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t first sight, Jason Goree looks as if he is all about business. As he flops in his brown executive chair, a picture of his wife, Khylah, and 3-year-old son Isaiah rattles on his desk. Goree, a real estate and business developer for 3G Management and Development Group, is involved in several projects to improve the city of Jackson. The 30-year-old is a graduate of Jim Hill High School and Mississippi State University. Goree didn’t start off as a developer, but earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU in computer engineering in 2002. “I moved to business information systems, (and) I found out that I was more of a business man than a technical man,” he says. In Dallas, where Goree lived for seven years, he was the franchise owner of two Farmer’s Insurance Agencies, and managed residential real estate properties. He moved back to Jackson in October 2009 to help the community. “I learned a lot, and I wanted to help build and facilitate that in Jackson,” he says. Goree says his plan will include developing and leasing of buildings across from the King Edward on Capitol Street. Over the next few months, citizens can expect to see a men’s boutique, general office space, a deli and more. Goree believes in the development of


jason goree those around him as well. “You don’t want to develop real estate and property and then push the people out of the way,” he says. “The logic is to make sure that everyone can come up together.” As chairman of the West Jackson Development Group, Goree is working with board members and Jackson residents to form a master plan, collaborating with non-profits and neighborhood projects in West Jackson. “I didn’t move back here from Dallas to twiddle my thumbs,” Goree says. He is also working with local organizations to build permanent housing for the homeless, which will have a mixture of houses and apartment complexes, job training assistance with medical needs, including drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Goree says it’s too early to have specific details but hopes to have the plan implemented by the end of the year. “We can’t move forward and leave them (the homeless) behind,” he says. In addition to being a businessman, Goree is an ordained minister at the Amazing Church of God and Christ. “I want to continue to rally the troops and bring in people so that we can work together, execute our plan and go gather the rest of the people to say: Yes, we can do this,” he says. —Ashley Hill

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Teens Say ‘No’

Common Ground

Arts in Jackson

Simply Fabulous

Violence doesn’t just happen to grownups. A new program targets teen dating abuse in Mississippi.

Miss Eudora’s property and legacy struggles to find its place on the Jackson arts scene.

If you have any doubts that Jackson has a burgeoning artistic presence, the spring arts preview will put them to rest.

Millsaps College presents a dark comedy about being black, young and awesome in “Fabulation.”

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 4 Editor’s Note 12 Kamikaze

4 Slow Poke 19 Art Preview

6 Talk

12 Zuga

34 8 Days

36 Music

12 Stiggers 38 Music Listings

12 Editorial 41 Astro






Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance writer who lives in Hattiesburg. She writes for regional publications. Follow her on Twitter at sehoy13. She wrote the feature about The Commons in this issue.

Thomas Beck The work of freelance photographer Thomas Beck has appeared in numerous local, regional and national publications. His photography can be seen at He photographed the cover.

William Patrick Butler William Patrick Butler was born and raised in Jackson. He studied photography at the Memphis College of Art and is a graduate of Holmes Community College. He photographed the cover story.

Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the proud mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at She complied the arts listings.

Ashley Hill Editorial intern Ashley Hill is complex, in a totally normal way. From Chicago, she is a mass communication/multimedia journalism major at Jackson State University. She is a lover of uniquely raw style. She wrote the Jacksonian and an art blurb.

Eileen Eady Gypsy and editorial intern Eileen Eady is looking to find her place in the Deep South. She lives in Wesson with her two boys and husband. She wrote an opinion column and art blurb.

Jesse Crow Editorial intern Jesse Crow, a Pensacola, Fla. native, is a sophomore at Millsaps College. She enjoys playing with puppies, summer camp and going on long drives in her station wagon named Herman. She wrote an art blurb and a talk.

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Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Bret Kenyon is a Belhaven College theater grad who enjoys working in community theater, music and writing. He has worked with such groups as Eyevox Inc., Off Kilter Comedy and the Center Players. He reviewed “Fabulation.”

by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

Happiness Worth Celebrating


o one I know grew up in a mythical “Father Knows Best” family, where mom and dad nurtured the kids with Hallmark card philosophy and “You can do it!” bravado. In TV-land, mom didn’t drink or hooked on Valium or crack, and dad didn’t have affairs or complete sentences with the back of his hand or a belt. My childhood, while not idyllic, contained few truly violent moments, not the kind that included physical contact, anyway. In retrospect, my peculiarly dysfunctional family had an aversion to touching each other at all; I can count the spontaneous hugs I received from my parents on my fingers and still have enough left over to type this column. My parents—dealing with chronic depression and addictions to alcohol and overwork—simply weren’t available much to my sisters or me unless we were doing something wrong. I should be happy that I was mostly just ignored instead of living in fear of physical abuse like some folks I know. After considerable soul-searching and therapy, I know now that they did the best they could. But ignoring a child is just a different kind of brutality. I grew up a lonely, isolated kid, always competing for love and attention with people older and bigger than me. I didn’t know how to be happy for someone else, because it was so rarely demonstrated. It’s a skill I had to learn and practice as an adult. Being starved for attention led me to relationships with clingy, immature and abusive men, the latter of which was more than happy to shower me with attention right up to the point I had the audacity to disagree with him. That’s a common trait among abusers. When a partner professes love too fast, making you the complete focus of his interest, showering you with outrageous compliments, it should be a warning sign, not an invitation to go ring shopping. Abusers look for vulnerability that welcomes inordinate attention. For someone like me, it was a mindblowing ego boost to suddenly have a man who couldn’t get enough of me, who put me up on a pedestal and told me how wonderful I was, and how lucky he was to have found me. It was as if someone finally saw who I really was, despite all my flaws. He came into my life when I was at an extremely low point; I was vulnerable, weak and ready to believe. Hindsight is a marvelous thing, especially given the alternative. But abuse isn’t about elevating one’s partner; it’s about power and control. The buildup, the time when an abuser provides strokes to a woman’s ego, soon turns into darker and more painful “strokes.” In my own relationship with an abusive man, “You’re the best,” turned fairly quickly into “I’m the only one who loves you,” along with overt attempts to demonize my friends and isolate me. Our nightly forays to the local bar didn’t help. He was a mean drunk. Somewhere along the line the pedestal became a cage. In the end, he controlled nearly every aspect of

my life: my money, my friends, what I could say, what music I could listen to and like. Disagreeing wasn’t a good idea, he taught me. It took several attempts to finally get out of the relationship. In case you didn’t know it before, let me assure you: Misery and suffering are addictive. Sometimes the devil you know is a lot less scary than the devil you don’t. Today, I’m grateful to have the experience behind me. It has made me into a stronger, more capable woman, and hopefully I’ve gained a bit of wisdom. Reporting on women and men in similar circumstances has helped me put my own abuse into cold, clear-eyed perspective; it has allowed me to understand my abuser in ways I couldn’t before. Still, my understanding isn’t what Buddhists call “idiot compassion.” I have a sign taped to my office door: “Never Another Battered Woman.” Men who subject women to violence can change, but first they need to face real, hard consequences for their actions. For too long in Mississippi, the legal community—police, lawyers and judges—have seen domestic abuse as a problem best dealt with at home. Women bring violence on themselves, the thinking goes; they should just do what their men tell them to. That’s changing in this state, albeit slowly, and only after a lot of work by smart and dedicated people. I commend the lawmakers who have introduced anti-violence bills this session. In the House, Rep. Brandon Jones, D-Pascagoula, sponsored four bills, including one to provide more accountability when our esteemed governor decides to pardon a killer (HB 155). Meanwhile, across the hall, Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, has sponsored three. HB 1309 and SB 2961 both redefine stalking in Mississippi so that a victim does not

need to prove her stalker is threatening her life, just putting her in fear of danger to herself, her loved ones or her property. HB 657 and SB 2344 prohibit health-insurance companies to classify domestic abuse as a pre-existing condition. HB 769 proposes adding strangulation to the list of domestic-abuse violations, a redflag offense for potentially lethal actions later. It’s a damn good start, even if none of the bills has yet to see the governor’s desk. At least they are still alive in some form. Other than HB 155, I fully expect lawmakers to move ahead with enacting these laws and amendments. (Gov. Haley Barbour, I think, is loath to restrict his power, even to save lives.) Nonetheless, I’ll take whatever improvements the Legislature provides, without ever stopping my demand for more. Jones and Blount aren’t the only Mississippians who continue the campaign to save women’s lives: Count among that number Assistant Attorney General Heather Wagner and her team; the women and men of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Sandy Middleton and her crew at the Center for Violence Prevention; Donna Ladd and the women who organize the annual Chick Ball, Linda Francomb and Heather’s T.R.E.E, and many, more. Battered and abused Mississippi women aren’t alone any more. Happiness is not a constant. It is something you and I often experience fleetingly when our hearts are open enough to let it in. There’s freedom in not expecting to be happy all the time; it makes every happiness worth celebrating, just as every sadness is worth mourning. When it comes to abused women, we’ve mourned enough, though, don’t you think? Keeping women safe is as worthy a cause as I can imagine.

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Thursday, February 25 President Obama meets with Republican and Democratic leaders to discuss the United States’ need for health-care reform. … The State Senate fails to override Gov. Haley Barbour’s veto for a budget reconciliation bill that would restore $79 million in state funds. Friday, February 26 Michael Thomas, deputy superintendent of operations for Jackson Public Schools, announces that budget cuts will force teacher cuts and larger class sizes. … Mississippi U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson is exonerated in an ethics case involving accusations of violating congressional gift rules by taking corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean in 2007 and 2008. Saturday, February 27 An 8.8 magnitude earthquake violently hits Chile, leaving millions of natives homeless, and tens of thousands without electricity and running water. … Hal & Mal’s in Jackson celebrates its 25th anniversary with a party featuring 25 bands. Sunday, February 28 Canada defeats the U.S. in a 3-2 overtime victory for the gold medal in men’s hockey, bringing the Canadian medal count to 26, while the U.S. finished the Winter Olympics with 37 total medals.

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Monday, March 1 Author and Ole Miss professor Barry Hannah dies of a heart attack at his home in Oxford, Miss. … The U.S. Senate fails to stop a 21 percent decrease in Medicare payments to doctors due to the national budget deficit.


Tuesday, March 2 The Obama administration considers requiring all automobiles to contain a brake-override system to prevent sudden acceleration similar to the problem that led to the recall of millions of Toyota vehicles. … The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi sends a letter to the Itawamba County School District asking the district to allow same-sex prom dates.

Target: Teen Dating Violence


hen Brittany started dating Jack (not their real names), she was involved in her high school’s athletic program, spent time with a large group of male and female friends, and had a personality that radiated happiness. Two years later, Brittany, now 15, is a changed person. She is reserved and no longer involved at her school. Her once-close female friends rarely see her, and when they do, it is only in groups of three at a time with Jack’s permission. Jack, now 16, forbids Brittany from having any contact with other males; he checks her cell phone daily to make sure she has not texted anyone else or has another male’s number. Once, Jack caught Brittany talking to another male in a group of friends. He yelled and cussed at her, asserting his control in a way that made everyone else in the group uncomfortable. Jack forces Brittany to have sex with him, and tells her the only reason that people like her is because she’s with him. Brittany denies she is in an abusive relationship, although a countless number of her friends and family have told her otherwise. She believes Jack loves her, and that he controls her because he is scared of losing her. Violent and abusive behavior is common for teens. Approximately one in five female high-school students experience abuse from their dating partner, and physical aggression occurs in one in three teen dating relation-


Wednesday, February 24 At SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla., a killer whale kills a trainer who had fallen into its tank by drowning her in front of a live audience. … Mississippi College begins looking into the arrests of three students who were arrested in Mize, Miss., on various drug possession charges earlier in the week.

Mississippi’s high-school dropout rate hovers around 40 percent, which translates into roughly 14,000 students leaving school every year before receiving their high-school diploma. A child can legally drop out at age 16 in the state.

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Katelin Adcock displays her winning entry in the poster contest for the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Initiative.

ships, the American Bar Association reports. On Jan. 29, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the Mississippi Teen Dating Violence Awareness initiative, a program aimed to raise awareness about and help prevent teen dating violence in the state. Pearl, Stone County and Corinth high schools are the pilot schools for the initiative, one school each in the northern, central and southern areas of the state. The attorney general’s office is also in contact with schools in the Natchez area and in the Delta about beginning the initiative.

by Jesse Crow “We need to raise awareness of the issue of teen dating violence, as well as educate students, parents, faculty, staff and community leaders on the signs of domestic violence, and how to recognize the signs of abuse in children and teenagers,” said Keisha Varnell, project assistant for the Mississippi Coalition of Domestic Violence. In summer 2008, the National Association of Attorneys General adopted a resolution to put a teen dating-violence education curriculum in every public school district in the nation. Since then, the state Departments of Education and Health, the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault have worked together to develop the curriculum. “Our ultimate goal is to create lesson plans in every subject in every grade level, K through 12,” said Margo Evans of the attorney general’s domestic violence division. Lesson plans for health classes are available nationally. In Mississippi, there are also lesson plans at the high-school level for history, economics, marketing, social studies, government, Mississippi studies, psychology, visual arts, language arts and theater. Current lesson plans include “Domestic Violence and Cost/Benefit Analysis,” “Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Harassment” and “Preparing a PSA on Teen Dating Abuse.” DATING, see page 7

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T HO DOG “We keep coming in this room pouring our hearts out, and before anyone knows whether it’ll work, you try to reinvent the wheel. I’ll bet you a fat man to a hot dog that before this goes into effect, we’ll be back in here trying something else.” —Rep. Billy Broomfield, D-Moss Point, in response to Rep. Cecil Brown’s (D-Jackson) proposal for “innovative schools” to replace charter schools in Mississippi.



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“This is a very important curriculum,” Varnell said. “It could be beneficial to any school, not just high school, but even middleschool students and personnel could benefit form this curriculum.” Pearl High School teachers integrated the initiative curriculum into regular class activities. Computer classes made a video, pamphlets and newsletters about dating violence. The Web class created a survey about dating violence that the attorney general’s office plans to use in the other pilot schools to gather statistics. The art classes designed a mural and had a poster contest. Teachers also use statistics or facts about dating violence as bell ringers, brief activities at the beginning of class to get students thinking. For example, math classes have used dating violence statistics to better understand mathematical concepts. Evans hopes the initiative will decrease the domestic violence rate in the future. “A lot of the times the students that are in homes where their parents have healthy relationships don’t know the signs of an abusive relationship,” Evans said. “This will bring awareness to them.” She added that the initiative will show students who grow up with parents in abusive relationships that the behavior they witness at home is not normal. It might also help students who are abusive realize their behavior

and encourage them to seek help to change their ways. Mississippi also has new policies and procedures for faculty and staff to help them better handle instances of teen dating violence. “I think the teachers have really learned that it could be more of an issue in the schools than they were originally thinking,” Evans said. Pearl High School Assistant Principal Richard Smithhart says the program can help prevent future problems. “I don’t know how you measure (success), other than the fact that you just kind of notice that students are more apt to come talk with you about things,” Smithhart said. “I’ve had several teachers say they’ve had students come talk to them about specific things in their relationship with whomever they’re dating.” The attorney general’s office has also received positive feedback about the program from Pearl High School. “The students have really shown an interest in the program, (and) the teachers have really gotten involved,” Evans said. “The principal sent me an e-mail saying that he passed by a few of the classrooms and the level of enthusiasm has been great.” Evans said that her office hopes teen dating-violence education will be taught statewide next year. “We also are planning to push this towards legislation (during) the next legislative session … mandating that teen dating-violence education be taught in health classes,” Evans said, adding that 11 states already have similar laws in place.

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his Saturday, Jackson 2000, a non- endeavor, Shirley traveled to Iran to learn profit established to improve race about health houses, the country’s rural relations will host the 10th annual health-care system. He hopes to open 14 Jackson Friendship Ball, a celebra- health houses in the Delta to provide more tion of the work of nonprofits and individ- Mississippians with quality health care. uals working to better the city by creating Gray is the Episcopal Bishop of Misand expanding interracial dialogues. sissippi. During the 1960s, Gray was a This year, the organimember of the Mississippi zation named three grant Council on Human Relarecipients and two honorees. tions and served on the MisThe recipients are Parents sissippi Advisory Committee for Public Schools, the Misto the U.S. Commission on sissippi Youth Media Project Civil Rights. During this and 100 Black Men of Jacktime, Gray was also involved son Inc. Dr. Aaron Shirley with the Mississippi Action and Rev. Duncan Gray are for Progress, a program that Dr. Aaron Shirley is an the honorees. prepares young children for Parents for Public honoree for the 10th entering grade school. annual Friendship Ball. Schools encourages parents The Mississippi Youth to improve the public-school system across Media Project is a collaborative effort historic divisions of race, socio-economic between the Jackson Free Press, the Mississtatus, geography and special interests, sippi Youth Justice Project and the William advocating for quality education for all chil- Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. dren. One of its current programs is “Ask It brings together area high-school students for More Arts,” promotes the importance from public and private schools to teach of the arts in classrooms. them about journalism and provide them 100 Black Men of Jackson Inc. fo- a voice. cuses its efforts on mentoring, promoting The Jackson Friendship Ball is this Satacademic achievement, economic develop- urday, March 6, at Hal & Mal’s beginning at ment, and health and wellness. 7 p.m. with These Days with Jewel Bass. Buy Shirley founded the Jackson Medical your tickets from the JFP and proceeds go to the Mall in 1995 to provide health care to the YMP. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Call poor and underserved. In his most recent 601-362-6121 ext. 16.


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he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommended last week that FEMA recertify the levees protecting the Hinds and Rankin County edges bordering the Pearl River, despite the fact that the levees cannot stop a 200-year flood event similar to the 1979 Pearl River flood. In April 1979, a massive low-pressure weather system dumped eight inches of rain on the city of Jackson in only 24 hours. The resulting record flood inundated the fairgrounds area, some residential areas in northeast Jackson and a small portion of the central business district, doing more than $200 million in damage. The Corps specifically based its approval for levee certification on a 1 percent annual average flood level of about 87,000 cubic feet per second, rather than the 128,000 cubic feet per second flow of the 1979 200-year flood. That standard puts the elevation of the lowest top of levee along both the east and west banks of the Pearl River safely between two and three feet. The levees, however, are still incapable of handling a flood event such as in 1979. Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale said an event like the 1979 flood is extremely rare and counts as “a 200-year flood.” The Corps found the levees would protect against a more typical flood, even after inspecting evidence of “obvious settlement, misalignment, joint separation, exposed reinforcement, spalling of concrete, holes or cracking in the pipe.” “Our findings are that the levee systems meet all of the requirements established by USACE for determining that the levee system can be reasonably expected to protect against the 1 percent chance flood event on the Pearl River,” Corps District Commander Jeffrey Eckstein wrote in his Feb. 23 letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Human Error in 1979 The strength of the levees was not the factor leading to the devastation of the 1979 flood, however; they never broke or cracked. Later that year, the U.S. General Accounting Office—the non-partisan congressional

investigative and research office—released a report on the Easter flood. The report outlined that no “lines of communication nor coordination procedures had been established between the reservoir manager and the Corps, even though the reservoir’s discharge rate could affect the flood-fighting responsibilities of the two entities.” On April 14, three days after a low-presTHOMAS BECK

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Levee Board Chairman Billy Orr said the Corps of Engineers and the Levee Board expanded the levees along Fortification Street after the 1979 flood to prevent future flooding in Jackson.

sure weather system first doused Jackson with four inches of rain before moving on to create floodwater in the northern Pearl tributaries, the Corps’ Reservoir Control and Meteorology Section began advising the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District manager on maximizing the reservoir’s storage capacity and avoiding a dam failure. It was the first time the two agencies had communicated prior to the 1979 flood. The Corps’ operation manual directs engineering personnel to involve themselves in dam management whenever the district becomes aware of potential dam failure, but the GAO investigators found “no indication that the Corps had determined the impact the reservoir and dam could have on its levee project (until) well after the initial flood warning of April 12, and after the reservoir manager began his own flood control actions.” The Corps responded this week that it now follows its policy guideline of contacting the district at the time of first notification of potential dam problems. Pearl

River Valley Water Supply District General Manager Benny French agreed that the two entities had practically no history of communication prior to the 1979 flood, but added that the flood “certainly opened the lines of communication.” Numerous conflicting flood-crest predictions by three different federal agencies also presented problems at the time. The National Weather Service predicted a crest of up to 39.5 feet, while the U.S Geological Survey and the Corps forecast a crest level of up to 42.1 feet—all of them shy of the actual 43.3 feet. NWS and USGS were unable to reconcile their forecasts to provide the reservoir manager an official prediction of reservoir water inflow data, causing some consternation over the amount of water to release from the dam in preparation. French said the District now gets its official information from the National Weather Service. “There was so much confusion going on back in that period because we were all witnessing something we had never seen before, and there was a lot of guessing going on by people making statements, but it’s been the National Weather Service giving us our information,” French said. The Traitorous Sewers The GAO report also states that much of the 1979 flood water invaded the city through Jackson’s own traitorous sewer system. City administration, under then-Mayor Russell Davis, had installed a new 66-inch sanitary sewer in 1975, which passed directly through the Jackson levee. The city attempted to stop the flow of all sewage into the 66-inch line when floodwater began gushing through the fairground manholes; however, the valve failed to stop the flow of water through a 48-inch junction line connected to the 66-inch pipe. Levee Board member and Two Lakes Foundation supporter Leland Speed recently pointed to the amount of filthy water backing up into the city from the sewers as a means to garner support for Two Lakes developers’ promise to contain future floodwater in the Pearl. Speed argued that


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with Sister Song the lake plan, estimated by the Corps to cost $1.4 billion, would alleviate the issue. “See this black water area inside the city?” Speed asked the board in January, while hefting a large photo of the inundated city. “All that nasty brown water didn’t come over the levee. It came right up through our sewers. This is exactly the kind of problem (a levee expansion) would lead to (without expensive upgrades).” Sierra Club Executive Director Louie Miller, an opponent of the lakes plan due to its massive environmental impact, derided the city’s Public Works Department for its bad 1975 decision when they installed the pipe. “They built a sewer line that they didn’t even have permission to build,” Miller said. “Believe it or not, they basically bored a hole through their own levee so the folks moving into north Jackson could send their sewage to a treatment plant in south Jackson, and the way the report reads, they didn’t even get permission to build the damn thing.” The GAO report reveals that the city had no record of a permit from the local levee board to build the 66-inch pipe. Dale Danks Jr. was mayor at the time of the 1979 disaster. He said this week that his administration upgraded the faulty sewer line with federal funds soon after the flood. “We fixed the sewer line, but it wasn’t the sewer that did the damage. It was that levee around Fortification Street where the water came in,” said Danks, who lobbied to transfer responsibility for Jackson flooding from the Corps district in Moble, Ala., to Vicksburg. A Diminutive Expansion Even though floodwater flowed over the levees in multiple locations at the height of the event, water first flanked the north end of the Jackson levee near Fortification Street in clear view of multiple flood-control entities—who did not make an early attempt to sandbag the area. The report points out that “responsibility for constructing a sandbag or dirt closure at Fortification Street was unclear.” “We’ve fixed that,” assured Levee Board Chairman Billy Orr. “We extended the levee behind Fortification Street. You can see it when you get on that off-ramp over there. Look to your right.” Despite numerous improvements, the question as to the effectiveness of the levees in the event of another 1979 cataclysm remains. But the Corps temporarily sidestepped the issue by adopting a lower standard of measurement in last week’s certification—perhaps

because not certifying would not immediately change anything but flood insurance rates. The Corps’ may have been more likely to recommend certification since the Levee Board voted 5-to-2 in December to expand levees rather than pursue a more expensive lake plan that could wind through court for many years, leaving the area with no flood improvements and the Corps open for more New Orleans-style criticism should the worst happen in the meantime. The Corps made plain at a September 2009 meeting with the Levee Board in Vicksburg that it may well decertify the levees if the Levee Board could not move on a flooding solution. The Corps says it did not use de-certification issues as a way to get a levee plan moving. “The Corps evaluates the levees. They inspect them, but certification comes from FEMA,” Breazeale said in January. “…(Corps Chief of Project Management Doug) Kamien said he doesn’t have the power to do that.” Regardless, the certification is good news to homeowners. Without it, home insurance rates would dramatically rise. “You wouldn’t want those levees to go uncertified,” said insurance agent Hank Aiken, the owner of a business in the flood plain inundated in 1979 . “If the FEMA flood map gets re-worked with uncertified levees, homes that never needed flood insurance would suddenly need it, and it wouldn’t come cheap.” But the issue of how to handle another 1979 monster flood remains an issue, especially considering the growing intensity of precipitation over the last decade. Mississippi native Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of the book “The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities,” said the immediate future will likely contain a host of 200-year floods becoming 100-year, or even 50-year floods. “There is now 5 percent more moisture in the atmosphere than there was 100 years ago and a 4 percent increase in atmospheric moisture just since the 1970s. That’s resulting in the increase of extreme precipitation events,” Tidwell said, adding that the situation was further aggravating weather systems that were already angry. “Across much of the U.S. there’s observed evidence that extreme precipitation events are on the rise,” he said. “There’s no reason to think that the central area around Jackson would not see the results of this.”

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Legislature: Week 8

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Nursing Homes and Overrides



other funds for the sake of criminals housed in county and state facilities,” McCoy said in a statement, adding that the House plan to restore some funding would “help agencies limp through the current fiscal year.” Hinds County Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said he fears Mississippi Department of Corrections will likely begin pulling prisoners out of county work programs to cut costs if budget cuts prevail, delivering a particularly hard hit to Hinds County, which makes heavy use of prisoner work programs. “We’re already saving the state money KENYA HUDSON

ast week was all about passing budget bills, with the House and Senate considering a huge list of appropriation legislation funding various state agencies. One bill that didn’t survive the governor’s veto was a reconciliation bill returning about $79 million in cut funds to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and some district attorney offices around the state. Gov. Haley Barbour vetoed the bill last week, saying that the state needed to prepare itself for continuing low tax revenue by cutting programs rather than tapping state savings. The Senate attempted a veto override, but the 30-to-21 vote fell below the 34 votes needed. Nancy Loome, executive director of The Parents’ Campaign, a K-12 education lobbying group, called for supporters to put pressure on legislators to pass Senate Bill 2495, which she described as “perhaps our last hope of getting some funding restored to schools.” The bill originally granted the state fiscal officer the authority to make selective reductions in the budgets of state agencies in an amount not to exceed 10 percent, and required all reductions to be uniform to all state agencies. However, the bill took on a few amendments this month protecting the State Department of Education and MAEP from reduction, as well as junior colleges and universities. Senate Bill 2495 went to a conference committee containing Reps. Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, and George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, as well as Sens. Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, Doug Davis, RHernando, and Terry Burton, R-Newton. The conferees have yet to meet. The ability of legislators to get their heads together on this and other budget issues may prove difficult. House Speaker Billy McCoy showed outrage at Senate members’ unwillingness to approach the table to restore funding for education and other agencies on Friday. “It’s unbelievable that the governor and a handful of senators appear hell bent on further eroding education, mental health, our community colleges, and even dip into

House Speaker Billy McCoy spoke out against Senate members’ unwillingness to restore funding for education and other agencies last week.

through the work program, and if we lose the work programs, then the number of work hours these minimum-security prisoners at places like Red Cross, the Community Stewpot, and all the cleaning in curbs and street gutters and litter pick-up simply won’t get done,” McMillin said. State sheriffs are attempting to lobby the governor and legislators to preserve MDOC and, by extension, the work programs. Legislators have yet to fully work out the issue with funding fiscal year 2011, however, and have only one month left to complete a budget for 2011, which begins July 1. The House passed HB 1688 last week, a bill that provides $300 million in bonds

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for highway, road and bridge projects across the state. The bill expands road projects around the proposed Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi, and includes an expansion of U.S. 61 from Leland to Vicksburg. A highway bill similar in scope to HB 1688 died in the Senate last year. A similar fate may befall HB 1674, which offers a $2,000-per-job tax credit for the cut-and-sew manufacturing industry in Northeast Mississippi “in an effort to save it,” according to the House. Barbour vetoed the same industry-relief bill last year, and may inform Senate leaders to let the bill die this year to save him the embarrassment of turning aside industry aid a second time. In addition to some appropriation bills, the Senate passed SB 2849, an act that authorizes the establishment of regional recycling centers at regional correctional facilities and provides a solid waste assistance fund to local governments that they may use to establish regional recycling centers. HB 536 may not survive Senate Insurance Committee Chairman Eugene Clark, RHollandale. The bill requires nursing homes to purchase and maintain a certain minimum amount of liability insurance. Clark did not immediately return calls, but he let similar legislation die in his committee last year, despite the pleas of the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities. “We need to protect Mississippi’s citizens with disabilities and seniors who are residents of nursing homes. We cannot turn our back on this vulnerable population and their families, who place their lives in the care of these companies,” said Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities Executive Director Mary Troupe, adding that the insurance requirement would provide more accountability for nursing-home care. Many Republicans in both the House and Senate favor the bill, but opponents may be responding to fears by the nursing-home lobby that the bill could pave the way for increased costs to nursing homes and could open the door to litigation against health institutions that opt out of the coverage.






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Barbour Blames Media for Toyota Woes date, it could take anywhere from 18 to 24 months for the plant to start production and employ a full work force. Barbour, Kentucky Gov. Stephen Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley wrote to the House Energy and Commerce members Feb. 10, defending the company that has or plans to have plants in all their states. The letter blamed the public’s negative reaction to the company’s safety issues on unfair media coverage. The letter also states that the government has a conflict of interest because of its stake in Toyota’s competitors. “It is unfortunate and unfair that Toyota has fallen victim to aggressive and questionable news coverage of these issues when the real story is how quickly Toyota identified the problems, found solutions and delivered those solutions to its dealers worldwide,” the letter states. Under questioning from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, however, U.S. Toyota executive Yoshimi Inaba admitted last week that Toyota was aware of issues with sticking pedals in Europe for a year before accidents occurred in the United States. Last week, the Mississippi House approved $300 million in bonds for infrastruc-

ture improvements in the state, including $42 million for a new highway from Pontotoc to Sherman, near the future Toyota plant. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, voted Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 437,000 Prius Hybrid models last month in the U.S., creating concern over the in favor of the improve- future of the Mississippi Toyota plant in Blue Springs. ments, saying the road was needed regardless. “That road needs to happen to matter Stringer maintains that with the current what,” he said. “It will connect (Highway) 78 shortfalls in revenue, the state’s money could to 76, and that’s just 10 miles that will con- be better spent. nect Toyota and the rest of the industry in our “It’s a lot of money. Here we are looking state to that four-lane, and go on into Jackson, at laying teachers off and state employees,” he said. “We are trying to cut back at every angle, New Orleans and the ports.” House Appropriations Committee and we have a $200 million investment and Chairman Johnny Stringer, D-Montrose, no jobs. It’s just hard to swallow right now.” Stringer said that money the state has has concerns about the future of the plant. spent could have gone as tax incentives to exIn January he compared the Toyota Plant to the failed Yalobusha County Mississippi Beef isting Mississippi companies that are already Processors LLC plant, which closed in August employing people. 2004 after three months in operation, losing State Treasurer Tate Reeves maintains taxpayers about $50 million. that the contract with Toyota ensures that “We’ve issued over $200 million worth the state will not lose money in the endeavor of bonds, and we have 80 jobs. Some of them and will repay the state for what has already are security jobs,” Stringer said. “I’m afraid spent to date, which the Mississippi Develwith the problems Toyota has right now, it’s opment Authority says is currently about $180 million. going to be a few years before they open.” PAID ADVERTISEMENT


little bit of Louisiana lagniappe is what Jackson’s newest Cajun and Creole restaurant, Zydeco Restaurant and Bar offers. Located at 6340 Ridgewood Court in northeast Jackson, it’s a casual dining atmosphere mixed with fine dining and offers an upbeat visit during lunch or dinner. “We have everyone from business professionals to late night entertainment,” says General Manager Ryan Luke. “Zydeco Restaurant and Bar offers a New Ryan Luke Orleans flavor, and the atmosphere definitely sets us apart from other restaurants in Jackson. Our place is inviting, warm, and a social gathering place, but that’s what the customers have molded it into.” Zydeco Restaurant and Bar brings Mardi Gras to Jackson not just in entertainment and spirit, but also with its food. From appetizers like the crispy seafood rolls, filled with shrimp crawfish and tasso, to the plethora of poboys and Creole-inspired dishes such as Creole andouille and shrimp jambalaya, to the Louisiana classic red beans and rice, you can’t go wrong if craving a touch of Cajun. Executive Chef Charles M. Broad, III, delivers an extensive lunch menu boasting crawfish etouffee, BBQ shrimp and grits, hamburgers, poboys, shrimp creole, muffalettas and more. Daily soups and gumbo are available. If you want to taste a little bit of everything, try the Creole sampler: red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish etouffee all on one plate. “Our Executive Chef taste-tested everything before he even developed the menu,” says Luke. “With a culinary education from New York and work experience in New Orleans, he is passionate about serving the best quality product to our customers.” If late night dining and a good time are your cup of tea, visit Zydeco Restaurant and Bar during one of their many evenings of fun-filled entertainment. Wednesday night offers karaoke with live music on Friday and Saturdays with plans to bring in Zydeco bands and other venues from the Louisiana area. The Sunday jazz brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers live jazz music for the ears and Café du Monde-inspired beignets and coffee with chicory for customers. Stop by and experience a little bit of Louisiana, where the customers are always right, says Luke. “We value customer feedback because we take to heart what they say. We want them to feel like they were on vacation when they dine with us: eat, drink and be merry.” To view the menu online, visit or experience the everyday Mardi Gras atmosphere & food visit them at 6340 Ridgewood Rd. Open Mon. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tues. - Sat. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sun. 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 601-977-9927 to make a reservation for a party of seven or more, for catering or take out. They’ll even rent out the dining room area for private parties.


n 2007—before the economy tanked— Mississippi lawmakers and Gov. Haley Barbour approved a $293.9 million incentive package to persuade Toyota Motor Corp. to build a factory in Blue Springs, Miss., near Tupelo. Proposed improvements to the 1,700-acre site plan include infrastructure upgrades to water and sewer lines, and new roads. Toyota set an opening date for 2010, but stopped building in 2008, citing the poor economy. Still, with the promise of 1,500 eventual new jobs and economic growth, the plant has support from public officials and citizens even in the face of recent vehicle recalls. Last week, company executives apologized for its handling of safety flaws to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In November 2009, the company issued a recall to address a malfunction that could cause gas pedals to stick. The company issued a second recall in early February for sudden acceleration in its Prius hybrid models, the same vehicle to be manufactured at the Blue Springs plant. Despite these setbacks, Toyota maintains that the recalls will not stop the Mississippi plant, but that it will wait until demand for production increases. Even when the company does announce an opening


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Get Serious About Flooding WHAT ABOUT MY CIVIL RIGHTS?


he area got good news last week when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it is recommending that FEMA certify existing Pearl River levees as capable of withstanding most of the flooding that the metro experiences. It was good news, in no small part, because property owners in the area don’t immediately face exorbitant insurance hikes. The levees, certified or not, provide only a certain degree of protection, depending on the intensity of the flood. They need improvement. That’s where the years-long war between supporters of the Two Lakes development and about anyone who dares disagree with them comes in. It is time for the war to end. The solution to this problem is not political, and it can’t be found in glowing press releases, pretty pictures of waterfront property or in meaningless Web polls that say that people want the pretty pictures to become reality. We can all stipulate that. We want protection from flooding and, if possible, we want it to look pretty and maybe even provide economic development to the area to boot. But we must keep our priorities straight—before we get the kind of reckoning that came to the area in 1979. Before then, many people thought the reservoir would provide pretty property, recreation and flood protection. Congress’ General Accounting Office reported after the flood that people got a “false sense of security” from the reservoir and the fact that a big flood hadn’t happened in a while, and started building in the floodplain. The agencies in charge of stopping a big flood didn’t talk to each other. Some fools even tore a big sewer hole in the existing levees to make North Jackson life more convenient. In other words, human negligence and hubris led to the severe destruction of that flood. And maybe even a little bit of greed. The area has the opportunity now to do things differently. It is time to stop thinking about the pretty pictures and $2,000-a-foot lake front property as the top priority. Our first concern must be coming up with an anti-flooding strategy that can be implemented as quickly as possible and for the best price we can muster. And even though neither the Levee Board nor the Corps deserves an award for past behavior, it is clear that they are now trying to get ’er done. Every responsible person should come to this table and stop holding out for a billion-dollar dream that everyone not spellbound by the idea clearly can see will never happen. The discussion now needs to be a serious and respectful one: How can we end up with stronger levees, green space and perhaps a Town Creek river-walk solution that makes us all proud, while not leaving us completely unguarded for a large flood that could happen at any time? If we don’t approach this seriously, the next GAO report is going to make the metro look even more foolish than it did in 1979.


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udy McBride: “This may sound weird, but an epiphany came to me. It happened while I was doing some paperwork and listening to the ‘Good Morning Ghetto’ Drive Time Morning Crew on the Serious Ghetto Science Team Radio Network. Old School Pete and Scooby Rastus (The Angry Black Man) had a deep philosophical conversation about change in our society and how people are dealing with it. Scooby Rastus enhanced the discussion when he shared his interpretation of Plato’s cave allegory. I was truly impressed with the information they shared. “But the epiphany came to me when DJ Ol’ School Pete played these lyrics from ‘Past Time Paradise’ by Stevie Wonder: ‘Living in a pastime paradise They’ve been wasting most their lives Glorifying days long gone behind They’ve been wasting most their days In remembrance of ignorance oldest praise…’ “Wow, that was deep! “But I was really inspired by Little Stevie’s description of the future paradise: the day when sorrow is gone from time. You know, when greedy credit card companies stop price- gouging consumers. “I invite you to visit the Let Me Hold Five Dollars National Bank and apply for a ‘Future Paradise’ credit card—the card that will empower the financially challenged consumer. This is not a stick-up. No surprises, no increased interest rates. Simply put, at the L.M.H.F.D.N.B., we’ll let you hold five dollars, but you gotta pay us back!”

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Take It Back


eing a born and bred Jacksonian, I can say I’ve lived on every “side” of this city. I’ve seen the good and the bad up close, met some treasures, and met some trash. Most recently I made a move I felt was good for my family. I’ve been a resident of Fondren for a while now. The neighborhood always struck me as quiet, quaint and friendly. It proved to be more walkable than most neighborhoods and gave me that small-town air that has always permeated through Jackson. The people were friendly, and they welcomed my family with open arms. The staff at Sal & Mookie’s knows your favorite dish, and the managers at McDade’s know you by face or name. It’s simply one of the coolest places in Jackson to live. With that said, I was first disappointed, then angered by a Facebook invite I got days ago. The event called for residents to meet up at Sneaky Beans if you wanted to “Take Back Your Neighborhood.” It likened Fondren and Belhaven to a “war zone.” It said our neighborhood had been taken over by violence, and we needed to protect ourselves. I paused. I then got up and looked out my front door. I wondered where this “war zone” was that I hear folks talk about when referencing Jackson. I always look for scenes like those we see from Beirut or Iraq or Afghanistan. Those are “war zones,” and since those aren’t the images I see daily as I drive through Fondren,

I had no other choice but to think someone was severely misinformed. I will argue this point home vehemently. I will not be swayed. Frankly, I’m fed up. Jackson is not a war zone. We are not riddled with crime. Violence is not the order of the day here. Not in Fondren. Not in Belhaven. Not anywhere. Don’t be fooled by propaganda and fear mongering. Leave that to our neighbors. Fact is, I’ve been a victim of crime. I’ve had my home broken into in south Jackson, had items stolen from my car in west Jackson, had my apartment broken into in the Briarwood area, and most recently, had my vehicle and my wife’s vehicle broken into in front of our home—in Fondren. Yet we stand steadfast in the knowledge that crime can and will happen anywhere. With a growing city come growing-city problems. I have no issue with neighbors looking out for one another. I have no problem with finding solutions to crime. All of us want to be safe. But what I won’t participate in and what I will fight is hysteria. Jackson is nothing more than a desirable place to live with great people who all want to live and prosper. Take back our neighborhoods? Certainly; if it means taking them back from the propaganda machine. Let’s unite, but for the right reasons. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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hree young boys waited on a wooden bench in a brown-paneled office on the hot May day. Anton stretched his legs out and slouched back, his face blank and eyes flashing with anger. Next to him sat Reggie, whose brown eyes darted around the room nervously. He was not a student I usually saw in the office. The third boy, Derek, was crying. He was hunched forward with his head in his hands, and I could see the tears hitting the floor. I wanted to go over and talk to him, but I was new and didn’t want to be seen coddling the kids in the office. The teacher came out of the assistant principal’s office with a wooden paddle in her hand. She was sweating and out of breath. “Let’s go. Let’s get this over with,” she said pointing at Anton. He got up and followed her, strutting. “Thwack, thwack, thwack.” The sound vibrated off the walls, and I became nauseous. Anton sauntered out of the office. Reggie got up and went in. I could hear soft murmuring from behind the door, then the sound again. “Thwack, thwack, thwack.” With each strike, my stomach jumped. I wasn’t emotionally prepared for this. Derek was more upset now. He kept rubbing his face and running his hands over his black curly hair. Then Reggie came out of the office crying, the teacher followed him, still holding the paddle. She pointed at Derek and said: “Let’s go. Your turn.” “No, please. No,” Derek cried. The teacher came toward him, and the assistant principal followed her out. They each took one of Derek’s hands and half carried, half dragged him into the office. He screamed and pleaded the entire 15 feet from the bench to the door. The assistant principal shut the door, and from inside I could hear Derek’s pleading continue. “Please. Don’t give me licks. I won’t do it again. I’m sorry. Please no,” Derek said. Soft murmuring followed, and then the “thwack, thwack, thwack” again. I was sick to my stomach. Never in my 10-year career in public schools had I witnessed a paddling. Not even in innercity Baltimore. I was angry for the students, and as a mother I was outraged. I never got used to hearing that sound. Not that day, and not

on the spring day when the two male assistant principals took to giving “licks” in the hallway. Four times during first period, and then four more times during second period, they disrupted my class with the paddling. I thought the school administration had lost their minds. Later, the principal told me that she had sent out the two men to “tighten up a little” and get the students under control. No one was under control that day. The random widespread paddling only amped up the agitation at school. Mississippi has the highest rate of corporal punishment in the United States, and its use of corporal punishment is inconsistent and unfair. African American boys in Mississippi are punished 1.7 times more than would be expected based on their population. Yet there is no research that shows that African American boys are 1.7 times more likely to misbehave in school. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the prison system, yet it is an acceptable way to discipline students in 23 states. Corporal punishment has no place in our schools. There is no research that proves it is effective at preventing misbehavior in students. In fact, eight of the states that have the highest corporal punishment rates are ranked among the top 10 states with the highest incarceration rates. And its use is arbitrary. Some schools paddle students for leaving homework at home, while others reserve it for fights. It escapes my comprehension that schools adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward bullying but don’t hesitate to hit a child on the buttocks with a wooden board. Violence of any kind should not be tolerated. By allowing students to be paddled in school, we are sending them a message that violence is OK as long as someone in authority is doing it. It is an archaic and lazy way of handling discipline issues. School systems all over the country find ways of disciplining without violence. Research-based systems of positive intervention and behavior management are proven and effective. From New York to San Diego, these techniques are implemented with success. Our students in Mississippi deserve the same treatment. Students in Mississippi deserve an education free of violence.

No one was under control that day. The random widespread paddling only amped up the agitation at school.

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Under the quiet gaze of an oversized bronze statue of Eudora Welty, a friendly but insistent workman keeps asking Jonathan Sims what to do about the dishwasher. Sims can’t answer right away. He looks down at the brick-imprinted concrete covered with wet leaves and concentrates. Sims, 30, has a lot to think about. In a tan corduroy blazer, he looks more like a liberal-arts professor than the director of art events at the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace. He’s gentle and soft-spoken, quiet in his movements and thoughtful. He’s always thinking things out. “I’ve got other stuff,” the workman says, spreading his hands out and smiling. “You call me.” As the workman walks off to the left, a plumber walks up from the right and hands Sims an invoice, then leaves. A handful of construction workers file back and forth behind Miss Welty’s statue, working on an addition to the largest building. A little boy in yellow boots jumps into a small puddle left from days of rain. Sims is patient and calm as he goes into the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, sits down and pulls out his brown date book. It reveals an upcoming drum circle, a bluegrass group, a poetry reading—but wait. He’s not quite certain about these dates and needs to double check. Sims has more on his plate than the average Renaissance man. Not only is he the events director at the Commons, he’s also the artist in residence. His duties include scheduling arts events, promoting the Commons with a budget of nothing, building shelves and other basic carpentry like the movable bar in the gallery. He’s a sculptor and a potter, and has a potting wheel and kiln on site, right under his apartment. He gives demonstrations of his work here from time to time. He’s a musician, a graphic designer and a painter as well. He’s also working on a master’s of fine arts degree from Mississippi College. He always carries with him his brown date book, always thinking about how to fit it all in.

Good Intentions

Between the yellow Victorian house on Congress Street where Welty was born, and just one block from the Green14 wood Cemetery on West Street where she is buried, the Com-

mons is a crammed complex of good intentions. And in the middle of February, it unexpectedly closed. It’s only a temporary closing, insists Judith Thompson, director of the Commons who oversees all operations. A salad bar might be going in to attract a lunch crowd. The idea is for the complex to be open again by April 13, Welty’s birthday, if not well before then. David Morris and Joe Nassar own the property. The two are partners in the consulting firm of Morris and McDaniels, a company that tests and evaluates employees such as firemen and policemen internationally. They run that business out of the actual house Welty was born in; it’s not part of the Commons complex. The Commons is a separate business that has to turn a profit to promote the arts, its primary mission, Thompson says. “A sense of place is very important,” Thompson says by phone. While she’s home with a sick child. “We want a place for artists and musicians to share their talents, and to promote and highlight Mississippi artists. We’re looking at the future and moving forward.” The nearby ominous and massive new Mississippi Supreme Court building overshadows the Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace. The huge temple of justice dwarfs the shrine to Jackson’s patron saint of literature. The small, understated sign in front of the Commons is like the subdued signs that accountants and lawyers put in front of their offices. Behind the simple, white wooden sign with black lettering is an oblong parking lot full of gravel and backed by a tall white fence. This, as it turns out, is not someone’s private back yard. It is the almost-hidden entrance to the Commons. Six buildings sit on the property in various stages of renovation and realization. The most startling is the Commons Hall, a new building sitting on the footprint of an older building. Its flat siding, massive columns and bulky banisters seem out of proportion with the historic neighborhood. Inside is a massive fireplace, large enough to walk into. Upstairs are three bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The idea is that one day, visitors could rent these rooms. “It’s definitely a project in phases,” Thompson says. The Commons got two façade grants through the city of Jackson about 10 years ago to begin renovations. At a dedica-

tion ceremony for the large, bronze likeness of Eudora Welty in October 2008, visitors witnessed the “soft” opening of Tattered Pages Bookstore and Congress Street Coffee. On any given afternoon this winter, the bookstore and the coffee shop have been empty except for an employee at the cash register. Occasionally, a lone customer sits in the corner, working on a laptop with ear buds in place. It’s not always this dead. Sometimes, Jamie Weems plays his mandolin with a Cajun band while couples sway in a contra dance. Kids bounce and squeal in one of those big jump machines. And for the $5 cover charge, everyone gets some gumbo. But that’s not every night. About once a month, a drum circle beats rhythms here. A writer’s group hosts readings for its members. One group recently screened a new film here. A blue grass group sang in the gallery one night, performing on the small stage built into the Victorian cottage’s front bay window. This old house is in the middle of renovaWILLIAM PATRICK BUTLER

March 4 - 10. 2010

by Valerie Wells

Johnathan Sims is the artist-in-residence and director of art events at the Eudora Welty Commons.

A Sense of Timeliness

All Things Welty Jo Barksdale’s arms are full of notebooks, reports and documents. The woman whose name is so prominent on the plaque on the house at 741 N. Congress St. is wearing a red and black houndstooth jacket and comfortable jeans. She’s a mix of old Jackson and laid-back southerner. She’s in front of the McDade’s Market on Fortification Street, “Miss Welty’s Jitney Jungle,” where so many Jacksonians say they bumped into the famous writer buying her groceries and sundries. Barksdale grew up in this part of Belhaven, and her family was friends with the Welty family and many other key Jackson families of the 20th century. She puts herself in the generation right after Eudora Welty’s. On a drive around this part of town, Barksdale points out where Ross Barnett lived, where the Hederman family lived when they owned the daily newspapers, where she lived, the way she walked to school. About 25 years ago, Barksdale wanted to find a brickand-mortar home for the Mississippi Writers Association. The group was more than a club for published authors. It had plans and a vision for a Writers Center with workshops, lectures, public school programs and a resident writer or two. As Barksdale began investigating the possibilities, she


The yellow house at 741 N. Congress St., is not part of the Commons, although it is adjacent. This yellow house where Welty was born and lived out a sheltered childhood is home to the testing firm the owners operate. A tall, imposing metal gate wraps around this house plus some adjoining properties across the street from Davis Magnet School. A woman closing the gate and headed to her car is suspicious of anyone approaching. “This isn’t the museum, you know,” she warns. “No, you can’t go in there,” The gate isn’t locked. A prominent plaque is on the wall by the front door, but no one could read it from the sidewalk. This is what it says: “This house, built by Christian and Chestina Welty in 1908, was the birthplace and childhood home of their daughter, Eudora. Many of the events memorialized in Miss Welty’s book, One Writer’s Beginnings, occurred here and take on a sense of timelessness for those who visit. “David Morris and Joe Nassar purchased the property in 1979 for offices. Their restoration efforts reversed a tragic decline in the condition of the house and preserved it for its later acquisition by the Mississippi Writers Association to serve as the focal point for the Eudora Welty Writers Center. The foresight of the Mississippi Legislature is funding this project and the leadership efforts of Jo Barksdale, Writers Association Executive Director, combined to make possible this living tribute to one of Mississippi’s greatest writers.”

talked to Ken P’Pool at the Mississippi Department of Ar- The first one took place in 1996. The plans Barksdale made included the Junior League taking over the festival. A second chives and History. “Why not the house on Congress Street where Eudora festival never happened. Even the Mississippi Writers Association died. Its memWelty was born?” he suggested to Barksdale. It seemed like a win-win situation. The house needed bership had grown to about 800, but as the project died, serious repairs, the neighborhood was in transition, the as- interest waned. “I don’t know where the money to build Dr. Morris’ sociation wanted a home—Welty fans could rejoice. Barksdale talked to David Morris, one of the owners of project is coming from or what his plans are, or if the Legisthe then-dilapidated building, who said he loved the idea. She lature is funding his project,” she says, still reading from her began developing a plan for a Writers Center complex that handwritten note. She continues reading: “Even though I designed the original plans for a statewide would take up much of the block on Congress Street where Writers Center and had spearheaded the projects in connection Welty’s childhood home was located. Her detailed plans included architectural renderings, with it, Dr. Morris has never contacted me about his plans. He, layouts and grids, a 44-page business plan, a proposal for an of course, knows ours. We couldn’t gain entrance to his propannual Eudora Welty Film and Fiction Festival that would erty and raise funds without his complete cooperation.” Barksdale says Welty never wanted a museum made out help fund operational costs of the center. A spa, a bookstore, and rooms for rent in a bed and breakfast would also of her childhood home, and all the players agree with that idea. Everyone wants to honor her desire to keep her birthplace a generate income. Her plans not only mapped out the potential complex; living, breathing office building full of work and utility. Welty once visited the home of a well-known author in they spelled out staffing requirements and operational expenses. She touched on pricing strategies and restaurant mar- the midwest whose home had been turned into a museum, keting. She had charts projecting cash flow for the coming 10 Barksdale says. A stuffed dummy sat in the chair, replicating years to prove to the Legislature she could make this Writers the author. Welty was horrified. Driving around the temporarily closed Commons, the Center self-sufficient. car slows down just past the Ole Tavern on George Street, Barksdale took her bound reports and plans, with which in Welty’s childhood had been a neighborhood grophotos and charts and hard numbers, to the Legislature and cery store, rumored to hold a brothel upstairs. succeeded in getting $2 million in funding for the Writers Center. The money was a non-interest loan to be repaid. Miss Welty was present when then-Gov. Kirk Fordice signed the bill. Barksdale said Welty supported the project and liked the idea. Suzanne Marrs disagrees. In her book, “Eudora Welty: A Biography” (Harcourt, 2005), Marrs briefly mentions the plans. “Barksdale hoped to transform Eudora’s birthplace, which now housed Morris’s consulting business, into a Mississippi Writer’s Center and a tourist mecca,” Marrs writes. “Eudora, having already given her Pinehurst Street home to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, did not want to lend her name to this new project but in The Commons held a “soft” opening in October 2008 when the bronze Eudora Welty Statue was unveiled, and the bookstore and coffee shop attempting politely to withhold such opened. Renovations are ongoing. support, she failed to say no in a convincing manner.” That’s another story. Barksdale says she has proof that Welty supported the Through the tall metal fence, Barksdale sees the massive plans and that Marrs doesn’t know what she is talking about. Barksdale has letters and notes from Welty about the project bronze statue of Welty in the center of the complex. It’s the and a picture with a note on the back from Welty thanking first time she’s seen it. “Oh, no,” she says. “She wouldn’t like that at all.” Barksdale for her efforts in creating a Writers Center. She also questions Marrs’ claims to be the ultimate authority all things Welty. Then she says she doesn’t want to talk For All the Arts about Suzanne Marrs any more. David Morris, who owns the property, agrees. Welty Welty made the front page of The Clarion-Ledger in March 1995 on the day Fordice signed the $2 million bill. would not have approved of the statue. Other than that, he Part of the money was to purchase the property and part thinks she would have liked everything else developing on was to implement the Mississippi Writers Association plans, this corner of George and West streets. “Miss Welty and I had several conversations of what viBarksdale said. The paper said Welty supported the efforts to turn the property into a resource for writers. This was the sion she would be comfortable with. We’ve been pretty true to what she wanted,” Morris says. high point of the project. It soon began to fall apart. The $2 million the Legislature approved for the project To get the money, several actions had to happen on time. in 1995 would have been nice, but Morris contends that it The Legislature chose an appraiser to look at the property. “The Legislature offered Dr. Morris the appraised price was the state that didn’t want to pay the appraised value of for the property, but he refused it,” Barksdale reads from the property. Morris says he asked for three appraisals from a handwritten statement she wrote on piece of loose-leaf different sources. At some point, it became clear it wasn’t going to happen. notebook paper. “The Legislature could not (and maybe He says he heard of discontent within the Mississippi would not) appropriate more money for the purchases. The Mississippi Writers Association didn’t know that Dr. Morris Writers Association, but doesn’t elaborate. planned to hold for his price.” Without the property, the vision of the Writers Center COMMONS, see p. 17 15 died. The Eudora Welty Film and Fiction Festival died, too.

tion with brown paper covering skeletal walls. It was meant to be a restaurant. “That fell through,” Sims says. Now it is called the Gallery. The word is even on the door. But the un-insulated house isn’t friendly to some works of art affected by the elements. Drawings by children at Davis Magnet School across the street are supposed to hang here soon. The teacher in charge hasn’t called Sims back, yet, and he isn’t sure what is happening with those plans. Thompson knows a lot of people want to know what happened in the past: Welty’s past, the property’s past. For her part, she’s interested in moving the Commons into the future, one phase at a time. As soon as the downstairs bathrooms and catering kitchen are complete in Commons Hall, she can start booking more wedding receptions and other functions in the space. Right now, she is seeking a company to come in and operate a restaurant inside the Commons. “We don’t want to be a museum. We are a living, breathing, progressive venue,” Thompson says.


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Sometime after that, while talking to Leotyne Price’s brother, George Price, Morris says he had an epiphany. He was explaining the concept of the Writers Center to Price. “It should be for all the arts,” Price said. “And he was right,” Morris says. “It’s for all the arts.” He and his partner Joe Nassar are funding all the improvements and additions. He says the two facade grants are the only ones the Commons got. Morris wants to restructure the hours

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the coffee house and book shop are open so the business side of the Commons can get a better return. He says the temporary closing is just until he can install the soup and salad bar, but he doesn’t have a definite date for a reopening. He’s also expecting the final touches on the Commons Hall soon so it can be rented out for social functions. “Wedding guests could use the bedrooms upstairs,” he says. Finding a local restaurant to come into the complex and complement nearby Two Sisters and The Tavern is another goal, one he sees realized within a couple of years. He also wants to have a farmer’s market and festivals and lots of events. What he doesn’t have is a specific time table. “We’re in no rush. It’s like the Oriental saying: We have a long time to get it right. It won’t be done in my lifetime,” Morris says.

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Janine Jankowitz, 23, holds a Writers’ Spotlight periodically at the Commons. Her

day job is with the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Her passion is writing. The Writers’ Spotlight is a chance for writers like herself to perform their works in front of an audience. It’s a little different from an open-mic night where anyone can get up and read who-knows-what. Jankowitz selects writers to perform, striving for an equal number of recurring and new voices. There has been four of these events so far. “I was so happy when I heard about the Commons. And I heard Eudora Welty’s name, and I thought, ‘she’s a writer,’” Jankowitz says. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. It’s free, it’s beautiful, and they’ve been open to having us. They often will contact me and ask when the next Writers’ Spotlight is. It’s inspirational to be around other people in the arts.” The next Writer’s Spotlight is scheduled for March 27 at 7:30 p.m. The future of the Commons seems uncertain with the temporary closing and organizational questions lingering. Barksdale is skeptical of the funding and wonders how the private company is building and renovating the complex. Sims, the artist in residence, says scheduled arts events will still happen and he will schedule even more in the future, even though his promotions budget is limited to word-of-mouth strategies. Thompson says the complex is a huge undertaking, and the owners are slowly implementing new money-making elements into the Commons. “It is a private business. Obviously, we can’t operate at a loss. Our hope is through these means to support the arts. We’re more in the spirit of promoting the arts,” Thompson says. Across the street and up the hill is Eudora Welty’s grave in Greenwood Cemetery. A large cedar limb fell recently, just a few feet away from her tombstone. On her grave marker, an engraver inscribed passages on the front and the back of the stone. On the front is a quote from “The Optimist’s Daughter,» the 1973 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Welty wrote. The passage reads: “For her life, any life, she had to believe, was nothing but the continuity of its love.”



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Artists Reception March 4, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). The honorees are painter Mary Jane Moak and sculptor Sam Cornman, whose artwork is on display through April 30. Free; call 601-432-4111. Events at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Call 601-961-4724. • Growing Up In Mississippi: 1857-1888” March 4-April 30. Hands-on activities teach children what life was like for 19th-century children in Mississippi. Reservations are required. Free. • “Mothers, Music, and May Flowers” May 1, 1 p.m. Tour the historic gardens of the Manship House Museum, the Eudora Welty House Museum and the Oaks House Museum. Musical entertainment will be provided. • “Gardening, Victorian Style” May 15, 10 a.m. Experts provide insight into the plants and gardens of our Victorian ancestors. Free. • “Summer Dress” May 25-Aug. 31. The museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects and dirt of the summer months. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Free. Events at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Call 601-960-1515. • “A Daughter Remembers” March 4, 5:30 p.m. The youngest of Jane and Jim Henson’s five children, artist and performer Heather Henson provides a rare glimpse into the life and extraordinary career of her father. $5 members, $10 nonmembers; call 601-960-1515. • Spring Family Day March 6, 10 a.m. Come and enjoy free Henson-inspired activities for the entire family. Free. • Jim Henson’s Fantastic World through March 14. This exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the imagination and creative genius of the multi-talented innovator and creator of beloved characters like Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and hundreds of others. From the beginning, the Mississippinative expressed his ideas in incredible bursts of invention through a variety of visual forms, clever dialogue, songs, comic bits and animation. This exhibition presents original artwork, including drawings and cartoons, as well as other objects like puppets and movie props, all of which reveal

Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Museum hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, children under 3 and museum members free; call 601-354-7303. • Fossil Road Show March 6, 10 a.m. Fossils from the museum collection will be on display, activities on interesting fossil subjects will be offered and the museum will feature one of its newest fossils: the thigh bone of a duck-billed dinosaur found near New Albany. • “Home Sweet Home” Exhibit through May 13. Two beloved American icons, Smokey the Bear and Woodsy Owl come to life in the interactive exhibit. Explore the pretend forest, ranger station, campsite and more. “Petitions, Protests, and Patriotism: Mississippi Women in Preservation, 1900-1950” March 16-May 9, at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). In honor of National Women’s History Month, this exhibit features influential women in Mississippi who have led

efforts to preserve our state’s valuable cultural resources. Free; call 601-576-6920. Annual Belhaven Student Exhibition through March 22, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). This annual exhibition of student works highlights a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Free; call 601-965-7026. Mississippi Arts Commission’s Day at the Capitol March 23, 8 a.m., at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The Mississippi State Capitol will come alive with all things art in support of the arts across Mississippi. Free; call 601-359-6031. John Hopkins Photography Exhibit March 30, 5 p.m., at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). See pictures taken by John Hopkins Elementary students who were given photography lessons by Josh Hailey. Free admission; call 601-214-2068. National Youth Art Month Exhibit through March 31, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). In celebration of National Youth Art Month, the library will showcase almost 300 pieces

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of artwork Pearl Public School District students. A reception will be held on March 9 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-932-2562. Events at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday unless otherwise noted. Call 601-960-1557. • “Backyards and Beyond” through April 1. The traveling exhibition more than 80 paintings and sculptures by well-acclaimed Mississippi artist H.C. Porter is paired with audio recordings. The focus of the exhibition is life after Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Proceeds benefit the non-profit organization Backyards

and Beyond. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Donations welcome; e-mail tomjohnson • All-Level Visual Arts Exhibit April 8-May 5. Art by Power APAC students will be on display in the Atrium Gallery. This exhibit coincides with the “Ask for More Arts” display. The Visual Arts Department will host an opening reception April 11 from 2-4 pm. Free. • JumpstART Exhibit April 19-30. The works created by 24 Jackson public elementary schools during a collaborative teaching residency with an artist will be on display. JumpstART is a program of the Ask for More Arts initiative. Free. • “Just Dance” Call for Entries through April 30. To commemorate the International Ballet Competition’s return to Jackson, the Greater Jackson Arts Council is calling for entries to its juried invitational in media such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, film/video, mixed media and installation. Only photos, digital prints or digital files will be accepted; no slides or original artwork. Artists may submit up to three entries. Samples will not be returned. Contact the GJAC for official entry forms. $25 entry fee. • “A Portrait of Jackson Women—Photography by Karla Pound & Leah Overstreet” May 10June 30. The documentary project includes audio interviews and environmental portraits of 20 Jackson women including the late Mildred Wolfe, Ellen Douglas, Dr. Helen Barns, Patti Carr Black and Dorothy Moore. Free; call 601-960-1557. • “Celestial Bodies/Infernal Souls—Photography by Lois Greenfield” June 3-27. See Greenfield’s newest collection of 54 dance-themed photographs. Free; call 601-960-1557. Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $3 and up. Call 228872-3164. • “Light on Water” through March 21. This exhibition will include oil paintings by local artist Melinda Gandy. • “The Lost Murals of Walter Inglis Anderson: Literature” through May 15. This second installment of the series will feature scenes from literature, including work inspired by Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Mustard Seed Exhibit April 1-June 24, at the Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Artwork by Mustard Seed residents will be on display. An invitation-only closing reception will be held on June 24 from 2-4 p.m. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-359-6030. Renaissance Fine Arts Festival May 22-23, at The Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). The juried two-day festival will feature the nation’s top artists. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on May 22 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 23. Free; call 800-468-6078.

Art at the Healthplex ongoing, at the Mississippi College Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See artwork by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon and many others in the front lobby gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Free; e-mail

the brilliant mind of their creator. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students; call 601-960-1515. • The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculpture by Claudia DeMonte April 10-Sept. 12. This exhibition will feature over 50 works by artist Claudia DeMonte from her recent series on exercise. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • On the Wall/Off the Wall: Modern American Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection April 10-Sept. 12. This exhibition presents a fascinating array of some 50 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs by 20th and 21st century artists. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection April 10-Sept. 12. Dorothy and Herbert Vogel have acquired approximately 4,000 works of contemporary art since 1962. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free; call 601-960-1515. • Power APAC Exhibit of Scholastics through April 18. Artwork by gold- and silver-key winners of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards will be on display. An awards ceremony will be held on April 18. • Icons of the Permanent Collection ongoing. Paintings of the American landscape by artists such as John Marin, Will Henry Stevens and Kate Freeman Clark are on display. A 14-panel panorama by William Dunlap can be viewed in the Trustmark Grand Hall. Free. • “The Mississippi Story” ongoing. Comprised of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection, The Mississippi Story reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State. The installation includes more than 200 objects and is divided thematically into four sections: Mississippi’s Landscape, Mississippi’s People, Life in Mississippi and Exporting Mississippi’s Culture. Free.


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Bryant Galleries 3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite A, Flowood. Call 601-932-5099, visit or e-mail Fischer Galleries 3100 N. State St., Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-366-8833. • A solo exhibition of Sandra Murchison’s mixed media prints and encaustic paintings depict the remnants of the Delta portion of the Mississippi Blues Trail will open during Fondren After 5 on March 4 and remain on display through April 2. • Photography by Eyd Kazery and William Ferris will be shown during Fondren After 5 on March 4. • Lea Barton’s artwork will be on display during Arts, Eats and Beats on April 8. Free. • William Goodman’s artwork will be on display during Fondren After 5 on May 9. Free. Fondren Art Gallery 601 Duling St. Artwork available for viewing during Fondren After 5. Free; call 601-981-9222. An art contest through March 15 is open to those 18 and older with cash prizes for the first and second place winners. The finalists will be displayed in the gallery during Arts, Eats, & Beats in April and will be available for purchase. Gaddis Group Gallery 2900 N. State St., Room 206. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601368-9522. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome. Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). Regular hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Free admission; visit; call 601-969-4091. • “Local Girls II” Marc h 4-April 2. See new works by Cleta Ellington, Kit Fields, Pryor Graeber, Lucy Mazzaferro, Melissa Neville, Roz Roy and Miriam Weems. An opening reception on March 4 will be from 3-7 p.m. • “Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience” April 8-May 6. Jerrod Partridge’s artwork on paper and canvas will be on display. An opening reception on April 8 will be from 5-8 p.m. • “Six Over 64.9” May 13-31. See new works by Jim Becker, Norma Bourdeaux, Bewey Bowden, Evelyn Gray, Charles Guess, Jean Seymour. An opening reception on May 13 will be from 5-7:30 p.m.

Highlands Fine Art Brokers 119 S. President St., Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-969-4091. Icon Gallery 2906 N. State St., Fondren, next to Studio Chane. Call 601-981-FLIP or visit COURTESY JOEL BROWN


Brown’s Fine Art 630 Fondren Place. MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit Happy hour is the first Thursday each month, 5-7 p.m. Open for Fondren After 5. • See the Edwina Goodman Retrospective Exhibit March 18-31. Goodman’s still lifes, landscapes, contemporary art and collages will be on display. Opening reception March 18 from 5-8 p.m. • A show for Lori K. Gordon and David “Cairo” Wheeler who assembled pieces from Hurricane Katrina debris opens April 22 at 5 p.m. Pieces include tables, chairs and benches.

H.C. Porter Gallery 1216 Washington St., Vicksburg. Call 601-661-9444. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Signature gallery featuring environmental portraits. “Backyards and Beyond,” a fine-art exhibition book with 81 mixed-media original paintings from the exhibit of the same title, is also available.

“Bouquet by Window Sill” by Edwina Goodman is on display March 18-31 at Brown’s Fine Art in Fondren.

The Ink Spot Gallery 300 W. South St. Call 601352-4700. Jackson Street Gallery Trace Station Shopping Center, Suite E, Ridgeland. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-853-1880, or visit Works from more than 80 artists on display. Fourth Anniversary Celebration, March 18, 7 p.m. As part of a month-long celebration, the gallery will feature artist Opal Smith during Ridgeland Rendezvous. Josh Hailey Studio and Gallery Third floor of the Fondren Corner building. Call 601-214-2068, or visit The reception for the “Nature Leaves” exhibit is April 29 at 5 p.m. See large canvas pieces with images of beautiful leaves from Costa Rica, Honduras, Argentina and beyond. Free admission. Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College, third floor of the Academic Complex, open MondayFriday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1431, e-mail or visit gallery.shtml. Light and Glass Studio 523 Commerce St. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit Featuring glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lil McKH Jewelry 200 Commerce St. (above Hal & Mal’s). Open Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. and by appointment. See jewelry made by Lil McKinnon-Hicks. Call 601-259-6461; e-mail; visit Jewelry sale during the “Sheep to Shawl” event April 17 at the Mississippi Crafts Center. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts 1491 Old Canton Mart, Suites 10 and 10a. Call 601-206-1788 or e-mail Mela Dolce Design Studio 107 N. Union Street, Canton. Open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Offering fine art, custom draperies, reupholstering services and wall coverings. Visit or call 601-667-3509.

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Galleries Mississippi Craft Center 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-7546 or visit Featuring works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. • “Outdoor Days at the Center” March 27 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet the craftsmen who create the work you see in the gallery and at the Chimneyville Craft Festival, and enjoy tunes from local musicians and good eats from local establishments. Free admission. • The Spring Wearable Art Trunk Show on March 18 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. in the gallery will include clothing, jewelry and accessories. • See sheep being sheared at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and wool spun into yarn during Sheep to Shawl Day April 17. • Monthly exhibits include works by ceramist Claudia Cartee in March, fiber artist Sami Lott in April, ceramist Janet Akers in May and ceramist Susan Clark in June. • Check for a long list of scheduled demonstrations such as Ukrainian Eggs by Judy Sclater on March 13, beadwork by Roselyn Polk on April 1 and caning by Allen Whittington on May 16. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop 1085 Luckney Road. Call 601-992-3556; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Featuring ceramics by local artists.


Nunnery’s Gallery 426 Meadowbrook Road. Call 601-981-4426. “Reconstruction” opening reception March 25 at 5 p.m is for the opening of Jason “Twiggy” Lott’s exhibit of assemblages made from discarded objects. Free admission. Negrotto’s Gallery and Custom Framing (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). Open House/Meet and Greet events Fridays at 1 p.m. Free admission; call 228-388-8822. One Blu Wall Gallery First floor of Fondren Corner. Call 601-713-1224. Currently featuring work by Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan

Inman, LaTricia Graves, Christina Cannon, Howard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard and William Patrick Butler. North Midtown Arts Center (formerly One to One Studios) 121 Millsaps Ave. Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modern art gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Call 601-540-5991. P. Henson Studio 1115 Lynwood Drive. By appointment only; call 601-982-4067 or e-mail Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work by Pearl River Glass artists and friends. For more info, call 601-353-2497 or visit Currently featuring work by Andrew Cary Young through March 1. Plateware designed by Chef Luis Bruno is available for purchase. Richard McKey Studio 3242 N. State St. Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Designs and Gallery 1800 N. State St. Call 601-212-7707. Reception for represented artists first Thursday of every month. Lott will sell her fashions and accessories at the Spring Wearable Art Trunk Show at the Mississippi Craft Center on March 18. Southern Breeze Gallery 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Renaissance in Ridgeland. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appt. Call 601-607-4147 or visit See artwork by Jackie Ellens. New featured artists each week. TwentyNine06 Studios 2906 N. State St. Free admission; call 601-607-7121. Compositions by 14 artists including Cyndi Funkhouser, Christie Farese and Leigh Ann Patterson will be on display during Fondren After 5. Wolfe Studio 4308 Old Canton Road. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-3661844. Featuring paintings, prints and colorful ceramics.

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he future of talented Mississippi artists is at the Power Academy and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson. Students in grades four through 12 have spent the past year perfecting their skills in pottery, printmaking, film, painting, 3-D design and drawing. Their works will be showcased April 8 through May 5 at the Mississippi Arts Center during the academy’s annual student art exhibit. The exhibit includes artwork from 22 Scholastic gold- and silver-key award winners as well as a gold key juror and the Gold Key Senior Portfolio award winner. Power APAC offers a highly specialized and rigorous curriculum to academically and artistically talented students of the Jackson Public Schools district. The program holds academic testing and performing-arts auditions for the elementary program each year in January and performing-arts auditions for secondary students in November.

“The Great Gatsby,” a photograph by Power APAC student Brittany Calhoun, will be on display April 8 through May 5 at the Mississippi Arts Center.

The APAC Visual Art Department will host a gallery opening reception Sunday, April 11, at the Mississippi Arts Center (201 E. Pascagoula St.) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Mississippi Arts Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 601-960-1500.

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Music Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band March 5-6, at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). The New Orleans band’s performances begin at 10 p.m. $10; call 601-983-1148. The BlackOut, The Envelope Pushers and Vertical Ascent March 6, 9 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) in the Red Room. A portion of the proceeds go toward Haiti relief efforts. $7; call 601948-0888. Youth Choir Concert March 7, 4 p.m., at Cade Chapel M.B. Church (1000 W. Ridgeway St.). The church youth choir sings with local and out-of-town guest choirs. Free; call 601-366-5463. Events at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). • Music in the City March 9. Hors d’oeuvres served at 5:15 p.m. Music with pianist John Paul and violinist Thomas Lowe begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. • Kandinsky and Scriabin: Hearing Color, Seeing Sound April 8, 6 p.m. Pianist Jade Simmons pairs Alexander Scriabin’s music with Wassily Kandisnsky’s artwork. A 30-minute social will precede the concert. $10; call 601-960-1565.

University Ave., Oxford). $30 and up; call 662915-2787. 4ever Friday March 26, 9 p.m., at the Electric Building (308 E. Pearl St.). View artwork, listen to poetry and enjoy music by DJ Phingaprint. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-454-8313. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • Bravo V: Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, The Resurrection March 27, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Chorus perform. $20 and up, $5 children 4-18 and students; call 601-960-1565. • “Die Fledermaus” April 17, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera performs the comedic Strauss operetta in English. $20-$55; call 601-960-2300. • “Colere” May 6, 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Opera and high school choirs perform selections from “Missa Luba” and “African Sanctus.” $20; call 601-278-3351. New Bourbon Street Jazz Society March 28, 3-6 p.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). Dixieland jazz, swing and dance music. $10, free for members; call 601-956-8521.


“Inhale-Exhale” May 8, 7 p.m., at Beth Israel ConEvents at Belhaven University (835 Riverside gregation (5315 Old Canton Road) Israeli multiDrive) Center for the Arts in the concert hall. Call instrumentalist Amir Gwirtzman plays jazz, R&B 601-965-7044 unless otherwise noted. Free. and folk songs. Free; call 601-956-6215. • Student Composers Concert VII “Singing About Longleaf” March 9, 7 p.m. Belhaven music April 6, noon, at the Mississippi students perform pieces they comMuseum of Natural Science (2148 posed. Call 601-965-7026. Riverside Drive). The Blues Rang• Belhaven University String ers sing original songs highlighting Chamber Orchestra Concert forest management issues. $3-$5, April 9, 7:30 p.m., Includes “Serchildren under 3 and museum enade, Op. 11” by Dag Wiren members free; call 601-354-7303. and “From Holberg’s Time:” by Chamber IV: Chamber in the Edvard Grieg. Chapel April 10, 7:30 p.m., at • All State Strings Concert Tougaloo College, Woodworth April 10, 3 p.m. The fourth Chapel (500 W. County Line annual invitational orchestra is Road). Pianist Jade Simmons plays comprised of the top string stuwith the MSO String Quartet. dents in the state. Cassandra Wilson $15 and up, $5 children 4-18; call performs in Oxford • Jazz and Percussion Concert 601-960-1515. March 26 and in the April 13, 7:30 p.m. A jazz and BeBe and CeCe Winans MSU Riley Center percussion concert in honor of March 27. April 10, 8 p.m., at the Jackson Jazz Appreciation Month Convention Complex (105 E. • Belhaven University Guitar Pascagoula St.). Purchase tickets at Ensemble Concert April 17, 7:30 p.m. A $37; call 601-540-2392. case of the best student guitar solos and ensemInstrumental Spring Concert April 27, 6:30 p.m., bles, from earliest music to experimental jazz. at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex • Best of Belhaven II April 20, 7:30 p.m. This (1120 Riverside Drive). Performed by students in concert offers the most exemplary student perforgrades 4-12. Free; call 601-960-5387. mances of the semester. Events at Millsaps College Ford Academic Com• Belhaven University and Jackson Community plex (1701 N. State St.). Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts Concert April 24, 7:30 p.m. Belhaven vocalists and • An Evening with Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii April instrumentalists present “Te Deum” (“To God”) 22, 7:30 p.m. Tsujii performs Chopin’s “Piano by Mark Hayes, “Te Deum No. 2 in C Major” Concerto No. 1” with the Mississippi Symphony by F. J. Haydn and “Psalm 29” by Belhaven’s Dr. Orchestra. $100; call 601-960-1515. Andrew Sauerwein. • “The American Songbook, An Evening of MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Call Cabaret” April 27, 7 p.m. Baritone James Martin 601-696-2200. Sophie Milman March 12, presents music from Fats Waller, the Gershwins 7:30 p.m. $19, $25; Cassandra Wilson, and others. $10, $5 or free with Millsaps ID; call March 27, 7:30 p.m. $38, $44. Simply Sinatra 601-974-1130. April 24, 7:30 p.m. Steve Lippia and his band “The Singing Heart” April 27, 7:30 p.m., at Broadperform.. $28, $22; Oak Ridge Boys May 8, meadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broad7:30 p.m. $59, $53; The Spinners May 22, meadow Dr.). The Jackson Choral Society presents 7:30 p.m. $44, $38. “Requiem,” by K. Lee Scott and other selections.


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Literary and Signings PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest through March 31, at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). K-3 children can submit original stories with illustrations for first, second and third place winners for each grade level. Winners’ stories recorded on MPB Radio. First-place winners will advance to national competition to compete for prizes such as laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players. Applications are available online at Free; call 601-432-6565.

Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “Growing Patterns” March 6, 10 a.m. Sarah Campbell signs; $17.95 book. • “The Weeb Book” March 13, 12 p.m. Robert W. Maxwell signs; $20 book. • “The Surrendered” March 22, 5 p.m. Changrae Lee signs; reads at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “Walking to Gatlinburg” March 26, 5 p.m. Howard Frank Mosher reads 5:30 p.m. $25 book.


March 4 - 10, 2010

in’t Got Long to Stay Here” is a 90-minute one-man show in which actor Barry Scott plays 12 characters with varying perspectives about the Civil Rights Movement. Characters include a member of the Ku Klux Klan, a white police officer, preachers and Martin Luther King Jr., giving the audience a greater context for the Movement. Scott makes use of video clips to emphasize the setting of each character, including of civil rights marches, police violence and King speaking.



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• “Caught” March 29, 5 p.m. Harlan Coben signs; reads at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book. • “Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives: Stories” April 2, 5 p.m. Brad Watson signs; reads at 5:30 p.m. $23.95 to reserve a book. • “Flying Lessons” April 3, 10 a.m. Gilbert Ford signs; $16.99 to reserve book; call 601-366-7619. • “Forecasts and Faith” April 5, 5 p.m. WLBT chief meteorologist Barbie Bassett signs copies of her book. $22.95 book.

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Scott acts with an obvious passion for the play. His portrayal of King is so accurate that after one performance Coretta Scott King complemented Scott on his “realistic and honest depiction of her late husband.” Aside from being an actor and playwright, Scott is a voice-over artist, producer, director and theater manager. Currently, he is the theater manager at Tennessee State University and the producing artistic director for the American Negro Playwright Theatre. He lives in Nashville, Tenn.

Barry Scott performs a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the MSU Riley Center in Meridian April 9.

“Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here” is at the MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian) Friday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $19. For more information call 601- 696-2200.

• “Undead Much” and “You Are So Undead to Me” April 8, 5 p.m. Stacey Jay signs, followed by reading at 5:30 p.m. $8.99 for each book. • “Princess for Hire” April 10, 1 p.m. Lindsey Leavitt signs; $16.99 book. • “Bending Toward the Light” April 10, 2 p.m. Members of the group Poets Anonymous sign copies of the book. $9.95 book. • “Miss Julia Renews Her Vows” April 13, 5 p.m. Ann Ross signs; reads at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars #02)” April 13, 5 p.m. Erin Hunter signs; $16.99 book; call 601-366-7619. • “An Unfinished Score” April 29, 5 p.m. Elise Blackwell signs copies of her book. $24.95 book. • “The Swimming Pool” May 5, 5 p.m. Holly LeCraw signs copies of her book. $25.95 book. • “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War” May 12, 5 p.m. Karl Marlantes signs; $16 book. • “Sources of Light” May 18, 5 p.m. Margaret McMullan signs; reads at 5:30 p.m. $16 book. • “61 Hours” May 19, 5 p.m. Lee Child signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $28 book; call 601-366-7619. All Writers Workshop ongoing, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Held every second and fourth Tuesday, workshop focus on inspiration, tips, exercises and member critique. Open to new and published writers who are actively writing. Author and humorist Margie Culbertson is instructor. Free; call 601-985-8011.

Stage and Screen

A Saturday with Shakespeare April 10, 1 p.m., at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). The Mississippi College Tribal Players perform. Free; call 601-961-4724.

Events at the Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” ongoing. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” ongoing, 2 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Fridays. Explore the beauty of the Louisiana wetlands, the effects of Hurricane Katrina and the efforts to bring back New Orleans. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Space Storm” ongoing. What happens as the Sun hurls matter and energy toward Earth. Show times are 8:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” ongoing. Explore the solar system and discover what happened to Pluto. The show is Saturdays at 1 p.m. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children.

Crossroads Film Festival April 16-18. See more than 70 films during the three-day festival at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison), Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.) and Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Music and workshops are also included. $60-$80; call 601-510-9148. “Revenge” April 23-24, at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 Lynch St.). The

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ew Stage Theatre brings theater-goers another southern comedy with “Dividing the Estate” by Horton Foote. Set in Harrison, Texas, the play portrays the Gordon family and its struggle to hold on to privileged lives.

New Stage Theater’s upcoming production “Dividing the Estate” runs April 13- 25.

Set in the late 1980s, “Dividing the Estate” shows the Gordon family in its dysfunctional splendor. Family matriarch Stella Gordon is in denial that the family’s 100-year-old Texas estate must be divided due to financial strife. Her three children grew up with the wealth and privileges of old money; Lucille and Louis still live in the family mansion, dining off the dividends from the family’s land. When their sibling Mary Jo returns to Harrison with hints of dividing the estate, rivalries surface. Born in 1916 in Wharton, Texas, Foote is best known for his Oscar-winning 1962 screen adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” New Stage featured another play by Foote, “A Trip to Bountiful,” in January 2007. Foote also won a Pulitzer Prize for drama with his 1995 play “The Young Man from Atlanta.” “Dividing the Estate,” runs April 1325. Show times and ticket prices to be announced. Visit for more information.

“The Star-Spangled Girl” through March 6, 7 p.m., at Old Clinton Jr. High (Fairmont St., Clinton). The Clinton Brick Street Players present the Neil Simon comedy. $12 adults, $8 students and seniors; call 601-573-2759. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533 unless otherwise noted. • Acting Intern Auditions March 6. Appointments are required. Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. • “A Year with Frog and Toad” through March 7. The New Stage Children’s Theatre production based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Show times are 7 p.m. March 5 and 2 p.m. March 6-7. $10, discounts available; call 601-948-3531. • “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” March 19-20, 7:30 p.m. A parody of Shakespeare’s plays in shortened form and performed by three actors. $5. • “Dividing the Estate” April 13-25. Resentments and rivalries surface as the members of this dysfunctional family go head-to-head. 7:30 p.m. April 13-17 and April 21-24; 2 p.m. matinees April 18 and 25. $22, $18 students and seniors. • “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” April 30-May 2, 7:30 p.m. An odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world. $5. • Eudora Welty New Plays Series April 30May 2. Readings of three plays will include postperformance discussions. 7:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; 2 p.m. May 2. Free; call 601-948-3531. • “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” May 25-June 6. Two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics. 7:30 p.m. May 25-29 and June 2-5; 2 p.m. matinees May 30 and June 6. $22, $18 students and seniors. Events at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Call 601-825-1293. $12, $10 students/seniors Thursday-Saturday; $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 children 12 and under on Sunday. • “Annie” March 3-7. 7:30 p.m. March 3-6, 2 p.m. March 7. • “Steel Magnolias” Auditions March 9-10, 6:30 p.m. Auditions are for the upcoming production in April. Ron Pirtle is the director. • “Steel Magnolias” April 23-May 2.

• “Plaza Suite” Auditions May 4-5, 6:30 p.m. The auditions are for a production in June. “Sweeney Todd” March 4-6, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, North Campus (370 Old Agency Road). St. Andrew’s Upper School presents Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Broadway musical. $5 students, $10 adults; call 601-853-6027. Events at Belhaven University

is the special guest. You may wear a costume to the event. $5 museum members, $7 non-members, $3 1-5 year olds; call 601-960-1515. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.): • “Alice in Wonderland” March 7, 2 p.m., presented by the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for children follows at the Mississippi Museum of Art. $13-$25 for ballet, $25 for tea party; call 601-853-4508. • “Cats” April 27-28. The Tony Award-winning musical starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Tickets are available at $22.20-$64.75; call 601-981-1847. “The Honeymoon is Over” Dinner Theater March 9, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). $40 includes a three-course meal (tax and tip not included); call 601-856-9696.

The Tony Award-winning musical “Cats” opens April 27 at Thalia Mara Hall.

• “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” Musical Theatre and Dessert March 4-6, 7 p.m. at McCravey-Triplett Student Center (1500 Peachtree St.). Includes a dessert intermission. Admission for children includes dessert. $10, $5 seniors/students/children, free for faculty/staff ($3 dessert); call 601-965-7026. • Belhaven University Spring Dance Concert April 9-17, at the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). Classical and contemporary ballet, modern and cultural dance. Performances on April 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17 with a matinee April 15 at 11 a.m. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for children; call 601-965-1400. • “Murder in the Cathedral” by T. S. Eliot April 15-24, at the Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Dr.). The story of the martyrdom of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. Show dates are April 15-17 and April 21-24; Wednesdays-Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. $10, $5 seniors and students; call 601-965-7026. • DOXA Spring Dance Concert April 23-24, at the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). Emerging young creative artists’ choreography and performance. $10, $2 seniors/students/shildren; call 601-965-1400. • National Dance Week Celebration 2010 April 30-May 1, at Belhaven University, Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Dr.). A dance showcase will be April 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. (Audition tapes accepted until March 30.) May 1, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., benefit dance-a-thon for local children’s charities; 6-8 p.m. dance concert. $10, $5 students for performances; $10 for dance-a-thon; call 601238-3303. • Belhaven University Senior Dance Concert March 3-6, 7:30 p.m. at the Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). Senior students perform. $10 adults, $5 students/ children/seniors; call 601-965-1400. “Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine” March 4-7, at Millsaps Christian Center Auditorium (1701 N. State St.). A young black woman ventures to New York City. The theme of the play is freedom and family. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 4-6 and 2 p.m. March 7. $10, $5 seniors and students; e-mail Jim Henson Movie Series March 5, 6 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). An interactive viewing of “Labyrinth.” Heather Henson

Events at the Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). Call 601-664-0930; visit • “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” March 12-14. Show times are 7:30 p.m. March 12-13 and 2 p.m. March 14. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. • Actor’s Playhouse Auditions April 3-10. Audition dates are April 3 and April 10. The company is seeking boys and girls entering the fourth through 12th grades who sing, dance and act. • “All Shook Up” April 22-May 2. A play about a small-town girl and a guitar-playing roustabout; includes 24 Elvis songs. 7:30 p.m. weeknights and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. • “Cabaret” Auditions May 17-18, 7 p.m. Actor’s Playhouse and Fondren Theatre Workshop join forces for a July production at Hal & Mal’s. 18+. Come prepared with a two-minute musical theater song, and to dance and read from the script. 24th Annual Puppetry Jam March 25-26, 9 a.m., at the Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr.). See the Puppet Arts Theatre in “The Toad Prince,” listen to stories by Ben Woods and Rosia Crisler, visit with Inky the Clown and make puppets with Hilda Faye Hill. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon both days. $6 adults, $5 children; call 601-977-9840. Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. • “The Little Engine That Could” March 29, 9:30 a.m. Watty Piper’s tale is presented by Omaha Theater Company and is for children in grades K-4. Show times are 9:30 a.m. and noon. $5. • “From ‘I Have a Dream’ to ‘Yes We Can’” April 9, noon. For children in grades 5-9, Barry Scott combines lectures on the Civil Rights Movement with impersonations of Dr. Martin Luther King. $5. • “Little Mermaid” May 1, 2 p.m. The play based on the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. $18 adults, $10 children. • “Click, Clack, Moo” May 6, 9:30 a.m. For children in grades K-4, the musical is based on the Caldecott Medal-winning book. Show times are 9:30 a.m. and noon. $5. • “Ain’t Got Long to Stay Here” April 9, 7:30 p.m. Barry Scott’s one-man play is based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. $25, $19. “The Watch They Keep” April 9-17, at Old Clinton Junior High School Auditorium (Fairmont St., Clinton). A woman’s children are forced to face her dementia as her pastor tries to help. April 9-11 and April 15-17, 7 p.m.; 2 p.m. matinee April 11. $12, $8 seniors and children; call 601-925-9825.

play shows what happens when people take matters into their own hands. Show times are 8 p.m. April 23 and 7 p.m. April 24. Buy tickets at BeBop Record Shops or on $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-372-3192.


Ballet Magnificat! Spring Concert Series April 911, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Includes “The Hiding Place” April 9 at 7 p.m., “The Scarlet Cord” April 10 at 7 p.m. and “Deliver Us” April 11 at 3 p.m. $10-$30; call 601-977-1001.



Greater Belhaven Market ongoing, at the Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Be sure to stop by and buy some produce or other food or gift items as the market reopens for its 9th season. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. until Dec. 18. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Financial Assistance for Organic Farmers through March 12, at the Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has more than $900,000 to help Mississippi farmers produce organic products and to introduce growers to high tunnel structures that extend the growing season for crops. The deadline for landowners to apply for funds is March 12. Free; visit Celebration of Strong Women Call for Nominations through April 8, on the Baptist Medical Center Web Site ( The five categories are: Defender, Mentor, Leader, Perseverance and Promise. Nominees will be judged by a distinguished panel of women. The winners will be announced on May 6. Free; call 601-968-5135. 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; call 601-918-8523. Free Tax Counseling and Electronic Filing at the following locations will be done by AARP volunteers. Bring all necessary documents. Joint filers must come together. Free. • Through April 12, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) Mondays from 9 a.m.2 p.m. Call 601-372-1621. • Through April 13, at Willie Morris Library (4912

Old Canton Road) Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 601-987-8181. • Through April 14, at Margaret Walker Alexander Library (2525 Robinson Road) Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-8911. • Through April 15, at Clinton Public Library (111 Clinton Blvd., Clinton) Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. Call 601-924-5684. “Downtown Spaces, Hip New Places” 2010 March 2-5, in downtown Jackson. March 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., enjoy a tour of downtown and a sidewalk art show on Congress St. Tickets are $20 per person; call 601-326-0700. Fashion Faux Paws March 4, noon, at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). The event will feature adoptable dogs and puppies and their model partners wearing the latest spring fashions. Proceeds benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption, Inc. (CARA). $50; call 601-918-0848 or 601-2010568. Fondren After 5 March 4, 5 p.m., at Fondren. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the historic Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. The Phoenix Initiative March 4, 6 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (621 Duling Ave.). Get updates on the Fondren neighborhood revitalization efforts. The guest speaker is Bill Scruggs, president of the Fondren Renaissance Foundation. Free; call 601-362-6381. COPS Meetings. These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. • Precinct 1 March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3 at 6 p.m., at the Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Precinct 2 March 11, April 8 and May 13 at 6 p.m., at the Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002.

by Lacey McLaughlin

March 4 - 10, 2010



rt lovers Herb and Dorothy Vogel celebrated their engagement by purchasing a vase by Pablo Picasso. Soon after they were married, the couple acquired a metal sculpture by American artist John Chamberlain. Despite limited financial means, the Vogels managed to collect more than 4,000 pieces of artwork since their marriage in 1962. What is most impressive is that Dorothy, a librarian for the Brooklyn, N.Y. public library system and Herb, a United States Post Office Employee, devoted their lives to supporting artists and collecting art as a form of self-expression. Today, the Vogel’s collection travels around the country for the public’s enjoyment. In 1992, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., obtained an agreement with the Vogels to establish stewardship of their collection. Since then the Vogels have doubled the size of their collection through gifts and purchases, and established “The Herb and Dorothy Vogel


Collection of a Lifetime

Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States” project. The couple created the project to share their art with muThe Herb and seums around the Dorothy Vogel country. Collection will be The exhibit on display at the includes 2,500 Mississippi Museum of Art April 10 drawings, paint- though Sept. 12. ings, objects, prints and photographs by 177 artists. Contemporary minimal and conceptual art dominates the collection, with works by Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis, Dan Graham and others. “The Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States” runs April 10 through Sept. 12 at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. For more information call 601-960-1515 or visit

• Precinct 3 March 18, April 15 and May 20, 6 p.m., at the Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601960-0003. • Precinct 4 March 25, April 22 and May 27, 6 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0004.



Friday Movie Series March 5, noon, at Jackson State (1400 Lynch St.), in the Student Center Ballroom. The film “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” will be shown. Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin will lead a discussion after the film. Free; call 601-979-3935. “Breaking Through the Red Tape” March 5, 1:30 p.m., at Holmes Community College (412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland). Find out how to deal with errors on your medical bills from Kay Rhett of Claims Check. Reservations are required; space is limited. Free; call 601-605-3431. Celtic Kick-Off March 5, 6 p.m., (720 Gillespie St.) The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation is hosting an evening of wine, whiskey and beer tasting. Irish fare will be offered to sample and enjoy in one of Belhaven’s newly renovated bungalows. Tim Avalon will provide live entertainment. There will be a silent auction of artwork by Kelley Williams and other items. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; call 601-352-8850. Power APAC Pancake Breakfast March 6, 8 a.m., at Up the Creek (278 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the ACubed Dance Fund. $5; call 601-960-5300. Jackson Audubon Society Monthly Bird Walk March 6, 8 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). An experienced Audubon Society member will lead the walk. Bring binoculars, water, insect repellent and a snack. Call ahead to borrow a pair of binoculars. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Free, $3 car entrance fee; call 601-956-7444. Diggin’ and Donuts March 6, 9 a.m., at Belhaven Park (Poplar St.). Neighborhood volunteers will be landscaping the park. The Belhaven Garden Club and the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation sponsor the event. Call 601-352-8850; e-mail Mid-South NOW Regional Conference March 6, 10 a.m., at Willie Morris Library (4912 Old Canton Road). The conference will consist of two workshops dealing with women’s issues. The keynote speaker is to be determined. Lunch is included. $20; e-mail WomenBuild 2010 Clinics March 6-27, at Lowe’s (836 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland). In preparation for WomenBuild 2010 in April, Lowe’s offers home improvement workshops. The exterior siding workshop is on March 6, and the interior painting and trim workshop is on March 27. A reservation is required. Free; call 601-353-6060. Murrah Pancake Breakfast March 6, 7:30 a.m., at Applebee’s (900 E. County Line Road, # 101, Ridgeland). Proceeds benefit the Murrah High School Band. $5; call 601-937-1135. Reception and Networking Luncheon March 9, 9 a.m., at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). The meet-and-greet reception for legislators at the Capitol begins at 9 a.m., and the luncheon at the Old Capitol Inn begins at noon. Reservations are required for the luncheon. The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women. $25 lunch; call 601-291-5067. Women’s Networking Luncheon March 9, noon at the Old Capitol Inn (226 N. State St.). Network for change with the Missis-

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sippi Women’s Commission. A reservation is required; e-mail $25; visit; call 601-291-5067. “History Is Lunch” noon, at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850. • March 10, Clark Burkett, historian at Historic Jefferson College in Washington, Miss., presents “Vintage Baseball,” illustrated by historic photographs of students at HJC. • March 17, Delta State University English professor Elizabeth Sarcone talks about poet Pearl Rivers (Eliza Jane Poitevant Nicholson). • March 24, editor Peggy W. Jeanes discusses “Mississippi History Now,” an online publication of the Mississippi Historical Society. • March 31, Jacksonian William Morris Jr. will show images from and talk about his book, “Ole Miss at Oxford: A Part of Our Heart and Soul.” • April 7, Luther Brown, director of Delta State University’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning, presents “The Mississippi River.” • April 14, historian Warren Calhoun presents “A Piano Teacher and an American Hero: The Carter-Crumpton Families of Mississippi and Alabama.” • April 21, Jackson attorney Alex Alston, Jr., talks about the book he co-wrote with James L. Dickerson, Jr., “Devil’s Sanctuary: An Eyewitness History of Mississippi Hate Crimes.” • April 28, Mississippi historian W. J. Megginson will talk about his new book, “African American Life in South Carolina’s Upper Piedmont.” • May 12, Historic Natchez Foundation founder Ron Miller talks about the preservation of Natchez’s extraordinary historic sites. “Jackson’s Renaissance: One Business Journalist’s Perspective” March 10, 6 p.m., at the Mississippi State College of Architecture and Design (509 East Capitol Street). Discuss the city’s eco-development with a creative-class journalist, CNN Money producer Amy Haimerl, who has covered and supported Jackson’s renaissance for nearly a decade. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. ACLU Lobby Day March 11, 10 a.m., at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Spend the day meeting with representatives about issues important to you. Free; visit; call 601-354-3408.

BEFORE: Events at the Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • March 11, 10 a.m., Children’s Health Fair Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, local elementary students and others will have access to traditional health screenings. Adults can participate in a “Lunch and Learn” focused on children’s mental health. Free; call 601-366-8309. • March 19 and 30, April 29 and 30, May 12 and 21, 8 a.m., SafeHeart Screenings in the Community Room. SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg will do five ultrasound and EKG screenings that target risk for heart attack, stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm, atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease. No needles will be used, and no disrobing is required. Testing time is about 10 minutes. Medicaid accepted; bring Medicaid card and photo ID. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-4505483 or 866-548-3006. • The Extreme Designers Fashion Show March 27, April 24 and May 29, 7 p.m. Events showcase fashion designers, make-up artists, and hair designers in Mississippi and beyond. Thad Cochran Center; doors open at 6 p.m. $12, $15; E-mail

the global impact these birds have on earth. $4$6, kids 2 and under free; call 601-352-2580. • May 9, 9 a.m., Mother’s Appreciation Day. Bring your mom to the zoo, and she will get an all-day pass as a gift. $4-$6, kids 2 and under free. “Cross-Pollinate: A Speaker Series” March 13, 5:30 p.m., at the Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Shahid Buttar will discuss government accountability as it relates to the war on terror. Call 415-425-9291.


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Jackson Rainbow Families Movie Night March 18, 6:30 p.m., at Safe Harbor Family Church (2147 Henry Hill Drive). The LGBT parents group will show a movie and serve pizza and popcorn. Free; call 601-559-6133 (after 6 p.m.); e-mail Herbal Medicine 101 March 18, 7 p.m., at the Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Dr. David Wheat will present an introduction to medicinal plants, their use and history. Free, donations welcome; call 601-926-1104. St. Paddy’s Weekend with the Sweet Potato Queens March 18-21, at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). In collaboration with the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade on March 20, the four-day weekend consists of several celebrations on Thirsty

Home and Outdoor Living Extravaganza March 12-14, at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). See the latest in indoor and outdoor living. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13. Open 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday, March 14. $5, $7 weekend pass, free for children under 12; call 601-969-3446 or 800-898-4226.

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Jackson Garden and Patio Show March 19-21, at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Attend seminars on gardening, landscaping and out-

Sunday, March 21

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration The 3rd annual Caterpillar Parade will march through Old Towne Clinton April 10, starting at 10 a.m.

door decorating. Shows are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 21. $8 per day, children 10 and under free; call 601-919-8111. Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade March 20, 1 p.m., in downtown Jackson. This year’s theme is “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green.” The parade will begin on the corner of State and Court streets. Free; call 601948-0888; visit Mississippi Region II Science and Engineering Fair March 23-24, at Jackson State University: Williams Athletics and Assembly Center (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Students from grades 1-12 will present projects in the areas of science, mathematics and technology. Free; call 601-979-1603. Groundbreaking Ceremony March 23, 11 a.m., at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). The event is in celebration of a future women’s group home. Call 601-992-3556. 2010 Diversity Conference March 24-26, at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Hattiesburg), in the Colvard Union. The theme is “Enhancing Mississippi Global Competitiveness Through Diversity: Community, Business, and Education.”

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Events at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) Call 601-352-2580 unless otherwise noted. • March 13, 9 a.m., Zoo Day. Keepers, volunteers and zoo staff have prepared special activities such as live music, crafts for sale, cartoon characters and much more. The zoo will also open its new Sumatran tiger exhibit. • March 20, 9 a.m., Adopt an Animal Day. Adopt an animal and your donation will go toward its care. Adoptions are good for one year and renewable. Visit the Jackson Zoo Web site ( for an application. $25$500; call 601-352-2582. • April 3, 8 a.m., Breakfast with the Animals and the Easter Bunny. Come and enjoy a delicious buffet of breakfast food, followed by a personal tour with animal care staff. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $4-$6, kids 2 and under free. • April 6, May 4 and June 1, 10 a.m., Story Time Tuesday. Each month (March thru September), a local celebrity comes to the zoo on the first Tuesday of the month to read an animal story to kids. After story time, the kids get to do a related craft project or have an animal encounter. Free with paid admission. • April 24, 9 a.m., “Earth Day: Party for the Planet.” Learn about the earth and what you can do to protect it through educational games and activities. $4-$6, kids 2 and under free. • May 8, 9 a.m., International Migratory Bird Day. Come out and enjoy an educational chat with the keepers, who will explain the history and


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“Queen of the Natchez Trace” March 16, 11 a.m., at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). To kick off the “Petitions, Protests, and Patriotism: Mississippi Women in Preservation, 1900-1950” exhibit, Dot Ward, president of the Natchez Trace Parkway Association, will discuss Mississippian Roane Fleming Byrnes’s work to preserve the Natchez Trace Parkway. Free; call 601-576-6920.

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 78th Southeastern Regional Conference March 11-14, at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Events includes a public meeting and reception on March 11 and a step show on March 13. $20 for step show; call 601-366-8309.

Reproductive Justice Training March 13, 9 a.m., Jackson Enterprise Center (931 Highway 80 W.), in the second floor conference room. Mississippi Reproductive Coalition will provide training with a focus on human rights that can be applied in everyday life. Breakfast and lunch provided. Free; call 601-354-8601.

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Community Conference hours are 1-8 p.m. March 24, 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. March 25 and 8:30 a.m.-noon March 26. Registration is required. $100, $50 students; call 662-325-2270. “Women and the Movement for Social Justice” March 24, 6:30 p.m., at Jackson State University, College of Liberal Arts (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series; panelists discuss the social justice movement. Free; call 601-979-1562. Events at the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (921 N. President St., Suite C). Registration is required. $60 members, $110 non-members; visit; call 601-968-0061. • Playing by the Rules: Legal Compliance for Nonprofits March 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This oneday workshop will address key issues for nonprofit operations, teach you how to maintain your tax-exempt status, and manage unrelated business income. • Building Better Programs with Outcomes Measurement April 8, 9 a.m. This 1-day workshop will teach you how to create a visual presentation of how your program should work using logic models. 2010 Spring Market March 25-27, at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Visit Spring Market for the latest in spring fashion, accessories, jewelry, shoes, handbags, children’s clothes, home decor, gourmet foods and more. Adults: $8, children 12 & under free; call 662-890-3359.



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Adhiambo Parents Night Out/Silent Auction March 28, 7 p.m., at Monte’s Steak and Seafood (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite N-10). Enjoy food, art and a silent auction, which includes a signed Minnesota Vikings football. Proceeds benefit the Adhiambo School. TBD; call 601-454-8313.

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Magnolia Roller Vixens & Montgomery Roller Derby Mashup April 3, 7 p.m., at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Magnolia Roller Vixens team up with the Helles Belles of Montgomery Roller Derby in a mixed roller derby bout. Come see the first home game of the 2010 season. $12 advance, $15 at the door; call 601-519-0479. Financial Education Seminar April 6, 6 p.m., at the 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 550). Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the seminar will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. This month’s topic is, “Homeowner Preparation—Where Do I Start?” Free; call 601-969-6431. Fourth Annual Creative Arts Festival April 7-8, at Jackson State University (1400 Lynch St.). The theme is “The Sit-in Movement and Student Activism Fifty Years Later.” The festival begins at 3 p.m. on April 7 and 8 a.m. on April 8. Speakers include Dr. Leslie McLemore and Dr. Jerry Ward. Free; call 601-979-3935. Mississippi Business and Technology Expo April 7-8, at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). The business-to-business networking

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Statewide Summit March 26-27, at Callaway High School (601 Beasley Road). The event is a call to action to stop funneling children down paths to prison. Registration is required. The summit will be from 4:30-9 p.m. on March 26 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 27. Free; visit; call 601-321-1966. Spring Fling March 27, 10 a.m., at The Mustard Seed (1085 Luckney Road). Visit the gift shop and meet the Seedsters. The Bells of Faith Handbell Choir will perform in the activities center at 11 a.m. Free; call 601-992-3556.


Saving Our Selves Seminar March 30, 6 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services, Region 9 (3450 Highway 80 W.). In the Conference Center. Learn healthy self-help strategies for living in a stressful world. Free; call 601-321-2400.


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Fifth Annual Veterans in the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement Conference March 25-27, at Jackson State University e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). The theme is “The Loss of Civil and Human Rights in a Time of Economic Crisis: Creating a Blueprint for the Future.” The sessions are from 9 a.m-9 p.m. March 25-26 and 8:30 a.m.9:30 p.m. March 27. Keynote speakers include Rev. Jeremiah Wright March 25 and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee March 26. Other guests include Myrlie Evers Williams, Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin and Rep. Bennie Thompson. Registration deadline is March 15. $100 adults, $25 college students, $10 high school students; call 601-979-1520 or 601-979-1515.

• Blue Cross Blue Shield PopStar High School Celebration May 19, 5 p.m. The best high school athletes in the state will gather for dinner at 5 p.m. and an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. $20.

Events at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). Visit; call 601-9828264. • Cellular South Howell Trophy and Gillom Trophy Presentation March 29, 5:30 p.m. The Howell Trophy in men’s college basketball and the Gillom Trophy in women’s college basketball will be given to deserving players. The reception is at 5:30 p.m., and the ceremony starts at 6:30 p.m. $75, $25 skybox.

Celtic Kick-Off sponsors include Greg McDade of McDade’s Market (left) and Damon Hogben of Fenian’s Pub, with artwork by local artist Kelley Williams. The event is March 5.

event has almost 200 exhibits, awards programs, free seminars, door prizes and more. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 7 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8. Free with a business card; call 601-3641000. 15th Annual Human Resource Conference and Expo April 7-9, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Meet and network with colleagues in human resources, the legal profession and other fields. Get exposure to the newest human resources products, techniques and services. RSVP by April 1. Sponsorships and exhibitor booths are available. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 8 and 7:30-11:30 a.m.

Mississippi Association of Healthcare Quality Spring Conference April 9, 8:30 a.m., at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.), in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. The theme is “The Many Face of Healthcare Quality.” Conference hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Continuing Education credits available. $75; visit

Volunteers from the 2008 Crossroads Film Festival enjoyed the festival while keeping things running smoothly. The 2010 festival kicks off April 16.

Second Annual Spring Into Green April 10, 10 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Festivities include the 3rd annual Caterpillar Parade in Olde Towne Clinton, plant sales, local art displays and other events related to going green. Free admission; e-mail

“On the Brink in Mississippi” May 4, noon, at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Biologist Scott Hereford will talk about efforts to save the Mississippi Sandhill Crane. $3-$5, children under 3 and museum members free;; call 601-354-7303.

“Black Power” April 15, 6:30 p.m., at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). Part of the Medgar Evers/Ella Baker Civil Rights Lecture Series, panelists will discuss the black power movement. Free; call 601-979-1562.

Financial Education Seminar May 4, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road). In suite 550. Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the seminar will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431.

Mississippi Natural Healthcare Day April 17, 9 a.m., at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Lone Road), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Experts will teach you how to reduce your risk of illness and promote healing without drugs or surgery. Pre-registration is available online. $10-$20 before April 15, $15-$25 thereafter; visit; e-mail registration@ Gathering on the Green April 17, 10 a.m., at the Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy fun, food and other festivities on the historic Old Capitol Green. Call 601-576-6920. Celebrity Golf Scramble April 19, 12:30 p.m., at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). The event is sponsored by First Commercial Bank and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Corporate rates are available for teams. $250; visit; call 601-982-8264. The Wedding: An Upscale Event for the Southern Bride Presents Sylvia Weinstock April 24-25. Enjoy an evening of cake, cocktails, music and displays from event professionals April 24, at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). April 25, attend the brunch and book signing with Sylvia Weinstock at the King Edward Hotel (Hilton Garden Inn, 235 W. Capitol St.), which also includes bridal breakout sessions and a fashion show. More details coming soon; call 601-953-1340. Greater Jackson Arts Collective Annual Meeting May 3, 6 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). The meeting is an opportunity to hear a report of the previous year’s activities and initiatives, and to elect new steering committee members. Elections are open to all residents of the greater Jackson area, and voting is open to all Jacksonians who are present. Free; e-mail


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Criminal Justice Conference April 9-10, 6 p.m., at the Roberts Walthall Hotel (225 E. Capitol St.). The theme of the conference dealing with conflicts of interest. The conference will be held from 6-9 p.m. April 9 and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10. Registration is required. Free; visit; call 601-354-3408.

WaterFest 2010 April 17, 8 a.m. at Lakeshore Park (Lakeshore Drive, Brandon). The purpose is to bring attention to the need to improve and protect water quality in and around the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The day will feature fun and educational activities for children and adults, as well as exhibits, food, music, demonstration areas and more. Free, e-mail


Arts, Eats and Beats April 8, 5 p.m., in Fondren. Fondren’s spring arts celebration will showcase Jackson’s best in art, antiques, gifts, apparel, interior design, furniture, food and music. Free; visit; call 601-981-9606.

Step-by-Step Guide to Grant Writing, May 4, 9 a.m. Location to be determined. This three-part comprehensive seminar will educate attendees on several facets of the grant-writing process, enabling you to write more persuasive grants. $75 and up; visit; call 601-968-0061.

Camp Kandu May 8, 9:30 a.m., at Twin Lakes Conference Center (155 Milner Road, Florence). The biannual event provides educational and recreational activities for children with diabetes, and their friends and families. Space is limited; registration is required. $10-$20 adults, free for child with diabetes; call 601-957-7878. Ninth Annual Benefit Golf Tournament May 1213, at The Refuge Golf Course (2100 Refuge Blvd., Flowood). First, second and third place prizes will be awarded after each flight. Meals and beverages will be provided. Proceeds benefit the Phase II construction of Winners Circle Park in Flowood. $100 per player, $400 per team; call 601-665-2434. Canton Flea Market May 13, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at Historic Canton Square. The biannual shopping extravaganza in Canton will include goods from artists and crafters. Free; visit; call 601-859-8055. “Cruisin’ the Boulevard” May 15, in downtown Clinton. The time and cost for the event is to be determined. Tentative activities include an antique car show, games and a drive-in movie. E-mail Pickin’ & Paddlin’ Outdoor Festival May 15, 11:30 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). Enjoy games, rock wall climbing, canoe and kayak races and music from acts such as the Vernon Brothers and Horse Trailer. Includes a barbecue lunch and a free Tshirt. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Christian Center. $10, free for children 12 and under, $10 for canoe or kayak race; visit Magnolia Roller Vixens vs. Pearl River Roller Derby May 29, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The Magnolia Roller Vixens go head-to-head against Pearl River Roller Derby in their second game of the 2010 season. $12 advance, $15 at the door; call 601-5190479. Financial Education Seminar June 1, 6 p.m., at the 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 550). Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, led by certified budget and credit counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431.

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Events at Viking Cooking School (1107 Highland Colony Parkway (Township at Colony Park), Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Baking Classics March 6-27. Learn basic baking in this four-part series, Saturdays from 9 a.m.4 p.m. Sally Porter is the instructor. $499. • Thai Taste Explosions Workshop March 10, 9 a.m. Learn how to cook with authentic Thai ingredients. $69.

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Events at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Call 601-629-6201. • Beading Class ongoing, Learn about making bracelets and crimping on first Saturdays, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework on second Saturdays. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session. • Easter Basket Crafting Class March 15-20. Drop in any time during business hours and learn how to decorate an Easter basket. Bring your own medium-sized basket. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. $12.

Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball March 6, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This year’s honorees are Dr. Aaron Shirley and Rev. Duncan Gray. Look forward to hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music by These Days with Jewel Bass. The attire is casual. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Youth Media Project, 100 Black Men of Jackson and Parents for Public Schools of Jackson. Buy your tickets from YMP students or the Jackson Free Press, and every dime goes to the Youth Media Project. Call 601-3626121, ext. 16, or e-mail assistant@jacksonfreep to buy tickets. $20, $10 students; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16.

Events at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313, or visit • Broga—”Yoga for Bros” March 7-28. The fourweek series of beginner yoga classes is designed for men. Each class will be held Sundays in March from 1:30-3 p.m. $60. • Anusara Yoga Immersion Part 1 “A Journey Into the Heart.” April 23-May 2. The 34-hour course is a prerequisite to Immersion Parts 2 and 3, and is the first part of a 200-hour Anusara yoga teacher-training program. Early bird registration is available until April 9. Classes will be on Fridays from 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:30-6 p.m. April 23-25 and April 30-May 2. $450 before April 9, $500 thereafter.

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V-Day 2010 March 25-26, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The two-day event includes performances of “The Vagina Monologues” by Eve Ensler, a play about women’s experiences, and the documentary “What I Want My Words to Do to You,” a look into the lives of 15 female inmates. Performance times for the play are at 7 p.m. March 25 and 9 p.m. March 26. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. March 26. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Women’s Fund. $20 for play and film, $15 for play only; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11; visit An Evening of Hope with Nicole Marquez March 27, 5:30 p.m., at The Auditorium (622 Duling Ave.). Activities include a signature drink, a three-course meal presented by Chef Nathan Glenn, a live auction and a dance performance featuring Nicole Marquez. Funds help the “Ask for More Arts” initiative, a school-community-arts partnership sponsored by Parents for Public Schools. $75; call 601-624-7827. Spring Fling: A Benefit for Operation Shoestring April 16, 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Slap on your favorite blue jeans, sample some delicacies and dig the sounds of Horse Trailer at 7 p.m. and Wiley & the Checkmates at 9:15 p.m. $25; call 601-353-6336, or visit Third Annual Zoo Brew May 14, 6 p.m., at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Live music, specialty food, beer and wine samplings, and other activities. You must be 21 or older to participate. Call 601-352-2580 for admission prices.

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JFP Lounge at Pi(e) Lounge March 11, April 8 and May 13, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a special JFP “Creative Class” martini, free munchies, and lots of fellowship with Jackson creatives and progressives. Free admission; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11.

Spring Break at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, March 16-19 in Laurel, includes art classes for children.

Stained Glass Workshop March 9-30, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The four-week class will be held Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and is taught by Rev. Mark Bleakley. Space is limited; a reservation is required. Supplies are included. $160 members, $170 nonmembers; call 601-631-2997. The Art of Fashion March 11, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Part of the “Art Is Life” series, My Scoop’s Elizabeth Fowler will give tips on organizing your closet and getting the most out of your wardrobe. $26.75; call 601953-9786. “Mississippi Queen” March 11, 7 p.m., at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Dr., Suite C, Flowood). Learn to paint a contemporary magnolia. $26.75; call 601-953-9786.


Footsteps in Hope Walk Fundraiser through March 28, at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The 8K walk/run begins at 2 p.m. and is in support of HIV/AIDS projects such as Grace House in Mississippi and Old Mutare Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center in Zimbabwe. Participants can register online and create a fundraising page. Sponsorship options are also available. Donations welcome; call 901-338-7011.

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“Support Haiti Relief” Show through March 31, at Bryant Galleries (3010 Lakeland Cove). Fifty percent of all sales from the Haitian collection will go to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. Free admission; call 601-932-5099. Mustard Seed Book Drive through April 5, at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). Donate books in good condition to residents of The Mustard Seed. Donations welcome; call 601-992-3556. Gallery 119 and Underground 119 March 4, 7 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 South President St.). After the “Local Girls II” art reception at Gallery 119, and after-party featuring music by Pryor and the Tombstones. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Fund as part of “Downtown Spaces, Hip New Places” event. $5; call 601-969-4091

Art for Haiti! March 12, 4:30 p.m., at Wired Espresso Cafe (115 N. State St.). Proceeds from TAB Photography’s picture sales will benefit the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. Donations welcome; call 256-509-0649. 22nd Annual Taste of Mississippi March 29, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). Dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs will share their culinary favorites. Proceeds benefit Stewpot Community Services. $65 in advance, $80 at the door; call 601-353-2759. Mississippi Charity Horse Show April 1-3, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds). See some of the best Tennessee walking horses from around the world. Proceeds benefit the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children. Free, donations welcome; call 601-668-2520. Ultimate Fashion Show and Champagne Brunch April 15, 11 a.m., at Country Club of Jackson (345 Saint Andrews Dr.). The show will feature spring fashions, The Patty Peck “Car for a Cure” giveaway and models from Camp Kandu. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. $60 admission; $25-$200 car giveaway entry fee; call 601-957-7878. Spring Fling: A Benefit for Operation Shoestring April 16, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Slap on your favorite blue jeans, sample some delicacies and dig the sounds of Horse Trailer at 7 p.m. and Wiley & the Checkmates at 9:15 p.m. $25; call 601-353-6336. Wine Tasting and Silent Auction April 30, 6 p.m., at the home of Herb and Becky Ivison (2631 Lake Circle). The event will showcase wine and gourmet food from some of the Jackson area’s premier restaurants, and a silent auction featuring vacation packages, fine wine, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Children’s Home Services. Tickets can be purchased online at $50; call 601-709-1251.

Spring Arts Camp March 15, 9 a.m., at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students will develop artistic skills through music, dance and visual arts classes. Lunch provided. The students will perform March 20 at 2 p.m. Deadline to register is March 5. $125; call 662-887-9539.

Grandparenting Class April 8, 6 p.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. The session covers changes in labor and delivery, and the focus on family-centered maternity care. Registration required. Call for costs; call 601-948-6262 or 1-800-9486262.

Spring Break March 16-19, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). After the Spring Break Festival on March 16 from 1-3 p.m., a series of “Spring Break Art Break” classes for children will be held March 17-19 in the museum annex. Classes for grades K-3 are 10 a.m.-noon, and classes for grades 4-6 are 2-4 p.m. A reservation is required; space is limited. $35 per child for members, $45 non-members; call 601-649-6374.

Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997. • Two-Day Drawing Basics Workshop April 13-20, Jeanie Nicholson will teach basic drawing tenets including value, line, positive and negative space, perspective and proportion. Classes are on April 13 and April 20. Supplies are included. A reservation is required; space is limited. $50 members, $60 non-members. • Two-Day Digital Photography Workshop April 27-May 4. Kathy Gibson will teach you how to capture the pictures you want. Provide your own camera and batteries. Space is limited to 13 students. $40 members, $50 non-members.

Millsaps Enrichment Series: Spruce Up for Spring! March 23, 6:30 p.m., at A Daisy a Day (Maywood Mart, 1221 E. Northside Drive). Learn how to create lovely springtime arrangements for your mantle, tablescapes and wreaths. $25; call 601974-1130. Shut Up and Write! April 3-June 12, at the JFP Classroom (2727 Old Canton Road, Suite 224). Sign up for JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd’s popular non-fiction and creative writing classes. Classes every other Saturday from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. $150; $75 non-refundable deposit required; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Events at ArtWorks Studios (160 W. Government St., Brandon). Call 601-622-5511. • Monet’s Water Lilies-Style Painting March 6, 2 p.m. Create an Impressionist-style painting of water lilies floating in a pond. Space is limited. $35 (includes materials). • Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Workshop March 27, 2 p.m. Create your very own sunflower painting inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh. Pre-registration is required. $35 (includes materials).

Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. • Summer Day Camp June 7-19. The acting camp is for children who were in grades K-four during the 2009-2010 school year. Sessions will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. Early bird registration ends May 7. $200 early registration, $250 after May 7. • Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 21-July 18. The acting camp is for youth who were in grades five-12 during the 2009-2010 school year. Sessions will be held MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early bird registration ends May 7. Scholarships are available and based on need. (Auditions for scholarships will be held April 17 by appointment only.) $375, $450 after May 7. New events added daily (or add your own) at


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Radio JFP with Todd Stauffer and Donna Ladd starts at noon on WLEZ 100.1 FM; visit … See the latest spring fashions at Fashion Faux Paws at The South (627 E. Silas Brown) at noon. $50, with proceeds benefiting CARA (Community Animal Rescue and Adoption). Call 601-918-0848 or 601-201-0568. … Enjoy art, music and food during Fondren After 5 from 5-8 p.m. in the Fondren neighborhood. Free admission; call 601981-9606. … Sandra Murchison’s Mississippi Blues Trail exhibition of paintings and prints will debut at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101) during Fondren After 5. Free admission; call 601-366-8833. … Pryor and the Tombstones play Underground 119 at 7 p.m. $5. … Karaoke at Regency Hotel starts at 7 p.m. Free. … The

Play games and eat crawfish at Lodgefest ’10 at Sportsman’s Lodge starting at 2 p.m. with music by Chris Gill, Southbound and The Glitter Boys. Call 601-366-5441. … The Jackson 2000 Friendship Ball at Hal & Mal’s starts at 7 p.m. These Days with Jewel Bass will perform. Buy tickets from members of the Youth Media Project or the Jackson Free Press. $20, $10 students; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; e-mail … Karaoke at Petra Café begins at 8 p.m. Free. … BlackOut and The Envelope Pushers with Vertical Ascent will be in Hal & Mal’s Red Room at 9 p.m. $7.



The Howard Jones Trio plays the jazz brunch at the King Edward Hotel from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. … The fourweek men’s yoga series “Broga” begins today at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) and continues each Sunday in March. Class hours are 1:30-3 p.m. $60; call 601-5942313. … The “Alice in Wonderland” ballet at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.) begins at 2 p.m. A Mad Hatter’s tea party will be held afterwards at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). $13-$25 for ballet, $25 for tea party; call 601-853-4508. … The March of Dimes fundraiser at Hal & Mal’s is from 2-6 p.m. $20, $35 couples. … Rhythm Masters play Shucker’s from 3-7 p.m. Free. … Karaoke at Footloose from 7-11 p.m. Free.

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“Downtown Spaces, Hip New Places,” sponsored by the Women’s Fund, continues through today at different venues in downtown Jackson. Ticket prices vary per event; call 601326-0700; visit for details. … Open mic at Wired Espresso Café from 7-9 p.m. Free. … Lucero plays Southern rock at Ole Tavern at 9 p.m. $15. … Braille Blues Daddy Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band will perform at F. Jones Corner at 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow. $10. … First 34 Friday at Schimmel’s with DJ Fuyal starts at 10 p.m. $10.

WEDNESDAY 3/10 The presentation “Jackson’s Renaissance: One Business Journalist’s Perspective” with CNN Money producer Amy Haimerl at the Mississippi State College of Architecture and Design (509 E. Capitol St.) starts at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-3626121, ext. 16. … Shaun Patterson performs at Alumni House from 7-10 p.m.; call 601-605-9903. … The Sofa Kings play Fitzgerald’s at 8 p.m. Free. … Snazz performs at the Regency Hotel at 8:30 p.m.; visit


Calling all bikers! Spend Biker Monday at Zydeco Restaurant and Bar (6340 Ridgewood Court). Call 601977-9920. … Sherman Lee Dillon plays F. Jones Corner during the blues lunch at noon every weekday. No cover. … Enjoy world music during Marley Mondays at Dreamz starting at 6 p.m. each Monday. … Karaoke at Fenian’s is from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. … Check out the Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s from 8-11 p.m. $5. ... Open mic at Martin’s starts at 10 p.m. Free.

The Boston Camerata will perform at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall. $20; call 601-974-1422. … Stop by the JFP Lounge at Sal & Mookie’s Pi(e) Lounge (565 Taylor St.) between 6 and 10 p.m. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11. … The D’lo Trio plays Americana at the Cherokee Inn at 6:30 p.m. Free. … The Blues at Sunset Challenge Band will perform at F. Jones Corner from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. More events and details at

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“Music in the City” at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) starts at 5:15 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. … Student Composers Concert VII at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive) begins at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-965-7026. … Learn to paint a Picasso-inspired portrait of your pet at Easely Amused (7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland) from 7-9 p.m. $26.75; call 601-953-9786. … The musical “Porgy and Bess” starts at 8 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). $20, $28; call 662-915-2787. … Open mic at Time Out (8 p.m.), Fenian’s (9 p.m.) and Final Destination. Free. … Karaoke at McB’s (7 p.m.) and Martin’s. Free.


See new works by Sandra Murchison at Fischer Galleries during Fondren After 5 on Thursday, March 4.

Auditorium has Larry Brewer at 7:30 p.m. and Eddie Cotton at 9:18 p.m. $20. … “Dance Night” at Fire starts at 9 p.m. $5. … Twisted Thursdays with DJ Swagg at Last Call starts at 9 p.m. $2 drinks until midnight.




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ynn Nottage’s “Fabulation or The Re-Education of Undine” is a dark comedy about an African American businesswoman, Undine, who falls from the New York City high life back to Brooklyn and the family she has tried to forget. The plot isn’t new: A woman who is successful in life, but empty in spirit, gets mixed up with the wrong man and hits rock bottom. She learns her lesson, and all ends well. But just because you have a map doesn’t mean you know the sights you’ll see along the way. “Fabulation” delivers in other ways. One is the brutally honest treatment of the subject matter. In the first 30 seconds, a character regales her support group with stories of her intense cocaine cravings. Within the first 10 minutes, the play references pornography, prescription drug abuse and abortion. But never at any point does it feel offensive. Instead, it portrays life: gritty, imperfect life. Getting used to the rough edges was difficult, says Caieydhii Ball, who plays Undine, but the subject matter and language was never foreign or gratuitous. “Everything is authentic,” she says. “Everything has a purpose.” “Fabulation” also provides a good

script for a racially diverse cast. “Students were frustrated with the limitations to casting (in previous productions),” says Krystal Frazier, making her theatrical debut as the mother and caseworker. “Not that I didn’t feel welcome; there just aren’t that many black roles.” “Fabulation” focuses on a specific demographic while creating universal appeal. “It doesn’t matter what race, gender or religion you are; everyone can relate,” Ball says. “Everyone goes through a life change at some point.” Finally, “Fabulation” is doggone funny. It is, after all, a comedy, despite its heavy subjects. Comedy provides a safe medium for addressing sensitive issues, allowing actors easy access to issues not easy to discuss. Undine’s story isn’t the most original, but as a modern fable, it doesn’t have to be. The impact of her story is in her journey. Viewers will see the play’s success in how they see themselves in Undine’s mistakes and victories. See “Fabulation” March 4-6 at 7:30 p.m. and March 7 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Center Auditorium at Millsaps College. Tickets are $10; $5 for students and seniors. Call 601-974-1000.


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No Overnight Sensations

The Overnight Lows’ debut album, “City of Rotten Eyes,” is a combination of punk and high-energy rock ‘n’ roll.


t’s unfair to call The Overnight Lows’ “City of Rotten Eyes” a debut. It’s more a culmination—a mail bomb packed tightly with a decade’s worth of handscrawled show flyers and tallboy cans. The Lows are a Jackson musical institution, albeit a subterranean stronghold. As the bandwagons came and went, they stuck to their guns. Four drum clicks, a couple of chords and blam! By the time your fist hits the air, it’s already over. But you might as well keep it there, ’cause here comes your new favorite song. Maximum minimalism. With most songs clocking in at less than two minutes, The Overnight Lows have no time for trends.

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ship Ball at Hal & Mal’s kicks off at 7 p.m. with music by These Days with Jewel Bass, $20. Buy your tickets from the JFP or from a Youth Media Project participant and those proceeds go directly to YMP. Call 601-362-6121, ext. 16 for tickets or 601-969-7088, ext. 25 for other details. The Envelope Pushers will perform in Hal & Mal’s restaurant Saturday. The CD release party for the garage/ punk group The Overnight Lows new album, “City of Rotten Eyes” on Goner Records is this Saturday night at Ole Tavern, 10 p.m. Be sure to read the feature in this week’s JFP. Last but not least this Saturday night is 17th Floor at Fire, 9 p.m. $15 for ages 21 and up, $20 for ages 18-20. The Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music will bring The Boston Camerata to the Millsaps College Academic Complex Recital Hall for a performance next Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. $20, $5 students at the door. The Boston Camerata is one of the most accomplished and beautiful vocal/instrumental ensembles on the earlymusic world circuit. They have received rave reviews virtually everywhere they

lost it after Katrina. Not because of flooding. He just lost it.” So with their practice schedule dependent on Amtrak, the Lows have found themselves spending more and more time in New Orleans. The commute has it perks. They’ve established themselves as local rock ‘n’ roll favorites, and as Daphne points out, “People always dance more in New Orleans.” But brunch is perhaps the biggest fringe benefit. Chef Paul’s boudin-andouille hash left Guy Fierri speechless on last season’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives” on the Food Network. Now, as co-owner of the Green Goddess restaurant in the French Quarter, Paul commands the mind-blowing morning menu. Pulled pork chilaquiles? Yes, thank you. Back in Jackson, Marsh and Daphne are also creative professionals. A local photographer, Daphne’s work appears in advertisements, magazines and gallery shows. Marsh crafts stained-glass windows at Pearl River Glass Studio. Next time you get bored during church, take a look around, and you’ll probably spy his handiwork. Following the release of “City of Rotten Eyes,” they’ll all cash in vacation time for national touring. Thanks to the revered reputation of their label, Goner Records, booking agents coast-tocoast are lining up for The Overnight Lows. And the record has deservedly made its way

into rotation at New Jersey’s tastemaking WFMU. Recorded over two Memphis weekends, the LP perfectly captures the visceral energy of The Overnight Lows on their best nights. By the time “Lipstick Burn” punches through the speakers, you can almost smell the spilled beer on the floor. As the guitar teeters on the verge of obliteration, Marsh salvages hook after hook. Meanwhile the rhythm section propels everything to a smoking heap of splinters and static. You’re strapped to the rocket and can’t let go. Might as well sing along. You’ll get your chance this Saturday night when The Overnight Lows celebrate their album release at Ole Tavern. And by album, they mean vinyl. The LP comes with MP3 download and CDs will also be on hand. But Marsh’s art-class delinquent cover illustration is best enjoyed in the 12-inch format. Fellow Goner Records alum King Louie shares the bill along with Black Black Evil Eye—the latest endeavor of Mississippi rock stalwart Jason Triplett. Although they’re also holding album release shows in Paul’s New Orleans and Goner’s Memphis, Marsh and Daphne insist The Overnight Lows are a Jackson band. This is their home. This is their chorus. Welcome to the “City of Rotten Eyes.” The Overnight Lows’ album release party will be March 6 at 10 p.m. at Ole Tavern on George Street.

perform, from the U.K. to New Zealand. They will be performing songs and stories from the book “The Roman de Fauvel,” circa 1310. Check them out at or call 601-594-5584 for details. Rock 93.9 will cosponsor Pop Evil for their return to Fire next Thursday, March 11, 9 p.m. $12. Fire will be bringing Saving Abel to town World-renowned early music ensemble The Boston Thursday, March 18 for Camerata will perform at the Millsaps Academic Recital Hall next Thursday, March 11. their next big triple-bill rock show. Mark your calendars Friday, March 12, spring break try New Orleans with Rogue for the return of roots-rock favorites Pas- Wave March 15 at One Eyed Jack’s, RX senger Jones to Martin’s. Across the street Bandits March 16 at the House of Blues, at Hal & Mal’s Saturday the 13th, Caro- Spoon and Deerhunter at the Republic line Herring will be back in the big room; March 18 and AFI at the House of Blues Brian Fuente’s new band Newmatic, Halo March 19. Plan your trek to Oxford March Stereo and Merriwether play in the Red 24 for the Vivian Girls at the Lyric, and Room. Another local favorite, Furrows Japandroids with A Sunny Day in will have their CD release party at Sneaky Glasgow at Proud Larry’s the same night. Get your tickets now for Cassandra Beans in Fondren next Thursday, March 11 from 7-10 p.m. Wilson at the beautiful MSU Riley Center If you’re looking to road trip your in Meridian, March 27. —Herman Snell



arch is filled with anticipation for warmer temperatures, green beer and glittery Sweet Potato Queen dresses. Be sure to get your beads ready for the 28th annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade on Saturday, March 20. Mark your calendar and stay tuned to the JFP online between now and then for parade updates. Friday night starts the weekend off with Lucero at Ole Tavern on George Street, 9 p.m. These guys have a nice following in Jackson, but for the uninitiated, Lucero is a Memphis-based southern-rock outfit that perfects the cigarette and whiskey-soaked vocals to perfection. They play between 150 to 200 shows a year on tour and always put on a stellar, must-see show. If you’re a fan of the band’s recorded music, listen at Mississippi Delta and southern rootsrock favorites Gunboat returns to Martin’s this Friday night. Saturday night has several eclectic offerings around town. The annual Friend-

Their longstanding history seems at odds with their damn-the-torpedoes aesthetic. But it also serves as a testament to their authenticity. Marsh and Daphne Nabors (guitar and bass/husband and wife) have been bashing out frantic anthems together since 1995 (The Comas, RIP). They haven’t changed the formula because there is no formula. This is just what they do. You’d probably call it punk rock, but we’re not talking mohawks and chains. There is no pretense here. If you like it, great; if not, they’d just as soon share gardening tips with you. And if you don’t like homegrown tomatoes, well, then maybe you’re the punk. Sticking with what they know, the Belhaven Heights residents most often shout about home. “‘Bad Times’ was the first song we wrote together. It was at the end of The Comas. But we kept playing it because we knew it. So even though we don’t really play it live anymore, we wanted it on the record,” Marsh says. “It was all about living at the 1046 house. It was just a wild house, and we were all broke. But it was a lot of fun.” Since original drummer Jamie Pittman left the Lows and the Heights to teach high school in Wiggins, The Overnight Lows have adopted a second home. New drummer Paul Artigues hails from New Orleans, and as Marsh explains: “Paul doesn’t have a car. He

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MISCELLANEOUS Need A Few Good Musicians Interested in helping to set up music non-profit organization (centered around the blues) for disadvantaged youths in the jackson metropolitan area? If so, i am looking to talk to you. Need musicians who can teach everything from banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, harmonica, piano, etc., Etc. Come be a part of this great project! (601) 924-0210.

MUSICIANS AVAILABLE 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

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. 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.

MUSICIANS WANTED Bass player needed Looking for bass player to join weekend band. Classic Rock, Classic R&B, a little blues and a little country. (601) 856-3107 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 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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MARCH 3, WEDNESDAY F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s - Clinton Kirby & Natalie Long 8-12 a.m. Shucker’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 7:30-11 p.m. free Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8-11 p.m. free Fenian’s - Cooper Miles 9-12 a.m. Pelican Cove - Karaoke Contest Finals 6-10 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Rainmakers 8-12 a.m. Ole Tavern - KJ Joosy Karaoke 9 p.m. Time Out - Shaun Patterson 8:30 p.m. The Auditorium - Karaoke 9-12 a.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Electric Cowboy - Karaoke McB’s - Houseband 7 p.m. free



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F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 8-12 a.m. free Lumpkins BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. free Underground 119 - Pryor & the Tombstones (Americana) 8-11 p.m. $5 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Cherokee Inn - D’lo Trio (Americana) 6:30 p.m. Fenian’s - Jim Flanagan (Irish Folk) 8:30-11:30 p.m. Ole Tavern - DJ Nick 10 p.m. Fire - Dance Night 9 p.m. $5 Soulshine, Township - Fingers Taylor & Mark Whittington 6:30-9: 30 p.m. free Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free AJ’s Seafood - Hunter Gibson 6:30-10 p.m. free The Auditorium - Larry Brewer 7: 30-9 p.m.; Eddie Cotton (blues) 9:18 p.m. $20 Dreamz - Akami & Key of G (R&B) 9:30 p.m. Poets II - Karaoke 10 p.m. Castaways - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Union Street Books, Canton - Open Mic w/Frazier 7-9 p.m. 601859-8596 Eli’s Treehouse, V’burg - Karaoke 8 p.m.

MARCH 5, FRIDAY Ole Tavern - Lucero (Southern Rock) 9 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - The Remynders (classic rock) 8-12 a.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Martin’s - Tooz Co. 6-9:30 p.m.; Gunboat (rock) 10 p.m. Fire - In Red Letters 9 p.m. The Auditorium - Shane & Frazier 7-9 p.m.; Eddie Cotton (blues) 9:18 p.m. $20

Haute Pig - Larry Brewer 6-9 p.m. Underground 119 - Vasti Jackson (blues) 9-12 a.m. $10 Fenian’s - Scott Albert Johnson (roots/juke) 9-12 a.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 9 p.m. $5 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Schimmel’s - 1st Fridays: DJ Fuyal 10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - MissUsed 9 p.m. Touch Ultra Lounge - DJ Libra, DJ Odyss-e & Adam Electric (electronica) 9-2 a.m. $5 McB’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-11:30 p.m. free Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Cultural Expressions - Reggae/HipHop/Old School Night 10 p.m. $5 R.J. Barrel, Canton - The Groovehounds 7 p.m. Ameristar, V’burg - Coop D’Bell (R&B) 8 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - Trademark 9 p.m. free Boom Boom Room, H’burg - Red Hill City, Charmed I’m Sure 10 p.m. Panola Playhouse, Sardis - Jimbo Mathus’ Mosquitoville: Mississippi Songs & Stories 6:30 & 8: 30 p.m. $10

MARCH 6, SATURDAY Hal & Mal’s Big Room - Friendship Ball: These Days w/Jewel Bass 7 p.m. $20 Hal & Mal’s Red Room - The Black Out, The Envelope Pushers w/ Vertical Ascent 9 p.m. $7 Fire - the 17th Floor 9 p.m. $15, 18+ $20 Martin’s - The Peoples 10 p.m. Fenian’s - Fulkerson/Pace (classic rock/harmony) 9-12 a.m. free The Auditorium - Shaun Patterson 7:30-9 p.m.; Eddie Cotton (blues) 9:18 p.m. $20 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 F. Jones Corner - Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Underground 119 - Tiger Rogers Ensemble (New Orleans Jazz) 9-12 a.m. $10 Ole Tavern - Overnight Lows (CD release) 10 p.m. Cultural Expressions - Kamikaze & Yardboy (hip-hop/Soul) 9 p.m. $5 Sam’s Lounge - Seven Hills Steel 10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - MissUsed 9 p.m. Sportsman’s Lodge - Lodgefest Crawfish Boil: Chris Gill (classic rock) 2-5 p.m.; Southbound (country) 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Glitter Boys (80s rock) 9-1 a.m. Time Out - 3 Hail Mary Jane 8:30 p.m. Regency Hotel - Ghost Town 9 p.m. $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

Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. R.J. Barrel, Canton - Karaoke Reed Pierce’s - Trademark 9 p.m. free Ameristar, V’burg - Coop D’Bell (R&B) 8 p.m.

MARCH 7, SUNDAY Hal & Mal’s - March of Dimes Fundraiser: Bryan Lee & the Blues Power Band, Scott Albert Johnson, Chris Gill, Chris Sartin 2-6 p.m. (music/food) $20, $35 couple King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Trio (jazz brunch) 11-2 p.m. free Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Shucker’s - Rhythm Masters 3-7 p.m. free 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

MARCH 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. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ (world) 6 p.m.

MARCH 9, TUESDAY F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke Shucker’s - The Extremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Final Destination - Open Mic

MARCH 10, WEDNESDAY Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Singer/ Songwriter Night F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Underground 119 - Emma Wynters Trio 8-11 p.m. free Fenian’s - Big Juv & Steve Chester (blues) 9-12 a.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz (classic rock/blues) 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Alumni House - Shaun Patterson 7-10 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, Hilton - Sofa Kings (blues groove) 8 p.m. free Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer 6:30-9: 30 p.m. The Auditorium - Karaoke 9-12 a.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Electric Cowboy - Karaoke McB’s - Houseband 7 p.m. free

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SCES (Feb. 19-March 20) One of the best new bands of 2009 was the Girls. Spin magazine selected their debut CD, “Album,” as the fifth best album of the year. After touring for months and selling scads of records, the band came back home to San Francisco in February to do a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall. For his on-stage apparel, lead singer Christopher Owens wore baggy orange flannel pajama bottoms and a rumpled green flannel shirt, proving that his newfound fame had not rendered him self-important or excessively dignified. I nominate Owens as your role model this week, Pisces. I’d like to e you move on up toward the next level in your chosen field of endeavor, even as you remain perfectly comfortable, full of casual grace and at home in your excellence.

To place yourself in smooth alignment with planetary rhythms, do conscientious work on the foundations of your life. Take extra care of the people who take care of you. Make sure you have a good supply of the various resources that keep you strong and steady. Check to see if maybe you need to rev up your emotional connection with the traditions you hold dear. But that’s only half your horoscope, Aries. Here’s the rest: Invite your most rambunctious playmates over for a raucous home-blessing ceremony.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Two-thirds of people surveyed said they would rather look good than feel good. I hope you’re not one of them. The ironic fact of the matter is that if you put the emphasis on looking good in the coming week—creating favorable impressions, acting dishonest in order to curry favor, wearing uncomfortable but attractive clothes—you will end up feeling sub-par and looking mediocre. On the other hand, if you put the priority on feeling good—treating your body like a beloved pet, seeking out encounters that nurture your secret self and hanging out in environments that encourage you to relax—you will look good and feel good.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) If you’re bogged down in the trance of the humdrum routine, astrology can open your mind and illuminate fascinating patterns that have been invisible to you. It can reveal the big picture of your life story, sweeping away the narrow ideas and shrunken expectations you have about yourself. And it can purge your imagination of its endless tape loops, awakening you to the power you have to create your own destiny. But reliance on horoscopes can also have downsides. If you’re superstitious, it might make you even more so. If you’re prone to be passive, believing that life is something that happens to you, it might further diminish your willpower. That’s why, as much as I love astrology, I’m wary of its potential to deceive and lead astray. Is there anything comparable in your world, Gemini? Something that feeds and inspires you, but only if you’re discerning about it? This is a good time to ratchet up your discernment.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) I don’t care whether you call it uncanny intuition or plain old telepathy: In the next three weeks, you will have unusually abundant access to that way of knowing. So please use it. Please call on it. It could steer you away from twisty wastes of time that don’t serve your highest good. It might also allow you to ferret out disguised or hiding opportunities. There’s one catch: If you don’t believe in them, your psychic powers won’t work as well as they can. So I suggest you set aside any dogmatic skepticism you might have about them and proceed on the hypothesis that they are very real.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Let’s poke around to see if we can stir up some good trouble, Leo. The time is right. You’re in need of a friendly disruption or two. Fortunately, I’m sensing there’s a forbidden temptation that isn’t so forbidden any longer, as well as a strange attractor you might find inspiring and a volatile teaching that would turn you inside out in a good way. Are you willing to wander into a previously off-limits area? Hey, look. There’s one of those mystery spots I was hinting about. I wonder what would happen if you pressed that green button. Go ahead. Don’t be … Gaaaahhhhh! Unnhhh! Wha?! I mean WOW! That was very interesting. Try it again!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You may be prone to overreaction. You could be on the verge of uncorking an excessive response to a modest

prompt. On a regular basis, you should ask yourself: “Are the feelings rising up in me truly appropriate for what’s happening now? Or are they mostly the eruption of material that I repressed in the past?” I also encourage you to consider Hoare’s Law of Large Problems, which says that inside every large problem is a small problem scrambling to get out. Be alert for the possibility that minor adjustments will work better than epic struggles.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Temple Grandin is a successful autistic person. Diagnosed at an early age, she nevertheless went on to earn a doctorate in animal science and became a bestselling author whose work has led to notable improvements in the humane treatment of livestock. Although she acknowledges that her autism has caused her problems, she also believes it gives her abilities that non-autistic people don’t have. For example, her extreme sensitivity and extraordinary visual memory are at the root of her unique insights into the needs of animals. If there were an instant cure for her autism, she says, she wouldn’t take it. She’s an advocate of neurodiversity. Now here’s my question for you, Libra: Do you have a supposed weakness or disability that’s actually an inherent part of one of your special talents? Celebrate and cultivate it this week.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Self-help author Barbara De Angelis wrote a book that offers to help us learn “How to Make Love All the Time.” Maybe I’ll read it someday, but right now I’m more interested in your take on the subject. How would you make love—not have sex, but make love—with your sandwich, with the music you listen to, with a vase of flowers, with the familiar strangers sitting in the cafe, with everything? Your expertise in this art is now at a peak.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s not a good time to treat yourself like a beast of burden or to swamp yourself with dark, heavy thoughts. You’re extra sensitive, Sagittarius—as delicate and impressionable as a young poet in love with a dream of paradise. You need heaping doses of sweetness and unreasonable amounts of fluidic peace, smart listening and radical empathy. If you can’t get people to buoy your spirits and slip you delightful presents, do those things for yourself.

“Freestylin’”—any words you want. Across 1 It gets sprinkled in some fairy tales 10 True partner? 15 Sometime soon 16 Jon who played Napoleon Dynamite 17 Boxing ref who became a daytime TV judge 18 Buffing material 19 Morgue ID 20 It holds about 70% of the world population 22 Of sounds of speech 24 Contacted digitally? 25 Celebrity called a “fire crotch” in 2006 27 Distant start? 29 George’s “The Men Who Stare at Goats” costar 30 Academy Award-nominated song from 1991 36 Do some serious soul-searching 38 Pen names 39 Hallucinates 41 Enlist again 42 Gospel singer Winans 43 They’re money, baby

44 Overpowers the speakers 48 Aquafina competitor 51 Canadian beer orders 53 Mind heaps 55 Slack-jawed and amazed 56 Cult roster 59 Fencing sword 60 Reasons for red carpets 61 Miss America’s headwear 62 Newsman Sam


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) In some of the newspapers that publish my horoscope column, my carefully wrought text is buried in the back pages amidst a jabbering hubbub of obscene advertisements for quasi-legal sexual services. For readers with refined sensibilities, that’s a problem. They do their best to avert their eyes, narrowing their focus down to a tight window. I think you’ll be wise to adopt a similar approach in the coming week, Capricorn. Only a small percentage of information coming your way will be truly useful to you, and it may often be embedded in a sparkly mess of distracting noise. Concentrate hard on getting just the essentials that you want so you won’t be misinformed and worn out by the rest.

Last Week’s Answers

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Do your own stunts, Aquarius. Don’t commandeer a stunt double to do them for you. Accept blame and claim credit that rightfully belongs to you. Don’t scare up scapegoats or tolerate plagiarists. It will also be a good idea to deliver your own messages and sing your own songs and kick your own butt. No surrogates or standins, please. There’s just no way, you see, for you to get to where you need to go by having a substitute do the traveling for you. Your only hope of claiming the reward that will be crucial for the next chapter of your life story will be to do the work yourself.

Consider the possibility of getting married to yourself. Here’s a set of vows I wrote for you to use:

“Stepping Stone Sudoku” Each circled square in this sudoku is the same number of steps away from another circled square with the same digit in it as the digit in those two circled squares. For example, a circled square with a 3 in it will have another circled square with a 3 in it exactly 3 steps away. Conversely, a square that is not circled will not have another occurrence of its digit that many steps away. A step is a move into a horizontally or vertically neighboring square (diagonally doesn’t count). Note that none of the circled squares contains the digit 1, because that would require a second 1 in the same row or column. Also note that the number of steps in a path between two squares is counted as the smallest number of steps required to travel between those two squares. When you’re done, as in a standard Sudoku, each row, column, and 3x3 box will contain the digits 1-9 exactly one time. Don’t be scared, you can do it! Or can you...?

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

12 “That is,” to Caesar 13 Like some coincidences 14 Tree nymph in Greek myth 21 “Complete 360s”, as mistakenly said by those who don’t get math 23 Netflix’s Reed Hastings, e.g 25 Portable light options, briefly 26 Boo-boo 28 Marshy area 30 Bidding 31 Of grand proportions 32 Like subscriptions to magazines you tire of 33 Edgy makeup items? 34 Dirty reading 35 Recipe amts. 37 “ don’t need to know the rest” 40 “South Park” character with an electronic voice box 43 Fuel distillation product 44 Not-as-famous celebrity status 45 Hawaiian porch 46 Addis ___, Ethiopia 47 More like rough winds 49 “King of the Hill” town 50 1965 civil rights marches beginning 52 Squad often seen on film in car chases on hilly streets: abbr. 54 Palm device 57 It glitters in Guatemala 58 ID theft data, perhaps




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FULL BAR Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, March 5th

jackson’s only healthy authentic asian cuisine - DIM SUM ON THE WEEKENDS OPEN HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm & Sun. 12am-9pm 6955 Old Canton Rd. Ste. C in Ridgeland 601-956-1717

v8n25 - Spring Arts Preview  

The JFP's guide to events happening in the Spring of 2010.