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Who’s in the Primaries?, Lynch, pp 6-8

Witness to an Execution, Gibson, p 10

Fun, Jackson Style,


Byrd, pp 14-15



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Running for Ballots Adam Lynch looks at the people who will challenge the incumbents come November.




Cover photograph of George Miles by Thomas Beck Page 3 Redesigned by Ayatti D. Hatcher



K-12 Merger Battles Is the governor’s panel on school consolidation ignoring evidence? Some say the process is flawed.

4.................Editor’s Note 4...................... Slow Poke 12......................... Editorial 12...........................Stiggers 12............................... Zuga 16.................. Arts Preview 32...................................Fly 34............................ 8 Days 36............................. Music 36............. Herman’s Picks 38.............. Music Listings 40............................... Food 44................................ Slate 44................................ STF 45............................... Astro 45............................Puzzles

chris blevins From a distance, Chris Blevins cuts an imposing figure. Up close, he is expansive in word and action. His eyes are warm with an easy friendliness that matches his exuberant smile. He is quick to laugh. His studio in Brandon is decked out with guitars and a drum set. A musician since he was 16, Blevins sang and played guitar for The Outsiders, a former local rock band, but has temporarily retired from the music business to pursue a degree in kinesiology at Mississippi College full-time. He also runs Junebugg Studios, a photography business, with his wife, Mandy. After family friend Tommy Pitts passed away from diabetes-related complications in February, Blevins, 40, decided to turn his May 15 birthday party into a benefit for the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. “I got to thinking about it … it just struck a nerve for me to do something for somebody else instead of myself,” he says. The benefit drew 250 people to Hal & Mal’s to see FuseX, Dixieattle and Yankee Station perform. “I always wanted to be a promoter and do shows,” he says. The benefit ignited a spark to do even more. Blevins is already planning his next birthday benefit and hoping for an even better turnout next year. Blevins is familiar with the toll diabetes exacts, having been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes two years ago. He is

an advocate for the Mississippi Diabetes Foundation. The foundation conducts research and teaches people how to live with the disease. “Their cause is to educate people to live better lives, especially kids and parents with kids who have it,” Blevins says, adding that he hopes the funds he raised will put more focus on preventing the disease. “A lot of Type II, it can be prevented. I want people to know that.” Blevins is no stranger to altruism. His grandparents founded the Gateway Rescue Mission in Jackson, and he proudly displays a framed black-and-white portrait of his grandfather. “Maybe it’s in my blood to give,” he says. The former rock ‘n’ roller eventually wants to teach school and coach football. Family is also an important aspect of Blevins’ life. His 1-year-old daughter, Skylar June, smiles widely as she perches on her daddy’s lap, her long-lashed eyes brimming with excited curiosity. The proud father says she is already showing signs of being musically inclined. She loves listening to her Dad play drums, and he often finds his guitar pedals have been tampered with. “She has her own little drum set, so hopefully we’ll have a little drummer,” he says. “It’s great,” he adds about fatherhood. “It’s really not hard. She does everything with me.” — Casey Purvis

16 Arts Preview Planning your summer? Here’s your guide to all things arts-related for the next three months.

40 Sweet ‘n’ Tart Pineapple will kick up your ordinary backyard barbecue with a juicy flavor burst.

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Katrina Byrd Katrina Byrd is a graduate of Millsaps College. She’s a local writer who has received grants from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and she is The Center Players Playwright in Residence for the 2010-2011 season. She wrote about George Miles.

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.

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 coordinated the summer arts listings.

Ward Schaefer JFP reporter Ward Schaefer came to Mississippi to teach middle school, and is now a journalist. His hometown of Chevy Chase, Md., was not named for the actor. He is slowly learning to play banjo. He wrote a Talk.

Sarah Bush Editorial Intern Sarah Bush is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a B.A. in English. She loves to read, especially Jane Austen novels, travel, cook, study and learn all about food. She wrote an arts blurb.

Wes Williams Wes Williams writes ads to support his family and record collection. He also plays in the local rock & roll band, ¡Los Buddies! and eats tacos. He wrote a music piece.

Carl Gibson Fresh out of Kentucky, Carl Gibson is new to Jackson. In his spare time, he enjoys playing drums on Farish Street, seeing local bands, buying local, and riding his bike. He still has yet to perfect his Southern drawl. He wrote a narrative about an execution.

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Production designer Christi Vivar is a native Jacksonian and honors graduate of Hinds Community College. She loves cooking, illustrating and playing video games with her hubby. A master of the art of sarcasm, she helped design pages for this issue.

by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

‘Jackson Is the New Jackson’


ver since the Jackson Free Press staff gathered for our first all-day strategic retreat in March in the Mississippi State School of Architecture downtown, I’ve been thinking a lot about our city’s creative journey. While prepping for the retreat, I re-read the cause statement we wrote back in 2002 to explain our vision for the paper. Allow me to quote the first section: “Jackson, Mississippi, has a way of getting under your skin. It has so much to offer: rich cultural diversity, fertile founts of creativity, the friendliness of its natives, its citizens’ delight in laughing at ourselves, the incredibly quirky and lovable characters, an addictive sense of place, an impressive track record of institutional change since Jim Crow ended. “Quality of life can be incredible here: low cost of living; troves of artistic, caring people; music you can’t find outside the state; a literary Mecca in the middle of one of the most illiterate states. The city is drawing back more and more of the state’s emigrants, like the editor-in-chief of this newspaper. Jackson is the heart of the state’s potential, and it is a place where even small efforts can make a profound difference in someone’s life.” The truth is: We could have been wrong. Todd and I had been in Jackson for a year, and I had spent little time here since I fled the state the day after graduating from Mississippi State in 1983. We might have been putting on rosy glasses to try to convince people of an optimistic business plan. We could have been allowing an overly romantic vision of the literary south, a la Oxford American magazine, to overshadow the difficulty of turning Jackson (and, thus, Mississippi) into a place where young creatives wanted to stay or move to, rather than escape. But I’m thrilled to report that we were spot on. We were fortunate to have fresh, unjaded eyes to be able to spot the potential in Jackson, not only for supporting a locally owned, diverse news outlet, but for becoming a magnet for young people wanting to combine their art with making a tangible difference in the world. Of course, we weren’t the only ones to notice the sleeping giant, but we were blessed to be a forum where our city could discover the movements propagating right under their noses. I believed in this vision with every ounce of my being (not to mention every dollar in our bank accounts). But if you’d told me then that a mere eight years later, people living in our bedroom communities would sometimes be defensive about not living in Jackson (rather than the other way around), I would not have believed it. Such a turnabout seemed an impossible goal in 2002. We spent much energy the first few years trying to reverse stankin’-thankin’ on that front: from crime hysteria to outright racism that led people to leave Jackson. I’ll never forget an old friend from high school who lives in Brandon asking me “is it safe in Belhaven?” when I lived there. Belhaven? It’s not exactly

like I was on the urban frontier there. Today, though, I’m over all that city-v.suburb chitchat: With Jackson’s creative revival, I don’t see the need to convince anyone to prefer urban life if they don’t already see how cool it is, just as I don’t need anyone telling me suburban life trumps the city. We all have different preferences, and frankly now that the metro playing field is more level, it is time to move on from that conversation (like the dinosaur Mac-v.-PC debate the iPod ended). And there is so much to move on to, as this Summer Arts Preview issue shows. I don’t know how else to say it: Jackson is on fire. We are busting out every direction, as you’ll read in the June BOOM Jackson magazine, hitting the streets this week (theme: HOT). Young creatives are everywhere, whether it’s bodypainting on Millsaps Avenue or holding impromptu performances wherever they feel like it. The energy is contagious; everyone wants to help (like Jim Burwell of Mimi’s who is starting the Market at Fondren June 19). The best part is how diverse this artistic movement is, as George Miles explains in his Artist-in-Residence feature this issue. It is also compassionate: Think of the HeARTWorks women we profiled in the 2009 fall arts preview who felt the spiritual call to help homeless people express themselves through art. Everyone I know who visits from another city is jealous. Maybe they would miss their favorite restaurants or the walking cultures or their jobs in their cities, but they see the passion driving our revival, and they know they are missing out on something special. Our state may have had a long way to go, but when we arrive, it’s going to be with a resounding roar. I’ve come to realize that what is happening here now and the way

it is happening can only happen in Jackson in the heart of Mississippi. Our city and its residents—even the ones who’ve adopted our state as their own—are the collective product of our painful past. Many are the children and grandchildren of those who caused the pain. That fact is helping fuel the fervor that is now turning the proverbial water into wine, the toxicity and pain into grace and passion. When we started the JFP, we had the vague notion that we could help turn Jackson into “the new Austin.” For us, that is no longer the goal. Austin is cool, and its turnabout from a boring capital city not long ago to a musical Mecca (with the help of its alt-weekly) is legend. But that was their path; this city is on our own. We don’t need to be Austin. We’re not the only ones who have come to this realization, of course. In an interview with Lacey McLaughlin in the new BOOM, Jackson musical pioneer Jamie Weems nailed it when she asked the “new Austin” question. “I think Jackson is the new Jackson,” he answered succinctly and beautifully. Jamie is right—and precisely because he and so many other determined souls are using their energy to build “the new Jackson.” The best part is that this movement is not about one great musician, one artist, one writer, one or another social clique, or even a sassy alternative newspaper. It is about community. We’ve watched so many people come through in the last eight years and add a piece or two of the puzzle, building off what previous pioneers (like a Malcolm White, to name just one of many) put into place. Some then move on; many come back. No matter: Our artistic revival is fluid and dynamic. No doubt: The new Jackson is here. And she ain’t going nowhere.


news, culture & irreverence

Saturday, May 22 An Air India flight from Dubai crashes in Mangalore, killing all but seven of the 166 on board. … California mountaineer, Jordan Romero, 13, becomes the youngest person to summit Mt. Everest in the Himalayas between Nepal and Tibet.




Match the artist with his or her last words. 1. Salvador Dali 2. H.G. Wells 3. Pablo Picasso 4. Edith Piaf 5. Hunter S. Thompson 6. Dylan Thomas 7. Leonardo daVinci

“We need to take steps to see to it that this never happens again, but we don’t need to overreact about drilling offshore,” Democratic Congressman Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis, defending offshore drilling during a panel discussion in Gulfport Monday, May 24.


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RUMBLE, see page 7


Tuesday, May 25 Wall Street sees its fortunes decline along with the European debt crisis and the failing health of the World economy.

McGlowan is an easily recognized face in the national Tea Party Movement, but she has a difficult primary, despite her Fox News presence. Opponents were eager to attack her over statements she made on the “The Paul Gallo Show,” when she vocally approved additional gun registration requirements pushed by the Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act, introduced by Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush. The bill qualifies as a fringe bill with no co-sponsors, but Gallo saw fit to press McGlowan on the matter.

Looking at the Issues Ross, an attorney, served as an assistant district attorney and later a judge on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and won the Eupora mayor’s seat in 1997. His Republican credentials were obvious when Bush appointed him to the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as senior counsel to the assistant attorney general in the Environment and Natural Resources Division—where he worked to defend the Navy’s desire to use ear-bursting sonar in dolphin- and whale-inhabited waters. Ross is a fan of term limits, and criticizes both Childers and Nunnelee for never taking a position on the matter. All Republican candidates claim they want to roll-back or repeal



Monday, May 24 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar admits that the U.S. government must count on BP to stop the geyser of oil. … Drew Pomeranz, a baseball pitcher at Ole Miss, wins the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy as the best baseball player in the state. ... The FBI’s preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2009 shows that violent crime dropped by 8.3 percent in Jackson over 2008.

First Congressional District incumbent Travis Childers’ voting record offers little variance from the issues promoted by his Republican competitors.

Since then, Nunnelee and Ross supporters have targeted McGlowan with considerable acrimony, even though she now emphasizes on her website that she is “deeply committed to the 2nd Amendment” and “will fight against each and every attempt by government to require law-abiding citizens to register the firearms they have the right to possess.” McGlowan also lists among her platform goals to partially privatize Social Security—a move considered unpopular according to many public-opinion polls in 2004, when President George Bush backed the attempt, and is unlikely to have gained in popularity since the 2008 crash of the stock market.


Sunday, May 23 Jamaican officials declared a state of emergency in Kingston over gang violence sparked by the U.S. State Department seeking extradition for a drug trafficker.

the seat back this year. Childers has no opponent in the Democratic primary, but he faces three well-known Republican personalities: former Fox News commentator Angela McGlowan, former Eupora Mayor Henry Ross and Mississippi Sen. Alan Nunnelee.

a. “Go away. … I’m all right.” b. “Every damn fool thing you do in this life you pay for.” c. “Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink any more.” d. “Relax—this won’t hurt” e. “I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.” f. “I’ve had 18 straight whiskies, I think that’s the record.” g. “Where is my clock?” ANSWERS: 1-G; 2-A; 3-C; 4-B; 5-D; 6-F; 7.E

Friday, May 21 The Texas Board of Education votes to adopt new conservative social studies guidelines that emphasize the roles of capitalist enterprise, the military, Christianity and modern Republican political figures, while downplaying slavery, civil rights and McCarthyism. … Rand Paul, Tea Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky, draws intense criticism for saying the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is too broad.


he June 1 primaries will be here in a handful of days, and the winners will likely give two of the state’s four incumbents a hard time, say politicos. Democratic incumbent Travis Childers dropped jaws as far away as Washington when he won multiple special elections and the general election to claim the Mississippi District 1 seat in 2008. The new representative is a conservative “Blue Dog Democrat,” who votes largely with Republicans on House votes. Congressional score-keeper “That’s My Congress” gives Childers a progressive rating of “14,” meaning he has voted positively to support only 14 percent of a slate of progressive policies in the 111th Congress. Childers voted in favor of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009—adding up to 4 million previously ineligible children to the state Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Childers’ voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and his repeated anti-abortion stance gains him no friends among pro-abortion rights advocates. Childers made plenty of friends with the National Rifle Association, however. In April, Childers introduced the “Second Amendment Enforcement Act,” which eliminates some recent gun-control laws Washington D.C. instituted as a result of a 2008 Supreme Court decision loosening restrictions on ownership of hand-guns in the D.C. area. Nevertheless, Republicans aim to take

by Adam Lynch


Thursday, May 20 Pakistani officials add YouTube to the growing list of banned sites that includes FaceBook and Wikipedia pages, for “sacrilegious content.” … The U.S. Senate passes a sweeping financial regulation bill. … Crude oil the consistency of latex paint from the BP gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, washes ashore in Louisiana’s wetlands. … Mississippi executes Gerald J. Holland, 72, the oldest death-row inmate at Parchman, for the 1987 rape and murder of Krystal King, 15.

Two Races Rumble this Primary


Wednesday, May 19 President Barack Obama joins Mexico President Felipe Calderón to denounce the new anti-immigration law in Arizona. … Mississippi executes Paul E. Woodward, 62, for the rape and murder of Rhonda Crane, 24, in 1987.

Schoolchildren who experience the arts—drama, music, dance and visual arts—may do a better job at academic basics like reading, writing and math, according to a 2002 report by the Arts Education Partnership.

Sen. Videt Carmichael, RMeridian, says existing laws are enough. p9

RUMBLE, from page 6

health-care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama, but Ross joins McGlowan in arguing for private accounts for Americans to pay for retirement health coverage, according to a May Q&A published by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. Nunnelee has the advantage of carrying his campaign to the state Senate. During the 2010 legislative session, the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee made a name for himself by backing traditional issues guaranteed to make him popular among Republican primary voters. Last month, the senator submitted legislation preventing the state from using any federal or state money resulting from the March passage of health-care reform for abortions. The largely Republican Senate easily passed the measure, while House members passed it grudgingly, fussing all the while that the bill makes no difference because the president signed a March 24 executive order forbidding federal money resulting from federal health insurance incentives for abortions. Nunnelee can also boast that he led efforts as chairman of the Public Health committee to require low-income adults and parents trying to qualify for health coverage for their children to annually re-certify their eligibility for healthcare from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The recertification requires a face-to-face interview with government officials, and Mississippi is the only state requiring the practice for both Medicaid and CHIP renewal. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacked the senator in January for backing state budget appropriation bills that filled the state’s $90 million Medicaid

First Congressional District Candidate Angela McGlowan hopes the Tea Party Movement can propel her into a successful Republican primary.

deficit by re-instating a tax on hospitals similar to a tax in effect in years prior to 2005, even though hospital officials warned that re-instating the tax would mean passing new costs down to non-Medicaid patients. Despite adhering to popular Republican crusades such as anti-abortion laws, Nunnelee is capable of deviating from some GOP sacred cows. In 2009, both Nunnelee and Barbour saw the writing on the wall and approved a 50cent increase in the state’s tobacco tax, an issue also reported by the DCCC as Nunnelee’s pro-tax behavior. Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White said he believed Childers is up against a difficult election because the political mood had changed. “A lot of this is going to have to do with the mood of the country,” White told the Jackson Free Press. “This isn’t a good year for incumbents who have pushed the unpopular initiatives of the Obama administration.” White acknowledged that Childers rarely RUMBLE, see page 8

by Ward Schaefer and Adam Lynch



chimmel’s restaurant served its last Cat Bakers is refocusing its efforts on its customer on Friday, May 21, after Highland Village location, which will be 11 years of operation at 2615 N. opening for dinner next week. Owner State St. in Fondren, citing the slug- Jon Lansdale closed the Fondren location gish economy and lack of sales last Friday, and he plans to revenue. begin serving dinner at the “The recession was not a Highland Village location on help,” George Schimmel resWednesday, June 2. taurant investor and uncle to “Fondren didn’t pan out co-owner Jay Schimmel said. the way that we thought it “When you have a restaurant would,” Lansdale said. “We’ve had a lot of people ask if we’re that has as part of its name the open (for dinner), and a lot of words ‘fine dining,’ it’s cerpeople expressed interest in it.” tainly one of those discretion- Owners of Crazy Cat opened a ary items that are easy to let go Schimmel’s restaurant are small satellite location in the of when people are tightening putting the Fondren Corner building in their budgets.” restaurant up for Schimmel said the busi- sale after 11 years of November 2009. The store served pre-made lunches and ness had been in bankruptcy business. baked goods, all prepared at for several months, but moved from a re-structuring bankruptcy into the Highland location. The restaurant will start serving dinliquidation this month. He said he hoped the building will remain a restaurant under ner Wednesday through Friday, 5 p.m. to different ownership, but said he could make 8 p.m., but Lansdale said he may adjust those days. Crazy Cat will offer outdoor no guarantees. After six months in Fondren, Crazy seating in addition to indoor tables.

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ors such as building a fence along the Mexican border and reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. Like Childers, he also voted against the March health-care reform bill. His most notable deviations from popular Republican philosophy are his votes with Childers to expand the CHIP program to previously ineligible children, and his insistence that the insurance industry be put back under anti-trust laws preventing them from communicating with one another and planning how much to raise your rates. He has LACEY MCLAUGLIN

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supported controversial issues promoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but added that Childers voted to place Pelosi in the speaker’s seat. White added that Republicans made Childers’ election easier in 2008 by “shooting ourselves in the foot,” with a bitter GOP primary battle. Marty Wiseman, executive director of Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government, predicted Childers would gain a slight edge in the general election thanks to the sheer number of politically independent conservatives falling over themselves to take his seat. A total of seven independent and third-party candidates will run against the Republican primary winner and Childers, and Wiseman points out that every one of them is conservative, potentially chipping away at the Republican in the race. “One or two are not a big problem, but if they all get a couple of thousand votes apiece they could be a problem,” Wiseman said. “Nunnelee, if he wins, has got to contend with all of them with the same anti-government, anti-Washington message.”

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Third Congressional District incumbent Gregg Harper says he wants the U.S. to spend within its means.

also been a vocal opponent of drilling inside the Mississippi Barrier Island federal park for various reasons—one of them being the potential for pollution disasters of the kind likely engulfing the park this week due to the March 20 destruction of a British Petroleum deep-water oil rig. But with no Democrat daring to step forward this year, the fight on June 1 in his district remains between his two Republican rivals. Palazzo could prove the winner in the primary, if only for his comparatively familiar face and reliable conservative House record. Palazzo earned a “zero” on one progressive score-card devised by social activist Rims Barber. His vote on 10 progressive bills, from a bill restoring state budget cuts to a bill allowing the legal videotaping of police carrying out their duties, reveals a strong

Republican background. Palazzo’s big issue appears to be curbing illegal immigration—which may or may not have anything to do with the massive influx of immigrant workers to the Coast during the rush of the casino industry and post-Katrina clean-up work. Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance President Bill Chandler pointed out that Palazzo authored dead House Bill 939, an act to amend state law to require all state agencies and political subdivisions to offer all services or other materials in an English-only format. Chandler showed low esteem for both Republicans and Democrats running for the MS-04 seat, however. He called the politicians running for MS-04 and MS-01 “short-sighted,” and pointed out that all could benefit from reaching out to Latinos, considering the continuing influx of Latinos into those areas. Tegerdine, a Portland, Ore., native, moved to Hattiesburg in 2007 but seeks to quickly affirm his GOP moxie by standing against Obama’s health-care reform. In fact, he states clearly on his Web site that he demands “No Nationalized Health Care in any form.” Tegerdine is unclear on whether this encompasses popular nationalized health-care programs known as Social Security and Medicare. Tegerdine, who also favors term limits, wants to “decrease dependence on foreign oil by increasing supply in the U.S.” This philosophy usually walks hand-in-hand with a push to expand offshore oil drilling, although both Tegerdine and many other politicians may be updating their “drill, baby, drill” philosophy as the damage along the Coast from the April 20 BP mishap continues to unfold. Wiseman said coastal voters have considered Taylor one of their own since 1989, and likely continued to feel that way. “The Coast is very Republican, but also very independent minded,” Wiseman said. “Gene Taylor taps right into that independent vein. He is definitely not your average everyday congressman. He’s a very independent thinking guy, and his personality seems to appeal to people.”


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ext month, a panel appointed by gued that the cutoff points Augenblick used Gov. Haley Barbour will deliver a re- for each criterion were arbitrary, something port on the possibility of consolidat- that Augenblick himself acknowledged in ing some of Mississippi’s 152 school his presentation to the Commission. districts. Barbour tasked the Commission “There’s something of an illusion to say on Education Structure with investigating that it isn’t outcome-oriented, that the data’s the feasibility of consolidation, not its effi- totally objective,” Sayer said. cacy. For some public school advocates, the Moreover, Sayer argued, the criteria panel’s recommendation are suspect. Southern of mergers is a forgone Echo has requested conclusion. Augenblick’s raw data, Barbour announced to review his selection the Commission’s formaof districts, but the tion in December and, commission has refused in April, announced to release it thus far. that the Commission Still, the organization would pay a Coloradoproduced its own counbased consulting firm ter-study, which showed to prepare a report, that poverty, and not using funds from una smaller district size, disclosed private sources. correlates with lower After questions from academic performance. media, the governor’s A governer-appointed panel will “Our first study staff divulged the three outline steps for merging school showed that when you donors: the National districts next month. account for poverty, the Governors Association, issues of school (district) the Appalachian Regional Commission size evaporate,” Sayer said. “They’re irreland the Barksdale Reading Institute, whose evant. Poverty is really the driving factor on CEO, Claiborne Barksdale, also sat on the student performance.” governor’s commission. Augenblick’s study revealed only one To some public-education advocates, consistent academic benefit from larger disthe private funding was damning evidence trict sizes: a wider variety of course offerings. that public opinion on mergers would not Sayer questions whether a greater variety of influence the panel’s recommendation. After courses is worth the disruption of eliminatall, Barbour had called for consolidation in ing rural school districts. his November 2009 state budget proposal. Sayer is not alone in his concern about He even attached an arbitrary estimate of the commission’s pending report. State Sen. savings: $65 million for reducing the state’s Videt Carmichael, R-Meridian, believes that school districts from 152 to 100. the commission’s work has been valuable In its April 19 final report to the com- but that existing state laws could accomplish mission, the consulting firm, Augenblick, many of the aims of district consolidation. Palaich & Associates, targeted 18 districts for The Children First Act, passed in consolidation. Dissolving those 18 districts 2009, granted the Mississippi Department could save up to $13.8 million, lead consul- of Education authority to replace superintant John Augenblick told the Commission. tendents and school boards in chronically Mike Sayer was not surprised by Augen- failing school districts. Related legislation blick’s findings. passed this year allows MDE to consolidate “From the beginning, I give Augenblick all schools under state control into a single credit for having been absolutely upfront Recovery School District. about what the game was,” Sayer said. State law also already allows for Sayer, a senior organizer and training adjacent school districts to voluntarily coordinator for community-organizing consolidate. One of the major expected group Southern Echo, attended every com- recommendation from the commission’s mission meeting, sitting in the front row of report, then, is a method for “involuntary” seats. Sayer sees Augenblick’s study as an consolidation: eliminating one underexcuse for eliminating the autonomy of poor, performing district and merging it into a majority-black school districts. receiving district. Commission members “It’s no accident that the school dis- spent much of a May 10 meeting discusstricts that end up the target of Augenblick’s ing possible incentives that the state could criteria are essentially, majority-black, low- use to make consolidation more attractive wealth, under-performing small schools,” to successful districts. Sayer said. Carmichael said that he expects the LegAugenblick’s report selected the 18 dis- islature to first consider potential incentives tricts on the basis of three criteria: Districts for voluntary consolidation. had to score lower on the state’s Quality “The people that live in these school Distribution Index, educate fewer students districts ... have got to be able to see that their and spend more on administrative costs per children are going to benefit from whatever student than the statewide average. Sayer ar- you’re going to do,” Carmichael said.




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‘Thine is the Kingdom’

Mississippi executed Paul Woodward May 19, after he was on death row for more than two decades for a 1986 rape-murder.


t the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, a large 307-pound man clad in a red prison jumpsuit lies on his back on a gurney. Seven straps cover Paul Everette Woodward: one around each ankle; a strap around his shins; one above his knees; one above the inmate’s rising and falling belly; and two straps crisscrossing each other over his chest. Two extensions coming out of the gurney support his arms, with straps across his biceps and forearms. His fingers are hidden in leather sleeves at the end of each armrest. An intravenous tube runs up the length of each arm and under each sleeve of Woodward’s jumpsuit. Each tube exits the top of the gurney near his head and runs into two small holes in the wall, on either side of a large door with mirrored glass. Behind the door is where the executioner will turn on the IV machine, where a deadly barbiturate cocktail of sodium piothental, pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride waits to enter Woodward’s body through the saline drip. Woodward’s execution comes after 23 years on death row. He’s been there since confessing to the kidnapping, rape and murder of 24-year-old Rhonda Crane in Escatawpa, Miss., in 1986. Woodward had backed up his logging truck to block the road. When Crane got out to see what was wrong, Woodward

forced her into his truck at gunpoint, and then drove her into the forest where he beat and raped her. Woodward dumped Crane’s body in the woods after shooting her in the back of the head. Crane’s father found her body the next day. Woodward doesn’t have any family members present at his execution. After prison officials transferred him to the execution unit 48 hours prior to his death, Woodward had the opportunity to include 10 names on an unlimited collect-call list. Woodward only included his two attorneys, C. Jackson Williams of Oxford and Nina Rifkin. Williams was the only one present on his behalf. As the 62-year-old stretches his neck looking from left to right, he briefly licks his lips, possibly thinking back on his last meal—he had saved room for it all day by hardly touching his breakfast or lunch. The last meal Woodward would ever taste was a hamburger grilled well done with lettuce, tomato, onion, dill pickle, mustard and mayo. He ordered French fries with salt, fried onion rings, a bowl of chili without beans, a pint of vanilla ice cream, and two 20-ounce root beers. He did not request a sedative before being transferred to the execution chamber. Mississippi Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Emmitt “E.L.” Sparkman lowers a microphone from the ceiling and points it down at Woodward’s face, so the inmate can say his last words. “I would like to say the Lord’s Prayer,” Woodward says in a thin, quavering voice. “If anyone would like to join in, please do so.” Ken North, MDOC director of corrections investigations, is the only one praying with Woodward. His mouth moves silently; those present in the white room only hear Woodward’s voice through the speaker on the ceiling. “… For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. Thank you warden—I’m sorry—commissioner.” Woodward says. The first chemical coming through the IV is Sodium piothental, a barbiturate that renders Woodward unconscious. Deathpenalty opponents say lethal injections are

“cruel and unusual punishment”; many times the sodium piothental dose was not strong enough to keep the inmate unconscious throughout the 15-minute process, causing unnecessary pain and suffering. Woodward’s head drifts to the right, and his eyes close. His breathing slows, and his belly rises less with each breath. The executioner now introduces the second drug, pancuronium bromide, into his bloodstream. This drug is meant to paralyze the inmate, effectively stopping his breathing. Woodward doesn’t appear to be moving, although in the reflection of the overhead lights in his glasses, he is quivering rapidly. After several more long minutes, Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton places her stethoscope on Woodward’s chest, listening for a heartbeat. She nods somberly. “Time of death, 6:39 p.m., May 19th,” Burton pronounces. The victim’s sister, Renee Lander, witnesses the execution with her cousin, Kelli Belcher, who holds up Crane’s senior portrait at a post-execution press conference. Lander says her sister, the valedictorian of Moss Point High School’s 1979 class, lived a Christian life up until her death. “She worked many, many hours helping neglected and abused children,” Lander recalls. “She helped many lost souls in her community. And loved life. Loved her family.” Lander says Woodward’s death came too late, and remarks that his punishment wasn’t brutal enough. “It was like watching someone being put to sleep before a surgery,” Lander says. “He gave her less than an hour to live after kidnapping her. And he fought for 24 years to continue to live. I think he should have personally died the next day.” Woodward’s execution was the first of two back-to-back executions in Mississippi. On May 20, the state executed Gerald James Holland, 72, for the rape and murder of 15year-old Krystal Dee King. These were the first back-to-back executions in Mississippi in almost half a century. Comment at


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Poets II is definitely the new hot spot in town for wonderful food, whether your taste buds prefer signature hamburgers or pasta. Check them out and see what positive changes have been made to both the menu and the interior. They are open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 12 midnight, Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Find them on Facebook to find out menu specials and each week’s entertainment lineup.

ison burgers, Kobe beef, poboys and pasta: these are just a few mouthwatering items you can choose from when dining at the new Poets II at 1855 Lakeland Drive in Jackson. Poets II opened their doors on May 12, 2010, in Jackson’s original Poets location in The Quarter. Zak Nalder is the new owner and says that when the opportunity to buy Poets came open, he jumped on it. “We closed down for two months to do Zak Nalder some remodeling and put together a new menu before we opened,” said Nalder, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate with a degree in engineering. “After I graduated from Southern, I got a job at Northrop, where I was an Industrial Engineer in Pascagoula. I wanted to move back to the Jackson area ever since I left Hattiesburg.” Nalder has put much time and energy into Poets II menu, adding items that stand out among the crowd. New menu specialties include the Kobe beef burger and bison burger. Both, according to Nalder, “are the finest grade of meat not to be matched anywhere else in the city.” Nalder says that he and his management staff have worked hard to make the prices on their menu so that the everyday hard-working American can come enjoy their good food and cold drinks. “We have a good blend of upscale family dining mixed with a live music venue, making it a fun atmosphere for anyone to enjoy,” said Nalder. “The great music, exceptional food and cold drinks are what make Poets II stand out as a one-of-a-kind venue like no other in Jackson.” Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights promise quality live music and smiles from Poets II staff. Nalder says, “Our staff has great attitudes, they are hard workers, pleasant to be around and are fun and energetic.”


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Make Consolidation Study Transparent


ince a flare-up of attention last winter, the issue of school district consolidation has received only limited public attention. This is unfortunate, as a governor-appointed panel is set to issue a report next month that will lay out a path for dissolving 18 small, rural school districts. The evidence for benefits of school district consolidation is mixed at best. Studies have shown that mergers of small districts with fewer than 300 students can save administrative costs, while districts with more than 1,500 students save almost nothing by merging. And the academic benefits of consolidation are even spottier. Larger districts tend to offer a wider variety of courses, but they also tend to have higher dropout rates and lower attendance rates. The Commission on Mississippi Education Structure, created by Gov. Haley Barbour, is drafting a report for Barbour on potential benefits of consolidation. Using private funds, the group commissioned a Colorado-based consulting firm to study the feasibility of merging some of the state’s 152 school districts. That firm, Augenblick, Palaich & Associates, settled on a list of 18 school districts—most of them majority-black and rural—as ripe targets for consolidation, based on their low academic performance, low student enrollment and high administrative costs per student. A group of public-school advocates, including Southern Echo and the Mississippi Delta Catalyst Roundtable, has requested the raw data that Augenblick used to identify target districts. So far, staff for the governor’s commission has refused to release the data on the grounds that no single table of raw data exists. Commission members have also offered other defenses—that the relevant data is already publicly available and that the data needs to be presented in context, with an opportunity for questions and answers. These evasions are plain wrong. While district-level data may be available for most of Augenblick’s criteria, the formulas that the consultants used are not. As a body created by executive order, the commission falls under Mississippi’s open meetings and public-records laws. Records for a public body should be made public, whether or not they would benefit from context. More importantly, community members have a right to know how a consultant—in the service of a public body—compiled a list of school districts to be dissolved. Many commission members seem aware of the emotional nature of consolidation. Commission members Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson and Sen. Videt Carmichael of Meridian have both indicated that they respect the importance of community support in making any kind of school district merger work. If the Commission hopes to gain the trust of community members and public school supporters, though, it must make its process more transparent and release the Augenblick study data now.


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May 27 - June 2, 2010



rotha Hustle: “Ghetto Science Community: The Hustle family’s Summer Jobs Initiative is ready to put people to work, thanks to some surplus funds from the Ghetto Science Community Stimulus Grant, or GSCSG. Special thanks go out to Congressman Smokey ‘Robinson’ McBride for pulling strings to make the summer jobs initiative happen. The Ghetto Science Community admires politicians like Rep. Smokey because he a true hustler for his constituents, aka the people. This summer the Hustle family will transform teenagers, college students, senior citizens and broke folk sitting on the front porch into wage earners. Funding will cover minimum wage jobs in information technology, office administration, etc. “Aunt Tee Tee needs computer literate folk to help her update and manage the Ghetto Science Community’s database, Facebook account and ‘Ghetto Tube’ server system. As community safety becomes a priority this summer, the Inspector ‘Beat Down’ Lipscomb Security Team needs a few good men and women to patrol vulnerable and volatile areas of the community. Pork-N-Piggly Supermarket needs part-time baggers and senior greeters for the summer barbeque season. The Clubb Chicken Wing Multipurpose Complex has job openings for maintenance workers, bus boys, waiters, waitresses and bartenders. And I’m ready to employ 10 associate vendors to sell ice-cold Juicy Juice, sandwiches and bo-dega snacks with the ‘Brotha Hustle Juicy Juice on Ice Refreshment and Snack Time Wagon.’ “The Hustle family’s Summer Jobs Initiative is the Ghetto Science Community’s version of FDR’s New Deal (aka the Works Progress Administration). Let’s go to work!”


Relearning Riding the Bike


haven’t been on a bike in years. Not because the desire isn’t there. Well, kind of. I haven’t been bike shopping longer than I have actually ridden one; I’ll have to wait and see if I can still maneuver. Folks always say that some things in life are much like riding a bike: although you go years without doing them, you can always pick up where you left off. Those things, “they” say, never leave you: swimming, multiplication tables, hula hoops, rollerskating and the like. You may be a tad rusty, but if you get a few practice runs you can be good as new. Through marriage and nine months of a pregnancy, I figured rearing a newborn would be much like riding that old trusty bike—couldn’t be too hard. I’d picked up some valuable tips and experience along the way. Little Bralynn would be a piece of cake: I’m a veteran of these parenting wars. Hell, I raised two of my own and kept them safe to the ripe old ages of 16 and 13. My wife had reared a strapping 14-yearold son who didn’t have a scratch on him. We hadn’t wiped a runny nose in years, but we had handed out chores and curfews like nobody’s business. We “knew” what we were doing. Having a baby couldn’t be that bad, right? Wrong! There’s something to be said for parents who have their kids back-to-back. I sympathize with the mother in the mall trying to herd a 6-, 3- and 1-yearold and keep her sanity. But, that’s practical experience being put to use. Not long after you’ve figured it out, you’ve got another baby to try out some new parenting techniques on. It’s like back-to-back games during a Major League Baseball season. One game ends, and you’re already warmed up for another. But try putting a decade or more in between babies and see how that works out for you. I thought

I could just pick up where I left off and get right back into the grind of raising a baby. Well, the mechanics on the bike had changed after about 12 years. First of all, having a baby in your 30s is definitely different than having one in your early 20s. If you don’t know, ask somebody. The old body just doesn’t bounce back like it used to, does it? The same guy that could come in after a raucous night of partying, stay up with a baby and still be rested at 7 a.m. the next morning is dead. Sleep is now that elusive prize that remains just out of my reach each night. Each sleep-deprived night is drawing me closer to goofiness. I’m having trouble remembering my way home most nights. Newborns require you to fulfill their every need. It’s a high-maintenance job that some folks take lightly. We’ve got several years of diaper changes, feedings, colds and tantrums to weed through before things change. But you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. The joys of fatherhood rival anything that I’ve achieved in any other facet of my personal or professional life. No hit record, no award, no successful business venture can make me feel the same love that looking into the eyes of my little princess does. It’s a blessing to be able to give life and take care of that life. It’s beholding something greater than yourself: a little bundle of motivation that drives me to voraciously win at everything I do just so my kids can benefit. Babies don’t come with instructions and bikes don’t ride themselves. But sometimes the fun is not in “riding” the bike, but in actually “learning” how to ride the bike—whether you’re 6 or 36. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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cene: Working husband, John Jones, walks in the door fresh from work, proverbial bacon in hand. Stay-at-home wife, Janet, cooks said bacon and puts what’s left in a ROTH IRA for when their precious, unborn children, little Johnny Jr. and Jane, retire. End scene. For a long time in America, the relationships and hierarchal structure of gainfully employed man and happily domestic woman, such as the ersatz example above, were characteristic of the American dream. But as Americans have come to realize since the 1950s, this dream is rather nebulous. In the past few decades, more American women have shed the shackles of domestic life and pursued careers of their own. I commend feminist activists and other women leaders who had enough of the status quo, and decided to draw some attention to the inequalities that pervaded their everyday life. In 2010, the roles of men and women in relationships have changed. It’s not uncommon to see the working wife and stay-at-home husband, but that’s only part of the change. Homosexuality is becoming more tolerated, though admittedly at a slower rate than these individuals deserve. While still a hotly debated issue, the fact is, homosexuality is here to stay, and these Americans have a right to their pursuit of happiness like everyone else. Dudes of all sexual orientations can wear tight jeans (rapper Plies notably does not, however), which were previously reserved for the opposite sex. Dudettes can wear suits, though perhaps not in Fulton, Miss., not a tuxedo, and not to a high school prom. Many leaders in the fashion world consider both of these wardrobe selections in vogue, much to the chagrin of designers longing to make Mississippi a fashion Mecca. Aside from wardrobes, other shifts in gender roles are apparent in the careers men and women pursue these days. An increasing number of men are taking on positions formerly dominated by women, such as hair stylists or secretaries. Likewise, more women are filling leadership positions, like CEOs and heads of state, than in the past. Despite all the instances of shifting gender roles, assumed ranks still shape a significant portion of modern society. The U.S. Department of Labor found that women still only earn about 80 percent of what men earn, all things being equal, in 2008. In another study, the DOL found that women comprised only 31 percent of workers with the highest earnings in 2005. On the other end of the spectrum, women made up a majority of the lowest earnings category. Traditional gender roles continue to dictate the occupational capacities for men and women. It should come as no surprise that more women work in education and health services than men, and more men work

in construction and manufacturing. Think of it this way: In your K-12 school, how many teachers were women and how many were men? Likewise, how many times have you seen a woman cat-calling guys during her break at a construction site? I’m guessing few if any of the aforementioned facts surprise the average reader. Having women as teachers and men as factory workers is something many of us grew up with, and maybe consider perfectly normal. Therein lies my point. Have you ever considered just how deeply ingrained gender roles are in your life? Have you ever questioned the causal effects and repercussions gender roles have on the lives of so many Americans? Ask the woman who makes 80 percent of what her male counterpart—who performs the same tasks and has the same performance criteria—what she thinks. Within these gender-role norms are anomalies that you may or may not have known about, anomalies that afford advantages and disadvantages. Ever heard of the glass ceiling? It’s a metaphorical cap on the promotion or salary a person can achieve based on his or her gender, ethnicity, orientation, etc. Did you know there was a glass escalator, too? Sociologists use the term “glass escalator” to describe jobs in which a specific kind of person, like men, experiences quick promotions and easy raises. Some sociologists consider nursing and management as fields in which men ride the glass escalator. All aboard the gravy train, gentlemen! Besides the overlooked perks that some demographics enjoy and the impediments with which other demographics struggle, a larger idea exists. In America, women have suffered long and hard and are still fighting for full equality. Women had to fight for years to attain suffrage, and even after centuries of inequality, don’t make as much as men do on average. I am a man, so why am I complaining about the misfortune of others? Shouldn’t I thank my lucky stars I’m a white guy and, theoretically, have it easy? To me, that’s a logical fallacy. By virtue of being born, people have an obligation to ensure the betterment (and equality) of their fellow humans. As Americans, we should feel doubly obliged because of the privilege given to us as citizens of a free nation. I’m not saying we should institute 50/50 woman/man quotas for every conceivable job that exists. I’m saying we should be more cognizant of how we as human beings fit into the bigger picture. We’ve come a long way in discarding the importance of gender roles, but we’ve got a long way to go to achieve a truly level playing field for everybody.

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May 27 - June 2, 2010

On a recent spring afternoon in Jackson, graphic-design artist George Miles walks through Fondren, taking in the scenery and people. Miles makes a daily habit of walking from his apartment on Lorenz Boulevard through the artistic and funky neighborhood where he finds inspiration. “Fondren is a great place to live if you’re an artist. The community is one huge family,” he says. “There is always something going on here. I walk the block day or night. I love the people, the energy and the vibe.” At his apartment, which serves as his studio, Miles unlocks the door and steps into a small living room with hardwood floors, light colored walls and a single window. Large photographs line the room showing an impressive display of his investment in his art and in the community. “I believe a person can look at a photograph and it can change their life,” he says. A 16-by-20 photograph on a small coffee table shows a young African American woman draped in an American flag as she leans on a brick wall. The piece, titled “The American Woman,” was influenced by Miles’ concept of the female experience. “Women are everyday soldiers fighting an unequal cultural, political and economic war,” Miles says as he moves toward the photograph. A program from the musical “The Color Purple” lies on the table next to the photograph. Another photograph titled “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil” leans against a wall. In this photo, an African American male stands with an American flag blindfold tied around his eyes. “The idea is an essential part of sharing your observation, an interpretation of a greater understanding and seeing past the surface,” Miles says. “I observe as much as possible 14 and see what the photographs want to show me.”

Miles says it is at this point that he adds layers of paint and mixed media on the photographs. “The challenge is creating something new, and keeping that energy and life in your work.” When Miles walks into the kitchen, he flips on a light. A small table with three chairs around it is covered with newspaper. He puts on OutKast’s “ATLiens” album. “This is the best hip-hop group of all time,” Miles says. A series of syncopated drum beats, a smooth bass moving in time with horns, set the mood for Miles’ creative genius. “Their music is like the soundtrack to my art.” He points to a canvas. “This is a mixed-media piece,” he says, holding a bottle of North Carolina blue acrylic paint. The canvas is covered with textured paper and spray painted a soft gray. With quick horizontal strokes he spreads the blue paint. “Music brings a whole other energy to the piece,” he says as he hums along with the melody while his hands move in time with the staccato drumbeats. His strokes are vertical now. “I really think this is going to be a hip-hop piece.” He switches to purple paint and leans over the canvas. He squeezes thin streams of paint from the bottle. A series of circular deep purple lines show up on the canvas. “You start off with a sketch,” Miles explains. “A sketch is only a guide.” He takes a few steps back and studies the canvas, blue on one end and purple on the other. At this point there are no photographs, no glass and no sketches. “On a canvas you can see so much,” he says, as he continues looking at the painted canvas. “I’m thinking of having a boom box on the purple.” He says the blue will be a collage of those who have influenced his work. In the collage he’s thinking of putting his family, his former mentor Mrs. Jackson or his Starkville High School art teacher, Mr. Lark.

“Mr. Lark really pushed me,” Miles says. “He’s a man of God.” As Miles moves around the table, he looks at the canvas from a different angle. He takes a jar filled with small square pieces of glass and places it near the canvas. “I’m really feeling this piece,” he says. Carefully, he places the small colored squares of glass around the edge of the canvas. The textured paper has no smooth edges. He studies the piece, then takes another square of glass from the jar. He layers the glass squares in some spots and doesn’t place any in others. “You don’t have to put it here,” he says, gesturing to an area with no glass squares. “It’s implied.” The piece Miles is working on is for an upcoming exhibit, “No Frame No Glass” in Starkville this October. The exhibit will feature unique paintings, photographs and mixed-media pieces on the themes of freedom, stepping outside the box, doing something different. He wants to affect the community through his art, encourage originality, individuality. “I’m not just a photographer,” he says, his tall, lean body bent over the canvas. “I’m a painter, a poet, a filmmaker.” He works in more blue paint. “I can’t be put into a box.”

‘Wisdom Trees’ At 31, Miles is a young man with an old soul. The artist has always had a love for art, the community and being in the company of senior citizens, who he calls “wisdom trees.” As a young man growing up in Starkville, Miles spent time in the company of older mentors. He helped his grandmother plant flowers, and he loved spending time with Mrs. Jackson, an elderly widow who lived in his community.

Butterflies Among Us

“The American Woman,” a conceptual photograph by Miles, represents the struggles of women in society.

Miles came to Jackson after high school to attend Jackson State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in fine arts in 2002. Miles decided to stay in Jackson and continue to develop his art. “I chose to stay here to continue my growth on a different stage,” he says. “The community embraced me here. There’s no other place in the world like Jackson.” “I just love life and everything dealing with art,” Miles says. “… My art is motivated by my love for the people.” The painter, graphic designer, filmmaker and photographer says this is why he’s an artist in every sense of the word. Miles’ art appeared in a number of shows including: “The Antidote: A Remedy to the Monotony” at the Smith Robertson Museum in 2006; “Arts Beats Plus Lyrics,” a nationwide tour sponsored by Jack Daniels; and “Liberation,” a show about freeing yourself, which took place at Jackson’s Municipal Art Gallery. Miles was the co-creator of the “Trapped Flowers” exhibit, which opened at the former ARTichoke gallery in Jackson on April 11, 2007. This show took a stand against domestic violence through art. Miles also works with the Ask for More Arts Initiative, a program where artists collaborate with Jackson Public Schools and Parents for Public School. He taught art to students in Brown Elementary School, located in the north midtown neighborhood, while integrating the basic subjects of math, English, reading and writing. On May 14, Miles and several other artists who participated in the Ask For More Arts Initiative took a tour of the initiative’s exhibit hanging in the Arts Center of Mississippi on Pascagoula Street. This was a wrap-up meeting where each artist described the work he or she did with the children at their school. The artists included photographers, musicians, visual artists and literary artists. At the Brown Elementary exhibit, all eyes were on Miles. Viewers were awed by the pieces, which included silhouettes, drawings and photographs, all centered around a large mosaic butterfly placed on a lively blue background. Small glass mirrors on the butterfly’s wings reflected the light, making a winged pattern on the carpeted floor beneath it. “The butterfly is a symbol of new beginnings and new life,” he says, gazing at the exhibit with pride. “I asked the kids what they want to be.” He smiled a bit, a smile that was more for himself than for those around him. When watching the young man with a milk-chocolate complexion and a charming smile, it almost feels like eaves-dropping. Miles always appeared to be immersed in thought, thinking about life and the role that art plays in the existence of mankind. He paused a minute, and his eyes focused on the wall to the right of the butterfly where photographs hung. In each photograph, there’s a child in color with out-stretched hands as a butterfly hovers inches above the child’s palms. Behind the child is a crowd of people. “The crowd represents the community,” Miles says. The crowd is mostly in black and white with one Through the Ask for More Arts Initiative, Miles mentored students at Brown Elementary School. or two people in color. “The butterfly


“Mrs. Jackson helped me a lot,” Miles says. “Mrs. Jackson’s house was where many kids in the community played basketball.” Miles loved to play basketball but he always took the time to sit on Mrs. Jackson’s porch and drink a glass of lemonade as he listened to her advice. “She inspired me to embrace my role as a leader by trusting God.” The artist comes from an artistic family, which continues to influence his work. All three of his sisters played in the band at Starkville High School. His father played a number of instruments, his grandmother was a quilter, and his grandfather was a Baptist preacher and a musician. Miles says that his mother taught him the importance of family and community. “My mother was the backbone of the family,” he says. As a child Miles loved several different forms of art. “I used to make collages, music and rap,” he says, and he also drew and painted. He began to recognize his talents when an artist came to his third-grade class and did a workshop. “That gave me my spark,” Miles says. He wants to share his talent with others. “I want to inspire people to never stop dreaming.” Growing up, Miles played ball and participated in Junior ROTC in addition to developing as a gifted artist. His friends respected him and his artwork, so much so that in the 12th grade they sought his help with an assignment for advanced English class. “We were studying Shakespeare,” Miles says. “Each student was given an 8-by-10 sheet of paper with the outline of a T-shirt drawn on it.” The instructions were to design the T-shirt, and the design had to include a Shakespeare quote. One project from each of the six advanced English classes would be chosen as the winner for that class. “When all of my friends told me they had the best design in their class, it was a profound moment,” says Miles, who designed seven T-shirts—six for his friends and one for himself. All of his designs won, and in his fourth period class there was a tie between him and his best friend. “I knew I was good, but I didn’t know I was that good,” says Miles, who looks back on this experience as a defining moment in his art career. “That was a good time for me.” Miles’ mother, who died when he was a freshman in high school, is his inspiration. “Every time I created something, it made her smile and she would show it off to everyone,” he says. After her death, Miles had to rely on his faith in God to cope with the pain. “I had to pray,” he says. “I was crying (and) dying on the inside.”

represents their dreams.” He swayed lightly. He continued to speak. His tone was even—not loud, not soft, but possessing a distinctive power that drew those around him to listen. Through his artist residency with the Ask For More Arts Initiative, Miles engaged 30 children in creative activities like drawing and making the silhouettes hung in the exhibit. During the two and a half weeks that Miles spent with the children, he gave them a glimpse into their history by organizing a field trip to the Smith Robertson Museum and by inviting people from the community to come speak with them. “I was standing in Krystal one morning,” he says. “I saw a group of men talking about how the midtown community used to be. And I asked them to talk to the kids, and they did.” Miles said he wanted the students to know the history of Mill Street from the 1950s to present day. The artist partnered with Catherine Schmidt, a One Campus One Community Fellow from Millsaps College, to take the children on a field trip to the Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps. He also organized a field trip to the North Midtown Art Center where the students could see working artists in action. “I told the kids to never give up on their dreams,” Miles says, as he looked at the exhibit again. This time he focused on the original drawings of colorful butterflies done by the children, hanging on the wall to the left of the large butterfly. Then he turned back to the wall to the right of the mosaic butterfly and gestured to silhouettes that his students made. “When I was in the third grade an artist came to my school and did silhouettes with us,” he says. Miles linked his strong spiritual beliefs to his desire to use art as a mechanism for change in the community. “I always give God the glory,” says Miles, who is active in the Baptist church. “You just never know where God’s going to take you.” This is a young man who works hard to fulfill his dreams, which include giving back to the community. Miles has worked with children at Stewpot Community Center, donated photographs and paintings to HeARTS Against AIDS, the Art for Heart event benefitting the Mississippi Heart Association, Taste of Mississippi, the JFP Chick Ball and other organizations dedicated to helping the community “When you create something, it’s not just for you to keep to yourself,” Miles says. “It’s to be shared with the world.”


Miles turned to his art for comfort and strength. “I used art to express what I was feeling.” He created a piece titled “The Window Pain.” The piece includes photographs of his mother’s gravesite and a window to frame the images. “She was my inspiration before she passed, and she’s my inspiration now.”



Exhibits and Openings

Mustard Seed Exhibit through June 24, at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Artwork by Mustard Seed residents on display. Invitation-only closing reception June 24 from 2-4 p.m. Gallery hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-359-6030. Southern Fried Comic-Con June 26-27, at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). The pop-culture event includes comic, toy, art and collectibles vendors. Larry Kenney, the voice of Lion-O from “Thunder Cats” and other voice actors will be there. Advance tickets go on sale May 1 at Heroes and Dreams in Flowood and 3 Alarm Comics in Biloxi. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 26 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27. Children under 5 get in free with an adult ticket purchase. $12, $15 weekend pass; $9, $10 daily pass; $6-$10 children 5-12; visit

Douglas, Dr. Helen Barnes, Patti Carr Black and Dorothy Moore. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday. Free; call 601-960-1557. Children’s Art Exhibit through June 30, at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). See artwork by students from Merritt Middle School and Gentry High School in Sunflower County. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $10, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 5; call 662-887-9539. Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey July 10-Sept. 18, at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). The national traveling COURTESY ELISE NORMAN

Jackson Reclaimed Art Show June 10, 5 p.m., at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). See inspiring works of art from local artists and art made from reclaimed materials. This year, the show will benefit the John M. Perkins Foundation. $20; e-mail

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Artist and Three-Dimensional Artisans Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by artist Becky Barnett Chamblee and Craftsmen’s Guild artisans Anne Campbell, Carmen Castilla and Rhonda Blasingame. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. An artists’ reception will be June 3 from 4-6 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. “A Portrait of Jackson Women: Photography by Karla Pound & Leah Overstreet” through June 30, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The documentary project includes audio interviews and environmental portraits of 20 Jackson women including the late Mildred Wolfe, Ellen

“Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word” ongoing, at International Museum of Muslim Culture (201 E. Pascagoula St.). In the last millennium an important global legacy was uncovered: the literate culture of Africa. This legacy lives in the extraordinary richness of historical manuscripts that still survive. The companion exhibit “Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West” can be seen in the new museum gallery. Free; call 601-960-0440. “Alsace to America” ongoing, at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Jews immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. This exhibit reflects the life and times of these pioneers, why they left France and Germany, and how they became an integral part of the historical fabric of their chosen communities in America. Please call between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule a tour. $5, $4 students and groups of 15 or more; call 601362-6357.

“NASA|ART: 50 Years of Exploration” through June 27, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel). See artwork from the NASA Art Program from artists such as Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, William Wegman and Jamie Wyeth. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374. “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010” through June 30, at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). See photos of the beginning of Davis Bend, the move and name change to Mound Bayou, Isaiah Montgomery, T.R.M. Howard and others involved in founding the city. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $4.50 adults, $3.00 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457.

“Summer Dress” through Aug. 31, at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). 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 ten or more. Free; call 601-961-4724.

Art Exhibit ongoing, at Mimi’s Family & Friends (3139 N. State St.). See paintings by Cleta Ellington, mosaics by Teresa Haygood-McIntosh, sculptures by Bexx Hale, reclaimed wood frames by Chris Richardson, fish made from recycled materials by Kevin McCarthy, art on canvas by Natalie Ray, watercolors by Sally Fontenot, glass jewelry by Wendy Eddleman and other diverse creations such as pottery and photography. Free; call 601-366-6111.

Photography by Elise Norman will be on display at Cups downtown until July 30.

exhibit includes more than 500 items ranging from costumes and instruments to original lyrics from performers such as Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from noon4 p.m. $10, $5 students K-college; call 601-6962200. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 6-8, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Come for hunting and fishing exhibits, lectures and animal demonstrations. Hours are: 3-9 p.m. Aug. 6; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 7; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8. Admission is $7 adults and free for children 12 and under Aug. 6. Aug. 7-8, admission is $8 adults and $4 children ages 6-12. Call 601-206-5703.

Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-960-1515. • Jazz, Art & Friends May 27 and June 17, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy cocktails, listen to the best jazz Jackson has to offer, and mingle with friends while surrounded by world-class art. There are complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Adibe Owens-Sabir performs May 27, and Barry Leach performs June 17. $5 members, $7 nonmembers, $3 1-5 year olds. • Unburied Treasures June 15, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Tulane professor Dr. Michael Plante discusses the artwork of Ida Kohlmeyer. Poet Carolyn Hembree of New Orleans reads a selection of related poems and Howard Jones plays jazz. Free admission.

• Pieces and Strings: Mississippi Cultural Crossroads 20th Annual Quilt Contest and Exhibition through Aug. 1, in the public corridor. This annual presentation of award-winning quilts is on loan from Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, sponsors of Crossroads Quilters, a group that displays and sells its one-of-a-kind handmade quilts at the Crossroads Building in Port Gibson. Free. • The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculpture by Claudia DeMonte through Sept. 12. This exhibition features 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 through Sept. 12. This exhibition presents a fascinating array of some 50 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs by 20th-21st century artists. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection through Sept. 12. Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel have acquired around 4,000 works of contemporary art since 1962. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members 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. • 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 Trustmark Grand Hall. Free. 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, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. • Snake Day: Mississippi Style June 1, 10 a.m. See live Mississippi snakes on exhibit and learn from the experts who will be on hand to answer your questions. Bryan Fedrick, the museum’s aquatic biologist, will lecture at 10 a.m. and noon on how to distinguish six venomous species from 55 nonvenomous snakes in the state. • Fun Fridays June 4-July 30. Every Friday in June and July from 10 a.m.-noon, children can participate in interactive, hands-on activities that coincide with the “Megalodon: Largest Shark that

Theatre Company 203 Black St. Brandon Ever Lived” exhibit. Parents must accompany their children. • “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” June 5-Jan 9. The 60-foot, 2-million-year-old Megalodon looms life-size in this mega-exhibit of modern and fossil sharks. • “Modern and Fossil Sharks: Was Megalodon in Mississippi?” July 6, noon. George Phillips, museum paleontologist, will talk about the oldest shark remains from Mississippi which date back 85 million years. Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-960-1557. • “Celestial Bodies/Infernal Souls: Photography by Lois Greenfield” June 10-27. See Greenfield’s newest collection of 54 dance-themed photographs. • “Just Dance” Juried Invitational June 10July 5. This exhibition with the theme of dance, is planned to run concurrently with Mississippi’s 2010 International Ballet Competition. An opening reception June 10 will begin at 6 p.m. • Lois Greenfield Gallery Talk June 19, 2 p.m. Greenfield shares her artistic method and guides photographers through capturing “the moment,” in dance. She demonstrates how she directs the dancers and achieves her signature crystal-sharp images. Following the talk is a walk through her “Celestial Bodies/Infernal Souls” exhibit. Refreshments are included. • Fifth Annual Storytellers Ball Juried Invitational Aug. 5-22. The art exhibition is based on the theme “Life Is a Cabaret: Broadway Magic.” • ArtBuds: VSA Arts Mississippi Aug. 7-22. This program pairs students with disabilities with professional artists for instruction, mentoring and collaboration on art projects. The program

will culminate with an exhibition and reception August 7 featuring individual artwork by the students and the artists, along with the collaborative pieces they create. • Ginger Williams Exhibit Sept. 2-22. Williams’ artwork will be on display. An opening reception will be Sept 7 with a time to be announced later. Hershel Lippmann: A Collector’s Passion through May 28, at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Thirty paintings from the collection will be displayed at the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center. Free admission; call 228-374-5547. “Life in a Snapshot” Photo Exhibit through May 31, at Saenger Theatre (201 Forrest St., Hattiesburg). The juried photo exhibit is hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Viewing hours are noon-5 p.m. daily. Free admission; call 601-266-4306. Nature of the Delta: Photography of Patty Smith Exhibit May 31-Dec. 31, at Delta State University (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). The photographs are on display in the Capps Archives & Museum. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 662846-4780. The Fusion of Poetry, Music & Art June 2, 6 p.m., at Negrotto’s Gallery and Custom Framing (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). See artwork by Anne Kotleba, enjoy music by Brooks Hubbert III with his unexpected blend of the harmonica and cello, and participate in open-mic poetry. Free; call 228388-8822.

Summer Schedule 2010 Plaza Suite Directed by Tommy Hoffman June 18,19, 25, 26 @ 7:30pm June 20 &27 @ 2pm

Black Rose Theatre Summer Camp

June 28 - July 2 (led by guest artist, Dixie Gray)

Grades 2-6, 9am-11:30am Grades 7-12, 1:30pm-4:30pm

Auditions for A Night of One Acts June 29 & 30 - 6:30 p.m

Auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat July 9 - 6-8 pm July 10 - 2-4 pm


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Refreshing Your Art by Sarah Bush DANNY JONES


The Tougaloo Art Colony is a weeklong series of art classes led by professional artists July 11-16.

Another artist teaching at the art colony is Rick Freeman, an Athens, Ga., native, who has painted life-size murals at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., and the Arlington Courthouse in Arlington, Va. His murals typically depict African American bluesmen. He has received fellowships from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a nomination for an Outstanding Emerging Artist Award from the commission. His workshop will show the creative process and steps of a mural. Tuition for the week is $350. More information, the brochure and registration form are available online at, or call 601977-7839 or 601-977-7743.

hether you’re an artist, art student, art teacher or just someone that loves to learn about art, Tougaloo College’s weeklong retreat, the Tougaloo Art Colony, may be just the thing to refresh your creativity and expand your skills. This year’s retreat takes place July 11 through July 16, and will offer workshops in relief printmaking, oil painting, mural painting for teens, web design, pottery and digital multimedia projects. The Tougaloo Art Colony, founded in 1997, consists of weeklong studio classes led by professional artists teaching in their field of expertise. The workshops allow the participants to discuss their own work, while also learning about new techniques. Mississippian Pat Walker-Fields is one artist who will participate in this year’s retreat. Walker-Fields, who grew up in Rolling Fork, uses the technique of chiaroscuro, which creates a dimensional aspect to flat artwork, to create portraits, landscapes and still lifes. Some of her accolades include recognition from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Public Broadcasting System and the Visual Arts Contemporary Center. Walker-Fields will teach a workshop on oil painting, and will focus on problem solving through painting from life.



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“Six Over 64.9” through May 31, at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). See new works by Jim Becker, Norma Bourdeaux, Bewey Bowden, Evelyn Gray, Charles Guess and Jean Seymour. An opening reception May 13 will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment. Free admission; call 601-969-4091. Art Reception June 10, 5-8 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St.). See artwork by Ellen Rodgers and Jason Horton. Free; call 601-291-9115. “Illumina” Exhibit June 10-16, at Bryant Galleries (3010 Lakeland Cove, Flowood). An exhibition of more than 15 watercolor and acrylic paintings by USA International Ballet Competition 2010 poster artist and MSU professor Brent Funderburk will be on display. The opening reception on June 10 is at 5:30 p.m. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free admission; call 601-932-5099.

Free, artwork for sale; call 662-455-0040.


Open House May 29, noon-7 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). The center will be open to showcase its artists’ work and to provide a performance space for others to express themselves. All local artists, performers and musicians are welcome to participate by registering via e-mail. Free; e-mail

Mississippi Watercolor Society Exhibit through June 30, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Artwork by society members will be on display. Gallery hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The show is part of The Four Seasons of the Cedars performing and visual arts series. Free admission; call 601-981-9606.

“Oranges, Grapes and Pastels” is from Brent Funderburk’s “Illumina” exhibit on display at Bryant Galleries in Flowood.

Illumination Show June 17-30, at Josh Hailey Studio and Gallery (2906 N. State St.). See Josh Hailey’s latest work, which consists of transparent images on top of copper. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.4 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-214-2068. “Houses of Light and Shadow” through June 12, at Gallery Point Leflore (214 Howard St., Greenwood). See artwork by Stoneville artist Jamie Tate. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

Senior Thesis Exhibit through June 30, at Delta State University (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). View artwork submitted by senior art students in the Wright Art Gallery. Free; visit Outdoor Days at the Center July 4, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). 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; call 601856-7546. 2010 Exhibits through Dec. 31, at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists throughout the year include Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan Inman, LaTricia Graves and more. Photography by Christina Cannon (starting Jan. 20), How-

ard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard, William Patrick Butler and others will also be on display. Free; call 601-713-1224. Art at the Healthplex ongoing, at Mississippi College Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See artwork by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Bob Dunaway, Sherry Ferguson, Scoty Hearst, Mike Mishka, Karen Freeman, Marijane Whitfield and Georgia Wright in the front lobby gallery. Also included are metal works by Bill Broadus and mixed media by Penny Ma. 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 Art at the Auditorium ongoing, at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). On the first Tuesday of each month, a variety of artwork by local Jackson visual artists are showcased until 7:30 p.m. Free admission; call 601-982-0002. Jason “Twiggy” Lott Exhibit ongoing, at Nunnery’s Gallery (426 Meadowbrook Road). See paintings, collages and assemblages constructed from discarded objects called “reconstructions.” Free admission; call 601-981-4426. See more galleries at


New Bourbon Street Jazz Society May 30, 3 p.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). Enjoy traditional Dixieland jazz, swing and dance music until 6 p.m. $10, free for members; call 601-956-8521. “Screwed Anthologies” June 1, 8 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Trombonist David Dove and guitarist Lucas Gorham play improvised music inspired by the works of the late DJ Screw. Suggested $5 donation; call 601497-7454. Chilly Willy’s Music Festival and Hot Air Balloon Race June 4, 6 p.m., at Chilly Willy’s Grill (2104 Airport Fernwood Road, McComb). Enjoy rides, games, food, art, balloon races and music by Jordana and the Boys, The Pistols, John Anderson and many more. Festival hours are 6 p.m.-midnight June 4, 7 a.m.-midnight June 5 and 7 a.m.-8 p.m. June 6. $25, $15 children for weekend passes, prices for one day varies; call 601-684-9444. Blues Bash June 4, 6:30 p.m., at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel), on the front lawn. This year’s event will feature The Daddy Rich Blues Band from Clarksdale. Tickets include a barbecue dinner from The Smokehouse of Laurel. Advance tickets are available until June 2. Guests should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of rain, the event will be held at the Cameron Center. Proceeds benefit the museum’s education program. $20; call 601-649-6374. Mississippi Boychoir 15th Anniversary Celebration June 5, 1 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist

Music in the City June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). This new partnership with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral encourages Jacksonians to stay downtown for some culture and fun. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:15 p.m. The music performance begins at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. • June 8, Sibyl Child, Deborah Feldman and John Paul of the Mississippi Opera • July 13, Pianist Sandra Polanski • Aug. 10, Harpsichordist John Paul Highland Village Concert Series June 10, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 Interstate 55 N.). Swing de Paris and the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will perform. Cash bar. Spectators may bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free; call 601-982-5861. North Mississippi Hill Country Picnic June 2526, at Kenny Brown’s Farm (Highway 349, Potts Camp). The festival is a celebration of Hill Country blues with an all-star lineup of performers such as Kenny Brown, Duwayne Burnside, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Jimbo Mathus, and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band. Hours are 3 p.m.-midnight June 25 and 10:30 a.m.-midnight June 26. No glass containers are allowed. Food and ice vendors will be on site. $25 one day, $65 weekend pass, $10 cooler fee; visit Cross Pollinate Party June 26-27. Enjoy music from San Francisco’s DJ Ripley (Larisa Mann), Hot & Lonely, Mr. Nick and DJ Scrapp Dirty. The venue will be announced soon. $5; call 415-425-9291. Zoo Blues July 3, 3 p.m., at Jackson Zoological Park

(2918 W. Capitol St.). The five-hour blues music festival is being hosted by Deuce McAllister and presented by A Few Good Men. $22 in advance, $35 day of show; call 601-352-2580.

Dance With the Stars Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The fundraiser for the Mississippi Opera will feature a line-up of celebrity dancers. $75; call 601-960-2300. More music events at

The Market In Fondren by Ward Schaefer


hen Jim and Linda Burwell opened Mimi’s Family and Friends restaurant in Fondren this spring, they wanted to influence the neighborhood beyond the restaurant’s walls. Jim, inspired by the community that grew around the Greater Belhaven Market—which has now merged with the High Street Farmer’s Market—envisioned a neighborhood flea market to bring local residents together for a daytime celebration of local arts and culture. Burwell’s brainchild now has a name and an opening date: The Market In Fondren and June 19. Burwell enlisted the help of developer Mike Peters to secure a space—the open parking lot across North State Street from Mimi’s. Fondren resident Robert Mann has pitched in to help register musicians, vendors and volunteers. Burwell hopes to hold the market monthly or even twice a month, but the June event will be a test run. “We’re going to do one to make sure we should do more than one,” Burwell said. The market will run from 8 a.m. to noon. Live music will accompany the offerings. For the June 19 market, Mann has lined up performances by Taylor Hil-


Beatrice and The Swedish Dancers May 29, 9:18 p.m., at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). The Swedish singer and her group perform live on the stage. $25; call 601-982-0002.

Church (305 N. Congress St.). A jazz workshop presented by the Tommy Sciple Jazz Trio is at 1 p.m. The dinner concert at 5:30 p.m. features Mississippi Boychoir’s Concert and Training Choirs, and the Alumni Reunion Chorus. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the Tommy Sciple Jazz Trio will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. A reservation is required for the dinner. Workshop: $8 online, $10 at the door; dinner concert $25, $15 children 12 and under; Jazz concert: $8 online, $10 at the door; or call 601-366-0579.

Jim and Linda Burwell are organizing a monthly outdoor arts market across from their restaurant, Mimi’s Family and Friends.

debrand, Josh Little, Liver Mousse, Valley Gordon. Of the 34 vendor slots available, 17 are already filled. Among the artists featured are photographer Josh Hailey, painter Scott Sorenson, and painter and sculptor Roz Roy. Handicrafts by Susan Marquez and jewelry by Elizabeth Robinson among others, will be on sale, along with prepared foods like pickles and jams. Jim Burwell is adamant that the market’s food offerings not compete with area restaurants. Burwell is also planning to host activities for children in a separate section of the market. For more information, call Jim Burwell at 601-832-4396.

“Mississippi Celebrates Its Grammy Legacy” Gala May 27, 8 p.m., at Hard Rock Casino (777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). The star-studded gala will be hosted by Gov. Haley Barbour. Performers include D’Mar, Cassandra Wilson, The Williams Brothers, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Bobby Rush and Eddie Cotton. Tickets are available at $111.25; visit






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“The End of All Mysteries” Dinner Theatre June 1, 6 p.m., at Kismet’s Restaurant (315 Crossgates Blvd. Suite G, Brandon). Seating begins at 6 p.m., and the performance by The Detectives

begins at 5 p.m, seating begins at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. $40; call 601-331-4045.

Mystery Theatre begins at 7 p.m. A reservation is recommended. $39; call 601-291-7444. “Extending The Glory” Dance and Worship Arts Conference June 4-5, at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road). Workshops on classical and modern dance moves, as well as choreography and mime will be offered. Conference times are 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 4 and 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 5. The conference will end with a 6 p.m. performance by the participants June 5. Lunch is included. Online registration is available at or $20; call 601-278-3541 or 601-260-8159. Dinner and a Movie June 4, 7:30 p.m., at Rainbow Whole Foods Grocery (2807 Old Canton Road), in Rainbow Plaza. The movie of the night is “Sita Sings the Blues.” A gourmet vegetarian dinner is included. Advance tickets are available at customer service desk. $13, $11 members in advance; $16, $14 members at door; call 601-366-1602. “Bedlam in Cabin B” Dinner Theatre June 10, 7 p.m., at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison). The Mississippi Murder Mystery production about a haunted dinner-cruise boat is directed by Alahna Stewart. The networking session

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ake some of music legend Neil Sadaka’s best songs, add a handful of comedy, a touch of romance, let simmer for three weeks in Jackson’s 89 degrees and 99 percent humidity, and you have the makings of New Stage Theatre’s season finale, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” In the style of other “jukebox musicals” such as “Mamma Mia” and “All Shook Up,” “Breaking Up” tells the story of two friends, Lois and Marge, as they explore romance and adventure at a 1960s Catskill resort. Marge’s fiancé has left her at the altar, and rather than waste a perfectly good honeymoon vacation, Marge grabs her best friend Lois and heads to the mountains to commiserate. “It’s kind of a ‘Dirty Dancing’ theme,” director Francine Reynolds said. “It’s a good show to start summer. It’s fun; it’s light. ... You come to be entertained.” Filling out the impressive cast are familiar faces, such as Ray McFarland (Harvey) and Jolyne Shirley (Esther), and new talent like Ashley Pankow (Lois), from New York City, who will be making her Mississippi debut. “Lois is the best friend, ... the one who pushes (Marge) into everything and tends to stir up trouble,” Pankow said. “Basically, she’s the dumb blonde.” Ray McFarland, who remembers singing along to Sadaka albums during the ’70s, takes on the role of Harvey, an aging comedian (known in the Catskills as a “tumbler”) who sets aside his tired jokes to pine for Esther.

“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” a musical set in the 1960s, runs May 26 through June 5 at New Stage Theatre.

McFarland explained that the 1960s Catskills were a not only a great vacation and honeymoon location, but were also a “testing ground for musical acts that hoped to play the circuit later in the year.” “It was a place to cut your teeth,” Shirley added. Her character, Esther, is the proprietor of the Catskill resort and has been for many years. Money isn’t coming in like it used to, and Esther worries that one day soon the expenses will just be too much. This a production that entertains in the fullest sense of the word—it comes with laughter, dance, audience participation, and all but a guarantee that “Calendar Girl” will be stuck in your head for hours. “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” opens May 25 and ends June 6. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.Tickets are $22; $18 seniors and students; $8 student rush with valid ID; group discounts available. For information, call 601-948-3533 or visit

The Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour June 14, 01 p.m., at Madison Station Elementary School (459 Reunion Parkway, Madison). The performance is part of a national tour, sponsored by Random House Children’s Books, that brings Junie B. live and in person across the country to meet her fans. Lemuria Books is the host. Call 601-366-7619. “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions” through June 22, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. Fifth Ave., Laurel) on Tuesdays in the LRMA Reading Room. In conjunction with its current exhibition NASA|ART: 50 Years of Exploration, LRMA will show the landmark series which details 50 years of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Free; call 601-649-6374. “Plaza Suite” June 18-27, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The Neil Simon play includes three scenarios at a lavish Manhattan hotel and is directed by Tommy Hoffman. Show dates are June 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m., and June 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. $12, $10 students/ seniors weeknights; $10, $8 students/seniors, $5 kids 12 and under Sundays; call 601-825-1293. Oxford Shakespeare Festival at University of Mississippi (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call 662-9157411 for ticket information. The performances will take place on these dates: • “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by William Shakespeare, June 11, 12, 18 and July 1 at 8 p.m., June 13, 19 and 26 at 2 p.m., in Meek Hall Auditorium. $14, $11 seniors/students/youth. • “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare, June 19, 25 and July 2 at 8 p.m., June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Gertrude C. Ford Center in the Main Hall. $14, $11 seniors/students/youth. • “The King and I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, June 24 and 26 at 8 p.m., June 27 at 2 p.m., at the Gertrude C. Ford Center in the Main Hall. $18, $14 seniors/students/youth. Fairy Tale Theatre June 24-27, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Children ages 7-18 will perform. Show times are 10 a.m. June 2425, 7 p.m. June 24-26 and 2 p.m. June 27. $8, $5 children; call 601-636-0471. Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • USA International Ballet Competition June 12-27. See an exhibition of the world’s best dancers performing for scholarships, cash and company contracts. The opening ceremony is on June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Round I is from June 13-16, Round II is from June 18-20 and Round III is from June 22-24. The awards gala will be on June 26 at 7 p.m., and the encore gale will be on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Start times vary for each competition session. $231-$366 package, $7-$70 individual performances; call 601-979-9249. • Nickelodeon’s Story Time Live July 20, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. See Dora the Explorer, the Backyardigans, Kai Lan and the Wonder Pets perform live. Moose and Zee are the hosts. Tickets are available at $35, $25, $15; call 601-9601565 or 800-745-3000. “Cabaret” The musical is set in 1929 Berlin during the Nazi era and is directed by Richard Lawrence. The production is a joint venture of the Fondren Theatre Workshop and Actor’s Playhouse. The ticket price and show times will be announced at a later date. Call 601-664-0930. • July 22-25, at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). • July 29-31, at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.).

Apollo astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. shares his story in the movie “When We Left Earth:The NASA Missions.”

Events at Welty Commons (719 Congress St.). • “Les Plages d’Agnes (The Beaches of Agnes)” Film Viewing May 27, 6 p.m. A cash bar, wine and snacks are available at 6 p.m. Open mic poetry will begin at 6:30 p.m. before the film starts at 7:00 p.m. The film is presented by the Crossroads Film Society and the Alliance Francaise de Jackson. $7, $5 Crossroads Film Society members; call 601-510-9148. • Mississippi Improv Alliance Concert June 11, 7 p.m. Performers include Pacific Before Tiger, Knot My Soul and Ink on Paper. A Cash bar will be available, and band merchandise will be for sale. $5 donation; e-mail jonathan@weltycomm Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” Mega-HD Cinema ongoing. Paleontologists explore sea habitats in search of new fossils and evidence of prehistoric reptiles. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema ongoing. Listen to a story—shared through the eyes of four Louisiana musicians—that explores the beauty and fragility of the Louisiana wetlands; the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina; and the tremendous efforts being made to bring back the city of New Orleans and the bayou to build a grand new future. Show times are 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Space Storm” Sky Show ongoing. Investigate what happens on Earth and in space as the Sun hurls matter and energy toward Earth. Show times are 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” Sky Show ongoing. Explore the solar system with Skye Watcher and discover what happened to the ex-planet Pluto. The show is on Saturdays at 1 p.m. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Fashion and Talent Show June 26, 3 p.m. The event hosted by the Utica Alumni Association will take place at center stage. Call 601-927-1300. • JODI Productions Fashion Show June 27, 4 p.m. The show will take place at center stage. Call 601-982-8467. For more Stage and Screen, see

Ron White May 29, 7 p.m., at Pearl River Resort (Highway 16, Choctaw), in the Silver Star Convention Center. The Grammy Award-winning comedian will perform at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. $35, $45 VIP; call 866-44-PEARL, ext. 30356.


Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533. • “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” through June 6. The comedy is about two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on May 25-29 and June 2-5. 2 p.m. matinees are on May 30 and June 6. $22, $18 students and seniors 60 and up. • “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” July 15-18. The classic tale is directed by Chris Roebuck and is presented by New Stage Theatre’s Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive. Show dates are July 1517 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale June 21. $10; $7 children 12 and under.



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Mississippi PulpCon 2010 June 12, 10 a.m., at Welty Commons Gallery (719 Congress St.). The annual event is a showcase of eclectic talent in comic art, pop art and pulp literature. Authors will sign books, and artists will do commissioned sketches. Free; e-mail Story Time ongoing, at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). A story will be read to children every Friday at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-919-0462. Magnolia State Romance Writers Meeting ongoing, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle). The organization meets every third Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Get tips on writing your first romance novel. Free; call 601-992-9831 or 601-992-4691. Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South” June 1, 5 p.m. Alex Heard signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book. • “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir” June 2, 5 p.m. Neil White signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “Windblowne” June 5, noon Stephen Messer signs copies of his book. $16.99 book. • “Big Appetite: My Southern-Fried Search for the Meaning of Life” June 8, 5 p.m. Sam McLeod signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $23 book. • “The Prospect of Magic” June 9, 5 p.m. M.O.

Walsh signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.95 book. • “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy” June 15, 5 p.m. Bruce Watson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.95 book. • “The Queen of Palmyra” June 16, 5 p.m. Minrose Gwin signs copies of her book; reading at 5: 30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “The Queen’s Daughter” June 29, 5 p.m. Susan Coventry signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book. • “Mr. Peanut” June 30, 5 p.m. Adam Ross signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Bone Appetit” July 10, 1 p.m. Carolyn Haines signs copies of her book. $24.99 book. • “Delta Blues” July 10, 1 p.m. Editor Carolyn Haines signs copies of the book. $27.95 book. • “Citrus County” July 13, 5 p.m. John Brandon signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22 book. • “Lit: A Memoir” July 14, 5 p.m. Mary Karr signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. • “Her Fearful Symmetry” July 21, 5 p.m. Audrey Niffenegger signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15 book. • “What Is Left the Daughter” July 30, 5 p.m. Howard Norman signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. • “Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered” Aug. 10, 5 p.m. Kathleen Koch signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $22.95 book. More literary events at

Kids’ TV Comes Alive by Kate Brewster


n the world of New York Broadway shows, children’s productions have always held a special place in the bright lights of Times Square. Now, thanks to the efforts of Averyell and William Kessler, Nickelodeon is coming to Jackson. On July 20, Nickelodeon’s star-studded cast will bring four television shows to life: “Dora the Explorer,” the “Backyardigans,” the “Wonder Pets,” and newcomer “Ni Hao, Kai-lan” to the stage. “(Storytime is) aimed at preschoolers,” director Sam Scalamoni says, “but we want a family experience. It’s so rewarding as a director, watching the parents and grandparents get up and dance with their kids.” They put the show together, rewriting the scripts to tailor them for the stage. While other shows like “Dora the Explorer” have found their way to Broadway and public television, Storytime Live is spending its first year on the road, touring the country and entertaining kids. Nickelodeon, known for its televised children’s entertainment, is now in its 30th




Applause! May 27, non, at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Author Joe Lee speaks about his book, “The Magnolia Triangle.” Light Refreshments will be served, but guests may bring sack lunch. The event is sponsored by Jackson Friends of the Library. Free: e-mail

Nickelodeon’s cast of Storytime Live comes to Jackson July 20.

year of production and first in the ratings for kids’ TV. “It has so much in it, so many characters,” Scalamoni says. “It’s funny, you learn from it.” Despite a short run, “Storytime Live” has already performed at venues like Radio City Music Hall and broken the record for the highest grossing show in the current decade at more than $2.8 million. “Storytime Live” will be at Thalia Mara Hall, July 20 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are not yet available. For more information call 601-981-1847.




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Shut Up and Write! Learn creative non-fiction writing in Donna Ladd’s popular series. $150 for six Saturdays. New classes forming. Write class@jackso or call 601-362-6121, ext. 16, to get on mailing list. All Writers Workshop ongoing, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The workshop, which is held every second and fourth Tuesday each month from 6-7:30 p.m., will focus on inspiration, tips, exercises and member critique, and is open to new and published writers who are actively writing and wish to improve their skills. Author and humorist Margie Culbertson is the instructor. Free; call 601-932-2562.

Summer Camp at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Session 1 from June 7-11 and Session 3 from July 12-16 are for children ages 5-8. Session 2 from June 21-25 and Session 4 from July 26-30 are for children ages 9-12. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Campers will learn from master craftsmen who teach pottery, wire sculpture, fiber, fabric art and mosaics. Registration is required, and supplies are included. $150, $125 for second child in same family; call Author and humorist Margie Culbertson hosts the All Writers Workshop twice a 601-856-7546. Museum School June 7-Aug. 6, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). One-week sessions for children in four different age groups involve creating 2D and 3D artwork. Times and dates vary, and class sizes are limited. Lunch is available for $7 a day at the Palette Cafe, and the children should bring snacks and a cover-up such as a smock, apron or large T-shirt. $70-$245, $15 discount for members; call 601960-1515.

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“I Got Art” Camp June 7-11, June 14-18 and June 21-25, at Roz Roy Studio (3310 N. State St.). Children ages 5-13 will learn finger-painting techniques and how to make paper collages. Sessions are five days long and are from 8 a.m.-noon daily. Supplies and a snack are included. Register by June 4 to receive the discounted price. $85, $125 two children; call 601-954-2147.

Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Monique Davis is the instructor. $5; call 601-373-7707.

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Spinning Workshop June 4, 5 p.m., at Body Benefits (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 30, Ridgeland). The focus of the three-hour workshop is heart-rate training. A question-andanswer session and refreshments are included. $50; call 601-991-9904.

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USA International Ballet Competition Photography Workshop June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Dance photographer Lois Greenfield will instruct participants on how to take sharp action shots. Registration includes lunch, instruction and use of the studio, equipment and models. Participants may also use their own professional-grade digital camera equipment, provided they bring their own laptops. $325; call 601-973-9247. Black Rose Theatre Summer Camp 2010 June 28-July 2, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Attendees will learn stage presence, ensemble acting, audition techniques, theater games, acting, singing and movement. Sessions are from 9-11:30 a.m. for grades 2-6 and 1:30-4 p.m. for grades 7-12. Registration is required. $80; e-mail Tougaloo Art Colony July 11-16, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Classes in printmaking, oil painting, pottery and other mediums will be offered. Continuing education credits are available. $25 registration, $350 tuition; call 601-977-7839 or 601-977-7743. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Belly Dance Class ongoing, at Lumpkin’s Restaurant (182 Raymond Road). The class is held every



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Beading Class ongoing, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about making bracelets and crimping on first Saturdays of the month, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework on second Saturdays. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601629-6201. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232.

• New Stage Summer Day Camp June 7-19. The acting camp is for children who were in grades K-4 during the 2009-2010 school year. Sessions will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. Early bird registration ends on May 7. $200 early registration, $250 thereafter. • Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 21July 18. The acting camp is for youth who were in grades 5-12 during the 2009-2010 school year. Sessions will be held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.4 p.m. $450; call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. Events at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland), in the Upper Classroom. • Video Game Creator Camp June 28-July 2. Students in fifth through 10th grades will learn to design and program own video games. The camp will provide computer use, a software license, a T-shirt and a daily snack. $305 half day, $455 full day; call 888-652-4377. • Chess Camp June 28-July 2. Beginner to advanced players in first through 10th grade are welcome to work with professionals from USA Chess, the largest camp organizer in North America. In this fun-filled environment, students will play at all levels to improve their skills whether they are interested in competitive or casual play. Tuition includes a chess set, trophy and much more. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. $275 half day, $425 full day; visit Events at Ballet Magnificat! Studios (5406 Interstate 55 N.). • Children’s Summer Dance Camp June 28-July 2. Students will learn ballet foundations, movements and exercises to enhance flexibility, coordination, strength, muscle tone, and auditory and visual memory. They will also be introduced to various styles of music. Classes will be held Monday-Friday from 9-10:30 a.m. for 3- and 4-year-

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olds, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for 5-7-year-olds and 2-5 p.m. for beginners ages 8 and up. A $25 deposit is required, and the balance must be paid by May 28. $75, $100, $125; call 601-977-1001. • Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive July 3-31. The goal of the intensive is to draw dance students from around the state and the globe to focus on the technical and spiritual aspect of dance through creative worship, classical ballet, jazz, pas de deux and modern dance. The registration deadline is May 28. $715 and up; call 601-957-3015. Events at Trolio Hotel (141 N. Union St., Canton). Call 601-859-0347 or 800-844-3369. • Filmmakers Workshop Institute June 28July 1 and July 6-10. Each group of four or five will write, shoot and edit a three-to-five-minute video. The workshop will finish with a reception and the premiere showing of the videos on the last day of the workshop. Materials are included. Sessions are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $150. • Children’s Art Camp June 14-18 and July 12-16. The theme of the camp is “Creative Painting” and is for children in second grade and above. Linda Ellis is the instructor. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon daily. Materials are included. $60; call 601-8590347 or 800-844-3369. Events at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). Call 601-974-6478.

Artist Rosalind Roy offers collagemaking classes at her “I Got Art” camp.

• Belhaven University Summer Theatre Academy Camp, ages 10-18, June 28-July 23. Classes include acting, improvisation, dance, stage combat, vocal technique, costume design, musical theater and a final show. Bring a lunch or pay $5 for lunch. $400. • Belhaven University Summer Theatre Academy Camp, ages 4-9, July 12-23. Classes include acting, improvisation, dance, stage combat, vocal technique, costume design, musical theater and a final show. Bring a lunch or pay $5. $220. Events at Easely Amused, Flowood (2315 Lakeland Dr., Suite C, Flowood). Call 769-251-5574. • “Free Bird” May 27, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a rooster in an impressionistic style. $26.75.

JFP Sponsored Events Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. Listen to podcasts of all shows at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Nuclear Knockout 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 season. $12 advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601-519-0479. Fondren After 5 June 3, July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, 5-8 p.m., in Fondren. This monthly event showcases local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606.

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JFP Lounge at Pi(e) Lounge June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12, 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.


ArtRemix June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13, 5 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The premier after-hours event is a mix of music, food, drinks and art. There will also be museum scavenger hunts and adult art activities. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $20, $15 members in advance; $25, $20 members at the door; call 601-960-1515. Look forward to the following performers on these dates: • June 11 - Jesse Robinson, Nekisopaya and Will Kimbrough • July 9 - Sherman Lee Dillon and the Dillionaires, John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives and Those Darlins • Aug. 13 - Mr. Nick and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk

Young Leaders in Philanthropy Membership Meet and Greet June 14, 5:30 p.m., at Mint (1000 Highland Colony, Suite 5002, Ridgeland). Meet the board members and learn more about how to get involved. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant is the special guest. Free; call 601-918-5001 or 601-441-1889. Sixth Annual Chick Ball July 24, 6 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details coming soon. $5; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. See for more info. Fifth Annual Storytellers Ball Aug. 12, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). The theme is “Life Is a Cabaret: Broadway Magic.” The annual fundraiser benefits the Greater Jackson Arts Council. $50; call 601-960-1557. Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights Aug. 14, 5:30-9: 30 p.m., at Belhaven McDade’s (904 E. Fortification St.). Come enjoy “The Hottest Festival in Town!” in the Belhaven neighborhood features live music on six stages, children’s activities including space jumps, climbing wall and crafts, festival food and artisan’s booths. $3, $1 children 12 and under; call 601-352-8850. Cross Pollinate, Vol. 2 June 25, 5:30 p.m., at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). DJ, journalist and scholar Larisa Mann will discuss the interplay between copyright law and creativity in a multimedia leture drawing on her fieldwork in Jamaica. Free; call 415-425-9291. “The Market in Fondren” Flea, Craft and Garden Market June 19, 8 a.m., at First Baptist Church of Jackson (431 N. State St.). Local artists and food producers will sell their goods. Entertainment provided. Call 520-205-0288.


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Events at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland). Call 769-251-5574. • Funky Headbands May 29, 10 a.m. Learn to create two original headbands. Supplies are included, and a reservation is required. $26.75. • “Poppy Don’t Preach” May 31, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a field of poppies in a contemporary style. $26.75. • “Get Your Head in the Game” June 14, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a sports motif. $26.75. • Date Night - Picasso Portraits June 25, 7 p.m. Couples paint Picasso-inspired portraits of each other. One reservation per couple. $64.20. • “Crazy Daisy” July 9, 9:30 a.m. Paint a contemporary daisy on an 18-by-36-inch canvas. Seating is limited. The class is for ages 10 and up. $65. Events at ArtWorks Studios (160 W. Government St., Brandon). Call 601-622-5511. • Discover Art Summer Series June 1-22. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will focus on a different art medium like clay, canvas painting, watercolor or drawing. The class is held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. $70. • Adult Intro to Painting June 1-22. This fourweek class is perfect for beginners or those who wish to get back into painting. Learn how to mix colors, apply paint and design painting layouts. Each student will create paper color studies, do a follow along instructor-led painting and then complete a painting on canvas from a personal photo or idea. The class is held from 7-9 p.m. on

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Blue Revue Celebration May 28, 7 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in Ballroom A of the New Student Union. The Alpha Delta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, sponsors the scholarship fundraiser for college students. The event includes dinner, a raffle and a pageant for Life Members and Golden Life Members. A reservation is required. $25, $200 table of eight; call 601-672-7356. 8K on the Parkway May 29, 7 a.m., at The Club at the Township (201 Northlake Circle, Ridgeland). The event includes an 8K (five-mile) run, 8K walk, and one-mile fun run, and is sponsored by The Club Fitness Centers. Cash prizes will be awarded to the overall top three finishers, and trophies will be given out to winners. Proceeds benefit the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s

Tuesdays. A canvas, an acrylic tube paint set and brushes are included. $125. • Bugs, Bees and Butterflies Mini-Camp June 34. Preschoolers will make their own clay creations, nature prints and more. Classes are from 9:30-10: 15 a.m. each day. $30. • Mosaics and Mexican Tile Art Mini-Camp June 3-4. Children in grades K-5 will create a mosaic and learn the art of Mexican tile painting called majolica. Sessions are 10:30 a.m.-noon for grades COURTESY PAT WALKER-FIELDS

• “Redeemer” June 1, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a cross made of roses. $26.75. • “I Love Rock-N-Roll” June 15, 7 p.m. Learn to paint a guitar motif. $26.75. • Picasso Pet Portraits June 22, 7 p.m. Bring a picture of your pet, and the instructors will help you create a Picasso-inspired portrait. $26.75. • “Birds of a Feather” June 24, 7 p.m. Paint birds and add fabric and buttons to create a mixed media piece. $32.10. • “Birch Trees” Painting Class June 25, 7 p.m. Learn how to paint birch trees with local artist Henry Muse. $32.10.

• 2-D Studio Camp July 12-16. Children in grades K-12 will participate in drawing, painting and printmaking. Classes are divided based on grade. A T-shirt is included. $115. • 3-D Studio Camp July 19-23. Children in grades K-12 will participate in sculpting and carving. Classes are divided based on grade. A T-shirt is included. $115. • Oil Painting Classes ongoing. Pat Walker-Fields is the instructor. Classes are held Mondays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $90-$170; call 662-873-4004.

K-2 and 1-2:30 p.m. for grades 3-5. $50. • Teen Techniques: Painting at the Rez June 3, 4 p.m., at Pelahatchie Shore Park (Pelahatchie Shore Drive, Pelahatchie). Teens will meet with Lori Rene’ of ArtWorks Studios for sketching and watercolor painting of their surroundings. $40. • Xpress Yourself: Action Painting June 28-29. Children will splatter paint to create abstract art. Sessions are divided based on age, and teens meet on June 28 only. $30-$50. • Underwater Artist Mini-Camp July 8-9. Children will paint underwater and beach scenes, and they will create an underwater animal from clay. Classes are divided based on grade. $30, $50. • Teen Charcoal Drawing Mini-Camp July 8-9. Students will learn to draw still lifes and portraits with charcoal. $60.

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130. • Class Act: Acting Intensive June 7-9. Children ages 9-12 will learn about improvisation and scene creation, auditioning, and playwriting and developing monologue pieces. The registration deadline is May 24. $85. • Discovering the Young Artist June 14-25. Children will develop their drawing skills through the concepts of line, shape, form, shading and color. Children in grades one through four will meet June 14-18, and children in grades five through eight will meet June 21-25. The deadline to register is May 31. $95. • Digital Photography June 14-17. Students in grades nine-12 will learn about exposure, composition and lighting, plus how to print, save, email and enhance pictures. Participants will need a digital camera. Classes are 10 a.m.-noon daily. The deadline to register is May 31. $100. • Summer Guitar Workshop June 14-18. The class for beginners ages 13-17 involves basic note reading, how to strum chords and other acoustic guitar fundamentals. Participants will learn how to play songs in solo and group settings. Workshop hours are 10-11:30 a.m. daily, and the deadline to register is May 31. $85. • Creative Writing June 21-July 2. Participants in grades nine-12 will create new poems and short stories and present their work to receive valuable feedback in a supportive environment. Classes are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. The deadline to register is June 7. $135.

Camp Kandu. $20 before May 22, $25 day of race, $15 fun run; call 601-605-9886. Pages of Promise Book Drive through May 30, at United Way (843 N. President St.). Donate books needed for the Jackson Public Schools Summer Reading Program through May 30 at all Jackson McDonald’s locations, City Hall, Jackson Medical Mall Water Division, Eudora Welty Library, Medgar Evers Library, Richard Wright Library, Charles Tisdale Library, Margaret Walker Alexander Library and the United Way office. Donations welcome; call 601965-1353. National Cancer Survivors Day 3K Fun Run/Walk June 6, 9 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park - Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). Registration begins at 8 a.m. The annual event honors Mississippians who are cancer patients or survivors. The entry fee includes a T-shirt. Proceeds benefit Nurses Making a Difference Every Day (NMADE).

$20; visit Wine & Swine, A Benefit for ProStart June 18, 6 p.m., at Two Sister’s Kitchen (707 N. Congress St.). Wine & Swine is a BBQ/Wine Tasting event benefiting ProStart, the career readiness curriculum of the Mississippi Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Ticket price of $20 is tax deductible. $20; call 601-608-0227. “Footprints in the Sand” Father-Daughter Gala June 20, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The charity dinner is an opportunity for fathers and daughters as young as a year old to bond and spend time together. The attire is formal. Proceeds go to BeanSprout Benefit, a non-profit organization that helps spinalcord injury victims. Tickets available at $125 father and daughter, $75 each guest; call 601-291-3467. UMC Blood Drive June 25, 11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow

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• Character Animation Workshop June 22-July 1, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Part of the Millsaps Enrichment Series, children will hear the history and learn the techniques of hand-drawn cartoon animation, design a character, develop a storyboard, and form the soundtrack and the basic movements that will bring the cartoon to life. Workshop hours are 9 a.m.-noon. Children ages 10-13 will meet June 22-24 and have a registration deadline of June 7. Children ages 14-17 will meet June 29-July 1 and have a registration deadline of June 14. $90. • Chamber Music Day Camp July 5-9. The camp serves children in grades seven-12. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. The deadline to register is June 21. $250. Design Discovery 2010 June 11-18 at Mississippi State University (2 Hardy Blvd., Starkville). The College of Architecture Art + Design is offering an eight-day summer workshop intended to answer many of the questions about architecture and interior design as a field of study and as a profession. Admission is open to high school age students (16 and above) and incoming college freshmen who are interested in the field of architecture and/or other related design fields. $595; call 662-325-7994. Events at Pat Walker-Fields Art Studio (141 Locust St., Rolling Fork). E-mail • Still Life and People - Beginner to Advanced Painting June 14-18. During this five-day class, Jeff Legg will demonstrate his approach to still life and portraits, from the concept to set up and lighting, and the progression to the finished work. Through demonstrations and individual critique, he will emphasize drawing, value, edges, color, and interpreting light and shadow. Classes are from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. $795. • The Painterly Approach for Oil and Pastel Painters July 19-23. Bob Rohm will teach his impressionistic painting methods. Classes are 9 a.m.-4:30 pm daily. $595. • Beginner To Advanced Painting - Landscapes, Stills and People Aug. 16-20. Jonathan Hardesty is the instructor. Classes are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. $495.

Wilson Ave.). Donate blood and save a life. Mississippi Blood Services will be taking donations in the Community Meeting Room until 4 p.m. Please bring ID. Free; call 601-984-2884. Miracle Treat Day Aug. 5, 6:30 a.m., at Dairy Queen (724 Raymond Road). $1 or more from every Blizzard sold will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network. Visit Sun Salutes to Benefit the Center for Violence Prevention Aug. 10, 10 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Help the Center for Violence Prevention by signing up donors to pledge an amount per sun salute you complete, up to 108. Chris Timmins will lead the event; watch for training class dates and locations. (Donations welcome; call 601-500-0337.) See for more ways to Be the Change.

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3.1 for 3x1 May 29, 6:45 a.m., in Fondren. The event includes a 5K run, 5K walk and half-mile kids run. The race will begin at Woodland Hills Baptist Church (3100 N. State St.). Proceeds benefit The Journey’s nonprofit organization, 3x1. $25 5K run/walk, $15 kids run; visit

Heatwave Classic Triathlon June 5, 7 a.m. Participants will do a half-mile swim at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, bike 24.5 miles along the Natchez Trace Parkway and complete a 10K run on the Ridgeland Multi-Purpose Trail. Registration by June 4 is required. $80, $140; call 601-853-2011. Public Media Camp Mississippi June 5, 8 a.m., at Mississippi Public Broadcasting (3825 Ridgewood Road). The camp brings public broadcasters together with community technology activists, citizen journalists and other members of the public interested in public media. Free; visit COURTESY REBECCA BATEY

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Party May 27, 7 p.m., at Roma’s Fire Brick Cafe (1896 Main St., Madison). The event is a celebration of the revival of the organization. Call 601906-1736.

Contra Dance at the Commons June 4, 7:30 p.m., at The Commons Gallery (719 N. Congress St.). Folk dance lessons start at 7:30 p.m., and the music and dancing begins at 8:30 p.m. Free; $5 donations welcome; call 601-540-1267.

Katfishin’ Kids June 5, 7 a.m., at Turcotte Lab (Ross Barnett Reservoir, Highway 43, Canton). Kids ages 15 and under will learn how to tie a knot, select the correct lure, bait hooks and cast. In addition, they will learn what a fish is and become familiar with its habitat. The pond will be stocked with catfish so they can try their hand “Mississippi Faces and Places at fishing. Each child participatPancake Breakfast May Kids Camp” is June 14-18 ing will receive a free T-shirt and 29, 7 a.m., at Alpha and goodie bag while supplies last. ParOmega Non-Denominational and July 12-16 at the Old Capitol Museum. ents must accompany the children. Church (1865 W. Capitol The equipment and lunch are free. St.). Pancakes with bacon or The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Museum sausage, coffee and juice will be served. Proceeds of Natural Science. Free; call 601-354-7303. benefit the Medgar Evers Book Scholarship Committee. $5; call 601-948-5835. Mother/Daughter Conference June 5, 11 a.m., at New Vibrations Reunion May 29, 2 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Come for good conversation and information sharing at the community table. Free; e-mail Mental Health Awareness Month through May 31, at NAMI Mississippi (411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401). May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Mississippi. NAMI Mississippi (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the voice for persons with mental illness and their families. Call the office for information about support and intervention. Free; call 601-899-9058. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic June 1, 4:30 p.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.), in the SBA Conference Room on the 10th floor. Learn about the variety of SBA products used to guaranty loans, as well as approved and participating lenders in the area. Space is limited. Call or go online at to register. Free; call 601-9654378, ext. 11. Financial Education Seminars June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 Old Canton Road). In suite 550. Hosted by Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the seminars will be led by certified budget and credit counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431. Charles Tisdale Library Summer Camp June 1July 9, at Charles Tisdale Library (formerly Northside Library) (807 E. Northside Dr.). The camp is from 9 a.m.-noon each day and is for children ages 8-11. Activities include karate, arts and crafts, and demonstrations. A snack will be provided. Registration is required, and there is a limit of 25 participants. Free; call 601-366-0021 or 601-291-6626.


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God’s Refuge Christian Fellowship Center/Church (1931 Boling St.). Activities include a movie with popcorn, discussions with paneled guest speakers, a question-and-answer session and refreshments. Registration is required; seating is limited. Free; call 601-918-8539. Hamstock BBQ & Music Festival June 5, noon, at Jackson Street District (between Interstate 55 North and Highway 51, Ridgeland). During the 10-hour festival, teams will compete in a barbecue cook-off for cash prizes, the title of “Best BBQ” and a chance to go on to the Memphis in May barbecue event. The entertainment line-up includes Horse Trailer, Alex Ross & The Groove Hounds, The Delta Mountain Boys and The Electric Hamhock. Free admission; visit Callaway High School Class of 1975 Reunion June 5, 7 p.m., at University Club (210 E. Capitol St., Suite 2200). Former students will meet to celebrate their 35-year class reunion. $50; e-mail National Cancer Survivors Day June 6, 2 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The event is a chance for cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends and health-care professionals to unite and show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. Baptist Cancer Services will be giving special recognition to a Cancer Survivor of the Year and a Caregiver of the Year. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. “Reach for the Stars” Summer Enrichment Program, at Central United Methodist Church Family Life Center (517 N. Farish St.). Session I is for children in grades K-six and is from June 7-July 1. Session II is for children in grades seven-12 and is from July 5-30. Participants will receive daily instruction

Star Student Giveaway May 27-29, at various Jackson schools. The incentive project will reward star students at participating schools an all-access pass to local rapper Noo Noo’s star-studded 10th birthday bash. The party will include a carnival and concert on May 29. School administrators select star students based on positive academic and behavioral performance. In addition to the giveaway, Noo Noo (Alecia Terry) will speak to the students on working hard in school and following their dreams May 2728. Contact the coordinator at 769-251-9152 for a list of participating schools.




“Surviving with Style/Dancing with the Nurses” June 11, 4 p.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The “Surviving with Style” fashion show is from 4-6 p.m. and features cancer survivors and their nurse caregivers, followed by hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. “Dancing with the Nurses” is at 7 p.m. and is a celebration of nursing through dance. Compositionz will perform at the event. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Nursing Foundation. $50; call 601-898-0850 or 601-212-9870.

Statewide Nonprofit Management Conference June 10-11, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center (1500 Raymond Lake Road, Raymond). Learn how to maintain your organization and make it sustainable. Conference hours are 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 10 and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June 11. $199, $249; visit

Olde Towne Market June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21 and Sept. 4, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors will sell everything from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Live performances are included. Free admission; e-mail

Camp Braveheart June 10-11, at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park (2130 Riverside Drive). The camp offered by Gentiva Hospice is for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The children will participate in activities such as arts and crafts, field games and swimming. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601-983-3193. COURTESY EANNIE WALLER

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Life Begins at 50: Staying Vital and Vibrant June 10, 5:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services. Region 9 (3450 Highway 80 W.). The 90-minute mini-conference for adults only will consist of an educational lecture on healthy life strategies, a question-and-answer session, vendor and service-provider resources, and a performing arts piece. Free; call 601-321-2400.


47th Annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming June 10-12. The annual event is in honor of the late civil-rights leader Medgar Evers and blues legend B.B. King. On June 10, the free gospel memorial concert at Alpha and Omega Non-Denominational Church (1865 W. Capitol St.) begins at 7 p.m. On June 12, the parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive) is at 10 a.m., the blues concert at the Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) with Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Chick Willis, LaMorris Williams and Karen Wolfe is at 4 p.m., and the banquet at the Masonic Temple (1072 John R. Lynch St.) with guest speaker Judge Greg Mathis is at 7 p.m. $25 banquet, $40 blues concert; call 601948-5835. 50 Years of Ministry and Thankfulness Celebration June 11-12. The event is in honor of Drs. John and Vera Mae Perkins. The art show on June 10 at The Cedars (4145 Old Canton Road) starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $25. June 11, free tours of the Perkins Foundation (1831 Robinson Road) will be from 2-4 p.m., and a free showing of the Perkins’ legacy documentary at New Horizon International


Church (1770 Ellis Ave.) begins at 6 p.m. June 12, the 50 Years of Ministry Banquet at New Jerusalem Church (5708 Old Canton Road) starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are $50. Call 601-354-1563.

in mathematics, phonics/language and reading. They will be given an opportunity to complete the JPS summer reading program and will keep a copy of the books. Each session includes arts and crafts, basketball, dance, drama, flag football, guest speakers and music. Registration with proof of age and a report card are required. $75, free for children in Lanier High School feeder pattern with $25 activity fee; Call 601-355-7858.

Mostly Monthly Ceili June 13, July 18 and Aug. 22, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s (901 E. Fortification St.). A family-friendly gathering of folks interested in Irish music and dance. Food and drink available, Fenian’s Sunday brunch (until 3 p.m.) Free; e-mail International Cultural Awareness Program June 14-24, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The 10-day program for rising high school seniors is designed to increase cultural awareness and includes a five-day trip to Millsaps’ Yucatan, Mexico campus. Space is limited, and certain criteria must be met. $4,000 scholarships are guaranteed to participants who subsequently enroll at Millsaps. $2,600; call 601-974-1056. Nature Day Camp June 14-July 2, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Children will learn about trees, wildlife and other aspects of nature. Session I for children entering second and third grades is June 14-18. Session II for children entering fourth and fifth grades is June 21-25, and Session III for children entering sixth through eighth grades is June 28-July 2. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon each day $60 with discounts for members; call 601- 926-1104. Grant Development Program Call for Applications through June 15, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). The program is open to any non-profit tourism-related entity in the city of Jackson. The application deadline is June 15. The grant period is from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31, 2011. Call 601-960-1891. Housing Fair June 16, 10 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the common area. Get information about foreclosure prevention, first-time buyer programs and financial management. Call 601-982-8467. Trees Enhance Small Communities Even More: a Rural Community Green Workshop June 17, 9 a.m., at Terry City Hall (315 W. Cunningham Ave., Terry). Topics include tree maintenance, planting and pruning demonstrations. Lunch is included. Registration is required. Free; call 601-672-0755. Downtown at Dusk June 17, July 19 and Aug. 19, 5 p.m., at Farish Street Park (Farish St.). The monthly event includes food for sale by local vendors, $2 beer, water and soft drinks, and live music. Free admission; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221. Provine High School Alumni Reunion June 1820. This weekend is designed for Provine alumni from 1985 and earlier. The meet-and-greet on June 18 will be at the Embassy Suites in Ridgeland (200

The annual Watermelon Classic is July 3 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Township Place), the family picnic is on June 19, and the church service and farewell brunch is on June 20. Registration is required, and all registrants will receive a T-shirt. $100; call 601-954-0175, 601953-5747 or 601-983-9490. SolarDay 2010 June 19. The day includes useful information for consumers to go on an “energy diet,” including an energy audit they can easily do for their home or business. Visit JBrunch with IBC June 19, 11:30 a.m., at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The event coincides with the International Ballet Competition. $10; call 601-355-9853. Work It Hip-Hop Dance-a-thon June 19, 12:30 p.m., at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). The workshop will feature a full hip-hop routine and offer an intensive dance/workout experience. Open to all ages 15 and older. Registration begins at 12:15 p.m. $20 at door, $15 early bird; call 601-853-7480. 63rd National Appaloosa Horse Show June 21July 3, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). The Appaloosa Horse Club invites you to come see the nation’s oldest single-breed horse show, whose popularity is spreading around the world. Free; call 208-8825578 or 208-882-8150. “Shaping Public Policy Toward Green and Trees” seminar June 23-24, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Topics include tree ordinances, landscape codes and tree inventories. Buck Abbey and Steve Shultz are the presenters. $45; free for elected officials and city/ county employees; call 601-672-0755. Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon June 24, 10:30 a.m., at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). MMSA members will receive awards in several categories. The blues reception with Jesse Robinson starts at 10:30 a.m., and the luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. A raffle drawing for a guitar will also take place. $35; call 601-944-0113. i-Tree Inventory Field Training June 25, 9 a.m., at Freedom Ridge Park (304 Highway 51, Ridgeland). i-Tree is a free program designed to assist communities in managing and establishing real values on community trees. Free; call 601-672-0755.

Watermelon Classic July 3, 7:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive). The annual race includes a 5K run, a 5K walk, a one-mile wellness run and a “tot trot” for children ages 3 and under. Pre-registration by 5 p.m. July 2 is required for immediate families and corporate teams. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. $13-$25 individuals, $55 families, $70 teams; call 601-982-8264. Fourth of July Celebration July 4, 10 a.m., at The Church Triumphant (Odyssey North, 731 S. Pear Orchard Road, Suite 43, Ridgeland). Come for a barbecue dinner and music by gospel recording artist William McDowell. Free; call 601-977-0007. Fabfollyfolooza July 17, 10 a.m., in Fondren. The mid-summer day of fun for the whole family includes music, food, art and activities for children. Call 601-981-1658, ext. 20. The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out July 22, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Brides can shop for their wedding with the help of the state’s top wedding professionals. Product samples and door prizes are included. No strollers allowed. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; visit Greater Belhaven Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-951-9273. WORK PLAY ongoing, at Last Call (3716 Interstate 55 N.). The networking event is held every Monday from 6-10 p.m. and includes cocktails, music, board games and video games. Business casual attire is preferred. Free admission; call 601-421-7516 or 601-713-2700.

“Buy the Book” Book Sale June 26, July 31 and Aug. 28, 10 a.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). Call 601-968-5811.

Greater Jackson Business After Hours ongoing, at The Auditorium Restaurant (622 Duling Ave.). On the 4th Monday of every month until 7 p.m., business people from all over the metro area are invited to mingle and network. Free admission; call 601-982-0002.

Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest July 2-5, at Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton). Dozens of hot air balloons will lead a fun-filled weekend for children and adults of all ages. The four-day event will include balloon races, a meet-and-greet with the pilots, a chance to see the balloons up close, skydivers, balloon glows, fireworks, a Special Shape Fiesta, children’s activities, great food and great entertainment. Free; call 601-859-4358.

Networking in the Neighborhood The event offers those new to the area an opportunity to meet local folks, help charities, and try new foods. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056. • June 17, 5 p.m., at Tico’s Steakhouse (1536 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). • July 15, 5 p.m., at Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I). • Aug. 19, 5 p.m., at Two Rivers Restaurant (1537 W. Peace St., Canton).


The JODI Productions Fashion Show is June 27 at the Jackson Medical Mall.

Events at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). • Adult HeartSaver CPR Class May 27 and June 24, 9 a.m., at The Club at St. Dominic’s. Learn basic CPR techniques. $40; call 601-200-4925.

COPS Meetings. These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. • June 3, July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • June 17, July 15 and Aug. 19, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • May 27, June 24, July 22 and Aug. 26, 6 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive) for Precinct 4. Call 601-960-0004. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Regular admission is $8, $5 children ages 2-12, $7.20 seniors, members/babies free. Call 601-352-2580. • Story Time Tuesday June 1, July 6, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7, 10 a.m. A local celebrity comes to the zoo 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. • St. Dominic’s Dream Night at the Zoo June 5, 5:30 p.m. The invitation-only event allows physically or mentally challenged children and their families to see the zoo at their own pace and engage in activities that are customized for them. Participants must be referred by an approved organization to get an invitation. Free admission; call ext. 228. • Zoo Camp June 7-July 2. The one-week camps for children ages 6-12 include keeper chats, games, crafts, tours and presentations. The camps to choose from are “Zoo Toons” June 7-11 or June 14-18, or “Stripes and Spots” June 21-25 or June 28-July 2. A T-shirt is included. Get a $10 discount if additional children are registered for the same week of attendance. $150, $140 members, $35 optional lunch, $12 extra T-shirt. • Father’s Day Car and Bike Show June 20, 10 a.m. Vintage cars and motorcycles will be on display. Fathers get a free all-day pass with one paid admission. • 16th Annual Ice Cream Safari July 17, 11 a.m. Visitors sample over a dozen ice cream favors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and they are asked to vote for their favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. $1 ice cream samples. .”History Is Lunch,” noon, Wednesdays, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring your own lunch; coffee/ water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850. • June 1, author Alex Heard will discuss his new book, “The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South.” • June 2, Elizabeth Ann Payne and Martha Swain talk about their new book, “Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Volume Two.” • June 9, Mississippi Department of Archives and History historian Clarence Hunter presents “Charles Hamilton Houston and the Coming of Civil Rights to Mississippi.” • June 16, art collector and historian Roy Wilkinson talks about Mississippi artists. • Historian Chester “Bo” Morgan talks about Theodore Bilbo. • July 7, Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs will pres-

ent “The Impact of Friendship on Eudora Welty’s Work.” • July 14, historian John Marszalek presents, “Why I Wrote the Books I Did.” • July 21, historian Stuart Rockoff presents “Chai Cotton: Jewish Life in Mississippi.” Camps at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland) are from June 7-July 30. The children will explore a new topic each week. Extended care from 2:45-5:15 p.m. is available. $200 per week, $50 per week for extended care; call 601-853-6000. • Kinder Camp. The day camp is for children in grades pre-kindergarten to first grade. Campers will need to bring their own lunch and a nap mat. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays. • Adventure Camp. The day camp is for students in grades two through six. Camp hours are 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Campers must bring their own lunch. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.). • Civil Rights Movement Workshop June 7-12, in the Student Center Ballroom. Middle and high school participants will explore the history of the Southern Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the contributions and sacrifices made by young people during that time. Applications must be received by May 28. Free; call 601-979-1562. • Women’s Fund Forum Aug. 11, 11:45 a.m., The theme is “Let’s Talk about Economic Self Sufficiency in Mississippi.” The speaker is a staff member from the Mississippi Economic Policy Center. Bring your own lunch or order a lunch by Monday, August 9. Free admission, $10 lunch; call 601-326-0700 or 601-326-0701. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). • Mississippi Faces and Places Kids Camp June 14-18 and July 12-16. Children in grades four through seven will participate in activities and crafts to explore the history of some of the most famous visitors to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s historic sites, including the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, Manship House and Welty House. Registration is required. $40; call 601-576-6800. • Red, White and Jackson July 1, noon. In conjunction with Fourth of July festivities sponsored by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the museum keeps its doors open until 8 p.m. and offers free craft activities for children. Enjoy food, music, and fireworks from the Old Capitol Green. Free admission with food for sale; call 601-948-7575. Events at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Dr.). Call 601-713-3365. • Acres of Adventure Kids Camp. June 15-16, Camp I is for children ages 5-7, and sessions are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. June 17-18, Camp II is for children ages 8-10, and sessions are from 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. June 22-23, Camp III is for children ages 5-10, and sessions are from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $30. • Fourth of July Celebration July 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come for food, games and family fun. Events at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). • Marketing Strategies for Small Business June 15, 6 p.m. Learn from the Small Business Administration how to effectively promote your business. Seating is limited. Registration is available at Free; call 800-725-7232. • SBA Loan Conference June 22, 5 p.m. Entrepre-

neurs will learn how to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Community Express program, get information about the Patriot Express Loan program for veterans and learn how to start or modify a business the right way. Register by June 21. Free; call 601-965-4378, ext. 11. Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Nexus 2010 Youth Day June 10, 1 p.m. Training for youth workers and fun activities such as interactive games and small band competitions

Artwork by Michelle Campbell will be featured at the Olde Town Market in Clinton each Saturday this summer.

are from 1-3:30 p.m. The concert featuring Mark Oestreitcher and Shane & Shane is from 4-7 p.m. $15, $10 in advance; $20, $15 at the door; call 601-354-0515, ext. 14. • “Arise! Shine! Run!” 5K Run/Walk June 12, 6: 30 a.m. This event is to promote physical activity and benefit the United Methodist Church. This event is hosted concertedly with the annual Mississippi Conference for the United Methodist Church. $20; visit • Magnolia Roller Vixens June 26 and Aug. 28, 7 p.m. The Magnolia Roller Vixens go head-tohead against Red Stick Roller Derby June 26 and Montgomery Roller Derby Aug. 28. $12 advance, $15 at the door; call 601-519-0479. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • MINCAP Business Seminar June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10, 8 a.m. The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi’s two-hour sessions will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-713-3322. • SafeHeart Screenings June 9 and June 11, 8 a.m. 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. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-450-5483 or 866-548-3006. • Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting June 10 and Aug. 28, 5 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The threehour meetings will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060. • Top Flight Financial Seminar June 12, 10 a.m. The five-hour session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-957-5602. • Prayer Breakfast June 24, 7 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The event is sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation and Mission Mississippi. Call 601-982-8467.

Events at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Call 601359-6030. • Mississippi Arts Commission Minigrant Call for Applications through June 1. Professionallevel artists may apply to support promotion efforts, attend a professional workshop or to purchase artistic supplies. Non-profit organizations or local government entities may apply for up to $1,000.The application deadline is June 1. • Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts Call for Nominations through June 25. The awards recognize organizations and individuals whose work on behalf of the arts has significantly contributed to the growth and development of the cultural life of Mississippi. The winners will be announced later this year., The nomination form and supplementary materials must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. June 25. Free; call 601-359-6031.

• Car Seat Safety Check June 19, noon, at the Medical Mall entrance. Mississippi Safe Kids will show caregivers how to properly install a child’s car seat. Free; call 601-200-6934.


Events at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (525 E. Capitol St., Suite 5B). Call 601974-6044, ext. 221. • Charles “Chuck” E Griffin Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Call for Applications through May 31. The fund will provides a cash scholarship to a graduating student at Jim Hill High School, a graduating student at Hinds Community College, and a Tougaloo College graduate who has been accepted into the American Bar Association Council on the Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program. The deadline for applications is May 31. • Anthony “Tony” Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Fund Call for Applications through May 31. The fund will provide a cash scholarship based on both merit and need to a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi or Southern University in Louisiana majoring in criminal justice, political science, counseling or similar major. The application deadline is May 31.


Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive, 601-354-7303, Wander through the special and permanent exhibits, live animals to touch, the Dragonfly Shoppe, and send the kids to summer camps. In June the museum will host a Snake Day June 1 and Katfishin for Kids on the Ross Barnett Reservoir June 5. Mississippi Petrified Forest (124 Forest Park Road, Flora, 601-879-8189 Enjoy the nature trails, museum, gem fluming (mining for gems in the water), camping, a gift shop, and the outdoor covered pavilion for social gatherings. You can even bring your pet, as long as it’s on a leash. Natchez Trace Parkway and Trails (1-800305-7417 or 662-680-4025, natr) Take a drive or bike ride on the 444mile parkway that stretches from Natchez to Nashville. Enjoy the scenic views, and historic landmarks, and shop at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. If you prefer exploring by foot, the Trace features four trails totaling 65 miles. The Ridgeland trail passes the River Bend (Pearl River) and the Cypress Swamp.

May 27 - June 2, 2010


Mississippi Braves (1 Braves Way, Pearl, 601-932-8788, www.mississippi.braves.m With the season in full swing, head over to Trustmark Park for an evening of baseball. There are weekly promotions like $5 tickets for the Mississippi Army National Guard and Friday Fireworks. In June, the Braves will host baseball camp

Action Pursuit Games (44 Napoleon Circle, Brandon 601-825-1052 Enjoy the adrenaline rush of paintball in more than 50 acres of woods with a diverse mix of players. Paintball is great for company retreats, birthday parties or just a fun way to spend a weekend morning. Play wood games complete with forts or let APG bring the field to you with its “Paintball on Wheels” program.

The Russell C. Davis Planetarium/ McNair Space Theater (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1550) Explore our vast galaxy through sky shows, laser light concerts, and astronomy and space-related exhibits. “Hurricane on the Bayou” is currently showing in the theater: a story that brings to life the beauty of Louisiana’s threatened wetlands and shows the effects of Hurricane Katrina and delves into the rebuilding efforts.

Mac & Bones Golf and Grill (1 Mac & Bones Blvd., Pearl, 601-932-4653, This piratethemed 18-hole miniature golf course offers a snack bar and weekly specials. Reserve space for a birthday party with group rates, or go for a gift certificate.

For the Cultural Enthusiast

Mississippi Outdoor Club (228-424-2874, Join a network of outdoor recreational enthusiasts and enjoy club trips in and out of the state with other paddlers, hikers, backpackers, climbers, cyclists, and snow skiers and boarders. The club is suitable for beginners to experts.

Fun for the Whole Family Bowling is a classic game that is fun for all ages. Fannin Lanes (1145 Old Fannin Road, Brandon, 601-919-8001, has 24 lanes of bowling, a bar with 40 different beers, a snack bar with appetizers, pizza and sandwiches, and video arcade machines throughout the facility. Indian Lanes (815 E. Northside Drive, Clinton, 601-9244248, boasts a pro

Mississippi Museum of Art (380 South Lamar St., 601-960-1515, Go for the current exhibits, Art Remix (June 11, July 9 and August 13), summer art classes for kids and shopping at the Museum Store. You can also rent the facility for luncheons, presentations, cocktail parties, wedding receptions or other special events. On display now is

the Herb and Dorothy Vogel contemporary art collection.

La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave., 601-213-6355, Experience the sizzle of salsa through group or private dance lessons to the music of salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha and Brazilian samba. And don’t miss the next Latin dance party on the rooftop of the Fondren Corner building.

Out-of-the-Box Shopping Buy fresh produce, baked goods, arts and crafts or other treasures at local open air and farmer’s markets: Greater Belhaven Market (at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market, 929 High Street, www.greaterbelha; Mississippi Farmer’s Market (929 High Street,; Jackson’s Roadmap to Health Equity Project Farmer’s Market (at the Medical Mall, 2548 Livingston Road, 601-9876783,; and Olde Towne Market (on Jefferson Street in downtown Clinton). The Market at Fondren (parking lot across from Mimi’s Cafe on North State Street, 601-832-4396) starts June 19. Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St. 601-960-1457 smithrobertson) The museum gift shop has an array of African American gifts, art, bags, jewelry and books. And after you’ve finished your shopping, take a tour to view artifacts that represent the African American and southern black history. Currently on exhibit is “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land,” through June 30.

Explore Mississippi


ou can find numerous books about the Magnolia State at local bookstores. Here’s a short list of titles to look for when you’re ready to explore a little further afield than just the Jackson are. Also, be sure to check out the Mississippi Division of Tourism website (www.visitm for tons of information, including free tour, adventure and golf guides and maps.


For Sports Fans

For the Thrill Seeker



Jackson Zoo (2912 W. Capitol St. 601-3522582, Pandas, and tigers and gators, oh my! Explore various animal exhibits, numerous concessions stands, ride the carousel or train ride, or sign your kids up for zoo camp. In June, experience the Father’s Day Car and Bike Show June 20, or St. Dominic’s Dream Night June 5.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (1152 Lakeland Drive, 601-982-8264, Enjoy memorabilia from great Mississippi athletes, the Viking Classic and High School Gallery exhibit, theater, the Olympic Room that displays Mississippi Olympic medal winners and the Participatory Room where visitors can play interactive golf, football, baseball and soccer.

shop, game room, pool tables and computerized scoring. Go for Cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays and Dollar Mania on Wednesdays, or schedule a birthday party or other event with group rates.


For Animal and Nature Lovers

for kids ages 5-14 June 1-3. You can also host birthday parties and other social gatherings at the park.

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on’t waste all your summer hours indoors in front of the TV, get out and enjoy Jackson. The metro area holds a variety of activities suited for all ages. Try some of these local fun spots.


Fun, Jackson Style

• Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues (University Press of Mississippi, 2008, $22) by Steve Cheseborough • Hiking Mississippi: A Guide to 50 of the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon, 2009, $16.95) by Johnny Molloy • Mississippi Off the Beaten Path (GPP Travel, 2007, $14.95) by Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick • Must See Mississippi: 50 Favorite Places (University Press of Mississippi, 2007, $40) by Mary Carol Miller, Mary Rose Carter and Greg Iles • My Mississippi (University Press of Mississippi, 2000, $42) by Willie Morris and David Rae Morris

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Jazz, Art & Friends at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 5:30 p.m. features music by Adibe Owens-Sabir. $5 members, $7 non-members, $3 1-5 year olds; call 601-960-1515. ... “The Beaches of Agnes” screens at Welty Commons (719 N. Congress St.) at 7:30 p.m. $7, $5 Crossroads Film Society members; call 601-510-9148. … T.B. Ledford and Matthew Magee perform at Parker House (104 S.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland) on the patio from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call 601-856-0043. … Come to Fitzgerald’s for music by Doug Frank SurRealLife from 7-11 p.m. Visit … Hal & Mal’s has the Barry Leach Jazz Group in the restaurant and Comedy Improv in the Red Room. Call 601-948-0888. … Janus plays at Fire at 9 p.m. $12 and up.

performs at The Auditorium at 9:18 p.m. $25. … Sherman Lee Dillon’s Mississippi Sound and Scott Albert Johnson play at F. Jones Corner from 11:30 p.m.-4 a.m. $10.

SATURDAY 5/29 Local artists, performers and musicians are welcome to participate in the open house at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) from noon-7 p.m. Free; e-mail to sign up. … The Cajun Fest at Shucker’s has music by Hunter Gibson and the Gators from 1-5 p.m., The Chill from 5-9 p.m. and Snazz from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10. … The 10th birthday bash for rapper Noo Noo at Mardi Gras (824 S. State St.) is from 3-6 p.m. with performances by Ray Nitti, J Money and Tha Joker. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-918-2115. … The Magnolia Roller Vixens take on the Pearl River Roller Derby during the Nuclear Knockout Roller Derby at the Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.) at 7 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601519-0479. … The Weeks, Lake Caroline and Boyscout play at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) at 7 p.m. $5. … Catch Kamikaze and Yardboy at Cultural Expressions at 9 p.m. $5. … Beatrice and the Swedish Dancers perform at The Auditorium at 9:20 p.m. $25.

SUNDAY 5/30 The New Bourbon Street Jazz Society gets together for traditional Dixieland jazz, swing and dance music at the Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road) from 3-6 p.m. $10, free for members; call 601-956-8521.

MONDAY 5/31 The “Six Over 64.9” exhibit at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.) closes today. Hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission; call 601-969-4091. … Doug Frank SurRealLife performs at Pelican Cove from 3-7 p.m. Visit dougfrankmusic. … The networking event WORK PLAY at Rapper Noo Noo’s 10th birthday bash at Mardi Gras is May 29 from 3-6 p.m.

May 27 - June 2, 2010

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. hosts its Blue Revue Celebration at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in Ballroom A of the New Student Union at 7 p.m. A reservation is required. $25, $200 table of eight; call 601672-7356. … The Da Vincis and Young Buffalo play at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.) at 7 p.m. $5. … Burgers & Blues has music by Mark Whittington and Fingers Taylor from 7-11 p.m. Call 601-899-0038. … Nappy Roots will perform during their album release party at Dreamz Jxn. Call 601-979-3994. … Rock out with Framing Hanley, Transmit Now, Against the Wall and Sore Eyes at Fire at 9 p.m. $15. … At 9 p.m., Ole Tavern has a reunion concert with Superdestroyer, Eunuchs and Not Dead Only 34 Frozen. Call 601-960-2700. … Bluesman Zac Harmon

TUESDAY 6/1 “Snake Day: Mississippi Style” at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. … The Detectives Mystery Theatre presents “The End of All Mysteries” at Kismet’s (315 Crossgates Blvd., Suite G, Brandon) at 7 p.m. $39; call 601-291-7444. … Screwed Anthologies performs at North Midtown Arts Center (155 Millsaps Ave.) at 8 p.m. Suggested $5 donation; call 601-497-7454.

WEDNESDAY 6/2 Neil White signs copies of “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts: A Memoir” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $14.99 book; call 601-366-7619. … Storage 24 takes on Diesel 255 during the Battles of the Bands at Electric Cowboy. Call 601-899-5333. … Snazz plays at the Regency Hotel at 8:30 p.m. Visit … Karaoke with KJ Joosy at Ole Tavern is from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Call 601-960-2700.

THURSDAY 6/3 Local retailers and buyers are invited to the Mississippi Market at the Mississippi Trade Mart (1207 Mississippi St.) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with tax ID and two forms of credentials; call 888-886-3323. … Visit local shops, galleries and restaurants during Fondren After 5 in the Fondren neighborhood from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-981-9606. More events and details at

Dave Dove and Lucas Gorham of Screwed Anthologies will perform June 1 at North Midtown Arts Center at 8 p.m. Y.E. TORRES


Last Call is from 6-10 p.m. Free admission; call 601-421-7516 or 601-713-2700. … Learn to paint a field of poppies during the “Poppy Don’t Preach” painting class at Easely Amused, Ridgeland (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Suite 1002, Ridgeland) at 6 p.m. $26.75; call 769-251-5574.








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Garbage Pail Rock

The Eunuchs, shown practicing in their garage, circa 1994. The reunion is Friday, May 28, at Ole Tavern.


s this gonna make me a dork again?” Drummer Josh Little asks as rehearsal draws to a close. Little is having selfdeprecating second thoughts about The Eunuchs’ reunion show on May 28. “It took me 15 years to overcome that,” he says. Bassist Jason Sickle and guitarist Carey Miller laugh and question the wisdom of the event, as well. The Eunuchs were born from the teenage catalysts of suburban boredom and involuntary celibacy. What if their name is a self-fulfilling prophecy? A true teenage garage band, The Eunuchs began playing together at age 14 in Miller’s garage. Their nitwit rave-ups soon began drawing throngs of kids to the Clinton driveway. But even with the undeniable lovelorn ode, “Christina Ricci,” Eunuch groupies remained scarce.

May 27 - June 2, 2010


and his Tri-State Coalition will throw down from 3 to 6 p.m. It’s allages and $5, BYO-cooler. Live comedian acts don’t happen enough in Jackson. Hal & Mal’s will host local comedians for a comedy improv show in the Red Room Thursday night. Local jazz favorites the Barry Leach Jazz Group will perform in Hal & Mal’s restaurant so you can see two live events in one night under the same roof. Also on Thursday, harp icon Fingers Taylor is back at Soulshine Pizza on Highland Colony from 7-9:30 p.m., and Travis Dunlap is at Burgers & Blues, Al Stamp’s cool new upscale burger joint on E. County Line Road from 5-9 p.m. If you’re able to get to the Gulf Coast Thursday night, hit up Ticketmaster and get to the Mississippi Grammy Gala, hosted by Gov. Haley Barbour, 7:30 p.m. $120 at the Biloxi Hard Rock Casino. This event will feature Mississippi’s finest musicians including Cassandra Wilson, Mac McAnally, The Williams Brothers with the Mississippi Mass Choir, Beatrice, and a Bluesapalooza free-for-all with Eddie Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Zac Harmon, King Edward and Bobby Rush. Speaking of the

Fighter 2’ at the bowling alley.” With a lack of girls and an abundance of inside jokes, they quickly amassed piles of homemade recordings. So Sickle started his own label, Blahhll!!!, to release their overdriven discography. One of these tapes made its way to Eric Friedl, founder of Memphis’ Goner Records and a member of The Oblivians. “He didn’t like it. But I guess he liked it enough to pass along to Jay (Reatard). He called my house, and my mom tells me ‘Jay Reatard is on the phone,’” Sickle says. Reatard was bashing out his own highvelocity, low-fidelity recordings at the time, and offered to bring his gear down to Mississippi and record The Eunuchs. He managed to capture the full scuzz and howl of The Eunuchs sound. Reatard even wound up penning lyrics and handling vocals on “You Must Hate Yourself.” While in town, Reatard also recorded Crystal Springs greasers Not Dead Only Frozen. Their revved-up rockabilly fit well alongside The Eunuchs. The bands released a split 7-inch EP and shared stages. A Chicago label offered to release a Eunuchs LP. But just as the world outside Clinton began taking notice of the band, the Eunuchs themselves began losing interest. Little was also playing with The Caffiends, soon to become The Comas. Miller was

Coast, if you’re still promising yourself to see a Beatle, there are a few $100-$300 tickets left for Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at the Beau Rivage, Sunday, July 18. Blues legend Zac Harmon plays Friday night at The Auditorium in Fondren, at 9:18 p.m.; $25. There is more great blues on Saturday night when the master of expressive blues guitar, Michael Burks, plays at Underground 119. Looking for a bit more rock in your weekend? Fire will bring Framing Hanley this Friday night, with Transmit Now, Against the Wall and Sore Eyes opening. $15 at the door. Ole Tavern gets rowdy with Superdestroyer, Eunuchs and Not Dead Only Frozen at 9 p.m. Sneaky Beans hosts an all-ages Olympic Records Showcase this weekend. The Friday bill includes The Da Vincis and Young Buffalo from Oxford, 7 p.m. and Saturday’s line up is The Weeks, a Lake Caroline reunion show and Boyscout, 7 p.m. Drop off your teen with $5 for cover each night and money for a burger next door at Rooster’s. Mark your calendars forTuesday, June 1, when the Mississippi Improv Alliance presents the impov-experimental Screwed Anthologies from Houston, Texas, at the North Midtown Arts Center (formerly One

distracted by college life at Millsaps. Neither Miller nor Little could be bothered to show up for the record sleeve photo. So Not Dead Only Frozen’s Justin Manning donned a wig to act as a stand-in Years later, on tour with the Tuff Luvs, Miller found himself at a house party in Orlando. “Some guy started playing The Eunuchs record, and I was like ‘That’s my band!’” Miller says. “He looked at the cover, and said: ‘No it’s not. Which one’s you?’” In honor of what turned out to be a posthumous LP, The Eunuchs made the trip to Chicago for a farewell show. With Little in exile, Reatard filled in on drums. “That show ended with Jay naked, smashing the p.a. on the ground while the guy that owned it screamed ‘noooooo!’” Sickle says. In the years since, The Eunuchs all continued playing music in various Jackson bands including Tuff Luvs, Atomic Brains and Hank Overkill. The Eunuchs have a lot to live up to—and live down—this Friday night. Who knows? Some girls might even talk to them this time out. The Eunuchs join Not Dead Only Frozen for a double reunion at Ole Tavern, Friday, May 28, starting at 9 p.m. The last copies of The Eunuchs LP (recently discovered under Jason Sickle’s bed) and an eBay smashing rarities CD will also be available.



ith summer starting and school ending, many of you might be looking for ways to relax. Wednesday night, pull up a chair and unwind on the Parker House patio in Ridgeland when Scott Albert Johnson and Bob Gates play the blues from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. while you feast on spicy crawfish. If you miss Wednesday night, T.B. Ledford and Matthew Magee will bring the roots to the Parker House on Thursday. Shucker’s on the Reservoir is hosting its annual two-day Cajun Fest this Saturday from noon until 1 a.m. Hunter Gibson & the Gators play at 1-5 p.m.; The Chill 5-9 p.m. and Snazz 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The Sunday line up includes Andrew Pates and friends from noon to 4 p.m.; Krackerjacks 4-8 p.m.; and Snazz 8 p.m. to midnight. The $10 cover gets you in for the music each day, and Shucker’s will be selling every imaginable Cajun dish you can think of. Visit This Sunday at the Crawdad Hole on Lakeland Drive, jukeman Jimbo Mathus

Like most disaffected ’90s teens, The Eunuchs were Nirvana fans. The band tracked down the records Kurt Cobain name-checked in interviews, which led them to Mudhoney, The Wipers and ultimately the wailing Northwest garage rock of The Sonics. They soon sidestepped the malaise of grunge in favor of hopped-up, lowbrow rock ‘n’ roll. But the band’s origins are steeped in much deeper popular culture. Miller and Sickle met on the school bus when Sickle spotted Miller’s collection of Garbage Pail Kids stickers. That was second grade, and they’ve been best friends ever since. Skipping ahead to age 14, they meet Little at The Backdoor, an all-ages club in Brandon. He and Miller were wearing the same Mudhoney T-shirt. The zeitgeist was born. The Eunuchs’ first show was a sweet-16 party. As the guests cleared the ballroom, The Eunuchs attempted to cover Dead Boys and Stooges songs while their then-lead singer banged on a steel washtub. “He didn’t really understand the difference between rock ‘n’ roll and spoken word,” Sickle explains. The poet departed the band soon after, and the remaining Eunuchs began working on original material—blistering trash rock with a little surf and hardcore in the mix. Miller laid out their approach: “We either wasted time practicing or playing ‘Street

Robert Randolph & the Family Band bring soul music to Hal & Mal’s Friday, June 4. Get tickets at BeBop now.

to One Studios), 8 p.m. $5. Call 601-4977454 or visit mprovizationalliance for details. Starting next Wednesday, June 2, Electric Cowboy will have a Battle of the Bands contest each Wednesday night for the next two months. Kicking things off, Smaash will battle Diesel 255 June 2. The finalist will battle for the best at the end of the two months. Tickets are on sale now for pedal-steel soul-jam icons Robert Randolph & the Family Band at Hal & Mal’s next Friday, June 4, 9 p.m. This will be one of the best shows to hit town in a while. Check out jams at —Herman Snell

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MUSICIANS AVAILABLE Rock Singer Available Male Rock/Metal Singer looking for experienced cover band. Many years experience. Contact myspace or facebook: Crystal Quazar. Phone: 601-572-6253 Drummer Available Mature/seasoned drummer available. Have played everything from country to Christian Contemporary. Would like to join existing band or form new one with seasoned musicians beginners please! Would like to play classic rock, blues and/ or contemporary. Call if interested. (601) 613-5835 Looking to Start Band I am a bass player new in town and am looking to start a band in the Jackson area. I need a guitarist, drummer and lead vocals. No specific genre is preferred, but the band will be based on rock and metal (no death or black metal). I’ve played in several bands and played out hundreds of times and am able to get gigs. If interested or for more info please call Chris @ 386-365-2944 Female Vocalist/Songwriter Seeking fellow musicians. Serious inquiries only. Call Nikki 601-259-1288.

Drummer available 42 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. Been done wrong a few times, looking for mature guys/girls who have their act together and are serious. 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: or call 601-832-0831 Musician Available 25 Years experience playing Drums, Guitar & Bass. Recently relocated to Jackson from Memphis, TN. All genres of music. Contact Tim at 601-665-5976. Or email: Serious inquires only. Drummer Looking For Band I’m an experienced drummer looking to form/join a band. I have mostly played metal, but I am open to rock/hard rock/metal, etc. Call Dave at (769) 226-0845.

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Lumpkin's BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Barry Leach Jazz Group Hal & Mal's Red Room - Comedy Improv F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 10-4 a.m. free Fire - Janus (rock) 9 p.m. $12+ Underground 119 - Howard Jones Jazz Trio 5:30-7:15 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Soulshine, Township - Fingers Taylor & friends 7-9:30 p.m. free Shucker's - Gravity 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Travis Dunlap 5-9 p.m. Cherokee Inn - D'lo Trio 6:30 p.m. Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi - Gov. Barbour's Miss. Grammy Gala: Cassandra Wilson, Mac McAnally, The Williams Brothers w/ Miss. Mass Choir, Beatrice, Larry Brewer, Bluesapalooza w/ Eddie Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Zac Harmon, King Edward & Bobby Rush 7:30 p.m. $120 Fitzgerald's - Doug Frank SurRealLife (Southern Rock/Blues) 7-11 p.m. dougfrankmusic AJ's Seafood - Hunter Gibson 6:30-10 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Parker House (patio) - T.B. Ledford & Matthew Magee (crawfish/ roots) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Team Trivia 7 p.m. signup Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. McB's - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Eli's Treehouse, V'burg - Karaoke 8 p.m. Hard Rock Casino, Biloxi - Miss. Grammys: Rainmakers+

MAY 28, FRIDAY Fire - Framing Hanley, Transmit Now, Against the Wall, Sore Eyes (rock) 9 p.m. $15 , Dreamz Jxn - Nappy Roots (HipHop Grammy Nominee) 9 p.m. Ole Tavern - Superdestroyer, Eunuchs, Not Dead Only Frozen 9 p.m. Sneaky Beans - The Da Vincis, Young Buffalo (Oxford) 7 p.m. (all ages) $5 Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Scott Albert Johnson (blues/juke) 9-11 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch); Sherman Lee's Miss Sound w/Scott Albert Johnson 11:30-4 a.m. (blues) $10

The Auditorium - Zac Harmon (blues) 9:18 p.m. $25 McB's - Chris Gill & the Soleshakers 8 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Burgers & Blues - Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 7-11 p.m. Shucker's - Yankee Station 8-1 a.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - Naked Eskimos (rock) 9 p.m. Little Willie's BBQ, Old Fannin - Emma Wynters & Adam Perry 6-10 p.m. free Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Pelican Cove - Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Dick & Jane's - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Cultural Expressions - Reggae/HipHop/Old School Night 10 p.m. $5 Reed Pierce's - Snazz 9 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free

MAY 29, SATURDAY Martin's - Mike Dillion Quartet (members of Dead Kenny G's, Garage A Trois) 10 p.m. Underground 119 - Michael Burks (blues) 9-1 a.m. Sneaky Beans - The Weeks, Lake Caroline (reunion), Boyscout 7 p.m. (all ages) $5 The Auditorium - Beatrice & the Swedish Dancers 9:20 p.m. $25 Kathryn's - Emma Wynters, Mark Whittington & Adam Perry 7-10 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee's Miss. Sound w/Amazing Lazy Boi 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Shucker's - Cajun Fest: Hunter Gibson & the Gators 1-5 p.m.; The Chill 5-9 p.m.; Snazz 9-1 a.m. $10 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Mardi Gras, S. State St. - Noo Noo w/special guests/DJ Rafe (9 yrold rapper/all-ages) 3-6 p.m. $15 Cultural Expressions - Kamikaze & Yardboy 9 p.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - Naked Eskimos (rock) 9 p.m. Pelican Cove - Fulkerson/Pace 2-5 p.m. free; Doug Frank SurRealLife (Southern Rock/ Blues) 6-10 p.m. dougfrankmusic Fitzgerald's - Chris Gill 8-12 a.m. The Warehouse - projectSIX (classic rock) 9 p.m. Huntington's - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Common Ground Blues Band 7-11 p.m. McB's - Andrew Pates & friends 8 p.m. free Dick & Jane's - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Ridgecrest Baptist Church, Madison - Shake Rattle & Roll Car Show: Shadz Of Grey 10 a.m.-2 p.m. free Reed Pierce's - Rainmakers 9 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Silverstar, Choctaw - Ron White (comedy) 9 p.m. 866-44PEARL

Last Call - Saturday Blues with Kenny Hollywood and The Way to Go band 9p.m.

MAY 30, SUNDAY King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Trio (jazz brunch) 11-2 p.m. Crawdad Hole - Jimbo Mathus & Tri-State Coalition 3-6 p.m., $5 (all ages) BYOB, Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Shucker's - Cajun Fest: Andrew Pates & friends 12-4 p.m.; Krackerjacks 4-8 p.m.; Snazz 8-12 a.m. $10 Zydeco - Jan Jennings 11-3 p.m. Fitzgerald's - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia's, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Pelican Cove - Will & Linda 2-6 p.m.; Rhythm Masters 7 p.m. The Hill - Open Blues Jam 6-11 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 7-11 p.m. free Cultural Expressions - Open Mic Poetry 8 p.m. $5 Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. free

MAY 31, MONDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 Shucker's - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Pelican Cove - Doug Frank SurRealLife3-7 p.m. dougfrankmusic Fitzgerald's - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin's - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian's - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Karaoke/DJ 5:30 p.m.

JUNE 1, TUESDAY North Midtown Arts Center - Miss. Improv Alliance presents Screwed Anthologies (Houston, TX improv/experimental) 8 p.m. $5, 601-497-7454, hemississippiimprovizationalliance F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenian's - Open Mic 9 p.m. Kathryn's - Scott Albert Johnson (blues/juke) 6:30 p.m. Martin's - Karaoke 10 p.m. Shucker's - The Xtremes 7-11 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB's - Karaoke 7 p.m. free

JUNE 2, WEDNESDAY Hal & Mal's Restaurant - Barry Leach (jazz) 8 p.m. free F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey free Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands: Smaash vs. Diesel 255 Shucker's - Emma Wynters Trio 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free

6/05 John Prine - Cannon Arts Center, Memphis 6/10-13 Bonnaroo: Miike Snow, XX, Ok Go, Blitzen Trapper, Tokyo Police Club, LCD Soundsystem, Flaming Lips, Stevie Wonder, Dead Weather, Calexico, Ween, Dropkick Murphys,+ – Manchester, TN 6/09 Melvins - One Eyed Jack’s, N.O.; 6/10 Bottletree, Birmingham 6/09 Miike Snow - Republic, New Orleans 6/12 Michael Franti - Minglewood Hall, Memphis 6/16 Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club - House of Blues, N.O.

venuelist Wednesday, May 26th Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 The Hill Restaurant 2555 Valley St., Jackson, 601-373-7768 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601-362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adam St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601-605-2266 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601-373-4037 Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872 Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700

Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One to One Studio 121 Millsaps Ave., in the Millsaps Arts District, Jackson One Blue Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601-376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Schimmel’s Fine Dining 2615 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-7077 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Steam Room Grille 5402 Interstate-55 Frontage Road. 601-899-8588 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662-236-6639 Tye’s 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601949-3434 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601-500-7800

Ladies’ Night w/ Snazz 8:30 p.m. - Guys’ Cover $5

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Weekly Lunch Specials Parking now on side of building

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Reunion Show 400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141

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61 South - Rainbow Casino 1380 Warrenton Rd., Vicksburg, 800-503-3777 88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/ rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601592-1000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094 Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944




by Sarah Senff


ate spring is the time when glorious fresh produce makes our meals come alive again after a long winter. Local markets stock a wider array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and the produce suddenly doesn’t taste like it was picked while still green and “ripened” on a boat from Peru. I have several favorites in this season: asparagus, berries of any sort, and pineapple. There is nothing on this planet like a fresh pineapple. Sweet and sharp, I can eat it until the acidity wears away the lining of my mouth and makes further indulgence impossible. Until recently, I had only eaten pineapple cold and raw. Thankfully, a friend introduced me to the delight that is grilled pineapple. The grilling process caramelizes the sugars in the fruit and softens the sharp acidic edges while intensifying the flavor. How simply applying heat can at once soften and intensify the same food, I will never know; I attribute it to the magical alchemy that is cooking. With backyard barbecue season in full swing, grilled pineapple is an easy way to infuse a little life into something that can become routine, and elevate you from simple burger flipper to Grillmaster Extrarordinaire. You can serve pineapple as a light dessert, by cutting into long spears, brushing

with a bit of honey and a dash of black pepper before grilling. You can cut a whole pineapple into quarters and grill it with the rind still on, then eat it like a slice of watermelon. It complements steak teriyaki nicely and sends pork into orbit. My current favorite is Hawaiian chicken kebabs. Colorful and flavorful, these skewers are something a bit less ordinary than you usually see on your grill, and make for a nice departure from the same old burgers and such. Inexpensive ingredients and ease of preparation have made it my go-to recipe this season. There are various schools of thought on proper kebab grilling technique. One says that you should turn the kebabs often, frequently applying more marinade. I prefer to leave the kebabs alone. Turning them only once allows for those beautiful grill marks that make you look like you really know what you’re doing. Side dish options abound, but given the already complex and bold flavors in these kebabs, I suggest a simple serving of steamed brown rice for a well-balanced meal that includes lean protein, fruit, veggies and whole grain. Have it with a glass of low-fat milk, and your nutritionist may just weep for joy. Have it with a beer at the end of a long, hot summer day, and you may just weep for joy.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 cup fresh pineapple 1 cup whole mushrooms 1 cup bell pepper 1 cup fresh asparagus 1/2 red onion Hawaiian Marinade 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup pineapple juice 3/4 tablespoon lemon juice 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon onion powder 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard 1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

To make the marinade, heat the first four ingredients in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Remove the pan from heat and allow to cool. You can assemble the meal and cook immediately with good results, but for full flavor potential, I recommend marinating the chicken overnight. Place marinade and chicken in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did; what was once simple chicken and sauce becomes the tenderest, most flavorful meat you’ve ever tasted after just a few hours. To make the transition from ingredients to kebabs, all you need is a large sharp


Pineapple Paradise

Serves 2; Active prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 12 minutes

knife and a few skewers. Either wood or metal skewers work well, though the ingredients seem to slide back and forth less on wooden skewers, and you have less potential to burn yourself. Rinse the produce thoroughly. Cut the chicken, pineapple, bell pepper and onions into large cubes about the size of silver dollars and chop the asparagus into 3-inch spears. Leave mushrooms whole. Assemble kabobs in an alternating pattern on your skewers until you run out of either skewers or ingredients. Generously brush the remaining marinade over the assembled kebabs. If you have a grill with temperature control, cook them on medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, turning once. If your grill is more low-tech, you can tell that the chicken is done when juices run clear and the meat no longer sticks to the grill surface.

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(1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey! Happy hour everyday til 7 p.m.

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Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi! Wired Espresso Café (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi.

Across from MC School of Law

601-352-2364 • Fax: 601-352-2365 Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm

BAKERY Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448 & Fondren Corner Bldg) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open in Fondren Corner on North State Street. Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A “see and be seen” Jackson institution! Campbellʼs Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Now serving lunch! Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a fullcooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenʼs Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Network’s ultimate recipe showdown.


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ITALIAN Basilʼs Belhaven (904 E. Fortification, Jackson, 601-352-2002)

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The signature Paninis are complimented by great Italian offerings such as spaghetti and meatball, tomato basil soup, cookies and cupcakes. Dinner menu includes fresh tilapia, shrimp and risotto, seafood pasta, generous salads—and don’t forget the crab cakes. Party menu includes a “panini pie.” BYOB.



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

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

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BARBEQUE Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Wet or dry pork ribs, chopped pork or beef, and all the sides.

Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.

Come see Why We Were Voted One Of Jackson’s Best Mediterranean Restaurants

Rib Shack B.B.Q. & Seafood (932 J.R. Lynch Street, Jackson, 601-665-4952) Hickory-smoked BBQ beef or pork ribs, BBQ chicken, giant chopped BBQ beef or pork sandwiches. Fried catfish, pan trout, fried shrimp, po boys. Tues-Thurs (11-8pm) Fri-Sat (11-10pm). Alumni House (574 Hwy 51 Ridgeland 601-605-9903, 110 Bass Pro, Pearl, 601-896-0253) Good bar food, big portions and burgers (with “blackened” as an option) known for their sweet buns. Televisions throughout, even small tubes at your table. Po-boys, quesadillas; good stuff! Fenianʼs Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers including Guinness and Harp on tap. Free live music most nights; Irish/Celtic bands on Thursdays. DINE LOCAL, see pg. 42

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Cool Alʼs (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A standard in Best of Jackson, Al’s stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. Or try pineapple chicken, smoked sausage...or the nationally recognized veggie burger. Fitzgeralds at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road, 601-957-2800) Top-shelf bar food with a Gulf Coast twist like Gumbo Ya Ya, Pelahatchie artisan sausage and cheese antipasto. Grilled oysters; fried stuff—oysters, catfish, shrimp, seafood or chicken! Hal and Malʼs (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Repeat winner of Best of Jackson’s “Best Place for Live Music.” Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Try chili cheese fries, chicken nachos or the shrimp & pork eggrolls. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martinʼs Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Shuckerʼs Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try ‘em on the half shell, deep-fried, charred from the oven or baked in champagne. Plus po-boys, pub favorites, burgers, mufalettas, pizza, seafood and steaks! The Regency (400 Greymont Ave. 601-969-2141) Reasonably priced buffet Monday through Friday featuring all your favorites. Daily happy hour, live bands and regular specials. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Pelican Cove Grill (3999A Harbor Walk Drive 601-605-1865) Great rez view! Shrimp and seafood appetizers, soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches, plus po-boys, catfish baskets, and dinners from the grill including mahi-mahi and reggae ribs. Sportsmanʼs Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart) 601-366-5441 Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, and fried seafood baskets. Try the award-winning wings in Buffalo, Thai or Jerk sauces! Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat.

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STIX (109 Marketplace Lane off Lakeland Dr Flowood 601-420-4058) Enjoy the quick-handed, knife-wielding chefs at the flaming teppanyaki grill; artful presentations of sushi; the pungent seasonings and spicy flavors of regional Chinese cuisines. Nagoya (6351 I-55 North #131 @ Target Shopping Ctr. 601-977-8881) Nagoya gets high marks for its delicious-and-affordable sushi offerings, tasty lunch specials and high-flying hibachi room with satisfying flavors for the whole family. Ichiban (153 Ridge Drive, Ste 105F 601-919-0097 & 359 Ridgeway 601-919-8879) Voted “Best Chinese” in 2010, cuisine styles at Ichiban actually range from Chinese to Japanese, including hibachi, sushi made fresh with seafood, and a crowd-pleasing buffet.

SOUTHERN CUISINE Mimiʼs Family and Friends (3139 North State Street, Fondren) 601-366-6111 Funky local art decorates this new offering in Fondren, where the cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese are signature offerings. Breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat. Julep (1305 East Northside Drive, Highland Village, 601-362-1411) Tons of Best of Jackson awards, delicious Southern fusion dishes like award-winning fried chicken, shrimp and grits, blackened tuna and butter bean hummus. Brunch, lunch, dinner and late night. Primos Cafe (515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400 and 2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from the bakery. Poʼ Polks (4865 N. State Street 601-366-2160) Great home-style cookin’ open Mon-Sat for a $4.95 lunch. Chopped steak and gravy, Fried chicken, smothered pork chops, catfish, pan trout, BBQ rib tips, plus sides galore! Sugarʼs Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and weekday lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this?


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The Strawberry Café (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full table service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, “surf and turf” and more. Veggie options. Desserts: cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. M-F 11-2, Sun. 10: 30-2.

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Huntington Grille at the Hilton (1001 East County Line Road 601--957-1515) Chef Luis Bruno offers fresh Gulf seafood, unique game dishes and succulent steaks alongside an expansive wine selection; multiple honors from Best of Jackson, Wine Specator and others. Schimmelʼs (2615 N. State St. 601-981-7077) Creative southern fusion dishes at attractive prices make the appointed dining room that much more enticing. Daily lunch specials, red beans and rice, angus burgers. Steam Room Grille (5402 I-55 North 601--899-8588) Known for seafood featuring steamed lobster, crab, shrimp and combo patters. Grilled specialities include shrimp, steaks, and kabobs. Fresh fish fried seafood, lunch menu, catering, live music.


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MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Jerusalem Café (2741 Old Canton Road 601-321-8797) Yes, it’s a hookah bar in Jackson, which also happens to have a great Meditterean menu, including falafel, lamb shank, feta salad, kabob, spinach pie, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Petra Cafe (104 West Leake Street, Clinton 601-925-0016) Mediterranean and Lebanese cuisine in the charm of Olde Towne Clinton. Stuffed grape leaves, spinach pie, shrimp kabobs, greek salads, hummus and more. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week.

PIZZA Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) Pizzas of all kinds, munchies, calzones, grilled hoagies, salads and more make up the extensive and “eclectic” menu at Mellow Mushroom. Award-winning beer selection. Dine in or carry out. The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound (“Cajun Joe, anyone?”), along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Sal & Mookieʼs (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Voted Best Chef, Best Dessert, Best Kid’s Menu and Best Ice Cream in the 2010 Best of Jackson reader poll.


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


VEGETARIAN High Noon Café (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jackson’s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant. Daily lunch specials -- like Mexican day and the seaside cakes on Fridays -- push the envelope on creative and healthy; wonderful desserts!

El Portrillo (210 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-9260) Mexican food with an attitude, complete with great atmosphere, luxurious patio, plenty of food and drink specials and, of course, a fabulous margarita! One of Jackson’s most extensive Mexican menus including items like bacon-wrapped shrimp and the shrimp nachos.


WHY PAY MORE TO PRINT? Doctor S sez: John Cohen’s second disastrous season as Mississippi State baseball coach is over. Next year, you really need to win some games, coach.

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THURSDAY, MAY 27 Movie, “Saturday’s Heroes” (1:30 p.m., TCM): Van Heflin is a college football hero who rebels against the exploitation of players. … Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Mobile (7:05 p.m., Mobile, Ala., 103.9 FM) The M-Braves continue their series by the bay. FRIDAY, MAY 28 Major League baseball, Pittsburgh at Atlanta (6:30 p.m., CSS, 620 AM): Here’s a good chance for the Braves to gain ground in the NL East. SATURDAY, MAY 29 Roller derby, Pearl River at Magnolia Roller Vixens (7 p.m., Jackson Convention Center): The Vixens look to kick some ass. … NHL hockey, Philadelphia at Chicago (7 p.m., Ch. 3): The Flyers and Blackhawks meet in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s finally OK to start paying attention to the NHL. SUNDAY, MAY 30 College baseball, SEC Tournament, championship, teams TBD (1 p.m., ESPN2): Ole Miss will have to get hot to get to the title game. … SWAC Tournament, championship, teams TBD (3 p.m., ESPNU): If things go as expected, Jackson

Nuclear Power vs. Oil Russia’s leading newspaper, Komsomoloskaya Pravda, suggested the best way to handle the Gulf of Mexico oil geyser is to nuke it. It reported the Soviet-era government relied on controlled, underground nuclear blasts to move rock to plug oil leaks. Besides using “this method five times to deal with petrocalamities,” the paper said officials tried subterranean nuclear blasts as often as 169 times “to accomplish fairly mundane tasks, like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.” Only one detonation failed to accomplish its purpose. (The Raw Story)

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MONDAY, MAY 31 Major League baseball, Philadelphia at Atlanta (noon, SportSouth, 620 AM): Those of you who have the day off can relax and watch the game. Meanwhile, some of us will be working. Sigh. … NBA basketball, Phoenix at Los Angeles Lakers (8 p.m., TNT): Will the Suns and Lakers get to Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. If they do, the Lakers will win. TUESDAY, JUNE 1 Southern League baseball, Montgomery at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves return home to open a series against the Biscuits. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 NHL hockey, Chicago at Philadelphia (7 p.m., Versus): The Stanley Cup Finals shift to the City of Brotherly Hate for Game 4. Expect ugliness on and off the ice. Slate is compiled by Doctor S every week, same Doc time, same Doc channel. Tune into JFP Sports at

the total judgment against Home Depot around $25 million. (The Palm Beach Post)

Fear of Firing U.S. job growth is stalled because workers who still have jobs are working harder to keep them. A Washington Post report said that overall domestic business productivity in the past 27 months declined 3 percent while the workforce fell 10 percent. Last year’s 3.8 percent rise in productivity was the best in seven years. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernake called the gains “extraordinary” and admitted he hadn’t seen them coming. (The Washington Post)

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State will prove what we all know: The Tigers are far and away the SWAC’s best team … NBA basketball, Boston at Orlando (7:30 p.m., ESPN): Can the Magic rally and force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals? No.

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When Michael Powell told Home Depot he’d invented a device to keep store employees from slicing off their fingers while cutting wood for customers, instead of paying him $7,000 apiece for his Safe Hands attachment, company executives dispatched workers to copy the safety guards that Powell had allowed Home Depot to test at eight stores. Advised that Powell might have a claim against Home Depot for stealing his invention, one executive declared, “(Expletive) Michael Powell. Let him sue us.” Powell did sue. A Florida jury awarded him $15 million. On top of that, U.S. District Judge Daniel Hurley called Home Depot callous and arrogant for its treatment of Powell and awarded him an additional $3 million in punitive damages, $1 million a year interest on the judgment until it’s satisfied and $2.8 million for legal fees, making

Lawsuit Frivolity When asked to prune a sycamore tree on the grounds of a luxury hotel in Lancashire, England, handyman Peter Aspinall, 64, climbed a ladder placed against the branch he was removing instead of the tree trunk. He sawed through the branch, which fell to the ground, followed by the ladder and Aspinall. The injured worker sued the hotel. “It is an unusual accident. Laurel and Hardy do that sort of thing,” the hotel’s attorney, David Walton, told the court, which nonetheless awarded Aspinall $2,977, blaming the hotel for not training him better how to position the ladder. Aspinall had been on the job only two weeks, having worked 24 years for British Aerospace. (Britain’s Daily Mail) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.


GEMINI (May 21-June 20) My favorite news source, The Onion, recently reported on a “free-thinking cat” that excretes its wastes “outside the box.” As you enjoy your own phase of liberated thinking and uninhibited action, Gemini, I hope that you’re putting the emphasis on generating beauty and blessings “outside the box.” You will of course also have to make some messes as you tamper with the way things have always been done, but even they could turn out to be productive in the long run.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Are you slipping into one of those moods in which you feel like a fraud? Are you starting to worry that maybe you’re not who you say you are? If so, I want to remind you of what happened the last time these feelings got stirred up: You became super motivated to prove that you are indeed who you say you are. And that had a most wonderful effect, didn’t it? It led you to locate and call on resources you hadn’t known you could have access to; it spurred you to purge some self-deception from your system; and it roused you to intensify your commitment to rigorous authenticity. How about an encore?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) I’m a compassion freak. Empathy is a fetish of mine. My predilection is to comfort the afflicted, champion the underdog, and fight for the rights of people who have been given less than I. And yet there’s also a part of me that’s a pagan libertarian anarchist. I subscribe to the idea that pretty much any kind of behavior is fine and good as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone. Now that you Leos are in the “anything goes” phase of your astrological cycle, this full-permission part of me is rising to the forefront, eager to encourage you to go for broke, take it to the limit, and get away with everything you can get away with—on one condition, which is that it doesn’t harm anyone, including you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Snake charmers are still a fixture in many Indian cities. Moving rhythmically and playing a flute-like instrument, they influence erect cobras to bob and sway as if dancing. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you now have the power to do the metaphorical equivalent of that magic trick. This is one of those rare times when you possess the mojo to direct and even control strong forces that may usually be too wild to tame. You’ve still got to be careful, though. Just because you’ve got the power doesn’t mean that you can scrimp on preparation and discipline.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) It’s time to think comprehensively, not defensively; to see futuristically, not didactically; to fantasize fantastically, not diplomatically. Your assignment is to stop reacting to every little blip that leaps into your field of vision, and start surveying the long-term cycles of your life from an expansive vista. Be a proactive visionary, Libra. Be a high-minded explorer. Weave all the disparate threads into a tapestry that reveals the big picture. The next phase of your liberation requires you to slough off petty concerns and trivial details.

a sense of humor about yourself will be helpful. It will ensure that your explorations at the frontiers of your identity will be fertile, fun and never fear-based.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You’re not living in Iraq or Sudan or the Congo, and you don’t have to walk five miles a day with a jug on your head to fetch the water you need, and you’re not so bereft of food that you have to resort to eating worms and tree bark. So how bad could your problems be? The single best thing you can do to start fixing your life’s small glitches is to feel waves of gratitude for how many resources you have and how lucky you are. The second best thing would be to aggressively take your worried attention off yourself and turn your mind toward people who could really benefit from your help. As you carry out those two assignments, your dilemmas will begin to solve themselves as if by magic.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) There’s a bothersome phenomenon that mucks up reincarnation research: Far too many people profess to have been celebrities and geniuses in their previous lives. A related and equally irksome issue is the problem of multiple claims. For example, I know three different people who have assured me they were Napoleon their last time around. The fact is, almost no one who’s reading this horoscope has never been famous in any past incarnation. However, it is worthy to note that a disproportionately high percentage of you Aquarians were formerly people with great imaginations. And it so happens that in the coming weeks you will be at the peak of your ability to tap into the creativity you had back then.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) When I sent out my email newsletter last week, I got the usual number of automatic replies from people who were on vacation or out of the office. But one from Lisa P. caught my attention. “Can’t reply to your email right now,” it read. “I will be meditating until June 1.” My first reaction was jealousy. “I want to have the leisure time and willpower to meditate for 14 days non-stop!” I thought to myself. I pictured myself free of all business-as-usual, even meditating while I was asleep. My second reaction was that I should tell you Pisceans about what Lisa P. was up to. The coming days would, after all, be an excellent time for you to retreat from the usual flood of chaos and seek peaceful sanctuary in a conversation with eternity. If you can’t manage a whole week, try to give yourself at least 48 hours of profound and utter slack.

“1, 2, 3, 4...”—-you know the rest? Across 1 Cruel stuff 7 Rat 11 It creates a big bang 14 Keys on the piano? 15 Nobelist Wiesel 16 “Ni ___, Kai-Lan” (Nickelodeon cartoon) 17 “...what are we ___?” (from a protest chant) 19 Actress Mendes 20 Stimpy’s smarter half 21 Villainous look 22 Assassinated Egyptian 24 Singer DiFranco and namesakes 26 “...tell me that you ___” (from a Feist song) 28 Full of prickles 30 Friend of Pooh 31 “___ Without a Face” (Billy Idol song) 32 “___! The Genetic Opera” 35 Scotts Miracle-___ 36 “...I declare ___” (from a kids’ game) 39 650, to Nero 41 Heavy burden 42 Lockup, in Liverpool 45 Place to catch a play in Italy

47 It’s put up for celebrations 49 “...get your woman ___” (from a Coolio dance song) 53 “And here it is!” 54 Harding in 1990s tabloids 55 Like some mothers 57 King theorized to have died from malaria 58 Letter in frat names 59 “...I love the ___” (from “Full Metal Jacket”) 62 Good name 63 Of grand proportions 64 Cheesy chip 65 AMA members 66 “___, Where’s My Car?” 67 Attach, in a way

9 2016 Olympics setting 10 Olympic heptathlete Jackie Joyner-___ 11 It’s shown when kicking someone out 12 Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave 13 Precisely 18 Prefix for classicist 23 “The Queen of Christian Pop” 25 Under the radar 27 “Scratch my head!” to a cat 29 WWII naval vessel 32 Bleed, like dye 33 Aussie bird 34 Network for Ken Burns documentaries 37 Donkey feature 38 Turkish title 39 Stood for 40 Little snoozes 43 Vacationing 44 Resulted in 45 In full duration, like a pregnancy 46 Reprimanded, with “out” 47 Makes babies 48 Squeals, as with a perp 50 Sensational and shocking 51 In reserve 52 Have power over 56 Insecticide once hawked by Muhammad Ali 60 TV’s Nahasapeemapetilon 61 “ ___ mouse?” ©2010 Jonesin’ Crosswords ( For answers to this puzzle, call: 1900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-6556548. Reference puzzle #0462.

Last Week’s Answers

Down 1 “Everything Is Illuminated” author Jonathan ___ Foer 2 Property transfer recipient 3 It can’t be taken away, in “The Greatest Love of All” 4 “___ bin ein Berliner” 5 Takes a breather 6 For the most part 7 Israeli desert 8 Woodard of “Desperate Housewives”


ARIES (March 21-April 19) SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “Never” has never been a more irrelevant word for you. Events that may have always seemed quite improbable are now well within the range of possibility. Exotic people who up until recently may as well have been fictional characters are showing up as real live actors in your actual life story. Plotlines whose emergence you could not have predicted are snaking their way into your drama. So be alert for a freaking miracle concealed in a flimsy disguise. And don’t be surprised if a vision of funky paradise shows up in full regalia. The future’s not just knocking at your door, it’s pounding.

Mozart once challenged his friend Haydn to play a harpsichord piece he’d written. Haydn tried, but stopped partway through when the musical score called for him to play a note in the middle of the keyboard even though his right hand was fully occupied at the high end and his left hand at the low end. “Nobody can play this,” protested Haydn. “I can,” said Mozart, who proceeded to perform the piece flawlessly, dipping down to play the problematic note with his nose. In the coming week, Aries, be inspired by Mozart as you not only cover the extremes but also take care of the center.

Last Week’s Answers

Sagittarian writer Samuel Clemens was best known under his pen name, Mark Twain. But he tried many others, including Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, W. Epaminondas Adrastus Blab, Trismegistus and Sergeant Fathom. Since you’re in a phase when experiments with your persona would be productive, I suggest you dream up a few aliases of your own. I hope that at least one of them will be as wacky as “Blab” or “Snodgrass.” Having

If you’ve ever contemplated taking a trip to Bora Bora or Pago Pago, now might be a good time to actually go. That’s because you’re in a “seeing double” phase—a time when magic will come through repetition and via duplication, and while you’re in the throes of imitation. To take maximum advantage of the dualistic cosmic rhythms, don’t seek just one of anything. Don’t do anything just once. Two is where the power lies; pairing brings potency.

What good thing would you have to give up in order to get a great thing? Testify at Click on “Email Rob.”

“Kaidoku” Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words. Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you won’t see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONGLOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)


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