February 23 - March 1, 2011
February 23 - March 1, 2011
9 NO. 24
Barbour v. Lawmakers Will it be a gunfight or a fair fight over federal funding for Mississippi’s public school children?
JERRICK SMITH;WARD SCHAEFER & ADAM LYNCH; JACKIE BROWN; EDDIE OUTLAW
Cover photo of Ethan le Phong and Alison Ewig from the production of Mamma Mia! by Joan Marcus
School Board Spreads The Jackson Public Schools Board increases its number by two: Linda Rush and Timothy Collins.
nola gibson Nola Gibson loves to learn. As the director of continuing education of Millsaps College for nearly 20 years, Gibson has not only made lifelong learning an important part of her life, but she is constantly working to provide quality educational opportunities to the residents of Jackson and beyond. Gibson, 63, grew up in Houston, Miss., and moved to Jackson after graduating from the Mississippi University for Women with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She went on to earn her master’s degree in journalism from Ole Miss. After working for the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, Gibson received her doctorate in higher education leadership from Ole Miss while working full-time doing public relations for Millsaps College. “I loved being in higher education, being around the people and all of the great things that go on a college campus,” Gibson says. “I thought it would be interesting (to pursue a degree in higher education).” Since 1995, Gibson has been working on Millsaps’ Community Enrichment Classes, bringing speakers to campus through the Millsaps Arts & Lecture Series, and working on semester-long Great Topics Seminars in the Humanities and Sciences. Last year, Gibson helped bring to Millsaps one her favorite speakers: Jackson native Kathryn Stockett, author of “The Help.” The event was completely sold out,
and this year Gibson hopes to bring the filmmakers who are working on the movie adaptation to speak. “I’m a people person, and we have to promote everything that we do, so we meet the artists, the people that teach the classes, … we meet all kinds of great folks,” Gibson says. “Seeing people come and engage in lifelong learning, and take time out of their busy lives and come to a lecture or take a class—it’s very fulfilling.” Gibson loves that her job never gets boring. It allows her to try some of the community enrichment classes that she promotes. So far, her favorites have been the gardening and yoga classes. When she’s not working, she loves to ballroom dance (tango is her favorite), and is the publicity director for the Magnolia Ballroom Dancers’ Association. She’s also a season-ticket holder to the symphony and New Stage Theatre and is involved with Jackson 2000. “(Jackson) is big, but it’s got a smalltown feel. I see people everywhere I go, and there are tremendous opportunities for culture here,” she says. “The opera, the symphony, New Stage—there are more things to do than I can do.” Gibson loves spending time with her two children, Ginger and Jeremy, who make their homes in Jackson. She welcomed her first grandchild in January. —Lauren Fredman
35 For Love of Vinyl Some folks have an abiding love for the pops and hisses of vinyl recordings. Join them.
46 Julie Rebels Being predictable is just lame. Sometimes you just have to shake up your routine.
4 ........ Editor’s Note 4 .............. Slowpoke 6 ...................... Talk 12 ................ Editorial 12 ...................... Zuga 12 .................. Stiggers 13 ................ Opinion 32 ....................... Slate 35 ............. Diversions 36 ................ 8 wDays 37 .................... Books 38 ...... Music Listings 41 ...................... Astro 41 ................... Puzzles 45 ............. Body/Soul 46 . Girl About Town
Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the proud mother of one cat. Her JFP blog is “The Bricks That Others Throw,” and she sells design pieces at zazzle.com/reasontolive. She compiled the arts preview..
Valerie Wells Valerie Wells is a freelance writer who lives in Hattiesburg. She writes for regional publications. Follow her on Twitter at sehoy13. She wrote an arts feature.
Lauren Fredman Lauren Fredman graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and works at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. When not traveling, she enjoys the great outdoors, arts and crafts, thrifting, reading and spending time with friends. She wrote the Jacksonian.
Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@ jacksonfreepress.com, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He wrote Talks.
Natalie A. Coller 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 a music feature.
Tom Head Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has authored or co-authored 24 nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, is a civil liberties writer for About.com and a grassroots progressive activist. He wrote a book review.
Korey Harrion Web producer Korey Harrion is a saxophonist who runs a small computer-repair business. He enjoys reading, writing and playing music, origami and playing video games. He loves animals, especially dogs. He posts the Web stories for each issue.
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Account executive Adam Perry is also a musician and author who lives in Flowood where he, his wife and daughter are herded through life by two supreme beings posing as unruly housecats. He manages JFP distribution and sales accounts.
by Ronni Mott, Managing Editor
once had a client who considered himself completely uncreative. An entrepreneur with a thriving small business, Mr. Jones (not his real name) had a peculiar stance about artists: He couldn’t understand why they were necessary, couldn’t see why anyone would give them the time of day and considered their “sensitive” natures a bunch of malarkey. It is merely social habit, he said, that allows artists to get away with being thin-skinned and quirky. As far as he was concerned, art had no business in “real” 9-to-5 life. At the time, I owned a graphic-design studio, and we were designing marketing materials for Mr. Jones—a logo and brochure, if memory serves. The subject of creativity came up as I was presenting our concepts, and Jones wasn’t shy about telling me his opinion, despite the fact that it was our creativity he had sought out. “Oh, no, Mr. Jones,” I told him emphatically. “Art is everywhere you look!” I proceeded to passionately tell him that even the most mundane utensils of our lives—the chairs, coffee cups, lamp shades and door knobs—had elements of creativity, of design for function or simply a beautiful curve to add to its appeal. I don’t think I convinced him. He mumbled something about “crazy artists” on his way out. I’m not sure he ever paid his bill. Fast forward a few years, and I found myself working in marketing for a large corporation. Marketing is an odd duck of a field, a cross between statistics and research on one hand, and psychology and intuition on the other. It’s a right-brain left-brain hybrid, if you believe in that sort of thing, and it’s saturated with creativity: art, design and copy writing. No brilliant marketing plan ever came merely out of a market-research study, and no clever turn of phrase ever sold a product without an understanding of what motivates people to buy. And not even the most beautiful model airbrushed to the nth degree can make a crappy product into a sales success. Among the many people who worked in the research and statistical side of the department, I encountered a few who declared simply that they weren’t creative. Not as crotchety as Mr. Jones, thank God, they were, nonetheless, convinced that because they couldn’t draw or sing or dance on their toes the human gene for creativity had passed them by. I asked one such self-biased young woman if she had a garden or if she cooked for her family. I asked her whether she had picked colors for her living room or if she had a favorite song. Then I asked her if she used problem-solving skills in her job. It turned out she did all of those things. “And you say you’re not creative,” I said, mocking her gently. Her eyes lit up. She’d never considered the things she did every day to be creative, having relegated “creativity” to the fine arts. I’ve been lucky to work in several creative
fields in my career, but in my family, it was my maternal grandmother (whom I never met) who was the “real” artist. She conducted the Vienna Philharmonic opera chorus for a short time. She played and taught piano, sang and taught voice, and in her 60s, she began painting. Several of her watercolors grace my walls. She smiles at me from a once full-length oil portrait (it was damaged during a bombing in World War II and the bottom half cut off). Her eyes reflect her sapphire-blue velvet dress; in her right hand she holds a simple bowl of white flowers. Of my mother’s three daughters, I was the one identified as having inherited my grandmother’s artistic genes. But despite mama’s best nagging, I can’t draw my way out of a paper bag. I live in fear that someone will drag out Pictionary at social gatherings. And singing? The thought of karaoke makes my stomach hurt. No, my fine-art talent lies in appreciation, and that’s OK with me. Few of us can create a masterpiece, but we can learn to value them. The really fascinating thing about creativity, though, is its ability to draw us together. Imagination runs high among the people who come through our offices at the JFP. Interns come to see if they have the chops to make it as writers, editors or journalists. Others come thinking they might have talent in photography or graphic design or fashion. My experience is that if they’re confident enough to work at it, the talent emerges with a bit of encouragement. All talent and no practice, I’ve learned, doesn’t work. In my talks with interns, I tell them about the JFP’s history and our purposes for being. One of those, creating community, often takes them by surprise. And if the pur-
pose doesn’t, our tactics will: letting people know who’s doing what and where they can find it. We believe that listing local events, in other words, is one of the most important services we offer. One of the first complaints I heard about Jackson when I moved here 14 years ago is that there’s never anything to do. For a while, I agreed. Moving here from Washington, D.C., I realized if I wanted something to do, I had to search it out. Enter the Jackson Free Press in 2002, and that attitude began to change. Why? Because every day, the JFP provides a resource for anyone in the area to find something to do. And where a person finds an event that interests them, they also find likeminded people. Shazam! … community. Once a quarter, without fail, we publish an Arts Preview issue to let you know what’s going on for the next three months. You’re holding our 2011 Spring Arts Preview issue in your hands. Inside, you’ll find all kinds of creative happenings, from gallery openings to concerts, from jewelry making to book signings, along with benefits for great causes. Creativity seems to ooze from the moist air and fecund ground of Mississippi, and you can find mountains of it right here in your own back yard. Go appreciate someone else’s talent whether you’re a star creative or you’re convinced you haven’t got a creative bone in your body. Browse the listings and put an art show, a symphony or play, or even a book reading on your calendar. If you identify with Mr. Jones and believe all art to be a waste of air, skip the arty stuff and head to our catchall category, community events. Go find your own group of like-minded folks. Create your second family, that is, and join the community.
2011 Spring/Summer Series msu riley center’s
April 2-3, 2011 T R C P Ridgeland, Mississippi A juried fine arts festival featuring 100 of America’s finest artists
America 7:30 p.m.
Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra & The Pied Pipers 7:30 p.m.
Mavis Staples 7:30 p.m.
KEM 7:30 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 6:00 p.m.
Bruce Hornsby 7:30 p.m.
There’s an Alligator Under My Bed, a Nightmare in My Closet, and Something in My Attic 7:30 p.m. (Family Show)
Robert Earl Keen
7:30 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 6:00 p.m.
7:30 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 4:30 p.m.
Victor Wooten 7:30 p.m.
The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley
7:30 p.m. / Pre-Show Party at 6:00 p.m.
news, culture & irreverence
Farish Street Too Pricey for Some JERRICK SMITH
Wednesday, Feb. 20 The Mississippi House of Representatives passes a school-funding bill that provides budgeting equal to 2010 for the state’s Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Thursday, Feb. 19 Gov. Haley Barbour proposes to end all state funding for Mississippi Public Broadcasting by 2016. … Riot police in Manma, Bahrain, fire tear gas and rubber bullets at tens of thousands of anti-government protesters. … Princeton University professor and author Cornel West speaks at Jackson State University. Friday, Feb. 18 The Mississippi House of Representatives Agriculture Committee votes unanimously to approve a bill that would make cruelty to cats and dogs a felony on the second conviction. … The U.S. House of Representatives proposes to block federal aid for Planned Parenthood. … The Jackson City Council approves Linda Rush and Tim Collins to serve as Jackson Public Schools board members. Saturday, Feb. 19 In his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama pushes for math and science education improvement to help the U.S. compete globally. … Nearly 70,000 protesters gather at Wisconsin’s state capitol to challenge efforts to dissolve union bargaining rights for the state’s workers. Sunday, Feb. 22 Mississippi State Men’s Basketball beats Ole Miss 71-58. … Hundreds of people gather in Auburn, Ala. to mourn the poisoning of oak trees at Toomer’s Corner after a University of Alabama rival used herbicide on the trees when Auburn beat Alabama last November.
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Monday, Feb. 21 The Mississippi Senate passes a bill that will increase fines to public officials who violate the state’s open meetings law. … Mourners gather in Brownville, Texas, to grieve the loss of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata, killed in Mexico by a drug cartel gunman.
Tuesday, Feb. 22 The Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index reports that home prices in 20 metropolitan areas fell 1 percent in December. …. Republican attorney Lucien Smith announces that he will run for Mississippi Treasurer. Breaking news at jfpdaily.com.
Hussein Sadek, an Egyptian in Jackson, speaks about his country’s revolution. p 9.
The right brain is the seat of artistic and musical skills, spatial ability and creativity. This hemisphere is more intuitive than the left brain, forming conclusions based on often-incomplete patterns and decisions based on feeling, hunches and perceptions. It is not dependent on facts or reason to draw conclusions. SOURCE: eHow.com.
Some local business owners say the costs of setting up shop in the Farish Street Entertainment District are growing prohibitive.
evelopment of the Farish Street Entertainment District may have hit a wall of high prices, says Big Apple Inn restaurant owner Geno Lee. The Big Apple Inn has been at its current location for 71 years, Lee says, and its Farish Street identity was the main reason Performa Entertainment, the former developer of the historic district, approached him with the prospect of moving his restaurant a little further south along the street into the remodeled entertainment district, near Amite Street. Performa, the developer behind Mem-
phis’ buzzing Beale Street, never got the Jackson project off the ground. Developer David Watkins, the face behind the renovation of the King Edward Hotel and the Standard Life Building in downtown Jackson, stepped in to continue development in 2008, after paying Performa $425,000 and agreeing to assume the $1.5 million in debt Performa accrued while renovating the district. But Lee said Watkins’ company has since offered a different lease price than that Performa offered, and that the new price is too high for him to handle.
by Adam Lynch “(Watkins Development) pulled me aside in November last year and quoted me $22 a square foot, plus 6 percent of my gross sales, not to mention that before I move in, I fix my own air-conditioning and, with upgrading, I have to pay them $160,000. And that’s not including my own bills, such as garbage pick-up and other things,” Lee said. Lee’s prospective location in the district is 1,200 square feet, which could amount to $26,000 in monthly charges, plus 6 percent of gross sales. “They said: ‘You can handle that because you’ll be making $20,000 a week. People will be coming down in droves.’ I’m saying you can’t project that,” Lee said. Developers slated numerous entertainment venues to open in the district beginning late last year, including local favorites Big Apple Inn and the Subway Lounge, new additions like Beethoven’s, and national venues such as B.B. King’s. Former Watkins Development spokesman Brad Franklin said last year that some of the businesses would open this February. However, Franklin is no longer with the company and said he could not comment on development delays. Chip Matthews, prospective owner of Beethoven’s, said Watkins Development told him he could move into his Farish Street location within 90 days, if they could agree on a price. “They offered me a lease for $8 a square FARISH, see page 7
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bumps “We’ve had some bumps in the road, and we’re going to have more bumps on the road. Every week we have a new surprise, but I’m not discouraged. I’m not pessimistic; I’m optimistic.” —Developer David Watkins regarding progress on renovating the historic Farish Street entertainment district.
Sal & Mookie’s Ice Cream
Gucci Mane’s ice cream cone face tattoo
Justin Bieber and “bliebers”
Kristin’s purple hair
Ronni’s blue hair
“Real Housewives of Miami”
“Real Housewives of Atlanta”
Juke Joint Festival
“The Social Network”
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FARISH, from page 6
foot, but I think that’s too high, because you’ve also got 6 percent of your gross income— which is a workable figure—but the renovation costs are killing people,” Matthews said. “You’re signing a note for half a million dollars for 15 years, which is intimidating.” Watkins said earlier this month that the development is targeted to high-end venues that generate “$1 million a year.” “We can’t afford to have any clubs that don’t really generate a lot of money and attract a lot of traffic and customers,” Watkins said this month. “…[A]ll of the developments have to be at a high level of quality, and all of the developments have to be approved by (the Department of) Archives and History.” Because development of the district must conform to expensive building standards set by the Department of Archives and History, Watkins said, the resulting real estate is some of the most expensive in the state. “Every lease has its own build-out provisions. We end up with so many governmental approvals that you have devils in the details,” Watkins said. He added that he and investors at Farish Street Group LLC have put about $8 million into the Farish Street development to date, with about $4.5 million of that in loans. Developers in the district qualify for federal
tax credits worth up to 20 percent of development costs. “We’re 70 percent complete on the first block. We’re spending about $20,000 a day,” Watkins said. Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said he hoped existing businesses near the district would “benefit from the emergence of Farish Street,” but he would not offer the JFP his preference for the type of business he wanted to populate the district. He said he hoped the businesses would “highlight the strong heritage of the historic district as well as serve as a unique destination” for patrons. Watkins said this month that his company is still having “ongoing negotiations with all of our tenants.” He expects the B.B. King club to be the first business to open in the district this summer. “We’re moving along slowly and surely,” Watkins said. “We’ve had some bumps in the road, and we’re going to have more bumps on the road. Every week we have a new surprise, but I’m not discouraged. I’m not pessimistic; I’m optimistic. I know we’re going to get this thing done. It’s been going on for 15 years, and we’ve only had it for two.” Matthews said last week that his attorney was currently reviewing a lease agreement with Watkins to get Beethoven’s open. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
by Ward Schaefer
A long-planned sushi restaurant opens in Fondren April 1.
Fondren Sushi The Fondren neighborhood will get a long-awaited sushi restaurant in April. Developer Mike Peters told the Jackson Free Press that Fatsumo Sushi, an American-style sushi restaurant from Gulfport, will open a location on Duling Avenue April 1, between Fischer Galleries and the Duling School. The spot was originally set to house a different franchise, Fuze Sushi. A number of hiccups delayed the opening indefinitely, however. Fatsumo’s owners have been able to take advantage of the construction work done by the earlier business. “It’s really starting to take shape,” Peters said. “They’ve finished the floors and the counters.” Fatsumo’s chef, Scott Meinka, attended the Culinary Institute of America and worked at a variety of Japanese restaurants on the Gulf Coast before opening his own restaurant.
Heir to the Ink Spot Jason Thomas, former owner of tattoo parlor The Ink Spot, has returned to Jackson after a brief stint in Little Rock, Ark., and has plans to open a new tattoo shop, Black Diamond, by March 10. Joining Thomas will be tattoo artist Mallory Palmertree. Black Diamond is located next to Sam’s Lounge, at 5015 Interstate 55 North. Building Community An upcoming public presentation targets people who yearn for a more complete community in their neighborhoods. On April 1, architects Charles Durrett and Katie McCamant give a presentation on cohousing, an approach to intentionally building community in private housing. Cohousing, a movement with roots in Denmark, is also reminiscent of American small-town ideals. Residents of a cohousing community maintain their own individual homes while sharing common facilities or spaces. Durrett and McCamant’s public presentation, “Neighbors Building Neighborhoods: Maximizing a Southern Sense of Place,” runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Duling Hall, at 622 Duling Ave. A workshop for buyers and developers follows, on April 2 and 3. Admission to the April 1 public presentation is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for college students. For tickets or information, call Marie Owen at 601-362-7713. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
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February 23 - March1 1, 2011
Why we need to deepen our spirituality at this time in history.
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A Place for Civil Rights Another funding measure sure to herald a battle of a different sort allots $55 million in state funding for construction of a national civil-rights museum and a museum of Mississippi history in downtown Jackson. JERRICK SMITH
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showdown may be gearing up between the Mississippi House of Representatives and Gov. Haley Barbour on the use of $65 million in federal funds for public education this year. Last week, the House passed HB 1494, which does not cut the state’s Mississippi Adequate Education Program funding by $65 million, but instead provides funding identical to funding levels for the program last year. The bill provides $1.8 billion to MAEP, the formula for directing state funds to low-income school districts to cover shortfalls in local taxes. The state Senate, however, largely under the sway of Gov. Haley Barbour, may not agree with the House’s finance plan for schools. This past August the federal government enacted the federal Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which is designed to help schools counter the continuing national recession by appropriating money to allow districts to rehire teachers or prevent teacher layoffs. Barbour argued in a letter to legislative leaders early this month that by refusing to balance the $65 million in federal funds with $65 million in cuts, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee essentially “increases total funds to K12 by $65 million and increases state spending by $65 million.” House Speaker Bill McCoy wrote a letter to Barbour in response to the governor’s Feb. 3 letter. “These ‘second stimulus funds’ are in no way similar to (stimulus) funds you cite in your memorandum and which the state received earlier. They are awarded to the school districts, not the state. The state has no control over when or how they are spent,” McCoy stated. Some House Republicans are already in line with Barbour’s opinion on the matter, even though the federal government appears specific about restrictions on using the funds to supplant state funding. Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, said the House and Senate have yet to agree on the $65 million, which he said may or may not help fund MAEP. Only 14 representatives voted against the bill, and all were Republican.
Gov. Haley Barbour may butt heads with the House regarding MAEP funding again.
House Bill 1463, which the House recently sent to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration, is the latest volley in a fiveyear endeavor by Barbour and advocates to build a civil-rights museum in the state. Barbour appointed a commission that decided in 2008 to build the civil-rights museum near the Tougaloo College campus, but the college has yet to turn earth on the facility. Barbour called for re-igniting the effort to build the museum in January, soon after critics derided him for describing the white separatist Citizens Council merely as an “organization of town leaders” who opposed the KKK, and described 1960s civil-rights problems in Yazoo as not “being that bad.” Tempers flared between Jackson leaders and the commission in 2008 when the commission chose Tougaloo, and legislators in the House were still fighting over the prospective museum’s location last week. Greenwood Democrat Rep. Willie Perkins, who is a Tougaloo graduate, offered an amendment to the bill that would put the project back at Tougaloo, but Ways and Means Committee members voted down Perkins’ amendment. Another failed amendment, submit-
ted by Rep. Jim Evans, D-Jackson, would have placed the museum closer to the Farish Street Entertainment District, at Freelon’s Restaurant on Mill Street, between Oakley and Hamilton streets. Looking Out for Lassie Cruelty to cats and dogs would become a felony under Senate Bill 2821 if it survives a House Judiciary B vote in the next few days. The House Agriculture Committee voted last week to approve the bill, which makes “aggravated cruelty to a dog or cat” a felony on the second offense. The Agriculture Committee has traditionally been the killing field for animal-cruelty legislation, in part because of opposition from farmers and farmers’ advocates. The intent of the bill, however, “is to provide only for the protection of domesticated dogs and cats…” “We have worked diligently toward a solution to this problem. We feel the legislation that passed the House Agriculture Committee has enough protections for agriculture and landowners,” Farm Bureau President Randy Knight said in a statement. The bill provides for two kinds of animal-cruelty crimes. The first, “simple cruelty to a dog or cat,” a misdemeanor, would apply to anyone who wounds, poisons or neglects a pet. The aggravated-cruelty crime would apply to more severe acts, like torturing or burning a dog or cat. For the first aggravated-cruelty offense, the bill stipulates a maximum punishment of a $2,500 fine and a six-month prison sentence. With a second offense, aggravated cruelty would qualify as a felony and carry a maximum punishment of a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. The bill also allows judges to order a psychiatric evaluation and counseling for aggravated-cruelty offenders upon conviction. Sen. Bob Dearing, D-Natchez, the bill’s original sponsor, said last week that the Senate would likely concur with the House on the bill’s current form to avoid the extra hurdle of having to bang out the bill in conference. Comment at www.jfp.ms.
COURTESY HUSSEIN SADEK
Revolution by Ward Schaefer
How did you get information about what was happening in Cairo? The regime used the state TV to give fake information about the protests. One time I was watching the Egyptian TV over the Internet, and I heard that there were 2,000 protesters downtown. I called one of my friends—he was downtown—after the cell-phone service was back. I asked him, “How many are there of you?” He said, “I can’t say there are less than 250,000.” On the 28th of January (the regime) tried to stop Facebook and Twitter because they were very effective. They tried to block them, but they found that people used proxies to go around this, so they said, “We are going to block the whole Internet, the whole traffic from the whole country.” The whole country (had) zero traffic. It was very, very rude to do that to the people. Internet is just like water and food now, so if you cut my Internet, what are you planning to do? Are you going to do anything that you don’t want the world to know about?
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So you had to call home? Land lines were working, so I called my parents through land lines. I wasn’t able to contact my sister and brother because they were in the streets. During the day, I was calling three or four times, just to make sure everything was OK. It was very expensive. How did you find out that Mubarak had finally stepped down? I had an exam on (Feb. 11), and I wasn’t able to sleep, because I knew after (his) speech on Thursday that the country was going to boil big time. They had spread rumors that he was going to step down. And in his speech, he said: “I’m not going to step down. I’m going to hand over all my authorities to my vice president.” If he did that on the Friday of (Rage), the 28th of January, we would’ve accepted it, but now we didn’t trust him, we didn’t trust his vice president, we didn’t trust his government. We needed everybody to get out. After that, I was in an exam, and I received a whole lot of e-mails on my phone, and text messages. My phone didn’t stop vibrating, and I wasn’t able to know what was going on. So after the exam I, pulled out my phone and I had, like, 40 e-mails, 25 messages, and a lot of missed calls. And all of them said, “Congratulations.” I didn’t know—congratulations for what? I called my mom and asked her, “What’s going on?” She said, “He stepped down.” They said the military’s going to take over. We kind of trust the military more than the policemen.
That’s something that’s hard for Americans to understand. The military in Egypt has a different role than in the U.S., doesn’t it? It’s independent from the police. I have to serve in the military. ... The military is our family. A lot of my friends are in the military. It’s kind of like when you trust something because you know people inside it. What does it feel like for you to be here in Mississippi right now? I wish I was there. It’s pride; it’s dignity; it’s a lot of things. … There are people who just wait for things to happen, there are people who make things happen, and there are people who like watching what’s going on and then jump on the team they want. I wanted to participate. I was able to contact the media over here to talk about what’s going on. Especially when the Internet was out, I was like, “OK, I’m not going to just stay here and watch what’s going on. I’m going to speak to media,” because the only thing they knew was the Egyptian state TV, which was fake information. That was the only role I found (for) myself. I really cried when I saw a sign in downtown (Cairo) from a kid of 7 years. He wrote on this sign, “Finally I can dream of being president.” With this regime, we weren’t able to dream about being a minister or being president. If your teacher asked you what you dream about, and you said being president, they’d laugh at you.
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ussein Sadek has had the bittersweet experience of watching a revolution in his homeland happen while he’s away. Sadek, 23, is a junior at Jackson State University, studying for a degree in telecommunications engineering. He grew up in Giza, Egypt, near Cairo—the nation’s capital and the recent revolution’s epicenter When Sadek was home for his winter break, he spoke to his parents about the uprising in neighboring Tunisia. No one believed that anything similar could happen in Egypt, he says. A popular movement was brewing, however, fueled by frustration with the 30year autocratic regime of President Hosni Mubarak. On Jan. 25, thousands assembled in Cairo and other cities to protest police brutality, censorship, low wages and suppression of political dissent under Mubarak’s regime. Those early protests quickly gained momentum and additional supporters, including Sakek’s family and friends.
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With the addition of Linda Rush and Tim Collins, the JPS Board now has seven members to decide the fate of Superintendent Lonnie Edwards..
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he Jackson City Council voted Friday to confirm Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s two additional nominees to the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. After delaying the vote for weeks due to infighting, council members voted 5-0 to add Linda Rush and 4-1 to appoint Timothy Collins to the sevenmember board. Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman cast the lone vote against Collins’ confirmation. Tillman has protested Johnson’s selection of Tillman, saying that he felt excluded from the selection process for a representative of Ward 5 on the school board. Tillman previously protested Collins’ selection by walking out on a meeting to schedule a confirmation hearing, thus denying Council President Frank Bluntson the quorum necessary to set a hearing date. At Friday’s meeting, Tillman made his displeasure known again, at one point interrupting Bluntson as the Ward 4 representative asked Collins about the district’s services for poor students. “I didn’t say anything while you were speaking, and I’d appreciate if you’d be quiet while I’m talking,” Bluntson snapped. “You’re not supposed to debate from the chair,” Tillman said, echoing a complaint Bluntson used to make about former Council President Leslie McLemore. Bluntson called a five-minute recess to clear the air, and Tillman apologized for his remark. Tillman was not totally pacified, however. After Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon made a small comment complimenting Tillman’s character and asking Johnson to ensure that the nomination process involved council members in the future, Bluntson instructed her to limit her remarks to the current board nominees. “Mr. Chairman, please don’t be a dictator,” Tillman said. Ward 6 Councilman Tony Yarber, who is also principal of JPS’ Marshall Elementary School, does not attend school-
board confirmation hearings, citing a conflict of interest. Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba was also absent from Friday’s meeting. Both appointees told council members that they needed more information before forming an opinion on JPS Superintendent Lonnie Edwards, who is appealing a Dec. 7 board decision to let his contract expire at the end of this school year. The board voted against renewing Edwards’ contract by a 3-1 margin, with one member, Ivory Phillips, absent. Edwards would need four votes to reverse the earlier decision, meaning that the two new members could determine Edwards’ fate. Newly elected Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell appeared aware of that possibility Friday. He asked Rush if she believed she could make informed decisions before receiving training. Rush dodged the question, saying that she could not make a decision “without being privy to the information.” State law requires new board members to attend a training session with the Mississippi School Boards Association within six months of their appointment. New members can attend meetings and cast votes before receiving their training, JPS Board Attorney Dorian Turner said. MSBA did not return a request for the next available training date. The board has 30 days from the hearing date to render a decision. Rush, a Jackson State University administrator, is president of the Siwell Middle School Parent Teacher Association. She told council members that she would solicit information from a variety of perspectives—parents, teachers and students—before making her decisions. Collins is executive director of the Mississippi Housing Partnership and president of Partners to End Homelessness. He said that he hoped to increase the district’s attention on the issues of students living in poverty. Comment at www.jfp.ms
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To Stop Flight, Be Consistent
here is a serious disconnect right now in Jackson. Since hysterical media reports of recent weeks about continuing “white flight” out of Jackson caused, well, a degree of hysteria among some city residents, it’s been interesting, and encouraging, to watch many scramble to action to try to counter the loss of residents to the suburbs and beyond. It has also been a tad ironic to see a number of people who have campaigned and screamed and proselytized about how “dangerous” Jackson is suddenly decide to call for a marketing campaign to counter the city’s bad reputation. Uh, you can’t have it both ways. Jackson’s very open secret is that politicians, both in the city and in the state, dump on the city in order to gain political power. They and their campaign organizers are more than happy to twist crime statistics and rankings out of context to scare certain people (frankly, usually white people) into voting for them. The Jackson Free Press has warned for years about the dangers of the kind of empty crime rhetoric—the kind that doesn’t actually discuss the roots of crime or how to prevent it—that politicians just love to put in their mailers to certain neighborhoods in the city. In particular, the Morgan-Quitno (now owned by CQ Press) “dangerous” rankings have been completely wrenched out of context by candidates all the way back to Wilson Carroll (when he ran for district attorney in 2003), as well as Haley Barbour in his first run for the governor’s mansion the same year. (In fact, Carroll actually used rankings from the years before his opponent was DA to run against her.) More recently, the Better Jackson PAC used the “dangerous” rankings to try to get Marshand Crisler elected mayor. And just this year, new Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell slammed Jackson as the “14th most dangerous” city in his campaign pitch. And we all know that Mayor Frank Melton was elected based on crime hysteria—and what a nightmare that was for our city. Now, a group of Jacksonians is uniting in a new group, Jackson 2020, with talks of “marketing” the city better. Many of the same people who have been involved in pushing “dangerous” hysteria in the past are now part of this effort. We urge this group to consider the cold, hard fact that political rhetoric has hurt this city badly. It is simply no excuse to talk down the city to, supposedly, get elected to help it. The sad truth is that much of this rhetoric sticks and, in turn, drives out residents and hurts our locally owned businesses. As an election year in Mississippi unfolds, we urge the participants in Jackson 2020 and other residents and politicos to think carefully about the kinds of words they choose to get their candidates elected. Words matter. If you care about Jackson, first hold yourself and your own friends accountable before designing expensive marketing campaigns. Talk up the city, and talk about crime causes and prevention. And if you really care about the city, spend quality time tackling poverty, creating jobs and mentoring. We’ve said it before: Crime is not our best problem; it’s our biggest symptom.
‘My People, My People’
February 23 - March 1, 2011
ev. Cletus: “This is your car sales pastor bringing you the Car Sales Church radio broadcast. I have a great show for you today, but first, I must go to my on-the-scene and bird’s-eye-view traffic report with Momma Church Hat, live from the Praise-the-Lord-O-Copter. “Say what needs to be said, and tell the people what they need to know, Momma.” Momma Church Hat: “Pastor, all I see is a bumper-to-bumper and potential mass-accident mess. Construction work has shut down two inbound and outbound traffic lanes. A couple of cars have run out of gas and pulled off to the roadside. Drivers rubberneck while passing by a state trooper writing up another driver for an illegal lane change. A lady in a Lexus has a flat tire and waits for the roadside assistance vehicle. Everybody is late for work. And while tail pipes of cars stuck in traffic fill the air with toxic fumes from gas and diesel engines, the good Lord shakes his head and says, ‘My people, my people.’” Rev. Cletus: “To make matters worse, the price of gasoline and food is high, unrest and revolution continue in the Middle East and Egypt, and union workers in Wisconsin must fight for their livelihoods and benefits. “Remember, Momma Church Hat: Those who endure to the end shall be saved. At least folk can ride off with a blessing by purchasing a reliable and inexpensive hybrid hoopty from Rev. Cletus Car Sales Church. 12 “Amen.”
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“NAACP Asks Barbour to Condemn Klan Plate” Feb. 15 “‘Some people insist that Forrest was in the Klan—like his biographer, Brian Steel Wills, who only questions whether he was Grand Dragon. The historical record is clear as a bell. The (Sons of Confederate Veterans) has their denier hat on. At least they don’t try to pretend he wasn’t a slave trader. —David McCarty “If a few people want to hang on to the skewed perceptions of their forefathers, why not let them? I live in an entire county named after Forrest, and day-to-day it does not affect me in the least who he was.” —Michael Riddell “A far better symbol would be to show a black Union soldier, to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of slaves who fled the plantations to fight for freedom. African Americans helped to ensure the Confederacy’s destruction by refusing to do its labor and by joining the Union military. About 200,000 joined Union forces, and tens of thousands gave their lives to put down the treason of men like Forrest.” —Brian C. Johnson
“I lived in Forrest County for five years, and it did bother me that the county was named after him. I’m just glad the car I was driving was registered in Neshoba County so I didn’t have to drive around with Nathan Bedford’s name on my license plate.” —Mark Michalovic “This issue has gained so much media attention that now the world is watching. We are still thought of as being a racist state and if Barbour, as the leader representing Mississippi, does not speak out against this, it will make our battle of changing our reputation much harder.” —Kim Moss “Forrest was, indeed, a very good strategist in his position rising to the rank of lieutenant general without any formal military or college education. However, he massacred an entire encampment of people. I’m all for the redemption of individuals for past crimes, particularly because of some very Christian ideals instilled upon me by my mother, but this is not a winnable argument.” —Tyler Trent
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figment of our imagination is approaching, and you can just call it FIGMENT. The weekend of May 14 and 15, creativity in Jackson gets a mega dose of love when free, kid- and adultfriendly interactive art will open to the public at The Plant on 80. Artists of every medium (sculpture, installation, performance, music, games, experiences, site specific pieces and social experiments) are invited to use FIGMENT as a showcase for projects. Organizers encourage anyone interested to attend and be participants in a festival of arts. Born out of the culture of Burning Man in Nevada, FIGMENT started as a one-day event of artistic experience in 2007 on Governors Island in New York that drew 2,500 people to participate. Three years later, Boston artists facilitated an event, and this year Jackson artists are doing the same. A local volunteer team coordinates each event and adheres to a set of 11 designated principles: participation, decommodification, inclusion, self-expression, self-reliance, giving, communal effort, civic responsibility, leave no trace, immediacy and gratitude. â€œWhat are you bringing?â€? is the question FIGMENT begs you to answer. My answer is hula hoops. Are you bringing yourself, dressed in your Saturday afternoon standards? Are you bringing your inhibition? Will you arrive with a crew dressed as elves or rag-tag artists? Are you bringing your receptive nature? Wear your grandmotherâ€™s old sweater and move at an ancient pace as you walk the festival grounds. Bring your better half and halfway participate in a dance. You could bring your little cousin in a turtle costume. Bring your repurposed St. Paddyâ€™s parade float. Or bring the rhythm of your feet. Bring your dance troupe and boom box. Bring your mother and her sister. Bring your made-up face, and bring your journal. Bring your curiosity about whatâ€™s out there. Bring openness to change. Dress up like a body of water. Bring a rock and make it a shrine to stability. Bring a rock and make it a shrine to gravel pits and the abundance available to us. Whatever you bring, a crucial component of FIGMENTâ€™s existence is your presence. Artists who need time to set up projects can arrive a few days early; applications for those spaces are due April 15. You canâ€™t actu-
ally buy anything at the event; it is structured to be free of commerce. So, you might simply answer the question by saying, â€œIâ€™m bringing a picnic.â€? If youâ€™re thinking â€œHula hoops? Sheâ€™s bringing hula hoops? She must be really cool, I canâ€™t hula hoopâ€? you are partly wrong. You can hula hoop; itâ€™s probably just that the last time you tried, you were using a hoop made to hula around a childâ€™s short stature. Through the miracles of adult coordination and hoops with 3- to 6-foot diameters, hula hooping becomes more than just an abandoned childhood pastime. You have abdominal muscles for a reason, and itâ€™s not just so you can sit up straight and make your grandma proud. They are also for keeping hula hoops suspended. The Plant on 80 is now a clearinghouse for creative culture in this capital city. Many Jacksonians visited the location under its former auspices, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. What elementary class could pass on an opportunity to tour the origin site of a sugary delight? There isnâ€™t actually a magic spring of corn syrup and carbonated water flowing through the site, but Town Creek does flow underneath the asphalt and the currently largely unoccupied buildings at the site on Highway 80. The Plant on 80 exists as a kind of testimony to the ability of a place to morph into something else. What good is an old, abandoned bottling plant? FIGMENT is a fragment of the answer. This will be the first event of this style and magnitude to take place in Jackson. Ever. Communities that donâ€™t have vibrant arts scenes arenâ€™t healthy communities. Arts are essential for imagining and creating that which does not exist. FIGMENT is a place to go to have your imagination stretched and to meet new neighbors at the edge of your creativity. Your creativity is important because itâ€™s the way your dreams become reality. Art you can touch; art that can touch you. Art you can walk between; art you can dance to; art that will dance around you; art that unfolds with you and folds into your pocket. FIGMENT planners expect a little bit of everything and something of nothing to be present at The Plant that weekend in May. All they have done is to say: â€œHere is a place you can come and be artistic, be art, be a witness, and/or be part of a communityâ€™s creative practice.â€? Can you bring the world at your fingertips to a world of pure imagination? Iâ€™ll see you there. Do you have money, art, time and resources to share with FIGMENT? Find it on the web at jackson.figmentproject.org, as FIGMENT JXN on Facebook and FIGMENTjxn on Twitter.
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February 23 - March 1, 2011
Katrina Byrd makes it a point to get to the JATRAN bus stop early. The bus is supposed to come by at 3:30 p.m, so she gets there at 3:15 p.m. When the bus shows up late, at 3:40 p.m, it whizzes right by her without slowing down. That’s life in Jackson for Byrd, a 38-year-old writer who is active in the metro-area theater community. She was born with congenital cataracts. Growing up in Jackson, kids teased her mercilessly for having a left eye that looked in one direction and a right eye that pointed elsewhere. She’s not letting life pass her by, though. She’ll find a way to work this all into a play. As playwright-in-residence for the Center Players Community Theatre in Ridgeland, Byrd, 38, wrote the play “Justice is Blind,” a story of a blind black woman who works as a police detective. The Players presented a staged reading of the work in November. Byrd does more than write, though. She also acts, leads workshops and networks with other writers. When people ask what she does, she just says, “I’m a writer.” Sometimes people assume that means she sits around the house all day sipping green tea. “I can’t worry about other people. I have to focus on what I’m doing as opposed to what people think,” she says. Coming from a blue-collar family, she struggles with the conflicting notions of traditional hard work and her artistic calling. She went to a party in February, and right as she was dipping into the guacamole, a Jackson State University professor asked if she would come speak to her class. “It’s weird when I go to a party and it turns out to be work,” she says. If You Build It … Theater in Jackson is thriving. New Stage Theater pays its actors and directors, making it a professional theater. But nonprofit New Stage isn’t the only theater in town. A number of community groups and entrepreneur-
The guys in blue performed in a recent staging of “Mamma Mia!” at Thalia Mara Hall. W. Kessler Ltd. brings multiple Broadway shows to the theater every year.
ial efforts keep emerging. The Black Rose Theater in Brandon, for example, will stage six musicals this year, including “Oklahoma” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” Amateur actors of all ages come together for these community shows. Theater lovers write, produce, direct and act, then go watch the plays others are putting on. A growing network of all those involved in theater has led to more collaborations. Young professionals educated in Jackson choose to stay home to create fresh experiences. One thing many Jackson theater groups say they need is bigger venues. Thalia Mara Hall, with its 2,400 seats, just isn’t big enough, says Averyell Kessler of Jackson-based W. Kessler Ltd. For the last 29 years, Kessler has scheduled five or six Broadway touring productions at Thalia Mara each season. The two February shows of “Mamma Mia!” sold out. Those audiences wanted something they couldn’t get from the movie DVD. “There’s a completely different experience with some-
one in front of you singing ABBA,” Kessler says. She’d like to see a larger venue for the national touring shows and maybe expand the number of shows she can bring to town. JLee Productions also wants more venues in Jackson. Jimmie Lee, owner of the company, rents out the Jackson State University auditorium for his plays and shows. It’s the largest space he can rent; he says he can’t afford the steep prices of renting out Thalia Mara Hall. “They have a front-of-the-house fee and a back-ofthe-house fee,” he says. These fees cover renting the stage and seating area and its backstage, respectively. Renters must also pay insurance and for securing while occupying the space. Lee, 28, teaches social studies at Whitten Middle School. On his own time, he writes plays and screenplays, then he figures out how to get audiences to see his shows. He’s written and produced three plays: “No Good Comes to Those Who Do Wrong,” “Why Am I Single?” and “What Do the Lonely Do for Christmas?”
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The Center Players and their playwright-in-residence Katrina Byrd (left) recently staged a production of the musical “Hats.” Byrd also does playwriting workshops across the city.
Looking Straight Ahead A cultural reformation has hit live-performance arts, says Ben Cameron, arts program director at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in New York. As more people go digital to get their news, read their literature and entertain themselves, Cameron says live theaters face dwindling audiences who don’t see the value in shelling out huge bucks for a show that will only last a couple of hours and can’t be revisited. The good news, though, is that while large, expensive venues for large audiences are part of an antiquated model, more and more people are participating in theater. Cameron calls it consumerism vs. participation. He also points to socially minded, actors and small theater groups who work for causes and not necessarily profit.
He also reminds communities that for every dollar spent on live theater productions, another $5 goes into the local economy. Byrd thinks theater in Jackson will expand as much as Kessler and Lee want it to and in the different directions they see for the future. The audiences will grow, the participants will increase, and the venues will come. “I’d like more bringing people together,” Byrd says. “The arts as a whole bring our city together.” That includes more blacks and whites collaborating on theatrical projects. “We have a group of people who say, ‘We don’t do this.’ I was welcomed and invited,” she says. After a Center Players rehearsal of the musical “Hats,” another cast member complimented Byrd on her singing and acting. “I bet you used to do this all the time in high school,” the cast mate told a bewildered Byrd. “No,” Byrd explained. “I wasn’t picked for the plays. Theater seemed unattainable to me.” She plans to keep writing, acting and networking. She has a vision of getting all the various theater groups in Jackson to have a meeting of the minds. “I’d like to see more collaboration. We should do some shows and put all our names on it,” she says. Last year, Byrd had eye surgery to correct her wandering eye. “I’ve been almost in the corner, trying to relearn life,” she says. “My mind is still trying to learn what is going on now both eyes are facing forward.” KENDRICK GORDON
Diversify, Diversify, Diversify Earlier on the same day Lee screens his documentary, Byrd will lead a workshop for writers. “Dramatist to Dramatist” starts at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at St. Colomb’s Episcopal Church. It’s another networking opportunity for Byrd, a Millsaps College graduate. Over the past six years, Byrd has seen new theater talent and energy blossom in Jackson. During that time, she wrote several plays. One of the first, “Until Death do We Part,” was a submission to the Fondren Theatre Workshop. When FTW chose her play to produce, she was shocked. “I had no idea this was going on,” she says. She credits playwright Beth Kander, a FTW founder, with encouraging her and helping her improve. That support made such a difference that Byrd, in kind, supports other artists in the community. Theater is part of her identity—something she realized a couple of years ago. She read a part in FTW’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” in the Rainbow Co-op Court in 2009 (sponsored by the Jackson Free Press). The show was a benefit to raise money for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Women’s Fund. The 20 or so women participating had only met a couple of times to go through the readings. Each woman chose the splash of pink or red she wanted to wear to match her reading. Byrd, reading about a happy vagina, wore a flowing blouse with large, loud pink and red flowers. She read her part and sat down in the sold-out crowd in the dim, intimate space. “It was like a roller-coaster ride, sitting next to people you don’t know,” she says. Laughing faces in the crowd rose and then fell during horrifying tales of rape and abuse. Byrd noticed the other women reading that night and how different they all were. Nicole Marquez, a dancer recovering from a traumatic fall that might have left her paralyzed, moved the audience with her determination. Byrd looked at the other women: big women, skinny women, younger women and older women. It all got to her; she cried during her roller-coaster ride. “The number of women—diverse women—it was just
so amazing to me,” Byrd says. “Primarily, theater groups are white. To see a number of black faces and white faces, it was amazing.” What really moved her about the evening was that, at last, she saw how she fit in Jackson’s bigger theater picture. “I’m not a rich person. I often feel like I don’t have anything to give. I’m not able to write a $100,000 check to my favorite charity,” she says. What hit her that night was that she could help others by giving her time and talent. She knew that night she was helping battered women. “I wasn’t just a nut,” she says.
“Revenge,” written, directed and produced by Jimmy Lee of J.Lee Productions gives an opportunity for actors like Ashley Lewis,Tramell Tillman and Dominique Grant (foreground) to show off their acting skills.
“When I write them, I want you to feel like it’s something that can really happen,” he says. Sometimes that means the language can be a little risqué, just like it is in real life. A 2005 JSU graduate, Lee dreams of owning a small theater in downtown Jackson some day. For now, he is trying something new. He will screen his film documentary, “Blacklove,” at the Alamo Theater on Farish Street Feb. 26. Lee hasn’t had a chance to collaborate with the other theater groups in the area. The actors in his productions are usually black, while most of the actors involved with other groups are white. He thinks this is because of the target audiences. “We need to network a little more,” he says.
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Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-960-1557. • “Lena Horne: Her Influences, Her Life & Her Legacy” through March 3. The exhibit is a retrospective of the life of Lena Horne and the Harlem Renaissance. Poems, essays, and posters by elementary, middle and high-school students, as well as works from professional artists, are on display. • Goodwill Art Show March 14-April 3. More than 200 artists with disabilities showcase their artwork. Each contestant can enter up to three works in several categories, including watercolor, drawing and sculpture. The show is juried, and awards will be given for each category. The awards ceremony is March 27 at 2 p.m. Contact the Greater Jackson Arts Council for submission guidelines. • Power APAC Visual Arts Student Exhibit April 10-29. Art students from grades 4-12 will have works on display through April 29. Winners will be announced at the opening reception April 10, 1–3 p.m. • JumpstART Exhibit April 11-May 1. The works created by Jackson Public Schools elementary students in collaboration with local artists will be on display. JumpstART is a program of the Ask for More Arts initiative. The April 16 opening reception is at 6 p.m. • Ask for More Arts Exhibit April 17-30. The exhibit includes student works from 26 Jackson Public Schools elementary schools and two middle schools. • Art Exhibit May 1-31. See paintings by Jeanette Jarmon, artist-in-residence at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. • “A Retrospective of Color” May 3-June 30. Paintings by LaRita Smith. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit through March 27. Artwork and writings by gold and silver key winners throughout Mississippi are on display. Students from middle, junior high and senior high schools across the
• Children’s Day May 7, 10 a.m. Visitors will hear the legend of Kintaro, learn about calligraphy, make their own koinobori streamers and gyotaku fish prints, and experience the masterful animation of Hayao Miyazaki, all while learning about Japan’s influence on Western art through “The Orient Expressed.” Children ages 18 and younger enjoy free admission to “The Orient Expressed” exhibit. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Japonisme Family Day/Bonsai June 4, 10 a.m. Children 18 and younger receive free admission to “The Orient Expressed” exhibit and hands-on activities throughout the museum. Ron Lang, Sharon Edwards-Russell and Guy Guidry give lectures and demonstrations on the art on bonsai. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free.
diaries, letters, and historic sites. Visitors can interact with re-enactors on the Old Capitol Green and are invited to bring their Civil Warrelated treasures for identification and review. • Mississippi Hall of Fame Portrait Unveiling March 27, 2 p.m. A portrait of noted Mississippi author Richard Wright is presented to the Hall of Fame. • Pieces of the Past: Casualties of War through April 10. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this rotating artifact exhibit features a prosthetic leg and amputation tools. • Pieces of the Past: Spoils of War April 26July 10. Continuing the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the rotating artifact exhibit features a 19th-century garnet necklace taken from a Jackson resident during the Union occupation of the city.
Events at Fischer Galleries (3100 N. State St., Suite 101). Free; call 601-291-9115. • Nudes and Figurative Works through Feb. 28. Works from artists such as Paul Fayard, Susan Russell, Robert Crowell, Ron Lindsey, Stacey Johnson, Bebe Wolfe, Ellen Rodgers and James Patterson is on display. • New Orleans Artists Reception April 7, 5 p.m. See paintings by Jacques Soulas and Nancy Dawes. • Fragment II Art Show May 5, 5 p.m. See new works on paper by William Goodman.
Art at the Healthplex, at Baptist Healthplex, Clinton (102 Clinton Parkway, Clinton). See paintings by artist-in-residence Jeanette “JNet” Jarmon, Lenore Barkley, Edna Richardson, Sherry Ferguson, Bob Dunaway, Penny Ma, Scoty Hearst, Frances Smith, Marijane Whitfield, Michael Nees, Jasmine Cole, Georgia Wright and Mike Kincses, metal work by Bill Broadus, and woodwork by Billy Jones. Prints, T-shirts and other gift items are also on sale. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-906-3458.
Events at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Free; call 601-576-6920. • Rebellion and Relics: The Civil War in Mississippi March 12, 10 a.m. Experience the Civil War with presentations on artifacts,
“Alsace to America,” 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
Power APAC Student Exhibit
by J. Ashley Nolen ublic-school systems across the nation are making budget cuts that, in some cases, completely eliminate arts programs, be they large or small. Fortunately, Jackson Public Schools and its Academic and Performing Arts Complex share a unique vision: “to provide excellence in art and academics by providing intensive training for academically talented students through the provision of a strong scholastic and specialty enrichment program.” Marilyn Martin, the principal and performing arts coordinator at the Starranked Power APAC, says proudly, “This is the only school like this in the state.” The Arts Center of Mississippi will host the Power APAC Student Exhibit April 10-April 30, showcasing the talent of students in grades four through 12. The
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Crawl through the caterpillar tunnel at the “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.
state participated in the competition. Honorable mention artwork is displayed as a slide show. March 27, the open house is from noon1:45 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at the Jackson Convention Complex. Free. • The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918 through July 17. The Orient Expressed, the 11th presentation of The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, explores the cultural phenomenon known as Japonisme through more than 200 works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit is part of the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. • Kyoto Views: The Art of Randy Hayes through July 17. This body of work is based on the artist’s photographs of Kyoto. Hayes incorporates an array of imagery from East and West, often borrowing from traditional Japanese printmaking aesthetics, and combines layers of images in oil on photographs. Admission includes access to the Orient Expressed exhibit. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. • Symphony Dinner and Lecture Series Feb. 26 and March 26, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the museum offers a prelude to the orchestra’s night of music. Enjoy cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the lecture at 6:45 p.m. A reservation is required. $25-$40 dinner. • Hinamatsuri Family Day March 5, 10 a.m. The museum invites children of all ages to celebrate Hinamatsuri, or the Festival of the Dolls. Hear the legend of Kaguya Hime, learn about calligraphy, make dolls and experience the masterful animation of Hayao Miyazaki, all while learning about Japan’s influence on Western art through “The Orient Expressed.” Children ages 18 and younger enjoy free admission to “The Orient Expressed” exhibit. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free. • Expressions of the Orient. Hors d’oeuvres are served at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. March 15, MMA Deputy Director for Programs Dan Piersol introduces the audience to major themes in “The Orient Expressed” exhibition, with particular attention to works on paper. Soprano Phyllis Lewis-Hale performs, accompanied by pianist Larry Robinson. April 19, Dr. Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, explores chinoiserie and Japonisme through James Ensor’s painting “Still Life with Chinoiseries.” On May 17, John Keefe, the RosaMary Foundation curator of the decorative arts at the New Orleans Museum of Art, explores Japonisme and the decorative arts. Galleries will be open until 8 p.m. Free admission. • Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders March 19-June 12. The exhibition shares journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge’s project of the same name. See 328 mug shots alongside 15 contemporary portraits of Freedom Riders. Free.
JPS’ Power APAC presents an exhibition of student work, like this piece by former APAC student Kristen Lacey.
opening reception is April 10, 1-3 p.m.; see the exhibit Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. For more information on this free exhibit, call the Greater Jackson Arts Council at 601-960-1557.
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Art Exhibit, at Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus (501 E. Main St., Raymond), in the Katherine Denton Art Building. The gallery features regional and local exhibitions in a variety of media. Hours are 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday. The gallery is closed during school holidays and from June-August. Free; visit hindscc.edu. Art Exhibit, at Mimi’s Family and Friends (3139 N. State St.). See paintings by Cleta Ellington, mosaics by Teresa Haygood-McIntosh, sculptures by Bexx Hale, reclaimed wood frames by Chris Richardson, fish made from recycled materials by Kevin McCarthy, art on canvas by Natalie Ray, watercolors by Sally Fontenot, glass jewelry by Wendy Eddleman and other diverse creations such as pottery and photography. Free; call 601-366-6111. “Kinetic Vapor,” at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The artwork, created by NunoErin, a Jackson arts studio, is made from aluminum wall panels, reflected natural light and color-shifting LEDs that span a 100-foot by 9-foot6-inch section of the mezzanine wall overlooking the Jackson Convention Complex’s east lobby. Free; call 601-960-2321.
Galleries Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Rd.). The group show features works by painters Ginny Futvoye and Carol Sneed, and ceramics from Wolfe Studios. The show hangs through March 3. Exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The exhibit is part of the Four Seasons of the Cedars Performing and Visual Arts Series. Free; call 601-981-9606. Trevor Simpson and Cedar Nordbye Art Exhibit through March 11, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in the Lewis Art Gallery. Nordbye and Simpson use screen-printing and drawing to illustrate political and ethical undercurrents in today’s world. The University of Memphis professors also collaborate on prints and a wall drawing. Free; call 601-974-1762. “Walking the Path: The Evolution of Diane Williams” through May 14, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The exhibit is composed of approximately 30 pieces that show the evolution and journey of African-American life. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-1p.m. Saturdays. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Student Invitational Art Exhibition through March 19, at Belhaven University, Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center (1500 Peachtree St.). The annual exhibition of student work highlights a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Free; call 601-965-7044.
“Art Exhibit through Feb. 28, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See photography by Roy Adkins and glassworks by Jerri Sherer. The husband-and-wife team own Light and Glass Studio in downtown Jackson. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-432-4056.
Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show Feb. 2627, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Visit booths and enjoy educational activities about precious and semi-precious gems and minerals. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27. $5, $3 students; call 601-573-2294.
“The Lost Murals of Walter Anderson: Art of Nature” through June 30, at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). The exhibition contains more than 100 artworks of large-scale watercolors, small-scale pencil drawings and Shearwater pottery designed by Walter Anderson during the 1940s. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $10, $8 seniors/students/military, $5 children 5-15; call 228-872-3164.
“Outstanding Voices Fighting for Women’s Equal Rights” March 21-24, at Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St.), in the Student Center Legacy Area. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the traveling exhibit is a celebration of women’s contributions. In conjunction with the exhibit, author and Virginia Tech professor Nikki Giovanni gives a presentation March 23 at Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-979-2241 or 601-979-2329.
Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free admission; call 601-856-7546. • Craft Exhibit through Feb. 28. See creations by Sharon Williams. • Sheep to Shawl and Outdoor Days March 12, 10 a.m. Experienced artisans show how to spin wool and other natural fibers into yarn, and how to weave or knit finished items. The sheep will be sheared at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The event includes hands-on activities for children and exhibits of work by guild members. Lunch available for purchase. • Pottery Exhibit May 1-31. See works by Conner Burns in the Small Exhibit Room. • Craft Demonstrations. Members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild give demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visit mscrafts.org for a schedule.
Renaissance Fine Arts Festival April 2-3, at The Renaissance at Colony Park (1000 Highland Colony Parkway). The juried two-day festival will feature the nation’s top artists. Live music and children’s activities included. Hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April 2 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3. Free; call 800-468-6078.
“Amazing Butterflies” through May 8, at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). The exhibit, created by The Natural History Museum in London in collaboration with Minotaur Mazes, invites you to shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth. $5, $4 seniors, $3 children ages 5-18, $1 children ages 3-4; call 601-354-7303. “Canvas and Clay No. 2” Feb. 10-March 3, at The
Arts on the Green April 16-17, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, north campus (370 Old Agency Road, Ridgeland), at Lake Sherwood Wise. Browse works for sale from area artists and craftsmen at the two-day festival. The event includes art workshops, live music, food, shopping and a children’s carnival. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 16 and noon-5 p.m. April 17. Free admission; prices vary for specific events; call 601-927-2318. FIGMENT Art Festival May 14-15, at The Plant (1421 Highway 80 W.). Hosted by the nonprofit organization Action Arts League and the Greater Jackson Arts Council, new and seasoned artists to showcase original works including sculpture, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, two-dimensional works, site-specific pieces or a combination of artwork. Works that encourage audience participation and interactivity are particularly welcome. The deadline for art submissions is April 15. Free; call 601-960-1557 or 646-391-4729; e-mail email@example.com.
See works by Patti Henson (“Natchul Born Enemies” pictured) at P.R. Henson Studio.
The Attic Gallery 1101 Washington St., Vicksburg. Featured artists include Kennith Humphrey, Dale Rayburn and J.E. Pitts. Call 601-638-9221 or visit atticgallery.net. Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery 3017 N. State St. in Fondren. Featuring the photography of Ron Blaylock, an instructor at Millsaps College. Private lessons and workshops are available. Call 601-506-6624. Visit web.mac. com/blaylockphoto. Brown’s Fine Art 630 Fondren Place. The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit brownsfineart.com. Bryant Galleries 3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite A, Flowood; 316 Royal Street, New Orleans. Call 601932-5099, visit bryantgalleries.com or e-mail art@ bryantgalleries.com. Fondren Art Gallery 601 Duling Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 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. Call 601-981-9222; visit fondrenartgallery.com. 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. Gaddis Group Gallery 2900 N. State St., Room 206. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-3689522. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis, a renowned local artist and teacher. Commissioned work is welcome. GlassHouse 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@ bluescandy.com. The Gordon Gallery 233 Delta Ave., Clarksdale. Juke Joint Festival Week opening reception April 14 from 6-9 p.m.; shows through June 1. Call 662624-4005; visit thegordongalleryonline.com. Harry the Potter 381 Ridge Way, Flowood. Select from a large variety of unpainted bisque items and handpaint your own masterpiece. Call 601-9927779, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit harrythepotterglobal.net.
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 mixedmedia original paintings from the exhibit of the same title, is also available. 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. Open during Ridgeland Rendezvous on third Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Josh Hailey Studio and Gallery Third floor of the Fondren Corner building. Hailey recently expanded by opening a studio in Los Angeles. Call 601-2142068; visit joshhaileystudio.com. Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College, third floor of the Academic Complex, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1431, e-mail smiths@ millsaps.edu or visit millsaps.edu/art/gallery.shtml. Light and Glass Studio 523 Commerce St. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit lightandglass. net. Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery 1491 Old Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a. Lounge Arts features the works of Ellen Langford, Courtney Yancey, Robert Hale, Meredith Pardue, Doug Kennedy and Margaret Moses. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeartsgallery.com or e-mail loungeinteriors@ gmail.com. 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 mscrafts.org. Featuring works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft demonstrations from 10 a.m.4 p.m. daily. The Mustard Seed Gift Shop 1085 Luckney Road. Call 601-992-3556; mustardseedinc.org. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Featuring ceramics by local artists and Mustard Seed residents.
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 601-362-6357.
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Galleries North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave. Jackson’s only DIY contemporary- and modernart gallery. Gallery hours vary with exhibits. Visit northmidtownartscenter.wordpress.com. Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing 119 S. President St. Call 601-969-4091. Nunnery’s Gallery, specializing in fine art and distinctive custom framing, merged with Gallery 119, a contemporary fine-art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and southern artists. NunoErin 533 Commerce St. Call 601-9440023; visit nunoerin.com. NunoErin is an art and design studio founded in 2006 and led by Erin Hayne and Nuno Gonçalves Ferreira. Permanent exhibit: “Kinetic Vapor” at the Jackson Convention Complex.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. 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 southernbreeze.net. Different artists are featured each week. Southside Gallery 150 Courthouse Square, Oxford. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-234-9090; visit southsideartgallery.com.
One Blu Wall Gallery First floor of Fondren Corner. Featured artists include Howard Barron, Christina Cannon and Alan Vance. Call 601-713-1224; visit obwgallery.com.
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P.R. Henson Studio 1115 Lynwood Drive. By appointment only. Stay tuned for information on an upcoming open house. Call 601-9824067 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Studio AMN 440 Bounds St., Suite C-1. Call 769-218-8165, e-mail email@example.com or visit studioamn.com. Studio AMN is a new art gallery co-owned and operated by Melanie and Janella John. Art on display will range from paintings, photography and sculpture. Custom framing by Sanaa Gallery also offered.
Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work by Pearl River Glass artists and friends. Call 601-353-2497 or visit prgs.com.
View Gallery 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-2001 or visit viewgalleryart.com.
Richard McKey Studio 3242 N. State St. See paintings and sculptures by Richard McKey, including the large “Obama Head” in front of his studio. Call 601-573-1060 or visit richardmckey.com.
Wolfe Studio 4308 Old Canton Road. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-366-1844. Paintings, prints and colorful ceramics.
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f a picture is worth 1000 words, portraits lining the walls of the Mississippi Museum of Art tell story after story after story. Fifty years ago this year, hundreds of activists rode buses through the Deep South in an effort to integrate public transportation. For many of them, the Freedom Riders, Jackson was the final stop. Once they arrived in Jackson, police officers arrested and jailed them. Their offense: breach of peace. All 328 of the Riders’ mug shots will be displayed in “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Art, March 19 through June 12. Alongside the vintage mug shots, 15 contemporary portraits of various riders will also be on display. The exhibit includes work from journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge’s book of the same name. Free to the public, “Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders” is available for viewing Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 South Lamar St., 601-960-1515)
Freedom Rider Helen O’Neal and 327 other portraits will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art’s “Breach of Peace” exhibit.
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Music • George Jones May 12, 7:30 p.m. The country star’s hits include “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” $71, $65. • Robert Earl Keen May 20, 7:30 p.m. The country singer’s humorous classics include “The Road Goes On Forever” and “Merry Christmas from the Family.” $35, $29. • Jonny Lang June 5, 6 p.m. With a varied career that spans blues, rock and soul, Lang has toured with The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Blues Traveler, Jeff Beck and Sting. $50, $44. Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music Concert Feb. 24 and May 5, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral (305 E. Capitol Street). John Paul plays the Bach partitas on the harpsichord. $15, $5 students; call 601-594-5584. BUA Feb. 24, 8 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). The Irish band performs as part of their first southern tour. Free; call 601-376-9866 or 601-948-0055. Jazz Dinner Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., at Murrah High School (1400 Murrah Drive). The Murrah High School Jazz Band performs in the cafeteria. Attire is semi-formal. A door prize will be given away. $20; call 601-937-1135. Furrows Vinyl LP Release Party Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The group celebrates the release of the album “Malcontent and Adored” with performances, an art show by regional artists whose work is featured on the album cover, and a video premiere by Robby Piantanida for the song “The Upperhand.” Liver Mousse and Swamp Babies also perform. Pre-order your vinyl and CD a elegant-trainwreck.com. Harlem Gospel Choir Feb. 27, 2 p.m., and Feb. 28, 10 a.m., at Delta State University Bologna Performing Arts Center (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). The inspirational choir’s voices reflect the renaissance of Harlem’s culture. $20-$30 Feb. 27, $6 Feb. 28; call 662-846-4626. Music in the City March 1, April 5, May 3 and June 7, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). In Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with St. Andrew’s Cathedral, the museum brings a series of free concerts one Tuesday a month. Hors d’oeuvres served first, with the performance at 5:45 p.m. Free, donations welcome; call 601-354-1533. Southern Soul First Friday Blues Show March 4, 7 p.m., at Vicksburg Auditorium (901 Monroe St., Vicksburg). Performers include Willie Clayton, Jeff Floyd, Ms. Jody, Tre’ Williams and the Revelations. $25 in advance, $30 day of show; call 601-955-4894. Kid Rock March 11, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The rock/pop artist performs as part of his “Born Free” tour, accompanied by the Twisted Brown Tricker Band. Jamey Johnson also performs. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $22 and up; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. Chamber III: Tales from the Road March 11, 7:30 p.m., at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra collaborates with some of the Jackson metro area’s singers and composers—Viola Dacus, James Martin, James Sclater and Andrew Sauerwein—to create an evening of travelers’ stories including Mahler’s “Songs of a Wayfarer” and music
based on the poetry of C.S. Lewis. $15; call 601960-1565. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly March 19, 7 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The R&B/soul group performs. Special guest Angela Winbush sings. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $28 and up; call 601-960-2321. The Civil Wars March 22, 8 a.m., at Underground 119 (119 South President Street). The duo, comprised of Joy Williams and John Paul White, is know for the hit “Poison and Wine.” Tickets available at Ticketmaster. $10; call 800-745-3000. Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival March 25-26, at Mississippi State University, Mitchell Memorial Library and Lee Hall Auditorium (150 Magruder St., Starkville). World-class ragtime and jazz musicians entertain and enlighten guests with two days and nights of concerts, seminars and tours of the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Music Museum. Evening concert tickets are $10, a Friday-only pass is $30, a Saturday-only pass is $30, and a full-festival pass is $50. MSU students get free admission. Call 662-325-2559. Stile Antico March 31, 7:30 p.m., at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (5400 Old Canton Road). The 12-member English choral group performs music from the renaissance of texts from the Old Testament Song of Songs. $25, $5 students; call 601594-5584. Mississippi Opry Spring Show April 16, 6 p.m., at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Performers include Harmony & Grits and Polkville City Limits. Refreshments will be sold. $10, children free; call 601-331-6672. Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra April 17, 3 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The orchestra performs in the auditorium. Free, donations welcome; call 601631-2997. “Carmina Burana” April 30, 7:30 p.m., at Ridgeland High School (586 Sunnybrook Road). The Mississippi Chorus sings the poems set to music by Carl Orff in 1935. The Mississippi Boychoir and the Holmes Community College Concert Chorale also perform. $20; call 601-278-3351. The Art of Music May 3, 7:30 p.m. Location TBA. The Jackson Choral Society presents choral literature from each period in music history along with a display of visual art from those periods. $10, $8 seniors/students; call 769-218-0427. Pepsi Pops 30th Anniversary Gala May 6, 7:30 p.m., at Old Trace Park (Post Road, Ridgeland). The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs light classics, show tunes and patriotic marches. The performance ends with a fireworks show. $12 in advance, $15 at the gate; call 601-960-1565. Mississippi Roots in Blues Festival May 28, noon, in downtown Jackson. The entertainment starts on Commerce Street across from Hal & Mal’s. Vendors provide food and crafts. Performers include Bobby Rush, Robert “Super Chikan” Johnson, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Pat “Miss Opportunity” Brown. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; call 601982-7514. Sounds by the Sea Music by the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra . Free; call 228-896-4276. • May 28, 7:30 p.m., at Jones Memorial Park (E. Beach Blvd., Gulfport). • May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Pascagoula Beach Park (Beach Blvd., Pascagoula). See and add more events at jfpevents.com.
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Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • Chamber Singers Concert April 3, 5 p.m., at Christ United Methodist Church (6000 Old • Bravo IV: Orchestral Virtuosity Feb. 26, Canton Road). Millsaps College’s 20-voice audi7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra tioned touring choir presents a concert of a capperforms Wagner’s “Overture to Tannhauser,” pella and accompanied choral music from motets Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and Prokofiev’s and anthems to American folk “Piano Concerto No. 5,” hymns and spirituals. Free; call featuring 2007 Cleveland 601-974-1422. Piano Competition winner Alexander Ghindin. $20 and Events at Tougaloo College, up; call 601-960-1565. Woodworth Chapel (500 W. • Third Day March 17, County Line Road, Tougaloo), 7:30 p.m. The contemporary unless otherwise noted. Christian group is known for • The Mississippi Chorus hits “God of Wonders” and Chamber Singers March 5, “Show Me our Glory.” Tenth 7:30 p.m. The Mississippi Avenue North also performs. Chorus performs selections from Tickets available through Rene Clausen’s “A New CreTicketmaster. $25 and up; ation.” $15, $13.50 seniors, $5 call 800-745-3000. students with ID (door only); • Bravo V: Beethoven’s call 601-278-3351. Incomparable Fifth March • Spring Concert March 27, 26, 7:30 p.m. The Missis4 p.m. The Tougaloo College sippi Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Choir, directed by Dr. selections by Beethoven are The English choral group Stile Kathy Castilla, performs. Free; paired with Mussorgsky’s Antico performs March 31 at call 601-977-7870. “Night on Bald Mountain,” St. Philip’s Episcopal Church at • Chamber IV: Chamber in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ 7:30 p.m. the Chapel April 2, 7:30 p.m. “The Lark Ascending” Enjoy music by the Mississippi performed by Marta Symphony Orchestra’s woodSzlubowska and Verdi’s “Macbeth.” $20 and up; wind quintet, brass quintet and string quartet. call 601-960-1565. $15; call 601-960-1565. • “The Barber of Seville” April 9, 7:30 p.m. Pre• American Guild of Organists Concert April 8, sented by the Mississippi Opera, the opera follows 7:30 p.m. Vocalist Rebecca Wascoe and organist the escapades of Figaro, the town’s premier barber Len Bobo perform selections composed by Bobo. and foremost expert in matchmaking and probFree; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. lem solving. $25-$60; call 601-960-2300. Love to Be Loved Concert Series at St. James EpisEvents at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood copal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). Dinner is at Road), in the Performing Arts Center. Call 6016 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show is at 364-5416. 8:15 p.m. Tickets available at BeBop and the church • An Evening with Charles Billingsley and Jackoffice. $15 in advance, $18 day of show, $12 dinson Academy Show Choir Feb. 24, 7 p.m. The ner; call 601-981-5000. concert is an annual fundraiser for the choral • An Evening with Pierre Bensusan March 4, 6 music program. A 6 p.m. silent auction precedes p.m. The award-winning guitar player performs. the event. $20-$45. • An Evening of Singin’ and Storytellin’ April 1, • Paul Saik Concert March 8, 6 p.m. Christian 6 p.m. Jim White, Caroline Herring and Sam recording artist and former student gives a concert Baker perform. honoring current and former teachers. $10. Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., MeridEvents at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Comian). Call 601-696-2200. plex (1701 N. State St.). Free, donations welcome; • The Meridian Symphony Orchestra’s 50-Year call 601-974-1422. Anniversary Concert Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. The • Millsaps Singers Concert March 4, 7:30 p.m., in special concert features world-renowned violinist the recital hall. The group, directed by Dr. TimoItzhak Perlman. $95, $90. thy Coker, performs with organist Chris Brunt. • Sara Evans March 4, 7:30 p.m. The country• Prospective Students: Fine Arts Scholarships music star known for the song “A Little Bit Audition Day March 7, by appointment. IncomStronger” and Dove Award winner performs. A ing freshmen and transfer students audition for pre-show party is at 6 p.m. $64. scholarships in music (voice, piano, organ, guitar • America: 40th Anniversary Tour March 10, and orchestral instruments). Scholarships are 7:30 p.m. America returns to the stage with available to students majoring in music or other legendary hits such as “A Horse With No Name” disciplines. Visit millsaps.edu for an application and “Sister Golden Hair.” $50, $44. and guidelines. • America’s Hits on Parade April 2, 7:30 p.m. Per• Music Student Performance: Departmental formers include the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and Recital March 7, 3 p.m. Enjoy a variety of vocal, the Pied Pipers. $28, $22. piano and instrumental music from Baroque, • Mavis Staples April 8, 7:30 p.m. The Rock and Classical, Romantic and contemporary periods. Roll Hall of Famer sings selections from her new • Experimental Music Concert March 8, album, “You Are Not Alone.” $32, $26. 7:30 p.m. The concert is in the art gallery. • KEM April 16, 7:30 p.m. The R&B/soul artist • Millsaps Singers Concert April 15, 7:30 p.m., in performs hits from his new album, “Intimacy.” A the recital hall. The 65-voice choir conducted by pre-show party will be held at 6 p.m. $57, $51. Dr. Timothy Coker premieres a work commis• Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers April sioned by a former member in memory of Jon 28, 7:30 p.m. Hornsby’s hits include “Mandolin Alvin “Pop” King and composed by alumnus Sam Rain” and “The Way It Is.” $50, $44. Jones. Call 601-974-1426.
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“Black Love” Documentary Screening Feb 26, 6 p.m., at Alamo Theatre (333 N. Farish St.). J. Lee Productions’ film is an in-depth look at African American relationships. Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The after-party at the University Club (210 E. Capitol St., Suite 2200) is at 9 p.m. and is free to the first 50 guests from the viewing. Tickets available at BeBop. Receive discounts with combination purchases. $10, $12 ticket and DVD, $10 afterparty; visit jleeplays.com.
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The Intellectual Bulimics. The local stand-up comedy troupe performs. E-mail ghettohippie1@ hotmail.com. • April 6, 9 p.m., at Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). Free. • May 14, 10 p.m., at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St.). $7. Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $25, $22 seniors/students; call 601948-3533. • “A Soldier’s Play” April 5-17. The mystery-thriller tracks the investigation of a murder in 1944 at Fort Neal, a segregated army camp in Louisiana. • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 24-June 5. The biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to life.
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Events at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). • “A Chorus Line” April 20-21. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “A Chorus Line” is the longest-running Broadway musical. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $27.35-$70.95; call 601-981-1847. • Ballet Mississippi Spring Gala May 1, 3 p.m. The program opens with IBC City-Dance and showcases a new ballet, “The Eternal Dance,” choreographed by Marcus Alford and set to music by Earth, Wind & Fire. The gala also features excerpts from “Sleeping Beauty” and guest artists from American Ballet Theatre. $10-$20; call 601960-1560. COURTESY MISSISSIPPI BALLET
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Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show March 27, 1:30 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). See your favorite characters perform magic from legendary Disney films. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $14 and up; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. “Bye Bye Birdie” April 7-17, at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). The musical is about the escapades of an Elvis-like rockand-roll star. Show times are 7:30 p.m. ThursdaySaturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors/students; call 601-825-1293.
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” March 4-6, at Madison Square Center for the Arts (2103 Main St., Madison). The Center Players Community Theatre presents the play by Wilbur Braun based on the book by Mark Twain. Show times are 7 p.m. March 4-5 and 2 p.m. March 6. $12, $10 seniors and students; call 601-953-0181.
allet Mississippi hosts its annual spring performance of “Sleeping Beauty, Act III” on May 1. Ballerinas Margaret Severin-Hansen, principal dancer with Carolina Ballet, and Nicole Graneiro of the American Ballet Theater and February’s Dance Magazine cover girl, will undoubtedly awe the crowd with their powerful performances. International Ballet Competition medalist Mikhail Illyin, also a member of the American Ballet Theatre and voted a “Dancer to Watch” in 2005 by Dance magazine, is one of today’s foremost performers. Tickets for the performance about the familiar story of the beauty who got plenty of rest will be available Feb. 28 at balletms.tix.com, and the performance is Sunday, May 1 at 3 p.m. at Thalia Mara Hall, down-
Mike Epps and Friends March 25, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). The comedy show headlined by actor/comedian Mike Epps includes an appearance by Sheryl Underwood. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. $35.50$44.50; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000.
Events at Belhaven University (1500 Peachtree St.). Call 601-965-7044. • “The Three Sisters” Feb 23-26, in the Blackbox Theatre. The production of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomedy is directed by John Maxwell. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 2 p.m. Feb 26. Free admission for Belhaven faculty/staff/ students and immediate families. $10, $5 seniors/ students/children. • Senior Dance Concerts March 2-5, in Bitsy Irby Visual Arts and Dance Center. Graduating BFA students present original senior projects exhibiting the culmination of their dance studies. $10 suggested donation, $5 seniors/students; free for children and Belhaven faculty/staff/students.
• “The Light in the Piazza” March 3, 7:30 p.m., in the Blackbox Theatre. The musical is based on the novella by Belhaven graduate Elizabeth Spencer. In this tale of romance, do the eyes of God or the eyes of man provide the value judgment of a human being who is mentally challenged? Shows are at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Reserved tickets available. Free. Events at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). Call 601-965-7044. • Tunes, Tutus and Turning Wheels Feb 26, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy an integrated evening of arts showcasing various local artists with and without disabilities: dancers, musicians, choreographers and visual artists. $10 suggested donation, $5 seniors/students. • Collaborative Arts Concert March 8, 7:30 p.m. Faculty and students from the departments of creative writing, dance, graphic design, music, theatre and visual arts collaborate on an evening of innovative and exploratory arts. Free. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown. See independent films on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and ballet or opera films on selected Sundays at 2 p.m. Popcorn and beverages available. $7 per film Friday-Saturday, $16 Sunday; visit msfilm.org for a schedule. • “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” Mega-HD Cinema. Paleontologists explore sea habitats and search for new fossils and evidence of prehistoric reptiles. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. Ongoing. • “Space Storm” Sky Show. Investigate what happens on Earth and in space as the sun hurls matter and energy toward Earth. Show times are 8:30 p.m. on Friday, 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 3 p.m. on Sunday. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. Ongoing. • “The Case of the Disappearing Planet” Sky Show. Explore the solar system with Skye Watcher and discover what happened to the ex-planet Pluto. The show is on Saturdays at 1 p.m. $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. Events at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). • “The Princess and the Pea” March 5, 2 p.m. The Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet performs the classic tale in the Performing Arts Center. Guest artists include Alys Shee, 2010 USA IBC silver medalist, and Aaron Smythe, a dancer with American Ballet Theatre II. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A children’s tea party is after the 2 p.m. program. $18-$25; call 601-853-4508. • Ballet Magnificat! Spring Performance April 12, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road), in the Performing Arts Center. April 1, the Alpha Company presents “Ruth” and “The Arrival.” April 2, the Omega Company presents “Prodigal’s Journey” and “Basic Instructions.” $15 upper level, $20 orchestra; call 601-977-1001. Events at Actor’s Playhouse (121 Paul Truitt Lane, Pearl). $15, $10 seniors/students/children; call 601664-0930. • “On the Tip of My Tongue” Feb 24-27. The play by Austin O’Toole is about two boys who run away from home and run into characters from children’s literature who mistake them for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24-26 and 2 p.m. Feb. 26-27. • “The Wiz” April 28-May 8. The musical based
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on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is set to rock, gospel and soul music. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). $12, $10 seniors 55 and older, $7 students, $5 kids 12 and under; call 601-636-0471. • “Fast Food” April 29-May 8. In the comedy by Richard Van Den Akker, a play’s cast and crew stumble their way through a performance while dealing with hyperactive children, missing props, forgotten lines and backstage romance. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. • “Gold in the Hills” March 11-26. The Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show. Set in the 1890s, it features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Events at Delta State University Bologna Performing Arts Center (1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland). Call 662-846-4626. • The Second City’s “Fair and Unbalanced” March 3, 7:30 p.m. The performance takes unbridled comic pleasures in the foibles of our politicians, celebrities and even our significant others. $15-$30. • “100 Years of Broadway” March 27, 3 p.m. Neil Berg presents revived arrangements of Broadway classics and numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. $42, $37, $30. • “The Barber of Seville” April 12, 7:30 p.m. Figaro, Seville’s most famous barber and jackof-all-trades, is the main character in the comic opera. $35, $30, $25. Events at Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts (100 University Ave., Oxford). Call 662-915-2787. • “A Chorus Line” March 26, 8 p.m. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical,” and the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “A Chorus Line” is the longest-running American Broadway musical. $35-$42. • “Swan Lake” March 4, 8 p.m. The Russian National Ballet Theatre performs the tale of a prince who works to free a swan maiden from an evil sorcerer’s spell. $20, $28. • “The Ugly Duckling starring Pinky Flamingo” April 9, 3 p.m. Bits ‘N Pieces GIANT Puppet Theatre performs Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. $10, $5 children under 18. • The Aluminum Show April 19, 8 p.m. Through the use of special effects, creative mechanisms and acrobatic dance, inanimate objects come to life as silver industrial materials create a luminous and reflective world. $20. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.
“AM in the PM: An Evening of Radio Drama” Feb 25-27, at Mississippi College (200 Capitol St., Clinton), in Aven Fine Arts Building. Tune in for old-time radio drama with “Casablanca” and “Fibber McGee & Molly.” Then enjoy modern radio drama by Dr. Tim Nicholas with “You’re on the Air: The Carl Thibodeaux Show” and “Johnny’s Ghost.” Shows are 7 p.m. Feb. 24-26 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 27. $7; call 601-924-3453.
Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The play by Mike Wiley is an ensemble production celebrating the bravery and determination of the Freedom Riders who risked their lives to desegregate Southern interstate bus travel in 1961. Please RSVP. Free; call 601-354-0515, ext. 14.
“Down By The Riverside” Feb 25, 2 p.m., at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (1120 Riverside Drive). The Power APAC Theater Arts Department presents the play. Shows are at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. $5, $3 students; call 601-960-5387.
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Literary and Signings â€˘ â€œSouthern Kitchenâ€? April 14, 5 p.m. Sara Foster signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book. â€˘ â€œPanther Tract: Wild Boar Hunting in the Mississippi Deltaâ€? April 27, 5 p.m. Melody Golding signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. â€˘ â€œAnd One Was a Priest: The Life and Times of Duncan M. Gray Jr.â€? May 10, 5 p.m. Araminta Stone Johnson signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $40 book. â€˘ â€œThe Magicianâ€™s Elephantâ€? May 15, 1 p.m. Kate DiCamillo signs copies of bok. $6.99 book. Rosalyn McMillan Book Signing Feb. 26, 2 p.m., at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road) conference room. McMillan is the sister of Terri McMillan and the author of books such as â€œWe Ainâ€™t the Brontes.â€? Book prices vary; e-mail email@example.com. SANKOFA Reading Group Meeting Feb 28, 6 p.m., at Jackson State University, Ayer Hall (1400 Lynch St.). The group will discuss Margaret Walker Alexanderâ€™s â€œJubilee.â€? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Poetry Reading and Book Signing April 8, 6 p.m., at Afrika Book CafĂŠ (404 Mitchell Ave.). Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka will sign copies of their books. Featured poets include C. Liegh McInnis and Charlie Braxton. Book prices vary; e-mail email@example.com.
Events at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.). â€˘ Book Clubs Unite April 16, 1:30 p.m. Featured authors include Sheila Lipsey, Tina Brooks McKinney and Sandra Lott. Authors, COURTESY KNOPF DOUBLEDAY
Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. â€˘ â€œFighting the Devil in Dixie: How Civil Rights Activists Took on the Ku Klux Klan in Alabamaâ€? March 3, 5 p.m. Wayne Greenhaw signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.95 book. â€˘ â€œTownie: A Memoirâ€? March 9, 5 p.m. Andre Dubus III signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. â€˘ â€œLove You Moreâ€? March 10, 5 p.m. Lisa Gardner signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. â€˘ â€œThe Tigerâ€™s Wifeâ€? March 23, 5 p.m. Tea Obreht signs copies of the book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25 book. â€˘ â€œGeorgia Bottomsâ€? March 24, 5 p.m. Mark Childress signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.99 book. â€˘ â€œSwamplandia!â€? March 25, 5 p.m. Karen Russell signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. â€˘ â€œBuryinâ€™ Daddyâ€? March 29, 5 p.m. Teresa Nicholas signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $28 book. â€˘ â€œEvil Eyeâ€? April 6, 5 p.m. Jason Goodwin signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. â€˘ â€œA Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Homeâ€? April 13, 5 p.m. Martha Hall Foose signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $32.50 book.
book clubs and book lovers are welcome. Refreshments provided. Free, book prices vary; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.
Shine a Light by Ronni Mott
hat if you could actually see your own pain and that of everyone around you? That is the question at the heart of â€œThe Illuminationâ€? (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2011, $24.95), best-selling author Kevin Brockmeierâ€™s latest work of fiction. Rather than attempting answers, however, the book provides a moving and thought-provoking meditation on how pain shapes the lives of the novelâ€™s six characters, loosely tying them together through a journal of daily one-line love notes from a husband to his wife. (â€œI love the soft blue veins on your wrist. I love your lopsided smile.â€?)
The finest works of fiction slide us easily into the world of its characters, allowing us to believe. In the world of â€œThe Illumination,â€? everyoneâ€™s pain becomes visible, whether through the piercing rays of light emanating from broken bones to the sparkle of scrapes, and the dull, persistent glow of emotional scars and chronic illnesses. Rather than asking how and why such a thing could happen, Brockmeier delves into his charactersâ€™ souls, where things are not always pretty. With its radiant and crystalline language and deep introspection, the book will change how you think about pain. Kevin Brockmeier signs and reads from â€œThe Illuminationâ€? at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601366-7619) on Feb. 23, beginning at 5 p.m.
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