Vol. 8 | No. 39 // June 10 - 16, 2010
Bad Boys of Dance
Wells, pp 14 - 19
Keeping Rate Hike Secrets, State Census Undercount, Lynch, p 6
Schaefer, p 10
Shopping for Dad, Jacome, p 20
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The Oil: Week 7 Hurricane worries; commission meetings; toxicity; and unknown quantities
Cover photograph by Andrew Propp
US COAST GUARD; COURTESY JACKSON MEDICAL MALL; COURTESY BAD BOYS OF BALLET; LARRY MORRISEY
THIS ISSUE: Livingston Lives
The long awaited Livingston Village development near the Medical Mall still has legs.
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john uzodinma When John Uzodinma first walks on stage at New Stage Theatre, he is calm, reserved and maybe even a little shy. But once he begins to speak the words from Langston Hughes’ “Theme For English B,” he straightens his shoulders and his voice grows more intense. Uzodinma doesn’t just say the words, he performs them; he becomes them. Last month, Uzodinma, 15, a student at Rosa Scott High School, won the state Poetry Out Loud contest after competing with other high school students to memorize, recite and perform famous poetry. After winning the state contest, Uzodinma attended the national competition with 52 high school students—of which he was the youngest—in Washington, D.C. Getting Uzodinma to talk about his wins in the Out Loud program is no easy feat. He tells the story of his journey with Out Loud quickly and modestly, while smiling and occasionally glancing down at his half-eaten chicken biscuit. But after a little bit more prying, Uzodinma begins to talk about how the contest has given him a new appreciation for poetry. “It’s a long process, but then you find that one poem that connects with you, and you feel like you can embody (it) in a great way,” he says. When Uzodinma becomes quiet
again, his mother, Cynthia, picks up the conversation. “He’s nervous. I can tell he’s nervous because he keeps looking over at me. But we are so proud of John and all of his accomplishments. We’re a close-knit family,” she says, smiling warmly at her son. With a little bit more prompting Uzodinma then begins to list his other academic and extracurricular involvements, which next school year include being a member of three different choirs and playing trumpet in Madison Central High School’s band. He also plays the trumpet for the highly selective Mississippi Lions Band and will perform with them this summer in Australia. “And I also play the violin,” he says, as he finishes his long list of achievements. The violin, which he has played for seven years, turns out to be what it takes to get Uzodinma really excited. Uzodinma’s parents never pushed him toward playing a musical instrument, but he inexplicably gravitated to the violin. His natural aptitude is the main reason Uzodinma’s family believes his musical talent is a gift and a blessing. And as soon as he began to learn, his family and everyone who heard him play quickly recognized that his musical interest would turn into a lifelong love. “I want to go to Julliard, and I want to be a concert soloist. I really love music,” he says determinedly. — Sarah Bush
14 Men Dancing Despite what you might think, ballet takes athleticism and strength—not just grace.
28 Blues Woman Delta-born Venessia Young takes traditional blues tunes and makes them her own.
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Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance writer who lives in Hattiesburg. She writes for regional publications. Follow her on Twitter at sehoy13. She wrote the cover story.
Sarah Bush Editorial intern Sarah Bush is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s in English. She loves to read, especially Jane Austen novels, travel, cook, study and learn all about food. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@ jacksonfreepress.com, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He wrote Talks for this issue.
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 Talks for this issue.
Tom Ramsey Tom Ramsey is a lobbyist and former investment banker who teaches cooking lessons, writes poetry and fiction, runs with the bulls and has been known to produce an album or two. He owns Ivy & Devine Culinary Group (www.ivyanddevine.com).
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 zazzle.com/reasontolive. She compiles events listings.
Jonathan Eastman Jonathan Eastman lives every day in the fear that God will drown him in blessings. He is an only child. This means that he talks to himself too much. Fresh fruit, bookmarks and socks with heel holes are a few of his favorite things. He wrote an Arts story.
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Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome was born in Jackson and raised in California. Family is everything to her, and she hopes to travel to London, Canada and Jamaica soon. She has recently rediscovered writing. She coordinated the FLY shopping guide.
by Lacey McLaughlin, News Editor
The Media Revolution
ast Friday morning, as I started my daily routine of reading the news, I fired up Tweetdeck, started browsing news sites and looked at my Facebook news feed. On Facebook, my sister, Lindsey, had posted a picture of herself and her long-time boyfriend and changed her status from “in a relationship” to “engaged.” Dozens of congratulating comments followed. I was in shock. When I couldn’t get a hold of her by phone, I called my other sister and parents to tell them the news. Mass confusion and anger ensued. “How could she not call us first?” my youngest sister, Lydia, asked, her voice breaking with the onset of tears. Later, we found it out was a hoax. Why would my sister do such a thing? “I didn’t really think anyone would be crazy enough to actually believe something just because I posted it on Facebook,” Lindsey explained. As a news editor, I felt more than duped. I had broken one of my own news-gathering rules: Confirm news with the source before you dish it out. But social media has become the primary way we get our news, whether its political or personal, and it’s easy to take it all at face value. Last weekend, I attended the Online News Association Parachute Training in Birmingham, where I attended various workshops on the future of journalism in the digital age. It’s impossible to ignore the realities of working in print journalism. Newspaper circulation is down by 7 million over the last 25 years, according to The Economist, while in the last five years, people reading their news online has increased by 5 million. There is an increased demand for reporters to become jacks of all trades and shoot photos, video and develop technology skills to tell stories in various formats, while churning out more content in less time. Several journalism students at the conference expressed frustration after browsing job listings at journalismjobs.com, to find papers only hiring reporters with writing experience, as well as video and multimedia skills, and offering meager salaries, to boot. In Gannett’s newest profit-boosting strategy, The Clarion Ledger started offering “print exclusives” last Sunday. The print exclusives involve three stories only in print as a “reward” to subscribers. One of the exclusives, “Examining Teachers and Inappropriate Contact,” alluded to what they considered a hard-hitting investigative “must read.” The problem: They forgot (I suppose that’s what you’d call it) to print the story in its entirety. Tuesday, however, they cited a “production error” and printed it all. As Gannett CEOs continue to stand
on their heads and try to come up with yet another corporate, one-size-fits-all solution to declining profits, I have a few words of advice: People won’t pay for a product that has no value to them, especially in a time when we aren’t searching for the news, but the news is coming to us. Our readers drive much of what we do here at the JFP. We believe in digging deep and investigating stories, getting to the core of an issue, instead of simply reporting unchecked statements by public figures or quoting white supremacists to provide a “balanced side” to race issues. It is a challenge to keep up with the demands of the industry, especially with a small staff, but there is a level of excitement that comes with rising to the challenge—rather than the feeling of gloom and doom I imagine prevails at most other papers. Now because of the Internet, there are more ways than there have ever been to convey powerful stories. And new outlets, such as mediastorm.org and demotix. com, are on the cusp of what, I believe, is the new media for narrative and visual story-telling. While new territories in digital journalism are yet to be charted, I find myself concerned about the role of technology in our lives and whether we are letting it absorb us. This week, The New York Times reported that people consumed three times more information today as they did in 1960. A study The Kaiser Foundation released this year, found that 8 to 18 year olds spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using entertainment media. The Economist also reports that the average teen sends and receives an average of
2,272 text messages a month. These statics are a bit alarming, and even more so because I know I’m in one of the last generations that will be able to remember life before the Internet. Recently, I found myself struggling to unplug and focus for long periods of time to read books at home. A self-proclaimed news junkie, I want to be the first to know what’s going on at all times. Yet I made the decision to disconnect my home Internet and cable to refocus my mind and energy … and to save money, too. The increased use of technology also widens the economic gap for many in our state, unfortunately. In rural areas, including the Delta, access to broadband is scarce; and in lower-income communities, the ability to purchase technology is limited. When we talk about digitizing the news, these communities don’t have a place at the table because they’re already disconnected from so much of the world. This is a disservice to all of us. In this week’s cover story, Ballet Mississippi Director David Keary explains that ballet takes patience, determination and focus—qualities hard to find in today’s youth. Whether that’s the result of overstimulation from technology or a schedule that involves too many activities, I would have to agree with that assessment. If we begin by slowing down and looking at the ways technology impacts our lives, we can introspect and decide how much is too much. Regardless, it’s important to head into the future with optimism, whether you work in the field or enjoy the news that reporters offer. The world is at our fingertips.
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Thursday, June 3 The Jackson Police Department announces they will promote 30 officers to the rank of sergeant. … Jordan van der Sloot was detained in Chile then expelled to Peru after confessing to the May 30 killing of a student, Stephany Flores Ramirez. Friday, June 4 Haley Barbour skips a Gulf oil spill meeting with President Barack Obama attended by Louisiana, Alabama and Florida’s governors in Louisiana; it is the second such meeting the Mississippi governor has skipped with the president since the spill. … The Dow closes below 10,000 after dropping 323 points, marking the Dow’s lowest finish since February. Saturday, June 5 Law enforcement officials arrest alleged terrorists Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, at JFK airport for intention to join Al Shabab, an Islamic extremist group. Sunday, June 6 A category 4 tornado kills seven in Ohio. … Ole Miss and USM are eliminated in the first round of the NCAA baseball championship. ... Target announces it will sell Kindle reading devices at all its stores after a positive test response in Florida and its flagship store.
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Monday, June 7 Two Countrywide mortgage servicing companies agree to pay $108 million to 200,000 homeowners, settling charges that they took unnecessary fees from already financially troubled homeowners. … Dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, resigns after her controversial remarks that Israelis should “get the hell out of Palestine.”
Tuesday, June 8 China announces that a North Korean border guard shot four Chinese nationals, killing three, on June 4, resulting in China’s filing of a formal complaint. … American voters go to the polls in 11 states for the second round of primary elections.
Until 1681, all professional ballet dancers were men, and costumed males performed all roles in a ballet. Even after that time, women wore heavy costumes, keeping them from performing a wide variety of movements. Men dominated ballet until the 19th century.
Kemper Plant Rate Hikes ‘Confidential’ the rate increases that ratepayers will have to shoulder to cover the construction of a new $2.88 billion coal plant in Kemper County. On May 26, a majority of the Mississippi Public Service Commission, excluding Commissioner Brandon Presley, revised an earlier decision to cap the cost of the proposed coal at $2.4 billion. Mississippi Power had complained that the $2.4 billion cap was too low and PSC Commissioner Brandon Presley says the commission’s said the decision would consideration of a new transparency rule is too little, too late. force the company to make shareholders fihe Mississippi Public Service Com- nance any costs above $2.4 billion. A commission voted June 3 to begin discus- pany spokesperson told reporters that they sion on rule changes to make rate in- could not build the plant under that concreases more transparent—but only dition. The commission’s revised decision after Mississippi Power successfully hid the raised the approved construction costs 20 amount of customer rate increases connect- percent, to $2.88 billion, but also allowed ed to a contentious new power plant from the company to charge customers for plant public view, saying the ratepayer increases construction costs before the facility is even to fund the plant are confidential. up and running. The issue stems from accusations that Mississippi Power accepted the comMississippi Power Company successfully mission’s relaxed conditions May 27. hid from publication the actual amount of “After a comprehensive review of
Wednesday, June 2 Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama announces he will step down later this year over a broken campaign promise; he is the fourth Japanese PM to resign in as many years. … The Jackson Redevelopment Authority approves a $1 million loan to the Farish Street Group to continue renovations on Farish Street.
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yesterday’s order, we have determined the stringent conditions that the commission imposed will still allow us to move forward to finance and construct the plant,” Mississippi Power Vice President of Generation Development Tommy Anderson said in a statement. Critics of the proposed Kemper County plant, including the Mississippi Sierra Club and the Mississippi NAACP, complain that the power company would raise rates to intolerable levels to finance the construction of the plant. The costs will be distributed among the company’s 200,000 southeast Mississippi customers. The Sierra Club filed a motion last year with the PSC demanding the commission release the actual rate increases that customers should expect, but Sierra Club Director Louie Miller said Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey refused to address the motion. Mississippi Power argued in a January motion it filed with the PSC that the power company is not required to follow the traditional rate provisions spelled out in Mississippi statute 77-3-37, which demands power companies provide a rate change notice and documentation. The company insisted in its January motion that revealing the rate increase is “wholly inconsistent with the Legislature’s intent” when the Legislature RATE HIKES, see page 7
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What’s your secret iPod song? Mallory Knight-Culpepper, 21, Jackson: “My favorite iPod song to jam out to by myself is probably ‘Beauty and the Beast’ by Celine Dion.”
Drew Bennett, 25, Brandon: “Right now I’m playing “OMG” by Usher. I probably play that song about 15-plus times a day.”
Mary Jones: 49, Jackson: “I don’t have an iPod but if I did it would be ‘Delta Dawn’ by Helen Reddy.”
“If they’re not performing at the rate that they should as a supervisor at the end of the probationary period, then they won’t be supervisors anymore. I just refuse to keep dysfunctional people in positions.” —Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Coleman to her command staff regarding the promotion and quarterly reviews of 30 JPD officers to the rank of sergeant.
Jonathan Blossom, 22, Forest, Miss.: “Hands down, Kelly Clarkson ‘Since U Been Gone.’”
Tiara Jones, 18, Jackson: “Nobody probably knows this song but Justin Bieber, and the song is ‘That Should be Me.’”
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RATE HIKES, from page 6
modified state law in 2009 with the creation of the Mississippi Baseload Act—a law that allows MPC to raise customer rates to finance the new plant before the plant is completed. PSC Chairman Brandon Presley submitted a motion in May to open a debate amending the commission’s rule pertaining to document filings that a company designates as confidential, arguing that the commission should have the power to judge whether the information is rightfully confidential. “We want to create a process wherein items going into the rate base are exempted from being confidential, unless the commission decides so,” Presley told the Jackson Free Press. “If you want to get confidential information affecting rate increases, you have to file a motion in Chancery Court, but we want to stop on the front end the company’s ability to hide rate impacts.” But Presley was the only one expressing the need to make rate hikes transparent prior to the commission’s May 26 decision allowing the construction of the plant. Commissioners Posey and Bentz voted to table the issue until last week. Bentz jumped ahead and made the motion to open debate at the June 3 meeting immediately after Presley brought up the issue, but Presley continues to seethe over his fellows’ late timing. Presley said the commission’s decision to finally consider a rules change will not affect Mississippi Power’s ability to hide ratepayer costs on
the expensive Kemper County plant. “It will not affect any prior decision,” Presley complained. “That’s why I brought it up before the last order on Kemper went out. Nobody was for it until the issue was over.” Bentz said the commission’s consideration of its rules could not be applied to the MPC Kemper decision, in any case. “If we would have done it during the middle of the proceeding, as I understand it from the legal counsel, we would not have been able to circumvent back into the (MPC) proceedings,” Bentz told the Jackson Free Press. But the question of costs for the Kemper plant is far from complete. Miller said the $2.88 billion to which the commission agreed did not include added costs such as constructing the plant’s adjoined lignite mine and transmission line costs. August 2009, the Jackson Free Press compared potential MPC rate-increases to increases Entergy Mississippi imposed on its customers for the construction of the $3.5 billion Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Port Gibson. When Grand Gulf opened in 1989, Entergy Mississippi customers’ rates rose more than 40 percent for 10 of the 21 years the reactor has been in use, with the highest base rate ballooning to 53.5 percent in 1994. Miller said the Sierra Club will file a motion, possibly in Harrison County Chancery Court, demanding that the company divulge the complete cost associated with the plant and its estimates on rate increases within 30 days of the PSC’s May 26 decision.
77 Tons of Shark
by Tom Allin
n any other situation, the sight of chil- of food the shark ate every day, you might dren wandering around the insides leave the exhibit feeling small. of a giant shark could be horrifying; The exhibit is produced by the Florida but it’s common Museum of Natural fare at the Mississippi History with support Museum of Natural from the National SciScience’s “Megalodon: ence Foundation. Largest Shark that Ever “If there’s anyLived” exhibit. thing as good as dino “Shark fins are saurs, it’s sharks,” says comfortable!” shouts Chris Zachow, presia little girl as she rolls dent of the museum’s around on a dark, vel- “Megaladon: Largest Shark that Ever foundation, adding vety cushion. Her legs Lived” opened Saturday, June 5. that, for her, sharks are kick, and her pigtails interesting because she flop from side to side. fears them. The cushion she is rolling on is attached to “I don’t worry about dinosaurs,” she a giant metal frame in the shape of a shark, says, and lucky for us, there is no need to but not just any shark. worry about the Megalodon either.” This is the Megalodon—a 60-foot, “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever 276-tooth, 77-ton monster that was king of Lived” is at the Mississippi Museum of the ocean, until it vanished 2 million years Natural Science until Jan. 9, 2011. Tickets ago. The exhibit, which opens Saturday, are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-18, proves just how big the Megalodon was. Af- $4 for senior citizens (60+). Admission is ter walking through the giant frame of the free for museum members and schoolteachshark, seeing teeth three times larger than ers with classes. Call the museum at 601a fist and a stack of more than 6,000 cans 354-7303 or visit msnaturalscience.org for of tuna that represents the 2,500 pounds more details.
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ulfport Councilman Kenneth Casey said he fears the oncoming hurricane season and what it could mean to the waters and shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. â€œIf the weather stays like it is and we donâ€™t get any kind of tropical disturbance, we might be OK for now,â€? Casey said. â€œ(A hurricane) will be working against us because itâ€™ll push the oil on in.â€? Mississippiâ€™s coast remains relatively calm and oil free, even though oil spouting from the April 20 destruction of a British Petroleum deepwater oil well is devastating Louisiana wetlands. Tourists combing the beaches of Gulfport wonâ€™t catch many indications of oil in the water. Gov. Haley Barbour reiterated what he said Sunday on a FOX News interview to House members on Tuesday during a committee hearing on the oil spill. Barbour said the coast is clear, and urged tourists not to rule out the Mississippi Gulf Coast as a destination in the midst of the historic geyser of oil 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Barbour also said that the national media is doing more damage to the Mississippi tourism industry than the oil by broadcasting pictures of oil damage in nearby Louisiana and giving viewers the impression that the Mississippi coast is â€œankle-deepâ€? in oil. Despite Barbourâ€™s assurances, some House members left the Tuesday hearing without knowing the potential risk of dispersants British Petroleum is using to break up and sink millions of gallons of oil. Frances Fredericks, D-Gulfport, chairman the House Marine Resources Committee, said Barbour, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality gave her no straight answers on the potential long-term toxicity of the dispersant Corexit, which BP has for weeks dumped on the ocean surface and injected directly in to the erupting well. BP reported on June 4 that it had used more than 1 million gallons of the dispersant, and had 450,000 gallons still available. Barbour downplayed the potential prob-
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lems of using the dispersant, which increases in toxicity when mixed with oil, according to EPA tests on the chemical. He said some of the ingredients inside the dispersant can be found in most households, but Fredericks countered, saying she doesnâ€™t drink many of the chemicals stored in her house for a reason. Casey agreed with Barbourâ€™s assessment of a clean Mississippi coast, but said he suspected the oil was further underwater and out to sea, and that even a modest seasonal storm could bring the oil ashore. â€œA lot of the oil is underwater, but (a storm) could push it up US Coast Guard
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onto the beaches, and this is hurricane season,â€? he said. The U.S. Geological Survey agrees, particularly when it comes to the vulnerability of Mississippiâ€™s barrier islands. USGS predicts that a tropical storm could almost completely inundate Mississippiâ€™s Ship Island and cover it with destructive oil-infused water. Douglas N. Rader, chief ocean scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund, said the oil is out in the water wreaking damage, even without the help of a storm, and that hydrocarbon toxins are likely winding their way into the oceanic food chain. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Mike Womack
told House members that the Environmental Protection Agency and MEMA is diligently testing state waters for traces of the dispersant and oil, and declared state waters free of toxins on Tuesday, even though the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency banned fishing from federal waters less than 30 miles from the Mississippi coast. In the meantime, oil continues to spew out of the â€œcappedâ€? well. BP announced Monday that its â€œlower marine riser package (LMRP) containment cap,â€? which the company installed June 3, â€œcontinues to collect oil and gas flowing from the well and transport them to the Discoverer Enterprise drillship on the surface.â€? BP said it had collected â€œa total of 10,500 barrels of oilâ€? (441,000 gallons) with only one of the capâ€™s four vents closed and burned off 22 million standard cubic feet of natural gas. From June 3 through June 5, the company reported that it collected 16,600 barrels of oilâ€”a drop in the bucket compared to most estimates of the oil rushing into the Gulf from the miledeep underwater well. Estimates of how much oil is going into the Gulf vary widely, with no estimates of what percentage the cap is allowing BP to collect. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated May 27 that 504,000 gallons of oil a day are spilling directly into Gulf waters, a disputed best-case scenario. Public Broadcasting Service reports that BPâ€™s worst-case estimate is that slightly more than 1 million gallons a day are escaping the well. Experts outside of BP predictâ€”as a possible worst-case scenarioâ€”that more than 4 million gallons of oil are erupting from the sea floor every day. In addition, officials admitted that the capping procedure might have increased the flow of oil by as much as 20 percent. BP added in its June 7 press statement that the its containment cap â€œis a complex operation, involving risks and uncertainties, being carried out 5,000 feet under water,â€? and that BP could not assure the LMRP containment capâ€™s â€œefficiency and ability to contain the oil.â€?
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mix-up between contractors and Hinds Jackson Free Press that he never authorized County officials could cost county tax- Kossen’s plans. payers $25,000. The county enlisted “I was basically there just to let them into Kossen Equipment Inc. in December the site,” Lewis said. “That’s basically it. I don’t 2009 to install an emergency electric genera- know what they took that as … but I had no tor for a radio communicaidea of what they were doing tions tower near Terry and until I got on the site. The Springridge roads in Byram. only thing I did was listen to The county rents land for what they were discussing.” the tower and an associated Kossen officials conbuilding, but Kossen worktacted Supervisor Phil Fishers installed the generator er when the county delayed outside the building on nonpaying for the generator incounty property. stallation. Fisher, who cast At a June 7 meeting, the only vote against Lewis’ Kossen General Manager appointment in November, Hershell Morgan told was skeptical of the EOC county supervisors that Supervisor Robert Graham director’s explanation. Jimmie Lewis, the county’s said county officials would “This is just the typidirector of emergency op- meet with an equipment cal kind of nonsense that erations, approved the gen- supplier to settle a costly goes on,” Fisher said. “It installation mistake. erator’s placement when he just galls me to no end. met Kossen’s representatives And all of a sudden, at the Byram site. Re-installing the gener- nobody’s responsible.” ator inside the communications building At Monday’s meeting, Board President will cost the county an additional $20,000 Robert Graham noted that the county did to $25,000, Morgan said. not have a signed contract with Kossen for “All that equipment has to be modified the installation, which might have specified now for it to go inside,” Morgan said. “Also the generator’s correct location. Instead, the the building is set up for one size generator, county used a purchase order and has not not this size generator. So that building has to paid Kossen the $53,000 installation fee for be modified. You’re talking about a large proj- the generator. Graham told the JFP that Kosect that was not included in these bid docu- sen representatives would meet with county ments.” officials to hash out a solution. Lewis disputed Morgan’s account, say- “We’re going to try to do whatever we ing that he had no knowledge of the county’s can to resolve the conflict,” Graham said. plans for the site, having only been appointed “That’s by talking to both parties and seeing to lead the county’s Emergency Operations if there’s any written documentation in the Center in November 2009. Lewis told the scope of the work.”
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ids ages 4-8 and their parents should Grover notes that her character “is a feisty get ready for a ton of fun when Ju- 6-year-old. She’s very outspoken and honnie B. Jones’ Stupid Smelly Bus rolls est with everyone, even if it does get her in into town June 14. The bright pink trouble sometimes,” she says. Junie B. Jones bus will Barbara Park, aube in the Jackson metthor of the series, wrote ro area as part of a fivethe script for the show, week nationwide tour. which will be familiar Sarah Grover is to those who have read performing the role of the books. Kids will Junie B. Jones for the recognize Mr. Woo, second year in a row. the bus driver, who is The Junie B. Jones’ Stupid Smelly Bus Grover, a graduate of tour stops in Madison June 14. often involved in Junie The American Musical B.’s antics. Junie B. and Dramatic Acadwill also show and tell emy in New York City, enjoys performing about other familiar items from the books. for an audience of children. Sponsored by Lemuria Books and Ran “They are actually surprisingly at- dom House publishers, the show begins at tentive to everything; they’ll react to every 1 p.m., June 14 at Madison Station Elemenlittle thing you do,” she says. “If you do tary School (459 Reunion Parkway, Madison). anything funny they will laugh for an in- Admission is $5, and tickets can be exchanged credibly long time.” for a Junie B. Jones book at the show. Tickets Fans of the Junie B. Jones book series are available at Lemuria Books. You can also will enjoy seeing her humorous antics live. reserve tickets online at Lemuriabooks.com.
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arilyn Young knew something was wrong when only 20 people showed up for her March 27 Census event. Young, the founder of Concerned Citizens for a Better Tunica County, had waged a months-long education campaign with the community group, distributing flyers in schools and publicizing the Census in every medium she could. She expected a better turnout. The group decided to canvass African American neighborhoods in the county. By late March, all households in the county should have received 2010 Census questionnaires, either by mail or in-person delivery by a census worker. Many households—entire apartment complexes, in some cases—had not received a form, Young discovered. “People just did not get the questionnaire,” Young said to a group of reporters following a private meeting held by U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves with representatives from various groups, including the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, Southern Echo, the Mississippi NAACP and Boat People SOS on June 3. “We don’t know where the ball was dropped, but it was definitely dropped.” Young suspects the problem is twofold. Census workers from outside the county are less likely to have the trust of African American residents, especially if the worker is white. Young also worries that the lack of a Census office in the Delta betrays the Census Bureau’s unfamiliarity with rural, high-poverty populations that are especially hard to count. “The Mississippi Delta, we believe, has been neglected,” Young said. “We do not have a Census office in the Mississippi Delta, and that’s where we believe all of the hard-to-count counties are. We feel that is very unfair to the 2nd Congressional District.” Census Bureau statistics show that participation in many Delta counties was well below the national average on April 27, when a count of mail-in forms was taken. Nationally, 72 percent of households returned mailed Census forms, while only 49 percent of households in Tunica County had.
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Census Bureau Director Robert Groves acknowledged the importance of language and cultural sensitivity at a meeting with civil rights groups.
Young’s Tunica group is part of a coalition of civil-rights advocacy organizations that signed a May 18 letter highlighting obstacles to Census participation in historically hard-to-count communities. The letter, sent to the congressional subcommittee overseeing the census, warned that a lack of cultural sensitivity could impinge Census efforts in areas with large African American or immigrant populations. Robert Groves said, however, that the number of the staff and placement of offices had less bearing on participation rates than the type of people hired for Census jobs. “It is not a matter of not enough staff,” Groves said. “The problem is making sure that the people we do hire are effective at getting cooperation from folks. ... I don’t think the placement of offices is a critical thing. The personnel that are on the ground, knocking on doors—that’s the key.” The director said he received valuable information on specific households and addresses the Census Bureau may have missed in its initial mailing. Groves also acknowledged the importance of hiring trusted workers for canvassing. “Despite the fact that we try to hire lo-
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cally, sometimes we can’t hire as locally as we need to hire,” Groves said. “We have the ability to seek assistance from local neighborhoods. We’ll probably move on that pretty quickly.” Since May, Census workers have been knocking on doors at every household that did not return a questionnaire. The canvassing phase wraps in July. In December, the Census Bureau will present data on statewide population totals to the president of the United States for use in reapportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Population loss led to Mississippi losing a house seat after the 2000 Census, and advocacy groups are concerned that an incomplete count could further erode the state’s federal representation. “There are so many issues in so many communities,” Young said. “If we stand to lose a seat, whose seat do you think it’s going to be?” Census data also determine how the federal government distributes roughly $400 billion in annual aid to states and will affect redistricting for the Mississippi Legislature. The 2010 Census will be the first for which the Census Bureau will provide states with a detailed breakdown of group living quarters, which include colleges, military bases, mental institutions and prisons. The statistics will allow states to decide whether to count prison populations in the general population of a county, even though prisoners are rarely incarcerated in their home county. Previously, Census data only counted prisoners in the county where they were incarcerated, effectively giving counties that host prisons an edge in redistricting. In a recent report, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund condemned this practice as “prison-based gerrymandering,” allowing prison towns to profit electorally from a population that cannot vote and is rarely from the area. “It’s going to be a huge political conflict between rural areas and urban areas,” Groves said. “Most of the prisons are in rural areas, and they’ve enjoyed the benefits of those counts. The urban folks are saying, ‘That isn’t fair to us. We’re getting cheated.’”
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Starkville developer said he wants to move forward on plans to convert the site of the old Hood Furniture factory off Livingston Road in Jackson to mixed-use residential and commercial property. In 2008, MPI Center Chief Executive Officer Mike Smith and Southern Consultants Inc. President Susan Lunardini attempted to turn the factory site into a 72-acre $75 million Livingston Village—a project containing condominiums, single family homes ranging in price from $125,000 to $175,000, a job training center, a day care and retail and office space. “We’re still going along the same lines,” Smith told the Jackson Free Press. “We may have to make some modifications to make it economically feasible, but the general concept is still to have a multi-use development there. It’s similar to the project they have out at Jackson State (University), where they have residential property above commercial property.” Smith could not say if the company was now reaching for multiple buildings or a single building to occupy the spot. Lunardini is not affiliated with MPI’s current effort. The Jackson City Council found the prospect appealing in 2007. Smith and former MPI Center employee Carl Allen managed to
convince the Jackson City Council to re-zone the area from industrial to multi-use construction after a contentious battle with Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes. Stokes claimed local schools were not big enough to support the new residential population—despite the assurance of the Jackson Public Schools Board that schools had the size and teacher ratio to accommodate the population increase. The three-month debate over re-zoning the property slowed progress, however, and Smith admits funding finally fell through when the economy collapsed in 2008. “The financial situation has been so bad, we haven’t made any progress, but we have had some interest in trying to move ahead with the project, and we’re trying to make sure we’ve got all our ducks lined up,” Smith said. “Right now, it’s tough, but we do have some partners who are interested in trying to make it happen.” Before the project crumpled, Smith said it qualified for federal Go-Zone money and had a $22 million allocation from the Mississippi Business Finance Corp. That funding has since expired, but Smith said it could still potentially qualify for that money if the company re-applies for it. The Jackson Redevelopment Authority favors development in the area. It unanimous-
ly supported a motion last Wednesday, June 2, recommending that the Jackson Medical Mall Urban Renewal Area be expanded to encompass the Hood Furniture factory site, at the behest of Jackson The Jackson Medical Mall is looking to expand its urban renewal area to accommodate new construction at the abandoned Hood Medical Mall Founda- Furniture factory. tion members. “We’ve been ap proached by (Jackson Medical Mall Foun- Wheeler could not be reached for comdation Board Chairman) Dr. Aaron Shirley ment. about what can be done with the former MPI is facing an uphill battle, despite Hood Furniture plant,” JRA Executive Di- an improving economy. The company filed rector Jason Brookins told the board at its bankruptcy last year, and Southern Consulmonthly meeting last week. tants, according to Lunardini, has a lien on Smith said the project is virtually back to the property due to MPI’s unpaid bills to her square one, but he remains optimistic. company. Lunardini added, however, that she “In order to get the project financed, we still backed the effort to develop. have got to have strong support from the city,” “The location is great. You’re right on Smith said. “This project will not get off the Woodrow Wilson, with a straight shot to ground without strong support from the may- Interstate 55,” Lunardini said. “It could have or and the city council, and that’s why we’re been a great project, and it might still be one working so closely with (Jackson Medical someday. ... The Five-Points area of Jackson Mall Foundation Executive Director) Primus could anchor redevelopment for the whole Wheeler and the Medical Mall Foundation. city, and it certainly has my full applause for They’ve been our strongest supporter since we anybody who can help upgrade the tax base in came there.” the area.”
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portsman’s Lodge, for many, is like Jackson’s own Sportsman’s Paradise. For five years, Sportsman’s Lodge has offered an old-world sports lodge atmosphere at 1220 E. Northside Drive, Suite 100, in Maywood Mart. Mirrored after a hunting, fishing or ski lodge, their menu specialties range from alligator tail appetizers to foot-long game dogs named after Major League Baseball teams. Restaurant owner Chris Jacobs has been in Chris Jacobs restaurant management for over 20 years, managing many various restaurants in the Jackson metro area, including Jackson’s own Scrooge’s. He says that the menu at Sportsman’s Lodge goes above and beyond a customer’s expectations for a sports bar restaurant. “We have a large variety of menu items reasonably priced and excellent service,” says Jacobs. Appetizer specialties include Alligator Tail, tender fried alligator tail strips served with Tabasco butter sauce and ranch dressing. The Award Winning Wings are always a home run, too, when it comes to menu starters: served with pepper jack cubes, carrots and blue cheese dressing, these wings come with your choice of sauce – BBQ, sweet chili, Thai BBQ, mild, hot or WOW! The Fish and Chips entrée, a house favorite, includes fried or sautéed tilapia and fresh chips all tossed in fresh garlic, and served with malt vinegar, lemon wedges and remoulade. Try their Red Beans and Rice, a Southern classic; their red beans are cooked with smoked Kielbasa sausage, onions, celery and spices, served over rice. It’s topped with cheese, tomatoes, red onions and jalapenos. The vast selection of poboys, paninis and burgers just make the customer’s choice even harder to make when ordering up the perfect meal to satisfy your hunger. One thing is for sure though at Sportsman’s Lodge: customer care is the #1 priority, along with consistent, delicious food and beverage, says Jacobs. “Being the best requires attention to details in all aspects of the restaurant business,” says Jacobs. “We believe employees should enjoy being at work; if the employees are happy, the guests are happy. Sportsman’s Lodge stresses teamwork and excellence. By maintaining high standards, we build guests’ loyalty and gain recommendations from satisfied guests.” Sportsman’s Lodge is a very unique and comfortable place to enjoy lunch or dinner. Watch your favorite game on one of their 20 flat screens, or hang out after work with friends for happy hour: after all, there are over 200 beers to choose from. Happy hour is daily from 3 to 7 p.m. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit them online at www.thesportsmanslodge.net.
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Time to Rethink Energy
n the wake of the biggest man-made environmental disaster in American history, our country’s leaders have a perfect opportunity to finally, and at long last, make significant changes in U.S. energy policy. Economic and fiscal conservatives have long used crises to make policy changes, perhaps most recently in the “pre-emptive” war waged against Iraq and the sweeping changes in defense policy. Perhaps it’s time for progressives to jump on that bandwagon to push through energy policies that will make deep inroads into weaning us from fossil fuels and a make a lasting difference in cleaning our environment. It seems that the only things missing is the fortitude to take a stand for the future and the will to make it happen. Not so long ago, America made a similar commitment. In the decade before Neil Armstrong took that “one small step for mankind” on the surface of the moon in 1969, its success was not assumed. It took the equivalent of $125 billion in today’s dollars and an unwavering commitment to do whatever it took to make a dream become a reality. Regardless of whether you agree with the expense or the outcome, landing on the moon is a shining example of what an unwavering commitment to a goal can achieve. It was only a few years later that America found itself hostage to oil producing countries. Since that time, we have heard a lot of talk about the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, but when compared to walking on the moon, we have accomplished very little to convert all of that talk into reality. Last year, Time magazine pointed out that “significant basic research needs to happen before renewables can truly displace fossil fuels.” We have put our trust in corporations, specifically energy companies, to lead the charge in creating those new, clean energy supplies. But energy companies are only putting about 0.25 percent of their budgets into research and development. In 2003, according to the Brookings Institution, that amounted to a total of $2.4 billion (less than what BP has already spent in the Gulf) out of $1.2 trillion. It’s not enough. We can’t rely on energy companies for solutions; their mandate, after all, is to make money, not come up with a way to change what they do. Current U.S. policy, which seems to constantly buckle under to what the corporations want instead of what the country and the people need, make no demands on the companies to change. So why should they? We urge the men and women in positions of local, state and national leadership positions to demand more. America deserves better than the catastrophe in the Gulf. A new push toward a sustainable future begins now.
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r. Announcement: “In the ghetto criminal justice system, the people are represented by two members of the McBride family: police officer and part-time security guard at the Funky Ghetto Mall, Dudley ‘Do-Right’ McBride and attorney Cootie McBride of the law firm McBride, Myself and I. This is their story.” Dudley ‘Do-Right’ McBride: “Cootie, have you seen the live coverage of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? This oil slick reminds me of the ugly, webbed creature that attacked those scientists in the 1954 movie ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon.’ This oil slick also reminds me of Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie ‘Jaws.’ Remember how that great white shark menaced the small island town of Amity? And the federal government is looking into criminal charges against the responsible oil company. You know what I’m talking about, Cootie? Look at all of that wasted black gold.” Cootie McBride: “Dudley, I see an opportunity to help poor people affected by this creature-like oil slick menacing the waters and gulf shores of America. The people need encouragement, financial assistance, environmental cleanup, water, food, health care and legal help, of course.” Dudley ‘Do-Right’ McBride: “So what are you talking about, Cootie?” Cootie McBride: “I’m talking about becoming legal counsel for folks who want to sue that oil corporation! Can you say ‘Class Action Lawsuit?’” Dudley ‘Do-Right’ McBride: “It’s time for a money making road trip across the Gulf Coast.” Cootie McBride: “Gas up the SUV, Dudley. It’s show time!” Doink, Doink!
Superman Married to Superwoman
requent readers of my column know I often write about my mother. She was a great woman—indeed, one of the finest to walk the Earth. Her passing has left a void not just in my heart but in this city as well. We are all better for her having been here. But she wasn’t on the job alone; I was blessed with a two-parent household. My father led not by words but by example. My mother was definitely the dominant personality, and those of you who knew her know exactly what I’m talking about. My earliest memories of my father are of him working. I remember him leaving early, returning late in the evening then doing odd tasks around the house until he settled in to bed. It was that drive that moved us from the shadows of our Christian Brotherhood neighborhood to the then-majority white Northgate. My dad is typically not short on conversation. I always joke that he and my mother were soul mates because neither passed on a chance to ramble on— and on. But when it came to matters of family, dad never really spoke about his jobs, responsibilities or any of the problems that he and mom went through to keep a roof over the heads of three kids. As I got older, I started to notice the struggles. I sat back in silence, as I watched the sacrifices being made to keep cars working, send kids off to college, pay the mortgage and even fix an air conditioning unit. But not once during my childhood did I hear my father complain. And not once do I recall us really wanting for anything. We always had new school clothes, always celebrated birthdays and Christmas, even when, looking back, I knew things were tight. I can’t honestly say I know how he did it, but he did. When I think of what a father should be, the best example I had was in my own home. I didn’t look
to an athlete, actor or entertainer. My dad was my scoutmaster, baseball coach, my ride to school and the parent who came to all the awards days. He was Superman married to Superwoman, and we all lived in a little Hall of Justice like the Superfriends. He instilled in me a work ethic and pride. This is a man who served in the Army and reserves and worked tirelessly for the Mississippi Department of Transportation for 40 years, only missing work if he was physically unable to perform. When he retired, he had amassed a year’s worth of sick leave. Can you fathom being able to call in for a year and still get paid? I can’t! If my mother was the spark plug then my father was the piston. He isn’t the flashiest part in the machine, but it won’t run effectively without him. Now that I have a wife and four kids of my own, I understand what he was going through raising us. You get up, show up, work hard, and you don’t stop working until the task is done. Then you sleep, and you get up and go work some more. You stand on your own two feet, always keep your word, and if you screw up, own up to it and move on. So this is dedicated to the fathers out there. Especially mine. We know moms overshadow you at times. You get crappy Father’s Day gifts. You have to man the grill at cookouts and miss all the good food. You’re asked to fix everything, even when you have no idea what you’re doing. They couldn’t live without us. This is my salute to Sam Franklin. I know you’re still mad at me for ditching that Associated Press job to do hip hop, but thanks to you, I think I turned out just fine. If I work half as hard as you did, me and mine will be OK. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.
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moved to Jackson in summer 2007 from St. Louis, Mo., for my first job out of college, a two-year fellowship at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. I was a traveling Jewish educator, with a briefcase of curricula and a minivan, driving around the South and helping teach Jewish children in small and isolated congregations. It was a perfect job for me, and I knew that it was going to be an amazing experience; however, I wasn’t sure about living in Jackson. I had never been to the South, and I expected to feel like an extended visitor, placed here for two years before moving on to something bigger and better. I came here with an open mind, but was planning on planting my roots in the Jewish community and not the Jackson community. I spent the first year of my fellowship immersed in my job, which involved a lot of weekend traveling and cohabitating with coworkers. I learned so much about Judaism, education and nonprofits, but after a year I started to resent that I didn’t have friends in Jackson outside of work, and that I didn’t feel much connection to the city where I was living. I’ve always been a creative person, and I wanted an outlet for creativity in my personal life in addition to my job. So I decided I was going to conquer Jackson. I started by going to concerts by myself. It was the beginning of One to One Studios (now North Midtown Arts Center), and I remember weeknight shows with packed sweaty crowds in this amazing venue—once vibrant, then rundown and now burgeoning with creative energy. I felt like I was witnessing something really special but as an outsider, a Jewish girl from Missouri who was almost a little too shy to make friends. You see, Jackson and I are very similar. We can be quite timid and unassuming at first or even seem like tough nuts to crack, but if you show us a little kindness and give us a chance, we open up incredibly quickly. Once I discovered that Jackson had creative potential, once I gave it a chance to fill this void in my life, and once I decided that I had something creative to give to Jackson in return, it became a whole new city to me. As soon as my attitude shifted, I started meeting cool people everywhere I went and it took no time at all to become a part of the young creative community in Jackson. Over the next year, I learned how to balance work with an active social life. I still worked full time and traveled many
weekends, but I got involved in the music scene in Jackson as well. I started a band with my girlfriends called The Bachelorettes, volunteered to work the door at One to One Studios and started doing a weekly concert calendar for the Mississippi Happening radio show. I decided to stay in Jackson after my fellowship ended. It was actually an easy choice because I just wasn’t ready to dig up any roots. So I secured a part-time job and decided to teach Sunday school at Beth Israel to stay part of the Jewish community. Annie Blazer and I started a record label called Special Passenger Records with the goals of creating collaborative projects, putting on great parties and making handmade merchandise, in addition to promoting good music. We just released our 10th project called “Family Portrait,” a compilation CD of family bands that we gave away for free at a barbecue house show. Really, it doesn’t matter if any of these things I’ve done here sound interesting or impressive to you. They were all amazingly fun and rewarding to me, but what I want to stress is that they were only possible because of the incredibly supportive and enthusiastic nature of this community. Jackson is so beautiful because it is small, unpretentious and filled with potential. People here listen to your ideas and will help you if they can, because they know that you will do the same for them. Living in Jackson has made me a better person, and I am inspired everyday by the creative and positive things happening here. It couldn’t have happened at a moment sooner, either, because I’ll be moving back to Missouri to get a master’s degree in nonprofit management this summer. I said I was going to conquer Jackson, but what really happened is that I became Jackson. My Jackson is a vision of growth, creativity, silly projects, coffee shops, Jewish education, wigs, karaoke, barbecues and most of all, community. I know that your Jackson is different from mine and I hope that it is equally as positive. Jackson is yours, so make please make it the best that you can. You will be amazed at how much it will give back to you. Amanda Rainey will miss her band sisters, living with photographers, fried pickles and Sneaky Beans most of all. Please come say “Hello” and “Goodbye” to her at the final Bachelorettes show, Thursday, June 10, at 9 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Red Room.
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The Bad Boys of Ballet open the 2010 USA International Ballet Competition June 12.
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Six shirtless men bolt onto the stage with fierce precision and boyish grins. They dance to a Prince tune, one leaping as high as the top of a door, another spinning gracefully over and over again, and another kicking his legs apart and together like scissors. They do it all with swashbuckling charm. The crowd screams and begs for more. This is ballet. The Bad Boys of Ballet will open the USA International Ballet Competition with this contemporary dance performance June 12 in Thalia Mara Hall. “It’s a new package for a younger generation. We’re taking a page from the boy bands,” says Bad Boys founder and director Rasta Thomas, 28. It won’t be his first visit to the IBC in Jackson. He won a gold medal in the 1998 competition. “I was called a bad boy for not joining and sticking with one company,” he says by cell phone during a short lunch break. He’s busy getting his troupe off to Australia for the “Rock the Ballet” tour, a program he put together with his wife Adrienne Canterna. They will fly into Jackson from down under to perform at the IBC opening ceremonies, and then they are headed back to Australia. It’s that important to him to come to Mississippi from the other side of the world. “Performing at IBC is like coming full 14 circle for me,” Thomas says.
International Intrigue Sue Lobrano, IBC executive director, counts on the Bad Boys’ sex appeal to attract a crowd to this year’s performances. The pop music, the young men, the wild energy might generate more than ticket sales. For a first-time visitor to a ballet performance, it could open the mind. At the last IBC in 2006, about 40,000 spectators bought tickets to different performances. Lobrano says the IBC decided to keep ticket prices at the 2006 rates. The competition is a quadrennial event like the Olympics. Every four years, a professional panel chooses about 100 of the best young ballet dancers in the world to come to Jackson to prove they belong in the elite class of medalists. Half the competitors are men. This is the ninth competition in 31 years. The first competition was in 1979. “In the beginning, we had to do quite a bit of explaining: ‘Why Jackson?’” Lobrano says. “We don’t hear that question too often any more.” It’s an enormous task to put on a show for the world. Lobrano does it with a staff of 14. She has four full-time workers. About 18 months ago, she started adding contract employees. The employees manage the details of checking applications, planning ancillary events and workshops, and communicating with technical direc-
tors and stage managers. They work closely with the city of Jackson to plan events. “One morning, the city will wake up and see international flags hanging,” Lobrano says. That marks the beginning of the international intrigue on Pascagoula Street. Too Old At 25 Dustin Layton, 20, wraps a green crocheted scarf around his neck before heading to the barre in sweatpants and legwarmers. With his chin up in the air and his blue eyes staring dead ahead, he spends the next 30 minutes stretching, bending, swaying and kicking, all in time with the music. He does this and much more every day. Layton dances five to eight hours a day depending on his performance schedule. As a professional dancer with North Carolina Dance Theatre, he still has to go to class, practice, stretch, rehearse, perform and sweat. He stops his barre work to look at his foot. “I busted out my shoe,” he says. He scowls like Elvis, changes the music and returns to the barre to sweat some more. His T-shirt is wet. He goes through six or seven T-shirts a day. The thermostat in the studio is at 80 degrees. “It is hot ballet—like hot yoga,” Gwen Layton, his mom, jokes. She is sitting on the sidelines in a folding chair. She knew
her boy had a dancing ability when he was 4. She asked her daughter’s dance teacher if he could join the class. Dustin Layton, who grew up in Mize, is home in Mississippi for only one week, practicing for an upcoming performance in Hattiesburg. As soon as the show is over, he’s headed back to North Carolina to rehearse for his company’s June performance in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. That means he will miss all of the IBC action. But it was an IBC experience that led to his professional career as a dancer. When he was 12, he took a class offered in conjunction with the 2002 IBC. He met David Keary, artistic director of Ballet Mississippi and won a scholarship to study with Keary. When Layton was 16, he hurt his back and couldn’t compete in the 2006 IBC. This year, his contract strictly requires him to return on time and perform with his company. “He has one more chance when he’s 24,” his mom says. After the 2014 IBC, he’ll be too old to compete. For the Hattiesburg performance, he dances the role of Prince Charming in “Cinderella.” His partner for the show is Annie Cannon, a professional ballet dancer from Hattiesburg who is also home for the guest gig. She’s been dancing in Miami, Fla., and in May, she signed a contract to
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Itâ€™s not just hard physically to dance ballet. â€œItâ€™s intense, the stress,â€? he says. â€œItâ€™s impossible to be perfect, but every day you try to be perfect. And you are told how you are not perfect. Itâ€™s impossible, but thatâ€™s what you work for. Some dancers look in the mirror and ask â€˜Whatâ€™s wrong with this?â€™ It takes a toll. It depends on how you were raised. I stay positive.â€? He takes a sip from his water bottle as he looks off in the distance. â€œAt no point should we stop working,â€? Layton says. â€œEven when we hit 40.â€? â€˜Not a Sissy Artâ€™ David Keary, 52, has had an extensive career in ballet. He attended the prestigious School of American Ballet in New York City, became an apprentice with the American Ballet Theatre, also in New York, and matriculated into the company as a professional. This is when George Balanchine was running the company, and ballet was suddenly and wildly popular. Keary will be teaching again this year at the IBC summer school that runs concurrently with the competition. More than 100 pre-professional students will attend. About 16 boys from all over the United States are coming. None of them are from Mississippi. Keary wishes it were different. â€œHereâ€™s a paradox,â€? he says. â€œI ask people, â€˜Why is it OK for little girls to play soccer and not OK for little boys to dance ballet?â€™ You wouldnâ€™t believe the looks I get.â€? Keary has been artistic director of Ballet Mississippi since 1994. Born in Natchez, his family moved to Jackson when he was 2. His dad was a musician and his mom was deeply involved with little theater. At 7, he started dancing with the Jackson Ballet Guild. That year, a professional dancer came to town. The man had been a Marine and a boxer. He was the most athletic lookPERFECTION, see page 17
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dance with Israel Ballet. Now an international artist, Cannon will be moving to Tel Aviv this summer and tour with the company throughout Europe and the Caribbean. Delicate and petite, Cannon still has to lose two pounds before she leaves for Israel. She doesnâ€™t give her age out. She finished high school only a few years ago, but she wonâ€™t share her age. Sheâ€™s uncomfortable talking about it. â€œDonâ€™t put your age on your resume,â€? she warns Layton. â€œOh, yeah?â€? he asks. â€œItâ€™s illegal for them to ask. Once you hit 25, they wonâ€™t even look at you,â€? she says. She shakes her head slightly as if to get rid of the age vibe before rehearsing the highlight of the upcoming performance. They practice the pas de deux of Prince Charming and Cinderella in front of a long wall of mirrors. They step with pointed toes first and put on regal expressions. They glide together, move apart, then return to a classic embrace. He offers her support as she pirouettes rapidly in a tutu that spins like a buzz saw. He stands the perfect distance away to protect himself but support her spin. He lifts her and the coarse netting of the tutu is in his face. Up close it looks uncomfortable. Sitting in the audience, all that will show is the poise, confidence and effortless appearance of perfection. Layton has had his share of work-related injuries. Heâ€™s thrown his back out, sprained his ankles and slipped on tooslick floors. Once while dancing the role of the Snow King in â€œThe Nutcracker,â€? his kneecap popped to the side while he was dancing on stage. He still had to dance the Cavalier role with the Sugar Plum Fairy. He got his knee working and finished the entire performance. â€œMost people donâ€™t know the magnitude when we are hurting. We donâ€™t want people to see pain on our faces. We are using muscle groups most people donâ€™t know exist,â€? Layton says.
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He was blown away. He had no idea how demanding it is,” Keary says. “This is an athletic art. This is not a sissy art, not a feminine art. It’s not about sexuality. It’s dance.” When Thalia Mara first came to Jackson in 1975, she was surprised that her dance students wouldn’t come to Friday night class. That had never happened to her before. It was a bit of culture shock to learn that football came first. “It was clear to her the impact of sports here,” Keary says. She saw the opportunity to create support for the new Ballet Mississippi company by tapping into the sports mentality of Mississippians. She proposed an Olympic-style event that would put Jackson on the map as the ballet mecca of the United States. Mara held the first IBC in 1979. The competition has always been a separate entity from Ballet Mississippi, although the connections remain close. What IBC brings to Jackson are some of the greatest dancers in the world at their peak who wouldn’t be seen here otherwise. Once they are under contract, their directors rarely let them perform elsewhere. In the 1980s, Keary had an accident that led to surgery on his ankle. He sat on his bed in New York and stared down at reality. “I thought, ‘Good Lord, I’m 25 years old.’ It hit me: I wasn’t going to be able to do this forever,” he says. He started taking college classes and came home to Jackson to finish his undergraduate degree in English at Millsaps in 1990. He then went on to law school at Mississippi College. He didn’t really leave dance. He still taught classes and danced guest gigs. He just needed a break from the intense devotion ballet required. “I danced for 15 years—hard. I was
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ing man the boy had ever seen. He wanted to be that athletic. As a teenager, he studied with Thalia Mara, who came to Mississippi to turn the ballet guild into a professional company. She later hired Keary as the first paid professional male ballet dancer in the state. The first paid professional woman in the company was Kathy Thibodeaux, Ballet Magnificat! founder and director. While they were close, Mara and Keary sometimes had a turbulent relationship. “I wanted to expand my wings; she wanted me to stay here,” he says. He expanded his wings in 1978 and went to New York City where Balanchine and the ballet world noticed him. “It was an ideal time,” he says. “The ’80s was the ballet boom.” With the defection of ballet dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov from the Soviet Union in the 1970s, interest grew in mainstream America. New dance companies formed. Old companies grew. Keary says a lot was different then. “Dance was not gymnastic and athletic; it was more artistic. It wasn’t about how many pirouettes you can spin out or how high you can jump,” he says. This is an ongoing debate in the dance world: Is ballet an athletic event or is it an artistic expression? Some say it’s both. Others say it depends. “Even as artistic as ballet is, it is athletic, but the athleticism was there to support the music, the drama, the motif. It was never there to supersede that but to support it,” Keary says. He disdains the “flipping and flopping” he sees in some performances that are mere tricks and do nothing for the story or the choreography. He remembers a time when a college football star came to work out with him in the dance studio at the request of a mutual acquaintance. “In half an hour, he was dripping wet.
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Instead, Keary says he sees students who are torn between cheerleading, soccer, socializing and this moment’s latest text message. “You can’t do five other things and do ballet,” he says. “It takes a commitment of intellect, energy and deep love.” The first time Mara had Keary dance the role of the evil owl-man Von Rothbart in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” she had Ke-
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his Bad Boy choreography is a fusion of ballet with pop culture, a hybrid that emerges from 300 years of technique. For all the spunk and attitude the Bad Boys of Dance will bring to Thalia Mara Hall June 12, the IBC remains seriously concerned with the strictness of classical ballet. All competitors will perform pieces from well-known standards. Judges will watch their technique and musicality along with the right expressions at the right moment. The competitors come from 38 states and nine foreign countries. Among them are the future dance stars. “For two weeks, all these people are right here,” Lobrano says. The stakes are huge. Besides the honor of winning and the unusual networking opportunity in the small world of professional ballet, several ballet companies will award contracts to those who place. In such a competitive field, the chance of landing a paying job is the real prize. And for Jackson, the prize is the reputation of hosting a major world event in the arts. At a time when the city is experiencing a downtown renaissance fueled by young creative professionals, Keary sees opportunity for the ballet, the symphony, the opera, the museums—all the arts. He says for the past 60 years, these older arts organizations pioneered the way for the energetic endeavors that now attract people to live and play downtown. It’s the definition of quality of life. “I love Jackson. I always have,” Keary says. “I want it to grow, develop and keep this energy. Ballet Mississippi is not going to bolt from downtown.”
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tired. I needed something different,” he says. After he had received his law degree, some of the board members of Ballet Mississippi offered him the job of director. He did not want it. “It had problems, and I didn’t know if I wanted to commit my time to that.” Wanting to be supportive and positive, he agreed to help out on a few points. Before he knew it, he found himself on the board. He learned the company was $50,000 in debt and couldn’t sustain itself. It was just a few months before the board made him president. He made the hard choices. He scratched the performance part of the company and insisted that the board focus on the school. “I felt responsible, so I stayed on,” he says. “I didn’t create the problem, but I was the one there when it had to be fixed. I grew up in this organization and was asked to fix it.” Keary says it would take $2 million to run a professional ballet company. While Ballet Mississippi still has a strong support base, Keary has a hard time getting people to understand that they should put their money into a school that trains professionals. In scary economic times, people fear letting go of their money. Keary sees a lot of that. It takes eight years to properly train a ballet dancer. That is, it takes eight years to train a focused and determined dancer. “We don’t have children coming into the arts focused on one thing. The culture has turned upside down. Their brains are all over the place,” he says. “We need to dig deep about how we are educating our youth. I don’t see detailed attention to what they are doing. They’ve got to have fire in the belly.”
ary go to the library and check out several books on birds. He studied pictures of birds in flight. Ballet, he says, requires self-study outside the studio. “Everyday I go into class always looking and thinking how can I make this come alive and get into their minds and bodies,” he says. “The life of a dancer is hard. It’s not a lucrative thing, either. It can be, but for most it’s not.” Even though more boys are in ballet now, demand for male dancers in professional companies remains high. Keary recently got a call from a company asking if he knew of any young men dancing. Most male dancers in the United States come from the Northeast and the West Coast. The first ballet Dustin Layton danced with Ballet Mississippi was “Swan Lake.” He also remembers dancing in “Giselle” under Keary’s direction. “He’s opening people’s eyes to classics and even bringing in new choreographers,” Layton says. “I know in my mind he is the reason I am a professional. I didn’t know you could do it as a profession. In addition to his training, he’s a smart dude. When I have a problem, I’ll shoot him an e-mail. As a mentor, he’s fantastic.”
he opening ceremony for the 2010 International Ballet Competition kicks off Saturday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m., with a performance by the Bad Boys of Ballet at Thalia Mara Hall. Round one of the competition begins Sunday, June 13, at 2 p.m., and competitive rounds conclude Thursday, June 24. The IBC awards gala is Saturday, June 26, at 7 p.m., with an encore presentation Sunday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m. Additional dance performances, workshops and other events are scheduled throughout the competition and at various venues in the city. Tickets for individual competitive rounds start at $7 each, or you can purchase a package ticket for all performances starting at $231. Tickets for the awards gala must be purchased with all three Round 3 performances. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.usaibc.com. Tickets for the following performances are only available by phone at 601-973-9249. Philadanco performance, Thursday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., $10. The Philadelphia Dance Company, Philadanco, has danced its way into the hearts of America with superlative technique, well-trained dancers and an exciting repertoire of choreography for 40 years. Critics describe Phildanco as “a dance company so electric that they make you want to jump up and jump in.”
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s dark clouds unleash a torrent of rain outside Cups Espresso Cafe in Flowood, Christy Henderson, 37, rubs at the bright green paint caked on her fingers before launching into a lengthy discussion about the origins of the Jackson Reclaimed Art Show, a history that began years ago in a little town 100 miles north of Jackson. Hendersonâ€™s journey with art began early in life, as a child growing up in Winona, Miss. A self-educated artist, Henderson believes her love of art is a natural part of her life. â€œItâ€™s just the way God cut me out,â€? Henderson says. Because her father worked as a contractor, Henderson developed an interest in the textures and tones of construction materials. Commercial grade paint, lumber and other unusual materials often find their way into her studio. Henderson works out of her Flowood home and enjoys allowing her childrenâ€” Rachel, 13, McKenzie, 10, and Regan, 7â€” to explore their own creative potential by using the materials she has collected. She is not an isolated artist locked away in a basement, and sticking to a prescribed formula is not high on Hendersonâ€™s artistic priority list. She primarily works with mixed media. â€œWhatever I have in my studio at the time, thatâ€™s what I use. â€Ś Itâ€™s almost like I build onto my canvases layers of paint or paper,â€? she says. The result is art that finds balance in disorder, simplicity in variety. Painted boldly but calmly, Hendersonâ€™s works are comfortingly sincere. Henderson says that through her art she hopes to convey positive, encouraging messages. Her marriage to her husband, Chip Henderson, inspires her to create art
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Unburied Treasures at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) includes poetry by Carolyn Hembree and music by Howard Jones Jazz. Free admission; call 601960-1515. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. … Karaoke at McB’s (7 p.m.) and Martin’s (10 p.m.). Free.
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jfpevents JFP Sponsored Events Radio JFP on WLEZ June 10, noon-1 p.m. at WLEZ 100.1 FM. This week’s guest is Brooke Wyatt of the USA International Ballet Competition. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Jackson 2000 Spring Social June 10, 5:30 p.m., at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Mix and mingle with members of Jackson 2000, a nonprofit dedicated to improving race relations in Jackson. Visit jackson2000.org. JFP Lounge at Pi(e) Lounge June 10, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Enjoy a special JFP “Creative Class” martini, free munchies, and lots of fellowship with Jackson creatives and progressives. Free admission; call 601-362-6121, ext. 11. ArtRemix June 11, 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. Performers include Jesse Robinson, Nekisopaya and Will Kimbrough. $20, $15 members in advance; $25, $20 members at the door; call 601-960-1515; visit ticketmaster.com. “The Market in Fondren” Flea, Craft and Garden Market June 19, 8 a.m.-noon, 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. Juneteenth 2010 June 19, 11 a.m., at Dalton Deer Park (902 Dalton St.). This family-friendly event will feature local performers, visual artists, poets and face painting for the kids. Please contact the event organizer if you wish to participate. Free; call 601454-5777; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. Get involved, volunteer, donate art/money/gifts at email@example.com. Be a sponsor for as low as $50. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; visit jfpchickball.com and follow us on Twitter @ jfpchickball.
Community Camp Braveheart June 10-11, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 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. Free; call 601-983-3193.
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Global Connect Luncheon June 10, 11:30 a.m., at Mississippi World Trade Center (175 E. Capitol St., Suite 255). Author, lecturer and historian Bill Patrick will present “Mississippi’s Gifts to the World: Music, Art, Literature and Sports.” Lunch is included. $10; call 601-353-0909.
Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Nexus 2010 Youth Day June 10, 1 p.m. Activities such as interactive games and small band competitions 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. Awards will be given based on gender and age group. $20; visit msracetiming.com. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting June 10, 5-8 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. Learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060. • SafeHeart Screenings June 11, 8 a.m. in the Community Room. SafeHeart Health Screens of Hattiesburg will do five ultrasound and EKG
screenings. Call to register or come early. $129, free for those who qualify; call 601-450-5483 or 866-548-3006. • Top Flight Financial Seminar June 12, 10 a.m.3 p.m. The session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-957-5602. • Housing Fair June 16, 10 a.m., in the common area. Get information about foreclosure prevention, first-time buyer programs and financial management. Call 601-982-8467. Life Begins at 50: Staying Vital and Vibrant June 10, 5:30 p.m., at Hinds Behavioral Health Services - Region 9 (3450 Highway 80 West). The mini-conference 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. 50 Years of Ministry and Thankfulness Celebration June 10-12. 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 given from 2-4 p.m., and a free premier showing of the Perkins’ legacy documentary at New Horizon International Church (1770 Ellis Ave.) begins at 6 p.m. June 12, the Fifty 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. 47th Annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming June 10-13. The annual event is in honor of the late civil rights leader Medgar Evers and blues legend B.B. King. June 10, the prayer breakfast at Mount Calvary Church (1400 Robinson St.) is 7-10 a.m. June 11, the free gospel memorial show at Greater Mount Sinai Baptist Church (1900 Bailey Ave.) is at 6 p.m. with Mayor Johnnie Ford of Tuskegee, Ala. as the guest speaker. June 12, the parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Blvd. and Martin Luther King Drive) is at 10 a.m., and the banquet at the Masonic Temple (1072 John R. Lynch St.) with guest speaker Judge Gregg Mathis is at 7 p.m. June 13, the blues show at the Central City Complex (609 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) with Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Chick Willis, LaMorris Williams and Karen Wolfe is at 3 p.m. $50 banquet, $40 blues show; call 601-948-5835. Roll Off Dumpster Day June 12, 8 a.m., at various Jackson locations. The City of Jackson’s Solid Waste Division is encouraging citizens of Jackson to participate by taking tree limbs, other yard debris, and household items to one of their designated locations. Free; call 601-960-0000. Celiac Disease Seminar June 12, 9 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Dr. April Ulmer will provide information about the disease and related health problems. Registration is required. Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. Oral History Training June 12, 1 p.m., at Wells United Methodist Church (2019 Bailey Ave.). The training is part of the Mississippi Truth Project. Participants will help build an archive that will be housed by the Mississippi Department of Archives and Oral History. RSVP by June 10. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Mostly Monthly Ceili June 13, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s (901 E. Fortification St.). The event is a familyfriendly gathering of folks interested in Irish music and dance. Free; e-mail email@example.com. America Reads-Mississippi Member Recruitment, June 14, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), at the Sally M. Barksdale Educational Resource Center. ARM members tutor full-time during the school day, before and after school, over breaks and in the summer. Members who successfully complete 1,700 hours in one year will receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award worth $5,350, which can be used to attend college
and/or pay off current qualified student loans. Call 601-979-1474. Zoo Camp June 14-July 2, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). 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” on June 14-18, or “Stripes and Spots” on June 21-25 or June 28-July 2. A T-shirt is included. $150, $140 members, $35 optional lunch, $12 extra T-shirt; call 601-352-2580. International Cultural Awareness Program June 14-24, at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). The ten-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. Mississippi Faces and Places Kids Camp June 14-18, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Children in grades 4-6 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. Registration is required. $40; call 601-576-6800. Acres of Adventure Kids Camp I June 15-16, at Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The agriculture camp sponsored by Monsanto is for children ages 5-7. Sessions are from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $30; call 601-713-3365. Marketing Strategies for Small Business June 15, 6 p.m., at Mississippi e-Center (1230 Raymond Road). Learn from the Small Business Administration how to effectively promote your business. Seating is limited. Free; call 800-725-7232; visit mssbdc.org. “History Is Lunch” June 16, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Art collector and historian Roy Wilkinson talks about Mississippi artists. Free; call 601-576-6850. Grant Development Program Call for Applications through June 15, at Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau (111 E. Capitol St., Suite 102). The grant program is open to any nonprofit tourism-related entity in the city of Jackson. The application deadline is June 15. The grant period is from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011. Call 601-960-1891. 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. 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. $139 members, $179 non-members; visit reinventingms.org. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, 8 a.m.2 p.m., at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Saturday. Free admission; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Olde Towne Market June 12, 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. Free admission; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Young Leaders in Philanthropy Membership Meet and Greet June 14, 5:30 p.m., at Mint (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5002, Ridgeland). Meet the board members and learn more about how to get involved. Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant is the special guest. Free; call 601-918-5001 or 601-441-1889.
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.
Stage and Screen USA International Ballet Competition June 12-27, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). 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 601979-9249. “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” through June 13, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The comedy is about two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on June 9-12 and 2 p.m. June 13. $22, $18 students and seniors 60 and up; call 601-948-3533. “Bedlam in Cabin B” Dinner Theatre June 10, 7 p.m., at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison). The Mississippi Murder Mystery production is about antics on a haunted dinner cruise boat. The networking session is at 5 p.m., seating is at 6:30 p.m. and the show is at 7 p.m. $40; call 601-331-4045. The Junie B. Jones Stupid Smelly Bus Tour June 14, 1 p.m., at Madison Station Elementary School (459 Reunion Parkway, Madison). The performance is a national tour sponsored by Random House Children’s Books. Lemuria Books is the host. Call 601-366-7619.
Music Highland Village Concert Series June 10, 6:30 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). Swing de Paris and the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will perform. A cash bar will be available. Spectators may bring blankets or lawn chairs. Free; call 601-982-5861. Mississippi Improv Alliance Performance June 11, 2 p.m., at Welty Commons Gallery (719 N. Congress St.). Enjoy music by the Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Knot My Soul and Ink on Paper. $5 donation; call 601-540-1267.
Literary and Signings Mississippi PulpCon 2010 June 12, 10 a.m., at Welty Commons (719 N. Congress St.). The annual event is a showcase of eclectic talent in genres such as comic art, pop art and pulp literature. Authors will sign books, and artists will do commissioned sketches. Free admission with food for sale; e-mail email@example.com. Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “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 of the book 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 of the book at 5:30 p.m. $14.99 book. Melanie Atkins Book Signing June 12, 10 a.m.noon, at Petra Cafe (104 W. Leake St., Clinton).
CREATIVE CLASSES Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Belly Dance Class ongoing, at Lumpkin’s Restaurant (182 Raymond Road). The class is held every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Monique Davis is the instructor. $5; call 601-373-7707. “I Got Art” Camp, Session II June 14-18, 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 from 8 a.m.-noon daily. Supplies and a snack are included. $85 one child, $125 two children; call 601-954-2147. Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People June 10, 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m., at Holmes Community College (412 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland), at the D. P. “Pat” McGowan Workforce Training Center. Students will learn all the chords needed to play pop songs by reading chord symbols and how to add embellishments. Knowledge of treble clef is a plus. Registration in advance is required. $55 registration, $25 CD and manual; call 601-605-3370.
GALLERIES Art Reception June 10, 5 p.m., at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). See artwork by Ellen Rodgers and Jason Horton. Free; call 601-291-9115. Events at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). • Jackson Reclaimed Art Show June 10, 5 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Exhibit through June 30. Artwork by society members will be on display in The Cedars Gallery until June 30. Hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.4 p.m. Free admission; call 601-981-9606. “Illumina” Opening Reception June 10, 5:30 p.m., 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 until July 16. Free admission; call 601-932-5099.
EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MondayFriday. 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. Free. • “Just Dance” Juried Invitational June 10-July 5. This juried exhibition is planned to run concurrently with Mississippi’s 2010 International Ballet Competition. An opening reception on June 10 will begin at 6 p.m. Free. • “A Portrait of Jackson Women – Photography by Karla Pound & Leah Overstreet” through June 30. The documentary project includes audio interviews and environmental portraits of 20 Jacksonian women. Free. • Storytellers Ball Juried Exhibition Call for Entries through July 10. The theme is “Broadway Magic.” Artwork related to musicals, chorus lines and Broadway plays are acceptable. Artists of all ages may submit up to three entries in any media, which will be displayed
from August 5-22. The best in show will receive $1,000 and a 2011 solo exhibit. $25. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Museum hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. • Fun Fridays through July 30. Every Friday in June and July from 10 a.m.-noon, children will participate in interactive, hands-on activities that coincide with the “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” exhibit. Parents must accompany their children. • “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” through Jan. 9. The 60-foot, 2-million-yearold Megalodon looms life-size in this megaexhibit of modern and fossil sharks. Unburied Treasures June 15, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available before the program. 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; call 601-960-1515. Events at Mississippi Arts Commission (Woolfolk Building, 501 N. West St., Suite 1101A). Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-359-6030. • Mustard Seed Exhibit through June 24, at Artwork by Mustard Seed residents will be on display. An invitation-only closing reception will be held on June 24 from 2-4 p.m. • 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 nomination form and supplementary materials must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 5 p.m. June 25. Free. “Mound Bayou: The Promise Land, 1887-2010” through June 30, at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.). See photographs related to the founding of the city. 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. Artist and Three-Dimensional Artisans Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by Becky Barnett Chamblee, Anne Campbell, Carmen Castilla and Rhonda Blasingame. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 601-432-4056. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to email@example.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or, add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.
BE THE CHANGE “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, which is 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.
The romance/suspense author will sign copies of several of her books. Visit imagicopter.com.
by Larry Morrisey
Blues guitarist Venessia Young has been leading her own band since she was a teenager in Clarksdale.
hen Venessia Young first took to the stage, she had to deal with more than her nerves; she also had to contend with disbelief from some of the audience. The 26-year-old Ridgeland-based blues guitarist and vocalist grew up in Clarksdale and started her own band at the age of 15. “There was a lot of shock that a girl would be trying to play the guitar,” she says. She has been changing blues
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rock music of Gwar at Fire this Thursday, $17 at the door. If you dig the raunchier, more graphic side of metal rock ‘n’ roll, this is the show for you. Like all Gwar shows, expect (fake) bloody carnage and Halloween costumes. Dirge and Mobile Deathcamp will kick things off at 9 p.m. Thursday is also the final show for local favorites The Bachelorettes at 9 p.m. in Hal & Mal’s Red Room. The Knoxville psychedelic indie-rock band Senryu will open for an evening of indie rock. Friday night enjoy a full slate of highcaliber southern singer-songwriters, several of whom perform nationally and internationally. The Mississippi Museum of Art’s June Art Remix features local blues icon Jesse Robinson & the 500 lb. Blues Band indoors from 5-8 p.m. World-Jazz-fusion favorite Nekisapaya is back and playing outside from 7:30-8:30 p.m. And Will Kimbrough will be performing outside
as a teaching assistant for the program. “She was a very patient instructor,” museum director Shelley Ritter recalls. “She was also very astute in approaching the different learning styles of each student.” The students who stayed with the program received opportunities to perform in public. Young got her start playing with Dr. Mike and the Interns, a student band led by James. At 15 she started Pure Blues Express, an all-girl group that included her younger sister Fazenda on bass and Lynn Mangle on drums, both fellow blues program students, the group became regular performers at Clarksdale’s Sunflower River Blues Festival and at a number of other events around the Delta. Despite Clarksdale’s strong connection to the history of the music, blues had a negative reputation for Young’s classmates. “They would ask me ‘Why do you play old people’s music’ and ‘How do you sing that sad stuff?’” she recalls. “I was glad that I played something different,” she says. “I gave my classmates a new perspective on the blues.” After graduating from high school, Young attended Mississippi State University. She continued playing with her band during school breaks but spent her time in Starkville studying computers, eventually earning a degree in information technology in December, 2006. “I wanted to have something to fall back on,” she says. “I didn’t want to end up being an artist with talent but not making any money.” Since graduating from MSU, Young spent two years working for Allstate Insurance in Jackson, but since July 2009 she’s been exclusively focused on her music. She continues to play at festivals in the Delta but is working to establish herself as a Jackson-based performer. She also hopes to find opportunities to work with younger musicians. “Everyone at the blues museum really supported me and wanted me to reach my greatest potential with the music,” she says. “And that’s why I want to keep it going.” See Venessia Young & Pure Blues Express at the Grassroots Blues Festival in Duck Hill, Miss., Saturday, July 10 from noon to 10 p.m. For information, go to www.grassrootsblues.com or see www.myspace.com/535518481.
from 8:30-10 p.m. Will has penned songs in Nashville for legends like Jimmy Buffet and Todd Snider. Check out his latest goods at willkimbrough.com. Advance tickets are $20 from the museum or Ticketmaster, $25 day of show, with free hors d’oeuvres and art activities all evening. Also highly recommended is the Laurel, Miss.-born Charlie Mars in Hal & Mal’s big room Friday night. Charlie’s sultry alternative-southern-soul mastery sounds like what the lead singers for Coldplay or The Verve might sound like if they grew up in the south listening to REM and Nick Drake. For a stellar singer-songwriter vibe, see Neilson Hubbard & Eric Stracener at Hal & Mal’s Saturday. The Nashville-based Hubbard has been making exquisite indiefolk-rock for more than a decade. Stream him at neilsonhubbard.com. Area indie favorite Dent May returns to Martin’s Saturday with the psychedelic rock outfit Dead Gaze at 10 p.m..
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f you’re picking this issue up Wednesday, go see Furrows and New Orleans indiepsych-rock favorites Rotary Downs at Martin’s. Rotary Downs has been touring with a new album and puts on a great show. Jazz indie-pop Seattle singer Alyse Black will croon for you at Cups in Fondren Thursday night, 7-10 p.m. If you’re a fan of the sonorous pipes of Fiona Apple or Norah Jones, listen to her at alyseblack.com. Also, Highland Village is continuing its outdoor concert series with jazz from Swing de Paris and the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet at 6:30 p.m., free. Jason is the brother of ninetime Grammy award winner Wynton Marsalis. If you can’t go Thursday, catch him at Underground 119 Friday at 8 p.m. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the two-time Grammy-nominated shock-
fans’ perceptions ever since. In addition to being one of the few young female blues musicians in the state, Young also has a unique performance style. “She doesn’t reflect the stereotypical image of the brash female blues singer,” says Scott Barretta, host of the radio show “Highway 61” on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “She plays in a straight-ahead Delta style and just happens to be female.” Her approach is partially due to her strong connection to older blues styles. Growing up in Clarksdale, Young was regularly exposed to the classic blues performers at family gettogethers. “They would play a lot of older blues (records), like B.B. King and Muddy Waters, so that’s what I became accustomed to,” she says. Young continues to play these artists’ songs today. “That surprises a lot of people, that most of my influences are male (musicians),” she says. Despite an early exposure to the music, there weren’t many opportunities for her to see live blues growing up in Clarksdale. That changed with a visit to the library when she was 12. For most of the 1990s, the Delta Blues Museum was located in the second floor of the Carnegie Public Library in Clarksdale. While visiting the library one afternoon, Young heard music coming from the museum. “I went upstairs and watched a guitarist play,” she remembers. “When he got done he asked me, ‘Do you want to learn to play the blues?’” The guitarist was Michael “Dr. Mike” James, now deceased, a local blues musician and the instructor for the museum’s newly established blues-focused Arts and Education Program. Young became one of the first students in the program. James would work with her and the other students every day after school. He taught them the instruments, many classic blues songs and how to play together as a band. James became an important mentor to Young. “Dr. Mike was a great person all around,” she says. “He would work with us even after the program was over and always stressed the importance of young people carrying on the blues.” By the time she was 15, Young had completed three years in the program. Because of her strong musical skills and continued interest in the blues, the museum hired her
Singer-songwriter Charlie Mars returns home Friday night to Hal & Mal’s.
This weekend also boasts the annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming. The concert is Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Central City Complex on Woodrow Wilson Boulevard with Chick Willis, Mel Waiters, Karen Brown, LaMorris Williams, 2X-Trem and Randy Wildman Brown, $40. Call 601-948-5835 for details. Mark your calendar Saturday, June 19 for the return of Radio London and Used Goods in Hal & Mal’s Red Room. —Herman Snell
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livemusic June 10, Thursday OPEN M-F 4P M â€˜ T IL
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w/ furrows Ladies night ladies drink all you can
WEDNESDAY - JUNE 9
KARAOKE W/ MIKE MOTT THURSDAY - JUNE 10
JACKTOWN FRIDAY - JUNE 11
JACKTOWN SATURDAY - JUNE 12
8pm-12am for $5 - no cover
Open â€˜Til 2am FRIDAY
- Voted Best Country Band 2010 SUNDAY - JUNE 13
8 BALL TOURNAMENT TUESDAY - JUNE 15
POOL LEAGUE NIGHT 2636 S. Gallatin Jackson, MS 39204
Fire - GWAR, Dirge Within, Mobile Deathcamp 9 p.m. $17+ myspace.com/gwarofficial Highland Village - Swing de Paris, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet (jazz) 6-10 p.m. free Hal & Malâ€™s Red Room - The Bachelorettes, Senryu (final show) 9 p.m. Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Cups, Fondren - Alyse Black 7-10 p.m. free, alyseblack.com F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free; Blues at Sunset Challenge Band 8-12 a.m. free Underground 119 - Howard Jones Jazz Trio 5:30-7:15 p.m. free; Duff Durrough Dreamz - High Frequency 9-1 a.m. Congress St. Bar & Grill - Bubba Wingfield 6:30-8 p.m. Que Sera (patio) - Buie, Hamman & Porter 6:30-9:30 p.m. free The Auditorium - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 7:30-9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Virgil Brawley (blues rock) 8-11 p.m. AJâ€™s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson (blues/juke) 6:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. Soulshine, Township - Mike & Marty (party rock) 7-9:30 p.m. free Cherokee Inn - Dâ€™lo Trio 6:30-10 p.m. free Popâ€™s - Jacktown Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Poets II - Shaun Patterson 7:30-9 p.m. free Shuckerâ€™s - Andrew Pates 7:3011:30 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar free McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Eliâ€™s Treehouse, Vâ€™burg - Karaoke 8 p.m.
June 11, Friday SATURDAY
dent may w/ dead gaze SUNDAY
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MATTâ€™S LATE NIGHT KARAOKE
$2 MARGARITAS $1 HIGHLIFE & PBR
June 10 - 16, 2010
Ladies night ladies drink all you can 8pm-12am for $5 - no cover 214 S. State St. â€˘ 601.354.9712 downtown jackson www.martinSlounge.net
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Hal & Malâ€™s Big Room - Charlie Mars, Harper Blynn (college rock) 9 p.m. charliemars.com Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Swing dâ€™Paris (gypsy jazz) 8 p.m. Miss. Museum of Art - Art Remix: Jesse Robinson & the 500lb Blues Band inside 5-8 p.m.; Nekisapaya (outside) 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Will Kimbrough (outside) 8:30-10 p.m. $20$25 www.willkimbrough.com Underground 119 - Jason Marsalis Martinâ€™s - Gunboat 10 p.m. myspace.com/gunboatms Fire - The Weeks (alt) 9 p.m. myspace.com/theweeks Welty Commons - Miss. Improv Alliance w/Knot My Soul, Ink on Paper 2 p.m. $5 myspace.com/knotmysoul Afrika Book Cafe - Sunni Patterson (poetry) 9 p.m. $15 Burgers & Blues - Fingers Taylor & Mark Whittington 7-11 p.m. Haute Pig - Larry Brewer 6-9 p.m. The Auditorium - Shaun Patterson 7:30-9 p.m. free Fenianâ€™s - Juvenators 9-12 a.m. McBâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-11:30 p.m. free Poets II - Coop de Bell
930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Ole Tavern - This Side Up 10 p.m. Cups, Fondren - Jason Hobert (classical guitar) 7 p.m. free Dreamz Jxn - DJ Reign & DJ Hova 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon free; Shermanâ€™s Leeâ€™s Miss. Sound+ 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Lumpkinâ€™s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Little Willieâ€™s BBQ, Old Fannin - Steve Chester & friends 6-10 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - WelchMcCann 6:45 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Andrew Pates & Rodney Moore 8 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Faze 4 - 8:30 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Hillcrest 9 p.m. Popâ€™s - Jacktown Footloose - Karaoke 9-1 a.m. free Dick & Janeâ€™s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Cultural Expressions - Reggae/HipHop/Old School Night 10 p.m. $5 Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ€™s - Trademark 9 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Dr. Zarrâ€™s Funkmonster, BB Secrist
Central City Complex, 609 Woodrow Wilson - Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming: Chick Willis, Mel Waiters, Karen Brown, LaMorris Williams, 2X-Trem, Randy Wildman Brown 3 p.m. $40, 601-948-5835 King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Trio (jazz brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Ceili 2-5 p.m. free Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Andy Hardwick 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ€™s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Smith Park, Downtown - Sundaze @ Smith Park: DJâ€™s Tony C, Electric Adam, Krysys, Unkl Ryan, DJ Libra, RÂ˛ (all ages) 1-6 p.m. free Atwood Elks Lodge, Lynch St - Jazz, Blues & More: The Musicians 7-9 p.m. $5 Phllipâ€™s - Sofa Kings 4-8 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Will & Linda 3 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 Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - BB Secrist
June 12, Saturday
June 14, Monday
Hal & Malâ€™s - Eric Stracener & Neilson Hubbard (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. neilsonhubbard.com Martinâ€™s - Dent May, Dead Gaze (alt) 10 p.m. www.dentmay.com Fire - Molly Ringwalds 9 p.m. Underground 119 - The Juvenators (blues rock) 9-1 a.m. F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Ole Tavern - The Sawyer Family, Woodsman, Robot Sweat Shop 9 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - Will & Linda 3-7 p.m. free; Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 Fenianâ€™s - Fulkerson/Pace 9-12 a.m. Popâ€™s - The Colonels (country) McBâ€™s - Fade 2 Blue Poetâ€™s II - Coop de Bell 930 Blues Cafe - Blues/Jazz 5:30-8 p.m.; Jackie Bell, 9 p.m. $10 Cultural Expressions - Kamikaze & Yardboy 9 p.m. $5 The Auditorium - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 7:30-9 p.m. Time Out - Diesel 255 - 9-12 a.m. $5 Electric Cowboy - Hillcrest 9 p.m. Crawdad Hole - Shadz of Grey 7-10 p.m. $5 coolers Bonny Blairâ€™s Irish Pub - Karaoke 7 p.m. Regency Hotel - Gravity 8:30 p.m. Pelican Cove - Mike & Marty 2-5 p.m.; Andrew Pates 6 p.m. Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Chris Gill 8-12 a.m. Huntingtonâ€™s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Phllipâ€™s - Sofa Kings 4-8 p.m. free Dick & Janeâ€™s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: Ralph Miller, Lane Townsend 9-1 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ€™s - Phat Agnes 9 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Dr. Zarrâ€™s Funkmonster, BB Secrist
Hal & Malâ€™s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martinâ€™s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenianâ€™s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Karaoke/DJ 5:30 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Open Blues Jam free
June 13, Sunday Zydeco - James Earl 11-3 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - Gravity 3-7 p.m. free
June 15, Tuesday Miss. Museum of Art - Unburied Treasures: Howard Jones Jazz 5 p.m. free howardjonesjazz.com Fenianâ€™s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ€™s - Karaoke 10 p.m. Shuckerâ€™s - The Xtremes 7-11 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ€™s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ€™s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m.
June 16, Wednesday Hal & Malâ€™s - Pub Quiz Anniversary F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands: Soul Skard vs. Jason Turner Band Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance Parker House - Emma Wynters, Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fenianâ€™s - Brian Jones 9-12 a.m. Shuckerâ€™s - Two Can Do 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Bonny Blairâ€™s Irish Pub - Shaun Patterson 7-10 p.m. Pelican Cove - Doug Frankâ€™s Surreal Life 7 p.m. Philipâ€™s, Rez - Kokomo Joe DJ/ Karaoke free Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. myspace.com/snazzband2 Footloose - Karaoke 8-12 a.m. free Ameristar, Vâ€™burg - Sofa Kings 8-12 a.m.
6/09 Melvins - One Eyed Jackâ€™s, N.O.; 6/10 Bottletree, Birmingham 6/09 Miike Snow - Republic, New Orleans 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,+ â€“ Manchester, TN 6/12 Michael Franti - Minglewood Hall, Memphis 6/16 Passion Pit / Tokyo Police Club - House of Blues, N.O.
venuelist 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 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 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 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 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
Wednesday, June 9th
Ladies’ Night w/ Snazz
8:30 p.m. - Guys’ Cover $5
BUY 1, GET 1 WELLS Thursday, June 10th
Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke
Weekly Lunch Specials
7:00 p.m. - No Cover
Parking now on side of building
Friday, June 11th
Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm FAZE 4
8:30 p.m. - $5 cover
LADIES NIGHT with MR. NICK!
Exquisite Dining at
WELLS & PONIES 9PM-2AM
Saturday, June 12th 8:30 p.m. - $5 cover The Rio Grande Restaurant
LADIES DRINK FREE
THIS SIDE UP 400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141 www.regencyjackson.com
BASEBA LL SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!
WATCH YOUR TEAM @ THE LODGE lunch specials $7.95 - includes tea & dessert
Smoke-free lunch weekdays 11am-3pm
WED. LADIES NIGHT & KARAOKE
BUDWEISER GAMES NIGHT
$10 Buckets of Beer during Tournaments
PRIZES & FREE SCHWAG
9:30PM - 1:30AM NO COVER CHARGE
COLLEGE NIGHT BRING STUDENT ID
S.I.N. NIGHT TUES.
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ON SUNDAY, BLOODY MARYS $4 & MIMOSAS $3 THURSDAY 2-FOR-1 MONDAYS, $1.50 PINTS ON
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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 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 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 Tom Ramsey
Step Away from the Grill
June 10 - 16, 2010
ertain holidays and occasions demand specific foods, while others offer mere guidelines. For example, turkey is a universal absolute for Thanksgiving and some form of cake is a requirement for birthdays. Other occasions are far more flexible. On Mother’s Day, breakfast-in-bed is a fairly common theme, but the meal itself can range from the pedestrian bowl of grits and a cup of coffee to posh variations on Eggs Benedict with Champagne. Valentine’s Day demands something fancy (heavy on the dessert) while New Year’s Day diners expect at least one dish containing black-eyed peas. So what about Father’s Day? Where in the spectrum of expected/demanded/suggested foods does it lie? My family never had a strict Father’s Day course of action. Sometimes we ate out; sometimes we cooked at the house. Sometimes we let dad pick the restaurant; other times, it was a “surprise,” which usually meant that there was somewhere the kids wanted to go and we just used Father’s Day as an excuse to get what we wanted. Families hold to the belief that dads like (and even prefer) grilled foods. The media and the manufacturers of grilling accessories perpetuate this factoid, and grilling stuff seems to pop up on store shelves everywhere around dad’s big day. It’s not that these assumptions are incorrect—there’s something primal about men, meat and flames, but perhaps grilling something for dad on Father’s Day is a busman’s holiday. Perhaps what dads want on their special day is something they can’t or don’t usually prepare for themselves: something hearty, yet refined; something satisfying, yet sophisticated. Something that still has that “slab of meat” manliness, but with a touch of erudition that shows someone put thought into the preparation. Keeping in mind that kids will have a hand in the execution of this meal, I’ve come up with something guaranteed to please the pops and also reward the kids with a sense of great accomplishment. After all, most dads know (or should know) that Father’s Day is less about being the recipient of the attention and gifts and more about the dads showing great appreciation for the efforts and enthusiasm of the gift givers. Trust me, it’s not the drug-store cologne or the multi-striped tie that brings that broad smile to dad’s face. It’s the knowledge that the gift was given in a spirit of gratitude and love. So this Father’s Day, if you really want to make a big impression, go simple and hearty with the food, go homemade with the cards and go personal with the gifts. Dad will swoon when he sees a big pork chop, an envelope with his name scrawled on it and a box covered in crinkled wrapping paper and way too much Scotch tape. PS: Kitty, Katharine, Stuart, Whit and Zak—the Smith’s Three-stone Sharpener at Montgomery Ace Hardware goes great with pork chops and homemade cards. ... Just sayin’.
BUTTERY CHEESY GRITS (Serves 6)
1 cup grits 2 cups water 2 cups whole milk 3 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 cup colby/jack cheese blend 3 green onions 1 teaspoon salt Creole seasoning
Shred cheese and finely chop green onions. In a large saucepan, bring water and milk to a boil. Add salt and grits and reduce heat to low. Constantly whisk grits until they begin to thicken. Add cheese, butter and green onions. Continue whisking until grits are cooked (about five minutes). Taste and add Creole seasoning to taste. Serve while hot.
RANCH GREEN BEANS (Serves 6)
1 12-ounce package frozen, whole green beans 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest 1 small package dry ranch-dressing mix 2 cloves garlic Salt Black pepper
Finely chop garlic. Thaw green beans in cool water and drain. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add butter. When the butter foams and begins to brown, add garlic, a pinch of salt, a pinch of black pepper and green beans. Cook beans in the butter, tossing frequently until they are evenly hot. Add lemon zest and ranch dressing mix and continue tossing in skillet over medium heat until all of the powdered mix is melted and evenly distributed. Do not overcook the beans. They should be hot, but still crisp. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot.
PORK CHOPS PATER FAMILIAS (Serves 6)
6 Double-thick pork chops (bone-in) 4 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary 2 cloves fresh garlic 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/4 cup white wine 1/4 cup water 3 tablespoon fig preserves Olive oil Salt Black Pepper Red Pepper
Finely chop rosemary and garlic. Season chops on both sides with salt, black pepper and rosemary. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add one tablespoon olive oil, garlic and one tablespoon butter. When the butter foams and starts to brown, add pork shops and cook until medium well or about seven minutes on each side. If you have a very large pan, you can cook three chops at once, otherwise cook them in pairs. Place the cooked chops in the warm oven on a sheet pan, wrapped in foil. Add a tablespoon of butter and a dash of olive oil to the pan and repeat the process until all the chops are finished. When the last chop is removed from the pan, keep the pan on the heat for a minute or so to allow it to come back up to temp. Deglaze the pan by pouring in the water. Work a metal spatula or whisk around the bottom of the pan, loosening up the browned bits from the meat. When the water reduces by one half, add the wine and reduce again by one half. Add the chicken stock and reduce once again. When the sauce thickens, reduce the heat to low and add the fig preserves and two tablespoons unsalted butter. Swirl the butter in the pan until it is completely melted and incorporated into the sauce. Taste the sauce and add salt, black pepper and red pepper as desired. Place the chops on a large platter and top with the sauce. Serve immediately, while the chops and the sauce are still hot.
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coffee houses Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) 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.
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601-352-2364 • Fax: 601-352-2365 Hours: Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm
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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! Campbell’s 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.
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.
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Basil’s Belhaven (904 E. Fortification, Jackson, 601-352-2002)
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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!
Fratesi’s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929)
Home of the Original Super Burger
“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!
Serving Jackson Since 1986
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
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.
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).
Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298)
Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Bravo! walks away with tons of Best of Jackson awards every year.
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bars, pubs & burgers 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! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers including Guinness and Harp on tap. Free live music most nights; Irish/Celtic bands on Thursdays. Cool Al’s (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. DINE LOCAL, see pg. 34
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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 stuffâ€”oysters, catfish, shrimp, seafood or chicken! Hal and Malâ€™s (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 dayâ€™s blackboard special. Repeat winner of Best of Jacksonâ€™s â€œBest Place for Live Music.â€? 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. Martinâ€™s 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. Shuckerâ€™s Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland 601-853-0105) Serious about oysters? Try â€˜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 CafĂŠ (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. Poets Two(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. Sportsmanâ€™s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart) 601-366-5441 Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportmanâ€™s doesnâ€™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 â€œlollipopâ€? lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat.
ASIAN 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 â€œBest Chineseâ€? in 2010, cuisine styles at Ichiban actually range from Chinese to Japanese, including hibachi, sushi made fresh with seafood, and a crowd-pleasing buffet.
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Mimiâ€™s 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. Poâ€™ Polks (4865 N. State Street 601-366-2160) Great home-style cookinâ€™ 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! Sugarâ€™s 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.
• Open for Valentineʼs Day @ 12 noon
(serving Dinner menu & Valentines specials)
• Now accepting Valentineʼs Reservations • Special Valentines Menu offered Saturday, Feb. 13th & Sunday, Feb. 14th
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. Schimmel’s (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.
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.
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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 & Mookie’s (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.
CarrIBBeaN Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol, Downtown, 601-360-5900) Jerk chicken or ribs, curry chicken or shrimp, oxtails, snapper or goat, plus bok choy, steamed cabbage and Jamaican Greens, Carry out, counter seating or delivery available. 11a-7p, Monday-Friday.
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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.
Blue Monday Jessie “Guitar” Smith no cover 5pm-9pm Tuesday Acoustic Open Mic night with Kenny Davis and Brandon Latham Happy Hour Everyday 4-7 Daily Lunch Specials - $9 LIVE MUSIC Happy Hour Everyday Every Tues. thru Sat.4-7 LIVE MUSIC Wed. thru Sat. LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR Sun. thru Thurs. 10pm - 12am Two-for-One, YOU CALL IT!
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!
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June 10 - 16, 2010
A M A LC O T H E AT R E
Open Mic with Seth Libbey
Will the Lakers or the Celtics clinch another NBA title tonight? Probably not. MONDAY, APRIL 14 Southern League baseball, Chattanooga at Mississippi (7:05 p.m., Pearl, 103.9 FM): The M-Braves wrap up their series with the Smokies at this home stand. TUESDAY, APRIL 15 NBA basketball, Boston at Los Angeles Lakers (8 p.m., Ch. 16): Unless the Celtics or Lakers get really hot, the finals will shift back to LaLa Land for Game 6. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Southern League baseball, Mississippi at Carolina (6:15 p.m., Zebulon, N.C., 103.9 FM): The M-Braves open a five-game series against the Mudcats. That is a long, long bus ride. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who will happily accept a free drink— unless it’s a Zima. Belly up to JFP Sports at www.jackonfreepress.com.
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SUNDAY, APRIL 13 NBA basketball, Los Angeles Lakers at Boston (7 p.m., Ch. 16):
FRIDAY, APRIL 11 NHL hockey, Philadelphia at Chicago (7 p.m., Ch. 3): An appropriately apocalyptic Game 7 battle between the Flyers and Blackhawks for Lord Stanley’s Cup would be a great way to start the summer. SATURDAY, APRIL 12 World Cup soccer, United States vs. England (1 p.m., ESPN): The Americans open World Cup in South Africa against the old country’s team. A U.S. victory would be revolutionary. … PDL soccer, Mississippi at Baton Rouge (7 p.m., Baton Rouge, La.): The Brilla are still unbeaten going into a showdown with Capitals in Red Stick.
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Curses, Foiled Again When Kenneth Parkerson, 28, sneaked into the screened patio of a home in Coral Springs, Fla., carrying a video camera, he was confronted by homeowner Ireneusz Fajkis, a firefighter who also happens to be a mixed martial arts fighter. Fajkis chased the intruder, tackled him to the ground and beat him up before calling the police. “I picked the wrong house,” Parkerson reportedly told the hospital nurse who treated his wounds. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
When Catastrophic Oil Spills Aren’t Enough A Pentagon report warned that trash in space might bring a halt to commerce and communications on Earth. Noting that space is “increasingly congested and contested,” the Defense Department’s interim U.S. Space Posture Review explained that potential crashes between satellites and debris — such as refuse from old rockets, abandoned satellites and missile shrapnel — are threatening the $250 billion space-services market that provides financial communication, global-positioning navigation, international phone connections, Google Earth pictures, television signals and weather forecasts. Scientists said that space collisions could set off an uncontrolled chain reaction that might make some orbits unusable because they are too littered with debris. (Bloomberg News)
Give and Take Georgia’s Gwinnett County has asked some 180 county workers to return more than $39,000 they received in bonuses 16 years ago. Authorities blamed the overpayments on a payroll anomaly
that occurred when the county adjusted employees’ payroll cycles. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Practical Plane Geometry Secret Service agents questioned Alabama high school geometry teacher Gregory Harrison, whose lesson in parallel lines and angles used the example of assassinating the president. Joseph Brown, a senior in the geometry class at Jefferson County’s Corner High School, said Harrison “was talking about angles and said, ‘If you’re in this building, you would need to take this angle to shoot the president.’” Special agent Roy Sexton decided the teacher’s remarks didn’t constitute a credible threat, but school Superintendent Phil Hammonds said, “We are going to have a long conversation with him about what’s appropriate.” Afterwards, Harrison publicly apologized as part of a negotiated settlement that lets him keep his job. (The Birmingham News)
Shiksappeal The Toronto police department has added a new hate-crime victim category: “non-Jewish Shiksa.” The term “Shiksa” is a slur for non-Jewish woman, making the category not only redundant, but also baffling to the Canadian Jewish Congress, which accused the Toronto Police Service of pushing the anti-hate law “to its most absurd level.” Noting that the police also investigated hate crimes against teachers, feminists, infidels, police, Nazis and pedophiles, CJC CEO Bernie Farber said, “You just can’t apply it to literally everything.” (Canada’s National Post) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.
BY MATT JONES
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
If you have long conversations with the image in the mirror this week, I won’t call you a megalomaniacal narcissist. Nor will I make fun of you if you paint 15 selfportraits, or Google yourself obsessively, or ﬁll an entire notebook with answers to the question “Who am I, anyway?” In my astrological opinion, this is an excellent time for you to pursue nosy explorations into the mysteries of your core identity. You have cosmic permission to think about yourself with an intensity you might normally devote to a charismatic idol you’re infatuated with.
The website “Nietzsche Family Circus” features collaborations between the sappy family-oriented comic strip “Family Circus” and the austerely portentous wisdom of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Judging from your current astrological omens, I’d say this is a perfect time for you to expose yourself to this stuff. (It’s at www.losanjealous.com/nfc/.) You need to toughen up some of your weepy, sentimental urges and brighten up some of your somber, melancholic tendencies.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Gather your rewards, Leo. Soak up the blessings. Collect the favors you’re owed. It’s harvest time for you: your big chance to reap the fruits you’ve been sowing and cultivating these past 11 months. And no, don’t try to stretch out the process. Don’t procrastinate about plucking the ripe pickings. This really is the climax. The time for your peak experience has arrived. If you postpone the harvest for another two weeks, your beauties may start to go to seed.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
What are you waiting for, my dear Virgo? Your future power spot has been exerting a strong pull on you. It has been calling for you to come and seize the clout you deserve. But you have not yet fully taken up the offer. As your designated nag and cheerleader, it is my sacred duty to wave a red ﬂag in front of your gorgeous face and command you to pay attention. In my opinion, you need to drop what you’re doing, race over to the zone of engagement and pounce. You’re more than ready to stake a claim to the increased authority you’ll have a mandate to wield in the coming months.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
If you’ve read my horoscopes for a while, you know I’m the least superstitious astrologer on the planet. I champion the cause of reason and logic, praise the beauty of science and discourage you from constantly scanning the horizon for fearful omens. And yet I’m also a zealous advocate of the power of the liberated imagination. I believe that the playful and disciplined use of fantasy can be a potent agent for benevolent change in your life. That’s why, in accordance with the current astrological conﬁgurations, I suggest that you spend some quality time in the coming week having imaginary conversations with the person, living or dead, who inspires you the most.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
“I want to be everywhere at once and do everything at the same time,” writes one of my Scorpio readers, J.T. He’s in luck, because according to my analysis, your tribe is about to enjoy a phase much like what he describes. “No more of this linear, one-day-at-a-time stuff,” he continues. “I want a whole week packed into each 24-hour turn of the earth, with heavy doses of leisure time interwoven with thrilling bouts of hard, creative labor. I want to live in a secret garden with ten years of solitude and hang out at a street fair raging with conviviality. I want to sing with angels and romp with devils in between walking the dog, exercising at the gym and chatting to perfectly ordinary people. I want enough money to ﬁll a swimming pool, and I want to live like there’s no such thing as money.”
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
If you live on the Danish island of Mando, your only hope for driving your vehicle to the mainland and back is when the tide is low. During those periods, the water often recedes far enough to expose a rough gravel road that’s laid down over a vast mudﬂat. Winter storms sometimes make even low-tide passages impossible, though. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Sagittarius, there’s a comparable situation in
your life. You can only get from where you are to where you want to go at certain selected times and under certain selected conditions. Make sure you’re thoroughly familiar with those times and conditions.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
One of the leading intellectuals of the 20th century, British author Aldous Huxley, wrote more than 20 books, including “Brave New World.” In his later years he made a surprising confession: “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and ﬁnd at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘Try to be a little kinder.’” In accordance with your current astrological omens, Capricorn, I’d like you to take a cue from Huxley in the coming week. Proceed on the assumption that the smartest thing you can do—both in terms of bringing you practical beneﬁts and increasing your intelligence—would be to deepen, expand and intensify your compassion.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Early in Marcel Proust’s novel “In Search of Lost Time,” the narrator stumbles upon a dizzying epiphany while having a snack. He dips a small cake into his cup of tea, and when he sips a spoonful, the taste of the sweet crumbs blended with the warm drink transport him into an altered state. Inexplicably, he’s ﬁlled with an “all-powerful joy” and “exquisite pleasure” that dissolve his feelings of being “mediocre, contingent and mortal.” The associations and thoughts triggered by this inﬂux of paradise take him many pages to explore. I mention this, Aquarius, because I expect that you’re about to have your own version of this activation. A seemingly ordinary event will lead to a breakthrough that feeds you for a long time. Be alert for it!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
Environmentalist Bill McKibben says that humans are transforming the planet so drastically that we shouldn’t refer to it as “Earth” any more. To acknowledge the fact that we’re well on our way to living on a very different world, he suggests we rename our home the “Eaarth.” By this logic, maybe we should rename your sign Piisces. The changes you’re in the process of making this year are potentially so dramatic that you will, in a sense, be inhabiting a new astrological sign by January 2011. In your case, however—unlike that of our planet—the majority of your alterations are likely to be invigorating and vitalizing. And you’re now entering a phase when you’ll have maximum opportunity to ensure that successful outcome.
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1 Hot spot offering 5 Author Jong 10 Like some water or lemonade 14 Milky gemstone 15 Lose it and run amok 16 Square footage, e.g. 17 Cabo ___ (Sammy Hagar tequila brand) 18 Adrenal, for instance 19 Closes a jacket 20 Loretta Swit’s nickname, with “The”? 23 Jimmy Eat World genre 24 Ending for spat or form 25 Tried to buzz off of a fertilizer ingredient? 34 White from fright 35 Not quite right? 36 Rock’s ___ Speedwagon 37 Heath bar competitor 38 Minute Maid Park player 39 Kenya’s ﬁrst prime minister Kenyatta 40 ___ in “uncle” 41 “___ Up Style” (Blu Cantrell single) 42 Word before book or opera
43 Meat-and-potatoes dish used to hone your culinary skills? 46 Off-roader of sorts 47 Part of many Arab names 48 Scary creatures that can’t be bought with plastic? 56 Assist a criminal 57 How taboos are with most people 58 Barney’s hangout 60 Guam, for one: abbr. 61 Macbeth was one 62 Yemen neighbor 63 “Caprica” network 64 Subject that may require a permission slip 65 Win over
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BY MATT JONES
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
The “secret” is in plain sight. The “hidden resource” is freely available for anyone who intends to use it with integrity. The “lost key” is very close to where you left it when you last used it. The “missing link” is missing only in the sense that no one recognizes it for what it is. The “unasked question” is beaming toward you from three directions. The “wounded talent” will be healed the moment you stop thinking of it as wounded and start regarding it as merely unripe.
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TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
It’s time for some image medicine, Taurus. Wherever you are right now, I invite you to look down at your left palm and imagine that you see the following scene: an inﬁnity sign whose shape is made not by a thin black line but by a series of small, yellow rubber duckies. The duckies are ﬂowing along slowly in continuous motion. They are all wearing gold crowns, each of which is studded with three tiny rubies. With resonant tones that belie their diminutive and comic appearance, the duckies are singing you your favorite song. It makes you feel safe, brave and at home in the world. What else can you see there? What happens next?
Imagine yourself gazing into the eyes of the person you were 10 years ago. What do you want to say to him or her? Go to Freewillastrology.com and click “Email Rob.”
Fill in each square in this grid with a digit from 1 to 9. The sum of the digits in each row or column will be the little number given just to the left of or just above that row or colum an. As with a Sudoku, you canít repeat any digits in a row or column. See the row of three squares in the upper-right with a 10 to the left of it? That means the sum of the digits in those three squares will be 10, and they won’t repeat any digits. A row or column ends at a black square, so the two-square row in the upper-center with a 3 to the left of it may or may not have digits in common with the 10-row to its right; theyíre considered different rows because thereís a black square between them. Down columns work the same way. Now solve!!
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
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