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willie mae shirley At first sight, one wouldn’t suspect that the freshly painted home of Willie Mae Shirley has been standing since 1926. The home, located on Shirley Avenue in the Washington Addition subdivision, is filled with memories from friends and family in the form of pictures, furniture and gifts. An inviting walkway lined with brightly colored marigolds leads to the home’s front porch. “There’s a bond between this house and my dad,” says Shirley, 87, who grew up in the home and says she has never wanted to live any place else. Shirley’s father, Peter Davis, built the house in 1926 for his family, when Shirley was just 2 years old. Even after marrying in 1941, Shirley continued to live in the same house, despite her husband’s efforts to move away. While raising their five children, her late husband, Willie Shirley, made additions to the house and helped repair other homes in the neighborhood. “He dedicated his labor, and that’s why the community saw fit to change the street from Everett Avenue to Shirley Avenue in honor of him,” Willie Mae Shirley says. During the ’70s, she started arranging annual neighborhood reunions for those who had moved away from the neighborhood once known as Gowdy. “Our Gowdy reunion was for people who were born and raised here, just like me, but moved away,” Shirley says. “We just wanted to see some of the folks that we grew

up with. So we decided that we would have this organization and have them to come back home so we can see them, since we (aren’t going) anywhere.” As vice president of the Washington Addition Neighborhood Association, Shirley is working on getting a historical marker for the neighborhood. The marker will feature an old newspaper photograph of Shirley and other neighbors with former Mayor Dale Danks Jr. behind a Gowdy sign taken during the 1980 reunion. She says this will take a while, though, because they do not have nearly enough money, yet. On June 16, the entire neighborhood gathered at a block party to throw Shirley a surprise party for her 87th birthday. Shirley was expecting her birthday celebration to be a small gathering with friends. “I thought it would be three or four old ladies and that we’d be sitting here talking, and they’d serve us ice cream and cake,” Shirley says. But when she came home that day, neighbors had blocked off the streets for an outdoor party, complete with live music. Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. also appeared to honor Shirley with a plaque from which he read aloud. “The life of Ms. Shirley has been one of dignity, hard work, integrity and much happiness. … She has watched the world change dramatically over her lifetime and contributed to its progress with her own hard work,” the plaque reads. —Briana Robinson

Michael Oher changed the Tuohys’ lives forever, they say, not the reverse.

16 For Love of Pets Cruelty to dogs and cats brings only a slap on the hand in Mississippi.

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July 15 - 21, 2010


by Donna Ladd, Editor-in-Chief

My Kind of Tea Party happened that tested my composure. For one, the radio-head started yelling about Rep. John Lewis—a civil-rights hero who tea-partiers taunted with racial epitaphs in D.C.—being a “liar.” Lewis had revealed activity that made this hate-infested party look like what it is, and the only response is to call him a “liar”? I twitched harder. Then the host asked the tea-party preacher why he was a member of the tea party. For this gentleman, it wasn’t about throwing tea overboard to complain about high taxes, nosirree bob. For him, it was all about the gays. The homophobia was horrifying. He ranted about how homosexuals are trying to take over the schools. He said all Christians are against homosexuals. He spewed bigotry. My twitches became outright tremors. Soon, it was my turn to join the radiotalker and the host, who seemed rattled as well. What was remarkable to me was that the “balanced” format of the show seemed to keep him from saying much in response to the horrifying display we had just witnessed. It was a moment in my life when I had to make a decision. Should I be the unscathed, cool and calm Donna Ladd who would sit up there and have a clever left-right tete-a-tete with the radio talker, seeing if I could outclever him or overpower him with facts (not something playas like that care much about). Or, would I follow my heart? As I walked up there, I thought about growing up in Neshoba County where so few whites would speak up about the bigotry all around us, where no one believed that a white jury would even think of sending old Klansmen to prison for killing Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. The pain of not even knowing about the crime that put my town on the map

until I was 14 came crashing back. (It happened in 1964 when I was almost 3.) I have long preached that good people must have the courage to speak up and talk back to hate and bigotry. But here I was the only white woman in the studio about to go on live TV with two tea-partiers who had just pierced the veil of human decency and probably didn’t even know it. Why wouldn’t they? Perhaps because we get so desensitized to hatefulness that we don’t speak up and challenge them enough. We tune out and ignore them. Kind of like they did in the Neshoba County of my childhood. So I leapt. My voice cracked, and my hands shook, and I nearly cried as I said on that program exactly what I thought about the bigotry I had just heard toward homosexuals. I called out the falsehood that all Christians shared this preacher’s beliefs. And I looked the radio-talker in the eye and challenged his vicious attack on Rep. John Lewis. I even brought up the analogy that in the 1960s, white people allowed bigotry against Africans Americans to go unchecked. Watching the show on a rebroadcast later, I was happy to see that I never yelled, although my emotion was naked as I said my piece. As the show ended, I quickly pulled the microphone off and walked past a stunned crew as the radio-talker yelled defensively at me that I just think black people are my “pets.” I guess that’s the only fool response he could think of to a white woman from Mississippi who has decided that it is my duty to confront bigotry wherever she sees it. I make no apologies for not living up to my race’s stereotype. It turns out that the crew appreciated that I was willing to challenge the sick schtick that passes for political discourse these days. And I was able to look at myself in the mirror the next day. To be honest, this could not have hurt any more than my fifth-grade self being called an n----- lover by grown white men for challenging their bigoted jokes. The incident, though, made me think a lot about what I and many other progressiveminded people are not doing: We are not challenging the hate rhetoric enough. It can seem easier to turn our heads and to never watch FOX or read the vitriolic tea-party blogs, but it is our responsibility to stand against hate. Here in Mississippi, we are about to face a tough challenge as right-wing lawmakers try to match Arizona’s hateful immigration laws. (What? Can we not allow another state to take the hate mantle away from us? Really?) Just this week, Rep. Phil Bryant called the children of immigrants the horrifying phrase “anchor babies.” This bigotry against U.S. citizens is fit for the Citizens Councils of old—hateful rhetoric designed to inflame and turn Americans against the “other.” Sure, it’s become politics as usual, but shrugging our shoulders is not good enough. If we care about our country, and our state, we will find the courage to spill a bit of tea of our own. We must talk back. Every time.

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 the cover story.

Briana Robinson Editorial intern Briana Robinson is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew’s where she was the layout/design editor of the school newspaper. Her hobbies include photography, ballet and ballroom dancing. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Ryan J. Rudd Former editorial intern Ryan J. Rudd is a Jackson native entering his junior year at Prairie View A&M University in Texas where he will serve as this academic year’s editor-in-chief of the school’s student publication, The Panther. He wrote a music piece.

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome was born in Jackson and raised in California. She loves to watch movies with her family and then quote them “Chancho! I need to borrow some sweats.” She interviewed Sean Tuohy.

Diandra Hosey A native of Bay Springs, Diandra Hosey played women’s basketball at Jones County Junior College and Mississippi College. She received her law degree from MC. She is an associate with the Law Offices of Matt Greenbaum. She wrote the sports story.

Jessica Kinnison Jessica Kinnison is a former JFP intern and graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans. She is currently working with JAHSPA, Jackson Area High School Press Association. She wrote the Body/ Soul story.

Bret Kenyon Pittsburgh, Pa., native Bret Kenyon is a Belhaven College theater graduate who enjoys working in the community, theater, music and writing. He has worked with Off Kilter Comedy, Hardline Monks and Fondren Theatre Workshop. He wrote Hitched.

Tom Allin Editorial intern Tom Allin is native Jacksonian with a Tar Heel streak in him. He teaches in Clarksdale during the year and loves being back in Mississippi. He researched farmers markets for a food piece.


ecently, I was asked to appear on a local cable talk show to talk about issues of the day. I didn’t think much about it; it sounded easy and innocent enough. And I was busy and didn’t bother to ask who I was appearing on the show alongside. On my way to the station, I listened to the show on the radio (it’s also on TV) and heard Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann defending the tea party, the apparent topic of the day. Worse than that, it was pure partisanship—Hosemann is a Republican; therefore, he has to criticize a Democratic president no matter what. I rolled my eyes. When I got to the station, I had to wait while an elderly black preacher and a black conservative radio talk-show host cooed about the tea party, singing its praises and downplaying the idea that too much of its membership is united against a black president. I fidgeted, realizing that this kind of either-or conversation wasn’t something that I believe is worth my time. I knew this wasn’t likely to go well. I do not enjoy, nor typically listen to, the kind of either-or rants that comprise much of talk radio and, these days, cable news programs that love to divide themselves into some dude on the left yelling at a guy on the right. I believe strongly that this kind of heyelled-she-yelled discourse, and the media that promote it as “fair and balanced” (while using it to pump up ratings) are at the root of our country’s inability to have nuanced, informed conversations on important issues. They turn what should be thoughtful conversation into blood sport with, often, two equally offensive ideologues screaming at each other. Or, two people pretending to be left or right. You can’t even tell who means it anymore. As I waited to go on, two awful things

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Thursday, July 8 Rockland, Maine, unveils a Mississippi Blues Trail maker during the North Atlantic Blues Festival. … The extradition of Abu Hamza al-Masri, who is wanted on terrorism charges in the United States, was delayed again today after the European Court of Human Rights granted him a new stay in England. Friday, July 9 Vashti Muse, wife of Hinds Community College President Clyde Muse, dies in a one-car accident. … The U.S. Department of Labor announces that the nation’s unemployment rate has declined to 9.5 percent. Saturday, July 10 Miss Metro Jackson and Madison native Sarah Beth James is named Miss Mississippi 2010 during the pageant in Vicksburg. Sunday, July 11 Spain defeats the Netherlands 1-0 in the 116th minute of the World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa, giving Spain its first World Cup soccer victory. … In Madison, hunters rescue two of three men after their hot air balloon crashed into the Big Black River about four miles from Highway 49. A search crew found the third man, the balloon’s pilot, who had gotten lost in the woods.

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Monday, July 12 In the White House Oval Office, President Barack Obama privately meets with the leader of the Dominican Republican, Leonel Fernandez, to discuss issues people in the Americas are facing. … BP robots place a new, tighter cap on top of the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP officials are optimistic over its success.


Tuesday, July 13 New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, 80, dies of a heart attack at his home in Tampa, Fla. … Federal authorities take a 12th Russian national connected with the Russian spy ring into custody. The U.S. exchanged 10 others last week and an 11th suspect fled.

Mayor Johnson quietly touts new development. p 10

Council Re-Elects Prez and Targets Profiling

by Adam Lynch


he Jackson City Council voted to retain current council President Frank Bluntson and Vice President Charles Tillman after a lightning-fast roll call during Tuesday’s council meeting. Council members voted unanimously to keep Ward 4 Councilman Bluntson in the president’s seat without prior debate. The vote for vice president was slightly more contentious, with Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba and Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber favoring Lumumba over Ward 5 Councilman Tillman. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes was not present for the vote. Stokes made clear his irritation at missing the vote when the council, to his surprise, moved the item to the top of the Tuesday’s agenda. “The meeting started at 10 a.m.,” Bluntson told Stokes, after explaining that the council agreed to move the vote up after some council members said they would have to leave the Tuesday meeting early. “Well, Mr. President, this is Item No. 16. You don’t take up Item 16 until you get to 16,” snapped Stokes, who was about seven minutes late and said he had a sickness in the family.” Bluntson pointed out to Stokes that the council record reflected Stokes supporting last year’s decision to move the vote for president and vice president to the top of the agenda.


Wednesday, July 7 President Barack Obama vows to renew his efforts to negotiate free-trade agreements with Colombia and Panama in an attempt to fulfill his promise of doubling American exports within the next five years. … Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson presents his state-of-the-city address at the Metrocenter Mall.

The American Pet Products Association estimates that the 71.4 million households with pets in America will spend nearly $48 billion on those pets in 2010. Dog owners outnumber cat owners, but those with cats have more of them—the count is 77.5 million dogs and 93.6 million cats.

Jackson City Council members voted to retain current council President Frank Blunston during a lightning-fast roll call during Tuesday’s meeting.

Middle-Finger Salute to Arizona Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba submitted a new city ordinance designed to discourage city police from making unwarranted inquiries into a person’s immigration status during traffic stops or public interaction, including calls for police assistance. “This ordinance will reduce racial profiling and harassment of people because they look a certain way,” Lumumba said, adding

that he believes the Jackson Police Department is tolerant of minorities. “JPD doesn’t do (racial profiling) anyway—I don’t believe they do, but there are some places where the police do that. I would use this police department, which does do it the right way, as a shining example to other communities of how it should be.” The ordinance prohibits police from basing any police action on a person’s apCOUNCIL, see page 9

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pearance, ethnicity, immigration status, manner of dress, national origin, physical characteristics, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. It also prohibits police officers from asking witnesses about their immigration status for purpose of ascertaining a person’s compliance with federal immigration law. The ordinance does not prohibit officers from soliciting immigration status information while assisting federal law-enforcement in the investigation of a criminal offense, but only when it is relevant to the investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense—or when processing an arrested person. Crushed Homes, Candy Deliveries The city settled two lawsuits connected with former Mayor Frank Melton. The city agreed to pay homeowner Jennifer Sutton $20,000 for damages incurred as a result of Melton’s 2006 illegal demolition of her duplex on Ridgeway Street and to pay for complete demolition of her partially destroyed building. A Hinds County Circuit Court jury found Melton not guilty of the destruction, despite multiple witnesses claiming Melton was present and directed an entourage of young men to take sledgehammers to the building. Federal prosecutors charged Melton and his two bodyguards for civil-rights violations in connection with the crime, but Melton died last year before his case went to

federal court, where it brought a hung jury. Melton and his supporters on the council, including Stokes, argued that the destroyed home served as a distribution point for the sale and use of illegal drugs, even though police found no drugs at the home at the time of Melton’s August 2006 raid, and police did not charge occupant Evans Welch with drug distribution. On Tuesday, Stokes refused to approve the $20,000 settlement and demolition costs, which city spokesman Chris Mims estimated to be about $1,000. Stokes argued that an agreement to settle the claim suggested that the city was not doing all it could to discourage illicit drug sales. The city also settled a lawsuit lodged by former city employee Stephanie ParkerWeaver, who alleged that a city officer had brutalized her while trying to cross a barricade during the 2009 Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, according to city attorney Pieter Teeuwissen. Teeuwissen said Parker-Weaver initially demanded $150,000 from the city for alleged injuries to her shoulder by police officer Lance Scott, but the city settled for $5,500. Parker-Weaver was delivering candy and trinkets to members of Melton’s entourage to toss to parade onlookers when Scott allegedly restrained her from crossing the barricade. “The officer did not allow her through, and one thing just led to another,” Teeuwissen said.

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ne of the more common obstacles quired for people to work together and to fledgling entrepreneurs is a lack take on bigger projects,” Harris said. of adequate legal advice, Michael The seminars will also allow business Harris, proowners to get acquaintgram manager of the ed with attorneys and Jackson Business Ac“window-shop” for lecelerator, said Tuesday. gal help in an informal Leaders of the setting, Harris said. Business Accelerator, a For more, call 601non-profit project of 540-5415 or e-mail New Horizon Minisnewhorizon@jacksontries, hopes to address that need with a series The next Market in Fondren is of free seminars on scheduled for July 24. Mimi’s to Open business law July 27, on Sundays Aug. 31 and Sept. 30. Restaurant Mimi’s Business Accelerator is working with the Family & Friends is changing its schedule, Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project to opening Sundays, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., closing enlist experienced attorneys for presenta- Mondays. Co-owner Jim Burwell said the tions on a variety of topics relevant to cur- change, which starts Sunday, July 18, is in rent and potential business owners. response to customer demand. Harris said the presentations will run “We’ve had a lot of demand to be open 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Medical Mall Com- on Sundays because of all the churches munity Room (350 W. Woodrow Wilson around (Fondren),” Burwell said. Ave.) and will cover basic business-law issues. Burwell is also seeking vendors for “One of the things we’re focus- the next Market in Fondren, July 24. The ing on here is collaboration, so we cer- monthly arts, crafts and food market runs tainly want (the attorneys) to talk about 8 a.m.-noon. E-mail marketinfondren@aol. the process of joint ventures as well as com for more info. The Jackson Free Press is the legalities and documentation re- a sponsor of the market.



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Mayor Hypes Restarted Housing Project

At his State of the City address July 7, Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. touted a housing development in northwest Jackson that was stalled due to a lawsuit.

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ucked into Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s July 7 State of the City address was the news that a 26.7-acre housing development previously held up by a lawsuit is now back on track. Johnson’s speech highlighted a number of well-known economic-development projects in varying states of completion, but it also indicated that the Agape housing project in northwest Jackson has cleared a major obstacle. “In the coming year, important housing projects, such as the Agape project will be coming online,” Johnson said. “This multimillion dollar, 26.7-acre project just off Magnolia Road will contain commercial development and a mix of affordable and market-rate housing that will transform the area. We’re excited to see it come down the pipeline.” What Johnson left out was that the project was the subject of a 2009 lawsuit filed by Jackson businessman Socrates Garrett and Full Spectrum, the New York-based firm handling the Old Capitol Green development in downtown Jackson. Garrett and Full Spectrum, as Mississippi Housing Solutions, submitted a joint bid to the Jackson Housing Authority that JHA accepted in Janu-


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ary 2009. Three months later, however, the Housing Authority rescinded its decision, and on July 29 it moved to start seeking other proposals. Mississippi Housing Solutions filed suit in Hinds County Chancery Court and, in August, won a temporary restraining order to stop JHA from soliciting new bids. At that time, Garrett told the Jackson Free Press that the JHA withdrew its support for his proposal when he indicated he would not automatically accept the authority’s picks for a bond attorney and architect. “The breakdown occurred when the Housing Authority attorneys Jerry Johnson realized that he was not automatically going to be used to syndicate the bonds for the deal, and that architect Roy Decker was not automatically going to be selected to be the architect on this project,” Garrett said. “When they realized those two positions were not an absolute, then we suddenly didn’t have a shared vision anymore, according to them. Apparently their vision involved using their attorney and architect without a competitive process, and our vision didn’t agree with that.” JHA has since reopened the project for bidding. Housing Authority Executive Di-

rector Sheila Jackson said that she expects to finalize a contract with a private developer “in a few weeks.” The project’s next step will be a comprehensive market-feasibility study of the area around Magnolia Road and Clinton Boulevard, where the property is located, and the nearby Queens neighborhood. “I might think in my head, ‘We need to put so many units out there,’ but if the market’s not driving it, if there’s no need for what we’ve proposed, then it’s going to flop,” Jackson said. “We won’t be able to rent them, we won’t be able to sell them.” Jackson said that the development’s eventual design depends on the market study’s findings. Right now, the JHA has only a rough sketch of its plans: the project will be mixed-income and mixed-use, with residential and commercial components. The development will also draw on a variety of funding sources, including federal dollars held by the Housing Authority, private funds from the developers and tax credits, Jackson said. “We’re going to put a lot of different funding resources in to this one project,” Jackson said. “In this economy, it’s hard for any one grant or one organization to fund a huge development project.” The property can accommodate between 150 and 200 houses, Jackson said, but whether the community needs or wants that remains to be seen. After the market study, the project will move into a masterplanning phase, during which the developers will evaluate the area’s commercial and residential needs, land-use, zoning and environmental issues. Jackson estimates that some portions of the feasibility study should be complete by the end of September 2010, while the full planning phase will take a year before the Housing Authority can bring money and design together to begin construction. “We’ll be designing (it) once we do our homework,” Jackson said. “It’s a beautiful piece of property, and we know that there’s a need in the area. But for me to just know that is not enough.”

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Abuse in Personal-Care Homes?


n Tuesday, Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes proposed a new ordinance imposing fines and jail time for people found guilty of neglect or mistreatment of residents of small nursing homes, often referred to as “personal-care homes.” “We’re going to have to use police power to deal with the issues of patients being treated inhumanely. You’ve got to hold the owner of the personal care home responsible,” Stokes said. “They’re the people getting paid and making money off of (patients).” The Mississippi State Department of Health defines personal-care homes as facilities that assist residents by performing one or more of the activities of daily living, including bathing, walking, excretory functions, feeding, personal grooming and dressing. The state also demands strict standards regarding bedroom, living-room and dining-area locations and size, as well as bathroom facility, laundry upkeep and cleanliness. None of those Department of Health standards apply, however, to personal-care homes containing fewer than three patients, said Nancy Whitehead of the department’s Regulation and Licensure division. “If you have a problem, you have to call the Department of Human Services, but there are no regulations on them,” she said.

The city ordinance, which Council President Frank Bluntson put into the council Planning Committee for further debate, imposes a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail for mistreatment of patients and could result in the termination of a personal-care home privilege license. Stokes introduced the ordinance following a June request by the Capital Neighborhood Association for the city to impose more restrictions on personal-care homes within the city’s corporate limits. “We need checks and balances,” association member Cassandra Welchlin told the Jackson Free Press last week. “... [M]any of the residents in these homes are not being cared for. ... We have seen residents from (some) personal-care homes in our neighborhoods begging for food, trying to barter for shoes, asking for clothes.” Welchlin said if the council imposed an R-5 or special-use zone requirement, similar to zoning requirements for nursing homes, city leaders would have an opportunity to scrutinize and approve the permits. “Right now there’s nothing, no oversight to slow the expansion of personal-care homes,” Welchlin said. “This ordinance change gives a legal voice and an enforcement mechanism to the community and the city.”

Arthur Brown, manager and director of Alpha and Omega Personal-Care Home, denied that residents at his facility had to go to the soup kitchens for food. “All our clients, if they want to walk up there they can go eat at the soup kitchens, but all our meals are here. We feed our clients three times day, and they get extra food when they want it,” Brown said. “They’re just trying to keep more personal-care homes from opening up, and they’re just making up things.” Despite Brown’s assurance, arrests and convictions of personal-care homeowners in the Jackson area repeatedly make the news. In May, the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Jackson personalcare home employee Eugenia Johnson for culpable negligent manslaughter and one count of felony abuse of a vulnerable adult in the Jan. 2 death of Janice Hollins, who died of complications due to hyperthermia. Her indictment claims Johnson threw water on Hollins and placed her “into an unheated bedroom with an opening in the broken window pane and in which room the ambient temperature was below freezing.” The personal care home, according to the office of Attorney General Jim Hood, had no electricity at the time of Hollins’ death. A grand jury also indicted Stephanie


Jackson resident Cassandra Welchlin asked the council last week to consider new zoning requirements for unlicensed personal care homes, which she said are flooding her Ward 6 area.

Fields, the owner of the personal-care home where Johnson worked, with 16 counts, including one count of accessory after the fact in Hollins’ death. Fields allegedly changed the victim’s clothes and moved her body to a different room after her death. Fields’ bond hearing is slated for August 5, while no court date is currently set for Johnson. Hood said his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit receives 1,600 complaints a year, and has about 200 open investigations on abuse and theft connected to unlicensed care homes. “If you’re taking care of people in a home anywhere, whether it is a nursing home or anything, it should be a requirement that it be licensed,” Hood said.

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askin Robbins might have 31 ice cream flavors, but Campbell’s Bakery has 31 cupcake flavors: from Heath Bar to cotton candy. Yes, cotton candy. Thirty-one flavors of cupcakes? Unimaginable, when you think about how many flavors that is, but that’s what Campbell’s does best. They are named third place as “Best Bakery” in Mississippi Magazine’s 2010 Best of Mississippi issue, and have a “Good Showing” in the Jackson Free Press’ Best of Jackson 2010 in the “Best Malinda & Sedrick Lilly Bakery” division. Creating and baking all things sweet is their specialty, but they host a great breakfast and lunch lineup that will satisfy more than just the sweet tooth. For breakfast, take a bite of a variety of breakfast sandwiches or order up some “home fries,” cubed potatoes cut to order and delivered hot to the table. “We started serving a full breakfast in the summer of 2009,” says Sedrick Lilly, who owns Campbell’s Bakery with wife and business partner Malinda, who has worked professionally in the baking industry for years. “We serve up anything you can fix at home for breakfast.” Malinda adds: “We have great grits; get them with or without cheese, and they are still wonderful.” Other breakfast favorites include the Southwest omelet with red and green bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, and American cheese, or the delicious and healthy vegetarian omelet. Lunchtime patrons can’t get enough of the hot roast beef with au jus served on a hoagie, a definite crowd pleaser. The egg salad sandwich and chicken salad sandwich run a close race as second-place lunch favorites. Request your sandwich on sourdough, pita, hoagie or wheat berry bread; all sandwiches are served with lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard and a dill pickle. Sedrick and Malinda Lilly became the proud owners of Campbell’s Bakery in November 2009, but the restaurant has been a Fondren business fixture since 1962. They are located at 3013 N. State Street in Jackson. “We take pride in what we do, because we love what we do,” says Sedrick. “Campbell’s has a unique personality; we are not your cookie cutter built-in-a-box business. We are a specialty business, but we are a family, locally owned business that brings professional and personal service to the customer.” Got a sweet tooth? Jackpot! Name it, and they are likely to have a sweet concoction to satisfy: ice cream, donuts;, brownies, Snickers’ brownies, lemon bars, chess squares, custom-ordered cakes, cheesecakes and pies. The list goes on and on and on…well, you get the picture. But sweet addicts crave what are deemed “the favorites” – the petit fours and iced tea cake cookies, which by the way, are available in 200 plus shapes and virtually any color. They are open Monday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed on Sundays. Want to place a special bakery order? Call 601-362-4628 at least 48 hours ahead.




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have because, for the most part, society, Memphis and the world valued Michael as worthless. When he came to our house, he was already smart; he was already gifted. He was already talented. They were all there. We didn’t provide any of those. But even with all that, the world didn’t see any value in him whatsoever. So our feeling is that if someone with the most obvious talents and worth can fall through the cracks, imagine who gets left behind.

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n a cold November morning, you see a teenager walking in nothing but shorts and a T-shirt––no coat. He is visibly cold and doesn’t “belong” in your neighborhood. Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy stopped and turned around. “We felt the decision was made way before we ever met Michael. … We really felt Michael was sent to us, because there’s no other explanation,” Sean Tuohy says. Their story of taking Michael Oher (now an offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens) into their home and making him a part of the family was told in the book “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis and later adapted into a film by the same name. In their own words, “In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving” (Henry Holt and Company, 2010, $24) outlines what Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy have learned about family, love and cheerful giving through this experience. Sean Touhy spoke to the Jackson Free Press by phone. What was the motivation behind “In a Heartbeat”? One of the motivations in the book was to show people that just because it was us up on the screen, (it) doesn’t make us any better than the people watching. … People keep asking us who got the better end of the deal, Michael or us. … We don’t even


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think it’s comparable. He got a nice house and a warm bed, and we got Christmas every day. We were allowed to give in a cheerful manner to someone we loved. … It’s one thing to give (and people need to whether it’s money, time, love or all of it), but we really want people to give with a happy heart. Then it multiplies, and people keep doing it. You say, “We gave him advice and support––and he [Michael] gave us back a deeper awareness of the world.” What did you mean? It all really started when we passed Michael on the street and (my wife) looked at me and said, “Turn around.” We really think that because of those two words it allowed us to have a whole lot more keen awareness of the world. … We all do it, we do it, you do it, the person can be the president of a company or the person that cleans up the garbage at night, but we value them as we walk by. What we don’t do is stop and turn around, meet them and find out their true value. So when you do it and see what effect it has on you, then you really are challenged to do it all the time. How did you get to that point? Finding the true value in a person. Having Michael in our house was probably the best lesson we could ever

How did you deal with negative criticism about a white family adopting a black teenager? The truth is, we didn’t hear a lot. … And when we did hear it, what was interesting; a lot of times it was said to Michael. I’ll never forget: He had a national interview, and that question came up, not criticizing … but he kind of looked at them and said: “Somebody goes out and helps somebody, and people are mad because they’re not the same skin color. What would you rather them do, leave me on the street? Would that have made you happy?” He said: “It just so happens that the people that helped me out were white. It didn’t matter to me, I just cared that somebody was helping me and that somebody loved me.” And we kind of hold to that. … He said it so well: “Would you rather they left me?” What can parents do to instill cheerful giving in their children? Our kids watch everything we do. And sometimes, that’s a scary responsibility. But sometimes, more importantly, it’s an opportunity for our kids to see us not only giving but giving in a cheerful manner. What can people do about homeless teens? If every church in America adopted one child, there would not be a child in America homeless. … But that’s not what we’re telling people to do. We’re telling people to just do something. But when you do it, do it with a cheerful heart.

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homas “Tommy Gun” Leonard conducts football practice in the blistering Mississippi summer heat. At midday, the temperature seems like 100 degrees, and the players and coach are exhausted. “If they can play out here in this heat, they’ll be able to sustain anywhere because they won’t face this temperature anywhere else,” Juggernaut General Manager Tran Myers says. As of the first week of June, Leonard is the new coach of the Jackson Juggernauts. Following a Saturday afternoon practice, an exhausted but eager Leonard talked about his path from his high school career at Callaway High School to the Juggernauts. Leonard graduated from Callaway in 1983, where he was a celebrated starting quarterback. His play at Callaway led to a scholarship to play football at the University of Southern Mississippi, but after just one year with Southern Miss, he transferred to Mississippi Valley State University under head coach Archie Cooley. Cooley gave Leonard the nickname “Tommy Gun” after watching him launch a few deep passes. Upon completion of his career at Valley, Leonard followed other MVSU football alumni to the NFL. After a quiet year with the Kansas City Chiefs, Leonard closed the “player” chapter of his football life, opening a new chapter as a coach in 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he coached at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After leaving Pine Bluff, he helped start the Jackson Youth Association. In 1997, he got involved with semi-pro football as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Mississippi semi-pro football team, Mississippi Pride. Under Tommy Gun’s leadership, the Pride led the nation in offense and was second runner-up in the National Football Championship, losing to Harrisburg, Penn. Following his stint with the Pride, Leonard took a break from football. He grew tired of the sport, he says, and began a second career in the retail car business and spent much of his spare time playing golf with lawyer friends. Today, he owns Pro-Way Speed and Agility Training in Jackson, where, he says, “I

teach people how to run fast.” After his break, football re-entered his life, and the Juggernaut chapter opened. In the team’s first year, 2009, Robert Bronson coached it to a 6-4 finish but quit to focus on his work at the Mississippi Youth Sports Association. Leonard took heed of former Mississippi Pride players who encouraged him to take over the team. Despite his love for football, Leonard was hesitant to take the Juggernauts position. “I researched the league and the owner of the team,” he explains. “I was intrigued by the league’s impact on the community, its charitable events and its goal of giving guys a second chance. I wanted to help these guys get their careers back intact.” Myers says Leonard’s coaching is worth payment. “He’s not getting a salary, but I may buy him a hamburger when we go pick out equipment,” Myers says with a smirk. “I’m just doing it for the guys,” Leonard chimes in. In addition to experienced players, Leonard also stacked his coaching staff with exceptional talent, including Tyrone Ashley and Travis Readus. Ashley serves as the defensive coordinator for the Juggernauts, while Readus serves as the offensive and defensive line coach. Leonard coached Ashley when both were with the Mississippi Pride. Ashley is a former Ole Miss standout, where he played defensive back. While at Ole Miss, he received Most Valuable Player honors in the 1991 Gator Bowl. His playing career also included a stint with an Arena League team in Houston, Texas, as well as the Fire Dogs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Pride and three years with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian League. Readus, the Juggernaut’s offensive coordinator, played offensive line for Jackson State University from 2001-2005. The roster is deep with guys from Jackson State and Belhaven universities, the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College. Leonard says they have good chemistry and are working hard. He is working to have 45 players on the team roster and says they are currently close to that number. The opening for the starting quarterback position is competitive and undecided, yet Leonard expects the entire team to train with the commitment of NFL players. The Juggernauts play their first home game July 17 at 7 p.m. Other home games are July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11. Special community events with discount admission rates will be held on those days as well. All home games will be played at Newell Field on Riverside Drive next to Bailey Magnet School. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 601-665-7444, or visit Check for this week’s Slate online at

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t. Gov. Phil Bryant is no stranger to right-wing nuttery, but he offered a prime example of conservative hysteria in comments in a July 12 article in The Clarion-Ledger. Suggesting children of undocumented immigrants are burdening Mississippi’s hospitals, Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger, “You have some that have babies—anchor babies—and don’t pay for it.” “Anchor babies” is a derogatory term for the children of undocumented immigrants who receive United States citizenship by virtue of being born on American soil. When those children reach 21, they can sponsor their parents for citizenship as well. Anti-immigration groups use the term to suggest that immigrants have babies in the U.S. for the express purpose of establishing a foothold for their own citizenship. There’s a special irony in Bryant’s use of the dehumanizing term. Here is a politician who promoted “personhood” for non-viable fetuses from the time of conception cynically suggesting the children of immigrants are merely tools. Way to stick up for “life,” Phil. Regretfully, Bryant is not the only state official seeking to tap xenophobia for political gain in this year before statewide elections. State Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven, told The Clarion-Ledger she plans to introduce a bill in next year’s legislative session that will mirror the reactionary Arizona immigration law currently being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry federal registration documents, making it a misdemeanor crime to simply be an immigrant—even legal and registered—in Arizona without having those papers on hand. The law also requires law enforcement officers to attempt to check the immigration status of anyone they stop, if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person may be an undocumented immigrant. As opponents of the law note, “reasonable suspicion” that someone is an undocumented immigrant is so vague a requirement that it invites racial profiling. City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba introduced an ordinance Tuesday that takes an opposite tack from the Arizona law. Lumumba’s proposal discourages police and public employees from making “unwarranted” inquiries about a person’s immigration status, while still allowing immigration inquiries that conform with state and federal law, including inquiries for hiring purposes. Lumumba’s ordinance is a reminder of the power of local politics to overcome those looking to score points on a larger voting field. Racial profiling, whether through reactionary laws or intransigent attitudes toward a race or religion, has no place in 2010 America. Mississippi has had its share of racial ugliness that continues to hold back many of its citizens to this day. It’s a path we need not take another time for yet another minority group.


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rother Hustle: “Bill Withers sang it best: ‘Sometimes in our lives/We all have pain/We all have sorrow./But if we are wise/We know that there’s always tomorrow.’ I also like what little orphan Annie sang during her stage play: ‘Just thinking’ about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow until there’s none!’ “But for the people of the Gulf Coast currently dealing with that oil spill, tomorrow could be more tar balls, frustration, hopelessness and speculation. I can imagine individuals standing on the Gulf shores watching their livelihoods slip sliding away because of a large tar mat. I can hear the voices of Gulf Coast residents sing these lines from a Donny Hathaway song: ‘Don’t leave me hanging (oil company and federal government) on to promises./You’ve got to let me know!/Where is the love?’ “While the people wait for an answer and/or solution to this current crisis, the Hustle-McBride Family and Human Crisis Council are on the way to the Gulf Coast to help. Two weeks ago, Cootie and Dudley McBride drove their Law-N-Order SUV to the Louisiana Gulf Coast to provide legal counseling for affected residents. “As soon as Rev. Cletus’ deacon mechanics tune up the engines of three double-Dutch church buses, the rest of the McBride Family and Human Crisis Council will go to areas affected by the oil spill and provide psychological counseling, medical assistance, vocational career training, Juicy Juice on Ice, etc. “We hope to be ready by tomorrow!”


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‘Full Smoking Ban Takes Effect’ “It should be the owner’s decision whether or not it is worth it to his or her business to allow smoking or not. The only thing any law should do is require that the smoking status of the establishment be clearly posted at every entrance so patrons can make a decision was to whether they want to do business there.” —The Eskimo “People enjoy doing what they do. But if I did own a bar, I might consider the facts of what is really on the books for the code. Can you imaging a town called Smokeland, Miss., non-Smokers not allowed.” —Tiger4Life “The problem with the Libertarian approach is that all establishments serving alcohol have a strong financial motive to allow smoking. While many drinkers do not smoke, most smokers drink. And the typical ventilation system means the nonsmoker gets the smoker’s smoke. “A second problem is that a smell nearly as rancid as second-hand smoke comes from hypocrisy. The old smoking

ban could have been effective if it had been enforced. But it was not. The early evidence is the new smoking ban will be equally ineffective if left in its current voluntary status. Were someone on the city council to demand a monthly report of establishment visited (name, date, time) and citations issued, it would light a fire under the currently indolent enforcement folks. In the meantime, if I go to the non-voluntarily minded establishments I have to smell second-hand smoke and be reminded of second-hand political platitudes.” —Ed_P “I am a smoker, and live and work in Rankin County and I am proud of it. I will not be spending my money in Hinds County. I have a great back yard where I can go and smoke and dare anyone to say anything about it. It’s still a free country! I have a friend that closed his bar because of the ban so Hinds will not get his taxes anymore.” —joylynn “Good luck with that, joylynn.” —DonnaLadd

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n July 21, the state of Mississippi is scheduled to put Joseph Daniel Burns Mississippian, murderer and father of three—to death. Our state has executed only 10 men over the past 30 years; yet, if all goes as planned, Burns will be the third Mississippian executed this year. The death penalty has always been an emotional, contentious issue, around which people have deeply held beliefs. Surprisingly, our current economic crisis is bringing to the surface an aspect of the death penalty long drowned by passionate, ethical arguments: the cost. Running death row, pursuing a capital conviction, appealing capital cases and executing prisoners take a significant toll on our annual local and state budgets. As citizens of Mississippi, we should consider the decision to provide funding for the Mississippi Department of Corrections to carry out executions and maintain death row, instead of hiring police officers, employing capable teachers and funding Boys & Girls Clubs. Anyone with an eye on our state’s current and future fiscal budgets knows the shortfalls we face. This spring, Mississippians accepted 12 percent to 17 percent budget cuts across the board and 9.4 percent budget cuts the previous year. These cuts force many of us to accept the limitations of government and to consider the exorbitant cost of the death penalty. Experts estimate that a single death-penalty trial costs a state $1 million more than a non-death-penalty trial. A Death Penalty Information Center study shows that nationally, only one in every three capital trials results in a death sentence, meaning the true cost of the death sentence is $3 million. One county has already faced this fiscal reality. Last fall, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith told The Clarion-Ledger his office would not pursue as many death-penalty cases because of budget cuts. Just as Smith’s decision was a responsible acceptance of an economic reality, the state of Mississippi should also consider its similar predicament. The Mississippi Legislature balanced next year’s budget after Gov. Haley Barbour cut the fiscal year 2011 budget five times and ultimately tapped into Mississippi’s rainy-day fund. When questioned as to why he gave discretionary funds to MDOC during the budgetary struggle, Barbour retorted: “Why am I doing that? So some convict doesn’t move next door to your momma.” We all recognize the importance of public safety, but the elimination of spending for death row would mean life in prison; no convict would ever live outside the prison walls. Other states have already been forced to examine the death penalty through a financial lens. In 2007, New Jersey became

the first state Legislature in 40 years to repeal the death penalty. New Jersey had spent $253 million over a 25-year period on costs associated with the death penalty—a period during which the state executed not a single prisoner. And in March 2009, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a longtime supporter of the death penalty, signed a bill eliminating the death penalty in New Mexico. Richardson worried about the financial toll the death penalty took on his state. He also recognized the undeniable truth that four men had been exonerated from New Mexico’s death row through newly found evidence not available at the time of their convictions. To be sure, one could argue the death penalty is costly because there are so many legal safeguards. The national average for how long an inmate spends on death row after sentencing is 15 years. A system that time-consuming will be expensive. Yet, despite all our safeguards, a startling fact remains: Innocent people continue to be sentenced to death. Just as in New Mexico, Mississippi had at least one innocent man on death row: Kennedy Brewer, who was exonerated as recently as 2008 by DNA testing. The DNA evidence showed conclusively that Brewer had nothing to do with the murder. The sad fact is that with all our legal safeguards, juries wrongfully convict innocent people, and judges wrongfully place innocent people on death row. Mississippi’s difficult fiscal reality highlights that many will have to make additional sacrifices in the upcoming year’s budget, all while we continue to spend enormous financial resources to keep the death penalty. Those who struggle most directly with death-penalty cases are the victims’ families. One might be surprised to know some victims’ families speak out against a death sentence for the perpetrators who harmed their loved ones, while others seek closure through the death of the convicted. We must consider our system is flawed in terms of victims’ rights as well. Families can be re-victimized through waiting indefinitely for the execution of the perpetrator, only to have the perpetrator re-tried, re-sentenced to life imprisonment or die of natural causes while awaiting execution. I believe a life sentence without parole may also allow the emotional wounds from the tragedy to heal and bring a conclusion to a family’s painful journey. While the decision is always difficult, commuting death sentences to life in prison and ending the death penalty in Mississippi may have found a new proponent: the economy. Valena Beety is a staff attorney at the Mississippi Innocence Project; she is also a former federal prosecutor.

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Protecting Animals, s r e s u b A g n ti u c e s o r P by Ward Schaefer This female hound mix went missing from a Madison County kennel. She later turned up among the bodies of dogs allegedly dumped in a Canton creek by animal control officer Alonzo Esco.

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in rural Madison County. “(At the kennel), she would eat out of my hand, she would come up to me, she would roll over, she started to let me pet her,” Melissa said. “You could tell she was starting to trust people a bit more. … She was just an unsocialized dog that would’ve been a great pet.” She never got the chance. Madison County sheriff’s deputies found the dog’s body, along with those of six other dogs in a ditch. Madison County police arrested Esco on charges of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor, and illegal dumping. Prosecutors allege that he shot as many as 100 dogs and dumped them in a number of creeks and drainage ditches around Canton.

flying, passing us by,” Boswell said. “We’ve not even been successful trying to get basic shelter for animals—it’s not even required. So we have to use the section of the our code, 97-41-9, that says you will not neglect or refuse to furnish an animal necessary ‘sustenance, food or drink.’ We have to take that word ‘sustenance’ and get creative with it, get creative with the word ‘neglect.’” The MARL facility looks a bit like an elementary school, with high windows, industrial tile and water-repellant walls to make sanitation easier. A small black-and-white Bos-

ton terrier sat on Boswell’s desk chair. “Get up. You’re not being interviewed,” Boswell said cheerfully, and the dog obeyed, trotting out the door. MARL has grown tremendously since Boswell first took over, during a leadership overhaul following a fire. The shelter now takes in more than 15,000 animals a year, compared to roughly 3,000 per year when Boswell joined. The League’s budget has swelled accordingly, from $35,000 to $850,000 annually. Most of the facility’s funds come from private donations, along with some foundation WARD SCHAEFER

he mutt turned up in the Providence Madison subdivision one day in early October 2009 . A black and tan hound mix, around 7 months old, she was skittish around the neighborhood’s residents. She cowered if a human tried to pet her, tucking her tail between her legs, even urinating. Some residents began feeding her, though, leaving dog food on the road for her to eat. When she got into a set of garbage and recycling cans, though, a neighbor called Madison County Animal Control. Canton animal-control officer Alonzo Esco picked up the stray a couple weeks later with help from a prison trusty, and transported it to the Ruger Animal Wellness Center’s kennel on U.S. Highway 51, where the county keeps strays and other animals for owners to claim them. After seven to 10 days, the county usually transports the animals to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League in south Jackson, which has agreements with many regional animal-control units to house—and euthanize, if necessary—animals they pick up. At the Ruger kennel, the stray settled down. Melissa, who asked that her last name not be used to protect her identity, is a Madison County resident who fed the dog in Providence Madison. She visited the dog at the kennel and began calling like-minded animal advocates in the area, looking for a foster home or family to adopt the mutt. Just before Thanksgiving, Melissa reached Debbie Young, 16 who said she could house the dog at her home

Antiquated Laws After 32 years, Debra Boswell is wearily familiar with human cruelty to animals and the difficulty in prosecuting it. Since 1978, she has served as the director of the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. A short woman with cropped brown hair, she speaks rapidly, as if trying to get through the disheartening descriptions of her work as quickly as possible. Boswell can rattle off citations from the Mississippi Code and Black’s Law Dictionary with a facility that is startling from a former administrative assistant. The state’s misdemeanor animal-cruelty law is so vague that it hampers prosecutors, Boswell said to the Jackson Free Press when I visited her office in late June. “We are antiquated in our laws. Alabama, Louisiana, Georgian, Tennessee—they’re all

Debra Boswell has pictures documenting all manner of cruelty to animals: neglect, torture and the appalling conditions of a hoarder house.

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On Nov. 24, 2009, Debbie Young called Ruger kennel to ask about fostering the stray that Melissa had looked after. She was too late, the kennel staff told Young. Alonzo Esco had come by that morning and picked up seven dogs: the hound mix, a Rottweiler, two pit

The program is housed in a low, cinder-block building on the Hinds County Penal Farm. A large grassy field surrounded by a chain-link fence provides the dogs with open space to play. When Gardner opens the door to the dogs’ “runs,” their kennels, they erupt in barking, but her two assistants, Tim Tisdale and Johnnie Sublette, quiet them promptly with a few soft commands. Gardner points to two mutts, brothers that the program adopted eight months ago from a no-kill shelter in Madison County. One of them, Kaiser, intermittently paces a small circle in his kennel. “These two dogs were in the kennel for nine months before I got my hands on them and brought them down here,” Gardner said, dismay audible in her voice. “They literally lived in the kennel. That’s why you see he turns the way he does. That’s called kennel fever, all he did for months.” The kennels at the Second Chance facility all have doors to provide the dogs access to the outside. Gardner asks Tisdale and Sublette to bring out two dogs to demonstrate their training regimen. Tisdale walks around the room with Wilson, an energetic, longhaired Briard, trot-

bulls, two Australian shepherd puppies and a beagle. He was supposed to transfer the dogs to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. During the summer, MARL can easily take in more than 100 animals a day, and it would have likely euthanized at least some of the Madison County dogs. Young called MARL, hoping to alert staff that one of the dogs Esco was bringing had a foster home. “That’s when it began to get a little deep, because they weren’t there,” Young said. “The Animal Rescue League said he had not brought animals there, and they had not seen him for several months.” Young and Melissa then called the Canton Police Department in the hopes that dispatchers could tell Esco that the hound mix had a home. Dispatch gave them another puzzling response: Esco was on vacation. Through the kennel director, who finally reached Esco, Young learned that Esco claimed he had euthanized the dogs. She filed a complaint with the Canton Police Department. “If he euthanized them, that’s a controlled substance,” Young said. “You can’t use the euthanasia drugs unless you’re certified to do that. If he shot them, then that constituted

Hinds County’s Second Chance Pet Partners give obedience training to rescued dogs, rehabilitating both inmates and animals.

ting alongside. The county acquired Wilson after a friend of Gardner’s found him at a gas station in Hattiesburg. “A car pulled up and threw that dog out the door,” Gardner says. Tisdale has been training Wilson for almost two months, and the work has paid off. A family from Booneville, Mo., has adopted him after finding him on Sentenced to 13 years for grand larceny, forgery and embezzlement, Tisdale, 30, has a little more time on the farm. He is due for release in 2014. Sublette has an easy rapport with Max, a German shepherd of about two and a half

cruelty, and we needed to find out.” Young finds Esco’s alleged actions especially infuriating because of his responsibility. “The thing that gets me (is that) an animal-control officer is the one person that is paid to actually be the advocate for animals,” Young said. “I understand that those animals would’ve been put to sleep, because in Canton we’ve got more (animals) without homes than we’ve got good homes for them to go into or people that are willing to adopt. But not the way it was done, shooting them, when they’re terrified. I don’t know if they were running or if he pointblank shot them. There are humane methods for euthanasia. … Does he know they were dead? Was he absolutely sure before he threw them off into the creek?”

Linked Violence The city of Canton fired Esco Jan. 5, 2010. After a June 21 probable-cause hearing, Canton police arrested him on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty and illegal dumping. On Aug. 11, he will go on trial in Canton Municipal Court. He faces a maximum $1,000

years. When Gardner accepted him from a New Orleans rescue service, he was barely alive. “He was so undernourished, he was nothing but skin hanging on bone,” Gardner says. “It caused his back to arch, because his bones were so deteriorated.” Second Chance raised more than $400 to treat Max for heartworms. Aside from the slight arch in his back that will probably never go away, he looks healthy now. Sublette, 42, is near the end of his four-year sentence for DUI, which ends in December. “When I go home, he’s coming with me,” he says with a smile.

fine and six-month prison sentence for each of the five animal-cruelty counts. But the June arrest was not Esco’s first. In April, only months after he was fired, Canton police arrested him on domestic-violence charges for allegedly choking and hitting his live-in girlfriend. For Nancy Goldman, Esco’s alleged domestic violence is further proof that Mississippi needs a felony animal-cruelty law. Goldman is secretary of Mississippi-Fighting Animal Cruelty Together (MS-FACT), a relatively young organization that campaigns for stronger animal-cruelty legislation. Mississippi is one of only four states—the others being Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota—without a felony animal cruelty law. “People that are cruel to animals often have the potential to be violent offenders against humans,” Goldman said. Goldman, a psychiatric nurse specialist with her own practice in Jackson, can recite a litany of cases. Luke Woodham, for example, who killed his mother and two students at Pearl High School in 1997, tortured and GIVE ME SHELTER, see p 18

‘Humane Methods’


hen Hinds County animal-control officers pick up a dog, they take it to a temporary shelter at the county Penal Farm in Raymond. The county shelter houses between 700 and 1,000 dogs a year. After a week, most make their way to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League where, more often than not, they are euthanized. A lucky few earn a spot in the county’s special program Since 2001, the Second Chance Pet Partners program has used county inmates to train rescued dogs in basic obedience and more advanced service skills, like opening doors and flipping light switches. Working with 10 to 12 dogs at a time, inmates rehabilitate the dogs, many of which have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Maj. Teresa Gardner, who oversees the program and the county’s animal-control unit, says that the rehabilitation process is a slow one. “It takes anywhere from 12 weeks to sometimes six months to get a dog to where they’ll trust another human being again, because someone’s been so hateful to them,” Gardner tells me when I visit the program on a muggy morning two weeks ago.

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grants, Boswell said. The shelter sits on 47 acres off of Greenway Drive, near some warehouses and a Hindu temple. The large property is important, because MARL now takes in around 40 horses a year, Boswell said. Horses used to be rare, but the economy has made caring for them harder, and many owners are simply giving them up. On a chair outside Boswell’s office door, there is a thick black binder with the label “Euthanizations 2010.” It’s a reminder that the shelter’s “no-animal-turned-away” policy also means that MARL must eventually euthanize between 70 and 72 percent of the animals it houses. The shelter facilitates adoptions, but some of the animals are simply not adoptable, Boswell said. They may be old, sick, ill mannered or just unlucky. Perhaps as a result, the shelter does not feel overcrowded. The dog runs are noisy, but spacious. Boswell shows me the facility’s “Rainbow Room,” where families can request private euthanasia for their pet. There’s a table lamp, providing softer light than overhead fluorescents and a book called “Dog Heaven.” In addition to housing animals, MARL works with law enforcement across the state in cruelty and neglect cases. Boswell has stacks of pictures documenting the horrors MARL workers encounter. She lays out a series of pictures taken from a pet-hoarding case near DeKalb, in Kemper County. MARL workers recovered 184 animals, many of them already dead, from the house. The floors were covered in several inches of feces, trash and other filth, and workers needed to use masks just to breathe. For hoarding cases, a civil action is often effective, Boswell said. Under the civil action, MARL can seize the pets until the hoarder can prove that he or she can care for the animals. “You’ve got the little old lady, the cat lady who lives with 75 cats that she can’t take care of, and she’s in ill health,” Boswell said. “Well, all you want to do is get some relief for the cats. You don’t want to send the 75-year-old lady to jail.” Boswell brings out more pictures: longhaired dogs whose owners did not brush them, rescued with fur so matted they could hardly walk; starved dogs with backs arched from malnutrition; a tiger seized by Pearl Animal Control that weighed half what it should have. “With pet overpopulation at the level it’s at, 3 to 4 million animals are killed every year in shelters across the country,” Boswell said. “No animal should have to die in a shelter. Our goal, for all of us, is that there’s (an adoption) waiting list for animals that are coming into shelters.”

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MS-FACT began its push for a felony law this winter, with a petition campaign that gathered more than 25,000 names in support of a stronger law. As with earlier campaigns, the state Senate approved a bill that met advocates’ requirements. The bill, S.B. 2623, sponsored by Sen. Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, proposed two principal things. First, it expanded the crime of misdemeanor animal cruelty to apply to “any living vertebrate creature except human beings and fish.” More significantly, though, it created a felony crime of “aggravated cruelty” to a dog or cat, carrying a jail sentence of between one and five years and a fine of $1,500 to $10,000. The bill also allowed for a court-ordered psychological evaluation and follow-up visits from a humane officer for up to a year. In an attempt to skirt any objections from the Farm Bureau or skeptical legislators, the bill carried exemptions for self-defense, defense from “economic injury,” veterinary practices, ear-cropping and tail-docking, “accepted agricultural and animal husbandry practices,” hunting and medical research, among others. The Senate passed the bill Feb. 4 by a near-unanimous vote, with only Sen. J.P. Wilemon, D-Belmont, opposing it.

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The Mississippi Animal Rescue League in Jackson takes in more than 15,000 animals a year.

When the bill moved to the House of Representatives, however, Speaker Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, “double-referred” it to both the Judiciary B and Agriculture Committees. Double-referral makes a bill’s passage much more difficult, since the measure must clear two sets of committee members before making its way to the full House for a floor vote. And referral to the Agriculture Committee meant that the bill would have to contend with the Mississippi Farm Bureau, whose lobby is especially powerful in the committee. S.B. 2623 died in both committees, never coming up for even a committee vote. Nancy Goldman, like many members of MS-FACT and other advocates, blames McCoy and the Farm Bureau for the bill’s failure. “(Farm Bureau President) David Waide,

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Millie Williams came to Mississippi to rescue animals after Hurricane Katrina. Almost five years later, she is still here, rehabilitating cats and dogs in her mobile home.


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burned his family’s cat five months before his school rampage. In March 2009, 20-year-old Travis Bradford of Natchez doused his dog in lighter fluid and set her on fire but received only one year in jail, the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor. Bradford was in training to become a home nursing assistant for elderly patients, and without a felony conviction, his future employers will have a harder time knowing about his past cruel acts, Goldman said. Goldman’s concern is a personal one. She lost a Labrador mix, Monty, the day after Christmas 2003, when a neighbor shot the dog as it crossed the property line of her home in Learned. The shooter had permission from Goldman’s neighbor to hunt on the land. Goldman heard the shot as she read the newspaper by her outdoor fireplace. She sprinted 150 yards to catch up with the shooter as he was leaving on an all-terrain vehicle. At the time, Goldman was unaware of the state’s misdemeanor law and did not press the matter with the county Sheriff’s Department. “That was one of the best dogs we’ve ever had,” Goldman said. In 2008, MARL and other groups pushed for a felony law—restricted to dogs and cats— with the help of a lobbyist provided by the U.S. Humane Society. The effort proved fruitless, but a coalition of citizens emerged around the issue and formed MS-FACT. “These weren’t people associated with animal agencies,” Boswell said. “These were private citizens or the voters that put (legisla-


t only took Millie Williams a few minutes to decide that the animals needed her. Watching footage of Hurricane Katrina on television at her home in Pennsylvania, Williams saw evacuees from New Orleans leaving their pets behind. “I saw that those people had to set their dogs back off the bus—they wouldn’t let them on the bus,” Williams told

me a couple weeks ago. “That man put that little white poodle down on the bridge. They had to pick (the man) up and carry him onto the bus. There was just no way. (I) had to come.” Williams set out from Port Allegany, Pa., in late September 2005, towing a 19-foot camper behind her “Mini Winnie” RV. She connected with local chapters of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other independent shelters, and began transporting loads of dogs and cats—sometimes 27 at a time—from Louisiana and the Gulf Coast to shelters further north. After spending several years volunteering with animal rescue organizations along the Gulf Coast, Williams made her way farther north. For the past year, she has mostly lived in her mobile home, parking at Walmarts in the Jackson metro area. She now spends most of her time trapping feral cats, taking them to be spayed or neutered and then releasing them. For Williams, TNR (trap, neuter, release), is just common sense. “I had a teenage girl in the grocery store tell me … ‘I think that’s terrible! … Making that decision for those cats. I wouldn’t want anybody to make that decision for me.’ Well baloney, lady, you’re not going to have 420,000 babies eight years down the road,” Williams said. “I couldn’t believe that girl said that. But that’s the attitude. They don’t get it. They just don’t get it.” Williams also fosters animals. Friends and acquaintances from the network of animal lovers that she has developed since Katrina call her when they have rescued an

I think, initially thought of what is called mission creep: ‘You give them an inch; they’ll take a mile,’” Goldman said. “There was all this false dissemination of information that we were backed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which is pretty ridiculous. I mean, I’m having a steak tonight. I have a leather belt.” The Farm Bureau’s opposition is especially hypocritical, Goldman argues, because the state already has a felony crime for cruelty to livestock. “It’s mainly because livestock is considered a commodity,” Goldman said. “If you’ve got a cow or goat or sheep that someone maliciously kills, then that is a felony. What we’re GIVE ME SHELTER, see p 21

by Ward Schaefer animal but cannot care for it. When I visited her in a campground in early July, she had three dogs and at least nine cats in the mobile home. Two cat cages stacked on one top of the other covered the RV’s table. Cats mewed from behind a curtained sleeping loft above the cab and dozed on top of seats. The RV smelled strongly of animals, but it didn’t stink. Williams said that she opens the windows in her RV every day, regardless of the weather, and keeps three air purifiers and a fan running nonstop. Williams will get the animals veterinary care and foster them while they recover. She tries to find families to adopt the animals, but many that she accepts are unadoptable. One cat has had a herpes infection in its eye for months. Another has a respiratory infection and wheezes throughout the two hours of my visit. Williams has had her fair share of health problems— Lyme disease, two breast-cancer operations—but none caused by the animals, she says. She is also facing a civil action in Pearl Municipal Court for having more than the 14 animals allowed under the city code. She worries that Pearl Animal Control will seize her cats and dogs. “If it wasn’t for these animals, I wouldn’t worry whether I was here or not,” she says, petting Mista, a black Tonkinese cat. “I mean that sincerely, because I’ve had enough other stuff to deal with that if I had to go through all the rest of this stuff, I don’t know. … They give people those balls to relieve stress. Well, I don’t need one of them. All I need to do is this.”


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Missing Misdemeanors Not all animal advocates agree with MSFACT’s focus on passing a felony law. Doll Stanley, director of the Project Hope animal sanctuary in Grenada, came to Mississippi 17 years ago to investigate licensed animal dealers for In Defense of Animals, an animal-welfare group active across the country. She stayed, however, when Debra Boswell and others urged her to set up a sanctuary.

At the Grenada site, Stanley fosters and rehabilitates rescued animals. Every other month, she transports roughly 60 dogs to Colorado, where there are families eager to adopt, she said. Stanley, who calls Boswell her “mentor,” believes the state first needs to tackle its existing, inadequate misdemeanor laws. “The misdemeanor laws we have right now in this state are about as good as toilet paper,” she said. “They’re thin; they don’t have definitions; they won’t hold up in a lot of court cases.” Stanley concedes that an ideal cruelty law would have elevated penalties for especially heinous acts of cruelty—like maiming and burning that usually result in an animal’s death. But first, the state needs laws that will protect animals that are living but neglected: those suffering from mange, starvation or exposure. And passing a felony law is still no guarantee that prosecutors will apply it and win, she noted. “Just because you’ve got a felony law doesn’t mean you’re going to get a grand jury to say there’s enough evidence for a former felony trial that spends taxpayer’s dollars and time and then overcrowds our prisons,” Stanley said. “We’ve got to work with what we’ve got. And if we want more, then get out there and get more tax money so we can have more time in jail.”

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trying to do is to get the same penalties that apply to livestock apply to domesticated dogs and cats.” McCoy told the Jackson Free Press that farmers were simply too wary of a felony law involving animals. McCoy said he could not talk specifically about how the failed Senate bill would have made farmers vulnerable. “We all are—farmers, especially—very cautious when you’re talking about a felony, because there are so many things that happen when you’re working with animals and somebody could make a charge any day,” McCoy said. “I don’t know a member of the House of Representatives who’s not totally, 100 percent appalled that anybody would want to abuse an animal in any way. But for people that don’t understand the care and transportation of animals, it would be easy for them to make an accusation against a farmer or somebody that deals with animals professionally. Just the word ‘felony’ brings much caution to our minds.” Representatives of the Farm Bureau did not return calls for comment. MS-FACT is increasing its lobbying and petition efforts this year, Nancy Goldman said. She estimated that the group has added between 3,000 and 5,000 new names to its petition since January. Boswell said old attitudes about private property are partly to blame for the inadequacy of animal-cruelty legislation at the state level. Laws that mandate shelter or spaying and neutering don’t mesh with the rural sensibilities of some lawmakers, she has gathered. “‘You can’t be telling people what to do with their private property. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t.’ That’s what we hear from the Legislature,” she said.


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mals start out not caring for the animal physically,” Jones said. “In other words, before he kicks him off the porch, this is the same animal that doesn’t get proper food. What I want to do is start with those complaints. To me that’s an indicator that this individual does not care about the animal.” The gaps in state law have left counties and municipalities with the responsibility of defining animal cruelty more precisely. Hinds County attempted to do that June 21, when the Board of Supervisors approved a stronger, more detailed misdemeanor ordinance that describes proper shelter for horses and dogs and specifically bans long-term tethering of animals. The county has only two animal-control officers, and an ordinance’s effectiveness will depend in no small part on them. Deputy David Fisher is a stocky guy with a perpetually furrowed brow. If most animal advocates are overflowing with stories and compassion, Fisher is on the other side of the spectrum—the taciturn, horse-whisperer type. The son of the county’s former Emergency Operations Director, Larry Fisher, David Fisher has worked for the Sheriff’s Department for almost 12 years but only moved to animal control four years ago. “For years, I begged for this job, because I love animals” Fisher said. “Normally, I would say this isn’t the kind of job people are going to beg for.” We met in a parking lot on Terry Road near Interstate 20, and I hopped in his county vehicle, a Ford Expedition with a plastic partition separating the trunk. There was a dip cup and a coffee thermos in the two cupholders, files and animal food on the backseats. Fisher said that he needed to check on a stray that he’d been trying to trap for a while, but first he needed to pick up more bait. He tried cat food, to no avail. He was planning to use chicken fingers, but if that didn’t work, it was on to meatloaf. We stopped at a Shell gas station at Raymond and Springridge roads in Byram to buy bait. Fisher bought seven fried chicken strips. The cashier asked if he would like fries, too. As we walked out, a ragged-looking,

longhaired black stray trotted up to one of the pumps. Fisher asked the station’s owner, clad in a white T-shirt and baseball cap, if he wanted anything done about the animal. “I ain’t studying on it,” the owner said. The dog’s owner lives up the road, but he’s just had heart surgery, and Fisher shouldn’t bother him, he added. “Can’t do nothing about that,” Fisher said as we climbed back in the truck. “He said he’ll talk to the guy.” As he pulled out, the owner re-emerged from the station with a bowl and a bag of dog food. When we reached the stray on Parks Road, there was a dog bowl with water in front of a crumbling, abandoned brick house. Fisher set the trap and tore the chicken tenders in pieces, dropping them in a trail from the grass into the back of the trap. The dog appeared, a young female with black and white markings, and a man approached from across the street. “I couldn’t get her to come to me,” he said, nearing the dog as she circled the trap. “Unless you can catch her, let her go into the trap,” Fisher said. “I’m trying to fix this problem.” “I hate to see her go,” the man said. Fisher asked where the man lives. He points across the street. With his mother and father, he said. Those are the people who complained to Animal Control, Fisher told him. The dog wolfed down the chicken tenders outside the cage and then gingerly stepped inside. She ate every piece except those against the cage’s far wall, the ones she would have to reach further for and step on the cage’s trigger. We climbed back into the truck and pulled out. “Did you get a good education on how people are?” Fisher asked me. “They call about wanting her gone and then turn around and want to interfere with me here. Last week I put a trap out here and somebody actually shut it on purpose.” When I talked to Fisher two days later, he said that when he checked on the trap the next day, someone had shut it again. The dog was still loose.

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ost grooms consider everything that might go wrong the night before the wedding. For me, those considerations came a year and a half before Rachael GrayLewis and I said, “I do.” Rachael and I met the summer of 2008—at a performance of my band The Hardline Monks at Hal and Mal’s—after a mutual friend introduced us. We were a fantastic match. We both loved music and nightlife, both were heavily involved in Jackson theater and film, and both came from large and deeply religious families. In fact, it was in discussing our love of and similarities between our families that we ran into what I call “The Issue.”

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of the idea? If we got married and had kids, what faith would they follow? Fortunately, our families had nothing but support for us. My dad, whose opinion I greatly respect (and who I thought would be the person most against the relationship) gave me some of the soundest advice I’ve ever heard. He told me that it’s pointless to judge character by denomination: there is no perfect church. It’s all about the individual. He told me that if I’d found a keeper, her church didn’t matter—the family was behind me 100 percent. At the same time, Rachael was receiving similar support from her family. I can’t testify to the exact advice they gave her, but based on their warm acceptance of me and the flurry of supportive e-mails, there was little doubt that the relationship had their blessing. We weren’t out of the woods, however. This would be my second marriage (I’ll spare you the long and painful story), and the Catholic Church would need to grant me an annulment. An annulment, I learned, is separate from the legal divorce I had already gotten and essentially asks the Catholic Church to officially declare my prior marriage null and void in the eyes of God. I come from a long line of Presbyterians—Presbyterian I had no reason to pursue an annulment as a Presbytepastors, to be precise. My great-grandfather, grandfather, my rian, but to marry Rachael, I needed the Catholic Church dad, and several of my uncles all stand (or stood) behind a pul- to grant one. pit on Sunday mornings. I even worked in the ministry myself The process is fairly painless—a lot of writing and talkfor a few years as a youth pastor. Basically, there are a lot of ing friends and family into submitting testimony. Compared to Kenyons, and they are all very Protestant. the divorce process, I’ll take the annulment any day. The only Rachael, on the other hand, is Catholic, and the Gray- problem was the timeline. It’s not unusual for an annulment Lewises come from a long line of Catholic families. While I’m to take well over a year, and still shaky on some of the Catholic terminology, I believe that ours was no exception. In “devout” is the appropriate word here. fact, as of this writing, we’re Most of the obstacles we faced between our first meeting still in the approval process, and our first dance came from this religion conflict. It may not although we’re expecting a Wedding Coordinator seem like a major difference to someone looking in from the positive judgment any week Vicki Cobb outside, but as two people who grew up under different, specif- now. The only reason we 601-937-3362 ic religious codes, this was a big deal—for both of the families. were able to go through with Early on, Rachael and I sat together and debated whether “The the wedding is because of the Issue” was too big for us. Would the differences in our faiths be graciousness and understandCake too much for our relationship? What would our families think ing of Rachael’s family. After The Cake Diva 601-513-4304 mariadelabarre@ he South gave Rachael the opportunity to create a signature drink for the reception. It featured a blend of vodka, pineapple juice and pomegranate juice and was aptly named “The Rachael-Tini.” Tuxedos The meal was served buffet style with a fusion of Mediterranean and sushi. and Accessories The Hardline Monks, whose members consist of the groom and three of the groomsTuxedo Junction men, played a 20-minute set at the reception. The Monks are an acoustic, eclectic band that (two locations) covers everything from U2 to Bob Schneider to Vanilla Ice.





ret Kenyon, 27, and Rachael Gray-Lewis, 29, were married May 29, 2010. Kenyon is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Jackson in 2003. He is a national sales assistant for WJTV (CBS, channel 12). Gray-Lewis grew up in Jackson and attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison and is now a theater teacher there. Both have bachelor degrees in theater, Kenyon from Belhaven and GrayLewis from the University of Southern Mississippi. They continue to be involved in community and professional theater, including work at New Stage Theatre.

a year of waiting, they told us to go ahead with our plans. The decision to proceed with the wedding (sans annulment) was difficult to make. As a Protestant, it was sometimes hard for me to fully understand the magnitude, but as I witnessed the variety of responses to our decision that poured in from extended family, family friends, co-workers and other church members, I understood that this was no small compromise. What blew us both away, however, was seeing just how many of the friends and family were able to look past the letter of the canon law to see a young couple dying to start their life together. Some, on both the Kenyon Protestant and the Gray-Lewis Catholic side, refused to participate by either not attending the ceremony or refusing to acknowledge the union, citing their religious convictions when they gave a reason. But the vast majority of our families were present and supportive, and for a couple to whom family is everything, this meant the world to us. Naturally, the wedding itself brought unique challenges, but after the issues we’d already worked through, nothing seemed too big to tackle. And let me tell you, fellas, if you want the wedding planning to go smoothly, marry a local girl. The Gray-Lewis family had a connection for everything—such as Maria de la Barre (The Cake Diva) and her amazing cake designs (my groom’s cake was a rocker’s fist. The Food Network “Ace of Cakes” chef Duff Goldman couldn’t have done better), or Wiggins Photography, who proved that a photographer can be gifted artistically and still fun to work with. Because we couldn’t be married in the Catholic Church, we held both the ceremony (which my dad, Rev. Ozzie KenMore HITCHED, p 26

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the other abstains, no mental mantra of “don’t faint, don’t faint, don’t faint,” no debate over which pew we’ll fill on Sunday morning. In that moment (and again during our first dance—to the Temptations’ “My Girl”), I had an overwhelming sense that whatever tomorrow brought, I’d be facing it side-by-side with this woman, and nothing could make me happier. It’s been over a month since the ceremony, and I feel the same way. And I’ll bet that if in 50 years you ask me whether that feeling has changed, I’ll just smile and shake my head. That’s the plan, anyway, and I’m stickin’ to it.

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The free sun salutation training class at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place) starts at 4:30 p.m. Call 601-3838817 to prepare for the Yoga for Nonviolence 108 sun salutations Aug. 7 benefiting the Center for Violence Prevention. A free class will also be held at StudiOM Yoga (710 Poplar Blvd.) at 7:30 p.m. Call 601-353-0025. … The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents “The Flashback Show” at Giovanni’s Pizza (640 Grants Ferry Road, Flowood) at 6:30 p.m. $42; call 601-937-1752. … “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) is at 7:30 p.m. and continues through July 18. $10, $7 children 12 and under; call 601-9483533. … Underground 119 has music by Barry Leach Jazz. Call 601-352-2322. … Jim Flanagan performs at Fenian’s from 8:30-11:30 p.m. Free. … Shaman’s Harvest plays at Fire

at Afrika Book Café from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. includes music by DJ Redcley. Call 769-251-1031. … F. Jones Corner has music by Sherman Lee Dillon’s Mississippi Sound and Jackie Bell from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. $10. … Electric Mudd plays at Martin’s at 10 p.m. Call 601-354-9712.

Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.

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Tuesday 7/20

The Ice Cream Safari at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) starts at 11 a.m. $2 plus regular admission; call 601-352-2580. … Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.) holds a free sun salutation training class at noon. Call 601-5942313. … Beer & Bones at F. Jones Corner starts at noon and includes a grilling competition, an arts and crafts festival and music by Iron Feathers, The Peoples, The Bailey Brothers and Sunny Ridell. $10 cover, $2 beer; call 601-983-1148. … The Mayapuris hold a kirtan “playshop” and concert at Joyflow Yoga (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) beginning at 3 p.m. for the playshop, $30; concert at 7 p.m., $20; both $45; visit … Clay Walker and Joe Diffie perform at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. during The Mississippi Barbecue Championship. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $10, $5 children before July 20; $20, $10 children, thereafter; $25 at the gate; call 601-540-6467.

Sunday 7/18

The Mississippi Improv Alliance performs at North Midtown Arts Center at 2 p.m. Call 601-497-7454. … The Mostly Monthly Ceili at Fenian’s is from 2-5 p.m. Free. … Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at the Dog Days of Summer outdoor concert at F. Jones Corner from 6-10 p.m. Free.

Monday 7/19

Work Play at Last Call is from 6-10 p.m. and includes cocktails, music, board games and video games. Business casual attire is preferred. Free admission. … Hunter Gibson and Danny Dauphin portrays The Emcee in “Cabaret” at New Stage Theatre, opening July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbor Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland) is giving a free sun salutation training class at 5:45 p.m. Call 601-813-4317. … Troy Carnes signs copies of “Rasputin’s Legacy” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m.; book reading at 5:30 p.m. $18.95 book; call 601-366-7619. … Adam Perry and Chris Derrick perform at Burgers & Blues from 28 7-11 p.m. Call 601-899-0038. … Afrikan Funkadelic Friday

Wednesday 7/21

The Glory Bound Skatepark Tour 2010 at Doc*36 Skatepark (Jackson Enterprise Center, 931 Highway 80 W., Dock 36) includes appearances by Mike Vallely and Bill Danforth. $10, $50 VIP, $20 Best Trick Contest; call 601-238-1732. … The Battle of the Bands playoff at Electric Cowboy starts at 8 p.m. Call 601-899-5333.

Thursday 7/22

The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) starts at 5 p.m. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit … Downtown at Dusk at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) starts at 5 p.m. and includes live music and food for sale by local vendors. Free, $2 beer; call 601-974-6044, ext. 221. … The Time to Move Band plays at Dreamz Jxn (426 W. Capitol St.) from 9-11 p.m. Call 601-979-3994.

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at 9 p.m. $8. … Liver Mousse performs at Hal & Mal’s from 9-11 p.m. Call 601-948-0888. … Lil Wyte and Taco & Da Mofos perform at Touch Nightclub at 10 p.m. for ages 18 and up. Tickets available at Ticketmaster outlets. $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door.

Nickelodeon’s Story Time Live at Thalia Mara Hall is at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. $35, $25, $15; call 601-960-1565 or 800-745-3000. … Unburied Treasures at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) at 5:30 p.m. includes hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and music by WATIV. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. WATIV performs again at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace at 9 p.m. $5 donation; call 601-497-7454. … Scott Albert Johnson and Bob Gates perform at AJ’s Seafood Grille (361 Township Ave., Ridgeland). Call 601-856-2844.






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Sun Salutations Training Sessions. Learn to do sun salutations at the following locations in preparation for the Yoga for Non-Violence fundraiser for the Center for Violence Prevention on Aug. 7. Free. • July 15, 4:30 p.m., at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place). Call 601-383-8817. • July 15, 7:30 p.m., at StudiOM Yoga (710 Poplar Blvd.). Call 601-353-0025. • July 16, 5:45 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-813-4317. • July 17, noon, at Butterfly Yoga (3025 N. State St.). Call 601-594-2313. Beer & Bones July 17, noon, at F. Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.). The event consists of a backyard grilling competition and an art and music festival. Performers include The Iron Feathers, The Xtremez and Electric Mudd. $10 cover, $2 beer, free access to art vendor section; call 601-983-1148. The Premier Bridal Show Girls Night Out July 22, 5 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Brides can shop for their wedding with the help of the state’s top wedding professionals. Product samples and door prizes are included. No strollers are allowed. $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit 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 Be a sponsor for as little as $50. $5 cover; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16; visit and follow us on Twitter @jfpchickball. Top of the Hops Beer Festival July 31, 2 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Mississippi’s first beer festival by Raise Your Pints will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world in a relaxed and friendly environment. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce samplings of over 150 craft beers. The festival will also feature a Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as “Cooking with Beer,” “Food Pairings,” “How to Brew Beer” and other beer education sessions. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. VIP and discounted designated driver tickets are available. $35 in advance, $40 day of festival; call 205-714-5933 or 601-960-2321. Yoga for Non-violence—108 Sun Salutations Aug. 7, 10 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St). Help the Center for Violence Prevention by signing up donors to pledge for an amount per sun salute you complete, up to 108. Chris Timmins will lead training and the event. Free sun salutation classes will be given in July at many Jackson yoga studios. Visit for more information about the Center for Violence Prevention. Donations welcome; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198.

Community Legal Clinic July 15, 9 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The Mississippi Center for Justice will offer free advice regarding foreclosure prevention, alternatives to payday lending, access to health care, schooldiscipline hearing rights and more. Free; call 601-352-2269.

Ridgeland Rendezvous July 15, 5 p.m., in Ridgeland. View artwork by Southern artists and enjoy food, fun and atmosphere at Ridgeland’s galleries, restaurants and shopping centers. Visit

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NAMI Central Mississippi Affiliate Meeting July 15, 6 p.m., at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), in Conference Room 1, lower level. Angela Ladner, executive director of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association, will provide information regarding what the National Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 will mean for those with mental illness and their families. Call 601-899-9058 or 601-859-1804. Precinct 3 COPS Meeting July 15, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). These monthly meetings are forums designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0003. 33rd Annual MSU Summer Extravaganza July 15, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event features MSU coaches, player autographs, MSU cheerleaders, vendors, MSU cheese for sale and a children’s area. $10, free for students and children; e-mail Colony Wine Market Wine Tasting July 15, 7 p.m., at The Parker House (104 S.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland). Sample six Argentinian wines ideal for summertime. Admission includes food. $35; call 601-605-0420. East Village Groundbreaking Ceremony July 15, 10 a.m., at the corner of Prosperity and Easy streets. The Jackson Medical Mall celebrates the construction of the new subdivision. Please call or send an e-mail to to RSVP. Call 601-982-8467, ext. 17. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Certified Nursing Assistant Training Center Graduation July 16, 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Center Stage. Call 601-364-1188. • Little Miss Cotillion Pageant July 17, 6 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). The event at center stage is hosted by Cathedral AME Zion Church. Call 601-9822793. • Disaster Preparedness Expo for Senior Citizens July 20, 10 a.m., in the UMC Conference Center. Topics include where to go if your home is uninhabitable, how and where to get medication as well as who to contact for social services. Please RSVP. Free; call 601-352-2269. True Light Missionary Baptist Church Women’s Conference July 17, 9 a.m., at University Club (210 E. Capitol St. Suite 2200). The focus of the conference is health and safety tips. Vendors will be on site. $21; call 601-353-7364. 16th Annual Ice Cream Safari July 17, 11 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). 5,000 visitors sample over a dozen ice cream favors scooped by local television, radio and print media celebrities, and they are asked to vote for their favorite flavor as well as favorite celebrity scooper. $2 plus regular admission; call 601-352-2580. Stealth Medical/Surgical and Aviation Boot Camp July 18-24, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St.). The summer camp for rising ninth-to-12th graders will be held at John Bell Williams Airport, the Jackson campus on

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New Stage Theatre’s “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” stars 14-year-old Sarah Proctor as Belle.The show opens Thursday, July 15.


s I swung open one of the massive white doors into New Stage Theatre, the buzz of young voices immediately greeted me. I quickly glanced at photos tacked on the wall to my left of hundreds of smiling kids and teens who peered back at me. As I made my way into the practice room, waiting for rehearsal to resume after lunch, I passed a group of young girls sitting on the stairs who broke into the impromptu “Beauty and the Beast” classic: “Be Our Guest.” I had a sudden flashback of my little sister and me, dressed in our matching “Beauty and the Beast” nightgowns, singing that song, laughing and trying to brush our teeth at the same time. Hearing the girls sing reminded me of something simple: I adore “Beauty and the Beast.” This year Chris Roebuck, New Stage education director, chose “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” for the New Stage summer drama campers to perform at the end of their fourweek intensive theater camp. “Being a man, I am not ashamed to say I like ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” he says. Things seemed a bit chaotic. What looked to be hundreds of kids (I discovered later there are only 78), were milling around, talking, playing and laughing. But when Roebuck called the kids to order, their cavorting ceased immediately. The campers began warming up, and by the time they were done, I was amazed at their ability to perform. Campers range in age from 10 to 17, but it’s easy to forget that they are not theater veterans. Watching the opening scene with Belle and the villagers who sing “Good Day,” I was immediately drawn in. A standout of the show is Belle (and not just because she’s the play’s antagonist). The petite Sarah Proctor, 14, has an operetta voice that seems to effortlessly erupt from her lungs. The budding thespian did not even know she could sing until she started performing with New Stage three years ago. “I’ve always wanted to be a Disney princess,” Proctor says. “I’m hoping to go to Disney World and be a princess one day.”

Unlike the hundreds of others girls who probably share this same dream, Proctor may actually be destined to walk through Magic Kingdom in a shiny gold ball gown. Her mild-mannered, shy, 15-year-old co-lead, actor Jacob Thomas, says he likes playing the Beast because he gets to explore another side of himself. “I’m a very gentle person,” he explains, “so it’s nice to be able to see another side of me.” Not only do Belle and Beast show undeniable talent, the other actors and actresses also have no trouble morphing into their respective roles. Alex Borst, the candelabra Lumiere, lapsed into an impeccable French accent. I also watched the kids perform the song “Gaston,” which lauds the title character’s supposed perfections but really shows Ben Rodenmeyer’s (aka Le Fou’s) charisma (and ability to do somersaults). Simultaneously, in the foyer, a group rehearsed the song “Human Again.” The singers looked a bit frazzled: The song would be a challenge for most vocalists, sliding up and down the musical scale, changing octaves several times. My visit ended with an enthusiastic reprise of the song I’d heard right after stepping foot into New Stage, “Be Our Guest.” I left humming my favorite childhood tune. The young actors and actresses of New Stage Theatre’s summer drama camp have put in long hours and hard work in efforts to successfully pull off “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” If you’ve already seen the movie or the musical, the kids will reinvigorate the work for you. And if you or your children have never seen it, you definitely need to get your butt over to New Stage and see this iconic performance. The story is captivating, funny, even suspenseful at times, and the songs only add to play’s overall charm. New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) presents “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” July 15 through 18. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for 31 children 12 and under.

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Networking in the Neighborhood July 15, 5 p.m., at Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I, Flowood). The event offers those who are new to the area an opportunity to meet local folks, try new foods and get involved with area charities while having fun. Sponsors include Clear Channel Radio, Capital City Beverages and realtor Bret Baxter. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056.

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Grappling with Inertia

July 15 - 21, 2010



hen most people think of symmetry, perfection often comes to mind. But Audrey Niffenegger confounds this definition, as the title suggests, in her latest novel, “Her Fearful Symmetry” (Scribner, 2009, $15). Symmetry in this novel refers not only to the physical attributes of the main characters, who are twins, but also to time. The symmetry in this modern gothic novel will invoke alarm and even, at times, disgust. Unlike Niffenegger’s last novel, “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” in which the main character plunges into the past, present and future, the characters in “Her Fearful Symmetry” all seem to be stuck in time. Their struggle to break free of the repetition in their lives drives the novel. The story takes place in present-day London, and most of the action happens in or near Highgate Cemetery where Niffenegger is a guide in real life. The extensive research she did for this novel is obvious. Highgate’s history and mystery will grab you from the moment it is introduced: “People parked their cars … and stood looking about, taking in the chapels (once famously described as ‘Undertaker’s Gothic’), the iron gates, the War Memorial, the statue of Fortune staring blank-eyed under the pewter sky.” Niffenegger explores London’s foggy streets through the eyes of twins, Valentina and Julia, who are originally from Illinois. They recently have inherited a flat from their mother’s twin sister, Elspeth, which is located on the edge of Highgate Cemetery. The twins soon find that their Aunt Elspeth is haunting them, but her ghost is not the only disturbing element of the novel. The twins themselves are rather discomfiting. Described as pale and extremely small in size and stature with short, white-blond hair, the twins literally mirror each other. Valentina’s organs are even opposite those of Julia’s: Her heart is on the right side of her body. Valentina, the more physically fragile

of the two twins, also has a weaker personality. Julia completely dominates Valentina and will not allow her to do anything on her own, and Valentina is constantly trying to free herself from the grip that Julia holds over her. The twins seem trapped in an eternal state of childhood, unable to develop their own identities. Even though they are 21 years old, neither twin has ever even had a boyfriend. The many references to Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books compound the idea that Julia and Valentina are interminable children but also hint at the idea that their lives will shortly turn inside out. Soon after another character asks her what she likes to do, Julia wonders, “Why do I feel like I’m at the edge of a hole?” And Valentina, after finding herself in a new situation, feels like Alice after she eats a mint: “She had a rare sensation of being too big.” It’s not surprising, however, that Niffenegger alludes to the Alice books because they invoke an uncanny feeling much like that of “Her Fearful Symmetry.” Niffenegger even cites them as some of her favorite books in an interview with Crystal Patriarche published on Along with the twins, other characters in the novel also grapple with the inertia in their lives. There is Martin, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder and refuses to leave his flat. He has allowed time to pass him by, letting the world outside go on, while he remains inside. And there is Aunt Elspeth, who haunts the twins, and seems to be eternally confined to her old flat where the twins now live. Another tenant, Robert, also remains fixated on his former love, Elspeth. At times, the characters’ inability to act was insanely frustrating. I wanted to shake them and say, “Do something.” But their stasis is also what kept me furiously turning the pages of the book; I had to know if they would ever be free. The Merriam-Webster dictionary gives an alternate definition of symmetry as “the property of remaining invariant under certain changes (as … the direction of time flow).” This definition seems to label the lives of Niffenegger’s characters. Even the lives of the twins seem to mirror those of their mother and aunt. Elspeth sees herself and her sister in Valentina’s and Julia’s fights: “Elspeth stayed in the hall. She had no appetite for the fight the twins were about to have. Been there, done that,” Elspeth thinks. By the books end, through twists and turns, the characters break free of the symmetry that haunts their lives. But they are no ordinary characters, so they break free in ways most of us would never imagine. Audrey Niffenegger will sign copies of her book Wednesday, July 21, at 5 p.m. with a reading at 5:30 p.m. at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601366-7619).


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Chadwick Drive and other Hinds locations. Campers will stay in residence halls on the Raymond campus and eat in the student cafeteria. Only 100 campers will be accepted. $899; call 916-780-1333. Mostly Monthly Ceili July 18, 2 p.m., at Fenian’s (901 E. Fortification St.). The event is a familyfriendly gathering of folks interested in Irish music and dance. Food and drink available, especially Fenian’s Sunday brunch (until 3 p.m.) Free; e-mail “History Is Lunch” July 21, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Historian Stuart Rockoff presents “Chai Cotton: Jewish Life in Mississippi.” Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601576-6850. Glory Bound Skatepark Tour 2010 July 21, 5 p.m., at Doc*36 Skatepark (Jackson Enterprise Center, 931 Highway 80 West, Dock 36). The skateboarding event includes appearances by Mike Vallely, Bill Danforth, Kristian Svitak, Ben Raybourn and Cyril Jackson. Louder than Hell Live will be the DJ for this event. Skaters who want to participate in the Best Trick Contest should arrive early. $10, $50 VIP, $20 Best Trick Contest; call 601-238-1732. Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi Call for Applications through July 30, at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Those interested in jurying into the guild must submit an application by 5 p.m. July 30. Call 601-856-7546. FORMCities Call for Design Proposals through Aug. 15, at Jackson Community Design Center (509 E. Capitol St.). Mississippi State University’s Jackson Community Design Center (JCDC) will host a design competition and symposium focused on the inherent challenges and immense potential for socioeconomic and environmental reconciliation by addressing barriers created by an urban divide. Student and professional teams may enter, and the deadline is Aug. 15. $60 professional teams, $35 student teams; e-mail formcities_competition@ Project Redirectory Recycling Program. The telephone book recycling project ends August 31. Bins are located throughout the metro Jackson area, and you can schedule a pickup from your business if you have 50 books or more. Contact Keep Jackson Beautiful for a list of locations. Books may also be dropped off at Recycling Services (3010 N. Mill Street). Call 601-366-4842. Center for Cultural Interchange Call for Hosting Families. CCI needs to place 1,000 foreign exchange students from more than 40 countries around the world for the 2010-2011 school year. All of the students to be placed are 15-18 years old and are proficient in English. The application deadline is Aug. 31. Call 800-634-4771. Events at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Call 601-354-6573.

• Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18. Buy some fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; information also available at 601-506-2848. • Farmers Market ongoing. Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Afrikan Funkadelic Fridays ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). Every Friday from 8 p.m.-1 a.m., enjoy music by DJ Redcley and West African food from Chitoes African Deli. Brews and light wine will also be available for purchase. Call 769-251-1031. Medical Mall Moment Report ongoing, at WOAD 1300 AM and Find out about the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation’s current activities every second Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Call-ins to 601-995-1400 are welcome. You can send your questions and comments in advance to or call the office at 601-982-8467. Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength and endurance and immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue, weight loss and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

STAGE AND SCREEN “The Flashback Show” Dinner Theatre July 15, 6:30 p.m., at Giovanni’s Pizza (640 Grants Ferry Road, Flowood). The Detectives Mystery Dinner Theatre presents the four-act interactive comedy. The show includes a salad, entree and dessert. $42; call 601-937-1752. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533. • “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” July 15-18. The play about the classic tale is directed by Chris Roebuck and is presented by New Stage Theatre’s Broadway Junior Summer Camp Intensive. Show dates are July 15-17 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18 at 2 p.m. $10; $7 children 12 and under. • Open Auditions for Youth July 17, by appointment. The theatre is seeking male and female child actors ages 7-17 to portray roles in “The Miracle Worker,” “A Christmas Carol,” “A Soldier’s Play,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Twelfth Night,” “The 39 Steps,” the Unframed Series and the Eudora Welty New Play Series. The deadline to schedule an audition is July 15. Dial ext. 222.

Albums released this week: Crowded House “Intriguer,” Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse “Dark Night Of The Soul,” Fat Joe “The Darkside Vol.1,” Ice Cube “I Am The West,” Korn III “Remember Who You Are,” Tony Lucca “Rendezvous With The Angels,” The Maine “Black & White,” M.I.A. “/\/\/\Y/\,” Panda Bear “Tomboy,” School

Of Seven Bells “Disconnect From Desire,” Sting “Symphonicity,” Sun Kil Moon “Admiral Fell Promises,” Blue Giant “Blue Giant,” Newsboys “Born Again,” Hellyeah “Stampede,” Sons of Liberty “BrushFires of the M i n d , ” Curren$y “Pilot Talk,” Just Surrender “Phoenix”


Nickelodeon’s Story Time Live July 20, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). See Dora the Explorer, the Backyardigans, Kai Lan and the Wonder Pets perform live. Moose and Zee are the hosts. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at $35, $25, $15; call 601-960-1565 or 800-745-3000. “Gold in the Hills” through July 31, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The play is the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show. Set in the 1890’s, it features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. $10, $5 children 12 and younger; call 601-636-0471.

MUSIC The Mayapuris July 17, 3 p.m., at Joyflow Yoga (Trace Harbour Village, 7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). The Mayapuris seamlessly weave dance, song, spoken word, and irresistible rhythm into their performances. The kirtan workshop is from 3-5 p.m., and the concert is at 7 p.m. $30 workshop, $20 concert, $45 both events; visit

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North). Call 601-366-7619. • “Rasputin’s Legacy” July 16, 5 p.m. Troy Carnes signs copies of his book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $18.95 book. • “In a Heartbeat: Sharing the Power of Cheerful Giving” July 21, 4 p.m.. Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, portrayed in the movie “The Blind Side,” sign copies of their book. $24 book. • “Her Fearful Symmetry” July 21, 5 p.m. Audrey Niffenegger signs copies of her book; reading of the book at 5:30 p.m. $15 book.

CREATIVE CLASSES 3-D Studio Camp July 19-23, at ArtWorks Studios (160 W. Government St., Brandon). Children in grades K-12 will participate in sculpting and carving. Classes are divided based on grade. Call the studio for specifics. A T-shirt is included. $115; call 601-622-5511. Art Therapy For Cancer Patients ongoing, at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Activities Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Wednesdays. The classes are designed to help cancer patients and provide an outlet to express feelings, reduce stress, assist in pain management, help build positive coping skills and increase self-discovery and self-awareness. Art supplies are included. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

GALLERIES Art Reception July 15, 5 p.m., at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony). Lucy Hunnicutt’s artwork will be available for viewing during Ridgeland Rendezvous. Free; call 601-607-4147. Mississippi Artists’ Guild Exhibition through Aug. 31, at Municipal Art Gallery (839 North State St). The art exhibit will highlight 50 to 100 artistic selections from members including winners of the juried exhibition. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free; call 601-960-1582.

2010 Exhibits through Dec. 31, at One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). Featured artists throughout the year include Katie Drummonds, Kyle Goddard, Allan Inman, LaTricia Graves and more. Photography by Christina Cannon, Howard Barron, Roy J. Gattuso, Gerard L. Howard, William Patrick Butler and others will also be on display. Free; call 601713-1224. Jason “Twiggy” Lott Exhibit ongoing, at Nunnery’s Gallery (426 Meadowbrook Road). See paintings, collages and assemblages constructed from discarded objects called “reconstructions.” Free admission; call 601-981-4426.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Unburied Treasures July 20, 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 at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Dr. Kathryn Cascio Lewis discusses the artwork of Audrey Flack and the New Orleans quartet WATIV will perform. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Museum hours are 8 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, free for members and children under 3; call 601-354-7303. • Fun Fridays through July 30. Every Friday 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, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The 60-foot, twomillion-year-old Megalodon looms life-size in this mega-exhibit of modern and fossil sharks.


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“Summer Dress” through Aug. 31, at Manship House (420 E. Fortification St.). The museum exhibits the Victorian practice of preparing the home for the heat, insects, and dirt of the summer months. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Free; call 601-961-4724. “Paintings from the Soul of the Southland” and “Whimsical Women” Exhibits through Aug. 31, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See artwork by landscape artist Alfred Nicols and clay sculptor Susan Clark. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-432-4056. Sparkle & Twang: Marty Stuart’s American Musical Odyssey through Sept. 18, at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). The national traveling exhibit includes more than 500 items ranging from costumes and instruments to original lyrics from performers such as Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m. $10, $5 students K-college; call 601-696-2200. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/ end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to or fax to 601-510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE NPC Mississippi Bodybuilding & Figure Championships July 17, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Prejudging is at 9:30 p.m., and the show is at 7 p.m. The competition is a national qualifier open to Mississippi residents only. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi School for the Deaf Athletic Fund. $10 prejudging, $20-$30 show; call 601-898-2521 or 601-906-8837.

Mississippi Improv Alliance Summer Sunday July 18, 2 p.m., at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Three ensembles of dancers, visual artists and musicians will perform. Performers include Arts in Motion, Hot and Lonely, Chrishad Broadway, daniel johnson, Sandra Murchison and Marlena Duncan. Free; call 601-497-7454.


by Ryan Rudd and Natalie A. Collier

courtesy Corey Stokes

The Definition of Making It

Coke Bumaye and his crew,The Street Fame Gang, are determined to “make it” and bring other artists along with them in the process.


he small group stands on Capitol Street outside the Clarion Hotel Roberts Walthall well after midnight when all the downtown buzz has died. Discussions about the city’s progress (or lack thereof,

some members say) and the group members’ personal projects weave together like 1,000 thread-count sheets. When there seems little left to say, one group member, a poet, declares, “I just want all of us to win, man.” Others agree; it’s their desire, too. “We will. We’re gonna make it,” Coke Bumaye responds. “Yeah, man. We’ll make it,” another says to Coke with equal parts conviction and confidence. Twenty-five-year-old Corey Stokes, aka Coke Bumaye, the stage name he adapted from the “kill him” chant of Zimbabwe natives at the 1971 Muhammad AliJoe Frazier fight, has determined that he and members of his crew, The Street Fame Gang, will make it. Over the past decade, Jackson’s underground hip-hop movement has been establishing itself nationally, moving artists like David Banner and emerging phenom Boo the Boss Playa from the local streets to rap’s Main Street. These artists have and are paving the way for other up-and-coming artists to get exposure that they might not otherwise receive. Coke expects to do the same for those who come behind him. “We couldn’t really feel the music that was on the radio because it was so playful. That’s not the kind of stuff we were feeling,” Coke says of the music he heard before he decided to start rapping at age 14. “So I started making music for my friends, so we’d have stuff to listen to. And then my friends started saying that

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pacewolf recently met with representatives from Malaco Records to schedule a recording session. On July 17, they will share a bill at Roosevelt Noise’s reunion show at Sneaky Beans. (Spacewolf band mates Don Hawkins and Drew McKercher are former members of Roosevelt Noise.)

other people they let hear the music were feeling the emotion I was putting into it. I wasn’t trying to make anything to be mass-produced; I just wanted to be truthful.” Coke’s self-proclaimed “anti-radio music” is characterized by his gruff, I-bet-he’llbe-hoarse-after-a-song-or-two delivery style. When he growls, “B*tches try to recruit me/ N*ggas will salute me/They respect where I’m from respect/‘Cause they say we weren’t supposed to make it/It’s the gang, and we’re guilty by association” on “Guilty by Association,” the first track on the CD “The Initiation 2,” one doesn’t know whether to be offended by his vernacular or pat him on the back because he’s doing what “they” say he wasn’t going to. The rapper utilizes in-house collaborations with other members of his Street Fame Gang (Killa B and C-Lew, along with Crackkoke and DJ Bang-Bang). Each member of the gang has his own swagger that contributes to the group’s overall success, Coke says. “C-Lew is the most flamboyant, and Killa B has the more street-savvy style,” Coke says. He claims his style is a mixture of both. “Whatever—I mean whatever—you like, I’ve probably got a little bit of that in my sound, too. I’m flexible.” Coke and Street Fame Gang are earning their proverbial stripes quickly. Their first project, “Live Fast, Die Famous,” in February 2009, preceded “The Initiation” in July 2009. And that project’s follow-up was “The Initia-

courtesy spacewolf


tion 2: Guilty by Association” which the group distributed in March of this year. “It’s an amazing feeling to be in the studio, because now we’re recording in bigger studios with all the right equipment, but I remember the days when we were rapping in front of computer screens with a little microphone,” Coke says. “Back then, our sessions had to be perfect because we didn’t have the equipment to go back and edit mistakes, but now, rapping on our own original beats, with our own style (feels) simply amazing.” Looking to broaden the fan base for himself individually and the Street Fame Gang as a whole, Coke released a solo mixtape, “Translation,” July 7 and is simultaneously working on two other projects—“Highway to Mars” and “Old School Shoes and Tattoos”—scheduled to be released in the fall. Coke and The Street Fame Gang will keep toiling, though doors are opening to them because, Coke says, their mission in the rap game hasn’t been accomplished yet. “I don’t have a problem with us going mainstream, although that isn’t our ultimate goal,” Coke says. “As long as people are listening to our music ... and we have an opportunity to make profit from it, that’s my definition of making it in this game.” And as Coke and his gang make it, he says he will do what he can so others can, too. Find Coke Bumaye’s latest music at

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

July 15 - 21, 2010


t’s incredibly difficult to be objective about The Roots. It has been one of my favorite groups since I first heard “You Got Me” back in 1999. The song was the first live instrumentation hip-hop I had ever heard and is one of those songs that make you remember exactly where you were when you first heard it. I quickly went and bought every album The Roots had released and continue to do so. Throughout The Roots past few albums, though, a disturbing trend has emerged. Black Thought, the MC, has become a weight on the group. “Things Fall Apart,” the group’s 1999 classic, struck a perfect balance between band and MC. The beats, while coming from instruments, were nonetheless fairly traditional, matching Black Thought’s brilliant battle and backpack-style rhymes. His became a prominent name in the “greatest living MC” discussion following the release. The much more musically ambitious “Phrenology” exposed a rift. The band was

becoming more experimental and avantgarde, while Black Thought’s lyrics and voice were not making a similar progression. This disparity between band and rapper has only grown since. Over the past decade, the band has surpassed the MC—a fact made even more apparent on their new album, “How I Got Over.” The beats on the album are some of the best the band has ever done. The early part of the record recalls early 1970s Marvin Gaye. The aptly titled “Walk Alone” is a near perfect atmospheric song, while “Radio Daze” has a distinct 4-o’clock-in-the-morning sound. Essentially, The Roots are back in touch with the brooding mood it delved into on 2008’s brilliant “Game Theory.” The title track picks up the beat a bit in the middle of the album but still offers a gloomy urban portrait. Subsequent songs offer more head-nodding opportunities, particularly in album highlight “Right On” and the John Legend vehicle “The Fire,” but the overall mood remains dark.

Black Thought’s aforementioned lack of lyrical and vocal variation is noticeable from the get-go. This is not to say he is bad lyrically, but rather that his words don’t mesh with the music as well as they once did. The Roots have forayed into other sounds, pushing the genre’s envelope more than any hip-hop group outside of Outkast. Black Thought’s rhymes, on the other hand, while remaining inarguably impressive, seem stuck in the ’90s. This is where the problem of Thought’s vocal range comes into play, too. The MC’s voice stays in a one-note range and doesn't convey much expression beyond stoicism, toughness and anger. He needs a greater variation to keep up with the band's genre hopping. It's sad that lesser MCs such as Dice Raw and Blu sound more at home over Roots beats, often just because they are blessed with the virtue of restraint. “How I Got Over” is another terrific offering from one of the most consistent

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by Rob Hamilton

Legendary hip-hop act The Roots’ most recent album, “How I Got Over,” may leave loyal fans asking themselves a difficult question.

acts in hip-hop. The band continues to push itself musically and thematically, consistently rewarding the listener. Unfortunately, it does little to quell the notion that band and MC may be better served taking some time apart.

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F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon free; Amazinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Lazy Boi & the Blues Challenge Band 10-4 a.m. free Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Jesse Robinson (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Fire - Shamanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Harvest 9 p.m. $8 Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Liver Mousse 9-11 p.m. Touch Nightclub - Lil Wyte, Taco & Da Mofoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (hip-hop) 10 p.m. $15, 18+ Congress St. Grill - Emma Wynters 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Jim Flanagan 8:30-11:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Barry Leach Jazz Kristoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Madison - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 7-10 p.m. Parker House - Tim Avalon Jazz Trio 7 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Jason Turner 5:30-9:30 p.m. Que Sera (patio) - Buie, Hamman & Porter (classic rock) 6:30-9:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9:30 p.m. $5 Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Ronnie & Cathy 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Poets II - Hunter Gibson & the Gators 9-1 a.m. AJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates (blues/juke) Cherokee Inn - Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lo Trio 6:30 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Blue Triangle 7-10 p.m. Time Out - Mark Whittington & Fingers Taylor 9-12:30 a.m. Last Call - Eddie â&#x20AC;&#x153;D.J. Old Schoolâ&#x20AC;? Harvey Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 7-10 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Choctaw Indian Fair, Philadelphia - Miko Beasley Denson+ 6 p.m., The Four Tops 8:30 p.m. $10

July 16, Friday F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey free; Sherman Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/ Jackie Bell 10-5 a.m. (blues) $10 Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Electric Mudd 10 p.m. Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Red Room - Steve Forbert Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Silver Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - DoubleShotz 9 p.m. Underground 119 - King Edward Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 Cups, Fondren - The Wild Card Charlies (blues rock) 7 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Adam Perry & Chris Derrick 7-11 p.m. Poets II - The Iguanas 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Rick Lawson 9:30 p.m. $10 Little Willieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Jason Bailey 6-10 p.m. Afrika Book Cafe - DJ Redcleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Afrikan Funkadelic 8-1 a.m. Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. Time Out - Diesel 255 - 10-1 a.m. Soulshine, Township - Ben Payton 8 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - Mike & Marty 7 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Soul Haven 9 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Tim Avalon & Co. 8 p.m.

Regency Hotel - Snazz 9-1 a.m. Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Shadz of Grey 6-10 p.m. free Dick & Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Showdown/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Irish Frog - A Do 6:30-10 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Monkey Bone 9 p.m. free Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst - Jeff Reynolds Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc., King of Hearts Golden Moon, Choctaw - Whit & Wynters 6-10 p.m. Choctaw Indian Fair, Philadelphia - Miko Beasley Denson+ 6 p.m., Shane Yellowbird 7 p.m., Tracy Lawrence 8:30 p.m. $10

July 17, Saturday F. Jones Corner - Beer & Bones Grilling Fest: Iron Feathers 2 p.m., Bailey Bros. 4 p.m., The Xtremez 6 p.m., M.O.S.S. 8 p.m., Electric Mudd 10 p.m. $10; Sherman Lee Dillonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miss. Sound w/Sunny Ridell 12 a.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Good Enough for Good Times (funk/jazz) 10 p.m. myspace. com/goodenoughforgoodtimes Ole Tavern - Star & Micey; Apartment 5 10 p.m. Fire - Splendid Chaos 10 p.m. 18+ Underground 119 - Jedi Clampett Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Stadium - Clay Walker, Joe Diffie Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Shaun Patterson & Brandon Latham 9 p.m. Burgers & Blues - Welch-McCann 7-11 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 9-1 a.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Electric Co. 8 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free; Dreamer 8-1 a.m. $5 Poets II - Josh Garrett & The Bottom Line Last Call - Matthew Funches Band 9 p.m. Time Out - Jason Turner 9 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Rick Lawson 9:30 p.m. $10 Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Fade 2 Blue 6-10 p.m. free Dick & Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. Bonny Blairs - Karaoke Pelican Cove - Len Bouler 2 p.m. Big Earl 6 p.m. Warehouse - Pieces of Time 9 p.m. $5 Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 8 p.m. free Reed Pierceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Monkey Bone 9 p.m. free The Gin, Canton - Don Grant, Frazier Riddell,+ (benefit) $20 Whistle Stop Cafe, Hazlehurst Bubba Wingfield Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc., King of Hearts Golden Moon, Choctaw - Whit & Wynters 6-10 p.m. Choctaw Indian Fair, Philadelphia - Miko Beasley Denson+ 6 p.m., The Lost Trailers 7 p.m., Sara Evans 8:30 p.m. $10

July 18, Sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m.

7/18 The Offspring, 311 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mud Island, Memphis 7/18 Ringo Star & His All-Star Band - Beau Rivage, Biloxi 7/23 Al Green, Robert Randolph - Memphis Botanic Garden 7/24 Black Crowes - Horseshoe Casino, Tunica 7/31 Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton - Wharf, Orange Beach

Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Ceili 2-5 p.m. free Warehouse - Mike & Marty Open Jam Session 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Andy Hardwick 11-2 p.m. Sophiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) N. Midtown Arts Center - Miss. Improv Alliance Ensembles 2 p.m. 601-497-7454 Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - High Water 3-8 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 3-7 p.m. Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Fade 2 Blue 6-10 p.m. free Poetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s II - Shaun Patterson 4:307:30 p.m. Wingstop, State St - Shaun Patterson 8-11 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Dog Days of Summer Outdoor Concert 6-10 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Bubba Wingfield 6-9 p.m. free Hot Shots, Byram - Karaoke 6-10 p.m. free Ameristar, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Groove Inc.

July 19, Monday Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - ASAP free Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Dreamz - Marley Mondays/DJ 6 p.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

July 20, Tuesday F.Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi free Miss. Museum of Art - Unburied Treasures: WATIV 6:30 p.m. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free AJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates (blues/juke) Welty Commons - Miss. Improv presents WATIV 9 p.m. $5 donation Fitzgeraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free LDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen, Vâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;burg - Sounds Unlimited 8:30 p.m.

July 21, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - ASAP free Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ - Scott Albert Johnson (blues lunch) 12-1 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands Playoffs (rock) 8 p.m. Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Seth Libbey 9 p.m. Hal & Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant - Jason Bruce Underground 119 - Emma Wynters Burgers & Blues - Jesse â&#x20AC;&#x153;Guitarâ&#x20AC;? Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Shuckerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - PFC 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Kathrynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s - Larry Brewer 6:30-9:30 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Time Out - Jason Turner 9 p.m. Parker House - Jacktown Ramblers 7-10 p.m. Philipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Rez - Kokomo Joe DJ/ Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free Pelican Cove - Mike & Marty 7 p.m. Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m.

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 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) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 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, July 14th

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

BUY 1, GET 1 WELLS Thursday, July 15th

Weekly Lunch Specials

Bike Night w/ Krazy Karaoke 7:00 p.m. - No Cover

$2 MARGARITAS! Friday, July 16th


8:30 p.m. - $5 cover

Open for dinner Sat. 4-10pm thursday




Exquisite Dining at


Saturday, July 17th 8:30 p.m. - $5 cover The Rio Grande Restaurant





400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141



lunch specials $7.95 includes tea & dessert NEW PATIO DECK Is ALWAYS OPEN!












w/ Ghosthand and The Quills saturday


Star & Micey

w/ Apartment 5 monday


2-for-1 Drafts tuesday


OPEN MIC with Cody Cox *DOLLAR BEER* wednesday


DAVID MCCOY W/ SPECIAL GUEST FREE WiFi Open Mon-Sat, Kitchen open Mon-Fri 11 am-10 pm & Sat 4-10 pm

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 Sarah Senff

The Ultimate Layer Cake SARAH SENFF


ummer is full of occasions to get together: a backyard barbecue here, a potluck there, your third step-cousin twice removed’s 29th birthday (for the fourth year in a row). It seems people are always clamoring for your time, your attention and your culinary contributions. What can you bring to the table that’s a little more interesting than yet another tub of potato salad or a Jell-o mold decorated in the shape of an American flag? My choice: a giant, delicious stack of pancakes. OK, maybe not actual pancakes. Maybe

a cake of many tiny layers with icing drizzled over it so that it looks just like a tall stack of IHOP’s finest. Maybe a cake of with a truly impressive 14 layers. On the outside, this cake looks utterly modest. It’s rustic and obviously homemade. But cut it open, and you’ll see jaws drop. This particular cake is a bit less sweet than average. It’s more like a spongy ladyfinger than any cake you’ll find at a grocery store bakery or made from a mix, but it balances well with the abundance of icing, and you won’t to go into a diabetic coma after the first bite.

CHOCOLATE ICING GLAZE 3 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut up 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

July 15 - 21, 2010


Ryals Goat Dairy



frequently hit the Mississippi Farmer’s Market on Saturdays with the Child. We go to see friends, as well as stock up on fruits, veggies and other necessary items like yard art. We tend to stick to

In a large heavy saucepan, bring butter, sugar, milk and cocoa to a full boil. Reduce to medium-low and cook until the icing thickens slightly, which should take about three minutes. Stir in vanilla, and allow to cool until thickened but still easy to pour.

by Crawford Grabowski a routine, buying from the same vendors on each trip, varying only when the Child spots cookies. On a recent visit said Child forcefully dragged me not to sweets, but surprisingly to the Ryals Goat Dairy booth. I helped myself to a few of their samples and quickly discovered what has become my new favorite treat: Ryals’ Greek feta cheese. Each container holds delectably salty hunks of their feta immersed in herb-spiked olive oil. While Ryals Goat Dairy has been selling goat’s milk and artisanal cheeses at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market for about a year, the Tylertown goat dairy has been operating since 2007. In addition to feta cheese, it offers a variety of flavored creamy chevre, including Cajun, lemon-dill and my personal favorite: garlic. I’ve learned not only that I prefer my feta fresh, but that I should let the Child take the lead at the market more often— especially if she’s going to take me straight to the cheeses of Ryals Goat Dairy.

5 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottoms of 8-to-9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and lightly butter and flour the paper and sides of the pan. (You can bake the layers with one or two standard cake pans, but given the time involved in cooling and washing between each batch, I recommend you purchase several disposable aluminum pans for this process. It will be a huge time saver.) In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, and set aside. Cream together butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl at high speed and continue to beat until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl frequently. Beat in vanilla extract and butter flavoring. (Be sure you’re using a butter flavoring meant for baking, not a liquid “butter” like the kind you put on movie popcorn.) On low speed, alternate adding flour and milk until all is incorporated, and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl often. If you’re using a stand mixer, be sure to scrape the bottom as well to make sure no flour clumps remain. Scoop a heaping 2/3 cup into each pan and spread into a thin layer, coating the entire surface of the bottom. Bake cakes for 12 to 15 minutes each in batches, as the size of your oven allows. (My oven allowed me to bake three at a

Get It Fresh


By Tom Allin

othing beats farm- or garden-fresh produce for flavor and nutrition. Lucky for Jacksonians, the area has a number of venues where local growers sell in-season and organic produce and, in some cases, organic meats and eggs. Belhaven Market (929 High St. at the Mississippi Farmer’s Market) Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday In season: watermelons, butterbeans, corn, purplehull peas, new potatoes, fresh cut flowers and peaches Organic: squash, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, fresh herbs, blueberries, cucumbers, jams and jellies from organic fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, grassfed beef, lamb and poultry Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays In season: Watermelons, greens, turnip greens, collard greens, snap greens, tomatoes, okra and bell peppers McDade’s Market (multiple locations: 1220 E. Northside Drive, 653 Duling Ave., 904 E Fortification St. and 2526 Robinson Road)

1 cup brown sugar, tightly packed 6 large eggs, at room temperature 3-1/4 cups milk 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1-1/2 teaspoons butter flavoring

time, so I ended up with four batches of three layers and one of two.) Layers are done when they’re spongy but firm in the middle, and will likely develop a few small bubbles resembling the kind that tell you when it’s time to flip a pancake. Allow to cool for a few minutes in the pan before inverting onto a rack to cool completely. Using a cake board is certainly optional, but will make your life much easier (and your cake much easier to move) in this particular situation. Place a layer of cake on a cake board and place on a wire rack set over a jellyroll pan to catch all of the drips. Spread with a thin layer of icing and allow excess to drip down the sides, and repeat until you have used all the layers. Pour remaining icing over the top of the cake and run a spatula around the outside edge to ensure the sides are totally covered. Garnish with whatever strikes your fancy: strawberries, pecans or edible flowers are good choices. If you’re looking for a more polished finish, you could also cover the entire cake in a chocolate butter cream before garnishing. Just remember: Butter has a melting point of about 90 degrees and vegetable shortening of 106 degrees, so leaving your beautiful creation in the harsh Mississippi summer sun may leave you with a puddle of icing around the base of your cake. Stick to air-conditioned venues if you go this route.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

“Give us this day our daily hunger,” prayed French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. It was his personal variation on the “Give us this day our daily bread” line from the Lord’s Prayer. I suggest you use his formulation as your own in the coming week, Cancerian. It’s the high season for your holy desires: a time when your mental and physical health will thrive as you tune in to and express your strongest, most righteous longings.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

In a recent horoscope, I wrote about Christopher Owens, lead singer of the band Girls, and how he wore pajama bottoms during a show he did in San Francisco. This disgusted a reader named Eric, seeing it as evidence that Owens is a self-indulgent hipster. “Just another spoiled trust-fund kid,” he said in his e-mail, “whose excessively privileged life has given him the delusion that he’s uninhibited.” With a little research, Eric would have found the truth: Owens’ mother, a single woman who worked as a prostitute to earn a meager living, raised him in an abusive religious cult. I bring this to your attention in hopes it will inspire you to avoid making any assumptions about anyone. More than ever before, it’s crucial that you bring a beginner’s mind to your evaluations of other human beings.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I want to see your willpower surge and throb and carry you to a ringing triumph in the next two weeks, Virgo. I hope to be cheering you on as you complete a plucky effort to overcome some long-standing obstacle … as you put the finishing touches on an epic struggle to defeat a seemingly intractable foe … as you rise up with a herculean flourish and put the stamp of your uniqueness on a success that will last a long time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Art critics originally used the Italian word terribilità to describe the sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo. According to various dictionaries, it refers to “a sense of awe-inspiring grandeur,” “the sublime mixed with amazement” or “an astonishing creation that provokes reverent humility.” In my astrological opinion, terribilità is a prerequisite for the next chapter of your life story. Stunning beauty needs to flabbergast you. Where can you go to get it? A natural wonder might do the trick, or some exalted architecture, or the biography of a superb human being, or works of art or music that make you sob with cathartic joy. For extra credit, put yourself in the path of all the above.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In a favorable review of Badger Mountain Riesling wine, said, “The sweet succulent aromas of bosc pears are woven with lilacs and just a hint of petrol.” Meanwhile, Allure magazine named Sécrétions Magnifique as one of the top five sexiest perfumes in the world, even though its fragrance is like “floral bilge.” Petrol? Bilge? Both commentaries seem to suggest that greatness may contain a taint—or even that the very nature of greatness may require it to have a trace of something offensive. I’m guessing that’ll be a theme for you in the coming week.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

During the grace period you’re currently enjoying, you have a talent for tuning in to the raw potential of whatever situation is right in front of you; you just naturally know how to establish rapport with circumstances you’ve never seen before. That’s why your spontaneous urges are likely to generate fun learning experiences, not awkward messes. You’ll thrive as you improvise adeptly with volatile forces. It may, therefore, seem like your progress will be easy, even a bit magical. Some people may regard your breakthroughs as unearned. But you and I will know that you’re merely harvesting the benefits that come from a long period of honing your powers.

July 15 - 21, 2010

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)


A few single friends of mine use the dating site OkCupid to meet potential lovers. One woman got the following notice: “We are pleased to report that you are in the top half of OkCupid’s most attractive users. How can we say this with confidence? Because we’ve tracked click-thrus on your photo and analyzed other people’s reactions to

you. … Your new elite status comes with one important privilege: You will now see more attractive people in your match results. Also, you’ll be shown to more attractive people in their match results. And, no, we didn’t send this e-mail to everyone on OkCupid. Go ask an ugly friend.” According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you will soon receive a metaphorically comparable message—not from OkCupid, but from the universe itself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The liberation movement kindled in the 1960s wasn’t all fun and games. It ushered in expansive new ways of thinking about gender, race, sexuality, spirituality, music and consciousness itself. But it was fueled by anger as well as by the longing for pleasure and meaning and transcendence. A key focus of the rage was opposition to the Vietnam War. The adrenaline stirred by anti-war protests was an instrumental part of the mix that propelled the entire era’s push for freedom. I’m hoping that the oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico will become a similar beacon in the next ten years. Can you think of a comparable prod in your personal life, Aquarius? A gnawing injustice that will help awaken and feed your irresistible drive to emancipate yourself?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

Here’s a thought from Piscean poet W.H. Auden: “The image of myself which I try to create in my own mind in order that I may love myself is very different from the image which I try to create in the minds of others in order that they may love me.” If what Auden describes is true for you, I suggest you try this experiment: Merge the two images; see if you can make them the same. You’re entering a phase in your cycle when you will have a tremendous opportunity to unify the inner and outer parts of your life. (And if Auden’s description is not true for you, congratulations: You are either an enlightened saint or well on your way to becoming one.)

“Vocabulous”—a little of this, that and the other. Across

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1 Buddy on TV 2 Express disapproval of 3 “Against a thing,” to a lawyer 4 Nights before the big day 5 Just a handful 6 Sculpture, e.g. 7 Perrins’ partner 8 Lozenge brand 9 “Again!” 10 Big initials in telecom, once 11 Limitation 12 Mot ___ (fitting phrase)

13 Plays before the main act 14 Heavenly girl? 21 Cow’s mouthful 24 “Out of Africa” author Isak 25 “18 Till ___” (Bryan Adams song) 26 Stealthy gift giver 27 Take back 28 Vowel inclusion with a disclaimer 29 Drug chain 30 “...or is ___ speck?” (They Might Be Giants line) 31 They have their own X-ings 33 NYC underground system 34 Non-vegetarian sandwich 35 Consenting vote 38 Sherman Hemsley sitcom 41 Dogie catcher 43 Put in stitches 44 Gathered fodder 45 Zoe Saldana role 46 “Popeye” cartoonist E.C. 47 Have a cow? 48 Toilet 49 Annual parade sponsor 52 Security breach 54 Sermon subj. 56 Machine with a rewind button 57 “Now I’ve got it!” 58 Dir. opposite NNE ©2010 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@ For answers to this puzzle, call: 1900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #0469.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19)

“Thou shalt not kill” is a crucial rule for you to follow and not just in the literal sense. According to my reading of the astrological omens, you should also be extra vigilant as you avoid more metaphorical kinds of destruction. Please be careful not to unleash ill-chosen words that would crush someone’s spirit (including your own). Don’t douse newly kindled fires; don’t burn recently built bridges; and don’t deprive fresh sprouts of the light they need to keep growing. To put this all in a more positive frame: It’s time for you to engage in a reverent and boisterous celebration of life, nurturing and fostering and stimulating everywhere you go.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

The baseball game was over. TV announcer Mike Krukow was describing the “ugly victory” that the San Francisco Giants had just achieved. The team’s efforts were sloppy and chaotic, he said, and yet the win counted just as much as a more elegant triumph. He ended with a flourish: “No one wants to hear about the labor pains; they just want to see the baby.” That’s my message to you this week, Taurus. All that matters is that you get the job done. It doesn’t matter whether you look good doing it.

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GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Here’s the really good news: CIA director Leon Panetta says there are fewer than 100 Al-Qaeda combatants in Afghanistan. Here’s the utterly confusing news: The U.S has over 94,000 highly trained human beings in Afghanistan whose express purpose is to destroy Al-Qaeda. I bring this up as a prod to get you to question your own allotment of martial force, Gemini. You definitely need to make sure you have a lavish reserve of fighting spirit primed to serve your highest goals. Just make sure, please, that it’s pointed in the right direction.

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very Thursday at 10:30 a.m., women between the ages of 60 and 80 stand up in Trinity Episcopal Church at 1315 Jackson Ave., here in New Orleans, and place their arms on the shoulders and back of the man I love. They close their eyes and pray he might feel less pain. They close their eyes and pray he might know that he is not alone. These womenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;some of them strangersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;touch him with their hands. He prays for them by playing music because he is a musician by trade and by heart. In turn, they show up every Thursday for the healing service. They do something for him that I cannot: They give him something for nothing. They pray for him as a group. They give him relief. If his arthritis pain is second in his mind for even a moment, they have succeeded. Contemporary research points to the benefits of prayer as a contributor to overall well-being and a good life. Praying produces physical benefits like reduced blood pressure; psychological and emotional benefits such as a decrease in depression and fear; and spiritual benefits such as preparation for death. No research says prayer can cure you if you are ill. However, prayer can reduce stress and promote a more positive outlook on life. There are dozens of studies on the subject, none of which are absolutely conclusive because the language of spirituality versus religion is subjective. And the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;prayerâ&#x20AC;? itself is open to interpretation. So what is prayer? For me, prayer is silent reflection. For my partner, prayer is closing his eyes and praying to a Christian God. American poet Jorie Graham says this about prayer in her poem of the same name: â&#x20AC;&#x153;[T]his (prayer) is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets / what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing / is to be pure. What you get is to be changed.â&#x20AC;?

Emory University theologian Roberta Bondi said in an interview on â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of my favorite sayings of the monastics is that prayer is warfare to the last breath. Prayer is hard workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and painful a lot of the time because it makes us face parts of ourselves and accept parts of ourselves that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather not.â&#x20AC;? In a May 1997 article in Essence magazine, the New Orleanian author and storyteller Luisah Teish says the African American community has historically relied on prayer as a healing exercise. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of limited access to quality health care and our distrust of the medical establishment, we have occasionally relied on spiritual healing through such practices as prayer and the laying on of hands,â&#x20AC;? Teish says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of us, at some time, have used prayer chanting or proverbs as ways to guide, direct and heal ourselves.â&#x20AC;? Today, medical research supports these ways of coping. Researchers have taken a serious look at prayer and spirituality as a healing mechanism in the last two decades. The American Cancer Society sums up the numerous articles on their website (www. like this: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The U.S. Office of Technology Assessment reported that a

Personal Picks for Spiritual Music Leonard Cohen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Songs of Leonard Cohenâ&#x20AC;? Mahalia Jackson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greatest Hitsâ&#x20AC;? Van Morrison, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Philosopherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stoneâ&#x20AC;? Anoushka Shankar, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Riseâ&#x20AC;? Antonio Carlos Jobim, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jobimâ&#x20AC;? (especially â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aguas de Marcoâ&#x20AC;?)

survey of articles published in the Journal of Family Practice over 10 years found that 83 percent of studies on religiosity found a positive effect on physical health. Another study of two major psychiatric journals over 12 years found that for the studies that measured religiosity, 92 percent showed a benefit for mental health, 4 percent were neutral, and 4 percent showed harm. Religiosity was measured by participation in religious ceremony, social support, prayer and belief in a higher being.â&#x20AC;? What do we get from prayer? Whether we pray through making music, practicing yoga, meditating, kneeling with hands together or simply stopping for a moment of quiet, what we get is to be changed over time and to be more aware of ourselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well-rounded patients are generally healthier,â&#x20AC;? according to a public-health expert and university professor at Loyola University New Orleans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put all your eggs in one basket whether (the basket) is faith, a person you love or a job.â&#x20AC;? She says we must seek nourishment from many different places. In their paper â&#x20AC;&#x153;Prayer and Subjective Well-Being: An Examination of Three Different Types of Prayer,â&#x20AC;? Brandon L. Whittington and Steven J. Scher, professors at Eastern Illinois University, surveyed 430 patients about the type of prayer they engage in and how it relates to their general well-being. Here are their results: Prayer types that produced positive medical outcomes: adoration, thanksgiving and reception. Prayer types that produced negative medical outcomes: confession, supplication and obligatory.

Unique Ways to Pray â&#x20AC;˘ Water is a powerful spiritual symbol. As you soap and rinse in the shower, think about being cleansed of feelings of anger or regret. â&#x20AC;˘ As you climb stairs, concentrate on the exertion of your muscles and your breathing. Take the time to notice your body at work and appreciate your good fortune. â&#x20AC;˘ Take a 10-minute walk in a meditative way. Feel your feet touch the earth. Walk slowly and deliberately. â&#x20AC;˘ Tuck blessings into your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch box on post-it notes for happy eating. â&#x20AC;˘ Take an hour, once a week to be silent. SOURCE:

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And So It Goes I’ve been doing the Wii Fit routine every single day (minus the out-of-town weekend for the 4th). I’m averaging 30 minutes a day of actual workout time on the game and trying to reach the goal of 200 calories burned each time. These goals are small and arbitrary, but they’re still more than I was doing last month. I get my heart rate up, I build up a good sweat most days, and I have sore muscles in places that forgot what exercise felt like. When it starts to get easy, I’ll increase the routine, though I’m not looking forward to that. It means I’ll have to get up earlier and very likely means I’ll have to suffer the indignity of having my husband watch me work out. So embarrassing! Isn’t the home-gym idea supposed to circumvent voyeurs? My other idea to get myself back in shape is to keep a food journal. I’ve already forgotten I was doing that. Note to self: Play catch-up this evening! The MyPlate website is intuitive. I hear they have an Iphone app, too. Can I convince myself that I need a new phone so I can use this app? Oh, and so I can take better pictures of my pets on the fly? I think I got sidetracked again. —Kristin Brenneman

Zen and My Hard Drive My road to wellness this summer included a long road trip to the Northeast that ended with my laptop hard drive crashing on the last day. Oh, and my online backup system failed, too. Talk about a Zen test. I felt discombobulated in a way I never really had. Suddenly, it felt like my life was adrift.. This wasn’t because I had lost my “history.” I have various backup CDs and drives of my old documents and research and

such—even old e-mail. No, this was about my “system”—the system I’ve spent many hours this year perfecting. Nowadays, I use an online project-management system, which I really ratcheted up this year to help me control all the directions my life moves in. I can literally tie an e-mail to my staff to a certain date in order to “tickle” me to follow it up. The whole thing is remarkable, and I lost it. I also lost several months worth of e-mail. To be honest, I have always struggled with staying on top of e-mail and other stimuli. I run a newspaper and constantly start projects, host huge parties and the like. I never learned to manage my time well when I was younger, opting instead to do so much in crisis, resulting in workaholism. Nothing really stresses me more than my own disorganization. But a year ago or so, I was turned on to David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” books. I’ve learned so much I wish I knew many years ago. For one, it’s insanity to carry around to-do items in your head; everything has to be “captured” in a system. Once it’s there, it must be organized in a way that makes sense. If it can be done is less than two minutes, you should always do it. And it’s imperative to process all notes, to-dos, mail, e-mail, etc., at least once a week to “empty” the inboxes (haven’t gotten there, yet). The goal is to have a “mind like water” that isn’t constantly thinking about what it needs to do and allows me to be fully present in whatever I’m doing. This sounds like nirvana to me, and I’m getting closer to it. Or I was before I lost my system. I’m rebuilding my system in a better way even though it takes time. And I’ve learned that taking the time to back up is a major way to stay out of crisis mode. Speaking of crisis mode, my major goal for 2010 is to move myself and my company out of crisis mode. In the weekly deadlinedriven newspaper business, we often ride an unhealthy roller coaster. As a result, our health suffers, we get irritable, and we make mistakes that we wouldn’t make. So a huge part of my road to wellness is to institute practices and checkpoints to ensure we don’t exist in crisis. Being a workaholic and working around them is not healthy. So wish us luck as we embark on an attempt to free up psychic ram. —Donna Ladd


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