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Redistricting Woes Hinds County may get hit with not one, but two lawsuits over its redistricting process.

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bilal hashim Bilal Hashim is intentional and calm as he welcomes me to the recently relocated StudioOM Yoga studio in Fondren inside the Woodland Hills Shopping Center. Wearing a moss-green shirt and a Hawaiian-stone necklace, he admits that mindfulness is a trait that took him decades to achieve. “I’ve always been busy. If Ritalin was around in the ’60s, I would have been on it,” he says. “But now, it feels good to be calm.” The 46-year-old says living on the islands of Hawaii and Okinawa during his service in the U.S. Navy, and discovering yoga in the early ’90s helped him achieve inner tranquility. As an instructor at StudioOM, he teaches beginners the principles of Iyengar yoga, a style developed by B.K.S. Iyengar in the 1930s, which focuses on uniting the mind and body while using props such as ropes, straps and blocks so that anyone can participate. “Yoga requires presence,” he says. “It requires you to be attentive. … The mind is just as much a part of what we do here as the body.” In 1990, the Jackson native moved to Hawaii where he trained as a hospital corpsman at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, and went on to treat injured soldiers during the Persian Gulf War in 1991. Once he returned to Hawaii, he was discharged from the Navy and worked as an information-technology technician for the Veterans Affair’s Pacific Islands Health Care System. He moved back to Jackson in 1995 to work as a network

manager and a picture-archiving and communication-systems manager at the Jackson VA Medical Center, where he converts data from MRI scans into three-dimensional digital images for radiologists. “It’s seeing the body function in real time—the heart beat and organs in the body,” he says about his job. “It’s where the future meets medicine.” Hashim also counsels veterans who struggle with addiction. He says his combat experiences help him relate to his patients. “I had to get away from those experiences and not let them smother reality,” he says about his combat missions. “I encourage a lot of vets to experience yoga because it has a calming effect mentally. I have found that Walter Reed (Army Medical Center) and other hospitals are starting to introduce yoga to patients, and that is significant.” When he isn’t working or teaching yoga, Hashim enjoys long runs through open highways from his home in Pocahontas. Hashim is a barefoot marathoner; he wears Vibram FiveFingers barefoot running shoes to absorb shock and limit potential harm to his muscles and joints. He also mentors students at Provine High School and is currently forming an inner-city running club for area youth. “There isn’t a lot of (marathoning) participation among my ethnic group around here, and I want to change that,” he says. “… We are a heavy state, and it’s unnecessary.” —Lacey McLaughlin

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ike many of us, I started off the new year so well. I actually began an intensive fitness makeover at 6 a.m. on Dec. 30—just so that I would have a head start on everyone. For Christmas this year, my dad bought me a membership to Mississippi Crossfit— an intense workout program in Ridgeland. After the first workout, I was convinced that what I had actually gotten for Christmas was a membership to a masochistic cult. I thought I was in decent shape until that first workout when I could barely lift myself on the pull-up bar or finish a round of air squats. Crossfit is different from the majority of traditional workouts and features intensive workouts for strength training similar to those of police academies and military special-operation units. The workouts are different every day, and they appear on the gym’s whiteboard resembling this set up: 10 pull ups; 10 push ups; 10 sit ups; 10 air squats. Easy, right? Now do 10 rounds as fast as you can (for a time that is posted for all to see). Before December, my workout routine was anything but regular. With all my obligations, I felt lucky to get one run in a week. Now, as I’m getting a bit older, I’ve realized that making my health and wellness a priority is just as important as any appointment on my calendar. By the second week of February, I had lost a few pounds, and I could even do sumo deadlift high pulls and push presses weights on my barbell. I still had to resist the urge to throw up or cry during a workout, but hey, I was making progress. The support I received from the Crossfit staff and other participants

kept me going. The workouts are not just a test of physical determination, but also of mental strength. It seems like everyone in the program has some kind of addiction to it, and I attribute that to the camaraderie that forms

I’ve completely fallen off the wagon, and it would be easier just to give up. when people are at their breaking point, and then help each other through it. Despite my progress and all the mornings of kicking myself out of bed at 6 a.m., I now have little to show for it. Over the past weeks, I became absorbed in writing a cover story (“Integrating Yazoo: Haley Barbour’s Hometown History”) while letting my sleeping, eating and workout habits fall to the wayside. And after the story was published, I took a road trip through Louisiana where I celebrated Mardi Gras by eating my fill of fried seafood, Boudin balls and crawfish au gratin. Now, the idea of setting my alarm for 5:30 a.m. and doing dozens of burpees and kettle-bell swings feels like a punishment that I would rather avoid.

Changing a habit is hard work. For me, one false start leads to another until it seems like I’ve completely fallen of the wagon, and it would be easier just to give up. But instead of giving up something for Lent this year (after years of half-hearted attempts), I’ve decided to make my health a priority no matter now busy or insane life gets. Life is always going to be crazy, routines will be interrupted, and workloads will wane and wax—but keeping an appointment with yourself to exercise is one of the most important things you can do. If you need a reason to get in shape, March is a good month to do so. Not only is spring break on the horizon—and the time of year to start wearing less clothing and show more skin—March is the National Heart Association’s fitness month. The organization offers an online assessment tool (mylifecheck.heart.org) that can helps determine what areas of your health need improvement. The American Heath Association’s website (www.heart.org) is a valuable resource with grocery-list recommendations, recipes and stress-management tips. The association breaks healthy living down into steps: exercising for 30 minutes a day; eating unprocessed food with low cholesterol and high protein; reducing sugar intake; and quitting smoking. As my parents get older, they seem more intent on keeping their health intact. My dad, who is 53, is competing in regional cycling competitions and has placed high in hi age division. At his age, he can also out-ride most 20-year-olds. My mom, who is 54, is a self-proclaimed Zumba Queen, who can outdance my two sisters and me. My parent’s energy and zero health problems are a testament to a life of conscious eating and exercise. Everyone needs help when it comes to changing habits. Whether it’s finding a supportive group of people to work out with, asking your friends to hold you accountable to your exercise schedule, or even publicly writing a column or blog post about your fitness journey (including its failures) and vowing to do better. Mississippians carry quite the burden when it comes to the health of our state. It’s not a secret that we are the most obese state in the country, but over the last year I have witnessed several individuals and organizations in our state take steps to change our status. If we take small steps to change our habits (ride your bike to Keifer’s—it’s not that far; substitute apples and peanut butter for cake) we will have to take the opportunity to shine a positive light on our state and ensure the future of our health. As for me, as I head back to Crossfit this week, I’ll try to remember that getting back on the horse is the hardest step.

Natalie A. Collier Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and a graduate of Millsaps College. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She wrote a wellness feature.

Holly Perkins Editorial intern Holly Perkins is originally from the Jackson area. Holly loves the arts—acting, painting, photography, writing and music. She is a freshman at Belhaven University and hopes to travel the world. She wrote a wellness feature.

Dylan Watson Editorial intern Dylan Watson is from Indianola, Miss. He’s currently a sophomore at Millsaps College, where he studies political science and philosophy. He wrote a wellness feature.

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome is learning to pray without ceasing, to trust in the Lord completely and to have hope and faith in his timing. She wrote a wellness feature.

Charlotte Blom Charlotte Blom lives in Hattiesburg. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she balances between introversion and extroversion. Her penchant for discovering beautiful, bizarre things sometimes overrides practicality. She wrote an arts piece.

Robin O’Bryant Greenwood resident Robin O’Bryant is a stay-at-home mom, humor columnist and author. Her kids keep her laughing every day, and she documents family adventures on her blog: robinschicks.com. She wrote a food piece.

Bryan Flynn Sports writer Bryan Flynn is a lifelong Mississippi native who resides in Richland. When not writing for the JFP, he writes a national blog, playtowinthegame.com. He lives with his wife and their four cats. He wrote a sports piece.

Randi Ashley Jackson Account executive Ashley Jackson is a Brandon native. She loves volunteering with youth, cooking, doing homework, wearing awesome shoes, and dancing like a fool while playing her extensive vinyl collection.

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Wednesday, March 2 Rebel forces in Libya request Western intervention by way of U.N. air strikes after Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi destroyed most of the rebel forces air power. … The Mississippi Senate passes a bill to give Jackson State University ownership of the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Mississippi’s infant mortality rate of 10.6 per thousand live births from 2004 to 2006 is heavily skewed toward African Americans. The rate among whites is on par with the national rate of 6.8 deaths; among blacks, the rate more than doubles, to 15.4 deaths per thousand.

Thursday, March 3 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threatens thousands of layoffs if Wisconsin Democrats fail to return for a vote to end collective bargaining for state workers. … The city of Jackson begins a two-day amnesty program, waiving warrant and administrative fees for some violations. Friday, March 4 A Rome court sentences the Rev. Ruggero Conti to 15 years and four months for sexually abusing seven minors between 1998 and 2008. … The Mississippi House of Representatives passes its version of the state’s redistricting map. Saturday, March 5 Surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson perform the first heart surgery of its kind in Mississippi on 8-day-old Cayson Sanderford of Starkville, to treat a rare heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome, where the left side of the heart can’t effectively pump blood. Sunday, March 6 The Obama administration considers using resources from the Strategic Oil Preserve along the Coast to combat rising gas prices due to conflicts in the Middle East. … Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant and 10 other Mississippians file a new lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of federal healthcare reform after U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett dismissed an earlier suit.

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Monday, March 7 Hinds County Republican Chairman Pete Perry threatens to sue the Hinds County Board of Supervisors over contracting with Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson to oversee the county’s redistricting plan. … In an unprecedented action, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant releases his own plan to redistribute the 52 state Senate districts.

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Tuesday, March 8 Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. announces that Jackson’s sales-tax collections exceeded expectations so far for the current fiscal year by more than $400,000. (Read breaking news at jfpdaily.com.)

A local Republican official has threatened a lawsuit over NAACP President Derrick Johnson’s contract to draw new district lines for Hinds County.

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inds County’s redistricting woes are not over, yet. One week after the county Board of Supervisors voted to approve new district maps, the board faces a possible lawsuit over its decision to hire Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson to oversee its redistricting process. Hinds County Republican Party Chairman Pete Perry told supervisors at their March 7 board meeting that he plans

to sue the county if they do not void Johnson’s contract. Perry was in the crowd of more than 100 that packed a Feb. 28 hearing to protest the district maps Johnson drew. He said that he objects to the map that supervisors approved at the end of that hearing and expects to join another lawsuit challenging it soon. His suit over Johnson’s contract

by Ward Schaefer could come as soon as this week. Perry told supervisors that he believed Johnson’s $40,000 contract was improper because the county did not solicit bids for the contract. State law allows counties to forego a bid process for “professional services,” but Perry argued that Johnson’s redistricting work did not qualify for the professional services exemption. Section 19-3-69 of the Mississippi Code allows counties to contract with accountants, engineers, physicians, appraisers, architects and attorneys, among other professions, without soliciting bids. Perry pointed out that Johnson, who has a law degree, could not qualify for the exemption as an attorney because the Mississippi Bar has not licensed him. The Mississippi Bar confirmed that Johnson is not licensed in Mississippi. With his wife, Letitia, who is licensed by the state bar, Johnson operates the consulting firm D.L. Johnson, LLC. His NAACP role is a volunteer position and unpaid. Supervisors voted to contract with D.L. Johnson, LLC, according to minutes from the board’s Dec. 20, 2010, meeting. Still, Perry maintained that having an attorney on staff was not enough to qualify Johnson’s firm for the professional-services exemption. State law also requires boards of supervisors to publish a finding that professional services are necessary in their minutes. Perry said that COUNTY, see page 9

Lenten Sacrifices

gerrymandered “I continue to oppose the gerrymandered districts within the Pine Belt area that collapses a Republican district only to create one controlled by Democrats,” —Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in a statement regarding the Senate’s redistricting plan that would create a new majority African American district in Hattiesburg. Bryant is pushing his own map that splits Hattiesburg into three “Republican-friendly” districts.

What are you giving up for the season of Lent? The JFP staff compiled its own, somewhat tongue-in-cheek list.

• Moderation • Looking at baby photos on Facebook • Hope • Census hysteria • Crime hysteria • A crush on Lonnie Edwards • Speculation over Gov. Haley Barbour’s presidential bid • Processed sugar, chips and crackers • Donuts • The word “swag” • Beer without other people present • Wine with animals on the label • Jackson-v.-suburbs battles


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www.ppsjackson.org by Ward Schaefer and Adam Lynch Farish Street Group secured the B.B. King Blues Club’s participation. “It sounds like you’re telling me that things are getting ready to happen,” Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon told Goree. “Things are getting ready to be seen,” Goree said. “We’ve been working in the background for at least the last 18 months, but now you’re about to be able to see the actual fruits of what we’ve done.” A Silver Sales Tax Lining? The City of Jackson is looking at an increase in sales-tax revenue for the first time since 2009, but the city will have to adjust for budget shortfalls in its police department and in public transportation. “As of February 2011, sales tax collections are 3.32 percent, or $413,174 ahead of budget,” the city stated in a March 2 memorandum. The city also generated $389,897 more in revenue than it did this same time last year. Rick Hill, deputy director of the city’s Administration and Finance Department, said he welcomed the new revenue as a sign that the economy may be improving, but adopted a cautious attitude. “This is just the first quarter. We’ve still got the rest of the year to go,” Hill said. “We could possibly need the surplus before the year is out if revenue drops again.”

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state law requires. At Monday’s meeting, Martin asked that she be given time to look into Perry’s allegations, at one point cutting him off to say: “The request is well taken. I would like an opportunity to investigate.” Perry told the JFP that he does not expect Martin’s investigation to turn up anything and that he plans to file a lawsuit later this week. The Belhaven resident is the chairman of the Hinds County Republican Party and owns lobbying firm Paradigm Government Relations. He has been a registered lobbyist in Mississippi; however, Perry said that the county’s redistricting process does not affect any of his current clients. Johnson’s contract has been the subject of criticism for weeks, with critics comparing it to cheaper contracts the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District has entered with other counties. “Let’s assume that we had hired CMPDD,” Hinds Board President George Smith told Perry. “What’s the difference?” Perry replied that he was not asking the board to hire CMPDD instead. “I’m not questioning your ability to award a contract; it’s about how you award the contract,” Perry said. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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the board’s minutes from Dec. 20, when it approved Johnson’s contract, did not mention any finding of necessity. Board attorney Crystal Martin said that she had not justified Johnson’s hiring by referring to his qualifications as an attorney, but she did not offer another justification. Johnson declined to address Perry’s allegations directly but pointed out that, with his help, Hinds County approved its new district lines well before neighboring counties. “Fortunately we were able to do it within the very short time allowed as a result of the late date for the release of the census data and the qualifying deadline for candidates in Hinds County,” Johnson told the Jackson Free Press. Madison County has not finished its redistricting process, County Administrator Brad Sellers said. The county Board of Supervisors hired the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District to develop its redistricting maps. Sellers said that the board contracted directly with CMPDD, citing the professional-services exemption. Minutes from the board’s June 21, 2010, meeting, when supervisors approved the CMPDD contract, do not show a finding that professional services were necessary, as Perry alleged

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he state redistricting process will likely see fireworks in the coming days. On Tuesday, the Mississippi Senate Elections Committee killed a redistricting map approved the House of Representatives. “I’ve never heard of anything like that before,” said Marty Wiseman, director of Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government. “I was just telling someone that there are likely to be bullets flying from one side to the other over this.” Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, who has served District 7 since 1984, said he had never witnessed a Senate committee kill a re-apportionment plan the House submitted. “This is unprecedented,” Bryan told the Jackson Free Press. He added, however, that a majority of the Senate wants the process to move as smoothly as possible to ensure timely elections this year. “The Legislature is still in session, and there are a number of us dedicated to having the four-year elections (on time), and we’re still working with that.” The Senate Elections Committee also ignored a map the Senate Redistricting Committee submitted that would have created a majority-black Senate District 41 in Hattiesburg. The Senate Redistricting Committee map created District 41 with a majority-black voting population of 59.06 percent, up from 38.21 percent. The committee instead favored a redistricting plan submitted by Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, which does not alter District 41, said Sen. David Jordan, D-Greenwood. “The plan (Senate Redistricting Committee Chairman) Sen. Terry Burton came up with was a workable plan, but some Republicans were worried that African Americans would get a new (majority) district in the Hattiesburg area,” Jordan said. Sen. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said Bryant is holding up the entire legislative session. “The story about this is that a Republican-appointed (Senate Redistricting Committee) chairman worked very hard for a year to get information to draw fair maps, but some-

The Mississippi House of Representatives’ redistricting map is on hold in the Senate.

and Senate districts to ensure that all districts contain similar populations. The population deviation can be no more than 10 percent between districts. To accomplish this after population shifts, some districts must expand their territory or surrender territory to other districts to maintain an even population distribution for elections. The House plan is a boon to incumbents, even though some districts may end up moving into entirely different parts of the state. West Democratic Rep. Mary Ann Stevens’ District 48 is one of the new districts moving north to Desoto County, meaning her current Holmes County district has essentially disappeared. The same fate faces Rep. Jim Ellington, R-Raymond, whose District 73 currently includes a few communities in Hinds County. House leaders propose shifting Ellington’s

precinct to south Mississippi, to an area near Walthall County. District 63, which contains the black semi-rural populations of Edwards and Bolton. Rep. Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, said House leaders had shown him the shape of his district and that he was happy with its new shape. Snowden’s District 83. It still occupies the somewhat urban area surrounding the city of Meridian, but the black voting-age population of his district (18 and older) drops dramatically from 40.92 percent of the population to only 17.07 of the population in the new map—virtually assuring the Republican’s re-election if he manages to survive a Republican opponent in the primaries. (Prospective legislators have until June 1 to qualify to run for election.) Critics of the process say they worry that the new maps may create black or white super-majorities. “If what we end up with is supermajority white districts and supermajority black districts, then the state of Mississippi loses,” said Jackson attorney Dorsey Carson, who has represented the Jackson Municipal Democratic Executive Committee in court battles and is running for the District 64 House seat. Wiseman said black legislators may ultimately be hurting their voters by pressing for districts with 60 percent or more black voting populations and packing black influence into one district. “There are plenty of studies done over time saying you’ve got to get as close to 60 percent in a black majority district to reasonably assure that a black politician will get elected because of low voter turn-out in the community,” Wiseman said. “There are better ways to drum up support, like the old-fashioned way of going door-to-door.” Arguments regarding packing districts with supermajorities sit on the wayside, however, as House leaders mull the prospect of shooting down the Senate redistricting plan in retaliation to the Senate Elections Committee’s Tuesday failure to pass the House plan. “I can’t speak for them, but I would be mad as hell,” Jordan said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what they did.”


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Public Service Commissioners remain divided on a costly new coal-burning power plant in Kemper County, even after a judge supported their decision to allow the plant.

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ississippi Power Company customers may be paying for up to $2.88 billion in costs for the new experimental coal-burning power plant, based on a Harrison County Chancery Court judge’s decision. Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said he still regrets a PSC decision allowing the plant, despite the judge’s ruling, which favored his own commission’s controversial decision. “That decision the PSC made, I think, is going to force some businesses to close down when rates go up as much as they will,” Presley said, adding that, “$2.8 billion is the most ever approved for one facility, and businesses and ratepayers are going to feel it.” Last year, the Sierra Club appealed a May 26 PSC decision granting a certificate of public convenience allowing Mississippi Power Company to build its coal-burning plant in Kemper County and to charge ratepayers for the costs to build the plant. That decision saw two members of the three-member commission reversing an earlier order to cap the maximum costs MPCO could charge its ratepayers at $2.4 billion. Soon after the PSC’s first decision, however, Mississippi Power Company issued a statement that it would not build the plant because it needed

to be able to charge ratepayers for at least $2.88 billion in order to keep its credit rating in good standing. Weeks later, the commission adjusted its decision to allow the new higher cost, allowing Mississippi Power to break ground on plant construction late last year. The Sierra Club sued the PSC in Harrison County Chancery Court, however, arguing that the judge should vacate the PSC’s May 2010 decision and remand it back to the commission. The Sierra Club claims the PSC was “arbitrary and capricious” to approve the higher cost cap “without citing any new evidence or findings” to their earlier, more restrictive April 2010 decision. The Sierra Club also argued that the PSC failed to conclude that the public would benefit from the new power plant and that the commission did not thoroughly account for falling natural-gas prices and the increasing cost of offsetting carbon. The environmental group says the commission should not have allowed the company to begin charging customers for the cost of the plant “without having the factual evidence before it that the commission claimed in its April order was necessary for a decision.” Mississippi Power would not allow the commission to make public estimated rate increases, which could amount to about

40 percent higher bills for ratepayers, if compared to the cost for constructing the similarly expensive Grand Gulf nuclear power plant, in Port Gibson. Entergy Mississippi customers financed its construction with rate increases averaging between 30 and 50 percent. Judge Jim Persons, siding with a majority of the commission last month, wrote in his decision that his court “does not sit as a fourth commissioner, but as an appellate court with a limited standard of review.” Persons opined that the commission knew what it was doing in reversing itself after days of holding hearings on the need for the new plant: “The commission spent a great deal of time and effort in reaching a decision in this case,” he wrote. Presley, however, never agreed to either of the PSC decisions allowing the power company to charge ratepayers, arguing that the company should instead put the costs on its stockholders, who stand to benefit from the increased revenue generated by the plant. “[T]hey’re building this facility not with their own money, but with rate-payers’ money, and that’s why I voted against it,” Presley said. In the exchange between Sierra Club attorney Robert Wiygul and state and commission attorneys, the judge expressed doubt regarding the increase. “Even if the 45 percent (rate) increase is reasonable under (Mississippi law), considering need and cost, what if they can’t afford it?” WLOX news station 13 reported Persons saying last month. “We’re appealing this decision up to Mississippi Supreme Court,” said Mississippi Sierra Club Director Louie Miller. “The paperwork is already together. We do not believe that the PSC’s second decision last year was based upon findings of fact.” Mississippi Power spokesman Verdell Hawkins said in a statement that the company is moving forward. “We are pleased the recent ruling validates the decision of the Public Service Commission that the Kemper Project IGCC is the best alternative for meeting the projected energy needs of our state and the customers of Mississippi Power,” Hawkins stated. “ Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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Legislature: Week 9

by Adam Lynch

AMILE WILSON

Transparency and Head Trips

Attorney General Jim Hood praised a bill imposing stiff fines for selling some versions of bath salts.

March 9 - 15, 2011

More Oversight Pending State agencies will have to put their spending and contracts on a website for public scrutiny if the Mississippi House of Representatives and Senate work out their differences with a popular government accountability bill. Senate Bill 2554, the Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act, survived a Senate floor vote last month, and also got past the House March 2, after some minor tweaking. The original bill charges the state Department of Finance and Administration to develop and operate a website containing information on all state-agency expenditures. The House amendment, however, allows the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning to create its own IHL Accountability and Transparency website for its financial reports, audits, budgets and other financial documents. The amendment means that legislators will have to negotiate the bill in conference. Both chambers widely approved the bill, co-authored by Sens. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, and Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport. House votes against the bill came from Republican Reps. John Moore, of Brandon; Gary Chism, of Columbus; and Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune. Formby did not immediately return calls.

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Barbour Vetoes College Funding Funding for the state’s community and junior colleges will have to wait for the Legislature’s budget battle later in the session, as the Mississippi Senate let stand a Gov. Haley Barbour veto last week. Senate Bill 3042, which passed the state Senate and House of Representatives last month, allotted $226 million to the state’s community colleges, but Barbour shot down the bill, arguing that legislators were moving too

fast on higher-education appropriations. “Signing this bill would be a premature action in light of the ongoing negotiations continuing among my office, the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate. After all, there is not even agreement on the amount of revenue available for fiscal year 2012—much less an agreement on the amount of funding that state agencies should receive,” Barbour said in his Feb. 3 veto message. “I believe it would be foolish budgeting policy to sign an appropriations bill tying the hands of budget negotiators during this difficult and important process.” Barbour added that his veto does not mean he will not support “additional monies” for the colleges, if legislators presented him with a budget that protected an unspecified amount of money in the state’s budget reserves. The lack of a veto-override attempt in the Senate followed unanimous support from senators in their Feb. 17 vote and a successful Feb. 24 vote with only three votes against the bill’s passage. Senate leaders, however, decided to send the bill back to the Appropriations Committee, accepting the governor’s veto without a fight. A New Drug on the Out List Cathinone derivatives, so-called “bath salts,” are going on the state’s watch list of controlled substances. Attorney General Jim Hood praised the Legislature for passing House Bill 1205, which restricts the sale of the drugs. The bill unanimously passed the Mississippi Senate last week and is heading to Barbour for his signature. “These cathinone derivatives are dangerous chemicals that have been cleverly marketed as bath salts,” Hood said in a statement. “They are known for producing a cocaine-like high that can last 10 times longer than cocaine.” Hood added that the bill, the Dewayne Crenshaw Act, is named after a Tippah County deputy sheriff who died last year from a gunshot wound delivered by a suspect that Hood believes had digested the targeted bath salts. The bill puts cathinone derivatives in the “Schedule I” category for controlled substances, along with other drugs such as heroin and LSD, and restricts the sale, barter, transfer, manufacture, distribution, dispensing or possession with intent to sell of the substance. The bill delivers up to 30 years’ imprisonment or a fine of no less than $5,000, or both, as punishment for the offense of carrying between 30 grams and one kilogram of a controlled substance classified in Schedule I or II. First time offenders with between 30 grams and a kilogram risk up to 20 years imprisonment, a $30,000 fine, or both, upon conviction. Comment at www.jfp.ms.


schooltalk

by Ward Schaefer

period, but especially not to students.” The next day, Bell said, he had scheduled studio time. In 20 minutes, he wrote three verses about the allegations and recorded them. On Jan. 3, he posted the song on his Facebook page. He says he never asked other students to listen to the song, never accessed it from school and used no school equipment to record it. Administrators at IAHS got word of the song anyway, and on Jan. 7, they pulled Bell out of class to question him about lyrics that they considered threatening. They honed in on one section, in which Bell rapped, “Looking down girls’ shirts / drool running down your mouth / messing with the wrong one / going to get a pistol down your mouth.” Bell says the lyrics were meant to warn the coaches that their alleged behavior could incite a reprisal from the girls’ relatives. “What I was saying was, ‘You keep messing with the wrong person’s child, you never know who’s going to come after you,’” Bell said. “I didn’t say that I, personally, was going to do that; I don’t have any reason to. I’ve never harmed anybody. I don’t shoot people.” Nevertheless, school officials suspended Bell until a disciplinary hearing. At the Jan. 26 hearing, school-board members decided that “the issue of whether or not lyrics pub-

Taylor Bell is suing his high school over free-speech violations a year after another controversy at the school drew attention.

lished by Taylor Bell constituted threats to school district teachers was vague,” according to a letter from School Board Attorney Michele Floyd to Bell’s mother, Dora Bell. “[H]owever, they determined that the publication of those lyrics did constitute harassment and intimidation of two school district teachers, which is a violation of School Board Policy and state law.” Bell gave Floyd two written letters from students confirming the allegations that he mentioned, but the board did not discuss them further. The board then voted to suspend Bell for the remainder of the nine-week quarter. The Itawamba senior has spent two

weeks at the county’s alternative school, which he says is inadequate compared to IAHS. On Feb. 24, Bell filed a lawsuit against the school district, Superintendent Teresa McNeece and IAHS Principal Trae Wiygul, alleging violations of his constitutional right to free speech. The suit asks for Bell’s reinstatement at IAHS, expungement of his record and $1. “It’s more a question of principle for him than it is the consequences,” Bell’s attorney, Wil Colom, said. McNeece did not return a call for comment, and Floyd declined to comment, citing district policy. “We do not discuss pending litigation, especially when it’s involving a student,” Floyd said. In a March 2 filing, Colom argued that there is little precedent allowing schools to restrict students’ threatening speech. “While the government can proscribe a true threat of violence without offending the First Amendment, it may only do so when the threat is intentional, direct and serious,” Colom wrote. “Taylor never took actions to ensure the song was heard by the coaches, and a song with hyperbolic and symbolic lyrics cannot be viewed as serious when the student did not convey the threats to anyone with a relationship to the alleged victims.” Comment at www.jfp.ms

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t’s the ever-present debate of the office lunch: Some want Chinese. Some want seafood. Some want pizza. There’s always one in the crowd yearning for sushi. How to satisfy everyone and be in and out in an hour? Head to King Buffet, located at 6380 Ridgewood Court Drive in Jackson, and, with over 250 items on the buffet, where even the most finicky eater will be satisfied. Nancy Wong From shrimp, mussels, blue crab and other fresh fish served daily, King Buffet offers a gorgeous seafood spread to rival any seafood specialty house. If classic Chinese is your food of choice, then you will love the Peking Duck and Chicken along with other traditional fare such as Coconut Shrimp, Orange and Sesame Chicken, Beef with Broccoli and Hunan Pork just to name a few. If a little sushi on the side is what you’re craving check out the marvelous display of color and taste offered at both lunch and dinner. With seaweed salad and plenty of wasabi, your inner samurai is sure to be pleased. If you need a banquet facility, look no further than King Buffet, with a calming ambience and attentive staff, they can handle most any private or business function. If you need your food to-go, catering is also available. When you come to King Buffet make sure you leave room for dessert. In addition to the amazing food spread, the dessert buffet is one to behold. Is Chinese cake on your bucket list? Well, King Buffet has it and much more, including ice cream, puddings, cookies, and other mouth-watering desserts to choose from. Watching your weight? You can still eat to your healthy heart’s content at a Chinese buffet. King Buffet offers fresh fruits, a salad bar, and steamed items that won’t wreck your diet.

If convenience and cost are important factors in your dining choices, King Buffet meets them both. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. With close proximity to County Line Road and convenient hours, and prices starting at just $5.99 for lunch and $7.99 for dinner, both your watch and wallet will leave happy.

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year ago, the Itawamba County School District made national news for electing to cancel Itawamba Agricultural High School’s prom rather than allow lesbian student Constance McMillen to bring her girlfriend as her date. A federal judge ultimately ruled that the district had violated McMillen’s First Amendment rights. Now, the district faces another lawsuit alleging that it denied a student’s constitutional rights. Taylor Bell is an 18-year-old senior at the same school that Constance McMillen attended. Until Jan. 7, his only serious disciplinary problem had been a one-day, in-school suspension for being tardy to class. After graduation, Bell plans to attend Itawamba Community College. He’s also an aspiring rap musician who has been writing, performing and recording songs since he was 13, using the stage name “T-Bizzle.” Around Christmas of last year, Bell heard some female students at IAHS allege that two male coaches at the school were flirting and touching them inappropriately. “Girls were saying, ‘The coach is looking down my shirt,’ or, ‘He’s saying that my butt is big,’ ” Bell said. “One girl, a gay girl, (said that one coach) was like, ‘If you wasn’t so gay, I would turn you out.’ Stuff like that you just don’t say to students—really, individuals

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Reject the Partisan Posturing

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olitics are getting uglier by the day. Current battles over redistricting—which can have extremely farreaching effects on the lives of everyday Mississippians—are partisan, divisive and frustrating to watch, as one party or another jockeys to rework and control districts. The process is one of the most blatantly partisan power games we’ve seen since the last time the U.S. Chamber funded its latest slate of judges to try to protect corporations from lawsuits. Currently, partisan fingers are pointed at the “other side” because the political enemy—wait for it—is trying to influence how the districts are redrawn. That part is predictable, if sad. But the political gamesmanship going on right here in Hinds County just shows how ridiculous the whole scheme has become. For one thing, Hinds County hired NAACP President Derrick Johnson to oversee its redistricting process. In Madison County, the board hired the Central Mississippi Planning and Development District to develop its redistricting maps. Neither contract went out for bid under rules that allow professional-service exemptions. Then, this week, here comes the Hinds County Republican Party chairman, Pete Perry, promising a lawsuit over Johnson’s contract. Johnson’s not an attorney, Perry says, even though Johnson’s LLC has an attorney on staff (his wife). Meantime, when a JFP reporter asked Perry who he represents at the county meeting, Perry didn’t mention the little issue of being the chairman of the county GOP (as if we wouldn’t know and print that part). He did mention that he’s a lobbyist, and assured that redistricting wouldn’t help any current clients. Folks, who are we kidding here? The county asked for a Republican outcry when it gave Johnson the gig: Republicans still use any connection with the NAACP as a way to scare white voters, and it wasn’t a very subtle way for the county to try to guarantee an outcome beneficial to Democrats. On the other hand, the fact that Perry himself is showing up to make a stink about the NAACP president being involved is equally as absurd and just as nakedly partisan. Obviously, he has a dog in the hunt. Look at the website for his lobbying company, Paradigm Government Relations. He and his partner, Michael Goode, are Republican royalty. And even though the “Who We Represent” page is oddly blank at the moment, the two men’s bios show that they are Republican superstars and have been involved on many Republican campaigns and administrations; watch for names like Lott, Bush, Wicker and such. Obviously, Hinds County redistricting is going to have an effect on potential clients of Perry’s, if no one currently. We’re not idiots out here. We want to play Pollyanna and call for all the insulting partisanship to stop, and for everyone to admit their biases and play fair. We know how unlikely any change in the current racially and politically charged climate is, but we can always hope and pray for higher political ground.

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The Greatest Thing

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iss Doodle Mae: “Jojo asked me to conduct this emergency staff meeting in response to the state union workers’ protest in Wisconsin. I’m here to tell you all that Jojo is on your side like Nationwide Insurance. And, speaking of insurance, as long as Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store thrives, Jojo will not force workers to contribute more of their wages into health insurance. “He understands the law of cause and effect: If you make workers give up their pension, accept lower wages and settle for the life their great-grandparents had, they will go on strike and affect the profits of the business. “Jojo wants his loyal staff to know that he will not economically exploit his workers like land owners did to sharecroppers during Reconstruction. As a shrewd and progressive entrepreneur, he strives to develop a workplace where employees can work without fear, intimidation and stress. He wants to create an atmosphere of coexistence among his workers, and Jojo believes happy employees are productive. “Jojo wants the staff to remember these words from a song titled ‘Nature Boy,’ sung by the late Nat King Cole: ‘The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. “I guess Jojo’s wish is that corporate CEOs and the elite would apply this poignant verse to the way they deal with their workers. “Oh well, we’ve got a community to serve and plenty of work to do at Jojo’s 14 Discount Dollar Store.”

YOUR TURN by Byron Wilkes

Men: Start Now, Not Never

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few weeks ago, I went to visit my dad, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. It’s a cancer that most men “die with, not from,” but to have a doctor tell you that you have cancer must surely be a jarring experience. I didn’t realize how seriously my father, an octogenarian, was taking the disease until after our visit, when he gave me a hug. Now, I know I’m not the only man in the South whose dad isn’t big on hugging. The hug is rare for many southern men, one reserved for weddings, graduations and other big once-in-a-lifetime events. I realized when my father hugged me that he wasn’t going to be around forever. I knew this before, of course, but somehow it struck home closer with the hug. When I think of what I’ve willingly put my own body through and how neglectful I’ve been, I shudder to think of anyone else doing the same. I’m not saying that every man in the state of Mississippi is an unhealthy person on the brink of a heart attack, but at least in my case, I’ve never seen to my own health as much as my doctors have advised. And I think I’m not the only man who can say that. It seems like a lot of men believe they’re invincible, or at least less predisposed to the illnesses and diseases that affect male friends or family members. I’ve seen this phenomenon play out more than once. The Centers for Disease Control says that more than 31 percent of the population is obese in Mississippi, and nearly 70 percent of adults are overweight. How many of those are men? Of course, plenty of women in Mississippi don’t take care of their health as they should, either, but that doesn’t excuse men for not taking care of themselves. So what are the options? Your doctor will prob-

ably tell you exercise and diet are the best places to begin. I’m not really that big on exercise. I pretty much hate it, in fact. But that doesn’t mean I don’t exercise. I have a job where I spend most of the day sitting—in my driver’s seat, at my desk. Realizing this, I decided I would go cycling at least three days a week last summer. Before you think “Lance Armstrong,” let me assure you my typical outing on a bicycle is not 50 miles and several hours. Instead I spend 30 minutes to an hour riding around the city and the area around it. One of the biggest misconceptions about adding exercise into one’s life is that it has to happen every day, and it has to be excruciating. What’s more important is that you begin to get a little active so that your body can acclimate to an active lifestyle. Men also must talk with other men. I’m sure I’m not the only person in Mississippi who knows a man who has intentionally avoided taking care of himself. Letting someone know you care about his health might just spark a life change. Too many men poor health decisions like smoking, overeating, abusing drugs (prescription or otherwise) and avoiding seeing a doctor regularly. Once you get to a certain age, men, it will be too late to quit smoking, start exercising or stop overeating. It’s important not simply to acknowledge this biological fact of life, but to act on it, and start taking care of yourself now: If not for you, then for the people close to you. Freelance writer Byron Wilkes enjoys swashbuckling his way through the Mississippi countryside. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and currently works part-time at The Meridian Star. He worked as a JFP intern, previously.

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here is a story that U.S. citizens often hear about undocumented Latino workers. It is fiction. If you followed WJTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report of recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, discussed during the Feb. 21 Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance press conference and civic engagement day (â&#x20AC;&#x153;ICE Arrests 58 Criminal Aliens and Fugitivesâ&#x20AC;?), you might not have come away with a very positive impression of these immigrant families. The catchy new phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;criminal aliens and fugitivesâ&#x20AC;? seems to have replaced â&#x20AC;&#x153;illegal aliensâ&#x20AC;? as border-watchersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pejorative-ofchoice for undocumented Latino immigrants and their families. It helps the station contribute to the ethnic bigotry and hatred that, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, made 2010 the most prosperous year for hate groups in U.S. history. Children, some of them now deprived of a parent, sat patiently throughout the conference. Occasionally, a baby cried. Elderly Latino women and men, many of whom made the three-block walk from the MIRA office to the Capitol and back, watched the press conference with more of a personal sense of history than most, no doubt wondering what kind of country their children and grandchildren would grow up in. WJTV wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t interested in any of these people or their stories; that would have humanized the victims of the ICE raids. Details are still emerging about the raids, but three factors kept recurring in witnessesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stories: blatant ethnic profiling, casual violence and laughter on the part of the agents. That mirrors the laughter of some legislators. After the press conference, I watched Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, one of SB 2179â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most vocal supporters, smile and cheerfully repeat talking points at the state Capitol as he explained to grieving families why he supported the bill, which would mandate ethnic profiling on a statewide level. What was clear to me was that he had absolutely no emotional investment in Latinos as human beings. We can assume that what made these 57 men and one woman â&#x20AC;&#x153;criminals,â&#x20AC;? in nearly all cases, was their immigration status; if it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, local law enforcement or the FBI would have arrested them. When ICE comes knocking, the issue is immigration paperwork. Immigration violations donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t usually get the attention of United States authorities, and for good reason: U.S. corporations and landowners have long had a need for uncompensated or sub-minimum-wage labor. In the 16th century, it was American Indian slaves. In the 17th through 19th centuries, it was African American slaves. In the mid- to late-19th century, it was Chinese American railroad workers. And since 1910, it has primarily been undocumented or conditionally documented Latinos. Corporations that hire undocumented

Latinos tend to donate to politicians who want to deport undocumented Latinos. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re wondering why, consider the fact that only a small percentage of undocumented Latinos are actually deportedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but that these sensational cases are enough to frighten Latino workers into not organizing or reporting labor-code violations. In other words, the U.S. governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;by selectively enforcing immigration policies against immigrant workers, but refusing to prosecute employersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;helps corporations work their undocumented laborers as inexpensively as possible. Both major political parties are complicit in this arrangement. Meanwhile, immigrants have, more often than not, left countries decimated by clever but heartless U.S. foreign policy and trade decisions. They face profound poverty, for themselves and their families, if they return. They are also well aware of the fact that the U.S. government has never really tried to prevent undocumented labor, and that they have a well-established role in the U.S. economy. If the U.S. government were serious about ending the exploitation of undocumented workers, it would allow these workers to unionize without fear, enforce labor-code violations against employers who overwork or underpay undocumented immigrants, and end deportations altogether because of the obstructionary role it plays with respect to these first two goals. But the U.S. government is not serious about ending the system of undocumented labor; it is serious about profit, and the best way to maximize profits is to use ICE raids as a form of state-sponsored terrorism against Latino immigrant communities. It works; I saw a lot of terrified people. But they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too terrified to march to the Capitol and give voice to their friends, their families, and their communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and to that extent, the raids were a failure. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the voices of Latinos and allies will be enough to defeat SB 2179â&#x20AC;&#x201D;but after two highly successful immigrant civic-engagement days at the Capitol, no legislator can plead ignorance. Legislators who support this bill do so not because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know any better but because they think voters donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. If you want to prove theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve underestimated you, call your local legislator and support the work of the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (www.yourmira.org). Your voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;no matter who you areâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; may be the one that finally persuades a key legislator to stop pandering to bigots and do the right thing. Freelance writer Tom Head is a lifelong Jackson native. He has authored or co-authored 24 nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, and is a civil liberties writer for About.com and a grassroots progressive activist.

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the area been on par with the mortality rate in the rest of the country, including other parts of Mississippi. So about a year ago, Mason, now 37, started a fitness company called Well and Aware. She started off small, doing workshops at day cares and community centers. By the time the Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative awarded her a grant, she took her workshops and seminars to the public at large, from Greenville to Indianola and Hollandale, teaching Deltans how to improve their lives. Most people need some education, but Mason says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for her to focus a lot of her attention on young people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids influence our food choices. Some people are resistant,â&#x20AC;? she says. But if children develop a taste bud for eating berries, Mason believes, they will see making healthy eating choices as natural instead of something forced on them.

and hypertensionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are depressing for Mississippi in and of themselves. The Mississippi Deltaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statistics are even more frightening. The Delta had approximately 18,000 excess deaths (infants and adults) in 2004, wrote Arthur G. Cosby and Diana M. Bowser in the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration in 2008. Those are deaths that otherwise would not have occurred had

Steps Toward Change Healthy living incorporates two main parts: The first is preventive, and the other is restorative. In the summer of 2010, Dr. Aaron Shirley, founder and director of the Jackson Medical Mall and a Mississippi medical pioneer, spent time doing hands-on research about what he could do to improve the lives of Delta citizens. Shirley went to a place that

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icki Mason is starting this morning, as she and most health-cognizant people do, with breakfast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This morning, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in the mood for squash,â&#x20AC;? she says. Squash? Yes, squash. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have roasted butternut squash and eggs. â&#x20AC;Ś I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do meat at all for breakfast.â&#x20AC;? Eggs, of course, have protein. And a serving of squash has about 80 caloriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;two of which come from fatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and is a good source of vitamin E, A, C, potassium and magnesium. Who knew? Mason did. She says half the battle on the road to a healthy lifestyle is acquiring knowledge by using the resources that are widely available to all of us. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s serious about that, too. Two of Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dearest friends passed away within six months of each other about two years ago. They both had heart attacks. She was 35; they were, at the time, 34 and 36. She decided she had to do something. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You remember? Back in the day, it was old folks that had heart attacks and strokes. Not your friends, not your momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends. It was your grandparents and their friends,â&#x20AC;? she says. But it was her friends who passed away, and she took on a personal challenge: Help other people not go through what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suffered with the loss of her friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To help me heal from their deaths, I need to help other people. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have their deaths be in vain.â&#x20AC;?

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may seem unlikely: Iran. Up until the 1980s, Iran and the Delta looked a lot alike in their impoverished states. Things in Iran got better; things in Mississippi didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Health-care professionals in Iran developed community person-run health houses. The individuals running the houses are not medical professionals, but rather community health workersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;trained personnel who conduct home visits, screenings and health risk assessments, among other things. The Medical Mall is collaborating with Jackson State University, Iranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shiraz University of Medical Sciences and the Oxford International Development Group. Dr. Shirley, who has done work in the Delta for nearly four decades, plans to institute a Health House Network Structure in the area. The structure includes three levels: Level 1 is the health houses; level 2 uses primarycare clinics or existing medical practices run by physicians and nurse practitioners; and level 3, a community hospital. If the model works in the rural areas of the Delta, Shirley may transfer it to Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s urban setting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not try this?â&#x20AC;? Shirley asked the Associated Press June of 2010 when they talked to him about going all the way to Iran to find a program to model. As citizens look to improve their health, they can do many things on their own, of

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Answers: 1. Câ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The best approach to any diet is a balance between carbs, proteins and fats; this offers stable energy levels and greater health benefits; 2. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;strength training uses more calories and causes a larger metabolism increase, depletes muscle glycogen, and helps build and maintain muscle tissueâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the key to a fast metabolismâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;more than

just cardio exercise alone; 3. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to see a noticeable difference in muscle strength, tone and definition, do progressive resistance training; pilates and yoga are wonderful additions to a strength-training regimen but do not replace one; 4. Dâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the sugars in soda, juice and desserts cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which results in your bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storing excess fat; 5. Falseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the body burns fuel 24 hours per day, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wisest to give it the right types of food in healthy portion sizes to ensure it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stick to you. Eat at least two to three hours before going to bed to give your body time to digest the food, and when you get the midnight munchies, opt for foods with proteins and healthy fats as opposed to carbs, which take the body longer to process.


Check Your Heart Health se the American Health Association’s health assessment tool, My Life Check (mylifecheck.heart.org). It only takes a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire. When you’re done, you’ll not only know how healthy (or unhealthy) your heart is, but what you need to do to get the old ticker in tip-top condition. You can also find other useful sources at heart.org/nutrition.

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Food as Energy But an occasional failure is not an excuse for never trying. In fact, March is an ideal month to incorporate small lifestyle changes. The American Heart Association has deemed it Nutrition Month. Keys to a heart-healthy life, which make for a healthier life in general, are exercising, getting an appropriate amount of rest, reducing stress and eating nutrientsaturated, not nutrient-deficient food. The healthiest food is unprocessed food, and removing processed foods from your diet is probably one of the most difficult things for many people. Despite the difficulty in giving up or significantly reducing the amount of processed foods one eats, it’s a significant step in positively affecting health. “It’s not made with our health in mind. It’s just a quick fix with serious long-term affects on our health” Masons says of fiber- and vitamin-deficient processed foods. “Food is an energy source. Processed foods have a long shelf life; they’re concentrated in calories, and they zap your energy.” To find the healthiest foods while shopping your local grocery store, stay clear of the center aisles. Almost all the fresh foods—from fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses— are found on the store’s perimeter. Beyond making the decision to eat fresh, unprocessed foods, the next, equally important step to making a change is to get support from people and other resources. Nurturing families and communities are important, and a lot of celebrations revolve around food. Instead of bringing in buckets of fried chicken and over-processed sides, as is typical among southerners, Mason suggests starting the celebration off by cooking together and making a connection over homemade food. The American Heart Association even has a cookbook chock full of

heart-healthy recipes, many of which you can find on its website (www.heart.org).

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It’s a Process As you take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, a boost in confidence is inevitable. If you have a willingness to make a change, Mason says, you’ll get it done. “It’s so important to keep a track record (of your progress). When you start to see the changes, feel more energized, see the scale, you’re not going to want to go back,” she says. But again, she warns those who may fall off the proverbial bandwagon that all is not lost after a health relapse. “If you’ve been out of shape for two years, it will take 12 weeks to get your body back. The body has a memory. That’s what’s amazing about our bodies,” she says. Making the decision to change be more healthy doesn’t have to be a scary one. It’s a process that takes a little effort and will, ultimately, yield big results. And starting now, without being prompted by a physician or health-care professional, will make a great difference for most people. Create your own sense of urgency. “It’s food that got us into this situation, and it’s going to be food that’s going to get us out of the situation,” Mason says. “It’s not a pill that’s a remedy. That’s just to get you through the pain. What’s going to heal you is healthy and trying to be active. Whatever your level is right now, start there. We cannot afford to continue doing what we’ve been doing. … We’ve got to get back into the kitchen, raise our awareness and use our resources, libraries and smart phones.” Do or die time is literally in our face. Contact Vicki Mason at thewellnesslady@ wellandaware.org. And to learn more about the Mississippi Health House Network, visit hchaweb.com.

Cook Up a Storm “The New American Heart Association Cookbook, 8th Edition” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2010, $35) offers a cornucopia of tasty, heart-healthy recipes. Try the artichoke-tomato pizza or chocolate crème brûlée. And while you may not choose to eat it for breakfast, there’s probably a recipe or two that offers creative ways to fancy up butternut squash. You’ll also get information on grocery shopping strategies, healthy cooking methods and much more. Try one recipe or test them all. One thing is for sure: Your heart will be healthier and waistline smaller for it.

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Incorporate healthier meals Watch your drinking habits. into your day. Alcohol has calories. Thinking of your The United States Department of Agriculture suggests making half the grains you consume whole grains (refined grains have had some of their nutrients bleached out for consistency’s sake). Also, eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, not just a few favorites. For meat-eaters, choose leaner cuts. One of the easiest ways to make sure you eat right is by planning ahead, so pack a healthy lunch and you won’t be tempted to run by Sonic or Burger King come noon.

Try going vegetarian.

health while drinking is probably not the most fun thing to do, but unfortunately, beer is notorious for its calorie and carbohydrate counts. Opt for a lighter beer (with calories clearly labeled) or drink water between beers. Limiting your drinking definitely has its benefits, not to mention that the Centers for Disease Control recommends it. While you’re at it, cut down or quit smoking cigars and cigarettes, and avoid using illegal substances that require sharing a needle.

Even if it’s just one day of the week or month, being wise about meat consumption can be crucial. Americans are some of the mightiest meat-eaters in the world; according to the USDA, we eat nearly 200 pounds of meat per capita per year—way more than the average person needs. Try getting your protein, iron and calcium from other sources, like vegetables and dairy products. You don’t have to go vegan, but every steak counts.

Get active at least three times a week.

Practice safe sex.

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This should be a given. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight or bisexual, it is completely stupid not to practice safe sex. Just about the only time you don’t have to worry about condoms, birth control or contracting an sexually transmitted infec-

Don’t start next week. Don’t start in a month. Start today, or start tomorrow if you absolutely can’t swing it today. The only way to change a sedentary lifestyle is to do something about it as quickly and routinely as possible, now.

The CDC says men should be active at least two and a half hours per week, but any activity is likely better than none. It’s best to find a happy medium. If you’re used to running 10 miles a day, keep it up, but if you’re used to running one mile, don’t try to step it up to 10 miles tomorrow. Trying to keep your body fit is pointless if you hurt yourself in the process.

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Potties Fit For A Queen A Mind/Body Bookshelf by Ronni Mott

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ellness is more than just the absence of illness. It incorporates the whole being, body, mind and spirit. Physicians and psychiatrists have studied and written about wellness for decades (at least), so we know their interest in wellness is far from being some new-fangled, new-age fad. When you’re ready to dive deeper into the subject, here are just a few highly recommended books about getting and being wholly well to get you started.

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“Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” by Robert M. Sapolsky (Holt Paperbacks, third edition 2004, $19) “This book is a primer about stress, stress-related disease, and the mechanisms of coping with stress. How is it that our bodies can adapt to some stressful emergencies, while other ones make us sick? Why are some of us especially vulnerable to stress-related diseases, and what does that have to do with our personalities?” —from the book “Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness” by Jon KabatZinn (Hyperion, 2005, $24.95) “In a passionate tour de force that blends personal experience with cutting-edge science (his own and others’), poetry and insights culled from many traditions, Kabat-Zinn sets out to awaken us to the true potential and value of a gift that most of us take for granted: sentience.” —Publishers Weekly

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“Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Bringing Health and Pleasure Back to Eating” by Andrew Weil (Harper Paperbacks, 2001, $14.95) “Weil illuminates the often confusing and conflicting ideas circulating about good nutrition, addressing specific health issues and offering nutritional guidance to help heal and prevent major illnesses.” —Publishers Weekly

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“The Emotional Wellness Way To Cardiac Health: How Letting Go Of Depression, Anxiety & Anger Can Heal Your Heart” by Arthur Nezu, Christine

Nezu and Diwakar Jain (New Harbinger Publications, 2005, $16.95) “In this book, the first of its kind, experts on the effects of emotions on physical health adapt the latest research on how anxiety, anger, and depression contribute to heart disease into a program readers can employ to achieve a healthier heart.” —Publishers Weekly “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition” by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno (Three Rivers Press, 1997, $26) “[T]his classic naturopathic reference by two naturopathic physicians is still one of the best books on natural medicine for consumers. Comprehensive and easy to use, it discusses some 70 health problems.” —Publishers Weekly

“Healing and the Mind” by Bill Moyers (Main Street Books, 1995, $22.95) “Moyers explores by Dylan Watso the roles of thoughts and emotions in illness and health through interviews with 16 doctors and scientists. He visits stressreduction clinics and a cancer patients’ support group, and he investigates the new field of psychoneuroimmunology, which emphasizes the importance of patients’ attitudes to optimal immune-system functioning.” —Publishers Weekly “The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook” by David Sobel and Robert Ornstein (Time Life Medical, 1997, $22.99) “This book not only explains the important benefits of a healthy mind and body in simple, understandable language, but gives you practical ways to improve how you feel today.” —from the book “Minding the Body, Mending the Mind” by Joan Borysenko (Da Capo Press, revised edition 2007, $16.95) “[A] classic in the field, with time-tested tips on how to take control of your own physical and emotional wellbeing.” —from the book


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y friend Rafael and I were sitting in the Millsaps Bowl enjoying the pleasantly breezy weather that had recently arrived in Jackson. We were relaxing on the benches, shooting the bull. Then he started telling a joke that involves a certain animal walking into a bar. The bartender, who’s quite witty, tells the animal to get out because … Well, the remainder of the joke is less than appropriate. Once I figured out the cognitive riddle, though, and understood the punchline, I was simply beside myself. I was bent over at the waist, laughing so hard I worried I would never stop, and my abs started to hurt. I was beaming ear-to-ear with a goofy smile. Why does laughing like this feel so good? Everyone loves to laugh. Like many things, though, we completely take it for granted. If you really think about it, laughing is, well, weird. What biological function does laughing serve? Dr. Lee Berk and Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University have studied laughter extensively and published numerous articles on the subject. Their studies show that laughter helps the body in many ways, both physically and emotionally. Laughing strengthens the immune system by increasing the number of T cells, a type of white blood cells that fight infection. Laughing also increases a certain type of antibody that fights respiratory infections. Studies show that humor-induced laughter decreases stress hormones, which tend to constrict blood vessels and weaken the immune system. As most people know, laughter can also be a bit of a work-out. It’s an aerobic exercise. Remember those times you’ve laughed so hard you gasped for breath? That’s your diaphragm being put to the test, and, like most aerobic exercise, it’s good for your heart, too. Of course, people are more familiar with the emotional side of laughing. The ever-controversial psychological pioneer, Sigmund Freud, proposed the Relief Theory, which states that we laugh to release tension and “psychic energy.” Put simply, laughing makes you feel good. It makes you giddy and puts you in a good mood. The world is a better place after a good laughing fit: Your perspective on your surrounding environment shifts, if only temporarily. Laughter can put some psychological distance between you and life’s sometimes overwhelming nature. Laughing can also increase your energy and focus, while dissolving negative emotions. Neurophysiologists have discovered that laughing is associated with a release of endorphins in the brain’s prefrontal cortex. Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers. But besides alleviating

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physical pain when released, they create a sense of emotional well being. We humans also use laughter as a social tool. When you laugh with someone, you create a positive emotional bond. Laughter can clear the air in an otherwise “heavy” conversation and provide a more light-hearted feeling. All of us have experienced laughter’s contagious nature: You see someone laughing, and despite not knowing what he or she is laughing at, you burst into laughter, too. We are 30 times more likely to laugh in the presence of others than by ourselves writes Dr. Robert Provine, author of “Laughter: A Scientific Investigation” (Viking Penguin Group, 2000, $24.95). TO Laughter is not something that’s learned, HO FILE P either; in fact, researchers have observed laughter in infants as young as 17 days old. “Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way,” Provine explained in an interview with WebMD. Interestingly enough, humans aren’t the only animals that laugh; apes do, too. This has led some scientists, Dr. Provine included, to hypothesize that laughter is a primal form of communication that eventually developed into language. Regardless of the origins of laughter, we know that it has positive physical and emotional effects on our bodies and minds. So keep on laughing, whether you have a meek laugh that sounds like a soft whisper or an obnoxious, bellowing laugh that hurts others’ ears.

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id you know that just putting a smile on your face could improve your mood? Numerous recent studies show what Charles Darwin and philosopher William James suggested decades ago: Your facial expression is an essential part of your mood. Instead of pleasure “causing” a smile, a smile comes naturally with pleasure. Your brain doesn’t distinguish between a smile that results from circumstances and a smile you generate yourself. And research suggests that all of the physical and mental benefits that come with “genuine” laughter and smiling are the same even without external stimuli. So if you’re feeling blue, try raising the corners of your mouth. In other words, “fake it, ’til you make it.”

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Show off killer legs and play with analogous colors in this dress. Navy blue and purple are adjacent to one another on the color wheel.

Don’t be afraid of color and accents.The ruffled collar of the purple dress and the flower on the lapel of the yellow dress add visual interest.

The white and black of this dress is classic and elegant.

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When selecting a dress for your plus-sized bridesmaid, talk to her about what type of fit makes her comfortable. Strapless dresses can be elegant, but if your bridesmaid wants to be more covered, adding a shoulder wrap could fix that dilemma. COURTESY WATTERS & WATTERS

Halter dresses are a great way to show off toned arms. Good for most body types, just make sure the straps are thick enough and proper undergarments are worn to support the bustline.

more saturated and rich colors, like browns, sapphires and scarlet red are great for evening or more formal weddings. When deciding on a color scheme, a bride should take cues from the color wheel. Go with a monochromatic look, using different hues of the same colors, try something a little more daring like analogous colors (next to each other on the color wheel, like yellow and green, or red and purple); go for complementary colors (opposites, like white and black, or aqua blue and tangerine). With these combinations, options are practically limitless. And a bride should never hesitate to introduce new colors through accessories: shoes, jewelry, dress sash or flowers (bouquets or in the hair). For the perfect wedding day look, dear bride, start early in your search for the perfect bridesmaid dresses to complement the centerpiece: you.

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fter choosing the wedding gown, selecting a bridesmaid’s dress should rank high on a bride’s to-do-list. Ideally, a bridesmaid dress complements the wedding gown, flowers and the women wearing them, and selecting one can be fun or stressful. Brides have many factors to consider when choosing the bridesmaid’s dress: the season; the color; the fabric; the length—short, long or cocktail; what works best for the body types of her bridesmaids (including plus-size); and, most importantly, style. Today’s trend is simple elegance. More brides are choosing slip or sheath dresses because they flatter a wide variety of figure types and are easily re-purposed as cocktail dresses. Two-piece separates, column and short dresses are also quite popular this year. One of the hottest colors for bridesmaid dresses is purple, whether in hues of lavender, violet or plum. Other popular choices include pastels, corals, lime green and electric blue. And

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Allowing bridesmaids to choose individual dress styles (length, cut and neckline). For the more modest bridesmaid long sleeves would be a perfect choice. Long sleeves are also an option for older bridesmaids or the mother-of-the-bride.

where2shop Look for these and other bridal gown and bridesmaid dress options at these local vendors: Alfred Angelo Bridal (1230 E. County Line Road, Suite D, Ridgeland, 601-956-1806, www. alfredangelo.com) A Southern Affair (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 160, 601-4876218, www.asouthernaffair.net) Bella Bridesmaid (118 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 601-898-0303)

Slender body types should consider dresses that give them extra dimension.The peach dress by SohoMode is vintage inspired with layers of ruffles adding movement and body to the dress.

Bridal Boutique (300 E College St., Clinton, 601-924-8345) Bridal Path (4465 Interstate 55 N, Suite 104, 601-982-8267, www.bridalpathinc.com) Fashion Post (4800 Interstate 55 N, Suite 9, 601-362-5171) Finishing Touch Alterations (4551 Office Park Drive, 601362-5288) Glitz & Glamour (6791 South Siwell Road, Byram, 601-5028274, www.glitzandglamour.us) Imaginations Bridal (131

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Visual and performing artist Lorenzo Gayden melds his love for jazz music into his passion for paintings and creates works like these (top, right) “Musical Daydream,” “4 Miles Moods Modes” and (bottom) “Pushin’ the Time.”

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hen he was 5 years old, Lorenzo Gayden loved cars. He played with and drew them and, eventually, imagined designing them. But unlike most of us who abandon our childhood love for art, casting it off as simple doodling, Gayden, now 36, knew artistry was meant for him. Well, sort of. He didn’t take his art seriously until his senior year of high school. His goal was to have a career as an automobile designer, so on the advice of his highschool guidance counselor, the Jackson native majored in mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University. Three years into his major, Gayden realized at an engineering field conference that his major would in no way lead to his goal: being as creative as possible. He switched gears. After a four-year formal education hiatus, in 2001, Gayden enrolled at Jackson State University to study fine art. As a fine-arts major, he took classes during the day and played jazz trombone at night and on weekends. The instrument became his by default. He was in the middle of an alphabetized list of instrument names for junior high band hopefuls. Most students coveted the saxophone, then drums and so on. Trombone was nowhere near the top of the list. The band instructor “basically shoved the trombone in front of me,” Gayden says. He wrestled with playing trombone and also learned to play the baritone, tuba and djembe (African drums), but the former turned out to be a fortuitous fit. In 1998,

Gayden began to play professionally. Today, he plays in two bands: his own, Southern Komfort Brass Band; and he is part of a seven-piece ensemble along with young blues musician Jarekus Singleton, the Jarekus Singleton Band. In 2008, Gayden opened the Swahilinamed Sanaa Fine Art & Framing, Jackson’s only African American-owned gallery, then in Fondren. The gallery has since moved to 440 Bounds St. Sanaa, which also serves as a framing shop and boutique, is still “alive and kicking,” Gayden says, despite the economy’s effect on business. Nevertheless, he’s hosted an event or opening at least every two months. Add to all this, Gayden still paints. His stretches out of the studio might last up to six months, but when he’s in the studio, he’s there. “Like up-all-night-for-days there,” he says. Mostly jazz inspires the artist’s style. This is how he harmonizes his love of art and music. He almost always creates with music playing in the background. “I find that my pieces have a different energy when I am listening to music. A lot of my technique is very rhythmic,” he says. “The technical term for my style is expressionistic. I like to abstract backgrounds to give subliminal messages with the pieces.” Inspired by legends like J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, Gayden and his brush strokes meld with the tone and movement of the music that wafts through the air as he paints. Save for a portrait of folk singer Woody Guthrie, for instance, most of his art portrays specific

jazz musicians or their likenesses. Gayden is careful about technical accuracy—what an instrument actually looks like, how a player holds one. But he veers slightly to the left, artistically, by using vibrant colors and form to capture the music’s mood and what it evokes for him. His subjects bear intense facial expressions: furrowed brows, clenched jaws and gripping fists. You can almost feel the intensity of the moment. Gayden breezily casts off the idea that managing all these endeavors might be too much for him, and he credits his iPhone for his ability to manage his time. He also admits to an ebb and flow of passions. His art or writing may suffer at the expense of his music (save for the occasional inspirational lightening strike), for example, or vice versa. Considering his entrepreneurial side, Gayden knows this balance is necessary. As a result, he has laid down the pen of his poetry writing for now, but not before it served as a conduit for love. Gayden met Kiwana about 10 years ago at an open-mic poetry night at the former Seven*Studioz. The couple wed this past October. If all this weren’t enough to keep him busy, he recently added “instructor” to his list of duties. He gives trombone lessons as a guest teacher at Jackson Academy. And though he never ended up designing cars, Gayden never strayed too far from the artistic inclinations of his youth. To learn more about Sanaa Fine Art & Framing and the artists represented there, visit the website at sanaagalleries.com or call 769-218-8289.


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Drifting in the Groove

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He moved in with his toothbrush and recording equipment and set up shop, beginning with the purchase of war-surplus parachutes, which he hung from the ceiling to help deaden the high-frequency renegades that sometimes ricochet about a studio. Then he hired a Canadian orchestra and installed them in a seedy motel next door so that they could be available 24 hours a day. The mechanics of setting up a recording studio are interesting enough, but nothing compared to the experience of working with Thornton. Wrote Lanois: “Billy would roll down with a jar of white lightning, some kind of hard-hitting stuff that a friend of his had brought back from Arkansas. Billy was having migraines then, and there were times when I didn’t know if he was in the Teatro or not. He would pass out upstairs in the projector booth, and then wake up half a day later and be standing there like a ghost.” If you know anything about movies, you know they are made without music. Composers watch the film and then compose soundtracks for individual scenes. In the case of “Sling Blade,” Thornton brought a VHS player in so the orchestra could play music while watching the tape. The results were spectacular. The soundtrack is every bit as haunting as the images viewed on screen. Another interesting chapter is the one about recording Bob Dylan’s “Time Out of Mind” CD, one of the best efforts the legendary performer has done in years. Considerable give-and-take characterized the sessions, but the results were not always satisfactory to both parties. Lanois wanted Dylan to “align” himself with hip-hop greats and “build and maximize” the groove in his music, a suggestion Dylan resisted. They were awarded two Grammies for the album, but it never became a hit, and Lanois seems to blame Dylan for not taking his advice. Dylan does what Dylan does. Sometimes the mind-numbing detail associated with the “Time Out of Mind” sessions and others is more than the reader can appreciate. I recommend reading the book, not for the technical tidbits (unless you are a professional musician) but for the richness of a life lived from moment to moment, with the unexpected always a possibility: Bob [Dylan] called me in the middle of the night . . . I said, “Bob, what time is it?” He said, “It’s dark out.” I said, “Where are you?” He said, “Drifting.” James L. Dickerson is the author of two award-winning music books, “Goin’ Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and Glorious Soul” and “Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

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ou’ve probably never heard of Daniel Lanois, but you’ve certainly heard his work. He has quite an impressive resumé: producer of CDs recorded by Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, U2 and Peter Gabriel, to name a few. Lanois is not the sort of producer who strives for No. 1 hits, not in the vein of a Chips Moman or a Quincy Jones; instead, he goes for music that achieves its greatness by virtue of its accumulative value. In other words, hit singles are not his forte. Memorable albums and movie soundtracks are more his style. In “Soul Mining: A Musical Life” (Faber and Faber, 2010, $26), Lanois tells the story of his life, a memoir he co-authored with Keisha Kalfin, a novice writer who works on his staff. The book has all the flaws you would expect from one penned by non-writers—self-absorption being the most notable—but it also possesses an engaging energy that makes it worthwhile, fascinating in that way that a cat on a hot tin roof is fascinating. Those who like to analyze American musical history and current trends have always been fascinated by the dominance of two groups that have been key to the success of American music: southerners (particularly from Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee) and Canadians. Without those two groups, there would be no original American music. I don’t have to tell you the names of southerners who have influenced American music, but I should drop a few names of Canadians who have played critical roles in the development of music: Celine Dion, Neil Young, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray, Bryan Adams, “Late Night with David Letterman” band leader Paul Shaffer, and the list goes on. Lanois is French Canadian, a native of Quebec, where he grew up in a poor family. He saw music as his way out of poverty. While still very young, he performed on the Canadian show band circuit, where he sometimes worked with a female impersonator named Ricky Day and a stripper who used the name Delightful Delilah. With a start like that, how could he not gravitate first to California and then to New Orleans? One of my favorite chapters is the one about the Oscar-winning movie “Sling Blade,” the Billy Bob Thornton masterpiece that was enhanced considerably by the soundtrack Lanois wrote and produced for it. As you would expect with a movie like that, the soundtrack did not have a traditional birthing. Think “Rosemary’s Baby.” For starters, he rented an old Mexican movie theater in Oxnard, Calif., named the Teatro. What better place to produce a movie soundtrack than in an actual movie theater?

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The “Walking the Path” exhibit at Smith Robertson Museum (528 Bloom St.) shows through May 14. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. … Friendship Ball honorees Lee Harper and Jeff Good speak at the Jackson 2000 luncheon at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) at 11:45 a.m. $12; e-mail bevelyn_branch@att.net. … MDAH staff members show artifacts during History Is Lunch at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Doug Frank’s Wednesday Nite Jam at C Notes is at 7:30 p.m. Free. … The Joe Carroll Gang plays at Hal & Mal’s. … Poets II has music with DJ Phingaprint. … Pop’s has karaoke.

FRIDAY 3/11

The Trevor Simpson and Cedar Nordbye art exhibit at Millsaps College, Lewis Art Gallery (1701 N. State St.) closes today. Free; call 601-974-1762. … Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) includes the films “The Other Woman” at 7 p.m. and “Queen of the Lot” at 9:05 p.m.; encore screenings March 12. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. … The U.S. Army 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Jackson Convention Complex kicks off at 7 p.m. Free admission March 11; March 12, $5. Call 769-2188747. … Cyril Neville performs at Underground 119 at 7 p.m. $20. … Kid Rock performs at the Mississippi Coliseum at 7 p.m. $22 and up; call 601-353-0603 or 800-745-3000. The after-party at Fire includes music by Velcro Pygmies. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Chamber III: Tales From the Road” at Galloway United Methodist Church (305 N. Congress St.) at 7:30 p.m. $15; call 601-960-1565. … Ole Tavern has music by David Dondero, Franz Nicolay and Overnight Lows. … Blind Dog Otis is at Fenian’s.

SATURDAY 3/12

Zoo Day at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) starts at 9 a.m. and includes live music and crafts. $8, $5 children 2-12, $7.20 seniors, babies/members free; call 301-352-2580. … Enjoy craft demonstrations and exhibits during Sheep to Shawl and Outdoor Days at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) at 10 a.m. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibit at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) shows through March 27. Free; call 601-9601515. … New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.) presents “Miss Nelson Is Missing” at 2 p.m.; encore show March 13. $10, discounts for groups and children 12 and under; call 601-948-3531. … Rev. Dr. Hickman Johnson’s book signing and reception at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) is at 3 p.m. $15.99, $25.99 books; call 601-366-4338. … Suite 106 hosts Back to Basics with music by J Live. Jazz performer Cyril Neville performs at Underground 119 March 11 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

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The Women’s Fund annual fundraiser at the Jackson Convention Complex at 6 p.m. includes a one-woman show by Anna Deavere Smith; reception at Gallery 119 (119 S. President St.). $100, $250 reception; call 601-326-3001. … The artist reception for Bruce Niemi at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road) at 6 p.m. includes music by Jazz Beautiful. Free; call 601-362-8484. … VFW Post 9832 has line dance classes at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-362-1646. … Akami Graham performs during Centric Thursdays at Dreamz JXN. … Israel Houghton and New Breed headline the Love Revolution Tour concert at Making Jesus Real Church (422 Riverwind Drive, Pearl) at 7 p.m. $25 and up; call 601-291-0204. 30 … Knokers Sports Cafe has music by Andy Hardwick.

Howard Jones Jazz performs during brunch at the King Edward Hotel at 11 a.m. … The “Amazing Butterflies” exhibit at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive) shows through May 8. ... See the opera film “Tristan und Isolde” at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) at 2 p.m. $16; call 601-960-2300. … The Sunday jam with JoJo Long at C Notes, 2-6 p.m. Free. … Amy LaVere and Cheyenne Marie Mize perform at Fuego Mexican Cantina at 4 p.m. Free.

MONDAY 3/14

The Goodwill Art Show at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) opens today and hangs through April 3. Free; call 601-960-1557. … The Central Mississippi Blues Society Jam at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. $5.

TUESDAY 3/15

The Tracy Sugarman exhibit at Powell Museum (129 E. Ash St.) hangs through May 31. Free, donations welcome; call 601-209-4736. … Mississippi Murder Mystery presents the dinner theater “Convicted of Love” at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland) at 7 p.m. $38.50; call 601-856-9696 to RSVP. … Ole Tavern hosts open-mic with Cody Cox. … Larry Brewer performs at Kathryn’s. … Jesse “Guitar” Smith is at Burgers and Blues.

WEDNESDAY 3/16

Historian Michael Ballard speaks during History Is Lunch at the Old Capitol Museum, House Chamber (100 S. State St.) at noon. Bring a lunch; call 601-5766998. … Jason Bailey performs during Ladies’ Night at Martin’s at 10 p.m. More events and details at jfpevents.com. Amy LaVere (pictured) and Cheyenne Marie Mize perform at Fuego Mexican Cantina March 13 at 4 p.m. COURTESY ARCHER RECORDS

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jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and wlezfm.com. Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guest is Owen Brooks, who will discuss the civil rights conference at Jackson State University. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Fondren Zippity Doo Dah March 24-26. The weekend includes the Fondren After 5 Homecoming March 24, Shopping with the Queens March 25 and a full day of events March 26 such as the re-opening of Fondren Market at 8 a.m., the Running of the Vixens at 10 a.m., a family carnival at 10:30 a.m., a gospel tent at noon. The Zippity Doo Dah Parade is at 6:30 p.m., featuring the Sweet Potato Queens and the Magnolia Roller Vixens. The Mustard Seed will also have a ceramics show at The Cedars each day. Proceeds from fundraisers benefit Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital. Call 601-981-9606. Crossroads Film Festival April 1-3, at Malco Grandview Theatre (221 Grandview Blvd., Madison). Dozens of independent films will be shown during the three-day festival. Music and workshops are included. $5-$55; e-mail coord@crossroadsfilmfestival.com. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com.

COMMUNITY Jackson 2000 Luncheon March 9, 11:45 a.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Friendship Ball honorees Lee Harper and Jeff Good, and representatives from Parents for Public Schools of Jackson and Operation Shoestring are the speakers. RSVP. $12; e-mail bevelyn_branch@att.net. “History Is Lunch” March 9, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). MDAH Museum Division staff members talk about and show their favorite artifacts in the department’s collection. Bring a lunch; coffee/water provided. Free; call 601-576-6850. “Transcending Difference in Jackson” Forum March 9, 7:30 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.), in room AC-215. The panel will focus on the difficulties and potentials for interfaith understanding and relations in Jackson. Dr. Laurie Patton of Emory University is the speaker. Free; call 601-974-1333. EMPOWER US! The Mississippi HIVil Rights Project through March 10, at Cabot Lodge Millsaps (2375 N. State St.). The program, hosted by A Brave New Day, includes advocacy training, presentations on the Civil Rights Movement with a tie-in to HIV/AIDS, workshops, activities at the State Capitol and a banquet honoring HIV/AIDS caregivers. A Brave New Day is offering assistance with lodging, meals and fuel for those with HIV and assistance with travel expenses for HIV service providers. Free; call 601-713-3999. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • Looking Beyond the Numbers March 10, 5:30 p.m., at Center Stage. The community awareness event is in observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Learn about the history and status of HIV/AIDS among women living in Mississippi, HIV/AIDS legislation and advocacy in Mississippi and more. Jackson State University’s SMHART Institute is the host. Free; call 601-979-1530, ext. 1531. • Adult Summer Softball League Registration through April 4. The Department of Parks and

Recreation is conducting registration for the upcoming season. Interested individuals can fill out registration forms between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The deadline for registration is April 4. There is a limit of 20 players per team. $350 per team; call 601960-0471. Events at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). • Women’s Fund Annual Fundraiser March 10, 6 p.m., in Trustmark Ballroom. The cocktail party is at 6 p.m., and actor/playwright Anna Deavere Smith gives a one-woman show at 7:30 p.m. After the performance, meet Smith in person at the dessert and Champagne reception at Gallery 119 (119 N. President Street.) $100, $250 reception; call 601-326-3001. • U.S. Army 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament March 11-12. The Metro Youth Initiative is the host. The tournament includes a slam dunk contest, a three-point shout-out, a celebrity game, and games in the kids, youth and adult divisions. $2,500 in cash and prizes will be awarded; Saturday ticket holders will be entered into a drawing for a flat-screen TV or an iPad. Free admission March 11, $5 March 12, $15-$100 registration; call 769-218-8747. New Vibrations Network Gathering March 10, 6:30 p.m., at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). The mixer is held every second Thursday. Bring business cards and brochures to share. E-mail newvibrations2003@hotmail.com. Community Shred Day March 11, 7:30 a.m., at Home Depot, (6325 Interstate 55 N.). Limit of five bags per person; no businesses, please. Free; call 601-359-3680. Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course March 11, 9 a.m., at Eudora Welty Library (300 N. State St.), in the Ellen Douglas Room. Learn to understand the grant-making objectives of independent, corporate and community foundations, identify grant-seeker resources and effectively partner with grant makers. Registration required. $125; call 800-424-9836. Pre-Kindergarten and Child-Care Symposium March 12, 8 a.m., at Northwest Middle School (7020 Medgar Evers Blvd.). “Shaping Young Minds in the 21st Century” promotes and strengthens collaboration between Jackson Public Schools and child-care providers. Free for Jackson child-care providers; call 601-960-4002 or 601-960-8315. Zoo Day March 12, 9 a.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Keepers, volunteers and zoo staff have prepared special activities such as live music, crafts for sale, cartoon characters and more. $8, $5 children 2-12, $7.20 seniors, babies and members free; call 601-352-2580. Parent/Guardian Education Advocacy Trainings March 12, 11 a.m., at Lumpkin’s BBQ (182 Raymond Road). Sessions are held the second Saturday of each month, and the topic varies. Lunch provided. Please RSVP. Free; call 877-892-2577. National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championships through March 19, at Kirk Fordice Equine Center (Mississippi Fairgrounds, 1207 Mississippi St.). See contestants compete for $460,000 in cash prizes. Twelve horse cutting classes will be offered daily at 8 a.m., followed by a team cutting exercise. Catfish dinners March 9 and March 14 at 6:30 p.m. Free; call 817244-6188. Community Foundation of Greater Jackson Call for Grant Proposals through April 1, at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (525 E. Capitol St., Suite 5B). The foundation is accepting applications through April 1. Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, churches and schools are eligible to apply for programs in Hinds, Madison and Rankin Counties. An application and guidelines are available at cfgj.org. Call 601974-6044.

FARMERS’ MARKETS Mississippi Farmers’ Market through Dec. 17 (929 High St.). Shop for fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans, including the Greater Belhaven Market. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.2 p.m. During the peak-growing season, hours are 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Byram Farmers’ Market through Oct. 29 (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). Open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, and baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24 (1307 Old Fannin Road). Homegrown produce is for sale Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690.

STAGE AND SCREEN Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-960-1552. • Art House Cinema Downtown March 11-12. Films include “The Other Woman” at 7 p.m. and “Queen of the Lot” at 9:05 p.m. Popcorn and beverages available. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. • “Tristan und Isolde” March 13, 2 p.m. The Mississippi Opera and the Mississippi Film Institute present the opera film based on a medieval love story. $16; call 601-960-2300. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema ongoing. Listen to a story shared through the eyes of four Louisiana musicians that explores the beauty and fragility of the Louisiana wetlands, the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the tremendous efforts being made to bring back the city of New Orleans and the bayou to build a grand new future. Show times are noon weekdays and 4 p.m. Saturdays. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Fly Me to the Moon” Mega-HD Cinema ongoing. The film introduces new generations to space exploration and combines the Apollo 11 mission with the story of three kids who go along for the ride. Show times are 2 p.m. Monday-Saturday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Two Small Pieces of Glass” Sky Show ongoing. A simple adjustment to a child’s spyglass 400 years ago revealed an infinite and perplexing universe. See how the world’s great telescopes gaze far into the past and the future. Show times are 1 p.m. Saturdays. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. • “Many Faces of Hubble” Sky Show ongoing. Explore the construction and use of the Hubble space telescope, the people behind the scenes and various careers in space. Show times are 3 p.m. Saturdays. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. “Gold in the Hills” March 11-26, at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). The play is 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. Fridays and Saturdays. $12, $10 seniors, $7 students, $5 children 12 and under; call 601636-0471. “Miss Nelson is Missing” March 12-13, at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). The Children’s Theatre presentation of the musical comedy is based on the book series by Harry Allard. Shows are at 2 p.m. both days. Visit newstagetheatre.com for additional SchoolFest Matinee show times. $10, discounts for groups, and children 12 and under; call 601-948-3531.

“Convicted of Love” Dinner Theater March 15, 7 p.m., at Rossini Cucina Italiana (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). Mississippi Murder Mystery presents the comedy about an ex-convict who meets his pen pal. Alahna Stewart and Lauri Trott are the playwrights. The show includes a three-course dinner. Seating is limited; please RSVP. $38.50; call 601-856-9696.

MUSIC Love Revolution Tour March 10, 7 p.m., at Making Jesus Real Church (422 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). The event features music by Israel Houghton and New Breed, Vernon Moore and Jiafom, Matt Roden from Colonial Heights Church, Word of Life Praise Team and Dathan Thigpen. Tickets are available online at www.mjrchurch.org, Bebop Records and Family Christian Bookstore. $25, $40 VIP, $55 Platinum VIP; call 601-2910204. America: 40th Anniversary Tour March 10, 7:30 p.m., at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). America returns to the stage with legendary hits such as “A Horse With No Name” and “Sister Golden Hair.” $50, $44; call 601-696-2200. 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 will also perform. 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 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 601-960-1565.

LITERARY AND SIGNINGS Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “Townie: A Memoir” March 9, 5 p.m. Andre Dubus III signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Love You More” March 10, 5 p.m. Lisa Gardner signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “Meet Little Lucky” March 12, noon. C.J. Dunn signs copies of her book. $7.99 book. • “A Classical Journey” March 12, 1 p.m. Ken Tate signs copies of his book. $65 book. Break the Binding Book Club March 10, 5 p.m., at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The club for teens age 12 and up meets once a month to discuss a specified book. This month’s book is “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson. Refreshments provided. Call 601-932-2562. “Farewell, My Friends!” Book Signing and Reception March 12, 3 p.m., at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.), at Center Stage. Rev. Dr. Hickman M. Johnson signs copies of his book and is honored by his congregation from Farish Street Baptist Church. Books will be sold onsite, and proceeds from book sales will be donated to the church. $15.99 paperback, $25.99 hardcover; call 601-366-4338. Southern Book Club March 16, 7 p.m., at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). The club will discuss the book “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. Free; call 601631-2997.

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CREATIVE CLASSES Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345. • Sushi Workshop March 9, 6 p.m. Discover authentic Japanese ingredients, making sushi rice, nigiri-zushi, and making and slicing makizushi. $99. • Classic Steakhouse March 11, 6 p.m. Learn to create classic steakhouse recipes with a contemporary twist. Techniques includes working with fresh crab meat, pan-searing and roasting filet mignon, making a classic French sauce, stuffing potatoes, roasting vegetables and flambéing a dessert. $99. • Date Night: Candlelight Dinner March 12, 5 p.m. Skills covered include working with lobster, crusting and stuffing beef tenderloin, preparing and cooking asparagus and learning proper techniques for making a soufflé. $109. • Pizza Workshop for Families March 13, 2 p.m., and March 15, 6 p.m. Learn to work with yeast dough to create a crisp crust, shape dough into pies and apply the right amount of toppings. For ages 7 and up. Every child must be accompanied by at least one adult. $59 per person. Three-Day Digital Photography Workshop March 12-26, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Classes are Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. Learn basic camera functions, the art of making great photographs, archiving photos and digital post-production using programs such as Photoshop. Students should bring their own camera, preferably a digital SLR or a camera with manual options. $115, $100 members; call 601-631-2997. Weaving and Spinning with Marcy Petrini March 15-May 17, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). The 10-week class is Tuesday at 7 p.m. Learn to work with looms, weaving equipment and a spinning wheel while learning about the interaction of weaving structures, fiber and color. $170; call 601-856-7546.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Bruce Niemi Artist Reception March 10, 6 p.m., at circa. (2771 Old Canton Road). The event includes Niemi’s display of stainless steel and bronze sculptures, music by Jazz Beautiful and refreshments. Free; call 601-362-8484.

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Sheep to Shawl and Outdoor Days March 12, 10 a.m., at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Experienced artisans will show how to spin, weave or knit wool and other natural fibers into yarn finished items. The sheep will be sheared at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Hands-on activities for children and exhibits of work by guild members. Lunch available for purchase. Free; call 601-856-7546. 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, diaries, letters, and historic sites. Visitors can interact with re-enactors on the Old Capitol Green and are invited to bring their Civil War-related treasures for identification and review. • 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. Trevor Simpson and Cedar Nordbye Art Exhibit through March 11, at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). In Lewis Art Gallery. Nordbye and Simpson use screen-printing and drawing to point to political and ethical undercurrents in today’s world. Free; call 601-974-1762. Goodwill Art Show March 14-April 3, at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). 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 the awards ceremony is March 27 at 2 p.m. Contact the Greater Jackson Arts Council for submission guidelines. Free; call 601-960-1557. Expressions of the Orient March 15, 5:30 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hors d’oeuvres proceed the program at 6 p.m. The speaker is MMA deputy director for programs Dan Piersol, who introduces the audience to major themes in the Orient Expressed exhibition, with particular attention to works on paper. Soprano Phyllis Lewis-Hale will perform, accompanied by pianist Larry Robinson. Galleries will be open until 8 p.m. Free admission; call 601-960-1515. 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 works highlights a wide range of styles and media including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Free; call 601-965-7044. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibit through March 27, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Artwork and writings by gold and silver key winners throughout Mississippi is on display. Students from middle, junior high, and senior high schools across the state participated in the competition. Honorable mention artwork is displayed as a slide show. March 27, the open house is from noon-1:45 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at the Jackson Convention Complex. Free; call 601-960-1515. FIGMENT Art Festival Call for Entries through April 15. FIGMENT, a free, family-friendly interactive arts event, is seeking artists and volunteers for the May 14-15 festival at The Plant (1424 Highway 80 W.). New and seasoned artists can showcase original works such as sculpture, performance, music, workshops, games, experiences, two-dimensional works, site-specific pieces or a combination. Works that encourage audience participation and interactivity are particularly welcome. The deadline for submissions is April 15. Free; call 601-960-1557 or 646-391-4729. Mixed Media and Pottery Exhibit through April 29, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See works by mother-son artists Gayle and Lee McCarty. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The April 7 opening reception is from 5-8 p.m. Free; call 601-432-4056. Call for Artists ongoing, at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Sneaky Beans is looking for Jacksonfocused art to display in the shop. Photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media are welcome. E-mail leslee.sneakybeans@gmail.com. Check jfpevents.com for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail all details (phone number, start/end date and time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@jacksonfreepress.com or fax to 601510-9019. The deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. Or add the event online yourself; check out jfpevents.com for instructions.

BE THE CHANGE Legal Beagle 5K Run/Walk March 12, 8:15 a.m., in northeast Jackson. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The Jackson Young Lawyers Association is the sponsor. The course runs from Old Canton Road to Jacksonian Plaza off Interstate 55. Race and participation awards will be given. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, which places pro bono cases for underprivileged people with volunteer lawyers. $20 in advance, $25 day of race, $35 team of 3-5; call 601-965-1872.


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don’t place much importance on the Grammys, anyway. The powers-that-be at the Grammys truly screwed up this year, though. In the annual memoriam segment—a video collage of musicians and artists that have died in the past year—someone very important was missing: Gang Starr’s MC, Guru. Born Keith Elam, Guru succumbed to cancer April 19, 2010, at 43 years old. Given the drama in the days following his death, with the media-hyped reports of Guru’s falling out with Gang Starr’s other half, DJ Premier, it is safe to assume the Grammys knew about Guru’s death. Gang Starr, while holding a special place in the hearts of people like me and other hip-hoppers, was never, by any stretch of the imagination, a pop powerhouse. The group never had a platinum album. Instead, they exerted their influence through the incalculable number of artists they inspired, directly and indirectly. As O’Connor and Simmons alluded 20 years ago, real artists who don’t sell millions and who talk about real inner-city things do not get included on the Grammy’s memorial list. It’s a shame.

As this year’s Grammys passed, Public Enemy’s boycott of the 1991 awards show comes to mind.

Do yourself a favor this week: Locate and listen to Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet” and Gang Starr’s “Step Into the Arena” and reflect on, first, how incredibly amazing both records are, and second, how both records are better than any hip-hop records the Grammys have awarded over the past decade, at least. Rest in peace, Guru. How much has really changed?

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for the boycott. Everyone’s favorite baldheaded Irish singer, Sinead O’Connor, got in on the action, saying the Grammys honored commercial success rather than artistic merit. Public Enemy lost the Grammy that year to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime.” Point proven. A lot has changed with the Grammys since 1991: The show televises rap awards along with many others that had been behind the scenes. Hip-hop artists receive nominations for, and sometimes win, Record of the Year and Album of the Year. The Grammy awards reflect hip-hop’s ascension into the upper reaches of popular consciousness in some ways. But how much has really changed? It is nothing new to hear someone decry the awards show for pandering to sales over substance, as Sinead O’Connor pointed out 20 years ago. A quick look at this year’s hip-hop nominations shows that the best records are often not the ones that gain recognition. That’s fine, I suppose. Most music lovers

by Garrad Lee his year’s Grammy awards on Feb. 13 marked the 20-year anniversary of Public Enemy’s boycott of the 1991 ceremony. It was the third year in a row that the group had been nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo; the previous two years, the group lost to Young MC with “Bust a Move” and “Back on the Block,” a song from a Quincy Jones album. The song featured Big Daddy Kane, Ice T, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel, but still. The Grammys weren’t ready for Public Enemy’s revolutionary rap. Public Enemy didn’t boycott because the Grammys snubbed them. The group stood in solidarity with Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, angry that the television broadcast only featured the major awards, leaving 79 prizes—including the rap Grammys—off camera and awarded before the show. Simmons referred to “the same old broken-record snub of inner-city contributions to the music industry,” as his impetus

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id Rock brings his blend of rock, rap, country and blues to the Mississippi Coliseum Friday, March 11, for a tour stop in support of “Born Free,” his seventh studio album released in November 2010. “Born Free” serves as a microcosm of Rock’s genre-bending career, as the record features appearances by everyone from Martina McBride to T.I. and back around to Bob Seger and Mary J. Blige. Kid Rock shows are legendary, as he holds no punches with his performance. A 10-piece band, back-up dancers, video monitors telling Kid Rock’s biography and pyrotechnics are all usually a part of the full-blown live music spectacle. Rock’s catalog of number one hits provides the fodder for a crowdpleasing journey. The song “Jackson, Mississippi,” from Kid Rock’s 2003 self-titled album, is sure to work the crowd at the Coliseum into a frenzy Friday night. Buy your tickets for Kid Rock at Ticketmaster. com. Showtime is 7 p.m.; Jamey Johnson and Ty Stone open the show.

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n 2006, National Public Radio’s Robin Hilton named David Dondero one of the best living songwriters ever. He shared that distinction with the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Aimee Mann. And Franz Nicolay, who composes music and plays everything from keys to the accordion, will be spending lots of time with him. The two consummate musicians are going on tour. From their home base in Brooklyn, N.Y., south to Philadelphia, Pa., and all the way over to the West Coast (including SXSW dates) before heading back to perform at the Cake Shop in their native New York City, the duo will travel seven weeks straight, sharing their music with their fans. Musician Franz Nicolay (pictured) is one half of a seven-week spring Why should you care? Because, by God, you tour, along with singer/songwriter David Dondero. should care. They’re stopping in Jackson at Ole Tavern March 11. “This guy is barely a blip on maps to even the remotest of musical landscapes,” Hilton says about Dondero. “But I keep pushing him and hoping he’ll be recognized for the brilliant artist he is.” Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst credits Dondero for his sound, and Hilton likes him for the unique narratives he weaves together. The perfect example is the first single, “Not Everybody Loves Your Doggie Like You,” from his Feb. 22 release “Pre-Existing Condition.” “Not Everybody” starts off with a kitschy string-instrument ditty before Dondero sings: “Not everybody loves your doggie like you do / it’s annoying when you’re saying ‘hey, look how cute’/ I don’t think that the dog is as smart as you think / I think that the dog is smarter than you / it’s true.” The quirk has worked for him. Dondero, who played with the hard-rock band Sunbrain before they disbanded in 1995, has 10 albums under his belt, spanning his 30-plus-year career. Nicolay, who has his own brand of quirk, is most widely known for his work with The Hold Steady and founding Anti-Social Music—a collective of composers and performers—but the musician has also done solo work. In early 2009, he released his first solo project, “Major General,” followed by a fall 2009 EP release that included “The Ballad of Hollis Wadsworth Jr.,” about a Watchmen comic-book character. In anticipation of the show, Ole Tavern’s Facebook friends are abuzz. One Dondero fan said he knew nothing of the musician but saw him perform live once, and he “knocked my frickin’ sox off.” See David Dondero and Franz Nicolay with The Overnight Lows March 11 at Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St., 601-960-2700). The show starts at 10:30 p.m.

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very year, millions of American’s fill out NCAA Tournament brackets for money, prizes or for fun, then they hope not to get their brackets busted. For some, filling out brackets in March is a way of life. Even our commander in chief, President Barack Obama, has been seen filling out a bracket on ESPN’s SportsCenter.com the two years he has been in office. The problem with filling out brackets is there’s no scientific method to getting it right. Chances for filling out a perfect one are nine quintillion (9 followed by 30 zeros) to one. Since the tournament expanded to 65 teams in 2001, I figured out a few things to watch for. (Use this information to win your office pool.) In the first round of the tournament: • The No. 1 seed is 104-0 against the No. 16 seed (100%). • The No. 2 seed is 100-4 against the No. 15 seed (96.15%). • The No. 3 seed is 88-16 against the No. 14 seed (84.62%). • The No. 4 seed is 82-22 against the No. 13 seed (78.85%). • The No. 5 seed is 69-35 against the No. 12 seed (66.35%). • The No. 6 seed is 71-33 against the No. 11 seed (68.27%). • The No. 7 seed is 62-42 against the No. 10 seed (59.62%). • The No. 8 seed is 48-56 against the No. 9 seed (46.15%). Looking at the winning percentages, things do not start getting too dicey until the 5 vs. 12 match up. The only near coin-flips are the 7/10 and 8/9 match ups. Help picking the games for the 5/12, 6/11, 7/10, and 8/9 games come later. In the second round of the tournament, in the 1/16/8/9 bracket: • The No. 1 seed is 39-9 against the No. 8 seed (81.25%). • The No. 1 seed is 52-4 against the No. 9 seed (92.86%). The numbers suggest it is relativity safe to pick the No. 1 seed to advance to the sweet 16. In the 2/15/7/10 bracket: • The No. 2 seed is 44-17 against the No. 7 seed (72.13%). • The No. 2 seed is 23-16 against the No. 10 seed (58.97%). • The No. 7 seed is 1-0 against the No. 15 seed (100%). • The No. 10 seed is 3-0 against the No. 15 seed (100%). Everything looks fine here, unless you have a No. 2 seed playing a No. 10 seed. In the 3/14/6/11 bracket: • The No. 3 seed is 32-26 against the No. 6 seed (55.17%). • The No. 3 seed is 21-9 against the No. 11 seed (70%).

• The No. 6 seed is 11-2 against the No. 14 seed (84.62%). • The No. 11 seed is 3-0 against the No. 14 seed (100%). Watch out for the dreaded three vs. six match up here because it is about a coin flip. In the 4/13/5/12 bracket: • The No. 4 seed is 28-27 against the No. 5 seed (50.91%). • The No. 4 seed is 16-11 against the No. 12 seed (59.26%). • The No. 5 seed is 11-3 against the No. 13 seed (78.57%). • The No. 12 seed is 7-1 against the No. 13 seed (87.5%). Overall, this is the hardest bracket to pick. No. 4 seeds struggle against 5 and 12 seeds. So how do you figure out where to pick the lower seeds in the first or second round? Going back to 2001, and looking at the major conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Big-12, Big East, Pac-10, SEC), there is a trend. Check the winning percentages for the major conferences over the last 10 years: • ACC has a 90-48 record (65.2%) • Big-12 has an 88-54 record (62.0%) • Big East has a 97-63 record (61.0%) • Pac-10 has a 69-47 record (59.4%) • Big Ten has a 77-53 record (59.2%) • SEC has a 64-51 record (55.7%) What does this tell us? When picking those tricky seeds like the 8/9 or 4/5 match ups, it is a pretty good idea to pick the ACC; and it could be trouble if you pick a school from the SEC. A vast majority of the non-major or midmajor conferences are one and done (meaning they played one game then were eliminated out of the tournament). That does not mean avoid these teams. Again, since 2001, at least two teams from the non-major conferences have reached the Sweet 16 or third round of the tournament. Watch for strong mid-majors and where they are seeded. This year it would be good to keep a close eye on San Diego State, Temple or Xavier. Xavier excels at making the Sweet 16, having advanced to that round four times in the last 10 years, and having advanced to the round of 32 in seven of the last 10 years. Since 2001, there have been, on average, eight upsets in the tournament—a lower seed beating a higher seed. Filling out brackets in Mississippi might be all we have to look forward to, because it looks like none of our teams will make the Big Dance. But this year four networks—CBS, TruTV, TNT and TBS—will show games for the first time. By staggering schedules, every game of the tournament is on TV. Enjoy filling out your brackets, mad people!

Doctor S sez: Perfection is a rare thing in sports. So congratulations to the undefeated Lanier High girls basketball team on the MHSAA 5A state championship. THURSDAY, MARCH 10 Men’s college basketball, SEC Tournament, Ole Miss vs. South Carolina (2:30 p.m., Ch. 12, 97.3 FM): Sure the Rebels would love to go to the NCAA Tournament, but let’s be real, this is their NIT warmup. FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Men’s college basketball, SEC Tournament, Mississippi State vs. LSU or Vanderbilt (9 p.m., Atlanta, Ch. 12, 105.9 FM): The Bulldogs have to win this tourney, or they’re going to the NIT, too. SATURDAY, MARCH 12 Men’s college basketball, C-USA Tournament championship game, teams TBD (10:30 a.m., El Paso, Texas, Ch. 12): This time slot tells you how much CBS respects Southern Miss and the rest of the C-USA. … SWAC Tournament championship game, teams TBD (7:30 p.m., Garland, Texas, ESPNU): Will JSU still be around to play for the league title? SUNDAY, MARCH 13 Men’s college basketball, SEC Tournament championship game, teams TBD (noon, Atlanta, Ch. 16): Will Mississippi State or Ole Miss still be around at the finish? … NCAA Tournament Selection Show (5 p.m., Ch. 12): Find out who’s going where and start working on your office pool bracket. MONDAY, MARCH 14 MLB baseball, exhibition, Boston vs. New York Yankees (6 p.m., Fort Myers, Fla., ESPN2): ESPN is showing a Red Sox-Yankees game? What are the odds? TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Men’s college basketball, First Four, teams TBD (5:30 and 8 p.m., Dayton, Ohio, truTV): Can’t we just call these playin games? And if you call your tournament the First Four, you will be hearing from the NCAA’s lawyers. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 Men’s college basketball, First Four, teams TBD (5:30 and 8 p.m., Dayton, Ohio, truTV): Some people think these play-in games are designed to get more small-conference teams in the Big Dance. Actually, they’re designed to get more bigconference teams in the NCAAs. The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who is selecting his NCAA Tournament bracket based on uniform color. Make your choices at JFP Sports at www.jacksonfreepress.com.


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GRILLED VEGGIES Wash and prepare any combination of the following vegetables: 2 yellow squash or zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces Half each of a red and green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 sweet onion, cut into 1-inch wedges 1 container cherry or grape tomatoes Mix together: 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2-3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning

Marinate vegetables for no more than one hour to keep them from getting soggy. Thread onto skewers and grill over medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Serves four to six.

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2-3 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch cubes 3 tablespoons Italian dressing 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for two to 12 hours. (Overnight will be too long; the chicken gets a bit salty.) Remove from fridge, thread the chicken pieces on kabob skewers. If you use bamboo or wooden skewers make sure you soak them in water according to package directions to avoid setting your dinner on fire. Grill over medium-high coals for 10-15 minutes. Let cool before removing skewers. Serves four to six.

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by Katie Stewart tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a while since we made our resolutions for 2011. Good health and wholesome eating habits are goals that many of us share, but, no doubt, some of our early enthusiasm disappeared throughout January and February, when freezing weather taunted us, and the couch and comfort eating were more attractive alternatives to exercising and proper nutrition. With springâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arrival and summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s approach, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good opportunity to resume those healthy eating habits. Our bodies, minds and spirits are thankful when we eat well. Healthy eating can be fairly simple if you follow this one principle: Eat real food. What is real food? There is little mystery to it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food that is mostly unprocessed, with pronounceable and understandable ingredients. Here are a few tips to help you get started: Shop the outer edge of the grocery store. For the most part, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the healthiest, least-processed foods around the perimeter of the grocery store, not in the aisles. This is where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the fresh veggies, fresh meat, dairy products and fresh bread. Cook for yourself whenever possible. Even if cooking isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your forte, learning a few simple recipes that you can manage will make a world of difference for your eating habits. For example, a simple pasta dish with a basic homemade cheese or tomato sauce and a few veggies and spices thrown in is far better for you than that sodium-laced frozen fettuccine alfredo TV dinner. Choose simple foods with ingredients you can identify. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully understand the ingredients list of Doritos, but I do know that potato slices fried in a mix of butter and olive oil are delicious, easy to make and much less hazardous to my health. Know your farmers. Consider shopping at your local farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; market. By actually talking to the farmers who grow your food, you can be sure that what you are eating is fresh, homegrown and healthy. Enjoy what you eat. Attitude makes a significant difference when it comes to health. In our meals, fruits and vegetables have become a great treat, and we much prefer them as snacks to processed fare. Even when I make dessert, I make it with the freshest ingredients possible, not with fake or processed ones.

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following my second pregnancy. I was in the best shape of my adult life and felt really good about myself. This is, until the instructor sashayed up to me with her 12-pack abs and spandex bikini, leaned in and whispered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;When are you due?â&#x20AC;? I wanted to scream at her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not everyone who comes here looks like you, you freak!â&#x20AC;? Instead, I calmly looked her in the eye and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not pregnant.â&#x20AC;? She nervously backed away and whispered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry.â&#x20AC;? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve heard nothing tastes as good as skinny feels, so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m determined to lose all the weight I gained with Baby No. 3. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always known fruits, vegetables, and lean meats were the best way to eat healthy and lose weight, but I never realized how much more food you get to eat if you are eating healthy. For example, for 160 calories you could eat one small snack-size bag of Doritos, or you could eat a huge blackened-chicken salad. So these days at my house, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the veggies. High fiber and low calorie means you get to eat a lot and feel full without packing on the pounds. Regardless of how you feel about vegetables, everything is better if you put it on a stick and throw it on the grill. You can alternate veggies and meat on your skewers if you want, but I find that I want to cook the meat longer than it takes for the veggies to stay crisp. So I marinate the vegetables and meat separately, and cook them on separate skewers.

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Hickory Pit Barbeque (1491 Canton Mart Rd. 601-956-7079) The “Best Butts in Town” features BBQ chicken, beef and pork sandwiches along with burgers and po’boys. Haute Pig (1856 Main Street, 601-853-8538) A “very high class pig stand,” Haute Pig offers Madison diners BBQ plates, sandwiches, po-boys, salads, and their famous Hershey bar pie. Lumpkins BBQ (182 Raymond Rd. Jackson 866-906-0942) Specializing in smoked barbeque, Lumpkin’s offers all your favorites for on-site family dining or for catered events, including reunions, office events, annivesaries, weddings and more.

BARS, PUBS & BURGERS Brady’s Bar and Grill (6720 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-812-6862) Everything you’d expect from a bar and grill, from classic pub fare to their Krispy Sweet Pepper Chicken. Burgers, seafood baskets, salads, steaks and lunch specials. And, ladies get one free Apple Martini or Cosmo during Brady’s Thursday Ladies Night! Cherokee Inn (960 Briarfield Rd. 601-362-6388) Jackson’s “Best Hole in the Wall,” has a great jukebox, great bar and a great burger. Plate lunches, cheesy fries and tons more, including a full bar and friendly favorites. Cool Al’s (4654 McWillie, 601-713-3020) A Best of Jackson fixture, Cool Al’s signature stacked, messy, decadent, creative burgers defy adjectives. And don’t forget the fries! Fenian’s Pub (901 E. Fortification St. 601-948-0055) Classic Irish pub featuring a menu of traditional food, pub sandwiches and beers such as Guinness and Harp on tap. Stamps Superburgers (1801 Dalton Street 601-352-4555) Huge burgers will keep you full until the next day! The homestyle fries are always fresh. Hal and Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St. 601-948-0888) Pub favorites meet Gulf Coast and Cajun specialties like red beans and rice, the Oyster Platter or each day’s blackboard special. Last Call (3716 I-55 N. Frontage Road 601-713-2700) Burgers, sandwiches and po-boys, plus sports-bar appetizers and specialities. Pay-per-view sporting events, live bands. Martin’s Restaurant and Lounge (214 South State Street 601-354-9712) Lunch specials, pub appetizers (jalapeno poppers, cheezsticks, fried pickles) or order from the full menu of po-boys and entrees. Full bar, massive beer selection and live music most nights. Time Out Sports Café (6720 Old Canton Road 601-978-1839) 14 TVs, 1 projector and two big-screens. Daily $9 lunch specials, pub-style appetizers, burgers, seafood and catfish po-boys, salads, and hot entrees including fish, steak and pasta. Ole Tavern on George Street (416 George St. 601-960-2700) Pub food with a southern flair: beer-battered onion rings, chicken & sausage gumbo, salads, sandwiches and weekly lunch specials. Plus, happy hour 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Poets Two (1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite H-10, 601-364-9411) Pub fare at its finest. Crabcake minis, fried dills, wings, poppers, ultimate fries, sandwiches, po-boys, pasta entrees and steak. The signature burgers come in bison, kobe, beef or turkey! Sportsman’s Lodge (1120 E Northside Dr. in Maywood Mart 601-366-5441) Voted Best Sports Bar in 2010, Sportman’s doesn’t disappoint with plenty of gut-pleasing sandwiches, fried seafood baskets, sandwiches and specialty appetizers. Underground 119 (119 South President St. 601-352-2322) Jumbo lump crabcakes, crab quesadillas, beef tenderloin parfaits, orange-garlic shrimp, even “lollipop” lamb chops. Add a full bar and mix in great music. Opens 4 p.m.-until, Wed-Sat. Wing Stop (952 North State Street, 601-969-6400) Saucing and tossing wings in a choice of nine flavors, Wingstop wings are made with care and served up piping hot. Every order is made fresh to order; check out the fresh cut seasoned fries!

ASIAN

Pan Asia (720 Harbor Pines Dr, Ridgeland 601-956-2958) Beautiful ambiance in this popular Ridgeland eatery accompanies signature asian fusion dishes and build-your-own stir-frys using fresh ingredients and great sauces.

COFFEE HOUSES

Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, www.cupsespressocafe.com) Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks. Wi-fi. Wired Espresso Café (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse is a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Wi-fi.

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Two Sisters Kitchen (707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180) 2010 Best of Jackson winner for fried chicken offers a sumptious buffet of your choice of veggies, a salad bar, iced tea & one of three homemade desserts. Lunch only. Mon-Friday, Sun. Sugar’s Place (168 W Griffith St 601-352-2364) Hot breakfast and week-day lunch: catfish, pantrout, fried chicken wings, blue plates, red beans & rice, pork chops, chicken & dumplings, burgers, po-boys...does your grandma cook like this? Located downtown near MC Law School.

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The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010 and 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Plus... great prices on that pitcher of beer to go with your pie! Sal & Mookieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Best Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menu & Best Ice Cream in the 2011 Best of Jackson. Plus, Pi(e) Lounge in front offers great drinks... and a grown-up vibe.

ITALIAN

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

STEAK, SEAFOOD & FINE DINING Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (6954 Old Canton Rd., Ridgeland, 601-956-5040) Crabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seafood Shack offers a wide variety of southern favorites such as fried catfish and boiled shrimp. Full bar complete with multiple televisions for all of your favorite sporting events. Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grille (2481 Lakeland Drive, 601-932-4070) Danny Eslavaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake feature Latin-influenced dishes like ceviche in addition to pastas, steaks, salads and other signature seafood dishes. Rockyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (1046 Warrington Road, Vicksburg 601-634-0100) Enjoy choice steaks, fresh seafood, great salads, hearty sandwiches and much more in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;polished casualâ&#x20AC;? dining room. Open 24/7 in the Riverwalk Casino. Parker House (104 South East Madison Drive, Ridgeland 601-856-0043) European and Creole take on traditional Southern ingredients. Crawfish, oysters, crab and steaks dominate, with creative option like Crab Mac â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Cheese, Oysters Rockefeller and Duck Jezebel.

MEDITERRANEAN/GREEK/INDIAN

March 9 - 15, 2011

Aladdin Mediterranean Grill (730 Lakeland Drive 601-366-6033) Delicious authentic dishes including lamb dishes, hummus, falafel, kababs, shwarma and much more. Consistent award winner, great for takeout or for long evenings with friends. Bombay Bistro (3716 I-55 N - 601-487-8370) Bombay Bistro is Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest source for authentic, tasty Indian food. Their lunch buffet runs everyday and features an assortment of Kebobs, Kurries, and Naan for only $7.99. Dinner options abound, with fresh ingredients, authentic spices and big-city flair. Kristos (971 Madison Ave @ Hwy 51, Madison, 601-605-2266) Home of the famous Greek meatball! Hummus, falafel, dolmas, pita sandwiches, salads, plus seasoned curly fries (or sweet potato fries) and amazing desserts. Mezza (1896 Main St., Suite A, Madison 601-853-0876) Mediterranean cuisine and wood fired brick oven pizzas. Come experience the beautiful patio, Hookahs, and delicious food. Beer is offered and you are welcome to bring your own wine. Vasilios (828 Hwy 51 in Madison 601-853-0028) Authentic Greek dining featuring fresh seafood daily along with gyros, greek salads, appetizers and signature Mediterranean desserts. Their redfish is a standout, earning rave reviews.

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Classic Style, Modern Sensibility Jarman (who was working a bright green jersey dress in a classic silhouette, but updated with a funky belt and a great pair of new cowboy boots she eagerly showed off ). Well done! Another of my regular haunts also beautifully brings new life to the old. When you go to Parlor Market, be sure to ask your server or Craig Noone, the chef/ owner, for the history of the building. Everything, from the tables and countertops to the purse hooks under the bar, has a story and a reason behind it. This creates a stylish blend of old and new that makes the restaurant a really special place. Speaking of which, Noone has added outdoor seating, so you can soak up a little downtown hustle and bustle while you dine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more than just the atmosphere. Parlor Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cocktails will be standards for years to come, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re already time-tested. From the Eudora, named for the one and only Ms. Welty and incorporating the writerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for celery soda, to the authentic pre-prohibition cocktails (try the Corpse Reviver No. 2 and the Last Word), it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get more old-school cool. On my last visit there, I ran into fun couple Elizabeth and Chad Frazier enjoy-

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Wearing a winter-white sweater dress and sporting a cute pixie cut, Elizabeth Frazier epitomes a modernized Audrey Hepburn.

new shades, I headed to Maison Weiss. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re always a great source for achieving any look thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic but updated. At the counter, rather than playing with new colors, Debby Downey treated me to a makeover that covered all the basics and gave me a fresh take on the timeless neutral eye. Honestly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a staple I often forget about since something from a Technicolor palette is my go-to look. A Trish McEvoy makeover is really a skin-care and makeup lesson combined. The McEvoy representative does one side of your face and then lets you do the other. This is immensely helpful; it prevents your floundering and feeling clueless when you get home. Thanks to Debbyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skillful instruction, I have tips Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to use, and some great new eye shadow, too. Also classic and helpful is the Trish McEvoy deluxe makeup planner, which is not unlike Mary Poppinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spoonful-ofsugar carryall bag, with its ability to hold everything but the kitchen sink. Who knew that so many tools and products could fit in such a tiny package? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of those things that can improve your life. Classics arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just for makeup and fashion, though. In Mississippi, we have a rich cultural heritage, and it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get more enduring than a living legend. Bluesman Pinetop Perkins recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Awards for Excellence in the Arts to add to his three Grammys, and I can vouch for the fact that he is not only still an incredible talent at 97 years young, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also quite the ladiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; man. At the awards reception at Nunneryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at Gallery 119, Perkins sported a pianokey-print tie and socks, and worked the crowd with the best of them. When I headed downstairs to Underground 119 for some music, I spotted Fondrenites Chris Myers and his girlfriend Rachel

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ing a date night at the bar. Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s style is impeccable, and sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got the enviable panache to pull off a pixie cut. Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hair reminds me of a modern-day, funky Audrey Hepburn. Dressed in a fab sweater dressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;I adore winter white (hat-tip to my grandmother for that)â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and the right combination of simple, familiar elements, she proved that with interesting touches, you can always be current. As we head into the spring season of fundraisers and events, there will be more places to go and people to see. My fashion plan of attack will definitely include a nod to the classics with a hint of never-knowwhat-youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re-going-to-get. My pearls and I will see you out and about!

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