the crafty put-down with the hidden insult; he swears and says what he means. Sexist stereotyping among American suburbanites seems to be more at work here than true observations of modern southern culture. Like Jane Austen plopped down in Alabama, Thompson writes about daily concerns, such as how to respond properly to the question “How are you?” (The only thing she wants to hear is “fine.” Move along.) Murphy, a former Southern Living editor, cooperates with this insincere, shallow and sanitized version of the South. Neither share details about how these situations are uniquely Southern. For many southerners, this sit-com version of life may well be reality, but at times, the “humor” sounds more like tragedy, and raw emotions override what humor there is. Consider the authors’ painful reflections


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COMMUNITY Dixie National Rodeo and Livestock Show through Feb. 21, at the Mississippi State Fair Grounds (1207 Mississippi St). The month-long event includes horse and livestock shows, a rodeo from Feb. 11-17 and a parade Feb. 13. $16, $20, $24 for rodeo; free livestock shows; call 601-9614000.


Free Tax Counseling and Filing AARP volunteers will complete electronic filings at the following dates and locations. Bring all necessary documents. Joint filers must come together. Free. • Through April 12, at the Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) on Mondays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-372-1621. • Through April 13, at the Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road) on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-8181. • Through April 14, at the Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road) on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601354-8911. • Through April 15, at the Clinton Public Library (111 Clinton Blvd., Clinton) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-924-5684. “Black History: Road to the Vote” through Feb. 25, at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). This program provides to school groups a glimpse of African American history in Mississippi, specifically relating to the struggle for voting rights. Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Reservations are required. Free; call 601-576-6920. “Voices from the Past” Feb. 4-26, at the Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). Students in grades 3-5 experience the history of their African American ancestors through hands-on activities and a special tour. Call 601-961-4724. Liberty Bank Grand Opening Feb. 4, 4:30 p.m., at Liberty Bank and Trust Company (2325 Livingston Road). Celebrate the opening of the new branch with Champagne, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Liberty Bank and Trust Company is the only African American-owned bank in the state of Mississippi and the third largest African American-owned bank in the United States. Free; call 601-278-9275.

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Fondren After 5 Feb. 4, 5-8 p.m., at Fondren. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606.


Grant Writing for Artists and Arts Organizations Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at the Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Mississippi Arts Commission staff will present an overview of the agency’s grant programs and other services, followed by an indepth discussion on how to prepare an application for the agency’s upcoming annual grant deadline of March 1. First-time applicants are especially encouraged to attend. Free; call 601-359-6030. “Are You Acquainted with Fabulous Fondren? Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (621 Duling Ave.). During Fondren After 5, Alison Davis, director of the Fondren Renaissance Association, and David Waugh, president of

the Fondren Association of Businesses, will discuss what Fondren has to offer. Free; call 601-362-6381. “Why Should We Have Health-Care Reform?” Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at center stage. Part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, panelists will discuss the necessity of healthcare reform. Free; call 601-979-1562. Community Shred Day Feb. 5, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the North Jackson Home Depot (6325 Interstate 55 N.). The purpose of the event is to promote consumer protection and awareness of identity theft. Limit of five bags per person; no businesses please. Free; call 601-359-3279. Millsaps 2010 Howorth Lecture Featuring Artist Julia Fenton Feb. 5, 11:30 a.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room AC 215. Atlanta-based sculptor and Millsaps graduate Julia Fenton discusses her work, which explores gender roles, ritual, and the body with materials as unlikely as milk and honey. Free; e-mail Hearts of Gold Gala and Draw Down Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at Capital Club (125 S. Congress St., Suite 19). The evening’s festivities will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, music by Mo Money and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Junior Civic League of Clinton. $40, $80 couples; call 601-941-2287. Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s Bacchus Ball Feb. 6-7, at the Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Drive). Enjoy a Creole cocktail buffet, live and silent auctions, and music by 14 Karat Gold. Seats are limited. $125 seated reservations, $250 unseated reservations; call 601-957-7878 or 877DFM-CURE. “8 Weeks to Weigh Less” Feb. 9, 10 a.m., at Body Benefits (Odyssey North Shopping Center, 731 Pear Orchard Road, Suite 30, Ridgeland). The 8-week training class for small groups will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class includes a fitness assessment and progress monitoring. Available time slots are at 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. $400; call 601-991-9904. Crisis Line Counselor Training Feb. 9, 1:30 p.m., at Beth Israel Congregation (5315 Old Canton Road). Learn basic counseling techniques and get information about available community services. Online registration is required. Call 601-982-9888. NAMI Mississippi Family-to-Family Education Program Feb. 9, 6 p.m., at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), in Conference Room 3. The 12-week class is for family members of adults who have a serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and others. Topics covered include brain biology, treatments, side effects, coping and communication skills. Pre-registration is required. Free; call 601-899-9058. “Extreme Makeover: Lifestyle Edition” Feb. 9March 2, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road), in the Owens Health and Wellness Center, room 212. The 4-week series will focus on nutrition and exercise, the important solutions for preventing long-term illness. Sponsored by Community Outreach for Health Awareness, Inc., Alzheimer’s Association, Jackson Nutrition Clinic and Tougaloo College. Free; call 601-376-2413 or 601-987-0020. Carbon Footprint Reduction Workshop: “Oil Ain’t the Only One” Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., at Rainbow Green Services (2807 Old Canton Road). Learn about reducing gas mileage and alternative forms of energy. $15; call 601-987-0002. Public Policy Toastmasters Club 8689 Meeting through May 26, at Jackson State University (1400 Lynch St.). The group meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Sampson Library auditorium on the second floor. Improve your communication skills and become a better speaker and leader. Membership required. Call for details on membership dues at 601-918-8523.

“Chamber II: Mozart by Candlelight” Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). Organist Olivier Latry will perform with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. $15; call 601-960-1565. Belhaven University Orchestra Pops Concert Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). The Belhaven University and the Jackson Community Symphony Orchestra perform under the baton of Stephen Sachs. Free; call 601-965-7026. Music in the City Feb. 9, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This new partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral encourages Jacksonians to stay downtown for some culture and fun. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:15 p.m.; music performance by pianist Stephen Sachs begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601354-1533.

exercises and member critique. Open to new and published writers who are actively writing and wish to improve their skills. Author and humorist Margie Culbertson is the instructor. Free; call 601985-8011.

Events at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling St.). Call 601-981-9222. • Art Contest through March 15. The juried contest is open to those 18 and older with cash prizes for the first- and second-place winners. The deadline for submissions is March 15. The finalists will be displayed in the gallery during Arts, Eats & Beats in April and will be available for purchase. Free. • Watercolors Exhibit Feb. 4, 5 p.m. Watercolors by Darryl Anderson will be available for viewing during Fondren After 5 and throughout the month of February. Free. Fine Art Exhibit Feb. 4, 5 p.m., at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Open for Fondren After 5. Call 601-982-4844.


Jazz, Art & Friends Feb. 4, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy cocktails, listen to the best jazz Jackson has to offer, and mingle with friends while surrounded by world-class art. This month’s featured artist is Nathaniel Smith. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar; $5 museum members, $7 non-members, $3 5 and under; call 601-960-1515.

Oxford Film Festival Feb. 4-7, at Malco Oxford Studio Cinema (1111 Jackson Ave. W., Oxford). The celebration of independent cinema includes films such as “Wonderful World,” “Bicycle Lane,” “Handmade Nation” and “Cigarette Girl.” The festival includes a filmmaking workshop and an awards ceremony. $10-$45; call 877-560-3456. “The Honeymoon is Over” Dinner Theater The comedy play, written by Alahna Stewart and Keni Bounds of Mississippi Murder Mysteries, includes a three-course meal. • Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). $44 (tax and tip included); call 601-331-4045. • Feb. 9, 7 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant (315 Crossgates Blvd. #G, Brandon). $38 (tax and tip included); call 601-825-8380.

CREATIVE CLASSES Millsaps Enrichment Series: “Make It and Take It” Painted Pots Feb. 4, 6 p.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Using a terra cotta flowerpot and unique painting techniques, you will create a beautiful container for yourself or as a gift. $30 (plus $15 supply fee); call 601-974-1130. Stringing Class ongoing at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS “Make Me Whole” Feb. 6, 2 p.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Roishina Clay Henderson signs copies of her book. Sponsored by Circle of Color Book Club. Call 601750-6511. All Writers’ Workshop Feb. 9, 6 p.m., at the Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The workshop, which will be held every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, will focus on inspiration, tips,

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Preston Chamber Music Series: An Evening of Diamonds II Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Visiting cellist Tim Holley presents a recital blending contemporary and traditional works with spirituals and sacred music. $10, $5 seniors/students/children, free for faculty/staff; call 601-965-7026.

“Boeing Boeing” through Feb. 7, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The 1960’s French farce, adapted for the English-speaking stage, features self-styled Parisian Lothario Bernard, who has French, German and American fiancées. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3-6 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 7. $22; $18 seniors/students; call 601-948-3533, ext. 226.


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Nudes and Figurative Works Feb. 4, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Paintings, sculptures and other types of artwork from artists such as Ginger Williams, Ellen Rodgers and Josh Hailey will be on display during Fondren After 5. Free; call 601-291-9115.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010” through April 30, at the Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). See photographs related to the history of Mound Bayou. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $4.50 adults, $3.00 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. “The Mississippi Story” ongoing, at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Comprised of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection, “The Mississippi Story” reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia state. Free; call 601-960-1515. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. Deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or, add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Doors of Hope Gala Feb. 6, 6 p.m., at Hope Hollow Ministries (910-A Catlett Road, Canton). Doors that were taken down around the facility and painted by local artists will be on display. Proceeds will go toward building an indoor sensory gym and a lift. $50; call 601668-0092. SOUPer Bowl XIII Feb. 7, 11 a.m., at Trustmark Park, Pearl (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Buy soup and help The Salvation Army fund its feeding program. Soup can be purchased in a regular bowl or a Gail Pittman bowl for an additional cost. Advance tickets available at $15, $30; call 601982-4881.




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Melody from (Mechanical) Defeat

Their equipment hates them, but ¡Los Buddies! persevere, creating a loose but charming sound. Catch them at Hal & Mal’s Feb. 6 with the Unwed Teenagers.


os Buddies! can find inspiration in the midst of gear malfunction. The Jackson-based band has battled a steady stream of failing amplifiers and broken guitars since forming in 2005. “Sometimes it works to our advantage,” admits Wes Williams, the band’s guitarist and vocalist. Williams recalls one breakdown in particular during a performance of “Destructo,” an original song about Buddies guitarist and singer Bobby Anderson’s tendency to break things. “All of Bobby’s (guitar effects) pedals blew up at once in a blaze of static,” Williams says. “It ended the song a couple of measures early, but it sounded cool.” “We are prone to mechanical failure,” Anderson admits.

Despite those issues, ¡Los Buddies! has persisted to create a loose but tuneful sound that incorporates the rough edges of early punk and ’60s garage rock with a love of guitar-based pop, some of which the band has recently etched onto vinyl. The band has less hazardous origins. A mutual interest in a range of unvarnished rock—including the garage punk of The Neckbones and the minimalist guitar pop of The Clean—brought together Anderson, a videographer, and Williams, an advertising copywriter, in 2005. The two guitarists began writing songs together and soon, Matt Olson (bass) and Rob Cooper (drums) joined them. Cooper left the band the following year due to family commitments, and veteran drummer Chris Goodwin (formerly of The Moils) replaced him.

Throughout the band’s history, ¡Los Buddies! has been a constant presence in Jackson’s music scene, partly because of the band’s ongoing work organizing shows featuring up-andcoming touring bands. In recent years, it has played host to several highly touted nationallevel groups, including The Ponys, The Vivian Girls, Redondo Beat, and The Black Lips. The shows have given ¡Los Buddies! the chance to play with bands that attract new audiences, but the primary motivation for bringing these groups to Jackson is rooted in the musicians’ interests as music fans. “Any show that we’re playing, it’s because it’s with a band we really wanted to see,” Williams says. “We just try to be good hosts. … If a touring band is treated well, they’ll want to come back.” In addition to getting to play with some of their favorite new groups, another major goal for the band has been to join the others in the record bins. “We wanted to have our name on a piece of vinyl; that was really the original goal (for the band),” Anderson says. ¡Los Buddies! has finally realized this goal with the release this month of their debut foursong vinyl EP. Recorded by Chris Hudson at Route 1 Recording Studio in Monticello, Miss., “¡Los Buddies!” is a concise introduction to the group’s ragged-but-right music. The songs demonstrate the band’s allegiance to the energy of early punk, tempered by an underlying affection for melody. They mix overdriven guitars and aggressive drumming that would not be out of place on an early Replacements record with cleaner elements, including some underlying chiming guitars and “ooh-ooh”-ing back-up vocals. The band took the old-time punk-rock

strategy of issuing their first record as a 7-inch record that plays at 33 rpm, allowing two songs to fit on each side. Releasing a record when many people listen to music on their computers or iPods might seem counterproductive, but the band hopes to appeal to the growing number of music fans who have become interested in vinyl. Williams notes that collecting records is becoming more important to young music fans unsatisfied by purchasing music digitally. “They really want to have the artifact (of the music) and not just have their iTunes folder filled up,” he says. For fans without turntables, “¡Los Buddies!” will also come with a download card that provides access to digital versions of the songs. The band hopes that the record will also serve as a calling card for landing more out-of-town shows. ¡Los Buddies! has played in Memphis and throughout Mississippi and would like to push out further. However, the band mates are realistic about the space ¡Los Buddies! occupies in their lives relative to families, jobs and other commitments. “We’ve gone from sitting around, drinking beer, playing records and talking about bands to sitting around, drinking beer, playing in a band and talking about records,” Williams remarks. “It’s only slightly more productive now. And it costs more.” Join ¡Los Buddies! for their record release party Saturday, Feb. 6 in the Red Room at Hal & Mal’s with the Unwed Teenage Mothers from Oxford. Attendees will receive a free download card for the songs featured on the record. Record collectors: Bring cash for the vinyl. For information on the show, call 601-948-0888 or visit JIM SUMMARIA

Dropping the Ball ently has run out of superstars and has given us The Who. There are a couple by Rob Hamilton problems with The Who’s selection. First of all, and most he television event of the year is fast glaringly, half the band’s original lineup is approaching: Super Bowl XLIV. Ev- dead. They may have only been the drumeryone knows that the Super Bowl mer and the bassist, but they were the band’s is the annual perfect storm of sports, two most talented instrumentalists. John music, advertisements and pyrotechnics cul- Entwistle’s bass is the most recognizable minating in the highest-rated night of tele- instrument on their most popular song “My vision of the year. Since Michael Jackson’s Generation,” and drummer Keith Moon famous performance in Super Bowl XXVII was indisputably one of the best drummers in 1993, the NFL has tried to book a cur- in rock history. rently popular performer or a music legend. We still have the face (Pete Townsend) The last five years have favored the latter, and the voice (Roger Daltry), but it’s just not and the talent assembled has been noth- the same. The NFL might as well parade out ing short of astounding: Paul McCartney, the bastardized version of The Temptations The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty and that tours casinos every few years. Bruce Springsteen. Each of these acts actuThe second problem is that The Who ally made us care about halftime, usually the is just not on the same level as their halftime predecessors. They only have one song, “My most boring part of the game. This year, however, the NFL appar- Generation,” that anyone can legitimately

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claim to be recognizable from start to finish, and in recent years the band’s music has become more prominent on television commercials than on classic-rock radio. Just off the top of my head, “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Happy Jack” and “Who Are You” have all been used in this capacity. However, these are inevitably 30-second clips—essentially iTunes samples. Will this lead to them considerably abridging their songs? Will the prolonged synth pulsation in “Won’t Get Fooled Again” be trimmed or done away with entirely in order to get to the iconic ending? The NFL has missed an opportunity to give us the greatest halftime show ever. In honor of Michael Jackson’s death, they could have put together a tribute for him with popular artists from today and from the past. What artist is going to turn down an opportunity to commemorate Michael Jackson on the biggest stage possible? Imagine the lineup that could have been:

This year’s Super Bowl halftime performance by The Who lacks the musical recognition of its predecessors.

Stevie Wonder singing “I’ll Be There”; Justin Timberlake singing “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” (provided he’s allowed near halftime shows again post-Nipplegate); and, most tantalizingly, the talent organizers could have arranged for an updated version of “We Are the World.” Instead, we’ll watch Pete Townsend, Roger Daltry and two strangers slog through songs that half the audience will know only as commercial jingles. I think I’ll make a beer run.

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George Dvorsky is one of the Broadway vocalists from New York City performing at the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s Pops II concert, Saturday, Feb. 13.

of local favorites. In honor of the New Orleans Saints, Hal & Mal’s is throwing a Super Bowl celebration Saturday with jazz favorites The Vamps in the restaurant. Red Hill City and Furrows return to Ole Tavern Saturday night, and Little Richard’s drummer D’Mar will bring in the funk at Underground 119 downtown starting at 8 p.m. Indie rock favorites ¡Los Buddies! and Unwed Teenage Mothers will be on tap in Hal & Mal’s Red Room Saturday night. The Buddies will be offering up a new 7-inch EP for your aural pleasures. The Hilton on County Line Road will host an Elvis/Michael Jackson “Tribute to the Kings” concert Saturday night with Emilio Donte as Michael Jackson and Shea Arender as Elvis Presley, 7 p.m., $22+, 601-53EVENT for details. Last but not least, Nu Flavours and Kolectiv Rhythm will bring a showcase combining music, poetry, art and food to the James Meredith building at 214 Griffith St. this Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight. Be sure to mark your calendar for next Wednesday, Feb. 10 for singer/ songwriter night at Hal & Mal’s with Duff Dourough, Virgil Brawley, Steve Deaton, Steve Chester, Jim Oakes/ Keith Shultz 8 p.m. free. If you’re a fan of the Dixie National Rodeo or country music, the first rodeo concert this year is Jake Owen in the Mississippi Coliseum next Thursday, Feb. 11. Tickets are on sale at Be-Bop and the coliseum box office. The annual HeARTS Against AIDS event at Hal & Mal’s is next Saturday, Feb. 13. Stay tuned and keep checking the JFP online music calendar for the latest performances. —Herman Snell

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Drummer Available Mature/seasoned drummer available. Have played everything from country to Christian Contemporary. Would like to join existing band or form new one with seasoned musicians beginners please! Would like to play classic rock, blues and/ or contemporary. Call if interested. (601) 613-5835 Looking to Start Band I am a bass player new in town and am looking to start a band in the Jackson area. I need a guitarist, drummer and lead vocals. No specific genre is preferred, but the band will be based on rock and metal (no death or black metal). I’ve played in several bands and played out hundreds of times and am able to get gigs. If interested or for more info please call Chris @ 386-365-2944 Drummer Available 41 Year old drummer looking to play with existing group or start one. Great love for the instrument and really want to put something together for fun and profit (gigs 1-3 month). Rock, classic rock, pop, jazz, and swing. Good chops and attitude, no ego, just want to play. Call bill @ 601-955-7924 or e-mail at wricha2796@aol. Com. (601) 955-7924 Female Vocalist Seeking Band I am a 16-year-old female vocalist seeking a synthpop or rock band. Ages of band members preferrably 25 years or younger due to parental objections. Contact by email at freezepopforever10 Old Drummer Available! Drummer available: most recently, i have played with the veterans of foreign bars band. Interested in playing blues, funk, soul, maybe country. I am an older guy and settled in for the duration. I would be interested in a steady band, fill-in, and, possibly, a new start-up. Let me hear: mcdrum89@yahoo.Com or call 601-832-0831 Musician Available 25 Years experience playing Drums, Guitar & Bass. Recently relocated to Jackson from Memphis, TN. All genres of music. Contact Tim at 601-665-5976. Or email: Serious inquires only. Drummer Looking For Band I’m an experienced drummer looking to form/join a band. I have mostly played metal, but I am open to rock/hard rock/metal, etc. Call Dave at (769) 226-0845.

MUSICIANS WANTED Deathcore guitarists Metal band looking for 2 exp’d guitarists. Influences include WhiteChapel, Carnifex, Opeth, etc. Call David for more info (601) 201-3815 Metal Singer & Bassist Wanted AnnX is looking for a Experienced Energetic METAL Vocalist and a Bass Player to play shows and write new material. (601) 383-4851 New band Experienced bass player/vocal and sound engineer/ keyboard are forming a rock band. We are seeking experienced musicians to join. +30 age preferred. Open to music from 1960’s to current day. Must own equipment and no illegal habits. Call Charles at (601) 898-1628 or Gary at (601) 850-4380 Become our Next Instructor Major Scales Studio is accepting applications for a classical or rock or jazz guitar teacher. Must have professional appearance. Please email your resume to Cellist Needed For Album/tour Cellist needed for my album and possibly to tour shortly after. I am signed with South City Records. I need to start recording ASAP! Must be reliable and dedicated. Please contact me at Drummer/Bassist needed - Metal We are in need of a drummer and a bassist. Experience in metal (death, black, etc.) is preffered, but not completely necessary. Call Buddy at (601)5025647. Thanks for reading. -Buddy

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ebruary is here, and the theme for the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade is in the works. That means you’re probably looking with a hopeful eye toward spring and spring break road trips. You can cruise up to The Lyric in Oxford tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 3, to hear the alt-hip-hop group G Love & Special Sauce. Or cruise up next week for RJD2 on Feb. 10 and Bela Fleck on Feb. 11. Dark Star Orchestra plays at The Lyric Feb. 25. The Black Eyed Peas and Tortoise are in Birmingham Feb. 13. Get tickets now for Spoon in New Orleans March 18 or Birmingham Friday, March 19. Closer to home, the weekend kicks off Thursday with the North Carolina band American Aquarium, at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m. If you dig great songwriting with a grooving rhythm section and some southern-whiskeymeets-Springsteen vocals, you’ll love American Aquarium. They opened for Drive-By Truckers on a few dates, so if you dig the Truckers, you’ll probably enjoy these guys. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra plays its Chamber III concert at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church this Friday night, 7:30 p.m., $15 at the door or at The concert will feature renowned organist Olivier Latry, from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Next Saturday, Feb. 13, the symphony will host its annual Valentine’s Pops II concert at Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and up. It will feature Broadway music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter and others. The MSO teamed up with a New York’s Ingenuity production company to bring in Broadway guest vocalists to perform with the orchestra. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, this is a must see concert, and a good Valentine’s weekend date night out. The Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music will bring in the worldrenowned Tempesta di Mare ensemble this Saturday, Feb. 6 at St. James Episcopal Church in Fondren, 7:30 p.m. $20 at the door, $5 students. This baroque quintet from Philadelphia, Pa., features tightly played 18th-century instrumental music for violin/viola, flute, cello, theorbo and harpsichord. If you’re a fan of Vivaldi, Bach or Telemann, be sure to call 601-594-5584 or visit for details. There are plenty of other diverse options for Saturday night, featuring lots


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Galloway Methodist Church - Miss. Symphony Orchestra Chamber III: King of Instruments (organ+MSO) 7:30 p.m. $15, 601960-1565, Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Swing d'Paris (gypsy jazz) 8 p.m. free Hal & Mal's Red Room - Statutory Triangle Ole Tavern - El Cantador+ 10 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon free; Sons of the Subway w/Virgil Brawley 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Underground 119 - Rhonda Richmond (jazz) 9-12 a.m. $10 Martin's - Tooz Co. 6-9:30 p.m.; Dent May+ 10 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Bofus 8 p.m. free Soulshine, Old Fannin - Bob O Brown 6:45 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Shucker's - Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 Haute Pig - Larry Brewer 6-9 p.m. Poets II - Diesel 255 - 10-1 a.m. The Auditorium - Shane & Frazier 7:30-9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Doug Frank SurRealLife 6-10 p.m. free dougfrankmusic Schimmel's - 1st Fridays: DJ Fuyal 10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Hillcrest 9 p.m. McB's - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-11:30 p.m. free

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Cultural Expressions - Reggae/HipHop/Old School Night 9 p.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Snazz Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Kathryn's, Ridgeland - Emma Wynters 7-10 p.m. Hunt Club - Broxton $5 Reed Pierce's - Fade 2 Blue 9-1 a.m. Dick & Jane's - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Ameristar, V'burg - Meet the Press 8 p.m. Beau Rivage, Biloxi - LeAnn Rimes $40+ Ole Miss Ford Center, Oxford - Mystery Trip (Beatles Tribute) 7:30 p.m. 662-915-7411, $25 Thirsty Hippo, H'burg - Red Hill City, Furrows 10 p.m.

FEB. 6, SATURDAY St. James Episcopal Church - Miss. Academy of Ancient Music: Tempesta di Mare 7:30 p.m. $20 Ole Tavern - Red Hill City, Furrows 10 p.m. Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Saints Superbowl Party: The Vamps 9 p.m. Hal & Mal's Red Room - ¡Los Buddies!, Unwed Teenage Mothers (indie rock/7" release party) 9 p.m. theunwedteenagemothers Underground 119 - Tiger Rogers Ensemble w/ D'Mar 8-12 a.m. $10 Martin's - Chance Fisher Band 10 p.m. thechancefisherband Fenian's - Juvenators 9 p.m. Poets II - Sofa Kings 9 p.m. Sam's Lounge - Mindplay 10 p.m. Shucker's - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free; Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 James Meredith Building, 214 W Griffith St - Nu Flavours & Kolectiv Rhythm 8-12 a.m. The Auditorium - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 7:30-9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon's Miss. Sound w/Johnny Owens & Tick-Tock 11:30-4 a.m. $5 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Schimmel's - Houserockers 10-2 a.m. $5 Cultural Expressions - Kamikaze & Yardboy 9 p.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - Hillcrest 9 p.m. Hilton, County Ln - Tribute to the Kings: Emilio Donte as Michael Jackson & Shea Arender as Elvis Presley 7 p.m., $22+, 601-53EVENT Pelican Cove, Rez - Emma Wynters Duo 6-10 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz Hunt Club - Broxton $5 Dick & Jane's - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Club Clarion - DJ Koinonia Coffee - Gospoetry 8-12 p.m. $5 Bonnie Blair's Irish Pub - Shaun Patterson 7-10 p.m. Reed Pierce's - Fade 2 Blue 9-1 a.m. Ameristar, V'burg - Meet the Press

G Love & Special Sauce - Lyric, Oxford The Residents - Hi-Tone, Memphis John Mayer / Michael Franti - BJCC Arena, Birmingham RJD2 - Lyric, Oxford Black Eyed Peas - BJCC Arena, Birmingham

8 p.m. VFW Post 9122 Magee - The Old Habits Band 8-12 a.m. $5, BYOB, 601-849-9122, theoldhabitsband

FEB. 7, SUNDAY King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Trio (jazz brunch) 11-2 p.m. Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgerald's - Andy Hardwick 11-2 p.m. Sophia's, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Shucker's - Rhythm Masters 3-7 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Richard McCain 2-6 p.m. Martin's - Karaoke 6 p.m. The Hill - Open Blues Jam 6-11 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 7-11 p.m. free Cultural Expressions - Open Mic Poetry 8 p.m. $5

FEB. 8, MONDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Martin's - Open Mic 10 p.m. free Fenian's - Karaoke 8-1 a.m.

FEB. 9, TUESDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenian's - Open Mic 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Martin's - Karaoke Shucker's - The Extremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Fitzgerald's - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. AJ's Seafood - Shane & Frazier 6:30-9:30 p.m. Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB's - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Cafe 101, 101 South St - Open Mic 7 p.m. $5, 601-353-0434 Final Destination - Open Mic

FEB. 10, WEDNESDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Singer/ Songwriter Night: Duff Dourough, Virgil Brawley, Steve Deaton, Steve Chester, Jim Oakes/Keith Shultz 8 p.m. free Fenian's - Open Mic Contest Winner 9-12 a.m. free Shucker's - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Pelican Cove - Karaoke Contest 6-10 p.m. Kathryn's - Larry Brewer 6:30-9:30 p.m. Ole Tavern - Karaoke Regency Hotel - Snazz Time Out - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. The Auditorium - Karaoke 9-12 a.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Electric Cowboy - Karaoke McB's - Houseband 7 p.m. free Eli's Treehouse, V'burg - Karaoke 8 p.m. Lyric, Oxford - RJD2

venuelist Wednesday, February 3rd Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub 6340 Ridgewood Court, Jackson, 601-977-9920 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 The Hill Restaurant 2555 Valley St., Jackson, 601-373-7768 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Jackson Pockets 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-4939 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872

Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700 Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Steam Room Grille 5402 Interstate-55 Frontage Road. 601-899-8588 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 (indie/alt.rock/jam/world) Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Tye’s 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601949-3434 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 (country/classic rock) Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800

LADIES NIGHT w/ SNAZZ Ladies’ Cover Free - Guys Cover $5

8:30PM BUY ONE GET ONE Well Drinks Thursday, February 4th

Weekly Lunch Specials Parking now on side of building

Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke 7:00 PM - NO COVER

$2 MARGARITAS! Friday & Saturday, February 5th & 6th

SNAZZ 8:30 pm $5 cover Exquisite Dining at

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AMERICAN AQUARIUM w/ Johnny Bertram & the Golden Bicycles


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El Cantador w/ YOUNG BUFFALO saturday FEBRUARY 6


Express Lunch STARTING

w/ Red Hill City sunday FEBRUARY 7

Saints vs Colts Budweiser Specials 2 for 1 Kick-Off to Close Projector screen and surround sound

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February 8th




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61 South - Rainbow Casino 1380 Warrenton Rd., Vicksburg, 800-503-3777 88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 111 Colony Crossing, Suite 130, Madison, 601-607-3171 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Castaways 135 Madison Landing Circle, Ridgeland, 601-856-1680 (pop/rock) Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/rock/dance) elixir 4800 1-55 N, Jackson, 601-981-7896 Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094



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My Hero the Gyro


y affair with the gyro sandwich (pronounced YEER-oh, not JI-roh) began as a small child. I remember my father taking me to a small family-owned storefront inside a shopping mall 30 miles outside of Chicago. It was a hole-in-the-wall by every account—barely half a storefront, with just enough room for a griddle, a counter and a few booths lined up against the wall. I liked to watch the man behind the counter gracefully shave off long strips of ground meat with a large carving knife and arrange them down the center of a warm pita. He would then finish it off with tomatoes, onions, and a garlicky white sauce before wrapping the whole thing up in a piece of waxed paper and handing it over like a present. I still indulge in a gyro when I visit my favorite Mediterranean restaurant. However, for those times in between dining out when I crave a sandwich, I have discovered that making gyros at home is not terribly difficult. I haven’t gone so far as to install my own giant rotating spit (only because I haven’t figured out the best angle to pitch that idea to my husband), so I substitute chicken for ground lamb. Homemade pita bread is also something worth giving a try. It’s pillow soft and slightly chewy, not at all like the dry, tasteless stuff you buy at the grocery store. I find it almost impossible not to tear at least one of my pitas into bite-sized pieces and use my tzatziki as a dipping sauce. I dare you not to indulge. As an added bonus, any leftover pita rounds can be cut into wedges, toasted and served with hummus for a delicious snack.

by Lisa LaFontaine Bynum

HOMEMADE PITA BREAD Makes 8 pita rounds 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 to 1 cup more, as needed 1 packet (.25 ounces) instant yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water, room temperature 2 tablespoons olive oil

Combine flour, instant yeast, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add water and olive oil and mix until dough forms a ball, adding more water as needed. This can also be done using the paddle attachment of an electric stand mixer. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead dough for 10 minutes, adding more flour as needed, until dough is no longer sticky. If using a stand mixer, knead dough for 10 minutes on low using the hook attachment. Lightly grease a clean bowl. Place dough in the bowl and turn to ensure it is lightly coated with oil. Cover coated dough with plastic wrap or a damp towel

CHICKEN GYROS Makes 4-6 gyros Tzatziki sauce: 16 ounces plain yogurt (not nonfat) 1/2 hothouse (seedless) cucumber 2-3 cloves garlic, pressed 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar Salt and pepper 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon olive oil Chicken: 4 cloves garlic, pressed Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 1 tablespoon dried oregano Salt and pepper 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts Chopped tomatoes and/or onions, optional

For tzatziki sauce, place yogurt in a sieve or colander lined with cheesecloth. Allow yogurt to drain for several hours

and set in a warm, dry place. Allow dough to rise until it is doubled in size, approximately 90 minutes. Punch dough down. Once again, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Cut dough into eight equal pieces. Cover again with plastic wrap or a damp towel and allow dough to rest for 20 minutes. Again, turn each piece out onto a floured work surface. Sprinkle flour over each piece of dough and coat a rolling pin with a light dusting of flour. Roll each piece to about 1/4-inch thick, approximately six inches in diameter. Transfer each piece onto a lightly greased baking sheet or piece of parchment paper (a pizza peel or large oven spatula works well when transferring the dough). Allow rounds to rest for an additional 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees. While oven is still heating, place a pizza stone or turn a cookie sheet upside down in the center of the oven. Place pitas on hot baking surface and bake for two minutes. Allow to cool on a baking rack. For crispier pitas, allow rounds to bake for a total of five minutes.

or overnight. For chicken, combine garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, yogurt, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Add chicken pieces, making sure meat is coated with yogurt mixture. Allow chicken to marinate for 1 hour. Meanwhile, finish preparing tzatziki sauce. Shred cucumber. Wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze to remove as much excess water as possible. Combine yogurt and cucumber with remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat broiler. Place chicken pieces on a foil lined baking sheet lightly coated with cooking spray. Broil for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear. Allow meat to rest for 5 minutes. Slice into strips. Place strips down the center of a warm pita round. Top with tzatziki sauce and tomatoes, and add onions if desired.

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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Voted Best Wine Selection and Best Chef in 2009, Bravo! walks away with tons of awards every year.

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Ceramiʼs (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license!

Fratesiʼs (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) “Authentic, homey, unpretentious” that’s how the regulars describe Fratesi’s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

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Alumni House (574 Hwy 51 Ridgeland 601-605-9903, 110 Bass Pro, Pearl, 601-896-0253) Good bar food, big portions and burgers (with “blackened” as an option) known for their sweet buns. Televisions throughout, even small tubes at your table. Po-boys, quesadillas; good stuff! Fenianʼs Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers including Guinness and Harp on tap. Free live music most nights; Irish/Celtic bands on Thursdays. Cool Alʼs (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A standard in Best of Jackson, Al’s stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. Or try pineapple chicken, smoked sausage...or the nationally recognized veggie burger. Fitzgeralds at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Bar favorites with a Gulf Coast twist like Gumbo Ya Ya, Shrimp Cocktail and Pelahatchie artisan sausage and cheese antipasto. Plus grilled oysters, tournedos of beef, chicken pontabla and of course the fried stuff—oysters, catfish, shrimp, seafood or chicken. Did we mention the bar? Hal and Malʼs (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Repeat winner of Best of Jackson’s “Best Place for Live Music.” Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Try chili cheese fries, chicken nachos or the shrimp & pork eggrolls. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martinʼs Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Ole Tavern (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered union rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Shuckerʼs Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try ‘em on the half shell, deep-fried, charred from the oven or baked in champagne. Plus po-boys, pub favorites, burgers, mufalettas, pizza, seafood and steaks! Sportsmanʼs Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, and fried seafood baskets. Try the award-winning wings in Buffalo, Thai or Jerk sauces! The Regency (400 Greymont Ave. 601-969-2141) Reasonably priced buffet Monday through Friday featuring all your favorites. Daily happy hour, live bands and regular specials. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Pelican Cove Grill (3999A Harbor Walk Drive 601-605-1865) Great rez view! Shrimp and seafood appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, plus po-boys, catfish baskets, and dinners from the grill including mahi-mahi and reggae ribs. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat.

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The Auditorium (622 Duling Ave. 601-982-0002) Sweet Potato Crawfish Cakes, shrimp & grits, fried green tomatos, creole seafood pasta, catfish, shrimp and combo platters, Mississippi cavier salad, babyback ribs with sweet potato fries and cole slaw. Even a veggie plate! Full bar, movie nights and music on the Peavey Stage. Julep (1305 East Northside Drive, Highland Village, 601-362-1411) Tons of Best of Jackson awards, delicious Southern fusion dishes like award-winning fried chicken, shrimp and grits, blackened tuna and butter bean hummus. Brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Primos Cafe (515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400 and 2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from the bakery. Sunioraʼs Sidewalk Cafe (200 South Lamar Street 601-355-1955) Homecooking, soul food, buffet and pizza for lunch in downtown Jackson. Soup and salad bar every day, plus daily lunch specials. “Mama’s in the kitchen!” Mon-Fri, 11am-2pm.

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Sugarʼs Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and weekday lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this? The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full table service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, “surf and turf” and more. Veggie options. Desserts include cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake from scratch! Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken (year after year after year) offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of 6-8 veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. M-F 11-2, Sun. 10:30-2.

FINE DINING Huntington Grille at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road 601--957-1515) Chef Luis Bruno offers fresh Gulf seafood, unique game dishes and succulent steaks alongside an expansive wine selection; multiple honors from Best of Jackson, Wine Specator and others. Schimmelʼs (2615 N. State St. 601-981-7077) Creative southern fusion dishes at attractive prices make the atmosphere that mush more enticing. New appetizer menu, “Martini Night Football” and others bar specials for football season! Steam Room Grille (5402 I-55 North 601--899-8588) Great seafood featuring steamed lobster, crab, shrimp and combo patters. Grilled specialities include shrimp, steaks, and kabobs. Fresh fish fried seafood, lunch menu, catering, live music.

MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Distinct, casual elegant dining. Delicious authentic dishes, made from scratch, including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Jerusalem Café (2741 Old Canton Road 601-321-8797) Yes, it’s a hookah bar in Jackson, which also happens to have a great Meditterean menu, including falafel, lamb shank, feta salad, kabob, spinach pie, grape leaves and baba ghanouj.

PIZZA The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound (“Cajun Joe, anyone?”), along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookieʼs (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Voted Best Chef, Best Kid’s Menu and Best Ice Cream in the 2009 Best of Jackson reader poll.

CARRIBBEAN Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol, Downtown, 601-360-5900) Jerk chicken or ribs, curry chicken or shrimp, oxtails, snapper or goat, plus bok choy, steamed cabbage and Jamaican Greens, Carry out, counter seating or delivery available. 11a-7p.

VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch and brunch options at Jackson’s vegetarian (and vegan-friendly) restaurant. Wonderful desserts!

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): ot an e-mail from an Aquarian reader complaining that the astrologers she consulted in early 2009, including me, were wrong about the year ahead. All of us said it would be a time of expansion and opening for your tribe, a phase of rapid growth and fresh energy. But according to this reader, 2009 turned out to be very different. Every Aquarius she knew had a tough ride. Here’s my response: Expansion and opening did indeed occur, but their initial effects weren’t what you expected. They shattered the old containers of your life in order to make it possible for you to create new, bigger containers that would be more suitable for the person you’re becoming. And this year, 2010, is when you will work in earnest to create those new containers. Now is a good time to dig in.

I wish you could aim tachyon particles through an inverted positronic array while simultaneously modulating synaptical relays through an anti-matter torque-buffer. This would bend the space-time continuum back to a point before your recent detour began. Then, armed with knowledge of the future, you’d be able to navigate your way more elegantly through the crazy mash of illusions and misunderstandings. But since the high-tech solution I described may not be possible, I suggest that instead you clear your head of theories about why people are doing what they’re doing. Slow yourself down so completely that you can see the majestic flicker of eternity hidden in every moment. Be a flame of love, not a swamp of self-justification. And send humble notes and witty gifts to anyone whose links with you got tweaked.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) “Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.” So said the ancient Greek historian Polybius, and now I’m conveying the message to you. I hope it will serve as a spur in the wake of your recent triumph. Will you be content with merely basking in the glow, frittering away the provocative potentials? Or will you get down to business and use your new advantages to upgrade your destiny to what we might refer to as Aries 2.0?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) “Whatever shines should be observed,” said 19thcentury astronomer William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus. He was referring to his specialty, heavenly bodies, but I’d like to expand the meaning for your use. According to my analysis, it has become very important for you to notice, observe and think about anything that shines. Doing so will tune you in to exactly what you need to know in order to make the best decisions in the coming weeks.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time,” wrote French author Andre Gide. I’m guessing that 2009 was a time when you embarked on such a search, Gemini—a half-blind, groping exploration that asked you to leave the past behind without knowing where the future lay. By now, though, I suspect you have sighted the shore of your new frontier. If you haven’t yet, it’ll happen soon.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) I wonder if you can you handle this much healing intensity, Cancerian. The possibilities for transforming difficult parts of your life are substantial. I’ll name a few ways this could play out: 1. A confusing riddle may be partially solved through a semi-divine intervention. 2. A sore spot could be soothed thanks to the power of your curiosity. 3. An ignorance that has caused you pain may be illuminated, allowing you to suffer less. 4. If you can summon the capacity to generously tolerate uncertainty, you may find and rehabilitate an orphaned part of your life. I’m not saying for sure that any of this stuff will happen, but the odds are favorable that at least one will.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) What will it be, Leo—a time of rampaging ids and slamming doors and lost opportunities? Of strange smells and sweeping views of other people’s hells? Or will this be the week you finally slip into the magic sanctuary and track down the secret formula? Will this be the breakthrough moment when you outmaneuver the “dragon” with that non-violent “weapon” you’ve

been saving for when it was absolutely necessary? It really is up to you. Either scenario could unfold. You have to decide which one you prefer, and then set your intention.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) I don’t mean to alarm you, but I think you may be in a light hypnotic trance right now. It’s possible that the thrumming hum of your routine has shut down some of your normal alertness, lowering your awareness of certain situations that you really need to tune in to. Let’s do something about this! When I count to three, you will hereby snap out of your daze and become fully awake. 1, 2, 3. Now, look around and get yourself more closely in touch with your immediate environment. Make an effort to vividly see and hear and smell everything that’s going on. This will have the effect of mobilizing your subconscious mind. Then, for a period of at least five days, you’ll have a kind of X-ray vision.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You would stir up some good fortune for yourself if you brought meals to shut-ins or gave a little presentation at an old folks’ home or donated your old laptop to a low-income family. Oddly enough, it’s also an excellent time for you to scratch and claw for a bigger market share, or to get the upper hand on a competitor, or to bring your creative ideas to people in a position to help you. That’s the odd thing about this week. Capitaliststyle self-promotion and actualized compassion will not only coexist, they’ll have a symbiotic relationship.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Last week was the anniversary of my very first weekly horoscope column, which appeared years ago in the Good Times, a newspaper in Santa Cruz, Calif. My initial effort was crude and a bit reckless compared to what I eventually learned to create. And yet it was imbued with a primal fervor and heartfelt adventurousness that had a certain charm, and many people seemed to find it useful. Today I bow down to that early effort, honoring it for the seed it sprouted and thanking it for the blessings it led to. I encourage you to do something similar to what I just described, Scorpio: Pay homage to the origins that made it possible for you to be who you have become.

“Best of the Decade, Part 2”— covering 2002-2003. Across 1 One who soon becomes a jr. 5 Rep. group 8 Improv finish? 11 Recent Chevrolet hatchback 12 Rowboat need 13 Like Spock’s nerve pinch 16 Paul from “American Splendor,” one of’s 10 Best Movies of 2003 18 When mastodons roamed 19 Upside-down food packaging that made BusinessWeek’s Best Products of 2002 list 21 “Pick me! I know the answer!” call 23 Finish up the paperwork 24 Prepared 25 Fluffy ‘do 26 ___ King Cole 28 “Peer ___” (Ibsen play) 30 Stroke of luck 32 Spherical opening? 34 Killer whale 38 Game from IGNPC’s Best of E3 2003 Awards (for Best Persistent Online Title) 41 “___ petit placidam sub libertate quietem” (Massachusetts motto) 42 Craft-y tabloid subjects? 43 Science that focuses on cancer: abbr.

44 Suffix with kitchen 46 Anatomically incorrect male doll 48 ___ Mulan (Chinese legend that a Disney film was based on) 49 Glastonbury ___ (hill in England) 52 ___ spumante 54 Psychoanalyst Alfred and namesakes 56 Mean-sounding Elvis Costello solo album on NPR’s Best Music of 2002 list 59 Gazelle relative 60 Yann Martel best-seller that won the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction 63 Philosophy that deals with yin and yang 64 ___ de parfum 65 Yuletide 66 Bad letters stamped on a check 67 Sun, in Ibiza 68 Figure skater’s jump

©2009 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( For answers to this puzzle, call: 1900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6556548. Reference puzzle #0446.

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Down 1 Get droopy 2 Prefix meaning “egg” 3 Times with the most activity 4 Prefix before -pathic 5 “Ha, I fooled you!” 6 Inaugural reading 7 Toyota hybrid 8 “Just so ___ you know...”

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) In the Choctaw language, there are two kinds of past tenses. In one, you speak about an event or experience that you personally know to be a fact. In the other, you deliver information that you have acquired second-hand and therefore can’t definitely vouch for. In my perfect world, you Sagittarians would find a way to incorporate this perspective into all your communications during the coming week. In other words, you would consistently distinguish between the unimpeachable truth and the alleged truth. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, this would give you great power to influence the rhythms of life to flow in your favor.


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) “The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired,” wrote music critic Ernest Newman, “but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn’t waste time waiting for inspiration.” I think what Newman said applies to those working in any field where creativity is needed, which is really just about every field. Given your current astrological omens, Capricorn, it’s especially apropos for you now. This is an excellent time to increase your mastery of the kind of discipline that spurs inventive thought and surprising breakthroughs.

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“Geography Sudoku” Solve this as a normal sudoku, but with letters: When youíre done, every row, column, and 3x3 box will contain each of the nine given letters exactly one time. If you’ve solved the puzzle correctly, one row or column will reveal a wellknown geographical reference.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

9 Sings like Mel Torme 10 Muppet Sam, for one 13 Mnemonic for colors of the spectrum, starting at the other end 14 E. Coast home of the Huskies 15 Nair competitor 17 Made up (for) 20 Halloween costume component with ears and a snout 21 “___ go into the wild blue yonder...” 22 Acrylic fiber trademark 27 Crisp fabric for ball gowns 29 Undecided 31 Swiss abstract painter Paul 33 Time for a late lunch, maybe 35 Teen actress who plays Kayla on “Desperate Housewives” 36 Plastic explosive variety, spelled out 37 Book of locations 39 Performed better than Michael Phelps, say 40 “With two,” in Italian musical works 45 Coin-flip call 47 Quite a talking-to 49 Goofball 50 Slightly exasperated exclamation 51 Properties that are taken back 53 Many Caribbean cruise stops 55 “Mean” hotelier Helmsley 57 Ingenue 58 “Bye, Bruno” 61 Number one concern? 62 Home from school, say


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Doctor S sez: Can’t wait for Super Sunday. For once, the game will be more interesting than the commercials.

FRIDAY, FEB. 5 College baseball, Berry at Belhaven (3 p.m., Smith-Wills Stadium, Jackson): You have to wear gloves to hold an aluminum bat in this weather. SATURDAY, FEB. 6 Men’s college basketball, Mississippi State at Florida (12:30 p.m., Ch. 12, 105.9 FM): The struggling Bulldogs venture into Alligator Alley. … Alabama at Ole Miss (5 p.m., Oxford, Fox Sports South, 97.3 FM): Why can’t the Rebels win SEC games at home? … Alcorn State at Jackson State (5:30 p.m., Jackson, 620 AM): There’s bad, and then there’s Alcorn. Somewhere, Eddie Archie is crying. SUNDAY, FEB. 7 NFL football, Super Bowl, New Orleans vs. Indianapolis (5:25 p.m., Ch. 12, 620 AM): The Saints are finally in the Super Bowl. Have they got what it takes

When Guns Are Outlawed A hooded man walked into a crafts boutique in Dallas, Texas, pointed a gun at owner Marian Chadwick, 57, and demanded money. According to a security tape of the incident, when she told the gunman she had none, he pounded the gun twice on the counter. “I got mad,” Chadwick said. “So I pointed my finger and said, ‘In the name of Jesus, you get out of my store. I bind you by the power of the Holy Spirit.’” The gunman took a step back and told a customer to drop to the floor. After she refused, Chadwick pointed her finger at the man and continued to chastise him until he walked out, cursing but empty-handed. (The Dallas Morning News)

to beat New Orleans native son Peyton Manning and the Colts? Yes. MONDAY, FEB. 8 Men’s college basketball, Southern at Jackson State (7:30 p.m., Jackson, 620 AM): It’s the Jaguars vs. the Tigers in a SWAC cat fight. TUESDAY, FEB. 9 College baseball, Belhaven at Mississippi College (4 p.m., Clinton): The Blazers call on the Choctaws in the first game of the Maloney Trophy Series. You might need a parka. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10 Men’s college basketball, Southern Miss at Tulsa (7 p.m., Tulsa, Okla., 103.3 FM): It’s the Golden Eagles vs. the Golden Hurricane. It’s tempting to call this a crucial C-USA game, but there’s no such thing unless Memphis is playing. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who revels in another bad showing in the JFP’s Best Columnist voting. He doesn’t care if y’all hate him. Really. Sob. Console yourself at JFP Sports on

munity banded together to tell the Metropolitan Planning Commission they oppose a plan by resident David Perkins to turn his singlefamily house into a duplex and use one of the units to operate a combination music studio and Jewish sperm bank. Perkins, a musician who specializes in Klezmer music and Dixieland jazz, said he wants to give music lessons at the address, not performances, and insisted neighbors won’t notice the activities he proposes because he’s been doing most of them for two years without any complaints. He already operates a sperm bank, to which, according to his Web site (, he appears to be the only donor. (

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Is There Anything Bacon Can’t Do?

Two burglary suspects fleeing Sacramento County, Calif., sheriff ’s deputies headed for a high school football field, where they ran into players practicing for the upcoming Pig Bowl, an annual contest between firefighters and law enforcement. The latter team, comprising mostly deputies, was working out and quickly tackled suspects James Hill Jr., 19, and a 17year-old boy. (Sacramento Bee) Two gunmen tied up the staff at a Chicago scrap-metal plant and then tried to steal an automated teller machine the company keeps on hand to pay customers. They gave up, however, after the 250-pound machine proved too heavy for them to lift onto their Jeep Cherokee. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Pregnant women could boost their baby’s intelligence by eating bacon and eggs, according to University of North Carolina researchers. They found that pork products and eggs contain a micronutrient, called choline, which helps babies’ growing brains develop in the womb, particularly in the areas linked to memory and recall. The findings were reported in the journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, whose editor-in-chief, Dr. Gerald Weissmann, said, “We may never be able to call bacon a health food with a straight face, but (similar studies) are already making us rethink what we consider healthy and unhealthy.” (Britain’s The Daily Mail)

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