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WHO’S STOPPING Vol. 9 | No. 5 // October 13 - 19, 2010








Food Diversity Takes Center Stage, pp 16-28


October 13 - 19, 2010

YAZOO BREWERY BEERS Now Available in Mississippi! Visit for more information about these beers & more.

DOS PERROS Many Mexican beer styles today are descendants of old Austrian styles, from when Austria ruled Mexico in the late 19th century. Our Dos Perros is made with German Munich malt, English Pale malt, and Chocolate malt, and hopped with Perle and Saaz hops. To lighten the body, as many Mexican brewers do, we add a small portion of flaked maize. The result is a wonderfully bready malt aroma, balanced with some maize sweetness and a noble hop finish.

Food Pairings The toasty malt flavors go great with barbeque, grilled salmon, carmelized onions, and most hot and spicy foods. Try it with Mexican or Thai dishes.

HEFEWEIZEN An authentic example of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. “Hefe” means cloudy or yeasty and “weizen” means wheat. This beer is made with mostly wheat and uses a true Hefeweizen yeast that gives it a fruity, banana aroma with just a hint of cloves. The tart finish makes this the perfect summer beer.

Food Pairings Almost anything goes well with Hefeweizen, but it especially shines when paired with salads and omelets.

PALE ALE A new version of an American classic. Our Yazoo Pale Ale bursts with spicy, citrusy hop aroma and flavor, coming from the newly discovered Amarillo hop. The wonderful hop aroma is balanced nicely with a toasty malt body, ending with a cleansing hop finish. Made with English Pale, Munich, Vienna, and Crystal malts, and generously hopped with Amarillo, Perle, and Cascade hops. Fermented with our English ale yeast.

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The bracing bitterness of this beer can hold its own with spicy foods, while helping to cleanse the palate after rich, creamy dishes. The citrus hop flavors go exceptionally well with any dishes using cilantro, such as Mexican salsas.



Live Music + Art + All Things Herman = A Good Time! Sunday, October 17th, 3pm - 7pm at Hal & Mal’s Tickets are $10 Cash or check only. All proceeds will go to offset funeral costs.

Music and performances by: Lhay Thriffley, Adam Perry, Lizz Strowd Band, Cucho Gonzalez, Lazy Jane (Laurel Isbister & Wes / feat Scott Albert Johnson), Scott Albert Johnson band, Flamenco Louisville

Silent art auction including work by: KC Williams, Daniel Johnson, David McCarty, Wendy Eddelman, Rob Cooper, Ash Taylor, Jason Horton, Ellen Langford, Josh Hailey, among others

A real time “Twitter wall� to share thoughts, ideas, and epiphanies (anything but small talk!)

October 13 - 19, 2010

Herman’s limited edition book of writings and self-published art book available for purchase


If you’re unable to attend but wish to make a monetary donation, checks can be written directly to Herman’s mom, Bobbie Lack P.O. Box 22604, Jackson, MS 39225. The family shares their deepest gratitude.

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11 A Street Revisited Long in the works, the city’s plans for Fortification Street move forward.

Cover photograph of Whitney Evans and Erika Williams (left to right) by Tom Ramsey



Judging the Judge .............. Editor’s Note


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


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


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


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


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


.................. Diversions


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


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


.............................. Arts


.................. JFP Events


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


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


.......................... Sports


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


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


.................... Shopping

Is Jackson attorney and Municipal Judge Ali ShamsiDeen too controversial for the Hinds bench?

brian cartenuto Char Restaurant Executive Chef Brian Cartenuto was calm and focused as he emerged from a sweltering kitchen during a recent chef’s table tasting, which the Jackson Free Press attended at no cost. He’s only been at the restaurant for two months, but he’s already shaken things up with his fusion of Southern and Italian cuisine. He served simple tagliatelle pasta with oyster mushrooms, pearl onions and Parmesan cheese topped with a raw farm egg yolk. “My big thing is this: Try not to put too much on a plate,” he says. “… It’s harder to say less is more. I was always brought up on technique and taught to let that shine through.” The chef’s simple tastes are reflected even in his personal meal choices. The perfect meal for him, he says, is a simple roasted chicken accompanied by a glass of bourbon and ginger ale. At 29, Cartenuto has had a career a Food Network star might envy. He grew up in Niceville, Fla., where his parents owned a small Italian restaurant. Though he originally had his heart set on becoming a priest, his parents coaxed him into cooking. At 17 years old, realizing he liked girls too much, he changed his career path. Taking cues from his parents’ Venezuelan and Italian ethnic backgrounds, he spent his teenage years behind a stove perfecting his culinary creations. After graduating with a culinary arts degree from Johnson Wales University in

Charleston, S.C., he worked as a chef at the Equinox Hotel in Vermont. Since then, he has been the chef at well-known establishments such as Lavandou, Brasserie Les Halles and Dean & DeLuca in Washington, D.C. In early August, Cartenuto moved to Jackson from Seattle where he was the chef and part owner at Cantinetta. “I felt Jackson was more my style,” he says about his move. “I feel like I can help it grow. Jackson is ready for the next level—to be progressive, focus on local products and simplicity,” he says. Cartenuto says he has opened a few restaurants but has never revamped one, so he has worked a lot the past couple months. He says that he has not taken a day off since moving to the city. In addition to revamping Char’s menu, Cartenuto wants to introduce homegrown products and handmade pastas to his customers. One of the first things he did as chef was remove the microwaves from Char’s kitchen. He envisions the restaurant having its own garden in the future. “I’m only as good as my last plate. What I did 10 years ago doesn’t mean anything,” he says. “ I can be a perfectionist, because I demand the best out of my self and my staff. You can call me bullheaded, but I only want the best. But more than perfection, I want consistency.” —Lacey McLaughlin

16 Food, Glorious Food We are what we eat. The JFP explores diversity through food.

39 Filling Big Shoes Natalie Long premieres a new music column with a note of fond farewell.




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Tim Johnson as Elvis

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Boogie Boys

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by Todd Stauffer, Publisher

Regarding Herman


erman Snell was driven. I don’t know why—or by what, exactly, but it was fascinating to watch. Herman wanted people to know what was going on in the arts, particularly film, and he wanted them to hear good music. And to him, that meant keeping up with the details. As you may know by now if you follow the Jackson Free Press in print and online, Herman Snell passed away suddenly Sept. 19 after what we had initially thought was a successful surgery. One thing I’ll always remember about Herman was the effort he put into programming the music for the Crossroads Film Festival each year. While a film festival is generally about, well, film, Herman would program the after-parties each evening like it was an Austin indie-music showcase. He’d expect sizable budgets (always fodder for heated discussion during board meetings) and then reach out to bands and their management around the country to entice them to Jackson. He was good at it. I was floored the year that a Latin brass band from Austin blew the electricity in the Red Room during a phenomenal show. Herman could book bands that, six months later, we could never have afforded, thanks to the meteoric rise they were on. To this day, I wish he’d had more of a venue and budget for booking independent music in Jackson; I think the town would have been richer for the effort. Most recently, Herman served as our music columnist and music listings editor. (In previous years, he’d taken full responsibilities as music editor; more recently he’d taken a new job and scaled back somewhat.) Herman had fully prepared us for his time out of the office for his surgery—he was a very diligent and

responsible freelancer, and wanted to make absolutely sure that we could cover for him in his absence; he prepped ahead of time by loading up the calendars and quickly began sending texts and e-mails once he was out of surgery and in recovery. “Everything good. In room recovering,” was the text I received from Herman’s all-toofamiliar cell number on Monday, Sept. 13, at 4:34 p.m. (Herman was big on calling from that cell phone of his—any problem, any perceived mistake, any e-mail misunderstanding, any complaint from a reader or band. Here came the call, the explanation ... and usually a solution; sometimes an assignment!) That Saturday, Sept. 18, we exchanged texts. Herman said he was “going slow and sore” but was checking e-mail and would be back in the saddle. I told him to rest up. On Sunday, he wrote to Latasha, Donna and me: “I’m back on my computer updating. Picks will be in on Wed, on schedule. It’ll be another few days before I’m driving. Thanks guys.” He died later that day. That Monday, when I learned of Herman’s passing and subsequently saw the outpouring of grief on the web, it occurred to me that I’d made a mistake in past publisher’s notes, particularly those that I use to take stock of the JFP’s staff, freelancers and contributors. I often note the founding bunch of folks who made the JFP possible—Donna Ladd, Stephen Barnette, Jimmy Mumford—but because Herman generally worked outside our offices, I don’t think I said often enough that Herman was absolutely instrumental in the launch and success of the Jackson Free Press. As Donna noted in a story about Herman a few weeks ago, Herman was right there at the beginning of the JFP. Upon learning of

our plans, he graciously rolled his online music listings into the JFP’s print and web listings at the very inception of the paper and kept them up for eight long years. When the JFP started, Herman’s listings were on his own site; he brought not only his energy and work ethic, but his followers to the JFP as well. Herman weathered all sorts of changes to the system, including, most recently, changes and adaptations he had to make to accommodate the JFP Mobile iPhone app. (If you’re a JFP Mobile user—and I know we’ve got some die-hards out there—it was Herman’s music listings you were tapping through every day.) He was extremely diligent and thorough; he often fed us information about important shows, festivals and events that we could pursue for longer stories and (occasionally) ads; he was a persistent jovial presence at local events, festivals and JFP parties. He was a taskmaster; if it came to his attention that an ad had been approved with listings he hadn’t received, we would hear about it, because it meant his print listings were incomplete. He would then doggedly update the web version so that people had the latest info online. Not only Herman’s family and friends feel this loss, but a community of local artists, venues and musicians who were rewarded with bigger audiences—sometimes a few folks, sometimes a crowd—thanks to Herman’s dedication to the often thankless task called “letting folks know what’s going on.” If there’s a bright note at all for us at the JFP, it’s that another wonderfully driven person has stepped up to edit music listings and contribute music columns in Herman’s absence. Natalie Long is well-known among local musicians for her own determination to “let folks know what’s going on” in the music scene, so much so that she’s actually been willing to rally the musical troops (or herd the musical cats, depending on your perspective) to build a wonderful local institution that is Singer/Songwriter Night at Hal and Mal’s every Wednesday. Natalie is already doing a great job with her new JFP responsibilities and plans to expand on them further; reach her at music@, and particularly let her know if your music listings have slipped through the cracks during the transition. Meanwhile, this Sunday, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Hal and Mal’s Red Room in downtown Jackson, we’re celebrating Herman’s life with a benefit—in Herman’s honor, it’ll be a music-fueled good time. The $10 cover (more is welcome) goes to defray funeral costs incurred by Herman’s family, with music by Lhay Thriffley, Adam Perry, Lizz Strowd Band, Cucho Gonzalez, Lazy Jane (Laurel Isbister & Wes / feat Scott Albert Johnson), Scott Albert Johnson band and Flamenco Louisville, as well as a silent auction. Please come out and help us celebrate Herman’s memory! Leave a memorial message for Herman’s son, Loden, oat

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

ShaWanda Jacome Assistant to the Editor ShaWanda Jacome enjoys family game night and likes everything “Twilight” (which may be lame, but she’s OK with that). One day, she hopes to travel around the world sampling different cuisines. She coordinated the food section.

Adam Lynch Award-winning senior reporter Adam Lynch is a Winona native and graduate of Jackson State. He and his family live in North Jackson. E-mail tips to adam@, or call him at 601-362-6121, ext. 13. He wrote talks and book pieces.

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

Natalie A. Collier Associated Editor Natalie A. Collier is originally from Starkville and graduated from Millsaps College. She lived in Chicago for a while, but is now back in Jackson. She’s not easy to impress. Try. She coordinated FLY.

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

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

Katie Stewart Katie Stewart, a Jackson native, works for local design firm Imaginary Company. She loves perusing used bookstores and is usually accompanied by a cup of strong coffee. She wrote a food piece.



news, culture & irreverence

Property Issues Stall Critical Water Line ADAM LYNCH

Wednesday, Oct. 6 Hungarians begin cleaning up after a wave of toxic sludge containing heavy metals and low-level radioactivity escapes a reservoir owned by the Hungarian Aluminum Production and Trade Company. … Lee County Chancery Court Judge Talmadge Littlejohn jails Oxford attorney Danny Lampley after he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance in open court. Thursday, Oct. 7 Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Malcolm Harrison hears arguments regarding a 2011 ballot initiative asking voters if the state Constitution should define a person at the moment of fertilization. … Peruvian writer Mario Vargas wins the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature for his work examining the corruption in Latin America. Friday, Oct. 8 Jackson Police Department announces numerous personnel changes including the retirement of Deputy Police Chief Tyrone Lewis. …. National Security Adviser Gen. James Jones announces his resignation, and his chief deputy Tom Donilon as his replacement. Saturday, Oct. 9 Hundreds of people gather in New York City’s Central Park to honor Beatles legend John Lennon on what would have been his 70th birthday. … Jackson State’s football team defeats Alabama A&M 30-14. Sunday, Oct. 10 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league is looking into allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sexted a game hostess in 2008. … More than 3,000 Mississippians walk in the American Heart Association’s 2010 Metro Jackson Start! Heart Walk in Jackson.

October 13 - 19, 2010

Monday National average gas price is $0.33 above what it was on this day last year, and diesel fuel is up $0.47. … The American Film Institute honors Morgan Freeman with its Lifetime Achievement Award.


Tuesday, Oct. 12 Federal Judge Virginia Phillips orders the government to stop banning open homosexuals from serving in the military with the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The Justice Department has 60 days to appeal the judgment. … Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson announces that Mississippi plans to hire its first medical examiner in 15 years by Nov. 1.

Is Ali ShamsidDeen too controversial for a Hinds County judgeship? p 12

Mississippi’s most important food commodity is the chicken. It is the fourth largest rice-producing state, with about 240,000 acres planted annually. The Magnolia State is also one of the top producers of sweet potatoes, and hails Vardaman as the “Sweet Potato Capital of the World.”

Landowners in north Jackson say the city’s push to install a 54-inch water main needlessly intrudes on the Mule Jail fishing-club property.


ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said the city could have avoided two massive city-wide water failures this year had owners of a historic fishing club not stalled construction of a 54-inch water line between the city’s two water-supply plants. “The homeowners, the property owners in that area have refused to sign the right-ofway, so we’re in discussion with them now, but we would have to go to court—we did go to court—because we literally got tired of (the wait) costing us,” Johnson told the Jackson Free Press during a recent editorial board

meeting. “Had that … right-of-way been acquired prior to January, and the 54-inch line put in place, we wouldn’t have had the severe episode that we had.” The city suffered failures in municipalwater lines in January and June this year. In January, a series of severe winter freezes burst about 150 water mains, despite the city’s roughly $100 million investment in watersystem upgrades over the past 12 years, Johnson said. The city is the oldest community in the metro area and contains many water lines composed of rigid, outdated metals

WALDO “It’s like trying to deal with ‘Where’s Waldo?’ You just don’t know where he is or how to get in touch with him,”—State Rep. Cecil Brown, chairman of the House Education Committee regarding Gov. Haley Barbour’s frequent trips out of state, which he does not publicize.

Cracked-pepper Icing Vittles Deletions Tagliatelle Parlor Market Kale Chips Cupcakes Vowell’s Babalu Caramel Cake Stevia Our Sweet Potatoes Saigon

by Adam Lynch

that break easily when the water inside them freezes and expands. The January incident not only reduced water pressure and triggered a city-wide boil-water alert, but shut down water supplies altogether in portions of the city at higher elevations. In June, a critical 54-inch water main near the city’s O.B. Curtis water treatment plant burst what was designed to be a temporary cap, dumping thousands of gallons of its contents into the soil and again reducing water pressure and setting off another boil-water alert. The failure proved a major embarrassment to the city, and prompted a decision by the Department of Transportation to dig its own well to supply water to a series of critical state-government buildings. Johnson said the city plans to spend $29 million over the next year and a half on its water system, part of which will finance the completion of the 54-inch water line containing the infamous blown cap from the June incident. The cap was put in place six years ago, when the city first proposed a line from the newer O.B. Curtis plant to the J.H. Fewell plant near the Woodrow Wilson/Interstate 55 junction. The mayor said that line will supply enough water to avoid critical pressure loss like the June and January incidents. But Jackson Realtor and Mule Jail Club President Bob Ridgway says the city has chosen not to work with landowners in the area. “What we have asked them to do is put STALL, see page 9

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the line parallel to our road, instead of in our road. We’ve made that request two years ago, but nobody has ever explained to us why this won’t work,” Ridgway said. “It won’t change the trajectory, and it’s on land already owned by the city.” Mule Jail is a 100-year-old exclusive fishing club about a half mile from where County Line Road dead-ends at Old Canton Road. It occupies an 80-foot sliver of swamp between the O.B. Curtis treatment plant and the back end of The Country Club of Jackson golf course, and consists of a collection of small cabins on pylons within water or on ground that is partially or totally submerged during a portion of the year. It has an eight-person membership that dates back to the 1880s. Ridgway says he wants the city to take seriously the idea of sending the 54-inch pipe down city-owned land instead of on Mule Jail property: “We’re not trying to slow anything down,” he said. “We just want to know why this line won’t work on their own property. … If you only have 80 feet of land, and somebody wants to put a water line on you, you want to say, ‘Wait a minute; let’s talk.’” The line, as proposed by the city, runs parallel with the city-owned property abutting the Jackson-owned O.B. Curtis treatment plant and property owned by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District—which has a history of working with municipalities on water issues. Ridgway said burying the line on the city and PRVWSD property would require a northern shift of the west-bound pipe of about

15 feet, although engineers would conceivably add no new costs, considering the shift will reduce the length of the north-bound line leading into the treatment plant at the final L-joint by about 15 feet. The city contracted the design and location plan of the 54-inch pipe to Waggoner Engineering and IMS Engineers, both of Jackson. Waggoner Engineering says they only did a design for the pipe outside Mule Jail territory. IMS, meanwhile, did not return calls to explain why the location could not be on city property. Deputy City Attorney Terry Williamson said the engineers determined the best location for the 54-inch line, but that the property owners aren’t talking to the city. Meanwhile, the city is getting desperate after the two recent citywide water failures and is moving forward with eminent-domain proceedings. “Just (last) week I received the certified copy of the order (authorizing the filing of the condemnation lawsuit) … and I’ll be forwarding this to the council (for approval),” Williamson said. “(Property owners) left us no choice. If we’re going to complete this project, we’ll have to condemn their property. Both sides claim the other isn’t talking. Ridgway said the property owners are willing to dispute the issue in court if the city commits to eminent-domain procedures, but said it would be better for everybody to work out their differences before a judge gets involved. “All taking this to court is going to do is give some lawyers a lot of money,” Ridgway said. “I wish we could talk to (the city).” Comment at

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Inspiring the Creative Class he “Mobilizing the Creative Class for Action and Advocacy” conference will give young professionals, 25 to 45 years old, the chance to develop leadership skills, network and build strong communities. The conference, sponsored by The Young Leaders in Philanthropy under the auspices of the United Way of the Capital Area, is Nov. 4 and 5 at the King Edward Hotel, and is geared to young professionals engaged in the community and in their organizations. Hundreds of professionals from the southeast region will attend. Brian Bordainick, entrepreneur and founder of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, is the featured speaker. Other speakers include Jackson Free Press Publisher Todd Stauffer, Operation Shoestring Development Director

Wade Overstreet, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson President and CEO Doug Boone, and Mississippi Main Street Executive Director Bob Wilson. “Mobilizing the Creative Class for Action and Advocacy” starts Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. at the King Edward Hotel (235 W. Capitol St.). The cost is $149, and participants can register online at Registration ends Oct. 15. For more information call 601-918-5001. Turning Dirt At Medical Mall The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation breaks ground Oct. 14 on two new construction projects: an American Medical Response ambulance facility and a Save-ALot grocery store. The projects, financed by New Market Tax Credits, will bolster further development, Medical Mall Foundation Executive Director Primus Wheeler said. The 25,000-square-foot AMR facility will include a drive-through restocking area and classrooms. Construction of the building will create 130 temporary jobs. The groundbreaking ceremony starts at 10 a.m. at the Medical Mall’s Thad Cochran Center. Call 601-982-8467 for more information.

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ne of the great things about government transparency is its transpartisan appeal. Conservatives can distrust government just as much as liberals, sometimes more. Still, when it comes to high-tech watchdog organizations and initiatives, most innovation seems to come from vaguely progressive, if officially nonpartisan, sources. One of the most exciting groups, the Sunlight Foundation, is strenuously nonpartisan in its politics, but its mood and aesthetic are reminiscent of Googleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youthful and hardly conservative. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what makes SeeTheSpending. org, a new online database launched Sept. 30 by the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, interesting. The MCPPâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not to be confused with its left-leaning anagram, the Public Policy Center of Mississippiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aims â&#x20AC;&#x153;(t)o advance the ideals of limited government, free markets and strong traditional families.â&#x20AC;? On, the center describes itself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;nonpartisan,â&#x20AC;? but there are hints of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conservative ideological orientation. The site is a searchable database of spending records. For now, the site is limited to expenditures by state government, but MCPP plans to expand it to include spending and revenue data for counties, cities and school districts. promises to show how the state spends citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;hard-earned tax dollars.â&#x20AC;? Users can trawl the siteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s database of state spending reports using multiple search terms: private vendor name, state agency or department name, or spending category. The search pageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interface is designed like a check: Users select a fiscal year on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dateâ&#x20AC;? line, pick a recipient vendor on the line marked â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pay to the order ofâ&#x20AC;? and choose a spending category on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Memoâ&#x20AC;? line. The check bears the signature â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mississippi Taxpayer.â&#x20AC;? MCPP President Forest Thigpen says that the check interface was intended to be more intuitive for users, who may not be familiar with state government and its spending habits. He has a point: whether or not they know the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget minutia, most Mis-

sissippians are familiar with a checkbook. But the personal check is a poor metaphor to convey the way state government spends its money. Sure, income and sales tax collections from individuals feed into the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s coffers, but so do business taxes, estate taxes, fuel taxes and various fees. Design quibbles aside, has one major weakness, as of now. Despite its promise to show â&#x20AC;&#x153;howâ&#x20AC;? the state spends taxpayer money, the site really only shows where taxpayer money goes. It gives barely any information about how the state uses its revenues.








This limitation makes SeeTheSpending. org ideally suited for finding outrageous, but largely context-less, statistics. The state spent $988,076 last fiscal year on something called â&#x20AC;&#x153;deceased employee payments.â&#x20AC;? That same year, it spent $51,068.88 on â&#x20AC;&#x153;cameras under $250,â&#x20AC;? $121,982.68 on â&#x20AC;&#x153;out-of-country travel,â&#x20AC;? and nearly $4.3 million on out-ofstate travel. The state spent $510,652.47 on â&#x20AC;&#x153;entertainers fees,â&#x20AC;? but the website currently has no details on how each particular state agency spent that money. Some expenditures are largely self-explanatory. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much mystery in the $1.6 million state agencies spent on â&#x20AC;&#x153;food for business meetingsâ&#x20AC;? in the 2010 fiscal year. But other expenses deserve greater explanation. EarthGrains Baking Companies made $246,234 from the state Health Department last year, supplying food to hos-

pitals. The database also shows that EarthGrains received another $202,960 from the Health Department that year for â&#x20AC;&#x153;other assistanceâ&#x20AC;? but offers no useful detail beyond the source of the funds. The Mississippi Development Authority paid Jackson-based IMS (Integrated Management Services) Engineers $3.15 million last year from stimulus and energy funds, but the MCPP database offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;contractual servicesâ&#x20AC;? as the only additional detail. Thigpen says the database already includes â&#x20AC;&#x153;pretty much everything we have,â&#x20AC;? and the Center for Public Policy is asking state agencies to provide additional information about their expenses. SeeTheSpending. org was nearly two years in the making, and the center plans to expand its scope significantly in the future. The database will add county spending data within the next six weeks for counties that have already agreed to participate, Thigpen said. Madison County signed on early and its data served as a template for SeeTheSpending.orgâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developers. Other counties have been more reluctant. An attorney for Issaquena County told the center that its request for spending records would cost $1,000 per hour to complete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Issaquena is almost a non-county, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so small, which may be why they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want their spending exposedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;because that would then prove that they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be a county,â&#x20AC;? Thigpen said. Hinds County has yet to respond to MCPPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-records request, though. Thigpen said that his organization submitted a formal request two months ago for Hinds Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims dockets for the past five years. Robert Graham, president of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, said that he was unaware of or of any request from the center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the first Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever heard of it,â&#x20AC;? Graham said. Graham added that he would not be opposed to sharing the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spending information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got nothing to hide,â&#x20AC;? he said. Comment at

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by Adam Lynch

Fortification ... Airport?


ackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. said he expects construction to begin on the renewal of Fortification Street by early next year. “It’ll be reconstruction—much more than repaving,” Johnson said during a Sept. 29 Jackson Free Press editorial board meeting. “We have to relocate utilities. We’re downsizing from a four-lane (road) to three lanes in some areas, and we had to acquire some easements for construction. The last (easement) is in the process of being acquired right now. The next step is utility relocation.” In June, the Jackson City Council authorized $66,174 in payments to property owners along the aging, pot-holed street for temporary easements allowing the city to store industrial equipment. Johnson said the work will make the street more pedestrian friendly and slow down traffic, even though the street has, for decades, served as a commuter thoroughfare. Johnson said the city will move power lines to accommodate wider sidewalks, which could calm traffic. City spokesman Chris Mims said the project is estimated at $15.5 million and will take fewer than 20 months to complete. The city had $8.4 million on hand in June for the project from a 2003 bond issue, a federal ear-

mark and a 2003 federal highway-safety bill. The city also received an additional $4 million from the Mississippi Development Authority this year, said Ward 7 Councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon. Mark G. Bailey, senior engineering manager for project designer Neel-Schaffer Inc., said the three-lane style of the road will occupy the section of Fortification Street between Jefferson and Greymont streets. “The lighting will be installed by Entergy and will look much like the lighting on Highland Colony Parkway,” Bailey said, referring to upright, globe-style lighting depicted in a company rendering. Jackson resident Chris Myers said he would have preferred more subdued street lights than those depicted in renderings. “Those types of lights, those globe lights, send light in every direction, except for the direction you most need, which is down. You waste a lot of energy and create some light pollution for people living in the housing up and down Fortification,” said Myers, a member of non-profit International Dark Sky Association, which calls for cities to adopt exterior lighting that reduces pointless city-wide illumination of the sky. “A lot of cities like Dallas are moving away from lights like that because of the light pollution.

The city will begin construction on the Fortification Street renovation in early 2011.

Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation Executive Director Virgi Lindsay said the lighting would fit the historic look that Belhaven residents preferred, and would work with sidewalks to add to the scenic view of the street. But Myers said the shape of the lights did not mesh well with their brightness: “I think the disconnect in places like Belhaven is that they want the lights to look historic, but globe lights historically were lit by gas. If it were a gas light, it would be beautiful because of the dim glow, but now that you’re putting these extremely bright halogen lights in there, you’ll make it look like an airport.” Bailey said the city will increase sidewalk size to between 5 feet and 8 feet wide depending on their location, in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The city also plans to enlarge and move water and sewer lines, some more than 70 years old. The city will continue street milling and paving from Jefferson to the Canadian National-Illinois Central railroad bridge near Farish Street, and will replace cable traffic signals with traffic signals that use

a wireless motor-vehicle detection system. Intersections will also feature pedestrianactivated light signals and a video-surveillance connection to the city’s Traffic Management Center on State Street, to provide crime-detection services and emergency-service responses to potential problem situations. The project has been in the works for almost 10 years, lagging because of the priorities of other mayoral administrations and budget shortfalls. “We first started talking about this project in August of 2001,” Lindsay said. “Visionary public projects like this just take time.” Lindsay said she expected businesses to begin taking advantage of the renovation and the zoning soon after the city completed construction, and referenced proposed new construction near State Street by Baptist Health Systems. Lindsay said the hospital project includes both retail and residential property that would conform to the relatively new zone requirements. Baptist officials did not immediately return calls on the development. Comment at

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‘Fair and Even-Handed’


ackson Municipal Judge Ali ShamsidDeen is not trying to be a politically divisive figure, but his background as a editor of the Jackson Advocate in the 1990s and an associate of the law firm Lumumba and Freelon, suggests a controversial bent. It’s a background that may or may not have had a connection with July reports of a hangman’s noose that an anonymous night visitor suspended from a shed on his property. ShamsidDeen, a native Jacksonian, is running for Hinds County circuit court judge against Ward 2 Councilman Jeff Weill and Jackson attorney Bruce Burton. As a Jackson Advocate editor, you made statements some might describe as anti-white, such as saying that then-Mayor Kane Ditto had a “slave-owner mentality.” Well, keep in mind that those articles were published almost 20 years ago. What may have been true then may not necessarily be true now. All of us who have any amount of intelligence have the power to adapt to the times and the situations we’re living in. You have to take into account the context of things that were happening at that time. It was a different world then. My attitude toward Kane Ditto then, for example, may not be the attitude I have toward him and his policies now. I haven’t spoken to Mr. Ditto in ages. What improvements do you want to make to the circuit court? I think Hinds County gets kind of a bad rap from a judicial standpoint. Jackson has a much larger population, and when you compare crime in Jackson to other places, naturally it’ll be higher because there are more people. I also want people to become more educated as to what the court is about. I want people to know that bonds are not supposed to be used for punishment. What can you do to reduce the

number of case backlogs on the court docket? The judge has some discretion, … but I think the judge’s hands are pretty much tied with the way evidence is handled before it even comes to trial. For instance, if a defense attorney is having a difficult time getting evidence for the district attorney’s office to build their defense, or the DA is having a difficult time getting evidence from law enforcement, that can keep a case from going to court. ... Judges try to expedite things by sanctioning one side or the other, but nothing is rarely held up because the judge is twiddling his thumbs. Whatever came of that noose incident in your shed? I put up cameras and lights, but nothing has happened since the incident. To be honest, I think it was somebody’s idea of a practical joke. I don’t think anybody was out to be (threatening). What’s your take on drug-related crimes? There are better ways to take on the drug-related crime problem on a personal level. When a person has an addiction, prison often won’t deal with that. Sometimes they’ll get involved with a drug counselor in prison, but prevention is the real challenge: catching a person before their drug problems push them into committing a crime. There are drug-intervention programs that a judge can sentence a person to, in lieu of prison and jail time … but it’s up to the person to make that decision. Over the last three years, I’ve had the opportunity to suspend (jail) sentences for people involved in drug crimes for the city and sent them to counseling (instead), and many times that person has never again appeared in my court. In 2007 you drew criticism for releasing Edward Sudduth without bond after JPD charged

Municipal Judge Ali ShamsidDeen is running for a seat on the Hinds County circuit court.

him with being a convicted felon with a firearm—a serious firearm violation. What is your response? The felony charge that he had was 20 years old. During that 20-year span he had married, become a productive person in his community and had no more run-ins with the law. From what I remember, he was stopped at a (police) checkpoint, and a gun was found under the seat of his van. As a judge, I had to look at whether or not this person was a threat to the community. Obviously, he wasn’t. Given the nature of the crime he was being charged with, I found it unlikely that he was going to jump bail and flee. ... Should I have treated him like he had slain 10 or 12 people? The law says we are not to look at that person as if they are guilty. And, in any case, my decision had no impact upon his trial. What makes you worthy of the judicial position? I’m the candidate in this race who has judicial experience. I was trained under a circuit judge and had an opportunity to work for a circuit court judge in a criminal and civil environment, and I’m the candidate in this race that has three years experience with being a judge and having to deal with the issues, and I understand the pros and cons of discretionary decisions that have to be made. Regardless of whether people care about being tough on crime, the bottom line I think they are concerned about is having judges who are going to be fair and even-handed with the application of rules.

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A ballot measure backed by the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President David Waide could be subject to legal challenge.


he Mississippi Constitution is a tough thing to change. While state law allows voters to amend the Constitution by approving a ballot initiative, it also prohibits ballot initiatives from changing the section that lists the state Bill of Rights. That requirement has already landed one voter initiative, defining personhood as beginning at the moment of fertilization, in court. A second initiative limiting the government’s use of eminent domain could fall prey to the same sort of challenges. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann accepted a petition in support of the eminentdomain ballot measure Sept. 24. Hosemann’s

office will review the petition’s 119,251 signatures; if they pass muster, voters could decide in the 2011 statewide election whether to temporarily curb the use of eminent domain for non-public projects. Proposed by the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the ballot measure would ask voters, “Should government be prohibited from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons?” In supplementary information, the petition states that the measure would only temporarily prevent state and local governments from transferring property that they take by eminent domain for 10 years after acquisition. The initiative grants exceptions for most public works and utilities projects, which often involve the use of eminent domain and eventual transfer of property to private contractors. It also exempts the use of eminent domain for removing a public nuisance and acquiring abandoned or hazardous property. The state Constitution addresses eminent domain in the Article 3, contained in the state Bill of Rights. That would appear to leave the ballot initiative vulnerable to a court challenge, on the grounds that it violates Article 15, Section 273, of the state Constitution, which prohibits the use of a ballot initiative “(f)or the proposal, modification or repeal of

any portion of the Bill of Rights.” Greg Gibson, spokesman for the Farm Bureau Federation, acknowledged that the Bill of Rights includes provisions for eminent domain. The ballot initiative would not amend anything in the Bill of Rights, though, he said. “If they wanted to take somebody’s land, they can actually still do that,” he said. “But there is a waiting period of 10 years before it can be transferred over to the economic-development people. So we’re going to be adding language to the Constitution, if this passes. It won’t be amending anything that’s already there; it’s just going to be some added language that will put that restriction there.” The Farm Bureau’s argument bears some similarity to the defense Personhood Mississippi offered to the challenges to its own ballot initiative. That initiative explicitly adds a definition of the term “person” to the Bill of Rights. Steve Crampton, an attorney with the conservative legal action firm Liberty Counsel, argued last week in Hinds County Circuit Court that the initiative would not create or modify any of the rights already in the Bill of Rights. Judge Malcolm Harrison has yet to rule on the lawsuit challenging the measure. In practice, the eminent-domain measure as proposed also raises plenty of questions. A similar bill that the state Legislature approved


in 2009 failed to win the support of Gov. Haley Barbour. In his veto message, Barbour claimed that the bill would prevent large economic-development projects like the Nissan auto-manufacturing plant in Canton. Farm Bureau Federation President David Waide has claimed, however, that such large projects have not required the government’s transfer of eminent-domain property to other entities. City spokesman Chris Mims said the initiatives’ potential impact on economic development projects in the city was unclear. “We’re just going to have to wait and see what effect it could have,” Mims said. “Eminent domain is not widely used by the city of Jackson.” Eminent domain does figure more frequently in the work of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority, which enjoys a distinct identity from the city government and somewhat looser restrictions on its economic-development powers. Agencies like JRA often buy up property with the intention of assembling it into larger tracts that may be more attractive for developers. Occasionally, these agencies also use eminent domain. JRA Executive Director Jason Brookins declined to comment on the initiative because the JRA may use eminent domain in upcoming projects. Comment at

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ree homemade bread pudding from Hal and Mal’s? Free berry tea with any lunch order from Bon Ami? Discounts always have a great ring to them, but imagine receiving a deal just by dining out at your favorite Jackson restaurant or visiting your favorite attraction or museum? Thanks to a new innovative restaurant and attraction campaign the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, you can show a little soul and save a little money at the same time. Wear your SOUL BAND at any participating restaurant and attraction and receive a special discount while there. The “I’ve Got Soul” Soul Band campaign is designed to encourage local patrons and visitors to show their support for Jackson restaurants and attractions by wearing a Soul Band. The Soul Band is a free promotional wristband with the city’s brand, “Jackson, Mississippi – City with Soul” embossed on it. The campaign runs through December 31, 2010. It’s simple to sign up and receive your very own Soul Band. Become a Facebook friend of Jackson, Mississippi, or the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, and message us your personal mailing address and you will receive a free Soul Band. The Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau staff will be out and about in Jackson at various events distributing them to the general public, or anyone can stop by the JCVB office at 111 E. Capitol St. in downtown Jackson to pick one up. To sign up for the campaign, submit your name and email address or cell phone number. You will receive discount updates and other Soul Band promotions via text messages and email notifications. After receiving your Soul Band, you must have it on and show it at any of the participating restaurants and attractions to receive their offered discount. Additional restaurants & attractions will be added daily. The “I’ve Got Soul” Band information, such as participating restaurants & attractions and their discounts, will be listed on Jackson, Mississippi and Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook pages as well as the Bureau’s website ( For more information on the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau, hit us up at or call 601-960-1891.

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Stop the Lakes-v.-Levees Drama


n recent months, the Jackson Free Press was pleased to see the RankinHinds Levee Board seemingly get unlocked from the years-long Lakes-v.Levees standoff that had prevented any forward movement toward flood control along the Pearl River and, with any luck, some smart and green economic development thrown in, to boot. We liked that members of the Levee Board went to Washington, D.C., to ask our congressional delegation to prod the U.S. Corps of Engineers to consider studying at least one alternative to simple levee expansion, which the Corps adopted last year as the quickest, cheapest and least environmentally hazardous flood-control option. We were also pleased to see that the Corps agreed last month to study the “one lake” plan developed by Waggoner Engineering that could provide a more manageable compromise between the two extremes of expanded levees and John McGowan’s overly ambitious (and environmentally disturbing) “Two Lakes” plan. We realize that both the locals and the feds must come up with the funds for the Corps to study the one-lake plan, and we are still dismayed that all of the years of wrangling did not yield other possible smart basin-wide solutions that could and should also be on the table now. But the Levee Board’s effort to reach out to the Corps, and the Corps’ positive response, is a step forward, regardless of what the study ultimately reveals. However, we are disappointed to see that some folks want to keep the Lakes-v.-Levees standoff going. Recently, an article in The Northside Sun stated that the one-lake plan would not include levees, thus opening the door for McGowan’s second lake to be added above Lakeland Drive at a later date. Beyond the fact that the wetlands will still be there, making this idea preposterous, this was the first we’ve—or many people—had heard that Two Lakes supporters thought the one-lake plan definitely meant no levees. No one we can find has said that, and McGowan’s spokesman confirmed this week that no one had told them that. It was a hopeful assumption, it seems. After we reported on this confusion last week, McGowan showed up at the Levee Board complaining that the one-lake plan did not replace levees (thus, we’re guessing, leaving the door open for his Two Lakes, which cannot exist with expanded levees). We wonder how the Levee Board, or the Corps, could possibly know that one lake would provide enough flood control without levee additions—without studying it. But McGowan now promises that it will provide as much protection as Two Lakes (presenting the question of why we would ever need two lakes), and the Levee Board is supposed to demand a lake without levees based on his calculation alone. Meantime, McGowan seems to want to return the debate to lakes-v.-levees, us-v.-them with the Corps—a place we do not need to be again. We may well end up with a combination of a lake and stronger levees; at this point, the more flood control possibilities on the table, the better. See for the JFP’s award-winning coverage of this issue.


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inance Pimp: “Welcome to ‘The Finance Pimp Wants His Homes Back Foreclosure Sales’ cabletelevision showcase. Are you gainfully employed? Do you work three jobs? Did you win the lottery or have a large claim on an insurance settlement? Would you like to be part of the elite class of propertyowning people? If you answered yes to these questions, come see me and sign on the dotted line. Remember: The home is still mine until it’s paid in full. “I have a couple of foreclosed homes back on the market, and I’m ready to sell them to anyone who can keep up with the mortgage payments. “Check out this two-story home with five bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, basement, fireplace and large driveway. The owners of this house were on their way to the top 1 percent of the elite class. Two words describe their fall to financial doom: Ponzi scheme. And since they couldn’t keep up their mortgage payments, yours truly had to step in and take that home back, baby. “This athlete had a $10 million football contract and bought this million-dollar, split-level home with an Olympic-size swimming pool. The football league he played for went under while he was a million dollars in debt. The rest is history. “Do I have any empathy for the many people who have lost their homes? I reply: In this greed-ridden economy, they knew the job of home ownership was dangerous when they took it.”


Getting Control of Our Kids


watched a piece on “The Today Show” a few days back that really bothered me. As the days have passed, it has still stuck with me. An Ohio school had four students commit suicide within a two-year span because they were being bullied. Recently, a Massachusetts girl hung herself after fellow students taunted her. Less than a month ago, a Rutgers University freshman killed himself after a roommate posted explicit videos of him on the Internet. Everyone who has ever been in school knows that teasing exists. Whether it’s your clothes, your looks, clumsiness, it’s what some kids have to deal with every day. I was teased during elementary school as the scrawny, unsure kid. As I grew up and became an athlete, I turned the tables and began doing some of the teasing myself. Now, as a parent, I’ve got teenagers who are exposed to this atmosphere just as I was. But honestly, I can say the air is much more tense, the bullying much more vicious, the consequences much more serious than they were when I was a teen. Whether it’s because you’re gay, awkward, poor, shy or unpopular, bullying is wrong and an act of cowardice. Teachers, coaches and principals are supposed to be seen as authority. They are supposed to be respected figures that

students should feel comfortable coming to with problems. We’ve got a real issue, however, when our kids no longer feel safe in school. When cries for help go ignored, whom can we blame when deaths occur? When bullies go unchecked, who is responsible? When taunting is seen as harmless banter among teens, whom can we look to? Kids are dying by their own hands, folks. Clearly, it is easier for them to end their lives than it is for them to face their peers. It makes for horrible learning conditions, conditions that we as adults or parents callously forget exist. It’s time for us to get control of our kids. In this age of social networking, bullying has taken on a new face. We’ve got to become more aggressive and more proactive in stopping bullying—physical, mental and cyber. This is real, and it’s happening every day in our city. And before we have a tragedy in our backyard, those who are charged with educating or raising our kids need to help put a stop to it. Mind you, it doesn’t help when you have grown folks posting venomous attacks against other grown folks under anonymous names. Makes you wonder where the kids pick up such behavior (sarcasm off). And that’s the truth ... sho-nuff.

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o not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that, some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2). That was the verse swirling through my head one week in late August as I struggled to write a sermon on it. By Friday morning, having given up, I drove over to Forest to visit my mother, and that’s where the sermon almost wrote itself as the verse came alive before my very eyes. An amazing event unfolded when I stopped at a local grocery store to pick up some things Mom requested. It happened on the aisle next to mine where I noticed an older woman, petite with dark skin, buying some staples she needed—bread and juice and milk and such. I didn’t know it then, but when I described her later, my mother told me she had seen her around. She said she was an immigrant from South America. There was nothing extraordinary about this because many immigrants live in my hometown now, and she was doing something ordinary—buying groceries. The extraordinary thing occurred when she tried to pay for them. Reaching up to the card reader, she swiped her card not once but three times, each without success. With no money to pay for her food, she stood there, helpless. The cashier was speechless. But before the South American woman had to leave her groceries behind and walk away empty-handed, the person waiting behind her—a woman whom I assume has lived in Forest most of her life—said, “I’ve got it.” Before the little woman could protest, the local woman handed the cashier the money for the groceries. “I’m going to pay you back when I see you around town again,” I heard the South American woman say. “I’ve been blessed,” the other woman replied. “Now I can be a blessing to you.” The South American woman smiled. “You have blessed me today,” she said. Perhaps things like this happen all the time, and I need to go to the grocery store more often. Or maybe it’s something much deeper. You see, I suspect the woman native to Forest, recognized the sacred worth of the South American woman, a stranger to her. For all she knew, she might just have been an angel. All I know is that as I watched the exchange take place, I couldn’t help but feel that I was standing on holy ground. As a Christian, hospitality, or love of strangers, is a hallmark of our faith. And that’s not just the case for followers of

Jesus. One Old Testament verse commands, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” In no fewer than 36 places in the Old Testament, the Bible commands that one must “love the stranger.” I couldn’t help but consider this and recall the story that took place in Forest when I read about the proposed Mississippi legislation mirroring Arizona’s recent anti-immigration laws. It seems that some Mississippi lawmakers would prefer us to fear the stranger. While I recognize that we are a country of laws, and we have need for immigration reform, it is racial profiling to demand that law enforcement officers check the residential status of anyone they suspect may be in the United States illegally on the basis of English-speaking skills or any other reason. It is purely political pandering intended to prey on existing fears and promote mistrust among people. I find it ironic that the very people proposing these measures are often the ones who refer to their Christian faith on any number of other issues. Inciting hysteria is never faithful, nor is it hospitable. It is sinful. I only wish some of those lawmakers could have witnessed what I saw in Forest that day. It wasn’t merely a handout to someone “less fortunate”; it was a powerful sign that we can, indeed, coexist. It gave testament that not everyone falls for the rhetoric intended to create an “us versus them” mentality. It provided evidence that generosity and hospitality do not require a background check. It was a realization that community is not limited to a homogenous group of people but incorporates all people. And diversity should never be scary but exciting, filled with possibilities. Leaving the grocery store that day, I saw the woman who had paid for the groceries in the parking lot. As I walked up behind her, I casually said: “I saw what you did in there, and that was really sweet.” What I was really thinking is that she not only blessed the stranger to our land. She also blessed me and gave me something that will last a lot longer than the groceries for which she paid. She gave me hope. Rob Hill is the pastor of Broadmeadow United Methodist Church in Jackson where he has served since June 2005. A native of Forest, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1997 and a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University in 2002.

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1. Which is the more “diverse” dining experience? a) Eating tacos at Taqueria La Morena. b) Ordering the daily pasta special at Bravo!. Taquerias serve authentic Latin-American food, and they are generally staffed by folks from south of the border. So “a” is the correct answer, right? Perhaps, unless you are of Latino descent. And what is “diverse” about eating in a place where you are pretty much guaranteed to be the only non-Latino in sight. “A” definitely has a more “ethnic” feel, but is it diverse? Not really. It is super delicious, but not exactly diverse, if diversity is defined as moving away from uniformity and sameness. What about “b”? Is eating at Bravo! being “diverse”? I would argue that it might be more diverse than eating at the taqueria. If diversity is the coming together of different cultures for a single purpose, then, yes, eating a Bravo! pasta special is more diverse than grabbing a taco at La Morena. Bravo! is owned by a Jew and a Christian so there’s some religious diversity. The dining room certainly draws a diverse crowd. At a recent Wednesday lunch, I spotted patrons with Indian, European, Asian, African and Latin American ethnicities. The staff

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hen I got this assignment, I thought, “No problem. Food diversity sounds pretty simple. I’ll hit some soul-food joints, some fish houses, a taqueria or two and put on a few extra pounds of delightful goodness-inspired bulk.” But when you scratch the surface, there are a few problems with this simple idea. First of all, what on Earth does “food diversity” mean? Does it mean diversity in the types of food we eat? A plate with meatloaf, green beans and mashed potatoes is pretty diverse (food wise) with a protein, a starch and a vegetable represented on the plate, but it isn’t very diverse culturally. Fusion cuisine that draws on different techniques and ingredients from different cultures and traditions fits the bill as cultural diversity, but has its own set of problems with importing exotic ingredients from across the world and going against the whole locavore thing. Does it mean having a diverse choice of restaurants in the community? We have that in spades. Having an adventurous palate can certainly expose us to a more diverse selection of foods, but is this just culinary tourism and not true “food diversity”? Like most questions worth asking, the answer is not always apparent and not always what you might expect. And sometimes, the answer is right there staring you in the face when you are too distracted to see it. Let’s start this off with some SAT-style

Cooks at La Morena, a taqueria in Ridgeland tucked behind Sal & Phil’s, explained that the

16 towns they grew up in determine how they make certain dishes.

looks like a U.N. School roll call with folks either emigrating or descending from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa, Central America, South America and Asia. And what kind of food does this melting pot serve? Italian. Now that is diversity. I asked executive chef and co-owner Dan Blumenthal about his thoughts on diversity in dining. “I haven’t really thought about it, but now that you mention it, our staff comes from all over the world, or at least their parents do. Hungary, Sudan, Mexico, Guatemala, India, Canada ... and that’s just what I can think of off the top of my head. There’s bound to be more. But it wasn’t a conscious decision on our part; we just hired the people we thought were best for the job,” Blumenthal said.

the staff doesn’t look diverse (they’re all African American), but when you look a little deeper you find that things aren’t quite what they seem. Bully’s dad was born in Gluckstadt, into a mixed-race family with a German father and African American mother. Most of his staff grew up in the north Jackson neighborhood where the restaurant is located, but one of his employees, Remi Oladipo, is from Nigeria.

3. Which restaurant better represents diversity in dining? a) Saigon Vietnamese restaurant in Flowood. b) Aladdin Mediterranean Grill in Jackson.

This third question gets a little trickier. 2. At which restaurant would On the one hand, you have an authentic, you find more diversity? a) Bully’s Soul Food on Livingston Road in Jackson. b) Les Halles Bistro in New York City’s Flatiron District. You would also think that choosing “a” in this question would land you square in the diversity column, but I would argue for “b.” Although Bully’s serves up the best smothered pork chop in the history of smothered pork chops, I would pose that it’s not a very diverse place. The staff, the owners and most of the patrons are mostly African American, whereas the clientele of Les Halles (since it is in NYC) likely would be very diverse. And the exquisite French food coming out of the kitchen would be prepared almost exclusively by people who have never been to France and few of whom have ever met a Frenchman. Chances are those cooks learned how to make those very French dishes from someone who spoke Spanish. When I talked to owner Tyrone Bully about the diversity of Bully’s customers, he said: “After we got a write-up in the paper, we’ve had a lot more white customers coming in. I guess they tell their white friends about it, but mostly we just draw from the neighborhood. We’re not trying to draw any particular race; we just want to build a better mousetrap and let the world beat a path to our door.” His mousetrap-building skills are evident. The food is exemplary. On the surface,

family-owned Vietnamese soup joint sending out steaming hot bowls of pho to a diverse crowd of hungry diners. On the other hand, you have a Mediterranean restaurant owned by a guy from Africa and staffed by Persians, Brits, Americans and Latinos serving a fairly diverse room of people. Let’s call that one a draw. But you can see where I’m going with this. Diversity is all around us if we take the time to look for it. I’m getting a feeling that my ruby slippers might be more functional than fashionable. Maybe the diversity has been with us all along, and we just haven’t had a wizard behind a curtain to point it out. I think the spirit of the story that the JFP was looking for may be found in the potential for even greater diversity in our dining rooms, both at home and when eating out, but how do we get there? Since the days of the lunch-counter sitin, restaurants haven’t really concerned themselves with the racial makeup of their customers. “It’s not about the black and white. It’s all about the green,” Bully said. The cash register is a mighty leveler. I can’t think of a single restaurateur who goes out of his or her way to attract diners of one race or another. They just want the chairs filled with people who will order food and drinks and treat their staff well. The room for growth is within the hearts and minds of the customers. People tend to make dining decisions based on familiarity, comfort and convenience. They eat like they live: safely. Personally, I would

nary when three Asians go into a west Jackson restaurant and sit at a table with two African Americans and a Dutch guy while they order Greek food cooked by a Columbian. Whatever that success is, it will be delicious.

Tom’s Diverse Dining Trail


f you want to exercise your taste buds and expand your palate, here are 10 of my favorite places to find diverse dining, both in the kitchen and on the plate. For a Google map showing the restaurants listed below, go to Bully’s (3118 Livingston Road, 601362-0484) Kim’s Seafood (1675 Terry Road, 601-353-0102) Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601-982-0890) Aladdin Mediterranean (730 Lakeland Drive, 601-366-6033) Parlor Market (115 W. Capitol St., 601-360-0090) La Morena (6610 Old Canton Road, Suite J, 601-899-8821) BRAVO! Italian Restaurant and Bar (4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 244, 601-982-8111) Saigon Restaurant (2640 Lakeland Drive, 601-420-4848) Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900) Olga’s Fine Dining (4760 Interstate 55 N., Suite D, 601-366-1366)

Parlor Market chef and owner Craig Noone makes diversity part of his business mantra. Diversity was part of the design, from the menu to the staff to the patrons.

brave the “rough” neighborhoods and drive clear across the state for a great meal, but I realize I’m in the minority here. Restaurant owners can’t be faulted for the racial, ethnic and social makeup of their patrons unless they are doing something to deter the “other” customers from coming in the door, and that is something I haven’t witnessed. Instead, restaurateurs like the safety of taking good care of their regulars and hope that through word of mouth and advertising, they can grow their loyal following. And these doors are far from closed to people who are “different” from the regulars. La Morena is a great example. I recently discovered this little taqueria through a loose network of dedicated foodies who love to spread the word about new discoveries. From the first time I darkened the door at this inconspicuous taco shop behind Sal & Phil’s, they made me feel welcome and almost like family. They took the time to explain the differences in the cooking styles

out on a journey with no map, and the further I went, the more lost I became. When I felt myself veer off on a tangent, I called my friend and priest, the Rev. Dr. Bryan Owen at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, to gut check my ideas about diversity and get me back on track. We started our conversation with me asking him to give me the liturgical textbook definition of diversity. “It’s really pretty simple,” he said. “Diversity is just a state of being where all groups—whether they are racial, ethnic, class, socioeconomic, educational or cultural—are represented without tension. If you are a white person living in Jackson, you might think that diversity somehow means black, but it’s deeper than that. Diversity means more than ‘different,’ it also implies inclusion.” I can always count on Bryan to make me scratch my head, but he was right. When I asked him about the “a” and “b” questions above, he gave it a lot of thought and agreed with me that sometimes diversity can be found where you least expect it and can be hidden in places where you think it would be apparent. Perhaps we will only know that we have succeeded when we stop noticing who is in the dining room with us. If I’m the only white diner in a soul-food kitchen, I notice it, and people notice me. Maybe success will be when no one notices anything out of the ordiTom Ramsey

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Tyrone Bully (shown) says his father started the restaurant 28 years ago. His dad was born in Gluckstadt, into a mixed-race family with a German father and African American mother.

of their employees and how the towns they grew up in determine how they make certain dishes (like how they don’t put egg in the Albondigas in Laredo). Now I am like a wandering billboard for them, proclaiming to anyone who will listen the virtues of their fresh tortillas and the warmth of their welcome. I’ve even posted to Facebook photos of me holding the owners’ brand new baby, Danny. And the result of all this proselytizing? I got a call from the owner this week, and he said his business has really picked up with lots of “new customers.” This just goes to show that we the consumers can have a greater impact on the diversity of dining rooms if we spread the word. As the palates of the community expands, so will the food quality and choices. It’s like a positive feedback loop where the more we explore, the better things we find, the more we demand of our regular haunts and the better they have to get to keep us. This should be welcome news to restaurateurs and patrons alike. Drawing a more diverse crowd means reaching further into the community and expanding the universe of potential customers. If the quality is there and the service is there to match the food, the growth can be exponential. All this, from just making better food and serving it with a welcome smile. At one new restaurant, diversity is part of the design. From the menu to the staff to the patrons, chef and owner Craig Noone of Parlor Market has diversity as part of his business mantra. “I want to take all of the immigrant influences in Mississippi and create Mississippi dishes that reflect what a diverse population we really are. When you say ‘Mississippi’ and ‘diversity’ in the same sentence, people think black and white, but this state is so much more ... Lebanese, Greek, Italian, African, Vietnamese, Caribbean, Mexican and more. It’s all in this little, rural state. And it all tastes great,” Noone said. You can see this philosophy reflected in a menu that has dishes as varied as a salad with boiled peanuts and grilled peaches to Wagyu beef with a Brussels sprout kimchee. But for Noone, the diversity isn’t just about the food. “We intentionally hired a diverse staff. Every culture brings something to the table and that helps the restaurant develop a unique feel and taste,” he said. Starting this article was like heading


The Global Table: Multicultural Manners


ike most American children, the formal holiday dinners of my youth were cause for much dismay. “Get your elbows off the table!” my aunties would snap sharply at the boys. “Don’t talk with your mouth full, and for God’s sake, child, don’t play with your food!” The commands continued like this throughout every holiday meal, every year of my childhood. If you, too, grew up in America, such mealtime landscapes are probably as familiar as someone asking, “Could you please pass the salt and pepper?” Every culture has social norms that steer behavioral expectations, and are often guided by religious beliefs and deeply ingrained values. Not surprisingly, they usually make appearances at the table, where customs are acted out in accordance via meal-taking rituals. To the western outsider, some of these practices might seem too casual, even though they’re guided by specific religious beliefs, while other traditions will feel oppressively formal in contrast. Either way, the guest of the global table shouldn’t make assumptions nor draw absolutes. There happen to be several manners that appear culturally widespread (not chewing with one’s mouth open, or playing with utensils, for example), but even those aren’t universally considered a faux pas. Take a cue from the most savvy world travelers: Read as much as you can about a culture’s expectations mealtime mores before arriving as a guest; don’t make assumptions; and let your host(s) be your guide.

ASIA/OCEANA China • The eldest person present, or the guest of honor, is given a seat facing the door. • Pick food placed at the top of a dish and nearest to you in distance. Never rummage through a dish for your favorite food. • When the hostess says her food isn’t good, the guest must disagree and tell her it’s one of the finest foods he or she has ever tasted. • Never point chopsticks at another person, it’s insulting. • Never suck on chopsticks, or use

them to move bowls and plates. • Talking with a full mouth, slurping soup and belching are common practice. • Tasting food from another guest’s plate, and eating with your elbows on the table are also acceptable. Japan • In traditional restaurants, expect to sit “seiza” (kneeling on the floor, with legs folded underneath the thighs, buttocks rested on the heels). On less formal occasions, “tailors style” (Indian style) sitting is common. • Wait for the host or hostess to tell you to eat three times before eating. • One should always clean ones hands (but not face) before dining with the steamed towel provided. • Never stick chopsticks vertically into a bowl of food. This is the traditional presentation form for an offering to one’s ancestors. • If liquid or bits of food drip onto the table while you’re attempting to transfer them, use the bowl of rice in your other hand to catch the liquid. However, it’s important not allow the liquid to remain on the rice. The discolored portion of the rice should be eaten quickly. Rice (in a bowl) should remain white if it was served that way. Philippines • A fork and spoon are the typical eating utensils. The fork is held in the left hand, and is used to guide food, especially rice, to the spoon held in the right hand. If no knife is available, use the fork to slice foods, although some frown upon this. • When you have completed your meal, always place your fork and spoon together with the tines of the fork and spoon facing up on your plate. Malaysia • Always use the right hand for eating. • For functions that require guests to sit down on the floor, men should sit crossed-legged and not stretch their legs. • Pointing your feet at others is impolite.

AFRICA • In many African countries, eating is done without cutlery, with the right hand, from communal dishes.

• Muslims often say grace (bismillah) before dining. Tanzania • It’s rude to show up early to dinner. Arrive 15–30 minutes later than expected. • It’s considered pretentious to use forks or knives to eat Chapati or Ugali. • If eating on a mat or carpet, do not expose the sole of your foot. • It’s impolite to drink beer straight from the bottle. • In some regions like Zanzibar, dinner tables are gender-segregated.

by Brandi Herrera pick up food. The four fingers are only used to pick up and spoon food. The thumb is used to push food into the mouth. It’s considered rude if all five digits are used to place food into the mouth. • It isn’t necessary to taste every dish, but you are expected to finish everything on your plate. • South Indian meals are served on a banana leaf. Vegetables are placed on the top half of the leaf, and rice, sweets and snacks on the other half.


MIDDLE EAST Afghanistan • Guests are always seated farthest from the door; when there are no guests, the grandparents are seated farthest away from the door. • Guests should refrain from eating too much, unless the host coaxes you to eat more, which he/she almost always will. The host should always ask at least three times if the guest wants more food, and the guest should refuse at least three times. • Wasting food is frowned upon. • Soup may be eaten by soaking bread in it. • If bread is dropped on the floor while eating at a table, it should be picked up, kissed and put to one’s forehead before disposing of it. Pakistan • Wash hands thoroughly before sitting and compliment the host. • Don’t look into others’ saucers while eating. • Do not chew loud enough for others to hear.

INDIA • Indians generally expect food to be eaten with the right hand, though it’s acceptable to use the left hand to pass dishes. • In South India, it’s acceptable to use the hand up to the second segment of the fingers, and the first segment of the thumb to

Chile • Never use your hands to take food, unless eating foods customarily eaten this way: bread, asparagus spears, etc. • You must not put your elbows on the table. • It is not advisable to seek a second course, unless it is offered Peru • Leftover Ceviche lemon juice can be poured into a glass following consumption of the fish pieces. This accepted practice is called the “drinking of the tiger’s milk” • Don’t stretch after a meal.

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good!” Mama Jacqueline added. “Tex-Mex is a cuisine (that cooks) American food the Mexican way. A great experience. Then there’s Ming Tsai, a great chef who provides East meets West recipes, like Salmon Napoleon, and there’s also the lovely Anglo-Indian dish of mulligatawny soup, which combines chicken breast, curry powder, rice, chopped apple and cream for a wonderful treat.” In an ode to childhood favorites, Mama Jacqueline also brought up mac and cheese: “The good old macaroni and cheese is now done the Italian way with Italian cheeses, and this is also delicious.” “This is to give you an idea of the very sophisticated culinary world we live in,” Mama Jacqueline said. “In my opinion, fusion cuisine is good for all of us (to learn) about each other while eating great food.” “Life is delicious.”


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n our household during any holiday or big event, one item on the table was always sure to elicit a bit of mouth-watering awe. Potica (“po-teet-sah”). is a traditional Slovenian pastry. And being of Slovenian descent, I have had my share of what is, because of the preparation it requires, quite honestly, a labor of love. I remember my grandmother, mom, sisters, aunts and cousins all spending the better part of a day readying the potica on the familial assembly line. Potica can have any number of fillings but is traditionally layered with walnuts, butter, cream and vanilla and rolled into a spiral and baked to a crisp amber brown. It is not vividly sweet, but is a great complement to a meal, and may be served with ice cream, fruit and whipped cream, pudding and more although it stands on its own perfectly. It is a buttery, flaky wonder to behold. My dad’s mother was a master at kitchen delegation, and I am fairly certain her potica-making prowess and skills were beyond that of most people. The delight isn’t something you just make. You commit to creating an Eastern European masterpiece. The women in my


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family would roll the dough out so thin and wide you could literally read a newspaper through it. After their effort, the ladies would look how I feel when I’ve finished a painting: weary but brimming with a sense of accomplishment. Under the leadership of Grandma Zuga, once the potica was in the oven and the smell permeated the house, we all knew the work was worth it. When we moved from Ohio to Mississippi, there was a certain sense of loss among the family about potica. As far as I am aware, Mississippi has a small Slovenian population, and that meant a severe lack of potica. Thankfully, my grandmother not only knew how to make potica but how to ship it correctly as well. Every Christmas, Thanksgiving and other special occasions, we received one of the primary pieces of the holiday happiness puzzle straight from Ohio via my dad’s folks. As much as I love living in Mississippi, every time I bit into grandma’s potica I was instantly transported back to Ohio, a 4-year-old watching the snow coming down and my grandfather’s German Shepherd Toby with family all about. That’s what tradition and food are all about anyway. Family. U slast! (Enjoy!) If you would like to try Potica, the Italian Bakery in Virginia, Minnesota makes authentic potica. The Prebonich Family uses 100 percent natural ingredients like walnuts, creamery butter, brown sugar and whole eggs, with absolutely no preservatives. They ship potica anywhere in the world, and it is guaranteed to arrives in fine condition. Call 218- 741-3464 or 877-747-3464, or visit the site

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up the dough, jelly-roll fashion, and place, seam side down, onto a cookie sheet. Using a clean pastry brush, brush the pastry with egg white. Bake for one to one and a half hours or until golden brown. Serves 12 to 14.

Preheat oven to 350º F. Separate the eggs, keeping the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another. In another mixing bowl, combine the yeast with the milk. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, salt, and flour and mix to form a dough. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise in a warm place, about 30 minutes. Prepare the filling by creaming the butter, 1 cup sugar, and egg yolks together. Add the cinnamon, cream, and ground walnuts. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to form a large rectangle. Spread the filling in the center of the dough. Roll

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by Richard and Chandra Higgins, Taste of the Island has brought a new dimension to Jackson. With only four tables, consider this restaurant a mostly carry-out eatery, but dining in is an option. Featuring a menu of Jamaican and Caribbean favorites such as Jerk Chicken, Oxtail, Red Snapper, Curry Goat and Meat Patties with sides of Bok Choy or Callaloo (Jamaican Spinach), Taste of the Island offers something a little different from the average lunch menu. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for a side of patriotism Ruchi India

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India offers the same copious variety. With sections devoted to Southern India and beyond the Himilayas, Ruchi India sets itself apart from other Jackson restaurants. Of course, the familiar favorites are still there: Samosas, Tandoori Chicken, Rogan Josh, Biryanis Vindaloos and Naan. The new Ruchi India may be slightly smaller, but the interior is bright and welcoming, and the menu can satisfy all your Indian cuisine cravings. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekends, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day. Edo Japanese Restaurant (5834 Ridgewood Road., 601-899-8518), formerly known as Haru, has been in Jackson for about 10 years and is one of the hidden Fuego Mexican Cantina

gems for sushi in the city. It has a quiet atmosphere, making it a perfect place for a good meal and good conversation. Edo recently expanded its menu with the addition of a hibachi grill. Try the salmon mango roll; it never lets my taste buds down. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fuego Mexican Cantina (318 S. State St., 601-592-1000), the newest addition to the Club Fire franchise, opened in July.

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F4Ă&#x201A;;;BD??;H C742D?20:4B Owner Sharon Jackson thinks the Mexican restaurant goes well with next-door neighbor Fireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bar atmosphere. Chimichangas and tamales are their most popular items, and although itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Mexican restaurant, their burger is also a hot-selling menu item. Fuego offers $1 margaritas during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. everyday. King Torta and Omonia Deli and Bakery (1290 E. County Line Road, Ridgeland, 601-983-1253) is a Mexican/ Columbian hybrid bakery and deli that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been cooking tacos, antojitos, burritos and quesadillas for almost a year. King Tortasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; most popular menu item, like their name suggests, is their tortas, which come with lettuce, beans, tomatoes, avocados, jalapeĂąos, chipotle and your choice of meat. Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. everyday.


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Some people may be intimidated by the mirrored windows, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t judge this book by its cover. On the other side of the tint, Spice Avenue (4711 Interstate 55 N., 601982-0890) features a welcoming setting, and they serve up all your Indian favorites. Originally a market and restaurant, Spice Avenue has ditched the market and narrowed its focus to provide a variety of the subcontinentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings. Served with a side of Indian music videos, Spice Avenue offers classic dishes like chicken tikka masala, kababs, kormas, vindaloos, and biryanis, a vegetarian section and a lunch buffet. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Taste of the Island (436 E. Capitol St., 601-360-5900) opened in 2009 and has quickly become a lunchtime fixture for downtown Jackson. Owned and operated

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with your fish entrĂŠe, look no further than Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greek Tavern (4760 McWillie Drive, 601-982-9295). A fixture of the Jackson restaurant scene for more than 30 years, Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greek Tavern is a cozy and welcoming restaurant that specializes in an American take on Greek cuisine. Seafood is the star of the show at Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with a fish of the day or your choice of shrimp, scallops or oysters, all served with a salad, potatoes and vegetables. Billâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Greek Tavern also features classics like Greek gyros and plenty of baklava. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Once situated on Interstate 55, Ruchi India (862 Avery Blvd., Ridgeland, 601991-3110), Jacksonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longstanding outpost for Indian cuisine has moved to a new location in Ridgeland, but the menu at Ruchi

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n the urban jungle of the Jackson metro area, we are fortunate to have a bounty of eateries at our disposal. Amidst the pack are the restaurants celebrating the cultural diversity of our city. Next time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the mood for something different, try one of old and new favorites weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve discovered.

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ushi can be a bit intimidating for beginners. It’s foreign and strange; everything has Japanese names; and ohmygod is that eel? Yet, it’s become such popular fare that many grocery stores and Chinese buffets now have sushi bars. There’s no reason to fear a tiny bit of rice and fish wrapped in nori, or seaweed. After all, you outweigh it by quite a bit. You could probably take it in a fight, couldn’t you? So ditch the fear, strap on your big-girl pants and start out slow. There are all different kinds of sushi; some are great for beginners and some are not for the faint of heart.

the side. Go easy on both the soy and the wasabi. Soy sauce is stratospherically high in sodium and covers up the subtle flavors of sushi. Wasabi is a very spicy green paste, which in America is usually made of horseradish, mustard and food coloring, and contains no actual wasabi root. If you’re brand new to wasabi, apply it with a sparing hand; it can bite you back if you try too much of it at once. The ginger is used as a palate cleanser between courses of sushi. It’s part of the whole sushi ritual that many people enjoy, but if you dislike it, feel free to skip it. Now that you’re starting to feel the sushi love, try a few cooked rolls, like unagi, which is barbecued eel. Trust me, it’s delicious and not nearly so strange as it sounds. Go for some amaebi nigiri, which is shrimp. If you haven’t been scared off yet, it’s time to move on to raw fish. Start with varieties of fish whose flavors are familiar to you before moving on to more foreign ground: tuna (maguro), salmon (sake), flounder (hirame), and my personal sushi favorite, yellowtail (hamachi). From here on out, be fearless; try everything. It’s a brave new sushi-filled world for you. You can also make sushi yourself. You’ll need:

sharp knife makisu, a bamboo mat used for rolling sushi, available in most kitchen stores rice vinegar Japanese-style rice nori, dried seaweed sold in sheets whatever fish or vegetable fillings you choose optional: wasabi, soy sauce, pickled ginger

It’s important to choose your fish carefully. Freshwater fish should never be used for raw sushi pieces made at home, as the risk of contamination is much greater than in saltwater fish. Ask the attendant at the counter if the fish is sushi or sashimi grade, meaning safe to eat raw. If they don’t know or seem to be guessing, ask someone else or buy

your fish elsewhere. After you purchase your fish, you should take care to keep it properly refrigerated and use it the same day. First, make your rice. The type of rice you buy is also important. If it’s not a really sticky, short-grain rice, your sushi will not hold together, so make sure you buy sushi rice, or “pearl” rice. In an ideal world, you’d use a rice cooker, but a saucepan with a lid will work as well. Each roll will take about a cup of cooked rice, so adjust according to your plans.

SUSHI RICE 2 cups pearl rice, rinsed 2 cups water 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 tablespoons of sugar 1 teaspoon of salt

Bring rice and water to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow rice to steam for 20 additional minutes. Combine rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until the salt and sugar dissolve. Spread cooked rice onto a large flat dish such as a casserole pan. Sprinkle vinegar combination evenly over the rice, and mix it in with a wooden spoon. Allow to cool to room temperature.

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Hosomaki Sushi For the sake of simplicity, I suggest sticking to one to two filling ingredients in each roll until you get the hang of it. To make your roll, begin by cutting a sheet of nori in half. Place it shiny side down on your bamboo mat. Dip your clean fingers in some tezu (a 1:1 ratio of water and rice vinegar) and use your hands to spread a thin layer of rice, about 1/4”, onto the nori, leaving an inch or so of bare nori at one end. Add your filling ingredients in a strip running horizontally, laying down the largest strip first. Don’t be afraid to be a bit spare with these on your first couple rolls; overfilling is a common problem. When you’ve done this, lift the edge of the bamboo mat closest to you and use it to fold the sushi into itself. Continue rolling, applying steady and even pressure, until the bare edge of the nori seals the roll. This should happen automatically, but if it fails to do so, use a bit of tezu to make it stick. Finally, cut your roll into sixths. SARAH SENFF

Head down to my favorite Jackson sushi spot, Nagoya (6351 Interstate 55 N., Suite 131, 601-977-8881), or to any quality Japanese restaurant for your first foray. It’s easy to get turned off of the stuff if all you’re eating is grocery store or buffet sushi where it’s not, generally speaking, all that fresh, which has a huge impact on taste. Begin with miso soup and then tackle the ordering process. Don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure of what something is. Sushi names are usually in Japanese, but the menu will often have a description of what it contains. If you find yourself apprehensive, try kappa maki, a simple cucumber roll, or a California roll, which contains cucumber, crab, avocado and sesame seeds. Another great starter choice is tamago sushi. It’s like a tiny omelet placed on top of a block of rice. How cute is that? Your sushi will be served with soy sauce, wasabi and thin slices of pickled ginger on

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Cabbage and black-eyed peas are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day to bring good luck and fortune. Several explanations for this custom exist. One says that the dish must be eaten before noon on New Year’s Day to ensure prosperity. Another insists that you must eat 365 black-eyed peas. The tradition of eating black-eyed peas dates back to Egyptian pharaohs, who ate them so that they could remain humble. A reference to jambalaya first appeared in print in 1872, and it has remained a popular dish ever since. Jambalaya allows for versatility and creativity, since it can be made from a few main ingredients along with whatever else is in the kitchen. According to one legend, a hungry traveler stopped in New Orleans for the night, but the hotel had run out of food. Jean, the cook, mixed haphazard ingredients together. The traveler loved the meal, and because the Louisiana dialect for “mix together” is balayez, he named the dish Jean Balayez. There’s nothing more American than apple pie. Truthfully, pies have been around for millennia, though early pies were made with meat. Fruit pies developed in England during the 1500s and arrived in America with English settlers. The story goes that the Pennsylvania Dutch further developed the recipe, which spread throughout American cuisine during the Revolutionary War. Red velvet cake, made immortal by the armadillo cake in “Steel Magnolias,” is a relatively recent invention. Velvet cake recipes were published in the late 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1920 that a recipe for a red cake was published in Kansas. Recipes that included red food coloring emerged during the 1960s. stu spivak

tured the “Parker House Chocolate Pie” on its menu. The chef derived the recipe from older British desserts. In 1996, Boston cream pie was named the official dessert of Massachusetts. Fried chicken, known as one of the South’s most popular foods, was originally brought to the South with Scottish immigrants who settled here. African American slaves who were allowed to keep their own chickens further developed the recipe with their own spices. Shrimp and grits is a classic southern recipe that is often featured at gourmet restaurants. Local fishermen created the dish in South Carolina and called it “Breakfast Shrimp.” Originally, it was a combination of river shrimp, grits and bacon fat. Bread pudding recipes have existed for thousands of years as a way to avoid wasting food. The Romans, Egyptians and Indians all created recipes for bread desserts. An iconic southern food, bread pudding is also eaten today in South America and Europe. A common southern staple, the po’ boy sandwich was invented in New Orleans in 1929. The streetcar conductors went on strike, and Clovis and Bennie Martin, two brothers who owned a French Quarter restaurant, supported their cause. They agreed to give away free food to any striking workers. Their gigantic sandwiches easily served several workers. When a

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n 1998 my husband and I went to Albania and worked with a church that was housing refugees from Kosovo. Being in a communist country was like going from life in vibrant Technicolor to a world that is only shades of gray. The streets smelled like desperation, but in the homes we visited and the home where we stayed, every meal was a celebration. I worked side by side in the kitchen with Albanian women, peeling potatoes and carrots and watched in awe as they used what was essentially a dowel rod to roll out sheets of phyllo dough that were so thin, they were transparent. In less than five seconds, they could turn a fistful of dough into a perfect sheet. It looked so easy I wanted to try, and they laughed until they had tears streaking their cheeks at the lopsided Frisbees I made, complete with holes ripped in the thin spots. The phyllo dough was used for everything from making meat and vegetable “Hot Pockets,” to making the most beautiful baklava I’ve ever seen. The women showed their appreciation for our help by spending hours rolling out literally thousands of sheets of phyllo dough by hand. The last day we were in Albania, which happened to be the day before United States forces starting bombing Kosovo, the men we were working with slaughtered a lamb in the backyard for a meal that I still salivate thinking about today: roasted lamb and vegetables. I usually like to think of my food as coming from the store and not someone’s back yard, but for most people in the world, beef equals cow, and pork equals pig. When we traveled to Thailand the following year, it was like going from Technicolor to 3-D high definition. The sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok were electrifying. Everything was green, blooming and exotic—even the air. The sharp scent of fresh ginger, the pungent aroma of garlic, loaded like bales of hay on pickup trucks, and the slightly floral scent of jasmine rice filled the humid air, and my stomach grumbled with the slightest breeze. In the orphanages and villages where we worked, the people took pride in preparing meals for us: stir-fries, sauces, Thai donuts

sprinkled with sugar and served with soy milk, and a delicacy I could only pretend to eat as I shuffled it around my bowl, which I called “Chicken Knuckle Soup.” It was a frightening shade of green, and I was afraid I might glow in the dark if I actually consumed it. On one of our last evenings in a small orphanage outside of Chaing Mai, the women in our group took the opportunity to share our culture, and we prepared a meal for our Thai hosts: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, tossed salad with Ranch dressing and rice pudding. The children were bewildered as their plates were served, and spoke rapidly to each other in their native tongue while gesturing wildly at their food. For the first time in their lives, they were experiencing another culture in their small dining hall. They weren’t sure what to do with the potatoes or the sweet rice, but those kids figured out fried chicken as fast as any redneck baby at a church potluck. All over the dining hall, I watched Thai children peel the salty, battered and fried skin off the chicken and leave the rest “nekkid” on their plates. When someone prepares a meal for you they aren’t just feeding you, they are inviting you into their mother’s kitchen and into their memories, wherever they may lead—a war-torn communist country they can never return to, a childhood home that no longer exists, or a good old country kitchen where their momma still serves three hot meals a day. Maybe you can’t go globetrotting to experience new and exotic places, but sometimes, adventure is only a meal away.

RED CURRY CHICKEN IN COCONUT MILK 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, split in half and cut into thin strips Olive oil 1 tablespoon red curry powder 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Garlic salt 3 cloves of minced garlic 1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce Juice of 1 lime 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped 2 green onions, minced 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips 1 can of coconut milk Jasmine rice (cooked according to package directions)

Cook the chicken in a little olive oil on the stovetop, sprinkled with garlic salt and soy sauce. Once it’s cooked thoroughly you can continue on the stove top or dump the following into your crock pot: chicken, coconut milk, green onions, bell pepper, cilantro, minced garlic, red curry powder and cayenne pepper. Set your crock pot to auto, or low. Stir in lime juice a few minutes before serving. If you want to cook it on the stovetop, follow the same steps, cooking the vegetables until tender. Serve with jasmine rice. Makes four servings


(Don’t worry; you won’t be rolling anything out by hand!) 1 16-ounce package of phyllo dough, room temperature 1 pound chopped pecans 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup of melted butter (Yes, I’m totally serious.) 1 cup white sugar 1 cup water 1/2 cup honey 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Butter a 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cinnamon and nuts. Unroll phyllo dough, place two sheets of phyllo in dish then baste with butter. (A silicon basting brush is perfect for this because it won’t rip the phyllo.) Repeat until you have six layers in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle pecan and cinnamon mixture on the phyllo. Add another two layers of phyllo, baste with butter, sprinkle nut mixture, until you have used all of the pecans. Continue to layer phyllo, two sheets at a time and basting with butter until the phyllo is gone. Before baking, with a sharp knife, cut the baklava into squares or diamonds, being sure to cut through all of the layers of phyllo. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. While the baklava is baking, bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Once boiling, add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. The sauce should reduce and become syrupy as the water cooks out. Take the baklava out of the oven and pour the syrup over the baklava while hot. Let it cool before serving. The phyllo will absorb the syrup. Makes 18 servings.

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After browning meat, add veggies and spices. Sautee on medium heat until vegetables are tender. Add stir-fry sauce. Roll egg rolls according to package directions, (there should be an easy to follow picture) and seal with egg. Deep fry egg rolls at 350 degrees until golden brown and remove from oil. Allow the egg rolls to drain on paper towels for five minutes. After they are cool, they can be stored in the freezer and easily reheated in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.


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COFFEE HOUSES Cups Espresso Café (Multiple Locations, Jackson’s local group of coffeehouses offer high-end Arabica beans, a wide variety of espresso drinks, fresh brewed coffee and a selection of pastries and baked goods. Free wi-fi. Wired Espresso Café (115 N State St 601-500-7800) This downtown coffeehouse across from the Old Capitol focuses on being a true gathering place, featuring great coffee and a selection of breakfast, lunch and pastry items. Free wi-fi.

BAKERY Broad Street Bakery (4465 Interstate 55 N. 601-362-2900) Hot breakfast,coffee espresso drinks, fresh breads and pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, quiches, soups, pizzas, pastas and dessert. A “see and be seen” Jackson institution! Campbellʼs Bakery (3013 N State Street 601-362-4628) Breakfast, lunch and bakery. Cookies, cakes and cupcakes are accompanied by good coffee and a full-cooked Southern breakfast on weekdays in this charming bakery in Fondren. For Heavenʼs Cakes (4950 Old Canton Road 601-991-2253) Cakes and cupcakes for all occasions including weddings, parties, catered events. Owner Dani Mitchell Turk was features on the Food Network’s ultimate recipe showdown. Crazy Cat Bakers (Highland Village Suite #173 601-362-7448) Amazing sandwiches: Meatloaf Panini, Mediterranean Vegetarian, Rotisserie Chicken to gourmet pimento cheese. Outlandish desserts. Now open for dinner Wednesday through Friday. Primos Cafe (2323 Lakeland 601-936-3398/ 515 Lake Harbour 601-898-3400) A Jackson institution featuring a full breakfast (with grits and biscuits), blue-plate specials, catfish, burgers, prime rib, oysters, po-boys and wraps. Save room for something from their famous bakery! Beagle Bagel (4500 I-55 North, Suite 145, Highland Village 769-251-1892) Fresh bagels in tons of different styles available with a variety of toppings including cream cheese, lox, eggs, cheese, meats and or as full sandwiches for lunch. Plus paninis, wraps, soup & salad, gourmet coffee, muffins, cakes, pies and much more!

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

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

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PIzza Mellow Mushroom (275 Dogwood Blvd, Flowood, 601-992-7499) Pizzas of all kinds, munchies, calzones, grilled hoagies, salads and more make up the extensive and “eclectic” menu at Mellow Mushroom. Award-winning beer selection. Dine in or carry out. The Pizza Shack (1220 N State St. 601-352-2001) 2009 and 2010’s winner of Best Pizza offers the perfect pizza-and-a-beer joint. Creative pizza options abound (“Cajun Joe, anyone?”), along with sandwiches, wings, salads and even BBQ. Great beer specials! Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St. 601-368-1919) Pizzas of all kinds plus pasta, eggplant parmesan and the local favorite: fried ravioli. Voted Best Chef, Best Dessert, Best Kid’s Menu and Best Ice Cream in the 2010 Best of Jackson reader poll.

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The Wrong Crowd

What is your overall assumption of former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters at the end of this huge book project? I’ll let the reader draw their own conclusion, but certainly, there are all sorts of questions about Peters’ involvement,

not only in this case but in many others. There was that one interesting colloquy in the book from an FBI recording between Balducci and Peters where they’re talking about indicting some guy that Balducci feels screwed him out of $20,000, so he calls up Peters to get him indicted. I think this is questionable conduct. Peters is no longer DA, but he says, “Well, we’ve got a new DA coming in, and he’ll take care of it.” This is an FBI-recorded conversation between those two that is indicative of the way Peters operated. He was part of that old Eastland network. Tell me your description of the old Eastland network. What’s that about? It’s probably not accurate to call it the Eastland network anymore, but it continues to exist. It’s got people in it that have been doing this kind of thing since the 1940s. This is an old organization. It’s loose—it’s not like there’s a membership roll—but there are people who’ve been scratching each other’s backs and fixing things for most of my lifetime. Eastland’s been out of office for over 30 years, and dead for close to 30 years, but it lives on. It’s a fact of life that we’re not the only place that has old legal networks and organizations. Chicago’s had one for years. There have been people who have been a part of ours for 40 or 50 years. Ed Peters is a good example. Steve Patterson is loosely connected. P.L. Blake is a quintessential player in the Eastland organization. This kind of thing does happen in Chicago, although I expect the one in Chicago is tighter and better run than the Eastland operation. Who, in your opinion, was the biggest wrongdoer, providing it’s fair to make that kind of assessment? Several people went to prison I knew, but I don’t think any of them are hardened criminals or evil people. They are people who made some very bad judgments and broke the law, and they’re paying the price. But I don’t think there’s any evil-incarnate force here. There’s just a bunch of people who’ve been operating this way for years, protecting friends and punishing enemies. That’s pretty much what the book’s all about and how Dick Scruggs was drawn into the network.

Former Boston Globe reporter Curtis Wilkie spent two years researching his book,“Fall of the House of Zeus.”

Bloggers sympathetic to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are forever trying to tie Scruggs’ behavior to alleged misbehavior by Attorney

Once one of the most powerful attorneys in Mississippi, Dickie Scruggs also made some powerful enemies.

General Jim Hood. Is there a connection? There are certainly political connections and friendships between the three of them, but I don’t have any evidence that there’s anything sinister between them. There was a question raised about $500,000 Scruggs gave to Balducci and Patterson to bring Hood onboard during the State Farm litigation. There are people who made inferences about that, but I have no evidence that there was anything improper between Scruggs and attorneys general (Hood and Mike Moore). Do you see the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s influence on Mississippi Supreme Court? There’s no question but that there’s an impact. You don’t pour $4 million into a relatively small state without having some influence. They clearly have gained the upper hand with the state Supreme Court. What did you think of the fact that Scruggs was almost out of the business, that he could have retired making more than $1 million a year if Katrina hadn’t come along. Knowing Dick, I find it hard (to think) that he would have ever peacefully retired. I know he thought about it. For all his wealth, he’s a type-A personality. You’re not a Navy jet pilot without having a lot of energy and derring-do. It’s inconceivable to me that he would have retired and quietly played golf for the rest of his life. He would’ve always been involved in something. Maybe he would have run his own charitable foundation or become a professor, but he would’ve always stayed busy. I know that his friends wished he’d gotten out of the law practice when he did, but he didn’t. 33 Comment at

The book doesn’t read like you’re making excuses for him. No. Dick Scruggs pleaded guilty. He acknowledged that he was involved in this in open court. That’s a matter of record. Case closed. And the book makes no effort to exonerate him. What we try to do is explain what happened.

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You described the difference between the two men who you depict as the initiators of Scruggs’ downfall, P.L. Blake and Tim Balducci, almost as if you marveled that two such personalities could inadvertently topple a giant. I am surprised that Dick Scruggs was consorting with some of the people that we learned that he did. He said to me one of the last times I saw him—he was in confinement—he said, “Are you going to be able to tell people how I got mixed up with these guys?” That’s one of the many questions I had to address in my reporting. I consider the book as much a political book as it is about white-collar crime. As you get into politics, you begin to see how Scruggs got mixed up with some of the people who helped get him

in trouble—people in the old (Sen. James) Eastland network and people like Steve Patterson and Tim Balducci. Scruggs already had his adversaries: … Republicans did not like him; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce did not like him; and big business obviously would not like him. Plenty of attorneys who represent business interests—corporate defense attorneys—wouldn’t like Scruggs, so he developed a lot of powerful enemies over the years. He also created enemies among people who had once been his associates, and their lawsuits against him set the stage for his downfall.

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uthor and University of Mississippi professor Curtis Wilkie speaks with a degree of sadness when he references the life of disgraced Mississippi attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. The former Boston Globe reporter turned Ole Miss journalism professor spent two years assembling court materials, periodicals and more than 200 personal interviews on the painful destruction of one of the state’s most prominent trial attorneys. His book “The Fall of The House of Zeus” (Crown Publishers, 2010) hits stores Oct. 19.

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Judge DeLaughter, formerly Peters’ assistant district attorney. Peters remained close to DeLaughter, so Joey Langston and Steve Patterson went to Peters to buy DeLaughter off on Scruggs’ behalf. Peters admitted that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Scruggs’ helpers in an effort to purchase a favorable decision from DeLaughter. The book is infinitely better researched and written than the politically charged polemic by conservative blogger Alan Lange and former federal prosecutor Tom Dawson , “Kings of Tort” (Pediment Publishing, 2009, $27.95). “Kings of Tort” is a vent of animosity by U.S. Chamber (and Republican) apologists, and offers little of the complex reporting by reporter Wilkie. In fact, “The Fall of Zeus” recounts how at one point Ed Peters hugged his old friend Tom Dawson during meetings with prosecutors, which included Dawson. Such camaraderie may explain why the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Division back in Washington was furious at Dawson’s decision to give Peters immunity in exchange for his

cooperation in a corruption scandal that he made possible. Also, where “Kings of Tort” labors to incriminate current Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, by linking Hood’s campaign to Scruggs’ dirty money, Wilkie uncovers no connection beyond Scruggs’ habit of donating to Democrats (as well as Republicans). Wilkie also notes Republican Senate candidate Roger Wicker’s attempt to link his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, to Scruggs through campaign loans, but points out that Scruggs’ son, Zack, used to work in Wicker’s congressional office and that both father and son donated heavily to Wicker—also Ole Miss Sigma Nu. The book, to be sure, does not side with trial lawyers. Don’t look for political ammo, but you will get a revealing look inside an old bi-partisan power fraternity in the state. Curtis Wilkie will sign and read from “Fall of the House of Zeus” Thursday, Oct. 21, at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619) at 5 p.m. Call ahead to reserve your copy.

One Less Knight by ShaWanda Jacome


hen I brought “Glubbery Gray” (Pelican Publishing, 2010, $16.99) home, my 8-year-old son, Mateo, couldn’t wait to take a look. If it’s a story about space, superheroes or knights, he’s all over it. “That was a really funny book,” he concluded, after we’d read it together. “Glubbery Gray” is a children’s book filled with colorful, vivid drawings and clever rhyming about eight knights who’ve just captured the Knight-Eating Beast. I asked co-author Bret Kenyon, a frequent freelancer for the Jackson Free Press, how this all came to be. It all started with Jesse Labbe’s art, he said. “(Labbe) had several sketches of knights that he wanted to build a story around,” Kenyon said. “We decided on a counting

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book that was loosely based on the ‘monkeys jumping on the bed’ nursery rhyme.” Beth Kander, who is friends with Kenyon and has acted with him in local theater, came on board while the book was in production. “Beth and I both worked at Mad Genius Inc. … I wrote the first draft, then quickly realized that poetry is not my strong suit. Beth handled the following drafts and rewrote the poetry,” Kenyon said. Kenyon and Kander sign “Glubbery Gray” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., 601-366-7619) Oct. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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cades-old power structure that he says Scruggs, Peters and others are part of—a network established by the late Sen. James O. Eastland, who ironically the current federal courthouse in Jackson is named after. Eastland, Wilkie reports, helped put in place a tightly knit community of statewide lawyers with roots in the Sigma Nu fraternity at Ole Miss. Sigma Nu is a kind of Skull and Bones club for Mississippi good ole boys, containing a host of powerful individuals, both Democrats and Republicans. Its membership ranges from former Sen. Trent Lott to Ed Peters and business connectors like Steve Patterson, who helped orchestrate the corruption of Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter, now in prison for his role in the Scrugg drama. The system found a powerful new enemy in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which dedicates millions of dollars to judicial races in a successful crusade to install a corporate-friendly justice system. The Mississippi College Law Review found in 2009 that the Mississippi Supreme Court, with its many Chamber-funded justices, reversed twice as many civil plaintiff verdicts as defense verdicts from 2004 to 2008, while trial-court judges and juries were more balanced, with 310 verdicts for the plaintiff and 281 for the defense. The book indirectly references how the Chamber and its limitless money squared off against trial lawyers, siding with openly corporate Republicans in elections. The book made clear Scruggs’ belief that conservative judges had it in for attorneys who dedicated money to Democrats, and alluded to U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate’s “adverse rulings” and harsh sentence in relation to the corruption trial of attorney Paul Minor, now in prison. Wilkie also reveals how Scruggs made his enemies—many of them former friends—including his broken connections with Peters, who walked away free from prosecution, despite having been the go-between for Scruggs’ people and the disgraced Courtesy Crown Publishers


hen award-winning journalist Curtis Wilkie sets out to cover the downfall of Mississippi’s foremost trial attorney, he goes at it like a neurotic terrier digging in a graveyard—with a macabre cloud of grotesque tidbits flying out over his furry back. And unlike partisans who try to twist the saga their direction, he then lets the bits fall where they may. Wilkie, who personally knew attorney Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, unveils the complicated web that was Scruggs’ network. His book, “The Fall of the House of Zeus” (Crown Publishers, 2010, $25.99), is an account born of painstaking attention to detail and exhausting interviews that no doubt contained questions such as, “How did you feel when X started rifling through your file cabinets?” But this is not a soap-opera-style jaunt into the drama behind how federal authorities uncovered judicial corruption in Mississippi. This is, above all, a studied journalistic depiction of a longstanding state tradition of backscratching that turned criminal. The book describes one incident, captured on FBI tape, where Scruggs associate Tim Balducci demanded that former Hinds County District Attorney Ed Peters arrange to indict two attorneys who “‘screwed (Balducci) over … on a deal.’” Wilkie writes that Peters replied, almost casually, that he could do this, and added that the incoming district attorney was already gearing up to indict other people who had “‘tried to screw him out of a percentage of fees and things.’” Peters, who campaigned for current District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and helped him unseat Democratic incumbent Faye Peterson in 2007, even agreed to “‘have Robert with us’” when they got together with Balducci in Jackson. “‘You need to meet Robert anyway,’” Peters said on the tape. “‘It’ll be good for you.’” Smith said this week that he was unaware of Peters’ comments and needed to read the book before commenting. Wilkie uses his book to dissect the de-

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The Jackson 2000 luncheon at Fairview Inn (734 Fairview St.) is at 11:45 a.m. and features speakers Mike Davis and Pam Confer with the city of Jackson. $12. … Archeologist Brad Lieb will discuss the Natchez Indians during “History is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring a lunch; call 601576-6998. … Barry Gifford signs copies of “Sad Stories of the Death of Kings” at Lemuria Books (202 Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N.) at 5 p.m. $16.95 book; call 601-3667619. … JSU Java (Jackson State University, H.T. Sampson Library, 1400 John R. Lynch St.) has open-mic poetry from 7-9:30 p.m. E-mail … .38 Special performs at the Mississippi Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.) at 7:30 p.m. Fair admission applies.

Call 601-364-9411. … At Hal & Mal’s, Momma’s Black Sheep perform at 9 p.m., and the movie “Barbarella” screens on the patio. Call 601-948-0888.

Friday 10/15

The Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet at the Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road) is at 7 p.m. $50; call 601-977-7836. … Vasti Jackson performs at the Mississippi Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.) at 7 p.m.; Home Remedy performs at 9 p.m. Fair admission applies. … Horse Trailer and The Lost Bayou Ramblers perform at the Fais Do-Do at The Commons (719 N. Congress St.) at 8 p.m. $5, $3 jambalaya; e-mail mandolinred@ … Eden Brent performs at Underground 119. Call 601-352-2322. … Yo Mamma’s Big Fat Booty Band performs at Poets II at 9 p.m. Call 601-364-9411.

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The Sun King 5K Run/Walk at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive) is at 8 a.m. $25 run/walk; call 601-209-3305. … The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at the Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.) is at 9 a.m. Call 601-321-5500. … Stewpot’s Red Beans and Rice Celebration at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl) is at 11 a.m. and includes performances by Scott Albert Johnson and Good Enough for Good Times. $8; $10 at the door; call 601-3532759. … The Red Party fundraiser at the River Room Conference Center (100 Ridge Drive, Flowood) at 6 p.m. benefits AIDS-related charities. $55, $100 couple; call 601-259-6768. … The Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert at Hal & Mal’s is at 7 p.m. $20; Donations welcome; visit heatherstree. org.…TheRowdyFriendsTourattheMississippi Coliseumat 7 p.m. includes music by Hank Williams Jr. and Jamey Johnson. $25-$125. … ZooParty 2010 at the Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) is at 7 p.m. $$65, $55 members; $70 at the door; call 601-352-2580. … The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents “Bravo II: Power and Portraiture” at Thalia Mara Hall at 7:30 p.m. $30 and up; call 601-960-1565. Vasti Jackson performs at the Mississippi Fairgrounds Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

The Canton Flea Market at Canton Square starts at 8 a.m. Free admission; call 601-859-8055. … The Jackson 2000 Friendship Golf Outing at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road) is at 9 a.m. $125, $500 team of four; visit … The JPS Wellness Walk at Hughes Field (Ellis Avenue and Oakmont Drive) is at 4 p.m. Free; call 601-960-8911. … Raphael Semmes performs at the Best of Madison County banquet at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madison) at 5:30 p.m. $50, $400 table of eight; call 601-605-2554. … Crème de la Craft is at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) at 7 p.m. $100; call 601-856-7546. … Boyz II Men performs at the Mississippi Fairgrounds (1207 Mississippi St.) at 7:30 p.m. Fair admission applies. … Southbound performs at Poets II.

The Bluegrass Gospel Show at 1:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Coliseum includes music by Bill & Temperance and Aaron Sibley. Fair admission applies. … The Herman Snell Memorial Benefit at Hal & Mal’s is at 3 p.m. $10; visit … The Máirtín de Cógáin Project is at Fenian’s at 7 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; $12 Celtic Heritage Society and Jackson Irish Dancers members; visit

Monday 10/18

The beer dinner at Sal & Mookie’s is at 6 p.m. $55; call 601-368-1919 to make a credit card reservation. … The Mississippi Community Symphonic Band and The Mississippi Swing perform at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive) at 7 p.m. Free; call 601605-2786. … Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira perform at Fitzgerald’s from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Tuesday 10/19

The “Exposed” exhibit in the gallery at the Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) closes today. Free; call 601-856-7546. … The Xtremez perform at Shucker’s from 7:30-11:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday 10/20

Author Curtis Wilkie discusses his book “The Fall of the House of Zeus” during “History is Lunch” at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. … The Common Ground Band performs at The Parker House (104 N.E. Madison Drive, Ridgeland). Call 601-856-0043. More events and details at

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rtist and community activist Teresa did not want any of it go to waste, so she Haygood says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not uncommon for started using her stained-glass leftovers to a child to look up from their work In do mosaics. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where she found her true the middle of her mosaic classes and passion. She eventually opened her own stusay to her, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. T, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done an art dio, aptly named Creative Minds Studio. project before.â&#x20AC;? She began teaching art classes in late Hearing those words, Haygood is en- 2005, after a neighbor encouraged her to couraged to bring more mosaic art projects volunteer with Life Shardsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a series of to classrooms across classes that the Arts the metro Jackson Center of Missisarea. So far, she has sippi held after Hurled art projects at ricane Katrina deBradley Elementary signed to figuratively School, Davis Magâ&#x20AC;&#x153;put the pieces back net School, Maditogetherâ&#x20AC;? through son Middle School, mosaics. Shortly Mississippi Cultural thereafter, the moCrossroads in Port saicist met Sarah Gibson and the MisCampbell, a local sissippi Craft Cenchildrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s author and ter. Haygood hopes grant writer, who into instill self-esteem corporated Haygood and self-expression in into several grants to her students through go into schools and creativity. other organizations â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter in the metro Jackson where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from, area to teach the art whatever their backof mosaic-making to ground is, whatever children. Haygood their problems or Teresa Haygood brings art into classrooms does week-long classthrough the mosaic projects she does with whatever successes students throughout the state. es with her students. theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had, they can They make their express these things through art,â&#x20AC;? she says. own mosaics and, usually, come together as The artist also wants to teach them that a group to do one major installation project, life is a proverbial mosaic in progress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You as well. donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know all the steps â&#x20AC;Ś (Y)ou have to Free-handing most of her work, Haywork one step at a time,â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And good hardly ever begins with an entire sometimes you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the next project mapped out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start out with one step is going to be until you get done with element of my design, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll finish that,â&#x20AC;? the step youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on.â&#x20AC;? she explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll look at what I have Not only does Haygood enjoy inspir- down, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be inspired to go either this diing kids, she also takes pleasure in paying rection or that direction.â&#x20AC;? She says she most homage to iconic Mississippians through enjoys watching the evolution of a piece and mosaics. In a recent class she taught at Brad- is hardly picky about her medium. Not only ley Elementary, the students created a mosa- will she use other artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; scraps of glass, she ic of Medgar Evers, subtitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember,â&#x20AC;? often incorporates thrift store finds into her which now hangs in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditorium. work. Everything from broken crockery to â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are in what I feel is the promised land, twigs have found their way into her art. She and I want to honor some of those people points out a weathered piece of driftwood that gave us our soul,â&#x20AC;? she says of the Mis- and a chair leg that served as parts of a frame sissippians in her mosaics. for one of her pieces. Haygood mother was an artist and â&#x20AC;&#x153;You name it,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If it looks her father was artistic, so she asserts that art right with the piece, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll put it there.â&#x20AC;? is just in her genes. Haygood grew up in Haygood plans to continue doing moMemphis and moved to Jackson to attend saic projects with budding artists, but admits Millsaps College in 1989. She felt compelled sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slowed down on personal projects since to do more than â&#x20AC;&#x153;justâ&#x20AC;? art in college, and af- taking a job as the executive assistant with ter stumbling into the geology department the Mississippi Arts Commission. However, with the encouragement of friends, she fell Haygood sometimes displays her work at in love with the subject. After graduation, the Fondren Market and anticipates particishe worked in the geology department at pating in the Chimneyville Crafts Festival Millsaps for five years. in November. Next spring she hopes to get Then, Haygood happened upon a back into classrooms through JumpstART book about stained glass and decided to with Parents for Public Schools along with try her hand with a stained-glass project. several other Mississippi artists. It turned out she had a talent for the art of â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want (the children) to see that when stained glass, but the artist also noticed the they tap into their creativity, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a release,â&#x20AC;? many leftovers from her projects. Haygood she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no rules.â&#x20AC;? courtesy teresa Haygood

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jfpevents Radio JFP on WLEZ ongoing, at WLEZ 100.1 FM and Join Donna Ladd and Todd Stauffer every Thursday from noon-1 p.m., where they discuss vital issues and play local music. This week’s guests are chefs Tom Ramsey, Jesse Houston and Craig Noone, and T.J. Harvey from Young Leaders in Philanthropy. Listen to podcasts of all shows at Free; call 601-362-6121, ext. 17. Mississippi Happening ongoing. The live monthly broadcast is hosted by Guaqueta Productions and features a special musical guest. Download free podcasts at Jackson 2000 Friendship Golf Outing Oct. 14, 9 a.m., at Colonial Country Club (5635 Old Canton Road). The format is a four-man “best ball” scramble with prizes for a variety of feats on certain holes such as longest drive and closest to the pin. Lunch is included, and door prizes will be given. $125, $500 team of four; visit Red Beans and Rice Celebration Oct. 16, 11 a.m., at Trustmark Park (1 Braves Way, Pearl). This annual event benefits Stewpot Community Services’ mission in the Jackson area and includes music, kids’ games, and delicious red beans and rice. $8 in advance, $10 at the door; call 601-353-2759. The Red Party Oct. 16, 6 p.m., at River Room Conference Center (100 Ridge Drive, Flowood). The benefit dinner is a fundraiser for AIDS-related charities. Cocktail hour is at 6 p.m., and dinner begins at 7 p.m. A cash bar, live music and a silent auction are included. $55, $100 couple; call 601-259-6768. Third Annual Heather Spencer Soulshine Memorial Concert Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). This annual fundraiser with music, food and an auction raises money for the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Heather’s Hope Grant Program. Donations welcome; e-mail ZooParty Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.). The “wildest party in town” includes delicious dishes from more than 15 of Jackson’s favorite restaurants, dancing the night away under the stars and a silent auction. $65, $55 members in advance; $70 at the door; call 601-352-2580. Herman Snell Memorial Benefit Oct. 17, 3 p.m., at Hal & Mal’s (200 Commerce St.). The event with art and live music is in honor of Herman Snell, local artist, art supporter and JFP music listings editor who passed away in September. Proceeds will go to offset funeral costs. $10; keep up on facebook. com/hwsnell and through the JFP and Crossroads Film Festival.

Community Events at Baptist Medical Center (1225 N. State St.), in the Hederman Cancer Center. Call 601948-6262 or 800-948-6262. • Breast Cancer Awareness Packets Giveaway Oct. 14, 4-6 p.m. Pick up a pink ribbon and a packet

of health information. Also register to win one of two Breast Health Center waffle robes. • The Positive Ones Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. This support group for breast cancer patients and survivors will be held in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Events at Jackson Medical Mall (350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). • NACA Homeownership Seminar Oct. 16, 9 a.m. The class will be held in the Community Meeting Room. Free; call 601-922-4008. • National Crime Awareness Rally Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center. The theme is “Precinct 3: Working Together for a Better Community.” The rally will feature law enforcement, elected officials and other experts providing safety tips, a vendor fair, a talent show, food, children activities and more. T-shirts are available for $10. Free; call 601-982-8467. Events at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo). Free; call 601-977-7870. • Borinski Presidential Lecture Series Oct. 13, 6 p.m., in Woodworth Chapel. The speaker is Dr. Robert G. Stanton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the United States Department of the Interior. The event is open to the public. • Community College Day Oct. 15, 9 a.m., in Kroger Gymnasium and Owens Health and Wellness Center. High school and community college students are invited to come and learn more about what the college has to offer. Checkin is at 8:30 a.m. The event includes a Greek show at noon. • Founders’ Convocation Oct. 17, 10 a.m., in Woodworth Chapel. This year’s speaker is Beverly Cole, senior adviser of the United States Department of the Treasury. A groundbreaking ceremony for Tougaloo Commons will follow. “History Is Lunch” Oct. 13, noon, at William F. Winter Archives and History Building (200 North St.). Archaeologist Brad Lieb will present “The Grand Village Is Silent: Diaspora of the Natchez Indians.” Bring a lunch; call 601-576-6998. MIRA Advocacy Meeting Oct. 13, noon, at Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance (612 N. State St.). The group will meet in the conference room. Lunch is included. Call 601-968-5182. Canton Flea Market Oct. 14, 8 a.m., at Historic Canton Square. The biannual shopping extravaganza in Canton will include goods from artists and crafters. Free admission; call 601-859-8055. JPS Wellness Walk Oct. 14, 4 p.m., at Hughes Field (Ellis Ave. and Oakmont Drive). The theme is “The Exercise of Champions.” Registration is at 3 p.m. First 200 individuals to register will receive a prize. Refreshments, health screenings and wellness booths are included. A prize will be given to the school or JPS facility with the highest participation. The event is open to the public. Free; call 601-960-8911. Best of Madison County Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m., at Plantation Commons (105 Plantation Cove, Madi-

Albums released this week: All that Remains “For We are Many,” Anthony and the Johnsons “Swanlights,” Badly Drawn Boy “Part 1-Photographing Snowflakes,” The Band Perry “The Band Perry,” Belle and Sebastian “Write about Love,” Celtic Thunder “Celtic Thunder Christmas,” Cloud Nothings “Turning On,” The Foreign Exchange “Authenticity,” The Fresh & Onlys “Play it Strange,” Hauschka “Foreign Landscapes,” Idlewild “Post Electric Blues,” Indigo Girls “Holly Happy Days,” Lady Antebellum “A Merry Little Christmas,” (Target exclusive) Less than Jake “TV/EP,” Meat Beat Manifesto “Answers Come in Dreams,” Cheyenne Marie Mize “Before Lately,” The Orb featuring David Gilmour “Metallic Spheres,” Darius Rucker “Charleston, SC 1966,” Simian Mobile Disco “Is Fixed,” Sister Hazel “Heartland Highway,” Sufjan Stevens “The Age of Adz,” Yann Tiersen “Dust Lane,” Dar Williams “Many Great Companions,” Wilson Phillips “Christmas in Harmony,” You, Me and Everyone We Know “Some Things Don’t Wash Out”

son). The annual banquet and awards program includes live music by Raphael Semmes. $50, $400 table of eight; call 601-605-2554. Precinct 2 COPS Meeting Oct. 14, 6 p.m., at Jackson Police Department, Precinct 2 (711 W. Capitol St.). These monthly meetings are designed to help resolve community issues or problems, from crime to potholes. Call 601-960-0002. DeltaCON 2010 Oct. 14-15, at Jackson Convention Complex (105 E. Pascagoula St.). The regional exposition for interior designers includes continuing education credit courses and a trade show. Individual event prices vary. $85, $60 IIDA/ASID members, $30 students; visit Zumba Master Class Oct. 15, 6 p.m., at YMCA Flowood (690 Liberty Road, Flowood). The fitness program combines Latin rhythms with simple moves. Marcie Gill is the instructor. $15, $10 members; call 601-919-6169. Tougaloo College National Alumni Association Hall of Fame Banquet Oct. 15, 7 p.m., at Hilton Jackson (1001 E. County Line Road). This year’s honorees are Johnnie Mae Maberry, Frances Whiteurst, Ray Brooks, Dr. Mary Jones and Dr. Dianna Grant Burke. $45 until Oct. 11, $50 after; call 601-977-7836. Second Annual Fais Do-Do Oct. 15, 8 p.m., at The Commons at Eudora Welty’s Birthplace (719 N. Congress St.). The Jackson Arts Collective presents an all-ages event featuring live music, dancing and libations. Lost Bayou Ramblers and Horse Trailer will perform. Jambalaya will be sold for $3 a bowl. $5; e-mail Sun King 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Fun Run Oct. 16, 8 a.m., at St. James Episcopal Church (3921 Oakridge Drive). The annual event is dedicated to Earnest Davidson’s memory. Awards will be given in each category. Upton Tire Pros sponsors $25 run/walk, $15 fun run; call 601-209-3305. Fall Native Plant Sale Oct. 16-23, at Clinton Community Nature Center (617 Dunton Road, Clinton). Choose from more than 40 species of hardy native plants and a number of antique roses. Sale is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays. Call 601-926-1104. ACT Test Prep Course, Session II Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). This test prep course is a fast-paced presentation of test-taking strategies designed to help college bound students to test nearer to their ability levels on reasoning tests such as ACT, SAT, etc. $70; call 601-974-1130. Township Fall Festival Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at The Township at Colony Park (1111A Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland). Enjoy music, chili cook-off and family activities. Free; call 800-468-6078. Venture Incubator Open House and Seminar Oct. 16, 10 a.m., at Regions Plaza (210 E. Capitol St.). The seminar for business owners and entrepreneurs provides information on how the Venture Incubator can help grow small businesses. A tour follows. Please RSVP. Call 601-906-4868. Breast Cancer Seminar Breakfast Oct. 17, 8 a.m., at Turning Point Mission Center (1814 Shady Lane Drive). Attendees will learn importance of selfbreast exams and early warning signs. The keynote speaker is Stephanie Parker-Weaver. Proceeds benefit the Mississippi Cancer Society. Free, donations welcome; call 601-372-1080 or 866-395-6873. Scott Radio Service Company Blues Marker Unveiling Oct. 18, 10 a.m., at Union Station (300 W. Capitol St.). The unveiling will be Jackson’s 10th historic blues marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Call 601-960-1891. Blood Pressure Checks for Seniors Oct. 18, 11 a.m., at Northside Senior Center (104 East Northside Drive). The City of Jackson’s Department of Human and Cultural Services and the staff of St. Dominic Health Service’s Care-A-Van outreach program will be providing blood pressure checks and cancer awareness information to qualifying indi-

viduals ages 55 or older living within the Jackson city limits. Free; call 601-960-0335. Jackson Touchdown Club Meeting Oct. 18, 6 p.m., at River Hills Country Club (3600 Ridgewood Road). This week’s speaker is Larry Fedora. $280 individual membership, $1200 corporate membership; call 601-955-5293 or 601-506-3186. Beer Dinner Oct. 18, 6 p.m., at Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St.). Samples of craft beers from Yazoo Brewing Company will be paired with various dishes. A reservation via credit card is required. $55; call 601-368-1919. Southern Songwriters Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at Millsaps College, Ford Academic Complex (1701 N. State St.). Will Kimbrough, David Womack and Eric Stracener will speak as part of the Millsaps Arts and Lecture Series. $10; call 601-974-1130. Pumpkin Adventure through Oct. 23, at Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum (1150 Lakeland Drive). Pick out a pumpkin or take a hayride around the museum. Call for a schedule; start and end times vary. $1-$5; call 601-713-3365.

FarmerS’ marketS Olde Towne Market Oct. 16, 9 a.m., in downtown Clinton. Vendors will sell everything from fresh produce to unique handmade crafts on the brick streets of Olde Towne Clinton. Free; call 601-924-5472. Farmers’ Market through Oct. 30, at Byram Farmers Market (20 Willow Creek Lane, Byram). The market is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. until Oct. 30. Products include fresh produce, wildflower honey, roasted peanuts, jams, jellies, birdhouses, baskets and gourds. Call 601-373-4545. Farmers’ Market through Nov. 7, at Old Farmers’ Market (352 E. Woodrow Wilson Ave.). Brenda’s Produce features fruits, vegetables and flowers from Smith County, and Berry’s Produce also has a wide selection of products to choose from. Hours are 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Call 601-354-0529 or 601-353-1633. Greater Belhaven Market through Dec. 18, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Buy local fresh produce or other food or gift items. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m.2 p.m. Free; call 601-506-2848 or 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market through Dec. 24, at Old Fannin Road Farmers’ Market (1307 Old Fannin Road, Brandon). Homegrown produce is for sale MondaySaturday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and noon-6 p.m. Sunday until Christmas Eve. Call 601-919-1690. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.). Shop the Mississippi Farmers Market for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables from Mississippi farmers, specialty foods, and crafts from local artisans. The market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 601-354-6573. Farmers’ Market ongoing, at Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project’s Farmers’ Market (2548 Livingston Road). Buy from a wide selection of fresh produce provided by local farmers. Market hours are noon-6 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Free; call 601-987-6783.

Stage and SCreen Community Dance Concert Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts Concert Hall (835 Riverside Drive). Members of the Belhaven University Dance Department share the stage with other local dance artists. $10, $5 seniors/students/children, $2 faculty and staff; call 601-965-1400. Art21 Screening of “William Kentridge: Anything is Possible” Oct. 19, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The special preview of the

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Rowdy Friends Tour Oct. 16, 7 p.m., at Mississippi Coliseum (1207 Mississippi St.). Performers include Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford, Josh Thompson and The Grascals. Tickets available through Ticketmaster. $25-$125; call 601353-0603. Bravo II: Power and Portraiture Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Thalia Mara Hall (255 E. Pascagoula St.). Selections from the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra include Druckmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summer Lightning,â&#x20AC;? Aaron Copelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Lincoln Portraitâ&#x20AC;? with narration by London Branch and Rachmaninoffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symphony No. 2.â&#x20AC;? $30 and up; call 601-960-1565. The MĂĄirtĂ­n de CĂłgĂĄin Project Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at Fenianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pub (901 E. Fortification St.). The show is entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Cork with Loveâ&#x20AC;? and brings the unique view of romance from the south of Ireland. Discounts are available for Celtic Heritage Society members and the Jackson Irish Dancers. $10 in advance, $15 at the door; call 601-376-9866. Mississippi Community Symphonic Band Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at Belhaven University Center for the Arts (835 Riverside Drive). The performance includes a special appearance by the Mississippi Swing. Free; call 601-605-2786.


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CREATIVE CLASSES Mini Matisse Classes Oct. 14-Nov. 18, at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). The classes introduce young artists ages 2-4 to the museum and the world of art through age-appropriate gallery activities and hands-on art projects. Classes held Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Classes limited to 10 students. $150; call 601-960-1515. How Not to Be A Starving Artist, Part 2 Oct. 16, 9 a.m., at Millsaps College (1701 N. State St.). This workshop will help you create a business plan and implement it. $40, $10 workbook; call 601974-1130. Jewelry Making Class ongoing, at Dream Beads (605 Duling Ave.). This class is offered every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Free; call 601-664-0411. Afrikan Dance Class ongoing, at Afrika Book Cafe (404 Mitchell Ave.). The class is taught by Chiquila Pearson Tuesdays at 6 p.m. $5; call 601-951-8976. African Dance Classes ongoing, at Tougaloo College (500 W. County Line Road, Tougaloo), in the George and Ruth Owens Health and Wellness Center. Classes are on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nana Yaa Abdullah and Dafina Skinner of the Footprints Creative Arts Institute are the instructors. $5, free for Tougaloo students; call 601-977-7910. Bachata and Casino Rueda Class ongoing, at La Salsa Dance Club and Studio (303 Mitchell Ave.). Learn these Latin dances on Tuesdays from 8-9:30 p.m. $10; e-mail Clogging Lessons ongoing, at Dance Unlimited Studio (6787 S. Siwell Road, Byram). Mississippi Explosion Dance Crew is offering lessons for ages 3 to adult on Thursdays at 6 p.m. $25 per month; call 769-610-4304. Adult Hip-Hop Dance Classes ongoing, at Court-

house Racquet and Fitness Club, Northeast (46 Northtown Drive). Open to all ages 16 and older. Classes offered Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. $5; call 601-853-7480. Dance Classes ongoing, at Central United Methodist Church Family Life Center (517 N. Farish St.). Classes for children and adults are held on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Visit jfpevents. com for a list of classes, start times and fees. Call 601-238-3303.

EXHIBITS AND OPENINGS Events at Arts Center of Mississippi (201 E. Pascagoula St.). Free; call 601-960-1557. â&#x20AC;˘ Jackson State University Faculty Show through Oct. 31, See the latest works by Jimmy Mumford, Johnnie M. Maberry and Hyun Chong Kim. â&#x20AC;˘ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Abstract Formationâ&#x20AC;? Oct. 14-31. See works by Kyle Goddard, Tom Reaves and Dianne Hopton. Events at Mississippi Museum of Art (380 S. Lamar St.). Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. $3-$5, children under 5 and museum members free; call 601-9601515. â&#x20AC;˘ Symphony Dinner and Lecture Series Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. In partnership with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the lecture at 6:45 p.m. A reservation is required with an Oct. 13 deadline. $25-$40 dinner options. â&#x20AC;˘ Unburied Treasures Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m., in Trustmark Grand Hall. Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. Presenters include Dr. Tony Lewis, Dr. Darlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Neal and Jamie Weems. Free. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Exposedâ&#x20AC;? at Mississippi Craft Center (950 Rice Road, Ridgeland) through Oct. 19, in the gallery. Consists of a variety of art pieces including nudes and abstract forms. Free. The Mummy Returns through Oct. 21, at Old Capitol Museum (100 S. State St.). The famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mummyâ&#x20AC;? returns to the museum for October. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Saturday from 9 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. and Sunday, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 p.m. Free; call 601-576-6920. Four Seasons at The Cedars Fall Art Exhibit through Oct. 21, at The Cedars Historic Home (4145 Old Canton Road). Artwork by Mississippi artists will be on display. Free; call 601-981-9606. Check for updates and more listings. To add an event, e-mail details (phone number, start/end date, time, street address, cost, URL, etc.) to events@ or fax to 601-510-9019. Deadline is noon the Thursday prior to the week of publication. You can also add the event yourself online.

BE THE CHANGE Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk Oct. 16, 9 a.m., at Mississippi State Capitol (400 High St.). Registration is at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the 5K walk benefits the American Cancer Society. Call 601-321-5500. Extra Life Oct. 16-17. Extra Life is a 24-hour video-game marathon benefiting Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miracle Network hospitals, including Blair E. Batson Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital. On Oct. 16, gamers from all over the world will begin the 24-hour marathon at 8 a.m. in their local time zone. The event will conclude at 8 a.m. Oct. 17. Visit Breast Cancer Awareness Bra Drive through Oct. 27, at Repeat Street (626 Ridgewood Road, Ridgeland). Donate old or new bras, and Riverwalk Casino will donate $1 per bra to the American Cancer Society. The bras in good condition will be donated to shelters throughout Mississippi. Call 601-605-9393.


Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Notes by Natalie Long

Big Shoes to Fill


t was a Tuesday morning, and I was performing my daily morning ritual before I headed to work â&#x20AC;&#x201D;checking e-mail and Facebookâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;when I received a message from my good friend, J.C. May. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Have you heard about Herman Snell?â&#x20AC;? the e-mail started off. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He passed away last night.â&#x20AC;? I was saddened and shocked. The last time I talked to Herman was on Facebook. He joked with me about a picture Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d taken with some of his friends. I met Herman in 2003, when I was first coming on to the Jackson music scene. He was such a nice guy, and I loved that I saw him at just about every show in Jackson. Until a month ago, I would pick up my JFP to see what picks Herman had for the upcoming weekend so I could plan accordingly. I thought about this as I drove to work the day my friend told me Herman had passed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What would Jackson do without Herman Snell?â&#x20AC;? I thought. The next night, I was hosting singersongwriters night at Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and I saw Jackson Free Press Editor in Chief Donna Ladd and Publisher Todd Stauffer sitting at the bar. I said hello and told them how sorry I was to hear of Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death. Donna asked me if I knew anyone who would be interested in doing the JFP music listings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do it!â&#x20AC;? I immediately said, even


tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;MTV Unpluggedâ&#x20AC;? meets â&#x20AC;&#x153;Inside the Actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Studioâ&#x20AC;? for musicians, hosted by self-proclaimed Hispanic Redneck, Pete Castorena, and his right-hand man, Bill Kehoe. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Castorena Showâ&#x20AC;?! To hear good Mississippi music live, go to the Alamo Theater on Farish Street at noon Saturdays, and be part of the studio audience of Castorena and Kehoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brand new venture in local television,

or tune your TV to WAPT from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Alamo is the perfect place for the show. Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway performed there, you know?â&#x20AC;? Castorena says, talking about the legacy of talented musicians whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve played there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to be part of the revitalization of Jackson by bringing in Mississippi musicians with original material,â&#x20AC;? he says. Each show highlights two bands and a

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before I knew the details. By Thursday, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d met with the JFP staff, worked out details, got business cards and officially started my duties as the new music listings editor. While Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m over the moon about my new job (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to be a music journalist), I hate the circumstances under which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting my opportunity. Everyone has been supportive of my new job and has offered me well wishes. But they never fail to say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natalie, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna do great at the JFP, but youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got some big shoes to fill.â&#x20AC;? If only I could collect a dollar for every time someone said that to me in the last week and a half. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true. I know I have big shoes to fill. Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for music was evident in his writing, his art and in him. He also loved this state, as evidenced by all of the Mississippians who posted condolences on his Facebook page, accompanied by others from across the world. As I start this new venture, JFP readers, be patient. While my musical taste varies a little from Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (I love all types of music, except jazz), I hope â&#x20AC;&#x153;Natalieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Noteâ&#x20AC;? will be just as informative and entertaining as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Picks.â&#x20AC;? Music is the universal language, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Herman and I had in commonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially homegrown Mississippi music. When you have music news to report, e-mail me at As for jazz, if you can suggest CDs or local events I can attend to help me find an appreciation for it, suggest away. Even if I never fill the big shoes left by a musical listings great, I hope to at least leave a footprint. The Herman Snell Memorial Concert is Sunday, Oct. 17, at Hal and Malâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s from 3 to 7 p.m. to raise money for Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral expenses. The concert features live music and art. Admission is $10. Hermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and friends are attending. Hope to see you there, too. See for listings.

Looking for band mates? Wanting to sell your gear? Advertise here for free! Visit JFP If you are interested in sponsoring the Musicians Exchange call JFP Sales at 601-362-6121 ext. 11. 39

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THURSDAY - OCTOBER 14 LADIES NIGHT Ladies Drink Free 9pm-11pm


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MONDAY - OCTOBER 18 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Free Hot Wings, $3 Pitchers during game





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Wednesday, October 13th

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


Thursday, October 14th

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


Friday, October 15th

KARAOKE BENEFIT for Vicky Jones Bowen Saturday, October 16th

ASPHALT COWBOY 8:30 p.m. - $5 cover Exquisite Dining at

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400 Greymont Ave., Jackson 601-969-2141

F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Miss. State Fair - .38 Special Ole Tavern - Karaoke w/ KJ Stache and DJ Nick JSU Java - Open Mic Poetry 7:00 p.m. Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:3011:30 p.m. free Hal and Mal’s - Dain Edwards (rest.), Tony Benn (Red Room) Burgers and Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Char - Jason Turner 8 p.m. Underground 119 - Bill & Temperance Time Out Sports Bar - Mark Whittington and Fingers Taylor 9-12 a.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Irish Frog - Steve Chester 6:30-10 p.m. Parker House - Scott Albert Johnson H.C. Porter Gallery, Vicksburg - Mama’s Black Sheep 7 p.m. $5

Oct. 14 - thursday F. Jones Corner - Jesse “Guitar” Smith (blues lunch) free; Amazin’ Lazy Boi & Sunset Challenge Blues Band 11:30-4 a.m. Miss. State Fair - Boys II Men Poet’s II - Southbound (Americana) Hal & Mal’s - Momma’s Black Sheep (rest.) 9 p.m., Movie Night on the Patio: Barbarella Que Sera - Larry Brewer 6-9 p.m. Underground 119 - Lisa Mills Time Out - Jason Turner 8 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell, Norman Clark & Smoke Stack Lightning 8 p.m. $5 Regency Hotel - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Burgers and Blues - Will and Linda 5:30-9:30 p.m. Georgia Blue - Shaun Patterson 8-11 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Cups, Fondren - Daniel Chrysler B.B. King Museum, Indianola - Bernie Pearl 5:30 p.m. free Horseshoe Casino, Tunica - Michael Bolton 8 p.m. $55

Oct. 15 - Friday F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues/solo) noon; 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Wired Espresso Cafe - David Hawkins noon Poet’s II - Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (funk party) 9 p.m. Ole Tavern - House of Hounds, Furrows Soulshine, Township - Township Fall Fest: Fat Man Squeeze, Delta Mountain Boys 6-10 p.m. (outside) Lizz Strowd (inside) 7 p.m. Soulshine, Old Fannin - Joe Carroll Jackson Marriott - Battle of the Big Cats Gala:. The Whispers 7 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell 9:30 p.m. $10 MS State Fair - Vasti Jackson 7 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - Show Night/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Kathryn’s - Gena Stringer and David Steele 7 p.m. Hal & Mal’s - Vernon Bros. (rest.), Time to Move Band (red room), Spacewolf, Frank and the Meltones (patio) 9 p.m.

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This page is dedicated to the memory of music listings editor Herman Snell who passed away Sept. 19, 2010. Underground 119 - Eden Brent Martin’s - Moon Taxi 10 p.m. The Commons - 2nd annual Fais do do: Horse Trailer, The Lost Bayou Ramblers $5 Regency Hotel - Karaoke Benefit Philip’s on the Rez - Shades of Green 6-10 p.m. free Cups, Fondren - Anna Kline Kristos - Mark Whittington and Fingers Taylor 6-9 p.m. Shuckers - Snazz 8:30 p.m. The Irish Frog - Davey Arwine and Nick Blake 6:30-10 p.m. Burgers and Blues - Double Shotz Trio 7-11 p.m. Sportsman’s Lodge - Iron Feathers Queen of Hearts - Kenny “Hollywood”, Prentiss Lewis $5, first five ladies in free, 601-454-9401 RJ Barrel, Canton - Shaun Patterson 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Oct. 16 - saturday Jxn Coliseum - Hank Williams Jr, Jamey Johnson, Colt Fold, Josh Thompson, The Grascals 7 p.m. $25-$125 Thalia Mara Hall - Miss. Symphony Orchestra: Bravo II: Power & Portraiture 7:30 p.m. Trustmark Park - Red Beans & Rice Fest: Scott Albert Johnson, Good Enough for Good Times, + 11 a.m. Hal & Mal’s Big Room - Heather’s Tree Benefit 8 p.m. Fire - Rehab (rock) 10 p.m. F. Jones Corner - Stevie J & the Blues Eruption 11:30-4 a.m. $5 Poet’s II - Chasing Scarlett Cultural Expressions - Gospoetry 8:30 p.m. Soulshine, Township - Township Fall Fest: Steve Chester and Larry Fortenberry 10 a.m.-2 p.m. free Sneaky Beans - Swamp Babies, Stars Regardless, and Little Red Lung 8 p.m. Time Out - Shaun Patterson 10:30 p.m. Shuckers - Snazz 8:30 p.m. 930 Blues Cafe - Jackie Bell 9:30 p.m. $10 Regency Hotel - Asphalt Cowboy Philip’s on the Rez - Shadz of Grey 6-10 p.m. free Fitzgerald’s - Doug Frank 8-12 a.m. Huntington’s - Ralph Miller 6-9 p.m. Dick & Jane’s - House Party/DJ Allen 9 p.m. $6; 18+ $10 Martin’s - Good Enough For Good Times 10 p.m. Underground 119 - Fearless Four Jackson Zoo - Zoo Party 2010 with True Too Life Band 7 p.m. $55, $65 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Raymond - Bill and Temperance 7 p.m. $20 Burgers and Blues - Mike and Marty 7-11 p.m. Queen of Hearts - Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Smokestack Lightning Band $5, first five ladies in free, 601454-9401 Hideaway Outback, Hwy. 80 - Larry and Donnie Brock 8 p.m. Jefferson St., Clinton - Olde Towne Market: The Varners, David Hawkins, Katherine Dougan & Robert Jenkins (arts, crafts, music) 9-1 p.m. Tunica Riverpark - Romp on the River (music/art+) 9-5 p.m.

Riverwalk, Columbus - Bobby “Blue” Bland & Percy Sledge 6:30 p.m. $20, 800-920-3533

Oct. 17 - sunday King Edward Hotel - Howard Jones Jazz (brunch) 11-2 p.m. MS State Fair, Budweiser Pavillion - Bluegrass Gospel Show: Bill and Temperance, Larry Wallace Band, Aaron Sibley and The Magnolia Ramblers 1:30 p.m. Fitzgerald’s - Andy Hardwick (brunch) 11-2 p.m. Hal and Mal’s - Herman Snell Memorial: The Paperwhites, Scott Albert Johnson, Lizz Strowd Band, Lazy Jane, Adam Perry 3 p.m. Sophia’s, Fairview Inn - Knight Bruce 11 a.m. (brunch) Burgers and Blues - Steve Chester and Larry Fortenberry 5:30-9:30 p.m. Philip’s on the Rez - Scott McCrory 5-8 p.m. free Fenian’s - Máirtín de Cógáin Project 7 p.m. $15 @ door/$12 CHS & JID members/ $10 advance MSU Riley Center, Meridian - Dailey & Vincent $22+, 4 p.m. 601-696-2200

Oct. 18 - MOnday Hal & Mal’s Restaurant - Central Miss. Blues Society Jam 8-11 p.m. $5 F. Jones Corner - Stevie J (blues lunch) free Fitzgerald’s - Hunter Gibson & Rick Moreira 8-12 a.m. free Martin’s - Open Mic Free Jam 10 p.m. Fenian’s - Karaoke 8-1 a.m.

Oct. 19 - tuesday F. Jones Corner - Amazing Lazy Boi (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s - Pub Quiz 8 p.m. Fenian’s - Open Mic 9 p.m. Martin’s - Karaoke 10 p.m. free Shucker’s - The Xtremez 7:3011:30 p.m. free Time Out - Open Mic 8 p.m. McB’s - Karaoke 7 p.m. free Parker House - Gena Stringer & David Steele Burgers and Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 - Wednesday F. Jones Corner - Sherman Lee Dillon (blues lunch) free Hal & Mal’s - Singer/Songwriter Night 7 p.m. free Shucker’s - DoubleShotz 7:3011:30 p.m. free Char - Jason Turner 8 p.m. Regency Hotel - Snazz 8:30 p.m. Underground 119 - Virgil Brawley & Steve Chester Burgers and Blues - Jesse “Guitar” Smith 6:30-9:30 p.m. Parker House - Common Ground Band The Irish Frog - Ralph Miller 6:3010 p.m. Kathryn’s - Hunter Gibson and Rick Moreira 6:30 p.m. Sneaky Beans - The Coathangers (allgirl basement party punks from ATL), Wild Emotions (all-girl JXN garage) 8 p.m.

The Vaselines - One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans 3OH!3 Minglewood Hall, Memphis Built to Spill - Howlin’ Wolf, New Orleans

88 Keys 3645 Hwy. 80 W in Metrocenter, Jackson, 601-352-7342 930 Blues Cafe 930 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-948-3344 Alamo Theatre 333 N. Farish St, Jackson, 601-352-3365 Alley Cats 165 W. Peace St., Canton, 601855-2225 Alumni House Sports Grill 574 Hwy. 50, Ridgeland, 601-855-2225 America Legion Post 1 3900 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-605-9903 Ameristar Casino, Bottleneck Blues Bar 4146 Washington St., Vicksburg, 800700-7770 Beau Rivage Casino 875 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 800-566-7469 Belhaven College Center for the Arts 835 Riverside Dr, Jackson, 601-968-5930 Bennie’s Boom Boom Room 142 Front St., Hattiesburg, 601-408-6040 Borrello’s 1306 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-638-0169 Buffalo Wild Wings 808 Lake Harbour Dr., Ridgeland, 601-856-0789 Burgers and Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland, 601-899-0038 Capri-Pix Theatre 3021 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-9606 Central City Complex 609 Woodrow Wilson Dr., Jackson, 601-352-9075 Cerami’s 5417 Highway 25, Flowood, 601919-2829 Char Restaurant 4500 I-55, Highland Village, Jackson, 601-956-9562 Cherokee Inn 1410 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-362-6388 Club 43 Hwy 43, Canton, 601-654-3419, 601-859-0512 Club City Lights 200 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-0059 Club O’Hara 364 Monticello St., Hazlehurst, 601-894-5674 Club Total 342 N. Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-714-5992 Congress Street Bar & Grill 120 N. Congress St., Jackson, 601-968-0857 The Commons Gallery 719 N. Congress St., 601-352-3399 Couples Entertainment Center 4511 Byrd Drive, Jackson, 601-923-9977 Crawdad Hole 1150 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-982-9299 Crickett’s Lounge 4370 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-0500 Crossroads Bar & Lounge 3040 Livingston Rd., Jackson, 601-984-3755 (blues) Cultural Expressions 147 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-665-0815 (neo-soul/hiphop) Cups in Fondren 2757 Old Canton Road, Jackson, 601-362-7422 (acoustic/pop) Cups in the Quarter 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-981-9088 Davidson’s Corner Market 108 W. Center St., Canton, 601-855-2268 (pop/rock) Debo’s 180 Raymond Road, Jackson, 601346-8283 Diamond Jack’s Casino 3990 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 1-877-711-0677 Dick & Jane’s 206 Capitol St., Jackson, 601944-0123 (dance/alternative) Dixie Diamond 1306 Washington Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6297 Dollar Bills Dance Saloon 103 A Street, Meridian, 601-693-5300 Dreamz Jxn 426 West Capitol Street, Jackson, 601-979-3994 Edison Walthall Hotel 225 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-948-6161 Electric Cowboy 6107 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-899-5333 (country/rock/dance) Executive Place 2440 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-987-4014 F. Jones Corner 303 N. Farish St. 601983-1148 Fenian’s 901 E. Fortification Street, Jackson, 601-948-0055 (rock/Irish/folk) Fire 209 Commerce St., Jackson, 601-5921000 (rock/dance/dj) Final Destination 5428 Robinson Rd. Ext., Jackson, (pop/rock/blues) Fitzgerald’s Martini Bar 1001 E. County Line Road, Jackson, 601-957-2800 Flood’s Bar and Grill 2460 Bailey Ave., Jackson, 601-713-4094

Have an upcoming performance? Send your music listings to Natalie Long at Footloose Bar and Grill 4661 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9944 Freelon’s Bar And Groove 440 N. Mill St., Jackson, 601-353-5357 (hip-hop) Fusion Coffeehouse Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-6001 Gold Strike Casino 1010 Casino Center Drive, Robinsonville, 888-245-7529 Grand Casino Biloxi 280 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, 228-436-2946 Grand Casino Tunica 13615 Old Highway 61 North, Robinsonville, 800-39-GRAND The Green Room 444 Bounds St., Jackson, 601-713-3444 Ground Zero Blues Club 0 Blues Alley, Clarksdale, 662-621-9009 Grownfolks’s Lounge 4030 Medgar Evers Blvd, Jackson, 601-362-6008 Hal & Mal’s 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson, 601-948-0888 (pop/rock/blues) Hamp’s Place 3028 W. Northside Dr., Jackson, 601-981-4110 (dance/dj) Hard Rock Biloxi 777 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, 228-374-ROCK Hat & Cane 1115 E. McDowell Rd., Jackson, 601-352-0411 Hauté Pig 1856 Main St., Madison, 601853-8538 Here We Go Again 3002 Terry Road, Jackson, 601-373-1520 Horizon Casino Mulberry Lounge 1310 Mulberry St., Vicksburg, 800-843-2343 Horseshoe Bar 5049 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-6191 Horseshoe Casino Tunica, 800-303-7463 The Hunt Club 1525 Ellis Ave., Jackson, 601-944-1150 Huntington Grille 1001 E. County Line Rd., Jackson, 601-957-1515 The Ice House 515 S. Railroad Blvd., McComb, 601-684-0285 (pop/rock) The Irish Frog 5o7 Springridge Rd., Clinton, 601-448-4185 JC’s 425 North Mart Plaza, Jackson, 601362-3108 James Meredith Lounge 217 Griffith St. 601-969-3222 Julep Restaurant and Bar 105 Highland Village, Jackson, 601-362-1411 Kathryn’s Steaks and Seafood 6800 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. 601-956-2803 King Edward Hotel 235 W. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-353-5464 Koinonia Coffee House 136 S. Adams St., Suite C, Jackson, 601-960-3008 Kristos 971 Madison Ave., Madison, 601605-2266 LaRae’s 210 Parcel Dr., Jackson, 601-944-0660 Last Call Sports Grill 1428 Old Square Road, Jackson, 601-713-2700 The Library Bar & Grill 120 S. 11th St., Oxford, 662-234-1411 The Loft 1306 A. Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-629-6188 The Lyric Oxford 1006 Van Buren Ave., Oxford. 662-234-5333 Main Event Sports Bar & Grill 4659 Hwy 80 West, Jackson, 601-922-9987 Manda’s Pub 614 Clay Street, Vicksburg, 601-638-6607 Martin’s Lounge 214 S. State St., Jackson, 601-354-9712 (rock/jam/blues) McB’s Restaurant 815 Lake Harbor Dr., Ridgeland, 601-956-8362 (pop/rock) Mellow Mushroom 275 Dogwood Blvd., Flowood, 601-992-7499 Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music 103 Magnolia, Edwards, 601-977-7736 Mississippi Coliseum 1207 Mississippi St., Jackson, 601-353-0603 Mississippi Opera P.O. Box 1551, Jackson, 877-MSOPERA, 601-960-2300 Mississippi Opry 2420 Old Brandon Rd., Brandon, 601-331-6672 Mississippi Symphony Orchestra 201 East Pascagoula St., Jackson, 800-898-5050 Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium 2531 N. State St., Jackson, 601-354-6021 Monte’s Steak and Seafood 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-8182 Mugshots 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-713-0383 North Midtown Arts Center 121 Millsaps Ave., Jackson, 601-497-7454 Okasions 1766 Ellis Avenue, Jackson, 601373-4037

Old Venice Pizza Co. 1428 Old Square Rd., Jackson, 601-366-6872 Ole Tavern on George Street 416 George St., Jackson, 601-960-2700 Olga’s 4760 I-55 North, Jackson, 601-366-1366 (piano) One Blu Wall 2906 N State St., Jackson, 601-713-1224 Peaches Restaurant 327 N. Farish St., Jackson, 601-354-9267 Pelican Cove 3999A Harborwalk Dr., Ridgeland, 601-605-1865 Pig Ear Saloon 160 Weisenberger Rd., Gluckstadt, 601-898-8090 Pig Willies 1416 Washington St., Vicksburg, 601-634-6872 Poet’s II 1855 Lakeland Dr., 601- 364-9411 Pool Hall 3716 I-55 North Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-713-2708 Pop’s Saloon 2636 Gallatin St., Jackson, 601-961-4747 (country) Proud Larry’s 211 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, 662-236-0050 The Pub Hwy. 51, Ridgeland, 601-898-2225 The Quarter Bistro & Piano Bar 1855 Lakeland Dr., Jackson, 601-362-4900 Que Sera Sera 2801 N. State St., Jackson, 601-981-2520 Queen of Hearts 2243 Martin Luther King Dr., Jackson, 601-454-9401 Red Room 200 S. Commerce St., Jackson (Hal & Mal’s), 601-948-0888 (rock/alt.) Reed Pierce’s 6791 Siwell Rd., Byram, 601376-0777, 601-376-4677 Regency Hotel Restaurant & Bar 420 Greymont Ave., Jackson, 601-969-2141 Rick’s Cafe 318 Hwy 82 East, #B, Starkville, 662-324-7425 RJ Barrel 111 N. Union 601-667-3518 Sal and Mookie’s 565 Taylor St. 601368-1919 Sam’s Lounge 5035 I-55 N. Frontage Rd., Jackson, 601-983-2526 Sam’s Town Casino 1477 Casino Strip Blvd., Robinsonville, 800-456-0711 Scrooge’s 5829 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, 601-206-1211 Shuckers on the Reservoir 116 Conestoga Rd., Ridgeland, 601-853-0105 Silver Star Casino Hwy. 16 West, Choctaw, 800-557-0711 Soop’s The Ultimate 1205 Country Club Dr., Jackson, 601-922-1402 (blues) Soulshine Pizza 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Brandon, 601-919-2000 Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, 601-856-8646 Sportsman’s Lodge 1220 E. Northside Dr. at I-55, Jackson, 601-366-5441 Stone Pony Oyster Bar 116 Commercial Parkway, Canton, 601-859-0801 Super Chikan’s Place 235 Yazoo Ave., Clarksdale, 662-627-7008 Thalia Mara Hall 255 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson, 601-960-1535 Thirsty Hippo 211 Main St., Hattiesburg, 601-583-9188 Time Out Sports Bar 6270 Old Canton Rd., 601-978-1839 Top Notch Sports Bar 109 Culley Dr., Jackson, 601- 362-0706 Touch Night Club 105 E. Capitol St., Jackson, 601-969-1110 Two Rivers Restaurant 1537 W. Peace St., Canton, 601-859-9979 (blues) Two Sisters Kitchen 707 N. Congress St. 601-353-1180 Two Stick 1107 Jackson Ave., Oxford, 662236-6639 Under the Boardwalk 2560 Terry Rd., Jackson, 601-371-7332 Underground 119 119 S. President St. 601352-2322 VB’s Premier Sports Bar 1060 County Line Rd., Ridgland, 601-572-3989 VFW Post 9832 4610 Sunray Drive, Jackson, 601-982-9925 Vicksburg Convention Center 1600 Mulberry Street, Vicksburg, 866-822-6338 Walker’s Drive-In 3016 N. State St., Jackson, 601-982-2633 (jazz/pop/folk) The Warehouse 9347 Hwy 18 West, Jackson, 601-502-8580 (pop/rock) Wired Expresso Cafe 115 N. State St. 601500-7800


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by Bret Kenyon

The Many Angles of Angleball

Join the angleball players on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Belhaven’s Laurel Park.


lmost every fair-weather week since I turned 13, I’ve played the same game—angleball. And almost every fair-weather week since I turned 13, I’ve been asked the same question: “What the heck is an angleball?” Admittedly, the name is misleading. It gives the impression that we’re either playing with an angled ball (which I guess by definition makes it no longer a ball) or playing a complicated sport where compasses, cosines, and high-school geometry make a comeback. A hint: It’s a regular ball, and I’m bad at math. If you’ve driven past Laurel Park in the Belhaven neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, you’ve probably seen us out there and have probably been confused and/or intrigued. Let me give you the rundown: Two teams play angleball; the number of people who decide to show up determines the number of players. We’ve had games as small as five versus five, but one Saturday in December we had a game of 20 versus 20— probably due to the rumor that a news cameraman would be there that day. At each side of the field, a 10-foot pole is planted with a large playground ball perched on top. Teams score points by knocking said ball off said pole using a small leather handball. The rules are fairly simple. Players can’t kick the ball and can’t knock it out of another person’s hands. If you are tagged while holding the ball, you have three seconds to pass it. And unless the ball lands in the drainage ditch and needs to be fished out, it’s not out of bounds. Each pole has a 10-foot circle around it, however, and wandering into the other team’s circle is strictly verboten—German for “people will yell at you.” The “angle” in angleball comes from the game’s history. Originally called “Engle ball,” the name came from its creator, Rip Engle, a Penn State football coach who created the game to keep his players in shape during the off-season. The sport found an avid following in Pittsburgh (my old stomping grounds) and migrated to Jackson with my uncle, Dr. Wynn Kenyon of Belhaven College. Today, angleball has a cult following. While new faces are always welcome, the glue that holds it together is the dedicated crew that has been playing for years. Among the newer participants are 12year-old Dottie and Michelle Reid, adopted sisters from China and India, respectively,

who found out about the game through their uncle. Michelle, who told me that the equipment looked like giant white toilet plungers, initially thought the game would be too difficult. She was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she fit in. When asked if she would be coming back, she answered: “Heck yeah! And if I could swear, I would.” The girls’ uncle, Lantz Kuykendall, a graduate of Mississippi State and a local Jackson architect, is one of the few original players still involved. “I’ve been playing for a little over 20 years now,” he says. “The game hasn’t changed much; just the people playing. We play in the rain, the snow. ... We’re kind of like the Post Office.” The game has its challenges. Weather is always a factor; it’s hard to play when the wind keeps knocking the balls off the poles. We have yet to have an “official” angleball field, so the weekly game is at the mercy of Laurel Park scheduling. Recently, we ran into problems with Jackson development. For reasons apparent only to a city engineer, the city erected a fence cutting the entire park in half, despite the fact that the “construction” and equipment only fills a distant corner of the property. But rarely does a problem become so great that we cancel the game. There are differences in the way the game is played—Jackson angleball is to Pittsburgh angleball as touch football is to Roman gladiators—but the essence of the game is the same. Anyone can play it, and you get out of it what you put in. If you want it to be a roughand-tumble romp through the mud, it’s all yours. If you want a game of careful strategy, we’ve got you covered. If you’re “that guy” who wants a game where you can call foul every play and loudly complain about how “nobody plays defense anymore,” though, we’ve got a special game just for you: it’s Tuesdays at midnight in Tupelo (at least until I can think of a better lie to tell you). It’s an obscure sport, but it’s our obscure sport. And above all, it truly is a community sport from whatever “angle” you’re looking at it. (Oh, stop your groaning. I deserve at least one pun.) Play angleball at Laurel Park in Belhaven every Saturday at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. after daylight savings). Unless teams need additional players, participants should be age 13 and up. Bring water—the hose water tastes like a chalkboard.

Doctor S sez: What is it about Mississippi guys, the Minnesota Vikings and sex scandals? First it was Fred Smoot, and now it’s Brett Favre. THURSDAY, OCT. 14 College football, South Florida at West Virginia (7 p.m., ESPN): Bulls face the Mountaineers in a game that Big East honks will love. Insert hillbilly joke here. FRIDAY, OCT. 15 High school football, Callaway at Ridgeland (7 p.m., Ridgeland): The Chargers call on the Titans in a matchup of 7-0 Region 2-5A teams. … Major League baseball, AL Championship Series, New York Yankees at Texas or Tampa Bay (time TBA, TBS). SATURDAY, OCT. 16 College football, Southern Miss at Memphis (11 a.m., Memphis, Tenn., CSS, 105.1 FM): The Golden Eagles face the toothless Tigers in River City. … Mississippi State at Florida (6 p.m., Gainesville, Fla., ESPN, 105.9 FM): The Gators will likely be in a bad mood when the Bulldogs get to town. … Ole Miss at Alabama (8 p.m., Tuscaloosa, Ala., ESPN2, 97.3 FM): How do you think the Crimson Tide will feel when they take the field after their first loss in almost two years? SUNDAY, OCT. 17 NFL football, New Orleans at Tampa Bay (noon, Ch. 40, 620 AM): A visit to the Bucs will be anything but a pleasure trip for the stumbling Saints. This is an early season must-win for the world champs. … Dallas at Minnesota (3:15 p.m., Ch. 40): Sexty Brett and the shaky Vikings play host to the underachieving Cowboys. MONDAY, OCT. 18 NFL football, Tennessee at Jacksonville (7:30 p.m., ESPN, 930 AM): There’s a four-way tie for the lead in the AFC South. The Titans and Jaguars try to break the logjam. TUESDAY, OCT. 19 Major League baseball, AL Championship Series, Texas or Tampa Bay at New York Yankees (7 p.m., TBS, 105.9 FM): The Yankees and whoever continue their battle in the Bronx. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20 Major League baseball, NL Championship Series, Philadelphia at San Francisco (6:30 p.m., Ch. 40, 105.9 FM): The Phillies and Giants meet in Game 4 of the series. Will the Phillies break out the brooms? Doctor S sez: The Slate is compiled by Doctor S, who has not run afoul of the law for several days now. You can stay legal at JFP Sports on



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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Usually you specialize in having a light touch. You’d rather nudge than push. Nimble harmony is more interesting to you than brute force. You prefer your influence on people to be appreciated, not begrudgingly respected. And I certainly don’t want you to forsake any of those inclinations. But I would love to see you add a dash of aggressiveness and a pinch of vehemence to your repertoire in the coming week. I’d be thrilled if you raised your voice a bit and gesticulated more vigorously and projected your confidence with an elevated intensity. According to my reading of the astrological omens, your refined approach will benefit from a dose of subliminal thunder.

Time magazine created a list of the 50 worst inventions. Included among the most terrible creations that human ingenuity has ever come up with are plastic grocery bags, sub-prime mortgages, hydrogenated oils and pop-up ads. Now let’s switch our attention to your personal equivalents of these monstrosities. To climax the atonement phase of your own astrological cycle, I recommend that you do the following: 1) Identify the three worst ideas you have taken seriously during the past decade; 2) carry out one formal action to correct or make amends for the consequences of each bad idea; 3) really, truly, forgive yourself as best as you can.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

For your assignment this week, I have borrowed from a list of suggestions offered by Sagittarius poet Kenneth Patchen in his book “The Journal of Albion Moonlight.” Feel free to improvise as you carry out at least three. 1) Discourage all traces of shame. 2) Bear no cross. 3) Extend all boundaries. 4) Blush perpetually in gaping innocence. 5) Burrow beneath the subconscious. 6) Pass from one world to another in carefree devotion. 7) Exhaust the primitive. 8) Generate the free brain. 9) Forego no succulent filth. 10) Verify the irrational. 11) Acquire a sublime reputation. 12) Make one monster, at least. 13) Multiply all opinions. 14) Inhabit everyone.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Among Google searches starting with the phrase “who is,” the top-rated is “God,” while “Satan” is a distant tenth. Running ahead of Satan but behind God are Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber. If I were you, Capricorn, I wouldn’t be Google-searching any bigger-than-life entities like those four in the coming week. The characters you need to research are non-divine, non-celebrity types who might bring interesting influences into your life—people who would have a direct influence on your access to resources and on your ability to call forth the best from yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Explorers found a 30,000-year-old carved stone artifact in a German cave and brought it to the University of Tubingen for study. Experts there determined that it had a dual purpose for the ancient humans who made it. Phallic-shaped with rings around one end, it was obviously a sex toy. But other markings indicated it was also used to start fires by striking it against flints. I’d like to make this power object your symbol of the week, Aquarius. You’re in a phase when you should be alert for ways to mix business with pleasure and practicality with adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

You’re not exceptionally scared of the dark, Pisces, but sometimes you seem to be intimidated by the light. You can summon the spunky courage to go crawling on your hands and knees through dank tunnels and spooky caves in quest of treasure that’s covered in primordial goo, but you may play hard-to-get when you’re offered the chance to unburden yourself of your cares in wideopen spaces. What’s up with that? Don’t get me wrong: I’m proud of your capacity to wrestle with the shadows in the land of the lost; I’m gratified by your willingness to work your karma to the bone. But I would also love you to get a share of rejuvenating rest and ease now and then. Do you think you could manage to have it both ways? I do.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

Until recently, no cricket had ever been observed pollinating a flower. All the evidence showed, in fact, that crickets don’t help flowers—they devour them. Then, one night last January on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, researchers discovered that the species

known as the raspy cricket was responsible for pollinating wild orchids. They even caught the magic act on film. I regard this turn of events as akin to an upcoming development in your life: Someone or something that you’ve never thought of as a fertilizing force for you will become one.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)

My date and I decided to go see the film “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” As we entered the theater, we passed a short, elderly Chinese woman in a brown uniform. She was bent over sweeping the floor. Suddenly she stood up straight, looked me in the eye and extended her left hand toward me. Confused, I reached out toward her. She quickly pressed something in my hand, then returned to her sweeping. As I walked on, I unrolled the small paper scroll she had given me. It read, “Tell your Taurus readers they should be alert for helpful messages coming from sources they would usually ignore or neglect.” I’m doing what she suggested.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)

Of all the signs in the zodiac, you are currently the best at carrying out the following activities: gliding, flowing, leaping, skipping, twirling, undulating, reverberating, galloping and rub-a-dub-dubbing. I suspect that you will also excel at rumbling, romping, rollicking, cavorting and zip-a-dap-doodling. If all goes well, Gemini—which is to say you show how much you love your body and throw off any inhibitions you might have about celebrating your instinctual nature—then you will be at the low end of the scale in performing these activities: shuffling, drooping, mumbling, wallowing, pigeonholing and pussyfooting.

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

A reader wrote to me bemoaning the fact that her new Cancerian boyfriend is addicted to safety. She speculated that since he is a member of an astrological sign renowned for its timidity, she should probably either get used to the suffocating lack of action or else bolt from the relationship now. In reply, I sent her a quote from one of the most heroic Cancerians of the 20th century, Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” Moral of the story: It’s a ripe time for you to rise up and refute the people in your life who think you’re a brooding wallflower.

“Crossing Over”--no theme, no problem. Across

1 Like British Parliament 10 Viscounts’ superiors 15 Kind of blood 16 Do an entry-level job? 17 Loses membership? 18 In safekeeping 19 Palindromic 1977 Steely Dan album 20 Desolate 21 Gossipmonger 22 John’s 2008 running mate 24 Frat party wear 26 “And remember, mud spelled backwards is ___” (Bugs Bunny) 27 Beats twice-over in a race 30 Make certain 32 Nose-in-the-air type 35 Computer brand 36 Lucky charms 40 ___ way (not at all) 41 To come 42 Admits 44 Herbie et al. 47 Microchip with thousands of

transistors, for short 48 “The Killing Fields” Oscar winner Haing S. ___ 51 Faith that celebrates Ramadan 53 Gets stuck in a bog 55 Use a code on a video game 58 “Rubicon” network 59 Wordsworth, for one 60 Held 62 ___-cop 63 Heavenly, in a way 64 Albino rocker Winter 65 Hoax


1 Mouths, in Mexico 2 One place to keep candy 3 Lucrezia Borgia’s brother 4 Piers Morgan show, for short 5 “The medium is the message” coiner McLuhan 6 State, to the French 7 Lovely Beatles girl 8 Turn away 9 Infomercial guy Matthew with those question mark-covered suits

©2010 Jonesin’ Crosswords (editor@ For answers to this puzzle, call: 1-900-226-2800, 99 cents per minute. Must be 18+. Or to bill to your credit card, call: 1-800-655-6548. Reference puzzle #0482.

Last Week’s Answers


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

Helping your fellow humans can literally enhance your strength. A Harvard study ( proved that people who did good deeds or even visualized themselves doing good deeds had increased physical endurance and willpower. Unfortunately, the study showed that those who harbor nefarious intentions are also able to draw on extra fortitude. In other words, you can boost your energy by either being compassionate or evil. I highly recommend the former over the latter, Leo, especially now that you’re entering a phase when it makes a lot of spiritual sense to build your courage, vigor and tonicity.

Last Week’s Answers

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease,” said French philosopher Voltaire. With this in mind, let’s evaluate your current discomfort. From what I can tell, healing forces beyond your control and outside of your awareness are going to be working their mojo to chip away at your problem. But it will still be wise for you to occupy yourself in activities that you think will expedite the fix. Doing so will minimize your anxieties, allowing nature to do what it does best.

For one week, pretend to already be something you’re on your way to becoming. Report your results by going to and clicking “E-mail Rob.”


Each of the 26 letters of the alphabet is represented in this grid by a number between 1 and 26. Using letter frequency, word-pattern recognition, and the numbers as your guides, fill in the grid with well-known English words (HINT: since a Q is always followed by a U, try hunting down the Q first). Only lowercase, unhyphenated words are allowed in kaidoku, so you wonít see anything like STOCKHOLM or LONG-LOST in here (but you might see AFGHAN, since it has an uncapitalized meaning, too). Now stop wasting my precious time and SOLVE!!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

10 Director Atom 11 Duncan appointed to the Obama cabinet 12 Bring on again 13 Professor on a circuit 14 East Coast clams 23 Late Oldsmobile models 25 2009 Robert Duvall movie 28 Attacking, slapstick-style 29 Cartman cohort 31 Plea to a superhero 33 What-___ 34 Sketch comedy show once with Rick Moranis 36 Between Taylor and Pierce 37 Like some arguments 38 Constantly at work 39 Electron paths 43 GM service 45 Quick look 46 Identical to 49 Razor manufacturer? 50 Actress Mitra of “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” 52 “Keep the hot side hot” fast food sandwich 54 “It is,” in Spain 56 MIT grad, often 57 Suit to ___ 61 “There’s no ___ team”



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by ShaWanda Jacome and Natalie A. Collier


ense of style shouldn’t stop after you’ve dressed. In fact, true style extends beyond closet doors and dressing for special occasions to your home, even your kitchen. When you’re playing hostess, make everything about your soiree say, “I mean chic.” From mixers to aprons to a pair of shoes that can tie the look together, it doesn’t take much effort to make a fashion statement.

Elizabeth Scokin Haute Hostess aprons (styles vary), starting at $100, Maison Weiss

“The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook” by Sara Roahen, John T. Edge and Alton Brown (University of Georgia Press, 2010), $24.95, Lemuria Books

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interested in it.” —Julia Child Where2Shop:

The Everyday Gourmet 1625 E. County Line Road #500, 601-9779258; Lemuria Books Banner Hall, 4465 Interstate 55 N., Suite 202, 601-366-7619; Lipstick Lounge 304 Mitchell Ave., 601-366-4000; Maison Weiss Woman’s Specialty Shop Highland Village, 4500 Interstate 55 N., Suite 109, 601-981-4621.

Viking Professional Series stand mixer (5 or 7-quart), $369.95 and $474.95, The Everyday Gourmet

Glazen zebra print and red platform, $50, Lipstick Lounge

Wusthof Classic 7” blade knife, $140, Everyday Gourmet

SHOPPING SPECIALS Cookin’ Up A Storm (1491 Canton Mart Road, Suite 1, 601957-1166) Pick up a refrigerated ready-to-go meal, like Low Country Produce soup, gumbo or sweet-potato butter.

Mustard Seed Gift Shop (1085 Luckney Road, Brandon, 601-9923556) Collect handmade Seedsters ceramics, like this set of goblets for $15. Ceramics are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.

Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City (1313 Harding St., 601-9485600; 5465 Interstate 55 N., 601956-5323) Save online at, like a Frigidaire range, MSRP $719.99, for $599.88.

Bass Pecan Company (279 Soldiers Colony Road, Canton, 601957-6797) Shop early for Christmas and save 10 percent. Use promo code EB2010. Try a seven-flavor sampler tin or pecan log candies.

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Sal & Mookie’s (565 Taylor St., 601-368-1919) Get tweets to find out about the one-item special of the day at 50 percent off. Stop by Wednesday nights for 15 percent off take-out orders.

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