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larita smith … (and) sleeping on the train,” she says. “But I’d never do without it. I’d never give up seeing where I’ve been.” Smith was married to J.C. Mixon, who traveled for work, and she lived in Venezuela for six years until relocating to New Orleans in 1962. A mother of three (Martha, Richard and Claude), Smith had numerous odd jobs in New Orleans, along with gallery exhibits, private showings and a booth on Jackson Square. She moved back to Jackson in 1982 to take care of her ailing parents and has lived here since. Her love for Jackson is obvious when she reminisces about places in its past such as Livingston Park, which included a man-made swimming beach, golf course, castle-like buildings, dancing pavilions and a zoo. It is partially preserved at the Jackson Zoo, she says. “It was a beehive of activity,” the artist recalls. The artist hopes her retrospective art show has captured her many life experiences and travels in its sketches, acrylic and watercolor paintings, multi-media works, collages and even a light show. “I’m a living camera pen,” she says. “I feel like I am a camera—a camera with a pen on it, rather than an artist.” See “LaRita Smith: An 87-year Retrospective” through June 26 at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St., 601-960-1500). —Holly Perkins

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LaRita Smith is exhausted. Not only has she been painting until 3 a.m. and cutting countless strips of paper for collages with gluecovered hands, she’s been doing it at age 87. As Smith settles into her chair at the Arts Center of Mississippi, she looks around at the collection of her life’s work and lets out a sigh. “I’m just wiped out,” she says. She’s lived a lot of life in those years. Smith was born in Piney Woods in a leap year, the oldest of nine children. She moved to Jackson at age 5, and it was while living here that she discovered her love of art. “We lived in rented houses, and some of the wallpaper was ragged, and my mother always let me draw on the walls,” Smith says. “That’s the key to my art career, because other people don’t let their children draw on the walls, you know.” Her love of art strengthened when her schoolteachers recognized her talent and displayed her work. Though she had some art education while attending Louisiana State University majoring in journalism, she says her real education came from traveling. “Japan. That was my art education,” Smith says. She scoffs at the term “well-traveled.” Although she’s traveled to five of the seven continents, it has not been luxuriously. “I travel so cheap. People get the idea that I’m really snazzy because I’ve been to all these places, but I went carrying my own suitcases

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Latasha Willis Events editor Latasha Willis is a native Jacksonian, a graduate of Tougaloo College and the proud mother of one cat. She sells design pieces at zazzle. com/reasontolive. She compiled the Summer Preview listings.

Lacey McLaughlin News editor Lacey McLaughlin is a Florida native who enjoys riding her bike around Jackson. She is always on the hunt for news tips. E-mail Lacey@ jacksonfreepress.com or call 601.362.6121 x. 22. She wrote the arts feature story.

Aaron Phillips Originally from Texas, Aaron Phillips has lived in Mississippi for more than a decade. He works for a local graphic design firm, and is a freelance photographer. He photographed the cover image and took photos for the arts feature.

Holly Perkins Holly Perkins loves the arts— acting, painting, photography, writing and music. In the fall, she will be a sophomore at Belhaven University, and she hopes to travel the world. She wrote the Jacksonian.

David McCarty David McCarty is a Jackson lawyer and an artist originally from Sandusky, Ala. The zine publisher and man-about-town wrote a music feature story.

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the editor ShaWanda Jacome is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend and a Christ-follower. She is learning to “be still and to let God be God” (Psalm 46:10). She wrote a road-trip story.

Jeffery Yentz Jeffrey Yentz is a pen-and-ink artist, health-care architect, husband and father. Born in Wisconsin, he learned that the blues began in Chicago. Now he knows that Mississippi is where the blues started and where it lives. He wrote arts stories.

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was not about to lie down in a body imprint left in the grass no matter how much the artist encouraged me. Looking at the impression of a fallen body in a bed of violets was enough for me to feel raw. I didn’t want to feel more real than that. At least not on that Sunday afternoon. FIGMENT, a huge project displaying interactive art that invited playful participation, was in Jackson May 14-15. I only spent an hour or two there. I miss it already. By all appearances, FIGMENT embodied the anti-children’s museum. It wasn’t that it was anti-children. Far from it. In many ways it was a child’s paradise that adults dipped into if only for a moment before becoming self-conscious and pulling back. If anything, it was anti-museum. It was free. I didn’t see a single exhibit with a corporate sponsorship. (Although, many people did work hard to pull it together and might have had their feelings hurt that they didn’t get enough credit.) At first glance, it looked like a mess, with boxes and plastic bins strewn around the grounds of the old Coca-Cola plant. Dancers moved through martial arts in slow motion, or maybe it was martial artists dancing to the steady drumbeat. A small girl in a red leotard ran through the middle of the nearly mime-like dancers. Her spontaneous part was unscripted, yet it went together beautifully with timed choreography. Kids wrote their names with their fingers on the floor of a room covered with cinnamon instead of sawdust. The scent enticed me to hang around a few minutes longer. Nearby, kids skated up and down ramps in one of the empty plant structures. A group of crazy people in white walked around silently, prophesizing an artistic event. Kids naturally climbed on the sound-and-color monkey bars while adults watched before they would tentatively hit a button to change the beat or add a layer of music. It was a lot to take in. What seemed so minimal at first actually had depth. I initially had walked through quickly, and was actually leaving when Debby, one of the producers from New York, led me back into the complex like a quest guide. This time, I went into the buildings and saw so many living, breathing definitions of art and was pulled in without even realizing I had crossed over. I walked away energized with creativity. I was ready to renovate a strip mall and maybe paint a seascape. At the other end of the spectrum from FIGMENT’s large cardboard box facsimile of the Pearl River and the like is the stately Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. At first, I had some cold notion of what this entity was. Something elitist, I suspected. The institute awards poets, novelists, painters, photographers and composers. Many of them are academics who already have made a mark in their field. All of them have strong Mississippi connections,

although many have moved away to prestigious positions in other states. Natasha Trethewey, one of my favorite poets, is a good example. Born in Gulfport, she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honored her in 2001, 2003 and in 2007.

Grab these chances not only to see paintings and hear music, but to learn to cook an exotic meal or dance a new step you usually wouldn’t. Now a professor at Emory University, the institute again will award her this year for her book, “Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast” (University of Georgia Press, 2010, $22.95). The institute’s awards come from a juried competition. Judges, who are also at the top of their game but are from outside the state, review the nominees’ work. Politics, loyalty and sentimentality don’t play a part in picking the best work. The institute gave the first awards in 1980. Every winner gets $1,000. This year, the awards gala is June 4 in Ocean Springs. Mary Anderson, daughter of Walter Anderson, will emcee. Nine artists will get awards. The Lifetime Achievement Award is going to Mary Garrard, an Indianola native, for her feminist perspectives in art history. Her book, “Artemisia

Gentileschi: The Image of the Female Hero in Italian Baroque Art” (Princeton University, 1991, $49.95), is classic art criticism. The institute seeks out the best of the best, the Mississippians who have proved to the world they are spectacular artists. Often, we look outside the state for validation. Sometimes, inside the state, we don’t value the arts we already have here. We have so many opportunities to be artists, inside and out. This arts and events preview issue of the Jackson Free Press is jammed with opportunities for you to experience life artistically. That doesn’t mean anyone is going to make you bang a drum or write your name in cinnamon. It does mean you should grab these chances not only to see paintings and hear music, but to learn to cook an exotic meal or dance a new step you usually wouldn’t. Go out of town and touch an outdoor sculpture, smell a rose garden, taste a town festival. Stay in Jackson and go to one of those museums you’ve never been to although you have lived here for years. Go hear a band that plays a genre that you haven’t really listened to before. Join a book club. Buy a piece of art from a Jacksonian, even if it is just a little acrylic painting, a piece of jewelry or some unusual yard art. Take lessons. Learn to draw. Teach your children to observe nature and capture that moment in a poem. Get out a red pen or a green one and circle the places you want to go and the people you want to meet. This is me pulling you into an interaction with this copy of the JFP. Experiences are waiting for you. You don’t have to have a doctorate. You don’t have to be rich. You do need to be alive and willing to grab what is right here waiting.


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he Jackson City Council is willing to approve a budget revision next week filling a $4 million budget shortfall, Ward 2 Councilman Chokwe Lumumba believes. “This revision appears necessary,” Lumumba said. “I don’t think the council will oppose this revision at this time.” Halfway into the budget year, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. pitched a proposal to the council last week to shift some city funds from savings to cover shortfalls. “The total amount of revisions is a little over $4 million, and most of that, about $3.5 million, will be coming out of our applied-fund balance. The remainder, $600,000 or so, will be coming out of savings that we anticipate,” Johnson told the Jackson Free Press. The city’s “applied-fund balance” is a reserve fund that does not have a council-imposed restriction on its minimum amount. It is composed of savings created in some city departments, many due to budgeted employee positions that remain unfilled. Johnson said one of the biggest drains on the budget is the city’s arbitration conclusion with JATRAN bus workers. That arbitration resulted in $984,000 in back pay and vacation costs paid to unionized bus drivers and mechanics, and an annual increase of about $550,000 for those employees in the 2011 budget. In addition to an extra $1 million that

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Council Recalculating Budget

The Jackson City Council will vote next week on Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr.’s proposal to shift more than $4 million from city savings to cover shortfalls.

Johnson expects JATRAN employees to need this year, rising gas prices are forcing the city to add another $200,000 to the bus budget. The city also must add $1.2 million to its tort-claims fund. State law requires Jackson to have about $2.5 million in the fund, according to the mayor, who said the city only has “about $2 million” in the fund now. Johnson said the city needs to add an additional $700,000 in anticipation of future claims.

by Adam Lynch Lumumba said he felt the city could preserve more money in its tort claims fund if it changed its habit of appealing so many unfavorable court opinions to higher courts. “We need to take a better look at settling some of these cases earlier on. I know of a couple of cases that became very expensive because we continued to pursue the things and appealed in court and the court ruled against us. We have to look at that (behavior) very closely,” Lumumba said. Police overtime also remained an issue, having run up $1.1 million in costs. “We’ve had a lot of (police) visibility, and we’re still not fully staffed for the officers that we’re budgeted for,” Johnson said. “Plus, even those that we have on staff are not always out patrolling. They may be on medical leave or on military leave or be on desk duty.” The city remains 40 officers short of its 500 budgeted officers, despite the graduation of recruits earlier this year. The city also needs to fill a $275,000 shortfall in its municipal early-childhoodcenters budget, match a $40,000 AmeriCorps grant, and repay $100,000 to its “grasscutting” budget, because it borrowed that amount to fund needed demolition work. The Council budget committee approved the proposal last week, and will put the issue before the regular Council for a vote May 31. Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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hoot “Rankin County doesn’t give a hoot about Hinds County.” —Ward 1 Jackson City Councilman Quentin Whitwell regarding the unlikelihood that Rankin County legislators will remove a commission to oversee a 1-cent sales-tax increase in Jackson.

Wednesday, May 18 Staff Sgt. David D. Self of Pearl is killed during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan. … The U.S. Senate votes down a Republican-sponsored bill that would have speeded up the process for oil companies to obtain off-shore drilling permits. Thursday, May 19 The Jackson Police Department reports that overall crime in Jackson has dropped by 20 percent in the past year. … The first marker for the Mississippi Freedom Trail is unveiled at Bryant’s Grocery in Money, where 14-year-old Emmett Till allegedly whistled at a white woman and was later murdered. Friday, May 20 A new Gallup Poll shows that 53 percent of Americans support gay marriage. … Five Mississippi schools find out that they are eligible for more than $6.9 million in 2012 from the Mississippi Department of Education for school improvements. Saturday, May 21 The Mississippi River levees are put to the test after the river reaches historical flood levels and leaves thousands of families homeless. … Iceland’s most active volcano, Grimsvotn, begins to erupt. Sunday, May 22 Tornados rip across the central U.S. killing more than 100 people. … Gov. Haley Barbour apologizes to the Freedom Riders on behalf of the state for the hardships they endured while challenging Jim Crow laws in 1961. Monday, May 23 Death row inmate Robert Simon Jr. asks a federal appeals court to stop his execution scheduled for May 24. … Myrlie Evers-Williams returns to Jackson and speaks at the unveiling of “Freedom Sisters” at the Smith Robertson Museum. Tuesday, May 24 President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama travel to Buckingham Palace to meet with Queen Elizabeth. … The third marker for the Mississippi Freedom Trail is unveiled at Jackson’s former Greyhound Station with several of the original Freedom Riders in attendance. Get daily news updates at jfpdaily.com.

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he Nuclear Regulatory Commission still has not assessed how much radioactive tritium Entergy Mississippi employees accidentally released into the Mississippi River late last month. Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission were on site earlier this month at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson after Entergy Nuclear filed a report showing that workers flushed radioactive water into the river after heavy rains in the area. Employees found the water April 29 at the unused Unit 2 turbine building, which is only partially constructed, and pumped what they believed to be harmless rainwater out of the building and into a channel bound for the river. An alarm alerted workers to the presence of the radiation in the water. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission public affairs officer Lara Uselding told the Jackson Free Press May 16 that the nature of the spill made it difficult to determine precisely how much of the isotope reached state water. “We have inspectors following up on this. I’ll send you any new information we have on that,” Uselding said. “Although the concentrations of tritium exceeded EPA drinking-water limits, the release should not represent a hazard to public health because of its dilution in the river,” Uselding told the Natchez Democrat May 4, despite not knowing how much of the isotope was released before workers stopped flushing it from the turbine building. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission classifies tritium as a “weakly radioactive isotope of the element hydrogen.” Tritium has a half-life of 12.3 years, but the hydrogen atom bonds easily with the oxygen atom in water to create tritiated water, which is imperceptible by taste or smell, making it seem no different from regular water. The NRC reports that Tritium is also used in some neon-glow paints, including the glowing hands of some wrist-watches. Tritium, which is created by some nuclear reactors, was the basis for Vermont legislators’ reluctance this year to extend Entergy Corp.’s license for its Vermont Yankee nuclear-power plant by another 20 years. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to shut down the plant in 2012 due to pollution, after Entergy discovered tritium leaking from an underground pipe at the reactor. The full Vermont Legislature has yet to vote on the issue. Even though the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said this month that it will extend Entergy Corp’s license by another 20 years, without permission from the Vermont Legislature, the plant would

Entergy Nuclear, a division of Entergy Mississippi, and government officials do not know precisely how much radioactive water the company flushed into the Mississippi River last month.

still have to shut down in 2012. The Grand Gulf incident follows an April 13 public assessment of safety performance for the Grand Gulf Nuclear plant. The NRC determined in April that Grand Gulf “met all cornerstone objectives” in its 2010, yearlong performance review and that the facility “operated in a manner that preserved public health and safety.” Entergy Nuclear spokeswoman Suzanne Anderson said the company had not updated news of the event since the initial spill, but said no significant amount of radiation had escaped. “It wasn’t (spilling) for very long before tritium was discovered,” Anderson said. “The last estimate GE-Hitachi provided, in late 2008, was approximately 147 percent higher than their mid-2006 estimates,” Hughey testified, adding that Entergy requested the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which approves the construction of every nuclear plant, to suspend its consideration for the Grand Gulf 3 project Jan. 9, 2009. Entergy Mississippi incurred $51 million in costs while planning to build the third reactor, however, and requested from the Public Service Commission last year the option to charge ratepayers for the $51 million in costs of completing the third reactor should the company finish construction at a future date. The PSC did not render a decision on the issue at their May meeting, and is still considering the request. The company proposes to create an “Allowance for Funds Used During Construction” account, which does not produce revenue for the company but will allow Entergy to get a return on its investment if the plant is ever included in the rate base. Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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ity and state leaders are debating whether a 10-member commission will have to oversee a proposed 1cent sales-tax increase in Jackson. The city’s roads, water, sewer and other infrastructure are in need of approximately $76 million in upgrades and major repairs, and the increase would fund that work. The tax would not apply to retail sales of food at grocery stores and restaurants, or to hotel and motel rooms. Over the course of 20 years, the sales tax is estimated to raise $300 million. In a May 2 memo, Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. outlined Mississippi Senate Bill 2389, which mandates that a “local” chamber of commerce gets to appoint four members of the commission. Although the four members must own businesses within the city, they do not have to be residents. Mississippi’s governor, lieutenant governor and its speaker of the state House of Representatives each get to appoint a single member to the commission, giving Jackson’s mayor the power to appoint the three

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remaining members. The law also requires that the commission establish a master plan for all streets, roads, sewage and drainage repair. Now, Jackson City Council members must approve the sales-tax initiative and put the tax to the citizens for a referendum vote. The tax needs 60 percent voter approval to go into effect. In his memo, Johnson wrote that the sales-tax referendum vote should be submitted to voters only if the chamber gives its power to the city to choose the commission members. He added that the council should adopt an ordinance specifying how those members would be selected, and another ordinance defining the master plan and allowing the city to implement that plan. “The term ‘establish,’ as used in the 2011 Act, would mean an adoption of a master plan submitted by the city without any changes by the commission,” he wrote. Some public officials such as Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, and Ward 1 City Councilman Quentin Whitwell claim that

because the commission is not funded and its members can’t hire consultants or engineers, its power is minimal. “I think the city officials are looking for monsters where there are none,” Horhn said. “It would be in everyone’s best interest if the city were to get this underway and demonstrate to the Legislature that the process is working, and then go back in two years and try to get commission removed.” Whitwell, who said the majority of his ward is against the increase, wants the city to go forward with the tax because he doesn’t see any better solution to fund the infrastructure repairs. “The mayor and council members are hung up on adoption of this optional sales tax, when the only other solution is to raise (water and sewer) rates by 400 percent,” Whitwell said. Ward 2 Councilman Chowke Lumumba, however, says that current law states the commission has the power to approve the master plan and funds, which oversteps the role of the city council. “I’ll be the first to admit that we need the money very badly,” he said. “What is going to happen is that I’m going to try to look at the best plan we can get and make a decision based on that. I’m not going to compromise on principle. The principle is that the people should decide.” Lumumba added that Jackson’s elected officials should have the ultimate power because they represent the best interests of people living in Jackson. He said he had not seen figures backing Whitwell’s assertion that water and sewer rates would need to rise by 400 percent to fund the repairs without the tax increase, but is advocating that the city look into other financing options such as loans and more efficient water meters. City spokesman Chris Mims said the mayor is still negotiating with the chamber over the appointments, but hopes to have the issue resolved soon. Comment at www.jps.ms.


by Lacey McLaughlin

Be-Bop Record Shop, which has been a vendor local albums and records, will close its doors May 28 after 37 years.

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s Kathy Morrison surveys the crowds browsing CDs in the aisles at Be-Bop Record Shop May 19, she is reminded of a time before iPods, MP3 players and iTunes. “It used to be this full every day,” she says about the 1980s and 1990s. After 37 years in business, Be-Bop announced that it will close its doors at Maywood Mart May 28. Bargain hunters and employees have been coming by in droves to reminiscence about the store, say their goodbyes and stockpile on music purchases. Sales have declined over the last few years. Hurricane Katrina destroyed Be-Bop’s Biloxi store beyond recovery. Then, when it came time to renew the lease for the Maywood Mart location, Morrison couldn’t negotiate with the landlord for a lower rent. Over the years, Be-Bop has become a Jackson staple where patrons could find a wide selection of music, local bands’ albums, vinyl records and event tickets. Closing the store wasn’t an easy decision, Morrison says in between answering customers’ questions. “This has been most of my life,” she says, adding that Katrina was one of the biggest setbacks. “That was just one big catastrophe,” she says. In 1974, Morrison, a Jackson native, opened the first Be-Bop store in Fondren next to the old Capri Theater with partners Drake Elder and Wayne Harrison. At its most successful juncture, Be-Bop’s Jackson locations included County Line Road and Metrocenter Mall. Competing with big-box retailers that sold CDs at lower costs and online music downloads resulted in Be-Bop closing its County Line Road location in 2008 and Metrocenter in 2010. Be-bop closed its Starkville store in 2007.

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he Downtown Business Improvement District may expand up to the second block of the Farish Street Entertainment District, which includes Peaches Restaurant and the Alamo Theater. Representatives from Downtown Jackson Partners, which represents the district, will discuss the expansion plans in a meeting Thursday, giving property owners in the district an opportunity to participate. The district consists of 66 square blocks, and includes 135 businesses and properties, said John Gomez, DJP associate director. In 1996, the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that created business improvement districts and allowed cities to levy an assessment on all taxable property in those districts. The law allows for the city of Jackson to collect 10 cents on each square foot of buildings and on “unimproved” real estate on properties located within the district. The Hinds County Tax Collector’s office collects the BID fees along with the owner’s property taxes. The city of Jackson then distributes those funds to Downtown

Jackson Partners. In September 2010, Jackson City Council members renewed the district for the current fiscal year, with $1,028,613 of generated BID fees slated to go to Downtown Jackson Partners. In return, DJP provides security, landscaping, marketing and event services, and economic development assistance to the property owners. Downtown Jackson Partners also recruits additional businesses and real estate development projects for the city. City spokesman Chris Mims said the funds collected from property owners for the BID do not qualify as public funds. DJP charges the businesses for the services, and the city collects and distributes those funds. “All of the businesses pay into this,” Mims said. “This is not taxpayer dollars; this is their money. It just funnels through us.” In August, owners will vote on reauthorizing the district through mail-out ballots. A 70 percent majority vote is required for BID reauthorization and expansion. “On Thursday, we will present a plan on what properties will be included within the Business Improvement District and its boundaries, what the rate assessment will

JERRICK SMITH

Downtown Biz District May Expand; Disaster Jobs Available

Be-Bop’s closing isn’t unique. Over the last decade, well-known CD stores such as Virgin Records closed most of its 23 stores, including its mega retail outlet in New York City in 2009. Billboard Magazine reports that CD sales fell by 20 percent in the U.S. in 2010. Giving the gift of music to customers has been a fulfilling and fun career, one that Morrison will look back on with a smile. “We have always been very supportive of local musicians by selling their CDs or vinyl for them. We’ve always loved doing that and exposing customers to their music,” she says. “It’s always been about the music.” Larry Barnes has been a loyal customer at Be-Bop for as long as he can remember. As he walked through the store, he tried to balance dozens of CDs such as B.T. Express and Johnny Taylor in one hand and a lava lamp in the other. Barnes frequently makes the 45-minute trek from his home in Crystal Springs to buy his favorite CDs. “I hate to see it going out like this,” Barnes says. “I spent a lot of time in these stores,” Barnes says, adding that he’ll probably go to Walmart to make his music purchases in the future.” While Morrison is sad to see an era come to an end, she looks forward to retirement, and says she will still maintain a small space in the former shop to host events and sell records. During the store’s last day, May 28, she invites local bands to perform. “We’ll be here selling whatever’s left and partying,” she said. “We want to have a good send off.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.

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be, how we are funded, and what programs we are going to put the money toward,” Gomez said. “Then that will be submitted to the City Council, and the City Council will set an election.” Gomez added that it is important that downtown property owners attend the meeting. “This helps shape a plan for the next five years for the Business Improvement District, so we want to hear input from property owners,” Gomez said. Downtown Jackson Partners’ BID property owner planning meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.) State Hiring Disaster Workers The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is hiring more than 500 temporary workers to help communities recovering from tornados. Workers can earn $7.25 per hour to $25 per hour for approximately six months’ work clearing debris, aiding social workers, rebuilding homes and businesses, and providing humanitarian aid. Funds for the jobs come from a $7 million national-emergency grant through

Downtown Jackson Partners’ 66-block Business Improvement District is up for reauthorization.

the U.S. Department of Labor. The state will give job priority to storm victims. For information on applying, visit mdes.ms.gov. Market in Fondren Moving The Market in Fondren is on hiatus for a few weeks in preparation for moving to the green space at the corner of Old Canton Road and Duling Avenue on June 17. The market features handicrafts, prepared foods and artwork from local vendors. The market will be open in its new space from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from June 17 through November. Comment at www.jfp.ms. Have a new business or moving to a new location? Send business updates to news@jacksonfreepress.com.

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The Day The Music Died

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Chamber, Work With the Mayor

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he Jackson Free Press has often agreed with Sen. John Horhn over the years, and we’re finding that new Ward 1 City Councilman Quentin Whitwell can be a breath of fresh air out of north Jackson on many issues. However, they are both wrong on a concern vital to Jackson: The city should not agree to allow a commission potentially containing non-Jackson residents to develop a master plan about how a proposed 1-cent sales-tax increase to fund infrastructure would be distributed. This should not be an issue. We wish Sen. Horhn had led an effort in the Legislature away from this slap in the face at the capital city. We have a responsible mayor (whom Horhn ran against), and we have a city council that represents the taxpayers of Jackson. It is an insult to all of us to attach strings on our local tax increase that allow a “local chamber” to appoint business owners who may not live in Jackson into roles that could cast deciding votes for a master plan on using the funds. We can understand that Whitwell wants to get on with the tax increase (which he says his supporters oppose). We also know that Whitwell is a lobbyist (his “constituent office in Ward 1” lists his Meadowbook Strategies office number on quentinwhitwell.com) whose clients do not necessarily represent the best interests of all Jacksonians (his 2011 lobbyist clients include payday lenders Cash in a Flash and Advantage Capital Partners, per the secretary of state’s office). That is, Whitwell’s support base may skew him away from a wise solution on an important debate about the mayor and the city retaining a level of “local control” and a semblance of independence from the kinds of businesses that Whitwell is willing to represent before the Legislature. There is an easy fix, and it’s called unity. The Chamber does not have to fulfill the Legislature’s wish that it skew this commission away from the best interests of the entire city of Jackson. That chamber—which the Jackson Chamber is a part of—should behave responsibly and give the mayor the authority to appoint those commission members as he has requested. History provides context for this short-sighted and brazenly political move. Since Jackson became a majority African American city (as a result of white flight), the state has tried to force a backward paternalism on our (black) leaders. With a mayor like Harvey Johnson Jr.—a man who wisely stays the course on ensuring that resources are spread beyond the special interests in Ward 1 and the suburbs— our city is perfectly capable of making these kinds of decisions. It is insulting, and perhaps worse, to try to force the state’s silly mandate on the capital city. The antiquated games should stop. The Chamber should do the right thing and agree to work with the mayor, not against Jackson.

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Post-Judgment Refund

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iss Doodle Mae: “Jojo amazes me. He always keeps his staff and customers grounded during crazy times. On May 24, 2011, some anxious customers anticipating the end of the world rushed inside Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store to purchase various items like canned food, bottled water, flashlights, radios, etc. Consumer chaos engulfed the entire Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store and staff. Folks bought anything and everything they could buy. I actually witnessed frenzied customers fighting over the remaining supply of New Testament Bibles in the books and magazine aisle. In the midst of the in-store mayhem, Jojo spoke calmly into a bullhorn.” Jojo: “My precious customers: I’m happy and thankful that you came to shop at Jojo’s Discount Dollar Store. And I also know that judgment day is coming soon. However, I do suggest that each of you take a few minutes to read your newly purchased Bible. I recall my elders fervently warning me about judgment day, but they also referred me to Bible scripture from Matthew 24. “‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. … So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.’” Miss Doodle Mae: “After successfully calming everyone down, Jojo skillfully promoted his discount dollar store’s post-judgment refund and Memorial Day Weekend Summer Vacation Sale. “Remember: In the ghetto everything is everything, and everything at 12 Jojo’s is still a dollar.”

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et’s put some accurate information onto the turnpike, shall we? Crime in Jackson is down. Dropping. Heading south. It’s a slow decline, yes, but a decline, nonetheless. For those of you who liken Jackson to the streets of Medellin, Colombia, during the Pablo Escobar era, I’m sorry to inform you that overall crime has dropped 5 percent since this time last year. Not much I know, but the telling statistic is the fact that violent crime has gone down more than 20 percent within the last year. Those violent crimes that some in our neighboring counties love to hang their hats on? Yep? Those numbers are falling. The thing I have found the most telling from the recent dust-up about campaign ads is that if you allow someone else to tell your story, it could forever define you. If you don’t challenge inaccurate information, then it tends to become truth to the disenfranchised among us who aren’t privy to correct stats. It also feeds into the fears and misconceptions folks have about race and class. Let’s be clear! Jackson has its issues. Jackson has crime. But stop trying to paint Jacksonians as slackers who don’t want safety for our families. Stop trying to imply that law enforcement in neighboring counties work harder or better than our own. Stop acting as if we’re happy with the way things are. By all means, stop cherry picking the same city crime “rankings” from 2009 and 2010. Whenever the conversation turns to crime, naysayers invariably point to lists that say Jackson is either eighth or 14th on the list of most dangerous cities in the country. That’s all they have. And unfortunately, that’s all some folks need

to see. Never mind the fact that the FBI has consistently warned not to use these rankings as an accurate measure of a city’s crime or the effectiveness of its law enforcement. Never mind that it has cautioned over and over again that those numbers take into account everything from a murder down to spray painting a school. The numbers are skewed, folks. Loaded. Inflated to scare you. Mark Sandridge wants to keep Jackson’s crime and criminals out of Madison County. And although several folks have told me that he’s a great guy (I’m sure he is), I find it hard to discern just how he will do that without profiling—without stopping as many cars with Hinds County tags as his manpower will allow, or tricked-out cars, or vehicles with black kids in them. His supporters will tell you that is exactly what he needs to do, and some small-minded Jacksonians will applaud him. My question is, how many jabs do we take before more people stand up and tout the progress we’ve made? The Jackson Police Department has given the numbers I cited at the beginning of this column to the media. Yet I’ve seen few headlines about it. As for local TV stations, shame on you for still leading with mayhem at 6 and 10. Shame on you. As a citizen, I expect those who are charged with leading me, protecting me, to step up and say something when the loudmouth on the playground starts talking trash. We have positive news that we can use to fuel a better Jackson. The people just have to hear it. And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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out and support the neighborhood. On Sunday, my friend Kate and I drove down U.S. Highway 80 to the old Coca-Cola bottling plant, where the event took place. The site’s neon-orange logo, modern in style, identified the site colloquially as “The Plant,� as if it were an old and reliable friend. The use of the space hinted at the promising possibilities of revitalizing south Jackson. Given its use for artistic purposes that weekend, south Jackson seemed connected to Fondren, whereas usually these sections of town seem disparate. Suddenly, Jackson seemed larger and more unified. From the moment Kate and I set foot on site, FIGMENT offered the opportunity to deepen our bonds through experiencing “weird� art. FIGMENT requested that participants bring something to the event. Kate and I brought our keen observation skills and ability to connect our surroundings with trends in pop culture. We scoured the grounds to witness each project offered, but were most charmed by artwork that really demanded interaction. These included a white, fan-inflated Visqueen tunnel, which we thought would make the perfect backdrop for a Kanye West video, given the Crayola paint neon scrawls on the tunnel’s walls. The wooden photo booth, which local photographer Roy Adkins and industrial designer Andy Hilton created, also pleased us. It used a small aperture to cast images from outside the booth onto a wall before us, much like an old camera. Later, Roy took our portrait and showed us the image: two girls standing around in the dirt, pondering artistic riches that somehow, suddenly, surrounded us. If anyone can exclude herself from “the neighborhood� at times, it’s me. I have grown wary with age, and having experienced hurt and heartbreak, make fewer steps and with unease. I’m no longer as bold and vulnerable as I used to be. But the continuing solace of Jackson is that there are enough impassioned individuals to step in where others falter. For every shy introvert, there are extroverts working to put on community events that provide opportunities for the neighborhood to come together, venture out and forge connections in public spaces. FIGMENT is a shining example. It provided hope that, despite the ebb and flow of particular Jacksonians in and out of the city, there is something special here that continues to inspire the formation of community. I encourage Jacksonians to keep putting on and coming out to events like FIGMENT; I want to encourage myself. As Arcade Fire sings, “it’s for your own good. It’s for the neighborhood.� Sophia Halkias is an editorial assistant at the University Press of Mississippi.

CORRECTION: In “Freedom’s Main Line� (May 18-24, Vol. 9, Issue 36), we printed Robert Parker Adams’ name incorrectly in the photo caption. The Jackson Free Press apologizes for the error.

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n a recent drive home, I started crying, in part because of an argument I had with my mom. I also had a mix of emotions after a weekend trip to New Orleans to visit a close friend and to see Arcade Fire perform at Jazz Fest. A memory of lyrics from the band’s song “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)� triggered the outpouring: “and, if the snow, buries my, my neighborhood� (which I used to think was simply a scene setting) “and, in the snow, there is my, my neighborhood.� The first connection I had with Arcade Fire’s album “Funeral� was with its abundant neighborhood imagery—a neighborhood buried under snow, a neighborhood without power, doing things “for the neighborhood,� and in Haiti, “in the forests we will hide� together. All provide the context for banding together and fighting the world’s harsher realities. Because of the band’s soaring anthems and prodigious playing, a “neighborhood� of fans has formed around Arcade Fire (since winning a Grammy, mainstream listeners have closed in, not only the hip, indie kids) and I reflected on how I felt not only on the outside of it but of any community. My years at Millsaps College felt like some of the best of my life because I discovered a real home—a “neighborhood�—in Jackson. I had a close-knit circle of friends, and they happened to be the ones making Jackson more of a “neighborhood� by putting on events and inviting others to participate. Many of these friends I made as an intern at the Jackson Free Press, such as former assistant editor Casey Parks, my mentor, who held writers’ workshops and attended many local artists’ shows. And daniel johnson, artist, musician and interviewee, championed Jackson as a place with ample opportunity to make stuff happen. I still feel connected to Jackson, although it’s with somewhat of a broken heart. Many of my friends have left the city, people who once made Jackson a fun and exciting place. On May 9, the sight of cars lining Poplar Boulevard near Belhaven Park quieted me. It is the neighborhood’s new park, and I quickly realized the scheduled screening of “Indiana Jones� must be taking place there. When I first saw the poster for the event, I worried that no one would come. I thought the glory days of Jackson as I knew them were gone, but it was clear from the attendance that I was wrong. People are still interested in getting together as community members in Jackson. Nowhere was the city’s effort at community building more on display than at last week’s FIGMENT, a weekend-long event that brought Jacksonians together to participate in interactive installation art. This was not a Jackson event to be missed, I realized. Here, now, was my chance to get

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From Starving to Prospering: by Lacey McLaughlin

May 25 - 31, 2011

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racie James-Wade was tired of corporate America. After working in sales and marketing for various corporations in Nashville, Tenn., for nine years, she decided it was time to pursue a career that meant more than a paycheck. She was passionate about dancing and decided to move back to Jackson in 2006 to try and make it as a choreographer. Despite pleadings from families and friends to stay in her high-income field, James-Wade, who has a master’s in business, was determined to pursue her dance passion—and not be a starving artist. She found a niche in teaching dance classes in day-care centers, where she would drive to area day cares to work with small children for an hour two days a week. James-Wade admits that she did not calculate her gas costs, the time it would take to design a routine, or the amount of money she would actually make at the end of day. At end of the summer, she was exhausted and had worked more hours than she would like to admit for free. When she decided to increase her price, she lost almost half her clients. “I had gone in so low, just trying to get people to sign up, and to them, it was a huge increase,” she says. “I had almost doubled my price, but I had finally started applying the rules of business.” Despite her background in business, James-Wade fell prey to the mistakes she now teaches artists to avoid: She devalued her work, overcommitted herself and kept going until she reached near exhaustion. “I now want to give people the opportunities to learn from mistakes that I have made,” says James-Wade, who now teaches “Don’t Be a Starving Artist” through Millsaps College’s enrichment program. “I thought to myself, I have made money for corporate America, but I can’t make money for me?” While she needs to earn money, JamesWade isn’t looking to get rich. “I could go right back to corporate America and make a good living, but being able to do what I am passionate about is more important to me than a payment itself,” she says. James-Wade, who is the executive director of La Morne Dance and an online instructor for the University of Phoenix, believes that Jackson’s art community is going through a renaissance. The city’s low 14 cost of living, laid-back atmosphere and re-

For two decades the Millsaps Arts District has provided living and work spaces for artists such as musician Johnny Bertram and his wife, Emily.The Bertrams have lived in their studio apartment there for four years, but are soon moving back to Portland, Ore. Bertram plays concerts next door at North Midtown Arts Center.

surgence of urban dwellers make it a place where artist can thrive. As Jackson moves forward, its thriving art community relies on public support such as the city administration making arts a priority in addition to affordable living and studio space. Making A Living For the past two years, Fondren resident Jerrod Partridge has not only made enough to survive as an artist, but has been supporting his wife and three children. The 33-year-old moved to Jackson to start his family with his wife, Jessie, after attending the New York Academy of Arts where he earned his master’s degree in fine art. After working at Pearl River Glass Studio, Partridge decided to make a living from selling his graphite drawings and paintings. His recent show, “Southern Gothic” at Nunnery’s Gallery, showcased life-size portraits of southern scenes and hints of domestic life. Partridge has diversified his skills to increase his income. He teaches figure draw-

ing classes, receives portrait commissions and sells his work through his exhibits. Partridge sees what he does as more than a business. “The offerings that we are giving as an artist are different. We aren’t just offering a business or a service or entertainment. It’s more than that,” he says. “People who buy your work are investing in you. There is a real uniqueness of being an artist, but it still has to be viewed as a business.” While Partridge has created a steady stream of income, there are times when commissions stall and his work doesn’t sell as quickly as he would like. After his wife, who teaches classes to new moms, gave birth to their third child, things got pretty tight. Partridge said the family watches their grocery expenses, often skips eating out and lives as frugally as possible. But it’s his faith in God, he says, that have gotten him through the tough times. Ellen Langford, 43, emerged as an artist in the late 1990s and shared a studio on

Taylor Street with other artists in Fondren before Fondren Corner existed, before the neighborhood was the funky artistic community it is today. Langford, who is a painter, has sold her work on the side since she graduated college. She worked as a paramedic for American Medical Response. Langford admits that she is not a natural entrepreneur, and has been lucky to work with galleries that have helped promote and market her work. She has only been a full-time artist for the past two years, but says she continued to work as a paramedic not for income, but because she enjoyed it. Langford, who lives in Belhaven, has expanded selling her work at regional galleries but primarily works out of her studio at North Midtown Arts Center. “I have an obsession,” Langford says. “I have to create. You have to also be organized and work with a calendar, but the main thing is you have to work your tail off. I don’t take vacations. I take great trips, but I am always working.” Jackson artist Ginger Williams-Cook,


Glass Studio, and NunoErin studio eventually opened up shop on the same street. Making the creative economy a priority is a prospect state leaders have started to take more seriously. The Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority recently partnered to commission a report that evaluates the state’s creative economy and its potential. The report, which is now on Gov. Haley Barbour’s desk for his review, determined that the creative economy provides more than 60,000 jobs in the state. The report evaluated the state’s creative industries such as Peavey Electronics and Viking Range Corp., as well as individual artists and creative communities such as Fondren, Oxford and Ocean Springs. “We believe that the new economy is based in ideas, not just industry or agriculture,” White said. White hopes that when the report is released, it will make the arts more of a priority for leaders. “Arts are rarely a priority,” he says. “They are rarely a priority in education, economic development or work-force development, but they should be key players in all those areas. But people often think of arts as something extra that should function outside the core function of government.” Labor of Love To thrive, artists need places to live and work at affordable prices. In January 2007, Austin Richardson had saved enough money from his job as welder to rent an old studio space at 121 Millsaps Ave., in the once-flourishing Millsaps Arts District. The space now serves Jackson’s arts community by providing commission-free gallery and performance space. The space, first called One-to-One Studios, brought life into a community that had fallen into decline. About two years ago, the 25-year-old

Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White sees Jackson’s blighted property as potential for affordable studio space and future arts districts.

artists such as local musician Johnny Bertram and his wife, Emily, who are leaving this month to return to Portland, Ore. White predicts the district has the potential to be the next Fondren, especially if future developments increase rents in the area. “Artists always go where the rent is cheap,” he says. “They often go into blighted areas where the rent is low, and they will

create an interesting space. Hipsters attract economics, and people who have money want to follow the artists into those communities.” Stowe also hopes to collaborate with Midtown Partners, a new nonprofit that is in the process of completing a comprehensive redevelopment in the neighborhood. The redevelopment, which borders the arts district, includes 16 affordable residential units and commercial space. Mary Elizabeth Evans, Midtown Partners director of community and economic development, said the organization is transforming a 10,000-square-foot building located on Keener Avenue into a space that artists and businesses can rent at an affordable price. Midtown Partners is preparing the building now, and Evans expects it to be available by the end of the year. Stowe sees potential for young, doit-yourself entrepreneurs to roll up their sleeves and invest in affordable properties. “Artists usually end up taking over a building because it is cheap, and they can do a lot of the improvements themselves,” he says. “Artists can live without things like heating and cooling. But if you have to spend too much money (on renovations), it’s going to be overpriced.” Where the Money Is Over the past decade, mid-size cities have started using art to jump-start their economies, improve blighted areas and attract young, energetic residents. Jackson is following that trend. Earlier this spring, Michael Raff, Jackson’s human and cultural services director, announced a public-arts initiative where the city will allocate 1 percent of all eligible capital-improvement funds for public arts projects. Raff said the city is modeling its program after Seattle’s. For the first project, the Greater Jackson Arts Council and Downtown Jackson Partners are working together to have artists transform 340 traffic signal boxes around the city into works of art. The city provides rent-free space to arts organizations such as the Mississippi Symphony, Mississippi Ballet, the Greater Jackson Arts Council and Crossroads Film Society. Each year, the city allocates $140,000 total to the Greater Jackson Arts Council, which then uses about $100,000 of that money, in additional to other funds, to provide grants for artists. Even though Gov. Haley Barbour proposed to cut 20 percent from the Mississippi Arts Commission’s state allocation for fiscal year 2012, the commission only received a decrease of 8 percent in funding from the federal government. For fiscal year 2012, the commission is receiving $850,000 from the federal government, $1.4 million from the state and raising $250,000 from the private sector. The commission allocates approximately $1.76 million to grants for artists and organizations. “We are so fortunate here,” White says. “In Kansas and other states, they are proposing to cut their arts commissions

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realized that he could do more with the space if he owned the property, but he a problem: lack of capital. Richardson partnered with Millsaps Arts District veteran Richard Stowe who had built and lived in the adjacent building with other artists in the 1990s when the neighboring property contained several art galleries and restaurants. The two men put together a business plan to raise money and purchase the building. To signal the studio’s transition, the partners changed its name to North Midtown Arts Center and adopted stricter procedures for organizations and artists to host events and rent studio space. Nearly all the profits from events and studio-space rentals went toward the purchase of the building. Even though managing the space and keeping up with repairs was a full-time job, the partners decided to forgo paychecks in hopes of someday being able to purchase the building. Stowe sold art he made from his printmaking studio, and Richardson found work in construction and carpentry. “Any money that we would have paid ourselves, we put into building,” Stowe said. “It was the right thing to do. It gave everyone a greater sense of belonging.” Stowe hopes more art enthusiasts and business will move into the area. The properties at 133 Millsaps Ave., and the building that formerly housed Cultural Expressions are also for sale by the same owners. A fence connects the arts center to 133 Millsaps Ave., which includes two residential units and a workshop, and all the buildings share a common courtyard. The residential units provide affordable living space to young JAMES PATTERSON

Making Art a Priority Sitting in his 11th-floor office overlooking downtown Jackson, Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White is like a proud father who gets to revel in his child’s accomplishments. White is the founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s Parade, which started as a small loosely organized pub crawl through downtown Jackson in 1983 and has turned into a parade that many residents compare to a News Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. Twenty-five years ago, White purchased an empty warehouse on Commerce Street that did not have any water or electricity and transformed it into Hal & Mal’s, which houses a restaurant, six artists, pro-

vides a venue for musicians and events, and attracts people of all ages to downtown. “The building itself generated its own creative economy,” White says, adding that other spaces such as Club Fire, Light and AMILE WILSON

a painter who is recognized nationally for her nesting dolls, was among a core group of Jackson artists who branded Fondren as the art district it is today. Williams-Cook, 30, works part-time as an art educator with the Mississippi Museum of Art and spends the majority of her time painting in her Belhaven home’s studio. The artist says she has had a lot of success using social media and websites such as etsy.com to sell her work nationally. The low cost of living and creative atmosphere in Jackson are what keep her here, she says. “I do have days where I want to get out and go somewhere else sometimes,” Williams-Cook says. “What keeps me in Jackson are the people. There are a lot of great minds and a lot of great people.” James-Wade says artists are often asked to do work for free or donate for the numerous benefits and silent auctions. Determining what people will pay for art can be the hardest thing for artists to determine. “Most artists don’t consider what they do a business, and that’s why they don’t understand how to operate as a business,” James-Wade says. “When you make the decision that you are going to utilize your talent as your livelihood, you have to look at it as a business, or you will constantly be working second and third jobs.” James-Wade’s class teaches the four P’s: Price, Production, Promotion and Place. She asks her students to start by calculating their monthly expenses and how many hours it takes to complete a project to discover their hourly rate. She suggests that artists diversify by adding additional products, services and skills. Artists should conduct their business as a profession, asking for letters from organizations verifying the time they have donated to take tax credits, for example, she recommends. The community plays a vital role in supporting and nurturing its talented artists, musicians, filmmakers and playwrights. James-Wade, who is passionate about working with disadvantaged youth, says she is always trying to find the difficult balance between volunteering and profiting. “Last year, I estimated that I gave away 300 hours of services for free,” James-Wade says. “It’s a constant balancing act. I’m always getting calls to help out. If it’s an hour, I’ll do it, but if it’s an hour or two for several weeks, I have to decide if that’s going to take away from business and take away from my son.”

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and let another arm of government do grants. There is no conversation like that in Mississippi.” To grow the arts economy, White recommends that Jackson leaders spearhead an effort to encourage artists to move into empty warehouse spaces in potential and existing arts districts. White points to an artist relocation program in Paducah, Ky., as a model for incentives Jackson could use to attract artists. Mark Barone was an artist living in Paducah’s blighted LowerTown neighborhood 10 years ago. He approached the city with an idea to attract more residents and boost the city’s economy. Paducah eventually hired Barone to spearhead the program, in which the city sells blighted property to artists for a little as a dollar, and helps acquire full-financing loans and grants for architecture and renovation services. Artists must commit to renovate the buildings and bring them up to code, which can be quite an undertaking. Barone says Paducah was successful because the city had to “hold the artists hands” through every step of the process. A lot of the first-time buyers needed assistance

writing contracts, navigating architectural reviews and zoning boards, and establishing timelines for renovations. They also needed accountability. “We held their feet to the fire because we didn’t want people to take a piece of property and sit on it,” he says. Barone, who now travels around the county consulting cities on arts initiatives, says many cities are interested in the idea, but rarely commit to the hard work and resources it takes to transform a community through art. “This isn’t just about having an incentive or clever ads,” Barone says. “A lot of communities outside Paducah try to replicate that, and I haven’t seen one do it, yet— to the success that Paducah had—because what they do is cherry pick parts of the plan and try to implement it.” While James-Wade acknowledges that Jackson is still a work in process, she is energized by the future possibilities here. “Artists can see potential in areas that other people don’t see potential,” she says. “... Jackson needs not to lose its artists. Because what it could be is what is going to take Jackson to that next level.” Comment at www.jfp.ms.


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Exhibits and Openings

Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-7546. • Fourth of July Celebration 9 a.m. July 2. The event includes making soap, crafting, Native American dancing and stickball. • Craftsmen’s Guild “Prepare to Qualify” Workshop 10 a.m. July 9. Those applying for membership learn the process. Registration required. • Craft Exhibits. Featured guild members include Conner Burns in May, Anne Campbell and Rhonda Blasingame in June, Donna Davis in July and Jennifer Taylor in August. • Craft Demonstrations. Members of the Mississippi Craftsman’s Guild give demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Visit mscrafts.org. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Call 601-960-1515. • Japonisme Family Day and the Artistree of Bonsai 9 a.m. June 4 at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Children 18 and under get free admission to The Orient Expressed exhibit. Ron Lang, Sharon EdwardsRussell and Guy Guidry demonstrate bonsai. $6, $5 members.

Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays,

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-960-1557. • Art Exhibit through May 31. See paintings by Jeanette Jarmon, artist-in-residence at the Baptist Healthplex in Clinton. • “I’ll See You on Friday” May 29-June 17. K Parish Harvey’s exhibit honors her late mother, Laura Harvey. Opening reception is at 3 p.m. May 29 • “A Retrospective of Color” through June 30. See paintings by Larita Smith. • Mississippi Artists’ Guild Juried Fine Arts Exhibition through June 30. Approximately 120 paintings by guild artists are featured. • “Boom-Shaka-Laka-Klack” Artist Reception June 30, 7 p.m. See works by Ormond White. Events at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-352-3399. • Ceramics Showcase Call for Art May 26June 30. Deadline is June 30. For information, email jonathan@weltycommons.com. • Printmakers Showcase Call for Art May 26July 28. Deadline is July 28. For information, email jonathan@weltycommons.com. Tracy Sugarman Collection through May 31, at Powell Museum (129 E. Ash St.). The display includes pen-and-ink washes of Civil Rights Movement images. The show ends May 31.

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ougaloo Art Colony returns for its 15th year this July. Accomplished artists and curious amateurs are all accepted for the intensive experience, space permitting. The object at this retreat is to create works depicting multiculturalism. From July 17 through 22, guest-artist instructors who work in a variety of media will lead studio classes. At daily workshops and evening sessions, artists and instructors will discuss their work, compare techniques and art theories. “The close associations formed through a week of intensive study provide a network for ongoing relationships between artists and celebration through the arts, the common denominator of the human spirit and its relationship to our contemporary world,” the colony’s website says. Robert Carter will lead “Drawing Tips from the Masters.” Kristin Ford Byrd will instruct a workshop called “More Than a Square Box.” Ann Johnson instructs “The Transferred Image.” Lionel

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Events at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-KIDS. • Cellular South Summer Soaker and Fun Run May 28, 10 a.m. The museum celebrates its new splash pad fountain with a 1-mile and half-mile fun run. $10 in advance, $15 day of event. • Summer Camp June 6-29. The series of oneweek camps is for children ages 5-10. You must be a member. Children may bring a lunch or buy food from the concessions area. $175 per week. • Summer Solstice Pajama Party 5 p.m. June 21. Celebrate the longest day of the year in your pajamas, learn about the sun and solar system. • Claude Monet Day 10 a.m. July 23. Learn about artist Claude Monet and Impressionism. • Step in to School Event 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Celebrate back-to-school with immunization information, healthy lunch options and educational television. $8, children 12 months and under free.

• Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Freedom Riders through June 12. The exhibition features 328 mug shots alongside 15 contemporary portraits of Freedom Riders from journalist and photographer Eric Etheridge’s project. Free. • Expressions of the Orient June 21, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors d’oeuvres served first, and the program begins at 6 p.m. Elizabeth K. Mix explores the western influence on Japanese art from 1860 to the present. Galleries open until 8 p.m. Free admission. • The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854– 918 through July 17. The exhibit explores the cultural phenomenon known as Japonisme, through the presentation of more than 200 works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibit is part of the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students. • Kyoto Views: The Art of Randy Hayes through July 17. Hayes often borrows from traditional Japanese printmaking aesthetics and combines layers of images in oil on photographs. Admission includes access to the Orient Expressed exhibit. $12, $10 seniors, $6 students.

Artists will teach several workshops at the Tougaloo Art Colony this summer.

Lofton and Andrew Thomas oversee the “Mega Painting Work Shop Team.” Mario Robinson teaches the pastel painting workshop. The week ends with the exhibit “Hot Art.” Class size is limited and is filled on a first-come basis. Tuition is $400, and an additional registration fee is $25. For information, contact Minnie Watson at 601-977-7839 or mwatson@ tougaloo.edu, or Johnnie Mae Gilbert at 601-977-7743 or jgilbert@tougaloo.edu.

Hours are noon-6:30 p.m. daily by appointment only. Donations welcome; call 601-209-4736. The Stowe Show through May 31, at Light and Glass Studio (523 S. Commerce St.). See Nicole Stowe’s collages and photographs, and Richard Stowe’s monoprints and serigraphs. The show ends May 31. Free; email radkins@lightandglass.net. Pieces of the Past: Spoils of War through July 10, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the exhibit rotates artifacts. Free; call 601-576-6920. Art Exhibit through June 30, at Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive). See glass works by Donna Davis through June 30. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-432-4056. “The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” through Oct. 31, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). The exhibit examines the Freedom Riders in Mississippi. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-576-6850. “Whimsy” Exhibit through June 30, at Cups in Clinton (101 W. Main St., Clinton). See works by Elizabeth Bennett. Free; call 601-924-4952. “Freedom’s Sisters” through Aug. 14, at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center (528 Bloom St.). The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition features 20 African American women who changed history. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children under 18; call 601-960-1457. Garden Party June 4, 9 a.m., at Wolfe Studio (4308 Old Canton Road). Ceramic birds sold at discounted prices in the flower garden. Call 601-366-1844. Mississippi Time Travelers Kids Camp June 20-24. Kids ages 8-12 learn history at Old Capitol Museum, Governor’s Mansion and Eudora Welty House. Pre-registration required. $40; call 601-576-6800. “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” July 21-Sept. 1, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit explores American music. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Free; call 601-932-2562. Mississippi Wildlife Extravaganza Aug. 5-7, at Mississippi Trade Mart (1200 Mississippi St.). Aug. 5 is Kids’ Day. Children under 12 get in free; adults receive a $1 discount. $8, $4 children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under; call 601-206-5703. “Alsace to America,” at Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience (3863 Morrison Road, Utica). Learn about Jews who immigrated to Mississippi in the 1800s. Call between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule. $5, $4 students; call 601-362-6357. “Kinetic Vapor,” at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). NunoErin has aluminum panels that reflect light and color-shifting LEDs. Free; call 601-960-2321. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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Events at Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Drive). Call 601-354-7303. • Endangered Species Creature Features May 6-27. Learn about endangered animals from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children ages 3-18, members and children 2 and under free. • Junior Naturalist Camp June 6-10. Campers in grades 6-9 participate in activities that focus on Mississippi’s ecosystems, and learn about the identification, collection, and conservation of indigenous species. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. MondayThursday, ending with an overnight stay through 10 a.m. Friday. $190, $165 members. • Camp WILD. Campers learn about the identification, collection and conservation of indigenous species. June 13-16 for grades K-1; June 20-23 for grades 2-3; June 27-30 for grades 4-5. Hours are 9 a.m.-noon. $140, $115 museum members.

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Music Sunset Series with Raphael Semmes May 27, 5 p.m., at Underground 119 (119 S. President St.), on the outdoor stage in the parking lot. Semmes performs with the 119 Funk Machine featuring Jewel Bass. Free; call 601-352-2322. Jazz Night Live at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). Enjoy the sounds of Jazz Beautiful featuring Pam Confer on the last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets at the door or at circaliving.com. $12; call 601-362-8484. Mississippi Roots in Blues Festival noon May 28 on Commerce Street across from Hal & Mal’s. Performers include Bobby Rush, Robert “Super Chikan” Johnson, Nellie “Tiger” Travis and Pat “Miss Opportunity” Brown. $20; call 601-982-7514. “Kids Need Fresh Air” CD Release Party 2 p.m. May 28 at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St.). Free; visit skatems.com. Lazy Jane 7 p.m. May 28 at Mudbugs (1299 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Free; call 601-992-5225. TopherMan CD Release Show 7:30 p.m. June 1 at Florence Middle School (123 Beverly Drive, Florence), in the auditorium. $5; call 601-540-6077. A Tribute to the Arts 6 p.m. June 4 at Covenant Presbyterian Church (4000 Ridgewood Road). The event includes music by Mississippi Boychoir alums, the Covenant Men’s Chorus and the Covenant Women’s Worship Dance Group. Free, donations welcome; call 601-665-7374. Music in the City June 7, July 6 and Aug. 16, 5:15 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S.

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Farmers Markets Olde Towne Market 9 a.m. June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13 in Olde Towne Clinton. Vendors sell everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts. Free admission; call 601-924-5472. Farmers Market Day 10 a.m. July 16 at Mississippi Children’s Museum (2145 Highland Drive). The event includes product samples, healthy activities and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. $8, children 12 months and under free; call 601-981-5469 or 877-793-5437. Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram), through Oct. 29. The market is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds for crafting. Call 601-373-4545. Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.), through Dec. 17. Shop for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans; includes the Greater Belhaven Market. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 601-354-6573. Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road) through Dec. 17. Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by participating local farmers. WIC vouchers accepted, and chefs will be on hand to give cooking demonstrations with WIC products. Market hours are 9-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Free admission; call 601-987-6783.

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Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon), through Dec. 24. Farmers sell homegrown produce from 8 a.m.7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-919-1690.

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Lamar St.), in Trustmark Grand Hall. Free; call 601-354-1533. Willie Nelson 7:30 p.m. June 7 at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). $33-$53; call 800-745-3000. TTOCCS REKARP 8 p.m. June 9, at Fire (209 S. Commerce St.). The group and J-TRAN perform. $10; call 800-745-3000; visit ttoccsrekarp.com. Rock the South 2011 2 p.m. June 11 at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium (2531 N. State St.). The concert includes the Newsboys, the David Crowder Band, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5 and more. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $39.99; call 800-745-3000. Forever Friday 10 p.m. June 24 at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Enjoy music, poetry and art displays. $10 before 10 p.m.; call 601-454-8313. July 4th Weekend Southern Soul Summer Fest 2 p.m. July 3, at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Performers include Clarence Carter, Shirley Brown, Jay Blackfoot, Andre Lee, Lamar Williams, Nathaniel Kimble, LaMorris Williams, L.J. Echols and Noo Noo. $15, $5 children ages 5-12; call 601352-2580, ext. 228. Fourword Progress Music Festival 7 p.m. July 4 at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). Enjoy music from Jackson hip-hop, R&B and soul artists $4; email suite106lounge@gmail.com. The Mississippi Opry Summer Show 6 p.m. July 16, at Pearl Community Room (2420 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Performers include Harmony & Grits and The Jason Boone Band. $10, children under 18 free; call 601-331-6672. “Connection” Church-wide Music Workshop July 21-23, at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church (124 Vine Drive, Brandon). Pre-register before July 21 or register on-site July 21 at 6:30 p.m. $10, $5 youth by July 21, $15, $8 after; free concert; call 601-624-3246 or 662-292-4141. Summer Showcase 6 p.m. Aug. 6, location TBA. The fundraiser for the Mississippi Chorus includes a prize awarded for the best tablescape. Guests can bring picnic baskets. Includes a silent auction of classic items. RSVP. Call 601-278-3351. Family and Friends Homecoming Weekend 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at True Light Missionary Baptist Church (224 E. Bell St.). Choirs, soloists and dance ministries welcome. Call 601-954-4662. Events at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). • Mississippi Gospel Music Awards 5 p.m. July 10. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035. • Jackson Music Awards 6 p.m. July 11. Hip-hop and soul artists receive awards in 32 categories. $20, $30 reserved; call 601-981-4035. More music listings at jfpmusic.com.


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Events at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). Call 601-366-7619. • “The Help” 5 p.m. May 25. Kathryn Stockett signs copies of her book. The movie based on the novel premieres Aug. 12. $16 book. • “Hamptons Gardens” 1 p.m. May 28. Jack DeLashmet signs copies of his book. $150 book. • “Alphabetter Juice” 5 p.m. May 31. Roy Blount signs copies; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26 book. • “The New Southern Garden Cookbook” 5 p.m. June 7. Sheri Castle signs copies of her book. $35 book. • “The Sword of Darrow” 1 p.m. June 11. Alex and Hal Malchow sign copies of their book. $17.99 book. • “Return to the Southern Wild” 2:30 p.m. June 18. Joe Mac Hudspeth signs copies of his book. $40 book. • “The Ranger” 5 p.m. June 23. Ace Atkins signs copies; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book. • “Civil Rights History from the Ground Up” 5:30 p.m. July 12. Editor Emilye Crosby signs copies of the book. $26.95 book. • “Ladies and Gentlemen” 5 p.m. July 14. Adam Ross signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $24.95 book. • “The Reservoir” 5 p.m. July 20. John Millken Thompson signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $15.95 book. • “A Good Hard Look” 5 p.m. July 20. Ann Napolitano signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $25.95 book.

• “The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll” 5 p.m. July 26. Preston Lauterbach signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. • “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life” 5 p.m. July 27. Sandra Beasley signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $23 book. • “Red Summer” 5 p.m. July 28. Cameron McWhirter signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $30 book. • “Groove Interrupted” 5 p.m. Aug. 11. Keith Spera signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $26.99 book. • “Soul of the Man: Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland” 5 p.m. Aug. 15. Charles Farley signs copies of his book; reading at 5:30 p.m. $35 book. • “Southern Fried Child in Home Seeker’s Paradise” 5 p.m. Aug. 16. Jimmie Meese Moomaw signs copies of her book; reading at 5:30 p.m. Events at G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library (103 Winners Circle, Flowood). Call 601-919-1911. • “Lifted from the Waters,” 1 p.m. May 26 Culpepper Webb signs copies of his book. Lemuria Books will sell books on-site. $16.95 book. • Southern Writers Group Meetings. Writers and aspiring writers meet on fourth Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. to discuss writing and publishing. Free. Summer Reading Kick-off. Enjoy an afternoon magic show by Memphis magician and storyteller Mr. Nick. Free; call 601-856-4536. • 2 p.m. June 6 at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison). • 4:30 p.m. June 7 at Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Mississippi Writers Guild Conference Aug. 5-6. The Literary Arts on Stage reception is 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Library Commission (3881 Eastwood Drive), and the workshops are 8 a.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.), with registration at 7:15 p.m. Register by June 30 for the early-bird rate. Half-day and group rates available. $145, $116 seniors and students; visit mississippiwritersguild.com. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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free and dish out money for is the cash bar and the food that the Palette Café’s new executive chef Luis Bruno will prepare. On June 10, head down to the museum’s outdoor patio and enjoy music in downtown Jackson and explore the museum. Dangermuffin, an electric trio based in Folley Beach, S.C., and songwriter Valerie June will provide entertainment. Dangermuffin’s most recent album “Moonscapes” (released in 2010), is American folk music with a twist. Art Remix attendees will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a garden party at the museum’s Art Garden when it opens this fall. Art Remix is from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 10 at the Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St., 601-960-1515).

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Events at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.). Free, book prices vary; call 769-251-1031. • Brothas, Books and Brew. Held first and third Fridays from 5-7 p.m., men of all races are invited to participate in the discussion of a chosen book and topics such as politics, religion and family. Beverages will be sold. • Watoto Story Time. Children are invited every first and third Saturday at 11:30 a.m. • Sista Speak. On first and third Saturdays at 4 p.m., a book is selected for discussion that addresses issues facing women. Advance purchase of books for discussion and registration required. Free wine and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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Galleries Blaylock Fine Art Photography Studio and Gallery 3017 N. State St. in Fondren. Featuring the photography of Ron Blaylock, a Millsaps College instructor. Call 601-506-6624. Visit web.mac.com/blaylockphoto.

of the Academic Complex, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-974-1431 or visit millsaps.edu/art/gallery.shtml.

Brown’s Fine Art 630 Fondren Place. The gallery represents more than 30 Mississippi artists, including the late Walter Anderson. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-982-4844 or visit brownsfineart.com. Bryant Galleries 3010 Lakeland Cove, Suite A, Flowood; 316 Royal Street, New Orleans. Call 601-932-5099, visit bryantgalleries.com or email art@bryantgalleries.com.

Light and Glass Studio 523 Commerce St. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 3:30-6:30 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-942-7285 or visit lightandglass.net. Glassworks by Jerri Sherer and photography by Roy Adkins. Lounge Interiors/Lounge Arts Gallery 1491 Old Canton Mart Road, Suites 10 and 10a. Lounge Arts features the works of 17 artists. Call 601-206-1788, visit loungeartsgallery.com or email loungeinteriors@gmail.com. Mela Dolce Design Studio 107 N. Union Street, Canton. Open Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A studio offering fine art, custom draperies, reupholstering services and wall coverings. Call 601-667-3509.

circa. Urban Artisan Living 2771 Old Canton Road, in the Historic Fondren District. 601362-8484. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Featuring functional and decorative artisan-created items from local, regional and national artisans for home, garden and body. Visit circaliving.com. Jazz Night Live the last Friday of each month from 7-11 p.m. $12 cover.

Gaddis Group Gallery 2900 N. State St., Room 206. Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601368-9522. Features the work of 28 watercolorists, many of whom studied under John Gaddis. Commissioned work is welcome. Harry the Potter 381 Ridge Way, Flowood. Select from a large variety of unpainted bisque items and hand paint your own masterpiece. Call 601-992-7779, email harrythepotter5445@ gmail.com or visit harrythepotterglobal.net. Jackson Street Gallery Trace Station Shopping Center, Suite E, Ridgeland. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 601-853-1880. Open during Ridgeland Rendezvous on third Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. Java Ink 420 Roberts St., Pearl. Located at Bright Center behind Trustmark on Mississippi Highway 80. Call 601-397-6292 or visit java-ink. com. The store sells coffee, comic books and art. Lewis Art Gallery at Millsaps College, third floor

f you are planning on driving around the Fondren area Aug. 27, you may want to think of an alternate route instead of North State Street. The street will be closed from Duling Avenue to Fondren Place to make room for two stages that will host live music during Sneaky Fest. The event is happening in front of Sneaky Beans, a coffee shop and music venue at 2914 N. State St. The daylong festival will include a children’s play area in the back parking lot of the Bean, plenty of local musicians playing on the two stages, vendors selling local art, some of the finest local food and plenty of ice-cold beer. The Seventh Annual Facial Hair Fashion Show will be held in conjunction with Sneaky Fest. A group of local beard enthusiasts will compete on one of the stages. Judges will rate contestants on sweetness

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Nunnery’s at Gallery 119—Fine Art & Framing 119 S. President St. Call 601-969-4091. Nunnery’s Gallery, specializing in fine art and distinctive custom framing, merged with Gallery 119, a contemporary fine-art gallery specializing in the works of Mississippi and southern artists.

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Fondren Art Gallery 601 Duling Ave. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. See an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures and art. Custom paintings, portraits and framing also offered. Call 601-981-9222; visit fondrenartgallery.com. Richard McKey’s six-week painting and drawing class starts June 9; $250.

Mississippi Craft Center 950 Rice Road, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-7546 or visit mscrafts. org. Featuring works by members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi. Craft demonstrations from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

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713-1224; visit obwgallery.com. P.R. Henson Studio 1115 Lynwood Drive. By appointment only. Stay tuned for information on an upcoming open house. Call 601-9824067 or email phenson51@yahoo.com. Pearl River Glass Studio 142 Millsaps Ave. Featuring work by Pearl River Glass artists and friends. Call 601-353-2497 or visit prgs.com. Richard McKey Studio 3242 N. State St. See paintings and sculptures by Richard McKey, including the large “Obama Head� in front of his studio. Call 601-573-1060 or visit richardmckey.com. Sami Lott Designs and Gallery 1800 N. State St. Call 601-212-7707. Reception for represented artists first Thursday of the month. Sanaa Gallery 440 Bounds St., Suite C-2. The gallery sells fine art, has a boutique featuring jewelry and body products, and offers custom framing. Visit sanaagalleries.com or call 769218-8289. The South Warehouse Gallery 627 Silas Brown St. Call 601-968-0100 or 601 398-5237. Email cliff.speaks@gmail.com or thesouthwarehouse@ yahoo.com. Hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or by appointment. Southern Breeze Gallery 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 5005, Renaissance in Ridgeland. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 15 p.m. and by appointment. Call 601-607-4147 or visit southernbreeze.net. Different artists are featured each week. Southside Gallery 150 Courthouse Square, Oxford. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Call 662-234-9090; visit southsideartgallery.com.

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of the beard, character-fitting nature of the beard and crowd reaction. To participate in the Facial Hair Fashion Show, email Baskin Jones at baskinjones@gmail.com. To be a sponsor for SneakyFest, or if you’re interested in performing, send an email to Byron Knight at byronknight1@ gmail.com. Follow Sneaky Fest on twitter @sneakyfest for the latest news on bands, sponsors and other announcements.

Studio AMN 440 Bounds St., Suite C-1. Call 769-218-8165, email studioamn@gmail.com or visit studioamn.com. Studio AMN is co-owned and operated by Melanie and Janella John. Art on display ranges from paintings and photography to sculpture. View Gallery 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 105, Ridgeland. Call 601-856-2001 or visit viewgalleryart.com. Wolfe Studio 4308 Old Canton Road. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call 601-3661844. Paintings, prints and colorful ceramics. The studio hosts a garden party June 4, featuring ceramic birds. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.


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Events at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Call 800-745-3000. • Jeff Dunham 7:30 p.m., June 23. The ventriloquist performs his “Identity Crisis” tour. $43.50. • Caged in the Coliseum 7 p.m. June 25. Psychout Productions presents cage matches including bouts between Houston Alexander and Brian Albin, and Jerrett Becks and Paul McAdams. $25, $35. Events at Warehouse Theatre (1000 Monroe St.). Call 601-982-2217. • “Assassins” Auditions 6:30 p.m. June 11. Actors ages 18 and up should come prepared with one minute of a vocal musical number performed with live piano or a track. Dress comfortably to learn and perform brief choreography. • “Assassins” Aug. 10-14. Fondren Theatre Workshop presents the musical about assassins and potential assassins of American presidents against the backdrop of a carnival game. Tickets sold after July 15; price TBA. Events at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Summer film schedule TBA. Call 601-960-1552. • “Hurricane on the Bayou” Mega-HD Cinema through May 31. Listen to a story shared through the eyes of four Louisiana musicians that explores the fragility of the Louisiana wetlands, the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the 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 through May 31. The film introduces new generations to space exploration and combines the Apollo 11 mission with the story of three young fliers who go along. Shows are 2 p.m. MondaySaturday. $6.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, $4 children. • “Two Small Pieces of Glass” Sky Show through May 31. A simple adjustment to a child’s spyglass 400 years ago revealed an infinite 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 through May 31. Explore the construction and use of the Hubble Space Telescope, the people behind the scenes and careers in space. Shows are 3 p.m. Saturdays. $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3 children. • Art House Cinema Downtown. Watch independent films at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and a ballet or opera film at 2 p.m. Sundays. $7 per film Friday and Saturday, $16 Sunday; visit msfilm.org.

Events at Black Rose Community Theatre (103 Black St., Brandon). Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $15, $10 seniors and students; call 601-825-1293. • “Love, Sex and the IRS” June 2-5. Steve Sutton directs the comedy about out-of-work musicians who pretend to be married to trick the IRS. • “Oklahoma!” July 28-Aug. 7. The musical tells the love story of a cowboy and Laurey, a farm girl.

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“Bedlam in Cabin B” Dinner Theater. The Mississippi Murder Mystery play is about antics on a haunted cruise boat. Seating is at 6:30 p.m.; RSVP. • 7 p.m. June 7 at Rossini Cucina Italiana, W. Jackson St. (207 W. Jackson St., Suite A, Ridgeland). $38.50; call 601-856-9696. • 7 p.m. June 9 at Petra Cafe (104 W. Leake St.). $36; call 601-366-0161. The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy at Tinseltown (411 Riverwind Drive, Pearl). See extended editions, including an introduction by director Peter Jackson from the set of “The Hobbit.” Shows are at 7 p.m. $11.50, $10.50 seniors and students, $9.50 children; call 601-936-5856. • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” June 14. • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” June 21. • “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” June 28. Max and Ruby: Bunny Party 2 p.m. May 28 at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The show is based on books by Rosemary Wells and the popular television show on Nick Jr. $22.50-$27.50; call 800-745-3000. Gospel Mime Concert 6 p.m. May 28 at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Messengers of Christ Mime Ministry headlines the show. Free; call 601-371-1427. “Vengeance Is the Lord” Dinner Theater 7 p.m. June 25 at CrossRoads International House of Worship (4085 Northview Drive), in the House of Joy. Sandra Howard and Company presents the play about a family dealing with a tragedy that challenges their faith. Limited seating. $20; call 601-906-2713. “Incompatible with Christian Teaching” Film Screening 7 p.m. June 26 at Broadmeadow United Methodist Church (4419 Broadmeadow Drive). The documentary is about Methodists advocating change in the church’s policies regarding homosexuality. A question-and-answer session follows the screening. Free; email dreammississippi@gmail.com. Dance with the Stars 7 p.m. Aug. 20 at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.). The competition benefiting the Mississippi Opera pairs local celebrities and business leaders with dance instructors as they compete in several categories. Includes cocktails and dinner before the competition, and the Capitol City Stage Band performs afterward. Tickets go on sale in July. Sponsorships available. $75, $100 couple; call 601-960-2300 or 877-MSOPERA. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533. • “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” through June 5. The saga of Joseph and his coat comes to life in the musical. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. $25, $22 seniors and students. • “Guys and Dolls Jr.” July 14-17. Participants in the Broadway Jr. Summer camp present the play based on Damon Runyon’s short stories. Show times are 7 p.m. July 14-16 and 2 p.m. July 17. $10, $7 children 12 and under.

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Camps & Creative Classes Events at New Stage Theatre (1100 Carlisle St.). Call 601-948-3533, ext. 232. • First Stages Camp June 6-17. The camp for children in grades 1-4 includes an introduction and exploration of acting through creative dramatic games, structured improvisation and scene work. The camp ends with a showcase performance. Sessions are 9 a.m.-noon weekdays. $250. • Acting Shakespeare Camp June 6-17. Youth in grades 5-11 receive instruction in Shakespearean and Elizabethan drama, acting, stage movement and stage combat. The camp ends with an abridged Shakespeare production. $250. • Broadway Jr. Summer Camp Intensive June 20-July 17. The camp for youth in grades 5-11 includes audition instruction, text analysis, character building and scene work, as well as dance and vocal instruction. Sessions are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The camp ends with the production of “Guys and Dolls Jr.” $450. Summer Enrichment Camps for Kids at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.) unless otherwise indicated. Call 601-974-1130 for a complete list of camps. • Reading and Writing in College Workshop June 13-16. The workshop is designed to introduce high-school juniors and seniors to successful reading and writing strategies. Register by May 31. $125.

• Discovering the Young Artist Camp. Children will develop their drawing skills through the concepts of line, shape, form, shading and color. Children in grades 1-4 meet June 13-17; register by May 31. Children in grades 5-8 meet June 2024; register by June 6. Supplies included. $95. • Cheer Dance Basics June 13-17. Children ages 7-15 will learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, pom squad dance, cheers and chants. Register by May 31. $90. • Choral Music Camp June 13-17. Children in grades 3-6 learn about singing through rhythm games, melody games, folk dances and movement. Campers will give a concert the last day. Register by May 31. Supplies included. $125. • Digital Photography Camp June 13-16. Students in grades 9-12 will learn about exposure, composition and lighting, plus how to print, save, email and enhance pictures. Participants will need a digital camera. Register by May 31. $100. • Praise and Worship Dance for Youth June 2024. Children ages 7-15 will gain basic knowledge of proper ballet and lyrical-dance techniques, choreography and improvisational dance. Register by June 6. $90. • Digital Storytelling Camp June 20-24. Students in grades 4-7 will produce books through digital photography and storyboarding for fiction or

JFP-Sponsored Events Radio JFP on WLEZ, 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, play local music and interview a special guest. JFP sports writer Bryan Flynn (@jfpsports on Twitter) also gives commentary at 12:45 p.m. Listen to podcasts of all shows at jfpradio.com. Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Magnolia Roller Vixens Roller Derby, 7 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Doors open at 6 p.m. $12 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 children; call 601-376-9122. Competitors include: • The Capital Offenders from the Red Stick Roller Derby League on June 4. • The Priskilla Presleys on July 9. • The Acadiania Rollergirls on Aug. 20. Fondren After 5 5 p.m. June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4. This monthly event showcases the shops, galleries and restaurants of the Fondren neighborhood. Free; call 601-981-9606. Italian Festival 1 p.m., June 5, at Cerami’s (5417 Lakeland Drive, Suite I, Flowood). Activities include a spaghetti-eating contest, door prizes, face painting, games, a silent auction and handmade gifts for sale. Proceeds benefit Friends of Hudspeth Center. $12, kids free; call 601-919-2829.

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Jackson 2000 Spring Membership Social 5:30 p.m., June 9 at Koinonia Coffee House (136 S. Adams St., Suite C). Learn more about Jackson 2000, an organization dedicated to promoting racial harmony. Refreshments served. For ages 21 and up. Free admission, food $5 and up; email bevelyn_branch@att.net.

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Art Remix 6 p.m. June 10 at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Enjoy food by chef Luis Bruno, a cash bar, art and music from Dangermuffin and Valerie June. Enter the drawing to win a special prize. Free admission, food $5 and up; call 601-960-1515. The Market in Fondren 8 a.m. June 18, July 9 and Aug. 20 in the green space at the corning of

Duling Avenue and Old Canton Road (new location!) Artists and food producers sell their goods. Entertainment provided. Free; call 601-832-4396. Seventh Annual JFP Chick Ball 6 p.m. July 9 at Hal & Mal’s (200 S. Commerce St.). This fundraising event benefits the Center for Violence Prevention’s programs in nearby rural areas. Seeking sponsors, auction donations and volunteers now. More details: jfpchickball.com and follow on Twitter @jfpchickball. Get involved, volunteer, donate art, money and gifts at chickball@jacksonfreepress.com. Be a sponsor for as low as $50. Admission $5, 18+; call 601-362-6121, ext. 16. Top of the Hops Beer Festival 2 p.m. July 30 at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Patrons receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to samples of more than 150 craft beers. The festival also features a Brew University education area, music, food and games. Tickets available through Ticketmaster, the Coliseum Box Office and Hops & Habanas. Designated driver tickets available. $35 in advance, $40 day of festival, $60-$65 VIP; call 205-714-5933 or 800-745-3000. Yoga for Non-violence: 108 Sun Salutations 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). All levels of ability and endurance are welcome to participate in the yoga mala. Free sun salutation classes given in July at many Jackson yoga studios. Proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Prevention. $25, donations welcome; call 601-500-0337 or 601-932-4198. Bright Lights, Belhaven Nights 5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, at Carlisle Street and Kenwood Place. The annual street festival includes live music on five stages, children’s activities, food and artisan booths. $6, $1 children 12 and younger; call 601352-8850. Mississippi Happening. Guaqueta Productions hosts the monthly broadcast featuring a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at mississippihappening.com. Watch jfpevents.com for more JFP events.


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Fondren Art Gallery hosts a six-week painting and drawing class for beginners starting June

nonfiction stories. Students must provide a digital camera, USB cords and flash drives. They will present their books in a PowerPoint show. Register by May 23. $125. • Summer Guitar Workshop June 20-24. The class for beginners ages 13-17 involves basic note reading, how to strum chords and other acousticguitar fundamentals. Participants will learn to play songs in solo and group settings. Register by June 6; guitar not included. $85. • Character Animation Workshop June 21-30, at Jackson Academy (4908 Ridgewood Road). Children will hear the history of hand-drawn cartoon animation and learn its techniques. Children ages 10-13 meet June 21-23; register by June 7. Children ages 14-17 meet June 28-30; register by June 14. Supplies included. $90. • Chamber Music Day Camp July 5-29. The camp is for children in grades 7-12. Coaching, musical theory and history classes, faculty recitals

and the opportunity to perform are included. Admission requirements apply; contact Rachel Heard at 601-974-1420 for information. $250. Events at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-7546. • Craft Sampler Summer Camp June 6-Aug. 5. Children learn pottery, wire sculpture, fabric art, mosaics, candle making and more. Each oneweek session is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. Sessions for children ages 5-8 are June 6-10 or July 11-15. Sessions for children ages 9-12 are June 20-24 or July 25-29. A session for special-needs children ages 5-16 is August 1-5. Snacks included; registration required. $175, $150 second child. • Powder Horn Class June 24-July 9. Walter Mabry, instructor, Classes are June 24-25 and July 8-9 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Materials included. $250. Events at Viking Cooking School (Township at Colony Park, 1107 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Call 601-898-8345.

• Date Night: Decadent Dinner 1 p.m. May 28. Skills covered include working with lobster, crusting and stuffing beef tenderloin, preparing and cooking asparagus and learning proper techniques for making a soufflÊ. $109. • Food For Life 6 p.m. May 26. Topics include making a healthy soup, making fruit salsa, creating crosshatch grill marks and making pilaf. $59. • Pickling, Canning and Preserving 9 a.m. June 4. Learn the basics for preserving fruits and vegetables. Recipes include strawberry preserves, quick pickles and salsa. $89. • Kids’ Pizza Party 9 a.m. June 8. Kids will observe how yeast is activated, make and shape dough, and add toppings. $59. • Girls’ Night Out: In Little Havana 4 p.m. June 11. Topics covered include making a vinaigrette, searing chicken, seasoning properly and making sofrito. $89. • Kids’ Italian Pasta Party 9 a.m. June 15. Kids learn to make a salad dressing, tear lettuce, make and shape yeast dough, sauce pasta, grate cheese, and use an ice cream machine. They will also learn how to read and follow a recipe, measure ingredients and follow the basic rules for kitchen safety and sanitation. $59. • Sushi Workshop 6 p.m. June 15. Skills learned include discovering authentic Japanese ingredients, making sushi rice, nigiri-zushi, and making and slicing maki-zushi. $99. • Cupcakes and Cake Balls 1 p.m. June 26. In the five-hour workshop, learn how to make, bake and decorate cupcakes with buttercream icing, cream cheese and fondant, and learn to make cake balls in your favorite flavors. $135.

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Summer Reading Workshops through July 3. Designed to help students and their parents with JPS mandatory summer-reading assignments, United Way’s workshops are held throughout the summer at area libraries. Workshops are offered for every grade. Go to myunitedway.com or dial 211 for a schedule and locations. Volunteers needed. Call 601-948-4725. Community Blood Drive 10 a.m. May 28 at McAlister’s Deli, Byram (7385 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Donate at the Mississippi Blood Services donor coach and receive 10 percent off your meal purchase. Donors must be 17 or older (16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID. T-shirt included. Donations welcome; call 800-817-7449. “4 the Record� Swap Meet 10 a.m. May 28 at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.). Buy, sell or trade records, and enjoy music by local performers and deejays including Skipp Coon, Taylor Hildebrand, PyInfamous, DJ Young Venom and DJ Jonasty. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Salvation Army. After-party at 9 p.m. at Suite 106 (106 Wilmington St.). $4, children under 12 free; call 601-376-9404. United Way Day 7:05 p.m. June 2 at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Bring a baby-care item for United Way’s Labor of Love drive and receive

a $5 ticket to the Mississippi Braves game. Donations welcome; call 601-948-4725. “Convicted of Love� Dinner Theater 6:30 p.m. June 4 at Sophia’s at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.). Mississippi Murder Mystery presents the comedy about an ex-convict who meets his pen pal. The show includes a three-course dinner. Seating is limited; RSVP. Proceeds benefit the Community Place Relocation Program. $75; call 601-3550617, ext. 315. “Leading Ladies� Dinner Theater 7:30 p.m. June 24-25 at Brent’s Drugs (655 Duling Ave.). Fondren Theatre Workshop presents vocal performances of Broadway tunes by local women from past metro-area theater productions. Proceeds benefit Contact the Crisis Line. Admission TBA; call 601-982-2217. Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest June 30-July 3, at Historic Canton Square June 30; Northpark Mall (E. County Line Road, Ridgeland) July 1; and Canton Multipurpose Complex (501 Soldier Colony Road, Canton) July 2-3. The event includes three competitive balloon races, a special shape fiesta, balloon glows, fireworks displays, children’s activities, food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Center. Visit ballooncanton.com for a schedule of events. Free admission; call 601-859-4358 or 800-844-3369. BeanSprout Benefit Comedy Show 8 p.m. July 22 at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Performers include Eddie Griffin (“Malcolm and Eddie,� “Undercover Brother�), Michael Blackson, Antoine Blackman and Kwame Siegel. Doors open at

7 p.m. Proceeds benefit BeanSprout, an organization that helps spinal cord injury victims. Tickets available from Ticketmaster, the auditorium box office and at beansproutbenefit.org; $41.50. Call 601-291-3467.

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Tougaloo Art Colony July 17-22, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Classes in drawing, painting with pastels, ceramics, printmaking, creative writing and more will be offered. Continuing education credits are available. $25 deposit, $400 tuition; call 601-977-7839 or 601-977-7743. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes, at Courthouse Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Learn authentic hip-hop dance techniques and choreography. Open to all ages 16 and older. Classes are Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10; call 601-853-7480. Fitness Center, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Options include aerobics and Zumba classes, equipment for resistance training and toning, and access to a personal trainer. No joining fee or longterm commitment required. Hours are 8 a.m.9 p.m. weekdays. $20 per month; call 601-9876783. Line Dance Classes, at VFW Post 9832 (4610 Sunray Drive). Learn the Electric Slide, the Wobble, the Chinese Checker and other popular dances. Classes are on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Free; call 601-362-1646. Salsa Mississippi Dance Classes, at Salsa Mississippi Studio and Club (605 Duling Ave.). Options include salsa, zumba, bachata, Bollywood aerobics, flamenco, cha cha and more. A beginner’s salsa class is also taught at the Chapatoula Building (115 Cynthia St., Clinton) Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Visit jfpevents.com for the class schedule. $10 per class; call 601-213-6355. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.


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Events at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). Call 601-968-5182. • Immigration Law Consultations 9 a.m. May 26. Clients should bring all immigration documents, especially those bearing alien registration number. $100 plus MIRA membership.

Wellness Free Mental Health Screenings For Adults through May 31, at Hinds Behavioral Health Services (3450 Highway 80 W.) Free; call 601-321-2400. Zumba in the Dark Zumbathon, 6 p.m., June 17 at YMCA Fortification (800 E. River Place). Proceeds benefit the Downtown YMCA. $10; call 601-209-7566. Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in Hederman Cancer Center. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Cancer Rehab Classes ongoing, in the activity room of the Hederman Cancer Center at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. National Alliance on Mental Illness Family Support Group ongoing, at St. Dominic Hospital (969 Lakeland Drive), in the St. Catherine Room. 7 p.m. on second Thursdays. Free; call 601-899-9058.

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History Is Lunch at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Sessions are noon Wednesdays. Bring lunch. Free; call 601-576-6998. • May 25, architectural historian Jennifer Baughn will overview work by prominent Mississippians. • June 1, Suzanne Marrs talks about “What There Is to Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell.” • June 8, Richard Nolan shares his photographs of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. • June 15, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.), in the House Chamber. Charles Evers recalls his brother, civil-rights pioneer Medgar Evers. • June 22, Historian Ed Payne talks about Piney Woods enlistees in the Union Army. • June 29, Sportswriter Rick Cleveland and baseball legend Boo Ferriss talk about baseball. • July 13, Historian Clarence Hunter talks about the American Missionary Association. • August 17, John Sumrall talks about “Mississippi Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

• Naturalization Workshop 3 p.m. May 26. Attorneys assist applicants in preparing N-400 applications for submission to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. $100 includes MIRA membership, $675 N-400 filing fee. • MIRA Advocacy Meeting noon June 8 in the conference room. Attorney Nayantara Mehta from the Alliance for Justice discusses policy advocacy for 501(c)(3) organizations. Bring lunch. Events at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 2-12, members free unless otherwise indicated; call 601-352-2580. • Don’t Fry Day 9 a.m. May 27. The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention promote sun safety. • Zoo Camp June 6-July 8. Children get up close and personal with animals. Sessions are divided by age groups; topics and times vary. $150, $140 members, $35 optional lunch, $12 extra T-shirt. • Story Time Tuesday 10 a.m. June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2. A local celebrity reads an animal story. Kids do a related craft project. • Reptile Day at the Zoo 10 a.m. June 18. Enjoy encounters with the zoo’s reptile friends. • Father’s Day Car and Bike Show 10 a.m. June 19. Enjoy an exhibit of vintage cars and bikes. Fathers get in free with a paying child’s admission. • Breakfast with the Bears and Otters 7 a.m. June 25. Special breakfast treats will be given to the bears and otters at 8:30 p.m. $13, $12.20 seniors, $10 children ages 2-12, $3-$5 members. • Splash & Slide July 1-Aug. 7. Children will enjoy inflatable water slides and story time. • Weekend Southern Soul Summer Fest 2 p.m.-8 p.m. July 3. $15 13 and up; $5 ages 5-12. • Ice Cream Safari 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 16. Local media celebrities scoop ice cream. $2 plus regular admission; call 601-352-2580. • Back to “Zool” 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). Meet zoo docents, and learn what animal education is really like. Events at Jackson Housing Authority (2747 Livingston Road). Free; call 601-362-0885, ext. 115. • Homebuyer Education Class 9 a.m. May 28, June 25 and July 30. The class is required to qualify for a Jackson Housing Authority loan. • “Are you Ready to Buy a Home?” Workshop 9:30 a.m. June 7. The class overviews the process. • “Promoting Financial Health in the Community” Workshop 6 p.m. June 14-15. Events at Mississippi School for Therapeutic Massage (1935A Lakeland Drive).

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• “Speaking Out Against Child Sexual Abuse” Workshop 1 p.m. May 28 at Mississippi School for Therapeutic Massage (1935A Lakeland Drive). $20; visit speakingout-csa.com. • Mindful Spirit Expo June 25-26, Topics include reiki, acupuncture and vibrational medicine. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 25 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26. $10 exhibitions, $20 speakers, $25 for both; email IntuitiveEncounters@gmail.com. Events at Madison Public Library (994 Madison Ave., Madison) and Ridgeland Public Library (397 Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-856-4536. • Heifer International Program June 9, 2 p.m. (Madison) and 4:30 p.m. (Ridgeland). Learn about an organization that provides animals as a source of income to families in poverty. • Bilingual Story Time June 14, 2 p.m. (Madison) and 4:30 p.m. (Ridgeland). Listen to stories and songs in English with Spanish words introduced. • Storytelling with Doris Jones June 21, 2 p.m. (Madison) and 4:30 p.m. (Ridgeland). Jones shares stories from around the world. • Storytelling with Autumn MorningStar June 27, 10 a.m. (Madison) and 2 p.m. (Ridgeland). MorningStar is a Native American magician. • Around the World Puppet Show July 12, 10:30 a.m. (Madison) and 4:30 p.m. (Ridgeland). The Madison County Children’s Specialists perform. • Dancing with Nicole Marquez 5:30 p.m. July 5 in Ridgeland, and 2 p.m. July 7 in Madison. Events at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Call 601-926-1104. • Nature Day Camp June 13-July 1. Kids learn about trees and wildlife from 9 a.m.-noon week-

days. Session I June 13-17 for rising second- and third-graders; Session II June 20-24 for rising fourth- and fifth-graders; Session III June 27July 1 for rising sixth- through eighth-graders. Registration required. $60, $50 members. • Environmental Workshops for Teachers July 11-14, in Price Hall. Bring lunch. $15 per workshop, $55 all four workshops. • Nature Nuts Preschool Program until Nov. 16. The program is for children ages 2-5. Sessions are 10-11 a.m. on third Wednesdays. Registration required. $8 per session, $5 members. Events at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). Call 601-974-1130. • Business Workshop for Teens June 13-17. Register by June 6. $125. • Nature Detective Camp July 5-8. Children ages 10-14 learn about nature. Register by June 7. $85. Events at Historic Canton Square. • Art and Antique Walk 5 p.m. June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6. Free; call 800-844-3369. • Barbecue Cook-off Contest 6 a.m.-6 p.m. June 11. Participants compete to win $4,200. $65 individual, $55 vendor, $70 company sponsor; call 601-859-1900. LGBT Support Group for Youth/Young Adults, 6:30 p.m., May 27, June 24, July 29 and Aug. 26 at A Brave New Day (Fondren Corner, 2906 N. State St., Suite 204). Rise Above for Youth welcomes youth age 14-24 to share experiences and resources. Free; call 601-922-4968. Generation E Contest. Entergy Mississippi will award $25,000 in grants to nonprofits, schools and cities in the utility’s 45-county service area for ecofriendly projects. Apply by May 27. Visit entergy. com/our_community/Grant_Guidelines.aspx. Teacher Professional Development Workshops at University of Mississippi Medical Center (2500 N. State St.). Biotechnology workshops funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, June 13-17 and June 27-July 1. Apply by May 31. Science teachers are encouraged to apply. Call 601-815-1269. Silver and Gold Reception 6 p.m. June 14 at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.) in the community room. The Jackson-Hinds chapter of the JSU National Alumni Association honors new members. Free; call 601-954-4662. Girl Scouts Metro Jackson Golf Classic 11 a.m. May 26 at Lake Caroline Golf Club (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison). The tournament is a four-person scramble. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi. $150 individual

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Community or hole sponsor, $600 team, $650 corporate; call 601-366-0607. Fiesta Latina 7 p.m. May 27, at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Dance and learn Spanish. Free; call 601-500-7700.

Homeownership and Affordable Housing Rally 9:30 a.m. June 1 at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.), first floor. Call 601-362-0885. Small Business Success Seminar 5:30 p.m. June 1 and June 20 at Venture Incubator (City Centre Building, 200 S. Lamar St., 10th floor, south tower). The program tells how incubators can help grow small businesses. RSVP. Call 601-906-4868. “Love Worth Fighting For” Marriage Conference 7 p.m. June 3 at Broadmoor Baptist Church (531 Highland Colony Parkway, Madison). Presenters include actor and speaker Kirk Cameron and singer-songwriter Warren Barfield. Reserved ticketholders can attend a 5:15 p.m. questionand-answer session with Kirk Cameron. $22.50 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 reserved; visit feedyourfaith.org. Family and Friends Weekend June 3-5, at Central United Methodist Church (500 N. Farish St.). Rev. C. J. Rhodes, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church, speaks at 7 p.m. June 3; Rev. Christopher Diggs speaks at 10 a.m. June 5. Free; call 601-672-3342. Heatwave Classic Triathlon 7 a.m. June 4. Participants swim half a mile at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, bike 24.5 miles along the Natchez Trace Parkway and complete a 10K run on the Ridgeland multipurpose trail. Registration required. $85, $145; visit heatwavetri.racesonline.com. Movin’ on Main St. 5K 8 a.m. June 4, at Olde Towne Clinton. Registration required. $25; call 601-924-5472. Hamstock BBQ and Music Festival noon June 4 at Jackson Street District (between Interstate 55 North and Highway 51, Ridgeland). Free admission; visit jacksonstreetdistrict.com.

48th Annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming June 9-11. Call 601-948-5835. • 6-9 p.m. June 9, Gospel Memorial Show at Friendship Church (2948 Bailey Ave.); gubernatorial candidate Bill Luckett is the guest speaker. • 7 p.m., June 10, Homecoming Banquet at Greater Mount Calvary Church (1400 Robinson St.); Rip Daniels is the guest speaker; $50. • 10 a.m. June 11, Parade at Freedom Corner (Medgar Evers Boulevard and Martin Luther King Drive). • 5 p.m. June 11, Blues Concert at Elks Lodge (3100 John R. Lynch St.) with Dr. D, Dennis Fountain, Walt Love, Labrardo, Lina, Chick Willis and Denise LaSalle. $40. Super Sitters Babysitting Class June 11 and July 29, 8:30 a.m., at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.). Books and lunch included. Registration required. $45 per session; call 601-968-1712. National Conference on Civil Rights June 19-21, at Pearl River Resort (Highway 16 W., Choctaw). Speakers include chief Beasley Denson of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Leslie McLemore, $200; $75 June 20 or June 21; highschool students free. Visit civilrightsconference.com. Mississippi Main Street Association Awards Luncheon 10:30 a.m. June 28, at Old Capitol Inn (226 N State St.). $40; call 601-944-0113. Red, White and Jackson noon June 30 at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). Enjoy fireworks. Free; call 601-948-7575. Celebrate America Balloon Glow July 2, 6 p.m., at Northpark Mall (1200 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-853-2011. Watermelon Classic 7:30 a.m. July 4 at Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (1152 Lakeland Drive). Register by July 1. $20 5K, $15 one-mile by June 24; call 601-982-8264.

Net Worth Financial Literacy Program June 8-Aug. 3, at United Way (843 N. President St.). The group meets 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. Registration required. Free; call 601-948-4725.

Mississippi Youth Hip-Hop Summit July 9-10, at Jackson State University, College of Liberal Arts (1400 John R. Lynch St.). The program includes workshops and writing the Mississippi Student Bill of Rights. Free; call 601-354-3408.

Statewide Nonprofit Management Conference June 9-10, at King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). $199, $149 members; call 601-968-0061.

Viking Golf Classic July 11-17, at Annandale Golf Club (419 Annandale Parkway, Madison). $20$100; call 601-898-GOLF (4653).

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Senior Citizens’ Healthy Living Prom 7 p.m. May 28 at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in Kroger Gymnasium. Wear semi-formal to formal attire. $25; call 601-977-4437.

Summer Reading Program June 9-12, at Pearl Public Library (2416 Old Brandon Road, Pearl). Session for kids is 6 p.m. Thursdays June 9-July 14. Session for teens is 6 p.m. Mondays June 6-July 11. Sessions for adults is June 2-July 12. Call 601-932-2562.

Crape Myrtle Festival July 16, 10 a.m., at Green Oak Garden Center (5009 Old Canton Road). Free; call 601-956-5034.

Business Plan Workshops, at New Horizon Church International (1770 Ellis Ave.). Call 601371-1390, 601-371-1296 or 601-371-1427.

Rebel Reunion July 26, 6 p.m., at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). Call 601-594-4185 or 601-506-3186. Storytellers Ball Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m., at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $50; call 601-960-1557.

Tutoring Sessions and Peer-to-peer Study Groups, at Richard Wright Library (515 W. McDowell Road), in the community room. Sessions are 9-11:30 a.m. every other Saturday. Supplies provided. Free; call 601-948-4725 or 601-372-1621.

New Vibrations Network Gathering 6:30 p.m. June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11 at Unitarian Universalist Church (4866 N. State St.). Call newvibrations2003@hotmail.com.

Jackson Inner-city Gardeners Call for Volunteers through Aug. 30. JIG needs volunteers 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8 -11 a.m. Saturdays. Call 601-924-3539.

Jackson Arts Collective Monthly Meeting 6 p.m. June 6 and Aug. 1 at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). Call 601-497-7454.

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Out of Town COMMUNITY AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps Graduation 2 p.m. May 26 at AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, Southern Campus (2715 Confederate Avenue, Vicksburg). Corps members celebrate service. Call 601-630-4048. Whole Schools Summer Institute July 17-21, at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Registration required. $150-$750; call 601-359-6040.

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Events at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg). Call 601-631-2997. • Spectrum Arts Camp May 31-June 30. The camp is for children ages 10-16. Hours are 1-4 p.m. weekdays. Limit of 60 children. A presentation and exhibit is at 5:30 p.m. July 7. Free. • Four-Day Intro to Drawing Workshop June 7-28. Jerrod Partridge instructs sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Supplies included. Reservations required. $165, $150 members. • Multicultural Art Camp June 20-24. Campers ages 6-12 discover art, dance, music and cuisine of a different culture. Hours are 8 a.m.noon daily. Supplies included. Reservation required. $50. • Four-Day Guitar Blues Basics Workshop July 7-28. Sessions are from 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Registration required. $125, $115 members.

during the trip, though. Prior to your trip, stop by your local all-purpose store or bookstore for crayons, pencils, coloring and activities books and age-appropriate magazines and books. Gather all these items together in a backpack or storage tote to make it portable and keep things tidy in the backseat. Check the Internet for websites that provide printable activity sheets (such as activitiesforkids.com and roadtrippingma.com) SHAWANDA JACOME

re we there, yet?” This past weekend, I traveled with my son’s Cub Scout troop to Louisiana for a tour of the Honey Island Swamp. As cliché as the phrase is, it doesn’t stop kids from asking it. The swamp is 250 square miles (with 70,000 acres of wildlife nature preserve) that got its name from the honeybees found in the area. I wasn’t sure if I would go (the thought of alligators gives me nightmares), but in the end I decided the experience was one I just couldn’t pass up. Our guide, Charlie, was a raspy-voiced native of the area. He led us on a two-hour boat ride down the Pearl River in a 5,000-pound covered boat where we saw resident and migratory wildlife including alligators, eagles, herons, egrets, osprey, hawks, turtles, crawfish and a snake. One alligator, El Guapo, is between 15- and 16-feet long and weighs about 1,000 pounds. The driving time there and back was six hours. And with any trip, preparation was key to make sure everything ran smoothly. Whether you’re traveling with friends or family, here are some road trip tips to consider. • Plan for extra time. When possible, always build in a cushion of time for bathroom breaks, gas stops, detours and any other number of unexpected delays. • Don’t rely solely on GPS. Although many cars come equipped with GPS, and smart phones have navigation capability as well, you shouldn’t completely rely on them because they can steer you wrong. It is a good idea to print out directions and have a map or road atlas handy. • Mix it up. If allowed, my son would play his portable video game all day, every day. And it is tempting to let children to play their games or watch DVDs for an entire road trip. It’s good to encourage them to be interactive and creative

El Guapo, who lives in the 250-square-mile Honey Island Swamp, is more than 15 feet long.

and travel journal pages (such as momready.com) for your young passengers. • Have a plan and a checklist. I’m all for “carpe diem,” but when you’re traveling with kids you must have a plan. Allow for flexibility and spontaneity in your plan, but you should still map out where you are going and what you plan to do when you get there. Take some time before your trip to research your route and destination. Be familiar with rest stations, gas stops and

• Four-Day Calligraphy Workshop Aug. 4-25. Cecil Evans instructs from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Registration required. $115, $95 members. Mud Daubers Summer Camps. Children ages 6-12 create art with clay, wire and paint. Scholarships available. $150; call 228-374-5547. • June 13-17 and June 20-24, at Our Lady of Fatima (320 Jim Money Road, Biloxi). • July 11-15, at Bay Waveland Middle School (600 Pine St., Bay St. Louis). “The Art of Nature” Camps at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Call 228-872-3164. • Full-day Camp June 6-July 15, for ages 6-11 on weekdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $225. • Kindercamp July 18-29, for ages 3-5 on weekdays from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. $175. Color Combinations: Mixing and Painting Workshop 10:30 a.m. May 28 at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). Learn painting basics. For ages 12 and up. $3, $2.50 members; call 662-887-9539. The Painterly Approach for Oil and Pastel Painters July 19-15 at Pat Walker Art Studio (141 Locust St., Rolling Fork). Classes are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. $595; email ritsartist@aol.com. Wednesday Knitting Nights, at DeSoto Arts Center (660 W. Commerce St., Hernando). Knit at 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Free; email littlebitacres@hughes.net. Line Dance Classes, at House of Khafre (103/105 Main St., Indianola). Learn dances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays $3 donation; call 662-347-8198.

kid-friendly attractions along the way. If you are traveling with the family pet, don’t rely solely on the Internet to reveal places that allow pets. Call ahead to make sure policies have not changed. It’s a good idea to have a checklist (find one at familyfun. go.com) to ensure you bring all the essentials with you: batteries, paper towels, headache medicine, wipes, etc. Mark-ups in tourist areas can get steep. If you have space in the car, be sure to bring jackets and a change of clothes for each family member—even if you’re only going away for a day-trip. • Snacks. On our trips, I bring ample snacks, but also budget in funds for eating out. Sadly, there is something about being on the road that makes you crave soda, candy and chips—I am guilty of this, for sure. If you can, try to keep those types of snacks to a minimum. At least incorporate some healthier snacks like fresh fruit, veggies, yogurt and lots of water. • Bring a friend. Depending on where you are going, consider traveling with other people. The trip to the swamp was our second trip with the Cub Scouts. Last fall, we went to the USS Alabama. Since our son is an only child, it’s nice to have other kids to interact with and build memories with. A friend of mine let her teenage daughter bring her two best friends on a summer trip to the Bahamas. It takes extra planning to travel with other people’s kids, a group or another family, but it’s definitely worth it. • Music. Get your entire family involved in picking out songs to load onto your mp3 player. Not only does music add fun to a trip, but when you hear those songs later, it will bring you right back to the moment. Honey Island Swamp Tour (41490 Crawford Road, Slidell, La., 985-641-1769, honeyislandswamp.com) offers twohour tours year-round; reservations are required.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art (386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Call 228-374-5547. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Changing Exhibitions through June 19. See “Richmond Barthe: The Seeker” in the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Gallery, “The Cochran Collection: Andy Warhol - Series and Selected Prints” and “June Kaneko: Selected Work” in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Free. • “Mortal To Mythic: The Transforming Power Of Art” Permanent Exhibitions. Exhibitions include “George Edgar Ohr: Selections from Gulf Coast Collections” in the Star Gallery. Free. • SummOhr of Love June 9, 6 p.m., at IP Casino Resort Spa (850 Bayview Ave. Biloxi), poolside at Quench. The fundraiser includes a cash bar, free beer and wine, $50 in advance, $60 at the door. • Museum Store Artist Demonstrations. Sessions are at 1:30 p.m. Participants include: Terry Tjader, Wolfe Studios, Yvonne Brown and Jay Milner June 11; Suzanne Weidie July 9; and Stacey Johnson, Cathy Talbot, Lynn Barnwell, Elizabeth Gafford and Helene Fielder Aug. 13. Free. • “Above All, Enjoy the Music” June 20Nov. 27. See jazz photography by Herman Leonard in Beau Rivage Resort and Casino Gallery. • “Design in Three Dimensions” June 25Nov. 27. See ceramics by Brian Nettles in the Mississippi Sound Welcome Center. • “Look at It ... Think About It” June 27Dec. 4. See mixed-media by William Dunlap in the IP Casino Resort Spa Exhibitions Gallery.

Events at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12:304:30 p.m. Sunday. $10, $8 seniors, students and military, $5 children 5-15; call 228-872-3164. • “The Lost Murals of Walter Anderson: Art of Nature” through June 30. The exhibit has more than 100 artworks of large-scale watercolors. • Bessie Johnson Exhibit Mar 27-June 1. The artist-in-residence is a winner of the Mississippi Arts Commission Governor’s Award. Events at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. $7, $5 children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under; call 662-627-6820. • “Mississippi: State of Blues” through July 31. Photographer Ken Murphy and with blues writer Scott Barretta display landscapes and portraits. • Son House Exhibit June 23-Oct. 31. Dick Waterman’s photography exhibit honors Eddie James “Son” House Jr., the bluesman who taught Robert Johnson. The June 23 opening is at 5 p.m. “Twelve Voices” through June 5, at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art (565 N. 5th Ave., Laurel), in the Lower Level Galleries. Studio Art Quilt Associates presents 26 quilts by 12 artists. Hours are 10 a.m.4:45 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free, donations welcome; call 601-649-6374. Mississippi Art Colony Traveling Exhibit through May 27, at Southern Cultural Heritage Center (1302 Adams St., Vicksburg), in the Academy Building. Hours are 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. weekdays. Free; call 601-631-2997.


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Juke Joint Exhibit through June 1, at The Gordon Gallery (233 Delta Ave., Clarksdale). Free; call 662624-4005. “Passing the Torch: Documenting the 21st Century Ku Klux Klan” through May 30, at University of Southern Mississippi (118 College St., Hattiesburg), in Cook Library, room 105-A. See an exhibit of photographs by USM alum James Edward Bates. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. MondayThursday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free; call 601-268-4258. Saturdays at Negrotto’s, at Negrotto’s Gallery and Custom Framing (2645 Executive Place, Biloxi). The gallery features an artist 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday with a meet-and-greet from 3-5 p.m. Free; call 228-388-8822 or 228-702-0095.

Tana Hoban Exhibit, at University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art (118 College Drive, Hattiesburg). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Free; call 601296-7475.

GALLERIES

Jonny Lang performs June 5 in Meridian.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus June 30-July 4, at Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Show times vary. $17.76; call 800-745-3000.

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The Gordon Gallery 233 Delta Ave., Clarksdale. Juke Joint exhibit shows through June 1. Call 662624-4005; visit thegordongalleryonline.com.

Events at MSU Riley Center (2200 5th St., Meridian). Call 601-696-2200. • Jonny Lang 6 p.m. June 5. $50, $44. • Victor Wooten 7:30 p.m. July 20. $32, $26. • Bill Medley 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. $46, $40.

LITERARY & SIGNINGS “Last Barriers: Photographs of Wilderness in the Gulf Islands National Seashore” June 5, 2 p.m., at Walter Anderson Museum of Art (510 Washington Ave., Ocean Springs). Free; call 228-872-3164.

STAGE & SCREEN Events at Vicksburg Theatre Guild/Parkside Playhouse (101 Iowa Blvd., Vicksburg). Call 601636-0471. • “Gold in the Hills” Auditions 2 p.m. May 28 and 6 p.m. May 30. Actors ages 6 and up. • “Gold in the Hills” July 8-30. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $10. • Fairy Tale Theatre June 24-26. Children ages 7-18 perform. Show times are 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. June 23-24, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 25, and 2 p.m. June 26. $6, $4 children 12 and under. Choctaw Tribal Summer Event June 3-4 at Golden Moon Hotel and Casino (Highway 16 W., Choctaw), at The Arena. The event features rock opera group Brule’ & Airo, rock-band Redbone, the 49 Laughs Comedy Show and the Rising Eagles Dance Group. Shows are at 7 p.m. both days. $15, $25; call 866-44-PEARL. FestivalSouth June 4-18, in downtown Hattiesburg. The festival includes music, dance, exhibits and theater. Visit festivalsouth.com for details. Some events free; $195 Circle Pass; call 601-296-7475. Joan Rivers 8 p.m. Aug. 19 at IP Casino Resort Spa (850 Bayview Ave., Biloxi). The comedian performs stand-up. $30, $40; call 800-745-3000. Black and Blue Civil War 150th Anniversary Commemoration Call for Re-enactors. Volunteers role-play and read scripts for the program in the summer or fall in Natchez. All are welcome to participate. Email forksyaroads@aol.com.

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Events at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (875 Beach Blvd.), in the theater. Call 800-745-3000. • Ruben Studdard 8 p.m. May 27. $9.95-$19.95. • Randy Travis 8 p.m. June 3. $19.95-$34.95. • Mississippi Grammy Legacy Celebration Gala 7:30 p.m. June 7. Actress Joey Lauren Adams hosts the event. Performers include B.B. King, the North Mississippi Allstars, Shannon McNally, Jimbo Mathus and Benjamin Wright. $50. • Earth, Wind & Fire 8 p.m. June 15. $54.95$77.95. • Credence Clearwater Revisited 8 p.m. June 17. $29.95-$44.95. Sounds by the Sea. Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra plays, then fireworks. Free; call 228-896-4276. • May 28, 7:30 p.m., at Jones Memorial Park (East Beach Boulevard., Gulfport). • May 29, 7:30 p.m., at Pascagoula Beach Park (Beach Boulevard, Pascagoula). Music at the Museum May 28, at B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center (400 Second St., Indianola). The C&C Ensemble performs. Free; call 662-887-9539, ext. 222. Keith Urban 7:30 p.m. June 16 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center (2350 Beach Blvd., Biloxi). Urban performs on his Get Closer World Tour. $30.50, $52.50; call 800-745-3000. Bentonia Blues Festival 9 a.m. June 18 at Blue Front Cafe (107 E. Railroad Ave., Bentonia). Enjoy gospel music from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and blues music for the rest of the day. Performers include T.K. Soul, Terry “Harmonica” Bean and Dexter Allen featuring Tonya Youngblood. Food, music, and arts and crafts vendors included. Free; call 662-746-1815. Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival Aug. 12-14, at Delta Blues Museum (1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale). Performers include David Brinston, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Dorothy Moore, Kenny Brown, Bill Abel and Cadillac John. Free; visit sunflowerfest.org. See and add more events at jfpevents.com.

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ne day, Jackson’s (gently) aging skat- through the years spent a lifetime in bands of ers, scarred-knee veterans of a thou- his own, most notably the Comas. sand plywood Valentine was talkramps and endless ing to SkateMS honcho miles of dented handrails, Frank Henn one day came to a realization. Soabout what he could ciety now recognizes skatedo to help out with boarding as a sport, just fundraising; folks were like basketball or baseball. donating to make a skate But while Jackson has its park a reality—from Tcourts and soccer pitches shirts to cupcakes. and even competitive “I was like, maybe swimming pools, it doesn’t I can get six of my have a free skate park for friends’ bands to record kids. And so, SkateMS two songs. I’ll record SkateMS plans free events this was born. them, I’ll burn them summer where different artists on Billy Valentine was the CD perform. on my computer, and a military journalist for we can sell it at Sneaky nearly 20 years, covering Beans. Maybe we can events from the massive BP oil disaster in the make $80 so we can buy more T-shirts,” Gulf to the battlefields of Afghanistan. He also he says with a laugh, but the idea resonated grew up skateboarding in Jackson. with a lot of musicians. “Skateboarding is how I found out about “We started asking around, and it started music,” Valentine says. building momentum. These people we never The soundtrack for skaters back then was heard of starting submitting tracks, and they mostly punk and hardcore. Valentine gravi- were really f*cking good. We had hip-hop and tated toward guitars over ollies and fakies, and folk and indie rock, all out of the blue.”

To emphasize equality songs are in alphabetical order by band. Valentine says one of his goals is to get different musical scenes mixing together—to get rap kids going to punk-rock shows, punk-rock kids at hip-hop clubs. SkateMS plans a series of free events all summer where artists from the compilation will perform. The first is Saturday, May 28, at Sneaky Beans in Fondren, with 5th Child, Taylor Hildebrand, Adam Bloodbird Harrington, Kladni Figures, Spacewolf, Liver Mousse and Overnight Lows performing. The SkateMS compilation album is $15 for a two-CD set.

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Within weeks, the benefit record swelled to include 40 Jackson artists. You’ll find rap from Skipp Coon and Da A$tronautZ, and punk rock from the Overnight Lows and the Hypnotic Chickens. A Bullet Well Spent adds metal, Frank & the Meltones provide garage rock, The Delicate Cycle is indie rock, and Adam Bloodbird Harrington has country. The youngest artist is 15, and the oldest is 56. “It’s a snapshot of what’s going on right now,” Valentine says. “Equal parts male, female, black, white. Diversity is a theme—it wasn’t planned, but it happened.”

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s a former roller-derby queen, I admire those who’ve picked up the hobby and talent of skating, whether as an eight-wheeled mafia (aka roller-derby team), by inline skating or executing moves such as the kick flip on skateboards. A group of skateboard enthusiasts have come up with an idea to promote skating in Mississippi, as well as do something charitable for kids. The SkateMS Foundation is a grassroots non-profit group dedicated to building safe, public concrete skate parks in communities throughout central Mississippi, according to its website (skatems.com). SkateMS has an active list of contributors who are spreading the word of skateboarding in Mississippi. Two of its members, Frank Henn (I still have your skate pads from my derby days and wear them to my trips to Fun Time Skateland. Thanks, Frank!) and Austin Cannon have joined forces with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to build more skate parks in the Capital City. SkateMS is concerned about children who don’t get enough exercise or don’t have a safe place to skateboard. Members believe skateboarding gets kids off couches and outside to become involved in a sport they can do their whole life. The organization has united several Jackson musicians to create the SkateMS “Kids Need Fresh Air” CD compilation. The double-disc CD consists of 40-plus Jackson bands who donated time and art to this worthy cause. Support them by attending the SkateMS “Kids Need Fresh Air” CD release party

from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Sneaky Beans (2914 N. State St., 601-487-6349). The event is free, and SkateMS T-shirts and the CD will be for sale. Tax-deductible donations will be accepted. For details, visit www.skatems.com. I know some of you may be going out of town for the Memorial Day holiday, but for those who are staying here, we have a great lineup of music. On Wednesday, Jason Turner plays at Char, Olga’s has Ladies Night with Hunter Gibson and Jason Bailey plays the blues lunch at F. Jones Corner. Thursday night, Hal and Mal’s hosts Liver Mousse, Cory Taylor Cox (not to be confused with Jackson musician Cody Cox who is part of Liver Mousse) and Dubb Nubb. The Beggar No Mo Blues Band starts at 7 p.m. at Burgers and Blues, and George Jones, aka The Possum, plays at MSU’s Riley Center in Meridian at 7 p.m. If you see a gaggle of wild educators Friday night, don’t worry. That’s the students’ last day of school in the metro area. Please take care of these worn-out teachers by twirling them around the dance floor at Reed Pierce’s when Faze 4 plays at 9 p.m. River City Tanlines and Danny Choctaw and the Deathmarch melt some faces at Ole Tavern at 10 p.m. Give those teachers a two-step at Pop’s Saloon when Ghost Town performs at 9 p.m. Also Friday, Philip’s on the Rez has Al Underwood and Hound Dog Lucy at 6 p.m. Saturday hit the Midtown Arts Center for the 4 The Record swap sale. The event starts at 10 a.m. and it’s $4 to attend

Liver Mousse plays Thursday at Hal and Mal’s.

(kids under 4 get in free). Then, head over to Suite 106 for the 4 The Record After Party, with Jackson’s best DJs spinning all night. Enjoy some crawfish at Mudbugs when Lazy Jane starts at 7 p.m. Julep hosts Jacob Lipking Saturday. On Sunday evening you do not want to miss the Generation X concert series at Dreamz. Enjoy the musical stylings of Tricky, Da A$tronautZ, Workhorse, Shayla T., Evan I Tribe, Bob Street, Killa B, Thoroughbred and Mr. Fluid. The show starts at 6 p.m. Have a great weekend, and if you see me out, please stop by, and say hello!


BEST BETS May 25 - June 1, 2011 by Latasha Willis events@jacksonfreepress.com Fax: 601-510-9019 Daily updates at jfpevents.com

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The Conference USA baseball championships kick off today at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). Games are at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 25-27, and 7 p.m. May 28. $60-$120; call 601-932-8788 or 800-745-3000. … Architectural historian Jennifer Baughn speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … Kathryn Stockett signs copies of “The Help” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.). $16 book; call 601-3667619. … Dreamz JXN hosts Wasted Wednesday. … Irish Frog has music by Haggard Collins at 6:30 p.m. … Karaoke at Ole Tavern and Pop’s. … Snazz performs at Regency Hotel.

FRIDAY 5/27

Don’t Fry Day is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). $9, $8.20 seniors, $6 children ages 212, members and babies free; call 601-352-2580. … At Underground 119, Jewel Bass performs at the Sunset Series with Raphael Semmes at 5 p.m. (free), and Jason Marsalis performs at 9 p.m. ($10). … New York City Night at 5 p.m. at Broad Street (4465 Interstate 55 N.) includes music by Odiri Dafe and his band. No cover; call 601-362-2900. … Jazz Night Live is at 7 p.m. at circa. Urban Artisan Living (2771 Old Canton Road). $12; call 601-362-8484. … Tonight and tomorrow, Art House Cinema Downtown at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.) features the films “Bill Cunningham New York” at 7 p.m. and “Princess of Montpensier” at 8:40 p.m. $7 per film; visit msfilm.org. … Fiesta Latina is at 7 p.m. at Lingofest Language Center (7048 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland). Free; call 601-500-7700. … Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.) has music by Tawanna Shaunte of Eclectik Soul, Kolectiv Rhythm and Lonné George at 8:30 p.m. $10; call 769-251-1031 or 601-214-4482.

SATURDAY 5/28

The “4 the Record” record swap meet at North Midtown Arts Center (121 Millsaps Ave.) is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $4, children under 12 free; call 601-376-9404. After-party at Suite 106 at 9 p.m. … Back to the Dirt with Dr. Dirt at 10 a.m. at Afrika Book Café (404 Mitchell Ave.) includes gardening tips and refreshments. RSVP by May 25. $10 donation; call 601-291-8804. … The Mississippi Roots in Blues Festival on Commerce Street near Hal & Mal’s starts at noon. $20; call 601-982-7514. … “The Kids Need Fresh Air” CD release party at Sneaky Beans is at 2 p.m. Free with CD for sale; visit skatems.com. … “Max and Ruby: Bunny Party” is at 2 p.m. at Jackson Convention Complex. $22.50-$27.50; call 800745-3000. … The gospel mime concert is at 6 p.m. at New Horizon Church (1770 Ellis Ave.). Free; call 601-371-1427. … Lazy Jane performs at Mudbugs (1299 Old Fannin Road, Brandon) at 7 p.m. Free. performs at Pelican Cove.

SUNDAY 5/29

Andy Hardwick performs at 11 a.m. during Fitzgerald’s jazz brunch. … See the opera film “Carmen” at 2 p.m. at Russell C. Davis Planetarium (201 E. Pascagoula St.). $16; visit msfilm.org. … The opening reception for K Parish Harvey’s “I’ll See You on Friday” exhibit is at 3 p.m. at the Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.) Free; call 601-9601557. … The Generation NXT indie concert series at Dreamz JXN includes music by Tricky, Mr. Fluid and Evan I Tribe.

MONDAY 5/30

“The Freedom Rides: Journey for Change” exhibit at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.) hangs through Oct. 31. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Free; call 601-5766850. … Martin’s hosts the Open-mic Free Jam. … Karaoke at Fenian’s and Irish Frog.

TUESDAY 5/31

The Tracy Sugarman exhibit at the Powell Museum (129 E. Ash St.) closes today. Call 601-209-4736 for an appointment. … Hunter and Rick perform at 8 p.m. at Fitzgerald’s. … Open-mic at Fenian’s and Ole Tavern.

WEDNESDAY 6/1

The “Freedom’s Sisters” exhibit at Smith Robertsom Museum (528 Bloom St.) hangs through Aug. 14. $4.50, $3 seniors, $1.50 children; call 601-960-1457. … Welty biographer Suzanne Marrs speaks during History Is Lunch at noon at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The TopherMan CD release show is at 7:30 p.m. at Florence Middle School (123 Beverly Drive, Florence). $5; call 601-540-6077. More events and details at jfpevents.com.

Dubb Nubb (Hannah and Delia Rainey) perform May 26 at Hal & Mal’s. Messengers of Christ Mime Ministry performs at 6 p.m. May 28 at New Horizon Church.

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The Girl Scouts Metro Jackson Golf Classic is at 11 a.m. at Lake Caroline Golf Club (118 Caroline Club Circle, Madison). $150 individual or hole sponsor, $600 team, $650 corporate; call 601-366-0607. … The Freedom Rider Praise Luncheon at Jackson Marriott (200 E. Amite St.) is at 12:30 p.m. $30; call 601-979-1517. … Dreamz JXN hosts Centric Thursday with Karen Brown and S. Green. … Jesse Robinson’s birthday celebration from 7 p.m.-midnight at F. Jones Corner includes live music and free food. $10. … The play “The Parchman Hour” is at 7:30 p.m. at Jackson State University, Rose E. McCoy Auditorium (1400 John R. Lynch St.). Free; call 601-979-1517. … Hal & Mal’s has music by Liver Mousse, Cory Taylor Cox and Dubb Nubb.

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n June 12, 1963, Byron De La Beckwith assassinated civil-rights activist Medgar Evers in the front yard of his Jackson home. Elder brother Charles Evers was a civil-rights activist in his own right, and his commitment to the cause was further heightened on that fateful day. Charles Evers was elected Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first African American mayor in Fayette in 1969. Medgar Eversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work has never been forgotten. To honor his memory, the Evers family has held a Medgar Evers Homecoming event each June. In 1973 Mayor Charles Evers and B.B. King collaborated to sponsor

concerts in honor of the slain civil rights leader. From this beginning, the homecoming has become an annual multi-day celebration that includes concerts, a parade, a gospel memorial show and other activities. In addition to B.B. King performing, the annual event has featured lineups of leading blues, R&B and gospel acts. Over the years, the celebration has also attracted celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Dick Gregory, Robert Kennedy Jr. and New York State Sen. Nancy Larraine Hoffmann. This year marks the 48th Annual Medgar Evers/B.B. King Homecoming. The celebration begins on June 9 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a gospel memorial show at the Friendship Church (2948 Bailey Ave.). Gubernatorial candidate Bill Luckett will be the guest speaker. At 7 p.m. on June 10, a Homecoming Banquet will be at the Greater Mount Calvary Church (1400 Robinson St.). Cost for the banquet is $50 and the guest speaker is radio talk-show host Rip Daniels (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s A New Dayâ&#x20AC;?). The Homecoming will culminate June 11 with a parade beginning at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Corner a t the intersection of Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr. boulevards and a blues concert at the Elks Lodge (3100 John R. Lynch St.) for $40. Doors open at 4 p.m., and the program starts at 5 p.m. The featured artists include Dr. D., Dennis Fountain, Walt Love, Labrardo, Lina, Chick Willis and Denise LaSalle. Call 601-948-5835 for more information.

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Cook bacon in large skillet or Dutch oven uncovered over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon and drain. Add olive oil to same skillet and heat over medium heat until sizzling hot. Add onion and tasso and cook, stirring often, for about five minutes, until the onion is

soft and golden and the ham is light brown around the edges. Add celery and bell pepper and cook and stir for about five minutes more, until tender. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute longer. Add rice, salt, cumin, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for about two minutes until rice is coated with oil. Stir in tomatoes and cook for one minute more. Pour in broth, add bay leaves and thyme, stirring once. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered tightly for about 20 minutes, until most of broth has evaporated and rice is plump and tender. Scatter the shrimp over the top of the rice, increase the heat to low, and cover to steam the shrimp seven to 10 minutes, until bright pink and cooked through, and until the rice is tender and the liquid absorbed. Divide jambalaya on serving plates, sprinkle with parsley and scallions, and serve hot. Serves six to eight. Recipe from “Sara Foster’s Southern Kitchen” by Sara Foster, with permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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