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Vol. 8 | No. 52 // September 9 - 15, 2010










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6 Redraw the Map Mississippi is redrawing its voting districts, including in Hinds County.

Cover photograph of Celtic dancers Courtesy Valerie Plested


THIS ISSUE: Hospitals Cry Foul .............. Editor’s Note


................... Slow Poke


............................. Talk


...................... Editorial


........................ Stiggers


............................ Zuga


...................... Opinion


......................... 8 Days


.......................... Books


.......................... Music


........... Music Listings


............................ Food


............................. Slate


............................ Astro


......................... Puzzles


.................. Body/Soul


...... Road to Wellness

lorenzo miller Lorenzo Miller sports a beard and a broad, engaging smile as he stands in front of his artwork inside the Eudora Welty Library. The walls of this otherwise dull white room pop with the brilliant colors and exquisite details in his paintings. From looking at his work, one would not suspect that Miller is colorblind. The artist paints with oil, acrylics and various mixed media. The subject matter for his paintings range from a portrait of a beautiful woman to an African American sax player surrounded by brightly colored musical notes. Another painting, a portrait of an African American matriarch with her home in the background, has an almost celestial quality to it and is painted primarily in light periwinkle blue. “Every time I pull out something visually, it’s a miracle,” he says, while gesturing animatedly. “I never did anything for attention.” Miller’s work is emotionally and spiritually driven. “Everything I do is because of God,” he says. As a child, the self-taught artist felt stifled by the art curriculum in high school at Murrah High School. He credits his parents for helping him reach his potential as an artist. His mother encouraged him to be an independent learner and equipped him with a dictionary to look up words he didn’t understand. His father instilled in him the value of paying attention to details. The Jackson native and proud father of five children grew up in

the Shady Oaks community in west Jackson, where he resides today. Miller, 43, attended one year of college at University of Southern Mississippi before joining the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1985 to 1993. He has a background in health care, serving as a combat medical specialist from 1987 to 1993. As a civilian, he worked as a home health assistant. He also taught art at Watkins Elementary School from 1998 to 2000. He smiles at the memory. “I loved it. … I was able to influence their lives by showing them (the students) the beauty of creating,” he says. A giver by nature, Miller often donates work to churches and economically disadvantaged people in the community. A 7-by-5-foot collage he donated to the Jackson Police Department currently hangs on the police headquarters’ wall. He hand-carved the names of officers who have fallen in the line of duty on the collage frame. In July, Miller met Jennifer Parker, branch supervisor of the Jackson/Hinds Library System while photocopying images of his works. Inspired by what she saw, Parker arranged Miller’s first one-man Jackson exhibit at the Fannie Lou Hamer Library last month. For Miller, art is something to be shared, and he views his work as a ministry. “Art has been a blessing to me. … Every painting or everything I’ve done was meant for that person,” he says. —Casey Purvis

Area hospitals have University of Mississippi Medical Center on the defensive.

16 Nature in the Raw Fletcher Cox “negotiates” with nature as he crafts unique creations from wood.

18 Arts in the Fall When it comes to patronizing the arts this autumn, your choices will overflow.




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

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

Gerard Howard A native of New Orleans, photographer Gerard Howard spends most of his time with jazz, art and friends. He photographed Fletcher Cox for the cover story.

Natalie A. Collier Associate editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and a graduate of Millsaps. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She wrote and coordinated arts pieces for this issue.

Casey Purvis Casey Purvis is a Fondrenite who loves finding old furniture and giving it a new lease on life. She is owned by Phoebe, a 9-year-old Lhasa apso. She works as a nurse in one of the local hospitals. She wrote the Jacksonian.

Brandi Herrera Brandi Herrera, a native of Portland, Ore., is a freelance writer and graduate of Linfield College in Oregon. She enjoys wine and cooking, and strives to live as “green” as possible. She wrote Body/Soul.

Tom Ramsey Tom Ramsey is a lobbyist and former investment banker who teaches private cooking lessons, writes poetry, runs with the bulls and has been known to produce albums. He owns Ivy & Devine Culinary Group (www.ivyanddevine .com). He wrote a food piece.

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Chris Zuga


Chris Zuga is a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist). When he is not hunched over a project, he spends time preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse and devours pop culture. He illustrated the editorial cartoon and wrote the art book reviews.

by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor

A Taste of Something Sweet


y earliest memories come to me in pictures. The drawings and etchings in the huge old book of German fairy tales my grandmother read to me are clearer in my mind’s eye than the stories they illustrated. I can see the glitter on the colorful advent calendar hung over my crib. Too tempting, I pulled myself up to its bright, sparkling colors and promptly yanked the calendar down on the floor. Screaming out my frustration, I brought my mother running. Like all small children, color and shape, movement and rhythm fascinated me. I wanted everything to be prettier—the dog got a ribbon, my mother a flower, my sister a song. It’s not unusual for children to be fascinated by all things arty; children are fascinated by everything. It’s not until later that we become cynical and closed off, pushed perhaps, by the world’s judgments of our art making as silly or insignificant or, worse yet, ugly. But most of us, eventually, stop making art and become, well, sensible and practical. What little we know about early humans is this: They made art. Whether it was decorating their bodies, their pottery or their darkest caves, humans adorned their surroundings. We can’t know what their music sounded like, or the stories they told at life-changing events, but surely, we know that music and stories came from speech as naturally as visual art came from seeing, and dance came from movement. A child’s instincts are the same. From the purely selfish desire to make one’s surroundings beautiful springs the desire to communicate—joy, status, events, concepts—to be a part of something larger, to be understood. Leo Tolstoy said it this way: “Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that other people are infected by these feelings and also experience them.” Art, then, is one’s ability to transmit not emotion, but emotionally. To take the ordinary—sound, color, shape, thought—and make it extraordinary through its very medium: sound becomes music, color becomes picture and pattern, shape becomes living space, thought a poem. My friend John once complained to me that art is unnecessary and artists were spoiled brats. To the contrary, I argued, art is in everything: Someone’s creativity created the room where you’re sitting, the chair you’re sitting in, even the clothes you’re wearing at this moment. (Whether you consider any of those things “artistic” is, of course, purely subjective.) I also defended the artistic temperament, though I’m afraid I didn’t convince John. If, as Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up,” it follows that artists retain the ability to be childlike. And children, we know, can be stunningly selfish, only concerned with their immediate needs and wants. Yet it is through childlike eyes that we regain our awe of the simplest things. Just watch

a baby discovering her toes or your nose or the first taste of something sweet to see what true wonder looks like. I’m pretty much OK with some selfish sensitivity if the result is a Beethoven sonata, a Rilke poem or a Wright building. And if the ability to retain innocent awe requires a little indulgence, that’s OK with me, too. Not everyone needs to grow up to be practical. As I grew up, I went through several artistic “what I want to be when I grow up” phases, casting about for my perfect expression. Poetry, visual arts, dance, acting—all bit the proverbial dust for various reasons: I have no binocular vision, I’m too short and curvy, I have awful stage fright. In my late 20s, I discovered a talent for graphic design, a skill that comfortably married my love/hate affair with words and my two-dimensional sight in what may be the ultimate art of communication. And then I left all that silliness behind to make money. For the sake of practicalities like a roof over my head and food to eat, I defaulted to a “fall back on” skill. I found that profession my father wanted me to have just in case my artistic “phase” didn’t work out. Not everyone can grow up to be an artist, I repeated as I took progressively more demanding managerial jobs in marketing. If I couldn’t find my inner artist, at least I could bring those sensibilities to bear in advertising. I could direct artists and recognize art if not create it. Remaining true to one’s art can be a most arduous life path in terms of practicalities, or it can be the only path worth taking. Few working artists see practical, monetary success. But ask a working artist—painter, poet or musician—if they do it for the money. I suspect you’ll get an incredulous look followed by a shake of the head. It is the wrong question.

Something about the South grows artists like it grows kudzu. Perhaps it’s the humidity. Perhaps it’s the sultry air and a somewhat flaccid and worn out refinement. There is, in some circles, an indulgence for the childlike. Every southern family gets at least one slightly insane relative, a friend told me when I moved to Mississippi. And perhaps, unlike the overly serious industrial cities that deal with blizzards, steel and money, a culture built on heat and agriculture nurtures its eccentrics far longer and treats them far better. So it is that a relatively small city like Jackson boasts a veritable smorgasbord of artistic talent. Even some of our most serious residents play in bands, spit poetry on Saturday night, or get behind a camera lens now and again. Among the canvasses hanging in local restaurants and coffee houses, you’re sure to find artists with “real” jobs—doctors and lawyers and advertising CEOs. And those who can’t claim a single creative bone in their bodies grow things in gardens or nurture homegrown artists by becoming promoters and collectors. For those gentle souls who have retained a sense of wonder over the years, indulging their uncomplicated desire to communicate emotionally by learning and practicing their art, I thank you. And to those of you who have become, perhaps, somewhat cynical and jaded about the world, I invite you to rediscover that spark of childlike awe through art—visual, musical, printed on a page or a tripping across a stage—maybe you’ll find it in these pages. Some of us never lost our fascination with our toes, your nose and that first taste of something sweet. And if I find some color in words and rhythm in phrases, I am blessed with a little bit of innocence in a caustic world. As for what I want to be when I grow up, I’ll let you know.

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Thursday, Sept. 2 Another oil and gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico explodes; however no leaks are detected. The U.S. Coast Guard rescues all 13 workers on the rig. … Allergan Inc. maker of Botox, agrees to pay $600 million to end a Justice Department investigation into the makers marketing efforts. Friday, Sept. 3 Gov. Haley Barbour signs a bill pushed by Attorney General Jim Hood banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana, an herbal mixture known as spice. Saturday, Sept. 4 Classified ad website Craigslist takes down its “adult services” section after attorneys general in 17 states urge the site’s founder to permanently close the section, which included ads for prostitution, sex trafficking of children and other sexual services. … University of Southern Mississippi doctoral student Josh Ennen discovers a new turtle species in the Pearl River. Sunday, Sept. 5 Jefferson Thomas, 68, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” dies in Ohio of cancer. In 1957, Thomas was one of nine teenagers integrated into Little Rock, Ark., Central High School amidst intense opposition requiring federal intervention to resolve. … Mississippian natives Ronald Bullock and his daughter Diana Tate reunite 52 years after Bullock went to war the day after Tate’s birth.

Senator Warns of Hinds District Loss


ackson Sen. Hillman Frazier called upon city residents to crowd the halls of Hinds County Circuit Court this month to voice their concerns about redistricting. “Hinds lost population,” said Frazier, a Democrat representing a district in a largely Democratic county. “The Mississippi Delta lost population, and they are in danger of losing representation in the Legislature. We have to protect their interests going forward because you could actually lose a representative in Jackson.” The Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment and Redistricting is conducting public meetings across the state over redrawing the state’s 122 state House districts and 52 Senate districts. Lawmakers must redefine the state’s districts every 10 years to match changes in population revealed by the U.S. Census. Frazier said the Jackson public needs to make its interests known to the committee, especially considering Hinds County’s drop in population density over the last 10 years. The Senate subcommittee will draw the Senate plan, and the House subcommittee will draw the House plan based on comments and Census information, and together will pass a resolution that both chambers must approve. “Once it’s adopted by the House and Senate, it’ll go to Washington for ap-

Jackson Sen. Hillman Frazier encouraged Jackson residents to attend a Sept. 15 hearing to prevent losing a voting district in Hinds County.

proval,” Frazier said. “We still have to get it cleared by the (U.S.) Department of Justice because of our history as a state, how we went from 63 black legislators in 1876 to zero black legislators due to racist redistricting. The DOJ wants to make sure we don’t do that again.” The issue is likely to become a battle this year as Republicans and Democrats fight for influence and to avoid losing a

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district. Legislative redistricting in 2002 cost the state one Senate district and three House districts. It also forced two incumbent Republicans to vie for influence over a single new district created from two districts in the northeastern part of the state. The fight officially begins in 2011 after the state receives the new population figures from the Census count. As it stands, both the House and Senate have tossed together two very partisan committees. The House Committee, with its nine Democrats and one lone Republican, will likely favor districts strengthening the Democrat presence in the state. Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, meanwhile, has created a committee consisting of five Republicans and five Democrats—but three of the Democrats on the committee almost always vote with Republicans on every issue. The Democrats include Sens. Tommy Dickerson of Waynesboro, Cindy HydeSmith of Brookhaven and Jack Gordon of Okolona. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, supported some controversial Republican positions during the 2009 legislative session, such as opposition to a tax increase on tobacco, but has since parted ways with Republicans on some education-funding issues. Frazier is the Senate committee’s lone African American member. Political reporter Bobby Harrison REDISTRICTING, see page 7

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Wednesday, Sept. 1 A man with an explosive device strapped to his body held three hostages for several hours at Discovery Communications, reportedly over its programming. Police shot and killed the suspect. … Jacksonians celebrated Good Neighbor Day with free roses from Greenbrook Flowers, which started the tradition in 1994.

Among the many world-famous artists who once called Mississippi home, we’re proud to include Walter Anderson, W.C. Handy, Richard Wright, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Bo Diddly, William Faulkner and Stephen Ambrose, among other greats.

“I have rebuked the idea and the thought that because we are an over 80 percent African American city, that there is something wrong with the city of Jackson.” — Jackson Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff Sean Perkins, speaking at the Farish Street Baptist Church Aug. 31.



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wrote in The Sun Herald last month that the Legislature may not rubber-stamp House and Senate plans as they have in the past, and political author Jere Nash said the issue could end up mired in partisan bickering that could lead to a court decision. “For the first time in the history of the Mississippi Legislature one house is now threatening to muck with the redistricting plan of another house. The Republicans in the Senate have talked openly about the House plan as fair game when it comes over to the Senate, that if they don’t like the way the House Democrats have drawn the plan then they feel comfortable about amending it and sending it back,” Nash told the Jackson Free Press. The House could easily retaliate with a mimic reaction, but if the two chambers cannot come to terms with a redistricting plan, Nash said the issue could go to a three-judge panel consisting of a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge and two district court judges chosen by the chief judge of the 5th Circuit—conservative Ronald Reagan appointee Edith Jones. A similar situation arose from the Legislature’s inability to agree on a redistricting plan after the 2000 Census, and a threejudge panel redrew the state’s congressional districts in February 2002, almost in exact

accord with Republican preferences. “If they do the same thing with legislative reapportioning this year that they did with congressional reapportioning 10 years ago it’s up to the federal courts to redraw the plan … and the majority of all those judges are Republican,” Nash said. “You know what happened when the three-judge panel redrew the congressional plan three years ago, so you see the beauty of (the Senate’s) strategy.” Like Frazier, Nash advocates the importance of a high turnout at Hinds County Circuit Court, since any court complications following the re-districting plan will force the court to examine commentary gathered at the public hearings. “If the DOJ decides to really get involved in this, if they become concerned the Legislature is attempting to retrogress, they all will look to the public record that the committee built (from public forums). … They will want to see if the committee had people talk to them about what ought to be in and what the district ought to look like, and they will want to see if the committee listened to that,” Nash said. The hearing will be 6 p.m. Sept 15, in Hinds County Circuit Court, 407 E. Pascagoula St., downtown. For more news and updates, go to

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he Jackson City Council failed to few, and my people can’t reach either of the approve two controversial ordinance child’s parents or guardian we have no place changes this morning, despite over- to put them because the detention center all favorability for the ordinances will not take them—but that’s where the among a majority of the ordinance says we have council. to take them,” Coleman Deputy City Attold the Jackson Free torney James Anderson Press. advised the council to Ward 3 Councilman withhold a vote on an Kenneth Stokes pressed ordinance restricting for passage of the ordicity police officers from nance regardless of holes, inquiring about resident arguing that “there are status during public invery few offenders” who teractions, because the Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth will be a problem, since council failed to properly Stokes failed to reinstate a curfew police can reach most for minors at the Tuesday council approve changes in the meeting. parents, but Ward 6 ordinance during an AuCouncilman Tony Yargust committee meeting. ber countered that voters “That meeting did not formally vote it “don’t want to learn weeks later” that the out. I think it was an oversight on the part city council passed an ordinance that won’t of all of us that it was not formally voted at work. that meeting,” Anderson said. Council President Frank Bluntson The council also failed to pass an ordi- called a motion for a vote, despite the innance imposing a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew herent flaws of the ordinance, but the oron minors, which expired in 2009. The dinance failed with four members of the council still had no answer for concerns council in opposition. Ward 2 Councilman voiced by Jackson Police Chief Rebecca Chokwe Lumumba then offered a motion Coleman that police had no place to take to reconsider the ordinance at a later date in curfew violators who are “status offenders,” hopes that the council could iron out the meaning they have committed no crime be- issue with status offenders. yond violating the curfew. His motion passed with a 6-to-1 vote “If we pick them up and they have in favor, assuring that the council will revisit committed no violation other than the cur- the ordinance soon.



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or Farish Street Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. Hickman Johnson, Jackson’s Renaissance isn’t just about rebuilding homes and businesses, but restoring the city’s soul. Johnson, who has been the pastor at Farish Street Baptist since 1968, remembers when Farish was a vibrant community for middle-class African Americans. As the historic district begins to rebuild itself after decades of economic decline and blight, Johnson wants his church to have an active leadership role in a host of issues including the city’s declining tax base, new developments and engaging area youth. “When I came to Farish Street Church, it was in the center of black economic development,” he said. “If you went to see a lawyer, or a doctor, you came to Farish Street. If you wanted to go to the movies, you came to Farish Street. All that has changed now. …You have to first find the soul of the community, and we are trying to do that, we are trying to bring people in touch with who they are.” Last month, Johnson launched the second annual “31 Days of August,” a series of forums and events to engage the church and the Farish community. The events included an outdoor picnic, a gospel showcase and an Aug. 30 national issues forum with CBS news correspondent Randall Pinkston. It concluded the following night with “Engaging Church for Community,” a panel discussion with several key community leaders including Jackson State University Interim President Dr. Leslie McLemore, Jackson Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff Sean Perkins, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, Full Spectrum South Development Director Malcolm Shepherd, Watkins Partners Director of Entertainment Brad “Kamikaze” Franklin and others. At the Aug. 31 forum, the majority African American congregation filled the 117-year old church, listening to speakers and holding them accountable with questions. Perkins championed the city’s efforts to restructure its budget without laying off employees, and remained optimistic about

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Restoring the City’s Soul

The congregation at the Farish Street Baptist Church is engaging in Jackson’s renaissance.

the future of Jackson, despite declining tax revenues. “I have rebuked the idea and the thought that because we are an over 80 percent African American city, that there is something wrong with the city of Jackson. ... What we need to do here in the city of Jackson, as residents, is do the same thing. Now the flipside of that is that we have to accept the fact that not everyone who lives in Jackson looks like the majority of us in this church today,” Perkins told the crowd. Shepherd, who is overseeing the 50acre Old Capitol Green development and mixed-use district, said he wants to bring Jackson back to the sustainable, walking community it was several decades ago. “We plan for Old Capitol Green to be a walkable community, where you can walk to the grocery store, where you become healthy by walking more, he said. “You can go almost anywhere from Old Capitol Green and downtown—walking—within 15 minutes. It’s the same concept as a village, but it took all of our master’s degrees, all of our PhD’s in order for us to realize that we were designing a community that we used to have.” When residents began asking Shuler Smith about alternatives for probation sentences and the state’s high incarceration rate,

Franklin redirected the discussion and called for the audience to focus on intervention. “Can we discuss the role of the church in having proactive and preventive measures for our youth, before we talk about sentencing and before we talk about what is going to happen with them when they get out of jail?” Franklin asked the audience. He then pointed out that there was youth present at the forum. Shortly after Franklin’s assessment, a representative from Rowan Middle School called on audience members to mentor male students at the school. With prompting from McLemore, the audience passed around a sign-up sheet, and six volunteers committed their time. Johnson said that he never intended for the forum to be a mechanism for solving community issues, but a venue for residents to have constructive conversations and build trust. “The goal for me was not to solve issues, it was to understand issues,” Johnson said. “You can’t solve what you don’t understand. I’ve been a community activist for more than 40 years. What I’ve learned is that the reason we fail on so many fronts, is because there is no trust among partners.” Comment at



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ackson residents had the opportunity to weigh in on the city’s proposed fiscal year 2011 budget during a Sept. 7 public hearing. While the city will not increase property taxes or lay off employees, the city’s public transportation system, JATRAN, faces a reduction in routes, and open driver positions will remain vacant. Last week, city department heads and Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. answered an array of questions from council members about departmental expenses, programs and staff duties. The city is facing a $10 smaller operating for fiscal year 2011 of $256.1 million compared to $266.7 for 2010. City spokesman Chris Mims said that the city has managed to recover $5.6 million from restructuring its bond debt, and carried over $2.3 million in departmental savings. The city is also using $3.1 million from its reserve funds. JATRAN’s total operating budget is $11 million, including $3.4 million in federal stimulus funds, a 2.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration and another $760,000 FTA grant. The city’s contribution of $4 million for JATRAN is consistent with fiscal year 2010. Corinne Fox, director of planning and development, said that while there are additional sources of funding, most of those funds go toward making city buses more accessible for the disabled. In March, the council approved an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to install wheelchair lifts and ramps on its fleet of JATRAN buses and hire a finance coordinator to make sure the city is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agreement is the result of a 2008 lawsuit, which Jackson resident Scott Crawford, the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities and Disability Rights Mississippi filed against Jackson for not abiding by the act. Ward 2 Councilman Chowke Lumumba voiced concern about JATRAN’s sustainability for the future. “What I think is that we have to find a way to make JATRAN self-sustainable,” Lumumba said. “I’m trying to provoke a sufficient interest in planning and development. I don’t think it’s going to happen over one year period. But I think over a period of time, if we make that a

serious objective, we can do it.” Johnson told council members last week that the planning department would look at the volume of traffic on bus routes and decide which routes to reduce or consolidate. “We are generating ideas, and one of the things we did for this budgeting process was to present this charge and challenge to JATRAN to make sure that there was no increase in our contribution this year, but at the same time to look at the future to see what adjustments can be arranged with the existing ridership to bring about cost savings,” Johnson said. Johnson said the department expects a 7.5 percent savings in JATRAN’s budget over the next two years. “As we looked at the budget, a large portion had to do with personnel and benefits. By reducing the number of operators by six, we could reduce cost over the long run to get to that cost savings. As we make reductions in routes, that could be a way to increase ridership,” he said. “... Instead of the bus coming every 15 minutes, the bus may come every half hour.” To increase ridership and revenue, Lumumba proposes that Jackson Public Schools supply vouchers for students to ride the bus to and from school. He also suggested that bus routes go as far as Hinds Community College’s Raymond campus and that the city market riding the bus as a way for people to save on gas money and avoid the hassle of parking. During last week’s budget hearings, Johnson also highlighted economic development efforts the planning department is undertaking. In addition to developing incentives for small businesses such as storefront grants, Johnson the city is pursuing a health-care industry expansion. “No one else in Mississippi can compete with us in terms of the health-care industry, and maybe in the Southeast,” Johnson said. “We are focusing more of our efforts on developing relations with the health-care industry and trying to use that as an economic development tool.” On Sept. 8, council members will address proposed budgets for the Jackson Zoo, the city’s library system and the Jackson Public Schools District. The council votes to adopt the budget Sept. 14. Comment at

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Years to Go on BP Suit, Hood Says

A worker cleans up oily waste on Elmer’s Island, just west of Grand Isle, La., May 21, 2010. Attorney General Jim Hood says it may take years to assess the full damage.


ississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said it could take years to assess the extent of harm the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused. “I’m calculating our damages,� Hood told the Jackson Free Press last week. “We’re calculating what our damages are, and it’s probably going to take at least three years before we figure out what our damages are. The environmental damage will take time.� Even as the memory of the Gulf Coast deepwater oil geyser fades from the mind of many people outside the Gulf Coast, the lingering money problems the devastation spurred continue. In July, international credit rating company Moody’s estimated that the three-month oil explosion from the BP deepwater well did enough damage to rob the Gulf Coast region of 17,000 jobs and could cost the Coast $1.2 billion in lost economic growth by year-end. “People aren’t happy,� said Gulf Coast resident Linda St. Martin, a spokeswoman for coastal fishermen. “Our shrimpers and oystermen are very unhappy and worried. They are so worried. Many of the businesses impacted so severely depend on tourism. “Consider fishing tournaments. One fishing tournament alone can generate between $3 million and $4 million in a five-day period, but all of our fishing tournaments have been moved, changed or canceled—and

there are a lot of tournaments.â€? But Hood said the true nature of oil damage will encompass more than immediate revenue loss. “It might be OK for fishermen to say, ‘I made $50,000 a year for the last 10 years.’ That’s $150,000 for three years ahead or whatever. They may try to take a $150,000 settlement with BP, but then he or she needs to think about the really long-term impacts. What if the fish or shrimp they’re catching disappear? The herring up in Alaska disappeared five years after the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. The adult fish don’t suffer the same affects that juvenile fish or shrimp do.â€? The petroleum company addressed the mess days after the uncapped oil well began gushing into the sea. White House-appointed Claims Director Kenneth Feinberg took over BP’s claims process and now administers a $20 billion escrow fund the oil company agreed to create at the demand of President Barack Obama. St. Martin said it is too early to judge whether Feinberg is doing a good job of getting payouts from the fund to suffering Gulf Coast businesses. But Hood warned that people accepting payouts from the fund have no way for to assess the real economic damage stemming from long-term environmental catastrophe, and that other states could benefit unfairly if any premature assessment is made. “We’re monitoring this natural resource damage assessment process that is being run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,â€? Hood said. â€œâ€Ś NOAA is going to come in and dictate that we look at the financial losses, which definitely Florida will have a lot more of. ‌ We don’t want Mississippi and Louisiana getting cheated because Florida will have the lion’s share of the financial loss.â€? Compiling environmental data is no easy matter, and BP has done its part to silence information-gatherers, according to numerous media accounts. The American Association of University Professors says BP is trying to buy the silence of the scientific community in preparation for long-term litigation. AAUP President Cary Nelson blasted BP

for issuing contracts to scientists that restrict them from publishing research they conduct for BP or to speak about the information for at least three years, and that scientists can only do work for other agencies so long as it does not conflict with the work they are doing for BP. The AAUP also reports that the contract mandates that scientists testify for BP in court if needed. The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce wrote a July letter to BP complaining that “any effort to muzzle scientists or shield their findings under doctrines of legal privileges could seriously impede the recoveryâ€? of the Gulf Coast. Other voices are raising alarm at the settlement deal the U.S. government has orchestrated with BP. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., submitted a Sept. 1 letter complaining that Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility appears to let BP finance wages it pays to fishermen doing clean-up for BP with clean-up money. Hood said he has his own issues with the settlement process, pointing out that the process restricts anybody closing a settlement with BP from later filing a claim against BP in court. Hood argued that any beleaguered coastal business suffering from the oil spill needs to be fully informed of its total losses before concluding a settlement, including losses stemming from long-term environmental destruction that may not manifest for years. The attorney general said he also took issue with a settlement waiver immunizing BP’s business partners involved in the gulf disaster, including Transocean and Halliburton. “We disagree with those waivers, although I could understand why BP would want them. BP has some indemnity agreements (with those business partners) whereby they agree to pay for damages caused or damages sought against one of the people they’ve hired to drill the well,â€? Hood said. “We’re still working with Feinberg to get things put into place, like having some legal counsel ‌ before people make these long-term decisions (on their settlements.)â€? Follow oil spill news and comment on this story at

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Hospitals Feud Over Equipment tion to decide whether UMMC’s purchases were even subject to the certificate-of-need requirement. UMMC then withdrew its request for the certificate of need July 13, and submitted a separate request that the department decide whether the purchase required its oversight. On July 22, the health department determined that the linear accelerator purchase was not subject to its oversight, giving UMMC the go-ahead to begin the roughly $1.9 million in renovations required to install the accelerator. Baptist, St. Dominic and CMMC filed suit in Hinds County Chancery Court Aug. 10, alleging that UMMC needed a formal certificate of need. The hospitals also asked for a temporary injunction stopping any work on the accelerator’s installation. “Plaintiffs are hospitals serving the same market and public as UMMC, and all would suffer unfair competition and adverse economic impact from UMMC’s obtaining the (equipment),� the three hospitals allege in their suit. While the hospitals cite economic fairness in arguing for the certificate-of-need requirement, the requirement is primarily an attempt to control medical costs, says state Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory. Because third-parties—health-insurance

companies and federal programs like Medicare and Medicaid—pick up a significant portion of the medical expenses that hospitals charge to patients, patients have less incentive to forego more costly treatment. Bryan, who chairs the Senate Public Health Committee, The University of Mississippi Medical Center is embroiled in a legal fight over radiology equipment. said that these conditions lead hospitals to purchase expensive equipment and use it liberally. laws do not apply to it. “The existence of a gizmo leads to usage In a statement, Dr. James Keeton, of a gizmo,� Bryan said. “If you have enough UMMC’s vice chancellor for health affairs, people in town that one gizmo will handle all cast the certificate-of-need requirement as a of them—but you have three hospitals, and barrier to UMMC’s three-pronged mission of you have three gizmos—then each hospital education, research and health care. is going to overuse its gizmo. So the certifi- “We believe (UMMC’s) statewide miscate-of-need process is to try to see to it that sions would be greatly diminished if (it) were we don’t have three gizmos out there that the subject to regulation under state certificate-ofsystem’s paying for when we only need one.� need law,� Keeton said. UMMC’s defense of its purchase hinges For Bryan, the lawsuit is yet another exon its status as an educational institution as ample of how the country’s current health-care much as it is a hospital. The state Board of system distorts incentives and fails patients. Institutions of Higher Learning made this “There’s an awful lot of lawyers spendcase in a motion it filed Aug. 27 to intervene ing an awful lot of time fighting these battles,� in the case, arguing that it has sole authority Bryan said. “I’m a lawyer, but I ain’t never over purchases by UMMC. The medical cen- made anyone well. Whatever we’re spending ter filed its own motion to dismiss the case the on lawyers ain’t being spent on taking care of same day, arguing that state certificate-of-need the sick.�


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ard Rock CafĂŠ meets Mexican cuisine: that’s Jackson’s newest Mexican restaurant, Fuego Mexican Cantina. Authentic Mexican cuisine coupled with a unique dining atmosphere equals fiesta fun and bona fide goodness in every bite. Fuego means “fireâ€? in Spanish, and this new restaurant is definitely heating things up in the Capital City. Fuego Mexican Cantina You’ll find an open patio perfect for a fall afternoon with friends or coworkers sipping on 99-cent happy hour (4 to 7 p.m. every day of the week!) margaritas, or dine inside for your own personal Hard Rock where guitars line the walls; and not to mention, is a great venue to watch your favorite sporting event, especially during football season, with an abundance of televisions throughout the inside dining area. By October 2010, an upper balcony area will be open, offering customers another outdoor area to sit with a great view of downtown Jackson’s State Street (which will definitely be a coveted spot during the annual Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade). Located at 318 South State Street in downtown Jackson, parking is readily available off State Street. Any time of the day you are hungry for Mexican cuisine, you can order it at Fuego Mexican Cantina. From 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day, the menu offers genuine Mexican cuisines from quesadillas, chimichangas, burritos and more. There is not one item that is more popular than the other; the menu offers variety for the customer looking for a way to appease their appetite. With a great selection of both food and drink, it’s perfect for your daytime lunch break or a meal and drinks with the friends after work. Located in the Capitol Green area of the city, live entertainment on the outdoor patio is featured every day of the week during the evening hours. From Monday night football to live acoustic music on Thursday, you can enjoy sizzling fajitas or your favorite enchilada. Daily lunch specials, vegetarian dinners, combination dinners, and specialties offer those dining on a budget a deal like no other. And did we mention 99-cent margaritas or any frozen drink or adult beverage “on the rocksâ€? every day of the week between 4 and 7 p.m.? Get your Fuego favorite to go by calling 601-592-1000 or stop by 318 South State Street and let owner Sharon Jackson and her staff take care of your Mexican cuisine craving. View their menu online at Fuego.html or find them on Facebook at Fuego Mexican Cantina.


s the state’s only teaching hospital, the University of Mississippi Medical Center occupies an awkward position. Its reputation as central Mississippi’s charity hospital is sometimes at odds with its new image as a high-quality medical research center. And while its place under the authority of the state board for Institutions of Higher Learning insulates it from some of the roughand-tumble economics of the health-care industry, it still competes with the Jackson area’s three other hospitals for patients and, by extension, money. That tension bubbled to the surface this month when UMMC’s three sometime-competitors, St. Dominic Hospital, Baptist Medical Center and Central Mississippi Medical Center, filed suit to stop UMMC’s purchase of cancer radiology equipment. The three hospitals argued that the state Department of Health must grant UMMC a “certificate of need� before it can buy a roughly $5 million linear accelerator for use in radiation cancer treatment. UMMC initially requested a certificate of need from the health department in 2009, arguing that it was essential to the medical center’s educational mission. On June 9 of this year, though, Attorney General Jim Hood issued an opinion saying that the Department of Health had the discre-

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n August, a 13-year-old Jacksonian was charged with aggravated assault for shooting a 17-year-old friend in the head. Thankfully, the friend lived. Police charged the tween as an adult for aggravated assault—essentially the closest our state has come to an attempted-murder charge. Police said the younger man was “playing with” the gun and pointed it at his friend’s head. Juvenile-justice research proves that charging a minor as an adult is counter-productive in a society that supposedly would like to be safer. Should the young man be convicted, he would receive little or no education, mental health treatment or rehabilitation in adult prison. He likely would be sexually abused in prison. He would have an adult criminal record limiting his future options. And, he is more likely to re-offend once he is exposed to adult prisons. A 2001 analysis in Florida showed that youths convicted as adults were 4.90 times more likely to re-offend than had they been sent to the youth system. But that wasn’t the only wrong in this case. Following the arrest, Jackson-based media outlets, including The Clarion-Ledger, reported the incident, naming both the 13-year-old and the victim, presumably because the police named them. Why not? There are plenty of reasons why not. It is dangerous for police or the media to identify children charged with crimes, especially that young, without very precise reasons for doing so. And clearly there are no reasons in this case: The young man was not on the run and dangerous to an unsuspecting public, and there is no indication that it was even meant to be a crime. The details of the case, as released so far, indicate that the young man may be found not guilty if he is ever tried. But he has already been convicted in the media, meaning he is more likely to commit crimes in the future. And it is quite possible that he did not commit the crime; the witnesses could have lied. In an infamous 1998 Chicago case, two boys (ages 7 and 8) were charged with murder of an 11-year-old girl. The case looked open and shut, and they “confessed.” Their pictures were splattered all over the media. Weeks later, a journalist proved their innocence, and police figured out an adult had killed her. But the damage was done for those children. It’s hard enough for adults to be falsely accused and have their pictures on page one (the follow-up story that they were falsely arrested are often buried if there at all). For children, it can be devastating. In the old days before media became so corporate that they feed every sensationalist whim, responsible journalists would not have identified this 13year-old. Now, neither police nor editors seem to give it a second thought.


Taken My Blues

September 9 - 15. 2010



hief Crazy Brother: “I always thought no one would mess with history. I truly believed that history is absolute like science and math. “Since hearing about Governor Haley Barbour’s revision of civil-rights history during a conservative television talk show and Glenn Beck’s tea party march on Washington, I am forced to reconsider my previous thoughts and beliefs. Therefore, I conclude that some individuals revise history, perhaps for their own convenience or benefit. Actually, I should have realized how folk revise history after reading Langston Hughes’ poem titled ‘Note on Commercial Theatre’ from his book ‘The Weary Blues’: You’ve taken my blues and gone— You sing ’em on Broadway/And you sing ’em in the Hollywood Bowl And you mix ’em up with symphonies/And you fixed ’em So they don’t sound like me./Yep, you done taken my blues and gone. “Wait! Instead of ranting about this issue, I should reflect these remaining lines from Mr. Hughes’ poem: But someday somebody’ll/Will stand up and talk about me— Black and Beautiful—And sing about me, And put plays on about me!/I recon it’ll be Me myself!/Yes, it’ll be me.’ “Now that’s what I call being proactive. I guess I’ll counteract those revisionists by ensuring that history—pertaining to me and others—remain as absolute as possible. “I’ll see if my boss, Jojo of Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store, will allow me to organize a Native and African American history preservation display in aisle seven and a half.”

YOUR TURN by Josh Hailey

Change is Here


hange is a good thing, but it can be a hard thing to do. When you are stuck feeling like you are spinning your wheels, then it is time to do something drastically different. I returned to Jackson from college six years ago, and since that time, I have been on the move. My brain and body have been ceaselessly burning the candle at both ends while observing and being a part of helping to resurrect and revitalize areas of town. It amazes me the things I have seen happen in this city in the last few years. When I first moved back and settled in Fondren, it seems like criminals were breaking into businesses constantly. Fondren has blossomed in recent years with its many enterprising businesses and the promise of more to come. I have seen downtown transform faster in the last couple of years than in my lifetime: new venues added; old venues reborn; and new events. Music is everywhere. Down the street, I have seen an old arts district become alive again just by the force of young people hungry to make things happen. Some of the most beautiful art I have ever seen is being made in North Midtown Arts Center, a converted warehouse by the train tracks on Millsaps Avenue. I have seen so much happen and been a part of so much that I can’t even recall most of it (thankfully, I have pictures), and it makes me want still more for Jackson. I have been a tireless supporter of all things positive in this city for a long time now. I never say no to anyone and try to be a friend to all. This city has supported me with the same respect. But something inside me has changed. Main-

ly, I feel my life is on a sinewave curve that never fully reaches an apex and yet will never completely fail. These are trying times in which we live. Much needs to be done, and we have little time to do it; however, I still believe we could always do more. I love Jackson and the inspired and motivated people living here and working for something better, positive, and full of love. Yet sadly, I feel that my work and growth have stagnated, and I am in need of a change. I feel the need to explore new and exciting ventures because, after all, you only live once. I feel that I must experience life to its fullest because as an artist, experience means everything. Jackson has grown a lot in the past six years, but it still has potential to go much further. I encourage everyone to support local events, charities, get-togethers, venues and anything else that could benefit Jackson. Get out of the house and bring your kids; start a cultural revolution; be proud to call Jackson your home. Strive to do the best for your city because, at the end of the day, Jackson can only be as good as we make it. I will always cherish the exuberant love that this community has bestowed on me. Regardless of my situation, I am always enthusiastic to support Jackson; it is my home and has allowed me much growth as an artist and human being. Jackson will always be in my heart and thoughts wherever I may be living. Nothing matches the overwhelming love and support of this community, be it artistic, political or social. muchjoosluv See Josh Hailey’s farewell show before he leaves for Los Angeles at the Arts Center of Mississippi , Dec. 2.

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isclaimer: The following article is a bizarre exploration briefly documenting my own thought processes as I, a self-proclaimed Rankin County Republican, daytime computer geek and mediocre math student, attempt to construct my own simplified conception of a political model. Wearing special 3-D glasses is not necessary, but as I have finally come to learn (with some help from others), removing cloudy partisan lenses will help. The French mathematician/philosopher René Descartes wanted a fundamental truth that would be a foundation from which he could begin his analytical work. He realized that the most fundamental thing of all would be to prove his own existence. This lead to his bestknown philosophical statement: “Cogito ergo sum” or “I think, therefore I am.” Although it’s not a philosophical discipline, computer science is largely a study of logic. Boolean logic, the basis for most modern circuit design, is easily represented by the binary system, composed of 0 and 1, symbolizing two different states. We the people, in our twoparty political system, are represented by the binary system of Red and Blue. Binary systems work well in the machine world—circuits are either high voltage or low voltage (on or off)—but in real life we don’t deal with absolute clean-cut truths for every problem. Humans are capable of multi-valued logic and reasoning that is approximate and debatable. In real life, a diverse group of people (whether it be a jury, legislative body or voters) contributes independent thought is the best route to solving problems. I know of people on both ends of the political spectrum who seem to delight in confrontation, but not for the sake of problem solving. Trying to exalt one’s personal cognitive excellence in an alpha-dog manner contributes nothing toward true and open deliberation or to an effective problem-solving mechanism. As a visual person, I see the political spectrum as being within a geometric ideology plane. I picture one end approaching the liberal limit and the other end approaching the conservative limit. And I see an infinite amount of granularity between those two limits. In our two-party political system, we try to rubber-sheet a political plane over that ideology plane with the binary values of Democrat or Republican. It doesn’t al-

ways produce a good fit for those caught in the middle. I would go so far as to suggest that people that vote strictly along party lines without exercising some independent thought are doing a disservice to themselves and to our political and social systems. Now, add in an actuality plane perpendicular to the ideology plane and its closely mapped political plane. The actuality plane provides the route toward independent thought. It cuts through that political layer and adds depth to the model. The farther you travel away from ideology and towards independent thought, the greater the potential for loss of the support network of the liberal/conservative layer and the greater the potential for loss of the financial backing of the Democrat/Republican layer. Make no mistake: If you are backed by one of the major political parties, they have money to give. Each party raised practically a $1 billion during the 2008 election cycle. That’s a lot of 0s (and 1s, for those still stuck in binary). That must be why so many career politicians think it necessary to stick so closely to base. Is there any chance to break the two-party political system in our modern democracy? I don’t know. Big money is betting against it. Also, it seems to be human nature to seek some form of alliance with like-minded individuals. But if it is possible, it will start by more voters—and more elected public officials—recognizing the value of a multidimensional, gradient scale of independent thought. I think that the people should define the party, and not vice-versa. It’s worth noting that John McCain’s 2008 campaign staff recognized the potential of painting him as … OK, I’ll say it … a maverick. I’m just saying that perhaps there is hope for a political party to recognize the willingness of their own candidate disagreeing with them as being an attractive attribute. It’s a mixed message, however, when your maverick days are far behind you, and your running mate is as polarizing as Sarah Palin. But that’s a different subject for a different day. Let’s think outside the two-dimensional political plane, because the farther you travel down the independent axis, the deeper your political model becomes. If I could make a couple small changes to the Descartes’ famous quote it would read: “I think independently; therefore, my existence is viable.”

It’s a mixed message, however, when your maverick days are far behind you, and your running mate is as polarizing as Sarah Palin.

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Fletcher Cox

Negotiates with Nature

A self-taught woodworker, Fletcher Cox shares warehouse space in south Jackson with five other craftsmen.

by Ward Schaefer | photos by Gerard Howard

September 9 - 15, 2010


letcher Cox is finishing a pair of doors when I visit his shop on a rainy Wednesday. They’re the last in a set of 13 pairs that he’s been commissioned to make for the new federal courthouse under construction in downtown Jackson. The doors are pecan, a frame-and-panel construction with two columns of square panels on each one. It’s easy to imagine them as elegant, sober barriers to courtrooms and judge’s chambers. But there’s a playful aspect to the doors that cuts against rigidity. The square panels are offset slightly, and Cox will affix rough, unfinished squares of pecan that look like a split log in those spaces. When the paired doors hang together, they’ll be “bookmatched,” so that the staggered columns mirror each other. Cox harvested the wood for these door panels himself, starting two-and-a-half years ago with a pecan tree cleared from the courthouse site itself. All the trees he used had either blown over or been cleared already. After drying the wood, he began assembling the doors in January. The panels that look unfinished aren’t actually so—he removed loose pieces and splinters, first by sanding and eventually with tweezers. The “natural”looking pieces actually required more work than the planed, regular ones. It’s an irony that Cox appreciates: His woodworking is one long attempt to reconcile the natural and the man-made.

Building a Reputation Cox, 67, wasn’t always a master craftsman. Born in Williamsburg, Va., Cox grew up near Richmond, the son of a journalist and an English teacher. Neither parent 16 was a true artisan, but his father was handy and made some of

the family’s furniture, Cox says. “It was very IKEA-looking stuff, but that wasn’t around in those days, so I give him some points,” Cox says. “He used particle board, which was thought of as a cheesy material, but he made very simple cubes out of it and painted it with enamel, so that all the cheesiness turned into this lovely texture. It was a pretty good idea.” Cox liked drawing and tinkering but never pursued either formally and headed off to Columbia College, in New York City, planning to study marine science. He loved microscopes and the undiscovered worlds in drops of seawater, he says. At college, he discovered that he loved to read, eventually graduating with a degree in English and comparative literature. His future wife, Carol, was the graduate English secretary and sat at a desk across from his favorite professor’s office. After graduation, he convinced Carol to head west with him. He wanted to go to Seattle, but they only got as far as Wyoming, where he taught high school and junior high science for two years before the winters drove him away. Carol grew up in the South, moving to Jackson when she was 14. The couple moved to Tougaloo in 1973. That same year, the pair visited the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian had just opened the Renwick as its new museum dedicated to crafts, and the gallery’s inaugural exhibit, “Woodenworks,” stunned the couple. The exhibit featured innovative wooden furniture by five artists who would become the progenitors of a resurgence in American hand woodworking: George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Arthur Espenet Carpenter and Wharton Esherick. “We were both tired of working with words,” Cox says. “We both looked at it and said, ‘Maybe there’s a life here.’”

Cox apprenticed himself to a furniture repairman in west Jackson. Working amid a mountain of chairs and tables, Cox did little more than strip furniture for nine months. He studied how pieces were put together, though, and learned how to sand. He also visited Jackson public libraries and read all the woodworking books he could find—about six, he estimates. The couple started woodworking together in Tougaloo and brought their tables, boxes and bowls to regional craft shows. Through shows, Cox picked up commission work crafting altars and other religious objects. By the late 1980s, Cox had developed a reputation for his woodworking. In 1989, then-Gov. Ray Mabus enlisted him to lead a team of master craftsmen—glassworkers, metalworkers and other woodworkers—to add and enhance architectural details to the governor’s mansion. Cox worked on the mansion’s ceilings, railings and columns. “His idea was that if we could make a display of craftsmanship made by Mississippians, that it could be convincing manufacturers who were interested in moving here, that we do in fact have a trainable, skilled labor force,” Cox says. Subsequent governors were less enthusiastic, though, and had much of the work removed and sent to storage by the state Department of Archives and History. Cox has used grant money to plan for refurbishing some of the pieces, which have been transferred to the Mississippi Arts Commission, and he hopes to get a larger project grant from the commission in preparation for public displays around the city. In 2006, Cox won a Governor’s Award for Artist’s Achievement. For more than a decade, he has shared shop space with a crew of other local woodworkers, carpenters and designers: Bill

Tree and Board “Starting with a tree is quite different from starting with a board. The wildness lives on in the wood,” Cox once wrote in an artist’s statement. For the past 20 years, off and on, Cox has been working on a series he calls “Raw and Cooked.” The works—coffee tables, cabinets, doors—attempt to reconcile the properties of

trees—its “first nature,” as Cox puts it—to finished, planed pieces in regular, artificial shapes—“second nature.” The flat top of a coffee table might start square at one end and taper to a point where the board splintered off the log. Cox sands the pieces so that the “raw” and “cooked” elements blend into one another.

“There’s kind of an instantiation of a unity there between first nature and second nature that sort of gives the lie to Descartes,” he says. For Goodwin, who named his first child Fletcher in Cox’s honor, his mentor’s work is a source of continual awe. “He can make a natural piece of wood, and a milled, machined piece bleed into one another, and you can’t decipher it,” Goodwin says. “It’s almost like the organic and the manufactured are blurred. He’ll take classical notions of proportion and detailing, and he’ll dissolve them basically, back into organic shapes. … It blurs style and tradition and just washes it with this timeless effect.” For all his ease with big ideas, Cox sometimes struggles—or refuses to explain—his creative process. When I ask him whether he finds any difference in making secular and religious objects, he says he doesn’t know how to answer the question. “I’m confused about the relationship between idea and design, because a lot of design work is felt,” he says. “It’s inarticulate, the same way that writing a poem is, in a funny kind of a way, inarticulate. My wife, who’s a poet, says, ‘You feel something moving up and you try to throw a net of words over it.’ So the net of words is ostensibly articulate, but the feeling you’re trying to get to—she says the net is never as good as the feeling.” Cox goes back to sanding the last set of doors. When he’s done, he’ll slide them onto a vacuum table and attach the rough square panels with epoxy. Every piece that goes into one door has a corresponding letter and number label, written in neat pencil—horizontals start with a letter, verticals start with a number. When it’s time, he’ll button up the plastic envelope surrounding the table and flip on the vacuum pump, using 14.5 pounds per square inch of pressure to hold the pieces in place while the epoxy sets. There’s no margin for error. A newspaper clipping pasted on the I-beam behind the vacuum table reads, “Fletcher Super, But Not Enough.” It’s about a (football player), he says. There’s a running back out of Yazoo City that has bumped him from first place on a Google results page for his name, he says with a rueful grin. “With all of these arts, if you’re going to be good, it just gets harder as you go on,” he says. “The technical stuff gets easier: As you learn to anticipate where your opportunities to screw up are, you can take steps to forestall screwing up, so you spend much less time repairing mistakes. But the design stuff, the creative part gets harder and harder, because the bar gets higher and higher as you raise your expectations.”

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Rusk, David Thomas, Kevin Herrington, Joe wood as it exists in nature with the demands, Partridge and Jeff Goodwin. The group start- both aesthetic and functional, of people. ed working together in 1996, sharing a space The project came to him first as a probin the Millsaps Arts District, but they moved lem. On a cross-country road trip, Cox was to their current barn-like warehouse off High- mulling over his profession, when he had way 80 six years ago. They share large equip- an epiphany. “I realized with great sorrow ment—sanders, planers, band saws—and help that I would never make anything as beaueach other with heavy lifting. tiful as a tree, especially the tree that died Goodwin, an architect who operates his to provide me the wood to make someown residential design-build firm, first met thing not as beautiful as what was killed,” Cox in 1994, at Mississippi State University’s he says. fifth-year architecture program in Jackson, “So I spent a couple years trying to when Cox was a visiting professor there, doing get over that thought, and then it sort of design critiques. Goodwin had worked his way morphed into ‘Well, what about it? What through school as a carpenter, and he found in about the tree and the board? How can we Cox the inspiration to ignore the conventional think more creatively about it and less detrack for architecture-school graduates. spairingly?’” “It was Fletcher that basically said that The question led Cox to “Raw and the vanilla path isn’t the only one,” Goodwin Cooked,” a theory about the line separatsays. “He did it by example. He gave me the ing man and nature, about how it’s largely courage to stick to the path, the artistic pur- imaginary. He blames Rene Descartes, the suit, the whole, hands-on notion of it.” 17th-century French philosopher and math In Goodwin’s practice, he designs proj- ematician—of Cartesian geometry and “I ects and puts them together himself. When think, therefore I am”—for introducing that he was starting, Cox helped connect him false dichotomy. with clients and patiently answered questions, “Wood as you find it, it’s very shapely, though Goodwin admits he “pestered the hell it’s sinuous, it’s sensuous,” Cox says. “Wood as out of him.” you buy it in boards—once you sand it up, Cox works almost exclusively on com- you’ve basically got a two-dimensional graphic mission now. He treats a client’s request like representation of wood on a Euclidean solid.” a puzzle, using early interviews to discern the The furniture pieces join the wobbly, essence of a piece. gnarled shapes of wood as it comes from “I did a conference table for a small law firm, and in the course of the conference with the partners about what it was going to be, one of them said, ‘It has to be wide enough so that if the guy on the other side goes for me, I can get away from him,’” he says. “That gives me a dimension for the top, but it also gives me an idea about this conference table as being a zone of confrontation.” Cox devised table legs that tilt toward each other, a pose that could either look antagonistic or conciliatory. For Cox’s work has appeared in the a material, he picked cherry. governor’s mansion, the The black cherry that grows in White House and—soon—in the the south is dark, streaked with new federal courthouse in Jackson. minerals and full of character, he says. It tends to grow faster and in the open, developing branches lower in the trunk. “I really cannot design anything without knowing what species I’m working in, because they feel so different that they lead to differences in shape and proportion,” he says.

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Exhibits and Openings from the traveling exhibition “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” and photographs by Power APAC students. Free. • Jackson Arts Collective Annual Fall Showcase Oct. 23-24. This annual showcase presents a cross-section of the Jackson arts scene. Musicians, dancers, visual artists, poets and comedians from the Jackson metro area will be featured on three stages and in the plaza. $5. Opening Receptions at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101) from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601366-8833. • Oct. 7, see artwork by Rob Cooper and Wendy Edelman. • Nov. 4, see artwork by Rolland Golden. • Dec. 2, see artwork by Richard Kelso.

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Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Free admission; call 601960-1557 unless otherwise indicated. • Daniel MacGregor Exhibit Sept. 9-30, in the Upper and Lower Gertrude C. Ford Atrium. The exhibit is a fundraising art show with proceeds from sales benefiting Very Special Arts (VSA). The artwork will be available for purchase. • Ginger Williams-Cook Exhibit Sept. 9-30. This gallery exhibit will be a retrospective of Williams-Cook’s paintings and drawings, past and present. An opening reception will be Sept. 9 with a time to be announced later. • WellsFest Art Show Sept. 10-21. The exhibit is a celebration of art created by some of central Mississippi’s finest artists, collected by Wells United Methodist Church. • “Abstract Formation” Oct. 7-31. See works by Kyle Goddard, Tom Reaves and Dianne Hopton. An opening reception will be held Oct. 7 with a time to be announced later. The artwork will be available for purchase. • Jackson State University Faculty Show Oct. 7-31. See the latest works by JSU instructors. • “Six Degrees: West to East” Nov. 4-28. The series by Lori K. Gordon incorporates digital photographic imaging, painting and collage.

Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. An opening reception will be Nov. 11 with a time to be announced later. • “Legacy of Timbuktu: Wonders of the Written Word” ongoing, upstairs in the International Museum of Muslim Culture. In the last millennium, an important global legacy was uncovered: the literate culture of Africa. This legacy lives in the extraordinary richness of historical manuscripts that still survive. The companion exhibit “Islamic Moorish Spain: Its Legacy to Europe and the West” can be seen in the new museum gallery. Call 601-960-0440. Events at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-981-9606. • Four Seasons at The Cedars Fall Art Exhibit Oct. 7-21, Artwork by Mississippi artists will be on display, including a special showing during Fondren After 5 on Oct. 7. • Four Seasons at The Cedars Winter Art Exhibit Dec. 2-31, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). Artwork by Mississippi artists will be on display, including a special showing during Fondren After 5 on Dec. 2. Events at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-352-3399. • “Bridging Cultural Boundaries: A Childhood’s Sense of Place” Sept. 9, 6 p.m., in the Tattered Pages Bookstore. See photography

Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). • Amber Boardman Exhibit through Oct. 1, in the Lewis Film Gallery (Ford Academic Complex, third floor) See a collection of works by the Atlanta animation artist showcasing the breadth of her film experimentation including ink wash/sound animations, music-based videos and short-narrative motifs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Free; visit • Mississippi Archaeology Expo Oct. 2, 10 a.m. The fair features fun and educational activities such as demonstrations of archaeological techniques and prehistoric and historic lifeways. Free; call 601-965-4139, ext. 115. • MART Tour Nov. 5-29, in the Lewis Art Gallery (Ford Academic Complex, third floor). The installations by MART (Media Art), an Irish/UK digital arts collective, will be featured in the art gallery and the film gallery. Upcoming talks, performances and workshops both on and off campus will be announced later. Visit Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free unless otherwise indicated; call 601-960-1515. • “Art by Choice” Public Sale Sept. 11, 2-7 p.m. Art at a variety of price points will be available for purchase. Choose from artworks by artists associated with Mississippi as well as works from galleries in New York, Boston, Memphis and New Orleans. Free. • The Luxury of Exercise: Drawings and Small Sculpture by Claudia DeMonte through Sept. 12. This exhibition will feature

more than 50 works by artist Claudia DeMonte from her recent series on exercise. • On the Wall/Off the Wall: Modern American Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection through Sept. 12. This exhibition presents a fascinating array of some 50 paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and photographs by 20th-21st century artists. • Herb and Dorothy: A Glimpse into their Extraordinary Collection through Sept. 12. Dorothy and Herbert (Herb) Vogel have acquired around 4,000 works of contemporary art since 1962. • Unburied Treasures Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, a scholar speaks about artist Caroline Durieux and her work, Jennifer Merri Parker reads poetry, and Marta Szlubowska-Kirk discusses musical compositions that relate to the artwork. Szlubowska-Kirk also will perform with The Szlubowski Duo, a piano duo. Oct. 19, Dr. Tony Lewis speaks about Clementine Hunter and her work; Dr. Darlin’ Neal reads from her latest book of stories, “Rattlesnakes and The Moon”; and Jamie Weems presents a discussion and performance of 1930s-era Southern string band music. Nov. 16, Randy Jolly speaks about artist Caroline Compton’s life and work. Caroline Compton’s niece, Dannie Weatherly, reads selections from her aunt’s correspondence. Marta Szlubowska-Kirk discusses and performs musical compositions on violin, with The Szlubowski Duo performing on piano. Free admission. • River and Reverie: Paintings of the Mississippi by Rolland Golden Sept. 25-Jan. 16. Golden’s evocative riverscapes depict the iconic body of water at various times of day and from many vantage points along its long, winding banks. • Jazz, Art & Friends Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy cocktails, listen to the best jazz Jackson has to offer, and mingle with friends all while surrounded by world-class art. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. September’s performer will be announced later. $5 members, $7 non-members, $3 1-5 year olds; call 601960-1515. • Cabbagetown: Photographs by Oraien Catledge Oct. 2-Jan. 16. Beginning in 1980, and for more than 20 years, Oraien Catledge captured in his black and white photographs the

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inhabitants and surroundings of the neglected industrial area near downtown Atlanta known as Cabbagetown. • Mississippi Watercolor Society Grand National Watercolor Exhibition Oct. 2Jan. 16, in the public corridor. This annual presentation includes works from across the country in various water-based mediums, organized in conjunction with the Mississippi Watercolor Society. • “The Mississippi Story” ongoing. Comprised of artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection, The Mississippi Story reveals the remarkable history of visual arts in the Magnolia State. The installation includes more than 200 objects and is divided thematically into four sections: Mississippi’s Landscape, Mississippi’s People, Life in Mississippi and Exporting Mississippi’s Culture. Free. • Icons of the Permanent Collection ongoing. Paintings of the American landscape by artists such as John Marin, Will Henry Stevens and Kate Freeman Clark are on display. A 14-panel panorama by William Dunlap can be viewed in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free. Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday from 1–5 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6920. • The Mummy Returns Oct. 1-21. The famous “Mummy” returns to the museum for the month of October. • Present Meets Past: Voices from Mississippi History Oct. 21, 5 p.m. Meet key figures in period dress who helped shape the history of the Old Capitol. Events at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). • Art, Beats + Lyrics Sept. 16, 7 p.m. See the traveling urban art exhibition from Atlanta, which is now in its sixth year. Registration at

Robert Holleman Exhibit through Sept. 17, at Light and Glass Studio (523 S. Commerce St.). See Holleman’s exhibition of Neriage pottery and prints. Free; call 601-942-7285. Art Car Project Oct 10, 2 p.m., at Attic Gallery (1101 Washington St., Vicksburg). Bring a decorated Altoids tin, which will be attached to the outside of the gallery’s 1993 Toyota Corolla. The tin can be decorated on the inside or the outside. Artists and friends are encouraged to participate. Request a tin from the gallery if you need one. Activities will also take place inside the gallery that day. Free; call 601-638-9221. Fall Hair and Fashion Extravaganza Oct. 21, noon, at Lott Gallery (1800 N. State St.). The fashion show includes fall fashions by Sami Lott and fall hair designs. Door prizes and desserts are included. Free admission; call 601-212-7707. ArtBuds - VSA Arts Mississippi through Oct. 31, at Municipal Art Gallery (839 N. State St.). This program pairs students with disabilities with professional artists for instruction, mentoring and collaboration on art projects. The program highlight is an open house Sept. 19 from 2-5 p.m. featuring individual artwork by the students and by the artists, along with the collaborative pieces they create. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Free; call 601-960-1582. “Super Realism” Exhibit through Oct. 31, at Cups at the Quarter (1855 Lakeland Dr.). Roger Leonard Long’s lifelike portraits and figurative works using the trompe l’oeil technique are on display. Free with artwork for sale; call 601-853-7480. One Blu Wall (2906 N. State St.). 2010 Exhibits through Dec. 31. Featured artists through 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 601-713-1224.

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“Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” through Jan. 9, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The 60-foot, 2-million-year-old Megalodon looms life-size in this mega-exhibit of modern and fossil sharks. 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. Jason “Twiggy” Lott Exhibit ongoing, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). See paintings, collages and assemblages constructed from discarded objects called “reconstructions.” Free admission; call 601-981-4426.

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


Ann Baker works at the potter’s wheel at the Mississippi Craft Center. is required for admission. Refreshments and music are included. Free; call 601-527-9621. • “Art Revival” Sept. 23, 5 p.m. See a variety of artwork as The South Warehouse Gallery celebrates its grand opening. Free; call 601968-0100 or 601-398-5237.

Events at DeSoto Arts Center (660 West Commerce Street, Hernando). Free; call 662-404-3361. • 3-D Art Exhibit through Oct. 30. See clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal and other threedimensional works by members of the DeSoto Arts Council. Exhibit hours are Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Winter Art Show Nov. 14, 1 p.m. See works submitted by area artists and the DeSoto Camera Club’s “Best of 2010” exhibit.

Events at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. 5th Ave., Laurel) Hours are 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374. • “Indelible (P)ink: The Pink Panther and Popular Culture” through Sept. 19, in the Lower Level Galleries. This exhibition is a blast from the past, spying on the Pink Panther as an example of popular culture while uncovering his contribution to 20th century animation. The artifacts in this exhibition are in the Daura Gallery’s permanent collection, purchased through the Lauer Fund. • “Our Favorite Things” through Nov. 30, in the Stairwell Gallery. Staff members who chose their favorite contemporary works from the American collection curated this exhibition. Featured artists range from Mississippians Birney Imes III and Walter Anderson to Fairfield Porter and Alice Neel, and works in various media including photography, lithography, painting, and woodblock print. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546. • Craft Exhibits See paper crafts by Ann Daniel in September, wood sculptures by Alexander Brown in October and pottery made by Janet Akers in November. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m.5 p.m. daily. Free. • Craft Demonstrations Each demonstration is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11, Debby Delashment works with glass. Sept. 19, David and Emily Wortman create pottery. Oct. 2, Jeri Smith works with glass. Oct. 9-10, Jim Anderson creates ceramics. Oct. 16, Michael Hayman works with metal. Free. • Exposed Party Sept. 28, 7 p.m. 12 craftsmen who shed their inhibitions and their clothes to “expose” their craft and their favorite cause will showcase this cutting edge fundraiser. Ticket price includes an “Expose Yourself to Craft” 2011 calendar. $30; call 601-856-7546. • Outdoor and Heritage Days Sept. 18 and Nov. 6, 9 a.m. Meet the craftsmen who create the work you see in The Gallery and at the Chimneyville Craft Festival, and enjoy tunes from local musicians and good eats from local establishments. Free admission. Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi). Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free; call 228-374-5547. • Museum Grand Opening Nov. 6-8. The museum celebrates the opening of Phase I of the Frank Gehry-designed campus with a ribbon-cutting on Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m., Family Fun Day on Nov. 7 from 1-4 p.m. and the official opening on Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions starting Nov. 6. Exhibitions include “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” in the Star Gallery, additional works by Ohr and “ Frank O. Gehry: Dancing with the Trees” in the Welcome Center Gallery, and “My House: The Pleasant Reed Story” and “The Native Guard: A Photographic History of Ship Island’s African American Regiment” in the Pleasant Reed Interpretive Center. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Changing Exhibitions Nov. 6June 19. Exhibitions include “Richmond Barthe: The Seeker” (through June 12) in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Gallery, “The Cochran Collection: Andy Warhol - Series & Selected Prints” and “Jun Kaneko: Selected

Work” in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery, and “Helene Fielder: Balancing Act” (through June 12) in the Welcome Center Reception Area. “Teacher and Student: Abstract Works of Marie Hull and Andrew Bucci” through Sept. 18, at University of Mississippi Museum (5th St. and University Ave., Oxford). This unique exhibition, with selections drawn from the Permanent Collection and the Merle Montjoy Collection at the Mississippi Museum of Art, presents art by two Mississippi master artists side by side. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 662-915-7073. 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. Art Show through Nov. 30, at Cups in Clinton (101 W. Main St.). See the latest paintings by Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon. Free; call 601-924-4952. Tin Roof Art Walk Sept. 25, 9 a.m., at DeSoto County Courthouse (2535 Highway 51 S., Hernando). The event combines the best in local art with musical entertainment and locally grown and home-baked foods. Artists will be judged and awarded a best-in-show ribbon and $100. $10 of the space rental fee will go to the Tin Roof Art Walk Scholarship Fund. Space is limited. Free admission, $30 space rental fee; call 662-429-5455 or 901-413-4177. Art at the Healthplex ongoing, at Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See artwork by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Bob Dunaway, Sherry Ferguson, Scoty Hearst, Mike “Mishka” Kincses, Karen Freeman, Marijane Whitfield, Georgia Wright, Karen Johansson, Wanda Wright, Karen Fowler and Frances Smith in the front lobby gallery. Also, metal works by Bill Broadus, mixed media by Penny Ma and miniature shacks by Billy Jones. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. Free; e-mail “Alsace to America” ongoing, at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Jews immigrated to Mississippi from Alsace and Lorraine throughout the 19th century. This exhibit reflects the life and times of these pioneers, why they left France and Germany, and how they became an integral part of the historical fabric of their chosen communities in America. Please call between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule a tour. $5, $4 students and groups of 15 or more; call 601362-6357. Nature of the Delta: Photography of Patty Smith Exhibit ongoing, at Delta State University (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). The photographs are on display in the Capps Archives & Museum. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 662-846-4780. Tana Hoban Exhibit ongoing, at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg). The exhibit is a retrospective of the well-known author and photographer who published children’s literature from the 1940s until her death in 2006. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601-296-7475. See and add more exhibits & openings at

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Galleries Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery 3017 N. State St. in Fondren. Featuring the photography of Ron Blaylock. Call 601-506-6624. Visit Brown’s Fine Art 630 Fondren Place. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit Happy hour is the first Thursday each month, 5-7 p.m.

Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery 1491 Old Canton Mart Road, suites 10 and 10a. Art show in Nov. featurings works by Ellen Langford, Courtney Yancey and Kelly Williams; date aand time TBD. Call 601-206-1788 or visit Mela Dolce Design Studio 107 N. Union Street, Canton. Open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A studio offering fine art, custom draperies, reupholstering services and wallcoverings. Call 601-667-3509. Mississippi Craft Center 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-7546 or visit Featuring works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Outdoor and Heritage Day Sept. 18 and Nov. 6.

Gaddis Group Gallery 2900 N. State St., Room 206. TuesdayJNet Jarmon’s artwork is at Cups in Clinton Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. this fall. Call 601-368-9522. Municipal Art GalFeatures the work lery 839 N. State St. of 28 watercolorists, Exhibit hours are many of whom studied under John Gaddis, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 601-960a renowned local artist and teacher. Commis1582. VSA exhibit in September and October; sioned work is welcome. open house Sept. 19 from 2-5 p.m. Glass House Fondren Corner Lobby, 2906 N. State St. Glass work by Elizabeth Robinson. Available by appointment and during Fondren events. Call 601-212-6635 or e-mail elizabeth@ H.C. Porter Gallery 1216 Washington St., Vicksburg. Call 601-661-9444. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Signature gallery featuring environmental portraits. “Backyards and Beyond,” a fine-art exhibition book with 81 mixed-media original paintings from the exhibit of the same title also available.

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Jackson Street Gallery Trace Station Shopping Center, Suite E, Ridgeland. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-853-1880. Works from more than 80 artists on display. See works by Yvette Sturgis, Grace Buchanan, Julie Putman, Harrison Caldwell, Lucy Mazzaferro, Buttons Marchetti and Sarah McTaggart starting Aug. 19 during Ridgeland Rendezvous, 5-8 p.m.


Josh Hailey Studio and Gallery Third floor of the Fondren Corner building. For more info, call 601-214-2068, or visit Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College third floor of the Academic Complex, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Newest gallery space: The Emerging Space. Call 601-974-1431, e-mail smiths@ or visit Light and Glass Studio 523 Commerce St. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and

The Mustard Seed Gift Shop 1085 Luckney Road, Brandon. Call 601-992-3556; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Featuring ceramics by local artists. North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave. Jackson’s only DIY contemporary and modern art gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. From the website: “A dozen artists currently call NMAC home for their studio or commercial business. These artists and organizations include: Josh Hailey of Josh Hailey Studio, Shambe’ Jones, Jef Judin of 4tell Films, Ellen Langford, Chad Mars, Austin Richardson of One to One Studio, Tony Davenport, Larry Smith, Kyle Goddard, Richard Stowe of Lotus Editions, Talara Soca and Violator Allstar DJs.” Visit Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing 119 S. President St. Call 601-969-4091. Nunnery’s Gallery, known for fine art and distinctive custom framing, has merged with Gallery 119, a contemporary fine art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and Southern artists. Ongoing exhibit: “Reconstructions” by Jason “Twiggy” Lott. P. Henson Studio 1115 Lynwood Drive. By appointment only. Call 601-982-4067 or email Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work by Pearl River Glass artists and friends. For more info, call 601-353-2497 or visit

Richard McKey Studio 3242 N. State St. Call 601-573-1060 or visit Sami Lott Designs and Gallery 1800 N. State St. Call 601-212-7707. Reception for represented artists every first Thursday of the month. The South Warehouse Gallery 627 Silas Brown St. Call 601-968-0100 or 601 398-5237. E-mail or thesouthwarehouse@ Beginning Sept. 28, the gallery hours will be Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. The gallery will feature local metro artists as well as artists from around Mississippi and the nation in the most unique gallery setting around. Upcoming show: “Art Revival,” Sept. 23, 5-8 p.m. Southern Breeze Gallery 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Renaissance in Ridgeland. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Call

601-607-4147 or visit This week’s featured works are by Frankie Buckley, Jules and Jackie Ellens. View Gallery 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-2001 or visit Fall Artists Reception date to be determined. Wolfe Studio 4308 Old Canton Road. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-3661844. Paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. Fondren Art Gallery 601 Duling Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and local art. Custom paintings, portraits and framing are also offered. Richard McKey will teach a beginner’s drawing and painting class beginning Sept. 13. Call 601-981-9222; visit See and add more gallery listings at

Simple to Urban

by Briana Robinson


isual Arts Chairwoman Martha Hamburg opened the eyes of some Power APAC students last winter during an arts project. Several years ago, art teacher Cheryl Bannes began a photography project with the Hutterite children of Montana. Bannes worked with children 9 to 14 years old, as they documented their home lives. At the project’s end, of the 1,200 students chosen to be in a traveling exhibit, 35 of were Hutterite children. When the Hutterite photographs crossed Hamburg’s desk, it was to urge her to to display them at APAC. Instead, she decided it would be more beneficial to her students if they did a similar undertaking of their own. Her goal: to bring two cultures—the Hutterites, who are much like Amish people—and Jackson youth together through their work. “Everyone is not the same. ... I wanted them to see that they are also unique in the experiences they’re having,” Hamburg says. The students easily grasped this concept. In Hamburg’s classes, where she works with fourth grade to high school students, She discusses the Hutterite community with her students, and they talk about what makes a community. When taking their own pictures, Hamburg instructs the students to focus on their own sense of place at home and in their communities. Hamburg gave the elementary students disposable cameras, and the high schoolers used 35mm cameras. Students

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Fischer Galleries 3100 N. State St., Suite 101. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-366-8833; visit fischergalleries. com. Opening receptions at 5 p.m. for Mathew Puckett and Baxter Knowlton Sept. 2, Rob Cooper and Wendy Edelman Oct. 7, Rolland Golden on Nov. 4 and Richard Kelso on Dec. 2.

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Bryant Galleries 3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite A, Flowood. Call 601-932-5099, visit or e-mail Currently featuring oil paintings by Jim Rodgers.

by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. See Robert Holleman’s exhibition of Neriage pottery and prints through Sept. 17.

Students produced the Power APAC “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” exhibit, from capturing the images to developing them.

developed and enlarged all the photos in the class darkroom. “It’s exciting. It’s almost like magic when you see a picture develop,” Hamburg says. “They were excited to see their images come up on the photographic paper—all of the age groups.” The photos ranged from grocery stores to unmade beds. The stronger images, Hamburg says, were ones that were more up close and personal. One girl took the camera with her to the hair salon where she goes monthly with her mother; another student took photos of her dad cooking dinner. The Visual Arts Department of JPS Power APAC School hosts “A Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” at Tattered Pages Bookstore in The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St., 601-3523399). The opening reception is Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.; the show runs through the month of September.


Music mer Lightning,” Aaron Copeland’s “A Lincoln Portrait” with narration by London Branch and Rachmaninoff’s “Symphony No. 2.” Chamber I: Best of the Baroque Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street). The program by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra includes Bach’s “Orchestral Suite No. 2.” Award-winning violinist Gareth Johnson will play Bach’s “Violin Concerto No. 2.” Ticket price TBA; call 601-960-1565. 2010 Gospel Expo Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Concert takes place in the Conference Center Auditorium. $10; call 601-982-8467.

Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Symphony at Sunset Sept. • Ladies Night Out Oct. 23, 7 p.m., at The Cedars 2, 8 p.m., Performers (4145 Old Canton Rd.). include Avant, Ginuwine The Fondren Renaissance and Jagged Edge. Tickets Foundation presents this are available through annual evening of fun with Ticketmaster, BeBop and music from the Mississippi the Coliseum Box Office. Symphony Orchestra. Bring $42.75-$53; call 800-745blanket, lawn chairs and 3000. picnic baskets. Free; call 601• Pops I: Rhapsody in 981-9606. Blue Oct. 23, 7:30 Music in the City Sept. 28, p.m. The Mississippi Oct. 12 and Nov. 2, Symphony Orchestra wel5:15 p.m., at Missiscomes 23-year-old piano sippi Museum of Art (380 prodigy Tavit Tashijan and S. Lamar St.). Partnership the Mississippi Chorus Amy Grant performs at the Gertrude with St. Andrew’s EpiscoC. Ford Center Oct. 8. as they present hits from pal Cathedral encourages George Gershwin, Cole Jacksonians to stay downtown for culture and fun. Porter and Irving Berlin. Ticket price TBA; call Hors d’oeuvres served at 5:15 p.m. The music 601-960-1565. performance begins at 5:45 p.m. Performers include Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Compianist Rachel Herd on Sept. 28, Jackie McGinnis plex (1701 N. State St.). Free; call 601-974-1422. and John Paul performing a cabaret of jazz standards Oct. 12 and harpsichordist John Paul Nov. 2. • Guest Artist Recital Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. Robert Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. Knupp, organ professor at Mississippi College and organist at Galloway United Methodist Church, Jason Ajemian & the High Life Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., performs music by Bach, Bolcom and Reubke. at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 • Collaborative Program with the University of N. Congress St.). The jazz/rock ensemble from ChiAlabama Sept. 24, time TBA. Performers include cago will perform live. The Mississippi ImprovisaRaphael Crystal and Lehman Engel. tion Alliance is the host. $5 general admission, $10 • Music Faculty Showcase Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. for admission and a CD; call 601-540-1267. Millsaps instructors will showcase their talents. Downtown Harp and Juke Festival Oct. 7-9, at • Music Student Performance: Departmental Underground 119 (119 S. President St.), parking Recital Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Nov. 29, 3 p.m. Enjoy lot. Enjoy different music lineups each evening. a variety of vocal, piano and instrumental music Festival begins at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 7 and 7:30 p.m. from Baroque, Classical, Romantic and contemOct. 8-9. Performers include Bobby Rush, Grady porary periods. Champion and Easy Company. $20; $50, three• Millsaps Singers Concert: “Our Wesleyan Herinight pass; $30, reserved seating; $70, three-night tage” Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. The 65-voice Millsaps reserved seating pass. Call 601-352-2322. Singers choir, conducted by Dr. Timothy Coker, Rowdy Friends Tour Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Mississippi presents a choral concert celebrating the Anglican Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include roots of the United Methodist Church’s choral Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh music. Donations welcome. Thompson and The Grascals. Tickets available at • Guest Artist Concert Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Ticketmaster. $25-$125; call 601-353-0603. Heather Denham collaborates with pianist John “A Sterling Past, A Golden Future” 50th AnniverPaul and poet Greg Miller in a performance of sary Concert Nov. 13, 3 p.m. Location to be deterCopland’s “Emily Dickinson Song Cycle.” mined. The Jackson Choral Society will perform in Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). celebration of the organization’s 50th anniversary. Ticket price TBA; call 601-960-1565. $10, $8 students and seniors; call 769-218-0427. • Bravo I: Joy and Contemplation Sept. 11, “Celebrating the American Spirit: A Thanksgiving 7:30 p.m. Selections by the Mississippi Symphony Concert” Nov. 13, 7 p.m., at Wesley Biblical SemiOrchestra include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Festive nary, Chapel) (787 E. Northside Drive). Mississippi Overture,” Richard Strauss’ “Death and TransBoychoir and Mississippi Girlchoir perform with figuration” and Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” the Mississippi Chorus. $20; call 601-665-7374. featuring violinist Jennifer Frautschi. Total Praise Gospel Tour Nov. 18, 7 p.m., at Jack• Bravo II: Power and Portraiture Oct. 16, son State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) in the 7:30 p.m. Selections by the Mississippi SymWilliams Athletics and Assembly Center. Performers phony Orchestra include Druckman’s “Sum-

include Smokie Norful, J Moss, Castro Coleman, Bishop Neal Roberson and comedian D.L. Henry. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $37.60; call 601-979-2420. Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call 662-915-7411. • Amy Grant Oct. 8, 8 p.m. A crossover success, Amy Grant is the first contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 pop and the first to perform at the Grammys. $36-$50. • Christopher O’Riley Nov. 30, 8 p.m. O’Riley, host of National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” is recognized as one of the leading American pianists of his generation. $20, $28. • “Gingerbread and Brass for Kids” Dec. 4, 3 p.m. A shorter version of the holiday show by the Synergy Brass Quintet, the program is designed for younger audience members and features music to celebrate the season. $10, $5 children under 18. Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. • The Capitol Steps Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. The group of former Senate staffers have recorded more than 30 albums, including “Barackin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and “Liberal Shop of Horrors.” $35, $29. • David Sanborn Trio Featuring Joey DeFrancesco Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. The group will perform live with jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco. $35, $29. • Dailey & Vincent Oct. 17, 4 p.m. In two short years, this duo racked up 10 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year for two years running and Album of the Year in 2008. $28, $22. • The Manhattan Transfer Christmas Show Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Manhattan Transfer has nearly 30 albums and eight Grammy Awards. $47, $41. Events at Silver Star Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 West, Choctaw); in the Convention Center. $35, $45 VIP; call 866-44-PEARL, ext. 30356. • Patti LaBelle Sept. 17, 8 p.m. The legendary R&B singer will perform live. • Al Green Nov. 12, 8 p.m. The Grammy Awardwinning singer/songwriter will perform live. Mississippi Delta Blues & Heritage Festival Sept. 18, noon, at Washington County Convention Center (1040 South Raceway Road, Greenville). The annual festival will feature a lineup of prominent performers such as Honeyboy Edwards, Denise LaSalle and Bobby Blue Bland. Gates open at 10 a.m. $30, $5 children under 12, $100 all-access/ backstage pass; call 888-812-5837. MSU Bulldog Bash Sept. 24, in the Historic Cotton District, Starkville. Largest free outdoor concert in the state. Enjoy inflatables, food, merchandise from a variety of vendors and live music on several stages. Jason Mraz will headline the event. Free; visit Mississippi Opry Fall Show Oct. 9, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Performers include Harmony & Grits and the Jason Boone Band. Refreshments sold. $10, children free; call 601-331-6672. Bells of Faith Nov. 21, 11 a.m., at Utica Christian Church (316 West Main Street, Utica). The Mustard’ Seed’s handbell choir will perform. Free; call 601-992-3556. See and add more music events at


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by William Myles & YPOP, a local gospel choir, 18-19. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Events at Belhaven University. Call 601-965-1400. on numbers such as “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” $14-$45; call 601-355-5252. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552 unless otherwise • Community Dance Concert Oct. 16, 7:30 “Precious Lord” and “Giants.” $28, $22. indicated. p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Jackson Comedy Night ongoing, at Dreamz JXN • “The Diary of Anne Frank” Nov. 14, 4 p.m. • Mississippi International Film Festival Oct. Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Members (426 W. Capitol St.). Stand-up comedians perform Relive the incredible life of Anne Frank as this 28-30. The festival includes international film of the Belhaven University Dance Department every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. stage production by Barter Theatre shares her share the stage with local dance artists. $7; call 601-317-0769. hopes, aspirations and observations on family, love $10, $5 seniors/students/children, $2 Events at Black Rose Community Theatre and life. $39, $33. faculty and staff. (103 Black St., Brandon). $12, $10 students • Fall Dance Ensemble Concert Nov. “The Case of the Birthday Surprise” Dinner and seniors; call 601-825-1293. 12-20, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Theatre Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). The play Dreamcoat” Sept. 23-26 and Sept. 30-Oct. (1500 Peachtree St.). See a showcase by Mississippi Murder Mysteries includes a three3. The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of choreography by dance faculty and course dinner. A cash bar will be available. Reservaof many colors comes to life in the musical guest artists presented by the Belhaven tions are required. $38.50; call 601-668-2214. directed by Stacy Walker. Show times are University Dance Ensemble. Styles for Queen City Scare Fair Oct. 22-23, at Temple 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23-25 and Sept. 30-Oct. 2, the evening include classical and conTheater for the Performing Arts (2320 8th St., and 2 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. temporary ballet and traditional and Meridian). The first Meridian film festival features • “Christmas Belles” Nov. 12-14 and Nov. contemporary modern dance. Show independent horror films. Doors open at 7 p.m., 19-21. It’s Christmastime in Fayro, Texas, and times are 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, Oct. 22; 10 a.m., Oct. 23. Call 601-693-5353. the Futrelle Sisters attempt to put on a Christ18 and 19, and 11 a.m. Nov. 20. Sugmas program in the midst of constant chaos. Events at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt gested donation $10, seniors/students The musical “Oklahoma!” will be at Thalia Mara Hall Nov. 16 Directed by Lydie Vick. Show times are 7:30 Lane, Pearl). Show times and ticket prices and the Gertrude C. Ford Center Nov. 19. $5; free for children, Belhaven faculty/ p.m. Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20, and 2 p.m. announced later. Call 601-664-0930. staff/students. Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. • “Bridge to Terabithia” Sept. 17-26. The • DOXA Fall Concert Dec. 1-2, at Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., fantasy play is based on a novel by Katherine screenings, live music, a Halloween street fest and Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. Patterson. Show dates are Sept. 17-19 and a costume contest. Visit for a schedule. Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). This event • “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., In Sept. 24-26. Tickets are available at BeBop and the planetarihighlights emerging young creative artists’ chothis hilarious production adapted for stage from um. $5-$20; call 601-665-7737. reography and performance which is produced • “Honk, Jr.” Dec. 3-12. The musical comedy Doreen Cronin’s children’s book, Farmer Brown by members of DOXA, the dance department’s is based on the story “The Ugly Duckling.” • “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” Megadecides to take a vacation and leaves his city-slickstudent-led organization. Show times are Show dates are Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. HD Cinema. Paleontologists explore sea habitats er brother, Bob, in charge with directions on how 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $5, free in search of new fossils and evidence of prehistoric • “Rocky Horror Show” Oct. 30-31, at Hal & to care for the animals. $18, $10 children. for children, Belhaven faculty/staff/students. reptiles. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). Fondren Theatre • “Rhythm of the Dance” Oct. 24, 4 p.m. PreWorkshop presents the original Broadway • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema. Events at Jackson State University (1400 John R. sented by the National Dance Company of Iremusical version of Richard O’Brien’s play. Listen to a story shared through the eyes of four Lynch St.), in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium. $10, land, the performance preserves the traditions of Twenty percent of the proceeds benefit MissisLouisiana musicians that explores the beauty and $5 students and seniors; call 601-979-5956. Irish step dancing while presenting it in a modern sippi HeARTS Against AIDS. Show times are fragility of the Louisiana wetlands; the devastating • “Livin’ Fat” Sept. 30-Oct. 5. This comedy play format. $35, $29. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7 p.m. Oct. effects of Hurricane Katrina; and the tremendous is about the poor but happy Cooper family who • Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Nov. 31. $20; call 601-982-2217. efforts being made to bring back the city of New suddenly finds themselves with $50,000 and 6, 7:30 p.m. The dancers will be accompanied See and add more events at Orleans and the bayou to build a grand new must decide what to do with the money. Show future. Show times are 2 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday times are 7:30 p.m. each night except for a 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 matinee Oct. 3. seniors, $4 children. • “A Musical of Musicals” Nov. 4-7. This musical • “Space Storm” Sky Show. Investigate what hapis a high-energy production of acting, singing and by Holly Perkins pens on Earth and in space as the Sun hurls dancing from some of the most popular Broadmatter and energy toward Earth. Show times are way shows such as “Chicago,” “Rent,” “Dream 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Girls,” “The Wiz,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and “Mama, Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. $5.50 adults, obert Holleman’s art is anything his studio in Ebenezer, Miss. I Want to Sing.” Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. $4.50 seniors, $3 children. but ordinary. The artist’s brilliantly “It’s a direction I’ve been wanting 4-6 and 3 p.m. Nov. 7. • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” Sky colored wood-block prints of tarot to pursue, and that is working with difEvents at Millsaps Christian Center Auditorium Show. Explore the solar system with Skye Watchcards are like an occult version of the ferent color clays and throwing objects (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1422. er and discover what happened to the ex-planet Walter Anderson alphabet prints, which on the pottery wheel using different • “Rat Wives” and “Chicks” Sept. 24-26. PresentPluto. The show is on Saturdays at 1 p.m. $5.50 ed by Millsaps’ Theatre Department, “Rat Wives” Holleman cites as inspiracolor clays,” Holleman adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. is directed by Elizabeth Gutherz, and “Chicks” tion. A print he created says. “It’s all the same Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). is performed by Mandy Carlock and directed by in 1991, entitled “World body, but I put color into • “Legally Blonde: The Musical” Sept. 21-22. The Jeannie-Marie Brown. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Bite,” is one he especially it and then work the clay Broadway musical is based on the popular 2001 Sept. 24-25 and 2 p.m. Sept. 26. $5. hoped to see hanging in on the wheel. (On) this film about a sorority star who decides to go to • “Hair” Nov. 4-6. Presented by Millsaps’ Theatre law school. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. nightly. his exhibit at the Light last batch, I was working Department, the musical is directed by JeannieTickets are available at $20Marie Brown. $10, $5 students and seniors. and Glass Studio. The with 16 colors.” $62.50; call 800-745-3000. piece, he says, is a response Traditional Asian Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). • “Oklahoma!” Nov. 16-17. In the Rodgers and Call 601-948-3533. to the first Gulf War, and pottery heavily influences Hammerstein musical, two suitors compete to • “Red, White & Tuna” Sept. 14-26. A comis a colorful depiction of Holleman’s clay work, win a farm girl’s heart. The show starts at 7:30 edy about the polyester-clad citizens of Tuna, a person preparing to bite perhaps because he spent p.m. nightly. Tickets are available at ticketmaster. Robert Holleman’s Texas, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears com. $20-$62.50; call 800-745-3000. the globe. time working as an ap“World Bite” is a personal and Ed Howard. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Sept. • Cirque de la Symphonie Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. But it’s Holleman’s favorite of the artist. prentice for master of pot14-18 and Sept. 22-25, and 2 p.m. Sept. 19 Aerial flyers, acrobats and jugglers share the stage pottery that garners him tery Masanori Yamazaki. and Sept 26. $25, $22 seniors and students; with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Ticket the most attention. Holleman’s work, howcall 601-948-3533. price TBA; call 601-960-1565. His current works of nerriage pot- ever, is a style all his own. • “The Miracle Worker” Oct. 26-Nov. 7. About Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Medal of Freedom winner Helen Keller, written tery (a technique that uses different Robert Holleman’s work is at the Light Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 by William Gibson. Show times are 7:30 p.m. color clay bodies in a single vessel) have and Glass Studio (523 Commerce St., 601Mississippi St.). The “Illuscination Tour” shows are Oct. 26-30 and Nov. 3-6, and clear glazes, which he mixes himself at 942-7285) through Sept. 17. at 7 p.m. Sept. 17, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 2 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.

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Events at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). • Mistletoe Marketplace Nov. 3-6. Find the perfect holiday gift at this annual market, celebrating its 30th anniversary. Shopping hours, 11 a.m.9 p.m., Nov. 4; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 5; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nov. 6. No strollers or rolling carts allowed. Visit for a schedule. $10, $5 children and seniors, $20 weekend pass; call 888-324-0027. • Handworks Arts & Crafts Holiday Market Nov. 19-20. Shop for handmade gifts from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 19 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 20. $5, children under 12 free; call 205-991-9840. • Chimneyville Crafts Festival Dec. 3-5. More than 200 master craftsmen display, demonstrate and sell their handcrafted work at the 34th annual event. $10 one day, $50 all three days, children under 12 free; call 601856-7546.

Canton Square, Canton. The biannual shopping extravaganza in Canton will include goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-8055. Boo at the Zoo Oct. 22-23, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). More than 50 booths will be placed around the zoo for children to trick-or-treat from until 9 p.m. each night. There will be space jumps, hay rides, a rock wall, “Dracula’s Disco,” a haunted house and much more. Friends of the Zoo get $2 off admission. Parking will be free, and the last ticket will be sold at 8:30 p.m. $8, $5 children 12 and under; call 601-352-2580. Free Scary Face Pancakes Oct. 29. Trick-or-treaters 12 and under will receive create-your-own Scary Face Pancakes at participating IHOP restaurants (2700 Greenway Drive and 474 Briarwood Drive). Free; visit Mississippi Boychoir Christmas Concert Dec. 4, 4 p.m., at Wesley Biblical Seminary (787 E. Northside Drive). Details and ticket prices to be announced; call 601-6657374.

Events at The Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon). Call 601-992-3556. Mississippi Metro• Holiday Saturday politan Ballet’s “The Shopping Day Nov. 13 Nutcracker” Dec. 4-5, at and Nov. 20, 10 a.m., Jackson Academy (4908 Shop for special holiday Ridgewood Road). In the gifts handmade by MusPerforming Arts Center. tard Seed residents. Bring your trick-or-treater to IHOP for a The performance by the free Scary Face Pancake on Oct. 29. • Christmas Open Mississippi Metropolitan House Dec. 4, 10 a.m. Ballet features guest artist The open house features the sale of beautiful and Meghan Hinkis of American Ballet Theatre. Shows one-of-a-kind ceramic gifts and paintings created are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 3 p.m. Dec. 5. by the Seedsters, Mustard Seed residents, a perforA tea party will be held at 2 p.m. each day before mance by the Bells of Faith handbell choir and a the 3 p.m. performance. $18-$25; call 601-853bake sale hosted by Mustard Seed parents. Free. 4508 or 601-992-9016.

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Ballet Mississippi’s “The Nutcracker” Dec. 4-5, at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Members of the production company will perform the classic holiday tale. A tea party will be held prior to each performance. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5. $10-$25; call 601-960-1560. Wonderland of Lights Dec. 5-31, at Freedom Ridge Park (235 W. School St., Ridgeland). Celebrate the holiday season by viewing Christmas lights and participating in family-friendly activities. Call 800468-6078. See and add more holiday events at

Farmers’ Markets Olde Towne Market Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors will sell everything from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Live performances. Free admission; call 601-924-5472. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local 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; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), ongoing. Shop for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s

Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road), ongoing. Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram) through Oct. 30, at. The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) through Dec. 24, at. Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601919-1690.

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October 8 Fiddler on the Roof

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Charlotte’s Web

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OCTOBER 6 Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet 8 Amy Grant 10 US Marine Band 16 Strega Nona 23 Rhythm of the Dance 26 Lar Lubovitch Dance Company

JANUARY 17 Urban Bush Women 21 Emerson String Quartet 22 Forever Plaid

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Events at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the recital hall. Call 601-974-1422. • Advent Lessons and Carols Service Nov. 30, noon. Join the Millsaps Singers, conducted by Dr. Timothy Coker, and the Campus Ministry Team in this celebration of the Advent season. Free. • Millsaps Singers: Christmas Carol Concert Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a concert of carols featuring the 65-voice Millsaps Singers choir conducted by Dr. Timothy Coker. Free, donations welcome.



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Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Wolf Tree: Book 2 of the Clockwork Dark” Sept. 9, 5 p.m., John Bemis signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book. • “My Hollywood” Sept. 15, 5 p.m. Mona Simpson signs; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. • “Ninth Ward” Sept. 29, 5 p.m. Jewell Parker Rhodes signs copies of her new book; reading is at 5:30 p.m. $15.99 book.

• “The Wake of Forgiveness” Sept. 29, 5 p.m. Bruce Machart signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” Sept. 30, 5 p.m. Tom Franklin signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book. • “Clockwork” Oct. 5, 5 p.m. John M. Floyd signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “The Legs Murder Scandal” Oct. 6, 5 p.m.

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osh Hailey, a well-known and loved “I’ve always been an on-the-go kind Jackson mixed-media artist, is mov- of guy. I move around in a lot of circles, ing to Los Angeles, Calif. But before and I do a lot stuff and never really slow he goes, he wants down. There’s never a to showcase his work dull moment,” he says. and send out a big Hailey hopes to “thank you” to Mislearn new things on sissippians for the suphis travels and then port they have shown bring that knowledge him over the years. back to Jackson one Though probably not day. “I want to continhis final exhibit in ue to do what I can to Jackson (he will keep help Jackson be what a studio at the North it can be,” Hailey says. Midtown Arts Cen“Mississippi lets you ter), it will be a last be who you want to be hooray and goingand do what you want away party for Hailey. to do and be creative. The show, called It’s just such a beauti“I Love Mississippi: ful place to be.” Jackson Retrospec- Josh Hailey prepares for his Hailey wants his tive,” will feature farewell Jackson show, “I Love upcoming show to work in all media Mississippi: Jackson Retrospective.” be a big party with Hailey uses: primarily photography but six bands, a T-shirt making station, also metal work and enameled copper costumes, food and drinks and “good infused with glass. The exhibit is a look times,” he says. back at Hailey’s past six years in Jack- “I Love Mississippi: Jackson Retrospecson. No common theme runs through tive” will be Dec. 2 at the Arts Center of the pieces, but Hailey’s work mimics his Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601life—a bit experimental. 960-1500), free.

Hunter Cole signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $30. • “Sad Stories of the Death of Kings” Oct. 13, 5 p.m. Barry Gifford signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.95 book. • “Southern Plate: Classic Comfort Food That Makes Everyone Feel Like Family” Oct. 14, 5 p.m. Christy Jordan signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.50 book. • “American Assassin” Oct. 26, 5 p.m. Vince Flynn signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $27.99 book. • “Count Them One by One: Black Mississippians Fighting for the Right to Vote” Oct. 27, 5 p.m. Gordon A. Martin signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. • “Hourglass” Nov. 22, 5 p.m. Claudia Gray signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $16.99 book. Writer’s Spotlight Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Inspired by The Moth (themoth. com), participants are encouraged to read personal essays, old journal/diary entries, letters or any other means of expressing a personal story. This event is open to writers of all skill levels. Sign-up is required. Free; e-mail laceyemc@ Black Stallion Literacy Program Sept. 21, 10 a.m., at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). In addition to receiving a copy of “The Black Stallion,” see actors in Arabian costumes perform on horseback. The program is geared toward fifth-grade students, but the public is invited to attend. $10; call 601-405-6835. Mississippi Theatre Association Playwriting Competition through Oct. 1. The Mississippi Theatre Association is calling for Mississippi playwrights to submit their original, one-act plays. The winners of each division will have a staged reading of their work presented at the 2011 Mississippi Theatre Association Festival. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 1. $10 entry fee; e-mail Story Time ongoing, at Borders (100 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood). A story will be read to children every Friday at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-919-0462. Magnolia State Romance Writers Meeting ongoing, at Flowood Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). The organization meets every third Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. Get tips on

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Literary and Signings

Lemuria Books will host several book readings and signings with authors this fall.

writing that first romance novel. Free; call 601992-9831 or 601-992-4691. Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Contests. Visit tennesseewilliams. net/contests for guidelines. $25 entry fee; call 504-581-1144. • One-Act Play Contest through Nov. 1. Plays must not be previously published, produced or performed. Plays must be under one hour. The grand prize is $1,500, a staged reading at the 2011 Festival, full production at the 2012 Festival and publication in Bayou Magazine. • Fiction Contest through Nov. 15. Submit one original short story, written in English of up to 7,000 words to be judged by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Olen Butler. The grand prize is $1,500, a VIP pass to the March 2011 festival (including airfare and hotel accommodations) and publication of the story in Bayou Magazine. The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour Sept. 16, 5 p.m., at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison). Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Jessica Verday will discuss and sign their books. Lemuria Books is the host. Book prices vary; call 601-366-7619. Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium Oct. 2123, at Mississippi University for Women (1100 College St., Columbus), in Parkinson Hall (Nissan Auditorium) and Cochran Hall (Limbert Assembly Room). A diverse group of southern writers and scholars will present their work. Participants include Connie May Fowler, Shirlette Ammons, Mitchell Douglas and Steve Yates. Free; call 662-329-7386. See and add more literary events at



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Creative Classes

Fall Figure Drawing Class Sept. 13-Nov. 15, at Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing (119 S. President St.). The 10-week class will be held on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. The class is intended to provide the students with new insight into how to see more accurately what they are trying to draw by way of certain exercises, some of which have roots in 19th century academic drawing and some from a more contemporary perspective. Space is limited. $275; call 601-668-5408. Continuing Education Classes at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130. See a complete list of classes at • Bamboo Solutions Sept. 21-Oct. 5. Classes are from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn about varieties of bamboo, growing and harvesting it, preparing it for arts and crafts projects, and products made from the plant. $60; call 601-974-1130. • Basics of Portrait Drawing Sept. 21-Oct. 26. Classes are 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. This class will create a fun atmosphere that allows students to learn the basic techniques for drawing faces. Students will draw a facial portrait of their favorite friend or loved one and complete the portrait by the end of the program. $90 plus supplies. • Advanced Writing and Selling Short Stories Sept. 21-Nov. 2. The class meets Tuesdays 79 p.m. This follow-up course in how to write short fiction and get it published is for writers who have already completed the introductory course “Writing and Selling Short Stories.” The class will cover advanced writing and marketing techniques, narrative structure, and the analysis of literary and commercial short fiction. $100. • Backyard Astronomy Sept. 23-Oct. 26. Thursdays 6-8 p.m. This introductory class surveys some of the simpler concepts of astronomy, then

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CelticFest Mississippi Sept. 10-12, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). The 19th annual celebration of Celtic heritage features three days of films, whiskey and scotch tastings, music, dance and more. Performers include Téada, Captain Mackey’s Goatskin Band, Donie Carroll & Friends, Tim Britton and Éamonn de Cógáin. Gates open 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Sept. 11 and 12. Admission is $12 for an adult weekend pass, $8 seniors and students, $5 children ages 5-17, and $1 for children under 4. Individual ticket prices vary; WellsFest Sept. 21 and 25. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Families for Kids, a nonprofit adoption agency. Art Night Sept. 21, 5 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Live auction of works by central Mississippi artists includes music and food. WellsFest Sept. 25, 10 a.m., at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park (3601 Lakeland Lane). The fam-

focuses on what can be observed, the tools used, types of observation specialties available and the strategies for a successful observing session. A field trip to the Russell C. Davis Planetarium is included. $100; call 601-974-1130. • Liturgical Dance Technique Workshop Sept. 25, 9 a.m. Spend the day learning about dance ministry from the biblical perspective and learning dance technique. Participants will learn how to effectively structure their new dance ministry in the church or how to improve their current ministry. Assistance with choreography and improvisational dance also provided. No dance experience necessary. $75. Courtesy Pat Walker-Fields

Beginners Drawing & Painting Class Sept. 13Oct. 18, at Fondren Art Gallery (601 Duling Ave.). The adult art class will be taught by Richard McKey on Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m. Supplies are included. $200; call 601-981-9222.

Robert Johnson (his work “Azaleas and Robins” is pictured here) will give a painting workshop Oct. 18-22 in Rolling Fork.

• How Not to Be A Starving Artist Oct. 2, 9 a.m. This new workshop will bring the business world to you, and help you develop an effective plan for making a living with your art. $40, $10 workbook. Part 2 is Oct. 16 • Alternative Photography. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and Dec. 6; Dec. 4 time TBA. This class will introduce students to large format view cameras and some alternative photographic processes. Students will explore the movements of the cameras as well as processing large format sheet film. $100. Shut Up and Write! Sign up for the workshop series of JFP cditor-in-chief Donna Ladd’s popular non-

fiction and creativity classes. Classes are forming in September and beyond, so call 601-362-6121, ext. 16 or e-mail to be added to the list. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Afrikan Dance Class ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). Taught by Chiquila Pearson on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-951-8976. 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 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 included. Registration is required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. African Dance Classes ongoing, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Classes are on Thursdays from 6:307:30 p.m. Nana Yaa Abdullah and Dafina Skinner of the Footprints Creative Arts Institute are the instructors. $5, free for Tougaloo students; call 601977-7910. Bachata and Casino Rueda Class ongoing, at La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave.). Learn these Latin dances on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. $10; e-mail Events at Pat Walker-Fields Art Studio (141 Locust St., Rolling Fork). E-mail • Three-Day Oil Painting Workshop Sept. 10-12. The workshop is from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Pat Walker-Fields is the instructor. Contact her for specifics. $295. • Still Life and Portrait Workshop Oct. 18-22. Instructor Robert Johnson will offer demonstrations and individual instruction focused on exploring time-tested principles of painting. The class will work from still lifes and figures. $755.

ily-friendly music festival includes a children’s fair, a crafts fair, a silent auction, food, a 5K run/walk and 1K fun run at 8 a.m., and a pet parade. Event prices vary. Free admission; call 601-353-0658.

ceeds from the annual walk benefit the American Heart Association. Walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Start! Heart Walk T-shirt. Donations welcome; call 601-321-1221.

The Market in Fondren Sept. 25 and Oct. 23, 8 a.m., at 3270 N. State St., in the parking lot across from Mimi’s. Local artists and food producers will be selling their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396

2010 Friendship Golf Outing Oct 14, 9 a.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). Sponsored by Jackson 2000, the format is a four-man “best ball” scramble. Lunch included, door prize. Tickets TBA; visit

Purple for Peace Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). The luncheon for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s 30th anniversary features guest speaker Sue Else, president, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and honors advocate Jane Philo. JFP editor-in-chief Donna Ladd is the mistress of ceremonies. RSVP by Sept. 20. $15, $10 raffle ticket; call 601-981-9196.

Red Beans and Rice Celebration Oct. 16, 11 a.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). This annual event benefits Stewpot Community Services’ mission in the Jackson area and includes music, kids’ games and red beans and rice. Ticket price TBA; call 601-353-2759.

Fondren After 5 Oct 7 and Dec. 2, 5 p.m. This monthly event showcases the local shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. call 601-981-9606.

Third Annual Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This fundraiser with music, food and an auction raises money for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Heather’s Hope Grant Program. TBA; e-mail

Metro Jackson Start! Heart Walk Oct. 10, 1 p.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Pro-

Young Leaders in Philanthropy Emerging Leaders Conference Nov. 4-5, at King Edward Hotel

Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997 unless otherwise indicated. • Four-Day Portrait Drawing Workshop Sept. 7-28. Classes are on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. Jerrod Partridge is the instructor. Supplies are included. Space is limited to 12, and reservations are required. $190, $180 members. • Four-Day “Calligraphy—The Art of Beautiful Writing” Workshop Oct. 7-28. Classes are on Thursdays from 5:30-7 p.m. The workshop taught by Cecil Evans is designed around a strokeby-stroke, easy-to-learn method that gives the basic skills needed to become proficient in the calligraphic art form with practice. Supplies are included. $115, $95 members. • River Kids through Dec. 9. The after-school arts program allows children in grades 1-6 to explore the Mississippi River through the arts. Sessions held each Thursday from 3:45-5 p.m. Free. • Oil Painting Classes ongoing. Pat Walker-Fields is the instructor. Classes are held Mondays, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $90-$170; call 662-873-4004. Ceramics Workshop Oct. 9, 9 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Conner Burns is the facilitator. $150; call 601-856-7546. Clogging Lessons ongoing, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Mississippi Explosion Dance Crew is offering lessons for ages 3 to adult. Classes from beginner to advanced/competition are available. Classes are held on Thursdays at 6 p.m. $25 per month; call 769-610-4304. Beading Class ongoing, at Art and Soul of the South (1312 Washington St., Vicksburg). Learn about making bracelets and crimping on 1st Saturdays, and get lessons on making earrings and wirework on 2nd Saturdays. Space is limited; a reservation is required. $15 per session; call 601-629-6201. Wednesday Knitting Nights ongoing, at DeSoto Arts Center (660 West Commerce St., Hernando). Knit, crochet, etc. with fellow knitters on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Free; e-mail See and add more creative classes at

(235 W. Capitol St.). The theme is “Mobilizing the Creative Class of Today for Action and Advocacy.” Dan Pallotta, philanthropist and author of “Uncharitable,” is the featured speaker. Registration and check in is from 2-7 p.m. Nov. 4, and the conference is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5. $99 by Aug. 31, $149 thereafter; call 601-918-5001 or 601-441-1889. BOOM Fashion Show Nov. 12, Duling Hall. Watch for details on a new kind of fashion show for Jackson. E-mail Fondren Unwrapped Nov. 18, 5 p.m. This special holiday edition of Fondren After 5 is your opportunity to find that special local find for your holiday shopping needs. Josh Hailey: Jackson Retrospective Dec. 2, 9 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). This will be Hailey’s final show in Jackson, showcasing his photographic work done in the past six years. Free admission; call 601-960-1557. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The live monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at





















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“Dog Days of Summer” Benefit Sept. 13, 10 a.m., at Laurel Street Park (1841 Laurel St.). The event includes a barbecue, live music and kids’ activities. Proceeds benefit Community Animal Rescue and Adoption (CARA), a no-kill shelter. $10; call 601-201-0568. “Free the Scott Sisters” March and Rally Sept. 15, 11 a.m., at Farish Street Park. The march begins at the park and end at the Mississippi State Capitol. The noon rally is on behalf of the Scott Sisters, who supporters say have been unjustly incarcerated for 15 years. Call 601353-4455. Race Back to School Sept. 18, 6:30 a.m., at Regions Bank (947 N. State St.). Race to a Fit Future of Mississippi’s inaugural 5K run and walk includes a free one-mile fun run for children. Proceeds benefit Davis Magnet School. $18 preregistered, $20 on race day; e-mail fitfuturems@ Cyclists Curing Cancer Century Ride Sept. 18, 7:30 a.m., at Baptist Healthplex (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). The ride will be along the Natchez Trace. Participants will receive a T-shirt and lunch after the event. Proceeds benefit Baptist Cancer Services’ Serenity Garden for cancer patients and their families. $40 until Aug. 31, $45 thereafter; call 601-968-1248. Fall for Kids Car Giveaway Sept. 18, noon, at Gray-Daniels Toyota (104 Gray-Daniels Blvd., Brandon). Each ticket purchased gives a chance to win one of 10 2010 model vehicles as well as other prizes and trips. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Proceeds benefit Mississippi Children’s Home Services. $100; call 800-447-9312.




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Mississippi Blood Services Blood Drive Sept. 24, 11 a.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Donate blood in the coach parked at the main entrance. Call 601982-8467. 2010 Light the Night Walk Sept. 25, 7 p.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Check-in starts at 5:30 p.m. The annual two-mile walk is a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi. Donations welcome; call 601-956-7447. Fifth Annual Cure Sickle Cell Walk, Run & Ride Sept. 26, 4 p.m., at Jackson State University, Walter Payton Recreation and Wellness Center (32 Walter Payton Drive). Walk, run or ride a bike along the Metro Parkway 5K route. Proceeds benefit the Cure Sickle Cell Foundation. $20 entry fee; call 601-853-3402. Walk for Diabetes Oct. 3, 2 p.m., at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance (1401 Livingston Lane). Check-in is at 1 p.m. The 5K walk will feature refreshments, music and activities for the entire family. Proceeds benefit Camp Kandu, the Diabetes Foundation’s bi-annual educational

camp for kids with diabetes and their parents. Minimum $20 donation; call 877-DFM-CURE. Live Art Auction Oct 7 and Nov. 18, 5-8 p.m., at Brown’s Fine Art (630 Fondren Place). Consignment art from Marie Hull, Walter Anderson, Karl and Mildred Wolfe, Emmitt Thames, Jackie Meena, Lucy Mazzaferro, Lynn Green Root and others. Refreshments and music included. Proceeds will benefit a local charity to be named later. Free admission; call 601-982-4844. Clash in the Kitchen Oct. 7, 6 p.m., at Vicksburg Convention Center (1600 Mulberry St., Vicksburg). The event features a cook-off between local chefs from both Vicksburg and Jackson with state and community leaders serving as celebrity judges. There will also be live music, food, beverages and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association. $40; call 601-540-2995 or 601-506-1313. Walk to Defeat ALS Oct. 9, 9 a.m., at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle). The walk is on behalf of those suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter of the ALS Association. Free; call 601-942-4856. Extra Life Oct. 16-17, at Winners Circle Park (100 Winners Circle). Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon benefitting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, including Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. On Oct. 16, gamers from all over the world will begin the 24-hour marathon at 8 a.m. in their local time zone. The event will conclude at 8 a.m. Oct. 17. Gamers can play any game anywhere they want, and they must ask friends and family members to sponsor their efforts for $1 per hour. Gamers can sign up online. Visit Blues by Starlight Oct. 21, 7 p.m., at Highland Village (4500 I-55 North). The fundraiser featuring music, food and a silent auction benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. Performers include Jesse Robinson & the 500 Pounds of Blues Band, and Hunter Gibson & the Gators. $100; call 601-969-7088. spellBOUND, SPELLdown Nov. 4, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The adult spelling bee is part of the Young Leaders in Philanthropy Emerging Leaders Conference. Proceeds benefit Imaginary Library, a nationwide, early education and literacy initiative supported by the Dollywood Foundation. $5; e-mail NAMIWalks for the Mind of America Nov. 6, 9 a.m., at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park Mayes Lake (115 Lakeland Terrace). Check-in is at 9 a.m. The 4K walk is an annual fundraiser for NAMI Mississippi, a local branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Call the office for information on walk teams and sponsorships. Donations welcome; call 601-899-9058. Merry Martinis Fundraiser Nov. 11, 6 p.m., at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.). The Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Association will be honoring their Hearts for Heroes winners. The 2011 Mississippi Firefighters Calendar will also be unveiled, which will be sold throughout the state. Sponsorships are available. $40; call 601540-2995 or 601-938-5353. Habitat Hideaways through Dec. 5, at Habitat for Humanity/Metro Jackson (1260 Ellis Ave.). Buy a raffle ticket for a child’s playhouse to raise money to build decent, affordable houses for families in need in metro Jackson. The winning ticket will be drawn on Dec. 5. $20, $40 for three, $100 for 10; call 601-353-6060. Mustard Seed Fundraiser Dec. 7,-8, at Broad Street (4465 Interstate 55 N.). Eat at Broad Street, BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N.) or Sal and Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.) and present a special coupon to get 10 percent of the meal value donated to Mustard Seed. Call 601-992-3556. See and add more charity events at


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Community Jackson 2000 Luncheon Sept. 8, Oct. 13, and Nov. 10, 11:45 a.m., at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). More details to come. $10; e-mail COPS Meetings These monthly forums are designed to help resolve community issues or problems from crime to potholes. • Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 1 (810 Cooper Road). Call 601-960-0001. • Sept. 9, Oct. 14 and Nov. 11, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). Call 601-960-0002. • Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 3 (3925 W. Northside Drive). Call 601-960-0003. • Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, 6 p.m., at Redeemer Church (640 E. Northside Drive) for Precinct 4. Call 601-960-0004. Ongoing Events at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). • Afrikan Funkadelic Fridays 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. • You Have the Mic The open political forum for discussing Jackson’s current issues is hosted by Othor Cain and Mista Main of Hot 97.7 FM on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. E-mail to get more information about the event.

Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • When the Weight Won’t Come Off Sept. 9, 11:45 a.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Get tips from fitness and nutrition professionals. The event is part of the “Timeless Transformations for Women” seminar series. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch. • Us Too Support Group Meeting Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m., in the Hederman Cancer Center. In this support group for men with prostate cancer, you and your loved ones can gain encouragement and ideas from others who are sharing your experiences. Genetic testing for prostate cancer will be part of the discussion. Registration is required. Free. • Think PINK (People In Need of Knowledge) Sept. 14, 11:45 a.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. If you have breast cancer, learn how to take care of yourself at this panel discussion. Panel speakers include Dr. Donna Lustig, Dr. James Burkhalter, Dr. Russell Rooks and Dr. Jason Murphy. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch. • This One’s For the Boys Sept. 17, 11:45 a.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. Learn the basics about what men need regarding their health. Dr. H. Jason Blalock, Dr. William Harper, and Dr. Ron Kotfila will lead this panel discussion. Registration is required. $5 optional lunch. • Walking Forward Support Group Meeting Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m., in the Hederman Cancer

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Center. This support group for women with any kind of gynecological cancer is a great resource for sharing ideas and gaining encouragement. Dr. Mildred Ridgway will give an update on gynecologic cancers. Registration is required. • Grandparenting Class Oct. 14, 6 p.m., in the Baptist for Women Conference Center. The session covers changes in labor and delivery and the focus on family-centered maternity care. The agenda also includes a refresher on baby feeding and safety and a discussion of basic diplomacy for the newly extended family. Registration required. Call for costs. • Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength, endurance, their immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss and improve digestion. Registration is required. Free. Events at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). • “Buy the Book” Book Sale Sept. 25, 10 a.m. The event is sponsored by Jackson Friends of the Library. Call 601-968-5811. • Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting Oct. 9, 10 a.m. The threehour meeting will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060.

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Muslim Peace Fellowship

September 9 - 15, 2010


f you know only one thing about Buddhism, it probably has something to do with peace or Zen, and that’s perfect. If you know a lot about Buddhism, that’s perfect. If you’re Jewish, Muslim or don’t ascribe to any religious philosophy, that, again, is perfect, too. Each of us, no matter who we are, should make it our business to see the exhibit “From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, opening this The dove is an international symbol of peace—or Zen, as some practice it. month. Originally organized by the Soka Gakkai International, an association of Buddhist laypeople, the exhibit promotes education and peace via personal responsibility and growth, and engagement in the world around you. The 1,200-square-foot exhibit that has traveled the world consists of 36 panels in four sections: ensuring human security; arms-based security v. human security; changing our worldview; and global efforts for peace. Some of the images and messages on the panels are uplifting and affirming. Take, for example, words from the preamble to the UNESCO Constitution: “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in minds of men that the defense of peace must be constructed.” Others are haunting, with large-scale images of children soldiers and one of an Indonesian boy in a boat floating through a polluted river full of plastic. The exhibit is a must-see for anyone remotely concerned about humanity. “From a Culture of Violence to a culture of Peace: Transforming the Human Spirit” opens at the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St., 601-9601457) Sept. 20 and runs through Oct. 2. For more information about the exhibit, visit

Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • 61st Annual NCADD Celebration Sept. 28, 6 p.m. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence’s event includes a silent auction and remarks by Chris Kennedy Lawford. $20; call 601-899-5880. • A Conversation About Community Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m. The event will feature a panel discussion on issues affecting our community, including poverty, race, health care and faith. Panelists include UMMC’s Dr. James Keeton, JSU’s Dr. Leslie McLemore and former Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State Constance Slaughter-Harvey. $50; visit • Reconciliation Celebration Aug 21, 9 a.m. Mission Mississippi will honor Gov. William Winter and Dr. John M. Perkins. Sponsorships are available. $65; call 601-353-6477. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Habitat Metro Jackson Homeowner Application Meeting Sept. 9, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2, 5:30 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The three-hour meeting will give potential homeowners with low incomes an opportunity to learn more about the Habitat for Humanity program. Free; call 601-353-6060. • NACA Homeownership Seminar Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Oct. 16 and Nov. 6, 9 a.m. The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008. • NFL Youth Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Registration through Sept. 14. The competition is divided into four separate age divisions: 8-9 years old; 10-11 years old; 12-13 years old; and 14-15 years old. During registration, proof of age will be required. Registration forms may be filled out from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-0471.

• MINCAP Business Seminar Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9, 8 a.m. The Minority Capital Fund of Mississippi’s two-hour session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601713-3322. • Certified Nursing Assistant Training Center Graduation Sept. 17, 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Center Stage. Call 601-3641188. • Credit Training Sept. 23, Oct. 29 and Nov. 22, 5 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), in the Community Meeting Room. A BankPlus representative will give tips on improving your credit. Call 601982-8467. • Senior Aerobics Class Sept. 29, Oct. 27 and Nov. 24, 10 a.m., at center stage. Seniors have an opportunity to get in shape and have fun while doing it. Sponsored by Tougaloo College. Free; call 601-977-6137. • Mississippi Underage Drinking Prevention Coalition of Hinds County Oct. 5, noon. The organization will meet in the Community Meeting Room. Open to the public. Call 601982-8467. • Parents for Public Schools Lunch Bunch Oct. 6 and Nov. 3, 11:45 a.m., in the Community Meeting Room. An RSVP is required. $5 lunch; call 601-969-6015. • Top Flight Financial Seminar Oct. 23, 10 a.m. The five-hour session will be in the Community Meeting Room. Call 601-9575602. • Hawkins Field Master Plan Public Meeting Nov. 19, 5 p.m., in the Community Meeting Room. The public is welcome to come and find out about future plans for Hawkins Field. Call 601-982-8467. • After-School Enhancement Program through May 27. The City of Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation’s program takes place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Youth ages 7-12 may participate. Activities include studying and learning during homework sessions, listening to guest speakers, and participating in arts and crafts. Immunization compliance is required. Parents and guardians must also provide transportation and food each day. Registration continues until all slots are filled. Free; call 601-960-0471. • Medical Mall Moment Report ongoing, at WOAD 1300 AM. 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 for more information. The broadcast is also available on Call 601-982-8467. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $8, $5 children ages 2-12, $7.20 seniors; members/ babies free unless otherwise indicated. Call 601352-2580. • Grandparents Day Sept. 12, 9 a.m.Free admission to grandparents when accompanied by a paying grandchild. Community service organizations join zoo volunteers and staff to provide an enjoyable day at the zoo. • National Carousel Day Sept. 18, 9 a.m. Come and celebrate with carousel activities and a 50-percent discount on carousel rides. $1 ride plus paid admission.

• Feast with the Beasts Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m. Annual members and corporate event features society board elections and “State of the Zoo” address. Guests include representatives from Jackson’s business and government community. • ZooParty Oct. 16, 7 p.m. The “wildest party in town” includes delicious dishes from more than 15 of Jackson’s favorite restaurants, dancing the night away under the stars and a silent auction. $65, $55 members in advance; $70 at the door. • International Red Panda Day Inauguration Nov. 13, 9 a.m. The focus is on introducing children to red pandas through fun activities and zoo keeper/ docent chats.

presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. $70; call 601-974-1130. • Southern Writers Dec. 6, 7 p.m., in the Ford Academic Complex. Stokes McMillan and Alex Heard speak as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130.

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Events at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). • Irish Whiskey and Scotch Tasting Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. in Sparkman Auditorium. In association with CelticFest Mississippi, the event will feature special whiskeys and products for 2010, cheeses, crackers, dips, other foods courtesy of Fenian’s Events at Millsaps Irish Pub and excluCollege (1701 N. sive giveaways. A limState St.). ited number of tick• A Katrina Retroets will be sold at the spective Sept. 14, door. $35 in advance, 7 p.m., in the Ford $50 at the door; call Academic Com601-366-6644 or plex. Artists H.C. 601-376-9866. Porter and David • Pumpkin AdvenRae Morris will ture Oct. 6-23. speak as part of the Pick out a pumpkin Millsaps Arts and or take a hay ride Lecture Series. $10; around the museum. call 601-974-1130. Call for a schedule; • A Saturday for the start and end times Soul Sept. 18, vary. $1-$5; call 6019:30 a.m. This 713-3365. mini-retreat for • Harvest Festival busy people, held Nov. 10-13. Observe on the eve of Holy the operation of the Week, includes cotton gin, saw mill, Christian spiritual cane mill and blackpractices such as Martha Foose is one of the speakers featured smith shop. Hours praying with during the Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series. are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. scripture, quiet Nov. 10-12 and 10 meditation and a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 13. contemplative wor$5, $3 children ages 5-18; call 601-713-3365. ship. Please bring a Bible and a journal. $30; call 601-974-1130. Events at United Way (843 N. President St.). Visit • Basics of Investing: The Stock Market, Mutual Funds and Bonds Sept. 20-Oct. 18. • Young Leaders in Philanthropy Member Classes are on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, 6 Learn about ways to grow financially. Mark p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Maxwell will demystify stocks, bonds, annui• Young Leaders in Philanthropy Lunch and ties, mutual funds, options, timing, markets, Learn Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m., in the boardroom. taxation, tax shelter and qualified plans. Using The session topic is education. Please RSVP. the Internet for research and investing and $10 lunch or bring your own; e-mail kimpoint and figure stock charting also will be covered. $70; call 601-974-1130. “History Is Lunch,” noon, at William F. Winter • Architectural History of Mississippi Sept. Archives and History Building (200 North St.). 21-Oct. 12. Classes are on Tuesdays from Bring your own lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; 6-8 p.m. Join Todd Sanders as he presents a call 601-576-6998. detailed discussion of the architectural history • Sept. 15, Mississippi State University profesof the state of Mississippi. Topics include the sor Noel Polk talks about the life and work of oldest surviving structures, high-style architecWilliam Faulkner. ture and mainstream architecture. $60, $15 • Sept. 22, artist Glennray Tutor shows his optional materials; call 601-974-1130. paintings and discusses his unique approach • College President Inauguration Oct. 7, to his art. 10:30 a.m., in “The Bowl” outside of the • Sept. 29, curator Ellen Ruffin talks about the Student Center. Millsaps College inaugurates de Grummond Collection at USM. its 11th president, Dr. Robert Pearigen. The special guest speaker is Newsweek editor Jon • Oct. 6, author Hunter Cole talks about his Meacham. Call 601-974-1130. new book, “The Legs Murder Scandal.” • ACT Test Prep Course, Session II Oct. 16, • Oct. 13, archaeologist Brad Lieb will present 10 a.m. This test prep course is a fast-paced “The Grand Village Is Silent: Diaspora of the presentation of test-taking strategies designed Natchez Indians.” to help college bound students to test nearer • Oct. 20, Curtis Wilkie discusses his new book to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as about Dickie Scruggs, “The Fall of the House ACT, SAT, etc. $70; call 601-974-1130. of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most • Southern Songwriters Oct. 19, 7 p.m., in the Powerful Trial Lawyer.” Ford Academic Complex. Will Kimbrough, • Nov. 3, Elise Winter, former first lady of David Womack and Eric Stracener will speak Mississippi, talks about and signs copies of as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. “Dinner at the Mansion,” newly reprinted by $10; call 601-974-1130. Yoknapatawpha Press. • Reflection on the Election Nov. 9, 7 p.m., in • Nov. 10, Sam Brookes, Heritage Program the Ford Academic Complex. Jere Nash and Manager of National Forests in Mississippi, Andy Taggart speak as part of the Millsaps Arts talks about mounds built by Native Americans and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130. across the state. • ACT Test Prep Course, Session III Dec. 4, • Nov. 17, historian Rowena McClinton dis10 a.m. This test prep course is a fast-paced cusses the Native Americans of Mississippi.





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Jackson Touchdown Club Meetings Sept. 7-Nov. 29, at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). Members of the athletic organization meet on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. during the football season. Members have access to meals, fellowship and the chance to listen to speakers from around the country. Speakers throughout the season include Deuce McAllister on Sept. 21, Larry Fedora on Oct. 18 and Ronnie Cottrell on Nov. 15. $280 individual, $1,200 corporate; call 601-955-5293. Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering Conference Sept. 8-9, at Marriott Hotel (200 E. Amite St.). The theme is “Strengthening Partnerships 2 Meet Global Challenges.” The AMIE conference brings together business leaders, engineering professionals and engineering school leaders from 14 historically black colleges and universities. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson will speak at 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 at the opening session. The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new School of Engineering at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.) is on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. Registration is required. $475; visit

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Jefferson-Jackson-Hamer Dinner Sept. 10, 6 p.m., at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). The Mississippi Democratic Party is the host. Clyde Williams, the political director of the Democratic National Committee, is the keynote speaker. $125; call 601969-2913.

of Business and Economics. Gospel singer Christa Bennett will perform. $50; call 601-923-1794. Project Homeless Connect Week Sept. 20-24. The week of events is designed to educate, empower and connect those impacted by homelessness in the metro area. Events include the photography exhibit “That’s Not All There Is: Snapshots and Stories of the Homeless” at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), the One Stop Service Fair on Sept. 21 at Smith Park (302 E. Amite St.) from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. which provides resources for the homeless, The Mixin’ It Up concert featuring homeless and former homeless musicians at Smith Park from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and the Conference on Homelessness on Sept. 24 at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.) from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free; call 601-960-2178. Mississippi Greek Weekend Sept. 23-26, at various Jackson locations. The weekend is a series of events designed to promote Greek and non-Greek unity while highlighting community service and social action across the state. Venues include the Roberts Walthall Hotel, Afrika Book Cafe, Trustmark Park, Farish Street, Jackson State University, Club Rain, Dreamz JXN and Mount Helm Baptist Church. Visit for a schedule of events and to purchase passes. Charges vary for events. $25 all-access pass, other fees may apply; call 601-706-9273 or 601-953-7284. Latin Rooftop Dance Party Sept. 24 and Oct. 29, 8 p.m., at Fondren Corner (2906 N. State St.). The dance party with Latin music such as salsa, merengue, bachata and cha cha is sponsored by Salsa Mississippi and La Salsa Dance Studio. Beer, water and sodas will be available. $10; call 601-213-6355. Rainbow Cooperative Grocery Annual Meeting Oct. 3, noon, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). The meeting includes a vegetarian potluck. Call 601-366-1602.

Mostly Monthly Ceili Jackson Revival & Oct. 3 and Nov. 14, Tailgate Party Sept. 2 p.m., at Fenian’s (901 11-12, at Ole Tavern E. Fortification St.). A on George Street (416 family-friendly gatherGeorge St.). The event ing of folks interested in features Chef Tom Irish music and dance. Ramsey, host of “At the No experience necessary. Cook’s Table,” the Lazy Food and drink availMagnolia tailgating able, especially Fenian’s competition, eight local Sunday Brunch (until bands such as Electric Mississippi Greek Weekend will be Sept. 23-26 3 p.m.). Free; e-mail Hamhock and Furrows, at various Jackson locations. emeraldrose2@yahoo. and local art vendors. com. Advance tickets and “How to Cold Call entry forms are available and Build New Customers in a Down Econoat Ole Tavern. $10 in advance, $15 day of event; my” Seminar Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m., at Clarion Hotel e-mail (5075 Interstate 55 South). Hosted by Dale CarnFamily-to-Family Education Course Sept. 14-Nov. egie Training, learn how to search systematically for 30, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive). new opportunities, revive dead accounts, set more NAMI Mississippi (National Alliance on Mental appointments with qualified buyers and more. $199 Illness) is offering the 12-week course to family (team rates available); call 601-540-5415. members of adults with serious mental illnesses such Financial Education Seminar Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and as major depression, bipolar disorder, post-trauDec. 7, 6 p.m., at 3000 Fondren Building (3000 matic stress disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, panic Old Canton Road), in suite 550. Hosted by Condisorders and others. Topics covered include brain sumer Credit Counseling Services of Jackson, the biology, medications and side effects, coping and seminar will be led by certified budget and credit communication strategies. Classes are from 6counselors. Free; call 601-969-6431. 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Registration is required. Business E-Waste Day Oct. 6, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at Free; call 601-899-9058. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Bring Hinds County Human Resource Agency Awards any unwanted electronics such as computers, com& Recognition Gala Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Hilton puter components, radios, televisions, copiers, fax Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). Guest machines, VCRs, DVD players, desk phones, cell speaker is Dr. William Cooley, businessman and phones and smoke alarms. $1 per monitor, $10 former Jackson State University Dean of the School

The Young Leaders in Philanthropy are planning a creative-class conference for November. Board members are: (front row, left to right) Jessica Pucheu, Kevin Howard, Juanyce Taylor, T.J. Harvey and Cynthia Bailey. Back row: Robyn Kennebrew, Monica Daniels (United Way), Kimberly Griffin, Jenny Penoske (United Way), Sharla Bachelder, and Carrie Johnson. Not pictured: Marcus Burger, Arlean Lloyd and Mandy Scott (United Way).

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Mississippi State Fair Oct. 6-17, at Mississippi State Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.). Mississippi’s annual state fair includes food, livestock shows, rides, music and more. Ticket price TBA; call 601-961-4000.

Ask for More Arts Call for Artists ongoing. Ask for More Arts is currently seeking artists to work with children in grades K-5 in the Jackson Public Schools district. Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is the convening partner. Call 601-969-6015.

Jacktoberfest Oct. 22, 10 a.m., at Congress St. The annual street festival features beer, brats and bands. The music lineup will be announced later. Proceeds from food and beer sales benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free admission; visit

Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). • Five-Day Financial Workshop Sept. 7-Oct. 5. Classes are on Tuesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. Edward Jones financial adviser Wayne Pratt will teach investment techniques. A workbook is included. Space is limited and advance reservations are required. $45, $40 members; call 601-631-2997. • Classics in the Courtyard. Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, noon. Enjoy music and lunch in an outdoor setting. Reservations are required for lunch and must be made by 5 p.m. the day before. Free admission, $9 lunch; call 601-631-2997. • Mississippi River Master Naturalist Program ongoing. The Mississippi River Field Institute of the National Audubon Society has launched a program to educate and engage people in the conservation of the Mississippi River. This flexible program is open to anyone ages 18 and up and covers a broad range of naturalist education topics including the hydrology, ecology, habitats, plants, insects, fishes and birds of the Mississippi River. Additional costs will apply. $350; call 601-661-6189.

Shalom: A Day of Health and Wellness Oct. 23, time TBA, at Farish Street. The event by the Farish Street Community of Shalom is a festival including a 5K run/walk, a health fair, health screenings, food and music. 5K run/walk entry fee TBA; call 601355-7858. Social Studies Teachers Workshop Nov. 5, 8 a.m., at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). “Antebellum Mississippi: 1833–1850” is the theme. 0.5 CEU credits are available through Mississippi College. Free; call 601-576-6800. Main Street Training Nov. 9-10, at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). The emphasis of this training is on design. Training is open to all Main Street communities and members, public officials, urban planners and anyone who has an interest in downtown revitalization. Networking activities begin on Nov. 9, and design training will be held on Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration is required. $125, $100 Main Street members, $75 Main Street managers; call 601-944-0113. circa. Grand Opening Nov. 18, 5 p.m., at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road). circa. is a retail store featuring artisan-created pieces for the home, garden and body. The event is held in conjunction with Fondren Unwrapped. Free admission; call 601-5944901.

Red September 2 Sept. 11, noon, at Holiday Inn Express (491 Springridge Road, Clinton). The video game tournament gives the top three players an opportunity to win cash prizes. $10 registration fee, $10 per game; e-mail

Capital City Classic Nov. 20, 11 a.m., at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N State St.). Jackson State University takes on Alcorn State University in this annual rivalry football game. Ticket price TBA; call 601-354-6021.

Magnolia Ballroom Dancers Association Dance Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). A deejay will provide ballroom and Latin music for dancing, and mixers will be held. Water and soft drinks will be provided. The dress code is hard-soled shoes and no blue jeans. $10 members, $15 guests; call 601-506-4591.

Cellular South Conerly Trophy Presentation Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). The reception is at 5:30 p.m., and Mississippi’s best college football player will be revealed at 7 p.m. with the three media-selected finalists and their coaches in attendance. $100; call 800-280-FAME (3263).

PET Scans and Your Heart Sept. 14, 11:45 a.m., at Baptist Health Systems, Madison Campus (401 Baptist Drive), in the Community Room. Dr. Alfredo Figueroa explains how cardiologists use cardiac PET scanning to improve care for people with heart concerns. Registration is required. Lunch included. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262.

Jackson State University Alumni Association Membership Drive through Feb. 28. The JacksonHinds chapter is currently seeking new members to join the association. $25 membership; e-mail

Cowboy Church Worship Rally 2010 Sept. 14, 7 p.m., at Rankin County Multi-Purpose Pavilion (649 Marquette Road, Brandon). His Brand Cowboy Church and McLaurin Heights Baptist Church are the hosts. Pastor Hal J. Bates is the guest speaker, and Tory Dardar of Broken Vessels will perform. Horses will be available for riding, or bring your own. Free; call 601-543-6023, 601-331-3157 or 601-720-1556.

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Networking in the Neighborhood 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, Fox 40, My35, Capital City Beverages, Patterson Consulting attorney Ramel Cotton and realtor Bret Baxter. Free admission; call 601-624-7738 or 601-718-4056. • Sept. 16, 5 p.m., at Kathryn’s (6800 Old Canton Rd.). • Oct. 21, 5 p.m., at Olga’s (4670 I-55 N.).


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Centennial Arts Gala Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Lake Terrace Convention Center (1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg). This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme for the annual fundraiser is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gold.â&#x20AC;? Patrons will enter a golden world and travel through time celebrating the University of Southern Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100-year anniversary. $100; call 601-266-5922.

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Water Tower Festival Sept. 17-18, at DeSoto County Courthouse (2535 Highway 51 South, Hernando). The annual fall festival on the courthouse square includes a barbecue contest, a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zone, a car show, a poker run, an art exhibit, a wine tasting tent and music by country artists such as Luke Bryan. Hours are 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 17 and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 18. Free admission; call 662-429-9055. Mid-South Fair Sept. 24-Oct. 3, at DeSoto Civic Center (4560 Venture Drive, Southaven). Enjoy rides, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities, livestock exhibits, live performances, concessions and arts and crafts. Hours are Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thursday from noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;10 p.m., Fridays from noon-11 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays from noon-10 p.m. Ticket price TBA; call 901-274-8800. Wing Dang Doodle Festival Sept. 25, 10 a.m., at Gaddis Park (835 Park Road, Forest). The festival includes a chicken wing cooking contest, a wingeating contest a 5K run/walk, a half-mile fun run, a motorcycle run, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities and music by Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Eden Brent. $15-$20 5K event, $10-$15 fun run, $25 cooking contest entry fee, $20 motorcycle run. Call 601-469-4332. Rockinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Railroad Festival Sept. 25, 5 p.m., at Hazlehurst Chamber of Commerce (138 N. Ragsdale Ave., Hazlehurst). The arts and music festival includes live music by performers such as Sunny Ridell, a classic car show and a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zone. Free; call 601-894-3752. Viking Golf Classic Sept. 27-Oct. 3, at Annandale Golf Club (419A Annandale Parkway, Madison). Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premiere professional sporting event is where professional cooking meets professional golf. Join other golf or culinary enthusiasts to watch PGA players battle it out for the top prize or celebrity chefs such as Emeril Lagasse demonstrate their cooking skills. $20-$100, parking fees vary; call 601-898-GOLF (4653). Carrollton Pilgrimage Oct. 1-3, in Carrollton. Visit historic sites such as Seven Gables, Carrollton Baptist Church and Merrill Museum. Hours are 9 a.m.-

5 p.m. Oct. 1-2 and 1-5 p.m. Oct. 3. The event includes the Pioneer Day Festival from 9 a.m.5 p.m. Oct. 2, which features educational booths, arts and crafts, and live music. $25, $10 children in grades 12 and below; e-mail carrolltonmstours@ Dueling Demos Fundraiser Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m., at Morrison Heights Baptist Church (3000 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton), in the Student Activities Center. Enjoy a cooking demonstration by Robert St. John and an art demonstration by Wyatt Waters. Activities also include dinner and a silent auction of Wyatt Watersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; painting done on-site. Seating is limited. $100; call 601-924-5472. Over the River Run Oct. 9, 8 a.m., at Old Mississippi River Bridge (Interstate 20 and Washington St., Vicksburg). The event involves a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk and a one-mile fun run for kids on the bridge. Free entertainment and refreshments for runners, walkers; volunteers will follow the race in the Ameristar Delta Point parking lot. Slaphappy will perform, and inflatables will be on hand. A $5 late charge will apply to entries that are postmarked after Oct. 1. $25, $15 kids 10 and under, $55 family, $75 corporate; call 601-631-2997. Canton Flea Market Oct. 14, 8 a.m., at Historic Canton Square. The biannual shopping extravaganza in Canton will include goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-8055.



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The art exhibit featuring the works of Daniel MacGregor and Ginger Williams opens today at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Free; call 601-960-1557. … See artwork by Power APAC students and photography from the “Day in the Life of a Hutterite Child” exhibit at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) at 6 p.m. Free; call 601-352-3399. … T.B. Ledford, Johnny Bertram and Matthew Magee perform at Parker House (104 N.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland) from 7-10 p.m. Call 601-856-0043. … Carlton’s South Carolina Show Band performs at Poets II. Call 601-364-9411. … Jackie Bell, Norman Clark and Smoke Stack Lightning perform at 930 Blues Café at 9 p.m. $5.

the Battle of the Bands finale at Electric Cowboy at 9 p.m. Call 601-899-5333. … Steve Azar performs at Fire at 10 p.m. Call 601-592-1000.



The “Art by Choice” public sale at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) is from 2-7 p.m. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. … The Jackson Revival & Tailgate Party at Ole Tavern is at 3 p.m. Performers include Will & Linda, M.O.S.S. and Furrows. $10 in advance, $15 day of event; e-mail … Kristos (971 Madison Ave., Madison) is hosting a one-year anniversary toga party from 7-10 p.m., which includes games, prizes and music by Chris Gill and the Sole Shakers. Wear a toga and get a free appetizer. $2 Miller Lites; call 601-605-2266. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra’s “Bravo I: Joy And Contemplation” at Thalia Mara Hall is at 7:30 p.m., which includes a performance by violinist Jennifer Frautschi. $20 and up; call 601960-1565. … Wooden Finger and Red Hill City perform in Hal & Mal’s Red Room at 9 p.m. $5.

Sunday 9/12

During Grandparents Day at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.), grandparents get in free when accompanied by a paying grandchild. Call 601-352-2580. … Three long-running exhibits at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) close today, including Claudia DeMonte’s sculpture display. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free; call 601-960-1515.

Monday 9/13

CARA’s “Dog Days of Summer” benefit at Laurel Street Park (1841 Laurel St.) at 10 a.m. includes a barbecue, live music and kids’ activities. $10; call 601-201-0568. … Enjoy world music during Marley Monday at Dreamz Jxn at 6 p.m. Call 601-979-3994. … Artists H.C. Porter and David Rae Morris Éamonn de Cógáin will emcee the Céilí Mór Sept. 11 as part of this year’s CelticFest at the Agriculture and Forestry Museum.

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The WellsFest Art Show at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) opens today and continues through Sept. 21. Hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. weekdays, Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Free; call 601960-1557. … CelticFest Mississippi kicks off at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive) at 7 p.m. and continues through Sept. 12. $12, $8 seniors and students, $5 children ages 5-17, $1 children 4 and under; visit … Writer’s Spotlight at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.) is at 7:30 p.m. Free; e-mail … At Hal & Mal’s, Men of Leisure performs in the restaurant at 8 p.m. (free), and Quills perform with Josh Hailey in the Red Room at 9 p.m. 40 ($7). … Dylan Moss Project takes on Big Hair Affair during

Tuesday 9/14

Mississippi Murder Mystery’s “The Case of the Birthday Surprise” dinner theater at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland) is at 7 p.m. $38.50; call 601-668-2214 for a reservation. … The play “Red, White & Tuna” opens at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) is at 7:30 p.m., with additional shows through Sept. 19 and Sept. 22-26. $25, $22 seniors and students; call 601-948-3533.

Wednesday 9/15

Mississippi State University professor Noel Polk talks about William Faulkner during “History Is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Mona Simpson signs copies of “My Hollywood” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 North) at 5 p.m. $26.95 book; call 601-366-7619.



Authors such as Melissa Marr and Jessica Verday sign their books as part of “The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour” at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison) at 5 p.m. Book prices vary; call 601-366-7619. … The opening reception for Ben Purvis at Southern Breeze Gallery (1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Ridgeland) is from 5-8 p.m. during Ridgeland Rendezvous. Free; call 601-607-4147. … The urban art exhibition “Art, Beats + Lyrics” at The South (627 E. Silas Brown St.) is at 7 p.m. Free; register at gentleman More events and details at

The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs “Bravo I: Joy And Contemplation” at Thalia Mara Hall Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy Jim Moritsugu

Friday 9/10

speak on the topic “A Katrina Retrospective” at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.) at 7 p.m. $10; call 601-974-1130. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is from 8-11 p.m. $5.

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this may seem expensive, but it is an example of getting what you pay for in the best sense. “Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists” (Quarry Books, 2010, $22.99) by Carla Sonheim features a year’s worth of creative exercises and projects designed to lead the non-traditional artist back to the simple joy of drawing. For artists who hate to actually draw, this is the book for you. Loose and relaxed in its instruction, the experiments found in this book take an informal approach to bringing diehard non-drawing artists back into the fold of one of art’s most basic and celebrated methods. Even if you already consider yourself a capable or accomplished drawer, there are inspiring and lighthearted assignments within these pages that will move you away from your comfort zone. A terrific book for the beginner or veteran artist. If your parents never forced you into badlooking clothes to stand uncomfortably close to one another at a portrait studio, you’re lucky. For those of us who endured this suffering, take heart: You are not alone, as evidenced by “Awkward Family Photos” by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack (Three Rivers Press, 2010, $14.95). In an age before the digital camera, people went to highly trained professionals whose job was to bring out the best in your family for one defining moment. Unfortunately, that rarely occurred. Laugh out loud, and you will, at these ridiculously bad family photos, wince at the animosity emanating from siblings’ expressions, and hope there aren’t a pair of amorous donkeys in the background of that shot. For the person who doesn’t like to read, may I suggest “The Sneaker Coloring Book” (Laurence King Publishing, 2010, $19.95) by Daniel Jarosch and Henrik Klingel, 100 line-art drawings of popular athletic shoes just waiting for you and a box of crayons. Beginning with the Keds Champion from 1916, this mostly wordless book features popular and innovative styles of shoes that run all the way to 2002. If you’ve ever had any interest in how those kicks on your feet were built, or thought about designing them, then here is a great starting point. So get out that 64-count box of crayons and put the built-in sharpener to good use.

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espite oil spills, crazy politicians, unemployment and a host of other bad news, this year has been a good one for books on one of my favorite subjects: art. In all its myriad forms and permutations, art thrives, especially in times like these. Here is a smattering of what’s new on bookstore shelves in the Art section. While his name may not be household, anyone who has ever gone to a summer blockbuster is at least passingly familiar with the captivating poster images of Drew Struzan. “Back To The Future,” “Raiders of The Lost Ark,” “First Blood,” “The Goonies,” “Risky Business,” “Coming To America,” “The Thing” and a slew of other films all featured his artwork, and the art is collected in “The Art of Drew Struzan” (Titan Books, 2010, $34.95). There is a reason Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have acquired his services multiple times for their films. Struzan has provided modern-day moviegoers with iconic, resonant images since the mid 1970s and shows no sign of stopping. If you are looking for a little pop culture in your art, some accessible and instantly recognizable imagery awaits you in these pages. If illustration is your thing, crack open a copy of “Luerzer’s Archive Special 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 2009/2010” (Lurzer GmbH, 2009, $29.50) This expansive collection looks at the work of 200 different illustrators from around the globe. The sheer range of styles and methods on display in this book are inspiring. In a world dominated by stock photography, it’s a treat for the eyes to randomly flip the book open and jump from front to back and everywhere in between. Being a fan of art history doesn’t have to be dry and stuffy. Read through Marilyn Stokstad and Michael Cothren’s comprehensive art history text “Art History Combined Volume” (Prentice Hall, 2010, $165.95) to find a wealth of information packed into an engaging look at art through the ages. From the earliest cave paintings to current day, the creative efforts of humanity are brought to life in this book. Along with the explanations and motives for various artists, the author also examines the cultural and social context as it relates to the work. Exceptionally illustrated, in-depth and overflowing with knowledge,

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hank God for the recession. This is why Gibbs has been in every Wait: Let me start over. publication from The New Yorker to L.A. As a fan of hip-hop and a lover of the Weekly, without even releasing a full LP. His culture, I consider the recession a bless- breakthrough mixtape “midwestgangstaboxing in disguise. See, hip-hop is a genre built on framecadillacmuzik” made Gibbs a national struggle. The truly great music of the genre has phenomenon. And his latest project “Str8 come out of great American tragedies. Killa No Filla,” accompanied by an EP named Hip-hop itself was just “Str8 Killa,” has creborn when the powersated an undeniable muthat-be removed prosical force. grams that taught gradeIn the same way school students how to that N.W.A. narrated a play live instruments, Compton that was a miforcing them to resort to crocosm of American’s making music from old larger issues and failure records and their own in the black community, made-up lyrics. It’s a Freddie Gibbs is making lemons-to-lemonade art the Midwest the new Evform. erytown, USA. The war-torn and Freddie Gibbs’ EP “Str8 Killa” features “I’m from the drug-riddled urban the single “National Anthem.” ghetto, the ghetto, the streets that came out of ghetto ghetto / To make the crack era birthed the social commentary it out where I’m from, yes you gotta do someand hard-hitting lyrics pegged as “gangsta” rap. thing special / especially when we stressin’ In the early ’90s, N.W.A. shined a national these economic conditions / conditionally light on the almost third-world conditions in causing us to cook the rock in the kitchen.” Compton, Calif. Gibbs rhymes on the track “The Ghetto.” Over the last couple years, hip-hop artists Gibbs’ style is particularly catered to the have returned to grittier roots. The “gangsta” South: His double-timed delivery is an aesrap epicenter has shifted from Los Angeles, thetic that has always caught on below the though, and moved to one of the hardest-hit Mason-Dixon line. His hero is the late Pimp victims of the recession: the Midwest. The C, a Houston rap legend who is still considautomobile industry crash, political mischief, ered a southern treasure. (Gibbs also shares and the war-like murders going on in Detroit, Pimp’s raw, not-the-most-flattering depiction Chicago and surrounding areas have made the of relationships with women—also another Midwest ground zero for damage the recession similarity between Gibbs and Pac.) And, most caused. And the Midwest’s hip-hop ambassa- importantly, if anyone can relate to the viodor is Gary, Ind., native Freddie Gibbs. lence and economic straits of the Midwest, it’s Gibbs is a menacing figure when you the people who live in the South. first see him: square-jawed, droopy-eyed and The rapper, who was briefly signed to gravelly-voiced. His songs are unapologetic, Interscope before the label realized he was too raw depictions of the dire straits the Midwest rough around the edges and not marketable, is facing. On “Murda On My Mind,” Gibbs has used the Internet and his uncompromisspits about Gary’s “60 percent unemployment, ing sound to become a major underground why you think we selling dope?” His delivery name in hip-hop. But to ascend to the upper is a millisecond slower than the members of echelon of superstardom, he needs a wider fan Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, and his voice is half base beyond blog readers and Midwesterners. an octave higher than Scarface’s. But his sub- His emergence can and should begin by reachject matter and poetic attention to detail is the ing the south. So give him a shot; you may closest thing to Tupac we’ve ever seen and will even thank the high heavens for the recession, probably ever get. too, when you’ve finished listening.

The classic beauty with the classic voice, Dionne Warwick sings classic songs at a concert Friday, Sept. 10.


Red, White & Tuna SOUTHERN COMEDY Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard

Sept. 14-26, 2010

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o matter how young or not young you are, the only way you’re unfamiliar with Dionne Warwick is if you’ve been living in a cave where the DJ at WCVE has never played “That’s What Friends are For.” If that’s the case, climb out and make your way to the MSU Riley Center to see Warwick live Friday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m. The pre-show party starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $57-$63. Visit or call 601-696-2000 for more information.


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F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free; Amazin’ Lazy Boi & Sunset Challenge Blues Band 11:30-4 a.m. Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Scott Albert Johnson 8 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 9 p.m. $5 Poet’s II - Carlton’s South Carolina Show Band Underground 119 - Lisa Mills 8 p.m. Fenian’s - Finvarra’s Wren 8 p.m. Electric Cowboy - DJ Cadillac 9 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Time Out - Shaun Patterson 9-12 a.m. Burgers & Blues - Jason Bailey 5:30-9:30 p.m. Parker House - TB Ledford, Johnny Bertram, Matthew Magee (bluegrass/roots) 7-10 p.m. Ole Tavern - DJ Nick Regency Hotel - Karaoke 8:30 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Bubba & His Guitar 6-9 p.m. free Lyric, Oxford - Perpetual Groove 10:30 p.m.

Sept. 10, Friday F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues/ solo) noon; 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Lumpkin’s BBQ - Virgil Brawley (blues lunch) 11:30-1:30 p.m. Ag Museum - Celtic Fest/Whiskey Tasting 7-12 a.m. 3-day $12 pass, $5 kids Hal & Mal’s Red Room - Quills w/ Josh Hailey (Tom Petty Tribute) 9 p.m. $7 Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Men of Leisure 8 p.m. free Martin’s - The Minor Adjustments (members of Mayhem String Band) 10 p.m. Fire - Steve Azar (country) 10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Battle of the Bands Finale: Dylan Moss Project vs. Big Hair Affair (rock) 9 p.m. Pop’s - Southbound Fenian’s - Jim Perkins 9 p.m. Underground 119 - Jedi Clampett 9-1 a.m. Poet’s II - 6 Pack Deep (Reggae Funk/Groove) Burgers & Blues - Scott Albert Johnson & Bob Gates 7-11 p.m.

Kristo’s - Hunter Gibson 7-11 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - Fingers Taylor & Mark Whittington 6-10 p.m. free 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Stevie J 9:30 p.m. $10 Shucker’s - Roy Akers Band 8-1 a.m. $5 Sam’s Lounge - Shaun Patterson 10-1 a.m. McB’s - Johnny Crocker Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Little Willie’s - Emma Wynters 6-10 p.m. free Regency Hotel - Faze 4 - 8:30 p.m. Irish Frog - Danny Arwine & Nick Blake 6:30-10 p.m. free Reed Pierce’s - Yankee Station 9-1 a.m. free Ameristar Casino, V’burg - Mike Zito, Atomika 9 p.m. Rainbow Casino, V’burg - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 9-1 a.m. MSU Riley Center, Meridian - Dionne Warwick $57+, 7:30 p.m. 601696-2200,

Sept. 11, Saturday Ag Museum - Celtic Fest/Céilí Mór 10 a.m.-12 a.m. 3-day $12 pass, $5 kids Ole Tavern - Revival Tailgate: Will & Linda 5 p.m.; Seth Libbey & the Liberals 6 p.m.; Electric Hamhock 7 p.m.; Eric Stracener & the Frustrations 8 p.m.; M.O.S.S. 9 p.m. Bailey Bros. 10:15 p.m.; Iron Feathers 11:15 p.m. Furrows 12:30 a.m. $15 Thalia Mara Hall - Miss. Symphony Orchestra: Bravo I 7:30 p.m. Hal & Mal’s Red Room - Wooden Finger, House of Hounds 9 p.m. $5 Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Booker Quartet 8 p.m. free Martin’s - Electric Mudd (Southern Rock) 10 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Stevie J 9:30 p.m. $10 Fire - Spunk Monkees (rock) 10 p.m. Fenian’s - Zydeco Ziggie 9 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Pat Brown & the Millenium Band (blues) 11:30-4 a.m. $10 Poet’s II - Brooks Hubbert (funk jam/groove) Kristo’s (patio) - Chris Gill & the Soleshakers (toga party) 7-10 p.m. Underground 119 - Duff Dorrough 9-1 a.m. Burgers & Blues - Fulkerson/Pace 7-11 p.m. McB’s - Thomas James & Christian Link Kathryn’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 7-10 p.m. Shucker’s - Mike & Marty 3-7 p.m. free Philip’s, Rez - Sic Transit 6-10 p.m. Electric Cowboy - Missused 9 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Time Out - The Start Up 9-1 a.m. $5 Irish Frog - Danny Arwine & Nick Blake 6:30-10 p.m. Reed Pierce’s - Yankee Station 9-1 a.m. free Petra Cafe, Clinton - Karaoke 8 p.m. Ameristar Casino - Mike Zito, Atomika (Southern Soul) 9 p.m. Rainbow Casino, V’burg - The Rainmakers (classic rock) 9-1 a.m.

Pop’s - Faze 4

Sept. 12, Sunday Ag Museum - Celtic Fest 11-5 p.m. 3-day $12 pass, $5 kids King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Philip’s, Rez - Home Remedy Band 5:30-9:30 p.m. free Burgers & Blues - Fides Band 12-4 p.m. Pelican Cove - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 4-8 p.m. Shucker’s - The Xtremez 3-7 p.m. free The Pub - Play it Forward w/Caroline Crawford & friends 4:30 p.m. Ameristar Casino, V’burg - Atomika

Sept. 13, Monday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Jason Bailey (blues lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. free Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m. Irish Frog - Open Mic 6:30-10 p.m.

Sept. 14, Tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. $2 Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Ole Tavern - Open Mic Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Shucker’s - The Xtremez 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Proud Larry’s, Oxford - Alejandro Escovedo

Sept. 15, Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - The Church Keys 8 p.m. free Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:30-11:30 p.m. free Fenian’s - Jordana & DJ (modern acoustic) 9 p.m. Parker House - Common Ground Blues Band 7-10 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance (bluegrass) 8 p.m. Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:30-10 p.m. Sam’s Lounge - Welcome Home Walker Burgers & Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6-10 p.m. Mardi Gras - DJ Durdy 6-9 p.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Kathryn’s - Larry Brewer (classic rock) 6:30-9:30 p.m. Philip’s, Rez - DJ/Karaoke 7-10 p.m. free

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88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800-700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601-919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neosoul/hip-hop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601-346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601-944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Dreamz 426 West Capitol Street, Jackson, 601-979-3994 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


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for the savory richness that only heavy cream can provide. I did refrain from adding crabmeat, so my soul is still somewhat intact. The secret to great scallops, shrimp or any other seafood for that matter, is not to overcook them. Because these proteins have such high water content, they react swiftly to heat and cook almost instantly. With shrimp, as soon as they turn pink on both sides, they are ready, and with scallops, all you want is a nice caramelized color on each side in a very hot pan, and they are perfectly cooked. If you cook them too long, they first turn rubbery and then, after they have been on the heat way too long, they go to mush. So love your crustaceans and mollusks and don’t abuse them with too much heat.





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Peel and butterfly the shrimp, retaining the shells and heads. Finely chop the onions, three cloves of garlic, prosciutto and parsley. Retain the onion paper and trimmings. Crush the remaining garlic with the flat side of a knife. Season shrimp and scallops liberally with salt and pepper. In a small saucepan, combine the shrimp shells, crushed garlic and onion trimmings. Add enough water to cover and season water with salt, pepper and a pinch of paprika. Bring to a boil for a couple of minutes and reduce to a simmer. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add two tablespoons butter. When the butter foams and starts to brown, add prosciutto, scallops and shrimp. Cook,

turning once, until shrimp are pink and scallops are brown on each side. This should take no longer than one and a half minutes per side. Remove the shrimp and scallops from heat and set aside, covered in foil. Leave the prosciutto in the pan. Add an additional tablespoon of butter to the hot pan, along with the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are just translucent. Deglaze the pan with about a quarter cup of the simmering shrimp stock. As the stock reduces, add the cream and stir until the liquid is reduced by one half. Reduce the heat to low and add one tablespoon of butter, and slowly stir until incorporated in the sauce. Hold at low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook the pasta in a large stockpot of salted water. Add the shrimp and scallops to the sauce and stir gently for about one minute. Toss a small amount of the sauce with the cooked pasta. Place a serving of pasta in a shallow bowl and top with shrimp and scallops. Top with the sauce and garnish with chopped parsley. (Serves 4)


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Cups Espresso CafĂŠ (Multiple Locations, Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Wired Espresso CafĂŠ (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi. Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., 601 960-3008) Off JSU parkway is a pristine yellow house with beautiful hardwood floors; the perfect atmosphere for studying or gathering friends. Coffee and espresso, pastries, desserts, smoothies, sandwiches and breakfast. Free wireless Internet and two PCs are available for patrons.


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Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) NEW MENU! Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;see and be seenâ&#x20AC;? Jackson institution! Campbellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Now serving lunch! Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a fullcooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ultimate recipe showdown. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open for dinner Wednesday through Friday. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery!


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BRAVO! (4500 Interstate 55 N., Jackson, 601-982-8111) Wood-fired pizzas, vegetarian fare, plus creative pastas, beef, and seafood specials. Wonderful atmosphere and service. Bravo! walks away with tons of Best of Jackson awards every year. Ceramiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, 601-919-28298) Southern-style Italian cuisine features their signature Shrimp Cerami (white wine sauce, capers artichokes) along with veal, tilapia, crawfish, chicken and pasta dishes. Now with liquor license! Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (910 Lake Harbour, Ridgeland, 601-956-2929) â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authentic, homey, unpretentiousâ&#x20AC;? thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how the regulars describe Fratesiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, a staple in Jackson for years, offering great Italian favorites with loving care. The tiramisu is a must-have!

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Butts in Townâ&#x20AC;? features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and poâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;boys. Wet or dry pork ribs, chopped pork or beef, and all the sides. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more. Rib Shack B.B.Q. & Seafood (932 J.R. Lynch Street, Jackson, 601-665-4952) Hickory-smoked BBQ beef or pork ribs, BBQ chicken, giant chopped BBQ beef or pork sandwiches. Fried catfish, pan trout, fried shrimp, po boys. Tuesday-Thursday (11am-8pm) Fri-Sat (11am-10pm).





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STIX (109 Marketplace Lane off Lakeland Dr Flowood 601-420-4058) Enjoy the quick-handed, knife-wielding chefs at the flaming teppanyaki grill; artful presentations of sushi; the pungent seasonings and spicy flavors of regional Chinese cuisines. Nagoya (6351 I-55 North #131 @ Target Shopping Ctr. 601-977-8881) Nagoya gets high marks for its delicious-and-affordable sushi offerings, tasty lunch specials and high-flying hibachi room with satisfying flavors for the whole family. DINE JACKSON, see pg. 38

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Ichiban (153 Ridge Drive, Ste 105F 601-919-0097 & 359 Ridgeway 601-919-8879) Voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Chineseâ&#x20AC;? in 2010, cuisine styles at Ichiban actually range from Chinese to Japanese, including hibachi, sushi made fresh with seafood, and a crowd-pleasing buffet. Mimiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Family and Friends (3139 North State Street, Fondren) 601-366-6111 Funky local art decorates this new offering in Fondren, where the cheese grits, red beans & rice, pork tacos and pimento cheese are signature offerings. Breakfast and lunch, new days are Tuesday-Sunday. Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and week-day lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this? Located downtown near MC Law School. The Strawberry CafĂŠ (107 Depot Drive, Madison, 601-856-3822) Full table service, lunch and dinner. Crab and crawfish appetizers, salads, fresh seafood, pastas, â&#x20AC;&#x153;surf and turfâ&#x20AC;? and more. Veggie options. Desserts: cheesecake, Madison Mud and strawberry shortcake. Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a lavish buffet of meat and veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday 11-2, Sun. 10:30-2. Zydeco Restaurant and Bar (6340 Ridgewood Rd. 601-977-9920) Louisiana favorites such as gumbo, oysters, fried green tomatoes, po-boys and muffalettas. Steaks, seafood and jambalaya for dinner. Beignets, omelets and seafood for Sunday brunch!

steak, seafood & fine dininG Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;polished casualâ&#x20AC;? dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino. Parker House (104 South East Madison Drive, Ridgeland 601-856-0043) European and Creole take on traditional Southern ingredients in Olde Town Ridgeland. Crawfish, oysters, crab and steaks dominate, with creative option like Crab Mac â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Cheese, Oysters Rockefeller and Duck Jezebel. Or enjoy lighter fare (and a plate lunch special) during lunch hours!

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King Tortas International Deli (1290 E. County Line Rd, Ridgeland, 601-983-1253) Columbian and Mexican bakery and taqueria; try the fried plantains! Fuego Mexican Cantina (318 South State Street,601-592-1000) Next to Club Fire in downtown.Nachos, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, combo platesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even veggie optionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are offered right alongside the margarita pitchers you expect.

VeGetarian High Noon CafĂŠ (2807 Old Canton Road in Rainbow Plaza 601-366-1513) Fresh, gourmet, tasty and healthy defines the lunch options at Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own strict vegetarian (and very-vegan-friendly) restaurant. Daily lunch specials -- like Mexican day and the seaside cakes on Fridays -- push the envelope on creative and healthy; wonderful desserts!

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Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Jerusalem CafĂŠ (2741 Old Canton Road 601-321-8797) Yes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a hookah bar in Jackson, which also happens to have a great Meditterean menu, including falafel, lamb shank, feta salad, kabob, spinach pie, grape leaves and baba ghanouj. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) Pizzas of all kinds, munchies, calzones, grilled hoagies, salads and more make up the extensive and â&#x20AC;&#x153;eclecticâ&#x20AC;? menu at Mellow Mushroom. Award-winning beer selection. Dine in or carry out. The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of Best Pizza is perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative options abound (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cajun Joe, anyone?â&#x20AC;?), along with sandwiches, wings, salads and BBQ. Great beer specials! Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Voted Best Chef, Best Dessert, Best Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menu and Best Ice Cream in the 2010 Best of Jackson.



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THURSDAY, SEPT. 9 College football, Auburn at Mississippi State (6:30 p.m., Starkville, ESPN, 105.9 FM): We are going to learn a lot about the Tigers and Bulldogs. … NFL football, Minnesota at New Orleans (7:30 p.m., Ch. 3, 620 AM): The Super Bowl-champion Saints meet the Vikings in an NFC rematch. FRIDAY, SEPT. 10 High school football, Jackson Prep at Pearl (7:30 p.m., Pearl) Rankin County rivals Patriots and Pirates meet in an intriguing MAIS vs. MHSAA matchup. SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 College football, Belhaven at Mississippi College (6 p.m., Clinton): Expect lots of offense when the Blazers face the Choctaws in a battle of unbeatens. … Ole Miss at Tulane (8 p.m., New Orleans, ESPN2, 97.3 FM): The Doctor would say that Ole Miss should win easily, but after last week, he’s not so sure. SUNDAY, SEPT. 12 Tennis, U.S. Open men’s final (3 p.m., Ch. 12): Will there be any Americans left to put the “U.S.” in the U.S. Open? Probably not. … NFL football, Dallas at Washing-

Curses, Foiled Again FBI agents had no trouble identifying Alan Garrett, 43, as their suspect in a bank robbery in Galloway, Ohio. Bank employees not only got the license number of the getaway car, which was traced to Garrett, but also recognized him as a regular customer at the bank. (Associated Press)

Second-Amendment Follies Police charged Cedric R. Newton, 52, with reckless discharge of a firearm after he used a .38caliber revolver to chase a bat from his home in Maplewood, Minn., claiming it “attacked” his wife. Newton wounded the bat but not before shooting into an adjoining townhouse, where officers found three bullets in its freshly painted walls, a dent in a metal closet door and a dent in the stove. “Newton told police that he had the presence of mind to have his wife go upstairs while he shot at the bat,” the criminal complaint said, “but apparently gave no consideration to the surrounding town homes.” (Minneapolis’s Star Tribune)

September 9 - 15, 2010

First-Amendment Follies


A California appeals court declared that a Roseville shopping mall’s attempt to regulate conversation is unconstitutional. The Westfield Galleria behavioral-enforcement rule banned anyone in the mall’s common areas from “approaching patrons with whom he or she was not previously acquainted for the purpose of communicating with them on a topic unrelated to the business interests” of the mall or its tenants. Anyone intending to talk about anything other than the mall, including the weather or to ask directions to somewhere outside the mall, must submit a written application for permission “four days in advance.”

ton (7 p.m., Ch. 3): The Cowboys-Redskins grudge match is a tasty way to open the season. Hate like this is a magnificent thing to watch. MONDAY, SEPT. 13 NFL football, Baltimore at New York Jets (6 p.m., ESPN): The Jets have been telling everybody that they’re going to the Super Bowl. The Ravens will have something to say about that. … San Diego at Kansas City (9:15 p.m., ESPN): This is terrible scheduling by the NFL. Did you forget that Kansas City is in the Central time zone? TUESDAY, SEPT. 14 Major League baseball, Washington at Atlanta (6 p.m., SportSouth, 620 AM): The Braves’ margin for error in the NL East is fading. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 Major League baseball, New York Yankees at Tampa Bay (6 p.m., ESPN): The Yankees and Rays continue their struggle for AL East supremacy. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who will now happily go back to totally ignoring tennis. But you can’t ignore JFP Sports at

The three-judge opinion cited the deposition of Gavin Farnam, the Galleria’s senior general manager. Asked by an attorney for Matthew Snatchko, who challenged the rule, if it prohibits approaching strangers to talk about any other subject than the mall, Farnam testified: “It doesn’t prohibit you. It just means you have to come in and fill out the application for third-party access for noncommercial” speech. When the attorney asked if a sports fan would be violating the rules to tell a stranger, “Hope you’re supporting the Giants this week,” Farnam answered: “You can go in and again fill out a third-party access.” (The Sacramento Bee)

Not-So-Safe Hiding Place Jason Graham, 33, was changing into his uniform while being booked into the Manatee County, Fla., jail when a deputy said he heard a rubber band snap. After recovering a package containing prescription pills, the deputy reported, “It is apparent that Graham had this package secured around the genital area, and it popped off during the changing of his pants.” (Bradenton Herald)

Lest They Forget Concerned about the number of children who die from heat or cold after being left in cars by absent-minded parents, David Bell of Menlo Park, Calif., invented a device that he declared would help parents remember not to leave their children in the back seat when they get out of the car. VizKID is a 2-pound, 24-inch-tall, blue Hawaiianprint construction cone with a bright yellow ball on top with a painted-on happy face that rides in the passenger seat. (San Jose Mercury News) Compiled from mainstream media sources by Roland Sweet. Authentication on demand.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

I’ve been playing with a fun hypothesis lately: that absolutely everyone in the world has the power to heal someone else. At one end of the spectrum are the doctors and shamans and therapists who can summon the means to cure lots of people. At the other end are individuals with the power to improve the health or smooth out the distortions in just one other person. Wherever you fit in this range, Virgo, I’m happy to tell you that your healing mojo is now at a peak. Please invoke it in all of its intensity and point it in the direction of whomever can benefit.

As I studied the astrological configurations for you, I realized I had to leave the bubble of my office. The omens suggested that you would benefit from escaping your usual frames of reference, and I felt I had to do the same if I wanted to get the best oracle. So I hiked out to my favorite boulder, where the creek forks into two streams. I sat down and addressed the spirits: What’s the advice Libras need most? Soon, a dragonfly landed on my shoulder. For the next 10 minutes I asked it questions about how you should proceed. Here’s the gist of its telepathic message: “I gently shatter illusions. My power is graceful and lilting. I sew up the wounds of snakes. Nothing eludes my uninhibited vision. I don’t bite. I am a professional and primeval transformer.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Of all the noses of all the famous actresses in the world, my favorite is Cate Blanchett’s. It’s strong and forceful, yet buoyant and irregular. It’s wider and fleshier than most noses that are considered “feminine,” but sensual and seductive. Best of all, it has so many different aspects and looks so varied from a variety of angles, that it seems to shift its shape as you watch it. It’s gorgeous! Please take a cue from me as you evaluate the unacknowledged beauty in your own sphere, Scorpio. It’s crucial that you rebel against our culture’s absurdly generic standards.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

“The best guide in life is strength,” said Swami Vivekananda. “Discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.” In accordance with the astrological omens, Sagittarius, I’m making that your rallying cry. You not only have the right to align yourself with only the most potent, life-giving sources, you have an urgent need to do so. So be audaciously discerning as you evaluate each person and situation that comes before you. Ask, “Will this feed my vitality or will it not?”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

What happens in your bedroom, Capricorn? What stories swirl around in your mind while you’re there? What secrets simmer and ferment? What feelings do you gravitate toward? Judging from the astrological omens, I’d say it’s time to expand your notion of what goes on in that sanctuary. How about embarking on a new playtime activity or introducing a pleasurable commotion you’ve never tried? At the very least, unleash your imagination while relaxing there. Give yourself permission to have bigger fantasies. Tell yourself more epic stories, develop a more active relationship with your secrets, and welcome unfamiliar feelings.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Last May, riots in Santa Cruz, Calif., trashed 18 buildings in the downtown area. But for one store owner, the mayhem brought unexpected blessings. She was able to tap into a city fund that not only paid for her broken front window, but also allowed her to make several improvements, like adding fresh paint, a new awning and better lighting. “I never would have thought when I got that call at 1 in the morning that this was going to turn into such a wonderful thing for us,” Diane Towns told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I predict a similar progression for you, Aquarius. An event that seemed like bad luck at the time will ultimately lead to good luck.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

French painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) declared early in his career that he wanted to “conquer Paris with an apple.” He meant that he wanted to become a major force in the art world by revolutionizing the way still-life paintings were done. He must have been successful because two prominent modern painters, Picasso and Matisse, referred to Cezanne as “the father of us

all.” Your assignment in the coming months, Pisces, is to make a splash in your own chosen field with an innovation that’s as simple and basic as Cezanne’s reconfigured apple.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

My friend Alana suffered from a mysterious ailment for months. Symptoms included vertigo, stomach pains and numbness in her legs. After being treated unsuccessfully by six health care practitioners, both mainstream and alternative, she went to see Dr. Ling, a Chinese herbalist who a friend recommended. Ling was a dour woman who made no eye contact. Her office was dingy, cramped and windowless. Alana felt a bit depressed by the visit. Yet when she took Dr. Ling’s herbs, she felt better. In three weeks she was cured. The moral of the story, Aries: The restorative agent you need may not come in the most inviting form.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

A spider spun gorgeous cobwebs on my car’s back window. Anchored on the window wiper, they were artfully woven spiral tunnels decorated with white flower petals sent by the wind. This sculpture is so beguiling that it caught the attention of a stranger who was walking through a parking lot as I was getting in my car, and we struck up a conversation that led to him inviting me to a party where I had maximum fun. So kudos to me for not mindlessly sweeping away the cobwebs; my decision to honor the spider’s small masterpiece proved fortuitous. I encourage you to learn from my example in the coming week. Be alert for nature’s subtle gifts.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

The band Tinariwen is from the Sahara Desert. Its members describe themselves as “soul rebels.” Their influences include traditional West African music, Santana, Jimi Hendrix and the Berber music of northern Algeria. I listen to them whenever I’m feeling wan and spiritually tired. Their infectious melodies and serpentine rhythms have a medicinal effect: They toughen me up, fueling the rowdy love I need to keep fighting for truth and justice. They’re your featured artist of the week, Gemini. As you face down the dangers of apathy, you could use the shot of courage and audacity they might provide. Listen here: and tinyurl. com/ToughSpirit2.

“Last Chance, Harvey”– final words from the late Mr. Pekar. Across

1 Pro gp. 5 Tarheel’s st. 9 Fat-sounding fish 13 Drying-out time 15 “Bitte ___” (2009 Dirty Projectors album) 16 Wasted 17 “The Devil Wears ___” 18 Watchman’s shout 19 Uncle in a rarely-released Disney movie 20 First part of a Harvey Pekar quote 23 Second part of the quote 24 Squealer 26 Driller’s deg. 27 Angular pipe fitting 28 They’re checked at liquor stores 31 Love, Latin American style 33 Instructions part 34 “Don’t ___” (“Hitchhiker’s Guide” motto) 36 Comes to a stop 40 In a playfully reluctant way 41 Third part of the quote 44 Mrs., in Madrid 47 Insincere language 48 Dorm supervisors 51 Old enemy 53 Fourth part of the quote 55 First in the Hebrew alphabet 56 “Mr. Loverman” dancehall singer

Ranks 59 Green organism 60 Final part of the quote 63 Perrier competitor 64 Hamilton vs. Burr, e.g. 65 Non-Hawaiian, in Hawaii 66 Take care of 67 In ___ (intrinsically) 68 Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi


1 Dada artist Jean 2 Golf great ___ Pak 3 Al who was ordained a minister at age 10 4 Advocate-turned-presidential candidate Ralph 5 Feature of seven Nolan Ryan performances 6 Wacked out 7 Roman ___ (novel type) 8 Noisy toy 9 Largest of the Greek islands 10 It may be relative to a meteorologist 11 E pluribus ___ 12 Bible divs. 14 Made some barnyard noises 16 Speak slowly 21 It closes some businesses in Europe

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Last Week’s Answers

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

Afghanistan is a wasteland of desert and rocks, right? Well, no, actually. It harbors huge deposits of minerals that are critical to the industrialized world. There’s a complication, though. To succeed, the arduous business of mining such minerals needs lots of water and electricity as well as political stability and a good infrastructure, all of which are in short supply in Afghanistan. In offering this scenario for your consideration, Cancerian, I’m suggesting that you make a comparable re-evaluation of a certain situation in your own life. According to my reading of the omens, someone or something you’ve considered barren may in fact harbor resources that are useful to you. Here’s the rub: Are you in position to get access to them? If not, what would it take to do so?


Last Week’s Answers

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

For years I’ve been in love with a woman who is also in love with me. Hooray! But when I was younger, I sometimes got embroiled in obsessive adorations for unavailable women. One didn’t want me, another was already in a committed relationship, still another lived 6,000 miles away, and a fourth was a lesbian. The pain of those impossible attractions eventually prodded me to retrain myself so as to not keep repeating the pattern. Can I convince you to learn from my hardship? According to my reading of the omens, the next few months should be a time when you put a strong emphasis on allies who are available, not on the other kind.

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tell Me a Storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;


was born into a family of storytellers. Both sides, though they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be more diverseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one rural Minnesota farmers of Swiss-German descent, and the other Mexican-Americans that hopped between Texas, Europe and the East Coast, finally settling in the Midwestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;have been recounting their vibrant familial tales since I was still in the womb. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a Herrera baby!â&#x20AC;? Abuela Juanita would exclaim with one hand on my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pregnant belly, the other wildly gesticulating while telling stories about the clan of niĂąos who lived in North-Central Mexicoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;eyes as green as 7UP bottles, and a blue lineage that stretched all the way back to France and Spain. I know this, of course, because my grandmother told me the same stories, many times over, as soon as I was old enough to help her roll masa de harina into little balls that would later become flour tortillas at dinner. Which is to say, I was barely old enough to walk. I was blessed with amber-hazel eyes just like my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. But Abuelita was happy enough with my black hair, olive complexion and Iberian nose and never stopped reminding me of how this made me Mexican; with tales linking our shared physical traits to a European aristocracy. My maternal grandfatherâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;never at a loss for wordsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; would park his robust frame at the gold-flecked Formica table in the Deters farmhouse kitchen every evening and commence weaving yarns laced with the mischievous Scandinavian trolls and gnomes of his own midwestern childhood. With a twinkle in his eye and an endless array of characters, Grandpa Lloyd could captivate a room full of squirmy children in minutes. Fortunately, his penchant for storytelling didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t die when he

left us 10 years ago: He passed his talents on to my mother and uncle Allen, both avid writers who share his love of narration. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tell me a storyâ&#x20AC;? is all I ever had to say. And whether I was roasting marshmallows around a campfire on a warm Minnesota summer night or cuddled into an overstuffed couch with three other cousins, someone was always happy to oblige. Anthropologists consider storytelling one of the fundamental components of the human condition. The ancient practice is, in fact, ubiquitous among cultures the world over. One could say that as humans, we are innate storytellersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;already equipped with the tools and desire to share our histories through the most colorful form of communication. The oldest forms of narrative were transmitted orally, and came in the form of parables, fairy tales and fables. Generally used to validate and instruct individuals on societal norms and religious beliefs, they often ended with a moral lesson. Some researchers believe that such cautionary tales might tap into the collective unconscious, as defined by psychiatrist Carl Jung, where archetypes can evoke strong emotional responses. But story has also served as a respite and could well be regarded as one of the earliest forms of entertainment. More importantly, narrative plays a significant psychological role in shaping our personal and cultural identities, aids us in the process of constructing memories and helps us attach meaning to them. It is because of these unique functions that personal narrative has the power to bring us closer to understanding our place in the world. Not only as individuals, but also as humans connected to something much larger than ourselves: culture. Our familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal narratives and mythologies are well-

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toryCorps, one of the largest oral-history projects of its kind, has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants since 2003. You can catch broadcasts of recordings every week on NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morning Edition,â&#x20AC;? or log online to to search the archives. You can even download a free StoryCorps app for your iPhone or iPod (devices with recording capabilities work best) that provides users with a question generator and offers tutorials on best practices for interviewing.


hen it comes to interviewing someone, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take up all their time by asking too many or the wrong questions. Try not to ask questions that can be answered with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? or â&#x20AC;&#x153;no.â&#x20AC;? Rather, make openended inquiries for the greatest breadth of responses. Take some time to consider what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in learning about the person youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be interviewing. Perhaps youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in a specific story from their childhood or want to know about their adult years spent in a certain profession or locale. Or perhaps youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d rather find out their feelings pertaining to a specific topic. The questions that elicit the most emotional responses are often times the ones we learn most from. springs of information. They provide the chief mode by which families pass on their experiences to subsequent generations and harbor their distinctive perspectives of the world. Regrettably, sociocultural globalization has resulted in the loss of many such practices. Where children once learned about important cultural factors through stories told by their elders, Westernized acculturation has led to the leveling, and sometimes even the disappearance, of these customs. It is, then, our responsibility to keep these stories alive. Preservation of personal narrative can be as easy as sitting down to have a conversation. With the rise of popular programs such as NPRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s StoryCorps and emerging user-friendly technologies (yes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an iPhone app for that), more people are becoming interested in recording their family membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; history through a one-on-one interview process. Not having the luxury of frequent contact (or Spanish proficiency) with my extended family in Mexico, I decided years ago to interview my Abuela about her childhood, so that her stories wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quietly die off like so many often do. It being 1998, however, and with much less technology available, I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually able to record the interview. I sat and wrote down her words with a pen and paper instead. For more than an hour, I frantically jotted every lively phrase she uttered, or at least attempted to. I tried to refrain from too much interferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;asking only open-ended questions, leaving the bulk of the narrating up to her. What I ended up with were some incredible stories about her experiences growing up Mexican and her life as a first-generation American immigrant. I managed to misplace that notebook at some point during my numerous moves around the country and abroad. No matterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;her stories will stay in my heart and mind for as long as I can remember them, and will forever shape my picture of the woman she was. One day, I will tell my own children about the niĂąos with the eyes as green as 7UP bottles, whose blue lineage runs all the way back to France and Spain. And in doing so, also pass along the gift of story; preserving just a tiny piece of what makes my familia so unique.

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Blame it On the Weather I’ve finally found a workout routine, and I’m blaming in on the weather. Fall is my favorite season because I crave balance, and as the muggy long summer days fade, I also feel an inner balance. I want to be outside all the time, which makes riding my bike and going on a run more enjoyable. As I cleaned out the clutter in my life last month, I also tried to get rid of some of my mental clutter—mainly the voice that reminds me of all the things I should or need to be doing rather than the things I want to do. Getting to the gym is difficult. I often feel guilty for taking that hour for myself when there are deadlines to make and phone calls to return at the end of the day. Slowly, I’m making that one hour a priority, and as long as the temperature stays like it is, it should be a piece of cake. —Lacey McLaughlin

Second, there’s nothing smarter than slowing down a bit and giving real thought to the ingredients you use in your meal preparation. Think of it as taking personal responsibility for your health. Donna’s sister-in-law had been experimenting with the new bread machine to the point where she could make a good, hearty wholegrain, whole-wheat loaf of bread that not only tasted great smeared with blackberry preserves or a small pat of butter, but that brought out the flavor in the vine-ripe tomatoes and freshly harvested lettuce that made up a mid-afternoon sandwich. (Said sandwich went nicely with a brisk cup of coffee and September mountain breeze.) Eating this way, you realize that you’re not only “doing the right thing” by way of health (and, perhaps, environment, etc.) but that you’re also eating with a bit more self-respect. The more seriously you take the items you put in your body, the better you’ll feel! —Todd Stauffer

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Last time, I mentioned that I was going to focus on one goal for a while so I wouldn’t fail miserably at all of them. Well, I decided to focus on the goal of spending some time outside for 15 minutes. I need the vitamin D and the serotonin, which should help boost my energy and my mood. Maybe if I stick to this goal for a couple of weeks, I’ll be motivated enough to start on another goal. —Latasha Willis

I would love to say that I have been good. I would really love to tell everyone this. But to keep a clean conscience, and for the sake of my spiritual well being, I must admit that have been cheating. And not just a little. I’ve really been indulging. I had Julep fried chicken for lunch last week. Yes, that melt-in-your-mouth completely satisfying honey-rosemary fried chicken. Honey plus chicken?! How better tasting can you get? Although the scale doesn’t reflect my diet as of late, I know that I’m doing my body an injustice by eating this way. I’ve also been feeling really tired lately. I think this lack of energy may be a direct result of my having eaten zero fruits or vegetables in the last three weeks. And my cholesterol might be on the rise again. It’s time to get serious if I want to feel good about myself and the way I’m treating my body. —Lydia Chadwick

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Dancing the Night Away I admit, I have not been able to work out very much since I started school a couple of weeks ago. I went on a little road trip this past weekend to Atlanta for Pride. Saturday night, around 1 a.m., I found myself in a dark warehouse, dancing to the best mix of house music complimented with a live African Drummer. It was hot, sweaty and a very spiritual experience. Everyone was dancing without a care in the world, feeling connected to so many people without knowing a thing about them felt exciting and new. The energy was intoxicating and after three hours of nonstop dancing in heels, I’m pretty sure that was the best work out I’ve had in ages. —Ashley Jackson

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